Thoth Tarot- Key 15- THE DEVIL & The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 15-THE GUARDIAN.
difference between a comedy and a tragedy is that in a comedy the
characters figure out reality in time to do something about it.
--Bennett W. Goodspeed
The Key 15 of Tarot represents the Universal Principle of mirth combined with stability.
card in the deck has gone through a transformation within itself. For instance,Greek
Mythology described the half-goat, half-man, as Pan, the sensual god of
Merriment which also latter became the god Bacchus of merriment and
In Egyptian mythology,
this was Ra, a sun deity symbol of Life Force and Energy. During the
middle ages, the inquisitional backlash to the panistic cults caused the
Devil image to be created.
the Devil spelled backwards is Lived, and shows the obvious reason for
this backlash-propaganda against "living-it-up" which was considered
hedonism. According to man-made theology, we must now consider the body
a burden, that Nature somehow imposed on us, and that the resulting
sensuality is improper and a shame unto god(?). If that be so, then the
Devil created us rather than the All Perfect Father God, of Christian
dogma and some really believe this is so. However, the Christian dogma got around this reasoning by saying
that it is freedom of choice, a Divinely granted grace, that is our down
fall. Which goes a long way in proving that being a "free thinker", is
All superstitious ensconce aside,
the Thoth Devil/Pan archetype represents the need to face whatever "bedevils"
us. It reminds us to handle life from a place of humor which gives us
the sure footedness of a goat (Capricorn) and the humor of Pan (the
smiling goat). To avoid the ensnarement of fear (the web image of spider
like veils) we must hold on to our sense of humor, mirth and stability
which centers us when we face real or imagined problems. It's okay to laugh in a traffic jam!
Capricorn, the goat,
is able and willing to look at internal issues (third eye-the Path of Ayin) and external
bedevilment with both eyes wide open and focused straight ahead. The
Egyptian Eye of Horus staff represents our vision and intuition that
protects us from peer pressure and other peoples reaction to our
creative motion. Busy bodies can't hold a candle to
self-knowledge---they have none that is why they try to do unto everyone
else what they don't want done to them! It's okay to smile at Myna birds, they just mimic intelligence.
The male figures and female figures
on the Thoth Tarot Card-Key 15, represent the creative power ability to combine male-electric and
female-magnetic forces within our natures to create unlimited self
possibilities. Mirth allows us to be able to break the bondage of
self- definition supplied by culture, society, media, theology and
peers. The Mirthful creator identifies Himself/Herself as simulated self images and therefore,
you ("created in god's own image") are free to define yourself as you
will. This is the Freedom of Choice is called I Am Me. Creation is always about polarities, i.e. the Law of attraction and resonance.
On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Thoth Tarot-Devil-Key 15:
Is the Path of Ayin,
The Eye, "I", connecting the Sephiroth of the Solar Logos and/or Sun-Son of God-Tiphareth,
Beauty, with the Sephiroth- Hod, Splendor, which is the sphere of
Mercury and intellect.
The Path of Ayin (meaning Eye which is a symbol for "I"), is the Twenty-sixth Path, as coined by Dr. Paul foster Case, is formative.
In the terms of Self structure; it is the bridge between The
Personality and individuality. As I have stated before, the Solar Logos,
is the Original Persona of the Divine Child of God, i.e. the Son/Sun. By adding the 21 keys plus the 10 Sephira, Dr. Paul Foster Case has come up with his Path Numbers.
Note: the Son of God, is not a sexual description of a species
which is a definite propaganda misdirection, rather it is an Energetic
one, For the Christianized "Son of God" is about the Solar Logos, a Demi Urge; a Sun
that sends "solar flares" (Divine Yod Energy) outward as individual
expressions of It's own Self (individual selves or Personalities); from
Self into selves that circumnavigate, through the many myriad of
experiences of self-awareness back to Self, i.e. from Tiphareth to
Malkuth and back up the Tree to Tiphareth again. It helps us to realize that the, "One energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, but only transformed and transmitted", is Light. The Electromagnetic Spectrum, is the Light Spectrum, most of which is invisible (99.6% of it). The world of visible light is called the 1% world, in Qabalah, for the ancients rounded off the number rather than use fractions. So what we are, are Souls/Psyches, composed of Light's evolutionary experiences of self awareness. As we moderns know, data flows within electricity, another form of Light, and we, the electromagnetic- Psyche, flow as "Life" through the "alive" and are seen as "bio-protons" and/or electricity within the organic organism, which itself, is but an evolution of light. It is time we realize, that the "reality" we seek, is just "will-istic", for as I think myself to be, a willed emotional thought, is the simulation I project into the Organic world of being.
