Bondage

Tarot TableauThe Tarot Tableau is one of the many arrangements of the 22 Major Arcana cards. At the top is The Fool and the remaining 21 cards are in seven columns of three cards each. Each of the three rows represents an attribute. The top row  contains seven principles, or dominate mental states. The second row represents agencies, or activities. In the bottom row are the conditions or expressions of the principles of the upper row manifesting through the agencies of the middle row.

Each of the seven columns represents  a level of spiritual unfoldment. From left to right the columns represent Bondage, Awakening, Revelation, Organization, Regeneration, Realization, and Cosmic Consciousness. Let’s begin by looking at the first column – BondageTarot Keys 1-29-06 002 The Magician #1. We will cover the remaining six columns in future posts.

The three Keys involved in this first stage of unfoldment are The Magician, Strength and The Deceiver (aka The Devil). They represent the Hebrew letters Beth (house), Teth (coiled snake) and Ayin (eye, outward appearance). Beth is also a double Hebrew letter meaning both Life and Death. The primary function of the The Magician Key is attention and concentration. The primary function of the Strength Key is regeneration through the agency or law of suggestion. The primary function of The Deceiver Key is mirth. Yes, mirth!

You may wish to revisit the posts on this web site for each of these three Keys. That review may prove to be helpful since I won’t be going into the same depth of explanation here on the symbology and colors that I did on the individual Keys. I would suggest that you first read this post on Bondage, then go back to the individual Keys, and then come back and read this post once again. This will give you a more lasting impression of what is being expressed here.

Tarot Keys 1-29-06 008 The Deceiver #15Let’s see how these three Keys interact to bring us to the condition of The Deceiver, and why it is also known as the Renewing Intelligence! Key 15 is not contrary to cosmic law. The descent of the Life Power into this plane of Name and Form brings with it the experience of ignorance, fear, bondage and inversion – all symbolized by the Deceiver. They are phases of “Death” which is attributed to the double letter Beth. St. Paul said, “To be carnally-minded is death,” which is precisely what the Deceiver represents. You may remember, though, from my post on Key 15, that at any time the two characters may remove their chains.

Objective consciousness, the principle represented by the Magician, is in a state of imperfect expression in Key 15. Objective consciousness finds expression in the life of the senses. It is the consciousness that classifies and arranges sense experience. It is the consciousness that reasons in due time, the consciousness that “builds a house” of theory or generalization, from the observation of many particulars. When the observations of particulars is faulty, and generalizations are made from insufficient evidence, the result is invariably some limitation of the powers of mankind.

Tarot Keys 1-29-06 021 Strength #8As soon as these imperfect generalizations are accepted as being true, then the subjective mind receives them without any reservation. The subjective mind is constantly and uncritically amenable to suggestion, and our objective interpretations of experience are the most potent of all suggestions.

The subjective, or subconscious, mind at all times rules the functions of the bodies of mankind. Teth means snake, as it refers to the coiled serpent power. So here we are dealing with sovereignty (she wears a crown of flowers) having to do with intelligent control of that aspect of the Serpent Power, the Kundalini. The subjective mind determines the structure of the finer vehicles, as well as that of the physical body. When the patterns that it works by are wrong, the operation of the law of suggestion as symbolized by Strength produces the condition demonstrated by the Deceiver. Our bondage is due to the fact that the cells of our bodies are filled with errors.

imagesLet me remind you from my post on Key 8 that an effective suggestion is indirect. A suggestion is a hint, which connotes subtlety. Sub-consciousness more readily responds to what is implied than to what is explicitly affirmed, stated, or commanded. This is because subconscious reasoning is deductive. You don’t have to coerce sub-consciousness. You do have to acquire the art of gently intimating what you want done.The responsibility for right direction rests on you! If your deeds give the lie to your words, the suggestion that reaches and affects your inner consciousness is the suggestion of your actions, not that of the statements you have learned from some book or teacher.

And this imperfect observation and inaccurate interpretation is not ours alone. Much of it is accumulated race-memories, or tribal memories. These are the chains that bind us. We attribute to the “flesh” the idea that physical conditions are the determining things in the human experience. You may have very high ideals, and lead a life of chaste austerity, and yet be carnally minded. For the “world,” the “flesh,” and the “devil” are but different names for these appearances of Name and Form where we now find ourselves. To attribute any causal power whatsoever to these appearances is to be carnally minded! So how do we change ourselves?

imagesThe cure for this way of thinking is a better application of the very thing that causes it. It is the application of the “Life” aspect of the phase of consciousness corresponding to the Hebrew letter Beth. Profound observation by the Magician leads to accurate generalizations that become the suggestions that work through the law, symbolized by Strength, to effect our liberation. Here we can draw on race-memory, for it also includes a record of all correct interpretations. When we start on the right course our cells embodying these records of truth will be stimulated to increased activity.

