The Thoth Tarot-Key 8: ADJUSTMENT & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 11- JUSTICE:
In many Tarot Decks, the common way to present this State of Energy Conscious is as the Judgment Card but I personally think that Crowley hit the nail on the head with the title of : Adjustment. Because
in our world of patriarchal rule, Justice is merely revenge and a show
of state power to destroy the life of dissenters, which then keeps the
populace in line. Plus, Nature is not, morally or ethically, just. As
J.C. is quoted as saying, "...rain falls on the just and unjust
alike."[ Romans, 8:18]
The Supreme Spirit Identity
, in this case, The Conscious State
of "Will to Form", and/or Geburah
doesn't deal in revenge----She deals in freedom of choice. She Trusts
you, as the Psyche, to know that if you think a thought, and supply
life-force to it (often called emotion) that you know what you are
doing. This is often why we know this aspect of the Divine Feminine as Severity,
for you get what you "think you are" and she judges not if it
is a thought of folly or wellness. Freedom to choose our own thoughts,
makes us a Psychosomatic creative, which simply means, our Psyche
(Soul) runs and describes our Soma
(Physical body). The repercussions of cause and effect, manifest as
and in your body, and the law of attraction produces "like attracts
like" which many call luck, good or bad.
If you followed the Gnostic Qabalah axiom
of "Above all things, know thyself!" you wouldn't have any difficulty
with "freedom of Choice": However, due to belief in the divisions of the
Patriarchal thought process of "divide and conquer", the union of your will and self-identity
has been corrupted by the indoctrination of the Patriarch. Hence, our souls are divided from our bodies, by worshipping a religion or
state and believing the Soul and body are separates. Herein lie the false prophets and false idols, most theologies
and governments warn us against, as their personal propaganda, which is very clever, for by warning
us, we are focused elsewhere and can't see that they are the very ones
we must not follow or worship! So now most people have forgotten their
Divine-Power of Limitation and Wholeness, becoming powerless and
scattered, lost in the forest of Ruler-identity-propaganda used to
design "slaves of the state", not moral people.
The Qabalitic Tarot- Adjustment card is the Path of Lamed,
between Geburah (Severity) and Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life. Adjustment represents the Faithful Intelligence
the Great Mother, who has faith in you as Her Divine Children...who may
wander off and forget themselves, but with the proper "goading" (Lamed
means--ox goad.) they will find themselves again.
Adjustment is the Rule of Balance
(operates from Binah- through Geburah, both aspects of The Great
Mother) and maintains the outpouring of energy so that the "innocent
child" (The Fool card which has been called the "Holy Ghost") will
operate within the confines of a natural pattern: The Pattern of , I AM
ME. Not what others identify Me as----but as I Am identifies Me
as. You see that is Free -doom, the Anglo Saxon word that the English
freedom is derived from. To the Anglo Saxon, Free-doom, was a
declaration against slavery. For "Free-doom" means, "I choose my own
death" and therefore is the meaning of freedom. Freedom of choice is "my
choice", and if I choose to react to the identity enforced on me by
"others" (the enemy of freedom) then I am doomed to the dysfunction of
that thinking. If I Know Myself as I was identified to be by the Divine
Collective....which is also process of "I think--therefore, I am",
then I am functioning in the Natural State of our Divine inheritance!
With the knowledge of the natural flow of Adjustment
we know that balance will be made so that energy will always flow to
the living Spirit (Spiral Energy-Entity) through the balance of
Spirit-Mind,Body union. If that union is interrupted by incongruous
thought patterns of fear such as "I lack" ...the lowest
denominator---the body, is doomed to unbalance (disease) mentally,
emotionally and physically; for "I AM", the Creator of "Me", is now "I
AM Lack". Because of the Soul's freedom to identify "self" any way it
wants, even if the Psyche is an ignorant servant of another "master",
thoughts of emotion are what that identity will produce in form.
