The Dreams of Gaia Tarot-Key 11-Healing, closely resembles the Thoth ATU 12-The Hanged man, as it to represents a baptism in water; the water being the Unconscious Mind. All of us are *fractals of the One Self and/or Mind. Therefore, each of us is a "Hanged Man", who is Space-Time. Space is the "Water" that Time is formed in. I am the Spirit in which self-conscious is formed in. That Self-Consciousness, is a Psyche, or soul who "stands on its head"; feet in the formative world, and its self-information (head) in this world of material forms. Of course, this is all symbolic definition, and limited image just to get a point across. We are not Homo Sapiens Sapiens, we are however, Soul's, who operate them in the name of the Divine Creative and/or I AM. The Personality represents the Soul as its personal auto pilot in the world of form, of which we are not. Souls are "extra-terrestrials" who "hang there intelligence" from the "Above to the Below".
Our health, or ease/balance, is determined by the harmony between the Spirit-Mind-Body. The Spirit is Energy, the Mind is the Psyche/Soul and the Body, is the understood information of Self-Awareness. Hence, we are all Energy, we don't "have energy"; We are all Mind, we don't "have mind"; We all "understand" Self by the use of a body, which we "have" for a limited time. The body is a "leased" proving platform; a laboratory in form that we have a borrowed for the sensual purpose of Understanding the data of Self that exists in the Psyche/soul but is yet proven as "Truth", for Truth is information, and information becomes manifested for the purpose of intimate examination. Understanding is the 3 rd Sephiroth-Binah on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, and is often called the Great Dark Ocean of Mother Binah, i.e., The Universal Collective Unconscious,and/or the Space Time travels in, like currents that travel in our earthly oceans. Each of us is Energy, on it's own timeline/current and each a fractal copy of the One Self.
Healing, is on many levels of Self, for it can be mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual. We have sacrificed a previous balanced state of ease, to be born as a "person" in this world. So we begin as "Out of Ease", and have to readjust. Out of ease, is dis-ease and since growth, is an imbalance, always disturbing the previous balance, the young are constantly battling dis-eases . However, there is an internal paradigm of healing called an "immune system". That keeps trying to adjust the ease of the body and this system gets stronger, as if it was a muscle whose strength is constantly tested. This "testing" is also constantly applied to your mental strength, emotional strength, and spiritual strength. We know this testing as "life", The Soul has sacrificed its placidity, to become "You". Balance is now done in a being who is a biped, a naturally unbalanced form. The reason you don't have four legs, or three (2 feet and a tail) or one great foot (like a snail) is because your balance doesn't depend on your method of motivation, but on your Mind/Imagination. Emotions are energy-in-motion, or how we emote our desires/feelings into the environment, in order to manipulate it to fit our "world view". Hence, they are "thoughts", before the are emoted. Therefore, the Mind creates a Persona, a "mask", the emotes its thoughts. Hence, Spirit and Mind, that is Energy and Self work together to "animate" a form in the name of I Am. The body is your servant, you/Psyche by the process of your ability to manipulate thought, as "currents of data", that operate a form as in-form-action, which we all call "Alive" and is known as "Truth". Therefore, "Truth is in the Manifestation" and/ or "Proof is in the pudding". Also, all senses are different states of "I" sight. For to taste, touch, smell, hear, and see, are merely the fractal of sight that is I AM.
Hence, the truly balanced state of Mind and Spirit, is in the formula of Spirit-Mind-Body, union. Yet, many of us have sacrificed (hanged man) one or the other of our Spirit-Mind-Body trinity of creation, to placate another, or to avoid discomfort-physical or mental-emotional. This will cause disease as proof of our error. Now don't get me wrong, the Earth has "error" in the DNA molecule as well. Sometimes the body is born with these diseases, or the errant chromosome becomes active after a long dormancy, as it is held dormant by the immune system, that suddenly weakens, allowing it the error to become active. There can be physical causes for this sudden weakness, such as environmental poisoning, where the immune system is working hard to stop the effects of the "out of ease" environment and thereby loosening its control of the "garbage" chromosome.
