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The Thoth Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Queen of Wands & The Witches Tarot-Queen of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Queen of Wands and the Witches Tarot-Queen of Wands:

The very presence of the Witches Tarot-Queen of Wands, her cloths, hair, and fiery back ground suggest the element of Fire that rules this card.
This attractive Queen, wears a Golden Crown and necklace studded with rubies that suggest an abundance of passion, and energy.
In the language of flowers, the Sunflowers throne and flower bouquet in her left hand, suggest confidence and flamboyance. The sun flower is often used in magical herbalism in rituals for success and fame.
The yellow cat, is a domesticated lion; a symbol of the Sun.

The primary meaning of this card is of a red haired, hazel eyed, family loving, generous, nature loving, clever and  charming- wise woman of a very passionate nature. 

The Thoth Tarot- Queen of Wands:

In reiteration, Binah, the power of this card, is the Third Sephira on the Tree of Life; she is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding.
The Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence.

Seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight)  in the Divine Vibration of each suit. By bringing forth a material Force of each suit, the Queens, develop and realize the Force of the King.  This is a steady, unshaken and enduring force that is not as rapid in motion, as are the Princes which are called Knights in the Witches Tarot.
 The 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.
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 counter-intuitive. This fire is Vital Life Force, passionate, extreme and often violent in Nature, as it is the Motion in the movement of all things.  Hence, she has the shape of a volcanic mountain.

To show her great control over this Primeval Fire, the Queen of Wands sits on a Throne of flames, one hand resting on a leopard and one hand holding the Wand of Fire. Here the leopard represents the ferocity of fire  under the on-hands control of the Queen. In other words, her dark side, which is usually symbolized by a black cat or Panther, is now under the control of her sanctifying intelligence. 

The Wand, a Greek thrysus, isalso a symbol of Dionysian-Will. This indicates She is also able to direct the Force she has tamed.  This wand is also topped with a cone, hinting at the knowledge and mysteries of Bacchus. Those Greek mysteries merit further study by the interested student.

The Queen of Wands represents 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, career or family life. Devoting her life to bringing something of value into being.

As with Primordial Fire
, this personality 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....of course, on Hel's

When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she represents:

  • Adaptability
  • Persistent energy
  • Calm authority that she often uses to add to her attractiveness.
  • Kind and generous to those who don't oppose her.
  • Hates opposition.
  • Powerfully  gracious in love and friendship, all of which is on her own terms.
  • Her passionate emotion creates a Tendency to be side tracked from goals.
  • A deep desire to understand the deeper aspects of herself.
  • Hot passion and sharp wit.
  • Spiritual awareness.
  • Charm and wit.
  • Love of children and family life.
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.
  • May be quick to take offense, harboring revenge without good cause
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!

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

The Tarot of EliThe Witches Tarot- King of Wands, is the  Knight of Wands in the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot.  A. Crowley called the traditional Kings- Knights, because he wished to suggest their active nature as battle-warrior Kings.

The Witches Tarot-King is shown bearing a blooming Hawthorn wand, smiling and leaning towards you, implying he is an eager and wise leader. The Gleaming gold crown, studded with rubies suggests high spiritual and mental development. For in the language of minerals, rubies represent crystal clear and sharp mind.

The sign that he is a mature and wise King is also implied as his tri-colored hair.

His golden outfit, complete with heraldic lion and voluptuous red cloak, are also in the colors of Fire, the Element of this card. Lions, are the symbols of royalty, sun and power and are shown both as arm rests on his throne and on his golden chest.
Around his neck is the golden chain of office, that is also studded with rubies.
The blazing red and gold sky of sunrise is behind this, passionate, and generous king. This implies not only the element of fire, but a positive depiction of a new day and fresh possibilities.
He has one foot forward, as if eager to be off of his throne and into the thick of it.

Thoth Tarot- Knight of Wands:

The dramatic Knight of Wands, is called the King of Wands in most other decks. Crowley and Lady Freda Harris, wanted dynamic motion and protection applied to these traditional Kings so they are rendered as Armored Knights/Battle Kings on swift chargers. His power radiates from the Crown that is Kether, which is also Eheieh in Hebrew meaning "I Will BE!" There is no doubt here, his goals must be achieved.

The Court Cards are roughly descriptive of persons whose Sun or rising sign at their nativity, falls within the Zodiacal attribution of the card.

The Knight of Wands represents the Fiery part of Fire---The Lightning flash, and he rules from the 21st degree of Scorpio to the 20th degree of Sagittarius.

This is an active personality archetype. The qualities of generosity, fierceness, impetuosity, pride, impulsiveness, and swiftness in what is most often unpredictable actions.

If ill defined, he is evil-minded, cruel, bigoted and brutal. This ill definition will be shown by the cards around him.  Often, because he is "as a lightning flash" , if he fails in his first effort, he has no resource, so he is strong willed and merciless.
Obviously when needed, this Personality trait can be helpful when the goal is known, and the issue at hand is well thought out. However, this is not the trait of this card, so the Querent is advised to  be apprehensive, yet calm and resolute while being energetic. Beware of untimely action and go forward with aware confidence of their own ability. This is a revolutionary personality, startling in its passion, and perilous in its charge as shown with the Dark Horse leaping.

