Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 9- The Hermit & The Wild Wood Tarot- Key 9 The Hooded Man
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 9- The Hermit & The Wild Wood Tarot- Key 9 The Hooded Man

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot Key- 9-The Hermit & The Wild Wood Tarot- key9- The Hooded Man.

THE Qabalistic-20th PATH OF YOD:
* Primary Path Color: Yellowish-Green
* Musical Note: F
*Meaning of Yod: Hand
* Astrological sign: Virgo
* Hebrew Letter: Simple Letter-Sexual Love
* Esoteric Title: The Prophet of the Eternal, The Magus of the Voice of Power.
(Dr. Paul Foster Case)  Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom: "The Twentieth Path is the Intelligence of Will, and is so called because it is the means of preparation of all and each created being, and by this intelligence the existence of the Primordial Wisdom becomes known."

The Path of Yod, connects Tiphareth Sephiroth # 6- Beauty,also known as the Christ-Buddha consciousness and Chesed, Sephiroth # 4-Mercy, also called the Architect of Manifestation. The Path of Yod is the very point of origin of our manifest Universe, it represents the self-sustained primal beginnings of manifestation. A direct contact with the Divine Source of All.

Virgo is attributed to the Twentieth Path and reminds us that the Hermit be ever-virgin, pure, and totally innocent. It represents a gateway to the bridge between Macrocosm (Macroprosopus) and Microcosm ( Microprosopus) which give it certain qualities of Daäth represented by the very isolation of the figure. To look upon this figure suggests to me, Diogenes in search of the honest man---maybe even Moses emanating his rays of light. 

This solitariness is even defined in the word Hermit, which comes from the Greek word meaning desert. It is a fact that during the third and fourth centuries, extreme asceticism and societal withdrawal where considered a means of perfection. Many ascetics lived in the desert to achieve this.  As our understanding progresses along the Tree of Life, we see how more important it is that we let the card suggest such images as they will. 

Images of a desert, are a very potent one. As a concept, the desert is an expanse of earth as indefinably vast as the ocean and as we consider Mother Binah, the Dark 3rd Serphiroth-Understanding, in the image of deep, dark, endless waters, we are able to see the desert as a crystallization out of Binah's vast sea of consciousness.  Hence, The Hermit is the same expression of energy conscious as the Fool.; it is at once the wise old age of the Child (Horus) and the virgin beginning of a new sequence. 

The Hermit's principle is one of union. The Hermit represents the first point of awareness by the Higher Self of the Supreme Spiritual Self (Greater Self of the Buddhists)  this is explained by the most erotic of imagery (As in the Hindu Tantric Temples); However, this is not the outer sexuality of coition, for this card is the essence of isolation and singularity. This is "self-contained" and "self-sustaining" sexuality; the inner dance of polarities attributed to communion of Chokma and Binah (The Red Cloak shows his roots with Binah, through Geburah), which makes all form-alive! Yod is phallic; it is the Male-Fire (electric force) which rushes out toward the Female-Water (magnetic force) .  A Yod (hand/sexual love) is the All-Father in manifestation below the Abyss, which is related to the Logos (word of God). When one puts the hand and sexual love together, we get an act of "Self Love", something so few of us understand but so necessary to a loving nature. For one cannot give what one doesn't have.

On the Tree of Life , Tiphareth (6-Beauty) is the Logos center, an objective link between The Divine Creative and Man (as above so below). Remembering that the Tree of Life Paths are subjective and therefore Arcane and called the Major Arcana Keys.  This is to say, that Tiphareth is the objective center that can only be understood as transitional energy subjectively on the Path of Yod. To look from above down, by rising above Tipareth toward Chesed, on the Path of the Hermit, is to see subjectively and therefore understand Tiphareth by the power of Hindsight.

The hand is, man's ultimate creative tool, hence, the greatest tool of imagintion and therefore is attributed to Yod and The Hermit is the very hand of the Divine Creative. The Orphic Egg wrapped in a serpent, represents the ancient Orphic Mysteries interpretation of the Cosmos encircled by the Fiery Spirit, i.e. Yod.

The Three Headed Dog (Cerberus) guards the gates of Hell--has been tamed by the Hermit. The spermatozoon image, represents the Yod energy in the material world, while the  completely hidden staff transmits the sexual force.

Aliester Crowley stated, "In this Triumph is then the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings. Yod=Phallus=Spermatozoon=Hand=Logos=Virgin" .

The Lamp refers to Tiphareth, the Solar Logos and makes a statement about the very nature of Light. The Yod is The Hermit, Heh (window/sight) is The Emperor and Vau (nail or hook) is the Hierophant and all are functioning to the side of the Pillar of Mercy on the Tree of Life--a trinity from Chesed to Tiphareth to Chokmah, and back to Chesed.
You may have noticed the different spellings of the Hebrew letters when interpreted in English----Kaballa-Qaballah-Caballah or Yod-Yud---this is because there is no spelling of Hebrew Letters so spelling is up to the interpreter.

