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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 2 of Wands-Dominion & Tarot Illuminati- 2 of Wands

Western Qabalistic, Tantric and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- 2 of Wands

Lord of Dominion

Tarot Illuminati- 2 of Wands

the conqueror at the edge of the world.

The Upper Supernal Triangle can be compared to the Garden of Eden, Self/ Identity began here, the male-Will To Force and female-Will To Form polarities of energy balance against each other, evolving into increasing density as they develop towards the lowest Sephiroth, Malkuth, on the Tree of Life.

In Qabalistic Gematria, the number 2 symbolizes the union and balance of opposites that underlies all material existence. Because this equilibrium of opposites begins in Chokmah, it is called the Sephiroth of” Perfect Harmony”. While Kether is that which the “Root” of impetus is: Chokmah is the impetus for all manifestation. The Harmonic Union of opposites supplies that action.

Binah is Saturn, and Chokmah is the sphere of the Zodiac.

Ultimately, we can say that Kether is Androgynous, in the equation of 0=2. Chokmah is the idea of Maleness (Electric/will to force) and Binah is the idea of Femaleness (Magnetic/will to form), and the mating of the 2 wills the Electromagnetic Spectrum" into form.

Supernal Triangle

Once again our sensual ideas of sexuality do not apply on this Higher Scale of Communion. Here Maleness is the vital outpouring of electrical energy that is organized as will to force, limited or formalized by the magnetic qualities of Female will to form. Thus Yod is male and Heh is female, and the resulting offspring is Vau of the Divine Name that marries the Daughter who is the last Heh. Thus the secret name of God, Yod Heh Vau Heh, is represented as that attribute to the 6 lower Sephiroth in which Tiphareth (Beauty-Soul) is central.

As you may note, there are many interchangeable symbols in the Qaballah-Kabbalah-Cabalah- that may make it seem more complicated than it is. The essential key is that the Vital Outpouring Energy, which in intercourse with an organizing force, produces something else. For example, red combined with blue, creates purple by the motion of the mixer (Kether). Opposites joined in balanced harmony, produce something greater than the parents. This is not possible if exactly the same united with exactly the same, you would only get... exactly the same.

The Tree of Life originated in the opposition of Chokmah and Binah. However, this is not static, any more than male- female union on earth is static, there is a constant back and forth motion of growth and movement. When a change occurs in one Sephiroth, there is a natural balancing response in its opposite. There is a continual exchange that could be compared to breathing, as the inhale exhale action that powers Life. This Universal motion of inhale/exhale is the "dance of the Shakti and Shiva", if Hindu or Chokmah and Binah if Qabalistic.  

On the Tree of Life, the Uppermost Sephiroth is Kether- Eheieh (I Will Be), which sets the pattern for all below it. Like an electrical switch that is off, Kether is all potential, while Chokmah is the electrical switch in the on position. Thus Chokmah is function while Kether is potential. Kether is a "non-Being" while Chokmah is the Idea of and/or the beginning Wisdom of  BEING.

Chokmah is the State of Self, where Self -I AM-existence, begins to form data that once united with Binah (Understanding) , becomes data of Being which gives birth to information, which is the birth of in-form-action. Hence, being is a "dream of Self"-I AM-where the dreamed is unaware of the dreamer as we dream ourselves "inside out" (we are infinite inward and limited outward; a type of Mobius loop), an ultimate fact of our Earthly existence. Therefore, you are the Master and the Masterpiece, the Transmitter and the Transmitted and once again, you can see that your only savior from dysfunction, is your inner Self.

From One "I" (the all Seeing Eye) all identity becomes, so in actuality, we as different and seemingly separate vibrational frequencies do not exist other than as one energy. However, we declare existence by stating "I AM". Then we set about defining that invisible principle of existence as a harmonic "Me", Therefore, manifestation, which is the very definition of illusion, is a simple three-word definition called, "I AM Me" of which each of us, as the spiral vibration of woven energy frequencies (spirit), hold total freedom to define. Since I AM Not, is impossible, as I Am- declares existence. Whatever you define as not being you, simply states, that it is you. For example, one plus naught = 1, Naught-zero- has no influence in potential. So “I am happy" creates happiness, while "I am not sad" creates only sadness. Time to rethink your power over the dream of you! Time to claim dominion over time/space.

Since dimensions are descriptions of spatial terms, our life dream has specific dimensions as that is our best frame of reference. The Tree of Life is how the Qaballah describes these dimensional frames of reference as being a downward flowing evolution of Chokmah thru various levels of Self Dream called Sephiroth. To make this simple, we are first dreaming our own existence, and that we are all, collectively ( Universal Collective Unconscious), are what is known as God-Mind, which is the non-latin definition of the word Hu-Man. This process of evolutionary dreaming towards a more condensed and sensual dream self, is called the "fall", but it really is a "downsizing", that causes us to "lessen" our self-concepts to become more sensual and interactive, all of which is necessary for evolutionary thought production. Therefore we often lose sight of our own Divinity and must "reclaim" all the data we left behind on our "downward" journey into sensual/lucid dreaming You may say that in manifestation, Malkuth, we are a lucid dream of I AM.

The goal here is to get the inner dreamer and the dreamed to cooperate with each other and thus the "2 lovers", than begins to get control over life happenstances; this is a truly extraordinary experience and is the making of a Magi. Here the Union of Dreamer and Dream has no veils between them, and we can have anything at all, but we no longer experience the "need" and/or absence of Self which is the common affliction of the disconnected. We Love, without need, we created without fear of result. We want nothing at all because we become I AM rather than I Don't Have. We learn what does matter and what does not while we go about the Great Work of "As above, so below". In other words, we as Spirit claim dominion in the Realm of "flesh"/Malkuth.