Will is Spirit, and for it to operate Life in an expansive and liberated
way, it must be willed Love of Mind and Body to keep the balanced
between the Loving Mother of Form, and form's operational
self-conscious. For, to seek love, is to deny you are it, a statement of
"I lack" and this places you in "impoverished love", a state of low
self identity that builds the consumer who is in the "pursuit of
happiness"; a pursuit of unequaled proportions, for the love sought, is
always "just over the next hill", or "just the next expensive thing" and
the stress this constant seeking, builds in the self-conscious will
doom the self to futility and disease (dis-ease).
Self- Love is
the balanced flow of Creation, throughout the Tree of Life, because it
is the pattern of The Supreme Spirit Identity recreating it's
Self-Images in order to expand and liberate Self-Awareness as "The
intimacy of being Alive".
Because of this Faithful Love of Her Children,
those of us who contact the Anima (Divine Feminine) by mentally
journeying on the Path of Lamed, may decide to bring ourselves in to
balance, but if we do not, it will be done for us as an act of "Tough
love"! Much like driving a vehicle that has an automated correction
system on board, if the driver won't adjust the steering wheel to stay
on the road, the Natural Automated system will!
The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 11- Justice, keeps to the traditional principle of karma. In one hand she holds the balance scales of justice, and in the other skeletal hand, she holds the Sacred Pomegranate of the underworld goddess Persephone, depicting she is the Balance of Life and Death. This life-death balance is also shown by the white and black pillars, and the Wheel of Fortune above her head. Around her waist is wheat, woven into a belt. Wheat is the sacred plant attributed to Diana the huntress.
Being constructed of the Psycho-dynamic principle
of Spirit-Soul-mind and body, all must be united in a balance of
communion, an Understanding of Impeccable Being that is continual up and
down the Tree of Life. As above so below, is not a far off
metaphysical concept of Mercury-the Magus; for it is the conception of YOU as if the
Qabalistic Tree of Life is a messenger's travel of Psyche! So being Faithful Intelligence,
The Divine Mother of Psyche will always make the adjustments necessary to
get Psyche, and body on the right track, whether one likes it or
not! Once one understands this Universal Law of Freedom of Choice,
one will always "Treat others as one wishes to be treated" for they
now know to think ill is to be ill....and by thinking ill of those who
think ill of us, just transmits the disease into a plague of illness
where no one is well.
Again, there are no enemies in the Photon Psyche of Spirit, only another way to be "Me".
Let each other Be...is a very good motion! You cannot escape your
thoughts for they are "how your Life Forms" so let's make them the best balance
they can be. If we pay attention, we'll then find our lives to be balanced and smooth flowing
no matter how many rocks are out there!
As the Tao states, " If it isn't here---It isn't there. If it is there, it is here. For what is here is there and what is there is here." Remember,
our thought project ourselves on the Mirror of Life, and to create
Monsters outside of us (There) creates Monsters inside of us (Here) and
the Great Mother of Life...will supply the necessary surgery to remove
them, so that her children can expand and liberate themselves from
self-condemnation. Knowing thyself---helps us avoid the discomfort of
THE PATH OF LAMED: Adjustment-key 8 (Justice-Key 11 in many other traditional Tarot Decks ):
- Primary Path Color: Emerald Green
- Related Sound: F#
- Astrological sign: Libra (Cardinal Air)
- Word Meaning: of Lamed is Ox Goad
- Hebrew Letter-Simple Letter: Work
Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth; The Ruler of Balance.
Paul Foster Case wrote in the: Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom:
The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence, and is so called
because by it spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on
earth are nearly under its shadow.
Between Tiphareth (6-Beauty) and Geburah (5-Severity) lies the Emerald Green Path of Lamed. Lamed-The
Ox Goad- is the spear like prod which keeps the ox moving down the path
which points to the letter's special relationship with Aleph (0x) on
the Path of The Fool. Although complex, their relationship can be
stated: Adjustment (Justice on some cards) maintains the balance of the Tree of Life, so that the outpouring energy of The Fool
(often called the Holy Ghost) will operate within the confines of a
natural pattern. Adjustment or Justice is the administrator of the laws of Binah
(Mother of Form), written by The Heirophant. Key-8 is therefore, the "Ruler of Balance".
