Now we venture into understanding the minor arcana of both the Thoth and The Shadow tarot decks. The Major or Trump, were the Keys (previous blogs) and the Court Cards were the Archetype personalities and now the Four elements of Alchemy, the minor cards.
The Thoth Minor Arcana consists of 40 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 (cups),
3) thoughts (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 Ace of Wands is the essence of the Spirit World of Creativity; the time of Spring and the space of South.
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. This Torch of Life is accompanied by lightning bolts that represent the awakening to spiritual truth and authenticity to who you are.
In spirit, and/or psyche, Truth is made manifest and therefore, who you are is the Divine Spirit and its essences of Fire/Water/Earth and Air of Life! This five element presence is often shown as the "Ascended Man" or the pentagram.
In the Qabalistic Tree of Life, Kether is the Crown, the Observer, the Dark Energy, that Is. It is the Unknowable God of many religions, and yet as many of us know, religion is not God. Kether is the Idea of the Big Bang, the point, the Singularity.
The Aces are also essences, so they too are not easily explained.
The Four Aces are related to Kether, thus they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot Deck and/or Sephiroth. The consecutive elaboration of the Numbers (Sephiroth), are Spiral (Spiritual) Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the World of bio-protons. A World that is 96.6% invisible to us, as it is mostly space, but that .4% visible light spectrum/ material makes us believe we are Here! Which is a marvel, since we all are a Frequency of Mind/Psyche that is self aware ("I" sight) through making images of itself in the Divine Collective Unconscious. Therefore we are "everywhere and No-where", another term for infinity.
Even though we see little by physical eyesight, 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 of woven Light; of which all things are made. Therefore we are the Weavers (Wyrd), or Spirits (Psyche/souls) who weave light into their own form. Quantum physics already declares you a "cloud of electrons", that observes itself into being! In truth, Spirits and Gods are the same thing. You therefore are a "dying god", a Bael (The Shadow Tarot) , who rules its own presence by declaring "I AM ME'!
To a Qabalist, the numbered Sephiroth are either Force-Male or Form-Female and 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 it represents. We just "kind of" know. 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 known.....so this gets a bit tricky. So open mindedness is required and the courage to keep asking questions until answers emerge. The Influence of Kether is all around us ("The Kingdom of God is all around you, but men do not see it": From the Gnositic Text-The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas), we just have to trust it, the No-Thing, 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 built us, and that knowledge is ours to sensually understand.
THE ACE OF WANDS:
The Ace of Wands represents the Force of Spirit as the Alchemical 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.
The Ace of Wands represents the outpouring of energy in the Universe. Therefore it is the root of the Powers of Fire and is the influence of Kether (Dark energy) on the level of pure Spirit (frequency of I AM). It is represented as the Hebrew letter Yod.Yod is 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).
The Thoth Deck Ace of Wands shows Ten Yods emanating from a primitive burning club. This represents the Primal force behind the entire Tree of Life, that is composed of 10 Sephiroth and their connecting paths of 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 Shadow Tarot Card-Bael, is called the Spirit of Primordial Fire. Linda Falorio has chosen this Solar-Phallic God of the Phoenicians and the "Lord" among the Semites and considered to be the consort of Astarte, whose favors he shared with Yamm, the Lord of Death(From the Hindu Yama). In fact, every god was Baal or Bael. The Phoenician colonies of Spain introduced the Title (Baal) into Ireland where the title became the Irish Bel or Bial, Lord of Beltain. Old testament Jews worshiped many baalim as past or present consorts of the Goddess Zion.
From Wikipedia: Baal (/ˈbeɪl/ bayl; sometimes spelled Bael, Baël (French), Baell) is in 17th century goetic occult writings one of the seven princes of Hell. The name is drawn from the Canaanite deity Baal mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the primary god of the Phoenicians.
While his Semitic predecessor was depicted as a man or a bull, the demon Baal was in grimoire tradition said to appear in the forms of a man, cat, toad, or combinations thereof.
Before the priesthood of Yahweh manage to wipe out these Old Testament baalim god cults, some of the baalim where:
There are more, and the list is longer but this will give you an idea of where the "demons" come from. Much like history is written by the victors, demons are made by the conquering religions.
Nearly all the gods, where part of the "dying god" (DNA) myths when they were manifested and then became sacrifices. So the word Baal may have come from the Hindu/Sanskrit Bala or Bali, meaning a sacrificial offering.
If you are interested in more info on Baal, get the book: THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS, by Barbara G. Walker.
In the Shadow Tarot Card-Bael, Linda notes him as a first principle spirit in order as King Solomon (means, Sun God of On, a Jewish version of Ra of Heliopolis.) bound them. Therefore, Bael is declared "King of Hel" (Hel's husband) and rules in the east. His seal is Gold and one calls upon Bael to become wise and achieve the power of invisibility.
WHEN THE ACE OF WANDS OR THE SHADOW TAROT CARD-BAEL IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
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