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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Ace of Swords & The Elemental Tarot 1 of Air/Breath

The Tarot of EliThe Unknowable Kether, home to the Aces, is often depicted as the Point, the Crown and/or the Swastika, as explained in past blogs; However, these images only direct us into a journey of understanding, that has no goal. We may say the goal, is to understand the Infinite, but the word infinite, even if understood, is a human invention. Thus inadequate to explain the "No-Thing" before Time. The point is the Singularity that was before the Big Bang but as if the words may imply some vast understanding, this explanation is empty of experience and thus  to us, incomprehensible.

Yet, we are also potentially anything, which makes 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 is seen by the Imagination's ability to expand concepts so far beyond reality, that maybe, 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.

The Qabalist knows that All is Mind (All is Self), and we are not talking about the human consciousness, but the Mind that the Dream of the Universe floats in. 

The Thoth Ace of Swords  represents a "seed or essence  of Mind". The Root Powers of Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the Astral World. This may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Fluid, however, that is just the "elephants foot print in the jello" and not the Power itself.
(old joke: "How do you know if an Elephant is in your refrigerator?" Answer:" By the foot prints in the jello!")  Kether is the origin of "I".

The Astral realms are the fluid realms of Fleeting Forms...nothing solid.  Thus the Ace of Swords is a potent card which can be extremely good or extremely evil.

Evil, is Live spelled backwards, and basically implies devolution rather than evolution. To move forward progressively, is Living, to Move backward, is "living in the past" which is a from of "living dead", since the past isn't now. Thus we have philosopher's saying."Let the dead bury the dead...".

Also living in the past, thinking "evilly"  are those locked in the superstition of "devils and demons", which is because of being ignorant of science and the invisible forces of the Earth and Universe. These forces are also often called "elemental entities". By just reading a little history, it is easily seen that the greatest threat to our immortal Soul, is ourselves.

I have traveled the astral, the pleroma, and the abyss, (Mentally, ritually and physically) and the greatest of all Daemons (Greek for God-Man, before the Christians villianized the word), is ourselves. We come through the Abysmal doorway of Daäth (meaning Knowledge), the "invisible Sephiroth", often shown on the Qabalistic Tree of Life as a grey or black circle on the Path of the High Priestess. We are Elohim Neffilim, masters of all "elemental entities". We are those of the Dark Energy and Dark Matter dimensions, who seek the "light of Flesh" or Star Being.  All Shadow bows to us. So again I say, we are Beautiful Monsters. We are the point where the "Above" meets "the Below". And if we place our personality in Tiphareth-Beauty, the sixth Sephira on the Tree, we then radiate, transmit and communicate the Christ/Buddha consciousness through our physical consciousness. If not, our god-like power to imagine reality will make the animal mind of survival, the Beast that can never stop eating the world; the Greed Beast! Now there is evil!

 In the Mysteries, the Mind is called the Element of Air, for it is Heated by Passions, as Air is heated by Sun, and thus it can become violent and life threatening. However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit, is the controller of Passion, then the Mind becomes Life Expanding and Liberating.
The Ace of Wands represents a natural force, while the Ace of Swords represents that which is invoked; A force called upon.

The currents generated by Kether 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" (Swastika) that gains strength through trouble. To Qabalists, this is an affirmation of Divine authority and may become the Sword of Wrath, punishment and affliction applied by severity.  Remember, Pure/primitive mind has no conscience, it is up to us to supply discrimination to thought!
But let us not despair, for the Ace of Swords represents the Sword of the Magus crowned in the twenty-two diadem of light. To those of magic, the number 22 refers to Atu known as 22=2x11, the Magical manifestation of  Chokmah, Wisdom, and the Logos. In Hebrew letters, that are numbers, is the Word of Law, that blazes forth clearing the dark clouds of a Mind based on fear, or survival thinking. I would suggest getting the Book 777 by 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 Gematria/numerology to understand here so get the book!

