Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 8: Adjustment & The B.O.T.A. Tarot-Key 8: Strength
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 8: Adjustment & The B.O.T.A. Tarot-Key 8: Strength

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Key 8: Adjustment, is called in the old medieval tarot decks: Justice (usually key 11) which Crowley found to be in error since Nature is not in any theological or ethical ways, JUST.  Therefore, in many Tarot decks, the common/mundane way to present this State of Energy Conscious is as the Judgment Card (key11) but I personally think that Crowley hit the nail on the head with the Title of : Adjustment and key 8 (eight is One circle, "dancing upon itself" forming Two circles).  Because in our world of patriarchal rule, Justice is merely revenge and a show of state -power to destroy the life of dissenter's and in no way balances the Psyche.

Crowley change the Key number as well, for Key 8 is usually the Strength Card in medieval tarot decks. However, Crowley deemed that both Strength and Justice where involved in his Adjustment card (two spheres of intelligence joined as one flowing union). Therefore, what is often true with the Major Arcana, this card is full of symbolic meaning that is often too subtle to readily grasp in one or even dozens of readings.

The Thoth-Adjustment, is Libra ruled by Venus, in which Saturn is exalted, symbolizing the equilibrium of all things.
According to Crowley, this  Lovely Lady a standing on her toes, is the feminine compliment to the Fool. The Letters Aleph (The Fool) and Lamed (Adjustment) constitute the secret key of the Book of Law, that is the basis for a  Hermetic Qabalistic system so deep and sublime in meaning, that I recommend investing some time and money in obtaining Crowley's- The Book of Law.  Because she is the partner of the Fool she is shown as dancing on her toes, with a hint of Harlequin.

She is crowned in the Ostrich plumes of Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Justice, On her forehead is the Uraeus serpent which is Lord of Life and Death (Alpha and Omega). On the Thoth card, Her face is masked but not enough to hide her expression of secret satisfaction in her dominion over all the de-stabilizing elements in the Universe.

The Scales hang from her crown with a delicate balance, showing this condition of dominion by weighing the First Sphere Alpha equally and exactly against the last, Omega.  The First and Last spheres show up in the hand guard on the hilt of the Magic Sword of the Magus, that she is holding between her thighs, again reinforcing her condition.

You may have noticed that Her Crown is formed as if it is  a testes and linga shape head piece. This is the Judex and the Testes of Final Judgment, symbolic of the secret course of judgment whereby all current experience is absorbed, transmuted, and ultimately passed on, by virtue of the operation of the  sword, to further manifestation.

The Throne of pyramids and spheres ( 4 in number signifying  Law and Limitation), on which she is poised, represents the same equity that she herself manifests. Outside the Throne are balanced light and dark spheres, both equal and opposite, radiating a curtain of frequencies that is the interplay of all those Forces that she sums up and adjudicates.

As mentioned before the Woman Goddess representation on the Thoth Tarot Card, is Harlequin; she is the Woman Satisfied, she is fulfillment of the Fool. She is also the ultimate illusion, which is manifestation. She is the many willed and many colored dance of Life itself. in which there will always be a balance kept by equal and opposite reaction. The Thoth Deck Card may illustrate Maat, but it also means Karma, the Hindu Goddess.

In the Whirling dance of space-time, we often forget that the Mirror of darkness which reflects this illusion of Life, making all things real, is the Soul which is a microcosmic collective of experiences.  All things are beauty and harmony; all things are Truth, because they cancel out. That is why the head dress of Maat bears the Ostrich feathers of the Twofold Truth and the personality is weighed by the Soul with it's first and last act as counter balances!

Because she balances the First act and the Last act, she is to be understood as assessing the virtue of every act and demanding exact and precise satisfaction. She is the very image of "Love is the law, love under will". Every form of energy must be applied with impeccable integrity, to the full satisfaction of its destiny. That is why I counsel my emotional reactive "Me" with,"Get over yourself and get on with You, impeccability is what we do!",  whenever it forgets the Souls demand for impeccability in loving thought and action.

The readers of the Ryder-Waite or Golden Dawn decks will know this card as JUSTICE; However, Crowley has shown an appropriate, if not deeper understanding of this card's Principle known as The Faithful intelligence.; Faithful, because its ever faithful to that which is symbolized by the FOOL and/or "Holy Spirit" (The whole of Spirit); thereby doing what ever is necessary to bring an organism into a state of equilibrium.

