Thoth, Key19-The Sun: The Hermetic Qabalah- Path of Resh.
*Musical Note: D- Natural
* Double letter (Hebrew) Fertility-Barrenness
* Qabalistic esoteric title: The Lord of the Fire of the World.
From the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom by Dr. Paul Foster Case: "The Thirtieth Path is the Collecting Intelligence and
is so-called because Astrologers deduce from it the judgment of the
Stars, and of the celestial signs, and the perfections of their science,
according to the rules of their resolutions".
(The Path of Resh is the path from the circle #8-Hod at a down angle to circle #9-Yesod)
The Path of Resh/Sun Key 19, connects
Splendor (Hod) with Foundation (Yesod) and is the first of the Paths of
the Personality triad to be encountered in upward motion on the Tree.
As the active Path of the intellectual formative side,
it is the activating force
of the Personality which is an "image of
the High Self"
since it is composed of both Male-electric-dynamic
) and female-formative-magnetic (intellectual-formative, Heh)
and a harmony of energy frequencies from the union of the two opposites which is known as the equilibrating, Vau.
Sun in the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot deck is the "Collecting
Intelligence", meaning that it exercises control over many different
components which is seen as the:
- 12 signs of the Zodiac, in this case symbolized by the 12 rays of light emanating from the Sun.
- The Masculine and Feminine polarities are represented as the flying angelic forms.
Zodiacal signs are considered to be the 12 guide posts of Personality
and receptacles of Planetary influences, one of which governs the birth
and life course of each incarnation.
- The Sun is not only
central to today's incarnation but also acts as a link between the
Personalities which have been experienced in other incarnations.
collecting of the Sun also encompasses all the component parts of the
Personality, discovered on these lower Paths, that are here infused with
the dual action of the Sun (light and warmth).
initiates, light and warmth are considered to be intellectual qualities.
The Path of The Sun is intellectual and is the highest level of the
human intellect ( The Star is the highest level of emotions).
- The Sun is also The Son
who carries on the work of the Father. The Sun is the introduction to
the inner sun which is the light of the Personality, just as the
physical sun is the light of the material world.
- What must be
noted here, is that definite physical-chemical changes happen to those
who successfully work on the Paths.
- In his study course, TheThirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Paul Foster Case states that:"...marked
inner differences from the average person are due to psychological
contrasts to the mental states of ordinary human beings, but they are
also the outer signs of organic changes inside the skin of the new
creature. He is chemically and structurally unlike genus homo. There
are different constituents in his (her) blood stream. Through the
nervous system and in the brain, and glands related to them, function
differently in the body of an adept from the way they do in the bodies
of the greater number of his (her)contemporaries."
In order to update the language I placed the word her
in parentheses but it is also important to note that these "marked
inner differences" also cause the "magic abilities" of the psychic
and/or the "healing semen of the anointed" in Tantric practice.
When we travel The Path of Resh
upwards, we return to this point of new innocence. It is quite
literally "a growing younger" process of birth backwards until we reach a
stage where there is some recollection of the Source from which we
It's also important to note
that the Personality we came as Spirit to build, is an expansion and
liberation of the Animal consciousness to a state of Angelic conscious.
We came to elevate matter and its survival mind to that of Universal
Thought. This Sun card is the symbol of the genus homo-sapient-sapiens.
is the first active path on the formulation
- intellectual side and is
the activating force of the Personality. The Supreme Spirit Self, the
Higher Self and the Personality are all composed of an intertwining of
the Feminine side and a Masculine side (the twin serpents on the
Caduceus) and forces resulting from the interaction of opposites.
As stated, The
Sun-Resh is also known as the "Collective Intelligence" meaning that it
exercise control over the Zodiac as shown by the 12 rays on the Thoth
Deck Tarot Card-The Sun-Key 19. Astrologers know these zodiacal signs
as the twelve guideposts of Personality and as receptacles (feminine)
of Planetary Influence. The Sun is not only a link to the present
incarnation but also a link to the past personality incarnations. Being
collective, the Sun is also infuses all the components parts of the
Personality on the lower paths with the actions of the Sun, light and
warmth which are considered intellectual qualities.The Great Watery Mother, is the Divine Collective Unconscious while the The Great Fiery Father is the Divine Collective Conscious.
may notice the "Dancing Twins"
as show on this card; before they were
called the "Sons of Seth" or the "Daughters of Seth" we may have known
them as --the Twin aspects of the Goddess or God. The Fiery Spirit or
Spiral Energy of Masculine/Chokmah and the Magnetic -Formative Binah (Goddess
of Form) feminine side. Their arms cross to represent the Union of
these Divine States of Intellect and Energy (in Tantric Image they would
be in "Sexual Union") that must be established to "Collect" all the
necessary Forces in order to establish a Intellectual and living Being.
