Qabalistic Tarot Card comparisons of Thoth Tarot and other Tarot decks.
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The Tarot of Eli
I fully embrace all of life's fecundy.
What Davide De Angelis created in his Empress is a attractive blend of Caucasion, Asian and African features; A World Mother. Upon her head is the Lemnistrate of the Magus as a golden head wear shooting stars into the fecundness of Nature. With floating fetuses, and breast overflowing with milk, that she is capturing in her hands, not only symbolizing the nurturing Mother but also the Milky Way Qalaxy that was considered the milk of the "Cow Goddess" and/or the Egyptian Hathor.
Her heart chakra is the color of the blue- greens of empathy, love, compassion and the gold of the Higher Self. Above her is a golden bird cage with an open door, implying we are "as free as a bird" to create our self-identity as we like. However, we must also experience the Great Sorrow to the Mother, who must watch her free children make horrible mistakes, and create identities that make them ugly in their own hearts. Sorrow or not, she knows that one must make mistakes to become wise. Only by the doing, is truth made manifest. She also knows that everything created, must end. For forms are made of measurement which gives them substance. The created, are information. In the case of the I AM, each of us is information of Self; A self that is One, and All. Therefore, we are the Children of the Divine Creative, who must become truth as manifestation, and if able to see error and correct it, become the manifest Wisdom of the Creatrix.
Interestingly, the Starman Empress is sitting on a megalithic stone, that resembles the stone that is at Newgrange, considered to be the Passage Grave, built in Ireland around 3200BCE.Inscribed in the stone is the oldest known symbol of the Spiral Universal Womb, the mistress of her domain. Here were Matriarchal societies, that believed in the Womb Cosmology of Creation, where everything was birthed and dissolved through a Womb Space of waves consisting of cosmic vibrations. Today, we have astrophysists believing that our Universe was born from a gigantic black hole, a Cosmic Womb. Even our galaxy revovles around a giant black hole, a cosmic womb. The Abyssal Womb, is the Divine Creatrix in her many fluctuations and cycles of creation.
In the Qabalistic Tree of life places ATU or Key 3 as the third Sephiroth-Binah, Understanding, who is also "Will to Form", for only through understanding can data become in-form-ation. Each of us is a child born of Self-Information, and Understanding . Each a complete Self, who is approved into manifestation, and loved into being by the Empress. She invites each of us to return to her, and get back our inheritance of unique creativity. Each, a power unto itself. This diversity of talents, and creativity make a beauty that is Cosmic. For if everyone was an artist or painter, the world would be ugly. We need builders, writers, skilled craftsman, secretaries, etc. The list goes beyond my ability to write all the talents down. Even dog walkers, have a talent for animal husbandry. The Empress states, " That your presence is enough", to prove the wealth that you are. Everything is possible, for nothing has been withheld from you, the open bird cage states this is so. You exist because you are supposed to. Your unique creativity and style, makes the world more beautiful. The Thoth Empress and the Starman Empress share the same meanings, so both are represented at the bottom of this page.
In Qabalah, The Empress is the Path of Daleth-meaning-Door, and her planet is Venus. THE EMPRESS, is also called the "Gate way to Heaven", as She is the transitional state of energy between the above and the below. The effect of this transition is from one into many, so the key to this card is multiplicity.
If one looks at THE PRIESTESS card, they'll observe a simple diaphanous robe while that of THE EMPRESS is appropriately covered with all the jewels of creation. As a Qabalist, I am painfully aware of the inadequacy of anthropomorphic symbolism when describing the Supernal Triangle, the As Above, yet Tarot pictures unconsciously communicate a great deal of information, that words can only flail at. The images represented in THE EMPRESS card are an attempt to convey the concept of pure fruition. As an exercise towards this goal of understanding, the initiate must try to conceive of pure emotion, which is a feeling that has no subject or object, neither love nor hate, but which is the raw material of both; a kind of Lust without need of result. Armed with such an understanding, the initiate may begin to understand something of the Great Binah, The Great Mother, and THE EMPRESS, who is the Illuminating Intelligence or Birth Mother of Ideas through a transitional state of Understanding. She is the Cosmic Mother Nature.
All that is Life on Earth is the providence of THE EMPRESS, as she builds life forms around the Spirit or Spiral Frequencies of Life, establishing the Laws of the Universe that have to do with restriction and formation. She is the Supernal Female Force. She is also Venus-Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Love is her Law.Sexuality and fecundy is her invention.
The Luminous Intelligence of Chokmah, the 2th Sephiroth-Wisdom, becomes the Illuminating Intelligence of THE EMPRESS, inferring filling up and emitting Light. Thereby, bestowing the title of Mother of Light on the Great Mother Creatrix.
She is a Door, and one may pass through a door in any direction, to pass through her on the Return Path, is to pass into Supreme Darkness. Therefore, the ancients often depicted this door way as the exposed Vagina of the Great Mother, which is one-way birth and the other way the “Little death” or Petite Mort of the French. Here before her, the worn and often battle weary dead are ready to “pass over” as she commands power, sincerity, and fertility. The dual dynamic of the Door, has often been shown as Janua Coeli (meaning “gateway to heaven”) which is derived from the “Yoni gate” (vagina) of the Goddess Juno (later as the Roman Two-Faced god Janus). As a personification, Juno had two faces, each face looking in opposite directions. One face looking in the direction of birth and the other in the direction of death. In fact the Latin word janua means door and this goddess was reinstated by the Romans, as male and to have presided over communications and the affairs of men. Here then, as THE EMPRESS, Janua/Janus resided over the passage of ideas and affairs of a man. Originally, Janus was a Solar Entity, and THE EMPRESS is the Mother of the Sun, so the comparison is not only viable but pertinent as well. Thus, anything that can be said about Juno/Janua/Janus can be said about THE EMPRESS as well, even though she is often now anthropomorphized as Venus-Aphrodite the Womb of life and death.
The Luxurious Proliferation of Nature with each facet so compelling, being both beautiful and hypnotic, makes it possible for the student to lose sight of the Overview of the Path of Daleth. This point was acknowledged by A. Crowley in his Book of Thoth, where he warned, and “the student who is dazzled by any given manifestation may be led astray. In no other card is it so necessary to disregard the parts and to concentrate upon the whole".
We know that the Venus-Aphrodite is the "Goddess of Love” but many forgot that She is also named the "Goddess of Desire". Desire, being born with the most abstract principle of Form, holds a very specific meaning for the Student of the Mysteries, as to feel is to desire, but to unite wholly with the Universe, requires the "want of nothing" as desire fills the "I's" with falsehood. Thus, the coming to or the leaving of desire is another aspect of the Door Way that is THE EMPRESS— the Path of Daleth.
THE EMPRESS as shown in the Thoth card, looks to be all nurturing and light, however, the darkened crescent of the Moon suggests transformation or change and to Qabalists She is known as the Mother of Life and Death. Growth and destruction are concurrent Empress Activities, just as old cells die and new cells are born in a daily cycle in your physical body.
The transparent bubbles shown in front of the Thoth Deck Tarot- Empress image, represent the veil that we must pass through to realize the Path of Daleth (Door), to pass beyond the veil is to cross into a completely new level of conscious energy, where her laws of form no longer apply. The veil is a dramatic separation of imagined reality and what is real.
By now, the able initiate knows that God is the Divine Creative Mind that created the Universe within Itself "I AM" and/or Identity. We do the same thing, as "images of god", we create reality by imagining it. Whatever we create in our personal minds, becomes us or our creation as self-awareness. This is an often ridiculed concept or precept of both metaphysics and the mysteries. However, ridicule does not an understanding make, and as a Personality attains greater Self-Awareness, the implications of responsibility for what one thinks become most profound!
The Thoth- Empress, is illustrated in the alchemical image of Salt, that is the inactive principle which is activated by the alchemical Sulfur (Emperor), maintaining the whirling (Spiral) balance of the Universe.
The design of the Alchemical symbol of Salt, is, a circle with a line bisecting it horizontally, as is shown in the positioning of her arms and if you put the Empress and the Emperor, side by side, her on the Left and Him on the right, the order of English writing, their faces are looking at each other. The Venus Aphrodite depiction is carried on in the unashamed nudity of the Female Goddess in the Universe Card. In the illustration of the Polynesian Volcano Goddess Pele’ and her paramour with a back ground of sea, the martial male form is offering subservient to the Female Womb as she invents both his life and death. This is Yab Yum, illustrating the Tibetan word that means, Goddess God, face to face, as well as, the activating activity of the Empress Card.
The twisted blue shapes on the Thoth card represent flames and her birth from Water, which we know to represent consciousness. The Living Holy Grail, is the Lotus like chalice in her hand. At her waist is the Zodiacal Girdle Or belt. Above her head are the dove and sparrow, both are birds of Venus. At her feet is a white pelican that is feeding her own young with her own flesh which is a common symbol of the Great Mother, for even not so great mothers, build the young from their own flesh and blood. The white eagle shield corresponds to that red eagle shield of the Emperor.
To reiterate, the alchemical references for the Supernal Triangle are, THE MAGUS is Mercury, THE EMPRESS is Salt, THE EMPEROR, is Sulfur. Thus, Kether is Mercury, Binah is Salt and Chokmah is Sulfur, the Sephiroth united on the Tree of Life that turn our leaden consciousness into the Golden Intelligence of the Son (Sun), i.e. the Divine Child. The only blocking veil to this end, is Desire consciousness. We must lose the reality of the” I Want's" known as "Wanna-Be's" and become the “I AM's” of our original inheritance.
As always, words make the reality of their meanings seem so simple, but in truth, the simplest words are the most subjective, such as IT, or I. One must cross the emptiness of want, of sense, of sight, before one can visit the Great Mother, who creates the “Am” of us all.
When the Thoth or Starman Empress Card is thrown, the querent is experiencing:
• The principle of wise love.
• The power of owning your own inherited maternal and loving nature that resides within.
• There is an opening to all sensuality and delighting in luxury of the senses, as does a child, before they are taught to fear them.
• One finds comfort among the natural, having no need of control.
• A surge of Creative imagination, as imagination is everything in our reality, this promises achievement and success in our goals.
• The querent may experience a high dedication to healing and nurturing.
• All in all, THE EMPRESS, represents happy, stable, relationships, growth and fertility.
If ill defined:
- Stepmother or the destructive mother.
- Greed, avarice or envy.
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The Tarot of Eli
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.
-K. Gibran, The Prophet
Key 2, THE HIGH PRIESTESS, or Priestess, is the image that represents an androgyny universal principle of intuition, independence, self-trust, self-knowledge and self-resourcefulness. This is the androgynous figure that represents balance known to Chinese scholars as the female magnetic force, curved, soft and receptive, that is Ying. From the navel down, this androgyny is all straight lines, strong, dynamic, electric Yang.
The High Priestess is the guardian of the Abyssal Womb, the gateway to knowledge, the Sephiroth -Daath, arcane knowledge of the esoteric subtle aspects of all life. Aspects the mundane do not even know exist. She is associated to the Moon, and the dark well-spring of life known as the Abysaal Womb. The Water fall of light behind her supports the fact that she is the source of all Water/Consciousness. She is the Nature of the Universe and all that is natural. Despite man's insistance, there is no "super-natural", only the Nature of the Univesal Collective Unconscious-the Dark Sea of Binah and the mysteries of the Ternary Creatrix.
