Thoth- ATU 18-The Moon
Santa Muerte-Key 18-The Moon
The 18th ATU/Key of the Major Arcana or Tarot Trump, is called the Path of Qoph--meaning, back of head or ear. Connecting Netzach (Victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom) the Path of Qoph is described as the "Victory of the Material World" and/or the "deceptive effect of the apparent power of the Material World". This path, is also known as the "Threshold to life”: a spiritual birth that may be considered on 2 levels. On one level, it is the course of incarnation where the soul organizes the physical body of which it will inhabit. It is a kind of sleep (physical consciousness not yet formed), a kind of pre-consciousness, that differentiates into mater from the collective unconscious of Netzach (Happens in the Womb). On another level, where the student is advancing spiritual awareness up the Tree of Life, it is a path of conquest of the phantoms of their "man-made" personality which are creations of the created and/or the indoctrinated nightmares of the culture.
The 29th Path is a probationary path, where the student must face the emotional phantoms hid in the dark recesses of their own mind, as well as those of the race. The moon symbolizes the “Self –reflection” that goes on with the inner Solar Logos and our consciousness. Our consciousness is the Moon of “self-reflection”.
To many the Path of Qoph can be disturbing to those of weak moral fiber, and can pose real dangers to one's weak emotional stability. On the other hand, those strong enough to tread this Path and slay the monsters "within" our sleep-consciousness and understand their mechanisms, gain the capacity to manipulate those qualities in ourselves and those of others. Mastery of Illusion is a product of this Path.
As stated: the meaning of Qoph is the back of the head, behind the head itself (Hippocampus and Cerebellum), is the Sun-Resh, but lower-the brain stem, is the part of the brain that is commonly called "the lizard brain". The Moon symbolizes the anterior to the bright intellect of the Sun. The Moon, the Path of Qoph, only reflects the light of the Sun. Thus the central path of the card goes from the dark side of the Moon, towards the light side that reflects direct Sunlight. This rising act of direct Sunlight is show as the Egyptian Scarab symbol of the God Kephera (kheprera), pushing the Sun towards the Moon. Basically, the Moon -Key-18, symbolizes the rebirth of light out of hideous darkness; bright intellect overcoming the dark denizens of our subconscious, i.e. the illusions of emotional-survival fears that are locked away in the "lizard brain".*
*The Lizard Brain is located at the back of our brain, roughly where the spinal cord comes in. It is composed of a number of small structures and is called the Lizard Brain because if you looked at the brain of a lizard it would have those same structures and those structures do the same things for lizards and humans.Mind Your Lizard Brain: Understanding and Controlling a ...
In Thoth Tarot, THE PRIESTESS, is a source of pure, crystal clear waters (consciousness) emerging from the Godhead-The Father, to God the Sun/Son. The Same waters of consciousness are seen here on The Moon card as the upper background, but they are polluted with the dark subconscious fears of mortality, that physical body's "animal brain" bestows on consciousness. However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the Path of Qoph, towards the "Sun/Son Consciousness”, notably changes the body physiology, as the Bright Beautiful Light Intellect of the Sun (Tiphareth) descends into it. When traveling up the Path of Qoph, the Personality becomes increasingly aware of the Higher Self and less control by the dark fears of the body. One must remember, the ego, isn't one's self. Self is the property of the Soul, who uses the body as a "mirror" to participate in self-awareness.
Dr.Paul Foster Case called The Moon, the 29th Path-the "Corporeal Intelligence" which means the "body consciousness". Also in Hebrew the word "corporeal" means "to rain upon", which is why we see the symbols of Yods raining down from the central orb of the card. Since this is a Watery Card, the Ancient Egyptians , suggested that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon- Goddess raining down and filling the Nile". What we all agree on is that something descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph, which is represented as raining Yods.
The Path of Qoph is that of primitive instincts, of nature red in "both tooth and claw" which emerges uncontrolled by moral or ethical reasoning . After all it is the brain of T-Rex, that has been on earth for over a 165 million years. Therefore, the inner traveler of this Path will face aspects of themselves that our cultures force them to repress but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our predatory human form. This is the Survival Mind, where the "law of the jungle" resides in the dark pools of violence and conquest. This can be a very cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these internal demons which removes the veils of darkness, allowing in the Bright Intellect of the Son who applies beautiful reason to our consciousness.
