tarot of the old path-ace of pentacles
The Earth Element of Pentacles, is Disks in the Thoth Tarot.
The Tarot of the Old Path shows the Ace of Pentacles on a table design in a grassy landscape. Each corner of the square table sports an animal horn, and the color of the card is predominately green; the color of the earth element.
The alert Hare is the animal symbol representing the Goddess (Hera/Ishtar) Trefoil leaves of buttercup and clover surround this hare for in the language of flowers, clover leaves represent knowledge gained through hard work and butter cups represent riches.
The way to communicate between levels is shown as a path leading to a flight of steps, linking the Astral and material worlds. Also in the back ground is a fortified castle, symbolizing a comfortable, secure lifestyle on earth.
Popular trees on the horizon, represent the Tree of Life and allude to the Goddess in her three states of Maid, Mother and Crone.
The Primary meaning of this card seems to be the path of prosperity and spiritual blessing bestowed in the material world.
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As mentioned in past blogs, Kether is symbolized as the Point, The Crown and the Swastika, and if you have been following the blogs, you know the point to imply completeness unto itself , without dimension or external definition. The Point is also attributed to the number 1 which mathematically has the potential for all other numbers.
The Crown symbolizes the Holy Guiding Spirit to which we may aspire.
The Swastika, is actually a Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation and represents the swirling motion around the Point that emphasizes self contained motion.
To reiterate, the Four Aces are the Root Force of the Alchemical Four elements. The Ace of Disks is the Root Force behind physical manifestation, that governs the motion within the movement of Matter.
The Thoth Ace of Disks:
Represents the influence of Kether, "The First Swirling" in matter or the World of Assiah, as Qabalists call it. It is a card of materialize light, but not necessarily good or evil nor is it necessarily wealth.
The card is in the Green of Spring, new growth, and the Aeon of Isis, the mother of Form who is normally shown as Emerald green, but in the Ace of Disks the Aeon is shown in spring green after the Resurrection of Osiris as Horus; Horus being the New Aeon. The Wings represent the Four Archangels whose powers balance each other and create stability. The six wings also represent the number of the Sun and the implied union of Earth and Sun that creates the Alive.
As we know atoms to swirl, and planets to revolve, we know that matter is a swirling motion and not a static one at all. Thus the card implies swirls and movement within a stable image or as Zoroaster Stated:,"rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud."
The Greek words for " to the mark the beast" appear in the center of this card. The number 666 also shows in this card, all of which shows the Earth to be the world of the Animal, as its intellectual highest form.
The God-Mind (Hu- Mandarin for god and man- from the Hindu-Manas, meaning mind) has changed this by expanding the mammalian predator through the process of Genetic Manipulation, combining the Animal DNA with that of "the angels that fell to Earth", thus the human body is an alien G.M.O, for the purpose of advanced evolutionary work; The Great Work, which is to bring the "above", which in this case is the intellect of "those who from the sky came" and the "below", which is earth, into perfect union. Thus the Beast is seen by some as a lowly thing, whereas the Divine Creative, has seen the Beast to be worthy of Angelic status. I don't presume to question Creation in this, I just exalt in my inheritance. Doing my best to Be the "As above,so below".
According to Crowley, the central Hieroglyph is that of "the chosen priest and apostle of infinite space," (The Husband) ,"The prince-priest the Beast"< [Liber Al. I.15.]. Thus, the stylized Phallus or lingam (the oblong shape behind the central sigil) is shown as the central symbol of this card, as that is the symbol of Tetragrammaton ("rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud,") again showing the Sol (Phallus) Luna (Yoni) union of reflected light. Crowley took this card as his personal Hieroglyph, so deep study is required to understand his deep and subtle meanings implied by this card. Purchasing his books and reading them over and over is this authors suggestion.
WHEN THE ACE OF DISKS or PENTACLES, IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- Union between the physical and spiritual aspects of the querent.
- beginning a new pathway in life that will bring satisfaction.
- A new planting of seeds, for a new home, job, career, or some form of security.
- Materialization of ideas bringing stability to skills that produce results.
- Could also be a time of meditation, an inward pulling of energy.
- Good beginnings for financial wealth, material gain and worldly status.
- The beginning of any new material form
- A most auspicious card showing the bringing together of internal and external talents and resources. Even if ill dignified it shows a sharing of treasure.
- Also the Card of a Shaman, or one who is practiced in the arts of Earth Magic.
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