The universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
For those who don't know who Scriabin was:
December 25, 1871
DiedApril 14, 1915 (aged 43)
Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (/skriˈɑːbɪn/; Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Скря́бин [ɐlʲɪˈksandr nʲɪkəˈɫaɪvʲɪtɕ ˈskrʲæbʲɪn]; 6 January 1872 [O.S. 25 December 1871] – 27 April [O.S. 14 April] 1915) was a Russian composer and pianist. Scriabin, who was influenced early in his life by the works of Frédéric Chopin, composed works that are characterised by a highly tonal idiom (these works are associated with his "first stage" of compositional output). Later in his career, independently of Arnold Schoenberg, Scriabin developed a substantially atonal and much more dissonant musical system, which accorded with his personal brand of mysticism. Scriabin was influenced by synesthesia, and associated colours with the various harmonic tones of his atonal scale, while his colour-coded circle of fifths was also influenced by theosophy. He is considered by some to be the main Russian Symbolist composer.
Scriabin was one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia said of Scriabin that "no composer has had more scorn heaped on him or greater love bestowed." Leo Tolstoy described Scriabin's music as "a sincere expression of genius." Scriabin had a major impact on the music world over time, and influenced composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Prokofiev, and Karol Szymanowski. However, Scriabin's importance in the Russian and then Soviet musical scene, and internationally, drastically declined after his death. According to his biographer Bowers, "No one was more famous during their lifetime, and few were more quickly ignored after death." Nevertheless, his musical aesthetics have been reevaluated since the 1970s, and his ten published sonatas for piano have been increasingly championed in recent years.
The proper study of the Paths (Major Arcana cards) is the ascending of Understanding up the Tree of Life, as we are "below" and need to remember the realms 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 Universe card represents the Path of Tau that Joins the crystallized world of earth, Malkuth-meaning Kingdom, with the 9th 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 Soul (Tiphareth) for each incarnation, before our man-made personality blinded us to our divinity.
Dr.Paul Foster Case, who wrote the book, The Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom (the number Thirty Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephiroth) calls the Path of Tau, the “Administrative Intelligence", because it "directs and associates in all seven 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 Malkuth to Yesod, is rooted on the fact that all is Mind. I know that as we are all body-sense oriented, we think that the Mind's realm of ideas, dreams, or thoughts, are somehow divorced from the physical. Due to the "divide and conquer" culture of the Patriarchy, 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 mind": but Mind just the same! Taking this a step further, all is Spirit/Mind and the body is "Crystallized Spirit". In the Mysteries, the distinction of Mind and Body is one of perception (brought on by senses and indoctrination), not an actuality.
The pictures we see when we close our eyes, are a more refined form of matter, 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, in fact, our bodies are composed of the electromagnetic spectrum and seem solid, yet they are 96 % invisible. This estimation comes from the fact that 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 the One Mind, the Earth and our flesh, with less than 4% of our minds, via sensuality! Since the 10th Sephiroth- Malkuth is the only sensual kingdom made to experience the "Now", we must travel the Path of Tau to experience the "Seven Palaces of Assiah"(Seven 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 lady of the universe, 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. But then again, the serpent force which is the "fertility" of the Universe, is profaned in Dogmatic religions. However, it began in Western Grecian Culture as an image of Lord Python, the first expression of male in the Universe, and the First Husband of the First Wife.
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 explanation of the Universe- Key-21, it would be appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the inner Path of Tau. This mental walk, is called Skrying. Skrying, is simple really, all one has to do is focus on a card's reflection in a dark mirror, allowing impressions to appear in one's mind, 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 Vision of the Card. Some may breathe deep and easy, relaxed in body, and mentally project themselves into the Key Vision. Others, see themselves traveling into a tunnel, and 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 lucid skrying, is not of their own making. They often are astonished at the vitality, energy and spontaneous images that these "mandalas" invoke. The Dark Mirror, represents the Dark Universal Collective Unconscious , that is the Divine Creative. Reversing the image of the card by reflecting it in a mirror, "Turns" around the reflected light of Malkuth.
