Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 21: THE UNIVERSE & The B.O.T.A. Tarot-Key 21: THE WORLD
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 21: THE UNIVERSE & The B.O.T.A. Tarot-Key 21: THE WORLD

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Key 21- The Universe.

The universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
-Scriabin

The Universe card represents the principle of individuality, totality, and wholeness.
To those of Eastern culture, this is the image of Shiva; to the Christian, this is the image of the virgin Mary with her foot on the head of the serpent. Regardless of cultural interpretation this card symbolizes the Divine Androgen that is both dynamic and magnetic in a perfectly balanced dance (life motion) of I Am Me.

The Thoth Universe card represents the great inner work of unifying polarities, oppositions, and paradoxes within oneself.

With sickle in hand this figure cuts away limitations and restrictions while weaving them into a web to dance on, for destruction always leads to renewal.

The regenerative diamond back serpent is representative of the need to transform before we can expand and liberate ourselves from the past self-imposed limits, which as old skin, shall soon be shed.

The spiral hair-do symbolizes growth and evolution: The Spiral Entity, that is Spirit. 

The diamond halo is the symbol for expanded awareness, such as psychic abilities etc.

The Greek pantheon at the bottom represents the home of all the goddesses and gods; when our body becomes the temple of our divinity, such a pantheon are we as our Soul is the collective of all it has made.

The four animals symbolize, earth (Taurus the bull), fire (Leo, the lion), water (Scorpio, the bird): and air (Aquarius, the human face). This symbology shows us that it is important to express ourselves, physically,(Taurus), spiritually (Leo). emotionally (Scorpio), and mentally (Aquarius).
 
The Thoth, Key 21, The Universe, of the Hermetic Qabalah:

 Is the motion of our Conscious energy crystallized into form, and  thus is downward on the Tree of Life, making it obvious that the first path upward is the Last Key of the Major Arcana:

This Qabalistic Thoth Tarot Card is the Path of Tau, meaning equal armed cross and/or the Tau cross (T-cross). Tau is a  Hebrew Double-letter (Soul letter), a combination of opposites and is called power-servitude.
 
The meaning of the word Power, is the ability to do work...and the ability to weave esoteric work into physical material is why we-Spirit-have a physical body! We now must work from a material perspective (the "Below") to the Realms of Pure Spirit (the "Above") thereby weaving the ethereal with the material; doing the Serious Work of the Divine [THE GREAT WORK of As above so below]. As long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical body we have the ability to discriminate and/or discern thought. Think of the magic we are, for we are from Solar Conscious (Solar Logos), born of Suns, who as an Spiral intelligence (Spirit), have learned to not fear the death of stars, but instead, take the dead star material (physical matter) and make it Live again; a resurrection. Dead solar matter is a Alive again, but in a more empathetic, sensual, and personal way and therefore extending the life of Stars as persons!  Persons/personalities are a form of artificial conscious, we call self-consciousness, just as bodies are a artificial sun!

The Path of the Key 21, joins Earth (Malkuth) with the Foundation (Yesod) and is the first path out of the material condition for the personality, leading towards an understanding of the consciousness forged by the Higher Self of Tiphareth, for EACH incarnation. The Universe Card is the mandala for the "Administrative Intelligence", as Paul Foster Case described it in his text "The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom". The Path of Tau is the "Thirty Second Path". and Paul Foster Case says," it directs and associates in all their operations the seven planets."

In our discussions of the Universe, we are discussing the Material Universe of the "first matter" (thought) to the "last Material" Crystallized light (Bio-protons).  I have often heard people refer to themselves as "mind and body" and when they meditate or dream, they consider that the images that come to them are somehow separate from the body-physical as if the Divine marriage of Spirit and Matter has become  a Divine Divorce. Some how the body is not of the One Mind. The Gnostic Mysteries have for generations state that ALL IS MIND. The Above- Macrocosm and the Below-Microcosm, are Cosmic Self Awareness---MIND copying itself over and over as a Fractal of I AM! Therefore the distinction between mind and body is perspective, not of actuality.

