STAGE — UNDERSTANDING
Stage 6 represents the Moon and Understanding. This stage uses the information found in the 2 books, BEYOND DIVINATION: MINOR ARCANA'S Role in SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION — & — BEYOND DIVINATION: SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION Through The MAJOR ARCANA.
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— JESUS’ MYSTERIES IN THE TAROT —
The secrecy surrounding The Mysteries have intrigued Humanity for two millennia, ever since Jesus pronounced that the Disciples would be given the meaning of their teachings, while the general population would only get them in parables. As my husband Craig wrote in a Foreword for one of our books, “surely the Divine forces want us to know how to evolve spiritually? However, he went on to explain:
“The answer is that like most knowledge, it can be both beneficial and detrimental. As a result, we learned that the Truth had to be veiled from those who would use the knowledge for nefarious purposes. Therefore, until enough of the Human Race evolved to want to change the world for everyone, the Divine Forces obscured the information. Today, as enough of Humanity has evolved sufficiently it is now safe to remove all the veils and blinds that hid the spiritual knowledge from the masses.
“The term Mystery Teachings might sound rather vague. In the Foreword for REFLECTIONS on The Third Manifest: Exploring the Mysteries in the Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz , Suzzan relates how these ancient teachings were preserved and handed down to us. Since I cannot improve on what she said, I will use her words.
“In hearing the term Mysteries, most of us in the West immediately think of Jesus telling the disciples that they would receive them undiluted, whereas the populace would only receive them in the form of parables. For instance, Luke 8:10 has: ‘Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; THAT SEEING THEY MIGHT NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND.’
“…As a child, I can remember being surprised at what appeared to be preferential treatment of the disciples, who clearly did not understand the teachings. Since then, I have learned that it was believed it was dangerous to teach the Mysteries to someone not spiritually ready. In the Greco/Roman era, there were multiple mystery schools where initiates were trained to comprehend the Mysteries, but were these the first? To answer this question we need to understand how and why they came about. It might surprise some to hear they were a direct result of the so-called Fall of Humanity. Regardless of how this “fall” is described or who or what caused it, the end result was the creation of the false self whose only purpose was to sabotage our spiritual development.
“…An important point to keep in mind is that the revelation of the Mysteries was universal, and we find elements of them in every religion. For instance, the Golden Rule of doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, has ten versions throughout the world. As well as wise sayings, the Mysteries were concealed in cuneiform, hieroglyphics, and stele. In this way, we see their teachings emerging in several indigenous cultures, such as the Maya.
“Due to the Mysteries being the downfall for the false self or ego, their teachings had to be hidden in such a way as to be able to “speak” to the spirit, without alerting the ego. This is why they were only taught to spiritually aware initiates who went through severe trials over many years. However, after Jesus revealed them openly, even if in parables, they had to go back into hiding until the Fullness of Time that he promised.
“After the Resurrection, we know from ancient scriptures that he remained on Earth for a time teaching his followers how to teach the Mysteries to the populace. Unfortunately, because of the presence of the “Shadow of Deception”, otherwise known as the “prince of this world”, or Eckhart Tolle’s Collective Pain Body, there was an active force working to prevent the Truth from being available. Therefore, over the next two thousand years, the Mysteries went underground, so to speak…
“…after everyone who had known Jesus was dead, and organized Christianity had suppressed everything that was not politically expedient to their political position, troubadours, and minstrels disseminated the teachings in the form of folksongs. At the start of the Dark Ages or Early Middle-Ages (circa 500 C.E.), we already had the stories and legends from the Greek and Norse mythology, and to this was added folk and fairy tales.
“Around the turn of the first millennium, in the period known as the High Middle Ages, (between 900 to 1300) the Church began searching out ancient sacred pagan sites to build their grand cathedrals over. Through enlightened Masons and Knights Templar, these beautiful buildings encoded the Mysteries into the very stonework and exquisite stain-glassed windows. From that time on, people worshipping or even just visiting the spectacular Gothic cathedrals were exposed to the energies and consciousness of the ancient teachers.
“As stated, in the Late Middle-Ages, the archetypal imagery of the Tarot and the Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz were created. However, this was not the only way the Mysteries were carried forth. Multiple artists, such as Leonardo DaVinci, Michael Angelo, Poussin, and many others were inspired to place clues in the form of Sacred Geometry into their work. Of course, we cannot forget the supreme conveyer of the Mysteries, William Shakespeare as well as many other writers and poets.
“Patiently waiting for Humanity to evolve and become enlightened, the Ancient Mysteries have evolved according to us. Ancient priests who first formulated the Mysteries in their buildings, hieroglyphs, and stele were also scientists. Therefore, observing the Sciences developing theories, irrespective of whether the scientists are conscious of it or not, supporting the teachings in the Mysteries is encouraging. An example would be the Mandelbrot Set, Fractals, and the recent affirmation of the God Particle.”
Notwithstanding connecting The Mysteries to the Alchemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz, for us their main repository was in the mysterious and often controversial 78 cards of the Tarot. The placement of the Ace of Cups, and The Fool’s chapters from our BEYOND DIVINATION anthology in Stage Understanding, initially surprised us. It surprised us because although the chapters represent The Minor Arcana’s Role in Spiritual Transformation, and Spiritual Transformation through the Major Arcana respectively, we thought the anthology belonged in Stage Knowledge. However, when we realized how The Mysteries within the anthology, connect not only to Jesus’ teachings but pertain to this time, it made sense. At this critical juncture in our spiritual development, “understanding” that The Mysteries are a deeper form of Jesus teachings is essential in helping us rise to the next level in our evolution.
Consequently, at this point in the Know Thyself Initiative, the original posting of my commentary on the 22 Major Arcana cards was moved to the Tarot Gateways, off of our Opening Page. Nonetheless, we have chosen to include the commentaries at the end of this article, because as they began from a vision I was given early in my studies, they show the progression in my Understanding.
We should state that in our anthology we included the contributors of The Rabbi’s Tarot, which are designated as the RT group. This group represents the anonymous Jewish rabbi of the title who first initiated the study of the Rider-Waite Tarot. It also includes the ex-Jesuit priest the rabbi passed his study work on to, who then worked on the material for 40 years, and the priest’s friend and the ultimate compiler, author, and symbologist, who published the first and subsequent editions, Daphna Moore.
As for Stage Knowledge, obviously we realized that although our two books Our Story 1994: MY LOST LOVE and Our story 1995 – 2002: TRUE PHILOSOPHERS’ STONE, concern our mission, they only cover a total of 7 years of the Knowledge we acquired in our 29-year journey. To reiterate, our first book lays out our reunion and calling in Saudi Arabia and consequent experience in Jerusalem. However, it only covers the first six months of our mission in depth, describing our struggle to understand what was happening. Although our third book lays out our understanding of the missions overseas, it is the tip of the iceberg in our 29-year adventure. So, with the publication of 12 books, the evolution of the Know Thyself Initiative into the K.T.I. Institute for Spiritual Transformation, and the revelation of the Divine Plan, we felt we needed to encapsulate the Knowledge we acquired in those 29 years.
Despite the title, JESUS & THE MYSTERIES OF THE TAROT, we should state that Stage Understanding has nothing to do with religion per say, it concerns applying Jesus’ message in order to help us change the way we think. A good start is to remind ourselves that “changing the way” we “think” is the original meaning for the word “repent.” The noun repentance according to Wikipedia comes from the Greek word metanoeo and means that repentance “leads to metamorphosis.” Another way the writer puts the meaning for metanoeo or repentance, is likening it to a caterpillar choosing “to build a cocoon”, which results in the transformation of the “grub” into “the new miraculous creation of a butterfly.”