This is where concentration comes in.The Magician symbolizes imagesperfect concentration. His is the power to make his mind “one-pointed.” Nature conceals nothing from the man who has learned how to watch. To assist you in developing concentration I’ve added the “Orange Exercise” to my web site – try it out!

gurudeva_forrest_circleThe wise recommend the reading of sacred books as a preparation for unfolding the latent powers of the Spirit. See my post “Activating Kundalini – Patanjali’s Kriya Yoga” concerning the importance of reading sacred books. These books are part of the memory of nature, and such reading is an exercise of the Objective mind. They contain the generalizations from experience that we all need to learn.

imgresThe sum total of their teaching is the doctrine that the Life-Power is a limitless unity which uses personal centers (you and me) as vehicles for self-expression. From the time that you are able to accept that doctrine, it begins to act as a suggestion to the subjective mind. And it will liberate you from every form of bondage.

Accepting this is not enough though, you must also mentally identify yourself with the Magician. Look at the card often. You will need to practice holding the mental attitude it implies. Throughout every day take the time to remember who and what you really are. I make a point of blessing my food at every meal. Even when I have a snack, I say quietly to my-Self, “Thank You.” Contact the Creator first, thank Him/Her/It (your choice) for the bounty of the Earth placed before you, and ask that it be blessed – use your own words, keep it simple. This is between you and your Creator/Inner Self – no public display necessary. By doing this you are directing your attention inward on a regular basis throughout your day, and creating a practice of acknowledging your inner Self.

imagesAlso, repeat the affirmations on the Pattern of the Trestleboard. See it listed on this web site, plus I’ve added it at the end of this post.  Make a copy of it for your use. The term trestleboard refers to the architect’s table where his designs or blueprints are placed. These affirmations help to dispel the false notion of separateness, and that your life is determined by external conditions and causes.

I call these affirmations my “reset button.” I say them first thing in the morning and when I go to bed at night. The affirmations numbered 1 through 10 relate to the 10 emanations on the Tree of Life.  The first affirmation zero (0) relates to the Unknowable Power which is everywhere behind the Tree. The roots of the tree are at the top so it’s actually pictured upside down! You may recall that”up” in the Tarot means “within.”

The mistake that enslaves us is in getting cause and effect inverted in our consciousness. Causes are never external. Effects are never internal. Nothing that is out side can change your inner life, no matter how much you may seem to be affected by what happens, by what people say and do, by stellar influences, or by anything else in your environment. All these thing modify your vehicles, your physical and etheric bodies. But those bodies are just as much a part of your environment as your home and parks, tables and chairs.

Reverse the suggestion and you reverse its consequences. Watch your mental processes and you will see that your personal expression of the universal, objective mode of consciousness is at all times absolutely the controlling principle. The subjective mind must carry out the instructions created by the objective mind. See yourself as the Magician. Remind yourself that your personality is the instrument of that Limitless Life-Power, which works through you to manifest a particular demonstration of its power to produce beautiful results. Now you may have some understanding as to why The Deceiver is called the Renewing Intelligence.images

Remember, an error is only a half-truth. You don’t have to get rid of your errors. What you have to do is to take the truth that is in them and complete your realization of it. Herein lies the teaching that you are to overcome evil with good!

This is the Truth about the Self

0. All the Power that ever was or will be is here now.

1. I am a center of expression for the Primal Will-to-Good which eternally creates and sustains the Universe.

2. Through me its unfailing Wisdom takes form in thought and word.

3. Filled with Understanding of its perfect law, I am guided moment by moment, along          the path of liberation.

4. From the exhaustless riches of  its Limitless Substance, I draw all things needful, both spiritual and material.

5. I recognize the manifestation of undeviating Justice in all the circumstances of my life.

6. In all things great and small, I see the Beauty of the Divine expression.

7. Living from that Will, supported by its unfailing Wisdom and Understanding, mine is the Victorious Life.

8. I look forward with confidence to the perfect realization of the Eternal Splendor of the Limitless Light.

9. In thought and word and deed I rest my life from day to day upon the sure Foundation of Eternal Being.

10. The Kingdom of Spirit is embodied in my flesh.

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