The 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:
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--)
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.
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
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"
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
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
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".
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
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.
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.
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!
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
- 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.
a yielding is brought on by the self-defeating thoughts of self doubt
which tend to "drain strength" because of internal conflict.
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.
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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