The Thoth Tarot- 3 of Swords-Sorrow & The Witches Tarot- Three of Swords:
The Ruling element of the Three of Swords is Air. Air is the
Element of Mind, for the mind has currents of creative flow caused by
heated passions or the calculating- cold of rational thinking and as such, resembles air in its actions.
the Witches Tarot-
Three of Swords, we have presented a large red heart, pierced by three swords. The storm clouds, all dark and gloomy, reflect the mood of tears and sadness.
Above the heart are two faeries embracing, as if to comfort each other, while a single faerie, flies off alone.
Blue, ageratum flowers are falling from the dark sky. In the language of flowers, ageratum flowers imply delay.
primary meaning of the Three of Swords, seems to be that of sorrow,
conflict and strife. Unhappiness is obvious and emotions are shattered as this is the toughest time of heart break and the anguish of loss and betrayal.
THOTH TAROT-3 OF SWORDS-SORROW:
In past blogs on the subject of the Great Mother- Binah-the Sephiroth of Understanding. You may remember that Binah is the 3rd Sephiroth called Understanding,
She is also named the Sanctifying Intelligence and the Parent of Faith. Here is the implication that any religion of any sect, could not have a "church" without this underlying structure of Sanctifying Intelligence.
Also often the cure for sorrow, is faith in a higher self. As Mary is the Church, in
Catholic doctrine, so is Binah the Parent of Faith...not the faith
itself, but its parental intelligence that is the foundation of
organization, structure and sanctity.
You may ask, "What has this
to do with sorrow?" To make this simple, she is the Crone in this card,
and the Crone is the state of mental energy that is the death of the you
that you think you are, and she is also the Mother whose i belief in the "you" has created you... a you that
you don't know. One might even say she has faith in you, for she loves her beautiful children.
As the concept
of Virgin or Maid, we have Binah as High Priestess, as concept of Mother we
have Binah as Empress and here She is as the beginning of Crone which
forms in Geburah.
Let me explain: many
of us think that "freedom of choice" is happiness, but we forget that in
order to have "freedom of choice", we must have a beginning and an end. For without measurement there is no choice. As Spirit, we just Are; we are I AM, where
there is no up, no down, no in and no out; We just Are. But as a Spirit, a "frequency of the Divine Creative",
who runs a material body, we have the "measure of self" and the freedom
to choose our identity, motion and actions. We are both the cause and
effect of our perspectives and our own responsibility. Self creating,
self propagating and self destroying. Now that is free-doom! You may remember from past blogs, I explained that the English word, Freedom, comes from the Anglo-Saxon, Free-Doom, meaning "I choose my own death", which is most prophetic.
This Thoth card is a 3
the number of the major arcana--key 3 The Empress and represents Her
great Sorrow; that of the Mother who is both Life and Death. For she has
given birth to Beautiful Children
who must end. Also her free and beautiful
children often think themselves into an ugliness imposed on them by the
illusion of man made words. This hurts a loving mother, as does the fact
that those beautiful children must end, which is yet another addition
to the burden of sorrow that arrives with every loving attachment in
this world of matter.
Many of us know that to love is to end in
loss...but we will love after loss anyway. Love is our nature and gain
and loss, are a measurement. The Wise also know that loss is the
beginning of a new gain. This understanding, doesn't lessen sorrow, it
just helps us move forward with tears running down our face. Thus there
is strength gained in understanding sorrow, instead of, fear of sorrow
that only weakens us.
THE 3 OF SWORDS-SORROW:
also called the Lord of Sorrow, so once again we get confused by sexual
connotations. But energy in expression is male and female in
reception. The Planet attributed to the 3 of Swords is Saturn in the
sign of Libra. Saturn being Cronus, the Old Man of Time. The Angels of
the Decan are Hayayel and Hoquiam.
Here we have the
of Binah in the Astral World of Yetzirah. The Power of Saturn is
destructive and initiatory bringing a presence of pain and hardship. But
as we may know, hardship and suffering are often where we learn life's
greatest lessons. So the Dark Sterile Mother, is not evil, she is a Sanctifying Intelligence
who by the process of time/death brings one's soul back to its purity through the power of limitation
In the 3 of Swords, Saturn unbalances the Scales of Libra, in order
that they may be re-balanced in an improved way. So the Crone is the
perpetrator of "Tough Love" and for a Mother having to use tough love to
teach her beautiful children, brings a sorrow as well. This is implied
as the Rose of Five Petals, Her heart-- if you will, is torn apart by
the piercing of the three swords. This card suggests the Dark Sea of
Binah, a Womb of chaos, where things are deconstructed to be
reconstructed. This card is deeply occult, for even the dark folds in the back ground, represent the inside of a womb. One must remember, that the womb of our soul/psyche, loves us no matter how screwed up our outside world. She is our first "relationship" that has no conditional end. We must let our "inner world" come to the aid of our "outer world".
When the Three of Swords-Sorrow is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is experiencing thoughts of sorrow.
- Reoccurring thoughts of sorrowful past events.
- The sorrow of a triangular relationship that is out of balance.
- Disappointment and heartbreak.
- A type of recognition where one must give up one thing to gain another.
- Releasing; a gift of sorrow, allowing the querent to release and let out the pent up stress of feared emotions.
- Here difficulty precedes power.
for initiates, who travel to the abyss, this sorrow is soul deep, for
it is of the Sorrow of the Creatrix, who has to destroy to rebuild,
which will happen to the personality that succeeds in traversing the
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