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The New Golden Dawn Flying Roll #9
THE NEW GOLDEN DAWN
Issued by the
Thelemic Order and
Temple of the Golden Dawn
THE BOOK OF THOTH
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The Book of Thoth, also known as Tarot, is a complete book of
universal symbols which represent the various inner forces
governing the cosmos in man. Although the historical and
traditional theories differ, the Book of Thoth is clearly
influenced by the Holy Science of the Qabalah, and the Qabalah
itself is said to be of Egyptian and Chaldaic origin. Being that
it is a book, and containing infinite Mysteries of Magick, the
appropriate Egyptian God of its Wisdom is Thoth, the Scribe and
Magician of the Gods. Thoth was originally a Lunar God, and Luna
was looked upon as the great source of magical power, but later
Thoth became identified with the Gods Hermes and Mercury which
are Mercurial of course. Thoth-Hermes-Mercury is said to be the
traditional founder of all the Sciences and Arts. In other words,
he represents that Great Self in man which is the divine inner
source of all wisdom and creativity. The Taort is his ageless
book of universal pictures designed to instruct the minds of men
with the Ageless Wisdom of the Gods, of which Thoth-Hermes-
Mercury is the Messenger and Scribe.
In Tarot there are 78 Cards. There are 56 Minor Arcana or Lesser
Secrets which represent the Ten Qabalistic Sephiroth (Universal
Forces) of the Tree of Life operating in each of the Four
Qabalistic Worlds (Cards 1-10) and the individual operation of
the Four Elements in the Four Qabalistic Worlds (Court Cards).
There are also 22 Major Arcana or Greater Secrets which represent
the 22 Paths of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. 78 is the numerical
value of a Hebrew word called MEZLAH, which is the Divine
Influence of the Stars, the Radiant Spirit of the Logos (Thoth-
Hermes-Mercury). By applying Tarot correctly to the essential
development of our psychological and spiritual understanding of
the forces of the Universe, we can indeed receive the Divine
Influence of the Stars, to partake its radiant Wisdom, to nourish
our souls with the Secret Life of Thoth-Hermes-Mercury which is
the Eternal Life of the Immortal Gods.
The Tarot is most commonly used as a means of divination. As the
78 Cards represent the various forces in man and Nature, they can
be used to fortell the future or determine past and present
influences in given situations. Through proper occult
understanding of the various forces that the cards represent,
they can be applied to a situation to understand unknown factors
or to learn future influences. Although it is a fact of supreme
importance that only a true initiate can divine with Tarot, it is
also a fact of common knowledge that many who are not initiates
can use Tarot to foretell events with incredible accuracy. This
is due to the universal nature of Tarot; it can awaken in any
person the various psychic forces of thier subconscious minds. It
does not matter in what land they are, what language they speak,
or what religion they might practice. Tarot can speak to all; it
is a book of universal symbols which are understood by the inner
minds of all, consciously or unconsciously; and it can influence
and awaken in all the inner psychic forces of their psyches.
But to properly divine with Tarot is to exercise divinity; it
should be a sacramental act, a religious experience, a uniting of
the mind with Universal Truths by way of occult symbolism and
numbers. It should awaken creative insight and intuitive
realization, bringing the self to a point of understanding its
present relation with itself and its environment, and how best it
may create its future in accordance with the conditions of its
present. It should not be viewed as a simple means of fortelling
future events; it should be viewed as a sacred means of
exercising divinity, of helping us to evolve in the divine
consciousness of MEZLAH. By the Divine Influence of MEZLAH we are
able to truly divine by way of Tarot, to help another understand
himself and the hidden influences in his life, thus only a true
initiate may do so in the light of the fact that he is one with
MEZLAH, the Spirit of the Highest Unity. To exercise divinity is
to be united with divintiy; to be united with divinity is to be
one with divinity; and this is the work of the initiate.
The Tarot is surely the most occult of all the Hermetic sciences.
Occult implies something concealed behind form or symbol, but the
form or symbol is what represents the concealed. Form or symbol
is used to represent something invisible; and in the case of the
Tarot, its innumerable symbols denote invisible forces which
operate in the soul of man, governing and influencing his every
thought, word and deed. Man is the receptacle of innumerable
cosmic forces and the universal symbols of Tarot represent those
infinite forces. Thus the Atus of Thoth are powerful keys by
which to understand the essence behind form and symbol, to
intuitively realize the inner meaning of it all.
As Archetypal symbols the Atus of Thoth can be used for study and
meditation regarding the various forces in the self and Nature,
to realize in a most cosmic sense the essence of one's True Self
and the meaning of its True Will. They are powerful magical tools
that can be used by the Magician in the performance of his True
Will in various dynamic and effective ways. They can be used in
the initiation of the self into the True and Secret Mysteries of
the Universe. The Tarot is, to all intents and purposes, a book
of Self-Initiation, that is, a method and means of realizing by
oneself the essential wisdom of one's True Self without the
guidance of a visible teacher, but by way of an invisible teacher
who is, in fact, the One Teacher of which every visible teacher
is only a symbol.
As a meditative tool, the Ageless Book of Tarot can be studied
and contemplated so as to gain a greater understanding of each
individual force in the self and Nature, as mentioned above. The
colors, pictures, and symbols of each card are material
reflections of spiritual forces within the psyche of every
individual. By applying oneself to the proper study and
meditation of each card of the Tarot, one can realize in
consciousness the inner meaning behind every phenomena,
perceiving in that realization the cosmic order of all things.
As magical talismans, the Tarot can be used to aid the Magician
by serving as magical links to the powers that he is invoking.
They can be used to represent the force of his invocation, so as
to increase the Astral connection with the influence with which
he is trying to exalt himself. For instance, if the Magician
wanted to invoke the Force of Mercury he could use the Card
called the Magus or Magician (Atu I) as a magical Talisman to
accomplish his Will, for the Magus Atu represents ideas connected
with the Force and Planet of Merucry.
As tools of initiation, the Tarot can be used in the Grand
Operation of the Great Work, to attain the Knowledge and
Conversation of the True Self. The Major Arcana Cards of Tarot
can in fact be used by the Magician as representations of
individual steps to be taken in the spiritual growth of his
consciousness and in the inner initiation of his soul.
Tarot is the Hermetic Book of the Dead. The Taort was designed to
be a book of universal symbols which could be understood by the
inner minds of all, for the essential development of their souls.
With this Book of the Dead, and with Thoth-Hermes-Mercury as
your guide, you can travel through the various subtle planes of
the Inner Self, to attain its sweet and sublime immortality. The
Atus of Thoth are Keys to the Ageless Wisdom by which we may
partake of the Eternal Life of the Gods, to become divine beings
capable of exercising divinity for the accomplishment of the
Great Work. Here ends this New Golden Dawn Flying Roll. May the
Divine Influence of Mezlah descend upon you all.
Love is the law, love under will.
Fra.'. Aureae Aurora
and Fra.'. Vitriol
In the Victorious City
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