He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches To him that overcometh I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Apocalypse 2. 7). The first Church, that of Ephesus or the Muladhara chakra, has four marvellous petals which are situated in the coccygeal bone. The coccyx is the lowest bone of the spinal column. (Everything related to the 7 Churches or chakras is to be found in the following books The Message of Aquarius, and The Mysteries of Fire.) The second Church, of Smyrna, the prostatic (uterine in the woman) or Swadhisthana chakra is located at the level of the prostate. The magicians of old, the Persians, the Egyptians, placed great importance upon the prostate. The letter which makes it vibrate is the M. It is vocalised with the lips closed, the tone being raised and lowered, and is of singular power, being used by magicians. The third Church, of Pergamos, the umbilical or Manipura chakra, is situated in the...
And yet, for those willing to take the chance, the leap can bring joy, adventure, and finally, for those with the courage to keep going when the wonderland becomes more fearsome than joyous, the leap can bring knowledge, peace, and liberation. Interestingly, the Fool archetype appears more in mythology than in structured religion. An institutionalized Church can hardly urge people beyond the limits of institutions. Instead, the churches offer us a safe haven from the fears of life. Mythology leads directly into the heart of those fears, and in every culture the mythological landscape contains the image of the Trickster - pushing, goading, jabbing the kings and heroes whenever they turn away from the inner world of truth.
The High Priest or Hierophant, called also Spiritual Father, and more commonly and obviously the Pope. It seems even to have been named the Abbot, and then its correspondence, the High Priestess, was the Abbess or Mother of the Convent. Both are arbitrary names. The insignia of the figures are papal, and in such case the High Priestess is and can be only the Church, to whom Pope and priests are married by the spiritual rite of ordination. I think, however, that in its primitive form this card did not represent the Roman Pontiff.
The Renaissance was a time when man considered himself the jewel in a universal crown. He was the measure of all things, rather than the lowly sinner atoning for the Fall as had been insisted by medieval dogma. Thus, intellectual and creative activity, a constant questioning of principles, came to be of greater importance than the institutionalized values of the past. In more basic terms, one can say that what had been a church dominated society became secularized. The beliefs and feelings of the medieval period were supplanted by the call for a more rational overview of the human condition. The society was nominally Christian, but theologians and philosphers had a very free hand.
All they who feel themselves to be unclean, with larvae, or in misery, must utilise the 5 perfumes to perfume themselves, this is on the condition that they follow the Path of Perfect Chastity. In the Lumisials Gnostics Churches the custom of cleansing those brothers who feel themselves to be covered in larvae should be established. In this way their souls and their bodies will receive the benefits.
The middle three cards of the line are a set. They show us a triad of nature, society, and the Church. They also signify mother, father, and education. In ancient Egypt the godhead was often viewed as a trinity. The persons changed from place to place and through the years, but they were usually a female and two males, with the female viewed as supreme. In the Tarot, nature, symbolized by the Empress, is the underlying reality, while her consorts, symbolized by the Emperor and the Hierophant,-are human constructs. Stability allows spiritual development as well. In many countries society supports the churches (though whether this arrangement In most Tarot decks trump 5 is called either the Pope or the High Priest, terms which connect it by name as well as picture to trump 2, the archetype of inner truth. Waite wrote that he rejected 'Pope' because the title suggested a very specific example of the trump's general idea. The name 'Hierophant' belonged to the high priest of the Greek...
The Church of God on earth must prosper, and man must contribute his efforts toward this goal. He must defend openly what he believes and oppose that which offends his conscience. There is only one Truth, and man must live by it, freeing himself from anything that turns him from the will of God.
Although Tarot decks first made their appearance in the 14th century, the ideas and symbols they embody stretch much further back in history, embracing the knowledge and philosophies of ancient Egypt, Greece, China, the early Roman church and the teachings of Talmu-dic scholars. The striking visual imagery of the Tarot served as a means of communication despite barriers of language and culture, so that seekers after hidden truths could share their discoveries through an understanding that transcended cultural barriers.
She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands is inscribed with the word Tora, signifying the Greater Law, the Secret Law and the second sense of the Word. It is partly covered by her mantle, to shew that some things are implied and some spoken. She is seated between the white and black pillars--J. and B.--of the mystic Temple, and the veil of the Temple is behind her it is embroidered with palms and pomegranates. The vestments are flowing and gauzy, and the mantle suggests light-- a shimmering radiance. She has been called occult Science on the threshold of the Sanctuary of Isis, but she is really the Secret Church, the House which is of God and man. She represents also the Second Marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world she is the spiritual Bride and Mother, the daughter of the stars and the Higher Garden of Eden. She is, in fine, the Queen of the...
The idea of employment, business, constructive building is shown by Waite as a medieval artisan at work in a church. Crowley's card shows material manifestation based on the pattern of three as represented in various symbol systems Mercury, Sulphur and Salt to the Alchemists, Sattvas, Rajas and Tamas to the Hindus, and the maternal letters Aleph (Air), Mem (Water) and Shin (Fire) in the Qabalah. The pyramid arises in the Great Sea which is Binah.
Now, of these twenty-two images many can be interpreted as simply a catalogue of medieval social types, such as (to give them their later names) 'the Pope' or 'the Emperor', or else common medieval moral homilies, such as 'the Wheel of Fortune'. Some represent virtues, like 'Temperance' or 'Fortitude'. Others show religious-mythological scenes, such as the dead rising from the grave at the trumpet call for 'the Last Judgement'. There is even a card depicting a popular heresy, the image of a female pope, which we can describe as a joke on the Church with rather deeper significance than most ecclesiastical humour. Still, we can view this heretical picture as deeply rooted in popular culture, and therefore obvious to someone representing medieval 'types'.