Even so, like so many English words that sound the same but have different meanings, as in where and wear or here and hear, employing the tools from the previous stages, such as Deductive reasoning, and intradimensional Intuition to access our inner Divine wisdom, we Understand that “repent” may also have had different meanings. Searching the internet, we found repent defined in several ways. For instance on the website Bible Study Tools, repent is defined as a kind-of return or turning away, as seen in the excerpt below:
Two requisites of repentance included in the sub are “to turn from evil, and to turn to the good.” …Three times Ezekiel included God’s call to the people of Israel: “Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!” “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses”, “Turn! Turn from your evil ways”. Such a call was characteristic of the prophets.
Confession of sins is both commanded and frequently illustrated. When one is guilty of various sins, “he must confess in what way he has sinned” in order to receive atonement and forgiveness. Thus, confession belongs to repentance and is needed for divine forgiveness. A great prophecy/ promise is given in the Book of Isaiah: “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins.”
Nevertheless, the definition above is focused on the Old Testament, which was written in Hebrew, as the Greek language was not used in this part of the Bible. This Testament includes the 24 books of what the Israelites called the Tanakh, also known in Hebrew as Mikra, which incorporates the Torah, the Nevi'im, and the Ketuvim. According to Wikipedia, the manuscripts were “almost exclusively” written in “Biblical Hebrew”, with a smattering of “passages in Biblical Aramaic.” The fact is before 280 B.C.E. all Scripture was in Hebrew, then starting in Alexandria, new texts began to be translated into Greek. The author explains that what came to be known as the Greek Septuagint was “originally used by Hellenized Jews whose knowledge of Greek was better than Hebrew.” Expectedly, after Jesus crucifixion, “these texts came to be used predominantly by gentile converts to Christianity and by the early Church as its scripture…”
Aside from the Kabbalists using Hebrew letters to convey The Mysteries, from the exoteric or open perspective, “repentance” in Hebrew literally meant “return” and was a component for the atonement of sin. Accepting that no one is perfect, the Torah and Talmud taught that by admitting one’s “sins”, a person could receive forgiveness, and mitigate any future punishment. Regardless of this interpretation, from the esoteric perspective, the Kabbalists always saw repentance as a term for self-transformation.
Considering the traditional Biblical scholars position, we were pleasantly surprised to see them state that in the New Testament “repent” or “repentance” has a different definition. Confirming that in Greek repentance is metanoia, the commentator relates that it has two meanings - a “change of mind” and “regret/remorse.” In both books of Mark and Matthew Jesus began his public proclamation with the call “Repent.” In addition, Paul is said to have preached to both Jews and Gentiles/Greeks to “turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.”
In the English dictionary, the verb repent is defined as feeling or expressing “sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin.” We addressed the effect of “Remorse” in the second volume of our anthology, BEYOND DIVINATION: Spiritual Transformation through the Major Arcana. As we reported:
Interestingly, the RT group informs us that there are two destructive emotions that we should avoid at all costs, remorse, and self-pity, because they “corrode” the heart and mind by keeping us trapped in the past. (Although I agree with not indulging in self-pity, I am not so sure about remorse. Still, as I will address this in my final thoughts, I will move on.) Regarding remorse and self-pity, the group sums up these emotions as deriving from our limitations. They explain that we wallow in self-pity when we are constrained or limited but the group reminds us that it is through these limitations, which are controlled by Saturn, that we evolve. For instance, if we can use a limitation to rise above it, it can give us a sense of achievement.
From the basic level, our body is a limitation because it “fences” in our energy. Astrologers refer to Saturn as the “Great Schoolmaster” because the limitations or problems he imposes on us help teach us. Stressing that boundaries are necessary, the group reasons that without them the Solar Energy would pass through us with no effect. In order to be used, the Solar Energy needs to be concentrated within a boundary of some kind, ideally one that is of the highest and purest vibration, which is where Saturn comes in, because by imposing limitations and afflictions on us, we evolve.
In my Final Thoughts on the chapter, I addressed our reluctance to support the RT group’s condemnation of remorse. As we explained:
Earlier, I reported that the RT group mentioned two destructive emotions that we should avoid at all costs, remorse, and self-pity, because they “corrode” the heart and mind keeping us trapped in the past. Like I said, although I agree with not indulging in self-pity, I am not so sure about remorse, because remorse is generated after a shameful act of some kind and in my opinion, the world would be far better off if more people felt remorse after committing a shameful act, which would hopefully deter them from repeating it.
Returning to our discussion on repent meaning to change the way we think, clearly in Jesus’ time the populace would hold differing opinions on both John the Baptist, and Jesus calling for them to repent. Nonetheless, what did they mean when they called people to change the way they thought? This is something that puzzled us for quite some time. However, it was important to understand that changing the way we think is not the same as changing what we think, as in changing our preferences, or switching allegiance. But how do we fundamentally change the way we think? Something that helped us was through understanding that Quantum Physics blows the concept of solid matter out of the water. With this realization, it changed how we thought about the world, as we began to see all matter in terms of conscious energy.
Even so, during Jesus and John’s time no one was examining the atom, so their call was not about the structure of the material world. Contemplating the question, we learned that although Jesus and John were not teaching on the solidity of matter, their call to change the way their listeners thought did concern reality. This is because it concerned Spiritual Evolution, and the reason Globe D was separated from the Globe cycle. We get a clue in the underlined passage below from verse 1 of Luke’s chapter 13:
“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
From Great Spirit-Mind’s pillar that “Anything that creates fear, hatred, and or division is NEVER of Divine origin”, we can dismiss Jesus’ warning as any kind-of Divine punishment. So, what was Jesus warning the people about? Our research had led us to the spiritual consequences of blood sacrifices, especially when tied to magic, which we discussed in volume one of our treatise on Spiritual Evolution, America’s Hijacked Destiny…
Regrettably, it was the combination of blood sacrifices and magic that led to the corruption of The Mysteries. As I wrote:
…Having learned that magic was widely practiced in Classical Greece, I wondered how widespread it was in the Ptolemaic period. I found the answer under an entry for magic in the Hellenistic world on Wikipedia. According to the author of the article, 300 years before the transition into the Common Era, the practice of magic was systematized. This systemization of magic, “in the Greco-Roman world seems to have taken place – particularly in the ‘melting pot’ of varying cultures that was Egypt under the Ptolemies and under Rome.” Remarkably texts of the time read like some Mediaeval book on witchcraft. A particularly disturbing aspect was the author’s reference to a “certain spell”, which could enable someone “to send out a daemon or daemons to harm one’s enemies or even to break up someone’s marriage.” To counteract these attacks or curses, people of the Greco-Roman world turned to amulets to protect themselves. These were worn particularly to protect from “such fearful things as curses and the evil eye, which were seen as very real by most of its inhabitants.” The author goes on to report that archeologists have found thousands “of carved gems”, which were obviously used for “a magical rather than an ornamental function.” These “Amulets were a very widespread type of magic, because of the fear of other types of magic such as curses.” Interestingly, he or she concludes that “amulets were actually often a mixture of various formulas from Babylonian, Egyptian, and Greek elements”, which were “probably worn” as a protection “against other forms of magic.”
