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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth 5 of Disks & The Babylonian Tarot -5 of Disks-Trouble

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth-The Five of Disks-Worry, is Geburah-Severity, in the suit of earth. The number five is disruptive and in this case it is disruptive in the element of earth. In the zodiac, this card represents the rule of Mercury in Taurus, suggesting types of opposed forces, and therefore needs a very powerful Mercury to upset Taurus. This opposition implies intelligence applied to labor.
As stated before, the inverted pentagram represents matter's conquest over spirit (Fear of discomfort/pain) and implies instability in the material world.

The symbols in the disks, represent the five Tatvas (Hindu-forces) that hold together the elements, so even though this is like an earthquake to the physical, it is held together on a very low plane in a state of long continued inaction. The general effect is one of intense strain.
The word Worry, in this sense, implies the dog "worrying the sheep"--which is a form of a sheep dog grabbing the sheep by the throat and/or strangulation, stopping it in it's tracks. Therefore, the Five of Disks represents the strangulation of the brain's action by the emotional fear of discomfort and fear of lack.

When reading the Fives, the reader should know that the 5th- Sephira-Geburah, is the feminine principle of "tough love". Therefore it is a state of conscious energy that is like a two edged sword that cuts both ways.
The State of Conscious energy known to Qabalists as Geburah, uses her Sharp Sword of Wit, to cleave away the "unnecessary mental-emotional baggage" that weighs us down and keeps us from moving forward. To a personality based on "fear of rejection, and/or fear of loss", the basics of survival thinking, severity seems unjust. But to the more observant mind, life is about the motion, i.e. journey, and not the goal. To be Truly alive we must stay in motion. Our Emotion is to propel us forward, not hold us back. In the end, we all die, so goals have only one end; transformation.  That death of the body, is a transformation back into the organic living organism that is earth, and a transformational period for the Soul to examine the "personality" and correct its errors on the Akasha. By correcting errors, an action that liberates and frees consciousness from past events, the Psyche frees consciousness so that it flows towards future reinstatement as operational software for a new body. Life is about the gaining of experience through the process of self awareness and not the physical goals of career, scoring etc. The Five of Disks reminds us of this important journey and not to worry, Spirit/Soul knows what it is doing!
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, besides being called Worry, is also often called the Lord of Material Trouble. Here Mercury is in Taurus, which takes the wings off of Mercury's boots and roots him to the soil. The angels of the Decan are Mibahiah and Pooyal.

The Understanding of the Five of Disks, is paramount to our development of discernment, therefore 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 and is sever, but it serves its purpose.

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.

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, and are shown as anthropomorphic figures on this picture of a Tattva altar.

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, in some Tarot, 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) have enough attraction necessary to hold together on the lower planes forestalling complete disruption. So 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.
This card reminds 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  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.  Even the Taoist axiom, of " a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," points to the solution to this worrying problem that confronts our intellect.
The Babylonian Tarot, 5 of Disks-Trouble, focuses on the troubles of the epic hero, Gilgamesh.

According to the Epic of Gilgamesh,(and a bit of embellishment), afterdefeating the monster, Humbaba, Gilgamesh returns to the city of Uruk, cleans up and dresses in fine garments, ready to "paint the town red". The Goddess Ishtar, ever-being the voyeur here, is smitten by Gilgamesh's physical beauty and with bated breath, offers to take him as a lover.  Being no fool, Gilgamesh remembers the stories of her harsh treatment of her lover's,(sending them to the Underworld and all) and refuses.
A women spurned is bad enough, but this is the goddess Ishtar, and she is Magnificently Pissed! In a certifiable rage, she implores the god Anu to release the Bull of Heaven (Taurus) to reek havoc on not just Gilgamesh, but the entire city of Uruk!  Anu hesitates, he kind of likes humans, but Ishtar threatens to release all the dead from the Underworld. Talk about issues with rejection!

 Be that as it may, this zombie threat is enough, and out comes the Bull of Heaven, stomping the "holy crap" out of the ripe young men of Uruk.
After a few dozen die, the racket of destruction must have penetrated the beer-foam induced haze of Gilgamesh, who all pumped up and dressed to kill, along with his naked drinking pal Enkidu, goes out and kills the rampaging Bull of Heaven, which really uncorks the keg of Ishtar's Wrath (She thought the Bull was " a cute puppy")!

But being a real male pig, Gilgamesh decides to twist her 1 to 10 dial of insanity over the edge of 11, as he tears apart the Bull and throws all the gore dripping parts at the by now, apoplectic goddess whose shrieking-fits upset the gods!

But Gilgamesh's gall becomes paramount, when  he keeps the Horns of the Bull for a trophy while he and his drinking buddy Enkidu (the naked one) go out on the town and celebrate their great victory in the local taverns. Unwittingly, as only drunks can be, this act pissed off all the gods, who directly kill Enkidu. Thus starting Gilgamesh on his journey towards seeking immortality, as the big guy is now troubled over his mortality; in other words, he is now sober, as only a good dose of severity can do.

The Babylonian Tarot depicts Gilgamesh tearing apart the Bull of Heaven, that is attributed to Taurus. Five artist disks surround the central wrestling match while the cuneiform symbol for the number 5  is above the head of Gilgamesh.

When Divination brings up the Five of Disks, the querent is going through:

  •  A period of rumination, anxiety or concern...maybe all.
  • Feeling left out of social events because of lack of money.
  • The querent is going through challenges of insecurity, deprivation, and even exclusion. 
  • Here the mind is focused on survival issues and thus stopping creativity dead in its tracks as a feeling of helplessness and inertia take over.
  • There is a foretelling of material trouble for the next 5 weeks or 5 months.
  • In 5 weeks or 5 Months, the client has been or will be experiencing, loss of profession, loss of money, and the resulting monetary anxiety.
  • Troubled about material things, toil, labor, and even land cultivation.
  • Building, knowledge and acuteness of earthly things.
  • Poverty and carelessness.
  • Depending on dignity, kindness, sometimes money regained after severe toil and labor.
  • Can also be unimaginative, harsh, stern, determined and obstinate not unlike a dog worrying a sheep.

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