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Thoth-Ace of Disks
In Western Hermetic Qabalah, 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. Since diamonds are the stone representing Kether, for it shows the purest light, the crown should be a diamond crown.
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.
The 4 Wings represent the 4 Archangels whose powers balance each other and create stability through the Four Elements. The 6 wings also represent the number of the Sun and the implied union of Earth and Sun hat creates the living organic organism that is the living earth.
The Ace of Disks represents the seed of the Entity called Earth. The Quanta or subatomic particles, may be called the seeds of Atoms and atoms are unions of protons, neutrons, electrons and are considered living things. The Ace of Disks, as seen in the Thoth Tarot Deck, is layered idea-upon idea and requires a great study of Crowley's Liber Al, and 777 along with the Equinox book series to understand the Earth Magick involved. I shall only superficially cover this card, although that superficiality may seem deep.
The Four Aces represent the Root Force of the Alchemical Four elements. The Ace of Disks is the Root Force behind physical manifestation that governs the motion within the movement of Matter, representing the qabalistic world of Assiah. The Princess of Disks is the throne of the Ace of Disks, and the Ace of Disks rules the Aries-Taurus-Gemini quadrant above the North Pole, and the area of Europe and Africa.
The Ace of Disks, shows a spinning Mandala, for that is what the Earth, Luna, and Sun union is. It is the Mandala of Sacred Life on Earth/Malkuth---the Kingdom of Living Light. This combination of Atoms, photons, electrons, neutrons etc. spinning together to form an Entity, is a great sacred act of Divine Phallus /Masculine Divine Creative (Solar-electric forces) and Divine womb/ Feminine Divine Creative (magnetic forces) that have been represented in Mythology as long as it has been recorded and in our modern study of this Mythology (theory) and call it “Theoretical Quantum Physics or Quantum Theory”. As stated, the Quanta are subatomic particles and can be called the "Seeds of Atoms". Study Quantum physics if you want more explanation of this perspective.
The Greek words for “to the mark the beast" -TO META OPHION (To mega Therion) appear in the center of this card. The number 666 also shows in this card, this all shows the Earth to be the world of the Animal, as its highest form and/or the Pan of Earth. The God-Mind (Hu-Manas) has changed this by expanding the mammalian predator by Genetic Manipulation of the “fallen Angels” (ancient aliens) and the Animal DNA of earth. Thus the homo sapiens sapiens body is a G.M.O, for the purpose of advanced evolutionary work; The Great Work, which is to bring the above and the below into perfect union on earth. To the indoctrinated, the Beast/Body is seen by some as a lowly thing, whereas Divine Creative has seen the Beast to be worthy of inheritor status. I don't presume to question the Divine Creative in this, I just exalt in my inheritance. Doing my best to be the "As above, so below".
According to Crowley, the central Hieroglyph is that of "the chosen priest and apostle of infinite space," (The Husband),"The prince-priest the Beast"- To Meta Ohepion- [Liber Al. I.15.] was Crowley's motto as he saw himself as the Prince Priest of the Beast. Thus, the Phallus, in the shape of the Yoni linga, is shown as the central symbol of this card, as that is the symbol of Tetragrammaton ("rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud,") again showing the Sol (Phallus) Luna (Yoni) union of reflected light. Crowley took this card as his personal Hieroglyph, so deep study is required to understand his deep and subtle meanings implied by this card. Purchasing his book of Thoth, and reading it may help one see beyond their misunderstanding of the "beast" as something evil.
The Ace of Disks is also a Mandala for the New Aeon of Horus. This card is layered depths of Gnosis (Knowledge) that can never be seen by first glance and requires in-depth study of the Tree of Life and a recommended skrying. The Non-Being required "Will", to weave patterns of Light-Fantasy, so that it could be itself. The Universe is the Fantasy of the Divine Creative wrought out of the love/lust of the Masculine for the Feminine or vise versa; the love of electricity for the magnet! To even get a glimmer of understanding of this is to revise your perspectives on Fantasy and watch how opposite magnetic poles attract each other and if the magnet is spun in an enclosure of wire, it produces electricity. Every thought you think is a Fantasy that the body (an enclosure of matter) makes into "reality" by sensitizing it and enacting it. We are the Playwright, the Play, the Actor and the Stage of our Fantasies! As I said, reality is a weaving of layers upon layers of Dream-Fantasy. All the Universe is in the Mind of One Conscious Energy Collective. All the Dreams of this Mind, are animated by the Union of Goddess (magnetic womb) and God (electric Phallus). That makes this card a "must meditate on Mandala". When the All Seeing I created the dream of the All Existing Am, love became the foundation of observation for the Creator.
