The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot- ATU XIII-Death & The Dark Santa Muerte Tarot- Key 13-Death

Western Hermetic Qabalah, Tantric, Alchemical, Numerical, and Astrological Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Above all things, know thyself!

Thoth-ATU XIII-Death

The Dark Santa Muerte Tarot- Key 13-Death

The Universes is Change; every Change is the effect of the Act of Love; all Acts of Love contain Pure Joy. Die daily! Death is the apex of one curve of the snake Life: behold all opposites as necessary complements, and rejoice.

[Letter from Harris to Crowley, 1939]

The Death Card-ATU 13 is the Path of Nun on the Tree of Life, and runs from Netzach (Victory) to Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life, and is one of the 3 initiatory paths that leads from the Personality to the Higher and/or Greater Self. The initiate may experience the Higher Self on any one of these 3 Paths, Art (The Path of Samekh), The Devil (The Path of Ayin), and Death, (the Path of Nun); However, the lessons of all 3 must be mastered. The figures of the Art card, the Devil card and the Death card are all different aspects of the same thing; The Higher Self and/or the Divine Hermaphrodite.

On the Path of Nun, one is literally launching the consciousness into the Dark Unconscious of Universal Origins. This takes courage and determination, for the consciousness appears to be extinguished in the Universal Collective Unconscious. However, a new state of "ego" and/or "I" is revealed in this Abyssal Womb of Mind. I liken the body consciousness to an Artificial Intelligence, and the Universal Collective Unconscious as the Real Intelligence. This artifice aids me in trusting the dissolution of my individual consciousness, as a transition towards rebirth as the Divine Collective Consciousness, becoming  purified of illusion and deception and the fantasy of being a form under the control of some outside authority.

In fact, the root meaning of the Hebrew letter- Nun is Fish, and reveals the whole arcane doctrine of the Qabalah, as it is the symbol for the "first matter" (Dark Mater) that moves within the Infinite Ocean of the Universal Collective Unconscious. Without death's merciful transformation, many of us could never leave the fantasy we weave as a story of Self; no matter how dysfunctional.

The perspicacious student will note that the Tree of Life has a Path for Death, that of Nun, but seems not to have a Path for Birth: However, The Devil, the Path of Ayin (eye), enchains our Personality (I) in Matter as it leaves the Higher Self on personality's journey down the Tree of Life. Therefore, the Devil is a card of Birth. Plus there is the fact that both Death and Birth are essentially the same transition. As the invisible psyche is born into visible light and/or "outer World", their "I" sight dies as an "outside" experience and changes to the invisible or "inner world", just as the personality transitions from the outer world back into the inner world at physical death and/or transformation. The One energy transforms itself by the process of the illusion of destruction of energy phases as the I AM continually redefines Self from one phase to another. If we were to look through alchemical glasses at this phase to phase flow, it seems that the Art Card should be before the Death card in the deck, as the Art card foreshadows the final stage of the Great Work; Establishing The Divine Hermaphrodite (Adam Khadmon) as an "Above and Below " Identity. Death is the final stage and this is shown on the Art card as the Golden Cauldron emblazoned with the sign of the Raven and Skull, the caput mortem image, meaning death. Hence, from the Divine Marriage of the Anima and Animus, comes transformation of 2 into 1. Placing this marriage as a type of annihilation of the separation caused by 0=2. All transforms back to 1 (Hermaphrodite) in the Death Card.

Adam Khadmon-"The Heavenly Human".

The Divine Hermaphrodite (The Whole Soul)

The Personality constructed consciousness, is indeed extinguished in the Abyss of the Universal Collective Unconscious causing a period of "forgetful sleep" before the Personality exits the Higher Self again and produces another operative artifice known as self-consciousness that is used to operate another material form. The exception to this recycling process, is when the consciousness accompanies the Soul back to the Higher Self, without needing physical death to do so. This is done when the consciousness has become discriminatory, and knows the "tricks" of Matter, i.e. the illusions of senses, that the Personality experiences on the physical plane. These illusions or delusions come from the false perspective of separateness and survival thinking of the physical form. Hence, the fear of Death and/or Transformation, must be conquered by the consciousness "that won't experience the death sleep", that is, the consciousness that knowing transfers from body to body, becoming a Personal Mercury/Messenger manifestation of the Higher Self. When the Whole of the Tree communicates with Malkuth, we have "As above, so Below", with manifestation being the in-form-action of the Greater Self. Hence, "I die daily", begins to make sense, as one transforms Self- Data into Self-Knowledge daily through introspection and outside/in-form- action; an action we call "experience".

