The path of Samekh
links Tiphareth, the incarnating aspect of the soul, with Yesod,
the great energizer between mind and matter at the personality
level. On this path our creative abilities as such are tested.
Creation takes place 'from above' as a process of differentiation and
the cycles of the Astral Light in Yesod.
From below, the creative process is a process of synthesis or blending together of the yetziratic forms
aiming at Tiphareth's beauty and
harmony. That is why Crowley named the corresponding tarot trump
"Art": The creative process is a method of manifesting
and verifying the spiritual principles of Tiphareth through life.
This creative process
between the one and the many is obviously also a sexual process,
and the challenge of Samekh can be approached very physically
indeed. The various forms of Tantra of India and the taoist systems
taught by e.g. Mantak
Chia all emphasize the
of yesodic life-energy
between the lower and higher parts of the body - a truly alchemical process also stimulated by the Middle Pillar ritual. In sexual alchemy
energy is most often curculated along the spine,
the primary structure supporting
the body. Samekh actually means prop or support, the path supporting
us on our climb towards Tiphareth
from Yesod, the Foundation.
To achieve a lasting
transformation, this energy work includes healing meditations
and astral opposites are reconciled
in order to release the energy from projections. These projections
leading to the apparent seperateness of our personality are "the primary temptation, by which the Creator trieth all
righteous persons", a fundamental source of human evil.
|Meaning of Letter: Prop. Support.
||Type of Letter: Simple Letter: Anger.
||Between Tiphareth and Yesod on the
Middle Pillar, between the Ethical and Astral Triangles. Compare also with
the parallel paths Ayin and Nun.
|"32 Paths of
||"The Twenty-fifth Path is the Intelligence
of Probation, or is Tentative, and is so called because it is
the primary temptation, by which the Creator trieth all righteous
||14. Art/Temperance. The Daugther of the Reconcilers. The Bringer
Forth of Life. The Pregnant Womb. Law of Verification.
|Virtue / Vice: Productive / dualistic.
|The four worlds
|Meanings of Trump
||Dark vivid blue
||"I integrate and blend the diverse elements
of my life to create a balance, unity and harmony in everything
I do. My life is filled with joy and good health".
||"I am Art, artful in the way I live".
||Solar plexus. Nervous disorders. Transmutation.
Vision of peacock.
||Diana, the Huntress, the Moon Goddess. Centaur
(Sagittarius). The Temptation of Christ.
||G Sharp. Bergamot. Hyacinth. Passiflora. Cedar.
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