This is the first of three posts, about a Tarot reading just after midsummer this year. The oracle opened up (as usual) a contemplation including and far transcending the strange local event which triggered it. Those private and universal threads continue to flow, and only now have I time to collect and edit them together.. You may not want to read it all, but dip here and there in the lake for possible echoes ! The Hanging Man and the Tower (reflecting one another) are traditionally the least popular cards in the deck; but what profound alchemical treasure they reveal …
Here is part One – Journal 23 June 2018
Keep cool. The cracks flowed richly together, like the Golden Net all over Gaia. Contemplate this fact. Watch the space. Love the space – that means embrace it, keeping still. Let the sea of it flow through, and reflect the way of martial art to deftly step aside, forgive, give way to the force.
I am shown what the Higher Power electrifies in my soul and centre of gravity. Peace.
The problem for me, is that yesterday’s serendipitous encounter with a violent stranger may generate enemies and their own trains. The answer is that everywhere in life there is risk or apparent risk; and when the soul is focused, she navigates with place, time and precision. Keep thinking Golden Net and the crisscrossing delta traces in sand. Time and space with this event in my soul gives it digestion.
Digestion is alchemical – assimilation means conversion to energy – and I am reminded of Tarot Key 8 and the Heracles with Lion in a cave, which Midi Berry sent me.
Master R, what is your view?
Tarot Keys to reflect … my method is to shuffle the deck, wait a moment for the lake to quieten, then cut the deck with left hand and repeat three times (no need to reshuffle). This reading is with just the 22 Major Arcana. From the three piles face down, turn over the centre top card, and then the ones to the right and left. The first card is the reading’s YOD or intention. The ones to each side enhance or qualify its character.
From the first card, turn over the three cards underneath it in the pile. They represent H, V, H of Tetragrammaton YHVH. Y (Yod) is the father, H (Heh) is the mother, V (Vav) is the child and H (second Heh) is the family of the first three in its concerted action, decay or momentum. It contains and generates within it a new Yod or cycle.
Finally, add together the numbers of Y H V H in the reading for an overview. Consider Y H V H as sides of a pyramid: the fifth card is the apex. It is represented by the three-pronged 21st Hebrew letter SHIN. As YHVH is Jahweh, YHShVH is Yeshua, who liberates. So the fifth and central card, representing the SHIN, may be seen as a liberating overview, with altitude or perspective: the Hermetic relationship of Above and Below.
Here, Key12 the Hanging Man (it was reversed) walks contra the way of the world; also suggesting a sacrifice. He is flanked by 20/Ascension and 14/Temperance.
The Hanged Man is Yod for the Lovers, the Tower and Tarot Key 8 the woman with the lion. 12+6+16+8 = 42 = 6; the Lovers at the apex, as in the Heh card ‘below’. The Tower cracked open. The woman contains the red lion. The lovers – twice 6 are 12 – are equilibrium. The Hanging Man on the inner plane equilibrates the pendulum at rest – the birth into earth: seed drops.
The Tower mirrors the Hanging Man. Come to meet or unify the male and female consciousness tumbling out. The Tower is a well. I wondered deeply at the mirroring. The Tower in alchemy is a Grail vessel which periodically cracks shell. Nothing in nature remains static. The Hanging Man is a lake. The Tower is a lightning flash.
I just noticed the ‘contact pattern’ of numbers in this reflection: 6 12, 16 8. For me, this kind of pattern indicates that a Master’s eye is near; for what small wit of mine could casually bestow the spontaneous harmonic? The oracle is a relationship with the inner plane and its wisdom.
Regarding yesterday’s encounter, shown to me twice in different places where I just ‘happened to be’ – it was a Sky-hawk’s view: as the heavenly eye and the earthly detailed eye of Horus homed into the Bull & Bush (a pub near Golders Green). I was given a view behind the stage into private rooms.
Journal 26 June 2018 THE WHITE EAGLE IN ALCHEMY
Deeply tired. Physically … It is very hot weather, I got back from Nether Stowey yesterday and went in the evening to the Castle to sample the “women’s bouldering” – no vitality at first, on my own! bored and dull. But when I met up with shapely Christine and large dreadlocked Jamaican Marie I discovered what a huge difference it makes to be encouraged and to take turns at a pitch and watch each other. I discovered that I climb quite well, considering I’ve only done it for a month, and can attempt what the other two do, who’ve done it for two years. I did a V1 Yellow route – very pleased. When people get together it is called a Session, and the venue is cooperatively social. Next time, take my harness and do a top-rope climb with the automatic belay. Just as it was getting a bit routine, I am through the roof again. With leg work, do “small steps”. This positions and balances much better for long reaches. My new friends try going up slabs with just their feet – palms on slab, no hold. I tried it too. Getting a little more confident with those nasty moments which rely on vertical balance, perched on the wall. Also discovered I recover quickly from each effort and am ready to go again. But this morning … EXHAUSTED! Maybe the heat. Sweating.
