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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-10 of Wands: Oppression & The B.O.T.A. Tarot- 10 of Wands

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Ten of Wands- Oppression:

This Tarot card is often a hard one to interpret, since it is a card of perfidy. It can mean self-oppressive thoughts that keep oneself from preforming or a tremendous amount of expressive-masculine-electric dynamic force, caged by the magnetic-feminine unconscious, for the process of manifestation. One could say that the "will to force" is being oppressed by the "will to form.  Hence, "caged energy" is guarded by the sacred Tibetan Dorjes (symbols of lightning) whose head is crown by the Kha-dro-ma ( said in three syllables); Tibetan Angels known as the "highest state of female", or "sky dancers", or "ladies who control life and death".  So we have a paradox here, is this masculine or feminine force, as female magnetic is caging rapid male electric for the purpose of  form manifestation.
To this day, examples of the Dorje are still seen in India, but few westerners bother to understand their meaning.
In northern India the Vajra has the same interpretation as the Tibetan Buddhist Dorje. The Vajra, is a jewel, a thunderbolt, and a phallus/linga, all at once. This is all derived from the ancient concept of the lightning god fertilizing Mother Earth's dark depths, embedding rocks with jewels of his divine semen.
Obviously, there is also a relationship between the double edged, six sided Dorje, and the ancient Mesopotamian gods thunderbolt.

In Tibetan Tantra, the Dorje is known as the "diamond holder", for the diamond is taken as a metaphor for the "Divine Spirit" that is sensed through orgasm; the real reason diamonds acquired such undisputed value as both symbols of royal power and of love.  It is also the metaphoric gem for the Crowning Sephiroth-Kether, on the Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life.

The Indian city of Darjeeling, noted for its tea,takes it's name from the Dorje-lingam or Dorje-phallus, the jewel perpetually buried in the goddess "Lotus-Yoni", according to the ubiquitous Tantric phrase, om mani padme hum. In ancient India, a Tantric temple known as Dorjeling was built on the site where the city sits today, giving the city its name.

[Om mani padme hum
Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ is the six-syllabled Sanskrit mantra particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. The first word Om is a sacred syllable found in Indian religions. The word Mani means "jewel" or "bead", Padme meaning the "lotus flower", the Buddhist sacred flower, while Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment.

The Astrological aspect of the 10 of Wands tarot card is Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn, being the planet of discipline and Sagittarius is the sign of limit setting and a tendency to limit one's boundaries. So in this context, the 10 of Wands card is about limiting one's performance, in emotional, spiritual issues, due to self oppression. Usually emotional oppression over sexual issues!

This can be a negative since dynamic energy will be expressed and if oppressed it will come out in our weak spots; this is demonstrable, as pressure builds it will find the cracks in our Armour and flash out as anger, rage and emotional dysfunction. Yet, if held just long enough to empower our "magic images", it enlivens and becomes a tremendous opportunity to create with the Primal Force (Kundalini) of Creation Itself!

Therefore, as in all powerful energy, we can destroy or expand and liberate ourselves to greater horizons of creativity. When this card is thrown pay attention! Their maybe a tendency to limit oneself or one's vision by oppressing the urge of creative expansion. This is not recommended for if curbed, this creative expansion will expand our fears, as it has no where else to go.  No matter which way it goes, it will expand our imagination, from fear to psychosis or from dreaming to actual dynamic manifestation! This "oppressed energy" is the Vitriol of the Magus; The Dragon force.

The Qabalistic Thoth-TEN OF WANDS-OPPRESSION represents theculminating, completed Force; completing the similar force of the nines. Since, astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Sagittarius, it symbolizes the amplifying, destructive power of  Saturn with the swiftness of Sagittarius.

