above all things know thyself!
Thoth Tarot-The Fool (Lady Frieda Harris-Artist, Alister Crowley-Author.)
Today's blog will represent a new Tarot Deck by Dang Olsen a world class artist who has created an exceptional Psychedelic Tarot Deck; I could go on and on about how great and well-illustrated it is but why not let the Mad Man Dang Olsen (My kind of fella) explain it to you himself:
Dang Olsen Dream Tarot Art Backing on Card
"Dang Olsen Dream Tarot
"I started making this deck over two and a half years ago. I don’t normally work on anything this long as I tend to change my mind a lot, which happened quite a bit here too. A lot of the cards I made in the beginning had to be redone because they didn't fit in with my current style. In the end I painted around 100 cards. It was also a challenge to not just do my take the iconic Rider Waite deck though there are many cards that are just that. I became more involved with Crowley's Thoth deck and most of the cards I made are derived from that deck's interpretations. I found that a card can have multiple meanings depending on who you ask, often similar but sometimes paradoxical/contradictory. I had to do quite a bit of learning all around to figure out the meanings I personally resonated with so in the end my deck is a synthesis of the Rider and Thoth interpretations funneled through my own life experiences to get where these painting are at now. So, you will notice some of the titles have been altered, especially the court cards, but it's all still rooted in traditional tarot knowledge."All 78 of the original paintings. Markers and watercolors on paper. 2019-2021
"I am extremely interested in using the tarot as a tool for self-alchemy and I wanted to illustrate a deck that was a wonderful way to immerse myself in that zone. Some other related fields of study I’ve dabbled in over the years include lucid dreaming, astral projection, fasting, folk medicine, Wim Hof breathing, hypnosis, moving chi, meta-programming, microdosing, macrodosing, heroic dosing, hyperspace, magick. I’ve spent over 100 hours floating in a sensory deprivation tank. I’ve been a practioner of Transcendental Meditation for 20+ year and also practice stoned yoga regularly. All of this was instrumental in the crafting of this deck.
Hopefully, you will enjoy these cards as much as I did making them. I also hope that if you're looking to unlock something in yourself that these can be of service to you in that regard. Empowering YOU is the ultimate objective. I would like to thank my wife Charis for the loving encouragement and patience, my friend Amora for breaking down the tarot building blocks for my dummy brain at the beginning, and Jodorowski’s Holy Mountain for planting the seed of curiosity. Thank you all for your support!"
The Dang Olsen Dream Tarot-O-The fool
Dang Olsen's Fool is on the traditional hero's journey of the Soul as are most traditional tarot Fool's. However, this fool is higher than the mountain tops and striding across rainbows shining with the face of the Divine Spark and/or purity of Spirit that is often quotes as "be like the children". This shining face is representative of the Divine Principle called the Rauch-a Qabalistic Hebrew name (RVCh) for the Vital Principle. Its base meaning is Breath and is equivalent to the English-Spirit, Latin Spiritus-Greek-Pneuma and the Sanskrit-Prana. Every one of these words means air or breath. Each designates the all-pervading cosmic energy which animates every living thing. Hence, Dr. Paul Foster Case, a twentieth Century Western Hermetic Qabalist and founder of the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA) called this Fool- Rauch, the Fiery or Scintillating Intelligence.
Dang Olsen has incorporated more of a traditional image like the Rider-Waite-Smith Fool, rather than the Thoth Fool image. The Dream Tarot's fool has his satchel on a stick which encloses his magical devices, as does the RWS, his hat also sports a red feather which represents aspiration and truth. In some schools of Western Hermetic Science use the color of bright clear pale yellow, as does Dang Olsen, to simulate air and the fiery life breath. This bright yellow also represents the Planet Uranus (an English adaption of the Greek word for "sky"). The Planet Uranus is considered the higher octave of the Planet Mercury, which is attributed to the Hebrew letter Aleph, the same letter applied to the Fool Card in Qabalistic Western Hermetic Tarot, such as the Thoth Tarot. Aleph (ALP)meaning Bull or Ox which is the symbol for the medieval motive power in agriculture. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization; therefore, the Ox represents the power at work in all human adaptations and modifications of natural conditions. Hence, the Ox represents the creative energy gleaned from the vital principle and/or the light of the Sun, the world over.
