World of Archangels
(7) With wand or index finger trace a circle over the card along with the Invoking Pentagram of Water. Then draw the Hebrew letter Heh in the center. Imagine the figure in sea blue. Vibrate, BRIAH (bree-ah). The Great Feminine Power of the Name. World of Creation. World of Archangels. The fluidic pool of the Mind. The Waters of Creation. I enter now your swift current and partake of your luminous splendor.
We can clarify this question by analysing the Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. (I Corinthians 15. 47-49). Paul says that there exists the Earthly Man and the Celestial Man. The Earthly Man is unquestionably formed of the Physical Body, the Etheric, the Astral, the Mental, and that of Conscious Will. For the Son of Man to be able to come it is necessary to form the Earthly Man, because the ordinary man is still not a Man. It is when one has had the good fortune of creating the existential Bodies of the Being that one may be called a Man, although he be Earthly. The second man of whom Paul speaks is the Celestial Man, and he says
The Seven of Swords features the flashing air colors of yellow and violet. Three angelic hands are shown to indicate that once again the Dark Forces of Saturn may disrupt the state of calm at any given time. Swords which are crossed indicate the positive side of the element of Air, while swords that are not crossed refer to its negative aspects. The swords here depicted are placed point against point in a state of anxiety that is almost nerve wracking. The center sword presses upwards on the other six. It is the primary sword which has victory within its grasp, if it can only push off the weight of the interfering swords above it. The background color is yellow-green, the color of Netzach in the scale of Yetzirah. It is created from the mixture of amber and green, the colors of Netzach in the King and Queen scales.
It is only with the Holy Alchemy that we can dissolve the I . The fundamental base of the Alchemy is the Arcanum A.Z.F. The Angels, Archangels, Seraphim, Powers, Thrones etc., are the precise result of tremendous interior revolutions. We have already passed through involution (the descent of Spirit into matter). We have already suffered horribly through evolution (the process of the complication of energy). A total revolution is now urgently needed (the dissolution of the I ). No-one can be happy until he has reached his Interior Star. It is only through internal revolution that we return little by little to our Super-divine Atom. We pass through the angelic, archangelic, seraphinic, logoic states etc, until finally the Ray fuses with its star, Ain Soph which glows with happiness. We should not forget that Mercabah is the Chariot of the Ages, the Celestial Man of the Kabalah.
Dream's family, the Endless, may remind us of the archangels from Jewish and Christian mythology. One of those archangels, Michael, appears on the traditional card of Temperance. Here, huge wings rise up from Delirium's body. They look fiery, suitable to her wild nature. And yet, they hardly seem to belong to her. In fact, they are an illusion created by the presence trf a large oval mirror, or looking-glass, standing behind her.
Three white radiating angelic hands issuing from clouds and holding three swords upright (as if the central sword had struck apart from the two others which were crossed in the preceding symbol). The central sword cuts asunder the rose of five petals (which in the preceding symbol grew at the junction of the swords), its petals are falling, and no white rays issue from it. Above and below the central sword are the symbols of Saturn and Libra, referring to the Decanate.
Death is realised in the spheres of the different planets. The Angels work in the Astral world and are governed by the Moon. The Archangels develop under the rule of Mercury and their work is realised in the world of the Mind. They control the substances or essence of the Mental world and this they have attained in the Ninth Sphere from moment to moment. In Venus, another work must be done the Causal, Kingdom of the Principalities corresponds to this world. The virtues relate to the Intuitional Buddhi are of the sphere of the Sun. The Potentates of Mars correspond to Atman, and then comes Jupiter with the Dominions. Saturn the highest, the most Divine and exalted of the 7 planets follows. Beyond Saturn is the Paranirvanic world. Beyond the Empire the most elevated are the Seraphim. All of the Solar System is within ourselves. Archangels Seraphim
The Eight of Swords displays the colors which are characteristic of the suit of Air. Four angelic hands now hold the swords aloft. This alludes to the effects of Jupiter (Chesed) which add strength to the card. Still it takes the combined efforts of all the swords to keep the Rose of Peace together and above them. It is as though the swords have become so weak that the task of holding the rose up is now a tremendous burden. The background color is red russet, the color of Hod in Yetzirah. This hue is formed from the mixture of violet and orange, the colors of Hod in the King and Queen scales.
The Knight in the South would represent a lower gateway, and is in a sense an angelic overlord or Elemental King, who is guardian and guide of the elements of nature. He would hold a wand as a controller of the etheric realms of the Fire of the Wise, directing the forces of the inner Earth, or barring their way, as appropriate.