The Great Work, is Life itself as a Wholeness and not a divisionism of separates all trying to prove themselves to a Creator that by the very process of creation, had already Approve them into being! Those who are seeking approval, a survival mechanism of the social animal, are what I call "fish in the Ocean, looking for water." and/ or "Wanna-Be's" who forgot that they already Are the present All of Being. Each of us a collective of accumulated Self-Knowledge, expressed by the Greater Self.

The Beauty of Tiphareth, the Soul collective personality of the Higher Self, is that once you return to this aspect of Personality communication, you return to your body knowing that you, as a Personality of Mercury/Magus, are completely accepted and not fearing rejection in the least ( a mask made by the fear of death)! In other words, you "Know thyself" as an Divine Creative I AM.

The Tarot Card- Death-key 13, is called in the many texts of the Mysteries, "The Child of the Great Transformers" and also the "Lord of the Gates of Death"; Implying that Nun is not the Great Transformers themselves, he is their Child. Thus Nun is not Death itself, rather Nun is the keeper of the Gateway into Transformation. Roughly, this states that the "first matter" and/ or "thought", is the Gatekeeper of Transformation, which is not too difficult to "wrap your head around", if you understand that how you "perceive yourself "transforms your reality and thereby decides your life-power.

After Traveling one of the 3 Paths of the "Dark Night of the Soul" (Art (The Path of Samekh), The Devil (The Path of Ayin), and Death, (the Path of Nun) where your consciousness is torn down, relieved of all that is not worthy of the "first" you; the archetypal Adam Khadmon. Hence, the elimination of Words as self definitions, sends you up the Tree towards the Real I AM and then sent back down the Tree into your Malkuth-body transformation, as the information of the Divine Creative, in a figure eight flow that is unbroken by the World of Man interference. Therefore, perspectives of the Personality change from reality to the Real perspectives of the Great Work To be an aware-sensual-Soul, rather than a socially made personality, Your brain, who communicates with man-made definitions, can't do the job as it is an artificial sense of self and uses words as identity and "feelings" as reality! Therefore, you must go inward into the Psyche/Soul to begin the transformations necessary to become the Mercury-messenger of the Greater Self, but only after facing the blazing heat of the Art Card, whose consummated Union, burns away the impurities that have stuck to your personality, as if your soul has been "tared and feathered" by the society of man; Once the "tar and feathers" of false identity/words are burned away, you stand in shinning Mercurial glory before the Divine Creative as I AM YOU!

Thoth-atu 13-death

As stated one of the alchemical aspects of the Death card, also known as The Path of Nun, meaning Fish, is the symbol for the First Matter. Hence, a fish is shown behind the dancing skeleton. There is also an alchemical symbol of this Path as putrefaction, which is the decaying black mass in the crucible that eventually transforms into gold and is considered a trans-formative process of turning death into new life. The Thoth Deck card symbolizes this Transformative process as a scythe, a harvesting tool that is also a symbol for Time. Time is under the control of Saturn-Binah, the giver and destroyer of Life. This would be the Crone of the Triple Goddess. The Transformative bubbles of new life appear in the Thoth Death's wake, all of which, support this analogy of life giving and life destroying.

Those who practice Tarot and/or are readers of my blog, know this charming bone dancing Thoth Tarot fellow as Death. In the British Isles, he was known as LORD DREAD or DREAD LORD and the end of October is his Holy Day! He is the Semitic version of the Asiatic Sana, Samara (Aryan), or Samarium, "the leveler" And most of us know that you can level things very well with a skillful usage of a Scythe, a very particular harvesting tool of this dancing fellow. What is interesting, in early Britain, Samuel had a female counter part, SAMOTHEA (Death Goddess) who seems to have been another form of SKADI or SCATHA. Samothea, or Skadi was considered to be the goddess of the mysterious (Arcane) and of Hyperborean, the land where Pythagoras traveled to learn the arts of letters, astronomy, and science from this All Wise Lady.

