The Tarot of Eli,LLC-Major Arcana: Thoth Tarot-ATU XV-The Devil & Triple Goddess Tarot-Key 15- The Crone

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Thoth-ATU XV-The Devil

Triple Goddess Tarot- The Crone

The Lord of the Gates of Matter; The child of the Forces of Time.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Devil- ATU/Key 15, is the Tree of Life, Path of Ayin, and it connects the 6th Sephiroth of the Solar Logos, Tiphareth with the 8th Sephiroth-Hod, which 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 and individuality; the false- ego and the Soul.

As I have stated so often before, the Solar Self-the Soul, is the Original Individual 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 Son/Sun of God is a Sun that sends "solar flares" (Divine Energy and Data) outward as individual expressions of It's own Self ( individuality); from Self into selves (personalities) 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. Which all works just fine, if uncorrupted.

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 which is another form of corrupted "eye-denity". There is a division in our I-dentity. When one has been "Pleasure/Pain" trained (indoctrinated) from childhood onward into social pressure, one has developed a false ego and/or a false identity made for them by some outside "authority". That faux ego, is the devil within who is created out of the fear based imagination of the subconscious/survival mind of the body collective.

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 onto explain such enlightening scholarship that I highly recommenced this book to anyone who seeks an honest education as opposed to indoctrination. 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 the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth. Hence, it is the "unseen" or shadow side of the Sun of God/ Child of the Divine Creative. It is well noted in Hermetic Qabalah and metaphysics, that the gods are creations of the Created. In other words, are Imagined.

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 actually bespeaks of the "Son of God" as the Solar Phallus. Hence,the Christian Devil is always shown with an erect phallic tail. Much to study here as most of our "knowledge" is propaganda based misconstructions!

Imagination is the True Mind of Formation. When you-The Imagination, is under the control of outside authority, due to fear of punishment and/or death (fear of sensation), you are bedeviled throughout life and become a "Mind divided", which is a living hell if you want to get anything done for yourself. Your "I", EGO, belongs to the True Self, the original I AM, not the trained " I Want to Be" and/or false Identity/Ego. The Personality, is imagined, it isn't you but its secret is that the devilish ego has you thinking it is you!

To the Qabalist, the Devil is not viewed as an evil entity (lived spelled backward), having its own god-like existence, rather it represents a special mystery (Arcana) that must be experienced and understood before we can hope to directly know the Higher Self. Within our Physical bodies, The Devil is the intelligence that is Master of Manifest form (the Instinctual Mind) that has been corrupted by "Those who rule definition" and a manifestation of our own imagination that we meet on the Path of Ayin, and must face and conquer, thereby turning a fear motivated wolf into a obedient dog of an ego. 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 conscious. In other words, our Brain, an artificial intelligence, is our Devil not by design, but by the very act of indoctrination. Hence, the devil is always linked with illusion and the moon. Therefore, the Goddess. Hence, the Crone (Wise Woman), who is the one that "cuts" the cord of time, and/or ends the measure of Form as the Ending, is one of the first "Devils" of the Patriarchy. This is easily seen, in the Christian Misogynistic Religion, where Woman (Eve) is painted with the "downfall" of man. This is done merely because the Patriarchy (useless old men) wish to control the Womb of Life, i.e. Imagination and your "time" on earth. Hence, the Triple Goddess Tarot, shows the Wise Old Woman, the Crone, in a true bucolic setting.

Three Paths lead directly into Tiphareth (your Solar Psyche): THE DEVIL { ATU/Key 15), ART (ATU/Key 14 called Temperance in Traditional Medieval Tarot decks), and DEATH (ATU/Key 13). Now each of these paths represents a special trial for the initiate; However, each person is not required to travel all three inner 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-Key14 (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 introspection from the Student. The Magi's way of following each and every Inner-Path, means the acquisition of control over Intelligent Forces which each Path symbolizes as every Path confers a unique power/ability ("magical abilities"). Therefore, a Magus is an active Force of Creation, One who Masters Time, rather than a Passive one who fears its end.The difference here, is that the Traveler of the Middle Path does learn to balance and understand within the Self, the forces of the Thirty-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"; the Spiritual purpose for the human body, which is made in the form of Time and connected to the Inventor of Time-the Imagination! For it is certain, that data is boring, and the only way to enjoy the "idea of Self" is to sensualize it and thereby, become intimate with one's own creation of identity.

