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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot Tarot-Key 14- ART & The Wild Wood Tarot- Key 14- BALANCE

The Tarot of EliThoth Tarot-Key 14-Art & The Wild Wood Tarot- Key 14- Balance:
(Temperance card in traditional tarot).

At first, many students find the symbolism of the Thoth Major Arcana  complicated; However, the principle of the Path of Samekh or Art-Key 14-, is to produce a consciously controlled vision that is limited by will.  Hence, the purpose of Hermetic, Qabalistic, and Gnostic symbols is to furnish descriptions that most anyone can relate to. They are not remote or really complicated, if you focus on one at a time. In fact most of the symbolic language of the Mysteries, has been superseded by the language of Carl Jung and other psychologists. To Carl Jung, this ability to consciously control Visions, would be called "lucid dreaming", which is known to help the individual correct personality disorders.

Robert Wang goes on to explain, in his test book:
THE QABALISTIC TAROT," It should be added that the Metals described in Alchemical literature are the same as the Seven Chakras of the Hindus, the Seven Planets and the Serphiroth of the Microprosopus [ Microcosom-lower seven-Sephra on the Tree of Life]. These words have been used as codes over the centuries, meaning seven distinct levels of objective consciousness. Thus when one speaks of a Planet ruling a sign of the Zodiac, what is meant in the relationship of a Sign to a given center of energy both in the Greater Universe and in the Human body." (the brackets are my own explanation).

The Art of awakening these Psycho-dynamic energy Paths in the Human Body, is the Qabalistic initiates goal. "To Know Thyself", is to know the "As above and so below", the Macrocomic and Microcosmic nature of our Whole Self.

The Thoth Art Card, is assigned the astrological sign of Sagittarius, which is ruled by the planet Jupiter, meaning the 4th Sephiroth- Chesed (Wisdom). Here, we should remember that Chesed is the architect of all manifestation, working with the "will to form"and/or "potential to form" of Binah (Understanding).

The Thoth Art-Key 14- The Path of Samekh, represents an actual physical process, that for centuries of  Gnostic, Mystics, Tantric yogis, Alchemists, and Qabalists, is a willed process of directing the communion or interchange of opposite energies. The beginning of this process is begun by the Higher Self; a process which is instituted  in the 4th  Sephiroth Chesed, the most refined, point of  Microprosopus, to which the Higher Self is central.

Chesed the 4th Sephiroth-Mercy, is the enacting force (phallus) of the Great Mother Binah's Will to Form, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding.

Until the initiate accomplices this psycho-physical process of the Path of Samekh, the Higher Self (Shown as an androgynous figure on the Thoth card) cannot be known to the personality, as they both are not on the same wave-length of consciousness.

Thus, the Art of "Spiritual Alchemy" describes this Card and the whole process as a preparation of the Personality, and its physical vehicle of earth forces, to deal with the solar forces (influx of higher levels of conscious Light) which would devastate a "normal" system.

This is an ongoing process of tempering, measuring and testing, instigated by the Higher Self, to see how much the physical body can bear. When properly tempered, and the body can handle the stress of such energy, the arrow is released and the Kundalini rises.

Once contacted on the Path of Samekh, the Higher Self will regulate the flow, so the individual isn't harmed; A great jolt of energy, will tell the individual to "back off', and relax.  Because this is a Passion so overwhelming, it is often described as Divine Anger, which is apt if we realize that anger is for self-motivation; to get off of one's butt and do something. It could be said that Divine Anger is the motivation for Sagittarius to launch his arrow.

All in all, the Art Card key 14, is the consummation of the Divine or Hermetic Marriage, depicted on the Lovers card, Key 6, here the Orgasm of Spirit and Matter has been reached. There is a perfect interchange of forces, as the Red Lion has become white, and the White lion has become Red.The Art card shows Water being poured on Fire, and Fire is merged with Water, all within the purified physical vehicle, shown as the Golden Cauldron, i.e. the Master's body. Get and read the Text Book, The Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang. Also the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley for further explanation of this coded process. 

Hence, the crude symbol of fire and water mingled together, as shown  at the bottom of this card, represents the Spiritual idea of an incomplete element of one kind, reaching satisfaction by the assimilation of an equal and opposite. This  mixing of contradictory elements in a cauldron, as illustrated on this card is known as a state of the Great Work of "As above, so Below";  which is another way of saying," The Knowledge of the Above must be consciously enacted and integrated in the Below".
Resulting from the operation, is a stream of golden light arising, and becoming the two rainbows that form the cape of the Divine figure. This cape symbolizes the spiritualization of the Great Work.

