The Thoth-Five of Swords-Defeat:
This card is about past history and fear of it repeating itself.
this card is Venus in Aquarius. In Tarot the Fives always bring disruption, but this
card's disruption is brought on by weakness and/or pacifism. Here the
intellect has been enfeebled by sentiment. Fear of defeat and/or memory
of defeat is a well known nullifying mechanism for action.
Thoth 5 of Swords card represents the Sword of Severity (Geburah-5th Sephira)
sweeping through the Astral realm (Yetzirah) causing a disruption of
forces, as shown by the inverted pentagram, causing defeat, loss,
failure, contest finished and decided against the person.
to say, this is a very
destructive moment in the querent's life and
depending on the surrounding cards, it can be either more destructive or
less destructive than one fears.
When Severity shows up in our life to defeat us---it isn't because we "did bad" but
because we are not on the right track for further growth. This being so,
our "Higher-Self" decides to cleave away the unnecessary
mental/emotional detritus that blocks our psycho-dynamic motion.
The Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah,
is all about force and form
and when form is stuck in the mud of self-defeating thought, Life
use severe situations of force
to overcome our passive state. Your
Higher-Self wouldn't bother with this corrective if your progressive
life motion wasn't important to it, so in reality this severity is a
"tough love" action. Because this is a separation and breakup of
established patterns, it is a precursor to change and progress.
Therefore it's not all bad, even though it feels like a hell of "what do
I do now"
muddling of the mind. Let go, and let spirit move you forward
by not worrying about loss or defeat but accepting it as a necessary precursor
to gaining a new motion in life. However, it is gain in a direction your weren't going, so you may naturally resist changing
direction. By not resisting, acceptance will make this severe moment less devastating and thus leaving
your eyes open to see the next move. Eyes clenched tight over tears of fear or anger can
Since 2012 our solar system has passed through the Galactic center, and
the resulting disturbance has made the Astral Realm a mess of
conflicting currents, and most of us are finding strange and weird
events happening in our lives, emotions and befuddled minds. The Astral
is the "Material of Thought"
and/or "liquid light"
and it is a not placid but stirred up by our solar system passing through the Center of our Galaxy and it's Photon Belt which is charging the earth with massive doses of photons, and disrupting energy currents that
life depends on.
the twisted lines in the back ground of the Thoth Card are representative of the
distortion caused by this Photon influx and are also indicative of the twisting that fear induces into our emotional/ mental state which influences psychosomatic disturbance.
The five bent swords
fear distorted thoughts and feelings, while the twisted red
handkerchief on the top sword, to the viewers right, symbolizes an
opening of an old wound. Old wounds tend to constrict us with fear when
they are opened by thoughts of, "Oh dear, not again!"
Fear of being hurt again
is prominent in this card, basically, astrologically Venus in Aquarius,
represents a fear that a new relationship will not work out, and symbolizes fear of moving in new directions that are emotionally
important to you.
The upside down crown (the crown is a symbol of expanded awareness) tells us that our awareness is expanding in a fear filled direction of "upside down" thinking.
The sword handle of Pisces
the fish along with the red handkerchief, represents the past (age of
Pisces); old memories rising up to cloud your new awareness.
When we move in states of fear, nothing is regenerated or renewed which is represented by the sleeping snake on the sword handle.
Aries, (the ram headed sword)
is about new directions, of which we are unable to move in as a state
of fear. We are discombobulated by fear and risk a repeat of a past
Yet, the Star represents our greater Self
; our inner Sun, that is trying to break
through and get us back on to living the present rather than being dead
in the past. Therefore the 5 of Swords card seems negative, with its fear of the
unknown or of repetitive past mistakes; However, it tells us that we
are being philosophically challenged and must adapt our belief system or
lifestyle to the present unhindered by past presumptions.
demands transformation and transformation demands courage, which is
simply grabbing fear by the hand and saying," Come along with me little
one, we have work to do!" This card reminds us to let go and let god
propel us forward into the now.
, is the fifth Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Across from Geburah is Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth on the Tree. He
perfect balanced mate, he builds up and she tares down. As Chesed is
loving and merciful, Geburah is terrible in her demanding of due.
she is also active Mars, the Warrior King. Thus this red Intelligent
Energy, is female in receptive behavior and Masculine in expressive
behavior. Geburah is the Destroyer, The Warrior King, The Power of
Judgment, the Clarifier and the Eliminator of the Useless. Those familiar with the Hindu mysteries, would call her Kali Ma.
are: The Pentagon,
the Five Pedaled Rose of the Tudors.
The Sword and the Spear, the Scourge and chain. Her planet is Mars and the color is red.
be the most difficult Sephiroth ( State of Intelligent Energy) to
approach because of her difficult and often overwhelming lessons. Yet,
Geburah, is a necessary corrective in our lives, as she tears away all that is useless, outdated or undesirable.
There is a tendency to think of
as evil, as do some of Kali Ma; However, her Severe lessons are such
that they are akin to burning down a diseased forest, so that new health
trees may emerge. Sure, the balances that She instigates, are painful,
even devastating, but again, necessary to keep balance in the Universe
of, the Spirit, the Mind, the Emotions and the Body.
The Four Fives
in the Tarot, are all in someway, connected to Severity and Strife, the
degree of this severity depends on the suit the Card is in. Yet, no
matter how squeamish we are, many of us realize that it is the truly
difficult situations that teach us the most. I for one, have not failed
to learn from such.