The Tarot 2’s:

The Four 2's symbolize the Power created by the union of the King and Queen that initiates force. Those forces are the Prince and Princess that are not yet brought into action. The 2's imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing,

-From the Golden Dawn Texts:

To reiterate: the key to all systems, as well as, the Universal Pattern is the only Reality, we know as Chokmah (Wisdom) on the Tree of Life. Kether is not or naught, as thus it is not reality. When we cause reality, it is of our beliefs and opinions, so I often call Chokmah the Real...for it is not of us, but is the will to force before us. Our beginning is in the fires of Chokmah, the idea of us, and the Will to Force data into energy, all begin there. Then we as the "children" of Will to Force and Will to Form" are realy Chokmah and Binah dreaming ourselves into willful existence of harmonies.

Also called the Lord of Dominion whose zodiacal attribution is Mars in Aries; the element of fire. The Angels of the Decan are Vehooel and Deneyal.

This is Chokmah influencing the World of Pure Spirit known as Atziluth.

Again I am trying to explain the "unexplainable" which is the Supernal Triangle. This second Sephiroth is pure Will to Force, without need of result. Which to most of us is impossible to realize as most of us exercise will to reach goals. We don't realize that will to force is the Power behind Spirit, the Spiraling of Energy into motions that build dimensions of I AM. But before frequencies are stimulated into being, there was Will to force (Chokmah) and then Will to Form (Binah). To some Being may be form, but in fact, Being to a Qabalist is an "immortal state of Conscious Energy" while we all know that form has a beginning and an end as information. In Chokmah is being. The First Being---The "All Father God" of many religions, who has no form until She, the All Mother Goddess-Binah "Wills him to Form" and/or turns data by Understanding it, into Information. Here in the 2 of Wands is that joining of the 2 states of Will that are "He" and "She", Will to Force and Will to Form, begins all Creation of Form. Hence, Will Claiming Dominion.

This is Power in an unbridled state, for Mars is exalted in Aries as the fiery Mars rules the fiery sign Aries. Here Fire, i.e. Spirit, is pure Primal, and brilliant, warm and bright. This is implied by the Fiery Red and Oranges of Aries. The Dorjes, the Kha Dro Ma headed Tibetan symbols for Thunderbolts, are shown crossed on this card, emphasizing the power and harmony of this card, Will to Force and Will to Form are in balance here, The Dominion of Spirit has become a domain of Self. From now on we know the Male Force of Will is Will to Force/Electric, and the Female Force of Will is Will to Form/Magnetic.

The Astrological Zodiac signs on the 2 of Wands are of Mars and Aries. There is no lust of result in this Pure Will, made of the harmony of "He" and "She" aspects of the One. There is no "battle of the sexes" where one wishes to rule relationship over the other even though it is implied destruction/force before construction (Big Bang). There is only the Union of Wisdom and Understanding that gives birth to Knowledge and all creation. Here, Energy is initiating a current of Force, that Spiral of Energy from which all data rides in the solution of Universal Collective Unconscious, before it becomes coagulated as information. 

When the word Harmony is mentioned, one often thinks of peace and quiet bliss, but this is the Violent Destructive Force that initiated the "Big Bang", totally without resistance in and of itself but destructive nonetheless, as that is the First Motion of Creation, the destruction of the void-ovum. A Singularity exploded “outward" to form the building blocks of our Universe. Here Mars in Aries represents that Powerful Gathering of Force to deconstruct for reconstruction. A gathering of Will to be and Will to Form. As Crowley stated; "The virgin ovum must be broken in order to fertilize it"[Book of Thoth-p.189]

The Tarot Illuminati- 2 of Wands, depicts an image of a world conqueror, 2 wands, one crowned with the World, in hand while staring smuggly outward at his fleets of ships. This card is all about Strong Will. As Kim Huggins, the "voice of' Eric C. Dunne's artwork, wrote in the accompanying card booklet, " I command a vast and brilliant empire, and can see my dominion from the grandest tower in the land (supernal triangle). The strong will must be expansive in nature. It must always seek more; not through greed or lack, not through a need of ownership or ego, but because the will is a fire that must be fed and fuelled, lest it be extinguished. Its fuel is discovery, success, stimulation and strength."

From this excerpt (the brackets are my own words) it is easily seen that this card also implies the 2 Wills of the Will to Force and the Will to Form that combine to form the Divine Creative. Hence, the interpretations implied by the Thoth Card are also pertinent to the Tarot Illuminati card. The Will that is Spirit, becoming flesh by declaration of I AM Me.

When the 2 of Wands- is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent is experiencing the will to move forward in a new direction. From a place of undaunted will, of full power, and balanced dominion.
  • Contemplating new ideas without lust of result.
  • What once was unfocused energy is now becoming clear and polarized.
  • Affirming a new self-identity.
  • A partnership of two powers, opposite yet reflecting each other.
  • The Self confidence that only comes from affirming and approving of one's self.
  • A senses of accomplishment without any feeling of satisfaction.
  • The logical extension of an idea.
  • Exploration and desire to see more.
  • Conquering new ground.
  • Strength of Will. 
  • Will claiming the body as its domain.
  • Stimulation of Will towards a goal. 

If ill defined by surrounding cards:

  • Destructiveness. 
  • Agoraphobia.

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