Key Phrase: Consciousness forms.
Symbolism: A human face sits betwixt the pillars of force and formation (also known as yang and yin). The sun of higher Consciousness shines fully and brightly, taking the shape of the container of mind. As above in Consciousness, so below in matter. The message is clear. Through the archetypes and ideas in our mind, we form creation. From the waters above to the water below, and into the Malkuth of Earth, we use energy shaped by ideas to manifest and create the world. Note, this archetype shows force and formation used in balance, the direction we all must move towards now.
New Energy Narrative
This archetype reminds us of the power and significance of ideas and archetypes. Through the formative (yin) power of ideas, we shape and direct the willful force of our Consciousness, energy, and power. Formation is the guiding hand that forms and directs the forceful yang energies represented by the conjoint Force card.
In the new energy we are taught that Formation/Yin (represented by the darker pillar) works in balance with Force/Yang (the lighter pillar) to manifest creative intent. As noted in the BOLIFE, ideally, we use energy in balance. Balanced use of energy leads to the most stable forms of creation. Balanced use of energy allows for the full expression of Divinity. For these reasons, balanced use of energy is almost always the preferred mode of creation.
At the highest and most aligned levels, this archetype represents our creative desire, ambition, and the intent of our Highest Self, formalized into archetypes that direct the flows of creation. This is our individual and collective Creation Template,1 which can be positive, emancipating and new energy, or putrid, negative and old energy. Do you feel yourself to be a cosmic loser? Do you think you are merely an ape? Do you think you are here to learn lessons? Do you think you are being punished for sins? Think again. Change your ideas and change yourself. Change your archetypes and change the World. Remember, you are a joyful master. You are a cosmic victor. You are Called to awaken. You have the power to activate. You have the ability to connect. Embrace purpose and honour your Sacrifice. Ascend and graduate this world.
Old Energy Narrative
In the old energy, the ideas here are represented by the High Priestess card. In the old energy, the High Priestess Card answers the questions “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” with archetypes of binary gender, passive acceptance of evil, and exclusion.
As for who you are, in the old energy, you are either a foolish male or foolish female.
As Robert Wang notes, “She is the great feminine force controlling the very source of life, gathering into herself all the energising forces and holding them in solution until the time of release.”2
As Zalewski and Zalewski note, “…she is veiled and offers up a cup…. she is the bride who offers up her virginity.”3
As Pollack notes, she has a “fluidic” nature and is the “feminine counterpart of the masculine…”4
In the old energy, this archetype presents and reinforces a Binary Gender model.
As for why you are here, in the old energy you told that you are here to accept evil. In the old energy, we are told to participate and create within a duality of opposites.5 Good and Evil, we are told, is all just part of a cosmic balancing act. The cosmos, we are told, manifests as a consequence of the interplay of opposite forces. God needs the devil to exist, or so they will say.
As Pollack notes, “The movement between opposites is the basic rhythm of the material world. Nothing exists absolutely in nature. In the words of Ursula Le Guin, ‘Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light.’ When we move from the two principles to the Empress we are seeing the opposites mingle together in nature to produce the reality of the physical universe.” 6
The black and white colours of the pillars symbolise duality – masculine and feminine, darkness and light – stating that knowledge and acceptance of duality are required to enter this sacred space.
As Pollack indicates of the figure in the card, “She leans upon the Sphinx who forever asks the three questions: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Around her, a space of paving stones, alternating black and white, give us to understand that all our perceptions are subject to the law of contrasts – light is only conceived as opposed to darkness, good would be unknown to us if it were not for evil; we would not be able to appreciate happiness if we had not suffered etc. 7
As one masonic commentator notes, ” it is generally accepted that the Jachin and Boaz represent the equilibrium between two opposite forces.”8 The message is clear. You must accept this duality. You must accept this is the way of all things. Before you are allowed to move forward and pierce The Veil, you must accept this basic truth.
This old energy archetype encourages you to accept that good and evil are actual creative forces and equal players in some eternal cosmic show.
Combined with the old energy Fool in School archetype, and the Wheel of the World, this archetype provides a powerful service to the status quo on at least two fronts. On the one hand, it encourages you to accept the world as it is. According to the old energy archetypes, good and evil exist in balance, the world is as it should be, and any suffering, oppression, and violence you experience are just part of some grand cosmic show. Accepting that evil exists as a natural part of creation makes healing and connection quite difficult. Instead of moving to change your reality, instead of encouraging you to align your Bodily Ego with your Spiritual Ego so that you can connect and transform the world, the old energy archetype encourages you to accept life events, even negative ones, as “moves” on some cosmic chess-board.
