Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot: ACE OF WANDS & The Barbara Walker Tarot: ACE OF WANDS-POWER
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot: ACE OF WANDS & The Barbara Walker Tarot: ACE OF WANDS-POWER

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot: ACE OF WANDS, compared to the Barbara Walker: ACE OF WANDS-POWER:

With The Aces of Tarot, we venture into understanding the minor arcana of the tarot deck. The Major Arcane, Atu or Trump, were the Keys-subjective (previous blogs) and The Court Cards were the Archetype personalities and now with the Aces we examine the Four elements of Alchemy, the minor cards, which are objective.

The Minor Arcana consists of 40 Tarot 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 Tarot, Ace of Wands, is 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. In spirit, Truth is made manifest and who you are is the Divine Fire/Water/Earth and Air of Life; a collective of I AM.This same awakening to spiritual truth and authenticity is shown on the Barbara Walker Tarot-Ace of Wands;Power, as a fiery haired, summoner of The Lightning Serpent, and/or The Fiery Dragon who holds the wand of power between its teeth.

 In the philosophy of the Hermetic- Qabalistic Thoth Tarot the Ace of Wands,
represents the element of Fire in its inception.  Since Crowley worked in magick, this card symbolizes the solar-phallic wand, the first "ejaculation of vibration" in a Dark Abyss, with electric-lightning spiking out in all directions. For those of us who practice the Alchemy of metaphysics, know the "Solar semen" as The Gluten and/or electricity and the Abyss around the Sun, itself as Female womb/ magnetic vessel. So to say that this seed of Electricity is totally male, is not exactly correct---as all seed have 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 Dark 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 a movement of Conscious 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, and Kether is no exception. For it is the Logos, the "I Will Be", that is a "Will" under the direction of all who Imagine themselves.Hence, Kether is the Idea of Self, represented in the Hebrew letter/word, Eheieh, meaning; "I Will Be". Kether is The Point, the Singularity.

The Aces  of Tarot represent the essences of all four Alchemical Elements, so they, as Kether,  are not easily explained.
Therefore, the symbols of Kether, the First Sephira on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, are The Point,The Crown, the Observer, the Dark Energy, that is. It is the Unknowable God or intelligent Energy of many religions, and yet as many of us know, religion is not God, but the interpretation of Rule by those who enforce rule to build their "Vision" by the labor of "others". It is well known, that if you enforce and rule identity, you control the minds of the mass. Therefore, Kether is not defined by religion, for it has no rules to enforce. It Is the essence of light.
Kether, is ....and that is about all that can be realized. It is the Breath of all that is or is not, being. 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 observes.  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  Thoth 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 the Divine Creative built us in It's own image, is true, but the Image is not The Divine Creative.
 Therefore, 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 un-awakened 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. This maybe understood in a more modern sense, 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 Jhedi,  an Arabic word which seems to be a word cross of Magi and Djinn.
The Egyptians called the Three Stars in Orion's belt, the three Magi 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 Arabian, and originally referred to Ancestor souls. Now this is all very interesting and we have a new word for Ancestor Souls (court cards of Tarot); the Jhedi.

All fun and cultural myth aside, Kether represents The Crown from which all creation springs, where Creation Radiates from a "God Head", and/or a All Seeing "I". This makes sense, as observation/perspective in our mundane world, creates our own "life motion". Observation, begins the creation of identity. Thus the Point. The Point is complete unto itself with neither dimensions nor external definition. This might be called a "Singularity" in Quantum Physics. The Seed from which the Idea of a Universe as Self has grown.  The Big Bang, where the seed has sprouted, is the outward expression of this Seed that has been opened by a Force called Will (Spirit).   Each Sephira, is a crystallization of the latent aspects of Kether; in Physics, a point, is an entity.

 To reiterate: 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, as shown on the Barbara Walker Tarot. 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 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; form one point all motion/vibration radiates. Just as from the solar core of our galaxy, radiates all the swirling of the milky way.

"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. The Divine Creative 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 or "something different". 
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 who builds the tools, depends on the Rural man who uses them to feed all. 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 which isa 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, or as the Quantum physicists hope to find, the "god seed".

The Four Aces are related to the Four Arms illustrated as a Swastika- Kether, i.e. the beginning essences of the four elements.  Thus, they are representative of the Pure Forms of Energy that are elaborated by the other cards of the Tarot Deck and/or Sephiroth on the Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life. The consecutive elaboration of the Numbers, are Forces being woven together to form the Harmonic that is the World; a World that is 99.6% invisible to us. However, by combining the colors of the visible spectrum of electromagnetic light, we see that different combinations, make different color changes, such as blue combined with red makes purple, etc. These combinations are the necessary diversity of creation and can be called harmonies and/or the Veils of light or the sympathetic musical notes of Creation.

To a Qabalist, the numbered Sephiroth are either Force (subjective) or Form (objective) and sometimes even both depending on the Masculine expressive and Female receptive aspects of a particular Sephira.

Each Ace is unique and is distinct in its degree of density and in its ability to do work as a specific function in the One Energy. Thus, each Ace is the Seed of an Alchemical Element. We think we know what seeds are, but when we look at one, we don't see the Tree or plant it represents. We just "kind of" know from past experience which we may call "hind sight". That is also our conceptions of Kether, we just "kind of know" that it is infinite, but then infinite is a human concept and Kether can't be objectively known, so this "knowing" gets a bit tricky. Obviously, open mindedness is required and the courage to keep asking questions until answers emerge.
The Influence of Kether is all around us as "forces". Hence, we just have to trust it knows us even if we know it or not. Obviously we exist, and we are a combination of many factors, some unknown to us, so it is easy to trust the subtle. Knowledge of Self built us, and that knowledge of Self is ours to understand and experiment with.

