Key 18- The Moon- of the Thoth Tarot & The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 18- The Moon on the Water :
The Tarot Moon card, is called the Path of Qoph--meaning, back of head or ear.
Connecting the 7th- Sephiroth, Netzach (Victory) with the 10th-Sephiroth, Malkuth (Kingdom), the Path of Qoph is described as the "Victory of the Material World" and/or the "deceptive effect of the apparent power of the Material World". This path, is also known as the "Threshold to life", a spiritual birth that may be considered on two levels.
one level, it is the course of incarnation where the soul organizes the
physical body of which it will inhabit. It is a kind of sleep
(physical consciousness not yet formed), a kind of pre-consciousness, that differentiates into mater from the collective unconscious of Netzach.
another level, where the student is advancing spiritual awareness up
the Tree of Life, it is a path of conquest of the phantoms of their
"man-made" personality which are creations of the created.
Therefore the path of Qoph, is a probationary path, where the student
must face the emotional phantoms hid in the dark recesses of their own
mind, as well as those of the race.
This probationary path of emotional phantoms
can be disturbing to those of weak moral fiber who lack discernment and
can pose real dangers to one's emotional stability. On the other hand,
those of discerning minds who understand that we aren't "realistic" but rather "Will-istic", are strong enough to tread this Path
and slay the monsters "within" our sleep-consciousness. By understand
their Mental= mechanisms, one gains the capacity to manipulate those
qualities in themselves and those of others.
Mastery of Illusion is a product of this path.
The meaning of the Hebrew word-Qoph
, is the back of the head,
behind the head itself, is the Sun- or Resh
in Hebrew. The Moon symbolizes the anterior to the bright intellect of
the Sun. The Moon, the Path of Qoph, only reflects the light of the
Sun. Thus the central path of the Thoth Moon card goes from the dark
side of the Moon, towards the light side that reflects direct Sun-light.
This rising act of direct Sun-light
is show as the Egyptian Scarab symbol of the God Kephera
(kheprera), pushing the Sun towards the Moon. Basically, the Moon
-Key-18, symbolizes the rebirth of light out of hideous darkness; bright
intellect overcoming the dark denizens of our sub-conscious, i.e. the
illusions of emotional fears.
In Thoth Deck Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, THE PRIESTESS, is a source of pure, crystal clear waters
(consciousness) emerging from the God Head-The Father, to God the
Son/Sun. The Same waters of consciousness are seen here on The Moon
card, but they are polluted with the dark subconscious fears of
mortality, that self-conscious physical manifestation bestows on
consciousness. However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the Path of Qoph, towards the "Son/Sun Consciousness" of Tiphareth, notably changes the body physiology, as the Bright Beautiful Light Intellect of the Sun
(Tiphareth) descends into it. When traveling up the Path of Qoph, the
Personality becomes increasing aware of the Higher Self and less
controlled by the dark survival fears of the body.Here, one knows that we will our reality, for the outer world is a simulation of our inner world. We are never being "Real", we are always being "Will", even if we don't know it. For if one intertwines thought, with emotion, one has willed it into life. It is the magic of weaving, the light of I AM to the Thoughts I create.
Paul Foster Case
called The Moon, the "Corporeal Intelligence"
which means the "body consciousness". Also in Hebrew the word
"corporeal" means "to rain upon", which is why we see the symbols of
Yods raining down from the central orb of the card (Down from
Tiphareth-The Sun). Since this is a Watery Card, some of a more poetic bent, say
that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon-Goddess" raining down and
filling the Nile. However, what most Qabalistic Scholars agree on is
that some type of frequency descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph
which is represented as raining Yods. To reiterate:
The Qabalistic Thoth, Key 18, The Moon Tarot Card, is the Qabalistic Path of Qoph
that is between the 7th Sephiroth-Netzach (victory) and- the 10th
Sephiroth- Malkuth (Kingdom) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and is
known as the Path of Transition
where the Soul begins the process of
incorporating the body. It's astrological constellation is Pisces -mutable water, making this card the Moon in Pisces.
The path of Qoph
is that of primitive instincts, of nature red in "both tooth and claw"
which emerges uncontrolled by moral or ethical reasoning. The traveler
of this Path will face aspects of themselves that our culture forces
them to repress but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our
predatory human form. This is the Survival Mind
, where the "law of the
jungle" resides in the dark pools of violence and conquest. This can be a
very cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these
internal demons which removes the veils of darkness, allowing in the
Bright Intellect of the Son/Sun who applies beautiful reason to our
The simple Hebrew
letter of Qoph, translates into the English word, sleep.
we have a conscious relationship with the Moon, The bright Sun
reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of
the "sleeping" subconsciousness. As the Moon has cycles, so does our
Psyche , as during the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from the
physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and information
closely related to the bodies survival based experiences. Their
dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of pain
and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful
completion of the Path of The Moon. Therefore this is often a card of
impure horror and hidden darkness that our self-conscious must pass
through before our conscious-light can be reborn.
