Kether and the Four Aces.
Kether, is ....and that is about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is not. It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy from the Infinite unmanifested. It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a Motion within all Movement. It is the all-seeing, observer, who only observes but never interacts. All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. Kether is unexplainable, and in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown of Diamonds, the Primary symbol of Kether, The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point and the Swastika. Kether is the balance of all light, hence, it is often depicted as pure white light; a light not found in this world. Thus Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center.
As with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just to form an intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point in not Kether. Just as the Divine Creative built us in its own image, is true, he and she , the Divine built us... but the Image is not The Divine Creative, merely a reflection of.
In Tarot, we are establishing some principles with symbols; the first principle symbol is the crown. We may think because of our anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in our head, as a spacial as yet unawake part of our brain; however, this is not the case.
The Crown represents the Holy Guiding Spirit, the crowning glory that we all aspire to even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to. Because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth, known as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been described as the personal Aspiration of all Jedi; Jedi seems to be a word cross of Magi, Djinn and genius. Genius being a personal spirit guide or angel of Ancient Rome. The ancient Egyptians called the 3 Magi, the 3 Stars in Orion's belt that pointed to Osiris's star Sothis (Sirius), which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still called the Magi in the middle ages (See the Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. Walker. Page 565). The Word Djinn is Arabian, and originally referred to Ancestor souls (later became geni). Nothing seems to be new in human history which is all very interesting . Besides, we have a new word for Ancestor Souls whose power comes from the 3 Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle, with Kether as the Crown, i.e. The Force. Again Myth seems to be a story about a Truth. The Magus.
In Western Qabalah, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is observation in our mundane world. Observation, begins creation, thus the Point and/or singularity. The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition. This would be called a "Singularity" in Quantum Physics or The Seed from which the Universe has grown. The Big Bang, the outward expression of this Seed that has been caused by a Force called Will, are shown as the Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Each Sephiroth, is a crystallization and/or progressive condensation of the latent aspects of Kether.
The Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh in Hebrew, likened to the sound of breath. Because all Work begins and ends with Kether, all ritualistic, or meditative work must begin with the invocation of the Highest Will. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the Inner Planes. The Collective Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above". Hence, the first breath taken by a child is the automatic Will of Kether, the "First Breath" of the Universe. Interestingly, the Greek word for breath is Spiro, which is the root word of both Spirit and Spiral.
To the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even translates the Energy of the Divine Unconscious but does not create that energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, but Kether is before Imagination. The "Will to be" (us), is not the same as "I Will Be", for one is individual and idealize, while the latter is without idea...the ideas of being came later in the conception of Time, as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes 3 aspects. The I Will Be, Kether, becomes Will to Force- 2nd Sephiroth Chokmah and Will to Form- 3Sephiroth-Binah, then the knowledge to be- Daath, the invisible Sephiroth.
The Number One is attributed to Kether, as 1, (the ace) is the seed of all numbers, by simple addition. 1+1=2 and 2+1=3, etc. All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible, so what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what they represent. We can safely say that Kether is Energy.......but we really don't know what that energy is (We are still looking for the "god particle), yet we call it light.
However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah, the Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and/or visions, as most rulers have and have taken an ancient symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause the movement towards manifestation. As history has shown most words are profaned, as is all indoctrinated propaganda, changed the meaning of the symbol to suit their vision of self-importance but that doesn't change the original meaning of the pure symbol.
Therefore, "As above, so below”, in essence states that the 10th Sephiroth- Malkuth, the Physical world, is equally as Holy as the Source. The Divine Self, The I AM, and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Our concepts of separation are just basically denial of our wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special. Much like the City Person who insists that farmers are "redneck" hicks, a form of lower life than themselves; even though their whole life is dependent on the good harvest work of the Farmer. Such people are indeed in denial and suffer from an inferiority complex. Much like a parasite, thinking it is more important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from each other. In truth, the City man depends on the rural man and vise versa; it is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself".