Here is the "Hard Charging" of Sex Force,(represented by the flaming Ace of Wands in his hand) which is Kundalini in the lightning sense of masculine electric force. A real steady mind is needed to handle such explosive force/god power and the only safe bet is that this force is well contained in the Magnetic Force of the Female--within or without, the individual.
That is why Shiva's Dance is with the Goddess Shakti; both in rhythm. For the "Cooling forces" of the "Water" (woman) aspect of magnetic female force are needed here.  Without this female balance this personality is quick to anger which easily flashes into rages and violence. If a lot of cup cards, or a  Princess or Queen are thrown in this reading, the querent may rest assured that the water is there to handle and/or contain this volatile  part of personality. 

At the best of times, this is a great personality, bold, adventurous,  and a "Proper Spear Point" in battle, as long as their is the Female empathy, and mercy qualities balancing it.  Otherwise, a perfect demon. Fiery part of Fire is not easily contained and the person or querent  who has this personality archetype will raise up just fine from childhood, if they have understanding parents who won't try to "drug them down" from high levels of activity but rather channel this powerful person into many activities that capture their attention. Needless to say, active parents work  well with this child personality. Abusive parents will easily turn this bright flame into a horrendous monster.

We have the Fire of a Dragon here! This is the fiery nature of the Yod [Spirit] which in the mind is shown as Willful and stubborn.  It may help you to know that Spirit is Power and is not always friendly. Spirit is will---and sometimes great will can cause great harm! Here is an internal "burning" of divine frenzy "to Be", so it can go either to good or bad.

  • The Querent is a person who loves country living.
  • One who is wise, educated and intelligent.
  • Evolution and change taking place at a deep, passionate, core level of inner self.
  • Experiencing a sense of conviction.
  • Achievement-oriented, creative, and self expressive.
  • The ability to be ones self.
  • Positive male power. A powerful personality capable of achieving long term goals and handling  difficult situations.
  • A master of wit and charm.
  • A decisive, mature male, who is a harmony of outer and inner self.
  • One who is dogmatic and critical.
  • Ill natured and violent.
  • Intolerant and prejudiced
  • Unyielding..
Thank you for your interest and comments.   May you live long and prosper.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-10 of Wands-Oppression & The Witches Tarot- Ten of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 10 of Wands-Oppression & The Witches Tarot- Ten of Wands:

The overburdened person, carrying the ten hawthorn wands, illustrated on the Witches Tarot, is dressed in the colors of fire; the Alchemical Element of this card.
This seems a difficult task, as he is slightly hunched over, striding forward purposely, determined and focused on his purpose.
The stylish insignia of intertwined dragons, adorns his fiery colored cloak. Dragons, are the animal symbol of the fire element.
The Castle in the background is his goal, as castles traditionally represent the reward one receives after their quest for knowledge is completed. Therefore, the 
message of this card, is that of determination to succeed even when under extreme pressure and/ or hard labor. Being a ten, it also means that said labor is almost over.

10 of Wands- Oppression:

This card is often a hard one to interpret, since it is a card of perfidy. It can mean self-oppressive thoughts that keep oneself from preforming or a tremendous amount of male electric dynamic force, caged for the process of a coming manifestation.

This caged energy is guarded by the sacred Tibetan Dorjes (symbols of lightning) whose head is crown by the Kha-Dro-Ma; Tibetan Angels known as the "highest state of female". So we have a paradox here as female magnetic, "Will to Form" is caging male electric and/or "Will to Force" for the purpose of form manifestation.

The Astrological aspect of this card is Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn, being the planet of discipline and Sagittarius is the sign of limit setting and a tendency to limit one's boundaries. So in this context, the card is about limiting one's performance, in emotional, spiritual issues, due to self oppression. Limited performance, is at first necessary so energy can be captured; However, over time it can be a negative, since dynamic energy will be expressed and if oppressed, it will come out though our weak spots; as pressure builds it will find the "cracks in our Armour" and flash out as anger, rage and emotional dysfunction. Yet, if held just long enough to empower our "magic images", it enlivens and becomes a tremendous opportunity to create with the Primal Force (Kundalini) of Creation Itself!

As in all power, we can destroy or expand and liberate ourselves to greater horizons of creativity. When this card is thrown pay attention! Their maybe a tendency to limit oneself or one's vision by oppressing the urge of creative expansion. This is not recommended for if curbed, this creative expansion will expand our fears, as it has no where else to go.  No matter which way it goes, it will expand our imagination, from fear to psychosis or from dreaming to actual dynamic manifestation!
This vital fiery force, is the Vitriol of the Magus; The Dragon force and is "Heady stuff"! 

