The Thoth Tarot-Ace of Disks & The Wild Wood Tarot- Ace of Stones- The Foundation of Life:
In the Gnosis of Hermetic- Qabalistic Tarot, the 4 Aces represent the
"essence" of the elemental Force or Form, not the Forces or Forms themselves. This
makes them more esoteric than most other tarot cards, as they
are not a concept of vision. Therefore they're quite above and distinct
from the other cards in the deck and are often called the "thrones of Spirit".
The Four Aces
form a link between the "Small cards"
and/or the Minor Arcana
and the Princesses who rule Heavens around the quadrants of the North
Pole and sit on the Thrones of Spirit
. This seems reasonable, since Female force is Magnetic,
Force is Electric.
As an objective example, in the sky above the
Pole, one will often see the visual aspect of the Magnetic feminine,
turning the linear- solar-male electric into waving curved forms of colored
light curtains in
the night sky; the Aurora Boralis of the northern hemisphere. This
Divine Creatrix, also takes the straight lines of the electric male
aspect of energy, and curves them into shapes and forms that become "alive".
Using the Great Pyramid
as a meridian, the Princesses (Elohim of the Elements) Rule outward in an Eastward
flow, in the order of Tetragrammaton (The Whole God
...you who practice hermetic magic may want to
look this word up.), Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.This roughly places the:
Ace and-Princess of Wands over Asia.
- The Ace and Princess of Cups over the Pacific Ocean.
- The Ace and Princess of Swords the
- The Ace and Princess of Disks Europe and Africa. To carry this concept a little
deeper one may use the symbol of the Pentagram which represents Spirit
ruling over the four Elements and is the symbol for the Ascended and/or Triumphant Man.
Now I know the idea of Spirit as an element is very difficult to grasp. The Hebrew letter Shin
has to do double duty as both the letter of Fire and of Spirit as well.
Spirit is not as clear and concise in explanation like the other
Elements because it is the Movement within the Motion of
everything else (Ace of Wands). It is the Source of the Microwaves of
each "Serpentine Force" that becomes, through a process of
revolutionary-evolutionary motion, elements, and individual Souls of
Self Awareness.Spirit is the One Energy that all other copies of energetic motion come from.
may cause some confusion to the scholar of Gnosticism
, is that In the
, the Tablet of Spirit,
is the key to all mischief and in
the Hindu system it is Akasha, the Egg of Darkness. It helps one to remember that Limitless light is Darkness
because it has no limits to view and that being without limits
means no ability to discern, therefore spirit can cause mischief in a material world of limits and rules.Hence, one must be discerning in directing their "shouts" of energy. Remember, Zoroaster described Spirit as "whirling forth, rebounding, and crying out-loud". So contrary to mundane opinion, Life is not what we do, nor what we have, it is what I AM. That I Am Cries or Shouts out-loud, I AM ME! Me is not life itself, but it is a simulation of life that we call "alive". This force, that coagulates and animates Fire, Air, water, and Earth into a "alive" person, is represented as the Ace of Disks.
The point here,
is that the Aces are the seeds of the Elements and not the Elements
themselves. So when an ace shows up in a reading, "it is the seed" not
the event itself! The reader must also remember that an Ace represents a One Year period for that event seed to become a "Tree".
As you continue your studies,
the Seed of Gnosis is planted, and in time the Tree of Life and Death
Grows As YOU, not from you. We belong to Knowledge----it is not an "ego"
possession as the phrase, "My knowledge" would suggest, but rather,
"The Knowledge that owns me". I would recommend that the Student of
Gnosis use the second phrase when expressing knowledge.
Knowledge is the Invisible Sephiroth, called DAÄTH, that resides on the
Middle Path, just below Chokma and Binah (forming an equal armed cross
and/or Tau cross) and it is The Womb of the True YOU, that Original
Womb, is depicted as the Key 2-High Priestess or Priestess of Tarot. Daath
be invisible because the True You is all about
Potential-Action-subjective I AM and not the reactive-objective "me"/self-conscious that
needs to own
things to feel valuable. That is why it is called
"The Gnosis" (The Knowledge) rather than "My Knowledge" which are two
very different perspectives from different sides of The Mirror.
