The Thoth Tarot-Key 18-The Moon: The Path of Qoph
- Primary path color: Crimson (ultra-violet)
- Musical note: B natural
- Astrological sign: Pisces (Mutable water)
- Symbol of meaning: Back of head, ear.
- Simple letter: Sleep
Qabalistic Esoteric title
: The Ruler of Flux and Re-flux. The Child of the Sons of the Mighty.
From the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom (Dr.Paul Foster Case):
Twenty-ninth Path is the Corporeal Intelligence, so-called because it
forms every body which is formed beneath the whole set of worlds and the
increment of them.
The Path of Qoph connects Victory
(Netzach) with The Kingdom (Malkuth) and is described as the "Victory of the Material World"
but also as the "deceptive effect of the apparent power of Material Forces".
Therefore the Moon Tarot Card represents a spiritual rebirth and/or resurrection. As we incarnate, it is the Gateway to the Material world and the
first stage of the Soul's organization of the physical body that it will
inhabit (often done in the womb). It is a form of "sleep", a
pre-consciousness (that precedes the waking consciousness)
differentiating into physical matter from the collective unconscious realm of
Also,in terms of the spiritually developing
individual, The Moon represents the conquest of the phantoms reflected from the
material world (Astral fantasies). The Qabalistic lodge of the Golden
Dawn, described these phantoms as, "The Child of the Sons of the Mighty" which
simply means the "creations of the Created", as our souls are Sons of the Mighty ( The Latin word -Animus means Soul). This is a watery (Unconscious) path of
probation, where the student must face and conquer the phantoms of their
own deep unconscious as well as those of the race in which they are is born.
It can be a terrible and frightening Path, not only of stunning
illusions but of real dangers to the emotional stability of those who
have not built up enough inner strength (inner virtue--often called
"Character") to handle this experience. However, when we slay the
"monsters within", the deep recesses of our sleep-consciousness
(sub-conscious), and understand their mechanisms, we gain the capacity
to manipulate those qualities in ourselves as well as in others.
Path of Qoph, represents a primitive path of raw animal nature; of instincts
(survival mind), uncontrolled passions, and emotions which are not
subject to intellectual, moral or ethical considerations. This Path
shows us aspects of ourselves which society forces us to repress but
which are an integral and undeniable part of our human being. To be
whole, we must approach this Path with our Whole Being, applying reason
to that which we encounter, as we apply feeling to that which is
encountered on the Path of Judgment.
In the Thoth
Tarot, Key 18-THE MOON,
there are two images of The Guardians of the Gate
are the Ra kings
of ancient Egypt. These are the Sun gods who protect
our life force and energy as we change and reclaim our authentic selves.The gate guardians that were traditionally shown as two dogs, as does the Barbara Walker card.
The Jackals represent the Egyptian deity Anubis. The
two figures of Anubis, the jackal-headed gate keepers, symbolize this
cyclic process (Spiral energy) as the god Anubis was the Egyptian god
of light and darkness, death and resurrection. The "As above, so below"
is shown as a pattern on this card also reinforces this meaning. Hence, the god of death that ushered the souls of the dead into the underworld presents a mythology of that which
remind us to let go of the "old" in order to go through the
gates into new experiences.
The Egyptian scarab, On the Thoth card,
the Egyptian God of Transformation, i.e. "He who becomes"
. This dung
beetle and/or scarab, rolls the ball of the sun, pushing it into the
Other World in the evening and over the horizon into the morning. For
the ancient Egyptian, the scarab-beetle-god represented the rising sun
and symbolized the renewal of life and the idea of eternal existence.
Not unlike our own knowledge of eternal existence in the first law of
thermodynamics ( There is only one energy that can't be created nor
destroyed; only transformed).
The Moon is not only the
astrological representative of the water-signs, such as Pisces and Cancer, but is also the
universal feminine principle of magnetism. The magnetic influence of
flux and re-flux help us to see the inherent power of our receptive
nature; to open, expand, yield, and totally express our full power and
nature, like the Moon. The Moon reflects back to us the mystery of who
we are and of our changing phases. The Reclamation of our Authentic
Self, requires that we open, receive and go-inward. Moon like, it is
essential to reveal ourselves without holding back or censoring
ourselves in anyway ( Of this I am profoundly accused of!). To me as a
practicing Magus, this is the gateway to the "other side of the
Mirror".....The non- sun-reflected-subjective side.
The simple Hebrew letter of Qoph, roughly translates into the English word, sleep.Thus
we have a conscious relationship with the Moon, The bright Sun
reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of
the "sleeping" subconsciousness. As the Moon has cycles, so does our
Psyche , as during the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from the
physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and information
closely related to the bodies survival based experiences. Their
dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of pain
and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful
completion of the Path of The Moon.
