“One must sacrifice one’s self for others without awaiting anything but ingratitude as a reward. Forgiveness must remain our most precious gift, as it causes us to resemble more closely our Divine Prototype.”
This entity of this card represents the Great Work. The Alchemist needs an Athanor to continue the Great Work. Many who awaken can feel the presence of opposite Gender. This is the Athanor. Those who have not reached this stage can connect to the Masculine or Feminine through Gaia or Tengri. They assist in Magic.
This is not just a one to one connection. One also connects to the Creator. One joins as a conduit from Source that will feel Male or Female. It is part of self-realization. The Great Work will require the Philosophers Stone. One uses it to transmute the lead of our Personality into the gold of Spirit. The universal solvent.
The Ten Sephiroth are the stems of Creation. These stems have twelve branches. The Seven Chakras and the Five Senses. Known as the Twelve Faculties. There are the Four Bodies of Sin. The Physical, Etheric, Astral and Mental. All are under the control of the “I”. This is not a Divine Being, nor what Human is, but a collection of Phantoms.
This existence is an accumulation of labels. One has not incarnated their Immortal Soul but rather, denied it. One is a machine until awakening out of the Dream. One must not identify the True Identity with any desires, pleasures, emotions, etc. One must not abandon their duties, but to remember that most are in Dreaming.
The Great Work is symbolised by the Cross and the Triangle. It is shown as a man hanging from one foot. The hands are tied so the body forms a triangle while his legs form a cross. The Cross-Man must link with the Triangle-Athanor. Above the Man on the Cross is the symbol of the Cross in Circle. The symbol of the Divine Prototype.
Sacrifice is a conscious choice of any being. One who is sacrificed by ritual or murder, is martyred. To obey orders is nothing except conformity. When one chooses to give life to any illusion such as authority, their death is no longer a sacrifice or a murder. It has no meaning at all. It is just the meaningless death of a slave.
Symbology on the Card: The man hangs upside down between two pillars. One is black and the other white. Evil and Good. From his hands drop gold pieces or pentacles. His legs form a Cross and his arms form a Triangle. He has been put there by the evil ones. His dropped coins show that his life has not been in vain but his ideas will survive and return.
The symbol above the man is the Sun Cross. The Sun is the highest power of the Material Realm as it gives life to man. The Cross is the symbol of the Masculine. The Triangle pointing down is the symbol of the Feminine. The symbol below is that of sacrifice. One has triumphed over the “I”, and has gained Immortality.