The Dream of Gaia Tarot- Key 1-The Child
The child, can in many ways, represents the time in childhood that many of us wish to return to. She is confident in her identity, taking joy and wonder in her connection with the world in which she lives. Fearless, she is full of hope and trust. Struggles, hardships and even harm have not yet profaned her sight, as she still sees wondrous beauty all around her. Here is an innocent soul, she is both magic and magical and believes in happily ever -after.
The Dream of Gaia Tarot-Key 1-The Child represents the time in our past when we were pure of heart, lightly dancing in our step, and free from the inner voice of the slave master that criticises and condemns. Before our identity was profaned by, word, dogma, indoctrination and the outer greed of the Patriarch's world. The Child reminds us of a time when we wore our hearts on our sleeves, when we laughed with ease, and were willing to life and the people we've met at face value. A time before the Sacrament of "I AM" was profaned. The Child knew that the earth was not a courtroom where each individual had to be judged, as well as be, judge and jury. This is the land of "Everything I see, is another way to be me"! For there is only One Energy, One Divine Creative Mind, and all is a product of its Self-Awareness. The Child is the True Soul/Psyche from which personality is born.
Do you believe life is a serious business? After all, life has dealt you pain, hardship, suffering and moments where your expectations have not been met. Maybe you have had your heart broken by the death of dreams. Have you let these events cloud your eyes with the cataracts of criticism, contempt, and thereby, steal your innocence ; forgetting the easy laughter and wonder at the diversity of "I AM" that surrounds the "I" of you? Has the Patriarch's lie of "you must earn a living", while cracking the whip of debt over your back, made you look out at the world with the fear deadened eyes (I's) of a heavily burdened slave who must carry the burden of personal failure and past disappointments?
The Child/Soul knew she was Life and all was created for her to enjoy. After all, the world is a creation of the Divine, and the Child was born as the I AM of Spirit. It is time to dance in the dandelions again, it is time to exorcise the demons that were planted in your head.It is time to take the reactionary power from words, for they have never created you, a world, or any damn thing but illusions of what was already created. You are the Divine's expression of intimacy with all that it is. The Joy of Being. For the first Will of the One was Eheieh-meaning "I Will Be" and the Child is that becoming and she knows it. Here I AM, now I Am, and that is good enough for the Divine Creative to be Me! Why, because God said so? Hell no, the Divine Creative doesn't speak in words, it Creates image, for Truth is made manifest, not spoken . Before the Patriarch, the thief that stole your heart, you were always the Golden Child called the "Sun/Son of the Divine"- you are a Solar-Self that is united with its most beloved-the Planetary-Self. Now that is a wonder! A wonder the Child always felt, without someone telling it how to feel. The Words of the Patriarchy, have stolen your identity, and it is time to exorcise these words, for they cannot defined the I AM, that you are. You are a Self of the Greater Self, a way of it to enjoy It-Self. And each Self is free to define its own actions and tell its own story. Hence, Life is a story that we tell ourselves, and everyone knows that children love stories! Let no one else, define your story for you....ever! I Am good enough for God, I am good enough for Me!
It is time to feel the joy again, it is time to forget the past, for it is not the "Now" of you. You've had personal disappointments because you expected others to participate in your personal story, and they didn't. They have a story of their own to write, stage and act in. So let go of past condemnations, and laugh at those who condemn you. For that condemnation is an illusion of the frightened. You have been already approved of by Divine Decree---I AM! Since, wisdom is 50% error, and 50% correction of that error, accept your errors, and personally correct them, much wisdom can be gained...Now!
Life is a dance of I Am so get down and get "jiggy with it"! Freedom of choice, means only you can choose what story you invent as a project of self-awareness. Be the courageousness of the child and accept the sacred beauty of yourself.... the Patriarch can go stick his own head in the sand! It is time to smile and turn mistakes into positive lessons. Learning what not to do, aids us in the correct doing. Since we all must become wise, we must make a lot of mistakes, personally correct them and enjoy the benefits of personal wisdom in our storytelling. The Wise storyteller, is one who has made many errors and instead of blaming the world, and hiding his head in the sand, corrected them and found that Nirvana is only seen by wise "I's". They are known as Magi.
When the Child, is thrown in a divination, it implies:
The Relationship of the Thoth Fool and the Magus
Kether, the Source of All, is connected to Chokma, the first activity towards creation, via the 11th Path of the Fool. The Hebrew letter Aleph-meaning OX, is assigned to this Path. In the Zohar, the letter Aleph is considered representative of absolute unity. This supports the Qabalistic interpretation of, Aleph-Ox, as the symbol of the Life-Power, and/or creative energy. As I have stated before, the Fool Card, demands multi-faceted and fluid interpretation. The Path of Aleph, is called the Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence which proceeds from the Limitless Light of Kether that is darkness to us (Dark Energy). This Fiery Darkness is the possibility of motion or vibration and the First Perception or Will of the One that is the potential for activity.
Qabalists call this One as the Primal Creative Energy of the Universe that acts upon itself to emanate the Cosmos. To a physicist this is the, "One energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed.”. There are many attempts to explain the 'First Thought, that created Mind, such as, The Word of God, and/or the first vibration, etc.; However, all we can say is that from the invisible nothing (Ain Soph) comes the potential for thought, thus thought appears and emanates Mind which is the vessel that contains thought...this makes the Mind the First Vessel of Magnetic form or Womb. And yet, A. Crowley called the Hebrew letter Aleph, a plough shares in shape and thus a phallic symbol of 'Expression". Thus the Potential Androgyny is conceived of, as the potential for Sexuality, male-electric and female-magnetic which then unlocks the potential for creative- diversity; the I AM. When considering all of this, it helps to stay fluid in your thinking! Also availing yourself of a diagram of the Tree of Life and its connecting paths will help in the enabling visuals.
