The Thoth Tarot-Key 8 ADJUSTMENT & The Wild Wood Tarot- key 8- THE STAG:
In Many Tarot Decks, the common way to present this State of Energy Conscious is as the Judgment Card but I personally think that Crowley hit the nail on the head with the Title of : Adjustment. Because
in our world of patriarchal rule, Justice is merely revenge and a show
of state power to destroy the life of dissenters, which then keeps the
populace in line.
What Crowley was implying, is that Adjustment, is at work continuously in the
above, The Greater Universe, and the below, our individual
soul/personality. In some other decks this is Key 11 Justice; However it is
numbered, this powerful, natural equilibrating function occurs in our
bodies, as they balance nutrition continuously to maintain proper
operation as power tools for Spirit. And Adjustment is also an
equilibrating function that occurs in our personalities, making sure
there are no constant extremes of behavior that keep us from operating
effectively in our environments. In the Personality Adjustment is done
by natural force and reason.
To go forward,
is to transform as
the Soul is measured when it "stands"in the Divine Light of the Solar
Logos, that is, Tiphareth, the sixth Sephiroth on the Tree of Life,
often called the "Christ Light". Only in this Light (bright and warm
intelligence) does the dual- edged Sword of Geburah, do its adjusting work;
pruning away the perspectives which are not worthy of Her Divine Child.
This image of Maat
as presented on the Thoth card, is a suggestion of the Maat
legend as the "Daughter of Ra", relating her to the Sun God (Tiphareth-Solar Logos). Her Qabalistic name is "Daughter of the Lords of Truth"
while the Egyptians also called her the "Queen of Heaven"; all of these names pointing to the fact that this Severe Faithful Intelligence
is the regulator of the Path of the Sun
. Hence, the Egyptian texts suggested,
the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat" and/or to"live by
Maat". In Qabalistic terms, this means that the principles of the Path
, the Hebrew letter Lamed,
maintains Tiphareth---The Bright and Warm intelligence of
the Solar Logos.
Since Ra is known to the ancient Egyptians,
as the source of all Light, the Qabalists know Ra as the Tarot Fool or the
Path of Aleph, who is the Source of All Light . This makes it possible
to say, that Aleph rests upon Lamed and that Lamed is the regulator of
the Path of the Divine Life Force. That is also why I teach that "The
Solar Husband is invoked by the Great Womb'". This may startle some men
who objectify women as an object of sexual desire for dominance and
control, for it is well known to both Tantrics and practicing Qabalists
that the Life Force, and/or "Sex Energy" is invoked by the Great Female,
to regulate and establish her Forms. The Form of Him came from the
Womb of Her, i.e. "Ra is said to live by Maat." The Lord of Lightning
servers the Great Magnetic-Ocean Mother. To put this simply, The Great
One (Kether) became Two, by the process of adjusting/balancing Wisdom
(Chokma) and Understanding (Binah), thereby, realizing He/She as "One
who is Two" and thereby established the equilibrium that produces and
maintains all things.
pointing Phallus and testes headdress on the female figure of this card
attests to this understanding of a Dual Polarity Divine Creative. Those who Skry this card will not be
unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah wields her sword in quick
bright strokes, the discomfort of emotional burdens and/or the personal burdens of
perspectives, just fall away and the skryer feels all "Warm and bright".
There are a large compliment of Planets involved in this card.
- First is Venus, which rules Libra.
- Mars is related because of the purging forces of Geburah.
Sun, as stated above, is involved not only because the Path of Lamed
runs from the Sun to Mars, but also because Adjustment (Justice) must
take place in the clear bright light of Truth.
- Saturn is exalted in Libra and finally:
which is the planet of Chesed (Mercy). By acknowledging that Libra is
ruled by Venus, is also to acknowledge that behind Adjustment stands the
Empress, the primary path of Venus, which is the perfect
equilibrium between the forces of Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah
(Understanding). It is interesting to note that the planet Venus refers
to all of the Sephiroth and its sigil encompasses every single Sephira on the
Tree of Life. The implications being that Love is the Ultimate Power of
the Universe: Love is the Law of Attraction.
imagery on the Thoth card is all about "law and limitation", as
symbolized by the throne of spheres and pyramids in groups of
four, behind the Female figure. She is best described in Crowley's book:
777, as "The woman justified. By equilibrium and Self-Sacrifice is the Gate." He goes on to state; "She
is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation: she is the dance,
many-colored, many-willed, of Life Itself. Constantly whirling, all
possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time; all
things are real, the soul is the surface, precisely because they are
instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and
beauty; all things are truth because they cancel out." Crowley
understood, that the Soul, is the Mirror that our image is reflected in
and it is by the Adjustment of perspectives that our disease or healing comes
from. This may be why when the medical journals state, "83% of all
healing, is by placebo", and why the body and mind are an Psychosomatic organism.
