Above all things, know thyself!
The Tarot Apokalypsis- Key 11- Justice
Balance against each other its exact opposite! For the Marriage of these is the Annihilation of Illusion.
[The Book of Thoth, Pg. 256]
The ATU 8-Adjustment/ 11-Justice card represents the mediator, adjuster, and the arbitrator; What you put out; you get back! Every thought, every action is returned to you, this law is active for you as long as you exist. There can be no greater justice nor greater balance achieved in this world of action and reaction. This card points out that by thinking ill we become ill and by thinking well we become well. Hence, it is smart “to do unto others what you would have done unto you” -----because it will be so done!
Both the Thoth and Tarot Apokalypsis card uses the scale-symbol of Libra--- the scales and within the Thoth scales are the Greek letters, Alpha, representing beginnings, and Omega, representing endings or completions. The Tarot key 11-Justice also uses the feminine image of the Goddess Themis/Maat as its image of Justice. The Tarot Apokalypsis shows an extremely attractive Maat (not bad for someone 10,000 years old) with her vulture wings, (her sacred bird) spread wide. In ancient Egypt, the belief was that when one died, the Goddess Maat/Themis used scales to weigh souls/hearts against a feather placing the feather on one side and the heart on the other. If the feather was heavier than the Soul/Heart, the Soul was sent to the "Higher Planes", if the Soul/Heart weighed more than the Feather, than it was sent back to the underworld to carry out penance and then reincarnate. The Sarcophagus beneath her represents the dead one whose heart she is weighing. Hence, this is also known as Karma in Eastern teachings. Karma simply means action, word, or deed, and implies that we must finish and/or correct what we begin, or we will be doomed to repeat it!
As above, so below.
Thoth Tarot-ATU 11-masked Maat.
In the Thoth Adjustment ATU/Key 8 card, the diamond image around Maat symbolizes the piercing of illusion and delusion and represents truth and negotiation, as it represents the united Macrocosm with the Microcosm and/or as above so below: the upper triangle of the Tree of Life and the reflected triangle of the below. The Thoth -Egyptian figure represents Maat, the Goddess of Law, Truth, and Justice but here she is wearing a mask-like blindfold, implying she is impartial.
The Tarot Apokalypsis- Key 11- Justice, is not wearing a facial cover, a long blue feather is behind her head, implying the implement she uses to weigh hearts and is often shown as an Ostrich feather. The True Principle of Justice is something we have never achieved in our Judicial systems; purity, impartiality and balance in our judicial systems just isn't there as it is a tool of the Patriarchy to keep us towing the rope. The facts are that we have the "best justice money can buy". This is not so for the Divine Creatrix, who is very impartial, you get what you put out. Divine justice is cause and effect; something that in Hindu is called Karma, which favors the lighthearted. The owl in the sky above Maat is also a symbol of the Crone of Trinity Goddess fame of Maid-Mother-Crone and therefore, often used as a western symbol of death.
Symbols for the 4 elements
In the Western Hermetic Qabalah, it is understood that the principles of the Path of Adjustment (the Hebrew letter -Lamed-meaning- Ox goad) maintain Tiphareth (Beauty)-The Sun/Son. Maat, who is The Egyptian Daughter of Ra (Sun God) and The Queen of Heaven and Mother of the Sun/Son/Souls is the judge of souls after they depart their mortal coil. The Egyptian texts suggest that that it is through Maat the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat," and to "live by Maat"---in other words, she maintains Tiphareth (The Sun/Son of Goddess/God, called Horus in Egyptian Tarot); our Souls that are Solar Celestials. This is the Path that regulates the vigorous Divine Life Force (Sexual vigorous life- force) that is the Soul/Psyche. In this placement of the Thoth Card-ATU 8-Adjustment is Justice-Key 11 in the many different Traditional decks. There is no sword in the Tarot Apokalypsis- Key 11-card. Instead, a night sky complete with stars and moon represents her link with the Goddess Themis. In both the Thoth Deck, and Tarot Apokalypsis deck, she balances the Scales; However, the Thoth Tarot shows these scales are on Her head, symbolizing a psychological balancing while holding the sword of justice with both hands and pointed downward indicating both above and below: Adjusting from above, to apply correction to the below. The head covering that the Thoth Adjustment is wearing is in the shape of the human kidneys. The organs that cleanse the body, representing the soul- cleansing action of Maat. The Tarot Apokalypsis Maat is wearing an Ank clasp on her girdle, representative of eternal life in Ancient Egypt and sometimes referred to as the key to life or the key to the Nile.