Then again, there is the emotional disease, where one is overcome by fear of rejection, which relates to fear of pain, fear of poverty, fear of wealth, fear of ... All fear is born of the foundation fear, called fear of death. Every phobia, is related to "Fear of Death". Our fear of pain, becomes emotional when we over react to a disappointment. Such as a loving relationship that falls to dis-ease. We get all "hurt", and "heart broken", which all relate to expectations being destroyed. To love is to lose for all things come to an end, but lover's are fighters and are not afraid to love, for love is What I AM, not what I seek. I Love Being!
Therefore, in this world, what or whom we love is also a "self-sacrifice", when we sacrifice our ease to another's approval. Each of us tend to "hang" ourselves, to stop all motion, or at least slow it down, so that we can be with others. This Self-Sacrifice has a myriad of reasons. For even birth, is a reason for this self-sacrifice; Motherhood, is a self-sacrifice for "another". Life is a Soul sacrificing the ease of immortality for a mortal existence and/or the dream of I AM, is sacrificed to the lucidity of "Me". You may ask why do that? It could be as simple as Intimacy. For one cannot be happy, joyful, Pleasured, healthy and/or every "sensation"/"feeling" that you can come up with, unless they have the Power of Limit (to measure) which is to form an opinion of Self and to see/sense (measure) "Self" as Other. That Power of Limit is to "taste, touch, hear, see and smell", all of which is "I" sight.
The soul has sacrifice the immortal "i", to the mortality of physical being, for the purpose of intimacy. You are not a body, but are the energy pattern within motivation it in your name-I AM Me. Love can't be felt by the infinite, as "feeling" needs a beginning and an end. Therefore, Alive, is a story we tell ourselves, via the bio mechanism of a "body". I AM a Psyche, who "Above all things, knows thyself" through proven manifestation. For what is known, becomes "Me". I AM Me, must all be in equalized agreement, for life to become ease. The caveat here, is that you the Psyche must be the authority of your body who is called a "me". To let the "world of Man" run your body, via dogma, indoctrination, and words, is to become dis-eased where the Soul can't get through to the body and express itself. Emotions then become "knee jerk" expressions of dogma caged energy and dis-ease is a constant function. This is called dysfunctional emotions, for they don't function as the expression of I AM. Instead, your emoted energy, is just the "voice" of the programmed-man-made self identity. By a process of exorcism, I Am once again Soul made! Me is the voice of the I AM. That is where I found the "ease" that I AM. By the use of Tarot and the philosophy of Qabalah, I who is Soul, exorcised the disease of being a knee jerk creation of the Patriarchy that took from me the operation of my "Me". That demon is no longer in charge of the body, Health, results in all its phases, when the burglar-patriarch is thrown out of the house (the body is the house of the Soul) by the Strong Man inside-the Original Will of the I AM to be! Energy is What I AM and the Body is what I operate in "my name" which is I AM. Each of us is a powerful Shaman of our own Balanced Mystery. Hence, the powerful shaman image depicted on the Dreams of Gaia Card of Health.
If this concept is too difficult to grasp, then grasp the simile of an Ocean, who see itself in the form of a fish. For the Fish is entirely made of Ocean, and is alive in it, as the Ocean flows through the fish as "breath", water in and out of the gills, so that the Ocean can experience itself. Such is happening to the body you call "you". For Breath is Spirit (from the Greek word Spiro which means "to breathe or breath" ) and that is life flowing through you and as you, making you "alive" so that you who are the invisible energy can be seen and therefore, become "self-aware". The energy in breath is called "Prana" in Sanskrit. Health is balance, so to balance the health given by breath is to practice breath control, as in a **pranayama exercise which is known to cause miraculous healing.
fractals (plural noun)
a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation.
**What is Pranayama? - Definition from Yogapedia
Pranayama is the conscious awareness of breath: the life force that both energizes and relaxes the body. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, prana, meaning "life force," and ayama, meaning "extension." Pranayama is an integral part of yoga.