The Pysche, or Soul, is not afraid of Life, for it is Life, and the body, is a simulation of Life, called: The Alive. In the realms of the Alive, orgainic material must eat itself to stay alive and for those who witness death/eating, it can instill a great fear of being a victim to someones hunger. In an organic world, Time is still the greatest predator of all, so even time is feared. Here, the Soul, our Sun of the Divine Creative, must step in to remind the body, it must recycle because transformation is evolution, and to elevate the self-conscious and/or Personality, to levels of equal communication with the Soul and body. Hence, we are to be a personality of Mercury, the "messanger of the Gods" who is able to "fly" from body to soul and soul to body The winged shoes of Mercury, just imply freedom from earthly concerns, one who is not chained to earth by fear.
Hence, the initiate, finds that birth, death, and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These biological processes occur in the light and dark of our sensual perceptions. Sometimes, we are totally consciously unaware of our fear of being eaten, as it resides in our sub-conscious, which is 90% of our mind. We use only the consciousness as our "observation" of daily life.
The two figures of Anubis,
the jackal-headed gate keepers, symbolize this cyclic process of Life/Death (Spiral
energy) as the god Anubis was the Egyptian god of light and darkness,
death and resurrection. The "As above, so below" is shown as a pattern
on this card also reinforces this meaning.
symbolizes the process that consciousness goes through, when energy
proceeds from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics) , from
organized flesh assembly to the disassemble of death and back again. Life, which is energy, uses death to evolve,and/or transform. We are both the Transmitter and the Transmitted of Life energy, and it is time the Soul runs the body, via a personality who is a messanger of the Soul, rather than a animal mind trying to be god.
To understand the Qabalistic Path of Qoph-The Moon,
is to understand the partnership of our personality consciousness with
the physical vehicle, which the Soul, a Yod- Personality (Solar
Personality) builds for each manifestation by fragmenting past built
personalities and combining the fragmented data into a new personality-data composites.
Since most people perceive themselves as having existence only through
their present bodies, there is also this "illusion" of past lives; ghosts of
feelings that have naught to do with this life. Often these come to the surface of the Dark Oceanic Subconscious emerging into the light of consciousness as broken pictures, not quite complete, but complete enough to create a fearful misunderstanding. Understanding that you
have at least Two Personalities; the Soul which is the Real Personal
expression of the Solar Logos, and the artificial intelligence/personality
developed by interaction with past experience, environment experience and indoctrination.
Reconciling the two, is is often a most difficult undertaking...but not impossible with a personality of Mercury, i.e., a Magus.
The Moon was often seen as a Goddess of Life
(White Goddess of Light) and a Goddess of Death ( Dark Goddess) at once
praised and then feared. It is the physical vehicle's fear of dying
that hounds our consciousness in many subtle ways, producing phantoms
who manifest as phobias, obsessions, and mental - emotional disorders.
Our consciousness comes from the immortal Soul-Psyche, and is unused to
such thoughts of fear filled ending. However, the physical experience, is reactive, which is what it is designed to be as it gets its information from the physical world through sensors/sense and this information is often interpreted as "pleasure or Pain". The Soul is Creator, and therefore, active and the only way to get translations of realities, is through a personality who can be comfortable in both worlds, of Action and Reaction; of conscious and unconscious. That is the purpose of a "self-consciousness", for it is to be a "free thinker" who can realize both the Active Psyche and the reactive subconscious of the body, as information centers rather than limits of self awareness called self identity.
Bodies/Brains forget they are also
recycled; that they are a recycled part of the Whole Organic Organism,
that we know as "Organic matter". Like I have often said to my own
brain," You came from cranberries and to cranberries you shall
return..." which is a slightly dark humor, that I use to give the brain
pause from its attempts at survival thinking rather than listening to
the "Inner Psyche" that I AM. In this realm of triangles and/or tinities, I AM is incomplete without a Me... the first two letters of Mercury.
The Qabalist learns quickly that We are not a physical brain nor its produce. We
are Spirit, and its Sun/Son, the Soul, who is supposed to program the brain with its own
self-identity soft-ware, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment
of being a "living thing", a close observer who works for a "Far seeiing Psyche".
