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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth- 2 of Swords-Peace & Tarot of The Ages-Two of Swords

Tantric and Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The celestial attribution of the Thoth- 2 of Swords, is the Moon in Libra. The Moon is change, and Nature is inherently peaceful which enhances the balancing nature of Libra.

Overall, one would think of the disruption of Chokma (# 2 Sephiroth- Wisdom) in the suit of Air- Swords-the death suit. This is because air being a suit born from the conflict of Water and Fire in marriage , would seem to cause steam. However, Air/Swords is subject to change as no other suit, not only from the fire/water parentage but also when Earth/Moon appears the suit making the turbulence of air and fire a balanced dance.

In the Thoth , the 2 of Swords, shows two 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- 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 are 2 minds/2 hearts/2 persons united in the wisdom of Sophia.

 

Sophia (Gnosticism)

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Gnosticism

 

Sophia (Koinē Greek: Σοφíα "Wisdom", Coptic: ⲧⲥⲟⲫⲓⲁ "the Sophia"[1]) is a major theme, along with Knowledge (γνῶσις gnosis, Coptic sooun), among many of the early Christian knowledge-theologies grouped by the heresiologist Irenaeus as gnostikos, "learned". Gnosticism is a 17th-century term expanding the definition of Irenaeus' groups to include other syncretic and mystery religions.[2]

In gnosticism, Sophia is a feminine figure, analogous to the human soul but also simultaneously one of the feminine aspects of God. Gnostics held that she was the syzygy (female twin divine Aeon) of Jesus (i.e. the Bride of Christ), and Holy Spirit of the Trinity. She is occasionally referred to by the Hebrew equivalent of Achamōth (Ἀχαμώθ, Hebrew: חכמה‎ chokhmah) and as Prunikos (Προύνικος). In the Nag Hammadi texts, Sophia is the lowest Aeon, or anthropic expression of the emanation of the light of God. She is considered to have fallen from grace in some way, in so doing creating or helping to create the material world.

Almost all Gnostic systems of the Syrian or Egyptian type taught that the universe began with an original, unknowable God, referred to as the Parent or Bythos, or as the Monad by Monoimus. From this initial unitary beginning, the One spontaneously emanated further Aeons, being pairs of progressively 'lesser' beings in sequence. Together with the source from which they emanate they form the Pleroma, or fullness, of God, and thus should not be seen as distinct from the divine, but symbolic abstractions of the divine nature. The transition from the immaterial to the material, from the noumenal to the sensible, is brought about by a flaw, or a passion, or a sin, in one of the Aeons.

In most versions of the Gnostic mythos, it is Sophia who brings about this instability in the Pleroma, in turn bringing about the creation of materiality. According to some Gnostic texts, the crisis occurs as a result of Sophia trying to emanate without her syzygy or, in another tradition, because she tries to breach the barrier between herself and the unknowable Bythos. After cataclysmically falling from the Pleroma, Sophia's fear and anguish of losing her life (just as she lost the light of the One) causes confusion and longing to return to it. Because of these longings, matter (Greek: hylē, ὕλη) and soul (Greek: psychē, ψυχή) accidentally come into existence. The creation of the Demiurge (also known as Yaldabaoth, "Daughter of Chaos") is also a mistake made during this exile. The Demiurge proceeds to create the physical world in which we live, ignorant of Sophia, who nevertheless manages to infuse some spiritual spark or pneuma into his creation.

In the Pistis Sophia, Christ is sent from the Godhead in order to bring Sophia back into the fullness (Pleroma). Christ enables her to again see the light, bringing her knowledge of the spirit (Greek: pneuma, πνευμα). Christ is then sent to earth in the form of the man Jesus to give men the Gnosis needed to rescue themselves from the physical world and return to the spiritual world. In Gnosticism, the Gospel story of Jesus is itself allegorical: it is the Outer Mystery, used as an introduction to Gnosis, rather than it being literally true in a historical context. For the Gnostics, the drama of the redemption of the Sophia through Christ or the Logos is the central drama of the universe. The Sophia resides in all of us as the Divine Spark.

From the Book: The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara Walker.

