The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-3 of Wands-Virtue & Santa Muerte Tarot-3 of Wands

Western hermetic Qabalah, alchemical, astrological, numerical, and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- 3 of Wands-Virtue

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Qabalistic Tree of Life - (The God Molecule)

The 3rd Sephiroth- Binah (understanding)is The Great Dark Sea of the Universal Collective 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, as consciousness is the Child of the Unconscious. Which may surprise one who understands that the unconsciousness is the attributed with "dreams", intuition, emotions and has another aspect called the "subconsciousness". Consciousness is associated with "Light", She is the "womb of light".

Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of All 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 Dark Matter.

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-fire- figure on each card. 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. Action is definitely launched for good or evil. 

This is the conception of the fiery sexual-fertile self. It is pure vital force, neither is it male or female as of yet, all 3, Mother-Father-Child are as yet unseparated whole and yet beginning to branch out into individuality .

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THE THREE OF WANDS-VIRTUE, is also called by Crowley- The Lord of Established Strength; well noted, as the Sun is in Aries here. To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring. Hence there is great fertile power where the Sun illuminates Aries-the Ram-, the Cardinal Sign of Fire often called Mars. In sexual expression, Wands are the “adorable violence.”

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

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Here the Three 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.

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 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 fiery self for the wants of others. For if you do, this will hide your inner star with clouds of moody emotions and a feeling of purposelessness.

Be as spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and “Above all things, know thyself!"

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Santa Muerte- 3 of Wands

The Advice of the Dead:

In this moment you do not require the help of anyone. Proceed with energy towards your new creation.

The Santa Muerte- 3 of Wands, depicts a vulture skeleton presenting in its beak a golden ingot stamped with the words-Virtue. The 3 skulls have sprouted into 3 red plants, depicting the color of fire that is the element attributed to wands. Since these cards are all based on "St., Death", the image of skeletons and skulls is traditional. The fertility of this generative fire, is shown as red roses in full bloom. Therefore, this card implies the same dynamic principles of the Thoth Card: Virtue, activity, positivity, and improvement through an explosion of vital energy.

When the 3 of Wands-, 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.
  • Solidified power.
  • Strength.
  • Trust.
  • Vivacity.
  • Harmony.

If ill defined by surrounding cards, it implies:

  • Moodiness. 
  • Attention getting behavior.
  • Over estimation of one's own energy.

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