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The Tarot of Eli-Major Arcana: Thoth- ATU 15-The Devil & Haindl Tarot-Key 15 The Devil

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, Astrological and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Haindl Tarot

Thoth-ATU 15-The Devil

The Lord of the Gates of Matter; The chld of the Forces of Time.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, TheDevil-Key 15, is the Tree of Life, Path of Ayin, and it connects the 6th Sephiroth of the Solar Soul, Tiphareth with the Sephiroth-Hod, that is the sphere of Mercury and the intellect. The Path of Ayin, is theTwenty-sixth Path and is formative. In the terms of Self structure, it is the bridge between The Personality and individuality that is the Soul. 

Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom: The twenty-sixth Path is called the Renovating Intelligence, because the Holy God renews by it all the changing things which are renewed by the creation of the world. [Dr. Paul Foster Case]

As I have stated so often before, the Solar Self, is the Original Personality of the Divine Child of God, i.e. the Son/Sun. Note: this is not a sexual description of a species, rather it is an "Energetic one", For the Son of God is a  Sun that sends "solar flares" (Divine Energy and Data) outward as individual expressions of It's own Self ( Personality); from Self into selves that circumnavigate, through the experiences of self-awareness back to Self, i.e. from Tiphareth to Malkuth and back up the Tree to Tiphareth. Here is where the personality must reject the temptations of the corrupted ego and become a Messenger/Mercury of  the Soul to the phyiscal manifestation.

The Hebrew letter Ayin means-Eye (I) and is a simple letter that also Means-Mirth. This double meaning may invite confusion; However, rest assured, that this Path of Ayin is one of the most difficult for western people to understand, for interpretation flies in the face of Christian cultural definitions that have been applied to the Devil. 


In Barbra G. Walker's Book [ THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS] which has been honored by the London Times Educational supplement as 1986 "Bookof the Year", the provenance of the word devil is noted as Persian. She states." The Words "devil" and "divinity" grew from the same root, Indo-European devi (Goddess) or deva (God), which became daeva (devil) in Persian. Old English divell (devil) can be traced to the Roman derivative divus, divi: gods. Thus it seems that, from the beginning, gods and devils were often confused with one another."   She goes onto explain such enlightening scholarship that I highly recommenced this book to anyone who seeks an honest education as opposed to indoctrination. This confusion of gods and devils, is also why the Devil card, ATU /Key 15 is a gematria 1+5=6; which is the Christ-Buddha consciousness the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth. Hence, it is the "unseen" or shadow side of the Sun of God/ Child of the Divine Creative.

There is another fact here that may hide from reason, and that is the combination ofthe words Devi (Goddess)and Lingam (Male phallus), is Divya Linga (Sanskrit word for Divine- lingam)  and has also been interpreted by propagandists of Christian past, as the word Devil, which actually bespeaks of the "Son of God" as the Solar Phallus. Hence,the Christian Devil is always shown with an errect phallic tail.  Much to study here as most of our "knowledge" is propaganda based misconstructions!

To the Qabalist, the Devil is not viewed as an evil entity (lived spelled backward), having its own god-like existence, rather it represents a special mystery (Arcana) that must be experienced and understood before we can hope to directly know the Higher Self. Within ourPhysical bodies, The Devil is the intelligence that is Master of Manifest form (the Instinctual Mind), which we meet on the Path of Ayin, and must face and conquer, thereby turning a wolf into a obediant dog. The Path of Ayin, takes the traveler into an understanding that we are entering a transition between the intellect of consciousness (individual conscious) and true spiritual conscious. In other words, our Brain, an artificial intelligence, is our Devil not by design, but by the very act of indoctrination. Hence, the devil is always linked with illusion and the moon. 

Three Paths lead directly intoTiphareth: THE DEVIL {key 15), ART (key 14 called Temperance in Traditional Medieval Tarot decks), and DEATH (key 13). Now each of these paths represents a special trial for the initiate; However, each student is not required to travel all three inner Paths. 

One way to experience Path Travel is the Devotional Path of the Middle Pillar or Pillar of Mildness, where one need only experience the Path of Samekh (meaning- Prop) or the Art Card-Key14 (Temperance in other decks), leading from Yesod (Foundation) to Tiphareth (Beauty). This is more of a gentle path of the Mystics and demands less mental and emotional introspection from the Student. The Magi's way of following each and everyPath, means the acquisition of control over Forces which each Path symbolizes as every Path confers a unique power/ability ("magical abilities"). Therefore, a Magus is an active Force of Creation, rather than a Passive one.The difference here, is that the Traveler of the Middle Path does learn to balance and understand within the Self, the forces of the twenty-two Paths, but understanding these conceptual states of conscious energy does not necessarily develop the ability to manipulate them, which is an art necessary in the development of a "discerning Personality"; the Spiritual purpose for the human body! 