Adjustment-is the Intelligence
to that symbolized by The Fool; the alignment of forces of the Twenty
Second Path is an amalgam of all the Paths and is described as being
within the essential life force symbolized by The Fool.
Lamed can be a Severe Path
as it is continual activity "in the above and the below" and will do
whatever is necessary to bring the physical, mental and Soul/Psyche into
equilibrium. Sometimes a "cutting away" process represented by the
Sword, which is not always pleasant. The Sword of Geburah, that is
shown in the center of the personage on the Thoth Tarot card, represents the part of our Psyche that cuts away all that
which is unnecessary. Often, this surgical adjustment is less dramatic
and much like driving a car, Adjustment/Justice
correcting direction through slight corrects of the steering wheel,
while traveling down the road of life (the "steering wheel" for driving
an ox is an ox goad). This car analogy continues, when one understands
that the Sephira (Mind Forms) are aspects of the soul itself who is the
driver of the body-vehicle and not the external agencies that
self-conscious likes to blame for its own folly. Thus, this "driving"
process is to be considered psychologically as a condition of
In this Card-key 8-Adjustment/Justice ,
on many traditional tarot cards, the soul weighs itself on the scales
in the left hand and then makes necessary adjustments wielding the sword or in the case of the SpellCaster's tarot a pomegranate, in the right hand. However, In the Thoth Tarot, She balances the Scales
on Her head, symbolizing a psychological balancing, of both the Alpha
and Omega (Beginning and the end or Life and Death).
By placing the Sephiroth
on the body that is facing the Tree, it can be seen that Geburah
(Severity) is on the left and Chesed (Mercy) is on the right. This
placement is the proper way to view the "Adam Khadmon" as "facing
inward" rather than some artistic formats that place Him, the Soul,
facing outward on the tree. For only in "inward" traveling of our
Psyche, can we find the Tree of Life and it's many paths to wholeness.
in palmistry, if one's right hand is considered the primary hand, the
left hand is seen as one's "receiving" feminine hand, while the right
is considered their "giving hand" or masculine expressive hand.
Often this card is said to represent Karma-an
often misunderstood Sanskrit word. Instead of meaning that a soul is
reaping what is sown from past lives; Karma means to myself and Paul
Foster Case, an action of continual adjustment. It is related to education; Lamed-The Ox goad, means to teach, and though
many of us lament the maintenance of balance, as we think going off in tangents of emotional "mopery" is important. Hence, this balancing is
definitely a learning process. Slowly and sometimes, painfully, we learn
how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as necessary for different
situations that assist us in our magus performance.
In the Hermetic Qaballah
it is understood that the principles of the Path of
Adjustment maintain Tiphareth-Beauty; beauty being a harmony. On the
Thoth Deck Card the Principle of Balance is depicted as the figure of Maat, The Egyptian Daughter of Ra; The Queen of Heaven.
The Egyptian texts suggest that that it is through Maat
the the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat," and to "live
by Maat"---in other words, She maintains Tiphareth (The Sun/ Son of
Goddess/God: our Soul). This is the Path that regulates Divine Life Force (Sex
force). Aleister Crowley called Maat a Harlequin, " the partner and fulfillment of THE FOOL."
On the Thoth Tarot,
She stands in the Vsesica Piscis
(the diamond shape). Behind her is the throne of spheres and pyramids,
in groups of four which means "Law and limitation", which sums up the
Qabalistic Tree of Life.
, is also known as Venus, and The Planet Venus, is the only planet whose symbol encompasses every single Sephira on the Tree of Life.
This implies that Love is the ultimate power of the Universe and is the Law. As Maat
she wears ostrich feathers, with the serpent Uraeus, (Lord of Life and
Death) on her forehead, She also holds the Sword of the Magus (male
phallic symbol in this context) which suggests a sexual union, and the
"completion" of the female (Crowley).
