The Thoth Tarot-3 of Swords-Sorrow & The Wild Wood Tarot- Three of Arrows-Jealousy:
The Tarot's- Four 3's are associated with Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, who is the Great
Mother/Feminine of the Divine Creative Androgyne. When understood, the idea/Wisdom, becomes fertilized and a child can be born. For instance, Wisdom
may dictate that slamming your thumb in a door is to be avoided and is
an accepted safety rule. Understanding tells you why this is so. With
Understanding, we know about mass, velocity, action-reaction, biology
and the fragility of flesh. Therefore, Wisdom+ Understanding, becomes Knowledge, a mental freedom, rather than subservience to rules.
The formulation of the Triangle,
is a Mental stability that cannot be made unstable. In Qabalah, one knows the Triangle/Trinity that
begins all Creation as many combinations of 3. For instance,
Maid-Mother-and Crone, each a special perspective on the Female triangle
of Womb-rite, or Father-Son- and Grandfather, each a active part of the
stable foundation of "the Spirit Fire" or rite of Phallus. Then there
is Ocean-Rain-and River, each a process of Life or Ocean-Sun-and
Earth or Spirit, Mind and Body... I can go
on and on but in all cases, when all Trinities are in equilibrium, a plane if formed and a fertilization is achieved; Hence, a "child can
The Thoth Tarot-3 OF SWORDS; Sorrow
& Wild Wood Tarot-Three of Arrows-Jealousy:
Thoughts of sorrow, which come from events and/or past patterns that have not been released and dealt with. This card can also represent a triangular relationship that generates sorrowful feelings or thought.
the Thoth Sorrow card is Saturn in Libra and is not a vulgar sorrow, but a sorrow
of universal consciousness; a quality of melancholy that radiates from
the Great Mother.
This deep sorrow comes from the fact that She gave
Life to Her Beautiful children:
- who and all that is created, must die. This
causes a sorrow in any Mother's heart.
- Another part of
Sorrow, is the fact that all children must become independent and leave
the loving mother whose heart still holds them.
- Then there
is yet a 3rd to this sorrow trinity, for her children are beautiful in
her eyes, yet in their own they see themselves inferior or as monsters
of ignorant- fearful identity, this really "stabs her in the heart".
Therefore, the 3 of Swords, can be called the Ternary Sorrow of
Creation, for even we who think
so little of ourselves as to be monsters (our own greatest enemy) in our
own eyes, feel a form of melancholy after a heart felt creation doesn't
live up to our expectations. Look; us moderns know that you must turn a
radio to the proper station signal to get the radio station to transmit
or communicate to you. If the radio and the wanted radio station are
not in sync, you'll never hear it. Thus, it is with the Divine Creative.
We are both the Transmitter and the Transmitted, for we are the Self
and Its Image!
The Wild Wood Tarot- Three of Arrows-Jealousy:
implies a more mundane meaning to the death suit.
Here, the arrows, forming a triangle, are stuck in a heart shape, dripping blood on the earth. The heart on fire, means that the wounding has caused a passion to ignite, causing a tension of emotions, competing passions, feelings of resentment, jealousy, envy, all of which are ultimately destructive.
Let's ask ourselves this question,"
If I think that in order to get any great artist to warm up to me, I
should, as a mater of course, insult their work." If you have answered," That's
ridiculous, the artist will be upset with me and hold a deaf ear to
anything I say", or some such, then you can understand that to call
ourselves, sinners, inferiors, weakness, cowards, sluggards, evil, bad, unworthy
etc., we are insulting the Greatest Artist ever ....Our Creator! To get
the Divine Creative to listen to you you don't beg and plead because you think you
are a miserable envious wretch; If you do you'll not be heard or seen; Because The Divine Creative can't hear you nor see you as such!
To the Divine Creative you are all judged into manifestation as Beautiful Children who are made in
Its own Image! You may be a prodigal child, because you've failed to be grateful, but you still are a loved
child, all the same. Approaching The Divine as a grateful, loving child
proud to be the Divine's offspring, proud of their inheritance of the
mind-creative (imagination) and who knows, that we can never be the All that is the
Divine Creative at one moment, but some of it now and that we are self-images by inheritance and
therefore, the Divine Creative
can be any of us at any moment!
This isn't theology, it is just common sense! On earth, children who demean themselves cause great sorrow in their parents hearts and cannot hear their parents love! Hence, I AM Me--- Not--I wish I ain't Me, will get you a personal audience with your Divine Parents!
You want to be less sorrowful in your life?
Try this. Say , "Thank you God for making me ---me!" Don't beg for what
you don't have, thank the Divine Creative for what you do have and the
coffers of your Divine inheritance are open to you!
Remember the parable
of the Prodigal son?