The Magus-Key 1, is attributed to the Hebrew Letter-Beth, meaning House, and connects Kether (Dark Energy) to Binah, the Great Organizer. Binah, known as the 3rd Sephiroth- Understanding, is the Potential for Womb, becoming the House or "dwelling place" for Spirit (spiral energy) descending towards the density of manifestation which is the Priestess. The Magus represents that which builds the house, i.e. Will. Will or the Magus is the first “I” that directs and encloses the One Spirit which is represented as THE FOOL. The Actions of directing is Phallic and the action of enclosing is that of the Womb. Thus, I call the Sephiroth Binah---"The Womb with a View" and/or I-magi-nation. The word Imagination if examined as I- Magi- Nation....will not only titillate our brain, it may also shed some light on this potential of Understanding the Will that is I AM.
One may note that the higher one works up the Tree of Life, the differences between the cards is much subtler and more fluid than the lover levels. This subtlety is even more pronounce in The Fool and The Magus (Magician) that are only separated by a slight degree, as is electric and magnetic force, a fact that is not seen in the anthropomorphized symbolism of the cards or of the Spirit as homo sapien sapien male and female forms!
Suffice it to say that Beth (house) is the First in Principle, the first in creation, the beginning of the beginning, i.e. the place of will-To- be! To the Alchemist, Beth, is the Philosophic Mercury or First Matter. The Alpha, which is never without Omega! The female that is never without the Male. To create beginning is to create end, thus the opposites of life and death which are the key polarities to creation, are attributed to the letter Beth. Specifically, without the energies of the Magus, life and death would not exist, nor would beginning and end; all would be formless. The infinity symbol (Lemniscus-Latin word for “ribbon”), seen as a figure 8 laying on its side, a type of Mobius loop, as well as, the symbol of the Serpent that eats its own tail, Oroboros, which initiates and represents this multidimensional cyclic process of life and death, as well as, the O who is 2; she/he. Both represent the closed circle of energy in the Universe begun by number one Beth acting upon the zero; Aleph. What may also aid in the thought of Male-eclectic and Female-magnetic force being separated by a slight degree, is that infinity symbol is merely a circle twisting to looking upon itself, an action that creates a female circle of force, known as "will to form" and male circle of force, known as "will to force", and where One= Two. The same can be said for the electromagnetic spectrum of light. Electric-Male and Female magnetic, combine to form One Electromagnetic spectrum of great diversity!
In the Zohar, the relationship of Aleph-The Fool and Beth- the Magus to creation, are discussed in a most charming matter, which is unusual for esoteric literature. I would recommend that the discerning student of the Tarot read this Qabalistic book. The relationship between The Fool and The Magus (magician) is so subtle that our best hope of even approaching an understanding, resides in meditation on spiritual text, like the Zohar, combine with the imagers of the Tarot cards. To speak directly of the Invisible, is impossible, so a circle of ideas must be formed, each giving a suggestion about the nature of the inner Truth. Each Sephiroth on the Tree of Life is each a Circle of ideas, and each Form is an understanding of these circles while each Force is a potential to Form. I may have lost you with that one, so let me say, that The Magus is a channel through which the Energy of the Fool is organized and passes downward. The Magus is both active and passive, as the Magus is both the transmitter and the transmitted, i.e. the Life Force which becomes the primal material in the act of transmission. The Magus being the first step in evolutionary Universal energy towards matter. Thus, in the Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom, by Dr. Paul Foster Case, the Magus is called the Transparent Intelligence, as light passes through a window from above, so does the Magus pass The Will.
The Magus or 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, and the Great Organizer, Mother Binah. Thus, the relationship that establishes the meaning of house, Beth, as that of the dwelling place (Womb) where Spirit resides before "falling" into manifestation. Therefore, the homo sapiens sapiens is the beth/ house of the Soul/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, who is the "w-holy spirit". The Supernal Triangle, is represented by Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a degree or less such as the word I AM. 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.
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". As aforementioned, 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) 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 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 (A phallus), as we are! 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 Thought). 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. Thus the Magus is the ejaculator 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 Magick is merely the Transmitted will of the Greater Being that is the Supernal Triangle or Trinity. Crowley, made the entire Magus the Wand, for he is the Phallic Will of the One.
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 his statues called Hermes, were at every Greek crossroads. This 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 we allow words to affect the Will, as cause and effect, but we also transmit ideas from person to person in the same way that the Magus transmits the idea of Self-Creation 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 Consciousness! Thus the power of Words, is about reaction and/or 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 PRIESTESS)!
Granted, 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.
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, that creates what is called the abyssal womb from which is born The Divine Child(Soul). This is understandable, since Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) conjoin in the birthing of Knowledge (Daath).
Consequentially the showing of Mercury on the Caduceus, properly places the Four 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 tests, 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 BE". As before stated, she is the Mother of Form 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) acts through the Magus.
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 in essence of form Understood by Binah, who is Will to Form.
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!
When THE MAGUS is thrown during a reading, it implies:
If ill defined: the Magus is surrounded with negative cards:
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