Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 14- Art & The Night Sun Tarot-Key 14- Temperance.
This 14th key is called the Path of Samekh, which leads from Yesod (Foundation) to Tiphareth ( Beauty); from the Moon to the Sun, from the Personality to the Higher Self.
The Thoth Tarot- Art card, key 14, is a Avant- garde artistic expression of Alchemy in its purest form. What is problematic for most modern people is that they believe alchemy is an outdated or ancient form of Chemistry. To an alchemist, chemistry is about dead things, while the Art of Alchemy is creating'" living things". Because minerals and metals did not grow, they were consider excrement by the Fathers of Science. For the Alchemist, the problem then was to elevate metal to vegetable, thus making metals alive. The robe of the Androgynous figure on the Thoth Tarot card, is green as vegetation, symbolizing this alchemical allegory.
Studying the Art of Alchemy, albeit often "hidden" by mystical language, is recommended if you are to understand the subtle meaning of the combination of opposites, to get "living things" out of the dead.
In Tarot, The Key 14 Art/Temperance card is the completion of the Lovers- Key-6, Gemini, the divine twins. Sagittarius is attributed to The Art card, and is the Zodiacal opposite of Gemini, and therefore in alchemical terms, "after a manner, at one with it". Sagittarius, is known as the Archer, so a primitive form of the goddess Diana "the Huntress" and also a lunar goddess (Elaine), is illustrated on the Thoth card. The connection between the Huntress and the Moon is illustrated in the shape of the bow on the figure's shoulders. You may have noted that this figure is depicted as having two heads which symbolizes the completed Hermetic Marriage of the Twins illustrated on the Lovers- key 6, as the black and white figures are blended into one androgynous figure.
The Red Lion illustrated on the Lovers card, has become an enlarged White Lion and the White Eagle had become an enlarged Red Eagle. This illustrates a very advanced knowledge of Alchemy, where the Red Lion has exchanged His red blood for her white gluten (the theme of opposites counter-changing, continues as the Eagle turns red). In alchemy, gluten is not of organic wheat, it is a very complicated scientific formula that often takes a laborious deciphering of "mystical words" to explain.
However, some alchemists have named gluten- “white magnesia.” One philosopher translates this as “magnet of Jah,” or, the attractive principle of Divine Wisdom. This magnet is the power of attraction which establishes the orbits of the planets and the astronomical order of the heavens. It is the flow of the Magnetic-Feminine Principle of "Will to Form". It is even called the Universal action of the "Law of Attraction". To further illustrate this equilibrium and counter-change of opposites, the white woman has a black head and the black King has a white head. She wears a golden crown with a silver band, and he the silver crown with a golden fillet. Silver represents the Moon and Gold represents the Sun.
The white head on the right, is extended in action by a white arm on the left which grasps a cup containing the white gluten. The black head on the left, is linked to the black arm on the right, that holds a lance which becomes a torch pouring forth its fiery blood. Thus, the fire that normally burns up the water and the water normally puts out the fire are combined by equal mixing. This equal mixing can be compared
to a water injection system that enhances the performance of a combustion engine. Yet again, illustrating the counter-change of opposites. This counter-changing of opposites can also be illustrated in our common lives by the marriage of opposites in husband and wife, and how after time, they both modify and begin acting, "after a manner", like the other. This is similar to the alchemical distillation process, which is done by the slow process of time, as nature does it, rather than under the agitation of extreme heat, as modern chemists do it.
Hence, at the bottom of the Thoth Art card, water (Divine Feminine) and fire (Creative Father) are harmoniously mingled, illustrating a crude concept of the Spiritual idea, which is, "the satisfaction of the desire of an incomplete element of one kind to satisfy its formula by assimilation of its equal and opposite".
The Art of this stage of the great work, is the mingling of opposites in a cauldron of the Sun (gold) which represents the "Human body", also known as the "Golden Child"; the Sun presides over distillation.
Most of us know that the fertile earth is maintained by rain and sun. The process of rain is formed by a slow process of evaporation, which is carried on the air (which is itself a marriage of fire and water) and engineered by the Sun. This also illustrates the formula for continued life, which is death or putrefaction which is represented on the cauldron as a Raven and Skull ( caput mortuum). In this card, the representation of the Alchemy of Life, the union of opposites, by the heat of the Fiery Passion of Spirit (I Will Be) is stated over and over again.
Thoth Tarot-Key 14-Art & The Night Sun Tarot-Key 14- Temperance:
At first, many students find the symbolism of the Thoth Major Arcana complicated; However, the principle of the Path of Samekh or Art, is to produce a consciously controlled vision that is limited by will. This inner path, leads from Yesod-Foundation, the 9th Sephiroth to #6-Tiphareth-Beauty.