The Hebrew letter Ayin means
-Eye and is a simple letter that also means -Mirth. This double meaning may invite confusion; However, rest assured, that this Path of Ayin
is one of the most difficult for western people to understand, for
interpretation flies in the face of Christian cultural definitions that
have been misapplied to the Devil. The "All Seeing eye" is really the I
(the symbol for Original Identity is an "all seeing eye") of the First
Identity which later became I AM Me, which is the trinity we now call "ourselves".
In Barbra G. Walker's Book
[ THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS] which has been honored
by the London Times Educational supplement as 1986 "Book of the Year",
the provenance of the word devil is noted as Persian. She states:
Words "devil" and "divinity" grew from the same root, Indo-European devi
(Goddess) or deva
(God), which became daeva
(devil) in Persian. Old English divell
(devil) can be traced to the Roman derivative divus, divi
meaning gods. Thus it seems that, from the beginning, gods and devils
were often confused with one another. She goes on to explain such
enlightening scholarship that I highly recommenced this book to anyone
who seeks an honest education.
There is another fact here that may hide from reason, and that is the combination of the words Devi (Goddess)and Lingam (Male phallus), is Divya Linga ( Sanskrit word for Divine- lingam) and has also been interpreted by propagandists of Christian past, as the word Devil:which
actually bespeaks of the "Son of God" as the Solar Phallus. That is
why the Hermetic Thoth Card shows testes (ovals full of white humanoid
shapes) and a large Universal Phallus penetrating the Dark Energy Womb.
Much to study here as most of our "knowledge" is propaganda based
To the Hermetic Qabalist,
the Devil is not viewed as an evil entity (lived spelled backward),
having its own god-like existence, rather it represents a special
mystery (Arcana) that must be experienced and understood before we can
hope to directly know the Higher Self.
The Devil image represents the intelligence
that is Master of Manifest form (the Survival Mind), which we meet on the Path of Ayin
and must face and conquer. The Path of Ayin, takes the traveler into an
understanding that we are entering a transition between the intellect
of mortal consciousness (individual conscious) and true spiritual
immortal conscious, i.e.,The Sun/Son of the Divine Creative.
Three Paths lead directly into Tiphareth: THE DEVIL (key 15), ART (key 14 called Temperance
in Golden Dawn, Barbara Walker and Babylonian Decks and Balance in the Wild Wood Tarot), and DEATH (key
13). Now each of these paths represents a special trial for the
initiate; However, each student is not required to travel all three
- One way to experience Path Travel is the Devotional Path of
the Middle Pillar, where one need only experience the Path of Samekh
(meaning- Prop) or the Art Card-key 14 (Temperance in other decks),
leading from Yesod (Foundation ) to Tiphareth (Beauty). This is more of a
gentle path of the Mystics and demands less mental and emotional will
from the Student.
- The Magi's way of following each and
every Path, means the acquisition of control over Forces which each Path
symbolizes: every Path confers a unique power ( "magical
abilities"). A Magus is an active Force of Creation, rather than a
Passive one. Therefore the difference here, is that the Traveler of the
Middle Path does learn to balance and understand within the Self, the
forces of the twenty-two Paths, but understanding these conceptual
states of conscious energy does not necessarily develop the ability to
manipulate them, which is an art necessary in the development of a
"discerning Personality"; the Spiritual purpose for the human body!
Now I know, that some students of the Occult
mysteries) enter into the studies seeking a type of "Raw Power", hoping
to control others and circumstances to avoid pain and "doing unto
others before they can do unto them" (Survival mind). Such misinformed
students soon learn that if such Power is acquired and then misused,
there is a devastating price to pay
. So there is no question that
for the timid, and doubtful, the Middle Path is much safer than facing
and conquering the temptations of the Magical Path.
