The proper study of the Paths (Major Arcana cards) is the ascending of Understanding up the Tree of Life, as we are "below" and need to remember the realms of Pure Spirit "above". The experiences on Earth, assist our Psyches in creative goals and a more refined understanding of Universal patterns along with a more intimate state of self-awareness. Such as a microscope helps the biologist in a more refined understanding of cell- structure and bacteria, mortal earth manifestation assists the Immortal Soul in self examination. With its crystalline lenses of light, the "I sight" of our senses, helps us sense deeply into the reflected microcosm, so that we better understand the vast macrocosm.
As long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning though a physical vehicle, we are Whole in Spirit, Complete in Mind. Hence, this is where our serious esoteric work begins and ends exoterically.
The 32nd Path of Tau-Key 21-The Universe or The World, joins the crystallized world of earth, Malkuth-meaning Kingdom, with the Sephira Yesod -meaning Foundation It is the first journey out of the material condition, that leads us to a greater understanding of the Personality that was designed by the Higher Self (Tiphareth) for each incarnation, long before our man-made personality blinded us to our divinity.
Dr.Paul FosterCase, who wrote the class room text, The Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom (the number Thirty Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephiroth) calls the Path of Tau (The Universe card or World Tarot card) "The Administrative Intelligence" because it "directs and associates in all seven planets." The "seven planets" he is referring to are the Microprosopus-Hexagram pattern of the seven planets on the Tree of Life.The Qabalistic Microprosopus, is comparable to the Microcosm, as the Qabalistic Macroprosopus is comparable to the Macrocosm.
The understanding of the Path of Tau (meaning cross) , from Malkuth to Yesod, is rooted on the fact that all is Mind. I know that as we are all body oriented, we think that the Mind's realm of ideas, dreams, or thoughts, are somehow divorced from the physical as we have a dual concept of ourselves as a body and mind. The Qabalah teaches that all is Mind; yes the body is "crystallized self image", but Mind just the same! Taking this a step further, All is Spirit and the body is "Crystallized Spirit". In physics, "there is only one energy, that cannot be created nor destroyed; Only transformed".
Hence, in the Mysteries, the distinction of Mind and Body is one of perception (brought on by senses), not an actuality. For instance,the pictures we see when we close our eyes, are a more refined form of matter, as they are the images and energy forms which are closest to the physical condition. The concept of Yesod (Foundation) is based on the understanding that most of the Universe is unseen, in fact, our bodies are composed of the electromagnetic spectrum and seem solid, yet they are 99.6 % invisible space. That means, that most of us are judging the Kingdom of the Divine Creative (the Earth) with less than .4% of our minds, via the minutiae of sensuality! This is because Malkuth (the physical) is the only sensual kingdom. Thus we must travel the Path of Tau to experience the "Seven Palaces of Assiah"(Seven planets) as subjectively represented on the Thoth Universe card.
As stated: The symbol of Tauis the equal armed cross which symbolizes the important fact that, the Thoth Universe, or traditional Tarot-World cards, as opposed to other Path-cards, represents all Forces present in their full expression; Tau (The Universe-World) is also the central point of the Aleph (Fool), Mem (Hanged Man) and Shin (Aeon) Paths which makes the equal armed cross.
This Tau cross, which is the completion of the Fool, is shown on the Witches Tarot card as the leafy shape of the Green Man who is an archetype of the Natural World and a symbol for renaissance, rebirth and regeneration.
One can see the Fool, illustrated on the upper left of the decorative World card. He has traveled down the Tree of Life, and through all four worlds of Qabalah. Hence, he is wiser now, more experienced and therefore, brings his gifts with him.
The adult lion, on the lower right, represents,the gifts of passion, strength and rebirth.
The powerful stag, lower left, signifies pride, pose and integrity.
Here the Fool, also symbolizes the Soul, for only through repeated manifestations can these "gifts" of Knowledge be inherited and made personal. Hence, rebirth and regeneration is necessary on the mortal world of Assiah.
