The Egyptian Tarot of Thelema Atu for Gemini is Shenut VI. The esoteric title of the trump is Children of the Voice: Oracle of the Mighty Gods. The ‘voice’ is the oracle of Understanding and Wisdom. On the Tree of Life, these are Binah and Chokmah, personified as Sophia and Logos.
The 17th path of Gemini is the seventh from Aleph. The letter zain (or zayin) is the sword separating the subtle non-material matrix into twin streams of time and space that pour forth from the Abyss. The 17th path of Gemini expresses the transcendence of reason through the union (or yoga) of love under will. It is the creation of the world and its recreation through the Great Work.
The 17th path of Gemini connects Binah, the sphere of Saturn, with Tiphereth, the sphere of the Sun. The path is called the Intelligence of Sensation or the Disposing Intelligence. It is also called the Foundation of Tiphereth in the plane of the Supernals—since its root is in Binah and its termination in the centre of the Ruach intelligence. The idea of ‘sensation’ derives from agitation, stirring or seething (ha-regash). The sword of intellect is much troubled by the dualistic contradiction inherent in reason, yet it is this turbulent state of affairs that is necessary before any Great Work can begin. The agitation of mind is only calmed when the phantasmal nature of phenomena is understood. In the words of the Oracle ascribed to Zoroaster,
After all the phantoms have vanished, thou shalt see that holy and formless fire, that fire which darts and flashes through the hidden centre of the universe; hear thou the voice of fire.
Gemini and Alchemy
The seeming duality of the 17th path of Gemini is expressed as Sol and Luna in alchemical terms. The instruction concerning the three forms of light, Aub, Aur and Aud, as posited by the Order of the Golden Dawn, requires correction. The Order’s teaching identified the light of Aur with rational consciousness, the ‘light of solar day’. In fact, the sun’s power waxes and wanes through the year in the same way that the moon waxes and wanes over the course of one month. It is the interweaving of the twin serpents, the dual light of Aub that produces phenomena. The ‘fixing of the volatile’ is when the Aur light arises in the shushumna or middle pillar in the subtle anatomy. The fluctuation of the twin serpents, Sol and Luna, is stilled or ‘slain’ by the will to Silence. The Aur light then returns consciousness to its source, symbolised by Aud or Starlight of Nuit.
The magical power of the 17th path of Gemini is the Power of being in two or more places at one time, and of Prophecy.
Adapted from The Flaming Sword Sepher Sephiroth, comment on the 17th path.
The full description of the Egyptian Tarot of Thelema trump for Gemini can be seen here: Shenut VI.
© Oliver St. John 2014, 2022 (revised)
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