The Thoth Tarot-Key 6- THE LOVERS & The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 6 - THE FOREST LOVERS:
The Oracle of the Gods is the Child-Voice of Love in Thine own Soul; hear thou it.
Heed not the Siren-Voice of Sense, or the Phantom-Voice of Reason: rest in Simplicity, and listen to the Silence.
Thoth Tarot Key 6- The Lovers-
this card's astrological sign is Gemini,
and is about the joining together of the female yin
and the male yang and/or Anima and Animus.
The magnetic-feminine and electric-masculine forces joining together to create a greater
Self-Creative Psyche; which I call the
This card also represents the universal principle of the art and craft of relationship. This is about the Duality of the Divine couple---Goddess/God, Spirit and Soul; everything about this card is dual.
This is the journey of the twins
a universal motif found in all cultures. Hansel and Gretel, Raggedy
Andy and Raggedy Ann, Ishtar and Tammuz, Jesus and Mary; all the famous
couples throughout history reflect this archetype of the Lovers.
this Tarot card is about soul-love and relationships and reminds us
that we are to be joyful and innocent in love (the two children) while
exhibiting curiosity and playfulness; the adult couple facing each other
remind us of loyalty and commitment.
The Hermit is in
the background of the Thoth key 6- with hands raised in blessing, reminding us of the need
to be alone and granting the gift of spaciousness for the purpose of
individual contemplation, introspection and inner self meditation. All
parts of balanced and flowing Love.
The Iron gates
in the back ground symbolize the Lovers' need not to be limited, bared
or restrained in their relationship. Hence, when this card is drawn it often
symbolizes a loving relationship, soon to be or even a marriage, and/or
the inner balance of the female-anima and male-animus forces in an individual.
Zachor et Yom HaShabbat ( Hebrew for: Remember the Sabbath Day).
The Path of Zain-key 6 The Lovers.
you read Exodus 20:8-11, you know it starts," Remember the Sabbath day
to sanctify it. Six days shall you work but the seventh day is a Sabbath
to the Lord your God: you shall not do any work-..."
You may rightfully wonder about what this has to do with the meaning- of Sword or Armor and the simple letter- Smell, all of which is attributed to the Hebrew letter Zayin or Zain.
To help dispel confusion it may help us to read the Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom, where Paul Foster Case called the Path of Zayin, the 17th path. He wrote: The
Seventeenth Path is the Disposing Intelligence, which provides Father
to the Righteous, and they are clothed with the Holy Spirit by it, and
it is called the Foundation of Excellence in the state of higher things.
the Hebrew letter-Zayin, is about the union of opposites, in order to
become whole (holy), and this Wholeness becomes more than the sum of its
parts by disposing of what keeps us divided. Of course this is an over
implication, but it is understandable.
As both Spirit and Form, each of us is both moment (Spirit-Fire-
Time) and Repose (Form-matter-Space) and since matter is the most condensed and therefore, intense form of light and life, during our daily life we get
all caught up in the outer world of our daily lives; we envision sensually, a
physical world of material things which is a form of space. But our
"inner observation" belongs to the Spiritual realm of the Master of
Time--Our immortal inner self . This inner observation requires repose,
where we are meditating, praying, contemplating which are all moments
of time. This Spiritual/Spiral Time of moment is called a "Sacred Moment" where
both time and space become Self. Now these spiritual moments of self awareness can be
tasted, touched, heard and smelt. However, unless tragic, they are bare felt and then often
unforgotten and become automatic responses in the unconscious. By mating the Unconscious (Anima) and Consciousness (Animus), perspectives expand and a loving union of wisdom and understanding armors us against the
angst of constantly filling empty heart-space with things, while also assisting our
consciousness in disposing of the unimportant. Zayin is the union of
Moon and Sun, Female-Will to Form and Male-Will to Force, time-space. Anima(spirit) and Animus (soul).
In truth, if you are a student of movement and repose, you will find that Male and
Female is really male-female, a wholeness that completes all things.
Hermit, on the Thoth card, is shaped in the symbol of The Mountain,
which is about the
awareness of the beauty of Nature that you feel from such an all
encompassing view you get from a mountain top. This sensation of beauty
is a spiritual experience that is felt while experiencing the physical
beauty....a union of opposites. Beauty is all about
synchronization---wholeness-- and when we feel oneness with
creation---we are being worshipful.
In many past blogs I've
explained-the Tarot Trump- The Lovers, but it is a very esoteric representation of the
Mysterious Union of Opposites that is necessary to weave time-space into
self awareness, and/or self-image; called a hermetic marriage in the Qabalah. The
conscious mind-Sun- is Self-aware and usually classified as masculine
while the Subconscious- Moon- is Woman (mother of form-imagination) who is also Self-Aware.
