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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Wands & The Wild Wood Tarot- Knight of Bows-Fox

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot card, THE PRINCE OF WANDS, and the Wild Wood Tarot-Knight of Bows-Fox.


The Thoth Prince of Wands, is the Knight of Traditional tarot decks, in this comparison the Wild Wood Tarot- Knight of Bows-Fox, is the comparable card. Either Fox or Risen Phoenix, this is not a static card---it's a dynamic card of fiery creativity! The Prince of Wands is the Principle of Mastery of inspired creativity!

The Prince Of Wands, represents the Sun Warrior not only does he represent swiftness, strength, brilliance and agility, he is also the paradigm of dynamic mastery of unlimited creative expression from deep "within"; from the Universal Source.

The causally thrown reins over his wrist, symbolizes the inspired creativity that is not held back and is free to manifest and express itself.
The Solar Lion freely pulling the Chariot, symbolizes self trust in letting the creative process flow, without restriction nor restraint.
The contained fire in the chariot, is focused concentration  and attention to manifest one's creativity that comes from above (The chariot is coming down from the heavens).

The character of the Prince promotes a deep passion (open flower on chest-open heart chakra) for expressing one's own creativity.
The phoenix wand and cape expresses his commitment to expanding and liberating  himself through the creative process.

When you are "channeling" information or lost for hours  during a creative process, you are experiencing the focus of The Prince of Wands that is inherent in all of us "Solar spirits" who came to earth to use a human creative power body!
Remember, deep inside you is the great creative fire that built this universe---YOU as Spirit- have enough hot passion to melt ROCK or cause crystallized light live!

By just looking at this Thoth Deck Card of the Hermetic Qabalah, or the Wild Wood Tarot- Knight of Bows-Fox,  The Prince of Wands or Knight of Bows  presents a powerful figure which definitely compliments this omnivorous personality.  The Prince of Wands or Knight of Bows, represents the Airy part of Fire
(Creative Mind of Spirit), an ever expanding and volatile force. In the zodiac, he rules from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree of Leo. There is no reference to Leo in the art of the Wild Wood Tarot; However, in the language of animals, the qualities of cunning, stalking, alertness and curiosity, make the Fox, like the Lion of the plains, the great hunter of the night darkened forest.  He is the colored the red of the fire, with the passion to match. The Fox, in the morning sunrise, is a good image for the Prince of Wands.

In ancient Lydia, the totem form of Dionysus, or his human surrogate-Orpheus, was a Fox. Dionysus, was the Greek god of Wine, and a real party animal.

Also, in his animal form, the Fox represented  the god Bassareus, and his priestesses were known as Bassarids.

In medieval times, the Fox was presented as the universal trickster, Reynaud or Reynard the Fox. Although Reynaud, seemed to be an ordinary Fox, he had many miraculous exploits that were godlike and he often talked in a human voice. Hence, the Fox always represented a mysterious godlike personality.

When viewing the Thoth card, we see this solar warrior dressed in scale mail, with his vigorous arms uncovered, that emphasizes his great ability for activity.  The very essence of this card exudes swiftness, passion and power. From the Thoth Prince's winged lion helm, all aflame, to his flaming lion drawn chariot, this fiery Promethean roars, "I love burning"! This love of "burning", is also apparent in the flaming art of Leo the Lion, who is pulling the fiery chariot and the entire background of this card.

On The Thoth Prince's chest is the sigil of To Mega Therion and in his left hand he bears the Phoenix wand of the 2nd Adept (in the ritual of 5 degrees=6 degrees of R.R. @ A.C.), the wand of power and energy while he controls the reins of the Lion steed (Leo and Sun), with his right. The sea of flames both radiant and salient, is his path of travel.The Princes or Knights of traditional tarot, are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, the sixth Sephira known as Beauty/ The Son of God.

The Princes/Knights are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their "womb enclosure" chariots, which symbolize the "will to form" of the Divine Creatrix.

The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qabalah. 

The Arch Fairies, are very ancient symbols for the elements of multi-religious belief systems. Appearing as Gods of the Assyrians, the Four Animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, and they are the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists.
From the vastness of Kether, the first Sephira, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. 

Anthropomorphically personified in Tarot, The Princes or traditional Knights, are the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the Four Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves.
It should be no surprise then, that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will. Thus, the forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty; the unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil. The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive and last but not least, the material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The Grounding Element for the Prince's lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.
When thrown during Divination, the Princes often represent the coming and going of an event or person and the Princesses often represent the approval or disapproval of a matter.
 


Because of his enormous strength
the Prince's or Knight's passion can go any direction, even unto violence if angered. The Thoth Tarot card, shows the Marital Prince holding the Phoenix Wand of Geburah,(fifth Sephira/Severity) and thus wields the martian- like fiery Severity or Justice of Geburah. 


 As previously stated: Ruling from the 21st degree of Cancer to the 20th degree of Leo, he is endowed with a powerful faculty for expanding and volatilizing. His arms are free of armor and mail, as he is vigorous and active as a Dragon during mating season. His sexual energy is renowned. 
 
When thrown in a divination, the Thoth Tarot-Prince of Wands or the Wild Wood Tarot- Knight of Bows implies personality traits, such as:
  •  Swiftness and Strength as this one's primary moral qualities.
  • Impulsive, often easily directed by outside influences, even trifling ones, therefore, they can be prey to indecision.
  • One's opinions are often violently expressed but being emphatic does not mean one will not hold the opinion long. 
  • Just loves vigorous statement just to feel the vigorous flow.
  • The truth being, that the querent is often slow to make up their mind. Therefore, is essentially just and sees both sides of a question.
  • Having a character noble and generous causes one to lean towards expressing extravagant hyperbole while secretly laughing at the boast and one's self for making it.
  • Being of fanatical courage linked with indefeasible endurance , one chooses to fight against the odds and always wins in the very long run.
  • The Passion radiating off of this person frightens most people because of the mystery it presents.
  • This one is of Dragon, and thus strikes terror in the heart of the less inclined.
  • One's generosity and deeds maybe impeccable, but the heat of their passion scares the pale soul who avoids the Sun.
  • Exhibits great pride, which is this one's main fault, makes one often hold in contempt those of "weak character". This one may exhibit, meanness and pettiness ,of which they are adept at wielding, as well as, every weapon of ridicule, while still giving the shirt off of their back to the one so scorned.
  • Without lust of result, one loves work and exercise for its own sake.
  • Paradoxical is one's contempt for the world at large, while holding ecstatic respect for every individual man and woman.
  •  The Mystery of such a one who is a Sun. This Sun Warrior is an aspect of the Solar Logos that puts ideas into action and will fight for their survival!
  • There is a sense of Romantic Revolution with this one.
  • Most people enjoy the querent's passionate demeanor, but woe to the person that focuses their wrath.
  •  Because of this Swift and agile personality, many of the querent's acquaintances are not committed to them as friends, for such swift mystery baffles most of them as one is all that is unexpected, startling, unpredictable, unconventional, but having a deep underlying consistency.


 

  1. As an Archetype Personality of the Animus, the personality of a male or female born in his tarot time frame, favors his masculine morality which is swiftness and strength, with impulsiveness acting quickly to outside influences.
  2. When reacting to trifles, he can become undecided because he views them unimportant and not flamboyant enough for a heated argument, in which he not only excels but also enjoys.
  3. His volatility demands volatile displays of opinion, even if he rarely believes "whole heartedly" in such.
  4. He just loves stating a vigorous proposition for the sake of vigor!
  5. He can argue with vehemence both sides of any question which tends to make him slow to make up his mind thoroughly on any subject.
  6. His sense of justice is well made, but he feels that justice isn't really achieved in the intellectual world, showing a noble and generous character.
  7. Since embellishment is often vigorous, he loves to "tell tall tales" and his boasting can attain great heights, while slyly laughing internally at himself and the listening audience.
  8. He just loves to entertain both himself and others, while not taking the world of man to seriously. Thus he is often endeared to elaborate pranks, and even horrendous bouts of ridicule on some inoffensive nobody, only to give the shirt of his back to the same target, if needed.
  9. He really doesn't even take himself to seriously----he just loves Vigorous passion!
  10. His pride is great and his scorn for meanness and pettiness is even greater.
  11. With fanatical endurance and massive doses of courage, he will fight the great fight against all odds and over the long haul--he will win because of his enormous capacity for work; a work which he exercises for its own sake; loving the journey more than the goal.
  12. His haughty contempt for the world at large coexists with his profound respect for every man and Woman, as a Star of individual and rare beauty.
  13. This type of Powerful, swift, vigorous and generous personality holds Terror for those who wish to hide among the herd and he will often incur enemies...who talk behind his back rather than face the Lion before them. In fact many of his "enemies" will never have met him---but hearing about him was enough terror for them.
If ill dignified, The Prince of Wands is antithesis of the above qualities, and shows great cruelty, indifference and is often sadistic  He will show tenancies for laziness, intolerance, prejudice all because these are qualities of the idle mind and saves the trouble of thought. He would also be a great boaster and a coward.

However, such a powerful spirit is usually well dignified and with a sincere heart, this one works to benefit those below their energy level. This one also really enjoys intercourse with people, and loves to hear them laugh.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Queen of Wands & The Wild Wood Tarot- Queen of Bows-Hare

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Queen of Wands& The Wild Wood Tarot-Queen of Bows-Hare:
Represents the spiritual self-discoverer/ the knower of self.

This Queenly Archetype, is a personality that lives the axiom of the Cabala and it's tarot cards, "Above all things, know thyself".
The Queen of Wands card symbolizes the Specific Water in the World of Fire (Consciousness in Spirit).

The  Thoth card shows a symbol of Pisces as a clasp on her chest, symbolizing the fluidity and the aspiration that is required to attain self-knowledge.

In one hand she has the Thyrsus wand of the Greek God Bacchus/Dionysus, while the other rests on the head of a Leopard. The Leopard represents the extreme ferocity of Fire tamed by the Queen.
The pine cone on the wand, is a ancient symbol for Will/Authority, first seen on the Greek- Thyrsus.This Thoth wand is fashioned after the Greek Wand of Dionysus, the Thyrsus topped with a cone, hinting at the mysteries of Bacchus and the pineal gland. Those mysteries merit further study by the interested student.

Hence, She represents willful control of the Fiery Nature of Creation; passion, intensity of purpose, and charismatic sensuality.

She is very attractive to men, as the active magnetic force that receives the fiery male electric force and controls it to create all living forms.



In the zodiac, 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 (Consciousness of Passion/ Spirit). What can be simply said here, is that Fire is Spirit and the Watery part of Spirit is "spiritual intelligence" or the Conscious Spirit which is both fluid as fire and colored (On the "other side of the Mirror", colors are not reflections of the force--but the actual force itself) and is often mundanely called "Emotions".

The Wild Wood Tarot-Queen of Bows-Hare, since
the Celtic times, hares have represented Eostre, the Saxon hare goddess. They represent the time towards midsummer, and breed prolifically. Hence, the hare represented sexuality, fertility and potential. The Hare is also famous for the March "boxing" ritual of the males.

