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Tarot Card Comparison: The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Wands: SWIFTNESS & The Barbara Walker Tarot-8 of Wands: FALL

The Tarot of EliThe Eights of Thoth and Barbara Walker Tarot:

The Four Eights are attributed to Hod (eighth Sepiroth--Splendor) on the Tree of Life. Since Hod is in the same plane as the Sevens (Netzach-victory) the same weaknesses and/or defects that are in the sevens will apply. Yet, in a sense, the alleviation of the Sevens weakness is also being applied in the Eights. One might say that the mischief has been done and there is an action against it---much like white blood cells attacking a intruder in the blood stream; not a total cure but a beginning in that direction.

The Thoth Eight of Wands is called SWIFTNESS, and it is attributed to the Planet Mercury, the winged messenger and the Astrological sign of Sagittarius, the swift centaur with a bow and arrow, making it Swift indeed!

Mercury is the planet that represents communication and Sagittarius is the astrological sign associated with swiftness and directness. 

The 8 of Wands represents the ethereal (invisible) aspect of pure fire where all gross-material aspects are removed. Hence this ethereal Fire is no longer conjoined with ideas of combustion and incineration. In the 8 of Wands, fire is represented as energy in its most exalted state and suggest electrical current and/or pure light in its material sense.
Because of this energetic union of Mercury and Sagittarius, we now have theFiery Energy bringing down the Tree of Life, the original Will of Chokma (Wisdom) as shown on the Illustration of the Path of the Flaming Sword and/or The Lightning Path, of the Hermetic Qabalah.

Sagittarius represents light as the rainbow and that is shown on the card, as well as electrical current being shown as lightning bolts, throughout the "as above so below" design of the cubed diamond.

The 8 of Wands Tarot card represents high velocity energy.

This card shows that light has been turned into the electrical rays that sustain  and constitute matter. The 8 of Wands, represents the energy has been called Prana and/or spiritual energy.

  • The square represents blocks or obstacles both internal or external that are in the way of direct and swift communication. These blocks are often because of our "material form", which is often not "Tuned" to the Higher Frequencies of the the Real Person. 

  • The diamond is the transitional electrical form that happens when you communicate swiftly and directly. By taking swift and direct action we can transform any obstacle into a jewel of communication; turning a negative into a positive by positive action.

Where as, the opposite of this card, its shadow side, is covert communication and procrastination, that form the blocks to direct and positive communication.

 As stated: Mercury in Sagittarius, rules this card, representing the stabilizing of the Fiery Energy, shown as thunderbolt arrows, radiating outward from a central point. However, Sagittarius is unstable in Mercury, so the balance of energy is rapid and fleeting, as if it were arrows shot from a bow or as one falling off a horse.

The Barbara Walker Tarot- 8 of Wands: Fall, takes this instability, careless haste, driving energy, swiftness, and excessive speed, even further with her depiction of the myth of Pegasus, the winged horse of the Muses and Bellerophon. Pegasus, even in Hellenic myth, was a female symbol, as is the crescent moon. This flying horse was born of the blood of Medusa, who was Metis-female of Wisdom as is Chokmah/ Wisdom on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
In the myth, Bellerophon fell off Pegasus as he, filled with pride and over-aspiration, stole the horse from the Nymphs of Inspiration called Pegae, and tried to ride up to heaven " as though he were an immortal". Another name for this Divine Horse of mythology, was "Moon-creature on high" ( B.W.Tarot shows crescent moon) which happened to be the magic horse that Heracles rode during his coronation as King of Elis.
Here, as Horse or Arrow, we have represented the Intelligent Energy of the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down, or "falling down", as the message of the Original Will. As all things done with haste, this energy can be used carelessly.

The number 8, also refers to the  8th Sephira, Hod, which is the Splendor-consciousness of electricity, speech and light. Thus we have the Thoth  Tarot card showing Light-wands turned into electrical rays that are sustaining or even constituting the vibration-energy of physical Matter. Barbara Walker choose to show the rapid chaotic fall of the Rods of Power towards the earth, instead of electricity.

The word Splendor ( 8th Sephiroth-Hod) itself, bespeaks of superficiality, where the "wrapping is more important than the present" within it. Hence, communication tends to be swift, dazzling, pretty much value-less, and is easily forgotten. With examined response, one is able to receive the swift communication, and not transmit the communication, if at all, until it is  examined  in a discerning manner and because of this "inner examination" , remembers it.  This is not because the communication is originally "wrong", but because it is done in Pure Spiritual fire/electricity, which has no mercy, empathy or concern for another's feelings, all of which exist in the lower frequencies of "self-consciousness". As most of us know, sometimes, a communication is only accepted when one feels respected, and not insulted, a need resulting in individual peccadilloes that can block any communication.  Spirit, a direct power, doesn't respect "peccadilloes" and see's no need to clutter up communication with concern for feelings. Therefore, most Tarot Diviner's examine the Tarot cards intensely in their pattern, seeing the whole story, before they begin with each individual card. This gives them the ability to "smooth out" the information without insulting the sensibilities of the querent. 

Hod, the 8th Sephiroth:Splendor, is one of the three Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is a fluid electromagnetic spectrum of vibratory energy that is influenced by the "dream state" of the Unconscious. This astral light may be unseen to us, as we only see the Visible light spectrum which is less than .4% of the entire electromagnetic spectrum that we call the Multi-dimensional Universe. The Unconscious is "UN" because it to is invisible; However, being unseen to the normal eye doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Therefore, form is created in the Astral fluids before it is seen here in the lowest Kingdom of the Astral crystallized light that we call Malkuth (kingdom) or Earth.

Shown in the central illustration of the  Thoth Tarot Card, is the back ground cube, the world of form, and the"As above, So below" dual pyramids, forming a diamond. Above these is a rainbow, depicting the restored Universe of shinning light, which deals with the maxima, and the seven  colors of the visible spectrum, which exhibit interplay and correlation.

Therefore, the 8 of Wands card represents the high velocity energy that is the master-key of modern mathematical physics, showing no flames, for they have become the electromagnetic spectrum where the fiery-electrical energy has become an intelligible form.  As if this wasn't enough, this card also refers to Hod (8th Sephira)-Splendor, in the suit of Fire whence it refers to the dynamic phenomena of speech, visible light, and electricity.

The Thoth illustration of electric rays vibrating, implies the vibration that constitutes Matter. The rainbow above implies the division of pure light into the color spectrum, each ray a frequency of "living light" which is a microwave vibration that stimulates Material into life motion. This rainbow also illustrates the interplay and correlation that constructs "all things". You may have heard this from readers that you have a primary color as a "Life Ray" or your Primary Ray of vibration. Colors, in this case, are themselves the manifestation of Force rather than a reflection of light.

The Thoth 8 of Wands card represents a manifestation of energy in a state of high velocity. The flames have become electric rays and have created an intelligible geometrical form (Matter).  Hence,The 8 of Wands also symbolizes the One energy that is moving the Universal expansion at an incredible speed.

  • When this card is thrown during a reading, it represents; 
  • Swiftness, a hasty communication such as letters, or messages but not always well thought out. 
  • It can also imply too much force applied too suddenly, like a powerful surge of Kundalini (Primeval Serpent Force) moving up the spine before the person is ready for it. As many of us know this can cause a major disaster to the persona.
  • This is a card of the, very rapid rush, but often too quickly passed and a brief "buzz". We are looking at the image of violent energy that is not lasting.
  •  Rapidity, courage, boldness, confidence, freedom and even warfare. 
  • This person likes the violent expression of energy such as sports. 
  • Yet this card can also mean love of open air (no restrictions), gardens, meadows. 
  • We may characterize this person as generous, subtle, eloquent, yet somewhat untrustworthy...most often because the are into rapid change as well. 
  • A hasty communication (letter or message) within a 8 day, or 8 week period that is quickly passed or expended. 
  • This card also states that too much force is applied and expended in a very rapid rush.
  • Violence may result but short in duration.
  • The querent has a love of the open air, is courageous, bold,  and  a lover of field sports----as long as they don't last too long. 
  • We have signs of a generous, subtle, eloquent and yet a somewhat untrustworthy personality; untrustworthy because they don't stay in one place too long.
  • Rapidity , Swiftness, and  Spontaneity seem to govern motivation. Lots of energy to solve issues, if the querent acts fast on the solution.
  • It is reminder to facilitate action and direct communication within the next 8 weeks or 8 months in order to eliminate procrastination and covert communication.
  • The eight banded rainbow, symbolizes completeness in communication and action should be achieved in the next 8 weeks or 8 months and that this can only be achieved without prevarication. 
  • As things come up, the querent is advised to take swift action and directly communicate to important people in their life.This maybe especially relevant to Sagittarius in their lives (November 21 to December 21).

When ill dignified by the accompanying cards,

  •  rapacious, insolent, oppressive. Theft and robbery. Whatever the interpretation, this card says, "This is as fast as it gets".

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Wands: VALOUR & The Barbara Walker Tarot- 7 of Wands: CHALLENGE

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-7 of Wands: Valour, compared to The Barbara Walker Tarot- 7 of Wands: Challenge:

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life of the Hermetic Qabalah, the Sevens of Tarot are attributed to Netzach (victory) which is very low down on the Tree of life and therefore more "condensed". In Netzach, is a doubling of the unbalanced nature of conscious energy, as consciousness is now descended deeply into illusion while engaged in a frantic struggle with self-identity. Netzach pertains both to Venus and Earth, and the Heavenly Beauty of Venus is now veiled by the more condensed form of matter.  Hence, The four Sevens of Tarot bring no comfort as they are the denigration of each element, exposing the utmost weakness in every case.

The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Wands is called Valour, which may sound charming at "first blink"; However, Valour is shown only when one knows it is a lost cause that they are engaged in, but continue the fight anyway. Energy is being felt in its last gasp and while struggling desperately, it still is easily overcome, as its balance is precarious.

In the Qabalistic Tarot, Netzach, is  the 7th Sephira; that green Sephiroth on the lower illustrated Tree of Life, [courtesy of the Qabalistic Tarot, text book, by Robert Wang.] Netzach/Victory is the ruling intelligence of all the Tarot 7's.

Green is the color attributed to Venus, the planet attributed to Netzach. Love, feelings and instinct, the Group Mind, Nature, and the Arts, all radiate from this Sephiroth. The Symbols for Netzach are The Girdle, The Rose, and the Lamp.

Netzach is the first Sephiroth of the Astral triangle and is the first conscious self identity of energy  to make up the personality of the individual.
You may remember that I stated that the Personality is made up of the Four Alchemical Elements, each of which are represented by the lower Sephira, in the familiar sequence of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, Netzach-#7 is Fire, Hod-#8 is Water, Yesod-#9 is Air and Malkuth-#10 is Earth.

Netzach is the lower form of the fiery Yod of Chokmah that is reflected from Geburah through Tiphareth. This is the formula for Yod Heh Vau Heh, The Arcane name of the Divine Creative . Malkuth being the final Heh, because of the "fall" which is really a condensing or "down sizing" of Self Identity from Macrocosmic Consciousness to Microcosmic Consciousness. 

In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle and the component parts of the personality (it is a collective of "the past"), after all, we are not of the personality, for it is of Our Spiritual/Psyche Nature, radiating from the Real Person, through the self-reflective consciousness of the body!  It may help, to think of your Real Person as the Sun (for it is your central Solar Self, #6 Sephroth-Tiphareth)
and your body as the Moon. The Moon reflects Sun light and is attributed to the Astral Triangle as a symbol of its properties.
Therefore, the personality, of self-conscious construction, are software programs that are created to operate and experiment with Hardware or Wetware, and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the instrument of discernment, i.e., the physical body properly. For the Real Person of you, theI AM is not of a brain nor "worded thought", as it is the "self-reflection" of The Real Person; a self-reflection
that we call "me".

However, if your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of " Faux-Authority" (The Real Person should be your only Author),
 than you haven't a clue who is operating the body nor of what your purpose is. Therefore, one has become a slave to an environment created for them and the fantasy world of  words, i.e., propaganda.

Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, Know thyself!" rings true!

The most important part of self-recognition, is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from. In the Hermetic Qabalah, this replacing of the false identity so that it becomes in-tuned with the Real Identity , is done by repeating daily the Identity of the Real 10 Dimensions of The Real Person-Solar Consciousness, called THE PATTERN ON THE TRESTLEBOARD (created by Dr. Paul Foster Case). Thereby, removing layer after layer of false you, until the Real you shines true. The imputing of false-identity data, is "Garbage in" and is called man-made persona and the performance of the "Garbage out" is the dysfunctional action of "seeking yourself" in the eyes of your peers, or of an outside authority. You are already God approved----you exist, and your Software for operating the Wetware of your brain, was already created by a  Higher Self Identity and/or Real Person. Remember, "to seek", means you lack it and by seeking your forever declare "I AM Lack of It"! So it is futile to set your brain to "seek" your Identity; one must declare it as "I AM ME".
This Real Identity is often called "the Soul" and/or Psyche; it is Your Real Person.

Often, Mystery schools use a set of Tattva exercises as a type of "controlled day dream" (guided meditations), intended to bring the student into direct contact with the subtle Elemental realms immediately underlying the material sphere of sensation. When teaching the Qabalah, I bring those Elemental realms into sensual manifestation for my students, all of which is necessary to prepare the student for more advance techniques of skrying with Tarot Cards. The Student learns that the 78 Tarot Cards, are 78 fragments of Self, that they must rejoin into a fractal, to become "Holy" and/or Whole Self.
[I shall present here, a very brief description of Tattva, so that if one is so inclined they may link to  Wikipedia and learn more].

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Tattva is a Sanskrit word meaning 'thatness', 'principle', 'reality' or 'truth'. According to various Indian schools of philosophy, a tattva (or tattwa) is an element or aspect of reality. In some traditions, they are conceived as an aspect of deity. Although the number of tattvas varies depending on the philosophical school, together they are thought to form the basis of all our experience. The Samkhya philosophy uses a system of 25 tattvas, while Shaivism recognizes 36 tattvas. In Buddhism, the equivalent is the list of dhammas which constitute reality.
Tattva (Kashmir Shaivism)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  (Redirected from The 36 tattvas
This article may be confusing or unclear to readers. In particular, only a small part of the tattvas are explained here. To clarify the subject, all tattvas and their relations should be described and explained... For other uses, see Tattva .

Chart of the 36 tattvas in Kashmir ShaivismIn Kashmir Shaivism, the 36 tattvas are the 36 elements or principles of reality. They describe, in descending order, the Absolute and its internal aspects; the covering of the Absolute by Maya; all of creation, including living beings, and the workings of the mind; and physical reality.

Tattvas divide into three groups: Shudda, or "pure" tattvas (internal aspects of the Absolute); Shuddhashuddha, or "pure-impure" tattvas (the soul and its limitations); and Ashuddha, or "impure" tattvas (material, sensorial, the organs of action, the mind and the ego). The pure tattvas are the domain of transcendental unity and non-differentiation; the pure-impure tattvas are the domain of knowledge; and the impure tattvas are the domain of objectivity and duality...

It should be understood, that the astral realm, beginning with Netzach, is a fluid, non-solid electromagnetic psycho-somatic realm where everything begins in illusion/dream as "impure" fragments of the Universal Collective Unconsciousness . By "impure" we just mean "fragmented" from the Whole. It is the place, where our Formative consciousness can experiment with image, such as snapping together building blocks to create something unusual or puzzle pieces to create an image. Or such as children role-playing, in order to comprehend in a later stage of growth which is the actual manifestation of turning play into a personal living expression.

If done with controlled will, this is a boon to any creative endeavor on Earth; if taken as "pure truth", all hell will break loose on earth!

The Astral nor its denizens of personal illusions of self-reflection, is not a Master of your personality! Nor is anything that you contact in it your ruler, for most of the Astral denizens are lost fragments of personalities, or superstition built demons of fear based mentality!

The Astral is Your malleable psychosomatic -thought-substance to create with, not to be created by!  Most " Medium-Channels" just channel astral persona's, and live in an illusion of devotional thought, not allowing them to see the delusions. The Victory here, is to control the Imagination and not let Imagination control you! We control our Imagination by Declaration of I AM: knowingly or unknowingly, we are the Psychosomatic-masters of our master-piece; the human form. Freedom of choice, proves our Mastery or lack of it!

