Thoth Tarot & comparisons
The Hermetic Qabalistic Thoth-QUEEN OF WANDS
Binah is the Third Sephira on the Tree of Life; she is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding. The four Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence.
Seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight)
the Divine Vibration of each suit. By bringing forth a material Force
of each suit, like the window in a home bring in the Sun light, the
Queens, develop and realize the Force of the King. This is a steady,
unshaken and enduring force that is not as rapid in motion, as are the
Astrologically the Queen of Wands rules in the zodiac from 21 degrees Pisces to 20 degrees Aries.
the Mundane aspect of each court card symbolizes a specific person this
card would represent a mature, red/gold haired woman with blue or brown
eyes who is both steady and resolute with great attractive powers. When
not opposed, she can be kind and generous...but when opposed "there is
no hell likened to her wrath"!
To a Hermetic Qabalist,
the Queen of Wands represents Water of fire, Specific Water (Personal
Consciousness) in the World of Primal Fire (Impersonal Sexual Yod-Force). Thus
you see her enthroned in steady flames of Impersonal Passion and/or "Will to Force".
In her left hand is the Fire Wand (Pine Cone on top means wisdom) and in her right hand rests the head of a Leopard.
The Leopard represent
the extreme ferocity of the Divine Fire (The Original Passion that
created energy-movement) tamed by the Queen, i.e. Her dark side, is usually represented as a Black Panther, but when combined with her Higher Solar-Bright and Gold Mind, it becomes a leopard. In Her hands He purrs!
The Wand represents Will,
showing that She has complete control and is able to direct this Fiery
force of Divine Frenzy. She is warm, attractive, passionate, and generous when well
defined, Ill defined, she is the embodiment of hell, tyrannical,
revengeful, and violent.
As with all Great Power
[Passionate "Will to Force"] it can be emotionally
very beneficial or very destructive, depending on the Will of the
wielder. Now that also means that She has an immense capacity for
friendship and love, but always on her own terms. So this card is often
the representative of Great Personal Female Power in action. Since the Feminine or Anima of The Divine Creative Collective Universal Unconscious, is "Will to Form", she is Magnetism at its highest order. Therefore the Queen of Wands, is the Law of Attraction, personified for consciousness.
Being that her persona is warm,
passionate, honest and sincere, and seeing no purpose in falsehood, she
will respond harshly to deceit!
She is the Greek Helen of Troy, a symbol of being both highly sexual,
and indomitable and expressive, she attracts the strong Animus/Male Electric, by her presence alone. In other
words, a very dangerous personality, whose very presence attracts "moths to flame"! This alone can be stimulating to
some men which is all well an good on her terms, but devastating to
those who try to control her,
fiery, delightful, passionate, and active beauty
This attraction in also shown in
, as the Queen of Wands rules from 21st degree of Pisces to the
20th degree of Aries and represents the mysteries of the Watery part of
Fire that forms the "Crystal Prism"(Consciousness of Passion/ Spirit) that refracts One Conscious (Divine Self Awareness) into many individual consciousnesses. What can be simply said here,
is that Fire is Spirit, the Divine Frenzy of Intelligent Movement, and the Watery part of Spirit is "spiritual self-aware
intelligence" or the Conscious Spirit which is both fluid as fire and
colored (colors are not reflections of the force--but the actual force
itself) and is often mundanely called "Emotions" and/or "energy in motion".
If one could see the Aura and Chakras
, as I do, one would know that the 8 conscious-states of Energy, called auric bodies
are made of "Spiritual matter/invisible
light"....Solar-Conscious-energy and therefore, are an composite of
"Entity" (Entity, in Physics is a "point-in-time"). The Eight "sided" collective of intelligent entities, are often called "Bodies of light" or bodies. This is an intelligent, multi-dimensional hexagon (the symbol of a Hexagram) of EQUAL dimensions! They really are Conscious Self Awareness, that has been developed by the Divine Creative over the 14 billion years of measurable time, non greater than another, all One Self. Therefore, I call them conscious.
1). Super-Conscious (invisible movement of light-intelligence in the Divine Collective)
2). Causal Conscious (The intelligence of Cause)
3.) Mental Conscious (the intelligence of effect)
4) Emotional Conscious (The animating intelligence)
5) Astral conscious (The intelligence Fluid of Thought forms/dreams)
6) Pranic conscious (The Intelligent Breath of the Body)
7) The Etheric Conscious ( The Intelligence of Conscious electromagnetic Manifestation)
8) The Sensual Conscious (The Human cell collective- Body)
Therefore, the Human
being is a Psycho-dynamic collection of entity. An intelligent copy; a
Microcosm of the Divine Creative's Collective Unconscious that those who
study metaphysics name a Macrocosm. The whole combination of 8 forms of
intelligent light, both visible and invisible are called the Soul!
Therefore, contrary to common thought, the human body, is also an intelligent entity of the Soul! Therefore, the Whole of Self Awareness (Holy Spirit) includes the Sensual Entity- body physical!
The Queen of
Wands knows this, and she is unashamed of her body, mind and spirit, in
fact she revels in manifestation. Such a personality can be devastating
to the "divided" who believe the body and soul are separated by a
"good/bad" value system of divisionism (Divide and conquer) perspective!
The Queen of Wands represents this mystery
of the Maternal Solar-Mother of the Spiritual/Spiral forms.
Upon her head is the winged globed-flame-rayed crown
in her left hand is the cone topped wand of Bacchanalian mysteries
( The Wisdom of Sacred Sensuality) and her left hand is placed on the sitting leopard.
The Black Panther is (or black cat) is usually associated with the Dark
Goddess, who represents the Dark Energy/Matter of quantum physics fame;
However, this is the Solar Goddess, and the leopard is used to symbolize
her power in repose since it is both black spotted and lion- tawny, as
the lion is representative of the Sun/Solar Logos.
about this card seems to shout "fire",
but if you've noticed, it is a
controlled force here, as even her fiery thrown is formed in geometric
shapes suggesting "controlled"or purposely directed Passions of a fiery
Again, mundanely speaking, she is an Archetype personality,
this would be a red or golden haired woman who is adaptable
(spontaneous) , persistent in her energy but of calm authority which she
knowingly uses to enhance her attractiveness. Such a woman of passion
can be vane, but that is because she knows that passion is attractive in
its own rite. She is often kind and generous but will not tolerate
There is an immense
friendship and love, as that is the nature of fiery passion, however, it
is always done on her own initiative where she can not be talked into
it or out of it.The tyrannical tendency is very present here. (the image of Empusa).
As a demigoddess:
Empusa was the beautiful daughter of the goddess Hecate and the spirit Mormo. She is based on vampires, which the idea came from. She feasted on blood by seducing young men as they slept (see sleep paralysis
), before drinking their blood and eating their flesh. Empusa is pictured as wearing brazen slippers and bearing flaming hair. By folk etymology
, her name was said to mean "one-footed" (from Greek *έμπούς, *empous
, one + pous
, foot). This gave rise to the iconography
of a one-legged hybrid
, with a donkey
's leg and a brass prosthetic leg
When ill defined
The Queen of Wands personality can be snobbish, vane, brooding which
invariably leads to the negative decisions that cause her to fiercely
attack. Therefore the misogynistic-mythological fear over this powerful Magnetic Feminine Conscious that seems to "drain the Power" from men. Some might call this a "Fiery Latin" type of personality.
Whatever you call this divine feminine magnetic power
(see astrological birth-tarot chart),
Passion can be stunning whether it is a sexual relationship or a
vendetta...so as the Leopard in her hand, she must be treated with
respect, and remember that to play on Her terms, which may be beyond the
capacity of a less passionate mate. As myth states, her wrath is "World famous".
Being that She is spontaneous
in nature, she may enjoy young men more than the "'older, wiser Man",
and find that she is unable to apply herself to "long term"
relationships, just as one hot fire is often too much for one pot.
Therefore this Queen card
emotional/spiritual/physical power, but she definitely will need an
"opposite" to help steady her, which because of her great reservoir of
passion, balance will help her utilize her great capacity for lucid
perception and steady prosecution of work; this will only be under
the guidance of a very creative personal mind who loves the heat.
The Connolly Tarot Card-Queen of Wands,
like many medieval style cards, fails to depict the Power of such a "Queen of Salamander's" personality.
Rather, this colorful card depicts the stately attractiveness of this personality.
However the Fecund wand, and the black cat along with a fiery shield motif, suggest there is much more to this Archetype than is seen at first glance.
With the fiery emotional character of this Queen of Wands:
When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she represents:
- Persistent energy
- Calm authority that she often uses to add to her attractiveness.
- Kind and generous to those who don't oppose her.
- Hates opposition.
- Powerfully gracious in love and friendship, all of which is on her own terms.
- Her passionate emotion creates a Tendency to be side tracked from goals.
- A deep desire to understand the deeper aspects of herself.
- Hot passion and sharp wit.
The negative characteristics of this Queen, as shown by accompanying cards:
- Vanity and snobbery
- A tendency to brood, thereby, making wrong decisions that promote acting in great violence.
- Her great passion makes her easy to deceive, causing her to react stupidly, tyrannically and obstinately.
- One may be quick to take offense, harboring revenge without good cause.
is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman. Great
Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best
off, if she pores her passion into the arts and/or career. Devoting her
life to bringing something of value into being. Being of Primordial
Fire, this person must practice focus and willful control of her Fiery
nature, or "all Hell will break lose"! Oh, did I mention that the figure
on the Throne is that of the Goddess Hel who rules the underworld of
deep dark emotions? And in Mythology, the underworld is where
mundane souls go to be cleansed of memories of past life and cleansed
for a ritual rebirth, as in the "rising of the Phoenix" from its own
ashes....of course,on Hel's initiative.There is a liability of fits of depression, that can lead to Tantrums
and intoxication or fiery outbursts of panic stricken burst of fury.
in all powerful things, when well guided, there is great fun, joy and Bacchanal-satisfaction here, but ill guided, great emotional destruction is
- The surrounding cards in a reading will tell the able Tarot
Reader what is guiding this great passionate personality and there is a
whiff of Babalon (Crowley gematric-spelling) in this card by
studying the "Scarlett Woman" the student will find further insight into
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THE Qabalistic Thoth KNIGHT OF WANDS.
(Kings in the Golden Dawn, Connolly and Waite Deck).
has been much confusion by Tarot readers, concerning the implied
meanings of the 16 Court cards and the Kings are no exception. In the
great text book: The Qabalistic Tarot (a text book of mystical philosophy) Robert Wang wrote:
four Kings or Figures mounted on Steeds [Golden Dawn and Crowley
versions] represent Yod forces in the name of each suit, the Radix,
Father and commencement of Maternal Forces. A Force in which all the
others are implied and of which they form the development and
completion. A Force swift and violent in action, but whose effect soon
passes away, and therefore symbolized by a Figure on a steed riding
swiftly, and clothed in complete amour.
