Essence: Pe symbolizes the front of the face, especially the mouth. It expresses a point of view or judgment; it teaches or offers a blessing. Our words can build rigid towers of ideas, curse, inform, share wisdom or offer healing. The mouth Pe reminds us that whatever we feed on, literally or symbolically, becomes us. Rider-Waite Tarot: Tower
פף80 PE MOUTH FRONT OF THE FACE
Pe is the number 80. It is symbolic of the front of the face and specifically the mouth. Pe has two forms. The first appears at the beginning and middle of a word. The second form is at the end.
Pe speaks of our ability to learn by word-of-mouth and our awareness of what we choose to nourish in ourselves, and others. By so doing we effect not only our values and judgments, but can influence others, as well. Pe is the use to which our mouth is put: to debate, argue, philosophize, judge, clarify and explain. With our mouth we can express with eloquence the benediction of the heart or, overwhelmed with awe, remain speechless before beauty. Thus, the mouth is the beginning and end of words, that which we can describe or define and that which is beyond our power of speech. Pereminds us that clear communication is important to any relationship, and to be mindful of what is taken in by or goes out from our mouth. If we nourish and express our sense of connection to the whole and offer gratitude for our place, we open ourselves to goodness. If we are greedy, unsatisfied and complaining, nothing good can come, for even if it did, we’d never recognize it. We are called upon to strive to tell ourselves the truth, and to be aware of how, and if, we choose to communicate it.
While Ayin, 70, is the eye that forms our point of view, Pe, 80, is the mouth: what we tell ourselves, and the words we speak. It is how we express our perception of reality, our truth and values. In Chet, the number 8, we have chosen our field of responsibility. We have given our pledge. Pe, the number 80, is the mouth that makes that pledge, that vow.
The Pe card shares some meanings with the Rider-Waite
Tarot card the Tower. For it is the words we use that give form to our ideas and beliefs. Thoughts formed by the words we use to describe our feelings and experiences, create the towers of our reality. These structures are useful when they help us understand our world and protect us from chaos. Nevertheless, we must always remain flexible, leaving room to attend to voices other than our own, so our reality can expand to be nourished by new ideas and experiences.
Pe reversed is more like the traditional Tower card. Our towering ideas and ideals, rigidly held, have imprisoned us in a tower built from pride, fear and egocentricity. We are locked in our own tower of babble until the lightning of life knocks it down. When our supposedly invulnerable towers are shattered by some unanticipated cataclysmic event, we are forced to an awareness of our vulnerability. It produces the change necessary for our deliverance.
In reversal, Pe may be informing us that we have been afraid to take individual responsibility; we have feared the risk of speaking out for ourselves. We have not spoken out against injustice, which offends our ethics and morality.
We are being warned to resist the temptation to exaggerate or lie, to be a troublemaker, to babble and to destroy. The Pe upside down reminds us to watch our words, be conscious of the possible ramifications of what we say. Even if we do not intend harm, taken the wrong way our words can cause havoc. Words that pass vicious judgments on others or that spread gossip create division or destruction. It can be a warning that we are the subject of such gossip. We need to be wary of those words which spread falsehoods and create philosophies that can lead us to destruction. We need to be careful that we understand what is truly meant. Also, we need to be mindful that by our words we are not creating misunderstandings.
We are being warned to resist the temptation to exaggerate or lie, to be a troublemaker, to babble and to destroy. The Pe upside down reminds us to watch our words be conscious of the possible ramifications of what we say. Even if we do not intend harm, our words taken the wrong way can cause havoc. Words passing vicious judgments on others and spreading gossip, create division or destruction. It can be a warning that we are the subject of such gossip. We need to be wary of other’s words, which spread falsehoods and create philosophies that can lead us to destruction. We need to be careful that we understand what is truly meant. Also we need to be mindful that by our words we are not creating misunderstandings.
Only if Pe is reversed may the lesson, growth and illumination come in the form of physical or spiritual cataclysm. The shattering of illusions, the false or no longer useful tower we have built, however painful, can bring new opportunities and nourishment for our renewal. We may find that the shattering of our tower can be a liberating experience. It may actually be a great gift. From the destruction of our tower we learn that we live most fully when we know ourselves to be part of a greater whole.