Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Wands: VALOUR & The B.O.T.A. 7 of Wands
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Wands: VALOUR & The B.O.T.A. 7 of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth 7 OF WANDS: VALOUR

Astrologically this card represents Mars in Leo. Mars in Leo is a position of courage and strength but a clash is certain whereas victory is not.
Qabalistically, this card is the influence of Netzach (victory) in Atziluth (World of Pure Spirit). Therefore this tarot card is about opposition and possible victory, depending on the amount of courage exercised by the querent.

The 7 of Wands (basically all sevens) show a positive result which is dependent upon the action taken by the individual. However, the battle suggested by this card, may also be disorganized and disordered, producing uncertain results. Order, depends on the Valour of the individual.  A determined individual, who "takes the bit" and charges into the fray---"a do or die" mentality--will prevail.
The capability to be disorganized and disordered comes from being unsure of yourself and your ideas.( The primitive club among the Golden Dawn Wands of the Adepts)
So what the Spirit is telling the querent here, is that only through individual Valour will the individual prevail in the present or coming fray of possible outcomes. Self Trust, is the Valour producing mechanism here and lack of self trust will end up as a negative outcome.So again, the Thoth Tarot is stressing the Qabalistic axiom of "Above all things, Know thyself".

Esoterically, Wands represent "sex-energy"(life-force) which is the passionate force of Will-To-Be. Will is of Spirit, which indicates that we must be listening more to our Spirit than our brain... for true Valour is Spiritual. This indication is easily seen as the Planet Mars represents War-or Battle and Leo represents the Solar Self (Spirit) which suggests that only the Battling Spirit can win here.  So generally, the 7 of Wands shows a force transcending the material plane and is a power force that requires one capable of wielding it. Wands also represent the Kundalini Force, and if a person of little valor (valour) invokes Kundalini, disorganized and disordered emotions shall prevail; However, if the person knows that they are untiring Spirit, who operates their own body as a Wand of an Adept, and sees challenges as accomplishments rather than problems--their inner Valour shall attain outer victory. So no matter how much you fear, charge into the fray with confidence that your Spirit shall prevail!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Kundalini (Sanskrit kuṇḍalinī, कुण्डलिनी,  pronunciation , "coiled one"), in yogic theory, is a primal energy, or shakti, located at the base of the spine. Different spiritual traditions teach methods of "awakening" kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment. Kundalini is described as lying "coiled" at the base of the spine, represented as either a goddess or sleeping serpent waiting to be awakened. In modern commentaries, Kundalini has been called an unconscious, instinctive or libidinal force, or "mother energy or intelligence of complete maturation". Kundalini awakening is said to result in deep meditation, enlightenment and bliss. This awakening involves the Kundalini physically moving up the central channel to reach within the Sahasrara Chakra at the top of the head. Many systems of yoga focus on the awakening of Kundalini through meditation, pranayama breathing, the practice of asana and chanting of mantras. In physical terms, one commonly reports the Kundalini experience to be a feeling of electric current running along the spine.
[for more information just log onto Wikipedia under Kundalini]

The Thoth, 7 Of Wands: Valor, is of the Hermetic Qabalistic Tradition, which states that the Divine Creative is inseparable and always transformational, Masculine and Feminine states of Mind/Energy. Therefore, the Spirit, is androgynous in its ability to be "Will to Force", the masculine state of mind focused energy and "Will to Form" of mental receptivity, the feminine state of mind. Hence, this tarot card also represents the unbalancing of a previous spiritual victory, by the dynamic flow of transformational energy all around us; things change. Just when we thought we were victorious over the emotional, spiritual and physical resistance to our vision some issues change and we have to exercise bravery, and valor to not doubt ourselves or our vision, for we alone must "carry the day". This departure from balance tends to direct us to loss of confidence; However, if we hold to our vision and trust our inner integrity, we shall still achieve our goal and also learn mental discernment in the process.

As Stated: The Thoth 7 of Wands Card is Astrologically, Mars in Leo. Mars represents a dynamic vitality, an agitation of motion while Leo represents creativity and/or creative expression. This astrological union suggest that you don't try to stop the new motion in your life but instead become creative in channeling it towards your vision without compromising or settling for less.

  1. The central wand is the inner self trust gained by experience.
  2. The lotus wand represents the unfolding of your vision if you show the valor necessary to carry on and not be deterred by conflict.
  3. The Phoenix headed wands represent the new directions that allow you to move in new regenerative ways that you value.
  4. By showing valor in the face of adversity, you will be able to see things more clearly and be able to honor your vision and creativity which is represented by the winged Eye of Horus wands (a symbol of the All Seeing Eye).

The Thoth 7 of Wands;VALOUR, represents Netzach ( 7th Sephira-Victory) in the Suit of Fire, which seems strong enough, except that in the 7 of Wands, Netzach is in Aziluth, the realm of pure spirit. This is astrologically defined as the Lord of Valour, known as Mars in Leo. Therefore all the activity is lower down in the realm of Assiah, our physical world of transitional elements, weakening spiritual influence.
Therefore, the position of Mars in Leo maybe one of strength and courage and of a fiery clash , as here we have exalted the "God of War"; However, Valor implies, the armies are in chaos and personal physical courage needs to be applied to win the battle, so the fray is certain but victory is not.

