The four Deuces symbolize the Powers of the King and Queen; first uniting and initiating the Force, but before the Prince and Princess are thoroughly brought into action. Therefore do they generally imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.
above all things, know thyself!
The key to all systems, as well as, the Universal Pattern is the only Reality. That reality is the key, we know as Chokmah (Wisdom) on the Tree of Life. Kether is not or no-thing, therefore it is not reality. When we cause reality, it is of our beliefs, emotions and opinions united in simulation, so I often call Chokmah the Real...for it is not of us, but is the Will to Force before us. Our beginning is in Chokmah, the idea of I (Male) Am (Female), and the Will to Force, all begin there. Thus we are Dreaming ourselves into willful existence. For now, we know Chokmah to be Will To Force. Therefore, we start as a Willed Force, that many call "Spirit".
Thoth- 2 of wands-dominion
The 2 of Wands is also called the Lord of Dominion and whose zodiacal attribution is Mars in Aries. Mars being the planet of vitality, energy, and assertion: Aries is the astrological symbol of exploration and pioneering. The Angels of the Decan are Vehooel and Deneyal.
The 2 of Wands represents Chokmah influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Energy) known as Atziluth, the upper Triangle of the Tree of Life.
Again, I am are trying to explain the inexplicable which is the Supernal Triangle. This second Sephiroth is Pure will, without need of result. Which to many is impossible to realize for most of us exercise will and expect results to reach goals. What many of us don't realize, is that Will is the Power behind Spirit, in fact they are inseparable. The Spirit is the Spiraling of Energy into identity-motions and/or the I Am that build microwave dimensions of information and yet needs no result, as that result has been achieved by "moving".
But before frequencies are stimulated into being via "thought/micro waves", there was Will to Force ( Chokmah-the Divine masculine) and then Will to Form (Binah-The Divine Feminine). The Sephiroth are called Beings that may be force or may be form, but in fact, a Being to a Qabalist is a "immortal state of Conscious Energy" while we may all know that the living forms have a beginning and an end, to us a Being is "beyond time-space", and therefore it has not depth and its dimension is infinite Pi. In Chokmah is Being. The First Being---The All Father Fiery- Electric who has no form until She the Watery- Magnetic- the third Sephira-Binah "wills/understands him to Form". Here in the 2 of Wands is that joining of the 2 states of Will That is "He" and "She", Will to Force and Will to Form, both being masculine in this state as both are "expressing will". The receiver of this expression, would then be receptive-feminine, which is not a sex of a species but the Anima (Divine Feminine) and Animus (The Divine Masculine) within the Psyche of each of us. We all are 0=2. We begin as "souls" and/or Solar Self, which is the "Divine Hermaphrodite" as "Being". Each Soul, a Sphere of Energy (Merkabah) that encloses form to make it active in our name of "I AM"... Hence, what I am is always an assumption. The Chinese idiom of yin yang or the horizonal figure eight, both represent the 0=2.
the human Merkabah
The 2 of Wands represents, energy in an unbridled state of Force, for Mars is exalted in Aries -the Ram-as the fiery Mars rules the fiery sign Aries. Here Fire, i.e. Spirit, is pure Primal, and brilliant, warm and bright as both Will to Force and Will to Form. The Dorjes, Tibetan symbols for Thunderbolts, are shown crossed on the Thoth card, emphasizing the power and harmony of this card. Will to Force and Will to From are in balance here, the forceful Dominion of Spirit has become a domain, i.e. expression in material form . Therefore, here the Animus and Anima of the Soul claim dominion in the world of Malkuth.
the Dark Santa Muerte tarot-two of candles
The Dark Santa Muerte- Two of Candles, is depicted here as Two traditional brass candle holders, on both sides of twin skulls, one female and one male. It is about recognizing more than one opinion, such as "Will to Force" and "Will to Form". Here discernment is necessary to move creation forward. We are Life, the combination of the Two wills and One Energy, hence, the two wills must become one under intent, for Life to keep flowing. There is no lust of result in this Pure Will, made of the harmony of "He" and "She" aspects of the One. The Union in itself is a joy-filled journey of idea into form. Therefore there is no "battle of the sexes" where one wishes to rule the relationship over the other. There is the Union of Wisdom (Chokmah-I) and Understanding (Binah-Am), that gives birth to Knowledge and all creation as the "Me". Here, Energy is initiating a current of Force, that Spiral of Energy from which all domain is created. She, being Will to Form, is taking the electric-fire of the Will to Force utilizing it to create both Form and Motion and/or Living Bodies.
