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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Hermetic Thoth-10 of Wands & The Connolly Tarot-10 of Wands-Oppression

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth-TEN OF WANDS-OPPRESSION

Culminating, completed Force; completing the similar force of the nines.

Astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Sagittarius, amplifying the destructive power of  Saturn with the swiftness of Sagittarius.

Qabalistically, the Ten of Wands is symbolic of the influence of  Malkuth (Kingdom of Earth) in Atziluth (World of Pure Spirit) leading to material force selfishly applied; Selfish because Pure Spirit is Pure Mind, and as many of us know Pure Mind is without empathy. Therefore force is applied without concern over "collateral damage".

One of the reasons our Spirit/Psyche operates through a human body is to learn empathy for the living.This is witnessed as your Spirit applies force (Emotion/energy-in-motion), it can feel sensually how that force impacts a living organism that is now it's very own physical presence. This takes time/space and a sensual connection to "a point in time" that the physical being supplies to the Spirit Being. All of which is necessary for Spirit to master the creation of self-image masterpieces. For without discerning operational thought, only chaos can erupt, constituting a "train Wreck" of a personality.

Therefore, the 10 of Wands represents Spiritual restraint, a kind of self-oppression which happens when force is used and nothing else but force-all the time. There is a stopping-up of force, requiring one to sit on the fence, cool down,  and make a choice even though one is feeling comfortable with one's overburdened self.  In other words, one is comfortable with too many burdens and one must throw off the burdens in order to revise their previous goal. 


On the Tree of Life, the number 10 refers to Malkuth-the Earth, and it is the most crystallized form of the alchemical element of Fire. This is Fire in its lowest form (crystalline light or bio-protons), so it is without a guiding intelligence, thus it is in its most self-destructive form when unguided by the consciousness. It is up to us to give this powerful force guidance, as it is the groundwork of all Passions, even those that have been known to "run-a-muck", when given unrefined to our bodies. 

When in Malkuth, this force is from the other nine Sephiroth, but is not directly in contact with them, making it more influenced by the Astral fantasies of #9-Yesod-Kingdom.  In this state of influence, the Spiritual Fire has become a blind force without any modifying influences.
Since this Form of Force, is the underlying cause of all Motion in the Universe, blind motion suggests chaos.


Yet there is more to be concerned about with this card as Saturn is in  Sagittarius; Saturn is heavy slow, obstinate, obscure, and material, while Sagittarius, is Spiritual, light, swift and elusive. Naturally this causes the greatest of antipathy as Saturn/Time is known to "eat it's own children"; hence, Spiritual fire consuming its physical manifestation,  as depicted in the Ruben's painting.

Here we have "Will" in its lowest form and it will devour all for its primal "Lust for Result" that causes such a conflagration it even consumes itself. Now don't get me wrong, a certain amount of oppression of the Fiery Motion of the Universal Energy ( "sex/emotional" Force) must be oppressed to build form, but this is a delicate technological process of sexual communion (creation is sex) that can go negative if unrelenting force is applied to the physical vessel. This Mental Alchemy requires a certain finesse, for like chemistry in a lab, too much of one chemical and bring down the laboratory. 

Like a pressure cooker, if the right amount of water (emotion), pressure (passionate Will) and fire ( spirit/life force or sex energy) are applied, the creation will be well and good; if too much pressure is applied to unmovable conditions, you'll blow up the kitchen! This card represents the "moment of tension" before the explosion! Therefore, the 10 of Wands is advising one to stop; enough force is applied.

The Thoth Deck 10 of Wands, has eight wands still crossed showing the great power of the completed forces of Fire, but they are missing their noble patents, i.e. the symbolic wands of the Three Adepts. Thus, they lack their authority and intelligence that has been shown in the earlier cards. The Two Dorjes (Tibetan Thunderbolts) of the Two of Wands are still present, but instead of the Khadro (Tibetan Angels whose heads adorn the Dorjes) being in balance with the person (like lightning serving the persona), they are more like fiery bars of Shiva (Zeus), destructive and dangerous Thunderbolts!

The 10 of Wands card suggest oppression and repression in its entirety.  It is a stupid, and obstinate  cruelty from which there is no escape. Think " the Will of T-Rex", and you'll get the idea of Primal will under the control of the lizard brain whose main emotion is to "eat but not be eaten".

The Connolly Ten of Wands, illustrate a man planting seeds. Therefore, concentrating on what to do, after one has been under considerable strain.   One has been under pressure for a long period, and has experienced many changes in life, now is the time to planet the seeds of change.

The Wands all show leaves in stages of autumn, which means that what was, is coming to an end. Also the red colors simulate the Fire element of the Wands. The spiral clouds above his head, represent the heavy passions that cause chaos in the mind (Air). Nicely done picture of stain glass art.

So when the Ten of Wands card is thrown:
  • It looks really bad for the querent, but that is not always so, for it will blow outward, and not last long.
  • Sure, for the moment it is "Oppressed Sex Energy", which often means that our creative Passion is in jail to the wants and wills of peers, but as we know, that won't last long as the Personality, which is a dynamic motion, explodes into action!
  • Now this effect can be deviant and become cruelty or malice towards others; so it is best to warn the querent that they must stop their self repression, and create a new motion; or if it shows in the reading that someone or something, is responsible for the oppression, they must leave, and change their old goals !
  • There is an overbearing strength being placed on the personality that will make it fight for its survival, precipitating revenge and injustice in the process. Usually, this is will applied to selfish and material ends.
  • If well dignified, it suggests generosity, self-sacrifice and often disinterest.
  • But caution must be applied once again, as often self-sacrifice becomes Altruism, which is another form of superiority, bigotry and martyrdom, which become oppression in their own rite. (See past blog 8-05-2013 ). "It is better to teach a man to fish than give him one!"
  • That in 10 weeks or 10 months the oppressive use of force maybe lifted or a way out may be seen and revised goals will become apparent.
  • There is a kind of gain, fortune and success meaning to this card, as it shows that force must be oppressed in-order to create form; boundaries must be drawn for a form to exist.
  • With that in mind, this card then suggests that enough force has been applied so sit back and let the dusts settle, allowing a clear view of the results.
  • Which is good to know, because a kind of emotional and/or mental burnout is just over the horizon.
  • To emphasize this state of heavy handedness, Crowley designed the normally beautiful wands, to look like crude clubs, held together by a pair of Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of Thunderbolts) as Fiery Force applied (Emotional Passion).  Fire (electric) is the Qabalistic Form of Spirit flowing.
  • So if the Ten of Wands is ill dignified, it suggests, ill will, lying, malice,slander, envy, obstinacy, swiftness in evil and even violence as a form of sexuality.

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