Tarot and Kabbalah: Malkuth
Malkuth is the physical body, the physical world. It is very important to remember that the vital body is nothing but the superior part of the physical body. Those who do not accept this concept think that the physical body is one body, alone, and that the vital body is another and very distinct one. Thus, they make an order that is a little bit mistaken.
Malkuth is “the kingdom,” whose regent is Changam, the genie of the Earth.
Every planet gives birth to seven races; our planet Earth already gave birth to five races, so only two more will come. After the seven races, our Earth, transformed by great cataclysms, will convert itself through millions of years into a new moon. The whole devolving and evolving life of the Earth came from the Moon. The Moon died and became a desert when the great life abandoned it.
Seven great races existed on the Moon. The lunar soul, the lunar life, is now devolving and evolving in our present planet Earth. This is how the worlds reincarnate.
The gods of Nature have worked very hard in order to create self-cognizant Beings. The gods have made difficult experiments within the laboratorium of Nature. Diverse forms of animals have exited from those test tubes of the great laboratorium; some of those forms have exited only with the purpose of elaborating material for the creation of the human being, and other forms have exited as a refuse of semi-human beings, while other forms are true human failures.
Indeed, all the living species with the exception of a few of them are living refuse from the human kingdom. All the animals of this kingdom of Malkuth characterize some aspect of the human being. All the animals are truly creatures from the human being.
Nonetheless, it is good to know that the struggle of the gods in order to create the human being has not finished yet; still, the human being (wrongly called human) has to cast aside from himself a great amount which will be in the zoological gardens of the future.
We must know that the Reality is the Being, the Innermost, the Spirit, but a factor of discord also exists in us; this is the “I,” the ego, the myself.
It is interesting to comprehend that the “I” is pluralized. The “I” is constituted by many “I’s” that fight among themselves, and that dispute for the control of the human personality. These “I’s” are three, seven and legion.
The three basic ones are the demon of desire, the demon of the mind, and the demon of the evil will.
The seven are the seven capital sins: anger, greed, lust, envy, pride, laziness, gluttony.
The legion is constituted by all of the millions of secondary sins.
The three, the seven, and the legion are small “I’s,” animal elements created by the mind. These animal elements are the enemies which live within our own house. These animal elements live within the kingdom of our Soul; they nourish themselves with the inferior substances of our lower animal depths.
What is worse is that these animal elements have stolen part of our consciousness. This is demonstrated by the following affirmations: I am angry, I am greedy, I desire, I am envious, etc.
The true Being is the Spirit, and the Being still has not entered into the human being because the “I” has invaded the kingdom of the soul. Really, neither the soul nor the Spirit have incarnated within the human being. The human being—the so-called human being—is still but a possibility.
The true human being is still in the process of creation. Many samples of the present human races will be in the zoological gardens of the future. What we have of the animal within ourselves must be cast aside with the purpose of properly attaining the human state.
The “I” is dissolved when we finish with all of our sins. When the “I” is dissolved, then the soul and the Spirit incarnate in the human being. Thus, we are human beings in the most complete sense of the word.
When physical death arrives, the only thing which continues is the “I,” the legion of “I’s.” The ego, the “I,” returns in order to satisfy its desires. Death is the return into conception. This is the wheel of the Tenth Arcanum.
The true human being that has the soul and the Spirit incarnated lives completely awakened in the astral body after the death of the physical body. This person enjoys consciousness and objective perception in the internal worlds.
The phantom of those that still have not dissolved the “I” and have not incarnated the soul and the Spirit lives with the consciousness asleep in the internal worlds. They have only subjective consciousness and subjective perception.
The physical world is the valley of bitterness, the kingdom of Malkuth, the kingdom of Samsara. The wheel of Samsara incessantly turns and the ego comes and goes; it disincarnates and returns always suffering, always searching without finding. The Tenth Arcanum, the wheel of retribution, is terrible, and the whole world is a slave of this fatal wheel of the centuries.
Whosoever wants to be liberated from the fatal wheel of Samsara must dissolve the “I” and incarnate the soul.
This labor is very difficult and those who achieve it are very rare. Really, the kingdom of Malkuth is a terrible filter. The refuse of this filter is what is common and current, which is swallowed by the abyss. The gold, the select, the true human being, the angel, is the conception, and the struggle is indeed difficult.
Nature is implacable and the birth of an angel-human being costs thousands, or better said, millions of victims. “Many are called and few are chosen.”
Christ said: “From one thousand that are looking for me, one finds me; from one thousand that find me, one follows me; from one thousand that follow me, one is mine.”
Krishna said: “Among a thousand men, maybe one will exert in order to attain perfection, and among the thousands that strive towards perfection, maybe one will truly know me.”
This is the tragedy of the Tenth Arcanum of Kabbalah.
The symbols of the Sephirah Malkuth are: the two altars, the cross of equal arms, the magic circle, the triangle of the magic art. Malkuth is related with the feet and the anus.