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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
B. The Individual Paths, continued

5. Key 15
Heh h “Window.” Trump IV, The Emperor.* Aries ò. Cardinal value, 5; ordinal value, 5. Connects Sephirah 6, Tiphareth, with Sephirah 2, Chokmah. Roman/English equivalents: H, E. *In Crowley’s system, this Key instead accesses Trump XVII, The Star. See Key 28, below.

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
. . . [Two] things are necessary before our present phase of evolution is achieved: a) perfect adjustment between all human beings, (and with the non-human beings that make up the physical and superphysical worlds as well. This means joyful acceptance of the conditions of the natural physical world, and a vital religious and mystical awareness.) b) the attainment of the Vision of God face to face, which should never have been lost in the first place. As things are now, the Gulf and the Abyss between man’s different levels of being have to be bridged before this can be truly achieved. The means to this goal of all mankind could be put in even simpler terms, and has already been done so. ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.’ (Luke x.27. and also Mat. Xxii.37., Mark xii.30., etc.)…. 13 Path 15, Trump IV, The Emperor, allows the penetrating Wisdom of Chokmah to descend into Tiphareth, the Sphere of the Mystic Intelligence, where it becomes available to ordinary human intelligence and applicable to our mundane affairs as well as to our striving to the rarefied heights of the Tree and, ultimately, to Union with God. It is Truth translated for and made available to our ordinary consciousness so that it can be applied to our most prosaic problems and needs. Its avatar is indeed the Emperor who translates his vast, comprehensive vision of universal principles of human existence into

tactical principles necessary in day-day-administrative executive decision-making at the most concrete level. It is pure Force particularized and reified for use in practical affairs. The Emperor thus demonstrates that the Power and Might of God are manifest at the densest, most individualized and particularized levels of existence as well as at the most rarefied and purified ones – that God is manifest in all Creation, on every level of it, and that the Truth and Light of God illuminate the humblest, earthiest, most prosaic aspects of existence rather than being confined only to special regions, times, ceremonies, and similar limiting factors and conditions. The Emperor is Jesus teaching in the world, mingling with publicans and sinners, making such simple, humble decisions as to what he and his disciples would eat for dinner, finance their day-to-day needs, and similar earthy, basic, pragmatic things. The Emperor teaches us that God isn’t the exclusive property of priests and mystics. God is present in all things, at every level and in every aspect of existence. Ultimately all things move, evolve, and come to completion as aspects of the thrusting glory of Divinity as Pure Energy. The Yetziratic Text for this Path says that [the] Fifteenth Path is the Constituting Intelligence, so called because it constitutes the substance of creation in pure darkness, and men have spoken of the contemplations; it is that darkness spoken of in Scripture, Job xxxvii. 9, ‘and thick darkness a swaddling band for it.’ (The complete passage from Job quoted above is: Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, and brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.) – Job 38:8-11 Yetziratic title: Constituting Intelligence. Hebrew letter: h h (Heh), meaning “Window.” Numerical value: 5. Title: Sun of the Morning, Chief among the Mighty. Principle: All the functions of the sense of sight, such as vision, introspection, reconnaissance, watchfulness, care, vigilance, examination, calculation, analysis, induction, inquiry, investigation. Astrological assignment: Aries ò; the mundane Lords of Aries are Mars and Pluto, Sol and Luna are exalted in Aries, and the esoteric Lords of Aries and Mercury and Persephone Element (Alchemical): Cardinal Fire (¼), Fire in its most active and primordial form Element (chemical): Ecological process, realm, or principle: Birth, hatching, the beginning of Spring, the thawing of Winter’s ice by Spring’s heat, etc.; fire, and all fire-related phenomena, including fireselected plants such as manzanita, and the use of fire for “anting” by crows, ravens, and their relatives; the ability to use fire and create a technology of fire, as seen in human beings Physical chemistry: plasma physics, the chemistry and physics of a flame Colors: Scarlet (King Scale); red (Queen Scale); brilliant flame (Emperor Scale); glowing red (Empress Scale)

Gods: Greek: Pallas Athena (in Her battle-aspect Medusa); Ares; the story of the Golden Fleece; Hercules Roman: Mars; Venus Victrix Egyptian: Isis; Men Thu Scandinavian: Thor USA: The Pioneer France of the Enlightenment: Celtic: The horned God Herne, Cernunnos, or Cerne, the Hunter. The Green Man. Christian: Jesus as the Lamb of God Hindu: Shiva, Kali (as Gods of Battle and War) Voudon: Maîtresse Ezeli (in Her battle-aspect) Other: Any priapic progenitor Biblical associations: Easter, the Resurrection; Jesus as the Lamb of God; Moses; Benjamin, son of Jacob; St. Peter, disciple of Jesus, founder of the Church of Christ Countries: England, Germany, Denmark, Palestine, Burgundy Cities: Florence, Naples, Verona, Marseilles, Birmingham, ancient Athens, Sparta Peoples: Jews, Muslims Meditation: Bloody Corpse Magickal power: Power of Consecrating Things. Perfume: Dragon’s Blood. Magickal Weapons: The Horns, Energy, the Burin; the Battering-Ram (as a Weapon of Mars) Musical tone: C natural. Qlippoth: } w r y r y u b (Ba’airiron, “The Flock”); Hemethterith, whose sigil should be lurid red, inscribed on a glowing red inverted triangle, suggesting a face above three equalarmed crosses arranged in the form of a descending triangle with two serpentine forms dividing the crosses, and who should be invoked in the key of A sharp, whisperingly, almost inaudibly *See Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden (London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1994), pp. 183-185.

Metals, stones, and minerals: Bloodstone, firestone, ocher, brimstone, diamond, all minerals of a reddish hue (including cinnabar, HgO [mercuric oxide], which is associated with Mercury, Who is an esoteric Lord of Aries) Plants, real and imaginary: Radish, rhubarb, peppers, garlic, hemp, poppies, broom, holly, thistle, nettles, onions, dock, fern, mustard, tiger lily, germanium Animals, Real and Imaginary: Ram, Owl (for Pallas Athena), Salamander Vegetable drugs (plant extracts): All cerebral excitants Mineral drugs:

The Body: The head, the brain (especially the cerebrum), the eyes, the nose, the face, the upper jaw, the skull Diseases: Apoplexy (stroke), cataracts, sinus problems, all other conditions affecting the brain, the eyes, the nose, or any other Aries-ruled part of the body Magickal image: A flame-clad God bearing equivalent symbols. Lineal figures: Puer • • •

• Domain: First third of Spring. Archangel: Raphael.

Quarter of the Heavens: due East (during evocations of Spirits, the Triangle of Art, into which spirits are evoked, is placed either East or North of the Circle, East for neutral or benign spirits, North for evil or malefic ones) Buddhist symbolism:

Far Eastern cosmological associations:
Wood/Air. The East. Spring. Vitality. Production. The Solid but Workable. Sour. Blue or green. Controls liver and gall. The Dragon. The Planet Jupiter. Yang – the Pine. Yin – the Bamboo. Tin. Air. Salt. Produces Fire, is produced by Wood/Air (naturally grown things), destroys Earth, is destroyed by Metal (made things).* Trigram from the I Ching: Sun (“The Gentle”/Penetrating, Wind) –––– –––– – –

b. Design and Title of Trump
Gringonneur: A seated emperor, holding a sceptre in his right hand and an orb in his left. Two children kneel at his left. Bembo: A seated emperor (probably a portrait of Frederick III), holding the imperial orb in his left hand and an orb in his right. Insight: An emperor seated on a throne embellished with rams’ heads. In his left hand he olds an orb surmounted by a cross, and in his right he bears a sceptre terminating in the Crux Ansata (Ankh). Marseille: An emperor seated in profile. On the side of his throne is the Imperial German Eagle. His legs are crossed to make a “4.” Italian: The same as in the Marseille, except that the eagle is double-headed.

Wirth: Similar to the Marseille, except that the sign of “4” made by the emperor’s crossed legs is exaggerated for effect. Waite: The design may have been derived from that of the Insight Tarot. Here, the emperor is seated on a throne embellished with rams’ heads. The orb is held in his left hand, and lacks the cross. In his right hand, he holds a sceptre, which terminates in a Crux Ansata. B.O.T.A.: The design is derived from Wirth. It shows the emperor seated in profile on a cubical throne, on the side of which is a rams’ head. The symbol of the rams’ head is repeated on his left shoulder-plate. As in Wirth’s Tarot, the “4” made by his crossed legs is exaggerated. In his right hand, he holds a sceptre bearing a Crux Ansata, and in his left an orb. The zodiacal sign for Aries appears at the top of his helmet. The Aquarian Tarot: The emperor upon a rams’-head throne. In his right hand is a sceptre with a Crux Ansata, and in his left an orb without a cross. Before him are lilies. Crowley’s The Book of Thoth: An emperor, seated, his legs firmly crossed to make a “4,” bearing a rams’-head sceptre in his right hand. In his left hand is an orb with a Maltese Cross. His shield bears the Imperial Double Eagle. Behind him, at either side, are rams. At his feet is a lamb with a circle suggesting a halo and a flag draped casually over its shoulders.* *In Crowley’s pack, however, this card is attributed to Tzaddi, the Path connecting Netzach and Yesod.

The New Tarot: Retitled “Actor.” A figure stands before a throne upon which is a crown and a twohorned dog. His left foot rests upon the neck of a lion which sleeps beneath him. In his left hand is an orb without a cross. There are two rather sinister bluebirds in the card, and a pattern of Stars upon the ground. The Fantasy Showcase Tarot: An emperor holding an orb in his left hand, his right hand, made into a fist, resting on the head of a ram. He wears a chain around his neck; hanging from the chain is a pendant metal figure of an Ankh over a circle. He wears a jeweled crown. Beyond that, it is not clear whether he is seated or not, for the background as well as the emperor himself from the breast down is indistinct. America’s Tarot: Follows Crowley’s assignments, so this is Trump XVII, The Star. Shows the Statue of Liberty against the New York City skyline and hopeful or lost-looking immigrants coming through Ellis Island. In the skies above, a MAD Zeppelin floats; ghost-over of the landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969; a computer chip; and Harriet Tubman (“General Moses”). The Divine Comedy Tarot: Biblical Tarot: OT: Solomon. NT: John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Follows traditional assignment. Bill Gaines in his electric cart. The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: Jubal Harshaw of Stranger in a Strange Land; Wilhelm of Orange in Double Star The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: The Stephen King Tarot: the king in Eyes of the Dragon The R. R. McCammon Tarot:

c. Divinatory Meanings
Upright: Authorship. Invention. Rulership. Government. Authority. Guidance. Leadership. Force. Strength. Energy. Courage. Activity. He who sets in order. The ruling mental activity. Realization. The necessity of a firm will strengthened by the knowledge of truth and justice. The realization of hope depends upon finding someone more powerful than the Querent to be of assistance. Caesar, Tsar, Sirdar, Senate, senior, Signor, etc. War, conquest, strife, victory. Ambition. Originality. Energy. Vigor. Vitality. The Wisdom of Sovereignty and Beauty, the originator of these. The Sphere of the Zodiac acting through Aries upon the Sun and initiating Spring. Transient wealth and power. Protection. Potency. Stability. The God-king, the divine king. The emperor reinterpreted as a modern captain of industry. One who is dedicated and disciplined. One who embodies or suffers from a lack of the Roman virtues. Natural intelligence. Temporal or mundane power. Effect. Development. Domination of spirit over matter. Active creation. An engineer, a constructor. Virile power. Lordship of thought. A great person. Aid. Will. Benevolence. Compassion. Confusion to enemies. Reversed: Aries, the first third of Spring. Easter (as a time of year). The Vernal Equinox. The brain, the cerebrum, the face, the eyes, the upper jaw, the sinuses, the nose, the skull. O’erweening confidence. Megalomania, Quarrelsomeness. Stubbornness. Impracticability. Rashness. Ill-temper. Immaturity. Subservience. The possibility of being defrauded in one’s inheritance. Loss of wealth or authority. Paternalism. Tyranny. Stoppage, blockage, check, obstruction. Unripe.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
Trump IV, The Emperor, is associated with h (Heh), the Path connecting Chokmah with Tiphareth.* Its astrological attribution is the Sign Aries, whose mundane rulers are Mars and Pluto, in which the Sun and Moon are exalted, and whose esoteric rulers are Mercury and Persephone. Chokmah is associated with Neptune, one of the rulers of the Fiery Sign Sagittarius, and with the Element Fire; Tiphareth is associated with the Sun, and the Sun’s Fiery energy; so this Path is a Fiery one, a Path of primordial Will and Spirit. This card represents that stage of a child’s growth and development in which he or she first truly perceives the Father as an important figure in his or her life, and as consort of the Mother. It is a card of virility and male energy, and more generally of beginnings of all kinds, the card of the Pioneer. It symbolizes the Will in action and its manifest results, and the Spirit upon the Throne of Matter.

*In Crowley’s pack The Book of Thoth, however, it is attributed to x (Tzaddi), connecting Netzach with Yesod.

6. Key 16
Vav w “Nail.” Trump V, The Hierophant. Taurus ó. Cardinal value, 6; ordinal value, 6. Connects Sephirah 2, Chokmah, with Sephirah 4, Chesed. Roman/English equivalents: F, O, U, V, W.

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
The 16th Path parallels the 18th. Both of these Paths are links between Spirit and Individuality, again with emphasis on form in their symbolism. In the formula of JHVH, w (Vau, the “V” in JHVH) signifies active manifestation in form, the result of the union of opposites of Yod and Heh. From the standpoint of

esoteric Christianity, the Nail (Vav means “nail”) is a significant symbol, signifying (in triplicate) that which nails the Spirit to the Cross of Matter. The shape of the letter Vau is similar to z (Zain, “sword” [see Key 7]). Zain can be considered to be made up of a y (Yod), representing Spiritual reality, extending a line of communication down into manifestation. A similar line of interpretation can be applied to Vau. However, in the case of Vau, the Yod is positioned differently. Rather than being athwart the vertical line of communication, it is instead inclined down into it, as if the dynamic force of Chokmah were driving its spiritual influence down into the pristine form of the Individuality housed in Chesed. So whereas the emanations of Binah are Faith, the emanations of Chokmah are Spiritual Will. Since Chesed is that part of the Individuality which beholds the face of its creator, the Spirit, containing within itself a pattern of the Spirit on which to mold its further manifestation, while Chokmah is pure Spiritual being, the direct reflection of the very source of Being itself that resides in Kether, so this Path can be taken to be, in the words of the Yetziratic Text “the pleasure of the Glory, beyond which is no other Glory like unto it.” When all aspects of manifest existence radiate and reflect truth to and from one another in this way, then will ‘the Kingdom come.’ So this Path can be thought of as a pattern for the future, and a promise of what will be; for this reason it is also called “the Paradise prepared for the Righteous.”14 Yetziratic Text: The Sixteenth Path is the Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence, so called because it is the pleasure of the Glory, beyond which is no other Glory like unto it, and it is called also the Paradise prepared for the Righteous. Yetziratic title: Triumphal or Eternal One Hebrew letter: w (Vav, “Nail”) Numerical value: 6 Title: The Magus of the Eternal Principle: Cultivation, acquisition. The union of the Microcosm with the Macrocosm (“5 = 6”), in the sense of uniting terrestrial and universal realms. Astrological assignment: ó (the Sign Taurus), whose mundane rulers are Venus and Hera/Durga, in which Sol and Luna are exalted, and whose esoteric Lords are Mercury and Persephone; the Pleiades Element (Alchemical): Fixed (Cherubic) Earth Element (chemical): Ecological process, realm, or principle: nurturance; fertility, fertilization Physical chemistry: Colors: Red-orange (King Scale); deep indigo (Queen Scale); deep warm olive (Emperor Scale); rich brown (Empress Scale) Gods: General: Gods and Goddesses of fertility Greek: Minos, the Minotaur; Europa Roman: Venus Egyptian: Osiris, Asar Ameshet Apis Scandinavian:

USA: France of the Enlightenment: Celtic: Christian: Hindu: the sacred cow Voudon: Other: Biblical associations: Issacher, son of Jacob; Simon Zelotes, disciple of Jesus Countries: Ireland, Russia (pre-Soviet), Switzerland, Poland, Cyprus, Persia, Crete Cities: Dublin, Mantua, Leipzig, Lucerne Peoples: the ancient Egyptians, the Druids, the ancient Cretans Meditation: Beaten and Scattered Corpse Magickal Power: The Secret of Physical Strength Perfume: Storax Magickal Weapons: The Labor of Preparation Musical tone: C sharp or B flat Qlippoth: } w r y m y d a (ADIMIRON, “Bloody); Uriens, whose name is evoked in the key of C sharp and should be roared or bellowed, and whose sigil should be inscribed in lines of flame on a brown triangle (the sigil shows a seven-armed figure, whose upper four arms terminate in Yods, the lower three in crosses) *See Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden (London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1994), pp. 186-189.

Metals, stones, and minerals: topaz, agate, emerald, alabaster, and coral Plants, real and imaginary: myrtle, mallow moss, spinach, lilies, daises, dandelions, beets, larkspur, flax,

Animals, Real and Imaginary: the Bull (Cherub of Taurus) Vegetable drugs (plant extracts): sugar Mineral drugs: The Body: adenoids, cerebellum, lower jaw, jugular vein, larynx, mouth, neck, pharynx, salivary glands, throat, thyroid gland, tongue, tonsils, vocal cords, parathyroids. The sense of hearing. Diseases: Indigestion; dysfunctions associated with the cerebellum; dislocated jaw; blockage of or wound in jugular vein; laryngitis; diseases of the tongue, mouth and throat, both infectious, such as thrush, and functional/organic, such as cancer; Graves’ disease, hypothyroidism, etc.; tonsillitis; broken neck, dislocated neck, etc.; problems with the voice Magickal image: between the Pillars sits an Ancient

Lineal figures: Amissio • • • • • • Domain: Second third of Spring; the stage of Spring at its fullest; the fullness of resurrected life Archangel: Quarter: ENE, S-by-E Buddhist symbolism: success in Hatha Yoga, Asana and Prana-yama.

Far Eastern cosmological associations:
The Snake (the Chinese month corresponding to the Western Sign Taurus); grain rains come, Summer begins; Fire; the South; Summer; brilliance, heat, bitter, red, controls heart and small intestines; the Vermilion Bird (Phoenix); Mars; Yang, burning wood; Yin, lamp-flame; iron; realgar. Trigram from the I Ching:

b. Design and Title of Trump
Gringonneur: It shows a seated pope who bears the keys of Saint Peter, flanked by two seated figures, perhaps cardinals. Bembo: In this pack, the Hierophant is seated, his right hand raised in benediction. Swiss: This pack shows a weary Jupiter, seated on a throne. His eagle is on the sand before him. Like Trump II, The Papess, this card is a substitution to spare the feelings of the Church. Insight: Here, the Hierophant is seated in front of two lotus-topped pillars. His left hand holds a staff terminating in a triple cross, and his right hand is raised in blessing. Two monks (or, perhaps, Cardinals) petition him. Italian: Similar to the Insight, but here the Hierophant has his hand on his breast. Waite: Similar to the traditional design, but with the following changes: the garments of the monks are patterned, one with red roses, one with white lilies. The pillars are decorated in a pomegranate (or grape) motive. A device in the shape of a “W” surmounts his crown. B.O.T.A.: Like Waite’s, except that the Hierophant’s crown lacks the “W” that tops the crown of the Hierophant in Waite’s pack, while the throne bears devices indicative of the Solar winged disc or Taurus the Bull. Aquarian: Here, the pope wears a stylized version of the triple crown. In the left foreground are the crossed keys of St. Peter, and in the right foreground is the Papal Cross. Crowley: Here, the Hierophant is seated on a throne decorated with the heads of elephants. A bull stands behind him, part of its body twisted around him. At the four corners of the card are the four Evangelical Beasts of the Apocalypse: the Angel, the Eagle, the Bull, and the Lion. In his right hand he carries a rod terminating in a triple circle which may represent a combination of

the Holy Trinity, the Keys, the Triple Cross, and the Lingam. Crowley’s pack is frequently ambiguous in its meaning (probably deliberately so). For example, the “benediction” of this card shows the forefinger and middle finger the Hierophant’s left hand extended downward in a gesture which totally reverses the normal meaning of the card. At the Hierophant’s feet is the figure of Isis, standing, bearing in her left hand a bow or crescent Moon, and in her right a staff. Behind the Hierophant’s head is a pattern of nails, representing the literal meaning of Vav, the letter associated with this card. On the Hierophant’s breast is an upright Pentagram in which is inscribed a running figure. The New Tarot: Retitled “Speaker.” A naked figure stands on a narrow land-bridge above turbulent waters. In his right hand he holds up a dark circle; in his left, a golden key. His heart is visible in splendor. From his mouth issue forked lightning. Behind him is a volcano in eruption. The Fantasy Showcase Tarot: Dressed in gorgeous, gold-trimmed robes and wearing a turban with a jeweled headband, the Hierophant stands on a cobbled pave before a strangely-cut window opening on the cosmos. He carries a staff headed by a great jewel within a gold ring. America’s Tarot: A montage of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and that portion of the Constitution that has to do with the Presidency. Article V of the Bill of Rights. The Divine Comedy Tarot: Minos, one of the Judges of the damned in Hell Biblical Tarot: Moses discovers the children of Israel making sacrifices to the Golden Calf. John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Al Feldstein. The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: Shub-Niggurath, the Goat with a Thousand Young The Stephen King Tarot: The R. R. McCammon Tarot:

c. Divinatory Meanings
Upright: The Voice of the Hierophant giving verbal form to the Vision of the Fool. Revelation (implying that which is not revealed, as well). Latent powers and energies. Secretiveness and reserve. The powers of the unconscious mind, memory, and recollection in their highest manifestation. “Revealer of Sacred Things.” Intuition as an unconscious response to reason. The master of the Arcana, or occult intelligence. Stubborn strength. Toil. Endurance. Placidity. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching. Goodness of heart. Help from superiors. Patience. Organization. Peace. “Pontifex” or Bridge-Maker, one who links the outer world of flesh and substance with the inner one of spirit and transubstantiality The linking of man to God through the inner voice. Openness to new ideas. Unconventionality. The inventor. The hippie. The Wisdom and Fountain of Mercy. The Sphere of the Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter. The Magus of the Eternal Gods. Divine wisdom. Manifestation. Occult wisdom. Resembles the Magician, the Hermit, and The Lovers in some respects. The occult power of man. A secret revealed. Religious or scientific vocation. An advisor of the Querent’s, such as a psychoanalyst, father-confessor, or rabbi. General paternal characteristics, in an emotional, sexual, and social sense. Orthodoxy. Someone who mediates power between higher and lower levels. Mercy. Beneficence. Kindness. Goodness. The exoteric Magickal method of instruction. The creative will expressed. The dispenser of welfare, well-being, riches, or political and social virtue. The universal life. Enlightened will power. Active authority. Sanction in the sense of inner consent rather than external law. Natural authority. Inner directedness, in the sociopsychological sense. The codifier in relation to the source of power. The priest as one of two media of Truth, Art, and Religion. He who makes the sacrifice. The

