The mental world of thinking.
In the Hermetic Qabalah The Ace of Swords represents the time of Autumn/ Fall and the space of West.
The Tarot-Swords are representative of change, new ventures and ideas, the intellect, the mind, reasoning, analysis, planning, communication, logic, opinions, judgments, and all thought processes of conscious.
The clouds below the Thoth Ace of Swords, is the confusion of the clouded mind, that the Ace of swords has moved above. It is mental clarity, creative thinking, the inspired and innovative mind.
The Crescent Moons, represent a receptive and balance mind (as above so below), the Divine Feminine/ Imagination and the two spheres are the Sun which symbolize dynamic expression of the Masculine Fiery Consciousness.
The serpent handle represents the and self -regenerating and renewing mind.
The radiant crown, is expanded awareness (enlightenment) that comes from the piercing mental clarity of the Ace of Swords. New insight; "a light bulb moment".
From a Tibetan Tantra point of view, this is the "diamond consciousness." The Ace of Swords is associated with the Air Sign months of Libra (September 21- October 21), Aquarius ( January 21- February 21),Gemini (May 21-June 21).
The Thoth Ace of Swords, is the application of Wisdom which flows down from Kether (Supernal Dark Energy of "I Will Be") to the Sephiroth (state of Fiery conscious energy) #2- Chokma/Wisdom on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.
The Thoth card is the Tarot element of Air/Mind and can become notably passive without the balanced application of Fire (wands) and Water (cups) which are the original parents of Air.
Therefore, in the knowledge of the Hermetic Qabalah, the 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 and/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.
To reiterate: Tarot 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 when it "blows" down your house. Mind/Air is the unseen force of Will that often creates situations seemingly out of no were! This card is known as justice upholding Divine Authority; and it may become the Sword of Wrath, Punishment and Affliction.
This Sword of Will is often called an Athamae, the knife/dagger/sword 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 cutting edged Force of Kether upon the 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; hence, this card is also often called the Sword of Good and Evil. Good because as Will is properly used to expand and liberate life----it is of Good Will. What is considered-Bad Will if one engages in unknowingly or knowingly using force 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. As does air, Will to Force must move to stay active, so if perverted, it stagnates. This reversal of life force to anti-life force is detrimental to the form of the one who invokes for self-absorbed or ill purposes and is called "live spelled backwards" and/or evil.
As history has proven, force can be applied well or ill... but Force is necessary to create form, transform it and also must be applied to animate forms. The union of Force and Form is necessary for Life. I often call it "movement" and "repose", as form requires a certain stability. Kether is the underlying cause of Motion.
The Unknowable Kether, is often depicted as the Point, The Crown and the Swastika, as explained in past blogs; 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 but as the words may imply some vast understanding, this explanation is empty of experience and thus to us, incomprehensible.
Yet, we are alsopotentially anything and/or potential identity, which makes us not as comfortably understood as one would like. It Seems that the Divine Collective Unconscious, wishes us to be as vast as our forms seem to be limited; a seeming, since our true form is best represented by the Tree of Life. This is 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, the next we are Spiral Energy (microwaves) 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 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 Qabalistic World of Yetzirah; the Astral World.
This influence may be understood as the motion in the Currents of Astral Psycho-Fluid, however, that is just the "elephant's foot print in the mud" and not the Power itself. The Astral realms are the realms of Fleeting Forms...nothing solid; hence, one can dream they are a butterfly. 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 progressively, is Living, to Move backward, is "living in the past and therefore 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 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, also known as the FOOL card, which is both 0 and the 22nd Atu.
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!
Again, all Aces stand for one years time so when this card is thrown, the qualities of experience, creative, innovative, mental clarity want to be expressed through you for the period of one year. This would be a good year to actualize a dream or to implement and original idea. It would be a good time to write, edit, research, brainstorm, initialize intuitive thinking, and for firm decision making.
Displays the crown, decorated with both olive branch of peace and palm branch. Many of us are familiar with the olive branch, but few of us know that the Palm branch was displayed in the sacred processions of Jerusalem, but also the Roman celebrations of the savior-Osiris, whom they adopted from the Egyptian prototype of sacrificed and resurrected savior-lord. [Budge, C.E. 2, 217]
The Palm branch signified the virility of the god with his "mother-sister-wife" Isis.
What the notoriously revisionist Christian faith has purposely failed to mention, is that the Palm tree was a metaphor for the virile God-Penis, even though they still celebrate "Palm Sunday".
In the Phonetician cult of Baal-Peor, the Palm Tree image was used, along with two stones, as the Virile God Force. This phallic god and his symbol were also worshiped in the Jewish Tabernacle, until the reforming priests of Yahweh killed his followers. (Numbers: 25).
The waving of Palm branches was also associated with the processions honoring the god Tammuz, united with his Mother bride Ishtar ( pronounced-Easter) in the Jerusalem Temple when she was still the Hebraic "Queen of Heaven" [Ezekiel 8:14, Jeremiah 44:17].
In Rome, the palm branch was also rewarded to victorious gladiators.
The symbol of the Kether's virility is also shown as the flame symbols known as Yod, in the Hebrew letter for "Hand"; hands are willed into operation.
The element of air is shown as clouds, and the yellow color of the sword is assassinated to the Air/ Mind of Tarot.
WHEN THE ACE OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
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