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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands: STRIFE & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 5 of Wands.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands:STRIFE,
displays the three wands of the Adepts. This is because Crowley's ThothTarot Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature as displayed by the Golden Dawn or Ryder-Waite Tarot Decks.



In the Thoth 5of Wands, of the Hermetic Qabalah, are shown the Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus  and the Major Adept of Geburah. The wands of the Adeptus Minor, and the Adeptus are shown  crossing the central wand of the lead colored Major Adept, as this is the card of the Master's journey through time/space, (Saturn) which is a "heavy" burden, until time/space is mastered.  The fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because it's position implies this severity is directed by Geburah, who is also Saturn, the ruler of time/space, rather than happenstance. Therefore, the Mother of Time, is directing the initiate through acts of Severity/Time, to keep them moving in the direction of Mastery.  The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother.
 
The Thoth 5 of Wands represents Geburah-the 5th Sephiroth, in the suit of Fire. Geburah, the red sphere, is on the Left hand path--the Path of the Goddess as  Sephiroth #5 who is the State of Energy Conscious called Severity. Being Mother and Saturn, states a dichotomy of both tame-less irrational energy and the benign and gentle influence of the feminine. This very fact is shown in the stars, as this card is ruled by Saturn in Leo. Leo shows the element of Fire at its strongest and most balanced. While Saturn weighs it down and embitters it.
This is a type of volcanic energy---in that it destroys to build up, just as the Hawaiian islands experience volcanoes. To the tired journeyer there seems to be no end to this strife ridden energy.

 As stated: The Middle Wand represented in the 5 of Wands, is the Wand of the Chief Adept and shows that the Authority of Severity is derived from superiors; keeping this from being a truly disastrous moment in the Querent's life. There are also two Wands of the Second/ Major Adept Topped with the Head of the Phoenix, these Second Adept wands represent purgation through Fire and the resurrection of the pure energy  from its ashes.. The Minor Wands (or Third Adept) are considered the daughters of the Three of Wands-Virtue which refers to Binah (Great Mother) in the Suit of Fire.

What the understanding of the destructive benevolence of the 5 of Wands points out is the absolute need to tear down the old to build the new and/or wake up the non-productive being with a hot jolt of sever energy (energy-in-motion) to get them moving and producing again. Rather than destroy a soul who is mired in its own delusions, The Great Mother, would rather shock you back into performance than loose you. This is a card that bespeaks "Tough Love". One might also understand that the #5 also represents the Human body, with it's pentagram shape of 5 points, (one head, two arms and two legs), with being human comes time/space and therefore, severity. The human hand also has five fingers, meaning that 5 is also the necessary form of creativity.

For now, the stability of the fours is being shaken by a powerful active force called Strife.  The word Strife tends to carry clouds of discomfort to our thought processes; However, this isn't as bad as it sounds. For energy to stay an active force, it must keep moving---when we get complacent and satisfied in our stability, we king of "easy chair" life, as if viewing it on the Television. Well, energy must transform to continue moving, so a blast of force in the emotional center is required to get the "creative" moving again. So the Authority in your life (The Divine in you) starts moving things around in your life to get you moving! The bell is rung, you best come out swinging for its now time to change things!

The accompanying states of confusion, frustration and anxiety are all states of abundant energy (e-motion) that is being held back by complacency and unwillingness to move forward. This causes Strife to "come to Grand Mother's house" (Your body is a Beth/or House of Spirit) as a wolf in disguise to stimulate you to act.  Since, astrologically this card is Saturn in Leo, which deadens the Sun's creative influences because Saturn is the planet of discipline, of knowing your limits, boundaries, and of time. Saturn reminds us to do things step-by-step---but do them you must!

Leo is dynamic creative power that wants limitless expression and will not be held back. You can see that this is a paradigm for confusion, anxiety and angst if you resist taking those necessary steps for motion in you life. Baby steps, work but only if you take them! This is not a time to live in your dreams----you now must act!


The yellow background of the Thoth Tarot card represents the active energy of Leo.
  1. The grey lotus represent creative thought unable to bloom ( The Alchemical leaded consciousness) because of anxiety and confusion.
  2.  The Phoenix headed wand represents the triumph of rising from your own angst to greater heights of creation.
  3. The winged Eye of Horus, on the Central Adeptus Major wand, is the all seeing eye of creation.
  4.  The snakes beneath it represent regenerative force which is what happens when we release anxiety to the motion of creative self.
All in all this card is called the "master's journey card" for it states that the Divine Creative thinks you're good enough for the job of expanding and liberating life in your own creative manner and wants you back in motion. Repose is over---time to get back on your feet and move forward!

