On the Hermetic Qabalistic Tree of Life,
the Sevens are attributed to Netzach
(victory) which is very low down on the Tree of life and part of the Astral Nature of Mind.
This is a doubling
of the unbalanced nature of conscious energy as consciousness is now
descended deeply into illusion while engaged in a frantic struggle with
Netzach pertains both
to Venus and Earth, and the
Heavenly Beauty of Venus is now debauched by Matter.
Therefore, the four Sevens
bring no comfort as they are the denigration of each element, exposing
the utmost weakness in every case.
The Thoth Qabalistic Tarot Card- Seven of Swords is
called- Futility and is even a weaker card than the Seven of Wands. Its
ruler is the Moon, and thus is a passive planet and passive sign.
that the Seven of Swords maintains is just filmy dream
work and cannot sustain the labor necessary for the fruition of
The Seven of Swords is Futile, because the perspective one is
holding on to can only give the illusion of performing, especially if encased in a
denial of irresponsibility.
The Thoth Deck Seven of Swords-Futility, is Netzach (the
Sephira of Venus) in the Suit of Swords and means Victory. Hence this sense of Victory, places a
modifying influence on The Seven of Swords that is accentuated by the
zodiacal rule of Moon in Aquarius. Therefore this means that the mental wreckage
illustrated in this card, is not as much of a disaster as it is in the 5
of Swords. This Seven of Swords-Futility, has a wish to compromise; a
certain vacillation is present. One may say, that a certain toleration
is present, for the need for Victory is weakly being considered.
Of course, the success of this policy
determines the nature of the mental wreckage, so when compromise is
unsuccessful, then a disaster is presented.
If the surrounding cards show strong violent forces, then Great Futility is expressed and compromise won't work.
Thoth Deck 5 of Swords
, shows a Strong central sword being chipped away
by six weaker swords, suggesting that the Central Strong Character
struggles in vain against the many feeble thoughts that assault it. One may notice this effect when trying to sleep, but futile sleep is present because the brain just won't shut down the continual "shot gunning" of thoughts; blasting away, somehow hoping to find one that "sticks" to a solution.
To go deeper into understanding The Thoth Seven of Swords-Futility:
This card represents the
sabotaging mind where you know what you want symbolized by the central
sword and then go about defining the reasons why you can't obtain it, as
shown by the six swords surrounding the central one. The 7 of Swords represents the yes-but mind that often keeps us from making our dreams work. Astrologically the Thoth 7 of Swords is Moon and Sun in Aquarius, represented by the
circle with a dot in the center, a symbol of the Sun, the Crescent is
the Moon and the wavy lines at the bottom are Aquarius.
Each of the six swords of procrastination
bear a planetary sign for the six ways we sabotage our selves.
- The yes-but aspect of Saturn is telling us there is too much red-tape or it's too complicated.
Sword has on the handle the symbol of Mercury which is about the
negative communication of " I can't... I wish I'd a ...If only..." all
negative reasons why "it won't work".
- Another sword handle
bares the planetary sign of Jupiter; the planet that symbolizes
flexibility and expansion. The negative self-talk of Jupiter is "it's
too limiting and constricted" or " I am not lucky" or "I am not talented
- Another sword sports the planetary sign of Mars.
Positively Mars is a sign of dynamic energy, vitality, and assertion but
the negative side of Mars is " I don't have the energy to...I am burnt
out...it's dull and boring etc."
- Another sword handle is
adorned with the sign of Venus; the planet of Love. The Venusian
negatives would be," I really don't care...It doesn't mean anything to
- Then there is the final sword whose handle
supports the double loops which represent the Sun and the Moon; the
negatives of which are consciously and subconsciously one is sabotaging oneself out of doing what it is that one wants to do. In other words, you are caught in wanna-be-ism which is a viscous cycle of mental inferiority.