The Nine of Swords is dominated by the flashing air colors of yellow and violet. The four pairs of swords from the preceding card are now violently knocked aside by the large Sword of Wrath which thrusts itself into the center of the card. None of the swords touch and therefore represent the negative aspect of Air. Five angelic hands are now present which indicate the fury of Mars (Geburah) unleashed. The Rose of Peace has been completely demolished. The background color is dark purple, the color of Yesod in Yetzirah. This color is created by mixing indigo with violet, the colors of Yesod in the King and Queen scales.
An angelic hand as before, holds a group of stems of lotuses or water lilies from which six flowers bend, one over each cup. From these flowers a white glistening water flows into the cup as from a fountain, but they are not yet full. Above and below are the symbols of Sun and Scorpio, representing the Decanate.
A white radiating angelic hand as before holding lotuses or water lilies of which the flowers are falling right and left. Leaves only and no buds surmount them. These lotus stems ascend between the cups in the manner of a fountain, but no water flows therefrom, neither is there water in any of the cups, which are somewhat in the shape of the magical implement of the ZA-M. Above and below are the symbols of Mars and Scorpio, representing the decan.
Two crossed swords, like the air dagger of a Z. A.M., each held by a white radiating angelic hand. Upon the point where the two cross is a rose of five petals, emitting white rays, and top and bottom of card are two small daggers, supporting respectively the symbols of Luna (in horizontal position) and Libra, representing the Decan. Water. The result is a general upheaval. However in the Two of Swords, the powerful influence of Chokmah gives equilibrium to this suit, although a sense of tension remains. This balance is also indicated by the celestial attribution of Moon in Libra. Luna is a very changeable planet which is stabilized by the effect of Libra. Both of these aspects together regulate and temper the energies of the Swords. Thus the feeling of this card is one of compromise, truce, and arranged peace, with some tension implied. The Two of Swords displays the flashing Air colors of yellow and violet. Two male angelic hands hold aloft the crossed swords, at the junction of...
Two white angelic radiating hands, each holding two swords, which four cross in the center. The rose of five petals with white radiations is reinstated on the point of intersections. Above and below, on the points of two small daggers are the symbols of Jupiter and Libra representing the Decan. In this card the yellow and violet Air colors predominate. The four crossed swords are held by two angelic hands which by their number refer to the influence of Chokmah, the Father, enforcing a state of peace. The Rose of Peace has been reinstated upon the center. The background color is deep purple, the color of Chesed in the World of Yetzirah. This pigment is created from combining the colors of Chesed in the scales of Atziluth and Briah (deep violet and blue).
Text calls this path the Collecting Intelligence because from it, astrologers deduce the judgement of the stars and the celestial signs (the zodiac). The zodiac exerts major influence and control over the formation of the character and personality of every human being. Thus on this path, the initiate begins to perceive the Higher factors which have formed his her own personality.
Two wheels, disks or pentacles similar to that of the Ace. They are united by a green and gold serpent, bound about them like a figure of eight. It holds its tail in its mouth. A white radiant angelic hand (grasps the center or) holds the whole. No roses enter into this card. Above and below are the symbols Jupiter and Capricorn. It is a revolving symbol. The Two of Pentacles displays the flashing Earth colors of black and white. An angelic hand (feminine as in the entire suit) grasps the Serpent of change in the center of the card. The snake, which is entwined about two pentacles, forms the infinity sign or figure eight, the symbol of balanced change. It is the Uroboros, the snake of Wisdom (Chokmah) which was also seen in the Hermit card, holding its tail in its mouth. No roses are shown to indicate alternation of gain and loss. The background color is white flecked red, blue and yellow, the color of Kether in the Princess scale of Assiah. It signifies the influence of the Three...
A white radiating angelic hand issuing from clouds and grasping a heavy club which has three branches in the colors and with the Sigils of the Scales. The right and left hand branches end respectively in three flames and the center one in four flames, thus yielding ten, the number of the Sephiroth. Two and twenty leaping flames or Yods surround it, answering to the Paths of these. Three fall below the right branch for Aleph, Mem and Shin. Seven above the central branch for the double letters. And between it and that on the right, twelve (six above and six below) about the left hand branch. The whole is a great and Flaming Torch. It symbolizes Force, strength, rush, vigor, energy, and it governs according to its nature various works and questions. It implies natural as opposed to Invoked Force. The element of Fire is depicted in the suit of Wands by the red clouds and the flashing green angelic hand. This hand is masculine indicating the Yod-Fire suit of Tetragrammaton. The background...
