The Erotic Tarot -1 of Air, is the element of the Mind/Intelligence. This suit corresponds to the suit of Swords, the sense of smell and the sphere of dialectics and the mind. Air governs intelligence and what is rational. It also controls the game of seduction and courtship.Dialectic
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Dialectic or dialectics (Greek: διαλεκτική, dialektikḗ; related to dialogue), also known as the dialectical method, is at base a discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about a subject but wishing to establish the truth through reasoned arguments. Dialectic resembles debate, but the concept excludes subjective elements such as emotional appeal and the modern pejorative sense of rhetoric. Dialectic may be contrasted with the didactic method, wherein one side of the conversation teaches the other. Dialectic is alternatively known as minor logic, as opposed to major logic or critique.
Within Hegelianism, the word dialectic has the specialized meaning of a contradiction between ideas that serves as the determining factor in their relationship. Dialectic comprises three stages of development: first, a thesis or statement of an idea, which gives rise to a second step, a reaction or antithesis that contradicts or negates the thesis, and third, the synthesis, a statement through which the differences between the two points are resolved. Dialectical materialism, a theory or set of theories produced mainly by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, adapted the Hegelian dialectic into arguments regarding traditional materialism.
Dialectic tends to imply a process of evolution and so does not naturally fit within formal logic (see logic and dialectic). This process is particularly marked in Hegelian dialectic and even more so in Marxist dialectic which may rely on the evolution of ideas over longer time periods in the real world; dialectical logic attempts to address this.
Since Air also governs seduction and courtship, Milo Manara depicts attractive woman who is dressed in a revealing manner and smoking a clay pipe. The act of inhaling tobacco is to inhale the smoke with the air intake and then exhale the smoke. Therefore, we not only have the element of air but have also exalted the sense of smell but also the feeling of breathing. And to some men the sight of a woman smoking a pipe may be a source of attraction. Behind this woman, is the bright yellow light of day reflecting off of the Sea. Again, emphasizing the air element of this card.
Milo Manara , to the 1 of Air, assigns the meanings of:
- Exaltation of the Senses.
And the Astrological meanings of the 1 of Air card:
- The element of Air.
- Intellectual states of consciousness.
The Thoth Tarot -Ace of Swords, represents the 1 st Sephiroth of Kether. The "First Intelligence" of the One Energy.
The Unknowable Kether, is often depicted as the Point, The Crown and the Swastika, as explained in past chapters; However, these symbols only direct us into a journey of understanding that has no goal. We may say the goal, is to understand the Infinite, but the word infinite, even if understood, is a human invention. Thus, inadequate to explain the "No-Thing" before Time. The point that is Kether, is the Singularity, the only intelligence , that was before the Big Bang but as the words may imply some vast understanding, this explanation is empty of experience and incomprehensible.
Yet, we are also potentially anything, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like. It Seems that the Divine Collective Unconscious, wishes us to be as vast as our forms seem to be limited. This is seen by the Imagination's ability to expand concepts so far beyond reality, that maybe, reality is just an imagined collections of “comfortable limits”, One moment we are the Human dreaming of being Spiral Energy, the next we are Spiral Energy dreaming we are a human. Much like that old Chinese tale of a man dreaming he was a butter fly, then upon awakening he wondered if he was a butterfly dreaming he is a man. Considering Kether, is much the same,
The Qabalist knows that all is Mind, and we are not talking about the human consciousness, but the Mind that the Dreams of the Universe floats in and the encompassing limitlessness.
The Ace of Swords is a "seed or essence of Mind". The Root Powers of Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the Astral World. This may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Fluid, However, that is just the influence and not the Power itself. The Astral realms are the realms of Fleeting Forms...nothing solid as they are not fully understood yet. Thus, the Ace of Swords is a potent card which can be extremely good or extremely evil. Evil, is live spelled backwards, and basically implies devolution rather than evolution. To move forward progressively, is Living, to Move backward, is "living in the past" which is a form of "living dead", since the past isn't now. Thus, we have philosopher's saying. “Let the dead bury the dead...".
The Mind is called the Element of Air, for it is heated by Passions, as Air is heated by Sun, and thus it can become violent and life threatening. However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit, is the controller of Passion, then the Mind becomes Life Expanding and Liberating.
The Ace of Wands represents a natural force, while the Ace of Swords represents that which is invoked; a force called upon.
The currents generated by Kether on the Astral are both dynamic and erratic, having the potential to be applied at will to different situations. Thus, we have the description of a "whirling force" that gains strength through trouble. To Qabalists, this is an affirmation of Divine authority and may become the Sword of Wrath, punishment and affliction. Pure mind has no conscience, it is up to us to supply discrimination to thought. But let us not despair, for the Ace of Swords represents the Sword of the Magus crowned in the twenty-two diadem of light. To those of magic, the number 22 refers to Atu known as 22=2 x 11, the Magical manifestation of Chokmah, Wisdom, and the Logos. In Hebrew letters that are numbers is the Word of Law that blazes forth clearing the dark clouds of a Mind based on fear, or survival thinking. I would suggest getting the Book 777 by Aliester Crowley to further study this, as the words "Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim" are the numbers 777 and means in English translation, “One is Spirit of the Gods of the Living". The Ruach being Tiphareth, the Solar Logos. There is a lot of investigative Gematria to understand here so get the book!
The Kether is God not living, Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim, is the Spiral Energy that produces Living Creation. 777, is also the number of the Scarlet Woman. The Red Goddess, the Blood of Life. Crowley named her Babalon.
As mentioned, Kether is symbolized as the Point, The Crown and the Swastika, and if you have been following the blogs, you know the point to imply completeness unto itself, without dimension or external definition. The Point is also attributed to the number 1 which mathematically has the potential for all other numbers.
The Crown symbolizes the Holy Guiding Spirit to which we may aspire and is usually depicted as made of diamonds, as they shine with the purist light.
The Swastika, is actually a Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation and represents the swirling motion around the Point that emphasizes self-contained motion that is Kether.
WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS or 1 of Air is THROWN DURING A DIVINATION it is implied that:
- The Querent is experiencing mental clarity and inventiveness.
- Problems being overcome with Original thinking.
- The dawning of a new intellectual process.
- Acting with logic and discrimination
- Strength in adversity.
- Out of evil some good will come.
- Something that looks bleak can surprisingly turn out to be promising.
- Doom. This is the card of Morgan the Fate. Finality, Tragedy, and ultimate fate; However, it is release, freedom from past restraint and a new lightness and/or a kind of salvation.
- The beginning of an idea or information. The arising of Inner insight.
- This card depends on the surrounding cards to show whether it is fate or rebirth.
If ill defined:
- Premature and subjective thinking.
- Weakness of Will.
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