ATU 18- The Moon-of the Thoth Tarot
The Tarot Moon card, is called the Path of Qoph--meaning, back of head or ear.
Connecting the 7th- Sephiroth, Netzach (Victory) with the 10th-Sephiroth, 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 two levels.
The Path of Qoph, is a probationary path of emotional phantoms, which can be disturbing to those of weak moral fiber who lack discernment, posing real dangers to such a one's emotional stability. On the other hand, those of discerning minds not based on fear and/or survival thinking, and who understand that we aren't "realistic" but rather "Will-istic", are strong enough to tread this Path and slay the monsters "within" our sleep-consciousness. By understand their mental mechanisms, one gains the capacity to manipulate those qualities in themselves and those of others. Hence, one becomes the master of paradigms rather than mastered by them.
Mastery of Illusion is a product of this path.
As stated,the meaning of the Hebrew word-Qoph/Qof, is the back of the head, behind the head itself, is the Sun- or Resh in Hebrew. Therefore, 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 Thoth Moon card goes from the dark side of the Moon (Unconscious), towards the light side that reflects direct Sunlight (rational self-conscious).
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 -ATU/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 survival fears. These fears can be individual, or even that of the race consciousness.
In Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, THE PRIESTESS, is a source of pure, crystal clear waters (consciousness) emerging from the Godhead-The Father, to God the Son/Sun. The Same waters of consciousness are seen here on The Moon card, but they are polluted with the dark subconscious fears of mortality, that self-conscious survival thinking of the instinctual mind of the physical manifestation bestows on consciousness. However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the Path of Qoph, towards the "Son/Sun Consciousness" of Tiphareth, 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 increasing aware of the Higher Self and less controlled by the dark survival fears of the body. Here, one knows that we "will" our reality, for the outer world is a simulation of our inner world. We are never being "Real", we are always being "Will", even if we don't know it. For if one intertwines thought, with emotion, one has willed (emoted) it into life. It is the magic of weaving, the light of I AM to the thoughts I create from the "Will to Force" and the "Will to Form".
Dr.Paul Foster Case , founder of B.O.T.A.,called The Moon, 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 (Down from Tiphareth-The Sun). Since this is a Watery Card, some of a more poetic bent, say that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon-Goddess" raining down and filling the Nile. However, what most Qabalistic Scholars agree on is that some type of frequency descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph, which is represented as raining Yods.
To reiterate: The Qabalistic Thoth, Key 18, The Moon Tarot Card, is the Qabalistic Path of Qoph that is between the 7th Sephiroth-Netzach (victory) and- the 10th Sephiroth- Malkuth (Kingdom) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and is known as the Path of Transition where the Soul begins the process of incorporating the body. Its astrological constellation is Pisces -mutable water, making this card the Moon in Pisces.
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. The traveler of this Path will face aspects of themselves that our culture forces them to repress but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our predatory human form. This is the Survival Mind, made of the collective of individual cells in the body, formed as one intelligent cellular organism, where the "law of the jungle" resides in the dark pools of violence and evolutionary conquest. This can be a very cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these internal demons which then removes the veils of darkness, allowing in the Bright Intellect of the Son/Sun who applies beautiful reason to our consciousness. We must own the survival mind with discerning thought, rather than be owned by it.
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 Psyche, 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 bodies survival based experiences. Their dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of pain and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful completion of the Path of the Moon. Therefore, this is often a card of impure horror and hidden darkness that our self-conscious must pass through before our conscious-light can be reborn.
The Psyche, or Soul, is not afraid of Life, for it is Life, and the body, is a simulation of Life, called: The Alive. In the realms of the Alive, organic material must eat itself to stay alive and for those who witness death/eating, it can instill a great fear of being a victim to someone’s hunger. In an organic world, Time is still the greatest predator of all, so even time is feared. Here, the Soul, our Sun of the Divine Creative, must step in to remind the body, it must recycle because transformation is evolution, which in itself is to elevate the self-conscious and/or Personality to levels of equal communication with the Soul and body. Hence, we are to be a personality of Mercury, the "messenger of the Gods" who is able to "fly" from body to soul and soul to Spirit and back to body The winged shoes of Mercury, just imply freedom from earthly concerns, one who is not chained to earth by fear. For what is the boogeyman death, is merely the transformation of identity.
Hence, 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. Sometimes, we are totally consciously unaware of our fear of being eaten, as it resides in our subconscious, which is our body's mind, rather than our Soul's persona and/or conscious. Hence we use only the self-consciousness of our body as our "observation" of daily life.
