The Choice- Symbolic Analysis

Posted on July 23, 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

The Choice

Arcanum 22

Key Observations

  • The figure is androgynous perhaps representing part of us which has no gender; our spirit or soul or the integration of both genders.
  • The staff behind the figure in his right hand looks very similar to the three headed flower of Faith.
  • The moon and sun are eclipsing.The sun that radiates light unconditionally and the moon reflecting the fullest intensity and the union of the two. The interception of the self with the highest self. The union of the two or perhaps the awareness of the two.
  • The fallen pillar perhaps symbolic of elements of choice itself. The pillar has fallen, generally when there is a choice to be made it is out of need or necessity.
  • The crocodile may represent the need of our figure to be cautious in his/her choosing as their may be treachery ahead and more destruction. Upon closer inspection, the figure is looking upward seemingly unaware of the danger presented by the crocodile. This may also emphasize the somewhat foolish nature of walking a path unaware. Yet this is inevitable as we incarnate into fresh bodies, veiled from the all the wisdom and knowledge we have acquired in our souls existence. On a more practical level, whenever there is a choice to be made, the element of the unknown is present just waiting to snap back at you.
  • The two sacks balanced across the shoulders carrying everything that has been acquired from the journeys previous, yet also prepare the fool for the experiences yet to be. The balance of time levied by our experience of dancing through it. Perhaps a little of what has been given like talents and gifts of the spirit and what has been taken with you like memories and lessons.

“Let us for a moment consider thought. What is it, my friends, to take thought? Took you then thought today? What thoughts did you think today? What thoughts were part of the original thought today? In how many of your thoughts did the creation abide? Was love contained? And was service freely given? You are not part of a material universe. You are part of a thought. You are dancing in a ballroom in which there is no material. You are dancing thoughts. You move your body, your mind, and your spirit in somewhat eccentric patterns for you have not completely grasped the concept that you are part of the original thought.- Ra, Session 1

My 2 sense

The word vagabond comes to mind when I sit in the vibration of this image. A wonder, or traveler. Just like we all are, really. All we really have are talents and memories.  The balance of two things is also evident.

Choice itself is something that we do almost all the time. We choose to do one thing or another. I chose to sit down and write out some thoughts, you chose to sit here and read them (and I thank you ;). If I look at the two sides of the card, I can see the concept of polarity quite clearly. If we make our choices based on selfish things, we tilt closer and closer toward peril. There is a tipping point. The figure, however, eyes fixed on the sky, seems oblivious to what is in front of him. He has to balance the weight on his shoulders. But what do you think he carries in those sacks? Where is he going and why? How will he get passed the obstacles in his way? What does that fallen pillar represent?

We all have to make choices in our life. But they all boil down to a choice between two things: love or the other thing. We can chose to love our-self or not. We can choose love or not. You give me an example and I will find a way to show you how it all boils down to love or the other thing. Even questions like “Should I eat that donut?” boil down to a choice of love or the other thing. How you see it though might  depend: do you love yourself enough to abstain because you are on a diet and that would be self sabotage  so you choose to love yourself over your craving for donuts. The choice is different for everyone. The ways to look at things, infinite, yet we still have to make choices.

You might say the choice is between doing what is ‘right’ and what is not, also. I think it is important that we not only learn to understand the power our choices have in the way we live our lives, but also the reason that we make those choices. Because our intentions are as important as our actions and if we are able to keep both pure, we might be able to go forward with a light (foolish even) open heart, with complete trust that once the right choice is made, the exact right thing might flourish and we will be lead in the exact direction we are moving toward because we have our eye on the prize and the fearlessness of .

Ra’s Comments on The Choice

Session 88 Questioner: I will also assume, and I may not be correct, that the present list that I have of twenty-two names of the tarot cards of the Major Arcana are not in exact agreement with Ra’s original generation of the tarot. Could you describe the original tarot, first telling me if there were twenty-two archetypes? That must have been the same. Were they the same as the list that I read to you in a previous session or were there differences?

Ra: I am Ra. As we have stated previously, each archetype is a concept complex and may be viewed not only by individuals but by those of the same racial and planetary influences in unique ways. Therefore, it is not informative to reconstruct the rather minor differences in descriptive terms between the tarot used by us and that used by those of Egypt and the spiritual descendants of those first students of this system of study.

The one great breakthrough which was made after our work in third density was done was the proper emphasis given to the Arcanum Number Twenty-Two which we have called The Choice. In our own experience we were aware that such an unifying archetype existed but did not give that archetype the proper complex of concepts in order to most efficaciously use that archetype in order to promote our evolution.

Session 89Questioner: All right; I’ll have to do that. Ra stated that a major breakthrough was made when proper emphasis was put on Arcanum Twenty-Two. This didn’t happen until Ra had completed third density. I assume from this that Ra, being polarized positively, probably had some of the same difficulty that occurred prior to the veil in that the negative polarity was not appreciated. That’s a guess. Is this correct?

Ra: I am Ra. In one way it is precisely correct. Our harvest was overwhelmingly positive and our appreciation of those which were negative was relatively uninformed. However, we were intending to suggest that in the use of the system known to you as the tarot for advancing the spiritual evolution of the self a proper understanding, if we may use this misnomer, of Archetype Twenty-Two is greatly helpful in sharpening the basic view of the Significator of Mind, Body, and Spirit and, further, throws into starker relief the Transformation and Great Way of Mind, Body, and Spirit complexes.

