Key 20-The Thoth Tarot- Aeon compared to the Barbara Walker-JUDGMENT- key 20. The Path of Shin:
Qabalistic/Esoteric Title: The Spirit of the Primal Fire.
The Tarot Card key 20; The Aeon/Judgment, is the Hermetic Qabalah's 31st Path of Wisdom
The Perpetual Intelligence, because it regulates the motions of the Sun and Moon, each in an order convenient for it.
The Path of Shin
is also known
as the Judgment tarot card in traditional decks, and Barbara Walker's Tarot, because
it joins (the red/orange path on the right lower side of the Tree of Life
glyph) the Earth (Malkuth) with Splendor (Hod), the base Sephira
(Circle) and completion of the Pillar of Severity ( The right side of
the Tree of Life --your left if looking at it--forms a Pillar to the top
Black circle that is Binah. In the Hermetic Qabalah this is known as
the Pillar of Severity.
The Earth/ the 10th Sephira Malkuth,
is now connected to the ultimate expression of Binah (Goddess/Mother) which is the Will to Form
that is the activating Path of Intellect and/or Imagination, while the opposite, The Moon
, is a formative Path of emotion.
Therefore this Judgment, is
a process undergone by the Personality as it strives to become
conscious of its own inner working. It is perpetual process of
monitoring of the Personality toward Universal Consciousness or what I
call "Claiming your Divine Inheritance".
The Angelic powers,
invoked by the desire of the path traveling student, slowly burn away
that which is deemed unworthy of Divine Inheritance by the redeeming fire
a process that is actually physical and can be associated with the
Kundalini Fire of the Root chakra as it rises up the spine towards the
Brain. This is the "Splendor of the Material World"( as noted by the
Golden Dawn) that points out the relationship of the Path of Shin to the
physical body as a state of Resurrection or Rebirth. Being the Path
where the components of the Personality are first encountered in the Universe
being critically analyzed and judged (evaluated) makes this a bright and
Fiery probationary path of the intellect, while the Moon is the dark,
cold and watery probationary path of the emotions. Both are the
introduction to the true nature of Self (Greater Self/Real Person) in incarnation
and can thus be extremely difficult. That is one reason why people are
cautioned about "Raising the Kundalini"(primal life force).
As seen in the Thoth 20-Aeon card
, and Barbara Walker Tarot-Judgment,
all elements are present on this path of Shin, either active or inactive--which
is to say expressed (seen-active) or unexpressed (unseen passive)
making these Elemental Paths difficult to understand. Shin
four alchemical Elements, Fire (Angel), Water (Moon), Air (sky) and Earth (ground). The evolution of
the cosmos is from the subtle (simple) to the most complex; From nothing
to something. Our psyche evolution evolved from simple Quanta
(sub-atomic particle) to complex molecular structures. In all things,
the whole is implicit in the developing parts of the collective.
In the Thoth deck, The Aeon,
supersedes all earlier concepts of the Key, and show the harmonious and
spiritual state of human existence which will be on earth in the 22
century (according to Crowley). This is symbolized by the Goddess Nuith
(Nut), and her consort Hadit (seen as a golden orb of light). Their
union births Harachte (Meaning: "Horus from the Horizon")
thus promoting the name Horus
(Meaning: "god of the world, light and the Heavens"
) who shown as seated and standing depicting his active and passive forms.
Another name for Horus is Heru (meaning: "he who is above") which is synonymous with Hru,
"The Great Angel set over the Tarot". This card, according to
Qabalistic doctrine, also symbolizes the passing of the 500 year period
of darkness and trial, preparatory to a new Aeon of Light"; explaining
why Crowley named it the Aeon.
Those who have seen the old Traditional Card, such as The Barbara Walker Tarot--The Angel or Last Judgment--know that the Thoth Deck Card seems to stray from tradition; However, Crowley states otherwise and says, "...it was necessary to depart completely from the tradition of the cards, in order to carry on that tradition."[Book of Thoth]
the old card, an Angel was
depicted as blowing a trumpet, flagged on
the end with the symbol of the Eon of Osiris, while below him, three
graves were opening up. Of the three dead arising, one of them had his
arms extended in right angles at elbows and shoulders, forming the
Hebrew letter Shin
-meaning fire. Thus, the card represented the
destruction of the World by fire...the "world" being the Aeon of Osiris.In the traditional cards the Angel "blowing the trumpet" is the bringer of this fiery vibration.
The Aeon of Osiris ended in 1904 when the Solar-Fiery
god Horus took over the position of Hierophant in the East, from the
Airy god Osiris. Therefore, Crowley rightly thought that the new card
should be a representation of the "Steele of Revealing". Hence, the card of regenerative Self.
Freda Harris, the artist for the Thoth Tarot, produced a card of magnificent detail,
showing the Star
filled body of Goddess Nuit, the Star Goddess, who is the category of
unlimited possibility; her mate Hadit (the Yellow Orb)
, whom Crowley called ," the
ubiquitous point-of-view, the only philosophically tenable conception
is represented as a winged globe of fire, symbolizing the
eternal energy with the Power of Going.
