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The Tarot of Eli: Minor Arcana-Starman Tarot- 3 of Pentacles & Thoth Tarot-3 of Disks-Works

Western Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

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The Starman Tarot-3 of Pentacles, represents "mastering a skill set". There is a certain aliveness, a embodiment of intelligence, that comes from doing something excellently. Any great work starts with the heart, the desire to do something well. This takes much more time than one may initially expect, according to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes 10,000 hrs to master anything.

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  • Malcolm Timothy Gladwell CM is a Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has written five books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, Outliers: The Story of Success, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, a collection of his journalism, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. All five books were on The New York Times B

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  • Born: Malcolm Timothy Gladwell, September 3, 1963 (age 55), Fareham, England

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Despite Malcolm's brilliance, I dare say it may even take as much as 20,000 hrs. I have taken as much as 500 lifetimes to become the master of my masterpiece, the homo sapiens sapiens, who is the masterpiece given each of us "Suns of the Divine Creative",i.e., Hu Man Souls. This 2 word spelling is not an error, for, HU- is Mandarin for God, and Man comes from the Hindu word-Manas -meaning Mind. We are therefore, "god-mind" souls that operate a homo sapiens sapiens and it takes many "life times" to learn to operate the homo sapiens sapiens, as the Great Work of "As above, so below". Which is another way of saying, bringing the One Mind to Earth as a "Horus" and/or Personality of the Solar Self-Soul. We are the inheritors of the Universal Collective Unconscious, the Evolution of Intelligent Light. It is the bio-photons that spark between the neurons in the bodies brain, heart, and gut, that is the fire called "spirit". You therefore, are not a body, but the "spirit" that operates one in the name of the One-The I AM. Spirit is "fire", the Photons of the Greater Solar Self that is the massive Photon Sun that is the Galaxy Core of the "milky way" galaxy. Hence, the Great Work of I AM, began at the big bang, and you are the intelligent progress that light has made in 14 billion years. A large gathering of Photons, a Collective, becomes a Soul. This power to gather, is called the Law of Attraction, which becomes "love" when you have a body of flesh.Flesh makes "gathering" a sensation, sensation makes bio-photons intimate with what light, the one energy has become. Due to this intimacy of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound, we now take "things" personal. We now become "personal". The Great Work began as "I Will Be"(Eheieh), and we are now the success of this Will, the Will fulfilled as I AM Being-I Am Me. Therefore, we are Spirit fulfilling the will of our Divine Parent's desire "to be", and instead of being disinterested and/or a dreaming creative unconscious mind, we are very interested when we take creation personal as "consciousness".

All in all, unless you find a life path with heart, where you "practice until perfect", you will not know true happiness. For happiness comes from excellent performance, which requires, Soul (heart) Mind and Body working as one great force. Therefore, constantly pushing one's self beyond comfort zones, developing particular skills through training activities design by an expert in their trade, or a coach, and therefore, getting feedback on weaknesses so they can worked on and be improved, is a powerful way to evolve a talent. Sometimes we just want to say "Fuck it", after many attempts and through our hands up in the air as if surrendering to fate. But therein lies only a talent for failure. I remember a time, in 3rd century Tibet, where a teacher I know as "Yo Chen", whose patience talent and intent was beyond the extraordinary. I was a 12 year old, attempting to do a "sand painting", and failing to meet the excellence of the more mature others who cooperated in this endeavor. I soon began so frustrated at my meger attempts I began crying, snot running ,and wailed at my "master" to help me. After a long while, without any attempt of Yo Chen to help his defeated neophyte, I stopped crying and sobbed out in a high wailing warble, "Why don't you help me!" . He just looked at me, and waited until I stopped filling my ears with my own noise and said, " If you wish to speak to me , you must stand for I will not kneel to your weakness". It took sometime before I understood this statement. He would only support the Spiritual-Heart within and not the brain's outside weakness generated by fear of effort/discomfort. Tough love, is what people call this today. I have learned to walk only the Path of the Heart because of this great man.