Tired – let go into it – lovely walk at the weekend up into Quantock woods with my mother, her slow fragile pace being my opportunity to contact with the ground and flow – weightless sole of feet and hips: sweet leafy tunnels, dark earth and great populations of young dancing oaks shot through with light. What will I do, what will I feel when she is gone? How vivid and intense is her descending imprint of life. Here today but in a few years, gone! Her imprint, her sticks, her soul pattern are a flower through the wooded hills.
Now, that Tarot on Saturday morning …
14, Equilibrium 12 20 Ascension Pendulum Midpoint .. 6 6 8 Secret garden secret Strength/ garden Digestion .. 16 Awakening Eruption
I love this one. Lay it out again. The Hanging Man is the Waters and therefore the Well – and dangles head down into the erupting lightning-struck tower. What appears violent in one plane is peaceful in another. At apex the pendulum rests at midpoint pivoting. In the pendulum’s returning arcs to each side are the Archangels Mikael and Gabriel!
The Lovers – twice – are Rafael.The Tower represents Archangel Uriel’s flash of lightning. The Great Four Guardians are in the belly of the woman with her red lion!
Three great Scarlet Keys – 20, the mother-fire letter SHIN (Archangel Gabriel with trumpet), the red lion in 8, and red fiery Mars,16.
The beautiful Tempering element or balancing – Keys 14, 12 and 6.
The simple way with the oracle is to visualise and contemplate its image or reflection. The oracle does the rest. Visualise the pictures and their integrity and speech – the power. Do I begin life this way? The tower is a figure of speech – where God opens mouth. In the same way, the woman guides the red lion’s mouth to sing, rather than roar. The Lovers in their nude grace give space for each other beneath Rafael’s wings, with Mount Binah in the landscape between them. The Binah landscape is the Understanding. The Understanding is Ramesh Balsekar’s beautiful unadorned word for the teaching.
What a lot of wings! Three pairs upraise that invincible perfumed power of the angels. The angels bear vast power. Nothing can oppose them, for they are the Law. They carry out the Law and beneath the shelter and shadow of their Wings are my rod and staff. Gabriel’s wings are raised up: Mikael’s and Rafael’s are at rest.
My first insight with this on Saturday 23 June was to meet all things with deep surrendering equanimity. Eruptions and fireballs in the earth plane, local and at large, are within the Provenance of these Higher Beings. Who can predict what They see at a glance? I feel the hawk’s eye. I love the way the Hanging Man peacefully drops down into the drama of the Tower erupting. The Hanging Man is the dew of heaven. Regarded the wrong way round, he gets a bad press. The Hanging Man is the power of offering no resistance to the event great or small – the event is blessed by the angels.
On the Tree of Life diagram is shown Mars-sulphur glyph and Hanging Man as the Venusian descent of Mezla, dew of heaven.
On the horizontal beam of JHVH cross – the two HEHs, keys 6 and 8 – note the same green landscape with its distant violet mountain. That mountain, a simple cone in the drawing, signifies all mountain ranges and their inspiration; Binah is the alchemical salt or crystal of Saturn. Saturn governs the maturity of any unfolding process. The exploding Tower is the crack in earth I’ve been registering recently. There are events elsewhere in which this crack is catastrophic.
I love to be here the gentle power of the woman with the Lion – her hands in the corners of his smile, the red rose garland binding woman and beast in a figure of eight, her long white robe, the flowers in her hair, the golden sky.
It is a version of the 34th Gene Key, the ancient Beauty of the Beast. See, her spine straightens up as she tunes his vocal cords. The serpent power of his tail is electro-magnetic.
The pair of lovers in Key 16 are hurled from the cracking tower into manifestation – seeds burst from splitting pod – but in Key 6 their marriage is made in heaven. The mental plane with the Archangel through which they see each other and speak, is veiled by cloud from the generative organs of Earth. Nature’s instinctive work is attuned to the power of Consciousness. The Buddhic and Causality regions through the mental, astral and physical planes are depicted here. Packages of history are layered as in a jamjar containing salts, gravels and silts. From the Golden Source shines Rafael’s countenance and hands. There are the fruits and flames of Eden; there emerge just above the cloudy veil the Lovers’ faces; their reciprocal intelligence allows their hands to join with the Holy One. Trusting their body they stand by their Trees.
