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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Swords: SCIENCE & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 6 of Swords

The Tarot of EliThe 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.

This 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 God.
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.

  1. biology the parts of an organism other than the reproductive cells.
    • the body as distinct from the soul, mind, or psyche.
ORIGIN : late 19th cent.: from Greek sōma ‘body.’


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In 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, simply 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")

The 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:
God 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.
The Planet of Tiphareth is the Sun, thus the Sephiroth color is Yellow.

The 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.

The Qabalist 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.
Therefore,Tiphareth 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.

This 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.

Because 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.

In other terms, we down sized to become most economical in sensual 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.
Yet 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.

 To Reiterate: 
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.

The 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.This 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:
  • The 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.
  • The 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).
  • The 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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