The Fourteenth Key the th Path

"This drawing represents the more ancient form of the 14th Key of Tarot, for which the later and more usual form of Temperance was soon substituted, as better representing the natural symbolism of the Path Sagittarius. The earlier figure was considered not so much a representation of this Path alone, as the synthesis of that and the others conjoined. The later figure, therefore is better adapted to the more restricted meaning. The more ancient

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one of water and one of liquid fire. The mixing of the fire and water (male and female energies) form the infinity sign behind which is seen the Gold of Alchemists.

The Sun above the angel and the Crescent Bow beneath allude to the actual position of this path on the Tree, between the Sun and the Moon Sephiroth. The Bow is Quesheth, formed out of the three lowest paths on the Tree, as well as the rainbow, the symbol of the promise made to Mankind by the Divine. The arrow of Diana the Huntress (and Sagittarius) is positioned to strike Tiphareth, the heart Sephirah, thereby initiating spiritual ecstasy. The yellow square is a symbol of Chesed, or Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius. This version of Temperance emphasizes the "Vision of Beauty" or the spiritual union which awaits the Initiate who successfully travels this path.

Interpretation in a Tarot Reading

(Remove one version of Temperance before the divination.) Combination of Forces. Realization. Action (material). Effect either for good or evil.

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