The Trattato Gnostico said Sophia was God's Mother, "the great revered Virgin in whom the Father was concealed from the beginning before He created anything." In Egypt she was identified with Isis-Hathor, whose 7 emanations gave each Egyptian his 7 souls (7 Auric light bodies).Irenaeus said Sophia like Hathor was the mother of 7 planetary spirits, whose names were listed in Gnostic papyri as the magic-working secret names of God. [Legge 2, 69]

The Clementine Homilies called Sophia the All-Maternal Being (In Gnosticism "Beings" were immortal entities), The Queen , Lady Wisdom. Early Gnostic Christians held that, like Krishna and Shiva. or like Dionysus and Zeus, Christ and God together merged with Sophia as an androgyne. "The Son (sun)of Man agreed with Sophia, his consort, and revealed himself in a great light as bisexual. His male nature is called the 'Savior', the gegetter of all things, but his female, 'Sophia Mother of All' ". [Malvern, 43,53]

In less antiquated language we can see that Sophia is the Abyssal Womb from which the Mind was born in a "big bang" of energy. Hence, the Mother of I AM (Our Souls) is called Sophia/Wisdom. Wisdom comes from "doing" and/or creating-seeing error and correcting it. For all creation is subject to error, as it must prove itself by in-form-action. Hence, "all are born with sin", Sin being error. Karma means we have to correct certain errors and must pay attention to the Self we are building as a "me". Above all things, know thyself. Therefore, the Sophia is the Divine Anima (Spirit) and the Father is the Divine Animus (soul-psyche). Our souls are an exact copy of this Parental DNA of the Abyssal womb and the Energy Father (fire). We would call this the electromagnetic spectrum; Magnetism is Mother, who shapes Data that is bound in Electric energy, into Forms and/or information (in-form-action). The 7 sacred Beings that make up God, exist in our auric field as perfect copies of the One,i.e.,7 Auric fields of electromagnetic light and the resulting "7 Sacred Planets (chakras) that make up the Qabalistic wholly hexagram, with the "Son/Sun", the 6th Sephiroth in the Center.
 

Now we can all mystical and worshipful in speech and prayer or we can realize that this Universe is a fractal of Self, and that everything is a copy of a copy, of a copy, of a copy, etc. of the Original Self. You therefore, are a Copy of the Divine Self, so claim your inheritance by in-form-action, and get busy going inward in meditations, breathing rituals, Tarot, Qabalistic learning, etc. You are not man-made so you can't be identified by man-made words and/or propaganda of your rulers. You are a perfect example of the Sacred being profaned by the few who wish to rule the many. Peace comes within when the Divine Androgyne, the Anima and Animus, of our Souls, has a wedding ceremony in the homo sapiens sapiens as the Sacred Temple of the Divine Honeymoon. The Gnostic Text of the Gospel of Mary (from the Nag Hammadi Library) states that Christ teaches that sin is not a problem of moral ignorance so much as a manifestation of imbalance of the soul. Christ then encourages the disciples to spread his teachings and warns them against those who teach of spirituality as an external concept rather than as an internal, gnostic experience. In Qabalah one goes up the Tree of Life by going inward and goes down the Tree of Life by going outward. So it is time to raise your inner identity from the grave built for you by dogma and indoctrination, for spirituality is inward not outward. Click on bottom link for some great Pranayama and/or yoga breathing exercises which take you inward. Peace comes from a balanced soul/psyche.

The astrological meaning applied to the 2 of Air, is the Moon in Libra, implying, the need to bring about change in a harmonious, united and sociable way

The Tarot of The Ages- Two of Swords- represents the same philosophy as that the Thoth 2 of Swords' The White Dove is the sign of Sophia as the "holy spirit". The 2 males, who seem to be Norse, joining their swords in an exclamation of Peaceful intentions. White light is the Original Energy/Kether of the Qabalah. and here it represents the Sun/son. One males seems older and the other younger, implying Wisdom and youthful energy, when combined, create peace or when 2 contrasting thoughts becoming one. The same divination meanings apply to the Tarot of The Ages-Two of Swords as they are in the Thoth 2 of Swords.

When the 2/Two 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.
  • There is an arrangement of differences that brings about justice and truth from untruth.
  • Balanced force. 
  • Harmony.
  • Firmness. 
  • Offsetting factors.

According to the ill dignity of the accompanying cards, 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.
  • 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.
  • Duplicity.
  • Falsehood.
  • Misrepresentation.
  • Disloyalty.
  • False friend.
  • Treachery.

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