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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 6: The lovers & The B.O.T.A. Tarot-Key 6: The Lovers.

The Tarot of EliThe Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah: Thoth Tarot-Key 6-THE LOVERS:

In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence.
THE LOVERS Card, is known as the Path of Zain, meaning Sword, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and  runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty). Therefore, connecting the Pure Conscious, from which all forms emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth).

The Term Lovers, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love.  Therefore the True meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Twins. The Dual intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and magnetic, negative and positive poles, conscious and unconscious, Psyche and Animal mind, Animus and Anima), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite frequencies of energy- Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities, for the Divine Creative is a DUAL CONSTRUCT OF FORCE AND FORM. This is nothing new to those who studied Matriarchal religions, God and Goddess were never seen separated. Only in the War/slave religions of Nomadic Tribes, "sword worshipers", did the Patriarch exist alone.

The Great Work, is a returning of perspective to the primeval state of Wholeness (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation.

As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," Thus this path may be considered the aspect of the Garden of Eden, from which mankind was expelled, but to which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is  uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling Gemini)."

On the Tarot Card, THE LOVERS, The Sun represents the man, the Moon represents the Woman, and the Divine Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid. Case has stated that, the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is subconsciousness.

Paul Foster Case, considered  that these are both aspects of the One Life Breath, each working half of the body. Today we mundanely know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain or in parapsychology as the Anima and the Animus. As Case has stated:"When the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the cosmic life force."   Case considered THE LOVERS card to represent one of the dualities united by the Spiritual Self, the Divine Anima (female) and the Divine Animus (Male), both aware, conscious and united in the individual as they are in the Divine Creative. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic practitioner's do.

To the Qabalist, The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the Divine Love/Law of Attraction, of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through Binah/Ishtar-The Great Mother. Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.

The Path of Zain is an active path of Psyche, for the self control and will attributed to Mercury, which directs the movement and integration of opposites is not passive. Here, Love is the individual rather than the individual seeking love.

In fact, it is the fiery force or the Serpent Force known as the Kundalini which is masculine fiery force, united with the Feminine Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine:) both in equal measure and full of fiery dynamic,  and inspirational qualities.

This is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death" reminiscent of an individual "big bang", call the "ecstasy". Hence,there is a  type of death here, as the process of Union means the death of one's own self-conscious in a willful marriage of opposites, annihilating the individuals as they immerse into the Divine Self. Just like joining colors, say red and blue, for when they unite, individual red is annihilated, just as individual blue is annihilated; forming a new Self called Purple.

 In order to at least attempt to explain the inexplicable, I'll leave you with a quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas where it is written  that Jesus, a Gnostic Nazarene, answered his disciples with: (22) " When you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female;and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom."

Jesus, mythical or not, obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS  card, but then he was purported to be a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a Qabalistic Magi. What few know is that the Word Christos is Greek and refers to the  Sun!
THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Deck Tarot are among the most difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card is Samekh (Prop) and requires a complete integration of the Personality in its subordination to the Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth and the Path of THE LOVERS  is Zain (Sword or Armor) requires  a complete integration of the total self, manifest in the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the "Garden" or Macrocosm, from which it emerged. Thus, we can say that Art is the equilibrium of the Lower Self and THE LOVERS, is the balance of the Higher Self which is a combination of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine.

In Crowley's card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury. Eve and Lilith, as stylized statues, are shown above the marriage couple, with cupid aiming an arrow, represents the Original Will.

The Black King wears a crown of gold, bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion, while the Kings black child holds the lance in one hand and a club in the other. 

The White Queen, crown in silver, is attended by the White Eagle  and her white child, that is interchanged with the black child, holds  flowers in one hand and the bottom of the Grail (Graäl) in the other. The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg, that is the very essence of Life itself.

The symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and Able, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS;  However, the process of The Hermetic Marriage is both reciprocal and repeated over and over again as it is defined by the infinity sign of  Mercury-Magus, as the Sun and the Moon unite under Mercury. First one "Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other than there is a return to a  balance of opposites  after which the second "Brother" is killed and absorbed into the first.

Theoretically, return to the Godhead requires that we incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, reaching perfection in each of the  types of incarnation.

THE LOVERS card also relates to the Hermetic Marriage, or "Chemical Wedding", as written in the 17th century in a text called,:The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenceutz which is one of the key documents of Hermetic-Qabalism. I've found this alchemical text very readable, much like a fairy tale, and yet one of the most profound piece of esoteric or Gnostic symbolism ever written. The fact that the word Sword or Armor (Zain) is the word meaning of this path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled  and/or reinforced in this text. This understanding requires some meditation on the Alchemical text.

  • There is the Tantric Philosophy here also, only through physical union with a female can either a man or god, achieve true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/sexual union, is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is required before they gain full possession of their powers. This is also a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited from the Divine Hermetic Marriage.
The Lovers-key 6 of the B.O.T.A. Tarot,
chooses to use the medieval art relating to Adam and Eve in the Garden. However, the Principle of this card is Discrimination and/or Discernment. Therefore, its symbolism denotes sharp differences (Path of Zain-Sword).
Dr. Paul Foster Case, callsthis
card the Disposing intelligence, precisely because to dispose is to "pose a part" or separate.  Also, Gemini is attributed to this card, Gemini meaning twins making its sign approximately II. Hence the clue to all Qabalistic Doctrine that all opposites are really but different aspects of One Thing and that they are complimentary.

Graphically, The Lovers symbology shows this doctrine of opposites:
  • The Sun is a symbol of enlightenment and the One Energy, that is differentiated into pairs of opposites.
  • The Angel represents the "Super Consciousness".
  • The Clouds indicate that the Super Consciousness is partly hidden from us at this stage of conscious unfoldment.
  • The mountain represents attainment.
  • The Man and Woman are Adam and Eve and/or the prototypes of Life-Force specialization as male/female.
  • The Tree of 12 flames behind the man, represents the 12 signs of the Zodiac.
  • The Tree behind the Woman, with its 5 apples, represents the 5 senses.
  • The Serpent represents the occult force of the Kundalini.
All the meanings of the Hermetic Qabalah, as explained in the Thoth Key -5: The Lovers apply with this card as well.


When THE LOVERS-key 5, is thrown during a reading, it is stating:
  • A principle of  Art and Craft of Relationship.
  • What is also suggested is the  magical image of the power of surrender in which one form is given up in order to attain another.
  • Being involve in a process of cooperation.---combining energies for a common goal.
  • Yin Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.
  • The power of sexual surrender to the "Secret Lover"; the Goddess/God within.
  • This card can also mean a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it marriage or profane love.
  • Time to make a choice of "one or the other", seen as two paths. The outcome of this choice is seen as vitally important.
If ill defined:
  • Wanting the best of both worlds, causing instability in all those concerned.
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