Astrologically this card is Mercury in Taurus. And as shown by the reversed pentagram and the symbols of the five Hindu Tattvas, (geometric forms on the points of the pentagram, meaning Fire, Water, Air, Earth, and Spirit), the normal stability of the material world is in chaos. Everything is "upside" down.
The Qabalistic Thoth 5 of Disks card represents Geburah (severity), 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, in Assiah (Material world) which is disturbing in the world of profession and monetary resources.
This is not only mental worry, common to all of us from time to time, but worry as in a dog worrying (Anglo-Saxon) sheep, whereas the dog grabs the sheep's throat in its teeth and stops the sheep from moving. It is a necessary stop to facilitate a reshuffling of emotions, mind, body, and soul. Disrupting yes, but also necessary to reconstruct a more successful state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual prosperity.
Therefore, the 5 of Disks represents a state of strain, without the benefit of action, much like a fully drawn bow that is unable to release the horrible tension it is under for that action belongs to the bowman. In this case, our Survival-Mind-Animal Self is the bowman here, who lives in the past and fears vulnerability. To expand our personality, we must stop using our "past fear" as a foundation for our thought as it won't release the terrible tension it has created. The Mercurial Force, a high state of activity, is being held back by outdated and fearful emotional thought...in other words survival thinking.
The Five of Disks (Pentacles) is a wake up call, telling us that our present state of thinking cannot help us over come the natural friction of physical material and that we must see these momentary issues as a collapse of worrisome thought so that new possibilities lay open to us. Sure, we have setbacks, hardship, and conflicts, because we are using the same thought process over and over again---and unwisely expecting different results.
When ever I (The Psyche) experience the "Survival Mind's" insistence of fear based thought, I just tell it," To get over yourself and get on with You, because impeccability is what We do!". This helps break up the "data-loop" of continual focus on discomfort and allowing me to appreciate what I do have and launching my body-mind-spirit trinity in new directions. We all are more than one state of mind (we talk to ourselves all the time, proving more than one occupies our thought processes), the Tree of Life shows us that we are at least 10 states of intelligent entity and made of 5 of elements!
Impeccability to me is to always be true to your "inner-Self", and focus on the Wonder-filled presence that, Fire, Air, Water, Earth and Spirit has created as YOU!
I know that I am "Good Enough For God/Divine Creative", because I AM Me! So I also know that the "Me" I create is ever-changeable and ever-possible and ruled only by the Soul that I AM. I AM Me, is my ternary presence in the Worlds of Spirit....(Earth is one of those worlds). The Tree of Life explains Ten Spiritual Worlds----and they are US!
By now we are familiar with Geburah, a state of energy that is severe in its function. Geburah is a corrective state of intelligence, whose severity is an action towards self assessment, rather than anything karmic.
The Thoth Deck 5 of Disks, is called Worry, but Crowley often called the 5 of Disks, Lord of Material Trouble. Here Mercury is in Taurus. The angels of the Decan are Mibahiah and Pooyal.
In the Five of Disks, we have Geburah-Severity, influencing the Material World (Assiah/Malkuth)
As before stated, "To Worry" something, is translated as the shepherds use the word, which is a type of strangulation a sheep dog does to a sheep. This strangulating is a biting and holding on to the Sheep's throat, which stops it in its tracks just as the Shepard commands. Thus we understand that the five of disks is so named because it stops all material events, such as profession or monetary gain, dead in its tracks. In this case, the Shepard is the survival mind, rather than the Spiritual Shepard, the Soul.
Again, Crowley shapes this card as an inverted pentagram, which implies difficulties. He also placed the geometric figures of the Hindu five Tattvas in the individual disks, each symbolizing a Alchemical element of Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spirit. In the Hindu system these are the underlying currents of matter.
Mercurial energy is opposed in Taurian earth, simply because earth has a natural tendency to be stationary while Mercury is swift motion. Granted it takes a strong Mercury to influence and unbalance Taurus but Geburah is just that strength. In fact, instead of Severity, She is sometimes called Strength and causes instability in the five states of matter/energy. This instability is vibrational, much like an earthquake, yet the Five states of energy ( Five Tattvas/Elements) have enough attraction necessary to hold together on the lower planes forestalling complete disruption. So, again, this is more like the dog holding the sheep at a standstill; a kind of intelligence applied to labor. The Five of Disks thus implies intense strain with long moments of inaction.
GEBURAH, Severity, is the fifth Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, Across from Geburah is Chesed, the 4Th Sephiroth on the Tree. He is Her perfect balanced mate, He builds up and She tears down. He is Shiva to Her Kali. As Chesed is loving and merciful, She is terrible in her demanding of due.
Yet, She is also Mars, the Warrior King (Another way to be Shiva). Thus this red Intelligent Energy, is female in receptive behavior and Masculine in expressive behavior.
Geburah is the Destroyer, The Warrior King, The Power of Judgment, the Clarifier and the Eliminator of the Useless. Those familiar with the Hindu mysteries, would call her Kali Ma.
the Five Pedaled Rose of the Tudors. The Sword and the Spear, the Scourge and chain. Her planet is Mars and the color is red.
Geburah may be the most difficult Sephiroth ( State of Intelligent Energy) to approach because of her difficult and often overwhelming lessons. Yet, Geburah, is a necessary corrective in our lives, as she tears away all that is useless, outdated or undesirable.