If one could see the Aura and Chakras, as I do, one would know that the 8 conscious-states of Energy (some say 7 bodies, for they forget the physical form is also a "light body"), called auric bodies, that are made of "Spiritual Psycho- matter/invisible and visible intelligent light". This is "living light" and therefore a Solar-Conscious-energy and therefore, formed into Entity, which in Physics is a "point-in-time". Therefore, the Human being is a Psycho (Mind)somatic (body) collection of the Psyche's/Soul's self-simulation. An intelligent copy; a Microcosm of the Divine Creative's Collective Unconscious and conscious Universe, that those who study metaphysics name a Macrocosm. The whole combination of 8 forms of intelligent light, both visible and invisible is called the Soul...which includes the physical body (animal soul), for it to is made of light! Therefore, the human body, is also an entity/simulation of the Soul! 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 division-ism perspective!

The Queen of Wands represents this mystery of the Maternal Solar- Mother of the Spiritual forms.

 On the Thoth Queen of wands, her head is adorned with the  winged globed-flame-rayed crown, of Ra (Egyptian Sun god) and the wings of Horus (resurrected Osiris), in her left hand is the cone topped wand of Bacchanalian mysteries; the thysus, (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.

Everything about the Thoth Tarot cards seems to shout "fire", but if you've noticed, the Thoth Tarot card depicts this fire as a controlled force, for even her fiery throne is formed in geometric shapes suggesting "controlled"or purposely directed Passions of a fiery nature.

As 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 also an immense capacity for friendship and love in this person, 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, and that is why she is often compared to the ancient goddess Hel, or the Polynesian volcano goddess Pele, and/or the seductive Greek goddess Empusa, who ruled the fiery underworld.

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. Some might call this a "Fiery Latin" type of personality. Her 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, may be beyond the capacity of a less passionate mate; her wrath is "World famous". When not opposed, she can be kind and generous...but when opposed "there is no hell likened to her wrath"!


Being that She is spontaneous in nature, she can be compared to the Greek demi-goddess, Empusa. Hence,  she may enjoy young men more than the "'older, wiser Man", and find that she is unable to apply herself to "long term"
relationships. For those who don't know Empusa:The Greek myth goes;  As a demigoddess
Empusa was the beautiful daughter of the goddess Hecate and the spirit Mormo. She feasted on blood by seducing young men as they slept (see sleep paralysis), before drinking their blood and eating their flesh. When she spotted a man sleeping on the road, she attacked him, little knowing he was Zeus, king of the gods. Zeus woke and visited his wrath on her and Empusa was killed. Empusa is pictured as wearing brazen slippers and bearing flaming hair. By folk etymology, her name was said to mean "one-footed" (from Greek *έμπούς, *empous: en-, one + pous, foot). This gave rise to the iconography of a one-legged hybrid, with a donkey's leg and a brass prosthetic leg. [ From Wikipedia-the free encyclopedia]

Therefore, this myth shows us that this Queen card represents lots of 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; How this will only be under the guidance of a very creative mind who loves the heat.

With the fiery emotions of this Queen, 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 Bacchic- satisfaction here, but ill guided, great 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 may find further insight into this card. 

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.

In reiteration, Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth, whose aspects manifest in the Queen's of Tarot,  is called the Sanctifying Intelligence, alsoknown as Understanding.
Seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight)  in the Divine Vibration of the element 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, form and realize the Force of the King.  This is a steady, unshaken and enduring force of Form, that is not as rapid in motion, as are the Princes. Hence, steady and enduring.
 
 The Tarot Queen of Wands is Queen of the Thrones of Flame. Queen of the Salamanders, or Slamandrines. The astrological attribution is the last Decan of Pisces--the first two Decans of Aries.
Because the Queens are about Materialized Force, there are no Angels represented here, rather the Elementals are conscious force here.
 
 As previously stated,The Queen of Wands is  Water of Fire, which would seem rather silly to mundane understanding; However, if we understood Water to be emotional- consciousness and Fire to be Primal Spirit, than this is less confusing.  This spirit-fire is Vital Life Force, sexual, passionate, extreme and often violent in Nature, such as the Hindu Kundalini. However, it is the Solar Motion in the movement of all planetary things. 

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.
 


The Wand or Bows represents Will, showing that She has complete control and is able to direct this force. 
  • 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 [Passion] it can be 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.
  • Warmth, passionate, honest and sincere, seeing no purpose in falsehood and she will respond harshly to deceit!
  • Highly sexual, and expressive.
  • In other words, a very dangerous woman indeed!
  • 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. I have always adored Her.


If this card is thrown for a man, it represents the magnetic side of his nature; the fiery anima (spirit/muse) that is committed to trusting both internal and external experiences that lead to self-knowledge. Self Knowledge is represented by the radiant or thorn crown on her head.

When this card is thrown for a woman, it usually means that she is skillful, sexually attractive, mature woman who has routed the "fiery sexual energy" into creative self-expressive work such as art, music, dance or into a career that encompasses a lifetime dedicated to bringing something of value into being.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Knight of Wands & The Wild Wood Tarot- King of Bows-Adder

The Tarot of EliTHE Qabalistic Thoth Tarot KNIGHT OF WANDS.(Kings in the Golden Dawn, Connolly, B.O.T.A., Waite Deck, Night Sun Tarot, Wild Wood Tarot etc.)& The Wild Wood Tarot-KING OF BOWS- Adder.



















There has been much confusion communicated by Tarot readers, concerning the implied meanings of the Court cards; the Kings/Knights are no exception. 

In his 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.

The Knight of Wands or King of Bows is the motive force behind the Alchemical Fire or Primal Fire (The Thoth Knight, carries the same wand as the Ace of Wands to illustrate this point) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This 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. 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, that forms a  swift and occasionally violent personality 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. 
The Wild Wood Tarot-King
of Bows-Adder, also illustrates this positive male force, as a swift violent personality with the capacity to accomplish long-term goals, as the patience of a stalking snake will imply. The Adder is also often fierce, impetuous, impulsive in its strike and tends to act unpredictably.


 
A man's life is characteristic of himself.
-Carl G. Jung
 
As previously implied: To many tarot readers, the court cards often are the most confusing to read. This is because some authorities interpret them as people in a persons life, others as events and still others, as both people and events. Many Qabalistis see the court cards as archetypal- personality traits as well.
There is a good reason for all of this confusion ; the reason being because people are nearly always involved in events that are like some aspect of themselves.  Since everything is one energy, there is no obvious separation between what we experience in the environment, and with others. Friendships, events, are stimulated by what think we are on the level of self-consciousness. It is a foolish attempt at best, when reading tarot, to try and divide the person from the event that is occurring. Such attempts at division could even be perilous. It pays to remember that events  often happen to us  because of ourselves rather then  in spite of ourselves. We are a Psyche- creation who creates pyschosomatically. Hence, what we think, and/or emotionally "feel",becomes our reality.
 
The Knight of Wands  and the Wild Wood Tarot-King of Bows-Adder,  represents the spiritual evolutionary in all of us. This is the Will-to-be part of ourselves that is unwilling to edit, rehearse, or hold back any part of who we are.This ferocity, is easily seen in the Art of the Wild Wood Tarot. Here, the Adder represents Serpentine Energy, which is the "Spiral Energy" of Spirit.  The symbol for the element fire, is not shown on this King of Bows card, just the color of the Adders, as the males writhe around each other seeking dominance, implies fire. This has often been ignorantly interpreted as a mating ritual, however, as in most species, males don't mate with males, as offspring can't be produced it is rather a wrestling match. The Adder, also represents magical power, the healing arts, and balance.

On the helmet of the Thoth Tarot-Knight of Wands Card, is a winged horse, symbolizing Sagittarius and a fiery visor.  Wings are also often the symbol for air and we all know how volatile air of fire is, we may even classify it as "hot air", of which this kingly personality has in considerable amounts.

The Thoth Tarot-rider of the unicorn horse is the symbol of vision and inspiration that has purpose and application. Positive male power that is dynamic and is in all of us, no matter the sex---that's why we are alive! You are a personal vision of your fiery Spirit, who as a serpent, wines around your spine in twin forms of anima and animus !

The Thoth Tarot: KNIGHT (King) OF WANDS:
To reiterate: Chokmah is the Father God principle and is the first idea of electric-Maleness. Binah, the Mother God, is the first idea of magnetic-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, or a proof they are not rejected and/or some sort of shame imposed on them by their "nasty" body.

Those who have felt the deep and powerful Inner forces of Divine Sexuality are usually unable to mentally rationalize it. It is stunning and absolute attraction, like lightning striking steel. 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, but the 2 who form as 1....one just knows this is the only mate.  This purely energetic attraction is beyond rational thinking and the brain is stunned by it's lack of control over the situation. Therefore, this Powerful Energy attraction is called, "The Burning", reminiscent of the Fiery Spirit that is both Anima and Animus, reuniting.


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.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 Yod- King. Thus, he calls them Knights, which are Kings, Armored, on  mighty-chargers, undaunted by battle.  The Knights represent Yod forces in each suit. The Yod is the Radix, and/or Father and commencement of Material Forces. He is the fiery-whirling- Shout that began the Big Bang.All other forces  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 the effects of this force soon pass away. One must remember, that Chokmah, is the "Will to Force", from which the Knight or King of Wands personality archetype is created from.

THE KNIGHT/KING 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-elemental sense, represents the active-vital Spirit Force of Movement and/or activity that is in all Motion and yet it is also the tempering fire that melds together opposites for the construction of something more than either one. Spirit Fire is electric while Spirit Water is Magnetic, forming an electromagnetic Sexuality of "force and form", a technology invented by the Divine Creative.

Therefore,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.

As stated: 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 Ace of Wands, is the Wand in His hand, implying that he is the vehicle for the Fire Force.

 Since the characteristics of this Powerful Knight-King, are qualities of  activity, 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 will be a person with 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 of others. Also those who serve fear based reaction rather than spiral- force- action, will either avoid or try to besmirch the Active Character of this, Kingly Spirit.

To the Qabalisitic 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. 

  • WHEN THE KNIGHT  or KING OF BOWS 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.
  • One is releasing an old identity, like a serpent sheds its skin (the serpent suit the knight is wearing) and establishing a  achievement-orientated,creative, and expressive self!
  • This is a powerful person of a fiery nature: energetic, active, hard to control, attractive, but sometimes dangerous...which may add to his attractiveness.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 10 of Swords-Ruin & The Wild Wood Tarot-Ten of Arrows-Instruction

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-10 of Swords: Ruin & The Wild Wood-Tarot- Ten of Arrows.

The 10s  of Tarot are where the formative-elastic world of Yetzirah, ends and the absolute solidification of form is established in Asshiah, an active world attributed to Malkuth (Kingdom). Hence, this is as solid as thought or an issue gets. 