The circles on the Thoth Adjustment card represent formulated thoughts or ideas that are collected into a Soul. This card also represents the integrating, balancing and synthesizing mind/Psyche which is often expressed in writing, research, engineering, and design. The Ace of Swords is also depicted in the Thoth card, pointing downwards indicating the application of creative ideas in intangible ways. She is standing on her toes, indicating the Whirling-Dancing equilibrium and motion of this Goddess as Life itself.
The Human Merkabah (Chariot of Light)
When this card is drawn it often means we are experiencing karmic adjustments in life from past thoughts and actions which have led to the present circumstances of our life. We are reminded that we are not bodies; Rather we are a spherical form of multiple-dimensional conscious/intelligent-light/ energy called Souls; the Photonic Intelligence of Stars (Sun) that uses bodies to work out thought equations to see if they expand and liberate life or if they stall and subvert life, for the purpose of the Soul is Life and flowing in the energy of Life is data/information of the Cosmos; information we must know in order to expand our self -awareness and that of the Universal Self, from which we all are formed! Hence, information can only be experienced as in-form-action, which becomes knowledge; when information is experienced sensually, it becomes experienced and therefore, knowledge. This Card represents the Law of Action and Reaction that all mind and matter is subject to.
Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth; the Ruler of Balance.
Primary Path Color: Emerald Green
- Related Sound: F#
- Astrological sign: Libra (Cardinal Air)
- Word Meaning: Ox Goad
- Hebrew Letter-Simple Letter: Work
The great Western Qabalist, Dr. Paul Foster Case wrote in the teaching text: The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom: The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence and is so called because by it, spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow.
Between Tiphareth (6-Beauty) and Geburah (5-Severity) lies the Emerald Green Path of Lamed.; Lamed-The Ox Goad- is the spear like prod which keeps the ox moving down the path which points to the letter's special relationship with Aleph (0x) on the Path of the Fool. Although complex, their relationship can be stated: Adjustment maintains the balance of the Tree of Life, so that the outpouring energy of The Fool (often called the Holy Spirit) will operate within the confines of a natural pattern. Adjustment is the administrator of the laws of Binah (Mother of Form), written by The Hierophant Key -5 who is the "Ruler of Balance".
Adjustment/Justice-is the Intelligence Faithful to that symbolized by The Fool; the alignment of forces of the Twenty Second Path is an amalgam of all the Paths and is described as within the essential life force symbolized by The Fool. This can be a Severe Path, as it is continual activity "in the above and the below" and will do whatever is necessary to bring the physical, mental, and Soul/Psyche into equilibrium; a process represented by the Sword---which is not always pleasant. The Sword of Geburah cuts away all that is unnecessary.
Much like driving a car, Adjustment is constantly correcting direction through slight adjustments of the steering wheel, while traveling down the road of life (the "steering wheel" for driving an ox is an ox goad) ---the vehicle likes the adjustment or not. This car simile continues when one understands that the individual Sephira (numbered spheres) are aspects of the Soul itself (the Driver of the body-vehicle) and not external agencies. Thus, this "driving" process is to be considered psychologically as a condition of self-assessment. Therefore, the JUSTICE/ ADJUSTMENT card, often called the "karma card", is related to Karma, if one understands Karma to mean action, rather than the misunderstood term of punishment for not just correcting error in past lives... for Universal Justice does not punish, it just gives you exactly what you put out in Life. The ADJUSTMENT card represents a continuous action of adjustment. Therefore, the Path of Lamed is a teaching process. Because the continuous process of maintenance is a learned process, just as one learns to adjust direction by observation and the hands-on movement of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. Granted, this may be a painful and slow process (as many a parent of a teenager learning to drive a car will profess) but eventually one learns to analyze and re-balance oneself as necessary to handle different and often surprising situations.
