The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Tarot of The Old Path- Key 19-The Sun & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 19- The Sun.

western hermetic qabalah, tantric, astrological, alchemical, and numerical Tarot Card Comparisons:

· Old Path Tarot

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tarot of the old path-Key 19-the sun

The Tarot of the Old Path shows the Sun as a Power of the materialistic world, less occult than the Thoth Tarot, and more about Fire, Sun and Summer solstice as shown by the Sun rising over Stonehenge. The Zodiacal girdle that surrounds the Sun, represents its journey through the 12 astrological signs. The red triangle on the Sun's forehead is the symbol for fire. The solstice is June 21st upon which time the Sun enters the sign of Cancer which is elevated in this representation.

The Various alchemical elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth are shown in their traditional colors as rays emaciating from the Sun; Red-fire, Blue-water, Yellow-air and Green-earth.

The Hanging Stones are shown in the foreground, with the Helé stone in the center. On the longest day of the year, the Sun rises over the Helé stone, thus, aligning the Stone with the horizon.

Here the male and female are celebrating the joyous Sun, and the Mystical Phoenix represents the rebirth through fire symbol of Alchemy.

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Fittingly, the Sun banishes the illusions of the Moon, i.e., reflected light, with its clear bright-direct-light and represents the Pure Consciousness of Spirit. Here, is Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of life, that is known as the Solar Logos, as the number 6 represents the "Son/Sun". Here then is where the individual Soul is cleansed of errant definition reaching its peak of perfection as the Christ or Buddha conscious.

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The Sun is the Path of Resh on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Resh, meaning- Head, is often called the Collecting Intelligence. and connects the 8th Sephiroth- Hod-Splendor with the 7th Sephiroth- Yesod-Foundation and is the first path of the Personality triad of I am me, to arise on the Tree of Life. Intellectually formative, it is the activating force of the Personality, which like the Higher Self and the Supreme Spiritual Self, is composed of the intuitive dynamic Yod (Male electric force) and a intellectual-formative Heh, or feminine magnetic. Their union creating as set of opposing force interactions of the two in equilibrium which is the Vau, giving us the Yod{Hermit) Heh {Emperor) Vau {Hierophant).

We see this balanced- opposing force interactions, in the card as the Active or Dancing Twins underneath the 12 rays of the Sun representing the signs of the zodiac. Astrologically, the signs are the 12 sign posts of personality formation and reception of planetary influences that govern the birth and life course of each incarnation. Thus the Sun is seen as the Collective Intelligence as it also links the newly incarnated to the personalities of past incarnations, of which the Soul collects in its Akashic records and/or "library of experience".

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The Path of Resh, The Sun, represents the highest form of human intellectual achievement. Basically the Sun represents the Solar intellect (Bright and Warm) acting upon the dualities of the human condition, self-consciousness and its earthly vehicle of survival consciousness. The Path of Resh, basically connects the human intellect with the intellect of the Greater Self and/or Higher Self. Therefore, the Sun represents Heru-ra-ha (Horus), the Lord of the New Aeon; he is the Sun/Son spiritual, moral and physical. Lord of Light, Life, Liberty and Love.

Hence, this key, represents the complete emancipation of the human race.

Here also, is depicted the signs of the zodiac, with Aries rising in the east and the zodiac is a kind of childish representation of the body of Nuit as a girdle of Our Lady of infinite space.

The green mound is the fertile earth, crowned with a wall depicting there is still some controlling factors in the New Aeon, as some morality is still required. Yet the male and female images of the "Dancing Twins" represent innocence and shamelessness and the morality of equality: "do unto another as you would have done to you."

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The medallions at their feet depict the sacred signs of the Old Aeon, the Rose and the Cross, from which they have arisen, yet it still supports them. Also the symbol of the Rose is central to the Sun, which is the expansion of the Cross, which is no longer limited to the number 4, the limit of mundane law, and is now shown as the 12 rays of the Sun. This is the numerical value of 12 which in Qabalistic gematria is called HUA ("heh"), the Most Holy Ones. Please refer to the Book of Thoth by Crowley for more in depth information. This is a very powerful Qabalistic Path of initiation, and much has been written in my past and present blogs about it, so please refer to the blogs and read the book, Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang if you wish a deeper insight that leads to an inner initiation.


It implies:

  • Satisfaction and achievement.
  • Material happiness and joy.
  • Sincerity and warmth.
  • Good friendship.
  • Consciousness of Spirit'
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and partnership.
  • Beginning a new life cycle;
  • Ready to achieve on the inner planes, the warmth and brightness of the Sun.
  • The truest Love of the Divine marriage.
  • Wholeness, achievement and revelation. Unity of Spirit.
  • Experiencing a good day, week or year of expansiveness and pleasure.
  • Consciousness rising to higher levels of thought.
  • Seeing the Light. Dispelling illusion and revealing the reality of things.
  • Optimism and good cheer

If Ill defined (Tarot of the Old Path) or reversed (Thoth):

  • The reversal of the above.
  • Clouds on the horizon.
  • Success delayed.
  • Lacking friendship.
  • A warning of fire.
  • Loneliness and unhappiness.

Note: The Sun card generally imparts a radiance and warmth to the reading, and only very negative cards surrounding it in a reading will ill define it. Usually, the Sun burns away the cloudy meanings of the accompanying cards.

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