The Supreme Spirit Identity
in the Thoth Card, the Conscious State of Goddess Energy, doesn't deal in
revenge----She deals in freedom of choice where one truly makes a choice, and must live it. She Trusts you to know that
if you think a thought, and supply life-force to it (often called
emotion or sex energy) that you know what you are doing. The repercussions of cause
and effect, manifest as your body, and the law of attraction produces
"like attracts like".
This concept of "you reap what you sow", is carried out in the Key 8-The Stag of the Wild Wood Tarot. Here, the Forest King, is half man and half stag and looks out of verdant greenery, with a steady gaze. He holds a half-ax and shield decorated with the Celtic "Major Oak tree", reminding us of our responsibility to preserve and protect our environment. His great horns, seem to branch from the Great Tree he stands in front of. This seems to be an implication of our "As above so below" connection with the Universe and the planetary connection with organic matter.
The Polished ax head, is not raw stone, but rather built out of human industry, showing man's willingness to change the environment. Many of us know that this is not necessarily for the best, so a weighing up of responsibility and action is necessary.
Nature has no concept of forgiveness and reward, here, you get what you sow. Nature, is pure cause and effect. Here, right and generous action brings fulfillment and peace, whereas, greed and vengeful desire bring bitter loneliness and dissolution. Just as water seeks its own level, balance will be achieved, and maintained by the ecosystem. Here again, adjustment comes. The justice, "the spirit of the place" dispenses, is long lasting, merciful and irrevocable in its conclusions. Man's "freedom of choice", is produced by observation. What you observe is what you "believe to be true", hence, it becomes so for the observer. Electrons, under observation, become the belief of the observer. If one believes they are particles, they preform in straight lines as particles; if one believes they are waves, they then flow up and down in wave like motions. This is called the Simulation Hypothesis of Quantum Physics, and it is proven true. Therefore, think ill, be ill ; think well be well. For this is what your electromagnetic body does. It is the effect of your causal thought.
If one followed the Gnostic Qabalah axiom
of "Above all things, know thyself!" one wouldn't have any difficulty
with "freedom of Choice"; However, due to belief in the Divisions of the
Patriarchal "Divide and Conquer" thought process, the union of your will and self-identity
has been corrupted by this axiom of division by the Patriarch.
So now most people have forgotten their Divinity-Power and Wholeness,
becoming powerless and scattered, lost in the forest of Ruler-identity-propaganda. Therefore, they believe they are divided from nature...yet try living without water, flora or fauna. It is time to realize we are Nature, observing itself as an intimate creator with its loving creation!
As Stated:The Adjustment card is the Path of Lamed, on the Tree of Life,
between Geburah (Severity) and Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life. Adjustment represents the Faithful Intelligence
the Great Mother, who has faith in you as Her Divine Children...who may
wander off and forget themselves, but with the proper "goading" (Lamed
means--ox goad.) they will find themselves again. Therefore, Adjustment is the
Rule of Balance (operates from Binah- The Great Mother) and maintains
the outpouring of energy so that the "innocent child" (The Fool card
which has been called the "Holy Ghost") will operate within the confines
of a natural pattern: The Pattern of , I AM ME. Not what others
as----but as I identify Me
as. You see that is
Free -doom of choice! If I choose to react to the identity enforced on
me by "others" then I am doomed to the dysfunction of that
thinking. If I Know Myself....which is a process of "I think--therefore,
I am". then we are functioning in the Natural State of our Divine
With the knowledge of the natural flow of Adjustment
we know that balance will be made so that energy will always flow to
the living Spirit (Spiral Energy-Entity) through the balance of
Spirit-Mind-Body -union. If that union is interrupted by incongruous
thought patterns...the lowest denominator---the body, is doomed to
unbalance (disease) mentally, emotionally and physically. The Will is
Spirit, and it must be the Love of Mind and Body to keep the balance that is
Loving adjusted by the All Mother. Self- Love is the balanced flow of Creation,
throughout the Tree of Life because it is the pattern of The Supreme
Spirit Identity recreating it's Self-Images in order to expand and
liberate Self-Awareness as "The Alive".
Because of this Faithful Love
of Her Children, those who contact the Anima (Divine Feminine) may
decide to bring ourselves in to balance, but if we do not, it will be
done for us! Much like driving a vehicle that has an automated
correction system on board, if the driver won't adjust the steering
wheel to stay on the road, the Natural Automated system will!
constructed of the Psycho-dynamic principle of Spirit/Soul-mind and
body, all must be united in a balance of communion; in an Understanding of
Impeccable Being that is continual up and down the Tree of Life. As above so below,
is not a far off metaphysical concept; for it is the conception of YOU
as if the Qabalistic Tree of Life is a birth canal! So being Faithful Intelligence,
The Divine Mother of You will always make the adjustments necessary to
get you on the right track, whether you like it or not! This
understanding of this Law of Freedom of Choice, means one who is smart will always
"Treat others as we wish to be treated" for we know to think ill is to
be ill....and by thinking ill of those who think ill of us, just
transmits the disease into a plague of illness.
