STAGE REASON – 1A – Tarot, Numerology, and the Hidden Codes
In just considering the above we begin to change the way we think. Another way is to ask ourselves if we would associate our birth with blue or pink?” If we use Inductive Reasoning we employ our sense of sight and immediately answer with what gender we were born; blue for male and pink for female. Alternatively, in using Deductive Reasoning we go within and examine how we feel as opposed to what we see. We believe this is what the quote is saying; Higher Reason is from within our heart and not our senses. The Ancients left us many clues to discover the deeper meaning of Reason. It is through the use of both Inductive and Deductive Reasoning that the Human Race progresses. Scientific researchers begin with Inductive Reasoning by “observing” the results of experimentation. However, the “idea” for the experiment comes from the use of Deductive Reasoning. For example, the science of Quantum Physics, which has shown us that solid matter is an illusion, began with someone using the deeper level of Reason to wonder about the makeup of the atom. At this point, we must assert that this is not a new phenomenon. As we progress we will observe (Inductive) that many philosophers pondered the structure of matter long ago; they just explained their conclusions in different terminology. With modern technological advances it is now generally accepted that at the subatomic level everything is vibrating energy. The recent discovery of the Mandelbrot Set, which through the computer takes us on a visual journey within, is the perfect way to use the first level of Reason. If initiates haven’t already seen the video Fractals: The Colors of Infinity, we would strongly urge watching it because it is a visual journey of Spirituality. Even the scientists involved talk of being able to understand creation in a new and Spiritual way.
Although we learn through both Inductive and Deductive Reasoning, it is only through the latter that we change the way we think. Deductive Reasoning requires an open mind, which allows the deeper levels of understanding to surface from within. It is important to remember that we already know how to change the way we think; as we said, we have simply forgotten and just need reminding. We will return to the science of Fractals and the world within later but first we want to apply Deductive Reasoning to the Mystical Arts, which includes Numerology, the Archetypal images in the 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot, Astrology, and Color.
Generally the Mystical Arts were dismissed as superstition by the Academic community, however, Ancient Wisdom used them in a very scientific way. So why have these valuable tools become so taboo. The simple answer is that in the past some people used the mystical arts for, shall we say less than altruistic methods. Later Stages of the Initiative examines the effect of this in depth but for now we are looking at the Arts from a useful tool perspective. Until recently, the only way to examine human consciousness was through the psychological sciences. Fortunately, today we have the technical ability to examine the brain and now know that our thoughts can be represented as electromagnetic pulses.
(The Heartmath Solution – Childre & Martin – HarperSanFrancisco 2000)
Researchers tell us that there is an electromagnetic field emitted by the human brain. This is not surprising as we all know how it feels to be around an anxious or tense individual, which is why the aphorism: “You could cut the atmosphere with a knife”, is also relating the phenomenon of the electromagnetic field. However, the uncomfortable “atmosphere” is created by feelings or emotions associated with the heart, which was revealed when researchers at the HeartMath Institute discovered that the heart emits a stronger electromagnetic field than the brain. With this, the aphorism took on literal meaning, which begs the question, (Could this be why The New Testament warns us to “be careful about what comes out of the heart”?). Nonetheless, the Mystical Arts have for thousands of years been able to understand the electromagnetic field produced by a human being. That is because they interpreted the subtle energies surrounding a person through multiple mediums; such as Numerology, Astrology, Archetypal imagery, and Color. Taking this information and applying Deductive Reasoning we take the mystique out of the Mystical Arts by re-examining them with an open mind. Then we can see the Arts as a possible tool to interpret the deeper and more subtle energies that reflect the inner person. In the Hidden Codes of Life, there are seven methods used, but to demonstrate the effectiveness of Deductive Reason we will key on the four mentioned above. The first on our list is Numerology.
Anyone who has studied Greek Philosophy has heard of the father of Sacred Geometry, Pythagoras but we are not concerned with Sacred Geometry here, as that is covered later. Here we want to examine the energy and consciousness of numbers. Ancient Wisdom saw everything as affecting everything else, and numbers could be seen as reflecting the more subtle energies and vibrations. The Kabbalists saw numbers as representing their world around them. Numbers from 1 to 9 were especially important because they believed these numbers had specific meanings (Note: when we speak of Kabbalistic teaching, we are not referring specifically to the Judaic Religion. We see the Kabbalistic teachings as The Mysteries that many teachers referred to; including Plato and Jesus.). The Kabala of Numbers written by Sepharial summarizes the meaning the Kabbalists attributed to the numerals from 1 to 9, who also assigned each number to a planet.
- 1 - They saw the Number 1 as: Symbolizing “…manifestation, assertion, the positive and active principle ...it represents the ego...the unit of life, the individual…” Appropriately, the number 1 represented the Sun.
- 2 - Not surprisingly Sepharial says the Kabbalists taught, “2 is the number of antithesis...active and passive...male and female...as uniting in itself opposite terms or principles, it denotes creation, production, fruition, combination...” The number 2 represented the Moon.
- 3 –Number 3 represents “The trilogy, the trinity of life, substance and intelligence... the three postulates—the thinker, the thought, and the thing. Duality reflected in consciousness, as in time and space, making a trinity of states, as the past present and future...” The number 3 represented Mars.
- 4 –The Kabbalists believed the number 4 is the number of “reality and concretion, the material universe…” The number 4 represented Mercury.
- 5 –The Kabbalists thought 5 equated to “expansion,” plus “Justice, reaping, and harvesting…” The number 5 represented Jupiter.
- 6 –Considering the sinister connotations associated with the number 666, the Kabbalists meaning for the number 6 is intriguing. According to Sepharial, 6 “is the number of co‑operation, marriage, connection...the interaction of the Spiritual and material, the mental and the physical in man.” Evidently, 6 “also corresponds to goodness, beauty and truth…” The number 6 represented Venus.
- 7 – For the Kabbalists, 7 represented “completion, time and space, the triad and quaternary; the perfect man, Adam Kadmon; the cycle of evolution; wisdom, perfection, balance, rest…” The number 7 represented Saturn.
- 8 – The Kabbalists believed the number, 8 related to “dissolution,” and “the law of cyclic evolution, the breaking back of the natural to the Spiritual…” The number 8 represented Uranus.
- 9 – In the Kabbalistic system, 9 correlated to “regeneration.” It also, “signifies a new birth, Spirituality, sense—extension, premonition, going forth, voyaging…” The number 9 represented Neptune.
