Today, let’s really get down to earth. There’s no better way to do this than to spend a little meditation time with Tarot Key 21, The World. This card is associated with the Root chakra, our intimate connection with physical reality.
Aligned with Saturn, the planet of limitation and materialization, Key 21 has plenty of symbols that indicate limits. This is good because, without limitation, energy would be unregulated and never get organized enough to become anything material.
Look at the card. The World Dancer in the center, not unlike Shiva – as Nataraja – dancing to prepare the world for a new existence, is confined within the wreath of actuality. Her legs are in the shape of the number 4, the number of the material world. The dancer has in her hands the two great currents (yin and yang, lunar and solar) that balance to bring fulfillment. She has all the ancient elements at her command as well. These are represented by the symbols of the fixed signs of the zodiac: Taurus (bull), Aquarius (man), Scorpio (eagle), and Leo (lion), which are also the four creatures drawing the chariot of God in the book of Ezekiel.
Her color is blue-violet, the color of the Central Channel of esoteric Buddhism. The Central Channel is the place from which each of us arises. Face it, she has what it takes to make things happen in the world. Meditate on the card to bring yourself a feeling of groundedness and connection to the everyday.
Thank her too, because without her solidifying energies, there wouldn’t be, well, us or anything else.
An involved topic, this one, so I only wish to scratch the surface of one aspect of it. Archangels are mentioned in sacred scripture and are embodiments of primal forces, such as healing, protection, etc. The number of these beings varies by source, but typically there are 7 or, less frequently, 10 of them (one for each sphere of the Tree of Life).
Four archangels have been appropriated by the Western magickal tradition. Their names and name meanings follow:
- Raphael – Healing God.
- Michael – Who is like God?
- Gabriel – Hero of God.
- Uriel – Flame of God.
(The original of this graphic and be found here, BTW)
These four are mentioned by name in the Bible, and are represented in other sacred literature. It’s a rewarding and enjoyable exercise to look up the references and it’s pretty easy to do so on the web. (You didn’t think I was going to do all the work for you, did you?)
In Western magick, they guard the four directions (Raphael – East; Michael – South; Gabriel – West; Uriel – North). Other correspondences have been given to them, including colors and responsibilities. While doing trancework a few days ago, the thought occurred to me that they may also have assignments in the physical realm, such as with bodily systems. Who better to appeal to when there are problems with particular areas of the body than these beings or forces? (Provided that one also does the commonsense things like seeing a qualified practitioner of the healing arts when called for.)
At any rate, here are a few of the correspondences that have come to me. See if you think that they make sense to you. You may need to look up the Biblical references to understand some of them, but it’s worth the work.
- Raphael – Element of Air, realm of Thought, sense of sight, bodily systems of digestion and breathing.
- Michael – Element of Fire, realm of Spirit, sense of speech, bodily systems of cardiovascular, and the blood. “Fire” balance of the body.
- Gabriel – Element of Water, realm of Emotion, sense of hearing, bodily systems of urination and lymph circulation. “Water” balance of the body.
- Uriel – Element of Earth, realm of Physical, sense of smell/taste, bodily systems of the bowels (elimination) and the skin.
That’s just for starters. I’d love to hear what any Magicians out there can add to this. Well, back to the trance I refer to as everyday life.