My recent blogs have shown the position of Geburah on the Tree of
Life, as the Filth Sephiroth--Severity. The Conscious Entity that is Severity, rules the Tarot- Fives.
One may ask, why is there a need
for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are
the Child of God who exercises freedom of choice? This Severity is easily explained as cutting away the
unworthy bits, the dysfunctional software, so that the original you can develop discrimination; a "tough love". Also, what many fail to
understand, is that if all the definitions given you, by your society,
belief systems and cultures are not you, simply illusions built to control you, THEN YOU CAME IN ALREADY
` Yes it is true, dear ones, truth is made
manifest. You came into this world innocent of fear, as happiness, wonder, joy, curiosity and unfettered imagination. Therefore,you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out
who you are, the Soul already Knows that!
That is how you became
manifest---by putting knowledge into form! You are God-Self-Defined into being,
not a being who seeks definition! You are a God-consciousness who proves definition by
making it manifest!
However, this completed whole spirit, with a body/entity on all conscious planes of Self-Awareness, (the Tree of Life) and who practices freedom of thought, will just not do for those few who wish to rule the many. Therefore, you are taught that you have no value except the value you are given by "those who rule". Slavery, is not only of iron shackles, it is also of chains forged by enforced definition!
Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we are told or pretend to be.
Five of Swords, is known as Defeat,
or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus
is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption of Geburah's strength, is
not the cause of disaster, because weakness is the cause of the
Five of Swords disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism , and
enfeebling sentiment. Maybe even treachery.
The hilts of the swords
form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body's
fears have conquered the will by the treachery of sensation.
fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever
present self-doubt brought into belief by indoctrination and mortality, keeps the will (spirit) from
collecting into force. Notice that none of the sword-hilts are the same,
implying many different weak thoughts assaulting the blue Rose of
Wisdom. The Blue Rose that was at once whole in the Four, is now all cut to pieces in
the Five. Therefore, Wisdom is scattered to the winds of emotional defeat and blood
and poison drips from the thoughts/swords.
Five of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah
, a severe Mars influence, is now
in the Astral World. Although Mars is the consort of Venus in mythology, and
mythology is not a story telling a lie , but rather a story relating a
truth; the Blue Rose of Venus, which is the Rose of the Cross, can't
take the buffeting of the Martian assault.
Along with the nine and ten
of Swords, the Five is one of the most destructive events in the deck.
The Five of Swords represents, loss, defeat, and failure where contest is decided and finished
against the person.
This card is also about past history
and fear of it repeating itself. All the twisted lines in the back
ground are representative of the distortion that fear induces into our
emotional/ mental state.The five bent swords represent fear distorted
thoughts and feelings, while the twisted red handkerchief on the top
sword, to the viewers right, symbolizes an opening of an old wound. Old
wounds tend to constrict us with fear when they are opened by thoughts
of "oh dear, not again!"; fear of being hurt again is prominent in this
card. Basically, Venus in Aquarius, implies a fear that a new relationship will
not work out. Aquarius, at the bottom of the card, symbolizes fear
of moving in new directions that are emotionally important to you
(Venus at top of card).
The upside down crown (the crown is a
symbol of expanded awareness) tells us that our awareness is expanding
in a fear filled direction. The sword handle of Pisces the fish along
with the red handkerchief, represents the past (age of Pisces); old
memories rising up to cloud your new awareness. We must remember that when we move in states
of fear, nothing is regenerated or renewed; this is represented by the
sleeping snake on the sword handle.
Aries, (the ram headed sword) is
about new directions, of which we are unable to move in as a state of
fear has shackled our mental feet. We are discombobulated by fear and risk a repeat of a past defeat because of our focus.
Yet, the Star represents our greater Self - is trying to break through
and get us back on to living the present rather than being dead in the
past. Therefore, this card seems negative, with its fear of the unknown or of
repetitive past mistakes; However, it tells us that we are being
philosophically challenged and must adapt our belief system or lifestyle
to the present, unhindered by past presumptions. Life demands
transformation and transformation demands courage, which is simply
grabbing fear by the hand and saying," Come along with me little one, we
have work to do!" This card reminds us to let go and let the god-will within
propel us forward into the now.
The Elemental Tarot- 5 of Air/Storm, also concentrates on the theme of severity as a corrective. The central figure reminds me of the Hanged man of the Major Arcana. The red figure of a man, wearing only a pentagram, hanging upside down, with fingers barely touching the ground. Displays the self-sacrifice of the soul in its creation of a human form. The human being is represented by the pentagram, which is the symbol of mankind who is composed of Five Elements, the four of ancient Greek alchemy and the spirit.
This could be compared to the modern 4 forces of physics (gravity, The nuclear strong, the nuclear weak and electromagnetism...they are still looking for the Fifth Force whose influence is seen, but as yet undefined.) plus the Spiral Willful-Entity we call Spirit, that is unseen but whose influence is definitely observed. I dare to postulate that the all elusive fifth force of Physics is Will.
The number five
is shown as five palm trees waving in the wind of a stormy sky. For again, defeat is often a storm bringing with it the winds of change.
The small mummy, that rests between the arms of the suspended red figure, represents death and transformation.
The god-name, Adad, is the Assyrian god of Storm and floods; a severe entity indeed!
The glyphs for Mercury and Uranus appear on the upper left of the card. By comparing the aspects of Mercury and the planet Uranus the authors state that this implies, "Sudden perception".
The aspects of Mercury and Uranus are:
- Logic------Uranus: Intuition.
- Exploring-Uranus: Inventing
- Student---Uranus: Revolutionary
- Thought.--Uranus: Sudden inspiration.
Tossing these aspects together in a salad of loose rationale, would imply a lucid, wide-awake, willful thinking person, with unconventional perceptions. A bright and fast thinker, when positive. When negative, a scatter brain. In the fives, it's negative.
The Egyptian glyphs representing this card, are shown at the bottom left while the upper right shows the number 5 and its symbol of the pentagram.
The blue circle at the bottom implies air.
When the Thoth 5 of Swords or The Elemental Tarot 5 of Air/Storm
card is thrown during a reading, the querent:
- Is usually caught in the
fears of the past.
- They are experiencing a self defined prison of
negative, self defeating beliefs.
- Here is defeat on a mental level,
bringing humiliation and weakness.
- The suggestion here is to give up
fighting, swallow your pride and acknowledge your limitations, and
then proceed in a new direction.
- We are only defeated when we stop
seeking another way. So there is no 5 week or 5 month period here,
since it is the querent's own mental negativity that is involved here,
and they could change perspective at any time.
- Change of ideas or plans is now unavoidable.
- Being forced by circumstances to see things from a different angle.
- Mental panic and refusing to bow to the inevitable.
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