The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- 3 of Petro-Fire-Gedeh La Flambeau, show both Guedeh and Nan Nan Bouclou dancing in a rhythm so intense, it is creating flames. Petro, is fire, in the Voodoo Tarot. 3 is the number of the Great Mother Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life,The Great Ocean Mother, is directly connected to the 2nd Sephiroth-Chokmah-the Fiery Father, as the Path of Daleth (Door) and/or the Empress Tarot Card which represents the Druidess. Just as Chokmah and Binah are inseparable in wisdom and understanding, so are Guedeh and Nan Nan Bouclou. Chokmah and Binah are born of Kether, just as Guedeh and Nan Nan Bouclou are birthed from the egg of Ayida Wedo and Damballah Wedo (Kether), who are also the Great Twins-the Marassa. In their dance, Guedeh and Nan Nan Bouclou create the womb of the Priestess/ the womb of the Druidess, called Daath-the Invisible Sephiroth , which in Voodoo is the abode of the Barons(wild card), who channel the grace of Bon Dieu Bon (aché of God/Kether) winds its way to the 10th Sephiroth-Malkuth. Hence, the Barons own the world, as the old world word baron(landholder) implies. In Voodoo, the Barons lead the dead and it is the bodies of the dead that we walk on doing our daily routines. The bones and blood of the dead are the sacrifice made to create a country. Even the land we walk on renews and rebuilds its organic Super Organism by digesting the dead. Life eats itself to stay alive. Binah, the Great Dark Ocean, is the home to the family of Guedeh Spirits, those loa/lwa who hold safe the forgotten dead who otherwise would be nameless and unhonored. Spirit can only see itself through the images it operates and spirit also repopulates itself through the action of Union, or what we call the act of sexual union-"the dance". Hence,the twin forces of the Guedehs, is expressed through love and death. Sex promises continuation in the Visible World, and Death promises continuation in the Spirit World. "There is only one Energy, that can't be created nor destroyed, only transformed (and transmitted)"-The first law of Thermodynamics/Physics. Death is just Life transforming itself.
Therefore, in Guedeh La Flambeau, burns the dark fire of Binah. Guedeh La Flambeau is the loa that shines brightly in the dark womb-tomb. He is not unlike Lucifer, the bright light/angel of the morning. * note, angels are just another "angle of light" in manifestation, as you are also made of Stardust and Solar Light,i.e. a Sun/Son of God. Spirit is the fire that drives sex, and the union of sexes. It is the fire of fertility and fecund creation. Guedeh La Flambeau is comparable to the flashing brilliance of the orgasm, called the Petite Mort or "little death" by the French.
La petite mort. La petite mort ( French pronunciation: [la pətit mɔʁ], the little death) is an expression which means "the brief loss or weakening of consciousness" and in modern usage refers specifically to "the sensation of orgasm as likened to death.". The first attested use of the expression in English was in 1572 with the meaning...La petite mort - Wikipedia
Likened to the brilliant seduction experienced by the moth before its body joins with the flames it loves so much, is Guedeh. That is why the aspect of this Voodoo -3 Petro card, is that of a strongly sexual male Guedeh embracing a female. To further enflame himself, he is depicted with his hands between his legs. As the equivalent of the dancing Hindu deities of Shakti and Shiva, the woman holds tightly to this Guedeh loa, she hold tightly to his neck, as she is swept off of her feet.
The primary influence of this card is force and strength, particularly of a sexual nature. Especially known to Tantra yoga practitioners, sexual excitement appears as a roaring furnace, a great heat rises from the basement of a cold home, to fill it full of bright warmth. Here, in the "dance" one approaches the furnace and basks in its heat. "Give me the burning"... shouts Mostaffa Johaladine Rumi- a 12th Century Sufi Master. Again, caution is required when raising up the "inner-soul/Sun" for it can go to good or evil, depending on the repression of sexual expression in the "furnace". If you are so sexually indoctrinated by the Patriarchy, to fear the body, rather than know it is the "dance hall" and/or honeymoon suite of the Divine Twins, don't even bother with "raising the kundalini" for it will destroy the man-made personality, leaving one who doesn't know themselves, alone in the dark fire, invisible to themselves. However, for those who willingly erase and exorcise the man-made persona, feeling the power of their Soul Persona, the Kundalini will naturally arise, with life expanding results. "Above all things, Know thyself" before beginning the Universal Dance of 0=2.
