Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-7 of Swords: & The Jungian Tarot-7 of Swords: Love
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-7 of Swords: & The Jungian Tarot-7 of Swords: Love

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth -7 of Swords: Futility, follows the Axiom, "Above all things, know thyself", albeit an old but well established doctrine of the Gnosis, and Qabalah, "that it is futile trying to understand the "Great No-Thing", by using words as thought". Therefore words may show an understanding of "something", but are useless when trying to describe the "One Energy", that transforms into everything but is a "no-thing".
In the Gnostic Gospels of  Didymos Judas Thomas, Jesus is quoted as saying:
"If those who lead say to you,'see, the kingdom is in the sky.' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the sea,'  then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, you  will then become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons [suns] of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who is that poverty." (The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas---The Nag Hammadi Library--)

The word Suns in brackets is of  my own insertion, because the original word is interpretation as Son and/or Sun, both having similar meanings in Qabalah. The fact that many Monks who interpreted the Gospels from the original Greek, were misogynistic, required them to use the word "Son". Qabalah and Science both know that we are all androgyny; each of us, both male and female, are to be Tiphareth (beauty) which is "the Son/Sun" number 6 on the Tree of Life. Therefore, it is necessary to understand the six to see what is futility in the seven.

 In Hermetic Qabalah, Six is  the number of the Sun, and is the Christ/Buddha state of conscious energy; the highest state of mind that we can reach in a physical body.  More research into the old papyri that was dug up in Nag Hammadi Egypt, will reveal even more Gnostic gems for the inquiring mind.

In the process of "Remembering ourselves", the Seven of Swords is no exception. Considered one of the mystical feminine numbers, 7 is not only the number of the  " dark-goddess", it is also the Sephira-Netzack ( Hebrew word-meaning Victory) on the Tree of Life. Netzach-Victory, suggests a battle won, 7 in the suit of Swords is not as catastrophic as 7 in the other suits, for Netzach is considered the Sephira of Venus.

This modifying  Venus-"goddess of love" influence is accentuated by the celestial fact of the Moon being in Aquarius (Moon above central Sword and the sign of Aquarius below the Sword), as the planetary rule of this card. To speak of this modifying influence simply, is that the intellectual wreckage of this card is not so vehement as is the Five of Swords-Defeat. For there is vacillation, and a certain loving tolerance brought on by the need to compromise. However, in certain circumstances, the need to compromise, can bring even greater disaster than defeat, depending on the success of the policy of compromise.

The policy of appeasement that is suggested by this card, is always in doubt, as there exists uncompromising-violent forces which prey on vacillation. Since the Sword is the element of Air, which is the symbol for "Mind",  the knowledge of thoughts is always in doubt! The message here might be; "Do not believe everything you think!"

What the Seven of Swords represents, is the futility of using this doctrine of appeasement to approach God-Self Knowledge, i.e. The Higher Self.  From an early age, the brain is indoctrinated by those who ruler, so the definition that has been pounded into your head, as "pleasure/pain training", (brain washing) will not let you stand in your Power. On the contrary, you must kneel and bow your head to weakness and fear as your "mental master" now is imagined to be "alive" in your own brain. This need to appease those who you think can hurt you, including the "slave master" in your data,  is a violation of your Soul's "state of Mind", for one mustn't compromise action with reaction.
Throughout my Qabalistic/Tantric training, I have always told my reactive based brain, "If you wish to speak to me, you must stand, for I'll not kneel to your weakness" is not a thought processed policy of appeasement; it in fact, weakens the "slave master" concept of "right and wrong" that is relative to culture. It is, however, the "tough love" Policy of the "Will to be" that is our Soul and is the necessary mental state needed to "above all things, know thyself". When one is fearlessly being themselves, they let everyone else alone to be "themselves". Therefore, doing and thinking of and to others as they would have done to themselves.

It is futile, to use the brain's cultural software, when seeking your memory as a "Higher Self", which is inherited from the Divine Creative.  For one must use Declaration in creation; I AM.....rather than "I wish".
To Say, "I AM God's Body." rather than " I seek God's mercy and freedom from my suffering body", will get you out of your miserable state of mental slavery imposed on you by "those who control definition"; those who call themselves, your masters. In fact, just by repeating the Pattern on the Trestleboard, written by the Hermetic Qabalist-Paul Foster Case, one begins freeing their brain from useless reactive data and starts to control their own definition; a self-definition Divinely granted by Creation's own "freedom of choice" mentality of transformative-Self. The Pattern on the Trestleboard, also states the mental propriety of each Sephiroth on the Tree of Life of the Hermetic Qabalah; a mental propriety that composes the "whole You".