On the Thoth Tarot, the two figures of Anubis, the jackal-headed gatekeepers, symbolize this cyclic process of Life/Death (Spiral energy) as the god Anubis was the Egyptian god of light and darkness, death and resurrection. Anubis therefore, also represents the Roman god Saturn or Cronus, who rules time.
All of us must confront time and the fear of it. For those who fear time, never have enough time, and suffer from stress of serving time, as they are always trying to gain more time. However, if one declares themselves as Time, such as, I AM Time; they have "domesticated" the beast, and time serves them. The "As above, so below" is shown as a pattern on this card also reinforces this meaning.
The Moon Tarot card, symbolizes the process that consciousness goes through, when energy proceeds from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics), from organized flesh assembly to the disassembly of death and back again. Life, which is energy, uses death to evolve, and/or transform, for it is only One energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed. Energy, seeing itself as "other", a reflection in itself, is One Who Loves Itself images and/or I AM. Hence, we are an illusion, as well as a transmission of "Life Loving Itself". Therefore, we are both the Transmitter and the Transmitted of Life energy, and it is time the Soul runs the body, via a personality who is a messenger of the Soul, rather than an ridiculous animal mind trying to flee the god of time; not unlike a dog trying to run from the Moon.
To understand the Qabalistic Path of Qoph/The Moon, is to understand the partnership of our personality consciousness with the physical vehicle, which the Soul, a Yod- Personality (Solar "Hand of God") builds for each manifestation by fragmenting past built personalities and combining the fragmented data into a new personality-data composites and/or fractals of self-awareness. Since most people perceive themselves as having existence only through their present bodies, there is also this "illusion" of past lives; ghosts of feelings that have naught to do with this life. Often these come to the surface of the Dark Oceanic Subconscious emerging into the light of consciousness as broken pictures, not quite complete, but complete enough to create a fearful misunderstanding. Understanding that you have at least Three Personalities; the Soul which is the Real Personal expression of the Solar Logos/Sun, and the artificial intelligence/personality/Moon developed by interaction with past racial experience, and the avatar personality of present self-conscious persona, based on environment experience and indoctrination. Reconciling the three, is often a most difficult undertaking...but not impossible with a personality of Mercury, i.e., a Magus.
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 vehicle’s 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-Psyche, and is unused to such thoughts of fear filled ending, for the Soul doesn't end. However, the physical experience, is reactive, which is what it is designed to be as it gets its information from the physical world through sensors/sense and this information is often interpreted as "pleasure or Pain" and doesn't represent truth.
The Soul is Creator (Hand of God), and therefore, active and the only way to get translations of realities, is through a personality who can be comfortable in both worlds, of Action and Reaction; of conscious and unconscious. That is the purpose of a "self-consciousness", for it is to be a "free thinker" /Self identified who can realize both the Active Psyche and the reactive subconscious of the body, as information centers rather than limits of self-awareness known as self-identity and/or self-measurement. What we forget, is that the infinite has no measurement, and therefore, cannot see nor discern itself. Measurement is required to " to experience self" and/or prove information through in-form-action. Therefore, the I AM, which is existence without measurement, must build a self-measurement and/or a Me. Therefore, illusions, avatars, phantoms, a lover and/or the "other"; all of which, create diversity, so that I AM can expand and liberate itself from immeasurable existence, to measurable existence, that can be assimilated as "Self-Knowledge" and/or Me. Hence, the Qabalistic Axiom, "Above all things, Know thyself"!
Bodies/Brains forget they are also recycled organic material; that they are a recycled part of the Whole Organic 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 survival thinking rather than listening to the "Inner Psyche" that I AM. In this realm of triangles and/or trinities, I AM is incomplete without a Me... the first two letters of Mercury. Your brain is an artificial intelligence/you suprem, it is a programmable ECU that is so great, you really think it is you....it ain't . You are a Psyche of the 0=2; born of the "I will be" of Kether, the "I Will Force" of Chokmah and the "I Will Form" of Mother Binah and passing out of the Abyss through the Vesica Pisces of the Priestess, who is I AM Knowledge. However, it is hard to remember yourself as a "Sense of I" , the I Am. When you don't turn off the ECU that runs the Body in your name. All you here is a cacophony of programs running one after the other, or even over each other, making such a noise in your masterpiece that you forgot you are the Master, not some dumb program.