King as the annual sacrifice, and, by extension, a scapegoat. The ruling power of external religion. The power of the keys. The Keys to the Kingdom. Exoteric orthodox doctrine and the outer life which leads to the doctrine. Al things that are righteous and sacred. The channel of institutionalized (as distinct from natural) grace. Marriage. Alliance. Captivity. Servitude. Inspiration. The man to whom the Querent has recourse. Reversed: Adenoids, cerebellum, lower jaw, jugular vein, larynx, mouth, neck, pharynx, salivary glands, throat, thyroid gland, tongue, tonsils, vocal cords. Taurus, the second Solar month, from about April 20 to around May 20. A tendency toward superstition. A delayed project. A late vocation. Someone who can accomplish practical affairs in a mysterious or deceptive manner. Iconoclasm, radicalism, rebellion. Over-kindness. Weakness. Foolish generosity. The sum of theology in its most rigid forms. Society. Good understanding.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
According to Bill Butler, in Dictionary of the Tarot (New York: Schocken Books, 1977), Arland Ussher, in The XXII Keys of the Tarot (Dublin: Dolmen, 1969), associates this card with Aries and the sacrificial ram: . . . (Thus Ussher incorporates ideas of the king as an annual sacrifice, and, by extension, a scapegoat.) . . . Ussher’s suggestion of sacrificial ram and thus the connection between the priest (as killer) and the king (as annual sacrifice) which would seem to follow from it is ingenious. It not only completely delineates power, both temporal and heavenly or spiritual; but it also indicates the pairing which occurs between the emperor and the high priest. They are bound together, each necessary for the other and ultimately the same figure, just as the papess and the empress are identical. Butler, op, cit., p. 132 Vav, the Path associated with Trump V, Chokmah with Chesed, signifying Mercy tempered with Wisdom, beneficence inspired by the Will of God. A good part of its meaning is inherent in Taurus, the Solar month associated with Vav. In Taurus, the seeds planted when the Sun was in Aries now begin to germinate and rise upward to the light, putting forth shoots of green, struggling mightily for a place in the Sun and the Hidden Treasures of Hades, the minerals, water, and gases in the soil which provide the food the new plants need to live and thrive. Deep in the soil, a fierce battle rages among the young plants: some plants, the strongest, manage to drive their new roots far and wide, sequestering as much of the soil’s wealth as possible, while others, less strong or lucky, are starved out by their abler (or luckier) neighbors. Insects and nematodes begin to feed on the young plants, some of which secrete toxins that sicken or kill the predators. Algae team up with fungi in the union known as lichen; together they are able to survive and thrive as they could not apart. And so it goes. Beneath the beauty of mid-Spring – indeed, the matrix that gives rise to it – are battle, strife, horror, and tragedy in every sort of stage and expression, the manifestations of Scorpio. Thus each Sign is supported, nurtured, even conceived by its opposite. Here, Spring is nurtured and schooled by Autumn, the Maiden, Persephone, taken to wife by Hades, Lord of the Dead.

7. Key 17
Zain z “Sword.” Trump VI, The Lovers. Gemini ô . Cardinal value, 7; ordinal value, 7. Connects Sephirah 3, Binah, with Sephirah 6, Tiphareth. Roman/English equivalent: Z.

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
The most concrete of the three Supernal Sephiroth, Binah contains the image of the Spirit and its destiny in Earth. This Path, Zain, is the means by which knowledge of the Spirit’s destiny is brought into the central focus of consciousness in manifestation, Tiphareth.

Binah is “the parent of Faith, from which doth Fate emanate.” This Path “. . . provides Faith to the Righteous,” by which the latter “clothed with the Holy Spirit.” In this context, Faith is “the Foundation of Excellence in the state of higher things.” The Holy Spirit is the Third Aspect of God, or Third Person of the Trinity, and is attributed to Binah. It may be associated with both Yesod and Binah; indeed, these two Sephiroth have much in common, as meditation on the symbolism of the Moon and Water associated with Yesod and the Great Sea of Binah reveals. Binah is also closely connected with the Holy Guardian Angel, in spite of the fact that the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is the Spiritual Experience of Malkuth.* Again, there is a close link between Binah and Malkuth, the Superior Mother and the Inferior Mother. According to Gareth Knight, The Holy Guardian Angel is not the Individuality, but that aspect of the “Group Thought-Form of God” which impressed the Swarm of Divine Sparks at the beginning of Time. When the Swarm broke up to undergo individual experience in manifestation the ‘Group Thought-Form’ broke up also, each fragment connected with a particular Divine Spark. . . . [The] Holy Guardian Angel may be considered to be that part of a human being which reveals his purpose in manifestation to him in accordance with the Divine Plan. *See remarks concerning various definitions of the Holy Guardian Angel by different esoteric schools in the previous lesson. Gareth Knight’s description here of the functional reality of the H.G.A. – which is corroborated by most other schools and in the experience of most practicing occultists – lends strong support to the idea that it is a phenomenon of Malkuth and either analogous to the superego or identical to it. On my own, however, I experienced something very like – if not, in fact, identical to – what is commonly reported as the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel in Binah rather than Malkuth, i.e., as a Uranian, rather than a Solar or Terrestrial, phenomenon. Why and how this happened, I am unsure, but it did give me the experience which Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel is supposed to confer, albeit on a far higher level than that is normally experienced. Here is the explanation of the origin of the esoteric titles of the Tarot Trump and also of the astrological Sign, Gemini, associated with this Trump. The Holy Guardian Angel may manifest as an Oracle of the Mighty Gods, each Holy Guardian Angel being a child of the Logos. Such manifestations are above the levels of mind, thus manifesting as faith. This may be not only a general faith in God, but the faith in himself that every healthy being has to persevere at what he considers to be his true calling in spite of all opposition. Gemini, the Twins, represents the ideal relationship between the Holy Guardian Angel and the Individuality: each should be a reflection of the other. This applies equally to the Spirit and Individuality, and to the Individuality and Personality. In esoteric writing, it is to the latter pair that the Heavenly Twins, Castor and Pollux (the Gemini), are more commonly referred. Castor and Pollux were children of Leda. Pollux and Helen of Troy were sired by Zeus in the form of a swan, and Castor and Clytemnestra were the true children of Leda’s husband, Tyndereus. Here is an analogy of the Holy Guardian Angel which, like Pollux, was formed directly by God, and the incarnating Spirit which, like Castor, is essentially human. Castor was mortal, Pollux an immortal; Pollux bought immortality for Castor by consenting to spend half his time in Hades, the realm of the dead. This represents downwarddirected meditation on the Holy Guardian Angel, the Spirit, or the Individuality, according to the level of interpretation, when the lower unit is the mortal person. The final goal of incarnation also has its analogy in the myth: Zeus, deeply moved by this example of brotherly love, placed the Twins together in the sky as a single constellation, signifying the spiritual future of humanity and also its means of attaining it – through Love to the Stars. *Is our biology reflected in our esoteric models and theories, or vice-versa? It is of interest here to point out that with the advent of sexually-reproducing organisms, Earthly life began to evolve toward forms that would eventually try to attain the Stars, literally. Asexual life has little or no community, the basis of which is love, if only neighborly love. Asexual life strives merely to reproduce its

numbers and expand into as much territory as possible. Sexual life, on the other hand, has to evolve some sort of communal life and a culture to go with it, if only to ensure a ready supply of mates and optimize its ability to give its young a good start in the world. And only with the skills and advantages given by a true community and culture can a species – and its world – attain the Stars. Space makes the grimmest terrestrial desert or hellhole look like paradise, and only a truly social organism, which can develop an advanced technology and cooperate in highly intricate, complex tasks has the slightest chance to survive in outer space. So we evolve: through love – love of friends, neighbors, mates, children, Planet – to the Stars. The Tarot Trump associated with this Path is called The Lovers. It shows three people, one male, two female, over whom hovers Eros in the form of Cupid, armed with bow and arrow. One of the women is crowned and faces the couple, who are obviously the Lovers. The couple are the counterpart of the Dioscuroi, the heavenly Twins; the crowned woman is the principle of Form; and the Cupid is the driving principle behind manifestation, the primordial Eros of Kether. (Mighty Eros, a figure of dynamic Divine Love, has been popularized down the ages into the sentimental Cupid, just as the true significance of this card was for a long time considered to be that of man’s choice between Good and Evil, with Evil about to get an earful of arrow from the winged figure of Justice. An even shallower interpretation regarded it as a card upholding the sanctity of marriage. This process of evolution of different levels of interpretation of this or any other card is inevitable, and it must be borne in mind that the significance of the symbols in each cared will change as one’s own understanding matures. If a symbol is a good one, all levels of its interpretation are correct, and there is no ultimate meaning for any esoteric symbol. This fact must always be borne in mind in esoteric work.) There is an interesting confirmation in the design of this Trump in ‘The Chymical Marriage of Christian Rosenkreutz’ wherein a Virgin is mistress of ceremonies and the young King and Queen about to be married have a Cupid constantly hovering over their heads. The Key to the Path, the Hebrew letter Zain, means “Sword.” The shape of the letter suggests a sword; in another way, it signifies the action of the Holy Guardian Angel. The Holy Guardian Angel, Knowledge and Purpose on its own high level, is represented by the Yod at the top of the letter. The Holy Guardian Angel projects a “rod” of Knowledge and Purpose downward into manifestation, represented by the vertical lines of the letter. There is nothing attached to the lower end of this shaft, signifying that the inner opportunity presented by the Holy Guardian Angel has to be seized and acted upon. The attribution of the Sword may seem strange at first in connection with the Lovers and Twins, for the Sword is a symbol of separation. It is, however, appropriate to the rest of the symbolism.* This Path is essentially one of separation, for the separation of the individual monads of Spirit that make up the human group-soul is essential for individual evolution; and the part of the Self that stays in Heaven and the part that descends into manifestation must likewise be separate. This separation is part of the Vision of Sorrow of Binah, one of whose Magical Images is a heart pierced with Swords (i.e., the Three of Swords). Furthermore, the Heavenly Twins, though similar, and united by relationship and love, are separate beings. Without separation there could be no love.

*Also, the Sword is a symbol of Air, and that Gemini, the astrological Sign associated with this Trump, is an Air Sign. The Sword is also a weapon of destruction. As such, it symbolizes the fourth aspect of God: God the Destroyer or Disintegrator, Whose avatars include, e.g., Kali, Shiva, the Archangel Mikhail, Medusa, etc.. This represents an aspect of the ascent of this Path during which all manifestation is eventually reabsorbed into the Great Sea. On one level, this is Binah on one level; ultimately it refers to Binah’s analogue beyond Kether, Ain Soph, Limitlessness. There are countless legends having to do with the Sword. There are singing swords, and swords which speak, though perhaps the most famous of all is Excalibur, the Magickal Sword belonging to King Arthur. Through all Brythonic legend there are accounts of Divine Purpose being revealed by means of a sword in a stone or, sometimes, found floating in the water. It was by means of such an oracle that Arthur was made king. The association with the stone represents manifestation in dense matter, and the

water in which the stone floats is a reminder of the Waters of Binah or Ain Soph (Excalibur itself came from and was returned to the lady of the Lake!). There is of course an obvious sexual element in the symbolism of the Sword. This is just one facet of the principle of polarity which produces manifestation;* hence the relevance of this Path to Binah and the symbolic relationship of this Path shown in the design of Trump VI as well as in the myth of the Constellation Gemini. The Sword represents the power of polarity, on all its levels. The myth of Excalibur is an obvious case in point, and its scabbard, which according to Merlin was worth more than the sword itself and which was stolen by the sorceress Morgan Le Fay, represents the knowledge of the application of this power.** The whole Arthurian story-cycle is an esoteric treatise on the principle of polarity. Although this principle may be expressed in the guise of mere love-affairs between various lords and ladies, the implications of such symbolism run very deep, for polarity is the very principle of existence.† When dealing with the higher aspects of the Tree of Life, we are dealing with fundamentals, and at those levels, the stories involving Excalibur, the Knights and Ladies, the Holy Grail and the Round Table, are not merely examples of human behavior, as they might be lower on the Tree, but indeed principles of cosmic reality.‡

*As indicated in the discussion concerning Key 14, above, this polarity is associated with the Planet Venus. In turn, Venus is one of the esoteric rulers of Gemini, the Sign associated with Trump VI and Key 17. **Knowledge per se is ruled by Saturn, traditional ruler of Aquarius, another Air Sign (see Key 28., below). †This is literally, physically true. The Big Bang with which the physical Universe began only took place with the birth of equal masses of virtual particles and their corresponding anti-particles. Most of these annihilated one another in one gigantic, cataclysmic event, the energy of which gave birth to our universe. For detailed discussion of current models of the birth of the universe, see James Cornell (editor), Bubbles, Voids, and Bumps in Time: The New Cosmology (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989); Alan Dressler, Voyage to the Great Attractor: Exploring Intergalactic Space (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); and Karel A. Velan, The Multi-Universe Cosmos: The First Complete Story of the Origin of the Universe (New York: Plenum Press, 1992). ‡If there is anything to the esoteric Arts and Sciences, then what is Above (on the Inner Planes, the realms of Spirit) must be reflected in that which is Below (our everyday, mundane, historical reality). The Arthurian Romance cycle grew out of what Britons remembered of the early history, which included the occupation of the British Isles by the Old Roman Empire and the Dark Ages which followed the retreat from Britain of the Empire in its last, dying phase. The reader might want to see how well the events of that time correspond to the symbolism of this Trump and its exegesis given here by Knight. See Sir Winston Churchill, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1956-1958. 4 volumes) for a description of the historical Arthur and his times. Resh, the Path from Yesod to Hod, associated with Trump XIX, The Sun, has to do with the division between the sexes, and the problems that come about from refusal to recognize this division or accept it. Zain parallels Resh, thus representing the same tendencies, but at a higher level.* According to Knight, It is a point of some academic nicety where exactly the roots of the Prime Deviation lie. The Spirit is said to have been perfect until it learnt of the Plan of the Manifest Universe; then it took on imperfection. Thus one could put the root of the trouble in Binah [Eve], but it is perhaps safer until more is known, to follow the more traditional idea of the Serpent of Confusion rising only as far as Daath. The fact is that the wrong image was projected into Chesed and the Spirit is responsible, for it is the Spirit which projects, and should act through, all the vehicles of man. 15

*As discussed in the section on Key 30, below, this Trump is associated with Sol, Who is one of the esoteric Lords of Gemini.

Yetziratic Text: The Seventeenth Path is the Disposing Intelligence which provides Faith to the Righteous, and they are clothed with the Holy spirit by it, and it is called the Foundation of Excellence in the state of higher things. Yetziratic title: Disposing One Hebrew letter: z (Zain, “Sword”) Numerical value: 7. Title: The Children of the Voice, the Oracle of the Mighty Gods Principle: Separation, the union of opposites, twinning Astrological assignment: the Sign Gemini, the third third of Spring; the Fixed Stars Castor and Pollux Element (Alchemical): Mutable Air; decomposition of a substance) Element (chemical): Ecological process, realm, or principle: the transition between Spring and Summer, the beginning of the process that will make young organisms independent of their parents; wind Physical chemistry: the tendency of any gas to disperse Colors: Orange (King Scale); pale mauve (Queen Scale); new yellow leather (Emperor Scale); reddish-gray, inclined to mauve (Empress Scale) Gods: General: All twinned Gods Assyrian: Nebo and Tasmit Greek: Castor and Pollux Roman: Romulus and Remus; Mercury; Janus Egyptian: the twin Merti, the twin Rehti, etc. Scandinavian: USA: in the natal horoscope of the USA that is generally accepted today, Gemini is rising, hence Mercury, ruler of Gemini, rules our country, as do Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Themselves France of the Enlightenment: Celtic: Christian: Boanerges, the Sons of Thunder; James, “the lesser,” disciple of Jesus5t Hindu: Sunda and Upusunda (from the Mahabharata); Rama and his twin brother (from the Ramayana) Voudon: Other: Biblical associations: Simeon and Levi, sons of Jacob who avenged the rape of their sister Dinah by slaughtering many of the tribe of Shechem mercury (the vaporous products of Alchemical

Countries: United States of America, Belgium, Wales, Sardinia, northeast coast of Africa, Lower Egypt, Flanders, Lombardy Cities: London, Melbourne, San Francisco, Cordoba, Versailles, Plymouth, Nuremberg, Cardiff Peoples: Gypsies Meditation: White Magickal Power: Bilocation and Multilocation (the power of being in two or more places at once, Prophecy. Perfume: Wormwood Magickal Weapons: The Tripod Musical tone: D natural. Qlippoth: } w r y m y l l x (TzALALIMIRON, “Clangers”) *See Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden (London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1994), pp.

Metals, stones, and minerals: alexandrite, tourmaline, Iceland spar, beryl, crystal, garnet, topaz, aquamarine, marble, chrysolite, and all striped stones Plants, real and imaginary: yarrow, woodbine, vervain, tansy, dog grass, madder, orchids, all cloned plants, all hybrids Animals, Real and Imaginary: all cloned and hybrid animals, magpies, parrots, ravens, parakeets, all other talking birds Vegetable drugs (plant extracts): ergot, all ecbolics Mineral drugs: The Body: Arms, breath, organs of respiration, bronchi, capillaries, diaphragm, fingers, hands, sense of hearing, lungs, neurons, oxygenation of the blood, nervous system, brain, sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system, autonomic nervous system as a whole, peripheral nervous system (nerves), upper ribs, sense of sight, sense of smell, memory, sense of taste, thoracic cavity, thymus gland, sense of touch, trachea Diseases: Phthysis, pneumonia, asthma, and all other diseases or dysfunctions of the above Magickal image: A young prophet, in the Sign of Osiris Risen Lineal figures: striped patterns of all kinds; the Swastika; Albus: • • • • • • •

Domain: Third third of Spring; one’s neighborhood or immediate environment; elementary school; students; small appliances; short-distance journeys; books; libraries; communication in all forms; learning; memory; writing Archangel: Quarter: NNE; W-by-S Buddhist symbolism: .

Far Eastern cosmological associations:
The Horse (Chinese month equivalent to Western Sign Gemini); grain fills, grain forms ear; Fire; the South; Summer; brilliance, heat, bitter, red, controls heart and small intestines; the Vermilion Bird (Phoenix); Mars; Yang, burning wood; Yin, lamp-flame; iron; realgar. Trigram from the I Ching:

b. Design and Title of Trump
Gringonneur: Three pairs of lovers, promenading. The central pair appear to be quarreling. In the heavens, two Cupids are taking aim at them with bow and arrow. Bembo: This card shows Cupid, blindfolded, standing on a pedestal. Before him is a pair of lovers, probably modeled on Francesco Sforza and Bianca Maria Visconti, the lady for whom these cards were designed. In this card, as in Gringonneur’s, “love” refers to “courtly love,” a concept which owes its origin to Provençal poetry of the twelfth century and the works of the Roman writer Ovid. From these sources it is developed in the writing of Boccaccio and Margaret of Navarre. The themes are literally “courtly”: the books in question were to be read at royal courts. Not surprisingly, a disproportionately large number of the characters in them were aristocrats of one stripe of another. Swiss: The card shows two lovers, and Cupid taking aim at them from the heavens; the scene is observed by an old man leaning on a staff. Insight: A young man, apparently choosing between an older and a younger woman. Cupid is in this card, as well, taking aim at figures below; He is set against the Sun in glory. Italian: Like the Insight Tarot, but here Cupid is blindfolded. Waite: An angel blesses Adam and Eve. Even stands before the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, around the trunk of which is wrapped a smiling Serpent. Adam stands before a tree filled with flame (the flame design reappears in Card XV, The Devil). Aquarian: Two lovers, with iris flowers in bud. Crowley: A king and queen join in marriage before a figure like an Arch-Druid, whose hands are raised over them in blessing. The queen wears the crown of Isis; the king wears a traditional king’s crown. They are attended by two naked boys, one of whom is black and carries a club, and the other of whom is white and carries flowers. The queen offers a chalice with a dove sitting on it with her left hand; the king holds a spear in his left hand. Their right hands are joined. Below them is a winged egg, wrapped around with a serpent. Below, to the right, is an eagle; below and to the left is a lion. Both of these heraldic animals are plainly laughing. In some respects this card recapitulates the Alchemical teaching-tale of Christian Rosenkreutz.

