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Tarot of Eli-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot-O-The Fool & The Tarot of The Illuminati-O-The Fool

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- O-The Fool

Fear not. What is not real, never was and never will be.

What is real always was and cannot be destroyed.

-Bhagavad Gita

The Fool is the universal key-0 that is associated with the state of conscious energy that is Spirit/ the "us" before and after death; the breath that inhales and exhales. 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 Self and/or Life.

Rather than just being assumed as being mystical, transpersonal, transcendent, and ecstatic in its nature, the Fool also represents the power of wonder and ecstasy that is so apparent in the very young (and the “enlightened”) before they succumb to indoctrination, patronage and form a "cultural identity". The cultural identity is not real so Cabalists (Qabalists) call it "reality" which we all know as relative and subjected to the “I” of the beholder. The Real is the "unseen" infinite part of ourselves that we often call "energy".

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-0. 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!

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 a Path, 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 Thoth Fool is the The Path of Aleph, (The Fool); Aleph is the Hebrew letter meaning OX, which represents the unstoppable fecund and fertile "flowing of Life Force and creative power", showing that the SPIRIT had a beginning aim to be that of Earth and/or Sensual Being.

Crowley/Harris symbolizes this "Holy Spirit" (The Spirit on every level of the Tree of Life) as a dove in the Thoth Fool 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. Since the Fool is projected energy and the Magus is projected will, both the 2nd Sephiroth of Chokmah (pure male) and the 3rd Sephiroth Binah (pure female) are both receptors and/or enclosures and thereby are at first Female. Here begins the 0=2. 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" (Psychics-Thermodynamics 1st law), we know that everything is of this O-ne, 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 Pranayama (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.

The Science of Crowley’s time, considered Air to be a vacuum, as related to THE FOOL, 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, can be considered to be the archetype mind of Nature, representing the Animal Nature of Survival thinking as related to the Higher Spiritual process of Love/I AM 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). Making this 0, a complexity of subtleties and far from empty. Both the ***Dionysus and Bacchus represent the same god of wine, implying a certain intoxication when imbued with Spiritual Light.

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Dionysian Procession Mosaic depicting a Maenad followed by Dionysus on a lion and Satyrs, 2nd century AD, in the Archaeological Museum of El Djem, Tunis

He was such a vibrant and controversial god that many myths surrounded him, his worship developed into a cult, with rituals and celebrations that have survived through the centuries.

But who was Dionysus, and what are the facts behind the myths?

1. The Ambiguous Origins Of Dionysus

Myth: Dionysus was the son of Zeus, King of the Gods, and Semele, a mortal princess of Thebes. The god was known as the “twice-born,” as his mother was slain by the lightning-bolts of Zeus during her pregnancy, the unborn infant was rescued by his father who implanted the infant in his thigh and carried him to term.

Semele was a mortal, the daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes, who was the founder of the city of Thebes in Greece. Cadmus was a Phoenician prince sent to Greece in search of his sister Europa who was kidnapped by Zeus, he then settled in Greece and established his kingdom.

Apulian red-figure krater depicting The Birth of Dionysus, 4th century BC, in the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto
“Melampos [a mythical seer] was the one who taught the Greeks the name of Dionysus and the way of sacrificing to him . . . I [Herodotus] believe that Melampos learned the worship of Dionysus chiefly from Cadmus of Tyre [the mythical Phoenician grandfather of Dionysus] and those who came with Cadmus from Phoenicia to the land now called Boeotia.” Herodotus, Histories 2. 49 (trans. Godley) (Greek historian 5th BC.) 

Fact: By the etymology of the name Dionysus, we derive two words – dio- either referring to his father Zeus (Dias, Dios, in Greek) or to the number two (dio in Greek), that implies to the dual nature of the god and -nysus- indicating the place he grew up, Mt. Nysa. The dual nature of the god is primarily his association with wine, he brought joy and divine ecstasy, while he could also unleash brutal and blinding rage, thus echoing the dual nature of wine.

Bacchus by Michelangelo Merisi detto il Caravaggio, 1598, via The Uffizi Galleries, Florence

Dionysus’ duality is further established as he often seems to stand somewhere between god and man, male and female, death, and life. Identified as a male god, but always surrounded by women, his chief worshippers. His worship included transvestism and rather obscure sex roles. Men and women both dressed in long robes covered by fawnskins, and women, as bacchants, left their homes and danced madly on mountainsides. Dionysus even looks somewhat ambiguous sexually, effeminate in his long curls and his pale complexion. Dionysus is also, unlike most of the other gods, the son of a mortal woman, Semele, whom he later rescued from the underworld and made her immortal. This means that by birth he is a native son of two realms, the mortal and the divine, the dual nature of man as found in monotheistic religions. This theme also shows in Dionysus’ marriage to a mortal woman, Ariadne. Many of the gods had brief affairs with mortals; Dionysus loved one and made her divine..... (Want to know more?

Myth: According to the myth Zeus, his father, entrusted the infant to the care of the Nymphs on Mount Nysa. Hera, the legitimate wife of Zeus, never acknowledged this illegitimate child of her husband, so the child was left in the care on the Nymphs of Mount Nysa and later as an adolescent he wandered all around the world where he acquired knowledge and customs from local cultures and has been associated to many eastern deities.Click on link:https://www.thecollector.com/dionysus-bacchus-god/

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, that is done by the 78 cards of the Tarot. 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.

