The Thoth Tarot-Key 8: ADJUSTMENT & The Legends Tarot-Key 8- JUSTICE:
In many Tarot Decks, the common way to present this State of Energy Conscious is as the Judgment or Justice 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
Jesus is quoted as saying, "...rain falls on the just and unjust
alike."[ Romans, 8:18]
Crowley also changed the key number
of the traditional Tarot, from key 11 to key 8, as that fit his
gematria better as it made more sense for both cards. The Legends Tarot followed suit and has also made this Justice card key 8. He changed Key 11
to the Lust card, which is the traditional Strength card, that is traditionally key 8. Again
for purposes of gematria. In gematria, 11 = 1+1=2, and 2 is the
numerical value of the Hebrew Letter Beth
, meaning house or temple. The number 8 refers to the Hebrew Letter Heth
meaning fence or enclouser. Both similar, but still there is a large
difference. The House, of our Spirit, is the human body and therefore,
the establishment of Lust as form. While, the Fence or Enclosure is a judgment
or adjustment made to one's life. Hence, the key 8 card is often called a
The Supreme Spirit Identity
, in this case, The Conscious State
of "Will to Form", and/or Geburah
doesn't deal in revenge. Why would she? Each of us have freedom to choose our own thoughts, perspectives and therefore, our lives, with the caveat that we must live them. You can't get more justice than that!
Hence, she deals in the enforcement of freedom of
choice, making sure the choices mentally made become the effectual
manifestation. She Trusts
you, as the Psyche, to know that if you think a thought, and supply
life-force and/or "will to 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. That is your discernment. Freedom to choose our own thoughts,
makes us a Psychosomatic creative, that is, our Psyche (Soul) runs and describes our Soma
(Physical body) ! The repercussions of cause, thought and its 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 division, a product of the
Patriarchal thought process, the union of your will and self-identity
has been corrupted by the axiom of the Patriarch, "Divide and
Conquer"; Here our souls are divided from our bodies, by worshiping a religion or
state created by those few who wish to rule the many. These creations
of man, are the false prophets and false idols, that are most theologies and government policies that these hypocrisies warn us against! Besides being obvious hypocrisy, this
is very clever, for by warning
us of blasphemy, or treason, we are focused elsewhere and can't see that they are
the very ones
we must not follow or worship! For they blaspheme the very freedom of creation and are traitors to the Spirit. 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". The Power of Limitation is "self awareness" and/or measurement. For without measurement, the infinite cannot "see itself" and is thus, unaware of Self. Spirit is everywhere and therefore, nowhere. Hence, it reflects upon itself, and image consisting of thought fractals. Hence, Descartes's famous statement," I think, therefore, I Am. There is more to this statement, for if you think, you are not thought, but its creator, as well as, the limited form that thought makes. This is for the benefit of discernment and balanced creation.
The Legends Tarot
- key 8-Justice
, shows 2 Dragons, one the red of the Spirit, who is fire and the other the Silver of the Moon, who is Mind/Unconscious, both fighting for balance in the chaos of random thoughts and divisionism. Hence, achieving a balance that is peace and joy. Around them is a ethereal pentagram that is the symbol of the 5 forces. Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spirit. There is little of the Arcane in the art of the Legends card. However, this is not true for the Crowley-Harris card of Adjustment.
The Adjustment/Justice card is the Path of Lamed,
the light green path 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 Ruler 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 that represents our "Psyche/Soul" 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. You can see why Free-doom is severe and slavery becomes comfortable. However, Freedom of choice is "my
choice", and if I choose to react to the identity enforced on me by the rules of
"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, the "Me" of the Great I AM, which is also the product of the paradigm, of "I think--therefore, I am",
then I am functioning in the Super Natural State of our Divine inheritance, as I Am not using my "father's name in vain". For my Father is "I AM". "I" is Spirit, "Am" is mind, and "Me", is Form. When all are in sync, all is well in the material world of self. I choose to be "Me", because that was what was created by the Divine, and is not "man-made", by the lashes of indoctrination or orthodoxies.
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 body (human) through the balance of
Spirit-Mind,Body union. If that union is interrupted by incongruous
thought patterns of fear such as "I lack" or the lowest
denominator of any thought, 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 psyche's freedom to identify "self" any way it
wants, which means that even if the psyche is an ignorant servant of another "master",
thoughts given emotion (will to force) are what that identity will produce in form.
Will is Spirit and therefore, our foundation of Psyche, a Spirit/Mind cooperation. Hence, for Will to operate Life in an expansive and liberated
way, it must be willed Love of Spirit- Mind-Body to keep the balanced
between the Soul's identity, and form's operational
self-conscious and/or personal identity.
