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Tree of Life
The key to all systems, as well as the Universal Pattern, is the only Reality. That reality is the key, we know as the Second Sephiroth Chokmah (Wisdom) on the Tree of Life. The first Sephiroth Kether is no-thing, therefore it is not reality. When we cause reality, it is our beliefs, emotions and opinions united in an energy-in-motion 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 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 imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.
The 2 of Wands-Dominion 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 trying to explain the inexplicable which is the Supernal Triangle and/or the Super-conscious. This second Sephiroth is Pure will, without need of result. Which for 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, and that Will is "to be". 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 into being".
The Lemniscate of 0=2-bonded in Love
But before frequencies are stimulated into being via "thought/microwaves/radio 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 an "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 no 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 to Form" and/or understands him into 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 acting 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/Soul of each of us. We all are 0=2. We begin as "souls" and/or Solar Self, which is the "Divine Hermaphrodite" as "Being" and therefore, immortals. Each Soul, a Sphere of Energy, and data (Merkabah) that encloses form to make it active in our name of "I AM"... Hence, what I am is always an assumption. that we call a "Me". The Chinese idiom of yin yang or the horizonal figure eight (Lemniscate), both represent the 0=2.
Lemniscate (symbol for infinity and/or 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 Form 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 Declarative Tarot -Layers of Passion-No.2-Self-Sovereignty.
(2 of wands)
The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Passion (wands)No.2-Self-Sovereignty represents the self-sustaining power, autonomous, and self-calibrating actions of Spirit. This card is about self-rule and standing tall in your presence. All of us must reclaim our subconscious minds from the media-controlled hypnosis of words and thereby, create a more conscious subconscious. We walk around in a media-controlled identity, which is not ours nor ever has been. It is a false ego, which must be extracted by lucid dreaming; a dream where we are consciously active and able to change it. Authenticity is the Solar-Self that you are, not a slave to the programing of the few who wish to rule the many. You are not made of words; you are made of Celestial Energy and have the Power to be anything you declare yourself to be.
Prominently displayed on this card is a fence. Fences can be boundaries for purposes of efficiency or positive intent. The fence on No-2-Self-Sovereignty is solidly supported as a multifunctional unit. Hence, a need boundary that doesn't enclose yourself. Therefore, the Sovereign one sets boundaries of personal space that honors Self and is not a self-made prison. On the fence sits a Pileated Woodpecker.
The Pileated Woodpecker, one of the largest woodpeckers in North America, is easily identifiable by its size, distinctive red crest, and loud hammering sounds. Folklore and symbolism associated with woodpeckers, including the Pileated variety, can be found in various cultures. Here are some of the representations and beliefs associated with woodpeckers in general:
Messenger and Prophet: Woodpeckers, with their sharp beaks, are often seen as messengers or prophets in some cultures because they are perceived to "tap" into knowledge or messages from the divine.
Connection to Thunder: In some Native American tribes, the woodpecker is associated with thunder because its drumming is reminiscent of the sound of thunder in the distance.
Persistence and Determination: The methodical and relentless tapping or drilling of the woodpecker symbolizes persistence, determination, and hard work in some interpretations.
Bringing Change: The woodpecker's ability to penetrate hard surfaces can be seen symbolically as breaking through barriers or bringing about change.
Life and Death: In some cultures, woodpeckers are seen as symbols of both life and death, representing the cycle of life or the balance between the two.
Rhythms and Cycles: The rhythmic drumming of woodpeckers can represent the rhythms and cycles of life and nature.
While the above points refer to woodpeckers in general, specific symbolism or folklore around the Pileated Woodpecker might vary based on regional or tribal beliefs. Hence, this bird symbolizes the Power of Self-Knowing. Each of us is to build a Messenger of Our Soul, a Mercury identity as an aware consciousness. To do so requires us to tear down the boundaries of our cultural training, and word programing with persistent determination and meditative intuition that comes from our inner guardian and/or Soul.
The tall and distinguished flowers are named Hollyhocks. These are semi woody stemmed plants with large green leaves and showy flowers.
Hollyhocks (often spelled "hollyhocks") are tall flowering plants that have been cultivated for centuries. They come in a variety of colors and have been a favorite in many traditional gardens. The symbolism and representation associated with hollyhocks are as follows:
Fertility and Abundance: Given their prolific nature and the abundance of flowers they produce; hollyhocks are often associated with fertility and abundance.
