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Key 31 Shin

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Qaballah and Tarot: A Basic Course in Nine Lessons. Lesson III: The 22 Paths of the Tree of Life and the Greater Arcana of the Tarot. Part 2. The Individual Paths, continued. Key 31, Shin. Revision 1, retitled. Keywords: Qaballah, Tarot, astrology, alchemy, Magick, science, history, anthropology, astronomy, ecology, geology, human ecology, physics, nuclear physics, the cold war, the atomic age, fire, global warming, evolution, psychology, sociology.
Qaballah and Tarot: A Basic Course in Nine Lessons. Lesson III: The 22 Paths of the Tree of Life and the Greater Arcana of the Tarot. Part 2. The Individual Paths, continued. Key 31, Shin. Revision 1, retitled. Keywords: Qaballah, Tarot, astrology, alchemy, Magick, science, history, anthropology, astronomy, ecology, geology, human ecology, physics, nuclear physics, the cold war, the atomic age, fire, global warming, evolution, psychology, sociology.

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Yael R. DragwylaFirst North American rightsEmail: Polaris93@aol.com132,800 wordshttp://polaris93.livejournal.com/
Qaballah and Tarot: A Basic Course in NineLessons
Lesson III: The 22 Paths of the Tree of Life and theGreater Arcana of the Tarot
B. The Individual Paths
21.Key 31
, “Tooth.” Planet: Trump XX,
The Last Judgment 
(in the Crowley Harris pack, this cardis called
The Aeon
). Fire
or Spirit
(usually symbolized as a small circle above
, the symbol for Fire: ); also, the Planet Pluto – 
. Cardinal value, 300; ordinal value, 21. Connects
, with
. Roman/English equivalent: Sh, as in “sheep”; aspirated S, as in“Shibboleth” (as if the S were preceded by a consonant or vowel and the H following it were to besounded separately, itself preceding a vowel), e.g., “Hats-hep-sut,” the Egyptian Pharaoh.
a.Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
The symbolism of 
is primarily Fiery and spiritual, as opposed to the Watery nature of the 29
Path, which is the Corporeal Intelligence, which is concerned with the biological foundation of humannature. The 31
Path gives the development and evolution of intellectual, scientific, and technologicalskills and abilities which have given humanity mastery of the Earth.The title of Perpetual Intelligence indicates the spiritual factor behind the psychological evolution,for although
is very much the
of mind, especially the intellect, its own Yetziratic Textstates that it “has no root by which it can cleave, nor rest, except in the hidden places of 
,Magnificence, from which emanates its own proper essence.The mental sphere of 
is of littleevolutionary use without the informing ethical principle of 
. The
, or 
,represents that sphere where the greater Intelligences that guide evolution abide, and is itself representative of the principle of law and order in the Universe.Thus
regulates the motions of the Sun and Moon, the supreme symbols of radiation andreceptivity. In us, it represents the relationship between individuality and personality, and also, particularly on this path, the relationship between leader and led, for here are the analogs of the first
struggles towards civilization by humanity, the formation of the family, the tribe, and, eventually, thenation.Esoteric tradition says that early humanity was guided by Manus, beings on the Inner Planes, such as Narada, Hermes, Merlin, and others like them. One of the keys to this Path is an understanding of anthropology, just as keys to the 29
and 32
Paths are a study of biology and primitive religion.The beginnings of civilization depended on the taming of fire and its use in the preparation of food,the making of tools, and protection from wild beasts, and to form centers for communal life. Theastrological* correspondence for this path is thus the Element of Fire; the discovery of the way to higher levels of physical existence is shown on Trump XX in the form of an angel awakening the dead. Thisneed not be confused with the Christian belief in the one final assumption of humanity in physical bodiesto heaven – the principle behind the Tarot Trump is the awakening to new and higher levels of life.*Actually, Alchemical. Astrology, which has much the same relationship to other esoteric disciplines asmathematics has to the objective sciences, shares many of its concepts with Alchemy; but the ideaof Fire is primarily Alchemical in meaning, since it refers to a physical process with spiritual aspects.Originally astrology was believed to apply only to metaphysical or purely spiritual entities – the skyor Heavens were not perceived as essentially physical in nature by earlier civilizations, and the studyof Heavenly phenomena was of things conceived to be primarily spiritual in nature. Alchemy, on theother hand, was the study of the Spirit as manifest in “crude” matter. The two disciplines thuscomplimented each other, but worked from essentially different viewpoints.On a higher level, fire could be considered as representative of the awakening of the Spiritual Will inhumanity. This is in accord with the esoteric title of the Tarot Trump: Spirit of the Primal Fire. Whenthe word “Primal” is used in mystical symbolism it usually refers to spiritual factors, because spiritual being
before anything
. The awakening of the Spiritual Will implies the sense of individualidentity in man, the realization of himself as a separate immortal being so that civilization arises out of the co-operation of individuals rather than as a result of the natural aggregation by instinct into herds.**By this criterion, beavers, numerous species of primates, ants, termites, bees, wasps, and a host of other organisms are all civilized – which in fact is true, though their civilizations are not generally likehuman ones. Civilization – “city-izing” or “state-izing” – is just as “natural” as herding behavior, nomore nor less. In fact, “herd-animals” can be just as “civilized” as band-, pack-, colony-, solitary-,and other organisms, in the sense that individuals in herds frequently co-operate
individuals onvarious projects, from raising young and defending one another against attacks by predators toobtaining food, water, etc. Knight here displays a profound – and, unfortunately, typical – ignoranceabout the nature of real, living, non-human beings. See, e.g., Jane Goodall,
 In the Shadow of Man
