The Haindl Tarot-0-The Fool
Today we start a new comparison of the Haindl Tarot to the Thoth Tarot. Like Thoth and Traditional Tarot, the Haindl Tarot is composed of 78 unique cards; 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana Cards. This deck is rich in mythology, mystical symbolism, and emotion and therefore, not unlike the Thoth Tarot. Like the Thoth Tarot, a whole range of ideas can be seen in the simplest of guestures, objects or colors. Hence, a reader can contemplate the cards without a guide book and just using the enclosed instruction book that coms with the Tarot deck. However, I would recommend getting the Book -The Haindl Tarot- by Rachel Pollack, she has one in paperback for the Minor and another in paperback for the MajorArcana. You can these at Amazon.com. These books can deepen and expand the appreciation of these cards by pointing out details that could be missed while also illumination hidden aspects. You can see the beauty of these cards so without further ado, I shall begin the Alchemical, Astrological, Tantric, Rune, and Western Magic explainations of the Thoth and Haindl Tarot Decks.
0-All the power that ever was or will be is here now.
Fear not. What is not real, never was and never will be. What is real always was and cannot be destroyed. -Bhagavad Gita
The Fool is the universal key that is associated with the state of conscious energy that is us before and after death. He is 0, representing the No-thing above the Tree of Life, (The Ain) as the Source of all Energy. In other words, the "Will to be" state that is Spirit. Many of us know that we “have a spirit" but few of us know that we are Spirit and seek not spirituality but rather are Spirituality; a Spiral Vital Force that brings whole-conscious Willful liberation and expansion to Self. Rather than just being assumed as being mystical, transpersonal, transcendent, and ecstatic in its nature, the Fool represents the power of wonder and ecstasy that is so apparent in the very young (and the “enlightened”) before they succumb to indoctrination and form a "cultural identity" and/or a programed personality/the lesser ego. The cultural identity is not real so Qabalists call it "reality" which we all know as relative and subjected to the “I” of the beholder and therefore, an illusion. The Real is the infinite, invisible part of ourselves which happens to be the 99% of Self, whereas, the visble part, is only 1% of Self. Hence, Qabalists call the visible world, the 1% world.
What percentage of an atom is empty space?
You are 99% empty space. The elements we just referred to are composed of atoms, and those atoms make up your entire body. One percent of every atom is composed of protons, neutrons, and electrons. The other 99% is empty space. To put this in perspective, imagine at atom the size of a football stadium.
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The Oriental symbol for fear is the tiger. In the Thoth card, fear is seen as attempting to gnaw on the leg of the fool who isn't giving any consideration to fear. He looks forward, and the tiger can't even make a dent in his perspective. This is because The Fool is the energetic essence of who we are---an unflappable immortal spiritual flow of energy consciousness that flows from the Infinite Source of Kether.
This card symbolizes the creative expression that is needed to give birth to new parts of our lives and to boldly take risks that are so necessary to evolutionary development! When this card falls in a reading it shows us that this is the moment to do what you fear and trust the spirit within! As an intitatory Path, THE FOOL connects Kether (Crown) with Chokmah (Wisdom). To the Qabalist, Kether is known as the Source of All, and Chokmah is known as Father God. The Hebrew letter, Aleph make this The Path of Aleph, meaning OX, implying the Fool is about the "flowing of Life Force and creative power", showing that the SPIRIT had a beginning aim to be manifested on Earth and/or as a Sensual Being.
Crowley/Harris symbolically present this "Wholly Spirit" (The Spirit on every level of the Tree of Life) as a dove in the art of the Thoth Card. Crowley also called The Letter Aleph, a phallic symbol.... but then so is the Projected Will that is THE MAGUS, and one wonders if Crowley was so besotted with the Phallus, that he was unable to see anything else; However, truth be told, by reference to Sexes and sexuality do we come to the minutest glimmering of understanding about the Universal Self. We begin seeing that the Below is a mirror reflection of the Above and therefore, the Divine Spirit is all we know, we breathe it, we live within it, it is ourselves. It is energy in its whole form.
Conservation of energy:
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In physics and chemistry, the law of conservation of energy states that the total energy of an isolated system remains constant; it is said to be conserved over time. This law, first proposed and tested by Émilie du Châtelet,means that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it can only be transformed or transferred from one form to another.
