Rule With The Knowledge that the Word is the Lesser Mystery – A Reading from the Book of Tarot for April 2, 2012

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

Two Tarot cards are profiled. These cards have been pulled to induce synchronicity. The intention is for you to watch for the consciousness they represent to be reflected in the events of your day. This practice known as Yoga of the West, is designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious and conscious mind; a bridge to wholeness.


The first card is an archetype card chosen according to the numerology of the day. Each archetype card in the Tarot represents a path on the Tree of Life (Kabbalah). Today is 04, 2, 2012, or number 11: Justice.  It can also be number 2: The High Priestess.  I have not spent time on The High Priestess in many moons.  The path this card represents is shaded on the diagram. The consciousness on this path known as, GIMEL, is transcendent breakthroughs in knowing.

The High Priestess is the one Archetype that passes right through the veil of ignorance and across the Abyss. The consciousness on this path is fully realized “knowing,” as symbolized by the cycle Moon tangled at the Priestess’s feet and the full Moon that crowns her head. The Priestess holds the Torah in her lap. Note her left hand is in the sign of benediction: sharing with all. While her right hand, the power to bring reality into form, is hidden in the blue robe that flows like a river (feelings) down her side and over the moon at her feet. A river of knowledge that flows to remind us that the written word is a lesser mystery that must not be allowed to obscure the greater mystery that is the Tree of Life. The equal armed cross on the figure’s heart symbolizes the perfect balance the paths on the Tree of Life require. The balance is based in wisdom as symbolized by the Pillars of King Solomon’s Temple, Boaz, severe justice, on the right and Jachin, compassionate mercy, on the left. These pillars mirror the outer columns, the outer paths, on the Tree of Life. The male and female fruit in the background of the card further symbolizes unity of all that is the Tree of Life. The energy on this path is neither male nor female. Wholeness on this path is realized when we know and experience that all is one.

The second card is a face card. Each face card in the Tarot represents an aspect of personality. There are four personality types: feeling (cups), thinking (swords), intuitive (wands) and sensate (pentacles). Each personality type has four levels of consciousness: page, knight, queen and king. All of us, male and female, have the capacity to realize all of these aspects of personality. We are all both male and female. The paths of the Tree are four-dimensional. Each level of personality travels its own dimension on each path simultaneously.

Wands represent the intuitive type personality. The King of Wands is a master of action based on intuition. This Master holds knowing in his right hand, that which brings life into form. His left hand in a fist symbolizes all that is possible by force of will. This fully realized ruler of his/her own is the master of innovation and rational right makes might power. Behind him we see lions, symbols of force. Force that can save and or destroy. We also see salamanders, symbols of fire. The salamanders are biting their own tails, which symbolizes eternity and the ever-present drive to move forward against all obstacles.  There is also a salamander in the foreground of this card’s image representing big results from small conscious actions.  This King’s crown is adorned with wings of fire. His thoughts have the power to change the world. Wholeness for a person operating as a King of Wands is achieved by following through on intuitive insights to achieve major change in life.

Please note:

People also consult the Tarot 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

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