To the Four Elements, the fives bring serious problems of unbalance.
  1. The Five of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy.
  2. The Five of Cups,  brings disappointment to relationships.
  3. The Five of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind.
  4.  The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business.

All seemingly very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination will show how long the difficulty as well as, how serious the fives are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the rest of the Tarot reading.

Therefore, THE FIVE OF WANDS; STRIFE is also called
The Lord of Strife, as it represents astrologically, Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah in the World of  Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the Four Worlds. Yet, the god Saturn is known to us as a masculine force that "eats it's own children"; a pretty good, if not horrific, description of Time.
Here the powerful heavy effects of Saturn, united with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy. It behooves us to remember, that if the Sephiroth is expressing energy, it is acting masculine, and if it is receptive and repressing energy it is the Feminine act of making form.
Wands are a continual outpouring of force, with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Or more likely, as volcanic magma is disturbed by the tons of rock its pushing through.  Thus in the Five of Wands, there is contest unresolved.

Many people find Geburah a difficult Intelligence to understand because She is a volcanic as Pelé ( Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), all irrational disturbance; yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle influence of the Feminine known to the Hermetic Qabalists as The Great Mother Binah. To me, this just shows Spirits "tough love" for its incarnations.

Spirit knows you are the most creative Spirit-Image yet, and have the internal strength necessary to  handle anything this Universe can throw at you. Yet, because we often believe the definitions of those who rule definition (our Ruler makers), we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become strong.  All because we are taught to believe that mortality/vulnerability is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the courageousness of our Souls, as they seek conscious discernment.
Obviously, Immortals don't have need of courage; they don't die. Immortals also can not see an end or beginning of themselves; they don't have one. So to learn discriminating and/or discerning thought, and be able to observe how it works as a pattern in life, they need to operate through a mortal-living being. Also, immortals, also don't have sensuality. Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist.  The very fact that Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona, requires severity (friction) just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen! All is "friction", "action/reaction" in the mortal realms. For example, a certain amount of friction (strife) is required to form energy into creations. Without the severity of friction, form could not become form nor could it move! Just so, with out the friction of severity in ones life, accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen! We Souls knowingly build an incarnation, knowing it can be a "crap shoot" and certain severity/strife will be applied! Heck, sometimes the Soul-body hook-up doesn't work, so we may have a Crib death!

The Angels of the Decan are Vahaviah and Yelayel, necessary knowledge for those who wish to call on them.




The B.O.T.A., 5 of Wands, is again mundane in its representation.
Shown are 5 exactly the same colored wands, representing fire, formed in the pentagram that represents the Human form. However, they are connected, clear crystal to dark crystal,  by electric lines of force. This represents the Higher pure mind, sending energy to the "lower" self reflection. This happens throughout the entire Tree of Life, as the Upward pointing Triangle, is reflected in the lower -downward pointing triangle, all the way down the Tree.  For Spirit, must make a mirror out of the Energy that it is (a "mind"), and then project identity into it, so that it can see itself. This act alone produces a certain strife, as the image of self-projection, is not the one projecting it, nor will it ever be, causing some frustration!
There is a difference between I and the Am and the Me, and understanding those differences is the master's understanding!


When the Tarot 5 of Wands , is thrown during a divination, it implies:
  • That the querent is involve in a spiritual conflict. This frustrating conflict can ensue for 5 weeks or 5 months because of this confusion of ideas.  The solution of which depends on the diligence of the querent.
  • Here, the querent is adjusting the identity, struggling with self-doubt while striving to move forward.
  •  There maybe a struggle or strenuous warfare- like competition for riches and success, a kind of battle in life. 
  • The querent might also feel like they are in a impasse, powerless in a time of trial and difficulty.  
  • In the next 5 weeks or 5 months, the opportunity for releasing anxiety or frustration to creative self is to be utilized.
  • Any frustration with either Leo people or in the month of Leo or with your own creativity should be solved within this time.
  • Creative thought and action are required!
  • Many of us have inherited anxiety, or patterns of angst from our parents and or family life----now is the time to break these patterns in your self. Just remember, blame will not help you here, nor is it a viable motion, so forget blame and correct the error you see in your patterns of motion.
  • Evolution demands we correct the errant emotional patterns of our past to move forward as a successful "I AM ME" in the eternal NOW!
  • May experience in 5-wks or 5-months, Strife, quarreling, fighting, violent contest, and even boldness and rashness.
  • There could be cruelty, lust, and desire---overwhelmingly so.
  • Prodigality and generosity as well.
  • The lay of the cards will show the dignity but anyway you look at it, an eruption of energy-in-motion directed by a "Higher Power" is upon the Querent and no matter how fearfully viewed or painful the experience, it is for the benevolent purpose of revitalizing the Querent.
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