The Running Press Tarot- Ace of Swords, depicts a double edged sword, cutting through a growing, fertile vine, The Hand of Spirit is holding a ace of spades pommeled sword. The Ace of Spades, is the playing card Tarot version of the Ace of Swords.
The significance of the Running Press Tarot, Ace of Swords, is that it represents the spirit, who is strong and cuts the ego away from its actions. Here, the ego is severed from the Mind.
The Unknowable/Unmeasurable 1st Sephiroth- Kether, is often depicted as the Point, the Crown and the Swastika, as explained in past blogs; However, these symbols only direct us into a journey of understanding that has no goal. We may say the goal, is to understand the Infinite, but the word infinite, even if understood, is a human invention. Thus inadequate to explain the "No-Thing" before Time. The point that is Kether, is the Singularity that was before the Big Bang but as the words may imply some vast understanding, this explanation is empty of experience and incomprehensible.
Yet, we are also potentially anything, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like. It Seems that the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious, wishes us to be as vast as our forms seem to be limited. This is seen by the Imagination's ability to expand concepts so far beyond reality, that maybe, reality is just an imagined collection of “comfortable limits”. One moment we are the Human dreaming of being Spiral Energy, the next we are Spiral Energy dreaming we are a human. Much like that old Chinese tale of a man dreaming he was a butter fly, then upon awakening he wondered if he was a butterfly dreaming he is a man. Considering Kether, is much the same, as we are Energy, who has formed into a collective of intelligence, dreaming it is flesh.
The Qabalist knows that all is Mind, and we are not talking about the human consciousness, but the Mind that the Dream of the Universe floats in. The Ace of Swords represents the "seed or essence of Mind". The Root Powers of Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the Astral or Formative World. This may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Fluid, however, that is just the old unidentifiable foot-print in the melting snow, and not the Power itself. The Astral realms are the Western Mystery term for the realms of Fleeting Forms...nothing solid. Thus the Ace of Swords is a potent card which can be extremely good or extremely evil. Evil, is live spelled backwards, and basically implies devolution rather than evolution. To move forward progressively, is Living, to Move backward, is "living in the past" which is a form of "living dead", since the past isn't now. Thus we have philosopher's saying. “Let the dead bury the dead...".
The Mind is called the Element of Air, for it is heated by Passions, as Air is heated by Sun, and thus it can become violent and life threatening. However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit, is the controller of Passion, then the Mind becomes Life Expanding and Liberating.
The Ace of Wands represents a natural force, while the Ace of Swords represents that which is invoked; a force called upon.
The currents generated by Kether (I Will Be) on the Astral are both dynamic and erratic, having the potential to be applied at will to different situations. Thus, we have the description of a "whirling force" that gains strength through trouble. To Qabalists, this is an affirmation of Divine authority and may become the Sword of Wrath, punishment and affliction. Pure mind has no conscience; it is up to us to supply discrimination and/or discernment to thought.
But let us not despair, for the Ace of Swords represents the Sword of the Magus crowned in the twenty-two diadem of light. To those of magic, the number 22 refers to Atu known as 22=2 x 11, the Magical manifestation of Chokmah, Wisdom, and the Logos and/or "Word of God". In Hebrew letters that are numbers is the Word of Law that blazes forth clearing the dark clouds of a Mind based on fear, or survival thinking. I would suggest getting the Book 777 by Aliester Crowley to further study this, as the words "Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim" are the numbers 777 and means in English translation, “One is Spirit of the Gods of the Living". The Ruach being the 6th Sephiroth- Tiphareth-Beauty, the Solar Logos our Solar Soul. There is a lot of investigative Gematria to understand here so get the book!
The Kether is God not living, Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim, is the Spiral Energy that produces Living Creation. 777, is also the number of the Scarlet Woman. The Red Goddess, the Blood of Life. Crowley named her Babalon. Hence, the Crescent and spherical phases of the Moon, as the Sword Guard.
WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS is THROWN DURING A DIVINATION it is implied that:
- The Querent is experiencing mental clarity and inventiveness.
- Problems being overcome with Original thinking.
- The dawning of a new intellectual process.
- Acting with logic and discrimination
- Strength in adversity. Out of evil some good will come. Something that looks bleak can surprisingly turn out to be promising.
- Doom. This is the card of Morgan the Fate. Finality, Tragedy, and ultimate fate; However, it is release, freedom from past restraint and a new lightness and/or a kind of salvation.
- The beginning of an idea or information. The arising of Inner insight.
- This card depends on the surrounding cards to show whether it is fate or rebirth.
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