The Seven of Swords-Futility, accentuates the axiom, "above all things, know thyself", by showing the Singular Sword of Self awareness, shown being chipped away by the contest of the "many feeble" thoughts against the Strong central "Will to be".

The hilts of the six, more feeble swords, display the crescent Moon, Moonlight in its weaken state, suggesting illusion, and denial as the attaching  "feeble thoughts".  This causes the "appeasement" of self-doubt, a philosophy that will strive in vain.  As we can see, "Above all things, know thyself", carries no such burden as self doubt, rather it is the freedom of self-trust.

Many of us  moderns now know that there is only one energy and that we can't create nor destroy this energy, but we can transform and transmit it by our imagination. In fact, everything that is, is a transformation of the One energy...including you! The  Again the sevens are no exception, as they are a state of energy- conscious that is a transformation that unbalances the previously stable sixes of synchronicity.

Again, the seventh Sephira is Netzach ( victory), which is a position low on the Tree of Life, and off of the middle pillar, thus all Sevens are very unstable.
 It is a risky business descending, using frantic energy, into this domain of illusion. Netzach is attributed to Venus, and Earth. This knocks Venus off her heavenly perch which to Venus is a great catastrophe. Therefore, the four Sevens, bring no comfort and are a depredation of the element they represent, exposing their greatest weakness.

 The mental state here is weak and self-defeating and thus futile. A passive planet is ruler here, and the Moon is noted for its support of illusion. This card also has a passive sign emphasizing a passive inactive mind whose little energy to move is all wrapped up in dream work. This mind is the "smoke" of smoke and mirrors and it is incapable of sustaining the necessary labor to bring any endeavor into fruition. This is where miracles are needed, as the mind is so self-defeating it can't see a way out of the " green-wood-smoke" of "low self-esteem" brought on by the mental assault of emotional immaturity. 
Thank all that is, change is a constant in this Universe of Transformational energy. For many of us have deluded ourselves into these low states, and have survived our struggle and moved forward out of the mire of self-denial, self-delusion and back into our Soul's arms!
Often I've heard that "God is Love", and that human kind is "made in God's Image", yet I have never heard the obvious truth of the combination of these statements: "Love created me to be Itself." To know this is to Know the Miracle that bears your name. 

The Jungian Tarot-7 of Swords: Love, concentrates on the Venus concept of this sword card.
 Therefore, the number 7 and the placement of Venus in Aquarius, means the Mother Archetype of Love.
Hence, this card is seen as more positive than the Thoth card. But then knowing that you are using "futile data" to properly achieve knowledge, seems very positive to me and having the ability to do so, is a sign of the Divine Creative's love.

The Jungian card, according to Robert Wang, is the essence of marriage and ideal union between partner's who compliment each other on every level. Here is represented an intense and understanding relationship between friends, where two people bring mental and emotional gifts into each other's lives. All emotional, mental, and physical needs are being met. In business, two or more people have united in friendship and understanding to bring great success. Again, the Jungian card fails to use any real visual clues to stimulate understanding of its meaning. Therefore, one must have at least one book of Robert Wang's : Tarot Psychology, when using these cards.

When the Seven of Sword-Futility, is thrown during a reading, the querent is:
  • Experiencing 7 weeks or 7 months of  futile effort because of the characteristics of, self doubt, such as,  being untrustworthy, due to mental vacillation.
  • This brings about unstable effort in all that is attempted. 
  • There is also the prospect of journeying over-land, with mixed results. 
  • Partial success is suggested, because of  yielding  when victory is at hand.
  • Such a yielding is brought on by the self-defeating thoughts of self doubt which tend to "drain  strength" because of internal conflict.
  • In such thought, there is an inclination to let loose when on the point of gaining, through the process of not continuing effort.
  • There is also suggested, a love of abundance, a fascination of display (where the wrapping is more important than the gift), given to compliments, ease of affronts and insolence's with need to detect and spy on others.
  •  Also, inclinations to betray confidences, not always intentional, but subject to vacillation, causing unreliability. The strength of which all depends on the dignity of the accompanying cards.

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