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Orgasmic Glory Consciousness on the Tree of Life – HOD – the 8th Path

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.

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.

HOD on the Tree of Life - Kabbalah

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.

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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You Can’t Get Out?! Ha! – A Reading from the Book of Tarot for February 8, 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.

AYIN and HOD

Two cards are profiled. Each card represents a consciousness that corresponds to the highlighted paths on the Tree of Life (Kabbalah) diagrams included with this reading. The intention is for you to watch for the consciousness these cards symbolize to be reflected in the experiences and events of the day

The first card is The Devil, an archetype card chosen according to the numerology of the day. Today is  2, 8, 2012, or the number 15: The Devil.  The second card is the 8 of Cups, a random draw seeking the ideal card to contemplate in relation to current events this day.

The Devil is the path of false obstacles. The upside down Pentacle on the Devil’s forehead shows him to be a false reality. The Devil’s raised right hand reminds of benediction but it bears the sign of Saturn, blocked energy. The admonition to “keep your tail where it should be” comes to my mind when I study this card. Both the male and female chained to the false block have tails showing who they should be, what they should have: the fire and fruit of life. This path has also been called Devil’s Play. Those of us who are trapped on this path are partying too much, drinking too much, doing drugs, shopping, anything and everything to escape facing down the false obstacle stopping us from becoming who we can be, who we are born to be. Others are simply trapped in self-oppressive patterns explained away by meeting other people’s needs or society’s dictates. “I have to because I’m married now,” or “I would but I have children,” or “No way out of this job, I need the health insurance,” etc.   Wholeness requires us to break the self-imposed chains of oppression that keep us locked in self-destructive patterns. 

The eight of each suit in the Tarot combine to symbolize the 8h path on the Tree of Life. This is the path of inspired work of the intellect. The energy on this path is known as genius, when it is successful, and folly when it isn’t.  The 8 of Cups symbolize the need to walk away from the material wealth we have in order to seek transcendence.  Cups on this path symbolizes feelings. 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. The moon depicted in full cycle, let’s us know that the figure is in full knowing. This is the path of knowing it is time to move on.  The water (feelings) the figure walks along is a path leading the figure away from what is. Water (feelings) also separates the figure from the Cups (abundance).  Wholeness requires us to take the initiative to move on when we feel that our existence is no longer working for us.

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 and conscious mind.  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

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