This Hermetic Qabalah
meaning may even confuse the issue more, unless the Tarot Reader
understands that you cannot separate the Personality from the events
that impose themselves upon it. Court cards represent Psyche Produced Archetypal Personality types.
The Knight of Wands is
the motive force behind the Alchemical Fire or Primal Fire (he carries
the same wand as the Ace of Wands to illustrate this point) on the
Qabalistic Tree of Life; this may be called the Movement of Electromagnetic Energy that established the spectrum of Fire/Light. Therefore the Knight of Wands is a fiery personality with great
trying to divide the person from the
event is pure folly, so here we have a passionate personality going
through a deep-core "Will to Force" event and/or becoming one. Old perceptions are being
destroyed as fuel on this fire, so that new extended and liberated
perspective gives birth to spiritual insight. You may call this positive male-power
as in electrical polarity of positive/negative, that forms a swift and occasionally violent- electric
personality flow with the capacity to accomplish long-term goals and
handling extremely complex situations; but is most often fierce,
impetuous, impulsive and tends to act unpredictably.
To reiterate: Chokmah, the second Sephira-Wisdom, is the Father God principle and is the first idea of Maleness. Binah, the third Sephira-Understanding, the Mother God,
is the first idea of Femaleness.
Here the Divine Creative begins the
action of Sexual attraction; of the electric and magnetic actions of the
This "God Sex" is often a hard one to explain to the self-absorbed who think sexuality as "pleasing moment" of conquest.
who have felt the deep and powerful Inner forces of Divine Sexuality (Law of Attraction)
are usually unable to mentally rationalize it, they just become it. This attraction is stunning and a
absolute attraction, like lightning striking steel or electricity running to ground. It isn't needy, or
manipulative, it is as if two magnets of opposite polarity just "slam"
together without resistance of any kind. It is so powerful, that there
isn't any other person in the world....one just knows this is the only "soul- mate". This purely Psycho-dynamic attraction is beyond rational thinking and the pigeon-holing brain is stunned by it's lack of control over the situation.
The Kingdom of Heaven, is all around you, and it is built from the attraction of opposites. To
understand this powerful attraction we really have to re-think
sexuality and understand the attraction of Chokmah and Binah; of the
electric and the magnetic, of Wisdom and Understanding.The Universe is created by this often overwhelming technical activity of Union.
The Thoth Knights are the Kings,
in many other decks: to Crowley, a king siting on a throne did not
depict the Active power of a King, Thus, he calls them Knights, which
are Kings, Armored, on mighty-chargers
, undaunted by battle. The Knights represent Yod forces in each suit. As stated by Robert Wang The Yod is the Radix, and/or Father and commencement of Material Forces. All
other forces or movements are implied here, and as ideas they develop and commence
in the Knight. As if volcanic, the Force of the Knight is swift, violent
action, that also moves on swiftly. Thus like lightning, the effects of this force soon
THE KNIGHT OF WANDS: is the Lord of Flame and Lightning, King of the spirits of Fire, King of the Salamanders.
The last Decan of Scorpio and the first two Decans of Sagittarius are attributed to this card, The Knight of Wands is Specific Fire in Primal Fire on the Tree of Life.
in a alchemical sense, represents the active-vital Spirit/Spiral Mental Force of
Movement that is in The One Mind and all Motion, yet it is also the tempering fire
that melds together opposites for the construction of something more
than either one. It therefore is an Alchemical fire of the Psyche. Spirit Fire is Electromagnetic Sexuality, a technology
invented by the Universal Collective Unconscious and/or the Divine Creative.
The Crowley card of the Knight of Wands
is all about active force, a leaping black Charger mounted by a dark
knight, depicting the Dark Fire of Dark Energy, that all Visible Light
comes from and that visible light is depicted as the surrounding flames.
The knights crest is a horse head,
implying the influence of Sagittarius, and he is in armor implying the
qualities of the Spirit Fire that does battle for us all. The same Thoth Ace
of Wands, is the Wand in His hand, implying that he is the vehicle for
the Fire Force.
The characteristics of this Powerful Knight Personality, are qualities of activity associated with the mythological King Valraven; such as, fierceness, impetuosity, pride, impulsiveness, swiftness in unpredictable actions.
negative, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted, and brutal. In either
case, his swiftness gives him no recourse to act otherwise, so he is ill
fitted to modify his actions according to circumstances.
Great personal power,
is often seen as arrogance by the weak of conviction, so this person is
either loved or hated, without "gray area" acquaintances. Those who
doubt themselves, will be inclined to follow and thus secretly fear or
hate such a powerfully active Spiritual Being who is unconcerned with
how others react to them. Also this personality will demonstrate a Great
Libido, as Spiritual Fire and Sexuality are invariably linked; this is
also a contention among the weak, whose very pusillanimous character
deters the union with others. Also those who serve reaction rather than
action, will either avoid or try to besmirch the Active Character of
this, Kingly Spirit.
The Connolly Tarot, King of Swords, chooses to depict the medieval tradition of a king on a throne.
The red motif depicts the element of fire, that is attributed to this card.
The medieval tradition of suggesting the "sexual force" of this card is a wand, sprouting leaves. He is a depiction of a strong man good in business, and comfortable with profession. His generous nature is shown by the kittens curled at his feet. Again, a very mundane card that fails to emphasize the Power behind this personality type.
WHEN THE KNIGHT or KING OF WANDS IS THROWN DURING A READING: it implies;
spiritual evolution is taking place at a deep core level. It is as if
the past personality is fuel for a new phoenix- self arising from the
- Experiencing the conviction of Spirit with much inner to outward movement of energy and the manifestation of leadership skills.
male power, complete with the ability to focus on long term goals but
with rapid movement that is able to handle complex situations.
- Strong minded and able to dominate others by force of will.
- A master of wit and charm, great sense of humor and warm and generous with a strong liking for fun.
- Can just about persuade anyone into anything.
be a highly empowered spiritual being. Which doesn't necessarily mean
he has your best interest at heart. Spirit is Pure Mind, and doesn't see
things in a personal way. Very Impersonal force without the conscience
of the personal.
- A mature male whose inner and outer being are in mutual agreement and balance.
To the Astrologer, the Knight of Wands rules in the zodiac from 21 degrees Scorpio to 20 degrees Sagittarius.
tends to establish a personality that can sell "ice to Eskimos" because
of his unrelenting charm, built out of amusement and optimism.
- He may also have an abundance of vision and foresight, all of which is passionately expressed.
- There is a degree of intolerance, so when pushed this person can become violent and unrelenting.
- Generally, The Knight of Wands is a dominant, hard to control person who is attractive but dangerous.
united with the Primal Water of Female-Magnetic polarity, this is a
most attractive personality, and a deeply motivational event of empathy
and healing, most like a warm tropical ocean.
- He is best in his
performance when mated with a strong female equivalent. By himself, his
very nature "becomes too hot" (as a Sun without an Ocean) and he tends
to leave bodies behind him.
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The Hermetic Qabalah Thoth- Ten's, a every suit,
represent Malkuth-Kingdom- which is the lowest Sephira on the Tree of Life; lowest as in position, not in value.
Malkuth is the Earth
the sacred panspermia
(fertilized by comets and/or "The Heavens") physical world, and the Ten of Swords, represents the
unadulterated energy of mind, confined to the lowest microwave
frequency-(most condensed) consciousness on earth.
The animal survival brain, is indeed the Ruin of all Hu-man thought, if Will is controlled by sensuality. Remember, Hu-is Mandarin for "god" and Man,
comes from the Hindu-Manas, meaning "Mind", hence the survival mind
interferes with Image-making, and/or Imagination, the creative Divine-mind.
Here the survival ego, is ruining all mental progress with ruinous
thoughts of fear.
This is not because it is a bad-beast
, it is because of the foundation of it's consciousness, which is based on "avoiding being eaten".
This process of survival thinking makes everything "unknown other than myself", and thus seen as enemy before it convinces the brain otherwise, and/or becomes a friend
is often another of the same species but not limited to, for it is based on a totally self absorbed frame of "fear of pain" mind.
The One Mind
, whose substance is Spirit,
see's everything "another way to be me", and therefore all that is...is Self. This is called a Divine Universal Collective Unconscious, and/or the Divine Creative whose self identity is I AM
. This Higher Consciousness of Self, is Love based, i.e. I AM All, thus All is Me. Hence, if one is A Spirit Being A Human,
everyone, is another way to be the Me of I AM.
This State of Mind opens perspectives that activate the Kundalini Yod/Spirit Force of Divine Will-to-Be, which climbs up the Body Tree of Life (Spine) and stimulates the Pineal gland in the Human brain (top part of the brain, rather than the Lizard/survival brain at the brain root), opening up the Power of Divya Sidhis (Sanskrit for "magic abilities'). The Ten of swords implicitly states this mental process is not yet happening and the body is being run by Animal Survival division-thinking, which Ruins the identity of I AM SPIRIT for the individual. Therefore, instead of the I AM ME, identity being Love of Being, it becomes "fear of being".
The Ten of Swords, represents reason gone mad
, the logic of lunatics, or for the most part, the reasoning of philosophers who divorce their reason from reality... like most "new agers" and Theologians.
To further illustrate this scattering of reason,
this card is ruled by the Sun in Gemini. Gemini's mercurial-airy dual
quality disperses the rays of the Christos-which is the Shinning Mind identity of The Divine Creative and commonly called the Son/Sun of God. Therefore, Sun in Gemini, the sign of "good twin bad twin" disrupts the harmonious and
stable energy, as does the atmosphere of Earth scatter the Solar rays. The belief in "good and bad", is a totally fear based prey animal thought system! The Hermetic Qabalist knows that "if exists, it is supposed to"!
As is the divide mind, so is the paradox of swords cutting both ways!
card therefore indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and
despair. Thus, the necessary ruin and/or deconstruction to start something new. Therefore the
10 of Swords card represents a mental conclusion, long sought, with much
ruinous thinking becoming a mental struggle which has rent asunder our
plans and left us in an insomniacs mental paradigm.
10 of Swords implies that one may have reached a conclusion that things
are just not going to work out in two areas of one's life.
- Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart.
- And areas of finance as shown by the scales at the top of the card.
The realization of ruin, may cause you to feel a deep fear of "things not Working out" which only insures that they don't.
