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The Tarot of Eli-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot-ATU 15-The Devil & Tarot of Druids- Key XV-Fin mac Cumaill

Western Hermetic Qabalah and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Devil-atu 15, is the Tree of Life, Path of Ayin (Meaning-"eye"), and it connects the 6th Sephiroth of the Solar Logos, Tiphareth with the Sephiroth-Hod, that is the sphere of Mercury and the intellect. The Path of Ayin, is the Twenty-sixth Path and is formative. In the terms of Self structure, it is the bridge between The Personality and individuality and/or the Path of Identity. Hence the word "eye", as in the All Seeing I of which the eye is a symbol.

As I have stated so often before, the Solar Logos, is the Original manifestation of the Divine Child of God, i.e. the Son/Sun. Note: this is not a sexual description of a species, rather it is an "Energetic one", for the Son/Sun of God is a Sun that sends "solar flares" (Divine Energy and Data) outward as individual expressions of It's own Self ( Personality); from Self into selves that circumnavigate, through the experiences of self-awareness back to Self, i.e. from Tiphareth to Malkuth and back up the Tree to Tiphareth again. In other words, it is The Soul that projects your personality into the human brain as a "self-reflection", and artificial intelligence, that is used to intimately examine its own self-information. You are not the human ego. That is an indoctrinated animal intelligence of the body. It is being controlled by "those who control definition" and/or Rulers. The ego is made of man made words, as self-definition. It is purely propaganda making you think you are a man made worded definition, supplied by rulers to keep you as domesticated sheep rather than being a lone wolf . It is the Tower of Babel that must be destroyed by your Soul, so that you can be what you were originally created to be; The Soul's representative in the World of Malkuth/Manifestation. You are the evolution of Solar intelligent Light. Your body, lives because of the Real You, who is the Solar Being of 7 light bodies that surrounds it and enters it through breath and chakric centers (Spinning wheels of energy). The body is like a planet living within its sun.

The Hebrew letter Ayin means -Eye (I) and is a simple letter that also Means-Mirth. This double meaning may invite confusion but all Hebrew double meaning letters are Soul letters; However, rest assured, that this Path of Ayin is one of the most difficult for western people to understand, for interpretation flies in the face of Christian cultural definitions that have been applied to the Devil.

In Barbra G. Walker's Book [ THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS] which has been honored by the London Times Educational supplement as 1986 "Book of the Year", the provenance of the word devil is noted as Persian. She states." The Words "devil" and "divinity" grew from the same root, Indo-European devi (Goddess) or deva (God), which became daeva (devil) in Persian. Old English divell (devil) can be traced to the Roman derivative divus, divi: gods. Thus it seems that, from the beginning, gods and devils were often confused with one another." She goes on to explain such enlightening scholarship that I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks an honest education, rather than a dishonest indoctrination. This confusion of gods and devils, is also why the Devil card, ATU/Key 15 is a gematria 1+5=6; which is the Christ-Buddha consciousness 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth-Beauty. Hence, it is the "unseen" light side of the Sun of God. For your information, 99.6% of the Light Spectrum is invisible.

There is another fact here that may hide from reason, and that is the combination of the words Devi (Goddess)and Lingam (Male phallus), is Divya Linga (Sanskrit word for Divine- lingam) and has also been interpreted by propagandists of Christian past, as the word Devil, which actually bespeaks of the "Son/Sun of God" as the Solar Phallus. Hence, the Christian Devil is always shown with a phallic tail. Much to study here as most of our "knowledge" is propaganda based misconstructions!

