The Twos

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.

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TWO OF WANDS, Lord of Dominion (Mars in Aries). Angels of the Decan: Vehooel m) and Deneyal (iwjT).

Chokmah in Atziluth, the influence of Chokmah in the World of Pure Spirit. In the Atziluthic realm, the fiery male force is on its own ground, so to speak, and is in a completely harmonious state. The fiery planet Mars rules the fiery sign Aries, a tremendous force which Crowley symbolizes with two crossed Dorjes, Tibetan symbol of the thunderbolt. Here we understand that the energies are balanced making this powerful card one of stable strength and dominion.

To the crossed Wand pattern, established by the Marseilles deck, the Golden Dawn added an angelic hand. The original Golden Dawn cards included the astrological signs found on the Crowley cards, here Mars and Aries, the decision having been made to eliminate them for publication.

Waite's card shows a man surveying his kingdom, a mnemonic device intended to benefit those who are using the cards primarily for divination, showing only one aspect of the card's meaning, Dominion.

Chokmah Images

TWO OF CUPS, Lord of Love (Venus in Cancer).

Angels of the Decan: Ayoel (^NJPN) and Chabooyah (?T> inn).

This is Chokmah in Briah, the influence of Chokmah in the Mental World. Cancer is a watery sign, so Cups apply. This is a card of feeling and romance (particularly in material things) which has the potential for energy misspent. Fish, generally, refer to the Goddess Venus, the Dolphin relating more specifically to Neptune and the Sun God Apollo.69 On the Golden Dawn card the Solar (male) symbolism is implicit in the gold color of one Dolphin, while the silver in the other is Lunar (female). They work together to bring light to our world, which is also the nature of the sign Cancer, and reinforces the meaning of the card as a harmony of male and female. The water springs from a pure source, the upper Lotus, and pours down into the cups, ultimately reaching our material earth. The idea is that Water ( n) can only flow through the energy provided by the Chokmah-Fire (■>). It is a joyous and loving partnership.

The Crowley card is based entirely on that of the Golden Dawn. And in the Marseilles card we find the apparent design roots of both.

In his exoteric version, Waite emphasizes the divinatory meaning of love, marriage and partnership.70

The Lord Peace Restored

TWO OF SWORDS, Lord of Peace Restored (Moon in Libra). Angels of the Decan: Yezalel Ottim) and Mebahel (i>Kn:m).

This is Chokmah in Yetzirah, the influence of Chokmah in the Astral World. Swords are generally negative and destructive, but the balancing effect of Chokmah makes this a positive card. Swords, which might otherwise be clashing, hold together a flower in both the Golden Dawn and Crowley cards: The Golden Dawn uses the Venusian red rose of peace; Crowley chose a five-petaled lotus. Balance is affirmed by the cross of light behind which, on Crowley's card, implies that this is the balance of active energies.

The divinatory meaning is suggested by the position of the Moon in Libra. The Moon is a very changeable and erratic planet which assumes some stability in Libra. The effect is one of subtlety, grace and compromise. So in divination, this card means a quarrel made up and arranged, the restoration of peace. Waite's card implies all of this, but also indicates the underlying tension which Crowley shows in his swirling forms behind the Swords. The truce here may be somewhat tenuous.

TWO OF PENTACLES, Lord of Harmonious Change (Jupiter in Capricorn). Angels of the Decan: Lekabel and Veshiriah (ip-uyi).

This is Chokmah in Assiah, the influence of Chokmah in the material world. Jupiter, a very benevolent Planet in traditional astrology, is not well placed in the Sign of Capricorn, meaning that its good influence can only be exerted as an organizer. It assures the harmony of an interaction of dualities inherent in the Chokmah energy as it applies to earth. What was a perfectly unified energy in Atziluth, is now a completely expressed duality; energies in alternation.

Once more it appears that the Marseilles card is the pattern for the three modern cards, the later versions having simply closed the "S" shape into a perfect symbol of infinity. The Snake with its tail in its mouth, the Uroboros, is a very ancient symbol of wisdom (meaning of the Hebrew word Chokmah). But

Ancient Infinity Sign

this serpent is in the form of a figure eight, the same infinity sign found over the head of THE MAGICIAN. In divination it means the harmony of change. But in esoteric studies, it suggests the underlying patterns of alternation in all matter, and the profound relationship between opposites.

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