Happy New Year, my friends! This is my first post of 2019. After contemplating the direction I want to take in the New Year, I decided to go with a Minor Arcana theme to start with. This is so that we can get to know the angels of the Name better and continue to explore the Minors in light of the angelic realm.
The Minors help us cope with everyday life. They help us make sense of what is happening and can facilitate better choices for just about everything that crops up in our day-to-day existence. They are often considered the ‘mundane’ arcana, compared to the Majors which signify major spiritual lessons, life themes and stages of initiation.
However, if you suspect that there is a way of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth even in the most mundane situations, you may wish to view the Minors as a spiritual aid to living in the world even though you are ‘not of the world.’ The Minors then become a map to sacred living, in full alignment with Higher Will. My aim this year, is to explore the Minor Arcana from this point of view.
The Minors, as we have shown in previous posts, each correspond to two of the angels of the Shemhamphorash. The 3 of Swords, for instance – our card of the day – corresponds with the second decan Libra. This decan is divided into two quinances, the second quinance of which is ruled by Yeiazel (aka Eiazel/Ieiazel).
Each decan is approximately ten days and each quinance equates to five days. The ruler of the first quinance is said to be the daytime ruler of that decan and the ruler of the second quinance the nighttime ruler. The Shem angels are also known as quinary angels and traditionally, the one ruling your birthday quinance acts as one of your angelic guardians on your life journey.
3 of Swords
The 3 of Swords is a traditionally a card of heartbreak. There is really nothing ambiguous in the imagery about how painful this can be. As humans, we all have to suffer the pain of having our hearts broken. Even those who are lucky enough to be happily married and healthy well into old age, suffer the loss of losing loved ones.
Typically, this card shows up in relationship readings where rejection by someone we love is part of the equation. However, we can also break our own hearts by perpetuating feelings of regret, guilt and shame.
The divine angle/angel for this card is to allow our hearts to break in exchange for the pain and suffering of others, just as Christ allowed himself to be broken for love to pour forth into the world when he had his heart pierced on the cross. If this is not possible, for whatever reason (not everybody is a Bodhisattva and that’s OK), we can lift our broken hearts up to God as a love offering, to be transformed by God’s light and love, remembering the words of Rumi…
‘The wound is the place where the Light enters you.’
Yeiazel rules the second quinance of the second decan Libra. His title is ‘God Who Rejoices’ or ‘God Who Gives Joy’ – A reminder that the true source of never-ending joy is God, and God alone.
Ask Yeiazel to help you overcome the sense of being separated from God and your true, eternal source of joy.
Yeiazel is the angel who liberates prisoners and that is why he is depicted as breaking our chains of pain, grief and sorrow.
Yeiazel is also a patron of artists, librarians, printers and people who are fond of education.
The corresponding verse from Psalms:
Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me? (Ps. 88:14)
Reading all of Psalm 88 is a remedy against imprisonment and feelings of grief.
Tarot Soul Coach