Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 12: THE HANGED MAN & Barbara Walker Tarot- Key 12: THE HANGED MAN/ EL COLGADO
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 12: THE HANGED MAN & Barbara Walker Tarot- Key 12: THE HANGED MAN/ EL COLGADO

The Tarot of EliCOMPARISONS: The Thoth Tarot-Key 12-THE HANGED MAN & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 12: THE HANGED MAN.
 
The Thoth Tarot-Key 12, is assigned the Hebrew letter Mem (bottom left of card), which means Water. Mem is a Maternal letter meaning the Elemental Water and/or the Amniotic Fluid of the Womb (the Vesica Piscis is the oval of the Ankh).  Even in Nature, this is of no surprise, since the Gnostic believe that the Homo-Sapiens is an GMO evolution of a marine mammal, rather than ape, and that the  Noah's Ark and the Flood is a hierarchic presentation of the facts of life as our Archetypes came from "The Dark Abyss of Space". The Sumerians, believed our "angelic" forefathers, Annunaki (Meaning: "Those who from the Sky came") spliced their DNA with marine amphibian, the most intelligent species on the earth at the time of their arrival.

 Whether  the "angels that fell to earth" were alien geneticists or not, there are many scientists that also believe the marine mammal theory because of the fact we have more in common with marine mammals than apes. I would suggest you research this, as I am about the Tarot here and not seeking to become an anthropologist.
 
To continue : The Hanged Man represents the baptism that is also a death. Death being a transformation from one reality to another, as is birth where the Water Mammal, must become a land-mammal or that of One from one evolution, "placing their" intelligence (The Hanged Man's head is suspended in the world of Flesh) into another. The symbolism of the Hanged Man is often attributed to Self-Sacrifice, but this is really and errant idea. In the last Aeon of Osiris, the Hanged Man represented the supreme formula for adept-ship for the figure that is hung is actually the Spirit "drowning"(baptized) in the Astral Fluid, before becoming manifest in form. The Astrals, are where  all the Forces and Forms of the "Above Sephira" meet in order to combine in a manifestation as a physical birth in the material world.They are also where many people believe they contact more advance beings.

To the flesh-o-phobe, this would be the effect  of spiritual purity being sacrifice to fleshy debasement.

To the Spirit, manifesting Spiritual Creative Intelligence is the way of transforming from idea to experience; from Self, to Self-Awareness, from thought to discerning thought, from knowledge to Wisdom. Being in the flesh, requires Spirit to become aware of its thoughts and how they affect the living reflections simply by the reactions of those thoughts in the very living form that "cloaks it". Think ill, be ill, think well be well etc.
 
Idea or visions, in the Aeon of Osiris, were considered more important than the flesh, and the destruction of bodies in the name of idea/visions (Commonly called,"For the Greater Good') seemed a just cause. In the Aeon of Osiris , it could be said that the foundation of thought was the ruling of definition created by the few who enforced definition on the many and/or that the practice of genocide was the foundation of purity.

In this Age of Horus, the idea must "expand and liberate; the living from their own self-imposed limits, allowing the Foundation of Love ("Love thy neighbor as thyself') to become the "common mind" where union rather than divisionism becomes the conscious foundation of all action. Where the practice of "walking in another persons shoes", is the foundation of intelligent purity.
 Simply stated,  the self in manifestation is more important than the ideas of self, no matter how utopian the ideas are. However, the caveat here is that, you must at first love yourself....as you can't give to another what you don't have, thus requiring that above all things you must know yourself!

The Aeon of Horus, is the age where the hu (god, in Mandarin) man (mind: from the Hindu-Manas) realizes it is the child of the Divine Creative and becomes the Christ/Buddha consciousness on Earth, thus uniting the Above and the Below. That union with the Divine Creative, is seen in the Hanged Man, whose foot is connected to the Ankh (symbolized in the West as the Rosy Cross) which is a combination of  Goddess-God; oval Womb and straight Phallus, and is known as a symbol for eternal universe in a sigil of Mankind.

