The New Orleans Tarot- Key 12- Zombi
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key 12-Zombi, isn't about Hollywood's interpretation of brain eating walking dead, and impossibility if there ever was one. It is more about the will leaving, and purpose having fled from the body. There exists a stagnant emptiness, where nothing moves, even the dark will not come nor the light shine. There exists only a numb repetition where actions are neither success nor failure and conclusion is lost.
There are 2 distinct forms of sacrifice in esoteric tradition and 2 distinct forms of Zombi in Voodoo. Esoteric Sacrifice may be enforced or voluntary, its motivation internal or external. Depicted on the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, the Zombi is enforced as decreed by an external agent. This is because of a transgression of a extreme degree. The victim witnesses his or her death, and then continues to live that death. This type of Zombi may be created by a voodooist as an act of vengeance, for service, or to serve as an example to those who would deeply transgress and strain the bonds of community. Here creation is reversed, for as to create is to bring something forth from nothing, but in creating a zombi, nothing is brought forth from something. To make a Zombi, the victims "small good angel" and/or the Ti Bon Ange, is captured. The "small good angel" enables personality to take hold and manifest. It is a "wet ware" program that is launched by the Soul, that can easily be corrupted by man-made indoctrination and environment, not because the Soul is in error but because the brain of a child is more instinct, and cannot become a Homo Sapiens Sapiens brain until full grown. So the Soul's contact with the child form is very tenuous. However, once corrupted by man made institutions, the brain is already possessed by the Patriarch and making a Zombi is just another form of enslavement, but one where the roots of the will are thrust into a slavery that burns like acid.
As depicted on this New Orleans Voodoo Card, a woman is shown standing on a slave block within a swamp of green mire. In desperation, she throws her arms up and her head back. Just out of reach, the "small good angel" swirls around her hands, forming a mist. However, there is a possibility of salvation, as shown in the symbol of the snake, Simbi, who wrapped around her waist.
* Simbi, is the magical serpent- lord of Voodoo. His rule is over the rivers, streams, rainfall, and all things that flow, like light, electricity and electronics. He is the mercurial serpent that carries communication.
As Simbi is also the Mercury, "messenger of the gods", the Zombi's mouth has been sewn shut using a snake as the thread, shutting the Zombi off from the healing power of Naming. This may all make one shudder, but we must remember, to sacrifice means to "make sacred". What is made sacred by the Zombi, is perhaps the death and the ego- will itself, which the Zombi sanctifies in perverse reflection. Death is a form of baptism. The shape of the Zombi is outcast, as it is neither light nor shadow.
When thrown in Divination, Zombi implies:
- Sacrifice externally motivated and enforced.
- Questions of Will and the questioning of will cause resolve to decay and failure of the spirit and/or body.
The Thoth Key 12-The Hanged Man , represents The Universal Principle of Surrender, Breaking Old Patterns.
The Thoth-HANGED MAN- ATU 12, displays a curious image of Severity and the implications are very different from the previous paths that connect the Personality and the Higher Self; Severity, because this is the Path of Mem (Meaning-Water) that connects Hod (Splendor) and Geburah (Severity) on the Pillar of Severity.
The Hebrew word-MEM, (Water) is a one of the three Maternals, and implies a Baptism in Maternal Waters, as the other two Maternals: The Path of Shin (Art) is a baptism in Fire, and The Path of Aleph-The Fool, is a baptism in Air. Of all these three Baptisms, the Baptism in Water (Unconsciousness) is the central and pivotal experience of the entire Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Unconsciousness, is the Alchemical First Principle, also called the Thinking Principle and is referred to the physical image of Water because it is like water in wave motion, and fluid flow.
The lowest expression of the First Principle, is first found, by the upward traveling initiate, as the Astral Fluid that is drawn down the Path of the Universe into Yesod, the Foundation Sephiroth. This Thinking Principle, the Astral Fluid, is found as the Stable Intelligence, by virtue of consistency, in all Sephiroth and Paths as it underlies everything that is. The humanoid form is shown head pointing downward. Hence, the Spirit is "drowned" in the Maternal Waters where upon, perceiving itself as a Soul, as an intrinsic and inseparably part of the One Consciousness. Carl Jung, who coined the phrase. Collective Unconscious, describe this Water of Mem as a "...boundless expanse full of unprecedented uncertainty, with apparently no inside and no outside, no above and no below, no here and no there, no mine and no thine, no good and no bad.". To him the First Principle of the Alchemists was also described as Water, as he states, "It is the world of water, where all life floats in suspension: where the realm of the sympathetic system, the soul of everything living begins; where I am individually this and that; where I experience the other in myself and the other-than-myself experiences me.....the collective conscious is anything but an encapsulated personal system; it is sheer objectivity, as wide as the world and open to all the world."