Traditionally, to learn a craft, one begins their journey of excellence, as an apprentice, who over time, as skills develop becomes employed as a journeyman, further honing their skills under the watchful eyes of a Master Craftsman. After many years of hard work, the journeyman may even become a self-employed Master Craftsman. If your heart isn't in it, you will not make this journey of excellence, and your life will always seem to be lacking the sparkle of inner joy. Instead of Whole Self, one feels a hole in one's self. Joy is an inner journey of excellence which is only achieved by intense concentration which dissolves everyday worries, and builds endurance and confidence as fear of failure fades away under the doubtless blaze of heart felt happiness. "I can't", is a lie, it just means "I don't want to"... so don't lie to yourself, follow the heart wants for they are the desires of the Soul and not some pusillanimously programed brain.  

Therefore, in the Starman 3 of Pentacles we see the flamboyant central character balancing on 3 golden pentacles symbolizing the dedication and risk involved in applying one's self to something difficult. The art of this card is full of "works", sacred geometry and alien calligraphy all of which clearly enhances and suggests the beauty of Davide's artistic skill.

As my dearly departed Father has said to me", If it is easy, it isn't worth doing".

The Thoth 3 of Disks-Works represents endurance, strong physical determination, and tenacity. This is the ability to give the "works" to what you want. This is the card of nobility; that of trade, skilled labor, renown and glory.

The pyramid symbolizes focused power as commitment and priority. The blue light surrounding the pyramid states the capacity of clarity; clarity about what you will or will not give your energy, mind and body to. In other words, “the Works". The gray waves in the background represent confusion; However, this confusion has been broken through by the lighted pyramid of clear intention, clarity of priorities and commitments. The 3 red wheels represent the alignment of mind, heart and action.

The astrological sign of Mars in Capricorn adorns this card, as Mars is the planet of activity, energy, vitality and assertion. Capricorn represents, the assertion of Mind, Heart and Action with focused intention moving in the same direction of tangible and secure manifestation. To the Universal Self, "The Works" is Life Itself so when we align our body and soul (heart) and action towards priorities, commitments and/or what we wish to give "the works" to----we align with Universal Priorities which can enhance all that we are determined to do. All we have to do is focus our intent, begin with what we have, and the Universal Priority will accelerate us towards our goal. It is the "All" that we have to do.

This card represents the influence of Binah (Mother-Goddess) in the physical world of Assiah. The 3 of Disks also represents, trade, skilled labor, physical persistence, tenacity, endurance and strong determination to get the job done. For the Alchemist and Qabalist, Works represents the combinations of Mercury, sulfur, and salt or the material letters Aleph (air), Mem (water) and Shin (fire). Illustrated on this Thoth card is the pyramid of crystallized forces rises out of the Great Sea of Binah.

Since this card represents the Divine Ability to create material manifestation, it reminds us that we must keep heart and soul involved in our creativity in order to manifest our ideals. To see our dreams as children to be born, and go about paying attention to detail and dedicate our heart and soul towards this goal. This is love of being vigorous, represented by the Thoth Lust card. We need to Lust after our goals in order to nurture our dream into fruition. To those who love creating---expressing their soul into matter, diligence is the only time limit because they love the act of creating more than the goal attained, such people are in -tune with the Great Work which is to be. It is not what you become that is important, it is being that is important in order to keep transforming energetic presence into skill. Living the Eternal Now, is better than hoping to be living a phantom future---which is liquid and only swirls to the currents of your present motion!

The Four 3's are associated with Binah who is the Great Mother and is called UNDERSTANDING. In Understanding, the idea becomes fertilized and a child can be born. Data understood, becomes information.

The formulation of the Supernal Triangle, (Kether-Crown, and Chokma-Wisdom & Binah-Understanding) is a stability that cannot be made unstable. We know the Triangle that begins all birth as many combinations of 3. Maid-Mother-and Crone, each a special perspective on Womb-rite. Father-Son- and Spirit, each an active part of the stable foundation of "the Spirit Fire" or rite of Phallus. Ocean-Rain-and River, each a process of Life or Ocean-Sun-and Earth. While the mind is made up of Unconscious, (The Spirit Mind of the Universal Collective Unconscious) subconscious (body collective) and self-conscious (personality), we can go on and on but in all cases a fertilization is achieved and a child can be born. For instance:

  1. The 3 of Wands is called Virtue, and/or The Lord of Virtue (Husbandry), for in this state of conscious energy, the idea of will and dominion has become interpreted in Character and born as "be true to thine own self". 
  2. The 3 of Cups is called Abundance and/or the Lord of Abundance where the idea of Love has come to fruition. The 3's are far enough down the Tree of Life to begin seeing definite differentiation between the suits, giving birth to the idea of division----so that "many can be made from the One who is Three".
  3. The idea of division, of mutability, which is the "airy' quality of things, is made manifest in the 3 of Swords. The 3 of Swords is named SORROW Not the vulgar sorrow of individual discontent or disappointment but the Sorrow of the Dark Binah, and of the Dark Isis. In German this great sorrow is called Weltschmerz, the universal sorrow. It is the quality of Melancholy. I find it easier to understand the 3 of Swords by understanding the Great Mother's sorrow over her seeing the Bright Shimmering Beauty of Her Children and because of "freedom of choice", unable to intervene when watching her children become ugly in their own minds as they identify themselves as monsters. All of which happens when fear is the foundation of our ideas/identity rather than Love. Melancholy is born. 
  4. The 3 of Disks (Pentacles) exhibits the crystallization of forces, which is the idea of Earth. There is an obvious manifestation of Work having been done. This is also often called the Great Work and/or Life creating the Alive. This may make more sense to you if you remember that the “other-side of the Mirror", is the Dark Place where Life is the Supernal Triangle of the Tree of Life, and the Alive are the Child made manifest from this Union of Conscious Energy (Forces), that combine to make the Crystallization of Light the Reflective side of the Mirror! This conceptualization of a two-sided mirror goes far in explaining why "Mirror Magic' is so often used to insure manifestation of idea into a "living expression". Or you can say "from the warm, wet Darkness of the nurturing womb, Light is born."

A lot has been said, but not many understand that the body is merely a Reflection, of your Invisible "Dark side"; the invisible you who is the majority of you and made of Photons that you can't see. (You are physically 99.6% invisible), It is in the Dark, warmth, of your "infinite light" (Spirit) that all Life comes from...the body is Alive, but in itself is not Life! As stated, the body is a Reflection of Life. Think well from your deep dark inner places, to be Alive and Well! It pays to remember this axiom, “Do unto another as you would have done to you."...for that is in itself a Triangle of three---Idea, Cause and effect. It is unbreakable in its stability. So it pays to know what your ideas create. If you identify "others" instead of "Another’s" (everyone I see is another way to be Me.) you will keep lessening yourself until your life force can no longer sustain the body health and balance. To think less of others, is to lessen yourself., this lessens you Bio-Photon input and therefore your intelligence. Your thoughts, ideas, and opinions only affect the Cause of Yourself. Your Reflection,is emoted, therefore, emotion enacts your Deep thoughts, into "aliveness". Your body is the only one who feels your thoughts and then must enact them. We are not responsible for how "others" react to us. We are, however, the responsible for our reaction to our own thought which we often declare is another's fault! This Transference of responsibility makes us weak. It is best to understand that "others" are just another way to be you- Divine Children; Children who have the Goddess given Freedom of Choice; gifted Divine Children, who have a right to their identities, be they ill or well thought out.

Love, is intelligence as it is both wise and understanding---not the act of a simpleton but of a Powerful Spirit Being. To Love Being----is to be love.

The Magus knows, that to be able to "think" means you are not the effect called Thought, but the Cause of it. So my thoughts aren't "my precious", they are the cause that affects the Alive and hopefully ordered enough to work effectively. I then have the Knowledge to make, and remake thought to improve the function of my body, rather than think that I am the thought I think, and the body I operate in the name of "skill". We are taught that one must defend those thoughts to the death, which then elevates idea above the Alive and is an error that only makes us less able to skillfully operate our body. This is silly as eliminating the Alive or at least enslaving the Alive to thought when being Alive and its expansion and liberation from thought’s self- imposed limits, is the very reason for the Union of Spirit and matter. Self-Reflection, requires bodies! To make Thought Sensual, is necessary to create a screening process; a living form! We must become intimate with our thoughts/creations. We are a creative Spirit who can devote our thought controlled “time/space" to "expanding and liberating" the Body from the survival thinking of the animal domain to the (en) lighted thinking of the Spiritual I AM. This in turn expands and liberates self-awareness! By the feelings of Love or Fear generated by the Communion of idea with a sensual- living laboratory, ideas become experimental processes that either free the body from the past or bind it to the past. Idea alone is not enough to properly operate the Alive! Life depends on the Threesome of the Divine Wedding, which is the triangle made of Idea, the Union of Wisdom and Understanding, to create the Beautiful Bright Child called Knowledge!

