Three of Coins (III)

We had not met for a few weeks, but continued to share observations/intuitions about the Three of Coins over email:

– Ace = Fire

  Two = Water

  Three = Air (therefore it seems to us more conceptual/abstract, this is in the nature of the Air element)

Ace = Sun

Two = Moon/Planets

Three = Stars (again, the conceptual/abstract seems fitting)

These go along with the Strength (Ace), Beauty (Two), Wisdom (Three) or Willing (Ace), Feeling (Two), Thinking (Three) motif. One also thinks of the Sun-like power and radiance of Steiner, the depth of feeling of Tomberg, and the crystalline clarity of Robert’s work.

It is very interesting how hard it is to see anything in the Three without the context of Ace and Two. Likewise, one’s gaze is almost immediately drawn forwards to the Four, looking for the element Earth, the planetary body Earth, Love/Righteousness and…Sensation? Ego? 

– One wonders if there is a correspondence between the 14 Arcana of each of the Minor Suits, and the 14 letters/movements of the Evolutionary Sequence in Eurythmy:















– Some investigation into the topic at the end of the June 12th conversation:  is the Three of Coins more of a “Shin” (Fire of Love) or “Vau” (Sared Magic). In other words, is it correct to be working with the divine name YHShVH or should we be continuing with the divine name YHVH?

Joel investigated a bit the traditional meanings of the letters of the Hebrew Alphabet, in order to see if Vau usually indicates the Child of Father Yod and Mother He as we had discussed. Or if Shin somehow plays this role in a different way?

Possibly not the most ideal source, but it’s a start:

According to this, Vau represents Divine Creation/Jacob’s Ladder:  that which connects Heaven and Earth. In this sense, it is strongly related to Sacred Magic, “Thy Will Be Done,” but not necessarily on the Child of Father Yod and Mother He. On the other hand, Shin has a strong emphasis on Three, Trinity, Harmony. The three pillars of the Tree of Life. Finding balance between polarities. According to other indications for Yod and He on this same list, we might have something like this:

Yod:  Infinitely small seed from which all springs

He:  Breath/Light/Being

(Shin:  Fire of Love, Trinity)

Vau:  Divine Will united with Human Will

He:  Breath/Light/Being

And the reference on the part of Tomberg to the divine name YHShVH is not in the Wandering Fool as we originally thought, but in Meditations on the Tarot, on page 117 in the letter-meditation on the Pope, tying it directly to the Five Wounds.

The only other reference from Tomberg, as far as we know, is in week 252 of the Lord’s Prayer Course:

[Yahveh – Jesus – 4-petalled lotus flower]

[Yahveh =] Jehova + one letter [S] yields Jeshous = Jesus, and it is precisely the letter S which indicates the fire that came through Christ. Water + fire = wine. He brings the baptism of fire.

He comes not to destroy the Law, but to fulfil it, i.e. to add something to it. Thereby this transformation is able to begin [such that human thinking is not only clear but also has warmth – see Week 251].

[If it continues further] it can culminate with the human being’s blood being permeated with the warmth of the heart.

The miracle of Cana is [yields] the wise heart: wisdom and warmth of heart together. [At the miracle at Cana] the wine was used up, i.e. from the youthful, tempestuous [mode of] experience Lucifer was gone.

Then cool-headed clarity remains; then water remains.

But this water is transformed through Christ Jesus into new wine,

which was better than the first.

When wisdom enters into the heart and the heart into wisdom,

then the first trespass is forgiven.

[This is] the permeating of the 4-petalled lotus flower by the Christ Impulse.

Now, we see this four petalled lotus flower all over the Coins! And the four petals of YHVH are permeated in the center by Christ (Sh).

– There is a lecture by Steiner on the forms of the Goetheanum which references some familiar forms in the first three Coin cards:

The Three seems to have a sort of Butterfly/Imago shape. Perhaps the Ace is a sort of Cocoon, and the Two is showing us the transformation that happens within the Cocoon?

The uniqueness of the white point makes us feel certain that it is of great significance, the key to the image in a way. 

There is a levity in the upper two plants that makes one think of the Angel and the Eagle in the World, and the gravity/support of the lower two plants makes on think of the Bull and the Lion in the World. When we look at the two options for the series of 3:

Empress—Hanged Man—Fool—Three of Coins


Empress—Hanged Man—World—Three of Coins

it seems that using the World as 21 rather than the Fool in this case is correct. There isn’t much resonance using the Fool.

