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Thoth Tarot- ATU VI-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.
The Thoth ATU 6- THE LOVERS is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini and is about the joining together of the female yin and the male yang, the original Archetypes in the Soul, and the left and right side of the brain making one consciousness out of union of two. The electric-Phallic and magnetic-Yoni forces join to create a Greater Self Awareness and eliminates any antagonism between the two. This card represents the universal principle of the art and craft of relationship; the union of opposites that creates everything. The Lovers is more about joining the Duality of the Divine Creative, (0=2 and then 2=1) Divine Feminine/Divine Masculine rather than an earth romance yet everything about this card is dual and can indicate the spiritual aspect of a relationship. Therefore, the journey of the twins, a universal motif found in all cultures. Shakti and Shiva, Jesus and Mary, Hansel and Gretel, Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann, Radha and Krishna, Beauty, and the Beast; all the famous couples throughout history reflect this archetype of the Lovers.
Thoth- atu 6- the lovers
The Thoth Lovers card is about love and relationships on a spiritual scale and reminds us that we are to be joyful and innocent in love while exhibiting curiosity and playfulness (the two children); the adult couple facing each other remind us of loyalty and commitment. The Thoth Hermit, with hands raised above the couple in a blessing, 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 Sword shaped gates in the background of the Thoth card symbolize the Lover's need not to be limited, bared, or restrained in their relationship. The Swords are attributed to the 17th Path of Zayin (Zain), meaning sword or armor.
When either the Thoth- Lovers or the Dream Tarot cards are drawn in a reading it often symbolizes a loving relationship, soon to be or even a marriage and/or the inner balance of the female (Anima) and male (Animus) forces in an individual. In his text, THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, the Western Hermetic Qabalist, Dr. Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. Which means to get rid of by throwing away or giving or selling to someone else. In this case it is annihilating one's individuality by two becoming one in communion.
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, the Path of Zain (meaning Sword), runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all forms emerged (Binah) within the central sun/son of Manifestation (Tiphareth).
The term Lovers seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is not often 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-force and magnetic-reception), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite Intelligence, that the brain is a copy of. The brain's left logical side must be united with the right creative and intuitional side, 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 that because of Patriarchal indoctrination and dogma, have become unstable and many believe that there is "battle of the sexes" making the left side and right side of the brain antagonists. This is because of the "divide and conquer" dogma/indoctrination of the Patriarchy, which serves the "false ego" that enslaves the brain with chains of media controlled "word hypnosis". Therefore, the Lovers card is also representative of the loving relationship a Magi must make of the Female and Male inside each of us, i.e., the Sun (rationale) and the Moon (imagination/emotions) or as some prefer, the shadow/Moon and light/Sun self-and/or Anima-feminine and Animus-masculine of Carl Jung.
The Great Work is a return to the primeval state (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)."
Mercury-by John W. Kelly
On the Thoth Tarot THE LOVERS, the Sun is the man with the golden crown- Male Left- Brain, the Moon, woman with silver crown is the Female-Right Brain, and the Divine Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid in the Thoth Card.
Dr. Paul Foster Case has stated that the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is subconsciousness. He 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 (and/or woman) 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.
The Dang Olsen Dream Tarot- Key 6-Lovers
Tantric Maithuna position of united energy flow
The Soul as the Divine Hermaphrodite
Divine partnering is not limited to species or gender as this is not about procreation, for in the Oceans a clown fish and an anemone are often symbiotic partners, each fulfilling the need of the other.
Partnership of the Clown fish and Anemone.
The stories of many distinct species that have partnered are prolific on this Planetary Divine Partnership with the Sun. The Divine Partnering of a dog and cat can be a domestic example of what may be called an unusual partnership. There are also bird species that have partnered with cats. The examples are many. We even have stories of Mother Ducks adopting infant Swans: the story of the ugly duckling comes to mind. All these Divine Partnerships prove to us that this union is not about roles, it is about something bigger and more powerful than the instinctual mind of any species, society, culture, or any racial gender role. Divine Partnering is from the heart. The Wolf partnering with Man, is another example. We rename the partnered wolf as "dogs" and/or canines. The love for these dogs' parallels love for one's own children.
The belief that every shaman, sorcerer, or practitioner of magic must have a counter sexual component to enhance their magical abilities through the stimulation of the Vigorous Vital Life Force and/or sex energy, is not a universally held belief in the realm of metaphysics, magic, or the occult. However, there are certain esoteric traditions and magical practices that do incorporate the idea of a sexual counterpart or partner in the pursuit of spiritual or magical goals. Here's some insight into this concept:
Tantric Practices: Tantra is a spiritual and mystical tradition that originates from India and is known for its emphasis on the integration of sexual and spiritual energies. In Tantric practices, a male and female practitioner may come together to explore and harness the transformative power of sexual energy to achieve spiritual enlightenment and union with the divine. This is often done in a highly ritualistic and controlled manner.
Magical Rituals: Some magical traditions, particularly those influenced by the Western esoteric tradition, may incorporate the concept of a sexual counterpart in specific rituals. The idea is that the union of opposites, often symbolized by the male and female, can create a powerful energy conducive to magical workings.
Alchemical Symbolism: In certain forms of Western Hermeticism and alchemical traditions, the union of the masculine (often represented as the sun or sulfur) and the feminine (often represented as the moon or mercury) is seen as a symbolic representation of spiritual transformation and enlightenment.
Mythological and Symbolic Interpretations: In some mythologies and symbolic systems, the concept of dualities or pairs is prevalent, and these dualities can represent various aspects of the human experience, including the spiritual and the material. The union of these dualities may be seen as a path to higher understanding.
It's important to note that these practices are often deeply symbolic and ritualistic, and they may not necessarily involve sexual activity in the conventional sense. Also, these practices are typically reserved for those who are well-versed in their respective traditions and understand the symbolism and spiritual significance involved.
Not all practitioners of magic or spirituality adhere to or believe in the necessity of a sexual counterpart for enlightenment. Beliefs and practices in the metaphysical and magical realms can vary widely, and individuals often follow the path that resonates most with their personal beliefs and experiences.
To the Western Hermetic Qabalist the Lovers card 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 and the Dang Olsen Dream Tarot depicts the theme of union as an Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker. Therefore, the Path of Zain is an active path of union as self-control and will be attributed to Mercury directing the movement and integration of opposites. Mercury is the messenger of the Divine and is not passive in the lovers' card as it often directs the partnerships that enhance life. In fact, it is also associated with the Silvery Mercurial "Winged messenger of the Gods" bringing the information that resides in the Serpent Force known as the Kundalini that sleeps at the Basil Chakra (Maladhara chakra), and is masculine fiery force, united with the Feminine Watery force (The Original Celestial Energy Lovers flowing intertwined as waves that are "serpentine"), both in equal measure and full of fiery dynamic and inspirational qualities and both copies of the Androgynous Solar Self. The inner hermetic marriage that is within the Kundalini, is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honeymoon and resulting "personality death". Hence there is a type of death here, as the rising Solar Energy activates all chakras, thereby elevating the personality to Daath, the Priestess Sephiroth who's process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own concepts of self. This devastating passage is a willful and the false concept of separation is destroyed as each is immersed into the Divine Collective where 2=1. For example, when there is Blue and there is Red, when they merge in a marriage, they have given up and/or annihilated individuality and have become a Greater Self that is called Purple.
This immersion into the Collective is well said in Gnostic Text of the Nag Hammadi Library, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas, where it is written that Jesus answered his disciple's question of "When shall we enter the Kingdom?" Jesus said: (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 (2) in place of an eye (I), 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 (ironically, he was against organized religion) …the Word Christos is Greek and refers to the Sun, which is the 6th Sephiroth who also happens to be hermaphroditic. Therefore, the Lovers, is a return to the original marriage of Binah and Chokma, the Divine Creative. (The brackets in the quote are my own). The union between the Earth and the Sun, is the union between two Divine Intelligences, for they are both Living Beings.
Thoth Tarot- ATU 14-Art
THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Tarot are amongst the most difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card is represented as the Hebrew letter- Samekh (Meaning Prop shown on both cards is the sign of Gemini) and requires a complete integration of the Personality (lesser ego) in its subordination to the Greater Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth-The Solar self that is a combination of Hermes and Aphrodite (Hermaphrodite) in equal measure. The Path of THE LOVERS is represented by the Hebrew letter- Zain (Sword or Armor) and 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. Hence 0=2 who return to the Alchemical solution and coagulation becoming 2=1. Therefore, the Lovers card is the marriage, achieved by going inward to one's Source and the Art card is the Divine Orgasm of the Consummated marriage that seals together, by fire (Kundalini), the perceived separation of the Anima and Animus so that the "male is no longer male and the female is no longer female."
Hermes and Aphrodite-Lovers
In the Crowley/Harris card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury. Eve (Priestess) and Lilith (Blessed Harlot) representing pure love and profaned love, 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 King's 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, which 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 (egg wrapped in serpent) that is the very essence of Universal Life itself and making the child born of the Union most important. The Orphic Egg or Egg of Akasha is the 0 who becomes 2.
The Horizonal Eight and/or Lemniscate is the symbol of infinity as o becomes 2 by One Vital Life Force twisting upon 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 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 of united Anima and Animus, in each of the types of incarnation. The Christos/Buddha incarnation is the perfection reached in Tiphareth which means Beauty in English and is the result of cyclic synchronicity of Anima and Animus.
Dr. Carl Jung, a well know early 20th century parapsychologist state that inside the unconscious of every man is an example of what to him is his perfect female image and that inside the unconsciousness of every woman is her idea of the perfect male. What is truly fascinating is that the Unconscious is part of our Psyche/Soul and the perfect copy of the Universal Collective Unconscious, and that the anima(female) and animus (male) represent a Soul -0- that equals 2.
Therefore, this Lovers card has metaphysical meanings as it represents the coming together of the first separation. According to Quantum Physics String theory (serpent theory) the quantum particles that we have seen in our "space", are really tips of the string of energy entering our dimension of the Multiverse. When these "points" enter, they split into positive and negative polarities. Hence, they become O=2. These split and now separate particles go their separate ways; Yet no matter how many light years apart, they are still quantumly entangled (Soul mates to new agers); therefore, when one moves left, the other moves left simultaneously; when one wiggles, the other wiggles, etc. Since we are all "from the Dark Mother", and/or dark energy and dark matter, and have quantumly "split" into positive male and negative female particles that overtime have gathered a collective of experience and have become "solar self" and/or Souls, we now continually search for our "whole self". This is the logic behind the twin flame theory of modern "new age" thinking. Somewhere out there, is our one true love: our "other half". We all yearn to experience the burning power of our reunion, making us "neither he nor she" but rather a "Whole Spirit". Hence, either the "other" is on earth, or somewhere else in the vastness of the Multiverse. We may or may not find our "Twin flame" on earth, but when traveling up the Tree of Self-Knowledge we will meet them via intertwining of frequencies, forming a harmony and all of a sudden, we have a very special melodious guide in our life motion who is our most beloved and soon we become locked into the Divine Marriage of the "Stars" and our life becomes a pleasure beyond measure. This is when the Anima and Animus of the Soul, wake up the equal and dynamic operation of the anima and animus of the brain and going beyond the "human stain" of survival thinking. Creating a "divine hermaphrodite'" on earth" that is called "the Adam Khadmon" (heavenly human) of Western Hermetic Qabalah.
The outer relationships we have on earth reflect the inner relationships we have with our inner-lover-the anima and animus of the Soul. If the Divine Partnership- of the Feminine and Masculine are at odds in our inner-self, none of our outer relationships shall be fulfilling.