In transformational context, the Hebrew Letter-Aleph is attributed to Air and means Life-Breath. Just as Spirit is from the Greek root word Spiro, which means Breath. The One Spirit, the Holy Spirit,and/or the One Energy, is then the Life-Breath. This is well known in Eastern cultures, as Prana and Prana Yama (Breath yoga) are a major if not primary part of all Spiritual development. The Sanskrit Word Prana, is the Life-Breath energy; Prana meaning life and Yama meaning death. Simply, inhale and exhale.
The Qabalah and I have described the Magus/Thoth as relating to "Words" (vibration), the underlying sonic of patterned manifestation. However, it is the power of breath that expels the sound. Thus THE FOOL activates THE MAGUS. The Science of Crowley’s time, considered Air to be a vacuum, as related to THE FOOL, so did Crowley, but the Ancient Wisdom is that the Element Air is not a vacuum, as in empty of anything, but rather a No-thing who is the fertile No-thingness and egg of Spirit.
The Universal Egg of Spirit is known by students of the mysteries, to be the EGG OF AKASHA, the zero of THE FOOL, also represents this egg of spirit, and is the mathematical formula of one Male, minus one female= 0 . Therefore, the understanding is that the Egg of Akasha, is a fertilized ovum of undefined sexuality, but having the potential for both! This Universal Egg is shown as the circular lines around the Fool, that are made by the flying caduesus of Mercury and the Dove of Spirit.
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On the Thoth Fool, the Tiger, "fawning about" THE FOOL'S leg, is also an archetype representing the Animal Nature of Survival thinking as related to the Higher Spiritual process of Love that is fearless. Again, as this cannot be said enough, the Horns on the Thoth figure represent those ancient mysteries of Dionysus Zagreus (the Horned Son of Zeus). The green clothing is that of the Celtic Green Man of Spring, the grapes at his feet are a tribute to the Roman- Bacchus, and/or Dionysus the Greek God of Wine and Ecstasy, and the Crocodile (great creative energy) is “a swimming at his feet in the Nile" (Crowley quote). Making this 0, a complexity of subtleties and far from empty.
Images referring to the Godhead in the Thoth card, are the dove of Venus (Spirit) and the vulture of Maat the Dark Egyptian Goddess of Judgment, where she is the Mother of Dark Matter. Then there is the triple egg shape created by the caduceus in motion, symbolizing the Ain Soph Aur (The three states of No-Thing) and the Orphic egg. As you may realize, the imagery is so subjective that I haven't the blog length of words to detail it all for you. If you need more detail, and you do, I would recommend reading Crowley's BOOK OF THOTH., Robert Wang's Book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT and also investigating the Mythology of the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
To even begin understanding THE FOOL, we must entertain a multifaceted and fluid interpretation of Force and Form. Paul Foster Case calls this Eleventh Path of Aleph, in his student text-THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, the fiery or Scintillating Intelligence. Which makes sense as The Path of Aleph boarders on the Limitless Light (Ain Soph), which is "not" or 0. Light without limit is darkness to us who need a beginning and an end to see. So here we try to explain what can't be seen as The Fiery Darkness which is the possibility of vibration or motion and the First Perception of the One having potential for activity. This would make a modern definition of “Dark Energy” as the “first I” or identity. In the context of Masculine sexuality, the Fool is the Testes, and the Magus is the Phallus, (Represented by the three flowers beneath the spread legs of THE FOOL) as He directs active first flow from the Fool rather than potentiality doing so. However, I fear that is a rather limiting concept of the ONE as the One who is 0, but then, all concepts are less than the potential for conception.
We may reason that the potential for Thought, comes from the Dark Energy as Dark Matter (The First Material). The appearance of Thought emanates Mind, which is the vessel for Thought and/or Womb of Thought Forms, i.e. The “I-magi-nation”, transcending all reason. We see this action represented as the cup, representing the womb in the right hand of the Fool, as he is spilling out the Dove of Venus, the Vulture of Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Judgment, the butterfly representing the Soul and the Caduesus of Mercury. Thus, as often is so with the Supernal Triangle (upper trinity of the Tree if Life), our reason leaves us with more questions than answers.