According to Crowley,
this Lovely Lady a standing on her toes, is the feminine compliment to
the Fool. The Letters Aleph (The Fool) and Lamed (Adjustment)
constitute the secret key of the Book of Law,
that is the basis
for a Hermetic Qabalistic system so deep and sublime in meaning, that I
recommend investing some time and money in obtaining
Crowley's- The Book of Law!. Because she is the partner of the Fool she
is shown as dancing on her toes, with a hint of Harlequin.
777, Crowley described the "completion of the feminine" as "The Woman
Justified by equilibrium, and Self sacrifice is the Gate." Her Scale ,
weighs the Alpha and Omega (The All) and as Crowley pointed out," She
is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; she is the dance,
many-colored, many-wiled, of Life itself. Constantly whirling, all are
possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time: all
things are real, the soul is surface, precisely because they are
instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things harmony and beauty;
all things are truth; because they cancel out." This Path takes some study.
As mentioned before the Woman Goddess is also Harlequin;
she is the Woman Satisfied, she is fulfillment of the Fool. She is also
the ultimate illusion, which is manifestation. She is the many willed
and many colored dance of Life itself. in which there will always be a
balance kept by equal and opposite reaction, life and death. The Thoth
Deck Card may illustrate Maat, but it can also mean Karma, the Hindu Goddess.
Adjustment, is at work continuously in the above, The Greater Universe,
and the below, our individual soul/personality. In other decks this is
Key 8 Justice; However it is numbered, this powerful, natural
equilibrating function occurs in our bodies, as they balance nutrition
continuously to maintain proper operation as power tools for Spirit.
And Adjustment is also an equilibrating function that occurs in our
personalities, making sure there are no constant extremes of behavior
that keep us from operating effectively in our environments. In the
Personality Adjustment is done by natural force and reason.
go forward, the Soul is measured when it "stands"in the Divine Light of
the Solar Logos, shown as the golden All Seeing Eye of many "I"s, that
is, Tiphareth, the sixth Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, often called
the "Christ Light". Only in this Light (bright and warm intelligence)
does the dual- edged Sword of Geburah, do its work; pruning away the
perspectives which are not worthy of Her Divine Child. Here the Sword's
pommel is in the shape of the zodiacal sign of Libra, signifying that it
is the Sword of Geburah and/or Goddess of Justice. Pythagoras taught
that the iusticia and aequitas (justice and equity) are "innate attributes of the feminine nature principle".[Rose,116] Justice or Adjustment,
Her Qabalistic name is "Daughter of the Lords of Truth"
while the Egyptians also called her the "Queen of Heaven";
all of these names pointing to the fact that this Severe Faithful Intelligence
is the regulator of the Path of the Sun/Son
and/or the Christ-Buddha consciousness that is our Soul. In the Whirling dance of
space-time, we often forget that the Mirror of darkness which reflects
this illusion of Life, making all things real, is the Soul
is a microcosmic collective of "living" Photonic-experiences. All things are
beauty and harmony; all things are Truth, because they cancel out. That
is why the head dress of Maat bears the Ostrich feathers of the Twofold
Truth and the personality is weighed by the Soul with it's first and
last act as counter balances!
To reiterate: Since Ra is known to the ancient Egyptians
as the source of all Light, the Qabalists know Ra as the Fool or the
Path of Aleph, who is the Source of All Light . This makes it possible
to say, that Aleph rests upon the Path of Lamed, making Lamed the
regulator of the Path of the Divine Life Force. That is also why I
teach that "The Solar Husband is invoked by the Great Womb'"
This may startle some men who objectify women as an object of sexual
desire for dominance and control, which is an error. For it is well known to both Tantrics
and practicing Qabalists that the Life Force, and/or "Sex Energy" is
invoked by the Great Female, to regulate and establish balanced
expansion and liberation (Tantra) of her Life- Forms. The Form of Him
came from the Womb of Her, i.e. "Ra is said to live by Maat." The Lord
of Lightning servers the Great Magnetic-Ocean Mother. To put this
simply, The Great One (Kether) became Two, by the process of
adjusting/balancing Knowledge (Chokma) and Understanding (Binah),
thereby, realizing He/She as "One who is Two"
established the equilibrium that produces and maintains all things. We
know this as the symbol of infinity and/or the Mobius loop and/or the balancing scales.