The Qabalist learns quickly that We are not a physical brain nor its produce. We are Spirit/Will, and its Sun/Son, the Soul, who is supposed to program the brain with its own self-identity software/wetware, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment of being a "living thing", a close observer who works for a "Far seeing Psyche"; as the in-form-action of the I AM. With mortality, thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental ramblings of an imagination dreaming it is. Our thoughts now must support/become life, and expand and liberate the Self-Creation from self-imposed limits, i.e. fear of death-based thoughts.
As we the Immortals, are here to redesign the "survival mind" of the animal body for the purpose of evolving planetary minds. We are the Suns of Living Creative Conscious Energy, emanated from the Galactic Core of the Divine Creative. Hence, a Macrocosmic Psyche, who must reflect upon a world of Matter,and/or Microcosm; our own self-realizations on a microcosmic scale. This reflection of solar thoughts has been for generations, symbolized by the Moon image. For as we all know, this is the realm of "Reflected light" and/or "self-reflection", which is less than one percent of the total electromagnetic spectrum that is the medium of our " personality-consciousness". Here, we understand that the One Mind is not light, but the quantum "spooky universe" that invented light as the "first measurement of Self".
The One Mind, is No-Thing, and/or Dark energy transforming a trinity of limitlessness into "Self-Awareness", as Visible Light, the measurement and/or "some-thing". As inheritors of this Solar Psyche, we bend, twist, spiral, light by a psycho-dynamic process of I AM ME and or "willed identity". In other words, the perspectives/beliefs of a declaration. I AM... can be anything! Therefore, the Moon reminds us that what we call real, is merely a reflection of our Solar Psyche and/or Will! You may say, " I don't want to feel depressed", but the truth is, if you put emotion to a thought; thought being the "first material" of creation, and emotion being energy in motion, your Psyche believes this is exactly what you want and fulfills that request. For a Divine Creative doesn't make what it doesn't want and you have the "god-mind" of that Creative and call it Imagination, and/or intuition, of which the Moon is also a symbol for. Since you have imagined and emoted it so, then so it must be for you!
One could say, that on the Path of the Moon, the Soul's persona learns to run the physical vehicle by expanding the brain's perspectives beyond that of fear of both life and death, into the knowledge of personality-resurrection. For a Mercury personality, does not experience death, it just travels from body to body, fully aware and functional. For the Psyche doesn't fix what isn't broke, it just evolves it.
At first, the Path of Qoph is a process of the Soul's organization of the physical body it will "inhabit" (it actually circumvents the body in 7 Energy Bodies of the Aura and flows in through the Chakras). For myself. I remember designing the body and if the chromosomes didn't link up the way I wanted.... I just ejected them, which my dear Mother witness as miscarriages; three of them, until I got the body pattern I wanted. Now I know this sounds extraordinary, but a Soul who doesn't suffer the "sleep" of Death, has full cognitive abilities, "like the children", even when the body it has operated dies and the new design is yet to function. The Soul decides the persona (Greek for Mask) by constructing it from its collective, approving of it before manifesting it as the "consciousness" of the body. Hence, you are a "Goldilocks" persona, not too hot nor too cold, but just right! However, that was before you gave your identity over to the "Tower of Babel", that is the propaganda of Words. Only the I AM can define you, not the outside world.
Remember, that by our observation we change the observed phenomena, this phenomenon is called in Quantum Physics, the *Simulation Hypothesis. Since we can simulate "Self" as "ourselves", this allows the Soul to choose the parents, choose the body's DNA structure, and even the name of the body; processes that I translated to my physical Mother in dreams. Dreams are another attribute of the Moon. It is the Path of Qoph which is a Hebrew letter that means; Back of head, Ear.
The simulation hypothesis or simulation theory proposes that all of reality, including the Earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation, most likely a computer simulation. Some versions rely on the development of a simulated reality, a proposed technology that would seem realistic enough to convince its inhabitants the simulation was real. The hypothesis has been a central plot device of many science fiction stories and films.
There is a long philosophical and scientific history to the underlying thesis that reality is an illusion. This skeptical hypothesis can be traced back to antiquity; for example, to the "Butterfly Dream" of Zhuangzi, or the Indian philosophy of Maya. A version of the hypothesis was also theorised as a part of a philosophical argument by René Descartes. Click on link below, for more information.
