Kether and the Four Aces.
Kether, is ....and that is about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is not. It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy from the Infinite unmanifested. It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a Motion within all Movement. It is the all-seeing, observer, who only observes. All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. Kether is unexplainable, and in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown, the Primary symbol of Kether, The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point and the Swastika. Thus Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center.
As with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just to form an intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point in not Kether. Just as the Divine Creative built us in its own image, is true, but the Image is not the One. Kether is called Eheieh in Hebrew. Eheieh (sounds like exhaling breath)in English is , "I Will Be".
We are establishing some principles with symbols; the first principle symbol is the diamond crown. The diamond is attributed to Kether for it is seen as the purest light.
We may think because of our anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in our head, as a spacial as yet unawake part of our brain; However, this is not the case.
The Crown represents:
The Holy Guiding Spirit, the crowning glory that we all aspire to even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to. Because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth, known as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been described as the personal Aspiration of all Jedi. Which seems to be a word cross of Magi, Djinn and genius. Notice the Arabic term “al-Jeddi” (master of the mystic-warrior way) along with another Islamic term not mentioned, “Palawan” (similar to Lucas’ “Padawan” for Jedi apprentice) which were actual titles used by Muslim Knights! The Roman word Genius being a personal spirit guide or angle of Ancient Rome. The ancient Egyptians called the 3 Magi, the 3 Stars in Orion's belt that pointed to Osiris's star Sothis (Sirius), which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still called the Magi in the middle ages (See the Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. Walker. Page 565). The Word Djinn is Arabian, and originally referred to Ancestor souls. It seems George Lucas was creating a new mythology from the old. This is all very interesting, however, because of this "modern myth", we have a new word for Ancestor Souls whose power comes from the 3 Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle, with Kether as the Crown, i.e. The Force. Again Myth is a story about a Truth.
All association aside, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is observation in our mundane world. Observation, begins creation, thus the Point is also a symbol of Kether.
The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition. This would be called a "Singularity" in Quantum Physics or The Seed from which the Universe has grown. The Big Bang, the outward expression of this Seed that has been caused by a Force called Will, are shown as the Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether.
The Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh, likened to the sound of breath. Because all Work begins and ends with Kether, all ritualistic, or meditative work must begin with the invocation of the Highest Will. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the Inner Planes. The Universal Collective Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above".
To the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even translates the Energy of the Divine Unconscious but does not create that energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, but Kether is before Imagination for I begins before Am (other) is created. The "I Am Being" (us), is not the same as "I Will Be", for one is individual and idealize, while the latter is without idea...the ideas of Self came later in the conception of Time/Measurement, as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes 3 crystallized aspects. The I Will Be, Kether, becomes Will to Force- Chokmah and Will to Form- Binah, then Knowledge- Daath. Knowledge is information and in this universe information becomes in-form-action.
The Number One/Ace is also attributed to Kether, as 1, the ace, is the seed of all numbers. By simple addition. 1+1=2 and 2+1=3, etc. All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible, so what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what they represent. Thus Kether is Energy.......but we really don't know what that energy is.
However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah, the Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Buddhist Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken an ancient symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause manifestation as their own. However, as in all indoctrinated propaganda, rulers change the meaning of the holy symbols to suit their vision of self-importance, but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol.
"As above, so below”, in essence states that the Sephiroth of Malkuth, the Physical world, is equally as Wholly as the Source. The Divine Creative and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Our concepts of separation are just basically indoctrinated denial of our wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special. Much like the City Person who insists that farmers are "redneck" hicks, a form of lower intelligent life than themselves; even though their whole life is dependent on the good harvest work of the Intelligent Farmer. Such people are indeed in denial. Much like a parasite, thinking it is more important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from each other. In truth, the City man depends on the rural man and vise versa; it is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself".
Finally, we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All is a quality unknown to us, but which we can symbolize to some extent. Therefore, when an Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our perceptions. The Essence of a Thing, the idea of seed.
Kether is the Crown, the Observer, the Dark Energy, that is too bright to see. It is the Unknowable God of many religions, and yet as many of us know, religion is not God. Kether is the Idea of the Big Bang, the point, the Singularity. The Aces are also essences, so they too are not easily explained.
The 4 Aces are related to Kether, thus they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot Deck and/or Sephiroth. The consecutive elaboration of the Numbers, are Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the World and Universe; a World that is 96% invisible to us. However, by combining the colors of the visible spectrum of electromagnetic light, we see that different combinations, make different color changes, such as blue combined with red makes purple, etc. This combination is the necessary diversity of creation and can be called harmonies. To a Qabalist, the numbered Sephiroth are either Force or Form and sometimes both in union depending on the Masculine expressive and female receptive aspects of a particular Sephiroth.
Each Ace is unique and is distinct in its degree of density and in its ability to do work as a specific function in the One Energy. Thus, each Ace is the Seed of an Alchemical Element. We think we know what seeds are, but when we look at one, we don't see the Tree it represents. We just "kind of" know the pattern of the Tree is in there. That is also our conceptions of Kether, we just "kind of Know" that it is infinite, but then infinite is a human concept and Kether can't be known...so this gets a bit tricky. Obviously open mindedness is required and the courage to keep asking questions until answers emerge. The Influence of Kether is all around us, we just have to trust it knows us as information, even if we know it or not. Obviously we exist, and we are a combination of many factors, some if not most, unknown to us, so it is easy to trust the subtle. All in all, Knowledge built us, and that knowledge is ours to understand as in-form-action.