The initiate, finds that birth, death, and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon/Qoph. These biological processes occur in the light and dark of our sensual perceptions. The
Moon, key 18, also symbolizes the process that consciousness goes through, when
energy proceeds from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics),
from organized flesh assembly to the disassembling putrefaction of death.
To understand the Qabalistic Path of Qoph-The Moon,
is to understand the partnership of our personality self-consciousness with
the physical vehicle, which the Soul, a Yod- Personality (Solar
Personality) builds for each manifestation by fragmenting past built
personalities/experiences (fractals of the Collective Self) and combining the fragmented data into a new fractal personality producing AI.
Since most people perceive themselves as having existence only through
their present bodies, The Real Person/Soul every once in awhile lets loose a shadow of the past, which is an "illusion" of past lives; ghosts of
feelings that have naught to do with this life but are similar past experience. Understanding that you
have at least Two Personalities; the Soul which is the Real Personal
expression of the Solar Logos (Christ or Buddha Self), and the artificial intelligence/personality
developed by interaction with environment and indoctrination.
Reconciling the two, is is often a most difficult undertaking.
The Moon was often seen as a Goddess of Life
(White Goddess of Light) Diana, and a Goddess of Death Hecate ( Dark Goddess) at once
praised and then feared. It is the physical vehicle's fear of dying
that hounds our consciousness in many subtle ways, producing phantoms
who manifest as phobias, obsessions, and mental - emotional disorders.
Our consciousness comes from the immortal Soul-Psyche, and is unused to
such thoughts of fear filled ending, for "ending" is a concept of time, not immortality. Being expressions of the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious, Souls recycle, the experiences of consciousness, which are a "reflection upon Self"; experiments in the Soul Conscious-Persona-self awareness preformed
in/on matter for the purpose of psychosomatic discernment.
Bodies/Brains forget that as organic material,
they are also
recycled; that they are a recycled part of the Whole Collective Organic Organism,
that we know as "Organic matter". Like I have often said to my own
brain," You came from cranberries and to cranberries you shall
." which is a slightly dark humor, that I use to give the brain
pause from its attempts at survival thinking rather than listening to
the "Inner Psyche" that I AM. We are Yodish Microwaves of creation (Yod=Hand
Hence, as "hands of god",
we are in charge of our own Self Creation!
The Qabalist learns quickly that We are not a physical brain nor its product. We
are Souls/Psyche, who are supposed to program the brain, which is "wet ware" with its own
self-identity soft-ware, for the purpose of Life (Spirit) experiencing the discernment
of being a "living thing" operated by "fecund and fertile" thought.
With mortality, thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental
ramblings of an eternal Divine Creator dreaming of Itself. They now must support Life,( Anima-Latin for Spirit) and
expand and liberate the "living" from self imposed limits, i.e. fear of
death-based thoughts and/or survival thinking.
As the Immortal "hands of creation", we are here to
redesign the "survival mind", A. I. of the animal-planetary-body. We are the Sun's/Son's of
Life Creative Conscious Energy, who must reflect upon a world of
Matter, our own self-realizations, therefore creating the "color of Life", i.e., The Alive. This reflection of solar thoughts has
been for generations, symbolized by the Moon image. For as we all know,
this is the realm of "Reflected light", representing the Womb of Visible light; Visible light, which is less than one percent
of the total electromagnetic spectrum that is the medium of our "dark-unconsciousness". As Moon/Solar Psyche, we bend, twist, spiral,
visible light by a psychosomatic process of I AM ME. In other words, the
perspectives/beliefs of an declaration. I AM... can be anything!
One could say, that on the Path of the Moon,
the Souls learns to run the physical vehicle by expanding the brain's
perspectives beyond that of life and death, into the knowledge of
personality-resurrection. For the Soul is the Will of Life and the Will
of Death, and both must be a function of willful discernment, if creation is to last!
The Moon Tarot Card, represents the Qabalistic 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 and flows in through the Chakras). For myself. 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, The Real Person, 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 phenomena 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.
Psychic Path 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.