This Psychic Path proceeds from the Unconscious of Netzach to a kind of pre-conscious flow, a kind of "Sleep", into a conscious material state often called "Astral" which is represented as the Sphere of Yesod/foundation. We should remember here, that we are not bodies, nor are we from the evolutionary consciousness of Earth---we are actually invaders from another time-space, Daemons (Greek word for God-man) who are the Children of the "Angels who have fallen to Earth",i.e. Alien astronauts and/or Galactic evolutions of Psyche. Ancient Astronaut DNA has been combined with that of Earth, creating the homo sapiens body. To make a long story of conquest short; We are intelligent "wills" that accept this form, because its ability to accept our Psyche's self-awareness has been programed into it as a GMO.
Hence, no matter how benign or malevolent we are, we still have to inherit the "Alien Psyche" by advancing our thought from self-absorbed to the Divine Impersonal. Therefore, we have to overcome the survival will of the animal mind (ego) that is part of the human body and fear based, with the greater Will of Spirit that is based on -Love of Being. This fact alone, helps to prove, that you are not of the body, but that it is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) of your Archetypal-Self design!
For the one who wishes to reclaim their Universal Inheritance, the journey of awakening from the "Sleep" of incorporation is begun by traveling "upward" along the Path of Qoph, into the Dark recesses of the Unconscious, and its illusions of fear and destruction brought on by the survival mind's fear of Death. In other words, we must slay the demons of our own animal death/fear of pain-illusions, that began as our bodies were ejected from the warm wet amphibian world of "Mother, to the nasty cold world of earth and rejection. Therefore, forming our foundation of identity out of fear of rejection, leaves us emotional children , even through our adult life.
Qabalah (means-"receiving"), and tarot (used as a synonym for "foolishness"), help us remember the multidimensional Daemon consciousness and/or "Fool"-0- that we are. This awakening process is a conquest of phantoms reflected from the material world, i.e. "Creations of the Created" and so it is a Path out of darkness into the reflected light of the Sun. The Moon is representative of such a journey, as it has both a dark side and reflected side.
When facing the darkest fears of one's own mind, and of the race, one undergoes some frightening and devastating emotional and mental trials that involve real dangers to the physical and mental health of the individual whose sense of self is not based on a strong foundation of self-love. Therefore, the Gnostic and Qabalistic studies begin by building a strong recognition of Self and your ability as an infinite Self-Spirit to face the illusions of terror that belong only to the body's survival mind and that have only the power over you that give them (emotions). When you are awake as a complete union of Spirit-Mind- Body you have fulfilled the Original Will of Kether which is "I Will BE"! Thereby, producing an awareness of Self (All seeing "I") as a cohabiting Soul and/or collective of experience-I AM. Again meditation on this card is recommended.
So let's review:
The Rebirth of light out of the hideous and abominable darkness of a Dark immeasurable Energy universe, is the primary representation of this card, and is symbolized by the Scarab Beetle (a reference to Kephera, the Egyptian Father of the God/"Those who from the sky came".) rolling the Sun/Solar Consciousness upward into a rising position. This also represents the highest creative force (sun) beginning its material self-expression as the lowest organic form and/or condensed form it could operate as a vehicle for "self-awareness". This is easily understood if you remember that we are Solar Beings/Light evolutionary Self (...Know ye not that we are stars!) (Spirits) who came to seek self-expression and sensual intimacy with life/self, through organic human forms.
The Moon card also shows Anubis in both forms, of the Dark nether realms of Death and the light realms of Life-Resurrection and is a very complex deity of lunar opposites. However, one way or the other, birth, death and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These are biological processes and they occur in the dark and light of our sensual perceptions.
The energy process is shown on the Thoth Moon Card as cyclic wave motion, as a pattern of both above and below, linked by the Beetle of the Sun. In the simplest of terms, this is a Path of natural energy from which our bodies develop in the Womb and is continual process throughout our lives as cells live, die and resurrect-replace in daily life. The work of the Path of Qoph ends with the dissolution of energy back to its source, which is Netzach (victory).
Successful understanding of this path, is to understand the relationship of our personality-consciousness to the Soul, and the physical power-tool built for each incarnation. An active personality who walks in the light rather than a "null personality" who sleeps in the dark and/or fears the dark and continually "flees from the past". We become "lost souls" when we don't lovingly operate the Power-Tool we were given in the "now", because we serve fear of imagined pain or death and thereby, succumb to the survival mind's cooperation with the faux authority of cultural dogma/indoctriantion which is based on "fear of rejection".
