The Thoth Tarot Six of Swords-Science,
refers not only to
Tiphareth (Beauty), the sixth Sephira on the Tree of Life, but also to
the intellect itself. Tiphareth/Beauty, is a harmony of love, involving
Spirit, mind and body. and is often called the "Christ or Buddha
Consciousness". It is the highest state of Consciousness the human brain
can express. Thus, the Six of Swords is the fully established and
balanced expression of the Suit of Air/Swords.
synchronicity is also shown
by the Planet Mercury being in the sign of
Aquarius which represents the flow of celestial Energy that operates
the Idea of Humankind, i.e. the concept of humankind as the Self-Image of
To some, the word Science implies, plodding
mathematics, mind numbing repetition and burrowing into dusty old books,
but there is much more implied in the Six of Swords. This is the
ultimate declarative Science ( I AM Me) of balancing the moral and mental
faculties, that is difficult to achieve, and almost impossible to hold,
in an ever-changing world of definition manipulation. It is the perfect balance of Psyche and Soma. In other words, the psychosomatic health.
biology the parts of an organism other than the reproductive cells.
: late 19th cent.: from Greek sōma ‘body.’
The Thoth Deck Six of Swords,
the hilts of the swords are not only
ornamental but they also form the Hexagram representing the combined Triangles of
the "As above, so below" doctrine of Qabalah. There is much to this
science, so much so, that in this blog it can't be explained. It can be
said that the 6 of Swords represents "Mind over Matter", the perfected
psychosomatic relationship of consciousness and body.
As quoted from the Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang," To
deal with the mysteries of Tiphareth, one must first have undergone the
initiations of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire (Malkuth, Yesod, Hod and
Netzach, respectively). No matter how a religious or esoteric cult,
whether Christianity, Buddhism or Qabalah, may describe the various
component parts of the Personality, or the initiation of the four lower
Sephiroth, an integration must be undergone before the descent of the
Light which is God the Son. This integration is a personal atonement for
the Fall. In Tiphareth is the Redemption."
The Fall, which is often misunderstood,
means the progressive sojourn down the Tree of Life, necessary to
establish a "point in time", called the human body. We are Spirit, who
is "everywhere and nowhere at the same time"
, (infinite - I AM )
so in order to become "Self Aware" we need a place in time; a moment of
sensuality, for the purpose of Self examination; a "Me". There is no "Me"
without sensation, so this Fall
is a necessary part of self-awareness! Hence, what is called the "fall", happens when we build a "Me". Consciousness
"falls" from the impersonal I AM and become a personal experience the
microcosm as a "self-consciousness", i.e. I Am Me.
To know that human kind is the initiator of the Elementals is
a Magi's knowledge and requires the "Science of Tiphareth", who is King
over the four Elemental aspects that are the Personality (thus the cross
symbol) and the Palace of the rulers of the actual Elemental Kingdoms
of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. These Rulers are called the Malachim
elementals who are kings over other elementals because they have gained
immortality which occurs only from the intervention of human beings. As
you may note, there is much to this Science of Tiphareth.
To continue with the inscription of the card
, the 6 Swords have their points joined in the Rose upon the six squares of the Rosy Cross
. Thus, the Rosy cross is the central point of this Science.(The Unequal armed cross represents the "human body")
number 6 is also the number of the Sun and the Rose is the Womb of the Great
Mother. The Son (Sun) of the Father joined in the womb of the Mother,
is an intelligent state of Energy that requires diligent study and
vigilant self awareness.
TIPHARETH: is the Hebrew word meaning Beauty. This Sephiroth represents the the four Sixes and the Four Princes of Tarot.
The Esoteric meanings of Tiphareth:
the Son; The sacrifice Gods; Consciousness of the Higher Self and of
the Great Masters; The vision of the Harmony of things; Healing and
redemption; The Elemental Kings.[Malachim].
The many Hermetic symbols for Tiphareth are:
The Calvary Cross, the Rose Cross, the Truncated Pyramid, the Cube, and the Hebrew letter Vau.
Life that is the Soul, depends on the Light of Tiphareth, the same way the
Sun provides light and life support for the earth. In Tiphareth resides
the first great initiation in to the meaning of Self, as the
personality is sacrificed to the Higher Self. What the initiate believes
to be oneself, of what one has known to be life of self, is sacrificed for a
greater reality of Life as Self. This is a translation of force from personality to
Greater Personality, by a direction of will.
understands that God grows in Self Awareness and that this Universal Intelligent Energy goes through
varying conditions, and/or transformations as we each do in varying stages of evolution; By
becoming different gods in evolutionary sacrifice of one principle for
another, we human gods evolve greater realities.
is called the Mediating Intelligence,
as it is the center of the Tree of Life, collecting within itself all
the powers that flow form the other Sephiroth, where they stand balanced
and in a state of communion. Tiphareth is a healing center where
all is brought into harmonious inter working. Being the Sun, it is also
the center of the Planets, as seen in the illustration of the Hexagram,
from the text book, The Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang.