The High Priestess of the Starman Tarot, is clothed in serpents and spider webs. The serpents are a Celtic symbol of wisdom, secret knowledge, cunning and transformation and depict the inner mystery of kundalini, our inner soul. The spider-webs on her lower body, point to her weaving or wyrd magic, for just as the Native American Spirder Woman, she holds the secret threads of the living and non-living, weaving a tapestry of life called the Universe and Nature. Therefore, she can cut the threads as well.
According to Davide De Angelis, the lightning shown shooting out of her finger tips emphasize the twin pillars of B-Boaz-Completion and J-Jachin-Begin, that are from the Temple of Soloman, forming an abstract topography as both are woven together in his art. Surrounded in sacred geometry, alien calligraphy and the fecund fertility of nature, the High Priestess reminds us to look inward to our dark mystery, that reflects us as outside light. Interestingly, there is a male phallic symbol on her head gear. Therefore,this card reminds us that we are all composed of the receptive female magnetic and the strong assertive electric forces of male. Although we are dazzeled by the male need to control the world of light, She states that it is now the time to pay attention to the dark inner world of receptive intuition, and what stirs our hearts. When combining this vastly new way of "being"/seeing, with that of the magus, we then begin releasing into the outer world the immense power, goodness and knowledge that transforms and expands life.
Since the meaning of the High Priestess Starman Tarot card, is the same as that of the Thoth Tarot- I will describe both meanings at the end of this blog.
The Thoth Priestess, wears a sun and moon crown to remind us that we are all are committed to have and achieve an equal balance in strength and softness; in receptivity and expression.
The faceted crystal background of the Thoth card reminds us of the multifaceted aspects of intuition that are present at each level of consciousness:
- Mental intuition (the triangular crystal).
- Emotional intuition (the round crystal).
- Spiritual intuition (the diamond crystal), and physically noted information (the octagonal crystal).
Intuition is the Great calm Lake of spirit that is reflective, deep, contained and always present, waiting to be accessed and trusted---A Womb with a View. However, we must first trust and love ourselves to be aware of this quiet power.
The Priestess is a powerful symbol to use as a visual skrying affirmation to enhance self-trust, independence, and resourcefulness. This symbol reinforces the trusting of one's intuition and therefore, the inner-self.
The Priestess is not a literal return to the warm enclosure of the Cosmic Womb, as is THE EMPRESS. Rather, she represents the Supreme Mother, without her smiling mask, revealing a True face of cold yet beautiful countenance. All veils are removed, all illusion is dispersed, and we must face the crystalline reality of our own absolute free will; a task not for the weak. Her planet is the Moon, her Path is Gimel, meaning camel, which is most appropriate, as she is the one who carries our Personality across the vast desert of the Abyss. She is Diana the huntress.
There are three Paths that represent the same energy, although as different but similar aspects, they are The Path of Gimel (PRIESTESS), the Path of Samekh ( ART) and the Path of Tau (THE UNIVERSE) which together makeup the devotional middle pillar. The Indigo Middle Path color in Atziluth (the highest of the Four Worlds) is Indigo, a deep-dark- water blue that suggests the Moon, as all three Paths relate to the Moon.
The pure state of Intelligence that is The Path of Gimel, will carry those cleansed of desire thinking, across the longest and most important Path on the Tree of Life; A path which radiates down from the Supernal Triangle, composed of unimaginable potential, to the Ethical Triangle, the "actual", also making this the path a position between God the Father in Kether, and God the Son in Tiphareth, a Path of the Highest Initiation.
The common description of the Priestess is that she is the most pure essence of consciousness, symbolized in Tarot as the very source of all Water (Consciousness); However, to the initiate, she is considered The Lower Chokmah (Wisdom), wisdom is being expressed here as both masculine and feminine (The Goddess Sophia of the Greeks-means Wisdom) When applied to Chokmah the word Wisdom is masculine, for here it is "sent forth" and as the Seed of wisdom is ejaculated, it expands outward, in this action the seed of expansion contains its own limitation. She is the Diana who shoots his captured force out into the universe and it is her “sight”/Understanding (imagination) that limits the expansion of his “seed”.
The Feminine is Formative. Here Wisdom is taken into the most Spiritual manifestation of the feminine and formulates it into herself as any geometrical point into which to contemplate any possibility, i.e. the “All Seeing I Am” of the Original consciousness. Now I know this concept is an impossibly difficult one to understand and the most descriptive of Qabalistic terms may seem nonsensical, but the Priestess is the Womb of Consciousness, and yet she is both Male and Female.......much like a Hermaphrodite (Hermes-Aphrodite) that can impregnate itself.Above is an ancient statue of the god/goddess Hermaproditus.
The Higher Chokmah is a specific Sun, and the Lower Chokmah is a specific Moon. Thus, when viewing the PRIESTESS Thoth Tarot card, you will see a slight feminine figure with arms raised, behind vibrations of light and a strong lower masculine leg section with the a bow across the knees. Yet she is a virginal force, because no "Outside" Male force fertilizes her. Thus, the myth of Diana adds understanding to this card. From her, the source of Water, is the idea behind the idea of form. I think Dr. Paul Foster Case said this best in saying that,"... no matter how many forms develop from it, the virgin substance is itself unchanged. Like Water, which holds matter in suspension or solution, this substance remains over itself. Here is one key to the alchemical mystery of the First Matter. Here, too, one may find a clue to the inner significance of the Virgin Myths of all Religions." The High Priestess is often called the Prima Materia, or Root Matter (First Matter) as she can be considered the result of The Universal Collective Unconscious; The Dark Sea of the Greater Self.
[Remaining "over itself" may also be a clue as to why Lilith wished to lay on top of the First Male Form called Adam, in Genesis and was banished from the Garden for a more complaint Eve. So the Patriarch could be in charge of sexuality. A fun and enlightening study for the curious who are confused by misogyny.]
In his book, THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Dr. Case calls the Path of Gimel, the Uniting Intelligence, because it is the "Essence of Glory" and/or "The Grace of God", the mycelium that connects all things from a central One .
No matter the terms, the fact is that your personality must be shed of all the reality and desires that our conscious has constructed before she is able to carry one across the Abyss, into Daath (Knowledge) that is the *"invisible" Chakra of the Tree of Life which resides below Kether, on the Middle Path. It is that Knowledge that our conscious essence is born from, because knowledge, becomes information and in-form-ation, becomes form. Hence, the Priestess/Daath is the Womb of the Universal Collective Unconscious.
*[Daath is no longer invisible to one who has entered the Garden of inherited Knowledge that resides between the Mother named Understanding and the Father named Wisdom.]
Now the MAGUS, (Will-Kether), symbolizes a condition prior to Unconscious thought. This condition acts upon THE PRIESTESS in such a way, that the Path of Gimel becomes the mind capable of carrying the thought forms (knowledge) of which the Universe will eventually be composed. Being that she is the source underlying all vibratory patterns that compose form, she is shown on the Thoth Card as a figure composed of vibratory waves of energy. Moreover, nothing can grow in the Garden of the Empress without this wave structure that underlays energy. It is for this very reason that the Moon is assigned to this path, for it is a pattern of waxing and waning, fluctuation, dualities and tides, just as the waves of energy in a vibratory pattern. Here, the Goddess is both Force and Form, and as a Moon she controls the tides of consciousness.
Now if you wish to skry this card, remember, she is Pure Virginal Conscious and without empathy; she is as Durga the Ice Queen of the Norse. Unless you have a mentor who has been through the initiation of THE PRIESTESS, one who has entered the Abyssal Womb and returned, you may find her Cold Beauty destructive to your sensibilities. For she strips your personality of all that is not worthy of Pure Self. Oh, by the way, I know her as Elizabeth (Chosen of El), as She is permanently aware of her initiates and often renames them, she calls me Prometheus which I translated into the Qabalistic- Eli Serabeth (Temple of the Fiery Daemon) She is a scary Beauty who will assist you in self-dissection.... often without permission when familiarity is gained. To those who think bravery is an ego trip, don't try this .... ever! Ask a Mother of many children, what bravery is, then do your best to incorporate that idea into your heart, you may then survive the ordeal of the "Dark night of the Soul".
The Wisdom of THE PRIESTESS, is in regulation, as her fluctuation rates establish the direction for the First Matter as it descends in to greater and greater density. Thus, she is THE MOON that regulates the tides of the Waters of consciousness.
As before stated, the four paths rising into the Supernal Triangle, each represent a Alchemical element, each a composite of the "Garden of Eden". THE PRIESTESS, is the Uniting Spirit, the Fifth element, symbolized as the top point of the Pentagram. THE HIEROPHANT= Earth, LOVERS= Air, THE CHARIOT= Water, THE EMPEROR =Fire and THE HIGH PRIESTESS= Spirit.
Overall, THE HIGH PRIESTESS, is the vessel for all operations of the Supernal Triangle, she is the crucible where the Alchemical activity of Mercury, Sulfur, and Salt take place. She is also the source of the Four Rivers of Paradise, The Pison (River of Fire), The Gibon (River of Water), The Hiddikel (River of Air) and the Phrath (River of Earth). Which goes a long way in describing her fluctuating nature, as rivers are often waves of serpentine flow.
As I have mentioned before, the journey up the Paths of the Tree of Life, is about Remembering our beginning, a critical part of "Above all things, Know thyself” …the Qabalistic axiom. THE PRIESTESS, conceals within Her Vibrations, all the knowledge/memories of the Race, as well as, those of the Cosmos. She is the circle in which all is created. As shown in this Alchemical symbol.
Behind her resides Daath (Knowledge), invisible because of Vibratory Veils as well being subjective potential. These veils, are shown as Light in vibratory form, on the Thoth Deck Card. The Qabalist knows that it is Light that conceals the True Spirit---the one we've called "The Fiery Darkness", because Dark Energy is the True Light, as it is the substance of Supernal Potential and has no measurement, making it eternal.
To look upon the Light of the PRIESTESS, one must become Virginal in the nature of consciousness. For it is a Light so bright one of mundane persona or material consciousness, cannot look upon it, and will be shocked right back into their Malkuth realm of Race sponsored consciousness. If the desire of the small ego- conscious is conquered, the Light of the High Priestess is welcoming, and brilliantly beautiful...but without heat,thus, it is a cool light resembling the dazzling brightness of Ice in full Moon Light. Passing through the membrane of "Light", one enters the Abyss of Dark Matter/Dark Energy where the only sense is the original "I" sight of the One; also known as “the seed atom” (Theosophy) of your beginning as consciousness.
Obviously, when considering Light, the Qabalist must re-think the essence of Light. It is apparent to the researcher that all religions which stress "the Light" as a high state of consciousness, are based on Tiphareth-The Sun God and/or "Son of God". For instance, religions based on the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Apollo, Osiris, Ahurda-Mazda, Mithra, etc. However, the Gnostic Mysteries, unlike organized religions, states that Light conceals, rather than reveals, by its very brilliance. Thus, visible light is measurable (186,000 miles per second) and finite.
