Thoth- ace of swords
The Unknowable Kether, the 1st Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is often depicted as the Point,🕳
The Crown,or Diamond Crown (the Diamond is the sacred stone of Kether),
and the Buddhist 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 and therefore, inadequate to explain the "No-Thing" before Time/Measurement. The point that is Kether, is the Singularity that was before the Big Bang but as the words may imply some vast understanding, this explanation is empty of experience and incomprehensible. We can say that Kether, is Eheieh (I Will Be) in Hebrew, which sounds like an exhalation of breath, implying that Kether is the "first breath" and/or movement in the "no-thing" and/or the first wave of energy. None of this will personalize Kether to us.
As a personalization of Self, we can identify Self, yet, we are also potentially anything, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like. It Seems that the Universal 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 collection 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 Taoist-man dreaming he was a butterfly*, then upon awakening he wondered if he was a butterfly dreaming he is a man. Considering Kether, is much the same. For there is only One Mind and it is dreaming that it is us or are we the homo sapiens sapiens, dreaming we are the One Mind?
*According to the Chinese philosophical classic Zhuangzi, the great Daoist thinker of that name fell asleep one day and dreamed that he was a butterfly. When he woke up, he did not know whether he really was a man who had dreamed he was a butterfly or whether he was a butterfly now dreaming he was a man.Zhuangzi And That Bloody Butterfly | Issue 76 | Philosophy Now
The Qabalist and modern Quantum Physics, knows that all is Mind, and we are not talking about the human consciousness, but the Mind that the Dream of the Universe floats in, a mind called the Universal Collective Unconscious by Carl Jung.
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 light, as light is the One Energy, be it "dark light" (dark energy)or reflected light. The Astral realms are the realms of Fleeting Forms...nothing solid; Hence, Dreams. However, dreams are what make the world, therefore, 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...", another way saying let those who live the past, bury the past. Simply put, we are "Souls", a collective of self-personalities, developed over eons of time, who can see the past-and future but until the development of the Homo Sapiens, couldn't see the "present". When one has no way to sensually experience self, it can't see self. The Soul-homo sapiens sapiens connection, has solved the problem of being aware of Self ----NOW! This is the eternal now that quantum physics points out. Your and my purpose is to operate as Self in the Eternal Now, while the Eternal Past and Eternal future are the Soul's "all seeing" domains. This is why Tarot works as a diviner. For it is pictures, "electromagnetic film" , if you will, that stores the past images, and because of this, concepts of the future self-presence can now be formulate because of the addition of the Sensual Now! The Psyche that is the Soul, (6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth) and/or Sun/Son of the Divine Creative, is now a collective of Past, Present and Future Self! This Psyche is called "Horus" in the Thoth Egyptian Tarot. To be Horus in the eternal Now is our purpose for being.
The Mind is called the Element of Air, for it is heated by Passions, as Air is heated by Sun/Son, and thus it can become violent and life threatening. However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit, "I will be", 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. Hence, divination.
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" (swastika)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 personal discernment to thought. For thought is the first medium we as a Unconscious and/or perfect copy of the Universal Collective Unconscious, works with. We are not thought, but a Mind that dreams it is a thought that it self-reflects on!
But let us not despair for lack of understanding, 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=2x11, the Magical manifestation of Chokmah, Wisdom, and the Logos. In Hebrew letters emblazoned on the Ace of Swords, are numbers that represent the Word of Law clearing the dark clouds of a Mind based on fear, or survival thinking (our reptile brain). I would suggest getting the Book 777 by Aleister Crowley to further study this, as the words "Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim" that are embossed on the Sword are the numbers 777 which 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 (Qabalistic numerology) to understand here so get the book-777!
The Kether is not living, Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim, is the First wave of Spiral Energy that once in a trinity of Self-identity, (Kether-Chokmah-Binah) produces Living Creation. 777, is also the number of the Scarlet Woman. The Red Goddess, the Blood of Life. Crowley named her Babalon.
tarot of the ages- ace of swords
The Tarot of The Ages, depicts the "eternal glacier" that spreads over the highlands. This is a perfect metaphor for being the unstoppable will of the One I AM. (Kether-Chokmah-Binah). The Tarot of The Ages-Ace of Swords, is very similar to the Thoth Ace, having the crescent and full moon images as the sword hand guards. For as the creation of the Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine was simultaneous, as there was only "I" before "other". That is why Chokmah and Binah are connected by the path of the Empress (Daleth/Door) on the Tree of Life.
Depicted on the Tarot of The Ages- Ace of Swords , is a young Horus/Golden Child known as Tiphareth/Beauty, climbing up the Sword implying that Horus the Child of Isis/Osiris, is claiming his kingdom. That is precisely what we must do. For inheritance isn't earned it is claimed! I Am dreaming that I am me. Now it is time to make the "me" (eternal now) equal to the I AM. Hence, we have the Qabalistic axiom of "As above, so below". Sounds easy enough, until one realizes that in order to claim our just inheritance of the One Mind, we must exorcise the "worded identity" of propaganda that is our"man-made", personality. Making our brain cleansed of the illusions of the Patriarchy, so that the Real Me of the Soul, can be present in the Eternal Now. Hence, the many structures of initiation in Western magic, Hindu magic, Qabalistic magic, which are all structured to exorcise the demon of indoctrination and dogma and/or the Devil within that is our fear based thinking.
The Tarot of The Ages-Ace of Swords, has comparable meaning to the Thoth Tarot-Ace of Swords.
WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS 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.
- Great determination.
When ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Violent temper.
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