Essence: Symbolically an eye, Ayinis the beholder, the way we see and how that what we see, influences us. We need to see clearly to differentiate between truth and fiction to avoid being trapped in illusion. Howwe see is what we get.
70 עAYIN EYE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER
The Ayin is the number 70. Symbolically, theAyinis an eye. It is with our eyes that we are able to perceive and differentiate old from new, age from youth, day from night. It is the discerning eye, capable of discriminating between appearances. Yet, like a two-edged sword, the eye can also fool and entrap us through appearances.
Just as Samekh, 60, is in relationship with Vav, 6, Ayin, 70, is intimately connected to the Zayin, 7, the sword that divides. In Samekh the end of a cycle has been reached and simultaneously a new one begins. In following Samekh, Ayin is that which contains the seed of the new cycle. As it rests within the dark earth depths of the sacred eye of Ayin, we are given the opportunity to see with greater consciousness, and so to create our world anew.
Provided the clarity to see the past, we are now capable of reviewing our present. We can therefore choose our future with greater freedom. Ayin has tremendous power. The shape of our future is created by our skill to visualize or imagine not only a desired outcome, but also by our capacity to picture the steps needed for its completion. The better we can imagine and envision an outcome with our mind’s eye, the more creative power we have to manifest it.
Finally, with Ayinwe can open our eyes and awaken to the reality that we are not alone. In the receptive simplicity of a quiet heart lies the source of the most profound joy. No matter the outer circumstances, if we choose, we can see and realize Life as Paradise—this world, this time, is The Garden.
Ayinis the eye that can perceive Truth or, being fooled, can enslave, or entrap us in a purely materialist vision of reality. The Ayinwhen reversed is in some ways comparable to the Devil in the Rider-Waite Tarot.
The contrary position of the Ayincard suggests we examine the possibility that we are being fooled or enslaved by appearances. We need to remember the hand is often faster than the eye.
We may be lamenting the advantage our neighbor appears to have while ignoring or failing to see our own gifts. If we compare ourselves to others whom we believe have more than we ourselves do—or, worse, whom we believe to be more than we are—it is our eyes’ distorted view that has ensnared us.
The Ayinreversed is the eye of the beholder who has lost sight of the truth that it is not our absolute or objective differences that feed envy, but our subjective perceptions. Blinded by a clouded lens of ignorance, we become enslaved by appearances and entangled in a forest of twisted branches. Deceived, we torture and enslave ourselves and others with hate and xenophobia. Entrapped by false visions, we are in turn tortured and twisted by anger, greed, envy, competitiveness, and ruthless ambition.
At any time we always have the choice to recognize that all this agony is our own self-deception. The moment we see that it is our point of view that enslaves us, we become free. The reversed Ayindirects us to look at the ways we have enslaved ourselves and remember that often that which seems real is only so from a point of view.
Ayinis an eye silently watching, waiting for us to open our eyes and realize that how we see is what we get.