The Dreams of Gaia-21-Perception, creates the unique universe of each individual I AM that is made manifest. Perception organises,identifies, and interprets sensory information in order to understand what we sense and experience; ourselves. Without perception I AM would not have an organised observation of what I AM is. We would all like individual perception to be the "Truth" of everything, but that idea is futile. Individual perceptions, are often based on the unique environmental experiences of the individual as the proceed from childhood to adulthood. Each also is indoctrinated to "sense" the world by their own cultures and dogma of the society they grow up in. Depending on tolerant or abusive parents also, impacts the "sense of self". Each of us live in our observations and perceptions, as our "world view". It is also our very own judge and jury, that in the end, weighs our "heart against the feather" in the balance scales of the Creatrix; to refer to the Egyptian Goddess Maat. Now this is a metaphor, as those who are "light hearted" are those who perceive the love that created everything and "Above all things, know themselves". Then there are those of "heavy heart", who must be sent back into a karmic life, repeating the errors that they haven't solved yet. It is best to remember that each of us contributes as an awareness in experience of Self to the Universal Collective Unconscious. We are how the I AM senses itself and becomes intimate with Creation.
Since our lives are built on the foundation of our perceptions, it behooves us all to perceive in the best possible way to have a powerful life. Even our ability to learn, our understanding of cause and effect ("live by the sword, die by the sword") and the ability to see and weigh our options, are all influenced by perspectives. As we perceive ourselves, so is the world viewed. As we perceive ourselves, so is the Power given in our ability to go forward, and move beyond tragedies. To perceive the Divinity in all things, is to experience the Divine as Self. As the philosophy of Qabalah states, " if it exists, it is supposed to". You exist, because you are supposed to. The Great Self, the I AM has declared itself as you! No matter what you perceive to be so, it defines the I AM of you. Therefore, let no thief that will steal your identity and close off your senses by the chains and handcuffs of dogma, in to your brain, for it is your perceptive sense of self. If love is the perspective and/or I AM Love, then you will have a powerful, expansive and liberating life. If it is fear, I Am afraid, I Am inferior, I Am poor, I Am useless, I Am unloved and many more negative perspectives of self, mostly based on fear of rejection. Your life is bound in a prison of dysfunctions. Just remember, you are perceived by the Divine Creative, to be Itself, for you to have the power to declare Self, by using the Divine Power of Command-I AM! So let us declare: I Am the Will, I Am the Way, I Am the Wealth, and I own the day! You are Life!
Each of us is good enough for the Divine Creative to create, and the Divine Creates only what it declares as I AM and/or only what It wants. You never had to fear rejection, for your creation proves your worth to the Divine and to the Knowers of Self in this world.
When the Perception card is thrown in a divination, it implies:
The Dreams of Gaia-Key 6-The Crone is also included in this comparison to the Thoth Universe card. The Crone is the Trinity Goddess- Wise Woman, the One who meets us at death, to decide our next "journey" as an I Am. The Patriarchy has done its best to besmirch the Divine Creatrix, picturing her as a shriveled up old wart covered, and ugly old woman of nefarious intentions or a banshee (Bane-she) that is corpse like and comes screaming to our door. She is far from any of it, for she is the Grandmother of Souls and judge of their progressive experience. For Wisdom, comes from experience, as it is to see error and correct it. If a soul is very creative, it will create error and if its perspectives of self are competent, it will correct that error without trying to blame another. In other words, she is the measure of souls. Therefore, the Patriarchy fears her above all, for in the end, she gets the corrupted soul of its indoctrinated followers, and sends them back to correct their errors. The Patriarchy is the Group Soul/Psyche of the Culture and/ or Society, all of which server the World Ordered by the Patriarchy- the world of enslavement where the mind of the many is indoctrinated to serve the few. The Crone destroys that indoctrination, and returns the Soul to its original beauty, but only through the process of reincarnation, for wisdom cannot be granted to anyone; Wisdom has to be learned by individual experience; by correcting one's own errant thought, and the resulting errant actions.
