Thoth - ATU 21-The Universe
The universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
Tarot Illuminati-Key 21-The World
The cycles of completion and beginning.
The proper study of the Paths (Major Arcana cards) is the ascending of our Self- Understanding up the Tree of Life, as we are "below" and need to remember the realms of our Psyche- of Pure Spirit "above". The experiences on Earth, assist us in our goals of a more refined understanding of Universal patterns. Such as a microscope helps the biologist in a more refined understanding of cell- structure and bacteria. 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 macrocosm.
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-ATU 21-The Universe, joins the crystallized world of earth, Malkuth-Meaning Kingdom, with the9th 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; long before our man-made personality blinded us to our divinity.
Dr.Paul Foster Case, who wrote the textbook, The Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom (the number Thirty Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephira) calls the Path of Tau (The Universe card) the “Administrative Intelligence" because it "directs and associates in all the traditional 7 planets." The "seven planets" he is referring to are the Microprosopus-Hexagram pattern of the seven planets on the Tree of Life.
The understanding of the Path of Tau (meaning cross), from the 10th Sephiroth- Malkuth to the 9th Sephiroth-Yesod, is rooted on the fact that all is Mind with its many aspects of Subconscious, Consciousness and Unconsciousness. 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, as 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 thought": but Mind just the same! Taking this a step further, all is Spirit and the body is "Crystallized Spiritual Will". In the Mysteries, the distinction of Spirit, Mind, and Body is one of perception (brought on by senses), not an actuality.
The pictures we see when we close our eyes, are a more refined form of matter called "thought" which are 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. It is a known fact, that our bodies are composed of the electromagnetic spectrum and seem solid, yet they are 96 % invisible. This estimation comes from the fact that the majority of an atom is space. Also, 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,and to make things more "veiled", via the tricky mechanism of sensuality!
Since Malkuth is the only physically sensual kingdom, we must travel the Path of Tau to experience the "7 Palaces of Assiah"(7 planets), as represented by the seven pointed star on the Star Card Key 20.
This card is the key of individuality, totality, and wholeness. To those of Eastern culture, the Dancing Lady, 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 culturalinterpretation this card symbolizes the Divine Androgen that is both dynamic and magnetic in a perfectly balanced dance (life motion) of I Am.
Before I go on with further esoteric explanation of the Universe-ATU/ Key-21, it would be appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the Path of Tau. This mental walk, is called Skrying. Skrying, is simple really, all one has to do is focus on a cards reflection in a dark mirror, allowing impressions to come to the fore or even imagine themselves entering it. This is somewhat like lucid dreaming, where you enter the dream and control the events. Here, one is projecting themselves into an inner vision by the use of a "day dream", projecting oneself into the reflected 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, may find themselves 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 skrying, is not of their own making. They often are astonished at the vitality, energy and spontaneous images that these Tarot "mandalas" invoke. The 2 candles on each side of the dark mirror provide the only light; the mirror itself is an ordinary mirror with the backside of the glass painted black. The Card being viewed is propped up, facing the mirror so that only the reflection in the mirror is viewed. This symbolizes the "Great Dark Sea" of The Universal Collective Unconscious and/or "The Great Dark Sea of Binah", the 3rd Sephirotic Being on the Tree of Life. Viewing in such away, not only provides a new perspective, it reverses the process of reflected light (what we normally see) so that the occult (hidden) is more easily seen.
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 and/or discernment is recommended, as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in order to perceive our "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 skry these cards, they may as well be a deck of playing cards or be a charlatan that preys on superstitious minds for monetary gain, as does the Patriarchy.
From the standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the UniverseATU/ Key 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 "enlightenment". 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 ego/ 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 that often form our personalities.
Between the Hebrew letters of Aleph (The Fool) and Tau,(The Universe) is the entire Universe, the Alpha and the Omega and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's "ending" manifestation, into the Beginning where we were born of Stars as orbs of Light/Solar Selves...."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 by removing the ego from the Subconscious dark and bringing it into the light of Consciousness. . 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 experienced at first, independently, and later as a wholeness. Each of us is our own Qabalah (Tree of Life) therefore, each of us builds our own Universe.
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 Archangels. The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the Golden 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 nowhere condemned---- but Loved without condition!
One of the most important lessons of the Universe card, is that of discernment, a process that can only be learned in the earthly realm of Malkuth by experiencing information and/or in-form-action. The 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, and phantoms that may never make it into manifestation, and some you never want to see manifested. So be discriminating/discerning, and remember that only through divination can we enter the "Administrative Intelligence" balance; a dance that is shown on the Universe Card by depicting the Dancing Woman draped with the Caph/Kaph-shaped scarf while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the 4 Universal Elements of Pythagoras, as-eagle-human-lion and bull. Which is also shown in the 4 corners of the Tarot Illuminati-Key 21-The World card.
If you have been keeping up with my blog , 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 into matter. Of course, energy frequency, ideas and Mind are insuperable, just as electricity and data in your computer are inseparable. Thus there is often mentioned another axiom 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. Hence, diligently skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of information.
I have discussed through out my blogs, 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 of the Thoth Tarot, and the oval wreath around the Tarot Illuminati World card, represents the Womb of the human female, as well as, the Cosmic Womb (Vesica Pisces) 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. For every man and woman is a star.
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 and/or the Lemniscate (ribbon) of the "figure eight" form that lays on its side.
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, discrimination must be used when traveling the Akashi 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 them 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 of the card 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 eagle): 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 receive answers to given questions, the more that reader taps into the unseen currents of subtle energy/conscious. The word Qabalah, means "receiving and/or to receive".
Over time, as I will attest, the cards are almost a redundancy since the answers are always deeply felt when the connection by marriage of the Anima and Animus is completed, and consummate, does one become the Soul's true Presence. But again, we think by association and the Tarot Cards help us correspond to the Divine by setting up a ritual communication with the Spiritual planes.
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 discerning perspective of the Self,, through a personal learning- relationship with the eternal I AM.
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 of Wisdom, 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 and/or disinformation. 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 and that feelings are truth.
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.
The Tarot Illuminati-Key 21-The World, displays the same traditional imagery as does the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. However, the artistic interpretation shown on the art of the Tarot Illuminati Card is exquisitely beautiful. In all cases the ATU/Key 21 Card represents the Completed Great Work, the ultima materia, the Lapis (stone), the hermaphrodite (Divine Creative), the elixir of Life has been created. Hence, the pouring of this elixir, by the female human figure on the upper left corner of the Tarot Illuminati World card.
When this card is thrown, the querent is:
- Casting the circle which means they are mastering in some way the three planes of mind, body and emotions.
- End of a phase, a completion of some work and expanding toward another.
- It means synthesis, the matter itself, world and Kingdom.
- More than any other card, The Universe depends on the accompanying cards, as it usually denotes the subject of the question.
- Symbiosis of Eros and Spirituality.
- Wholeness, completion.
- Resolution of constraints.
- Conclusion of Karma.
- Learning the rhythms of your life.
- Experience as a teacher.
- Having everything you need.+
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- The Street to nowhere.
- Deceptive world of appearances.
- Endogenous depressions.
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