When you understand the 3s, you begin to understand your Godhood and the skill of "being alive".

To reiterate: the Thoth 3 of Disks-Works, represents the Great Work, the establishment of the material Universe and the determination of its basic form. The 3's are the number of the Ternary Great Mother Binah, the 3 of Disks is the Influence of the Great Trinity Mother, The Form Maker, in the Sphere of Earth. Here, Binah is illustrated as background on the Thoth card, as the Great Sea of Binah in the Night. The fact that Unlimited Light is dark, for only limits can be seen, is shown by the mottled gray, indigo and green pattern of the active sea whose waves are consciousness.

Also, Mars in Capricorn is the celestial ruler of this card. Placing Mars in his most exalted state. Here, when linked to Capricorn, the Martian energy is constructive and he is an exceptional builder and engineer.

The view of this card is that of a pyramid as seen from above its apex. The 3 wheeled base, represents the 3 Mother Letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph (Air), Shin (Fire), and Mem (Water) or the alchemical system of Mercury, Sulphur (old English spelling), and Salt. If you are of the Hindu persuasion, the three wheels represent the Three Rajas, and Tamas. Or as the three images of the Goddess Durga.

To a Qabalist, the Great Work is to make the "As above, so below", which is a process of "Above all things, know thyself", all of which is achieved by remembering the Spiritual journey "down" the Tree of Life by consciously traveling "back up" and thus opening our personalities to the Great Personality that began this process of Macrocosm to Microcosm. To "Remember thyself", is to know your divinity, not just believing in it.

Part of the Great Work is to establish a "Knowing Evolutionary" state of “expanding and liberating", the animal brain form its survival thinking limits that keep it from Wisdom. To a Qabalist, Wisdom is the ability to "create-see error-and correct it", for we know that Wisdom is 50% error, and 50% correction; to the animal brain to make error is feared as a survival blunder thus keeping it from progressing. The wise know that we must make mistakes when creating in a "cause and effect" universe, as entropy is part of all material creation. Entropy, is always seeking to "proceed from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics), and the Universal solution to that chaos, is to keep up motion by constant change. In other words, "to expand and liberate" creation from previous boundaries. If you know yourself at all, you will know that the Homo Sapien Sapiens aligned with eht Hu Man consciousness is the Solution to microcosmic- conscious limitations. We have the "Mind of Goddess/God",the Hu Man, often called Imagination; Imagination is what I call "the Womb with a view”. Thus, we can see beyond our senses, we can plot and give birth to futures. We are visionary in our sight and see beyond the entropy of the moment. To know thyself, is to know that the moment doesn't contain you and that it is just a moment, whereas you, are a Master of Time /Space and have the power to change moments, just by perspective alone, thus changing the future. You are Spirit, and you have inherited Skills, as instincts are inherited body skills, making "alive" is a inherited Spirit skill.

When the 3 of Disks (Pentacles ) is thrown, the querent is or will be experiencing:

  • Paid employment, in the next three weeks or 3 months.
  • Successful business transactions from working and constructive force.
  • Building up, erecting, and realization and increase of material things.
  • Cleverness, in business that entertains a certain selfishness as they are keen in the matter of gain.
  • A time of inventing, engineering and creating where all things material is moving together within 3 weeks or 3 months.
  • Communal work, where working together brings about success.
  • If the 3 of Disks is surrounded by Trump (Major Arcana), the querent is on the Spiritual journey of the Great Work, and is accomplishing the Task of Remembering the "As above", thus manifesting it "so below". 
  • When thrown this card declares that in the next 3 weeks or 3 months is the best time to get clear on your priorities, commitments and to determine what you are willing to give "the works" to. It is also the best time to reassess or clarify your relationships with Capricorn people (December 21- January 21). 
  • This is a time where clarity seems to come out of nowhere allowing you to see clearly priorities and commitments that you wish to tenaciously stick to making them solid and stable in your life.
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If the Starman 3 of Pentacles is reversed;

As in all Thoth cards, the definition is modified by dignity. If ill dignified by the accompanying cards, the 3 of Disks implies:

  • Represents narrow and prejudiced thought.
  •  The seeking of the impossible.
  • Obsessive tendencies
  • Lack of discipline and self-mastery.
  • No workable plan. 
  • Lack of intent.

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