Let me explain what few wish you to know: A god or goddess, is a dominate Collective Consciousness on its Plane of Dominion. Every one of the Ten Sephiroth, is a god-conscious and goddess-unconscious, you are composed of the United cooperation of these energy intelligentsia we call "gods and goddesses" ( Demi-urges), which contribute to the make up the One Divine Creative-Macrocosm whose self reflection is the Microcosm. You also are a Divine Creative, and have, as a Soul, manifested the "earth demi-god" form;  a body of the Animal "god", Top Mammal Predator, ruler of its domain, the Human body! So, You, The Real Person, is a Great Collective Grouping of Ten dimensional states of Divine Self Awareness, who should be working as One Group Soul of your individual Tree of Life; Adam Kadmon...A One Conscious Collective/Holy Spirit/ Higher Self. 
The fact that you are not "being Real", is because you've been mentally separated from the reality of your divinity! This was done by the manipulation of your imagination,(auto-suggestion) by "The few who wish to rule the many"i.e. Rulers, who are those who control definition by enforcement! These enforcers of identity, have defined your body as a perversion that must be fled from to gain Wholeness (Holiness), this concept divorces one from the most condensed of Spiritual Forms, thus, separating one's Soul/psyche from willfully operating one's own creation! Therefore making one "UN-whole" thereby supporting the doctrine of all ruler's: Divide and Conquer! 
The Astrals are the beginning of identity formation, on earth and by giving you "nightmare" stories of how bad your natural body is, or how inferior your intelligence is,  you forgot you are a "god" of its domain. You are a Psyche of 10 dimensions of completed dominion!

We all must return consciously to the Astral , by meditation, skrying and lucid dreaming, thereby using willed image to clean up our identity software!

When we are dealing with Netzach, we are dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious . Netzach is where both the Macrocosm and Microcosm meet. Thus we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of human kind, and patterns of individual persona. But if that isn't enough, we must understand that this dichotomy is in itself an illusion!

The  Tarot- 7 of Wands;VALOUR or CHALLENGE, represents Netzach ( 7th Sephira-Victory) in the Suit of Fire, which seems strong enough, except that in the 7 of Wands, Netzach,  which normally resides in the Formative World, is now placed in the element of Fire,  Aziluth, the realm of pure spirit. This is astrologically defined as the Lord of Valour, known as Mars in Leo. Therefore all the fiery activity is lower down in the realm of Assiah, our physical world of transitional elements and therefore weakening spiritual influence.
Therefore, the position of Mars in Leo is one of strength, courage and of a Fiery clash , as here we have exalted the "God of War"; However, Valor implies, the armies are in chaos and personal physical courage needs to be applied to win the battle, so the fray is certain but victory is not.

The number 7 is a feminine number, a Moon reflection, and in this case applies a certain passivity to the Force of Mars, not much, but just enough to unbalance the energy. Mars is distracted by the beauty of Venus.

Netzach, is a Sephira of polarities, as it is on the Male pillar (right hand path) with Venus, a female god attached to it.  This gives Netzach the interplay of Mars and Venus.Thus the certain Victory of the 6, is now an uncertain Victory in the 7 of Wands. This uncertain victory is depicted on the Thoth card by the three Wands of the Adepts, being crossed by a crude club like wand, imply a lower state of energy, and the balanced flames of the Six thrown into chaos. Or on the Barbara Walker Tarot-7 of Wands: Challenge, as a juggler of Power Rods, being distracted by the dangling Moon's reflected light.

Now we of the Qabalah know that "the gods" are the Creations of the Created. They are not emanations of Eheieh, the One and eternal Intelligent Energy known to Qabalists as Kether. Rather, they are creations of the Group Mind of the Races. These "gods" are therefore potent forces formed in our own image...they are us and after many thousand years of worship, have become "patterns of coded energy" or what I like to call, Psychic engines. If you know the code, (old rituals) you may access the stored data and energy, for it sits on the Astral levels awaiting those who have the knowledge.

We are the Above and the Below of the Emerald Tablet and/ or child-Demiurges who must "know ourselves" to claim our Universal Inheritance. We are at once the many and the One. Each of us is a Transformation of the One Energy, of the Greater Self,  therefore Each of us is everywhere at once and nowhere at the same time. If it wasn't for the establishment of a point in time, which is an entity that I or we call "Me", I wouldn't have a sense of presence! I Am  Me, made of a family of Potent Forces, that are called gods by some, The Universal Collective Unconscious called Psyche, and/or the Intelligent Forces of Physics, by others. What stands out is that I am a wyrding of Forces (old English-To weave) a Weaving of sine waves of conscious, into a tapestry of potent function that I call "I AM ME'! I am both the Transmitter and the Transmitted, and the Radio that picks it up and gives it a presence at this Time/space dimension (and the other Ten on the Tree also have a "point/number in time"). My potency depends on my "self-awareness" perspective of Self. Gods, are such a perspective. As such a "god self-reflection", I must experience Am as Me.  Unless "I" learns to discriminate what is  "Am", and the difference between the two which becomes a "Me", the composite Identity of I AM ME, will become a howling hell of clashing self identities, each trying to be "king of the Mountain"!
In such a clash of forces, the armies are in chaos and only the crude Valor (Valour) of  an individual effort will carry the day. This tells one that ."Sure, you may carry the day, but only by a impeccable effort of will that ignores pain and discomfort"; that impeccable effort of Will" is I AM Valor!

The idea implied by the Thoth Card is of a battle being thrown into disorder (flames going in all unsystematic  directions), where the army is losing and only by the exercise of individual Valour can victory be achieved. This disorder of power is also depicted by the Six Wands of the Three Adepts relegated to the background, diminished and becoming common placed while the seventh wand, a large crude club, is in front.  This illustration implies that the first weapon at hand is an unsatisfactory weapon in ordered combat and only the valor of the club wielder can carry the day. Thereby stating that victory is uncertain. Hence the 7 of Wands tarot card is about opposition and possible victory, depending on the amount of courage exercised by the querent.

The 7 of Wands (basically all sevens) show a positive result which is dependent upon the action taken by the individual. However, the battle suggested by this card, may also be disorganized and disordered producing uncertain results. Order, depends on the Valour of the individual.  A determined individual, who "takes the bit" and charges into the fray---a do or die mentality--will prevail, undistributed by the chaos around them.
The capability to be disorganized and disordered comes from being unsure of yourself and your ideas and being distracted by environment.

So what the Spirit is telling the querent here, is that only through individual Valour and/or Self Trust,  will one face the challenge and "carry the day".
Any lack of self trust will end up as a negative outcome.

Esoterically, the Tarot Suit of Wands represent "sex-energy"(life-force) which is the passionate force of Eheieh (Kether-" I Will Be"). Therefore,  Will is Spirit, which indicates that we must be listening more to our Spirit than our brain... for true Valour is Spiritual. This indication is easily seen as the Planet Mars represents War-or Battle and Leo represents the Solar Self (Spirit) which suggests that only the Bright- Battling Spirit can win here.  So generally, the 7 of Wands shows a force transcending the material plane which is a power force that requires one capable of wielding it. It is Kundalini Force, and if a person of little valor (valour) invokes Kundalini, disorganized and disordered emotions shall prevail; However, if the person knows that they are untiring Spirit, who operates their own body as a Wand of an Adept, and sees challenges as accomplishments rather than problems--their inner Valour shall attain outer victory. So no matter how much you fear, charge into the fray with confidence that your Spirit shall prevail!  A rough way to view this 7 of Wands-Valour (old spelling) or Challenge is to just grab your flaming club of the primeval "Will to Force" and'll succeed without dying, but you may bleed a little.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-7 of Wands: CHALLENGE, shows an artistic rendition of the "Sword of Damocles".

Ancient kings, had to face death as an end to their reign.  As an owner of the divine name, "glory of the lady" or "glory of the blood" ( the meanings for both Heracles and Damocles), the king represented the god on earth and so, according to the Orphic pattern, was expected to accept the same fate as the Sun-god and/or "dying god".
Latter on, the kings avoided this fate by appointing a surrogate victim to die for them. Such a victim was Damocles, who was a courtier of a Syracusan King "Dionysus". Since he envied the king's  glory and wanted the privileges of royal rank, Damocles was the chosen surrogate of the Syracusan King. However, Damocles soon discovered that royal rank carried compensatory penalties, for when he sat on the royal throne, a sword was suspended over his head by a single hair.
Barbara Walker shows this "Sword of Damocles", as the "sickle" shaped crescent moon shape of the Goddess (Isis, as crone, carried a sickle rather than a sword).

Hence, this card warns against the challenges of high ambition, where one is vulnerable  to threats both above and below. The possession of power carries risks, that is usually not seen by those wishing it. The Challenge of power, is shown as the juggled power rods be kept in the air by individual valor, while the act of their very own destruction hangs over their head. Only the juggler's dynamic equilibrium can delay the destruction and/or corruption of the individual wielding power.

When the 7 of Wands is thrown during a reading, it implies:

  • That for the past 7 weeks or 7 months, or in the future 7 weeks or 7 months ( depending on accompanying cards), the Querent will be experiencing opposition.
  • Possible victory, depending on the  energy and courage exercised; valor, obstacles, difficulties, yet with the courage to meet them.
  • Quarreling, ignorance, pretense, wrangling, and threatening behavior, influence over a subordinate and victory in small, petty and/or unimportant things. Again the dignity of the card, whether well or ill, is always decided by the surrounding cards.
  • In any case, in-order to overcome difficulties, the Seven of Wands implies passionate effort must be supplied no matter what outcome is feared.  The Statement by Charles Lotterhand," The outer aspects of everything seems negative but I still have my expectation of a result that would normally be an impossibility", would sum up nicely what this card means.
  • That within 7 day's or 7 weeks, the querent will need to display personal valor to achieve success, as there will be opposition obstacles, difficulties, challenges and quarreling.
  •  With Mars in Leo, the querent will also have the courage to meet all challenges.
  • Victory is always possible if we have the courage and proper energy excised to meet ignorance, pretense, wrangling, and threat, face to face.
  •  Depending on the dignity of the cards, ill or well, victory may just be in small and unimportant things and influence over a subordinate.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Wands: VICTORY & The Barbara Walker Tarot-6 of Wands: GLORY

The Tarot of EliIn the Thoth Tarot, and all Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, the four Sixes represent the center of the whole system of the Tree of Life, known as Tiphareth (Beauty). The 6th Sephiroth is also called The Sun/Son of God, and just like the Sun and its planets, the Whole Tree of Life "rotates around" the 6th Sephiroth, as if it were an axle and the Tree a wheel. The Sixes, Tiphareth, are the only Sephira below the Abyss that communicates directly with Kether (Crown).  Hence, Tiphareth, is fed directly from Chokma-Binah (wisdom-understanding) and Chesed-Geburah (Mercy-Severity).
If you are a student of the Human Auric field and the Chakras, you' know Kether as the Crown Chakra ( Sahasrara chakra), and Tiphareth as the Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura chakra).
Tiphareth dominates the lower Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, as it is balanced both vertically and horizontally, giving it Supremacy over physical life. Tiphareth is also known as Beauty-the Christ-Buddha Consciousness.

As a planetary influence, Tiphareth represents the Sun, as a theosophical concept, Tiphareth is the theological Son who represents Soul- consciousness, The Real Person, in its most balance and harmonized form.  The Son is an interpretation of the Father in mind-Psyche and activates form, rather than being just a passive idea.
The Sixes actually represent their respective element at its practical best.
Both The Thoth Six of Wands-Victory, and the Barbara Walker-6 of Wands: Glory, represent the conclusion of the outburst of violent energy generated by the Five of Wands-Strife. Hence, the battle is won. However, there is a certain instability displayed here, because of the violent outburst of energy applied, causing the "pendulum" of motion to swing high, and soon it will drop into fast downfall. Leading to the 7 of Wands-Valour, where energy is at its last gasp.

The Barbara Walker Tarot- 6 of Wands: Glory is a card of Triumph, expansive and warm, a symbol of deep personal creative power, Self confidence, balanced leadership and victory over the difficulties represented in the 5.
Were the fours were closed and guarded, which was broken up by the fives, the resulting marriage has resulted in self-supporting, stabilization, reception and reflection. When the established conformity of the 4 is broken up by the frustration and anxiety of the 5, the creative union of 4's and 5's results in a dynamic motion of creative power that results in a personal victory of empowerment.
The Thoth Tarot-6 of Wands: Victory, displays the Wands of the Golden Dawn Adepts, rather than mundane rods of power:
  1. The lotus wand represents a spiritual victory that provides us with a win-win situation rather than a win-lose one.
  2. The Ibis Headed Wand, is a symbol of a victory that provides us with new creative energy flow and revitalization.
  3. Win-win victory supplies us with clarity of vision and creative expression which is represented by the Winged Eye of Horus wand, whose serpents represent the regenerative power of such a victory.
The 6 of Wands represents a powerful energy/spiritual victory that is represented on all four states of consciousness  (represented by the four diamonds with internal flames): Super-conscious (Whole Psyche), Unconscious, conscious and the self-conscious of personality.
Therefore, the Victory of the Real Person over the man-made persona is being celebrated here. The Thoth Tarot presents the Three wands of mastery on both the visible and invisible (both sides of the mirror) implying that the querent is walking on the rare path of Spiritual, Mental and Physical union towards one vision.
Astrologically, this is  Jupiter in Leo stating that victory such as this, is expansive and fluid (Jupiter) and highly creative (Leo). As Crowley has stated in his Book of Thoth,"which seems to imply  a benediction on the harmony and beauty of this arrangement".

Tiphareth of the Suit of Fire, is represented by the 6 of Wands Tarot card. Tiphareth represents the resurrected "Sun/Son of God" center on the Tree of Life. It is our original Soul Persona, The Real Person. We are all microwave frequencies of Solar Spiral energy, better known to some as Spirit.  The Six of Wands represents  energy in a completely balanced expression as the personality triumphs over its indoctrination and joins with the Real Person that is the Original Psyche.

The Three Wands of the Adepts, on the Thoth Tarot Card, are now an ordered arrangement and the flames are now lamps instead of shooting out in all directions like they do in the 5 of Wands. The lamp flames are nine in number referring to Yesod and the Moon, showing the stabilization of the Male-electric Energy and its reception and reflection by the Magnetic Feminine aspect of Energy. There is no circle enveloping the wands as the 6 of Wands is self supporting, as is the Sun.
The thing to remember with Victory, is that a battle first must be fought in order for there to be a victory. It can be internal battles of spirit and mind, of emotions and soul or outward battles of industry and labor overcoming strife. But a battle must be before victory. When all our Mind, Body and  Emotions are balanced for one goal---we will achieve victory.
The Key symbols relating to #6- Tiphareth, Beauty, are;
  •  The Cube, which is based on 6, a form taken twice-over in the double cubed Altar of Malkuth.
  • The Six-sided figure of the Truncated Pyramid (its top is cut off) that represents Adam Khadmon, the Ascended Man, and the six lower Sephiroth. Adam Khadmon is the ascended man or Archetypal Human, i.e., The Real Person, the complete manifestation of the Psyche and DNA inherited from the "gods" and/or the Annunaki.
  • The Calvary Cross, properly drawn as black, unequal armed, surrounded by a circle and mounted on three steps. This implies Wisdom through Sacrifice.
  • The Rose cross and the Rose Cross Lamen, are the other powerful Tiphareth symbols. 

THE SIXES, represent definite accomplishment and carrying out of a matter.
THE Thoth Tarot- SIX OF WANDS-VICTORY:Lord of Victory.
Here Jupiter is in Leo, and the Angels of the Decan are: Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
In reiteration: In the Six of Wands, of all Tarot decks, we have the benevolence of Jupiter in the Fiery Sign of Leo (Sun) which brings success and warm relationships.  However, it is an aspect that suggest some drama and of victory after great effort, with Glory gained.

The Crowley Thoth card, shows the Wands of the Three Adepts (of Golden Dawn ritual) crossed in a perfect balance of power. As each Adept must go through initiations involving varying degrees of Strife, this card of Wands, suggests victory after strife. 
 It is to be noted, that the upright Flames, lantern like at each crossing, are in a number of  9; the number of Yesod and the Moon as well as the marriage of the 4 and 5. This shows energy stabilization of the Energy, and its reception and reflection by the Feminine Magnetic Principle. There is no circle around it, because it is self-supporting like the Sun.
This lack of encirclement is also shown on the placement of the Rods of Power, in the Barbara Walker Tarot Card. Here, the Victor is riding through an opening in the circle of Wands; an opening he created in his victory over the encirclement, as he is holding the sixth wand he plucked from the ground.
The sixes of Tarot represent a breath of fresh air as our spirit has brought us out of the chaos of the fives which represent strife. Tiphareth is Beauty, and Beauty is synchronicity, a willed weaving of frequency that brings harmonic balance from strife/discord.  This card also suggests a certain amount of drama before victory is achieved.
The Six of Wands symbolizes, victory, self-confidence, balance, leadership and glory----all gained after a struggle with one's own subconscious-demons and indoctrinated identity (fear based imagination). Most of us know that failure in itself, stops no one; it is only fear of failure that stops us from creating. Man wouldn't be flying from country to country, even into space, if the pioneers of flight had listened to the fear mongers, who stated that heavier than air vehicles would never fly...."not in a million years" as one noted scientist stated. Therefore, to achieve Victory over the "error of indoctrinated survival thinking" we must be the Real Person represented by the Six of Wands. A persona, which is secure with its Sun- identity and possessing a sense of purpose and/or direction. "ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF," truly means that we must know we are gods of the "little g" variety [selves of the Divine Self] and in control of our own destiny.  Hence to serve fear in a foundation capacity, is to have no destiny at all!  So Above all things, know thyself or as one mystic stated," Know not that ye are gods"?. The whole description of the Real You is called The Soul and/or Adam Khadmon. Your name is I AM....anything after that is "your destiny", i.e. "Me".  Yes "me" is your very own individual destiny, for as we perceive ourselves, we perceive life!
Victory over the self defeating indoctrinated thoughts that are "brain software", is a Spiritual Victory over individual and cultural entropy.
Therefore, the Spiritual Identity of You, cannot be defined by any person, state, religion, nor psychology. Your Identity, is from your Psyche/Soul/Spirit before you "personally" became "alive", and therefore, is not man-made, as all word definition is! Hence, our indoctrinated thoughts are the Trickster/Devil within, and they must not be accepted as truth. Knowledge is not thought, it is the deed of creation: Truth is made manifest! That is why the most intuitive people (sensitives or psychics) release the restrictive thought of "good and bad" and allow the knowledge that constructed them to flow through intuition and into expression.
The Victory of the Six of Wands, is apparent when we know that I AM a deed of being and not a definition belonging to anyone or other environment outside of our own Psyche. To those who know themselves, knowing that they are the Force (spirit)that Operates Their Form is not a process of thought but a process of self-trust.
"I Am the Spirit that owns and operates this body as an expression of creativity called Me!" The Word Me, is harmonic of destiny, woven from the Collective Soul and that means probability where all things are possible, and not the pressure of peers! Victory over your definitions may be hard to grasp...but once you do there is no question of your inherited Divinity!

