Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth-ATU XXI- The Universe
If it is here, it is there. If it is there, it is here. If it is not here, it is not there and if it is not there, it is not here.
The Declarative Tarot - Path 21-The Multiverse
The Universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
The Tree of Life
The proper study of the Paths (Major Arcana cards) is the ascending of Understanding up the Tree of Life (The Serpent Path), as we are "below" and need to remember the other realms of Spirit and Mind "above". Our identity began "Above", since coming "down" the Tree of the Universal I AM to become the in-form-action of Spirit, now we can "make manifest" our Self-Information directly from the Psyche. Hence, the Soul/Psyche has had to make many sacrifices to "downsize" into increasingly condensed forms of I AM. From Tiphareth to Malkuth our Mind had to compartmentalize, anima/female and animus/male, had to split into separate sexes instead of the hermaphrodite that is the Soul. The physical copy of this split is made manifest in our Left-male and Right Female brain. Then the instinctual planetary mind (subconscious) of the animal (body collective) had to be adopted by our Solar Self, to operate a physical-sensual body that is so necessary for Divine information to become the Sun of the Divine Creatives intimate form. We implanted our star/solar seed at the base of the spine, called the "root chakra or the "Muladhara chakra" all coiled up and ready to rise when the Soul/Psyche contact with the body is completed in a melody of vibrations from the Celestial Spirit-Mind connection. This rising sun of the Solar Self then completely awakes all the genetics of the "God Molecule" and/or "Tree of Life" within the body. Everything is quantumly connected and each of us is a song of a multiverse of vibration and frequency that many call "light" that radiates from the Galactic Core.
the Human Merkabah- a celestial Song of Self that forms patterns of light
Therefore, we are the Energy and Intelligence of Starlight, not planets, and therefore, must understand the planetary mental structure as well as our own light- image making structure called "imagination". The experiences on Earth assist us in our goals of a more refined understanding of Universal information patterns. Such as a microscope helps the biologist in a more refined understanding of a body's cell- structure, protein, and bacterial combinations. Earth manifestation, with its crystalline lenses and mirror reflected light, (the "I sight" of our senses), helps us see deeply into the microcosm of the Natural Mind, so that we better understand the Macrocosm of Self; of I AM. For Self /I Am is all there is (even our observation changes what we observe to what we "think we are looking at") and Self is all that we shall ever understand.
However, with all this adapting and adopting, we seem to have become amnesiacs and forgotten the Solar Self/Psyche that came to earth to operate a condensed /coagulated form of Self, in its Name of I AM. We must remember that the intense concentration of light into matter has made intimacy with Creation possible and/therefore, intense examination of information as in-form- action that is experience-which creates knowledge. We should also remember it has taken over 13.8 billion years for One Energy to become you. Hence, you are the destination of the Spirit, not the "heavens". Even the human DNA molecule is older than the Earth, as the Earth-life is 3.8 billion years old, and the human DNA is scientifically proven to be 9.6 billion years old! Even your body DNA isn't from earth and yet your Spirit (Spiral Energy) began 13.8 billion years ago when light appeared in the Universe as a shouting aloud, I AM!
The Universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
If our Divine Consciousness is functioning though a physical vehicle, this is where our serious esoteric and exoteric work begins and ends only to begin again. Because of the intimacy that the senses give us, we tend to forget we began in the Macrocosm as a Spiritual Being (spiral energy forming into an electromagnetic sphere of experience), long before we became owners of measured form. The body sensuality makes us think we are trying to ascend beyond our bodies; this is upside down thinking, for we descended from the Stars to become planets; to unite the planetary and Solar aspects of I AM. As souls, we know that without sensual memory of the subtle dimensions of the multiverse we would be unable to turn information into experience, which creates knowledge. Due to the indoctrination and dogma of the "few who wish to rule the many" we have forgotten our roots and the purpose for our dreams of self to increasingly become more condensed. The Universe /Multiverse Card represents the absorption of all that was experience, creating an end to the old data and the building/beginning of the new. It is a well-known fact in astrophysics that the "Big Bang" was the destruction of one Universe to reconstruct another and many "Big Bangs" are still going on outside our own galaxy to this day. I die daily...is just I lay my personality down in death over night to rebuild it greater daily.
