The Tarot of Eli, LLC:-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot- ATU 15-The Devil & Tarot Illuminati- Key 15-The Devil

Western hermetic Qabalah, astrological, numerical, Alchemical, and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Illuminati Tarot

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Thoth- ATU 15-The Devil

Darkening of the light.

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Tarot Illuminati- Key 15-The Devil

The chains that bind.

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On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Devil- ATU/Key 15, is the Path of Ayin, and it connects the 6th Sephiroth of the Solar Logos, Tiphareth with the Sephiroth-Hod, that is the sphere of Mercury and the intellect. The Path of Ayin, is the Twenty-sixth Path and is formative. In the terms of Self structure, it is the bridge between The Personality (ego) and individuality.

As I have stated so often before, the Solar Logos, is the Original Personality of the Divine Child of the Divine Creative, i.e. the Son/Sun. Note: this is not a sexual description of a species, rather it is an "Energetic one", For the Sun of the Divine Creative is a Sun that sends "solar radiant" (Divine Energy and Data) outward as individual expressions of Its own Self (Personality); from Self into selves that circumnavigate, through the experiences of self-awareness back to Self, i.e. from Tiphareth to Malkuth and back up the Tree to Tiphareth again.

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The Hebrew letter Ayin means -Eye (I) and is a simple letter that also Means-Mirth. This double meaning may invite confusion; However, rest assured, that this Path of Ayin is one of the most difficult for western people to understand, for interpretation flies in the face of Christian cultural definitions that have been applied to the Devil.

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In Barbra G. Walker's Book [ THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS] which has been honored by the London Times Educational supplement as 1986 "Book of the Year", the provenance of the word devil is noted as Persian. She states." The Words "devil" and "divinity" grew from the same root, Indo-European devi (Goddess) or deva (God), which became daeva (devil) in Persian. Old English divell (devil) can be traced to the Roman derivative divus, divi: gods. Thus it seems that, from the beginning, gods and devils were often confused with one another." She goes on to explain such an enlightening scholarship that I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks an honest education. This confusion of gods and devils is also why the Devil card, ATU/Key 15 is a gematria 1+5=6; which is the Christ-Buddha consciousness 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth. Hence, it is the "unseen" or shadow side of the Sun of God and/or Psyche.

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There is another fact here that may hide from reason, and that is the combination of the words Devi (Goddess)and Lingam (Male phallus), is Divya Linga (Sanskrit word for Divine- lingam) and has also been interpreted by propagandists of Christian past, as the word Devil, which bespeaks of the "Son of God" as the Solar Phallus and the Water Yoni, i.e. a Divine Hermaphrodite. Hence, the Christian Devil is always shown with a phallic tail and breasts. Much to study here as most of our "knowledge" is propaganda-based misconstructions and misdirection!

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To the Qabalist, the Devil is not viewed as an evil entity (lived spelled backward), having its own god-like existence, as it represents a special mystery (Arcana) that must be experienced and understood before we can hope to personally know the Higher Self as the Authority Within our Physical bodies. The Devil is the intelligence that is Master of Manifest form (the Instinctual Mind), which we meet on the Path of Ayin, and must face and conquer. The Path of Ayin, takes the traveler into an understanding that we are entering a transition between the intellect of consciousness (individual conscious) and true spiritual consciousness. In other words, our Brain's programing, (an artificial intelligence), is our Devil. Hence, the devil is always linked with illusion and the moon.

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Three Paths lead directly into Tiphareth: THE DEVIL {key 15), ART (key 14 called Temperance in

Traditional Medieval Tarot decks), and DEATH (key 13). Now each of these paths represents a special trial for the initiate; However, each student is not required to travel all three Paths.

One way to experience Path Travel is the Devotional Path of the Middle Pillar or Pillar of Mildness, where one need only experience the Path of Samekh (meaning- Prop) or the Art Card-key 14 (Temperance in other decks), leading from Yesod (Foundation) to Tiphareth (Beauty). This is more of a gentle path of the Mystics and demands less mental and emotional will from the student. The Magi's way of following each Path means the acquisition of control over Forces which each Path symbolizes: every Path confers a unique power ("magical abilities")! Therefore, a Magus is an active Force of Creation, rather than a Passive one. The difference here, is that the Traveler of the Middle Path does learn to balance and understand within the Self, the forces of the twenty-two Paths, but understanding these conceptual states of conscious energy does not necessarily develop the ability to manipulate them, which is an art necessary in the development of a "discerning Personality" that has experienced these paths of Self; the Spiritual purpose for the human body!

Now I know that some students of the Occult (hidden mysteries) enter the studies seeking a type of "Raw Power", hoping to control others and circumstances to avoid pain and "doing unto others before they can do unto them". Such misinformed students soon learn that if such Power is acquired and then misused there is a devastating price to pay. So, there is no question that for the timid, the Middle Path is much safer than facing and conquering the temptations of the Magical Path.

