The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age
Temperance becomes The Reverser
The significance of the Reverser: Channels Flow
The journeyer stops along the way to renew himself. He rests, drinks, relieves, gathers, and continues on the way. At some of his stops, he exchanges with others. Yet he renews his Self and continues in aloneness.
The accomplishments of the past are nothing compared to the attainments of the future, yet they bore the seeds and were the father of them.
Should a prophet appear among you, heed not his directions. He knows the way, but none know the way of another. The way you go, you well know. You have founded the points and chartered the course. It compels and impels. You have laid the stones and painted the signs. The marsh and the fog, you did. Your crafts are fully fashioned. Linger not with the flowers you have planted till their fragrance fades. Wait not for the petals to fall. Quicken on the down-grades; pace the ups for they are so designed. He who makes his way has made it.
Will you question?
Q: Is it that each know his way including all of humanity?
A: All are wayward.
Q: What role do prophets play?
A: They speak on their way. There are many signposts on the way. There are prophets unnumbered, but only One Savior.
Q: Who is that Savior?
Q: Is there a Book?
A: Start with a golden sun.
A soaring hawk is outlined in front of it. He is much smaller than the sun. He floats downward and locks not unlike a silvered moon–angled so that his head points to the figure beneath.
The figure—though naked—is neither male nor female. One arm is crooked upward. Into that cupped hand flows a descending stream of blue water. This is on the left side of the Book to viewer. The other arm is extended to the side at hip level. The fingers are extended. A stream in equal measure flows to the ground. This stream is fire.
This is the Reverser.
Q: is the figure on the ground?
Q: Any special colors?
A: Black hawk. All else as you see. The Reverser Correctly Channels Flow.
The androgynous figure of the Reverser, formerly Temperance, is at once the simplest and most meaningful Book in the entire Book of T projected by the Nameless One. Early versions of Temperance sometimes showed the angelic being proceeding from the sun, wearing a golden robe to indicate that it was not an earthly creature who poured water from one vessel into another one. The meaning of Temperance must be studied in connection with the Reverser, for the reversal essentially has to do with the reversal of flows. The Reverser Correctly Channels Flow.
The Reverser stands upon the ground but the landscape is of no importance except to indicate that the figure is upon the earth, not in the sky. The androgynous being, who is the fruit of Unity or the joining of the conscious and unconscious elements of the One Being, therefore the whole fruit—the apple of the right lower corner of the Virgin Book, and the apple at the feet of the Donor—receives a descending stream of water in its right, up-lifted hand, and from its left hand pours a descending stream of fire. Water and fire have constantly and consistently been emphasized throughout the Books of T.
Above the Reverser’s head is the sun, and across the face of the sun is seen a hawk. The hawk is related to Horus, the Egyptian hawk-headed sun-god, son of Osiris and Isis; he was symbolically their at-one-ment. Therefore, he is the son who has become his own father and mother, and he is also the Sun. The Mother, be it remembered, “Is busy creating the Sun”:
Her creation was dual; the spark or star upon her breast of Beingness which became the Virgin, or the Sun; and the physical son within her womb. Her creation was at once spiritual and physical.
The Reverser expresses both. The Reverser may also be considered the joining of the Mother and the Speaker, for the Sun-son is what the Mother created and the Speaker spoke, or outed. In this sense, the figure of the Reverser, like that of the Virgin, represents a birth. But what is this birth?
It is another kind of birth. It is the birth of a new consciousness. This new consciousness depends upon the correct channeling of flow. Water was poured from one vessel to another one by one by Temperance.
Water is flow and it is the Feeler’s ocean of feeling. Water is blessing. Water is cleansing. Water is baptism. Without water there can be no life. Water is the down-pouring of Spirit shown in the Book of the Way-Shower. It is that which was given by the Donor. The break-through was earned. The right hand of the Reverser is receptive. The receptive right hand of the Reverser is essential to the down-flow of water, for if there were none to receive it could not be given.
The right hand is the masculine hand, that which, in the Mother, held the lightning bolt of Zeus. The channeling in the body has been reversed. The right hand has become receptive, the left hand projective. The Speaker has asked that it—the down pouring of Spirit and correct channeling of flow—be given; but that which he asked was already given, for it had been earned.
“Ask and ye shall receive”.
Nothing can be given unless it is asked for. A channel must exist or nothing can be given. In the Way-Shower Book, the city was sleeping. There was a showering, a down pouring from the heavens of light and water. The cock crowed, announcing the break through, but none as yet heard his heralding. The Reverser is the awakened One who has heard the cock’s crowing.
From the left hand of the Reverser descends the stream of fire. The water, received in the right hand, is channeled through the Reverse’s body and thus is transmuted to the descending stream of fire in the left hand. This says that the Reverser has become the down pouring cup of light or fire, the Holy Grail, the essence, the elixir.
The fire is purification. The fire is initiation. The fire is the purified fire of the heart. The fire that descends as a flow from the left hand of the Reverser is, however, not the mortal fire of earthly burning. It is not the fire that burned in the vat of the Deliverer. It is the electric fire that resulted from the drinking of the cup of fire of the Deliverer which transformed the human heart into the shimmering heart of the Speaker.
The fire itself went through a transforming process when drunk by the Seeker. And the Changer, after all, followed upon the Deliverer. The Changer, the Mighty Alchemist, re-shaped the glowing stream of fire.
And no, with the Reverser, it descends to earth as a constant sacred stream. This fire is the nameless, indescribable elixir. It is the Divine. No words exist for this state. It can only be experienced by those who have come to it.
The Reverser Correctly Channels Flow.
Where Temperance poured water from one vessel to another—the down flow of spirit, received, but transferred back and forth without becoming the divine fire—the Reverser is the converter. Even as the flow of water can be harnessed to produce electricity, thus functions the Reverser.
The figure of the Reverser is related to the Virgin, the mandala of Beingness, in that he-she is that which the Virgin was dancing into manifestation. And even as the Virgin meant birth, the Reverser speaks of another kind of birth.
The Reverser, above all, is a statement of the coming uniting of principle of the One in Man, or the Self, with the One Being or God. It is the birth of the Divine.
The significance of the Reverser: Channels Flow