The Thoth 10 of Swords is called RUIN and in the world of Malkuth--Ruin is death of a thing. As a mater of fact the 10 of Swords is more the physical death card in the deck rather than the Death Card (key 13) of the Major Arcana. Key 13 depicts a death of perspective, a personality death that is necessary for change rather than a physical, mental or objective one.Therefore, the 10 of Swords implies that if one goes on fighting long enough---all ends in destruction. Something our bodies prove by fighting gravity all their lives until they end up back in the earth they resist.But there is a bright side to this card, as there is a bright side to death and that is, that from ruin rises new construction. Also, recovery from a psychosomatic illness is also implied, as the Ruin is done, and recovery is beginning.

The Thoth Tarot- 10  OF SWORDS is called RUIN, or Lord of Ruin as Crowley names it. Here, the Sun is in Gemini, greatly diminishing the stability of the Sun. Hence,The 10 of Swords, is rampant because it is ruled by the Sun in Gemini, causing the mercurial nature of the Sun to be diffused, and scattered which disrupts the harmonious nature of energy. This makes it hard for the individual, of this Sun sign, to concentrate upon any given subject as their tendencies are vagueness and irresponsibility; such is the disaster implied by the 10 of Swords.

The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.
The 10 of Swords is Malkuth, the Earth, in Yetzirah, the Astral World.[for more information on angels, see Crowley's books:777 and Book of Thoth]

For Material things, this is the most destructive card in the deck and most people dislike seeing it in a spread; However, those who know and use the Tarot as a instrument of Divination, understand that as in Astrology, "the stars impel, they do not compel" and that ruin doesn't end creation, it begins recreation, so it behooves us to see beyond the disaster.

Since, by focusing our thoughts, by a process of divination, we have the capacity to improve our life-motion, we should do just that. For, ethically this precognition, is no less moral than resigning a position when one sees that there is a work related disaster on the horizon; What moral is broken, when one is told by the cards," that if you walk  in the street you will be struck by a motor vehicle", and that person now chooses to walk on the sidewalk instead? Divination helps us make focused choices. We should use the capacities we are given, as we are not Slaves of any destiny outside of  our own making; such as a mind enslaved by words-definitions enforced upon the individual. Imagination builds all thinks, and all thinks are an image. Therefore, Tarot, specializes in the images of the Unconscious, for therein resides our true knowledge.

However, this destiny control, requires us to "Above all things, know thyself", and to be an Active Personality, rather than  a personality made by environment; a reactionary presence that is controlled by peers, or the conditioning of cultural definitions for this often makes our destiny that of Ruin, as our performance is always "after the fact".

The 10 of Swords Ruin, also implies, "the Horse is already out of the barn", and closing the door, while cursing yourself for leaving it open, is a band-aid, not a solution. Something that our governments are slow to learn.

Therefore, it's best to focus on what you are thinking, pay attention! For your thoughts create "no others", nor do the definitions others give you, influence who you are. Rather, your thoughts or judgment of others, creates only your interaction of the I AM (will) and the body-Me!

Remember, your thoughts are the operating fulcrum of your LIfe-Motion, they create your destiny!  For a fulcrum to operate efficiently, a rigid base is a necessity. Thus, as in a "personality, which is a mechanism of the Mind, if the mechanical (personality) Fulcrum (thinking) must devote most of its energy trying to hammer out a permanent way of movement (overcome negative thought), while trying to overcome the counter motion of a "wobbling base", i.e. an uncertainty of Self-identity, the outcome for proper performance is bleak indeed. This is  yet another message of the 10 of Swords: ruinous thoughts, ruin the thinker of these thoughts.
Again, I cannot over state the necessity for "Above all things, know thyself"! Each of us must understand, that by thinking ill of ourselves or of another, we only supply our body with ill thoughts that confuse our performance and ruin our destiny!

The Divinatory meaning of the Wild Wood Tarot- TEN OF ARROW,S concentrates on instruction; showing an elder, teach a child the art of bowman- ship. In the back ground is a wheel of 9 arrows, while the child has the 10th arrow, notched and ready to fire. Be the old man father or mentor, he is passing on his skills with patience and tolerance. So depicted here is the fact that skills, wisdom and instructions are passed on from generation to generation by loving and patient communication. In a sense, the ruin of his youth, has gained the old man wisdom and skill, both of which he can pass onto the new generation.

However, 10's are notoriously short lived, as they are an end of a cycle, and soon a new cycle begins, So a 10, can also mean, the pain you are going through now is on the mend, especially if you are recovering from a physical or mental injury, where your movement has suffered a "ruin", but by focused perspective, you are aiding your recovery. A ten is 1+ 0=1, which is the number of Kether, on the Tree of Life, thus a cycle of the Tree ends, and a new one "down the Tree" begins. 


Therefore, this  sword-death card also indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and despair. Thus, the necessary ruin is to support the start of something new. Hence, 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 on the Thoth card.
  2.  And areas of finance as shown by the  scales at the top of the Thoth 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; However, to understand ruin is just a beginning step to something new, is to leave your mind open for healing and progress.   

The Astrological sign of this 10 card is also the Sun in Gemini, the sun sign is on the upper left and the symbol for Gemini, is on the upper right. 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. However, this need to balance everything, can obfuscate priorities and therefore, 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, as all of us are, we must also exercise powerful discernment, concentrating our thought-forms on what we are doing rather than what we fear.  By thinking joyfully of the journey towards our goal, rather then concentrating stress to try and achieve it, one is avoiding the negative swing that happens when we can see successful endeavor looming past the hills of exhausting labor and fear loosing it before we get there.


Malkuth is the earth, the sacred physical world, and the 10 of Swords, represents the unadulterated energy of mind, confined to the lowest microwave frequency-(most condensed) consciousness on earth.
 The animal survival brain's fear of death, is indeed the Ruin of all Hu-man and/or "higher" thought. (Hu-is Mandarin for "god" and Man, comes from the Hindu-Manas, meaning "Mind"). Hence the survival mind fearfully interferes with Image-making, and/or Imagination, which is the creative god-mind. Hence, here in the 10's, the survival ego, is ruining all mental progress with ruinous thoughts of fear.

The 10 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.
To further illustrate this scattering of philosophic reason, this card is ruled by the Sun in Gemini.  Gemini's mercurial-airy quality disperses the rays of the Sun and disrupts the harmonious and stable energy, as does the atmosphere of Earth.

The position of the Sword Hilts, on the Thoth Card, are as the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. However, the central Sword, which represents the #6 Sephiroth-Tiphareth- Sun ("Heart", Soul/Christ-Buddha intelligence), is shattered by Swords 1 through 5, as well as, by swords 7-9 .  The 10th 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, 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. Often this is because of love lost and/or "heart break". The 10  of Swords, therefore, counsels the personality to purge the brain of unworthy thoughts and ideas, that corral the creative impulse so that it putrefies into malice.


As you may have gleaned from previous paragraphs, the number 10 is the culmination of the unmitigated energy of the idea. In this case its "all Mental" and shows reason run mad; as Crowley put it in his Book Of Thoth, the 10 of Swords represents: "a ramshackle riot of soulless mechanism". It represents the logic of philosophers and lunatics and for the most part, it is reason divorced from reality".

For instance, the philosopher says,"Thou shalt not kill", which is divorced from reality. Reality states that we must kill (even vegetation) to eat and a Mother and Father must sometimes kill to protect the family, for without family---there is no future! So the
statement "thous shalt not kill", should say, "Thou should not murder for the visions of ambition, ( of Politicians, Philosophers and theologians etc.) be they personal or governmental". For any man and woman worth their salt, will kill to protect their family and to eat! Even vegitation kills to survive! That is expected in this Natural Universe where "life eats itself to stay alive"! Therefore there is a fine line between philosopher and lunatic; between genus and insanity.

When the 10 of Swords or Ten of Arrows is thrown, the querent is experiencing or will be experiencing:
  • In a period of 10 weeks or 10 months, Cruelty and Malice towards others.
  • A feeling of Ruin, because of a oppressive feeling of over-bearing strength applied to selfish ends.
  • Revenge, injustice, ill-will, lying etc.  
  • Maybe a death in the family.
  • A life threatening illness, either mental or physical.

However, if the accompanying cards are well dignified, the Ten of Swords implies:
  •  Generosity, self-sacrifice, and even disinterestedness on the querent's part.
  • Just the fact that the querent acknowledges this mind set, will begin the process of changing it.
  • Recovery from a life threatening illness.


For the querent, the 10 of Swords is almost a worst symbol than the 9 of Swords.
  • 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 Human Soul, that is based on Love rather than fear.
  • 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 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.
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, and the personality is well aware of the need for a change in perspective.
  • The querent maybe tired of nonsense programming and is seeking away to fix it. The rest of the cards in the reading will show the querent how to get out from under the tyranny of fear based thought, and accelerate away from the lower thought processes. Here, the wisdom and intuition of the Tarot reader comes into play and aid is easily given.


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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth 9 of Swords-Cruelty & The Wild Wood Tarot- Nine of Arrows- Dedication

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth 9 of Swords, Cruelty & The Wild Wood Tarot- Nine of Arrows:

The Thoth 9 of Swords, presents a ghastly image of nine crooked, chipped swords, dripping blood. If this isn't gloomy enough, we have the celestial rule of Mars in Gemini. Mars, a primal raging hunger that has no restraint, because of the Gemini twin paradox, is a mind in war with the body.
Here's a paradox: Most religions claim we have  divinely granted freedom of choice, and yet instead 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? Here, the paradox of Gemini comes into fruition, for the tendency of the twins to argue is often an internal argument based on fear and want.
Hence, this obfuscation of identity, 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 often done.


9 is a number of completion and/or the most pure state of the element. 9 is also the number of the Sephira Yesod-Foundation, on the Tree of Life. Yesod is on the middle pillar of the Tree of Life, and has rectified the imbalances of the past energy disorders of Air. This, however, does not rectify the degeneration of the energy as it continues down the Tree.

Swords, usually depict the pure intellect, that acts like air as its energy in motion continually heats up with passion and cools down with rationale. In the case of the 9 of Swords, consciousness has fallen into an unenlightened  void of rational thought, stirring heartless animal passions; passions that are of the psychopath and the fanatic. Hence this is the character of the inquisitor; it seems intellectual but is operating in a rage that is without restraint.  All this sounds just awful and terribly gloomy, yet, it is the cultural foundation of "Divide and Conquer" indoctrination technique and often the state of mind used in scientific experiments on animals. Here, empathy is not a part of the mechanism of thought, only the "vision" counts, no matter the means of getting there.

Our consumerism society is based on "fanning the flames" of that primitive raging hunger of self-absorbed survival thinking in order to produce the "fanatical shopper" whose world is always lacking self-fulfillment. It is the realm of the Neti-Neti (Sanskrit for,"Not this-Not that") consciousness, that consumes unrelentingly, hoping for and in the pursuit of happiness, at any cost; a futile seeking of happiness because happiness isn't in accumulation  of outer world "stuff" nor does happiness reside in glutinous bellies nor can  it be caught by pursuit, as to pursue anything, is to first declare that you don't have it. There is only one result in the constant use of such thought and that is insanity.