Again, there are no enemies, only another way to be us.
Let each other Be...is a very good motion! You cannot escape your
thoughts for they are "your Life Formative, that form the Alive" so let's make them the best they
can be, we'll then find our lives to be balanced and smooth flowing no
matter how many rocks are out there!
As the Tao states, " If it isn't here---It isn't there. If it is there, it is here. For what is here is there and what is there is here."
our thought project ourselves on the Soul Mirror of Life, and to create
Monsters outside of us (There) creates Monsters inside of us (Here) and
the Great Mother of Life...will supply the necessary surgery to remove
them, so that her children can expand and liberate themselves from
self-condemnation. Knowing thyself---helps us avoid the discomfort of
this surgical-severity. When this card is thrown in a reading, the
Querent is being reminded of their "Soul-Mind and body"
balance/imbalance and the rest of the reading should tell them what is
to be changed before "disaster" comes a calling to straighten things
The Thoth Tarot-Key 8: Adjustment.
The readers of the
Rider-Waite or Golden Dawn decks will know this card as JUSTICE;
However, Crowley has shown an appropriate , if not deeper understanding
of this card's Principle known as The Faithful intelligence.; Faithful, because its ever faithful to that which is symbolized by the FOOL and/or Holy Spirit.
Adjustment-Key 8 is the Tree of Life Path of Lamed (meaning Ox Goad) is
not always a pleasant one. As the term OX GOAD,implies, we are often
forced by our Higher Self to go in a emotional and physical direction
that we do not wish to go. Though no punishment is implicit, the figure
in this card holds the sword of Geburah or as in the Stag card, a half-ax, that cuts away "the dead wood"
or what is no longer needed, pruning our consciousness on its way to a
better mental health.
Sword of Geburah (Severity) has a double edge, one for enforcing peace
and one for war. The errant dual thinking of "good or bad" or "right or
wrong", are not the Principle here. Rather, all Forms are of the Soul
(Psyche), and this is a physiological assessment of equilibrium
necessary, as the Soul weighs itself on the left hand scales, and then
making the necessary adjustments on the right.
By facing the Sephiroth and placing the Sephiroth
in the human body, the observer can see that the Sephiroth Geburah
(Severity) is on the right hand and the Sephiroth Chesed
(Mercy) is on the
left. This placement not only reinforces the idea of cutting away the
negative aspects of the soul and body as a return to purity but also
note the attributes of Libra, the sign of the zodiac attributed to this
card and the Kidneys, which cleanse waste from the body.
The ADJUSTMENT and THE STAG card are both related to Karma, if one understands Karma to mean action,
rather than the misunderstood term of punishment for not correcting
error in past lives. The Adjustment and Stag Card card, both represent a continuous
action of adjustment, just as a modern person would do at the steering
wheel while driving a motor vehicle.
The just Path of Lamed besides learning,
is also a
teaching process, because the continuous process of maintenance is a
learned process, just as one learns to adjust direction by observation
and the hands-on movement of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle.
Granted, this may be a painful and slow process (as many a parent of a
teenager learning to drive a car will profess) but eventually one learns
to analyze and re-balance one's self and the environment, as necessary for different
situations. To those who study the Mysteries, and become more in-tuned
to the Inner Self, the more subtle and difficult these adjustments
become; Just as the more refined the consciousness gets, the less
obvious are the unbalancing minutiae of slightly "off colored"
The Ancient Egyptians symbolized
this subtlety as weighing
the human soul against a feather. This concept of "right, truth, law and
rectitude" was expressed in a single word, Maat
symbolized as a feather by which the heart (considered the organ of the
Soul) was weighed, upon death. As a Goddess, Maat
represented moral law
and truth, a straight edge to measure psyche by and the Crowley Card is a personification
of the concept of Maat. Thus the Crowley card has Maat as the central
figure on the ADJUSTMENT card, crowned with her attribute, the ostrich
feather. To keep our psyche on the "straight and narrow" path of purity,
requires a sharp sword indeed, as I for one, need constant pruning!
That is why I skry this card often!
When the Key 8 Tarot card is thrown
during a reading, the querent is experiencing or will experience;
making of a final decision.
- Judgment and sentencing by a determination
of an issue without appeal on this plane.
- The querent is experiencing
"What you put out, you get back".
- The Law of action- reaction, where the
natural forces of nature reach a balance within the individual, setting
- The balancing of opposites.
- By doing what ever is necessary to bring an organism into a state of equilibrium.
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