- The Universal Key of balance: Justice and Realignment. This ATU/Key card is Adjustment in the Thoth Tarot or Justice in others.
ATU 8-Adjustment is the mediator, adjuster, and the arbitrator that resides in all of us. She has established, that what you put out, you get back! Every thought, every action is returned to you----this law is active for you as long as you exist. There can be no greater justice nor greater balance achieved in this world of action and reaction. This card points out that by thinking ill we become ill and by thinking well we become well. Thus it is smart “to do unto others what you would have done unto you” -----because it will be so done! You can count on that, in this uncertain world of propaganda.
The Thoth card uses the symbol of Libra; the scales and within the scales are the Greek letters, Alpha, representing beginnings, and Omega, representing endings or completions and/or life and death. This is also known as Karma in Eastern teachings where it is understood that we must finish what we begin or we will be doomed to repeat it!
In the Thoth Adjustment ATU 8 card, the diamond image around the female being symbolizes the piercing of illusion and delusion and represents truth and negotiation. Since this is "Egyptian Tarot"
the Egyptian figure represents Maat, the Goddess of Law, Truth, and Justice. The feather like wrap around Lady Justice's shoulders, represents the feather that Maat uses to balance the scales of justice. If the soul weighs more than the feather, it is cast into the underworld by being eaten by the crocodile god-Sobek.*
*Egypt crocodile god
Sobek was the Egyptian god of crocodiles. Sobek has a crocodile head. He held an ankh in one hand and a was staff in the other. He was the son of Set and Neith. His name means "Watching Over You." He was the god who created the Nile, the source of life in Egypt. He is shown as a man with the head of a crocodile, or sometimes just a crocodile.Sobek | Ancient Egypt Wiki | Fandom powered by Wikia
The circles representformulated thoughts or ideas. This card also represents the integrating, balancing and synthesizing mind which is often expressed in writing, research, engineering and design.
The Ace of Swords is also depicted in the Thoth card, pointing downwards indicating the application of creative ideas in tangible ways. This can make karma very interesting.
When this card is drawn it often means we are experiencing karmic adjustments in life from past thoughts and actions which have led to the present circumstances of our life. We are reminded that we are not bodies. Rather we are a form of multiple conscious energy (A Greater Self composed of 10 Aspects/Sephiroth of the One Mind) that uses bodies to work out thought equations/information to see if they expand and liberate life or if they stall and subvert life; work out as in-form-action. We must know in order to expand our self -awareness and that of the Universal Collective Self, from which we all are formed! This is the Law of Action and Reaction that all mind and matter is subject to.
- Primary Path Color: Emerald Green
- Related Sound: F#
- Astrological sign: Libra (Cardinal Air)
- Word Meaning: Ox Goad
- Hebrew Letter-Simple Letter: Work
Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth; the Ruler of Balance.
Dr.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 it spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow.
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 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 Hierophant. Key/ATU -5 who is the "Ruler of Balance". It helps us to realize that the Mother gives form, but the Father of Creation gives measurement/rules. Hence, she gives him purpose.
Adjustment-is the Intelligence Faithful to that symbolized by The Fool; the alignment of forces of the Twenty Second Path (The total number of all the Paths) is an amalgam of all the Paths and is described as being within the essential life force symbolized by The Fool. This 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 into equilibrium; a process represented by the Sword---which is not always pleasant. The Sword of Geburah, cuts away all that which is unnecessary as a "child of the Divine Creative".
However, Adjustment is usually much like driving a car, where Geburah, is constantly correcting direction through slight adjustments of the steering wheel, while traveling down the road of life (the "steering wheel" for driving an ox is an ox goad) ---rather the vehicle likes the adjustment or not. This car simile continues, when one understands that the Sephira (Spheres of Intelligence) are aspects of the soul itself (the Driver of the body-vehicle) and not external agencies. Therefore, this "driving" process is to be considered psychologically as a condition of self-assessment.
In this Card-of the Traditional Tarot Major Arcana-Adjustment, in many different decks show the soul weighing itself on the scales in the left hand and then makes necessary adjustments wielding the sword in the right hand. In the Thoth Tarot, she balances the Scales on Her head, symbolizing a psychological balancing.