To even begin understanding THE FOOL, we must entertain a multifaceted and fluid interpretation of Force and Form.

Dr.Paul Foster Case , the founder of B.O.T.A., in his book THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, calls the fool the Eleventh Path of Aleph and the fiery or Scintillating Intelligence. Which makes sense as The Path of Aleph borders 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. 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.- that becomes "Dark Matter", as I AM.

In the context of Masculine sexuality, the Fool is the Testes, of the Divine Creative 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 (upper trinity of the Tree of Life), our reason leaves us with more questions than answers.

Limitlessness is a very difficult concept for conception implies measurement and infinity has none! 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 further explanation can be that the special reality we may touch in sleep which, 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 the Divine Creative), who has been given the Power of Observation of the Eternal Now that changes a thing, meaning you can change the Principle that is Things which 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 Self", is the invisible Sephiroth, 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 HIGH PRIESTESS OR PRIESTESS; the Divine Androgyny who is the 0 that gives birth to the 2.

All the Paths leading upward to Kether, THE FOOL, THE MAGUS, AND THE 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 perspective. This often proven to me , when teaching the Major Arcana and knowing what I speak, cannot truly convey what I am saying, and brings a smile, if not outright laughter, to my face. To me, the subjective I AM- potential is ironically displayed as an objective 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 subjective master of objectivity---the I AM.

To reiterate, THE FOOL- 0, is the initial potential for thought, transcending all reason. Thus objectifying the Upper Regions, the Supernal Triangle is a futile endeavor. However, once we recognize the impossibility of consciously approaching the Highest Levels of the Tree of Life, i.e. The Universe, in a direct manner, we are forcibly driven into the key Principles of the Mysteries/Metaphysics of as Above, So Below.

We begin seeing that the Below is a mirror reflection of the Above and 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.

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! We have manifested on Earth (Malkuth) as a fulfillment of the Primal Will (I Will Be) as "I AM Being".

Tarot of the Illuminati-0. The Fool

The Tarot of the Illuminati in not associated in anyway to the conspiracy theory illuminati that are supposed to be controlling the world or even the historical Bavarian order of the illuminati. Rather, it is the illumination of the art of light and shadow that speaks to one as if they have just walked into its world, offering you its hand , drawing one into its mysteries of Self. The 78 tarot cards, of any deck, are 78 different aspects of Self/IAM, that once perceived, bring Knowledge to the ignorance of word imposed patronage. The art is magnificent and beautiful, sometimes frightening to behold. Eric C. Dunne has produced from his own work with Tarot, began 25 years ago and his inner experience with the mysteries of Self, began superimposing themselves over the traditional images of Tarot. Just as the Avant Garde art of the Crowley/Harris Thoth Tarot, the artist of the Illuminati tarot, whispers secrets of the Divine Mystery of Self within his vibrant and illuminating artistic expression. Tarot often chooses its own artist as does the Kundalini choose its own person. Eventually the passion, lust of being, love of art and Tarot soon merge as inspiration that overcomes all resistance, causing Eric C. Dunne to create the Tarot of the Illuminati from the images of Self-Enlightenment that happens when "Tarot Chooses You". Hence, "illuminati" is about the Light of Wisdom and the art is truly the manifestation of grace, mystery and inspired vision.

...the infinite possibility of chaos

The Tarot of the Illuminati-0. The Fool, depict imagery somewhat reminiscent of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. Here the companion to the Soul, is a dog rather than a tiger. The White Rose of the Goddess is present as a sign of wisdom, and he is fearless and fears not the cliff or precipice that he is "stepping off" of; not because he is a "foolish" youth, but because he has complete innocent trust in the Divine.

The Great Sun of the Divine Father is in the Sky (One Energy), and the Great Ocean of the Divine Mother(Dark Mater/Matter of Creation) is below all of which display spectacular visions of light and shadow. As on Medieval Traditional Tarot art, he is carrying all he knows in a bag or satchel on a pole (suggesting the Thyrsus of Dionysus). He is dressed in the green and yellow colors of the traditional tarot fool, but in this rendition of the Fool, he is dressed in a magnificence fit only for a King or Queen.

All that applies to the Thoth Fool, also applies to this Card, so I'll not repeat it. However, the art is truly magnificent and illuminating and is one of my favorite Tarot Decks. I highly recommend this Tarot deck and Book that comes withit, to anyone who is a beginner or old hand at Tarot.

When THE FOOL card is thrown 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.
  • The chaos before actuality. 
  • New beginnings. 
  • Innocence. 
  • Naivete. 
  • Taking the first steps on a long journey. 
  • Innate joy in life. 
  • Standing on the precipice of change. 
  • Removing fear so that you can move forward. 

If ill-defined by accompanying cards:

  •  The Fool, is then the harbinger of folly, mania, extravagance and even negligence.
  • Negative dissolution of structures and compulsions. 
  • Vagueness of goals. 
  • Daydreaming. 
  • Infantilism. 
  • Irresponsibility.

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