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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 3 of Wands-Virtue & Tarot of The Ages- Three of Batons

Western Tantric and Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

Besides being the Great Mother, Binah is also an aspect of your own Energetic Unconscious, the prefix Un tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness; However, nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Un just designates the Unseen, this does not mean less in anyway, any more than unseen children are less important than the one you are looking at.

Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of consciousness, is Binah. In the Great Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "Will to Form" whom is Binah the Great Formative Will of the Sea of Unconscious.

The Texts of the Golden Dawn said it best:

“In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colors are hidden, wherein mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There the Supernal Triad complete. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathi, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is the perfection of Creation and Life of the World to Come. And the Archangel is Tzaphqiel, the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil and the name of the Angels is Arahim, the strong and mighty Ones who are also called the Order of Thrones."

"The order of Thrones" are represented as the 4 Queens of the Tarot and are united with the 4 Kings; their Husbands.

Generally, the four 3's, represent the realization of the Action (conception) of the Prince having been conceived Symbolized as the central solar-fire figure on each card. Action is definitely launched for good or ill. Therefore, in the 3 of Wands the conception of the Prince of Wands, is seen as, central flames radiating outward from the Supernal Union of the Triad of Kether-Chokmah-Binah.

This is the conception of the fiery solar self and/or The Sun/Son of the Divine Creative. It is pure vital force, neither is it male or female as of yet.

THE 3 OF WANDS-VIRTUE, is also called the Lord of Established Strength; well noted, as the Sun is in Aries here. There is great power where the Sun illuminates Aries, the Cardinal Sign of Fire often called Mars. Here Mars, note for fertility, is in sexual expression which is called “adorable violence.”

The 3 of Wands also represents Binah's influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).

Here the 3 Crossed Wands indicate the balance of Chokmah, Binah and the birth of Tiphareth, the Sun (son), and/or The Prince. Growth begins and is shown on the card as the unfolding lotus blossoms opening to the Warm and Bright Energy of Aries. Here the I-Spirit, Am-Mind, have become pregnant with the Understanding of the difference between I and AM, creating a conception of the Child that is a "Me".

To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring.

Hence, the blazing colors of the Card show great strength for individual expression (central Wand). Here also is absolute power that can corrupt absolutely, thus egocentricity, pride and conceit are lurking dangers. Yet we have Virtue here, the key to Spiritual/Sexual integrity and honesty.

This is a very active card of powerful direction, so it requires us to understand that Virtue is not chastity, no nothing so obviously prejudicial, but rather "Always being True to Thine own self." Here there is a warning not to compromise your inner fire- passion for others or to allow the Child of your Soul, the "Me" of your I AM, to be run by any outside authority. Only the Inner-I AM, must be true to the Me of your "self-conscious". Otherwise, the personality that is the Child of the I AM, has become prodigal and must return to the Origin of self-consciousness, to collect it's true Divine inheritance.

Be as spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and “Above all things, know thyself!" For there is no truer Virtue.

Tarot of The Ages- Three of Batons

The Tarot of The Ages, depicts 3 physically fit African-tribal women training. Here the concept is that determination and practice create virtuous behavior. Again the sky of the batons cards, is that of a fiery dawn, and the Batons on the Three of Batons are all ablaze, signifying the Fire Element. Since these are "warrior women", one can easily see the implication of Mars/Aries, as part of this card. For Mars/Aries is the ancient symbol for War and Fertility. Standing on stones, implies a solid foundation from which to work.

Therefore, the divination meanings of the Three of Batons is that of The Thoth-Virtue card.

When the 3/ Three of Wands/Batons, is thrown during a reading:

  • * The querent is experiencing the conjoining of Body, Mind and Spirit.
  • * Putting thoughts into action.
  • * Keeping on with present activities for they are conceived and will soon flourish into manifestation.
  • Clarity, where you are seeing yourself honestly.
  • Established strength in enterprises where collaboration will favor the querent.
  • Radiating intention, understanding the Will of Fire and increasing energy to birth ideas.
  • Practical knowledge.
  • Business acumen.
  • Strength.
  • Enterprise.
  • Always being true to yourself. 

If ill defined by surrounding cards:

  • Assistance with an ulterior motive. 
  • Treachery.
  • Diminishing adversity. 
  • Beware of help offered.

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