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This degree is according to one system, between KETHER and TIPHARETH.
ARCANE II.(B=2.) THE GATE OF THE SANCTUARY
Here we have Occult Science represented by a stately woman seated between two columns of a temple, these columns representing Good and Evil; the figure is crowned with a crescent and her face is veiled, as a sign that Truth is not visible to the profane; she has upon her breast the Solar Cross, emblematic of universal generation, and, in her lap, a papyrus half covered by her cloak, indicating that the mysteries of the sacred science are unveiled only to the Initiated. the tiara upon her head is the emblem of the power of intelligence lighted up by wisdom represented by the crescent; the figure is seated, because science united to wisdom and will-power is immovable.
This Arcane, II., tells us that if man possesses a strong will he cannot fail to see the true light and to obey it properly. It is essential, however, that he should keep silent as to his opinions and projects, as it has been said that "the world belongs to the silent ones."
LATONA FILE - HERE INSERTED:
Peter Levi says 'EILEITHUIA is a birth goddess."
In Graves, 15.1, the Birth of Eros, suggests that EILEITHYIA, Goddess of Childbirth is:
"...she who comes to the aid of women in childbed..." and was another title of Artemis and the Mother of EROS.
This Artemis is, of course, the Great Diana of the Ephesians, (EPHESOS).[ Pausanias, p.176 links her to the Kouretai.]
Jane Harrison, says Eileithyia is the same as TYCHE, and TYCHE is FORTUNA. [Harrison, in `Themis', p.284.]
So: EILEITHYA = ARTEMIS = DIANA = MOON = VEILED ISIS.
Leto Latona Queen Lat
[Graves, 21 and 77 passim. And : 14.2; 62.2; 88.3) LAT = Triple Moon Goddess ISIS.]
LAT = Triple Moon Goddess ISIS.
If LAT/LATONA is The Triple Moon Goddess ISIS, or LETO - then she must also be the Mother of Min. Her City in ancient Egypt was called after her: LETOPOLIS.
The Tree of MIN is the Palm Tree.
Ariadne of the Vine Cult,
Figurines of dolls were hung from trees at Thebes (link perhaps to Rhodes?)
Tree Goddesses of Crete.
Moon Goddesses in general. Hecate, Hecuba &c.
A Hanged Artemis, story & history elaborated in Pausanias, Book 8, pp. 425 -426.
See: Virgo in Secret Doctrine. [Note the position of Isis on the Bembine Tablet.]
JUNO SUSPENDED on Memory Theatre and Corregio in Parma.
ANIMA - s - the root of ANIMA-L (Animal) as in:
The Moon beneath her feet: (Veiled Isis) "...describing full control over natures downward pull to animality and materialism." - Micheline Stuart in 'Maitreya". MATTER, MATER, etc - the downward flowing YIN - K'an. May have associations there.
Plutarch, in his De Iside et Osiride says:
"Indeed the seat of Athena (that is Isis, as they think) at SAIS, used to have the following inscription on it:
" I AM ALL THAT HAS BEEN AND IS AND SHALL BE,
AND NO MORTAL HAS EVER RE-VEALED MY ROBE."
See Song of Songs: 5:7.
"The keepers of the veil walls, took away my veil from me."
Rachel Hasson a Kabalist, says of the number 2, that it is a feminine number, relating, spreading, horizontal, the Vault of Heaven, 2, = aspirations.
We could speculate that Arcanum 1 and 2 are ABSOLUTELY ANDROGYNOUS - in the First aspect of Arcanum 1, seed from the Male side, and in the second from the Veiled Female facet. This duality, or differentiation, is only recognizable from the Veils. Undressing, or the state of BEING Undressed, or Being, undressed, is shown in the nudity of Kuntuzangpo in Union with Kuntuzangmo. Once we are naked, sexual polarity is obvious. [Further notes in Polarity File.]
But in the inner sense, nakedness is spacious and of the Nature of Sunyata; no - `thing' -ness.
Veils deceive. The Curtain of the Temple is torn in two
I keep on returning to the idea of the Veil - The Curtain. The Veil that covers the Mysteries. To remove the Veil - and to part, or, more dramatically, rend the Curtain - is to un-Veil. There are TWO archetypes that manifest this dynamic - and both are Goddess figures - Veiled Isis - and Isis Unveiled. And they follow each other in sequence - form the Goddess that is Veiled to the Unveiled Goddess.
Now - what is the actual Nature of the Veil? Some alchemical philosophers suggest that the Veil is Nature - Nature delighting in Nature. Certain secret processes in Nature take place behind a Veil - germination, gestation, conception.
"THERIOMORPHIC" - having the shape of an anima;. Animals, birds, pigs, fishes, the IBIS as a Bird of Thoth/Mercury etc. are all of value in The Dream Map.
ISIS IN ARCANUM 14
175a. ANON. Invocatio Isidis (Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1380) 107
In Samothrace [ thou art called] bull-faced.
VIRGO = GARDEN = ROSE -
The HORTUS CONCLUSUS (Enclosed Garden) is an image for the Virgin Mary in Medieval hymns, ROSA MYSTICA = one of her attributes in the Litany of Loreto.
A Closed Garden is a Veiled Garden. See also the Enclosed, Walled Garden in Maier Atalanta, Emblems.