When Thrown during a Divination, The Ten of Wands  implies:

  • That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months, there will be a tendency to hold yourself back or restrict yourself  so pay attention and do not allow this to happen.
  • Challenge your oppressive fears and "get over yourself and get on with you, for impeccability is what we do"!
  • Express who you are, and this caged power will accelerate you to greater heights of creativity, while expanding your life motion in more dynamic directions and joyous presence!
  • The tendency to hold back your power must be avoided in this 10 week or 10 month period as there is a build up of emotion that must be released as energy-in-motion so pursue your creative dreams! 
  • Great Emotion is Greater Motion, so be prepared to spread your dragon wings and ride the Higher States of Creation with the Khadroma or become a self pitying wreck.
  • Only self reliance will do for the present situation.
  • Eventual success.

Reversal or ill defined meaning (as determined by accompanying cards)
  • Intrigue.
  • Difficult loss.
  • Falsehood and disloyalty.
  • Be vigilant concerning lawsuits.
  • Oppressive work, or being oppressed in the work place.
  • An issue of spiritual oppression, were one's soul feels stifled.
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Thank your for your interest and comments.  May you live long and prosper!
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-9 of Wands & The Witches Tarot- Nine of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 9 of Wands-Strength & The Witches Tarot-Nine of Wands:

In the Thoth 9 of Wands, we have, from a practical and material standpoint, the best that can be had from the suit of Fire (Spirit).
Too emphasize this point The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Wands is called STRENGTH and assigns the Moon to Sagittarius, doubling the influence of the Moon on the Tree of Life which may be seen as "Change is Stability".
The Thoth Wands are now arrows, eight background and One Master Arrow in the center.  The Master Arrow, has the Moon for its point and the Sun as the driving force behind it: Sagittarius, as a path on the Tree of Life, joins both the Sun and the Moon.
The Ten fold flames, in the center, imply that the force is directed downward, as 10 is the number of Malkuth (Kingdom) and/or the material world of Assiah.

Symbolically, the Strength of the Union  of the Sun and the Moon, makes all life possible on Earth. Thus, the Strength of the Union between Male and Female, makes all living things possible on earth,as well as, the greater universe.
Thus, it is a clever evil indeed to install the concept of a "battle between the Sexes", for only weakness can be made manifest from such a divisive perspective. Remember, Perspective is everything, when it comes to the creation of Reality. Therefore, if we expect a "battle", we will get a battle.

Since 9 is also the number of Yesod (Foundation) on the Tree of Life energy is brought back into balance in the 9 of Wands. Therefore, the equal balance of the Male electric and the Female magnetic in our Mind, body and Soul, is a complete Strength that cannot be defeated. The fantasy of "separate" sexes, often doesn't allow full mental /emotional development of our self-identity for this denies the truth that we are all androgyny and promotes possession as love. It is the perfect balance of the Female and Male, that makes all of us Whole. We are both Rational (Male-Sun) and Imaginative (Female-Moon); by balancing both, we become Powerful operators of Form. The strong Mind knows that,"everything I see is another way of being Me." The Weak mind is that of argument and fears "other". In such a mind, the rational argues with the imagination causing only poverty in one's Self and world.

The Witches Tarot- Nine of Wands, sticks to the mundane meaning of  strength after recovery from battle, or sickness. However, instead of the Traditional Man, a strong woman, who is both witch and warrior, is displaying her wand or staff defensively, as the other eight wands stand as an impenetrable fence behind her. The whole card implies the strength of female and male union, as a woman is blandishing male force as male phallic wands. This is only appropriate, as male force, is received by the Woman/Grail, to be used in the formation of energy into form. The Hawthorn wands are abloom with flowers, showing the fertile action of this union.

The golden sun is setting in the background. The setting of the sun symbolizes that her warrior's test will be soon over.  
In the grass, at her feet, are growing St. John's Wort. St.John's Wort, represents fire and Midsummer Sabat and is also associated with physical and magical protection.

When thrown during a reading, the Nine of Wands implies: 

  • Great strength, power and recovery from sickness.
  • A tremendous inner force that can't be shaken but fear and apprehension will try, without success. 
  • The illusion of doubt may rear its ugly head, but success will prevail.
  • That with the Moon's influence, Illusion is always prevalent, such is the burden of imagination; However, there is such a great strength of Will present, as shown by the Sun as a driving force, that despite the strife and self doubt, the querent will succeed in all endeavors.
  • Imagination may be a burden, but if used properly, by balancing it with rational thought, it is so light a burden that it becomes pleasurable creativity.
  • The Strength of the Fiery balance of Spirit and Body, is all potential and has no known limits.

Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Wands-Swiftness & The Witches Tarot- Eight of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-8 of Wands-Swiftness & The Witches Tarot-Eight of Wands:

Mercury in Sagittarius, rules the Thoth- 8 of Wands-SWIFTNESS-card. Mercury being masculine force is, the stabilizing planet of the Fiery Energy, shown as electric Sagitrian arrows radiating outward from a central point. However, Sagittarius is unstable when under the influence of Mercury, so the balance of energy is rapid and fleeting, as arrows are from a bow.
Here we have the Intelligent Energy of  Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down as the message of the Original Will.

