Thoth-Ace of Cups
The root of the powers of the water.
Chapter 42-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, it is the All seeing "I". All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. As you may have guessed by the constant explanation, Kether is unexplainable, and in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown, the Primary symbol of Kether, The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point and the Swastika. Therefore, Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center which is the same symbol used for the Sun.
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, but the Image is not the Divine Creative.
We are establishing some principles with symbols; the first principle symbol is the (diamond) 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, for the brain doesn't project infinity nor can it see it, for such "seeing" needs measurement and infinity doesn't have one.
The Diamond Crown represents the Holy Guiding Spirit, and/or the Purest Light, 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. Which seems to be a word cross of Magi, Djinn and genius. Genius being Latin for a personal spirit guide or angle of Ancient Rome. The ancient Egyptians called the 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 refereed to Ancestor souls Now this is all very interesting and we have a new modern word for Ancestor Souls whose power comes from the 3 Sephira that make the Supernal Triangle, with Kether as the Crown, i.e. The Force. Again Myth is a story about a Truth.
All fun aside, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is observation in our mundane world. Observation, begins creation, thus the Point . 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 Eheieh -meaning- "I Will Be" , are shown as the 3 top Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether
Therefore the Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh, 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" and/or the Fertile Frequency of Beginning- which the Hindu call the Om.
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 of all Form, 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 (Saturn-Binah), as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes three crystallized aspects. The I Will Be, Kether, becomes Will to Force- Chokmah and Will to Form- Binah, then Will to be- Daath, the "invisible Sephiroth" who is Knowledge/information.
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. Thus Kether is Energy, and the shout of "I Will Be", is the first microwave/frequency that made a ripple in the Dark Light, .but we really don't know what that energy is and just call it "Dark Energy".
However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are also in Assiah, the Qabalistic Material World, which is made of condensed microwaves. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another Buddhist symbol for Kether. Too some the Swastika denotes tyranny and It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken an ancient symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause manifestation and as in all indoctrinated propaganda, changed and profaned the meaning of the symbol to suit their vision of self-importance but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol. Just as Christianity has profaned the Homo Sapiens body which is the image of the Divine Creative.
"As above, so below”, in essence states that the 10th Sephiroth of Malkuth, the Physical world, is equally as Holy as the Source. The Divine Creative and its "Self- 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 "red neck" 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. 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 verse; it is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself". For to know each other, one must first Know Their Self. The highest ignorance of all, is thinking that titles bestowed on mankind by their "rulers" is a real identity! Identity can only be bestowed by "I AM", the original Identity and therefore, the only authority of Identity.
Because of your previous reading, you may understand that Kether is the "Dark energy" and Mother is "Dark Matter" (Dark Mater) that really isn't understood by us. Kether, the Source of All, is not known to us objectively, but its presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves. Binah- the 3rd Sephiroth is the Grail (the first enclosure), The Dark Mater/Mother that is often called the Abyssal Womb. Kether is the "first I", and like a drop of water, put ripples in the whole Ocean of the Abyssal Womb (Dark Mater).
Again, the Aces are attributed to Kether and they represent the most pure forms of energy. Each is a specific type, and density of Energy that we call the root of the Alchemical Elements.
The Ace of Cups is Kether in Briah, depicting the influence of Kether on the Mental Level. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an element used to symbolize the Consciousness and emotions (in combination with Fire). The image of the "ripples" in the Great Ocean of Binah, are shown around the base of the Cup and the "Lotus" from which the Grail has grown; the lotus is a symbol for the Divine Feminine.
The Thoth version of this Card shows the wave action characteristic of physical water implying the activity that encloses and directs pure consciousness. As the Universe of Energy is woven out of waves of consciousness, ideas, if you will, thus the Web in the background. The Thoth Deck Ace of Cups, shows us a magnificent Grail filling with "White energy", empowering the surroundings, with Spider Woman's Web emanating from it. For those of us who do not know the Myths of Spider Woman, she is a Native American description of the Great Mother Goddess who wove the fabric of the universe. Today we acknowledge time-space, as a woven grid of energy-----the similarity simply means that we have proven the Story/theory.
