The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Thoth Tarot-Key/ATU 8-Adjustment

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The Thoth Tarot-Key/ATU 8: ADJUSTMENT

In many Tarot Decks, the common way to present this State of Energy Conscious is as the Judgment Card but Crowley hit the nail on the head with the Title of: Adjustment. Because in our world of patriarchal rule, Justice is merely revenge and a show of state power to destroy the life of dissenters, which then keeps the populace in line. Plus, Nature is not, morally, or ethically, just. As Jesus is quoted as saying, "...rain falls on the just and unjust alike."[ Mark, 5-45]

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The Supreme Spirit Identity, in this case, the Conscious State of "Will to Form", and/or Geburah doesn't deal in revenge----She deals in freedom of choice. She Trusts your Psyche, to know that if you think a thought, and supply life-force to it (often called emotion) that you know what you are doing. This is often why we know this aspect of the Divine Feminine as Severity, for you get what you "think you are" and she judges not if it is a thought of folly or wellness. Freedom to choose our own thoughts, makes us a Psychosomatic creative, that is, our Psyche (Soul) runs and describes our Soma (Physical body). The repercussions of cause and effect, manifest as balance or imbalance in your body, and the law of attraction produces "like attracts like" which many call luck, good or bad. Thus, the thoughts of an individual justly manifest their life journey.

If you followed the Gnostic Qabalah axiom of "Above all things, know thyself!" you wouldn't have any difficulty with "freedom of Choice", which is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of the Quantum World from which we as Spirit, come from. We are Free to be anything we choose to be, by applying energy-in-motion (e-motions) to idea. For the Me, is the idea of the I AM. The I AM..., denotes existence, not what exists! Me is the chosen identity of I Am. We are always uncertain of what we are, for we are of the "Spooky-magical side" of the Universe. Because of infinite possibilities, one is never certain. So, to act because you desire is to create without need of certainty. In other words, enjoy the journey, the destination is unimportant.

However, due to belief in the divisions of the Patriarchal "good/bad" thought process, the union of your will and self-identity has been corrupted by the axiom of the Patriarch, "Divide and Conquer"; here our souls are divided from our bodies, by worshiping a religion or state, or a title and/or falling prey to the word hypnosis of the Media. These are the false prophets and false idols, most theologies and governments warn us against, which is very clever, for by warning us, we are focused elsewhere and can't see that they are the very ones we must not follow or worship! So, most people have forgotten their Divine Power of creating their own Limitations, boundaries, self-identity, and wholeness, becoming powerless and scattered, lost in the forest of Ruler-identity-propaganda used to design "slaves of the state" and/or of the Military Industrial Complex.

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The Adjustment card is the Path of Lamed, between Geburah (Severity) and Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life. Adjustment represents the Faithful Intelligence of the Great Mother, who has faith in you as Her Divine Children...who may wander off and forget themselves, but with the proper "goading" (Lamed means--ox goad.) they will find themselves again.


Adjustment is the Ruler of Balance (operates from Binah- through Geburah, both aspects of The Great Mother) and maintains the outpouring of energy so that the "innocent child" (The Fool card which has been called the "Holy Ghost") will operate within the confines of a natural pattern: The Pattern of, I AM ME. Not what others identify Me as----but as "I Am" identifies Me as. You see that is Free -doom, the Anglo-Saxon word that the English freedom is derived from. To the Anglo Saxon, Free-doom, was a declaration against slavery. For "Free-doom" means, "I choose my own death" and therefore is the meaning of freedom. Freedom of choice is "my choice", and if I choose to react to the identity enforced on me by "others" (or the enemies of freedom) then I am doomed to the dysfunction of that thinking. If I Know Myself as I was identified to be by the Divine Collective as a Self-Image....which is also process of "I think--therefore, I am", then I am functioning in the Natural State of our Divine inheritance!


