THE GODS OF TANTRA
The principle gods of Tantra include Shakti, Siva, and Kali. Each should be considered not as a living individual but as a representative of the focus of the human mind. Shakti represents the icon of the symbolism of the bright side of the Tree of Life. Siva represents the icon of the symbolism of the dark side of the Tree of Life. These are highly simplified descriptions of the very complex transcendental symbols they represent.
Within these icons are many more incons representing sub-deities such as Kali, one of the icons of Shakti representing the glyph on the Tree of Life known as Geburrah. Kali thus represents the great celestial surgeon, trimming useless material from the emotional and intellectual mine of mankind. The glyph or symbol known as Geburrah further represents the sixth brain circuit of the human brain. When "earthed" or grounded in science and a more mundane knowledge of how our brain and body functions, the goddess Kali becomes a much richer and more functional icon representing not imaginary god powers but real human powers which can be used by each individual. Thus, the use of such icons such as the goddess Kali allows us to use a shorthand method of talking about our own abilities, powers, and godhood.
We are each gods, learning our jobs and abilities. Just as children learn the roles of maturity, we have little awareness of our mature role as gods. The child plays at being a doctor or lawyer, fireman or farmer, but never actually believes they are or will be. It is just a role and fun to copy what is imagined as reality. When the reality of 20 hour days and the terror of medical internship is encountered as an adult, the child quickly grows up and the play is realized for what it really was. When the budding lawyer encounters night after night reading through legal precedents and writing volumes of "boilerplate", the childhood image of glory fades into the reality of hard work, nuts and bolts, bed pans and vomit, mud and dirt, and very little real glory. The job of growing up and becoming is not anything a child can imagine. Nor would many professionals become engineers, chemists, doctors, etc., if they knew in advance what it would take to attain that goal and then what it would take to maintain that status. Such is the situation of becoming a god. Just as the child has the doctor in them, you have a god in you. It is up to you to liberate your godhood.
Kali represents a specific sephiroth (single point) on the Tree of Life and Shakti represents an overall characteristic of the Tree of Life. Since Shakti is the principle goddess of the study of most forms of Tantra, it is not suprising that Shakti is representative of the sexual energy of the bright side of the Tree of life. As the symbol of the sexual energy of humans, Shakti shines forth from the symbols of the Tree of Life with intense energy and beacons from sephiroth to sephiroth through the paths connecting the individual aspects of the Tree of Life. The energy of Shakti flows throughout the Tree of Life and is represented by the sephiroth Daath, the hidden sephiroth. Daath is present throughout the Tree of Life and it is said that where ever the student is focused on the Tree of Life, there also is Daath and the powers represented by Daath. The word Shakti could have been exchanged for the word Daath and the image of energetic support would not only have been the same but even more empowered. Thus, Shakti is the goddess of Tantra for a very good reason. Tantra uses the energy of human sexuality to reach and liberate human higher spiritual powers (among many other things Tantra teaches).
Siva, representing the dark side of the Tree of Life, is often used to guide religions or methods of attainment that are often considered as using darker or even evil powers. Voodoo, satanism, wizardry, and other religions considered to be worshipers of evil methods often use Siva or a Siva-like god as the principle god of their work. By no means is Wicca any more evil than Christianity, in fact, Wicca is a natural earth religion and predates most or all other religions. Nor are satanism and wizardry intrinsically evil. Satanism is a reaction to Jehovaism and has killed or harmed far fewer people than so called Christian religions. More people have been killed in the name of some good(???) god than have been harmed even slightly by Wicca, satanism, wizardry, or other arcane methods. It would be impossible to estimate how many humans have died at the hands of well?-meant Christians. It is impossible for me to read the teachings of Christ and then imagine killing a fellow human in the name of those same teachings of that kind and gentle fellow human from Nazarath. But that has been done, is being done, and will continue to be done! Christ must be horrified at what is being done in his name.
Siva, at least, represents a straight Alpha Male characteristic to his godhood and is a forthright symbol of a specific methodology. It is difficult to misrepresent the macho methods of Siva and such methods of attainment have always enslaved the woman to the needs of the male. Such enslavement is a trap for both male and female but the slave owner seldom sees the trap and believes they are free. No one is ever free when tied to slavery either as slave or slave owner. Siva makes no bones about the strength of being the slave owner and never comes to grips with the trap of slavery. When the guidance of Siva is used without the trap of slavery, the strength of Siva is empowering when used in conjunction with Shakti. Only together can Siva empower humans to higher powers without slavery. Sharing, and only sharing brings empowerment at the highest levels. Shakti alone brings high powers but Shakti and Siva together bring powers that reach higher and can bring attainment to the highest possible levels.
Each sephiroth on the Tree of Life (there are ten sephiroth) represents a different brain circuit of the human brain. Each sephiroth is described in such a way as to agree with the more recently discovered scientific descriptions of human brain functioning. Thus, the Tree of Life is firmly rooted in reality and is a functional symbol set. As noted above, the symbol known as the Tree of Life consists of a sub-set of symbols known as sephiroth. Each of these sub-sets contain sub-sets describing the powers and characteristics available within the sephiroth and Tree of Life. For instance, Kali, the sub-set of Shakti that destroys useless aspects of the emotional life of humans is representative of the sephiroth Geburrah. Geburrah is representative of the ability of the human brain to control the health of the human body. As Jung says, "from here come beasties and demons", clearly indicating the harshness of the sixth brain circuit represented on the Tree of Life by the sephiroth Geburrah and further represented in Tantra by the goddess Kali. The goddess Kali has many sub-sets of abilities beginning with the representation of her many arms (usually nine arms), each of which has a specific job to do, or specific meaning, or representative aspect of the methods of attainment. Thus are all the abilities of the human brain listed in the shorthand method represented by the many gods and many aspects of gods of Tantra. The Tree of Life lists the abilities of the human brain through the shorthand method of sephiroth, paths, and gods supposedly empowering the sephira and paths.