The Dark Santa Muerte Tarot, Key 13-Transitions, shows an Image of Death transitioning the physical world by wearing a skull-mask. What one finds throughout world of Central and South America, the image of the well known Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, Santa Muerte, is usually a Madonna like image of death. Around the neck of this figure, we see a clock and an Ankh; clocks are an artificial mesurement being, and the Ankh, is an Egyptian Symbol of Infinity. What all of us should remember, we are Light Beings (infinite), who transition to Physical Entity (measurement), so that we can intimately experience information as in-form-action and thereby, turn it into knowledge. We then go back to being what we always have been, Intelligent Light, taking our experience to the Universal Collective Unconscious, that we all are quantumly entangled with. Once "downloaded", we come back to begin the process of sensual experience again. We are Energy, and energy cannot be destroyed nor created, merely transformed and transmitted....but only by OBSERVATION! This is called the Observer effect.

Anytime measuring (or observing) something causes a change in the original state, this is called the observer effect. Though we do have this problem in the double slit experiment, quantum mechanics is not the only place it shows up. How you observe yourself, also changes the original state of "Me". I Am, proves you exist, but not as "What". Hence, the "Me", a child born of observation, is total assumption. Therefore, when those who wish to rule your identity tell you to "observe" yourself a certain way, it is a total falsehood. Only you can decide the I-dentity of yourself ("Me"). For you, the Soul, is the true Observer of yourself. In Fact, the soul creates a personality to operate an Avatar in its name of I AM, in the organic material world of sensual experience, just for the sake of observation! The Soul, is "A Sun of The Divine Creative" . In other words, a Photonic Being of Collective Light and therefore, not material and/or "mass". Your True Self, is not of this world and like a foreign country, needs an ambassador to represent its identity in a different culture.

Psyche/Soul is the Electromagnetic Being that encloses the body in "Light", and operates the body by entering chakric energy centers, that preform animation of a physicals mass.; only physical mass can experience sensuality, and thereby, making observation intimate. Your Soul needs you in order to become greater knowledge and/or to enhance Self-Awareness. Since organic form requires "measurement", it must transform (begin and end). The Soul, then creates another "ambassador" out of the accumulated knowledge of the previous one. Hence, a personality, who is successful in its ability to represent the Soul, will continue onward and thereby, remember "past lives".

The astrological sign attributed to Death-ATU/Key 13- is a transformative sign of 3 symbolic images, the Scorpion, the Serpent and the Eagle, all of a Scorpio composite. Thus, we have the transformation of a dangerous earth-crawling creature, to a serpent which symbolizes the Vigorous Energy of Life (sexually transmitted energy), weaving its way upward to become an Eagle (behind and above the figures head)that sours above all heads. All of which are represented in the Thoth Tarot Card as movement. Movement being seen as change/transformation, which is the skeletal pattern of the Universe. For it is only by constant change can entropy be temporarily overcome.

Before, I mentioned the term "Dark Night of the Soul" which was first coined by St. John of the Cross where he said."...although this happy night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so only to give it light in everything; and that, although it humbles it and makes it miserable, it does so only to exalt it and to raise it up; although it impoverishes it and empties it of all natural affection and attachment, it does so only that it may enable it to stretch forward, divinely, and thus to have fruition and experience all things, both above and below...."

Upon conquering the Path of Nun, the Soul is reconstructed as the Personality of the Higher Self, rather than one made by mankind, and the emptied brain is filled with the Primary Imagination/Creative Information and/or The Will to Force and Will to Form and the Understanding of the Great "Womb with a view" and/or Creatrix.

Therefore, the term "Dark night of the Soul" refers to the darkness of unknowing, and/or senselessness, where the psyche is striped of the desire nature of the personality in the Abyssal Womb and/or non-space. This lack of senses, leaves a dreadful emptiness, almost a complete disinterest in everything. Personally, upon experiencing these 3 aforementioned Paths of the Dark Night, The Devil, Art and Death, there was left only a thought of despair repeating over and over again, abolishing any other desire or thought. It was, “I can't be you, You must be me." The Higher Self responded to that by sending my “skeletal awareness" directly to the Great Mother Binah, who then broke down and reassembled the Personality into that of the Divine Child, and I awoke as the "Will to Be" and/or the "I Will Be" that is Eheieh/Kether.