The cosmic life breath is forever young, forever on its morning of power, and eternally on the verge of the abyss of manifestation; hence the fool is shown as a youth. You could say that Dang Olsen's Fool is on "cloud nine"!
The expression "on cloud nine" is an idiom used to describe a state of extreme happiness, joy, or euphoria. When someone says they are "on cloud nine," it means they are experiencing an elevated level of contentment or delight, often because something wonderful or exciting has happened in their life. The phrase suggests that the person feels like they are floating above the ordinary concerns and troubles of the world, much like being on a cloud, which is a soft and pleasant image associated with a carefree and blissful feeling. It's a way to convey intense happiness or elation in a colorful and figurative manner: a manner that Dang gave his fool in colorful bucket loads! Love this guy!
Tree of life
The Psyche/soul produces the awake consciousness whose job is to liberate us from every thought or emotion of the subconscious fear of death that holds us back from our ascent along the serpent or river path (upward path on the tree of life). These things that hold us back, don't really belong to us as they hold us back from seeing our true will and Self. These cultural indoctrinations, dogma, desires of our rulers, archaic realities of our races, and genders, body fears etc., all are removed so that we can be the Original I AM... that began this complete process of coagulation. Upon the moment we silence this word hypnosis "noises in our head", is the moment we advance one sphere at a time towards our True Self and the reality independent of time-space: Kether- whose god name is Eheieh (meaning, "I will be") is the source of all. Therefore, the more you ascend among the Sephiroth, and the Angelic hosts associated with them, the more your ego becomes transparent and vanishes. Malkuth is as Kether, alone and yet connected to all as the place where humans and/or the image of the Supernal Triangle reside, for we are the "Direct Descendants" of the 0=2. Mother/Father God. The 2nd and 3rd Sephirotic Beings know as 2-Chokman (Father God) and 3-Binah (Mother God) and by manifesting as "children of the Divine Couple", we are to supply intimacy and correction to creation, to the animal mind that is the subconscious and to supply experienced knowledge to the Universal Collective Unconscious. Hence, no angels are needed to host this Sephiroth of Malkuth. We are the HOSTS!
The Thoth Tarot- 0 The Fool
Innocent and eager, the Fool begins his/her journey meeting each archetype on his way. From each of these Major Arcana Archetypes, the Fool learns the lessons of life, where upon reaching Key 21, S/he completes his journey. There are also 16 court cards, depicting core personalities, and forty "pip" or minor arcana cards. While the Major Arcana correspond to important growth patterns and life changes on an inner and outer level, the minor arcana attends to the details of life, they are now "in your face" details that help us smooth out the turbulence of a world in chaos by showing us what the energy-in-motion is being applied to or needs to be applied to. The Tarot deck is the "journey of the Fool", also known as the "hero's journey" that is represented as all 78 cards in the deck.
Tree of Life
Pure passion and joy are shown on the face of this Fool, who listens to his own inner drumbeat. The Fool is totally trusting of Spirit and doesn't know or care what is beyond the cliff's edge. The Fool has left the city life, for the great adventure ahead. The Fool fully trusts his/her subconscious instincts to carry the self beyond the "ordinary" of indoctrinated life. The Fool card's primary meaning is to not be afraid to take a leap of faith into the risky void necessary to take flight.