…in approximately 4 B.C.E. …When Humanity developed reason, it facilitated the activation of the first level of the Higher Self, which is also the first aspect of The Christ Consciousness in the human being. That is why the World-Soul worked so hard to muddy the waters of the identity of The Christ, Sophia, and Melchizedek, by mixing up the gods and goddesses in The Mysteries. “His” other goal was to keep people connected to the Astral Plane through sorcery (black magic) and relying on “hunches” or gut feelings…
…sacrifices overcame the “Light” because the blood from the sacrifices facilitated spiritual entities to physically enter this plane. If this sounds a little out there, the ancients left us a warning of the danger of blood sacrifices in The Emerald Tablets of Thoth. We reported the warning in Our Story 1995 – 2002: TRUE PHILOSOPHERS’ STONE:
“…The only word to describe these tablets is “esoteric,” meaning “hidden.” For instance, tablet VIII has information on the mode “evil” used to infiltrate our plane of existence. It reads “Far in the past before Atlantis existed, men there were who delved into darkness, using dark Magic, calling up beings from the great deep below us. Forth came they into this cycle. Formless were they of another vibration, existing unseen by the children of earthmen. Only through blood could they have formed being. Only through man could they live in the world.”
“…these “beings” were vanquished by “Masters” to the underworld from where they came from. Unfortunately, a number still lingered between the layers, hiding in invisible realms, unseen and “unknown to man.” During the Atlantean era, these “beings” existed mostly as specters. Nonetheless, there were times when these “specters” could appear as human beings. The tablet warns Humanity that these “human” appearances were merely an illusion as the “beings” were in reality “Serpent-headed.” They succeeded in gaining power by using sorcery to kill the rulers of the “kingdoms” and take their place as human-looking kings.”
Considering that the “Shadow of Deception”, AKA “prince of this world” or Eckhart Tolle’s Collective Pain-Body had entered Globe D, Jesus’ warning against magic and stopping blood sacrifices is understandable. However, could seeing the danger in magic and blood sacrifices effectively “change the way we think”? Perhaps, but we believe it more likely concerns how we look at the world, and Jesus’ teaching on Adultery certainly qualifies for that.
In Stage 3 Intuition, we wrote about how certain tragic or horrific moments in time have been seared into the fabric of our reality because of people’s memories. We believe that Jesus’ teaching that just thinking about committing adultery is tantamount to committing it, can be applied to how terrible moments in history are preserved. First, let’s look at what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5, verses 27 and 28:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Understanding Jesus’ statement, makes us contemplate that our thoughts and emotions maybe collectively creating our reality, which of course changes how we think about the world. Since the Church taught that everything that happens is “God’s Will”, it removed personal responsibility. Nonetheless, just considering the possibility that our thoughts and emotions could affect our world fundamentally changes our perspective on Life.
Yet, if the worst of our history is seared into our reality what does that do to our ability to change our world. More importantly, how do we get rid of those memories, while still preserving their lessons. Again, Jesus provided the answer in his teachings, this time on one of the 7 Keys to Love, Forgiveness. We read how in Matthew 18: 21:
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.
In other words, we should always forgive one another, because Forgiveness is the key that resolves all resentment and animosity. Amazingly, we see this demonstrated to the nth degree by the Tutsis widows and mothers after the 1994 Rwandan Tutsis genocide, when young Hutu boys were incited to butcher their Tutsis neighbors. On the CNN documentary Scream Bloody Murder, the host Christiane Armanpour was reporting on how the Tutsis and Hutus had reconciled.
Intrigued that a Tutsi woman was serving dinner to a Hutu man, who as a boy had butchered her husband and five of her children, Ms. Armanpour expressed surprise that the woman had forgiven him. Explaining the reason to the seasoned reporter, the widow informed her that the Tutsis’ custom was to hold a kind of tribunal. At this tribunal, the perpetrators were given the chance to “come clean”, as it were, and admit to their crimes. After confessing and asking their victims’ widows and mothers for Forgiveness, if their confession and remorse was deemed genuine, they were welcomed back into the community.
Despite being patently obvious that these Tutsis women are evolved, their compassion and mercy went far beyond these misguided boys actions. Their Forgiveness nullified the hatred allowing the boys to pick up their lives again. Energetically, Forgiveness and Love are the opposite to hate, as such Forgiveness dissipates every level of hatred with its essence or energy. Sadly, too many people’s false selves or lower egos keep their hosts in a state of “an eye for an eye”, so to speak, because humans are hardwired to seek Justice. In FOR THE CHILDREN we used the Holocaust as an example in how this tendency can retard Spiritual Evolution, relating that:
“Clearly, those most hurt by Hitler were the victims of the Holocaust. Apart from the physical and psychological damage to the Germans, there was a deep spiritual wound inflicted on the Jews that has never healed. We are not speaking of the damage to their faith, although for some this was a casualty, we are referring to the wound of injustice affecting their descendants.
“In evolution, everything seeks balance. At first, this is rudimentary as in a balance between predator and prey, i.e. life and death. As Life evolved into higher forms, namely humans, balance began to manifest in less tangible ways… As human beings, we are hard-wired into seeking balance in the form of justice. We symbolize this with card 11 - Justice in the Major Arcana of the Tarot representing balance…
“Unfortunately, with WWII we saw very little justice carried out as most of the war criminals escaped to South America. Shockingly, many believe that as many as 9,000 war criminals may have escaped. I remember, in my late teens watching the mini-series QBVII concerning a Polish doctor suing an author for libel. Essentially, the plot centers on a respected doctor’s actions in a concentration camp. The defendant, Leon Uris had publicly accused and named the plaintiff, Dr. Adam Kelno of collaborating with Nazis by performing 15,000 surgeries without anesthetic. The mini-series covers the story through both the plaintiff and defendant’s experience. Gradually, the once respected doctor is determined by the evidence to have performed a thousand surgeries, and not the reported 15,000 without anesthetic. Therefore, technically the author had libeled the doctor in the amount.
“The climax to the courtroom drama is the shocking verdict from the jury of finding for the plaintiff. There is an audible gasp in the courtroom, until the judge asks the jury to award damages to the plaintiff. Dispassionately, the jury-foreman stands up and says, “One halfpenny (1 cent).” This could not have been a greater insult, because the verdict was correct in that the author did get one of his facts wrong. On the other hand, by awarding “one halfpenny” which is the lowest amount possible, the jury was judging Adam Kelno’s reputation as worthless.
“Interestingly, the article on Wikipedia for the QBVII mini-series reports something I was unaware of or had forgotten. “As the defendant says before the verdict is read, ‘Nobody’s going to win this trial; we’re all losers,’ since he realizes that, even though most people think that they could resist the pressure that could arise in a concentration camp, it is impossible to tell who will be able to resist...”
“What I did not realize when I watched the series, was that it was “loosely based on a libel action brought against Uris himself. The plaintiff was Dr. Wladislaw Dering, a Polish physician who worked at Auschwitz. Uris had identified the doctor in his previous novel Exodus.”Like the mini-series, the result of his lawsuit was the same, namely Dr. Dering was “awarded a half-penny damages, the smallest possible amount at the time.”
“Watching the show, I can remember how pleased I felt at the outcome. Even if we are unaware, we inextricably link justice to our spiritual evolution. It is worth repeating what we reported earlier concerning the doctrine of Reincarnation. If a person had an issue with a race, nation, or religion when they died then that individual would reincarnate into their enemy’s race, country, and or religion. Again using the conflict in the Middle East, this means members of each ‘side’ reincarnates into the other’s ‘side’ in order to understand how their enemy felt. Of course, as we observed, this ended up becoming the vicious cycle we see today. It will only change when the children realize the futility of hatred and war and find ways to reconcile.