The Thoth Deck Ace of Swords, represents the Root of  the Element of Air which is also representative of the Seed of Consciousness. When lacking the Will that is Spirit, consciousness behaves like Air,  which blows which ever way of the common current. In nature, Air lacks the concentrated will of Fire to unite with water and it lacks a corresponding passion to unite with its twin, earth. Air has no self-generated impulse, and is totally dependent on the heat or the cold (we know there is no such thing as "cold", only degrees of heat) of the moment.  But when set in motion by its Father-Fire and its Mother-Water, it magnifies their power into something horrific, such as tornadoes or hurricanes, or the Princess of Swords.  Wind in this state, is comparable to Consciousness, as all embracing, all penetrating, all wandering and all consuming.

The Status of Air, as compared to the other Elements of alchemical origin, would seem minor but in reality, Air is the first Element to follow Spirit. Spirit is of the Element- Fire, that begins with the Logos (Word of God). Air is also attributed to Mercury and most properly, the Breath of Life. Then there is the Hebrew statement," Achath Ruach Elohim Chiim (777) which means," One is the Spirit (not air) of the Gods of the Living". In this case Air is the the medium that carries the Spirit of "the gods of the living" which is called Prana in Sanskrit, thus we can see the empowerment of yoga breathing exercises. 

The Elemental Tarot-1 of Air/Breath, focuses on the invisible force of Spirit. The English word, Breath comes from the Greek root word, Spiro, which means "breath". This Greek word, Spiro, is the same root for Spirit, and Spiral, both being the same description of the multidimensional  "Spiral Entity/Spirit" who causes living forms to breathe; in our medical science breath is attributed to the unconscious automatic system. This is connected to the Divine Collective Unconscious, what I like to call the "Womb with a view"; in more prosaic terms, the Imagination. Thus, we are of "God Mind" and therefore, the "child of god".
Our true reality is the fifth element called, Spirit, the I AM.  I AM ME, is a spiritual frequency of Energy conscious being human. The human body therefore is a "Beth", Hebrew word for House or Temple or in more modern terms, a radio station. We are both the transmitted and transmitter of our reality!
The reason for this explanation is the illustration of the Vesta Pisces, a almond shaped womb form that represents the "Divine Feminine" receptive. Here the Imagination is impregnated with idea (the clouds flowing through the aureole)  and is the source of the power of Air and intelligence. Besides being the ideas impregnating the imagination, the clouds also represent visible breath.
The dark mountains in the background represent unexplored potential, while the Egyptian glyphs in the foreground, represent, movement and aggressive action. 
The god name on the bottom of the card, Notus,is the Greek name for the south wind. 

Ignoring proper astrology, the authors have linked the two planets of  Mercury and Mars as representative forces that combine to illustrate the "power of thought". Normally, planets are assigned to houses and not each other. However, the aspects of Mercury are, thinking, reasoning, cleverness, cunning, talking, planning and skilled communication.
The aspects of Mars are, drive, urge, muscle power, instinct, acting, preforming, primitive and rough. The supposed harmony of both would make for quick wits where one asserts oneself in a clever tactical and skilled manner; in other words, crystal clear augmentation.  Therefore, in a round-about way, this is the power of thought communicated.


  • It implies;
  • Mental clarity and inventiveness.
  • Problems being overcome with Original thinking.
  • The dawning of a new intellectual process.
  • Acting with logic and discrimination
  • Strength in adversity.
  • Out of evil some good will come.
  • Something that looks bleak can surprisingly turn out to be promising.
  • Doom; this is the card of Morgan the Fate. Finality, Tragedy, and ultimate fate; However, it is release, freedom from past restraint and a new lightness and/or a kind of salvation.
  • The beginning of and idea or information. The arising of Inner insight.
  • This card depends on the surrounding cards to show whether it is fate or rebirth.
  • The Ace of Swords is an Invoked force for good or evil. It represents the whirling force and strength through trouble. It can be the Sword of Wrath upholding Divine Authority and thus an affirmation of justice in the querent's life.

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Have a Happy Holiday! Be it any celebration of death and rebirth, release from enslavement etc. It is also the mundane celebration of a good harvest hoped for, after the death of crops during the Winter months. Be well, for being you is the best you Ever! Bury the murky past, so the future can resurrect bright and clear!

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