The number 8, also refers to the 8th Sephiroth, Hod, which is the Splendor of electricity, speech and light. Hod also represents the individual mind and bright reason. Thus we have the illustrated card showing  Light-wands turned into electrical rays that are sustaining or even constituting the vibrational energy of physical Matter. 

Hod is one of the Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is a fluid electromagnetic spectrum of vibratory energy. This may be unseen to us, as our bodies only see the visible light spectrum which is less than .4% of the entire electromagnetic light spectrum. Therefore, Form  is created in the Astral light-fluids, by the individual mind in Yesod (Foundation) the lower Astral Sephiroth, before it is seen here in the lowest Kingdom of the Astral crystallized light that Qabalists call Malkuth (kingdom) which includes Earth. However, the whole of the Astral kingdom seeks to deceive. Not because it is bad or wrong, but because we view Astral images with the perceptual vulnerability of our own individual mind, i.e. expectation. What we expect subjects these images to the judgement of reactionary-experience rather than fact.  We are particularly susceptible to deception in the alternatively bright and murky sphere of Yesod (Sub-conscious) and it is only in the Higher state of Hod, that we begin to understand our perceptions.  

 On the Thoth 8 of Wands, the central illustration of the "As above, So below" dual pyramids displays a rainbow above them, depicting the restored Universe of shinning light which deals with the maxima, and the seven  colors of the visible spectrum exhibiting interplay and correlation.

The Thoth card represents the high velocity energy that is the master-key of  modern mathematical physics, showing no flames, for they have become the electromagnetic spectrum where the fiery- electrical energy has become a intelligible form. Thus the 8 of Wands-card is all about swiftness and/or rapidity of communication.

Again theWitches Tarot- Eight of Wands card is laid out for more of a  mundane reading or divination. On a blue sky and lush and calm landscape background, the Witches Tarot Card displays 8 leaf and flower sprouting hawthorn wands, as if suspended or falling. Again, the phallic force of Mercury is shown in the shape of the wands, the red ribbons represent the element of fire and the swift movement of growth and fertility is shown in the sprouting flowers and leaves.

Obviously the tradition of still holding to one's lodge oath of secrecy, is considered in this cards design.
However, the hawthorn wands swooping into view, do carry the meaning of many creative possibilites, coming into view and combining to finish a project or issue.

When the 8 of Wands  is thrown during a reading, the querent shall or is experiencing:
  • A hasty communication (letter or message) within a 8 day, or 8 week period that is quickly passed or expended. 
  • Too much force is being applied and expended in a very rapid rush. Violence may result but short in duration. 
  • Love of the open air and is courageous, bold,  and  a lover of field sports----as long as they don't last too long.
  • The querent is generous, subtle, eloquent and yet a somewhat untrustworthy personality;untrustworthy because they don't stay in one place too long.
  • Rapidity and Swiftness, Spontaneity seem to govern motivation.
  • Lots of energy to solve issues, if the querent acts fast on the solution
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-7 of Wands-Valour & The Witches Tarot- Seven of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 7 of Wands-Valour and the Witches Tarot- Seven of Wands:

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the Thoth 7 of Wands-VALOUR is ruled by the 7th Sephiroth- Netzach (Victory) in the Suit of Fire. Victory and fire seem strong enough, except that in the Seven of Wands, Netzack is in Aziluth, the realm of pure spirit. This is astrologically Mars in Leo. Yet all the activity of this Lord of Valor is lower down in the realm of Assiah,which is our physical world of transitional elements.  This placement is a weakening of spiritual influence.Thus,the position of Mars in Leo may be one of strength and courage and of a Fiery clash , as here we have exalted the "God of War"; However, Valor implies personal physical courage needs to be applied to win the battle, so the fray is certain but victory is not.

The Witches Tarot- SEVEN OF WANDS, depicts this personification of courage and strength as a person who is "on guard" to the threatening overtones of the other six wands, as if they are quarter staffs in the hands of threatening strangers. The Witches Tarot stresses the idea of opposition and possible victory, depending on the amount of courage exercised by the person.

Again, the Witches Tarot card is more traditional and mundane than those of the Thoth Tarot. However, the hawthorn wands are definitely phallic and sprouting leaves and flowers,which subtly suggests the application of masculine vital force or fertile Mars. Mars is not only a symbol for combative force but also is a fecund force for growth. Hence, the red of both Mars and fire are shown in his  gold, orange and red clothing.
The cliffs in the background suggest the unknown. Yet the blue sky shows promise.

The number 7 is a feminine number, and in this case applies a certain passivity to the Force of Mars, not much, but just enough to unbalance the energy.
Netzach, is a Sephira of polarities, as it is on the Male pillar (right hand path) with Venus, a female god attached to it.  This gives Netzach the interplay of Mars and Venus.Thus the certain Victory of the 6, is now an uncertain Victory in the 7 of Wands. This is shown in the Thoth Tarot- 7 of Wands, by the three Wands of the Adepts, being crossed by a crude club like wand; implying a lower state of energy. Here on the 7, the balanced flames of the 6 thrown into chaos.

