The Thoth Tarot- 2 of Swords-PEACE
A quarrel made up and arranged, the restoration of peace.
The Suit of Swords represent the often unruly element of Air, therefore, peace seems to be an odd description of any swords card, as the swords are the tradition death suit.
The celestial attribution of the Two of Swords, is the Moon in Libra; by nature, the Moon (water) is change, but Mother Nature is inherently peaceful, which enhances the balancing aspects of Libra. Overall, one would think of the disruption caused by fiery-Chokma (#2 Sephira- Wisdom) in the suit of Air (Swords); Air being a suit born from the conflict of Water and Fire in marriage. Hence, Air/Swords is subject to change as no other suit, not only from the fire/water parentage but also when Earth appears, the suit becomes crystallized. Therefore, Peace seems counter-intuitive when applied to the death suit.
In astrology, when the Moon is in the house of Libra, it influences the individual's emotions and instincts through the lens of Libran traits. Here are some characteristics associated with the Moon in Libra:
Harmony and Balance: Individuals with the Moon in Libra seek emotional balance and harmony in their lives. They may feel a strong need for peaceful and harmonious surroundings, avoiding conflict whenever possible.
Diplomacy: These individuals tend to approach emotions with a diplomatic mindset. They may be skilled at navigating relationships and resolving conflicts by finding fair and just solutions.
Aesthetic Sensibility: The Moon in Libra brings a heightened appreciation for beauty and aesthetics. These individuals may find emotional fulfillment in art, design, or any form of creative expression that embodies elegance.
Relationship Focus: Emotional fulfillment is often linked to close relationships. Moon in Libra individuals may thrive in partnerships, valuing companionship and shared experiences.
Indecisiveness: The desire for harmony may sometimes lead to indecisiveness, as these individuals may struggle to make choices that could disrupt the balance. They might weigh the pros and cons extensively before reaching a decision.
Social Connections: The emotional well-being of those with the Moon in Libra is often intertwined with their social life. They may feel happiest when surrounded by friends and loved ones.
Aversion to Conflict: Disliking confrontations, individuals with the Moon in Libra may go to great lengths to avoid discord. This can sometimes lead to suppressing their own emotions for the sake of maintaining peace.
Charm and Grace: There's a natural charm and grace associated with the Moon in Libra. These individuals may express their emotions with finesse, aiming to create a pleasant atmosphere in their interactions.
It's important to note that individual birth charts are complex, and the Moon's placement is just one aspect of a person's astrological profile. The influence of other planets, houses, and aspects also plays a significant role in shaping an individual's personality and experiences.
As mentioned, Chokmah (Wisdom), is a fiery energy state of Conscious; a Yodic- Will to Force. We all know what heat, water and air combined can do on Earth, from nice breezes to horrifying tornadoes and hurricanes. Hence, heat, water and air combine to make weather that can change with little notice. Thus, this suite of swords, which governs all intellectual manifestations (Mind over matter), is at best always complicated and at least disordered. Even thought this is the best balanced force of the Swords suit, it is also a balance most paradoxical and subject to change more than any other suit.
Sophia-Goddess of Wisdom
In the Thoth Tarot, the 2 of Swords, shows two Swords of equal strength, crossed; they are combine by a fragile 5 petal blue rose. The Blue Rose represents the Gnostic Sophia, and the Qabalistic Binah) the Great Mother of Wisdom (Female aspect of the Supernal Triangle), whose harmonizing influence, plus that of Libra, compounds the latent antagonism of the Suit of Swords. The pinwheel shaped white rays, are in a geometrical pattern that emphasizes the harmonic equilibrium of the 2. Peace is about the best word used to describe this harmonic, but it is supported by a fragile wisdom.The affirmation of balance is the cross of light made of pin wheel like forms that imply a balance of active energy.
The 2 of Swords tarot card, has 2 swords crossed, emphasizing peace after conflict. The Thoth Tarot 2 of Swords, implies that peace is being produced by the Blue Sophia-the Goddess of Wisdom (The Qabalah's-Chokmah), represented by the blue five petaled Rose in the Center that represents the harmonizing influence of the Mother Sophia/Wisdom. The Blue Rose produces white rays that produce geometric symbols of equilibrium.
The Wisdom of the Blue Sophia -Gnostic Greek name of the Goddess Mother---later became the Blue Madonna of the Christian sects, momentarily dispels the antagonism and all is a strained peace for the moment.
