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Thoth-4 of Wands-Completion
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The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Passion-No. 4-Sycronicity
The four- 4's all bring perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.
Hence the 4's are the first manifestation of their suits. The 4 of Wands/Flames is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the Thoth- 4 of Wands-Completion, representing the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal.
The Thoth 4 of Wands Represents-Completion on a scale of male (Aries) and female (Venus) forces united. For those who aren't familiar with the fertile energy of Spirit, represented as Fire and the link with the Sexual-Self---they are the same. Spirit is the fiery vital creative energy of Sex, passion, ardor, assertiveness etc. It is the Will that is the motion of I Am and all the assumptions of that declaration. Thus, all creation comes from a sexual act and/or the communion of opposites. The union of atoms comes from the Male Will to Force and the Female Will to Form getting together as Electric male-aspect of energy and Magnetic female aspect of energy. Also, the wholeness, health, and wealth of being comes from the union of male and female, Force and Form. To separate spirit from sexuality is pure ignorance based on fear producing divisionism and falsehoods that create dysfunctional "flesh-0-phobia" and confuse the docile slaves whose soul has become tarred and feathered in the mind virus of dogma and indoctrination. The only way the Patriarchy and/or Military Industrial Complex media could steal the Sacredness from the Sexual union of male and female and give it to "useless old men", was to make it a sterile ritual called Organized Religion. Sexual acts are connected to life and life belongs to Woman, and Woman had to be an object of debasement for the Patriarchy to work its "smoke and mirrors" trickery to rule the imagination and degradation of humankind. Through the falsehood of misogyny, males now think they control birth and life...Life is a Feminine Creation., and she doesn't bow to males; She created them as her consorts. She created "other" so that Life can diversify, and thereby, go on for eternity.
Qabalistic Tree of Life (The Divine Creative Molecule)
Adam Khadmon-The Heavenly Human (Hermaphrodite)
The 4th Sephiroth is Chesed, Mercy, and is known in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" and gives rise to "form and light" as the Divine Architect. This also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine, as Light is the electric expression of masculine, and all form is of the light carrying the data and forming idea by understanding. The image is created by the receptivity of the Magnetic Feminine. Thus, Chesed (male) and Geburah (female) are really "two sides to one coin". Both are represented here as Mars (Aries) and Venus, the married couple of mythology. So here we compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity or Strength, likened to the 2 arms of a human, as one gives and one takes away.
The Tree of live as compared to human chakras
The 4 of Wands represents Chesed influencing the realm of Atziluth; the Realm of Pure Spirit. The swift active force of Aries- Mars, is activating the Love and Luxury of Venus. This placement in an astrological reading would be implying a warm, brief apex of romance, or warm fleeting feelings. But in Tarot, we must be aware of the placement on the Tree of Life. There is a combination of the zodiacal and the Sephirotic meanings to consider. Primarily one is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane or root Chakra of Chokma (2nd Sephiroth), as it appears in the lowest of Four Worlds: Assiah-the active world. Thus, the 4's represent the totality of that which the planetary signs refer. Venus in Aries, being the outer attribute of the card, constitutes a marriage that balances through love, while the inner attribute is Chesed forces, the pure 4 (Fire, Air, Water, Earth), in the world of Yod-Fire. So, what we have in the 4 of Wands is Completion of the process initiated by the Upper Trinity, or Supernal Triangle. Here, the manifestation promised by "Will to Form" (Binah) has taken place in Jupiter-Chesed; The Architect Father who resides below the Abyss. Thus, this is a dominating influence on all the following cards as it is the highest idea that can be understood intellectually of the element it represents; Hence, completion. This apex also makes it hard to hold for we have reached the pinnacle of perfection, we can easily fail. Now even the smallest mistake can harbor major changes.