Qabalistically, the Ten of Wands is symbolic of the influence of  Malkuth (Kingdom of Earth) in Atziluth (World of Pure Spirit) leading to material force selfishly applied. Pure Spirit is Pure Energy and pure energy is inseparable from Pure Mind.  As many of us know Pure Mind is without empathy, for it is "All that Is", therefore force is applied without concern over "collateral damage". One of the reasons our Spirit operates through a human body is to learn empathy and/or discernment for the living. This is witnessed as your Spirit applies force (Emotion), it can feel sensually how that force impacts a living organism, i.e. it's very own physical presence. This takes time/space and a sensual connection that the physical being supplies to the Spirit Entity. All of which is necessary for Spirit to master the creation of self-image masterpieces that sense the tiniest minutiae of Self.

Therefore, the 10 of Wands also represents Spiritual restraint, a kind of self-oppression which happens when force is used and nothing else but force-all the time. There is a stopping-up of force, requiring one who is "sitting on the fence"  to make a choice  even though one is feeling quite comfortable with one's self.  In other words, too many "settle for-s" and one must throw off indecision to revise their previous goal and/or perspectives. 

The number Ten in the Tarot of Hermetic Qabalah, refers to Malkuth the Sephirotic Kingdom and the lowest Sephira on the Tree of Life; "lowest" because of its almost crystalline vibration, that is dependent on, but cut off from, the other levels of the Tree.This vibration is slower than the rest so that it seems veiled from the other levels as our perspective of self is the lowest possible vibration sight of "I Am".

Because of this seeming detachment from higher vibration, the Life- Force (Fire-Spirit) is in its lowest-slowest possible vibration and seems to have "dumbed down" the Higher Spiritual influences. We already know  that this sluggishness can be sped up by "upping" our vibration through meditation and prana -yama breathing as well as kundalini work. With diligence, we can break through this caul-like vibration barrier of sluggishness and  open our minds to higher levels of energy-consciousness.Ten is also the "end", and shall soon go from 1-0 back to 0-1, which is Qabalah is the return to the source, the Fool key O and down into the Will and/or Magus, key 1.

As implied in the Ten of Wands-oppression, the Force is now blind and in its most violent state without any modifying influences. The background flames depicted in the card have run wild and represent Fire in its most destructive aspect.  As stated the influence of Saturn in Sagittarius is also shown in this card.
Sagittarius represents the qualities of spirituality, swiftness, light, and being both elusive, and luminous. On the other hand, Saturn is material, slow, heavy, obstinate, and obscure. This combination causes great antipathy.

The Thoth Tarot 8 of Wands is depicted in the 10, showing the great power of fire, but the eight wands have lost all symbolism of nobility. Their ends seem more like claws representing raw predation without the  intelligence and authority that is shown in past Wand cards. The two central wands which are shown as a pair of Djores (Tibetan symbols for "thunderbolts")  are lengthened into bars that oppress the Power, illustrating the rule of the Divine Feminine Magnetic " Will to Form" over the Masculine electric  "Will to Force". Here the "fiery Creative Father" is captured ( as semen is capture by the Womb), and woven into form by the "Great Formulative Mother".
If we know anything about steam engineering, one knows that you can get more power from water by adding more heat and pressure. This requires an oppressive container that is strong enough to hold it; such as a pressure cooker or boiler. Power, being the "ability to do work", sometimes requires a greater heat and pressure, just to be able to do the work necessary.  However, too much heat and pressure under oppression, the container violently explodes. Thus is the caution of the Ten of Wands!

This Card can also represent perverted sex energy-and/or passion for the Sexual force comes from the "Fiery Creative Father", as shown by the phallic Dorjes. The whole symbolism of this card suggests oppression and repression. It can be stupid and obstinate cruelty from which there is no escape. Therefore, the Leaded Dorjes promote the symbolism of Time (Saturn) and of Passion going Mad under the oppression of "too long held". Hence the Thoth card is cautioning us that if we don't allow our passions to create in a balance flow of Self-Love, and feed them instead, to self rejection, we'll end violently. Therefore,to put our passions into creating oppressive self identity, self rejection, self- loathing, etc ends badly and in the extremes we have seen the results as people go on shooting sprees in elementary schools. This is survival mind that has not understood anything beyond its dull purpose, its "lust of result", and will devour itself in the conflagrations it has evoked; in other words, the pressure cooker explodes and "blames the fearful child within", whose whole emotional life has been based on "fear of rejection"; usually by one who is always trying to please others.