The Universal Four Elements
The Solar Self, the Soul, is the Life-Death, Alpha-Omega of the Body and its message is clear: "Dear Ego, do as I Will, and you will reincarnate, as a new persona, do not, and you will end with the body." Not being taken forward as a Mercury, a messenger of the Soul's will to the Subconscious is what the ego fears most as "fear of rejection" which is fear of death. The imagined fear creates a "shadow ego", a false ego, which is uppermost in the subconscious -survival mind of the Animal Earth-Bodies; homo sapiens are no exception. Tarot is the language of image that the ego should learn, so that it can share the Soul's Wisdom with the animal survival mind, that we call the Subconscious. The Soul "speaks" in image, not in languages that are the propaganda of physical leaders and the culturally enslaved. The Ego is supposed to be the copy of the Will to Form of Self-Awareness and is a wetware program in the brain. Because of the illusion of sensation, the original ego can be easily indoctrinated and mesmerized by the sensations of pleasure and pain making it easy to bend to the will of the authority it fears the most (Death) and those authorities who it believes can kill it. This Wetware-Ego, if it functions as the Soul wills, and seeks and fears no other outside authority, will carry on in the everlasting journey of I AM. The Soul/Solar Self doesn't fix what "ain't broke" and will reincarnate the personality. Otherwise, it becomes the Devil within, and attracts a parasite of evil called the Archon in Gnostic texts (Wetiko by the Native Americans). This one feeds off your fears both instinctually or programed and does everything to subvert you to its parasitic will by applying feelings of depression, worry, fear, and indolence, even suicide. For it is an "anti-life" mind virus and that is why it is live spelled backwards, i.e., evil.
When Light was created and/or energy in motion, so was its shadow and/or entropy. You are the Light in Motion, called Life, and to know yourself, you must not listen to this Patriarchal and/or Military Industrial Complex supported parasite. By knowing it exists in your brain, you can observe its manipulations, and those media word hypnosis manipulations and thereby, the light of observation begins to make it fade away. Understanding and observation make this negative parasite disappear. For it lives on your energy, only by being unseen. If you look at it and know it is not you, it disappears, and slowly fades away, but not without trying to tempt you into the black depths of dystopia. You are the Sun's /Energy of the Divine Creative not some ego bound by flesh. Our journey is to expand and liberate the flesh from the bondage of fear and/or to bring the Light of the Divine Creative to the dark realm of the subconscious.
" Without awareness of death, everything becomes ordinary, insignificant. The world is therefore an immeasurable mystery because death is constantly tracking us down. Without the awareness of the presence of our death, there is neither power nor mystery."
Although I have had numerous experiences with Light Beings when noticeably young, I began my studies into the Mysteries of the Divine I AM after I left the Navy in 1971 and one of the first author's I read was Carlos Castaneda and his journey in knowledge lead by his mentor Don Juan, a Mexican Shaman. My hunger to know more never stopped and to this day I continue learning increasingly with my Union with the Divine Anima within me who I call Elizabeth. I studied Theosophy, Metaphysics, theology, Mythology, Tantra yoga, and Crowley and his philosophies, used the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, then I advanced to the B.O.T.A. Tarot before I got hooked on the Wonderous/Mysterious Thoth Tarot. I compare all kinds of Tarot Cards, simply because Tarot is the language of the Multiverse-Mind that we all share as a collective of Souls. Some cards have more layers of knowledge in their images than others; Some Tarot Decks have an art structure that appeals to some individuals more than others. The Thoth for one, is the most occult; However, being a Thoth Hermetic High- Magik trained Tarot reader is not an act of arrogance or "better than" others. I believe that every dedicated Tarot reader, of any deck, is on the journey of the intuitive Magus or soon becomes one. I AM THE TAROT, is the truth of the -0- The Fool. Hence, I AM THE TAROT can be claimed by anyone who has become the Soul's persona, rather than an indoctrinated, dogma blinded personality of their culture controlled by the Archon and/or Wetiko (devil within) or by their own False Story. I accept no outside authority. I AM my own Author!
Adam Khadmon (Divine Hermaphrodite)
Tarot does not serve the Patriarchy and its indoctrinations or dogmas nor the anti -life parasite viral program of the Archon. Education is quite different from indoctrination; one is forced, and the other is a journey in knowledge. Western Hermetic Tarot Readers are scholars of ancient history, modern metaphysics, parapsychology, Tarot, and intuitive knowledge, not the present false authority of the Military Industrial Complex, (Archon run) a title coined by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. We are all Authored (Authority means "authored by") by our Soul/Solar Self. The Persona, which is a Soul's personality, is an avatar of the Solar-Self, not of a "man-made" God and/or something we call "religion". We all are woven of at least 12 perfect strands of light-frequencies called "the Christ or Buddha Consciousness", woven around the Central/Core Frequency (strand) called "the Master". In Hermetic Western Qabalah, that Central Frequency/Archetype is called Adam Khadmon, who is the archetype of the Homo Sapiens across the Galaxy; this Archetype human is called Adam Khadmon in Qabalah, meaning-"Heavenly Human".