The Ace of Cups represents the secrets of Water/Unconscious in its original form. The Wyrd (weaving) of Atoms into flowing waves/currents of energy form. Water is the Feminine compliment (magnetic), the Moon- vaginal- womb to the masculine- electric- Sun-phallus.
Upon the Dark Sea of Binah (or Goddess Mari if Gnostic Nazarene/Essene) are Lotuses, two in one, that fill the Grail-cup with Vital Life Fluid, that is either represented as Water, Wine or Blood according to the selected purpose of the symbolism. In such symbolism, the Lotus can be replaced by a Blood Red Rose, thus representing the Blood Red Sea of Binah from which all Life flows. The Blood Red Rose is the image for the "Rosy Cross" symbol.
Remembering that all Aces are the "seed" of a force, no matter how much imagery we use to describe "The Womb with a View" (I've called the Great Her this since I was very young), She is a Force that makes Form from "I" (ideas) by birthing "I Am". To represent this amazing Force, in any form of metaphor is difficult at most, and a mystery in the least. It's like trying to identify the one who has left "ripples in Time". You know someone has been there, and some sort of "noise" was preformed, but no conclusive clue on their identity. She is the Seed of all Life; of Energy as Form for She "Understands" what we call "Wisdom" (2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah) who is cognition. Cognition being the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought,(the "first matter) and later on, through the experience, and the senses of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens form. Hence, the separation of Chokmah and Binah, just isn't there, for wisdom and understanding both come from cognitive roots. Wisdom is the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period; the period being, "The Beginning" and/or I AM.
When thrown, the Ace of Cups, represents, the seed of a form, and idea beginning to formulate; a birth starting in the mind as a zygote that will take about a year to manifest its true form. Beauty, fertility, productiveness. The Mysterious Seed of Femininity.
The Cup, is the Womb of Form, and emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea of Womb, the seed of the concept of conception and not a sex as of yet. Thus, the Ace of Wands is the idea of Phallus-ejaculation and the Ace of Cups is the Idea of Womb-reception.
The Ace of Cups is derived from-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is from Phallus- Sun. Thus we have the "Holy Grail", the Divine Creatrix; here the dark Sea of Binah supports the Two in One Lotuses that fill the cup with Life Fluid, be it symbolized, by water, wine or blood. Two in One, is the realization of the Womb and Phallus and/ or 0=2.
According to Crowley, the White Light descending into the Ace of Cups is depiction of the Holy Ghost and/or Holy Spirit that enlivens all form, i.e. the male semen like flow of force.
The Holy Spirit represents the Moving- All of Spiral- Energy of Life.
Tarot Illuminati-Ace of Cups
The soul receiving love.
Rider-Waite-Smith-Ace of Cups
Traditional Tarot Image.
The Tarot Illuminati-Ace of Cups, follows the imagery of the Traditional Tarot Ace of Cups, much like the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. It displays the Dove that is the symbol for the "Wholly Spirit", and the Yods raining down as the symbol for the "first energy" of Fire, causing "ripples" in the Great Ocean Mother. However, the Yods (Hebrew letter meaning Hand) on the Illuminati card are represented as golden solar fire, rather than water droplets . The Lotuses are symbols for the Great Mother. Here the cup also represents the Vessel of the Soul, that is constantly filled with the "light of the Divine" and therefore, constantly overflowing and creating "Vessels" of its own. Hence, the Human vessel is a "self-identity" of the Soul, who is the "sun" of the Divine Creative and/or an overflowing vessel of energy, that is a description of a Sun/Star. Souls are in a constant state of receptivity and emptiness, as they fill and simultaneously overflow. The Tarot Illuminati meanings are those of the Thoth Ace of Cups.
WHEN THE ACE OF CUPS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- A new attitude brings rewards.
- In a period of One Year, the querent will develop a new relationship, or new awareness about existing relationship.
- Is experiencing a new burst of empathy, emotion, sentiment or enthusiasm. This is a time for staying open and vulnerable in order to reap rewards.
- The opening of spiritual, psychic, intuitive channels
- Heart opening to the gift of Love.
- Receiving the light of the Divine.
- Being filled with love and joy.
- Receptivity to allow for fullness.
- Being so full of love that you cannot contain it.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
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