In-fact the Soul is called the Mirror that reflects the personality.
When I look from above to the below,
I am Knowledge who actively builds its persona. When the persona looks
reflection in a mirror, it will call it Mine and react to it. Truth be
told, the world is a mirror, and when we think we are reacting to
environment, and "others", we really are only reacting to our
"self-reflection". Like I said,
difficult to grasp....but that just makes it more fun to discover!
THE Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- ACE OF DISKS: (Stones)
The root Power of Earth.
Tree of Life, shows
the Crown-Kether and the Kingdom- Malkuth as both ends of the Tree. As Above, so Below
, is the Qabalist's axiom for Magi
who is manifesting the vibration of Kether on the Material Earth Plane and/or a Personality that is a messenger of the Sephiroth. It is
Whole-ness of Spirit (Holy Spirit) and is the mental destination of all who
study the Qaballah.
Hence, Earth is not perceived as a "lesser form" of Spirit
but as an achievement of Total Spiritual Self Awareness !
is a definite lack of logic to No-thing, laboring for 14.7 Billion years
to "becoming" some-thing, so that it may return to
nothing. No-thing (Kether) obviously Desired Itself into being
"something", for even its Hebrew name-Eheieh-means, "I Will Be" and
therefore it is the Big Shout of I AM!
We are masters of Time-Space
, by inheritance of Imagination,
and are achieving an active part of the Conscious Energy Self
Awareness, as a Psyche that is able to focus that collective self-awareness down to the scale of
human sensuality. Many of use the word Souls
, to describe our sacred selves, but know not what that
are Libraries/Collectives (Psyche) of Personalities and/or Identities
Spirit---Therefore the Real Name of the Real Person is I AM and that
name is indeed legion, for each of us inherit it, and command energy
into reality by stating "I AM"; loudly shouted, I AM, becomes a vibration of successful creation. Successful creation in time-space
is again form which has an alpha and a omega--because form requires a
beginning and an end. With out time-space, no form could be made.Without
transformation of forms, motion could not be kept self aware! Change
(transformation) is motion/force and it is how we animate time-spacial
concepts as "alive" being. You may now see the illusion in
this....because we are Life/I AM, we make alive
what is imagined as
ourselves! I AM, is existence; it is identity's beginning. We freely
establish Self Identity by declaring...I Am this or that, so it behooves us to Shout I AM Love!
The thinker of thought
is always greater than the thought but without experiencing that thought the Thinker
is Unaware of Itself. Therefore, the Soul/Psyche is the mirror in which
our I Am, a "child" of the Original, self-reflects. Hence, there are
many states of self-reflection in the evolution-revolutions of Light.
From x rays to visible light, which is only .4% of the
electromagnetic-light spectrum,. Hence, self awareness has continually became
more "condensed" until it could "feel itself". You are "thought", the
First Matter, feeling itself as a Person. You definitely are Magic!
Sensual self-awareness is what we create on
Earth, in the name of the Divine, I AM ME! That is the
Great Work of the Soul! To manifest a material being that is the Sensual
Gate-Way of Kether on this Earth; a "Me" as the messenger of the god's; Mercury's magus qualities! The Union of Crown and
Kingdom which because of accomplishment, shall never be divided again!
The Ace of Disks card affirms the new Aeon.
The manifestation of the Solar Logos and the Material Being as One Being who is many! In other words,
the Being whose name is Legion! That would be best known as, I AM ME!
