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Thoth Deck Tarot: TEN OF WANDS-OPPRESSION

On the Tree of Life, the number 10 refers to Malkuth---the Earth, and it is the most crystallized form of the alchemical -element of Fire. This is Fire in its lowest form, so it is without a guiding intelligence, thus it is in its most destructive form. It is up to us to give this powerful force guidance, as it is the groundwork of all Passions that have been known to "run-a-muck". 
When in Malkuth, this force is from the other nine Sephiroth, but is not directly in contact with them, making it more influenced by the Astral fantasies of Yesod.  In this state, the Spiritual Fire has become a blind force without any modifying influences.
Since this Form of Force, is the underlying cause of all Motion in the Universe, blind motion suggests chaos.
Yet there is more to be concerned about with this card as Saturn is in  Sagittarius; Saturn is heavy slow, obstinate, obscure,  and material, while Sagittarius, is Spiritual,light, swift and elusive. Naturally this causes the greatest of antipathy.
Here we have "Will" in its lowest form and it will devour all for its primal "Lust for Result"that causes such a conflagration it even consumes itself. Now don't get me wrong, a certain amount of oppression of the Fiery Motion of the Universal Energy ( "Sex" Force) must be oppressed to build form, but this is a delicate process that can go negative if too much force is applied to the physical vessel.  Like a pressure cooker, if the right amount of water (emotion), pressure (will) and fire (life force) are applied, the creation will be well and good; if too much pressure is applied, you'll blow up the kitchen! This card represents the "moment" before the explosion!
The Thoth Deck 10 of Wands, has eight wands still crossed showing the great power of the completed forces of Fire, but they are missing their noble patents, i.e. the symbols of the Three Adepts. Thus, they lack their authority and intelligence that has been shown in the earlier cards. The Two Dorjes (Tibetan Thunderbolts) of the Two of Wands are still present, but instead of the Khadroma (Tibetan Angels whose heads adorn the Dorjes) being in balance with the person (like lightning serving the persona), they are more like fiery bars of Shiva (Zeus), destructive and dangerous Thunderbolts!
This card suggest oppression and repression in its entirety.  It is a stupid, and obstinate  cruelty from which there is no escape. Think " the Will of T-Rex", and you'll get the idea of Primal will under the control of the lizard brain.
So when this card is thrown, it looks really bad for the querent, but that is not always so, for it will blow outward, and not last long. Sure, for the moment it is "Oppressed Sex Energy", which means that our creative Passion is in jail to the wants and wills of others, but as we know, that won't last long as the Personality Explodes into action. Now this action can be deviant and become cruelty or malice towards others; so it is best to warn the querent that they must stop their self repression, and create a new motion ; or if it shows in the reading that someone or something, is responsible for the oppression, they must leave, and change ! There is an overbearing strength being placed on the personality that will make it fight for its survival, precipitating revenge and injustice in the process. Usually, this is will applied to selfish and material ends. So if the Ten of Wands is ill dignified, it suggests, ill will, lying, malice,slander, envy,obstinacy, swiftness in evil and violence as a form of sexuality.
However, if well dignified, it suggests generosity, self-sacrifice and often disinterest. But caution must be applied once again, as often self-sacrifice becomes Altruism, which is another form of Superiority and Martyrdom, which become oppression in their own rite. (See past blog 8-05-2013 )
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.


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JJ on Friday, January 06, 2017 11:42 AM
Hi there! Thanks so much for explaining the 10 of wands in the Thoth deck. I came across your page out of fear to be honest, but I'd like to explain why: I recently purchased a Thoth deck as I'd always been attracted to it. I haven't been reading Tarot for very long, but have picked up the Rider Waite at a rate that seems to have...astonished a few. I've been quite keen on developing my skill, and I always like to go beyond the cards to gain more knowledge of the Tarot's history, etc. I knew I needed to wait for the right time to get the Thoth deck, but couldn't resist, and ordered it when I had the chance. I know I have a long way to go before learning each card to a point that will do this deck justice. I will be taking it seriously, of course. Like some readers, I like to acquaint myself with a new deck, and to establish a "rapport" of sorts. I do this by asking it a series of questions (just a few) to "get to know it" and "its personality". I find this to be endearing, and it helps me really connect and treat my deck like it's a real companion. The responses I get always blow my mind, and Thoth is no exception. But with this deck.. while it started out with straight to the point (more or less) answers, on point and very encouraging, the last question I asked.. call me crazy.. but it's almost like I "ticked it off'. I asked if I could "trust it with its answers and that it'll always deliver messages in my highest good". I did this because when I asked "what our journey was going to be like, the end result?"- I got to "success" and "sorrow". (I shuffle and let the cards "pop out"). Naturally, sorrow through me off guard, and so I dared to ask if I could trust it. To my surprise, I got the 10 of wands. I only had the mini booklet to go to for an interpretation. Naturally, I began to worry when I saw that one possible meaning could be that it intends on "lying". However reading your interpretation, and another, has made me laugh at myself now.. I'm getting the impression that its response was mocking me in a way, and asking me to be a bit more responsible for gaining the truth myself and that- to quote you- "it is up to us to give this powerful force guidance". It's a two way street. What do you think, Sir? I'd very much appreciate hearing your opinion. Thank you!
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Eli on Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:03 AM
Hi JJ. You and I both know that the cards are merely artistic "card board". However, we also know that the observer changes the observed. Therefore, the Tarot Cards, speak the language of Imagination/ the Unconscious. She is your Muse, as a reader. It seems your muse, the Anima, was trying to relate her truth to you. #3 is Binah, the Divine Anima, her card is Sorrow (among others of 3) and success is the Solar Logos, manifesting action in the material world. That would be the Soul, Animus. She was telling you, I am your muse, you are my mate. The Divine Meloncoloy of the Great Creatrix, is well known to the Magus. For she must destroy the beauty she creates, in order to continue the Universe. Remember the cards are the language of the Soul, not words. Read them as a collective story, not individually. Keep at it, you are doing just fine. Thank you for your comments and may you live long and prosper.

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