The purpose of Hermetic, Qabalistic, Alchemy, Astrology and Gnostic symbols is to furnish descriptions that most anyone can relate to. They are not remote or really complicated, if you focus on one at a time. In fact most of the symbolic language of the Mysteries, has been superseded by the language of Carl Jung and other psychologists. To Carl Jung, this ability to consciously control Visions, would be called "lucid dreaming", a process of active dreaming which is known to help the individual correct personality disorders.
Robert Wang goes on to explain, in his text book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," It should be added that the Metals described in Alchemical literature are the same as the Seven Chakras of the Hindus, the Seven Planets and the Sephiroth of the Microprosopus [lower seven on the Tree of Life.]. These words have been used as codes over the centuries, meaning seven distinct levels of objective consciousness. Thus when one speaks of a Planet ruling a sign of the Zodiac, what is meant in the relationship of a Sign to a given center of energy both in the Greater Universe and in the Human body." (the brackets are my own explanation).
The Art of awakening these Psycho-dynamic energy Paths in the Human Body, is the Qabalistic initiates goal. Hence, "To Know Thyself", is to know the "As above and so below" nature of our Whole Self.
The Art/Temperance Card, is assigned the sign of Sagittarius (shown on both cards), which is ruled by the planet Jupiter, meaning the Sephiroth- Chesed (Wisdom). Here, we should remember that Chesed is the architect of all manifestation, working with the "will to form" and/or "potential to form" of Binah (Understanding). The Night Sun Tarot-Temperance, shows the traditional title and Angel figure of this tarot key. This shows its artistic link to the Rider-Waite tarot, and B.O.T.A. Tarot. Yet the back ground of the card, depicts alchemical symbols, and Hebrew letters. Here, the Angel is pouring "mind stuff" from one head/cup to another. Showing it's Hermetic Qabalistic link with the Thoth Tarot.
As explained before, Art-Key 14- The Path of Samekh, is an actual physical process, and a metaphysical process known for centuries by Gnostic, Mystics, Tantric yogis, Alchemists, and Qabalists, as it is a willed process of directing the communion or interchange of opposite energies. The beginning of this process is begun by the Higher Self; a process which is instituted in the Sephiroth Chesed, the most refined, point of Microprosopus, to which the Higher Self is central.
Chesed the 4th Sephira-Mercy, is the enacting " will to force" (phallus) of the Great Mother Binah's, the third Sephira-Understanding, process of "will to form"(womb).
Until the initiate accomplices this psycho-physical process of the Path of Samekh, the Higher Self (Shown as an androgynous figure on the card) cannot be "known", in the self-consciousness. .
Therefore, key 14 is often described as the Art of "Spiritual Alchemy" and the whole process as a preparation of the Personality, and its physical vehicle to deal with the Solar Forces (influx of Spiritual Fire from the Sun/Son of God) which would devastate a "normal" system.
This is an ongoing process of tempering, measuring and testing, instigated by the Higher Self, to see how much the physical body can bear. Which is why the traditional title of key 14 was Temperance. For when properly tempered, in Water and Fire, the body-cauldron can handle the stress of such energy, much like a well forged sword. Once could say the arrow of Sagittarius is then released (Kundalini rises) causing a vibrationary surge in the body.
Once contacted on the Path of Samekh, the Higher Self will regulate the flow, so the individual isn't harmed. Often, a great jolt of energy, will tell the individual to "back off', and relax. Because this is a Passion so overwhelming, it is often described as Divine Anger, which is apt if we realize that anger is for self-motivation; to get off of one's butt and do something. It could be said that Divine Anger is the motivation for Sagittarius to launch his arrow. Therefore, we are not only to be Moons, i.e., reflections of The Real Person (Soul), but also the Solar Personality, the Golden Person (Christos or Buddha consciousness), the combination of which makes the Divine Child that radiates Universal persona from inside our DNA. There is an alchemy of inner chemistry, started by the fiery Kundalini force, as it seems to awaken "sleeping chromosomes of Divine inheritance".
Now don't misunderstand, the Art card demonstrates how the experience of rebirth is brought about, which is to say, through the exchange and equilibrium of opposites which can only be symbolically described, but it does not demonstrate the birth itself. Thus, the symbolism here is not to demonstrate a "deep Mystery", rather this symbolism demonstrates how limited and inadequate is our language to describe the process. That is why the Qabalistic Tarot Reader, is not one who thinks that by memorizing descriptions and numbers of the cards they are a Tarot Reader. Rather, it is by skrying, and subjectively "walking the Paths", turning subjective into objective sensation , i.e. the process of actual "inner" mental experience ....one begins to Understand the Tarot.
