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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Ace of Wands & The Babylonian Tarot, Ace of Wands/Natural Force.

The Tarot of EliNow we venture into understanding the minor arcana of the tarot deck. The Major or Trump, were the Keys (subjective) , explained in previous blogs, and the Court Cards were the Archetype personalities and now the Four elements of Alchemy, the minor cards, which are objective.

The Minor Arcana of Tarot, consists of 40 cards each of the 4 suites that are 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/consciousness (cups), (3) thoughts/Mind (swords), or (4) the five physical senses (disks). Without a stimulus being received through one or more of these four perceptive mechanisms, then 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.

The Thoth Torch of Lifeis accompanied by lightning bolts that represent the awakening to spiritual truth and authenticity to who you are. In spirit, Truth is made manifest and who you are is the Divine Fire/Water/Earth and Air of Life!
Kether, the First Sephira on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the, Point, the Crown, the Observer, the Dark Energy, that is. It is the Unknowable God or intelligent Energy of many religions, and yet as many of us know, religion is not God, but the interpretation of Rule by those who enforce rule to build their "Vision" by the labor of "others".

Kether is the Idea of the Big Bang, The Point, the Singularity and is not anybody's vision, although many have tried to objectify it.  The Buddhists show it as a whirling energy, or vibration for it represents the "first motion" in the One Energy.

The Aces are also essences, so they to 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, are Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the World. A World that is 96% invisible to us. However, 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.

To a Qabalist, the numbered Sephiroth are either Force or Form and sometimes 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, that exists in the "first Motion". 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 from past experience. 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 objectively known, so this "knowing" gets a bit tricky. Obviously, open mindedness is required and the courage to keep asking questions until answers emerge.

The Influence of Kether is all around us, we just have to trust it knows us even if we know of it or not. Obviously we exist, and we are a combination of many factors, 96% of which are invisible (Quantum physics) and thus unknown to us, so it is easy to trust the subtle. Knowledge built us, and that knowledge is ours to understand and experiment with.

The Ace of Wands represents the Force of Spirit as the 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. It is the root of the Powers of Fire and is the influence of Kether (Dark energy) on the level of pure Spirit. 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. The yod 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 ACE OF WANDS, of the Thoth Deck, shows a flaming club/Wand with flaming Yods (meaning-hands) going in the directions of the individual Sephiroth on the  Tree of Life . The All Powerful name of God in the Qabalah is Tetragrammaton and the Yod is the first Hebrew letter, of the Hebrew spelling of that name. Thus Yod, is associated with the English word, "Father".
When you look upon the Ace of Wands, you are viewing the Fire ( the Essence of Father) aspect of the One Energy that is in all things, as well as, in all Sephira on the Tree of Life. The Fire, also represent Spirit  which "Knows Itself through Form", and thus is loosely explained as the underlying Fire in all things, but in no way is this a complete understanding of the Spiral Energy {Spirit} that is all around you, in you, below you and above you, but unseen by you.

The Babylonian Tarot depicts the Ace of Wands as the double headed Scepter of Ishtar that is surrounded by an aura of flames. The lion is the sacred animal symbol of Ishtar, and therefore the double headed lion depicts the essence of She/He, or the two faces of the Divine Creative.
In Mesopotamia, the lion was honored for its fearsome presence and was often used to depict warrior deities, such as Ishtar and Erra.
However, in Babylon and Mesopotamia the lions were believed to be canines, rather than felines, which accounts for the Akkadian name for the constellation of Leo meaning "Great Dog".
Therefore, the symbol of the long association of the Sun, heat and flame with the Lion, makes it an appropriate symbol for the Ace of Wands as a scepter of great power. Below the scepter of the Ace of Wands is the cuneiform symbol for the number 1.
The Ace of Wands is representative of the "movement within all Motion", which is about as clear a understanding as we can get. The Qabalah, calls it, "....the primordial Energy of the Divine manifesting in Matter", yet it is at so early a stage that it is not definitely formulated as Will (without purpose). 

Please note, that small cards, known as Minor Arcana are not Divine Persons as are the Atu (Major Arcana). Rather, they are sub elements and/or "blind forces" under the Demiourgos (Divine Creative Intelligence), Tetragrammaton. These "blind forces" are ruled by the Intelligences, in the Yetziratic World (the formative world), who go forth from the Sechemhamphorach (Lord of the Universe) Tiphareth, the sixth Sephiroth; six also being the number that represents the Sun;  Lord being the meaning of  Husbandry, in Anglo-Saxon, therefore, he is also "keeper or caretaker of Her Forms". As it is quoted as saying in the Gnostic Texts of the Nag Hammadi Library, "...There was no Father 'till she Named Him Father", which means this is a subjective he rather than an objective he.

