Saturday, May 14, 2011

Athena the Wise


· The Goddess Athena & Gnostic Similarities



Athena



Part of Athena's name comes from the city of Athens and in sankskrit is related to vadh (to strike) and adh ( hill) The name of the goddess may be understood as directly "one who comes". This would be keeping in the sophic element of the Gnostics. There is even a story of how Teiresias who seen Athena naked went blind, but Athena gave him the gift of prophecy as a compensation, Athena was often accompanied by a serpent called Erichthonius, athena was represented as a warrior/goddess of wisdom. Athena was called the daughter of Zeus often resembling the Sophian emanation from the Godhead or Pleorma.


· Greek Mythology and Key 21 Symbolism


The other elements in the card are that of the olive tree which was used in ancient Greece as laurels or wreaths, it could represent the fact of Athena’s wisdom as a championing event in the battle of the spheres as an Olympian, Some say she was born of water titan named triton, this would be in keeping with the gnostic myths of creation and that several aeons emanated from a chaotic watery substance from the pleorma



· Athena & Hindu Tradition



Athena was also analogous to Sarasvati in Hindu myth as a personification of moisture / wather, but it has been hypothesized that the goddess might have also represented a stormy cloudy one and thus better suited to represent the Vedic Goddess Vach.



· Symbolism of Tarot Elements and Jungian Psychology



The scarf around the woman could be a chiton, which was sometimes girdled with serpents, the classical art version of Athena was also accompanied by a serpent and her shield contained the head of a gorgon, which was what medusa in greek legend was. Athena had a "androgynous Compromise" that was a mixture of male and female elements. In depth psychology Freud believed she was a primordial goddess divested of power, Which as we said earlier the Archons of Gnostic Myth were reported to have tried to take the power from Sophia to keep her from waking up adam and showing the fallible nature of Yaldabaoths creation.



· Call to Restore The Divine Feminine



This is where we come to an end in the common attributions of the tarot card XXI, The card in each of the representations given has shown from a vast amount of culture and sources that this key is highly represented by gnostic myth and teachings. Particularly Sophia and the Myths of Female goddesses in particular share a deep identification with aspects of this wisdom , Therefore it will be shocking to see for some that are stuck in old paradigms that the Female was actually more "wise" than the male in lots of goddess centered thinking. The reasoning besides that of giving life was that she was more in tune with the cycles and harmonies/disharmonies within the archetypal consciousness of the cosmos. Mathematically the cycles of a woman's menstruation have created not only our tracking of seasons but a correspondence with the agriculture of ancient civilization.



· Yahwehism : The Negative Effects of Patriarchal Dominance in Religion and Culture



This was perhaps the worst kill of culture and thinking that Yahwehism did to the ancient beliefs. Kill the mother is the sad and tragic motto of our false god Saclas, in stating " I am a jealous god, thou shalt not worship any other god before me". He actually destroyed his own nature and swallowed its tail by excluding the primordial mother from his thinking and attempts to do this in modern culture unfortunately haven't been resolved as of yet. Hopefully when this study reaches our new generations of "macho men" boys that are pervading modern culture we will have found that the thinking so closely related to this Yahwehism has not only killed our ability to achieve gnosis , but has also destroyed our hope of any kind of balance. Therefore all the tarot keys have a spiritual and practical element to them.


Let us never willfully forget or violate our women , sisters, wives or mothers and her archetypal source the divine Sophia.


In light and love.

Thursday, May 12, 2011



Elemental Matters.

Ave Brothers and Sisters of Light!

Here we are contemplating the matters of the four elements on the tarot card of XXI. As we all know these figures of the bird, man, bull and lion , represent air, water, earth and fire respectively. They also, however represent the differentiated elements and not the cosmic or primordial elements.

These figures are also part of the vision of Ezekiel and have lots of significance in Kabalistic/Judaic Merkabah Mysticism. Also the figures of the key have been represented as the fixed positions of the zodiac.