The Ace of Wands represents the Force of Spirit as the Element of Fire. It is the Radical or Root Force of the Fiery Motion that Moves all things.To those of us who need a pattern, the Four Aces are said to be placed at the North Pole of the Universe, where they revolve and govern the revolution  of the Universe. To a Qabalist the Four Aces are the connecting link between Yetzirah (Formative World) and the Material plane of Assiah.

 Therefore it is implied that The Ace of Wands represents the outpouring of energy in the Universe. It is the root of the Powers of Fire and is the influence of Kether (Dark energy) on the level of pure Spirit. It is represented as the Hebrew letter Yod. Yod is therefore related to Kether, not only is it isolated and self contained but it is also the formative graphic root for all other letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. Moreover, the Yod is Phallic. It is the Male-Fire (electric) that rushes out toward the Female-Water (Magnetic), pushing the Universe of Galaxies along.

 Therefore, The Thoth Deck Ace of Wands shows Ten Yods emanating from a primitive burning club. The yod represents the Primal force behind the entire Tree of Life, that is composed of 10 Sephiroth and their connecting paths of psychic energy transference. The entire Tree is a glyph of  the Power of Fire, i.e. of Spirit. The scholarly student of Qabalah will find that the letter, Shin (Maternal Fire) and Yod are often used interchangeably when referring to the Tree of Life.

The Barbara Walker Tarot: ACE OF WANDS-POWER:
choose to display the Ace of Wands as the ubiquitous image of raw power that was used throughout ancient myth.
Here, is the image of the Goddesses power over the "Beginning"; of Her "first born". Some myths even said that she created the Great Dragon, out of clay to "churn" the abyss of her womb. Giving light to the image of the Swastika. One must remember that the primitive notion of a males only purpose in conception was to provide movement that would stimulate the woman's mysterious birth process.

Each ancient man knew of the power of the Goddess to make the Serpent (phallus) stiffen and rise up, even from a distance. Causing some lively anxiety, as history has shown, over the females seemingly powerful control over the male sex-organs. As an example of this power, the Akkadian Priestesses were titled as "snake charmers", a title later inherited by the Priests, as "The Patriarch" tried to get "control of his phallus" and called it religion.

The Primal Serpent of the Vedic creation myth was named Vasuki, who churned the mother-symbolic sea to bring forth living things. The axis mundi, a phallic shaft planted in the center of Earth, reaching to the poles, was a stiffened Vasuki, the still point at the center of the turning heavens. In The Mahabharata, it is said that the pole where the "yoke of the world" was fixed was "the supreme snake, Vasuki."
Interestingly, incarnations of the Celestial Dragon once came to earth, according to the Bible, as seraphim, the angels called "fiery serpents". Which is reminiscent of the Annunaki of Sumerian ilk who descent to earth in "fiery chariots".
Later, the seraphim became the fiery dragons underlying volcanic mountains. 
The use of the invoked Dragon symbol is apropos to the Tarot Wand suit, as they stand for power and the masculine element of fire, with its attributes of heat, vigor, aspiration, contest, enlightenment, and avidity to consume. But as always, a manifestation brings its shadow, and for the Wands, the symbol of tyranny, was suggested by clubs, the common playing card suit marker substituted for wands or rods. Hence, the suit of Wands or Rods, represented both the power to construct or the power to destroy.

  • When the Ace of Wands card is thrown, it indicates that the querent:
  • Has awakened to the uncontainable and irrepressible inherent Master/Being within and for the period of 1 year (all aces represent a period of 1 year) you will find it difficult to edit, rehearse or hold back any parts of who you are.
  • The clear seeing that accompanies this power of fire  will often burn out the negatives, blocks, obstacles or obstructions that might prevent you from actualizing your full potential within the fire sign months (Leo, Aries and Sagittarius ) or with fire sign people during the next 12 months.
  • Often the Ace of Wands represents a gift of strength, power, great sexual energy,and the love of living.
  • This is a powerful flow that can also tear apart, to rebuild and as fire, it can burn to ashes the past to rebuild the new.
  • It signifies a deep burning spiritual desire for self discovery and realization.
  • Trans-formative High Energy for new beginnings
  • The first impulse and passion to begin.
  • Creative energy and initiative, to begin new business ventures, new understandings, new foundations, where creative energy is flowing with plenty of potential and ambition to succeed.
  • The burning flame of Dragon Power, A balancing and increasing in Potency of Inner Fire .
  • The Souring of Kundalini energy, "the Dragon within".
  • The dawning of desire, passion, enthusiasm and creativity.
  • The Power of Masculine fire, with its connotations of heat, vigor, contest, aspirations, enlightenment, and avidity to consume.
  • the overwhelming power of Lust to Be that vibrates at the core of all manifestation. Pure Power to create.
  • It is raw natural energy that is not invoked but occurs naturally all around us.
  • It promotes the concept of seed---of beginning accumulation of Fiery energy for the purpose of willful creation such as strength, force, and vigor.
  • 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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