The New Tarot: Retitled “Unity.” A man and woman stand on the periphery of a circle, hands and feet just touching. Within the circle is an ocean and two fish who might be dolphins. There are two ladders, one white and one brown, at either side. The Moon is shown at the top in all four quarter-phases. At the bottom, from left to right, are a sword, a Pentagram, ripe corn, an ibis standing upon a tortoise, and a pear tree. The Fantasy Showcase Tarot: The design of this card is explicitly sexual. It shows a naked man and a naked woman, the man kissing the woman, the woman caressing a serpent rising from the area of the man’s genitalia. Behind them is a winged Solar disc upon which is a face with eyes half shut and a pouting mouth. The woman wears a headpiece with stylized wings over her ears, and the man wears an odd scarf patterned with flowers that has spines like a dragon’s over the back of his head. America’s Tarot: Alfred E. Neuman and Moxie Cowznowski, his girlfriend, holding hands in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; the Golden Gate Bridge is in the background. (San Francisco is a Gemini city.) Article VI of the Bill of Rights. (Alternate: Alfred with a black eye and a bright-red palm-print on one cheek, looking dazed, Moxie stomping away in high dudgeon.) The Divine Comedy Tarot: Biblical Tarot: Jacob and his Coat of Many Colors (OT); Boanerges (the Sons of Thunder) (NT); James the Lesser (NT); Simeon and Levi, brothers of Dinah (OT) John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Alfie and Moxie. The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: The Stephen King Tarot: The R. R. McCammon Tarot:

c. Divinatory Meanings
Upright: Diversity, contrast, antithesis, distinction, discrimination, perception, acuity, sharpness. The physical senses. The two roads. Analysis followed by synthesis. Openness to inspiration. Intuition. Intelligence. Second sight. Choice. The understanding of beauty. The production of beauty and sovereignty. Saturn acting through Gemini upon Sol. Passive or, in some cases, mediumistic inspiration. Motive, power, and action arising from inspiration and impulse. The thought of physical love. Union. Marriage. A choice that must be made. A possible change in someone’s love-life. Love. Sacred (as opposed to profane) love. The necessity of trial and testing. Virtue. Wise dispositions. Proof. Trials surmounted. Unwise plans. Failure when put to the test. Someone who is in love. By seeing, one is transformed, as is that which one sees (as distinct from perception, in which that which is seen is clearly distinct from that which sees). Limerance. All that relates to light and brilliancy. The choice between submitting to the passions, and conquering them and becoming an initiate. Decision. The nervous system and everything acting as an organ. The eye included as an organ. The law of duality. The law of good-vs.-evil. Wisdom versus pleasure (pleasure being the likely winner, as the choice is up to a use, and pleasure is appropriate to his age). Human love, as part of the way, the truth, and the love. A mystery of the Covenant and Sabbath. Attraction. Love. Beauty. Trials overcome. Reversed: Arms, breath, organs of respiration, bronchi, capillaries, diaphragm, fingers, hands, sense of hearing, lungs, neurons, oxygenation of the blood, nervous system, brain, sympathetic nervous system, parasympathetic nervous system, autonomic nervous system as a whole, peripheral nervous system (nerves), upper ribs, sense of sight, sense of smell, memory, sense of taste, thoracic cavity, thymus gland, sense of touch, trachea; Phthysis, pneumonia, asthma, and

all other diseases or dysfunctions of the parts of the body ruled by Gemini. A sword, a weapon of any kind. The Solar month of Gemini, May 21 through June 19. Struggle between passion and conscience. Childishness. Frivolity. Thoughtfulness divorced from practical consideration. Indecision. Self-contradiction. Union with others in a shallow degree. Instability. Contradiction. Triviality. The highbrow or snob. A bad choice. Many unions. Infidelity. Love affairs. Divorce. Dissatisfaction. Unhappy love. Vice. Reunion or antagonism, with all their consequences. Failure. Foolish designs. Marriage frustrated. Contrarieties of all kinds.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
Zain connects Binah with Tiphareth, representing the congress of the Spheres of Uranus, ruler of the Heavens, and the Sun, the Giver of Life. On a spiritual level, it therefore represents the relationship between the Will of God and the Source of Life, the Breath (Ruach) breathed into Adam by God that brought him alive, the Spirit that informs living beings. It also represents inspiration, the impulses “breathed” into us by the Gods. And since Binah is associated with the Sorrowing Mother and Tiphareth with Jesus, Zain is also associated with the sorrow of Mary upon receiving the body of her murdered son, as well as the relationship in life between Jesus and his mother. On a physical level, Zain represents the desire of terrestrial life to literally attain the Stars, to colonize worlds of Stars other than Sol.

8. Key 18
Cheth h “Fence.” Trump VII, the Chariot. Cancer õ. Cardinal value, 8; ordinal value, 8. Connects Sephirah 5, Geburah, with Sephirah 3, Binah. Roman/English equivalent: Ch, as in Scots “loch.”

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
Cheth joins Geburah, the Sephirah of manifest spiritual activity, and Binah, the Sephirah of archetypal form. The Chariot, the device of Cheth’s Trump, is a good symbol for it, because a chariot is a vehicle designed for active movement. The vehicle of the spirit for its activity in manifestation is that of manifestation of one body for each level from Sephirah to Malkuth, the physical world. According to esoteric theory, each body builds up around a permanent “atom” or core on its corresponding plane; this core, sometimes called a “seed-atom,” remains attached to the Spirit over a series of incarnations. The “seed-atoms” therefore hold the memory of all previous incarnations of the Spirit, while the primordial particles of the various planes that gather around them each time to form a body are subsequently dispersed to form the common pool of matter for that plane which is utilized by other manifesting Spirits. It is possible that a portion of astral or mental substance may be utilized by an incarnating being before that substance has been completely broken down into its component parts. It will therefore still retain the signature of the imprint of the previous entity to some degree or another. This may account for strange positive and negative tropisms, seemingly out of character, that occur in some persons. Such tendencies wouldn’t be evident in a spirit in good control of its vehicles, but it can and does happen, and it is well to bear this in mind before jumping to conclusions about former incarnations, pre-terrestrial ties, “Karma,” or the doubtful theory of “soul mates.” Like the horse who continued to turn in at his former master’s gate long after being sold to a series of new masters, in such cases it may be simply that that the physical or a spiritual or astral body of a person who exhibits such tendencies is haring off on its own, independent of the will of the spirit for which it is a vehicle, to fulfill the desires or habits of beings which have long since sloughed it off for new bodies. The symbols of this Path all stress the aspect of Form: the House of Influence, the astrological Sign Cancer and the 4th House of the Horoscope, ruled by Cancer, the Crab with its hard carapace; the Fence; and the Chariot, which, on the Tarot Trump, has a square, house-like superstructure. Form is again emphasized in the Lunar symbolism of the card, images of the Moon appearing on the king’s sceptre and his epaulettes. The Moon is a general symbol of Form; like Form, it is predominantly receptive, its great power over the tides of the oceans being a drawing or actively receptive power like all other aspects of the Feminine Aspect of God.* The polarity of manifestation is represented by the two horses which draw the chariot, the design of the king’s crown, the two wheels of the chariot, and the two sets of pillars

which support the chariot’s canopy. A chariot can be regarded as a mobile throne, another reference to Binah, whose Angelic Choir is the Aralim, “Thrones.” The mobility of this throne or chariot represents Geburah, the lower terminus of this Path: since the war-hose is attributable to Geburah it might be better to leave the animals that draw the chariot as horses, rather than to make them sphinxes, as in the usual modern formula. Part of the basis of the mobility of the chariot comes from Chokmah, as well, whose Choir of Angels is the Auphanim, “Wheels.”16 *Astrologically speaking, Luna brings all things into manifestation as well as ending them. She rules Change in all forms, and is a lower octave of Pluto because of Her ability to transmute everything from non-being to being to other forms of being and back again to non-being. In progressions of astrological charts, She moves through the sky at the rate of about 2½° per month – which is very close to the magnitude of the average motion of transiting Saturn. Saturn is Lord of Manifestation, ruler of the physical world; Luna is also one of His lower octaves, because of Her power to manifest, change, and destroy all things, so like Saturn’s, reflected in the equivalence between the speed of Her progressed motion and His transiting motion. What Saturn rules on the physical plane, Luna rules on the Inner Planes. Saturn is the traditional Planet of Binah, the Mother, the ruler of Water; Saturn is exalted in Scorpio, the Cherubic Sign of Water, and in horary and natal charts, like His dominion of Capricorn and the Tenth House He rules the Mother. Luna is also associated with Water and the Mother, and Yesod, the Sphere of Luna, reflects Binah on a lower plane.

Trump VII, The Chariot, represents the Great Work, that process by which a man comes to know the Crown, and attains to the Knowledge and Conversation of his Holy Guardian Angel, perfect selfintegration and consciousness.17 Cancer and the Fourth House of the Horoscope rule the roots of personal being, i.e., the ancestry of the individual as well as inheritance from ancestors, especially those at not more than five removes from the person in question. They rule the land of one’s birth, the homeland, one’s native country, one’s home and dwelling-place. Like the Eighth and Twelfth Houses of the Horoscope, the Fourth House, ruled by Cancer, is a House of Endings – and thus of Beginnings. See also Keys 24 and 29, below, concerning Scorpio/the Eighth House and Pisces/the Twelfth House. Yetziratic Text: The Eighteenth Path is called the Intelligence of the House of Influence (by the greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is increased), and from its midst the streams and hidden senses are drawn forth, which dwell in its shade and which cling to it from the Cause of all causes. Yetziratic title: Intelligence of the House of Influence Hebrew letter: j (Cheth, “Fence”) Numerical value: 8. Title: The Child of the Powers of the Waters, the Lord of the Triumph of Light Principle: Sensitivity; conservation; ancestry Astrological assignment: õ Cancer, the fourth Solar month of the year, the first third of astrological Summer; the Summer Solstice; the Aselli (Stars representing the donkeys ridden by Bacchus and Hephaestos in the war between the Olympians and the Titans, part of the Constellation Cancer), Praesepe (another Star in the Constellation Cancer, representing the manger of the donkeys ridden by Bacchus and Hephaestos, popularly called the Beehive, Manger, or Crib)

Element (Alchemical): Cardinal Water ∇ Element (chemical): Ecological process, realm, or principle: the tides of the ocean and great lakes; increase of biomass through growth attained by ingestion of nutrients; the flowing waters of the world, e.g., rivers and streams Physical chemistry: H2O (oxygen dihydride, the ashes of hydrogen), capable of dissolving almost anything (it is thus virtually the Universal Solvent which all Alchemists have striven to find down the ages); the liquid phase of any material Colors: Amber (King Scale), maroon (Queen Scale), rich bright russet (Emperor Scale), and dark greenish-brown (Empress Scale) Gods: General: Greek: Apollo the Charioteer, Artemis, Praesepe, the Aselli Roman: Mercury, Apollo the Charioteer, Diana Egyptian: Kephra, Hormakhu Scandinavian: USA: France of the Enlightenment: Celtic: Christian: Hindu: Shiva, Kali, other Luna deities Voudon: Other: Biblical associations: the tribe of Zebulon (OT); the disciple Andrew (NT), who was also a follower of John the Baptist Countries: Scotland,* Holland, Paraguay, Burgundy, New Zealand, and most of Africa. In the natal horoscope of the United States of America, the Sun is in Cancer (July 4); since Gemini, ruled by Mercury, is on the Ascendant of that chart, our country is thus doubly ruled by Mercury Who, in China, is associated with quicksilver (mercury metal) and thus with Water, the Element of Cancer.** *The four nations of Great Britain are represented by the first four Signs of the Zodiac: England by Aries; Ireland by Taurus; Wales by Gemini; and Scotland by Cancer. What esoteric significance this has isn’t certain. **In addition, in that chart Mercury is in Cancer, ruled by Luna; Luna is in Aquarius, ruled by Uranus and Saturn; and Uranus is in Gemini, ruled by Mercury, as well as being conjunct the Ascendant, while Saturn is in Libra, ruled by Venus Who, in that chart, like Mercury, is in Cancer. Mercury’s influence is thus reflected throughout the chart via two systems of tripartite mutual reception: (Mercury/Luna/Uranus) and (Luna/Saturn/Venus), with Venus in Cancer. Cities: New York,* Constantinople (Istanbul), *This assignment, by Alan Oken, is debatable. Some astrologers assign either Gemini and Mercury to this archetypally American city, others to Aquarius and Uranus. Which assignments are more appropriate depend upon whether Mercury, Luna, or Uranus are stronger in the U.S. chart (Mars, Who rises in that chart, is associated with Geburah, the lower terminus of Cheth, and thus may be

considered in this context to be related to Cancer) and its history. At any rate, since it is New York City that now most strongly symbolizes America to the rest of the world, certainly one of these assignments – Gemini, Cancer, or Aquarius – is appropriate for that city. It may be that NYC is jointly ruled by all three, to one degree or another, an idea which is supported by the polyglot, multiethnic makeup of that great city, which has been the port of entry for countless millions who have immigrated to our country to make their home there.

Peoples: Black Africans* *Black or African Americans, on the other hand, are ruled by the Signs and Planets associated with the USA. Certainly Cancer and the Moon are associated with them, because of the Cancerian birthday of our country, but so also are Gemini and Mercury. And because so many Black Americans have American Indian ancestors, they are also strongly ruled by Uranus and Aquarius, the astrological Lords of the North American continent and its native peoples. In other words, to paraphrase a famous old saying about Jews vs. the rest of humanity, Black Americans are just like all other Americans – only more so. 

Meditation: Worm-Eaten Corpse Magickal Power: Power of Casting Enchantments. Perfume: Onycha (derived from a mollusk, primordially Cancerian animals, it represents Water in the incense of Moses) Magickal Weapons: The Furnace (which is connected with the energy of the Sun in Cancer; also, it is the Furnace or Forge which is used by the smith to melt metallic ores, turning them into molten metal, which flows like water) Musical tone: D natural. Qlippoth: } w r y r j y c (ShIChiRIRON, “Blackness” or “Darkness,” associated with the midnight-black of the sky of the Sun in the Fourth House of the horoscope, which is ruled by Cancer, often called “the Witching Hour”); Characith, whose sigil should be painted in dark greenish brown on an amber-hued circle, showing a downward-facing mummy overshadowed by a camel-headed entity, and whose name should be vibrated in the key of D sharp, accompanied by the plashings associated with Magickal fountains or waterfalls *See Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden (London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1994), pp.

Metals, stones, and minerals: Selenite, moonstone, chalk, crystal, pearl, emerald, onyx, coral, amber, mercury metal (quicksilver); all soft, white stones; all molten metal Plants, real and imaginary: Cucumbers, squashes, melons; all plants which grow in water, such as water-lilies, lotus, rushes, and phytoplankton (which is also, as it happens, the basis of the food-pyramid in the waters of the world, from the merest pond to the Pacific Ocean, which from the beginning have been the womb of all terrestrial life; Cancer rules the stomach and everything that nurses or nurtures life, so the assignment of phytoplankton to Cancer is doubly appropriate)

Animals, Real and Imaginary: The Crab; the Turtle or Tortoise (the ancient Babylonians assigned this animal to the Constellation of Cancer); the Sphinx (for its silence, the silence of midnight); the Scarab or Dung-Beetle (which was associated with midnight and the Fourth House of the horoscope by the ancient Egyptians) Vegetable drugs (plant extracts): Watercress Mineral drugs: Mercury metal (used as a specific against venereal disease right up past the invention of penicillin; the expression “Mad as a Hatter” comes from the weird behavior resulting from nervous-system damage done by overdoses of mercury, which was also used in the making of hats up until this century) The Body: Alimentary canal, breast, esophagus, lower ribs, stomach, uterus Diseases: Cancer, in all its forms, including leukemia; rheumatism (according to Crowley, in Column CLSSSVI of Liber 777); diseases and dysfunctions of all parts of the body ruled by Cancer, including spontaneous abortion (which is also ruled by Pisces) Magickal image: A young, holy king under the Starry canopy Lineal figures: Populus and Via: • • • • • • • •

Populus • • • • Via Domain: The first third of Summer; the waters of the world; real estate, land; ancestors, ancestry, one’s ancestral lands Archangel: l a y r w a (Auriel) Quarter: The North (this Quarter of the Heavens is traditionally considered to be that from which demons come, and during evocations of evil or malefic spirits, the Triangle of Art, into which they are to be evoked, is placed just outside the Circle at the North – the Eastern Quarter is used for evocation of good or neutral spirits) Buddhist symbolism: .

Far Eastern cosmological associations:
The Sheep (the month corresponding to the Western Solar month of Cancer); Summer Solstice, moderate heat; Fire, the South; Summer; brilliance, heat, bitter, red, controls heart and small intestines; the Vermilion Bird (Phoenix); Mars; Yang, burning wood; Yin, lamp-flame; iron; realgar Trigram from the I Ching: K’an -----

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b. Design and Title of Trump
During the time of ancient Imperial Rome, it was customary in Germany, Gaul, and Britain to exhibit the spoils of conquest and prisoners of war in triumphal parades. The ideas was that the more magnificent the spectacle, the more political bonus-points would accrue to the general responsible for the triumph, who would probably use them later in an attempt to become emperor. Even that long ago, the tradition was enormously ancient. According to Curtius, Plutarch, and Diodorus, after his conquest of India, Alexander the Great made a triumphal progress through Carmania (now Iran) in gigantic chariot filled with his close friends and loaded with musical instruments, food, and wine. Reportedly Alexander did this in imitation of the Dionysiac revels or triumphal marches of Dionysos through Asia (Thriambus, “Triumph,” was one of Dionysos’ titles). From this, the connections between Triumph (Dionysos), Triumph (Alexander), and Triumph (Roman) arises. This tradition continues down through the Tarot cards to such varied forms of expression as the 137 woodcut designs by Hans Burgkmair and others for a projected triumph of the Emperor Maximilian the Great. A more grotesque example of the triumphal chariot is the funeral car of the Duke of Wellington, which may give this card an added dimension of meaning. The legendary significance of the chariot probably lies in the chance that chariot races give every bettor, regardless of his or her circumstances, to win. For this reason it may be connected with Trump X, The Wheel of Fortune. Gringonneur: A warrior or the statue of one drawn in a triumphal car by two spirited horses. Bembo: A seated empress in a chariot drawn by two winged white horses, holding an orb in her left hand. Swiss: The card is divided into two parts. In the upper part, a king looks out from under a canopy. In the lower part, two horses pull an empty chariot in two directions at once. Insight: A king borne in a triumphal car. He is armored and his shoulder-plates resemble the Urim and Thummim (talismans on the breastplate of the high priest of Israel). Marseille: Like the Insight Tarot card, but here, one horse is red, the other blue. Wirth: Like the Insight Tarot, with the following changes: the triumphal car is drawn by sphinxes, the canopy is embellished with Stars, and the winged Solar disc appears on the chariot. Waite: Similar to Wirth’s, except that the Lingam and Yoni appear on the front of the chariot (see the description of this card in The Fantasy Showcase Tarot, below). On the king’s breast is a radiant square; there is an eight-pointed Star on his crown. B.O.T.A.: Similar to Waite’s, except that the king’s crown incorporates several Pentagrams instead of the Octagram; the device on his breast is a square figured with three Tau Crosses; and his sceptre, which he carries in his right hand in the traditional manner, ends in a variant of the lemniscate or infinity-sign combined with the conjoined Lingam and Yoni. Aquarian: Similar, but the charioteer wears shoulder-plates and has a Pentagram upon his head. Crowley: A fully armored knight, the visor of his helmet closed, holding a rapidly rotating disc or gleaming metallic bowl (it isn’t clear which) in his hands before his abdomen. His helmet is surmounted by a crab. His chariot is drawn by four fabulous beasts that bear a resemblance both to the four Beasts of the Apocalypse and the four Cherubim of the Fixed Signs. The New Tarot: Retitled “Victorious One,” this card shows a warrior with one sandal leading a gentle white beast and a savage dark one away from a chariot. Above his head flies an eagle

with arrows held in its talons. His unshod feet are winged. A pair of dice lie in the foreground; each die shows three of its faces to the observer, and any two corresponding faces of the two dice total seven (e.g., the spots on the two top faces of the two die total seven, those on the two left faces total seven, etc.). Behind the figure is a flock of birds bearing a curtain in their beaks which contains the images of wild bests, possibly horses or wolves). The Fantasy Showcase Tarot: The card shows a young charioteer dressed only in blue briefs and a minimalist, stylized crown standing in a chariot, lashing the two sphinxes who pull it with a whip. The sphinx on the left is dark brown, and male; that on the right is white, and female. The chariot, its occupant, and the sphinxes that pull it are coming through an opening in a darkblue curtain or drape that is spangled with white spots to mimic the Starry heavens. The background, beyond the curtain, is scarlet above, yellow below, and the ground beneath is brown. On the front of the chariot is a winged shield bearing a device representing the Yoni penetrated by the Lingam. America’s Tarot: The Chariot. Scenes depicting America’s love-affair with the automobile, from portraits of classic American cars such as the Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac and Lincoln Continental to Stephen King’s Christine (perhaps the former on the Upright portion of the card, the latter on the Reverse section). The Divine Comedy Tarot: Biblical Tarot: The disciple James the Lesser (NT); the tribe of Zebulon (OT) John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Alfred drives an Edsel (or maybe a Yugo) with one busted headlight & a crumpled fender. The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: The signing of the Declaration of Independence of the original thirteen colonies from Britain; Heinlein himself (his date of birth was July 4, 1907) The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: The Stephen King Tarot: The R. R. McCammon Tarot:

c. Divinatory Meanings
Upright: A fence. A field and the fence enclosing it. A corral. Anything that encloses it. Psychic abilities. Receptivity. Tenacious memory. Triumph, victory. Hope. Nutrition, nurturance. Violence used to try to maintain traditional ideas in force. Political conservatism, political conservatives. Conservative attitudes, whether political or any other kind. Tradition, traditionalists. Ancestry. Diehard ruthlessness. Obedience. Faithfulness. Delegated authority. Understanding (Binah, Saturn or Uranus) inspiring severity or strength (Geburah, Mars). Saturn or Uranus acting through Cancer upon Mars. Health. Unstable or transient triumph, victory, health, or success. The material currents which carry individuals along. Unexpected new. Conquest. News spread abroad by word of mouth. A timely good word. Libel or slander. Struggle, the outcome of which, ranging from victory to disaster, is determined by surrounding cards. Balance. Accomplishment. Stamina. Trouble or adversity, possibly in the past. The Magus, having completely mastered his animal passions, is now ready to move on to the next stage of development. Overcoming obstacles. Overthrow. The chariot of incarnation. That which is fixed and concrete. Adam Kadmon, the higher self or reincarnating aspect of the self. A conqueror advancing in a powerful chariot. One who has vanquished and directed the Elementary forces. War. Ruthless power. Will in application. Triumph of the mind. Triumph over nature. Succor. Providence. Presumption. Vengeance. Trouble. A nursery. A newborn. Birth. The fluid that fills the womb during gestation. An egg, especially one covered with a hard shell. Motherhood.

