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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Swords: TRUCE & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 4 of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot Four of Swords- TRUCE:

The Four Fours are attributed to Chesed-Mercy, the 4th Sephira on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.  There is also a connection between the Threes and the Fours that is extremely complex. However, by just remembering the important characteristic that the Fours are "below the Abyss", meaning they are responsible for solidification and materialization of the element they represent. Thus the Fours explain that things have become manifest and expressed as the Rule of Law.
 As A. Crowley states, "The manifestation promised by Binah (Great Mother) has now taken place." This number 4 is very solid and is the dominating influence on all the following cards, because Chesed, the 4th Sephira, is the light-as-we-know it-emitter.

Chesed- is Jupiter-Ammon and is the mundanely known "Father-God" and/or "All Father" of religions, as he is the First Male Force below the Abyss, The Universal Architect. Being below the Abyss is not seen as a "lower status", as he is the highest idea of Divine Creative which can be understood in an intellectual way.  This is why the Sephira-Chesed, is attributed to Jupiter, who is the Demiurge (The Three Demiurges, are The All Father,The Ruler, and the Son....all after the Abyss).
 
 The Four  of Swords:  Truce seems to mean "that a strong man, armed, keeping the house in peace". The illustration of this card is almost a picture of the military clan system of male dominated society. Air is a dominant masculine force, so this seems appropriate.  Air is the element attributed to consciousness and/or mind, and when the mental forces of the Super-conscious, the Causal, Mental and Emotional states of intelligent forces (Auric Bodies) are in agreement with the operation of the physical body, we have a Truce and all arguments are set aside for optimum operation, and skillful strategy.
 
Hence, with the flexibility of Jupiter (sign on top of card) and the balancing and non-positional influence of Libra (sign at bottom of the card) this truce making mind is a four fold process of the four states of consciousness
Therefore, the 4 of Swords card represents the equal focus of the four states of conscious;
  1. Spiritual,
  2. Unconsciousness,
  3. consciousness, and
  4. self-conscious (ego to some and/or "body conscious" to others).

The Thoth 4 of Swords, is the meditative, negotiating, and conflict resolving conscious mind.
 Note: That in Hermetic Qabalah, Consciousness is known as the Masculine part of Mind, while the Unconscious, from which consciousness is formed, is Feminine.

This four fold process is shown by the four swords  all meeting at the points in the Lotus of four tiers (symbol of enlightened consciousness in intercourse with the Unconscious). Therefore, Truce is an opportunity to move through the issues of conflict which tend to stall our mental processes; represented by the web-like back ground of this card.

The Thoth 4 of Swords-Truce  card is also called the four fold way of the mysteries (As shown by the B.O.T.A. cube);
First: one must be present (I AM);
Second:pay attention (Think of Nothing: observe),
Third: tell the truth and (From the Heart),
Fourth: not be attached to the outcome (No Lust of result).

The color green represents regeneration and yellow represents the deeply spiritual mind.
If you've been following the blogs, you know that the Fourth Sephiroth, Chesed/Mercy is the Universal Architect thus the Fours suggest perfection, realization, completion  and fixing a matter to a rock solid stability.
Hence, in the Four of Swords, this stability is a form of Truce, where equal tension among 4 swords, makes a stability of mental powers.

The Four of Swords represents Chesed in Yetzirah, influencing the formative astral world.
As you may know, mental creation happens in the fluid Astral World before the manifestation is solidified in the Material World.

  Being a " self-conscious energy" looking out through the senses of a physical body one may not be able to clearly see that Real Identity of you is not a body....You really are a Yod (hand of God) in the Collective Unconscious, so your Real body, is the entire Tree of Life. Hence, the sensually focused human body of Malkuth, the 10th Sephirotic intelligence, is the incarnation, for discerning purposes of analyzing your "dreams" and resides with in the Invisible microwaves of your frequencies.  That Invisible you is as Jupiter, for you are the Demiurge of your material body and in this card, Jupiter is in Libra. Thus the normal destructive Swords, are put to rest in the munificent, benevolent and loving nature  of Jupiter: i.e. your Inner Self.

The blue Rose of Sophia (Wisdom) is restored and Consciousness is settled, in the 4, thus rest from strife is implied by the Four of Swords.  Jupiter in Libra radiates compassion and sensitivity showing the Mercy that is Chesed.

Here Jupiter claims authority in the intellectual world.  Arguing for convention, Jupiter restores mental balance after the chaos of arbitrary thought.

In the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot card, the hilts of the Swords, are formed into the corners of the St. Andrew's Cross, suggesting the rigidity and fixation implied in the 4.  The Rose of 49 petals, in which the Swords are sheathed, also suggesting a social harmony which has fixed the 4 swords of  "pointed thought", into pointlessness, supporting the theme of this card of compromise.
Therefore, there is a suggestion of compromise.  As does Crowley, I find this compromise to be a less than positive factor. For it is an act of an indolent mind, that would rather be pusillanimous and compromise for social peace rather than work out the thought through the promised struggle. However, it seems "good" as it must be to keep the peace, but peace at any cost, is not always preferable.

 Hence, Rest from strife, is the general meaning of this card. Issues, relationships or something in your life has come to full resolution on all four levels of awareness--mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical; a merciful rest, but without real solution.