I would highly recommend that the initiate reads the works of Carl Jung, on the Universal Collective Unconscious, thus gaining a modern understanding of the ancient wisdom. To put it another way, in the state of consciousness of which the Unconscious is the "first state", we are "always the subject that has an object", a reality that is totally turned around in the Universal Collective Unconscious where, we are "the object of every subject", as stated by Carl Jung.
I AM becoming objective Self, Me, when immersed in the Maternal Waters on the Path of Mem. THE HANGED MAN is where the invisible becomes visible.
The initiate knows that we must move constantly upward (upward is inward in Qabalah) on the Paths of the Tree of Life, for only through the hindsight gained by going to a higher Sephiroth, can we experience an understanding of the qualities of the lower Sephiroth.
The Path of Mem, leads to Geburah (Severity) which is directly above Tiphareth (Beauty); Geburah is the Fiery or Active part of the Higher Self and is shown as Red in color; the color of Mars. This further illustrates the point that Geburah is the fiery-blood- energy on the Pillar of Water below Binah. In the Thoth Tarot card of the HANGED MAN, the Womb of Binah is where the hanging figure's foot is held; from the oval of the Egyptian Ankh, which is the cross like symbol (also called the Tau cross) of both Divine Androgyny and Infinity.
To the one who has inwardly traveled the Paths to this point, it is to be noted that the Path of Mem, the HANGED MAN, must be approached very differently than the lower paths, for here, the mediator becomes the object of one's own meditation. The individual becomes the "other" which was previously the object of pursuit; the "other" now becomes the initiate. Thus it can be said, that the personality meditates in pursuit of the Higher Self, who then becomes or envelopes the Personality of the pursuer creating a Higher Sensual Self; A self often stated as having "Magick Abilities".
The Hanged Man symbolizes the savior-god- man or Hanged God of many religions; Odin (hung on a giant Ash tree called Yggdrasil) Jesus on a cross, and Prometheus hung on a mountain. The Moon symbolizes-Mensis (Latin), Mona (Mona Lisa is old English for The Moon), month, money, menopause, menstruation, manna, menat (amulet) and much more. Showing us that the Moon is about Womb and the regeneration of form. That is why the Violet-reds are primary colors for all living things are "of Mother's blood", as every baby can attest.
Therefore, Thoth Tarot-Key 12-THE HANGED MAN is assigned the Hebrew Letter Mem (bottom left of card of Thoth ), which means Water. Mem is a Maternal letter meaning the Element Water and the Amniotic Fluid of the Womb. This is of no surprise, since the Gnostic believe that the Homo-Sapiens is an GMO evolution of a marine mammal, rather than ape, and that the Noah’s Ark and the Flood is a hierarchic presentation of the facts of life. The Sumerians, believed our "angelic" forefathers, Annunaki (Meaning: "Those who from the Sky came") spliced their DNA with a marine amphibian, which at time was the most intelligent species on the earth.
There are many scientists that also believe the marine mammal theory because of the fact we have more in common with marine mammals than apes. I would suggest you research this, as I am about the Tarot here and not seeking to become an anthropologist.
To continue: The Hanged Man represents the baptism that is also a death. Death being a transformation from one reality to another, as is birth where the Water Mammal, must become a land-mammal and therefore, "dead" to the Sea; a death in one area and birth into another. The symbolism of the Hanged Man is often attributed to Self-Sacrifice without recourse, but this is really an errant idea. In the last Aeon of Osiris, the Hanged Man represented the supreme formula for adept-ship for the figure that is hung is actually the Spirit "drowning"(baptized) in the Astral Fluid, before becoming manifest in form. The Astrals, are layers of fluid "light" where all the Forces and Forms of the "Above Sephira" meet in order to combine in a manifestation as a physical birth in the material world.
To the flesh-o-phobe, this would be the effect of spiritual purity being sacrifice to fleshy debasement.
To the Spirit, this is the way of transforming from idea of experience of Self, to an intimate Self-Awareness: from thought to discerning thought. Being in the flesh, requires Spirit to become aware of its thoughts and how they affect the living simply by the reactions of those thoughts in the very living form that "cloaks it". Think ill, be ill, think well be well etc.
Idea or visions of comfort, in the Aeon of Osiris, The rule of the Patriarch, were considered more important than the flesh, and the destruction of bodies in the name of idea/visions (Commonly called, "...For the Greater Good") seemed a just cause. In the Aeon of Osiris, it could be said that the foundation of thought was the ruling of definition by the few who enforced definition on the many and the sacrifice of the many for the wealth of a few.
In this new Aeon/ Age of Horus, the idea must "expand and liberate" the living from their own self-imposed limits, allowing the Foundation of Love ("Love thy neighbor as thyself') to become the "common mind"; a state of Psyche, where union rather than divisionism becomes the conscious foundation of all action. As shown on the Thoth Devil card, the foundation of Earth intelligence, the "instinctual mind", is built on the foundation of "forget me not", I.e., Fear of rejection. The Soul Psyche is founded on the foundation of "I AM", a fearless statement of Presence.