Individuals who have
their Sun in Gemini, are very gifted at synchronizing paradoxes,
polarities, and/or oppositions thus they are able to look at all
aspects of a situation, balancing the positive and negative aspects.
This need to balance everything, can also produce a deep heart-felt fear
about the issues of finance, relationships, and creative initiative.
With powerful facilities of any kind, we have the Great Creative
Pendulum of the Imaginative Mind that can swing from positive motion to
negative motion right at the apogee of creative endeavors. When we are
powerfully imaginative, we must also exercise powerful discernment,
concentrating our thought-forms on whom we are, rather than what we
fear. By thinking joyfully of the journey towards our goal, rather
then concentrating on the stress to achieve it, one is avoiding the negative
swing right which happens when we can imagine successful endeavor, looming past the hills
of labor and fear, hence, loosing it before we get there.
Wholeness, and/or Holy Spirit,
which because of "fear of the body" (fear of pain etc.) thinking is completely misunderstood by the mundane. Mind, is One, there is only One,
Spirit is the "substance of Mind" and/ or "The one energy that cannot be created, nor destroyed, only transformed and transmitted",
this is physics 101!
Therefore the Magus knows that I Am
is the existence of Mind and the Body is the expression of "Me", and or Self-identity. Therefore "I AM" which denotes existence, is the One-Spirit- Mind, and Me
is the Child of Mind! Therefore, the Hermetic Qabalist knows that if you don't have a complete Union/Collective of Spirit which is Spirit (I) Mind (AM) and Body (ME) then you aren't "wholly Spirit" ! Hence, if you don't have a human body, living from your Psyche's whole presence, you have nothing to teach me. I AM Spirit Being, where one without Being, is merely an incomplete experience; not "holy" as such a one is missing an identity of Spirit! Thus the Qabalistic Axiom of "As above so below; so below as above"! Or if you are more Taoist, then the Tao Koan (...question, or statement, which is used in Zen
practice to provoke the "great doubt" and test a student's progress in Zen practice), "If it is here, it is there, if it is there, it is here, if it isn't here, it isn't there"!
I am Here and There, thus a Wholly Spirit, for all the power that ever was or will be in Here Now!
What does one think the Qabalistic Tree of Life Represents?
It is a "molecular" design of YOUR Psyche! From Above (The Supernal Triangle of Trinity---I AM ME) you have progressed into a more and more condensed state of " I AM ME" (each level is a trinity/Triangle), seeking the ultimate in Self-Awareness which is the last Sephira on the Tree, called Malkuth-Earth, where every identity/thought becomes a "living example"! On Malkuth, I truly can become a Master Creative Intelligence, as I not only exist, I become a living example of my Perspectives! If those Perspectives are dysfunctional, I'll definitely "Know" it, because of the Sensual Being, that is My Hu-Man Sensor Body! The Hu-Man makes my Self Identity as Imagination (Divine Creative) Whole! Malkuth is my "I-magi-nation"! Here I have Dominion!
This progressive condensing
of Thought, is misinterpreted (on purpose) as the "fall", denoting a stumble out of happiness (Edan). Therefore, such a belief is a propaganda that doesn't allow you to be "All You", as a divided mind is easily enslaved to the wants of "the few who wish to rule the many" (..."a house divide must fall"). Such an enslaved identity is bound to thoughts/identities of "need" that are controlled by Rulers, therefore one is always in pursuit of an identity, (running from "bad" seeking "good") which is often interpreted as "the pursuit of happiness"; i.e. in pursuit of a "wholeness" which produces a destructive/ consumer-identity that must always be chasing a "something"! A Constructive/Creative Identity, is Wholly Spirit; a complete Manifestation of Mind; a Manifestation, not a chase! At Birth, you were the Whole of Spirit Manifestation, why else would Christ inform one that "holiness" is to "...Be as the Children"!
The Qabalistic Tarot -10 of Swords represents Your Self-identity that has been Ruined, stabbed through the heart, by the many assaulting thoughts of indoctrinated culture! Your mind has been enslaved!
The position of the Sword Hilts
are as the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. However, the central Sword,
which represents the Sun ("Heart", Soul/Christ-Buddha intelligence), is
shattered by Swords 1 through 5, as well as, by swords 7-9 . Your Soul is "broken",i.e your Psyche is not whole! The Tenth
sword represents the intellect with it's moral qualities shattered as
well. Thus, we know the 10 of Swords is depicting Intellectual Ruin, by
baser and/or lower thought.
The heart (self love),
which also represents the Higher Thought of the Psyche (Soul) is pierced
and in ruins as well, dampening down, weakening, and corrupting the
creative impulse, confusing the "I AM" by the obfuscation of "I Ain't" (good/bad thinking). The Ten of Swords,
therefore, consuls the personality
to purge the brain of unworthy thoughts and ideas, what doesn't proclaim your Wholeness, for unworthy thoughts corral the
creative impulse so that it putrefies into malice. Self-Malice is a procurer of "illness". Remember, the Medical Journals, have stated that many cures are proven to be placebo effects [The placebo effect points to the importance of perception and the brain's role in physical health.
], therefore, many illnesses are also effected by "placebo" of malignant perception!
Hence to Think ill, is to be identified as ill. But so goes the opposite, for to Think Well is to be identified Well! Think divided, be divided. Think Whole be Whole!
So to avoid Mental Ruin, dare to Declare:
" I AM Whole Spirit. For Truth is made Manifest,(not fantasied as a belief). I AM Manifested as a Whole Mind Trinity!"
This is Hermetic Mental Qabalistic Alchemy, the design of which is represented as the Qabalistic Tree of Life that is the Manifestation of which is ALL of YOU...All Ten States of Energy Psyche!
You connect the "Above Divine identities with the Below
Created-identities"! This Ascended HuMan (you can't ascend
a human body/psyche unless you have one!) is called Adam Kadmon;
in the Gnosis of Qabalah, Adam Kadmon is Manifested Whole Spirit, i.e. a perfect balance of Spirit, Mind and Body.
I ask you, if that isn't Whole Spirit...what the hell is?
The Connolly Tarot-10 of Swords, is unable to illustrate the Hermetic Alchemy of Spirit. However, it is artistic, colorful and bright. This card seems to depict that one is progressing through a gateway of implanted swords, which could indicate old "stuck" thought patterns. The progressive motion seems to be reinforced by the glow around the woman and the Stellar Universal Collective Unconscious all around her, shedding its "light on her".
The Author's description of the card, states it represents extreme depression and unhappiness with a sense of loss, which it seems to fail to illustrate, but then goes on to state that one is allowing new energy to transform them. So this card relates to the ending of a self-destructive cycle of thought, as change is immanent.
I for one, prefer more substance to a Tarot card.
For the querent, the Ten of Swords is almost a worst symbol than the 9 of Swords but being a 10, which is 1+0=1, means it is short lived and on the way to change.
is about death, ruin and failure, all because of the lower thoughts of
the lizard/survival mind of fear based thought, misdirecting the
tremendous power of the Psyche (Sun) which can only be directed by a
Higher State of Mind, i.e. the Love based Psyche.
- There is disaster, because of the undisciplined
warring force unleashed by fear-based thinking which self destructs in
the mayhem created by an army of unbalanced ideas.
the lower mind being over-power by the misdirected- Fiery E-motion (Will to Force) of
the Solar Soul, ruin of all plans and projects is common place, as well
as, disdain, insolence and impertinence are common expressions.
- There is often a misplaced display of mirth as one overthrows the happiness of others.
- The querent will find that their brain is a repeater of things that have never worked in the past, and won't now.
brain will often repeat many impoverished words, such as "swear words",
but doing so cleverly, and eloquently, in order to hasten the character
assignation of others as it fears to look "weak".
This card alone, is ill-dignified;
However, if the accompanying cards are all well dignified, this is a 1
week or 1 month card of indignity (ten is 1-0), and the personality is well aware of
the need for a change in perspective.
- Recovery from illness in 1 week or 1 month (the surrounding cards will make this clear).
- The querent maybe
tired of nonsense programming and is seeking away to fix it.
- The rest
of the cards in the reading will point the querent towards getting out from
under the tyranny of fear based thought, and accelerate away from the
lower thought processes. Here, the wisdom and intuition of the Qabalistic
Tarot reader comes into play and aid is easily given.
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The Qabalistic Thoth 9 of Swords-Cruelty:
As stated before, the number nine brings back the energy of a Suit to the middle pillar of Mildness, in the area of Yesod-The Foundation.
Hence, the balance to the Suit of Air/Swords would seem to be restored and the
previous disorder rectified; However, the Suit of Swords itself has
been following the 2nd law of Thermodynamics [...All things proceed from order to disorder.
] and the general idea of the suit has constantly degenerated.
Instead of Pure Intellect,
the Nine of Swords represents the automatic stirring of heartless
passions that belong to the Survival Mind of the ancient Lizard brain. This is
the world of the unconscious primitive instincts, of the psychopath, of
the fanatic and zealotry.
Mars rules Gemini
celestially here, producing a crude raging hunger that has no restraint;
a greed of the eternally fearful as the Warlike force of Mars aggravates the paradox of the Twins. This seems odd, since the temperament
of Swords is intellectual but as A. Crowley states in his Book of
Thoth...." it is the temper of the inquisitor.".
Deeply buried in our
is the Tyrant Virus program who degrades us, besmirching our
Personality's actions if we dare leave the boundaries of our "Slave
training" , i.e. indoctrination of identity.
Tyrant Software Virus lies awake awaiting our very attempt at expanding our perspective
with whips of "emotional" fear unfolded and ready to strike! This
Inquisitor is the result of "pleasure-Pain training" which is commonly
called Pavlovian conditioning that is named after a Dr. Pavlov who electrically
tortured dogs into compliance. Needless to say this is not a healthy
mental state for the individual, but to those in Authority ( Ruler
--Means, "Those who control definition") having you whip yourself into
compliance whenever you are tempted to defy your definition of
"Self"... is most economical.
The Thoth Deck 9 of Swords
shows nine swords of varying lengths, all jagged and rusty and all
striking downwards with points dripping poisoned blood. Lady Freda Harris and A. Crowley wanted to convey by the very imagery
of this card how we poison our-self identity with rapacious thoughts. The imagery of this card may cause one to shudder in resignation; However, there is a
way of dealing with this card and most
positive is the way of passive resistance. The least positive ways to resist are resignation, and martyrdom.
Some may even seek implacable revenge by causing great pain to "others" as a form of internal pain transference;
"Others" being the enemy's common survival mind's name. But this is self destructive as
The Survival Mind Tyrant Virus
must always have an enemy to keep its
Authority of Fear over the Personality.