Instead of the Power of
we are caught in the self-denial of
Often we run "mind loops" that constantly repeat our past as today's
reason for not progressing or going forward with our life. These mind
loops are the "nag within" syndrome that fear of discomfort/fear of
vulnerability, often generates in our subconscious to avoid presumed
"This is futile because I've tried something like this before", fails to see that today trying a "different" approach may win the day, and supply the victory we seek.
The Connolly Tarot 7 of Swords, may be beautifully illustrated in a stain glass motif, but really isn't instantly realized as futility.
It shows 5 blue handled swords stuck in the ground and two red handled swords stuck in a dark cloud.
Blue is the nature of calm water/Conscious and red is the fiery nature of Mars or warlike force, so I can only think that the meaning of the flutist and harpist, are two states of mind (fire and water are the Parents of Air/Mind). Therefore, the Subconscious and the Consciousness are both trying to play a tune of harmony but are unable to agree on all the passionate notes that must be played to fulfill the wanted "sound".
The card seems to state that things may not work out the way you planed, but keep plunking away at it, while also keeping inner harmony, and you'll find something that works.
Often to some readers, these Seven
cards seem most depressing, and if the Sevens of each suit are combined in a reading,
describe a most disturbing depression, of Energy, Emotions, Mind, and
Body. Luckily, I have never seen all of them fall together in a reading
and usually other surrounding cards show a lightening of effect and a
temporary experience. However, that being said, the Querent should be
told that depression is being experience or soon will be (depending on
the position of the Card) and to prepare themselves in order to "
Weather the Low period".
If we are finding it futile for a positive idea associated with these
Sevens, one could say that without a doubt, an old perspective is dying
so a new one of better performance can be created. Sometimes it is hard
to let go "of the monster you know" rather than face an unknown so courage
and strong character dictate that you must change direction here.
When the Qabalistic Thoth or Connolly Tarot card is thrown:
- You will
have the opportunity presented to you in the next 7 weeks or 7 months to
break out of your self-imposed defeatism and move towards creating what
you really do want.
- It's time to supply the rudder and "damn the torpedoes and go full steam ahead".
- You do know what you want, that is the truth you may be trying to avoid.
- The falsehood is the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
that the 7's are associated with the Charioteer, which is the
originator of motion and change. So this card is not nagging at your
weakness but advising you that choosing you wants moves you forward into
a satisfying life motion and that you have the inherent power to do so.
- You have the capability to release sabotaging thought
processes that where developed in a past that may go back to 7 years or
when you where 7 years old.
- Focus on what you truly want;
focus your heart, creative mind and passion on it, and your programmed
self-defeat won't be able to impede you , it just becomes white noise in
the back wash of your powerful wake on the ocean of possibilities.
- Vacillation, untrustworthy character, unstable effort.
- There is a partial success here, but total success is not achieved due to discontinued effort, as if strength has just run out.
close to achieving a goal but the assault of many feeble self defeating
thoughts scatter the will and the querent is unable to continue.
card is about the futility of seeking to please everyone with your
actions. You need to focus and proceed. This does require you to treat
everyone as you wish to be treated, so that you confidently know your
actions will not really harm anyone.
- But if you are suffering from an inferiority complex-----well this card says it all. For with that identity all action is futile until one accepts their Power.
is also a tendency to love abundance, which makes an enthusiastic
collector or even a miserly character, who is fascinated by display,
given to compliment, affronts and insolence.
- A tendency to detect or spy on others.
- There is also an inclination to betray others though not always intentional.
Now there seems to be a large amount of interpretation here, but
as always, the dignity of the accompanying cards will decide if the
influence of the Seven of Swords is more annoying rather than
- In a weakened state, when the cards
accompanying it are positive in their nature, it can also mean that
within 7 weeks, or 7 months, you will achieve successful outcome and
solution to issues but you must be persistent in counteracting your
constant doubts. For when we have infighting of our thoughts, we become
our own enemy and in such a state success in any contest is futile as
you tend to self-flagellate.
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