However when we contemplate the symbols in a Gnostic way they represent the Quaternary of Jungian depth psychology. These portions of the personality are represented by air/intuition , water/feelings , earth/sensation and fire/thinking, as each of these elements are represented archetypally it is necessary , for me at least, to take the correspondences into consideration. In alchemy the matter earth is worked upon by the air,fire,water of the alchemical correlations of prima materia, salt, sulphur and mercury. These principals work on the prima materia of the human centers of consciousness more commonly known as the Hindu system of Chakras and energy connections between them. As the middle channel is ascended the prana or breath force is risen through the chakra system activating higher and higher levels of consciousness and resulting in a Gnosis. This process is highly technical, esoteric and dangerous , therefore the experience needs to be accompanied by a Kundalini master.

In our western system however the same Gnosis may be produced by a traversing, traveling a previously traveled route, the path of creation to its "root". As we make the journey the beginning is in the Arcanum of the XXI key. As we start the 'yogic path of the west' we are going to refine more and more our conscious awareness of the transcendental nature of the Fullness and integrate the elements of the personality with the insight of our higher Self.

In Light and Love.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Athena the Wise

Athena

Part of Athena's name comes from the city of Athens and in sankskrit is related to vadh (to strike) and adh ( hill) The name of the goddess may be understood as directly "one who comes". This would be keeping in the sophic element of the Gnostics. There is even a story of how Teiresias who seen Athena naked went blind, but Athena gave him the gift of prophecy as a compensation, Athena was often accompanied by a serpent called Erichthonius, athena was represented as a warrior/goddess of wisdom. Athena was called the daughter of Zeus often resembling the Sophian emanation from the Godhead or Pleorma.

The other elements in the card are that of the olive tree which was used in ancient Greece as laurels or wreaths, it could represent the fact of Athena’s wisdom as a championing event in the battle of the spheres as an Olympian, Some say she was born of water titan named triton, this would be in keeping with the gnostic myths of creation and that several aeons emanated from a chaotic watery substance from the pleorma

Athena was also analogous to Sarasvati in Hindu myth as a personification of moisture / wather, but it has been hypothesized that the goddess might have also represented a stormy cloudy one and thus better suited to represent the Vedic Goddess Vach.

The scarf around the woman could be a chiton, which was sometimes girdled with serpents, the classical art version of Athena was also accompanied by a serpent and her shield contained the head of a gorgon, which was what medusa in greek legend was. Athena had a "androgynous Compromise" that was a mixture of male and female elements. In depth psychology Freud believed she was a primordial goddess divested of power, Which as we said earlier the Archons of Gnostic Myth were reported to have tried to take the power from Sophia to keep her from waking up adam and showing the fallible nature of Yaldabaoths creation.

This is where we come to an end in the common attributions of the tarot card XXI, The card in each of the representations given has shown from a vast amount of culture and sources that this key is highly represented by gnostic myth and teachings. Particularly Sophia and the Myths of Female goddesses in particular share a deep identification with aspects of this wisdom , Therefore it will be shocking to see for some that are stuck in old paradigms that the Female was actually more "wise" than the male in lots of goddess centered thinking. The reasoning besides that of giving life was that she was more in tune with the cycles and harmonies/disharmonies within the archetypal consciousness of the cosmos. Mathematically the cycles of a woman's menstruation have created not only our tracking of seasons but a correspondence with the agriculture of ancient civilization.

This was perhaps the worst kill of culture and thinking that Yahwehism did to the ancient beliefs. Kill the mother is the sad and tragic motto of our false god Saclas, in stating " I am a jealous god, thou shalt not worship any other god before me". He actually destroyed his own nature and swallowed its tail by excluding the primordial mother from his thinking and attempts to do this in modern culture unfortunately haven't been resolved as of yet. Hopefully when this study reaches our new generations of "macho men" boys that are pervading modern culture we will have found that the thinking so closely related to this Yahwehism has not only killed our ability to achieve gnosis , but has also destroyed our hope of any kind of balance. Therefore all the tarot keys have a spiritual and practical element to them.

Let us never willfully forget or violate our women , sisters, wives or mothers and her archetypal source the divine Sophia.

In light and love.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Who is she really?