With the knowledge of the natural flow of Adjustment we know that balance will be made so that energy will always flow to the living Spirit (Spiral Energy-Entity) through the balance of Spirit-Mind, -Body union. If that union is interrupted by incongruous thought patterns of fear such as "I lack" ...the lowest denominator---the body, is doomed to unbalance (disease) mentally, emotionally, and physically; for "I AM", the Creator of "Me", is now "I AM Lack". Because of the Soul's freedom to identify "self" any way it wants, even if the Psyche is an ignorant servant of another "master", thoughts of emotion are what that identity will produce in form. The Will is Spirit, and for it to operate Life in an expansive and liberated way, it must be willed Love of Mind and Body to keep the balanced between the Loving Mother of Form, and form's operational self-conscious. For, to seek love, is to deny you are it, a statement of "I lack" and this places you in "impoverished love", a state of low self-identity that builds the consumer who is in the "pursuit of happiness"; a pursuit of unequaled proportions, for the love sought, is always "just over the next hill", or "just the next expensive thing" and the stress this constant seeking, builds in the self-conscious will doom the self to futility and disease (dis-ease).

Self-Love is the balanced flow of Creation, throughout the Tree of Life, because it is the pattern of The Supreme Spirit Identity recreating its Self-Images to expand and liberate Self-Awareness as "The intimacy of being Alive". Life is existence, being alive is intimacy with existence. One can say that being Alive, is the Life simulating itself amongst its created selves. Life is the Divine Creative. I AM Life!

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Because of this Faithful Love of Her Children, those of us who contact the Anima (Divine Feminine) by mentally journeying on the Path of Lamed, may decide to bring ourselves in to balance, but if we do not, it will be done for us as an act of "Tough love"! Like driving a vehicle that has an automated correction system on board, if the driver won't adjust the steering wheel to stay on the road, the Natural Automated system will!

Being constructed of the Psycho-dynamic principle of Spirit-Soul-mind and body, all must be united in a balance of communion, an Understanding of Impeccable Being that is continual up and down the Tree of Life. As above so below, is not a far-off metaphysical concept; for it is the conception of YOU as if the Qabalistic Tree of Life is a birth canal of Psyche! So being Faithful Intelligence, The Divine Mother of You will always make the adjustments necessary to get Psyche, and body on the right track, whether you like it or not! Once one understands this Universal Law of Freedom of Choice, one will always "Treat others as one wishes to be treated" for they now know to think ill is to be ill....and by thinking ill of those who think ill of us, just transmits the disease into a plague of illness where no one is well. Again, there are no enemies, only another way to be us. Let each other a particularly good motion! You cannot escape your thoughts for they are "how your Life Forms" so let's make them the best they can be, we'll then find our lives to be balanced and smooth flowing no matter how many rocks are out there!

As the Tao states, " If it isn't here---It isn't there. If it is there, it is here. For what is here is there and what is there is here." Remember, our thought project ourselves on the Mirror of Life, and to create Monsters outside of us (There) creates Monsters inside of us (Here) and the Great Mother of Life...will supply the necessary surgery to remove them, so that her children can expand and liberate themselves from self-condemnation. Knowing thyself---helps us avoid the discomfort of this surgical-severity.

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THE PATH OF LAMED: Adjustment-key 8 (Justice-Key 11 in many other traditional Tarot Decks):

  • Primary Path Color: Emerald Green
  • Related Sound: F#
  • Astrological sign: Libra (Cardinal Air)
  • Word Meaning: of Lamed is Ox Goad
  • Hebrew Letter-Simple Letter: Work

Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth; The Ruler of Balance.

Paul Foster Case wrote in the: Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom: The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence and is so called because by its spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are under its shadow.

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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 (Justice on some cards) maintains the balance of the Tree of Life, so that the outpouring energy of The Fool (often called the Holy Ghost) will operate within the confines of a natural pattern. Adjustment is the administrator of the laws of Binah (Mother of Form), written by The Heirophant. Key-8 is therefore, the "Ruler of Balance".

Adjustment-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.

Lamed 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. Sometimes a "cutting away" process is represented by the Sword, which is not always pleasant. The Sword of Geburah, that is shown in the center of the personage on the Thoth Adjustment card, represents the part of our Psyche that cuts away all that which is unnecessary. Often, this surgical adjustment is less dramatic and much like driving a car, Adjustment/Justice is constantly correcting direction through slight corrects of the steering wheel, while traveling down the road of life (the "steering wheel" for driving an ox is an ox goad- the meaning of Lamed). This car analogy continues, when one understands that the Sephira (God Forms) are aspects of the soul itself who is the driver of the body-vehicle and not the external agencies that self-conscious likes to blame for its own folly. Thus, this "driving" process is to be considered psychologically as a condition of self-assessment.

