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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot 8 of Swords- Interference & The Connolly Tarot 8 of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Qabalistic 8 of Swords-Interference.
 
Knowing that Swords are the malleable Suit of Air which is the suit of Mind, intellect, and conscious. It should also be known that there is only one Mind that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed and transmitted. In Hermetic Qabalah this is called Kether, it's substance is called Spirit, both of which are infinite and therefore without experience, hence, inexplicable.

I call this One Mind the Universal Divine Collective Unconscious (UDCU).
However, every time the UDCU disturbs it's substance, Spirit, with an identity of Self... Souls become, as if plankton in a sea, (Thoughts are the first material and often this material is shown as a fish symbol) which if progressive and able to discern itself, becomes a producer of its own "species" and/or personalities. So let's give the suit of swords a deep scrutiny, as they proclaim the essence of Hermetic Mental Alchemy. It pays to know here that The All/UDCU is  and in everything, but no one thing can be All of the Universal Divine Creative Unconscious.

Therefore the Divine Creative can be me, but I can't be it.  For instance, if my identity was locked into my Splendor intellect, I would believe I was God/UDCU, rather than it was being me. Again, do not believe everything you think!

Thoughts are just small fry in the Ocean of mind and must grow into function as do fish and as fish, many fail to grow up!

Your Soul-identity being lost in the Splendor of your thoughts, is the warning of the 8 of Swords!

The 8 of Swords, is of the 8th Sephira-Hod, which means Splendor, which is all about pretense. This signifies a genuine lack of persistence in matters of intellect and contest. Yet the 8 of Swords is also attributed to Jupiter in Gemini, so good fortune attends even the weakest effort; However. the Will is being constantly thwarted by accidental interference.

The Center of the Thoth Card is dominated by two downward pointing long swords. They are being crossed by six small swords , implying many small thoughts interfering with the larger issues. It is interesting to note that these small swords are peculiar to countries or cults, such as the Kris, the Kukri, the Scramasax, the Dagger, the Machete and the Yataghan; implying that outside interference, such as indoctrination, theology, and mental/emotional abuse, could be the cause of difficulties.


Astrological attribution to the Thoth 8 of Swords card is Jupiter in Gemini, therefore the expansiveness of Jupiter here is in a detrimental phase which shortens its nature. The dual nature of Gemini, goes first one way and then another, shortening the expansiveness of Jupiter's normally positive influence.

To a Hermetic Qabalist, 8 of cups is Hod (Splendor) in Yetzirah ( Astral World). Splendor, which is seen as a "egoistic showing off", a kind of ,"look how beautiful am I".

Splendor is the state of energy conscious that decorates creation with all it's beautiful colors and plumage. But in this case, the normal brief intense and positive influence of Jupiter is driven to chaotic twists and turns by the dual directions of Gemini. This Interferes with
a type of order established by Jupiter, the resulting misdirection makes nothing complete.

The divinity meaning of this card is; shortened force, narrowness, restriction as in a prison formed of doubt.

There is a desire here to expand any duality but all indications are over-analysis, doubt
or confusion, interfering with a choice being made.  Because of Jupiter, good fortune attends even
these weakened efforts; However, the Will is thwarted by accidental interference proposed by Gemini. Crowley knew this to be so, and made sure that each sword in this card was of a different appearance, signifying "many choices with out decision".

The 8 of Swords is not all negative, for it also signifies that the desire and possibility for resolution with in the next eight weeks or 8 months, does exist. 

The Connolly Tarot, 8 of Swords, chose to illustrate the medieval classic way of showing the overwhelming idea of Splendor.  Too many ideas, bar the freedom of the individual to act.
"The winter of indecision is upon the man looking out the barred window". This metaphor is not all "bad", as it also states that since all the Swords are stuck in snow (frozen water is frozen mind) with patience, spring will come and bring new growth.

Lovely cards, but they go for the easy mundane divination rather than the underpinnings of issues. Therefore, I would not qualify them as Hermetic Qabalistic Tarot. (The Word Hermetic, is attributed to Hermes Trismegistis, a "small g" god who was an Annunaki Teacher of Civilization, math, and the Gnostic Wisdom of Mental Alchemy).

When thrown in Divination, the 8 of Swords card signifies:
  • Too many choices causing indecision, much like a squirrel caught trying to cross a busy four-lane highway, darting back and forth trying to figure out the right direction to go. This usually ends up as "road kill", so this card reminds us to sideline ourselves from our busy thought, and take a deep breath, center, and make a patient and insightful decision.
  • Our Splendorous thoughts often trick us into believing all of our decisions are life and death serious. By panicking and racing from one thought to another we are unable to see through the dust cloud of chaos. But if we take a moment and not interfere with our own decisions by mentally racing about, we'll see that very few thoughts are life and death decisions, they are more like choices and less like the fantasied discomfort.
  • The fear of not making the "right" choice, is often the interference one suffers from, causing indecision.
  • The Eight of Cups reminds us to relax, in 8 weeks or 8 months all will become clear, and the dust will settle.
  • In this case, the Rapid Rabbit looses the race to the Patient Tortoise who never loses sight of the goal and is willing to take one direction to get there.

  • That in 8 weeks or 8 months, the querent has or will have experienced narrow or restricted thought that shortens their force.
  • There will be pettiness, a mental prison, and too much force applied to small things.
  • Over attentive in detail, at the expense of principal and more important issues.

  • The above stated qualities will produce malice, pettiness, and domineering qualities, if ill dignified by surrounding cards.
  • There is also patience in detail of study, great ease in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others.
  • Being influenced by Gemini (The two long swords) there is always a equal and opposite balance, such as, impulsively being fond of giving or receiving money and/or giving and taking presents.
  • This person will be generous, clever, acute, selfish, and without strong feelings of affection.
  • They will also admire wisdom but will apply it to small and unworthy objects.
  • The Eight of Swords-Interference, also implies that the person has seen goals, but is approaching them, if at all, very slowly and needing to be very meticulous in doing so, because of the constant distraction of the many nagging, needling thoughts in their head.
  • The goals will be achieved in time, by patience and attention to detail, which all would be sped up by being able to focus on the import issues at hand.
  • Mental focus is recommended which can be acquired by practicing meditative yoga or the various martial arts, and/or mental meditative sciences such as Qaballah, Tantra, and Ti-Chi. Just pick one and do it!

Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper. [illustration is of Hermes Trismegistis and Hathor from the Emerald Tablets of...]


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