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Tarot Card Comparisons; The Thoth 10 of Swords & The Babylonian 10 of Arrows-Ruin.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth-Ten of Swords-Ruin:
As is the mind so is the paradox of swords!

The 10 of Swords-Ruin card indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and despair. Thus the 10 indicates, the necessary ruin to start something new. Therefore the 10 of Swords card represents a mental conclusion, long sought, with much ruinous thinking becoming a mental struggle which has rent asunder our plans and left us in an insomniacs mental paradigm.

The Thoth Deck TEN OF SWORDS is called RUIN, or Lord of Ruin as Crowley names it. Astrologically,  the Sun is in Gemini, greatly diminishing the stability of the Sun. This makes it hard for the individual of this Sun sign, to concentrate upon any given subject as their tendencies are vagueness and irresponsible, brought on trying to see both sides, with great emotion and then emotionally trying to balance them; such is the disaster of the Ten  of Swords.

The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.
The Ten of Swords is Malkuth in Yetzirah, the Astral World.[for more information on angels, see Crowley's books:777 and Book of Thoth]

For Material things, this is the most destructive card in the deck and most people dislike seeing it in a spread; However, those who know and use the Tarot as a instrument of Divination, understand that as in Astrology, "the stars impel, they do not compel".
Since, by focusing our thoughts, we have the capacity to improve our life-motion, we should do just that by using divination to communicate with our inner-self. Ethically this is no less moral than resigning a position when one sees that there is a work related disaster on the horizon. What moral is broken, when one is told by the cards," that if you walk  in the street you will be struck by a motor vehicle", and that person now chooses to walk on the sidewalk instead? Divination helps us make focused choices. We should use the capacities we are given, as we are not slaves of any destiny outside of  our own making, unless we are only living "outside".
However, impeccable destiny control, requires us to "Above all things, Know thyself", and to be an Active Personality, rather than  a personality made by environment. These "reactive personalities" are  a fear based presence that is controlled by "outside" peers, or cultural definitions insuring our destiny is that of ruin, as our performance is always "after the fact", i.e. reacting to a situation rather than actively building the one you want.
The Ten of Swords Ruin, also implies, "the Horse is already out of the barn", and closing the door is a band-aid, not a solution. Something that our governments are slow to learn.

Therefore, it's best to focus observation on what you are thinking; pay attention to your inner world! For your thoughts create nothing other than your life motion! Your thoughts create only your interaction of the I AM (will) and the body tool-Me!

It behooves one to remember, our thoughts are the operating fulcrum of our LIfe-Motion, therefore, they create our destiny!  For a fulcrum to operate efficiently, a rigid base is a necessity. Thus, as in a "personality, which is a mechanism of the Mind, if the mechanical (personality) Fulcrum (Mind) must devote most of its energy trying to hammer out a permanent way of movement (overcome negative thought), while trying to overcome the counter motion of a "wobbling base", i.e. an uncertainty of Self; the outcome for proper performance is bleak indeed. This is the message of the Ten of Swords.
Again, I cannot over state the necessity for "Above all things, know thyself"! Each of us must understand, that by thinking ill of ourselves or of another self, we only supply our body with ill thoughts that confuse self performance and ruin our destiny!  As state in the Tao, All we can see is Self!

The Divinatory meaning of the TEN OF SWORDS is ruin, death, failure,and disaster. Since this card is in MALKUTH (Earth) it is more of a death card than Key 13-DEATH, of the Major Arcana. DEATH, key 13, is more of a situational death, a spiritual transformation, whereas, #10 Ruin, is a "personal disaster" waiting to happen. When and if this card shows up in the "house and Home" or "Beneath" you position in a Celtic Cross reading, go get a thorough physical check up from your doctor and focus on your physical and mental health; mental health because you may need a "personality tune-up" and its time to pay attention to how you perceive the world.
However, 10's are notoriously short lived, as they are an end of a cycle, and soon a new cycle begins. So a Ten, can also mean:
  • The pain you are going through now is on the mend, especially if you are recovering from a physical or mental injury, where your movement has suffered a "ruin". However, by focused perspective, you are aiding your recovery. [In Qabalistic gematria, a ten is 1+ 0=1, which is the number of Kether, on the Tree of Life, thus a cycle of the Tree ends, and a new one "down the Tree" begins.]