Now I know, that some students of the Occult (hidden mysteries) enterinto the studies seeking a type of "Raw Power", hoping to control others and circumstances to avoid pain and "doing unto others before they can do unto them". Such misinformed students soon learn that if such Poweris acquired and then misused there is a devastating price to pay. So there is no question that for the timid, the Middle Path is much safer than facing and conquering the temptations of the Magical Path.

THE DEVIL represents Raw Power(Mars), it is the Force that brings about the transmutation of THE TOWER (key16) and is in the sign of Capricorn (also shown as the Goat or Goat like image onthe Waite and Crowley card), which is where Mars is exalted.  Capricorn, is a weighty, even blind sign of earth and symbolizes the highest and lowest states of individual personality. Yet it is considered a sign of initiation, or release from matter formed limitations. These material limitations are suggested by the astrological ruler-ship of Capricorn by Saturn, the Planet ofBinah, The Great Mother, that governs the limitations of form, including Time. These limitations are of both the enclosure of matter or of time, the artificial system by which we meter and enclose all activities. Thus,THE DEVIL also represents the average person's misconception of "reality"; a perceptive belief that the material eye sight and/or-sensual condition is "Real". The Qabalist knows the physical-material world as the "1%" world, and realizes that theother invisible ”99%” (often called "the other side of theMirror") is the unseen Real. This misconception of reality is symbolizedon the head of the Ryder-Waite DEVIL, by the upside down pentagram on the entities head. The upside down pentagram indicates delusion as our ideas of spirituality and reality are upside down as it is positioned over the "Third Eye" of Inner Sight. The "third eye" is shown on the Goat image of the Thoth Card.

The total misconceptions of Life based on fear, is what the devil card implies. The Subconscious fear of Death, generates  the dark evil that lurks in the labyrinth of our subordinated minds.

The misconception of reality is symbolized in two ways on the Thoth Deck-THE DEVIL card; the smirking mouth and the Goat represents the humorous figure of the childhood nemesis the "Bogey Man".    Rather than show the Devil as some demonic netherworld god, the Thoth Tarot cards emphasizes the knowledge that our belief in the illusion of matter (Matter is only .4% visible as our bodies are 99.6% space!) is actually laughable while also implying that laughter is a humorous approach to our lives making it less serious and is a tool which will help our consciousnessto transcend the illusion of "thinking it to believe it".  Mirth is the first great corrective and helps us not to take our perceptions of the material world seriously, which only means "fearfully". Therefore,The Devil Card cautions us not to believe everything we think.  Hence, on the forehead of the Thoth Goat, is a bunch of little blue flowers. These are called forgetmenots, implying that the survival thinking of the physical body is based on "fear of rejection", i.e., forget me not. 

It pays to note that the Survival Mind of the animal, is our subconscious Devilish tempter (ego) that tricks us into believing we are as Moons who are at the mercy of Forces rather than the Magus (The Sun) who manipulates these forces. The Wisdom of the ages, tells one to not believe in the Christian Devil. That the darkness within is merely our fear based thinking initiated by the survival mind of the biological brain that is stimulated by imaginary bogey men,  who is a creation of those who wish to rule our imaginations. 

These delusions of mental weakness , are shown in Traditional  Tarot, as a dark and unwholesome nightmare apparition of  a predator. Hence, the Shadow Side of our mind is our fear of fate, forces,and other states of enslaved thinking, brought on by our fear of pain, death, rejection etc. Also, the limited physical sight, rather than insight, can be the bogey-men creator that keeps us from exercising our free Will- Spiritual Power, as we constantly react to the environment rather than the spiritual act of acting in that environment. This is the Trick of sensuality, it makes us believe only in reaction as reality rather than the Action, that makes the Real of things.  Spirit is action, the body is reaction. Our Action must control our reaction, if we are to exercise our Divine Freedom of Choice. When reacting to others, we are choosing to be ruled by them and spend our lives trying to appease them while we are in a constant state of fear.

ThePath of Ayin, means Eye, a symbol used as presentation of the true "I" and/or our Soul/Psyche- I AM. Hence, if we believe in only what our physical eyes show us, we lose our inner "I"sight, shown as the All Seeing Eye, that is on the Forehead of the Thoth Tarot-Goat.

The Qabalist knows that there is nothing in the Universe that is not of One Mind. The devil, as we are taught, is merely apostulation of those who wish to rule knowledge by keeping other's ignorant and making them fear their body senses. Once, the Spirit, Mind and body are divided, by dogma or indoctrination,  one becomes a "body bedeviled" by improper operational code and/or thought.

