Two of Staves: Dominion
Historical Title: Lord of Dominion
Pent #2 “Illuminating”– Fire of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Berashith: “and the ruach of Elohim”
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #44 (姤 gòu), Coming to Meet
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Fire (Middle), Air (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Uranus (Chokmah, Wisdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Aries
Keywords: Achievement, Commitment, Potency, Endeavors, Confidence, Vision, Personal Power, Initiative
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Impotence, Blockades, Suppression, Newbie, Uncoordinated
Golden Dawn: Called Two of Wands Lord of Dominion, the Two of Wands card corresponds to the angels Vehooel and Denyal, the zodiacal Aries and the planetary Aries and places at Sephira #2 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.
A hand amidst flames crushed two wands in its grip, they are topped with Ram’s heads. four torches flank the corners.
Thoth: “The Word and the Will” is what the two always represent, says Crowley in his The Tarot of the Egyptians. Here he states that the dorje represents “the destructive” rather than “creative” dorje, which is incorrect. His readership at the time possibly had no way to fact check his proclamations, and one must be on guard with him at all times to make sure he is not trying to fill in the blanks with assumptions. After a while, one gets used to it, and I can even recognize when he is doing it. The dorje is a fascinating symbol found in facsimiles on the prehistoric British Isles even, and in the petroglyphs of ancient China of course. It has many layered and hidden meanings, but essentially represents the universe itself in the Buddhist paradigm. Enlightenment hits us at any time like a lightning bolt.
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: In Mutational Alchemy the dorje is shorthand for bigrammaton and tetragrammaton, in its two and four fold forms. The trappings of ceremonial Buddhism are unnecessary for Mutational Alchemy practice, they are optional like all of the other religions on earth. Here we have the warrior Lord of Thebes, Khensu, who is associated with the moon and war. The wands he carries represent human life, the serpent for female and the frog for male.
In the tiered bigrams we have a Air sign following under two Fire signs. This is a child of Fire who remains filial. The Logos or Vau principle is strong in him. In the trigrams there is Qian, Heaven in the above and Sun the Penetrating in the below, #44, Coming to Meet.
The situation is dangerous and although Khensu is the right divinity for the job, many others will fail to achieve synthesis and control. The situation is as dangerous as the crocodiles infer. One might complain about your methods or attitude, but there will be no regret in the end for denying those with ulterior motives and dishonest natures. People addicted to socializing, frivolous talk, gaiety, impropriety of various sorts and those who seek friends quickly when they hardly know a person are at great risk in the situation this card infers. A Hermit, a wise man, a loner, a scholar, will do a little better. A warrior with the mind of a commander will do best. Ambition is not a vice here if it is completely selfish to universal ends. The center of the Dorje. The people will dislike, even despise or hate one who has the proper authority of this card. It lays all of their insecurities bare and invites none of the weaknesses they foster or fall prey to. So social awkwardness might be indicated.
The essence of the card is of perfect cooperation with the creative will of Heaven as shown by Fire of Ouranos. The Emperor is inferred by Mars of Aries, a strong militaristic and ruthless force is nigh at hand. ” I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the wand of the Force of Coph Nia–but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed an Universe; & nought remains.” (LAVL 3:72)
The Scene: The fierce warrior lord of Thebes is Khensu, the son of Amun Ra. this god was chosen to be the face of the supreme ultimate reality or Godhead in this scene, with the unbound force, fire and will that goes along with that personality. Shown with his traditional iconography, the added wands represent male and female, the first primeval forces, feminine serpents and masculine frogs.
Ra is the primeval will and force of Fire made manifest in a personality.
The disc centered in the crescent moon is the universal pagan symbol of the masculine aspect of god, sometimes called the Horned God. Here it represents the moon god in his aspect as the apex of lunar and solar power. The moon was considered to be the night time sun by the ancient Kemetic people and symbolized the immense power of the eternal solar god, Amun Ra.
In this god’s name there are clues to be found that correlate with the Book of the Law, in that Khensu also means “To move in various directions”. The line “Come unto me” is a foolish word: for it is I that go” by “Hadit”.
The time of the middle of the lunar month was called by the Kemetic people the “The uniting of the two bulls” and the dual nature of the lunar/solar masculine god of light is certainly reflected in both The Winged Serpent of Light, consort of the star goddess, and Ra Hoor Khut, the vengeful and warrior god who is also known as Montu and here, Khensu. As a dual god he is more powerful and complete and represents the full mass of his strength. The crocodiles he has complete and perfect control over, and who uphold his rule represent the greatness of death and also the great primeval mother. Tiamat in the Sumerian cosmology, Ammit in the Kemetic.