New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-1- Damballah La Flambeau-(fire)
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Damballah La Flambeau, depicts a serpent breathing forth flames. Hence, it is comparable to the Ace of Wands. Serpents to many Western peoples, are seen as evil, but this is because of Christian propaganda, which all began in desert lands where serpents are mostly poisoness and due to the climate, very irritable. In more moderate climates, there are many kinds of serpents, and most of them are beneficial as insectivores, like garter snakes, or constrictors that control destructive rodent populations, such as gopher snakes etc. Also, because of their ability to magically follow an invisible trail to their prey and the ability to move about without legs, has made them a magical fellow to many ancient peoples. Even the Rattlesnake of our North American dryer climate areas, like South Eastern Montana where I lived, worn you off with a loud rattle, because you are known to then as "not prey", only if you are dumb enough not to listen, will you get bit. They are also good rodent control, so if they rattle, stop and back up-go a different route and you both will be happy.
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Damballah La Flambeau, represents the serpent father in his Petro aspect. When shown as a fire snake, he represents Dambala's generative force and/or the fiery energy of creation, which we know to be the Solar Core of our own Galaxy, the Great Photon Sun, that all the Stars of the Milky Way spin around. In Voodoo, when one wishes to create a shamanic flow of energy, or to raise the "inner Solar Self" and/or the Kundalini. The *Kundalini is also called the "inner Soul"as it is the inheritance of the "Sun/Son of god" that is the Soul-Tiphareth-Sephiroth #6-Beauty- on the Tree of Life. The Damballah La Flambeau expresses the power of **Tapas, the inner heat that burns out impurity, in the same way as the Kundalini rising up the spine burns out impurities that can manifest as a traumatic physical and psychic experience.
*Kundalinī is the feminine form of the Sanskrit adjective meaning "circular" or "coiled." In yoga, the word applies to the life force that lies like a coiled serpent at the base of the spine and that can be sent along the spine to the head through prescribed postures and exercises.Kundalini | Definition of Kundalini by Merriam-Webster
**In a yogi’s presence healing, calm, harmony, love and goodness simply happens as the power of tapas, the inner fires, is actively recreating dynamics of realities. With daily yoga practice, the power of tapas will awaken of its own accord through the yogi’s awareness of each breath, Source connectivity and life’s challenges.Yoga Wisdom: Power of Tapas - Nandhiji
When risen, the fire of Kundalini/Damballah La Flambeau, enhances the fires of perception that rages through us and our minds. Hence, the fire of purification leads to "serpent wisdom"; the Wisdom of frequencies of Mental Microwaves that permeate the Light. One could call this fire the "wrath of god", as anger, appropriately placed and directed, purges, purifies, burns clean, and seeks revolution.
Shown on the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot Card, Damballah blazes with the fires of life. Body red, eyes red, show that in this manifestation he is all fire and force. Just as the Ace of Wands, he is pure active energy. Here we have a Dragon, a melding of a fire breathing serpent and legend. All of us have an inner Dragon, some red, some blue, some green, some yellow etc. We each and everyone, are "rainbows" of serpentine frequencies of Evolutionary Star Light. In our true identities live in our own "Spheres" of Solar Self, called a Soul/Aura, which is a numerical Pi and therefore, infinite. The body is encased in this Warm, living, bright and loving Solar Self, called the Human Aura. The primary attribute of this New Orleans Voodoo Tarot Card is the vigor of fire.
When thrown in Divination, Damballah La Flambeau implies:
- Natural force, strength and energy are available for use.
- If the reading indicates opposition (ill defined)by this card, the querent may expect to meet with strong antagonism.
Kether and the Four Aces.
Kether, is ....and that is about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is not. The Eheieh, which sounds like exhalation and means "I Will Be". It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy from the Infinite unmanifested. It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a Motion within all Movement. It is the all-seeing, observer, who only observes. All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. Kether is unexaminable, and in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Diamond Crown, the Primary symbol of Kether.The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point and the Buddhist Swastika. Thus, Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center, the same symbol used for the Sun.
As with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just to form an intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point in not Kether. Just as the Divine Creative built us in its own image, is true, but the Image is not the Divine Creative.
We are establishing some principles with symbols; the first principle symbol is the crown. We may think because of our anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in our head, as a spacial as yet unawake part of our brain; However, this is not the case.
