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The Gift Of Tanscendence; The Ace And Three of Swords.

“Being is not full transcendence. We learn about ourselves by discovering our imperfections. Experience corrupts any romantic notions that we ever held of achieving perfection. We must live with our limitations and our imperfections. We must cherish the blemishes in people who we love.”

― Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Let’s get primal! The first, the beginning, the initial manifestation, let’s talk Aces.

The RWS deck has the Aces carried aloft by the unseen hand of spirit. I suppose that makes it an inspired, primal occurrence. It is all going on in the imaginal world, the Mundis Imaginalis. The Ace carries with it the primacy of its suit and in this instance we are connecting to Swords.

Archetypally, it contains the potentiality of its possible manifestation and as such it is the spirit of what it will become. They evolve, the Ace naturally has to become something else, to find itself amongst and within a complex weave of essences and realisations. It could be said that the Ace is the first step of awakening to the process of transformation. I think they are loaded with promise and there is a relief within the Aces that, indeed, everything will pass and nothing is permanent. At a stretch one could say that they are some of the nuts and bolts of The Death card, the alpha and omega in all things.

The Ace of Swords cannot be anything else other than the realm of ideas and thought processes.

We are shown that we are more than our thoughts and we can change how we think about things; we can change our perception as quickly as switching on a light. There are times when it is imperative to do so. Personally, it is when I get into the quicksand of my maudlin depths and before I know it I have depressed myself. Thoughts carry action and actions carry consequences. If I wish to avoid ruptures in the steady rhythm of good health in my mind, body, spirit then it is essential for me to brighten up my ideas and set sail for sunnier horizons within myself. Having said that it is also vital to register our true responses to life around us; current pop spirituality encourages spiritual bypass and nothing was ever gained from denial.

I also see in this Ace the requirement to speak one’s truth or at least to address it unto oneself.

Truth can’t be explained only experienced and again we are called to acknowledge what is written in our heart.

In terms of ideas and personal vision there should be a willingness to break away from old thought patterns and seek out new forms of expression, fresh paths of communication and a loosening of conservative and limiting beliefs based on narrow minded perspectives.

This will be inevitable when we encounter, through the power of the imagination, the other world. We take on almost through default a more sophisticated view of the higher realms. After all, is it not our purpose to connect with our higher self, the deep wisdom gained from aeons in infinity, that wisdom which can only be externalised through thought.

It is that fire of illumination which awakens mental clarity. It nudges at the desire to understand even the deepest of mysteries and as such heralds an awareness in a whole new paradigm.

Something of interest...I take an Ace and I marry it to a Three.

We can see the foundation in the Ace and what it has become, this does not rule out the Two. In fact much can be said about the missing card but in this case we have leaped over the equalising effect of the deuce and walked into the expanding, unfolding triad.

This little game helps me to understand the progressive nature of the cards and brings new insights each time I play.

Threes bring an end to static tensions.

They resolve opposites and integrate polarities. Threes are a mystic number and many religious orders and philosophies speak of trinities, triumvirates and triple manifestations. The principle of trinity asks us to understand the concept of the process of change from a place of stasis to one of emergent possibilities. It is a dynamic of creativity and evolution.

The Three of Swords is one of those cards that when it slaps onto the table we greet it with crestfallen apprehension. Those blades that pierce the ruby red heart trigger connections to ancient symbols and are a reference to the pain and struggle we all encounter on our journey through life. Yet it is that very struggle that teaches us how to love and those down cast swords slicing through the 'sacre coeur' are the painful experiences that we have brought with us or at any rate, allowed ourselves the experience.

The Three of Swords expresses sorrow and loss.

It also expresses disappointments and let downs. Wounds which feel the emotions and all the angst of being in the world. It speaks of conflict and inner tendencies that have not been reconciled but by doing so will ultimately clear the way for growth and a deeper understanding of our place in the world.

The Three of Swords also reminds us that our heart is strong enough to withstand the tempest. When faced with adversity we can move above the conflict and confusion, we can become older and wiser from learning about why experiences happen, perhaps not to us but for us. When mental stability is shaken like this determination, patience, trust and intuition will be our allies in order for us to be renewed again.

Forgiveness, realising we are without entitlement, character and courage will be the precursor of compassion.

This Three is learning that compassion is a living energy, alive and well in the universe. It is love over fear.

Who, why, what and when encourage us to seek out the many paths to one truth, the truth of compassion. We have a choice, to remain in a place of suffering or to evolve beyond it and step into our natural heritage of wisdom and love.

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

― Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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