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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Ace of Swords & The Connolly Tarot Ace of Swords

The Tarot of EliThoth Qabalistic Tarot.

In 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.Therefore I feel I must explain their link with the Princesses of each suit, who wield the essences of the elements on earth.

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 (Elemental rulers) Rule outward in an Eastward flow, in the order of Tetragrammaton (The Whole God...you may want to look this word up in Crowley's 777.), Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.
  1. This roughly places the Ace and-Princess Wands over Asia.
  2. Ace and Princess of Cups over the Pacific Ocean.
  3. Ace and Princess of swords over the Americas.
  4. Ace of and Princess of Disks over 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 the Fifth 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 (Aces of each element).

What may cause some confusion to the scholar of Qabalistic Gnosticism, is that In the Enochian system, the Emerald 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 Darkness because 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 "fruitful".

As one continue their studies, the Seed of Gnosis is planted, and in time the Tree of Life and Death Grows as one, not from one. 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". I would recommend that the Student of Gnosis use the second phrase when expressing knowledge.

Remember that, Knowledge is the Invisible Sephiroth, called DAÄTH (shown as the human head outline on this Tree), 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" ( Greek for-The Knowledge) rather than "My Knowledge" which are two very different perspectives from different sides of The Mirror of Mind.

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. Like I said, difficult to grasp....but that just makes it more fun to discover!.


THE THOTH ACE OF SWORDS, card represents the influence of Kether (Crown) in the Astral world of fleeting forms. It is the symbol of force called upon, which is a force invoked to cause or compel change. This could be either good or ill willed; or as a Qabalist would say, this force is both dynamic and erratic, having the potential to be applied at will to different situations. This has often been called as the Sword of Whirling force and strength through trouble. 

Swords represent Air/Mind and the Sword of Air as depicted on this card, shows us the very nature of this force. Air is hidden currents of force applied, and can be fleeting in its influence. Sometimes air can be seen as calm, other times as destructive, for instance, when it "blows" down your house.

Mind/Air is the unseen force of Will that often creates situations seemingly out of no where!

This card is also known among Qabalisits as justice upholding Divine Authority; and it may become the Sword of Wrath, Punishment and Affliction. 
This Sword of Will is often personified as an Athame, the knife/dagger/sword magic tool, that is used in Wicca, and other types of invoking ritual magic, as a symbol of focused will by the magic practitioner.

As you may guess, to be able to focus this Force of Kether upon the Formative Astral World of fleeting forms is to hold those forms in your abeyance and/ or to compel change in situations that you define.  However, Kether is the Original Will/Primal Will , that begins the Mental Process of Will-to-Force and this card is also often called the Sword of Good and Evil.
  1. Good because as Will is properly used to expand and liberate life----it is of Good Will.
  2. Bad if unknowingly or knowingly  used  to interrupt and /or reverse the motion of life expansion--such as a willfully closed mind rather than an willfully  open mind which is a mind in stagnation. Will to Force must move, so if perverted, it does so in reverse or live spelled backward which is called evil.  Make note: This reversal of force is also detrimental to the form of the one who invokes for ill purposes.
So as we know, force can be applied well or ill... but Force is necessary to create form and must be applied to also animate those forms. The union of Force and Form is necessary for Life.  I often call it "movement" and "Form" or movement and repose. Kether, the Crown, is the underlying cause of Motion in this Universe.





The Unknowable Kether, is often depicted as the Point (.), The Crown and the Swastika.  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" creation of this Universe 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, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like. It Seems that the Divine Collective Unconscious/Divine Creative, wishes us to be as vast as our forms seem to be limited. This is  easily 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 (Spirit), the next we are Spiral Energy (Spirit-microwave frequency) 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 dreaming the dream or being dreamnt by the dream, 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"; The Root Powers of Air and symbolizes the influence of Kether in the Astral World of Yetzirah.

This may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Psycho-Fluid, however, that is just the "elephant's foot print in the jello" and not the Power itself. [Joke: How do you know if an elephant is in your refrigerator?Answer: "By the foot- prints in the jello."]

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 mentally, is  expansive-Living, to Move backward, is "living in the past and therefore mentally dying in the present" which is a from of "living dead", hence 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 Inner Passions, as Air is heated by Sun, and thus it can become violent and life threatening. However, this is avoided if the Will of Spirit, is the controller of Passion rather than the survival mind of the animal; 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 and/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 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 Connolly Tarot-Ace of Swords, is depicted in a more mundane art form. It shows the Laural- leaf- crown of triumph at the top of the sword hilt and the Yod/Spirit flames of force, radiating from the sword hand guard.
The colors of white (Kether) and gold (higher-solar mind) are shown. As well as the blue of wisdom. The Kerub (cherub) of the element of Air is shown as driving the sword by Will to Force, into the stone.

This card seems to be concentrating on the fact that one needs not apply more force to achieve one's goals.





WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
It implies;
  • 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.
  • Enough force is applied to achieve your goals.

Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!


















WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:

  • It implies;
  • 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.
Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!





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