Ambition: Because hollyhocks grow tall, they are sometimes associated with ambition or the desire to achieve great heights.
Brevity of Life: Hollyhocks are biennials, which means they complete their lifecycle in two years. The first year is primarily for growth, and in the second year, they flower, set seeds, and then die. This cycle can symbolize the brevity of life or the idea of making the most out of a brief time.
Protection: In some cultures, hollyhocks are believed to ward off evil spirits or bring protection to a home. They were often planted near entryways for this reason.
Single-mindedness or Determination: The straight, tall growth of the hollyhock can symbolize determination or single-minded pursuit of an objective.
Feminine Energy: In some interpretations, the soft petals, and nurturing attributes (since they provide nectar to pollinators) of the hollyhock symbolize feminine energy or the divine feminine.
The specific symbolism can vary depending on cultural or regional differences, here they represent standing tall, ignoring the nay sayers, and using your presence to achieve great heights.
dIn this card the Hollyhocks are creating a doorway that the Woodpecker sits in. This displays the collective, collaborative, and co-creative attributes of Nature. Everything is a collaboration of "fractals".
Fractals are complex structures that look similar at any level of magnification. This property is called "self-similarity." The term "fractal" was coined by mathematician Benoît B. Mandelbrot in 1975, derived from the Latin word "fractus," which means "broken" or "fractured."
Here are the key points about fractals:
Self-Similarity: A defining property of fractals is self-similarity, which means that they appear similar at any level of magnification. This means that if you zoom in on a fractal, you will see a shape or structure that closely resembles the larger-scale version you just zoomed in from.
Infinite Complexity: Fractals can have infinite detail. The more you zoom in, the more details emerge, and this can theoretically go on forever.
Formation: Fractals can be constructed using simple, iterative mathematical processes. By repeating the same process over and over, the intricate patterns of a fractal emerge. The Mandelbrot set, for example, is a famous fractal that is generated using a simple mathematical formula repeated many times.
Natural Occurrence: Fractals aren't just mathematical constructs; they appear in nature as well. Examples include snowflakes, coastlines, mountain ranges, lightning bolts, river networks, and trees. The branching patterns of lungs and blood vessels in our bodies also exhibit fractal-like patterns.
Dimension: Fractals often have a non-integer or fractional dimension. This concept is a bit counterintuitive, but it suggests that a fractal can exist "between" dimensions. For example, a fractal might have a dimension between 1 and 2, suggesting it's more than a line but less than a plane.
Applications: Beyond their aesthetic and philosophical appeal, fractals have practical applications. They're used in computer graphics, design, urban planning, and even in certain medical and scientific modeling processes. The concept of fractals has also contributed to the fields of chaos theory and dynamic systems.
Fractals highlight a beautiful blend of order and chaos, simplicity, and complexity. They serve as a reminder that often intricate and complex patterns can emerge from simple rules and processes. Hence, we are all Natural even though others insist on "supernatural", which really doesn't exist. The Universe is an ecosystem well as Earth. We all are the Nature Expression of Celestial Light which we insist as being called Spirit as if it were some separated things from Nature. Spirit is the Creator of the Collaboration of the infinite complexity of Fractals. Everything is a Self-Awareness of Spirit! I AM Spirit! Hence, all worlds are Spirit Worlds!
The spiritual presence in all fractals is shown as a radiant being of Celestial light holding a staff of the "All See" "I" and/or eye while sitting on a ribbon of embroidered fractal patterns. Here we are reminded that our first passion was "to be" and that all subsequent expression of Passion are to live an authentic and full life. The Lust to be ("I Will Be" of Kether), began all the need to form in this Universe, and as Energy I AM that Lust. I Am the Lust of the Divine Creative "to be"! The intimacy of senses also implies Lust to be, as it creates intimacy with all things that are "I AM" and passionately installing the need to be "more".
Here discernment is necessary to move creation forward. We are Life, the combination of the 2 wills and One Energy, hence, the 2 wills must become one under intent, for Life to keep a balanced flow as shown by the fertile flora surrounding the relaxing Woodpecker. There is no lust of result in this Pure Will, made of the harmony of "He" and "She" aspects of the One. The Union is a joy-filled journey of ideas into forms. Therefore, there is no media-made "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 through the experience of manifestation. Here, Energy is initiating a current of Force, which Spirals 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. Hence, she (Isis) is often shown as the abundant flowers and the horns of the Moon that surround the red eye of Ra on the royal staffs.
