XX – The Aeon / Judgement / Das Aeon Tarot
transformation and conversion
symbol: hope, new possibilities, renovation, evolution
path of shin: hod – malkuth
archetype: the phoenix, the dual child (Horus and his twinbrother), the messiah
The great spider which herds the egg is a symbol for different things. Whenever the next cycle or era begins it seems like the beginning of something entirely new and exciting. It is often forgotten that every new step we take is just one in the sum of steps on the path. So the imminence of the spider symbolizes the shadow of „the old and powerful“ one can never shake off by pretending to be someone entirely new. Responsibility for the steps we have taken can never be erased.
Our Aeon kind of has this problem. The cultural concept of the „old or past enemy“ holds our whole society captive (like a spider) and clouds the real problems with veils of rays.
On a different scale I believe in the beginning of a new aeon. The Age of aquarius, the MA-ION, the aeon of Horus/Seth, the aeo of Ma-at, the silent aeon or whatever you call the shifting of the clockwork. It has begun, but it is not so great and new like it seems on first sight. The Kali-yuga is still present (and will be for a long time), even if within this great aeon some new malkuth cycle has started.
The Age of aquarius is the smallest gear-wheel in a much bigger clockwork. To look into the higher cycles can help understand one’s own circles with a new perspective.
In a gnostic light the border of the egg represents the limitation of the archonts and their numbers. Every known hierarchy has it’s borders which one can pass over – just to find oneself within the next lowest point of a bigger net (kether = malkuth in a higher octave).
Every new beginning is like a cross-way with a positive/negative possibility. The small egg symbolizes the Horus/Seth aspect of descisions which one must determine when entering a new era. Since no one can know the new laws of the path or the environment one got into, the decisions at issue can not be made based on logic or common sense. It is a subliminal choice based on the steps we have taken so far.
Like when starting a new job or project, walking into unknown woods, moving to a foreign country, entering a new relationship et cetera, only gut-feeling can guide us.
At crossroads this undefinable feeling is responsible for far-reaching decisions in our lifes.
I can’t ask him, but I bet Oppenheimer hat a bad gut-feeling when leading us into the atomic age/aeon.
The young woman, welcoming the new era is a symbol for the infantile sensations we expect from new ideas. She also symbolizes the rejuvenating daughter replacing the mother on her throne – an old idea in a new dress.
Since the aeon of radiation has started, there seems to be only one way forward (symbolized by the cross she proudly and victorious stands onto). However to follow the current tide is not the only possibility. For example: The aeon, if pursuing the path of „XII – The Hanged Man“ (upside down) can lead to a grea amplitude of different ideas, which (due to the law of equilibrium) are often more powerful and effective than the „common tide“. If these almost impossible turarounds are done by true will, one can change the future of the environment, the morphogene field and even the world to a better outcome.
Now we are back with the small egg which crushes the big one.
Upside-down-decisions as mentioned above carry the possibility of greatness inside. Convulsive changes of direction provide oppurtunities for an unexpected future, beyond the limitations of greater cycles. I sometimes think only these rare moments relieve us from outside controlled structures and are the beginning of something real.
So instead of dressing the past into new pretty masks, the challenge of this card is to find a new beginning beyond logic or imprinted ideas – just out of ones guts.