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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 2 of Wands-Dominion & The Two of Bows-Decision

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-2 of Wands: Dominion.
The Wild Wood Tarot- Two of Bows and the 2nd Sephiroth- Chokmah/wisdom:

From the Golden Dawn Texts:
 
The four Deuces symbolize the Powers of the King and Queen; first uniting and initiating the Force, but before the Prince and Princess are thoroughly brought into action. Therefore do they generally imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.
 
To reiterate: the key to all systems, as well as, the Universal Pattern is the only Reality: the Key, we know as Chokmah (Wisdom) on the Tree of Life. Kether is a "not or no-thing", therefore it is not reality. When we cause reality, it is of our beliefs and opinions united, so I often call Chokmah the Real...for it is not of us, but is the Will of Force before us.  Our beginning is in Chokmah and/or Will to Force, the idea of I, and the Will to Force, joined with Will to Form (Binah #3) is I AM, we all begin there. Thus we are Dreaming ourselves into as "self-forced" willful existence.   For now, we know Chokmah to be Will To Force, the begining of willed Energy-in-motion, and/or the more familiar term-emotions.
 
THE THOTH- 2 OF WANDS-DOMINION:
 
Also called the Lord of Dominion and whose zodiacal attribution is Mars in Aries. Mars being the planet of vitality, energy, and assertion: Aries is the astrological symbol of exploration and pioneering.

The Angels of the Decan are Vehooel and Deneyal.

The 2 of Wands represents Chokmah influencing the World of Pure Spirit known as Atziluth. 
Again, we are trying to explain the inexpiable which is the Supernal Triangle and/or Upper Triangle on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This second Sephiroth is Pure will, without need of result. Which to many is impossible to realize for most of us exercise will and expect results to reach goals. What many of us don't realize, is that will is the Power behind Spirit, in fact they are inseparable. The Spirit is the Spiraling of Energy into  identity-motions that build microwave dimensions of I AM and need no result, as existence is their purpose.

But before frequencies are stimulated into being via "thought waves", there was Will to Force ( Chokmah-the Divine masculine) and then Will to Form (Binah-The Divine Feminine). The Sephiroth are called Beings  that may be Force or may be form, but in fact, a Being to a Qabalist is a "immortal state of Conscious Energy" while we may all know that the living forms we are used to, have a beginning and an end, a Being is "point in time-space", and therefore it has not depth and its dimension is infinite Pi.  In Chokmah is Being. The First Being---The All Father Fiery- Electric who has no form until She the Watery- Magnetic- the third Sephira-Binah "wills him to Form".  Here in the 2 of Wands is that joining of the 2 states of  Will That is "He" and "She", Will to Force and Will to Form, both being masculine in this state as both are "expressing will". The receiver of this expression, would then be receptive-feminine, which is not a sex of a species but the Anima (Divine Feminine) and Animus (The Divine Masculine) within the Psyche of each of us.

The 2 of Wands represents, energy in an unbridled state of Force, for Mars is exalted in Aries as the fiery Mars rules the fiery sign Aries. Here Fire, i.e. Spirit, is pure Primal, and brilliant, warm and bright as both Will to Force and Will to Form. The Dorjes, Tibetan symbols for Thunderbolts, are shown crossed on this Thoth card, emphasizing the power and harmony of this card. Will to Force and Will to From are in balance here,  the forceful Dominion of Spirit has become a domain, i.e expression of Will in material form . 

The astrological and zodiacal signs on the Wild Wood Tarot Card, although not shown, are suggested on the Tarot-Two of Bows as that of Aries and Mars. Here the image is that of an aggressive Mars, in the flames of Aries. Both aggressive and therefore aggressive dual force is applied here. There is no lust of result in this Pure Will, made of the harmony of "He" and "She" aspects of the One. The Union in itself is a joy-filled journey of Will. Therefore  there is no "battle of the sexes" where one wishes to rule the relationship over the other. Here is pure Decision made by the union of 2.  There is the Union of Wisdom (Chokmah-I) and Understanding (Binah-Am), that gives birth to Knowledge and all creation. Here, Energy is initiating a current of Force, that Spiral of Energy/Flame from which all domain and will to force is created. The Bow staves that are inflame, suggest this martial figure's vigor and strength. This card could be an illustration for the constelation of Aries.