If we count the various leaves/petals on the four plants, we see 12 above and 10 below which equals 22:  the Heart Chakra and Solar Plexus Chakra; the Major Arcana. Or if the plants are seen as two S curves intersecting at the white point, this makes each S curve have twelve pieces (the white point is shared by each S curve). 

One can re-shape the image back to a hypothetical origin:  unite all three coins over top of the white coin, covering it up, and have the plants retreat into this unified coin. The white point within the coins is like the mustard seed, the coins are like the mountain. When the plants begin to emerge from the white point, the coin/mountain breaks into three, it moves. The faith of the mustard seed that moves mountains, life overcoming death, creating trinity (and indicating quaternary!) out of unity. One could very easily move from Ace of Coins to Three of Coins in this sense. The Two throws off the intuitive metamorphosis of the image when only using Ace and Three.

Ace of Coins = emphasis on 12 (12 lines on the central flower, 12 points in the middle). This reminds us of the harmonizing of the 12 senses in the first pre-earthly deed of Christ. One sees the pain, the danger, of being invaded by the Ahrimanic element through one’s senses. The shield aspect of this card, protection, skin.

Two of Coins = emphasis on 7 (the seven words and forms on the banner). The reminds us of the harmonizing of the life processes and organs in the second pre-earthly deed of Christ. The birth of vocalization, longing for community, the other. One sees this longing in the flow between the two.

Three of Coins = emphasis on 3. This reminds us of the harmonizing of the soul forces in the third pre-earthly deed of Christ. Balance, harmony, clarity (concepts/consonantal speech). 

And looking forward, the Four of Coins shows the separation of Above and Below, the Higher Ego looking above, and the Lower Ego looking below:  healing of the Ego by the Deed on Golgotha.

– In the past we have spoken of the Ace of Coins as related to the 10 Sephiroth and the so-called “Flash of Eternity,” vs the 22 Paths of the Tarot weaving amongst these Sephiroth, Paths of Metamorphosis/Development.

The passage from Song of Solomon at the beginning of The Lover:

“Set me as a seal upon your heart,

As a ring upon your arm;

For love is strong as death…

Its flashes are flashes of fire,

A flame of the Eternal.”

The Flash of Eternity is the Flame of Love. The Minor Arcana express the Flame of Love. Whereas the 22 Paths are the Paths of Wisdom. Love and Wisdom:  Christ and Sophia.

– Considering the Grail Stone and the Grail Bearer. One thinks of Repanse de Schoye bearing the Grail Stone on the one hand, and bringing this in relationship to the image of the Ego of Lazarus after his resurrection residing in Magdalene (or John). The Ego of Lazarus as the Grail. The stone that fell from heaven:  he was the first Ego, the first Monad to be formed by Elohim. Then thinking of this Grail Stone in terms of our principle of Spiritual Exchange. The Grail supplies whoever comes to it with exactly what they need. It has no being in and of itself, it is able to take on whatever it needs to. This is like money, Coin. Coin is nothing on its own. Its value lies in what it can be transformed into i.e. what it can be exchanged for. The Ego of Lazarus = the Grail = The Coin. 

– Joel recently purchased an odd little book on the Sepher Yetsira by Carlo Suares. Two very relevant quotes, from pages 18 and 34:

“The cabalist is someone who, without preconceived ideas, freely ‘plays the game’ of Aleph-Bet without an intermediary:  ‘He speaks to the creator of the Sephiroth.’ In other words, he joins in the unique creative movement. But we must understand that contact is where our ‘name’ is, in ‘the rightful place’ of our structure. It is up to the cabalist to discover his ‘name,’ to know his ‘sphere.’ He is a psychologist, or an artist, or philosopher, or interested in social questions. In short, the entrance to ‘the game’ begins when the cabalist becomes aware of his own individuality. At the same time he must stop reiterating religious or other teachings. The ‘game’ will reveal itself to him from the way he treats its elements: it is a movement, a vibration of the different living forms which ‘come and go’ (Sepher Yetsirah, I, 8), and the cabalist can become the receiver and transmitter of this cosmic movement. The the Qabala, in all its complexity, becomes comprehensible.”

And later, on page 34:

“This interior movement is the base (or fundament) of the cabalistic tongue and distinguishes it from all the profane languages. Its internal process is a continual requisitioning, a continual regrouping of fixed elements, a moving weft by means of which the cabalist is free to understand, in his own way, not only concepts, symbols, signs and names, not only to interpret their combinations according to his own judgment, but to abandon himself to the play of forces vital to new combinations, and, in his contemplations, making use of them to discover in himself and in the cosmic play of life, death and existence, depths hitherto unsuspected. In short, the cabalist is a creator.”