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The 1st Level of Higher Consciousness on the Tree of Life – YESOD – The 9th 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 9th path or sefirot on the tree of life, YESOD, forms the first level of higher consciousness  in Kabbalah.  The consciousness found in YESOD path is the essential awareness that there is more at work in existence than material existence.  This is the path represented by the 9 of each suit of the Tarot.

This is the path used to define the 2nd Absolute found in my book, Choosing Honor.  2) We all have equal power.  All human beings are autonomous and independent reflectors of the Light. Some of us seem to master reflecting the Light, patying attention, “knowing,” faster, more clearly than others. But no human has any greater ability than any other to affect existence by reflecting the Light. All of us have the potential to achieve Messianic consciousness.

Each suit represents a personality type. Your personality type can be divined 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.

The Sensate personality on this 9th path is represented by the 9 of Pentacles. The key to wholeness for the sensate, on this path, is found in the placement of the figure’s hands. The right hand, which brings our reality to form, is resting securely on a pile of Pentacles: mastery over material concerns. While, the left hand is holding a trained, or in training, hooded falcon: training of our wild instincts. Wholeness requires a balance of mastery over material and natural life. This is evident in a comfortable acceptance of nature in this image, the wild, the cultivated and the “ugh,” the slug/snail on the ground are all accepted. Wholeness for the sensate on this path requires that he/she un-hood the Falcon sometimes or balance will be blocked.

The Feeling personality type is represented by the 9 of Cups. . The feeling personality on this path is smugly self-satisfied. All is very good for the person who operates on emotions on this path. Though note how high up the row of cups are in relation to this figure. The FeelingThe Feeling personality has to discover what he or she is not feeling, what others are feeling. Wholeness for the feeling personality requires the awareness of all feelings, empathy.

Swords represent the thinking personality type. The 9 of Swords is the card of great pain, suffering. This is the path where we stuff things we do not want to face or think about. Wholeness requires that we feel pain, legitimate pain, for what it is. Pain is an important part of life. The flowers on the bed’s vibrant quilt show us the potential for illegitimate pain. This quilt revels this figure to be  rooted in abundant beauty if he/she would simply open his/her eyes to see. Also on the quilt are the symbols for the 12 signs of the Zodiac. These signs symbolize the transient nature of pain, the reality that “this too shall pass.”  Wholeness requires opening our eyes and facing the pain, feeling the pain, accepting it, and seeing past it to all that we are connected to.

The 9 of Wands represent the intuitive personality type on the 9th Path. Note the figure in this card is battered and holding onto the last “wand”. In a positive light this figure is determined to do the work and know all. In a negative light this figure is a stubborn “git” who doesn’t know how to let go, and know what he/she doesn’t know. Wholeness for the intuitive on the 9th path requires knowing what one does not know.

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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The Spin – A Reading from the Book of Tarot for February 3, 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.

KAPH and YESOD

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

Again we have a recently contemplated card. The first card is an archetype card chosen according to the numerology of the day. Today is 02, 3, 2012, or number 10: The Wheel of Fortune which surfaced just a few days ago. No doubt volatile fortunes are at work all around us these days. The second card, the 9 of Swords, is a random draw seeking the ideal card to contemplate regarding current events today.

The Wheel of Fortune is always viewed as a positive card, but it does spin. Successful passage of this path requires balance through change. Wisdom dominates this symbol laden card, as seen with the color blue, the Sphinx and the Torah (Tora). Tora is spelled out in the outer ring of the wheel, mixed with IHVH, the unspeakable name of G__. The Four beasts of the Apocalypse are all reading the Tora.. In the top left is Aquarius, top right is Scorpio, Leo is in the bottom right and Taurus is in the bottom left. These fixed signs of the zodiac have wings signifying stability through change. The snake on the left side of the wheel symbolizes he life force descending into the material world. The snake’s head is traveling towards the feet of a red Anubis rising on the right side of the wheel, a sign of intelligence or wisdom ascending. The middle wheel contains the material world: alchemical symbols for mercury, sulfur, water and salt. The energy on this path of Wisdom balances work well done with the compassionate abundance of the Universe. There is no rhyme or reason behind the workings of good fortune, it just is. The good that comes, goes just as easily, cherish and revel. The only thing we can be sure of in life and the wheel is change. Wholeness requires wise balance come what may on the wheel of material fortune.

Today’s current event card is the 9 of Swords. The 9th card from each of the four suits in Tarot combine to form the 9th path in Yoga of the West. The 9th path is our primary sensing of our unconscious.  It’s the path on which our sexual instinct, our creative instinct, is active. The 9 of Swords represents a state of great suffering. This is the aspect of the 9th path in which we stuff things we do not want to face or think about. Here we have overwhelming pain that blinds us from looking outside of ourselves. Wholeness requires that we feel pain, legitimate pain, for what it is: attachment. This figure is actually rooted in abundant beauty, as symbolized by the flowered quilt, if he/she would simply open his/her eyes to see it. Also on the quilt are the symbols for the 12 signs of the Zodiac. These signs symbolize the transient nature of pain, the reality that “this too shall pass.”  Wholeness requires opening our eyes and facing the pain, feeling the pain, accepting it, and seeing past it to all that we are connected to.

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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