The Druid Craft Tarot- 2 of Wands, displays the chalk image of a giant human with 2 Rods/Wands or Walking sticks. Displayed is an image similar to that of the Cerne Abba giant near Dorset England, yet some what modified as it is without, serpent, phallus and club. Hence, this card implies a relationship or partnership between 2 ideas, projects or feelings being allowed to unfold, as the blooms on the Oak Tree. Also implied, one may be searching for a deeper meaning, or even contemplating a journey.
In Qabalah, the Upper Supernal Triangle where #2 Sephiroth-Chokmah-Wisdom is placed, can be compared to the Garden of Eden. From here, the male and female polarities of energy balance against each other, evolving into increasing density as they develop towards the lowest Sephira, Malkuth, on the Tree of Life.
In Qabalistic Gematria, the number 2 symbolizes the union and balance of opposites that underlies all material existence. Because this equilibrium of opposites begins in Chokmah, it is called "the Sephiroth of Perfect Harmony”. While Kether is that which the “Root” of impetus is: Chokmah is the impetus for all manifestation. The Harmonic Union of opposites supplies that action.
Binah is Saturn, and Chokmah is the sphere of the Zodiac.
Ultimately Kether, the First Sephiroth, is Androgynous, Chokmah is the idea of Maleness (Electric/will to force) and Binah is the idea of Femaleness (Magnetic/will to form), and the mating of the Two "wills the Electromagnetic Spectrum" into living form.
Once again our sensual ideas of sexuality do not apply on this Higher Scale of Communion, for even Kether is a Trinity of Will. With Kether being, "I will be" and Chokmah-"I will force" and Binah-"I will form". In this "Being of Ternary Will", Maleness is the vital outpouring of electrical energy that is organized as will to force, limited or formalized by the magnetic qualities of Female will to form. Thus Yod is male and Heh is female, and the resulting offspring is Vau of the Divine Name that marries the Daughter who is the last Heh. Thus the name of the Divine Creative, Yod Heh Vau Heh, is represented as that attribute to the six lower Sephiroth in which Tiphareth (Beauty) is central.
As you may note, there are many interchangeable symbols in the Qaballah that may make it seem more complicated than it is. The essential key is that the Vital Outpouring Energy, which in intercourse with an organizing force, produces something else. For example, red combined with blue, creates purple by the motion of the mixer (Kether). Opposites joined in balanced harmony, produce something greater than the parents. This is not possible if exactly the same united with exactly the same, you would only get, exactly the same.
The Tree of Life originated in the opposition of Chokmah and Binah. However, this is not static, any more than male- female union on earth is static, for in the intercourse of opposites, there is a constant back and forth motion of growth and movement. When a change occurs in one Sephiroth, there is a natural balancing response in its opposite. There is a continual exchange that could be compared to the act of Human Marriage, for when one acts, the other responds.
On the Tree of Life, the Uppermost Sephiroth is Kether, in Hebrew- Eheieh (I will be), which sets the pattern for all below it. Like an electrical switch that is off, Kether is all potential, while Chokmah is the electrical switch in the on position. Thus Chokmah is function while Kether is potential. Kether is a "non-Being" while #2- Chokmah is BEING.
Chokmah is the State of Self, where we dream ourselves into being, from a Divine State of Meditation. The dreamed is unaware of the dreamer as we dream ourselves "inside out" (we are infinite inward and limited outward; a type of Mobius loop), an ultimate fact of our Earthly existence. Thus you are the Master and the Masterpiece, the Transmitter and the Transmitted and once again, you can see that your only savior from dysfunction, is your inner self.
From One "I" (the all Seeing Eye) all identity becomes, so in actuality, we as different separate vibrational frequencies do not exist other than as one energy. However, we declare existence by stating "I AM"; " I" being Spiritual Phallus and "Am" being Womb. Then we set about defining that invisible principle of existence as a "Me", the child of that intercourse. Thus manifestation is a simple three-word definition called, "I AM Me" of which you, as the spiral vibration of energy (spirit), hold total freedom to define. Since I AM Not, is impossible, as I am declares existence, whatever you define as not being you, simply states, that it is you. For example, one plus naught = 1, Naught-zero- has no influence in potential identity. So “I am happy" creates happiness, while "I am not sad" creates only sadness. Time to rethink your power over the dream of you, as "not" thinking is upside down thinking! Upside down thinking is symbolized by the upside down pentagram; a symbol associated with evil.