The 10 of Swords implies that one may have reached a conclusion that things are just not going to work out in two areas of one's life.

  1. Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart.
  2.  And areas of finance as shown by the  scales at the top of the card.

The realization of ruin, may cause one to feel a deep fear or worry which only insures that they don't. 

The Astrological sign of this card is Sun in Gemini.
Individuals who have their Sun in Gemini, are very gifted at synchronizing paradoxes, polarities, and/or oppositions, therefore they are able to  look at all aspects of a situation, balancing the positive and negative aspects. However, this need to mentally and emotionally balance everything, can also produce a deep heart-felt fear about the issues of finance, relationships, and creative initiative. With powerful facilities of any kind, we have the Great Creative Pendulum of the Imaginative Mind that can swing from positive motion to negative motion right at the apogee of creative endeavors. When we are powerfully imaginative, we must also exercise powerful discernment, concentrating our thought-forms on what we are doing rather than what we fear could happen.  The reminder in this 10 is that by thinking joyfully of the journey towards our goal, rather then concentrating stress to achieve our goal; one is avoiding the negative swing right which often occurs when we can see successful endeavor looming past the hills of sweating labor and fear loosing it before we get there.

The Babylonian Ten of Arrows-Ruin, shows a familiarity with the sign of Gemini. Depicted on the Card, beneath the sun, are the twin gods, Lugal-irra ("mighty lord") and Meslamta-ea
("he who comes forth from the temple"), both were often identified with the war god Nergal-Erra.

The identical figures, wear a horned crown of divinity and carry an axe and mace. Which are the arms of those whose duty was to dismember the dead as they entered the Land of No Return. Therefore the twin gods were also considered the gate guardians to the underworld( Being well armed gate guardians, the twin gods were often built in effigy  and buried at the entrances to buildings).
Illustrated on the Babylonian Tarot card, the twin gods are shown posed in readiness to enact ruin, at the gate to the underworld. The downward pointing arrows, depict doom.

At the lower right is the cuneiform symbol for the number ten.

When thrown in divination, the Thoth Ten of Swords or the Babylonian Ten of Arrows, imply:

  • That with positives comes negatives and vise verse, while also indicating that in the next 10 weeks or 10 months, we will have the capability to experience and resolve negative thinking about both finances and things of the heart.
  • Especially your fear of ruin about relationships with Gemini people in your life (May 21 to June 21). You may feel fears of things not working, or  " I know this is not going to work" and are cautioned not to believe them and just concentrate on what you desire to happen.
  • There is a positive here to understand, and that is just when we are about to achieve our goals, great fear of not achieving them shows up. So when that fear is experienced, you may now know it as a positive sign that a little more effort is needed to "get over the hump" towards successful pursuance of your dreams.
  • When fear of ruin is seen as a stepping stone, its debilitating effect is greatly reduced and we are almost there; where ever "there" may be. 
  • Ruin is often necessary to recycle and rebuild.
  • Swords reminds us of the conundrum of the mind....that if you think with great self power, you can also be powerfully self destructive. This is the paradox of the Artistic personality. Knowing that these moods of creative joy swinging into heart felt fear only means we are a very creative thinker, can help us to avoid being a victim of our own powerful oracle that is imagination.
  • Ruin can also be a death card, when linked with one or more of the other death cards (The Moon and Death of the Major arcana).
  • Hitting "rock bottom".
  • Misfortune.
  • Heart break.
  • Recovery from disease, the worst has already happened and things get better from here.
For more information about the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot Deck, or for a personal insight filled reading, either on line or in person, email Eli <info@eli-lsmerchantile.com>. Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!

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