Above all things, know thyself!
We see this Central Core magic number 12 in the 12 Zodiacal signs around the central Sun, the 12 disciples of Christ, the 12 Gods of the Sumerians who ruled under the One Authority from their Planetary King Anu. Each of us radiating from the Core of the Galaxy, the Central Sun, and having arrived at a blue planet on one of the outer arms of our spiral galaxy; each of us an egg /spark of light, a 0-, who seeks physical manifestation as a "Sun of Goddess/God". We may know data is information, but we also know that information is not knowledge. For information to become knowledge, it must be experienced intimately as an in-form-action; experience produces knowledge and accumulated knowledge produces wisdom. Hence, the Soul, who is the "image maker" ; the I Am of the ME, has performed a task of enveloping and flowing in and through a measured form (measurement has beginning and end) called the homo sapiens-sapiens, for the purpose of acquiring knowledge and thereby, performing the Wisdom of the Divine Creative, who started out in One Energy as the Eheieh/ "I Will Be". The Human Body is the vessel we use on this hero's journey and on the "River of Calling". We are the children of that Will that began all...That Fool who becomes the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokmah and the 3rd Sephiroth-Binah and/or 0=2. All of this "becoming" is not linear, rather it is spiral (Spiral and spirit both come from the Greek root word-"Spiro"-breath or to breathe). Spirals are also the symbols for Light. We are the fulfillment of One's wish to be, as I AM Being: A Being who dances to its own joyous drum of sensuality!
0-All the power that ever was or will be is here now.
Fear not. What is not real, never was and never will be. What is real always was and cannot be destroyed. -Bhagavad Gita
" If one heard it announced that there still exists in our days work of the ancient Egyptians, one of their books that had escaped the flames that devoured their magnificent libraries, and that contained in a pure form their doctrines concerning interesting subjects, everyone would without doubt be eager to come to know so precious and so remarkable a book"...( so wrote the French author Antoine Court de Gébelin, upon playing a game of Tarot.)
Adam Khadmon (The Divine Hermaphrodite)
The Fool is the universal key that is associated with the state of conscious energy that is us before and after death. S/He is 0, representing the No-thing above the Tree of Life, (The Ain) as the Source of all Energy. In other words, the "I Will Be" state that is the Fiery Spirit. Many of us know that we “have a spirit" but few of us know that we are Spirit and by seeking spirituality we reject Spirit as would a fish in the ocean rejects the water it is in---rejection by seeking the water it is already in isn't something to be proud of! Seek not Spirit for we are Spirituality; a Spiral Vital Force that brings whole-conscious Willful liberation and expansion to the Light of Self-Aware Energy.
Rather than just being assumed as being mystical, transpersonal, transcendent, and ecstatic in its nature, the Fool represents the power of wonder and ecstasy that is so apparent in the incredibly young (and the “enlightened”) before they succumb to indoctrination and form a "cultural identity" and/or a programed compliant false ego-personality, i.e., the lesser ego of the parasite ridden subconscious. The cultural identity is not real, even though Qabalists call it "reality" which we all know as relative and subjected to the “I” (identity) of the beholder and therefore, an illusion. The Real is the infinite, invisible part of us called the "I AM", which happens to be existent as "Light", the Truth of Self, is 99% of you, whereas the visible part that is a "Me", is only 1% of Self. Hence, Qabalists call the visible world, the 1% world and/or "ME", which is always assumed and therefore an illusion.
What percentage of an atom is empty space? It's 99% empty space.