With mortality, thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental
ramblings of an imagination dreaming it is. Our thoughts now must support life, and
expand and liberate the "living" from self imposed limits, i.e. fear of
As we the Immortals,
are here to redesign the "survival mind" of the animal body for the purpose of evolving planetary minds. We are the
Sun's of Living Creative Conscious Energy, eminated from the Galactic Core Divine Creative, A Macrocosmic Psyche, who must reflect upon a world
of Matter, our own self-realizations on a microcosmic scale. This reflection of solar thoughts
has been for generations, symbolized by the Moon image. For as we all
know, this is the realm of "Reflected light" which is less than one
percent of the total electromagnetic spectrum that is the medium of our "
personality-consciousness". The One Mind, is All Light, and/or Dark energy transforming itself into "Self Awareness", as Visible Light. As inheritors of this Solar Psyche, we bend, twist, spiral,
light by a psycho-dynamic process of I AM ME and or "willed identity". In other words, the
perspectives/beliefs of an declaration. I AM... can be anything! Therefore, the Moon reminds us that what we call real, is merely a reflection of our Solar Psyche and/or Will! You may say, " I don't want to feel depressed", but the truth is, if you put emotion to a thought, thought being the "first material" of creation,and emotion being energy in motion, your Psyche believes this exactly what you want. For a Divine Creative doesn't make what it doesn't want and you have the "god-mind" of that Creative and call it Imagination, of which the Moon is also a symbol for. Since you have imagined and emoted it so, then so it must be for you!
One could say, that on the Path of the Moon,
the Souls learns to run the physical vehicle by expanding the brain's
perspectives beyond that of life and death, into the knowledge of
personality-resurrection. For a Mecury personality, does not experience death, it just travels from body to body, fully aware and functional.
At first, thePath of Qoph is
a process of the Soul's organization of the physical body it will
"inhabit" (it actually circumvents the body in 7 Energy Bodies of the
Aura and flows in through the Chakras). For myself. I remember designing
the body and if the chromosomes didn't link up the way I wanted....I
just ejected them, which my dear Mother witness as miscarriages; three
of them, until I got the body pattern I wanted. Now I know this sounds
extraordinary, but a Soul who doesn't suffer the "sleep" of Death, has
full cognitive abilities-----even when the body it has operated dies and the new design is yet to function.
Remember, that by our observation
we change the observed phenomena, this is called in Quantum Phyiscs, the Simulation Hypothesis Since we can simulate "Self" as "ourselves", this allows the Soul to choose the
parents, choose the body's DNA structure, and even the name of the body,
processes that I translated to my physical Mother in dreams. Dreams are another attribute of the Moon. It is the Path of Qoph which is a Hebrew letter that means ; Back of head, Ear.
Psychic Path proceeds from the Unconscious of Netzach to a kind of
pre-conscious flow, a kind of "Sleep", into a conscious material state.
We should remember here, that we are not bodies, nor are we from the
evolutionary consciousness of Earth---we are actually invaders from
another time-space, Daemons (Greek word for God-man) who are the
Children of the "Angels who have fallen to Earth",i.e. Alien astronauts and or Galactic evolutions of Pysche.
Hence, no matter how benign or malevolent we are, we
still have to inherit the "Alien Psyche" by advancing our thought from
self absorbed to the Divine Impersonal. Therefore, we have to overcome the
survival will of the animal mind that is part of the human body and fear
based, with the greater Will of Spirit. This fact alone, helps to
prove, that you are not of the body, but that it is a GMO (Genetically
Modified Organism) of your Archetypal- Self design!
the one who wishes to reclaim their Universal Inheritance, the journey
of awakening from the "Sleep" of incorporation is begun by traveling
"upward" along the Path of Qoph, into the Dark recesses of the
Unconscious, and its illusions of fear and destruction brought on by the
survival mind's fear of Death. In other words we must slay the demons
of our own animal death/fear of pain-illusions, that began as our bodies were ejected from the warm wet amphibian world of "Mother, to the nasty cold world of earth and therefore, forming our foundation of identity out of fear of rejection.
Qabalah, and tarot, help us remember the
multidimensional Daemon consciousness that we are. This awakening
process is a conquest of phantoms reflected from the material world,
i.e. "Creations of the Created" and so it is a Path out of darkness
into the reflected light of the Sun. The Moon is representative of such a
journey, as it has both a dark side and reflected side.
facing the darkest fears of one's own mind, and of the race, one
undergoes some frightening and devastating emotional and mental trials
that involve real dangers to the physical and mental health of the
individual whose sense of self is not strong. Therefore, the Gnostic and
Qabalistic studies begin by building a strong recognition of Self and
your ability as an infinite Self-Spirit to face the illusions of terror
that belong only to the body's survival mind and have no power over you
when you are awake and aware as a cohabiting Soul. Again meditation on this card is recommended.
So let's review:
Rebirth of light out of the hideous and abominable darkness of a Dark Energy universe, is the
primary representation of this card, and is symbolized by the Scarab
Beetle (a reference to Kephera, the Egyptian Father of the Gods)
rolling the Sun upward into a rising position. This also represents the
highest creative force (sun) beginning its material self-expression as
the lowest organic form. This is easily understood if you remember that
we are Solar Beings/Light evolutionary Self (...Know ye not that we are stars!) (Spirits) who
came to seek self-expression and sensual intimacy with life, through organic human forms.