It appears in only one of the Canonical
gospels of the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke (Luke 15:11-32). It is
about 2 sons, one who is obedient and never tried to do other than what
his father suggested and the other son who ran off to experience the
world. This "run away", son who wasted his inheritance on useless
pursuits and therefore, lack investing his wealth, didn't receive a return of his wealth. While lying in a gutter, starving and friendless, because his money was gone, he decided to return home and beg his father for food. Hence, knowing not that all
he had to do is return to the "original home" of his
birth rite be welcomed, upon approaching that home he was seen and given back all
the wealth he never knew he had! Not until he was miserable, sorrowful,
and totally destitute, did it dawn on him to return home. Hence, to
return to the Original Mind, that
created us, often requires great heartfelt sorrow, before we get off of our "suffering butts" and take a step towards our inner lover, who awaits the personality with Open Psyche.
It's therefore, best to declare, "I Am The Rich Child of Divinely Rich
----who would never allow me to lack---anything! But by
in lack, I have chosen it as a reality for myself! Oh, by the way, this
could also be a parable for the difference between an Archangel and us
"nasty", ungrateful-run away angels/inheritors, that have the will to
"experience the Worlds". In this simile, if we return to the Soul (psyche that has given birth to our personality)
as our Identity, we shall receive our Divine inheritance. That, however, requires us to rent asunder the anchor chain of fear that has bound the "winged feet of Mercury" and/or the Shining Persona who is to be the messenger of the gods, i.e., the "self-conscious", that we were meant to be. Hence, to be Mercury, or The Magus personality, is also
the message of Qabalah, which is a word that means "receiving"; a messenger must at first receive the message from the "above", before they can carry it to the "below". Since we
came down the Tree of Life to experience the most condense Microcosm
and now must go inward, and re-climb the Tree of Life to remember the
Macrocosm, we need to drop the earth bindings of fear and sorrow. Aiding us in this process of memory, are the Psychic Flash Cards,
that are known as Tarot.
As we all know, Freedom of Choice,
can be a great generator of happiness and wealth or a great generator
of sorrow and lack! We have Freedom of choice, because the Divine
Creative sees us as self-images, therefore, we Imagine ourselves! To not see yourself as a Ruler of your own definition---is
to be handicapped and divided emotionally and mentally against
yourself! I would recommend that one think, "I was defined into being by my Creator....no further
definition do I need from anyone---including myself. I am good enough
for Divinity, I am good enough for Me! Thank you Great Creator for declaring me as your
child! This process of gratitude allows one to create,
see error, and correct it ( Wisdom).
As a persona, I must trust myself---because The
Divine Creative Trusts Me to recognize my wealth! I am Evolutionary Self Awareness! Now, sorrow
is but a fleeting thing, rather than a permanent suffering, for my
moments of expectation, that are unrequited, are short enough to allow new creation. I now know not to assume or expect,
rather I create, observe and correct error. It is known to me, that I err
and that proves to me I am a creator as well. The second law of
Thermodynamics is in all creation.[...all things proceed from order to
disorder] and I am unashamed and unfearful of error as I now know that it is 50% of
wisdom. It helps us to remember that sorrow is a merging of thoughts/emotions, often because of struggle, that is a dance of power in
which difficulty precedes harmony, if one is determined to advance. Enjoying the Dance helps us not take it seriously and/or to heart.
The Thoth Tarot-3 of Swords-Sorrow, represents the 3rd Sephiroth- Binah in the
realm of Air and with the attribution of Saturn in Libra. Here, Saturn throws
the scales of Libra off of balance in order to re-balance them with new
aspect of the Divine Creative, is represented as the Darkness of the Great Sea of Binah, deemed The Divine Collective Unconscious
by Dr. Carl Jung.
the card is dark and heavy illustrating the "Womb of Chaos" and even
simulates the wavy flesh of a womb. Here the
Great Mother's passion to create, is disturbed by the fact that She is
both Alpha an Omega, the beginning and end of her children. Her Understanding, creates great sorrow as well as great joy. She feels for us all, and her heart if full of the arrows we have shot at each other. She Understands, that by interfering with our freedom of choice Identities, she can stop all suffering cause by the dementia of believing thought is more important than understanding and therefore, stop all of our insanity. Healing her own heart in the process. But she also understands that once granted by the Divine, a process is infinite and can't be taken back, or the Universal balance will be violated, and therefore, destroy all that is. Freedom of Choice is a creative process, that requires one to "feel" and/or experience their thoughts. And as any human empath knows, everyone has a right to their disease, as wisdom only comes to an individual who suffers and learns how to go beyond suffering into correction. We can only assist each other, without violation, when the suffering one knows they have created the issue and ask us for assistance to correct it. Hence, the Creatrix awaits us, with open heart, when we know to come to her and ask for assistance in correcting our self-conscious.
Therefore, the sorrow card is also about the
Melancholy of the Abyss, which is more than just a personal human sorrow, although the
position in the reading may state personal sorrow, held secretly and
causing a perversion.