The Crone is all about feminine power, the power to turn data into information and/or Understanding. Because she is the combination of all the Wisdom that the Divine Creatrix has accrued in the many millennia of Creation, she is nothing to fear, and has much to share. She is very gentle and kind, but is not afraid to show "tough love" when needed. She is the Kali Ma of the Hindu, that removes delusions, and illusions from our self-identity. We are the Solar/Soul Children of the Divine Creative's family of "Selves". I AM Me, and not some product of the Patriarchy, for no man has made me. My Identity is the Creation of the Divine as a sensual form of I AM. I have the power to be anything I perceive! I can change a thing, by observation alone. That is a god-like power that I accept and will not give to another, nor allow a thief to take it and because of this attitude, the Crone always leaves me to "walk from body to body" without having to reabsorb the personality and send it back without memory. For She don't fix what ain't broke. she is wise enough to know that if it works, let it do its work.
Therefore, souls whose personality totally belongs to them, have no need to create another persona. Unlike the souls who lost their personality to an "outside" authority. I Am the Universal-Self/Psyche that resounds with the joyful cry-I AM Me. All of us began there, in the Core of the Universal I, as its Am, (soul/Psyche). Where have we gone since then? The Crone knows, and only wishes you to be the Child born of the Divine I AM. She will return you to that state, even if it requires a "tough love" of completely stripping your identity of falsehoods, and sending you back to as purity, to try once again to shed the impurity of this world lie. Each of us is " the brave new world", and are not subject to the old world of cowards, who fear their own perspectives and call them "Master". I Am is the Mastery of Perspective, made manifest, and all of us have that Divine Inheritance for we begin in the perspective of the Trinity of the One as "I Am"....The Crone knows you as the Original Golden Child, and will not accept less of you. She will bathe the dirt of accumulated illusions and delusions off that hides the Golden Glow of the Sun that you are. She knows the power that you are, and will only speak to you on equal terms, so stand tall, for she will not kneel to your self-imposed weakness. We are all Light, Light seeing itself as an I AM Me. We don't seek "enlightenment" for we are Enlightenment and/or Light made Manifest as Spirit-Mind-Body- a Completed Divine Being. You have forgotten yourself, in the smoke and mirrors of the Patriarch's manipulation of your identity. Go to the Crone, she'll bathe you in a baptism of Self-Awareness, washing of the tar of lies and returning you to your Bright and Beautiful Glory. You are Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth-Beauty, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Psyche of Light, called the Sun of God, who made you believe you were the shadow who is seeking light? The Shadow we cast, leaves life, expanded and liberated in its wake. I Am Me, and proud to be it. Thanks to the baptismal bath of the Crone, the wise lady I adore, I see the Light that I Am.
You have the right to be angry about what was done to your Identity, by the World Lie. However, use this anger in a positive powerful motion that tares down the Indoctrinated ruler made identity, That inner tower of babel that resounds in your brain as a cacophony of blame, fear, and weakness. For the Power of I AM can shut that all down, and lighting strike that inner tower of falsehood down. Leaving the Golden Child that is the "Me" of you, under the loving control of the Original I Am. Use anger to motivate yourself towards your authenticity. For it is not "others", that have controlled your life, it is your belief systems, your perspectives that have besmirched your authentic self. We go inward to go up and we go outward to go down. Hence, the fall of your Angelic Self. In that Fall, we look outward to find our identity, in the titles, words and actions of others. This is the falsehood, for you are not a slave and need not a savior, to release you form your impoverished thinking. You are your savior. Dare to change, for above all the Crone approves of courage. Why else would the patriarchy try to make you fear her? Remember the 4 admonitions of Western Magic: To Will.To Know. To Dare, and to be Silent.
When the Crone card is thrown, it implies:
The universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
The proper study of the Paths (Major Arcana cards) is the ascending of Understanding up the Tree of Life, as we are "below" and need to remember the realms of Pure Spirit "above". The experiences on Earth, assist us in our goals of a more refined understanding of the Universal patterns of the I Am. Such as a microscope helps the biologist in a more refined understanding of cell- structure and bacteria of earthly construction. Earth manifestation, with its crystalline lenses and mirror reflected light, (the "I sight" of our senses), helps us see deeply into the microcosm, so that we better understand the macrocosmic Self of I AM.
As long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning though a physical vehicle, this is where our serious esoteric work begins and ends.