,Revised Edition ((Boston: Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1971, 1988); Paul Corey,
 Do Cats Think?: Notes of a Cat-Watcher 
(Edison, NJ: Castle, 1977); Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and SusanMcCarthy,
When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals
(New York: Delacorte Press,1995); Elizabeth Marshall Thomas,
The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture
(New York: Simon& Schuster, 1994); Lyall Watson,
 Beyond Supernature: a New Natural History of the Supernatural 
(New York: Bantam Books, 1988); and Lyall Watson,
 Lifetide: A Biology of the Unconscious
(New York: Bantam Books, 1980).In fact, our one claim to uniqueness among all the rest of the living world is the fact that wehave a technology of fire shared by no other organism, the ability to make fire at will and createhigh-energy technologies that could not otherwise exist on Earth. Even then, we aren’t entirelyunique, for there are a number of other organisms who, though they cannot
fire at will, can
it for their own purposes: the
or ravens and crows, who like to “ant” with fire, and caneven learn to strike a match and touch it to a heap of trash to make a fire for that purpose. Many birds have a sort of vice involving picking up red ants and placing them in their wing-pits, where theants, stimulated by the bird’s body-heat and anxious to get free, bite the flesh in which they are thustrapped. Apparently the stimulation this causes the bird gives him or her some sort of exquisite
 pleasure, one which such birds will go far out of their way to seek out and inflict on themselves. If asmall fire is available to them in the form of a brazier or barbecue fire, they will often hover over theflames and “ant” with the sparks that rise up from the fire, spreading their wings out to catch thesparks in their wing-pits. Possibly the legend of the Phoenix – which is also associated with thisTrump – came from observations by priests and other bystanders of such birds who, flying bytemples in which torches and braziers were available to them, flew in and began to hover over theflames of the sconces or braziers, ecstatically “anting” with their sparks.Frighteningly, the organisms that come closest to rivaling us in our use of fire are not animals atall, but rather 
, members of the various forms of pyrobotanicals known as
. Thesetrees, which include, e.g., manzanita and true chaparral, have their origin and primary territory inareas bordering the great deserts of the American Southwest, e.g., the foothills of the Sierra Nevadasand California Coastal Ranges, where conditions much of the year are dry and hot. Typicalsuccession-ecology organisms, they move in quickly once other trees and shrubs which mightotherwise have been too difficult for them to compete with have been removed from their preferredterrain, generally by brush-fires and forest-fires that have been endemic to such regions since the beginnings of life on land. They are not alone in this; the gorgeous sequoias or California redwoodsare likewise fire-selected, and like manzanita and chaparral they set seed in the presence of fire,reproducing when a really hot fire wipes out everything in the area, like the Phoenix going forwardinto the future in the form of their gametes even as they themselves are consumed by the flames,dying that they might live on through their young. This strategy gives the gigantic sequoias acompetitive edge right from the start over would-be competitors who cannot emulate this trick, for the seed lands in an area that has been cleaned out by fire, so that the growing young sequoia isn’tovershadowed during its vulnerable youth by older, taller plants, which might otherwise block outthe sunlight and garner all the nutrients and water from the soil it needs to live. And eucalyptus,native to Australia and Africa but now found all over the world because its gracious beauty hasinspired humans to transplant it to numerous other areas of the globe, produces a sap so charged withvolatile, flammable oils that one doesn’t dare light a cigarette anywhere near a eucalyptus groveduring the hot, dry months – otherwise, the vapors given off by the trees will flash into flame andcremate everything in the vicinity, including the unfortunate individual who just wanted to feed hisnicotine jones.However,
pyromaniacal botanical monsters, the chaparral, not content to wait their turnafter an impersonal disaster strikes their habitat, go one step further:
they have learned to start their own fires
, generally by building up a vast positive charge in their roots that attracts Summer lightning that is so frequent in the hot season in their native habitats. The lightning starts hot brush-fires which burn the chaparral along with all their neighbors – but unlike many of their neighbors,the fire-selected chaparral sets seed under fire, and their offspring have a clear field, devoid of rivals,in which to establish themselves. Like their two-legged kindred spirits, human pyros, for chaparral,Fire = Sex, in a big way. Next thing you know, they’ll start smelting metal, and
where will we be?!Thus the gift of Melchizedik* which relates to this Path is asbestos, the strange mineral that resiststhe all-conquering fire and thereby symbolizes immortality and the powers of existence that transcendElemental life. This symbol stresses the factor of individualization just as the beehive, associated withVenus, who rules the signs opposite those ruled by Pluto, stresses corporate existence.*Melchizedek (from the Hebrew קדֶצֶי־כִּלְמַ,
, literally “righteousness is my king”) is anenigmatic figure twice mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament.Melchizedek is mentioned as the King of Salem, and priest of God Most High, in the time of the biblical patriarch Abram. He brought out bread and wine, blessed Abram, and received tithes fromhim, Genesis 14:18-20. Reference is made to him in Psalm 110:4 where the victorious ruler isdeclared to be “priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”Melchizedek is commemorated as one of the Holy Forefathers in the Calendar of Saints of theArmenian Apostolic Church on July 26. He is mentioned in the Roman Canon, the First EucharisticPrayer of the Roman rite.Melchizedek (Hebrew: קדצ-יכלמ,
) is mentioned twice in the Hebrew Bible. Thefirst occurs at Genesis 14:18-20, part of the larger story of Genesis 14:17-24 which tells how Abram

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