We begin our series of the Minors of the Brotherhood of Light deck with the Ace of Scepters. Note the Number 1 in the upper left hand corner of the card. This shows that it corresponds to Major Arcanum I, The Magus.
In the upper right hand corner, you will see that this card corresponds to the first decanate of the zodiac, the Aries decanate of Aries. The ruler of Aries is Mars, which is indicated in the lower left hand corner of the card. In the lower right hand corner, the scepter is shown again for decoration. You will also notice that the stars in the background of this card and the rest of the minors symbolize what the constellation looks like in the heavens.
For the purposes of this series, and because the Major Arcanum was covered in the last series, the definitions of each Major Arcanum will be kept brief. The Magus, briefly, is ruled by Mercury and symbolizes the whole, or unity. He also symbolizes the beginning as he is the first Major Arcana, and he symbolizes the use of CONSCIOUSNESS, LOGIC, REASON, and WILL. The Magus is regarded as a masculine, positive energy. Each of the four elements, or Aces associated with him, refracts through the prism of The Magus in its own way.
The key phrases for the Ace of Scepters combines the nature of The Magus with the nature of the element of fire:
- News of a business opportunity
- Business activity of a mental nature
- Business trip
- Aggressive intellectual pursuit
- New activity on the job
- New venture to benefit reputation
Note that these interpretations combine the “newness” or “beginnings” of The Magus with the element of fire representing Passion, Personal Interests, Hobbies, Authority, Power, Career and Reputation.
There are other ways to interpret this card incorporating the influences of Mercury, the ruler of The Magus:
- Honor gained from mental activity (Aces are generally regarded as positive energy)
- Scientific trends in business
- Business conference (communications-Mercury)
- Analysis in personal affairs
- Challenge demanding aggression
- Initiative taken
- A telephone call
Please don’t think you have to remember all of these interpretations as all of them are taken from Doris Chase Doane’s book, Blending Astrology Numerology and Tarot, available at our website www.light.org.
The inner meaning of the Ace of Scepters is based upon the decanate to which it is assigned, in this case, the Aries decanate of Aries. The decanates themselves also have inner and outer meanings. Their outer meanings are based on the astrological influence of the decanate. The inner meanings, or spiritual messages, stem from the mythic symbolism of the corresponding constellation. The interpretations suggested in Doris Chase Doane’s Book, Blending Astrology, Numerology and Tarot, are based on both outer and inner meanings of the cards, and all the astrological glyphs on the minors may be used in combination to come up with interpretations of your own.
Let’s explore our first decanate. The Ace of Scepters corresponds to the first ten degrees of Aries, which is in the sign of Aries, sub-ruled by Mars. This inner meaning corresponds to the constellation of Triangulum. The key word for the inner meaning of this card is ACTIVITY.
The first decanate of the zodiac is special because it is the first, and because it is the only decanate represented by a geometric figure, the triangle, and not a heroic figure or creature of mythology. C.C. Zain points out that is only fitting that the first pie-shaped decanate of 36 would be symbolized by the constellation Triangulum.
When we combine a positive (male) force with a negative (female) force, we are given the opportunity for a third force. In the Church of Light tradition, as well as in many other traditions, it is recognized that the domestic triangle provides an opportunity for creation, procreation, developing familial love and character development, or just the opposite, destruction on all levels. Zain writes, “…the interaction of two forces, the diverse pull of polarity, has a potency in either of two directions: It may either build up or tear down, be devoted to creation and construction, or turned into channels which disrupt and destroy…Nevertheless, this interaction, or polarity, generates movement; in fact, no movement, physical, mental or spiritual, ever takes place apart from the union of positive and negative potencies.”
The Triangle also is a universal symbol of the mind, and The Magus tells us that everything that is manifested begins as a thought. So, at the base of every movement, every action, every creation or destruction, there is a thought, a divine spark and, in a sense, a triangle.
The importance of a trinity in the beginning of everything has been recognized in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost of Christendom; Brahma, Vishnu and Siva of the Hindus and Osiris, Isis and Horus of ancient Egypt. Is it not fitting, therefore, that the beginning of our zodiac of decanates begins with this symbol of eternal action.
This decanate reminds us that it is only through the proper union of polarities that we are able to make progress and although there must be some allowance for the destruction of the old to make way for the new, if the old is destroyed too quickly or completely, there may be insufficient power to recover. The key word for Triangulum is ACTIVITY, and the spiritual text is: All life, thought and action are the product of the union of positive and negative potencies.
So, how would we interpret this inner meaning if it came up in a reading? We would interpret it, as well as all of the other inner meanings of the Minor Arcanum as advice or food for thought! We would begin to think about positive and negative energies and how they are working advantageously or not, and how creation and destruction are interacting within the context of the question. We would think about ACTION, ACTIVITY, ENTHUSIASM, ZEAL, the importance of COOPERATION, and ultimately, the union of body, mind and spirit, or the wholeness of the Number I.
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