The Moon Card is also a reminder that most people/souls, during the cyclic phase of withdrawal of consciousness from the physical Power-Tool, continue to act on information and phantasmagorical fantasies related to survival subconscious, or "cultural group Soul" of body existence. If not released, the sleeping soul-consciousness becomes a phantom of its own fantasies that are so close to the fabric of material manifestation that they are often seen as phantasms or as ghosts. The illusion is that if one fears death, then they fear life, and devalue the body, by valuing other things more. Thus binding themselves to those things, producing an earth bound identity that haunts the things that it values more than itself. Such value systems are unable to perform impeccably as a personality and are "forgotten" by the Soul who seeks "self-awareness" through persona.
The Tarot of Druids, Key XVIII-Oisin, represents the son of Fin and Sadbh, who was changed into a fawn by the black Druid. His name is derived from Os, which means deer. In the Irish tales he appears as a manifestation of the magical forces of the Moon.
His name literally means "young deer" or fawn, and the story is told that his mother, Sadhbh, was turned into a deer by a druid, Fear Doirche (or Fer Doirich). When Fionn was hunting he caught her but did not kill her, and she returned to human form. Fionn gave up hunting and fighting to settle down with Sadhbh, and she was soon pregnant, but Fer Doirich turned her back into a deer and she returned to the wild. Seven years later Fionn found his child, naked, on Benbulbin. Other stories have Oisín meet Fionn for the first time as an adult and contend over a roasting pig before they recognise each other.
In Oisín in Tir na nÓg, his most famous echtra or adventure tale, he is visited by a fairy woman called Niamh Chinn Óir (Niamh of the Golden Hair or Head, one of the daughters of Manannán mac Lir, a god of the sea). Niamh's father turned her head into a pig's head because of a prophecy. She tells this to Oisín and informs him she would return to her original form if he marries her. He agrees and they return to Tir na nÓg ("the land of the young", also referred to as Tir Tairngire, "the land of promise") where Oisín becomes king. Their union produces Oisín's famous son, Oscar, and a daughter, Plor na mBan ("Flower of Women"), as well as a second son, Finn. After what seems to him to be three years but in fact was 300 years, Oisín decides to return to Ireland to see his old comrades the Fianna. One tale describes him coming to Ballinskelligs Bay, not far from Ballaghisheen, where he fell off his horse while trying to help move a large stone. Niamh had given him her white horse Embarr and warned him not to dismount because if his feet touched the ground, those 300 years would catch up with him and he would become old and withered. Another legend has Oisín returning to the hill of Almu, Fionn's home, abandoned and in disrepair. Later, while trying to help some men who were building a road in Gleann na Smól lift a stone out of the way onto a wagon, his girth breaks and he falls to the ground, becoming an old man just as Niamh had forewarned. The horse returns to Tir na nÓg. In some versions of the story, just before he dies Oisín is visited by Saint Patrick. Oisín tells Saint Patrick the stories of the Fianna and shortly after he dies.
The interaction between St. Patrick and Oisín has also been said to be more complicated. It is said that they were both angered by their differences. St. Patrick attempted to convert Oisín, but Oisín hated St. Patrick's teachings. One of the stories of the two involves Oisín fighting a bull for St. Patrick. Oisín kills the bull and when St. Patrick comes to see how the results of the fight,[clarification needed] Oisín is asleep in the bull's hide. In return for killing the bull, Oisín asks to be buried facing the east on Slieve Gullion, Co. Armagh. It is said that he was buried in the bull's hide on Curran Mountain near Manorhamiltion.
In the tale Acallam na Senórach (Tales of the Elders), Oisín and his comrade Caílte mac Rónáin survived to the time of Saint Patrick and told the saint the stories of the Fianna. This is the source of William Butler Yeats's poem The Wanderings of Oisin. In different versions of the story Oisín either defends the Druid faith, or converts to Christianity.
The location of the grave site of Oisín is disputed. It is rumoured to be in Glenalmond in Perth, Scotland. Wordsworth wrote a poem on the subject entitled "Glen-Almain, the Narrow Glen". Others say it is located in the Nine Glens of Antrim at a site that has been known for generations as "Oisín's Grave". The megalithic court cairn is located on a hillside in Lubitavish, near the Glenann River, outside the village of Cushendall on the North Antrim Coast, and is believed to be the ancient burial place of Oísín.
When the Moon or Oisin card is thrown during a reading, it often implies:
The Moon is about the Illusion of "life and death", so if ill defined by surrounding cards:
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