In Tarot, THE DEVIL represents Raw Power
(Mars), it is the war- Force that brings about the transmutation of THE
TOWER (key 16) and is in the sign of Capricorn, shown as the Goat
on the Thoth card, which is where Mars is exalted. Capricorn, is a weighty,
even blind sign of Earth and symbolizes the highest and lowest states of
individual personality. Yet it is considered a sign of initiation
or release from matter formed limitations. These material limitations
are suggested by the astrological ruler-ship of Capricorn by Saturn, the
Planet of Binah, The Great Mother
(Imagination) that governs the
limitations of form, as does Saturn/Time.The rings of Saturn are seen at the top of the card
, as Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn.These time imposed limitations are of both
the enclosure of matter, made of time, the artificial system by which we
meter and enclose all activities and our own self definitions
Thus, THE DEVIL also represents the average person's misconception of
"reality"; a perceptive belief that the material-sensual condition is
"Real". The Qabalist knows the physical-material world as the "1%"
world, and realizes that the other invisible "99%" (often called "the
other side of the Mirror") is the Real who "will-istickly" simulates self as visible image. Therefore, realism, is will-ism which began in the Kether, as "I Will Be".
The misconception of reality is symbolized in two ways on the Thoth DEVIL card;
- The smirking mouth.
- The Goat represents the humorous figure of the childhood nemesis the "Bogey Man" (Christianized devil image).
Card then emphasizes the knowledge that our belief in the illusion of
matter, i.e.mortality, (Matter is only .4% visible as our bodies are
99.6% space!) is actually laughable to us "Suns of the Divine Creative"
and/or immortal Psyche/Soul, while implying that laughter and a humorous
approach to our lives is a tool which will help our consciousness to
transcend the illusion of "seeing it to believe it" and becoming
"Knowing it by Being it", a process of Will.
Mirth is the first great corrective
and helps us not to take our perceptions of the material world
seriously, which only means "fearfully". It pays to noted that the
Survival Mind of the animal, is our Devilish tempter that tricks us into
believing we are as Moons who are at the mercy of Forces rather than
the Magus who, as the activity of the original Will, manipulates forces.
It is to be noted, that the Sephiroth (numbered circles) are
objective intelligent ASPECTS OF ENERGY, that form our True Psyche and/or
Real Person, while the Paths are subjective states of intelligent
energy, i.e Inner-paths that our personality is supposed to travel, with messages from body to Soul and Soul to body. Therefore, our Personality is supposed to become the messenger of the Gods, A Mercury and/or Magus.
One primary statement of the Path
of Ayin (meaning-Eye) is that the ignorant, superstitious person, sees
the world in an "upside down" vision. Thus the upside down pentagram is
associated with the Devil. The Qabalist knows that "all things were from
One by the meditation of One," [from the Emerald Tablet
the obvious, that there is nothing in the Universe that isn't of The
One Divine Creative, including the bogey of the ignorant, the Devil.
The Christian concept of the Devil is from the word Devi
meaning goddess, and is a rather obvious attempt at the misogynistic
propaganda of the Patriarch (military war based gods) religions. If one
has any education at all, one knows that the womb is the place of Form,
not the male semen, which is -a pollen, if you will, and is but a
genetic blue print. And without the womb, semen will never become form
as the "engineer or Architect" never received the blue print.
The Qabalah is all about states of energy
known as "Force and Form", what is masculine is considered "Will to
Force" (electric) and what is feminine is considered "Will to Form"
(Magnetic) which is much more viable with today's biological knowledge.
The intelligent state of energy
known as Devil has also been called the "Prince of the Powers of Air",
implying that this energy state is meditating in the flow of the Astral
currents. In this context, Air is understood to be the whole of Yetsirah
the Astral Plane, which controls the ebb and flow of matter.
The ability to reverse the ebb and flow of Astral light,
requires meditation, intellect and discipline, all of which are
achieved by conquering the Path of Ayin. One must begin this process of
discipline with the intellect of Hod, traversing into the intuition of
Tiphareth, The Christ or Buddha state of intelligent energy. Even
the scriptures talk of Christ's passage through the temptations of the
Devil, i.e. his own illusions brought on by sensual matter .
