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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Hermetic Thoth Tarot-Ace of Wands & The Connolly Tarot-Ace of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Four Aces of the Tarot sit atop the Qabalistic Glyph of the Tree of Life in the position of Kether (Crown). They are the "motion with in the movement" of their Principle. This would be analogous to the fire that drives the pistons of an internal combustion engine as it drives the wheels of the car. This could be called the, "Motion within the movement of the car". As comfortable as this simplification is, the Aces are a bit more complicated.

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.

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 ( Elohim of the Elements) Rule outward in an Eastward flow, in the order of Tetragrammaton, Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.
This distribution roughly places the Aces:
  1. Princesses Wands over Asia.
  2.  Cups over the Pacific Ocean.
  3. Swords the Americas.
  4.  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 but this is due to your indoctrination. It is the substance of Mind and everything moves by the currents of Spiral Energy (Spirit).

 The Hebrew letterShin, is the Spirit element that has to do double duty as both the letter of Fire and of Spirit. 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); thought moves on heated "waves of Spirit".

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 Darkness because it has no limits to view and that being without limits means no ability to discern, therefore unobserved 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", a beginning stir in the essence of Psyche, 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 one continues their 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". I would recommend that the Student of Gnosis use the second phrase when expressing knowledge.

 In Hermetic Qabalah,  Knowledge is the Invisible Sephiroth, called DAÄTH, that resides on the Middle Path (symbol is the Pentagram), just below Chokma and Binah (forming an equal armed cross and/or Tau cross) and it is The Womb of the True YOU and/or the Origin of your "I"- Psyche; 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 or see 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 (The Universal Substance of the Spirit on which all things reflect as self image).

When I look from above to the below, I am Knowledge who actively builds its person so that "I" can look from below (Through the frequencies of dimensional Self) to the above, hence establishing the Loop of Psyche that "I AM,Am I" . Hence when I look at my reflection in a mirror, I call it Mine and react to it as "Me". Like I said, difficult to grasp....but that just makes it more fun to discover!

The Ace of Wands (card shown is Thoth Deck Tarot) is the Essence of Spiritual Fire and shows 10 Yod flames. Yod is the Phallic Sex-Force; the driving Force behind all universal animation; the simulator-the agitator- the catalyst. Shown as a red & gold fire, yet it is not of the visible light plane and is called the "dark fire" or "Black Fire", because human eyes cannot see it. Today's quantum physicist would call this underlying Universal Energy, the  Dark energy.

The  Qabalistic Thoth Ace of Wands represents the Primary outpouring energy of the universe often called the influence of Kether on the level of pure Spirit.Therefore the  entire Tree of Life is a glyph of the Spiral Power of Fiery Spirit which animates all forms and is foundation of the flowing  from One  Universal Collective-Energy- Unconscious into Energetic Conscious.

Hence this Fire is a phallic symbol, not because Kether is male, but because the "act of impregnating all substance with motion" is a masculine action (Energy in motion is an expressive action of energy, we must rethink emotion here for it is Male!); However, this Primordial Fire is manifesting at such an early stage that it is not yet manifesting Will-to Force (The Magus Key-1),  as it is the beginning of Primeval- "I".

As practitioners of "I sight" many of us realize that the Sexual/Spirit Force of Life must be willfully managed as "I AM ME"; as an I-dentity, otherwise it is just automatic and/or "catch as catch can", which can cause devastating complications!
Therefore "I AM Sexual Spiral Energy", is far greater a definition of Spiritual Self, than fearing your sexuality, which rejects the very essence of the Law of Attraction, i.e.Love.

The Hermetic Qabalist knows that "God is Sex"-Yod, and therefore it is a power behind Creation itself! The Divine Creative is the United Fire (Spirit) and Water (Conscious/Intelligence) that is both the divine masculine-electricity and the divine feminine- magnetism.  For without the Movement of "I", there could never be an "I AM"; the dual nature of the Divine Creative.

 Therefore, THE Qabalistic ACE OF WANDS, of the Thoth Deck, shows a flaming club/Wand with flaming Yods ( Hebrew-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.....you get to look all this up! Thus Yod, is associated with the English word, "Father".
When you look upon the Ace of Wands, you are viewing the Fire (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/animation 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 as you.

