path connecting Malkuth and Netzach is associated with the Moon Tarot card. The
path portrays the journey from the world (Malkuth) to the Pillar of Mercy. It
represents the start of your Christian walk and the confusion, fear, and/or
uncertainty you might experience at the start of your journey. The image on the
card contains a dog, a wolf, and a lobster, and implies evolution; the animals
are out of their element, or will be shortly as they leave what is familiar and
begin their journey into the unknown. There is a path between two towers, and
the path leads up a mountain. The mountain represents the Mountain of God and
the path is the narrow path of the Lord that you must strive to enter.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way
is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For
the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few
who find it.
Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The
way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it…
Isaiah 2:2-3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of
the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be
exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people
shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the
house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in
his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from
Isaiah 30:25-27 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high
hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the
towers fall. Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun,
and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the
day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of
their wound. Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his
anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and
his tongue as a devouring fire.
The towers on the Moon Tarot card are guard towers, which appear in the distance
on the Death Tarot card (also having to do with transformation). The fifteen
yods (the first Hebrew letter in the Tetragrammaton) represent God’s judgment,
which the journeyers will need to pass through in order to climb God’s Holy
Mountain. The guard towers represent the entrance on the ‘Way of Holiness’, and
nothing unclean shall pass through it. The journeyer may be apprehensive, not
knowing if he/she will be able to complete the journey he/she is about to begin.
Luke 14:27-35 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot
be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down
first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest
haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that
behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able
to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not
down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that
cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great
way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise,
whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my
disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it
be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men
cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
In order to overcome the world (Malkuth) and obtain victory (Netzach) over sin,
the traveler must order come his/her sinful nature; just as the dog and wolf
represent differing natures of a similar animal (wild vs. domesticated). The
Moon is often associated with the subconscious or unconscious mind – as
symbolized by the sleeping face on the moon. In order to be perfect, we must
overcome our unconscious desires, which may seem to produce a war within us.
Romans 7:17-26 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin
living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my
sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it
out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to
do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I
who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work:
Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I
delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against
the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to
death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then,
I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to
the law of sin.
When a person first embarks on this spiritual journey there is confusion, fear,
and apprehension. The traveler does not have all of the answers and must rely on
faith and may need to struggle against his/her own nature.
Roman 5:14 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the
promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but
to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing
whither he went.
The Pillar of Mercy offers grace and forgiveness, but in order to reach it, the
traveler must first have faith. The path between the towers is unknown, but in
order to reach the Holy Mountain, the traveler must follow the Narrow Path of
the Lord. Abraham is an example of faith; because he answered God’s call and
left everything he knew and followed God into the unknown.
When first embarking on this spiritual journey, the traveler does not yet
possess a full understanding of all of the concepts and precepts found in the
Bible. Much of what lies ahead is unknown, and only partially illumined (1
Corinthians 13:9-12). The light given off of the moon is only a reflection of
the true light (the sun). The moon is a false light; though it may seem to light
up the night, the moon produces no light on its own. The moon is a lifeless rock
orbiting the earth. Through the ages, different cultures/societies have
attributed qualities to the moon that it doesn’t possess, and the moon, the sun,
and the stars have all – at some point in time – been worshiped in place of God.
Deuteronomy 4:19-20 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon
and the stars—all the heavenly array—do not be enticed into bowing down to them
and worshiping things the LORD your God has apportioned to all the nations under
heaven. But as for you, the LORD took you and brought you out of the
iron-smelting furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of his inheritance, as you
Psalm 74:15-17 It was you [God] who opened up springs and streams; you dried up
the ever-flowing rivers. The day is yours, and yours also the night; you
established the sun and moon. It was you who set all the boundaries of the
earth; you made both summer and winter.
The sun and the moon are part of God’s creations (Genesis 1:3, Isaiah 47:7), and
through the ages some people have mistakenly worshiped the creation instead of
the Creator (Romans 1:25). The light produced by the moon is only reflected
light, and the Moon Tarot card has 32 rays of sunlight being reflected off of
it. This is a reference to the Qabalah, since the Qabalah is made up of 10
sphere and 22 paths – providing the seeker with 32 areas of reflection relating
to God, as they climb the Tree of Life.
We are not supposed to have all of the answers when we first start our journey.
We are to trust in God and follow Him out of faith. We may not have Jesus
physically with us to light our paths (explain things to us), but like Abraham,
we can follow God into the unknown. When we first begin our journey, we may only
see by reflected light, but even then, things will become clearer to us as we
move closer to our destination. However, it is impossible to obtain victory if
we do not begin the race.
John 12:35-36 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with
you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that
walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe
in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus,
and departed, and did hide himself from them.
John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world,
and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest
his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that
his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and
perfect, will of God.
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without
rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as
lights in the world;
Jesus is the light of the world, and we are to follow Him and walk in His light.
Our goal is to transform ourselves into children of the light (Romans 8:29). At
the beginning of our journey we might barely even be able to see the light. As
we progress along the path, we will start to become reflections of the light –
as we begin to live by the precepts in the Bible. Our desired result is to be
transformed into children of the light, so that we shine as lights in the world.