Key-5 of the Thoth Tarot- The Hierophant & The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 5- The Ancestor, both of which are the universal principle of learning and teaching. This principle was well explained in the publication of The-Course in Miracles:
"As you teach so will you learn." If that is true, and it is true indeed, do not forget that what you teach is teaching you."
This card requires us to have faith in our inner-selves;
all things know thyself" is often forgotten in outer family situations and in
the mundane world of survival. The family situations are represented
in the Thoth Key 5 Trumph card by the images of Isis
,. In ancient
Egypt, Isis was the image of Intuition (the dark lady with crescent sythe), and Osiris (Patriarch image), the image of wisdom,
the symbols of which can be seen as the scepter of wisdom
and the staff of moon
. The Staff of the Moon was also known as representing instinct.
Horus represented Perception and Vision,
as a child born of Intuition and Wisdom and in the now, represents us.
We are the children of Intuition and Wisdom born of the Virgin High Priestess- whose womb is the invisible Sephiroth-Daäth-Knowledge. Therefore, being born of Self-Knowledge, each of us are to be the purveyors
of perception and vision. We must have faith in following our childlike
abilities of innocence and curiosity (the child in the star) We are to
walk the mystical path with the practical feet of the Magus/Mercury, the Intent of Self- Knowledge and the unshakable focus of the Hierophant.
Therefore the Hierophant is that inner part of ourselves that knows how to express our divinity into the outer world.
The HIEROPHANT is also seen as
the administrator of the Yin Yang
duality which emerges when the idea of Chokmah-Wisdom, is formed by Binah-Understanding, and which begins as manifestation below the Abyss in Chesed-Mercy.
Thoth Tarot card is considered one of the most important in Tarot,
containing many traditional elements intermingled with Crowley's own
discoveries and philosophies. For instance, the image of a child in the
Pentagram that is within a larger Hexagram, is explained as:
symbolizes the law of the new Aeon of the Child of Horus, which has
supplanted that Aeon of the 'Dying God' which governed the world for two
thousand years". Crowley believed that the rhythm of the HIEROPHANT is
such that he moves at 2,000 year intervals. ]
Remembering that this is a Spiral
Universe (Einstein), made of Multiple frequencies of the One Energy,
administered into various ideas of Self. Hence there are many dynamic
dimensions of One Energy, that are in rhythmic or cyclic movements
within the multiple "States of Conscious Energy", of which the
Intelligence that is the HEIROPHANT is a major guiding or ancestral state.
It is also nice to know that within
our own invisible infinity (inner self) resides our Librarian of Universal Tomes
who will not hesitate to instruct the diligent student.
But until we
are no longer satisfied with the ludicrous fantasy of our own media run cultural
"Group Soul", we will never be able to achieve the mental velocity to
escape our imprisonment of Time-created indoctrinated perspectives
consciously enter the infinite depths of Our Spiral Energetic Self
and/or our Intuitive Mind, i.e., our Soul ancestral library.
Each of us is a Tree of Life
(in 10 dimensions!), and each of us makes his/her own Qabalah. When
there is a shift in the 2,000 year Group Soul and or Ancestral Soul, from Mammon/Osiris to that
of, Horus, those who can't behold the more advanced perspective, will
have to live in a lesser intelligent fantasy of their own making, on the
Astral planes; of which many now do! Without a sensual body in Malkuth-The Kingdom, sensuality will be condemned
to memory rather than new discernment producing learning and teaching
experiences. As we should know from our own experiences, after a bout of
time, sensual memory fades to a point where only the most extreme of
sensual experiences are remembered. Luckily the HEIROPHANT, that is a
Higher State of Conscious Energy, within our Tree of Life (our Spiral
Pattern of Force and Form) gives us back our Psyche that has suffered from downsizing our Mind into a personality memories. Our Real Knowledge of Self is
stored in the intelligence called Daäth,"the invisible Sephiroth"; known
in English as-Knowledge
and that resides just above the Abyss on the Middle Pillar (shown as the human form).
Obviously, to get to this point
of inner-journey, we have to experience the "Dark Night of the Soul",
achieving "emptiness" so that we can be "refilled" or as I like to say,
were we can claim our inheritance as the Divine Child of the One Universal
The HEIROPHANT or Ancestor
awaits us all, and will fill to capacity, the thirsty student!
a Divine Child, a Titan or Demi-urge, you are denied nothing that "ever
was or will be", only you have the god-like freedom to deny yourself! Thus, you
should know that the HEIROPHANT or Ancestor does not have Authority over your
Spirit, your freedom of choice is still intact. From Creation, your True
Name is "I AM" which constructs by perspective your objective self
called "ME". You are the One I (All seeing eye) of your constructs, but
you have closed your "I's" on the other "selves" of your whole Psyche;
not because you are bad, or in error, but because in order to become
solid enough to form sensuality, you had to "down size" your Titanic
identity (Christians call this "the fall"). The problem is we forgot we did this!
Luckily, the Hierophant or Ancestor is the keeper of your Akashic records (Soul
Library of "Selves"), and you need to just go "inward", where the
eternal you resides, and therefore, "remember" your Divinity.