What is forgotten here, is that FieryWill is Spirit, and our will is now perverted into instinctual survival mode. We are not of this evolution, we are from the Fire/Stars, and as an old Stellar evolution commonly called Spirit (Spiral Energy), Our Will-To-Be is far too powerful to be given to the control of the  animal mind; for it's foundation is Fear of being, while Spirit's is Love of Being. To subject a powerful-Fiery Will to force, to cruel thoughts of rejection, fear, and self hate (all of which are transferred by the survival mind as "others") will consume and destroy the one who contains them.

We also must remember that sometimes we must hold back our passions, in order to develop a proper plan for constructive purposes. This too is an oppression, but it is controlled by foresight and will be released to swift LOVING construction and life expansion. Such as Tantric, Qabalistic, metaphysics and Gnostic training teaches us to do. Not always are Volcanoes destructive, many islands owe their lives to them!
The B.O.T.A. Tarot-10 of Wands:

Redesigns the Qabalistic Tree of Life, showing the upper triangle of the Supernal and the lower Astral Triangle with a square in the middle.

This may be a subtle attempt to show that the ethics of a person are now formed by the material body rather than the spirit; four is the number of matter and a square is the finished form. This would be a metaphor for oppression of spiritual ethics by the survival mind of a person.
Otherwise, there is no great message here. Again, the knowledge of the Hermetic Qabalah applies, as represented by the Thoth Tarot.

[This is the last blog of the series of Tarot Card Comparisons of the Thoth Tarot and The B.O.T.A. Tarot. Tomorrow is the Comparison of the Thoth and the  controversial Barbara Walker Tarot: you don't want to miss this!]

When the Ten of Wands is thrown during divination;

  •  Cruelty and malice towards others is implied. 
  • Oppression of sex-energy due to fear of rejection causing impotency, which leads to self devaluation is also a danger here.  
  • There is over-bearing strength, revenge and injustice. 
  • Cruel, overbearing energy applied only to selfish and material ends.  
  • Because of great selfishness at the beginning, there is failure in a matter, and the opposition's too strong to be controlled.  
  • If ill dignified, there are all manners of, ill will, lying, levity as a distraction, malice, slander, envy, obstinacy, swiftness in evil.
  • The lesson here is to control ones Passions with Intelligent Love, knowing when and where to express them in order to expand and liberate the personality from past supposed limitations. Limited thinking is a form of oppressive behavior!
  • That in 10 weeks or 10 months the oppressive use of force maybe lifted or a way out may be seen and revised goals will become apparent.
  • There is a kind of gain, fortune and success meaning to this card, as it shows that force must be oppressed in-order to create form; boundaries must be drawn for a form to exist.
  • With that in mind, this card then suggests that enough force has been applied so sit back and let the dusts settle, allowing a clear view of the results.
  • Which is good to know, because a kind of emotional and/or mental burnout is just over the horizon.
  • To emphasize this state of heavy handedness, Crowley designed the normally beautiful wands, to look like crude clubs, held together by a pair of Dorjes (Tibetan symbols of Thunderbolts) as Fiery Force applied (Emotional Passion) being held back by too much reason.  Fire (electric) is the Qabalistic Form of Spirit flowing.
  • That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months, there will be a tendency to hold yourself back or restrict yourself  so pay attention and not allow this to happen.
  • Challenge your oppressive fears and "get over yourself and get on with you, for impeccability is what we do"!
  • Express who you are, and this caged power will accelerate you to greater heights of creativity, while expanding your life motion in more dynamic directions and joyous presence!
  • The tendency to hold back your power must be avoided in this 10 week or 10 month period as there is a build up of emotion that must be released as energy-in-motion so pursue your creative dreams! 
  • Great Emotion is Greater Motion, so be prepared to spread your dragon wings and ride the Higher States of Creation with the Khadroma or don't and become a self pitying wreck.
  • When well-dignified by the accompanying cards, there is also:
  •  Generosity, self-sacrifice, and disinterestedness implied.

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