Chesed , the 4th Sephira, is the Qabalistic Demiurge, who is the First Sephira below the Abyss (Abyssal womb), making him the Lord of all Manifested Active Power. The original will of Chokmah- Wisdom and Binah-Understanding is now manifest in the Sephiroth Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as Order, Law, Measurement, and Government. Therefore, Chesed sets up "measurement", and/or order from which all form is bound, keeping order in nature. However, being that Chesed is represented by Jupiter, he is a benevolent/merciful ruler of law, measurement, and government and this is the authority granted him by The Divine Feminine as the Empress.
Empress and Emperor-Face to Face
Venus in Aries also removes some of the volcanism of Aries-Mars and indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness. When examining the 4 of Wands-Completion, we see the wands headed by Rams, both signs of Chesed (Father-God Amoun-Ra) and Aries, ending in the Dove of Venus. The completed and active- limitation of the original work is shown by the solar yellow rimmed circle. To show balance, the 4 flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine balance of the 4's. This is also shown by the central double triangle figure (Shatkona) of the union of the divine feminine (Shakti) and divine masculine (Shiva) as one combined force of "As above, so below".
The 4's are completion, there is no attempt to expand, the original will is completed. If the equilibrium of the 4's is left to stand energy eventually stops moving and becomes a stasis state; However, the "inhale-exhale" dance of Venus and Mars,(the universal breath) is like the dance of the Hindu, Shiva and Shakti (intercourse is also the rhythm of inhale/exhale), and therefore, the wheel spins in active harmony and making it the dominating influence of all the cards, of every suit and number that comes after the 4. Therefore, instead of a straight-line connecting Aries and Venus, it should be seen as a horizonal figure eight (lemniscate), as the rhythm of this union is a continuous flow back and forth, like inhale/exhale. Here then, the O=2 and then 2=1., in whole matrimony. Therefore, the Thoth Card often represents more than just a completed project. It represents the complete union of a rhythmic creative dance of the Left (male) and Right (female)Brain, which perfectly completes any project or cycle.
The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Passion-No. 4-Synchronicity.
The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Passion-N0. 4- Synchronicity represents wholeness and/or all the aspects of Self as Spirit-Mind-Body communicating as one Divine Being. Each of us lives in our own ideas of the Universe called a "microcosm" and when you stand in the center of your universe you begin to see that all the Macrocosmic universe co-creates with you. It would be an error to think that this is a goal, rather it is a rhythm, a harmonic dance of streaming energy, a sonata composed by the stars.
The floral middle portion of this card is a Nasturtium flower surrounded by a ring of fire.
Nasturtiums have various symbolic meanings in folklore and can be associated with different concepts depending on the cultural context. In Western folklore and flower language, nasturtiums are often associated with:
Patriotism and Victory: Nasturtiums are sometimes associated with patriotism and victory, especially in France. This connection may be due to the red and orange colors of the flowers, which are reminiscent of flames and the fiery spirit of patriotism.
Sacrifice and Courage: In some interpretations, nasturtiums are seen as a symbol of sacrifice and courage. This symbolism may stem from the plant's ability to thrive in poor soil conditions and its resilience in the face of adversity.
Daring and Impetuousness: Nasturtiums are known for their vibrant and bold appearance. In the language of flowers, they can represent daring and impetuousness, suggesting a sense of adventure and boldness.
Warmth and Optimism: The bright colors of nasturtiums, especially the warm tones like red and orange, are often associated with warmth and optimism. They can symbolize joy and enthusiasm.
Victory in Battle: In some historical contexts, nasturtiums were believed to bring victory in battle, due to their fiery appearance and the idea that they could inspire soldiers with their bold colors.
It's important to note that flower symbolism can vary across diverse cultures and time periods, so the meaning of nasturtiums in folklore may have nuances depending on the specific context.