“Unfortunately, the wounds of WWII have continued to fester and spread throughout the world. …Still, injustice is not the only reason these wounds have spread throughout the planet. Remembering the mentality behind fascism is one of separation, or the “them and us” way of thinking then we can recognize that this mentality has seeped into every aspect of civilization…”
In the Summer of 2020, we witnessed how unresolved injustice can fester until it boils over in a reactive way. The African American community had been pleading for Justice for more than a century, but for the most part went unheard. With the senseless murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Aubrey earlier that year, decades of persecution erupted in public outrage, spearheaded by the movement Black Lives Matter. The amazing thing was it motivated every compassionate person to empathize with this segment of the mass consciousness, and for a brief moment we had an opportunity to change direction. Unfortunately the impetus to correct a wrong ran out of steam, and the ugly face of white supremacism overcame the cry for justice and equality. But how could such a movement that caused states to remove Civil War heroes’ statues, as well as all emblems and names connected to the Confederacy and slavery, be derailed. In order to understand how such a powerful shift seems to have been stopped in its tracks, we need to examine the situation from an energetic perspective.
One of the key causes to the problems in the world is unresolved emotions. So many people are being overwhelmed with anger, frustration, and or despair that it is difficult to focus on anything else. Remembering that the purpose of Life is to transmute the Elements through processing our emotions, when we can’t or won’t deal with them, these unresolved emotions remain in the mass consciousness.
Interestingly, the morning after writing the first draft of this new posting, I (Suzzan) awoke at 5am to a feeling of overwhelming despair. Laying there my mind ran through all the possible reasons I would be experiencing such emotion, which included a recent disagreement with my husband Craig, news of the state of the world, the plot of a TV show, where the villains had gained the upper hand, and Climate Change. However, to my mind, none of these situations warranted the depth of despair I was experiencing, so I questioned where it came from. Meditating on the question my inner wisdom kicked in and I remembered that I’m empathetic to other people’s emotions, and from time to time have experienced some that were not mine. Fortunately, in my studies I learned how to transmute these emotions, which entailed first acknowledging them, and then apportioning the emotion to the appropriate circumstances. Looking at the reasons I came up with, I determined that one had no validity, as although the TV plot mirrored real life, it was still fictitious. Reflecting on my disagreement with Craig, I had to admit that it was minor and therefore instantly forgettable. As for the state of the world, and Climate Change, although these situations concerned and upset me, my awareness in the existence of Future Human Beings, and our impending evolution to the next Globe, assured me that these situations were temporary and would be resolved. Consequently, I set my mind to focus on the future.
After a while, the despair subsided, and I felt normal again. Yet, later in meditating on the above incident I realized that just as I had picked up emotions from the mass consciousness, other empathic people are probably doing the same. At this time, anyone who has a modicum of compassion and sensitivity is vulnerable to these emotions. Unfortunately, the same applies to anger and fear, which makes us wonder how many “angry people” are taking on other people’s anger and frustration. Still, if they use the tools, we were given above they can help.
One of the reasons there are unresolved emotions in the mass consciousness is due to the damage the “Shadow”/Eckhart Tolle’s Collective Pain-Bodyand its individual pain-bodies did before their demise. Their sabotage effectively made processing emotions nearly impossible. So, what can we do? A good start is understanding how emotions work, which is a lot easier due to recent scientific research.
An excellent article written on June 27th, 2019, entitled The Science of Emotion: Exploring the Basics of Emotional Psychology, encapsulates what scientists have discovered to date. Taken from the University of Washington’s on-line publication, Psychology and Counseling News, it states that: “How we interpret and respond to the world around us makes up who we are and contributes to our quality of life.” The author went on to explain that in studying “emotional psychology,” researchers have been able to delve into why people “react” to “certain stimuli”, as well as how those reactions affect our mental and physical health. Admitting that despite the enormity and complexity of the subject, we are assured that researchers have amassed a surprising amount of data concerning “what constitutes our emotions and our behavioral and physical reactions to them.” Below is an excerpt from the article on how we define emotions:
The Science of Emotion:
Exploring the Basics of Emotional Psychology
Emotions are often confused with feelings and moods, but the three terms are not interchangeable. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), emotion is defined as “a complex reaction pattern, involving experiential, behavioral and physiological elements.” Emotions are how individuals deal with matters or situations they find personally significant. Emotional experiences have three components: a subjective experience, a physiological response and a behavioral or expressive response.
Feelings arise from an emotional experience, and because a person is conscious of the experience, this is classified in the same category as hunger or pain. A feeling is the result of an emotion and may be influenced by memories, beliefs and other factors.
A mood is described by the APA as “any short-lived emotional state, usually of low intensity.” Moods differ from emotions because they lack stimuli and have no clear starting point. For example, insults can trigger the emotion of anger while an angry mood may arise without apparent cause.
We are all aware of physical reactions to intense emotions, such as sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat, or shivers down the spine that happens when something frightens us, triggering an emotional response. According to our associate, neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor, we react in this way because “chemicals” are being “flushed” throughout our body. From an evolutionary perspective this chemical release is to put us, as she says, “on full alert.” Apart from responding to a threat, whether real or perceived, we also react physically when we are emotionally upset, which can run the gamut from an argument with a friend to losing a loved one. What surprised me was whether through fear or emotional distress, Dr. Bolte asserts that it “takes less than 90 seconds” for us “to totally flush out” these chemicals from “the body”, meaning the physical response should dissipate quickly. Apparently, the reason they last longer is only due to “the person choosing to stay in that emotional loop..”
Tragically, at the extreme end of the spectrum, the choice to stay in that emotional loop can lead to a person suffering despair to such a degree that he or she seeks to escape, resulting in their death. Usually it is through taking too many drugs and or alcohol to numb the pain, but sometimes it is a deliberate act of suicide. Even so, before we get to the lesser-known ramifications of suicide, we need to stress that euthanasia or assisted suicide in the terminally ill, is not the same as a healthy person deliberately taking their life.
Deliberate suicide in a healthy-mindful person is tragic on so many levels, not because as the Church teaches, the person’s soul suffers eternal punishment, as Divinity would never punish anyone. It is tragic because that person’s life is wasted. To explain what we mean, when a person dies, they rest in the Soul Plane before spending a period of time reviewing their life with Divine guidance. At this time they consider their mistakes and the lesson they learned from them, all of which prepares them for their next incarnation. In the case of suicide, there is no rest or review, and all lessons learned are lost. Instead, he or she will be immediately reincarnated to finish what they intended for their previous life. Unfortunately, they will not be able to choose the optimum circumstances and will be subject to the luck of the draw, as it were. Even more tragic is the effect their suicide has on friends and loved ones, especially if the person was a parent. The fact is, taking one’s life is utterly devastating to those left behind.
As we said, it is possible that some people are picking up emotions from the mass consciousness, which would explain the increasing number of people being “overwhelmed with anger, frustration, and or despair.” Again, we believe this state of affairs concerns the purpose of Life, namely, to process our emotions and transmute the Elements. We will be delving more deeply into identifying and transmuting emotions in Stage Transformation, but for now, we want to examine Tarot’s answer to how a person gets out of the “loop” of devastating emotional distress.