In Temperance the design is the same, but the Lovers are in the animal kingdom, lion and eagle; and Archangel Mikael cooks and cools them (see the BOTA version). Fire flows; and water burns. There’s the distant Mountain also! – crowned with the Solar genius.
In Judgement 20, the Lovers co-created their Child who ascends with them to Gabriel’s intimate trumpet call. Although this is a Fire Key, it is filled with icebergs and floating stone. It is primordial before, through and transcending biological Life. The Lovers in the centre of the reading are fertile. The Mountain in the distance is the Child growing within them. With the repeated mountain symbol, the dew of YOD and VAV falls into the volcanic well.
Life blossoms in the universality of death, the downward flowing brook.
Snake, water, stone …
And now bring in my other main area of study, the 64 Gene Keys transmission (Richard Rudd and friends):
Which I Ching hexagram does the Hanging Man over lightning-struck Tower suggest to me? In the Hebrew alphabet the Hanging Man is MIM the Waters, and the Tower is PEH the spitting fire of Mars and speech.
Looking up the I Ching trigrams of water over fire, I find their union is the 3rd hexagram: Difficulty at the Beginning. In the Gene Keys transmission which is based on the I Ching, the 3rd hexagram/Gene Key is called ‘Through the Eyes of a Child‘. The Shadow, Gift and Siddhi archetypes of this Gene Key are Chaos, Innovation, Innocence.
The innovative Gift within the 3rd Shadow is called “The end of island mentality”! In this gene key is coded the fact that the cell’s innovative and relational genius lies not in the nucleus but within the interactive cellular membrane between each cell. On this principle may be based the coming social revolution of Solar fusion energy. Why? because the Solar photon which moves and is kindled in all directions, is coming and will come into its own. Is not the Tower itself, seemingly destructive but seminally creative, a solar photon of this kind?
The eyes of the Hanging Man Child are wide open and filled with light, diving through and into the membrane which we used to believe kept us separate. He wears blue tunic and red hose – the woman and man fall out of the dark tower headfirst – and golden shoes. He unifies their torment of separateness. As one even with the refugee catastrophe all over the world is this one’s peace. Blessed are the fractured for they shall be made whole.
I just turned to some pages from Paul Foster Case’s “The Great Work” and found the chapter on “Digestion”. It is the fifth stage and it is Hebrew letter TETh, Key 8 – Tarot key 9, of Strength, woman with lion. I will abridge it, for the original material is copyrighted to the Builders of the Adytum. In brief, PFC says,
“Chemically, the digestive process exposes a foodstuff to the action of a liquid with the aid of heat (the elements of fire and water), to extract its subtle constituents.
“The cosmic mental energy is ‘watery’ because it flows in streams as current, forms vibrational waves, is tidal and reflects like a mirror..
“Alchemical fire is the electric vital force taking form as solar radiance and heat, the animating principle of all creatures. The fiery action breaks down and consumes the forms through which it came to conscious life.
“On the Tree of Life the Hebrew letter TETh joins Hesed (water of life), to Gevurah (fire of life). The way in which these two occult elements combine is called ‘the intelligence of the secret of works’.
“Hesed is … centred in the solar plexus or Jupiter centre. Gevurah the sphere of Mars … works through the Mars centre. Digestion as understood in alchemy, blends the forces of the Jupiter and Mars chakras … …(with the action of the Sun and Virgo).
“As TETh means “serpent”, the Secret Intelligence concerns the raising of the serpent power. An alchemist transforms it into the WHITE EAGLE. As the eagle is of Zeus or Jupiter, alchemical work essentially transmutes Mars (the Tower, key 16) into Jupiter (the Wheel, Key 10).
“What else is this, but the transformation of the destructive force which overthrows form into that perfect comprehension of Reality which fulfils our real desires?”
Abridged from the writing of Paul Foster Case
The Hawk, the far-seeing Horus Child is the White Eagle.
The Mars and Jupiter centres together constitute the solar plexus intelligence in the Gene Keys transmission and teachings. Add to it, Saturn the root chakra. And stand firm, and glide and climb and undulate and blossom!
The Hanging Man’s facial expression is let down into all unquiet scenes.
Parts Two and Three to follow
Aquariel – an angel of the waters and of the air through the woods of life.
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