Thankfully, many of us have enough strength in our character to know that happiness, is not a "thing", but rather a "state of Mind" and/or an equilibrium of the Mind's trinity, Soul, Unconsciousness and Consciousness. Many  have found out that by treating other people with respect, ("...do unto another as you would have done to you") we have a happier presence on this earth. For to think well is to be well and to think ill, is to be ill.

Therefore, the 9 of Swords is the state of consciousness that is called "wanna-be-ism", were one is not alive/happy until they achieve some future possession or goal, but once achieved, find it to be wanting and are off in pursuit of another. This person is a corpse; a zombie, who lives only in yesterdays emotions and uncertain futures, leaving the moment of  Now vacant of their presence. This phenomena of  "walking corpse" is not a new thing that some Hollywood director dreamt- up as the latest horror thriller. Rather, you'll find this "living dead" concept in the two thousand year old Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, that is part of the Nag Hammadi Library. In paragraph 56, of the Gospel of Thomas, it is written:
"Whoever has come to understand the World has found only a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world. "

If you can understand this Gnostic statement, you can understand the 9 of Swords-Cruelty. Because the practice of "Self inflicted cruelty" is going on in most human brains right now, most of us constantly belittle ourselves, in order to appease our dogma; i.e. our inner-slaver.

This Thoth card isn't usually implying, that one is experiencing cruel actions from others, (unless noted by other cards in the reading) even though that has happened in the past or present, rather it is about self-abusive thought.Negative thinking, feeling sorry for yourself and crying about life, thinking one is a loser where one's emotions are flowing with the tide of events, rather than being a dynamic action in life that changes events.  Hence, The Tarot 9 of Swords usually represents the personality/ego as being a victim of its own fears and the inner spirit is shedding tears of empathy (white tears in the back-ground) simply because the ego isn't listening to the "master within", as it is totally focused on its own nightmare (tears of blood from the swords). Therefore the personality has become a lost child whose own crying "over spilt milk" drowns out the wise directions whispered by the spirit within.

There is also a sense of anger that leads to seclusion. As you may have deduced by now, swords are generally about ways of thinking and/or mechanisms of thought. They represent the many states of mind, from the Super-conscious (The Greater Self) to the personal self absorbed conscious that we have ignorantly called the ego (ego is a term coined by Sigmund Freud to depict the "Whole Person" and/or Psyche).
The Wild Wood Tarot- Nine of Arrows-Dedication:
Is more about the spiritual warrior. Here a woman, who is clad in the leaf pattern of the Wild Wood, is holding a bow as if it were a fiddle, while rubbing the bow string with an arrow as if it were a bow.  Around her eight arrows are suspended in what looks to be an invisible shield.
By playing her bow as an instrument of summoning, she dedicates her arrows of inspiration to the greater good. Her, inner oath, helps her keep her balanced footing in the uneven ground of the Wild Wood.

Implied here, is that to dedicate one's life to a calling, skill, belief system, and/or a philosophy, requires dedication, inner discipline and inspiration. This is a sacred summoning that requires hard work, that in itself, may seem one is being cruel to the body. However, this is not so, one is actually sacrificing some freedom, to gain something greater.

To dedicate one's life to taking care of the earth, requires a great dedication, for there will be many cruel acts against such a one by the  ambitious and greedy who believe that their vision is more important than the life around them. Only inspiration, and an inner balance can carry one through the resistance from their monetary culture.

The astrological aspect of this card is Mars in Gemini. Mars being the planet of energy, assertion and vitality while Gemini in this instance, is the sign of reworking things back and forth in a particularly self critical manner. The fiery Mars, god of war, energy can do no good in the sign of dualities.

To a 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. The Divination of the Wild Wood Tarot- Nine of Arrows, is dedication and "stick to'iveness" will carry the day.

In the Thoth Tarot, the 9 of Swords is shown as eight beaten and battered rusty swords 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 seems to be a deep depression depicted here but surcease may become apparent in the next 9 weeks or 9 months. 

Often we are hurt by the chaos of daily life, and this card is about crying about that hurt rather than doing something about it. Often I hear people say," 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" or that another "hurt them emotionally"?  For one, another didn't hurt us emotionally, they just didn't live up to our "Vision of them", and/or our expectations. What hurts us is our own "wants not be fulfilled", something we really have no right to place upon or burden another with.  There are many examples of how we practice "self-cruelty" but either way, 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 or a type of karma. Souls are us, and the Divine Desire is all about Freedom to be us! 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!

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 and/or simulations of the Divine Creative, i.e. Souls, have absolute command over our inherited imagination. Imagination creates reality both  for individuals and group-collectives. If we create a world where value isn't our bodies or their life (living bodies are the Purpose of Souls), but artificial ideas, 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 and/or ran from, by preying on everyone else.  Therefore, Cruelty, is but a mask that is used to cover one's own fear of vulnerability.

 Life's truth is in the motion of the alive, and/or the manifested presence of a thought-form, not the thoughts, fears or emotions that we think and feel which are usually generated by "fear of rejection"; 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 to our body. Yet, if we understand that Vulnerability has given us the characteristics of generosity, empathy, love, union, the ability to succeed and courage, then we are going far into the reasoning behind the immortal soul's reason to be human. 

*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! Qabalah, has a solution to good or bad thinking, as it states that: "If it exists, it's supposed to".


 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-motional" reality; a reality of enemy that seems to loom all around us in conspiracy. Living a self created nightmare is self cruelty, 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 under a viscous onslaught of self rejection.

Spirit is psycho-dynamic flow of Divine Will (Eheieh-"I Will Be", which is Kether on the Tree of Life), the whirling shout, we call the Big Bang, who is the Mind that is "over matter"  declaring itself as Will and frequency and often shown in Hermetic tradition, as a Serpentine or Spiral flow! Passion or the combination of "I will Be", "Will to Force" (Masculine) and "Will to Form" (Feminine), is the ternary foundation of all creation! Therefore when your passion to be is "trying not to be", being becomes an antagonism and therefore something you don't want. For there is no "trying" when the item is emotionally thought of. A Thought has no mass until it is powered by emotion (energy-in-motion), this gives it a "gravity" and therefore a presence.

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" and places the brain at war with the body!   Denial is a  fantasy, because whatever is thought and emotionally fueled, will become. Since there is no "Ain't", nor a "I am not", as to think a thought so that you can deny it, places it in a Universe of Infinite Possibilities/The Imagination  and powering that thought by the emotion of fear; Hence,  what you fervently declare you are not, is what your energy-in-motion-Life 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, and to everyone I see I think, "Hi me", thus everyone I see is another way to be me. This gives my self-conscious permission to be tolerant, of my own mistakes, as well as others!

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 of Spirit, possibly hate/fear, its very own creation and have a "good life"? 


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.   Hence, when we are utilizing our Force and Form without Self-Knowledge, allowing the ambitious (leaders- media etc.) to direct our emotional identities,  we become thoughtless to the devastation we cause to our bodies, and our world, both of whom are a psychosomatic organisms.

We often build enemies, to blame for our own lack of self -knowledge, that inflicts great pain within our bodies who are only reacting to being rejected by the Life within them!  Hence, it's best to examine theologies, cultures, and any pretense of academia, which demands compliance, for that surely 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 gives us the great powers(ability to do work) of discernment, empathy, generosity and love!  As Stated: Vulnerability is 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, no fear of death. Since we have been given Mastery over all Living Things (over Mortality), by our Divine Creative Parent's Imagination, the greatest of wealth,  we need to "understand the living, who know both beginning and end"! An insane god, is no use to anyone, not even themselves.

To  understand that all is One Mind, and that this Universe is a Collective of Divine Self Identity, is to become a master of soma. For our Real Person is the Psyche, The Life, and the soma (body) is the Alive,and/or simulation of life.  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, the Macrocosm can't "expand Self Awareness".

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 and/or magic! 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"!

Fear is also belief, and lives only in our animal survival brain! Knowledge is preformed as deed! Declarations make our reality! "I Am Love", builds a world of loving beings. "I Am looking for love", builds a world of denial, and self cruelty, fear of rejection and devaluation of the living, where babies are shot in the Name of God and/or our pursuit of happiness, i.e. "our vision". That name is I AM! It is OUR  surname! Realities are "Me", our invention of self -reflection and/or definition. "Me"s are made from energy-motive-definition (emotional intelligence). When mental self cruelty defines us...welcome to a living hell!

The Few Who Rule the Many, our enslaving rulers of  definition and debt, who by enforcing definition, make sure there is an internal-mental slaver virus  installed in your wetware before you even reach seven years old. Like rusty hooks of poisonous self futility, this is a hard one to remove! Peer pressure, an offshoot of fear of rejection, just drives this poison deeper into self identity. The media, keeps slashing at your self value...."you need this....you need that....to lack them is poverty. "You are nothing without this " is at the very least implied, or blatantly rubbed in your face, daily, if not hour by hour. "Resistance is futile", blare the horns of the witless sycophants and pusillanimous invertebrates who enforce "their masters will" on others. The god's are now insane, as they sacrifice life to their very own creations! You need an invisible shield to these arrows of dissension , and that shield is to trust in your  inner divinity.
 
Life is indeed a Psyche that creates the alive, and indeed, we can be our own worst enemies just by doubting our own creative value in the created-world.  To see yourself as lack (lackey), is the necessary software to continue the panicked consumerism that multinational mind programmers and/or definition peddlers, want! However, before any human judgement, you were already approved into being by your Higher Self. So once again, the Qabalistic axiom reads true,"Above all things, know thyself"! 

It's simple really; you had to be approved by all that is Holy, to be made alive! You presence is your Judgment....and obviously you are good enough for Divinity! The first great lie, is to think that the ability to feel pain, is a weakness. And that to be super, is to pain free.  First off, you were the Spirit who was evolving long before physical bodies and therefore, you were always "super", but never wise. To be wise is to know that without pain, there can never be discernment in thought. It is wise to listen to your emotional and physical pain, for it tells you what is about to break and/or needs fixing. Being the Psychosomatic Creator that you are, you now can "fix it", but only if you acknowledge the fact that "emotional pain" is a reaction and not an action. Whereas, the Spirit is the Will to force and the Will to form, both are actions.

You are an Divine answer, to a Divine question; in-fact, that is what Creation is !
Stop questioning your abilities, for they begin in imagination, and become manifest by active determination, diligence, and hard work.  Now questions become answers instead of null places in your knowledge! Action is the Fiery Spirit that moves you; reaction is usually run by the uncertain mortal-animal who thinks the whole universe is out to eat it!  "I Am" dares ask, "What am I"? and you are the answer to that question, "I AM ME"!

Hence,  the 9 of Swords, cruelty, is about you being your own worst enemy; divided against yourself, mentally and emotionally. Always nay-saying before you can ever start a motion. This is  a moment of doubt drawn out as a life-time of reaction, making the "Now" a null place. Sure we doubt our selves for we sense mortality! After all every new motion is a risk to our mortal being! But if the infinite Child of Wonder, that innocent curiosity, still  has "I's" in you, you're are going to "do it" anyway, and dying is just transformation, from one state of energy to another.  

