Judgement (The Aeon) – Reactive/Mental
Venus in Capricorn (fall)
Time: 23 August – 22 September (Virgo)
Venus in Capricorn. Although, my interpretation of Venus differs fundamentally from the traditional perception.
Venus, an airy, intellectual planet, in an earthy, practical, self-focused sign, in position of Fall – square, 90°.
The card signifies materialization of an idea, the practical demonstration of a theory, respectively to apply in practice theoretical knowledge.
It may signify a big step forward, a breakthrough, an abstract theory or an idea suddenly ‘comes alive’, respectively something or someone ‘coming into being’.
It’s a sudden, unexpected change, kind of a revelation which hits you like a lightning strike. It’s a ‘shock’ as Gurdjieff would call it and it takes you to the next level – elevates you.
It’s quite a big change, may feel like a ‘rebirth’. It will reveal a different ‘I’, a brand new you.
From alchemical perspective, it’s the transformation of the state of the matter from gas to solid, and it’s called ‘deposition’. Deposition is a thermodynamic process, a phase transition in which gas transforms into solid without passing through the liquid phase. One example of deposition is the process by which, in sub-freezing air, water vapor changes directly to ice without first becoming a liquid. This is how the snow forms in the clouds.
The ‘gas’ represents our thought, ‘liquid’ represents our emotions and ‘solid’ represents the practical aspects, the facts. This is a process of transformation without involving emotions. A thought, an idea just simply and instantly materialize, becomes ‘real’, respectively something which was blurry, uncertain, becomes sharp and clear.
Speaking in practical terms, the card means revelation, recognizing and grabbing an opportunity, elevation to another level.
Reversed the card might represent guilt, we took something which doesn’t belong to us or we achieve it immorally, illegally; we do not deserve a dignity, a higher position.
The number 8 – Venus, Reactive/Mental (Air)
– Diplomatic, graceful, peaceful, love all that is beautiful, good managing skills, idealistic, devotion, affectionate, realization, fulfillment, investments, protective.
– 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 improvements 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?