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In this Card-key 8-Adjustment/Justice, on many traditional tarot cards, the soul weighs itself on the scales in the left hand and then makes necessary adjustments wielding the sword in the right hand. However, In the Thoth Tarot, she balances the Scales on Her head, symbolizing a psychological balancing, of both the Alpha and Omega (Beginning and the end).

By placing the Sephiroth on the body that is facing the Tree, it can be seen that Geburah (Severity) is on the left and Chesed (Mercy) is on the right. This placement is the proper way to view the "Adam Khadmon" as "facing inward" rather than some artistic formats that place Him, the Soul, facing outward on the tree. For only in "inward" traveling of our Psyche, can we find the inner Tree of Life and its many paths to wholeness.

Also in palmistry, if one's right hand is considered the primary hand, the left hand is seen as one's "receiving" feminine hand, while the right is considered their "giving hand" or masculine expressive hand.

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Often this card is said to represent Karma-an often-misunderstood Sanskrit word. Instead of meaning that a soul is reaping what is sown from past lives; Karma 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 though many of us lament the maintenance of balance, this balancing is a learning process. Slowly and sometimes, painfully, we learn how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as necessary for different situations.

In the Hermetic Qabalah, it is understood that the principles of the Path of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth-Beauty; beauty being a harmony. On the Thoth Deck Card, the Principle of Balance is depicted as the figure of Maat, The Egyptian Daughter of Ra, The Queen of Heaven. 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). This is the Path that regulates Divine Life Force (Sex force which is vital cosmic fire). Aleister Crowley called Maat a Harlequin, " the partner and fulfillment of THE FOOL." On the Thoth Tarot, she stands in the Vessica Piscis (the diamond shape). Behind her is the throne of spheres and pyramids, in groups of four which means "Law and limitation", which sums up the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

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Yoni Yantra

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Venus over tree of life.

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According to Crowley, this Lovely Lady standing on her toes, is the feminine compliment to the Fool. The Letters Aleph (The Fool) and Lamed (Adjustment) constitute the secret key of the Book of Law, which is the basis for a Western Hermetic Qabalistic system that is deep and sublime in meaning. I recommend investing some time and money in obtaining Crowley's- The Book of Law! Because she is the partner of the Fool she is shown dancing on her toes, with a hint of Harlequin.

In 777, Crowley described the "completion of the feminine" as "The Woman Justified by equilibrium, and Self-sacrifice is the Gate." Her Scale weighs the Alpha and Omega (The All) 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 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." This Path takes some study.

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As mentioned before the Woman Goddess is also Harlequin; she is the Woman Satisfied, she is fulfillment of the Fool. She is also the ultimate illusion, which is manifestation. She is the many willed and many-colored dance of Life itself, in which there will always be a balance kept by equal and opposite reaction, life and death. The Thoth Deck Card may illustrate the Egyptian Maat, but it also means Karma, the Hindu Goddess.

As stated, Adjustment is at work continuously in the above, The Greater Universe, and below, our individual soul/personality. In other decks this is Key 8 Justice; However, it is named, this powerful, natural equilibrating function occurs in our bodies, as they balance nutrition continuously to maintain proper operation as power tools for Spirit. And 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.

To go forward, the Soul is measured when it "stands" in the Divine Light of the Solar Logos, shown as the golden All-Seeing Eye of many "I"s, that is, Tiphareth, the sixth 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; pruning away the perspectives which are not worthy of Her Divine Child. Here the Sword's pommel is in the shape of the zodiacal sign of Libra, signifying that it is the Sword of Geburah and/or Goddess of Justice. Pythagoras taught that the iusticia and aequitas (justice and equity) are "innate attributes of the feminine nature principle". [Rose,116]