 Qabalistic philosophy states that "the gods" are the Creations of the Created. They are not emanations of Eheieh ("I Will Be"-Kether), the One and eternal Intelligent Energy. Rather, they are creations of the Group Mind of the Races. These "gods" are therefore potent forces formed in our own expectations. Hence, they are our creations.

We humans, are the bridge between the Above and Below of the Tree of Life. We are at once the many and the One. We are the I AmMe on Earth (the Divine name of every human); a Transformation of the One  Mind's Energy who "shouts outloud, I Will Be. Therefore, each of us are a fulfillment of that Will as an I Am Being. Henceeach of us is a harmony woven out of the energy frequency of the "Shouting outloud" of the One. The Mind, is everywhere at once and nowhere at the same time. If it wasn't for the establishment of a point in time, which is an entity in the language of physics; a point in time that all of us call "Me", I Am wouldn't have a sense of presence, for it is existence, without measurement! Self, can't be without a measurement, so the I AM, which exists but has no measurement, as it is infinite, needs "to be"; to have measure, in order to "know Self".

The god name of  I Am, that is manifest as human, is made of a family of Potent Forces, that are called gods by some, and the Forces of Physics by others and Sephiroth by Qabalists. What stands out is that Tree of Life is a wyrding (old English meaning to Weave) of Forces, a weaving, into a tapestry of potent function that I call "I AM ME and/or whole spirit! I am both the Transmitter and the Transmitted expectation, and the Physical Radio that picks it up and gives it a presence in this earthly dimension of Time/space ( the other Nine Dimensions on the Tree also have a "point in time"). For my psyche exists in the Astrals and/or the Akasha, which in the modern world is the Quantum. From the 9th Sephiroth- Yesod, Foundation, I as psyche, project myself into the realm of "crystallized light" by declaring myself as being Human (Hu- is Mandarin for "god" and Man comes from the Hindu word Manas which means "mind") My potency depends on my "self-awareness"my perspective and/or expectations of Self. Gods, are such a perspective. For Self is all there is and self-image is all image, and each image sees what it expects to see, not what is really there. The Universe is the mirror that Self looks into, to "know itself".

Therefore, in the mundane world, this clash of forces that is presented in the 7 of Wands, as 6 wands and one club, the armies are in chaos and only the crude Valor of  an individual effort will carry the day. This tells one that, "Sure, you may carry the day, but only by a impeccable effort of will." That impeccable effort of Will" is I AM Valor! Here, one charges into the fray on the swift feet of Valour, not really knowing if they shall succeed.
The throwing of the SEVEN OF WANDS card during a reading states that:

  • Within 7 day's or 7 weeks, the querent will need to display personal valor to achieve success, as there will be opposition obstacles, difficulties, and quarreling; however, the querent will also have the courage to meet them.
  • Victory is always possible if we have the courage and proper energy excised to meet ignorance, pretense, wrangling, and threat, face to face.
  • The querent is exploring new ideas of self.
  • The querent is standing completely on their own, but knowing how to achieve victory over a conflict. 
  • Depending on the dignity of the cards, ill or well, victory may just be in small and unimportant things and influence over a subordinate.
  • Results may not yet be seen from the effort expended, slow down and await the results.

  A rough way to view this 7 of Wands-Valour (old spelling) Just grab your flaming club and charge! You'll succeed without dying, but you may bleed a little.

Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
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Tarot Card Comparisons: 6 of Wands-Victory & The Witches Tarot-Six of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 6 of Wands-Victory & The Witches Tarot-Six of Wands:

Since Fire is the alchemical element that the Tarot Six of Wands represents, the clothing on horse and man are of fiery colors and the Wands are abloom with colors of flowering hawthorn.The Knight of the Witches Tarot- Six of Wands, has the laurel wreath of victory around his lance like wand which traditionally represents God's favor. The five wands of hawthorn are behind him, as if a crowd of appreciation.

The golden glow of the Sun is upon him, as golden armor and his fiery red tunic, embroidered with dragons, the creature of fire. He is tired, but triumphant.
The primary message of this card is victory after struggle, and accolade's for hard work.

In past blogs, I mention The Key symbols relating to the 6th Sephiroth- Tiphareth, Beauty; 
1) the Cube, which is based on 6, a form taken twice-over in the double cubed Altar of Malkuth.
2.) The Six-sided figure of the Truncated Pyramid (its top is cut off) that represents Adam Khadmon The Ascended Man), the six lower Sephiroth. Adam Khadmon is the ascended man or Archetypal Human, above him, completing the Pyramid are the Supernal, Kether, Chokmah and Binah.
Then, there is the:
3) Calvary Cross, properly drawn as black, unequal armed, surrounded by a circle and mounted on three steps. This implies Wisdom through Sacrifice.
The Rose cross and the Rose Cross Lamen, are the other powerful Tiphareth symbols. 