On this Declarative Tarot Card, the Nasturtium represents a passionate overcoming of obstacles and is representative of victory over struggle. The fire circle surrounding the Nasturtium represents the Zen Circle, the Enso:
The Enso, a fiery Zen circle, is a prominent symbol in Zen Buddhism that represents several philosophical and spiritual concepts. While it may not be related to Tarot card comparisons or Western Hermetic Qabalah, I'll provide you with an overview of its meaning:
Enlightenment and Satori: The Enso is often seen as a symbol of enlightenment and the Zen experience of Satori, which is a moment of profound spiritual awakening. The act of creating the Enso, usually done with a single brushstroke, is a practice in mindfulness and presence, reflecting the Zen belief that enlightenment is found in the present moment.
Wholeness and Unity: The Enso is a closed circle, symbolizing the idea of wholeness and unity. It represents the interconnectedness of all things and the oneness of the universe. It signifies that everything is complete and perfect just as it is.
Imperfection and Impermanence: Despite its simplicity and beauty, Enso paintings are intentionally imperfect. They may have gaps, asymmetry, or variations in thickness, which symbolize the imperfection and impermanence of all things in the material world. This imperfection is seen as a reminder of the transient nature of existence.
The Void and Emptiness: The Enso often contains an "emptiness" or "void" within its circle. This void is not a negative concept but rather signifies the potential for growth, creativity, and the infinite possibilities that exist in the space of emptiness and in this case the Nasturtium represents that potential for growth, creativity, and infinite possibilities created by being daring and bold.
Non-Attachment: Zen teachings emphasize non-attachment to material possessions and desires. The Enso can symbolize letting go of attachments and the freedom that comes from not clinging to external things.
While the Enso may not have a direct connection to tarot cards or Western Hermetic Qabalah, its philosophical and spiritual significance aligns with many metaphysical and spiritual concepts. It serves as a powerful symbol of Zen wisdom and can be appreciated for its profound teachings on mindfulness, enlightenment, and the nature of reality.
On the left side of upper and lower portions of this card are shown a Common Crocus (upper) and a Blanket Flower (Gaillardia). The Crocus is attuned to the cycles of seasons showing the synchronicity of Nature.
Yes, the common crocus flower does have a place in folklore and symbolism, though its significance can vary depending on cultural and historical contexts. Here are some common interpretations and associations of the crocus flower in folklore:
Spring and Rebirth: In many cultures, crocuses are considered a symbol of spring and rebirth. Their early blooming, often pushing through the snow, is seen as a sign of the return of life and warmth after the chilly winter months.
Hope and Happiness: The bright and vibrant colors of crocus flowers, such as purple, yellow, and white, are often associated with hope, happiness, and cheerfulness. They can symbolize the joy of the changing seasons.
Youthfulness: In some folklore, crocuses are linked to youthfulness and youthful beauty. Their delicate and fresh appearance is seen as a reflection of the beauty of youth.
Harbinger of Good Luck: In certain traditions, crocus flowers are believed to bring good luck and fortune. Planting them in your garden or seeing them bloom in the wild is considered a positive omen.
Love and Romance: The crocus can also be associated with love and romance, particularly the purple varieties. They may symbolize deep and passionate love or longing for someone special.
Eternal Life: In ancient Greece, the crocus was associated with the god Hermes and was sometimes used in funeral rituals. It was believed to symbolize the promise of eternal life.
Protection from Evil Spirits: In some cultures, crocuses were planted around homes or placed in bouquets to protect against evil spirits or negative energies.
Saffron Production: The saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) is well-known for producing the valuable spice saffron from its stigma. This spice has been highly prized and used in various culinary and medicinal traditions.
The crocus flower's symbolism is rich and diverse, and its meaning can vary across different regions and historical periods. It is often celebrated for its ability to bring color and beauty to the early spring landscape, symbolizing hope, and renewal after the winter months.