In the Forces of Tau, is the Knowledge, the data, of all the accumulated ideas that went into the making of our world and the Universe. There is much to experience and remember here so discrimination is recommended, as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in order to perceive our "I AM Me"/Self. 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...much like a religion.
From the standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the Universe Key/ATU 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" and/or "Above all things, know thyself". On this Path of Tau, we experience our own personality consciousness, which is of our own making, albeit made under duress to appease the indoctrination. Witnessing this faux personality is 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 trained personalities, into the Higher Self reality that created our self-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 and Tau, is the entire Universe- the Alpha and the Omega and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's "ending" manifestation, into the Beginning....for they who know their end, know their beginning! Therefore, 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. The Tree of Life represents the "journey of I AM" into manifestation. Each dimension of self-awareness is represented by the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. For the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at first, independently, and later as a wholeness of I AM.
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 Arch Angels. The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the 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 not condemned but Loved without condition! For a god doesn't make what It doesn't want, especially an intimate image of itself.
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. This 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 , was made 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 make manifest, so be discerning, but only through divination can we enter the "Administrative Intelligence" balance; a discernment that is shown on the Universe Card by depicting the Dancing Woman draped with the Khaf-shaped scarf while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy. The Hebrew letter-Khaf/Caph, represents the Wheel of Fortune.
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 unto matter. Of course, energy frequency, ideas and Mind are insuperable, just as electricity and data in your computer are inseparable. Thus another axiom is 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, diligent skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of information.
I have discussed 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 represents the Womb of the human female, as well as, the Cosmic Womb 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.
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. This is also the natural course of the Akashic Fluid (Astral Fluid) of Yesod where the Serpent Kundalini is coiled in its passive state, and uncoiled in its active state.
The Thoth 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 diamondback 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 halois the symbol for expanded awareness, such as psychic abilities etc.
- The Greek pantheon at the bottom 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 bird): 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 find answers to given questions, the more that reader taps into the unseen currents of subtle energy/conscious that generates All.
Over time, as I will attest, the cards are almost a redundancy since the answers are always deeply felt and only a degree apart. But again, we think by association and the Tarot Cards help us correspond to the Divine.
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 discriminating perspective of the Universe through a personal learning- relationship with it. Our work with Earth is where all serious esoteric work begins and ends (Alpha and Omega) while also establishing an intimacy of I AM Me, as long as the Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical being.
The Path of Tau, The Universe, is the first path out of the material condition of the survival mind (animal consciousness) and leads towards understanding of the Personality constructed by the Greater Self (Higher Self) of Tiphareth (Beauty) for each incarnation.
The Tarot of The Spirit-Key 21-The Universe, uses a Thoth Title, as well as, a traditional tarot image of the Generatrix. However, the meanings are much the same as the Thoth Card. Here, one's world is in total balance, and they dance through life with a unique rhythm of collective cooperation. Here we see a feminine figure who dances in 3 worlds, and is surrounded by Uroborus, the serpent that has split into 2 segments and eats its own tail. This is a symbol representing the ida pingala flow of serpentine force/energy that twines itself around the homo sapiens sapiens spine. This ellipse of serpent force, also represents that movement spirals back to its source. This is the universal constant of transformation and/or change.
The image of Woman, is Nature herself, standing/or dancing, with her legs crossed in the 4 of the Emperor and the Hanged Man. This indicates a perfect balance in the material world.
Her hands are open displays of the Sun and the Moon. Hence, she is the interplay of light and dark. She sees through her hands. The blue shawl of healing, in the form of the Hebrew letter Kaph, is wrapped around her. This means that she wields the power of the four directions.
She stands before the 3 states of the One Mind, and/or the Trinity of Worlds.
- The waking consciousness.
- The dark Subconscious of instinct.
- The light of the Superconscious.
All of which are perfectly balanced as the I AM Me. This is the key that helps you understand that the goal and the source are one and the same.
When the Universe 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.
- Resolution of restraints.
- Conclusion of Karma.
- Symbiosis of Eros and Spirit.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- The street to nowhere.
- Deceptive world of appearances.
- Endogenous depression.
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