The Ace of Disks is a glyph of Earth, The root Power of Earth. in the new Aeon of Horus, for if we fantasize our world, why not make a Great Fantasy of Union and Love, rather than the brutal Fantasy of divisionism and war? That is why Crowley calls the element of Earth cards, Disks instead of Pentacles, as most other decks do. A disk must spin to arrive at its target. Life is alive, spinning, rebounding, Layer upon layer of the Greater Self Awareness; a loving realization that builds the All of the “I AM”.
The Tree of Life shows the Crown-Kether and the Kingdom- Malkuth as both ends of the Tree. As above, so below, is the Qabalist's axiom for Magi...one who is the manifestation of Divine Will on the Material Earth Plane.; one whose “I’s” are all seeing. “As above, so below” implies Whole-ness of Spirit, consciousness and body (Holy Spirit= Soul+MInd+Body) and is the destination of all who study the Qaballah. Earth is not perceived as a "lesser form" of Spirit but as an achievement of Total Spiritual Self Awareness! Since there is no logic to No-thing "becoming" some-thing, so that it may return to nothing, ascension is of the Personality, not the body. No-thing (Kether) obviously desired itself into being something---because it is the” I AM” who is known in Hebrew as Eheieh, "I Will Be", Hence, the first name we’ve all inherited is "I AM"and the Divine Creative "I" is united with the all loving of the "Am".
The Ace of Disks suggests that We are masters of Time-Space, and are achieving an active part of the Conscious Energy Self Awareness, by being able to focus that awareness down to the scale of human sensuality. We may call ourselves Souls, but know not what that means. First off the word soul came from the Greek-Psyche, a part of mythology for understanding the workings of the Unconscious. But to be more modern, souls are Psyche as well as, Libraries of Personalities created by Spirit-I AM YOU, therefore your name is indeed legion and compiled from the sum of many lifetimes!
Successful creation in time-space is form which has an alpha and an omega--because form requires a beginning and an end and starts as information that becomes in-form-action so that information can be experienced, and thereby, becoming Knowledge. Without time-space, no form could be made; without transformation of forms, motion could not be kept nor Knowledge happen! Change (transformation) is objective motion and subjective force and it is how we animate time-spacial concepts as "alive" being. There is always an illusion in this; because we are Life we make alive what is less than ourselves in order to understand what it is to live; we call that lesser self-ME! But worry not for "Me" is not a lesser value, it is a "slower vibration" of light and/or a condensation . By condensing light the Divine Creative created "Lesser Being" as evolutionary sensual Self-Awareness. The thinker of thought is always greater than the thought but without thought the Thinker is Unaware of Itself; Albeit "A Form" of awareness in the Formless Conscious of Energy, it is the only way TO BE! I Will Be, is the echo of Kether manifesting as our Soul! And being that is alive and self-aware is what we create on Earth, in the name of the I AM! That is the Great Work of the Soul is to manifest a material being that is the Sensual Gate- Way of Kether on this Earth, i.e. a Me! The Union of Crown and Kingdom which because of accomplishment, shall never be divided again for it has become the trinity of “I AM ME”.
When the Ace of Disks is thrown, new material conditions for a new satisfying path in life shall ensue. The Ace of Disks is the "seed" of Matter brought on by the joyous union of the Sun-Phallus and The Womb of Earth. This card affirms the new Aeon...The manifestation of the Solar Being (Soul) and the Material Being as One Being who is many selves attributing to the Knowledge of Self! In other words, the Being whose name is Legion is the combination of the Sun/Son of The Divine Creative and the Daughter Earth! That would be best known as, I AM ME for everyone I see is another way to be me.
Matter, may be called the crystallizing consciousness which is a materialization of Ideas that began in the "Great Dark Ocean of Binah (Understanding)", the feminine of the Divine Creative and because of Her Union with Chokma (wisdom), the masculine of the Divine Creative, Life has created animated energy form as a point of self-examination.