The Path of Tau-ATU/Key 21-The Universe, joins the crystallized world of earth, Malkuth-Meaning Kingdom, with the 9th Sephiroth- Yesod -meaning Foundation. This Intellectual Path is the first step in a journey out of the material condition that leads us to a greater understanding of the Personality that was designed by the Soul/Solar Self (Tiphareth) for each incarnation; long before our man-made personality / false-ego and divided sexual identity, blinded us to our original Identity of Divinity; The I AM. The brain is a chaos of words and errant association. Our eye-dentity (identity) was never manmade nor is it now! We all are the "suns of goddess/god" and/or Solar Self Identity often called the Celestial I Am. The God Name for Self is I AM.
Time to clear your "I" of ruler made words.
Dr. Paul Foster Case, the founder of B.O.T.A. who wrote the class text: The Thirty-Two Paths to Wisdom (the number Thirty-Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephiroth) calls the Path of Tau (The Universe card) the “Administrative Intelligence" because it "directs and associates in all seven planets." The "seven planets" he is referring to are the Macroprosopus-Hexagram pattern of the seven planets on the Tree of Life. Symbolically this path connects the earth to the Microcosm (Microprosopus- in The Sepher Yetzirah-Qabalistic text) represented by the Hexagram which is the symbolic Seven Chakras on the Tree of Life. Therefore, the Path of Tauis both power and servitude as ascribed to the Palace of Holiness that sustains all things. That Palace, being the associated seven planets and the Path of Tau that connects them to earth.
From the Western Hermetic Qabalistic standpoint the 21-Universe/World Card may be the most important card in the deck for it is the point where we begin the process of inner exploration and bring the Macrocosmic Self into marriage with the Microcosmic Self. Hence, 0 =2. It is on this Path that we encounter our own personal self-conscious, a personality that is all inside our heads- divorced from physical reality and living only in a fantasy woven for it by indoctrination and dogma. and infested with the "mind virus" of live spelled backwards. Here we begin the process of 2=1; a process of remembering the Divine Union of the Anima -Binah and Animus-Chokmah as One Hermaphrodite Solar-Self, instead of separate and battling of media-controlled sexes.
The understanding of the Hebrew letter Tau (meaning cross), and the Path from Malkuth to Yesod, is rooted on the fact that all is Mind/Self. I know that as we are all sensually body oriented, we think that the Mind's realm of ideas, dreams, or thoughts, are somehow divorced from the physical; therefore, we have a dual concept of ourselves as a body and mind, yet all around us and in us is "Space" and that Space is the "Great Dark Sea (SEE) of Mother Binah and/or the Universal Collective Unconscious. The Qabalah teaches that all is Mind and yes, the body is "crystallized idea" and/or coagulated dream. Therefore, Life is of the Mind. Taking this a step further, all is the Spiritual Will of I AM (one energy-mind) and the body is "Crystallized Willed information" of Self-Awareness.
In the Mysteries, the distinction of Mind and Body is one of perception (brought on by senses), not an actuality. The Spirit and Body are as connected as the dreamer is with their dream. The pictures we see when we close our eyes are a more refined form of matter, the images and energy forms which are closest to the physical condition: a condition that the soul is dreaming as itself. The concept of Yesod (Foundation) and the Astral plane of Mind, is based on the understanding that most of the Universe is unseen, in fact, our bodies are composed of the electromagnetic spectrum and seem solid, yet they are 96 % invisible. That means, that most of us are judging the Kingdom of I Am, the Earth and our flesh, with less than 4% of our minds, while errantly thinking that sensuality and/or "feelings" are reality! There is also an estimation that comes from quantum physics, that invisible Dark Energy comprises 26% of the physical Universe, and invisible Dark Matter comprises 70% of our known Universe. Hence emotional sensuality is less than 26% of your Energy-In-Motion (you are the Dark Energy -mirror of Self who uses visual- light to " reflect upon itself"). Since Malkuth is the only sensual kingdom, we must internally travel the Path of Tau to experience the "Seven Palaces of Assiah"(Seven planets) and the Seven resulting Chakras, as represented by the seven-pointed star on the Star Card ATU/Key 17. In Qabalah, going inward means going up the Tree of Life, (The Serpent Path) going outward, into the world is going down the Tree (The Lightning Path).
The Divine Couple as Shiva and Shakti
The Divine Couple as US.
the Declarative Tarot- Path 21-The Multiverse
"Alpha and Omega-the creation is all things at once, the grand knowing in expression, light patterns of the Divine dance in divine orchestration and choreography, connection with the whole, the divine dancer dances before us, the heavens are mirroring itself in light made manifest".