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THE DEVIL represents Raw Power (Mars), it is the Force that brings about the transmutation of THE TOWER (key 16) and is in the sign of Capricorn (also shown as the Goat or Goat like image on the Waite and Crowley card or the genitalia covering of the Illuminati card), which is where Mars is exalted. Capricorn is a weighty, even blind sign of earth and symbolizes the highest and lowest states of individual personality. Yet it is considered a sign of initiation, or release from matter formed limitations. These material limitations are suggested by the astrological rulership of Capricorn by Saturn, the Planet of Binah, The Great Mother, which governs the limitations of form, including Time, as does Saturn. These limitations are of both the enclosure of matter or of time, the artificial system by which we meter and enclose all activities. Thus, THE DEVIL also represents the average person's misconception of "reality"; a perceptive belief that the material eyesight and/or-sensual condition is "Real". The Qabalist knows the physical-material world as the "1%" world and realizes that the other invisible ”99%” (often called "the other side of the Mirror") is the unseen Real Source. This misconception of reality is symbolized on the head of the Rider-Waite DEVIL, by the upside-down pentagram on the entities head. The upside-down pentagram indicates delusion as our ideas of spirituality and reality are upside down as it is positioned over the "Third Eye" of Inner Sight.

The total misconceptions of Life based on fear, is what the devil card implies. As in the Illuminati tarot, fear is the dark evil that lurks in the labyrinth of our subordinated minds. Hence the chains of indoctrination and dogma, which are controlled by the Patriarch, are shown attached to the male and female figures. Showing the Patriarch(y) as controller of reality for these "lost souls".

The misconception of reality is symbolized in 2 ways on the Thoth -THE DEVIL card; the smirking mouth and the Goat represents the humorous figure of the childhood nemesis the "Bogeyman". This "Bogeyman" is more of a human dictator figure on the Illuminati Card. Rather than show the Devil as some demonic netherworld god, the Thoth and Illuminati Tarot cards emphasizes the knowledge that our belief in the illusion of matter and an outside authority (Matter is only .4% visible as our bodies are 99.6% space!) is actually laughable while also implying that laughter is a humorous approach to our lives and is a tool which will help our consciousness to transcend the illusion of "thinking it to believe it". Mirth is the first great corrective and helps us not to take our perceptions of the material world seriously, which only means "fearfully". Therefore, The Devil cautions us not to believe everything we think.

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It pays to note that the Survival Mind of the animal is our source of the Devilish tempter that tricks us into believing we are as Moons who are at the mercy of Forces rather than the Magus (The Sun) who manipulates these forces. The Ego is represented as a animal, specifically a goat who is the trickster mind (subconscious survival mind). The Wisdom of the ages tells one to not believe in the Christian Devil. That the darkness within is merely our fear-based thinking initiated by the survival mind of the biological brain that is stimulated by an imaginary bogeyman, created by those who wish to rule our imaginations. For if you rule people's imaginations you rule the individual.

These delusions of institutionalized mental weaknesses are shown on the Tarot Illuminati, as a dark and unwholesome nightmare apparition of warrior predator/Military Industrial Empire. Hence, the Shadow Side of our mind is our fear of fate, forces, and other states of enslaved thinking, brought on by our fear of pain, death, rejection etc. Also, by controlling the definitions of word, and believing a word can Identity us, creates the limited physical sight, rather than insight, can be the bogeymen creator that keeps us from exercising our free Will- Spiritual Power, as we constantly react to the environment rather than the Spiritual acting in that environment. This is the Trick of sensuality, it makes us believe only in reaction as reality rather than the Action, which makes the Real of things. Spirit is action, the body is reaction. Our Action must control our reaction if we are to exercise our Divine Freedom of Choice. When reacting to others, we choose to be ruled by them and spend our lives trying to appease them while we are in a constant state of fear. Therefore, our own body becomes the scapegoat of our own fears.

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As stated, the Hebrew letter, Ayin, means Eye, a representation of the true "I" and/or our Soul/Psyche. Hence, if we believe in only what our physical eyes show us, we lose our inner "I" sight, shown as the All-Seeing Eye, which is on the Forehead of the Thoth Tarot- Goat, which symbolizes the astrological sign of Capricorn. Above that eye, is a bouquet of little blue flowers. These are "forget me nots", implying the driving power behind the "bedeviling" thoughts are from fear of rejection. Therefore, we lie, cheat, steal, and do anything, like covering the body with tattoos, so that they are accepted by "our peers" and therefore, not forgotten.

The Qabalist knows that there is nothing in the Universe that is not of One Universal Collective Mind. The devil, as we are taught, is merely a postulation of those who wish to rule the knowledge of Self by keeping others ignorant and making them fear their body and its senses. Once the Spirit, Mind and body are divided by dogma, one becomes "body bedeviled".