This "Survival Mind" power,
is a silly delusion,
because the Soul/Psyche is both Life and Death of the body and the body
will never survive the Will of the Soul!
To say, " I AM the Soul who is the Life and Death of this body and I Am the Creator of Free-doom [Anglo Saxon word from which freedom was derived and means" I choose my own death"
] , I Am the Alpha and the Omega of my own Life Form";
is stating the original Divinely Given authority you have over the
This is a statement of an inner knowledge that comes from knowing Thyself as a Spiritual Intelligence that owns the body it makes "Alive".
Knowledge of Spiritual Free-doom, lays the Pavlovian-Tyrant to rest, and
reestablishes the Soul's Authority over the body. The Fear of Pain,
fades away, leaving a knowing of pain and the Joy of being the Moment is firmly established as a life journey.
Astrologically this card is Mars in Gemini, the fiery Mars energy can do no good in the sign of dualities.
a Hermetic Qabalist,
this is Yesod (Foundation) in Yetzirah (Astral World). The
Astral world itself is often deceptive, but with the Foundation energy
of manifestation influenced by Mars and the dualities of Gemini
unbalance it, deceptions now become cruel realities.
The divination meaning of this Sword card is despair, illness, suffering and cruelty.
Again, in the Thoth Deck, the 9 of
Swords is shown as eight beaten and battered rusty swords/thoughts dripping poison and blood; needless to say this card shows no boon.
Here the realm of Dreams (Astral) is influenced by mental self-cruelty, negative thinking, and mental degradation.There is a deep depression here but surcease may become apparent in the next 9 weeks or 9 months.
Often we are hurt by the "organized chaos" of daily life,
and this card is about crying about that hurt rather than doing
something about it. Often I hear people say they don't fear death, yet when someone they love dies, they say such nonsense as," God took my loved one away
from me," or what kind of God would allow a baby to be shot and
killed." etc. , or "why do I always fail"? The answers aren't easy nor
pleasant for such devastating events but they have nothing to do with
the Divine Creative's desire to "call back to its bosom" some soul.
Souls are us, and the obvious Divine Desire is all about Freedom to be us
as living images of the Imagination.
Besides, the Divine Creative is all around us, in us and as us!
Therefore, there is no where to go to be "nearer to god", then by being
yourself, right here, right now! Death is merely an impersonal transformation of Psyche, of self identity, a change of microwave (spirit) frequency and is not a form of cruelty. But to a slave, who fears pain, believes that the personality ends in death, will give to the few who wish to rule, i.e. the slave-masters, the mental tools necessary to threaten with death, pain and loss of life. Death or pain are not a threat to immortal Spirit nor to the Infinite Soul who creates the "living". Since cruelty is not death, what the hell is it? I would venture to say it is "fear of death", for that allows all forms of cruelty. To deny our Infinite ability to create life, is to deny we are the Death and Life of our bodies. As Spirit, such is my Dominion. I am the Alpha an Omega of my Self Identity.
The Divine Creative gave us
the inheritance of Divinity as The Wholly Child of many faces (all
peoples); for when Imagination is infinite, there are infinity possible
self images. We, who are but imagined self-images/identities of the
Divine Creative, i.e. Souls, have absolute command over our inherited
imagination that creates reality both individually and as a group. If we
create a world where value isn't our bodies or their life (living
bodies are the Purpose of Souls), but artificial ideas, religions, titles, money,
and things, our world will be fueled by greed, ambition, theft, murder; a
cruel and devastating world of poisoned survival thinking where
vulnerability is denied by preying on everyone else and where the individual is but a cog to be used in the mechanism of ambitious visions.
Truth is Life,
and/or the manifested presence of a thought-form, not the thoughts,
fears or emotions that we think and feel; for those are the hot bed of
the Trickster ( Devil, i.e.,lived spelled backwards) that is our self
absorbed fear based survival thinking. All is the Universal Divine
Collective Unconscious, no divisions no separates for that is the One
Mind. Therefore, Truth is thought made manifest! So if we allow,
because of fear of vulnerability, a world of hate, of destructive
slave-religions, of megalomaniac politics, of ENEMY, our own brain/body
becomes that enemy.
*This is the power we wield as "Imagination's children" (Imagination is the Divine Feminine part of the One Divine Creative Unconscious), we freely become our dreams! Too believe in "good or bad", is to divide the Imagination, and divide the power to be!
I Am neither good nor bad, I AM ME!
Imagination is all around us
, in us and as us! Imagination is the "Womb with a view".
Therefore, when Dreams are driven by fears, they become nightmares and
then we fear the nightmares giving them the emotional power to become
our energy-in-motion reality; a reality of enemy.
nightmare is cruel as our Unconscious becomes the enemy of our
consciousness; a grand and terrifying paradox for we are the Psyche/Soul
that is the Unconscious who invents consciousness as "ourselves"! Thus a
"house divided", that cruelly falls.
Spirit is psycho-dynamic flow
of Divine Will who is the Mind that is "over matter" and often shown in
Hermetic tradition, as a Serpentine or Spiral flow! Passion or the
combination of Will to Force (Masculine) and Will to Form (Feminine), is
the foundation of all creation! Therefore when your passion to be is
"trying not to be", being becomes what you don't want as there is no "trying" when the item is thought of.
I AM is the Universal
of Self and the beginning of all of us as "ME" and/or Self identity. "I
Ain't", is man-made fantasy of "good and bad"; a place of denial of
identity, that allows us to "not treat another self, as we wish to be
treated"! In such a mind, ignorance is the ruler rather than knowledge.
Denial is a fantasy,
because whatever is thought and
emotionally fueled, will become
. Since there is no "Ain't", nor a
"I am not", to think a thought places it in a Universe of Infinite
Possibilities/The Imagination; Hence, what you fervently declare you
are not, is what your energy-in-motion becomes. Like attracts like, as
the law of attraction implies which is also the Law of action-reaction.
It's best to treat others as you wish to be treated. I call this the
, thus everyone I see is another way to be me.
what you fear, is also why the Fundamental Theologian, is often driven
to enact "sins of the flesh", as sensual flesh is their hated enemy and
the "sins" are their own imagined invention of "I AM ME"!
I ask you this, How
can a mind that makes the body alive, and lives as an sensual- identity
because of the body vessel, possibly hate/fear, its very own creationand have a "good life"?
Here's a paradox: Most religions claim we have divinely granted freedom of choice, and yetinstead
of using that god given gift of Imagination freely, we are to become
"enslaved thinkers of a doctrine of self rejection"...how then can we be
the "image of god" as Fundamental religions claim?
obfuscation, is a perfect example of the cruelty of Martial energy in
the paradoxical twins of Gemini. Where one thing is "thought/said" and
the opposite is done.
It is all about applied emotion
(energy-in-motion), acting as form/Me. This is known to the Hermetic
Qabalist as Force and Form. The Force is "Will-to-force" (emotion) and
the Form is thought/idea/visions/ all which are identifying self. When
we are utilizing our Force and Form without Self-Knowledge, allowing the
ambitious (leaders) to direct our emotional identities, we become
thoughtless to the devastation we cause to be of ourselves, as ourselves
and by ourselves. We then build Enemies, to blame for our own lack of
self -knowledge that inflicts great pain within our bodies who are only
reaction to being rejected by the Life within them! Hence, it's best to
examine Theologies, Cultures, and any pretense of academia, which
leaves us ignorant of how to operate the Psyche run Power Tool we call
There can be nothing crueler
than a world built by the Power of the God's (imagination) when that power is utilized by the indoctrinated minds of slaves
who hate and fear their vulnerability; a Vulnerability that is a great power(ability to do work)!
great power because vulnerability is the cause of all our great
character traits; empathy, generosity, caring, loving, union,
compassion, love, devotion, discretion, integrity, courage,
individuality, and so many more!
Immortals, the infinite, have
none of these character traits, for they are invulnerable to "Beginning
and End"/ no time and no space. Since we have been given Mastery over
all Living Things (over Mortality), by our Divine Creative Parents
Imagination, we need to "understand the living, who know both beginning
To not understand that all is One Mind
and that this Universe is a Collective of Divine Self Identity, is to
not become a master of anything, let alone the living thought that you
call your "self". We are the connection of Spirit Intellect Above
(higher dimensional frequency than this conscious level of One Energy)
and the Earth Intellect Below (Material frequency). Masters of
"Beginning and End" and "End and Beginning". We are the Hermetic
Qabalistic Axiom of ," As above so below, so below as above." For
without an active, sensual mind among the Microcosm (little "g"), the Macrocosm (Big "G")
can't "expand material light (Matter) and liberate it beyond its self
proclaimed limits!". Even Dr. Seuss knew this Oneness in all Things!
From the Tao: "What is there is here, what is not here, is not there."
One must manifest an error,
to see it, and therefore be able to correct it! This ability to
"create, see error and correct it" is called Wisdom; a wisdom that only a
sensual body that acts our Psyche's thought as "alive" can give the
Psyche.Therefore, Wisdom comes from freely doing what one thinks,
experiencing the pleasure or the pain of it, and therefore able to
correct it's operation as liberating and expanding conscious body
software. The Divine Creative obviously knows this, for It, the I AM
became, "ME"! But the "Me" can never be it, as to be a Me requires
"time/space" and self limiting images/identity.
The Power to Create anything is an amazing gift
, but the power to create yourself, is magnificent! Freedom of Choice
allows us to create our own self-identity; but be clear here, only gods can make themselves less than what they really are!
can never be less than dogs, lizards are always lizards and birds will
be birds but, the Children of the Divine Creative can be anything they
"Believe themselves to be", including "not being"!
Fear is a belief software system, and lives only in our brain! Knowledge is useless as belief, for it is preformed as deed!
Declarations of "I AM"
make our reality! "I Am Love", builds a world of loving beings/Thought forms. "I Am
looking for love", builds a world of denial-forms, and self cruelty, and
devaluation of the living, where babies are shot in the denial- invented name of
God (i.e. "our vision of heaven") as a religious activity of the ambitious slaver.
That denied god name we all inherit is I AM! It is OUR
surname (Me-I Am)! Realities are "Me", our invention of self definition. "Me"s are
made from energy-motive-definition of "Will to Force" and "Will to
form" (emotional intelligence of Imagination) i.e. the Me that I AM. When mental self cruelty defines "Me"...welcome to " I Am a living hell"!
The Connolly Tarot-9 of Swords,
is about releasing ones old burdens. Anxiety and despair cause misery and a sense of hopelessness.
are mind, and many swords are mental burdens or thoughts. Living in
"yesterday's thoughts", makes your today a thoughtless reaction to the
past. This is mental cruelty.
