Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 18: THE MOON & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- Key 18: THE MOON
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 18: THE MOON & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- Key 18: THE MOON

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot The Moon-Key 18, is attributed to the Hebrew letter Qoph, meaning "back of head or ear". For it is behind the head itself that the Sun (Resh) rises and shines. Thus implying that the Path of Qoph-The Moon, leads us from reflected sub-conscious (Dark Unconscious) to the Real Conscious Energy itself. The back of the head is connected to the  potencies of the cerebellum.

The Moon is attributed to the zodiacal sign of Pisces. Pisces, is the last of the signs and thus called the sign of winter. Therefore, the Moon Card is often called the Gateway of Resurrection. This is because of the old Aeon belief of the Sun not only resurrecting in Winter but also from the night; Hence, the Moon also represents midnight.
 At the bottom of the Moon card this depiction of the Sun's resurrection is seen
underneath the water (subconscious) filled with graphs of abomination.  Khephra, the sacred Egyptian beetle, grasps the Sun in its mandibles, arising in silence through the darkness of night and bitterness of winter.

This card is represented in "every form Sinister" because of the limited sight of the Survival mind of the Dark subconscious, a well-spring of deception, illusion, and in the extreme, lunacy. We see a sinister landscape above the Water of the subconscious; watered by a stream (or path) of serum (semen) tinged with blood, which flows between the gaps of two barren mountains. Nine drops of impure blood shaped like Yods (meaning-hand) represent self-sustaining primal points of matter formation and/or sexual energy or sexual love, fall on the Moon below.

The Moon in astrology is a Planet most Universal as She  is partaking of both the highest and lowest, as well as filling the space between. In other words, the Moon waxes and wanes. In her highest point (Elaine the Moon Goddess) the Moon acts as a link between the  human and the Divine. In her lowest avatar (the goddess Tabu) where she is waning, she joins the earthly spheres of Netzack (victory) with Malkuth (kingdom) culminating in the matter of all superior forms.
Many of us know that a Waning moon is attributed to witchcraft, sorcery and abominable deeds which is a superstitious way of defining the poisoned darkness of Winter, that is the condition before the rebirth of light in the spring.

Looking back at the Key 18, we see two dark towers, representing the "unknown" that so disturbs the unconscious. Guarding these towers are the images of the jackal god of Kem, Anubis who is the watcher in the twilight.
Thus both the threshold of Life and the threshold of Death, are depicted here. Hence, to some, this Path of Qoph, is all a journey of great fear, that demands monumental courage from the adept-traveler; a "dark night of the soul" where all is doubtful, all is mysterious and intoxicating. Not the intoxication of Ecstatic Dionysus, but that of dreadful madness caused by pernicious drugs.The Venom of the Moon has placed a drunkenness on the mind; a lunacy that seems endless.

However, the high adepts, do not fear this night, no matter what horrors may afflict the soul,whatever abominations may excite heart loathing, whatever terrors may gibber in the mind, the answer is the same at every stage:"How splendid is the Adventure!"

To me, the Dark Goddess is the Real Lady, while the Light Goddess, is "The Real Lady, dressed in veils". True love does not balk at darkness.

We would all best remember, that the Moon reflects the Light of the Sun as the subconscious reflects the thoughts of the conscious. The seemingly harmless self-absorbed thoughts of the conscious, become reflected in the dark emotions of the unconscious and the body becomes "insane" with destructive perversions; not a great scenario for enlightenment... unless you begin to understand that survival thinking must be replaced by the Knowledge of the Immortal Soul. 
Often, to know pain, is to know pleasure. Darkness cannot be seen without the knowledge of light. Knowing this, the student doesn't fear their inner darkness of shadowy emotions, they just bring in the light of the Loving consciousness, as shown on the Hermit, key-9  who strides through the Night with his lantern glowing and as the Moon spins through darkness, ever growing closer to the Sun; the relationship with the Hermit is seen in the Key 18, which is 1+8=9. Hence, The Moon card reminds us to face our inner demons with the Divine Daemon (God-man) of the Soul, since all shadows disappear in the light. It is through the gates of fearful but voluntary personality- death, that we find our "True Identity".
Again Key 18, is called the Path of Qoph--meaning, back of head or ear. Connecting Netzach (Victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom), the Path of Qoph is described as the "Victory of the Material World" and/or the "deceptive  effect of the apparent power of the Material World".  This path, is also known as the "Threshold to life", a spiritual birth that may be considered on two levels.
  1. On one level, it is the course of incarnation where the soul organizes the physical body of which it will inhabit.  It is a kind of sleep (physical consciousness not yet formed), a kind of pre-consciousness, that differentiates into mater from the collective unconscious of Netzach.
  2. On another level, where the student is advancing spiritual awareness up the Tree of Life, it is a path of  conquest of the phantoms of their "man-made" personality which are creations of the created. Therefore the path of Qoph, is a probationary path, where the student must face the emotional phantoms hid in the dark recesses of their own mind, as well as those of the race.