There is a tendency to think of Geburah/Mars/Saturn as evil, as do some of Kali Ma: However, her Severe lessons are such that they are akin to burning down a diseased forest, so that new health trees may emerge. Therefore, the dead and useless thought patterns are the victims of her corrective. Sure, the balances that She instigates, are painful, even devastating, but again, necessary to keep balance in the Universe of, the Spirit, the Mind, the Emotions and the Body. Tough love, often saves the child's life!
The Four Fives in the Tarot, are all in someway, connected to Severity and Strife, the degree of this severity depends on the suit the Card is in. Yet, no matter how squeamish we are, many of us realize that it is the truly difficult situations that teach us the most. I for one, have not failed to learn from such.
So here we can say that Geburah supports our strength, for when we weaken and succumb to "comfort zones" (fear of vulnerability), She tears them away, exposing them for the fraudulent behavior they are (I think some, call this "Tough Love"). The strict discipline of Geburah is a corrective process that is both necessary and positive. Conveying the ability to judge clearly and the willingness to be judged, as described in the Qabalistic Hermetic axiom," Watch the Watcher, Examine the Examiner, Judge the Judge."
Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth, is called Mercy, his qualities of mercy must be controlled by the Sentinel qualities of Geburah, or they will overflow into an evil imbalance of force. Sometimes Mercy must be checked, such as one must learn from their own mistakes, rather than have someone always correcting their mistakes for them. As the old folk axiom goes," It is better to teach a man to fish, than to give him one". For in giving is only dependance, in teaching a lesson learned to expand his life." In freedom of choice, everyone has the right to learn from their ignorance and/or disease! Discernment demands it, and Wisdom sprouts from correcting our own error.
It is the continual flowing cycles, because of the constant interaction of Geburah and Chesed, that keeps the rhythm of life moving forward.
The adept must be first initiated in Geburah, before Chesed. For one must have perfect control before being immersed in the abundance of Chesed, the Architect. Thus, the attribute of Great Power, is derived from Geburah. The Power is Great, because Geburah is related to both Kether and Binah. That Unity, is the source of this outward flowing power. Binah gives form birth potential and Geburah gives it death potential so that beginnings have ends. One can say that Geburah is the Force of Time, i.e Cronus/Saturn.
In sacred texts, Geburah is shown as a Masculine bearded Warrior in his chariot, relating to Mars, therefore both Martial and Saturnine force are her attributes. Yet the primary qualities of Geburah are feminine, These feminine qualities are suggested by the rose of Venus,
the five pedaled rose of the Tudors. Venus is also the Planet closely related to Mars, as the forces of one are transmitted from Geburah, through Tiphareth ( Beauty) and into Netzach (Victory) of which Venus is assigned.
Five sided symbols are related to Geburah, such as the invoking and banishing pentagram and the pentagon. The five elemental points of the pentagram are only brought into balanced power in the individual who is relentless in their self-discipline.
As any Power line electrician knows, intense focus, and unwavering handling of immense power, is essential for job longevity. Therefore the true forces of the individual must be under the control of the Spirit (symbolized by the highest point on the Pentagram) for the individual to truly experience the mutable nature of the personality in the Higher Self of Tiphareth. The resulting immersion into the Fires of Truth, burn away all that is unworthy of Higher Self in the personality. The Burning is felt, in a brutal silence of self assessment. I love the Burning!
The other symbols of Geburah, such as the Spear represents a swift and complete destruction while the Scourge and the Chain symbolize a continual application of Force. The Sword of Geburah, represents the sharp edged power of the individual under impeccable self control.
The strength of severity is the individuals greatest weapon for cleaving away the delusion of man-made definitions and/or all that is unworthy of them.
THE FOUR FIVES, will be explained in their own blog; However, they represent opposition, strife, war and struggle. They are obstacles to the thing in hand causing ultimate failure or success as attributed by the surrounding cards in the reading.
The Shadow Tarot, 5 of Worm Holes and Radioactive Neutron Stars/Valefore, is subtitled, Worry, Purity, & Strength.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In demonology, Valefar or Valefor is a Duke of Hell. He tempts people to steal and is in charge of a good relationship among thieves. Valefar is considered a good familiar by his associates "till they are caught in the trap". He commands ten legions of demons. He is represented as a lion with the head of a man, or as a lion with the head of a donkey. Other spellings: Malaphar, Malephar, Valafar.See alsoedit]
Not much is found about this Christian Demon. But it sounds vaguely like Saturn and Kali, who were often demonized by the Roman Catholic church, and shared the same attributes of Valefor. Kali has always appeared to me as such a beautiful lover, that I have found Kali to be a very comforting and life expanding companion. I also know that this is the Feminine of the Divine Creative duality. And that our Souls are yin yang balances of forces. So to me, Kali is the Elizabeth aspect of my Eli Serabeth soul.
Hell, is our own making as is heaven. The five of Disks lets us know that we are on the way to building a hell, we don't really need to be in. So the Great, Mother, Daughter, Wife, turns us by severity, to another direction in life. I never fail to thank her for such care and attention. Geburah is a blessed lover, who can be masculine/expressive or feminine/receptive.
When Divination brings up the Five of Disks or The Shadow Tarot/Valefor, the querent is going through:
The 5 cards remind us that by focusing on what we have lost or don't have, we cannot create more. We need to focus on what we do have, and on the thing we can do; maybe just a baby step is all we have, but that is motion and is enough to get us going again. Just taking a deep breath, hold it for a count of 4 and exhaling is enough to begin taking positive control over the brain. The Taoist axiom, of " a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," is the solution to this worrying problem that confronts our intellect.
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