Once again the perspective of "Divide and Conquer" cultures does us mental harm. For by fearing the sensuality of the body (fear of pain/discomfort), we act as a idiot driver of a car, who fears the sensors that give information of the car's health as gauges. This stress driven-driver, would ignore the "engine warning light", because he fears it would mean discomfort, such as bills, or time in repair (hospital time) and if he "ignores it", it must go away. Finally, when broken down on the highway, the ignorant person will inevitably blame the car.  The same thing happens with the "nervous breakdowns" of those who insist the stress they are sensing, is because of "everything else", rather than their own errant perspectives. The body is a psycho-sensing device, i.e. psychosomatic, as well as a biological one. Anyone who impeccably "drives" a vehicle, especially a "Power Tool" of such vast ability as the human body, needs Sensors and the fearless knowledge of how to read them and then the mental strength to take action and fix the error! The Soul has such ability.

When we close our eyes and see pictures, we are seeing the foundation of Matter, the most refined form of matter- i.e. the first matter-Thoughts- which are then become the liquid energy forms closest to the physical condition, called the Astral Mental Plane. The Physical is a Crystallization of these subtle forms brought about by the Power and mutual Servitude of  I AM ME----Force (I) and Form (AM) whom both are Power ( I AM-Me), and who all Serve each other as a Psyche, energy and power tool. We are the Figure Eight (infinity-symbol) of Force and Form. A twisting of Serpentine Force and Form flow. Perspectives, base on how we identify ourselves, creates the dimension of "Me".

As have stated before, we are 99.6% invisible, which means that most of our identity and the Physical World is Unseen by the self-conscious!

As you can see by looking at the illustration of the Four Worlds of the Hermetic Qabalah, Assiah is Malkuth, alone, and it is described as our sphere of sensation. Yet Malkuth is symbolized by the Seven Pointed Star which is representative of the Seven Palaces of Assiah (planets) By experiencing the Path of Tau--The Universe, we are taken to the Gateway of these Seven Palaces.


On the Path of Tau, the Universal Plan (The Great Work) becomes apparent without necessarily being understood. You can enter the "Holy of Holies" and encounter them in such away that you are "in them but not of them", a product of the Divisionism perspective--which is where most "new age'rs" are at. They must progress further up the Tree of Life to become "of them", for we are building the As above, So below, not to leave it, but to expand its Psyche
  by focusing our Psychosomatic Power into this crystallized-light dimension (Bio-protons) which builds a body called the Soma. We are the Psyche/Soul who rules the Soma, as Masters of Time/Space. 

What is important here is that all the  Force and Form of The One Energy is present and self- balanced on this Path. The Above has Condensed as the Below! This self-balance is also stated in the  Oriental Tao, as "What is here is there, and what is there is here. If it is not here, it is not there and if it is not there, it is not here." In Qabalah, it is stated as, "All the power that ever was or will be is here now." A statement that I take further to the point of I AM, as I state," I Am all the power that ever was or will be and I AM Here NOW!"

Therefore, this is the Path of Alchemical Initiation, where the personality is encountering itself and becoming aware of the fact that what we encounter on this Path is of our own making. This is where the physical personality, realizes it is not really "in charge" of the Macrocosmic Universe (Qabalistic-Macroprosopos) of I AM  but rather of all that is inside our heads which is a Microcosmic universe (Microprosopos) of " I AM Me".

However, we also encounter symbols and ideas which are of a greater consciousness than our own self-conscious, and begin to see how our being relates to a Universal picture. It is easy to know when one is "on this path and becomes of it", we become dreamy, and the ego loves the fantasy of denial-- but not the work.  In other words, "just lay back and the dreams will deliver you"--kind of thinking that doesn't understand or denies the " Psycho dynamic Power that drives our Power tools" and if someone suggests that this is not enough for you must "do the Deed" as well, the ego sees an enemy to its blissful denial and will use "name calling" to disabuse them while expounding on the belief system of fantasy. Utopia is such a belief for it is based on fear of pain.

Therefore, our own Survival thinking (animal mind), must be observed on this Path and corrected, in order to continue on into the Higher Self which is a Psyche-Oneness and not of the divisionism and "comfort dreams" of the survival animal mind which loves "belief systems" (superstitions)  but abhors "deed-systems", i.e. the diligent gathering of Knowledge by experience.  The initiate knows that to travel the Path upward to Tiphareth (Christ light) is a "deed system". This is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who bring their Personalities into a balance of self-understanding and action, where we no longer look for blame as we experience the phantoms-of- emotional pain that we are experiencing, or by entertaining ourselves with an extended comfortable denial fantasy where all is "Sunny", which many deluded people believe is this Path.

