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Rider-Waite and Thoth Deck Tarot Card Comparisons: THE THREE OF SWORDS

In past blogs on the subject of Binah, the Great Mother Womb of consciousness, 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 creatrix that is the foundation of organization, structure and sanctity.
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; and the Crone is all sorrowful for the destruction she must make on those creations she Loves into being. In your bright and beautiful soul resides this great sorrow of having to be both the life and death of your physical body. To have to take or lose the life of one you love is a deeply sorrowful experience, for even the most evil of us Loves their body. Therefore all that Creates, is full of sorrow as well as love. The shadow image of love is sorrow. In the universe of Things, you can't have one with out the other.

As the concept of Virgin, we have Binah as High Priestess, as concept of Mother we have Binah as Empress and in the Thoth Three of Swords-Sorrow, She is as the  beginning of  Crone which forms in Geburah. Thus we have Maid, Mother and Crone  represented as three Swords (states of mind) in the Sorrow card.
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! In the One Energy there is no up, no down, no in and no out; We just Are as timeless frequency, everywhere and nowhere at the same time. But as a Spirit who runs a material body, we are both Transmitter and the Transmitted giving us the freedom to choose up, down, in or out. What few of us choose to remember is that freedom is really free-doom (Anglo-Saxon for "I choose my own death"), not only do we get to choose our own definitions of self, we also get to choose our body's  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" to operate the "Wet Ware" of the Living; in other words, a discriminating operational personality. Spirit doesn't discriminate-----it just Wills what is ideal!
 
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, is yet another addition to the burden of sorrow, that 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. Plus the word Lord is Anglo-Saxon and originally meant, "Guardian of Bread" whereas, the word Lady meant "Doler of Bread". With little thought, we can see that She owned the bread and he guarded it. From this an interesting comparison is formed, as Love-Will to form- seems to be guarded by Sorrow-Will to force. It is time to light up the furnace of perspicacity!

The Planet attributed to the Three of Swords is Saturn in the sign of Libra.  The Angels of the Decan are Hayayel and Hoquiam. 
 In the Three of Swords we have the influence of Binah in the Astral formative 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 we may understand the Crone i\as the perpetrator of "Tough Love". As we may know, for a Mother having to use tough love to teach her beautiful children, brings a sorrow to a her 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. The background of the Thoth card suggests the Dark Sea of Binah, a Womb of chaos, where things are deconstructed to be reconstructed.

Again, the Rider-Waite card chooses to represent a more mundane approach. The cloudy and crying sky, (Air is the element of this card) supports a Heart (Psyche) pierced by Three Swords. This implies the sorrow is deeply felt in the three states of mind. The Spirit, the unconscious and the consciousness. It is also the ternary goddess, Maid, Mother and Crone.
 
When the Three of Swords-Sorrow is thrown during a reading:
  • The querent is experiencing thoughts of sorrow.
  • reoccurring thoughts of sorrowful past events.
  • the sorrow of a triangular relationship that is out of balance.
  • Disappointment and heartbreak.
  •  A type of recognition where one must give up one thing to gain another.
  • Releasing;  a gift of sorrow, allowing the querent to release and let out the pent up stress of feared emotions.
  • Here difficulty precedes power.
  • Also, for initiates, who travel to the abyss, this sorrow is soul deep, for it is of the Sorrow of the Creatrix, who has to destroy to rebuild, and act that will happen to the personality that succeeds in traversing the Abyss.
 
 
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
 
 
 

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