So here we can say that Geburah
supports our strength, for when we weaken and succumb to "comfort zones"
(fear of vulnerability), She tears them away, exposing them for the
fraudulent behavior they are (I think some, call this "Tough Love"). The
strict discipline of Geburah is a corrective process that is
both necessary and positive. Conveying the ability to judge clearly
and the willingness to be judged, as described in the Qabalistic
Hermetic axiom," Watch the Watcher, Examine the Examiner, Judge the
Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth, is called Mercy, his qualities of mercy must be controlled by the Sentinel qualities of Geburah,
or they will overflow into an evil imbalance of force. Sometimes Mercy
must be checked, such as one must learn from their own mistakes, rather
than have someone always correcting their mistakes for them as a form of
pain avoidance. In the Psyche of "freedom of choice", everyone has the right to learn from their disease! Discernment demands it, and the Tree of Wisdom sprouts from correcting our own error but not from someone else correcting it for us.
It is this
continual flowing cycles of error and correction, as the constant interaction of
Geburah and Chesed, that keeps the rhythm of life moving forward;
Inhale-exhale, up-down, in-out etc.
The adept must
initiated in Geburah, before Chesed. For one must have perfect control
before being immersed in the abundance of Chesed, the Architect. Thus,
the attribute of Great Power,
is derived from Geburah. The Power
is Great, because Geburah is related to both Kether and Binah. That
Unity, is the source of this outward flowing power. Binah gives form
birth potential and Geburah gives it death potential so that beginnings
have ends. One can say that Geburah is the Force of Time, i.e
In sacred texts
Geburah is often shown as a Masculine bearded Warrior in his/her
chariot, relating to Mars, therefore both Martial and Saturnine force
are his/her attributes. Yet the primary qualitie
s of Geburah are feminine
These feminine qualities are suggested by the rose of Venus, the five
pedaled rose of the Tudors. Venus is also the Planet closely related to
Mars, as the forces of one are transmitted from Geburah, through
Tiphareth ( Beauty) and into Netzach (Victory) of which Venus
Five sided symbols
are related to Geburah, such as the invoking and banishing pentagram
and the pentagon. The five elemental points of the pentagram are only
brought into balanced power in the individual who is relentless in their
self-discipline. As any Power line electrician knows, intense focus,
and unwavering handling of immense power, is essential for job
longevity. Therefore the true forces
of the individual must be
under the control of the Spirit (symbolized by the highest point on the
Pentagram) for the individual to truly experience the mutable nature of
the personality in the Higher Self of Tiphareth. The resulting immersion
into the Fires of Truth, burn away all that is unworthy of Higher Self
in the personality. The Burning is felt, in a brutal silence of self
The other symbols of Geburah, such as the Spear represents a swift and complete destruction while the Scourge and the Chain symbolize a continual application of Force.
Sword of Geburah, represents the sharp edged power of the individual
under impeccable self control. The strength of severity is the
individuals greatest weapon for cleaving away the delusion of man-made
definitions and/or all that is unworthy of them.
One may ask, why is there a need for
such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the
Child of God? This Severity is easily explained as cutting away the
unworthy bits of identity tampering, so that you are the original identity of your psyche. What many fail to
understand, is that if all the definitions given one, by their society,
belief systems and cultures are not one's identity, THEN we CAME IN
ALREADY KNOWING ourselves!
Yes it is true
ones, truth is made manifest. Therefore, your psyche never came seeking
your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul/Psyche already Knows
that! By putting knowledge into form is how you became manifest! You are
Defined into being, not a being who seeks definition! You are a Divine
Creative/Psyche who proves definition by making it manifest: we now call this psychosomatic creation!
Therefore, the severity of Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend to be.
Therefore the Five of Swords, is known as Defeat,
or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal
disruption of Geburah's strength, is not the cause of disaster! This is because weakness is the cause of the Five of Swords disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery.
The hilts of the swords
form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body
fears has turned "upside down" the will, by the treachery of sensation,
i.e fear of pain. Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling
willful, since the ever present doubt brought into belief by
pleasure/pain indoctrination, keeps the will from collecting into force.
You may notice that on the Thoth Tarot Card, none of the hilts are the same,
implying many different weak thoughts assaulting the blue Rose of
Wisdom, that was at once whole in the Four, is now all cut to pieces in
the Five. Wisdom is scattered to the winds of emotional defeat and blood
and the poison of inferior thoughts drip from the swords of Mind.
As Stated, The Five of Swords
is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral
World. In Roman mythology, Mars is the consort of Venus in (see
illustration) who has weakened the aggressiveness of mars. We should understand that mythology is not a story
telling a lie, but rather a storied lie relating a truth.
The Blue Rose of Venus,
which is the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian
assault. Along with the nine and ten of Swords, the Five is one of the
most destructive events in the deck. Here, loss, defeat, failure where
contest is decided and finished against the person.
The B.O.T.A. Tarot-5 of Swords- illustrates the Pentagram, made of 5 Swords, in an up right position.
They are yellow-gold, indicating the element of Air and assembled in the invoking pentagram for air.
There is nothing here to guide the reader, therefore, one must already know the Hermetic Qabalah's grasp of the 5 of Swords to read this card. Hence, the meanings of the colorful Thoth Tarot apply here.
When the Thoth 5 of Swords card is thrown during a reading,
- The querent is usually caught in the fears of the past.
- They are experiencing a self defined prison of negative, self defeating beliefs.
- Here is defeat on a mental level, bringing humiliation and weakness.
suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and
acknowledge your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction.
are only defeated when we stop seeking another way. So there is no 5
week or 5 month period here, since it is the querent's own mental
negativity that is involved here, and they could change perspective at
Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper.