Balanced Working – Symbolic Analysis

Posted on April 6, 2011


“…each mind/body/spirit complex shall and should and, indeed, must perceive each archetype, if you use this convenient term, in its own way. Therefore, you may see that precision is not the goal; rather the quality of general concept complex perception is the goal.”- Ra, Session 77



Arcanum 8

Key Observations

  • Female: intuitive and unconscious energy.
  • The throne the material world.
  • The lion: the symbol for the red-ray energy of body system, the foundation or root chakra energy. Lions are often symbols of strength, courage, and mighty kings. In Egypt, the lion represented the ferocious heat of the sun and was seen in the likeness of Sekhmet who is the Egyptian goddess known as the Eye of Ra. She is the power that protects the good and annihilates the wicked.³ Emotions of strength, power, determination and sovereignty. 
  • The feline: orange ray energy of the body system, relationship and emotional center or sex chakra center. Sensuality, magical, and solemn
  • The blindfolded: The body does not see; consciousness sees and is nestled within the the shuttle within the body. 
  • The female figure: the yellow-ray or the physical body itself; the energy center of the body. This center represents personal body, the physical form itself. The fact that the figure is female suggests that the bodies emergence is an unconscious function of the material world.  [Themis] was the Titan Goddess of divine law and order–the traditional rules of conduct first established by the gods. She was also a prophetic goddess who presided over the most ancient oracles, including Delphoi. In this role, she was the divine voice (themistes) who first instructed mankind in the primal laws of justice and morality, such as the precepts of piety, the rules of hospitality, good governance, conduct of assembly, and pious offerings to the gods. In Greek, the word themis referred to divine law, those rules of conduct long established by custom. Unlike the word nomos, the term was not usually used to describe laws of human decree.¹
    • She is in a similar position to the Empress, her legs planted on the side of the self, only unlike the unsteady crescent moon beneath the feet of the Empress; Balance has a high, solid, comfortably appointed foot rest.
    • She is clothed in garments that are not black and not white suggesting the dualistic aspects of physical form.
  • The scales: the two polarities are held in balance. Notice that the bar of on the scale is aligned to the heart level of the woman. Scales are a symbol of balance or the weighing of two things. Equilibrium, weighing of two things, and measurement. 
  • The sword has a classic duality built into is symbolism and may represent the blue-ray energy or the throat chakra. In many culture, any weapon is a symbol of power that can go both ways. On one hand it can be used to kill or destroy and on the other it protects and is a common symbol for chivalry. “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”- Proverbs 12:18. Swiftness, protection, and sharp.
  • The genie with outstretched wings may represent green-ray energy, or the energy of the heart and its symbolic ability to soar, have a mind of its own. Uplifting, supernatural, and spiritual. 
  • The winged-turtle: the indigo-ray energy or the third eye. The Zapotecs linked turtles and clouds with the decent of their ancestors who flew to earth in winged turtle form.[4] Turtles also seem to posses inverse properties from those associated with wings, like slowness, age and close to the ground as opposed swift, light and capable of flight and higher vantage points.
  • The fan flower: represents the violet-ray energy or the crown chakra. Note the addition of the plus and minus signs, possibly hinting at the relationship between the crown or the being in total and polarity. Flowering, opening and blooming can be attributed to fans or flowers.
    • Upon careful inspection of many decks, there is a small human figure poised at the base of the fan. Reminiscent of Ra’s suggestion that the spirit can be seen as a shuttle². The idea of the observer being nested within the physical vehicle also springs to mind, existing behind the physical body or underneath the energies of the material world.
  • The overall configuration of the symbols suggests to me that these energies are apart of the throne the figure sits on, as well as the support structure of consciousness.

In a balanced individual each energy center is balanced and functioning brightly and fully. The blockages of your planetary sphere cause some distortion of intelligent energy. The blockages of the mind/body/spirit complex further distort or unbalance this energy. There is one energy. It may be understood as love/light or light/love or intelligent energy.” – Ra, Session 15

Deeper Meanings: suggestions have been embedded within every image pointing to perspective, functions and relationships each archetype has with polarity, the material world and the other archetypes. Observing the left or right hand or the position of the figure (forward or side facing) are two examples of another layer of symbolism that can be considered. Ex. the right hand may be considered to represent the right-handed path or the “service-to-others” path, while the left hand may be considered the left handed path or “service-to-self”. Facing to the left may suggest that this archetype is naturally focused in the direction of self.

  • Most of the elements depicted in this image are on the right side, the only two elements on the left are the scales (held in the left hand) and the reclined legs of the central figure. Might this suggest the self’s only requirement is to hold the manifestation of either polarity in balance and in front of the self. “The disciplines of the mind involve, first of all, identifying both those things of which you approve and those things of which you disapprove within yourself, and then balancing each and every positive and negative charge with its equal. The mind contains all things. Therefore, you must discover this completeness within yourself.”- Ra, Session 5.2
  • It should be noted that the physical vehicle, like the mind is locked in the present moment.


  • lion can be found in the Enchantress (Arcanum 11)
  • winged creatures can be found in the Empress (Arcanum 3), the Emperor (Arcanum 4), Balanced Working (Arcanum 8), Wheel of Fortune (Arcanum 10), the Alchemist (Arcanum 14), Primeval Darkness (Arcanum 15), Faith (Arcanum 17), the Sarcophagus (Arcanum 20), and the Universe (Arcanum 21)

“Each student may see some other nuance. We, as we have said, did not offer these images with boundaries but only as guidelines intending to aid the adept and to establish the architecture of the deep, or archetypical, portion of the deep mind.”- Ra, Session 91

Blueprint of the Structure of Existence

(based on the teachings of Bashar)

Law 1 (I AM)  You Exist.

If you exist now, your existence is eternal: You have always existed and you always will exist.  You may change form, but you are existing always.   So…..relax…’ll be around forever.

Law 2 The All is one, and the One is all.

Just as each tiny section of a hologram contains the information for the entire hologram, likewise we are all inter-connected. Everything is truly just one totally-interconnected “thing”.

Law 3 What you put out is what you get back..

Physical reality is actually a mirror:  Your physical reality is just a reflection of what you most strongly believe to be true.    And like a mirror, physical reality will not change unless youchange first (change what you most strongly believe).

Law 4 The only constant in the universe is change.

Except for the first 3 postulates, which never change. So…..might as well get used to eternally-changing Creation. Enjoy the ride!   Surf the changes!