This makes matter and the body 99% empty space and illusion for space isn't empty. The Universal elements of Pythagoras fame are composed of atoms, and those atoms make up your entire body. One percent of every atom is composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons. The other 99% is composed of energy space but not in a stasis state, rather they spin in a rapid motion. For you are Spirit which is all Photonic radiation of Stars and called "Suns of Goddess/God" and the radiant energy that cause a motion we call "Life". In Qabalah, this "Solar Self" is represented as the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth (Beauty), the Central Sun of your manifestation. Existence is called "I AM", what you-the I AM, exists as is a story we tell ourselves. Imagination (i-magi-nation) is the "Holy Grail" of all creation and is known as the Creatrix. The Qabalist knows that All is Mind, and the Creator/Creatrix part of Mind is Imagination which when combined with emotion- "Will to Force" (Chokmah) and "Will to Form" (Binah) creates all manifestation. And we are that Creatrix/Creator Mind who is a combination of will to force and will to form!
Thoth Tarot- 0-The Fool
The Oriental symbol for fear is the tiger. In the Thoth card, fear is seen as attempting to gnaw on the leg of the fool who isn't giving it any consideration. The Fool looks forward, and the tiger can't even make a dent in his perspective. This is because The Fool is the energetic essence of who we are---an unflappable immortal spiritual flow of energy consciousness that flows from the Infinite Source of Kether; the I Will BE to the measured realm of form known as Malkuth. Death is merely an end to a visible/measured cycle as we return to the invisible photonic being (Celestial Being) we have always been. Hence, playing with lighted spheres of consciousness, becomes the pastime of Spiritual/Spiral Awareness.
Both the Thoth and The Dream Tarot-0 Card symbolizes the creative expression that is needed to give birth to new parts of our lives and to boldly take risks (standing or spinning on the edge of a Clift) that are so necessary to evolutionary development! When this card falls in a reading it shows us that this is the moment to do what you fear and trust the spirit within! As an initiatory Path, THE FOOL connects Kether (Crown) with Chokmah (Wisdom). To the Qabalist, Kether is known as the Source of All, and Chokmah is known as Father God. The Hebrew letter, Aleph, shown on the bottom right of the Thoth Card, makes this Fools path- The Path of Aleph, meaning OX, implying the Fool is about the "flowing of Life Force and creative power", showing that the SPIRIT had a beginning aim to be manifested on Earth and/or as a Sensual Being for the Understanding of Mother Binah, has proven that without Form, "I Will Be" is an empty sound.
Crowley/Harris symbolically present this "Wholly Spirit" (The Spirit on every level of the Tree of Life) as a dove in the art of the Thoth Card. Crowley also called The Letter Aleph (The Fool), a phallic symbol.... but then so is the Projected Will that is THE MAGUS, and one wonders if Crowley was so besotted with the Phallus, that he was unable to see anything else; However, truth be told, by reference to Sexes and sexuality do we come to the minutest glimmering of understanding about the Universal Spiritual-Self; the 0=2. We begin seeing that the Below Plane is a mirror reflection of the Above Plane (Top Trinity of the Tree of Life) and therefore, the Divine Spirit is all we know, we breathe it, we live within it, it is ourselves. It is energy in its whole form of 0. Hence, death is not destruction of energy, it is just a transformation of energy necessary for the conversion of information into knowledge. Therefore, the sun is shown at the Phallic level of the Thoth Fool as the first expression of data. For to express is phallic and to encompass and receive is the Womb. Hence, from Fool to Chokmah and simultaneously to Binah who Understands the expressed data of Chokmah and thereby starting the creation of image as Form.
The Human Solar Energy field known as the Merkabah/Throne of God
Conservation of energy:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In physics and chemistry, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant; it is said to be conserved over time. This law, first proposed and tested by Émilie du Châtelet, means that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it can only be transformed or transferred from one form to another.
In transformational context, the Hebrew Letter-Aleph is attributed to Air and means Life-Breath. Just as both Spirit and Spiral are from the Greek root word Spiro, which means Breath. The One Spirit, the Holy Spirit, and/or the One Energy, is then the Life-Breath. This is well known in Eastern cultures, as Pranayama (Breath yoga meaning Life-Death) are a major if not primary part of all Spiritual/Spiral development of a "higher state of Physiology. The Sanskrit Word Prana is the Life-Breath energy; Prana meaning life and Yama meaning death and/or simply, inhale and exhale.