The number 7 is a feminine number, and in this case applies a certain passivity to the Force of Mars, not much, but just enough to unbalance the energy. Mars is distracted by the beauty of Venus.
Netzach, is a Sephira of polarities, as it is on the Male pillar (right hand path) with Venus, a female god attached to it.  This gives Netzach the interplay of Mars and Venus. Thus, the certain Victory of the 6, is now an uncertain Victory in the 7 of Wands. This is shown on the Thoth card, by the three Wands of the Adepts, being crossed by a crude club like wand, imply a lower state of energy, and the balanced flames of the Six thrown into chaos. Therefore, The Thoth-The 7 of Wands-Valour,  which represents Netzach (Victory) in the suit of Fire  is a  earthly-magnetic -feminine number as regards to the Tree of Life (see past blogs) and therefore reduces the "Will to Force". This Male Fire is also attributed to Mars in Leo, so the Sun is still in full strength, but by being focused on the 7th Sephiroth, it is overpowering in conflict, one moment "Will to Force" and another moment of "Will to Form" before complete victory. This fluctuation causes an unbalance that can be seen as wavering fire on the wands of this card.

Now we of the Hermetic Qabalah know that "the gods" are the Creations of the Created. They are not emanations of Eheieh (Kether), the One and eternal Intelligent Energy. Rather, they are creations of the Group Mind of the Races. These "gods" are therefore potent forces formed in our own image...they are us and after many thousand years of worship, have become "patterns of coded energy" or what I like to call, Psychic engines. If you know the code,(magic rituals) you may access the stored data and energy, as it sits on the Astral levels (usually as Astral Temples) awaiting those who have the knowledge to access it.

We are the Above and the Below of the Emerald Tablet and/ or Demiurges who must "know ourselves" to claim our Universal Inheritance. We are at once the many and the One.
Each of us is a Transformation of the One Energetic identity of Self, therefore each of us is everywhere at once and nowhere at the same time. If it wasn't for the establishment of a point in time, which is an entity that "I"(identity) or we call "Me", "I" wouldn't have a sense of presence! I Am  Me, made of a family of Divinely Potent Forces of Will, that are called gods by some,  The Universal Collective Unconscious and/or  Psyche, and/or the Intelligent Forces of Physics by others.

What stands out is that I Am Me is a wyrding of Forces (old English-To weave) a weaving of microwaves of identity, into a tapestry of potent function that I call "I AM ME'! I am both the Transmitter and the Transmitted, and the Radio that picks it up and gives it a presence at this Time/space dimension (and the other Ten on the Tree of "I AM Me"). My individual potency depends on my "self-awareness"...my perspective of Self. Gods, are such a perspective. EVERY THOUGHT I THINK BECOMES A SELF-IDENTITY AND WITH A BODY, I MUST EXPERIENCE WHAT I IDENTIFY ! Unless I learns to discriminate the difference between  what is I and what is  Am, the child of this union, Me, becomes of howling hell of clashing self identities, each trying to be "king of the Mountain"!

In this  chaotic clash of forces, the armies are in chaos and only the crude Valor (Valour) of  an individual effort will carry the day. This tells one that ."Sure, you may carry the day, but only by a impeccable effort of will that ignores pain, discomfort and the negative advice of others". That "impeccable effort of Will" is I AM Valor!

The idea implied by this Card is of a battle being thrown into disorder (flames going in all unsystematic  directions), where the army is losing and only by the exercise of individual Valour can victory be achieved.This is depicted by the Six Wands of the Three Adepts relegated to the background, diminished and becoming common placed while the seventh wand, a large crude club, is in front.  This illustration implies that the first weapon at hand is a unsatisfactory weapon in ordered combat and only the valor of the club wielder can carry the day.

The B.O.T.A  7 of Wands:

In appearance, doesn't suggest much in descriptive illustration.
The Wands are the color of Fire, with a "Kether" clear diamond on one end and a "Malkuth" dark crystal on the other.
The top 3 suggest the Supernal Triangle of the Qabalistic Tree of Life, while the bottom 4 suggest a square made between Geburah and Chesed, Netzach and Hod.

This would suggest a certain amount of mental conflict, from Severity, to Mercy, to Victory and then on to Splendor. However, one must be well studied in the Hermetic Qabalah to see this. Hence, once again understanding the B.O.T.A. Tarot, is dependent upon their correspondence courses and/or the knowledge of one initiated into the Hermetic Qabalah's philosophy.

When the 7 of Wands is thrown during a reading, it implies:

  • That for the past 7 weeks or 7 months, or in the future 7 weeks or 7 months ( depending on accompanying cards), the Querent will be experiencing opposition.
  • Possible victory, depending on the  energy and courage exercised; valor, obstacles, difficulties, yet with the courage to meet them.
  • Quarreling, ignorance, pretense, wrangling, and threatening behavior, influence over a subordinate and victory in small, petty and/or unimportant things. Again the dignity of the card, whether well or ill, is always decided by the surrounding cards.
  • In any case, in-order to overcome difficulties, the Seven of Wands implies passionate effort must be supplied no matter what outcome is feared.  The Statement by Charles Lotterhand," The outer aspects of everything seems negative but I still have my expectation of a result that would normally be an impossibility", would sum up nicely what this card means.
  • That within 7 day's or 7 weeks, the querent will need to display personal valor to achieve success, as there will be opposition obstacles, difficulties, and quarreling.
  • With Mars in Leo, the querent will also have the courage to meet them.
  • Victory is always possible if we have the courage and proper energy excised to meet ignorance, pretense, wrangling, and threat, face to face.
  •  Depending on the dignity of the cards, ill or well, victory may just be in small and unimportant things and influence over a subordinate.
  • A rough way to view this 7 of Wands-Valour (old spelling) Just grab your flaming club and charge.......you'll succeed without dying, but you may bleed a little.

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