Now I know, that some students of the Occult (hidden mysteries) enter into 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, who are controlled by the false-ego, the Middle Path is much safer than facing and conquering the temptations of the Magical Path.

Rider-Waite-Smith Key 15-The Devil

THE DEVIL represents Raw Power(Mars/Aries), it is the Force that brings about the transmutation of THE TOWER (key16) and is in the sign of Capricorn (also shown as the Goat or Goat like image on the Waite and Crowley cards), 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 (Cronos), The Great Maid- Mother-Crone, that governs the limitations of form, produced by the measurement of Time. These limitations are of the enclosure of matter and/or timed by using 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. 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 One I-sight that becomes divided into body senses. For "to hear," is another way to see, "to smell", is yet another way to see, as "to feel" is yet another way to see and this also holds true for "to taste". The "third eye" , the True I-denity, is shown on the smirking Goat image of the Thoth Card. He smiles, because he knows a hidden truth. That truth being, he is yet another Identity of Self, imagined and created out of your inherited wealth, i.e., The Imagination/image-making power of the Inner-Womb with a view. Hence, the total misconceptions of Life based on fear, is what the devil card implies. The Subconscious fear of Death, that has been profaned by indoctrination, generates the dark evil that lurks in the labyrinth of our subordinated minds.

The misconception of reality is symbolized in two ways on the Thoth Deck-THE DEVIL card; the smirking mouth and the Goat represents the humorous figure of the childhood nemesis the "Boogey Man". Rather than show the Devil as some demonic netherworld god, the Thoth Tarot cards emphasizes the knowledge that our belief in the illusion of matter (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 making it less serious and/or Dramatic. Humor is a tool that 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". It is necessary to remember that all image is imagined for all is Mind. Truth is "I AM'" which denotes existence; what I AM is all imagination and therefore is assumption. Hence,The Devil Card cautions us not to believe everything we think. Hence, on the forehead of the Thoth Goat, is a bunch of little blue flowers. These are called forget-me-nots, implying that the survival thinking of the physical body is based on "fear of rejection", i.e., forget-me-not!

It pays to note that the Survival Mind of the animal, is our subconscious Devilish tempter (faux-ego) 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 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 imaginary bogeymen, that are created by those who wish to rule our imaginations. The Patriarchy knows that by ruling another's imagination, you rule another's identity and thereby, make it work for the Ruler's Creation Fantasy.

These delusions of mental weakness , are shown in Traditional Tarot, as a dark and unwholesome nightmare apparition of a predator. 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, the limited physical sight, rather than insight, can be the bogey-men creator that keeps us from exercising our free Will- Spiritual Power, as we constantly react to the environment rather than the spiritual act of taking action in that environment. This is the Trick of sensuality, it makes us believe only in reaction as reality rather than the Action, that 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 are choosing to be ruled by them and spend our lives trying to appease them while we are in a constant state of fear of rejection.

Intellectually the "Devil " Tarot 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, and/or no space (space is a measurement from point A to point B). 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" (From 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 by the process of "rational" thought. Thought being the first material Imagination (Womb Intelligence of the Mind) uses to begin the process of "formation". Hence, in Yesod exists our Divine Hermaphrodite (Hermes and Aphrodite as one being), before the illusion of separate sexes. Yes illusion, because our brains are both male and female, hence, hermaphroditic. Hence, what we imagine to be separate, isn't in reality.

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 indicating Spirit's rule over matter; which is another way of saying, the ability to reverse the currents of mental life. 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 actually 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 absolutely essential to the Path of Return. We don't come from earth, we have come to earth as a solar being. 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 and claim our Divine Inheritance and/or True Self.

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.

The Thoth Tarot Card is more Arcanely complex than the tradition Tarot card, as well as the Triple Goddess Tarot-Crone card.. This is because, as Crowley states, that 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 is 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" (Abyssal Womb), while the testes contain the bound up forms of manifestation. The Thoth Devil card, asks us "Who controls your identity? The Useless Greedy Patriarchy of old Men, or your I AM?


  • Materialism. 
  • Material Force. 
  • Sometimes 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.
  • Perception of the true, complete self. 

If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:

  • Fateful entanglements.
  • Self destructive drives.
  • Dark powers.
  • Collective hysterical. 

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