(11) Maintain a disassociation from the surrounding room. The Tarot card of the High Priestess exists as a huge curtain before you. In your vision, part the curtain with the Sign of the Rending of the Veil. As the curtain is drawn aside, project your consciousness beyond your physical body and see within the symbol before you. As the scene opens up, look for particular details and objects which relate to the card of the High Priestess. If any strange beings or entities appear test their authenticity by tracing a pentagram before them and vibrating any of the Divine names of God, such as EHEIEH. Monitor their responses. If they are angelic guides sent to aid you, they will respond favorably to your caution and answer you in some way. Any of the Tarot cards may be scryed using this method. The reader would be well advised to explore the entire Tree of Life using this technique. Start with the Major Arcana, work your way up the Tree starting with the 32nd Path of the Universe. The Small...
The Nine of Pentacles exhibits the flashing Earth colors characteristic of the rest of the suit. The angelic hand holds aloft the rose branch and disks which now each have a flower next to them. The center disk has two additional rosebuds beside it which indicate material gain which is abundant in the present as well as in the future. The background color is citrine flecked azure (blue). Citrine is created from the mixture of green and orange, the Queen scale colors of Netzach and Venus. This pigment represents the Air sub-quarter of the sphere of Malkuth, and therefore shows the airy influence of Yesod on the physical Earth. The blue flecks refer to the watery effects of Luna fertilizing the firm foundation from which Malkuth will manifest.
A white rayed angelic hand as before, holding a branch of a rose tree, of which two white rosebuds touch and surmount the topmost pentacle. The latter are arranged in a triangle thus In the Three of Pentacles, the flashing Earth colors of black and white are predominant. A feminine angelic hand holds the branch of the rose tree and three pentacles aloft. The two rosebuds shown atop the highest pentacle indicate fertility which is forthcoming. The background color is gray flecked pink, the color of Binah in the world of Assiah, the Princess scale. Gray is the child of black and white (Earth and Spirit) and therefore is a fitting color for the manifested child of Chokmah and Binah. Pink, mixed from red and white, displays effects of Binah and Tiphareth in the King scale (Atziluth). This again confirms the number three as the Son of the Father and the Mother, who is coming into the World of Matter.
Beneath the rushing feet of his steed are waving flames of Fire. He is active, generous, fierce, sudden and impetuous. If ill-dignified he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted, brutal. He rules the celestial Heavens from above the 20th degree of Scorpio to the first two Decans of Sagittarius and this includes a part of the constellation Hercule (who also carries a club).
The Four of Pentacles displays the flashing colors which identify it as belonging to the element of Earth. A feminine angelic hand holds the rose branch with four pentacles. The single rose in the center alludes to the unified and balanced material powers of the card. The background color is deep blue flecked yellow, the color of Chesed in the World of Assiah. This color reflects the creative waters of Chesed and the influence of the Reconciler.
Winged youths very slightly draped, with butterfly wings, heads encircled with a fillet with pentagrams thereon, and holding wands surmounted by pentagram-shaped stars. The same butterfly wings are on their feet and fillet. General equipment is that of the Prince of Wands, but he bears as a crest, a winged angelic head, with a pentagram on the brow. Beneath the chariot are gray rain clouds or nimbi. His hair long and waving in serpentine whirls, and whorl figures compose the scales of his armor. A drawn sword in one hand, a sickle in the other. With the sword he rules, with the sickle he slays.
A white radiating angelic hand, issuing from clouds, and grasping the hilt of a sword, which supports a white radiant celestial crown from which depend, on the right, the olive branch of Peace, and on the left, the palm branch of suffering. Six vavs fall from its point. The Ace of Swords is painted in the colors of yellow and violet, the flashing colors of the entire suit of Air. In the center of the card, a mighty sword is held in an attitude of strength by a masculine angelic hand. The style is that of the Sword of Solomon, having upon its hilt the crescents of the Moon. (The Moon is the planet which best represents the Astral World of Yetzirah.) The point of the sword passes through the center of a translucent crown which is Kether. Hanging from the crown on the right is the olive branch of Peace on the side of Chesed (Mercy), and on the left, the side of Geburah (Severity) is the palm branch of Suffering. These two
A radiant white angelic hand issuing from clouds and supporting on the palm thereof a cup, resembling that of the stolistes. From it rises a fountain of clear and glistening water and spray falling on all sides into clear calm water below, in which grow lotus and water lilies. The great letter Heh of the Supernal Mother is traced in the spray of the fountain. It symbolizes Fertility, Productiveness, Beauty, Pleasure, Happiness, etc. The Ace of Cups is Kether in the scale of Briah. It is the Crown, the Primum Mobile in the Creative World of Pure Intellect. Briah is also the seat of the Archangels and the World of Primal Water. This card symbolizes the essence of the element of Water at the moment when two molecules of hydrogen join with one of oxygen. It was the first drop of rain to fall upon the newly-formed earth to be followed by the great rains which formed the oceans. The card thus refers to the beginning of creativity, fertility and Divine Consciousness. This is the feminine...
