The 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 Spirit (Will)-Mind -Body (heart) into one action.
The astrological sign of Mars in Capricorn adorns this card. 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 expressed as Self-Information, 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 and begin with what we have, no matter how small the step, the Universal Priority will accelerate us towards our goal.
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 yourself, and is needed 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 "As above so below". It is not what you become that is important, it is being you that is important in order to keep transforming energetic/Spiritual presence.
Living the Now, is better than hoping to be living a 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 Trinity Goddess (Maid-Mother-Crone) and is called UNDERSTANDING. In Understanding, the idea becomes fertilized and a child can be born and/or when idea is understood, it becomes information which becomes, in-form-action.
The formulation of the Supernal Triangle, (Kether-Crown, and Chokma-Wisdom & Binah-Understanding) is a stability that cannot be made unstable. We know the Ternary Feminine that begins all birth as many combinations of 3. Maid-Mother-and Crone, each a special perspective on Womb-rite. Father-Son- and Holy Ghost, 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 Universal Unconscious) subconscious and conscious, we can go on and on but in all cases a fertilization is achieved when 3 are united and a child can be born.
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 is the equilibrium of Self-Trust that must never be violated if Truth of Self is to be known.
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". For instance:
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 who must destroy that which is created. In German this great sorrow is called Weltschmerz--the universal sorrow. It is the quality of Melancholy, that can be found in the initiation of the "Dark night of the Soul". 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 who because of "freedom of choice", 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.
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 and/or the I AM ME. 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, making the Reflective side of the Mirror so that Spirit can View itself! 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. as the bright, warm, child"
A lot has been said, but not many understand that the body is merely a Reflection, of your Dark side; the invisible you who is the majority of you. (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 and/or the Alive. Think well from your inner deep dark 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. Your thoughts, ideas, and opinions only affect the Cause of Yourself. Your Reflection, enacts your Deep thoughts, into "aliveness". Your body is the only one who feels your thoughts and then must enact them as "Self-Information"/ in-form-action. We are not responsible for how "others" react to us. We are, however, the physical response of reaction to our own thought! Others are just another way to be 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. For just as in health, everyone has the right to their own disease.
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 "as my life". I then have the Knowledge to make, and remake thought to improve the function of my Spirit-Mind-Body, rather than think that I am the thought I think, and must defend those thoughts to the death, which then elevates idea above the information. This is silly as eliminating the Alive/Information or at least enslaving the Alive/information to the theories of thought when being Alive and its expansion and liberation from thought’s self- imposed limits, is the very reason for the Union of Spirit-Mind and Matter. Self-Reflection, requires in-form-action and/or bodies! To make Thought Sensual, is necessary to create a screening process; a living forum! We are a creative Spirit who can devote our though controlled “time/space" to "expanding and liberating" the Body/information from the survival thinking of the animal domain. This in turn expands and liberates self-awareness/self-information! 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 as if a dead thing. 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 (I Will Be), the Union of Wisdom (Will to Force) and Understanding (Will to Form), to create the Beautiful Bright Child called Knowledge and/or I AM ME!
When you understand the 3's, you begin to understand your Godhood is from "3 in the house" and/or as the French would say, a Ménage à trois .
To reiterate, the Thoth 3 of Disks-Work, 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 Great Mother Binah, the 3 of Disks is the Influence of the Great Mother, The Form Maker, in the Sphere of Earth. Here, Binah is illustrated as background on the Thoth card, as the Great Dark Sea of Binah . The fact that Unlimited Light is dark, 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 three 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 3 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 Self 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 from, survival thinking limits that keep it from Wisdom and/or Spirit to claim matter as the 3rd part of Self-Awareness (Energy (emotions)-Mind are the other 2). 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/transformation. In other words, "to expand and liberate" creation from previous boundaries. If you know yourself at all, you will know that the Human Being (Horus) is the solution to conscious limitations that persist in the homo sapiens sapiens. We have the "Mind of Goddess/God",** 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 momentary experiment in self-awareness, whereas you, are a Master of Time /Space and have the power to change moments just by perspective alone, thus changing the future.
**Hu-is a Mandarin word for "god" and Man-is from the Hindu root word Manas-meaning mind.
The Tarot of The Spirit-Three of Earth-Works, is also about the work of Self-Information. Where enlisting the Union of Spirit-Mind-Body creates success in all the work that one does. Here the pentagram represents the Hu-Man- Being-(Heavenly Human) continually moving within the circle of eternity. The circle stars represents coins, as if to suggest the reward is insight.
The balance in 4 directions (Spiritual-emotional-intellectual-physical), is represented as the circled cross. The dark circle of the past, has evolved to green, signifying new growth from putrefaction. The red/orange diamond implies the lust and/or intense interest in the work at hand. The alternating circles of light and dark show the rapid movement of Self-Awareness through the layers of consciousness (the Sephira of the Tree of Life- (Subconscious of the body, the Waking conscious of the Soul and the Superconscious of the I Am) where all experience is noted, understood (synthesized) and applied as in-form-action.
When the 3 of Disks or the Three of Earth is thrown during a divination, it implies:
As in all cards, the definition is modified by dignity. If ill dignified by the accompanying cards, the Three of Disks,
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