Ancient wisdom in the Tarot Major Arcana looks at emotion from a spiritual perspective. We presented an example of this in the Final Thoughts on card 20 Judgement in BEYOND DIVINATION: Spiritual Transformation through the Major Arcana. (Note: the anthology was written while Donald Trump was president):
“In observing the recent events energetically, I was struck by the similarity to what I had discovered about the “Shadow’s agenda” in my Treatise. True, “he” was neutralized in 2010 but as I have written, “he” had already put “his” agenda in place. To reiterate what I wrote in my final thoughts on card 15 The Devil:
“The Shadow of Deception or Collective Pain Body, set up an agenda to use the Law of Reincarnation. Knowing that the human subconscious can operate in both the animal and human soul, which is linked to their individual pain-body, “he” knew that the “law” denotes that all hate an injustice must be resolved. To restate how this happens, individuals who died as bigots and racists against another race, sex, or religion, will experience the prejudice and bigotry he or she demonstrated in their previous lives. Of course, in unevolved individuals this results in feeling victimized and embracing extreme views, which perfectly fit with the “Shadow’s” agenda, as he knew that the specter of Fascism and Racism was rising again. This is where the creature in The Devil has a sinister meaning. The scene (unevolved humans willingly enslaving themselves) is relating that “his” carefully placed leaders could easily manipulate the unevolved and cause them to destroy themselves… unfortunately, a part of the agenda involved demagoguery.
“Something that has always puzzled me is that Conservatives in America adopted the color Red instead of Blue, which is the color of the Conservative Party in the UK, while Red has always been associated with Communism. Nonetheless, understanding how important color is explains the decision. As stated, the “Shadow’s” agenda was set in motion long before the US had the two party-system of Democrats and Republicans, their creation was a part of that agenda, because “his” main motivation was to sow division. Unfortunately, as I said, President Trump along with other leaders were groomed to use the energy of demagoguery, which I believe the Tarot predicted. If we examine the graphic below, we will see that the (red) Fire triangle possibly points to 2020, because I was alerted to the triangle running from card 4 to card 16, which adds up to 20, then crossing to card 20 Judgement.
“Yet, the graphic above also contains a smaller Blue triangle intersecting the Red one, which would imply that the Republicans were the stronger influence. In a way, this is correct, however, it has nothing to do with politics, it is about influence. The Red Fire triangle represents Mars, while the Blue triangle represents Venus, remember the book Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus by John Gray PhD. Obviously, we are talking about masculine/active, and feminine/passive energies here. I believe the Tableau is saying that in 2020, the energies will be out of balance, which explains why from the energetic perspective, people supporting the Red/Mars energy are all acting out of character, they are literally being overwhelmed with the “Shadow’s” energy through the color Red. That said, we still have the Blue/feminine energy permeating this world. If these triangles in the Tableau were deliberate, and I am inclined to think that they were, then perhaps the ancients wanted us to see 2020 as a turning point, especially as the number 20 literally means the Fourth Dimension.
“Again, President Trump is as much a victim of this energy, as the people he hurts. Nonetheless, from a political standpoint, he has hardly been acting in his best interests, in fact it looks to me that he is committing political suicide. Moreover, I have been frankly astounded at the number of good decent people who bend over backwards to make excuses for the man, metaphorically shooting themselves in the foot too. It is almost as if they are under some kind-of spell. Some commentators speculate that everyone is afraid of the President but that only goes so far. Obviously, something else is going on.
“The colossal ineptitude of the President’s allies is difficult to explain from seasoned politicians. However, when we remember that the “Shadow”, who was the mastermind behind this, is no longer connected to its individual aspect the pain-body or what I call the counterfeit-spirit, we can see what is happening. These misguided individuals are subconsciously following a dynamic program, with zero updates from the master program. Is it any wonder that a “program” (pain-body) that runs on desire and self-interest is running amok, and unconsciously sabotaging its host. Couple this with the false ego, who thinks it is always right and will never back down, and the chaos of what is happening today makes sense. Energetically, the Tarot Tableau is also conveying this, to reiterate, cards 4 The Emperor, 16 The Tower, and 20 Judgement all represent C-Natural in the Sound Scale, however, they are also the only cards assigned to just the color Red.
“Notwithstanding the evidence of the influence of Fire in a negative way, especially when using the principle of reincarnation bringing unresolved issues to the surface, as stated, Fire is destined to become Water. If this is still preposterous, consider Fire as heat, as in when we boil water. Nevertheless, the process of Fire becoming Water is demonstrated in how the Sun heating the Oceans, evaporating the oxygen from H2o, provides us with our atmosphere. In other words, the opposites of Fire and Water work together in Creation. Astrologically, I believe this is why Pluto, which represents the water sign of Scorpio became the higher octave of Mars and came to represent Shin ש , the Mother letter for Fire. Regardless, we are still being confronted with an oversized Fire triangle representing the state of our world in 2020, or are we?
“Earlier, we were told of the connection between what the RT group called the 3 Lights, cards 17 The Star, 18 The Moon, and 19 The Sun, which led to my recent discovery of the connection between cards 3 The Empress, 4 The Emperor, 5 The Hierophant, 17 The Star, 18 The Moon, 19 The Sun, and 11 Justice in the diagram (right). In both diagrams, Reason, card 4 The Emperor plays a prominent role, not least because its companion card in the 3rd Row, is 18 The Moon representing the Age of Pisces. As stated, splitting the 7 cards into 2 triangles, we see the center card is 11 Justice, being the 3rd point of both triangles.
“Interestingly, we also see Fire becoming Water, so to speak through reducing the cards numbers’ of both triangle’s totals. In this way, the top triangle’s 3 cards and Justice reduce to 5 The Hierophant representing Taurus ruled by Venus, through adding 3, 4, 5, and 11, then reducing the total 23 of 2 + 3 to 5. Moreover, the lower triangle’s three cards reduce to 11 through adding 17, 18, 19, and 11, then reducing the total 65 or 6 + 5 to 11. If we then add the totals of 5 and 11 together, we arrive at 16 or The Tower representing fiery Mars, which then reduces to 7 or The Chariot representing watery Cancer.
“Not only does the above arithmetic tell me that the goal is to transform by destroying the “Shadow of Deception’s” agenda, by unmasking “his” web of lies that divide us, the sum also shows me that we have help, from our Higher Self (5) and Christ-consciousness (7) within us as the means to do so, through finding equilibrium (11). We will learn more about this in the next card, as well as our evolving future, which although starting in the Fourth Dimension, leads us to the Fifth in our final card 21 The World.
Of course, since December 21st, 2021, we are no longer dealing with the pain-body because of Divinity correcting the “Watcher’s mistake.” Nonetheless, we still have to contend with the conscious part of the false-self, namely, the lower ego. Lest we forget, this enemy within, who “thinks it is always right and will never back down” was trained by the individual part of the “Shadow of Deception” to sabotage our Spiritual Evolution. We believe that this is why Jesus advocated Forgiveness, because the act of forgiving someone connects us to our spirit or Divine spark.
If we also consider Saint Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians chapter 5, verse 17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”, we can unravel one of the reasons Jesus and John called for their followers to repent. A primary message of Jesus was that Life was eternal, and we return again and again in different bodies. This was reinforced with the message to not judge others. With blanket Forgiveness there is no retaliation and or revenge, removing the need for protective amulets. This allowed people to listen to Jesus with their Higher selves, opening up their hearts to the remembrance they had forgotten.
Speaking of protective amulets against magical curses, we believe Jesus was referring to magic in his teaching that the Kingdom of God was within. To reiterate, at the start of the Common Era, magic was accepted, but as the Emerald Tablets of Thoth warned: “… men there were who delved into darkness, using dark Magic, calling up beings from the great deep below us… Only through man could they live in the world.”