Finally, we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All is a quality unknown to us, a "No-Thing" but which we can symbolize to some extent. Therefore, when an Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our perceptions. The Essence of a Thing, the seed of idea.
We have established that Kether is the Crown, the Observer, the Dark Energy, that is. It is the Unknowable God of many religions, and yet as many of us know, religion is not God, as it is manmade. Kether is the Idea of the Big Bang, the point, the Singularity. The Aces are also essences, so they too are not easily explained.
The 4 Aces are related to Kether, thus they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot and/or Sephiroth. The consecutive elaboration of the Numbers, are Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the diversity called a World and Universe; a World that is 96% invisible to us. However, by combining the colors of the visible spectrum of electromagnetic light, we see that different combinations, make different color changes, such as blue combined with red makes purple, etc. This combination is the necessary diversity of creation and can be called harmonies. To a Qabalist, the numbered Sephiroth are either Force or Form and sometimes both in union depending on the Masculine expressive and female receptive aspects of a particular Sephiroth.
Each Ace is unique and is distinct in its degree of density and in its ability to do work as a specific function in the One Energy. Thus, each Ace is the Seed of an Alchemical Element and/or the "egg" from which that specific element was born from. We think we know what seeds/eggs are, but when we look at one, we don't see the Tree or animal it represents. We just "kind of" know the pattern of the Tree or animal is in there. That is also our conceptions of Kether, we just "kind of Know" that it is infinite, but then infinite is a human concept; therefore, Kether can't be known...so this gets a bit tricky. Obviously open mindedness is required and the courage to keep asking questions until answers emerge. The Influence of Kether is all around us, we just have to trust it knows us even if we know it or not. One must understand words are not the "knowing " of a thing, they are just describing a picture/and or reflection of a thing. Obviously we exist, and we are a combination of many factors, some if not most, unknown to us, so it is easy to trust the subtle. All in all, Knowledge built us, and that knowledge is ours to understand.
THE ACE OF WANDS:
The Ace of Wands represents the Force of Spirit as the Element of Fire. It is the Radical or Root Force of the Fiery Motion that Moves all things,i.e., Will. To those of us who need a pattern, the 4 Aces are said to be placed at the North Pole of the Universe, where they revolve and govern the revolution of the Universe. To a Qabalist the Four Aces are the connecting link between Yetzirah (Formative World) and the Material plane.
The Ace of Wands represents the outpouring of energy in the Universe, as one would view a "White Hole". It is the root of the Powers of Fire/Energy and is the influence of Kether (Dark energy) on the level of pure Spirit. It is represented as the Hebrew letter Yod and is shown on the club as flames. Yod is related to Kether, not only is it isolated and self-contained but it is also the formative graphic root for all other letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. Moreover, the Yod is Phallic. It is the Male-Fire (electric) that rushes out toward the Female-Water (Magnetic)
The Thoth Ace of Wands shows 10 Yods emanating from a primitive burning club. This represents the Primal force behind the entire Tree of Life that is composed of 10 Sephiroth and their connecting paths of energy transference. The entire Tree is a glyph of the Power of Fire, i.e. of Spirit. The scholarly student of Qabalah will find that the letter, Shin (Maternal Fire) and Yod are often used interchangeably when referring to the Tree of Life.
Besides being a practicing Qabalist, I am also a practicing Tantric in the techniques of Yoga. To me and all those of a higher state of mind, the human body is a God body. It is sacred and sanctified by the Creator and Creatrix and part of that sacredness is the sacrament of Holy Communion and/or sexual union which is an action of Spirit! It is Magic (k) in a living form of 0=2, who must become one again to flow in vital transformational power. I am of the opinion, along with many other intelligentsia, that there is no shame in being a homo sapiens sapiens, or that a soul who owns one by giving it life, should not in any way be embarrassed for doing so!
To make alive such a being is a high honor to any Spirit/Light-Being!