You may recall that THE DEVIL
is Saturn in
Capricorn, which brings up an interesting point. The Ancients stated
that "Saturn eats its own children", meaning that for Spirit ( I AM),
illusion of form (Me) is necessary to produce the material form, and
that the dissolution of these forms (Me) is essential to the Path of
Return. In reality, Life eats itself to stay alive and to the Alchemist dissolutio
n means analysis
which is the precise application of separating the component forces of
ourselves and our universe into twenty-two paths on the Tree of Life.
The next part of the process is reintegrating these forces through the
understanding of their operation. Eliphas Levi called THE DEVIL--The Path of Ayin
---the"Great Magical Agent" this process of manipulation as, to dissolve, to consolidate, to quicken, to moderate.
dissolution, re-integration, activity, and grounding. Thus we have the
same qualities as described to Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
Once again we understand
The Devil to represent the "score of the forms and appearance of relative existence"
, a description supplied in various Mystery Tests. Another ancient description is that the Devil is "Lord of the Gates of Matter and Child of the Forces of Time," which indicates a phallic energy state,
Lord being husbandry,
as the gateway to form is Yoni or Womb.
Thus you will observe the stylized phallus and testes on the Thoth Deck
Tarot Card, that is both the back drop and support of the Goat figure
that represents the old god Pan. The testes are also seen as supporting
human shaped white figures.
As one can see, there is
represented an understanding of the intercourse of Forces and Form,
attributes to the understanding that "God is sex". In truth, The
Creator, who is One that is Two, and/or The Divine Creative, knew that It needed a mirror to see
itself---------the material world is that which reflects from the mirror of Divine Creative consciousness. The I AM can only be aware of Itself, as a Me, a self-reflection.
the understanding of The Devil card produces in us, is the knowledge
that the illusion of Form, is the same as the illusion of mirror
reflections, its all reflected backwards and not a true state of Being.
Turn your mind around, and know that you are a Spirit or Soul who owns a body
(which is a power tool for discernment), and not a body that is seeking
Spirit or Soul.
analogy that I like to use
when describing the common perspective, is
that of a "fish in the ocean, seeking water". Not only is this a
accurate description for a body seeking spirit, it is also a mirthful
one that describe the illusion of form, as the fish-form can be stated
as "The Ocean experiencing itself" through a form manufacture from itself.
In the Wild Wood Tarot-The Guardian-Key 15,
comparable to the Thoth Devil Card. It is a "bogey" man figure of a cave-bear skeleton, who guards the cave of ancestral memory.
Hesaid to challenge anyone trying to enter the cave, who does not understand the nature of their own darkness.
He traditionally stands at Samhain, November 1st, at the gateway of the dead. He is also associated with the Waning Moon, as he stands between the elements of Water (Unconsciousness) and Earth (Self-consciousness).
Over time, the propagandist, of both religions, and governments, have cynically manipulated the image of the "Devil", for the purposes of controlling the imagination of the populace for reasons of power. This ancient pagan nature spirit, is an archetype of protection, and initiation,and serves as a human link with the wilderness, nature and fertility; sometimes manifested as fierceness, ecstasy and sexuality.The real purpose of the Guardian is to stir irrational fears from the muddy bottom of the human subconscious and/or survival mind, while filling the timid personality with foreboding. We are to meet our fears, face to face, and defeat them with mirth.
If the Guardian is frighting,
a bogey man of nightmares to us, it is because we are frightened by our own reflection, our own dark shadow, and it is the element of ourselves that we must master. The Survival mind must belong to the Soul, not the Soul to the survival mind.
When the Devil or Guardian card is thrown during a reading of tarot:
- The querent is experiencing states of materialism, and/or material force.
of the flesh, sometimes obsession, all associate with the "Trickster"
god images of the past which is the principle of mirth.
- The querent may experience humor over their material circumstances, or over what "bedevils" them.
- The advice is to view your emotions humorously, which will free you from the illusion of their seriousness.
- There is a warning here, that even the best of intentions, may do harm .
- Accept the presence of paradox and realize your own truth.
- A challenge has come into ones life, to make them face their fears and move on.
- It reminds us to stop struggling for truth amid seeming contradictions and know that truth is willed into being.
- We must accept the presence of paradox and realize our own truth.
- Celebrate life, laugh, play, and dance upon the Earth---Why else create a sensual body ?
- To own the brain, rather than have it bedevil the Psyche with thoughts of pain, death, or loss.
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