When the health card is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- To be human is to be wounded.
- A time to connect Spirit, Mind, Body as one expression.
- Let go of definitions and labels.
- Nurture passions and seek the pleasure of being you.
- Authenticity, honesty and laughter.
- Find the source of dis-ease and stress.
- You need to forgive.
- Don't dwell on the unchangeable past.
- Seek treatment, do not be afraid.
Thoth Tarot- ATU 12-The Hanged man, is a curious image of Severity and therefore, its implications are very different from the previous paths that connect the Personality and the Higher Self; Severity, because this is the Path of Mem (Meaning-Water- Hebrew Letter Mem is shown on bottom- left of card) that connects Hod (Splendor) and Geburah (Severity) on the Pillar of Severity.
The Hebrew word-MEM, (Water) is a one of the three Maternals, and implies a Baptism in Maternal Waters, as the other two: The Path of Shin (Art) is a baptism in Fire, and The Path of Aleph-The Fool, is a baptism in Air. Of all these three Baptisms, the Baptism in Water (Consciousness) is the central and pivotal experience of the entire Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Unconsciousness/Consciousness, is the Alchemical First Principle, also called the Thinking Principle and is referred to the physical image of Water because it is alike water in wave motion, and fluid flow. The lowest expression of the First Principle, is first found, by the upward traveling initiate of Qabalah, as the Astral Fluid that is drawn down the Path of the Universe into Yesod, the Foundation Sephiroth. This Thinking Principle, the Astral Fluid, is found as the Stable Intelligence, by virtue of consistency, in all Sephiroth and Paths as it underlies everything that is.
Pointing downward, the Spiritual "I" is drowned in the Maternal Waters where upon, perceiving itself as a Soul/Psyche and/or I AM, as an intrinsic and inseparably part of the One Universal Collective Unconsciousness. Carl Jung, who coined the phrase,Universal Collective Unconscious, describe this Water of Mem as a "...boundless expanse full of unprecedented uncertainty, with apparently no inside and no outside, no above and no below, no here and no there, no mine and no thine, no good and no bad". To him the First Principle of the Alchemists was also described as Water, as he states, "It is the world of water, where all life floats in suspension: where the realm of the sympathetic system, the soul of everything living begins; where I am individually this and that; where I experience the other in myself and the other-than-myself experiences me.....the collective conscious is anything but an encapsulated personal system; it is sheer objectivity, as wide as the world and open to all the world."
I would highly recommend that the initiate reads the works of Carl Jung, on the Collective Unconscious. Thus gaining a modern understanding of the ancient wisdom. To put it another way, in the state of consciousness we are "always the subject that has an object", a reality that is totally turned around in the Collective Unconscious where, we are "the object of every subject", as stated by Carl Jung. In other words, our subjective Self, I AM becoming objective Self, Me, when immersed in the Maternal Waters on the Path of Mem. THE HANGED MAN.; where the invisible becomes visible.
The initiate knows that we must move constantly upward on the Paths of the Tree of Life, for only through the hindsight gained by going to a Higher Sephiroth, can we "look back" experience an understanding of the qualities of the lower Sephiroth, The Path of Mem, leads to Geburah (Severity) which is directly above Tiphareth (Beauty); Geburah is the Fiery or Active part of the Higher Self and is shown as Red in color; the color of Mars. This further illustrates the point that Geburah is the fiery energy on the Pillar of Water below Binah. In the Thoth Deck Tarot card of the HANGED MAN, the Womb of Binah is where the hanging figure's foot is held.; from the oval of the Egyptian Ankh, which is the cross like symbol ( also called the Tau cross) of both Divine Androgyny and Infinity.
To the one who has traveled the Paths to this point, it is to be noted that the Path of Mem, the HANGED MAN, must be approached very differently than the lower paths. Here, the mediator becomes the object of one's own meditation. The individual becomes the "other" which was previously the object of pursuit; the "other" now becomes the Soul's most beloved-YOU. Thus it can be said, that the personality meditates in pursuit of the Higher Self, who then becomes or envelopes the Personality of the pursuer creating a Higher Sensual self.... A self often stated as having "Magick Abilities" and/or Magus.
