|White-tipped Lupine and Poppies, North Fork, March 14, 2016|
|Poppies on the Slopes|
|White-tipped Lupine on the Slopes, North Fork|
|Three Armies: Bird's Eye Gilia, Lupine, Poppies|
|Lupine and Poppies, North Fork|
On the Tree of Life, this difference in consciousness is represented by Netzach, the sphere of nature and beauty and the arts, and Hod, the sphere of concrete intelligence associated with the intellect. (When I say sphere, I mean a state of being, or what might be defined as a type of energy.) Netzach is the sphere of the instincts and the group mind within nature; Netzach, according to the Qabalists, emanated the sphere of Hod in cosmic evolution. Hod is the sphere of distinct, individual intelligence represented so spectacularly, especially in modern times, by human consciousness. This evolution has enabled humanity to create amazing civilizations and technologies, but the sense of fragmentation and separation that accompanies individual intelligence has led to much conflict, revealed superbly by the suit of Swords in the Tarot. Once trapped in the sense of separateness and individuality, the human mind can fixate on prejudice and anger and hatred, which makes it difficult to feel the power of the forces of nature, represented symbolically by power animals and nature spirits and gods and angels. I know from experience that a person in this condition can no longer see with the eye of the soul that the physical is the dense aspect of the spiritual.
|Ace of Swords|
|Bush Lupine and Oak Tree at Confluence|