The Thoth Three of Swords-Sorrow, represents the state of universal sorrow. It is a prevalent state of melancholy that we find when it deep meditation. It is the Divine Feminine's lurking passion to create but her children have become monsters in their own minds. Also because of Saturn's influence, time destroys all that is born of Mother and therefore she must watch the destruction of her lovely children. To create is to also destroy, and sorrow results in the process.
In an individual context, this card can represent thoughts of sorrow, where brooding over the past is currently producing sorrow. Much like the universal sorrow, we created something we thought would be joyful but it ended up as a heartbreak. Mortality, creates sorrow, our new found fear of vulnerability creates sorrow and loss creates sorrow. But don't feel alone, for sorrow created the universe of form.
The Great Mother Binah, is the 3rd Sephiroth/Understanding and only through sorrow is true Understanding developed. Joy and happiness, don't bring understanding, for they are warm and pleasant, leaving us in a brightness, that blinds us to all else. Brightness and joy have no real depth. The depths of Sorrow, takes us into the Understanding, that becomes a "knowing", but only if we don't flee the vulnerability that sorrow lives in.
Many people believe that Love is what built the Universe, but that is not true, for it was Sorrow. The True Sorrow of True "Loneliness", is the foundation this universe of Force and Form is built on. When "I" began, there was no "Am", only the "I", only force and naught else. 1+0=1. Realizing identity brings sorrow, for in that identity is only "I". Without "another", we cannot experience growth, joy, love, knowledge or even understanding, all of which are communication. Rather, we experience only Sorrow.for there is no-thing to communicate with and therefore no proof of our existence! The driving force of all creation is Sorrow, and because of this we begin creating, by first building the "others" in ourselves. The first Others, are called our "Emotions", or as some say, "our inner demons". For it is because of the sense of Sorrow, the first Sense of this universal Self, that the "other" was created. He/She or She/He, became because of need to "Know Self", and Self cannot know, unless it can examine itself. That examination means, that one must "step outside" itself, and examine an image of itself; One must exist somewhere, to examine itself! Much like the Ocean can only see itself through being a fish. The I created Am, existence.
I AM, is existence and until "I" gathered enough sorrow about itself, it couldn't conceive of the "other", Am. Therefore, there was no existence until Sorrow became the first "Self" Identity. Yes it is the joyful union of I and Am, that blinds the "i's" of sorrow. That union of joy creates a "Me", the offspring of I AM; but that joyfulness realizes sorrow, when it finds out that all "Me's" must end. Creation brings Joy and Her companion, the realization of Sorrow. To understand the Sorrow of The Great Mother, is to step through the abyss, into the Dark Light of the Supernal Triangle, of Kether, Chokmah and Binah.
To flee sorrow, is to flee understanding. Growth only comes in the dark, all seeds are buried in the dark ground, watered and heated by an "outside" sun. The Water in the Psyche is Consciousness, the Sun is the Spirit. Growth comes from the Dark burial ground of Sorrow. So the initiate, must go inward, "Saying what is my sorrow?". "Why do I fear it?", "Why do I need it?". For and initiate knows that "if It exists, It is supposed to!". Embracing your sorrow, by giving it a form to look at, such as the "demons" of the Christian Monks, which are designed just for that purpose...to enter the dark burial ground of sorrow. It is also the "fear of vulnerability" that gives these demons imagined powers that you don't seem to have. In truth, "All the Power that Ever Was or Will be is Here now!". As an "image of God", no power is denied you. However, to the vulnerable, power is believed to be "invulnerability". Without vulnerability and the sorrow it brings, there is no Character built, nor ability to do work, which is the meaning of the word Power! To not face your sorrow, is to run from understanding You!
So rather than fear the Great Sorrow that is the foundation of my being, i give sorrow the beautiful image of a Goddess, and embrace it and walk with it, and never never, do we part. For it is the sorrow of Understanding, that is my Mother!
You may see a dark, lonely child, who needs embracing, so embrace your dark inner child, Sorrow, and know that always, to "Create being, is to build joy, happiness, love and Sorrow".
Above all things, know thyself!
The 3 of Swords/Sorrow card also represents triangular relationships such as, Father, Mother and Child, and could represent our first sorrow experienced in this family context. Therefore it may imply brooding over the past of 3 wks, 3 months or even when we were 3 years old. This sorrow is a piercing of our core identity, as shown by the sword piercing the lotus. How we handle the first triangle relationship is how we will handle the next ones; be they friend-sibling-mate or friend-co-worker-friend.