· Key 21 and Other Mythological Attributions




  • 1. Nephthys

1a. Particular Customs & Relationships in Egyptian Myth


Nephthys



Here the woman of the 21st tarot card is also a representation of Nephthys. Nephthys comes from a rich mythology in Egypt sister of Isis who was wife to the sun god Osiris and a sister-wife to the god Set. In ancient Egyptian it was very common to have these incestual relationships with mythological characters. Incest in mythology represented not physically sexual acts but more like gods joining attributes to share in a Celestial "Hieros Gamos", or bridal chamber. In ancient Egypt for example a "father" could represent any male, and "mother" any female. Where "brother" and "sister" are involved it is a lesser of the mother-father parental and more childlike boys and girls or specific roles in Egyptian society.


As Nephthys was the "sister" of Isis she could have been indicated as a lover wife mistress niece or aunt. the roles go as far as we can imagine, even a best friend that is a woman can be inferred from this name and so can be attributed to an egyptian "sisterhood".


In the royal family however there was some incestual relationships to create a pure and controllable blood line for succession.



· Nephthys and Her Relationship to Other Known Deities and Figures in Egyptian Mythology in Particular Reference to Gnostic Texts of Nag Hammadi



Nephyhys was the mother wife of Set a god that was symbolic of apep or Apophis the god ruled the chaos and darkness. In creation account in Genesis it says "The lord seen the world was chaotic 'tohu' and without form 'bohu'. In lurianic Kabbalah it was called the tzimtzum


In chaos and darkness existed the Egyptian god Apep-Set which the Egyptians said fought Osiris in the underworld to steal the light of the Sun and keep it from bringing life to the egyptians as it shone across the Nile. Every night Osiris would fight his opponent with the help of the mummified souls and kings of Egypt to keep at bay the destroyer of the light Apep or Apophis.


Very much like the Demurge of the Gnostics is this Apophis and Nephthys was the spouse of this evil Set or Apophis. Therefore showing the material wife of the demiurge rather than the union of Isis and Osiris.


The archons of the Gnostic myth were reported to "rape, beat, and defile" Sophia in her embodied form of Zoe , or Eve.



· Story of Nephthys as a Metaphor of Duality and Conflict



As we look at the darker aspects of psyche through the rich mythology of the Egyptians we are brought ever again back to the struggle of the two spheres of the light and dark. Peace and Chaos. Having incestual gods and goddesses is somewhat of a downer as was the gods and goddesses of the Roman and Greek mythologies. They all were said to have aspects that were at times terrific and terrible at the same time. This i believe represents the Archonic defects of the gods and their separation and incessant need to use the sparks of the True God (god being a name of honor and not a title )to make their own creation. Through the separate creations of the destruction/creation sphere of these gods the world is in perpetual dynamic motion and rhythmic chaos.


Its not until we start to let the gods of one-sidedness "off the hook" that we will experience the mysterium conicutionus or hieros gamos of the psyche restoring balance without loss of polarity essentially the union of the many within the one


In light and love.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Harmonious Dance... and The Cross

Ave Fraters and Sorors

Here we are going to start a new format for the blog, if you've visited before please take a chance to look at the new Sabche's of this site click here. Sabche is a topical list that is used by Tibetan commentatators and is structual. This will enable us to archive better and will provide better synopsis of the ideas contained within each new post. If you haven't reviewed the archives and other new infomation for this site please take a chance to familiarize yourself with our Purpose and Direction Statement.

in the contemplation of the symbols of this tarot key we are still given many other points of reference and inexhaustible allusions to gnostic thinking, i dare not say doctrine.

  • Balance , Hebrew Letter and Other Traditions

This time i'd like to bring further attention to the Keywords of balance , tau meaning cross, and dance. As our female who is veiled dances in the center of the card , i am reminded that carl gustav jung said that the modern mandala has removed god from the center of the spiritual way of life. This is apparently what the androgynous figure is , it will be carefully noted that she is not a god. Rather she is a picture of the Self.

Her hands hold two wands usually black the other white, The symbolism is very similar to that of the eastern Tao yet the wands also can represent the dualistic nature of the cosmos as each is pointed at the above and below positions. Here again CG Jung talks to us in his Seven Sermons to the Dead of the inseparable duality of the creator of the universe. As mentioned in another post, this apparent balancing of the spheres of black OR white have turned into black and white.

