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The Thoth 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 back ground 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 mind, heart and action and are the color of Geburah/ Mars/Aries, whose forces are behind this action.
The astrological sign of Mars in Capricorn adorns this card, as 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. 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.
To the Universal Self, "The Works" is Life Itself 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 then the Universal Priority will accelerate us towards our goal.
This card also represents the influence of Binah-the 3rd Sephiroth (Mother-Goddess) in the physical world. 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). Also 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, in order to nurture our dream into fruition. To those who love creating---expressing their soul into material creation, 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 the whole you that is important in order to keep transforming energetic presence. Living the Now, as a trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body, is better than hoping to be living a future fantasy---which is a mental liquid and only swirls to the currents of your present motion!
Qabalists know the Triangle/Trinity that begins all birth as many combinations of 3. Maid-Mother-and Crone, each a special perspective on Womb-rite united with 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 and a child can be born when all 3 are aligned in agreement.
- 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.
- 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 on the Tree of Life are where we 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 3/Trinity".
- 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. In German this great sorrow is called Weltschmerz, the universal sorrow. It is the quality of Melancholy. 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 and because of "freedom of choice", unable to intervene when 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 the invisible Life creating the Alive. 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 (Knowledge) made manifest from this Union of Conscious Energy (Forces), that combine to make the Crystallization of Light the Reflective side of the Mirror! 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."
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. Since infinity can't be seen as it has no measurement and therefore, "dark". The body is Alive, but in itself is not Life, as it is the condensed version of I AM! As stated, the body is a Reflection of what I Am defines as Life. Think well from your deep dark places, and own your "shadow" which is necessary 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 3---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. Hence, to think less of others, is to lessen yourself. Your thoughts, ideas, and opinions only effect the Cause of Yourself Identity. Your Reflection, enacts your Deep thoughts, the first material the mind works with, into "aliveness". Your body is the only one who feels/receives your thoughts and then must enact them. Hence, the cause of the effect you call "life", is the Identity you call yourself. We are not responsible for how "others" react to us; We are, however, the 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 only by experiencing error to do we find correction, and only by correction do we become wise. Love, is intelligence as it is both wise and understanding---not the act of a simpleton but of a Powerful ternary Spirit Being who is Spirit-Mind-Body; To Love Being----is to be love.
Therefore, the wise among us know, that to be able to "think" means you are not the effect called Thought, but the Cause of it. The I Am is the truth, what I am is all assumption. So my thoughts aren't "my precious", they are the cause that effects the Alive and hopefully ordered enough to work effectively. Thoughts are not made of stone, I then have the Knowledge to make, and remake thought to improve the function of my body, rather than think that I am the thought I think, and must defend those thoughts to the death. Thoughts must be ordered and focused on a goal.
The Spirit-Mind union knows that Self-Reflection, requires bodies! To make Thought Sensual, is necessary to create a screening process of discernment and/or experience. We are a creative Spirit-Mind who can devote our though controlled “time/space" to "expanding and liberating" the Body from the survival thinking of the animal domain, i.e., the Ego. This in turn expands and liberates self-awareness! 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 illusions of the past. 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, the Union of Wisdom and Understanding, to create the Beautiful Bright Child called information which when intimately experienced becomes in-form-action and/or knowledge!
When you understand the 3's, you begin to understand your Godhood.
The view of this card is that of a pyramid as seen from above its apex. The three 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 Three Gunas, Rajas, Sattva, and Tamas.
Qualities of the three gunas
|Activity||Truth / Goodness||Inertia & inactivity|
|Passion, desire & attachment||Light, harmony & balance||Darkness, delusion & ignorance|
|Energy||Spiritual Essence||Mass / matter / heaviness|
|Expansion||Upward flow||Downward flow|
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 Personality that began this process of Macrocosm to Microcosm condensation of I AM Me. To "Remember thyself", is to know your divinity, not just believing in it.
Therefore, Part of the Great Work is to establish a "Knowing Evolutionary" state of “expanding and liberating" the animal brain from, subconscious survival thinking limits that keep it from Wisdom. 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 emotionally as it lives in fear of past mistakes. 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 (called "evil" by the ancients"), 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 constantly changing. In other words, "to expand and liberate" creation from previous boundaries.
If you know yourself at all, you will know that the Human Being is the Solution to conscious limitations. We have the "Mind of Goddess/God", often called Imagination and ratioation; Imagination is what I call "the Womb with a view” who has created Time/Space by Understanding "form". Thus, when linked with our Source, we can see beyond our senses, we can plot and give birth to futures. We are the inheritors of visionary sight and thereby, 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 moment of assumption, whereas you, are a Master of Time /Space and have the power to change moments/assumptions, just by perspective alone. Therefore, by controlling and understanding thoughts of "I AM", one can change their future.
Haindl-Three of Stones-Work
New title, "Creative Work"
The Haindl Tarot image of the Great Work, is shown as a trinity/triangle of 3 stones. Here are also shown a complication of images, for work can be complicated for most people. It may be empty and degrading to some. The balance of stones, indicates that work can be fulfilling if balanced with Spirit. Hence the New Title of "Creative Work". The I Ching Hexagram,13, TUNG JEN, "Fellowship with men". Sufi's describe work " as spiritual activity". As any Alchemist, Qabalist, Shaman, will know, this is often the hardest work of all.
Wing calls Hexagram 13, " Community". This emphasizes that this can also deals with communal concerns. In our materialistic society many people face unemployment unless they accept meaningless jobs. This makes work an important central issue.
The back ground of this card, shows a cross. The vertical line of Spirit is depicted as strong, but the horizonal line of daily life has become overgrown with fungus. Indicating chaos (entropy) in society. Implying that chaos erupts when we separate human needs and goals, from that of Earth. However, the cosmic spheres, ( one on the left in front of tree, and a large one behind the tree on the right) show the possibility of great change. Hence, the combination of the microcosmic with the macrocosmic, and/or "As above, so Below", is shown in Haindl's Three of Stones. Hence, Haindl has in his own unique way, agrees with the Thoth 3 of Disks.
When the 3 of Disks or Three of Stones is thrown, the querent is or will be experiencing:
- Paid employment, in the next three weeks or 3 months.
- Successful business transactions from working and constructive force.
- Building up, erecting, and realization and increase of material things.
- Cleverness, in business that entertains a certain selfishness as they are keen in the matter of gain.
- A time of inventing, engineering and creating where all things material is moving together within 3 weeks or 3 months.
- Communal work, where working together brings about success. I
- f the Three of Disks is surrounded by Trump (Major Arcana), the querent is on the Spiritual journey of the Great Work, and is accomplishing the Task of Remembering the "As above", thus manifesting it "so below".
- When thrown this card declares that in the next 3 weeks or 3 months is the best time to get clear on your priorities, commitments and to determine what you are willing to give "the works" to.
- It is also the best time to reassess or clarify your relationships with Capricorn people (December 21- January 21). This is a time where clarity seems to come out of no-where allowing you to see clearly priorities and commitments that you wish to tenaciously stick to making them solid and stable in your life.
If ill dignified by the accompanying cards, (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl), it implies:
- Represents narrow and prejudiced thought .
- Seeking of the impossible.
- Senseless fervor.
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