By placing the Sephiroth on the body, it can be seen that Geburah (Severity) is on the right and Chesed (Mercy) is on the left of the Tree of Life. This card is said to represent Karma; an often-misunderstood Sanskrit word. Instead of meaning that a soul is always reaping what is sown from past lives; Karma also means to myself and Paul Foster Case, an action of continual adjustment. It is related to education; Lamed (the ox goad) means to teach, and as many of us lament the maintenance of balance of a dynamic nature, it is a learning process. Slowly and sometimes painfully, we learn how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as necessary for different situations.
Venus covering the Tree of Life.
Alister Crowley called Maat a Harlequin, “the partner and fulfillment of THE FOOL." (THE DIVINE LIFE-FORCE). She stands in the Vesica Pisces (the diamond shape). Behind her is the throne of spheres and pyramids, in groups of 4 which means "Law and limitation”. This Law is interesting in that Planet Venus is the only planet whose symbol encompasses every single Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. This implies that Love is the ultimate power of the Universe and is the Law. As Maat, she wears ostrich feathers, with the serpent Uraeus, (Lord of Life and Death) on her forehead, she also holds the Sword (male phallic symbol in this context) which suggests a sexual union with Vesica Pisces and the "completion" of the female (Crowley). In 777, Crowley described this "completion" as "The Woman Justified. By equilibrium, and Self-sacrifice is the Gate." Her Scale weighs the Alpha and Omega (The beginning and the end) and as Crowley pointed out," She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; she is the dance, many-colored, man-wiled, of Life itself. Constantly whirling, all are possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time: all things are real. The soul is surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things harmony and beauty; all things are truth; because they cancel out."
The readers of the Sirian Starseed, Golden Tarot, B.O.T.A., Triple Goddess, Spiral, Haindl Tarot, Rider-Waite-Smith or Golden Dawn, Tarot Apokalypsis and Modern Witch Tarot; all traditional Art Tarot decks will know this card as JUSTICE; However, Crowley/Harris has shown an appropriate, if not deeper understanding of this card's Principle known as The Faithful intelligence.; Faithful, because it's ever faithful to that which is symbolized by the FOOL and/or Holy Spirit. By doing whatever is necessary to bring an organism into a state of equilibrium. The "ox goading" Path of Lamed can be severe, as the term OX GOAD implies, for we are often forced by our Higher Self to go in an emotional and physical direction that we do not wish to go. Though no punishment is implicit, the figure in this card holds the sword of Geburah that cuts away "the dead wood" or what is no longer needed, pruning our self-consciousness on its way to a better-brighter and warmer mental health.
Adam Khadmon-"The Heavenly Human"
This Sword of Geburah/Justice (Severity) has a double edge, one for enforcing peace and one for war. The errant dual-indoctrinated thinking of "good or bad" or "right or wrong", is not the principle here. Rather, all Forms are of the Soul (Psyche), and this is a physiological assessment of equilibrium necessary, as the Soul weighs the personality (ego) on the left-hand scales, and then makes the necessary adjustments on the right. As previously stated, by placing the Sephiroth in the human body, the observer can see that the Sephiroth Geburah (Severity) is on the right hand and the Sephiroth Chesed (Mercy) is on the left. This placement not only reinforces the idea of mercifully cutting away the negative aspects of the soul and body as a return to purity but also notes the attributes of Libra, the sign of the zodiac attributed to this card and the Kidneys, (shown as a headdress on Thoth Adjustment card) which cleanse waste from the body. And since the Brain is a copy of the Soul; therefore, the brain's Left is Male and Right is Female, implying that the balancing of the 2 makes a perfect harmony of Life.
To those who study the Mysteries and become more in -tuned to the Inner Self, the more subtle and difficult these adjustments become, just as the more refined the consciousness gets, the less obvious are the unbalancing minutiae of slightly "off colored" thoughts. The Ancient Egyptians symbolized this subtlety as weighing the human soul against a feather. This concept of "right, truth, law and rectitude" was expressed in a single word, Maat, who was often shown judging with Anubis (Ruler of the Underworld), Thoth (keeper of records) and the Soul's ego, the Ba, which was symbolized as a jar by which the heart (considered the organ of the Soul) was kept in after embalming and was weighed upon death against a feather. The Egyptians believed that if the heart (personality called the Ba) weighed more than the feather, the crocodile god *Ammit ate the Ba, and sent the Ba back into incarnation, after a period of "adjustment" in the underworld.