The 6's. represent definite accomplishment and carrying out of a matter.

Success with the result of effort, is the underlying current of all Tarot 6's. In the World of energy, Atziluth, this means Victory.  Where as in Briah, the World of Pleasure, happiness is a direct result of working for it. In the world of quarreling and Strife, Yetzirah, strife brings success. While, in Assiah, the world of business, and commerce among men, this means material success.

Here Jupiter is in Leo, and the Angels of the Decan are:, Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
In the 6 of Wands, we have the benevolence of Jupiter in the Fiery Sign of Leo,(Sun)  which brings success and warm relationships.
However, it is an aspect that suggest some drama and of victory after great effort.

This Lady Freda Harris and Crowley Tarot card, shows the Wands of the 3 Adepts (of Golden Dawn ritual) crossed in a perfect balance of power. As each Adept must go through initiations involving varying degrees of Strife, this card of Wands, suggests victory after strife. 
 It is to be noted, that the upright Flames, lantern like at each crossing,  are in a number of  9; the number of Yesod and the Moon. This shows energy stabilization of the Energy, and its reception and reflection by the Feminine Magnetic Principle. There is no circle around it, because it is self-supporting like the Sun.

When this card is thrown during a reading:
  • The Querent is assured of victory, but victory only comes after a struggle. so don't celebrate prematurely.
  • There is implied a short lived victory with all blockages overcome but by trusting the Stability of the Higher Self, the Victory is long lasting.
  •  Confidence and belief in yourself are the necessary tools here and it looks like they have been achieved with some major breakthrough in insight and creativity happening in the next 6 weeks or 6 months.
  • The querent is showing secure knowledge of self identity and displays self confidence in leadership abilities. There is in the querent a  purposeful sense of direction and purpose.
Reversal or if ill defined:
  • Falsehood and treachery.
  • Perfidy.
  • Winning without gain.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands-Strife & The Witches Tarot- Five of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands & The Witches Tarot- Five of Wands:

The Thoth Tarot 5 of Wands, is called Strife because it is referring to Geburah (Severity) in the Suit of Fire; Geburah in the world of Atziluth, the World of Pure Spirit.

Since Geburah itself is a kind of fiery martial  energy, being in the suit of fire makes it volcanic; this volcanic activity is acerbated by being also attributed to Saturn in Leo; Leo being Fire at its strongest, and Saturn being heavy and kind of gloomy. Therefore, the fiery energy is volcanic and embittered in the 5 of Wands. This card promises that "all Hel is breaking loose!"

Yet, the central symbol of Crowley's card represents the Wand of the Chief Adept of Geburah, which implies that the authority behind Strife, is derived from Superior Sources and may not be as disastrous as first "blink" would imply. If that isn't enough to make you question the velocity of the up coming cataclysm, there are also the 2 wands of the Major Adept, all aglow with their Phoenix heads, suggesting  the purgation through fire and the resurrection of the pure energy from its ashes. The 2 lotus wands belong to the Minor Adept and represent the "Daughters" (Maid-Mother) of the Wands in the 3 of Wands, and thus the 5 of Wands has the mitigating influence of the Mother. Geburah, who is "another state of conscious energy" that is Binah. 

 Granted, Binah as Geburah is severe energy and seems irrational and disturbing, yet it comes from the benign and loving influence of the Great Mother. Hence, this activity is motivated by what is called "tough Love". This is not an unknown phenomena in the Ancient Mysteries, compare Bhavani and Kali in the Hindu system and you will see that the Great Mother is both Loving and Sever.

When we get too complacent in our life, locked into our comfort zones, we become entropic; we begin to putrefy mentally, emotionally, physically and Spiritually. So strife comes along, and kicks us straight in the "slats" to get us moving, creating and passionate again. Strife is because your are valuable to Life, as a moving-creative being and you know and I know, that we are motivated by Strife! Strife is like a course grained sand paper, that sands us smooth of all rough edges, making us more aerodynamic for motion.

The Witches Tarot-Five of Wands card emphasizes this definition of chaos before reconstruction. As most often of traditional tarot such as Rider-Waite-Smith, Witches tarot etc, carry on the tradition of addressing the more mundane  rather than the deeper Arcane meanings of magic. Thus the conditions of discord are colorfully displayed on the Witches tarot as dragon knights in battle.
Each knight carries a traditional flowering Hawthorne Wand. 
The Dragons are color coded to their element: Purple, for spirit, Blue for water, yellow gold for air, and green for earth.
There is confusion here, as 3 of the Knights are in armor, ready for a ferocious battle, while 2 others seem to be riding in to see what all the ruckus is about.

In our worldly lives, every ego has its own way of seeing "the world", and none can agree on the final plan. Therefore, this card represents, chaos, quarrel, war, struggle and obstacle to the thing in hand.