  • Interpretation of The Female Figure in The 20th Key & Similarities with Gnostic Sophia

This is the reasoning i think the woman holds the light and dark aspects of the wands. She is bringing attention to the archetypes of these two forces and their balancing through the story of their origin. The woman may represent Eve or Zoe in gnostic thinking to be dancing of the victory of her sons prime rulers the "Archons". In sophianic myth it is repeatedly stated that she created a son with three names, saclas, yaldabaoth, and samael. Apparently yaldabaoth didn't like being "begotten" so he started to "beget" his own creation with arrogance and pride saying "I am a jealous god, you shall not worship any other gods before me". ( Note im not giving sources to keep with the continuity of thinking and ideas..)

Creation of the Universe With Nag Hammadi References of Creation

after a long process of him creating and making lots and lots of angels and demons, they all started working in unison as a new world order (LOL) and had one goal, the fashioning of a creature to worship them, a unequal to allow them to gain power and rule the cosmos. Sophia had other plans, by allowing her son Yaldabaoth to blow into the modeled being she enabled its life. but the victory is when the instructor has been revealed as a serpent. I really love the logic see if you like it too. ? creates everything even a creation to spread its story, ( EVEN SNAKEs) then it allows this creation to , in all the activities it can do to NOT eat of the knowledge tree ( SOPHIA) because he knows that he isn't alone there is one thing adam and eve cant do , which is wake up, therefore like a arch villain his plan is foiled by the foundation of the statement, eat from any tree. but not that one. what kind of omnipotent thing would allow such a diversion from its perfection , unless of course there is a mathematical anomaly and the false deity can't really eliminate it because its outside its realm of power . So the serpent tempts eve, eve wakes up, adam wakes too, adam is ashamed, ? doesn't know where it is, like ? can't play cosmic peekaboo. cryptonite for an all powerful being??

  • The Defilement of Sophia and Interpretation

Then Sophia's daughter is raped and beaten, defiled and humiliated, and Yaldabaoth creates two supreme archons to rule beneath him, "And the chief archon seduced her and he begot in her two sons; the first and the second (are) Eloim and Yave. Eloim has a bear-face and Yave has a cat-face. The one is righteous but the other is unrighteous. (Yave is righteous but Eloim is unrighteous.) Yave he set over the fire and the wind, and Eloim he set over the water and the earth. And these he called with the names Cain and Abel with a view to deceive" ( apocryphon of john)

so when one force sought to extinguish the other force, the balance was broken and Yaldabaoth freaked out.used Noah to build a boat in the desert because he wanted to eliminate gnosis.Any one with a copy of the Nag Hammadi can read all that has been said.

  • The Cross and Gnostic Contemplation of The 20th Key

The cross is a time to dance? Seriously this sounds like blasphemy of the worst kind, what kind of sick son of a ( Sophia?) would rejoice from such a statement? Here is were the "hymn of jesus" portrays a entirely different point of view. He asks everyone to join in a circle after the last supper, then to say amen after his statements. He starts to say many things and then refers to the crucifixion as a joyful event and requests everyone to dance! Here we have our tarot card of Tau which means "cross" and as the famed "gospel of truth" said to be of valentinius's school of gnosticism "He was nailed to a cross. He became a fruit of the knowledge of the Father. He did not, however, destroy them because they ate of it. He rather caused those who ate of it to be joyful because of this discovery."

What a different message, Thoughts?? Email me at treederwright@gmail.com

Peace and Love

Thursday, May 5, 2011

He's got the whole world....

Ave Fraters and Sorors

Here we are going to start a new format for the blog, if you've visited before please take a chance to look at the new Sabche's of this site click here. Sabche is a topical list that is used by Tibetan commentatators and is structual. This will enable us to archive better and will provide better synopsis of the ideas contained within each new post. If you haven't reviewed the archives and other new infomation for this site please take a chance to familiarize yourself with our Purpose and Direction Statement.
  • Introduction to Tarot Key 21 & Tarot Cards as Symbolic Alphabets

So it’s apparent that this card of the world is full of symbolism. It has been said by many esotericists and occultists that the cards of the tarot can never be defined in an exhaustive and completely definitive treatise. Why? Mainly because the tarot is composed of a picture color alphabet which brings archetypes to the conscious mind of the practitioner. As this experience is extremely rewarding and pays handsomely in all practical and theoretical manners, we still must accept the language and knowledge acquired is that of a "Symbol",. Its not the essence of knowledge but a mechanism that enables the mind to be receptive to the transformative experience, which some authorities call genuine insight or gnosis. in short it may be termed a technology at best.

