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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth- 2 of Swords-Peace & Gothic Tarot- II of Swords

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- 2 of Swords-Peace

Through me its unfailing wisdom takes form in thought and word.

The celestial attribution of the 2 of Swords, is the Moon in Libra; the Moon is change, but Nature is inherently peaceful which enhances the balancing nature of Libra, implying, the need to bring about change in a harmonious, united and sociable way.

Overall, one would think of the disruption of Chokma (# 2 Sephira- Wisdom) in the suit of Air (Swords); air being a suit born from the conflict of Water and Fire in marriage. Air/Swords is subject to change as no other suit, not only from the fire/water parentage but also when Earth appears the suit becomes crystallized. Here, the Mind/Ego is at peace. However, this is the death suit of the Tarot, and swords are implements of War. It is an instrument of action, just like the ego, which tells us it is the "true mind" and it is therefore, you. Both of which are a lie. You are the Solar Psyche, not the egoic mind that comes from the Rauch, the intellectual part of the Soul, which is in constant motion. This is the "false mind" that the Eastern mystics call the "great enemy" and the Qabalist call the "devil". This False Mind/Ego must be overcome if we are to achieve the "Heavenly Human" status of Adam or Eve Khadmond and/or the Higher State of Self where consciousness becomes the Supernal Trinity. However, the 2 of Swords is a sigh of relief from this battle as we are at momentary peace mentally and spiritually.

In the Thoth Tarot, the 2 of Swords, shows2 Swords of equal strength, crossed; they are combine by a 5 petal blue rose. The Blue Rose represents the Gnostic Sophia, ---and the Qabalistic Chokma. Binah is the Great Mother of Wisdom (Female aspect of Chokma), whose harmonizing influence, plus that of Libra, compounds the latent antagonism of the Suit of Swords. The pinwheel shaped white rays, are in a geometrical pattern that emphasizes the harmonic equilibrium of the 2. Peace is about the best word to describe this harmonic. Here is two minds united in the wisdom of Sophia.

Gothic Tarot- II of Swords

The Gothic Tarot-II of Swords, show 2 feathers and 1 sword. One feather on the left and one on the right, both in equal crossing of the sword. I would venture to guess this implies harmony.

When the 2 of Swords is thrown:

  • The querent will be or has been, experiencing peace after a quarrel that began two weeks, or two months ago.
  • Peace is restored but some tension remains.
  • There are two actions here, sometimes selfish and sometimes unselfish action because of the contradictory characteristics in the same nature (Moon in Libra, Fire and Water).
  • There is Strength gained after suffering; sacrifice and trouble, yet strength arising from the effort.
  • The querent may often show sorrow and sympathy for those in trouble and champion the weak and oppressed while also giving aid to them.
  • All in all, the Two of Swords, is a balancing of two strong individual minds, who have found greater profit in agreement rather than in conflict.
  • There is an arrangement of differences that brings about justice and truth from untruth.
  • Reconciliation of differences.

According to dignity of the accompanying cards, the ill dignity of the 2 of Swords could also mean:

  • One is lacking tact, often doing injury when meaning well. 
  • There is also an inclination to repeat pardoned affronts.
  • Unresolved conditions of tension. 

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