The Tarot of Eli:
The Thoth Tarot-key 6 : THE LOVERS & The Witches Tarot- Key 6- THE LOVERS:
To the Gnostic or Hermetic Qabalist, The Lovers
is a card that can hardly be understood by imagery, let alone words, so
the combination of both the imagery of the Unconscious and words of the
self-consciousness, are recommended.
On the Qabalistic Tree of Life
, The Lovers
is The Path of Zain
-meaning sword or armor and is the dual- cutting-edged Sword of Perspective
that connects The Mother of Form-
the 3rd Sephiroth-
Binah-Understanding, with the central point of manifestation, the 6th Sephiroth Tiphareth-Beauty.
In the long past
, the Lovers was just drawn as one individual and called The Lover
This obviously didn't suggest enough for more recent Tarot Readers and
it has been redesigned to show the Two who are One. Since Gemini/The Twins
the astrological meaning of this card this duality should be depicted.
The Lovers card represents the dualities of a single individual and is
not appropriate as a symbol of human sexual love. In fact
traditionally, it represents the "two brothers
" who are the Kaberoi
[The Twin Serpents of the Caduceus] and where known as the twin sons of the Primal Serpent Ptah
Over time the Primal Serpent Force
of the Universe has gained many names/titles from Skanda-Murugan
, The Green man, Dionysus
and so many more, but the understanding was still the same; it was the
Primal Serpentine Force of microwave fiery- electric energy that began
this Universe in a "Big Bang"
scenario. Since we are attempting
to describe a pure energy that both ejaculates (a serpentine flow) and
gives birth (a receptive vessel), the male and female forms are used to
show these aspects of "The One Primal Serpent Force".
This serpentine energy is both a She
in Hindu as Kundalini, in Greek as Sophia
(Wisdom), as well as the above mentioned male descriptions.
Through out the Thoth card
you will see serpent images, even the Spear of Dionysus
known as the weapon with which he used to induce "the madness of Gnosis"
(Knowledge). This "spear" represented the human spine and the third eye linked to one flowing Kundalini power. Thoth-Hermes
was also known as the "Father of Alchemy"
and many alchemical symbols exist in both the Thoth and Witches Tarot cards imagery.
Before I entangle your self-conscious
with deep alchemical explanations, it may be easier to understand that The Lovers,
represents the dual aspect of the One energy as Divine creativity
surged across the Abyss into manifestation, formed of the stable
dualities of He-electric and She-magnetic.
Work is the marriage of these dualities of manifestation. A ritual of
returning to the Primal state, or Serpent force of the Twins-She and He of the Divine Creative.
The path of Zain,
of the Hermetic Qabalah, is called the Disposing Intelligence
which has often been considered an aspect of the Garden of Eden
mythology, where human kind was made to leave it because of a Serpent's temptation and must learn how to
return to it. Yet the serpent was the "good guy", before Christian
revisionism, for He gave mankind the knowledge necessary for language
and it was necessary to leave the "Place of Repose" for the Active World
Here the knowledge of the double helix of the DNA, becomes a story
about a genetic modification that has become active, i.e. The "boot up"
of the Inherited God Mind. The Word Hu -Mandarin word for "god" and
Man - from Manas- the Hindu word for Mind, means we are the
inheritors of Divine Imagination, the Creative mind. The Hebrew word -ha-regesh
- from which the English translation means-is arrived
, and is called the Disposing Intelligence,
by Dr. Paul Foster Case, in his text "The 32 paths to Wisdom". This Disposing Intelligence
consists of , the Sun+ the Moon+ Fire (Spirit) =Disposing Intelligence
In the Lover's Tarot card
we have the Sun and the Moon uniting under Mercury (the planet ruling
Gemini). On the Thoth and Witches Tarot cards, the man is
representing the sun and the woman is representing the moon and the
Divine Fire above the Abyss is the Kerub (cupid) which comes from the
on the Thoth Card, and a sultry angel on the Witches Tarot. So when the Electric Force of the man and the
Magnetic force of the woman are intertwine, a process that is rightly
perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in
proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this practice
becomes a unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the Cosmic Life
Force (Seen in the Thoth Card's art as the Orphic egg wrapped with a serpent). All
this may be mind boggling to the uninformed who know not their own Divinity
nor its electromagnetic spinning activity. So all I can say is, Google the
mythological names listed in this essay-blog and see if you can
understand the stories about the Great Story, that is our universe and
our Selves. I Would recommend a magnificent book called, WORLD GNOSIS-The Coming Gnostic Civilization
by Mark Amaru Pinkham who has done a inordinate amount of research that would take the interested student 20 years to assemble.