The Mystical Art of Numerology works by assigning the 26 letters of the Alphabet to the numbers 1 through 9 thusly:
Table of letter values according to Numerology
Before dismissing Numerology out of hand as having no merit, we need to consider how much thought we put into naming a child. From a consciousness perspective, without realizing it we are setting the vibration that will help consciously mold the child throughout his or her childhood. As the child grows and develops their own individual consciousness they will often alter their vibration, by shortening or even using a completely different name. Ancient Wisdom saw this as the natural assertion of their independence. Remembering that the world is vibrating energy, our article, HOW SOUND CAN CHANGE THE WORLD relates that one of the most powerful ways to affect the world is through sound. Again this subject is covered in depth later but for now, we need to ask ourselves how we feel around different sounds. Then going a step further, we need to think about how we feel about certain people’s names. If we look at our name; ask ourselves “Do we like it, and how do we feel when our name is called? Many adults do not like being called by their full name because it reminds them of being chastised by their parents as children. For instance, men called Frederick may use the name Fred, because Frederick makes them feel like a naughty boy. Using Deductive Reasoning this way, we may find several instances in our lives, where the sound or vibration of a name elicited an emotional response from us.
The next Mystical Art involves Archetypal images and Symbols. Dealing with Symbols first and using Deductive Reasoning we can see how much a part they play in our everyday lives. Companies use Symbols in the form of logos to subliminally persuade us to buy their products. Think for instance of the large M Macdonald’s uses. Subliminally our brain associates this particular logo with food and we often find ourselves feeling hungry after seeing it. Another example of a common Symbol is in the Venus Symbol for women, and the Mars Symbol for men being used together to represent the male and female genders in procreation . Therefore, whenever we see these symbols, subconsciously our brains apply the appropriate gender.
Turning to Archetypal images, perfect examples of Archetypes are the images in the 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot. An Archetype is something that represents a model or universal concept. For instance, an old man with a scythe or sickle archetypally represents Old Father Time. Or a pregnant matronly woman surrounded by an abundant natural setting is an archetype for Mother Nature. Another archetype would be the Creator or King of the Divine Realm such as Jupiter, Zeus, Yahweh, or Jehovah, which is archetypally represented by a fatherly, magnificently robed man seated on a throne. We see all three of these archetypes in the Major Arcana of the Tarot. Father Time is represented by card 13 Death; Mother Nature is represented by card 4 The Empress, and Jupiter; Zeus, Yahweh or Jehovah is represented by card 4 The Emperor. Subconsciously, the cards convey deeper levels of meaning. Ancient Wisdom conveyed this by calling the 22 images the Major Arcana. The word Arcana translates as Mystery, consequently Major Arcana means Major Mystery.
Until the publication of the groundbreaking book The Rabbi’s Tarot, most people saw the Tarot cards as merely a divination tool to predict a person’s fortune. However, through the book, the RT group shows that the 22 cards can be seen as archetypally representing various levels of consciousness in the refinement of a human being. We also found how effective they could be in revealing the deeper or hidden aspects in an individual’s life. As we said, the Hidden Codes of Life, which use the Seven Disciplines of Numerology, Astrology, Tarot, Color, Stone, Symbol and Note, are a great way to see how these 22 cards show the Spiritual predisposition in a person’s life. Still it is the first four Disciplines that are the most revealing, as the last three merely enhance the former four. And so using Deductive Reasoning, we will examine the first four disciplines in the Hidden Codes from a consciousness perspective. Each card is assigned an Intelligence and in the codes the first nine cards hold Special relevance (Those aspects are all in Capitals below). The following is a summary of the 22 cards, as they are used in the Hidden Codes of Life:
- No. 1 – Magician – Mercury – Air - Yellow – Transparent Intelligence – SELF-CONSCIOUS - INTELLECT Logic and Will – MENTAL
- No. 2 – High Priestess – Moon – Water - Light Blue – Uniting Intelligence – UNIVERSAL SUBCONSCIOUS – MEMORY – EMOTIONS
- No. 3 – Empress – Venus - Earth – Green – Luminous Intelligence –INDIVIDUAL SUBCONSCIOUS – CREATIVE IMAGINATION – MOTHER NATURE
- No. 4 – Emperor – Aries - Mars – Fire – Red – Constituting Intelligence - REASON and VISION – Passions - CREATOR
- No. 5 – Hierophant – Taurus - Venus – Earth - Red-Orange – Eternal Intelligence – 1ST STAGE HIGHER SELF – INTUITION
- No. 6 – Lovers – Gemini - Mercury – Air – Orange – Disposing Intelligence – 2ND STAGE HIGHER SELF – DISCRIMINATION
- No. 7 – Chariot – Cancer - Moon – Water – Orange-Yellow – Intelligence of House of Influence (which means Intelligence emanating from the Higher Self – 3RD STAGE HIGHER SELF – RECEPTIVITY-WILL
- No. 8 – Strength – Sun – Fire – Greenish-Yellow – Intelligence of the Secret of all Spiritual Activities – TRANSFORMED HEART
- No. 9 – Hermit – Virgo - Chiron – Earth – Yellowish-Green – Intelligence of Will, SPIRIT
- No. 10 – The Wheel of Fortune – Jupiter – Fire – Violet – Intelligence of Conciliation or Rewarding Intelligence of those who Seek - Creation - Cycles of Evolution and Involution
- No. 11 – Justice – Libra - Venus – Air – Green – Faithful Intelligence - Equilibrium or Balance
- No. 12 – The Hanged Man – Neptune – Water – Blue – Stable Intelligence - Sacrifice
- No. 13 – Death – Scorpio - Pluto – Water – Blue-Green – (Occult extension of MOTION or CHANGE – Transformation - FATHER TIME
- No. 14 – Temperance – Sagittarius - Jupiter – Fire – Blue – Intelligence of Temptation or Trial - Timelessness, Eternity
- No. 15 – The Devil – Capricorn – Saturn – Earth – Indigo – Renewing Intelligence- Temptation
- No. 16 – The Tower – Mars – Fire – Red – Exciting Intelligence - Illumination
- No. 17 – The Star – Aquarius – Uranus – Air - Violet – Natural Intelligence - Revelation
- No. 18 – The Moon – Pisces – Neptune – Water – Red-Violet – Corporeal Intelligence
- No. 19 – The Sun – Sun – Fire – Orange – Collective Intelligence - Super or Christ-consciousness
- No. 20 – Judgment – Pluto – Fire – Red – Perpetual Intelligence - Order within Change
- No. 21 – The World – Saturn – Earth – Indigo – Administrating Intelligence - Spiritual Body; Union of Opposites
- No. 22/0 – The Fool – Uranus – Air – Fiery Intelligence – Life Breath - Beginnings
As we can see, there is only one card, 13 - Death that the RT group does not connect to an Intelligence. As this brings in the discipline of Color, we will cover this anomaly later in the section. It will be helpful to see the Hidden Codes of Life in terms of how a psychologist finds a deeper understanding of his or her patient, by using word association or what the patient sees in ink blots.