The Crown represents the Holy Guiding Spirit, the crowning glory that we all aspire to even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to. Because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth, known as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been described as the personal Aspiration of all Jedi. Which seems to be a word cross of Magi, Djinn and genius. Genius being a personal spirit guide or angel of Ancient Rome. The ancient Egyptians called the Three Magi, the Three Stars in Orion's belt that pointed to Osiris's star Sothis (Sirius), which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still called the Magi in the middle ages (See the Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. Walker. Page 565). The Word Djinn is Arabian, and originally referred to Ancestor souls. Now this is all very interesting and we have a new word for Ancestor Souls whose power comes from the Three Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle, with Kether as the Crown, i.e. The Force. Again Myth seems to be a story about a Truth.
The supernal Triangle as the Mind of Adam Khadmon- The Heavenly human
All myth aside, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is observation in our mundane world. Observation, begins creation, thus the Point ( The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition) would be called a "Singularity" in Quantum Physics or The Seed from which the Universe has grown. The Big Bang, the outward expression of this Seed that has been caused by a Force called Will, the first "ejaculation". Therefore, each Sephiroth, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether and when realized as Self, becomes the Adam Khadmon/ the Perfect Man.
Because the Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh, likened to the sound of breath and the first exhalation of the Universe, all Work begins and ends with Kether; all ritualistic, or meditative work must begin with the invocation of the Highest Will. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the Inner Planes. The Collective Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above" and add "magic abilities" to our repertoire of being.
To the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even translates the Energy of the Divine Unconscious but does not create that energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, but Kether is before Imagination. The "Will to be" (us), is not the same as "I Will Be", for one is individual and idealize, while the latter is without idea...the ideas of being came later in the conception of Time, as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes three crystallized aspects. The I Will Be, Kether, becomes Will to Force- Chokmah and Will to Form- Binah, then Will to be- Daath, as the Dark Womb of Knowledge which has given birth to all in-form-ation.
The Number One is attributed to Kether, as 1, the ace, is the seed of all numbers, by simple addition. 1+1=2 and 2+1=3, etc. All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible, so what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what they represent. Thus, Kether is Energy.......but we really don't know what that energy is, even though we are Energy and its self-awareness.
However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah, the Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken an ancient symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause manifestation and as in all indoctrinated propaganda, changed the meaning of the symbol to suit their vision of self-importance but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol.
"As above, so below”, in essence states that the Sephirot of Malkuth, the Physical world, is equally as Holy as the Source. Kether and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Our concepts of separation are just basically denial of our wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special. Much like the City Person who insists that farmers are "redneck" hicks, a form of lower life than themselves; even though their whole life is dependent on the good harvest work of the Farmer. Such people are indeed in denial as most of us are. Much like a parasite, thinking it is more important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from each other. In truth, the City man depends on the rural man and vise versa; it is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself as a collective".
Finally, we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All is a quality unknown to us, but which we can symbolize to some extent. Thus, when an Tarot Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our perceptions. The Essence of a Thing, the idea of seed.
Again, Kether is the Crown, the Point of Observation, The I Am, the Dark Energy, that is. It is the Unknowable God of many religions, and yet as many of us know, religion is not God but rather the self-defense mechanism developed by the knowledge that there is a god. Kether is the Idea of the Big Bang, the point, the Singularity. The Aces are also essences, so they too are not easily explained.
The Four Aces are related to Kether, therefore, they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot Deck and/or Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The consecutive elaboration of the Numbers, are Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the World and Universe; a World that is 96% invisible to us. However, by combining the colors of the visible spectrum of electromagnetic light, we see that different combinations, make different color changes, such as blue combined with red makes purple, etc. This combination is the necessary diversity of creation and can be called harmonies. To a Qabalist, the numbered Sephiroth are either Force or Form and sometimes both in union depending on the Masculine expressive and female receptive aspects of a particular Sephiroth.
Each Ace is unique and is distinct in its degree of density and in its ability to do work as a specific function of and in the One Energy. Thus, each Ace is the Seed of an Alchemical Element. We think we know what seeds are, but when we look at one, we don't see the Tree it represents. We just "kind of" know the pattern of the Tree is in there. That is also our conceptions of Kether, we just "kind of Know" that it is infinite, but then infinite is a human concept and Kether can't be known...so this gets a bit tricky. Obviously open mindedness is required and the courage to keep asking questions until answers emerge. The Influence of Kether is all around us, in us and as us, so we just have to trust it knows us even if we know it or not. Obviously we exist, and we are a combination of many factors, some if not most, unknown to us, so it is easy to trust the subtle. All in all, Knowledge built us, and that knowledge is ours to understand.
