The Aces reside in the Unknowable Kether, the 1st Sephiroth called the Crown. To us it is described as infinite light, which sounds like knowledge but is human made description that is without experience.Again, definitions are not Idea, they are the description of an idea. In the case of Kether, the description has no beginning and thus no end,
we are "God's Image" are also potentially anything, which makes each us not as comfortably
understood as one would like. It Seems that the Divine Collective
Unconscious, wishes us to be as vast as our forms seem to be limited.
This may be seen by the Imagination's ability to expand concepts so far
beyond reality, that maybe even reality is just imagined,. One moment we are
the Human dreaming of being Spiral Energy, the next we are Spiral
Energy dreaming we are a human. Much like that old Chinese tale of a man
dreaming he was a butter fly, then upon awakening he wondered if he was
a butterfly dreaming he was a human. Considering Kether, is much the
same. Therefore, Kether is often shown as three symbols, that of the whirling force, the Swastika, or the First Point, or the Crown of white and golden light. Christians may see this symbol as a halo around the head of the saints.
Qabalist knows that All is Mind, and we are not talking about the human
consciousness, but the Mind that the Dream of the Universe floats in.
The Ace of Swords is a "seed or essence" of Mind, the Root Powers of
Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the Astral World. This Kether influence may
be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Fluid, however,
that is just the "elephant's foot print in the jello"(*old joke see below) and not the Power
itself. The Astral realms are the realms of fleeting forms of fluid light where nothing is
solid. Thought forms for the realm of Malkuth (Earth) begin to take form here. Thus the Ace of Swords is a potent card of "mind seed" which can be extremely
good or extremely evil ; evil, being live spelled backwards, basically
implies devolution rather than evolution. To move forward
progressively, is living, to move backward, is "living in the past"
which is a form of "living dead", since the past isn't now we live only in yesterdays. Thus we have
philosopher's saying."Let the dead bury the dead...".
Mind is called the Element of Air, for it is Heated by Passions, as Air
is heated by Sun, and thus it can become violent and life threatening.
However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit, is the controller of
Passion, then the Mind becomes Life Expanding and Liberating.
The Ace of Wands represents a natural force, while the Ace of Swords represents that which is invoked; A force called upon.
currents generated by Kether on the Astral are both dynamic and
erratic, having the potential to be applied at will to different
situations. Thus, we have the description of a "whirling force" that
gains strength through trouble. To Qabalists, this is an affirmation of
Divine authority and may become the Sword of Wrath, punishment and
affliction. Pure mind has no conscience, it is up to us to supply
discrimination to thought.
let us not despair, for the Thoth Ace of Swords represents the Sword of the
Magus crowned in the twenty-two diadem of light. To those of magic, the
number 22 refers to Atu known as 22=2x11, the Magical manifestation of
Chokmah, Wisdom, and the Logos. In Hebrew letters, that are also numbers, is
the Word of Law, that blazes forth clearing the dark clouds of a Mind
based on fear, or survival thinking. I would suggest getting the Book
777 by Aleister Crowley to further study this, as the words "Achath
Ruach Elohim Chiim" are the numbers 777 and means in English
translation,"One is Spirit of the Gods of the Living". The Ruach being
Tiphareth, the Solar Logos. There is a lot of investigative Geomatria to
understand here so get the book!
The Rider-Waite Ace of Swords, illustrates a white hand (Kether is colored white on the Tree of Life) exiting a dark cloud, holding upright a great sword wearing a crown strewn with an olive branch and a palm. Implied by the palm of suffering and the olive branch of peace are the dual possibilities of action attributed to the "Sword of Good or Evil". The six yods (flames) imply that this is the "seed " of the Solar Logos, that is Tiphareth, the 6th Sephiroth called Beauty, which is attributed to the Christ or Buddha mind both of whom suffered and spoke and acted on peace.
WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION,
- Mental clarity and inventiveness.
- Problems being overcome with Original thinking.
- The dawning of a new intellectual process.
- Acting with logic and discrimination
- Strength in adversity. Out of evil some good will come. Something that looks bleak can surprisingly turn out to be promising.
this is the card of Morgan the Fate. Finality, Tragedy, and ultimate
fate; However, it is release, freedom from past restraint and a new
lightness and/or a kind of salvation.
- The beginning of and idea or information. The arising of Inner insight.
- This card depends on the surrounding cards to show whether it is fate or rebirth.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.
*Old Joke: How do you know if an Elephant is in your refrigerator?p Aerper
answer: By the foot prints in the jello.