Immersion into the Great Ocean of the Universal Collective Unconscious


This is a very difficult journey to explain and it requires one not to be concerned with living or dying. One becomes a mechanical motion, pushing ahead with great faith, as if Life's processes have no value, yet one still mechanically crawls towards the Higher Self. Moving forward in a total darkness, inch by inch, the Soul (Psyche) begins the process of "putrefaction", believing, but not always so sure, that there will be light that will eventually appear and lead the way. It was a Red dot of light that appeared to me out of indescribable darkness....I became the original “I” of Kether, observing the red atom of me that originally issued from the Great Dark Menstrual Sea of the Red Binah (A Red Star). This purifying Force of resurrection, Bathed/Baptized me, \ Loved me ( the first feeling I sensed was an indescribable ecstasy) and sent me back down the Tree into Tiphareth and the Fiery Light of the Higher Self. Once a Divine Child always a Divine Child (god-kid and/or good kid)….somehow we've forgotten that, in a process of indoctrinated amnesia and thus disinherited ourselves/ our-Soul personality of the Higher Self, from the Macrocosm parent (Divine Hermaphrodite) of our Microcosm. We were always taught to reject ourselves and comply to an outside authority. Just by rejecting the human body because of "Nudity" which is a man made description, we are bad until clothed in manmade rules and restrictions. Hence, we reject our bodies before we even get to fully integrate with them! The body is the reason why you, the Great Solar Self are here on earth and this indoctrinated self-rejection, cause everyone to "seek a purpose" and eventually finding out, that this purpose sought, is not man-made after all! This observation usually happens after a large accumulation and often burden of man-made stuff, has not achieved true happiness in one's life.

The Solar Anima and Animus

Mars rules Scorpio; Scorpio rules the sex organs. Hence, this Death Card, represents a Sexual vigorous energy, a reproductive energy which is consciously directed in a physical exercise such as that of Tantra, or that of Crowley’s Middle Pillar, an activity best represented by Crowley's Death Card. The initiate is now following the "Path of the Flaming Sword”, which is both destructive and constructive and is not for the weak of character or for those who fear death, a phenomena shown by trying to dominate others and your environment, rather than becoming them. What I find curious, is that when you combine the images of Scorpio, the scorpion, the serpent, the eagle and the Path of the flaming sword you get: A Dragon who becomes a Phoenix.


Qabalists know that Hermes/Thoth is the Magician (Magus) of letters, words and sound, while the Art of Forms(astronomy) is definitely the Domain of Binah as the Star card and science from The Art Card...(Alchemy) where He and She combine to Transform, making the superstitious identity of the Dread Lord into a reborn Hermaphrodite. Therefore, one could say that the Supernal Triangle of the Tree of Life is a type of Hyperborean and/or Shambolic type of existence, known as the World of Aziluth, which is across the Abyss and a place you can only reach after a death of your human realities.


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For other uses, see Hyperborea (disambiguation).

Arctic continent on the Gerardus Mercator map of 1595.

In Greek mythology, the Hyperboreans (Ancient Greek: Ὑπερβόρε(ι)οι, pronounced [hyperbóre(ː)oi̯]; Latin: Hyperborei) were a mythical people who lived in the far northern part of the known world.[1] Their name appears to derive from the Greek ὑπέρ Βορέᾱ, "beyond Boreas" (the personified North Wind), although some scholars prefer a derivation from ὑπερφέρω ("to carry over").[2] Despite their location in an otherwise frigid part of the world, the Hyperboreans were believed to inhabit a sunny, temperate, and divinely-blessed land. In many versions of the story, they lived north of the Riphean Mountains, which shielded them from the effects of the cold North Wind. The oldest myths portray them as the favorites of Apollo, and some ancient Greek writers regarded the Hyperboreans as the mythical founders of Apollo's shrines at Delos and Delphi.[3]

Later writers disagreed on the existence and location of the Hyperboreans, with some regarding them as purely mythological, and others connecting them to real-world peoples and places in northern Europe (e.g. Britain, Scandinavia, or Siberia).[4] In medieval and Renaissance literature, the Hyperboreans came to signify remoteness and exoticism. Modern scholars consider the Hyperborean myth to be an amalgam of ideas from ancient utopianism, "edge of the earth" stories, the cult of Apollo, and exaggerated reports of phenomena in northern Europe (e.g. the Arctic "midnight sun").[5]

. Around the world, there is a celebration set aside to commemorate this transition from flesh to light and it is called All Soul's or Halloween night. Christian's of the day, described the All Soul's night as heretical practices, where magic charms and divination, reading the future with Witches mirrors and nutshell ashes and other objectionable rites: Even the unholy act of ducking for apples in tubs of water, which was said to represent souls in the Cauldron of Regeneration.