Reversed: Alimentary canal, breast, the chest (a fence of rib-bones), esophagus, lower ribs, stomach, uterus. Digestion, lactation, gestation, nurturance. Cancer, in all its forms, including leukemia; rheumatism (according to Crowley, in Column CLSSSVI of Liber 777); diseases and dysfunctions of all parts of the body ruled by Cancer, including spontaneous abortion (which is also ruled by Pisces). The Solar month of Cancer, the first third of Summer, spanning the time from the Summer Solstice, around June 20, to about July 22. Lust of destruction. Bad news. A card which isn’t strong by itself, but which asserts authority over other cards. Imbalance. Instability. Failure. Weakness. Overthrown. Conquered by obstacles at the last moment. The ecological fallout of acting on a ruthless and ecologically stupid point of view, such as strip-mining, discharging of industrial effluent into rivers and aquifers, etc. Waterpollution. Riot. Quarrel. Dispute. Litigation. Defeat. A vampire. Midnight.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
Cheth is the Path connecting Binah, associated with Saturn and Uranus, with Geburah,, associated with Mars. Wholly part of the Pillar of Severity, it signifies controlled strength guided by high intelligence. A good analog of this card is a modern rocket or missile. The firing-chamber of a rocket rifles, channels, and directs the tremendous force unleashed by the rocket’s ignition-system and thereby causes the rocket to move swiftly and with imperative force toward a far-away target; otherwise the force would be dispersed in all directions, doing no useful work. Another good analogy is a hard-shelled egg or a mammalian uterus, which contains the developing zygote until the latter is ready to enter the world unprotected by amniotic fluid or the shell of its egg (with corollary associations with the mammalian vagina, down which the infant must travel during the birth-process). All such analogies are indicated by the literal meaning of Cheth, “fence,” meaning something which contains and restrains. And since such a container or fence is often used to protect something, the ideas of protection, nurturance, housing, nursing, and so on are also associated with this Path and The Chariot.

9. Key 19
Teth f “Serpent.” Trump VIII, Strength (in Crowley’s pack, The Book of Thoth, this Trump is numbered XI and is called Lust, but otherwise has the same attributions). Leo ö. Cardinal value, 9; ordinal value, 9. Connects Sephirah 5, Geburah, with Sephirah 4, Chesed. Roman/English equivalent: T. In the same way that Key 27, Peh, Trump XVI, The Tower, is the main cross-bar of the personality, Key 19 is that of the Individuality. Just as the spiritual meaning of Key 27 is shown by the strong, fiery planet Mars, so that of Key 19 is expressed by the equally strong and fiery sign of Leo. The “packing force” of Key 27, analogous to the strong force of particle physics, is that which holds together the various aspects of the personality, the unit of incarnation; in the same way, the “packing force” of Key 19 holds together the individuality, the unit of evolution. So the Tarot Trump of this Path is Trump VIII, Strength: a woman holding the jaws of a lion open, apparently without any appreciable effort on her part. 18* *In Crowley’s Book of Thoth pack, this card is numbered XI, and titled “Lust.” See Key 22, below, concerning Trump XI, Justice, which in Crowley’s pack is numbered VIII, and titled “Adjustment.” Those horizontal Paths on the Tree which join together a male and a female Sephirah are termed “reciprocal Paths.” The first of these is Key 14, Daleth, Trump III, The Empress, linking Binah, the Mother, with Chokmah, the Father, Woman with Man, Female with Male; Key 19 is the second, linking Geburah, Might, with Chesed, Mercy, Divine Justice with Divine Love; and Key 27 is the third, linking Hod, Brilliance, with Netzach, the Triumph of Love, Intellect with Emotion, Analysis with Synthesis, Facts with Meaning. Bast, Pasht, Sekhet, and Mau, are all associated with this Path because They are cat Goddesses. RaHoor-Khuit and Apollo are also associated with it, because They are Gods of the Sun, ruler of Leo. Demeter and Venus, Who are agricultural Goddesses, are also attributed to it. Its animal is the Lion; its flower is the sunflower; its jewel is the cat’s eye; and its perfume is olibanum. 19

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
Yetziratic text: The Nineteenth Path is the Intelligence of the secret of all the activities of the spiritual beings, and is so called because of the influence diffused by it from the most high and exalted sublime glory. Yetziratic title: Intelligence of all the Activities of the Spiritual Being Hebrew letter: m Teth, Numerical value: 9. Title: The Daughter of the Flaming Sword, Leader of the Lion Principle: Cosmic splendor; love in all its forms; pleasure; warmth; radiance Astrological assignment: Leo Element (Alchemical): Fixed Fire ∆ Element (chemical): Ecological process, realm, or principle: photosynthesis; thermonuclear fusion, the force that powers the Stars Physical chemistry: the biochemistry of photosynthesis; the atomic and subatomic interactions underlying thermonuclear processes; combustion, whether internal (as in an automobile motor) or open (as in a bonfire) Colors: Yellow, greenish (King Scale); deep purple (Queen Scale); gray (Emperor Scale); reddish amber (Empress Scale) Gods: Greek: Demeter (borne by lions); Apollo Roman: Venus (repressing the fire of Vulcan) Egyptian: Ra, Horus, Bast (Pasht), Sekhet Scandinavian: Baldur the Beautiful USA: Pecos Bill (taming the catamount) France of the Enlightenment: Celtic: Christian: Jesus Christ (the Lion of Judah) Hindu: Vishnu (Nara-Singh) avatar Voudon: SubGenius: “Bob” Other: Biblical associations: Judah, son of Jacob, and Samson (OT); John the Beloved and Christ the King (NT) Countries: Modern: Italy, Sicily, France, Bohemia, Northern Wallachia (Romania), and the Alps

Ancient: Chaldea, Phoenicia, Macedonia, Phrygia, Rome Cities: Chicago, Philadelphia, Rome, Bath, Bombay, Portsmouth, Bristol, Damascus, Prague, Los Angeles, and, to some extent, Hollywood, California (which is co-ruled by Pisces) Peoples: Rastafarians Meditation: Corpse gnawed by wild beasts Magickal Power: Powers of Taming Wild Beasts Perfume: Olibanum Magickal Weapons: The Discipline (Preliminary) Musical tone: E natural Qlippoth: } w r y b h l c, ShaLeHBIRON, Flaming (associated with the burning sun of August?) The Tunnels of Set: Tunnel 19, the Qlippoth of Key 19, is guarded by the demon Temphioth. His number is 610. His sigil is etched in a sharp greenish-yellow hue upon a gray arrow-shaped ground. The predominant influence is that of the lion-serpent, Teth, which is a symbol for the spermatozoon, shown in the sigil in the shape of four vesicas depending from a serpentine form attached to a leonine head. His name should be vibrated in the key of E natural, with a roaring, hissing, explosive force behind it. While the Path is the domain of the Lion, the Tunnel is the den of the Serpent, and this symbolism should be included in that of the Qlippoth of Key 19. *See Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden (London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1994), pp. 202-206.

Metals, stones, and minerals: Ruby, diamond, cat’s-eye, gold, hyacinth, chrysolite, carnelian, sardonyx, peridot, alexandrite, and all soft yellow minerals Plants, real and imaginary: The sunflower. In general, Leo rules many plants that are also ruled by the Sun, e.g., chamomile, celandine, European angelica, eyebright, marigold, orange, rue, and saffron. Other plants ruled by Leo include borage, bugloss, peony, and poppy. In addition, mugwort is associated with Regulus, and thus with Leo . Animals, Real and Imaginary: Traditionally the Lion, the Cherub of Fire, is associated with Leo. Other animals associated with this Sign include wild beasts in general, especially all the big cats; honeybees; and birds with gaudy, brilliant plumage, such as the peacock Vegetable drugs (plant extracts): All carminatives and tonics Mineral drugs: The Body: The heart, aorta, upper back, the sides of the body, spine, spinal cord, spinal fluid, inferior and superior vena cava Diseases: Syncope, cardiac diseases and problems of all kinds; inability to love Magickal image: A smiling woman holds open the jaws of a fierce and powerful lion

Lineal figures: Fortuna Major and Fortuna Minor •• •• • • Fortuna Major • • •• •• Fortuna Minor Domain: The second third of Summer; the heart of the Sun or a thermonuclear explosion; a blast-furnace; the king, emperor, ruler, or other chief of state; the theater and allied arts; all activities carried out for the pleasure they give; games; trusted messengers; Tantric Magick; ambition Archangel: Michael Quarter: East-by-North Buddhist symbolism: .

Far Eastern cosmological associations:
The Monkey: July 22-August 7, Great Heat; August 7 to August 22, Autumn Begins. Yang, Metal. West, Autumn, destruction and decline; the solid but molded; acrid, white; controls lungs and large intestine; the White Tiger; the Planet Venus. Yang: a weapon. Yin: a kettle. Copper. Sublimate of mercury. Produced by Earth; produces Water; destroys Wood; destroyed by Fire. Trigram from the I Ching:

b. Design and Title of Trump
Early cards show a woman opening or closing the jaws of a lion, or, in some cases, a male figure (possibly Hercules) beating a lion with a club. During the Middle Ages, the Lion was an Alchemical symbol of the Sun, gold, and (Alchemical) sulphur. In a 16th-century text presented in the form of a dream, the dreamer is required to subdue a lion in order to be admitted to a group of scholars. At first, he approaches the lion, which is very old, and attempt to pet it. Then he wrestles with it, and finally kills it. The scholars applaud his effort, but give him the additional task of restoring the lion to life. By that point, the lion has been rendered down into red blood and a large quantity of white bone (Alchemical Sulphur and Salte, the oily and ashy aspects of matter). The tasks set for the dreamer are thus the Alchemical decomposition and recomposition of matter. Other Medieval associations with Leo are the Lion of St. Mark, one of the Apocalyptic Beasts, and the Cherub of Fire. Others include Samson and Androcles.* *An early Christian martyr who had once pulled a thorn from a lion’s paw, where it had been festering for a long time, thereby delivering the lion from great pain and illness. Eventually Androcles was

thrown to the lions, by order of Caesar; but the lion that came out to meet him happened to be the one whom he had earlier succored, and spared his life out of gratitude. The awed multitude in the circus who were watching voted to release Androcles, who was thus saved from death. Gringonneur: A seated woman breaking a pillar. Bembo: Hercules, armed with a club, beating a lion which seems to be trying to slink away, its tail between its legs. Swiss: Hercules with a lion. Hercules appears to be wrestling with it, and has discarded his club. Might be a reference to Androcles and the Lion. Insight: A woman wearing a hat with a lemniscate on its brim, who opens the jaws of a lion. Waite: As above, except that the woman is closing the lion’s jaws. She is crowned with flowers, and the lemniscate hovers over her head. She wears a garland of flowers around her waist. B.O.T.A.: Like Waite’s, except that the woman is now opening the lion’s jaws. The flowers around her waist are connected to a garland around the neck of the lion, implying some sort of relationship between them other than simple domination. Aquarian: A stern knight with his dog. A motif of arrowheads or spear-points. Crowley: Retitled “Lust,” and numbered XI, the card shows a woman riding a seven-headed beast, representing Crowley’s “Scarlet Woman” and “Babalon,” i.e., Babylon the Great of Revelations 17:3-6. The New Tarot: Retitled “Deliverer,” it shows a woman being sacrificed by fire before a lion over whose head hovers a fiery lemniscate. At the left, a serpent rises from a cubical box; at the right, a man is drinking what might be blood from a chalice. America’s Tarot: Follows Crowley’s assignment, so this card’s number is XI, and it is titled “Lust.” Shows a puma strolling through the hills above the Los Angeles basin (L.A. is a Leo city). Article VIII of the Bill of Rights. Ghost-over of Simon Rhodia’s Watts Towers. Reverse: Hollywood, CA, at its most tinseltownish The Divine Comedy Tarot: Biblical Tarot: Samson and the Lion; Christ as King. John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Moxie holds a butcher-knife and a balance-scale that holds a fish and an older sneaker; she wears a clothespin on her nose. The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: Lummox, the star of The Star Beast The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: Hastur The Stephen King Tarot: The young and old kings of Eyes of the Dragon The R. R. McCammon Tarot: “The Red House” from his short-story collection Blue World (Pocket Books, 1990)

c. Divinatory Meanings
Upright: Serpent power or cosmic electricity. Regeneration. Reincarnation. Immortality. The fiery vital force which is the source of all human action. Intelligence of all the activities of the Spirit. The joy of strength exercised. Vigor and the rapture of vigor.

Courage, strength, energy, action. A grand passion. Resort to Magick, the employment of Magickal power. The courage to take risks. Defeat of unworthy impulses. Reconciliation with external or internal enemies. Spiritual strength, strength of Will. Fortitude, endurance. The glory of strength. Jupiter acting through Leo upon Mars. Power not arrested as in the act of judgment, but instead passing on to further action. Momentum. Raw force or power. The mind can always dominate matter. Events overcome by willpower. The situation mastered with right on your side. A card providing good counsel: a time to be firm, courageous, steadfast. Hanging tight. Consolidation of energy, coming to a reasonable assessment of oneself in relation to the world. Grasp on reality, a workable alternative, truthful direction, discovery of one’s center, inspiration (i.e., as by a God), help from friends or loved ones. Traditional meanings of this card combined with those of a pope or emperor. A test of what has happened so far in personal evolution. Acceptance of both fact and responsibility. The enchantress. The reconcilement of two or more sides of one’s nature. Power, might, force, strength, fortitude. Dichotomy resolved. Generation (Yang or Solar force) kept in exact balance with disintegration (Yin or Lunar force). Vitality. The spirit of inner strength. The exercise of Will. Union and friendship with that which we have mastered, with people who are able to respond to our thoughts, or to whose thoughts we are able to respond. Renewed youth. Legendary feats. Wisdom as power, weakness as strength, innocence as generative virtue. Innocence and strength residing in contemplation. Fortitude connected with the divine mystery of union. Power, energy, action, courage, magnanimity, complete success and honors. Reversed: August; July 23-August 22, the “Dog Days.” The heart, aorta, upper back, the sides of the body, spine, spinal cord, spinal fluid, inferior and superior vena cava. Syncope, cardiac diseases and problems of all kinds; inability to love. The sense of taste. Digestion. Cowardice. Indulgence in vices without any attempt to refrain, libertinage, license. Hatred. Domination of the material. Fear of the unknown. Abuse of power. Obstinacy, inertia. Events or people overcome you; you become the victim of superior forces. Stubbornness. Decadence, addiction, disaster, a friend or lover who will cause harm or unhappiness, loss of reputation, perversity, putrefaction, deprivation. Pomposity. An overbearing manner. Want of fortitude. Despotism, abuse of power, weakness, discord, disgrace, fall from power.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
The 19th Path links Geburah, Power, with Chesed, Grace, and represents the influence of Chesed upon Geburah, Power tempered with Mercy and Wisdom. This Path is balanced both vertically and horizontally on the Tree of Life, being level (horizontal) and situated between two other such horizontal Paths. One is reminded of the legendary Wisdom of King Solomon, which enabled him to wield power which nonetheless was graced with mercy, and to employ mercy with objectivity and reason, in order to bring about justice rather than compound injustice, as in the story of the two women disputing over which was the mother of a certain child. One of my favorite images for this Path is that of the surfer, who “walks on the water,” harnessing his or her own momentum in order to master the wave and the surf and exulting in the ecstasy of that mastery. This can also be seen as a metaphor for Tantric Magick, in which the ecstasy of sexual stimulation, rather than being allowed to run its course to an explosive climax and the wanton dissipation of its energy in the trieste of the aftermath, is constrained and harnessed, built up to heights so great that it literally touches the Stars, and thereby used to fuel the Magickal Machine, the force behind the most powerful Magick. Another analogy of this Path is the Rocket: the containment of its firing chambers represents the iron Will of the true Magickian, the raw force contained in those chambers representing Kundalini energy, and the direction of flight and the final effect of the rocket’s actions representing the Magickian’s Desire, in accordance with which he or she aims to bring about change in conformity with his or her Will.

10. Key 20

Yod y “Hand.” Trump IX, The Hermit. Virgo ÷. Cardinal value, 10; ordinal value, 10. Connects Sephirah 4, Chesed with Sephirah 6, Tiphareth. Roman/English equivalents: I, J, Y.

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
Yod, the 20th Path, is the link within the Individuality that gives the vision of what the pattern of destiny is, which pattern ultimately comes from the spiritual levels of being. This pattern is the Individuality’s own idea of itself, and upon it the Individuality strives to mould its succession of Personalities, which in turn gives the experience of dense manifestation upon which the Individuality itself is built. Thus at one and the same time, this image is a kind of alpha and omega, a beginning and an ending. The alpha image is the image of the Spirit itself, inexperienced and unevolved. The Individuality tries to project a Personality for itself based upon this image. At first, the effort is unsuccessful, due to its inexperience, but gradually, in life after life, it is more and more accurate, sometimes manifesting different types of Personality altogether to redress the unbalance of development. Eventually it can project a Personality just the way it wants to, which means that it has become competent at controlling dense matter for such purposes. But all the hundreds of Personalities built up through its evolution go to enrich the make-up of the Individuality, and by this time the Individuality isn’t limited to the simplistic image of itself that the Spirit laid down at the beginning of its evolution. The image itself has evolved into a form of what the Individuality should be at the end of its evolution – which might be called the omega image. Thus there is the image of the beginning and that of the ending, and the way in between is the path of individual destiny. In terms of Biblical symbolism, the image of the beginning is the Garden of Eden, while that of the ending is the Heavenly Jerusalem, and the way in between is the history of man. This Path is called the Intelligence of Will, that is, the Spiritual Will. As the Yetziratic Text goes on to say, by this Intelligence, or action of the Spiritual Will, “the existence of the Primordial Wisdom becomes known.” The Primordial Wisdom is the knowledge of the spiritual realities of the Supernal levels, and the continuous contemplation of the true image is also “the means of preparation of all and each created being,” for it acts as a guide to individual evolution and the types of vehicle that need to be developed to follow through with that evolution. For this reason the Tarot card associated with this Path shows a Hermit, a holy man, who carries a light to guide him along the path.20 Yetziratic text: The Twentieth Path is the Intelligence of Will and is so called because it is the means of separation of all and each created being, and by this intelligence the existence of the Primordial Wisdom becomes known. Yetziratic title: Intelligence of Will Hebrew letter: y (Yod) Numerical value: 10. Title: The Prophet of the Eternal, the Magus of the Voice of Power Principle: Purification, in the sense of developing an utter one-pointedness of Will and of total elimination of anything not essential to the subject under consideration. Purification of the Will, of food, of aim are all expressions of the principle. Astrological assignment:



Element (Alchemical): Mutable Earth Element (chemical): rare-earth elements (lanthanides, elements 57-71)

Ecological process, realm, or principle: weathering, the reduction of materials to finer and finer grinds, as in the creation of sand, powder, etc., hence the beaches and tidal habitats of the world, river-deltas, etc. The sorting and grading of materials at harvest-time. Physical chemistry: Pauli Exclusion Principle (which affirms that two particles of like kind cannot occupy the same space at the same time) Colors: According to Liber 777, these are green, yellowish (King Scale); slate gray (Queen Scale); green-gray (Emperor Scale); and plum color (Empress Scale). According to Geraldine Davis, in Horary Astrology (Los Angeles: Tate Printing Co., 1942), they are black, speckled (ibid., p. 38). According to Nicholas de Vore, in Encyclopedia of Astrology (New York: Philosophical Library, 1947), it is black with blue splotches. Opalescent colors, thin and dense striping, paisleys, and similar intricate patterns of many colors also represent Virgo. Gods: Greek: Hermes, Attis, Ceres, all harvest-Gods and –Goddesses, Hestia, Astraea, Erigone (daughter of Icarus), the Mermaid, Orpheus and Eurydice, Persephone and the Eleusinian Mysteries Roman: Attis, Ceres, Adonis, Vesta and Her virgin priestesses Egyptian: Isis; Heru-pa-Kraath (Harpocrates), the Sphinx Zidonia: Ashtoreth Syria: Astarte Scandinavian: USA: France of the Enlightenment: Celtic: Christian: the Virgin Mary Hindu: the Gopi girls, the Lord of Yoga Voudon: Other: Biblical associations: OT: Esther; Asher, son of Jacob; Esther; the story of Ruth and Boaz. NT: Philip, disciple of Jesus; Mary, mother of Jesus Countries: Ancient: Assyria, Arcadia, Babylonia, Ionia, Mesopotamia, Rhodes, and the Doric Plains. Modern: Crete, part of Greece, Croatia, Brazil, Turkey, Switzerland (co-ruled by Taurus), the West Indies, and the country between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Cities: Boston, Paris, Heidelberg, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Lyons, Corinth, Athens, Toulouse, and Strasbourg. Most towns that are connected in some way with the growing of fruit and its various industries are ruled by Virgo, as are health spas and resorts and cities associated with them. Peoples: All farming and agricultural peoples, the farmers and peasants of the world. The tribe of Cain, an agriculturist, are thus ruled by Virgo, just as Abel and his people, who were hunters who stalked wild animals for their meat, hides, and fur, were ruled by Pisces. Meditation: A bloated corpse. Magickal Power: Invisibility, Parthenogenesis, Initiation Perfume: Narcissus Magickal Weapons: The Lamp and the Wand (Virile Force Reserved), the Bread Musical tone: F

Qlippoth: } w r y r p x (TzaPhiRIRON, Scratchers); Yamatu, whose name should be intoned in the key of F in a lower register and with sighing or murmuring undertones, and whose sigil is painted in yellowish green on a silver of gray slate – his number is 131. *See Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden (London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1994), pp.

