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17. zain

(the lovers)

The path of Zain links the primordial womb of Binah with the state of personal incarnation in Tiphareth. This path teaches the experience of any pair of twins, that we are all one and individual souls at the same time.

Zain means 'sword': "The Flaming Angel guards the entry into the Garden of Eden with a sword, the sword of Spirit" (Genesis 3:24). The sword sacrifices the individuality of the soul at the gate of Eden, or through Abyss before the Supernal Triangle. In the opposite direction, Spirit divides itself by the sword in order to manifest. Manifestation is dual, essence is singular.

The message of Zain is, that if we look deep within, we are all the same. Therefore we cannot but meet ourselves through others. However, the components that we essentially have in common may still be hidden in our subconscious.

Therefore, the sword of Zain simultaniously catalyzes the cooperation among us and between the conscious and subconscious domain. In the tarot card 'The Lovers', this duality is symbolized by the marriage between a man (sun/conscious) and a woman (moon/unconscious), supported by the heavenly twins.

Meaning of Letter: Sword. Type of Letter: Simple Letter: Smell. Value: 7.
Place Between Binah and Tiphareth (between the Supernal Triangle and the Ethical Triangle), opposite to the path of Heh. Compare also with the creative path of Samekh, the sephirah of the collective, Netzach, and sacrificial sephirah Tiphareth.
"32 Paths of Wisdom" "The Seventeenth Path is the Disposing Intelligence, which provides Faith to the Righteous, and they are clothed with the Holy Spirit by it, and it is called the Foundation of Excellence in the state of higher things."
Tarot Trump 6. The Lovers. The Children of the Voice. The Oracle of the Mighty Gods. The Twins Emerging. Law of Discrimination.
Virtue / Vice: Choosing / unreliable. Astrology: Gemini.
The four worlds Atziluth Briah Yetzirah Assiah
Meanings of Trump Integrating Changeable Balancing Synthesizing
Colours Orange Pale mauve New yellow leather Reddish grey inclined to mauve
Tarot affirmation 1: "I am in harmony and a state of balance wit both the feminine and the masculine parts of myself, and with my consciousness and my unconscious Therefore I find a harmonious balance within myself and with others".
Tarot affirmation 2 "I am the Lovers, a co-creative partner".
Magical symbols Tripod. Egg. Flower.
Body Right front of neck. Veins. De-oxygenated blood. Thrombosis. Clotting. Control of double. Prophecy.
Mythology Eros. Amor. Cupid. Adam and Eve. The Heavenly Twins Pollux and Castor, married by Eros. The Sword Excalibur from the stone. Incubus.
Other symbols D-Natural. Jasmine. Ylang. Marigold. Honeysuckle. Sycamore tree. Magpie.


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