  • Interpretation of Symbols Within The Key

Here we will take very deep notice of the wreath. it is in an oval which we will not take long to realize that the egg of the world is what humans are being incubated or danced in. the idea of dance especially brings forth ideas of the Sufi poet, Jalladin Rumi. His view on dancing is that the dance is practiced as a form of union with the universe and was practiced by his order frequently as a path to self transcendence.

but for now back to egg-wreath. this wreath is made of 22 leaves all with 3 sides. this corresponds to the tarot and that the world card consists of archetypes that are paths of dancer. so in keeping with the idea of life and its result which is an egg , this Arcanum is talking about life as an archetypal journey from the essence of the self to its gross embodiment in matter

  • Buddhist Similarities of Maya and Measurement

The measurements, which come from the sanskrit word maya and can be alluded to the buddhist doctrine of maya, meaning illusion. The word measurement is a verb ,meaning an activity defined to : Ascertain the size, amount, or degree of (something) by using an instrument or device
marked in standard units or by comparing it with an object of known size . standard units or comparison. a quote by PF Case would be appropriate here "The wreath is an ellipsoid figure. Its longer axis is exactly eight units, and its shorter one exactly five units. Thus a rectangle which would exactly contain it would be eight units high and five units wide".

he continues to say that numbers 5 and 8 are closely related to music
and its scales, in a recent book by Michael Hayes called " The hermetic
code in DNA". Hayes posits that the double helix of dna is similar to a
complex scale in music theory.

binding the wreath is rubber bands in the 8 or infinity symbol meaning
eternity. Yet here is where the gnostic would disagree completely. In
exegesis of the tarot Arcanum of this card, we are forced to accept
that the world has four creatures one circle with a woman in it and
that the creatures are lions and bull and bird and person. what in the
world does this all have to do with where we live, in our everyday
lives? the bull represents the manifestation of life on earth and was
said of the gnostics to be Egyptian in origin and that the lion is what
was the force behind the bull's manifestation.

  • Similarities of 21st Arcanum and Gnostic Principals

An educated gnostic would completely start intuiting that the lion (
yaldabaoth) and the bull ( foot stool called earth) is now in complete
accordance with the demiurgic ideas of gnostic writers of "hypostasis of
the archons" and "origin of the world" in the Nag Hammadi codex .
furthermore the fact that the dancing human , earlier represented by
spirit is enclosed within the egg or wreath of 5x8 and closely related
to the DNA double helix of genetic creation would really start to
substantiate the idea of a demiurgic lion creator of man and beast of
the land and bird of the air. this is also why the world is such a
symbolic start. we are actually following the process of manifestation
backwards.to its source which again is in the elements.

  • Philosophical Similarities

Hegel talked about this concept in his Phenomenology of Spirit,
mentioning that we can never accept a archetype by its final
manifestation but to eliminate its fixed component will bring us to the
core of its becoming or originating ideas in its beginning of
creation.

  • Relationships to Nag Hammadi text “Origin of The World”

in "Orgin of the World" it was written that the Archon rulers dominated
the human model and created the nervous system and brain. Funny how
this is taken to be the essence of the human being in our ultra modern
and scientifically advanced thinkers. 2000 years ago the Gnostics were
fully aware of the limitations of both of these human core systems and
how they perhaps were created not for our freedom and liberation , but
for our imprisonment and distraction.

Questions , Comments & Concerns ? Email fratercml@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The beginning of our journey

Ave Fraters and Sorors

Here we are going to start a new format for the blog, if you've visited before please take a chance to look at the new Sabche's of this site click here. Sabche is a topical list that is used by Tibetan commentatators and is structual. This will enable us to archive better and will provide better synopsis of the ideas contained within each new post. If you haven't reviewed the archives and other new infomation for this site please take a chance to familiarize yourself with our Purpose and Direction Statement.Link
  • Introduction to the Path of Return & Questions of the Seeker
  • Doctrine of Happiness existing in a unknowable alien experience and being contrary to ordinary every day consciousness

  • Challenge to Break old definitions and Encounter new Paradigms


Introduction to The Path of Return & Questions of the Seeker

What is the alternative for those of us who are not satisfied with the "orthodox" way of spiritual practice? Is growth a possibility ? what is, or how do we define growth anyway? Where did we come from ? Are we all certain of our origins ? What is the point of all of our hours of reading, and, re reading of literature, texts, articles and views of the many authors ,commentators and scribes that fill our libraries and sacred places for practice?