A white radiant angelic hand, holding a branch of a rose tree, whereon is a large pentacle, formed of five concentric circles. The innermost circle is white, charged with a red Greek cross. From this white center 12 rays, also white, issue. These terminate at the circumference, making the whole something like as astrological figure of the Heavens. The Ace of Pentacles is dominated by the flashing colors of the element of Earth, black and white. A feminine angelic hand holds a branch of a rose tree upon which is a pentacle formed from five concentric circles. The four colors of Malkuth citrine, olive, russet and black (the four base or sub-elements) form the outermost rings of the pentacle, while the inner circle is white with a red Greek cross. This indicates the presence of spirit balancing and guiding the manifesting powers of Earth. Defined through the elements of Earth are the Forces of the zodiac, symbolized by the twelve white rays upon the pentacle. Four roses in full bloom...
BRIAH is the second World, the World of Creation. This level of the Tree includes Chesed, Geburah, and Tiphareth. The second letter, Heh, of Tetragrammaton is ascribed to this World, and it is therefore the dominion of Primordial Water. The element of Water represents the fluid, inventive Mind, thus Briah is described as the World of Pure Intellect, where the Archangels are said to exist.
Animals and are only a chrysalis which could be transformed into a Celestial Butterfly this is attained with super-efforts. Arcanum number 12 is the foundation of the Celestial Jerusalem. The twelfth Arcanum is the symbol of Sexual Alchemy. This is the sacrifice, and the realised Work. One must work with gold and silver one must work with the Moon and the Sun to raise the Celestial Jerusalem within each person. The gold and the silver, the Sun and the Moon, are the sexual forces of man and woman.
The Celestial Mother in the material sphere signifies material output, and in the spiritual sphere means spiritual output. The Arcanum number 3 of the Kabalah is the woman robed with the Sun with the Moon at her feet, and crowned with 12 stars. The symbol of the Queen of Heaven is the Empress of the Tarot, a mysterious crowned woman, seated, and with the Sceptre of Rule which has upon its extremity, the globe of the World. This is Urania-Venus of the Greeks, the Christified Soul, the Celestial Mother.
It is the Chariot of the Ages which takes the form of the Celestial Man. The Monad finds expression by means of the Chariot in it He travels. The 4 also represents the 4 points of the Cross, which enclose the Mysteries of the Lingam-Yoni. In the crossing of these two is found the key with which Self-Realisation is attained. The Monad Self-Realises by means of the Cross. Without the 4 there is no Self-Realisation, the Law of the Ternaries which belongs to esoteric mathematics would be violated.
Whoever whitens the Devil, returning him to his resplendent and primordial state whoever dies in himself here and now, liberates the en chained Prometheus and he rewards most highly, because he is a colossus with power over the Heavens, over the Earth and over the Infernos. Lucifer-Prometheus totally integrated with all the parts of our Being, makes us something different, distinct an exotic creature, an Archangel, a terribly divine Power.
Seraphim Archangels When the Ancient of Days has realised the 10 Sephiroth within Himself, He is transformed into Adam-Kadmon, the Celestial Man. The 10 Sephiroth sparkle like precious stones upon the body of the Ancient of Days. This is how we become the Celestial Jerusalem. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper the second, sapphire the third, a chalcedony the fourth, an emerald.
If one who is Twice-born, or someone who has reached Adepthood, tries to reach the angelic state, he will have to descend once again into the deep well of the universe to the Ninth Sphere, and, on terminating the Work, to ascend via the Ladder, or Scale of Lucifer in order to thus reach the Angelic state. If he should wish to be an Archangel, a Principality, a Throne, or a Cherubim he mus t do the same descend in order to then ascend.
