The Babylonian Tarot-3 of Wands-Achievement, is really another word for Virtue. The 12 Tablet Epic of Gilgamesh, the hero finally comes home. He is now assured of the fact that epic deeds will not make him immortal. Therefore, he is content to be a reliable king and looks out over the city of Uruk, his kingdom. Above the city is the solar disc, accompanied by 3- ram headed wands crossed in peace. Above Gilgamesh is the cuneiform writing of the numeral 3.
When thrown in a divination, the Babylonian-3 of Wands implies:
- Realization of hope
- Completion of labor.
- Success after struggle.
- Peace of mind.
- Disturbing memories.
- Self absorbed and impractical.
By now, you know that Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, is an aspect of your own Energetic Unconscious, the prefix Un tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness, nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Un just designates the Unseen, this does not mean less in anyway, any more than unseen H-bombs are less powerful than the one visible on your doorstep.
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". Binah is the Great 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 which is Symbolized as the central Sun figure on each of the 4 cards of every Tarot suit. Action is definitely launched for good or evil. Thus 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.
This is the conception of the fiery sexual self. 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. In sexual expression it is “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.
To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring.
Thus 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 (true to your sexuality) and honesty.
In Qabalah, Virtue, is not about keeping one's virginity. It is about keep faith with one's soul. "Above all things be true to thyself", is the message here. To violate yourself to appease others, is to "use the name of god in vane." For that name is "I AM", and to profane your "I AM" is to be ill defined as manifested self. Virtue then is the cooperation of one's trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body- all in agreement to the actions taken.
The Thoth- 3 of Wands-Virtue:
When the Three of Wands--Virtue, 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.
- 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.
- Be as spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and “Above all things, know thyself!"
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