A Walk Through the Thoth Tarot
The Hanged Man
Crowley tells us that this Hanged Man symbolizes the descent of the light into the darkness in order to redeem it. A massive sacrifice that will create/sustain/destroy the Universe. Crowley also seems to feel that the Hanged Man as a whole doesn't really fit into the New Aeon tarot deck anymore.
How we feel about what we are sacrificing has changed over the Aeons - In Isis (element of Water) and Osiris (element of Air) people believed differently than how we do in Horus. Horus is also the Element of Fire and the watery Hanged Man doesn't really work well with Fire. Crowley warns us that, the whole idea of sacrifice is a misconception of nature." It is counterproductive.
But now, under a Fiery Lord of Aeon, the water element, so far as water is below the Abyss, is definitely hostile, unless the opposition is the right opposition implied in marriage. (BOT)
This marriage is the annihilation of the self in the Beloved - a devotional ecstasy that dissolves all sense of separateness. This Hanged Man still represents the descent of light into darkness but not to redeem it as such. Redemption here is the duty of the enlightened to bring that enlightenment to the unenlightened.
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