The sign of this card, TAURUS, is ruled by Venus and it has a great many
meanings, one being the Voice. The instruction of the Higher Self is heard
through the instrumentality, through the agency of Venus, and she sends
it on to the Pituitary. In philosophical terms, this means that you will
not have Intuition about anything until you have used your Imagination
on it, or until you have done as much thinking about it as you can. This
exposes a very silly mistake that was made about Intuition by unthinking
people who have absorbed superficially. They say that Intuition comes
out of the BLUE-it goes through no preliminary stages, but comes out of
an open sky. That idea is so absurd! You will never find anybody having
an Intuition about a matter about which he has not given much previous
thought. An artist, for instance, has Intuition only about art, and a
scientist only about his particular science.
Intuition is not and cannot be a substitute for all the previous orderly
mental steps. What are they? ATTENTION, MEMORY, IMAGINATION, and REASON.
Great Intuition comes only after profound intellectualization in all these
four stages. Some people think that Intuition is a matter of temperament.
It is not that at all. Some people confuse Intuition with those sudden
imperative emotions we call "hunches." Now it is true, a hunch
is something we cannot explain, and it is sometimes amazingly accurate,
but it is not intuition. Why not? Because hunches come from a part of
us that is not from the mental part of us. The experience called "intuition"
is from the mental part, from the Mental Sphere. The Higher Self has sent
it down to that part of us which corresponds to Him, "the Mind."
There are four mental steps we use preparatory to Intuition. When you
have used them as far as they will go, the Higher Self steps in. If you
will still the personality and listen to Him, He will help you out, but
not unless it is necessary. Otherwise, how could you ever develop your
Attention, your Memory, your Imagination and your Reason? This is very
important! It seems untrue, but the moment you anticipate it, you see
that it must be true. What is the need of Intuition if Reason will bring
you to the same conclusion? There is no need of an Intuition. Intuition
goes father than Reason can. You temporarily discard your Reason in order
to get Intuition. It is always something you would not have arrived at
by your Reason, and you employ Reason to carry it out. If you did not
resume Reason to carry it out, you would never develop Reason. Many temples
of ancient Greece were called "Temples of Divine Intuition and Reason."
This is precisely the same thing you do when you read or when you listen
to anybody. You temporarily discard your personality and take up theirs,
but if you keep your personality going you hear wrongly what they say.
After you have heard what they say, you then use your personality in order
to listen or read accurately. Otherwise, you hear everything the other
person says through your own emotions and emotional associations.
In order to listen or to read, you have got to discard your personality
temporarily. When you think, take it back again and measure what you have
heard or read by the light of your personality-that is, by the measuring
stick of your personality. So for that reason you must temporarily discard
it to get Intuition. After you have got it you must use your Reason to
carry it out.
William Blake said: "The greatest enemy of man is his reason.
Reason impedes his Divine Rights, His Divine perceptions." He
also said, "Nothing counts but intuition." In this respect
he is right. Nothing does count but Intuition, if you are fortunate enough
to have it. Until you have it, your Reason is what counts. Intuition would
not come at all until you had used your Reason to the utmost, and used
the three previous steps on which Reason is based. When you receive your
Intuition you will always find it contrary to what your Reason has told
you, or would have told you. If Reason was sufficient there would be no
need for Intuition.
Blake's statement is one of the most interesting illustrations of how
in one life we correct certain leading characteristics into which we have
gone too far in another life. Blake always said that he had been Socrates.
Socrates taught that Reason is the highest faculty of man, and that man
could arrive at the same results by Reason as by Intuition. In that respect
Socrates was wrong. As Socrates, Blake exalted Reason too much. He was
too much for trimming back, too much for going against Reason. That is
what always happens to us. When we try to correct a fault we overcorrect
it and have to trim back. As it always happens, it appears to be intended.
That appears to be the way to correct a fault, by overcorrecting and then
There are many thinkers today who believe that the Intuition of William
Blake was among the most important things of the 19th Century. We know
he had no Intuition except in those realms to which he had given profound
study and thought. You must use whatever mind you have, as much as you
can, before you get any Intuition.
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