The resulting marriage of
these two produces the child Horus
(Heru-ra-ha), shown in the images of
a double god; his extroverted (standing) image represents
and his passive or introverted sitting image represents
.(you'll have to look these up in Egyptian myth for
further explanation). Horus, being a solar entity, is also shown coming
forth in golden light. The whole of the explanation of the Aeon card is
in Crowley's Book of Law.
At the bottom of the Thoth Aeon card we see the Hebrew letter Shin ,
suggesting the form of a flower, the three Yods are occupied by three
human figures (the three arising from graves on the Old Card) arising to
partake of the Essence of the new Aeon. Behind the letter Shin, is a
symbolic representation of the zodiacal sign, Libra; Crowley called
this "... the forth-shadowing of the Aeon which is to follow the present one, presumably in about 2000 years."
In the Book of Law, Crowley depicts Ra-hoor-khuit; as stating,"I
am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the Wand of Force of Coph Nia;
but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed a Universe;& naught
remains." Not much more about the future Aeon is shown on this card, as Crowley felt the present Aeon is too young to show more. But what is crushed is not the Universal Collective Unconscious, but the "Universe as man sees it". A new "self-conscious" shall arise from the death of the old. Here, Horus, the Real Person, crushes the man made personality.
The Aeon (Eon) of Horus
has come in with a fiery roar, with two world wars, and "police
actions" of great upheavals in political, moral, physical and
spiritual events. All of which have marked the catastrophic transition
from the Aeon of Osiris (Patriarch) to the Aeon of Horus (The Divine Hermaphrodite). It seems that we can even manifest the
fiery might of Solar fusion on the planet itself in the form of Hydrogen
bombs. It is indeed very instructive to study the Political massing of
power, with accompanying improvements in travel, and communication (all
done by the male/female force electromagnetism) with great mental leaps
in science, medicine and philosophy and with a general need for the consolidation
of religious thought. If we compare the five hundred years preceding
the following crisis of the Patriarch of approximately 2000 years ago,
with those of similar periods in 1904 of the old era, 500 years of Dark
Ages are likely to be upon us. Fortunately, we have brighter minds
bearing enlightened torches of thought to light our way our of the
present Dark Age of Corporate enslavement and State Controlled identity. The Soul (The Real Person) is arising and reclaiming its bodies!
There is a Horus, a hawk headed Sun-god in all of us and many of us can feel Its Heat.
further understanding, you might want to consider the fact that Horus
is an androgynous figure, i.e. the combination of Nuit and Hadit. The
new Aeon of Horus, is where the Matriarch (Aeon of Isis) and the Patriarch (Aeon of Osiris), unite in
communion, to raise the Solar (Soul) Children up out of the mire of "mental enslavement".
Therefore, The Thoth Tarot- Aeon, key 20, is called the Path of Shin-meaning Tooth. The maternal meaning of the letter Shin is Fire, both the meaning of the Path and the maternal meaning are a powerful combination for the transformation of the "self-conscious".
Dr.Paul Foster Case describes the Path of Shin, as, " The Perpetual Intelligence",
because it is a continuous monitoring Intelligence of the progress of
the Personality toward Universal Consciousness. Now I have often called
the Mind Universal Collective Un-Conscious (meaning Not like personal
consciousness), which is the Mind of the Macrocosm, not like
consciousness, simply because a consciousness is a microcosmic reality;
However, if we release our consciousness to the Universal Un-Conscious
Energy, we have developed a Consciousness that bridges the Macrocosm and
Microcosm, a Horus, yet still Personally Self-Aware! We have then
successfully become the Horus, the 22nd century human evolution!
That is the reasoning behind Crowley's replacing the old Judgment card
with the newer Aeon card.
To Reiterate: The Path of Shin joins the
with that of Hod-
the Splendor Intelligence,
which is the Sephiroth base of the Pillar of Severity, connecting Earth
with the Will-To-Be ( Will to form) of the Great Binah. On this path,
the Student experiences a perpetual burning away of that which is
unworthy by the Archangel controlled "Redeeming Fire"; a process that is
physical as the higher vibratory Passion of the Divine Self Will To Force
and Will to Form
begins hotly flowing through our bodies. This is a point of delicate
balance, and a Teacher of the Mysteries must expect the Students to
react in peculiar ways, such as a feeling of heated passion for the
Teacher. This is simply a misplaced transference, because the cultural
ego, seeks self gratification when stimulated. For the student, this is
the beginning of experiencing unconditional love, which is often still muddled
with conditional thinking. This Passion dynamic is the Fire of Spirit
and with proper guidance the Student will go into the Fire, instead of
trying to control it with conditions. That is the lesson of Hod,
love/passion is not a peacocks splendor, rather it is the Foundation of
all Creation, but to know this is a perpetual process of "burning off
the unworthy", so that progress can continue. Thus the bedazzling "Splendor of the
Material World" is burned away in a kind of psychosomatic resurrection, a
rebirth of body and personality sending us perpetually towards the Great
this resurrection is bases on the developments of the opposite card to
this progressive Path of Shin. A path that is THE MOON -Key 18, relating
to the disciplined quest for a greater reality, that actually changes
the physiological. In other words, the balanced Energies of both Shin
(the Moon) stimulate the rebirth of our bodies; that is a
physiological rebuild, necessary to handle the higher vibratory states
of the Higher Consciousness and the One Emotion that is Love without
conditions. Therefore both the Barbara Walker Tarot and the Thoth Tarot, show the Great Mother as a crescent in the dark sky or Nuit, The Night sky goddess. This Path of Shin begins a process that Paul Foster Case described, as
building a "Master's Body".