The astrologically, the Moon, also the traditional symbol of the Goddess, is a very changeable and erratic planet (I know! But in Astrology the Moon is a planet.) that assumes a stability in Libra, emphasizing that this a tenuous situation. For now, it is stable---sometimes, only because of denial, a faux wisdom. Once denial fades, peace will be disrupted. The mind is like the Moon, always changing and if we know that all thought has error, we don't believe everything we think. This is a wisdom that allows us to "create, see the error and correct it" in our progressive thought processes. To always be right, is a process of denial---as is to always be wrong. In truth, thought is merely a subtle medium/material that we work and experiment with. Therefore, it is not a Truth until we can make it manifest as an expansive operation of a living organism. Thought, in order to "be rightful motion" must always be expansive and limber--- as progressive thinking demands flexibility just as life demands motion. Every thought is an illusion, even after it is manifested. The very word "manifestation" means illusion.
an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea.
"the first obvious manifestations of global warming"
the action or fact of showing an abstract idea.
"the manifestation of anxiety over the upcoming exams"
a symptom or sign of an ailment.
"a characteristic manifestation of Lyme disease"
The principle to all systems and the Universal Pattern, which is Chokmah, the Second Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, known as Wisdom, which may be considered the Real who begins the process of reality. Sure, there is Kether, the One, but Kether is potential "I" while Chokmah is an active-electric "I" that links with the magnetic Binah to form "I AM".
The All Observing "I".
The Kether is an observer, often called the "All Seeing eye (I)", but this "I" is not a participant, it just observers and if you have reached deep inner meditations, you have met this Observer, occupying the deep silence,: For it is from that "I", that you as a Psyche, inherit I-dentity (your very own spiral- microwave): the I AM that imagines itself as "Me".
I Am Life!
Therefore, Kether, the First Motion of Intellect, is never interfering but always observing. On the other hand, Chokmah is active and participates and in fact, the union of Chokmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) is the "I AM", from which all "self-image" (Self-Imaginings) is formed.
Hence, the 2's generally imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.
Those of the Hermetic Qabalah often call the THOTH- 2 OF SWORDS-PEACE: the Lord of Peace Restored. Again, here the Moon is in Libra and Chokmah is influencing the Astral World of Yetzirah. The Angels of the Decan are: Yealel and Mehahel.
It helps us to remember, that we are not "the thought", the thinker has the power to create thought, not to be run by it. Contrary to most belief systems, our thought or ideas are not more precious than any living being. Life is what we Spirits, are about. Thought is merely the "first material" that we work with and is a very rough draft. Life is the manifestation of imagination and will-to-be and to enhance the living with expansive and liberated thought is the job of a "Thinker". Hence, we all have inherited the Power to "Think" which gives us the ability to begin and end creation. Thought has no power over us any more than it does over the Divine Creative. Thought is merely a "subtle-but dirty- clay" for our rough sculpturing of Self-Awareness, that must be smoothed and refined by the constant attention of experience.
To agree on a Sculpturing self-image together is peaceful... and often more fun than attacking each other's creativity!
WHEN THE 2 OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
It implies :
- Peace of Mind,
- Two issues, relationships, choices or situations have been or are being integrated at a subconscious level...soon to be experienced outwardly.
- A temporary balance and feeling of release from captivity
- Affirming a new belief or lifestyle, expanding opinions and communication.
- A necessary respite before a change in an attempt to gain a mental balance.
- Conflict at an impasse a stalemate of balanced forces.
- Making peace and suspending judgment .
- Blocked emotions due to compromise not accepting realities and the need to be tolerant towards others..
- In two weeks or two months you will begin feeling the outward physical signs of this integration.
- This is the most positive of all the Sword Cards, and it shows that compromise is working at this stage and that often good comes out of a bad situation.
- This card reminds us that changes can be made, so by fearing confrontation and therefore "running away", we may avoid a unpleasant situation, but it is not going to go away until we face it with inner courage.
- To avoid the issues at hand----simply means we are living in a past and have no living motion in the present!
- Peace is often sought, but unless we compromise it is rare to find.
- Quarrels made up and arranged, Peace under tension.
- Action unselfish and sometimes selfish.
- Strength through suffering, pleasure after pain.
- Sacrifice and trouble.
- Peace restored through arrangement of differences----all of which denote the contradictory nature of this card. It is Justice and injustice, truth and untruth, sorrow and sympathy, all balancing each other in a state of peace and tension in relationship.
If ill dignified, this card represents an:
- Inclination to re-partition affronts if once pardoned, of asking shallow and valueless questions.
- Want of tack, and often doing injury when meaning well.
- Talkative. Like I said in the beginning a card of Peace through conflict.
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