To the Qabalist, the Devil is not viewed as an evil (lived spelled backward) entity, having its own god-like existence. Rather it represents a special mystery (Arcana) that must be experienced and understood before we can hope to directly know the Higher Self as "ourself". The Devil is the intelligence that is Master of Manifest form (the Instinctual Mind), which we meet on the Path of Ayin, and must face and conquer by seeing through its lies. First lie, is that it tells you it is you...which it isn't. The Path of Ayin, takes the traveler into an understanding that we are entering a transition between the intellect of consciousness (individual conscious) and true spiritual conscious. In other words, our Brain, an artificial intelligence, is our Devil, not because it is evil, but because it is an artificial identity/sense of self that was/is abused by the pleasure /pain training (brain washing) of indoctrination and it blames the body for all its "emotional pain". Hence, the devil is always linked with illusion and the moon. Emotional pain, is only for understanding our own error. If we can't define error we can't correct it and error is 50% of wisdom. When energy-in-motion feels like pain, we should understand that it is in error, just like physical pain tells/or defines for us an error in the body systems. It is never "about them", it is always our own creation that we feel. But the ego says it is you, and uses emotional pain as a tool of punishment, like a slave-master uses a whip to punish a slave. The only emotional cruelty you have ever suffered, was created by your own ego. For what we think, we feel. We can always ignore the thoughts of other ego driven artificial intelligences. When one's brain is divided/separated from its master, it is conquered for devious purposes. The Soul is the Original Psyche and the master of its own "self-reflection". That is until the child is indoctrinated into believing it is wrong, bad, or incompetent. In other words, a virus has replaced the original wetware of the Soul's own self-realization. The Soul, the Immortal Psyche of your creation, deems you good enough to be its intimate/sensual representative; its Mercury who can be the "messenger of the gods". You have been approved by the Christos, and/or Buddha consciousness that is your Soul. We must exorcise the demon of indoctrination/ the demon virus in our self-identity and/or our "i" sight before we can remember that we are not words made by man. We are images of the Son/Sun of the Divine Creative.

Three Paths lead directly into Tiphareth: THE DEVIL {key 15), ART (key 14 called Temperance in

Traditional Medieval Tarot decks), and DEATH (key 13). Now each of these paths represents a special trial for the initiate; However, each student is not required to travel all three Paths.

One way to experience Path Travel is the Devotional Path of the Middle Pillar or Pillar of Mildness, where one need only experience the Path of Samekh (meaning- Prop) or the Art Card-key 14 (Temperance in other decks), leading from Yesod (Foundation) to Tiphareth (Beauty).

This is more of a gentle path of the Mystics and demands less mental and emotional will from the Student. The Magi's way of following each and every Path, means the acquisition of control over Forces which each Path symbolizes: every Path confers a unique power ("magical abilities"). Therefore, a Magus is an active Force of Creation, rather than a Passive one. The difference here, is that the Traveler of the Middle Path does learn to balance and may experience within the Self, the forces of the twenty-two Paths, but experiencing these conceptual states of conscious energy does not necessarily develop the ability to manipulate them, which is an art necessary in the development of a "discerning Personality"; the Spiritual purpose for the human body! The homo sapiens sapiens, is not the human body, it was meant to channel the "god mind" and/or Divine Creative and thereby become the human body. This is shown in the word hu-man itself. Hu is a Mandarin word for "god". And Man, is an abbreviation of the Hindu word Manas, which means "mind". Hence, the human is the "Heavenly Human"/Horus/Christos/Adam Khadmon of the philosophies.

-Adam Khadmon

Now I know, that some students of the Occult (hidden mysteries) enter into the studies seeking a type of "Raw Power", hoping to control others and circumstances to avoid pain and "doing unto others before they can do unto them". Such misinformed students soon learn that if such Power is acquired and then misused there is a devastating price to pay. So there is no question that for the timid, the Middle Path is much safer than facing and conquering the temptations of the Magical Path. For all you need is constant devotion, and faith in that Spirit loves you. However, you are not then being the in-form-action of the Divine Creative.

THE DEVIL represents Raw Power (Mars), it is the Force that brings about the transmutation of THE TOWER (key 16) and is in the sign of Capricorn (also shown as the Goat or Goat like image on the Waite and Crowley card), which is where Mars is exalted. Capricorn, is a weighty, even blind sign of earth and symbolizes the highest and lowest states of individual personality. Yet it is considered a sign of initiation, or release from matter formed limitations. These material limitations are suggested by the astrological rulership of Capricorn by Saturn, the Planet of Binah, The Great Mother, that governs the limitations of form, by the measurement of Time, as does Saturn. These limitations are of both the enclosure of matter or of time, the artificial system by which we meter and enclose all activities. Thus, THE DEVIL also represents the average person's misconception of "reality"; a perceptive belief that the material eyesight and/or-sensual condition is "Real". The Qabalist knows the physical-material world as the "1%" world, and realizes that the other invisible ”99%” (often called "the other side of the Mirror") is the unseen Real because the real eyesight is "I sight" of the I AM. This misconception of reality is symbolized on the head of the Rider-Waite DEVIL, by the upside down pentagram on the entities head. The upside down pentagram indicates delusion as our ideas of spirituality and reality are upside down as it is positioned over the "Third Eye" of Inner Sight. On the Thoth Card, there is a "third eye", which is the "All seeing I", but above it is a bouquet of little blue flowers, called "forget me nots". These flowers represent a great and mysterious truth....fear of rejection is the foundation of the "devil". Forget me not, is just another way to say "I fear rejection". All children are born with this as the number 1 fear. The Patriarchy knows this and has exploited this child like fear with "boogie men" of all kinds. The Patriarch promises to protect you from its very own propaganda creations, from heretics, sinners, blasphemers and enemies and the fear that the child will be rejected if it doesn't comply...COMPLY, is the propaganda here. The "true enemy" of your Truth lies within your brain as an ego, and must be thrown out the identity of yourself.