Even though “Masters” annihilated these “beings from the great deep below” from the physical world, as stated “…a number still lingered between the layers, hiding in invisible realms, unseen and “unknown to man.” The Church teaches that Jesus’s main mission was to die for us, ending all blood sacrifices, as he paid the ultimate price for our “sins.” However, as we wrote in The Good News Reverberation, we believe that Jesus died to repeal an aspect of the Law of Karma:
“The sacrifice was required because in the role of the creator of the Law, the Creator/Demiurge could not absolve the Law of Karma. Although the law was there to assist Humanity, because of the aspect of an eye for an eye or retaliation, it had become a vicious cycle. By this time, people saw vengeance as justice, which is why a “sacrificial lamb” was required to absolve the retaliatory part of the law.”
Despite Jesus giving his life to release Humanity from the retaliatory aspect of the Law of Karma, unfortunately, as stated, the densest and worst elements of the World-Soul and his minions were expelled to the lowest levels of the Astral Plane. Again, until September 22nd, 2010, this remnant of the World-Soul, the “Shadow of Deception” or Eckhart Tolle’s Collective Pain Body fed off the depravity of Humanity, by inciting as much atrocity and selfishness as possible.
The “Shadow’s” main objective was to take advantage of the corruption of The Mysteries. Without going too deeply into this, as it is covered in volume one of our Treatise America’s Hijacked Destiny..., the Mystery schools teaching on how to overcome the “Watcher’s mistake,” was tainted by mixing up the various gods and goddesses identities.
Following that digression, the advent of the “Shadow” or the “prince of this world” was the primary reason for getting people to change the way they thought, especially about power. We believe it is why when performing miracles Jesus accredited it to either the person’s faith, or the “Father within.” He didn’t mean literally, as in Jesus was the Father, he was referring to the Spirit, or Divine Spark within all Life. It was essential that Jesus convinced his followers that the real power was within them, and not through eliciting help from outside. Consider His statements in the Scriptures below:
And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.
Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
“Believes thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
It is understandable why some of Jesus’ followers were confused as to who their teacher was, we think it is because sometimes Jesus spoke as a man, and sometimes as The Christ within him. It is important to remember that The Christ and Wisdom/Sophia formed existence, Life or Creation from her discarded emotions. Therefore, The Christ’s energy is also immersed in Life, consequently, we can see why Jesus would say in John chapter 15, verses 1 and 4:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman… Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”
As the Father is the spirit or Divine spark within us, we believe Jesus is speaking as the Christ here, referring to the individual Christ consciousness within us. His primary message was that the power to create was through the Kingdom of God within, so rather than using magical incantations, Jesus performed miracles through prayer. People watching him would see that he was not using magic, so that when Jesus said that if we believe in his message “greater works than these shall he do…”, his words would have had greater impact.
With the development of the self-conscious, human beings had become co-creators, and Jesus wanted us to understand not to give that power away. At that time, the “Shadow of Deception” was tricking people into giving their power to demonic forces through dabbling in magic, which is why Globe D had to be separated from the flow of Spiritual Evolution in the Globe Cycle, reminding me of my vision of that separation, in the diagram below.
The tragedy is that the Church misunderstood Jesus’ message of empowerment and made it all about being saved. True, Jesus as a man did rescue Humanity from the vicious cycle of Karma by being the metaphorical sacrificial lamb. However, in the grand scheme of the Divine Plan it was a relatively minor part, compared to Jesus as The Christ’s message of unlimited possibility through the Divine Knowledge of The Mysteries. Consequently, this is also why the Tarot anthology is in Stage 6 Understanding, and not Stage 4 Knowledge.
Notwithstanding the visual display of our 29-year mission (as of 2023) in Stage 4 Knowledge, the anthology on the Tarot’s placement in Stage 6 Understanding is because we need to develop a Higher Reason (1), to grasp the Cycles of Evolution (2), before developing Intradimensional Intuition (3), when we can be introduced to The Mysteries of the Tarot in Stage 4 Knowledge. However, it is only after developing the first three faculties in Stages 1, 2, and 3 that we learn how to use Divine Wisdom in Stage 5, for Understanding a deeper level of Jesus’ teaching in Stage 6. Through this new insight, we will know how to apply The Mysteries and complete our purpose in this life through Stage 7 Transformation.
Despite the Church’s condemnation of the Tarot, the fact is, these 78 images contain the Wisdom teachings, especially the 22 Major Arcana cards, which lay out our spiritual development as co-creators. According to the etymology of “arcana”, it means the “hidden things” and or “mysteries.” Apparently, in the 1590s arcana was “adopted” from the “Latin plural of arcanum” meaning “a secret, a mystery.” It is also an important word in alchemy, from the adjective Arcanas, which again means “secret, hidden, private, concealed”, in other words a “Mystery.” Clearly, the secret of our contribution as co-creators was successfully hidden for nearly two millennia.
Interestingly, we can see how through our thoughts and emotions we collectively create our reality, in card 3 The Empress of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Again, as this is addressed in BEYOND DIVINATION: Spiritual Transformation through the Major Arcana, we will reprint the appropriate excerpt below:
Emphasizing our role as co-creators, the RT group relates how the Tarot explains Creation by the Four Implements on The Magician’s table, or Field of Attention. Using The Empress’ faculty of Creative Imagination, this detail conveys the way we can mirror how Great Spirit-Mind or “God” creates. … “He/She” divided into masculine/active Will, and feminine/passive Substance before “He” impressed “His” Images into this Prima-matter or Cosmic Mind-stuff, in order for “Her” to mold “It” into the 4 Elements of the Universe. In this same way, we can also remake our bodies, because the universe and our bodies consist of the same 4 Elements. To explain how I view this process of emulating the Creator, I will use an analogy of the way the spark of inspiration becomes a reality. If we think of the spark as being emitted from the Archetypal/Fire Plane or the White Light of Spirit, represented by the Wand as untapped potential, it first becomes formulated in the Astral or Water Plane, represented by the Cup as a visualization or dream. (Note: Creation switches the positions of the Air and Water Planes.) The Sword representing Air, demonstrates how the Mind calculates or “carves out” how to convey this idea, first in a drawing, then transforming it into the physical through the solidification of Prima matter or Cosmic Mind-stuff, material Earth, represented by the Pentacle. All of this is carried out by our individual subconscious The Empress, as our Creative Imagination.
As we will see, Venus directly represents three Major Arcana cards, card 3 The Empress, card 5 The Hierophant, and card 11 Justice. However, the RT group says there is a special connection between Justice and The Empress, because in the card representing the actual planet Venus, our individual subconscious or Creative Imagination is formulating the image impressed by the self-conscious, and in Justice, representing the Air sign Libra that Venus rules, our individual subconscious is implementing or carving out that image with the Sword, while keeping us in balance with her Scales. Even so, the group states that despite The Empress as Venus representing our imagination, our individual subconscious does not create the image, it is created by our self-conscious. “She” (The Empress) merely facilitates its creation, which the group believes is seen in the suffix “ation” added to a noun, meaning the result of action upon whatever thing the noun represents.
