Thoth Tarot- ATU 19-The Sun
Santa Muerte-Key 19-The Sun
The Hebrew letter attached to the Thoth Sun- ATU19 is the letter Resh-meaning-Head. Therefore, the Head is seen as the Sun of the Body. It is the Head-Sun that rises above the Earth and the lower animal thoughts of the survival thinking of the "lizard brain".
The Sun, is cited as the Thirtieth Path and/or the Collective Intelligence, in the Western Qabalist's, Dr. Paul Foster Case's Tarot instruction called [The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom], The Collective Intelligence of the Sun (Son) exercises control over the 12 signs of the zodiac (12 guideposts of Personality), as shown on this card by the 12 rays radiating outward from the central orb, as well as, a link between the personalities that have been experienced in different incarnations.
The Path of Resh, is the first of the Personality triad of paths, rising on the Tree of Life, from Yesod (foundation) to Hod (splendor). The Path of Resh encountered by the introspective person,is an experience of the intellectual-formative side of this conscious energy known as an activating force of the Personality. Just as the Higher Self and the Spiritual Self are composites of the masculine-intuitive dynamic, Yod and a feminine-Intellectual-formative , Heh, that together combine opposing forces , producing a set of equalized forces called Vau., so does The Path of Resh equalized the forces of the Zodiac.
All of this is explained in greater detail in my class reference book by Robert Wang: THE QABALISTIC TAROT (a text book of Mystical philosophies). For now, suffice it to say that The Sun-collective, assembles all the component parts of the Personality, on these lower paths, by infusing them with "light and Warmth" which are considered intellectual qualities. This consideration implies that the Path of the Sun (Resh) be considered the highest level of human intellect, as The Star-Key 17, is considered the highest path of human emotions.
What may be curious to the discerning student of Tarot, is that when you combine the Sun 's high intellect with the high emotion of the Star card, the balanced effected is represented by The Tower- ATU/Key 16, which at first glance seems the opposite of balance, if not outright chaos. However, what we are witnessing here, is the destruction of the unworthy elements of the "man-made personality", so that the Sun (son) Solar Personality is free to arise to its Source obliterating the "cold night of emotional and intellectual slavery".
The Lower Paths on the Tree of Life, Tau, Shin and Resh, (The Universe, The Aeon, The Sun-), are the symbols of the component parts of the Personality which functions through the body-vehicle, as Soul's Self-Awareness apparatus. The Higher Spiritual Self must function through the Soul and the Personality if it is to influence the physical plane, as Spirit must function through Mind and Body to establish "Whole Shelf". The fact that we perceive separation between these 3 aspects of One-Self, is to necessitate understanding of each of the components that are in a state of infinite connectivity. The Tree of Life does describe, by its pattern, a degree of separation, as Sephiroth, but the Paths show us they are all connected and that the perception of separation is to expedite understanding of a dimension of conscious energy that compose the Infinite Being that is Adam Khadmon.* Qabalistic Philosophy is not a theology that worships a god, nor a treatise on how to control gods, but rather a creation of the "Superman or Supreme Man" by receiving the Knowledge of the Higher Self and becoming the in-form-action of the Divine.
“ Know ye not that ye are gods- John 10:34; Psalm 82:6 ”
On Man Perfected
Adam Kadmon (אָדָם קַדְמוֹן, "Primordial Man"; also called Adam Elyon אָדָם עֶלִיוֹן or Adam Ila'ah אָדָם עִילָּאָה, "Supreme Man"; abbreviated as א"ק, A"K), in Kabbalah, is the first spiritual World that came into being after the contraction of God's infinite light.
Yesod, the 9th Sephiroth is attributed to the Moon which governs the ebbing and flowing of the Astral Light (Akashic Fluid) and is the sexuality of the 2, (0=2) beneath our material existence. Hod, the 8th Sephiroth is Mercury, the first similarity of the specific Personality. The Personality is hermaphroditic, as male and female qualities have yet to be separated out as specifics. The Path of the Sun, when considered developmentally, is the childhood point of the emerging Personality as it builds toward an earthly incarnation. By traveling upward, towards Hod, we are once again experiencing this initial innocence: a kind of re-experiencing youth and/or a rebirth. The initiate reaches a stage where there is some recollection of the Source from which we emerged. Here we see the "future paradise" of the inner god. In the "Rosarium philosophorum" (1550) it is written that Sol and Luna are fused into a hermaphrodite, one side masculine the other side feminine. Therefore, there are 2 heads of the different genders, one for looking into the outer world and one for the inner perception of Self (cf.pg.51-"Chymical Marriage"). However, the hermaphrodite must eventually die (Cain and Abel, according to Crowley)for in doing so its Soul/Psyche floats out of the double figure as a girl and its mind as the boy.Therefore, the children on the Sun card, are still not in the "Universe" (ATU 21) for the soul and mind must again be transformed before they find the Sun/Son within themselves by rising above their separation in order to experience the Divine Creative within themselves and in communion, give birth to the divine hermaphrodite and/or the liberated Creative Soul in the New Aeon, namely the liberated Garden of Eden and/or the Dancing Cosmos .