Because of your previous reading, you may understand that Kether is the "Dark energy-Dark Matter" that really isn't understood by us. Kether, the Source of All, is not known to us objectively, but its presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves. The Animation of the Universe.
The Ace of Cups is Kether in Briah, depicting the influence of Kether on the Mental Level. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an element used to symbolize the Consciousness and emotions (in combination with Fire).
The Thoth version of this Card shows the wave action characteristic of physical water implying the activity that encloses and directs pure consciousness. As the Universe of Energy is woven out of waves of consciousness, ideas, if you will, thus the Web in the background. The Thoth Ace of Cups, shows us a magnificent Grail filling with "White energy" (gluten), empowering the surroundings, with Spider Woman's Web emanating from it. For those of us who do not know the Myths of Spider Woman, she is a Native American description of the Great Mother Goddess who wove the fabric of the universe. Today we acknowledge time-space, as a woven grid of energy-----the similarity simply means that we have proven what we thought was myth.
The Ace of Cups represents the secrets of Water in its original form. The Wyrd (weaving) of Atoms into flowing waves/currents of energy form. Water is the Feminine compliment (magnetic), the Moon- vaginal- womb to the masculine- electric- Sun-phallus.
Upon the Dark Sea of Binah (or Goddess Mari if Gnostic Nazarene/Essene) are Lotuses, 2 in 1 (0=2), that fill the Grail-cup with Life Fluid, that is either represented as Water, Wine or Blood according to the selected purpose of the symbolism. In such symbolism, the Lotus can be replaced by a Blood Red Rose, thus representing the Blood Red Sea of Binah from which all Life flows. The Blood Red Rose is the image for the "Rosy Cross" symbol.
Remembering that all Aces are the "seed" of a force, no matter how much imagery we use to describe "The Womb with a View" (I've called the Great Her this since I was very young), She is a Force that makes Form from "I" (ideas) by birthing "Am". To represent this amazing Force, in any form of metaphor is difficult at most, and a mystery in the least. It's like trying to identify the one who has left foot prints in the snow. You know someone has been there, but no conclusive clue on their identity. She is the Seed of all Life; of Energy as Form.
Simply, when thrown, the Ace of Cups, represents, the seed of a form, and idea beginning to formulate; a birth starting in the mind as a zygote that will take about a year to manifest its true form. Beauty, fertility, productiveness. The Mysterious Seed of Femininity.
The Cup, is the Womb of Form, and emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea of Womb, the seed of the concept of conception and not a sex as of yet. Thus, the Ace of Wands is the idea of Phallus-ejaculation and the Ace of Cups is the Idea of Womb-reception.
The Ace of Cups is derived from-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is from Phallus- Sun. Thus we have the "Holy Grail", the Divine Creatrix; here the dark Sea of Binah supports the Two in One Lotuses that fill the cup with Life Fluid, be it symbolized, by water, wine or blood. Two in One, is the realization of the Womb and Phallus and/or 0=2.
According to Crowley, the White Light descending into the Ace of Cups is depiction of the Holy Ghost and/or Holy Spirit that enlivens all form, i.e. the male semen like flow of force.
The Holy Spirit (Spiral) represents the Moving- All of Spiral- Energy.
The Tarot of The Ages-Ace of Cups, has gone from the African images to the Mayan images for the Cups. Here, the Great Womb of life, is shown as a Mayan- pregnant woman standing in the Fountain of Everlasting Life, and/or Fountain of Youth, with 2 heads spewing forth the life giving waters and One head just exhaling. Here One also equals 2 as twin gods and Eheieh, is shown as the exhaling head. The Great She is also grasping a fertile tree, as a symbol of the Living Earth, which she has created in "her image", for even the Mayans had a Tree of Life symbol.
There is also a family tree of gods of Popol Vuh* , an ancient Maya Text.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Popol Vuh (also Popol Wuj or Popul Vuh) is a text recounting the mythology and history of the Kʼicheʼ people, one of the Maya peoples, who inhabit the Guatemalan Highlands northwest of present-day Guatemala City.
The Popol Vuh is a foundation narrative of the Kʼicheʼ before the Spanish conquest of Guatemala. It includes the Mayan creation myth, the exploits of the Hero Twins Hunahpú and Xbalanqué, and a chronicle of the Kʼicheʼ people.
The name "Popol Vuh" translates as "Book of the Community", "Book of Counsel", or more literally as "Book of the People". It was originally preserved through oral tradition until approximately 1550 when it was written down. The survival of the Popol Vuh is credited to the 18th century Dominican friar Francisco Ximénez who made a copy of the original text in Spanish.
Like the Chilam Balam and similar texts, the Popol Vuh is of particular importance given the scarcity of early accounts dealing with Mesoamerican mythologies due to the purging of documents after the Spanish conquest.
With complimentary imagery and meaning the Tarot of The Ages-Ace of Cups, has the same divination meanings as the Thoth Ace of Cups.
WHEN THE ACE OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
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