The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 5-The Ancestor, displays the ice age creature of myth, who is half-animal and half-human. She carries the wand of wisdom, and the drum of summoning, that summons all who can hear to gather and watch the sun rise.
She is blessed by the land, this Ancestor of Instinctual Mind and also by the knowledge that rains down from the Stars. Her coat is of white fur and evergreen leaves, showing winter doesn't end life, but only begins a new fertility.
She stands at the gateway, formed by 2 silver birch trees, marking a point of new commitment, without a way of turning back. The path is marked with tracks that lead onward, reminding you that you are on a path with a beginning and an end. Hence, the new moon signifies both an end and a beginning, as the morning star Venus, dawns with new hope.
According to legend, the Ancestor is linked to the part of our soul that is most ancient and most closely related to the archetypes that represent nature.
Upon examining the Thoth card,
the HEIROPHANT sits on a Bull between 2 elephants, holding a wand of
three interlocking rings, symbolizing the Aeons of Isis, Osiris and
Horus who is represented as the Child in the Pentagram. According to Crowley, beneath is the
veiled "Scarlet Woman", who is shown riding the "Lion Serpent", unveiled
and pure in the LUST CARD.The nine nails above, symbolize Vau, the
linking of the above and the below (the nine Sephiroth below the 1 that
is Kether, who is Darkness/unlimited Light.) The Manifested Spirit,
passes along the "Window"
( triangular ray of Light form the Scarlet
woman upward) from the Microcosm to the Macrocosm.
Now all is not
"sweetness and light" in the HEIROPHANT, and most authorities on tarot
agree that there are some unpleasant aspects to this Key. I would
recommend that the serious student read the book by Richard Cavendish:
THE TAROT, where the implications of this State of Energy Consciousness
are very cleverly related to Gnosticism. He points out that the
Demiurge, the Lesser Creator which rules over manifestation, was also
known by the Gnostics as the "Great Deceiver", and that initiates of the
Valentinian Gnostics were taught to ignore the authority of this one
who is a type of "Librarian" and only has authority over its library.
Truth is, there is only one authority over us, and that is our own "Will
to be" and/or Freedom to Choose (Observer) and we get to experience
freely, the consequences there of. Yes it is true, even our Ancestors can have errant data, so once again, examine all thoughts, and don't believe everything you think or are told. Besides, Only slaves need saviors!
To Reiterate: THE THOTH TAROT-HIEROPHANT- Key 5,
is the Path of Vau (Nail
or Hook), of the Hermetic Qabalah and also is the 16th path, on the Tree
of Life. leading from Chesed (mercy) to Chokmah (wisdom) and is known
as the Eternal Intelligence,
a phrase coined by Dr. Paul Foster Case.
the meaning of the Hebrew word Vau
is nail or hook, it implies a nailing together, or binding, and links the
Macrocosm (The Great Universe) and Microcosm (Manifestation), and/or
The Greater Self to the lesser Self of matter, thereby, forever linking us to the
The Path of Vau is the uppermost
path on the Pillar of Mercy (Right hand Path). In the Golden Dawn
texts, this path is described as, " The Zodiac acting through Taurus
upon Jupiter". Here, Chokma is Jupiter, and his action is the spermatic
potential of the Manifested Universe known as Chesed, the Yod of Microcosm
(Microprosopus). Therefore, Chesed is the The Father in Manifestation, while Chokmah (the
Yod of the Macrocosm/) Macroprosopus) is the Supernal Father.
the Path of the Hierophant is a powerfully masculine one (Electric
Force), to which the Bull-Taurus is applied as the image definitively
applied to this card; Being "Fixed Earth", this is a stable foundation; a
stabilizing extreme which is also seen in the Ancestor image of the Wild Wood Tarot. This is the absolute foundation of the process of
revelation where the inherited Knowing of the Creator, where THE Great Father,
is expressing It's experience through the Supreme Spiritual Self to the
Personality or Ego (Whole Self) of Tiphareth (The Sun of Beauty). Thus
memory is involved and the solid foundation of "Above all things, Know
thyself" is established as an Universal Inheritance for the Divine
Child/Son of God, which is our Soul/Psyche.
Both THE HIEROPHANT and THE ANCESTOR are related to teaching,
which relates Higher ideas into Lower organisms that is often called,
"As above so below". The Hierophant is a state of Ancestral-conscious energy that
is the Only source for our understanding of the inner Spirit/Spiral
energy conscious.This "Magus of the Eternal" is stated by Paul Foster
Case in his text," THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM:, as being the," ....Pontifex, the 'bridge maker' who provides a connecting link between outer experience and interior illumination."
Thus, The Hierophant or The Ancestor, gets the discriminating experience of the
Body-operating-Personality, while teaching that very same Personality
it's inherited Divinity. This places the Ancestor or Hierophant in the Past and the Present, therefore, The Hierophant can be said to "Learn by
Teaching", for by the students example, errors of the past can be exposed and corrected. Therefore, the Eternal Intelligence can be called
"Life" and the Reasoning behind manifestation and/or "the Alive" and implies that a teacher
who learns from his students, is a great teacher, i.e. Life learns from the "alive".
