The Thoth Tarot- 2 of Swords-PEACE & The Wild Wood Tarot-Two of Arrows: INJUSTICE:
A quarrel made up and arranged, the restoration of peace.
The Suit of Swords
represent the often unruly element of Air, therefore, peace seems to be an odd description of any swords card.The Wild Wood Tarot supports this notion as it is titled Injustice.
celestial attribution of the 2 of Swords or the Two of Arrows, is the Moon in Libra; by nature, the
Moon (water) is change, but Mother Nature is inherently peaceful,
which enhances the
balancing aspects of Libra. Overall, one would think of the disruption
caused by fiery-Chokma (#2 Sephira- Wisdom) in the suit of Air (Swords);
Air being a
suit born from the conflict of Water and Fire in marriage. Hence,
is subject to change as no other suit, not only from the fire/water
parentage but also when Earth appears, the suit becomes crystallized.
Therefore, Peace seems counter-intuitive when applied to the death suit.
, Chokmah (Wisdom), is a fiery energy state of
Conscious; a Yodic
- Will to Force. We all know what heat, water and air combined can do on Earth, from
nice breezes to horrifying tornadoes and hurricanes. Hence, heat, water and air
combine to make weather that can change with little notice. Thus, this
suite of swords, which governs all intellectual manifestations (Mind
over matter), is at best always complicated and at least disordered. Even
thought this is the best balanced of the Swords suit, it is also a balance most paradoxical
and subject to change more than any other suit.
Hence, the Wild Wood Tarot-Two of Arrows-Injustice, depicts the Goddess, blind folded, arms crossed holding two arrows to her breast, with a foot placed on a longbow. The Scales of Justice, are shown in a state of imbalance over her head. All of this implies that the scales of natural justice have been skewed by false judgment, ignorance and arrogance. Obviously, sitting in judgment will not prevail, when held to a untrue premise, no matter how ardently or sincerely proposed, the scales will topple. Though prejudice, and misuse of justice, the bow is broken. If there is peace here, it is short lived, for it cannot prevail under the compromise of morality and ethics.
In the Thoth Tarot,
the 2 of Swords, shows two Swords of equal strength, crossed; they
are combine by a fragile 5 petal blue rose. The Blue Rose represents the
Gnostic Sophia, and the Qabalistic Binah) the Great Mother of Wisdom
(Female aspect of Chokma), whose harmonizing influence, plus that of
Libra, compounds the latent antagonism of the Suit of Swords and the fragile rose is doomed to injury. The
pinwheel shaped white rays, are in a geometrical pattern that emphasizes
the momentary harmonic equilibrium of the 2. Peace is about the best word used to
describe this harmonic, but it is supported by a fragile wisdom.The
affirmation of balance is the cross of light made of pin wheel like
forms that imply a balance of active energy, for now.
This balances the changing nature of
allowing the energy of the suit (Chokmah) to abide the onslaught of
disruption and maintain a comparative calm that is unusual to the suit
of air. The yellow tone of both
Cards, is the color used to represent air, as well as the symbol of the Arrows.
The both the 2 of Swords and the Two of Arrows tarot cards in this comparison,
have 2 swords or Arrows crossed, emphasizing peace after conflict. The Thoth
Tarot 2 of Swords, implies that peace is being produced by the Blue
Sophia-the Goddess of Wisdom (The Qabalah's-Chokmah), represented by the
petaled Rose in the Center that represents the harmonizing influence of
the Mother Sophia/Wisdom. The Blue Rose produces white rays that
produce geometric symbols of equilibrium. Whereas, the Wild Wood Tarot also
shows, Two Arrows, crossed at the breast of the Goddess/Sophia, meaning that it is her heart that holds the peace in this moment of time.
The Wisdom of the Blue Sophia
-Gnostic Greek name of the Goddess Mother---later became the Blue
Madonna of the Christian sects, momentarily dispels the antagonism and all is a
strained peace for the moment.