The Path of Tau-Key 21-The Universe, joins the crystallized world of earth, Malkuth-Meaning Kingdom, with the Sephiroth Yesod -meaning Foundation It is the first journey out of the material condition that leads us to a greater understanding of the Personality that was designed by the Higher Self (Tiphareth) for each incarnation, before our man-made personality blinded us to our divinity.
Dr.Paul Foster Case, who wrote the book, The Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom (the number Thirty Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephiroth) calls the Path of Tau (The Universe card) the “Administrative Intelligence" because it "directs and associates in all seven planets." The "seven planets" he is referring to are the Microprosopus-Hexagram pattern of the seven planets on the Tree of Life. In other-words, it is the intelligence of perspective, as it administrates our self -identity via our individual perceptions.
The understanding of the Path of Tau (meaning cross), from Malkuth to Yesod, is rooted on the fact that all is Mind. I know that as we are all body oriented, we think that the Mind's realm of ideas, dreams, or thoughts, are somehow divorced from the physical, We have a dual concept of ourselves as a body and mind, The Qabalah teaches that all is Mind and yes, the body is "crystallized mental identity": but Mind just the same! Taking this a step further, all is Spirit/Will and the body is "Crystallized Spirit/Will". In the Mysteries, the distinction of Mind and Body is one of perception (brought on by senses), not an actuality. So instead of blaming the world for your "lacks", you might want to ask your inner self, why you wanted to be made-manifest here. I did, and the answer really surprised me.
The pictures we see when we close our eyes, are a more refined form of matter, the images and energy forms which are closest to the physical condition. The concept of Yesod (Foundation) is based on the understanding that most of the Universe is unseen, in fact, our bodies are composed of the electromagnetic spectrum and seem solid, yet they are 96 % invisible. This estimation comes from the fact that invisible Dark Energy comprises 26% of the matter Universe, and invisible Dark Matter comprises 70% of our known Universe. That means, that most of us are judging the Kingdom of God, the Earth and our flesh, with less than 4% of our minds, via the influences of sensuality! Since Malkuth is the only sensual kingdom, we must travel the Path of Tau to experience the "Seven Palaces of Assiah"(Seven planets), as represented by the seven pointed star on the Star Card , ATU 17.
This card represents the key to individuality, totality, and wholeness. To those of Eastern culture, this is the image of Shiva; to the Christian, this is the image of the Virgin Mary with her foot on the head of the serpent.
Regardless of cultural interpretation this card symbolizes the Divine Androgen that is both dynamic and magnetic in a perfectly balanced dance (life motion) of I Am Me.
Before I go on with further explanation of the Universe- Key/ATU-21, it would be appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the Path of Tau. This mental walk, is called Scrying. Scrying, is simple really, all one has to do is focus on a cards reflection in a dark mirror, allowing impressions to form, or even imagine themselves entering it. This is somewhat like lucid dreaming, where you enter the dream and control the events (life). Here, one is projecting themselves into an inner vision by the use of a "day dream", projecting oneself into the Vision of the Card. Some may breathe deep and easy, relaxed in body, and mentally project themselves into the Key Vision, others, as do I, like traveling into a tunnel, imagine themselves entering the Visions, as the card grows ever bigger until entry. At first, maybe boredom takes over, but soon the diligent student discovers that what they experience in this lucid scrying, is not of their own making. They often are astonished at the vitality, energy and spontaneous images that these "mandalas" invoke.
In the Forces of Tau, is the Knowledge, the data, of all the accumulated ideas that went into the making of our world. There is much to experience and remember here so discrimination is recommended, as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in order to perceive our authentic -"I AM Me". The Path of Tau begins the process of knowing ourselves as we have been known into existence; an existence so dutifully produced by our Divine Parent’s Lucid Dream. In fact, if the student of Tarot/Qabalah, doesn't scry these cards, they may as well be a deck of playing cards or be a charlatan that preys on superstitious minds for monetary gain.
From the standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the Universe Key/ATU 21, may be the most important card in the deck, as it is the beginning of our journey back to Spiritual Awareness: the inner journey so important to "True Self-Awareness". On this Path of Tau, we experience our own personality consciousness, which is of our own making, a reality that can be both frightening and gratifying. Yes, we make our own reality and the Universe card helps us to travel beyond the self-absorbed reality of our personalities, into the Higher Self reality that created our consciousness in the Beginning. Freedom of Choice defines our "End" by the composite pattern of perspectives we choose that often form our "outer-personalities".