The dancing Twins, on the Thoth Sun card, symbolize the purest-innocent repression of the electric-male (Earth) and the magnetic female (Water) principles in physical manifestation. These Twins are also a reference to the astrological sign of Gemini, the sign that links Taurus (Earth) and Cancer (Water). The ancient Greeks and Romans also referred the sign Gemini, to Apollo and the Sun.The butterfly wings shown on the dancing twins, are an expression of lightness and a symbol for transformation, similar to the phoenix that strives toward the heavens after being transformed from the ashes. Surrounding the Sun , is the zodiac that the Sun travels through on its course of each year. The symbolism of the cross is derived from the Sun as a process that divides the solar cycle into four equal parts at the four holy stations. The solstice axis is created through the shortest and longest day and the spring equinox that laterally running day and night lines. Because of this annual quartering, in the forms of the four seasons, which determines life on this earth, then the circle with a cross becomes the symbol for the divine law on earth.
In the Thoth Sun card, the green mound beneath the Twins, symbolizes fertility, as its shape shows aspiration to the Higher Self. The Children dance, free from enclosure, symbolizing freedom from the "prejudices of the people that date morally from the about 25 hundred B.C." [Crowley] Here, the Sun, is the Rose-Cross expanded from four arms to 12 rays and embracing the whole of creation in its rays, it is the “adorable Fire” that is the vital life force of all creation.
This expanded "Inner Sun" is felt by the initiate, as a very warm rising, fertile power, and adorable fire, that does change the physiology of the physical form into the " Master’s Body".
The Hexagram is the symbol of the composite Thirtieth Path which is compressed of the Four Elements, the Signs of the Zodiac, and the Planets, all under the Rulership of the Sun. Thus, the Hexagram is the symbol of the perfect integration of Personality and Higher Self (Tiphareth -meaning Beauty). The Sun is also called the "Splendor of the Material World”, representative of the intellect acting upon the dual human condition of, self- consciousness and the subconsciousness of the physical body. Thus, the Sun is a point of connection with the Greater Life that is comprised by balancing the human intellect with the Higher Intellect that is the "Sun (Son) of God"-The Inner Christos, Buddha and/or the Supreme Man.
For the initiate, experiencing the Path of Resh, is very profound as it is the introduction to the inner sun, which is the light of life and the instigator of the personality, as the outer sun is the light of the physical world. What one tends to forget, while experiencing the warmth and light of this inner sun, one's personality cannot look directly into this solar intelligence, any more than they can at the physical sun, without suffering damage. As shown by The Tower Card; equilibrium will be reached by "burning away" what is unworthy of the "Supreme Man".The concept is discussed in the masculine due purely to tradition, and for women the goal is obviously represented by the figure of Eve Kadmon.
As I have said before, working on the Paths brings about definite physiochemical changes in the homo sapiens sapiens body and as one of the most noted teachers of the Hermetic Qabalah, Dr.Paul Foster Case has stated in his study course, The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom,"...marked inner differences from the average person, are due to psychological contrasts in the mental state of the ordinary human beings, but they are also the outer signs of organic changes inside the skin of the new creature. He [She] is chemically and structurally unlike genus homo. There are different constituents in his [her] blood stream. Through his [her] nervous system pass currents of force not present in most human bodies because in his [her] organism channels are open which are closed in the physical vehicle of most persons. Centers in the nervous system and in the brain, and glands related to them, function differently in the body of an adept from the way they do in the bodies of the greater number of his [her] contemporaries." (The brackets are my own addition, as it was written when the proper He was used to describe both sexes.) This is the same physico-chemical change that happens to adepts in the Tantric Arts, where balanced Divine Male and Divine Female energy opens up the Divya Sidhis or magic abilities by stimulating endocrine and photon flow throughout the body.
The Qabalist always bears in mind that the Personality, the component parts of which are represented on these lower Paths of the Tree of Life, functions through the body as an experience-collecting vehicle for the Hermaphroditic Soul. Often the body feels this union of the Anima and Animus that is the soul and expressed these feelings as bisexuality.
To divorce the body from the Spirit is a most serious mistake of divisionism, for then we are mentally and thus physically divorcing ourselves from the very Powers that created the body! The body is the crucible of the Spiritual Alchemist, and the Sun is the important symbol, as well as, the furnace heat that is the alchemical process of turning the lead of unworthy thought into the gold of Higher Mind.
The advice of the dead:
Move ahead on your projects with serenity as they can now derive energy from a new luminous and benevolent source. Leave all of your worries that darken your life behind you.
-From the Santa Muerte-book of the dead- by Fabio Listrani
The Santa Muerte-Key 19-The Sun, represents the conscience being constructed as a new beginning or of a new construction of self-identity and arrival of a great success. This card therefore, stresses love, unconditional and illuminating of our sunny way. Warm and bright, it commands power that guides us through the circumstances and people of the day. However, we must never forget that excess Sun/Psyche, can burn and provote dought. Linking mind with discernment and empathy is always recommended.
On the Santa Muerte card is the bright sun (with a cautionary face of death implying it is both life and death) whose warmth and brightness has fertilized the earth and thereby, brings forth sunflowers (the green mound on the Thoth card). While the dead-twin guitarists playout a dance tune. Despite the need to continually depict the "celebration of the Dead", this card also emphasizes the knowledge that the life evolves by dying.
When the Atu/ Key 19-the Sun Card is thrown during a reading:
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
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