Matter, may be called the crystallizing consciousness which is a
materialization of Ideas that began in the "Great Dark Thick Ocean of
Binah" who is "Understanding" united with Chokma- "Wisdom". If
you look deeply into you mind, you can see that when Wisdom is Understood,
it now becomes Knowledge and has Image! The seeds of Image are as a
seed of a
tree, all the Wisdom and Understanding of the Tree is in that Knowledge
becomes something greater than itself as it grows into another Tree. We
such seeds. We are the seeds of I AM that has acknowledge itself as
probabilities rather than a stasis form of Law. We are the Rule Makers
of the Universe--- who freely declare ourselves -a definition that forms
time/space into an entity of Me and then through a discerning process
of experience, grow beyond it
by expanding and liberating our identity from that previous definition.
You could call us the Seeds of Conscious Evolution. We are always the
"Exception". It's called FREEDOM OF CHOICE! IN Quantum Physics it is called the "Simulation Hypothesis" where one is known to change by observation, the observed.
The Tarot Ace of Disks or Stones, or Pentacles reminds us to
choose and then fertilize and nurture that choice with Will-To-Be it! This
is indeed a great inheritance! We can be and/or are what ever we define
ourselves to be! To be "ill defined" is to think ill about any or all
that you "see". To be "Well defined" is to know that everything you see
is "another way" to be you (me), a transformed identity of the One Energy ! Again
greatest seeds of Life that you can plant come from,"Doing unto another
what you would have done to you", no matter how they "do unto you" for
that is their doing and not yours!
We must practice what we "think we are"for that is the nature of a
"Thought Form", i.e.,our crystallized conscious-energy bodies, which are
the "seeding" of Spirit on this Earth. Outer growth depends on a fertile
and nurturing internal awareness!
This concept of fertile and
nurturing internal awareness
is well expressed in the art of the Wild Wood Tarot-Ace of Stones. Shaped as an ancient spear head, the Ace of Stones, all covered in lichens, is shown carved with the traditional cup-spiral symbols of the Celt. Around this Stone, are trees formed into a circle, and behind, a labyrinth.
What this stone represents, is the most potent act of mind, to conceive of and manifest an idea into reality.
you cannot erase thought by
suppressing it for it is energy created in a form and therefore, can
only be transformed! So expand it instead, by not believing it, but by
doing it to see if it is believable. Any idea, as a seed, with proper discernment and force can grow into a fruitful tree; For, only experiencing it
sensually, shall you know if it succeeds. If it doesn't succeed, then
you know what not to think!
For instance, let's say you wake up in
the morning and think,"Damn I feel lousy !" Don't try and suppress it by
denying you thought it by overlaying a thought such as " Oh not
really, I feel great!". That will only fail, and magnify that ill
feeling. Instead think expansively, transform and therefore, liberate that ill thought towards
well thought! For example, you may think ," Damn I feel lousy but in 5
minutes I'll feel better!" And in 5 minutes you will feel better and as
a seed you will continually feel better by "watering" it every 5
minutes with "I feel even better in another 5 minutes"....etc. We can do
the same for any ill thought---Such as," Boy is she/he a bitch!" By
just adding a positive. Such as," However, those who go after what the
want always seem bitchy to those who don't want them to." This just freed you from
"disliking" yourself as you go after what you want in life!
The Ace of Disks or Stones, reminds us of the seeds we plant in our own
Identities by definitions supplied to those images within the One Energy
around us and as us, cause our individual world and/or aliveness. Remember, if it exists, its supposed to! To see
error doesn't mean to condemn it! After all, error is 50% of Wisdom,
Wisdom being the ability to create, see error (in our creation) and
correct it. The Body is were we correct the errant thought because we
can "Feel" thought and if it "hurts" it has error in it! Happiness is a
constant growing; whereas, depression is a stagnation of self identity! You are
Good enough for the I AM--you are good enough for you! So get over yourself
and get on with You, impeccability is what we do!