We are always striving forward, we are being Pushed along by the Inner Spiritual Self, just like Dark Energy pushes the Universe of Matter forever outwards. Life also has a Driving/Pushing Force...and the Body is the vehicle driven...by death!

So  another way to explain what this Cruel 9  of Swords implies, is that "a house divide must fall", we are not a division of Life who fears the onslaught of Death. We are the Spiral-energy Soul who owns the body and therefore, the life and death of the Body!  Even our own Anglo-Saxon based language knows this to be true, for the word Freedom comes from the Anglo-Saxon- Free Doom: meaning "I Choose my own Death"!  So, get together with your-Soul-self and erase the slaver program that is in your brain, for it is based on the false assumption that Death is something other than creation.  Truth being, death is life evolving!

To transform indoctrinated and/or conditioned thought is not impossible, since software can be erased even when its garbage. (G.I.G.O). All software programmers know of G.I.G.O., for when software is garbage and programed in the hardware or wetware, all that comes out is operational garbage. Garbage in, Garbage out! The beauty of this is that, we are not created by brains, nor bodies. We are all Psyche/Soul, the creator of the soma, for purposes of "self-reflection". Therefore, the Qabalah, states that the world of Malkuth, is a reflection and the Soul is the mirror it is reflected upon. When the Divine Creative decides to look somewhere else, the reflection is no longer in the mirror.

 Both, The 9 of Swords  and the Nine of Arrows, imply that you must get off your suffering ass of miserable fear based perspective and rethink the programing! It's easy to fail, all you have to do is stop doing. Success, requires a stubborn optimist; your Soul is such an optimist. For even if it kills "itself" (destroys the hardware) trying to accomplish a goal, it just reincarnates and keeps at it! Hence, the Soul may make many lifetimes of form, to accomplish one purpose.  As Children of the Divine Creative, Souls, we all will pound out the bugs of our software (definitions), some sooner than others; but we all will do it eventually; that is the purpose of sensuality after all!  The human power-tool, is also a  learning tool that teaches us to discriminate and/or discern, by experiencing success and failed creation, as pleasure and pain!

Never fear, for our soul, will just "reabsorb" the software garbage, and revise it in a "wetware" -self-reflection performance, that we know as "alive" by rebuilding persona's.  For a persona, to experience the waking transformation for self-conscious to Soul Psyche, can be facilitated by remembering that the Soul never fixes what isn't broke; it is the personality's responsibly to stop blaming "others", and know that it alone is responsible for the "feelings" the body transmits. This allows the persona, which is a form of electric data, to re-think, and therefore, the body to feel better and the personality to repair "itself". Once being able to see the error and correcting that error within itself, the persona, an "artificial energy intelligence" will be declared "official" and "walk from body to body", reincarnating with full memory of the past data. Energy can't be destroyed...only transformed! Electricity is energy!

So, "get over yourself and get on with you! Impeccability is what we do''! ... is a correctional software loop, that I run in my self doubting brain. It just overrides the "pity pot" of self defeating, fear of rejection thought every time it comes on line. But installing that software loop, took determination, and plane old fashion "jack Ass " stubbornness and constant repetition of a meditation of seconds, done most minutes, until it becomes hourly- automatic. Don't you think its time, we programed our own Hard Ware! That is the real message of the Nine of Swords.
ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF!


I'd recommend that the Hermit Trump, #9, be meditated on as one would a Mandala as this will invoke the Master Within who will come to our aid. What we forget, is that the Spirit within honors freedom of choice and will not interfere with the ego-conscious thought processes until asked to do so by that consciousness. Prayer is often another way of asking. So when you are in a conscious loop of fearful thinking and cannot see a way out---call upon the Inner Master, who knows what to do that is both life expanding and liberating. Both meditation and prayer break the loop long enough to be heard by Spirit.

When the 9 of Swords or the Nine of Arrows, is thrown during a reading, the Querent will be or has been experiencing:
  • Illness, malice, cruelty, pain, despair and suffering, in a period of nine days, or nine weeks or from self cruelty thought processes since nine years old.
  • There is burden, want, oppression, as well as, subtlety and craft.
  • There is also lying  to oneself or others because of and "inferiority complex". All of this dysfunctional thought is basically from "self-belittlement", that is often so subtle that we don't even acknowledge it in ourselves. But the program is clever, as you will notice whenever you try to mentally or physically, step out of "comfort zones", you will be challenged with worry and seemingly rational explanations on why you should not take that transforming step.
  • Each of us has experienced the temptations to remain chained to the bedeviling thoughts of our subjugation- definitions of the few who wish to rule the many. 
  • The 9 of Swords, reminds us, that we are not preforming well mentally, when  we are under the rule of self-belittlement.  Again, you are obviously good enough for God, you are good enough for you! In our God-ness (Goodness), resides the constant inner ability in each of us, to become More Self in expression, rather than becoming less by seeking more stuff outside of our self.
  • The ego is focused mainly on fear of pain, an unable to move on.
  • Insomnia can be another negative result of this focus.
  • In the next 9 weeks or 9 months, you are  determined to release negative- self- degrading  thinking and go beyond the self-critic in your mind.
  • It also may indicate that you are determined to get out of the abuse-victim trap from your past and stop victimizing yourself and others with over critical thought, and learn to tolerate mistakes rather than lash out in fear of error.
  • 9s are the number of completion, and are also the number of the Trump -Hermit major arcana card. The Hermit is all about introspection, completion, self- reflection and is the "master Within" that is a major source of energy that will help us past the self-critical  belittlement  in our egoistic- fear based mental data.
  • When we are immersed in this self-critical trap, it is a good card to meditate on to pull us out of our "malicious self-morass" and set us on the path of dynamic motion where we see error and correct it rather than fear it. After all, wisdom is developed by seeing our own error and correcting it which points out to us that 50% of wisdom is error and the other half is correction.
  • Fear of error is the doom of motion! Free-doom, is the Anglo Saxon term for "I choose my own death." which means we fearlessly go about our life fulfilling our dreams rather than fearing their demise. It is also the root word for our word "freedom" which can only come from the fearless "Hermit-eternal" that is the Master within, i.e. our Spirit.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Swords-Interference & The Eight of Arrows-Struggle

The Tarot of EliTarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot- 8 of Swords: Interference & The Wild Wood Tarot- Eight of Arrows.

The 8s of Tarot:

The Four 8s are attributed to Hod- the8th Sepiroth--Splendor, on the Tree of Life. Since Hod is in the same plane as the 7s (Netzach-victory) the same weaknesses and/or defects that are in the 7s will apply. Yet, in a sense, the alleviation of the 7's weakness is also being applied in the 8s. One might say that the mischief has been done  and there is an action against it; much like white blood cells attacking a intruder in the blood stream. Not a total cure but a beginning in that direction. This could also be compared to gluing rhinestones to blue jeans, a simple cure to this scattered "splendor" is to remove the rhinestones.


The Thoth-8 OF SWORDS-Interference, is also called  The Lord of Shortened Force.
This minor arcana tarot card is attributed to Jupiter in Gemini, and Jupiter's natural expansiveness is in determent in Gemini, as the duality of Gemini affects Jupiter's positive energy scattering half one way and half the other. Also, Hod is in Yetzirah, the Astral-Formative World, the world noted for mental deception and phantoms of fantasy.
The angels of the Decan are, Vemibael and Yehohel. 

Because of Gemini's desire to go first one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter are scattered, erratic and unstable. This is indeed an unconscious interference when trying to focus one's consciousness on a goal. Yes it can be an intense and positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection, as 90% of our operational thought is under the auspices of the unconscious and therefore, automatically done without conscious thought.

Crowley illustrates this in his 8 of Swords, as two strong and long main swords, being crossed ( as in "Crossed-up") by six short swords of different designs representing scattered thoughts. The shorter swords also imply: shortened force, narrowness and restriction. There is a definite lack of persistence in intellectual matters and of contest. Jupiter's natural good fortune still attends even the weakest of efforts, yet the will is constantly thwarted by accidental interference.

Swords are the Suit of Air which is the suit of Mind, intellect, and conscious and traditionally the suit of death. As stated: The 8 of Swords, is of the 8th Sephira-Hod, which means splendor which is all about the cosmetics of 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; therefore, as stated, good fortune attends even the weakest effort. However, the Will is being constantly thwarted by accidental interference from the unconscious mind's automatic reactions.

Hence, the Wild Wood Tarot-Eight of Arrows, shows a feminine persona, struggling through an great storm and snow, which interferes with her motion. The Elements have broken and scattered her arrows, that now litter the ground; the detritus of scattered mind.  The Unconscious is considered the feminine mind, the blindness of automatic programed thought is shown as  a blinding storm. There is hope, for she hold's within her hand the bright lantern of reason. Although one's motion is interfered with by powerful elements, her hand holds firmly the staff the enables her forward motion.
The color for Air, is shown as a yellow cloudy background, along with the bent-wind blown grasses and tree.

Hence, this Wild Wood card implies that in the dark storm of failure, the brightness of the lantern of Psyche/Soul, brings hope and the necessary courage to survive the struggle.


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 abuse, could be the cause of difficulties.

Since, mental interference is signified here, this is a sign of an active mind, that dashes about between thoughts and is unable to complete anything of significance. Projects lie about half done, confusion is rampant about what is most important and what is not.  In Eastern philosophy this is called the Neti-Neti mind (translates to ; Not this-Not that). This card represents the over analytical, non-trusting mind where survival thinking has become the foundation of creative thought brought on by feeling vulnerable, fear of error and the self-doubt incubated by fear of discomfort. Therefore the 8 of Swords card says,"Stop! Now is the time to wait, sort out priorities rather than act automatically."

Running from thought to thought not trusting your opinion of which is best or more certain of creating your survival dreams, accomplishes only creative mental interference, scattering one's ability to act. Hence, nothing can be completed. Now if the underlying cause of all this scattered thinking is in the "pursuit of happiness", one must stop and consider that mental happiness comes from a state of I AM Me----not from a state of "I Am not or I lack". It is time to stop seeking and focus on your inner self.

Often, just by declaring," I Am the happiness I am seeking", stops the seeking of happiness that often interferes with our focused creative motion. I Am is everyone's first name/identity, as it is the Identity of the The Divine Creative, whose presence in us is known as the communion of Imagination and reason. As many of us find out, Imagination knows no boundaries and any idea will suffice as an act of creative splendor. The consciousness of bright reason, must be in active communication with the unconsciousness, if imagination is to be focused on discerning thought. Hence, the practice of meditation, tarot skrying etc.

In our modern world of Media controlled identity, Peer pressure, and Pavlovian indoctrination, just knowing one's self is often hard to do, let alone what is life expanding and liberating thought. Hence, half the time, we don't even know what we are declaring into manifestation as our selves! Anything we start with "I AM" is a command to the image-maker (imagination) within, to build as our outer presence. One must be very careful about what they declare and must not react to the declaration of others! Remember, the Consciousness is the Phallus that impregnates the Womb of Imagination!