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 of another universe and trans-formative into a new one. A rhythmic intercourse in the Substance of Mind, which we call Spirit. The theory is that a Singularity exploded "outward" to form the building blocks of our Universe and disturbed the peace and balance of absolute stability, as it destroyed one universe to build another, so that "change can become a constant"; the One Energy as set into motion of transformation, deconstructs so that it can reconstruct all of which happens/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" (Eheieh-the god name of Kether). 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 intimate Image of Self and/or a "Me". Hence, there is One-Self, and many selves (fractals); an image often shown as a Peacock God, each "I" another Self of the One- Self.
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), whose intercourse, creates a "me"-a; a type of "virgin birth". I AM ME completes our trinity of self-awareness. and the story we tell ourselves called a "Me". What a "Me" is depends on our own assumptions. I Am commands/declares form. Hence, I AM Wealth commands the form of wealth and its opposite, I AM poverty, commands lack. I AM... is always proclaiming what you are! "I Am now" insures you are not dead to today for those living yesterday's emotions and thoughts, are dead to the moment.
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 an aspirant can channel into ritual manifestation, but only if the aspirant has taken care of preparation so there is no lust for result (desire) in their psyche, yet still requiring the Union with a Feminine counterpart-imagination; for there is no form without her magnetic enclosure! Intent without expectation may seem counterintuitive. However, our expectation designs the result by using cultural programs, 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 in a perfected form free from the restraints of programed thought... often a form far beyond our own experience.
Thoth- 2 of Wands-Dominion
Mars, the planet of War, is in its own sign of 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 transmitted) and healing that comes from this power balance.
KA Dro MA-Tibetan Angel
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 for deconstruction for the purpose of reconstruction.
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 Self), 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", forming "I AM", and by understanding (3rd Sephiroth-Binah) the difference between I and Am, created the "Child", "Form". To see this in a 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 that is One line of energy unbroken and is a symbolic image of the Soul/Solar Self.
Energy is oppressed in forms; a necessary oppression to be sure, but still in each of us, the energy fights to join with Totality. Invoking more of 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- fear-form- boundaries of animal survival mind to the I-magi-nation 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. In truth, to be indoctrinated and to have one's sight covered in the blinders of dogma, is "insanity", and the enlightened are the sane ones.
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 and/or responses blamed on the " false ego" as it sees its own smaller parasite- energy construct being stressed to the point of release and/or self- destruction and/or the removal of garbage programs. 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. It behooves the aspirant to remember we are not "brains", we are the energy that powers them. Therefore, brains are ours to control and not to be controlled by outside authorities programing.
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 on 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-Ma and their state of Ma (As in Kali Ma), will only state adamantly that they are the "highest state of Feminine" (angels) 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, which moves and watches one. Their appearance the idea behind the Greek -Medusa. or the cobra headdress of the Egyptian pharaohs.
The Thoth Tarot- 2 of Wands: Dominion and the Declarative Tarot-No.2-Self-Sovereignty, both represent the state of dominion, balance, and integration. We are now well into the Minor Arcana, which consists of forty cards which show the numerous 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 I AM-expresses itself as an individual consciousness.
The Thoth Tarot's 2 Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of Lightning/power) or 2 equal and fertile Hollyhocks /Staffs in the Declarative Tarot No. 2-Self-Sovereignty, represents optimum balance of energy, the sense of sovereignty, and being comfortable with your domain which can be called Personal Unified power.
When the 2 of Wands/No.2-Self-Sovereignty card is thrown, it represents:
- You are 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 innovative 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.
- Self confidence that only comes from affirming and approving of oneself.
- A sense 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, generosity, pride, sensitivity, ambitiousness.
- 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.
- An immensely 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, it implies:
- Generous and proud, but also a certain amount of revenge, and resolution.
- There is a suggestion of turbulent energy, which is beyond the "ego's" ability to control but it can also become sagacious, yet unforgiving and obstinate.
- It is because it Is.....and the person 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, which 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 suggests that the Spirit (Will) is beginning to rebel against its predisposed boundaries...come "Hell or High Water"!
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