Since dimensions are descriptions of spatial terms, our life dream has specific dimensions as that is our best frame of reference. The Tree of Life is how the Qaballah describes these dimensional frames of reference as being a downward flowing evolution of Chokmah, will to force, through various levels of Self Dream called Sephiroth. To make this simple, we are first dreaming our own existence, but a dream is not experiencing itself. Hence, self-awareness is not present without being within the dream, i.e. Lucid dreaming. By being in our own "Dream"/Time-Space, one may forget that we are all collectively (Collective Unconscious) an experience of Self-Awareness or the One. Yet, we are what is known as God-Mind, which is the definition of the word Hu-Man; Hu- being Mandarin for god and Man-from the Hindu, Manas, for Mind. Hence, each of us is a process of evolutionary dreaming towards a more condensed and sensual dream self, which is called the "fall", but it really is a "downsizing", that causes us to "lessen" and/or "measure" our self-concepts to become more sensual and interactive with the dream and therefore, developing a discerning identity, all of which is necessary for evolutionary Self-Awareness. Thus we lose sight of our own Divinity/Self and must "reclaim" all the data we left behind on our "downward" journey into sensual dreaming. You may say that in manifestation, Malkuth, we are a lucid dreamer/spirit experiencing the imagined self as a reality.
The goal here is to get the inner dreamer and the dreamed identity, to cooperate with each other and thus the personality than begins to get control over its life happenstances. Therefore, manifestation is a truly extraordinary experience and is the making of a Magi. Here the Union of Dreamer and Dream has no veils between them, and we can have anything at all, but we no longer experience the "need" of the disconnected as the Union of Greater Self (The Universal Collective Unconscious) is now in intercourse with the "Lesser Self" and/or self-conscious. We Love, without need, we created without fear of result, for creation is just self-expression. We want nothing at all because we become "I AM Life" rather than "I don't have a life". We learn what does matter and what does not while we go about the Great Work of establishing the realization of "As above, so below".
The Four 2's symbolize the Power created by the union of the King and Queen that initiates force. Those forces are the Prince and Princess that are not yet brought into action. The 2's thus imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.
THE Thoth Tarot-2 OF WANDS-DOMINION
From the Golden Dawn Texts:
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 generally imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.
To reiterate: the key to all systems, as well as, the Universal Pattern is the only Reality, we know as Chokmah (Wisdom) on the Tree of Life. Kether is not or naught, and therefore, it is not reality. When we cause reality, it is of our beliefs and opinions, 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 us, and the Will to force becoming, is where we all begin. Thus we are dreaming ourselves into willful existence.
The Thoth 2 of Wands, is also called the Lord of Dominion whose zodiacal attribution is Mars in Aries; the element of fire. The Angels of the Decan are Vehooel and Deneyal.
The 2 of Wands represents Chokmah influencing the World of Pure Spirit known as Atziluth.
Again I am trying to explain the unexplainable which is the Supernal Triangle. This second Sephiroth, Chokmah is pure will to force, without need of result. Which to most of us is impossible to realize as most of us exercise will to reach goals. We don't realize that will to force is the Power behind Spirit, the Spiraling of Energy into motions that build dimensions of I AM. But before frequencies are stimulated into being, there was Will to force (Chokmah) and then Will to Form (Binah). To some Being may be form, but in fact, Being to a Qabalist is an "immortal state of Conscious Energy" while we all know that form has a beginning and an end. In Chokmah is the first concept of being. The First Being---The All Father God who has no form until She-Binah "wills him to Form". Here in the 2 of Wands is that joining of the 2 states of Will that are "He" and "She", Will to Force and Will to Form, in that order.
This is Power in an unbridled state, for Mars is exalted in Aries as the fiery Mars rules the fiery sign Aries. Here Fire, i.e. Spirit, is pure Primal, and brilliant, warm and bright. The Dorjes, Tibetan symbols for Thunderbolts, are shown crossed on this card, emphasizing the power and harmony of this card, Will to be and Will to from are in balance here, The Dominion of Spirit has become a domain. From now on we know the Male Force of Will is Will to Force, and the Female Force of Will is Will to Form.
As shown, the astrological and zodiacal signs on the 2 of Wands are of Mars and Aries. There is no lust of result in this Pure Will, made of the harmony of "He" and "She" aspects of the One. There is no "battle of the sexes" where one wishes to rule relationship over the other. There is only the Union of Wisdom/idea and Understanding/measurement, that gives birth to Knowledge/formation and all creation. Here, in the 2 of Wands, Energy is initiating a current of Force, that Spiral of Energy from which all comes.
When the word Harmony is mentioned, one often thinks of peace and quiet bliss, but this is the Violent Destructive Force that initiated the "Big Bang", totally without resistance in and of itself but destructive none the less, as that is the First Motion of Creation, the destruction of the void. A Singularity exploded “outward" to form the building blocks of our Universe. Here Mars in Aries represents that Powerful Gathering of Force to deconstruct for reconstruction. A gathering of Will to Force and Will to Form, where they cross, is the "I Am" of a hurricane; a place of balance within violent forces.
When the 2 of Wands- is thrown during a reading:
- 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 new 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.
- The Self confidence that only comes from affirming and approving of one's self.
- A senses of accomplishment without any feeling of satisfaction.