Here we see an
overburdened man, looking at yet another sword/thought but sees no way
of carrying it. He is surrounded by winter, with wind/air (element of
Swords) blowing his hair. This implies, that it would be best to dump
all those old dead thoughts, and take the best one and Spring forward with it.
When the 9 of Swords, Cruelty is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- Mental cruelty.
- Loss of a loved one.
- Oppression, suffering, burdens.
- Over whelming paralyzing fear.
- Suffering that may bring new found strength to weather the storm.
- Anger, and depression turned inward.
- Self hate, displayed as self destructive behavior.
- A sense of inferiority.
- It implies illness, suffering, malice.and cruelty (mostly self-cruelty brought on by self defeating thoughts).
- There is Pain, despair and pitilessness, malice, want, lose, misery and oppressive burden.
labor ( slavery), and a certain amount of subtlety and craft displayed
in lying, dishonesty, etc., all according to the dignity of the
- Often, when this card is shown during a
a reading, we are being reminded that we are oppressing ourselves with
past fears installed by Authority to "domesticate" us.
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Author! Just by treating others as you would be treated, deprives the
Cultural- Tyrant of any power over your body! Thank you for being you!
The Thoth Qabalistic 8 of Swords-Interference
Knowing that Swords are the malleable Suit of Air which is the suit of Mind,
intellect, and conscious. It should also be known that there is only one Mind that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed and transmitted. In Hermetic Qabalah this is called Kether, it's substance is called Spirit, both of which are infinite and therefore without experience, hence, inexplicable.
I call this One Mind the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious (UDCU).
However, every time the UDCU disturbs it's substance, Spirit, with an identity of Self... Souls become, as if plankton in a sea, (Thoughts are the first material and often this material is shown as a fish symbol) which if progressive and able to discern itself, becomes a producer of its own "species" and/or personalities. So let's give the suit of swords a deep scrutiny, as they proclaim the essence of Hermetic Mental Alchemy. It pays to know here that The All/UDCU is and in everything, but no one thing can be All of the Universal Divine Creative Unconscious.
Therefore the Divine Creative can be me, but I can't be it. For instance, if my identity was locked into my Splendor intellect, I would believe I was God/UDCU, rather than it was being me. Again, do not believe everything you think!
Thoughts are just small fry in the Ocean of mind and must grow into function as do fish and as fish, many fail to grow up!
Your Soul-identity being lost in the Splendor of your thoughts, is the warning of the 8 of Swords!
The 8 of Swords, is of the 8th Sephira-Hod,
which means Splendor, which is all about pretense. This signifies a
genuine lack of persistence in matters of intellect and contest. Yet
the 8 of Swords is also attributed to Jupiter in Gemini, so good fortune
attends even the weakest effort; However. the Will is being constantly
thwarted by accidental interference.
The Center of the Thoth Card is dominated by two
downward pointing long swords. They are being crossed by six small swords , implying many small thoughts interfering with the larger issues.
It is interesting to note that these small swords are peculiar to
countries or cults, such as the Kris, the Kukri, the Scramasax, the
Dagger, the Machete and the Yataghan; implying that outside
interference, such as indoctrination, theology, and mental/emotional abuse, could
be the cause of difficulties.
the Thoth 8 of Swords card is Jupiter in Gemini
, therefore the expansiveness of Jupiter
here is in a detrimental phase which shortens its nature. The dual
nature of Gemini, goes first one way and then another, shortening the
expansiveness of Jupiter's normally positive influence.
To a Hermetic Qabalist, 8 of cups is
(Splendor) in Yetzirah ( Astral World). Splendor, which is seen as a
"egoistic showing off", a kind of ,"look how beautiful am I".
Splendor is the state of energy conscious that decorates creation with all it's beautiful colors and plumage.
But in this case, the normal brief intense and positive influence of
Jupiter is driven to chaotic twists and turns by the dual directions of
Gemini. This Interferes with
a type of order established by Jupiter, the resulting misdirection makes nothing complete.
The divinity meaning of this card is; shortened force, narrowness, restriction as in a prison formed of doubt.
There is a desire here
to expand any duality but all indications are over-analysis, doubt
or confusion, interfering with a choice being made. Because of Jupiter, good fortune attends even
weakened efforts; However, the Will is thwarted by accidental
interference proposed by Gemini. Crowley knew this to be so, and made
sure that each sword in this card was of a different appearance,
signifying "many choices with out decision".
The 8 of
Swords is not all negative, for it also signifies that the desire and
possibility for resolution with in the next eight weeks or 8 months,
The Connolly Tarot, 8 of Swords, chose to illustrate the medieval classic way of showing the overwhelming idea of Splendor. Too many ideas, bar the freedom of the individual to act.
"The winter of indecision is upon the man looking out the barred window". This metaphor is not all "bad", as it also states that since all the Swords are stuck in snow (frozen water is frozen mind) with patience, spring will come and bring new growth.
Lovely cards, but they go for the easy mundane divination rather than the underpinnings of issues. Therefore, I would not qualify them as Hermetic Qabalistic Tarot. (The Word Hermetic, is attributed to Hermes Trismegistis, a "small g" god who was an Annunaki Teacher of Civilization, math, and the Gnostic Wisdom of Mental Alchemy).
When thrown in Divination, the 8 of Swords card signifies:
- Too many choices causing indecision,
much like a squirrel caught trying to cross a busy four-lane highway,
darting back and forth trying to figure out the right direction to go.
This usually ends up as "road kill", so this card reminds us to sideline
ourselves from our busy thought, and take a deep breath, center, and
make a patient and insightful decision.
- Our Splendorous thoughts often
trick us into believing all of our decisions are life and death serious.
By panicking and racing from one thought to another we are unable to
see through the dust cloud of chaos. But if we take a moment and not
interfere with our own decisions by mentally racing about, we'll see
that very few thoughts are life and death decisions, they are more like
choices and less like the fantasied discomfort.
- The fear of not making the "right" choice, is often the interference one suffers from, causing indecision.
- The Eight of Cups reminds us to relax, in 8 weeks or 8 months all will become clear, and the dust will settle.
this case, the Rapid Rabbit looses the race to the Patient Tortoise who
never loses sight of the goal and is willing to take one direction to
- That in 8 weeks or 8 months, the querent has or will have experienced narrow or restricted thought that shortens their force.
- There will be pettiness, a mental prison, and too much force applied to small things.
- Over attentive in detail, at the expense of principal and more important issues.
- The above stated qualities will produce malice, pettiness, and domineering qualities, if ill dignified by surrounding cards.
- There is also patience in detail of study, great ease in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others.
influenced by Gemini (The two long swords) there is always a equal and
opposite balance, such as, impulsively being fond of giving or receiving
money and/or giving and taking presents.
- This person will be generous, clever, acute, selfish, and without strong feelings of affection.
- They will also admire wisdom but will apply it to small and unworthy objects.
Eight of Swords-Interference, also implies that the person has seen
goals, but is approaching them, if at all, very slowly and needing to be
very meticulous in doing so, because of the constant distraction of the
many nagging, needling thoughts in their head.
- The goals
will be achieved in time, by patience and attention to detail, which all
would be sped up by being able to focus on the import issues at hand.
focus is recommended which can be acquired by practicing meditative
yoga or the various martial arts, and/or mental meditative sciences such
as Qaballah, Tantra, and Ti-Chi. Just pick one and do it!
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On the Hermetic Qabalistic Tree of Life,
the Sevens are attributed to Netzach
(victory) which is very low down on the Tree of life and part of the Astral Nature of Mind.
This is a doubling
of the unbalanced nature of conscious energy as consciousness is now
descended deeply into illusion while engaged in a frantic struggle with
Netzach pertains both
to Venus and Earth, and the
Heavenly Beauty of Venus is now debauched by Matter.
Therefore, the four Sevens
bring no comfort as they are the denigration of each element, exposing
the utmost weakness in every case.
The Thoth Qabalistic Tarot Card- Seven of Swords is
called- Futility and is even a weaker card than the Seven of Wands. Its
ruler is the Moon, and thus is a passive planet and passive sign.
that the Seven of Swords maintains is just filmy dream
work and cannot sustain the labor necessary for the fruition of
The Seven of Swords is Futile, because the perspective one is
holding on to can only give the illusion of performing, especially if encased in a
denial of irresponsibility.
The Thoth Deck Seven of Swords-Futility, is Netzach (the
Sephira of Venus) in the Suit of Swords and means Victory. Hence this sense of Victory, places a
modifying influence on The Seven of Swords that is accentuated by the
zodiacal rule of Moon in Aquarius. Therefore this means that the mental wreckage
illustrated in this card, is not as much of a disaster as it is in the 5
of Swords. This Seven of Swords-Futility, has a wish to compromise; a
certain vacillation is present. One may say, that a certain toleration
is present, for the need for Victory is weakly being considered.
Of course, the success of this policy
determines the nature of the mental wreckage, so when compromise is
unsuccessful, then a disaster is presented.
If the surrounding cards show strong violent forces, then Great Futility is expressed and compromise won't work.
Thoth Deck 5 of Swords
, shows a Strong central sword being chipped away
by six weaker swords, suggesting that the Central Strong Character
struggles in vain against the many feeble thoughts that assault it. One may notice this effect when trying to sleep, but futile sleep is present because the brain just won't shut down the continual "shot gunning" of thoughts; blasting away, somehow hoping to find one that "sticks" to a solution.
To go deeper into understanding The Thoth Seven of Swords-Futility:
This card represents the
sabotaging mind where you know what you want symbolized by the central
sword and then go about defining the reasons why you can't obtain it, as
shown by the six swords surrounding the central one. The 7 of Swords represents the yes-but mind that often keeps us from making our dreams work. Astrologically the Thoth 7 of Swords is Moon and Sun in Aquarius, represented by the
circle with a dot in the center, a symbol of the Sun, the Crescent is
the Moon and the wavy lines at the bottom are Aquarius.
Each of the six swords of procrastination
bear a planetary sign for the six ways we sabotage our selves.
- The yes-but aspect of Saturn is telling us there is too much red-tape or it's too complicated.
Sword has on the handle the symbol of Mercury which is about the
negative communication of " I can't... I wish I'd a ...If only..." all
negative reasons why "it won't work".
- Another sword handle
bares the planetary sign of Jupiter; the planet that symbolizes
flexibility and expansion. The negative self-talk of Jupiter is "it's
too limiting and constricted" or " I am not lucky" or "I am not talented
- Another sword sports the planetary sign of Mars.
Positively Mars is a sign of dynamic energy, vitality, and assertion but
the negative side of Mars is " I don't have the energy to...I am burnt
out...it's dull and boring etc."