The Multiverse-Grace Sequoia
Before the Thoth Universe and the Declarative Tarot-Multiverse card, ATU/Path 21-, are the key to individuality, totality, and wholeness. To those of Eastern culture, this is the image of Shiva and Shakti; to the Christian, this is the image of the Virgin Mary with her foot on the head of the serpent. To the Western Hermetic Qabalist, this is Lilith dancing with Lord Python, the First Wife and the First Husband whose dance spins the Atoms into universes of Self. To Western magic and metaphysicians, the Abyssal Womb start to twirl and dance within herself, ever increasing her spin, creating the first Huband, her "other", her most beloved as Fire/Light. Hence, the images of the Sun and Moon as lovers.
The Universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
The Declarative Tarot -Path 21-the Multiverse, is an artist's interpretation of the Greek Goddess Sophia and the Philosophy of Sophia. Sophia is one of the central figures of Hellenistic, Platonic, and Gnostic philosophy. Sophia (Koinē Greek: σοφία sophía "wisdom") is a central idea in Hellenistic philosophy and religion, Platonism, Gnosticism, and Christian theology. Gnosticism, a Christian philosophical movement with uncertain origins that originated in ancient Rome and Persia. Gnosticism emphasizes individual knowledge and wisdom as the path to salvation and oneness with God. Often called Sophia-the goddess of wisdom, we see her as a celestial being, holding high both of her creatrix hands, as a Grail and the Sword of justice and being surrounded in stellar constellations that she spreads across the Universe as musical notes imitating her dance.
She is surrounded by the traditional oval wreath (representing the Vesica Pisces) but this one is made of golden light that is her "first husband". Outside of the flaming circle, the serpentine swirling of the Aura Borealis represents the light and frequencies that are the patterns of the dance that assigned color, tempo, shape, and design so that all Selves may join Self in the joyful passionate dance of I AM.
The Universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
Just under the dancing lights, are two circles, these are the mirrors/self-reflections of the All who is viewing itself in patterns forms and functions while the most beloved "other" is the All dancing in its own flow. The Top mirror reflects the multitude of shapes and sparks that the dancer releases evolve and cycle through the slipstream of imagination into manifestations of the possibility and potentiality of joyful I AM. The Creatrix of All, recycles and cycles all patterns and releases at loving and joy filled will, a beautiful passion of Eheieh the God name for her Will (I Will BE)!
The lower circle reflects a compass flowing with light made manifest (world of Malkuth) and showers the world with navigational timelines of experience. Radiating from the center to the outer circle, are eternal flames that shower the corporeal world with a collection of all that we have shared with the whole that is lovely returned as Self-Awareness. Nothing is hoarded, we are all free to accept our inheritance, partially or wholly. We are the Divine Golden Children who have been given rulership over the All. We accept what we "think we are" by declaring our inherited name of I AM! By declaring I AM without "this or that", or I Am seeking love, we declare self-poverty. By declaring I Am Creation! I AM the Love of being called Life! We observe and receive our wealthy inheritance.
Therefore, the primary meaning of this card is about declaring ownership, to be accountable of our Empire of Feelings, passions, and mindful of our declared presence as in-form-actions and reactions to our own thinking. The Universal sees each of us as Self-constantly experimenting in the creative art of self-intimacy and self-potential. Self is infinite, without boundaries, and cannot see itself, unless it is able to reflect upon itself. You are the Divine Creatives Self-Reflection in the Mirror of Light's creative response to I AM.
Let the seeker seek, until he becomes troubled by learning they were what they sought all along. When they realize this, they become astonished and know that they are ruler over the All.
Many errantly think that the term "Ascension" means we are here to learn limited knowledge from experience and then go back to the "heavens" (stars) we came from. Truth is, we create forms from our own data of Self, to experience that information as in-form-action. When information becomes in-form-action, it is now turned into Knowledge and the Knowledge of Self is progressive and/or an infinite journey of I AM. Hence, we have manifested forms on many other planets, and after earth is exhausted, we shall manifest I AM on many more. for we are the Suns of the Divine and carry the "God Molecule" to planets to manifest the Archetype of Adam Khadmon, the Universal/Archetypal "Image of the Heavenly Human".
