THE THOTH ACE OF DISCS:
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.
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
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.
- Thus, the Aces-Princesses of
Wands, roughly covers Asia:
- Princess of Cups the Pacific Ocean.
- Princess of Swords the
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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
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.
WHEN THE ACE OF DISCS/DISKS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- 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
most auspicious card showing the bringing together of internal and
external talents and resources. Even if ill dignified it shows a sharing
- Also the Card of a Shaman, or one who is practiced in the arts of Earth Magick.
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