When the word Harmony is mentioned, one often thinks of peace and quiet bliss, but this is the Violent Destructive Harmonious Force that initiated the "Big Bang"; totally without resistance in and of itself but destructive none the less, for it is "as fire", both consumptive and trans-formative. A Rhythmic intercourse in the Substance of Mind, which we call Spirit.   A Singularity exploded  "outward" to form the building blocks of our Universe and disturbed the peace and balance of absolute stability, so that "change can become a constant"; the One Energy can now Transform according to Self Awareness. For all Self is a duality of "force and form". Therefore, we all live within the One Mind, as many idealized dreams of Self but never "perfect", for perfection is a state of stasis, where transformation cannot exist! Each of us must constantly transform, therefore, death is but life transforming, and error is creation, and correction of that error, is transformative Evolution.

 Therefore, Mars in Aries represents that Powerful Gathering of Force to deconstruction of- "I" for the purpose reconstruction as- " I Am". A gathering of Will to Force and Will to Form and or the beginning of Trans-formative Energy. Now the first law of Thermodynamics is in motion [....there is only one energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed...and transmitted].  One is now in motion, which requires I  transforming to AM, a dual identity of I and the "other"  and/or AM. The Other, is the "Secret Lover", of which all of us have within our own Psyche, for all is Mind. Therefore, in each of us is the Anima (Spirit) and Animus (Soul), who intercourse, to create "me".  ME is the "most beloved" of the I AM and together, our trinity of self-awareness.
 
Looking at the Qabalistic Tree of Life, we know the twos to be Chokma --the Second Sephiroth of the Supernal Triangle.
This is Pure Will, independent of any given object. Will without lust of result that is Will without the "to be" that causes manifestation. This is the Powerful Will that the Magi can  channel into ritual manifestation, but only if the Magi has taken care of preparation so there is  no lust for result in their psyche, yet still requiring the Union with a Feminine "will to form"- counterpart.

Mars, the planet of War, is in its own sign Aries, the first of signs, and therefore represents Energy initiating a current of Force, but a "Point A to Point B", and/or Polarity is required or currents of force, can't flow. Therefore, the Thoth 2 of Wands show the Dorjes, "Currents of Electrical Force", with a Feminine-Ka Dro Ma head on one end and a phallic shaped, twin serpent wrapped-spear head on the other end, showing both male and female "sex" (serpent) force interaction.The horse heads on the Khadroma-crowns symbolize spiritual power and the serpents at the base of the arrow heads, represent the regenerative power (sex force which can be called "will to Transform")  and healing that comes from this power balance.

Here, Crowley promotes an  interesting illustration of the Tibetan Dorjes  (Thunderbolts) crossed, but crowned with the Angelic Tibetan Kha-dro-ma (Daughters of Kali) suggesting that these thunderbolts are more destructive than constructive. Few of us remember that destruction is the first part of the creative process but it is so. Even {Phoenix image by Martin Muir] the Universe as The Singularity (I), destroyed itself to become many (AM-Me), in the Big Bang. To tell the Truth, any great accumulation of energy by any form, be it psyche or physical, will destroy its lower frequency forms and if done properly, a phoenix will arise from the excess of flame as a formed harmonic of higher and lower frequency. Such as the All Seeing "I", that created "Other" as "another way to be I", (Am), and by understanding (3rd Sephiroth-Binah) the difference between I and Am, created the "Child", "Me".

Energy, is oppressed in forms; a necessary oppression to be sure, but sill in each of us, the energy fights to join with the Totality. Invoking more of the One Energy, changes the form's Time/Space, to more expansive and energetic boundaries than before. Hence, the one who invokes is often accused of "insanity" because their reality (boundaries) has changed from the normal- form- boundaries of animal survival mind to the Imagination of the Immortal. That expansive perspective usually makes both genius and insanity seem to be one. This is usually because the mundane form is bound by a lesser perspective of self and fears the unknown and/or Greater Self. However, it is well known in physics, that if greater energy is added to an atom, the electrons orbits expand but not in a outward ellipsis, but rather, the electrons disappear into an "invisible realm" and then reappear in a larger ellipsis. Just as our bodies must "disappear" in death, and reappear transformed, all which can be done instantly without Nature's intervention of physical death.

Often, in those who seek "enlightenment" (Thunderbolts of energy---"The flow is in the Know") find that their attempts at expanding bring fear and repulsion to the brain,  which are the primary animal tendencies responses blamed on the " small-ego" as it sees its own  smaller energy construct being stressed to the point of release and/or, self- destruction of its fear based identity as being eminent. But then with understanding of the complete plan, as Qabalah study is wont to do, the student-brain  willingly surrenders, rejoices and co-operates in the "Purifying Fire" of The Greater Ego, of which Saints are often accused of entering. Some call this "Holy Spirit".


Therefore, the 2 of Wands represents  Chokma -Will to Force- in the suit of Fire. This is pure will; will in its most exalted form. Crowley called this card "...will unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every-way perfect". [Al. I.44].
 