To demonstrate how the Mystical Arts are used in the Hidden Codes of Life, below is an example of the Hidden Codes.
Through our name (s) and place, date and time of birth, a deeper Spiritual purpose is revealed. In the Codes, whichever cards are prevalent, particularly in the primary and Core Elements, reflects the underlying consciousness of the person. In our example, our fictitious man’s name is John Everyman – middle name Paul – Born April 4th 1950 at 12:00pm in New York City. We must state that any resemblance to a real person is purely co-incidental.
Also, in order to help keep track of the various details connected to the Major Arcana, we have compiled a mini-breakdown of the main points in a PDF format for participants to download here.
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STAGE REASON - CODES SUPPLEMENT
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We realize that the chart above may be a little intimidating but it is merely a snapshot of the codes in order for us to interpret them, and it is not necessary to understand the chart completely. To help in understanding of how we interpret the codes, each component will be addressed separately, so not to worry. Although the chart includes all Seven Disciplines, as stated, we will only cover the first four now. Each component is listed as red for primary, blue for secondary and green for secret or hidden. When we say secret or hidden, we mean those aspects of the codes that are not obtained by traditional Astrology or Numerology. With respect to the component, the number is the Numerological element, which is determined by not only traditional Numerology, it also uses the Tarot card associated to the number. The card is also how we obtain the astrological elements and the Color.
One more thing before we proceed to the first component, we have only spoken of the Major Arcana but as we know there are 72 cards in a Tarot deck. The Major Arcana only consists of 22 cards, so what of the remaining 56? These 56 cards are what constitutes the Minor Arcana, or Minor Mystery. The cards consists of four suits, wands, cups, swords, and pentacles. However, although these cards closely resemble a normal playing deck, they have one addition; as well as a king, queen, and knight (jack) they add a page or princess to each suit. In the Hidden Codes, the Minor Arcana cards are linked to the Birthday, which determines the assignment of at least four cards. The Hidden Codes are multileveled and it is important to remember that each component of the chart contributes to the overall consciousness underlying the person.
4 – 1st component – Sun Sign – Primary (row 1)
The first component is determined by traditional Astrology. To understand how Astrology works, it will help to think of space as a sheet or plane of energy, with the spheres or planets of the solar system as balls creating depressions in that sheet. As the planets or balls move around each other, their respective positions affect the sheet or plane of energy. When a baby is born into this plane of energy, as he or she crowns at birth the soft spot at the top of the head is exposed. Because a new born baby’s skull is not fully formed, exposing the soft spot in effect exposes the brain to the energies of the planets on the sheet. This is the most powerful event in a human beings life because this imprints the brain with the propensities for this incarnation. Numerology, set the external vibrations by choosing the child’s name, Astrology imprints the inner consciousness by the positions of the planets in respect to each other. These very specific energies affect everything in the baby’s life, from personality to what career he or she will choose. Think of this as a baseline for everyday operation which is recorded in the natal chart.
It may also help to visualize an imaginary circle with a newborn baby at the center of the circle. Around the baby in this imaginary circle, positioned are all the planets and constellations. This is what astrologers call a natal chart. They divide the chart or imaginary circle into 12 segments, which they refer to as houses. To each of these houses is assigned a sun-sign or zodiacal sign. The position of the Sun determines what sun sign the baby is born under. Each of the 12 houses rules or influences various elements of your life, such as finances and health. For example, astrologers would see the sun positioned in the second house, the house of finances as the child having a propensity for generosity. Let’s take a look at Mr. Everyman’s chart wheel.
To determine which sun-sign John Everyman falls under, we look for the Sun Symbol on the wheel - ¸ and look for the glyph which determines the sign - as we can see Mr. Everyman’s sun is designated as Ü which is the Symbol for the sun-sign Aries. From the list of the summary of the Major Arcana above we observe that Aries falls under card number 4 which is assigned to The Emperor, the Color Red, the planet Mars, and the faculty of Reason. As stated, The Emperor is also the Archetype of Jupiter, Zeus, Yahweh, or Jehovah.
7 - 2nd component - Ascendant – Primary (row 2)
Since there are only twelve sun-signs many people have the same sun-sign. Therefore, to personalize it astrologers look to the Ascendant, the second primary component of the codes. The Ascendant is calculated from the exact time a person was born and is known also as the rising sign. The rising sign is the sign or constellation which is rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. The Ascendant on the chart as we look at it, is to the far left. In Mr. Everyman’s case his rising sign is - Cancer, in which the Archetypal image is The Chariot. Cancer also represents the number 7, the Moon, and the Color Orange-yellow. This is particularly interesting because Aries is a fire sign; whereas Cancer is a water sign. This in no way is saying that everything that happens is preordained. On the contrary, Astrology teaches that the happenstances and character traits a person is imprinted with at birth can be overcome or enhanced as the case may be. And so, although the codes are not designed to forecast the future, the natal chart does show what propensities a person was born with.
Chinese Medicine, the basis of Taoism also assigns elements to the time of birth, together with an organ of the body. Like the Ancient Wisdom through Tarot, Taoism uses familiar terms to represent Archetypes. Mr. Everyman was born under the element Fire and the organ Heart, strengthening the fire element and indicating that among other things he has a warm heart.
5 - The 3rd component – Life-Path – Core Element – Primary (row 3)
Before we move on to the 3rd component something needs to be said about the term Core Energy. In traditional Numerology, a person’s main numbers are obtained through four elements, to which Numerologists assigned different percentages. The most important being the Life-Path, then the Expression, followed by the Soul Urge and finally the Birthday. The 3rd component, the Life-Path is calculated by the birth date and as stated, is the first and most important element of the Core numbers, constituting 40% of the Core Energy. Our fictitious Birth-date is April 4th 1950 which is reduced to – 4 (April - fourth month) 4 (Fourth day) 6 (Year reduced to a single number i.e., (1+9+5+0 = 15 – 1+5) =6 Consequently John’s Life-Path would be written out 4+4+ (1+9+5+0 = 15 – 1+5=) 6 = 14 – 1+4=5 This means he has a Life-Path of 5. Checking the list of the 22 Tarot cards above, we see that the number 5 is assigned to The Hierophant, the planet Venus, the Color Red-Orange, and the faculty of Intuition. Traditional Numerology says that this Life-Path indicates a person with many talents. However, it warns to be careful to find a focus, because the individual may have a tendency of being a little scattered.