These Male and Female forces, are currents of Life and/or the Power to be alive
and when properly perceived (balanced as movement and repose) , properly
discerned, and when their operation is kept in proper order, we
become Hermes -Aphrodite (Hermaphrodite) , a wholeness of Life that
becomes the Cosmic Person.
As stated: THE LOVERS, is the Path of Zain, meaning Sword, on the Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life and runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all forms emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth) who is our Central Sun/Son and/or Soul.
The Term Lovers,
seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is
not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or duality of the
individual united in pursuit of Divine Love that produces humans. Therefore the True
meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Twins.
To reiterate: The Dual intelligent Forces
of Male-expressive and Female-receptive, (electric and magnetic,
conscious and unconscious, Psyche and Animal mind, Animus and Anima),
are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite
frequencies of Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards
the Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy,
across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities, for the
Divine Creative is a DUAL CONSTRUCT OF FORCE AND FORM. This is nothing
new to those who studied Matriarchal religions, God and Goddess were
never seen separated and often they were depicted as one being with two
faces. Only in the War/slave religions of Nomadic Tribes, "sword
worshipers", did the Patriarch exist alone.
The Great Work, is a return to the primeval state (As above so below; as below so above) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation.
As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," Thus this path may be considered the
aspect of the Garden of Eden, from which mankind was expelled, but to
which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been
called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is
uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling
On the Tarot Card
THE LOVERS, The Sun is the man, the Moon is the Woman, and the Divine
Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is
represented as Cupid. Case has stated that, the Sun is
self-consciousness and that the Moon is subconsciousness.The real trick here is to turn the personality into Mercury, the divine messenger, a Magus who runs messages from god to being. In the case of the Lovers card, mercury runs divine messages between the Anima/Spirit and Animus/soul.
Paul Foster Case
considered that these are both aspects of the One Life Breath
working half of the body. Today we mundanely know them as the Male half
and the Female half of the human brain or in parapsychology as the Anima
and the Animus. As Case has stated,"When the Solar and Lunar
currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived, rightly discriminated,
and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of
the man engaged in this practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel
for the outpouring of the cosmic life force."
Case considered THE
LOVERS card to represent one of the dualities united by the Spiritual
Self, the Divine Anima (female) and the Divine Animus (Male), both
aware, conscious and united in the individual as they are in the Divine
Creative. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic practitioner's do.
To the Qabalist,
The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the
Divine Love of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through
Binah/Ishtar-The Great Mother. Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card
depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.
Path of Zain
is an active path of Psyche, for the self control and will
attributed to Mercury, which directs the movement and integration of
opposites which is not passive but forms a repose.
fact, this marriage is the honey moon dance
of the fiery force or the Serpent Force known as the Kundalini
which is masculine fiery force, united with the Feminine Watery force
(flowing in waves as "serpentine:) both in equal measure and full of
fiery dynamic, and inspirational qualities.
This is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death" reminiscent of an individual "big bang", call the "ecstasy".
I write not in fantasy, for there is a type of death here,
as the process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own
Higher Self, a willful and total self-destruction and immersion into
the Universal Collective of the Divine Self.
I'll leave you with a quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas
where it is written that Jesus, a Gnostic Nazarene, answered his disciples with: (22) " When
you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and
the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you
make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be
male nor the female female;and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye,
and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a
likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom."
mythical or not, obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE
LOVERS card, but then he was purported to be a Nazarene Gnostic Master
which is a Qabalistic Magi of which there were more than a few (Nazarene's, Essene's, Simonion's, etc). What few know is that the Word Christos is
Greek and refers to the Sun and that Jesus the Christ is in Greek-Zeus Christos!
Thoth Tarot-Key 6-The Lovers, is also called the "the Brothers", in traditional tarot. This
is a significant arcana in that it implies the simultaneous creation of
"equal and opposite reaction". When an action is created, its opposite
is simultaneously created as well. When She was Created so was He. When
Able was created so was Cain. This card supports that application.
When opposites are created there is no measurable time lag,
as the formulation of any idea creates its contradictory at almost the
same moment. That is why wisdom is often described by me as the action,
"to create, see error ,and correct that error." Wisdom is known as 50%
ERROR.. This is the concept behind the Christian Sin, which over
time, has become unrecognizable as the process of Wisdom; However, if
one reads the Prodigal Son biblical parable, they will understand that
the "Prodigal" who went forth and created error, was celebrated for
To know that the contradictory
of any proposition
is implicit in itself, and also is to know how Universal equilibrium is
kept. Again, analysis followed by synthesis. To make this card even more
confusing, remember that once error is corrected, we've made another
creation.....with simultaneous error.