As does the Moon, so does the PRIESTESS go from brilliant light to absolute darkness. Thus the Mythology of the Moon and her deities, such as, Dianna-Artemis, Hecate and He- el-Aine (Later as Helen, Elaine and Eleanor), better known to those of Celtic origin as Elaine the Moon-Goddess and to the Norse as Hel the Goddess of the Underworld. The Thoth Card Shows THE PRIESTESS as Hecate-Selene (The Triple Goddess as described by Hesiod) which means -The Far Shooting Moon, and is an aspect of Artemis. Artemis is also known as the "maiden of the silver bow", suggesting the lower aspect of THE PRIESTESS, (The ART card), which is Sagittarius, the archer. That is why she is illustrated on the Thoth card, with a bow across her knees. [Artemis is the triple Goddess, represented as the Maiden, then the Orgiastic Nymph, then the Old Crone. As some say, Maid, Mother and Crone.]
To reiterate, THE PRIESTESS acts upon the First Matter of the MAGUS, causing it to function in the pattern of a figure eight lying on its side. This represents a total unified energy cycle of both opposed and duplicated vibration. This holding, enclosing, and duplicating function is that of the first female quality on the Tree of Life.Where the O-ne becomes two seemingly separate circles, but that are really one circel of a complete line turning upon itself. Here is then is the Hermaphrodite.
THE PRIESTESS represents what Carl Jung called the "virgin anima", related to "virgin milk" which he called the "life giving power of the unconscious."
[To the inquiring mind, I really recommend one gets the book: THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS, by Barbara G. Walker and looks up the Moon Goddess Myths. THE HIGH PRIESTESS relates a concept so subjective, that much repetition of information, in differentiating perspectives are required.]
When the HIGH PRIESTESS or PRIESTESS, is thrown during a reading:
• For the non-initiated, the querent is experiencing the principle of self-trust, indicating an easily working state of harmony and inner independence;
• A self-knowing.
• Accessing hidden Knowledge from the unconscious.
- Self-sufficiency, self-trust, and intuition.
- Allow creative ideas to germinate.
- Trust your intuition.
- Listen to your inner guides.
To the initiated male:
She represents the Spiritual Bride of the Just man (The Prince, no longer of this world) When he reads the Law, she gives the Divine Meaning. The Arcana is revealed, the Mystery is unfolded, and futures are seen.
To the Initiated Female:
She is the Papess, associated with St. Mary Magdalene, or the Great Shakti of the triple Hindu Goddess Kali, or the Greek Gnostic Sophia, the original Mother of the Holy Trinity. Considered one of the Highest and Holiest of the Major Arcana. Complete development of Feminine Powers (Womb rite) that go deeper in arcane meaning than the words, intuition or insight, can convey. She is the Law of inherited Wisdom. The Knowledge that forms.
If ill defined:
- Doubting one's abilities.
- Ignoring your instincts.
- Conforming to social norms.
- Listening to other's expectations.
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The Tarot of Eli
The Starman Tarot-Key 1-The Starman, is comparable to the Thoth Magus. Here, the artist, Davide De Angelis created a Bowie like image of a being of unimaginable power. Here the Original will of the One, "I Will Be", is shown as the fiery light that has been stimulated into presence by the "whirly and shouting outloud" force of Will that begins everything. Surounded by the ejaculated lightning of the One, the Starman acts as a phallic force that expresses the will of the One. Here, the Magic Starman blazes "I AM" across the primeval Dark Mater. The Starman is the Law of Attraction, that invites us to "Above all things, know thyself". You may think you already do, but once exposed to his Mystery, you that you think you are,the false you is annhilated. You must seek your self-conscious death to find the truth of the Starman. What believe, value systems and cultural concerns that have been part of the human condition for ages, will vaporize in his blazing Truth. All things are of the Will of the Divine Creative. If it exists it is supposed to. You exist, because you are supposed to.What seems to be irrefutable facts, are exposed as fiction in the magic dimension of the alien Starman.
Surrounded in magic geometry, and in alien caligraphy,he is streaming tendrils of Life/Sex Force. The Starman holds in his left hand a pistol, symbolizing the weapon that compels us to self-destruction, and a golden key in his right hand, that unlocks our Divine Potential for we are the Children of the Divine I AM.
The Great Mother Binah- The 3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life which is shown outside and inside the Fiery Light Being of the Starman, hasn't given male form yet: However, he is the Great Fertile-Light that has been ejaculate in a Big Shout of I AM. As his magus path connects directly to Binah, the Starman is the catalystic substance of the Fertile Light who impregnates the Great Abyssal Womb. Will is the first movement towards anything, even "Being". "Thy will not my will", will propel us towards the Starman transforming light. Here, we will know, what we thought we knew, but really didn't.
One must be willing to give up all that they believe and let the Knowing of the Starman become their identity, for that knowing reveals all the raw componants of life, transforming all thoughts, all frailties,passions and anxieties,i.e. disfunctional emotions, into energy-in-motion that is so powerful that it can only be called magic. But one must have tremendous courage, for rebirth requires a death and what is my comfort zone of identity, will cease to exist. For only the Original I AM shall remain. Hence, the Starman is pregnant with a new magic you, awaiting the arrival of your soul.
When the Starman is thrown in a divination, its meanings are the same as that of the Magus.
The Magus or traditional Tarot Magician is the path of Beth, meaning House, and is between Kether (Crown) and Binah (Understanding) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, making it the transition (Phallus) path of the One Undefined Energy, to the Great Organizer, Mother Binah. Thus, the relationship that establishes the meaning of house, Beth, as that of the dwelling place (Womb-Temple) where Spirit resides before "falling" into manifestation. In other words, were the egg of Akasha gestates after it is stimulated by the "First Vibration" (serpent force) of the Father. That egg of Akasha is shown on the Starman card, in the upper right wearing a face and crowned with a golden tree of light. It is shown as golden with wings, on the right side of the Thoth Magus.
In this case, it is appropriate to call the Magus "that which builds the House". In other words, the Magus directs and encloses the One Spirit (Spiral Energy-Vital Life Force)) which is symbolized by THE FOOL tarot card. The Supernal Triangle, is represented by Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a degree or less. Thus, the Aspects of the Magus and the Fool are closely linked. For those who wish a glaring example of this degree of Separation it is about as much as the Testes and Phallus are separated in a human male, albeit the One Great Being (Note* to a Qabalist a "Being" is an Immortal Intelligent Energy") has no separations.
Scholars of the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch), point out that the letter Beth is the First letter, as the book of Genesis begins with Bereshith --commonly translated as "in the beginning". Interestingly, Fabre d'Olivet translated Bereshith as meaning "At First, in principle", knowing that Beth symbolizes the "Beginning of the Beginning"; The Will of the One. Thus, it is the First Matter of the Alchemist, the Philosophic Mercury and or "First Principle".
Because to create a beginning one must create an end, the Magus also represents the key polarities of creation, Life and Death. This process is indicated by the figure eight that is lying on its side (lemniscus or lemniscate) and/ or Oroboros, the serpent that eats its own tale, as both represent the closed circle of One Energy, begun by the number One -Beth, acting on the Zero-Aleph, THE FOOL. The Lemniscus symbolizes the Act of Turning upon oneself as a Twisting or Spiraling;Thus, creating Male and Female infinite circles of Force in the ONE Energy (one unbroken line) and the Sexual Dance of God/Goddess; the Divine Creative. Because there is no Action in the Crown or Mind of God, until Will disturbs it, the Magus chant of," I am the will. I am the way. I am the wealth; I own the Day." is most apropos to this card.
[For an entertaining story of the first relationship between the letters Aleph and Beth, I would suggest one reads the Zohar, a Qabalistic text.]
However, even though the Magus is associated with Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, it is not all active. In fact, it is both active and passive, as it is both that which Transmits and that which is transmitted, as any phallus is. The Magus represents both the One Life Energy which when transmitted becomes the Prima Materia (First Matter or Semen of Will which is commonly known as "I Will Be"). Here an understanding of the fact that the Magus (Mercury) is the "message bearer" of the Gods, meaning he is not Himself the Creator, only the bearer of his Will much as the semen is the bearer of the genes of the Father and a catalyst for the "beginning" . Thus the Magus is the ejaculation of will. (The whole Supernal Triangle is the action of the Divine Phallus and Womb.). The Wand in The Magician's hand (Golden Dawn Deck) symbolizes this phallic action, showing that the Magic(k) is merely the Transmitted will of the Greater Being that is the Supernal Triangle or Trinity.The Roman, Mercury, is the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian- Thoth, all represent the same deity, the amalgamation of their qualities having become inseparable in modern esoteric literature
Hermes, was always associated with words, and had stone statues of representing him at cross roads in ancient Greece. These consisted of a head and phallus on a stone pillar. The Word and Phallus association makes sense as a messenger must simply state the cause of the one who has sent him. Then there is the Egyptian- Thoth, who reportedly created the Hieroglyphs, which developed the necessary means by which a message could be transmitted and recorded.
The companion of Thoth/Hermes, was shown as a dog-headed Ape (Cynocephalus), representing words themselves, and their potential for deception and misunderstanding. Thus, we have Cynocephalus, included in the Thoth Magus card, laying at the feet of the Magus.
Not only do words affect the Will, as cause and effect, but they also transmit ideas from person to person in the same way that the Magus transmits the idea of Self-Creation-"I Will Be"- of the One -Kether. The Transmitted idea, from The Magus, Fertilizes the ONE Womb, (Understanding) that is the Great Mother Binah. Just as words fertilize self- consciousness! Thus the power of Words, is about stimulating the birthing of unconscious ideas into conscious images of understanding, by the Power of Expression, but not necessarily the Truth of Creation, for that Must Be Made Manifest (THE HIGH PRIESTESS-Knowledge)! Words, can convey a concept but not the thing itself.
Okay, this concept may be so subjective, that it may be difficult to understand, but try skrying the card. Your meditative observation will open your consciousness to the flow of the Collective Unconscious were greater knowledge is stored.
To reiterate, THE MAGUS is the Path of Beth (house or temple), and it transmits the idea of Self-Creation of the One from above-known as Kether (Crown). A spoken word is a sound that carries an idea, so the Magus is associated with the First Vibration or Word of God. The First Vibration encloses Spirit, beginning the process of creation, thus encompassing all that is. However, the Phallus is the Wand of The Magus and must be manipulated and/or invoked to ejaculate catalytic force.
In the Golden Dawn papers, this idea was conveyed by relating the Mercury symbol (planetary sign) to all the Sephiroth, with the exception of Kether. You may note that the Horns spring from Daath, often called the invisible Sephiroth but really, it is the conjunction of Chokmah (Great Father and Binah (Great Mother), a face to face union, The Abyssal Womb and "Lightning Phallus", that creates what is called: The Divine Child. This is understandable, since Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) conjoin in the birthing of Knowledge (Daath). Here Mercury is placed in the Sephiroth to show further example.
