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The Tarot of Eli-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot- ATU 6-The Lovers & Tarot Illuminati- Key 6-The Lovers

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- ATU 6-The Lovers

The Oracle of the Gods is the Child-Voice of Love in Thine Own Soul; hear thou it. Heed not the Siren-Voice of Sense, or the Phantom-Voice of Reason: rest in Simplicity, and listen to the Silence.

-Crowley

ATU/Key 6- THE LOVERS astrological sign is Gemini and is about the joining together of the female yin and the male yang. The magnetic and electric forces joining together to create a greater Self. This card represents the universal principle of the art and craft of relationship; the union of opposites that creates everything. The Lovers is about the Duality of the Divine Creative---Divine Feminine/Divine Masculine, everything about this card is dual. Thus the journey of the twins, a universal motif found in all cultures. Hansel and Gretel, Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann and even Romeo and Juliet; all the famous couples throughout history reflect this archetype of the Lovers.

The Lovers card is about love and relationships and reminds us that we are to be joyful and innocent in love (the two children) while exhibiting curiosity and playfulness; the adult royal couple facing each other remind us of loyalty and commitment. The Hermit reminds us of the need to be alone and granting the gift of spaciousness for the purpose of individual contemplation, introspection and inner self meditation. All parts of balanced and flowing Love. The Iron gates in the background of the Thoth card symbolize the Lovers' need not to be limited, bared or restrained in their relationship. When this card is drawn it often symbolizes a loving relationship, soon to be or even a marriage and/or the inner balance of the female and male forces in an individual known as the Anima (F) and Animus (M).

In the Text, THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Dr. Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence. What might help in understanding is the familiar alchemica phrase of solve et coagula, "solution and coagulation"". The process of solution is the Lovers card and the process of coagulation is the Art Card or as many in Qabalah say, the Lovers is the marriage and the Art card is the consummation of that marriage.

THE LOVERS, is the Hebrew letter Zain, Sword or Armor, and the Path of Zain, runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) ,thereby connecting the Pure Conscious, from which all forms emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth). The Term Lovers, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love. The True meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Twins. The Dual Intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and magnetic), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the Godhead/Higher Self on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities. Here, the 0 that = 2 , has now come back together, to annihilate individuality and become One again. The Lovers card is also representative of the loving relationship a Magi must make of the Cain and Abel inside each of us, i.e. the animal and spirit or subconscious and consciousness.

Also, The Great Work, is a return to the primeval state (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation and blending them through solution back into material coagulation.

As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," Thus this path may be considered the aspect of the Garden of Eden, from which mankind was expelled, but to which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling Gemini)."

On the Thoth Tarot Card, THE LOVERS, the Sun is the man, the Moon is the Woman, and the Divine Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid. Dr.Paul Foster Case has stated that, the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is subconsciousness. Dr.Paul Foster Case, considered these are both aspects of the One Life Breath, each working half of the body. Today we know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain. As Case has stated, “When the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the cosmic life force." Case considered THE LOVERS card to represent one of the dualities united by the Spiritual Self. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic practitioner's do. For the "Man" is the expression of energy and/or Electric, while the Woman is the receptive enclosure of Energy and/or Magnetic. Hence, his "Will to Force" becomes "Will to Form" in the Feminine. To the Qabalist, The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the Divine Love of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through Binah---The Great Mother, under the blessing/direction of Mercury (hermit). Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.

The Path of Zain is an active path, for the self-control and will attributed to Mercury which directs the movement and integration of opposites, is not passive; in fact, it is the fiery force or the Serpent Force known as the Kundalini which is masculine fiery force, united with the Feminine Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine:), both in equal measure and full of fiery dynamic and inspirational qualities.

Therefore, the inner hermetic marriage is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death". For sure there is a type of death here, as the process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own concepts of individual-self. This devastating passage is a willful and total self-destruction and immersion into the Divine. Hence, the alchemical process of this marriage of pregnancy and birth, mainly focused on the child born of their inner union. This child is symbolized as the Orphic Egg, for which Crowley stated: "...represents the essence of all life that comes under the formula of male and female." 0=2.

I'll leave you with a quote from the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas where it is written that Jesus answered his disciples with:: (22) " When you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female, female; and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom." Jesus obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but then he was a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a Qabalist...the Word Christos is Greek and refers to the Sun!

Again, In the Text, THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Dr.Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence. So let me make a simple example. Let's say you have a red crayon and a blue crayon. You then go about blending them on a piece of paper. This is "solution", for the red and blue disappear as individual colors and they coagulate into a new "child" of the red and blue, that we call Purple.

THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Deck Tarot are amongst the most difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card is Samekh (Meaning Prop) and requires a complete integration of the Personality in its subordination to the Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth and the Path of THE LOVERS is Zain (Sword of Armor) requires a complete integration of the total self, manifest in the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the "Garden" or Macrocosm, from which it emerged and thereby, revealing the True Personality.

Thus, we can say that Art is the equilibrium of the Lower Self and THE LOVERS, is the balance of the Higher Self as I AM ME.

In Crowley's card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury. Eve and Lilith are shown above the couple, with cupid aiming an arrow, symbolizing will.