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The image of Maat as presented on the Thoth card,

is a suggestion of the Maat legend as the "Daughter of Ra", relating her to the Sun God (6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth-Solar Logos). Her Qabalistic name is "Daughter of the Lords of Truth" while the Egyptians also called her the "Queen of Heaven"; She is the Divine Feminine of Ten Thousand names, all of these names pointing to the fact that this Severe Faithful Intelligence is the regulator of the Path of the Sun/Son and/or the Christ-Buddha consciousness that is our Soul. Hence, the Egyptian texts suggested, through Maat the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat" and/or to "live by Maat". In Qabalistic terms, this means that the principles of the Path of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth---The Bright and Warm intelligence of the Solar Logos, The Real Person, and/or our Psyche. In the Whirling dance of space-time, we often forget that the Mirror of darkness which reflects this illusion of Life, making all things real, is the Soul which is a microcosmic collective of "living" experiences. All things are beauty and harmony; all things are Truth because they cancel out. That is why the head dress of Maat bears the Ostrich feathers of the Twofold Truth and the personality is weighed by the Soul with its first and last act as counterbalances!

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To reiterate: Since Ra is known to the ancient 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 the Path of Lamed, making Lamed 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 Womb'". This may startle some men who objectify women as an object of sexual desire for dominance and control, 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 balanced expansion and liberation (Tantra) of her Life- Forms. 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) became Two, by the process of adjusting/balancing Knowledge (Chokma) and Understanding (Binah), thereby, realizing He/She as "One who is Two" and thereby established the equilibrium that produces and maintains all things. We know this as the symbol of infinity and/or the Mobius loop.

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The downward pointing Phallus and testes headdress on the female figure of this card attests to this understanding of Kether, as Ra who lives by Maat. This is the Judex and the Testes of Final Judgment, symbolic of the secret course of judgment whereby all current experience is absorbed, transmuted, and passed on, by virtue of the operation of the sword, to further manifestation. Those who Scry this card will not be unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah/Justice wields her sword in quick bright strokes, the discomfort of emotional burdens, the burdens of perspectives, just fall away and the skryer feels all "Warm and bright". Because she balances the First act and the Last act, she is to understand as assessing the virtue of every act and demanding exact and precise satisfaction. She is the very image of "Love is the law, love under will". Every form of energy must be applied with impeccable integrity, to the full satisfaction of its destiny. That is why I counsel my emotional reactive "Me" with, "Get over yourself and get on with You, impeccability is what we do!", whenever it forgets the Soul's demand for impeccability in loving thought and action, for these are the action's that drive life forward, ever expanding and ever liberating itself from past error.

There is a large compliment of Planets involved in the Adjustment/Justice card.

  1. First is Venus, which rules Libra.
  2. Mars is related because of the purging forces of Geburah.
  3. The Sun, as stated above, is involved not only because the Path of Lamed runs from the Sun to Mars, but also because Adjustment (Justice) must take place in the clear bright light of Truth.
  4. Saturn is exalted in Libra and finally:
  5.  Jupiter which is the planet of Chesed (Mercy). By acknowledging that Libra is ruled by Venus, is also to acknowledge that behind Adjustment stands the Empress, the primary path of Venus, which is the perfect equilibrium between the forces of Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding). It is interesting to note that the planet Venus refers to all the Sephiroth and encompasses every single Sephira in the Tree of Life. The implications being that Love is the Ultimate Power of the Universe: Love is the Law of Attraction.

The imagery on the Thoth card is all about "law and limitation", as symbolized by the throne of spheres and pyramids in groups of four, behind the Female figure. She is best described in Crowley's book: 777, as "The woman justified. By equilibrium and Self-Sacrifice is the Gate." He goes on to state; "She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation: she is the dance, many-colored, many-willed, of Life Itself. Constantly whirling, all possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time; all things are real, the soul is the surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and beauty; all things are truth because they cancel out." Crowley understood that the Soul, is the Mirror that our image is reflected in, and it is by the Adjustment of perspectives, that our healing comes from. This may be why when the medical journals state, "83% of all healing is by placebo". I AM Psychosomatic Life, i.e., Me.

When the Thoth Adjustment 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.
  • Karma. 
  • It is eternal justice and balance.
  • Strength and Force are being applied to create a balance, but this is arrested as in the act of Judgment.
  • Depending on the combination of other cards, this could also mean the more mundane reality of legal proceedings, a court of law, a trial at law etc.
  • The Adjustment card promotes the "Butterfly effect", as all equilibrium must and will be obtained.  Any disturbance will be balanced by an equal and opposite reaction.
  • What you put out; you will get back.
  • Think well, think love, and all will be well in thought and deed. Love is the Law of Attraction.

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