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Originally Posted by Abrac View Post
......What it all seems to point to is summed up by, "it is the analogy of solar light, realized in the third part of our human triplicity." It's an illustration of the emotional (what Waite calls psychic) and material energies brought into harmony and balance through the influence of an enlightened mind.......
So it's essentially the Buddha's Middle Way in reverse? Enlightenment precedes balance rather than balance leading to enlightenment. Interesting.

ETA. No. I've decided that it's not interesting. Waite is engaging in a dull, moralistic sermon on some of the exoteric implications of the symbolism.

The Thoth Rebus is just another representation of the androgynous Temperance Angel, each of which is combining Fire and Water (or whatever other opposites they represent). The Angel and the Rebus are both engaged in the Great Work, the ultimate object of which is the production of a new creation: the Philosopher's Stone, the Elixir of Life, or whatever. Arcana XIV in the Crowley and Waite decks are largely parallel in symbolism.
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