Let's face it, Life and the Living are the Divine Creative's Art! The Life is above and the Living are below.  Dead things, statues, idols, buildings, even symbols, though often worshiped by the ignorant, are not the Art of The Divine Living One....only the Alive are. To know this is to know that what is truly Sacred are the living beings, not man-made constructs! To Worship a book, a building, a amulet, or a place and kill the living in its name, is indeed live spelled backwards! ..."Love thy neighbor as thyself" is indeed knowing what is sacred. But maybe I am being too harsh on the common man-made personality, maybe they dislike themselves so much that they can only "dislike their neighbor as themselves."! For instance, by feeling ugly inside they can see only ugly on the outside!

But let's continue:
The Art card represents the whole hidden quality of the Orphic Egg shown center-bottom, on the Lovers key 6,. Therefore, it is the same formula but at a more advanced stage.  Here, the Original Duality (electric -male and magnetic- female- force) has been completely compensated; but after birth comes growth; after growth, puberty; after puberty, purification. This card then is a foreshadowing of the Great Work. Around the Rainbow Solar Cape of the Divine Androgyny is an alchemical Latin glory;
VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE RECTIFICANDO INVENIES OCCULTUM LAPIDEM. [ "Visit the interior parts of earth; by rectification thou shalt find the hidden stone."].  The initials of this Arcane glory are, V.I.T.R.I.O.L, which is known in alchemy as the "Universal Solvent".  Also, vitriol is also called the "Universal Medicine" which is sometimes a stone (Philosopher's stone) , a powder or a tincture, according to ancient writings.

It is because the Alchemists were dealing with substances on the "borderland" of matter that makes them difficult to understand. This can be found also in Physics, where Quantum physics is involved with describing the "Quanta" which is the "borderland" of matter, in modern science. The Alchemist knew/knows, that the difference between living things and dead things, is their behavior. The Vitriol, mentioned in alchemy, is a combination of Mercury, Sulfur and Salt but in a higher-living nature rather than the vulgar nature of chemistry. In fact, the word Rectificando implies the right leading of the new substance in the path of the True Will.  As a Magi, I have experienced the "right leading of a new substance" known as "a material body" by the True Will of Spirit as it has began flowing through the body as a "personal operator"...it does change the material of your body into something much more Solar....just ask any successful Tantric! (Something to find out for yourself!). Tantra, which means-"to expand and liberate", is the Gnosis of combining the True Female and the True Male forces to make the "above and below, one and the same"! Alchemy, Qabalah, Tantra, are all Gnosis which is a common Greek noun  meaning Knowledge; generally a dualistic knowledge of a mystical nature, as depicted on The Wild Wood Tarot- KeY 14-Balance.
Depicted on the Wild Wood-Key 14, is the polarized energy of the land, interwoven and intertwined around the staff of the heavens, "As above so below", creating the great pulse of Life and the Alive. The Red and White Serpents, represent the basic colors and forces of the primal Wild Wood.; red for blood, fire and iron; white for milk, bone and ash.
The ancient symbol of the caduceus, echos the double helix of human DNA, the building blocks of collective Life; Each strand, holds the information of the whole. Carved on to the Great Tree, is a human face that is both dark sided and white sided, both a composite of the human condition. So yet again, the composition of opposites is the alchemy of Life.  The Placement of the Balance card, on  the Year Wheel, is , May 1st-Beltane, which is associated with the half moon and universal lore.

To become a powerful seer of Tarot, a practitioner must open up to the Greater Energy Conscious, that is at certain states of force and form as symbolize by the circles (Sephiroth) and the paths of experience that lead to them on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

-Key 14.

  • The Path of Samekh, leads from Yesod (Foundation) to Tiphareth ( Beauty); from the Moon to the Sun, from the Personality to the Higher Self.
  • Primary color of Path: Blue
  • Musical Note: G#
  • Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
  • Meaning of Samekh: PROP
  • Hebrew Simple letter: Anger
  • Esoteric title: The Daughter of the Reconcilers, the Bringer Forth of Life.

Paul Foster Case wrote in the book :
Thirty Two Paths Of Wisdom: The twenty-fifth Path is the Intelligence of Probation, or is Tentative, and is so called because it is the primary temptation, by which the Creator trieth all righteous persons.
[art by Roboman]
Behind the symbols of  Key-14- Art/ Temperance, is the Great Mother- Binah, for this reason the central figure of this card is the form of female (but also showing Androgen figuring because there is no life with out the Motion of the Great Father-Chokmah). Also the Twenty-fifth Path is that of Sagittarius, the Archer who is Diana the Huntress, Greek Goddess of the Moon. Thus the principle is repeated that all of the figures of the Tarot (Except THE FOOL) are Mother-Binah (understanding) and Father Chokmah ( Wisdom) under different guises.

