Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-ACE OF WANDS & The Jungian Tarot-Ace of Wands: BIRTH AND DEATH
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-ACE OF WANDS & The Jungian Tarot-Ace of Wands: BIRTH AND DEATH

The Tarot of EliIn the Qabalistic Thoth Deck the Ace of Wands:
represents the element of Fire in its inception.  Since Crowley worked in magick, this card symbolizes the solar-phallic wand with electric-lightning spiking out in all directions. For those of us who practice the Gnosis of metaphysics, know the Solar semen as electricity and the Star itself as Female womb/ magnetic vessel. So to say that this seed of Electricity is totally male, is not exactly correct---as all seed has both properties of male and female.

However, to fully understand a concept, we often must separate one from the other, such as separating electric from magnetic, in order to better understand both as well as, the power of their union.

The Ace of Wands represents the primordial energy of the Divine, manifesting in matter at an early stage and therefore not as of yet formulated into will; Will being the Magus Card ( Key-1), which is the Spirit (fiery will). In other words, energy before it became Intelligent Energy.

These Minor Arcana (small cards) are sympathetic with their Sephirotic origin, but are not Divine Persons. They are more like sub-elements and/or "Blind Forces" that can be willfully controlled by human beings.
The Aces are linked to the Sephira-Kether,  which is the Point....and that is about all that can be realized but being verbose, I must attempt further explanation: 
  • Kether, is the Breath of all that is not. 
  • It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy from the Infinite unmanifest. 
  • It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a Motion within all Movement. 
  • It is the All Seeing, observer, who only observes, neither acting or reacting.  
  • All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. 
  • Kether is inexpiable, and in the Ace of Swords, Kether is depicted as the Crown, the Primary symbol of Kether, The other symbols attributed to Kether are the Point, and the Swastika. Thus Kether is often displayed as a white circle with a dark point in the center. 

As with all the Sephiroth, Kether must be approached intellectually just to form a intuitive concept of the Source. For instance, we say that Kether is the point and as a symbol that is true, but the Point is not Kether. Just as God built us in It's own image, is true, but the Image is not God. 
We are establishing some principles with symbols:

  1.   The first principle symbol is the crown. We may think because of our anthropomorphic perspective that this Force of Motion lies somewhere in our head, as a spacial as yet unawakened part of our brain, However, this is not the case. 

The Crown represents the Holy Guiding Spirit; the crowning glory that we all aspire to even though it is a Force our brain is subordinate to.

 Because of George Lucas and his marvelous creation of modern myth,  known as the Star Wars series of movies and books; The Force has been described as the personal Aspiration of all Jedi. Which seems to be a word cross of Magi and Djinn. The ancient Egyptians called the Three Magi, the Three Stars in Orion's belt that pointed to Osiris's star Sothis (Sirius) , which "rose in the East". These belt stars were still called the Magi in the middle ages( See The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets- by Barbara G. Walker..page 565) . The Word Djinn is Arabic, and originally refereed to Ancestor souls.So we now have a new word for Ancestor Souls, Jedi, whose power comes from the Three Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle, with Kether as the Crown, i.e.The Force. Again Myth is a storied lie about a Truth. 

All fun aside, Kether is the Crown from which all creation springs...as is observation in our mundane world. Observation, begins creation. Thus the Point. The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition. This would be called a "Singularity" in Quantum Physics. The Seed from which the Universe has grown.  The Big Bang, the outward expression of this Seed that has been caused by a Force called Will, are shown as the Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether 
The Qabalistic God name of Kether is "I Will Be" or Eheieh in Hebrew, likened to the sound of breath. Because all Work begins and ends with Kether, all ritualistic, or meditative work  must begin with the invocation of the Highest. This idea alone, causes subtle changes and activity on the Inner Planes. The Unconscious guides and directs us toward our Higher Self when we begin to imagine the "Light above".

To the Qabalist, Consciousness guides, motivates, transforms and even translates the Energy of the Divine Unconscious but does not create that energy, nor can it destroy it. Again Imagination is the Womb, but Kether is before Imagination. The "Will to be" ( us), is not the same as "I Will Be", for one is individual and idealize, while the latter is without idea...the ideas of being came latter in the conception of Time, as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes three crystallized aspects. The  I Will Be, becomes Will to Force and Will to Form, then united becomes, Will to be, which is the Wholly Spirit!

The Number One is attributed to Kether, as 1 is the seed of all numbers, and as shown on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, by simple addition, 1+1=2 and 2+1=3, etc.. Then we have the 3 returning to the 1 as male (2) and female  (3) become one, thus, 3-2=1, which is the "Technology of Sex". All seeming very simple until we begin to meditate on simple numbers and simple geometry. The symbol 1 could be pure 1 which is indivisible, so what do we really know? Symbols such as numbers, are themselves not what they represent. Thus Kether is .......but we really don't know What it is. 

