The 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
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.
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
self-sustaining primal points of matter formation and/or sexual energy
or sexual love, fall on the Moon below.
The Moon in
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Rebirth of light out of the hideous and abominable darkness
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
- 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.
here is the waxing and waning of phases where one begins the process of
self-examination that will eventually arise as authoritative states of
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