By placing the Sephiroth on the body as it faces the Tree of Life, it can be seen that Geburah (Severity) is on the left and Chesed (Mercy) is on the right. 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 Dr.Paul Foster Case and myself as an action of continual adjustment. It is related to education; Lamed means to teach, and as many of us lament, the maintenance of balance by a dynamic internal nature that often uses severity as a learning process. Slowly and painfully, we learn how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as necessary for different situations in a world of entropy.
In the Qabalah, it is understood that the principles of the Path of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth (Beauty). On the Thoth Card is the figure of Maat who is 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).
Aleister Crowley called Maat a Harlequin, “the partner and fulfillment of THE FOOL." (THE DIVINE LIFE-FORCE). She stands in the Vesica Piscis (the diamond shape). Behind her is the throne of spheres and pyramids, in groups of 4 which means "Law and limitation”. This Law is interesting in that The Planet Venus, is the only planet whose symbol encompasses every single Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. This implies that Love is the ultimate power of the Universe and is the Law. As Maat, she wears ostrich feathers, with the serpent Uraeus, (Lord of Life and Death) on her forehead, she also holds the Sword (male phallic symbol in this context) which suggests a sexual union, and the "completion" of the female (Crowley). In 777, Crowley described this "completion" 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-willed, of Life itself. Constantly whirling, all are 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." The readers of the Rider-Waite-Smith or Golden Dawn decks will know this card as JUSTICE; However, Crowley-Harris have shown an appropriate , if not deeper understanding of this card's Principle known as The Faithful intelligence.; Faithful, because it's ever faithful to that which is symbolized by the FOOL and/or Holy Spirit, by doing whatever is necessary to bring an organism into a state of equilibrium. The Path of Lamed (meaning Ox Goad) is not always a pleasant one. As the term OX GOAD, implies, we are often forced by our Higher Self to go in an emotional and physical direction that we do not wish to go. Though no punishment is implicit, the figure in this card holds the sword of Geburah that cuts away "the dead wood" or what is no longer needed, pruning our consciousness on its way to a better mental health.
This Sword of Geburah (Severity) has a double edge, one for enforcing peace and one for war. The errant dual thinking of "good or bad" or "right or wrong", a view of 2 dimensions, is not the Principle here. Rather, all Forms are of the Soul (Psyche), and this is a physiological assessment of equilibrium necessary, as the Soul weighs itself on the left hand scales, and then making the necessary adjustments on the right. By placing the Sephiroth in the human body, the observer can see that the Sephira Geburah (Severity) is on the right hand and the Sephira Chesed (Mercy) is on the left. This placement not only reinforces the idea of cutting away the negative aspects of the soul and body as a return to purity but also note the attributes of Libra, the sign of the zodiac attributed to this card and the Kidneys, which cleanse waste from the body. The Kidneys are abstractly shown as the top of her head dress.
As stated:The ADJUSTMENT card is related to Karma**, if one understands Karma to mean action, rather than the misunderstood term of punishment for not correcting error in past lives. The ADJUSTMENT card, represents a continuous action of adjustment, just as a modern person would do at the steering wheel while driving a motor vehicle.
(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
fate · destiny · fortune · providence · the stars · God's will · what is written in the stars · one's doom · one's portion · one's lot · one's lot in life · predestination · preordination · predetermination · what is to come · the writing on the wall · luck · chance · one's dole · predestiny
The Path of Lamed is therefore, a teaching process. Because the continuous process of maintenance is a learned process, just as one learns to adjust direction by observation and the hands-on movement of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. Granted, this may be a painful and slow process (as many a parent of a teenager learning to drive a car will profess) but eventually one learns to analyze and re balance one’s self as necessary for different situations.
To those who study the Hermetic Mysteries, and become more in -tuned to the Inner Self, the more subtle and difficult to observe, these adjustments become; Just as the more refined the consciousness gets, the less obvious are the unbalancing minutiae of slightly "off colored" thoughts. The Ancient Egyptians symbolized this subtlety as weighing the human soul against a feather. This concept of "right, truth, law and rectitude" was expressed in a single word, Maat which was symbolized as a feather by which the heart (considered the organ of the Soul) was weighed, upon death.