The Qabalah and I have described the Magus/Thoth as relating to "Words" (vibration), the underlying sonic of patterned manifestation. However, it is the power of breath that expels the sound. Thus, THE FOOL activates THE MAGUS. The Science of Crowley’s time, considered Air to be a vacuum, as related to THE FOOL, so did Crowley, but the Ancient Wisdom is that the Element Air is not a vacuum, as in empty of anything, but rather a No-thing who is the fertile No-thingness and egg of Spirit and/or 0.
Students of the mysteries know the Universal Egg of Spirit, to be the EGG OF AKASHA, the zero of THE FOOL, also represents this egg of spirit, and is the mathematical formula of one Male, minus one female= 0 . Therefore, the understanding is that the Egg of Akasha, is a fertilized ovum of undefined sexuality, but having the potential for both; Hence, potentially the Divine Hermaphrodite! This Universal Egg is shown as the circular lines around the Fool, which are made by the flying caduceus of Mercury and the Dove of Spirit. The Caduceus is an ancient Greek or Roman herald's wand, typically one with two serpents twinned around it, carried by the messenger god Hermes or Mercury. The synonyms representing the Caduceus are baton · stick · staff · pole · bar · dowel · rod · stake · club · truncheon · mace · scepter · twig · cane · birch · switch · sprig · withe · withya. All these representations are traditionally associated with healing.
On the Thoth Fool, the Tiger, "fawning about" THE FOOL'S leg, is also an archetype representing the Animal Nature of Survival thinking as contrary to the Higher Spiritual process of Love that is fearless. Again, as this cannot be said enough, the Horns on the Thoth Card figure represent those ancient mysteries of Dionysus Zagreus (the Horned Son of Zeus). The statues representing Dionysus Zagreus are often shown priapic, as he is the fertile force behind the Flora of earth. The Thoth Fool is wearing the green clothing that is of the Celtic Green Man of Spring, the grapes behind his left arm, are a tribute to the Roman- Bacchus, and/or Dionysus the Greek God of Wine and Intoxicating Ecstasy. The Crocodile (Egyptian symbol for great creative energy) is “a swimming at his feet in the Nile" (Crowley quote). Making this 0, a complexity of subtleties and far from empty.
Vulture of Maat
Orphic Egg and impregnations serpent force.
Images referring to the Godhead in the Thoth card, are the dove of Venus (Spirit) and the vulture of Maat the Dark Egyptian Goddess of Judgment, where she is the mother of Dark Matter. Then there is the triple egg shape created by the caduceus in motion, symbolizing the Ain Soph Aur (The three states of No-Thing) and the Orphic egg. As you may realize, the imagery is so subjective that I haven't the blog length of words to detail it all for you. If you need more detail, and you do, I recommend reading Crowley's BOOK OF THOTH, Robert Wang's Book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT and investigating the Mythology of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. As well As the book by Paul Levy, The Wetiko : the mind -virus that plagues our world. That mind-virus is known as the Archon in Qabalah. The Wetiko is a Native American name for this mind plaque.
In Gnostic thought, the Archons are often seen as malevolent or ignorant beings that exist in the lower realms of the cosmic hierarchy. They are sometimes considered to be rulers or authorities who exert control over the material world and its inhabitants and perpetrated the use of fundamental slave religions to control the imaginations of the masses. Gnosticism is a diverse and complex belief system, and interpretations of the Archons can vary among different Gnostic sects.
The Gnostics believed in a dualistic view of the world, with a higher, transcendent realm of divine knowledge and a lower, material realm characterized by ignorance and illusion. The Archons are often associated with this lower, material realm and are seen as obstacles to spiritual enlightenment and liberation.