On the Thoth Card the Black King wears a crown of gold, bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion, while the Kings black child holds the lance in one hand and a club in the other. The White Queen, crowned in silver, is attended by the White Eagle and her white child, that is interchanged with the black child, holds flowers in one hand and the bottom of the Grail in the other. The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg that is the very essence of Life itself.

The symbolism of the 2 children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and Abel, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS.; However, the process of The Marriage is both reciprocal and repeated over and over again as it is defined by the infinity sign of Mercury-Magus, since the Sun and the Moon unite under Mercury. First one "Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other than there is a return to a balance of opposites after which the second "Brother" is killed and absorbed into the first. Theoretically, return to the Godhead requires that we incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, reaching perfection in each of the types of incarnation. The Christos incarnation is the perfection reached in Tiphareth which means Beauty in English and is the result of cyclic synchronicity.

THE LOVERS card also relates to the Hermetic Marriage, or "Chemical Wedding", as written in the 17th century in a text called: The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenceutz which is one of the key documents of Hermetic-Qabalist. I've found this alchemical text very readable, much like a fairy tale, and yet one of the most profound pieces of esoteric or Gnostic symbolism ever written. The fact that the word Sword or Armor (Zain) is the word meaning of this path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled and/ or reinforced in this text .

Tarot Illuminati-Key 6-The Lovers

Yearning for Reunion.

The Tarot Illuminati-Key 6-The Lovers, sticks to traditional Tarot images, although with much of the artist's own extraordinary embellishment. The Scene is the biblical one of the Garden of Eden where Eve is up against an pomegranate tree (the original fruit in genesis) that is intertwined with a serpent. While Adam is on the opposite side with the burning tree of banishment for disobeying Yahweh and eating of the fruit. However, most scholars agree, that they were meant to "eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge" because the God of the beginning was an Anu (Annunaki, "Those who from the sky came") who were Extraterrestrials and began the creation of Homo Sapiens by splice their genes ( alien-male semen) with the women of earth (female egg of earth) creating a genetically modified organism called "man" (homo sapiens) They were designed for the purpose of labor, mining in particular and were not to have knowledge that was the possession of the Annunaki.. That is why the "god" got pissed off because of man's ability to learn knowledge when he only wanted dumb laborers. That's those pesky genes in the DNA becoming awake when one thought they had them controlled. The story unfolds into quite an eye (I) opener. For the whole story made from the translations of scribe (scribes recorded history as they experienced it, not as an imagined story) created cuneiform text. Read the Sumerian Translation books of Zecharia Sitchin, who is a renown Hebrew archeologist that translated his books from the Sumerian clay tablets. It has always been the practice of ancient artists to add wings to images/forms that came from the sky.

In the traditional imagery of tarot, it is the archangel Michael that banishes the couple from the "garden" with a flaming Sword (Zain) . This is metaphoric way explaining the dividing of the anima and animus (0=2), into sexes on earth, who now spend most of their time trying to unite again. However, because of outer belief and dogma, we have forgotten that the Soul is both anima and animus united and undivided. Therefore, by reuniting the Anima and Animus as O-ne (orphic egg) we become "Whole Spirit" again. Above all things, know thyself!

The Tarot Illuminati- Key 6-The Lovers, depicts this epic, but also realizes that every one of us is a Star (Tiphareth-The Sun). The entire universe and ourselves are made of Star-Stuff (photons, electrons, photrons, atoms etc.) we all are made of "light". Each, unto themselves, a Star on its very own journey to experience Self. The stars within us yearn to reunite with their origins and speak to their source...I Am. The journey is often long, but we find someone whose frequency harmonic is near to ours, albeit, opposite in polarity (male-female), making them the closest one to what we yearn for and see in them the source of light and they see it in us. We join with them in passion, yearning, and desire, and through them we are complete. This is Love, the joining of 2 stars (Kundalini) within us. Here we have bridged the gap between us. But one mustn't curse this gap, for it is the purpose of this gap, to allow us to feel love. The body human is the Sensual Self Image of the One Energy, to sensate is to experience and Self-Awareness is expanded.

And the dance goes on and on!

When THE LOVERS is thrown during a reading, it is stating a principle of:

  • Art and Craft of Relationship.
  • What is also suggested is the magical image of the power of surrender in which one form is given up in order to attain another.
  • Being involved in a process of cooperation. ---combining energies for a common goal.
  • Yin Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.
  • The power of sexual surrender to the Goddess within.
  • This card can also mean a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it marriage or profane love.
  • There is the Tantric Philosophy here also, only through physical union with a female can either a man or god, achieve true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/ sexual union, is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is required before they gain full possession of their powers.
  • In other words, the union of rational male right brain with imaginative female left brain must be a thing of cooperating beauty.
  • There is also a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers of manifestation inherited from the Divine Hermetic Marriage.
  • Devotion and unification of opposites.
  • Avowal and free decision from the depths of the heart.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout:

  • Unattainable ideal of love.
  • Repressed neurosis.
  • Self-sacrifice.
  • Indecisiveness. 
  • Inconsistency within oneself.  

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