This probationary path of emotional phantoms, can be disturbing to those of weak moral fiber who lack discernment and can pose real dangers to one's emotional stability.  On the other hand, those  of discerning minds are strong enough to tread this Path and slay the monsters "within" our sleep-consciousness and understand their mechanisms, therefore gaining the capacity to manipulate those qualities in ourselves and those of others. Mastery of Illusion is a product of this path.

 The Moon symbolizes the anterior to the bright intellect of the Sun.  The Moon, the Path of Qoph, only reflects the light of the Sun. Thus the central path of the Thoth Moon card goes from the  dark side of the Moon, towards the light side that reflects direct Sun-light.

This rising act of direct Sun-light is show as the Egyptian Scarab symbol  of the God Kephera (kheprera), pushing the Sun towards the Moon. Basically, the Moon -Key-18, symbolizes the rebirth of light out of hideous darkness; bright intellect overcoming the dark denizens of our sub-conscious, i.e. the illusions of emotional fears.

In Thoth Deck Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, THE HIGH PRIESTESS, is a source of pure, crystal clear waters (consciousness) emerging from the God Head-The Father, to God the Son/Sun. The Same waters of consciousness are seen here on The Moon card, but they are polluted with the dark subconscious fears of mortality, that self-conscious physical manifestation bestows on consciousness. However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the Path of Qoph, towards the "Son/Sun Consciousness" of Tiphareth, notably changes the body physiology, as the Bright Beautiful Light Intellect of the Sun (Tiphareth) descends into it. When traveling up the Path of Qoph, the Personality becomes increasing aware of the Higher Self and less controlled by the dark survival fears of the body.

Paul Foster Case called The Moon, the "Corporeal Intelligence" which means the "body consciousness" /subconscious. Also in Hebrew the word "corporeal" means "to rain upon", which is why we see the symbols of Yods raining down from the central orb of the card (Down from Tiphareth). Since this is a Watery Card, some of a more poetic bent, say that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon-Goddess" raining down and filling the Nile. However, what most Qabalistic Scholars agree on is that something descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph, which is represented as raining Yods.

 Therefore, The path of Qoph is that of primitive instincts, of nature red in "both tooth and claw" which emerges uncontrolled by moral or ethical reasoning. The traveler of this Path will face aspects of themselves that our culture forces them to repress but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our predatory human form.  This is the Survival Mind, where the "law of the jungle" resides in the dark pools of violence and conquest. This can be a very cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these internal demons which removes the veils of darkness, allowing in  the Bright Intellect of the Son who applies beautiful reason to our consciousness.

The Qabalistic Thoth, Key 18, The Moon Tarot Card,is the Path of Qoph that is between Netzach (victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom) and is the Path of Transition where the Soul begins the process of incorporating the body. It's planetary sign is Pisces [mutable water].

At first, the Path of Qoph is a process of the Soul's organization of the physical body it will "inhabit" (it actually circumvents the body in 7 Energy Bodies of the Aura/Sephirotic intelligence and flows in through the Chakras). For myself, as a Soul, I remember designing the body and if the chromosomes didn't link up the way I wanted....I just ejected them, which my dear Mother witness as miscarriages; three of them, until I got the body pattern I wanted. Now I know this sounds extraordinary, but a Soul who doesn't suffer the "sleep" of Death, has full cognitive abilities-----even when the body it has operated dies.

Remember, that by our observation we change the observed phenomena, this allows the Soul to choose the parents, choose the body's DNA structure, and even the name of the body, processes that I translated to my physical Mother in dreams. Dreams are another attribute of the Moon. It is the Path of Qoph which is a Hebrew letter that means ; Back of head, Ear. Here is also an occult mystery, the Soul never chooses its corporeal father, just the mother.

 Again, this Psychic Path of Qoph proceeds from the Unconscious of Netzach to a kind of pre-conscious flow, a kind of "Sleep", into a conscious material state. We should remember here, that we are not bodies, nor are we from the evolutionary consciousness of Earth---we are actually invaders from another time-space, Daemons (Greek word for God-man) who are the Children of the "Angels who have fallen to Earth",i.e. Alien astronauts who in Sumerian were called Annunaki, a word meaning "those who from the sky came".

 Hence, no matter how benign or malevolent we are, we still have to inherit the "Alien Psyche" that is lock away in our "garbage chromosomes" by advancing our thought from self absorbed to the Divine Impersonal. Therefore one  has to overcome the survival will of the animal mind that is part of the human body and fear based, with the greater Will of Spirit. This fact alone, helps to prove, that you are not of the body, but that your earth form is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) of your Archetypal- Self design! 

For the one who wishes to reclaim their Universal Inheritance, the journey of awakening from the "Sleep" of incorporation is begun by traveling "upward" along the Path of Qoph, into the Dark recesses of the Unconscious, and its illusions of fear and destruction brought on by the survival mind's fear of Death.  In other words we must slay the demons of our own animal death/fear of pain-illusions to remember the multidimensional Daemon consciousness that we are. This awakening process is a conquest of phantoms reflected from the material world, i.e. "Creations of the Created" and so it is a Path  out of darkness into the reflected light of the Sun. The Moon is representative of such a journey, as it has  both a dark side and reflected side.