The Barbara Walker Tarot-6 of Wands: Glory, as one of the usual titles of the 6th Wand card, which
follows her 5 of Wands- impasse card. Here is the depicted the Glorious champion of the Sun, who has resurrected from the severity of sacrifice. For he was obliterated, and yet rose again like the sun.

This is not a new philosophy, for disappearing and reappearing solar heroes, were likened to the sun in nearly every ancient mythology of the "dying god" who resurrects.

For instance, the ancient Hindu solar hero, "most supreme Heruka," seems to be the prototype for Egypt's solar Heru, or Horus, called Ra-Harakhti when he became the elder, setting sun. From Heru, also sprung the Greek Heracles, whom the Roman's called Hercules, as well as the word Hero itself. [Waddell, 497]

The Tantric Buddhist, called Heruka, a knowledge-holding deity who was an Asvin or centaur.[Bardo Thodol, 70] .
The Centaur, was also regarded by the ancient Greeks as a "knowledge holder". As Barbara Walker has stated in her Tarot Book, The Secrets of the Tarot:" Each solar "savior" supplanted a predecessor in the guise of a centaur-a godlike horse-rider capable of galloping to the heaven."
In the epic of Heracles, he supplanted the centaur Nessus and took upon himself the royal robe/garment which burned him like the flames of a pyre. [Graves, G.M. 2, 202]. Even flames were often viewed as the fiery horses that the hero rode to the heavens.

In his Glory, Heracles arose to become one with his heavenly father and was called The Light of The World, Sun of Righteousness, and King of Glory. These titles and similar, were later adopted by the Christians for their "Sun" god, the Christos (Greek for Sun)

Julian (Latin: Flavius Claudius Iulianus Augustus, Greek: Φλάβιος Κλαύδιος Ἰουλιανὸς Αὔγουστος; 331/332  – 26 June 363), also known as Julian the Apostate, was Roman Emperor from 361 to 363, as well as a notable philosopher and author in Greek and he stated that Hercules had the demiugic and perfective power to rule the elements, " whom the Great Zeus has begotten to be the savior of the Universe."
When one studies, Hercules, one can see that he is easily the most popular model for Solar Saviors:
  •  He was a god-begotten and virgin born. His mother was married but untouched by her husband.
  • He preformed 12 miracles, corresponding to the 12 "houses" of the Zodiac, that the sun traversed in  his "year and a day".
  • Hercules, died and descended into hell, to rise again.  His resurrection was announced by Temple Women.
  • Where upon he ascended into the Stars, his place in heaven next to the constellation of Orpheus's Lyre (Lyra).

Just replace the name of Hercules, with Jesus, and you have his "Son/Sun" of god story in a nutshell. There seems to be nothing new under the Son/Sun!
Be that as it may,  the six of wands proclaims a sense of victory with all adversaries conquered and all blockages overcome.

When thrown, the 6 of Wands card indicates that:
  • in the next 6 weeks or 6 months, the opportunity for victory will be  either an opportunity to achieve a victory with the Leo people in your life or to experience a personal win-win victory of your own.
  •  As the 4 of Wands is Completion, a stasis of movement, and 5 of wands is Strife, an unbalancing, their union becomes a continuation of motion that produces Victory, with is a new motion, a new vision, and a new journey that self renewal demands of us "Living Makers".
  • It pays to remember that the body is your power tool and your are the artisan that "Makes" with that physical miracle device!
  • For a period of six weeks or six months, there has or will be victory after strife. 
  • Gain and success through energy and industry.
  •  Pleasure gained by labor, carefulness, sociability, avoidance of strife with victory therein.
  • Is assured of victory, but victory only comes after a struggle. so don't celebrate prematurely.
  • There is implied a short lived victory with all blockages overcome but by trusting the Stability of the Higher Self, the Victory is long lasting.
  • Confidence and belief in yourself are the necessary tools here and it looks like they have been achieved with some major breakthrough in insight and creativity happening in the next 6 weeks or 6 months.
  • The querent is showing secure knowledge of self identity and displays self confidence in leadership abilities.
  • There is in the querent a  purposeful sense of direction and purpose.

If ill dignified by the accompanying cards, the 6 of Wands can also mean insolence, pride of riches and success.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands: STRIFE & The Barbara Walker Tarot-5 of Wands:IMPASSE

The Tarot of EliThe Fives of Tarot often bring trepidation among the both readers of tarot and their clients, but fear not, they represent motion coming to the aid of matter. The fives are storm and stress resulting in the complete upset of the statically stabilized system, simply because things in stasis don't evolve. So these fives aren't regarded as "evil" but rather as a corrective to the reluctance to get up and leave comfort zones and get on with the "job".
To the Four Elements, the fives bring serious problems of unbalance and is often called "nature throwing you a curve ball".

The Five of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy of sexuality and passion: The Five of Cups,  brings disappointment to relationships; The Five of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind; The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business.
All seemingly very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination will show how long the difficulty, as well as,  how serious the fives are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the rest of the Tarot reading.

isoften called The Lord of Strife (Guardian of Strife).  Astrologically the 5 of Wands is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the Qbalalistic Four Worlds.
Here the powerful heavy effects of Saturn, united with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy. The Old name of Saturn was Cronus, and/or "grandfather time", who eats its own children. For indeed, Geburah, as Time, is the one who begins and ends life. Therefore, Strife in energy is known as the "2nd Law of Thermodynamics: "All things proceed from order to disorder".

The Angels of the Decan are Vahaviah and Yelayel, necessary knowledge for those who wish to call on them.

Wands are a continual outpouring of force, with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Or more likely, as volcanic magma is disturbed by the tons of rock its pushing through.  Thus in the Five of Wands, there is contest unresolved.

On the Barbara Walker Tarot, a man exhibiting strife, is surrounded by the "Dead", holding the wands of power, showing an impasse and a certain powerlessness in the man. This makes sense, as one who lives in "yesterday's emotion", is not moving today, as they are surrounded by the past and live not in the moment.

Crowley's Thoth Tarot Card,5 of Wands-Strife, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature as displayed by the Golden Dawn , Ryder-Waite Tarot Decks or other traditional tarot decks.

In the Thoth Five of Wands, are shown:
  1. The Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth.
  2.  The Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus  and the Major of Geburah.
  3. All crossing  the central wand of the Major Adept, from the left and right side, therefore illustrating the Major Adept as the "Middle Path".  Also, the fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because it's position implies this severity is directed by Geburah rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother.
Many people find Geburah a difficult Intelligence to understand because She is a volcanic as Pelé ( Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), seemingly all irrational disturbance. Yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle influence of the Feminine  that is Great Mother Binah. To me, this just shows Spirits "tough love" for its incarnations; i.e., "mommy spank" so the child doesn't die drowning in stupidity! Spirit knows , for now, you are the most creative self-reflection of the Divine Creative made manifest, and are designed to have the internal strength necessary to  handle anything this Universe can throw at you. Yet, because we often believe the definitions of those who rule and enforce definition (our indoctrinates), we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become strong.  All because we are taught to believe that mortality/vulnerability is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the courageousness of our "Hanged-Man" Souls, as they seek discrimination and/or discernment.

Immortals don't have need of courage; they don't die! Immortals also can not see an end or beginning of themselves; they don't have one. Also, immortals, don't have sensuality. Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist. So to learn discerning thought, and be able to observe how it works as a pattern in Life-The Vital Energy, they need to operate through a mortal-living being who is loaded with sensors.  The very fact that Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona, requires severity just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen!

All is "friction", "action/reaction" in the mortal electromagnetic realms. For example, a certain amount of friction (strife) is required to form energy into creations. Without the severity of friction, form could not become form nor could it move! Just so, without the friction of severity in ones life, accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen! We Souls knowingly build a personal incarnation, knowing it can be a "crap shoot" and certain severity/strife will be applied, even if we expect it or not! Heck, sometimes the Soul-body hook-up doesn't work, as it isn't stable enough, so we have a Crib death!

Now, the stability of the fours/form is being shaken by a powerful active force called Strife.  The word Strife tends to carry clouds of discomfort to our thought processes; However, this isn't as bad as it sounds nor is it a punishment. For energy to stay an active force, it must keep moving---when we get complacent and satisfied in our stability--well, energy must transform to continue moving. So the Real Authority in your life (The Divine Soul of you) starts moving things around in your life to get you moving! The bell is rung, you best come out swinging for its now time to change things!

The accompanying states of confusion, frustration and anxiety are all states of abundant energy that is being held back by complacency, fear of effort and unwillingness to move forward. This causes Strife to "come to Grand Mother's house", here the Mother of Life comes as a wolf in disguise to stimulate you to act.

As before stated:Astrologically this card is Saturn in Leo, Saturn is the planet of discipline, of knowing your limits, boundaries, and of time. Saturn reminds us to do things step-by-step---but do them you must!

Leo is dynamic creative power that wants limitless expression and will not be held back. You can see that this is a paradigm for confusion, anxiety and angst if you resist taking those necessary steps for motion in you life. Baby steps, work but only if you take them! This is not a time to live in your dreams----you now must act!

The yellow background of the Thoth Tarot card is the active energy of Leo.
  1. The grey lotus represent creative thought unable to bloom ( The Alchemical leaded consciousness) because of anxiety and confusion.
  2.  The Phoenix headed wand represents the triumph of rising from your own angst to greater heights of creation.
  3. The winged Eye of Horus is the all seeing eye of creation.
  4.  The snakes beneath it represent regenerative force which is what happens when we release anxiety to the motion of creative self.
All in all, the 5 of Wands card is called the "master's journey card" for it states that the Divine thinks you're good enough for the job of expanding and liberating life and overcoming the resistance of stability in your own creative manner.  Also, the Divine Creative wants you back in motion. Repose is over---time to get back on your feet and move forward!

To the Adepts of the White School of Tarot, (Great White Brotherhood) every phenomena is a sacrament, as "what exists is supposed to exist" Divine decree. Divine-Creation, doesn't build what it doesn't want. Hence, the Thoth Five of Wands is called Strife, as it is a disturbance caused by the Fiery nature of Spirit----where the "inner motion" disturbs the stasis of the "outer" being, for "god-ness" sake!
To reiterate:The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands-Strife:
Displays the three wands of the Adepts, The Chief Adept is the lead colored center wand. The Minor Adept is the Lotus topped wand, and the Major or Second Adept is the Phoenix headed wand. 
The 5 of Wands represents Geburah-the 5th Sephiroth, in the suit of Fire. Geburah, is on the Left hand path--the Path of the Goddess as  Sephiroth #5 who is the State of Energy Conscious called Severity. Which states a dichotomy of both tame-less irrational energy and the benign and gentle influence of the feminine. This very fact is shown in the stars, as this card is ruled by Saturn in Leo. Leo shows the element of Fire at its strongest and most balanced. While Saturn weighs it down and embitters it.
This is a type of volcanic energy---in that it destroys to build up, just as the Hawaiian islands experience volcanoes. There seems to be no end to this energy.

The Middle Wand represented in the Five of Wands, is the Wand of the Chief Adept and shows that the Authority of Severity is derived from superiors; keeping this from being a truly disastrous moment in the Querent's life. There are also two Wands of the Second/ Major Adept Topped with the Head of the Phoenix, these Second Adept wands represent purgation through Fire and the resurrection of the pure energy  from its ashes. The Minor Wands (or Third Adept) are considered the daughters of the Three of Wands-Virtue which refers to Binah (Great Mother) in the Suit of Fire.

By understanding the destructive benevolence of the 5 of Wands, one learns the absolute need to tear down the old to build the new and/or wake up the non-productive being with a hot jolt of sever energy (energy-in-motion) to get them moving and producing again. Rather than destroy a soul who is mired in its own delusions, The Great Mother, would rather shock you back into performance than loose you. This is a card that bespeaks "Tough Love".

The Barbara Walker Tarot-5 of Wands: IMPASSE, illustrates the Irish or Scottish druidic, mummer's dance called "The Rose". Five men with swords or cudgels, danced around a sixth, known as a Fool,
who was symbolically slain him and then resurrected by the administration of a magic elixir called the Golden Frosty Drop. The Death and Rebirth of the Fool, was accompanied by a chant, "the dew drop in the rose", which seems to be a western version of the Hindu god- Shiva's "jewel in the lotus".

Since the Wands are Phallic expression of energy, the "jewel in the lotus" is a mystic phrase with many overlapping meanings: the Lingam in the Yoni, a drop of semen in the vulva, a fetus in the womb, a child safe in it's mothers care, a soul embedded in the world, a corpse entombed in Mother Earth. In fact, any male in some way enclosed in the female.
Therefore, we have the Grail of the Golden Frosty Drop, and the crescent moon, displayed on the Barbara Walker Tarot Card, along with the phallic wands, held in the hands of "hostile powers", that the prostrate man is unable to stand up to.

The Rose is a universal symbol of the Goddess as a nubile nymph and mother. In pre-Christian Rome, the rose was a symbol of the goddess Venus.  Botanically and in mythology, the rose is related to the five-petaled apple blossom and signified the Goddess's paradise of the Tantric sages.  This Paradise of the Tantric Divine Feminine is called Jambu Island,"land of the rose-apple tree". The mystic journey to this paradise was expressed in sacred dances like the mummer's dance. In Germany this dance was called Ringel-Ringel Rosencranz which is known in England as "Ring around A Rosey". The prelude to resurrection was the last phrase of "All fall down", as death was inescapable.

The five of Wands is seen as dire, for it is powerlessness in the suite of power. Here, security collapses into insecurity. Even if we known that the impasse serves a higher goal of transformation, it still feels agonizing to the individual experiencing it.

When the 5 of Wands card is thrown in a reading:
  •  In the next 5 weeks or 5 months, the opportunity for releasing anxiety or frustration to creative self is to be utilized.
  • Any frustration with either Leo people or in the month of Leo or with your own creativity should be solved within this time.
  • Creative thought and action are required!
  • Many of us have inherited anxiety, or patterns of angst from our parents and or family life----now is the time to break these patterns in your self. Just remember, blame will not help you here, nor is it a viable motion, so forget blame and correct the error you see in your patterns of motion.
  • Evolution demands we correct the errant emotional patterns of our past to move forward as a successful "I AM ME" in the eternal NOW! 
  • Implying, that the querent is involve in a spiritual conflict. This frustrating conflict can ensue for 5 weeks or 5 months because of this confusion of ideas.  The solution of which depends on the diligence of the querent.
  • Here, the querent is adjusting the identity, struggling with self-doubt while striving to move forward.
  •  There maybe a struggle or strenuous warfare- like competition for riches and success, a kind of battle in life. 
  • The querent might also feel like they are in a impasse, powerless in a time of trial and difficulty.
  • Will experience in 5-wks or 5-months, Strife, quarreling, fighting, violent contest, and even boldness and rashness.
  • There could be cruelty, lust, and desire---overwhelmingly so.
  • Prodigality and generosity as well.
  • The lay of the cards will show the dignity but anyway you look at it, an eruption of energy-in-motion directed by a "Higher Power" is upon the Querent and no matter how fearfully viewed or painful the experience, it is for the benevolent purpose of revitalizing the Querent.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Wands-COMPLETION & The Barbara Walker Tarot- 4 of Wands: SUCCESS

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-4 of Wands-Completion, compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot- 4 of Wands: SUCCESS.

The 4 of Wands, reminds us that in order to energetically move forward, we must at first complete what we have already put into motion. This is also a symbol of spiritual and holistic completion but any way you look at it, something is being completed and there is a desire to begin something new.