Intellectually the "Devil " Tarot indicates a state of mind that is a source of forms, a mind of measurement and appearance of relative existence and is the necessary intellectual means of reaching the Christ-Buddha consciousness that is Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth-Beauty- on the Tree of Life. For without measurement, there is no self-awareness and therefore, no discernment. That is why this necessary state of mind, is also called the "Lord ofthe Gates of Matter and the Child of the forces of Time" (From the Emerald Tablet). The Devil then is both Tempter and Redeemer. He is also described as the "Prince of the Powers of Air", indicating that this state of energy conscious is mediating in the flow of Astral currents; Air being understood here as being the whole of Yetzirah, the Astral Plane which controls the ebb and flow of Matter by the process of "rational" thought.

Therefore, the inner Path of Ayin, confers the ability to bring the upside down pentagram indicating "matter's rule over spirit", right side up. Right side up, the pentagram indicating Spirit's rule over matter; which is another way of saying, the ability to reverse the currents of mental life. This process begins with the intellect of Hod (Splendor) and leads into the intuition of Tiphareth (Beauty). Thus, Dr. Paul Foster Case in his text -The Thirty-Two Paths to Wisdom, calls the Devil the Renewing Intelligence. The Qabalist understands that only through the forces of the Devil and our right understanding of them, can we come directly to the Higher Consciousness of the Son/Sun of The Divine Creative. 

It behooves us to remember that the word manifestation actually means to create illusion, and while manifestation is the necessary means to create the illusion of earthly form and therefore, measurement for the infinite Soul/psyche, it isthe "dissolution" of these forms that is absolutely essential to thePath of Return.  We don't come from earth, we have come to earth. To the Qabalist, "dissolution" means analysis which is precisely what we apply when we intellectually separate the component forces and forms of the Universe and ourselves into 22 paths on the Tree ofLife.  By first conceptualizing these component parts and then reintegrating them through our understanding of their operation, can we Return to our Divinity and claim our Divine Inheritance. 

The Astral light (Akashic fluid, Odic force, etc.) is manipulated for whatever purpose, through an understanding of the Devil which is a "GreatMagical Agent" (Eliphas Levi) for the processes of alchemical manipulation, as to dissolve, to consolidate, to quicken, and to moderate.This is dissolution, re-integration, activity and grounding which can bedescribed as Fire, Water, Air and Earth. 

TheThoth Tarot Card is more Arcanely complex than the  tradition Tarot card. This is because, as Crowley states, that Key 15 represents,"creative energy in its most material form", and as "Pan Pangenetor, the All-Begetter". Rather than some child's bogey man. Crowley's goat is Pan standing on the highest mountain-top on earth, against a"background of the exquisitely tenuous, complex, and fantastic forms of madness." Between the legs of the Thoth Goat, is the wand of the Chief Adept and all is in front of a Phallus and two testicles, implying the Universal"All-Begetter". On the Thoth Devil card, the tip of the male organ isoutside of the card, implying it is in the "Greater Heavens", whilethe testes contain the bound up forms of manifestation.

Haindl Tarot-Key 15 -The Devil

The Haindl Tarot-Key 15- The Devil,  represents the same mysterious image of a smirking goat as does the Thoth Tarot, although in different symbology. Upper left corner of the card displays the Hebrew letter of Ain (eye); the upper right displays the Rune Eolh (elk or man) and the astrological symbol for Capricon is on the bottom right of the card. The picture of the card is organized around a diagonal  line, that is broken by a crystal, transforming the aggressive instinct of the survival mind and/or Devil. The serpent often represents a multitude of symbols: it represents rebirth, evil, sexual energy and  the visionary experience, to name a few.  The devil image has 3 horns and 3 eyes, representing the trinity of Self - I AM Me.  Once again  the path of Ain is shown as the path towards orginal identity.


  • Materialism. 
  • Material Force. 
  • Sometimes obsession. (especially if thrown with the     Lovers card) 
  • upside down thinking, where the illusion of fear rules     your thought and one thinks that "everything bad happens to me".      
  • Not seeing the forest through the trees.  
  • Living in your own illusion of suffering and being obsessed with pain or fear thereof. Such as a hypochondriac.  
  • Needing mirth in your understanding, as you are  too serious. Time to laugh at your assumptions. 
  • Needing more action and less reaction in your life.
  • Perception of the true, complete self. 

If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:

  • Fatefull entanglements.
  • Self destructive drives.
  • Dark powers.
  • Collective hysterial. 

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