Therefore, imagination means the result of action upon the image, or imagining the image provided by the self-conscious. Speaking of using imagination in creation, the group relates that our body or physical vehicle for our spirit, was imagined into being through our emotions in our previous incarnation. They believe that our temperament in any given life will determine what kind-of body we are born into. Just as we inherit traits and physical characteristics from genetics, we apparently “inherit” our temperaments from our previous physical, mental, and emotional bodies, all carried within our subconscious. In spiritual evolution nothing is ever discarded or forgotten. All unresolved emotions, and or unevolved thinking must be worked out in a subsequent life. The group believes the best way to achieve this is through paying Attention and tell us that if we are paying attention to what we genuinely think and feel, we will see what we want to change. Unfortunately, although we may be able to kid ourselves into excusing our actions consciously, our subconscious is always on the ball recording every twinge of conscience ignored, essentially keeping score. In other words, we can never fool “her.” This is because the subconscious has existed from the beginning of the universe and Life itself. According to the group, conscious awareness or the Self-conscious is a relatively recent addition, and only overtook the subconscious in importance with the advent of Humanity.
Some investigators have linked the symbology in card 3 The Empress to the sun clad woman in Revelations, as well as the Song of Solomon. Before we discuss the Tarot connection, let’s review the two verses.
Revelations chapter 12 verse 1 has: “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”
Song of Solomon chapter 6 verse 10 has: “Who is this who shines like the dawn, as fair as the moon, as bright as the sun, as majestic as the stars in procession?”
Traditionally, the sun clad woman has been identified as the Virgin Mary, and or the Church. Recently, she has also been seen to represent the nation of Israel. The fact is with Scripture allegories having 7 Keys of interpretation, she could represent all three, but I would like to offer a fourth option. In Stage 5 Wisdom, we included a large portion of the Epilogue from our treatise on Spiritual Evolution – America’s Hijacked Destiny… However, the predominant archetype was the Palladium, which we connected to the Statue of Liberty. Meditating on this, the covers Craig designed (below) came to mind.
Looking at the covers of my treatise, I was struck by the symbology, which I don’t think Craig planned. The pillars, representing the pillars Boaz and Jachin of Solomon’s temple in card 2 – The High Priestess, had become a trademark, ever since we used them in the cover for the updated and revised LOVE: The Common Denominator. Interestingly, although the pillars come from card 2, we didn’t connect either the sun-clad woman, or the Statue of Liberty with the High Priestess. As stated, we saw both being linked to card 3 – The Empress, which is surprising as the only detail that matches is the crown of stars. So, why did we connect Liberty to The Empress? Reexamining our reasoning, as we wrote, it came down to seeing a connection between the Empress as an archetype for Emma Lazarus’s inspired sonnet, The New Colossus, which was engraved on a plaque and placed within the statue.
Nevertheless, my primary goal was understanding the Statue of Liberty’s role as the Palladium in Great Spirit-Mind’s Plan, and in order to do that I needed to ascertain which deity’s energy and consciousness was infused into the statue. Emma Lazarus’s sonnet, The New Colossus, provided the link because as I wrote in my treatise:
“The Woman with a torch whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name, MOTHER OF EXILES”, is none other than The Empress in the Tarot’s Major Arcana. Representing Venus, card 3’s “goddess” is a quintessential archetype for the Divine Feminine, or Sophia.”
“There are several reasons for connecting Libera/Liberty, or Liberty Enlightening the World to The Empress. The figure in the card’s crown of 12 stars is supported by 7 points and Liberty wears a crown with 7 points or rays. Notice that The Empress’ right arm is also slightly raised while holding a golden shining orb.
“Likewise, Liberty raises a torch in her right arm, which again mirrors the Empress. Moreover, the Statue is encased in Venus’ metal, copper. Evidence for Venus’ influence is reinforced by the astrological symbol for Venus » representing the alchemical symbol for copper. Finally, as Craig discovered, when enlarging a photo of the statue’s head, it revealed a rectangle running down her neck and through the exact point of the red box in the card.
“We know that The Empress is an archetype for Sophia, because “she” represents both Venus and Wisdom, and as fans of The Da Vinci Code know, Sophia is the Greek word for Wisdom. In addition to the physical similarities, Liberty was dedicated under the “god of maize and sustenance”, not to mention, the masons used corn in their cornerstone ceremony. Looking at the card, I do not think there is any doubt that The Empress is sitting in a corn field, which incidentally connects her with Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries. The clincher was remembering that the Hebrew letter assigned to the Empress, Daleth means door. Could there be any better representation for, “I lift my lamp beside the golden door”, than The Empress/Venus/Sophia with her golden hair, lifting her golden scepter in a field of golden corn?
Regardless of identifying card 3 The Empress as an archetype for the Statue of Liberty and the Palladium, what does this have to do with the sun-clad woman and Saint John’s Revelation. To answer that we need to reexamine how we interpreted what we were told immediately after Jerusalem. Remembering that we were essentially traditional Judeo-Christians, learning that our experience in the Holy Sepulchre Church was the first part of the Second Coming, was a pretty hard pill to swallow. The only way we could reconcile our experience with our understanding at the time, was the New Testament referring to Jesus returning like a thief in the night.
Back then, we interpreted the next step in the Second Coming as the same described in Matthew chapter 24 verse 27: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” We saw this as being a global event, until during a shamanic class in 1999, as we reported in Stage 4 Knowledge, I was shown a vision of what happened in the Holy Sepulchre Church, Jerusalem. It was so powerful that we recreated the vision in a video and posted it on our Triple 7 Center website. Later, uncovering The Mysteries and greater understanding in writing the treatise I began to revisit our previous conclusions. As these conclusions were based on our Judeo-Christian teaching, with Great Spirit-Mind’s pillar that “Even the errors (in the Bible) will lead you to the Truth”, I realized that I didn’t have to accept everything we’d been taught, lock stock and barrel. This new understanding changed the way I thought and enabled me to consider the characters in Revelations as mythological or archetypal, rather than prophetic. Moreover, they could represent more than one entity.
Consequently, having identified the sun-clad woman, the Palladium, and the Tarot’s Empress as archetypes for the Divine Feminine, Sophia or Wisdom that exists in every living thing, I reexamined the Scriptures. As stated, the Song of Solomon seems to be referring to a woman when it asks, “Who is this who shines like the dawn, as fair as the moon, as bright as the sun, as majestic as the stars in procession?” However, I do not think the verse is referring to physical attributes. Instead, I believe the verse is referring to the energy and consciousness of the Divine feminine.
As for Revelations, if we read it symbolically rather than literally, the text has a multitude of information hidden in plain sight. Furthermore, if we incorporate new updated information, we can learn even more, especially if we consider that according to Helena Petrova Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine, All Scriptural allegories have 7 Keys of interpretation.
In LOVE The Common Denominator I related that Madame Blavatsky cited Ragon, a master of esotericism as saying, it was only by combining all seven keys of interpretation that the “true meaning” of the allegory could be discerned. In a very obscure way, Madame Blavatsky names six of the keys in the second volume of her masterpiece of esoteric teaching, the Secret Doctrine. These six are physiological, anthropological, psychic, astronomical, theogony and anthropogony. The first four categories Craig and I knew well. However, the last two completely foxed us. Webster’s New World College Dictionary describes “theogony” as “the origin or genealogy, as told in myths.” In other words, we could also understand this key’s category as mythological, as well as the key revealing information of the lower gods or creators. Anthropogony does not appear to exist anymore and the closest I could find was “anthropogeny,” which Webster’s depicts as “the study of man’s origins.”