Adam Khadmon-"The Heavenly Human".
THE THOTH - ATU 6-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 Rosenkreutz which is one of the key documents of the Western Hermetic-Qabalist and considered a Rosicrucian text. 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 (Zayin) is the word meaning of this path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled and/ or reinforced in this text. This understanding of united paradoxes requires some meditation on the Alchemical text. Each of us is Female and Male, as the brain shows its Hermaphrodite construction. Just remember, to be both rational and intuitive in equal measure and you will begin the process of reuniting the Divine Couple within your body, making it the honeymoon suite of the Divine Creative. We may not accurately dream of what that Divine Hermaphrodite is, but rest assured, it has dreamt you into existence.
The Dang Olsen Dream Tarot- Key 6-Lovers
The Dang Olsen Dream Tarot-Key 6-Lovers is a remarkable artistic representation of the Anima and Animus lovers. Here two individuals of opposite patterns (male-female, positive-negative polarity) are joined at the head, the right one is male as denoted by the sun at his head, and the left one is female as denoted by the moon at her head. Their hands together in union are producing an interweaving of their energy forming a large multicolored heart representing an unconditional and/or nontraditional love. The flow of "love juices" from this union is showing life producing magical beings much like egg and sperm. Then there is the Orphic egg and/or egg of Akasha shown blessing this union.
- Origin: The Orphic Egg is a symbol from ancient Greek Orphism, a religious and philosophical movement associated with the legendary poet Orpheus. Orphism had mystical and initiatory aspects, and the Orphic Egg is a part of its symbolism.
- Symbolism: The Orphic Egg is often depicted as a cosmic egg, representing the primordial state of the universe before creation. It symbolizes the potential for existence and the birth of the cosmos. It is usually depicted with a serpent coiled around it, representing the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
- Components: The Orphic Egg doesn't typically have specific components like the Egg of Akasha but is more a symbolic representation of the undifferentiated state of the universe.
Egg of Akasha:
- Origin: The concept of the Egg of Akasha is derived from Thelema, a modern Western esoteric and occult tradition founded by Aleister Crowley in the early 20th century. The term "Akasha" refers to a spiritual or ethereal medium that permeates the universe in various mystical and esoteric traditions.
- Symbolism: The Egg of Akasha is a symbolic concept representing the totality of existence, both the manifest and unmanifest aspects of reality. It is often used to describe the universe in a state of potentiality or as a container of all possibilities. It is a concept that suggests that everything that exists or could exist is contained within this symbolic egg.
- Components: The Egg of Akasha concept doesn't have specific components in the traditional sense. Instead, it symbolizes the idea that all things, including time, space, and consciousness, are interconnected and exist within this metaphysical "egg."
In summary, both the Orphic Egg and the Egg of Akasha are symbolic representations of profound metaphysical concepts in their respective traditions. The Orphic Egg represents the pre-creation state of the universe, while the Egg of Akasha symbolizes the interconnectedness and potentiality of all existence within a mystical and esoteric context. These symbols are used to convey deep spiritual and philosophical ideas about the nature of reality and the cosmos.
Egg of Akasha
The Dang Olsen Dream Tarot-Lovers confirm the Thoth tarot descriptions as opposites coming together for a greater purpose. Here is cooperation and compromise and or the surrender of individuality to form a greater magical being. The symbolism is a fantastic journey into communion.
When THE LOVERS or DREAM TAROT-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 attaining 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, Divine, or profane love.
- There is the Tantric Philosophy here also, only through physical union with a female/Dakini, can either a man or Immortal Being, achieve true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/ sexual union, is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the Divine-Feminine is required before they gain full possession of their powers.
- There is also a process, in ritual magic, for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine He" through the Male before they can gain their Powers of "Will to Force", inherited from the Divine Hermetic Marriage
- In other words, the union of rational male right brain with imaginative female left brain must be a thing of beauty.
- Spiritual love.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Unattainable ideal of love.
- Repressive neurosis.
- Inconsistency within oneself.
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