The downward pointing Phallus
and testes headdress on the female figure of this card attests to this
understanding of Kether, as Ra who lives by Maat. This is the Judex
and the Testes of Final Judgment
symbolic of the secret course of judgment whereby all current
experience is absorbed, transmuted, and ultimately passed on, by virtue
of the operation of the sword, to further manifestation. Those who Skry
this card will not be unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah/Justice
wields her sword in quick bright strokes, the discomfort of emotional
burdens. With her help, the burdens of perspectives, just fall away and the skryer
feels all "Warm and bright". Because she balances the First act and the
Last act, she is to understood as assessing the virtue of every act and
demanding exact and precise satisfaction. She is the very image of "Love
is the law, love under will". Every form of energy must be applied with
impeccable integrity, to the full satisfaction of its destiny. That is
why I counsel my emotional reactive "Me
" with, "Get over yourself and get on with You, impeccability is what we do!",
it forgets the Soul's demand for impeccability in loving thought and
action, for these are the action's that drive life forward, ever
expanding and ever liberating itself from past error.
There are a large compliment of Planets involved in the Adjustment/Justice card.
- First is Venus, which rules Libra.
- Mars is related because of the purging forces of Geburah.
Sun, as stated above, is involved not only because the Path of Lamed
runs from the Sun to Mars, but also because Adjustment (Justice) must
take place in the clear bright light of Truth.
- Saturn is exalted in Libra and finally:
which is the planet of Chesed (Mercy). By acknowledging that Libra is
ruled by Venus, is also to acknowledge that behind Adjustment stands the
Empress, the primary path of Venus, which is the perfect
equilibrium between the forces of Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah
(Understanding). It is interesting to note that the planet Venus refers
to all of the Sephiroth and encompasses every single Sephira on the
Tree of Life. The implications being that Love is the Ultimate Power of
the Universe: Love is the Law of Attraction.
The imagery on the Thoth card must be examined carefully for it
is all about "law and limitation", as symbolized by the throne of
spheres and pyramids in groups of four,behind the Female figure. She is
best described in Crowley's book: 777, as "The woman justified. By equilibrium and Self-Sacrifice is the Gate." He goes on to state; "She
is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation: she is the dance,
many-colored, many-willed, of Life Itself. Constantly whirling, all
possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time; all
things are real, the soul is the surface, precisely because they are
instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and
beauty; all things are truth because they cancel out." Crowley
understood, that the Soul, is the Mirror that our image is reflected in
and it is by the Adjustment of perspectives, that our healing comes
from. This may be why when the medical journals state, "83% of all
healing, is by placebo". I AM Psychosomatic Life, i.e., Me.
When the Thoth or SpellCaster's Tarot card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing or will experience:
- The making of a final decision.
- Judgment and sentencing by a determination of an issue without appeal on this plane.
- The querent is experiencing "What you put out, you get back".
- The Law of action- reaction, where the natural forces of nature reach a balance within the individual, setting things right.
- The balancing of opposites.
- It is eternal justice and balance.
- Strength and Force are being applied to create a balance, but this is arrested as in the act of Judgment.
on the combination of other cards, this could also mean the more
mundane reality of legal proceedings, a court of law, a trial at law
- The Adjustment card promotes the "Butterfly effect", as all
equilibrium must and will be obtained. Any disturbance will be
balanced by an equal and opposite reaction.
- What you put out, you will get back.
- Think well, think love, and all will be well in thought and deed. Love is the Law of Attraction.
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