On the other hand, having accepted that there is good and bad in the world, you are encouraged to use these forces” to create what thou wilt. You are a chosen one, after all. You are above the common masses and above The Law that binds them.
However, do not delude yourself. Your so-called “power” requires complete submission. You must obey the law (represented by the scroll in the High Priestess’s hand). You must follow the rules, “lay down your mind,” and submit. Only then will the veil be lifted. Only then will you be allowed access to the secrets inside. Bow before your superiors and be forever loyal to The System or be cast out with the rest of the unwashed swine
Finally, in the old energy, this archetype is used to reinforce the archetypal idea of Secrets, that only the chosen and worthy should be told the truth, that only “the worthy” should be given access to the Power.
“Isis only entrusts the key to mysteries to her sons, to the ‘Children of the Wisdom’ worthy of knowing her secrets.”9
“The Seeker is cautioned to keep sensitive information secret for now. Do not tell others yet. Secrecy abounds. The High Priestess brings spiritual feminine energy with slight sexual overtones.” 10
As Papus indicates:
This is the picture of Isis, of Nature, whose veil must not be raised before the profane. The book indicates that the doctrines of Isis are hidden; but she divulges to the magi the secrets of the true Kabbalah, and of occult science. 11
In the new energy, force and formation are stripped of masonic connotations and emptied of their gender significance. In the new energy, we neither accept nor justify the existence of evil. All behaviour must be aligned before we move forward. In the new energy we do not associate gender with abstract cosmic principles. Formation represents the ideas and archetypes that form our creation. Force represents the creative will that makes it all so. Together force and formation work within us all to manifest physical creation.
To properly exit the old energies,
- Reject all ideas that encourage you to accept duality and good and evil. As explained in detail in the paper “From Zoroaster to Star Wars,”12 notions of good and evil, light versus dark, are constructs used by elites to manipulate the masses. Such a belief encourages passivity and acceptance of devilish exploitation and enslavement, as represented by the Freemasons Devil card. obviates the need for social and political change. Instead, Reject them and instead embrace this unifying, non-gendered, inclusive creative formula: Force + Formation = Creation.
- Reject the notion of binary gender and the notion that Force and Formation are someone tied to male and female. They are not. Acceptance of binary gender reflects a more general masonic acceptance of duality, but it also justifies the suppression of “female” energies, when these energies are associated with Yin/Form. Remember, spirit has no gender. Consciousness simply is. Consciousness emanates as a consequence of Force and Formation. Allow for a rainbow spectrum of expression. Embrace colours of the rainbow as we all work to Graduate the World.
- The High Priestess card is used to justify exclusion and secrets. Knowledge is given only to the chosen few deemed worthy of accessing their Power. From all others, she hides the truth. She hides the truth of who you are. She hides the truth of where you come from. She hides the truth about this world. Therefore, reject all notions that it is right and appropriate to keep secrets. In the new energy, full transparency is the goal. Identify those people, corporations, and institutions in your life who play the old energy high priestess role. Identify those who confuse and misdirect, who lie and dissemble, who sow fear and confusion, and eliminate them from your life. At this time, there is no other way forward.
2Robert Wang, An Introduction to the Golden Dawn Tarot (Main: Sam Weiser, 1978), 136.
3Patrick Zalewski and Christine Zalewski, The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn (Aeon Books, 2008), 73.
4Patrick Zalewski and Christine Zalewski, The Magical Tarot of the Golden Dawn (Aeon Books, 2008), 73.
5Pollack, Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom.
7Wirth, Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot, 68.
8Veda, “The Esoteric Meaning of the Twin Pillars: Boaz and Jachin,” Reality-Choice, accessed May 11, 2020, https://www.reality-choice.org/205/the-esoteric-meaning-of-the-twin-pillars-boaz-and-jachin.
9Oswald Wirth, Tarot of the Magicians: The Occult Symbols of the Major Arcana That Inspired Modern Tarot (San Francisco. CA: Weiser Books, 1990), 170.
10Wen, Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth.
11Papus, The Tarot of the Bohemians.
12Sosteric, “From Zoroaster to Star Wars, Jesus to Marx: The Art, Science, and Technology of Human Manipulation.” <ahref=”https://www.academia.edu/34504691″>https://www.academia.edu/34504691