Binah, as Diana, governs the tides of earth, and the fluctuations of the Astral Current, the natural framework and support for the waxing and waning of the energy  currents of existence.  She is the PROP; the " Womb preserving Life". There is only One Energy, One Mind, and/or One Universal Collective Self, that can't be created nor destroyed, only transformed. It's transformation is done by the waxing and waning of currents/forces, all controlled by Binah(Shown as Alchemy on the Art Card or the great white serpent on the Balance card) who is the "Will to Form".

Therefore, the manifested Universe is energy controlled and manipulated within specific bounds and restrictions of which the "mysteries" represented by the Cards and Paths of The Tarot and Tree of Life are shown as progressive knowledge, discernment and understanding achieved by the initiate. In otherwords, the Microcosm is a simulation of the Macrocosm.

Hariette and Horner Curtis, in their book, Voice of Isis, describe the Universal Mother as the "power of bringing forth in humanity the Divine Child (Horus) or the Christ". It is that power, in which every individual brings about the contact of the Personality with the Inner Divine Light.

When one's conscious is rising on the Path of Samekh, it (Temperance) leads to our bearing of the Child, which is ourselves reborn and/or the expanding and liberating of the Personality from previous limitations.

Key-14 of Tarot, is the beginning of an awareness of the Higher Self of Tiphareth. This card demonstrates how the experience is brought about, i.e. through a balanced exchange  of opposites which can only be symbolically described as a androgynous figure. This "rebirth" is a difficult process in the individual student and is often called "The Dark Night of the Soul" where the Personality is brought into the Willful interchange of Animus- Fire (consciousness) and Anima-Water (unconsciousness) that is merging or tempering of energy polarity opposites within the body. On the Art card this tempering is symbolized by a stream of water poured  forth from one vase and lightning from another on the Wild Wood Tarot, this merging is shown as intertwining masculine and feminine forces around one central Tree. Therefore, the Philosopher's stone becomes what is the Living Water and/or consciousness vivified by being merged with the Fiery Spirit and earthly body. Hence, forming, a process of bringing the Real Persona and/or Christos, into the body so that it tempers the consciousness, and is itself tempered by the consciousness, forming something that is "more than the sum of its parts", as do sine waves combined form a harmony. 

This merging/tempering process also involves an inner manipulation of sexual polarities, as symbolized by the arrow released upward (on bottom of card) which is a "Spiritual orgasm" (orgasm/energy flow that never stops usually seen as a figure eight lying on it's side) . What happens is the awakening of the Inner and outer Androgyny, i.e. the Dancing God and Goddess ( Best illustrated as Shiva and Shakti of Hindu origin) whose dance of union makes all form and motion possible.

As one changes the rate of vibration of this inner energy, one raises or lowers the level of consciousness ---moves from Chakra to Chakra or from Path to Path. The watery unconsciousness being acted upon by the Serpentine Fire (Kundalini Sex energy) produces the images of the astral which are the pictures that form in our minds as intuitive communication with the Higher Self. Therefore, the  principle is  one of producing a consciously-controlled vision that is limited only by Will and/or intent. This is the personal application of Fire (Yod) and Water (Heh) uniting in the individual to produce Air (Vau) within the body which is Earth (Heh-final).

Obviously, a thorough understanding of the Mysterious meanings of Earth, Air, Water and Fire are needed here.  However, I have no present space to explain them in depth but they are explained throughout the blogs. Time for research!

When the Thoth key 14-Art card is thrown during a divination, it implies:
  • Combination of forces.
  • Realization
  • Action of combining opposites to create something new.
  • Effect.

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When the Art card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing or will soon experience:
  •   A combination of forces effecting realization and action.
  • A blending of all circumstances in order to achieve balance.
  • Trials and tribulations that lead to the "middle path", arriving at a profound realization.
  • Material action, for wellness or illness, depending on the dignity of the accompanying cards. 
  • It is a blending of all circumstances in order to create a balance, such as the blending of issues, of  a  spiritual,emotional, mental and physical nature and thus effecting a flow of directed energy in its most powerful state.
  • The Art or Balance card implies the Principle of Synergy, Synthesis and Integration.,i.e. the "middle way".
  • Also suggests the grounding of energy through spiritual education.
  •  Assimilating, integrating, tempering, adjusting, and redistribution.
  • This card represents a Spiritual Force joining the Divine Androgyny, with the "fleshy" rendition of Itself.
  •  A great spiritual alchemy is in process for the querent.

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