The Letter Yud is spelled as Yod in the Hermetic Qaballalh as in: The Path of Yod-The Hermit; 9th Key. The story of Yod (yud) is about Yosef [Joseph] : Then Joseph said to his brothers," Come close to me if you please", and they came close. And he said," I am Joseph your brother- it is me, whom you sold into Egypt. And now, be not distressed, nor reproach yourselves for having sold me here, for it was to be provider that God sent me ahead of you. For this has been two of the hunger years in the midst of the land, and there are yet five years in which there shall be neither plowing nor harvest. Thus God has sent me ahead of you to ensure your survival in the land and to sustain you for a momentous deliverance."
                                          --Genesis 45: 4-8

The story of Yosef--defines the Hebrew letter Yod, a young man was sold into slavery by his brothers because of his magic ability to foretell events in his dreams. This form of clairvoyance, disturbed his brothers, so they plotted to dispose of Yosef---but for a profit! So they took him out to the desert and sold him into slavery. Upon coming home they told their father (Jacob) that he was killed and showed him the blood stained  special robe of many colors as proof.

The Hermit Card represents this story well with its depiction of a lone man in the desert carrying his own lantern of light.  We know by reading the story of Yosef, that instead of bemoaning his fate, Yosef "knew himself" and with this inner trust that nothing happens without a "good" (God) reason to stay open minded and use his talents as needed. Because he was able to use his abilities to interpret the Pharaohs dreams, he became a court adviser, and was able to help his starving family survive. He could have sought revenge, although he did ask for an apology, when he saw the remorse of his brothers he forgave them.
The Hermit Card reminds us that to live in the past, is a "wanna-be-person", a personality rooted in the past can't live today nor is it able to be open to the opportunities that are presented to it.  Since its eyes are focused on the past, this past personality is unable to see in the now of the moment.  A personality that carries its own Light,(enlightenment) is a personality of the Now, it trusts the Inner-Light that radiates and sustains it, and knows that "things happen" for a life expanding purpose. Such is the Story of Yosef and the Power of Yod.

The Hermit is an expression of The Fool, same energy that is at once wise old age of the Child (Son of God) and the virgin (Virgo) beginning of a new sequence. However, it is often difficult for the Student of the Qaballah to understand that Yod is the simple letter meaning: Hand or Sexual Love.
Pre-eminently this card is one of union. It symbolizes the first point of awareness by the Higher Self (Yosef) of the Supreme Spiritual Self (Yod) that can be explained in only the most erotic of imagery. But this card is the essence of isolation and singularity and is not about sexual coition. The sexuality here is self-contained and self-sustaining as it is the Communion of Two High States of Conscious Energy. Higher self and Supreme Spiritual Self. The Higher Self being the builder of The Personality, while the Supreme Spiritual Self is the Expression of Spiral Energy that all personalities are created of----The Serpentine Conscious Energy.  The Yod is related to Kether as Kether is isolated at the top of the Tree of Life, and is self-contained. It also forms the graphic root for all of the other letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  The Yod is also phallic. It is the Male-Fire that rushes out toward the Female-Water. One cannot escape the erotic imagery which is often depicted On Hindu Temples.

The story of Yosef represents those dark moments in your life when you are confused, misunderstood, underappreciated and depressed by events. During these moments of spiritual and physical darkness is when we must look toward our own "inner Light" that leads us forward in Life. The Power of believing in yourself comes from a knowing that your life is full of purpose (The Divine Creative doesn't create what the Divine Creative doesn't want) and everything that happens to you is for a life-motion expanding purpose. Recognize your uniqueness, and that your special talents can be applied to expand and liberate your world from the past limitations. Meditate on the Power of Forgiveness, and release yourself into the World of "I Am" rather than the death of "I Ain't", that living in the past  as a "self denial" can only give us. Be the only one who defines you-solitary in your self-trust, you are "Spirit made manifest" and you walk in the deserts of individual perspective, undivided from your Soul. Hence, Soul and body are a erotic une Trinité des amants, a communion of "I Am Me"; all united in the honeymoon suite of your human form!  Only your inner Self can  Define your outer-self in this functioning communion---you are not man-made---------you are a Spiritual  Self -creation! " Above all things, know thyself!"

The physical symbol for The Thoth Hermit is the Spermatozoon where one alone fertilizes the egg. Thus in the Thoth Deck Hermit card we have the symbol of the Spermatozoon, and the Orphic egg (the Universe) encompassed by a many colored serpent that represents the iridescence of Mercury.

On this card, the Hermit is arranged in the form of Yod carrying a blazing lantern, whose central sigil is in the likeness of the Great King of Fire (Yod is the secret fire) and is the Sun itself. He wears the colored cloak of Mother Binah/Understanding, in whom he gestates.