The astrologically, the Moon, also the traditional symbol of the Goddess,
is a very changeable and erratic planet (I know! But in Astrology the Moon is a planet.) that assumes a stability in
Libra, emphasizing that this a tenuous situation. For now, it is stable---sometimes,
only because of denial, a faux wisdom. Once decadency of denial fades, peace will be disrupted. The
mind is like the Moon, always changing and if we know that all thought
has error, we don't believe everything we think we examine it by holding it to an undeniable ethic; such as "do unto another what you would have done to you". This is a wisdom that allows us to "create, see the error and correct it" in our
progressive thought processes. To always be right, is a process of
denial---as is to always be wrong. In truth, thought is merely a subtle
medium/material that we work and experiment with. Therefore, it is not a Truth until we can make
it manifest as a expansive operation of a living organism. Thought, in
order to "be rightful motion" must always be expansive and limber--- as
progressive thinking demands flexibility just as life demands motion.
The Principle to all systems and the Universal Pattern, which is Chokmah, the Second Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, known as Wisdom, may be considered the Real who begins the process of reality. Sure there is Kether, the One, but Kether is potential "I" while Chokmah is an active "I".
is an observer, often called the "All Seeing eye (I)", but this "I" is
participant, it just observers and if you have reached deep inner
meditations, you have met this Observer, occupying the deep silence,:
For it is from that "I", that you as a Psyche, inherit I-dentity (your
very own Microwave): the I before AM.
the First Motion of Intellect, is never interfering but always
observing. On the other hand, Chokmah is active and participates and in
fact, the union of Chokmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) is the "I
AM", from which all else is formed.
Hence, the Twos generally imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.
That is why the blindfolded Justice, is seen pregnant.
Those of the Hermetic Qabalah often call the THOTH- 2 OF SWORDS-PEACE: the Lord of Peace Restored. Again, here the Moon is in Libra and Chokmah is influencing the Astral World
of Yetzirah. The Angels of the Decan are: Yealel and Mehahel.
helps us to remember, that we are not "the thought", the thinker-Psyche, has
the power to create thought, not to be run by it. Contrary to most
belief systems, our
thought is not more precious than any living being. Life is what we
about. Thought is merely the "first material" that we work with to create it. Hence, Life is
the manifestation of imagination/ the Creatrix, and to enhance the living with
expansive and liberated thought is the job of a "Thinker"/Soul. Hence, we
all have inherited the Power to "Think" which gives us the ability to
begin creation. Thought has no power over us any more than it does over
the Divine Creative. Thought is merely a "subtle clay" for our rough
sculpturing of Self-Awareness, that must be smoothed and refined by the
constant attention of experience. To agree on a Sculpturing together,
is peaceful... and often more fun than attacking each others creativity!
WHEN THE 2 OF SWORDS IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
It implies :
- Peace of Mind,
issues, relationships, choices or situations have been or are being
integrated at a subconscious level...soon to be experienced outwardly.
- A temporary balance and feeling of release from captivity
- Affirming a new belief or lifestyle, expanding opinions and communication.
- A necessary respite before a change in an attempt to gain a mental balance.
- Conflict at an impasse a stalemate of balanced forces.
- Making peace and suspending judgment .
- Blocked emotions due to compromise not accepting realities and the need to be tolerant towards others..
- In two weeks or two months you will begin feeling the outward physical signs of this integration.
is the most positive of all the Sword Cards, and it shows that
compromise is working at this stage and that often good comes out of a
- This card reminds us that changes can be
made, so by fearing confrontation and therefore "running away", we may avoid a unpleasant situation,
but it is not going to go away until we face it with inner courage.
- To avoid the issues at hand----simply means we are living in a past and have no living motion in the present!
- Peace is often sought, but unless we compromise it is rare to find.
- Quarrels made up and arranged, Peace under tension.
- Action unselfish and sometimes selfish.
- Strength through suffering, pleasure after pain.
- Sacrifice and trouble.
restored through arrangement of differences----all of which denote the
contradictory nature of this card. It is Justice and injustice, truth
and untruth, sorrow and sympathy, all balancing each other in a state of
peace and tension in relationship.
If ill dignified, this card represents an:
- Inclination to re-partition affronts if once pardoned, of asking shallow and valueless questions.
- Want of tack, and often doing injury when meaning well.
- Talkative. Like I said in the beginning a card of Peace through conflict.
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