As Carl Jung states: "To experience Self means that we are always conscious of our own identity. We then know that we can never be anything other than our Self, that we will never lose our Self, and that we can never be estranged from our Self. This is so, because we realize that Self is indestructible, that it is always One and the Same, that it cannot be dissolved or exchanged for something else. The Self enables us to remain the same under all circumstances of our life."
The Universe resounds with the joyful cry I AM.
The Qabalist knows, that Self is all we will ever know, and that SELF, (some call it God), created all images as "Self-Information" to be experienced and cataloged in the Universal Unconsciousness as variations of Self-Awareness.
Adam Khadmon -The Universal Heavenly Human.
Regardless of cultural interpretation this ATU/Key/Path 21-card symbolizes the Divine Androgen/Hermaphrodite that is both dynamic and magnetic in a perfectly balanced dance (life motion) of I Am. On the Thoth Universe Card, The First Wife (Lilith)and The First Husband (Python/ Serpentine Force) are shown dancing in the Ecstasy of fulfillment, mimicking he serpentine flow of light (waves), which is known in the mysteries as the "first husband". The Creatrix /"Magnetitrix" is the Dark Mater impregnated by the light of her own motion, that she then encases/encloses light into Electromagnetic Form within the Abyssal Womb, allowing manifestation of idea as "Self".
Before I go on with further explanation of the Universe- Key/ATU-21, it would be appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the Path of Tau. This mental walk is called Scrying. Scrying is simple really, all one must do is focus on a card that is reflected in a dark mirror (symbolizes "the other side of the Mirror and the Dark Mater"), allowing impressions to form from the "other side of Light" or even imagine themselves entering it as the Self who is reflected. This is like lucid dreaming, where you enter the dream and control the events. Here, one is projecting themselves into an inner vision using a "daydream", projecting oneself into the Vision of the Card which is full of occult secrets. Some may breathe deep and easy, relaxed in body, and light 2 candles (the flickering of candlelight is essential) in the periphery and mentally project themselves into the Key Vision of the card. Others, as do I, like traveling into a tunnel, imagine themselves entering Visions, as the card grows ever bigger until entry and thereby, becoming a threshold to another dimension. At first, boredom takes over, but soon the diligent aspirant discovers that what they experience in this lucid scrying is not of their own making. They often are astonished at the vitality, energy, and spontaneous images that these Tarot Card "mandalas" of Self invoke. As a Qabalist I know that all 78 Tarot Cards represent aspects of the One- Self (The Fool), of whom we all represent as manifested Self-Awareness, and the Dark mirror represents the "Dark Sea of the Great Mother Binah" and/or the Wisdom of Sophia.
* NOTE: To make a dark mirror is to remove the glass and paint the back of the mirror black. Return it to its frame and you have a dark mirror. The candles make a gentle light, so that the reflected image of the card which is presented face to face with the dark mirror, is muted but bright enough to see and reverses the illusion effect of reflected light of this realm so that one sees the "truth behind the reflection" and/or the "other side of the mirror". The flickering of candlelight also simulates the dance of energy that is 0 that equals 2 and/or the dance of Electric (Male) and Magnetic (Female) forces that make the electromagnetic spectrum of light and therefore, the visible Universe.
In the Forces of the Path of Tau, is the information, the data, of all the accumulated ideas that went into the making of our world (s) of Malkuth. There is much to experience and remember here so discernment is recommended, as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" to perceive our "I AM Sun", and/or our Whole Golden Self. The Path of Tau begins the process of knowing ourselves as we have been known into existence; an existence so dutifully produced by our Divine Creative’s Lucid Dream of United Motion and/or the serpentine Dance of microwaves. In fact, if the student of Tarot/Qabalah, doesn't scry these cards, they may as well be a deck of playing cards or be a charlatan that preys on superstitious false ego's for only monetary gain.
From the standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the Universe/World Key 21, may be the most important card in the deck, as it is the beginning of our journey back to Spiritual Self-Awareness: the inner journey so important to "enlightenment" and/or the Memory of Spiritual Self. On this Path of Tau, we experience our own personality consciousness, which is of our own cultural making, a reality that can be both frightening and gratifying as we realize that the false ego/personality (the brain) isn't nor ever has been ourselves. Yes, we make our own reality, and the Universe card helps us to travel beyond the self-absorbed sensual reality of our man-made personalities, into the Higher Self reality that created our consciousness of I Am Energy in the Beginning. Freedom of Choice defines our "End"; an end produced by the composite pattern of perspectives that often form our personalities. That "freedom of Choice" has been covered up with a falsehood of indoctrination, dogma, and an infectious "mind virus" of self-destructive tendencies, causing one to be an automaton of those few who rule the many. and/or a "robot of the Military Industrial Complex". Reclaiming our freedom to choose begins in the Path of Tau, the World card path.