Between the Hebrew letters of Aleph and Tau or *Tav, is the entire Universe, the Alpha and the Omega and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's "ending" manifestation, into the Beginning....for they who know their end, know their beginning! Thus, the Path of Tau-The Universe, is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who begin the process of bringing their Personalities into a self-understanding balance. Of personalities, we have many, each represented by the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and for the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at first, independently, and later as a wholeness.
* The Hebrew letters have no English spelling-Hence they are often spelled in many different ways, all of which are phonetic and/or "sounds like".
This may also astound the student, but it is on the path of Tau (The Universe Card), that one discovers the extent to which the process of inner exploration is assisted by the guidance of the "Angels", particularity Archetypal identities in the Universal Collective Unconscious. The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the Children of the Divine Couple; The Inheritors. It may surprise you, especially since the Pavlovian indoctrination of your personality has defined you deficient, that to the whole of the Universe you are most precious! The purpose of Tarot is to help you see, as you are seen by your Creator and wonder of wonders, you are not condemned but Loved without condition!
One of the most important lessons of the Universe card, is that of Discrimination and/or discernment, a process of Wisdom that can only be learned in the earthly realm of Malkuth. This gateway to the Astral, is the Path of Tau, and the Astral is the place of “Fluid thoughts", ideas, dreams, before they crystallize into manifestation. It is as if light were liquid, as if the mirror of your mind is not yet solidified, to reflect you in crystalline light. There is deception in the Astral, Fantasies, that may never make it into manifestation, and some you never want to, so be discriminating, but only through divination can we enter the "Administrative Intelligence" balance; a discernment that is shown on the Universe Card by depicting the Dancing Woman draped with the Caph-shaped scarf while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy.
If you have been keeping up with my blog (eli-lsmerchantile.com), you may know that the Universe Card is a multidimensional understanding of the Cosmic Mind. After much study, one may grasp the principle that the entire Tree of Life, which is taught through the Path of Tau-The Universe, is the most profound concept of "As above, so below". To a sensual body, this means "up and down", to the Infinite, this just means "higher vibration" and "lower vibration", a normal occurrence as energy condenses to greater and greater crystallization unto matter. Of course, energy frequency, ideas and Mind are insuperable, just as electricity and data in your computer are inseparable. Thus another axiom is attributed to the Tree, "The Know is in the Flow". That is why, when we mentally journey a Path, we gather knowledge at the same time we encounter higher mental frequency. Diligently skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of information.
I have discussed the "Will-To-Form” of the Great Mother Binah (3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) who is the Life Conscious and which is Saturn in the exalted Supernal Realm of Atziluth. She is completely expressed on the Path of Tau, key 21-The Universe. The female figure of the " Cosmic Dancer" of the Universe, is the fullest expression of this Life Conscious and has been called Isis, the Anima Elohim, as well as, Saturn who gives life and destroys it and Great Mother Binah.
The oval ring of Stars that surrounds the central female figure represents the Womb of the human female, as well as, the Cosmic Womb into which the soul passes after body death. We arise from our death surrounded in a ring of stars, on our way to the Great Mother.
Life, with its beginning, middle, and end, processes in waves or spirals (Spirit is a Spiral flow of Will-to-be Energy) which come back upon themselves. This circling back upon itself is often shown as a Great Serpent with its tail in its mouth. This is also the natural course of the Akashic Fluid (Astral Fluid) of Yesod where the Serpent Kundalini is coiled in its passive state, and uncoiled in its active state.
The Universe Card is also surrounded in the Great Dark Sea, a reference to the Great Mother Binah, who is the Sea of all consciousness (The Divine Unconscious) which on the path of Tau, is consciousness in the most dense and difficult expression. Again, discernment must be used when traveling the Akasha of Yesod, many who entered this Path, entertain themselves with extended fantasy and find themselves tormented by phantoms of their own making. The discerning traveler will supply every test of reason, and feeling. After a time of discernment, one will begin experiencing a process of learning, which is not of their own making. Verifying the images, by elaborate research definitely aids in this process.
Sickle in hand this figure cuts away limitations and restrictions while weaving the released energy into a web to dance on.
The regenerative diamond back serpent is representative of the need to transform before we can expand and liberate ourselves from the past self- imposed limits.
