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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Ace of Discs & The Babylonian Tarot - Ace of Disks-Materiality


The seed of anything is a phenomena in itself and this is also true of the Four Aces that are the seeds of an alchemical element that radiate from the 1st Sephiroth, Kether.  It is important to remember, that the Aces are not the Element of Air, Water, Fire or Earth itself, but rather a  mysterious seed of those elements.Therefore, the Ace of Discs, represents a mysterious seed that began the Alchemical Element Earth.
Interpretations most troubling, comes from the fact that Aces are above and beyond, the numbered cards as Kether is above and beyond the rest of the Tree of Life.

Kether, the 1st Sephiroth, is said to be symbolized only by the topmost point of the Yod of Tetragrammaton.

It may help us to understand the Aces better if we realize that they form a link between the "small cards" (minor arcana) and the Princesses, who rule the Heavens around the North Pole quadrants. Now, I don't mean there are a "ring around the rosy" of female deities dancing in the sky around the North Pole. Rather,The Great Pyramid is the Meridian and the rule of the elements goes East, in the order of Tetragrammaton, Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
  1. Thus, the Aces-Princesses of Wands, roughly covers Asia:
  2. Princess of Cups the Pacific Ocean.
  3. Princess of  Swords the Americas.
  4. Princess of Disks Europe and Africa.

Studying the Shield of David and/or the Pentagram, which represents the Spirit ruling the Four Elements (The symbol for the Triumph of Man) may help in furthering the understanding of the Princesses reign.
Princesses, as all court cards, are of the Universal Collective Unconscious Mind (Greater Self) , archetypes of Personal Power Manipulation. They are Feminine, thus Magnetic (formative) Personality Forces; Mental-Forces that manipulate in the Name of the Great Work for the purpose of "expanding and liberating conscious Life Forms" from their own self-imposed limitations. 

These Princesses are of the Wyrd (old English meaning,:to weave) and the Aces are the seeds of an Element that these Princesses process into "Threads" in order to Weave the Tapestry we call "The Living World" and/or the Alive. They are comparable to Personalities of the Native American concept of Spider Woman.
I often think of the Princesses as working archetypes of the Great Mother, who Understands the Idea of the Great Father, thus sending a pattern to the Working Girls in the Universal Shop of "I AM",  Weaving Understanding into a operating system-software as a "Me"; they weave an essence into an  energy-in-motion (emotional) manifestation.

Aces are  like "single celled" organisms in the Great Sea of Dark Energy, phytoplankton, seemingly so insubstantial that they are almost impossible to see unless we use the Magnification provided by Understanding the Princesses who build "All that is substance" from the Insubstantial-Dark. Yet, the Ace of any element is not a "cell" of anything as it is the essence before the thing.
For instance, nothing seems more insubstantial than the Essence of Spirit, which is called the Element of Fire.
The Hebrew Letter Shin, Fire, has to do double duty as Fire and Spirit as well, for Spirit is the Spiraling-Passionate Heat of Goddess/God that is known as the Lust to be both Force and Form and just as personal lust, it is hard to grasp its beginning. But this Fiery Lust/Divine Frenzy, of the Greater Mind (Macrocosm) is the essence of the Big Bang, that began the Microcosm. Even though this is simplistic as an explanation of spirit can get, this is just as hard to understand as the thought that in  a moment of Self-analysis a Singularity began all the diversity around, in us and as us.

Thus Kether (The Point), is too expansive to pin point, and thus the Aces simmer in waves of invisible possibility, whose direction is supplied by the wit of the Princesses.
The Ace of Wands, is Spirit/Kether, which is an essence of Everything but is No-thing, it is the Movement within the Motion of Energy. As you can foresee, Spirit is representative of Kether, acts like the essence of Fire but is as contemptuous of definitive explanation, as is  any attempt to explain the unexplainable ..... that's about as far as the brain can go with Kether and more often than not, the Aces.

 I've heard the Aces compared to ovum but that is in error. The Aces are the essence of ovum, and can only become Ovum, that is impregnated by the spermatozoa of the male electric force, within the Womb that is a Princess.

As mentioned, Kether, the 1st Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is symbolized as the Point, The Crown and the Swastika. If you have been following the blogs, you know the point (.)to imply completeness unto itself, without dimension or external definition. The Point is also attributed to the number 1 which mathematically has the potential for all other numbers.

The Crown symbolizes the Holy Guiding Spirit to which we may aspire.

The Swastika, is actually a Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation and represents the swirling motion around the Point/Kether that emphasizes self contained motion.

To reiterate, the Four Aces are the Root Force of the Alchemical Four elements. The Ace of Disks is the Root Force behind physical manifestation, that governs the motion within the movement of Matter.

The Ace of Disks:
Represents  the influence of Kether, "The First Swirling" in matter or the World of Assiah, as Qabalists call it. It is a card of materiality, but not necessarily good or evil nor is it necessarily wealth.

The Thoth Ace of Discs card is in the Green of Spring, new growth, and the Aeon of Isis, the mother of Form who is normally shown as Emerald green, but in the Ace of Disks the Aeon is shown in spring green after the Resurrection of Osiris as Horus; Horus being the New Aeon (see lower illustration of Egyptian Horus and Mother Isis).

The Four Great Wings represent the Four Arch-Angels whose powers balance each other and create stability. The total of six wings also represent the number of the Sun and the implied union of Earth and Sun that creates the Alive.