Being representative of Eastern mandalas or Native American medicine wheels, the Thoth Tarot card also astrologically represents Venus in Aries; Venus symbolized on top and Aries symbolized on the bottom. Also in the wheel itself are the Aries Ram and the Venus Doves, all characteristic of completion and new beginnings shown in the form of a closed circle.

The Barbara Walker Tarot- 4 of Wands: Success, also depicts the success of the Venus/Aries union. Here She shows a Golden Haired goddess, dressed in a Venus-Green robe, while crowning a masculine figure with a wreath of flowers, a traditional rendition of the "Sacred Marriage". 

The Four of Wands, is a Tarot card representing wholeness and individualization; a simultaneous completion of past and initiating a new future.
Barbara Walker, uses the traditional image of the "4 pillars or Corner posts of earth", signifying home, security, and the sacred marriage of anima (Latin: Spirit) and animus (Latin: Soul); representing wholeness and individualization.

Venus/goddess symbolizes emotional desire to move in new directions while Aries-god represents a sense that there has been completion or consummation of projects, issues or relationships before moving forward. Relationships, because Mars, the ruler of Aries, is also the husband of the Roman goddess Venus.

The Thoth Tarot 4's and the entity Chesed:

To repeat, Chesed, the ruler of the Four's is Mercy, and is known in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" and gives rise to "form and light". 
This also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine, as Light/electric is the expression of masculine and form is the receptivity/magnetism of the Feminine.  Thus, Chesed and Geburah are really "two sides to one coin".  So here we compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity or Strength, to the two arms of a human, as one gives and one takes away.
THE FOURS, of the minor Arcana of tarot:
The Four Fours, as in all Tarot Small cards are objective and therefore represent perfection, realization, completion, and making a matter settled and fixed.
 The four of Wands is no exception, for here is represented the Lord of Perfected Work.  Again, attributed to the Four of Wands-Completion, is the planet Venus in the sign of Aries, a very important "Sacred Marriage". The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal
The Four of Wands is Chesed, "the Architect"  influencing the realm of Atziluth; the Realm of Pure Spirit.
The swift active force of Aries- Mars, is activating the Love and Luxury of Venus, producing what I like to call "enfleshenment".

This placement in an astrological reading would be implying a warm, brief romance, or warm fleeting feelings. But in Qabalistic Tarot, we must be aware of the Placement on the Tree of Life. There is a combination of the zodiacal and the Sephirotic meanings  to consider.
First and foremost is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane Chakra of Chokma, as it appears in the lowest of Four Worlds; Assiah-the active world.  Thus, the Fours represent the Totality of that which the planetary signs refer. Therefore, rather than "enlightenment", here is represented the first order of "enfleshenment".

Venus in Aries, being the outer attribute of the card while the inner attribute is Chesed forces, the pure four ( Fire, Air, Water, Earth), in the world of Yod-Fire. So what we have in the Four of Wands is Completion of the process initiated by the Upper Trinity, or Supernal Triangle. Here, the manifestation promised by "Will to Form" (Binah) has taken place in Jupiter-Chesed; The Father who resides below the Abyss. Therefore this Jupiter-Chesed, union is a dominating influence on all the following cards, as it is the highest idea that can be understood intellectually of the element it represents. Chesed is the Demiurge, who is the First Sephira below the Abyss, making  him the Lord of all Manifested Active Power.  The original will of Chokmah- Wisdom and Binah-Understanding is now manifest in the Sephira Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law and Government. i.e., "enfleshment of concepts".
The Love of Venus in Aries, also removes some of the volcanic action of Aries-Mars, and indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness.

When examining The Thoth Four of Wands-Completion, we see the wands headed by Rams, both signs of Chesed (Father-God Amoun-Ra) and Aries, ending in the Dove of Venus.
The completed and limitation of the original work is shown by the yellow rimed  circle.  To show balance, the four flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine (electromagnetic spectrum) balance of the Fours.  Also being a Four, there is no attempt to expand, the original will is complete, so entropy will soon begin. As the Second Law of Thermodynamics states, from order to disorder, is the flow of energy in this universe. Hence, the Fours represent solidification and manifestation and are attributed to Chesed (mercy). The fours are "below the Abyss" and express the Rule of Law (Laws of Physics etc.)
The Four of Wands is called Completion, as the manifestation promised by Binah (understanding) has taken place.
The Four is a very solid number as it has dominating influence on all the cards.

  1. The Masculine nature of fire permits the Four of wands to be clear cut and concise in nature.
  2.  This is the power that dominates and stabilizes everything by pacific and negotiated methods, rather than by assertion itself and is therefore called "Mercy". It is the Law, the Constitution without an aggressive element. Much like magnetism, which holds everything together without a destructive side.

The Fours are a balanced solid, and show a good foundation, as is depicted by the Barbara Walker Tarot of 4 corner posts supporting the senti (Egyptian for: Tent), a bridal and coronation canopy in the "royal purple".

The Four of Wands is Fiery Motion contained by the Magnetic Force of Binah; we are all "alive" because of this containment of Electric force.

Since, The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- 4 of Wands refers to Chesed (Mercy) in the suit of Fire, this union represents the manifestation of all active power below the Abyss.

The Will of the Two of Wands, Dominion, has been transmitted through the Three of Wands-Virtue and has become a solid system, such as Order, Law and Government in the fours.
By now you may understand that the Sephiroth, are dimensional states of Your Intelligence  and/or Energy States of Psyche that you can obtain and channel as a "Greater Sensual Self" reflection on the "below" of condensed light. The Sephiroth Chesed is a "Higher" State of your Consciousness; "Higher" because it's frequency of spiral energy/light (Serpent force of the ancients) is so refined it is called Higher and thus, not noticed among the low throbbing of sensually drowned  thought.
In Hermetic Qabalah, Thought is known as the "first material" so now we are dealing with a State of Conscious that begins the transition of  Higher Thought into architectural forms.  We have forgotten, that what most people generalize as Spiritual thought which is somehow connected to man-made religions, is a falsehood that the indoctrinated fail to see.  Religious indoctrination is not Spiritual thought, it is the ambitious thought of those who wish to rule and thus harness your energy output to power their "righteous" vision. Spiritual thought is what comes directly from the Divine Creative!

  • Chesed means Mercy, and is called the Builder State of Consciousness.

Chesed is therefore, the frame work of manifestation.  This High state of Consciousness, is also called , "The Loving Father who is King", a kindly Shepard  that is the Receptacle of all Powers. Here you must understand that Power is the ability to do work...not some fear based ideology of slaves who fear the lash and see the ability to deal out death as power, when true power is the ability to "make life".

The Fourth Sephira, Chesed, is the Demiurge and/or "lesser creator", as this is the first  Sephira below the Abyss and the first of Six Sephiroth making up the Microprosopus (Microcosm) . "The Bride of Microprosopus" is the Seventh Sephiroth, Malkuth which we call earth. So the four is also described as the "Son wedded to the Earth Mother" which may give some of a mundane perspective a disturbing image. However, The Sun/Son of God is the Divine Christos or Buddha consciousness that I often call "The Real Person", and Earth is the "Womb of Manifestation".

The first power describe in the Book of  Genesis  is this Qabalistic Demiurge, Chesed  who created "light out of darkness" and the first part of that Book, describes the origin of the Microprosopus and/or the microcosm from the Elohim-Binah, in Chesed when form was created.  Above Chesed, is the Supernal Triangle, a formless void of Dark energy that gives rise to manifestation through the "will to form" that is Binah. Binah is not form, just the Will to Form.  Chesed is the externalization of combined forces or potencies of the Supernal Triangle. Almost impossible to grasp, but never the less, Chesed is the initial urge to become manifest of Kether as "I will Be" to "I Am Being", making Chesed the administrator of the Laws first proposed by the Divine Feminine- Binah, who is know as the Sephira of Understanding, "Will to Form".

The symbols for Chesed are the:

  1. Pyramid, the square, the orb, and equal armed cross (which you see represented on the Emperor card Key 4) the crook (Shepard) and the scepter.  The planet attributed to this Sephira, is Jupiter and the color is blue.

The "All Father"-Sephira,Chokma, in its lower arc of spiral is Chesed.  Chokma emanates the pure form of Binah, so here we have a problem with semantics as Binah is formless Abyss, yet we have a pure form of Binah in Chesed, who is the first "manifester" of form.  The Form of the Universe is the Microcosm, while the  "Will to Force" and "Will to Form" of the Universe are united as the Macrocosm.  Thus the Blue Sophia, The Greek Goddess of Wisdom, is really Chesed. Hence The Dark Binah, who is the feminine action of Chokmah, who is the masculine action of Kether ("I Will Be"), is as yet an unformed marriage of "Will to Force" and "Will to Form". Therefore, the Hebrew Chokmah/wisdom, in Union with Binah/Understanding  is formed as Chesed/mercy. Once again, Binah is the emanation of Kether, as "will to form", but as such is formless. So we can say Binah is the Concept of Womb, and Chesed is the First Womb and phallus combination as separates who come together in one place, i.e. under one marriage tent. So here is presented the problem of obfuscation that is easily produced by words; Chesed is supposed to be masculine force, yet is very feminine in its function as form producer.  Chesed is also the emanation of Chokmah, who is Wisdom and is a Hebrew feminine noun, so there seems to be some kind of interplay here that is not easy to see in such High Dimensions of Intelligent Energy. Just remember, in the Hermetic Qabalah, if energy is being expressed, it is a Masculine action. If energy is being received in order to build form, it is a Feminine action.

In order to get a visual concept of this inter-dimensional marriage, try this: The pictorial chart of The Tree of Life has paths connecting the Sephiroth on the Tree, take a piece of paper, and draw each line between the Sephira as figure eights. This may help you see the interplay of the forces and forms of the Tree, while also realizing the mobius form of dimensional union. Energy is always flowing back and forth, in pared infinity.  When Chesed "expresses energy", it is masculine in its action (electric); when Chesed  is receptive and gives form to energy (Magnetic), therefore "enforcing the Law of Binah", thereby it is feminine in its action.

To truly understand the Tree of Life we must understand that we are dealing with multiplicities of Unity as Self. For all of the Tree is an external modification of the One Divine Energy that is Kether, which is woven upon itself as "threads of energy" and/or Vibrations that are known as frequencies and/or microwaves.   This One Energy, is called the "One Thing" in Qabalah, and it evolves from Sephira to Sephira, becoming more "condensed" by division and union on the Tree of Life. From descent of Kether to Earth and back up to Kether, we have a cycle of renewing effect from Ain Soph (No-Thing) that constantly stimulates birth, death and rebirth on an increasingly more condensed and more powerful level of Something,i.e. Self-relfection! Therefore, the axiom of Qabalah is "Above all things, know thyself"!

Since the Energy of the Tree works in up and down, as well as, cross patterns, Binah-Understanding is best understood as relating to Chokmah-Wisdom and Chesed-Mercy is best understood as relating to Geburah-Severity, as they are opposites in emotion as well as opposed on the tree. The energy of Chesed is anabolic, while the energy of Geburah is catabolic;  He builds, She tears down. 

On the Tree of Life it seems that Chesed is feminine and Geburah is Masculine, but again, Geburah as Mars, is masculine and Chesed as Jupiter, is also Masculine! Jupiter is the benign ruler who is merciful while Mars who is also a King, is destructive and sits in a chariot armed for battle.  Here your thoughts can't be linear, but rather woven into figure eights that help us see that Energy is a Hermaphrodite in  all creation as well as that of Chesed and Geburah.

This may help in understanding the relationship between Geburah and Chesed.  Envision a man with his two arms extended outward from the shoulders. The right arm is Chesed, the Giver, and the Left arm is Geburah the Taker.  The flow of give and take, is the balance that keeps energy transforming, and/or moving.  Here Chesed is the realm  of archetypes described by Plato in the ninth book of the  Republic. The realm of archetypes is the underlying frame work on which all material manifestation is built. The aforementioned geometric symbols of Chesed make suggestions as to the purpose and functions of these archetypes.  
The Pyramid is a tetrahedron used as a building form that brings together four sides that culminate  in an upward point. Energy flows down from above and is distributed equally between four sides. Thus we have the 4 of Chesed, from above Kether, flows the energy of the first primordial elements to Chesed establishing the archetypal  patterns of matter that is  distributed equally throughout the Tree of Life and established in the subdivided elements of Malkuth/Earth. As in the pentagram, the Point of the Pyramid is Spirit which is a directing force. Here we can see that Chesed is an intelligence that is measuring, cohesive and receptive.
The Scepter and the Orb, that can be found throughout the Tarot deck, not only establish the concept of rule but that of sex as well. The scepter is phallic, relating to Chokmah and the orb is womb, relating to Binah. 
The Crook of the Shepard, refers to the Love of the Shepard or ruler for his flock and/ or a Bishop in his role as Pastoral Shepard.
What is interesting here, is that many writers of Theosophy and even Dion Fortune  have written of the "Masters of Chesed", which some call the "Ascended Masters", who are human beings that have "evolved beyond" the "need" for physical incarnations and remain by choice to assist mankind in their development but only when mankind is sufficiently evolved to get in touch with Chesed. Yet, it is Chesed that flows through mankind which is why we are such great Builders! Therefore, this is an error in interpretation, for true mastery is the ability to manifest on All the Planes of the One Mind, and therefore, we are the True Masters of Chesed as self-reflections of the Demiurge!

Anyone who knows my philosophy, understands that the best way to assist those who struggle with incarnations, is to incarnate with them. So to me, an incarnate master is a being of greater power, as they are able to be Chesed on every single plane of  Force and Form! Obviously, Form is what the universe wants to be ("... truth is made manifest"). We may often as Psyche/Soul, channel up and down the Tree of Life, depositing greater and greater discriminating data as Self Awareness, but that data can only be learned and advanced in a sensual experience of Being. The fact that evolutionary Being is the top priority of Chesed, makes one wonder about "masters of Chesed" who reside in non-being.  Besides, since we are Hu (god) Man (mind), and have freedom to chose our own identity---we have no masters anywhere in this Universal Collective of Divinity! Maybe, we are becoming so able to consciously travel the Tree of Energy Conscious, that we are channeling directly the Higher states of mind of our own collective Soul and calling them "Ascended Masters", when all along they are the Archetypes living as us! After all, wouldn't  mastering the Tree, while still incarnate do this very thing?  Something to think about before you seek rocks to stone me.
As you can see, The BarbaraWalker Tarot-4 of Wands: Success, also concentrates on completion/success as a marriage
of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine.  Here, she depicts the Egyptian senti, wedding tent,as copied by the Jews who called it a huppah (tent), that is still used to this day. The marriage tent, or huppah, is an old Semitic matrological marriage custom; the tent being symbolic of the bride's home-place.
The wedding, was the physical act of permission to enter her tent.

In Pre-Islamic times the opposite was also true. For when the Arabian wife turned her tent around, so that the back of the tent was presented to the husband, he was officially divorce and could not enter her tent again.
 On her card, Barbara Walker also shows an apple in the hand of the kneeling bridegroom. Traditionally, the apple was a ubiquitous symbol of Goddess granted Immortality, that could only happen within the Sacred Marriage. This symbol was later corrupted by the Christian doctrine as "a forbidden fruit of the Tree of knowledge". It seems the Qabalistic Tree of Life, was the revisionist target here, and it's "apple", the symbol for the Divine Yoni/Womb was forbidden to those "believers" who mustn't seek knowledge, and wished to remain ignorant of The Self.

When thrown the Tarot 4 of Wands card implies :

  • Settlement, arrangements completed, perfected work.
  • Since much energy went into establishing such work it also symbolizes a completion of a work within 4 weeks or 4 months, built up with trouble and labor.
  • It is also  rest after labor.
  • There is also a degree of subtlety, cleverness, and mirth in this card as the Aries Ram is involved.
  • Venus insures beauty, and success in completion.
  • Conclusions drawn from previous knowledge attribute to a healthy reasoning faculty.
  • That in the next 4 weeks or 4 months should be a good time to move in new directions while simultaneously completing things.
  • This card also cautions you to make sure that you have completed other issues, projects and relationships before you do move into other directions especially with any important Aries people in your life (March 21- April 21). 
  • The 4 of Wands card may also be a rite of passage. A joyful celebration and reward after labor. A time of rest and relaxation after completing a difficult task.
  •  It suggests that the querent is experiencing the completion of something and experiencing the desire to begin something new. 
  • It is the key to spiritual and holistic completion.
  • The Four of Wands also implies that ideas are firmly established and proved by their flourishing and it is time to move forward.
  • The querent is manifesting a new destiny by acting on a sense of direction, supplied by inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new identity. 
  • Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion of an enterprise.