Unquestionably the spinal colunm has 7 magnetic centres these are the 7 chakras or the 7 Churches of the Apocalypse of Saint John The whole Misterium Magnum is found enclosed in that Summa Materia (these are the Latin terms for the Arcanum A.Z.F.). The Alchemist must extract from within this Menstruum Universalis (chaos) all the Potable Gold or Sacred Fire that which must rise through the spinal medulla opening the 7 Churches. You who seek Initiation You who read so much You who live fluttering from school to school, always seeking, always desiring, always yearning, always longing. Tell me sincerely Have you already awakened Kundalini Have you already opened the 7 Churches of your spinal medulla Have you incarnated the Lamb
If we then carefully examine the coccygeal Church of Ephesus, or the Muladhara Chakra, we find that the Kundalini is totally enclosed there, without the slightest indication of any awakenment, and if we examine the Sushumna Channel of the student we find not even a trace of Sacred Fire. We find that the 33 chambers of the student are completely full of darkness.
In this Arcanum we find in the waters of life a rising Moon. In the middle section, an aged Hermit in the act of going forward, holding in his left hand the lamp which lights the path. It is the lamp of Hermes, Wisdom. The Staff of the Patriarchs which is in his right hand, supports him. This represents the spinal colunm with its Seven Churches.
In the upper angle of the Pentagram we find the eyes of the Spirit and the sign of Jupiter, Sacred Father of the Gods. Upon the arms isthe sign of Mars, the symbol of force. Upon the feet, the sign of Saturn, the symbol of Magic. In the centre is the symbol of occult philosophy, the Caduceus of Mercury, and the sign of Venus. The Caduceus of Mercury represents the Vertebral Colunm, and the two wings, the ascent of the Sacred Fire along the vertebral column, thus opening the 7 Churches of the Apocalypse of Saint John (the 7 Chakras) by means of scientific chastity. The chalice, symbol of the feminine Yoni, also represents the crystallised mind, containing the wine of light which semenises the brain. The sword is the masculine phallus. We also find the key and the pentacle of Solomon.
The root of much of this symbolism is found in the great pagan appreciation of the divine feminine in such goddesses as Isis and Ishtar. This reassertion of ancient channels of devotion has scandalized the Protestant wing of the church. In Christian terms the figure is represented by the great Mother Church - an outward, mundane expression of the inner church that is represented by icons of the Virgin. Again there is deep symbolic relevance to the church as Body of Christ for the feminine principle in outward expression is that of the body, the vessel, ultimately the Grail.
In this picture we see a male figure with all the insignia of an important dignitary of the church. He is the high priest. He sits upon a throne of which only two posts are visible. There is no longer a curtain between them, for there is nothing to hide any more. The face of the high priest, too, is without a veil. He shows us his face openly, he also has nothing to hide.
The towers stand close together, thus forcing him to go through this narrow gap. And there are also the two animals, guardians of the threshold, who do not want to let him through. These animals, who sometimes resemble dragons and sometimes Cerberus of Greek mytho-logy, can be seen at church entrances both in Europe and in Asia. Who are these guardians of the threshold And why is one white and the other black Why does the white dog at least not let him through, since his very colour shows that he symbolises something pure, spiritual and beautiful Indeed That is precisely die reason
Bill Butler, in The Definitive Tarot has commented on the historical-legendary sources for this female archetype. Throughout the Middle Ages the story persisted that a woman was once elected Pope. Disguised for years as a man, this supposed 'Pope Joan' made her way through the Church hierarchy to the top position, only to die in childbirth during an Easter celebration. Pope Joan was most likely a legend the Visconti Papess was real. In the late thirteenth century an Italian group called the Guglielmites believed that their founder, Guglielma of Bohemia, who died in 1281, would rise again in 1300 and begin a new age in which women would be popes. Jumping ahead they elected a woman named Manfreda Visconti as the first papess. The Church graphically ended this heresy by burning Sister Manfreda in 1300, the year of the expected new age. Some hundred years later the same Visconti family commissioned the first set of Tarot cards as we know them. Among these unnumbered and unnamed trumps...
Many people experience feelings of being powerful so infrequently they try to hold on to them. By doing nothing they hope to preserve their magic moments. But we can really hold on to power in our lives only by constantly discharging it. By releasing creative power we open ourselves up to receive a further flow. However, by trying to hold on to it, we block the channels and the sense of power, which is really life itself, withers within us. The spectator at the football game, even the possessed church-goer, will find their excitement gone after the event that triggered it has ended. But the craftsman or scientist or teacher - or, for that matter, the Tarot reader - will find the power increase over the years the more they discharge it into physical reality. In the West we tend to see wizards as manipulators. They learn secret techniques or make deals with Satan in order to gain personal power. This somewhat decadent image comes partly from the magicians themselves, since they make...
Just as the artist, using the same stones in an infinite variety of patterns, can compose all kinds of pictures in countless variations, so men also are created from the same qualities, abilities and talents, according to an infinite number and variety of inner patterns in countless variations, i.e. an infinite variety of individuals. What kind of picture emerges from an artist's hand depends entirely upon the pattern selected that is to say, the way in which he relates the given stones to one another. Thus he can create the most varied pictures according to whom the picture is for, where it will be hung, what effects it should achieve and what type of person it should please. He can employ the same stones to create religious pictures intended to stir up feelings of devotion, for use in churches, cemeteries or other sacred places, or he can design allegorical-symbolic pictures for academic institutions such as schools, universities or libraries. Again, the artist can produce humorous,...