TH0th- ACE OF WANDS:
The Thoth- Ace of Wands represents the Will of Spirit as the Element of Fire. It is the Radical or Root Force of the Fiery Motion that Moves all things. To those of us who need a pattern, the Four Aces are said to be placed at the North Pole of the Universe, where they revolve and govern the revolution of the Universe. To a Qabalist the Four Aces are the connecting link between Yetzirah (Formative World) and the Material plane.
The Ace of Wands represents the outpouring of energy in the Universe, It is the root of the Powers of Fire and is the influence of Kether (Dark energy) on the level of pure Spirit. It is represented as the Hebrew letter Yod. Yod is related to Kether, not only is it isolated and self-contained but it is also the formative graphic root for all other letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. Moreover, the Yod is Phallic. It is the Male-Fire (electric) that rushes out toward the Female-Water (Magnetic)
The Thoth Ace of Wands shows Ten Yods emanating from a primitive burning club. This represents the Primal force behind the entire Tree of Life that is composed of 10 Sephiroth and their connecting paths of energy transference. The entire Tree is a glyph of the Power of Fire, i.e. of Spirit (Willed Energy). The scholarly student of Qabalah will find that the Hebrew letters, Shin (Maternal Fire) and Yod are often used interchangeably when referring to the Tree of Life.
Besides being a practicing Qabalist, I am also a practicing Tantric in the techniques of Yoga. To me and all those of a higher state of mind, the human body is a Sacred body. It is sacred and sanctified by the Creator and Creatrix and part of that sacredness is the sacrament of Holy Communion and/or sexual union which is an inter-action of Spirit! It is Magick in a living form of two who must become one to flow in transformational power. I am of the opinion, along with many other intelligentsia, that there is no shame in being a homo sapiens sapiens, or that a soul who owns one by giving it life, should not in any way be embarrassed for doing so!
To make alive such a being is a high honor to any I AM!
I've spent this life (and many others) learning the powerful purpose of having a human form as my power tool, not only because I was curious why those who rule us, wish us to reject it's divinity (Divide and conquer) and persecute those who refuse to lessen themselves, but also because Divinity Wants To Be Human! In fact the very name Hu-man is God-mind, as Hu is a Chinese-Mandarin word for God and man comes from the Hindu word Manas, meaning Mind.
If you can imagine, and emote that image, you have a god mind!
Alchemical Fire controls creativity, desire, passion, ambition and the satisfaction there of. For it is the Fiery Spirit in all of us that we've inherited from the Solar Logos as "Divine Frenzy" or Lust of God to Be!
The Four Aces are related to Kether, thus they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot Deck and/or Sephiroth.
The consecutive elaboration of the Numbers, are Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the World. A World that is 99% invisible to us. However, by combining the colors of the visible spectrum of electromagnetic light, we see that different combinations, make different color changes, such as blue combined with red makes purple, etc. These combinations are the necessary diversity of creation, as well as transformative and can be called harmonies or the “spiral Sex action of Spirit”. In Qaballah, the world we see, is the 1% world.
To Reiterate: THE ACE OF WANDS:
The Thoth Deck Ace of Wands shows Ten Yods emanating from a primitive burning club (fiery phallus). This represents the Primal force behind the entire Tree of Life that is composed of 10 Sephiroth and their connecting paths of energy transference. The entire Tree is a glyph of the Power of Fire, i.e. of Spirit. The scholarly student of Qabalah will find that the letter, Shin (Maternal Fire) and Yod are often used interchangeably when referring to the Tree of Life.
WHEN THE ACE OF WANDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- It signifies a deep burning spiritual desire for self-discovery and realization.
- Trans-formative High Energy for new beginnings
- The first impulse and passion to begin.
- Creative energy and initiative, to begin new business ventures, new understandings, new foundations, where creative energy is flowing with plenty of potential and ambition to succeed.
- The burning flame of Dragon Power, A balancing and increasing in Potency of Inner Fire. The Souring of Kundalini energy, "the Dragon within".
- The dawning of desire, passion, enthusiasm and creativity.
- The Power of Masculine fire, with its connotations of heat, vigor, contest, aspirations, enlightenment, and avidity to consume.
- The overwhelming power of Lust to be that vibrates at the core of all manifestation. Pure Power to create.
When ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Fire as passion, can be ill defined and become that which seeks the perverse or transgressions.
- Destruction through exaggeration.
- Failure through arrogance.
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