The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-6 of Wands: Victory.
* Astrologically-Jupiter in Leo.
To a Qabalist, this card represents Tiphareth (Beauty) in Atziluth [the Pure Spirit World] and brings success and warm relationships after struggle.
The sixes are a breath of fresh air as our spirit has brought us out of the chaos of the fives which represent strife. Tiphareth is Beauty, and Beauty is synchronicity, a willed weaving of frequency that brings balance from strife. This card also suggests a certain amount of drama before victory is achieved.
The Thoth Deck depicts the crossed Golden Dawn wands of the three Adepts, showing a balanced weaving of the complete energy of Fire. This is a joy-filled card emblematic of personal creative power.
The Six of Wands symbolizes, victory, self-confidence, balance, leadership and glory----all gained after a struggle with one's own subconscious-demons (fear based imagination). Most of us know that failure in itself, stops no one; it is only fear of failure that stops us from creating. Man wouldn't be flying from country to country, even into space, if the pioneers of flight had listened to the fear mongers, who stated that heavier than air vehicles would never fly...."not in a million years" as one noted scientist stated. Therefore, to achieve Victory over the "error of survival thinking" we must be the Six of Wands, which is being secure with our identity and possessing a sense of purpose and/or direction. ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF, truly means that we must know we are gods of the "little g" variety [selves of the Divine Self] of our own destiny. Hence to serve fear in a foundation capacity, is to have no destiny at all! So Above all things, know thyself ; know not that ye are gods? Is the whole description of the Real You. Your name is I AM....anything after that is "your destiny", i.e. "Me". Yes "me" is your destiny, for as we perceive ourselves, we perceive life!
Victory over the self defeating indoctrinated thoughts that are "brain software", is a Spiritual Victory over individual entropy. Those who fear inferiority must act superior and that means they must get others to accept inferiority, by force or deception.
Therefore the Spiritual Identity of You, cannot be defined by any person, state, religion, nor psychology. It is not man-made, as all word definition is! Our indoctrinated thoughts are the Trickster/Devil within, and they must not be accepted as truth. Knowledge is not thought, it is the deed of creation. That is why the most intuitive people (sensitives or psychics) release thought and allow the knowledge that constructed them to flow through into expression.
There for the Victory of the Six of Wands, is when we know that I AM Me...is a deed of being and not a definition belonging to anyone or other environment outside of our own head. To those who know themselves, knowing that they are the Force (spirit)that Operates Their Form is not a process of thought but a process of self-trust.
"I Am the Spirit that owns and operates this body as an expression of creativity called Me!" The Word Me, is destiny, and that means probability where all things are possible, and not the pressure of peers! Victory over your definitions may be hard to grasp...but once you do there is no question of your inherited Divinity!
Represented by this 6th card is Tiphareth, the Sixth Sephira-Beauty, that is of the Suit of Fire. Tiphareth is the "Sun/Son of God" center on the Tree of Life; it is our original Soul Personality. We are all microwave frequencies of Solar Spiral energy, better known to some as Spirit. The Six of Wands represents energy in a completely balanced expression. The zodiacal reference is also to Jupiter and Leo, and as Crowley has stated in his Book of Thoth,"which seems to imply a benediction on the harmony and beauty of this arrangement".
The Three Wands of the Adepts are now an ordered arrangement and the flames are now lamps instead of shooting out in all directions like they do in the 5 of Wands. The lamps are nine in number referring to Yesod and the Moon, showing the stabilization of the Male-electric Energy and its reception and reflection by the Magnetic Feminine aspect of Energy. There is no circle enveloping the wands as the 6 of Wands is self supporting as is the Sun.
The thing to remember with Victory, is that a battle first must be fought in order for there to be a victory. It can be internal battles of spirit and mind, of emotions and soul or outward battles of industry and labor overcoming strife. But a battle must be before victory. When all our Mind, Body and Emotions are balanced for one goal---we will achieve victory.
The Jungian Tarot -6 of Wands: Strong Leadership,
shows the obligatory flaming wands and the Sephirotic orb. Nothing really depicts strength of strong leadership in the art. However, the wands rising above the clouds could depict leadership skills arising from difficulties. Therefore, we have a person who handles difficult situations with skill, if not egocentric ability. This could be a somewhat reckless individual that loves a challenge, as the card represents spontaneity and strength.
Loving a good fight, this individual finds the stiffer the competition the better.
Being a six, this card shows a loyal and thoughtful person towards their subordinates, who show concern for their opinions and returns their affection.
Of course, their are those who are also negative bosses and poor administrator's who lie to their subordinates, showing great insensitivity and are only concerned with the job at hand; However, such a meaning requires very negative cards surrounding the Six of Wands.
During a reading, when this card is thrown:
- For a period of six weeks or six months, there has or will be victory after strife.
- Gain and success through energy and industry.
- Pleasure gained by labor, carefulness, sociability, avoidance of strife with victory therein.
If ill dignified by the accompanying cards, the 6 of Wands can also mean insolence, pride of riches and success.
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