By realizing this symbolic card, we know that the Hermit is both creative and is the  fluid essence of Light, i.e. the Life Force of the Universe. His fertility is shown by the back ground of wheat sheaves.
As stated: The Hermit card is attributed to the sign of Virgo, which is the most receptive form of feminine earth and reinforces the concept of fertility. Yet again is this theme of receptive- fertility repeated as zodiacal Mercury rules Virgo, and exalted therein.

As Psychopompos (Psychopomp), Mercury is here shown as the guide of the Soul through the lower regions. His serpent wand that is growing out of the Abyss, and unseen here, reinforces this image of guiding light.  Following him, is Cerberus the Three Headed Hound of Hell (I-AM- ME) who is tamed by his presence.

There is a reason the Trump, Keys, are called the Major Arcana, (major secrets) as yet another Thoth Deck Card, Key 9, The Hermit, show us a pictorial representation of the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings. We are looking at the "First Fertile ejaculation of  Spritual-Solar energy as visible Light" in the dark energy Womb of the Universe.

The mysterious formula of the Hermit is : Yod=Phallus=Spermatozoon=Hand=Logos=Virgin. To help in understanding of the extremes, the manifestation and The Method, we must realize that the Dark matter of Space is impregnated by the Solar microwave ejaculation of "living light"----but it is a type of masturbation, as the Hermit exist "Within" the Dark Mother and not outside of Her, just as the consciousness exists inside the dark unconscious.  To some this is more confusing than to others, so by contemplating the image of the Sun in dark space, we may gain some insight. Obviously much study outside of indoctrination is require to understand the Major Arcana.
I hope I clearly established
the fact that The Path of Yod (Hand) which is THE HERMIT card, is the Path of Spiritual Fire into the Microcosm (Microprosopus) .  The Yod is the All Father, Chokma and the PATH OF YOD, is the manifestation before the Abyss which is related to the Logos (Word), that is objectified as Tiphareth on the Tree of Life.
To some the  term Logos or Word, is confusing; However, the Word/logos represents that vibratory will/ force which continually stimulates manifestation.

This stimulation also energizes the principles of form (Binah) which it has produced. Thus Kether, the Crown, the origin of Fiery Spirit, is seen as the One that from itself produced Two which refers to the Electric (Male) and Magnetic (Female) forces of the One Electromagnetic Energy. There is a lot to wrap your brain around here, but that is mostly true of all the symbolism of the Major Arcana.

Often, the Hermit, who is Grandfather of the masculine trinity of Son, Father and Grandfather, is related to the Christ figure, but he is better related to the Hebrew pathfinder Moses, who led his people across the Egyptian desert. In fact, an early Gnostic sect, The Simonion Gnostics, that had taken its name from Simon- Magus, first described in the Acts of the Apostles, that the Logos was objectified as Moses. These second century Gnostics taught that the Book of Exodus was an allegory of the soul being led by the Logos (Moses/Hermit) through the desert of human life into the spiritual promised land. Many of us of the Western culture, know the story of Moses as a Thaumaturge (Arch-magician), whose staff is a wand of enormous power that can strike water from rock and turn into a serpent upon his bidding. The "Magi's wand", turning into a serpent force, is  an allegory that refers to the use of Kundalini (Yod) force by the Adept Magician.This serpentine force is a Sacred Fire that is the essence of the Logos transmitted by the phallic wand. To a Tantric, this wand would be called the Divya Linga: Divine Lingam.

Other references to Moses and the Sacred Fire, is the told as God interacting with Moses through a burning bush. Making Moses an intermediary or tool of the Supreme Father. Thus, Moses is the "Hand (yod) of God", which emphasizes the meaning of Yod as hand. In Fact, the hand of the Hermit is open, as opposed to the closed fist meaning of the Wheel of Fortune (see past blog), and means ultimate Power while also depicting innocence, as an open hand can give or take with out the impediments of thoughts or moral restrictions.

The Wild Wood Tarot-The Hooded Man-Key 9:
is also an allegory for the male phallus, who is "the hooded man".
Here, he is shown holding the lantern of "the solar logos" inner light, that lights his path and the stout, firm staff. His light shines on a Great Tree, showing an inviting doorway decorate with a wreath of holy and evergreen. Again an allegory to sexual love, as a warm and inviting doorway to the hooded man, is the female yoni.
A Wren stands upon a cold stone, watching.

As does the Hermit, the Hooded man knows that the knowledge of Light (Spirit) is most often learned through sacrifice and Stoicism.

The Hooded Man,  stands at the Midwinter Solstice, on December 21st. He is associated with Earth and the dark sun, making this a time of solitude and contemplation.

