March 19-21, 2014: Ace of Wands

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March 19-21, 2014: Ace of Wands

Postby Al-Shariyf » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:58 am

THE ROOT OF
THE POWERS OF FIRE
Ace of Wands

Meditation Pattern: Place the Ace of Wands between Atu XX, The Æon, and Atu XI, Lust.

Qabalistic Correspondences: The seed or root of elemental Fire. Kether of Fire, or Kether in Atziluth.

Traditional Description: A White Radiating Angelic Hand, issuing from clouds and grasping a heavy club, which has three branches in the colors, and with the sigils, of the scales. The right- and left-hand branches end, respectively, in three flames, and the center one in four flames; thus yielding 10, the number of the Sephiroth. Twenty-two leaping flames, or Yods, surround it, answering to the 22 Paths; of these, three fall below the right branch for Aleph, Mem, and Shin; seven above the central branch for the double letters; and between it and that on the right, 12 (six above and six below) about the left-hand branch. The whole is a great and flaming torch.

Meaning: The essence of the element of Fire in its inception. The primordial energy of the Divine, manifesting in matter at so early a stage that it is not yet definitely formulated as Will. It symbolizes Force – strength, rush, vigor, energy, enterprise, initiation, beginning. It implies Natural Force, as opposed to Invoked Force. It governs various works and questions.

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"To advance—that means Work. Patient, exhausting, thankless, often bewildering Work. Dear sister, if you would but Work! Work blindly, foolishly, misguidedly, it doesn’t matter in the end: Work in itself has absolute virtue." -Magick Without Tears
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Re: March 19-21, 2014: Ace of Wands

Postby Al-Shariyf » Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:23 am

Day one:
Raw, unbridled passion with no particular form, tumescence, unfathomable power slightly felt but unable to be grasped, unrest, potential for a great undertaking but what is it going to be? What to do with so much power? Awakening to one's personal power with no clear understanding or knowledge of what to do with it. A new undertaking, opening up to one's divine mission. Budding will.

Day two:
Passionate love and dedication to the divine, strong spiritual urge, purging and consecrating one's self, leadership, divine revelation, torching something; setting it ablaze to get rid of it and make space for something newer and truer to arise in it's ashes, inner spark, being impulsive.

An image of a powerful king comes to mind, he is sitting on a throne with fire all around him, his beard is made of white-gold flames, he has a stern look on his face

Boldness, daringness, Kether of Fire is Malkuth of Spirit, in the beginning is the end, all of the fire cards will unfold from this card.

Day three:
Potential to set a tremendous amount of energy in motion, the presence of an unformulated will, potent sexual energy, a seed of greatness, a powerful idea, opening up to one's true nature and surrendering to the direction one's life is going, awareness that what is so is the will of God, the beginning of being authentic.
"To advance—that means Work. Patient, exhausting, thankless, often bewildering Work. Dear sister, if you would but Work! Work blindly, foolishly, misguidedly, it doesn’t matter in the end: Work in itself has absolute virtue." -Magick Without Tears
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Re: March 19-21, 2014: Ace of Wands

Postby danica » Mon Mar 24, 2014 5:23 am

- The color must be red, with white-flames shining through it, like in the card (I haven’t read the text today).
- Pillar of Power; masculinity (in sense of: Yang, Chokhmah); penetration (in all possible senses).
- Kether in Atzilut: this is the Arch-Fire, all-permeating yet invisible; Hadit expressed as Pure initial Impulse of Will (without any particular focus, without aim other then To BE).
- Primordial unity of elemental Fire; the source of all Fire in all its particular manifestations in Micro and MacroCosm.
- “With the Wand createth He”; this is the Instrument of Will of the Magus – its essence, portrayed in its symbolic form; and all the other cards in the suit of Fire represent further elaboration (other Minor Arcana following the numerical sequence of the T.O.L., and the Court Cards) of this theme.
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- Read the text today; meditating on the card using the recommended pattern: Ace of Wands with ATU XI & ATU XX
- The Tooth and the Snake, Teth & Shin; this Arch-Fire, pure initial Impulse of Will, is what awakens and initiates growth of any kind. It has no form, no direction (no inner polarization), it just tends to burst-forth.
- Giving, radiation, expansion. Fire = that which purifies.
- I imagine this upward pillar of fire standing inside my body. (….)
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- Spirit expressing itself as a Spark; the essence of every creative impulse.
- Exaltation. It’s hard to articulate anything about this card.
"Write, & find ecstasy in writing! Work, & be our bed in working! Thrill with the joy of life & death! Ah! thy death shall be lovely: whoso seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age long love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice! We are one; we are none."
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