If your identity looks deeply into you mind, you can see that when an Idea (wisdom) is understood, it is now information and information becomes form in this universe. The seeds of Image are as a seed of a tree----all the knowledge/wisdom of the Tree is in that seed which becomes something greater than itself as it grows from practice and experience into The New Identity of that Tree. The Ace of Disks also postulates that We are such seeds. We are the seeds of I AM that has acknowledge itself as probabilities rather than a stasis form of Law. We are the Self-Rule Makers of the Universe---we make a Rule -a definition and then become it, and hopefully grow beyond it by expanding and liberating our identity from that previous definition. You could call us the Seeds of Conscious Evolution. We are always the "Exception" to some previously observed rule. It's called FREEDOM OF CHOICE! So this card reminds us to choose and then fertilize and nurture that choice with Will-To-Be-Thyself!
This is indeed a great inheritance! We can be and/or are whatever we define ourselves to be just by using the inner Alchemy that applies emotion (energy-in-motion) to thought ! To be "ill defined" is to think ill about any or all that you "see". To be "Well defined" is to know that everything you see is another way to be me (identity of the One Energy) and just like you, it is supposed to exist. Again the greatest seeds of Life that you can plant come from, “Doing unto another what you would have done to you!"----no matter how they "do unto you"! We must practice what we "think we are"---for that is the nature of a "Thought Form"and/or our crystallized conscious-energy bodies---which are the "seeding" of Spirit on this Earth. Outer growth depends on fertile and nurturing internal awareness!
Remember, you cannot erase thought by suppressing it for it is created! So expand it instead and as a seed it can grow into a fruitful tree. For instance, let's say you wake up in the morning thinking, "Damn I feel lousy!" Don't try and suppress it by denying you thought it by overlaying a thought such as " Oh not really---I feel great" for that will only fail, and magnify that ill feeling. Instead think expansively and liberate that ill thought towards well thought! For example, you may think," Damn I feel lousy but in 5 minutes I'll feel better!" And in 5 minutes you will feel better and as a seed you will continually feel better by "watering" it every 5 minutes with "I feel even better in another 5 minutes", etc. We can do the same for any ill thought---Such as," Boy is she/he a bitch!" By just adding a positive. Such as,"However, those who go after what they want always seem bitchy to those who don't." This just freed you from "disliking" yourself as you go after what you want in life! Therefore, The Ace of Disks reminds us of the seeds we plant in our own Identities by definitions supplied to those images composed of the One Energy around us. Remember, if it exists---it’s supposed to! To see error doesn't mean to condemn it! After all, error is 50% of Wisdom, Wisdom being the ability to create, see error (in that creation) and correct it. The Body is where we correct the errant thought because we can "Feel" thought and if it "hurts" it has error in it! Happiness is constant growing harmony of Spirit-Mind Body intercourse whereas, depression is a stagnation of self-identity; a swamp of past emotion! You are good enough for God--you are good enough for you! To stop ill thought, think this to your body when it gets on the pity pot of thought, “Get over yourself and get on with you, impeccability is what we do!”
Haindl- Ace of Stones in the West
In his Ace of Stones, Haindl decided to show a very powerful image of an Eagle landing on a Rock, symbolizing the Union of the Air (Above) with the Earth (Below). Earth and Sky, the symbolic union of the Feminine with the Masculine, the receptive and the creative, darkness and light, and understanding with wisdom. One may call the Ace of Stones the gift of Earth, but it is also a gift of Vision.
Traditionally , this suit of pentacles/disks/stones/coins, has mundanely ment wealth or prosperity. However, wealth is more than money and prosperity is the sharing of wealth. Basically the Ace of Stones means the true prosperity of a good life. This is shown by the symbol of the rainbow, a universal symbol of beauty and gifts. The sparkling lights shown on this card, represent the spirit beings that we fail to acknowledge, or even refuse to see, but live all around us as souls of flora and fauna.
In this symbolism, the Eagle is the "Great Spirit", and the stone is a symbol of potentiality and new life.
WHEN THE ACE OF DISKS or ACE OF PENTACLES IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- Union between the physical and spiritual aspects of the querent.
- Beginning a new pathway in life that will bring satisfaction.
- A new planting of seeds, for a new home, job, career, or some form of security.
- Materialization of ideas bringing stability to skills that produce results.
- Could also be a time of meditation; an inward pulling of energy.
- Good beginnings for financial wealth, material gain and worldly status.
- The beginning of any new material form
- A most auspicious card showing the bringing together of internal and external talents and resources. Even if ill dignified it shows a sharing of treasure.
- Also the Card of a Shaman, or one who is practiced in the arts of Earth Magick.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
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