 Again, astrologically this is Jupiter in Libra which is a compassionate and sensitive position, representative of a healthy seclusion, where one is  voluntarily taking time-off from adversarial situations as they rest and recuperate. Therefore, the intellect is relinquishing control and allowing peace from the stress generated by juggling the contrary.

Sometimes this card also signifies convalescence and recuperation from a illness specifically generated by the psychosomatic union of body and subconscious mind to establish a  involuntary rest period. Hence this card is mental compromise.

To reiterate: The number 4 is the position of Chesed (mercy) on the Tree of Life. In this decanate, Chesed refers to Jupiter who rules in Libra. Thus we have, intellectual balance and/or the idea of authority in the intellectual world.
However, when mercy is applied to intellectual thought, we have compromise, which in itself, dulls the sharpness of wit. Therefore, the 4 of swords can represent the turning of a clear and concise thought into a rather murky, self-deprecating thought. Such as the political and/or theological thought of today.

When thought is compromised to please the "many" very little intelligence is presented. Such thought represents a refuge from mental chaos (free thinking) arrived at in an arbitrary manner. While arguing for convention, one loses the invention of the individual perspective. From such conventional thinking, we get societal and hence, individual indoctrination.


First and foremost, there is no Truce without conflict but conflict is not over because of Truce. Rather, it is a temporary fix at best, and will soon shake apart from the strain of holding the tension in compromise.  We have a perfect example of this in our Korean Truce between North and South Korea, the war isn't over due to compromise...it's just waiting to ignite again. As Aleister Crowley so eloquently put it, "Minds too indolent or too cowardly to think out their own problems hail joyfully this policy of appeasement." [Book of Thoth] . 
 
Because the number 4 represents the manifestation of things, the Four of Swords-Truce, also represents ,"the strong man armed, keeping his house in peace." The very nature of Air (combination of Fire-Will and Water-emotions) makes the  action of Truce dominate. Thus we have Truce, held by threat of violence, rather than an intelligent conclusion to a problem. That is why the back ground of the 4 of Swords is a chaotic mix of  fractures, rather than an established geometric formula. Truce may sound like a good idea, but it is only a temporary  avoidance of a problem rather than a fix. The term for this in our modern society would be, "Truce is just a band-aid, not a cure."

Again, The B.O.T.A. Tarot gives little design to the " minor or small cards of tarot.
In the B.O.T.A. 4 of swords, we are presented with a square design of yellow swords: yellow being the color assigned to the air element.
 A square is indicative of the Material world, as a number of 4 lines. So we have a subtle mention of a psychosomatic world of compromise.   Otherwise, this card bares no occult remarks.
Hence, the meanings of the Hermetic Qabalah, so painstakingly applied in the Thoth Tarot apply here.


When the Four of Swords is thrown during a reading:
  • The querent has been or will be experiencing for the next or last 4 weeks or 4 months, a period of convalescence and recovery from sickness; a change for the better.
  • After having gone through sorrow, there is rest;  Peace after war and a relaxation of anxiety.
  • There may be quiet, rest, and peace after a struggle.....yet the struggle isn't solved and will require a revisiting in the future. The where and when of that future visit will be shown in the accompanying cards, as well as whether it is a ill defined or a well-defined visit.

  •   A period of Convalescence and recovery from sickness over a 4 wk or 4 month period.
  •  Change for the better.
  • At first going through a period of sorrow, but now at rest from sorrow.
  • Peace after war.
  • Relaxation of anxiety.
  • To have a Truce one must first have a struggle so this card suggests peace, quietness, rest, ease and plenty after a time of struggle.
  • As always, these are all modified by the dignity of the accompanying cards Crowley viewed this card as a cowardly and/or indolent way of the mind that can't think out it's own problems and joyfully accepts appeasement.
  • Since this is the unstable number 4, this card does tend to show compromise due to tiredness rather than for any positive purpose.
  • A Truce means that the war is at rest for the moment but the battles are not all won.
  • There is mental understanding of a matter or relationship coming to full resolution on four levels of mental awareness: The Rational, The Emotional of the Unconscious , The Spiritual, and the self-conscious of the Physical.
  • implications of problems that should not be ignored, listen to the inner self and answers will be restored.
  • a holding pattern after mastering a difficult mental situation.
  • retreat or withdrawal necessary to heal or hide, by creating a protected mental space. Here insight can be generated by seclusion.
  • a moment of logic and  discriminating intelligence of integrity and planning. 
  • Within 4 weeks or 4 months, there is an opportunity for truce, conflict resolution, negotiation, and resolution with important issues or people in your life.
  • Flexibility rather than a closed mind is needed for truce to become a reality. Thus the flexibility of Jupiter and the contentedness and balance of Libra  accomplish this resolution. 
  • The four of swords can also represent that in the month of Libra (September 21--October 21) or with the Libra people in your life, there can be truce-making and resolution in the next 4 weeks or four months. This is a favorable time to resolve issues, if you will but focus on the four fold way.

The negatives of this card are often:
  •   A bought of psychosomatic illness, in order to recuperate.
  • The intellect is relinquishing control back to the body, so that a time out of from problems and solutions are achieved as the body has only one focus of getting better.

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