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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Queen of Wands & The Connolly Tarot-Queen of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe 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)  in 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 Princes.

Astrologically the Queen of Wands rules in the zodiac from 21 degrees Pisces to 20 degrees Aries.
Since 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 represents 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 the zodiac, 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.

They are:
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.

Everything 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 nature.

 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 opposition.

There is an immense capacity for 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).

From Wikipedia


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, *empousen-, 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), her legendary 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 represents magnificent 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:

  • Adaptability
  • 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.

  1. This 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.

  • As in all powerful things, when well guided, there is great fun, joy and Bacchanal-satisfaction here, but ill guided, great emotional destruction is released.
  • 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 this card. 


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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Hermetic Thoth -Knight of Wands & The Connolly Tarot- King of Wands

The Tarot of EliTHE Qabalistic Thoth KNIGHT OF WANDS. (Kings in the Golden Dawn, Connolly and Waite Deck).







There 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:
The 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 motivational ability.

Now remember, 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 Universal Creation.

This "God Sex" is often a hard one to explain to the self-absorbed who think sexuality as "pleasing moment" of conquest.

Those 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 pass away.

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.
Fire 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.
If 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;
  • A 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 flames.
  • Experiencing the conviction of Spirit with much inner to outward movement of energy and the manifestation of leadership skills.
  • Positive 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.
  • May 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.
  • This 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.
  •  When 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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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Hermetic Qabalah Thoth Tarot-10 of Swords-Ruin & The Connolly Tarot- 10 of Swords

The Tarot of Eli 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; 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!

This 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.

The 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.
  1. Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart.
  2.  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.
  • Change is immanent.
  • It 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.
  •  With 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.
  • The 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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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Hermetic Thoth Tarot-9 of Swords- Cruelty & The Connolly Tarot 9 of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe 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 subconscious 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.

This 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 body.

This is a statement of an inner knowledge that comes from knowing Thyself as a Spiritual Intelligence that owns the body it makes "Alive".
This 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.

To 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. Living a 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 declaration 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 Hi-me principle, thus everyone I see is another way to be me.

Becoming 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?

This 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 "our bodies".

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)!
A 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 and end"!

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!
Dogs 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.
Swords 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.
  • Despair.
  • Loss of a loved one.
  • Oppression, suffering, burdens.
  • Martyrdom.
  • 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.
  • Oppressive labor ( slavery), and a certain amount of subtlety and craft displayed in lying, dishonesty, etc., all according to the dignity of the accompanying cards.
  • 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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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot 8 of Swords- Interference & The Connolly Tarot 8 of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe 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.


Astrological attribution to 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 Hod (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
these 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, does exist. 

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.
  • In 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 get there.

  • 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.
  • Being 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.
  • The 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.
  • Mental 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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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot 7 of Swords-Futility & The Connolly Tarot 7 of Swords

The Tarot of EliOn 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 self-identity.

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.

The little mental energy that the Seven of Swords maintains is just filmy dream work and cannot sustain the labor necessary for the fruition of endeavor.

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 for compromise 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.

The 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.

  1. The yes-but aspect of Saturn is telling us there is too much red-tape or it's too complicated.
  2. Another 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".
  3. 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 enough".
  4. 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."
  5. 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 me anyway." 
  6. 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
I AM,
we are caught in the self-denial of
I Ain't...

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 pain.

"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.
  • Remember 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.
  • Very close to achieving a goal but the assault of many feeble self defeating thoughts scatter the will and the querent is unable to continue.
  • This 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.
  • There 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 destructive.

  • 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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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-6 of Swords-Science & The Connolly Tarot 6 of Swords

The Tarot of Eli




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.

However, 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 (Mercy-Severity).

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 chakra).

Tiphareth dominates 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 idea.

The Sixes actually represent their respective element at its practical best.



When we look at the Thoth 6 of Swords-Science, we see that the ornate sword-hilts form an Hexagram ( a symbol of the linking of "the above and the below"). 

Illustrated 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.

The 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 done'. 
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.
In 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:
  •  That 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.
  • So 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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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth 5 of SWords-Defeat & The Connolly Tarot 5 of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe 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 matter. 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:

To understand 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".

Geburah(Severity 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!
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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.
 
To 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 journey!


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.
  • The suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and acknowledge your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction.
  • We 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 any time.
  • 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.
  • There is failure, trouble, avarice, grieving after pain and holding that grief as sacred or  important rather than letting go of the pain and moving on.
  • 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.
  • Feelings 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.
  • A 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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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot 4 of Swords-Truce & The Connolly Tarot 4 of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Deck Four of Swords, represents Chesed (mercy) manifesting in the realm of Intellect. Jupiter rules in Libra in this decannate.




There 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 intellectual world.
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." The 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 recuperate.

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.
  • There 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.
  • Issues, relationships or something in your life has come to full resolution on all four levels of awareness--mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.
  • 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.
  • To have a Truce one must first have a struggle so this card suggests peace, quietness, rest, ease and plenty after a time of struggle.
  • As 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 purpose.
  • A Truce means that the war is at rest for the moment but the battles are not all won.
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Tatot Card Comparisons: The Thoth 3 of Swords-Sorrow & the Connolly Tarot 3 of Swords.

The Tarot of Eli 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.
This is the melancholy of the Universal Mind; the Womb of Chaos.

Further 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 that thought must have "to know itself" which is to Understand itself... a "Me".

The 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.

In 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.

In Physics, (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 deformed monsters...".
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 an idea!

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! 

Seeking, 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 happiness; 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.
  • Disruption of plans,interruption, separation, quarreling, sowing of discord and strife, yet there will be mirth in evil pleasures, deceit in words.
  • Depending 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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