Therefore, this Path is intellectual
, and THE SUN represents the highest form of
human intellect which is both a balance of Masculine and Feminine
conscious energy. So in a physical representation, when both the Left
and Right side of the brain are in equilibrium with the Solar Forces
(Kundalini) within the body, we are at our most advanced state of
Personality. This is a profound union of the Personality with the Inner
(Psyche) where there is a deep physical inner feeling of Warmth and Light not
unlike the external feeling of warmth and light a sun bather may
experience. Also, like the physical sun, you cannot look directly into
the "inner sun" with out suffering "damage", for it will burn away the
dross. Reminding us of the opposites of the Sun, that it is both the
harbinger of fertility and barrenness which is the Double Letter meaning
of the word Resh.
As a symbol of Resh
human head is represented, which is our Collective Intelligence. The
Path of Resh is an initiation of the Personality to the Great Source of
Inner Light which takes place in the material body that affects the dual
components of the Lower Self (Chemical and Intellectual). The Adept
knows that the component parts of the Personality (Lower Paths on the
Tree of Life) function through the body as an experience-collecting
vehicle for the Spirit. The human body is an important Crucible for the
Alchemical union of Higher and Lower Self communion. Therefore, the
Physical body is a Sacred Place
; our temple of Magick, and our alchemical forge, where ideas are
forged into artistic-intimate-sensual-presence and where Male and Female
are "one and the same" and not divided into a purely errant "Battle of the Sexes" as proposed
by the "Divide and Conquer" indoctrination of divisionism!
Remember "God creates what God wants!"
This is a Hermaphroditic path, where we return to the innocence of a
child and as we travel upwards this Path of Resh, our Personality grows
younger, innocent and sees with Wonder rather than the critical eyes of
the good and bad Pavlovian domesticated and divided-personality of the
"man-made" Adult. We begin seeing What God Sees when it created us!
Tiphareth is the Central Sun (Son)
of the physical microcosm and connects us to the Dark Sun (limitless
light-Father) of the Macrocosm and the Path of Resh begins us on the
Journey to Central Sun-of God, within. There is much to study about this
card, Cain an Able ( bareness and fertility), the Dragon-faced-Men,
Sons of Seth, Daughters of Seth and the Christ who Didymos Judas Thomas
in the Gnostic Gospels quoted as saying"....I am the honeymoon suite." and much more!
RESH- Key 19-The Sun
The Hebrew Letter-Resh-Rivka (Rebecca):
when the time came for [Rebecca] to give birth, behold! There were
twins in her womb. The first one emerged red, entirely like a hairy
mantle, so they named him Esau. After that his brother emerged with his
hand grasping on to the heel of
Esau; so he called his name
Jacob...The lads grew up and Esau became one who knows hunting, a man of
the field but Jacob was a wholesome man, abiding in tents. Isaac loved
Esau for he ate of his venison, but Rebecca loved Jacob.
Great Matriarch Rebecca
and her twin sons, is a story of contrasting
elements in all of us for we are Spirit (Issac) and we are of Genetically
Modified Animal forms (Esau). There is a clash among these two, these
twins, Mothered by "The Womb-With-A-View" (Great Mother Binah); in the
Form of Mother Earth---Esau (animal Personality) and the Mother
of Intellectual form (Solar Form) Spirit-Collective Personality (spirit-Is
Intellect of Father). Esau is in essence, the "Survival Mind"
animal and Issac is the "inner-Sun"-
-enlightenment of Spirit. This may
look like a form of competition, each one competing for His First
Born rights, but it is a 'communion', where each one is joined at birth
to "expand and liberate" both body and Soul.
If you read on in the book
of Genesis, you will see that Isaac (the father of the twins) loved Esau
and was to give him the first born blessing while Rebecca loved Jacob
and set up an elaborate scheme to get the first born blessing for Jacob.
Their favoritism being a metaphor for "the
battle" between the animal-unconscious and our solar-conscious, is well
known in us all. Where the animal instinctively sees threats (enemies)
the Solar mind sees "another as myself" and acts with compassion. We all
feel that struggle in our "heads" and " hearts" believing that somehow
they are separates and in conflict. The Body is Loved into Being, and
the Spirit is Love of Being, hence, Love is the joining factor here!
Knowing that the Qaballah is about "the motion and form" of Supreme
Being and how the Union of seemingly opposites, "will to force" (masculine) and "will to form" (feminine) makes the "flow" from
motion into form possible.
