The Rider-Waite-Smith- Ace of Pentacles, is the equivalent card to the Thoth Ace of Disks. Again, Waite chose a more prosaic meaning for his card. Therefore an Angelic hand supports the Pentacle symbol of earth and the ascended man. In the back ground a rose covered arbor is displayed. The Rose is the symbol of the female aspect of fertile energy and the arbor is a symbol for the Womb that is penetrated by the phallic path or the Masculine aspect of the Divine Creative. The Lilies in the foreground also represent the Female Divine Creative and the fecund power of resurrection. All of this hints at the power that begins creation.
The Aces of all Tarot Suits are under the influence of Kether, the first Sephira on the Tree of Life (Hebrew-Eheieh: meaning "I Will Be"), whose color is white and is symbolized as the Point, The Crown and the Swastika. If you have been following the blogs, you know the Point to imply completeness unto itself, without dimension or external definition.
The Point is also attributed to the number 1 which mathematically has the potential for all other numbers.
The Crown symbolizes the Holy Guiding Spirit to which we may aspire. The sacred stone of Kether is the diamond.
The Swastika, is actually a Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation and represents the swirling motion around the Point that emphasizes self contained motion.
To reiterate: The Four Aces are the Root Force of the Alchemical Four elements. The Ace of Disks is the Root Force behind physical manifestation, that governs the motion within the movement of Matter.
The Thoth Ace of Disks:
Represents the influence of Kether, "The First Swirling" in matter or the World of Assiah, as Qabalists call it.
The Ace of Disks or Ace of Pentacles, is a card of materiality, but not necessarily good or evil nor is it necessarily wealth.
The Thoth card is in the Green of Spring, new growth, and the Aeon of Isis, the mother of form who is normally shown as Emerald green, but in the Ace of Disks the Aeon is shown in spring green after the Resurrection of Osiris as Horus; Horus being the New Aeon.
The Wings represent the Four Arch-Angels ( Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Auriel) whose powers balance each other and create stability. The six wings also represent the number of the Sun and the implied union of Earth and Sun that creates the Alive.
As we know atoms to swirl, and planets to revolve, we know that matter is a swirling motion and not a static one. Thus the card implies swirls and movement within a stable image, or as Zoroaster Stated:,"rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud." For instance, your molecular structure is rebounding, whirling forth and crying out loud within the Etheric Grid that encompasses your body. The etheric astral body is a tight grid of golden light that acts as the wire grid in the window of your microwave oven which keeps the microwaves inside the oven by trapping them in the tiny squares, as their swirling motion keeps them bound inside of them. The particles just bounce and rebound from on side to the other in the wire squares, thus never escaping your microwave. The Etheric body, as this golden grid of fluid light is called, does the same. The microwaves of energy that your psyche is composed of, keeps the electrons bouncing so fast between the tiny squares of the grid, that the body seems solid. The truth being, according to physics, your body is composed of 99.6% space and only .4% material. Therefore, without this etheric grid encompassing the whirling forth of you as information and causing a rebounding of your frequency, you would just be the scattered particles in the structure of space. For Space is Spirit, and is what you are, the body is just "self-awareness", and/or information. For when an idea is understood it becomes form. Hence, you are a Psychosomatic paradigm.
What is apparent here, is that we are all composed of Kether i.e. Magick stuff. The One Energy that cannot be created, nor destroyed, only transformed and transmitted. Thus in the knowledge of the Qabalah as the Tree of Life, each of us are both the Transmitter and the Transmitted.
According to Crowley, the Greek words for " to the mark the beast" appear in the center of this card. The number 666 also shows in this card, This all shows the Earth to be the world of the Animal, arguably its highest form. The God-Mind (Human) has changed this by expanding the mammalian predator by Genetic Manipulation, combining the Animal DNA with that of "the angels that fell to Earth". This "falling" is in reality a landing and the human body is a successful experiment in Self-Awareness. Therefore, the human body is a G.M.O, for the purpose of advanced evolutionary work of I AM; The Great Work, which is to bring the Greater Self of above (Kether-Chokmah-Binah) and the Lesser Self-Image of below (Malkuth) into perfect sensual union. Thus the Beast is seen by some as a lowly thing, whereas the Divine Creative and the Qabalists has seen the Modified-Beast to be worthy of Demi-Urge status. I don't presume to question the Divine Creative in this, I just exalt in my inheritance. Doing my best to Be the "As above, so below".
According to Crowley, the central Hieroglyph is that of "the chosen priest and apostle of infinite space," (The Husband-meaning"keeper of her property") ,"The prince-priest the Beast"< [Liber Al. I.15.]. Thus, the Phallus is shown as the central symbol of this card, as that is the symbol of Tetragrammaton ("rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud," through all of the Sephiroth) again showing the Sol (Phallus) Luna (Yoni) union of reflected light. Crowley took this card as his personal Hieroglyph, so deep study is required to understand his deep and subtle meanings implied by this card. Purchasing his books, THE BOOK OF THOTH, 777 AND THE GEMS OF THE EQUINOX(revised and written by Israel Regardie) and reading them over and over is this authors suggestion.
WHEN THE ACE OF DISKS or ACE OF PENTACLES IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- Union between the physical and spiritual aspects of the querent.
- Beginning a new pathway in life that will bring satisfaction.
- A new planting of seeds, for a new home, job, career, or some form of security.
- Materialization of ideas bringing stability to skills that produce results.
- Could also be a time of meditation, an inward pulling of energy.
- Good beginnings for financial wealth, material gain and worldly status.
- The beginning of any new material form
- A most auspicious card showing the bringing together of internal and external talents and resources. Even if ill dignified it shows a sharing of treasure.
- Also the Card of a Shaman, or one who is practiced in the arts of Earth Magick.
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