Judgement (The Aeon)

Written by  on February 23, 2016 

Judgement (The Aeon) – Reactive/Mental
Astrology: Venus
Venus in Virgo (fall)
Time: 23 August – 22 September (Virgo)
Numerology: 8

Venus is the Goddess of Love. In Astrology, Venus has rulership over Libra. Venus represents two main areas of our life: love and money.
“Love and money” is actually a simplistic interpretation of Venus.
Venus rules our sentiments, what we value, and the pleasure we take in life. Grace, charm, and beauty are all ruled by Venus. Through Venus, we learn about our tastes, pleasures, artistic inclinations, and what makes us happy.
We look to Venus in the natal chart to see how we approach relationships of the heart, as well as what gives us pleasure. Do we enjoy the give and take of relationships (Venus in Libra), the security our relationships give us (Venus in Cancer), or the thrill of the conquest (Venus in Aries)? Its placement in the houses of the natal chart reveal which areas of life we seek to balance, refine, and derive pleasure from. Do we take particular pleasure in our day-to-day work and routines (Venus in the 6th house), in study and travel (Venus in the 9th house), or in taking care of our house and home (Venus in the 4th house)?
We also turn to Venus to show how we spend our money, the types of gifts we buy, and how much we spend on leisure activities (not to mention the kinds of leisure activities we seek out).
Venus rules attachments to others. It rules attractiveness–both the ability to attract and attraction to others (and things). Venus energy is harmonious, and this is why people with Venus prominent in their charts are often peace-makers. In Venus, we find a need to be appreciated and to appreciate. Venus rules, amongst other things, the arts, love and romance, beauty and the beautifying process, money, entertainment, leisure, sensuality, and comfort.
Venus is never more than 45 degrees away from the Sun. Venus rules Libra and Taurus, is in detriment in the opposite signs of those it rules (Aries and Scorpio), is exalted in Pisces, and in its fall in Virgo.
When we are “acting out” our Venus, we compromise, make peace, are loving, and act with taste. On the negative side, we can be self-indulgent, self-centered, vain, and superficial. (Source: cafeastrology.com)

Astrology: Venus in Virgo (fall).
If you have Venus in Virgo, you are quietly devoted and faithful to your loved ones, and often become a kind of servant to your love partner. You are more comfortable showing love for someone by doing something for them, making something for them, or simply being there for them rather than telling them so in a romantic sort of way. You are somewhat timid about expressing too much sentiment or emotion. You may lack confidence in your own attractiveness and ability to draw love to yourself. This could create doubt of your own worthiness to receive love and appreciation. There is a strong tendency to be very critical of the partner and too expect perfection. Marriage may be delayed due to the desire to find that perfect partner, which does not exist. You desire everything to be clean and orderly around you. A tendency to criticize and nag can be overcome be learning how to serve others in a simple way. You are able to be kind, tender, and sympathetic, thus you may excel at nursing.
Venus in Virgo can suffer through a long, lonely time without a partner simply because they find too many flaws with each prospect. Some Virgos are seriously waiting for a perfect person. On the other extreme, they are always at risk of being taken advantage of because they never stop serving and helping others. They can end up in relationships with drug addicts, alcoholics, or people in trouble with the law because the Virgo lover tries to “save them.”
Virgo is a mutable sign, and it’s difficult to pin them down. They don’t begin relationships with just anybody. If a Venus in Virgo loves you, either you have perfect qualities that they admire, or you are so screwed up that it has become their mission to fix you. (Source: astrolibrary.org)

The number 8 – Venus, Reactive/Mental (Air)
Positive traits:
– Diplomatic, graceful, peaceful, love all that is beautiful, good managing skills, idealistic, devotion, affectionate, realization, fulfillment, investments, protective.
Negative traits:
– Unbalanced, obsessive, superficial, indecisive, unreliable, fixations, negligent, self-pity.