Limitlessness is a very difficult concept! To say that THE FOOL represents the initial potential for thought which transcends reason, i.e. the All Seeing I, is about the best I can do with words. The special reality we may touch in sleep, often gives us images that do not correlate to our mundane understanding of reality. This being so, our dreams seem to be so much abstraction and are considered as nonsense to our waking condition. However, the Great Work (As above so below) involves the assimilation of The Real, -The I AM-not a reality conceived of mundane ideas. And the Real Concepts are from what is not making what is from Dreams of Potential- Self! To think of the Universe as God Dreaming (Darkness Dreaming it is Light) is very difficult to grasp, and the fact that you are a "Lucid" Dreamer (Image of God in the Dream of Self), who has been given the Power of Observation that changes a thing, meaning you can change the Principle that is Things by observation, is just about as mind boggling as it gets. But I dare postulate that just such a glimmer of insight requires a more than mundane understanding of Self! Thus, your Divinity is not often acknowledged by the mundane world of survival thinking, for that is the World of the Ruler and Slaves.
However, your Spiritual Womb, the conception of "the image of God", is the invisible Sephiroth, Daath (knowledge) seated within the Abyss, and is the Child of the Goddess (Understanding) and the God (Wisdom) who are face to face (Yab Yum). This middle path of Union is known as the Path of Gimel (meaning Camel); THE HIGH PRIESTESS OR HIGH PRIEST; the Divine Androgyny. All the Paths leading upward to Kether, THE FOOL, THE MAGUS, AND THE HIGH PRIESTESS, must be approached with a certain understanding of whimsy, as we realize that by crossing the Abyss and approaching Kether (As above, so below) means the total annihilation of Self as we perceive it. Thus presenting us with the irony of our attempt to grasp such esoteric and refined principles from an earthly-mundane perspective.
Often, when teaching the Major Arcana and knowing what I speak, cannot truly convey what I am saying, brings a smile, if not outright laughter to my face. To me, the subjective I AM- potential is ironically displayed as a limited conception—a Me. Being a Me (ego) must never be taken too seriously, for that concept will change daily, when one enters the Higher Self/Fool, and becomes a master of subjectivity. To reiterate, THE FOOL- 0, is the initial potential for thought, transcending all reason. Thus objectifying the Upper Regions, the Supernal Triangle is a futile endeavor. However, once we recognize the impossibility of consciously approaching the Highest Levels of the Tree of Life, i.e. The Universe, in a direct manner, we are forcibly driven into the key Principles of the Mysteries/Metaphysics of as Above, So Below. THE FOOL, is the very expression of the god name of Kether, Eheieh, which means I will be. This is the essence of the Divine Child as yet unborn, who is all potential and who is our very beginning!
Haindl Tarot-The Fool
The Rune Wynn /pynn=joy
The Haindl Tarot-0-The Fool, attributes the Rune of Pynn, meaning joy to the Fool Card. The Hebrew letter Aleph is also shown upper right. Implying the the innocence of the creative life force and fertil power of this force. The fool image on this card represents the Royal Fool, and/or the medieval court jester who was not only required to entertain, but also to speak truths no one else would dare to express in front of Royalty. The wounded Swan is a symbol for the fall from grace and/or the parting of the homo sapiens/humanity from the Garden of Eden. From the Higher Mind of the Greater Self, into the lesser Mind of the Animal Self/Lesser Self; From Atziluth to Assiah.
The Planetary sigh of Uranus is also applied to this Haindl card, although the artist only placed the center upright as the sign of Uranus.
Uranus, God of the sky and the heavens, is the ruler of Aquarius. In Astrology, the energies of Uranus are electric and crammed with change. Uranus is forward-looking. It balks at tradition and celebrates originality and individuality. Uranus is associated with technology, innovation, discovery, and all that is progressive.
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All the same descriptions of the Thoth Card apply to this Haindl Fool Tarot Card.
When THE FOOL card is thrown of both the Thoth and the Haindl deck during a reading the querent is in or experiencing: ·
- A state of ecstasy and/or a state of Peek experience. ·
- Fearlessness. Courage, and is completing all motion by Faith, absolutely trusting THE SPIRIT.
- A feeling of being protected, and that everything will work out.
- Being open to what the future brings! ·
- Magic, amazement and desire in a relationship.
- Act impulsively.
- Follow your feelings.
- Take opportunities that arise.
If ill-defined by accompanying cards (and/or reversed for the Haindl card);
- The Fool, is then the harbinger of folly, mania, extravagance and even negligence.
- Difficulty in believing in your instincts.
- Fear of stepping into the unknown.
- Do not be reckless.
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