The Path of Lamed(meaning Ox Goad) is not always a pleasant one. As the term OX GOAD implies, we are often forced by our Higher Self to go in a emotional and physical direction that we do not wish to go. Though no punishment is implicit, the figure in this card holds the sword of Geburah that cuts away "the dead wood" or what is no longer needed, pruning our consciousness on its way to a better mental health.
This Sword of Geburah (Severity) has a double edge, one for enforcing peace and one for war. The errant divisionism thinking of "good or bad" or "right or wrong", are not the Principle here. Rather, all Forms are of the Soul (Psyche), and this is a physiological assessment of equilibrium necessary, as the Soul weighs itself on the left hand scales (feminine side), and then making the necessary adjustments on the right (masculine side).

By placing the Sephiroth in the human body that is facing the Tree, the observer can see that the Sephira Geburah (Severity) is on the left hand and the Sephira Chesed (Mercy) is on the right. This placement not only reinforces the idea of cutting away the negative aspects of the soul and body as a return to purity but also note the attributes of Libra, the sign of the zodiac attributed to this card and the kidneys, which cleanse waste from the body.

As stated, The ADJUSTMENT card is related to Karma, if one understands Karma to mean action, rather than the misunderstood term of punishment for not correcting error in past lives. The ADJUSTMENT card, represents a continuous action of adjustment, just as a modern person would do at the steering wheel while driving a motor vehicle.

The Path of Lamed is also a teaching process. because the continuous process of maintenance is a learned process, just as one learns to adjust direction by observation and the hands-on movement of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. Granted, this may be a painful and slow process (as many a parent of a teenager learning to drive a car will profess) but eventually one learns to analyze and re-balance ones self as necessary for different situations. To those who study the Mysteries, and become more in-tuned to the Inner Self, the more subtle and difficult these adjustments become; Just as the more refined the consciousness gets, the less obvious are the unbalancing minutiae of slightly "off colored" thoughts. 

The Ancient Egyptians symbolized this subtlety as weighing on the scales, the human soul against a feather. This concept of "right, truth, law and rectitude" was expressed in a single word, Maat which was symbolized as a feather by which the heart (considered the organ of the Soul) was weighed, upon death. As a Goddess, Maat represented moral law and truth, a straight edge to measure psyche by and is a personification of the concept of Maat. Thus the Crowley card has Maat as the central figure on the ADJUSTMENT card, crowned with her attribute, the ostrich feather.

To keep our psyche on the "straight and narrow" path of purity, requires a sharp sword indeed, as I for one, need constant pruning! That is why I skry this card often!

As stated, Adjustment, is at work continuously in the "above of our higher Psyche", The Greater Universe, and the below, our individual self-conscious personality. Hence, in other decks this is Key 8 Justice; However it is numbered, this powerful, natural equilibrating function occurs in our bodies, as they balance nutrition continuously to maintain proper operation as power tools for Spirit, there is more subtlety than justice here.  Adjustment is also an equilibrating function that occurs in our personalities, making sure there are no constant extremes of behavior that keep us from operating effectively in our environments In the personality Adjustment is done by natural force and reason(thus the figure eight).
To go forward in dercenment, the Soul is measured when it "stands"in the Divine Light of the Solar Logos, that is,Tiphareth, the sixth Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, often called the "Christ Light". Only in this Light (bright and warm intelligence) does the dual-edged Sword of Geburah, do its work; pruning away the perspectives which are not worthy of Her Divine Child. 

This image of Maat as presented on the Thoth card,  is a suggestion of the Maat legend as the "Daughter of Ra", relating her to the Sun God (Tiphareth-Solar Logos). Her Qabalistic name is "Daughter of the Lords of Truth" while the Egyptians also called her the "Queen of Heaven"; all of these names pointing to the fact that this Severe Faithful Intelligence is the regulator of the Path of the Sun. Hence, the Egyptian texts suggested,  through Maat the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat" and/or to"live by Maat". In Qabalistic terms, this means that the principles of  the Path of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth---The Bright and Warm intelligence  of the Solar Logos.

Since Ra is known to the Egyptians, as the source of all Light, the Qabalists know Ra as the Fool -Tarot key 0, or the Path of Aleph, who is the Source of All Light . This makes it possible to say, that Aleph rests upon Lamed and that Lamed is the regulator of the Path of  the Divine Life Force. That is also why I teach that "The Solar Husband is invoked by the Great Womb'". This may startle some men who objectify women as an object of sexual desire for dominance and control, for it is well known to both Tantrics and practicing Qabalists that the Life Force, and/or "Sex Energy" is invoked by the Great Female, thereby regulating and establishing her Forms (She is Will to Form).  The Form of Him came from the Womb of Her, i.e. "Ra is said to live by Maat." Therefore the Solar Lord of Lightning servers the Great Magnetic-Ocean Mother.  To put this simply, The Great One (Kether) became Two, by the process of adjusting/balancing Knowledge (Chokma) and  Understanding (Binah), thereby, realizing He/She as "One who is Two" and thereby established the equilibrium that produces and maintains all things. "One who is Two" is also a description of the Whole Universal Collective Unconscious and its creation, Consciousness.
The downward pointing Phallus and testes headdress on the female figure of this card attests to this  "wise-understanding".

