15 the Devil

15 the Devil (letter Ayin 70, eye=one eye, also nothing void, origin of letter Phoenician O, nr 70 full manifestation of 7, Venus). Path 26 from Tiferet (Sun) to Hod (Mercury), last path of the dark night of the soul (battle soul -ego), test of the intellect. Capricorn with exaltation of Mars and Saturn at his dark side, overcoming restriction and taboo, motto of Satan 'born to be free', refusal to serve, outcast and damned. The Sumerian equivalent for Ea was Enki, high god of the sweet waters and the intellect, of wisdom and medicine and the keeper of all secret and magical knowledge of life and immortality.

Seen as a goat-fish in general, Enki entered the land in human appearance which showed him as a man with rivers flowing down from him.

Element earth, rejoicing in material pleasures, triumph of matter over spirit. The sun at midnight, most vulnerable to darkness, to Apophis and Chaos. child sacrifice to Baal. Lucifer/Prometheus chained to the rock. Adam and Eve chained to their lower desires, to physical matter, wearing horns, being horny. They are willfully enslaved because the chains around their head are easy to take off. cult of Dionysus, the goat Pan, the All-begetter. Baphomet of Eliphas Lévi, horns of the womb."the devil's best trick was to convince us he doesn't exist", like the concept of God, the devil is an illusion. The path is a touch point with Tiferet (christ), man gets lost in his concept of God and Christ, idea's become chains. People not aware of their chains, their strings being pulled by a puppet master.

Horus-Set dual relation, tempts us as redeemer, to make us stronger. In Jungian terms, he is The Shadow: all the repressed, unmentionable desires that lurk beneath. The devil holds a torch down, makes the sign of shin, fire energy (legend of Vulcan/Hephaestus, sexual fire in yesod 9). The alchemist must steal the fire from the devil, burn his fingers on the stove to learn the difference between right and wrong, retemper his flaming sword and conquer the heart of Venus. Lucifer is allowed by God to tempt man. In Dante's Divine Comedy Lucifer is trapped in 9th circle in lake of ice, crying because he suffers. The initiate ascends through Christ-Lucifer. 1+5=6 the lovers, indecision that leads to the choice of conscious love, will to choose Christ, not Lucifer, the virgin not the whore. saying no, enough is enough. Phosphor, the devil's element nr 15.

Toth deck: Pan, the mountain goat/god leaping with lust. Goats that are found at barren, high places like the Brocken, the highest mountain of north Germany, used for Walpurgis night (1142m, nr connected to the rainbow), representing the slippery narrow path of Daath. Jungles (heart of the earth). Set, the ass-headed god of the Egyptian deserts.

Pure will, without care of result, reason, customs. Horns spiral energy. The shape of a phallus, piercing heaven, penetrating the body of Nuit. Extacy in all phenomena, no matter how repugnant. Wand of the Chief-adept with twin serpents. Ayin: eye, to see, to watch, to know, shade, color, wellspring, fountain, to understand,..

Example: Jabba the Hut in Star Wars.

jabba the hut

Alex in A Clockwork Orange.


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16 the Tower