On the single Tree of Life, The Essential Spirit refers to Kether. The Higher Self, one aspect of which is called the Holy Guardian Angel, underscoring its protective capacity for the Personality in incarnation, is referred to Chesed, Geburah and Tiphareth. When the perfect balance of the elements of the Personality has occurred, the Light of Tiphareth can descend into the lower Temple of self, and bring a new level of consciousness. This is the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. The experience is known as adepthood or enlighten
The passage with which Book T is prefaced certainly represents the attitude of the Order toward its Tarot deck. The lines are from The Revelation of Saint John the Divine, chapter five. The Saint, having risen into the Celestial Realm, is shown a scroll, and is told that none on the earth is worthy to open it. The Lamb of God, however, having sacrificed his blood for mankind is deemed worthy.
To the crossed Wand pattern, established by the Marseilles deck, the Golden Dawn added an angelic hand. The original Golden Dawn cards included the astrological signs found on the Crowley cards, here Mars and Aries, the decision having been made to eliminate them for publication.
The letter tzaddi designates a border, an end, a goal, tzaddi is a terminal sign referring to all ideas of limitation and release from division and aim. In this instance it symbolises the border between life and death - and death and life. As a hieroglyph tzaddi stands for a pool inhabited by the elemental creatures - nymphs and Tritons. Symbolically speaking it is the pool full of 'living creatures', die water swarming with living experiences of the unconscious manifesting itself, i.e. of the unconscious becoming conscious. As a letter tzaddi corresponds to the letter teth, number 9, of the hermit. In hieroglyphics tzaddi and teth express the same idea, something that offers man shelter and protection, like a roof in the rain thus his guardian angels.
Two white radiant angelic hands issuing from clouds right and left of the center of the card. They are clasped together as in the Grip of the First Order, and they hold at the same time by their centers five wands, or torches, which are similar to the wand of a Z.A.M. Four wands cross each other, but the fifth is upright in the center. Flames leap from the point of junction. Above the central wand is the symbol Saturn and below it that of Leo representing the Decanate.
The Four of Cups displays the same watery colors of blue and orange as the previous three cards. The angelic feminine hand holds the lotus stem with a single flower at the top. The pure white water flows from the lotus into the top two cups. These cups spill over into the lower cups but here the flow is ended, suggesting that pleasure is coming to an end. The background of the card is blue, the color of Chesed in Briah, the Queen scale. Blue is one of the three primary colors corresponding to the Three Mother Letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Blue is associated with Mem, which means water.
Reversed False start, Setback Association Beginnings Ahl-i-Batin All things spring forth from the fires of the imagination. To the oft-forgotten mages of the lost Tradition, the union of the Spheres, the oneness of creation and the perpetual dance of opposing forces are matters of doctrine, not supposition. The burning bush, the ever-renewing phoenix and the celestial explosion that signaled the beginning of the solar system are but echoes reverberating from the flames of the Questing spirit.
Here the flashing colors of yellow and violet, indicative of the element of Air are predominant. Three angelic hands are again displayed to signify the destructive wrath of Binah, as the Dark Mother. The four balanced swords of the preceding card have now been shoved aside by the large Sword of Vengeance in the center, whose point pierces the benevolent sign of Venus. The rose of five petals is shredded and cast to the winds. The background color is bright scarlet, the color of eburah in the Prince scale. This pigment is a mixture of orange and red, the King and Queen scale colors of Geburah.
The Umbra Surrounded by radiant Umbral energy, the eternal maiden pours forth the waters of inspiration into the pool of consciousness, and spills the essence of the five senses onto the Earth's body, revitalizing both matter and spirit. The meditative phoenix, representative of instinct and the indestructible soul, rises from the manifestation of vital, spontaneous nature, questing toward the enlightenment of the celestial illumination above.
In the Visconti-Sforza card a bearded figure looks down with a drawn sword, flanked by two angels blowing trumpets. Below them three figures emerge from a tomb. The Gary Yale Visconti-Sforza card has just the two angels, one with a bannered trumpet, the other with banner only, but four figures rise from a tomb below.
The Ten of Swords is shown with the flashing colors of the element of Air. Eight of the ten weapons are uncrossed and indifferent, displaying the negative stance of Air in this card. The two central swords are crossed, but in war, not in peace for the Rose of Venus is nowhere to be seen. Six angelic hands are shown which refer to the Sun, Tiphareth, in its martyrdom, not in its resurrection. The background colors are citrine, olive, russet and black flecked gold. This refers to the combination of the colors of Malkuth in the King and Queen scales.