6 of Wands: Victory—Queen of Wands
The Fool—8 of Cups: Indolence
9 of Disks: Gain—3 of Swords: Sorrow
"This card is attributed to the planet Jupiter, "the Greater Fortune" in astrology. It corresponds to the letter Kaph, which means the palm of the hand, in whose lines, according to another tradition, the fortune of the owner may be read. It would be narrow to think of Jupiter as good fortune; he represents the element of luck. The incalculable factor.
"This card thus represents the Universe in its aspects as a continual change of state. Above, the firmament of stars. These appear distorted in shape, although they are balanced, some being brilliant and some dark. From them, through the firmament, issue lightnings; they churn it into a mass of blue and violet plumes. In the midst of all this is suspended a wheel of ten spokes, according to the number of the Sephiroth, and of the sphere of Malkuth, indicating governance of physical affairs."
"The card also refers to Hod, splendour, in the suit of Fire, whence it refers to the phenomena of speech, light, electricity.
"This card, therefore, represents energy of high velocity, such as furnishes the master-key to modern mathematical physics."
"This card represents Tiphareth of the suit of Fire. This shows Energy in completely balanced manifestation. The Five has broken up the closed forces of the Four with revolutionary ardour, but a marriage has taken place between them; and the result is the Son, and the Sun.
"There is no circle to enclose the system. It is self-supporting, like the Sun."
QUEEN OF WANDS
"The Queen of Wands represents the watery part of Fire, its fluidity and colour.
"The characteristics of the Queen are adaptability, persistent energy, calm authority which she knows how to use to enhance her attractiveness. She is kindly and generous, but impatient of opposition. She has immense capacity for friendship and for love, but always on her own intiative.
"There is much pride in this card as in the Knight, but it lacks the spontaneous nobility which excuses the error. It is not true pride, but self-complacent vanity and even snobbery.
"The other side of her character is that she may have a tendency to brood, come to a wrong decision thereon, and react with great savagery. She may be easily deceived; then she is likely to shew herself stupid, obstinate, tyrannical. She may be quick to take offence, and harbour revenge without good cause. She might turn and snap at her best friends without intelligible excuse. Also, when she misses her bite, she breaks her jaw!
"There is a tendency to be fickle, even disloyal; the ideas which she obeys make no deep or permanent impression. She will 'cleave to the little boy and let go the man of age and experience' or the reverse (lines 2 and 3) without realizing what she is doing. There is a liability of fits of melancholy, which she seeks to cure by bouts of intoxication, or by panic-stricken outbursts of ill-considered fury."
"This card is attributed to the letter Aleph, which means an Ox, but by its shape the Hebrew letter (so it is said) represents a plough-share; thus the significance is primarily Phallic. It is the first of the three Mother letters, Aleph, Mem, and Shin, which correspond in various interwoven fashions with all the triads that occur in these cards, notably Fire, Water, Air; Father, Mother, Son; Sulphur, Salt, Mercury; Rajas, Sattvas and Tamas.
"The really important feature of this card is that its number should be 0. It represents therefore the Negative above the Tree of Life, the source of all things. It is the Qabalistic Zero. It is the equation of the Universe, the initial and final balance of the opposites; Air, in this card, therefore quintessentially means a vacuum.
"This card is therefore both the father and the mother, in the most abstract form of these ideas. This is not a confusion, but a deliberate identification of the male and the female, which is justified by biology. The fertized ovum is sexually neutral. It is only some unknown determinant in the course of development which decides the issue.
"In his right hand he bears the wand, tipped with a pyramid of white, of the All-Father. In his left hand he bears the flaming pinecone, of similar significance, but more definitely indicating vegetable growth; and from his left shoulder hangs a bunch of purple grapes. Grapes represent fertility, sweetness, and the basis of ecstasy. This ecstasy is shown by the stem of the grapes developing into rainbow-hued spirals. The Form of the Universe. This suggests the Threefold Veil of the Negative manifesting, by his intervention, in divided light. Upon this spiral whorl are other attributions of godhead; the vulture of Maut, the dove of Venus (Isis or Mary), and the ivy sacred to his devotees. There is also the butterfly of many-coloured air and the winged globe with its twin serpents a symbol which is echoed and fortified by the twin infants embracing on the middle spiral. Above them hangs the benediction of three flowers in one. Fawning upon him is the tiger; and beneath his feet in the Nile with its lotus stems crouches the crocodile. Resuming all his many forms and many-coloured images in the centre of the figure, the focus of the microcosm is the radiant sun. The whole picture is a glyph of creative light.
"The Eight, Hod, in the suit of Water, governs this card. It shows the influence of Mercury, but this is overpowered by the reference of the card to Saturn in Pisces. Pisces is calm but stagnant water; and Saturn deadens it completely.
"In the psychopathology of The Path, this card is the German Measles of Christian Mysticism."
"The number Nine, Yesod, inevitably brings back the balance of Force in fulfilment. The card is ruled by Venus in Virgo. It shows good luck attending material affairs, favour and popularity.
"As a general remark, one may say that the multiplication of a symbol of Energy always tends to degrade its essential meaning, as well as to complicate it."
"Binah, the Great Mother, here rules the realm of Air.
"Binah is here not the beneficent Mother completing the Trinity with Kether and Chokmah. She represents the darkness of the Great Sea.
"This is accentuated by the Celestial Lordship of Saturn in Libra.
"This card is dark and heavy; it is, so to speak, the womb of Chaos. There is an intense lurking passion to create, but its children are monsters. This may mean the supreme transcendence of natural order. Secrecy is here, and Perversion."
All card descriptions by Aleister Crowley from The Book of Thoth.
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The hair of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the hair of Nu.
The face of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the face of Ra.
The eyes of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the eyes of Hathor.
The ears of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the ears of Up-uatu.
The lips of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the lips of Anpu.
The teeth of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the teeth of Serqet.
The cheeks of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the cheeks of Isis.
The arms of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the arms of Ba-neb-Tetu.
The neck of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the neck of Uatchit.
The throat of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the throat of Mert.
The breast of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the backbone of Set.
The trunk of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the trunk of the Lords of Kher-aha.
The flesh of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the flesh of Aa-shefit.
The belly of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the belly of Sekhmet.
The buttocks of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the buttocks of the Eye of Horus.
The phallus of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, is the phallus of Osiris.
The thighs of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the thighs of Nut.
The feet of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the feet of Ptah.
The fingers of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the fingers of Saah.
The toes of the Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, are the toes of the Living Uraei.
—from The Book of the Dead, edited by E.A. Wallis Budge.
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