 As Stated: The Heads of the Djores, are Tibetan Kha-dro-Ma which are considered Tibetan Angels or Demons, depending if you are frightened of the Initiating Force or joyously accepting the necessary destructive/constructive nature of this Current of Force.  Studying the Tibetan concept of the Kha-dro-Ma gives even greater insight into this Cards Force; However, the Tibetans are very secretive about the Kha-dro and their state of Ma (As in Kali Ma), will only state adamantly that they are the "highest state of Feminine" in the Universe and compose about 10,000 Myriads in number. My primitive attempt at art, shows a Kha Dro Ma, that visited me. Stunning and a beauty that "frightens" the brain, yet titillates the Soul.

The Thoth Tarot- 2 Of Wands: Dominion and the Wild Wood Tarot -Two of Bows, represents the state of Decision, dominion, balance, and integration. We are now well into the Minor Arcana, which consists of 40 cards which show the various ways the Major Arcana (22-keys of the Trump) are experienced in day-to-day living.  The Major Arcana, Trump or Atu, are states of Universal Consciousness, and the Minor Arcana or small cards, are how the Universal expresses itself as an individual consciousness.

The both the 2 of Wands or Two of Bows show two Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of Lightning/power) or fiery bow staves as Wands. The symbol of crossed Dorjes or 2 equal flaming bow staves, represents, optimum balance of energy, the sense of sovereignty and being comfortable with your domain and/or decision- which can be called Personal Unified sacred power.

When the 2 of Wands card is thrown, it represents you coming into your own power from your deep spiritual center that is a balance of Male electric (the rods) and female magnetic.



 
When the 2 of Wands-Dominion or the Two of Bows-Decision, is thrown during a reading:
 
  • The querent is experiencing the will to move forward in a new direction, from a place of undaunted will, of full power, and balanced dominion.
  • Contemplating new ideas without lust of result.
  • What once was unfocused energy is now becoming clear and polarized.
  • Affirming a new self identity.
  • A partnership of two powers, opposite yet reflecting each other.
  • The Self confidence that only comes from affirming and approving of one's self.
  • A senses of accomplishment without any feeling of satisfaction.
  • In the next two weeks, or two months, you will have the energy, like Mars, to move in new directions: like Aries, from a place of integration, balance, harmony and spiritual power.
  • You have attained a certain amount of integral balance, harmony and dominion within, that enables you to expand and liberate your life from past imbalances.
  • Illumination.

  • Can be considered to be influence over another.
  •  Dominion, boldness, courage, fierceness, shamelessness, revenge, resolution, generous, proud, sensitive, ambitious.
  • Restless, ruthless, turbulent, and many other descriptions of a Willful  Current of Force being applied to a situation.
  • This card tends to be sagacious yet can be unforgiving and obstinate according to dignity.
  • The Two of Wands or Bows, is Focused Will and Fiery Motion, in a balance that will destroy the issue focused on to rebuild a new form.
  • Very powerful card of Motion and change by a destructive means, which is often seen in the world of Atoms and molecules forged by the massive forces of the Stars. When this card shows up in a reading the Will of Spirit is involved...something of which the body is unable to stop.
  • The querent is being overcome by boldness. courage, fierceness, and Shamelessness.
  • Generous and proud, but also a certain amount of revenge, and resolution.
  • There is a suggestion of turbulent energy, that seems to be beyond the "ego's" ability to control but it can also become sagacious, yet unforgiving and obstinate.  
  • It is because it Is.....and the persona becomes baffled by the power unleashed without a "lust for result". 
  • Centering only on the love within, is the solution to this immense Power of Will, that is all around us, but of what we have so little contact with as we have "given ourselves" to the ambition of "others".....and believe we have little, if any "Will Power".
  • This card is suggesting that the Spirit (Will) is beginning to rebel against its predisposed  boundaries...come "Hell or High Water"!
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2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 2 of Wands-Dominion & The Two of Bows-Decision:

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A. Traveller on Friday, December 16, 2016 4:26 AM
Dear Eli, I just wanted to comment to say that I love your site; I've come to rely upon your wisdom for most of my Tarot ruminations, and while I've hardly explored a fraction of what this site has to offer, I am really grateful that you still post almost every day. Many thanks for your continued efforts, and all my best wishes to you, /A
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Eli on Friday, December 16, 2016 7:58 AM
Hi A. Thank you for the gracious comments and well wishes. I do try to post everyday except Sunday's...they are my day of rest. It may not always be possible to post one day, but then life if full of surprises! Thank you and may you live long and prosper.

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