The Crowley-Harris Tarot card of The Universe, shows small tau crosses as the fabric of the Time/Space grid that surrounds the cosmic oval or Universal Womb.
Before I go on with further explanation of the Universe- or World card, Key-21, it would be appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the inner Path of Tau. This mental walk, is called Skrying. Skrying, is simple really, all one has to do is focus on a card and imagine themselves entering it. This is somewhat like lucid dreaming, where you enter the dream and control the events. Here, one is projecting themselves into an inner vision by the use of a "day dream", projecting oneself into the Vision of the Card. Some may breathe deep and easy, relaxed in body, and close their eyes and mentally project themselves into the Key Vision, others, as do I, leave eyes open, and like traveling into a tunnel, imagine themselves entering the Visions as the card grows ever bigger until entry. However, others just go into a state of mind, where everything becomes blurry and time is forgotten. In this state the Unconscious is imprinting the images of the Card where the communication between brain and soul is now established. For some, maybe boredom takes over, but soon the diligent student discovers that what they experience in this lucid skrying, is not of their own making. They often are astonished at the vitality, energy and spontaneous images that these "mandalas" invoke.
In the Forces of Tau, is the Knowledge, the data, of all the accumulated ideas that went into the making of our world and the cosmos. There is much to experience and remember here so discrimination or discernment is recommended, as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in order to to perceive our "I AM". Therefore, The Path of Tau begins the process of Knowing ourselves as we have been known into existence; an existence so dutifully produced by our Divine Parents Lascivious Lucid Dream of Self. In fact, if the student of Tarot/Qabalah, doesn't skry these cards, they may as well be a deck of playing cards or be a charlatan that preys on superstitious minds for monetary gain.
From the standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the Universe or World-Key 21, maybe the most important card in the deck, as it is the beginning of our journey back to Spiritual Awareness; the inner journey so important to "enlightenment". On this Path of Tau, we experience our own personality consciousness, which is of our own making, and therefore, a reality that can be both frightening and gratifying. Yes, we make our own reality and the World/ Universe card helps us to travel beyond the self-absorbed reality of our personalities, into the Higher Self reality that created our consciousness in the Beginning, and how Freedom of Choice defines our "End" by the composite pattern of our personalities that form the fractal of Self.
Between the Hebrew letters of Aleph and Tau, is the entire Universe. Here is the Alpha and the Omega and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's "ending" manifestation, into the Beginning...."for they who know their end, know their beginning"! Thus, the Path of Tau-The Universe, is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who begin the process of bringing their Personalities into a self-understanding balance. Of Personality, we have many, built in "passed lives" and stored in a vessel of conscious energy known as our Soul's Akashic Records. Each state of conscious energy is represented by the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and for the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at first, independently, and latter as a wholeness. This may also astound the student, but it is on the path of Tau, that one discovers the extent to which the process of inner exploration is assisted by the guidance of the "Angels", particularity Archangels. The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the Children of the Divine Couple; The Inheritors. It may surprise you, especially since the Pavlovian indoctrination of your personality, that to the whole of the Universe, you are most precious! For you are the Goal, of condensed manifestation, that Self has always sought. Hence, the Earth/Malkuth, is the place where Spirit is Made Whole; a completion of I AM ME!
The purpose of this blog is to assist one to "see" themselves, as they are seen by the Divine Creative and wonder of wonders, each of us are not condemned but Loved without condition!
One of the most important lessons of the World/Universe card, is that of discrimination and/or discernment, a process that can only be learned in the earthly realm of Malkuth. There is a gateway to the Astral, where thought is fluid and as not yet made crystalline and it is the Path of Tau. The Astral realm of the Universal Collective Unconscious, is the place of "Fluid thoughts", ideas, dreams, before they crystallize into manifestation and therefore, malleable and transformable. It is as if Light were liquid, as if the mirror of your mind is not yet solidified as if made of mercury; solidification of thought is necessary to reflect your self-awareness into a sensual experience of crystalline light. Since there is no discernment in the Astral, there are deceptions, fantasies and phantoms that may never make it into discerning manifestation, and some you never want to, so it pays to be discriminating.