The total misconceptions of Life/Self based on fear, is what the devil card implies.

The misconception of reality is symbolized in two ways on the Thoth -THE DEVIL card; the smirking mouth and the Goat represents the humorous figure of the childhood nemesis the "Bogey Man". This "Bogey Man" is more of a demonic dragon on the Legends Tarot- Key 15. Rather than show the Devil as some demonic netherworld god, the Thoth Tarot cards emphasizes the knowledge that our belief in the illusion of matter (Matter is only .4% visible as our bodies are 99.6% space!) is actually laughable while also implying that laughter is a humorous approach to our lives and is a tool which will help our consciousness to transcend the illusion of "thinking it to believe it". Mirth is the first great corrective and helps us not to take our perceptions of the material world seriously, which only means "fearfully". Therefore, The Devil cautions us not to believe everything we think for the Divine Creative makes images of Itself, not words.

It pays to note that the Survival Mind of the animal, the instinctual mind of the body, is our Devilish tempter due to its manipulation of fear of rejection, rather than the Patriarchy and its propaganda. We are tricked  into believing we are as Moons who are at the mercy of forces and phases, rather than the Magus (The Sun) who manipulates these forces and phases. The Wisdom of the ages, tells one to not believe in the Christian Devil. That the darkness within is merely our fear based thinking initiated by the survival mind of the biological brain that is stimulated by imaginary bogey men, created by the worded identity of those who wish to rule our imaginations. For to rule imagination, is to rule the Creative nature of mankind.

These delusions of mental weakness, are shown , as a dark and unwholesome nightmare apparition of the predator. Hence, the "Shadow Side" of our mind is our fear of fate, forces, and other states of enslaved thinking, brought on by our fear of, rejection, pain, death etc. Also, the limited physical sight being told what to see, rather than insight, can be the bogey-men creator that keeps us from exercising our free Will- Spiritual Power, as we constantly reacting to the environment rather than the spiritual act of acting in that environment. This is the Trick of sensuality, it makes us believe only in reaction as reality rather than the Action, that makes the Real of things. Spirit is action, the body is reaction. Our Action must control our reaction, if we are to exercise our Divine Freedom of Choice/Identity. When reacting to others, we are choosing to be ruled by them and spend our lives trying to appease them while we are in a constant state of fear, that someone will reject us.

The Path of Ayin, means Eye, a representation of the true "I" and/or our Soul/Psyche. Hence, if we believe in only what our physical eyes show us, we lose our inner "I" sight, shown as the All Seeing Eye/I, that is on the Forehead of the Thoth Tarot- Goat, which symbolizes the astrological sign of Capricorn.

The Qabalist knows that there is nothing in the Universe that is not of One Mind. The devil, as we are taught, is merely a postulation of those who wish to rule the knowledge by keeping others ignorant and making them fear their own Avatar- body senses. Once, the Spirit, Mind and body are divided, by dogma and indoctrination, one becomes a "body bedeviled" by unrelenting words running around, unchaperoned, in their heads. I Am, is the definer, and what I decide that I AM to be is mine, by Divine Decree. I AM The Will, I AM the Way, I AM the Wealth, I AM the Day!

Intellectually the "Devil " Tarot indicates a state of mind that is a source of worded forms, a mind of measurement, told what to measure and has the appearance of relative existence. The exorcism of which is the necessary intellectual means of reaching the Christ-Buddha consciousness that is Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth-Beauty- on the Tree of Life. Now I know that without measurement, there is no self-awareness and therefore, no discernment. That is why this necessary state of mind, is also called the "Lord of the Gates of Matter and the Child of the forces of Time" (see the Emerald Tablet). The Devil/Instinctual mind then is both Tempter and Redeemer. He is also described as the "Prince of the Powers of Air", indicating that this state of energy conscious is mediating in the flow of Astral currents and/ or dreams; Air being understood here as being the whole of Yetzirah, the Astral Plane which controls the ebb and flow of mental/ material images.