Between the Hebrew letters of Aleph (fool) and Tau (Tav), (Universe) is the entire Universe, the Alpha, and the Omega, the Macrocosmic-Microcosmic, and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's "ending" manifestation, into the Beginning....for they who know their end, know their beginning! (Nag Hammadi Library-Gnostic text) Thus, the Path of Tau-The Universe, is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who begin the process of bringing their Personalities into a self-understanding balance. Of personalities, we have many,( all individual in Spirit- Fire-Air-Water-Earth) each represented by the lower 5 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and for the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at first, independently, and later as a wholeness which is the rationale behind the legion of persona's that we as Spirit have slowly condensed by the accumulation of more self-awareness (self-information) in the transmigration of the Fool into the Manifested Universe. The Universe card represents the point where we begin the return to No-thing/Non-Space, from which we came. All for the purpose of "Above all things, know thyself" which begins another cycle of I AM awareness. The return to No-thing/Non-Space, is not an end but another beginning. For space exists only when you have a beginning and an end; a point A to point B. From one point in time to another point in time, is measurement, and therefore, produces space between the points. Hence, each creation begins a new measurement of Self.
This may also astound the student, but it is on the path of Tau (The Universe Card), that one discovers the extent to which the process of inner exploration is assisted by the guidance of the "Angels", particularity "Archangels" (Our ET family). The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the Children/Son's of the Divine Coupling "with the Women of Men" (Bible); The Inheritors and/or ET's that came to Earth and combined their DNA (9.6 billion years old) with that of an earthly hominoid, establishing the "God Molecule" in Earth DNA/RNA making it possible for ET/Celestial souls to manifest on Earth. It may surprise you, especially since the Pavlovian indoctrination of your personality has defined you deficient, that to the whole of the Universe you are most precious as a new and more sensual experience of Self! Again: what is not often taught in schools, is that the Human DNA is over 9 .6 billion years old, while the Earth is only over 3.8 billion years old! Your DNA is more than Twice as Old as the Earth. Hence, you are Celestial Life not Earth-bound Life! and therefore, the Caduceus carried by Mercury to this World. On the traditional Tarot world or universe card - one can see this Caduceus as "twin red ribbons" intertwined creating the wreath circle around Sophia.
Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot-key 21-the world
That intertwining serpentine image can also be seen in the woven hair of the Divine Dancer of the Declarative Tarot- the Multiverse card.
The purpose of Tarot is to help you see, as you are seen by your Creator/Creatrix and wonder of wonders, you are not condemned but loved without condition! Your mental choices are Universally supported! This is both magic and tragic, depending on how you perceive yourself.
One of the most important lessons of the Universe card is that of Discernment, a process that can only be learned in the earthly realm of Malkuth. This gateway to the Astral-fluid levels of Mind, is the Path of Tau, and the Astral is the place of “Fluid thoughts", ideas, dreams, and/or theories, before they crystallize into manifestation. It is as if light were liquid, as if the mirror of your mind is not yet solidified, reflecting you in liquid light on a dark moon pool. There is deception in the Astral, such as Fantasies,, and Phantoms that may never make it into manifestation, and some you never want to, so be discerning, even though only through divination can we enter the "Administrative Intelligence" that balances an action that is shown on the Universe Card by depicting the Dancing Woman draped with the Caph/Kaf-shaped scarf (the blue fabric) while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy. The Hebrew letter Kaf/Caph, means "Palm", as in palm of the hand and therefore implies containment. The Vesica Pisces, is the oval shape behind her, that holds within it a Torus, a multidimensional figure. The Serpent is "Microwaves" of energy, the grid around her is the Universal Matrix of stars that we are from.