Crowley: The Aeon XX (Shin – 20, Fire). In this card it has been necessary to depart completely from the tradition of the cards, in order to carry on that tradition.
The old card was called The Angel: or, The Last Judgment. It represented an Angel or Messenger blowing a trumpet, attached to which was a flag, bearing the symbol of the Aeon of Osiris. Below him the graves were opening, the dead rising up. There were three of them. The central one had his hands raised with right angles at the elbows and shoulders, so as to form the letter Shin, which refers to Fire. The card therefore represented the destruction of the world by Fire. This was accomplished in the year of the vulgar era 1904, when the fiery god Horus took the place of the airy god Osiris in the East as Hierophant (see Atu V). At the beginning, then, of this new Aeon, it is fit to exhibit the message of that angel who brought the news of the new Aeon to earth. The new card is thus of necessity an adaptation of the Ste’le’ of Revealing. Around the top of the card is the body of Nuith, the star-goddess, who is the category of unlimited possibility; her mate is Hadit, the ubiquitous point-ofview, the only philosophically tenable conception of Reality. He is represented by a globe of fire, representing eternal energy; winged, to show his power of Going. As a result of the mar riage of these two, the child Horus is born. He is, however, known under his special name, Heru-ra-ha. A double god; his extraverted form is Ra-hoor-khuit; and his passive or introverted form Hoor-pa kraat. (See above, the Formula of Tetragrammaton). He is also solar in character, and is therefore shown coming forth in golden light.
The whole of this symbolism is thoroughly explained in the Book of the Law.
It should, by the way, be noted that the name Heru is identical with Hru, who is the great Angel set over the Tarot. This new Tarot may therefore be regarded as a series of illustrations to the Book of the Law; the doctrine of that Book is everywhere implicit.
At the bottom of the card we see the letter Shin itself in a form suggestive of a flower; the three Yods are occupied by three human figures arising to partake in the Essence of the new Aeon. Behind this letter is a symbolic representation of the Sign of Libra; this is the forth-shadowing of the Aeon which is to follow this present one, presumably in about 2,000 years-“the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place”. The present Aeon is too young to give a more definite representation of this future event. But in this connection attention must be drawn to the figure of Ra-hoor-khuit: “I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the wand of the Force of Coph Nia; but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; & nought remains. There are many other details with regard to the Lord of the Aeon which should be studied in the Book of the Law.
It is also important to study very thoroughly, and meditate upon, this Book, in order to appreciate the spiritual, moral, and material events which have marked the catastrophic transition from the Aeon of Osiris. The time for the birth of an Aeon seems to be indicated by great concentration of political power with the accompanying im provements in the means of travel and communication, with a general advance in philosophy and science, with a general need of consolidation in religious thought. It is very instructive to compare the events of the five hundred years preceding and following the crisis of approximately 2,000 years ago, with those of similar periods centred in 1904 of the old era. It is a thought far from comforting to the present generation, that 500 years of Dark Ages are likely to be upon us. But, if the analogy holds, that is the case. Fortunately, to-day we have brighter torches and more torchbearers.

Waite: The Last Judgment XX (20). I have said that this symbol is essentially invariable in all Tarot sets, or at least the variations do not alter its character. The great angel is here encompassed by clouds, but he blows his bannered trumpet, and the cross as usual is displayed on the banner. The dead are rising from their tombs – a woman on the right, a man on the left hand, and between them their child, whose back is turned. But in this card there are more than three who are restored, and it has been thought worth while to make this variation as illustrating the insufficiency of current explanations. It should be noted that all the figures are as one in the wonder, adoration and ecstacy expressed by their attitudes. It is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation in answer to the summons of the Supernal – which summons is heard and answered from within.
Herein is the intimation of a significance which cannot well be carried further in the present place. What is that within us which does sound a trumpet and all that is lower in our nature rises in response – almost in a moment, almost in the twinkling of an eye? Let the card continue to depict, for those who can see no further, the Last judgment and the resurrection in the natural body; but let those who have inward eyes look and discover therewith. They will understand that it has been called truly in the past a card of eternal life, and for this reason it may be compared with that which passes under the name of Temperance.

Eliphas Lévi: XX (20) The Last Judgement – Le Jugement.

These are the Privileges and the Powers of a Magus; and first are recited the Seven Grand Privileges:

Aleph. 1. He sees God and is able to commune with the Seven Genii around the throne.
Beth. 2. He is above the influence of all pains and fears.
Ghimel. 3. He has authority over High Spiritual Powers, and can command Infernal forces.
Daleth. 4. He is the master over his own life, and can influence the lives of other men.
Heh. 5. He can never be taken unawares, nor weakened, nor overcome.
Vau. 6. He understands the reasons for the Present, the Past, and the Future.
Zain. 7. He holds the secret of what is meant by the Resurrection from the dead.

The Seven Major Powers are:

Cheth. 1. The power of making the Philosopher’s Stone.
Teth. 2. The possession of the Universal Medicine.
Yod. 3. The knowledge of the mode of Perpetual Motion, and of the Quadrature of the Circle.
Kaph. 4. The power of changing any base matter into gold.
Lamed. 5. The ability to coerce wild beasts, and to charm serpents.
Mem. 6. To possess the Notorial Art and to have universal knowledge.
Nun. 7. The power of discoursing with knowledge and learning upon any subject, even without previous study.

The Seven Minor Powers are:

Samech. 1. To know in a moment the hidden thoughts of any man or woman.
Ayin. 2. To compel any one to act with sincerity.
Peh. 3. To foresee any future events which do not depend upon the will of a superior being.
Tzaddi. 4. To give instantly wise counsel and acceptable consolation.
Qoph. 5. To be always calm and content in the most grievous adversity.
Resh. 6. Never to feel love or hatred unless it is designed.
Shin. 7. To possess the secret of constant wealth, and never to fall into destitution or misery.

These Privileges are the final degree of Human Perfectibility; these are open to attainment by the elect, by those who can dare, by those who would never abuse them, and who know when to be silent.
Tau. In conclusion, Magi can control the elemental forces, calm tempests, heal the sick, and raise the dead.
But these things are sealed with the triple Seal of Solomon: initiates know of them, this is sufficient; as to other persons, whether they deride you, or whether they are overcome with fear at your audacity, what matters it to you?

The Last Judgment - The Aeon (Tarot)

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