Traditional Tarot decks such as The Golden Dawn or the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot decks name key-20 Judgment; However, both the Crowley and the authors of the Witches Tarot, saw fit to change the names of the Key 20 ; Crowley , because it was outdated according to his progressive philosophy of the Aeons and The Witches Tarot because of the Theology of the "Old Religion".
This is not surprising, as by now most of us know that knowledge must be evolutionary and flexible if it is to benefit generations of ever expanding intellectual seekers. We have seen this expansive growth of knowledge in science, technology, medicine, engineering, and even plumbing, so the meta-physical concepts of the Invisible Energy- Intelligence called Psyche, that we are comprised of, should also show greater evolutionary understanding and expression. Also,
quantum physics, and psychology are pointing the evolutionary way, developing their own language and theories to explain the unexplainable.
Qaballah, has been explaining the Invisible Intelligent Energy of Spirit, mind and matter for hundreds of years, often evolving the language and images to the cultural level of the seeker. Tarot, has used the images of the Collective Unconscious as its language for developing a greater understanding of the Invisible Universe (Our own bodies are 99.6% Space/invisible) and thus propelling us beyond the past superstitious lack of understanding. Hence, we have a more enlightened understanding of the forces and forms around us and as us.
The Witches Tarot uses the Hindu word Karma as Key 20 because it refers to the fact that for every action, there is a reaction, for every cause there is an effect. Therefore, one's behavior is relevant to one's destiny; one's soma is relevant to one's Psyche.
The Old Religion, explains that incarnation is active, and that action and/or activity is prompted by desire. However, as soul's personalities become more evolved their desires of the lower sensual animal body cease to be a motivation and they become more "enlightened", dissolving the desire-bonds to the cyclic Wheel of Life and death and the soul begins living as the more farseeing Spiritual Intelligence; "that which is beyond desire" that is in full control of its own destiny. Then the Soul starts Manifesting as needed, when needed, for the purpose of continuing the Great Work ( As above so below). Life is more than bodies, and their desires. Life is the Goddess and those of the Craft, explain in their philosophy in the text, The Charge, that the Goddess states," ....I am that which is attained at the end of desire."
By now many of us know that there are many dimensions of "being", the Qaballah shows us as Ten states of intelligent Energy, Forces and Forms that are called Sephiroth. Quantum physics declares there are ten dimensions of energy and in the past many cultures have stated that there are "happy hunting grounds' or other dimensions that are Alive and that physical death is not the death of the Energy Conscious being that you are. After all, most of us know that energy cannot be destroyed only transformed, clearly stating that we are transformations of energy, who will transform without end, as Self Awareness is an evolutionary and creative process.
Thereby, the Arcana of Key 20 in the Witches Tarot, shows us different states of energy being, as a Solar Eclipse is being hailed by a family of Mother, Father and Child. With torches alight straddling their wheel of time circle, they raise joined hands, showing their unity. Each is wearing a purple sash, as a symbol of spiritual power.
The Mountains in the distance, represent abstract thoughts. Eclipses have traditionally represented magic and miracles as they are an enchanting way of reminding us of the Divine Creative that is at work in our lives.
This Karma card is associated with the planet Pluto, and Water is the element. In the philosophy of the Craft, the Astral plane is plastic and fluid, while the next plane is called the manastic plane linking with the inner dimension of Air (mind). Souls are a nimbus of light in this plane of being, rather than a plane of doing. Those of the Old Path, call this inner plane Summerland. Hence, the green fields in the background that lead to the mountains. Here the light is strange for it is neither night or day, a type of neutral place, where cycles and changes can be viewed and understood, and where one can come to terms with past experiences, and learn from them.
THE THOTH TAROT KEY-20-THE AEON:
As I have mentioned, Crowley's Aeon card departs completely from the traditional Cards of the Ryder-Waite or Golden Dawn Tarot decks. The Aeon card is illustrative of Crowley's personal philosophy derived from The Book of Law, which he stated was revealed to him, thus forming the core of his teachings. He called the Aeon Card the Stele of Revealing. In his explanation of the Aeon, he claimed it superseded all traditional concepts of the Key (Judgment or Karma Card) because it shows the harmonious, spiritual state of human existence that will reside on this earth in the mid-twenty second century. This advanced human condition is illustrated by the Dark Sky Goddess Nuith arching over her consort, Hadit, who is the Golden Orb of Light. Their Union produces Horus, as shown both seated and standing, his passive and active forms. Crowley states that another name for Horus is Heru, which is synonymous with Hru, which he calls "The Great Angel set over the Tarot".
History has shown that Tarot divination and Qabalistic doctrine are a system of Gnosis (Knowledge) that evolves with the races of human kind. We have passed into the predicted 500 year period of extreme darkness and trial, preparatory to a new Aeon of Light. Thus, we have the letter Shin below the Standing Horus, in a flowery form and the the 3 Yods (Hands of God, and/or Spiritual fire), each have a internal human shape that is arising to partake of the Light of the coming Aeon. Naturally the study of The Book of Law is recommended to further the understanding of this card of the new Aeon. This card states that mankind has reached the moment of "event horizon" that happens in the Dark Universal Divine Collective Unconscious, when enough individual intelligence's, synchronize their consciousness, a "Critical Mass" is reached, causing a cascading event of intelligence throughout the Homo Sapiens. This cascade of Knowledge will erase the "man made over-souls" created by Cultures and Rulers, replacing them with the One Divine Creative Intelligence that is Over all Souls. Therefore, we have a cascade of enlightenment. One is not sure when this "critical mass" of Psyche will happen; However, Crowley said it would happen in the 22nd Century, for by then enough of us have individually link our intelligence with the Divine Creative's ("Above all things know Thy Self"!) to cause a world wide change. This new Group Soul, is being called Horus, in the Egyptian Hermetic Tarot of Thoth. I could go on and on about this theory, which is behind the producing of this blog: However, enough knowledge has been presented in this blog of the Aeon and Karma -key 20, to know that when this card is thrown during a reading, it states that:
If reversed or ill-defined:
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