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The Magical Pantheon Of Wagner's Ring
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Part VII:

Drinking Horns

The Ace of Cups. Used by Sieglinde, Mime and Hagen. Qoph, Pisces, sign of water, dispenser of water upon the earth. In Das Rheingold, this Ace is representing by the Rhine.


("Little Dog")

The dog of Key XVIII. The dog "dogging" Key 0 The Fool. The homunculus of Wotan in mortal contention with his mortal children. The Ring's mortal bearer of the Spear and Shield. The blasphemous pretention of Wotan/IH with his Spear (I) and Shield (H). Upholder of the letter over the Spirit of the Law. Exoteric over Esoteric observance of Divine Law. Key XV The Devil, assuming the position of husband may be obtained through Binding in Wedlock, bedeviled by Siegmund who comes to overthrow him in his position. Key XV Mars, exalted in Capricorn/Key XV, contenting with Siegmund over what binds a couple - law or love. The law Wotan is bound to enforce, but wishes to overthrow through his son Siegmund.


("Child of Need" and "No-Thing")

Invincibility (Netzach/Seven/Zayin/Key VI). A symbol of the Rheingold, glistening out of darkness from the light of a hearth fire (Key VI Flaming Tree) when it first appears in Die Walkure , fading back into the darkness afterwards. The No-Thing Sword, representing the air of the No-Thing, Key 0. Divine Will, operating in the mind of God, dwelling in and executed by mortal man. The Ace of Swords.

The Walkuren (The Valkyries):

Key VII The Chariot. Key VII The Walkuren born of wheels of Wotan (Key X Jupiter) and Erda (Key XXI Saturn), as depicted. Cancer, ruled by the Moon of Key II Erda The High Priestess, the planet assigned Yesod, whose number is nine. Nine Warrior Maidens, proceeding from Walhall, with long blonde hair, armor, Spear, and transportive animals, as depicted on Key VII, their shields symbolized by the Winged Solar Disk in front of the Chariot. Mars, referred to Geburah (root GBR), whose Magical Image is Warrior on a Chariot - a feminine Sephira with a masculine Magical Image - Walkuren being female dispensers of male martial power. The Nine martial Angels of GBR-IAL, Gabriel, Archangel of Yesod.

Inspired action in the Sephiroth that ride over Malkuth (From Crown to Foundation); equally, as Trumps 1 to 9 are 2 to 10 in Hebrew letters, to the Sephiroth under the Crown of Kether.

The personifications of clouds, as are their steeds, just as Wotan personifies the sky. Riders atop the gray clouds above, as Key VII's Charioteer rides atop a gray stone. Warriors whose weapons are lightning, and whose battlecry is thunder. They who descend to earth during battle, as rainclouds descend from the sky during storms. Bringers of the worthy fallen to the heavens after battle, as rainclouds return to the sky following a storm.

The Kerubim, Angelic Choir of Yesod, assigned to air, through which the Walkuren fly. Children of Wotan/Jupiter/Key X, Lord of Storm-Bearing Air, and Erde/The Moon/Key II, assigned to Yesod and Air. The Kerubim, personifications of thunderclouds in Hebraic Myth, as depicted around Keys X and XXI in several decks. Dispensers rain, lightning and thunder from the Heavens (Kether and Key X) to the Earth (Malkuth and Key XXI) from the positions they occupy on the water wheel around Keys X (their Father Jupiter/Wotan, referred to Chesed and Water) and XXI (their mother Erda/Saturn, referred to Binah and Water). The ideal issue of the union of perfected fear (Erda) and perfected will (Wotan) - that being perfect courage (Erda balanced by Wotan) and inspired action (Wotan balanced by Erda) in the Sephiroth under their charge.

Conductors of the worthy slain to Walhall, each bearing its charge from one Sephira to another along the path of the Lightning Flash (Example: Key VIII is Rossweisse; its letter value is nine; therefore, she is responsible for bearing souls across the path of Key XIX The Sun between Yesod and Hod).