The Thoth Tarot-Ace of Disks:
mentioned, Kether, The Sephiroth that rules the Aces, is symbolized as
the Point, The Crown and the Swastika. If you have been following the
blogs, you know:
- The point, to imply completeness unto itself,
without dimension or external definition. The Point is also attributed
to the number 1 which mathematically has the potential for all other
The Crown symbolizes the Holy Guiding Spirit to which we may aspire.
The Swastika, is actually a Buddhist symbol for the "First Swirlings" of manifestation and represents the swirling motion around the Point/Kether that emphasizes self contained motion.
To reiterate, the 4 Aces are
the Root Force of the Alchemical Four elements. The Ace of Disks or Pentacles, or Stones is the
Root Force behind physical manifestation, that governs the motion
within the movement of Matter.
The Thoth Ace of Disks:
the influence of Kether, "The First Swirling" in matter or the World of
Assiah, as Qabalists call it. It is a card of materialism, but not
necessarily good or evil nor is it necessarily wealth.
card is in the Green of Spring, new growth, and the Aeon of Isis, the
mother of Form who is normally shown as Emerald green, but in the Ace of
Disks the Aeon is shown in spring green after the Resurrection of
Osiris as Horus; Horus being the New Aeon. The Wings represent the Four
Arch-Angels whose powers balance each other and create stability. The
six wings also represent the number of the Sun and the implied union of
Earth and Sun that creates the Alive. As
we know atoms to swirl, and planets to revolve, we know that matter is a
swirling motion and not a static one at all. Thus the card implies
swirls and movement within a stable image. or as Zoroaster Stated:,"rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud." The Greek words for " to the mark the beast"
appear in the center of this card. The number 666 also shows in this
card. This all shows the Earth to be the world of the Animal, as its
highest form. The God-Mind (Human) has changed this by expanding the
mammalian predator by Genetic Manipulation, combining the Animal DNA
with that of "the angels that fell to Earth", thus the human body is a
G.M.O, for the purpose of advanced evolutionary work; The Great Work,
which is to bring the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious, "the
above", and "the below", individual consciousness, into perfect union.
Because it is an Animal mind, the Beast is seen by some as a lowly
thing, whereas The Divine Creative has seen the Beast to be worthy of
Daemon/Angelic status. I don't presume to question the Divine Creative
in this, I just exalt in my inheritance. Doing my best to Be the "As
According to Crowley, the central Hieroglyph is
that of "the chosen priest and apostle of infinite space," (The
Husband) ,"The prince-priest the Beast"< [Liber Al. I.15.]. Thus, the
Phallus is shown as the central symbol of this card, as that is the
symbol of Tetragrammaton ("rebounding, whirling forth, crying aloud,")
again showing the Sol (Phallus) Luna (Yoni) union of reflected light.
Crowley took this card as his personal Hieroglyph, so deep study into his writings is
required to understand his deep and subtle meanings implied by this
card. Purchasing his books and reading them over and over is this
author's suggestion. A.Crowley, was a practicing Tantric, so his symbols
of the Lingam/Phallus, is much like those lingams at the Shiva Temples
WHEN THE ACE OF DISKS or ACE OF STONES, IS THROWN DURING A DIVINATION:
- Union between the physical and spiritual aspects of the querent.
- beginning a new pathway in life that will bring satisfaction.
- A new planting of seeds, for a new home, job, career, or some form of security.
- Materialization of ideas bringing stability to skills that produce results.
- Could also be a time of meditation, an inward pulling of energy.
- Good beginnings for financial wealth, material gain and worldly status.
- The beginning of any new material form.
most auspicious card showing the bringing together of internal and
external talents and resources.
- Even if ill dignified it shows a sharing
- Also the Card of a Shaman, or one who is practiced in the arts of Earth Magic.
- New material conditions for a new satisfying path in life shall ensue
Ace of Disks is the "seed" of Matter brought on by the joyous union of
the Sun-Conscious and The Womb of Earth/unconscious.
- Beginning of successful ventures.
- The seed of prosperity.
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