Egyptologist R. David, at the University of Manchester, explains the many facets of the soul as follows:
- The Egyptians believed that the human personality had many facets—a concept that was probably developed early in the Old Kingdom. In life, the person was a complete entity, but if he had led a virtuous life, he could also have access to a multiplicity of forms that could be used in the next world. In some instances, these forms could be employed to help those whom the deceased wished to support or, alternately, to take revenge on his enemies.
- [ From Wikipedia}
As a Goddess, Maat represented moral law and truth, a straight edge to measure the psyche by and is a personification of the concept of Adjustment... Thus, the Crowley card has Maat as the central figure on the ADJUSTMENT card, crowned with her attribute, the ostrich feather. As I personally know, to keep our psyche on the "straight and narrow" path of purity, requires a sharp sword indeed, as I for one, need constant pruning! That is why I scry this card often.
*Ammit (/ ˈæmɪt /; Ancient Egyptian: ꜥm-mwt, "devourer of the dead"; also rendered Ammut or Ahemait) was a demoness and goddess in ancient Egyptian religion with the forequarters of a lion, the hindquarters of a hippopotamus, and the head of a crocodile —the three largest "man-eating" animals known to ancient Egyptians. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
As stated, Adjustment is at work continuously in the above, The Greater Universe, and the below-- our individual personality. In some other traditional decks this is Key 8-or Key 11- Justice. However, it is numbered, this powerful, natural, equilibrating function occurs in our bodies, as they balance nutrition continuously to maintain proper operation as power tools for Spirit. Adjustment is also an equilibrating function that occurs in our personalities, making sure there are no constant extremes of behavior that keep us from operating effectively in our environments. In the Personality Adjustment is done by natural force and reason, while the Soul, who created the personality and/or Ba before its indoctrination into falsehood, is measured when it "stands in” the Divine Light of the Solar Logos. The Solar Logos is, Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, often called the "Christ Light". Only in this Light (bright and warm intelligence) does the dual- edged Sword of Geburah do its work of pruning away the false perspectives of man-made self-identity, which are not worthy of Her Divine Child.
Since Ra is known to the Egyptians, as the source of all light, the Qabalists know Ra as the Fool or the Path of Aleph, who is the Source of All Light. This makes it possible to say that Aleph rests upon Lamed and that Lamed is the regulator of the Path of the Divine Life Force. That is also why I teach that "The Solar Husband is invoked by the Great Abyssal Womb'". This may startle some men who objectify women as an object of some lower-sexual desire, for it is well known to both Tantric and practicing Qabalists that the Life Force, and/or "Sex Energy" is invoked by the Great Female, to regulate and establish her Forms of Life; the Form of "Him "came from the Womb of "Her," i.e. "Ra is said to live by Maat." The Lord of Lightning serves the Great Magnetic-Ocean Mother. To put this simply, The Great One (Kether-O) became 2, by the process of Adjusting idea/Wisdom (Chokma) and Understanding (Binah), thereby, realizing s/he simultaneously and thereby established the equilibrium that produces and maintains all things. The downward pointing Phallus of the Sword on the female figure of the Thoth card attests to this understanding. Those who Scry this card will not be unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah wields her sword in quick bright strokes, removing the "mind virus" of the Military Industrial Complex. The discomfort of emotional burdens, the burdens of perspectives that make oxen of us all, just fall away and the scryer feels all "Warm and bright"; burdenless and blissful.
When the Adjustment or Justice card is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is experiencing or will experience, the making of a final decision.
- Judgment and sentencing by a determination of an issue without appeal on this plane.
- The querent is experiencing "What you put out, you get back".
- The Law of action- reaction, where the natural forces of nature reach a balance within the individual, setting things right.
- The balancing of opposites.
- Take a balanced view.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:
- Do not act out of habit.
- You may be acting unfairly.
- Try to avoid an honest evaluation.
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