- Another sword handle is
adorned with the sign of Venus; the planet of Love. The Venusian
negatives would be," I really don't care...It doesn't mean anything to
- Then there is the final sword whose handle
supports the double loops which represent the Sun and the Moon; the
negatives of which are consciously and subconsciously one is sabotaging oneself out of doing what it is that one wants to do. In other words, you are caught in wanna-be-ism which is a viscous cycle of mental inferiority.
Instead of the Power of
we are caught in the self-denial of
Often we run "mind loops" that constantly repeat our past as today's
reason for not progressing or going forward with our life. These mind
loops are the "nag within" syndrome that fear of discomfort/fear of
vulnerability, often generates in our subconscious to avoid presumed
"This is futile because I've tried something like this before", fails to see that today trying a "different" approach may win the day, and supply the victory we seek.
The Connolly Tarot 7 of Swords, may be beautifully illustrated in a stain glass motif, but really isn't instantly realized as futility.
It shows 5 blue handled swords stuck in the ground and two red handled swords stuck in a dark cloud.
Blue is the nature of calm water/Conscious and red is the fiery nature of Mars or warlike force, so I can only think that the meaning of the flutist and harpist, are two states of mind (fire and water are the Parents of Air/Mind). Therefore, the Subconscious and the Consciousness are both trying to play a tune of harmony but are unable to agree on all the passionate notes that must be played to fulfill the wanted "sound".
The card seems to state that things may not work out the way you planed, but keep plunking away at it, while also keeping inner harmony, and you'll find something that works.
Often to some readers, these Seven
cards seem most depressing, and if the Sevens of each suit are combined in a reading,
describe a most disturbing depression, of Energy, Emotions, Mind, and
Body. Luckily, I have never seen all of them fall together in a reading
and usually other surrounding cards show a lightening of effect and a
temporary experience. However, that being said, the Querent should be
told that depression is being experience or soon will be (depending on
the position of the Card) and to prepare themselves in order to "
Weather the Low period".
If we are finding it futile for a positive idea associated with these
Sevens, one could say that without a doubt, an old perspective is dying
so a new one of better performance can be created. Sometimes it is hard
to let go "of the monster you know" rather than face an unknown so courage
and strong character dictate that you must change direction here.
When the Qabalistic Thoth or Connolly Tarot card is thrown:
- You will
have the opportunity presented to you in the next 7 weeks or 7 months to
break out of your self-imposed defeatism and move towards creating what
you really do want.
- It's time to supply the rudder and "damn the torpedoes and go full steam ahead".
- You do know what you want, that is the truth you may be trying to avoid.
- The falsehood is the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
that the 7's are associated with the Charioteer, which is the
originator of motion and change. So this card is not nagging at your
weakness but advising you that choosing you wants moves you forward into
a satisfying life motion and that you have the inherent power to do so.
- You have the capability to release sabotaging thought
processes that where developed in a past that may go back to 7 years or
when you where 7 years old.
- Focus on what you truly want;
focus your heart, creative mind and passion on it, and your programmed
self-defeat won't be able to impede you , it just becomes white noise in
the back wash of your powerful wake on the ocean of possibilities.
- Vacillation, untrustworthy character, unstable effort.
- There is a partial success here, but total success is not achieved due to discontinued effort, as if strength has just run out.
close to achieving a goal but the assault of many feeble self defeating
thoughts scatter the will and the querent is unable to continue.
card is about the futility of seeking to please everyone with your
actions. You need to focus and proceed. This does require you to treat
everyone as you wish to be treated, so that you confidently know your
actions will not really harm anyone.
- But if you are suffering from an inferiority complex-----well this card says it all. For with that identity all action is futile until one accepts their Power.
is also a tendency to love abundance, which makes an enthusiastic
collector or even a miserly character, who is fascinated by display,
given to compliment, affronts and insolence.
- A tendency to detect or spy on others.
- There is also an inclination to betray others though not always intentional.
Now there seems to be a large amount of interpretation here, but
as always, the dignity of the accompanying cards will decide if the
influence of the Seven of Swords is more annoying rather than
- In a weakened state, when the cards
accompanying it are positive in their nature, it can also mean that
within 7 weeks, or 7 months, you will achieve successful outcome and
solution to issues but you must be persistent in counteracting your
constant doubts. For when we have infighting of our thoughts, we become
our own enemy and in such a state success in any contest is futile as
you tend to self-flagellate.
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The Thoth Six of Swords-Science
illustrates the Balance of the idea of the Suit of Air. Tiphareth, the Middle
6th Sephiroth on the Middle Pillar of the Tree of Life, is the Sun/son
of God Sephiroth, known as Beauty; Beauty being the perfect balance of opposites, or as psychologist/philosopher-Carl Jung would say, "...a Synchronicity".
The Higher Intellect itself is also
referred to in the number 6 , as it is the number of the Sun, which represents the Bright-Warm Intelligence.
In the zodiac,
this card is influenced by Mercury in Aquarius, which represents the
celestial Energy Intelligence influencing the Soul of Man. Thus, the Six
of Swords-Science, shows both intelligence and humanity.
there is much more to be seen in this symbol, as it is about a state of
all mental and moral facilities hardly won and almost impossible to
hold in an ever-changing world.
In the Thoth Deck, the four Sixes represent the center of the
whole system of the Tree of Life, known as Tiphareth (Beauty). The
Sixes, Tiphareth, are the only Sephiroth below the Abyss that
communicates directly with Kether (Crown). Tiphareth, is fed directly
from Chokma-Binah (wisdom-understanding) and Chesed-Geburah
For those who are a student
of the Human Auric field and the Chakras, you know Kether as the Crown Chakra ( Sahasrara
chakra), and Tiphareth as the Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura
the lower Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, as it is balanced both
vertically and horizontally, giving it Supremacy over physical life.
Tiphareth is also known as Beauty-the Christ-Consciousness.
As a planetary influence, Tiphareth represents the Sun;
as a theosophical concept, Tiphareth is the theological Son who
represents consciousness in its most balance and harmonized form. The
Son is an interpretation of the Father in mind and form rather than just
The Sixes actually represent their respective element at its practical best.
When we look at the Thoth 6 of
, we see that the ornate sword-hilts form an Hexagram ( a
symbol of the linking of "the above and the below").
on the Thoth card,
the Points of the Six Swords touch each other in
the Center of a red rose on a golden cross of six squares. The red is
hard to see on the card illustration as it has faded due to processing. The Golden cross, the Red Rose and the six squares show the Rosy Cross as the central secret of scientific truth.
Student of Gnosis ( Greek for Knowledge) would be wise to study the Rosy
Cross and/or Rosicrucian philosophy as it is an integral part of that study.
In reiteration, the adept will find the initiation of
Tiphareth the first of the Greater Initiations into the meaning of
Self. This Tiphareth initiation is literally a scarifying of all that
we know to be self, and life as we have lived it. Here the sacrifice is
not relinquishing the much desired something, but rather a transition
of Force, from that of the will of lesser consciousness to the Pure Will
of the Greater Self. "Thy will be done" rather than, "my will be
The Six of Swords is about definite accomplishment and carrying out of a matter.
As stated, Assigned to the 6 of Swords is the zodiacal Mercury in Aquarius. Thus, this card is also called: Lord of Earned Success The
Angels of the Decan are: Rehaayal and Yeyezeil. The Six of Swords is
influenced by Tiphareth in the Astral World [ Yetzirah].
The air sign of Aquarius,
is ruled by Saturn, which tends to stabilize the fleeting qualities of
Mercury. The positioning of Mercury in Aquarius, a Mind sign, leads
naturally to science and humanitarianism so success is the result of
Saturn's work in this aspect.
the Six of Swords, the cutting power of Swords is turned toward the
positive, and the Rose is resurrected after being war torn in the Fives
of Swords, due to the 5th Sephiroth- Severity/Geburah.
In the Six of Swords, the swords all come together at a point in the restored Rose Cross of Six squares, which Crowley calls, " The Rose Cross at the central secret of Scientific Truth." Thus,
we have the definitive meaning of "success after anxiety and trouble",
for the Way of the Cross is suffering before ascension. In short, this is the science of mind over the material world or as some would say, "Mind over matter".
The Connolly Tarot-6 of Swords,
focuses more on the "way of the Cross" as it depicts a youthful person crossing the bridge of swords, holding a wand of triumph high.
The message here
seems to be that one is crossing the bridge that ends a difficult cycle, by setting their sights on the promising future on the other side of the difficulty, shown by the flowering roses.
Once again, the Connolly tarot,
prefers the more mundane meaning and therefore following the tradition of the Rider-Waite and Golden Dawn decks.
When the Six of Swords is thrown during a reading it indicates:
in six weeks or six months, the querent shall have experienced or will
experience: Labor, work, and even a journey probably over water because
of the Aquarius influence.
- Success after anxiety and trouble.
- Selfishness, beauty, conceit, but sometimes modesty within all depending on dignity which is supplied by the surrounding cards.
what this card means is that the querent should use the whole mind (The
Circle in the Card) to observe the situations of the next 6 weeks or 6
month, and look at what is really there rather than what we want to see.
- Being able to see many thoughts at once, is represented by
the pinwheels throughout the Card and being discerning is shown by the
Whole mind (circle) and the Creative Mind ( Diamond) working in unison
to solve problems by constructive and creative means.
- One's mind is centered with the "Buddha within".
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The Fives of any suit,
often bring trepidation among the both readers of tarot and
their clients, but in truth they represent motion coming to the aid of
They are storm and stress resulting in the complete upset of the
statically stabilized system, simply because things in stasis don't
evolve. So these fives aren't regarded as "evil" but rather as a
reluctance to get up and leave comfort zones and get on with the "job".
To the Adepts of the White School of Tarot,
(Great White Brotherhood) every phenomena is a sacrament, as "what
exists is supposed to exist"...by Divine decree. Divine-Creation,
doesn't build what it doesn't want!
The Thoth 5 of Swords-Defeat:
this "defeat" of our old personal identity patterns (Upside down
Pentagram) we must understand what happens to unattended fire (Spirit/passion);
it can either go out or become a conflagration. What happens to
non-moving water (consciousness)? It either turns into a mire and goes
putrid or evaporates away.
To keep this from happening to the
Divine Creative's Force and Form Children (us), Geburah (The Divine Feminine)
has invented the Conscious Energy State of Severity-where strife and
defeat supply the "jolt of movement" necessary to get the stagnant
personality moving again. Therefore, this severity is "Tough Love".
on the Tree of Life) always supply disruption. In this case, Venus rules Aquarius which implies weakness rather than excess of strength, is
the cause of the disaster.