Now the Element of Spirit (Fire) has its own Lords of the Atu (Magus, Emperor, Hermit etc.)  and each Atu possesses it's own private, personal and particular Universe, with all Demiourgos complete, just as EVERY MAN AND WOMAN is complete!
  This thought of completeness may astound you, as most of us are taught that we are built "incomplete" and must seek Goodness (God-ness and/or Demiourgos-ness) in order to "make it to heaven". Most people actually believe, they are in the image of God, and/or made by God, with the God mind of Imagination (making you a Demiurge as imagination means, "to image make"), however, this Divine All Knowing, All building, All Creating Power has somehow failed you, It's precious and Divine image, by not completing you!? OH COME ON! You are made in a completeness of Self Awareness, a Wholeness, that must always identify Itself, to be progressive and infinite. This "freedom of choice", says you are a completed mechanism for continual identity change!  However, Because you belittle your identity, doesn't mean God does! "ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF".....YOU ARE A Demiourgos OF YOUR OWN UNIVERSE; a universe of "me", that never ends and is completely you!

This last concept will take some meditation of thought, which is the "purpose" of the Tarot and the  Qabalah. Because of cultural indoctrination, many of us are blinded by "man-made" definitions of our-self, therefore the Picture Language of the Tarot and the Qabalah, help us to "see again". Our incompleteness, is an illusion created by the Military Industrial Complex of Rulers, who know the art of "divide and conquer". This psychic assault on your young mind is made in order to get you to deny your divinity and become man-made. The purpose of conquering your will to define yourself, so you maybe ruled and/or identified by man, is to be divided, spirit from body, mind from energy, Soul from purpose. Spirit is strong as one "I AM ME", so an imagined weakness in "Me", requires confusion, division, separation of the I-AM. Strength requires Union and/or a "wholeness". I AM Me!

  Those who enforce definition know that in a world made of seekers (Wanna-be's), there aren't I AM's, there are just Rulers and Slaves; there are "I Ain't s", those who must seek or pursue happiness, love, value, etc, all of which is supplied by "somebody else" who claims "they are" (Saviors), because," God/The Divine Creative had a "bad day" when God created you as It's own Image! How silly! The Divine Creative wouldn't create what it doesn't want or identify as "itself"! The Whole of the Universe is but a "self awareness" of "The First Motion"!
 Sorry people, but to seek value is thoughtless, God has day's only when God has Form, and human form is the most "sensual" of days! Remember, "Days" come from Time/Space and not from the Infinite and Endless! "I AM God's Day" is a far more intelligent way to understand this! I Am the Love of You, is a far greater understanding of Me. We are all Powerful Scepter's in the Yod (Hand of God) of the One Intelligent Energy.
  • It signifies a deep burning spiritual desire for self discovery and realization.
  • Trans-formative High Energy for new beginnings
  • The first impulse and passion to begin.
  • Creative energy and initiative, to begin new business ventures, new understandings, new foundations, where creative energy is flowing with plenty of potential and ambition to succeed.
  • The burning flame of Dragon Power, A balancing and increasing in Potency of Inner Fire . The Souring of Kundalini energy, "the Dragon within".
  • The dawning of desire, passion, enthusiasm and creativity.
  • The Power of Masculine fire, with its connotations of heat, vigor, contest, aspirations, enlightenment, and avidity to consume.
  • The overwhelming power of Lust to Be that vibrates at the core of all manifestation. Pure Power to create.
  • One has awakened to the uncontainable and irrepressible inherent Master/Being within and for the period of 1 year (all aces represent a period of 1 year) you will find it difficult to edit, rehearse or hold back any parts of who you are.
  • The clear seeing that accompanies this power of fire  will often burn out the negatives, blocks, obstacles or obstructions that might prevent you from actualizing your full potential within the fire sign months (Leo, Aries and Sagittarius ) or with fire sign people during the next 12 months.
  • Often the Ace of Wands represents a gift of strength, power, great sexual energy,and the love of living.
  • This is a powerful flow that can also tear apart, to rebuild and as fire, it can burn to ashes the past to rebuild the new.
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