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Intellectually the "Devil " Tarot Card indicates a state of mind that is a source of forms, a mind of measurement and appearance of relative existence and is the necessary intellectual means of reaching the Christ-Buddha consciousness that is Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth-Beauty- on the Tree of Life. For without measurement, there is no self-awareness and therefore, no discernment. That is why this necessary state of mind is also called the "Lord of the Gates of Matter and the Child of the forces of Time" (see the Emerald Tablet). The Devil then is both Tempter and Redeemer. He is also described as the "Prince of the Powers of Air", indicating that this state of energy conscious is mediating in the flow of Astral currents; Air being understood here as being the whole of Yetzirah, the Astral Plane which controls the ebb and flow of Matter.

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Therefore, the inner Path of Ayin, confers the ability to bring the upside-down pentagram indicating "matter's rule over spirit", right side up. Right side up, the pentagram indicates Spirit's rule over matter, which is another way of saying, the ability to reverse the currents of astral light. This process begins with the intellect of Hod (Splendor) and leads into the intuition of Tiphareth (Beauty). Thus, Dr. Paul Foster Case in his text -The Thirty-Two Paths to Wisdom, calls the Devil the Renewing Intelligence. The Qabalist understands that only through the forces of the Devil and our right understanding of them, can we come directly to the Higher Consciousness of the Son/Sun of The Divine Creative.

It behooves us to remember that the word manifestation means to create illusion, and while manifestation is the necessary means to create the illusion of earthly form and therefore, measurement for the infinite Soul/psyche, it is the "dissolution" of these forms that is essential to the Path of Return. To the Qabalist, "dissolution" means analysis which is precisely what we apply when we intellectually separate the component forces and forms of the Universe and ourselves into 22 paths on the Tree of Life. By first conceptualizing these component parts and then reintegrating them through our understanding of their operation, can we Return to our Divinity.


[ˌmanəfəˈstāSH(ə)n, ˌmanəˌfesˈtāSH(ə)n]


  1. an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea.

    "the first obvious manifestations of global warming"

More translations and word origin

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The Astral light (Akashic fluid, Odic force, etc.) is manipulated for whatever purpose, through an understanding of the Devil which is a "Great Magical Agent" (Eliphas Levi) for the processes of alchemical manipulation, as to dissolve, to consolidate, to quicken, and to moderate. This is dissolution, re-integration, activity, and grounding which can be described as Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

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The Thoth Tarot Card is more Arcanely complex than the Traditional Tarot Card of this Trump. This is because, as Crowley states, Key 15 represents, "creative energy in its most material form", and as "Pan Pangenetor, the All-Begetter". Rather than some child's bogeyman. Crowley's goat is Pan standing on the highest mountain-top on earth, against a "background of the exquisitely tenuous, complex, and fantastic forms of madness." Between the legs of the Thoth Goat, is the wand of the Chief Adept and all in front of a Phallus and two testicles, implying the Universal "All-Begetter". On the Thoth Devil card, the tip of the male organ is outside of the card, implying it is in the "Greater Heavens", while the testes contain the bound-up forms of manifestation. The mysteries behind this card require books of research, so I hope this gets you started towards your discoveries.

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The Tarot of Illuminati- Key 15-the devil.

The Tarot of Illuminati- Key 15 displays this "background of the exquisitely tenuous, complex, and fantastic forms of madness.", as gray images behind the Tyrant figure and in the faces and postures of the female and male figures. Which is the hidden objective of the propaganda of the Military Industrial Empire's Patriarchy. For if people's imaginations are profaned by fear-based falsehood, they go mad and allow Fear to become their "god" as it mentally enslaves the individual. Rather than the freedom of love-based imagery that links us all as One Mind with many eyes (I's) and/or selves. The lower circle and upper circle of this card are illustrated as the infinity symbol and/or lemniscate, the O that =2. He/She the Divine Creative made them. and Mankind profaned their divine image-making-ability (Imagination) so that their own Power of Creation would enslave them in the name of their culture. Rather than the I AM that built them, they are now the I am a citizen and controlled by media, indoctrination, dogma and/or propaganda. Now everybody is a slave, and they must have a savior come rescue them. Being a Savior has become quite lucrative and becomes a Midas touch of turning fear into gold. Thereby, filling the coffers of the Patriarchy. Only slaves need saviors!

I AM the Source of definition, is part of "Above all things, know thyself". Our dark side is our "fear side" and like all things that live in shadow, by exposing it to the light of knowledge and wisdom, it skitters away or dries up and dies. It is time to be your "Sun/Son of the Divine Creative" again. In other words, express your Solar Presence on earth and "Above all things, know thyself".


  • Materialism.
  • Material Force.
  • Sometimes sexual obsession, (especially if thrown with the Lovers card).
  • Upside down thinking, where the illusion of fear rules your thought, and one thinks that "everything bad happens to me".
  • Not seeing the forest through the trees.
  • Living in your own illusion of suffering and being obsessed with pain or fear thereof. Such as a hypochondriac. 
  • Needing mirth in your understanding, as you are too serious. 
  • Time to laugh at your assumptions.
  • Needing more action and less reaction in your life.
  • Contracts and bonds between people. 
  • Do not believe everything you think.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Fateful entanglements. 
  • Self-destructive drives.
  • Hell.
  • Dark powers.
  • Collective hysteria. 
  • Believing everything you think.

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