Thoth Tarot & comparisons
The 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.
Solar Lion freely pulling the Chariot, symbolizes self trust in letting
the creative process flow, without restriction nor restraint.
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,
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
this card exudes swiftness, passion and power. From the Thoth Prince's
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
truth being, that the querent is often slow to make up their mind.
Therefore, is essentially just and sees both sides of a question.
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.
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
- 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.
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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- His volatility demands volatile displays of opinion, even if he rarely believes "whole heartedly" in such.
- He just loves stating a vigorous proposition for the sake of vigor!
can argue with vehemence both sides of any question which tends to make
him slow to make up his mind thoroughly on any subject.
sense of justice is well made, but he feels that justice isn't really
achieved in the intellectual world, showing a noble and generous
- 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.
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
- He really doesn't even take himself to seriously----he just loves Vigorous passion!
- His pride is great and his scorn for meanness and pettiness is even greater.
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.
haughty contempt for the world at large coexists with his profound
respect for every man and Woman, as a Star of individual and rare
- 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
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The Thoth Tarot- Queen of Wands& The Wild Wood Tarot-Queen of Bows-Hare:
Represents the spiritual self-discoverer/ the knower of self.
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).
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
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 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.
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,
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
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
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
There is also an immense capacity
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
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
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
, 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
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.
Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth, whose aspects manifest in the Queen's of Tarot, is called the Sanctifying Intelligence,
known 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:
- Persistent energy
- Calm authority that she often uses to add to her attractiveness.
- Kind and generous to those who don't oppose her.
- Hates opposition.
- Powerfully gracious in love and friendship, all of which is on her own terms.
- Her passionate emotion creates a Tendency to be side tracked from goals.
- A deep desire to understand the deeper aspects of herself.
- Hot passion and sharp wit.
The negative characteristics of this Queen, as shown by accompanying cards:
- Vanity and snobbery
- A tendency to brood, thereby, making wrong decisions that promote acting in great violence.
- Her great passion makes her easy to deceive, causing her to react stupidly, tyrannically and obstinately.
- One may be quick to take offense, harboring revenge without good cause.
is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman. Great
Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best
off, if she pores her passion into the arts and/or career. Devoting her
life to bringing something of value into being. Being of Primordial
Fire, this person must practice focus and willful control of her Fiery
nature, or all Hell will break lose! Oh, did I mention that the figure
on the Throne is that of the Goddess Hel who rules the underworld of
deep dark emotions? And in Mythology, the underworld is where
mundane souls go to be cleansed of memories of past life and cleansed
for a ritual rebirth, as in the "rising of the Phoenix" from its own
ashes....of course,on Hel's initiative.
The Wand or Bows represents Will, showing that She has complete control and is able to direct this force.
is warm, attractive, passionate, and generous when well defined, Ill
defined, she is the embodiment of hell, tyrannical, revengeful, and
- 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!
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.
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.
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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THE 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.
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
tends to establish a personality that can sell "ice to Eskimos" because
of his unrelenting charm, built out of amusement and optimism.
- He may also have an abundance of vision and foresight, all of which is passionately expressed.
- There is a degree of intolerance, so when pushed this person can become violent and unrelenting.
- Generally, The Knight of Wands is a dominant, hard to control person who is attractive but dangerous.
united with the Primal Water of Female-Magnetic polarity, this is a
most attractive personality, and a deeply motivational event of empathy
and healing, most like a warm tropical ocean.
- He is best in his
performance when mated with a strong female equivalent. By himself, his
very nature "becomes too hot" (as a Sun without an Ocean) and he tends
to leave bodies behind him.
- WHEN THE KNIGHT or KING OF BOWS IS THROWN DURING A READING: it implies;
spiritual evolution is taking place at a deep core level. It is as if
the past personality is fuel for a new phoenix- self arising from the
- Experiencing the conviction of Spirit with much inner to outward movement of energy and the manifestation of leadership skills.
male power, complete with the ability to focus on long term goals but
with rapid movement that is able to handle complex situations.
- Strong minded and able to dominate others by force of will.
- A master of wit and charm, great sense of humor and warm and generous with a strong liking for fun.
- Can just about persuade anyone into anything.
be a highly empowered spiritual being. Which doesn't necessarily mean
he has your best interest at heart. Spirit is Pure Mind, and doesn't see
things in a personal way. Very Impersonal force without the conscience
of the personal.
- A mature male whose inner and outer being are in mutual agreement and balance.
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!
is a powerful person of a fiery nature: energetic, active, hard to
control, attractive, but sometimes dangerous...which may add to his
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The 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
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
The Thoth Tarot- 10 OF SWORDS
is called RUIN, or Lord of Ruin
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart on the Thoth card.
- And areas of finance as shown by the scales at the top of the Thoth card.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
- There is disaster, because of the undisciplined
warring force unleashed by fear-based thinking which self destructs in
the mayhem created by an army of unbalanced ideas.
the lower mind being over-power by the Fiery E-motion (Will to Force) of
the Solar Soul, ruin of all plans and projects is common place, as well
as, disdain, insolence and impertinence are common expressions.
- There is often a misplaced display of mirth as one overthrows the happiness of others.