I bet many of us didn't
even know that "to seek love", is to deny you are it. Hence, you are
stating a statement of "I am now unloved", a statement of
"I lack" and this places you in "impoverished love". Therefore, a state
self identity now preforms as "me". But don't worry, for this serves the
ruler's and the greedy very well as that "lack" thinking, 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). But then that's okay,
because the medical profession and the drug companies need the sick and
lame to flourish!
Sarcasm aside: 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/Spirit) by mentally
journeying on the Path of Lamed, may decide to bring ourselves into
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!
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 internal mental trip up and
down the Tree of Life. As above so below, is not a far off
metaphysical concept; for it is the conception of YOU as if the
Qabalistic Tree of Life is a birth canal of the sensual-Psyche! So being Faithful Intelligence,
The Divine Mother of You will always make the adjustments necessary to
get Psyche, and body on the right track, whether you like it or
not! Once one understands this Universal Law of Freedom of Choice, where one must live the choices made,
one will always "Treat others as one wishes to be treated". For the
process of experience teaches us that 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.
I know that how a person thinks and/or acts towards me, is how they think; it is their perspective that chains their mind.We can only see what we think. for all is a Self Reflection.
Hence, their reaction to me, is only a description of what they think of themselves! I find only knowledge in that, and am not concerned, for they cannot accept nor reject me, as only the Divine can do that, and it has already accepted me by the very act of creation.
Again, there are no enemies, only another way to be us.
Let each other be...is a very good motion! You cannot escape your
thoughts for they are "how your Life Forms the Alive" so let's make our thoughts the best
they can be, 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 our Soul, 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)
(5-Severity) lies the Emerald Green Path of Lamed. Lamed
is the Hebrew letter that means-
Ox Goad- which is the spear like prod which keeps the ox moving down the path. This goading activity points to the letter's special relationship with Aleph (0x) on
the Path of The Fool. Although complex, their relationship can be
(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 is the administrator of the laws of Binah
(Mother of Form), written by The Heirophant-key 5
. Key-8, the number
of Beth, the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is therefore,
the "Ruler of Balance". For eight, is the shape a 0 takes when it
becomes "2". When 0 became the Divine Creative, it made itself "He and
She", by just twisting upon itself as 8. Now we have the paradox of " 2
who are One".
Adjustment-is the Intelligence Faithful
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- 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 personages on the Thoth represents the part of our Psyche that cuts away all that
which is unnecessary for impeccable function. Often, this
surgical adjustment is less dramatic
and much like driving a car, for Adjustment/Justice,
correcting direction through slight adjustments 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 (God 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
self-assessment, where one must align their identity with the Soul that makes them breathe and think.
In this Card-key 11-Justice
on many traditional tarot cards, the soul gets weighed on the scales
in the left hand of Geburah and then she makes necessary adjustments wielding the sword
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). The Legends Tarot-Key 8- just shows a balance of dragons holding a bubble of light.
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 Supreme Spiritual Identity,
facing outward on the tree. For only in "inward" traveling of our
Psyche, can we realize 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, used in fear and draped in superstition. Instead, karma's meaning is that of a soul is
reaping what is sown from past lives; as sort of corrective adjustment. 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, this balancing is
definitely a learning process. Slowly and sometimes, painfully, we learn
how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as necessary for different
In the Hermetic Qaballah
it is understood that the principles of the Path of
Adjustment maintain Tiphareth-Beauty; beauty being a harmony. On the
Tarot Card the Principle of Balance is depicted as the Egyptian figure of Maat, The Egyptian Daughter of Ra; The Queen of Heaven.
The Egyptian texts suggest 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). This is the Path that regulates Divine Life Force (Sex -creative-
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). Hence, the letter 8, is but a "twisted fool" and/or O.
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, man-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."
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". Life is the "I AM" that is Psychosomatic-ally alive, as "Me".
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 as the "alive", 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 also means 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 or titled, this powerful, natural
equilibrating function occurs in our bodies, as they balance nutrition
continuously to maintain proper operation as power tools for Spirit/Mind.
And Adjustment is also an equilibrating function that occurs in our sane-personalities, making sure there are no constant extremes of
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/I that
is Tiphareth, the 6th 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. The Alpha and Omega letters in the balances, signify 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]
To reiterate: The Thoth Tarot presents Maat, daughter of Ra. Since Ra was 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, 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." In other words, 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. 0=2 when it is an 8.
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 sharp sword of Mind, 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. For then the discomfort of self-9imposed emotional
burdens, the burdens of "serious" 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!", whenever
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.
When the Thoth-Adjustment or the Legends-Justice- 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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