"Happiness built me so it could be me." is a realization that has personally changed my life---it's time to focus on this fact as you are a simulation of the Greater Self, i.e., The Divine Creative and The Divine Creative doesn't build what it doesn't want!

The Thoth card helps us see that it is not what we do that makes us happy----it is the communication between our inner and outer-self that is important. Again the Tarot aids us in the spiritual axiom," Above all things, know thyself." The object of "the few who wish to rule the many", is to interfere with this inner and outer self communication. So that you can be a person of man made-splendor, a superficial material based persona,  rather than the Real Persona and or Mercury-messenger of your Soul (magus). The Wild Wood Tarot-Eight of Arrows shows this interference with the Souls communication to the body as scattered and broken arrows, created by a storm of opposition. Much like the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot, which demonstrates the blindfolded personality trusting the Soul to guide it throught the thought maze of Swords.

 To reiterate: When the 8 of Swords or the Eight of Arrows, card is thrown it points to the astrological aspect of Jupiter in Gemini; Jupiter being the planet of  growth and expansion and when linked with Gemini this union requires us to weight different possibilities. Gemini is is the sign of the "twins" and is displayed, along with the sigil for Jupiter on the Thoth 8 of Swords Card.

To reiterate: To a Hermetic Qabalist, 8 of Swords or Arrows 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.

Therefore the mundane meaning of the 8 of Swords card is; shortened force, narrowness, restriction as in a prison.

There is a desire here to expand any duality but all indications are over-analysis, doubt
or confusion, interfering with a choice being made.  What can't be overstated is that because of the assignation of Jupiter to this card, one knows that good fortune attends even these weakened efforts, life will go on; 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 or Eight of Arrows 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, albeit only with diligent effort. 

When thrown in a tarot 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 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 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.
  • Over analyzing every thought to the point of inaction.
  • The 8 of Swords reminds us to stop, slow down and refocus.
  •  In the next 8 weeks or 8 months you will either get the chance to slow down and refocus your thoughts or you will come to an understanding of your own mental interference and refocus.
  • This could also mean that you must desist your uncertain and scattered thoughts about the Gemini people in your life (May 21 to June 21) by simply waiting and not taking any decisive action concerning them.
  • Let go of fear and thoughts will become focused and future decisions will become clearer.
  • Too much interference for proper decisions at this time. 


  • That in 8 weeks or 8 months, the querent has or will have experienced narrow or restricted thought that shortens their force, either in themselves or by a person important in their life.
  • 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 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 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 8 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 Wild Wood Tarot- Seven of Arrows-Insecurity

The Tarot of EliThe Hermetic Qabalah's Thoth Tarot-7 of Swords: Futility & The Wild Wood Tarot- Seven of Arrows.

The Tarot's Four 7s:

Many of us who've had elementary physics know that there is only one energy, and that we can't create nor destroy this energy, but we can transform and transmit it; even by our imagination for this One Energy cannot be separated from the One Mind. In fact, everything that is, even thoughts, are a transformation of the One energy/Life...including you! The 7s are no exception, they are a state of energy- conscious that is a transformation that unbalances the previously stable 6s. We often call this one energy-light, both invisible and reflected.

The 7th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is Netzach (victory), which is a position low on the Tree of Life, and off of the middle pillar, thus all 7s are very unstable.

 It is a risky business descending, using frantic energy, into this domain of illusion, as Netzach is attributed to Venus, and Earth. This knocks Venus off her heavenly perch which to Venus is a great catastrophe; Venus is assigned the metal copper, shinny outside, but corrupt inside. Therefore, the four 7s, bring no comfort and are a depredation of the element they represent, exposing their greatest weakness. Outer shine and inner corruption.

The Thoth-7 OF SWORDS: FUTILITY.

Astrologically this card is  Moon in Aquarius. The Moon (above sword) in Aquarius (below sword) indicates  sociability, often religious inclination. Hence, the Moon is less fluid and changeable here, therefore, balances established are easily upset.

To a Qabalist, this is Netzach (Victory) in Yetzirah (Astral World). The Astral world is fluid and deceptive, while Netzach is success after battle. Which indicates that much struggle is wrought before achieving what you envision. Hence, the shine of victory is corrupted by the detritus of battle.

The mundane divination meaning of this card is unstable effort, vacillation and untrustworthy character.

More over, this card represents wanting something but believing you can't have it. You are resigned to giving up. However, there is the desire and possibility of victory over this feeling of futility within the next 7 weeks or 7 months. The feeling of futility is really just creating problems for yourself by not believing in your inner creative potential. The 7 of Sword implies that the individual mind has become inflexible and focused on fear of lack. Hence, mental flexibility is the up side of this card. It reminds us to experiment in all areas of our life; lifestyle, daily routine, beliefs, hope and communications. Reminding us that "To settle for" is to practice mental futility and creative suicide, as a happy balance of unconscious and consciousness are never achieved. Because of the influence of Netzach-victory, we must shed thoughts of futility and hope for the best as we fight on.  This is because life is a constant transformation of Force and Form (Chokmah and Binah)...Form and Force, symbolized in Qabalistic Tarot, as the figure eight. 

In the Wild Wood Tarot- Seven of Arrows-Insecurity concentrates on the somewhat the same message as the 7 of Swords. However, the Green Lady, who is fertile and fecund, sprouting vine like hair, is pierced by Seven Arrows,even though her arms are held in blessing.  Because of the ever changing cycles of the Moon, who represents "imagination" and emotion, nothing is written in stone, except death and recycling. 
Here the individual,  is dressed in the green of spring promising new creation. Yet, it is thoughts of ungrounded fears, and confusion that lead to instability and panic. These seven piercing arrows, imply self torture through guilt or delusion, expressing the need to deal with this fragmented personality.

The alchemical color assigned to air, the element assigned to the swords or Arrows suit, is shown on the skin color of this Green Lady.

As a Psyche/Soul, we enforce our will upon the motion/life of our physical-form by creating beliefs, dogma, ideas that are set to energy-in-motion (emotion). To know that Energy-in-Motion, is the Will that is you and not the follower that is body---is to avoid futility.  I Am the E-Motion that operates this body, rather than, I am emotional which implies that the body is moved by environment and conditioning, rather than the on-board consciousness.  When Emotions are just let loose with out Willful focus, they are a unstable effort, vacillation, and untrustworthy character and any mental control is futile.

Like all Motion, Energy-in-motion (emotions) requires guidance systems in order to "hit their target". Those who think backwards, who ignore the inner world and think the outer world is the important one, never know where they are going, let alone if they are anyway near their target.
The Qabalistic axiom, "Above all things know thyself", also describes a vital character/personality who knows what it wants and is able to line up its sights and get what it wants without harming others in the process. "To know thyself", means that every thing you see is another way to be you [Force and Form] so you knowingly treat them well; but here is the caveat, to treat others as yourself is a law which you never have broken!
If you think ill of you, you treat others ill! If you think Well of you, you treat others well! That is how the One Conscious operates; Hence, so does yours.  Since all that is, is another way to be the One Energy that can't be destroyed or created, only transformed and transmitted you can never see beyond "You"! Therefore, Dr. Paul Foster Case design a "guidance system", using the Tree of Life, for the Force and Form that is us. It's called:


It is should be obvious that it is FUTILE to seek happiness when you are unhappy with you! Victory over chaos, comes from an Ordered Mind/Emotion union; Love being the Greatest Balance of Ordered harmony! Love thyself, makes all things possible. Dislike yourself, makes everything a horrendous effort of futility!

Therefore, this 7 of Swords or Arrows card says,"Wake-up to a new perspective about you or all your actions are futile; you're good enough to inherit the All!"  Remember, inheritance is not earned, it is accepted. Hence, the Justice of freedom of thought, states, that what you think you are worth, is what you get as life! We are all the Children of the Divine Creative (Divine Parents)---our presence is enough to inherit the Universe but we decide our presence by our perspective of ourselves! Why limit your presence? As a consciousness, Rock On with your sub-conscious -body-dance partner! You are the Force of your Forms so dance in the rhythm produced by Mind-Soul and Body in equalized motion!

One could say that The Thoth 7 of Swords 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.

This is the yes-but mind that often keeps us from making our dreams work.

As stated: Astrologically the 7 of Swords is Moon in Aquarius. Shown on the swords hilt are the rest of the 7 sacred planets, the Crescent is the Moon and the wavy lines at the bottom are Aquarius.

Hence, each of the six swords of procrastination bear a planetary sign for the six ways we sabotage our selves.
  1. 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 you sabotage yourself out of doing what it is that you want to do. In other words, you are caught in wanna-be-ism which is a viscous cycle of mental inferiority.
 I like to say that, 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, the self sandbagger,  that fear of discomfort/fear of vulnerability, often generates in our subconscious to avoid presumed pain.
 
Hence, The Tarot -7 of Swords follows the Axiom, "Above all things, know thyself", albeit an old but well established doctrine of the Gnosis, and Qabalah, "that it is futile trying to understand the "Great No-Thing", by using words as thought".

In the Gnostic Gospels of  Didymos Judas Thomas, Jesus is quoted as saying,"If those who lead say to you,'see, the kingdom is in the sky.' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,'  then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, you  will then become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons [suns] of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who is that poverty." (The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas---The Nag Hammadi Library--)

The word Suns in brackets is of  my own insertion, because the original word is interpretation as Son and/or Sun, both having similar meanings in Qabalah. The fact that many Monks who interpreted the Gospels from the original Greek, were misogynistic, required them to use the word "Son". Qabalah and Science both know that we are all androgyny; each of us, both male and female, are to be Tiphareth (beauty) which is "the Son/Sun" and/or Enlightened Mind- number 6 on the Tree of Life that is known as the Christ or Buddha consciousness and/or The Real Person- Adam Khadmon.

In the process of "Remembering ourselves", the 7 of Swords points us toward Tiphareth/Beauty. Considered one of the mystical feminine numbers, 7 is not only the number of the "goddess", is also the Sephira- Netzack (meaning Victory) on the Tree of Life. Netzach- Victory, in the suit of Swords is not as catastrophic as 7 in the other suits, as Netzach is the Sephiroth of Venus and therefore colored Venus green. This modifying influence is accentuated by the celestial fact of the Moon being in Aquarius, as the planetary rule of this card. To speak of this modifying influence simply, is that the intellectual wreckage of this card is not so vehement as is the Five of Swords-Defeat. For there is vacillation, and a certain tolerance brought on by the need to compromise. However, in certain circumstances, the need to compromise, can bring even greater disaster than defeat, depending on the success of the policy of compromise.

The policy of appeasement that is suggested by this card, is always in doubt, as there exists uncompromising-violent forces which prey on vacillation.This is most prominently shown on the Wild Wood Tarot.