The ancients knew that if it was made manifest, it was a truth, because Creation made it.  Ideas or words are not a truth, unless they can become "made manifest" by the Power of Creation and/or the ability to do work, In a more personal note; you exist because you're supposed to! The judgment of you has already been made by The Divine Creative, who obviously approve your manifestation!  In other words, the obviousness of your presence proves you are worthy of  being! This kind of thinking doesn't bode well for those who wish to "rule you", so dividing you from your "good" by a religion made of flesh hating rules, will assure your enslavement. The Hanged Man illustrates that being born into the World is a baptism, not a trial to prove your worth!

The Thoth Hanged Man presents a special meaning to the adept, the legs are crossed so the right leg forms a right angle to the left leg, and the arms are stretched out at an angle of 60 degrees, so as to form an equilateral triangle. The symbol thus presented is that of the Triangle surmounted by the Cross which represents the descent of light ( conscious energy) into darkness (unconscious) in order to redeem it! Love of idea, must become aware of itself "as being the idea"!
The process of redemption continues in the symbology of the green disks terminating at the head and limbs, representing the influence of Venus which is the planetary symbol of Grace and beauty. You may note, that the Central Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is called  both Beauty and the Christ-Buddha Conscious/The Son (Sun). The Hang Man represents the redeeming value of baptizing idea in flesh, so that it may Live and "Know itself"!

Therefore the Hanged Man, represents the illusion of  self-sacrifice as a loss. The idea of self-sacrifice is an illusion of nature, for even when someone gives up their life for another, it benefits both parties, and no one losses anything. As the symbol of the "serpent who eats its own tail" implies; life eats itself to stay alive.  Even the Dead must rise again, becoming the one who consumed them or as another incarnation. Therefore, those who treat others as they wish to be treated, reap great rewards in present and future existence. As the 12th Century Sufi sage and poet, Mostaffa Jahaladine Rumi stated: " The grape becomes wine so it can become me."

In a wyrd (Old English: "to weave") and moribund way, this is a beautiful card representing the "Dying God" (Osiris, Christ, Prometheus, Mithra, Odin, etc). As Crowley stated in his Book of Thoth," ....its importance in the present pack is merely that of the Cenotaph, It says; ,' If ever things get bad like that again, in the new Dark Ages which appear to threaten, this is the way to put things right.' But if things have to be put right, it shows that they are very wrong. It should be the chiefest aim of the wise to rid mankind of the insolence of self-sacrifice, of the calamity of chastity: faith must be slain by certainty, and chastity by ecstasy."

Now I know this statement may baffle some, but Knowledge goes way beyond faith, and chastity is  an abomination in a  Living Universe created from the Ecstasy of Union : where it takes the Ecstatic Union of  electric (male- Will to Force) and magnetic (female- Will to Form) forces to create passionate life; Where the very Divine Creative is Androgynous.

There is also a  great difference between chastity and Virtue.  Chasity is often an illusion brought on by a form of self-absorbed importance, while Virtue, is always being true to yourself. True to Self, is "above all things know thyself' and this is done by seeing through the illusions of individual  self importance and knowing that all selves, are equally important to the Greater Self, which is the Universal Collective Unconscious (Phrase coined by Dr. Carl Jung). As is so often necessary, you must see through the illusions of  your reactions, before you can know the Truth of Action. Hence we must learn to sacrifice our microcosmic egos built of self-importance, to the Macrocosmic Ego- the Greater Good (god) of All Being! To render inert, our egoistic self importance, is no sacrifice at all, for one lets go of a "lesser-bound- mind" for a expansive Greater Knowledge. To give up less to  gain more, seems a small price to pay......yet so hard to do, as it seems a gamble to the self absorbed ego that believes only in the certainty of possession. The Greater Self, knows that possession of illusion, is still the ownership of nothing!. Unless you are the Will to Be, in manifestation, you own no-thing as your body is a momentary state possession of sensation called "pleasure pain training" . We are a "personality" of the Real Person, for the purpose of  Self experimentation; it is a temporary Self-Reflection. What you really are, no-body could ever be!
 
