TEN OF WANDS-OPPRESSION
Culminating, completed Force. Completing the similar force of the nines.
Astrologically,this card represents Saturn in Sagittarius, amplifying the destructive power of Saturn with the swiftness of Sagittarius.
Qabalistically, the Nine of Wands is symbolic of the influence of Malkuth (Kingdom of Earth) in Atziluth (World of Pure Spirit) leading to material force selfishly applied. Pure Spirit is Pure Mind, and as many of us know Pure Mind is without empathy, so force is applied without concern over "collateral damage". One of the reasons our Spirit operates through a human body is to learn empathy for the living.This is witnessed as your Spirit applies force, it can feel sensually how that force impacts a living organism,i.e. it's very own physical presence. This takes time and a sensual connection that the physical being supplies to the Spirit Being. All of which is necessary for Spirit to master the creation of self-image masterpieces.
The 10 of Wands represents Spiritual restraint, a kind of self-oppression which happens when force is used and nothing else but force- all the time. There is a stopping- up of force, requiring one to sit on the fence and make a choice even though one is feeling comfortable with one's self. In other words, too many burdens and one must throw off the burdens to revise their previous goal. This card states that in 10 weeks or 10 months the oppressive use of force maybe lifted or a way out may be seen and revised goals will become apparent. There is a kind of gain, fortune and success meaning to this card, as it shows that force must be oppressed in-order to create form; boundaries must be drawn for a form to exist. With that in mind, this card then suggests that enough force has been applied so sit back and let the dusts settle, allowing a clear view of the results.Which is good to know, because a kind of emotional and/or mental burnout is just over the horizon. To emphasize this state of heavy handedness, Crowley designed the normally beautiful wands, to look like crude clubs, held together by a pair of Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of Thunderbolts) as Fiery Force applied. Fire (electric) is the Qabalistic Form of Spirit.
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