But this is not just limited to past superstition, even today it is believed that if a girl peels an apple before a mirror, on Halloween, she will see the image of her future husband in the glass.

However, today's celebration of parties, and candy/gift giving actually follows the original version of Samuel’s day, as the original divination was considered to be Oracular utterances by the Elder dead (Ancestors) who came up from their tombs on Halloween/All Souls Day, bearing gifts for the children of their living descendants. According to the pagan lunar calendar, festivals were celebrated on the "eve' rather than the day. Hence, Halloween or All Hallows' Eve, was the original festival that was later displaced to the following day. The Irish called this Holy Night, the Vigil of Saman. Hence, the fear of dying seems very illogical, because these various celebrations exclaim that death is a transition from one dimension to another. Hence, fear of death is often confused with "fear of pain"; Which in itself, is illogical. This is because if you as a psyche are to operate a body in your name of "I AM", you need to know what is dysfunctional in its motion! Pain, is the sense of dysfunction! With this knowledge the Psyche can then go about "fixing" this now-observed dysfunction. Here, one finds that "emotional pain", is emotional dysfunction, something that the ignorant like to "blame another" for and thereby, find themselves unable to correct it.

To continue: Sicilian Halloween tradition, states that, "the dead relations have become the good fairies of the little ones." There are many more traditions across Europe. Even in Lithuania, there were burn offerings of domestic animals to their god ZIMIENNIK(Samanik) believing that if the Lord of the underworld accepted the offering on behalf of the dead, the spirits would do no harm. The Fact That Death is seen as an active force (The Dancing Skeleton) by the ancients, relates to the fact that Death, acts like the Dark Energy that pushes the Universe outward, by pushing Life forward. The objective Self, the Mortal Form, may fear its own demise, but the Subjective Self, (that is 99.6% of you) does not. Spirit knows Death to be but a tool that transforms, as is Life, which Transforms Self Concepts in to Self-Reality and/or Self in-form-action. In-Form-Action, makes it possible to experience information and thereby, creating personal knowledge, thereby making the Soul a collective consciousness.

On that note:

The celebration of Halloween Death, should be a celebration of the Spirit who survives mortality, knowing full well, that by owning your own beast-based "survival Mind", you can push your Identity Forward into the Invisible Universe---and be Lord over Death and therefore, Life. The TAROT Death Card is a Rebirth Card, where we drop the old, and become the new. Knowing that all is Mind, and that everything is imagined into being. Allows you to understand that I AM, is Truth and that all that you think you are, is merely an assumption; a fantasy, that you control by image-making, measurement and/or I-Magi-Nation. Your observation of "self", is the operating power in your life. You are not the indoctrinated device you call your "ego". That is just a false mask of words, ruled by outside authority. Truth being, your Mind is your only Authority in you life and that Mind, should be the Psyche's/Soul's fearless observation of itself. Hence, it is best to let the "dead bury the dead", and truly live as: I Am the Will, and the Way of my Life.

When the Death Card, ATU/ Key 13 is thrown, it implies:

  • Time, Age and transformation. 
  • Rarely does it symbolize physical death and only if borne out by the accompanying cards, such as the 10 of swords-Ruin-Swords being the traditional death suit. 
  • For the Querent, this is the Principle of letting go, and moving on.
  • A rebirth out of Old conditions. 
  • A type of transitional metamorphosis which destroys the something old to build the something new. 
  • A Realization of Life Power as it is released from past confines and revitalized by change and regeneration.
  • Psychology of letting go.
  • New opportunities. 
  • Rebirth from one form into another.

If surrounded by ill defined cards it implies:

  • Resisting change.
  • Stagnation.
  • Inertia.
  • Pain of giving something up.

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