The Path of Mem, THE HANGED MAN- Key 12, has a reverse figure on the card that represents the Higher Self imposing a complete reversal of perspective which is a suspension of individual consciousness in the Universal Collective Unconscious. Much like the reflected image in the mirror, looking at the real non-reflected image that is the object of reflection.
This is however, a willing suspension, done by an initiate's conscious effort, a type of sacrifice or baptism, where the perspective of "I Am" is cleansed of the illusions of the material world, i.e. the ME
Because of this sacrificing of one’s individual perspectives to the Greater Self perspective of all, the Thoth Deck HANGED MAN is shown in a suspected state of crucifixion that images the myth of the Dying God. (Dionysus. Osiris, Odin, Christ etc.), Some of my more observant students have asked why the Hanged Man is crucified on the Left Hand Path or one side of the Tree of Life as it would seem logical to have him spanning the Tree.
The reasoning behind this one-sided nonfiction, is because this is an intellectual experience, as shown by the legs positioned into the upside down number 4 which is suspended above the Triangle (3) implied by the positioning of the arms. 4 is the number of the Emperor Key-4 of the Thoth Tarot, and represents the rational qualities of the Mind while 3 is the number of the Empress, the imaginative qualities of the mind (also seen in the number 12, 1+2=3). Thus, positioning the rational qualities of the mind over the desire principle, as in copulation.
This suspension and or crucifixion in space, is what happens when the spinning WHEEL OF FORTUNE, the 10th key and the opposite Path of Caph (the Path between Netzach and Chesed) is willfully arrested by the initiate.
The HANGED MAN is repose, while the WHEEL OF FORTUNE is activity both of which form a balance that is known as the activity and passivity of the ONE THING.
Thus, one of the primary qualities of the HANGED MAN is that it is a Path of eternal probabilities and/or eternal unresolved possibilities. Thus the HANGED MAN is openness without end while THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE, is the exact opposite, as it encloses in eternal motion., i.e. making a limited thought pattern and/or Form. When Mem (Water-consciousness) is closed, it becomes the Ankh (a form of the Tau cross) The Ankh represents Mem reversed.
In Crowley's card of the HANGED MAN, illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris, the figure emphasizes the cross-triangle, and is suspended from the Ankh, being attached to this form of the Tau Cross, by a coiled serpent that symbolizes “the creator and destroyer who operates all change". There is also a lower coiled serpent that represents the effect of the "Work of God": As Crowley states in his book of Thoth: "Through his work a Child is begotten, as shown by the Serpent stirring in the Darkness of the Abyss below him."
As I have stated before, this is the card that shows the reversal of perspective, where the individual identity, reflected in the light of consciousness (reflecting side of the Mirror of Self), becomes the Universal Identity (The Dark or non-reflective side of the Mirror of Self) that is the Unlimited Space of the Universal Collective Unconscious, the Maker of All Things. Successful scrying of this card will reverse perspective, so that the mediator becomes the object of t one's own meditation. Which could be stated as, where the Soul is observing the body, rather than the body seeking its soul. Health, is Real-izing one's Whole Self by the union of Spirit-Mind-Body harmony.
When THE HANGED MAN -key 12, is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- The querent will be or is, experiencing moments of enforced sacrifice, maybe even punishment.
- Loss that is not voluntary and general suffering.
- This is the Principle of Surrender in order to break old patterns.
- A time when one must accept reversals.
- Sacrificing and devotion.
- Acceptance of destiny and searching for deeper meaning.
- Finding wisdom.
- Overcoming one's ego.
- Changing one's ways.
- New world view.
If ill defined by surrounding cards, it implies:
- At a Standstill.
- Resistance and self-sacrifice (being stuck).
- Upside down thinking and thereby, hanging in the air.
- Not seeing any purpose in life.
- Giving power to limits, rather than knowing the Power of limitation.
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