However, we do know that Kether is not static, for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation are in Assiah , the Qabalistic Material World. That is why the symbol of the Swirling Swastika, which rotates around a point, is another symbol for Kether. It seemed the Nazi's had high ideas for their perversions and have taken a ancient Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" that cause manifestation and as in all propaganda, changed the meaning of the symbol to suit their vision of self importance: but that doesn't change the original meaning of the symbol. 

"As above, so Below", in essence states that the Sephiroth of Malkuth, the visible color spectrum of the Physical  world, is equally as Holy as the Source. God and its Images, are undivided and inseparable. Therefore, our cultural concepts of separation are just basically denial of our wholeness and errant belief that separateness makes us special.  
Much like the City Person who insists that farmers are "red neck" hicks, a form of lower life than themselves; even though their whole life is dependent on the good, intelligent and diligent work of the Farmer. Such people are indeed in denial. Much like a parasite, thinking it is more important than the host; such is believing that we are separate from each other. In truth, the City man depends on the Rural man and vise verse. It is indeed time to expand our perspectives and "above all things, know thyself". 
Finally, we must come to understand that Kether as Source of All  is a quality unknown to us, but which we can symbolize to some extent. Thus when an Ace appears in a reading, it implies great power that is beyond our perceptions. The Essence of a Thing; the Idea of Seed

THE 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 Sephira 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. Thus Yod, is associated with the English word, "Father".

When one looks upon the Ace of Wands, one is 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 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, albeit unseen by you.

The Ace of Wands represents the "movement within all Motion", which is about as clear a understanding as we can get. The Qabalah, calls it, "....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 Intelligentsia, in the Yetziratic World, who go forth from the Sechemhamphorach/Lord of the Universe. Lord being an Anglo-Saxon word meaning: "Guardian of Bread"; she being Lady or "doler of bread",hence he is "keeper of Her Forms" and/or "the animating intelligence". 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 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 possesses it's own private, personal and particular Universe, with all Demiourgos complete, just as EVERY MAN AND WOMAN is complete!
  Now all 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, who are it's precious and Divine image, by not completing you. 
OH COME ON! You are made in a completeness of Self Awareness, a Wholeness of Spirit that  identifies Itself, on every plane of being; FROM KETHER TO MALKUTH! This also gives one the "freedom of choice" of a discerning creator and/or Demiurge,which in itself says you are a completed mechanism for continual change!  Because you are trained to  belittle your identity, doesn't mean God does!

 So one again the Qabalist states:"ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF".....YOU ARE A Demiourgos OF YOUR OWN UNIVERSE; a universe of an individual "me", that never ends!

This last concept may take some meditation, 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". Our illusion of incompleteness, is an illusion created by the Military Industrial Complex of Rulers, who know the art of "divide and conquer".  You must think you are incomplete in order to get you to deny your divinity and become man-made and therefore "in the pursuit of happiness". The purpose of conquering your will, is to define yourself as you are told/forced to, so your psyche maybe ruled. The process of "belittlement" is to become divided; spirit from body, mind from energy, Soul from purpose:  The concept of weakness, requires confusion, division, separation; whereas strength requires Union and/or a "wholeness".

Therefore, in the world made of seekers (Wanna-be's), there aren't I AM's, there are Rulers and Slaves; there are "I Ain't s" and/or those 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 God 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 mechanism for "self awareness"!
 Sorry people, but to seek value is thoughtless as "Truth is made manifest" which is to say," You Exist, therefore the Divine Creative Values you most highly! Besides, God has day's only when God 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 God's Day" is a far more intelligent way to understand this! I Am the Love of You, is a far greater understanding of individual Me's.

The Jungian Ace of Wands-Birth and death. The image is presented on it's side (white globe is the top of the card) because my photo editor won't rotate it.  So just give it a slight twist to the right to see upright image.

This is the Ace, a card of new beginnings, of things not seen before and it affects things as they are known. Like for instance, birth and death. 
However, this is a One year card, and is usually and overwhelming change, in job, friendship, home  or financial loss and gain which may focus on a change of lifestyle.

The globe of Kether is on top of this kings scepter, which is wrapped in the twin serpents of the caduceus. Alone and primitive, yet the concepts of the dual "male and female" aspects of itself reside in the Fire of Kether. 

When the Thoth or Jungian card is drawn:

  • It promotes the concept of seed---of beginning accumulation of Fiery energy for the purpose of willful creation such as strength, force, and vigor.
  •  It is raw natural energy that is not invoked but occurs naturally all around us.
  • Promotes change from the putrefaction of the past, to a new and promising future.
  • This Seed of Fire is in all of us as well, as is the seed of electricity.
  •  Force and Form, is what the Tree of Life and its Sephira are all about. The seed of force, is the Ace of Wands.
  • It also helps to remember that Electricity is seen as Male and Magnetism is seen as Female. For it is the magnetic that encloses the electric to make form possible. Womb is a magnetic vessel, while phallus is an electric wand.

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