In some Gnostic sects and interpretations, Jehovah or the God of the Old Testament is indeed viewed as an Archon or a false god. Gnosticism is characterized by a complex and diverse set of beliefs, and different Gnostic groups had varying views on the nature of the deity associated with the Old Testament.
In Gnostic thought, the material world, including the God of the Old Testament, is often seen as the creation of a lower, ignorant deity or Archon. The true, higher God is a transcendent and unknowable divine entity. The demiurge, often associated with the God of the Old Testament, is seen as a lower, flawed being who has created the material world and keeps humanity trapped in ignorance and suffering.
It's important to note that Gnostic beliefs vary, and not all Gnostics held the same views about the Old Testament God. Some Gnostic sects had more complex and nuanced interpretations, while others held more dualistic and antagonistic perspectives.
So, while some Gnostic traditions considered Jehovah or the God of the Old Testament to be an Archon, this interpretation is not universal among all Gnostic beliefs.
In the Thoth Fool's right hand is a traditional diamond symbol (made of Pyramid forms, with bases adjoining) of "As above, so below" and in his left hand is the Fire of Spirit, the One Energy symbol. The Butterfly symbolizes the Soul and transformation. The Coins on his left side, imply the overflowing wealth of manifestation.
To even begin understanding THE FOOL, we must entertain a multifaceted and fluid interpretation of Force and Form. Dr. Paul Foster Case (Founder of B.O.T.A.) calls the Fool the Eleventh Path of Aleph in his student text-THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, the fiery or Scintillating Intelligence. Which makes sense as The Path of Aleph borders on the Limitless Light (Ain Soph), which is "not" or 0 and/or called "non-space". Light without limit is darkness to us and limit without measurement (infinite) is invisible and/or darkness to us who need a beginning and an end to see. So here we try to explain what can't be seen as The Fiery Darkness which is the possibility of vibration or motion and the First Perception of the One having potential for activity. This would make a modern definition of “Dark Energy” as the “first I” or identity.
In the context of Masculine sexuality, the Fool is the Testes, and the Magus is the Phallus, (Represented by the three flowers beneath the spread legs of THE FOOL) as He directs active first flow from the Fool who is potentiality. This active "ejaculation" of "I AM" into the "Abyssal Womb" is depicted by the intertwined hominoid forms. However, I fear that this is a limiting concept of the ONE as the One who is 0, but then, all concepts are less than the potential for conception. O=2.
We may reason that the Potential for Thought (first material of the Alchemist), comes from Dark Energy as Dark Matter (The First Material). The appearance of Thought emanates Mind, which is the vessel for Thought and/or Womb of Thought Forms, i.e. The imagination (“I-magi-nation”), transcending all reason. We see this action represented as the cup, representing the womb in the right hand of the Thoth Fool, as he is spilling out the Dove of Venus, the Vulture of Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Judgment, the butterfly representing the Soul and the Caduceus of Mercury. Thus, as often is so with the Supernal Triangle (upper trinity of the Tree of Life), our reason leaves us with more questions than answers.
However, your Spiritual Womb, the conception of "the image of God", is the invisible Sephiroth, Daath (knowledge) seated within the Abyss (shown on the throat of Adam Khadmon) and is the Child of the Goddess (Understanding) and the God (Wisdom) who are face to face (Tibetan-Yab Yum). This middle path of Union is known as the Path of Gimel (meaning Camel); THE HIGH PRIESTESS OR HIGH PRIEST; the Divine Androgyny who weaves form from the frequencies of light and sound (vibration-"The Word)"). All the Paths leading upward to Kether, THE FOOL, THE MAGUS, AND THE HIGH PRIESTESS/PRIESTESS, must be approached with a certain understanding of whimsy, as we realize that by crossing the Abyss (void of sensuality and Ego) and approaching Kether (As above, so below) means the total annihilation of Self as we sensually perceive it. Thus, presenting us with the irony of our attempt to grasp such esoteric and refined principles from an earthly-mundane perspective.