14 - The 4th component – Karmic Debt – Primary (row 4)
The 4th component also comes from the Life-Path but can also come through any of the Core elements. A Karmic Debt occurs when a Core number is reached through the karmic numbers 13, 14, 15, 16 and 19. In traditional Numerology, 15 isn’t a karmic number but it is in the Hidden Codes. John as we said has a Karmic Debt of 14, which brings in the second row of the Tarot Tableau, representing THE CHIEF LAWS OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND OF THE UNIVERSE. In traditional Numerology, a Karmic Debt in the Core Elements used to mean that a person was dealing with issues from a past life. As the Codes are predicated on this being the Fullness of Time, a Karmic Debt in the Codes indicates a strong Spiritual or humanitarian purpose.
John’s Karmic Debt of 14, means he is connected to card 14 – Temperance, which represents the planet Jupiter, through Sagittarius, and the Color Blue. When this card appears in someone’s codes we see it as an important indication of their Spiritual purpose, because on the highest or Archetypal level Temperance represents Timelessness or Eternity.
4 - The 5th component – Birthday – Core Element – Primary (row 5)
Although the Birthday is also a Core Element, it only represents 10% of the Core energy. John’s Birthday number is 4 and is Archetypally again represented by The Emperor, the number 4, Mars, the Color Red, and the faculty Reason. Energy wise, as John’s Birthday number is the same as his traditional sun-sign, we pay more attention to it because it holds more value. Furthermore, because the Birthday number falls between 1 and 10 one of the Sephirot on the Tree of Life is connected to his codes. However, as the Birthday concerns the Minor Arcana, let’s examine these aspects of John’s codes.
3 of Wands
Queen of Wands
Minor Arcana elements for John Everyman
As we said, the Birthday generates the Minor Arcana elements. In traditional Astrology each sun-sign is divided into 3 decans. (Note: a decan represents approximately 10 days or a third of the sun-sign) That is also the case in Kabbalism. Each sun-sign is divided into 3 decans and assigned an individual minor card. To understand this we will reference Robert Wang’s book The QABALISTIC TAROT A TEXTBOOK OF MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHY, which has a diagram consisting of 6 concentric circles. At the very center is a circle of the Symbols for the 12 signs of the zodiac. In the next circle, the 12 signs are divided by 3 and assigned the appropriate Minor Arcana card to each of the thirds. This card is determined by the next circle, which records the range of dates of each card. Circle 4 contains the 4 kings, 4 queens and 4 knights/princes of each suit; whereas circle 5 consists of the 4 princesses/pages of each suit. Finally the outermost circle is divided into the 4 suits’ aces. In this method we can determine not only which card from 2 to 10 represents a John’s date of birth but also which ace, page/princess, and court card he falls under. Still because John’s birthday is between 1 and 10, as stated, he has the Archetypal energy of a Sephirot connected to his chart. The Sephirot connected to his chart is Chesed, which although assigned to the element Fire, it represents the planet Jupiter, not Mars. Even so, The Emperor is the Archetype of Jupiter, Zeus, Yahweh, or Jehovah. As Chesed represents Mercy, the Fire element is tempered. Therefore instead of an out of control destructive wildfire, its Fire represents active creation, bringing impetus and growth.
None N/A - The 6th component – Karmic Debt in Birthday- Primary (row 6)
As was stated, if the Birthday number is reached through any of the karmic numbers 13,14,15,16 or 19 then a Karmic Debt comes into play. However, as John’s Birthday doesn’t involve any of these numbers it doesn’t apply, so we will move on to the 7th component.
8 - The 7th component – Traditional Astrology Chart – Primary (row 7)
This component takes all 13 elements of the Traditional Chart and using the sun-signs’ assignments in the Tarot gives each element a number. Then it adds all the numbers together and reduces the total to a single digit. For example John Everyman’s 13 elements are:
- Ascendant – Cancer – Chariot = 7
- Moon – Scorpio – Death = 13
- Sun – Aries – Emperor = 4
- Mercury – Aries – Emperor = 4
- Venus – Aquarius – Star = 17
- Mars – Virgo – Hermit = 9
- Jupiter – Aquarius – Star = 17
- Saturn – Virgo – Hermit = 9
- Uranus – Cancer – Chariot = 7
- Neptune – Libra – Justice = 11
- Pluto – Leo – Strength = 8
- Chiron – Sagittarius – Temperance = 14
- North Node – Aries – Emperor = 4
- TOTAL Numbers added together = 124
Reducing the total of 124 to a single digit we reach the number 7 — 1+2+4=7.
Archetypally this represents the Christ-consciousness or the third level of our Higher Self through card 7 – The Chariot. It also represents the Color Orange-Yellow, and the Moon.
None N/A - The 8th component – Second Traditional Chart Card – Secondary (row 8)
If the Traditional Chart’s number is reached through any number between 10 and 21, then the 8th component would come into play. However, as John’s Traditional Chart Card number 7 (above) wasn’t, then we can move on to the next component.
3 - The 9th component – Secret Life-path – Secondary (row 9)
As the next five components are all generated by the Secret Life-path and the Secret Chart, we will include all five together. First let’s briefly explain how we arrive at the components elements. The 9th component is a secondary element in the codes. The Secret Life-Path is created through shifting the month of birth back two months, i.e., instead of April 4th, John’s date of birth would be February 4th. In this way, the Secret Life-path would be written out thus: 2+4+(1950 = 15 – 1+5=) 6 = 12 – 1+2=3, giving him a Secret Life-path of 3. Apart from the number 3, this component generates card 3 The Empress, the Color Green, and the planet Venus. It is also the Archetypal image of the Individual Subconscious and Creative Imagination. The Empress, as we said is the Archetype for Mother Nature.
1 - The 10th component – Secret Chart – Secondary (row 10)
Like the Traditional Chart, the Secret Chart is also calculated by assigning the elements to the relevant Tarot cards and adding the values together. However, the Secret Chart has only 11 elements. Consequently John’s Secret chart reads:
Reducing the total 109 to a single digit we reach the number 1 – 1+0+9=10 – 1+0=1
- Ascendant – Taurus – Hierophant = 5
- Moon – Virgo – Hermit = 9
- Sun – Aquarius – Star = 17
- Mercury – Aquarius – Star = 17
- Venus – Sagittarius – Temperance = 14
- Mars – Cancer – Chariot = 7
- Jupiter – Sagittarius – Temperance = 14
- Saturn – Cancer – Chariot =
- Uranus – Taurus – Hierophant =
- Neptune – Leo – Strength =
- Pluto – Gemini – Lovers =
- TOTAL Numbers added together = 109
Reducing the total 109 to a single digit we reach the Number 1 – 1+0+9=10 – 1+0=1.
Archetypally the number 1 represents the Self-conscious, Intellect, and Will through card 1 – The Magician. It also represents the Color Yellow, and the planet Mercury. Because the Secret Chart’s number 1 is reached through the number 10, the 11th component comes into play.
