The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-6 of Petro-Fire-Legba La Flambeau, is a brilliant as the new Sun. In Western Qabalistic philosophy, and in the tradition of the Golden Dawn, the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth is the vessel within which we can inherit the knowledge and counsel of the Angel; it is also the vessel of the 4 Princes. It is the "Sun/Son of God" and therefore, the Soul/Psyche that created the personality and has expanded in the realms of consciousness. Then knowledge of the Soul is great, for it to is a collective of experience, a perfect fulcrum of the Tree of Life. In Tiphareth 7 paths intersect. In Voodoo, this is the Court of the 7 Sisters, the Point of the 7 Powers, and a reminder of the 7 tribes of Africa that were brought to New Orleans.
Legba La Flambeau, is the red or new sun. Shi-Li-Bo Nouvavou is the midday sun and Papa Legba is the old or black sun. Tiphareth is considered the starting and ending place of all beneficial magical expeditions. As the new sun, Legba La Flambeau's radiance stretches like a banner between the invisible and visible worlds. As light and motion, Legba dances at the crossroads; a dance that speaks eloquently of the joy of creation. As the sun is victorious over night, he comes forth in victory. His rank is shown in the gray hair and aged visage which proves that even the new sun is a product of a spiritual process old beyond telling. In Western Qabalah, the Pythagorean universal element of Fire is Will. Therefore, the fiery will of Legba deeply penetrates the six directions.
Depicted on the 6 of Petro card, we see an elder dancing in the crossroads. Fire shoots from his hands and his cane is of fire. There is a look of mischief on his face, although devoid of malice, there is a danger here. Fire is always a carrier of a disruptive potential. Being that his will is creation without concern, the sparks of Legba's creation leap the vast emptiness between subject and object and therefore, there is no concern for what havoc these sparks may create. With a electrical crackle, his feet dance upon the ground in a frantic ecstasy. Hence, his words are few and powerful.
The Sun is given the astrological sign of Leo, and as if a fiery lion, the words seem to fall from Legba's mouth as if pushed by a great roaring furnace's internal intensity that makes light of all opposition, as the sun burns away the night. Hence, just as it is dangerous to call this loa, it is also a great danger in leaving this loa uncalled and unknown. His fire is the Original " I Will Be" of Kether, and his fiery will burns , as if a powerful laser, through any obstacles or blocks to the unfolding of the Universal will. It's best to be sure that you are not one of these blocks; examine your actions carefully and approach this Legba only in the fullness of your will...above all things , know yourself. When you offer your all, his fires open and cleanse. Here the "small ego" becomes the sacrifice that is a burnt offering on the altar of the sun...The Great Ego.
The primary attributes of this loa are success, victory, and ongoingness. The force of will of this Legba is beyond comprehension; it is untempered by compassion. As the Native Americans would say, he "walks as bear". Fed by the awesome power of his own making, he dances alone. By his word (vibration or frequency) he creates himself; Self creating, he knows no other. Just as it is said of us all, Self is all we'll ever know. For there is only One Great Self, from which all "selves" radiate. One Great Will to be. What many of us don't understand, is that we are the fulfillment of that Will- by being. Above all things, know thyself. It is said that this *Legba dances on the head of the Pure Fool and the Enlightened Fool. alike. A querent guided by this card, may be either of these 2 Fools. A key to discerning which one you are is applicable to the degree of stability and/or the ability to care on a sustained action or effort.
Often the Pure Fool, is like a stage magician who can produce a brilliant display, but the effect is that of the short duration of fireworks; a bright pop that becomes only smoke.
The works of the Enlightened Fool are deemed more likely to persist over time as does the sun. However, this Legba is the force and fire of both fools.
When thrown in divination, the 6 of Petro, implies:
- Obstacles swept aside.
- The first necessary victories of the Pure Fool.
- A newly initiated elder flexes his or her first powers.
- "There is no grace: there is no quilt: This is the law; Do what thou wilt".
*In Vodou (often spelled Voodoo), Legba is one of the L’wha (Loa), a spirit who acts as an intermediary between humans and Bondye, the benevolent but disinterested deity who keeps his distance from the world he created.Papa Legba, God of the Crossroads, Folklore, Folk Tales ...
THE 6'S, Represent definite accomplishment and carrying out of a matter.
The Fire Element is the ruling element of the suit of Wands. Fire is ardor, as only Spirit can be.The Thoth , 6 of Wands is subtitled-VICTORY.
The Key symbols relating to Tiphareth, Beauty;
1) the Cube, which is based on 6, a form taken twice-over in the double cube Altar of Malkuth.
2.) The Six-sided figure of the Truncated Pyramid (its top is cut off) that represents Adam Khadmon, the Ascended Man, the 6 lower Sephiroth. Adam Khadmon is the ascended man or Archetypal Human, above him, completing the Pyramid are the Supernal, Kether, Chokmah and Binah.
3.)Then, there is the Calvary cross, properly drawn as black, unequal armed, surrounded by a circle and mounted on three steps. This implies Wisdom through Sacrifice.
4.)The Rose cross and the Rose Cross Lamen, are the other powerful Tiphareth symbols.
In the world of quarreling and Strife known as Yetzirah, strife brings success. While, in Assiah, the world of business, and commerce among men, this means material success.
The 6 OF WANDS, is the Lord of Victory. Here Jupiter is in Leo, and the Angels of the Decan are: Nelokhiel and Yeyayel. In the 6 of Wands we have the benevolence of Jupiter in the Fiery Sign of Leo (Sun) which brings success and warm relationships. However, it is an aspect that suggest some drama and of victory after great effort.
This Crowley card, shows the Wands of the 3 Adepts (of Golden Dawn ritual) crossed in a perfect balance of power. As each Adept must go through initiations involving varying degrees of Strife, this card of Wands, suggests victory after strife.
It is to be noted, that the upright Flames, lantern like at each crossing, are in a number of 9; the number of Yesod and the Moon. This shows energy stabilization of the Energy, and its reception and reflection by the Feminine Magnetic Principle. There is no circle around it, because it is self-supporting like the Sun. Represented here, is the undefeated Soul. We may view this Soul as the Chariot card, or the Holy Guardian Angel, for that is the Pure Soul who gave birth to your Original Personality/Self-Consciousness. When you walk the Psyche Paths to the Soul, upon arrival, it will as if a physical Sun, burn away all that is not worthy of the Original You. Just remember, in Qabalah, to go within is to go up the Tree and to go outward is to go down the Tree.
When the 6 of Wands is thrown during a reading the Querent:
- Is assured of victory, but victory only comes after a struggle so don't celebrate prematurely.
- There is implied a short lived victory with all blockages overcome but by trusting the Stability of the Higher Self, the Victory is long lasting.
- Confidence and belief in yourself are the necessary tools here and it looks like they have been achieved with some major breakthrough in insight and creativity happening in the next 6 days or weeks.
- The querent is showing secure knowledge of self-identity and displays self confidence in leadership abilities.
- There is in the querent a purposeful sense of direction and knowledge.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Personality guilt.
- Excess of emotion.
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