The simple Hebrew Letter of Qoph, also translates into the English word, sleep .Thus we have a conscious relationship with the Moon, The bright Sun reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of the "sleeping" subconsciousness. As the Moon has cycles, so does our consciousness, as during the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from the physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and information closely related to the body’s survival based experiences. Their dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the body’s fear of pain and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful completion of the Path of The Moon.
The initiate, finds that birth, death, and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These biological processes occur in the light and dark of our sensual perceptions. The 2 figures of Anubis, the jackal -headed gatekeepers, symbolize this cyclic process (Spiral energy) as the god Anubis was the Egyptian god of light and darkness, death and resurrection. The "As above, so below" is shown as a pattern of spiral rainbow colors both above and below on this card also reinforces this meaning.
The Moon, symbolizes the process that consciousness goes through, when energy proceeds from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics), from organized flesh to death. To understand the Path of Qoph--The Moon, is to understand the partnership of our personality-consciousness to the physical vehicle, which the Soul creates as "wet ware" for each manifestation. Since most people perceive themselves as having existence only through their bodies, thereby, being personalities that are man-made, and therefore, masking the True Person, this is often a most difficult undertaking.
The Moon was often seen as a Goddess of Life (White Goddess of Light and a Goddess of Death (Dark Goddess) at once praised and then feared. It is the physical vehicles fear of dying that hounds our consciousness in many subtle ways, producing phantoms who manifest as phobias, obsessions, and mental - emotional disorders. Our consciousness comes from the immortal Soul, and is unused to such thoughts of fear filled ending. Bodies forget or are ignorant of the fact that they are a recycled part of the Whole Organic Organism of Life; an organism that we know as "Organic matter". Like I have often said to my own brain," You came from cranberries and to cranberries you shall return..." which is a slightly dark humor that I use to give the brain pause from its attempts at serving survival thinking.
We are not of a physical brain (Wet-ware). We are Spirit, who is supposed to program the brain-wet-ware with its own in-form-action, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment of being a "living thing". Thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental ramblings of an infinite imagination. They now must support life, and expand and liberate the "living" from fear of death- based thoughts of survival thinking that have produced only suffering and war throughout our history.
The Immortals are here to redesign the "survival mind" of the animal body. We are the Suns of Living Creative Conscious Energy, who must reflect upon a world of Matter, which for generations was symbolized by the Moon. For as we all know, this is the realm of "Reflected light" which is less than one percent of the total electromagnetic spectrum that is the medium of our “self-consciousness". One could say, that on the Path of the Moon, the Souls learns to run the physical vehicle by expanding the brain's perspectives beyond that of life and death, into the knowledge of personality-resurrection.
Jul 18, 2019 · The Dalai Lama describes the process of death “As a Buddhist, I view death as a normal process, a reality that I accept will occur as long as I remain in this earthly existence. Knowing that I cannot escape it, I see no point in worrying about it.
The advice of the dead:
Trust your intuition but continue to listen and to observe what surrounds you to discern its true nature.
-From the Santa Muerte-Book of the Dead by Fabio Listrani
The Santa Muerte- Key 18-The Moon, depicts the ancient skrying (scrying) device called the "Moon Pool". This was used by ancient practitioners of the Mysteries to view a certain area or for foretelling and/or as a device to discern the "true nature" of things by giving intuition an image producing device.
Here, the crescent moon is reflecting in the Moon Pool, and the young woman is viewing her future union with Santa Muerte (Saint Death/Crone). The Moon has always been seen as a bringer of intuition, receptiveness, the power of imagination, ideas while also bringing mysteries and secrets to light. Therefore, this card is as the Thoth Moon card, reminding one to conquer the subconscious and exorcise its ancient phantoms.
When the Moon card is thrown during a reading:
If the card is ill dignified by the surrounding cards.
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