However, despite the illusions and temptations of the Astral, only through divination can we enter the "Administrative Intelligence" balance; a Intelligence that is shown in both the Rider-Waite-Smith World and Thoth Tarot Decks, as the Dancing Womb-man draped with the Caph-shaped scarf (Rider-Waite) or Serpent Force (Thoth) while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy. Implying, from these elements of alchemy, she weaves the Universe in her dance. The "All Seeing Eye" in the Thoth-Key 21-THE UNIVERSE card, sending forth rays of light that become the Python, suggests the "first Husband" of the Goddess Lilith---the "First I-dentity" which would be Kether on the Tree of Life and later the Eye/I of Horus--the child of both Isis and Osiris, who is the Christ-Buddha consciousness that is our Soul.
The Universe/World Card is a multidimensional understanding of the Cosmic Mind. After much study, one may grasp the principle that the entire Tree of Life, which is taught through the Path of Tau-The Universe or World, is the most profound concept of "As above, so below". To a sensual body, this means "up and down", to the Infinite, this just means "higher vibration" and "lower vibration", a normal occurrence as energy condenses to greater and greater crystallization. Of course, energy frequency, ideas and Mind are inseparable, just as electricity and data in your computer are inseparable. Thus another axiom is attributed to the Tree, "The Know is in the Flow". That is why, when we mentally journey a Path, we gather knowledge at the same time we encounter higher mental frequency. Diligently skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of information.
I have discussed the "Will-To-Form" that is the Great Mother Binah (3 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) and who is the Life Conscious that utilizes time-space, which is as Saturn in the exalted Supernal Realm. She is completely expressed on the Path of Tau, key 21-The Universe. The female figure of the " Cosmic Dancer" of the Universe, is the fullest expression of this Life Conscious and has been called Isis, the Aima Elohim, as well as, Saturn/Chronos who gives life and destroys it as the Great Mother Binah. Some may be confused by this Chronos comparison, since "Father Time" is a the Patriarchal description of Chronos/Saturn. However, the Ternary Maid-Mother and Crone, is the one of the Oldest descriptions of Binah, as the Roman Juno and of Time itself, from youth to old age, time/Space is her domain as it is the weave used to build form. She Faces two ways; into the invisible darkness of the infinite and the reflected light world of the finite.
that surrounds the central female figure, represents the Womb of the human female, as well as, the Cosmic Womb into which the soul passes after body death. The grid of Time/Space is shown on the Thoth UNIVERSE card as surrounding the oval Cosmic Womb. On the traditional tarot decks, it is shown as a woven wreath, that has been called the Wyrd (meaning in old English- the Weave). No mater the symbols, we all arise from our death surrounded in a ring of stars, on our way to the Great Mother/ the Divine Creatrix.
Life, with its beginning, middle, and end, processes in dimensional waves or spirals (Spirit is a Spiral flow of Energy) which cycle back upon themselves. This circling back upon itself is often shown as a Great Serpent. This is also the natural course of the Akashic Fluid (Astral Fluid) of Yesod where the Serpent Kundalini is coiled in its passive state, and uncoiled in its active state.Thus, Crowley choose to represent the Great Serpent of Akashic Fluid as "Lord Python" of Lilith fame.
The Universe Card is also surrounded in the Great Dark Sea, a reference to the Great Mother Binah, who is the Sea of all consciousness which on the path of Tau, is consciousness in the most dense and difficult expression of intimate self. The Sea is Sky less dark and light blue on the Witches Tarot- THE WORLD card. Again, discrimination must be used when traveling the Akasha of Yesod, many who entered this Path, entertain themselves with extended fantasy and find themselves tormented by phantoms of there own making. The discerning traveler will supply every test of reason, and feeling. After a time of discernment, one will begin experiencing a process of learning, which is not of their own making but rather an inheritance from the Soul. Verifying the images, by elaborate research definitely aids in this process.
When The UNIVERSE OR WORLD Card is thrown during a reading, it means:
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