Thoth Tarot-Key 6-The Lovers, was at one time called "the Brothers"
a significant arcana in that it implies the simultaneous creation of
"equal and opposite reaction", as the biblical story of Cain and Able or
the zodiacal twins of Gemini. Hence, when an action is created, its
opposite is simultaneously created as well. When She was Created so was
He. When Able was created so was Cain. When light was created so was the
dark, as there could be no darkness before light. This card supports
There is no measurable time lag in the creation of opposites,
as the formulation of any idea creates its contradictory at almost the
same moment. That is why wisdom is often described by me as the action,
"to create, see error ,and correct that error." Wisdom is known as 50%
ERROR.. This is the concept behind the Christian Sin (Which was
the name of an ancient Moon God), that over time, has become
unrecognizable as the process of Wisdom; However, if one reads the
Prodigal Son biblical parable, they will understand that the "Prodigal"
who went forth and created error, was celebrated for correcting it, by
the simple act of returning to his Father.
To know that the
contradictory of any proposition is implicit in itself, is to know how
Universal equilibrium is kept. Again, we have analysis followed by
synthesis. To make this card even more confusing, remember that once
error is corrected, we've made another creation.....with simultaneous
The Thoth Tarot Lovers Card,
is a glyph of duality. Here, the Moorish King has a golden crown, while
the white European Queen has a silver crown. This duality is further
displayed by the Red Lion and the White Eagle; Lions and Eagles being
alchemical symbols of the Male and Female Principles in Nature,
appearing in equal and various stages of manifestation throughout
creation. For instance, the Sun and Moon, Fire and Water (Electric and
Magnetic), Air and Earth. They are the acid and alkali of chemistry,
which are also metals and non-metals. Going even wider in this concept,
they are Hydrogen and Oxygen which in this concept, the Hooded figure
represents , the seed of all life as the Protean element of carbon.
Astrophysicist know Red Suns as the producers of the carbon atom, so the
symbols of this card are quite extensive. In tarot, the hooded figure
is known as the Hermit.
The Thoth King bears his sacred Lance,
while the Queen bears the Holy Grail---the Phallus and Womb symbols of
this card are a constant reminder of Creation's formula of equal and
opposites being combined in order to establish life. This theory is
support by the Twin Children carry their weapons, whose positions are
counter changed; the white child carries the cup and roses, while the
dark child carries the lance and a club ( both an equivalent symbol). At
the bottom of the card is the primitive Pantomorphic form of the
Hermetic Marriage; the winged Orphic egg. The colors of the egg, gray,
symbolize the cooperation of the Supernal ( upper triangle of Kether,
Chokma, Binah) in the Creation of Life.
The symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and Able, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS; However, the process of The Hermetic Marriage
is both reciprocal and repeated over and over again as it is defined by
the infinity sign of Mercury-Magus, as the Sun and the Moon unite
under Mercury. First one "Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other
than there is a return to a balance of opposites after which the
second "Brother" is killed and absorbed into the first. The Swords
forming an arch over the threesome, is reminiscing of a Royal Wedding,
where the married couple must walk through and arch of Swords, at the
end of there nuptial ceremony. It also represents the English
translation of the Hebrew letter Zain.
The Thoth Card also depicts a Purple serpent that represents Mercury
in the scale of the Queen and represent God's influence in Nature; the
crimson tinged wings of the Orphic egg represent the King which is on
the scale of Binah the Great Mother. Therefore, the Thoth Deck key 6 -The Lovers
is then the complete symbolic rendition of the equilibrium of the Great
Work. However, we must never forget that what form life takes is after
all, possibility, for the form life takes is dependent upon the
influences attendant during gestation. This is a fact that Awake Souls (those who do not experience the sleep of death) make use of while influencing a fetus that is forming in a womb.
By putting the symbol of Cupid
above the Hooded figure, seems to confuse the
issues of this card; However, deep study of the Cupid legend will help
one to see that cupid is the libido symbol used to express Zero as Two
(o as 8). Please feel free to enjoy your investigations while
remembering that only deep meditations on this card will reveal some of
the many secrets it represents.
THE LOVERS, is the Path of Zain, meaning Sword, and is also a simple letter, meaning smell. The Path of Zain
is depicted on the Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life and runs between
Sephiroth #3 Binah (understanding) and #6- Tiphareth (Beauty) and
connects the Pure Conscious, from which all forms emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth- Pure Soul and/or Real Person).
The Term Lovers,
seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is
not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or duality of the
individual united in pursuit of Divine Love. Therefore the True
meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The
Twins and the psychology of Dr. Carl Jung, as the perfect union of Anima
(feminine-Latin for Spirit) and Animus (Masculine-Latin for Soul)
The Dual intelligent Forces of Male-expressive and Female-receptive, (electric and magnetic, conscious and unconscious, Psyche and Animal mind, Animus and Anima), are what, Zain,
Lovers Path proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite frequencies
of Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the
Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy,
across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities, for the
Divine Creative is a O who became 2, "will to force" and "will to form",
which we call male and female, respectively.
This is nothing new
to those who studied Matriarchal religions, God and Goddess were never
seen separated and often they were depicted as one being with two faces.
Only in the War/slave religions of Nomadic Tribes, "sword worshipers",
did the Patriarch exist alone.
The Witches Tarot-key 6- the Lovers:
concentrates its art on a more mundane experience of love. Here we have a romantic couple , ready to kiss, in a fertile spring garden. Her pink dress, and the 6 pink roses in her hair, imply romantic love. In the language of flowers, the daffodils and hyacinths,at the couples feet, are considered magical flowers of chivalry and new love.
