“Remember , child of Earth, that to be victorious and to overcome your obstacles is only part of the human task. In order to accomplish it fully you must establish a balance between the forces you set in motion. Every action produces a reaction , and the Will must foresee the impact of contrary forces in time to temper and check it! All futures hang in the balance between good and evil. The mind that cannot achieve balance resembles a sun in eclipse.”
We are still contemplating the card titled Justice . As you can see I’ve added a portion of the Paul Christian History of Magic document. supposedly from ancient Egyptian times of initiation, though probably not, it does explain some of the Key components of Egyptian initiation and should be interesting to look at when we make our examinations of the 8th Key to the Major Arcana.
Christian says ” to be victorious and to overcome your obstacles is only part of the human task. In order to accomplish it fully you must establish a balance between the forces you set in motion”
Balance between the forces you set in motion. This statement is really giving us a peek into the realm of a new kind of choice. Justice to be truly just must take account of all the options available, otherwise it is not deemed fair. It is the same with “the actions we set in motion”. Its because we have a CHOICE, this means that we must be free enough to set forces into play, we must have the ability to do and to not do. This is really the basis of moral choice . Do or DO NOT!
The idea that we are given Justice by being able to choose is not exclusive to the Tarot card Justice. It is relevant in an earlier idea popularized by a few revolutionary figures in history. The first was Plato who said that the world was composed of two dynamic energia , this energy circulated either to the right, or the left. This was further postulated in the Hebrew transliteration when in Genesis the bible says “they were made in the image…” this word for image was ‘Yetzer’, the actual word was spelled ‘yyetzer’ with two y’s. Why was the word “yetzer” intentionally spelled this way? it was to mainly show the double nature of the psyche or mind, that even though we emanated from ONE source, we have TWO psychological natures, and out of that nature (mentally) we become in affinity to either the positive or upward path or negative, downward and de generative path.
This was later even spoken by the tradition of Jacob Boehme and DA Freher. In Boehme he makes reference over and over to us having “both inclinations in us”. This is his version of the “shrek” or the breaking of light and darkness. Its when the light crashes into the dark that the light penetrates the darkness, but when the darkness combats the light then we are stuck in a position of opposition, either way a choice to darken or lighten is available and Boehme makes many , many references to this particular idea. In Freher , on paradoxical emblems ( my version is a limited copy from Adam Mclean ) he states that both duality and unity are available for us to make a choice in a picture of that series of emblems.
These references along with the pseudo history of Paul Christian state that all action needs to take into these two polarities to be exact and harmonious. Otherwise we are in conflict and one will win over the other.
The problem to this kind of thinking is , implicit in the statement light and dark, and the harmony that must be struck, we have a implied meaning that if we can’t choose, its automatically darkness. This doesn’t take the scales into play. Its EITHER dark or light, is the additude . This is a reverse negation of balance, and its the main crux of Psychology. Creating a polarization with one view, disintegrates the persona to a point of ineffectiveness and reduces the libnial energy which is required for initiatic work.
What the above means to say is what Christian does say ” All futures hang in the balance between good and evil. The mind that cannot achieve balance resembles a sun in eclipse.”
For a sun to have its relevancy it must postulate that which is non-sun. This is subtle but its like saying Epistemologically that everything that is apple has value but also everything is apple. Its essentially saying there is not a way to differentiate so we can’t really identify something as apple. This seed thought will develop when remembering that “nothing can be crystallized without reference to its non crystallized opposite” this is the great conflict of the psyche to resolve the disunity by creating it.