What the 7 of Swords represents, is the futility of using the cultural doctrine of appeasement to approach God-Self Knowledge, i.e. The Higher Self. The brain is indoctrinated by those who rule definition, and condition one's brain through "pleasure pain training." Hence, man-made definitions have been pounded into your head by enforcement; such "brain washing" will not let you stand in your Power. On the contrary, you must kneel and bow your head to weakness and fear as your "mental master". This need to appease those who you think can hurt you, is a violation of your Soul's "state of Mind", as you must compromise action with reaction.
  Throughout my Qabalistic/Tantric training, I have always told my reactive survival based brain, "If you wish to speak to me, you must stand, for I'll not kneel to your weakness", for I am the Soul, who is action and not a enslaved-thought processed policy of appeasement. Hence, it is the Policy of the "Will to be", that is our Soul that is the necessary mental state needed to "above all things, know thyself".

Therefore, it is futile, to use the brain's cultural software, when seeking your memory as a "Higher Self"; you must use Declaration, I AM.....rather than "I wish or I want".

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When the Tarot- 7 of Swords- or The Seven of Arrows, is thrown during a reading, the querent is or shall be:
  • Experiencing 7 weeks or 7 months of  futile effort because of the characteristics of, self doubt, such as,  being untrustworthy, due to mental vacillation.
  • This brings about unstable effort in all that is attempted. 
  • There is also the prospect of journeying over-land, with mixed results. 
  • Partial success is suggested, because of  yielding  when victory is at hand.
  • Such a yielding is brought on by the self-defeating thoughts of self doubt which tend to "drain  strength" because of internal conflict.
  • In such thought, there is an inclination to let loose when on the point of gaining, through the process of not continuing effort.
  • There is also suggested, a love of abundance, a fascination of display (where the wrapping is more important than the gift), given to compliments, ease of affronts and insolence's with need to detect and spy on others.
  •  Also, inclinations to betray confidences, not always intentional, but subject to vacillation, causing unreliability. The strength of which all depends on the dignity of the accompanying cards.
  • The querent will have the opportunity presented to them, in the next 7 weeks or 7 months, to break out of your self-imposed defeatism and move towards creating what they really do want.
  • It's time to "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 programed 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.



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Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot- 6 of Swords-Science & The Wild Wood Tarot-Six of Arrows-Transition

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot 6 of Swords-Science & The Wild Wood Tarot-Six of Arrows, refers not only to Tiphareth (Beauty), the 6th Sephira on the Tree of Life, but also to the intellect itself. Tiphareth/Beauty, is a harmony, often called love, involving Spirit, mind and body and is known in esoteric circles as the "Christ or Buddha Consciousness". Hence, Tiphareth/Beauty is the highest state of Consciousness the human brain can receive and therefore express. Therefore, the 6 of Swords is the fully established and balanced expression of the Suit of Air/Swords.

This synchronization of Psyche and body is also shown  by the Planet Mercury being in the sign of Aquarius which represents the flow of  celestial Energy that operates the Idea of Humankind, i.e. the concept of humankind as the I-mage of God. Both Planet symbols and astrological signs are displayed on the Thoth card.
 
To some, the word Science implies, plodding mathematics, mind numbing repetition and burrowing into dusty old books, but there is much more implied in the 6 of Swords. This is the ultimate declarative Science ( I AM) of  balancing the moral and mental faculties, that is difficult to achieve, and almost impossible to hold, in an ever-changing world of definition manipulation. Therefore, the 6 of Swords implies the perfect function of equilibrium between the psyche and soma. For those who need a refresher on the meaning of the words *Psyche and **Soma:
*Psyche
Psychology
In psychology, the psyche /ˈsaɪki/ is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious. Psychology is the scientific or objective study of the psyche. The word has a long history of use in psychology and philosophy, dating back to ancient times, and represents one of the fundamental concepts for understanding human nature from a scientific point of view.
Psyche (psychology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
**So·ma[ˈsōmə]NOUN
  1. biology: the parts of an organism other than the reproductive cells.
    • the body as distinct from the soul, mind, or psyche.
ORIGIN
late 19th cent.: from Greek sōma ‘body.’
ORIGIN
Sanskrit sōma.
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In The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Swords, the hilts of the swords are not only ornamental but they also form the Hexagram. of the combined Triangles of the "As above, so below" doctrine of Qabalah. There is much to this science of the psychosomatic organism, so much so, that in this blog it can only be best explained in Understanding the Collective Consciousness represented as the entire 78 cards of Tarot. However, it can be said that the 6 of Swords represents "Mind over Matter", the perfected psychosomatic relationship of unconsciousness, consciousness and body.

As quote from the Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang,"To deal with the mysteries of Tiphareth, one must first have undergone the initiations of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire (Malkuth, Yesod, Hod and Netzach, respectively).  No matter how a religious or esoteric cult, whether Christianity, Buddhism or Qabalah, may describe the various component parts of the Personality, or the initiation of the four lower Sephiroth, an integration must be undergone before the descent of the Light which is God the Son. This integration is a personal atonement for the Fall. In Tiphareth is the Redemption."
The  Fall, which is often misunderstood, simply means the progressive sojourn of the Psyche down the Tree of Life, necessary to establish a "point in time", (In physics, a point in time is called an entity) and/or the human body.  We are Spirit, who is "everywhere and nowhere at the same time", (infinite - I AM ) so in order to become "Self Aware" we need a place in time; a moment of sensuality, for the purpose of Self examination. There is no "Me" without sensation! This is called the "fall", when we build a "Me" we "fall" from the impersonal immortality of the I AM and become a personal mortal/sensual experience of the microcosm as a "Self", i.e. I Am Me.

To know that human kind is the initiator of the Elementals is a Magi's knowledge and requires the "Science of Tiphareth", who is King over the four Elemental aspects that are the Personality (thus the cross symbol on the Thoth card, which also serves as the "human form") and the Palace of the rulers of the actual Elemental Kingdoms of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. These Rulers are called the Malachim elementals who are kings/queens over other elementals because they have gained immortality which occurs only from the intervention of the Psyche of human beings. When we realize ourselves as Tiphareth, we become the Elohim Malachim "Gods of the gods".  As you may note,  there is much to this Science of Tiphareth. However, one must note, that if one is not the Real Persona, that is the Soul/Psyche, but rather an environmentally conditioned-man-made personality, they have no power over their own entity, let alone the elements.
To continue with the examination of the Thoth card, the 6  Swords  have their points joined in the Rose upon the six squares of the Rosy Cross. Thus, the Rosy cross is the central point of this Science.
The number 6 is the number of the Sun and the Rose is the Womb of the Great Mother. The Son (Sun) of the Father joined in the womb of the Mother, is an intelligent state of Energy that requires diligent study and vigilant self awareness. Have fun deciphering this Sephira, for it is a harmonic Magic!

The Thoth 6 of Swords-Science illustrates the Balance of the idea of the Suit. 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, the 6 of Swords card is influenced by Mercury in Aquarius, which represents the celestial Energy Intelligence of the Universal Collective Unconscious influencing the Soul of Man. Thus, the Six of Swords-Science, shows both intelligence and humanity and represents the "heart Chakra" (Soul center-Anahata Chakra) energy center of the Human form.
As previously stated: 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, but not the knowledge we make but rather the Knowledge that makes us.) would be wise to study the Rosy Cross and/or Rosicrucian philosophy, just to add another perspective of Self.

The Wild Wood Tarot-Six of Arrows, seems to be about the science of Transition, yet it to shows a symbol of the Hexagram and rose formed by six arrows. Here the hooded dark persona, is piloting a stylized-swan prowed boat on a moon lit sea. All reminiscent of Charon, the Boat man who takes the Soul across the river Styx. Therefore, the implications here, are that the transition is from conscious to Unconscious, and/or a subconscious impulse to travel beyond one's present static horizons.
Swords and Arrows are the symbols often used for the metaphysical element of air, which is the "rational mind" and/or mind of ratiocination. The boat is a vessel, such as the body is a vessel for thoughts/ideas of the mind. To me, this implies the personal balance of the Conscious and unconscious.

The back ground, the Sunrise is the yellow color assigned to the element air. The yellow background "bleeds" into the darker foreground of the Full Moon and clouds. Together, the symbolism seems to imply perfected psychosomatic mechanics, were reason meets with imagination within the physical vessel.

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.
  • They shall experience success after anxiety and effort.
  • The personality of the querent is, somewhat conceited but sometimes with modesty therein, modifying the selfishness with beauty. To understand this statement, is to know that all of us are "Selfish" ( you can't make an individual expression of Self without being "Selfish"); However, by balancing this self-absorption, with the Science of Union (the Rosy Cross) where it is understood that, "everyone I see is another way to be me" and/or the law of  continuity, we make "Selfishness" beautiful.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords-Defeat & The Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Arrows-Frustration

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords: Defeat & The Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Arrows-Frustration:

On both the Thoth 5 of swords and The Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Arrows, are shown in the pattern of frustration, which shows the material world's triumph over the Psyche, as we get emotionally excited over our lack of success.The more attempts we make, under the stress of emotion, the worst the emotion gets, and instead of stopping, and taking a deep breath to recenter, we go spinning off center in the manner similar to a "tempest in a teapot".

To understand this "defeat" of our  personal identity patterns (Upside down Pentagram)  we must understand what happens to unattended fire/passion (Spirit/Soul); 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", the Psychosomatic progeny that we are, 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 by rethinking it's strategy. Therefore,  this severity is often a sign of "Tough Love".

Geburah(Severity on the Tree of Life) always supply disruption. In the 5 of Swords, Venus rules Aquarius which implies weakness rather than excess of strength, is the cause of the disaster. Here, one has succumbed to the body's fear of discomfort, and losses the will to "fight on". However, this is a delusion, for if you're still breathing, you can't be defeated as you can still carry on the battle, for the Soul is the one who provides the breath in the body and it is immortal. Hence, your immortal "secret lover", is still with you, and has the necessary reserve energy to carry you forward.  However, if you are not in communication with your soul, because your identity is controlled by "fear of rejection" and/or the survival mind's conditioning of the material world, you'll be defeated by your own fear of death.

In the 5 of Swords-Defeat,the intellect has been enfeeble by sentiment and has become overly passive. Treachery may also be implied. The 5 of Swords is shown in a sinister state of the inverted pentagram which is a sign of the fear based material personality dominating the will of Spirit. In this case, the Thoth Tarot depicts this as 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. 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 in this card, since it is all destroyed now.

The Tarot- 5 of Swords is a state of defeat, because of the influence of the 5th Sephiroth-Geburah, whose meaning is Severity. Thus, Geburah,#5, always produces disruption to any suit, and even more so in the "Death Suit" of Swords.
In the 5 of Swords there is also the fact that Venus is now ruling Aquarius, such a ruling produces a passive weakness rather than an excess of strength, making treachery easily achieved. For the normally cutting edge of the individual's wit is also enfeebled by sentiment, making treachery even more disastrous to the person.

