As we have ventured into understanding the minor arcana of the tarot deck as objective rather than subjective. The Aces, are still more subjective than objective and could confuse the issue. The Aces are therefore, considered the point of transformation, from energy to matter.
Hence one may ask, "What is Matter"?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
composed of atoms and excluded other energy phenomena such as
. This concept of matter may be generalized from atoms to include any objects having
, but this is ill-defined because an object's
can arise from its (possibly massless) constituents' motion and interaction energies. Thus, matter does not have a universal
, nor is it a fundamental concept in
today. Matter is also used loosely as a general term for the substance that makes up all observable
In the Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, this would be the Aces of the 4-metaphysical elements.
All the objects from everyday life that we can bump into, touch or squeeze are composed of atoms. This atomic matter is in turn made up of interacting subatomic particles—usually a nucleus of protons
Typically, science considers these composite particles matter because they have both rest mass and volume. By contrast, massless particles, such as photons, are not considered matter, because they have neither rest mass nor volume ( The human aura has 3 photon entity bodies, 1.Super-conscious, 2. Causal, 3. Mental, surrounding the physical body). However, not all particles with rest mass have a classical volume, since fundamental particles such as quarks and leptons (sometimes equated with matter) are considered "point particles" with no effective size or volume. "Point particles" are the essence of matter that is the Ace of the 4 suits. Therefore, the Ace of Wands is the "point particle" of Spirit in the beginning of the physical concepts. Nevertheless, quarks and leptons together make up "ordinary matter", and their interactions contribute to the effective volume of the composite particles that make up ordinary matter.
For much of the history of the natural sciences
people have contemplated the exact nature of matter. The idea that matter was built of discrete building blocks, the so-called
particulate theory of matter, was first put forward by the Greek philosophers Leucippus (~490 BC) and Democritus (~470–380 BC).
The above article is from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia, the sentences in green are my inserts, hoping to make the Ace a little more understandable concept to the modern human.
In the Tarot,The Major or Trump, are the Keys (subjective) and the Court Cards are the Archetype personalities and now the Four elements of Alchemy, the minor cards, which are on most occasions, objective or the beginning of the objective, such as the Aces.
The Minor Arcana consists of 40 cards each of the 4 suites is numbered 1-10; wands, cups, swords, and discs. These four suites show us the four ways that we perceive anything. All human awareness is filtered either through our:
(1) intuition/spirit (wands),
(2) emotions/consciousness (cups),
(3) thoughts/Mind (swords),
(4) the five physical senses (disks). Without a stimulus being received through one or more of these four perceptive mechanisms, we remain unaware of its presence.
The Thoth Ace of Wands represents the essence of the Spirit World of Creativity; the time of Spring and the space of South.Therefore, the Ace of Wands represents Spiritual self-realization, awakening and is known as the symbol of the uncontainable life-force that's is with-in and all around us.
The Thoth Torch of Life is accompanied by lightning bolts that represent the awakening to spiritual truth and authenticity to who you are, as well as, the electric beginning of the Universe. In spirit, Truth is made manifest and who you are is the Divine Fire/Water/ Air and Earth of Life!
The 4 Aces and the 1st Sephiroth-Kether: THE CROWN, OF THE HERMETIC QABALAH.
Kether, that is represented as the Aces, is massless ....and that is about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is not seen. It is the Dark Fire/Dark Energy that is unlimited and unseen yet is the Source of Energy from the Infinite un-manifest. It is the Pusher of all the Universe, a Motion within all Movement. It is the All Seeing, observer, who only observe; the Essence of "I". All that is comes from there, all that is returns to there. Only to cycle again. Kether is "the unexplained dark energy" of the universe, 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.
The Ace of Wands is the "Phallus of Kether", and therefore, the image of the "seed" that is expressed into light.
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 in 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.
. The Word Djinn is Arabian, and originally referred to Ancestor souls. Now this is all very interesting and we have a new word for Ancestor Souls, Jhedi, whose power comes from the Three Sephiroth that make the Supernal Triangle, with Kether as the Crown, i.e.The Force.
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);
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 and/or an "entity". 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 . In Thermodynamics, a point, is an entity.
The Qabalistic God name of Kether, the Tarot Aces, 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 Perspective of Self. 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 and could be called the "seed" of Mind. The "Will to Force" that is Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth, is not the same as "I Will Be", for the latter one is individual and idealize, while the former is without idea; the ideas of being came latter in the conception of Time, and therefore, as another latent aspect of Kether. The Will becomes three crystallized aspects. The I Will Be, 1st entity, becomes Will to Force-2nd entity and Will to Form, 3rd entity 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.
The Qabalistic axiom,"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; all generated from the errant concept of "good and bad".
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, can only show the ignorance behind of "seeking special value". Such people are indeed in denial, that is generated by fear of being "less". 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 B.O.T.A. Tarot, ACE OF WANDS; as is the Thoth Tarot, simplistic yet full of subtle meaning. The Yods (flames of spirit) are shown above the light crystal of the "invisible" shown as "see through", which is crystal as below, but this crystal is dark as in solid matter. The Element of Fire is in the color of the Wand. While the " I will be", is shown as the white hand exiting a cloud. Clouds are a combination of Fire and Water, therefore, here also is the essence or seed of Mind (Mind is Mother). All the mysteries of the Thoth Hermetic Tarot are applied here.
When the Ace of Wands card is thrown, it indicates that the Querent:
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