Spirit is not a kind of Opiate that keeps us from seeing the self-surgery that must be done! The True Seeker, must keep in mind that the Universe is a Path of entry into the Astral (Yesod) and that the Astral "seeks to deceive", this is the fantasy place, were the many see or channel "ascended masters" from. We came to make "As above, so below"; The Great Work, which simply states we came to "descend" Mastery as a perfect motion of Master and Masterpiece. This doesn't take a lot of thought, because the Divine Creative obviously has devoted a lot of time (14 billion years) to creating a Physical Universe! Will to Form-the Divine Feminine and Will to Force, the Divine Masculine, have combined to build Us as "It's" Image, because The Divine Wishes "To Be!"...It was always "ascended"! As were we, for we came down the Tree of Life, and must reclaim our knowledge "left behind" because of psyche "down sizing". However, we, the Spiritual Adventures, finally have the form we need, for the Hu (god in Mandarin)-Man (from Hindu Manas-Mind), has a brain that can store this information. Right now we are using only 7 to 10% of it!

In the Thoth Deck Universe Card, we see the Four Alchemical Elements as different images of heads surrounding the Oval-Womb (Will to Form) of the Great Mother which is both the entry point of Life and the exit of  Death. Her  fullest expression as Binah (Understanding) is represented as the female form within and is all principles that we perceive as  matter and is shown in gematria (Qabalistic numerology) as 2+1+3, the number of the Sephira-Binah. Time requires a beginning and an end to an event, otherwise form is not conceived. So the event of Tiphareth Force down-pouring and uprising must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Therefore, Life processes run in waves, or spirals which come back upon themselves and this process is the nature of the Akashic Fluid of Yesod. This spiral force is directed by the passive and active Physic energy flow, each of which is dual poled (male and female) and is shown on this card as the serpent Kundalini which represent the Primary sexual forces of Nature that will be experienced on the Path of Tau.

The blue background of the Thoth card represents the Great Sea of The Divine Collective Un-Consciousness (Binah-Understanding & Chokma-Sophia-Wisdom) in its most dense and difficult expression.There are many currents here, and some lead to the Light and others to the darkness of self-delusion. We must really carry the perspective of, "Everyone I see is another way of being Me" on this path so that we don't form this Akashic Fluid into phantom "enemies" that sink our "life" boat personality into the gloom of survival thinking.  Therefore this inner path of Tau  is the path of Self-conscious perspective-formed- images of a Me.



The B.O.T.A. Tarot-Key 21 : THE WORLD, represents the uses of limitation.
Here, the dance of life is carried on by means of the form- building, solidifying power that gives us definiteness and/or definition.
Limitation is that power which enables our Psyche to measure and know with exactness and precision.  Here, Saturn, the ruler of Time, is always limiting and restrictive, but this is never malefic unless we are used by time rather the users of it.

This Power of limitation, is the very foundation of science and is known as our Administrative intelligence. It is self evident that limitation is also an act of concentration which is also a "meditation"; a very necessary stage of spiritual unfoldment called Cosmic Consciousness.

The Four figure heads on this card, are the same that are on the B.0.T.A.  Key-10. The veil that covers the central female figure is in the shape of the Hebrew letter, Kaph which is also a letter attributed to the 10th Key.
The wreath, albeit a mathematical figure, is also a symbol for the Life-Power as the fundamental principle of form.
As in the image of the Thoth High Priestess, the upper torso of the central figure is feminine, however the lower legs look to be muscular masculine; a subtle way of saying this is an androgynous figure.

The spirals in this figures hands represent integration and disintegration, as they are turning in opposite directions.
Now we are apparently at the end of the Major Arcana, but that is not reality. Key 21 is a triple manifestation of the number 7, and 7 represents the end of a cycle and the beginning of the next. Key-0, follows Key 21, thus the never ceasing  law of cyclicity is manifest in the symbolism of the Tarot. This is a spiral Universe and all evolution is a manifestation of Cosmic Law.

When thrown in a Tarot Reading:
  • The Universe Card usually denotes the actual subject  of the question, therefore depending entirely on the surrounding cards.
  • It is The Matter Itself, Synthesis, World, and Kingdom. Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper.
  • The querent is casting the circle which means they are mastering in some way the three planes of mind, body and emotions.
  • End of a phase.
  • Completion of some work and expanding toward another.

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