10 - The 11th component – Secondary Secret Chart Trump – Secondary (row 11)
The 11th component of John’s Codes is generated through his Secret Chart number 1 being reached through the number 10. Card 10 – The Wheel of Fortune, Archetypally represents Creation and the Cycles of Evolution and Involution. It also generates the Color Violet through the planet Jupiter.
17 - The 12th component – Secret Sun-sign – Secondary (row 12)
The Secret Sun-sign is self-explanatory. As we said John’s traditional sun-sign is Aries, which generates the number 4, The Emperor, the Color Red, and Reason. So moving his birth date back two months makes his Secret Sun-sign Aquarius, which generates The Star, number 17, the Color Violet, the planet Uranus, and the Archetypal image of Revelation.
5 - The 13th component – Secret Ascendant – Secondary (row 13)
Applying the same procedure as the Secret Sun-sign to the Secret Ascendant, we get The Hierophant, the number 5, the Color Red-Orange, the planet Venus, and the Archetypal consciousness image of the First stage of the Higher Self and the faculty of Intuition.
Having covered the five elements of John’s Secret Life-Path and Secret Chart, let’s take a brief look how these components of the Codes developed.
There is a very valuable lesson to be learned about the hidden energies in the Secret Life-Path and the Secret Chart’s elements. First it helps to understand that Aries hasn’t always been the first sign of the Zodiac, it was Aquarius. As the sign that heads up the zodiac used to be Aquarius, the question that begs to be asked is why does modern Astrology place Aries in that position? The answer is the astrologers of the Roman era adjusted the zodiac to fit in with their observations. The Roman Empire rose during the Age of Aries, which extended from 2,276 B.C.E. to 136 B.C.E. Before the Romans introduced July and August in honor of Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar to the calendar, the year consisted of 10 months. That is why the last month of the year is named December, meaning the 10th month. In addition, we owe the names of the planets of the solar system to the Romans, because they renamed the Greek pantheon and assigned a planet to each main god. For instance Zeus became Jupiter and Hermes became Mercury. The Romans placed Aries at the head of the zodiac because in ancient times the year began on the Spring Equinox and as we said, the sign of Aries rose at sunrise during the rise of the Roman Empire. It is also why they venerated the god of war, Ares, which they called Mars. Conversely, the Chinese New Year begins in the sign of Aquarius and astrological Chinese writings date to at least four thousand years ago.
The above is the exoteric or open explanation for the secret elements of Astrology; however, it is through the Secret Life-path and Secret Chart that the real benefit of the Codes is revealed. To explain, the Secret Life-path and Secret Chart posits a person being born during the 7th month of pregnancy, because it is then that we first become a potential Spiritual individual. In other words, placing Aquarius at the start of the zodiac makes the 7th month of pregnancy’s energies the predominant factor. We will return to this in later stages.
6 - The 14th component – Expression – Core Element – Primary (row 14)
The 14th component brings in the second most important aspect of the Core Elements, because it constitutes 30% of the Core Energy. John’s Expression is 6 and comes from all the letters in his first and last name: J=1 + O=6 + H=8 + N=5 + E=5 + V=4 + E=5 + R=9 + Y=7 + M=4 + A=1 + N=5. This adds up to 60, which when reduced is 6: 6+0=6. Checking the list we see the number six is Archetypally represented by The Lovers, which Symbolize the Second Stage of the Higher Self and the faculty of Discrimination. This Expression also brings in the Color Orange and the planet Mercury, through the sun-sign Gemini.
None N/A - The 15th component – Karmic Debt in Expression- Primary (row 15)
As with the Life-path and Birthday, if the Expression number is reached through any of the karmic numbers 13,14,15,16 or 19 then a Karmic Debt comes into play. Still as John’s Expression doesn’t involve any of these numbers it doesn’t apply, so we will move on to the 16th component.
3 - The 16th component – Soul Urge– Core Element – Primary (row 16)
The Soul Urge is a very important aspect in determining the energies surrounding the name. This is because it represents 20% of the Core Energy. The Soul Urge is derived from the vowels in all the names, including any middle names. These are then reduced to a single digit. John Paul Everyman’s vowels are O=6+ A=1+ U=3+ E=5 + E=5 + A=1 – This adds up to 21, which reduces to 3 - 2 + 1 = 3. This is represented by the same Archetypal image as his Secret Life-path, The Empress. Again, it is important to remember that The Empress is the Archetype of Mother Nature.
None N/A - The 17th component – Karmic Debt in Soul Urge- Primary (row 17)
Although John’s Soul Urge is not reached through any of the karmic numbers 13,14,15,16 or 19 there is another card connected to this component, because the 3 is reached through 21. As a result, card 21’s energies become relevant, so, checking the list we observe that card 21 is The World, which Archetypally represents the Union of Opposites. It also brings in the Saturn vibration and the Color Indigo.
8 - The 18th component – Secret Self– Core Element – Primary (row 18)
Ordinarily in traditional Numerology only four elements are considered important factors. Nonetheless, because of the Archetypal meaning of the Hebrew letters, which are assigned to the 22 cards of the Tarot’s Major Arcana, the consonants of the name are of vital importance in the Codes. This is because the consonants of the name reveal the Secret Self. John Paul Everyman’s Secret Self is determined using the same process as above, only as we said just the consonants; i.e. J=1 H=8 N=5 P=7+ L=3+ V=4+ R=9 +Y=7+ M=4 +N=5 = 53. Again this number needs to be further reduced to a single digit 5+3=8. Like his Traditional Chart, this equates to card number 8 - Strength.
None N/A - The 19th component – Karmic Debt in Secret Self- Primary (row 19)
Because John’s Secret Self doesn’t involve any of the karmic numbers we will move on to the 20th component.
8 - The 20th component – Total Number – Primary (row 20)
The final primary component is calculated through all 5 Core elements added together. To recap John’s Core elements are Life-Path 5; Birthday 4; Expression 6; Soul Urge 3, and Secret Self 8. This results in 5+4+6+3+8 = 26 – 2+6=8. As we can observe this is represented by the same as his Traditional Chart and Secret Self, which is Strength, and the Transformed Heart.
2 - The 21st component – Growth Number – Secondary (row 21)
Our name generates three more elements to the Codes, the first is the Growth number. The Growth number is created through the letter value of the first name. In John’s case this is J=1 + O=6 + H=8 + N=5 = 20 2+0=2. This brings in the Archetype Universal Sub-consciousness or Cosmic Mind, which is represented by card 2 The High Priestess, who also represents the Memory and Emotions, which is Symbolized by the Moon and the Color Light Blue.