Metals, stones, and minerals: jasper, agate, marble, sand and powders of all kinds (especially of the finest grinds), topaz, aquamarine, hyacinth, flint, peridot, sapphire Plants, real and imaginary: Snowdrop, lily, narcissus, all cereals (corn, rye, rice, millet, barley, oats, wheat) and grasses, sedges, endive, valerian, skullcap, woodbine. All medicinal plants are ruled or co-ruled by Virgo, as are herbs which animals seek out when they are ill. Animals, Real and Imaginary: unicorns, virgins Any solitary or virginal person or animal, hence hermits,

Vegetable drugs (plant extracts): Anaphrodisiacs (e.g., the legendary salt-peter, with which the food in boys’ schools and military academies is supposedly laced to keep the young gentlemen chaste by inclination) Mineral drugs: salt-peter (see above) The Body: The small intestines, the back, the abdominal cavity, metabolism, digestive system and function, gall bladder, pancreas,* Solar plexus, capillaries (Virgo co-rules these because of their finely-divided character) *However, since this is an endocrine gland, a member of the endocrine, system, which is ruled by Venus and Neptune, it is possible that Pisces is the actual ruler of this gland.

Diseases: Appendicitis, inability to absorb nutrients in the upper bowel, backaches, metabolic disorders, disorders of the digestive system, gall-bladder ailments, obstructions or diseases of the capillaries Magickal image: wrapped in a cloak and cowl, an ancient walks along bearing a staff and a lamp Lineal figures: Conjunctio •• • • •• Domain: the third Third of Summer, the time of Harvest Archangel: Quarter: South by West, WNW Buddhist symbolism: .

Far Eastern cosmological associations:

Trigram from the I Ching:

b. Design and Title of Trump
Gringonneur: A hermit carrying an hourglass. Bembo: A hunchback carrying an hourglass Swiss: A monk carrying a lantern Wirth: The same, except that the monk shields the light with his cloak. Also, nearby there is a snake coiled to strike, though not at the hermit Waite: As traditional, except that the light is from a hexagrammatical Star within the lantern Aquarian: As Waite, except that the Star has eight points Crowley: As Waite, except that the Star has sixteen points. Also, in his right hand the hermit carries an egg around which a snake is coiled. He is accompanied by a three-headed dog (Kerberus, guardian of the Underworld). He walks through a field a ripe grain. Something that may be a spermatozoon springs up at the Hermit’s feet from the lower left side of the card. The New Tarot: A blindfolded, naked man prays to a volcano or possibly to a fleeing woman, who abandons him, an open book, and a bouquet of flowers as she hurries toward a distant city. The Fantasy Showcase Tarot: A hermit stands at the end of a cliff, looking out over the land. It is night. In his right hand he carries a lantern containing a blazing hexagrammatical Star; in his left is the Serpent Rod of Moses. He wears a gorgeous gown of silver-gray patterned with astrological and other esoteric symbols, and a cape of Tyrian purple. Standing on the foothills below is a figure who may be a woman, looking up at him, apparently preparing either to climb up to meet him or to wait for him to descend. America’s Tarot: Paul Morphy, America’s great genius of chess; Henry Hollerith; Claude Shannon. Reverse shows Carrie Nation and the XXIIIrd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Prohibition). Article IX of the Bill of Rights. The Divine Comedy Tarot: Images of Purgatory and its purification Biblical Tarot: Mary with her infant son; Esther; Asher, son of Jacob; Esther; the story of Ruth and Boaz; Philip, disciple of Jesus John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Harvey Kurtzman, holding a flashlight and carrying a walking-stick, walks away from the MAD offices (with a pink-slip in his pocket). The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: Friday, the heroine of the novel of the same name The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: His various scholars who go mad studying volumes of arcane lore etc. The Stephen King Tarot: Rose, heroine of Rose Madder; Thinner, one of his “Bachman Books”; King himself (he was born 9/21/47 at 4:18 a.m., Portland, Maine)

The R. R. McCammon Tarot: scenes and characters from his short stories “Blue World” (prostitutes as priestesses of Eros, the purification of a life), “Yellachile’s Cage” (since Pisces rules prisons, Virgo rules opposition to and triumph over them), and “Night Calls the Green Falcon” (onepointed Will) from his collection of short stories Blue World (New York: Pocket Books, 1990); Sheila Fontana (prostitute, recovery of one’s True Will) and Sister (exercise of True Will) from Swan Song

c. Divinatory Meanings
Upright: The hand of man; the open hand. Touch. Coition. Self-training in the correct interpretation of experience, in concentration, in work with the Unconscious mind leading to eventual union with God or the True Self. The Veiled Lamp. Prudence. Silence is golden. Illumination from within, secret impulse from within, practical plans based upon inner knowledge, retirement from participation in current events. The start of the journey towards spiritual perfection. A councilor, retreat from the world, a need for caution, patience, discretion, and silence. A veterinarian. A healer. A dentist. A hermit or anchorite. A teacher, a wise man or woman. The mercy of beauty, the magnificence of sovereignty, the glory of strength (Jupiter acting through Virgo on the Sun). The Magus of the Voice of Light. Wisdom sought and obtained from above. Divine inspiration (but active, as opposed to that in Trump VI, The Lovers). It is one of the three Magi among the mystical cards, the other two being Trump V, the Hierophant, and Trump I, The Magician. The inner life. A secret which shall be revealed. Saturn, bringer of the wisdom of old age, Who also confers longevity. Planning. The summit, perspective, circumspection, preparation, precautionary measures, care, isolation, separation, solitude, correct choice. A man beyond desire for personal gain who has the vision to benefit the world. Awareness, scrutiny, a corner on the market. A wise man in action in the world. The search, the hunt, the quest. Inner wisdom or truth and the quest for them. The Quest of the Holy Grail, linking Spirit with Individuality. The focusing point of the whole being of man in manifestation. The hidden, cosmic mind of man which serves to guide and inspire the soul in all its ways. The realization of the existence of a balance between material and spiritual realms; the necessity to continue working to maintain that balance and to progress. Prudence, caution, deliberation. The House of the Master: “Where I am, there you may be.” Very important to initiatory experience. Safety and protection ensured by wisdom or circumspection. Enlightenment in all three worlds. Protectors, initiation, prudence. Ideas, perspectives, spiritual or moral influences. Teachers, legal authorities, bureaucrats, guides. A serpent. An adept of Tantra. A card of attainment: “Where I am, there you may be.” A pilgrimage, a pilgrim. Concentration of all one’s faculties on one small area in order to force growth. Meditation, one who meditates. A shaman, one who has undergone a shamanic journey into the Underworld, either physically or psychically. Reversed: Late August through mid-September; harvest season; the parts and functions of the body ruled by Virgo, and any diseases or injuries of them. Refusal to listen. Foolhardy reliance on one’s own resources. Stupid rejection of wisdom. Suspicion of others’ motives or of innovation. Neophobia. Paranoid schizophrenia. A tendency to play the eternal Peter Pan. Great delay in the revelation of a secret. Manipulation, plans, or delays caused by unreasonable caution, fear, stubbornness, oppression, or even deceit. A rogue. An arch-criminal. Immaturity, rashness, overproduce, a total lack of prudence (the courage or terror of a child inexperienced in the ways of reality). Over-prudence, timorousness, fear. Illness of all kinds, especially mental and spiritual. Bureaucracy. Dogma, as opposed to faith. Twisted power. An evil old man. Treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption. Concealment, disguise, policy, fear, unreasoned caution. Loneliness.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
Yod represents the relationship between Chesed and Tiphareth, between Mercy and Beauty or Glory, between sagacity and strength. This is the Path of the wisdom of the great lawgivers attained by the young and strong through many tests and trials.

Yod means “the Hand,” the primordial tool or instrument. As it is the Hand that carries out the Will, so Virgo represents the Magickian at work – not only the wizard, but also the artisan, the engineer, and all others who strive to bring about change in the real world in conformity with Will. Essentially, this card means Fertility in its most exalted sense, and for that reason in many packs the Hermit is pictured either walking through or standing above a field full of ripe grain. The ruler of Virgo is Mercury, Whose Grecian avatar is Hermes, Lord of Magickians, teachers, healers, veterinarians, and, in general, all seekers after wisdom. Hermes is the Psychopompos, Who conducts the souls of the newly dead down to the Underworld, and those who are about to reincarnate up to the world of light and life. Hence this card is one of seeking after ultimate truths, and of the communication of those truths back to the world of the living. It is thus a card of shamans and of the experiences that give them their powers. In line with that, it is therefore the card of the knight-errant, especially one who goes dragon-slaying – if he lives, he inherits a kingdom, a king’s daughter, and the vast horde of gold, silver, and precious gems which the dragon guarded during its long life. This is the Path of Koré, the feminine avatar of Hermes, and Her journey to the Underworld, during which She was initiated into the Mysteries of Womanhood, thereby becoming Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, wife of Hades. One of the symbols frequently used on this card is therefore a field of ripe grain, the gift of Ceres, mother of Persephone. In general, this Path is the Path of the Quest, through which the young are initiated into the inheritance of maturity, after which they may take their place in their communities as full citizens. It is a Path of tremendous strength tempered by vast wisdom, a good modern symbol of which is the Saturn-V, whose steel firing-chamber contains and directs the tremendous raw power of its engines, reflecting the esoteric dominion over Virgo of Saturn (adamantine strength) and Uranus (blasting power). An appropriate ancient symbol for it is Tantric Magick, in which the enormous strength and trained skill of the adept’s mind controls the raw blasting energy of Kundalini energy raised by Tantric practice, directing it to cause successful change in the real world in conformity with the Will of the adept.


Key 21

Kaph k ‫“ ך‬Palm of the Hand.” Trump X, The Wheel of Fortune. Jupiter Û. Cardinal value, 20, 500; ordinal value, 11. Kaph also has a final form ] for use at the end of words; when used as such its cardinal value is 500. Connects Sephirah 4, Chesed, with Sephirah 7, Netzach. Roman/English equivalent: K (sometimes also C, for the sound; but the Roman/English C is more commonly associated with Gimel, Path 13).

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory
. . . [Kaph] is attributed to . . . Jupiter, and as it connects Chesed (the sphere of Û) to Netzach, . . . the sphere of . . . Venus, . . . [Kaph] partakes both of the magnanimous and generous expansive character of Û and the love nature of Ù. It repeats on a considerably lower plane the attributions of Jupiter, Zeus, Brahma, and Indra . . . . Pluto is also attributed, since he is the blind giver of wealth, symbolical of the infinite and abundant prodigality of Nature. . . . . . . [Its Tarot card], in some packs, is a wheel of seven spokes, with a figure of Anubis on one side bearing a caduceus, and on the other a demon with a trident. On top of the circumference [of the wheel] is a Sphinx bearing a sword. The wheel represents the ever-whirling Karmic cycle of Samsara, of existence after existence, at one moment elevating us above princes and the kings of the land, and at others throwing us below the level of slaves and the dust of the earth. . . .21 This is a Path which connects Individuality and Personality – apart from the organic fusion of the two in . . . Tiphareth. Chesed represents that part of the Individuality where the pure image of what the Individuality intends to be is held. This image should be a true reflection of the Will of the Spirit. The Sephirah into which the influence of Chesed flows, via the 21st Path, is Netzach, representing the creative imagination and higher emotions within the Personality. Thus the potencies of this path are responsible for the ideals and aspirations which capture the imagination of man.

Foremost of these, perhaps, in Western European man is the ideal of the Quest of the Holy Grail. . . .22 Jupiter was the Divine King of the Old Roman Gods. As previously discussed, He was the Old Roman counterpart to Zeus, the King of the Greek Pantheon, Whose name was eventually latinized into deus, meaning “God.”* These two divine patriarchs shared numerous traits, though there were important differences between Them, based upon the different historical origins and cultural dynamics of the preChristian Greek and Roman cultures, as well. The Old Roman city-states eventually because united into a republic, which evolved into a world-conquering empire, one which lasted for centuries. On the other hand, the political unification of Greece occurred not long before her absorption by the Old Roman Empire; even before then, Greece dominated a far smaller territory than did Rome during the latter’s imperial phase. Therefore the Roman God Jupiter was patron of the Roman State in a way impossible to Zeus with respect to either the Grecian federation or the later, short-lived Athenian Empire. Even so, below Their obvious differences, Jupiter and Zeus are two faces of a single reality. The Old Romans considered Them to be so, adopting the mythology pertinent to Zeus almost whole cloth for Jupiter, just as they did the religious stories about the other Olympian Gods to apply to their own. Thus the mythology of Jupiter is essentially that of Zeus, except for those parts of it that came directly from aspects of Old Rome differing significantly from the socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors peculiar to ancient and classic Greece.

*In Latin, “Jupiter” is spelled “Iupiter.” The original form of the word was Iopater, “All-Father.”

According to the Olympian creation myth of the ancient and classical Greek religious traditions, in the beginning Chaos gave birth to Gaia (Earth). At some unknown time after Her birth, Mother Gaia fell asleep. As She slept, She bore a son, Ouranos (Uranus = the Heavens or Sky). Ouranos fell in the love with His mother, and began to shower fertile rains upon her (i.e., He ejaculated upon Her). Impregnated by this fertilizing rain, She soon began to produce grass, flowers, and trees. Shortly thereafter She gave birth to the insects, birds, mammals, and other animal life proper to each kind of plant-life now covering Her fertile body. Ouranos continued to bathe His mother with rain, which overran Her lands and created Her rivers, lakes, and oceans, complete with fish, frogs, and all the other creatures that inhabit Her waters. Gaia then bore Her first semi-human children. These were the hundred-handed giants Briareus, Gyges, and Cotus. Next, She bore the three one-eyed Kyklopes,* fierce, wild beings who were master smiths and builders of gigantic walls existing in the world long before modern men populated it.** The names of these three beings were Brontes, Steropes, and Arges. The Kyklopes rebelled against Ouranos’s harsh rule of the world, and He imprisoned them in Tartaros (the Underworld). Ouranos then fathered the seven Titans upon Gaia.†

*This name is usually Latinized as “Cyclops.” It means “Wheel-Eyed Ones.” It refers to the glowing calderas of active volcanoes, round in shape and shining with fiery light. **This may have been a “just-so” explanation of the origin of various pre-Hellenic ruins. †The Titans were worshipped as Gods by early pre-Hellenic settles of the Southern and central portions of the Attic peninsula. The portion of the Olympic creation story that follows reflects the replacement of the Titan cult with the Olympian cult as the Hellene invaders swept across Attica, conquering or destroying the older cultures in the area and replacing the worship of the Gods of the latter with that of their own Gods.

Enraged by Ouranos’ oppressions and by His treatment of Her sons, the Kyklopes, Gaia persuaded the Titans to rebel against Their father. Led by Kronos (Whose Roman counterpart was Saturnus), the youngest among Them, the Titans surprised Ouranos as He slept. Kronos, Whom Gaia, His mother, had armed with a flint sickle,* mercilessly castrated His father. Grasping His father’s genitals in His left hand,** Kronos severed them with His sickle and then threw them, along with the sickle, into the sea. But drops of blood flowing from the dying Ouranos fell upon Gaia, impregnating Her with three more children: the Erinnyes, the Furies Who avenge crimes of parricide and perjury, Whose names were Alecto, Tisiphone, and Megaera. The nymphs of the ash-tree, the Meliae, were also born from that blood. *Assuming that this story reflects real, historical events, however distortedly – an assumption that has proved fruitful for various lines of investigation concerning origin stories of various peoples – this detail of the flint sickle places the technological level of the culture upon which it was based at the Neolithic or earlier. A sickle is a good-sized tool, and the work it is used for is laborious; ideally, its wielder would want it to have a good, sharp, long-lasting blade. Flint doesn’t take a sharp edge as dependably as a well-made blade of bronze or steel, and won’t last as long through steady use, though it usually will take a better edge, and last longer, than a simple copper or iron implement. Yet the Kyklopes were remembered as “master smiths,” i.e., workers of metal, implying that they and the Titan culture in general had evolved past the Paleolithic stage, during which only stone such as flint was worked, into the Neolithic, at which stage some metalworking takes place. Therefore it is likely the historical originals of the Titans were a Neolithic people who had some knowledge of the working of metal but a far better-developed technology of flint-napping and use of tools and weapons made of flint. In general, “children of Gaia,” i.e., “children of Earth or natives, probably refers in the main to all pre-Hellenic, Paleolithic and Neolithic, pre-Olympic cultures on the Attic Peninsula, the most prominent of which at the time of the invasion of the Olympics was the Titan culture. Zeus, unlike His brothers Hades and Poseidon, was a God of the heavens or sky; His dethronement of Kronos and the overthrow of the Titans by the Olympians may represent the historical displacement or destruction of native cultures of the region by the invading Olympians, similar to that of the overthrow of the native Dravidian culture of ancient India by the later Aryan invaders. In fact, the preservation of the Dravidian Great Mother Goddess, Kali/Chandi/Parvati, as a battle-aspect of the Aryan Queen of Heaven, Durga, is very similar to the inclusion of Pallas/Athena/Medusa, originally a Libyan matriarchal Goddess, among the Olympians as an aspect of Zeus Himself (i.e., as a child born from His forehead, His ideal self). That the Goddess Pallas Athena was actually the patron Goddess of Athens in spite of the patriarchal culture of the Greeks and the fact that the Greek Pantheon was headed by a male deity is an eerie echo of the fact that Kali, the Mother Goddess of the despised Draviddians, whose remnants in India are the despised Outcastes, is the most respected and feared of any deity in the Hindu – i.e., Aryan – Pantheon. (By a similar process, after the Levitic revolution in early Judea, the Gods and Goddesses, the Elohim, of the tribes that had been amalgamated into the Kingdom of Judea were included in Judaic hagiology as angels and archangels in the same way that, centuries later, Western Christianity incorporated local Gods into the Roman Catholic Church hagiology as the Saints. The Archangel Michael, originally a God of one of the peoples who later became part of the Kingdom of Judea, was thus incorporated into the Judaic hagiology as the Captain of the Archangels, Defender of the Throne of the Most High. Christianity eventually inherited this hagiology, and the Archangel Michael also became the Christian Saint Michael, with essentially the same duties – e.g., it was Michael who led the Angelic Hosts against Satan and Fallen Angels, and who would command those same hosts come the Last Battle and Judgment Day, at the End of Days. Regardless of gender, Michael had much the same relationship to JHVH ALHIM as Pallas Athena did to Zeus, Minerva to Jupiter, and Kali/Parvati/Chandi to Durga and Brahma. So essentially alike are these paradigms among these otherwise widely differing cultures and peoples that it is almost certain that they point to one underlying sociobiological and psychospiritual reality, invariant among all human cultures and perhaps among all terrestrial species. What that reality may be is something very much worth investigating not only by Hermeticists, but by sociobiologists, anthropologists, and ecologists, because the results of such research could have an important bearing on our understanding of ourselves, not only as a species, but also as part of our living world, and of the likely future of ourselves and our world.