Hence, no matter how benign or malevolent we are, we
still have to inherit the "Alien Psyche" by advancing our thought from
self absorbed to the Divine Impersonal. Therefore, the "Alien-Psyche" has to overcome the
survival will of the fear
based animal mind that is part of the human body, with the greater Will of Spiritual I AM. This fact alone, helps to
prove, that you are not of the body, but that it is a GMO (Genetically
Modified Organism) of your Archetypal- Self (Real Person) 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 phantoms of 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. Remember we are the Divine Psyche of the Soma. 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 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. On the Barbara Walker Tarot, key 18- The Moon, the rebirth of light out of the hideous darkness, is shown as a blazing sun, surrounded by the "blood of the goddess" and or blood of Goddess menses, that purifies and resurrects the alive. 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. Forms are the property of the Divine Feminine Magnetic, aspect of the One Energy.
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 of individuality/microwaves of I AM
, 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
In the simplest of terms, this is a Magnetic 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 psychosomatic path, is to understand the relationship of our Real Person and the
personality-consciousness and the physical power-tool built for each
incarnation and facilitates an awake Soul; who walks in the lightof Wisdom rather
than a Soul who sleeps in the dark of shadows and doesn't operate the Power-Tool
it was given by giving it's operation to the faux authority of cultural
dogma. 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 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/Son to claim its Rich Universal Inheritance.
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 meaning of the Hebrew word-Qoph
, is the back of the head,
behind the head itself, is the Sun-or Resh
in Hebrew. 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. These denizens of the dark are represented by the Crab emerging from dark waters on the Barbara Walker card.
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-Kether, to God the
Son/Sun, the 6th Sephira-Beauty, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. 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". 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 Thoth card (Down from
Tiphareth) and from around the Sun of the Barbara Walker card. 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.
Again: 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
Key 18-THE MOON
The universal principle of Choice and Authenticity.
This has been called the Karma Card ( work that needs to be done).
Ultimately, we have a daily
choice between supporting our authentic self or our dutiful man-made
self. There is the Real which is the Soul Persona and then there is
reality, the "self-reflection and/or indoctrinated identity that we call
our ego or personality.
In this card we see the
gates, on the Thoth Card, or the Twin Pillars that are shown on the Barbara Walker card, which are guarded by the Ra kings of Egyptian sun god myth, or the "Hounds of Hell" of the Crone Goddess myths, who
stabilize and protect our energy as we transform from reality selves to
our memory of Real Self.
The Moon reminds
us of the illusions of the survival mind. If you as an individual knows
(not believes) that everyone you see is another way of being you; you
are in the Real sight of divine self-awareness. If you see everyone as
enemy or friend, you suffer from reality blindness brought on by the
survival mind of the animal that you should own but now owns you because
of your fears of rejection and/or sensuality: fear of pain, fear of discomfort, fear of
vulnerability,... All of which come from the animal thought of "fear of
being eaten", which is also called fear of death.
The Moon is a card
representing illusion and reminds us that the illusion of the senses;
yes illusion, as senses are all psychosomatic, meaning that not everyone
has the same sensual experience from same environments; in other words
they are not scientific proof. As a Soul (meaning Psyche), the body is
only 1% of us, and its purpose is to define thought . In other words to
aid our creative psyche in discernment.
In the Qabalah
Reality is defined as trans-formative
, the Real is the One who
Transforms but is not the transformation itself. You may also see the
Scarab beetle on the bottom of this card. This is the symbol of the
Egyptian god Khepri, the god of transformations. Or the Crab symbol for the astrological sign Cancer and also announces the last coming of the Crone, Kali Bhavani (Being) returning to her dark formless state as Kali-Uma (Non Being) which is symbolized as the primordial deep pool the crab is rising out of.
In the Thoth illustration,
the Scarab is rolling the Sun across the horizon, into the other-world
in the evening and this world at the dawn. This motion represents the
renewal of life and the Real eternal existence which is invisible and
thus called dark.
The Thoth Moon card also represents the water sign- Pisces. The traditional two fish of Pisces are symbolized here as the Anubi gate guardians, and represent the Picean commitment to evolutionary transformation.
When the Tarot Moon card is thrown during a divination:
The querent is reminded that they are functioning in the realm of the
unconscious where they become aware that reality is a dream, that
time/space and physical bodies are merely conceptions, and therefore
deep cellular change is possible.
- Often this is the
Shamanic call to enter into the darkness of unconscious desires and
fears so that you may transform them into functional motion rather than
- 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 and voluntary change is on the horizon.
- The querent is experiencing choice and authenticity over old illusions and delusions.
- A call to enter into the darkness of the unconscious and to come to grips with one's fantasy made demons.
18 weeks or 18 months the querent must take control of the survival
mind and expand it beyond its fear based perspectives.
must remember, that they are a Spirit who owns a body, not a body who
owns a spirit; an Immortal Conscious that owns a mortal consciousness.
The Moon is about the Illusion of life and death, so there will be moments of lying, falsity, deception, if the card is ill dignified.
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