the Babylonian tarot-ace of arrows-invocation
The Babylonian Tarot-Ace of Arrows-Invocation, uses arrows as its representation of the traditional Swords suit of Tarot. Therefore, arrows represent the element of Air, which is shown by the background color of yellow. The Arrow seen on the Babylonian Card, is an often seen Mesopotamian artistic rendition of an Arrow. This symbol was often seen on large polished stones called a kudurras, which in itself, represented the Star Sirius.
Behind the Babylonian Tarot's Arrow, is a bow, indicating that this arrow is about to be fired. Hence, an invocation is about to be sent. The number 1 is represented in cuneiform as a single wedge. The Divination meaning of this card is exactly the same as the Thoth Tarot- Ace of Swords.
Thoth-ace of swords
The Unknowable Kether, The 1st Sephiroth, is often depicted as the Point.
- The Crown , usually made of diamonds, for that is the stone assigned to Kether.
- The Swastika, as explained in the past ace chapters but I feel must be stated again; However, these 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 in a cultural sense, still is a human invention and thus inadequate to explain the "No-Thing" before Time. The point may be the Singularity that was before the Big Bang but as the words may imply some vast understanding, this explanation is empty of experience and thus to us, incomprehensible. Even we started as a "point", a particle that becomes through "The Law of Attraction" an atom, then a DNA molecule, to single celled zygote, yet that is almost as incomprehensible as the beginning of "Something" that was at first, “No-Thing.
Therefore, we are also potentially anything, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like. It Seems that the Divine Collective Unconscious, 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, the thin veil of reality is just imagined. For in 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 a man dreaming he was a butter fly, then upon awakening he wondered if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a human. Considering Kether, is much the same.
The Qabalist knows that All is Mind, and we are not talking only about the animal self-consciousness of the Homo Sapient but also the Hu-Man consciousness of the Divine Creative, the Mind that the Dream of the Universe floats in, and/or the Universal Collective Unconscious.
The Ace of Swords represents a "seed or essence of Mind/Conscious". The Root Powers of Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the Astral World. This may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Fluid: However, that is just the "foot print"and not the Power itself.
The Astral realms of the Mind, are the realms of Fleeting 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 by living in the past emotional reality is a form of "living dead" since the past isn't the "living now". Thus we have philosopher's saying. “Let the dead bury the dead...".
However, this "dead to now" is avoided if the Will of Spirit, Love, is the controller of Passion, 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 to supply discrimination to thought.
But let us not despair, for the Ace of Swords represents the Sword of the Magus crowned in the 22 diadems of light. To those of magic, the number 22 refers to the Atu known as 22=2 x 11, the Magical manifestation of Chokmah, Wisdom, and the Logos (The O of the Fool plus 21 keys). In Hebrew letters that are numbers are emblazoned on the Thoth Swords as the Word of Law that blazes forth clearing the dark clouds of a Mind based on fear, or survival thinking. I would suggest getting the Book 777 by Aliester Crowley to further study this, as the words "Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim" are the numbers 777 and mean in English translation, “One is Spirit of the Gods of the Living". The Ruach being Tiphareth, the Solar Logos our Psyche. There is a lot of investigative Gematria to understand here so get the book!
The Astrological meaning of this card belongs to the element of Air, implying intellectual states of consciousness.
WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- A beautiful mind of mental clarity and inventiveness.
- Problems being overcome with Original thinking.
- The dawning of a new intellectual process.
- Acting with logic and discrimination
- 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. Finality, Tragedy, and ultimate fate; However, it is release, freedom from past restraint and a new lightness and/or a kind of salvation.
- A type of invocation of new thought; a 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:
- A triumph, but with disastrous results.
- Conflicts and friction.
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