If you have been keeping up with my blog, you may know that the Thoth Universe Card is a multidimensional understanding of the Cosmic Mind. After much study, one may grasp the principle that the entire Tree of Life, which is taught through the Path of Tau-The Universe, is the most profound concept of "As above, so below"; and is a genetic "God Molecule" that once awakened/ascended from the kundalini to the Crown, tunes us into our Universal Inheritance of Divinity. To a sensual body, this means "up and down", to the Infinite, this just means "higher vibration" and "lower vibration", a normal occurrence as energy condenses to greater and greater crystallization unto matter and returns to No-thing by becoming less and less dense; all of which is implied in the Mobius Loop or Torus Strip in the center of the Card, behind the Dancing Goddess as a Caph shaped scarf. Of course, energy frequency, ideas and Mind are inseparable, just as electricity and data in your computer are inseparable. Thus, another axiom is attributed to the Tree, "The Know is in the Flow of Breath". That is why, when we mentally journey a Path, we often use pranayama breathing techniques, to help gather knowledge at the same time we encounter higher mental frequency; mentally piecing the membrane boundaries of frequency, allowing increased information flow. Diligently scrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of I AM information through slow-deep, solar plexus breathing.
In mathematics, a Möbius strip, band, or loop (US: MOH-bee-əs, MAY-, UK:; German: [ˈmøːbi̯ʊs]), also spelled Mobius or Moebius, is a surface with only one side (when embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space) and only one boundary curve. The Möbius strip is the simplest non-orientable surface. It can be realized as a ruled surface. Its discovery is attributed independently to the German mathematicians Johann Benedict Listing and August Ferdinand Möbius in 1858, though similar structures can be seen in Roman mosaics c. 200–250 AD. Möbius published his results in his articles "Theorie der elementaren Verwandtschaft" (1863) and "Ueber die Bestimmung des Inhaltes eines Polyëders" (1865).
I have discussed the "Will-To-Form” of the Great Mother Binah (3rd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) who is the Life and Mother of Conscious and which is Saturn in the exalted Supernal Realm of Atziluth. She is completely expressed on the Path of Tau, key 21-The Universe/World. The female figure of the " Cosmic Dancer" of the Universe, is the fullest expression of this Life-Consciousness and has been called Isis, the Anima Elohim, Scarlet Woman as well as, Saturn who gives life and destroys it and/or the Great Mother Binah. The mastering of Time/Space is the Soul's purpose, and that mastery is shown in the Soul's Avatar of Sensual Measurement on Earth, The Human Body. We are to be masters of our own dream by becoming consciously intimate with that dream. The oval ring of Stars that surrounds the central female figure on the Thoth Universe card, represents the Womb of the human female as well as, the Cosmic Womb, known as the Vesica Pisces, (Abyssal Womb) into which the soul passes after body death. We arise from our body-death surrounded in a ring of stars, on our way to the Great Mother of Stars for each of us is a Star/ a demigod in manifestation. She then cleanses us in a baptism of love and sends us on to our next journey of Self-Awareness.
Psalm 82 vs 6: I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.. John 10 vs 34: Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?. Genesis 1 vs.27 … So God created human beings in his own image.In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them
Hence, you carry the "God Molecule" to planets. From the Stars that you are!
Life, with its beginning, middle, and end, processes in waves or spirals (Spirit is a Spiral flow of Will-to-be Energy) which come back upon themselves. This circling back upon itself is often shown as a Great Serpent with its tail in its mouth. This is also the natural course of the Akashic Fluid (Astral Fluid) of Yesod where the Serpent Kundalini is coiled in its passive state and uncoiled in its active state. The Universe Card is also surrounded in the Great Dark Sea, a reference to the Great Mother Binah, who is the Sea of all consciousness (The Divine Collective Unconscious) which on the path of Tau, is consciousness in the most dense and difficult expression. Again, discernment must be used when traveling the Astral of Yesod, many who entered this Path, entertain themselves with extended fantasy and find themselves tormented by phantoms of their own subconscious making. The discerning traveler will supply every test of reason and feeling. After a time of discernment, one will begin experiencing a process of learning which is not of their own making. Verifying the images, by elaborate research aids in this process. Hence, the Tarot.
With fishhook (reference to Star Card) in hand this Universe female figure hooks the All Seeing "I" to her "Will to Form" creating limitations and restrictions of the "I AM Me", while weaving them into a web matrix to dance on.
The regenerative diamondback serpent is representative of the need to transform and is the serpentine force of universal fertilization that is often shown curled around the Orphic Egg from which the All is born. Coiled at the base of our spine is such a cosmic force, something we must animate in ourselves before we can expand and liberate ourselves from the past self-imposed limits of amnesia.
The spiral hair symbolizes growth and evolution of Spirit's I AM.
The diamond halo is the symbol for expanded awareness, such as psychic abilities etc.