As we know atoms to swirl, and planets to revolve, we know that matter is a swirling motion of atoms and therefore not static at all but seeming "solid" because of the whirling speed of the electrons. Thus the card implies swirls and movement within a stable image; or as Zoroaster Stated:,"rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud."

The Greek words for " to the mark the beast" appear in the center of this card. The number 666 also shows in this card. Both establishing the fact that the Earth is the world of the Animal/survival mind, its highest form of mind. The God-Mind (Hu=Mandarin for God and Man= From Hindu-Manas meaning Mind) has changed this by expanding the "tool making mammalian predator" by Genetic Manipulation (the biblical- Angels mate with "women of men"), combining the Animal DNA with that of "the angels that fell to Earth", thus the human body is a G.M.O, for the purpose of advanced evolutionary work;
The Great Work, which is to bring the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious into manifested individual consciousness, "the above" and "the below", into perfect union.  Because it is an Animal mind, the Beast is seen by some as a lowly thing, whereas The Divine Creative has seen the Beast to be worthy of Daemon/Angelic status. The common theologian somehow thinks he can "create better than the Divine" by trying to judge what is created.  I don't presume to question the Divine Creative in this, as I can't sit down and build a living single cell in my hobby shop; I just exalt in my inheritance. Doing my best to Be the "As above,so below".

According to Crowley, the central Hieroglyph is that of "the chosen priest and apostle of infinite space," (The Husband) ,"The prince-priest the Beast"< [Liber Al. I.15.] whose number is 666. Thus, the Phallus is shown as the central symbol of this card, as that is the symbol of Tetragrammaton ("rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud,") again showing the Sol (Phallus) Luna (Yoni) union of that builds reflected light from which all visible things are made.

Crowley took this card as his personal Hieroglyph, so deep study is required to understand his deep and subtle meanings implied by this card. Purchasing his books and reading them over and over is this authors suggestion.

A.Crowley, was a practicing Tantric, so his symbols of the Lingam/Phallus, is much like those lingams at the Shiva Temples in India; always shown within the Yoni oval. This physical practice is often called "sex magic", because here is a special concentration of energy, as the Male form is a combination of Male focused objective form, and Female Subtle force, while the Female is a objective focused Form and a Male subjective force. The combination of these two in "holy communion" ( which entails Divine Love and Sexual Union a ritual of creation that began all things in the "Divine Creative" who both She/He), mimic the Divine Frenzy of the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine. Albeit a Lust on a Universal scale, it is a rhythm that disturbs the Dark Energy/Dark Matter static balance, creating a "spiral vibration harmonic" in the "Essence of Matter"; a Harmonic of life.

Which is shown as the "Figure Eighted" Serpentine form on the 2 of Discs card.

The Divine Creative is a dual presence of Force and Form, i.e. Male and Female.  Kether, "the One", is an essence of motion, the original "I", often shown as the "all seeing eye". However, the "I AM", defines existence.

Therefore, I am womb-I am phallus, creates existence. Due to this spiral dichotomy of force and form, the "I" (Kether the Point) is called he, as it ejaculates "Am" (Chokmah-Force), which unite to Form "I AM" (Chokmah/Binah of the Tree of Life). Therefore, first Force is Chokmah (Wisdom), and first Form is Binah (Understanding); Kether being the essence of both! In other words, there was no "Big Bang" until the Singularity identified itself as "Two", who united and became the Universe of "I AM ME". Me, being the "Child born of the Divine Frenzy" and therefore the Trinity of Identity/creation, that the Qabalist call "Force and Form" which is often mundanely called the "imagination".
The Babylonian Tarot, Ace of Disks-Materiality, depicts the Babylonian star disk, an emblem that permeates Mesopotamian art.
This emblem shows some similarity to the Crowley Ace of Discs.

The eight pointed star, a symbol of astral significance, became the symbol for the planet Venus and therefore a symbol for the goddess Ishtar.

The Babylonian Sun disk-eight pointed star and the Star disk-eight pointed star, show some similarity. The only real difference being that the Sun Disk's eight pointed star, had wavy arms, while the Star Disk's arms were straight.
The cuneiform script on the bottom of the card, indicates the Babylonian word "kimu" (meaning-grain) and at the top of the card is the cuneiform wedge, a symbol for the number 1.
The descriptions of the Thoth Ace of Discs, apply to the Babylonian Ace of Disks.

It implies:
  • Union between the physical and spiritual aspects of the querent.
  • Beginning a new pathway in life that will bring satisfaction.
  • A new planting of seeds, for a new home, job, career, or some form of security.
  • Materialization of ideas bringing stability to skills that produce results.
  • Could also be a time of meditation, an inward pulling of energy.
  • Good beginnings for financial wealth, material gain and worldly status.
  • The beginning of any new material form
  • A most auspicious card showing the bringing together of internal and external talents and resources. Even if ill dignified it shows a sharing of treasure.
  • Also the Card of a Shaman, or one who is practiced in the arts of Earth Magick.

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2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Ace of Discs & The Babylonian Tarot - Ace of Disks-Materiality:

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Dbf on Sunday, June 28, 2015 9:47 AM
Best ever description of the Ace of disks, as well as, the relationship of the Aces to the Princesses. Also, I love the pictures. Keep up the fabulous work. May you live long and fulfill your potential.
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Eli on Monday, June 29, 2015 9:58 AM
Thank you for your interest and supportive comments. Potentials are easy to fill, just keep vigilant and changing as does time/space. Or at least I think this is how it is done! May you live long and prosper!

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