Since, the Sword of the Magician is
here the "Will-to-be" is perverted by thoughts of "Will-not-to
be"...the will of a
"wanna-be", who thinks they are unworthy. Hence, in the Thoth 3 of Swords,
see the 3 Swords of the Magician, 1] Will to be, 2] Will to Force, 3] Will to Form. The main "Will" cutting the junction of two short
swords, destroying the Rose of Mother with its impact. That main Will, is the foundation of our self-Identity, and intent is therefore, implied. If we intend to correct the issues around us, by swinging the short swords of blame, jealousy, and envy, our intent for harm, harms our psyche. In the
background of the Thoth 3 of Swords, storms
are brewing in the implacable night, for soon our self wrought suffering will be upon us.
The 3 of Swords
, is also Binah in Yetzirah, placing the influence of Binah in the Astral World.
Astrologers know that Saturn is a very influential planet, sometimes called "The Great Destroyer" and sometimes the "Great Initiator" and represents Time.
Thus, though the presence of Saturn usually means pain and hardship, it isn't considered evil, since through suffering we may encounter the Dark Sterile Mother (Crone)
who will help us shed our nonsense. From her we learn life's most
important lessons. It becomes
known to the " Mediums" in us, that humankind's persistent
self-destructive behavior, as a choice over Love, greatly Saddens the
Great Mother. Because of this behavior, She cannot see us, as Her child
has "run away" from the "I's" of love. We've forgotten Life is Love of the Child, not fear of
being a victim. As being afraid of being ourselves, we've become lost children to
Her, and she grieves deeply. Only through the perspective of Love of
Self and those selves around us, can we approach Her. An once seen, the
celebration of being "Seen" by Her, dissipates any sorrow! When the
prodigal comes home, She will indeed "kill the fatted calf".
The Tarot- 3 of Swords-Sorrow, of the Hermetic Qabalah, represents the state of universal sorrow that is prevalent in all the created.
It is a prevalent state of melancholy that we find when it deep
meditation. It is based on both the lurking passion to create but its
children have become monsters in their own minds and also the fact that the
beauty created must be destroyed, as all things, no matter how loved, proceed from order to disorder.
In an individual context
the 3 of Swords or Three of Arrows, card can represent thoughts of sorrow, where brooding over the
loss of the past is currently producing sorrow. Much like the universal
sorrow, we created something we thought would be "everlasting joy" but it ended up
as a heartbreak, for all creation ends. Progress depends on it, making us release the "dream" child we so long
mentally supported; much like an abortion, which can only cause sorrow.
The 3 of Swords/Sorrow card also represents triangular relationships such
as, Father, Mother and Child, and could represent our first sorrow
experienced in this family context. Therefore it may imply brooding over
the past of 3wks, 3months or even when we were 3 years old. This sorrow
is a piercing of our core identity, as shown by the sword piercing the
lotus or the Arrows piercing the heart, a universal symbol of
the Soul. How we handle the first triangle relationship is how we will
handle the next ones; be they friend-sibling-mate or
No matter the relationship triangle
we may experience, the tendency for the mind to hold grudges or
network the parts of past pain into present circumstances, leaves us in
the past as a "wanna-be" personality of stasis rather than a I AM Me
personality of action and change.With out the ability to transform, and therefore, progress, all of us would be the prodigal still lying in the gutter of our own making.
When thrown the 3 of Swords Tarot card suggests:
- The need to remove oneself from the triangle relationships that produce sorrow and that are not constructive.
- Of course,there are many fruitful and
constructive triangle relationships; However, the two swords at the top
being bent by the entry of the third sword, or the Sword piercing the heart can show us that something
must be resolved between three people.
- Also the central sword can
be an event that bent the receptive and dynamic sides of our nature
which can confuse our relationships with male, female and ourselves.
Astrologically, the 3 of swords or Three of Arrows, is Saturn in Libra.
reminds us to do things in a step by step method so that we can achieve
the mental, emotional and physical balance represented by Libra.
are reminded to see the whole of our past, rather than focus only on
the sorrowful moments. By doing so, we will often see the benefits that
the past sorrowful event bestowed on us, rather than just emotional
- The 3 of Sword Tarot card reminds us that by limiting our view of
the past (Saturn) we can not achieve balance with past, present and
future as symbolized by Libra.
When the 3 of Swords or Three of Arrows is thrown, the querent is experiencing or will be experiencing:
Unhappiness, sorrow, tears, disruption, interruption, separation and
quarreling, that have lasted or shall last for 3 weeks or 3 months.
- There will be or has been the sowing of discord, strife, mischief making, and yet, mirth in evil pleasures.
of the influence of Saturn being both "destroyer and initiator", the 3
can also be faithfulness in promises, honesty in money, the motivation
being both selfish and dissipated , yet sometimes generous.
if the card is accompanied by the more Spiritually inclined Major
Arcana, the 3 of Swords, or Three of Arrows, empathizes the deep Spiritual Melancholy of
the Crone, that the querent is experiencing.
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