The Thoth Lovers Card,
is a glyph of duality.The Moorish King has a golden crown, while the
white European Queen has a silver crown. this duality is also shown by
the Red Lion and the White Eagle; Lions and Eagles being alchemical
symbols of the Male and Female Principles in Nature, appearing in equal
and various stages of manifestation throughout creation; Sun and Moon,
Fire and Water (Electric and Magnetic), Air and Earth. They are the acid
and alkali of chemistry, which are also metals and non-metals.
even wider in this concept, they are Hydrogen and Oxygen which in this
concept, the Hooded figure represents, the seed of all life as the
Protean element of carbon. Astrophysicist know Red Suns as the producers
of the carbon atom, so the symbols of this card are quite extensive and subjective. One of the most subjective is the "Scarlet Woman" and/or "Divine Whore", one of the two symbols of Lilith, upper left and right of this card. Remember, I said, Red Suns are the producers of carbon atoms, Carbon is the Divine whore of all atoms, for it is the most promiscuous of all atoms, and is willing to mate with almost everyone and produces hundreds of elements a day!
The Thoth King bears his sacred lance,
while the Queen bears the Holy Grail---the Phallus and Womb symbols of
this card are a constant reminder of Creations formula of equal and
opposites being combined in order to establish life. This theory is
support by the Twin Children carry their weapons, whose positions are
counter changed; the white child carries the cup and roses, while the
dark child carries the lance and a club ( both an equivalent symbol). At
the bottom of the card is the primitive Pantomorphic form of the
Hermetic Marriage; the winged Orphic egg. The colors of the egg, gray,
symbolize the cooperation of the Supernal ( upper triangle of Kether,
Chokma, Binah) in the Creation of Life.
The Purple serpent is Mercury
in the scale of the Queen and represent God's influence in Nature; the
crimson tinged wings of the Orphic egg represent the King which is on
the scale of Binah the Great Mother. Therefore, the Thoth Deck key 6
-The Lovers is then the complete symbolic rendition of the equilibrium
of the Great Work. However, we must never forget that what form life
takes is after all, possibility, for the form life takes is dependent
upon the influences attendant during gestation. This is a fact that Awake Souls (those
who do not experience the sleep of death) make use of while a fetus is
forming in a womb. Just a little mystery for you to ponder!
By putting the symbol of Cupid
above the Hooded figure, seems to confuse the issues of this card;
However, deep study of the Cupid legend will help one to see that cupid
is the libido symbol used to express Zero as Two. Please feel free to
enjoy your investigations while remembering that only deep meditations
on this card will reveal some of the many secrets it represents.
The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 6- The Forest Lovers,
chooses of represent the union of Robin and Marian, the Forest Lovers, reborn time and again in the heart of the woods.
Most of us Westerners have come to know this couple in the legends of Robin Hood and Maid Marian, although at other times, different names have been applied, such as the Greek-Hades and Persephone.
Generated by the exchange of energy between them, is the maypole, symbolized here as a birch tree. Spiraling around the living birch, are the ascending green earth energy, meeting the descending energy of the sky. The union of the Forest Lovers, generates a spark of Life that is considered a third force. On the forest floor, the Arum Lilies
also called "lords and ladies", are in flower during the period known as Beltane, which is May 1st, and known as the pagan rites of Spring. Therefore, Maid Marian and Robin Hood, symbolize the female and male union of this time of year, which generate the fertile and fecund energy at this time of year.
This card supports the knowledge, that True Love (soul mating)comes from the marriage of 2 polar forces, that in union, create a third force and/or consciousness.
When the Key 6 Tarot card of the Major Arcana, is thrown during a reading, the querent is or will be, experiencing:
- Passive and some cases, mediumistic inspiration.
- Motive power, and action, arising from inspiration and impulse.
- Becoming cooperative as two or more people or forces come together, combining energy for a common goal.
- Urge to unite and a choice of love.
- Joining together....it is easy to see the Principle of the Art and Craft of relationship here.
- Lover is a universal gift to the generous heart/soul, the querent will find balance through inner harmony and healing.
If ill defined by the accompanying cards:
- Indecision, confusion and uncertainty become the principles of this card.
querent is failing to see the sum of the Union of Opposites and is
trying to separate them as "good and bad" . This causes only inaction.
- The agony of separation rather than the bliss of union.
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