When the word Harmony is mentioned, one often thinks of peace and quiet bliss, but this is the Violent Destructive Harmonious Force that initiated the "Big Bang"; totally without resistance in and of itself but destructive to passivity none the less, for it is "as fire", both consumptive and trans-formative. A rhythmic intercourse in the Substance of Mind, which we call Spirit. A Singularity exploded "outward" to form the building blocks of our Universe and disturbed the peace and balance of absolute stability, so that "change can become a constant"; the One Energy as set into motion Transformation, that forms according to Self Awareness. For all Self is a duality of "force and form". Therefore, we all live within the One Mind, as many idealized dreams of Self. Each of us is our own "Big Bang", copies of the Divine Motion and the Intent of "I Will BE" (Kether-the One). Each of our Souls, is a Divine Child of the Divine I Am. Hence, we follow the Intent of the Original I AM which is to produce an image of self and/or a "Me". Hence, there is One Self, and many selves.
Here Mars in Aries, the first house, and represents that Powerful Gathering of Force to deconstruction of- "I" for the purpose reconstruction as- " I Am". A gathering of Will to Force and Will to Form and or the beginning of Trans-formative Energy. Now the first law of Thermodynamics is in motion [....there is only one energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed...and transmitted]. One is now in motion, which requires I transforming to AM, a dual identity of I and the "other" and/or AM. The Other, is the "Secret Lover", of which all of us have within our own Psyche, for all is Mind/Self. Therefore, in each of us is the Anima (Spirit) and Animus (Soul), who intercourse, to create "me"-a "virgin birth". I AM ME completes our trinity of self-awareness. What a "Me" is , depends on our own Assumptions.
Looking at the Qabalistic Tree of Life, we know the tarot 2's to be Chokma --the 2nd Sephiroth of the Supernal Triangle.
This is Pure Will, independent of any given object. Will without lust of result that is Will without the "to be" that causes/claims manifestation. This is the Powerful Will that the Magi can channel into ritual manifestation, but only if the Magi has taken care of preparation so there is no lust for result in their psyche, yet still requiring the Union with a Feminine counterpart; for there is no form without her magnetic enclosure! Intent without expectation may seem counterintuitive. However, our expectation designs the result and thereby, limits what can really be created. When we "let go" of expectation, and just declare intent, the Universal Self, can then produce the form of this intent....a form far beyond our own experience.
Thoth- 2 of Wands-Dominion
Mars, the planet of War, is in its own sign Aries, the first of signs, and therefore represents Energy initiating a current of Force, but a "Point A to Point B", and/or Polarity-Male to Female, is required or currents of force, can't flow. Therefore, the Thoth 2 of Wands show the Dorjes, "Currents of Electrical Force", with a Feminine-Ka Dro Ma head on one end and a phallic shaped, twin serpent wrapped-spear head on the other end, showing both male and female "sex" (serpent) force interaction and the double helix of DNA.The horse heads on the Khadroma-crowns symbolize spiritual power and the serpents at the base of the arrow heads, represent the regenerative power (sex force transmited) and healing that comes from this power balance.
KA Dro MA
Here, Crowley promotes an interesting illustration of the Tibetan Dorjes (Thunderbolts) crossed, but crowned with the Angelic Tibetan Kha-dro-ma (Daughters of Kali) suggesting that these thunderbolts are more destructive than constructive.
Few of us remember that destruction is the first part of the creative process. Even the Universe as The Singularity (I), destroyed itself to become many ( I AM Me), in the Big Bang. To tell the Truth, any great accumulation of energy by any form, be it psyche or physical, will destroy its lower frequency forms and if done properly, a phoenix will arise from the excess of flame/released energy as a formed harmonic of higher frequency. Such as the All Seeing "I", that created "Other" as "another way to be I", and by understanding (3rd Sephiroth-Binah) the difference between I and Am, created the "Child", "Me". To see this in a somewhat clear manner, take a circle-0- and twist it upon itself-8-, this forms 2 circles out of one. Now we have the Dual One, who is both She and He.
Energy, is oppressed in forms; a necessary oppression to be sure, but sill in each of us, the energy fights to join with the Totality. Invoking more of the One Energy, changes the form's Time/Space, to more expansive and energetic boundaries than before. Hence, the one who invokes is often accused of "insanity" because their reality (boundaries) has changed from the normal- form- boundaries of animal survival mind to the Imagination of the Immortal. That expansive perspective usually makes both genius and insanity seem to be one. This is usually because the mundane form is bound by a lesser perspective of self and fears the unknown and/or Greater Self who rules both life and death.