No matter the relationship triangle we may experience, the tendency for the mind to hold grudges or network the parts of past pain into present circumstances, leaves us in the past as a "wanna-be" personality of stasis rather than a I AM personality of action and change.
When thrown this card suggests the need to remove oneself from the triangle relationships that produce sorrow and that are not constructive.
Of course, there are many fruitful and constructive triangle relationships; However, the two swords at the top being bent by the entry of the third sword, can show us that something must be resolved between three people.
Also the central sword can be an event that bent the receptive and dynamic sides of our nature which can confuse our relationships with male, female and ourselves.
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.
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 contrary to ignorant misogynistic doctrine, she doesn't wish you destroyed and we are free to find away to transform without time's destructive predation!
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 or allows us to "pursue it", but we forget that in order to have "freedom of choice", we must have a beginning and an end while also to Pursue means we don't have it.
As Spirit, we "just are", there is no up, no down, no in and no out; we just are a frequency of Psyche, that is timeless, and formless . But as a Spirit, a Life frequency, who runs a material body, we have the freedom to choose up, down, in or out, time and space. Therefore freedom, is really free-doom, for we also get to choose our body death; be it ignorant or an intelligent choice, it is still our Soul's (Psyche's) choice.
Freedom of choice also brings great sorrow for we must destroy or allow the destruction of the one we love into life. But choices also bring great joy, love satisfaction and pleasure. 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"; timeless, limitless and therefore lacks the ability to discriminate. With discrimination, we must also be a Sanctifying Intelligence (Divine Feminine) who makes sacred the physical matter temple of our Personality by the act of loving the one we cause to breathe!
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 too love is to end in loss but we will love after loss anyway. Love is our nature and loss, is demanded by time while also being the beginning of a new gain. This understanding, doesn't lessen sorrow, it just helps us move forward with tears running down our face. Because of the time/space continuum that bodies are created from, we even witness our beautiful youth age away into someone we don't really know. However, this sorrow is easily appeased by just looking in the mirror and saying,"I love you, thank you for all the great years". Thus there is courageous 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. Confusion is lessened when one remembers that 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, the influence of 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/forms are deconstructed to be reconstructed.
The Shadow Tarot, using its "Star Fish" motif derived from the Necroconomicon and Love Craft's fantasy/horror books. The "red starfish", are ancient, crawling predators of the deep Atlantic and represent the dark energy and dark matter cold spaces between the stars, where alien beings enter this dimension of "crystalline light".
Therefore The Shadow Tarot, 2 of the Dark Energy at the Event Horizon/ Stolas , represents,"Sorrow. Protest. Rebellion.", the shadow side of the Thoth 3 of Swords.
FROM WIKIPEDIA THE FREE ENCYCLOPEDIA:Prince Stolas
Stolas as illustrated by Collin de Plancy in Dictionnaire Infernal.
Stolas is a Great Prince of Hell, commands twenty-six legions of demons, and teaches astronomy and the knowledge of poisonous plants, herbs and precious stones. He is also known as Stolos and Solas.
Now besides the laughter this image invokes, as no such thing could ever exist except in the nightmares of the mentally disturbed. I prefer to get my knowledge of poisonous plants, herbs and precious stones from a bit of scholarly study.
However, this option was not available to the common people of the Middle Ages. For books were rare in the middle ages, and few could read, Latin, of which the books, the sole property of Monks, were written. So one needs the help of some "Elemental being" to gain knowledge of plants while hopefully living long, by not ingesting, the poisonous ones. This knowledge was often that of "wise women" who were branded Witches by the Church. Therefore Nature, was considered "evil" by the Ancient Christians, who feared rather than adapted to the vulnerability of physical flesh. So, any elemental that helps one understand Nature and her creations, is considered a demon. Yet, god could send an angel to do the same thing! (?)
Today we know the Intelligence of Nature and call it Gaea, The Ancient Greek name for Mother Nature. By learning to communicate with Her, (Earth Magics) one can learn much that is both to be used and what is to be left alone. She is a form of Psyche, as you are. Being a grand "Child of Nature", you will not find any residence to your honest inquiries.
If you wish to see weird shaped elementals as familiar helpers, enjoy you ability to image your reality. The Shadow Tarot make a colorful alternative to more familiar tarot cards.
When the Three of Swords-Sorrow or The Shadow Tarot/Stolas is thrown during a reading:
Astrologically, the three of swords is Saturn in Libra, therefore:
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