The number Ten in the Tarot of Hermetic Qabalah, refers to Malkuth, the lowest Sephira on the Tree of Life and because of its almost crystalline vibration, is dependent on, but cut off from, the other levels of the Tree.This vibration is slower than the rest so that it seems veiled from the other levels as our perspective of self is the lowest possible vibration sight of "I".
Because of this seeming detachment, the Will to Force is in its lowest-slowest possible vibration and seems to have "dumbed down" the Higher Spiritual influences. We already know that this sense of sluggishness can be sped up by "upping" our vibration through meditation and prana-yama breathing as well as kundalini work. With diligence, we can break through this caul-like barrier of "sluggish light" and open our minds to higher levels of energy-consciousness.
The Tens of Thoth Tarot are where the formative-elastic world ends and the absolute solidification of form is established and are attributed to Malkuth (Kingdom). This is as solid as it gets.
The Ten of Wands is called Oppression. It is the absolute "end of a thing". The Ten of Wands is in Malkuth--the physical world and is about the "end of energy". The tens are a warning about energy being oppressed, that going any further is to take a wrong step. To much oppressed energy blows the vessel. The Ten of Wands- OPPRESSION of the Thoth Deck depicts the Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of "Thunder bolts") with the heads of the Khadroma (Tibetan Demon-Angels) on one end and the spear point of destruction on the other. The Khadroma, are considered to be in charge of Death and dying, as well as life and living, as both support each other. The Ten of Wands tells us that by using force and only force there is only ruin. The zodiacal sign associated with this card is Saturn in Sagittarius, which is a weighing down of the fiery ethereal side of Sagittarius. This is Sagittarius ill defined. The fiery Force of Father has done its work; has done its work to well and motion ends; another " Big Bang" is expected.
As implied in the Thoth Ten of Wands-Oppression, the Will-to-Force is now blind and in its most violent state without any modifying influences. The background flames depicted in the card have run wild and represent the Alchemical element of fire in its most destructive aspect.
The influence of Saturn in Sagittarius is also shown in this card. Sagittarius represents the qualities of spirituality, swiftness, light, and being both elusive, and luminous. On the other hand, Saturn is material, slow, heavy, obstinate, and obscure. This combination causes great antipathy.
The Thoth Deck Eight of Wands, as created by Lady Freda Harris shows the great power of fire with its red/orange background, but eight of the wands have lost all symbolism of nobility. Their ends seem more like claws representing raw predation without the intelligence and authority that is shown in past Wand cards.
The two central wands
which are shown as a pair of Khadro-Ma headed lead colored Djores (Tibetan symbols for "thunderbolts") that are lengthened into bars, oppressing the Power. If we know anything about steam, you can get more power from it by adding more heat and pressure. This requires an oppressive container that is strong enough to hold it; such as a pressure cooker or boiler. However, too much heat and the container violently explodes! Thus is the caution of the Ten of Wands. This Fiery energy is also known as the "serpent force" or "sex energy" therefore this card is also about the warning of Perverted Sex energy- and/or Passion, for like fire, if held too long with chains of self absorbed pity, one's personality explodes into violent behavior. In fact, the whole symbolism of this card suggests oppression and repression. It is a stupid and obstinate cruelty from which there is no escape. Here we have the symbolism of Passion going Mad under oppression.
Therefore the 10 of Wands card is cautioning
us that if we don't allow our passions to create in a balance flow of Self-Love and gratitude, we'll end violently. It is both a trap and a dysfunction to put our passions into creating oppressive self identity, self rejection, self- loathing, etc , for it ends badly; in the extremes we have seen the results as people go on shooting sprees, to show the "others" and make them pay, for one's inner pain. What many of us forget or don't know, is that the concept of "other", is merely a self-reflection, created by the Universal Collective Unconscious so it can "see itself". This ignorance, plus the unfocused fiery passion of "Will to Force" make a volatile and deadly emotional cocktail.
The 10 of Wands represents a survival mind that has not
understood anything beyond its dull purpose; its "lust of result", and will devour itself in the conflagrations it has evoked. In more objective words, the pressure cooker explodes. What is forgotten here, is that Will to Force is the Movement of Life, and our will to force is now perverted into instinctual survival mode Life. This powerful movement of Will to Force is easily seen by viewing a mushroom, that has penetrated 4 inches of asphalt; making what is soft and mushy, into an unstoppable penetrative force!
It behooves us to know ourselves as "The Kingdom of Spirit" for we are not of this animal evolution; we are from the Collective Unconscious of Fire/Stars, and as an old Stellar evolution commonly called Spirit, Our Will-To-Be is far too powerful to be given to the control of the animal survival mind, for it's foundation is Fear, while Spirit's foundation is Will to force and Will to form. To subject a powerful-Fiery Will to force, to cruel thought-forms of rejection, fear, and self hate (all of which is transferred by the survival mind as "others") will consume and destroy the form who contains them; often taking "others" with them.
The Jungian Tarot of Robert Wang: 10 of Wands, control over others;
represents the psychological concept of management over a large group of people or a large organization. This is not a generalized leadership, as in the 6, but rather functioning only in the context of a given organization. This successful management, can also mean isolation, and loneliness which often accompany the pinnacle of authority. There is a caveat with the 10: Being that the authority over others is often strong, self-assured and well-reasoned does not mean that when a plan turns out to be badly organized that one isn't prone to defensiveness and irritability.
When the Ten of Wands is thrown;
- Cruelty and malice towards others is implied.
- Oppression of sex-energy due to fear of rejection causing impotency, which leads to self devaluation is also a danger here.
- There is over-bearing strength, revenge and injustice.
- Cruel, overbearing energy applied only to selfish and material ends.
- Because of great selfishness at the beginning, there is failure in a matter, and the opposition's too strong to be controlled.
- If ill dignified, there are all manners of, ill will, lying, levity as a distraction, malice, slander, envy, obstinacy, swiftness in evil.
When well-dignified by the accompanying cards, there is also:
- Generosity, self-sacrifice, and disinterestedness implied.
We also must remember that sometimes we must hold back our passions, in order to develop a proper plan for constructive purposes. This too is an oppression, but it is controlled and will be released to swift LOVING construction and life expansion. Such as Tantric , Qabalistic, and Gnostic training teaches us to do. Not always are Volcanoes destructive, many islands owe their lives to them!
- The lesson here is to control ones Passions with Intelligent Love, knowing when and where to express them in order to expand and liberate the personality from past supposed limitations. Limited thinking is a form of oppressive behavior!
Due to the fact that in the U.S.A., we are celebrating a holiday called Thanksgiving( 11-26-15). I thought I would state:
The Hermetic Qabalist knows that everything created----is meant to be. There never was a "wrong" creation since everything is motion and form; How we respond to the creation around us is the motion of our life-form. Therefore, errant motion, is simply going "in directions against your-self ". So here, is a picture of "The Truth about the Self" -Treatise on the Trestle-board-
document written by the Hermetic Qabalist Paul Foster Case.
I like to chant this upon awaking and when I bed down. This is a affirming of the ten states of energy conscious (Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) that we are composed of. We are Spiral Energy Beings and Beings are immortals where as entities, such as bodies made of time space are not. So Daily I Give Thanks for my immortal-Self and affirm my love of my mortal self. Just being the best you you can be today is truly giving thanks for the feast of energy that has BECOME US! Today I Thank the Divine Creative that we are us and I enjoy the sensual life that my Wonder-Body has given me. Be Well and may you all live long and prosper...Remember that The Divine Creative feels life through you which can only mean that ENJOYMENT BUILT YOU TO ENJOY ITSELF!
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