Non Est Secundus Quia Unus Est


Notes On The Title

mhuir Non Est Secundus Quia Unus Est is a book of Tarot archetypes. The title comes from Caput X of “De Institutione Virginis Et Sanctae Mariae Virginitate Perpetua” by Saint Ambrose (c. 340 – 397 CE). A translation: “None are secondary, for all are one.” (In context: “Hie ergo non est secundus, quia primus est. Non est secundus, quia unus est.”)

The phrase “quia unus est” also occurs in the prologos to the Latin gloss of the Anglo-Saxon version of the Gospel of Matthew that is preserved in the Lindisfarne MS. There is a medieval MS (from Ireland) containing the Latin gloss in the Bodleian Library, MS. Auct. D. 2. 19.

Similar phrases – but in Hellenistic Greek – occur in parts of the Corpus Hermeticum and other ‘hermetic’/’gnostic’ texts of the period: “Quod superius est sicut quod inferius et quod inferius est sicut quod superius ad perpetranda miracula rei unius”
[What is underneath is just as what is above with thus what is above as that underneath hence the wonderous accomplishment of The One. (Kitab Sirr al-asrar)]