- The querent will find that their brain is a repeater of things that have never worked in the past, and won't now.
brain will often repeat many impoverished words, such as "swear words",
but doing so cleverly, and eloquently, in order to hasten the character
assignation of others.
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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The 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Thoth Tarot- 8 of Swords: Interference & The Wild Wood Tarot- Eight of Arrows.
The 8s of Tarot:
Four 8s are attributed to Hod-
8th 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
one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter are scattered,
erratic and unstable. This is indeed an unconscious interference when
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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 thysel
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
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
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.
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
- Over analyzing every thought to the point of inaction.
- The 8 of Swords reminds us to stop, slow down and refocus.
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.
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.
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.
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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The Hermetic Qabalah's Thoth Tarot-7 of Swords: Futility & The Wild Wood Tarot- Seven of Arrows.
The Tarot's Four 7s:
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
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
The Thoth-7 OF SWORDS: FUTILITY.
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.
this is Netzach (Victory) in Yetzirah (Astral World).
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.
over, this card represents wanting something but believing you
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:
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.
- is telling us there is too much red-tape or it's too complicated.
Sword has on the handle the symbol of Mercury which is about the
negative communication of " I can't... I wish I'd a ...If only..." all
negative reasons why "it won't work".
- Another sword handle
bares the planetary sign of Jupiter; the planet that symbolizes
flexibility and expansion. The negative self-talk of Jupiter is "it's
too limiting and constricted" or " I am not lucky" or "I am not talented
- Another sword sports the planetary sign of Mars.
Positively Mars is a sign of dynamic energy, vitality, and assertion but
the negative side of Mars is " I don't have the energy to...I am burnt
out...it's dull and boring etc."
- Another sword handle is
adorned with the sign of Venus; the planet of Love. The Venusian
negatives would be," I really don't care...It doesn't mean anything to
- Then there is the final sword whose handle
supports the double loops which represent the Sun and the Moon the
negatives of which are consciously and subconsciously 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
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
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
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".
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
- 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.
a yielding is brought on by the self-defeating thoughts of self doubt
which tend to "drain strength" because of internal conflict.
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.
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.
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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The 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
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:
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.
biology: the parts of an organism other than the reproductive cells.
late 19th cent.: from Greek sōma ‘body.’
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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",
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,
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
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.
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
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:
on the Thoth card, the Points of the Six Swords touch each other in
the Center of a red rose on a golden cross of six squares. The red is
hard to see on the card illustration as it has faded due to processing. The Golden cross, the Red Rose and the six squares show the Rosy Cross as the central secret of scientific truth.
Student of Gnosis ( Greek for Knowledge, 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,
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:
in six weeks or six months, the querent shall have experienced or will
experience: Labor, work, and even a journey probably over water because
of the Aquarius influence.
- Success after anxiety and trouble.
- Selfishness, beauty, conceit, but sometimes modesty within all depending on dignity which is supplied by the surrounding cards.
what this card means is that the querent should use the whole mind (The
Circle in the Card) to observe the situations of the next 6 weeks or 6
month, and look at what is really there rather than what we want to see.
- Being able to see many thoughts at once, is represented by
the pinwheels throughout the Card and being discerning is shown by the
Whole mind (circle) and the Creative Mind ( Diamond) working in unison
to solve problems by constructive and creative means.
- They shall experience success after anxiety and effort.
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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The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords: Defeat & The Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Arrows-Frustration:
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".
"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
Feminine) has invented the Conscious Energy State of Severity
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".
on the Tree of Life) always supply disruption. In the 5 of Swords,
Venus rules Aquarius which implies weakness rather than excess of
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.
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
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
beginning of an understanding that past thoughts of defeat, give us "buck fever", were our emotions get in the way of our rational thought.
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
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,
Yes it is true,
dear ones, truth is made manifest. Therefore, your psyche never
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
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.
suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and
acknowledge your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction.
are only defeated when we stop seeking another way. So there is no 5
week or 5 month period here, since it is the querent's own mental
negativity that is involved here, and they could change perspective at
- For the next or the past five weeks, or five months; defeat, loss, malice,spite, slander, and all modes of evil speaking.
is contest finished and decided against the person, whose thoughts of
defeat, anxiety, and trouble may be generated by this defeat or help its
- 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.
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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The Thoth 4 of Swords--Truce & The Wild Wood Tarot-Four of Arrows -Rest
: represents the equal focus of the four states of conscious;
- sub-consciousness, and
- self-conscious (ego to some).
The Tarot, 4 of Swords, represents, the meditative, negotiating, and conflict resolving intellect.
With the flexibility
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.
, 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;
- One must be present;
- Pay attention;
- Tell the truth ;
- 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
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...
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.
Jupiter claims authority in the intellectual world. Arguing for
convention, Jupiter restores mental balance after the chaos of arbitrary
In the Qabalistic Thoth card,
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
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.
have a Truce one must first have a struggle so this card suggests
peace, quietness, rest, ease and plenty after a time of struggle.
always, these are all modified by the dignity of the accompanying cards
Crowley viewed this card as a cowardly and/or indolent way of the mind
that can't think out it's own problems and joyfully accepts appeasement.
- Since this is the unstable number 4, this card does tend
to show compromise due to tiredness rather than for any positive
- A Truce means that the war is at rest for the moment but the battles are not all won.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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