If ill dignified:

  • Sometimes insincere, not ready, unreliability, unsteady, through over anxiety. 
  • Can also mean hurried action.
It behooves the reader of Tarot, to understand that this is a lot of power formed into work that will go no further---it is done.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 3 of Wands:VIRTUE & The Barbara Walker Tarot-3 of Wands:FATE

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Hermetic Tarot:3 OF WANDS: VIRTUE& The Barbara Walker-3 of Wands: FATE:

The 3 of Wands Tarot card should be called a Christmas-in Spring-Card, for it is about the Union of Chokma (Masculine Energy Conscious-King) and Binah (Feminine Energy Conscious-Queen) and the resulting birth of the Prince which is Tiphareth (Beauty), who is the Christ/Buddha consciousness on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Thoth 3 of Wands is astrologically the entrance of the Sun (circle with a center dot) into Aries ( the V sign at the bottom), which heralds the Spring.

In The Tarot, the Four 3's are associated with Binah who, besides being the "feminine collective" of Maid, Mother and Crone (as shown on the Barbara Walker Card), is also the Great Mother called UNDERSTANDING. In Understanding, the idea becomes fertilized and a child can be born.

The formulation of the Supernal Triangle, (Kether-Crown, Chokma-Wisdom & Binah-Understanding) is a stability that cannot be made unstable, for it is the Plane of the One Mind. Therefore, we know the Triangle that begins all birth, as many combinations of 3. For instance, Maid-Mother-and Crone, each a special perspective on the Female triangle of Womb-rite, or Father-Son- and Holy Ghost, each a active part of the stable foundation of "the Spirit Fire" or rite of Phallus. Then there is  Ocean-Rain-and River,(Womb-rite of Earth) each a process of Life or Ocean-Sun-and Earth, a Hermetic Wedding of 3.  While the mind is made up of the Spirit Mind of the Universal Collective Unconscious, conscious  (Son/Sun of God) and the self-conscious (body). One can go on and on but in all cases a fertilization is achieved and a child can be born.

The Thoth 3 of Wands is called Virtue, and/or The Lord of Virtue. Lord is an Anglo Saxon-word, meaning "Guardian of Grain"; hence, "Guardian of virtue" is another name for this card. Therefore, in this state of conscious energy, the idea of Will and Dominion has become interpreted in Character.
A lot has been said, about "Dark energy" and "Dark Matter" but not many understand that the body is merely a Reflection of your Dark side, which "Pushes you along" (emotion), just as the Dark Energy pushes the Galaxies; the invisible you who is the energetic majority of You (you are 99.6% invisible) provides your motion. It is in the Dark, warmth, of your "infinite light" (Spirit) that all Life comes from. The body is Alive, but in itself, it is not Life, for it is the "self-reflection of Life" and/or "the color of Life"!

As stated, the body is a Reflection of Life and therefore, one mustthink well from one's deep dark places, to be Alive and Well!
It pays to remember this axiom,"Do unto another as you would have done to you."...for that is in itself a Triangle of three---Idea, Cause and effect. It is unbreakable in its stability. So it pays to know what your ideas create your fate. If you identify "others" instead of "Another" , as in, "everyone I see is another way to be me", you will keep lessening yourself until your life force can no longer sustain the body health and balance. To think less of others, is to lessen your self and this generates a deep sorrow in your soul : a loss of Virtue.

Butfear not of thinker of judgment, and gossip, your thoughts, ideas, and opinions only effect the Cause and Effect of Yourself! Your Self-Image, is a Reflection, enacted by your Deep Inner Thoughts; the place where self-identity produces the "being". Before each of us gets too far into denial, each of us must remember that there is Only One Self, One Mind, One Energy, and everything that we see, experience or fear, is "Just another way to be Me", of the I AM ME, collective consciousness of the Universal Collective Unconscious of I AM! 

 Your body, "the Me" who is the youngest part of the Spiral Entity that is I AM,  is the only one who feels your thoughts and then must enact them as a emotional (energy-in-motion) self-identity. We are not responsible for how "others" react to us. We are, however, the manifested response of reaction to our own thought!
Virtue is Love, and it is smart as it's both wise and understanding---not the act of a simpleton but of a Powerful Spirit. To Love Being----is to Be love.
Others are just Another way to be Divine Children; Children who have the Goddess (Fates/Binah) given Freedom of Choice; gifted Divine Children, who have a right to their identities, be they ill or well thought out, for discernment is what all "children" must learn and that requires one to do the "wrong thing", and correct that action, transforming it into "the right thing", i.e., Wisdom.

The Magus knows, that to be able to "think" means you are not the effect called Thought, but the Cause of it (Causal Body of the Human Aura).  So my thoughts aren't "my precious", they are the effect of Self-Identity, that causes the Alive (Identified) motion, making the body a sacred place and/or laboratory of discernment. Hence, my body is "my precious".

I now have the Knowledge to make, and remake thought to  improve the function of my body, rather than " think" that I am the thought I think, which errantly makes me believe in every thought I Think! Therefore, generating a feeling of righteousness, meaning that I must defend my thoughts to the death. Such a defense elevates  unproven idea above the Truth of Manifestation!  Therefore eliminating the Alive or at the least, enslaving the Alive to unproven "visions" of fear based thought enforced by "others". This is the reverse of reason, for  being Alive is how Life expands and liberates  the manifested consciousness from self-imposed limits and how the Soul/Psyche learns discernment! To make Thought Sensual, is to form a screening process, known as The Power of Limitation!
Because of this Life/Alive process each of us is now a creative Spirit (Life microwave frequency collective) who can devote our thought- controlled "time/space" to "expanding and liberating" the Body from the survival thinking of the animal domain. This in-turn expands and liberates self awareness of both the created and the Divine Creative!
 Because of this grand experiment in Self-Awareness, each of us are fated to control our own fate!

By the "feeling" of sympathy (harmony), or fear (discord), generated by the communion of idea with a sensual- living laboratory, idea becomes experimentation where we can find the ideas that either free the body from the past, and therefore transforming it (love) or bind it to the past (fear), leaving it "dead" to today and transformation. Idea is not enough to properly operate the Alive! Life depends on the Threesome of the Divine Hermetic Wedding  which is the Supernal Triangle made of, Idea , Wisdom and Understanding to create the Beautiful Bright Child called "the Alive"!
When you understand the Threes, you begin to understand your Godhood and/or "virtuous nature". Therefore, Virtue is the harmonious union of I (Chokma), Am (Binah) and Me (the Persona). It is Spiritual Integrity, as the three aspects of Spirit are conjoined.

Virtue, is always being true to yourself; this Truth being the union of spirit, body and mind conjoined in agreement.  Some people would call this listening to your heart and acting with heart felt determination. Of course, without self-trust, Virtue is not possible and our self-dishonesty will make us victims of our own deceit which in turn makes progress impossible. Therefore the 3 of Wands card reminds us to clarify and redefine our Identity to the Original Form of I AM Me, "The Real Person" called The Soul, and no longer accept identity from those around us and/or our environment. We are not Man-Made, we are Spirit---a spiral energy conscious that spins through time-space building self-images from  thought, the first material of Self-Reflection. All of us are the Princes and Princesses of The Divine King and Queen of this Universe, i.e. Children of God/the Divine Creative from which we inherit the Universe.

The 3 of Wands card represents great strength in individual expression which when ill defined, can also mean egocentricity which may manifest as pride and conceit. Pride and conceit are easily avoided by treating others as you want to be treated, although achieving that without Virtue, is not done.

The 3 of Wands card also symbolizes the Fire of Will, as 3 who are One: #1: "I Will Be"/Kether, #2: "Will to
Force"/Chokmah and #3: "Will of Form"/Binah. Hence, being true to thyself, provides an increasing energy known as the inner fire and/or inner light; the spiritual power that is inherent in our bodies, and therefore controls our Fate.

Often we have heard the name of God and/or the Divine Creative defined as I AM. However, we may have forgotten that the birth of self-image is called "ME". Yet many of our religions say that we are made in God's image which should give us a identity clue! The 3 of Wands Tarot card represents the creation of the Inner Fire that builds the Life of the Outer Self out of the Big Three of Creation: Will (I), Passion (AM) and Intent (Me)! These three, also compose our fate!

All of us have inherited this Inner Fire that defines Beauty in this physical world...and we are that Definition of I AM ME!  The Birth of Christ, or the Buddha consciousness that is the "Son/Sun" of the Divine Creative, was our first conscious birth (our Unconscious birth was in the invisible Sephiroth-Daath), represented on the Qabalistic Tree of Life as the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth/Beauty.  We should love that inner fire that enlightens our outer bodies but many of us seek for it "outside" of ourselves; hence we knowingly or unknowingly reject our wholly birthright. By being true to yourself, you can not only "see" the "inner Bright and Warm Higher Conscious", the "Sun of the Divine Creative, but also feel it and transmit it. However to be true to you, Virtue must be defined in your actions.

I AM ME and by being the best Me I can be...I see the best you!

Each of us is another way to be Me and therefore know that Me is all about possibilities and is not written in non-flowing's written in the flow of Solar Logos Light! We are the Children of Stars who came to enlighten ourselves and the children of Planets by making them in our own image, i.e. giving them our identity. Therefore we are the "god's' who have inherited the Earth! So Adopt your Body with loving acceptance---as you would the Christ Child because it is the outer child of the Inner Light! Virtue built the body, so it could Be itself! Virtue states," I Am the Will and the Way, and I own the Day"! 

Remember, we can't have days, unless we have forms made of time-space. My body, makes my day! To Love my body is to have a day of love. Hence, to not love being, is to not be now and that sadly states that we only have yesterdays. To avoid being "wanna-bees" (those who don't live in the now) we must remember our true Virtuous name---I AM and we must love the experience that name gives us ---"ME"! All other names, are masks of entertainment, i.e. a Persona.

The Thoth Tarot-3 of Wands: VIRTUE and the 3rd Sephiroth-Binah:
By now, you know that Binah is an aspect of your own Energetic 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 Un-seen.  Being unseen does not mean less in anyway, anymore than unseen H-bombs lying in your basement are less powerful than the one on your doorstep.

Consciousness, itself, is a child of the  Divine Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of consciousness, is Binah.  In the Great Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form"; Binah is the Great Will to Form of the Sea of Unconscious. 
The Texts of the Golden Dawn may have 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 is 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 Four Queens of the Tarot who are united with the Four Kings. ..Their Husbands and/or consorts.

 Generally, the four Threes, represent  the realization of the Action (conception) of the Prince having been conceived; symbolized  as the central figure on each of the four cards. In the Threes, action is definitely launched for good or evil.
Thus in the Three of Wands, the Prince of Wands conception is shown as central flames radiating outward form the Supernal Union of the Triad.
THE THREE OF WANDS-VIRTUE, is also called the Lord of Established Strength. 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.
The 3 of Wands also represents, the 3rd Sephiroth- Binah influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).

Shown on the Thoth card, the Three 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.
Thus the blazing colors of the Card show great strength for individual expression (central Wand). Here also is absolute power that can corrupt absolutely, thus egocentricity, pride and conceit are lurking dangers. Yet we have Virtue here, the key to Spiritual integrity and honesty.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-3 of Wands: FATE, chooses to illustrate the Great Goddess, as the Three Fates; Maid, Mother and Crone. These are the Shakespearean "Weird sisters"; Weird comes from the Anglo-Saxon Word "Wyrd", meaning "To weave" and/or Fate.  Each of the trinity has her own wand,  while all are also holding the red wand.

The white wand of power is held by the white goddess of birth and growth whose symbol is the New Moon (maid). The symbol of the Full Moon (mother), represents the red goddess of love and battle. While the Old Moon, represented the black goddess (crone) of death and divination.
The triangular alchemical fire, is shown at the top of the card representing the Wands of Tarot.

This famous female trinity is known for once having the power over all the lives of all men and gods. For it is impossible for man or god to escape the final bed "where Wyrd has decided to nail him"[Campbell, C.M., 121-22; Goodrich, 32]. 

The initial image of the Ternary goddess as Fate and/or Karma,  is Kali, as the female Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. Also called, Virgin-Mother-Crone, The Past-Present-Future, birth-life-death, spinner-measurer-cutter (Greek) or in Tibet as her collective is known as The Three Most Precious Ones. Throughout myth the Trinitarian Fate-goddess appeared as the Greek Morerae, the Celtic Morrigan, the Roman, Fortunae, the Norse, Norns all immense Asiatic roots.

To us modern's the Ternary Mother of Fate, is our Unconscious, consciousness, and self-conscious (personality). If all aligned in Self, great harmony/virtue is seen as "life" and if in discord, fate is seen as chaos and/or "bad karma".  As all may know, it is our will, passion and intent that decides our fate.

When the Three 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.
  • 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 integrity and passion for others.
  • Be as Spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and " Above all things, Know thyself!"
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Tarot card comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 2 of Wands: DOMINION & The Barbara Walker Tarot- 2 of Wands: ALLIANCE

The Tarot of EliThe Hermetic Qabalah Thoth Tarot-TWO OF WANDS: DOMINION, as compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot- 2 of Wands: ALLIANCE:

The symbol of the the two Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of the Thunder bolt) crossed on the Thoth Tarot card, show balanced "male" and "female" forces.  This balance is shown on the Barbara Walker Tarot card as rods of power in both Male/Sun and Female/Moon reflective.

The electric force that is a masculine active flow of energy towards achievement of goals, forming into a female-magnetic domain of form. In this balanced state, where the  expressed will of personality (artificial person) and the Soul (The Real Person) are in union, there is no lust for result;  but joy in creation. Hence, the 2 of Wands card shows committed active power; a "do or die" kind of flow that will not be denied. This Spiritual Sovereignty is where the body is balanced and recognized as "another" spirit form, thereby becoming tireless in the flow of electric force. 

The  2 of Wands and the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokmah/wisdom:
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, which to Qabalists is know as Chokmah (Wisdom) the 2nd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. Kether is "not" or no-thing, therefore it is not reality. When we cause reality, it is of our beliefs, perspectives and opinions united, so I often call Chokmah the Real...for it is not of us, but is the will before us and is not of our opinion nor individual perspectives.  Our beginning as a Psyche is in Chokmah/Binah union, the idea of I (Will to force) and Am (Will to Form), all begin there. Thus we are Dreaming ourselves into willful existence.   For now, we know Chokmah to be Will To Force and the Feminine Aspect is Binah-Will to Form. Albeit, they seem separate, they are really a ternary collective who is One, called the Supernal Triangle.
THE Thoth TWO OF WANDS-DOMINION is also called the Lord of Dominion and whose zodiacal attribution is Mars in Aries. The Angels of the Decan are Vehooel and Deneyal.

The Two of Wands represents Chokmah influencing the World of Pure Spirit known as Atziluth. 
Again we are trying to explain the inexpiable which is the Supernal Triangle. This second Sephiroth is the Pure will of "I AM, without need of result. Which to many is impossible to realize for most of us exercise "will" to reach goals. We don't realize that Will is the Power behind Spirit, Kether, the First Sephiroth of "I Will BE"  who begins the Spiraling of Energy into motions that build microwave dimensions of I AM ME. But before frequencies are stimulated into existence, and then into life, there was Will to Force ( Chokmah-the Divine masculine) and  Will to Form (Binah-The Divine Feminine), inseparable and indivisible.

The Sephiroth are called Beings  that may be expressive Force or may be receptive Form, but in fact, a Being to a Qabalist is a "immortal state of Conscious Energy", a Trinity that forms a Triangle and/or Plane.  While we may all know that the living forms we are used to, have a beginning and an end; a Being is "collective of eternal I Am", and therefore it is shown as a "numbered circle"; a Sephiroth and has not depth and its dimension is infinite Pi. Hence,  Chokmah is Being; The First Being (for Kether is "no-Thing"),"The All Father" Electric who has no form until She the Magnetic- the third Sephira-Binah "wills him to Form". If you remember that all the number cards of Tarot are representing the Objective rather than the Subjective, you then will know that now, in the Twos an object of power is formed. Therefore, "All Father" would be the First Form of Energy,i.e. The Core Sun of our Galaxy, which we call the Galactic Solar Core.   Therefore, represented in the Two of Wands is that creation of the Two states of  Will That is "He" and "She", Will to Force and Will to Form. On the Thoth Card both Wands are being masculine and feminine in this state as both are "expressing will"(spear point) and "forming Will" (Kha-dro-ma heads) into Identity. Where the Dorjes cross, is a "Being", a point in timelessness, as form hasn't been given limits yet. When form is shaped into "limited space" we call that a "point in time", and/or an "entity".
This inseparable union of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine are shown on the Barbara Walker Tarot Card as the "solar he" reflecting in the Moon-Pool (abyss) of the Eternal She, which establishes the eternal energy alliance of "Will to Force" and "Will to Form"; something we call the electromagnetic spectrum.

 So to condense: The 2 of Wands represents, energy in an unbridled state of Force, for the Wands are Mars  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 as both Will to Force and Will to Form. The Dorjes, Tibetan symbols for Thunderbolts, are shown crossed on this card, emphasizing the power and harmony of this card and the Central union of Will to Force and Will to Form of our Galaxy that are in balance here. Hence, the subtle, yet, forceful Dominion of Spirit has become a domain, i.e expression in objective form . 

