Thoth Tarot-Key 14-Art & The Wild Wood Tarot- Key 14- Balance:
(Temperance card in traditional tarot).
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symbolic language of the Mysteries, has been superseded by the language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
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.
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"
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
, 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".
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:
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;
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
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
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.
THE PATH OF SAMEKH: Art/
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".
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
When one's conscious is rising
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.
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.
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.
- Action of combining opposites to create something new.
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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
- 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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