These are some of the questions that i ask myself constantly. Sometimes i have received an answer, in part at least , although to me half-truths are very insufficient to rely upon to construct a world view that is going to be the motivating element behind my actions and ideas. the answer that is most logical, according to common sense, is to stop acting like a fool!. My family and friends are all convinced at times that I’ve gone mad, looney and have spent way too much time in the pursuit of Occult studies and Esotericism. In the beginning of the journey to gnosis, lots of us , I’ve found, are lost without our standards of life that are based upon the latest hit T.V. Show, most of us are deep down hoping there is some solution that will guide us back to the realm of happiness, or for the few that are willing to endure the hike, introduce it for the first time.

Doctrine of Happiness existing in a unknowable alien experience and being contrary to ordinary every day consciousness

The presupposition this statement makes is that “all happiness exists in the fullness and not of the world". in the “world” there is no happiness. This is unfortunately not so, all is a universal term, a metaphysical constant and if we are to take a journey of gnosis we need to remember that the only absolutes are that of the Pleroma or "fullness". In Jewish Kabbalah we call this Azmuto. the unnamable inconceivable essence that we know nothing of. This statement parallels that of the Gnostics of the Nag Hammadi, and is saying that we are distant from or, alien to, the True God.

Challenge to Break old definitions and Encounter new Paradigms

When contemplating such a outlandish statement we are challenged from the very essence of the remark that “we do not know" god. Therefore it would be appropriate to see ourselves as a fool, not in the way of socially accepted terms, but that of spiritual development. Therefore when considering the card titled The World, we are going to interpret, because symbols can only be interpreted and not stated in a fixed , matter of fact definition; the question to this card is , are we comfortable as a confined spirit in the elements of the world, both macro and microcosmically? Or are we willing to make a journey of the spirit to inquire of the dance and see what exists beyond the bounds of the cherubim or four creatures of the card.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Archives - Gnostic Tarot Cards Blog




Archives - Gnostic Tarot Cards Blog






The Beginning of Our Journey










  • Introduction to the Path of Return & Questions of the Seeker





  • Doctrine of Happiness existing in a unknowable alien experience and being contrary to ordinary every day consciousness





  • Challenge to Break old definitions and Encounter new Paradigms






He's Got The Whole World...










  • Introduction to Tarot Key 21 & Tarot Cards as Symbolic Alphabets







  • Interpretation of Symbols Within The Key







  • Buddhist Similarities of Maya and Measurement







  • Similarities of 21st Arcanum and Gnostic Principals







  • Philosophical Similarities







  • Relationships to Nag Hammadi text “Origin of The World”






Harmonious Dance … and The Cross







  • Balance , Hebrew Letter and Other Traditions





  • Interpretation of The Female Figure in The 20th Key & Similarities with Gnostic Sophia





  • Creation of the Universe With Nag Hammadi References of Creation





  • The Defilement of Sophia and Interpretation





  • The Cross and Gnostic Contemplation of The 20th Key






Who is She Really?





· Key 21 and Other Mythological Attributions



1. Nephthys



1a. Particular Customs & Relationships in Egyptian Myth



.



· Nephthys and Her Relationship to Other Known Deities and Figures in Egyptian Mythology in Particular Reference to Gnostic Texts of Nag Hammadi



· Story of Nephthys as a Metaphor of Duality and Conflict



Athena the Wise


· The Goddess Athena & Gnostic Similarities


· Greek Mythology and Key 21 Symbolism


· Athena & Hindu Tradition


· Symbolism of Tarot Elements and Jungian Psychology


· Call to Restore The Divine Feminine


· Yahwehism : The Negative Effects of Patriarchal Dominance in Religion and Culture