The Art Card is not nearly so symbolic as some believe, it symbolizes the Alchemical Art where Fire becomes Water and Water becomes Fire (...."When the male is no longer male and the female, female." : Gnostic Gospel of Thomas). This process is describing an actual event/process that happens in the initiates material body, i.e. an actual physical/chemical/psychological transformation. Thus, Crowley and Lady Freda Harris, presented on this card a Androgynous figure, combining the Water (unconsciousness with Lightning or Fiery Father-consciousness) creating in the Golden Cistern (the Human body) what is known as the Living Water and/or the Spiritual V.I.T.R.I.O.L.. The Thoth Art card represents the whole hidden quality of the Orphic Egg shown on the Lovers key 6, it is the same formula but in a more advanced stage. Here, the Original Duality (electric -male and magnetic- female- force) has been completely compensated; but after birth comes growth; after growth, puberty; after puberty, purification. This card then is a foreshadowing of the Great Work.
Around the Rainbow Solar Cape of the Thoth- Divine Androgyny is an alchemical Latin glory; VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE RECTIFICANDO INVENIES OCCULTUM LAPIDEM. [ "Visit the interior parts of earth; by rectification thou shalt find the hidden stone."] The initials of this glory are, V.I.T.R.I.O.L, which is known in alchemy as the "Universal Solvent". Also, vitriol is also called the "Universal Medicine" which is sometimes a stone (Philosopher's stone), a powder or a tincture, according to ancient writings. It is because the Alchemists were dealing with substances on the "borderland" of matter that makes them difficult to understand. This can be found also in Physics, where Quantum physics is involved with describing the "Quanta" which is the "borderland" of matter, in modern science. The Alchemist knew/knows, that the difference between living things and dead things, is their behavior. The Vitriol, mentioned in alchemy, is a combination of Mercury, Sulfur and Salt but in a higher-living nature rather than the vulgar nature of chemistry. In fact, the word Rectificando implies the right leading of the new substance in the path of the True Will, vivified by merging with Fiery/bright and warm Soul. By bringing the Original Psyche into the body, the Golden Child's fiery nature not only tempers the consciousness, one also tempers the dreams of the Unconscious with consciousness, and the balance of chemicals in the Soma, thus forming "something more than the sum of its parts" and with the addition of sensual discernment. A union of Master and Masterpiece! What is arcane here is that this "Universal Solvent" is released by the union of consciousness and Kundalini fire in a human body, whose "interior parts of earth" are Chromosomes, using the True Will of the Soul to rightly lead or rectify this new body- substance towards states of "Higher Consciousness".
This alchemical process is often describe by Qabalists as a personal application of the Yod (fire) and Heh (water) uniting in the body to produce Vau (Air) within the individual crucible of form which is Heh-final and Earth. This is described as a "Spiritual Orgasm" or "The Ecstasy" which is a process demanding inner manipulation of sexual forces (He-" Will to Force" and She, "Will to Form") and is shown as an golden energy (in the shape of a stylized arrow and Bow) firing upward and across the shoulders of the Divine figure in the Art Card. Even the often flesh-o-phobic Christian iconography, has accepted this Spiritual Orgasm. For instance, the ecstasy of the 16th century mystic, Saint Theresa which was described as an angel thrusting a flaming arrow into her heart . Justifying the Traditional Tarot card depiction of an Angel on the Temperance card.
The symbolical of the piecing arrow that brings ecstatic enlightenment is actually an archetypal, and mufti-cultural accepted description of a real process of physiological transformation! What happens is a rhythmic, pleasuring motion of inner spiraling energy, an ebb and flow that is confined (shown as the figure eight and/or lemniscate, associate with the Magus) in very specific perimeters (oval or womb shaped) but which is taken in either direction at will.
The Adept, knows that by changing the vibration of inner energy, one raises or lowers the level of consciousness, moving from Chakra to Chakra or Path to Path. Simply stated: the Kundalini (serpent energy) acting upon consciousness produces astral images; the pictures that form our minds.
The Path of Samekh: Key 14-ART (Temperance). The path that leads from the Moon to the Sun. The Hebrew story that goes along with the letter Samekh starts on:
Har Sinai ( Mount Sinai)
On the third day when it was morning, there was thunder and lightning and a heavy cloud on the mountain and the sound of the shofar [ram's horn] was very powerful and the entire people that were in the camp shuddered. Moses brought the people forth from the camp toward God, and they stood at the bottom of a mountain. All of Mount Sinai was smoking because God had descended upon it in the fire: its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace and the entire mountain shuddered exceedingly. The sound of the shofar grew continually much stronger. Moses would speak, and God would respond to him with a voice.