Consequentially the showing of Mercury on the Caduceus, properly places the 4 Worlds, [Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah and Assiah], that are transitions of the Wand of the Magus, Kether is the Winged Orb at the top. By deeper delving into the Golden Dawn texts, the student will find that the Primum Mobile, Latin for "first motion”, is acting through Philosophic Mercury (Magus) on Saturn-Binah, who is Will to Form or as I like to call her, "The Will to form Being". As before stated, she is the Mother of Form who Understands and the Magus is the Idea of Being and/or Will.The activity of first motion acting on Saturn-Binah, is words or Vibration and whoever can willfully direct the Vibration of the First Motion, (often referred to as to "Pronounce the word-YHVH") shall command the Universal Force. This Mastery of the Universal motion, is called the "moves-Moves" among certain Native American nations, and/or the "motion within the movement" of the Mysteries. Quantum physicists would call it the "Dark energy that pushes the Universe", while Qabalists call it the Magus.
Dr.Paul Foster Case, in his Book of Tokens, stated that, "all created wills are but reflections" …of the Will that is the Magus. This is an essential ideal of the Mysteries and acknowledges the fact that our Superior Nature (Divine I Am) acts through the Magus/Will.
In the Crowley card, unlike the Golden Dawn card, THE MAGUS is not holding a Wand, the primary instrument of the MAGICIAN cards; Rather, THE MAGUS is the Wand. He is the Phallus, which Crowley understood. This Subjective Phallus, is not an object. All Objects are formed by Binah, who is Will to Form. There will not be a physical phallus until "...She calls him Father".
Victorian sensibilities have softened the ancient depictions of Hermes as the Herms, that were upright stone slabs with a bust and a very large stone phallus curiously attached to the front of the column. This acknowledgment of "First Motion" is also shown in Lingam worship of the Hindus and or the Phallus- God Priapus of the Romans.
Without the Transmitted Will of the One, understanding of an idea, cannot become a Form of Understanding. This is a complex idea, and requires deep meditations on THE MAGUS card, and also a release of Victorian sensibilities, as we are describing the First SEX Action in the Universal Duality. That Action, produced our Higher Self called Daath, Knowledge, who is the Divine Child of the union of Will and Understanding; the Self Concept of I AM ME. Here, the -I is the Will and the Am is the form of that Will and the Me is the manifestation of the Union. Caution: This concept could make your forehead itch! However, any person who doesn't know how to make a phallus ejaculate is in dire need of education. Just as any person who doesn't know how to Invoke the Will of the One, is ignorant of their inheritance.
When THE MAGUS/STARMAN is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- Communication and timing and that all things are possible, with applied Will and understanding.
- There is an implication of the magic of Universal Vital Force traveling through the human body making one in-tune/communication with the most creative and powerful aspects of your-Self; As above, so below.
- Changing the structure of your living situation by focused action:
- Will and focused consciousness.
- An awareness of Power, and possession and communication of the Powers (Focused will that fertilizes creativity in one’s self and others) and Gifts of Spirit (Divine senses).
- Mental resources.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Lack of communication.
- Lack of Purpose.
- Mental blocks to creativity.
- Fear of Sex.
- Body phobias.
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The Tarot of Eli
In Davide De Angelis's own words:
"The Starman Tarot is an emergent phenomena seeded and inspired by my artistic collaborations with the iconic David Bowie. This comibined with my deep desire to explore and visualize the nature of reality, has given birth to rich and complex forms of graphic art-'potent visual alchemy' as Bowie described it."
The accompaning book with this fabulous Tarot Deck, is a good read on its own. Davide De Angelis and Esther De Angelis have created one of the most exciting Tarot Decks to come out since Crowlie's and Lady Freda Harris's Thoth Tarot, with as much exoteric and esoteric information. I myself, grew up listening to David Bowie and watching his movies, loving his brave and liberating creativity. This Starman Tarot is as if David Bowie and the reader were having a deep metaphysical discussion on the reality of illusion and the illusions of reality. Here, we are reminded to "explore life through the wonder of exhilarating visions". The use of any Tarot, and the understanding of Qabalah, will transform the user into a magic being who can bring the Greater Self into this world. Revealing, what is normally hidden and also establing magic abilities, Tarot and Qabalah, are inseperable companions. I find the Starman Tarot exceptional is revealing what is hidden, as the symbolizim stimulates the chakras with new light. For, light dances on these cards, and its ever dazzeling illusion is also laid bare, revealing a arcane truth.
Qabalah, means "Receiving" and this linked with the language of the Universal Collective Unconscious- the images of Tarot, transports one's "little ego" out of its world of fear based and self-absorbed survival thinking and into the Greater Ego's world of Magic Creation. We are just remembering who we are. For our journey down the Tree of Life, has somehow cause a certain amnesia and instead of the Magic Soul/Starman who came to earth, we are now slaves of our cultures and we identify ourselves with words. Words, build nothing living. You can yell " Be grass!", to you kitchen floor all day, and night, and all you will get is a very hoarse throat and the same unchanged floor. Words lie, and they don't mean to, they just can't help themselves. Words are the monkey companion of Thoth, the inventor of words. They are tricky deceivers, as words oftne mean something different to the sender and the receiver. For the understanding of words, is colored by the individual and therefore, different experiences in life of the sender and the receiver.
The picture that is "worth a thousand words", is the answer to language's confusion. I can show a picture to a Chinese person, who speaks no English, as I can speak no Mandarin, and we can understand each other. Tarot isn't the words, it is the images of the Greater Mind that we have inherited, but have stop using. We have become dazzeled by light, and the senses of the Body, have now become our self-conscious masters. In other words, the Starman, that is our Soul/Psyche, whose inheritence is the Universal "I AM", has become "I Am afraid" making the senses masters of our sight and we have forgotten the original "I" sight of the Divine Creative. Tarot helps us remember our true sight of " the all seeing I" and therefore, opening up our "Mind's I" to the Universal Sight of "I AM". I find that both the Thoth and The Starman Tarot, are exemplary in their ability in bring the reality of the Inner Self into the dazzeling falsehood of the outer world. I Am, is the inner world. I Am not, is the falsehood of the outer world. For, not is a word that is 0, and one must picture what they think they are not, which creates the image of something in the outer world, making not a denial, rather than a reality. Relearning the "I AM", the name of Creation, and its, creations, is what Qabalah and Tarot are all about.
The Starman Tarot-0-The Sacred Clown (created by Daivde De Angelis and Esther De Angelis):
"I LAUGH AT THE GAME OF LIFE ".
The Traditional Lakota Heyoka, and/or Sacred Clown, understands that nothing we think is actually true. Belief, is not truely fixed as it requires no brave action, only the pusillanimity of words. To know is to do, to believe is to serve. Serving what you think is a road traveled by phantoms of the superstitious. While to know thyself, is to travel the road of the Divine Creative "I AM". There is a large gap between you and what you think you are, the trickster/Shaman combination reveals this gab by probing beneath the veil of what is normality, and thereby, revealing the astonishing and unexpected.
The Starman Tarot, reveals a Sacred Clown naked to the waist, dressed in the traditional black and white antler, with a michevious grin and fire shooting out of his finger. Painted in and somewhat alive garish graffiti, which also appears on the walls, as something alive, morphing, moving strands of mesmerizing energy bursting colors. For, indeed, colors are vibrations/frequencies of light and the dazzeling, morphing and moving frequencies of light have hidden the truth from the "I's" of the individual homo sapiens. We see the I Am of Self, in the "Inner Dark" and not in the dazzeling light. By seeking self in the outer light, we are meerly a reflection, thinking it is the being reflected. Self-Value is an inner knowing not a outside "accumulation". What is interesting here, this lie of outside accumulation of self-value, is shown as the Sacred Clown standing on a path bedecked with sharp-toothed ill-gotten gold "bear-traps",while being totally unconcerned of any injury they might cause. Behind him shines the Birth Star of his Soul, and he is totally indifferent to the world of the "surival thinker". We are all inherter's of our Solar Birthright, as Spirit, comes from the Macrocosm of the Stars, and not the forms of the Microcosmic creation. I am a "Sun of God/The Divine Creative", says the Sacred Clown, which is represented on the Qabalistic Tree of Life as the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth-Beauty.
The of the Sun/Son is the Soul's position on the Tree of Life, for it is the Child of the Divine Creative- the I AM. It emits light, and is not made of it. However, we are dazzeled by the light created and in being bedazzeled, forget the beauty of the inner darkness. It is from the Dark Energy, that Light, it's self-reflection, comes from. "I am the beautiful darkness, that paints my self-conceptions in light", yells out the Sacred Clown, as his fire pokes holes in all that one takes seriously. The "small ego" of the brain, is an animal mind, based totally on survival thinking, a fear based self-identity of a victim who is always fearing the unknown. Even worrying about a future that "might happen" is proof of this fear of the unknown. Laughing, while walking into the darkness of "unknown", is the truth of Trusting the Soul who made you as it's "physical self expression". The Sacred Clown reminds us that The Soul, thinks it is me, what the hell am I thinking? How about, "I AM Me", for that is good enough for Spirit, that is good enough for me. Laugh, for the demons of the mortal, are the fakery of ignorance, while the Magesty and Magic of I AM is our truth. The Sacred Clown is beyond the concepts of man-made "good and evil", he is touched by everything and injured by nothing for he is seeing the comic joke, the ultimate illusion, of self-relfection. Where we see limitation, pain and fear, he knows that joy and sorrow are the each a different side to the same coin. Pain, tells us what we need to heal,and/or fix while fear tells us what we don't know. Neither, are a concern to the Immortal you. They are "sensors" that all vehicles have, so that the operator of that vehicle, can control its function. Senses, are sensors, not "our feelings". Since the homo sapiens, is totally run by imagination (I-Magi-Nation), which is the Mind of the Divine Creative, the Image-Maker, we have the freedom to imagin ourselves as we wish. Fear based wishing, is nothing but declaring that is what you want to be. I am fear, or I am joy, are all up to the Image-maker within.Also behing the Sacred Clown is seen the "Alien Calligraphy" that appears throught the deck and on the back side. This is somewhat reminiscent of the "light language" that is popular nowdays. Also in gold on the dark upper background of the Sacred Clown card is an example of the sacred geometry that is also being channeled by mediums.
When reading the tarot, it behooves us to rememeber that the Fool or the Sacred Clown's spirit, travels each card, twisting things around, and turning them "upside down" and/or on their head.
When the Sacred Clown is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- That you should live in the eternal now, the freedom of the moment.
- You are the inventor of your Self-Awarenes and therefore, not the fear and desire your are reflecting on. You are the mirror upon which all imagined-self appears and disappears.
- I, is the story you are making up. The story we are entertaining our Am's with.
- Something new awaits you on unexplored paths, so step into life fearlessly.
- The power to act rather than react.
- The Querent is feeling trapped by responsiblities, and burdens of the past.
- There is a danger of acting rashly, with little consideration of other people's suffering.
- It is appropriate to follow one's heart,and true calling, but it is immature to run away from one's obligations.
- Unfinished business will follow you around, so finish it before you journey onward.
The Thoth Tarot- ATU 0-The Fool:
Fear not. What is not real, never was and never will be.
What is real always was and cannot be destroyed.
The Fool is the universal key that is associated with the state of conscious energy that is us before and after death. In other words, the conscious state that is Holy Spirit. Many of us know that we “have a spirit" but few of us know that we are Spirit and seek not spirituality but rather are Spirituality; a Spiral Vital Force that brings Whole-Conscious liberation and expansion to the self-conscious Animal Mind of Earth .