Endeavoring to use all seven keys to interpret one of the Bible’s greatest allegories, namely, the story of the creation in Genesis, I asked Great Spirit-Mind to reveal the hidden keys. Re-reading chapter one, I realized the first two verses were describing the beginning of the universe. Then suddenly I understood the difference between the keys anthropological and anthropogony. Anthropology is the study of Humanity’s physical or material origin, while anthropogony reveals the origin of Life itself. Apart from the key anthropogony, we could interpret the first two verses using the fifth, theogony and the seventh, spiritual keys. As recorded in Our Story 1995 – 2002: TRUE Philosophers’ Stone, I was able to ascertain all seven keys, as physiological, anthropological, psychic, astronomical/astrological, mythological, numerological, and spiritual. So, I will return to our discussion on the sun-clad woman in Revelation.
Despite the Book of Revelation being a study in allegory, many have persistently seen the figures within its pages as literal, keeping the world in bondage of fear of judgment. Putting the traditional interpretation aside for now, we would like to share the deeper meaning we found through Great Spirit-Mind. Throughout Revelation, the number seven plays a significant part, seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls and seven vials.
Ignoring the seals, trumpets, bowls, and vials, Edgar Cayce only addressed the seven churches, associating them with seven chakras and their corresponding Seven Sacred Planets. Following the churches are the seven seals, but in looking at the outline to Revelation in the King James Study Bible, the first six seals seem to be describing existence in this “Vale of Tears.” However, the seventh seal releases the seven trumpets, which appear to show supernatural powers affecting Humanity, with the seventh trumpet sounding the end of the age. Then there appears the mysterious figure of the woman clothed in the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of 12 stars on her head.
Symbolically, a woman can denote both the individual and the collective soul, or the Divine Feminine, who as our writings have shown is represented by a multitude of goddesses as well as religious and mythological characters. Even so, what does the “woman’s” details in Revelation’s tell us, in particular being “clothed with the sun.” A possible explanation may be found in the ancients venerating the sun, not because of its light and warmth but because they believed their deity, who they called the Sun-Christ, was behind the orb. As for her crown of 12 stars, not surprisingly, investigators have interpreted it as referring to the zodiac.
Therefore, taking everything into consideration, it would appear that the sun-clad woman represents the spirit overseeing the soul, whereas the moon beneath her feet signifies the soul’s dominion over the lower psychic forces. Consequently, the crown of twelve stars symbolizes the divine astral powers recognition of the spirit within the soul, represented by the child that she is ready to deliver.
Next to appear is the seven-headed red dragon that is ready to devour the sun-clad woman’s child. To protect the woman, a place is prepared in the wilderness, while the archangel Michael does battle with the dragon. After winning the war in heaven, Michael expels the dragon from heaven and casts him into the earth. Upset with the state of affairs, the dragon sends a flood against the woman that the earth swallows up.
Obviously, none of the above information is to be taken literally, so what do the various elements signify? Initially we wondered if the seven-headed red dragon could represent the reverse side of the seven Sacred Planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Moon, Venus, Mercury, and the Sun, with the flood released by the dragon representing emotions. However, with the neutralization of the “Shadow” in 2010, resulting in the purification of the Soul Plane, followed by the correction of the “Watcher’s mistake” in 2021, this is no longer applicable.
Chapter thirteen of Revelation states that another seven-headed beast arises from the sea, which often symbolizes Humanity. Since the description of the beast, leopard, bear, and lion are all creatures associated with earthly empires, it is possible to see that maybe the passage is referring to the beast arising from the Human Race.
Verse eighteen tells us that the number of the beast 666, is also the number of a man. Many theologians have theorized and puzzled over the identity of the man John was referring to, with the proposal of various Roman Caesars. Nonetheless, reading The Terracotta Warriors: The Secret Codes of the Emperor’s Army, by Maurice Cotterell made us wonder if the author of Revelation was right in adding the prefix “a”, to the word man in verse eighteen.
Mr. Cotterell relates that Bruce Cathie, a New Zealand pilot discovered in 1990 that light traveled around the earth at 144,000 “minutes of arc per second,” which meant that a “light beam” circumnavigates the earth “6.66” times per second. Consequently, the author proposes that the number 666 is for the “physical” earth. This information presented a good reason why the prefix “a” placed in front of “man” with relation to the number of the beast could be an error. However, just as in the writer of the gospel of John (4:24) referring to “God” as “a spirit” instead of simply Spirit is a sign of the intellectual development, rather than a deliberate attempt to deceive, the writer of Revelation can only write from his perspective too.
It is important to remember that Humanity at the time of Christ could not conceive of the idea that “God” is everywhere as in Great Spirit-Mind. They did not have the benefit of knowing that energy exists in all things. Hence, they could not understand the concept of Humanity as one. It is also essential to remember that our ancestors did not consider women as separate from men, which is why people thought of the Human Race as “mankind.”
One of the most powerful characters in the Book of Revelation is “The Whore of Babylon,” who has been used throughout history by religious and political leaders to vilify their opponents. Most experts identify her as representing all dogmatic religions and ideologies, which use fear and manipulation to keep its followers loyal. Even so, we need to remember that John is human, and one specific description of the Whore of Babylon’s connection to the seven-headed red dragon conveys that he may have been biased. “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” The city of Rome is encircled by seven “hills”, and when John wrote his Revelation, the Romans were persecuting Christians.
In the end we wondered if any of the characters and details in Revelation still have any relevance. Again, accepting the sun-clad woman, which the treatise’s covers are referring to the return of the Palladium’s (Statue of Liberty) influence, the rest of Revelation is no longer relevant.
As stated, in this next level of the Know Thyself Initiative, the original posting of my commentary on the 22 Major Arcana cards was moved to the Tarot Gateways off of our Opening Page. Nonetheless, we have chosen to include selections from those commentaries here, because as they began from a vision I was given early in my studies, they show the progression in my Understanding. Moreover, they present how the cards represent Gnostic teachings. Again, the RT group primarily represents the anonymous Jewish rabbi who initiated the study of the Rider-Waite Tarot’s Major Arcana. It also represents the ex-Jesuit priest the rabbi passed his study on to, who then worked on the material for 40 years, as well as the priest’s friend, Daphna Moore. Daphna’s contribution was to interpret the symbology within the cards, before compiling the rabbi and her friend’s work into a manuscript for publication.
CUBE OF SPACE
One additional point, in studying the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, we knew that the symbol for the tenth Sephirot was a double cube. We also learned of the Cube of Space from Robert Wang’s The Qabalistic Tarot. However, we were unaware of the association of the Cube of Space to my vision until we came across David Allen Hulse’s New Dimensions for the CUBE of SPACE The Path of Initiation Revealed by the Tarot upon the Qabalistic Cube. Discovering that his work started with the card The Fool and ended with The Hermit in the circumnavigation of the Cube of Space was very interesting, simply because we initially entitled my vision Spiritual Evolution or from The Fool to The Hermit. Consequently, we felt inclusion of the information on the Cube of Space in relationship to the vision was essential. Mr. Hulse describes how Paul Foster Case brought the Cube of Space to light. Despite explaining the purpose for the Directions assigned to the cards, initially we dismissed its connection to the RT group’s work because Mr. Case used a different Tarot deck. He used the B.O.T.A, or the Builders of the Adytum deck. It was not until we read Mr. Hulse’s book that the pieces fell into place, because he uses the B.O.T.A deck as well. According to Wikipedia: the inspiration for B.O.T.A deck was partly provided by Sola-Busca Tarot (Northern Italy, 1491), the first and only fully illustrated Tarot deck up to the time of publication of the Rider-Waite Tarot. Since A.E. Waite lived from 1857 to 1942, there is an overlap of more than 50 years on the Earth with Paul Foster Case, because the latter lived from 1884 to 1954.