Moon card also shows Anubis in both forms, of the Dark nether realms of
Death and the light realms of life-Resurrection and is a very complex
deity of lunar opposites. However, one way or the other, birth, death
and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These are biological processes and they occur in the dark and light of our sensual perceptions.
energy process is shown on the Thoth Deck Moon Card as cyclic wave
motion, as a pattern of both above and below, linked by the Beetle of
the Sun. In the simplest of terms, this is a Path of natural energy from
which our bodies develop in the Womb and is continual process
throughout our lives as cells live, die and resurrect-replace in daily
life. The work of the Path of Qoph ends with the dissolution of energy
back to its source, which is Netzach (victory).
understanding of this path, is to understand the relationship of our
personality-consciousness to the Soul, and the physical power-tool built for each
incarnation. An active personality who walks in the light rather
than a "null personality" who sleeps in the dark. We become "lost souls" when we don't operate the Power-Tool we were given, giving, by fear of pain, it's operation to the faux authority of cultural
dogma which is based on "fear of rejection". The Moon Card is a reminder that most people/souls, during the
cyclic phase of withdrawal of consciousness from the physical
Power-Tool, continue to act on information and phantasmagorical
fantasies related to survival subconscious, or "cultural group Soul" of body
existence. If not released, the sleeping soul-consciousness becomes a
phantom of its own fantasies that are so close to the fabric of material
manifestation that they are often seen as phantasms or as ghosts.
Moon card is veiled by illusion and those illusions must be understood
in order for the Prodigal Soul to claim its Rich Universal Inheritance.
The Wild Wood Tarot-Key 18-The Moon on the Water,
represents the Midwinter solstice, December 21st and the Dark Sun (Dark Energy).
The element is Earth, and it represents the gateway of the Soul. It is the mystic still point, the null point, where mere desires and thoughts, change from subjective to objective life. Where, illusion becomes solid and real.
The scene is of a full moon rising above a primal swamp land, a murder of crows flying by a heron, all overflying an aurochs. Submerged in the nutrient rich swamp water, is a primal egg, full of potential and creative power.
In the primal world, the Moon is not just a cyclic controller of tides, but is also the sacred and mysterious light that illuminates the darkness of the Abysmal void.
On the Moon on Water card,There is no visible path illuminated for the traveler, yet the whole landscape is illuminated. Therefore, it implies that the querent stands at the edge of a watery marsh of a primordial emotional state that holds all potential and creativity for the Psyche. Our eyes are drawn to the horizon where the Moon meets the Earth, beyond the barren trees. Beyond the sacred Heron, lies the fusion of our ancestral soul with the soul of Earth.
As seen with the cow, the aurochs horns represent the waxing and waning moon, as well as, the head and horns shape of the womb and Fallopian tubes. Hence, in Druidic and Mithraic tradition, the bull or ox had a sacrificial role, representing the coming of new life from the death of Winter.
The Heron is the sacred totem bird of fertility, and in the shape of a stork, it takes over the mysteries of reincarnation, offering powerful insights into life itself.
Hence, the Moon on the Water, represents the first steps beyond earthly awareness, i.e. reality, across the primal emotional void of creation. Here, also encompassed are the dark-moon aspects of fertility, sexuality and initiation, as well as, the irrational fear that is superstitiously associated to the creatures of the night, such as faeries, demons, werewolves, vampires, witches or other hidden or unseen shapes of our primal ancestral memory.
When the Thoth Moon or The Moon on Water card is thrown during a reading, it often means:
- Heralds a time of initiation, inner transformation, or awareness.
- Error, falsity, lying, deception or Dissatisfaction and voluntary change, again depending on the cards surrounding it.
let's not forget that the Visible part of the Moon (bathed in Sunlight)
is called Isis who is the Mirror, the Moon Goddess, who intercedes
between the visible and invisible worlds (that the ancient Egyptians
called Nephthys) and she has the power to cast away phantoms and
illusions that are a bewitching dazzle to us.
- The Greeks
called this the Path of Childbirth presided over by the goddess Artemis.
- Dissatisfaction and voluntary change is on the horizon.
- The querent is experiencing choice and authenticity over old illusions and delusions.
- A call to enter into the darkness of the unconscious and to come to grips with one's fantasy made demons.
18 weeks or 18 months the querent must take control of the survival
mind and expand it beyond its fear based perspectives.
must remember, that they are a Spirit who owns a body, not a body who
owns a spirit; an Immortal Conscious that owns a mortal consciousness.
The Moon is about the Illusion of "life and death", so there will be moments of lying, falsity, deception, if the card is ill dignified.
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