Rather than just being assumed as being mystical, transpersonal, transcendent, and ecstatic in its nature, the Fool represents the power of wonder and ecstasy that is so apparent in the very young (and the “enlightened” before they succumb to indoctrination and form a "cultural-word veiled identity". The cultural identity is not real so Cabalists call it "reality" which we all know as relative and subjected to the “I” of the beholder. The Real is the infinite part of ourselves that is the Dark-mirror we light-forms self-reflect on!
The Oriental symbol for fear is the tiger. In this card, fear is seen as attempting to gnaw on the leg of the fool who isn't giving any consideration to fear. He looks forward, and the tiger can't even make a dent in his perspective.
The Fool is the energetic essence of who we are---an unflappable immortal spiritual flow of energy consciousness that flows from the Infinite Source of the Universal Collective Unconscious: The I AM. This card symbolizes the creative expression that is needed to give birth to new parts of our lives and to boldly take risks that are so necessary to evolutionary development! Therefore, when this card falls in a reading it shows us that this is the moment to do what you fear and trust the spirit within!
As The Path of Aleph, THE FOOL connects Kether (Crown) with Chokmah (Wisdom). To the Qabalist, Kether is known as the Source of All, and Chokmah is known as Father God. The Path of Aleph, (The Fool) meaning OX, is about the "flowing of Life Force and creative power", showing that the SPIRIT had a beginning aim to be that of Earth and/or Sensual Being. Some times down is up! The ox head is also shown in the Starman Sacred Clown card, as a white light shape above the Sacred Clowns head gear.
Crowley symbolizes this "Holy Spirit" (The Spirit on every level of the Tree of Life) as a dove in the Thoth Deck Card. Crowley also called The Letter Aleph, a phallic symbol.....but then so is the Projected Will that is THE MAGUS, and one wonders if Crowley was so besotted with the Phallus, that he was unable to see anything else; However, truth be told, by reference to Sexes and sexuality do we come to the minutest glimmering of understanding about the Universe. We begin seeing that the Below is a mirror reflection of the Above The Divine Spirit-0- is all we know, we breathe it, we live within it, it is ourselves. Because we know this Divinity to be "the One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed" (Psychics-Thermodynamics 1st law), we know that everything is of this One, as symbolized by THE FOOL the Path of Aleph.
In this context, Aleph is attributed to Air and means Life-Breath. Just as Spirit is from the Greek root word Spiro, which means Breath. The One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is then the Life-Breath. This is well known in Eastern cultures, and Prana Yama (Breath yoga) are a major if not primary part of all Spiritual development. The Sanskrit Word Prana, is the Life-Breath energy; Prana meaning life and Yama meaning death. Simply, inhale and exhale. The Qabalah and I have described the Magus as relating to "Words" (vibration), the underlying sonic of patterned manifestation. However, it is the power of breath that expels the sound. Thus THE FOOL activates THE MAGUS.Kether is Eheieh, the sound of breath being exhaled, and means, "I Will Be". Hence, the objective of Spirit is "To be" and has nothing to do with leaving the body as a form of "Higher Enlightenment". Rather, the body is Life, and life must be recycled and/or "eats itself to stay alive", it is form, and therefore, must have a beginning and an end. Spirit just reincarnates, to carryon with its intent-To Be.
The Science of Crowley’s time, considered Air to be a vacuum, as related to THE FOOL, so did Crowley, but the Ancient Wisdom is that the Element Air is not a vacuum, as in empty of anything, but rather a No-thing who is the fertile No-thingness and egg of Spirit. The universal Egg of Spirit is known by students of the mysteries, to be the EGG OF AKASHA, the zero of THE FOOL, also represents this egg of spirit, and is the mathematical formula of one Male, minus one female= 0 . Therefore, the understanding is that the Egg of Akasha, is a fertilized ovum of undefined sexuality, but having the potential for both!
On the Thoth Fool, the Tiger, "fawning about" THE FOOL'S leg, is an archetype representing the Animal Nature of Survival thinking as related to the Higher Spiritual process of Love that is fearless. Again, as this cannot be said enough, the Horns on the Thoth figure represent those ancient mysteries of Dionysus Zagreus. The green clothing is that of the Celtic Green Man of Spring, the grapes at his feet are a tribute to Bacchus, the Greek God of Ecstasy, and the Crocodile (great creative energy) is “a swimming at his feet in the Nile" (Crowley quote); The Crocodile is a symbol used to represent the Egyptian god Typhon, the eater of souls. Making this 0, a complexity of subtleties and far from empty.
Images referring to the Godhead in the Thoth card, are the dove of Venus and the vulture of Maat the Dark Egyptian Goddess of Judgment, where she is the Mother of Dark Matter. Then there is the triple egg shape created by the caduceus in motion, symbolizing the Ain Soph Aur (The three states of No-Thing).
As you may realize, the imagery is so subjective that I haven't the words to detail it all for you. If you need more detail, and you do, I would recommend reading Crowley's BOOK OF THOTH, Robert Wang's Book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT and also investigating the Mythology of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians and "Above all things, know thyself".
To even begin understanding THE FOOL, we must entertain a multifaceted and fluid interpretation of Force and Form.
Dr.Paul Foster Case calls this Eleventh Path of Aleph, in his book THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, the fiery or Scintillating Intelligence. Which makes sense as The Path of Aleph boarders on the Limitless Light (Ain Soph), which is "not" or 0. Light without limit is darkness to us who need a beginning and an end to see. Light of measurable limit is "reflected light", and it is reflected in the Dark Mirror of Eternal Energy. So here we try to explain what can't be seen as The Fiery Darkness which is the possibility of vibration or motion and the First Perception of the One having potential for activity. This would make a modern definition of “Dark Energy” as the “first I” or identity whose potential for activity is "Am".
In the context of Masculine sexuality, the Fool is the Testes, and the Magus is the Phallus, (Represented by the three flowers beneath the spread legs of THE FOOL) as He directs active first flow from the Fool rather than potentiality doing so. However, I fear that is a rather limiting concept of the ONE as the Ain Soph is 0, but then, all concepts are less than the potential for conception.
We may reason that the potential for Thought, comes from the Dark Energy as Dark Matter (The First Material). The appearance of Thought emanates Mind, which is the vessel for Thought and/or Womb of Thought Forms, i.e. The “I-magi-nation”, transcending all reason. Thus, as often is so with the Supernal Triangle, our reason leaves us with more questions than answers.
Limitlessness is a very difficult concept! To say that THE FOOL represents the initial potential for thought which transcends reason, i.e. the All Seeing I, is about the best I can do with words.
The special reality we may touch in sleep, often gives us images that do not correlate to our mundane understanding of reality. This being so, our dreams seem to be so much abstraction and are considered as nonsense to our waking condition. However, the Great Work (As above so below) involves the assimilation of The Real, not a reality conceived of mundane ideas. And the Real Concepts are from what is not making what is from Dreams of Potential- Self! To think of the Universe as God Dreaming (Darkness Dreaming it is Light) is very difficult to grasp, and the fact that you are a "Lucid" Dreamer (Image of God), who has been given the Power of Observation that changes a thing, meaning you can change the Principle that is Things, is just about as mind boggling as it gets. But I dare postulate that just such a glimmer of insight requires a more than mundane understanding of self! Thus, your Divinity is not often acknowledged by the mundane world of survival thinking. However, your Spiritual Womb, the conception of "the image of God", is the invisible Sephira, Daath (knowledge) seated within the abyss, and is the Child of the Goddess (Understanding) and the God (Wisdom) who are face to face (Yab Yum). This middle path of Union is known as the Path of Gimel (meaning Camel); THE PRIESTESS OR HIGH PRIEST; the Divine Androgyny.
All the Paths leading upward to Kether, THE FOOL, THE MAGUS, AND THE HIGH PRIESTESS, must be approached with a certain understanding of whimsy, as we realize that by crossing the Abyss and approaching Kether (As above, so below) means the total annihilation of Self as we perceive it. Thus, presenting us with the irony of our attempt to grasp such esoteric and refined principles from an earthly-mundane exoteric perspective.
Often, when teaching the Major Arcana and knowing what I speak, cannot truly convey what I am saying, brings a smile, if not outright laughter to my face. To me, the subjective I AM- potential is ironically displayed as a limited conception—a Me. Being a Me must never be taken too seriously, for that concept will change daily, when one enters the Higher Self, and becomes a master of subjectivity.
We begin seeing that the Below is a mirror reflection of the Above the Divine Spirit is all we know, we breathe it, we live within it, it is ourselves. Because we know this Divinity to be "the One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed" (1st law of Thermodynamics), we know that everything is of this One, as symbolized by THE FOOL, the Tarot image of the Path of Aleph.
In the context of remembering, I dare to repeat, Aleph is attributed to Air and means Life-Breath. Just as Spirit is from the Greek root word Spiro, which means Breath. The One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, is then the Life-Breath the “one rope of Life” that we are all woven strands of. This is well known in Eastern cultures, and Prana- Yama (Breath yoga) are a major if not primary part of all Spiritual development. The Word Prana, is the Life-Breath energy and is also called the Sex force and means “life-death”. Now I have described the Magus as relating to "Words" (vibration), the underlying sonic of patterned manifestation. However, it is the power of breath that expels the sound. Thus THE FOOL activates THE MAGUS.
THE FOOL, is the very expression of the god name of Kether, Eheieh, which means" I will be". This is the essence of the Divine Child as yet unborn, who is all potential and who is our very beginning!
When THE FOOL card is thrown of both the Thoth Deck and the Manara deck during a reading the querent is in or experiencing:
• A state of ecstasy and/or a state of Peek experience.
• Fearlessness. Courage. And is completing all motion by Faith, absolutely trusting THE SPIRIT.
• A feeling of being protected, and that everything will work out.
• Being open to what the future brings!
• Magic, amazement and desire in a relationship.
If ill-defined by accompanying cards:
- The Fool, is then the harbinger of folly, mania, extravagance and even negligence.
|Posted on January 13, 2019 at 11:05 PM||comments (0)|
The Tarot of Eli
In Traditional Tarot, there are no princesses; However, there were and are the androgynous figure of a page. This was because in the medieval misogynistic society of Christian moral control, women were considered to be of "Satan" and the cause of man's down fall in the Garden of Eden. Obviously this is nonsense, but it did succeed in destroying the matriarchal society and in keeping the women from owning property and voting.
Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris, did not believe in such nonsense, and did understand the secret of Tetragrammaton and Yod Heh Vau Heh. The Princesses represent the last or final Heh, and represent the ultimate issue of the Original Energy, in its completion, crystallization, and its materialization. The four figures, King, Queen, Prince and Princess, in all suits, and in combination as the 16 figures represents Tetragrammaton.
The Tarot of The Old Path-Page of Swords, shows a youth with a shy expression, holding a sword defensively as he glances over his shoulder. The mushrooms in his left hand symbolize suspicion.
- Hence, the character of this page is malicious and untrustworthy.
- The yellow uniform of this page, represents the element of air and the military cut of his clothing, suggests that this one belongs to some type of institution.