Again, the  Zodiacal and Astrological signs on the Two of Wands are of Marsand Aries. Both aggressive and therefore aggressive dual force is applied here. There is no lust of result in this Pure Will, made of the harmony of "He" and "She" aspects of the One. The Union in itself is a joy-filled journey. Therefore  there is no "battle of the sexes" where one wishes to rule the relationship over the other.  There is the Union of Wisdom (Chokmah-I) and Understanding (Binah-Am), that gives birth to Knowledge and all creation. Here, Energy is initiating a current of Force, that Spiral of Energy from which all domain is created. Here, is the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy, our Solar Birth Womb.

When the word Harmony is mentioned, one often thinks of peace and quiet bliss, but this is the Violent Destructive Harmonious Force that initiated in the "Big Bang" gathering about itself a collective of "identities", totally without resistance in and of itself, but destructive none the less, for it is "as fire", both consumptive and trans-formative. A Rhythmic intercourse of growth and identity change in the Substance of Mind, which we call Spirit and or Psyche.  
One could say that a Singularity (I) exploded  "outward" to form the building blocks of our Universe (I AM) and disturbed the peace and balance of absolute stability, so that "change can become a constant" (Me); the One Energy can now Transform according to SELF. For all Self is a duality of "force and form".  Here Mars in Aries represents that Powerful Gathering of Force to deconstruction of- "I" for the purpose reconstruction as- " I Am". A gathering of Will to Force and Will to Form and or the beginning of Trans-formative Energy. Now the first law of Thermodynamics is in motion [....there is only one energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed...and transmitted].  One is now in motion, which requires I  transforming to AM, a dual identity of I and Another way to Be and/or AM.
The heads adorning this Dorjes, are of the Kha-dro (ma) [Tibetan Angels who are the highest form of female] and combined with the "arrow head" shape of male force, show that this is a polarizing force, where "Will to Force" is balanced by the magnetic- receptive "Will to Form"  of female. A definite form is enlivened by this union and pure will makes this new idea of Self a manifestation.
Therefore, the Two of Wands is a card representing combined Spiral flows of energy, representing a very powerful form of "twin flames" ; as in all power, it can be ill defined. Electric male energy given emotional (energy-in-motion) form such as fortune, health, and magnificence can also be given forms of illness, poverty and mortification. All of which the "Will to Force" and the "Will to Form" will enliven. So it is best to understand the "law of Attraction" and know that what you put willful emotion to---will be your life motion. To focus you energy (Emotion is Energy-in-Motion) on lack, misery, hate, and distrust will only get you more lack, misery, hate and distrust and in its extreme will result in violence towards others! If this card is thrown with the cards of sorrow, defeat, debauch etc... it is time to change your perspectives!

Great will takes great focus to change the forms of energy in motion, so deep focused meditations on "What you are grateful for" when done diligently, will succeed in changing the charge of powerful attraction towards forming a more positive creation.  This is Sex-force in its purest form. It is the intercourse of Spirit Will to Force and Will to Form within the personal plane of body
self-conscious achievement.  The Dual-Will that is Spirit is the Force here and the body is the Form of Will that the Force of Will, is taking here. Polarity, is achieved by the flowing union of force and form so once again I state that highly charged emotional thoughts must be focused on what you want and not on what you don't want, making  this  a positive re- birthing experience. This is also a card of self confidence and affirming a positive approval of yourself. All of which is necessary to accomplish your goals.

To reiterate:
Looking at the Tree of Life, we know the twos to be Chokma/Wisdom --the Second Sephiroth of the Supernal Triangle.

In the Hermetic Qabalah, the Two's represent the "first manifestation" and or Object. On the Qabalistic Tree of Life  (shown below) we know Kether to be the 1st Sephira, and many have thought that this is the first manifestation of conscious energy. Yet Kether is the "limitless light", a "no-thing" and has no end or beginning, which allows no viewing. Therefore Kether is known as the "Dark Sun" as it can't be seen, and is the least understood concept of the Tree of Life sigil.
Therefore the First manifestation falls to the Twos, which represent Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) Who is the First Light Sun and/or the Galactic Core Sun of the Milky way. 
Hence,The Four Alchemical Elements may be ideas in Kether, but only upon reaching the Deuces are they in appearance.
The Twos represent the Elements uncontaminated by influence, therefore, they appear in their original harmonious condition.

For instance, the Thoth Two of Wands is called Dominion and/or Lord of Dominion,because the word Lord implies Husbandry "as guardian of grain", in its original Anglo-Saxon feudal meaning. This is the Fire Element in its purest form and is the "movement within all motion". This is pure will; will in its most exalted form. Crowley called this card "...will unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every-way perfect". [Al. I.44].

The Creative Will is also represent by the Six (number of Tiphareth-The Sun/Son) and therefore the 6 flames of the Sun in its exaltation in the sign of Aries are shown on the Thoth card.
This is Pure Will, independent of any given object. Will without lust of result that is Will, the dual I AM, without the "to be" that causes manifestation of "me". This is the Powerful Will that the Magi can  channel into ritual manifestation, but only if the Magi has taken care of preparation so there is  no lust for result in their psyche.

Since, Mars, the planet of War, is in its own sign Aries, the first of signs, and therefore represents Energy initiating a current of Force.

Again: Lady Freda Harris and Aleister Crowley decided upon  an interesting illustration of the Tibetan Dorjes  (Thunderbolts) crossed, but crowned with the Angelic Tibetan Kha-dro-ma (Daughters of Kali), signifying that these thunderbolts are more destructive than constructive. Few of us remember that destruction is the first part of the creative process, but it is so. In fact, it was theorized and then later proven that lightning had to strike our very oceans, just to begin the process of amino acid formations, from which all life began on earth. This is known as the: 
Miller–Urey experiment
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  .

The Miller–Urey experiment (or Miller experiment) was a chemical experiment that simulated the conditions thought at the time to be present on the early Earth, and tested the chemical origin of life under those conditions. The experiment confirmed Alexander Oparin's and J. B. S. Haldane's hypothesis that putative conditions on the primitive Earth favored chemical reactions that synthesized more complex organic compounds from simpler inorganic precursors. Considered to be the classic experiment investigating abiogenesis, it was conducted in 1952 by Stanley Miller, with assistance from Harold Urey, at the University of Chicago and later the University of California, San Diego and published the following year. After Miller's death in 2007, scientists examining sealed vials preserved from the original experiments were able to show that there were actually well over 20 different amino acids produced in Miller's original experiments. That is considerably more than what Miller originally reported, and more than the 20 that naturally occur in life. More-recent evidence suggests that Earth's original atmosphere might have had a different composition from the gas used in the Miller experiment. But prebiotic experiments continue to produce racemic mixtures of simple to complex compounds under varying conditions.

Even the Universe as The Singularity, destroyed itself to become many, in the Big Bang. To tell the Truth, any great accumulation of energy by any form, be it psyche or physical, will destroy its lower frequency and if done properly, a phoenix will arise from the excess of flame as a higher frequency.  Energy, is oppressed in forms; a necessary oppression to be sure, but sill in each of us, the energy fights to join with the Totality. Invoking more of the One Energy, changes the form's Time/Space, to more energetic boundaries than before. Hence, the one who invokes is often accused of "insanity" because their reality (boundaries) has changed from the normal- form- boundaries of animal life. That expansive  perspective makes both genius and insanity seem to be one and the same as the mundane form is bound by a lesser perspective of self and fears the greater.
 Hence, here is represented on the 2 of Wands, Energy balanced to initiate a current of Force. Since initiation of Force is often at first destructive to the object it is focused on, this card is at first destructive to comfort zones and is often viewed, because of the assault, with fear and repulsion. This later changes when the greater plan is understood  and the individual mind willingly co-operates with the Greater Person.

Often, in those who seek "enlightenment" (Thunderbolts of energy---"The flow is in the Know") find that their attempts at expanding bring fear and repulsion, sometimes in themselves and others,  which are the primary animal responses blamed on the "ego" as it sees its own  smaller energy construct being stressed; i.e. self- destruction of its fear based identity as being eminent. But then with understanding of the complete plan, as Qabalistic study is wont to do, the student  willingly surrenders, rejoices and co-operates in the "Purifying Fire" of which Saints are often accused of entering.

The Tarot- 2 Of Wands: Dominion or Alliance, represents the state of dominion, balance, and integration. We are now well into the Minor Arcana, which consists of 40 cards which show the various ways the Major Arcana (22-keys of the Trump) are experienced in day-to-day living.  The Major Arcana, Trump or Atu, are states of Universal Collective Consciousness, and the Minor Arcana or small cards, are how the Universal expresses itself as an Real Person and/or Soul, as well as, a self-conscious personality.

The Two of Wands shows two Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of Lightning/power) or Power rods. The symbol of crossed Dorjes or dual power rods, represents, optimum balance of energy, the sense of sovereignty and being comfortable with your domain which can be called Personal Unified sacred power.

By looking closely at the Thoth Tarot card, the horse heads on the Kha-dro-ma-crowns symbolize spiritual power and the serpents at the base of the arrow heads, represent the regenerative power  and healing that comes from this power balance.

The Thoth Tarot, 2 of Wands and the Barbara Walker Tarot, represents your coming into your own power from your deep spiritual center that is a balance of Male electric (the rods) and female magnetic (The Khadroma-Tibetan angels- heads on the Dorjes or the female reflection in the Moon Pool).
 Tibetan Kha-dro-Ma which are considered Angels or Demons, depending if you are frightened of the Initiating Force or joyously accepting the necessary destructive/constructive nature of this Current of Force.  Studying the Tibetan concept of the Kha-dro-Ma gives even greater insight into this Cards Force; However, the Tibetans are very secretive about the Kha-dro- Ma and will only state adamantly that they are the "highest state of Feminine" in the Universe and compose about 10,000 Myriads in number.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-2 of Wands: Alliance,
presents a more traditional meaning of the Wands card, indicating a partnership or communion of 2 powers having different capacities, such as male-female, moon-sun, thought-action, conscious and unconscious, etc.

The mythological symbols of this Divine Androgyne abound,
as Artemis-Apollo, Isis-Osiris, Yami-Yama, Hermes-Aphrodite, Freya-Frey, Diana-Dianus, Mashya-Mashyoi, and even our western biblical Adam and Eve, who where one being before God tore them apart. This Divine Creative of a dual nature, is still worshiped as the creative principle of the universe in some parts of the world. For instance, the Dahomean ( since 1991- The Republic of Benin ) deity Mana-Bluku, the Moon-Sun.

On her card, Barbara Walker, illustrates the androgynous combination of solar and lunar powers, each one reflecting the other (as does Chokmah and Binah of the Qabalah), with their wands meeting at the interface of their respective realms. Basically, she states that alliance between consciousness (sun) and the Unconsciousness (Moon) is necessary if anything is to be accomplished and each partner must be reconciled to the different qualities of the other.

When the Two of Wands-Dominion or Alliance Tarot card, are 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.
  • Considered to be influence over another, Dominion, boldness, courage, fierceness, shamelessness, revenge, resolution, generous, proud, sensitive, ambitious.
  • Restless, ruthless, turbulent, and many other descriptions of a Willful  Current of Force being applied to a situation.
  • This card tends to be sagacious yet can be unforgiving and obstinate according to dignity.
  • The Two of Wands is Focused Will and Fiery Motion, in a balance that will destroy the issue focused on to rebuild a new form.
  • Very powerful card of Motion and change by a destructive means, which is often seen in the world of Atoms and molecules forged by the massive forces of the Stars. When this card shows up in a reading the Will of Spirit is involved.
  • In the next two weeks, or two months, you will have the energy, like Mars, to move in new directions: like Aries, from a place of integration, balance, harmony and spiritual power.
  • You have attained a certain amount of integral balance, harmony and dominion within, that enables you to expand and liberate your life from past imbalances.
  • Illumination.
  • The querent is being overcome by boldness. courage, fierceness, and Shamelessness.
  • Generous and proud, but also a certain amount of revenge, and resolution.
  • There is a suggestion of turbulent energy, that seems to be beyond the "ego's" ability to control but it can also become sagacious, yet unforgiving and obstinate.  
  • It is because it Is.....and the persona becomes baffled by the power unleashed without a "lust for result". 
  • Centering only on the love within, is the solution to this immense Power of Will, that is all around us, but of what we have so little contact with as we have "given ourselves" to the ambition of "others".....and believe we have little, if any "Will Power".
  • This card is suggesting that the Spirit (Will) is beginning to rebel against its predisposed  boundaries...come "Hell or High Water"!
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot: ACE OF WANDS & The Barbara Walker Tarot: ACE OF WANDS-POWER

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot: ACE OF WANDS, compared to the Barbara Walker: ACE OF WANDS-POWER:

With The Aces of Tarot, we venture into understanding the minor arcana of the tarot deck. The Major Arcane, Atu or Trump, were the Keys-subjective (previous blogs) and The Court Cards were the Archetype personalities and now with the Aces we examine the Four elements of Alchemy, the minor cards, which are objective.

The Minor Arcana consists of 40 Tarot cards each of the 4 suites is numbered 1-10; wands, cups, swords, and discs. These four suites show us the four ways that we perceive anything. All human awareness is filtered either through our:
(1) Intuition/spirit (wands).
(2) Emotions/consciousness (cups).
(3) Thoughts/Mind (swords).
(4) the five physical senses (disks).
Without a stimulus being received through one or more of these four perceptive mechanisms, we remain unaware of its presence.

The Tarot, Ace of Wands, is the essence of the Spirit World of Creativity; the time of Spring and the space of South.Therefore, The Ace of Wands represents Spiritual self-realization, awakening and is known as the symbol of the uncontainable life-force that's is with-in and all around us.

The Thoth Torch of Life is accompanied by lightning bolts that represent the awakening to spiritual truth and authenticity to who you are. In spirit, Truth is made manifest and who you are is the Divine Fire/Water/Earth and Air of Life; a collective of I AM.This same awakening to spiritual truth and authenticity is shown on the Barbara Walker Tarot-Ace of Wands;Power, as a fiery haired, summoner of The Lightning Serpent, and/or The Fiery Dragon who holds the wand of power between its teeth.

 In the philosophy of the Hermetic- Qabalistic Thoth Tarot the Ace of Wands,
represents the element of Fire in its inception.  Since Crowley worked in magick, this card symbolizes the solar-phallic wand, the first "ejaculation of vibration" in a Dark Abyss, with electric-lightning spiking out in all directions. For those of us who practice the Alchemy of metaphysics, know the "Solar semen" as The Gluten and/or electricity and the Abyss around the Sun, itself as Female womb/ magnetic vessel. So to say that this seed of Electricity is totally male, is not exactly correct---as all seed have both properties of male and female. However, to fully understand a concept, we often must separate one from the other, such as separating electric from magnetic, in order to better understand both as well as, the power of their union.

The Ace of Wands represents the primordial energy of the Divine, manifesting in Dark Matter at an early stage and therefore not as of yet formulated into will; Will being the Magus Card ( Key-1), which is the Spirit (fiery will). In other words, energy before it became a movement of Conscious Energy.
These Minor Arcana (small cards) are sympathetic with their Sephirotic origin, but are not Divine Persons. They are more like sub-elements and/or "Blind Forces" that can be willfully controlled by human beings, and Kether is no exception. For it is the Logos, the "I Will Be", that is a "Will" under the direction of all who Imagine themselves.Hence, Kether is the Idea of Self, represented in the Hebrew letter/word, Eheieh, meaning; "I Will Be". Kether is The Point, the Singularity.

The Aces  of Tarot represent the essences of all four Alchemical Elements, so they, as Kether,  are not easily explained.
Therefore, the symbols of Kether, the First Sephira on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, are The Point,The Crown, the Observer, the Dark Energy, that is. It is the Unknowable God or intelligent Energy of many religions, and yet as many of us know, religion is not God, but the interpretation of Rule by those who enforce rule to build their "Vision" by the labor of "others". It is well known, that if you enforce and rule identity, you control the minds of the mass. Therefore, Kether is not defined by religion, for it has no rules to enforce. It Is the essence of light.
Kether, is ....and that is about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is or is not, being. It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy from the Infinite un-manifest. It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a Motion within all Movement. It is the All Seeing, observer, who only observes.  All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again.

Kether is "the unexplained dark energy" of the universe, and in the  Thoth Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown, the Primary symbol of Kether. The other symbols attributed to Kether are The Point, and The Swastika. Thus Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center.
As with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just to form a intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point is not Kether. Just as the Divine Creative built us in It's own image, is true, but the Image is not The Divine Creative.
 Therefore, we are establishing some principles with symbols. 
  1. The first principle symbol is the crown. We may think because of our anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in our head, as a spacial as yet un-awakened part of our brain; However, this is not the case. The Crown represents The Holy Guiding Spirit, the crowning glory that we all aspire to, even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to. This maybe understood in a more modern sense, because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth,  known as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been described as the personal Aspiration of all Jhedi,  an Arabic word which seems to be a word cross of Magi and Djinn.
The Egyptians called the Three Stars in Orion's belt, the three Magi that pointed to Osiris's star Sothis (Sirius) , which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still called the Magi in the middle ages (See The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. 565) . The Word Djinn is Arabian, and originally referred to Ancestor souls. Now this is all very interesting and we have a new word for Ancestor Souls (court cards of Tarot); the Jhedi.

