Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth- 8 of Swords: Interference & The Jungian Tarot-8 of Swords: Intellectual skill
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth- 8 of Swords: Interference & The Jungian Tarot-8 of Swords: Intellectual skill

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth- Eight of Swords:Interference, is in the 8th  Sephira -Hod on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, which is called Splendor. Splendor signifies: lack of persistence in intellectual and matters of contest.  Hence, Splendor, is cosmetic and has little depth of character.

However, ruling this astrological Decan, is Jupiter in Gemini; thus good fortune may attended even weakened efforts. However, Gemini (The Twins) has its own contest, which is constantly interfering with the Will.
Therefore this constant distraction of the intellect is shown by the Six crossing Swords, each distinctly different,  between two major Swords, signifying too many different thoughts to consider at the same moment.

The Thoth Deck  8 of Swords, is also in the Suit of Air, which blows "wherever it may". All of this contradiction displays  the mental conflict that comes form splendorous displays of intellectual thought. As is often the case, in such a shallow display, the faux intellectual must constantly babble on with gaudy words and hollow concepts that have very little mental "nutrition".
This lack of mental "nutrition" is not unusual for it is a common disease of the media soaked human brain, that prods our personalities on with a shot gun blast of thoughts, scattering our intellectual strength so that our thought is too weak to go the distance. Many of us are taught, that to be ignorant or incorrect, is bad and the brain wishes to be good/right and well liked, so it does everything it can to impress other brains; hoping for a "pat on the back". This tends to "narrow and restrict" the mind, so that all we hear are the echoes of many thoughts rattling around in our tinny head.

It is not that such a person is "closed minded" it's just that there  is such a cacophony of rapid fire thoughts  that the person's brain is closeted in mental noise.

Such mental interference often assaults the individual's moments of mental repose; sleeping and meditation becomes a contest between will and brain making both sleep and meditation weak attempts.
This "noisy" lack of focus, requires us to add correctional software to our brain's programming; one such correctional software package, is the study of the Gnostic Qabalah and Tarot, where "above all things, know thyself" is the foundation focus of the  I AM.  Rather than a cultural "thyself which is made by the acquiring of more things and degrees, "which only produces impoverished thoughts based on " I believe my every thought to be true...see, I have the titles to prove it!". There is an axiom for this card, and it is ," A jack of all trades, and a master of none"... which is the modern, concept of  "Multitasking".  Focusing on one thing at a time will cure this dysfunction which may sound easy, but requires intense fearless-sensual intimacy with what you are doing.


Again, the Four Eights are attributed to Hod (eighth Sepiroth--Splendor) on the Tree of Life. Since Hod is in the same plane as the Sevens (Netzach-victory) the same weaknesses and/or defects that are in the sevens will apply. Yet, in a sense, the alleviation of the Sevens weakness is also being applied in the Eights. One might say that the mischief has been done  and their is an action against it; much like white blood cells attacking a intruder in the blood stream. Not a total cure but a beginning in that direction.

Since The Eight of Swords is called INTERFERENCE, and it is attributed to Jupiter and Gemini, there is a love of "splendorous" thought; Jupiter is genial and optimistic where as Gemini is an airy sign of the intellectual. In the world of swords, this "good nature" will not work. Swords require a swift knock-out blow, if one is required.
Yet one more defect is unseen as Eights are Mercurial, and unforeseen bad luck abounds. Trivial incidents occur and even in the operation of Great Nations trivial events often destroy the best of plans. The Eight of Swords implies that the error of a cancer has been seen, but by being so happily optimistic, the Querent doesn't cut out the cancer, thinking that it will heal on its own. Therefore, the Querent is interfering with their own ability to act.

To a Hermetic Qabalist, 8 of Swords is Hod (Splendor) in Yetzirah ( Astral World). Splendor, which is seen as a "egoistic showing off", a kind of ,"look how beautiful am I" state of mind . Splendor is the state of energy conscious that decorates creation with all it's beautiful colors and plumage. But in this case, the normal brief intense and positive influence of Jupiter is driven to chaotic twists and turns by the dual directions of Gemini. This Interferes with
a type of order established by Jupiter, the resulting misdirection makes nothing complete.
The divinitory meaning of this card is; shortened force, narrowness, restriction as in a prison.

There is a desire here to expand and compose any duality but all indications are over-analysis, doubt
or confusion, interfering with a choice being made.  Because of Jupiter, good fortune attends even these weakened efforts; However, the Will is thwarted by accidental interference proposed by Gemini. Crowley knew this to be so, and made sure that each sword in this card was of a different appearance, signifying "many choices with out decision".

The 8 of Swords is not all negative, for it also signifies that the desire and possibility for resolution with in the next eight weeks or 8 months, does exist. 
The Jungian Tarot-8 of Swords:Intellectual Skill, concentrates on the mundane qualities of writing. Here, are represented scholarship and writing as creative inspiration.
Now we are not talking just about thought, but about a certain poetry; a refined pleasure in dealing with ideas, and the ability to express those ideas in words of splendor, bringing those ideas to life for others.
Obviously communication is important to this person and because of their creativity, they may gain considerable popularity, and wealth through wide spread publication.
Being clear-sighted and inventive, this person is also a well received in conceptual business dealings.
Such a person will receive strong support from a partner or from colleagues and may move up rapidly in a large company.

The negatives, supported by accompanying cards, would be a certain vacillation, delay, and inability to chose a course of action.
Unlike Thoth Tarot, the images of the Jungian "small cards" fail to stimulate a "magic action" from the Unconscious, so Robert Wang's book: Tarot Psychology, must be read and understood to interpret his cards.


When thrown, the 8 of Swords card signifies:
  • Too many choices causing indecision, much like a squirrel caught trying to cross a busy four-lane highway; darting back and forth trying to figure out the right direction to go. This usually ends up as "road kill", so this card reminds us to sideline ourselves from our busy thought, and take a deep breath, center, and make a patient and insightful decision.
  • Our thoughts often trick us into believing all of our decisions are life and death serious. By panicking and racing from one thought to another we are unable to see through the dust cloud of chaos. But if we take a moment and not interfere with our own decisions by mentally racing about, we'll see that very few thoughts are life and death decisions, they are more like choices and less like discomfort.
  • The fear of not making the "right" choice, is often the interference one suffers from, causing indecision.
  • The Eight of Cups reminds us to relax, in 8 weeks or 8 months all will become clear, and the dust will settle.
  • In this case, the Rapid Rabbit looses the race to the Patient Tortoise who never loses sight of the goal and is willing to take one direction to get there.
  • Experiencing for 8 weeks or  8 months or since they were 8 years old, narrow or restrictive thought.
  • Shortened Force and petty thinking.
  • Too much force applied to small things; too much attention to detail, at expense of principal and/or more important points of thought.
  • There is a tenancy to admire wisdom, yet applies it to small and unworthy objects.
  • The querent may experience great ease in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others and is often impulsive.
  • There is a fondness of  giving or receiving money, or presents promoting a generosity without a strong feeling of affection.
When ill-dignified by the accompanying cards, the above qualities produce malice, pettiness, and domineering qualities.

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