As a Goddess, Maat represented moral law and truth, a straight edge to measure the psyche by and is a personification of the concept of Adjustment. Hence, the Crowley card has Maat as the central figure on the ADJUSTMENT card, wearing with her attribute, the ostrich feather. To keep our psyche on the "straight and narrow" path of purity, requires a sharp sword indeed, as I for one, need constant pruning! That is why I skry this card often!
As stated, Adjustment, is at work continuously in the above, the Greater Macrocosmic Universe, and the below, the Microcosmic Universe, and is done by our individual soul to keep the personality on the right track of union with the Soul and thereby a "self-reflection" of the Soul. The adjustment also represents a powerful, natural, equilibrating function that 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, while the Soul is measured when it "stands in” the Divine Light of the Solar Logos. The Solar Logos 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 the Divine Self-Reflection.
There is more to this image of Maat, as presented on the Thoth card, ifor it is a suggestion of Maat, the legend as the "Daughter of Ra", relating her to the Sun/Son God (Tiphareth-Solar Logos). Her Qabalistic name is "Daughter of the Lords of Truth" while the Egyptians also called her the "Queen of Heaven". All of these names pointing to the fact that this Severe Faithful Intelligence is the regulator of the Path of the Sun. And as previously stated, the Egyptian texts suggested that 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.
Since Ra is known to the 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 Lamed and that Lamed is 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 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 her Forms. The Form of Him came from the Womb of Her, i.e. "Ra is said to live by Maat." The Lord of Lightning servers the Great Magnetic-Ocean Mother. To put this simply, The Great One (Kether) became Two, by the process of Adjusting idea/Wisdom (Chokma) and Understanding (Binah the Will to Form), thereby, realizing He/She....and thereby established the equilibrium that produces and maintains all things; 0=2. Those who Skry this card will not be unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah wields her sword in quick bright strokes. The discomfort of emotional burdens, the burdens of perspectives, just fall away and the scryer feels all "Warm and bright".
There is a large complement of Planets involved in this card.
- First is Venus, which rules Libra.
- Mars is related because of the purging warlike forces of Geburah.
- 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.
- Saturn is exalted in Libra and finally;
- 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 and Binah. It is interesting to note that the planet Venus refers to all of the Sephiroth and encompasses every single Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. The implications being that Love is the Ultimate Power of the Universe.
The imagery on the Thoth card is all about “law and limitation", as symbolized by the throne of spheres and pyramids in groups of 4, behind the Female figure. " Crowley understood, that the Soul, is the Mirror that our personality is reflected in and it is by the Adjustment of perspectives that our healing comes from. This may be why the medical journals are said to state, many symptoms of illness, pain, stress etc. are "healed" by placebo. Something to ponder.
Published: May, 2017
Your mind can be a powerful healing tool when given the chance. The idea that your brain can convince your body a fake treatment is the real thing — the so-called placebo effect — and thus stimulate healing has been around for millennia. Now science has found that under the right circumstances, a placebo can be just as effective as traditional treatments.
"The placebo effect is more than positive thinking — believing a treatment or procedure will work. It's about creating a stronger connection between the brain and body and how they work together," says Professor Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, whose research focuses on the placebo effect.
Placebos won't lower your cholesterol or shrink a tumor. Instead, placebos work on symptoms modulated by the brain, like the perception of pain. "Placebos may make you feel better, but they will not cure you," says Kaptchuk. "They have been shown to be most effective for conditions like pain management, stress-related insomnia, and cancer treatment side effects like fatigue and nausea."
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In keeping with its caricature art , the Tarot of Druids-Key VIII-Ogma, personifies the Celtic perception of justice. Featured here, is Ogma, the Celtic master of eloquence and warlike justice.
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Ogma /ˈɒɡmə/ (modern spelling: Oghma) is a god from Irish and Scottish mythology. A member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, he is often considered a deity and may be related to the Gallic god Ogmios. According to the Ogam Tract, he is the inventor of Ogham, the script in which Irish Gaelic was first written.Name and Epithets Etymology
The name Ogma is believed to originate from the Indo-European root "ak-" or "ag-" meaning "to cut," which refers to the method in which ogham was incised into stone and wood.
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When the Adjustment or Ogma 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.
- Perceptive will.
- Finding harmony by mastering reality.
- Reasonable decisions.
- Greatest possible objectivity.
When surrounded by ill defined cards:
- Signs of danger.
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