A body, where the Kundalini is flowing, uncoiled and hot, regenerating with out emotionally adverse effects.
The Path of Shin, is the bright fiery probationary path
of the Intellect where the components of the Personality first
encountered in The Universe- Path of Tau, are critically analyzed and
evaluated , i.e. Judged.The opposite path is that of THE MOON, a dark
watery probationary path of emotions. The balance of Aeon and Moon,
builds the Master body, the Manifested Body of Horus - The Solar Child
of Isis and Osiris ( The two previous Aeons).
These three Qabalistic introductory Paths, Tau, Shin and Qoph,
to the True Nature of Self in incarnation,
are usually extremely difficult to travel, because these Elemental
Paths of which The Aeon,The Fool
, The Hanged Man
are known, are very
difficult to understand. This mental difficulty is because all of the
Elements are present on each Path, in either repressed or expressed
form. For example, the pattern of Maternal letters
intelligence) as stated in the Qabalistic book, Sepher Yetzirah
that Air (Gases) produces Water which produces Fire which we know to be
true by studying physics. THE FOOL-0, is pure Air. THE HANGED MAN-KEY 12, is Air acted upon by Water, and THE AEON Key- 20, is Air and
Water acted upon by Fire within the human body. It pays to note, that
the human body is the Golden Crucible
of Spiritual/metaphysical Alchemy.
On the Path of Shin (The Qabalistic Tarot-The Aeon/Judgment),
the Consciousness (Water) is activated by the Dynamic Principle (Fire)
in the presence of equilibrating Spirit (Air) with in the physical
vehicle (Earth), all of which produces a balance of intelligence forces
in the individual necessary for total understanding of the Personality
structure and its relationship to the Greater Self.
, Crowley's Aeon card departs completely from the
traditional Cards of the Ryder-Waite or Golden Dawn Tarot decks and even the Barbara Walker Tarot. The
Aeon card is illustrative of Crowley's personal philosophy derived from The Book of Law,
which he stated was revealed to him, thus forming the core of his teachings. He called the Aeon Card the Stele of Revealing.
his explanation of the Aeon, Crowley claimed it superseded all
traditional concepts of the Key (Judgment Card) because it shows the
harmonious, spiritual state of human existence that will reside on this
earth in the mid-twenty second century. This advanced human condition is
illustrated by the Dark Sky Goddess Nuit arching over her consort, Hadit, who is the Golden Orb of Light. Their Union produces Horus, as shown both seated and standing, his passive and active forms. Crowley states that another name for Horus is Heru, which is synonymous with Hru, which he calls "The Great Angel set over the Tarot".
In the Barbara Walker Tarot-
Judgment, we see the Male and the Female and the Child they produced, as the three Aeons,of Isis, Osiris and Horus.
Qabalistic-Hermetic philosophy, is a system of Gnosis (Knowledge) that evolves with
the races of human kind. Hence, mankind has passed into the predicted 500 year
period of extreme darkness and trial, preparatory to a new Aeon of Light.
Thus, we have the letter Shin below the Standing Horus, in a flowery
form and the the Three Yods, each have a internal human shape that is
arising to partake of the Light of the coming Aeon. Naturally the study
of The Book of Law is recommended to further the understanding of this card of the new Aeon, where the Real Person, The Soul/Psyche takes the body back from the artificial world made by man.
When the Thoth Aeon or the Barbara Walker Tarot-Judgment is thrown during a divination:
- A matter has been
determined without appeal on its plane. The final decision has been
made, and a new state of enlightenment is arising in the querent.
The querent is usually experiencing a period of final decisions,
Judgment, and determination of a issue without appeal on its plane and where
the querent is accepting the results of their decisions.
querent is experiencing a natural progression of growth and maturation,
where personal perceptions are dissolving to be replaced by a deeper
understanding; a resurrection into a new stage of consciousness.
- Spiritual truth is burning away, the falsehood of a man-made identity.
- The birth of a "new Self" arising out of the destruction of the old self.
- Change of position, renewal, and outcome.
- Becoming ones real self.
profound insight into the eternal cycles of becoming and passing.
card shows that the beginning of the new that already carries its end
- Final decision.
- Determination of a matter by the Soul, without appeal by the consciousness.
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When the Aeon card is thrown during a reading:
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