The back ground illustration of the Thoth Tarot card is of a grill of small squares,  representing the Elemental Tablets that represent the names and sigillia of all the Forces of Nature. The Spirit/Soul seems to sacrifice its innocence, purity, fiery motion and high intelligence to the necessary physical grossness of  manifestation (represented by the coiled serpent) . However, things are not always as they appear for it is the Soul's very love of being, that creates being and being benefits energy by creating "Self-Reflection" and/or "Self-Awareness". "To Know thyself", is impossible for the eternal, unless you "create a self"! As you can see, great study is needed to understand this terrific card!

Granted, The HANGED MAN- key 12, is a curious image of  Severity and its implications are very different from the previous paths that connect the Personality and the Higher Self; Severity, because this is the Path of Mem (meaning-Water) that connects  Hod (Splendor) and Geburah (Severity) on the Pillar of Severity.
The Hebrew word-MEM, (Water) is a one of the three Maternals, and implies a Baptism in Maternal Waters, as the other two : The Path of Shin (Art) is a baptism in Fire, and The Path of Aleph-The Fool, is a baptism in Air. Of all these three Baptisms, the Baptism in Water (Consciousness) is the central and pivotal  experience of the entire Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Consciousness, is the Alchemical First Principle, also  called the Thinking Principle  and is refereed to the physical image of Water because it is alike water in wave motion, and tidal fluid flow. 

The lowest expression of the First Principle, is first found, by the upward traveling initiate, as the Astral Fluid that is drawn down the Path of the Universe into Yesod, the Foundation Sephiroth. This Thinking Principle, the Astral Fluid, is found  as the Stable Intelligence, by virtue of consistency  in all Sephiroth, and Paths as it underlies everything that is

The Head or Consciousness is pointing downward. Hence, the Spirit is "drowned" in the Maternal Waters of Imagination, where upon, perceiving itself as a Soul, as an intrinsic and inseparably part of the One Consciousness. Carl Jung, who coined the phrase. Collective Unconscious , describe this Water of Mem as a "...boundless expanse full of unprecedented uncertainty, with apparently no inside and no outside, no above and no below, no here and no there, no mine and no thine, no good and no bad.". To him the First Principle of the Alchemists was also described as Water, as he states, "It is the world of water, where all life floats in suspension: where the realm of the sympathetic system, the soul of everything living begins; where I am individually this and that; where I experience the other in myself and the other-than-myself experiences me.....the collective conscious is anything but an encapsulated personal system; it is sheer objectivity, as wide as the world and open to all the world." 

I would highly recommend that the initiate reads the works of Carl Jung, on the Universal Collective Unconscious, thus gaining a modern understanding of the ancient wisdom. To put it another way, in the state of  consciousness we are "always  the subject that has an  object", a reality that is totally turned around in the Universal Collective Unconscious where, we are "the object of every subject", as stated by Carl Jung.

In other words, our subjective Self, I AM becomes objective Self, Me, when immersed in the Maternal Waters on the Path of Mem. THE HANGED MAN.; where the invisible becomes visible.

The initiate knows that we must move constantly upward on the Paths of the Tree of Life, for only through the hindsight gained by going to a higher Sephiroth, can we experience an understanding of the qualities of the lower Sephiroth.

The Path of Mem, leads to Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth (Severity) which is directly above Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth (Beauty); Geburah is the Fiery or Active part of the Higher Self and is shown as Red in color; the color of Mars. This further illustrates the point that Geburah is the fiery energy on the Pillar of Water below Binah. In the Thoth Tarot card of the HANGED MAN, the Womb of Binah is where the hanging figure's foot is held; from the oval of the Egyptian Ankh (Vesica Pisces), and/ or head womb, extends   the cross like symbol
(also called the Tau cross) that are the outstretched arms of Adam Khadmon, representing the Divine Person who is both Divine Androgyny and Infinite.

