Above all things, know thyself!
Thoth- Ace of Swords
The Golden Tarot- 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 Diamond Crown and the Buddhist Swastika, as explained in past blogs; 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 and there is no measure of infinite. Therefore, words are an inadequate medium when trying to explain the "No-Thing" before Time (Measurement). 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 as is implies "non-space". Yet, we are also potentially anything, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like to think. It Seems that the Divine Collective Unconscious, and/or the I AM wishes us to be as mentally 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 (Spirit) 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. Am I energy who dreams it is a homo sapien sapien, or am I a homo sapien sapien dreaming I am energy?
The Qabalist knows that All is Mind, and we are not talking about just 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 Astral Formative World. This may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Fluid, however, that is just the unknown footprint 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.
Am I a man dreaming I am alive or am I life dreaming I am a man?
The Mind/Intellect 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 while still being rational. However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit (Energy and Will combined is Spirit), is the controller of Passion and/or vigorous energy, then the Mind's rational 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. Hence, I AM, is the Ace of Swords; for I AM invokes existence, yet what I am is totally dreamt of and/or Assumed. 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 (or us who are life being intimate with the alive), to supply discernment to thought.
If we are finding the fact that we are both dream and dreamer confusing, let us not despair, for the Ace of Swords represents the Sword of the Magus crowned in the twenty-two diadem of light (22 ATU-referring to the 0-Fool). To those of magic, the number 22 refers to Atu known as 22=2x11, the Magical manifestation of Chokmah, Wisdom, and the Logos. In Hebrew letters, that are numbers, is the Word of Law that blazes forth (Shown on Sword) clearing the dark clouds of a Personal Mind based on confusion, fear, or survival thinking. I would suggest getting the Book 777 by Aleister Crowley to further study this, as the words "Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim" are the numbers 777 and means in English translation, “One is Spirit of the Gods of the Living" which implies that we are life being intimate with the alive! The Ruach being the 6th Sephiroth- Tiphareth, the Solar Logos/Soul. There is a lot of investigative Geomatria to understand in Thoth Tarot so get the book 777 or The Book of Thoth, both written by Crowley. The Kether is God/Energy "not living", Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim, is the Spiral Energy that produces Living Creation (SunSon of God) only after the Will to Force (Chokman) and the Will to Form (Binah) are applied. 777, is also the number of the Scarlet Woman, the Red Goddess of vigorous energy, the Blood of Life frequency that makes stones live. Crowley named her Babalon. So once again The Divine Creative is seen as A- sexual.
The The Golden Tarot-Ace of Swords, the copy of the Renaissance Visconti-Sforza Tarot, displays a period correct sword wrapped in a banner with the French words, à bon droyt ("with good [there is] right"), which is the Visconti motto. Hence, this card is about determination, initiative and strength. All qualities that lead to achievement, success and willed invocation.
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.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:
- Premature and subjective thinking.
- Hard hearted.
- Weakness of will.
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