The Greek pantheon at the bottom represents the home of all the goddesses and gods/The Mind. When our body becomes the temple of our divinity, such a pantheon are we.
The four animals symbolize earth (Taurus the bull), fire (Leo, the lion), and water (Scorpio, the bird): and air (Aquarius, the human face). This shows us that it is important to express ourselves, physically, (Taurus), spiritually (Leo), emotionally (Scorpio), and mentally (Aquarius).
To some people, the Tarot is about prophecy and seeing into the future but to Qabalists, the Tarot is also about developing psychic abilities (Divya Siddhis, in Sanskrit which means: Magic abilities) by linking the multi levels of Spiritual-Self, Mental-Self, to Physical-Self. The more a reader uses the cards to find answers to given questions, the more that reader taps into the unseen currents of subtle energy/conscious that forms the Whole Self that is all around us, in us and as us. Over time, as I will attest, the cards may seem to be redundancies; However, this isn't so since the answers are always deeply felt by the Unseen Tarot within. But again, our brain "thinks" by association and the Tarot Cards help us correspond to the Divine Images of creation.
the God Molecule (Western Hermetic Qabalah's tree of Life)
Note*-This is a 2-dimensional rendition of a very multidimensional molecule. Robert Wang attempted to get this idea of multidimensional "God Molecule" on his cover art of his book-The Qabalistic Tarot.
The Path of Tau is the ascending path from 10-Malkuth-Kingdom (bottom circle-Sephiroth) to the circle above it which is 9- Yesod-Foundation. Which is the path of the 21-Universe Trump/Major Arcana. We ascend the Tree of Life as we work from our material perspective (below) to our Divine Inheritance/Spiritual perspective-(above). We have manifested on Earth to achieve a more refined/intimate discerning perspective of the Universal Self through a personal learning- relationship with it. As previously stated, our work with Earth is where all serious esoteric work begins and ends (Alpha and Omega) for as long as Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical measurement/being. The Path of Tau, The Universe, is the first path out of the material condition of the survival mind (animal consciousness) and leads towards understanding of the Personality constructed by the Greater Self (Higher Self) of Tiphareth (Beauty) for each incarnation. It behooves you to remember that a persona, the root word of personality, is a Greek word for "Mask". Hence, your personality is really a mask you have woven over your True Face of I AM. The Mask/Personality isn't you!
We must also understand that The Universe is a Path of Entry into the Astral, which "seeks to deceive". This deception is not intentional, it is simply a dumping ground for every dream ever dreamt of and in no special order. There are a lot of images- data to be experienced as in-form-action. Hence, all images are a metaphor, a story we tell ourselves and therefore not the truth itself. Many people believe they are on one Path or another, when they are just entertaining their mental selves with a personal extended fantasy. We must apply every test of reason and feeling to the symbols we perceive on the Astral; we know it is not of our own making for it is often racial "memories", and if we are learning from these symbols, by applying verification or corroboration through research we gain considerable knowledge.
Discernment is the most important lesson/virtue of Malkuth. However, by going completely up the middle pillar of this Greater Self, we cross the Abyss and meet the Great She, The Will to Form, who is completely beyond description. The Path of Tau is the only one of the thirty-two paths of Wisdom that connects sensation to the rest of the tree. "As above, so below" is now established because we are the "images of the Divine Creative" that are sensualizing data for all states of Greater Self-conscious! Sensation is the Energy Microscope that is needed for impeccable creation in the Microcosm. Discerning Impeccability is necessary to expand and liberate the living from their own Phantoms of self-identity, i.e. fears of not being good enough or "right". However, even though the body is part of the 1% world of physical matter, it is 100% of all sensation. Thus, we are fooled into thinking the sensation is us, which is an illusion. So, to begin with psychic development, we must give our senses to the Universe----so meditate on 21-The Universe card and expand your self-awareness.
When the Universe/World card is thrown in a layout the querent is:
- Casting the circle which means they are mastering in some way the three planes of mind, body and emotions.
- End of a phase, a completion of some work and expanding toward another.
- It means synthesis, the matter itself, world, and Kingdom.
- More than any other card, The Universe depends on the accompanying cards, as it usually denotes the subject of the question.
- Paradise regained.
- Resolution of restraints.
- Conclusion of Karma.
- The wayfarer in front of the throne of the Divine Creative.
- Recovery from illness.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards it implies:
- The street to nowhere.
- The deceptive world of appearances.
- Endogenous depressions.
- Lack of willpower.
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