So let us not forget the fact that Life is related to teaching, not
only the action of teaching but also the reaction of learning by
teaching! The Hierophant is the only source for our understanding of the
inner spirit, as he is the intelligent or ancestral energy which binds
inner spirit to the outer aspects of manifestation.
Crowley's main concept was the
of the Fifth-Key-, using the corner symbols of the Four Kerubiim
(Guiding collective intelligence of the Four Elements) as the tentative
expressions of the primordial Elements of Kether (Crown) that are passed
down to Chokmah as the Sphere of the Zodiac. Interestingly, we think of
the Zodiac as 12 signs, but it is really four ternaries, where each
element is broken down to three signs.
Qabalist, this relates to Yod (hand) Heh (Window) and Vau (Nail).
Administrator to the emerging duality that is Chokmah (Phallus -Womb,
male-female, electric-magnetic) is the Hierophant and it given form or
structure by Binah (Great Mother) which begins as manifestation below
the Abyss (Dark Energy and Dark Matter) in Chesed (Mercy). Thus relating
to Tiphareth (Beauty-Synchronicity), the central point of
manifestation. This relationship is shown in two ways, first as the
letter Vau, which is related to "The Son" (Androgynous Child of God) ,
and Tetragrammaton; the second is the number six itself is related to
Tiphareth. Crowley shows this by the Pentagram on the chest of the
Hierophant as the four elements are combined under the fifth
element-Spirit, thus forming the 5 pointed star and combining with the Ancestral Hierophant equals 6.
The Pentagram image,
confirms the Great Work known as "As above, so Below", a process in
which the symbolic Moon always is a key part. For the Moon is both
above and below the Sun on the Tree of Life, as it is both implied as
Yesod (Foundation) and is the Path of thePriestess and is exalted in Taurus.
Let us not forget that Taurus is also ruled by Venus
, referring us to the Empress,
the Path of Daleth, between Chokmah and Binah. THE EMPRESS is Mother
Nature, and/or the fertilized Universal Consciousness that is the
foundation of the HIEROPHANT'S teaching. As such would also be the Ancestor of the Wild Wood Tarot.
THE HIEROPHANT'S or THE ANCESTOR'S teaching
is intuitive, as it is on the "feeling" side of the Tree of Life (
Venus-Netzach side), applying intuition to concepts collected by reason
and built up by memory.
Illustrated on the Thoth Tarot, the
Hierophant's wand is composed of three circles which maybe considered
as the three Aeons of Isis, Osiris, and Horus, interlocking their
Also, the fact that the Hierophant is the path of Vau, meaning nail, relates to memory and/or ancestor; memory binds together, as does the nail.
The Hierophant is considered to be the Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence
and is the solid base of experience between the Supreme Spiritual Self
and the Soul-Ego of Tiphareth. Memory is one aspect of this ; however
the Primary function of The Hierophant is to link the Macrocosm and the
Microcosm and the binding nature of this consciousness is described in
many ways; one is linking the Sun and the Moon, another is
that The Hierophant links together the Collective Unconscious and the
Conscious to the Son. Therefore The Hierophant ties together the Above
and the Below.
Esoterically, he or she is the "Magus of the Eternal".
If you are acquainted with the Gnostic Christian teachings of Simon the
Mage, you'll have a greater understanding of the Hierophant in each of
us. Crowley uses the word "oriel", meaning window, (a window on the "outward curve"), as the dark back
ground of this card, as yet another symbol of the Hierophant's linking
the Macrocosm and Microcosm, i.e. The Creator with Creation.
When the Hierophant or the Ancestor card is thrown:
- The querent is experiencing divine wisdom.
- Manifestation and explanation.
- Teaching mainly in occult wisdom and/or seeking guidance in that area.
is also a choice implied here, of self alignment to a particular
philosophy, religion or a set of beliefs to which a great deal of
loyalty is felt.
- There is a marriage occurring between the Anima (Spirit) and Animus (Soul).
- The Principle of learning and teaching which is a desire for making things tangible.
- The querent maybe seeking guidance from a counselor who has knowledge and authority or is wishing to seek one.
is a choice here, of aligning oneself to a philosophy, religion and/or
set of beliefs to which one feels a sense of loyalty.
- Being free to disentangle one's-self from any belief system, the querent still chooses to be involved.
is an espousing of moral, ethical, and spiritual values which may
attribute to oppressing others, especially when espousing orthodoxy.
- There can be an inner sense of obedience to authority, imagined or otherwise, contributing to gullibility.
is the teacher here, as the querent experiences growth through a
meditative process of Buddha-like philosophy that views every
experience as a lesson-learning opportunity.
- The desire for self-teaching and learning.
- The need to make things tangible and practical.
Now if ill defined, this card implies:
- Patriarchy and the resulting oppressive law of orthodoxy.
- Some one acting as judge and jury, telling the querent how to morally be.
- In general, conforming to the cultural indoctrination and surrendering responsibility to social codes of behavior.
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