Those who Skry this card will not be unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah wields her sword in quick bright strokes,the discomfort of dysfunctional emotional burdens, the burdens of errant perspectives, just fall away and the skryer feels all "Warm and bright".

There are a large compliment of Planets involved in this card.
  1. First is Venus, which rules Libra.
  2. Mars is related because of the purging forces of Geburah.
  3. The Sun, as stated above, is involved not only  because the Path of Lamed runs from the Sun to Mars, but also because  Adjustment (Justice) must take place in the clear bright light of Truth.
  4. Saturn is exalted in Libra and finally:
  5.  Jupiter which is the planet of Chesed (Mercy). By acknowledging that Libra is ruled by Venus, is also to acknowledge that behind Adjustment stands the Empress, the primary path of Venus, which is the perfect equilibrium between the forces of Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding). It is interesting to note that the planet Venus refers to all of the Sephiroth and encompasses  every single Sephira on the Tree of Life. The implications being that Love is the Ultimate Power of the Universe: Love is the Law of Attraction.


Therefore the imagery on the Thoth card is all about "law and limitation", as symbolized by the throne of spheres and pyramids in groups of four, behind the Female figure. She is best described in Crowley's book: 777, as "The woman justified. By equilibrium and Self-Sacrifice is the Gate."

He goes on to state; "She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation:  she is the dance, many-colored, many-willed, of Life Itself.  Constantly whirling, all possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time; all things are real, the soul is the surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and beauty; all things are truth because they cancel out." Crowley understood, that the Soul, is the Mirror that our image is reflected in and it is by the Adjustment of perspectives, that our healing comes from. This may be why some of the medical journals state, "83% of all healing, is by  placebo".

The Supreme Spirit Identity, in this case,The Conscious State of Goddess Energy, doesn't deal in revenge; She deals in freedom of choice. She Trusts you to know that if you think a thought, and supply life-force to it (often called emotion) that you know what you are doing. The repercussions of cause and effect, manifest as your body, and the law of attraction produces "like attracts like".
If you followed the Gnostic Qabalah axiom of "Above all things, know thyself!" you wouldn't have any difficulty with "freedom of Choice": However, due to belief in the Divisions of the Patriarchal thought process, the union of your will and self-identity has been corrupted by the axiom of the Patriarch, "Divide and Conquer" and because of this deliberate obfuscation, most people have forgotten their self-knowledge and/or Divinity-Power and Wholeness, becoming powerless and scattered, lost in the forest of Ruler- enforced identity- and propaganda.

But fear not,  Adjustment card is the Path of Lamed, between Geburah (Severity) and Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life. Adjustment represents the  Faithful Intelligence of the Great Mother, who has faith in you as Her Divine Children, who may wander off and forget themselves, but with the proper "goading" (Lamed means--ox goad.) they will find themselves again. Adjustment, therefore, is the Ruler of Balance (operates from Binah- The Great Mother) in the Divine Creative and maintains the outpouring of energy so that the "innocent child" (The Fool card which has been called the "Holy Ghost") will operate within the confines of a natural pattern: The Pattern of , I AM ME. Not what others identify Me as----but as I identify Me as. You see that is Free-doom of choice! If I choose to react to the identity enforced on me by "others", then I am doomed to the dysfunction of that thinking. If I Know Myself....which is a process of "I think--therefore, I am", then we are  functioning in the Natural State of our Divine inheritance!
  Armed with the knowledge of the natural flow of Adjustment we know that balance will be made so that energy will always flow to the living Spirit (Spiral Energy-Entity) through the balance of Spirit-Mind, and Body-union. If that union is interrupted by incongruous thought patterns...the lowest denominator, the body, is doomed to unbalance (disease) mentally, emotionally and physically. The Will is Spirit, and it must be Love of Mind and Body to keep the balance that is Loving from the Mother.   Self-Love is not only the balanced flow of Creation throughout the Tree of Life, it is the Universal Law of Attraction because it is the pattern of The Supreme Spirit Identity recreating it's Self-Images in order to expand and liberate Self-Awareness as Life and"The Alive".

Because of this Faithful Love of Her Children, those who contact the Anima (Divine Feminine) may have decided to bring ourselves in to balance, but if we do not, it will be done for us! Much like driving a vehicle that has an automated correction system on board, if the driver won't adjust the steering wheel to stay on the road, the Natural Automated system will!