"...the feminine nature of the temenos, just as hortus conclusus (enclosed garden) is often used as an image for the Virgin Mary in medieval hymns, and rosa mystica is one of her attributes in the Litany of Loretto (cf. fig.26)."
[Jung, C.G. Psychology and Alchemy, p. 186, Dream 36.]
The entire edifice of the Sacred Tarot also rests on an ancient agricultural calendar.
This applies to the archetypal Tarot and not systems which have deviated from the natural order of things.
The Foundations of the Tarot, are in Nature.
The astrological calendars of the Middle Ages
For those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere, and especially in Italy, when Virgo - "…picturing the harvest-decanate of the harvest sign, through which the Sun passes each year from August 23 to September 2…" as C.C.Zain writes in his "Spiritual Astrology" – is the time of the year that the grapes are harvested.
Isis Unveiled has grapes embroidered on her mantle
Virgo, is the polar opposite of the Constellation of Pisces, where, in the Egyptian Tarot, we also see grapes.
But this is the Pruning side of the polarity. Harvesting and Pruning are performed in different seasons.
"The chief star in the constellation is mentioned in Job 38:32,…"
"Bootes, the keeper of the vineyard, it is when the Sun enters Virgo that the harvest ripens and the water drawn from the earth into the grapes swelling on the vine is converted into juice which is suitable for wine."
"…the turning of water into wine…"
Erich Neumaan, The Great Mother.
There is very little that can be added to these two Great Arcana.
They are Cosmic Archetypes in the true sense, Goddesses, and should not be merely reduced to the clinical setting.
One subscriber to this list, in response to Newsletter No. 2 Notes on Arcanum 8 – informs me that Virgo is the alchemical process of separatio?
How can this be?
From one point, we accept, as common courtesy that Arcanum 2 and 3 represent two archetypes of the Great Goddess.
Secondly, according to the transmission of the Egyptian Tarot, we can call these two Arcana, Veiled Isis and Isis Unveiled.
Therefore, any mythological material on the Great Goddess Isis, is of value to these two Arcana. Plus of course, the other archetypal Goddesses that relate to her action patterns.
Isis, in the Myth of Isis and Osiris, as transmitted by Plutarch – (De Iside et Osiride, I have always used the Loeb Classics Edition) , goes out to gather the scattered parts of the Body of Osiris.
She gathers together the Parts, she ....
But, it it true that certain of the aspects of the Great Mother are connected to separatio, for example the Hindu goddesses Kali and Chinnmasta, and the Tibetan Deity Vajravahari – and others. But these are almost always shown in Fire, and in the colour Red.
Thus they are within the energy field of Mars - also confirmed by the blood symbolism that accompanies these forms.
We are thus in the territory, so to speak, of Arcanum 13 – The Reaper.
Here all the keys are present, the Fire, the Blood, the Redness, the Bone - that speaks of a great codification to do with Transformation, the Key Word of Arcanum 13.
But these textures cannot be related to Arcaum 2 – Virgo –Veiled Isis – which is cool, pregnant, heavy with moist fruit, Mercurial, and Veiled.
It must be noted that Arcanum 3 – Isis Unveiled – is the polar opposite of Arcanum 13 – The Reaper.
Thus these Four Arcana – set up a very deep cluster, on which the Mysteries are based.
Arcanum 13 – has always been associated with the Harvesting of Corn, Grain, Wheat and other such cereals – that go into the production of bread.
Arcanum 12 – represents the Wine of the Sacrifice of the Self –
Arcanum 13 – the Bread of the Transformation…
Neither of these concepts are specifically Christian, as they pre-dated Christianity. That is to say, the Wine-Vine Mysteries of Dionysus and the Cereal Mysteries of Demeter – pre-date Christianity.
There is also a Cereal Festival in ancient Egypt that links very strongly to Arcanum 13.
But more on that another time.
in one sense, Virgo represents the Lake of Estrogen,
estrogen - estrogenic - testosterone
estrogen, as has been demonstrated in certain scientific studies, always encourages connectedness. Women were the social glue of the community. Men the explorers and journeymen to outer regions. The women of the Sahara desert control the positioning of the tents. They thus can re-define social space. The tent and the canopy and the Veil, are very evident in Virgo-Veiled Isis – as this Arcanum stands for the Hebrew Letter Beth - likewise in Egypt we find the Goddess linked to the concept of House, Home, Seat, Throne - or even MAAT -
How can there be any SEPARATIO in the House of the WOMB, unless in the sense of a universal aborter? Those aspects, as mentioned elsewhere, belong to the Devouring Mother, by necessity association. Isis gathers the Parts of Isis together
How can she be a separator when that action falls to the patterns of Set-Typhon/Saturn – who "dis-members" Osiris? Is it the estrogen that "re-members" and the testoreone that "forgets".?
Virgo, Yates, Bruno, p. 70.
ARETHUSA -.Vol. 2 . Pausanias has references to SYRACUSE.
A.E. WAITE: ARCANUM 2
Star Lore of the Constellations: Virgo
The Stories of the Constellations - Virgo
valuable discussion of the veil symbolism appears in Margaret Hannay’s
“Orual: The Search for Justice,” Mythlore, 2 (Winter 1971),
in the Visual Arts: Islamic focus, taught by Deborah Hutton, spring semester,
2002 at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.