By reexamining The Thoth Deck Hermit card, it shows the lone figure cloaked in the Red of Binah, implying that he is rooted in the Great Red Mother, thus describing the motion and activity that is essential to the Yod which is the Intercourse of Chokma and Binah and the purifying flow of menstrual blood, a universal substance of rejuvenation. The Universal-blood flows to She as semen (idea/seed), she then conceptualizes energy into form (Understanding). Here, Wisdom (Chokma) is objectified by Understanding (Binah).

The concept of the Cosmos encircled by the Fiery Spirit  (Yod), is shown by the Orphic egg, wrapped in a serpentine image of the spiral energy, nurturing the Universe. 

Cerberus, the Greek three headed dog who guards the gates of Hell, is tamed by the Hermit and is a willing companion. There is an interesting connection here to the Goddess Hell-Aine (Red Womb), and Her Three Yoni (Vagina: Maid-Mother and Crone and the fourth feminine of manifestation-the Whore: Red/ Womb/Graäl), but I'll leave further explanation up to the investigative student of magic, as I don't wish to offend the the flesh-o-phobes of our dogmatic culture, whose delicate personalities can't stand the shock of the Universal intercourse or that Spiral Energy, i.e., Spirit, is manifested in the act of Divine communion as the rhythmic dance of the Divine Couple's "coupling", makes spiral- waves in the Dark Matter; Waves that we call light; a light that all things are created from.

The image of the spermatozoon, represents the Yod energies in the world, while the staff which transmits sexual force (Kundalini) is totally hidden in the Hermit but not in the Wild Wood Hooded man card. Which is also not the case of the Japanese ink scroll depiction  of Bodhidharma (470-543 CE.), the first patriarch of Chinese and Japaneses Buddhism who himself was as a Moses. The Spiritual Fire and wand, of a Magus is depicted in this illustration, before the flesh-o-phobia of body fearing Division-ism, the indoctrination of which made the Soul ashamed of its own self image which is the human body, became popular and all phallus's had to be drawn as wands.
  I wonder, has it ever occurred to common man, that if you divide the spirit (Will) from the sacred- body, that it only leads to enslavement? (Illustration from the Book: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EROTIC WISDOM by Rufus C. Camphausen.)

As Crowley states in his BOOK OF THOTH, "In this Trump is shown the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings. Yod=Phallus= Spermatozoon=Hand=Logos=Virgin.
Finding out why the Divine Couple of the Universe worked for over 14 billion years to build below, the 10th Sephiroth- Malkuth World of Physical Mater, a Divine Image called Hu (Chinese for God ) Man (Hindu word-Manas: meaning mind) i.e. YOU as Holy Spirit, will help establish Spirit body Union and the axiom "Above all things know thyself!".

A lot of Divine work went into the making of You as a Self Image of the Divine Creative----and a lot of man-made history has been devoted to  the Pavlovian process of demeaning yourself, mind and body and soul, so that you could be ruled by those who can't rule themselves; slaves are but profit to those not strong enough to live through their own power.  Something to ponder, as your self value flounders around in the  debt-slavery, trying to make "ends meet" and you try to understand the mystery of the "Holy Spirit". One Clue for understanding, is that All Being, is of The One Spirit, and if you don't have a Human-Spirit Body---you aren't whole Spirit!

When the Hermit or Hooded Man card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
  • That knowledge is needed, meditation and prayer are to be used to hear the inner self.
  • A deep desire to follow that which is meaningful  and/or heartfelt to you. 
  • Time to gather enough data and information in order to sort things out.
  • Introspection which may require you to withdraw from others or the usual environment in order to gain the perspectives needed.
  •  A stage in life where Wisdom is sought.
  • This is a great card for skrying, as it is of the Inner Wisdom that we so much need to KNOW OURSELVES!
  • The querent is or will be soon experiencing wisdom long sought and obtained from Above (enlightenment from the Inner Self). In other words, Divine inspiration.
  • Also there is a suggestion of knowledge needed by the querent  who must listen closely to the Inner Self in order to obtain it.
  • We have here the Principle of  introspection, of completion and Space/Time.
  • The querent themselves, may be experiencing the up-welling of the inner mediator, sage, philosopher, and/or wise man, within, and thus manifesting them in their life.
  • There is also a suggestion of detaching from others, so that one may gather data and  information in order to figure things out.
  • The querent may be experiencing the need to analyze, or understand their role in life, or in relationships be they, in a group setting such as job, or family or even in a spiritual group, etc.
  • This is a card of attainment rather than a journey or quest as The Hermit shows us that we must have the strength to lose our man made outer self (our-self- of man-made definitions) before we can find the Divine Self within.
  • This card is hard to ill define...since even "being Lost" and alone in our feelings, is the beginning of "seeing the light". For being lost and alone in yourself, means you know that you "don't know who you are", which is the beginning of "letting go and letting God' reclaim your identity as " another way to be Me".

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