May 8-10, 2017: XIII. Death

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May 8-10, 2017: XIII. Death

Postby Al-Shariyf » Mon May 08, 2017 12:41 pm

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XIII
DEATH

(Scorpio)

“Thou art the death of me. I am slain in my love for Thee, O devouring serpent, O immortal python, O crushing Wisdom.”

MEDITATION COLOR: Blue-green.

HEBREW LETTER: Nun, fish. Greek ’IXThYS = Redeemer. Kosher = no blood! Life migrating through the waters. That which thrives in water (ubiquitous inner consciousness), and cannot live long breathing air (intellect). That which is “caught” by the fishhook (Tzaddi). As a verb, Nun means “to sprout,” i.e., a budding start. Sound n suggests continuity, satisfaction, release.

CARD NAME: The roots of this Atu’s name are deep and complex. Its literal meaning is relevant here, yet surrenders profitably to vast poetic meanings that speak best to subconsciousness. Often it is associated with loss of breath or of blood (each of which has its own symbolic meanings). In etymology, it gets even more complex: “Death” comes from the Indo-European root dheu-, literally meaning “to become exhausted” or “to die;” yet an identically spelled and pronounced (but different) root dheu-, meaning “to flow,” gives us dew.

ESOTERIC MEANING: The Imaginative Consciousness. It provides an Image to all created things that have an appearance, in a Form fitting to each.

TREE of LIFE: Netzach to Tifereth. (Links ‘Victory’ and ‘Beauty’; or Desire and the Ego-center. The old personality slain to complete the transfer of consciousness to Tifereth.)

ESOTERIC TITLE: The child of the Great Transformers, the Lord of the Gate of Death

TANTRIC & ALCHEMICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Love under will. Sexuality; resurrection.

DIVINATION: Transformation, change, metamorphosis; whether voluntary or involuntary, it is always as a logical development of existing conditions, yet perhaps sudden and unexpected. Or death, destruction (only rarely; and such an interpretation is illusory). Especially, sudden and quite unexpected change or evolution of circumstances. Redemption through putrefaction.

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