Often, in those who seek "enlightenment" (Thunderbolts of energy---"The flow is in the Know") find that their attempts at expanding bring fear and repulsion to the brains indoctrinated programing, which are the primary animal tendencies responses blamed on the " small-ego" as it sees its own smaller energy construct being stressed to the point of release and/or self- destruction. But then with understanding of the complete plan, as Qabalah study is wont to do, the student-brain willingly surrenders, rejoices and co-operates in the "Purifying Fire" of The Greater Ego, of which Saints are often accused of entering. Some call this "Holy Spirit" and yogis call this state of mind-Samadhi.
Therefore, the 2 of Wands represents Chokma in the suit of Fire. This is pure will; will in its most exalted form. Crowley called this card "...will unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every-way perfect". [Al. I.44].
As Stated: The Heads of the Djores, are Tibetan Kha-dro-Ma ( the above illustration is how one appeared to me) which are considered Tibetan Angels or Demons (Daughters of Kali) depending if you are frightened of the Initiating Force or joyously accepting the necessary destructive/constructive nature of this Current of Force that Transforms. Studying the Tibetan concept of the Kha-dro-Ma gives even greater insight into this Cards Force; However, the Tibetans are very secretive about the Kha-dro and their state of Ma (As in Kali Ma), will only state adamantly that they are the "highest state of Feminine" in the Universe and compose about 10,000 Myriads in number (?). However, one appeared to me (I must apologize for the elementary art), telling me that they are more than myth and they are presenting themselves as stunning feminine beauties with cobra hair, that moves and watches one. They maybe the idea of the Greek -Medusa.
The Thoth Tarot- 2 Of Wands: Dominion and the The Two of Candles, both represent the state of dominion, balance, and integration. We are now well into the Minor Arcana, which consists of 40 cards which show the various ways the Major Arcana (22-keys of the Trump) are experienced in day-to-day living. The Major Arcana, Trump or Atu, are states of Universal Consciousness, and the Minor Arcana or small cards, are how the Universal expresses itself as an individual consciousness.
The Thoth Tarot's 2 Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of Lightning/power) or 2 equal Candles of the Dark Santa Muerte Tarot, represents; optimum balance of energy, the sense of sovereignty, and being comfortable with your domain which can be called Personal Unified sacred power.
When the 2 of Wands/Two of Candles card is thrown, it represents :
- You coming into your own power from your deep spiritual center that is a balance of Male electric (the rods) and female magnetic (The Kha-dro-ma-Tibetan angels- heads on the Dorjes and/or the Feminine form, standing on the Serpent wands of the Masculine force).
- The querent is experiencing the will to move forward in a new direction, from a place of undaunted will, of full power, and balanced dominion.
- Contemplating new ideas without lust of result.
- What once was unfocused energy is now becoming clear and polarized.
- Affirming a new self identity.
- A partnership of two powers, opposite yet reflecting each other.
- The Self confidence that only comes from affirming and approving of one's self.
- A senses of accomplishment without any feeling of satisfaction.
- In the next two weeks, or two months, you will have the energy, like Mars, to move in new directions: like Aries, from a place of integration, balance, harmony and spiritual power.
- You have attained a certain amount of integral balance, harmony and dominion within, that enables you to expand and liberate your life from past imbalances.
- Considered to be influence over another.
- Dominion, boldness, courage, fierceness, shamelessness, revenge, resolution, generous, proud, sensitive, ambitious.
- Restless, ruthless, turbulent, and many other descriptions of a Willful Current of Force being applied to a situation.
- This card tends to be sagacious yet can be unforgiving and obstinate according to dignity.
- The Two of Wands is Focused Will and Fiery Motion, in a balance that will destroy the issue focused on to rebuild a new form.
- Very powerful card of Motion and change by a destructive means, which is often seen in the world of Atoms and molecules forged by the massive forces of the Stars. When this card shows up in a reading the Will of Spirit is involved...something of which the body is unable to stop.
- The querent is being overcome by boldness. courage, fierceness, and Shamelessness.
If Ill defined by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or Reversed (Dark Santa Muerte) it implies:
- Generous and proud, but also a certain amount of revenge, and resolution.
- There is a suggestion of turbulent energy, that seems to be beyond the "ego's" ability to control but it can also become sagacious, yet unforgiving and obstinate.
- It is because it Is.....and the persona becomes baffled by the power unleashed without a "lust for result".
- Centering only on the love within, is the solution to this immense Power of Will, that is all around us, but of what we have so little contact with as we have "given ourselves" to the ambition of "others".....and believe we have little, if any "Will Power".
- This card is suggesting that the Spirit (Will) is beginning to rebel against its predisposed boundaries...come "Hell or High Water"!
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