I've spent this life (and many others) learning the powerful purpose of having a homo sapiens sapiens form as my power tool, not only because I was curious why those who rule us, wish us to reject it's divinity (Divide and conquer) and persecute those who refuse to lessen themselves, but also because the Divine Creative Wants To Be Human! In fact the very name Hu-man is God-mind, as Hu is a Chinese-Mandarin word for God and man comes from the Hindu word Manas, meaning Mind.
If you can imagine, you have a god mind!
Alchemical Fire controls creativity, desire, passion, ambition and the satisfaction . For it is the Fiery Spirit in all of us that we've inherited from the Solar Logos as "Divine Frenzy" or Lust of the Divine to Be!
To Reiterate: THE ACE OF WANDS:
The Aces are essences-seeds or eggs, so they too are not easily explained.
The 4 Aces are related to Kether, thus they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot Deck and/or Sephiroth.
The Ace of Wands represents the Force of Spirit as the Element of Fire. It is the Radical or Root Force of the Fiery Motion that Moves all things. To those of us who need a pattern, the 4 Aces are said to be placed at the North Pole of the Universe, where they revolve and govern the revolution of the Universe. To a Qabalist the 4 Aces are the connecting link between Yetzirah (Formative World) and the Material plane.
The Thoth Deck Ace of Wands shows 10-Yods emanating from a primitive burning club (fiery phallus). This represents the Primal force behind the entire Tree of Life that is composed of 10 Sephiroth and their connecting paths of energy transference. The entire Tree is a glyph of the Power of Fire, i.e. of Spirit. The scholarly student of Qabalah will find that the letter, Shin (Maternal Fire) and Yod are often used interchangeably when referring to the Tree of Life. One will eventually understand that the material world is also a "Spirit World".
The Tarot of The Ages Tarot- Ace of Batons, displays the symbol for fire above and below on the card's borders. Displayed is a naked man holding the Great Flaming Lingam/Baton as if it is his phallus. .. of which it is. For the Man displayed is the Adam Khadmon of the Qabalah, who represents the "Supreme Being" of the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
As many artists have found out, that our cultural society fears its own homo sapiens sapiens forms and thereby has profaned it. Rather than the more intelligent ancient Greeks who knew it was a "god/goddess" form and praised it in its nudity, in most of its art. After 3,000 years of Patriarchal rule, mankind has dumbed down and as long as we allow "those who rule definition", the propagandists. We will get dumber and dumber which simply means more slave like.
The Truth is, the homo sapiens sapiens form allows the Divine Anima and Animus to be intimate with the dance of creation, and therefore, fulfill the will of Kether... The "I Will Be" and/or I AM of the Divine Creative. Intimacy is profaned by fearing it. Flesh is profaned by "making it dirty" in the mind of its operators. The Phallus and the Yoni are organs for intimate creation, and can not be profaned by man who never invented them in the first place. In Qabalah, it is said, "if it exists, it is supposed to". For unlike fundamental religions, that have profaned the Divine, the Western Tantric and Qabalist know that the Divine Creative does not create what It doesn't want. For to do so would be insanity.
WHEN THE ACE OF WANDS or ACE OF BATONS, ARE THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- It signifies a deep burning spiritual desire for self-discovery and realization.
- Trans-formative High Energy for new beginnings
- The first impulse and passion to begin.
- Creative energy and initiative, to begin new business ventures, new understandings, new foundations, where creative energy is flowing with plenty of potential and ambition to succeed.
- The burning flame of Dragon Power, A balancing and increasing in Potency of Inner Fire. The Souring of Kundalini energy, "the Dragon within".
- The dawning of desire, passion, enthusiasm and creativity.
- The Power of Masculine fire, with its connotations of heat, vigor, contest, aspirations, enlightenment, and avidity to consume.
- The overwhelming power of Lust to be that vibrates at the core of all manifestation. Pure Power to create.
- Beginning invention.
- Start of an undertaking.
Fire as passion, can be ill defined and become that which seeks the perverse or transgressions and/or:
- False start.
- Cloudy outlook.
- Unrealized goal.
- Empty existence.
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