Light of Tiphareth is not metaphorical, it is descriptive, and the
direct experience of this Light is the "Great Work" of the Personality
in incarnation. To Bring the As Above, to the Below and the Below to the Above. Devotion to the
Great Work is a virtue assigned to Tiphareth and involves the principle
that is known in some social science circles as the "hundredth Monkey"
principle. For when the individual, of a group soul, improves
themselves in some way, that improvement works towards the benefit of
the entire race. The ultimate goal is for the Consciousness to return to
the Godhead from which the Universe emanates.
our conscious has descended into matter, and become self-consciousness,
in order to deal with Tiphareth, one must have begun the climb of
initiation of Malkuth-Earth; Yesod-Air; Hod-Water; Netzach-Fire, which
is integrating the four Sephiroth, that must be done before the Light of
Tiphareth redeems them from the "fall" or descent.
other terms, we down sized to become most economical
operation, but in so doing, we have "forgotten" our true Self, as too
much previous data had to be left behind. Thus, traveling up the Tree of
Life, is a journey in Remembering Thyself! As a result of this "turning
around" in Tiphareth, it to becomes as a Divine Child in a new world. So
the Child/son is attributed to Tiphareth, and must grow into adulthood
(Greater Self) in order to take Malkuth (Earth and Princesses) as
bride. Above, Kether the Eternal Father, willfully produce Chokmah and
Binah as Father-Mother God, who meet in equilibrium at the middle pillar
of equilibrium, which produces the Child, The Son/Sun that is
Tiphareth. Thus, the King and Queen marry, giving birth to a Prince who
marries the Princess, which is an anthropomorphic symbolism of
the operation of Yod-Heh Vau Heh. Tiphareth is the Vau of this formula.
Tiphareth is also the realm of the dying or sacrificed gods( Christ,
Buddha, Osiris, Prometheus, DNA etc.). so Universal cyclic renewal demands
that the Prince must die, so the Kingdom may live.
The complete interpretation of this card is the perfect balance of all mental and moral facilities, hardly won and almost impossible to hold in an ever-changing world.
Six of Swords is the science of the mind
that is both objective and
fair-witnessing; "Mind over Matter". The Six swords, suggesting the form
of the unicursal hexagram, all join in the center of the Rosy cross; a Rosicrucian Cross, which is the universal symbol of integration, synthesis and blessing
indicates that the Six of Swords represents the integrative mind that
recognizes sources of inspiration that are sometimes inexpiable.
On the Thoth 6 of Swords, The holistic mind
is symbolized by the circle while the crystalline diamond represents
the crystal clear creative mind.
This mind can consider many thoughts at
once ( the many pin wheels in the background) and integrating them into
a whole clarity that is objectively communicate in such away as to
present a new perspective otherwise unseen.
Mercury is seen at the top of the card
and Aquarius at the bottom, symbolizing Mercury in Aquarius. Mercury is
the winged messenger (clear communication) and Aquarius is the New Age
(new perspectives) symbolizing the ability to communicate new ideas in
such an objective way that they are easily understood and heard.
The B.O.T.A. Tarot-6 of Swords,
presents the "As above, and so Below" triangles as the Above reflected in the below.
Again, due to the correspondence courses offered by the Builders of the Adytum, little of the Hermetic idiom is presented in the small cards. However, the Hermetic Qabalah of the Thoth cards explains these cards as well.
When the Six of Swords is thrown during a reading:
Querent will be or shall, experience in the next 6 weeks or 6 months,
labor, work, and journey; the journey probably being over water ( the
Rose is Mother Water) .
- They shall experience success after anxiety and effort.
personality of the querent is, somewhat conceited but sometimes with
modesty therein, modifying the selfishness with beauty. To understand
this statement, is to know that all of us are "Selfish" ( you can't make
an individual expression of Self without being "Selfish"); However, by
balancing this self-absorption, with the Science of Union (the Rosy
Cross) where it is understood that, "everyone I see is another way to be
me" and/or the law of continuity, we make "Selfishness" beautiful.
- it indicates that in the next 6 weeks or 6 months
it is important to look at things as they are rather than what you want
them to be.
- It is important to be clear in your own mind so that you can
successfully communicate new ideas or decisions in such a way as to be
nonthreatening and easily heard.
- This card can also indicate that you
should make an special effort to communicate clearly to the important
Aquarian people in your life (January 21 to February 21).
Science-mind is clear, sharp and free of confusion, uncluttered with
"should have beens" and "wanna-be's". It is a rare state of mind that is
important to utilize.
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