All fun and cultural myth aside, Kether represents The Crown from which all creation springs, where Creation Radiates from a "God Head", and/or a All Seeing "I". This makes sense, as observation/perspective in our mundane world, creates our own "life motion". Observation, begins the creation of identity. Thus the Point. The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition. This might be called a "Singularity" in Quantum Physics. The Seed from which the Idea of a Universe as Self has grown.  The Big Bang, where the seed has sprouted, is the outward expression of this Seed that has been opened by a Force called Will (Spirit).   Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether; in Physics, a point, is an entity.

 To reiterate: The Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh in Hebrew, likened to the sound of breath. Because all Work begins and ends with Kether, all ritualistic, or meditative work  must begin with the invocation of the Highest, as shown on the Barbara Walker Tarot. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the Inner Planes. The Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above".

To the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even translates the Energy of the Divine Unconscious but does not create that energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, but Kether is before Imagination. The "Will to Force" that is Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth, is not the same as "I Will Be", for the latter one is individual and idealize, while the former is without idea; the ideas of being came latter in the conception of Time, and therefore, as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes three crystallized aspects. The  I Will Be, 1st entity, becomes Will to Force-2nd entity and Will to Form, 3rd entity then united becomes, Will to be, which is the Wholly Spirit!

The Number One is attributed to Kether, as 1 is the seed of all numbers, and as shown on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, by simple addition, 1+1=2 and 2+1=3, etc.. Then we have the 3 returning to the 1 as male (2) and female (3) become one, thus, 3-2=1, which is the "Technology of Sex". All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible, so what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what they represent. Thus Kether is .......but we really don't know What it is.

However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah , the Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken a ancient Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause manifestation and as in all propaganda, changed the meaning of the symbol to suit their vision of self importance: but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol; form one point all motion/vibration radiates. Just as from the solar core of our galaxy, radiates all the swirling of the milky way.

"As above, so Below", in essence states that the Sephiroth of Malkuth, the visible color spectrum of the Physical  world, is equally as Holy as the Source. The Divine Creative and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Therefore, our cultural concepts of separation are just basically denial of our wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special or "something different". 
Much like the City Person who insists that farmers are "red neck" hicks, a form of lower life than themselves; even though their whole life is dependent on the good, intelligent and diligent work of the Farmer. Such people are indeed in denial, much like a parasite, thinking it is more important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from each other. In truth, the City man who builds the tools, depends on the Rural man who uses them to feed all. It is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself".
Finally, we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All which isa quality unknown to us, but which we can symbolize to some extent.Thus when an Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our perceptions. The Essence of a Thing; the Idea of Seed, or as the Quantum physicists hope to find, the "god seed".

The Four Aces are related to the Four Arms illustrated as a Swastika- Kether, i.e. the beginning essences of the four elements.  Thus, they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot Deck and/or Sephiroth on the Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life. The consecutive elaboration of the Numbers, are Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the World; a World that is 99.6% invisible to us. However, by combining the colors of the visible spectrum of electromagnetic light, we see that different combinations, make different color changes, such as blue combined with red makes purple, etc. These combinations are the necessary diversity of creation and can be called harmonies and/or the Veils of light or the sympathetic musical notes of Creation.

To a Qabalist, the numbered Sephiroth are either Force (subjective) or Form (objective) and sometimes even both depending on the Masculine expressive and Female receptive aspects of a particular Sephira.

Each Ace is unique and is distinct in its degree of density and in its ability to do work as a specific function in the One Energy. Thus, each Ace is the Seed of an Alchemical Element. We think we know what seeds are, but when we look at one, we don't see the Tree or plant it represents. We just "kind of" know from past experience which we may call "hind sight". That is also our conceptions of Kether, we just "kind of know" that it is infinite, but then infinite is a human concept and Kether can't be objectively known, so this "knowing" gets a bit tricky. Obviously, open mindedness is required and the courage to keep asking questions until answers emerge.
The Influence of Kether is all around us as "forces". Hence, we just have to trust it knows us even if we know it or not. Obviously we exist, and we are a combination of many factors, some unknown to us, so it is easy to trust the subtle. Knowledge of Self built us, and that knowledge of Self is ours to understand and experiment with.

The Ace of Wands represents the Force of Spirit as the Element of Fire. It is the Radical or Root Force of the Fiery Motion that Moves all things.To those of us who need a pattern, the Four Aces are said to be placed at the North Pole of the Universe, where they revolve and govern the revolution  of the Universe. To a Qabalist the Four Aces are the connecting link between Yetzirah (Formative World) and the Material plane of Assiah.

 Therefore it is implied that The Ace of Wands represents the outpouring of energy in the Universe. It is the root of the Powers of Fire and is the influence of Kether (Dark energy) on the level of pure Spirit. It is represented as the Hebrew letter Yod. Yod is therefore related to Kether, not only is it isolated and self contained but it is also the formative graphic root for all other letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. Moreover, the Yod is Phallic. It is the Male-Fire (electric) that rushes out toward the Female-Water (Magnetic), pushing the Universe of Galaxies along.

 Therefore, The Thoth Deck Ace of Wands shows Ten Yods emanating from a primitive burning club. The yod represents the Primal force behind the entire Tree of Life, that is composed of 10 Sephiroth and their connecting paths of psychic energy transference. The entire Tree is a glyph of  the Power of Fire, i.e. of Spirit. The scholarly student of Qabalah will find that the letter, Shin (Maternal Fire) and Yod are often used interchangeably when referring to the Tree of Life.

The Barbara Walker Tarot: ACE OF WANDS-POWER:
choose to display the Ace of Wands as the ubiquitous image of raw power that was used throughout ancient myth.
Here, is the image of the Goddesses power over the "Beginning"; of Her "first born". Some myths even said that she created the Great Dragon, out of clay to "churn" the abyss of her womb. Giving light to the image of the Swastika. One must remember that the primitive notion of a males only purpose in conception was to provide movement that would stimulate the woman's mysterious birth process.

Each ancient man knew of the power of the Goddess to make the Serpent (phallus) stiffen and rise up, even from a distance. Causing some lively anxiety, as history has shown, over the females seemingly powerful control over the male sex-organs. As an example of this power, the Akkadian Priestesses were titled as "snake charmers", a title later inherited by the Priests, as "The Patriarch" tried to get "control of his phallus" and called it religion.

The Primal Serpent of the Vedic creation myth was named Vasuki, who churned the mother-symbolic sea to bring forth living things. The axis mundi, a phallic shaft planted in the center of Earth, reaching to the poles, was a stiffened Vasuki, the still point at the center of the turning heavens. In The Mahabharata, it is said that the pole where the "yoke of the world" was fixed was "the supreme snake, Vasuki."
Interestingly, incarnations of the Celestial Dragon once came to earth, according to the Bible, as seraphim, the angels called "fiery serpents". Which is reminiscent of the Annunaki of Sumerian ilk who descent to earth in "fiery chariots".
Later, the seraphim became the fiery dragons underlying volcanic mountains. 
The use of the invoked Dragon symbol is apropos to the Tarot Wand suit, as they stand for power and the masculine element of fire, with its attributes of heat, vigor, aspiration, contest, enlightenment, and avidity to consume. But as always, a manifestation brings its shadow, and for the Wands, the symbol of tyranny, was suggested by clubs, the common playing card suit marker substituted for wands or rods. Hence, the suit of Wands or Rods, represented both the power to construct or the power to destroy.

  • When the Ace of Wands card is thrown, it indicates that the querent:
  • Has awakened to the uncontainable and irrepressible inherent Master/Being within and for the period of 1 year (all aces represent a period of 1 year) you will find it difficult to edit, rehearse or hold back any parts of who you are.
  • The clear seeing that accompanies this power of fire  will often burn out the negatives, blocks, obstacles or obstructions that might prevent you from actualizing your full potential within the fire sign months (Leo, Aries and Sagittarius ) or with fire sign people during the next 12 months.
  • Often the Ace of Wands represents a gift of strength, power, great sexual energy,and the love of living.
  • This is a powerful flow that can also tear apart, to rebuild and as fire, it can burn to ashes the past to rebuild the new.
  • It signifies a deep burning spiritual desire for self discovery and realization.
  • Trans-formative High Energy for new beginnings
  • The first impulse and passion to begin.
  • Creative energy and initiative, to begin new business ventures, new understandings, new foundations, where creative energy is flowing with plenty of potential and ambition to succeed.
  • The burning flame of Dragon Power, A balancing and increasing in Potency of Inner Fire .
  • The Souring of Kundalini energy, "the Dragon within".
  • The dawning of desire, passion, enthusiasm and creativity.
  • The Power of Masculine fire, with its connotations of heat, vigor, contest, aspirations, enlightenment, and avidity to consume.
  • the overwhelming power of Lust to Be that vibrates at the core of all manifestation. Pure Power to create.
  • It is raw natural energy that is not invoked but occurs naturally all around us.
  • It promotes the concept of seed---of beginning accumulation of Fiery energy for the purpose of willful creation such as strength, force, and vigor.
  • This Seed of Fire is in all of us as well, as is the seed of electricity.
  •  Force and Form, is what the Tree of Life and its Sephira are all about. The seed of force, is the Ace of Wands.
  • It also helps to remember that Electricity is seen as Male and Magnetism is seen as Female. For it is the magnetic that encloses the electric to make form possible. Womb is a magnetic vessel, while phallus is an electric wand.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot: THE PRINCESS OF WANDS & The Barbara Walker Tarot: ASTARGATIS-THE PRINCESS OF WANDS

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Tarot: Princess of Wands, as compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot: ASTARGATIS-THE PRINCESS OF WANDS:

The Princess of Wands of Tarot, represents the earthly part of fire and/or the fuel of fire. She represents the irresistible chemical attraction of the combustible substance, the connotations of which go beyond physical matter into Spiritual potency.

The Princesses have no zodiac attributions, yet they represent four archetypes of human core personality. They are more of an "elemental" personage, whose moral character---is often open and free wheeling; lot's of Passion but not a lot of "common sense".

In the Thoth Tarot they are sub-divide according to planetary predominance, thus the Princess of Wands is associated with one quadrant of the sky above the North Pole.

When we examine the image of the Thoth card, we see that she has plumes of fire radiating from her brow; these symbolize justice. Since chemical  action can only happen when each element is free to combine with it's partner, she is shown unclothed. She is surging leaping flame, with the Sun Wand in her left hand and the "tiger by the tail" in her right, she shows both her Solar power and fearlessness. She actually represents the Virgin Fire Priestess of the Lords of Fire (also the Roman Vestal Virgin keepers of the eternal flame) and is in attendance of the Rams headed  flaming -altar of Spring.
Just looking at this card tells you that this Person is highly individual showing passionate qualities of brilliance and daring. Being too hot for the controlling male, her best mate must be one who loves heart rending passion with out possession. She is a compulsion fraught with peril.

To Meditate on this card is to invoke the "inner fires" of our
Galactic Gore, so be sure you are willing to be swallowed up in the fiery Womb of the Central Sun and become reborn a Phoenix before you try. You must be strong in virtue (true to yourself) and need not a state of permanence for personal comfort; in other words, "Above all things know thyself" before entering the Core Fires of Spirit for in this state, the violent motion of change is breath- taking and often fatal to the weak personality. But for those who succeed----you'll love your fiery wings!

The Princesses and the Aces:

The Thoth Tarot Ace of Wands, the Essence of the Fire given form by the Princess is shown as a fiery club (flames in shape of Yods). The Ace represents the essence or seed of the Alchemical Element-Fire. It is a solar-phallic outburst of flame from which lightning springs forth in multiple directions. If you were looking at the Sun, it would comparable to multiple solar flares, as this is how the Sun acts as a phallus by ejecting its "seed" into the dark womb of space-time.
It is the Earliest stage of Primordial matter, will less and violent.The Barbara Tarot-Astargatis shows the Princess's solar power as the Sun and the red rod of power /ace of wands rod balanced on her mermaid tail.

It is important to remember that, although the small cards are sympathetic to their numbered Sephiroth, they are not identical nor are they Divine Persons; they are more like sub-elements and/or parts of "Blind Forces" whose ruling intelligence are of the Realm of Yetzirah, The Formulative World (Shemhamphorasch).

What maybe astounding to note, if not confusing, is that each Major Arcana (Atu) has its own Tree of Life and hierarchy. Obviously this requires more investigation on the students part. As a student who teaches, I am still investigation this phenomena.
THE PRINCESS OF WANDS of both Tarots: represents the Earthly part of Fire. She is the expression of the irresistible action of a combustible substance and rules from the Heavens from one quadrant around the North Pole (She=Magnetic Force). It is interesting to note, that the Female Force gives Form to the Fiery-electric male force, which in its primeval stage, as the Ace of Wands, is unwilled, unformed and indirect.  But like the Magnetic Field of Earth, giving form to the Solar rays, not unlike the Aurora in the night sky, She justifies the direction of this male Force.

 The Thoth Princess is adorned with flames of justice leaping from her forehead, and naked, as a sign that she is perfectly free to combine with her partner; she bears a wand crowned with the Disk of the Sun and leaping into Yod shape surging flame.
The Lords of Fire reside in the realm of Yetzirah, towards which she is leaping, thus she can be compared to the Virgin Priestess of the Lords of Fire. Further championing this fact, is the illustration of the flame topped Altar of Spring, in the left lower corner of this card.

The "seed of fire", The Ace of Wands" is now given a personal Willful expression in the Princess of Wands, as she is brilliant and daring. She has fearless and unbridled passion, shown by grasping the Tiger by the Tail, and given it direction----where She goes--Passion goes.

Like Fire, it is her essential vigorous energy, that describes her beauty; beauty seen, as the force of her personality dazzles her beholder. Such beautiful force can also be expressed as love and anger, which is passionately charged into sudden forms of violence and implacability. Much like a Coral snake, stand back and enjoy its beauty, but don't try to posses it, as its anger is terminal.
This volatility is one of the reasons behind the Astargatis image on the Barbara Walker Tarot. Here is shown the ancient Great Goddess, Mother, The White Goddess, who was consumer of all gods, and whose Syrian name was Astarte; in Babylon she was Ishtar (Easter). In the Sumerian city-state of Der, she was called Derceto; "Whale of Der".

The myth of Derceto states that she was the Great Fish Mother who swallowed the phallic god Oannes, who later became  the biblical Jonah. The biblical re-writers of this Sumerian myth must have run out of re-write for they forgot to take out the facts that Jonah's whale was female and that he spent 3 days in her "womb" (later revised to stomach) prior to his rebirth.[Potter & Sargent 180].

Obviously the mythology of swallowing the male, was a sexual allegory. Since in Sumeria,and Egypt the fish was a common symbol representing the Yoni (female vagina). In Egypt Isis took the fish form as Abtu ; "The Abyss", to swallow the penis of Osiris and give him rebirth. Although Astargatis and many other ancient forms given to the goddess, where worshiped as mermaids, they were also seen as the dreaded vagina dentata, "toothed vagina", as depicted on Barbara Walker's Tarot-Princess of Wands. Herein resides the ubiquitous castration myth and dreams, ever present in the Patriarch world of men. As Barbra Walker States:" For, it, or She, could swallow up man or god, root and branch, as the sea swallowed the lightning bolt, and never let it out again".
Since it was "He" not "She" that got devoured, the goddess images tended to display the power of the female over the male.
Then there was the "Spider Woman" image, again spider females are noted for devouring the male "during sex". The Greeks called her Arachne and before the revised myth, she was another incarnation of Athene as the goddess who spun the web of fate and captured souls as a spider caught insects.

Thus, Tarot has pegged the Princess of Wands as a core persona/intelligence, that harnesses the Ace of Wands to Earth ( mate and swallower of the Solar phallus) and is volatile in nature.  As a Personality, She consumes all within Her Sphere. She is ambitious, aspiring and full of enthusiasm and is often accused of being irrational. Being the Earthly Part of Fire, She is also likened to the Polynesian Volcano Goddess, due to her Volcanic Personality. She is the Earthly fiery womb, rather than the Earthly Watery Womb of the Princess of Cups.

The name Yod Heh Vau Heh, often called the Hebrew name for God, is attributed to the Court Cards, where Yod (fire/hand), is attributed to Knights, Heh- (window) to Queens, Vau (nail or hook) is attributed to Princes and the last Heh-is attributed to Princesses, the Earthly Manifestation, as the ultimate issue of the original Energy in its Completion, i.e. crystallization.However, the Princesses also represent the counter-balancing and re-absorption of the Energy. Therefore they are also the Silence into which all things return.