Esoteric title: The Daughter of the Reconciles, The Bringer Forth of Life.
As you can see, the Esoteric title....fits very well with "those who from the Sky came". This is not a "coincidence", as that word just excuses ignorance or denial. The Qabalist know that the path of Samekh, is about safety and protection.
To enhance this image of safety and protection,let me explain another alien presence in the "modern day".
There is a military base in the area of Great Falls Montana, that was/is stocked with ICBMs, during the late 60's and early 70's ( Look this incident up) they had a visitors In "saucer shaped" flying objects, neutralize the 12 missiles that were brought on line for a "test" firing. The offending Saucers swooped down and passed over every missile silo and instantly every missile became inoperable, probably by using some kind of EMT device.----This is documented---everyone on and in the base, both military and civilian, witnessed this. In fact, almost every nuclear test on this planet was witness to a "UFO" incident. Craft were seen that were beyond the technology of every nation on this planet. It would seem that we are being watched and protected form our own idiocy. We seem to be very important to someone "off Planet" and they are watching and protecting us!
Again both Plato and Qabalah state the necessity to "Know Thyself". Part of that knowledge is that we are the evolutionary Children of the Highest States of Energy-Conscious in this universe. It's time to personalize the Highest States of Mind by Being them! This requires "LOVE OF BEING" to release a hidden substance, a vitriol, in our bodies, so that our brains "tune in" a Universal Mind! So, know that you are a continual action of the Universal Unconscious collective's "Love of Being". A knowing that requires you to realize that Love begins with your-self....for we cannot give what we don't have! You are not alone and you have been "loved into being, worshiped into manifestation, and adored into presence" by "those who from the Sky came", who seem to be just doing, " The Great Work" by bringing the "above to the below", i.e. Eld life to new life.. Hence, we are made in "their own image"! I think that once we begin treating each other as we wished to be treated; a very evolved state of mind, we will be welcomed into the Galactic Family and landings will become normal commerce. Think of how long we have allowed our most paranoid thinkers, to rule us...It's time to switch from the ignorant behavior of the Survival Mind (animal predator mind) to our Solar Minds, (Souls). We are Stars and as an Auric Seer, it is easy for me to SEE That!
This fact we are inheritors of the stars, is depicted in the revised Golden Dawn Tarot art of the B.O.T.A Tarot card and the, golden background and the solar plexus design on the Night Sun Tarot Temperance card. The deeper internal meanings of the Thoth Tarot, just aren't depicted in the Night Sun Tarot- key 14; although the art is stunning. The Winged being is a traditional depiction of Someone or Some genus that "from the sky came" and who is mixing a genetic potion from one "head to another".
The Art of awakening these Psycho-dynamic energy Paths in the Elder Race chromosomes genetically spliced into the Human Body, is the Qabalistic initiates goal. "To Know Thyself", is to know the "As above and so below" nature of our Whole Self. The Art/Temperance Card, is assigned the sign of Sagittarius, which is ruled by the planet Jupiter, meaning the Sephiroth- Chesed (Mercy). Let me remind you that Chesed, the Sephirotic Being called "mercy", who is titled the "architect of all manifestation", is a Universal Galactic Creative, not an intelligence of earth and therefore, is an Eld of our creation.
As explained before, Art-Key 14- The Path of Samekh, is an actual physical hormonal process, and a arcana for centuries of Gnostic, Mystics, Tantric yogis, Alchemists, and Qabalists, and is a willed process of directing the communion or interchange of opposite energies. The beginning of this process is begun by one going into deep meditations, physiological yoga's, skrying, reading and study Qabalah, tarot divinations etc.
Until the initiate accomplices this psychosomatic process of the Path of Samekh, the Higher Self (Shown as an androgynous or Angelic figure on the card) cannot be known to the personality.
All in all, the Art Card key 14, as stated, is the consummation of the Divine Marriage, depicted on the Lovers card, Key 6, here the Orgasm of Spirit has been reached within the Anima and Animus chemical forces of the human body. There is a perfect interchange of chemistry, as the Red Lion has become white, and the White lion has become Red. The Art card shows Water being poured on Fire, and Fire is merged with Water, the red blood of the white lion and the white blood of the Red Eagle are also dripping within the purified physical vehicle, shown as the Golden Cauldron, i.e. the Master's body. Get and read the Text Book, The Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang and the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley for further mystical explanation of this coded process.
When the Art or Temperance Tarot card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing or will soon experience:
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