In the Five of Swords-Defeat, the intellect has been enfeeble by sentiment and has become overly passive.
Treachery may also be implied.
The Thoth Five of Swords is shown in a
sinister state of the inverted pentagram (human form upside down) which is a sign of
matter/personality dominating the will of Spirit. In this case, even more
sinister, as none of the swords have hilts that resemble any of the
others, and their blades are bent or broken and give the impression of
drooping, old useless thoughts. Remember, as virtue declines (virtue is always being true to your inner
self) corruption takes over until all is in disorder. There is no Rose
of enlightenment/Wisdom in this card, since it is all destroyed now.
Observation shows the position
of Geburah on the Tree of
Life, as the Filth Sephiroth-Severity on the pillar of Severity. One may ask, why is there a need
for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental-corrective force if we are
the image/ Child of God? This Severity is easily explained as cutting away the
unworthy bits, so that you are the Original you and/or the Original Psyche. But what many fail to
understand, is that if all the definitions given one, by their society,
belief systems and cultures, are not one's identity, THEN WE CAME IN
ALREADY KNOWING OURSELVES!
Yes it is true, dear
ones, truth is made manifest FOR THE DIVINE CREATIVE DOESN'T BUILD WHAT IT DOESN'T WANT! Therefore, your psyche never came seeking
your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul/Psyche already Knows
that! By the Soul/Psyche putting knowledge into form is how you became manifest! You are
Defined into being, not a being who seeks definition! You are a Divine
Creative/Psyche who proves definition by making it manifest!
Therefore, the severity of Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend to be.
As Stated,The Qabalistic Tarot Five of Swords, is known as Defeat
or Lord of Defeat.
Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal
disruption of Geburah's strength, is not the cause of disaster! This is because weakness is the cause of the Five of Swords disaster!
A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery. Here Mar's power is asleep as it is bound in the illusion of weakness brought on by the treachery of sensation.
On the Thoth Card, the hilts of the swords
form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body
fears has turned "upside down" the will, by the treachery of sensation,
i.e fear of pain. Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling
willful, since the ever present doubt brought into belief by
pleasure/pain indoctrination, keeps the will from collecting into force.
The fact that none of the sword hilts are the
same, implies many different weak thoughts assaulting the blue Rose of
Wisdom; that was at once whole in the Four, is now all cut to pieces in
the Five. Wisdom is scattered to the winds of emotional defeat and blood
and the poison of inferior thoughts drip from the swords of Mind.
The Five of Swords
is Geburah in Yetzirah, therefore, a severe Mars influence is now in the Astral
World. In Roman mythology, Mars is the consort of Venus in (see
illustration). We should understand that mythology is not a story
telling a lie, but rather a storied lie relating a truth. In the above painting, Mars is depicted sleeping under the drug of sensual illusion.
The Blue Rose of Venus,
which is the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian
assault. Along with the nine and ten of Swords, the Five is one of the
most destructive events in the deck.
be able to accept defeat
and build from the experience a successful transformation, is
the way of growth. Winter may defeat the growth of an apple tree...so it "rests and
reconsiders its options", knowing the thoughts of growth, the tree awaits the Spring with renewed energy. If
the apple tree just kept reliving the browning of its leaves and the
decay and fall of its apple, it would waste its energy in "painful thought
production" and die. Therefore, there is in matter an illusion of destruction, as if eaten or decomposition means the end, rather than eating/decomposition just transforms something into another thing ensuring evolutionary growth. As Juhaladine Rumi, the 12th century Sufi Master stated: " the grape becomes wine, so that it can become us".Therefore, the 5 of Swords implies, useless thoughts of the past, destroyed to transform into a new progressive process of thinking.
Five of Cups-defeat reminds
us that we must accept our moments of severity, as a step towards
healing, not a permanent fear that imprisons us in a "grave of the
past" leaving no life for the future. Inaction due to fear is
a common disease and easily overcome----just begin! One step begins any
The Connolly Tarot-5 of Swords, seems to concentrate on interest only in self gain. Showing a lack of sensitivity, a young child is shown selfishly grabbing a sword out of the hands of another, causing a disruption and scattering of the balanced pattern. Implying a dropping of an old thought pattern.
Therefore the implication of this card is to change old patterns of thought, that have defeated your past performance.
The more occult meanings of Transformation are not shown in this card, as the Connolly tarot, follows the pattern of the mundane attributed to the Rider-Waite, Golden Dawn and many other medieval art decks.
When the Thoth or Connolly Tarot 5 of Swords card is thrown during a reading,
- The querent is usually caught in the fears of the past.
- They are experiencing a self defined prison of negative, self defeating beliefs.
- Here is defeat on a mental level, bringing humiliation and weakness.
suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and
acknowledge your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction.
are only defeated when we stop seeking another way. So there is no 5
week or 5 month period here, since it is the querent's own mental
negativity that is involved here, and they could change perspective at
- The Querent will experience or has experienced over a period of 5 wks or 5 Months: Defeat, lies, malice, spite, slander, and evil-speaking.
- The contest is ended and has been decided against the querent.
is failure, trouble, avarice, grieving after pain and holding that
grief as sacred or important rather than letting go of the pain and
- Laborious relentless loss and vileness of nature.
- A busy body and separator of friends, hating to see peace and love between others.
- Cruel and cowardly, thankless and unreliable.
- Clever and quick to thought and speech.
of Pity easily aroused and unendurable. Therefore this is also the Card of
the "Pity Pot", where one is so impressed by their own pain, their life
is centered around it and they can't heal or move forward.
- Often one
demands that everyone get down on their knees and worship one's pain as a
martyrdom of holiness. Instead of " If you wish to speak to me, Stand,
for I'll not kneel to your weakness," which is a true message from
Geburah-the Divine Feminine, who supports your strength.
- This Defeated Mind requires you to grovel to weakness as some proof of holiness.
very "Self absorbed" mental state, that breeds dis-ease and discontent.
In such a state of low thinking--the god's will not hear you.
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The Thoth Deck Four of Swords,
represents Chesed (mercy) manifesting in the realm of Intellect. Jupiter rules in Libra in this decannate.
is no opposition in any of these symbols so The Four of Swords
proclaims the idea of authority in the intellectual world and is the
dogma and the law concerning it. In an arbitrary manner, the Four of
Swords represents a refuge from chaos and argues for convention.
On the Thoth illustration, the
Four Swords have their hilts placed in the four corners of a St.
Andrews cross, suggesting fixed rigidity. The Sword points are sheathed in a
large white forty-nine petaled rose, representing social harmony. Hence
this card is mental compromise.
As previously stated, the number 4 is the position of Chesed (mercy) on the Tree of Life.
In this decanate, Chesed refers to Jupiter who rules in Libra. Thus we
have, intellectual balance and/or the idea of authority in the
However, when mercy is applied to intellectual
thought, we have compromise, which in itself, dulls the sharpness of
wit. Therefore, the 4 of swords can represent the turning of a clear and
concise thought into a rather murky, self-deprecating thought. Such as
the political thought of today.
When thought is compromised
to please the "many" very little intelligence is presented. Such
thought represents a refuge from mental chaos (free thinking) arrived at
in an arbitrary manner. While arguing for convention, one loses the
invention of the individual perspective. From such conventional thinking,
we get society and indoctrination.
To reiterate, the large 49 petal rose in the center of this card, represents
social harmony, which has fixed the 4 swords of "pointed thought",
into pointlessness, supporting the theme of this card of compromise.
First and foremost,
there is no Truce without conflict but conflict is not over because of
Truce. Rather, it is a temporary fix at best; a band-aid and will soon shake apart
from the strain of holding the tension in compromise. We have a perfect
example of this in our Korean Truce between North and South Korea, the
war isn't over due to compromise...it's just waiting to ignite again. As
Aleister Crowley so eloquently put it, "Minds too indolent or too cowardly to think out their own problems hail joyfully this policy of appeasement." [Book of Thoth] .
Because the number 4 represents
the manifestation of things, the Four of Swords-Truce, also represents ,"the strong man armed, keeping his house in peace."
very nature of Air (combination of Fire-Will and Water-emotions)
makes the action of Truce dominate. Thus we have Truce, held by threat
of violence, rather than an intelligent conclusion to a problem. That is
why the back ground of the 4 of Swords is a chaotic mix of fractures,
rather than an established geometric formula. Truce may sound like a
good idea, but it is only a temporary avoidance of a problem rather
than a fix. The term for this in our modern society would be, "Truce through threat of annihilation."
Hence Rest from strife, a temporary rest at best, is the general meaning of this card.
Since astrologically this is Jupiter in Libra the four of Swords also suggests a compassionate and sensitive position.
The 4 of Swords
card is also representative of a healthy seclusion, where one is
voluntarily taking time-off from adversarial situations as they rest and
Therefore, the intellectis relinquishing control and
allowing peace from the stress generated by juggling the contrary.
Sometimes this card
also signifies convalescence and recuperation from a illness
specifically generated by the psycho-dynamic union of body and
subconscious mind in order to establish an involuntary rest period, because one's personality won't voluntarily take time off from the juggling.
The Connolly Tarot Four of Swords,
hasn't a title. Like many tarot decks, there is a tendency here to down play the objective importance of the "minor cards". This is an error not known to Qabalist, who know that the Major Arcana are Subjective, more occult and often take time for fruition. While the Minor Arcana, or "small cards", are
physically happening at this moment!
Hence, its best to pay attention now!
The Connolly card seems to relate the idea of feeling like being cut off, or of being out of touch, as the four swords block the walk way, behind a closed gate.
Therefore, it is about rethinking your future plans, which suggests a truce with the moment, but keeping your eyes focused on your goals.
When the Four of Swords is thrown during a reading:
The querent has been or will be experiencing for the next or last 4
weeks or 4 months, a period of convalescence and recovery from sickness;
a change for the better.
- After having gone through sorrow, there is rest; Peace after war and a relaxation of anxiety.
may be quiet, rest, and peace after a struggle, yet the struggle
isn't solved and will require a revisiting in the future. The where and when of that future visit will be shown in the accompanying cards, as well as whether it is a ill defined or a well-defined visit.
relationships or something in your life has come to full resolution on
all four levels of awareness--mental, emotional, spiritual, and
- A period of Convalescence and recovery from sickness over a 4 wk or 4 month period.
- Change for the better.
- At first going through a period of sorrow, but now at rest from sorrow.
- Peace after war.
- Relaxation of anxiety.
have a Truce one must first have a struggle so this card suggests
peace, quietness, rest, ease and plenty after a time of struggle.
always, these are all modified by the dignity of the accompanying cards
Crowley viewed this card as a cowardly and/or indolent way of the mind
that can't think out it's own problems and joyfully accepts appeasement.
