The 8th path or sefirot on the tree of life, HOD, forms the focus level of higher consciousness in Kabbalah. The consciousness found on HOD’s path is the glorious intellectual awareness of our material interface with the spiritual. This is the path represented by the 8 of each suit of the Tarot.
HOD is the path used to define the 3rd Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor. 3) Uniting Magnifies Our Power. Combining our reflections of the Light with the reflections of others on the same “frequency” exponentially increases the power of that frequency to affect our existence. Families are more powerful than individual family members. Communities are more powerful than families. States are more powerful than communities. Nations are more powerful than states, and so on.
In Tarot each suit represents a personality type. You divine your personality type by using your astrological or element 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 achieve/realize a full balance of all four personality type’s consciousnesses on all ten sefirots or circle paths on the Tree of Life.
The Sensate personality on this 8th path is represented by the 8 of Pentacles. The key to wholeness for the sensate, on this path, is found in the work one must do to find glory on earth. The 8 of Pentacles often represent the work that needs to be done to make right change happen. Thinking, logic, sharp detailing, adjusting to the “bend in the road,” are all key to mastery of sensate aspect of this path. Wholeness requires us to do the work.
The Feeling personality type is represented by the 8 of Cups. The 8 of Cups represent understanding what needs to change. The figure in this card, wearing red (great power), is alone and walking away from seeming abundance. Though on closer inspection we see the abundance, the stacked cups, is imperfectly aligned. Wholeness on this path requires us to recognize the right time to move on from what no longer works for us.
The Thinking personality type represented by Swords is blind to seeing the way to glory. The 8 of Swords reveals a figure blindfolded and bound in line with eight swords stuck in the ground on either side. In the background we see a castle on a mountain. This card represents all preconceived ideas, ways of thinking and knowing that hold us from realizing wholeness. Wholeness requires us to get out of the mud, to free our minds.
The 8 of Wands, the Intuitive personality seeking glory finds harmonization of consciousness in transition. The wands in this card are aligned in steps leading up, or reaching down to be climbed: a stairway to heaven. There is no figure; the energy is without form, from above. On closer inspection we see it seemingly explodes from above, this energy is “ah ha” energy, the “light bulb” going off with creative ideas enlightening our minds. Wands are often associated with libido energy. This card can be thought of as representing enlightened orgasm on the paths to wholeness.
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