The Auphanim, Wheels, Angelic Choir of Chokmah/Wotan, serving to bring fallen heroes (Hebrew ARALIM) to the Celestial City Walhall (Chokmah/Zodiac). In myth, there were sometimes 12 Walkuren named, in which case the additional three stayed in Walhall with Wotan. Bearers of those whose labors upon the Wheel of Life, like the twelve labors of Hercules, were successfully waged upon the Ring of the Zodiac. Chokmah, ChKMH, Keys VII (Ch), X (K), XII (M) and IV(H), representing the archetypal pattern of Hebrew cities (based on Canaanite cities) and their conception of the Celestial City. Genii of the Canaanite Chariot-culture that built Chariot-walls to surround their cities (made of fine seashell mortar, making the wheels of attacking chariots slip) built on high mounds over a plain. Hebrew cities had a circular altar in front of a temple built at the town's high point, upon which holocausts of animals were offered to divinity, after which the Priest/King lead the congregation into the Holy of Holies inside the Temple. This is the Pattern of ChKMH, as is elucidated by their Keys.

Wearers of the eight-pointed star upon their crowns (Waite's Chariot), just as each Walkuren has eight sisters. For more, see Brunnhilde.


The ideal issue of Wotan/Above and Erda/Below. The resolution of all opposites - Above and Below; Mercy and Severity; masculine and feminine. Divine will reflected. Truth personified. The catalyst for the remaining drama of the Ring.

Lucifer, Chief of the Angels. Chief of the Walkuren. Chief Among the Mighty. The female Trumps - Keys II, III, VII, VIII, XI, XIV, XVII and XXI - but she is also unbound from sexual convention (as are Walsungen) by Wotan, conceded her right of participation in the activities of the Male Trumps. Athena, wearing Armor, Spear and Shield (the Shield depicted on the throne of Case's Emperor, and as the orb shielding his heart).

Cheth, speech. Brunnhilde the Announcer of the Warrior's death, by the command of the Commander-in-Chief Wotan. Cheth, fenced field. Brunnhilde the Battlefield Commander. Cheth, Cancer, ruled by the Moon. The Lunar Kerubic Angel of the Annunciation, Gabriel. Cancer, exalting Venus/Athena. Brunnhilde assuming Wotan's position as his Commander in the Field  . The Magical Image of Netzach, a beautiful, wise and strong Amazon . Venus, Goddess of Love and War, the feminine Magical Image of a masculine sephira. Minerva. The Archetypal Warrior/Wisdom Goddess.

Seven - its world (Netzach), Trump (The Chariot), and letter (Zaiyn). Zaiyn, the letter preceding Cheth, as a weapon is bestowed on a soldier before commanding him in the field. Pronouncer of Victory upon weapon-wielding warriors.

Kali, murdering bride of murderous Shiva. The Great One of the Night of Time. Lord of the Underworld, as Saturn is Lord of Subterranean roots, depicted on Key XXI with her big toe pointing down below her Malkuth-symbolizing feet.

Kallah, the Bride, residing in Malkuth, daughter of the Qabalistic King and Queen, Chokmah and Binah, cast by destiny to marry the Prince of Tiphareth. Malkah, the Queen, placed thereby upon the Throne of Binah. Key XXI Saturn, the Child of Space and Time. Daughter of the Mighty Ones. Great One of the Night of Time.

The Walkure that conducts across the abyss, connecting Chesed and Binah along the lightning flash. The Walkure born of wheels of Wotan (Key X) and Erda (Key XXI) - 1 and 1 - 11, the number of Daath, in-between Chesed and Binah. The only one who knows (Daath) her father Wotan's (Chokmah) secret plan to prevent what her mother Erda (Binah) prophecied. The Walkure of Daath, crossing the abyss through the paths of The Emperor and The Hierophant to her father Chokmah/Wotan, the paths of the Walsungen and the Walkuren to her mother Binah/Erda, and the path of her mother and the Rhine, leading to the crown of her father, and that of her husband.

In Arabic mythology, Lucifer falls when he refuses to bow to man, as ordered by their loving God, whom Lucifer adores. His reasons were that God was above all, while man was imperfect and mortal. For this infraction, God condemned Lucifer to burn in the hell of his own jealous love for his God. In the Ring, the same story is told, but with a crucial difference - Brunnhilde refuses to abandon God's mortal son as ordered for any reason, because she knows that God loves him, and insists on being true to God's love. The resulting punishment visited on both are similarly akin and different.

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