24 May 2011 – Notes from a BOTA study group
Contemplating BOTA TAROT Key 20.
We colour our own BOTA Tarot Keys by the book, to receive and embody their resonance.
Gabriel appears four-dimensionally, obeying no law of foreground or background time, but here, out of his cloud ring. He is an Archangel of Water, with fiery wings. The horn he blows is straight down the middle: the design traces the Tree Sefiroth. The horn is the spinal thread on which the chakras are strung: the inner flute. It calls the uprising child, whose arms outstretched form a Y or V.
There are seven planetary rays from its bell, and twelve zodiac rays from Gabriel’s cloud, plus a thirteenth – the horn itself: AChD, AHBH (13 = unity and love).
Note that Key 19 – the Children of the Sun – sheds 13 YODs, and how the rays of the Sun shine concentrically around. In Key 20, the 13 YODs as rays, are focused into the human condition, like a bird’s wing indrawn.
The Sun rises with Buddha’s intimate detachment as the children “cook” in their grassy vessel with sunflowers. Then Archangel Gabriel in the Judgement, the Annunciation – (for he the messenger, struck Mary’s child with divine awareness) – engages intimately with each human soul.
Gabriel’s right hand is over his heart and his left hand over his belly. This is said to be a good mudra to summon sleep and align one’s bodies.
The stone coffins float on the waters of the subconscious: they are not only linear third-dimension cells from which the cultivated humanas grows, but also the athanor of the Children of the Sun: their protecting wall.
These Children grow up into parents: their child becomes the androgynous Union of the World in Key 21.
The woman’s gesture L is active. She smiles, because at last she is understood. The man’s gesture X over his heart is surrendered, he now looks up and receives the Archangel directly. L V X: let there be light. Let this be no mere salute.
What is Judgement? How is it different from Justice? The design echoes and develops Key 14 on the path of Probation, in which the human beings are the lion and eagle in Ezekiel’s vision. (The lion and eagle receive alchemically, the water which burns and the fire which flows.) Where Justice holds a Karmic balance, the Judgement commands an Ascension to a higher level. The Archangel Michael in Tarot Key 14 is often depicted holding the sword and scales of Justice, Key 11.
Visually, the design in Keys 20 and 14 fits over Key 6 the Lovers too, whose Archangel is Rafael. (see further down)
The subconscious responds to images. Each of the Tree of Life’s 22 paths has a Tarot Key. We contemplate the Tree visually and as a whole – the paths of intelligence and influence.
Through the Four Worlds of Jacobs Ladder, the paths of ZAIN (sword) and SHIN (tooth) “overlay” each other. The Hebrew letter ZAIN (the Lovers) is the descent of Understanding and discernment from Binah into Tifareth, the heart centre. Letter SHIN (the Judgement) is the element of promethean fire reaching Malkuth, the ground.
Pictorially, the Archangel is veiled from the Lovers by the cloud, and pierces THROUGH the cloud to the lovers of the Judgement. The Judgement is an overall cosmic grace, receiving Volition (Gevurah) and Benevolence (Hesed). The qualities of Gevurah and Hesed are constraint and expansion, the balance.
Then where is the fourth Archangel? Key 15, the Shadow, masks Archangel Uriel of the lightning flash – and presents our greatest challenge, at all levels. There are organisations. “Give me a spiritual contact and I will organise it!”
Examine the different attitudes of nakedness in the 22 Keys – how the man and woman in 15 seek to exploit and disguise it, and how in 6 and 17, the nakedness is unabashed and loves itself: the natural state.
In Key 17, the chakras in the woman’s spine are “interior stars”. The pool is all of them, reflecting the evening sky. Her foot rests lightly on the waters of the soul. This Key is also called “Meditation”, and from the same pool the evolutionary path of Key 18 will emerge – as she sees it. The hebrew letter Tzaddi resembles a fish-hook which we let down into the deep.
In Key 20, the Judgement, the great sea water congeals to ice mountains – the density of the Spirit of Ruach. We receive a fountain breath right down the centre of Key 20, from above to below, like Genesis. Let the horn wake the flute.
One of the most helpful pointers for me, was when we spontaneously saw that the seven stages of spiritual unfoldment – F’s question, doing his tarot Interpretation exam – are not just 15-21, but INCLUDE the two septenary levels above them in the Tarot Tableau: the tonal depth enriches and opens up the dimension.
Are the coffins in Key 20 tethered to land, or do they float? We agreed that they float, and we also caught sight of the opened lids, representing all the Karmic history which limited the parents: the child has no lid but the infinite Archangel – the Law of resurrection or growth through the planes. Those floating coffins are like the silhouettes I’ve been discussing (in previous post), pasted on the infinite, wobbling in the water surface like oil. The human Family arises like a living iris from flat-earth outline theory.
The Iris flower symbolises Key 14: the rainbow. Michaels’ wings are of fire through droplets of water.
There is an outline, and there is the living truth: they intersect at a right angle – this is displayed cryptically in the red cross flag attached to Archangel Gabriel’s horn. The red cross flag represents also the white work and the red work. The white work is spiritually inspired. The red work applies it to the earth vessel with the help of Mars, the secret fire.
It was agreed that different souls’ responses to kundalini – whether it be presented in picture form or internalised in body awareness – should not be generalised.
The flag also represents the rosicrucean vault proportions – 3 : 5, 5 : 8 – the golden mean. The cross on it echoes the man’s hands, crossed over his heart.
An African told me two dreams he had, which helped him to understand one of Warren’s books perfectly (Halevi). In the first dream, a priest told him he is Jewish. In the second dream, he was shown in a graphic diagram, just how souls drop into incarnation along the line, in such a way that it changed his life. Then he could read the book, which before, he couldn’t grasp.
This day of Tarot is, as it were, the other side of yesterday’s Deva page. They co exist happily, like palms together.
Each Tarot Key has a musical note, related to its colour vibration, as in Pythagoras. We learn these in the BOTA correspondence course lessons.
The council lawn mower passes back and forth, below my window. Its motor has a tonic note, to which I spontaneously chimed a fourth above; and suddenly struck a beautiful edgeless chord or vibration. This is how we can “play” the Tableau visually. The notes of Mirth, Awakening, Meditation, Embodiment, Realisation, Ascension and Completion along the base of the Tableau make chords with the Keys above them.
The lawnmower note turned out to be the first I blew on the whistle – an E. E is yellow, the tone of the Fool and the Magician and Strength. The tonic is B major – magenta – Key 18 the Moon: the questing way of embodiment.
Very nice to see these Keys together – how the Fool leads the quest, and the Magician and Strength contain and focus it.
F said yesterday, it is difficult for him to grasp the chakra correspondences in the bota system. It takes time. We have to live with it and let it grow and inform, like the Magician with his plants.