Being constructed of the Psycho-dynamic principle of  Spirit-Soul-mind and body, all must be  united in a balance of communion which is an Understanding of Impeccable Being that is continual up and down the Tree of Life. As above so below, is not a far off metaphysical concept;for it is the conception of YOU! So being Faithful Intelligence The Divine Feminine of You will always make the adjustments necessary to get you on the right track, whether you like it or not! Those who know and not just believe in the individual Law of Freedom of Choice,  understand that by always "Treat others as we wish to be treated"  fulfills the Law of Attraction. For they know to think ill is to be ill....and by thinking ill of those who think ill of us, just transmits the disease into a plague of illness.
Again, there are no enemies, only another way to be us. Let each other Be, is a very good motion! You cannot escape your thoughts for they are "your Life Forms", as you are the Life that makes them alive, so let's make them the best they can be. We'll then find our lives to be balanced and smooth flowing no matter how many rocks are out there!

As the Tao states, " If it isn't here---It isn't there. If it is there, it is here. For what is here is there and what is there is here." Therefore, you as a Soul are to bring ascension down to the body conscious and install it into the Temple of Being.
Remember, our thoughts project ourselves on the Mirror of Life, and to create Monsters outside of us (There) creates Monsters inside of us (Here) and the Great Mother of Life...will supply the necessary surgery to remove them. This is not punishment, it is "tough love" so that her children can expand and liberate themselves from self-condemnation. Knowing thyself---helps us avoid the discomfort of this surgical-severity.

When this card is thrown in a reading, the Querent is being reminded of their "Soul-Mind and body" balance/imbalance and the rest of the reading should tell them what is to be changed before "disaster" comes a calling to straighten things out!

The B.O.T.A. Tarot Key 8: Strength, is representative of Madam Blavatsky's FOHAT force and is known to most of us as Serpent-Force and/or Kundalini. I can only caution that one beware,


To the unwary, the sudden acceleration of Emotional Power supplied by the open and prematurely stimulated "Root Chakra" can be devastating creating human derelicts, Wrecks driven to obsession and even causing madness. When one is an Ocean, the Sun's power is formative, but when one is a puddle, or a swamp of soggy emotionalism, the Sun's radiance is a form of annihilation.

The Facts Are: The Kundalini-dragonish-serpent force, is for REAL! It is a Primal Divine Force of the "Big Bang" and it is alive in you; you who are microcosmic copies of the Divine Macrocosmic Self. When fully released it is the Live Raw Power to transform and integrate, but when you integrate dysfunctional emotion with fear based consciousness, the "house built on a foundation of sand" falls!

So get your "shit together" (proper control of mind, emotions, and body) before you wake up this Dragonish beauty within your inner furnace of "Central heating" in the Temple of Being!  The Goddess within will notify you when its time to waken up this power, for every person automatically receives instruction they need (either intuitive or intuitively directed to a knowing teacher) to awaken this Divine Power of Reconstruction when it is time to do so.
Be sure of your Central Identity, before you  bring in a prematurely awakened Dragon. For to do so is one of the most destructive practices of the ignorant.

Yet Kundalini is not to be feared, you use it in "small radiant" quantities in daily life but this is used naturally without the knowing of the self-consciousness. It is automatically controlled by the Un or Subconscious (The Goddess) as a force behind all your activities. It is Energy in Motion (emotion on a scale of the Divine) that animates all living beings.
The Strength card shows the Unconscious as She who controls the Lion,i.e. Solar Force of the Divine Creative Fire (masculine energy).  Because Tarot, works by giving suggestions/images to the Unconscious, Skrying these cards works automatically towards expanding your consciousness, into that of Tiphareth/Beauty; the Son/Sun of the Divine Creative. Using the Tarot, makes for ever greater control over the ever increasing power of personality as it progresses "up the Tree of Life". The rest of this card, such as the figure eight (infinity symbol) and the red passion of Lust,  is already explained in the Thoth explanation of Key 11-Lust. Either wait for that one to be explained soon or just blog back to it, for the Strength card has been renamed and numbered by Crowley as the Lust card.

When the Adjustment/Strength card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing or will experience:
  • The making of a final decision.
  • Judgment and sentencing by a determination of an issue without appeal on this plane.
  • The querent is experiencing "What you put out, you get back".
  • The Law of action- reaction, where the natural forces of nature reach a balance within the individual, setting things right.
  • The balancing of opposites.
  • Karma. 
  • It is eternal justice and balance.
  • Strength and Force are being applied to create a balance, but this is arrested as in the act of Judgment.
  • Depending on the combination of other cards, this could also mean the more mundane reality of  legal proceedings, a court of law,  a trial at law etc.
  • The Adjustment card promotes the "Butterfly effect", as all equilibrium must and will be obtained.  Any disturbance will be balanced by an equal and opposite reaction.
  • What you put out, you will get back.
  • Think well, think love, and all will be well in thought and deed. Love is the Law of Attraction.
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