- Since this is the unstable number 4, this card does tend
to show compromise due to tiredness rather than for any positive
- A Truce means that the war is at rest for the moment but the battles are not all won.
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The Qabalistic Thoth Deck Tarot
is inseparable from the Tree of Life, and
the minor arcana (small cards) are numbered according to the Serphiroth
that rules their action.
The Threes are all associated with the 3rd black (Dark Ocean of the Universal Unconscious) Sephiroth-Binah,
Understanding. Thus, in each of the Threes the idea has become
fertilized, i.e. Understood and because of this fertilization,
the triangle has become formulated. In Qabalah we know that the Triangle
is the Strongest structure (Trinity), an empirically stable plane
and therefore, the idea of the card is now a strong union and able to
give birth to "children" (images reflected on a plane), and thus evolve self awareness. From the I AM to I AM ME!
The Thoth Three of Swords-Sorrow:
The Great Mother, Binah, rules the suit of Air in this card's imagery. Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth named Understanding,
in this state of Divine Consciousness, is not the beneficent Great Mother of
the Trinity of Kether and Chokmah, but rather is seen here as the Dark
Deep Sea of the "Abysmal Womb". This is a very difficult doctrine for
the average student to grasp. Much study and skrying is recommended, so I am going to delve deeply in to Qabalistic understanding of this Divine Feminine.
In the Zodiac
, this card is Saturn in Libra.which accentuates this darkness.
is the melancholy of the Universal Mind;
the Womb of Chaos.
understanding of the "womb of chaos" may come from analyzing the second law of thermodynamics
which states"...Everything proceeds from order to disorder".
Therefore, in this card, the Great Dark Sea of Mother is a brooding
sorrow, for all Her bright beautiful children must end, as they are
built of time (Saturn), or have become monsters and prematurely ended themselves.
This is a deep heartfelt
universal sorrow that is not necessarily human even though it can be
felt by humans. We must remember, that contrary to our religious or
cultural teachings, darkness is not a negative for Unlimited Light is
darkness to us, because it has no end or beginning to observe, therefore
our True Identity is Dark-Light. Light in reflection, is visible to us
as the reflection gives us a beginning and end to see; a self-reflection
must have "to know itself" which is to Understand
itself... a "Me".
Great Dark Womb,
is a birth giver of limited light, the stuff that all
form is made of and therefore the Dark Sea (See) of unlimited
Imagination. To truly understand the Joy of the Greater Self, is to also
know the Great Sorrow that limit imposes on us. To create is to
destroy. To create what one loves, and watch it die, is one way to
experience sorrow of the Divine. In the realm of the physical world,
life must eat itself to stay alive, which is another form of sorrow.
In the Thoth Deck Three of Swords,
the sword of the Magus with point uppermost, cuts the junction of the
two curved swords. The Impact destroys the Rose, causing disorder which
implies the supreme transcendence of natural order (...all things proceed from order to disorder).
The back ground
of this Thoth Tarot card is a brewing storm of implacable light. A very
deep and visceral understanding of this card's symbolism is necessary
for one to become a Magi... as the foundation of this universe comes
from the energy-in-motion generated by sorrow. For in the beginning,
there was only I and I realized it was the only One. It
realized, " Am alone". Therefore "I Am" (God's name) was first
existence conceived from the idea of loneliness/sorrow. I AM Me, is the
first expression of Love, the realization of existence!
The Three of Swords is also called the Lord of Sorrow, and as stated, it is a often misinterpreted card, due to the mutable nature of mind, which is why it is compared to the element Air.
The idea of division, separation, and mutability, the airy quality of things, is understood and manifest in the Three of Swords. The idea of separation, also breeds sorrow.
the darkness of Binah,
is the mourning of Isis for her lost love, the
dismembered Osiris...a "Dying God". This is not the common sorrow,
dependent on any given discontent or individual disappointment. Rather,
the German word, Weltschertz,
meaning The Universal Sorrow
best expresses this Conscious Energy state of Melancholy.
(Thermodynamics) this is the realization of the 2nd law of Entropy,
where everything proceeds from order to disorder or as an ancient has
stated," The Mother watches her bright and loved children become
This deep sorrow is best known by Mothers who love
their children with all that they are, while watching their lovely
child's self identity degrade into fearful separation, becoming an addict or worse, a mass
murderer. Such sorrow is visceral and often beyond the understanding of
those who don't conceive; However,this Sorrow of Separation is even
darker for the Great Mother that has conceived us all, and watches us
destroy one another in the name of "ideas", without "understanding" that
ideas, are just servants of Creators of life. No life is to become a servant of
Separation, brings great Grief to Lovers
who long only for Union. In each of us, deep down in the inner depths
of ourselves, is that great hollowness, that great lonesomeness, we've
inherited from the Universal Sorrow; that feeling of being separate, that also drives us to
"fill the whole" with stuff (greed), religious seeking (spirituality),
and "finding that soul mate". When we understand
that this Universal Sorrow
is part of us, we'll stop trying to flee from it in our "pursuit of
happiness", because, to have Sorrow, is to already know happiness! For just as in the Prodigal son parable of the Christian Bible, all I have to do is return to my original identity, which is the Qabalistic study of Self! Sorrow is a shadow cast by belief in separation; a separation that denies our union with the Divine because we believe we are separated by sensual flesh! A Union of One Energy Psyche, includes the ability to feel that union, which is a great gift from the Flesh! Therefore separation has never Really happened! Besides, I AM
ME, is a Divine Decree!
is saying, you don't have what is sought, and in the Spirit Psyche (Soul), I AM is your name, "Me" is your understanding of that name. Therefore to say, "I AM without Happiness", is fulfilled as a command statement of the "I AM", and hence the "me", the understanding of "without happiness", becomes the sensation of sorrow-full.
In my world, Happiness and Sorrow are lovers, who walk hand in hand within in all of us! Light loves darkness, as darkness loves light. My shadow and I are always touching each other, and never do I feel alone. My spirit has not rejected the fleshy animal being that I operate, as a HIGHER INTELLIGENCE, hence, the sensual body of my spirit, is happy, and feels no holes within itself. Just as a dog is very happy to be with its master, my body is very happy to be with it's Spirit/Psyche! I seek not spirit---for I AM Spirit, who has be given charge over a "Child of God" and I am complete in my joy! I am Master and Masterpiece, in wholly communion!
[ By skrying the Lover's card, one can see the Dark child and the Light child, facing each other in a union of Understanding.]
Truly, what is even more sorrowful; if we understood the
difference between "man-made" self and God Made Self, we would
understand the deep sorrow of the "childhood self" locked away in a
dungeon of contradictory Ruler made-definitions ("...your just a child. What do you know") that shaped us
into the adults who are taught to be slaves to indoctrinated definitions rather than the higher consciousness each child represents! As children, our Psyche is raped when we are defenseless; young and innocent, for rape is an act of violence (not sex) and is called "pleasure/pain training".
Because of this Pavlovian indoctrination
, man-made adults have a slave mind
that is in the pursuit of
; a pursuit which is just trying to find the "lost
original bright-self". If we understand the idea of pursuit, we know that we are chasing happiness, again saying, "I am without happiness"!
The Bright Self
is not seen as a self identity, and the Dark Self of Survival thinking is now in charge of our bodies, and must Seek the Bright one that is Casting the Shadow! Yet, The Bright One resides in the Breath of the body!
For spirit is from the Greek-Spiro, which means "Breath"!
Therefore, many yoga's (yoga means communion)
start out with breathing exercises called Prana-Yama (life-death). So take a deep breath, and love the Sorrow, who is merely the exhale of your happiness, and know the lovely body you own as a Spiritual Image of The Divine Creative!
The way I see it,
as a Psyche, I was given charge over the "most precious child" and I'll be damned if any ignorant, malignant, enforcer of definition, will make me shy from my great purpose, which is to bring the "Higher Mind" of us Celestial Peoples, into the "Animal Mind" of our lovely lady Earth. I am The Above who came to the Below!
The hole many of us feel deep inside,
is also the "lost Joy" that becomes "lost" by rejecting the
"Child within", the Original Identity-definition-of us as given by our Original Parents/The Divine Creative that made us manifest. By compliance, we dug a hole in our-selves, and buried our Spiritual identity, so we could please others, running after "gods approval" when we already are approved into being!
Our lives are now sorrowfully spent avoiding confrontations with the "enforcers of definition" so the "slave masters"
wouldn't hurt us.
The Fool Card
of Tarot (Holy Spirit) attempts to inform us of this Lost Innocence
, which is a hole in our self image...holes don't allow completeness
and result in sorrow... We have become divided against ourselves and
thus conquered by our own sorrow!
Have we forgotten the meaning of wholeness? Every plane of the Divine Collective Unconscious, has a "self image" (Sephiroth) and to not have an image on anyone of those multidimensional planes is to lack "wholeness". The Human body is one of those images of Divine Self! Therefore, to not have one, is to not be Whole as Spirit!
Slaves see themselves as totally
alone in their cowering hell, that is brought on by "fear of pain", which is another way to fear and therefore reject your body; the body called, Hu ( Mandarin- for god) Man ( Hindu Manas-mind) that is the original Golden Cistern of Spirit/Psyche understanding that is now seen as the dark suffering one! To understand the Universal Sorrow, is to understand the Qabalalistic Axiom of, "Above all things, know thyself"...god mind!
The Connolly Tarot-3 of Swords, depicts the separation sorrow by showing the White Rose of the Divine Feminine above the dark clouds of sorrow. The sword of the Magus is pointed up, in union with the Rose, while the swords of the unconscious and conscious,(swords are mind) are pointed down towards a stone walled enclosure of separation thinking...impassioned thinking, depicted by the red color in the windows.
The key to this card is in the understanding of why we are feeling such deep sorrow, and is very mundane in its art work.
When this card is thrown during a reading, it means that:
- In three weeks or three months the querent shall experience unhappiness, sorrow, tears.
of plans,interruption, separation, quarreling, sowing of discord and
strife, yet there will be mirth in evil pleasures, deceit in words.
on the dignity of ill or good by the cards around it, it could also mean honesty in
money transactions, selfish and dissipated, yet sometimes generous.
- Depicts the sorrow felt by someone who goes against their greed, the indulgence of which they generally relish as a win.
- One's personality is crossing the Abyss of Sorrow that surrounds the Higher Feminine Self, due to studies into the Gnosis (Knowledge) of Self.
- Ones Bright Self is viewing the world of divisionism, and feels great sorrow over the needless suffering brought on by ignorance of separatism and fear.
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