The Threes

The Four Threes, generally, represent the realization of action owing to the Prince having been produced. The central symbol on each card. Action definitely commenced for good or evil.

THREE OF WANDS, Lord of Established Strength (Sun in Aries). Angels of the Decan: Hechashiah (rpwnn) and Aamamiah (rpntty).

This is Binah in Atziluth, the influence of Binah in the World of Pure Spirit. The three crossed Wands on the card means the balance of Chokmah and Binah which has given forth Tiphareth (the Queen has given birth to the Prince, and growth begins), shown by Crowley as the blossoming of the Lotus. Astrologically, the entrance of the Sun into Aries heralds the Spring. The Sun illuminates Aries, the sign of Cardinal Fire, ruled by Mars. The result is great strength in individual expression, but also egocentricity which may manifest as pride and conceit.

Golden Dawn Lotus Wand

Waite's card shows the divinatory meaning of Established force, pride and arrogance, power sometimes.

Mercury Kabbalah

THREE OF CUPS, Lord of Abundance (Mercury in Cancer). Angels of the Decan: Rahael (i?Nh}a) and Yebomayah

This is Binah in Briah, the influence of Binah in the mental World. Cancer is under the rulership of the Moon, and is Cardinal Water. It is, thus, in perfect affinity with Binah. The gifts of Mercury overflow in this sign, as is indicated by the rushing water crossing the stems of the Lotuses of the Golden Dawn card in a way suggestive of a Caduceus. Crowley modifies this theme of Water flowing from dual Lotuses. The water in his card arises from one single Lotus, "the dark calm sea characteristic of Binah."74 His cups are pomegranates, the fruit of Persephone to whom, with Demeter, the card is attributed.

To represent the meaning of plenty, hospitality, abundance, etc., Waite uses a motif of three dancers (the Graces) popularized during the Renaissance.

Lord Sorrow

THREE OF SWORDS, Lord of Sorrow (Saturn in Libra). Angels of the Decan: Harayel (i>N>in) and Hoqmiah (rpnpn).

This is Binah in Yetzirah, the influence of Binah in the Astral World. Saturn is a very powerful planet, sometimes called "The Great Destroyer," and sometimes "The Great Initiator." Its presence usually means pain and hardship but this should not be taken as evil. It is through suffering, and through encounter with the Dark Sterile Mother that we learn life's most important lessons. Saturn throws the scales of Libra off balance in order that they may be rebalanced in a better way. Waite's card of unhappiness and sorrow shows a heart pierced by three swords, while the Golden Dawn swords tear apart the Rose of five Petals as does Crowley's version.

Capricorn Suffering

THREE OF PENTACLES, Lord of Material Works (Mars in Capricorn). Angels of the Decan: Yechevah (rp 1 rp) and Lehachiah (rpnni?).

This is Binah is Assiah, the influence of Binah in the material world. The effect of Mars on the earth sign Capricorn is to bring great control and discipline in material things. The idea of employment, business, constructive building is shown by Waite as a medieval artisan at work in a church. Crowley's card shows material manifestation based on the pattern of three as represented in various symbol systems: Mercury, Sulphur and Salt to the Alchemists, Sattvas, Rajas and Tamas to the Hindus, and the maternal letters Aleph (Air), Mem (Water) and Shin (Fire) in the Qabalah. The pyramid arises in the Great Sea which is Binah.

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