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The Tarot of Eli-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot-ATU 6 -The Lovers & Tarot of Druids-Key VI-Midir ed Etain

Western Hermetic Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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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

The Thoth ATU 6- THE LOVERS astrological sign is Gemini and is about the joining together of the female yin and the male yang. The magnetic Feminine and electric Male forces joining together to create a greater Self. Once, we were all an androgynous Psyche... The Self/ Soul born of the Self-Knowledge of the Universal Collective Unconscious (Great Dark Sea of Mother Binah) and/or the I AM. However, we "live" in a electromagnetic realm now and our Soul must "split" into Anima and Animus* so that a "sexual body" may be operated. In this Universe of Form, energy runs from pole to pole and/or from male-electric to female-magnetic, making life possible. Here, the 0 of wholeness, must become 2 for the purposes of diversity/birth/death/reincarnation and/or transformation. Hence, the mysterious equation of 0=2. The Primary/First Lovers were the "I" and the "AM" (I and Other), known as the "I AM" name of God. Therefore, 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---Goddess/God and 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; all the famous couples throughout history reflect this archetype of the Lovers.

*Anima and Animus

The anima and animus are described in Carl Jung's school of analytical psychology as part of his theory of the collective unconscious. Jung described the animus as the unconscious masculine side of a woman, and the anima as the unconscious feminine side of a man, each transcending the personal psyche. Jung's theory states that the anima and animus are the two primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind, as opposed to the theriomorphic and inferior function of the shadow archetypes. He believed they are the abstract symbol sets that formulate the archetype of the Self.

Anima and animus - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anima_and_animus

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 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. Because of our belief/training in divisionism of the male and female, we have bared one half of our true Psyche from the other half. The lovers card is about negating divisionism and bringing the 2 halves together, Male/Female, as One Whole Person.  

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.

THE LOVERS, is also the Qabalistic Path of Zain (meaning Sword) on the Tree of Life and runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all form 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/ATU 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 on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities. The Lovers card is also representative of the loving relationship a Magi must make of the Cain and Able inside each of us, i.e. the animal and spirit or subconscious and consciousness.

The Great Work, is a return to the Original State of Psyche (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation.

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 sub consciousness. 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. 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. Thus, the Crowley/Harris Thoth Card depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.

The Path of Zain (Sword) is an active path, for the self-control and will attributed to Mercury which directs the movement and integration of opposites; 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 intuitional/ inspirational qualities that open up all the Chakric Centers of the Body (Spinning wheels of energy).

The inner hermetic marriage is a red-hot marriage, complete with and active Honeymoon (the dance) 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 divided-self. This devastating passage is a willful and total self-destruction and immersion into the Divine I Am.

This Awareness of Whole Self is explained very well in a quote from the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas of the Nag Hammadi Library, 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.

**Paul Foster Case

Author

Paul Foster Case was an American occultist of the early 20th century and author of numerous books on occult tarot and Qabalah. Perhaps his greatest contributions to the field of occultism were the lessons he wrote for associate members of Builders of the Adytum or B.O.T.A. The knowledge lectures given to initiated members of the chapters of the B.O.T.A. were equally profound, although the limited distribution has made them less well known.…

As previously stated: The Lover's is also the Qabalistic Path of Zain on the Tree of Life and runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all form 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 ATU /Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Twins. The Dual Intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and magnetic), that the images imply. These are equal and opposite Intelligence Force that must be united as a major step towards the Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities of 0=2.

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 Psyche in Tiphareth and the Path of THE LOVERS is Zain (Sword or 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.

Thus, we can say that Art is the equilibrium of the Lower Self and THE LOVERS, is the balance of the Higher Self. But even more conclusive, the Lovers card is the Marriage, and the Art Card is the consummation of that marriage.

In Crowley's card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury. Lilith (the First Wife) and Eve (the 2nd Wife) 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, crown in silver, is attended by the White Eagle and her white child, that is interchanged with the black child who holds flowers in one hand and the bottom of the Grail in the other. The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg (bottom center)that is the very essence of Life itself.

The symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and Able, 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 I AM knowledge received in cyclic synchronicity of the Supernal Triangle and/or the*** menage àtrois of the Supernal Triangle.

***

  1. A ménage à trois ( French: "household of three") is a domestic arrangement in which three people have romantic and/or sexual relations with one another, typically occupying the same household. A form of polyamory, contemporary arrangements are sometimes identified as a throuple, thruple, or triad. Aug 20 2019 Ménage à trois - Wikipedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9nage_%C3%A0_trois

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 . What many of us refuse to understand, is that a True Marriage, is the process of the annihilation of individuality; a blending that results in 2=0.

The Tarot of Druids-Key VI-Midir ed Etain, represents the "loving hunt" of the god Midir for the beautiful Etain. This is one of the many of the Irish love tales about the relationships of the gods.

Etain - Bard Mythologies

https://bardmythologies.com/etain

Etain (Eadaoin) was a maiden of the Tuatha de Danann, renowned for her beauty, who fell in love with Midir of the seven-pointed spear. Unfortunately for her, Midir’s wife took exception to this, and Etain had to endure terrible hardship. Stories of Etain: Etain met Midir while he was staying with his foster-son, Aengus Óg, the god of love.

The Tale of Midir and Etain, goes on to explain the many trials of both lover's when Midirs original wife,

Fúamnach, gets jealous of their love and casts a spell on Etain, causing her to turn into various animals and even a fly. The fly became Midir's constant companion. Click on above link for more of this bardic story.

When THE LOVERS or the MIDIR ED ETAIN 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/God 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.
  • This is also a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited from the Divine Hermetic Marriage.
  • The Power of the "Wand" gained by a union with a male-shiva force. The Wholly Grail, is the Divine Feminine Womb/Cup filled with Male Power...from there she can make "magic happen" and/or cast manifestation.  
  • Where the union of rational male right brain with imaginative female left brain becomes a thing of beauty.
  • Passion.
  • Tests that must be passed.
  • Avow and free decision from the depth of the heart.

When surrounded by ill defined cards:

  • Unattainable ideal of Love.
  • Repressive neurosis. 
  • Inconsistency with one- self.
  • Indecisiveness.

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