Thoth- ATU 10-Fortune
#10. The kingdom of Spirit is embodied in my flesh.
The Tarot Key 10, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, or Fortune, is called the Path of Caph(meaning Fist) that runs from Chesed (mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on theTree of Life. This path is on the side of the Tree of Life called The Pillarof Mercy, and connects the Personality to the Higher Self (all Sephiroth above Tiphareth are in the Higher Self).
The Path of Caph, has a mediating function and the benevolent planet Jupiteris assigned to this Path. If you will look at the bottom-left of theThoth -Fortune card, you will see the Hebrew letter Caph and the sign ofJupiter. Jupiter, is also said to govern the flow of blood, thus reinforcingthe mediating function of Caph.
The meaning of Caph (Kaph) is fist, and refers to a completion of anactivity, such as, the closing of a circle or grasping comprehension.
The Haindl Tarot- Key 10-The Wheel of Fortune
The Haindl Tarot- key 10-The Wheel of Fortune, depict the Hebrew letter Caph in the upper left of the card and on the upper right is displayed the Rune Jara or Ger (j) meaning year. The astrological sign of Jupiter is on the bottom right.
Contrary to many mundane interpretations, the Thoth Wheel, is not a roulette wheel of chance and and/or accidents. For in Qaballah, it is known that we are solely responsible for our own destinies which the words "freedom of choice” and "cause and effect” imply. The Wheel of Fortune supplies us with what we earn, which can be pleasant or unpleasant.
The interchange of opposites is what makes the wheel Spin. Therefore, in theTree of Life, we have, the Feminine, Geburah who is called Severity, and themasculine Chesed-Mercy, interchanging their forces and form. This interchangeof opposites, is shown by the Ten Spokes on the Thoth Deck card, symbolizing the Ten Sephiroth on the Tree of Life which is a continuity of Force and Form, in equilibrium.
In his work, The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom, Dr. Paul Foster Case calls the Path of Caph, the Intelligence of Conciliation which would best be seen as a gyroscope,two wheels interlocking within each other, spinning in opposite directions.,for this card represents the mediation of activity between rotating and/or active opposites. The sense being that there is a cyclic and rhythmic motion of activity, as well as, cause and effect.
What is interesting here, is that on the Thoth Tarot Fortune Card, the Sphinx is seen as the stabilizing element in the midst of change and is positioned on top of theWheel. The ancient Egyptians used the Sphinx image as the Pharaoh, usually vanquishing his enemies, with lion like power. Later on the Greeks, modified the Sphinx by illustrating it as a woman on a male lion's body. Thus, the Sphinx came to represent the union of mankind, with the raw power of the animal kingdom, and a balance of male (electric) and female (magnetic) in the same form. Again the union of opposites, is the birth place of all Power.
The Qabalistic concept of the Sphinx is that it is the Synthesis of all Elemental Forces, much like the Pentagram symbol of Man, where the Spirit is the Fifth element above and added to the four elements of the animal kingdom. In fact, among the documents of the Enochian Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, the Sphinx has fou forms, that of a Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion. These four faces are also described by Ezekiel in the Bible interpretation of his vision. The Wheelof Fortune, is the glyph of perpetual motion where the flying Eagle balancesthe Man; the roaring Lion counterpoises the laborious Bull.
As stated, the Sphinx represents the stabilizing element in the midst of change. It is both the balancing phase of cyclic energy and the guardianto the gateway of the Mysteries, holding the secret of life and death which isalso attributed to the Triple goddess, the Three Fates (Past, Presentand Future). Thus the Sphinx is a gate guardian of the Path of Caph (fist) as it is both that through which one passes in birth or death, and that which controls the passage, as does the Triple goddess. In the Traditional Tarot depiction of the WHEEL OF FORTUNE, is often used the 3 Fates or Moerae(Greek), as the pushing force of the Great Cosmic Round. The Moerae where, Clotho the Spinner, Lachesis the Measurer and Atropos the Cutter of life's thread.
Also, the Sphinx symbolizes the directing aspect of the Higher Self in Tiphareth (beauty) and being a Gate Keeper, it is protective and keeps thePersonality from absorbing more force than its system can handle.
By correctly answering the question of the Sphinx, which is an extension ofthe Greek Axiom, Man, know thyself, implies that one is ready to passthrough the gate of inner consciousness. As in the Oedipus legend, oncecorrectly answered, the Sphinx throws itself back into the Sea which to aQabalist means that the Gate keeper is no longer needed and is reabsorbed intothe vast Ocean of the Universal Collective Unconsciousness that createdit. If the initiate can't answer the Sphinx's question, they are"slain", which is the protection part of the Sphinx, as it sends backthose personalities that are unready to pass consciously beyond therestrictions of time/space.
The Thoth Card also illustrates a dog faced monkey, on the left side of the wheel which is inreference to the Plutonian, Cynocephalus. Cynocephalus is the notonly the companion of Thoth but also the symbol of time and eternity.Thoth, being called the Lord of Holy Words, by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, is the inventor of writing and scribe for the Gods who records theresults of the weighing of the Souls on the Path of Lamed (See the past blog onthe Adjustment Card). Thoth is also said to divided time into months, seasonsand years. Thus his companion is Cynocephalus, the symbol for time and eternity. In a nut shell, the Words of Thoth are the vibratory patterns that turn the Wheel of Fortune. Being quite esoteric here, the element of Fortune means that when the Higher Self, which brings the Elements under control, bestows upon the Personality that "knows itself", faithful companions that are the "words"/script/or vibratory patterns that free the Personality from the General Wheel of Fortune and/or Karma that governs the "sleeping souls" of the indoctrinated who lack self-knowledge.
The Thoth Tarot- Key 10-Fortune card, depicts the interaction between the triple forces of the Sphinx, Hermanubis and Typhon. Hermanubis is a dual god, combining Horus and Anubis andis written as Heru-em-Anpu, meaning Horus as Anubis. Sword in hand,Heru-em-Anpu is often depicted in mythology as the slayer of Typhon, who isillustrated as a snake or crocodile. Typhon originally was of Greek origin and was involved in the wars of supremacy of the Gods. But as time develops the complexity of myths, Typhon became the dark aspect of Osiris knownas Set. Hence, the combination of these symbols plays out the counter-changing influence of Light and Dark energy. In Quantum physics, Dark Energy is thePushing Force, the "vibrations" that spins the universe and pushes it outward, this may cause one to wonder if "death" is the pushing force for Life. As life dies, inorder to be alive and.or life eats itself to stay alive.
When the Fortune or Wheel of Fortune are thrown during a reading, it implies:
Haindl Tarot- Key 10-The Wheel of Fortune
Symbolizing the cosmos, the Wheel is set against a back drop of Stars. Below and looking upward is Mother Earth. Sky Father, Zeus, is shown upper left and the androgynous child is shown in the upper right. With wizen face, this child represents our anscestors. Inside the wheel is a mushroom, representing luck, the snake represents rebirth, then there is the eye of time, and representing all things lost in the turning of time, is a dinosaur.
When the Fortune or Wheel of Fortune is thrown during a reading, it implies:
- Life is moving and being busy here, so break throughs in prosperity and abundance are approaching fast.
- Generally, this is a good luck card depicting rewards and recognition for things completed.
- Going with the natural flow of life, being flexible and open to new opportunities.
- A change in karma, from bad luck to good luck.
- Chance of circumstances.
- Grabbing hold of Fate.
- Time to take what life has given you.
If ill defined by surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- Difficulty adjusting to changes.
- Resistance to change.
- Turns for the Worst.
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