Therefore, the inner Path of Ayin, confers the ability to bring the upside down pentagram indicating "matter's rule over spirit", right side up. Right side up, the pentagram indicating Spirit's rule over matter; which is another way of saying, the ability to reverse the currents of astral light. This process begins with the intellect of Hod (Splendor) and leads into the intuition of Tiphareth (Beauty). Thus, Dr. Paul Foster Case in his text -The Thirty-Two Paths to Wisdom, calls the Devil the Renewing Intelligence. The Qabalist understands that only through the forces of the Devil/instinct and our right understanding of them, can we come directly to the Higher Consciousness of the Son/Sun of The Divine Creative.

It behooves us to remember that the word manifestation actually means to create illusion, and while manifestation is the necessary means to create the illusion of earthly form and therefore, measurement for the infinite Soul/psyche, it is the "dissolution" of these forms that is absolutely essential to the Path of Return. To the Qabalist, "dissolution" means analysis which is precisely what we apply when we intellectually separate the component forces and forms of the Universe and ourselves into 22 paths on the Tree of Life. By first conceptualizing these component parts and then reintegrating them through our understanding of their operation, can we Return to our Divinity.

The Astral light (Akashic fluid, Odic force, etc.) is manipulated for whatever purpose, through an understanding of the Devil which is a "Great Magical Agent" (Eliphas Levi) for the processes of alchemical manipulation, as to dissolve, to consolidate, to quicken, and to moderate. This is dissolution, re-integration, activity and grounding which can be described as Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

The Thoth Tarot Card is more Arcanely complex than the traditional Tarot Card. This is because, as Crowley states, that Key 15 represents, "creative energy in its most material form", and as "Pan Pangenetor, the All-Begetter". Rather than some child's bogeyman. Crowley's goat is Pan standing on the highest mountain-top on earth, against a "background of the exquisitely tenuous, complex, and fantastic forms of madness." Between the legs of the Thoth Goat, is the wand of the Chief Adept and all in front of a Phallus and two testicles filled with hominid spermatozoon, implying the Universal "All-Begetter". On the Thoth Devil card, the tip of the male organ is outside of the card, implying it is in the "Greater Heavens", while the testes contain the bound up forms of manifestation. The mysteries behind this card require scrying. Also this is often an image misaligned with lucifer, who is the "morning Star" and bringer of light and/or the planet Venus. Not some christianized propaganda of a boogeyman.

Image: slideshare.net

The translators of this version took the word from the Latin Vulgate, which translated הֵילֵל by the Latin word lucifer (uncapitalized), meaning "the morning star, the planet Venus", or, as an adjective, "light-bringing". As a name for the morning star, "Lucifer" is a proper name and is capitalized in English. Sep 6 2019

Lucifer - Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer

The Tarot of Druids, Key XV-Fin mac Cumaill, depicts the celtic warrior and magician instructed by Druidesses on the secrets of nature. Here he is being placed in front of a carved altar dedicated to the "Green Man", the Instinctual Mind of Nature.

  1. Fionn mac Cumhaill

    Fionn mac Cumhaill was a Irish mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology, occurring also in the mythologies of Scotland and the Isle of Man. The stories of Fionn and his followers the Fianna, form the Fenian Cycle, much of it narrated in the voice of Fionn's son, the poet Oisín.

    Data from: Wikipedia

For more information on this Celtic Warrior, click on the above link. The Green man was also a "boogeyman" used to keep people in line so that the Druids kept their authority over the people. Hence, the Devil and Fin mac Cumaill, share the same divination meanings.

WHEN THE THOTH KEY 15-THE DEVIL or XV-FIN MAC CUMAILL

CARD IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION, IT IMPLIES:

  • Materialism.
  • Material Force.
  • Sometimes obsession. (especially if thrown with the Lovers card)
  • Upside down thinking, where the illusion of fear rules your thought and one thinks that "everything bad happens to me".
  • Not seeing the forest through the trees. Believing the ego to be yourself. 
  • Living in your own illusion of suffering and being obsessed with pain or fear thereof. Such as a hypochondriac. 
  • Needing mirth in your understanding, as you are too serious. Time to laugh at your assumptions.
  • Needing more action and less reaction in your life.
  • Charm.
  • Ability to negotiate. 
  • Perception of the true, complete self.
  • Lucifer as the bringer of light.

If ill defined by surrounding cards:

  • Wickedness
  • Deceit.
  • Dark powers.
  • Collective hysteria. 
  • Fateful entanglements. 

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