In past blogs on the subject of Binah, you may remember that Binah is the Third Sephiroth called Understanding,
She is also named the Sanctifying Intelligence and the Parent of Faith. Here is the implication that any religion of any sect, could not have a "church" without this underlying structure of Sanctifying Intelligence.
As Mary is the Church, in Catholic doctrine, so is Binah the Parent of Faith...not the faith itself, but its parental intelligence that is the foundation of organization, structure and sanctity. She is the Will to Form, and your body is the "church" of your spirit; a "church" you wouldn't have without the Creatrix-Binah.
You may ask, "What has this to do with sorrow?" To make this simple, she is the Crone in this card, and the Crone is the death of the you that you think you are..
As the concept of Virgin, we have Binah as High Priestess, as concept of Mother we have Binah as Empress and here She is as the beginning of Crone which forms in Geburah..
Let me explain: many of us think that 'freedom of choice" is happiness, but we forget that in order to have "freedom of choice", we must have a beginning and an end. As Spirit, we just Are, there is no up, no down, no in and no out; We just Are. But as a Spirit who runs a material body, we have the freedom to choose up, down, in or out. and here freedom is really free-doom, for we also get to choose our body -death. Be it ignorant or intelligent choice it is still our Soul's choice. Freedom of choice also brings great sorrow and great joy, love and sadness etc. Again, we have bodies so that we may form the necessary "soft ware", that is a discriminating personality. Spirit doesn't discriminate-----it just is!
As Master Jahaladine Rumi, the twelfth century Sufi master and poet said about sorrow,"Sorrow prepares you for joy It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so new joy can find a space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart,far better things will take their place."
This card is a Three, the number of the major arcana--key 3 The Empress and to Her the great Sorrow of the Mother is felt. For she has given birth to Beautiful Children who often think themselves into ugliness. This hurts a loving mother, Also the fact that those beautiful children must end because they won't transform themselves in daily life, but become burdened and sluggish bearing the crushing loads of false identity, is yet another addition to the burden of sorrow. Because of the need to transform we know that sorrow arrives with every loving attachment in this world of matter.
Many of us know that to love is to end in loss...but we will love after loss anyway. Love is our nature and loss, is the beginning of a new gain. This understanding, doesn't lessen sorrow, it just helps us move forward with tears running down our face. Thus there is strength gained in understanding sorrow, where as, fear of sorrow weakens us.
THE THREE OF SWORDS-SORROW:
is also called the Lord of Sorrow, so once again we get confused by sexual connotations. But energy is male in expression and female in reception. The Planet attributed to the Three of Swords is Saturn in the sign of Libra. The Angels of the Decan are Hayayel and Hoquiam.
Here we have the influence of Binah in the Astral World of Yetzirah. The Power of Saturn is destructive and initiatory bringing a presence of pain and hardship. But as we may know, hardship and suffering are often where we learn life's greatest lessons. So the Dark Sterile Mother, is not evil, she is a Sanctifying Intelligence. In the Three of Swords, Saturn unbalances the Scales of Libra, in order that they may be rebalanced in an improved way. So the Crone is the perpetrator of "Tough Love". and for a Mother, having to use tough love to teach her beautiful children, brings a sorrow as well. This is implied as the Rose of Five Petals, Her heart-- if you will, is torn apart by the piercing of the three swords. This card suggests the Dark Sea of Binah, a Womb of chaos, where things are deconstructed to be reconstructed.
The Erotic Tarot card of Milo Manara, the 3 of Air, shows a sad-wind blown woman, trying to hold "herself" together (holding her clothing down in the wind) under the violent gusts of Air, implying a tumultuous mind, tormented by its own thoughts of loss. The "...yellow leaves shaken form the bough of her heart" blow by in the prevailing winds of change.
Manara assigns the meanings of coldness, wind, turbulence, and waiting to his 3 of Air. The Astrological meaning assigned to this card is Saturn in Libra, implying the need to focus and consolidate harmoniously.
When the Three of Swords-Sorrow or the 3 of Air is thrown during a reading:
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!