The Tarot of Eli, LLC- Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- Ace of Swords & Haindl Tarot- Ace of Swords

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Thoth- Ace of Swords

{ The Truth About Self}

#1. I am the center of expression for the Primal Will-to-Good which creates and sustains the Universe.

The Thoth Ace of Swords, represents the Unknowable Kether,  which is often depicted as the Point, The Crown 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 understanding requires measurement. Therefore, words are an inadequate medium when trying to explain the "No-Thing" before Time. 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.Yet, we are also potentially anything, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like. It Seems that the Divine Collective Unconscious, and/or the I AM 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 Chuang Tzu dreaming he was a butterfly, then upon awakening he wondered if he was a butterfly dreaming he is a man. For those who don't know the tale, Chuang Tzu was a philosopher in ancient China, who, one night went to sleep and dreamed that he was a butterfly. He dreamt that he was flying around from flower to flower and while he was dreaming he felt free, blown about by the breeze hither and thither. He was quite sure that he was a butterfly. Considering Kether, is much the same.

The Qabalist 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. The Ace of Swords is a "seed or essence of Mind". The Root Powers of Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the formative World of Yetzirah and/or Astral0Formative World. This may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Fluid, however, that is just the unknown foot print in the snow and not the Power itself. The Astral realms are the realms of Fleeting Dream Forms...nothing solid. Thus 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...". In such a saying one remembers that the suit of Swords is the official tarot death suit.

The Mind is called the Element of Air, for it is heated by Passions, as Air is heated by Sun/Fire, and thus it can become violent and life threatening. However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit, is the controller of Passion and/or vigorous energy, 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. 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" 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 who are intimate with life,  to supply discernment to thought.

Thoth- Ace of Swords

Haindl- Ace of Swords in the South

The Haindl Tarot-Ace of Swords, takes a  vacation from the German scenes of Haindl's cards, to that of an Egyptian creation scene where the beginining was depicted as Nun, the creative waters. This is the same theme of the Christian Bible. However, in some texts a single hill emerged from the Waters that depict the Divine Female, the hill being Atum, the Divine Male. This union that has birthed "All Gods", is also shown as the yoni-lingam image of the Hindu imagery. 

In his creation scene, Haindl shows the tip of the Sword, coming down and touching the hill. Since the Universal Element for the Swords is Air, which represents intellect, this image suggests the Divine Mind  activating nature.  The sword/intellect of the One Mind, activating nature also suggest that nature is not alive on its own, but rather activated by  Spirit-The Primal Will of the One. Instead of showing a Sword pointing upward, crowned with Eternal Truth as does the Thoth and many traditional tarot cards, Haindl choose to point it downward as the harbinger of white/Spiritual light activating nature. The Waters, symbolic of the unlimited potential of imagination, are stirred up by this light flow.  Hence, the realization that the receptivity of water/imagination needs activation by Force (Chokmah) to bring out it's potential.  Therefore, the Trinity of Spirit and/or Will , Kether- "I Will Be", Chokmah-"Will to Force" and Binah- "Will to Form", is  artfully depicted, in this card. In Qabalah, this Trinity of the One  Will is called the "Supernal Triangle". 

When the Ace of Swords card is thrown in a divination, it implies:

  • The Querent is experiencing mental clarity and inventiveness.
  • Problems being overcome with Original thinking.
  • The dawning of a new intellectual process.
  • Acting with logic discrimination and 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 and therefore, 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.
  • Objectivity.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:

  • Restlessness.
  • Premature and subjective thinking.
  • Belligerence.
  • Hard hearted.
  • Weakness of will.

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