Often, when teaching the Major Arcana and knowing what I say, cannot truly convey what I am saying, brings a smile, if not outright laughter to my face. To me, the subjective I AM- potential is ironically displayed as a limited conception—a Me. Being a Me (ego) must never be taken too seriously, for that concept will change daily, when one enters the Higher Self/Fool, and becomes a master of subjectivity in the physical I-Magi-Nation; the Magus calls the World of Man "smoke and mirrors". To reiterate, THE FOOL- 0, is the initial potential for thought, transcending all reason. Thus, objectifying the Upper Regions, the Supernal Triangle is a futile endeavor. However, once we recognize the impossibility of consciously approaching the Highest Levels of the Tree of Life, i.e. The Universe, in a direct sensual manner, we are forcibly driven into the key Principles of the Mysteries/Metaphysics of as Above, So Below. THE FOOL is the very expression of the god name of Kether/ Eheieh, which means I will be. This is the essence of the Divine Child yet unborn, who is all potential and who is our very beginning! And is well represented on the Dang Olsen Fool of the Dream Tarot.
Native American Clown Dancers.
In the Traditional Tarot, the Fool is displayed as the "Innocent". Tarot-0- is comparable to a Native Central American Shaman/Trickster or Clown Dancer image of the Archon/Wetiko. At Soul level, we know exactly where we are headed, we are fearless and resolute when we manifest as "earthly avatars" of this Solar Collective Mind. That divine identity has been taken from us as children due to "compliance" with pleasure and pain training that weakens us to the parasitic attack of the Archon/Wetiko; what we call "raising and educating a child" in a Patriarchy.
Our Ego is a program of tricks and misinformation that seduces us into thinking we are it and is often called the "devil within", false ego, and/or Trickster. The lesser-false ego uses sensation as " feeling and belief", thereby convincing you that you are right (emotional pleasure) or wrong (emotional pain), completely fooling your brain. The Intuitive Mind of the Soul is not heard in the howling noise of sensualities in relative reality. The Greater Ego, and/or Soul, is not going to "seek you" for it created you, it just awaits the time your self-conscious awakens to the fact that there is no outer authority for you to observe; only the inner authority of the Soul must become the inner voice rather than the noise of programed enslavement.
Know that you can have the original "you" back by "receiving your inheritance" (Qabalah means-"receiving") from your Soul. It knows, loves, and manifests you in its name of "I AM" (The Tree of Life, shows the climb back to inheritance) which is your original name as well. Hence, when this card is shown in a reading, it implies impulsivity and faith. It also implies that the querent is on the "hero's journey" and/or a new quest knowing that new experience, an unknown, is about to unfold and manifest (As a "mind" we are constantly looking for change and experimenting with reality). The infinite Psyche that is called Soul, is this experimental part of the Whole Mind, and it is also the perpetrator of the Universal Constant we call Transformation and/or Change. The I AM is real, but the "Me" is an experiment in Assumption. Be not fooled by the trick of senses, that the subconscious parasitic- ego makes you believe it controls. Truth is, you are a Celestial Being of Primal Will (I Will BE) created by the Union of 3: Spirit-Mind-Body. Therefore, the ego belongs to you, you do not belong to it. In all rights, the inner I Am (awake consciousness) is the Master of the "Me".
When Thoth Tarot- or The Dream Tarot-THE FOOL card is thrown during a reading the querent is in or experiencing: ·
- A state of ecstasy and/or a state of Peek experience. ·
- Fearlessness. Courage, and is completing all motion by Faith, absolutely trusting THE SPIRIT.
- A feeling of being protected, and that everything will work out.
- Being open to what the future brings! ·
- Magic, amazement, and desire in a relationship.
- Act impulsively.
- Follow your feelings.
- Take opportunities that arise.
- Playful behavior.
- A leap of faith.
- Stepping off the beaten path.
- Auspicious start of new adventures and opportunities.
If ill-defined by accompanying cards (there are no reversed card definitions in both the Thoth and Path O- The Questioner):
- The Fool is then the harbinger of folly, mania, extravagance and even negligence.
- Difficulty in believing in your instincts.
- Fear of stepping into the unknown.
- Do not be reckless.
- Taking more than you need.
- Cowering under the nightmares of culture.
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