- Here we have a young boy or girl, brown eyed with dark hair, who is a young member or inmate of some institution; school, reformatory or military establishment.
- This tarot card seems to suggest that we have here a dubious person of malicious intent. Could even be a spy, messenger or communicant. This one's intellect is very bright, but bent toward distrust.
THE THOTH PRINCESS OF SWORDS;
Represents the earthly part of Air. She is the fixation of the Volatile. She represents the influence of Heaven on Earth and brings about the materialization of idea.
There is some suggestion of the Valkyrie, in this card but she also represents Artemis with characteristics of Minerva. To some extent, she represents the anger of the gods, and wears a helm of serpent crest, that symbolizes the serpent-haired Medusa. The heavens and clouds whirl about angrily, while she is stabbing downward with her sword. In the back ground is a profaned altar, whose fire has gone out due to lack of attention, which seems to anger this Valkyrie. With Her Sword of "volatile Mind" she cleaves away the dross, so the pure essence is seen as a materialization of Idea. Much like Michelangelo who was known for his perceptive chisel that cleaved away what was not the image he saw in the marble.
As stated, the Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie, represent the influence of Heaven on Earth. Hence, there is a representation of the "Anger of the Gods" here, and she is helmed in a Medusa headdress. She stands in front of a barren altar, as if to avenge its profanation (The Human Soul is the altar---the profanation is "indoctrination of culture"), as shown by her sword stabbing downward. All around her angry storms rage in the sky.
The Archetype personality of the Princess of Swords is of a stern and revengeful nature.
- She is firm, aggressive and wields destructive logic with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things.
- Her natural cleverness and adroitness in managing controversial affairs makes her a master of settling controversies.
- She would be a good ambassador.
- People thus characterized, may seem slow mentally, crushed by every responsibility, especially when it comes to family affairs.
- We must remember that the Princesses represent the "Throne of Spirit", and that the Princess of Swords has the option of "blowing everything sky high"...she has that potency of mind.
If ill dignified:
- Her qualities are dispersed, she becomes incoherent, and all her gifts form into an animal cleverness, a low cunning, that is unworthy of the means.
Such personalities appear to be "Children of Misfortune" which seems to be the most unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is doing, and sharp chisels are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the real beauty can be revealed.
Since Princesses are the "throne of Spirit", the Princess of Swords has the option of "throwing everything overboard" and/or "blowing everything sky high." Again, the Character of this personality Archetype, is stern, and revengeful. Her logic is destructive, as she is both firm and aggressive. She also shows great practical wisdom in material things. Being adroit at controversy, when affairs are controversial in nature, she shows great cleverness and dexterity in the practical management of these affairs.
When the Princess or Page of Swords Tarot card is thrown during a reading:
· It may represent a young woman or young man with brown hair and blue eyes who shows great wisdom.
· Strength, acuteness, subtleness in material things.
· She or he is graceful and has great dexterity.
She or he is either a mood fighter or defensive to the point of rash decisions
If ill dignified:
· She or he is both frivolous and cunning.
· Often she becomes incoherent as all her talents tend to combine forming a species of low cunning. This produces a kind of mental slowness and her mind becomes the prey of constant anxiety, crushed by every kind of responsibility, especially in family affairs.
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The Tarot of Eli
In the Thoth Tarot, the Knights are the Battle Kings, and the Princes are the Sons of the King whose power is inherited. Traditional Tarot, has always used the Knight as the Prince of the deck. Therefore, the Knight of Swords in traditional tarot, is the Prince of Swords in the Thoth Tarot.
The Tarot of The Old Path- Knight of Swords, is dressed in yellow battle armor, yellow being the color of the element of air. The oak leaves blowing in the wind also support this air imagery and in the language of flowers, oak leaves stand for bravery. He is showing a stern face and is battle ready.
His sword reflects the 4 mystical element colors; Red for fire, blue for water, green for earth and yellow for air.
This knight moves forward with great determination. The circle of chain around his helm, implies great mental strength, giving him the mental strength to tackle any of life's problems.
Hence the meaning of this Tarot Cards seems to be about:
- A career minded person who will sacrifice anything to achieve his goals.
- A young man or person, who is confident of success.
- One who is bold, fearless and brave.
- A defender of all that is good.
Tiphareth-the Sixth Sephiroth and the Four Princes
The Princess are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Son/Sun of God.
The Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots.
The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qaballah. They are very ancient symbols for the elements of multiple religious belief systems. Not only appearing as gods of the Assyrians, the four animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, they also are the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists
In the vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. Anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the Four Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves.
It should be no surprise then that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will. Thus, the forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty;
- The unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil.
- The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive.
- The material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The
Grounding Element for the Prince's lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.The Queens are the throne that the Princesses sit on, and have greater power in the form-Queendom of Malkuth.
The Prince of Swords is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
Zodiacal, he is the last Decan of Capricorn and the first two Decans of Aquarius.
He is Specific Air of Primal Air. The Element Air, is Mind, so this one is like the mind itself, which can love thought alone, and not care what effect thought has. Specific Air, is self- and/or ego-consciousness while Primal Air is the Universal Unconscious, the Parent of Consciousness.
The Golden dawn card, had two fairies pulling the chariot but in the, Thoth Tarot card of the Prince of Swords. These fairies are shown as spheres of light in front of the Chariot, accompanied by three winged children who are pulling it. Implying that, this chariot may be pulled capriciously and/or mischievously in any direction, imitating the Mind itself. Also there is significant Yesod-Moon symbolism here in that this is a card of Mind, Mind being the birth mother of all form.
In the right hand, the Prince is swinging the Sword of invocation and creation and in his left is a sickle which immediately destroys that which is created. With childlike innocence, the Prince of Swords wields his Sword of Geburah/Severity. The logical mental processes of the Prince has reduced the Air (mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but are demonstrative power of undefined purpose.The last decan of Capricorn and the first two decans of Aquarius (The Prince of Swords rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Capricorn to the 20th degree of Aquarius) , assigned to this card implies, affection, kindness and a good heart, as well as, a mind divided. The Two halves of one mind are shown as Sword and Sickle.
This is the Archetypal personality of the intellectual, pure mind, as such the Prince of Swords is dressed in woven-full armor of definite device. His chariot is composed of geometric ideas. This chariot is drawn by unharnessed wing children "who are flights of fancy" and may go any-which way they like, as the reins are attached to passing geometric ideas. This is like the knowledge of Euclid expounded upon by an idiot, whose argument takes any twist and turn it wants to, and yet be totally "rational". Thus, the chariot is easily moved but unable to go into any definite direction.
Hence, this Prince represents pure intellect without direction supplied by the Will/Spirit. Never the less, the Prince of Swords is crown by a Child's Head, for there is a secret Divinity here that is linked up to Tiphareth (the Son of God), but usually, if this personality thinks in terms of the divine, one believes they are above all others and suffers from the righteousness of an fanatic.
Since the logical process of the Prince of Swords has reduced the Air to many diverse geometric patterns, they reduce the power of creative mind, as they have no definite purpose. This is symbolized by the Sword in his right hand (willingness to create) and in his left hand a sickle, which destroys what he immediately creates. Being that his thoughts require no practical effort, he is purely intellectual, full of ideas that tumble over one-another in a mass of ideas unrelated to each other. He has all the apparatus of the Mind; Intensely clever, admirably rational, thought in its highest degree, but unstable of purpose as even his own ideas are approached with his indifference. He knows that any idea is as good as another and can rationally persuade an Eskimo into buying a “walk in freezer” even though nature has already provided one! By removing the substance of an idea, he can place every idea into an ideal world of ratiocination....it always looks good on paper no matter how impractical it is to build!
Being that ratiocination is purely formal, even the very facts that promote his ideas are ignored so that his ideas become baseless and unreal.
This person seems immensely powerful because of their unsettled principles which enable them to put forth any argument without regret or remorse; kind of like an insane-used-car salesmen from hell. The Prince of Swords personality is glib to quote scripture, cunningly supporting any thesis without considering the fact that he supported an opposite thesis earlier in his bombast. He is impossible to defeat because any position is as good as another and ready to enter into combination with the nearest element available. He really doesn't care if his or her ideas are detrimental to life, the idea is its own purpose! His/her momentary Vision is above all else! Being masculine, he is all fire and air, and thus, suffers from the inbalance provided by the feminine qualities.
These elusive and elastic people are only stable of mind, if mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of the Soul as in the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life known as Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Divine Child in manifestation. The Chaotic nature of Pure Mind must be controlled by the Understanding Mother of All form--- as Force for its own sake is utter destruction of all life. Without the Understanding of Spirit and its purpose for life, these personalities become faddists, fundamentalists, fanatics, devotees of drink and drugs, humanists (those who believe that mankind is the center of the universe----all else can cease to exist) and bible thumping theologians. But even in such directions there is not stability, and they wander from cult to cult, vice to vice, supporting fanatical convictions for the sake of whim. It is easy to be deceived by such people as they manifest great potency of thought and are often describe as having great depth and breadth of mind. As in all readings, the surrounding cards will show the dignity of this card.
There is however, a bright light here when Pure Mind aligned with love and purity of Spirit, creates ideas that become life supportive. Pure Spirit does not reside in religion...that chaos of ideas belongs to the idiots that praise god for creating life while their fanatical ideas destroy it all around them. Rather the Purity of Spirit that is the Life itself, that resides as the Great Ocean of Mother all around, in and through us.....AS US! So once again the Qabalistic Axiom of, "Above all things know thyself", is necessary here. Practice declaring, "I Am Love and all around me Love is expressing itself as another way of being". We belong to each other, and not to ideas that separate us from each other. Ideas, have no purpose unless applied to the unification of Life---for that is the Great Work of the Spirit-collective. Ego centric ideas make god in their own image, while God-makes us into its I-mage! Thus it is obvious, that to know the Divine Creative, is to know thyself!
When the Prince/Knight of Swords is thrown during a divination, it represents:
As a person:
- The Prince of Swords or Knight of Air personality is purely intellectual.
- Overflowing with ideas that tumble over each other in a mass unrelated to practical effort. Hence,this is a brain that won't quiet itself down long enough to focus well on one thing.
- Intensely clever, admirably rational, with high degrees of thought, yet unstable of purpose.
- There is in this Prince of mind, and indifference to their own thought, as any idea is worth exploring, but not for too long.
- By reducing every thought to ratiocination, this personality has removed all substance from thoughts, making them formal and fantastical, as they no longer relate to any facts; even those upon which the thoughts are individually based.
- Thus, this person is completely free from settled principles and is capable of conceiving and putting out any conceivable argument without the clutter of remorse or regret.
- This is a mind so glib, that it is able to forget the contrary argument it produced minutes before and go sallying forth with a new argument.
- These people often become faddists, cultists and devotees of drink, drugs, theologies, humanitarianism or music and religion, but without stability.
- The querent feels the need to release creative and intuitive thought while cutting through any barrier to this release.
- There is a tendency to think too fast so slowing down the thought process is advised if success is to be achieved.
- The querent is showing the tendency to be overly rational, missing the subtle emotional points that would heed success in communication.
- If the querent is able or has achieved the ability to focus their thought, they are committed to acting out their ideals and philosophy in their own lives; not really caring about how others do it, as they put incredible energy into supporting or examining particular beliefs.