I wouldn't think that I could pass by the folklore associated with the Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)and leave the reader wondering. Gaillardia is a flower of the sunflower family and noted for its ability to blanket the ground in its fiery colors. The Blanket Flower (Gaillardia) is a striking and colorful wildflower that is native to North and South America. While it may not have as extensive a folklore as some other flowers, it does have some symbolic and cultural associations:
Hardiness and Resilience: Blanket Flowers are known for their hardiness and ability to thrive in various environments. In this sense, they can symbolize resilience and the ability to overcome challenges.
Native American Traditions: Some Native American tribes have historical and cultural connections to the Blanket Flower. In some traditions, the flower's bright colors were used for dyes, and the plant may have had medicinal uses.
Color Symbolism: The vibrant colors of the Blanket Flower, often a mix of red, yellow, and orange, can symbolize warmth, energy, and vitality. These colors are reminiscent of the sun and can represent the life force.
Joy and Happiness: Like many colorful flowers, Blanket Flowers can be associated with joy, happiness, and positivity. Their bright appearance can lift the spirits and bring a sense of cheerfulness to a garden or landscape.
Longevity: In some cultures, flowers that resemble the sun or have warm colors are associated with longevity and a long, fruitful life. Blanket Flowers' resemblance to the sun can be linked to this symbolism.
While Blanket Flowers may not have as extensive folklore as some other flowers like roses or lilies, they are appreciated for their beauty and the positive feelings they evoke due to their vibrant colors. Their hardiness and ability to thrive in different conditions can also be seen as a symbol of strength and adaptability.
All about this card is a bright landscape alight with life implying the insight of a collective where everything supports the life of everything else. This is also shown by the blue dragon fly that appears to be smiling. Here is presented an image of the passion to fly and/or be your own dance, and remember mirth, for it can synchronize the false idea of separations caused by seriousness. The only thing about importance about seriousness is that it is not important. Now if you thought I would ignore the folklore attributed to dragon flies, you would be sadly mistaken.
Blue dragonflies, like many other creatures in nature, have been the subject of folklore and symbolism in various cultures. While the specific symbolism and beliefs associated with blue dragonflies can vary, here are some common interpretations:
Transformation and Change: Dragonflies, in general, are often associated with transformation and change due to their remarkable life cycle, which includes a nymph stage underwater before emerging as a flying adult. Blue can emphasize the idea of change on a deep, emotional level.
Spiritual or Divine Messenger: In some cultures, dragonflies are seen as spiritual or divine messengers. Blue can add a sense of calm and serenity to this interpretation, suggesting that these messengers bring messages of peace or insight.
Protection and Good Luck: In certain traditions, blue dragonflies are believed to bring protection and good luck. They may be seen as guardians or symbols of positive energy.
Mystical and Magical: Dragonflies, including blue ones, are sometimes associated with mysticism and magic. They are believed to possess mystical qualities and might appear as guides in dream or meditation experiences.
Harmony and Balance: Blue is often associated with qualities like calmness, harmony, and balance. When combined with the dragonfly's symbolism, it can represent the need for emotional and mental balance during times of change.
Fertility and Prosperity: In some cultures, dragonflies, including blue ones, are associated with fertility and prosperity. They may be seen as symbols of abundance and growth.
It's important to note that the symbolism of blue dragonflies can vary widely among diverse cultures and belief systems. In many cases, the symbolism of a particular creature or natural element is deeply influenced by the specific cultural context in which it is found. As such, the meaning of blue dragonflies may differ from one region or tradition to another.
Above all things, Know thyself!
When the 4 of Wands or No. 4-Synchronicity is thrown during a reading:
- New life.
- Excitement and growth.
- It is the key to spiritual and holistic completion.
- It suggests that the querent is experiencing the completion of something and experiencing the desire to begin something new.
- The 4 of Wands also implies that ideas are firmly established and proved by their flourishing, and it is time to move forward.
- The querent is manifesting a new destiny by acting on a sense of direction, supplied by the inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new identity.
- Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion of an enterprise.
- Inner fulfillment.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards in the layout, it implies:
- Overestimation of one's -self.
- Impatience for a fresh start.
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