The Hebrew Story Letter Resh
shows us a
deeper understanding of ourselves. Spirit is the lover; Physical Body
is the beloved. Therefore, the greatest mistake of many fundamentalists
is to believe that the body is somehow bad and of less value than the
The Sun Card -Resh- is the "Collective Intelligence", meaning
that It has control over a number of components. In this case, the 12
(12-Rays) signs of the Zodiac. These signs are the 12 guideposts of
Personality and the "Wombs"(receptacles) of Planetary Influences, one
of which governs the birth and life motion of each incarnation.
Spirit-Personality and Body Personality! The Sun is the central link
(Tiphareth) to the incarnation at hand and to all the Personalities that
have been experienced in past incarnations.
Collective Intelligence of the Sun also unites all the component parts
of the Personality, discovered on the lower paths of the Tree of Life,
and infuses them with the dual action of the Sun, i.e. light and warmth,
which are considered intellectual qualities! The path of the Sun is the
highest level of human intellect (light and warmth=enlightenment).
Resh means head
which is consistent with this thought of high human intellect. This
high intellect is a combination of animal intellect and Soul
intellect; not as some would have you believe--a divorcing of the two!
The Sun basically is the Intellect acting on the dualities of the human
condition, consciousness and its human vehicle (power tool). This is
the point of connection of the human intellect with the higher intellect
of solar conscious [The Greater Life]. The Sun is also the Son who
carries on the work of the Father (Chokmah) which is "will to force" and the Body
is Form of the Mother (Binah) who is "will to form.
As adepts of the
Qaballah, we know we are Hermes-Aphrodite
(hermaphrodites) who give birth
to Solar-Body unions .... of course you'll have to do more studying to
see this easily. These two Children of the Divine Androgyny, motion
(solar) and form (matter) are both loved and their Greatest Value is in
their Union of Equilibrium (Beauty). These children are represented as
the dancing twins who move hand in hand
(motion and form). Be as the Children---is enlightenment. Let your
Spirit supply the motion of your Form---Love must Power the Body-power
The lesson of Resh requires the knowledge of
Love and the Love of Being---to be the active twins of expanding and liberating
life! Knowledge is not "thought". Hence, this Love must come from the
"Heart"--known but not thought of, while the intellect of the body--the
Head--must move as love (thought action), rather than as animal
reaction! In other words thoughts of Union Rather Than the Survival
thoughts of division! The Sun Radiates all Life Motion and knows that "All that I see is another way to be me".
This is the Knowledge of the heart, ask any child who hasn't been
indoctrinated in "good-bad" (enemy creation), they are in union with all
around them and eyes of Wonder look at all things; eyes ("I's") that aren't
veiled by fear which is indeed the foundation of "thoughts that be-devil us"! Trusting
the Spirit that made you. Knowing that you have no enemies for even
death exists for the sustainability of organic matter. A sustainability,
that as a Spirit Personality Collective---you can always have another way to be a
discerning self conscious sensual experience.
Survival-Thought is the
Devil that deceives us
---knowledge is our Divine Inheritance and is
known as "intuition" which is the thoughtlessness of knowing.
has joined with creation in order to be a sensual God
---i.e. intimate with creation and therefore discerning of thought. A tough idea to get, but once gotten-never forgotten!
The B.O.T.A. Tarot-Key 19: THE SUN,
represents the Life Power, and the fact that it is the very first symbol behind the Fool card, clues us into this Solar Image as the easiest way to describe "Life Force".
In the B.0.T.A. Fool card, the sun is white, which symbolizes the Spiritual Life Center of the Universe, while in the Key 19, The Sun is yellow-gold, representing our life giving star.
The rays of the Sun represent radiation (straight lines of Masculine) and vibration (wavy lines of the Feminine). By giving the Sun human features, the B.O.T.A. card is symbolizing a living animated conscious intelligence. Stars are not inanimate objects, but rather collectives of power impulses that give planets light and life.
The Five Kingdoms of mineral, vegetable, animal, and human, are represented by the five sun flowers. Representing the conscious experience beyond our present state, is the unopened sun flower. The stage of unfoldment represented by this is Regeneration. Hence the two children represent regenerated humanity.
The senses can only give a partial truth and this partiality is represented by the stone wall. Therefore expressing the fact that the comprehension of truth, revealed by sensory evidence is limited.
When this card is thrown during a reading:
- It generally means Gain, Glory and riches all of the Fertility side.
- The meeting of Soul mates.
- The self-conscious is united in harmony with the Soul Collective Conscious.
- However, if surrounded by very ill cards, it can mean the bareness/desert side which would be Arrogance, Vanity, and Display.
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