When facing the darkest fears of one's own mind, and of the race, one undergoes some frightening and devastating  emotional and mental trials that involve real dangers to the physical and mental health of the individual whose sense of self is not strong. Therefore, the Gnostic and Qabalistic studies begin by building a strong recognition of Self and your ability as an infinite Self-Spirit to face the illusions of terror that belong only to the body's survival mind and have no power over you when you are awake and aware as a cohabiting Soul. Again meditation/Skrying on this card is recommended.

The Rebirth of light out of the hideous and abominable darkness is the primary representation of this card, and is symbolized by the Scarab Beetle  (a reference to Kephera, the Egyptian Father of the Gods) rolling the Sun upward into a rising position. This also represents the highest creative force (sun) beginning its material self-expression as the lowest organic form. This is easily understood if you remember that we are Solar Beings (..."Know ye not that we are stars!") (Spirits) who came to seek self-expression through organic human forms.

The Moon card also shows Anubis in both forms, of the Dark nether realms of Death and the light realms of life-Resurrection and is a very complex deity of lunar opposites. However, one way or the other, birth, death and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These are biological processes and they occur in the dark and light of our sensual perceptions.

The energy process is shown on the Thoth Deck Moon Card as cyclic wave motion, as a pattern of both above and below, linked by the Beetle of the Sun. In the simplest of terms, this is a Path of natural energy from which our bodies develop in the Womb and is continual process throughout our lives as cells live, die and resurrect-replace in daily life. The work of the Path of Qoph ends with the dissolution of energy back to its source, which is Netzach (victory).

Successful understanding of this dark path, is to understand the relationship of our personality-consciousness to the physical power-tool built for each incarnation that facilitates an awake Soul, who walks in the light rather than a Soul who sleeps in the darkness of fear of death and doesn't operate the Power-Tool it was given. Such a soul "hides" its bright intelligence by giving it's corporeal dominion, due to fear of pain, to the faux authority of cultural dogma enforcement.  The Moon Card is a reminder that most people/souls, during the cyclic phase of withdrawal of consciousness from the physical Power-Tool, continue to act on information and phantasmagorical  fantasies related to survival subconscious, or "group cultural Soul" of body existence. If not released, the sleeping soul-consciousness becomes a phantom of its own fantasies that are so close to the fabric of material manifestation that they are often seen as phantasms or as ghosts.

The Moon card is veiled by illusion and those illusions must be understood in order for the Prodigal Soul to claim its Rich Universal Inheritance.

The B.O.T.A.-Key 18: THE MOON:
represents the Corporeal Intelligence. Which means the Body Consciousness, often called subconsciousness because it is not the Bright Solar Consciousness of the "Son/Sun of The Divine Creative" conscious.
Here, the bodies organs must evolve to a higher state of Energy conscious-(microwave frequencies) so that our higher forms of consciousness can manifest through them. In yoga, this would be "opening Chakras".
Sleep is also attributed to the Moon, for it is in sleep that our aspirations and efforts are built into organic structure.  The Hermetic Qabalist knows that every thought  and every action has some modifying influence on the corporeal form. Because Soul is Psyche, we are to master the domain of the Psychosomatic Phenomena called "corporeal form".
To the  "Inner Walker of the Tree of Life", it is known that the way of attainment, is the way of return. Hence, the symbol of the Moon, who reflects back the radiance of the Sun.
 On the B.O.T.A.  Key 18, the crayfish, represents instinctive energy. The Wolf and the dog represent the same energy, in a evolutionary higher form; from crayfish, to wolf, to dog.
Wolf is a traditional symbol of nature and the dog is a symbol of the art of genetic modification.

The path passes between these two extremes, because the way balance (middle pillar) goes neither too far towards artificiality nor  allows everything to be influenced by ungoverned natural impulses. The path continues on through the well tilled field of human agriculture, between the Twin towers of Civilized man, representing present human attainment,  to the unknown heights beyond, shown as mountains. The undulating ground, represents alternating periods of rest and action. The stage of unfoldment is Organization.
Also 18 Yods are "raining upon the earth": the word Corporeal means to "rain upon".

When the Thoth Moon card is thrown during a reading, it often means:
  • Error, falsity, lying, deception or Dissatisfaction and voluntary change, again depending on the cards surrounding it. 
  • However, let's not forget that the Visible part of the Moon (bathed in Sunlight) is called Isis who is the Mirror, the Moon Goddess, who intercedes between the visible and invisible worlds (that the ancient Egyptians called Nephthys) and she has the power to cast away phantoms and illusions that are a bewitching dazzle to us.
  • The Greeks called this the Path of Childbirth presided over by the goddess Artemis. Lot's to study and get your "head around" before you travel this path of initiation into the Higher Psyche of  Self.
  • Here, we must enter the dungeons of our personality and correct the error of our inner monsters. 
  • Dissatisfaction, voluntary change ( involuntary change is usually death).
  • There are issues in the life of the querent that are of error, lying, falsity, deception; it is a time to watch motives.
  • The querent must drop denial, self-deception, delusions in order to claim their own authenticity.
  • Represented here is the waxing and waning of phases where one begins the process of self-examination that will eventually arise as authoritative states of being.
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