The Ace of Wands is the "movement within all Motion", which is about as clear a understanding as we can get. The Hermetic Qabalah, calls it Shin, "....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 (Conscious Spirit).
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 Intelligence, in the Yetziratic World, who go forth from the Sechemhamphorach (Lord of the Universe/The Divine Collective Unconscious). Lord being Anglo-Saxon for "protector of Bread", identifying the "he" as "keeper 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 Ace of Wands 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/Major Arcana, possesses it's own private, personal and particular Universe, with all Demiourgos complete, just as EVERY MAN AND WOMAN is a complete demiurge of the Entire Tree of Psyche (Tree of Life)!
Now I realize that most of you are taught that you 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 Divine Creative mind of Imagination (making you a Demiurge): 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; in other words, a complete Potential of Whole Spirit, that always produces "Self-Images". This "freedom of choice", says you are a completed mechanism for continual change!  Be thankful that because you belittle your identity, by worshipful slavery, 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!

This last concept will take some meditation of thought, which is the "purpose" of the Tarot and the  Qabalah. You are blinded by "man-made" definitions of yourself, the Picture Language of the Tarot and the Qabalah, help you to "see again". Your incompleteness, is an illusion created by the Military Industrial Complex of Rulers, who know the art of "divide and conquer" 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, is to be divided, spirit from body, mind from energy, Soul from purpose. Weakness, requires denial of strength, confusion, division,and all manners of separation, of the completeness you came in as! You are the Whole Tree of Life, realizing Itself!

Strength requires Psyche Union and/or a "wholeness", and Souls are Spiral collectives of I Am which make living forms of self identity. In other words, we are physical spirit bodies that connect "Heaven and Earth", i.e. the invisible conscious with the visible consciousness.

In the world made of mentally enslaved-seekers (Wanna-be's), there aren't I AM Me's, there are Rulers and Slaves; these are "I Ain't Me's",  who must seek or pursue happiness, love, value, etc, all of which is supplied by "somebody else" (Saviors) , because," God/The Divine Creative had a "bad day" when the Divine Creative moved the "Heavens and Earth" to 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"! ALL YOU WILL EVER KNOW IS SELF! "Me" will never be God, but God is Me! The parent is its Child!
Sorry people, but to seek  IDENTIFIED value is thoughtless, Spirit has day's only when Spirit 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 Spirit's Day" is a far more intelligent way to understand this! I Am the Love of You, is a far greater understanding of Me. The Hermetic Qabalah's Thoth Ace of Wands represents the Phallic Expression of Spirit, that projects you as a movement in Space/Time!

That is the purpose of the Qabalistic Tree of Life Paths----to adapt us in a balanced and harmonious way with  an even and progressive union of physical and emotional tempering with the Forge-Power of Spirit (Passion), so that we are not driven into insane action, and uncontrolled response by a force that can easily overwhelm unfocused-divided will. Spiritual-Power is what we are and not what we seek!

The reason most of us feel powerless is that we have been divided from our Power, by man-made spiritual seeking; that "spirit" we seek resides inside as the foundation of Inner Self and is our Original Identity! To think that you must seek spirit---means that you must first reject yourself as spirit! For to seek, is to say ,"I don't have it!"
I AM SPIRIT, who makes bodies live and die! This statement is the first step in recognizing Your- Higher-Self. We are born of Primal Spirit Energy, of Yod and we operate bodies for the purpose of self-awareness because we already ARE SELF-Energy who is seeking a microcosmic/sensual awareness of its life moving function!

Therefore none of us have "fallen to earth" because we need to be identified, we came to become sensually aware of the God-Created Identity all Ready Given! We are The Fire (Suns) of God made sensual! I Am Spirit---I am seeking sensual-awareness of that fact. I am not seeking "spirituality" as that would be denial of my original identity! I am the Living Light seeking en-flesh-en-ment!Above all things know thyself!


The Connolly Tarot, Ace of Wands, shows a Kerub (Ruling Elemental Intelligence) establishing a new wand of growth, out of the "written in stone" thoughts of the past.
It is so mundane, one can only read this card as "new things beginning".

The Connolly tarot is true to the medieval tradition of "cloaking secrets".

When the Ace of Wands card is thrown during a reading:
  • New motion towards a renewed identity.
  • New spiritual passions.
  • One knows that passions are aroused and creativity is assured but must be willfully directed or chaos and disruption will occur.
  • This is the "Dragon Fire" that can purify a purpose or scatter all thought with extreme passion for living; causing catastrophic and chaotic motion. Such as extreme sexuality!
  •  When Hot Passion raises its head---we best be viewing it from the heart! 
  • Love brings this Primordial Power into harmonic balance and assures a bright and illuminated future of energy and vitality.
  • One begins to feel the Dragon-Fire focus; this "Kundalini" force, bringing it into a Focused Desire that becomes the Manifestation of Kether in the realm of earth ( Malkuth).
  •  Realizing that one is manifest as the Spiral Motion of the As above, so below, so below, so above,rather than a fornicating weasel driven beyond its senses with the Divine Frenzy.
  • New  spiritual-artistic frenzy that will become completed and fruitful in a years time.
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