- They often present a magnetic personality that is extravagant, careless and excessive.
- Ruthlessly brilliant, they can have good business judgment. There is a combative nature here that is courageous, turbulent and skilled in the war of wits.
If ill defined:
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The Tarot of Eli
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The Tarot of The Old Path Queen of Swords, is dressed in the yellow color of the element air and her veil billows in the breezes. She is shown aloof and defensive, as her sword is held in an upright manner. She is crowned in a 3 spiked crown, representing Maid, Mother and Crone while also wearing the colors of the triple goddess, of red, white and blue on her wrist. Held between wrist and body, is a sprig of lavender, which in the language of flowers symbolizes distrust.
This card represents a wise, intelligent, stern, sharp-witted and determined woman.
To reiterate: Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding and ruler of the Queens, is often called the Sanctifying Intelligence and known as the Parent of Faith. The Qabalistic Word Binah itself means Understanding. What is often not realized is that she is also Chronos who is the oldest of ancient gods. We may know him as "Father Time" but the highly restrictive nature of time, birth, aging and death are the ultimate result of the gift of Life bestowed by Binah/Creatrix. So once again the Sexing of the Sephiroth proves to be incomplete for complete understanding. It helps to remember that each Sephiroth has an expressive-male-state and a receptive-female-state of consciousness. Such as Binah, who is connected to Chokmah via the path of the Empress between them, that connects them. Hence, there never was or is a separation from all that is feminine and all that is masculine as they are simultaneous; Such as Wisdom and Understanding.
The Queen of Swords is Water of Air, which is also called Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Air. Water is the element attributed to consciousness and air is the element attributed to mind. Thus she is as Crowley stated in the Book of Thoth, "Clear, conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator of Mind".
The Queen of Swords is the Queen of the Thrones of Air. Queen of Sylphs and Sylphides, attributed to the last Decan of Virgo and the first two Decans of Libra.
The severed head in her left hand reminds me of Kali Ma, the Hindu Goddess of Life and Death. Here the Queen of swords has the severed head of The Patriarch and the Sword of Geburah (and extension of Binah) in her right, pointing downward toward earth; indicating that she removes the masks of deceit and definition supplied by cultural thoughts or as defined by Rulers. The severed head, also implies that The Queen of Swords is the Sanctifying Intelligence; one that removes the "head of man"/ego-self-consciousness bring us into the Understanding of the ways in which each of us are deceived by thoughts while also teaching us to transcend them.
Yetzirah,(The world of Air) is the world of deception and only keen perception, and observation are the Sword that slices away all fantasy, delusion illusion and unreality.
The Queen of Swords also has upon her solar-crowned head, a golden child's head viewing upward, implying that only the innocent child is unfettered by sterile concepts and useless ideas, for they haven't been programed to believe in a Ruler's definition of themselves.Thoughts began by words are the Trickster, the "devil inside", that fools us into believing survival thinking as true-consciousness, when all in all it is fear based-enslavement. Love is the consciousness of the Sanctifying Intelligence that has given our immortal Spirit Form. Immortals, such as our souls, don't worry about survival. They love and created mortal being as self-expression and their "most beloved". Therefore, “tough love”, can be the Sword in Her hand, which is the domain of Geburah that is called Severity. Another aspect of the Great Binah and her corrective and educational abilities.
People born in her period on the tarot zodiac chart, have an archetypal core personality like the Queen of Swords.
When the Queen of Swords is thrown during a reading:
- The querent desires to discard, pretense, masks, roles or defenses that hide their true self.
- Wishes to develop or is developing intellectual thinking.
- Is undergoing a sense of resolution and commitment.
- Is experiencing intellectual maturity and is experiencing well-tuned mental facilities. Sharp of wit.
- Experiencing the Wisdom generated by sorrow. Finding Wisdom through the acceptance of Pain with courage, and honesty.
- Strong willed and determined this woman will can bear whatever life presents her with.
- Deep comprehension of frightening truths, Able to think the unthinkable and giving expression to the unspeakable. Seductive and provocative.
- The professional, who can handle situations capably, quickly and efficiently.
When ill defined:
- The Ice Queen.
- Calculating coolness.
- Insuperable distance.
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The Tarot of Eli
The Tarot of The Old Path-King of Swords, is comparable to the Thoth Tarot-Knight of Swords, both represent the ruler ship of the element of air. Crowley meant for his Kings to be active battle knights, as a king who goes to battle is a Knight, although a commander of all the knights. To show a king passively sitting on a throne, as in traditional tarot, does not convey the proper message of activity.
The Tarot of The Old Path-King, seems to shown sitting or standing, depending on the individual perspective. I see no throne, so I would guess he is standing. Either way, he is stern, and presents a strong figure of authority as his size suggests his power. He is dressed in the yellows of the element of air. His castellated crown suggests his authority. The fact that he stands for justice is represented by his huge double edged sword. His ermine edged cloak, represents his dignity and the cloaks strong chain and three leafed clasps, show his union with the Divine Feminine as Maid, Mother and Crone.
The fennel plant that is being blown in the wind behind the King, implies in the language of flowers, that he is praiseworthy, and has the necessary strength to gain results
To reiterate, Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth, is the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action. Chokmah (wisdom) is the "idea of male" and its mate, Binah (understanding), is the "idea of Female". Now we have the concepts of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative. Chokmah-King and Binah-Queen.
Chokmah being the 2nd Sephiroth, called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the four twos and the four Knights/Kings.
The 2's symbolize the Forces of the 4 Kings, who are Knights, and the four Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight/Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.
The Thoth- Knight of Swords, Is also known in Qaballah as the Lord of Winds and Breezes. King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air, the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental-force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini. Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air that is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like an overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.
The symbols of this Mad Movement, is depicted in the art of the Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with Tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard; he is the very personification of the idea of attack. The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament. The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission.
Such a character, if personal, would be that of a person who is:(Archetype found on Tarot Birth Wheel-below).
Illustration of the Tarot Wheel of Birth, is courtesy of the Book-Qabalistic Tarot- By Robert Wang
Clever, skillful, active, subtle, and being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragon Fly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.
All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.
However we choose to dignify this Knight-King, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as Zoroaster calls it. Here the True Will to Force, as Chokmah is exploding the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes it steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes it inspirational, thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. Therefore the Knight of Swords implies the danger to this state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard; shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.
WHEN THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A READING:
- The querent is or may be experiencing:
- The Will to transcend.
- An analytical period, where the power of idea and motion come into play.
- Letting go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve the motion of the individual.
- The querent is a person of tough- minded common sense which is usually based on preconception and prejudicial determinations.
- The arrogance of a powerful mind turn on itself in its own desire for control.
- Tends to judge harshly but with scrupulous fairness.
- A lawyer, senator or doctor.
- Mastery of creativity and confusion, as he sees new points of view, while brainstorming new thoughts that vent the mind.
- Intellectual, and mental prowess whose only emotion is to control.
- A strong personality of fiery emotion and powerful thought.
If ill defined:
- Too much emphasis on mind.
- Emotional coldness.
- Biting and critical cynicism.
- Dazzling ambiguity.
- Fickle instability.
- The snare of thinking.
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The Tarot of Eli
The Tarot of The Old Path, also seems to see ruin in the Ten of Swords. Here a young man, dressed in the yellow color attributed to the element of Air, is seen with a sword piercing his chest; a wound to his heart which is also seen on the Thoth Ruin card. Seven swords at his back, two laying on the ground, under and over his right arm.
The meaning of this card seems to mean that complying with other peoples ideas and methods, will bring only defeat and ruin, if not bitter disappointment and pain. Also, ruin of a heart felt issue, such as a romantic relationship. Heart break.
The Thoth-10 of Swords-Ruin:
Ah, the paradox of the swords! This card indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and despair. The 10 of Swords card represents a mental conclusion, long sought, that has been a mental struggle which has rent asunder our plans and left us in an insomniac’s mental paradigm. One may have reached a conclusion that things are just not going to work out in two areas of their life;
- Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart
- And areas of finance as shown by the balance scales at the top of the card.
These realizations may cause one to experience a deep fear of "things not Working out" which only insures that they don't.
The Astrological sign of this card is Sun in Gemini. Individuals who have their Sun in Gemini, are very gifted at synchronizing paradoxes, polarities, and/or oppositions. Hence, they are able to look at all aspects of a situation, balancing the positive and negative aspects. This facility also can produce a deep heart-felt fear about the issues of finance, relationships, and creative initiative.
With powerful facilities of any kind, we have the Great Creative Pendulum of the Imaginative Mind, the Creatrix power that can swing from positive motion to negative motion right at the apogee of creative endeavors. When we are powerfully imaginative, we must also exercise powerful decernment concentrating our thought. We must focus on what we want rather than what we fear and therefore, avoiding the negative swing right when we can see successful endeavor looming in the near future.
As stated, astrologically this card represents the Sun in Gemini and is the most destructive card in the deck. However; many astrologers state that, “The stars impel, they do not compel." This simply means that we are not slaves to our destiny, but have the inner-spiritual capacity to considerably improve our earthly life. Choices are to be made and a change of perspective is always possible as futures are in the liquid Sea of the Unconscious Mind and only become solid when emotion is applied.
Qabalistically, 10 of Swords represents Malkuth (Physical World) in Yetzirah (Astral World of the Universal Collective Unconscious). The divination meaning of this card is ruin, death, failure, disaster. This is more of a death card than the Key 13-Death trump, which is more of a transformational card than a physical death. The reason the 10 of Swords can be more of a death card is that it is the Physical World influencing the Astral; the Astral being the liquid foundation of the physical world, as yet unset but where dreams become reality when emotional heat is applied. This is very dangerous as some of those dreams we most fear and are therefore more emotional about, are nightmares of ruin.
What makes this card so very destructive is not just ruin itself, but also the fear of ruin which doesn't allow us to move-on and therefore change our destiny.
The Swords on the Thoth Card are arranged in a Tree of Life format, showing us a break in the connection of "as above so below" which indicates our survival-mind/brain has closed itself off from the Higher Self/Psyche of Spirit and wallows in its own fantasies of fear. There is destruction of relationships, ruin, death, disaster, complete disruption and failure, fearfully dancing in the almost gleeful brain as it may laughingly plot the destruction of happiness in others who it blames for its failures. Not a great card. However, it is also a harbinger of change.
The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.
To reiterate; for Material things, this is the most destructive card in the deck and most people dislike seeing it in a spread; however, those who know and use the Tarot as an instrument of Divination, understand that as in Astrology, "the cards impel, they do not compel".
Since, by focusing our thoughts and/or expectations, we have the capacity to improve our life-motion, and the 10 of Swords suggests that we should do just that. Ethically this is no less moral than resigning a position when one sees a work related disaster on the horizon. What moral is broken, when one is told by the cards," that if you walk in the street you will be struck by a motor vehicle", and that person now chooses to walk on the sidewalk instead? Divination helps us make focused choices. We should use the capacities we are given, as we are not Slaves of any destiny outside of our own making.
However, this destiny control, requires us to "Above all things, Know thyself", and to be an Active Personality rather than a reactive personality made by environment and/ or a reactionary presence that is controlled by peers, or cultural definitions. By living in past emotional responses our destiny is sure to become that of Ruin, as our performance is always "after the fact".
