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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Ace of Swords & The Babylonian Tarot, Ace of Arrows-Invocation

The Tarot of EliIn the Gnosis of Qabalistic Tarot, the four aces represent the "essence" of the Force or Form, not the Forces or Forms themselves. This makes them more esoteric than most other tarot cards, as they are not a concept of vision. Therefore they're quite above and distinct from the other cards in the deck.
The Four Aces form a link between the "Small cards" and/or the Minor Arcana and the Princesses who rule Heavens around the quadrants of the North Pole. This seems reasonable, since Female force is Magnetic, and Male Force is Electric. As an objective example, in the sky above the North Pole, one will often see the visual aspect of the Magnetic feminine, turning the solar-male electric into a form of colored light curtains in the night sky; the Aurora Boralis of the northern hemisphere.

Using the Great Pyramid as a meridian, the Princesses (Elements) Rule outward in an Eastward flow, in the order of Tetragrammaton (The Whole God, you may want to look this word up in Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang.), Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. This formula roughly places the Aces-Princesses Wands over Asia, Cups over the Pacific Ocean, Swords the Americas, Disks Europe and Africa. To carry this concept a little deeper one may use the symbol of the Pentagram which represents Spirit ruling over the four Elements and is the symbol for the Ascended and/or Triumphant Man.
Now I know the idea of Spirit as an element is very difficult to grasp. The Hebrew letter Shin has to do double duty as both the letter of Fire and of Spirit as well. Spirit is not as clear and concise in explanation like the other Elements because it is the Movement within the Motion of everything else (Ace of Wands).

What may cause some confusion to the scholar of Gnosticism, is that In the Enochian system, the Tablet of Spirit, is the key to all mischief and in the Hindu system it is Akasha, the Egg of Darkness. It helps one to remember that Limitless light is Darknessbecause it has no limits to view and that being without limits means no ability to discern, therefore spirit can cause mischief in a material world of limits and rules.

The point here, is that the Aces are the seeds of the Elements and not the Elements themselves. So when an ace shows up in a reading, "it is the seed" not the event itself! The reader must also remember that an Ace represents a One Year period for that event seed to become a "Tree".
As you continue your studies, the Seed of Gnosis is planted, and in time the Tree of Life and Death Grows As YOU, not from you. We belong to Knowledge----it is not an "ego trip" possession as the phrase, "My knowledge" would suggest but rather, "The Knowledge that owns me" for you had to be "Known" before you could be made-manifest! The Divine Creative Knows you, as the Ace of Swords is the essence of "Knowing" and the Crown of Kether-the first motion of knowledge.

Remember that, Knowledge is the Invisible Sephiroth, called DAÄTH, that resides on the Middle Path, just below Chokma and Binah (forming an equal armed cross and/or Tau cross) and it is The Womb of the True YOU; which happens to be invisible; because the True You is all about Potential-Action-subjective and not the reactive-objective you that needs to own things to feel valuable. That is why it is called "The Gnosis" (The Knowledge) rather than "My Knowledge" which are two very different perspectives from different sides of The Mirror.

When I look from above to the below, I am Knowledge who actively builds its person. When I look at my reflection in a mirror, I call it Mine and react to it according to culturally indoctrinated perspectives. Like I said, difficult to grasp....but that just makes it more fun to discover!

The Unknowable Kether, is often depicted as the Point, The Crown, as shown on the Thoth Tarot, and the Swastika, as explained in past blogs; However, these 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 infinite is inadequate to explain the "No-Thing" before Time.

The point could represent the Singularity that was before the Big Bang but as the words may imply some vast understanding, this explanation is empty of experience and thus to us, incomprehensible.
Yet, we are also potentially anything, a point in time, 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 (microwave of the Divine Collective Unconscious) 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. When Considering Kether, one is much the same.


Zhuangzi’s Butterfly Dream
The most well-known of Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu) parables is the Butterfly Dream anecdote, which (in translation by Lin Yutang) goes like this:
"Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi. Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things."

The Qabalist knows that All is Mind, and we are not talking about the human consciousness, but the Mind that the Dream of the Universe floats in.  The Ace of Swords is a "seed or essence of Mind", and/or "The idea of Mental Force", which is the Root Powers of Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the Astral and/or Yetzirah the Formative World.

This essence may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Psycho-Fluid, however, that is just the "elephant's foot print in the mud" and not the Power itself.

The Astral realms are the 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", therefore evil, since the past isn't now. Thus we have philosopher's saying."Let the dead bury the dead...".

The Mind is called the Element of Air, for it is Heated by Spirit's Passions, as Air is heated by Sun, and thus it can become violent and life threatening. However, this is avoided if the Will to form 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" that gains strength through trouble. To Qabalists, this is an affirmation of Divine authority and may become the Sword of Wrath, punishment and affliction. Pure mind has no conscience, it is up to us to supply discrimination or discernment 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 (Major Arcana) 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 (Qabalistic Numerology) to understand here so get the book!

The Babylonian Tarot, Ace of Arrows-Invocation, is the comparable tarot card to the Thoth Ace of Swords (Ace of Swords is "that which is invoked"); arrows are often used in other decks as a sword replacement.

 Often in Mesopotamian Art, the symbol of the arrow was used on kudurras (large, polished inscribed stones) as a symbol of the star Sirius; known in the language of Akkadian and Sumerian people as "the Arrow".

Indicating that the arrow is about to be fired, is a bow and in the lower left of this card is the cuneiform symbol of the number 1.
The marru (meaning spade), was another form of the arrow represented as a simple shaft with a triangular head. This was the symbol used for the god Marduk. Latter, the Assyrians changed the marru to a spear.

WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS or ACE OF ARROWS, IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:

It implies;
  • Triumph of force and will.
  • 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.
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