Simply stated, the self in manifestation is more important than the ideas forged by self, no matter how utopian the ideas are. However, the caveat here is that, you must at first love yourself....as you can't give to another what you don't have, thus requiring that above all things you must know yourself!
The Aeon of Horus, is the age where the Hu (god) man (mind) realizes it is the child of god, a Spiritual Sacrament, and becomes the Christ/Buddha consciousness on Earth; uniting the Above and the Below. That union is seen in the Thoth-Hanged Man, whose foot is connected to the Ankh (symbolized in the West as the Rosy Cross) which is a combination of Goddess- God/Womb and Phallus, and is known as a symbol for eternal universe in a sigil of Mankind (head- arms and torso). The ancients knew that if it was made manifest, it was a truth, because Creation made it. Ideas are not a truth, unless they can become "made manifest" by the Power of Creation and/or the ability to do work.
In a more personal note; you exist because you're supposed to! The judgment of you has already been made by The Divine Creative, who obviously approve your manifestation! In other words, the obviousness of your presence proves you are worthy of being! This kind of thinking doesn't bode well for those who wish to "rule you", so dividing you from your "good" by a religion made of flesh hating rules, will pervert the Sacrament of "Will to be" and will assure your enslavement. The Hanged Man illustrates that being born into the World is a baptism, not a trial to prove your worth!
The Hanged Man presents a special meaning to the adept, the legs are crossed so the right leg forms a right angle to the left leg, and on the Thoth tarot card, the arms are stretched out at an angle of 60 degrees, so as to form an equilateral triangle. The symbol thus presented is that of the Triangle surmounted by the Cross which represents the descent of light, into mater, in order to redeem it! I AM Love must become aware of itself "as being"! The process of redemption continues in the symbology of the green disks terminating at the head and limbs, representing the influence of Venus which is the planetary symbol of love, grace and beauty. You may note, that the Central Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is called both Beauty and the Christ Conscious/The Son. The Hang Man represents the redeeming value of baptizing idea in flesh, so that it may Live and "Know itself"!
Correspondences: Key/ATU-12- The Hanged Man & Key/ATU 18-The Moon:
This card association represents the High Androgynous Self. The Moon represents the Feminine-magnetic- subconscious and the Hanged Man represents the Masculine-electric- reasoning conscious; their perfect union producing the Super-conscious. To the Greeks, the subconscious was known as Aphrodite and the masculine reasoning conscious as Hermes, together they are known as the Divine Hermaphrodite.
- The Astrological sign: Moon-Pisces
- The astrological planet: The Hanged Man-Neptune
- Form: Moon-I believe
- Motion: The Hanged Man- I seek myself and I don't seek myself. (Again, Form is Female, and motion is Male---The Qaballah is all about polarities.)
- The Associated Rune-stones: Moon--Isa, the rune that impedes, a standstill, said to be born of ice: The Goddess Isis. (woman is magnetic---containment and container so that energy can become form.)
- Rune-stone for The Hanged Man: Perth, the rune of mystery, initiation, becoming whole, forces beyond our control.
- Primary colors: Violet-Red----(secondary: magenta, mauve, deep rose, wine).
- Corresponding Chakra: The Brow Chakra or Third eye (6th chakra), which is the energy point of intuition, light, color, seeing (color-seeing as in Auric Seer), thought, information, inner and outer meditation (our bodies are focus energy into being), visualization, imagination, spiritual perception, dreams, fantasy, clairvoyance, oneiromancy (the ability to see through dreams) ...The Chakra of purpose and patience.
- Minerals and Stones: Rubies, garnets, sugilite, rubelite (violet-red tourmaline), and violet-red chalcedonies.
- Corresponding Musical Notes: Moon-B. The Hanged Man-G#.
- The Hebrew letters (Qaballah): Moon-Simple Letter--Sleep. The Hanged Man-- Maternal Letter--Water.
- The Tree of Life Paths: Moon-Qoph, The Corporal Intelligence. The Hanged Man-Mem, The Stable Intelligence
- Symbols of Meaning: Moon-Back of head, Ear. The Hanged Man-Water
- Associated Plant Essences: The Moon- Sandalwood, Marjoram, Melissa or Lemon Balm. The Hanged Man-Mugwort, Spikenard, or Valerian, Myrrh.
The Psychic abilities
gathered from Meditating/skrying on The Moon and The Hanged Man: Clairvoyance- the art of "clear-seeing" which is the ability to see beyond the veils imposed by the physical eyes or time-space. Oneiromancy- the ability to see through dreams---such as an Oracle and/or Oracular -sight.
When THE HANGED MAN -key 12, is thrown during a reading,
- The querent will be or is, experiencing moments of enforced sacrifice, maybe even punishment.
- Loss that is not voluntary and general suffering.
- This is the Principle of Surrender in order to break old patterns.
- A time when one must accept reversals.
- The enlightened person.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Enforced sacrifice.
- Being stuck by a Mothering complex.
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