Rada-Air- Nan Nan Bouclou
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-2 of Rada-Air- Nan Nan Bouclou , represents the Grand-Mother. From her came the Twins, of whom All came into existence. Anima -The Feminine Spirit and Animus-The masculine Soul- are the ancestors of everything. Spirit is feminine, because it is the birther of all, and the soul is considered masculine because it is the "Sun/Son" born of Spirit. Spirit, being a theological naming, is really the One Energy and/or the one fire that all sparks of being have come from. Photons are the foundation of light. Hence, they are Suns, which later became the Son of God, in theology. This of course was first stated in Greek as Zeus Christos (Sun of Zeus), later Christianized as what Westerner's know as Jesus Christ (13th Century) . To begin knowing yourself, know that you are Bio Photons, the energy driving the body and thoughts, not a body at all. Just as electricity drives your computer, car, radio, Microwave ovens etc, while also carrying data, do you drive the bio-apparatus called a body while enacting information, considered to be "self-awareness". Therefore, you are a Spirit of infinite fire, who needs a physical device to do work on the Plane of Materiality to gain intimacy with a self-dream. The combination of Spirit and Mind, is Energy and Psyche. Because you, who are the Energy Mind, have proclaimed the body as your Earthly Avatar, you are now a Trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body. None separate from the other. The Universal Twins are the Spirit and Psyche/Soul and they dance together in the honeymoon suite that is the physical world and/or physical bodies.
Edward Alexander Crowley, declared creation to be 0=2. 0 represents the cypher of origin and therefore, seen as the womb of Nan Nan Bouclou from which the sacred twins,the Marassa, sprang. Hence,the Voodoo Grand-Mother-Nan Nan Bouclou was before the Twins. Nan Nan Bouclou is also known as the loa of herbs and medicines; medicine is a very special type of food. These special foods, move beyond the physical act of mastication, to a type of ingestion that goes beyond hunger, moving towards concern. Herein. lies the special province of Nan Nan Bouclou. In Western Qabalah, air represents the mind, and in Western Alchemy, the purest, most beneficial use of the mind is formed in the study of healing powders and medicines.
As in Western Qabalah, whose variations of spelling are Cabalah, Kabbalah,etc., Nan Nan Bouclou, being a very ancient root loa of many faces and forms, is often spelled Nanabouclou, Nanan Boulooucou, and Nan Bukuu. Although, Nan Nan Bouclou's healing nature is expressed in this 2 of Rada card, when her energy is refracted as it travels through the mirror of the Abyss, the Wisdom of Chokmah, and the Understanding of Binah, become the warrior aspect of Geburah. Energy Spirals, in a spinning universe. Since, Chokmah and Binah are not separate, as there is shown a path connecting them, they also often exchange characteristics. Remember when 0=2 you get a 0 twisted upon itself and becomes 8 that is often shown lying down on its side and is called the lemniscate, a Western Magic Symbol for infinity.
The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot - Nan Nan Bouclou, depicts 2 men gathering roots and herbs under a tree. Grand Mother is not seen as a person, for she is the forest itself that provides medicines and ingredients for healing and magic powders. The root in one man's hand resembles a Mandrake root which is an important ingredient in many Western Magical spells. It is said that to find such a root, is to gain access to much power, as it is said to take the miniature shape of a man or woman. Unselfishly, the 2 men seem to be sharing their findings with one another and are a peace.
When the Nan Nan Bouclou card is thrown in a divination, it implies:
- Mutual benefit based upon the experience of and devotion to the Grand Mother.-infinite
The celestial attribution of the Thoth 2 of Swords, is the Moon in Libra; the Moon is change, but Nature is inherently peaceful which enhances the balancing nature of Libra.
Overall, one would think of the disruption of Chokma (# 2 Sephiroth- Wisdom) in the suit of Air (Swords); air being a suit born from the conflict of Water and Fire in marriage. 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. To most of us, it is a great stretch of imagination to realize the homo sapiens sapiens body, it a crystalized dream of a Sun/Star/Soul. Here the Mind imagines it is physical. Once again we have "Twins", Spirit and Mind, MInd and Body; but then nothing is separate in a One Energy Universe, where All is One Mind. Each of the four Worlds of Qabalah, are seen as a triangle/trinity of Beings/Vessels, yet none are separated from the other. One great fractal, is our Self who imagines itself as "selves" each a more condensed copy of the previous concept of self. Once again we get obfuscated by the "reflections of Light". In all reality, you are the Divine Creative, dreaming it is human. Therefore, you are what you choose to be; something called "freedom of choice". For you are the Divine Creative, choosing to tell itself a story called -YOU.
Above, is Sophia Loren as the Queen of Earth representing the Gnostic Sophia.
In the Thoth 2 of Swords, shows 2 Swords of equal strength, crossed; they are combine by a 5 petal blue rose. The Blue Rose represents the Gnostic Sophia, and the Qabalistic Chokma the Great Mother of Wisdom (Female aspect of Chokma), 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 to describe this harmonic. Here are 2 individual personalities united in the wisdom of Sophia or the Mind and Body in united motion, what we would call the Unconscious and consciousness working as one Mind. The phycologist, Carl Jung, called the One Mind, the Universal Collective Unconscious, it is also called Intuition, in Western Metaphysics. When Intuition is served by the rational mind, all is at peace.
When the 2 of Swords is thrown:
- The querent will be or has been, experiencing peace after a quarrel that began two weeks, or two months ago.
- Peace is restored but some tension remains.
- There are two actions here, sometimes selfish and sometimes unselfish action because of the contradictory characteristics in the same nature (Moon in Libra, Fire and Water).
- There is Strength gained after suffering; sacrifice and trouble, yet strength arising from the effort.
- The querent may often show sorrow and sympathy for those in trouble and champion the weak and oppressed while also giving aid to them.
- There is an arrangement of differences that brings about justice and truth from untruth.
According to dignity of the accompanying cards, the 2 of Swords could also mean:
- One is lacking tact, often doing injury when meaning well.
- There is also an inclination to repeat pardoned affronts.
- Unresolved conditions of tension. What makes this hard to realize is the balance of 2 powers.
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