**Ever since then, the left hand has been the hand of ill-omen. The Titans then released the Kyklopes from Tartaros, and made Kronos Their king, monarch of all the Earth. But no sooner had They crowned Kronos than He re-imprisoned the Kyklopes once more in Tartaros. He then married His sister, Rhea, and commenced His harsh, tyrannical rule over the Earth. But both Kronos’ mother, Gaia, and His dying father, Ouranos, prophesied that one of Kronos’ own sons would eventually dethrone Him. Therefore every year, when each of His children were born to Rhea, Kronos swallowed the child: first His daughter Hestia, Who would become Goddess of the Hearth; then Demeter, Who would become Goddess of Fertility and Agriculture; then Hera, Who would become Queen of Heaven; then Hades, Who would become God of Death and the Underworld; then Poseidon, Who would become the Lord of the Oceans. Finally, outraged by Kronos’ cannibalization of Her children, Rhea arranged to bear Her next child and third son, Zeus, in the dead of night on Mount Lycaeum in Arcadia. She gave Her new-born son to Gaia. In turn, Gaia gave Zeus to the ash-nymphs Adrasteia and Io and the goat-nymph Amalthea who lived in the Cave of Dicte on the Aegean Hill to raise. The three nymphs raised Zeus there together with the infant Pan, Who would become the wild Goat-God of the Hills and Deep Forests. When Zeus eventually became Lord of the Universe, out of gratitude to the kind nymphs, His foster-mothers, He set Amalthea among the Stars as the Constellation Capricorn, thereby including her in the company of the immortals.* *Zeus also borrowed one of Amalthea’s horns, and gave it to the daughters of Melisseus. This horn became the legendary Cornucopia, the Horn of Plenty, which is always filled with whatever food or drink its owner may desire. The Cornucopia may be a symbol of the divine Vulva of the Great Goddess, Who was worshipped the world over for countless millennia before the advent of patriarchal cultures some 7,000 years ago. This “just-so” story about the origin of the Cornucopia may reflect attempts by the patriarchal Hellenes to come to terms with the matrifocal, Goddess-worshipping cultures which they displaced as they invaded and conquered the Attic peninsula, keeping the Goddess and Her Magickal Weapons rather than outlawing the Goddess-cult. If so, they nevertheless made sure that Zeus, the divine Patriarch, All-Father of Earth and Heaven, kept ultimate control of the Goddess’s potent Self and Powers, which otherwise could rise again and perhaps destroy the Hellenic culture and the latter’s control of Attica. 80a Around the cradle of the infant Zeus, which was hung in a tree (so that Kronos couldn’t find Him in Heaven, nor on Earth, nor in the sea), stood armed guards, the Kuretes, sons of Rhea. They clashed their spears against the shields and shouted loudly to drown out the sound of the child’s cries, which Kronos might otherwise have heard. In the meantime, Rhea had wrapped a stone in swaddling clothes and given the bundle to Kronos, Who, believing this was His new son, swallowed it. Even so, Kronos finally found out what had really happened, and set out to find Zeus. To escape His father’s murderous wrath, Zeus transformed Himself into a serpent and His foster-mothers into bears. Later, He commemorated this part of His young life by creating the Constellation Serpens, and set the ash-nymphs in the heavens as the Greater and Lesser Bear, simultaneously honoring their kindness to Him during His infancy and youth. Zeus grew to manhood among the shepherds of Ida, in another cave. When He reached maturity, He sought out Metis the Titaness, Who lived beside the vast, world-circling River Ocean. On Her advice He sought out His mother, Rhea, and asked Her to make Him Kronos’ cup-bearer so that in that He might thereby gain an opportunity to rescue His siblings, Who were still in Their father’s belly. Rhea quickly agreed, and mixed up a powerful emetic, which Metis had told Zeus to mix with Kronos’ drink. This plan went off without a hitch. Kronos drank great quantities of the doped drink. Soon He became extremely nauseated and began vomiting. First, He vomited up the stone Rhea had given Him in place of Zeus. Then, one after the other, He vomited up Zeus’s brothers and sisters, who sprang forth from Their father’s belly unhurt. In gratitude, They asked Zeus to lead Them in battle against the Titans, Who were led by Atlas, since Kronos was now too old to do so. The war between the Titans and the Olympians lasted 10 years. The Olympians finally won when Zeus freed the Kyklopes and the Hundred-Handed Ones from Tartaros, strengthened them with food and

drink, and won them over as allies. In return, the Kyklopes gave the Olympians potent gifts: to Zeus they gave the Thunderbolt as an offensive weapon; to Hades, they gave the Helmet of Invisibility, which generated an impenetrable darkness around Him and made Him invisible whenever He wore it*; and to Poseidon, they gave the Trident, another offensive weapon.** Using these Weapons, and backed up by the Hundred-Handed Ones, who threw gigantic boulders† at the Titans, the Olympians conquered Kronos and the other Titans. With the exception of Atlas, the Titans, including Kronos, were banished to the British Isles, and never again troubled Hellas. Atlas, the war-chief of the Titans, was punished by being made to carry the sky on his shoulders.‡ The Titanesses were spared, however, for the sake of Their sister Rhea and Metis, since these two Titanesses had helped Zeus to trick Kronos into regurgitating the other Olympians. *The Norse version of this Weapon is the Tarnknappe, the Cap of Invisibility made by the Dwarf Albericht and stolen from him by Odin (Wotan). The dwarves of the Norse myths and legends bear the same relationship to the Norse Gods that the Kyklopes, Hundred-Handed Ones, and other, non-deified Children of Gaia (Earth) do to the Titans and, later, the Olympians. Legends about them are almost certainly based upon the experience which the Celts and other immigrants into what is today Western and Central Europe had with the original native peoples there, many of whom were very competent workers in metal and stone. **In Hindu mythology, one of the aspects of Shiva, God of Destruction and Enlightenment, is that of the Power of the Sun upon the Waters, a kind of Sea-God. Shiva’s weapon, like that of Poseidon, is the Trident, with powers identical to those of Poseidon’s Weapon. (Originally, Shiva is a God of the Full Moon, just as Kali, His wife, is a Lunar Goddess and a Goddess of the Eclipse.)80b †This could refer to gigantic siege-engines, such as ballistae, of the sort frequently used by large armies against fortified cities from at least the time of Cyrus on. The Hundred-Handed Ones were supposed to have great skill as engineers and craftsmen, who could well have turned their skills to military uses. ‡This may be a conflation of several different legends and myths. The Atlas Mountains of Northwest Africa, stretching across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, have peaks up to 4,150 meters (more than two miles) high. Metaphorically speaking, they “carry the sky on their shoulders” – a saying from ancient times. The battle-master of the defeated Titans, whatever his original name, was probably exiled to that region after it was all over. Either his name was then given by Greeks to those mountains, or he was remembered for his banishment to that area, which already had the name; in either event, this part of the legend most probably commemorates exile and banishment of a defeated war-leader, not a torturous physical punishment (imposition of which, in the literal form given in the myth, would have been physically impossible, anyway). In this way, Zeus became King of the Gods and Lord of the Universe. As previously discussed, Jupiter is essentially identical in this as well as the rest of His story to Zeus, Their mythologies differing only superficially. These differences are due primarily to expedient modifications in the Greek myths made by Imperial Rome to encourage continued adherence to and support of the Empire by the people. Jupiter/Zeus also bears a strong resemblance to Brahma, war-leader and king of the Hindu pantheon. However, Zeus/Jupiter differs in important ways from Odin/Wotan, leader of the Norse Gods. Zeus/Jupiter was primarily a politician. Odin/Wotan, on the other hand, though of course a political adept, like Zeus, was also a Magickian, like Hermes/Mercury (Who was not King of the Gods). Nor does the amorous and pleasure-loving Zeus/Jupiter resemble JHVH, the God of the Old Testament, Who, by the time of the establishment of the Kingdom of Judea under King David, had evolved into an apparently bodiless Voice emanating from unknown worlds, without carnal needs or desires, the pure superego of a people and little else, commanding His adherents to live lives of righteousness and virtuous abstentious from many of the things which the Greeks, like the Romans, considered to be life’s necessary pleasures. Huge-natured in all things, Jupiter/Zeus was first in war, first in justice, and first in mercy and beneficence (except when it suited His convenience, lusts, or rage to do otherwise). He did not begrudge men their pleasures any more than He begrudged Himself the same pleasures. And while He might scour

the heavens and the Earth with the terrible fury of His Thunderbolts when His wrath was aroused by evil or even just simple impudence committed by any of His subjects, human or otherwise, once the miscreants had been punished and His rage had been satisfied, He acted only in kindness, distributing the bounty of the Universe impartially to all. By the advent of Christianity, He had evolved into a God rivaling JHVH in justice and love for His children, but without that God’s parochialism and dislike of the compellingly carnal. His worship covered the known world, with His temples set up throughout the Roman Empire. The vengeance of Ouranos had ironically become the blessing of all humankind: the establishment of the heavenly rule of the truly Great Good Father. Astrologically speaking, the influence of Jupiter closely fits His mythology. The original Divine Party-Animal, He is the Greater Benefic, as Venus is the Lesser Benefic. Traditionally, more than any other Planet, He signifies success, expansion, opportunity, achievement, good luck, prosperity, and, in general, every good thing life can offer. The Planets from Jupiter outward aren’t so much concerned with the individual’s personal existence and experience, as they are with one’s environment. Jupiter has to do with the amount of support which relatives, friends, spouses, and society as a whole gives to the individual, and the abundance which life has to offer him or her. At least for those living in Western urban cultures which have not yet learned to live within their ecological means, Jupiter’s influence is almost the reverse of that of Saturn, Who governs the amount of resistance which one encounters in one’s social and ecological environment in the process of trying to fulfill one’s wants and needs. Jupiter expands life’s horizons to the maximum possible, and opens the doors the new opportunities and experiences through which one can grow and improve one’s life. Jupiter integrates the individual into the world by encouraging him or her to reach out to life and achieve ever more, for both him/herself and others. According to Michael Meyer, Jupiter represents [t]he principle of preservation, increase, and compensation. The process of individual assimilation of the social consciousness. The urge to be a self-sustaining entity consciously participating within the social realm. The establishment of a larger frame of reference and the power to grow through co-operation with experience. Dharma, or the individual’s ‘power of right action.’ The guru, patriarch or savior image. Cyclic Meaning: The expansion of the individual’s realm of activity within the social sphere. Retrograde: A life dedicated to the service of a higher principle; or, social withdrawal. Whereas Saturn represents the Superego, self-restriction one one’s behavior out of fear of social reprisal and/or desire for social approval, particularly from authority figures, Jupiter represents the Conscience, ethically motivated self-restraint, action based upon mercy, compassion, and love. 82 He is the good, wise, kind, and benefic ruler, judge, and administrator, the State as Benefactor, the source of all good things, as opposed to Saturn, Who represents the State as Authority. Jupiter also represents the highest form of wisdom which we as mortals can ordinarily comprehend. He is the administrator of Earthly justice; while often this requires punitive actions, that isn’t the main thrust of His influence, which is directed to bringing about the most good for the greatest number, i.e., equity law, as opposed to adversarial law, ruled by Saturn. Venus refines the abundance brought into being by Luna; in turn, Jupiter distributes the fruits of Venus’s work as equitably as possible. He represents all those aspects of Sol involved with wealth, happiness, and security, distributed across society as a whole. His placement in any horoscope generally indicates how luck, opportunity, and beneficence will enter the life of the native, or influence a matter under consideration in a horary or event chart for the benefit of all concerned. Yetziratic title: The Lord of the Forces of Life Yetziratic text: “The Twenty-First Path is the Intelligence of Conciliation and Reward, and is so called because it receives the divine influence which flows into it from its benediction upon all and each existence. Hebrew letter:

k ‫( ך‬Kaph()

Numerical value: 20, 500 Principle: Expansion Astrological assignment: Jupiter, which, with Neptune, rules Sagittarius and Pisces; is exalted in Cancer and Aquarius; and is the esoteric ruler of Libra and Scorpio. Jupiter is masculine, fruitful, benefic, warm, moist, electric, and superior. Day of the Week ruled by Jupiter: Geocentric: Thursday Heliocentric: Thursday Hours of the Day ruled by Jupiter: Geocentric: The first, eighth, fifteenth . . . daylight hours after the first moment of dawn of Thursday; the third, tenth, seventeenth . . . hours after the first moment of sunset on Thursday night Heliocentric: Same Element (Alchemical): Tin Element (chemical): Tin (Sn), atomic number 50 Ecological process, realm, or principle: Jupiter is associated with detoxification, hence with the natural systems which, over time, detoxify and cleanse the soil, air, and water of pollution (Neptune is also associated with these); the oceans (because of His dominion over Pisces; Neptune is the primary ruler of the oceans); and the great natural balances of the living world (because of His aspect as the Just Judge, i.e., He Who Restores Balance to the World). Physical chemistry: Colors: Liber 777 gives the following. King Scale: deep violet (Key 4), violet (Key 21); Queen Scale: blue (Key 4), blue (Key 21); Emperor Scale: deep purple (Key 4), rich purple (Key 21); Empress Scale: (deep azure, flecked yellow (Key 4), bright blue, rayed yellow (Key 21). Generally, the colors and combinations of colors associated with Jupiter include royal purple, violet, deep blue, royal blue, and some blends of red and indigo such as magenta and claret. To these, Davis adds red mixed with green and ash-color. Watters adds yellowgreen and aquamarine, perhaps because of Jupiter’s traditional rulership of Pisces, i.e., of the ocean and the Element Water, which often display these colors. Gods:

Egyptian: Amoun, Amoun-Ra. Greek: Zeus (in Latin, Deus = “God”); Pallas Athena. Roman: Jupiter (Io-Pater, “God All-Father”); Minerva. Scandinavian: Odin, Wotan. Russian: Hungarian: Polynesian: Tane (Kane) (as Lord of the Heavens); Ta’aroa (Kanaloa) (as hurler of the lightning). Native Australian: Hindu: Brahma, Indra. Szekeli (Romany Gypsy): Chinese: the Jade Emperor (ruler of Heaven) Japanese: The French Enlightenment: Justice, Egalité. Eskimo: Central American: American Indian: American folklore: Pecos Bill, Paul Bunyan (tall tales, big men) SubGenius: Wotan/Odin/JHVH-1 Discordianism: Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, Eris (rough justice! <G>) Africa: Southeast Asia: Celtic: Voudon: Shango or Chango, Lord of the Lightning-Bolt, Giver of Justice (a God of thunder or explosives, ruled by Uranus, in Whose Sign Aquarius Jupiter is exalted). Christianity: St. James (Santiago, San Diego, etc); Joseph of Aramathea Judaism: Tzedkiel Islam: The Land of Oz: Ozma of Oz; Glinda the Good. Lovecraft: Randolph Carter (far-traveler) Stephen King novels: Science fiction: Randolph Carter; Baron Münchausen’s tales; LaVeyan Satanism: God-Name: AL (Aleph-Lamed) World religions: Olympian religion of ancient and Classical Greece; JHVH-1 and Fightin’ Jesus cults of SubGenius Grades of the Temple: 7th degree = 4th grade, Adeptus Exemplus (highest grade of Second Order) Archangel: Tzedqiel Angelic Choir: Chashmalim Angel: Sachiel

Angels given by Barrett, et al.: Olympic Planetary Spirit: Bethor Intelligence: Yaphiel Spirit: Hismael Spirits given by Bardon, Barrett, et al.: Name of Planet in Hebrew: Tzedek Commandment: Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord Blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20: 8-11 The Ten Plagues of Egypt (from Exodus 9 and after): Plague of hail and fire (Zeus’s weapon is the Thunderbolt, i.e., meteorites Verses of the Creation Story from Genesis (Genesis1-3): And God said, ‘Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the firmament of the heavens.’ So God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ And there was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day. Genesis 1:20-23 Cantos from the Inferno of Dante Alighieri:

Cantos from the Purgatorio of Dante Alighieri:

Cantos from the Paradiso of Dante Alighieri:

Article of Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America): Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no arrests shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. Biblical associations: Meditation: Liberality Magickal Power: Power of Acquiring Political and Other Ascendancy Perfume: Magickal Weapons: The Sceptre Musical tone: Bb or A# Qlippothic spirit: Kurgasiax, the Smiter. Evoked with the tone A#. His colors are bright blue, rayed with yellow. Orders of Qlippoth: Gha’agsheblah, “Smiters” Stones, gems, metals, chemical elements, etc.: Liber 777 gives lapis lazuli, the deep blue-violet color of which represents Jupiter’s spiritual nature; the amethyst, because of its violet color, its ability to protect against poisons, and its traditional use as the stone of episcopal rank*; and the sapphire, because its color is the blue of the Element Water, traditionally ruled by Jupiter (in the West).

**In addition, the amethyst is associated with Pisces, a Sign traditionally ruled by Jupiter.

Other stones traditionally associated with Jupiter include turquoise, because of its skyblue color (Jupiter was ruler of the heavens or sky); topaz; hyacinth; jacinth; chalcedony; diamond; chelidon; bezoar; armenia; iris; green arabian; and carnelian. Traditionally the metal of Jupiter is tin (chemical element Sn, Z = 50). Herbs, trees, and other planets: Liber 777 gives the oak, traditionally sacred to Jupiter because, as Jupiter is King of the Gods, the oak is King of Trees; the olive tree*; the shamrock (it has four leaves, and brings luck); arnica , because of its ability to relieve pain; the hyssop (used to purge the liver, which is ruled by Jupiter; also, because of its religious use in lustration); the opium poppy, because it relieves pain and gives “Olympian detachment”; the poplar, because of its soft and easily swollen pulp and great height; cedar, because incense made from it is used for religious purposes, and protects vestments from attacks by moths; and the fig, a

symbol of the testicle, and thus of male sexuality and virility, archetypal aspects of Jupiter (also, perhaps, because of its soft, sensual texture and its rich purple color).

* Because it was a potential source of enormous wealth; also, Pallas Athena, Zeus’s idealized self, was supposed to have given the olive tree to humanity as one of Her great gifts.

Generally speaking, Jupiter is associated with various nutritious fruits and nuts, such as almonds, apricots, asparagus, the chestnut, currants, rhubarb, rose-hips, and strawberries; plants with a pleasant odor, such as anise, balm, balsam, cloves, jasmine, linden, meadowsweet, mint, myrrh, and nutmeg; the oak tree, which is associated with ZeusJupiter in mythology; medicinal plants which affect the liver or the arterial system, which are ruled by Jupiter, such as chervil, cinquefoil, dandelion, deer-tongue, docks, garlic, leeks, limes, liverwort, onions, sage, and scurvy grass; and miscellaneous others, including agrimony, the ash tree, birch, betony, bloodwort, borage, daisies, the fir tree, jasmine, the mulberry, nailwort, polypody, small samphire, swallow-wort, sugarcane, thorn apple, wild pinks, and wild succory. Animals and Other Organisms: Liber 777 gives the unicorn (a symbol of virility) and the eagle (Jupiter’s messenger). In general, the animals associated with Jupiter include large animals, such as the horse, elephant, and whale (which is also a marine creature, ruled by Pisces, of which Jupiter is the traditional Lord); those with valuable fur, such as the ermine, sable, mink, seal, and chinchilla; the ostrich, because of its size and because of the great distances it was once necessary to travel for Westerners to view or catch one; and the turkey. Any animal of the sky (Sagittarius) or sea (Pisces) is secondarily ruled by Jupiter. Legendary orders of being: Liber 777 gives Incubi and Nightmares. Foods, drugs, and perfumes: For vegetable drugs, Liber 777 gives opium and cocaine. For perfumes, it gives cedar, saffron, and all “generous odors.” Goldstein-Jacobson gives olive oil, honey, fruits, and sweet, heavy wines, such as Maneschewitz. De Vore gives things that have a fragrant or bland taste or scent. By extrapolation from Jupiter’s essential nature, He rules all rich or luxurious foods, especially those prepared as part of a banquet given to many people; the wine and wafer used in Holy Communion; and food or drug that affects the liver or general circulation, which is ruled by Jupiter; fattening foods; drugs that make one feel expansive, generousspirited, or megalomanic; homeopathic preparations of stones, metals, minerals, or other substances ruled by Jupiter; food prepared from animals or plants taken from the sea; agricultural products of all kinds; and all rich odors and valuable perfumes. The Body: Diseases: Magickal image: Patterns:

Patterns related to growth and expansion, e.g., as in time-wise studies of population growth, series of maps showing expansions of empires, etc. Shiela-na-Gig Celtic luck/fertility figure. Four-leafed clovers. Forms, shapes, lineal figures, geomantic figures, figures related to pure number, and numerological associations: Jupiter is associated with full, generous curves. These are usually prominently displayed in the handwriting of those in whose natal horoscopes and lives Jupiter is prominent. Jupiter rules solid figures, that is, three-dimensional (cubical) ones, as well as the square and the rhombus, both four-sided figures. The numbers 4 and 21 are associated with Jupiter, since these are His Key-Scale numbers. Therefore the Mystic Numbers of the Sephiroth 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10 and 1 + 2 + . . . + 21 = 231 are associated with Him, as well. The number of Jupiter’s Trump, Fortune, is 10 (that is, the Roman numeral X). The sum of the letters that make up the name of His Sephirah, CheSeD (Cheth-Samekh-Daleth) is 8 + 60 + 4 = 72, while the sum of the letters that spell the name of His Atu, KaPh (Kaph-Peh), is 20 + 80 = 100. Jupiter’s God-Names in Assiah (the Material World) are AL, ABA, and AL AB (respectively “the God,” “the Father,” and “God the Father”); the sums of the letters spelling these are respectively 1 + 30 = 31, 1 + 2 + 1 = 4, and 1 + 30 + 1 + 2 = 34. Finally, the value of the Hebrew letter associated with His Atu, Kaph, is 20 = 4 x 5. Clearly the number 4 is strongly associated with Jupiter, since it factors most of the other numbers associated with him and/or constitutes the sum of their digits. The number 10 also factors many of them; further, 10 is equal to 1 + 2 + 3 + 4, the Mystic Number of His Sephirah, Chesed, and so is also an archetypal number of Jupiter. The 4 x 4 Magick Square of Jupiter, used to construct sigils for Jovial talismans and amulets, is as follows: 4 9 5 16 14 7 11 2 15 6 10 3 1 2 8 13

Seal of Jupiter:

Seal of Intelligence of Jupiter, YAHPhIEL:

Seal of Spirit of Jupiter, HISMAEL:

Clothing, Magickal Weapons, and other things, objects, and processes: For Magickal Powers, Liber 777 gives the Vision of Love and the Power of Acquiring Political and Other Ascendancy. For Magickal Weapons, it gives the Wand, Scepter, or Crook (i.e., Bishop’s Crosier). Jupiter rules high ceremonial in any form. He especially rules sacred and holy things, and things connected with religions, religious centers and buildings, and the Bible; rosaries; churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious buildings, and all their furnishings, including altars, the Ark of Torah and torah scrolls, stained-glass windows, religious regalia, and ecclesiastical robes. He rules higher education in all its forms, and therefore all things connected with it. These include institutions such as colleges and universities and their furnishings; the cap and gown worn at graduation ceremonies; professorial regalia; and diplomas. He also rules publishers and publishing, especially those connected with supplying students of higher education with textbooks or religious texts and hymnals for churches, synagogues, mosques, monasteries, etc. And he rules philosophy and philosophers. Jupiter rules all rituals of state and their accoutrements, and therefore crown jewels, uniforms, medals, parade regalia, robes of state, court-costumes, judges’ wigs, the baton, and the judge’s gavel or mallet. Jupiter rules people of high station, great fame, or great national or international importance, including those who attain fame through crime and dishonor as well as those who attain it honestly and honorably. Jupiter rules codes of honor and ethics, legal systems, law, lawyers, and law schools. Jupiter rules expansion and growth, and their expression in terms of material wealth. He therefore rules machinery that brings gain, such as gambling machines, lottery wheels, ATM bank machines, and so on. He rules large fortunes, and the instruments used to negotiate large monetary transactions, such as letters-of-credit and similar instruments used by banks and other large financial institutions, including electronic versions of such documents. For the same reason He rules luck, hence prizes and awards; gamblers and gambling; and good fortune in any form. He rules lavish expenditures of all kinds, and therefore losses through reckless speculation or gambling. Jupiter rules large vehicles such as vans, trains, buses, and parade-floats. He is also associated with all things that are connected with long-distance travel and travel for pleasure, including caravans, ships, Winnebagos, land-rovers (vehicles), foreigners, strangers (even those

one meets at home), foreign languages, and the science of linguistics. He rules charitable and philanthropic organizations and the things connected with them. He rules public functions, assemblies of a state or official nature, social gatherings, and anything associated with them, such as theaters, banquets, and the jewelry and clothing associated with high-society and state functions. Jupiter rules circuses and large pleasure-parties, and the things associated with them. He rules horse-racing, race-tracks, and stables for race-horses. He rules large mountains, and mountain-climbers. He rules large wild animals, zoos, and game preserves. His musical instruments include the pipe-organ and the calliope. And of course He rules symphony orchestras. Four-leafed clovers, rabbit’s-feet, and other luck talismans are ruled by Jupiter. Anatomy and physiology: Liber 777 gives the digestive system. With this assignment I disagree. Virgo, ruled by Mercury, is the ruler of the small intestines, and Scorpio, ruled by Mars and Pluto, rules the bowels. Traditionally, Jupiter rules the liver – an assignment which Liber 777, for reasons best known to itself and God, gives to Key 22, which is associated with the Sign Libra! Jupiter rules the posterior pituitary gland; the feet, thighs, buttocks, hips, and hip-joints; the liver, the intestines (secondarily; see above for the primary rulers), and muscles (secondarily; Mars is the primary ruler). He rules growth as a general process. He rules control of the shoulders and arms, in motions which depend upon good timing for their effectiveness. He rules the sciatic nerve and its function. He rules cell nutrition and development and fleshbuilding. He rules blood plasma, the arterial system, and the formation of hemoglobin and red corpuscles. In pre-Christian Greek and Roman religious astrology, He also rules the testicles and external male genitalia, as well as male sexuality and virility. In modern Western astrology, these, along with the female genitalia, are ruled by Scorpio and Pluto, with Mars being the secondary ruler of the male genitalia and Venus that of the female genitalia. However, the older assignment makes a good deal of sense in terms of general sociobiology. The division of a species into male and female originally began as establishment of specializations for providing a means of nurturance and stability for the young of the species, in the form of the ovum (female); and one for species dispersal, in the form of spermatozoa (male). These two functions could co-exist in the same, hermaphroditic individual, e.g., as in modern snails; or they could be manifest in morphologically different individuals, e.g., as in all modern mammals. Regardless, it is the task of the “male” to make sure that the next generation is optimally dispersed throughout the habitat, to prevent overcrowding and overuse of the resources of the habitat, which could be detrimental to the growing young as well as to the environment that they depend on for survival; and it is that of the “female” to make sure that the “male” dispersal function isn’t overdone, that the individual young aren’t so widely dispersed that essential resources aren’t available to them or they can’t find mates when the time comes for them to reproduce. The “male” thus roves far from “his” birthplace; the “female” tends to stay close to home. Jupiter not only rules long-distance travel, but the keeping of harems, male promiscuity, and frequenting of bordellos. He is thus associated with exaggerated forms of human male behavior that are perfect human expressions of the essential “male” function – spreading one’s genes as widely as possible, through as many offspring as possible. That Jupiter also rules the husbandman, the paterfamilias, doesn’t contradict this – many a culture expects a man of substance to have one or more mistresses or concubines in addition to one or more “official” wives, the sort of thing for which Zeus and Jupiter were famous. At any rate, fior this reason Jupiter can certainly be considered the secondary ruler of the testes and the male genitalia, if not the primary one. Psychology: Jupiter rules the abstract and creative faculties; broad generalizations, and reasoning and comparisons based on them; idealism; a powerful sense of the dramatic and ceremonial; obsession with a desire to be of service to humanity; optimism; harmony; the orderly mind;

the expansive and gregarious personality; talent for amassing great wealth, but without Saturn’s miserliness; generosity, both materially and spiritually; temperateness; sociability; hopefulness; a peace-loving, law-abiding nature; the philosophical temperament and faculties; religious inclinations; the “higher,” spiritual faculties; moral integrity; the ethical sense; the just and ethical person; wise judgment tempered with mercy; a love of beauty applied to grandeur and the sublime; a love of the fine arts, especially sculpture; broad vision; openmindedness; reasonableness. Jupiter creates conditions through which such qualities can be expressed, such as health, as an expression of physical harmony; law, as an expression of social harmony; or religion, as an expression of spiritual harmony. In all cases, these are vehicles of creation and maintenance of justice, harmony, and balance, not particularly as intellectual diversions or the means of acquiring wealth. Jupiter represents wise judgment, benevolent power, profit, good fortune, honesty, and dignity, and all the psychological traits and faculties that express or mediate these. On a lower level, Jupiter is also concerned with respectability and Gemütlichkeit, and the drive to acquire and maintain these. At his best, the Jovial person is generous, expansive, genial, temperate, vital, benevolent, respectful, and self-controlled. But when frustrated, he or she is likely to become proud, dissipated, boastful, a compulsive gambler, a spendthrift, extravagant, procrastinating, complacent, or hypocritical. Diseases and dysfunctions: Liber 777 gives dropsy and gout for diseases ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is associated with illnesses and dysfunctions of any of the parts of the body ruled by Him, as well as those involving or the result of pathological expansion, distention, or growths anywhere in the body. Such illnesses include those that are a result of over-indulgence, such as hangovers or gout, both of which are cries of outrage from an unhappy liver; congestion of tissues; chronic systemic acidity; abnormal blood pressure; and apoplexy (cerebral congestion, often leading to stroke). Jupiter increases the magnitude of any symptoms of illness. He causes excessive expansion of tissues, superabundance of fluids or glandular secretion, flabby tissues, and impurities in the blood due to dietary indiscretions. He causes fatty degeneration of parts of the body ruled by the Sign in which He currently resides; this is worst in the Sign Leo, which rules the heart. He initiates unwanted growths, such as fibroids and other non-malignant tumors; such growths could, however, become malignant due to bad aspects between Jupiter and Saturn, and in any cause would do harm to nearby organs as Jupiter continues to cause them to increase in size and put pressure on neighboring tissues. Jupiter is also associated with pathologies such as obesity, megalomania, obsessions, and compulsions that drive the native to work too hard or try to care for too many people; an inability to take a personal stand on any issue; compulsive extravagance and gambling; and religious mania. Occupations and ecological niches: Jupiter rules professions involved in banking, especially international finance, and such occupation niches as cashiers and bank-tellers; careers in law, as exemplified by senators, magistrates, judges, and attorneys; ecclesiastical careers, such as those of bishops, priests, ministers, rabbis, and preachers; careers in higher education, especially the teaching of philosophy; clothiers; restaurant workers; publishers; linguists; gamblers, bookies, croupiers, and owners of gambling-houses; jockeys, racetrack touts, horse-breeders, and owners and managers of race-tracks; mountain-climbers; philanthropists; ambassadors; professions and occupations involving high status, great fame, or national importance; travel-agents and adventurers (who travel widely in foreign lands); tin miners; and zoo-keepers, managers of game preserves, zoo docents, and all others connected with zoos and anything else dealing with large wild animals. Places, nations, and peoples:

Jupiter rules all places of dignity and solemnity, commanding respect or reverence. These include, e.g., churches, cathedrals, altars and confessionals; law courts and military tribunals; banks; large, ornate buildings such as palaces, etc. (another reason He rules cathedrals); and large institutions such as universities and great libraries. He rules any large, luxurious, or valuable property, building, or other place; parliamentary and other legislative meeting-places; places of higher education; and charitable or philanthropic institutions and the buildings that house them, such as public library systems established through philanthropy, and hospitals for the poor. Among peoples, Jupiter rules or co-rules all theocracies. Jupiter rules the Republican political party in the United States. This may be because He was the chief God of the Pantheon of the Old Roman Republic, and could be considered to have been its ruler, though Mars and His sister Venus were the rulers of the Roman people per se. Planetary Age of Man: Jupiter rules the Sixth Age. Traditionally, this age spans ages 58-69, the period when, having already achieved a certain success in life, one continues to nurture and administer what one has created, but with an increased awareness and understanding. This is a time of increased reflection upon Earthly events and contemplation of a greater, spiritual reality. By the reckoning according to which each Planet rules a decade of life, beginning with Luna and proceeding outward to Pluto and any Planets beyond, Jupiter rules ages 51-60. This is the period of full maturation of Earthly wisdom, and the beginnings of true spiritual maturity. Matters of the horoscope: Jupiter rules abundance, in any form; adventure; affluence; altars; artificial legs and hipjoints; beliefs; cathedrals; churches, Kingdom Halls, mosques, pagan and Magickal Circles, Sacred Groves, synagogues, and temples; celebrations and parties; ceremonies and ritual; charity and philanthropy; courts, both those concerned with law and those of nobility or royalty*; exploration; gamblers and gambling in any form, including lotteries, games of chance, betting, etc.; generosity; gifts; judges; judgment (as a faculty) and judiciousness; luck, fortune; optimism, hopefulness; philosophy; publishing; religion; the Republican Party of American politics; and universities and other institutions of higher education. *Originally these were identical. It was the Lord of the Realm – count, duke, king, or other ruler – who ruled on matters of law and even made the law. Modern aristocracies are the descendants of the early feudal and other systems in which the rulers were simultaneously military, religious, and civil authority. Today, these functions are usually invested in separate agencies, e.g., legislative bodies, religious organizations, military agencies, etc., and the aristocracy – where it still exists in an established form, such as in England – is mostly a repository of cultural heritage, little more. But in the beginning, the ruler was divine, his or her mandate given by heaven, and the word of the monarch was that of the Gods Themselves (except when the ruler’s behavior became so outrageous that it was decided that “the mandate of Heaven had been removed,” in which case the ruler either got the hell out of Dodge a few steps ahead of the local tar-and-feather party, or joined his or her ancestors in some creatively nasty way, to be replaced by someone a little more biddable by the Gods). For this reason, Jupiter rules monarchs, legislators, and ecclesiastics, as well, for originally all these were invested in the same man or woman, who represented the Will and Earthly manifestation of God. The Latin word deus, “God,” after all is derived from Zeus, the Greek name for Supreme Divine Lord; it is generic for “God” but also refers especially to Jupiter. The “Will of God” is above all the “Will of Jupiter” or “Will of Jove,” and it was this Will of which the early rulers were the Earthly agents. For this reason, Jupiter rules rulers and authority of all kinds, hence what are today the multiple functions of church, state, aristocracy, etc.


Beethoven’s Sixth and Ninth symphonies; Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity,” in his The Planets; Vangelis’ sound-track for the film Chariots of Fire; all grand and grandiose music Poetry: Alfred Noyes’s “The Barrel-Organ” Books and other literary productions: The Chemical Rubber Company’s Chemical Handbook, any good-sized encyclopedia, The Oxford Dictionary of the English Language (the two-volume job that comes with the little magnifying glass that most of us have ripped off from the book-clubs at some time or another*), most of James Michener’s works, and a good many of Stephen King’s, if sheer size is any consideration; cookbooks concerned with gourmet foods or exotic delicacies; textbooks on law (e.g., Blackstone); religious works, e.g., the bible, the Torah, the Koran, and the Mahabharata); works on high finance, e.g., Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. Robert R. McCammon’s great novel Swan Song (1987) is co-ruled by Jupiter because of its vast size, the fact that its general architecture is that of Dante’s Inferno, and its moving spiritual themes. Dante’s Divine Comedy is ruled by Jupiter. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub (1984) is a story of a great quest, as is King’s Dark Tower series and his The Stand (1983, 1994), hence ruled by Jupiter.**

*Like the Signs of Their strength, the functions of Mercury and Jupiter do oppose one another a good deal of the time, after all. :) **Stephen King was born at 4:18 a.m. on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. Using the Placidean system of house domification, his natal chart has Jupiter in Scorpio (death, horror, the primordial, the occult, etc.) in his Third House (the house dealing with writing, writers, etc.). He also has the star Algol exactly conjunct his Midheaven, and Spica exactly conjunct his Third House cusp. Algol is traditionally considered to be “the most evil star in the heavens,” while Spica is considered to be the most fortunate of stars. His career (Midheaven, 10 th House) deals with explorations of horror and evil and humanity’s ability to triumph over these (prose versions of Dante’s journey through the Inferno to Purgatory and then Paradise), while his writing has brought him vast (Jupiter in Third House) good fortune (Spica). Sheer coincidence. (Yeah, right.)

Architecture: The Sistine Chapel; Notre Dame Cathedral; Buckingham Palace; Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; the White House; the Vatican and all it comprises; the Hermitage in Moscow, Russia; the Russian Kremlin (Russia only recently emerged from feudalism and, after that, Communism, and for many Russians, the state has always been inseparable from spiritual authority in some form); Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Sculpture and Monuments: Washington Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, a vast sculpture comprising the busts of four American Presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt; the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island in New York City Harbor; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, a memorial to a martyred President; the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, ditto; Puukohola Heiau,

Hawaii, ruins of temple built by King Kamehameha; Crazy Horse National Monument; Simon Rodia’s magnificent Watts Towers, Watts, California; monuments dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr/ Visual arts: The Sistine Chapel ceiling Cinematographic Arts: Made-for-TV-movie series; Gone With the Wind; Gandhi; Chariots of Fire; The Ten Commandments; anything with about 200 sequels, like so many of the animated features produced by Dreamworks Saints and exemplars: The 36 Just Men and the 36 Wives, a Jewish legend (they correspond to the 36 decanates of the Zodiac, North (husbands) and South (wives) of the Celestial Equator) – as long as they exist in the world, we are not wholly lost St. Nicholas, A.K.A. Santa Claus, Father Christmas (seen on many wanted posters around January 1 of each year for instigation of highway robbery by the nation’s merchants). Judge Dee, the famous Chinese magistrate of the Tang Dynasty (circa 7th Century e.v.).84a Justinian, Emperor of Rome, 527-565 e.v., creator of the Codex Justinianus, last and greatest codification of Roman Law.84b Temujin, Genghis Ka Khan. The lawmaker Solon. Solomon ben David, King of Judea. the Apostle Peter, the “Prince of the Apostles,” first Bishop of Rome and essentially first of the Popes; . Andrew Carnegie, the famous 19th-Century Scots-American financier and philanthropist. Lucky Jim Baldwin, adventurer, gambler, and financier who hit it big in the Alaskan goldrush of the late 19th Century and finally settled in Southern California, where he helped build and operate the Santa Anita Racetrack. Tsar Peter the Great of Russia The Italian adventurer Giovanni Jacopo (1725-1798), better known as Casanova, famous for his Memoirs, which include accounts of his many love-affairs; Grigoi Efimovich Rasputin, Russian religious mystic and faith-healer, also known for his astounding amatory capacity and his practice of a sexual form of mysticism involving a tremendous number of female partners. Among other things, he was virtually unkillable – it took a vast amount of cyanide, several bullets, and a few heft whacks over the head before pitching him into an icy-cold river in the midst of a Russian Winter before he finally gave up the ghost. His influence over the Russian Tsarina eventually changed the course of history. Aleister Crowley. ‘Nuff said. American emblems, sigils, symbols, myth, folklore, and urban legend: Paul Bunyan Pecos Bill All tall tales

Far Eastern cosmological associations:
Trigrams and/or Hexagrams from I Ching, and Other Aspects of Taoist Cosmology: Sun, “The Gentle” (The Penetrating, Wind) ______

______ __ __ Ch’ien, Heaven, The Creative _______ _______ _______

Hexagrams (King Wen arrangement): 1, Ch’ien (Ch’ien above Ch’ien); 57, Sun (Sun above Sun)

b. Design and Title of Trump
Gringonneur: The Goddess Fortuna standing astride Her wheel. She holds a scepter in Her right hand, and an orb in Her left. Through the center of the wheel a country scene and a castle are visible. Bembo: It shows the Goddess Fortuna blindfolded and seated in the center of Her wheel. At the top is a cherub with ass’s ears and the legend Regno on a banner. Two other figures, one ascending and the other descending on the wheel, bear the legends Regnabo and Regnavi. At the bottom is an old man on hands and knees with the legend Sum sine regno. Swiss Tarot: Fortuna, blindfolded, naked except for some strategic drapery, cranks a wheel which appears to stand on the edge of a precipice. Beneath the wheel is a blossoming rose tree. At the top of the wheel are a young couple, the man blissfully unaware of danger, the woman looking over her shoulder in alarm. At the lower right is the falling figure of a man who has been thrown off the wheel. Insight Tarot: Three monkeys riding on a wheel. One, wearing a crown, is at the top; another is rising to the top; the third is falling from it The wheel turns in a clockwise direction, against the prograde (west-to-east) angular motion of the planets and of the angular motion of the Moon as seen from Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, and of the rotation of the Earth as seen from above Earth’s North Pole, but with the year-to-year angular motion of the stars in the heavens due to the precession of the Equinoxes. Marseille Tarot: This one shows the same crowned monkey as in sword. The wheel turns in a counterclockwise direction, in the night prograde angular motion of the planets and that of Luna Hemisphere, and of the rotation of the Earth as seen from above the year-to-year angular motion of the stars in the heavens Equinoxes. the Insight Tarot; he bears a same direction as the night-toas seen from Earth’s Northern Earth’s North Pole, but against due to the precession of the

Italian Tarot: A crowned monkey with one wing, standing astride a wheel. A dog or wolf located at three o’clock on the wheel ascends, i.e., the wheel turns in a counterclockwise direction. Wirth’s Tarot: It shows a wheel surmounted by a Sphinx armed with a sword. The base of the wheel rests in a boat. Around it twine two serpents, forming a Caduceus, the symbol of the God Hermes. Ascending the wheel at three o’clock (the wheel turns counterclockwise) is a dog bearing a Caduceus, possibly representing the dog-faced baboon that is the symbol of the God Djehuti, the ancient Egyptian analog of Hermes, or else the ancient Egyptian God of the Dead and patron of travelers Anubis. Descending on the wheel at nine o’clock is a demon bearing a pitchfork, who may have been intended by Wirth to represent the Greek God Typhon, son of Tartarus and Gaia.

Waite-Rider Tarot: It shows a wheel surmounted by a smiling Sphinx who holds a naked sword over her left shoulder. On the sword are the letters T-A-R-O, and, alternating with these letters, the Hebrew letters h w h y (Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh), rendered variously in English as “Yahweh,” “Jehovah,” or “Tetragrammaton,” i.e., the unpronounceable (unspeakable, unmentionable) name of G-d, also referring to the alchemical entities sulphur, water, mercury, and salt, and to the Elements Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. At the four corners of the card are shown the four Apocalyptic Beasts or Cherubs of the four Elements, the Lion, Eagle, Man, and Bull. On the right side of the card, Anubis, also associated with Hermes the Psychopompos, is rising on the wheel; on the Left, Typhon, in the form of a serpent, is descending on it. B.O.T.A. Tarot: Like Waite’s version of this card. Aquarian Tarot: Similar to Waite’s version of the card, except that both of the creatures on the wheel are rising, and both are serpents. There is a winged bull and a winged lion here, symbolizing the Elements Fire and Earth, but the eagle and the man are missing. The Sphinx and Anubis are not represented. The Crowley-Harris Book of Thoth Tarot: This pack has Typhon, the symbols of royal authority in his hands, descending on the right-hand side of the wheel, while the Ape of Thoth (the sacred dog-headed baboon that symbolized the God Djehuti to the ancient Egyptians) ascends on the left-hand side of the wheel. A Sphinx perches atop the wheel, a drawn sword in her hands, ignoring everything. The New Tarot: The card is retitled “The Royal Maze.” Two horses, one black and the other white, hold up a circle divided into pattern of circles and squares possibly intended to represent the squaring of the circle solely with a geometer’s compass and ruler, a Euclidean impossibility. Other symbols in this card include a lemniscate (figure-8 or ∞ symbol), a torch, a sailboat, a cup filled with what could be either blood or wine, and, at the top of the card, a group of three interlocked rings. America’s Tarot: “Oh beautiful for spacious skies / And amber waves of grain . . .” Has the Wheel of Fortune in the center of the card. Top half (Upright): amber fields of grain waving in the breeze, with a background of purple mountains and blue skies. Bottom half (Reverse): a factory city with smoggy skies, slag pits, sick and hungry people crowding the littered streets. Article X of the Bill of Rights. The Divine Comedy Tarot: Biblical Tarot: John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Alfred, holding a battered top hat in one hand and a cream pie in the other, stands over the Wheel of Fortune (as seen on TV). The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: The Stephen King Tarot: The R. R. McCammon Tarot:

c. Divinatory Meanings
Case: The Hebrew letter k (Kaph). A curve. Wealth and poverty. Jupiter, ruler of Sagittarius and Pisces, and exalted in Cancer. The color violet. The musical notes B flat or A sharp. The intelligence of conciliation, or rewarding the intelligence of those who seek. Rotation, cyclical motion, repeating phenomena, cycles, sequence, whirling motion or rotation, simultaneous

ascent and descent, evolution and involution, fortune, destiny, chance, fate, necessity, probability. Christian: The active principle that animates all things, ruling authority, good or evil fortune. “Remember, son of earth, that ability depends upon the will; if your will is to be accomplished, you must be daring; and to dare successfully, you must be able to keep silence until the moment comes for action. To possess knowledge and power, the will must be patient; to remain on the heights of life – if you succeed in attaining them – you must first have learned to plumb vast depths with a steady gaze.” Crowley: The palm of the hand (as represented by the Hebrew letter k (Kaph). Jupiter. Intelligence of conciliation. The color violet. The left ear. The Gods Amoun-Ra, Brahma, Indra, Zeus, Jupiter (IAO-Pater, All-Father), Pluto (Hades). The Eagle. Plants: hyssop, oak, poplar, fig. Gems: amethyst, lapis lazuli. Magickal weapon: the Sceptre. Perfume: saffron and all generous odors. Drug: cocaine. Magickal power: the acquisition of political and other ascendancy. Geometric figures: the square and the rhombus. Title: Lord of the Forces of Life. Fortune, attributed to Jupiter, the Great Benefic. Not merely good fortune, but also luck or chance, the incalculable factor. Change of fortune, generally good, as the fact of consultation implies anxiety or discontent over one’s current status. Douglas: The traditional meaning of chance, generally seen as not under the Querent’s control. Eden Gray: Blind fate. Another reading gives the working out of the law of karma, that what goes around comes around, and what you do comes home at last to roost. Golden Dawn: The mercy and magnificence of victory. Jupiter, the Greater Benefic, acting through Jupiter directly upon Venus, the Lesser Benefic. The Lord of the Forces of Life. Good fortune and happiness (within bounds); but sometimes as well intoxication with success and a consequent fall, if the cards that fall near this one bear this out. Grimaud: Evolution. Events moving toward a significant change. The outcome is inevitably happy. It is possible the transformation will be made with difficulty. Huson: Not given Kahn: Stability, ease, grace, benefit, money, control of the life force, earnings gained in a compatible manner or with a minimum of effort or by luck. If the card is reversed or among unfortunate cards, it can signify hard work, poverty, difficulty, day-to-day existence without prospects of change. Kaplan: Traditional meanings. See, e.g., those for the Golden Dawn pack, above. Knight: The pattern of destiny evolving within the Querent. Lind: The working out of karma. Mathers: Good fortune, success, unexpected luck. If the card is ill-aspected, however, it can signify ill fortune, failure, or unexpected bad luck. Mayananda: The creative force in motion. Papus: The Hebrew letter y (Yod), the forefinger extended as a sign of command. The idea of command or supremacy. The idea of duration, and of the endless action of time. Sadhu: The Hebrew letter y (Yod) as a testament in which are flowing all mental principles and currents. The mill of transformation which pulls us implacably in a painful process that ultimately refines us as the grinding of the wheel of a mundane mill refines grain. Fortune. The sign Virgo.