Another aspect is brought into John’s codes because his Growth number of 2 is reached through the number 20. Due to card 20 being Judgment this has special relevance because Judgment is the Archetype for the element of Fire and John’s Chinese Medicine element is Fire. The Kabbalists only used three elements, Air, Water and Fire. They felt that Earth was a combination of the three and therefore not a separate element in its own right. Judgment also represents the planetoid Pluto and the Color Red.
11 - The 22nd component – Growth Number Codes – Secret (row 22)
On a deeper level the first name, first letter, and first vowel reveal more than traditional Numerology purports. In traditional Numerology, the Growth Number only uses the numbers 1 to 9, plus the master numbers 11 and 22, which only involves the first nine cards and Justice, The Fool, and The World in the Major Arcana. Instead if we include all 22 cards we reveal a very surprising result. John as we said in traditional Numerology produces a Growth number of 2, which equates to The High Priestess. However, if we use all the cards then John’s Growth Number for the Codes is 11. This is because using the position of every letter alphabetically J=10 +O=15 +H=8 +N=14 adds up to 47, which is further reduced to 11 through 4+7=11. Archetypally 11 is represented by card 11 – Justice reflecting Balance or Equilibrium, the planet Venus, and the Color green.
5 - The 23rd component – Middle Name (s) – Secret (row 23)
John’s middle name is Paul with a value of 14, which Numerologically reduces to 5 thus: P=7+ A=1+ U=3+ L=3 which is the same as John’s Life-Path. This is Archetypally the First Stage of the Higher Self, represented by The Hierophant, the planet Venus, the Color Red-Orange, and the faculty of Intuition.
1 - The 24th component – First Letter – Secondary (row 24)
John’s first letter is J, which in traditional Numerology has the value of 1. As in the Secret Chart, this is Archetypally represented by The Magician, which represents the Self-conscious, Intellect, Will, the planet Mercury, and the Color Yellow.
10 - The 25th component – First Letter Codes – Secret (row 25)
Applying the same process to the first letter as the Growth number shows as we can see that J=10. This brings in the energy of Jupiter through card number 10, The Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel of Fortune also represents the Color violet, and the cycle of Evolution and Involution.
6 - The 26th component – First Vowel – Secondary (row 26)
15 - The 27th component – First Vowel Codes – Secret (row 27)
We combined the 26th and 27th components because they are both determined by the first vowel of the first name, however, like the Growth number and the first letter there are two ways they are calculated. In traditional Numerology, John’s first vowel O is valued at 6, which is Archetypally represented by The Lovers, the same as his Expression.
In the Secret aspect of the Codes John’s first vowel O is valued at 15, which brings in the Archetypal image of The Devil. Evoking strong feelings, usually negative, from an Archetypal perspective, the Devil has a valuable lesson to teach. Firstly we should state that card 15 - The Devil represents what St. Paul called the natural body. The tails on the figures of the man and woman, signifying their animal natures, demonstrates this. This means that it is through the physical body that the Spiritual is obtained. The hidden message of The Devil, as we wrote in Beyond Divination: is that “The Devil portrays not only the first level of our enlightenment but also where we were before we started our spiritual journey, namely, driven by our desires and instincts or our animal natures. However, the (RT) group stresses that The Devil exposes that at this stage humans even abused their instincts, because they were learning to use their minds. Apparently, this is a rite of passage for human development, as by making mistakes is how we learn the best use of our minds. Citing Saint Paul, who in 1 Corinthians 15:44 made a distinction between a spiritual and natural body, writing “it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual ‘body’”, the group believes that rather than The Devil, card 15 just as easily could be titled the “Natural Body.” Regarding the Codes, obviously card 15 The Devil represents the number 15, the planet Saturn for the sun-sign Capricorn, and the Color Indigo.
Air - The 28th component –Secret Element – Secret (row 28)
The 28th component is calculated by which element is most prevalent in the Secret Chart. The 12 sun-signs are divided between the four elements. In John’s case the most prevalent element in the sun-signs is Air, Archetypally represented by card 0 The Fool, and indicating Beginnings, Uranus, and the Light or Bright Yellow.
6 - The 29th component –Secret Tarot Card – Secret (row 29)
Adding all the components’ numbers of John’s chart from (row 1) the Sun-sign to (row 27) the 1st Vowel C, gives us a total of 152. Reducing that through - 1+5+2 = 8, we arrive at the John’s Secret Tarot card, which is, as his chart shows is card 8 – Strength archetypally representing the Transformed Heart. It also brings in the number 8, the Sun, and the color Greenish Yellow.
One more point regarding the Secret Element, as we said, the Kabbalists only counted three Elements, Fire, Air, and Water because they considered Earth to be a condensation of the other three. Therefore, only three cards represent the Elements in the Major Arcana, The Fool = Air, The Hanged Man = Water, and Judgement = Fire. In the Codes, three cards represent the Element Earth, The Empress, The Hierophant, and The Hermit, which one of the three will depend on their appearance in the chart.
Having determined all 29 components, we then calculate the key elements of Number, Planet, Color, and Tarot card from John’s chart, by the number of times they appear. Note: As we are determining the vibration of the colors, Violet is broken into the primary colors of Red and Blue.
Looking at the totals, the choice of Key Planet Venus and Key Color Red are self-explanatory. However, the Key Number and Key Tarot card may not be so clear. The Key Numbers is usually taken from the number of the Key Card but in John’s chart, as with his elements we have a choice of two for both keys, 8 for Strength, and 5 for The Hierophant, with each appearing three times. In the end, we chose 8 as the Key Number and Strength as the Key Card, because 8 is the strongest in the Numerological Elements, with it being not only the Secret Self but also the Total Number. Another factor is that card number 8 Strength represents the Fire sun-sign Leo, and John’s Secret Element is Fire.
As we can see, the Hidden Codes are intuitive, because participants may need to choose between two Cards. Likewise, are the Gateways. Therefore, several Gateways may resonate with a person’s Codes. For instance, there are nine possible Gateways that John could resonate with: The first three come from the 22 Major Arcana cards and represent John’s Key Codes Strength for his Key Number, and Key Card, and the card representing his Key Planet card 3– The Empress. As Fire is John’s Element, we also include Judgement as a possible Gateway.
Some may recognize the next four possible Gateways from John’s Minor Cards in his Birthday April 4, 1960 as the 3 of Wands, Queen of Wands, Page of Pentacles, and Ace of Pentacles. The final two possible Gateways, again come from John’s Key Codes, only instead of being from the 22 cards of the Major Arcana or Tarot Tableau, they come, like John’s Birthday Cards, from the 56 Minor Arcana cards with the 8 of Wands for his Key Number, and Key Card, and the 3 of Pentacles for his Key Planet.
