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13. gimel

(the high priestess)

Gimel is the path which is energizing the entire Pillar of Equilibrium. It is the material of consciousness that connects the outpouring energy of Kether with the balancing intuitions of Tiphareth. The imprints into this watery material contain the memory of the entire cosmos. Therefore, Gimel is the gate to the inner all-knowing self, the inner mysteries behind any religion. It is the backbone of the Tree of Life.

Gimel is "that which brings forth the All but retains its virginity (...) in other words, whose creativeness does not involve it in the life of its creation, but which remains apart and behind as the basis of manifestation" (Fortune;148). Virgin Mary is a symbol of this path, the direct channel between spirit and the individual soul, which was a vehicle for the physical incarnation of Christ.

Gimel means 'camel', a self-sufficient animal that travels unfatiguable for days across the desert. On this path, the mystic must cross the Abyss from the pure intuitive light of Tiphareth into the darkness of pure consciousness which eventually leads to union with God in Kether. St. John of the Cross has described this experience in terms of a "Dark Night of The Soul". Only through contact with Gimel's "Essence of Glory" will the mystic succeed.

Meaning of Letter: Camel. Type of Letter: Double Letter:Peace-War. Value: 3
Place Between Kether and Tiphareth, at the top of the Pillar of Equilibrium. Compare also with the Sephirah Yesod.
"32 Paths of Wisdom" "The Thirteenth Path is named the Uniting Intelligence, and it is so called because it is itself the Essence of Glory. It is the Consummation of the Truth of individual spiritual things."
Tarot Trump 2. High Priestess. The Priestess of the Silver Star. The Virgin. Law of Memory.
Virtue / Vice: Contemplative / rigid. Astrology: Moon.
The four worlds Atziluth Briah Yetzirah Assiah
Meanings of Trump Intuitive. Centered. Clear. Pure.
Colours Blue Silver Cold pale blue Silver, rayed sky blue
Tarot affirmation 1: "All knowledge and understanding are within my reach when I look into myself."
Tarot affirmation 2 "I am the Priestess, unerring in my intuition".
Magical symbols Bow. Arrow. Veil. Clairvoyance.
Body Backbone. Spinal cord. Spinal disorders. Sensation disturbance. Dream control.
Mythology Jacob's ladder upon which the angels go up and down. Priestess of the Silver Star, Isis' home at Sothis, the Egyptian holy Star (Sirius). Artemis (the ever virgin maiden of the silver bow. The triple Moon Goddess (virgin/orgiastic nymph/old crone). The Apple of Eve and Snowwhite. The pomegranate of Persephone. Virgin Mary, stella maris (blue and silver). The secret Church (Inner mysteries of any religion). The Uniting Spirit above the four elements of the Pentagram: Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot, Emperor = The Four Rivers of paradise: Pison/fi, Gihon/wa, Hiddikel/ai, Phrath/ea.
Other symbols G Sharp. Sage. Red clover. Buttercup. Mapletree. Camel. Ghost.

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