Thierens: Fortune, good or bad as the card is well- or ill-aspected. The sign Capricorn. The authorities to which the Querent is subject, but also his own actions, deeds, manifestations, and the position he occupies in the world, his status. Karma, in the strict sense. The fruits of past speech. Usher: Chance and fate. The beginning and the end. Waite: The perpetual motion of a fluid universe and the flux of human life. Destiny, fortune, success, elevation, luck, happiness, increase, abundance, superfluity. Other interpretations: Zero-sum games and processes, sinusoidal curves, the rise and fall of dynasties and other corporate bodies, the rise and fall of individuals, progressive (entropic) change, evolutionary (entropic) trends. The solar wheel, i.e., the round of the year and the Zodiac, the signs (twelfths of a year, beginning with the Spring Equinox) and constellations (zones in the heavens officially designated as to the celestial latitudes and longitudes that bound them) through which the Sun passes during the year. Among other things, this card represents the Sun, though its primary association is with the planet Jupiter, and so it is also associated with the four Fours and the four Sixes of the Minor Arcana, and with Trump XIX, The Sun, and the Hebrew letter r (Resh) as well as with its traditional assignment, k (Kaph). Due to its solar associations, for Christians it also represents Jesus Christ, and for Jews, it represents the Messiah, i.e., the triumphant general who will lead his people in battle against the forces of evil at the End of Days.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
Trump X, The Wheel of Fortune, is associated with the Hebrew letter k (Kaph), the Path connecting Chesed with Netzach. Its astrological attribution is the planet Jupiter, the traditional ruler of Sagittarius and Pisces, which is exalted in Cancer and Aquarius, and is the esoteric ruler of Libra and Scorpio. Chesed is likewise associated with Jupiter, the Greater Benefic, while Netzach is associated with Venus, the Lesser Benefic, ruler of Taurus and Libra, so this Path is generally a fortunate one partaking of the Fire and Water of Jupiter and the Air and Earth of Venus, the four Elements together in balance, producing the Quintessence, the ultimate perfection of the soul and the spirit and, alchemically, that of all the material world. This card represents the ever-changing nature of the living cosmos. As long as life in any form persists, nothing ever becomes permanently static. The tendency of all physical entities is to continue in their original motion until redirected in their paths by obstacles of one sort or another; their motion never ceases, only changes and, in some cases, becomes redistributed among other physical entities, as is what happens at the death or destruction of a physical body of any kind. In the lives of men, this means that whoever is ascendant today may be in the descendant tomorrow; that dynasties, having arisen and become ascendant above all others, inevitably fail; and that might and wealth of empires is never eternal. The higher one rises, the harder one can fall, so moderation in all things, including political power and wealth, is more desirable than any form of excess. Fortune gained at the expense of others fails sooner than that gained with the cooperation and aggrandizement of others, so kindness to those less fortunate than oneself is better than heartless treatment of them, for a subject today may become a deadly enemy tomorrow. This is the card of the ups and downs of life, of the rise and fall of both human and evolutionary dynasties, and the adjustments and adaptations that living organisms must make to the everchanging circumstances of their lives and their evolutionary lineages if they are to persist and pass on their genes.


Key 22

Lamed l “Ox-Goad.” Trump XI, Justice (in The Book of Thoth this Trump is numbered VIII and is called Adjustment. See Key 19, above). Libra ø. Cardinal value, 30; ordinal value, 12. Connects Sephirah 5, Geburah, with Sephirah 6, Tiphareth. Roman/English equivalent: L.

a. Qaballistic Meanings and Theory

This Path . . . is generally known as the Path of Karmic Adjustment. . . . . . . [All] factors of existence below Daath are bound to be riddled with sin and error. This requires the action of karma to rectify it. . . . The Lords of karma may be likened to physical surgeons, though more properly they are restorers of Cosmic Balance or Lords of Truth. These terms, which are the esoteric titles of the Tarot Trump, give the whole theory of the Path very well. The implications of the figure of justice on the card, with sword and scales, are resumed in the astrological sign of the Path, Libra – the Scales. The Path leads toward Geburah, which . . . has aspects which may be likened to a Judgment Hall. Like its opposite number, the 20th Path, this Path has affinities with Daath, for Daath is also a sphere of Cosmic Balance. Perhaps the most complete analysis of the 22 nd Path is to be found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, particularly the judgment scene. It was the Egyptian belief that each individual was judged after death and, according to the result, either went to a life of everlasting bliss or was instantly annihilated. . . . [Although] it is not widely believed that any souls are completely annihilated, . . . the general Egyptian idea is in accord with esoteric tenets. When the Personality is judged in accordance with Spiritual Principle, that part which measures up favourably will be assimilated by the Individuality as part of its fund of manifest experience; so the Individuality becomes enriched. Evil traits, however, will be completely rejected, not through any policy of separation of sheep from goats or wheat from tares, but because that which does not conform with Spiritual Truth cannot, by that very fact, have any reality. Non-existence of evil from a Spiritual viewpoint does not mean that it may just be written off – ignored. . . . [While] spirit itself must be perfect and free from evil on noumenal levels, we live and move and have most of our being in phenomenal existence, and on these levels evil is certainly very real. So evil which is not absorbed into the Individuality remains to be accounted for, for it must be absorbed in the end, though after transmutation or sublimation. This task the Individuality often does not care to face, but puts the matter off. The principle is much like that of the Personality not being able to face up to certain home truths about itself. The scientific term for this almost universal situation is dissociation or repression, and the symptoms are varying degrees of neurosis, or even psychosis, which are so common. We have here . . . the elements of a psychiatry of the Individuality in addition to the more familiar orthodox psychiatry of the Personality. These aspects of former incarnations which are not absorbed remain linked to the Individuality with a certain autonomous life of their own. This accounts for the phenomenon of ‘magical bodies.’ ... Magical bodies reveal themselves in much the same way as do the Jungian archetypes of the unconscious; that is, they may have a temporary obsessing effect. Usually they stem from Incarnations when great power was possessed and abused. . . . ... While most magical bodies seem to build up round instances of abuse of power, this is not necessarily always so. They could equally involve an abuse of wisdom or love. . . . Such magical bodies may be met with, and they may be considered as elements in one’s past experience rejected from the Judgment Hall of Osiris, or, in other words, not assimilated by the Individuality. . . . [Their] continued existence in the manner outlined above is a pathology, albeit a common one. What is to be done. The answer lies in . . . Redemption[, which] . . . means the ability to face up to the true situation within oneself coupled with the willingness to change it. . . . [This] requires ruthless honesty, considerable powers of discernment, and not a little courage, but prolonged intention and aspiration, which can be easier achieved by dedication to

some religious organisation, esoteric or exoteric, will help to attain it.* With a magical body, the aim is to face up to it, see exactly what it is, what it has done, accepting this however hideous or disgusting it may be, and once this confrontation has been fully achieved then one has power over that magical body instead of being the passive victim of its arbitrary and unpredictable restimulation.** *This depends upon the religious organization, of course. Dedicating oneself to a life of service to, say, the Royal Order of Gtrls’t, which requires sacrificing nubile young virgins on the altar of your choice, or the Church of Blgfrx, which promotes jihads against anyone not belonging to the One True Church, might not be the way to go. Just as there is no Royal Road to Geometry, there is no Divine Road to Spiritual Sanity. Ya gotta be careful about these things, that’s all. **In fact, Dante Alighieri did just this for the entire West of his day in his Divine Comedy. ... The 22nd Path has an additional importance in that it is on the line of The Lightning Flash representing the line of the descent of involution of the Sephiroth. The Hebrew letter of the Path, Lamed, has reference to this. Geburah represents the condition of the Spirit in action in the higher levels of Form and the subsequent descent to Tiphareth via the 22nd Path is the establishment of the spirit as a unit of Individuality at these subSupernal levels, from which levels the further projection of a Personality into Earth is made. The highest Path on the Tree, the 11th, connects the first coming forth of the Spirit into manifestation and is assigned the letter Aleph, meaning an Ox. The ox is one of the earthiest of symbolic animals and so we see that manifestation in Earth is implicit in the Spirit’s purpose from the very beginnings of things. Thus, the processes of the Spirit, active in Geburah, driving its own projection down to the relative stability of the Tiphareth, is well symbolized under the form of an Ox-goad. The shape of the letter itself, suggestive of two Yods, (one above and one below a lateral dividing line), suggests the Hermetic axiom ‘As above, so below’ – a reference to the aim of producing a Personality which is a true reflection of the Individuality, just as the Individuality should be a true reflection of the Spirit. The symbol of the Ox-goad, like the symbols of Geburah, may evoke suggestions of punishment, but this is not strictly accurate. The drive to fulfill destiny or the need to work out karma are not in themselves punishments, though they may appear so to a deviated Personality which insists on ‘kicking against the pricks.’ . . . [Although] man tends to make God in his own image, . . . man has distorted his own image by his Prime Deviation, so we should not think God’s works to be too close a reflection of man’s works. Divine Justice is a very different thing from human ‘justice’ . . . in terms of suffering. It would be interesting to know which caused the most misery in the history of mankind – criminality, or the punishments for it inflicted by society. A truer approach to the potencies of this path might be gained by considering the Hebrew letter under its lesser known, somewhat apocryphal symbolism of a King, for it is by the Wings of Faith that the soul can best achieve its destiny and escape from the shadow of karma. Faith emanates primarily from Binah, and flows into Geburah via the 18th Path [Cheth]. . . . Binah is . . . ‘the Creator of Faith’ and ‘the parent of Faith from which doth Faith emanate.’ So we have a link shown to us by the Yetziratic Texts, which also describe the 22 nd Path as the Faithful Intelligence, by which ‘spiritual values are increased.’ ‘All dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow’ and we may well assume that by striving to become completely under the protection and shadow of the Wings of Faith we shall attain to the realisation that Divine Justice or Absolute Balance is not a system of remorseless punishment, but our protection against Cosmic Darkness, ‘Spiritual wickedness in high places,’ and complete annihilation. As Jesus said: ‘If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto the mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be

impossible unto you.’ (Matthew.xvii.20). This has particular relevance to the manmade mountains of sin, corruption and ignorance, which the astringent tests of this Path serve to remove. 23 Yetziratic title: Hebrew letter: Numerical value: . Title: Principle: Astrological assignment: Element (Alchemical): Element (chemical): Ecological process, realm, or principle: Physical chemistry: Colors: Gods: Greek: Roman: Egyptian: Scandinavian: USA: France of the Enlightenment: Celtic: Christian: Hindu: Voudon: Other: Biblical associations: Countries: Cities: Peoples: Meditation: Magickal Power: . Perfume: Magickal Weapons: Musical tone:.

Qlippoth: *See Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden (London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1994), pp.

Metals, stones, and minerals: Plants, real and imaginary: Animals, Real and Imaginary: Vegetable drugs (plant extracts): Mineral drugs: The Body: Diseases: Magickal image: Lineal figures: Domain: Archangel: Quarter: Buddhist symbolism: .

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b. Design and Title of Trump
General: The blindfolded figure of Justice as she appears on this card represents the Greek Titaness Themis. Statues of Her, seated or standing, with sword upraised in one hand and the scales of truth in her other, are found in the porticoes of halls of justice throughout Europe and America. She is the guardian of men’s oaths, and is the Goddess of oaths and binding contracts of all kinds. She has the gift of prophecy, and was honored at the shrine of Delphi. She corresponds to the ancient Egyptian Goddess of Divine Justice, Maat, the feminine analog of Djehuti. She is concerned with weighing truth, with testing the truth of things. Gringonneur: Justice seated, scales held in her left hand, an upraised sword in her right. Bembo: The same.

Swiss Tarot: Justice is standing; otherwise the card is the same as in Bembo’s and Gringonneur’s packs. Insight Tarot: Justice is seated, and is otherwise as in Gringonneur’s pack. Marseille Tarot: The same. Italian Tarot: The same. Wirth Tarot: The same. Waite-Rider Tarot: Traditional, but in this card a square device ornaments Justice’s crown, and a further square, enclosing a circle, is used to fasten Her cloak. B.O.T.A. Tarot: Similar to Waite’s version, but the crown is a variant of that of the Goddess Isis; and the device that fastens Her cloak is a Tau Cross. Aquarian: Similar in all major respects to Waite and Marseille. Crowley: Justice standing, holding a pair of scales and a drawn sword pointing downward between the pans of the scales. The hilt of the sword incorporates lunar motifs. In the pans of the scales are, to the right, the Greek letter α (alpha), and on the left, the Greek letter Ω (omega). The sword is identical to that shown in the card for the Ace of Swords. New Tarot: Retitled “Donor.” A woman with a naked sword hanging from a circlet around her neck, holds up two pillars, one in either hand, a black pillar on the right, a white one on the left. Two hands come down out of the sky above her. Her sword just pierces a heart located between her feet. America’s Tarot: Follows Crowley’s system, so this card is numbered VIII and is called Adjustment. A montage of American Supreme Court justices against a background of the building in which they work; Andrew Vachss, the legal advocate for children; Jeff Masson, author of The Assault on Truth (1984 e.v.). The Divine Comedy Tarot: Biblical Tarot: John Burt’s MAD Tarot: Bill Gaines pries open the jaws of a patched, moth-eaten lion costume to reveal a terrified Joe McCarthy. The Robert A. Heinlein Tarot: The H. P. Lovecraft Tarot: The Stephen King Tarot: The R. R. McCammon Tarot:

c. Divinatory Meanings
Case: The Hebrew letter l (Lamed). To teach or instruct. An ox-goad. Its function is work or action, in the sense of the Magnum Opus, the Great Work. Karma. The sign Libra, which is ruled by Venus. The exaltation of Saturn in Libra. The color green. The musical tones F sharp or G flat. Faithful intelligence. Christian: Absolute justice, attraction and repulsion. Man’s narrow and fallible justice.

Crowley: Ox-goad. Libra. The Element Air. Saturn and Mercury as rulers of Air. Faithful intelligence. Justice. The color emerald green. The Gods Yama, Maat, Themis, Minos, Aeacus, Rhadamanthus, all Divine Judges. Vulcan. The animal is the elephant. Plant: aloe. Stone: the emerald. Magickal Weapon: the Cross of Equilibrium. Perfume: Galbanum. Drug: tobacco (the peace pipe of American Indians). Magickal powers: justice and equilibrium. The geomantic sign of Puella. Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth. The Ruler of the Balance. In his The Book of Thoth and in the Tarot pack that goes with it, Crowley renames this card Adjustment. The equilibrium of all things. The feminine counterpart of the Fool. The act of adjustment, suspension of action pending decision. Lawsuits or prosecutions. Engagement, betrothal, or marriage. Treaties. Douglas: Conscience reminding the conscious mind about the existence of the unconscious mind. Judgments, arbitration, vindication of truth. When ill-aspected, the card represents injustice of various kinds, legal tangles, or expensive lawsuits. Gray: Equilibrium through the love of the Great Mother. Justice. Mercy advised and excessive severity contraindicated. Golden Dawn: The severity of beauty and sovereignty. Mars acting through Libra upon Sol. Daughter of the Lord in Truth. The Holder of the Balances. Eternal Justice and Balance. Strength and Force arrested as in Judgment. Legal proceedings. A court of law. A trial at law. Grimaud: Equilibrium. Trial, rehabilitation, honesty, justice performed, loss, unjust condemnation. Huson: A warning to weigh a situation carefully before making a decision about it. Balance, natural balance, equilibrium. Dharma. An arbitrator. When the card is ill-aspected, it warns of imbalance, prejudice, bias, or an unfair or corrupt arbitrator. Kahn: Cosmic law, the means by which man apprehends the universe, occult studies, secret societies, divinatory arts, regulatory forces of the universe. Karma, legal contracts, licenses both practical and mystical. When ill-aspected, it can signify illegal activity, ruthless people, or crime. Kaplan: The traditional meanings of the card, plus virginity, violence. Knight: Karmic adjustment. Lind: Divine Justice (without the blindfold). Everything weighed in the balance. Mathers: Equilibrium, balance, justice. When ill-aspected, the card can mean bigotry, abuse of justice, over-severity, inequality, or bias. Mavananda: No meanings are given. Papus: x (Cheth). A field. The sign Cancer. Equilibrium in all things. Thierens: The sign Scorpio. Avenging justice, with the emphasis upon vengeance rather than justice. The faculty of desire, both higher and lower. Sexual experience. Occult and psychic experience (where, traditionally, sex is sublimated). Transmutation. The card of sorrow as well as that of deeper satisfaction. That which is secret or hidden. Usher: Reason for its own sake, the possibility of spiritual growth. Cancer (the disease). The equalization of all individual manifestations of will. Waite: Equity, rightness, rectitude, probity, the execution of decisions, triumph of the deserving side. When ill-aspected, the card can mean law, legal complications, bigotry, bias, excessive severity.

Other: Symmetry, both physical and spiritual. Reciprocity. Equity. The application of law. All face-to-face relationships, including partnerships, marriages, dealings with physicians and attorneys and other professionals, war and battle (where the enemy is the other participant in the relationship), antagonists, lawsuits. The first 30 days after the Autumnal Equinox. The Element Air as the ruler of communities, and the planets strong in Air Signs (Saturn and Uranus, in Aquarius; Mercury, in Virgo; and Venus, in all Airy signs). Kronos and Hades, Who are also Divine Judges. Hephaestos, the Greek analog of Vulcan. The transition from the imbalance and tension of the waxing quincunx, ruled by Virgo and the sixth house of the horoscope, to the confrontation and decision-making of the opposition, represented by Libra and the seventh house of the horoscope; and that from the decisive action of the opposition to the imbalance and tension of the waning quincunx, ruled by Scorpio and the eighth house of the horoscope. The marriage of Hades and Persephone, hence the process by which Koré was transformed or transmuted into Persephone through marriage to Hades, and the lichen, a symbiotic partnership between an alga, representing Koré/Persephone, and a fungus, representing Hades. This card may be seen as the complement to Trump X, The Wheel of Fortune, representing Jupiter, Who is exalted in the sign Cancer, another sign in which Venus is strong. The Wheel is the card of fate or luck, random factors that one can do little but roll with. Justice is exactly a card of absolute, titanic justice, the redistribution of energy so that matters reach equilibrium or equity.

d. Interrelationships of the Path and the Trump
Trump XI, Justice, is associated with l (Lamed), the Path connecting Geburah with Tiphareth (though in Crowley’s Book of Thoth pack, Lamed connects Geburah with Chesed). Its astrological attribution is the sign Libra, whose mundane ruler is Venus, in which is exalted Saturn, the Greater Malefic, and Uranus, and whose esoteric rulers are Jupiter and Neptune. This is thus a Path dominated by the generally malefic Outer Planets, with a slight admixture of the balancing, benefic, and beautifying force of Venus. Geburah is associated with the fiery and acidic planet Mars, traditional ruler of the fiery sign Aries and the acid waters of Scorpio, while Tiphareth is associated with the Sun and its fiery solar energy. This Path is thus a fiery and, at times, caustic one, a Path of the testing of primordial Will and Spirit, their arena proving-out. Justice represents that time in a child’s life in which the child becomes truly socialized, learning to interact fairly with others as a gigantic step in his progress toward maturity and the taking of his place in one or another community of men. It is a card of balance, testing, socialization, taming, judgment, decision-making, partnership, willing submission to the rule of law, and a turning away from the rule of the whims of individuals and the temptations of great power. It signifies the embrace of justice, cooperation, and the rule of law and the consequent relinquishment of aggressive competition, unjust or imbalanced interactions with others, and the rule of anarchy and tyranny.

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