The Thoth Tarot concentrates more on The Great Work, which
is a mental return to the primeval state (As above so below) by the
communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation within the
Self-Conscious of the individual.
As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," Thus this path may be considered the
aspect of the Garden of Eden, from which mankind was expelled, but to
which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been
called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is
uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling
On the Tarot Card,
THE LOVERS, The Sun represents the man; the male expressive, the
Moon represents the Woman; the female receptive, and the Divine Fire
that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is
represented as Cupid. Case has stated that, the Sun represents
self-consciousness and that the Moon is representative of the
Dr.Paul Foster Case, founder
of the Builders of the Adytum, considered that these are both aspects of
the One Life Breath, each working half of the body. Today we mundanely
know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain or in
parapsychology as the Anima and the Animus. As Case has stated, "When
the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived,
rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in proper order,
the personality of the man engaged in this practice becomes a free,
unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the cosmic life force."
Case considered THE LOVERS card to represent one of the dualities
united by the Spiritual Self, the Divine Anima (female) and the Divine
Animus (Male), both aware, conscious and united in the individual as
they are in the Divine Creative. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic
To the Qabalist,
The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the
Divine Love of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through
Binah/Ishtar-The Great Mother. Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card
depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.
The Path of Zain
is an active path of Psyche, for the self control and will attributed
to Mercury, which directs the movement and integration of opposites and is
In fact, it is the fiery force or the Serpent Force known
as the Kundalini which is masculine fiery force, united with the
Feminine Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine:) both in equal
measure and full of fiery dynamic, and inspirational qualities of
This is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon
and resulting "little death" reminiscent of an individual "big bang",
call the "ecstasy", where all that is not worthy of being "you" is
Hence, there is a type of death here,
as the process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own
Higher Self, a willful and total self-destruction and immersion into
the Divine Self.
THE LOVERS and THE ART card of
the Tarot are considered among the most difficult to understand.
Path of the Art Card is Samekh (Prop) and requires a complete
integration of the Personality in its subordination to the Ego
(whole-self) in Tiphareth. The Path of THE LOVERS is Zain (Sword or
Armor) requires a complete integration of the total self, manifest in
the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the "Garden" or
Macrocosm of the Universal Collective Unconscious
, from which it
emerged. Thus, we can say that Art is the equilibrium of the Lower Self
and THE LOVERS, is the balance of the Higher Self. This makes the Art card the consummated aspect of the lovers card.
I'll leave you with a quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas where it is written by a Gnostic Nazarene known as Jesus, who answered his disciples with: (22) " When
you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and
the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you
make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be
male nor the female female;and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye,
and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a
likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom."
Jesus, mythical or not, obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but then he was purported to be a Nazarene Gnostic Master (A Zeus Christos) which
is equivalent to a Qabalistic Magi. What few know is that the Word
Christos is Greek and refers to the Sun! Hence, this could be a depiction of Jesus and Mary Magdalene; A very
apropos idea. Especially since the Hermit carries both the Lock and Key of a Hermetic marriage.
Theoretically, return to the Godhead
requires that we as a personality, incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the
Zodiac, reaching perfection in each of the types of incarnation.
THE LOVERS card also relates to the Hermetic Marriage, or "Chemical Wedding", as written in the 17th century in a text called,:The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenceutz which
is one of the key documents of Hermetic-Qabalism. I've found this
alchemical text very readable, much like a fairy tale, and yet one of
the most profound piece of esoteric or Gnostic symbolism ever written.
The fact that the word Sword or Armor (Zain) is the word meaning of this
path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled
and/or reinforced in this text. This understanding requires some
meditation on the Alchemical text.
- There is the Tantric Philosophy here also (the meaning of Tantra is "to expand and liberate"), only
through physical union with a female can either a man or god, achieve
true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/sexual union,
is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is
required before they gain full possession of their powers. This is also
a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine
Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited
from the Divine Hermetic Marriage, to manipulate time/space.
When THE LOVERS is thrown during a reading, it is stating:
- A principle of Art and Craft of Relationship.
is also suggested is the magical image of the power of surrender in
which one form is given up in order to attain another.
- Being involve in a process of cooperation.---combining energies for a common goal.
- Yin Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.
- The power of sexual surrender to the Goddess within.
- This card can also mean a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it marriage or profane love.
- Time to make a choice of "one or the other", seen as two paths. The outcome of this choice is seen as vitally important.
- Passive and some cases, mediumistic inspiration.
- Motive power, and action, arising from inspiration and impulse.
- Becoming cooperative as two or more people or forces come together, combining energy for a common goal.
- Urge to unite and a choice of love.
- Joining together....it is easy to see the Principle of the Art and Craft of relationship here.
If ill defined by the accompanying cards:
- Indecision, confusion and uncertainty become the principles of this card.
querent is failing to see the sum of the Union of Opposites and is
trying to separate them as "good and bad" . This causes only inaction.
- The agony of separation rather than the bliss of union.
- Wanting the best of both worlds, causing instability in all those concerned.
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