The Ten/10 of Swords Ruin, implies, the horse is already out of the barn, and closing the door is a Band-Aid, not a solution. Something that our governments are slow to learn.
It's best to focus on what you are thinking. Pay attention! For your thoughts create no others, nor their definition, as your thoughts are the operating fulcrum of your Life-Motion, they create your destiny! For a fulcrum to operate efficiently, a rigid base is a necessity. Thus, as in a "personality", which is a mechanism of the Mind, if the mechanical (personality) Fulcrum (thinking) must devote most of its energy trying to hammer out a permanent way of movement (overcome negative thought), while trying to overcome the counter motion of a "wobbling base", i.e. an uncertainty of Self, the outcome for proper performance is bleak indeed.
Again, I cannot overstate the necessity for "Above all things, know thyself"! Each of us must understand, that by thinking ill of ourselves or of another, we only supply our body with ill thoughts that confuse our performance and ruin our destiny!
However, relief is on the way as 10's are notoriously short lived, they are an end of a cycle, and soon a new cycle begins. So a Ten, can also mean, the pain you are going through now is on the mend, especially if you are recovering from a physical or mental injury, where your movement has suffered a "ruin", but by focused perspective, you are aiding your recovery. A ten is 1+ 0=1, which is the number of Kether, on the Tree of Life, thus a cycle of the Tree ends, and a new one "down the Tree" begins.
The 10 of Swords card reminds us that with positives comes negatives and when thrown during a divination it indicates:
- The Divinatory meaning of the TEN/10 OF SWORDS is ruin, death, failure, and disaster. Since this card is in #10-MALKUTH (Earth) it is more of a death card than Key 13-DEATH, of the Major Arcana. DEATH, key 13, is more of a situational death, a transformation, whereas, #10 of Swords- Ruin, is a "personal disaster" waiting to happen.
- When and if this card shows up in the "house and Home" or "Beneath" you position in a Celtic cross reading, go get a thorough physical checkup from your doctor and focus on your physical and mental health.
- You need a "personality tune-up" and it’s time to pay attention to how you perceive the world.
- That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months, we will have the capability to experience resolve negative thinking about both finances and things of the heart. Especially our fear of ruin about relationships with Gemini people in our life (May 21 to June 21).
- One will feel fears of things not working, or “I know this is not going to work" and are cautioned not to believe them and just concentrate on what you desire to happen.
- There is a positive here to understand, and that is just when we are about to achieve our goals, great fear of not achieving them shows up. So when that fear is experienced, one may now know it as a positive sign that a little more effort is needed to "get over the hump" towards successful pursuance of your dreams.
- When fear of ruin is seen as a stepping stone, its debilitating effect is greatly reduced and we are almost there; where ever "there" may be.
- Swords reminds us of the conundrum of the mind....that if you think with great self-power, you can also be powerfully self-destructive. This is the paradox of the Artistic personality.
- Knowing that these moods of creative joy swinging into heart felt fear only means we are a very creative thinker, can help us to avoid being a victim of our own powerful oracle of survival that is now controlling our imagination.
- Within 10 days, 10 weeks, or 10 months, choices for a new beginning may be seen, depending on how long we fear.
- Transcending ones old patterns, does require a ruin of the past patterns so this card can also represent the realization of ruin if we continue on with the patterns of the past.
- It can also represent ailments of the heart and depending on the cards around it, a visit to your health practitioner is advised.
- It is good to remember that however much doom our think is immersed in, our future is fluid and can change in a moment just by shifting one of our operational patterns. We have the Power of Spirit, which is to identify and transform identity, moment by moment. This card tells us it is time to do so!
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The Tarot of Eli
The Thoth Tarot 9 of Swords is called -CRUELTY. The Tarot of the Old Path-Nine of Swords, shows us a young man whose hands and wrists are bound with rope, and he seems to be protecting his face from the cage of sharp swords that surround him. This card also suggests cruelty in the suit of air, as his clothing is both whipped by the air and the color of air (Swords are the suit of air). Since air is the element that represents "mind", it is implied this cruelty is coming from his own self-awareness.
The primary meaning of this card seems to be worry and suffering brought on by trials and tribulations. Instead of gaining experience and knowledge from them, we fear that we are inferior because of them.
The Thoth Tarot-9 of Swords, is called THE LORD OF DESPAIR AND CRUELTY, or Cruelty in short. This is Mars in Gemini; here is Yesod inluencing Yetzirah in the Astral World.
With a smattering of astrological data, one knows that the fiery energy of Mars, does little good in a sign of dualities. This "little good" is shown by the 9 rusty swords, dripping blood and poison on Crowley's card.
One may shudder at the despair, meanings of illness, suffering and cruelty this card represents; But each of us, who are paying attention to our brain, know this card represents a "inner self cruelty" of our consciousness where it cuts us with the emotionally poisoned blades of embarrassment, low-self esteem, humiliation, self-condemnation, and/or inner disgust. Here is the Psychosomatic correlation between the Psyche and the Soma. This self cruelty, is the Indoctrinated Slave Master software of devaluation, that is installed in our Personality by our culture of rulers, and it often requires us, as Psyche to be cruel to ourselves as bodies. "The Few Who Rule the Many", keep the lie of superiority alive by controlling definition. Media and Acadamia, the ruler's education mechanisms, make sure this Indoctrinated-Mental Slaver is installed before you even reach seven years old. Like rusty hooks of poisonous self futility, this is a hard one to remove! Especially, since you go about your day seeking approval. You have been told that "Truth" is written word. Yet even the Christ said that Truth is made manifest. [Ephesians 5:13]
Peer pressure, another fear of rejection offshoot, just drives this poison deeper into self identity. The media, keeps slashing at your self value...."you need this....you need that....to lack them, you are nothing! " Is at the very least implied, or blatantly rubbed in your face, daily, if not hour by hour. Another falsehood is being made to believe that to recieve acculades from those who rule, is to be a greater person. That just means, you are "Theirs" and not yourself. "Resistance is futile!", blare the electronic horns of the pusillanimous invertebrates who enforce "their Masters will" on others.
There is really only One Mind, The Universal Collective Unconscious and therefore, Life is a mental thing, it is what one expect that manifests as their life . Indeed, we can be our own worst enemies, just by doubting our own value, as persona and body, in the World. To see yourself as lack, is the necessary software to continue the panicked consumerism that Multinational- mind programmers and/or definition peddlers- want! But, before any human judgment, you were already approved into being by your Higher Self. So once again, the Qabalistic axiom reads true,"Above all things, Know thyself"! Truly, the Divine Creative doesn't build what it doesn't want. What Divine Intelligence would? For if the Divine builds what it doesn't want, then, it truly isn't Divine is it!
It's simple really; you had to be approved by all that is Wholly, to be made alive! You presence is your Judgment....and obviously you are good enough for the Divine Creative! Since observation makes your reality, it is time to observe the obvious. You exist! You have the mind of the Creatrix-Image-making mind of the Divine Creative, i.e. imagination! Your are made manifest. Hence, you are good enought for the Divine Creative. Therefore, all the evil humans do, is because of "self-cruelty" as disease of the mind, called slavery.
You are an Divine answer, to a Divine question; that is how Creation works, it builds living answers to divine questions! For as any quantum physicist will tell you, information becomes form in this One Energy universe.
Questions have no substance, only answers do. So Stop questioning yourself, and become the answer you are instead! To reclaim our "lost inheritance", is the purpose of divination, be it Qabalah, tarot, astrology, runes etc. The word "Qabalah" means recieving. Recieving your inheritence doesn't require someone's approval, just "knowing thyself".
It behooves us to be more action than reaction. Action is in the Fiery Spirit that moves you, reaction is usually run by the uncertain animal who thinks the whole universe is out to eat it! "I Am" dares ask, "What am I"? and you are the answer to that question, "I AM ME"!
The 9 of Swords, cruelty, is about you being your own worst enemy, divided against yourself, mentally and emotionally. Always nay-saying before you can ever start a motion. This is " a moment of doubt" drawn out as a Life-time of self cruelty.
Sure we doubt our selves and often taught to believe that it is good to do so. But you are not thought, you are the creator of thought. Hence, to doubt the thought, is appropriate, for you are the self who can manifest it or cast it away. Thought is not god, nor you. We are energy-in-motion, doubt just slows the movement of the energy "I AM"; After all every new emotion is a risk into the unknown! But if the Child of Wonder, that innocent curiosity, still has "I's" in you, you're going to "do it" anyway. We are always striving forward, we are being pushed along by the Inner Spiritual Self, just like Dark Energy pushes the Universe of Matter forever outwards. Life is a Driving Force of E-Motion...and the Sensual Spirit-Body of Malkuth, is the physical vehicle driven!
To make this simple, what this Cruel 9 of Swords implies, is that "a house divide must fall". Get together with yourselves of Spirit, Mind and body ; over throw the Slaver program that is in your brain. Software can be erased, even when its Garbage. (G.I.G.O). All software programmers know of G.I.G.O., for when software is garbage and programed in, the hardware/wet ware, is operational garbage as well. Garbage in, Garbage out.
It's easy to feel insufficient, all you have to do is stop doing. Success, is a stubborn optimist;Your Soul/Psyche is one of those. A Mercurial personality, even if it kills "itself" (destroys the hardware/ wet ware) trying to accomplish a goal, it just reincarnates and keeps at it! Energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed. Death is just a mechanism of transformation.
We all will eventually pound out the bugs of our software (definitions), some sooner than others, but we all will do it by free choice or Karmically; that is the purpose of sensuality after all; learning to discriminate and/or discern by experiencing success and failure, pleasure and pain etc.! You are the intimacy of the Creative.Your soul, will just "reabsorb" the software garbage, and try another revision of it in the "Hardware/wet ware" performance, that we know as "alive".
So, "get over yourself and get on with you! Impeccability is what we do''!
The declaration above, is a correctional software loop, that I run in my self doubting brain; for I am not a brain, but a Mind and it is my job to supervise what my brain processes. Spirit and mind cooperation just overrides the "pity pot" of self defeating thought every time it comes on line. But installing that software loop, took determination, and plane old fashion "jack Ass " stubbornness and constant repetition, a meditation of seconds, done most minutes, until it becomes automatic. Don't you think its time, we programed our own Hard Ware/wet ware! That is the real message of the 9 of Swords and the Qaballah. Let's take the Devil within, the indoctrinated thoughts of cruelty, and correct them. I own my own brain, and it is no-longer the bedeviler of errant thought. It is now my companion who runs everything it identifies across the Spiritual Self, to see if it is a thought to ad to proper-Self-Awareness.
The Qabalistic Axiom-ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF means only thoughts that expand and liberate you and the Divines thought of you as its "self expression" must reside in your brain for you to receive your true inheritence of Divine Self! Qabalah, means "to receive" or "receiving".
The 9/ Nine of Swords implies
- That you must desire to change your perspectives of miserable and suffering self and re think the programing!
- Worry and despair.
- Suffering and anxiety.
- The Ruin of the Old so the new can be built.
- Trials and tribulations
- Even physical death after a long illness.
- Emotional overload.
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