Great Arcana – Tarot Interpretations
0 – The Fool I I – The Magus I II – The Priestess I III – The Empress I IV – The Emperor I V – The Hierophant I VI – The Lovers I VII – The Conqueror I VIII – The Witness I IX – The Hermit I X – The Wheel of Fortune I XI – Passion I XII – The Hanged Man I XIII – Death I XIV – Art I XV – The Devil I XVI – The Tower I XVII – The Star I XVIII – The Moon I IXX – The Sun I XX – The Aeon I XXI – The Universe
XX – The Aeon / Judgement
„transformation and conversion“
Symbol: Hope, new possibilities, renovation, evolution, judgement
Path of Shin: Hod – Malkuth
Archetype: The phoenix, the dual child (Horus and his twin brother), 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“ 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 aeon 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.
This 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 archons and their numbers. Every known hierarchy has its 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 decisions 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 etcetera, only gut-feeling can guide us.
At crossroads this undefinable feeling is responsible for far-reaching decisions in our lifes.
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.
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 opportunities 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 one’s guts.
Also “The Age of Aquarius” and the term of “radiation” are symbolically connected though the symbol of the double wave and the correlating element of air which is both a fluid and an invisible force. Also symbolically related are all kind of wireless waves like for example the lately established 5G net. Since this aeon of radiation has started on different levels, there seems to be only one way forward (symbolized by the cross the girl 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 great 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 turnarounds are done by true will, one can change the future of the environment, the morphogene field and even the world to a better outcome.
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