The spiral hair symbolizes growth and evolution.
The diamond halo is the symbol for expanded awareness, such as psychic abilities etc.
The Greek pantheon at the bottom represents the home of all the goddesses and gods. When our body becomes the temple of our divinity, such a pantheon are we.
The four animals symbolize, earth (Taurus the bull), fire (Leo, the lion), and water (Scorpio, the bird): and air (Aquarius, the human face). This shows us that it is important to express ourselves, physically, (Taurus), spiritually (Leo), emotionally (Scorpio), and mentally (Aquarius).
To some people, the Tarot is about prophecy and seeing into the future but to Qabalists, the Tarot is about developing psychic abilities (Divya Sidhis, in Sanskrit which means: Magic abilities). The more a reader uses the cards to find answers to given questions, the more that reader taps into the unseen currents of subtle energy/conscious.
Over time, as I will attest, the cards are almost a redundancy since the answers are always deeply felt. But again, we think by association and the Tarot Cards help us correspond to the Divine.
The Path of Tau, is the ascending path from 10-Malkuth-Kingdom (bottom circle-Sephiroth) to the circle above it which is 9- Yesod-Foundation. Which is the path of the 21-Universe Trump. We ascend the Tree of Life as we work from our material perspective (below) to our Divine Inheritance/Spiritual perspective-(above). We have manifested on Earth to achieve a more refined/intimate discriminating perspective of the Universe through a personal learning-and/or an intimate relationship with it. Our work with Earth is where all serious esoteric work begins and ends (Alpha and Omega) as long as Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical being, the Divine will be intimate with its creation.
The Path of Tau, The Universe, is the first path out of the material condition of the survival mind (animal consciousness) and leads towards understanding of the Personality constructed by the Greater Self (Higher Self) of Tiphareth (Beauty) for each incarnation.
The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom [text by Paul Foster Case] calls this path the "Administrative Intelligence", and states that it "directs and associates in all the operations of the seven planets". Symbolically this path connects the earth to the Microcosm (Microprosopus in The Sepher Yetzirah-Qabalistic text) represented by the Hexagram which is the connected Seven Planets on the Tree of Life.
The Path of Tau, is both power and servitude as ascribed to the Palace of Holiness that sustains all things. That Palace, being the associated seven planets and the Path of Tau that connects them to earth.
From the Qabalistic stand point the 21-Universe Card may be the most important card in the deck for it is the point where we begin the process of inner exploration. It is on this Path that we encounter our own personal self-conscious, a personality that is all inside our heads divorced from physical reality.
The Path of Tau, is an initiation of the Personality into its own structure, which is the Microcosmic Universe (The All of the Universe is the Macrocosm). During this initiation we will also encounter symbols and ideas of a greater consciousness than our own and begin to see ways in which our being relates to a total universal picture.
This is a subjective Path which can only be successfully traveled by those who have begun to bring their Personalities into self-understanding balance; otherwise an out of balance personality will find itself tormented by phantoms of its own making and the Gates of understanding are closed to them. Those who have truly come to grips with personal Life Experience will find inner help and encouragement along the way. Sometimes, in every step of the way.
We must also understand that The Universe is a Path of Entry into the Astral, which seeks to deceive. Many people believe they are on one Path or another, when they are just entertaining themselves with a personal extended fantasy. We must apply every test of reason and feeling to the symbols we perceive on the Astral; we know it is not of our own making if we are actually learning from these symbols, by applying verification or corroboration through research. Discrimination is the most important lesson/virtue of Malkuth.
The Path of Tau, is the only one of the 32 paths of Wisdom that connects sensation to the rest of the tree. "As above, so below" is now established because we are the "images of God" feeling for all states of Greater Self-conscious! Sensation is the Energy Microscope that is needed for impeccable creation in the Microcosm. Discerning Impeccability is necessary to expand and liberate the living from their own Phantoms of self-identity, i.e. fears of not being. However, even though the body is part of the 1% world of physical matter, it is 100% of all sensation. Thus, we are fooled into thinking the sensation is us.
So to begin with psychic development, we must give our senses to the Universe----so meditate on 21-The Universe card and expand your self-awareness.
When the Universe card is thrown in a divination, it implies:
When ill defined by surrounding cards:
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