To the one who has inwardly traveled the Paths to this point, it is to be noted that the Path of Mem, the HANGED MAN, must be approached very differently than the lower paths. Here, the mediator becomes the object of one's own meditation. The individual becomes the "other" which was previously the object of pursuit; the "other" now becomes the initiate. Thus it can be said, that the personality meditates in pursuit of the Higher Self, The Real Person, who then becomes or envelopes the Personality of the pursuer creating a Higher Sensual Self....A self often stated as having "Magick Abilities".
The Barbara Walker Tarot, Key 12 : THE HANGED MAN,

uses the traditional medieval illustration of one who is baffled (hung by his feet) between two trees. This is an implication of One's Soul, hung up side down on the Middle Pillar of the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
This Tarot Card is a clear indicator of a non-christian belief system, as it depicts a explicit pagan origin.
Here, the door shaped gallows was atypical of the old sacrifices to Odin, a "dying god", God of the Hanged.

 This gallows design was also called the "wooden horse", or "horse of Yggr" (Odin was called Yggr-the terrible one). The message here was that of one must practice self-sacrifice, often leading to death, to reach mystical enlightenment and resurrection.
Here is the Universal dying god myth, being based, as all others, on the belief that a person crossing the threshold between life and death, could see both worlds, and thereby revealing the secrets of eternity.
The Medieval custom of baffling, was like the stocks, a form of humiliation, rather than a death sentence. Therefore the Tarot Card Hanged Man, is not showing fear, rather he is sublime in his acceptance of the situation. There is a link here of the traditional rituals humiliation of the Sacred King before his sacrificial death. This tradition is best known to Christian cultures as the scourge and humiliation of Christ, before he was crucified [ Mathew 26:67, 27:30].
 The crossed legs of the Hanged Man suggest the Egyptian hieroglyph of a stick figure with legs arranged the same way. As a verb this hieroglyph meant "to dance", as a noun it meant ab, "heart soul". The Heart Soul was the most consider the most important of the Egyptian seven souls (7 auric bodies of Tantra). For it was the one given by Mother's blood, and was sure to be the one weighed by Maat on her balance scales, after death.  Most ancient peoples believed the heart was a person's true essence. The heart beat was the "dance of life" within.

However, the Dance of Life, is a far older concept than Egyptian culture, for the Hindu god Shiva, perpetually danced the dance of life in Chidambaram, The Center of the Universe, known as a mystic place located in the Cave of the Heart where "true Self" resides; which I call the Real Person and/or "I AM". Shiva's dance could be felt in the heart of each person, and his universal soul dwelt in the heart of the World Mother.
Even Jesus, another of the Dying Gods, was quoted as saying in the Acts of John: "to the universe belongs the dancer. He who does not dance does not know what happens. Now if you follow my dance, see yourself in me who is speaking...You who dance, consider what I do, for yours is the passion of this Man of which I am to suffer."
Hence,  the Tarot Hanged Man, was representing the many savior figures who underwent a kind of martyrdom calculated to apotheosize him, or put him in touch with the Lord of Death. 

 The Hanged Man card usually turns up in a reading as

  • Enforced sacrifice such as forced by the State.
  • Punishment, Loss of a often fatal involuntary nature.
  •  General suffering.
  • However, if the accompanying cards are of a deeply metaphysical/spiritual nature, this card is about giving up old, bad habits, for new regenerative habits.
  • To and immortal Soul, sacrifice is an illusion, simply because, loss is before gain, error is before correction; ignorance is before knowledge;  unknown is before understanding.
  • A person is declaring their Spiritual inheritance as "I AM".

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