Taking Conscious Action on the Tree of Life – NETZACH – the 7th Path

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The 7th path or sefirot on the tree of life, NETZACH, forms a victorious action level of higher consciousness  in Kabbalah.  The consciousness found on NETZACH’S path is the glorious intellectual awareness of our material interface with the spiritual.  This is the path represented by the 7 of each suit of the Tarot. Realization on this path has to be fought for, divined, contemplated and stolen if necessary.


NETZACH is the path used to define the 4th Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  4) We all have a purpose.  Being one with the Light is to further the work of Creation. We must find our purpose, the work we seem born to do. Such work maintains the balance of the Light because we become one with the force of Creation.

In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. Your personality type is determined by your astrological sign.  Pentacles represent earth signs. Cups represent water signs. Swords represent fire signs. Wands represent air signs.  It should be noted some Cabals differ over the fire and air signs. Some think swords are air and wands fire. I don’t.  Jung didn’t either. I follow Carl Jung on this.

Whole personalities according to Jung are born dominated by one personality type. These types are four parts of a circle of wholeness that is a fully realized personality. Jung’s theory is that a person dominant in one type is usually lacking the most in the aspects of the type counter clockwise on the circle. A person’s suppressed or lacking aspects are the key to personality disorders. Realizing full consciousness, to be whole, is to realize a full balance of all four personality type consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.

The Sensate personality on this 7th path is represented by the 7 of Pentacles. The key to wholeness for the sensate, on this path is to realize work well done. Note the figure on the card is not satisfied. This successful person has yet to find “what he/she is looking for.”  Wholeness for the sensate personality on the 7th path requires self-contemplation, inner mindfulness.

The Feeling personality type is represented by the 7 of Cups. The 7 of Cups represents getting one’s head out of the clouds. The figure on the card is in shadow, his/her right hand is fear filled, flailing confused, and his/her head is in the clouds.  All the choices and possibilities offered in the cups are overwhelming to the feeling personality on this path. Wholeness requires grounded rational perception of what is in the now.

The Thinking personality type is absconding with all the necessary insights to master consciousness. The 7 of Swords reveal a figure gleefully absconding with the bulk of the swords. This is the one card on the 7th path that shows a figure blocked from all in the background. The thinking personality on this path will maneuver, steal and manipulate to get what he/she needs or wants.  Wholeness requires the thinking personality to consider the consequences his/her actions will have on the All.

Wands bring us to the Intuitive personality The 7 of Wands represents fighting for what you believe in. The figure in this card stands on a rise wielding a wand above the other wands, right hand up, ready to use force if necessary. The wearing of one boot and one shoe further emphasizes the individuality of this figure. This person does not care about being different. Wholeness for the intuitive on the 7th path requires the willingness to fight for right purpose.

Please note:

This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious mind and the symbolism found in the cards.  People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO

Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX

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