When thrown in a divination, the New Orleans Voodoo- 3 of Petro implies:
- Power, strength, magnetism, all generally-though not necessarily-of a sexual nature.
- Possible tendency toward arrogance.
By now, you know that Binah is an aspect of your own connection with the Divine Creative and/or the Universal Collective Unconscious, the prefix Un tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness, nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Un just designates the Unseen, this does not mean less in anyway, any more than unseen H-bombs are less powerful than the one on your doorstep. Binah, is the Great Ocean of the Universal Collective Unconscious, the Sea who dreams itself a fish, so that it can be intimate with Self. Is not the Fish, entirely made of Ocean and Sunlights fiery power? So are you, an "persona" a mask, that is worn by the invisible fire of Spirit so it can "be" itself. You are Spirit, wearing a mask of star-dust, so you can experience the Star that you are. To take this further, we are the Divine Creative, dreaming of being a human, so that we can be intimate and/or lucid in our dreams of SELF.
Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of consciousness, is Binah. In the Great Dark Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form". Binah is the Great Will of I AM in the Sea of Unconscious.
The Texts of the Golden Dawn said it best:
“In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colors are hidden, wherein mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There the Supernal Triad complete. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathi, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is the perfection of Creation and Life of the World to Come. And the Archangel is Tzaphqiel, the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil and the name of the Angels is Arahim, the strong and mighty Ones who are also called the Order of Thrones."
"The order of Thrones" are represented as the 4 Queens of the Tarot and are united with the 4 Kings; their Husbands, to whom they gave form.
Generally, the four 3's, represent the realization of the Action (conception) of the Prince having been conceived and symbolized as the central solar figure on each card. Action is definitely launched for good or evil.
Thus,in the 3 of Wands, the conception of the Prince of Wands, is seen as central flames radiating outward from the Supernal Union of the Triad.
This is the conception of the fiery sexual self. It is pure vital force, neither is it male or female as of yet; However, it is the Fertility of the Universe in expression where 0=2 and knowing the difference between the 0 and 2 produces 3. King-Queen- and Prince who is the "sun/son of goddess/god".
THE 3 OF WANDS-VIRTUE, is also called the Lord of Established Strength; This is well noted, as the Sun is in Aries here. There is great power where the Sun illuminates Aries, the Cardinal Sign of Fire often called Mars. In sexual expression it is “adorable violence.”
The 3 of Wands also represents Binah's influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).
Here the 3 Crossed Wands indicate the balance of Chokmah, Binah and the birth of Tiphareth, the Sun (son), and/or The Prince. Growth begins and is shown on the card as the unfolding lotus blossoms opening to the Warm and Bright Energy of Aries.
To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring the season of fecund growth.
Thus,the blazing colors of the Card show great strength for individual expression (central Wand). Here also is absolute power that can corrupt absolutely. Therefore, egocentricity, pride and conceit are lurking dangers. Yet we have Virtue here, the key to Spiritual/Sexual integrity and honesty.
This is a very active card of powerful direction, so it requires us to understand that Virtue is not chastity, no nothing so obviously prejudicial, but rather "Always being True to Thine own self." Here there is a warning not to compromise your inner fire- passion for others.
Be as spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and “Above all things, know thyself!" The 3 states of love, Eros-Philo-Agapé go along with the trinity goddess of Maid-Mother-Crone. All of this is suggested in the 3 of Wands-Virtue. To be whole spirit one must be all 3 states of love. Love of body-Eros, Love of family (brotherly love)- Philo and Love of Spirit-Agapé.
When the 3 of Wands--Virtue, is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is experiencing the conjoining of Body, Mind and Spirit.
- Putting thoughts into action.
- Keeping on with present activities for they are conceived and will soon flourish into manifestation.
- Clarity, where you are seeing yourself honestly.
- Established strength in enterprises where collaboration will favor the querent.
- Radiating intention, understanding the Will of Fire and increasing energy to birth ideas.
- Experiencing the inner sun.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- Attention getting behavior.
- Overestimation of one's own energy.
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