First Decan Aries, Tarot Two Fire, Dominion
First decan Aries corresponding to Tarot Two Fire, Two of Wands and each of the minor arcana cards, numbered Two, exhibit qualities ascribed to Chokmah, the second sephirah of the QBL Tree of Life.
The planetary quality of Chokmah is Uranus and each of the minor arcana cards numbered “Two” express this quality colored by the cards elemental suit: fire, water, air or earth.
In Astrology, the energies of Uranus are explosive and electric, bringing dramatic change. Uranus is forward-looking and recoils against tradition, extolling originality and individuality. Uranus is associated with technology, innovation, discovery, and all that is progressive, exemplifying the attributes of Chokmah.
Astrological Decan Allocation
Two of Fire, as the fire aspect of Chokmah, has the fitting title Dominion, a word expressing powerful and confident taking of power: a personality exuding natural authority believing they are born to rule. The astrological allocation for this decan is Mars in Aries which expresses and strengthens the Uranian quality.
Being the first decan of Aries, the beginning of a new year or cycle, the card asserts the energy and attributes required for commencing new projects. Outwardly, the card exudes the qualities of Mars in Aries blended with Uranian explosive boldness expressed through imaginative daring. A human archetype for this is Alexander the Great who’s military prowess and success was achieved through originality and unexpectedness. However, this influence does not have a lasting effect as history has illustrated in Alexander’s early demise and the short duration of his empire.
The Two of Fire represents an energy that is both powerful and abrupt, but short lived, explosive. Other influences will be required to feed and channel its energy if the card’s appearance is to sustain itself and achieve fruition. See Three of Fire, Established Strength, that molds energy released by the Two into what will be Perfected Work exhibited in the Four of Fire.
The following passage taken from Demian by Hermann Hesse concisely extols the virtues of this card Two of Fire. The characteristics of the God Abraxas in the book are not considered good or evil but neutral, just as the forces of nature are not good or evil even though human consciousness might perceive them as such.
“The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world.
Who would be born must first destroy a world.
The bird flies to God. That God’s name is Abraxas.”
This passage is especially pertinent to Two of Fire because Abraxas has a numerical value in Greek of 365, the number of days in a calendar year and secondly, because of the symbolism of an egg to the completed preceding year.
With our transition from Ten Water into Two Fire, we witness the formula of “self creation”. Having become what we desire to achieve in Ten Water, final decan of the previous cycle,we invest our past experiences in Two Fire, first decan of the new cycle, to move on, a process of eternal becoming, nature herself.
For Hesse, who derived his concept from the influence of Carl Jung, he expressed Abraxas as that which is god and devil combining all opposites into one being.
Returning to the combination of Uranus, Aries, Mars being a function of breaking into a new year creates a mnemonic making it reasonable to conclude this card embodies qualities of the Ancient Egyptian god Set, destroyer of established order who is a breaker with tradition to revitalize existence. In the current example, Two of Fire is the break out from the completed previous year, cycle, symbolized as an egg that closed with Ten of Water.
The appearance of the Two of Wands in a tarot reading indicates dramatic change, either from within or without.
The personality qualities of the court card Queen of Fire are those best suited to receive and translate the specific bicameral voice represented by Aries Mars to resolve the enigma of the cards appearance.
In our failure to understand what a card is saying, we should allow ourselves to be driven back on our bicameral inner voice for resolution. In this example of Two of Fire, the major arcana cards Emperor and Tower, corresponding to Aries and Mars that are the specific signature voice of this decan, will be voiced through the personality type represented by the Queen of Fire.
The once hallucinated visions and voices seen and heard by our distant ancestors are now experienced as ideas arising from meditating on the ancestor/god images of the paths of the QBL to which are ascribed the Major Arcana cards of the tarot.
Tarot and Bicameral Mind Theory
To harness the full potential of the tarot, it is advantageous to develop an eidetic faculty. This ability will empower individuals to instinctively react to life experiences as they appear, through recall of already encountered similar events. With the appearance of unfamiliar events, the querants mind should be driven back to the Major Arcana and Planetary decan cards behind the Minor Arcana life event.
Minor Arcana cards, one through ten, represent the querants attitude to life situations. Court cards represent psychological types. Together, they are the human biological machine.
Major Arcana cards represent bicameral voices of ancestors, gods or other alien communications that become visible or audible when original/previously unexperienced life situations presents themselves. I use Dream Linguistics as the term to translate and understand this phenomena.