When the Strife or Five of Wands card is thrown during a reading it implies:
  • There is in a 5 day, 5-week or 5 month period in the querent's life consisting of quarreling, fighting,  and violent strife or contest.
  • Because of this volcanic energy, there is also boldness, rashness, and maybe a certain amount of cruelty.
  • Lust,desire,prodigality and generosity are also possible.
  • In such a fiery card, more so than many others,It really depends on which position the card is sitting and whether it is ill or well dignified.
  For Example: If the reader is doing a Celtic Cross reading, and the 5 of Wands lands on the "House and Home" position, there is soon to be, or is now being, quarreling, argument, and fighting in their immediate environment, that is very passionate and usually means in a relationship, be it family, or lover.

If the Five of Wands lands in the position of "finds you", it usually means that the querent is in internal Strife over a situation and are unable to make a decision. Where the cards fall, tells all!

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Wands- Completion & The Witches Tarot- Four of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 4 of Wands-Completion & The Witches Tarot-Four of Wands:
In the Witches Tarot- Four of Wands, we see four dancing maids under a bower of flowers supported by a square made of large Hawthorn wands. In this dawn scene ,each maid who is holding a bouquet of flowers, is dressed in the colors reminiscent of one of the four mystical elements.
The element of Fire, is represented by the red haired maid who is wearing a flame colored gown. Simulating her passion and energy, she holds a bouquet of red roses.
The second maid with blonde hair and wearing a blue gown, represents dancing water. Her bouquet of white roses, represents loving emotions.
The third dancing maid represents the yellow color of the element of air. With her dark brown hair, and saffron colored dress, she holds a bouquet of yellow roses, simulating friendship and happiness.
The fourth dancer, with golden brown hair, and wearing a green gown, represents the element of earth. In her hand, she holds a posy of greenery and daisies which represent growth and affection.
The flower garland above them, corresponds to the element of fire:
The sun flower is for fame and success;
The marigold represents affection and the sun.
Red carnations represent fascination, healing and love.

In the foreground a white and orange cat sits as sentinel. Cats represent the sun, as in Leo the lion and are linked to the element of fire.
The Castle in the back ground represents security and goals that are achieved.

 To repeat, Chesed  the 4th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is called Mercy, and is known
 in Qabalah as the Demiurge or "Lesser Creator" and gives rise to "form and light".  This also makes Chesed both masculine and feminine, as Light is the expression of masculine (electric) and form is the receptivity of the Feminine (magnetic),  Thus, Chesed and Geburah ( 5th Sephiroth-Severity) are really "two sides to one coin".  So here we may compare Chesed -Mercy and Geburah-Severity to the two arms of a human, as one gives and one takes away.
THE 4'S:
The 4 Fours in all suits, bring perfection, realization, completion,  and making a matter settled and fixed.

The 4 of Wands is no exception, for here is the Lord of Perfected Work. Attributed to the 4 of Wands-Completion, is the planet Venus in the sign of Aries. The angels of the Decan are Nanael and Nithal
The 4 of Wands simulates Chesed influencing the realm of Atziluth; the Realm of Pure Spirit.
The swift active force of Aries- Mars, is activating the Love and Luxury of Venus.
This placement in an astrological reading would be implying a warm, brief romance, or warm fleeting feelings. But in Tarot, we must be aware of the Placement on the Tree of Life. There is a combination of the zodiacal and the Sephirotic meanings  to consider.
First and foremost, one is to realize that the zodiac is the mundane Chakra of Chokmah-the 2nd Sephiroth, as it appears in the lowest of Four Worlds; Assiah-the active world.  Thus, the 4's represent the Totality of that which the planetary signs refer.

Venus in Aries, being the outer attribute of the card while the inner attribute is Chesed forces, the pure four ( Fire, Air, Water, Earth), in the world of Yod-Fire. So what we have implied in the 4 of Wands is Completion of the process initiated by the Upper Trinity, or Supernal Triangle. Here, the manifestation promised by "Will to Form" (Binah) has taken place in Jupiter-Chesed-Mercy, The Father who is the 4th Sephiroth, and who resides below the Abyss. Thus this is a dominating influence on all the following cards, as it is the highest idea that can be understood intellectually of the element it represents. In this case, the Vital Fire of Spirit.

Chesed is the Demiurge, who is the First Sephira below the Abyss, making  him the Lord of all Manifested Active  PowerThe original will of Chokmah- Wisdom and Binah-Understanding is now manifest in the 4th Sephiroth- Chesed- Mercy and is now a solid system such as ; Order, Law and Government.
Venus in Aries, also removes some of the volcanic power of Aries-Mars, and indicates that one can't establish one's work without tact and gentleness.

When examining The 4 of Wands-Completion, we see the wands headed by Rams, both signs of Chesed (Father-God Amoun-Ra) and Aries, ending in the Dove of Venus. The completed and limitation of the original work is shown by the yellow rimed circle. 