Participants examining their Codes may find other Cards they resonate with. This is never arbitrary it is, as we said, wholly intuitive. Once determining the chosen Gateways, meditating on them, participants will find one or perhaps two that they feel more of an affinity with. It is literally up to the individual’s intuition. Alternatively, some people may choose to use their intuition from the start by looking at the RWS-ARCANAs Tarot Cards Deck and seeing if any cards jump out at them. Then for fun, they could use the Codes to check if their choices match with their Codes.
For participants who do not know their time, and or place of birth, he or she can use the numerological components, as well as his or her birthday and sun-sign. True it may not be as accurate but as we said, everyone on the planet can use the Gateways.
One final point, we have endeavored to make compiling the Codes as easy as possible, providing all the charts and instructions needed. However, as our goal is to raise money for the children of the world, should anyone want to donate $50 to children through our foundation, we will compile their Hidden Codes in a PDF format. As with the instructions to receive a natal chart, participants need to deposit the funds in our PayPal account then send their full name, plus the name they use daily, plus the time, date, and place of birth in an e-mail to the firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to send them their charts (PDF), and the Gateways their energy resonates to.
(Please contact us by Email before requesting CODES, as demand and other obligations may necessitate a delay in our compliance.)
It is our sincere wish that the imagery and color in the Tarot card through our Gateway will unlock participants true spiritual potential and help them remember their predestined purpose.
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STAGE REASON – 1B – Astrology, Chakras, & Color
Although we covered the basics of the Mystical Art of Astrology in the supplement, we haven’t discussed Astrology as it is associated with the Mystical Art of the Tarot’s Major Arcana. The 22 cards are divided into three Mother, seven Double, and twelve Simple Hebrew Letters. Appropriately, the twelve Simple letters represent the twelve signs of the Zodiac. As the earlier list showed, these are Aries – The Emperor, Taurus – The Hierophant, Gemini – The Lovers, Cancer – The Chariot, Leo – Strength, Virgo – The Hermit, Libra – Justice, Scorpio – Death, Sagittarius – Temperance, Capricorn – The Devil, Aquarius – The Star, and Pisces – The Moon.
There are seven Double Hebrew Letters that represent the Seven Sacred Planets, which will be discussed from an Archetypal perspective later. Because these seven cards represent the Seven Sacred planets they are also associated with the seven main chakras. Without going too deeply into the chakra system, as we said, the traditional chakra system has changed from the traditional, which was base – Saturn, sacral – Mars, solar plexus – Jupiter, Heart – Sun, throat – Venus, 3rd-eye – Moon, and crown – Mercury, through the updated which became base – Saturn, sacral – Venus, solar plexus – Mars, Heart – Sun, throat – Mercury, 3rd-eye – Moon, and crown – Jupiter.
In the Tarot, the Seven Sacred Planets represented by the seven Hebrew Double letters, are assigned thus: Mercury, card 1 The Magician; the Moon card 2 The High Priestess; Venus, card 3 The Empress; Jupiter, card 10 The Wheel of Fortune; Mars, card 16 The Tower; and Saturn, card 21 The World. Clearly the chakra system of a human being is also connected to the seven Hebrew Double letter cards, representing the Seven Sacred Planets, and it is the Mystical Arts that reveals the connection between seemingly unconnected elements. In the spiral diagram below, all twenty-two images of the Major Arcana are involved, which means the chakras or energy centers can also be tied to the Archetypes of the Major Arcana. As the spiral diagram below portrays instead of moving from the Base up to the Crown, we are now spiraling from above the crown inwards. Now starting above, we descend to the Base infused by Mars and Pluto. Then we travel back up to the Crown, adding Jupiter’s energy to Mars, before spiraling down to the Sacral center represented by Venus and the Sun. Leaving the Sacral center, we circle up to the 3rd-eye, energized by Saturn and the Moon, before spiraling into the Solar Plexus now controlled by Mercury and Uranus. Nearly home, we move up to the Throat represented by the Moon and Neptune, before finally entering the heart now energized by the Sun, Chiron, and Venus.
As we can observe, each chakra has more than one astrological element assigned to it. This is because the higher octaves of Mercury, Venus and Mars have been brought in. The three higher octaves are represented in the Major Arcana as the three Mother Letters. These letters represent primarily the three Kabbalistic elements of Air – Hebrew letter Aleph א and card 0 The Fool; Water – Hebrew letter Mem מ and card 12 The Hanged Man; Fire – Hebrew letter Shin ש and Judgment. Through Deductive Reasoning we can begin to see the patterns. If we associate Air to the Mental plane, Water to the Emotional plane, and Fire to the Archetypal plane, then we can see how the cards reveal the energies and vibrations within a person. However it is Color, the last Mystical Art of the four disciplines, which ties everything together.
The fourth Mystical Art Color plays a major part in learning how to change the way we think, because Color involves a different way of thinking. As we will see, using Higher Reason we can see why the temple of each Stage contains distinct Colors. Each Color reflect the levels of consciousness in the Stage. For instance, the Red temple reflects The Emperor and Reason and the Turquoise steps and page reflect the Colors of Transformation, not only representing card 13 Death’s Color Blue-Green but also tying Stage 1 Reason to the last Stage 7 Transformation. The message is that with Deductive Reasoning, we begin the transformation to change the way we think. As the Hidden Codes demonstrate this is shown Archetypally through the use of Color in the Major Arcana. As Color is so relevant to Humanity’s evolution, we feel it will help to show how the Kabbalists used Color to convey a deeper meaning in the Major Arcana. In this light, Color represented consciousness as depicted in the list of the Major Arcana. To recap:
- Light-Yellow - Fiery Intelligence – Life Breath
- Yellow – Transparent Intelligence – SELF-CONSCIOUS - INTELLECT Logic and Will
- Light Blue – Uniting Intelligence – UNIVERSAL SUBCONSCIOUS – MEMORY – EMOTIONS
- Green – Luminous Intelligence –INDIVIDUAL SUBCONSCIOUS – CREATIVE IMAGINATION
- Red – Constituting Intelligence - REASON and VISION – Passions - CREATOR
- Red-Orange – Eternal Intelligence – 1ST STAGE HIGHER SELF – INTUITION
- Orange – Disposing Intelligence – 2ND STAGE HIGHER SELF – DISCRIMINATION
- Orange-Yellow – Intelligence of House of Influence or Intelligence – 3RD STAGE HIGHER SELF – RECEPTIVITY-WILL
- Greenish-Yellow – Intelligence of the Secret of all Spiritual Activities – TRANSFORMED HEART
- Yellowish-Green – Intelligence of Will, SPIRIT
- Violet – Intelligence of Conciliation or Rewarding Intelligence of those who Seek –
- Green – Faithful Intelligence - Equilibrium or Balance
- Blue – Stable Intelligence - Sacrifice
- Blue-Green – (Occult extension of MOTION or CHANGE – Transformation
- Blue – Intelligence of Temptation or Trial - Timelessness, Eternity
- Indigo – Renewing Intelligence - Temptation
- Red – Exciting Intelligence - Illumination
- Violet – Natural Intelligence - Revelation
- Red-Violet – Corporeal Intelligence -
- Orange – Collective Intelligence - Super or Christ-consciousness
- Red – Perpetual Intelligence - Order within Change
- Indigo – Administrating Intelligence - Spiritual Body; Union of Opposites
Through a prism we know today that white or daylight, like a rainbow, is the combination of seven Colors. The only Color that stands apart is pink, which interestingly is the combination of red and white; the two Colors traditionally associated with the base and crown chakras. The other six Colors are either the three primary Colors or combinations of them.
