May 15-17, 2017; XIV. Art

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May 15-17, 2017; XIV. Art

Postby Al-Shariyf » Mon May 15, 2017 9:04 am

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XIV
ART

(Sagittarius)

“I am uplifted in thy heart. My every instinct has become the echo of thy heartbeat. My life dances to the rhythm of thy pulse.”

MEDITATION COLOR: Blue.

HEBREW LETTER: Samekh, prop, support: something that lifts up, or holds up, something else. Its root, SMKh, samakh, means “to place or lay (a thing);” then, by derivation, “to uphold, to sustain, to aid” and even “to approach.” All of these ideas are descriptive of that inner, uplifting, sustaining spiritual reality commonly called the Holy Guardian Angel, intimate communion with Whom is associated with the 25th Path. It is this Holy Guardian Angel that is the source of the test, trial, probing, and proving of the spiritual aspirant in the experience of this Path of the Tree of Life.

CARD NAME: “Art” (a word diversely understood) has, as its contemporary basic meaning, “human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature.” This has strong alchemical and magical implications. It is no surprise that this Path is aimed at the sefirah called Beauty. Its Latin form, ars, stems from the Indo-European root ar-, meaning “to fit together.” The same root gives us the words harmony and aristocracy. The older title, “Temperance,” is best understood in the sense of tempering steel, and in the archaic sense of “a middle course between extremes” (although another modern use of “temper” corresponds to the Qabbalistic correspondence of this path, Wrath). Its Latin root means “to mingle in due proportion,” probably related to tempus, “time,” i.e., “in due season.”

ESOTERIC MEANING: The Consciousness of Probation (or Trial). It is the primary test by which the Creator proves the Compassionate (i.e., the Adepts).

TREE of LIFE: Yesod to Tifereth. (Links ‘the Foundation’ and ‘Beauty,’ Moon and Sun; or Subconsciousness with the Ego-center. The Path of the Arrow fired from the bow (Qesheth, QShTh). Ascent from a lesser, shifting, unstable, reflective light to a greater, surer, brighter, radiant Light. Marriage of the Sun and Moon completed. The Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel.)

ESOTERIC TITLE: The Daughter of the Reconcilers, the Bringer-forth of Life

TANTRIC & ALCHEMICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Consummation of the Royal Marriage (Coagula). Merging and interchange of attributes. Mingling of elements in a “cauldron.”

DIVINATION: Fertile combination of forces, adaptation, realization; aspiration, ambition; ordeal, trial, probation, testing, refinement; action (based on accurate calculation), equilibration, resolution of errors.

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"To advance—that means Work. Patient, exhausting, thankless, often bewildering Work. Dear sister, if you would but Work! Work blindly, foolishly, misguidedly, it doesn’t matter in the end: Work in itself has absolute virtue." -Magick Without Tears
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