To show balance, the four flames are doubled, suggesting the feminine and masculine balance of the 4's.  Also being 4, there is no attempt to expand as the original will is complete, so entropy will soon begin. From order to disorder, is the flow of energy in this universe.Thus the completion is short lived but well deserved.
When the Four of Wands or Rods is thrown during a reading:
  • It is the key to spiritual and holistic completion. It suggests that the querent is experiencing the completion of something and experiencing the desire to begin something new.
  • The Four of Wands also implies that ideas are firmly established and proved
 by their flourishing and it is time to move forward.
  • The querent is manifesting a new destiny by acting on a sense of direction, supplied by inner Self Knowledge that is forming a new identity. 
  • Here we see celebration and reward after laborious completion of an enterprise,
  • Well deserved success.
  • Reversal or ill defined:
  • Continued alertness is necessary to insure success.
  • Financial position must be guarded.
  • Incomplete happiness
  • Romance unfulfilled.
  • Rest before work is completed.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 3 of Wands-Virtue & The Witches Tarot- Three of Wands.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 3 of Wands-Virtue & The Witches Tarot- Three of Wands:

The Witches Tarot uses the medieval tarot Hawthorne staff as its wands suit. It is still in suit of fire which is shown as orange and red clothing for the man on this card. On the Three of wands a young man is in the act of standing on the high ground, with a head band to keep the hair out of his eyes,for a better view into the future. He is holding a flowering Hawthorne staff, with two more behind him as if in support. Hawthorne represents hope and optimism.

In the calm water port, there are two ships coming in; perhaps he is waiting for "his ship to come in", and to sail into new adventures toward the bright sunny horizon.
Therefore, this is a card of impending possibilities and success. A very optimistic card, portending a bright future.


 Those who are Qabalists or who follow my blog ,  know that Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding, is the Creatrix of our own Energetic Unconscious. The prefix- Un- tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness; nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Unconscious just designates the Unseen Intelligent Energy Mind of Creation before it invented Consciousness.  Thus Unconscious does not mean less than consciousness, in anyway, anymore than unseen H-bombs are less powerful than the one seen H- bomb on your doorstep.
Consciousness, itself, is a child of the Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that the Mother of consciousness, is the 3rd Sephira on the Tree of Life named- Binah.  In the Great Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form". Binah is the Great Birthing-Will of the Sea of Unconscious; The Will to Form.

The Texts of the Golden Dawn said it best:
" In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colors are hidden, wherein mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There The Supernal Triad complete. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathi, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is the perfection of Creation and Life of the World to Come.  And the Archangel is Tzaphqiel,  the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil and the name of the Angels is Arahim, the strong and mighty Ones who are also called the Order of Thrones."
"The order of Thrones" are represented as the Four Queens of the Tarot. who are united with the Four Kings. ..Their Husbands.

 Generally, the four 3's, represent  the realization of the Action (conception) of the Prince having been conceived and symbolized  as the central figure on each card. Action is definitely launched for good or evil.
Thus in the 3 of Wands the Prince of Wands conception is shown as central flames radiating outward form the Supernal Union of the Triad. The Prince, is the Golden Child, or the Christ-Buddha consciousness in each suit.
THE 3 OF WANDS-VIRTUE, is also called the Lord of Established Strength. Well noted, as the Sun is in Aries here. There is great power where the Sun illuminates Aries, the Cardinal Sign of Fire often called Mars.

The 3 of Wands also represents Binah's influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).
Here the 3 crossed Wands indicate the balance of Chokmah, Binah and the birth of Tiphareth, the Sun (son), and/or The Prince.  Growth begins and is shown on the card as the unfolding lotus blossoms opening to the Warm and Bright Energy of Aries.  
To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring and new birth or rebirth.
Thus the blazing colors of the Card show great strength for individual expression (central Wand). Here also is absolute power that can corrupt absolutely, thus egocentricity, pride and conceit are lurking dangers. Yet we have Virtue here, the key to Spiritual integrity and honesty. For on this Card, Virtue, means always being true to the inner self. For only the true to self, are really present and alive with the vital energy of  the I AM. 
When the 3 of Wands -Virtue, or Three of Wands, is thrown during a reading
  •  The querent is experiencing the conjoining of Body, Mind and Spirit.
  •  Putting thoughts into action.
  •  Keeping on with present activities for they are conceived and will soon flourish into manifestation.
  • Clarity, where you are seeing yourself honestly.
  • Established strength in enterprises where collaboration will favor the querent.
  • Radiating intention, understanding the Will of Fire and increasing energy to birth ideas.
This is a very active card of powerful direction, so it requires us to understand that Virtue is not chastity, nor anything so obviously prejudicial, but rather " To thine own self be true". Here there is a warning not to compromise your passion or self image for others but to seek out those of the same passionate endeavors to aid your progress.
Be as Spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and " Above all things, Know thyself!"
Reversal or ill-defined meaning:
  • Treachery
  • Guard against offers of help as an offer of assistance has ulterior motives.
  • Troubles at an end.
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