The Legends Tarot is keeping the Tradition as both the Golden Dawn or the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot decks name key-20 Judgement; However, Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris, the author and artist respectively, of the Thoth Tarot, saw fit to change the names of the Key, because it was outdated according to Crowley's progressive philosophy of the Aeons.
This is not surprising, as by now most of us know that knowledge, which becomes greater by experience, 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 Spiritual concepts of the Invisible Energy-Intelligence that we are mostly comprised of, should also show greater evolutionary understanding and expression.
Quantum physics, psychology are pointing the evolutionary way, developing their own language and theories to explain the inexplicable.
Qaballah, a Hebrew word that means "receiving", 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.
Qabalitstic 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 99.5% Space/invisible) and thus propelling us beyond the past superstitious lack of understanding, that has always promoted gods, goddesses and demons and devils. Thus we have a more enlightened understanding of the forces and forms around us and as us.
The Legends Tarot -Key 20, uses the old term judgement, 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.
The Old Religion always used and angel to enforce the rules, because incarnation is active, and that action and/or activity is prompted by desire, which must be controlled. 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 Spiritual Intelligence; "that which is beyond desire" that is in full control of its own destiny and therefore, Crowley's term "the Aeon".
Then the Soul starts Manifesting as needed, when needed, for the purpose of continuing the Great Work ( As above so below). This Soul then is called, "Horus", the resurrection of Osiris. One must understand that Life is more than bodies, and their desires. Life is the property of the Divine Creative 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 Spirit- "being", the Qaballah shows us Ten states of Energy that are called both force and form. In Qaballah these ten are known as 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 conscious-energy 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.
Thereby, the Hermetic Qabalah of Key 20, shows us different states of energy being, the lower planes are the earthly manifestation, which is called Malkuth and the Beginning of Will, called Kether. Kether being "Eheieh", which means, "I Will Be". The rest of the Tree of Life is about that journey of One Energy, and its "becoming".
This 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 Religion, call this inner plane Summerland.
The Legends Tarot-Key 20-, conveys nothing of this knowledge,as it is mostly a display of the artists, Anne Stokes, talents.However, it displays the Angel of Justice, holding her double edged sword of justice, as if it was a cross while in prayer.
As I have mentioned, Crowley's Aeon card departs completely from the traditional Cards of the Ryder-Waite-Smith 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 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".
Constantly, Qabalistic doctrine is 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 Three Yods, 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.(see past blogs for more insight into the Thoth Deck Card);However, enough knowledge has been presented in this blog of the Aeon and Judgement -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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