Excerpts from the Bible:
"Multiply and replenish the Earth." (on the left)
"Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me." (on the right)
"Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." (in the center)
Note: the word 'Waters' refers to 'Emotional Field' that connects everything with everyone.
Holy Spirit means Love.
Second Quarter - The Roots.
The seed-level circulation starts when urges and natural instincts are split into two. In
order to get pass that split and the circulation, a balancing force is needed - a focal point outside that circulation to avoid turning left or right.
In the Major Arcana this balancing force is called Temperance.
Temperance is the force that makes it possible to get from the seed-level to the next -
root-level, where new choices and values may be discovered.
But if there are no choices or values to be found above the seed-level,
then there will be a turning back to the old attractions below - Sex and Food.
This "turning back" will cause a disaster to the natural circulation, as
what was natural before (not chosen or valued), is now chosen and valued
from above - Food and Sex become a pleasure.
What was unknown on the seed-level becomes common on the root level - fighting
and slaughtering for food and sexual pleasures become a part of natural circulation.
Like cancer it starts spreading diseases which start forming cells in the chain - Triangles of Hell. The Ox - the seed-level power is now slaughtered by the Lion.
When this nonfictional disaster is also amplified by fictional, by those who are aware of the powers of sensual imagination, then things will go from bad to worse - when the roots of the Tree of Life are poisoned, the tree may die.
Third Quarter - The Branches.
Yet the seed-level has its own circulation, powered by the Ox, who can still carry the tree.
Not all that originates and evolves from urges and natural instincts, when becomes
old and experienced, will be attracted to what's young and inexperienced, and when becomes strong, will slaughter the weak by consuming from "Above" what belongs to "Below" -
flesh and blood - body and soul.
In time the Ox will learn to protect its dominion.
But If looking for new values continues above the seed-level, with no turning back, then trunk and branches will suddenly emerge. The growth of these branches will be driven by two new attractions above the roots -
Faith and Gold.
Faith gets its powers from the belief that there are higher values to be found above the
roots that grow deep in the dark. The first little branch that is reaching out of the soil is Faith.
Gold is the second branch - reaching out to achieve something more than just pleasure.
It is not easy to find Faith, nor is it easy to find Gold, but if found, and united, the
Strength of Eagle will be gained which gives the power to defeat the Lion.
Yet even after reaching out of the dark to establish new values and to find new choices,
the forces of the hungry wild Lion will still be there, bringing forward two new
attractions - converting everything that has been achieved to pleasure, and to starting
to judge - every single man - though the judgement is based on beliefs rather than knowledge. The Eagle will fall, while justice remains hidden behind the veil of Justice in the third quarter.
A new circulation has been established - fed from below, evolving above.
Yet Above and Below are not so easy to grasp, because what is Below can be Above,
and what is Above can be Below.
If it was an ordinary tree, then there wouldn't be anything else to look for?
But it is not - there are still mysteries to solve...
Fourth Quarter - The Fruits.
There are many of those for whom the powers of the first Three Quarters are the ultimate
truth - what could be more powerful than Faith and Gold, Sex and Food - the powers
of Ox, Lion and Eagle? And what could have higher value than Faith and Gold?
Multiplication (sex) and consumption (food) are at the seed-level the only choice, the only truth, while at the branches-level Faith and Gold may be the right choices, the highest values and the truth.
But there is a time when all that will change - it is when fruits will start forming
Above Gold is Love and Understanding - a force of Lovers so powerful, that
when one falls in love with another, then there will never be anything that could match
the power of their love. Only love can make one to Understand the truth.
Above Faith is Wisdom - a force of the most subtle substance, the closest to the
truth. One who seeks it, will find it, and by getting attached to it, will never feel hunger
When these two forces - Love and Wisdom are united, then Fruits will start forming
themselves, and so will the power of Man.
But the forces that made the Lion and Eagle turn into hungry wild beasts are still there,
waiting to swallow the Child - the New World, as soon as it is born.
Love is feeding Gold which is attracted to pleasures, and Wisdom is feeding Faith
which is still judging every single man who needs Food other than Wisdom.
The Tree is still one circulation, and the Triangle of Hell is part of it, forming the
Tree of Knowing Good and Evil, consuming the powers of Man -
the six vital breaths, from within.
Harvesting - The Tree of Life.
Supposing there were someone who could ride upon the truth of heaven and earth,
who could chariot upon the transformations of the six vital breaths and thereby go
wandering in infinity, what would he have to rely on?
(1, tr. Mair 1994:6) Zhuangzi (3rd-2nd centuries BCE)
When many mysteries of this world are solved, and made known through Wisdom and
Understanding, Faith and Gold, all dragged
into the Triangle of Hell, one last mystery remains to be solved - the secret of the Seed.
The secret is behind the veil of The High Priestess, who holds a book in her hands -
if to swallow this book, and digest it, the veil will be lifted and secrets revealed.
Inside the Fruit is a Seed, and inside the Seed is a Tree - an unknown world behind the
veil. When the Fruit is eaten and the Seed is sown, the unknown becomes known.
If there is no Fruit, then there is nothing to sow.
But when the Seed is mature inside Fruit, then it's a sign that Harvesting is near.
Only a Fool can step over the edge - the Zero - to pick a Flower of Heaven for his
loved one. It's something that the wise man would never do, nor understand. Yet The
Magician, with the staff of power over the Four Quarters on his Right hand, stands
next to him, to save the harvest.
It is only these men who know how to preserve the root from which all creation
springs, and the causes, or antecedents, of all the affairs of life. Therefore they are all
able to pursue their investigations without limit, and to reach that which has no end;
they understand all things thoroughly, without any misconception or delusion; they
respond to all requirements as the echo to a sound, and that untiringly; and this ability
may be called the endowment of Heaven.
(1, tr. Balfour 1884:86)
Huainanzi (2nd century BCE)
Circulation is Life, and there would be no life without circulation.
Man is a cell of the Earth and the Solar System is a galactic cell. The galaxy is a cell of
the Universe -
all lined up, connected and circulating within the same force - Zero and One are
split into Two -
the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowing Good and Evil.
These trees are known by the taste of their fruits:
if Wisdom is called Growth and Understanding called Love, then taste of these fruits
will be good.
If Wisdom is called Unconditional Obedience and Understanding called the Reward,
then taste of these fruits will not be good.
If these opposites are inside one single tree, then a balance is needed -
an immune system that could protect the Tree from attacking cells.
When harvesting starts, the circulation and balance inside the Tree will change, and so
will its immune system. After harvesting is complete, there will be no longer a need to
fight the attacking cells, so the diseases that have been locked inside the Tree will
spread in all four directions.
There will be no-one to blame, but oneself.
Then the World will make a turn, and the Night will be finally over.
The architecture of space and time that made it possible for life to evolve, to protect
itself and to survive, has completed yet another cycle, while the Grand Architect is still
working in the back yard - a little Scarab, in the soil.
But that is another story,
the story of Scarab - Portrait of a Man.