The Princesses have no zodiacal attribution and linked to the Quadrants of the North. Hence, Malkuth-the 10th Sephiroth is their realm. Therefore, they are likened to "elemental" people who are recognized by their lack of all sense responsibility and whose moral qualities are very flexible. Thus they are sub-divided according to planetary predominance.

As stated by Robert Wang in his text book: The Qabalistic Tarot: " When dealing with Gnomes, we are tapping the forces of stability directly beneath our sphere of sensation, forces which are an amalgam of aspects of the three elements within the fourth. Malkuth is a quadripartite unity. To deal with Sylphs means to handle the motive force or Air, directly beneath Yesod's mundane Chakra, the Moon. The Undines are in Hod-Mercury, and the Salamanders of Netzach-Venus."
 One must remember that a great deal will be gained by meditation on the position of the Sphere of Malkuth on the Tree of Life, for here all the forces of the Tree are received, as they feed into Malkuth and are grounded in its stability. Here, the Princess, weave this received energy of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, into organic elements and powers to do work.

Therefore the Princesses also represent the Elemental Elohim,of such elemental persona Eli Levi wrote:" The love of the Magus for such creatures is insensate, and may destroy him."  Which it will, as lovers of the Scarlett Woman ( Crowley's-Babalon) have found out. She will consume you, as fire does a wyrm (old English), only for you to rise again as a phoenix out of the ashes of  Universal consumptive passion, and/or Divine Frenzy, as a form of Dragon. Be very cautious young magi, She is spontaneous and unforgiving!  But if there is any of the pure Eternal Fire  in you, with the Kundalini rising as a Phoenix  and your Will is unshakable in unrequited Passion's extreme heat; lusting not for result, she'll give you wings and make you blaze as a Star, with many "magic abilities"! If your sanity doesn't return expanded from such energy harmony, then your will was flawed and your lust needed result, causing disharmony and disaster. 

Needless to say, this Elemental Persona of Magick is not for the timid! Don't mate energy fields with Salamandines, if you lust after sexual fulfillment, for mating with such consumptive energy may leave you mad, consumed with insatiable lust! Lucky for us all, calling up a Salamandine, is night impossible in this modern day, as we have forgotten the "old ways" and may Astral realms have faded from our psychic knowledge.

If the Princess of Wands/Astargatis, is ill dignified or thrown together with the Ace of Wands:
  • We have represented a person omnivorous in passion of whatever kind, entirely reckless in the means of obtaining gratification, and insatiable.
  • It is notable, that She has given Will to the primeval  violence of Male Force, "by naming Him Husband" using His fiery flow  to impregnate her every action, as does the Ocean of Earth swallow the effluence of the Sun.
 As a birthday, core personality Tarot card; The archetypal personality, the Princess of Wands represents a fiery nature in a  young-passionate, woman who is also consumptive and not prone to monogamy.
  1.  Her beauty is created by her own vigorous energy.
  2.  Her passion is so great that one is dazzled by a chemical reaction that enforces the impression of beauty on the beholder.
  3. Being a type of "spontaneous combustion", in anger or love she is violent, sudden, and implacable.
  4. She can often be irrational, when displaying her enthusiasm, fiery ambition,and aspiring nature.
  5. Such a Princess personality, never forgets an injury and the only patience she shows, is when lying in ambush to revenge a perceived wrong.
  6. She is often self-absorbed to the extent that she is entirely reckless in achieving gratification and is notably insatiable.
  7. When referring to Tantra, she would be the proper Shakti for the Real Shiva, as she could absorb any fire he could display.  However, as is all Power known to be, she is as destructive as she is constructive, so caution and encouragement compete with each other in this one.
  8. For myself, Passion is the foundation of the Universe, and this type of person is a thrill to behold and to a Prince of Wands, the proper mate of the moment, as his swiftness and vigor is to be "invoked" and Her insatiable Passion will invoke the very rocks into flame! But like all fires, like any wise Dragon, one must know how to work with it to properly achieve the necessary transformations of their Great Work. I'll not go further into the Magick applications here, as this is not a treatise on eroticism,although if our eyes are not blinded by the fear of Passion, we'll see that the Universe is a hot-bed of Pure Passion to be (Kether-"I Will Be"); an insight that the Princess of Wands surely has.
Needless to say, if ill defined The Princess of Wands person, would be the defects of such passion.
  • She would be superficial and theatrical, shallow and false while never expecting that she is anything of the sort.
  • She becomes predominately a "spasm of mood" and she is cruel, unreliable, faithless and domineering.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot: PRINCE OF WANDS & The Barbara Walker Tarot: THE PRINCE OF WANDS-DAGON

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot: THE PRINCE OF WANDS, compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot: THE PRINCE OF WANDS-DAGON:
  In the Wands, there is not a static card, as all the Wands represent the force of Eheieh, "I Will Be". The Wands are the inspiration behind creation.
Hence, The Prince of Wands is the Principle of Mastery of inspired creativity!
On the Thoth Tarot-The Prince Of Wands is  well represented as the Sun/Son Warrior not only does he represent swiftness, strength, brilliance and agility, he is also the paradigm of dynamic mastery of unlimited creative expression from deep "within"; from the Universal Source that the Qabalist's call Kether-The Crown, 1st Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.

The causally thrown reins over his wrist, symbolizes the inspired creativity that is not held back and is free to manifest and express itself. Therefore, he introduces an element of chance or often seemingly irrational change but having a deep underlining consistency.

The Solar Lion freely pulling the Chariot, symbolizes self trust in letting the creative process flow, without restriction nor restraint.
The contained fire in the chariot, is focused concentration  and attention to manifest one's creativity that comes from The Soul (The chariot is coming down from the heavens).
Therefore the character of the Thoth Prince promotes a Phoenix-like deep passion (open flower on chest-open heart chakra) for expressing one's own deep inner creativity.
The phoenix wand and cape expresses his commitment to expanding and liberating  himself through the creative process.

When one is "channeling" intuitive information or lost for hours  during a creative process, they are experiencing The Prince of Wands that is inherent in all of us "Solar spirits/Suns of God" who came to earth as "marriage partners", to give birth to a human- creative-power body! Remember, Animus (Perfect Male) is the Latin term for Soul, therefore the Psyche in a phallic expression is consider acting as male. Coming to Earth, and impregnating a form with life, would be a masculine expression of the Soul/Psyche.  When the soul is receptive it is considered to be expressing the Anima(Perfect Female), Latin for Spirit.
Remember, deep inside you is the great creative fire that built this universe---YOU as Spirit- ROCK!

The Princes of the Hermetic Qabalah, are the Son of the Queen and King, The Soul.  Thus, they are governed by Tiphareth, the sixth Sephiroth known as Beauty/ The Sun/ Son of God, and is shown as Central to the Tree of Life.

The Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots. Since Chariots are an enclosure or fence (Vau), they are considered to be as Grail, and/or forms of the Divine Feminine. Therefore, the Fiery Princes are made stable by the Divine Feminine, just as fire is held stable by water.

The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qabalah.  They are very ancient symbols for the elements of multi-religious belief systems. Appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, they are also the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists.

In the unlimited vastness of Kether, the first Sephiroth, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. 

Anthropomorphically personified in Tarot, The Princes are the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar-Personality, "The Real Person",  the Four Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves; The Christos or Buddha consciousness that is our Soul.

It should be no surprise then, that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will. Thus, the forces of The Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty; the unconscious flowing motion of The Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be a hidden malicious evil. The rational mental activities of The Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive and last but not least, the material qualities of The Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding Element for the Princes lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants, and are represented as the Chariots. 

Hence, when thrown during Divination, the Princes often represent the coming and going of an event or person and the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.

The four Sixes and the Four Princes.
Esoteric meanings:
God the Son; The sacrifice Gods; Consciousness of the Higher Self/The Real Person and of the Great Masters; The vision of the Harmony of things; Healing and redemption; The Elemental Kings.[Malachim].
The many symbols for Tiphareth are:
The Calvary Cross, the Rose Cross, the Truncated Pyramid, the Cube, Vau.

The Planet of Tiphareth is the Sun, thus the Sephiroth color is Yellow.

The existence of the Soul, depends on the Light of Tiphareth, the same way the Sun provides light and life support for the earth. In Tiphareth resides the first great initiation in to the meaning of Self, as the personality is sacrificed to the Higher Self and/or The Real Person; what the initiate believes to be oneself, of what one has known to be life, is merely being "alive" which is a "color of Life" that is sacrificed for a greater reality, The One Life, when one's consciousness is in Tiphareth. This is a translation of force from personality to Greater Persona, by a direction of "Inner Will". As if Helios, one enters the Chariot of the Sun, to view the earth-life.

The Qabalist understands that The Divine Creative evolves and this Universal Collective Unconscious energy goes through varying conditions, as does light and as we each do in varying stages of evolution; By becoming different gods in evolutionary sacrifice of one principle for another, we human gods evolve greater realities.
Tiphareth is called the Mediating Intelligence, as it is the center of the Tree of Life, collecting within itself all the powers that flow form the other Sephiroth, where they stand balanced and in a state of communion. Tiphareth is a healing center where all is brought into harmonious inter working. Being the Sun, it is also the center of the Planets, as seen in the illustration of the Hexagram, from the text book, The Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang.

This Light of Tiphareth is not metaphorical, it is descriptive, as bright, warm and radiant, the direct experience of this Light is the "Great Work" of the Divine Persona in incarnation; to Bring the "As Above, to the Below". Devotion to the Great Work is a virtue assigned to Tiphareth and involves the principle that is known in some social science circles as the "hundredth Monkey principle". For when the individual, of a cultural group psyche, improves themselves in some way, that improvement works towards the benefit of the entire race as it invariably resides as experience in the Universal Collective Unconscious. The ultimate goal is for the Consciousness to return to the Godhead from which the Universe emanates.

Because our Soul-conscious has "descended" into matter, and become self-consciousness, in order to deal with Tiphareth, one must have begun the climb of initiation of Malkuth-Earth; Yesod-Air; Hod-Water; Netzach-Fire, which is integrating the four Sephiroth, that must be done before the Light of Tiphareth redeems them from the "fall" or descent.
In other terms, we "down sized" to become most economical in sensual operation, but in so doing, we have "forgotten" our True Self, as too much previous data had to be left behind. Thus, traveling up the Tree of Life, is a journey in Remembering Thyself! As a result of this "turning around" in Tiphareth, is to become as a Divine Child in a new world. So the Child/Sun is attributed to Tiphareth, and must grow into adulthood (Greater Self or Greater Sun of the Galactic Core) in order to take Malkuth (Earth and Princesses) as bride. 
Above, Kether the Eternal Father, willfully produce Chokmah and Binah as Father-Mother-God Self Identity, who meet in equilibrium at the middle pillar of The Tree of Life, which produces the Child, The Son/Sun that is Tiphareth. Thus, the King and Queen marry, giving birth to a Prince who marries the Princess, which is an anthropomorphic symbolism of the operation of Yod-Heh Vau Heh. Tiphareth is  the Vau of this formula.
 Yet Tiphareth is also the realm of the dying or sacrificed gods
(Christ, Buddha, Osiris, Prometheus, etc.). so Universal cyclic renewal demands that the Prince must die, in order to expand Universal Awareness.

is Air of Fire or Specific Air of Primal Fire (Consciousness of Spirit).   His passion is tremendous, so I attempted to show the "rocking chariot", that is being pulled by Leo (the Sun) the Lion. "Rocking" because of his enormous strength that can go any direction, even unto violence if angered.

The Thoth Tarot card, shows the Marital Prince holding The Phoenix Wand of Geburah,(fifth Sephira/Severity) and thus, wields the fiery Severity of Geburah. 

Ruling from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree of Leo, he is endowed with a powerful faculty for expanding and volatilizing. His arms are free of armor and mail, as he is vigorous and active. As you can see, he is aflame in every way above, the rayed  crown surrounded by a winged Lion head sending from his crown a curtain of flame, suggesting the Solar Logos ("Word of God"). In his left hand (side of the Goddess) he holds the Phoenix Wand of Power and Energy, while the other has released the reigns of the Lion .  His sexual energy is renowned as Promethean. With wheels radiating flame, he rides on a sea of flame, both waved and salient.
The Prince of Wands:Dagon of the Barbara Walker Tarot, depicts the Philistine consort of Astargatis, known as Dagon who later became the "Christian devil", as he was opposed to the cult of Yahweh.
He was an ancient shape-shifter god, who could appear as a goat, serpent, bull, or merman. He even was depicted as a Jonah like entity emerging from the mouth of a Great Fish, giving the image of a man with a fish tail, much like Oannes of Sumerian myth.

Barbara Walker illustrated this Prince of Hel, with the tokens of his marriage with the Divine Feminine; the phallic scepter and uterine cauldron, for he was as Lucifer, who represented the fertilizing fire descending into the watery abyss. Here, on his cylinder-podium, are displayed the Darkness of the Abyss, and the Sun of "Father god" and the Moon of "Mother god".

Although biblical writers set Dagon against Yahweh, in earlier texts, the followers of Yahweh actually adopted Dagon's attributes for Yahweh.
One of Dagon's other names was that of "the one from Phoenicia", i.e., The Phoenix, very apropos, since he regularly immolated himself in flame, and resurrected. However, in the Phoenician city of Tyre, he was known as Melek, meaning, The King. In the Bible, he became Molech, also meaning "king". Yet another Semitic name for Dagon, was Yamm, making him "the Great Serpent of the nether waters", which could be interpreted as the Serpentine Wave of Divine Creation within the Universal Collective Unconscious. Here also, he was listed as among one of the many "dying gods", for he was slain by his alter ego, Baal, in eternal cyclic competition for the favors of the Goddess.

It is thought, that Yamm, was a derivative of the Hindu Yama,
lord of the nether world. His consort was the Goddess Mari, representing the androgynous Yamamari, who is incarnate in the Dali Lama as "Slayer of the Death King".
Once again, showing up in the middle east as a male-female deity, Mari-Yamm or MeriYam, the same name as applied to the  early Christian Mother of  Jesus "the Son of God". [ Ashe, 48]
Jesus was the name Jehovah took when he was worshiped together with the Sea-goddess Mari, or Miriam, or Mariamne. In fact, 2nd century B.C. medallions showed Jehovah with a sea serpent tail like the marine aspect of Dagon.

Dagon is an appropriate representative for the Tarot Prince of Wands, as he represents all that is unexpected, startling, unpredictable, or even unconventional. His dual nature of fire above and water below, combine the Passion of Spirit's "I Will BE", to the Watery Imagination of the Unconscious "Will to Form", producing offspring of a unruly nature; sometimes light, or dark; sometimes fertile or sterile. Obviously looking up the myths, helps in understanding the subtle knowledge shown in Tarot Cards. For later on, Dagon became Dragon, with wings of the air element, Fire of the sun, a tail to swim through the Waters,  and the predatory teeth and face of an earthly/ water predator. Adding control over the four alchemical elements to the image of the "Prince of Hel", the Great Goddess.

When the Prince of Wands/Dagon is thrown during a divination:  
  • It represents a core Persona of Swiftness and Strength as the querent's  primary moral qualities.
  • Impulsive, often easily directed by outside influences, even trifling ones, the querent can be prey to indecision.
  • One's opinions are often violently expressed but being emphatic does not mean they'll hold the opinion long.
  • One just loves vigorous statement just to feel the vigorous flow.
  • The truth being, that one is often slow to make up their mind, and is essentially just and sees both sides of a question.
  • Having a character noble and generous causes one to lean towards expressing extravagant hyperbole while secretly laughing at the boast and their self for making it.
  • Being of fanatical courage linked with indefeasible endurance One chooses to fight against the odds and always wins in the very long run.
  • The Passion radiating off of this person frightens most people because of the mystery it presents.
  • One is of Dragon, and thus he strikes terror in the heart of the less passionately inclined.
  • Ones generosity and deeds maybe impeccable, but the heat of their passion scares the pale soul who avoids the Sun.
  • One's great pride, which is their main fault, makes one hold others in contempt, meanness and pettiness and one is adept at wielding every weapon of ridicule, while still giving the shirt off of their back to the one so scorned.
  • Without lust of result, one loves work and exercise for its own sake.
  • Paradoxical is his contempt for the world at large, while holding ecstatic respect for every individual man and woman.
  •  The Mystery of such a one who is a Sun. This Sun Warrior is an aspect of the Solar Logos that puts ideas into action and will fight for their matter how ludicrous !
  • There is a sense of Romantic Revolution with this one.
  • Most people enjoy the querent's passionate demeanor, but woe to the person that focuses this one's wrath.
  •  Because of this Swift and agile personality, many of ones acquaintances are not committed to then as friends, for one's swift mystery baffles most of them as one presents all that is unexpected, startling, unpredictable, unconventional, but having a deep underlying consistency.
  • A person is putting their ideas into action, under control and prepared to fight  for the survival of their ideas. 
  • There is no lust of result here, the process of creation itself is the driving joy of this person.
  • The querent has an intense focus on self.

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