To see this defeat in another way, Inverting the pentagram, is a sinister sign of  "things being turned upside-down", where thoughts of success have been defeated by unseen severity. The Thoth Deck 5 of Swords, also represents "self-defeating" thoughts, as the hilts of the Thoth 5 swords are individually different, implying confused thinking, making matters even worse.Since the Thoth Tarot depicts the Swords as "drooping" and chipped, this imagery represents old thoughts being kept long after their usefulness; thoughts, that never worked in the first place, the combination of which can only bring defeat. The Great Balancing Blue Rose of the Mother (Wisdom), is totally missing from this card, and only the 'blood" of Geburah forms the pentagram outline. This is the Cleansing Blood, that destroys the old, putrid and useless conditioned "software" of the personality, in-order to build anew. As you can see, this is a severe action to a personality whose denial is its sole supporter.

The Fives are all very sinister, for even the Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Arrows, shows unfocused energy brought on by anger, as the archer keeps missing his mark.  But as luck would have it, it is the beginning of an understanding that past thoughts of defeat, give us "buck fever", were our emotions get in the way of our rational thought. 
There is an " all seeing-eye" opening "Aw haw" moment, as the archer, slows down, takes a deep breath and holds the fifth arrow in his bow, sighting along the arrow with both eyes open.   By serving two masters, the survival mind and the Psyche, we can only arrive defeated in purpose. One must listen to the Soul, rather than "the world" made by man's fear based survival mind. The yellow (color of Air element) background of the Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Arrows, is the color attributed to the Air element.  The leaping, long horned goat, is the implied issue at hand, that one is reacting to.
What is implied with this card, is that frustration is enemy of pursuit to any goal that requires self-control and stillness.


My many blogs have shown the position of Geburah on the Tree of Life, as the 5th Sephiroth--Severity. One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the inheriting Child of the Divine Creative? The answer is simple enough as Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the original you, just like one who is trimming a tomato plant. Hence, we already were born as knowing-ourselves! But what many fail to understand, is that we are all conditioned by the enforcement of rules and that all the definitions given one, by their society, belief systems and cultures are not one's Soul produced identity,
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Yes it is true, dear ones, truth is made manifest.  Therefore, your psyche never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul/Psyche already Knows that because it "became you"! By putting creative knowledge into form is how you the being, became manifest! You are Defined into being, not a being who seeks definition but rather a Creative Being who puts their identity into material expression! 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 .

The 5 of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah, 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. For in the above art, Mars the god of war, is shown "enfeebled by sentiment" and treachery is about. Venus has turned the Ram of Aries, into a gentled lamb but this won't last for long, and soon the War like nature returns.

Hence, The Blue Rose of Venus, which is the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian assault.  Hence, along with the 9 and 10 of Swords, the 5 is one of the most destructive events in the Thoth Tarot deck.  Here, loss, defeat, failure where contest is decided and finished against the person is depicted.

The 5 of Swords and the Five of Arrows, remind us that to be able to accept defeat and build from the experience a success, is the way of growth. Winter may defeat the apple tree...so it "rests and reconsiders its options" and 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 apples, it would waste its energy in "painful production" and die. The
5 of Swords, and Five of Arrows, tells 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 or over reaction, due to fear is a common disease and easily overcome----just begin by stopping! One step begins any journey and stopping, to reconnoiter, aids any accomplishment !

When The 5 of Swords or The Five of Arrows, tarot 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.

  • For the next or the past five weeks, or five months; defeat, loss, malice,spite, slander, and all modes of evil speaking.
  • There is contest finished and decided against the person, whose thoughts of defeat, anxiety, and trouble may be generated by this defeat or help its cause.
  • The 5 of Swords also means grieving unrelentingly after pain and loss.
  •  There are issues of  malicious, slandering, lying, and tale-bearing thoughts.
  • The presence of a busy-body who  enjoys separating friends; one who hates to see peace and love between others.
  •  Clever and quick in thought and speech, yet cruel and cowardly, is also suggested.
  • Not only could all these negatives be thought by another, but they could also be inner thoughts of the querent towards themselves. The very episode  of low self esteem.


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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-4 of Swords-Truce & The Wild Wood Tarot- Four of Arrows-Rest

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth 4 of Swords--Truce & The Wild Wood Tarot-Four of Arrows -Rest: represents the equal focus of the four states of conscious;

  1. Spiritual,
  2. consciousness,
  3. sub-consciousness, and
  4. self-conscious (ego to some).


The Tarot, 4 of Swords, represents, the meditative, negotiating, and conflict resolving intellect.

With the flexibility
of Jupiter (sign on top of Thoth card) and the balancing and non-positional influence of Libra (sign at bottom of the Thoth card),  this truce making mind that is a four fold process of the four states of consciousness.

This four fold process is shown by the four swords (swords represents mind) all meeting at the points in the Lotus of 4 tiers, on the Thoth Card; the lotus is a symbol of the enlightened mind. However, the word Truce has an inherent weakness, for no battle has been won by any side. All combatant's just got tired of a stalemate, so they have agreed to "take a break"; however, war is still declared and Machiavellian solutions are secretly sought by both sides.
However, Truce, no matter how weak, is still an opportunity to move through the issues of conflict which tend to stall our mental processes; represented by the web-like back ground of the Thoth card,  and the figure laid to rest on the Wild Wood Tarot. Yellow is the color attributed to Air/Mind and is shown on both cards.
 
The Wild Wood Tarot, emphasizes that this is a time of mental rest, not of the dead, for the arrows are around the figure, stuck in the ground rather than the figure itself. The Butterfly also sports yellow as a predominant color, suggesting letting one's imagination sour to "inner heights" (Inner is Upward in Qabalah) while resting the brain who has suffered from personal trauma, in the past conflict.

The Tarot 4 of Swords or Four of Arrows card is called the 4 fold way;

  1. One must be present;
  2. Pay attention;
  3. Tell the truth ;
  4. Not be attached to the outcome.


The color green represents regeneration and yellow represents the deeply spiritual mind and/or the color for Air, the alchemical element of Sword or Arrow tarot cards.


Hence, Rest from strife, is the general meaning of both of these cards. Issues, relationships or something in the querent's life has come to full resolution on all four levels of awareness--mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical.

Astrologically, Jupiter in Libra, is a compassionate and sensitive position. Therefore, the 4 of Swords or Four of Arrows card is also representative of a healthy seclusion, where one is  voluntarily taking time-off from adversarial situations as they rest and recuperate. Hence, the intellect is 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 psychosomatic union of body and subconscious mind to establish a consciously involuntary rest period.

To a Qabalist, the 4 of Swords or Four of Arrows card represents Chesed in the trinity of Yetzirah (Netzach, Hod and Yesod); the influence of Mercy in the Astral word. There is also a connection between the 3s and the 4s that is extremely complex, as the 4th Sephiroth Chesed is masculine in expression, but is also feminine in reception.

However, by just remembering the important characteristic that the 4s are "below the Abyss", meaning they are responsible for solidification and materialization of the element they represent. Thus, the Fours explain that things/ideas have become manifest and expressed as the Rule of Law.


If you've been following, along in my past blogs, you may know that the 4th Sephiroth, Chesed/Mercy is the Universal Architect. Hence, the 4s suggest perfection, realization, completion and fixing a matter to a rock solid stability.
In the 4 of Swords, this stability is a form of Truce, where equal tension, makes a stability of mental powers. This form of truce, is also shown in the Wild Wood Tarot-Four of Arrows, as 4 arrows buried in the ground but no more in the air. Suggesting all conflict has stopped.

As stated:The 4 of Swords represents Chesed in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral world.
As you may know, mental creation happens in the Astral World before the manifestation is solidified in the Material World.

If you believe you have a Soul/Psyche; a mental collective composed of "past life" experiences, you still may not be able to clearly see that you are not a body...You really are a Yod (hand of God) and/or a Spiral entity-microwave in the Universal Collective Unconscious. Hence, your Real body, is the Tree of Life....the human body is the incarnation, where everything comes together for sensually aware purposes, and resides within the Multiple- Invisible orb- shaped evolutions of Light that is the Aura and Chakras (how the body absorbs the energy of the Aura), i.e.,  you the Tree of Life.  That Invisible you is as Jupiter, a benevolent ruler and in this card, Jupiter is in Libra. Thus the normal destructive Swords, are put to rest in the munificent, benevolent and loving nature  of Jupiter.

 On the Thoth Tarot card,The Rose of Sophia (Wisdom) is restored and consciousness is settled. Hence, rest from strife is implied by the pictorial story of 4 of Swords. Again,  Jupiter in Libra radiates compassion and sensitivity showing the Mercy that is Chesed, allowing you a respite from self-mental-abuse.

Here Jupiter claims authority in the intellectual world.  Arguing for convention, Jupiter restores mental balance after the chaos of arbitrary thought.

In the Qabalistic Thoth card,

the hilts of the Swords, are formed into the corners of the St. Andrew's Cross, suggesting the rigidity and fixation, that is implied in the 4.  The Rose of 49 petals, in which the Swords are sheathed, suggesting social  harmony.
However, there is also a suggestion of compromise.  As does Crowley, I find this compromise to be a less than positive factor. For it is an act of an indolent mind, that would rather be pusillanimous and compromise for social peace rather than work out the thought/idea through the promised struggle. However, it must be to keep the peace but peace at any cost, which is not always preferable.

Since, there is no opposition in any of these symbols, The 4 of Swords or Four of Arrows proclaims the idea of authority in the intellectual world and  the dogma and the law concerning it. Therefore, in an arbitrary manner, the 4 of Swords represents a refuge from chaos and argues for convention.


When the 4 of Swords- or Four of Arrows-Tarot Card, is thrown during a reading it can represent:

  •  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.
  • There is mental understanding of a matter.. or relationship coming to full resolution on four levels of mental awareness: The Rational, The Emotional of the Unconscious , The Spiritual, and the Subconscious of the Physical.
  • Implications of problems that should not be ignored, listen to the inner self and answers will be restored.
  • A holding pattern after mastering a difficult mental situation.
  • retreat or withdrawal necessary to heal or hide, by creating a protected mental space. Here insight can be generated by seclusion.
  • A moment of logic and  discriminating intelligence of integrity and planning.
  • Within 4 weeks or 4 months, there is an opportunity for truce, conflict resolution, negotiation, and resolution with important issues or people in your life.
  • Flexibility rather than a closed mind is needed for true to become a reality. Thus the flexibility of Jupiter and the contentedness and balance of Libra  accomplish this resolution. 
  • The four of swords can also represent that in the month of Libra (September 21--October 21) or with the Libra people in your life, there can be truce-making and resolution in the next 4 weeks or four months.
  • This is a favorable time to resolve issues, if you will but focus on the four fold way.
  • The negatives of this card are often, a bought of illness; in order to recuperate, the intellect is relinquishing control back to the body, so that a time out from problems is gained and solutions are achieved as the body has only to focus on getting better.

For more information about the Tarot, or for a
live personal-reading, or Qabalistic Tarot Classes, on line with Skype, Google Hangouts, or in person, email Eli <info@eli-lsmerchantile.com>.

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