Card 0 The Fool is the first card in the Major Arcana and it introduces us to the use of Color as representing conscious energy. The ancient sages taught that the Life principle was a solar force, hence the bright yellow sky in The Fool. The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana deal with various combinations of the three primary Colors red, yellow, and blue. Black, which signified either mystical knowledge or ignorance/materialism and white, which symbolized the purified or Spiritual can be added to the primary Colors to create various shades.
The RT group of The Rabbi’s Tarot felt that Color relayed a deeper meaning. Looking at The Fool card in the Rider-Waite deck from a Spiritual perspective, certain aspects jump out. Depicting a young man wearing a flamboyant tunic gazing upwards, the tunic is gathered at the waist by a belt of the twelve signs of the zodiac. He wears a Red feather in his Green cap and holds a White rose in his left hand. Over his right shoulder is a staff with an Orange cloth bag attached. The sky or background of the card is Bright Yellow in which a large White sun bathes the youth with its rays. Beneath his flamboyant tunic is a White undergarment, and on his feet are pale Yellow boots, while a small White dog yaps at his heels.
White has always been associated with purity and the Tarot cards are no exception. As we said, whenever the Color White appears in a card, it Symbolizes the Spiritual or purified. For instance, the White sun in the card The Fool, represents the Archetypal plane above all existence. Consequently, the youth’s white undergarment expresses that before clothing itself in a body and entering the realm controlled by the stars, (represented by The Fool’s zodiac belt), the Spiritual Soul was pure and untainted. As for the little White dog yapping at the youth’s heels, according to the sages, this Symbol stands for the purified mind or intellect, meaning that a person needs to have his or her mind subject to the Higher Self within them.
Despite the Color White representing the Archetypal plane, the Life Force is solar, which of course is golden or Yellow. Half of the twenty-two Major Arcana cards are assigned a Color combination that includes Yellow. As reported, in card 0 The Fool, although the entire sky or background is Bright Yellow, a White sun shines in the sky. At some level, the Human Race has always associated the Color Yellow with the Divine or Spiritual plane. All ancient civilizations revered the Yellow metal, gold. Many believe that the builders of the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt were aware of the properties of electricity because they believe that the missing capstone was composed of pure, solid Yellow gold, an excellent conductor of electricity. It is interesting that it is only in recent times that White gold has become popular. Ancient civilizations believed the Sun and Yellow gold Symbolized the masculine principle, whereas the Moon, and White Silver represented the feminine principle.
Alchemists in the Middle Ages seemed obsessed with discovering the Philosophers’ Stone, the supposedly secret formula for turning lead into gold. However, the alchemists hid their true purpose, because they weren’t concerned with turning lead into gold but rather transforming themselves into superhumans, because they knew that evolving into supermen and women was Humanity’s destiny. The key was in the Color of lead’s secret meaning. The Color of Lead; Black in this case Symbolizes matter or the body/individual at its densest or most ignorant and selfish, whereas the Color of gold; Yellow Symbolized the Spiritual use of the Solar Life Force. Therefore, the alchemists were using the Philosophers’ Stone being the transmutation of lead into gold as a metaphor to Symbolize an individual gaining purity and enlightenment. Alchemists were both astrologers and Kabbalists; in as much as they studied Astrology and the Kabbalah. Nonetheless, they knew that it was the Tarot that held the secret to making the transformation. Moreover, alchemists knew it was the Kabbalah that held the key to unlocking Tarot’s mystery. Could this be why Jesus said to the Pharisees (the scholars of Jewish mysticism) “You have the keys”?
To return to card 0 The Fool, we mentioned that instead of a Blue sky, the youth is surrounded by a Bright Yellow one. Bright or Light Yellow Symbolizes the solar force or Life Breath/Force. This force permeates all living organisms, which is why human beings worshipped the Sun and adopted gold as the Color for the Sun Symbol. Although the sky isn’t Blue in The Fool, the Color Blue is still in the card. Below the shelf, which the youth stands on is a Blue area, denoting the Cosmic Consciousness of the material plane. In addition, the shelf also stands for the Veil between the material or Earth plane and the Archetypal Plane.
Ancient Wisdom saw Color as representing different energies; if we think about it so do we. Using Deductive Reasoning we ask participants to try an exercise by considering what is the first thing that comes to their mind when visualizing the Color red, is it blood, anger, war, or fire? Now visualizing the Color blue, did they see water, sky, the sea, or peace? We all associate Colors with feelings and or actions. For instance, people generally wear black at funerals because it denotes mourning and grief. There are literally hundreds of examples of Color invoking emotions. Nevertheless, the most effective use of Color the ancients incorporated, was in the Colored images in the Major Arcana which carried information about archetypes and consciousness. So using Deductive Reasoning let's consider the Colors of the Temple of Reason in respect to Color assigned to the cards.
The list of the Major Arcana shows, the Color Red is associated with Reason, Intuition, Illumination, Corporeal Intelligence, and Order within Change. Even so, the temple is also Turquoise, a combination of Blue and Green. If we look at the list above, we see that card 13 – Death, which Archetypally represents Transformation, is assigned Blue-Green. It also represents the sun-sign Scorpio, which is ruled by the planet Pluto. However, as we mentioned Death is the only card not associated to a type of intelligence, and it is also the only card that is associated with both Blue and Green. The RT group relates that Death represents the mystical or (hidden) extension of MOTION and CHANGE.
Consequently, through the Mystical Art of Color we can see that the Colors Red and Turquoise for the Temple of Reason is saying that if we use Reason correctly we attain Higher Reason, which in turn leads to a higher level of Intuition. This brings illumination to how we can change the physical world.
Deductive Reasoning can also be applied to the most important message given through The Christ to Humanity:The Kingdom of God is Within You. This simple statement is the key to understanding how to change the world. We touched on this earlier but in Section 2 we will be examining the statement from the modern perspective, including using the recent discovery of Fractals.
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