“The Fool also represents the complete faith that life is good and worthy of trust. Some might call the Fool too innocent, but his innocence sustains him and brings him joy. In readings, the Fool can signal a new beginning or change of direction – one that will guide you onto a path of adventure, wonder and personal growth. He also reminds you to keep your faith and trust your natural responses. If you are facing a decision or moment of doubt, the Fool tells you to believe in yourself and follow your heart no matter how crazy or foolish your impulses may seem.”                                                                                                                                                                                             –

“The Fool is the spirit in search of experience. He represents the mystical cleverness bereft of reason within us, the childlike ability to tune into the inner workings of the world. The sun shining behind him represents the divine nature of the Fool’s wisdom and exuberance, holy madness or ‘crazy wisdom‘. On his back are all the possessions he might need. In his hand there is a flower, showing his appreciation of beauty. He is frequently accompanied by a dog, sometimes seen as his animal desires, sometimes as the call of the “real world”, nipping at his heels and distracting him. He is seemingly unconcerned that he is standing on a precipice, apparently about to step off. One of the keys to the card is the paradigm of the precipice, Zero and the sometimes represented oblivious Fool’s near-step into the oblivion (The Void) of the jaws of a crocodile, for example, are all mutually informing polysemy within evocations of the iconography of The Fool. The staff is the offset and complement to the void and this in many traditions represents wisdom and renunciation, eg. ‘danda‘ (Sanskrit) of a Sanyassin, ‘danda’ (Sanskrit) is also a punctuation mark with the function analogous to a ‘full-stop’ which is appropriately termed, a period in English grammar. The Fool is both the beginning and the end, neither and otherwise, betwixt and between, liminal.

The number 0 is a perfect significator for the Fool, as it can become anything when he reaches his destination as in the sense of ‘joker’s wild’. Zero plus anything equals the same thing. Zero times anything equals zero.[6] Zero is nothing, a lack of hard substance, and as such it may reflect a non-issue or lack of cohesiveness for the subject at hand.                                                                                                                                                                                  –


Sobek was an ancient god of crocodiles, first mentioned in the Pyramid Texts. His worship lasted till Roman times, the people of Egypt worshiping him to gain his protection and strength, or reviling him and killing the crocodiles of the area because of the evil that they could do. To his worshipers, he was a god who created the Nile, a god of fertility and rebirth, and the symbolic strength of the ruler ofEgypt.

Depicted either as a crocodile-headed man or as a full crocodile, Sobek was shown wearing a plumed headdress with a horned sun disk or the atef crown. In his hands he was shown to carry a was sceptre and the ankh sign of life. His sacred animal, the crocodile, was both revered and reviled by the people of Egypt – in some areas, a tame crocodile was worshiped as the god Sobek himself, while in other places the reptiles were killed. The Egyptians seemed to both respect and fear the power of the crocodile, and as the result of this, Sobek was seen as an ambivalent creature.

During the 12th and 13th Dynasties, the cult of Sobek was given particular prominence, as the names of such rulers as Sobekhotep and Sobekneferu indicate. Sobekneferu (1799-1795 BC) was the sister (and maybe the wife) of Amenemnhat IV (1808-1799 BC), was the last ruler of the 12th Dynasty – the first definite female pharaoh of Egypt. There were eight rulers of the 13th Dynasty with the birth name of Sobekhotep, including Sobekhotep II Amenemhat (c. 1750 BC), Sobekhotep III Sekhemrasewadjtawy (c. 1745 BC) and Sobekhotep IV Khaneferra (c. 1730-1720 BC).

-BritishMuseumDictionary of AncientEgypt, Ian Shaw and Paul Nicholson

“The crocodile’s power to snatch and destroy it’s prey was thought to be symbolic of the might of the pharaoh – the strength and energy of the reptile was a manifestation of the pharaoh’s own power. The word ‘sovereign’ was written as  yt. This way, the crocodile – and thus Sobek – was linked to the pharaoh, the sovereign ofEgypt.”

Sobek, TourEgypt

More on the Visica Piscis

The pointed oval is a universal symbol of the Divine Feminine, and in this context the Vesica Piscis is the vulva of the Goddess, surrounded by the crescents of the waxing and waning moon. The mandorla as birth passage can easily be seen on the sheila-na-gig figures found on Irish churches, and in the squatting figures of the Hindu goddess Kali. Almonds are a primeval fertility symbol, and as such are associated with the Phrygian goddess Cybele and her transgendered consort, Attis, and the Greek nymph Phyllis, who was metamorphosed into an almond tree. Fish, too, play a significant part in the lives of goddesses from many cultures. “Delphos” translates from Greek as both “womb” and “dolphin.” The Chinese Great Mother Kwan -Yin often appears as a fish goddess, as does Aphrodite. Kali, as the swallower of Shiva’s penis, becomes Minaksi, the fish-eyed one;Isis becomes Abtu, the Great Fish of the Abyss, when she swallows the penis of Osiris.

A medieval hymn calls Jesus “the little fish in the Virgin’s fountain.” The Christ child is often shown inside a mandorla, superimposed over Mary’s womb. Mary herself can be equated with the goddess Aphrodite Marina, who brought forth all the fish in the oceans; Marina’s blue robe and pearl necklace, like the Christian Mary’s, are classic symbols of the sea. On Cyprus, Mary to this day is worshipped as “Panaghia Aphroditessa.” The connections are many: the Vesica Piscis illumines the common heritage of Christianity and the Goddess traditions it absorbed, traditions it would later vilify and all but destroy.”  –


Modern key words for the fool:

Beginning – Expanding horizons – Journey

Adventure – Accepting choices – Believing

Spontaneity – Starting New – Staying Open

Recapturing Innocence – True to One Self