Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Wands: VICTORY & The Barbara Walker Tarot-6 of Wands: GLORY
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Wands: VICTORY & The Barbara Walker Tarot-6 of Wands: GLORY

The Tarot of EliIn the Thoth Tarot, and all Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, the four Sixes represent the center of the whole system of the Tree of Life, known as Tiphareth (Beauty). The 6th Sephiroth is also called The Sun/Son of God, and just like the Sun and its planets, the Whole Tree of Life "rotates around" the 6th Sephiroth, as if it were an axle and the Tree a wheel. The Sixes, Tiphareth, are the only Sephira below the Abyss that communicates directly with Kether (Crown).  Hence, Tiphareth, is fed directly from Chokma-Binah (wisdom-understanding) and Chesed-Geburah (Mercy-Severity).
If you are a student of the Human Auric field and the Chakras, you' know Kether as the Crown Chakra ( Sahasrara chakra), and Tiphareth as the Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura chakra).
Tiphareth dominates the lower Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, as it is balanced both vertically and horizontally, giving it Supremacy over physical life. Tiphareth is also known as Beauty-the Christ-Buddha Consciousness.

As a planetary influence, Tiphareth represents the Sun, as a theosophical concept, Tiphareth is the theological Son who represents Soul- consciousness, The Real Person, in its most balance and harmonized form.  The Son is an interpretation of the Father in mind-Psyche and activates form, rather than being just a passive idea.
The Sixes actually represent their respective element at its practical best.
Both The Thoth Six of Wands-Victory, and the Barbara Walker-6 of Wands: Glory, represent the conclusion of the outburst of violent energy generated by the Five of Wands-Strife. Hence, the battle is won. However, there is a certain instability displayed here, because of the violent outburst of energy applied, causing the "pendulum" of motion to swing high, and soon it will drop into fast downfall. Leading to the 7 of Wands-Valour, where energy is at its last gasp.

The Barbara Walker Tarot- 6 of Wands: Glory is a card of Triumph, expansive and warm, a symbol of deep personal creative power, Self confidence, balanced leadership and victory over the difficulties represented in the 5.
Were the fours were closed and guarded, which was broken up by the fives, the resulting marriage has resulted in self-supporting, stabilization, reception and reflection. When the established conformity of the 4 is broken up by the frustration and anxiety of the 5, the creative union of 4's and 5's results in a dynamic motion of creative power that results in a personal victory of empowerment.
The Thoth Tarot-6 of Wands: Victory, displays the Wands of the Golden Dawn Adepts, rather than mundane rods of power:
  1. The lotus wand represents a spiritual victory that provides us with a win-win situation rather than a win-lose one.
  2. The Ibis Headed Wand, is a symbol of a victory that provides us with new creative energy flow and revitalization.
  3. Win-win victory supplies us with clarity of vision and creative expression which is represented by the Winged Eye of Horus wand, whose serpents represent the regenerative power of such a victory.
The 6 of Wands represents a powerful energy/spiritual victory that is represented on all four states of consciousness  (represented by the four diamonds with internal flames): Super-conscious (Whole Psyche), Unconscious, conscious and the self-conscious of personality.
Therefore, the Victory of the Real Person over the man-made persona is being celebrated here. The Thoth Tarot presents the Three wands of mastery on both the visible and invisible (both sides of the mirror) implying that the querent is walking on the rare path of Spiritual, Mental and Physical union towards one vision.
Astrologically, this is  Jupiter in Leo stating that victory such as this, is expansive and fluid (Jupiter) and highly creative (Leo). As Crowley has stated in his Book of Thoth,"which seems to imply  a benediction on the harmony and beauty of this arrangement".

Tiphareth of the Suit of Fire, is represented by the 6 of Wands Tarot card. Tiphareth represents the resurrected "Sun/Son of God" center on the Tree of Life. It is our original Soul Persona, The Real Person. We are all microwave frequencies of Solar Spiral energy, better known to some as Spirit.  The Six of Wands represents  energy in a completely balanced expression as the personality triumphs over its indoctrination and joins with the Real Person that is the Original Psyche.

The Three Wands of the Adepts, on the Thoth Tarot Card, are now an ordered arrangement and the flames are now lamps instead of shooting out in all directions like they do in the 5 of Wands. The lamp flames are nine in number referring to Yesod and the Moon, showing the stabilization of the Male-electric Energy and its reception and reflection by the Magnetic Feminine aspect of Energy. There is no circle enveloping the wands as the 6 of Wands is self supporting, as is the Sun.
The thing to remember with Victory, is that a battle first must be fought in order for there to be a victory. It can be internal battles of spirit and mind, of emotions and soul or outward battles of industry and labor overcoming strife. But a battle must be before victory. When all our Mind, Body and  Emotions are balanced for one goal---we will achieve victory.
The Key symbols relating to #6- Tiphareth, Beauty, are;
  •  The Cube, which is based on 6, a form taken twice-over in the double cubed Altar of Malkuth.
  • The Six-sided figure of the Truncated Pyramid (its top is cut off) that represents Adam Khadmon, the Ascended Man, and the six lower Sephiroth. Adam Khadmon is the ascended man or Archetypal Human, i.e., The Real Person, the complete manifestation of the Psyche and DNA inherited from the "gods" and/or the Annunaki.
  • The Calvary Cross, properly drawn as black, unequal armed, surrounded by a circle and mounted on three steps. This implies Wisdom through Sacrifice.
  • The Rose cross and the Rose Cross Lamen, are the other powerful Tiphareth symbols. 

THE SIXES, represent definite accomplishment and carrying out of a matter.
THE Thoth Tarot- SIX OF WANDS-VICTORY:Lord of Victory.
Here Jupiter is in Leo, and the Angels of the Decan are: Nelokhiel and Yeyayel.
In reiteration: In the Six of Wands, of all Tarot decks, we have the benevolence of Jupiter in the Fiery Sign of Leo (Sun) which brings success and warm relationships.  However, it is an aspect that suggest some drama and of victory after great effort, with Glory gained.

The Crowley Thoth card, shows the Wands of the Three Adepts (of Golden Dawn ritual) crossed in a perfect balance of power. As each Adept must go through initiations involving varying degrees of Strife, this card of Wands, suggests victory after strife. 
 It is to be noted, that the upright Flames, lantern like at each crossing, are in a number of  9; the number of Yesod and the Moon as well as the marriage of the 4 and 5. This shows energy stabilization of the Energy, and its reception and reflection by the Feminine Magnetic Principle. There is no circle around it, because it is self-supporting like the Sun.
This lack of encirclement is also shown on the placement of the Rods of Power, in the Barbara Walker Tarot Card. Here, the Victor is riding through an opening in the circle of Wands; an opening he created in his victory over the encirclement, as he is holding the sixth wand he plucked from the ground.
The sixes of Tarot represent a breath of fresh air as our spirit has brought us out of the chaos of the fives which represent strife. Tiphareth is Beauty, and Beauty is synchronicity, a willed weaving of frequency that brings harmonic balance from strife/discord.  This card also suggests a certain amount of drama before victory is achieved.
The Six of Wands symbolizes, victory, self-confidence, balance, leadership and glory----all gained after a struggle with one's own subconscious-demons and indoctrinated identity (fear based imagination). Most of us know that failure in itself, stops no one; it is only fear of failure that stops us from creating. Man wouldn't be flying from country to country, even into space, if the pioneers of flight had listened to the fear mongers, who stated that heavier than air vehicles would never fly...."not in a million years" as one noted scientist stated. Therefore, to achieve Victory over the "error of indoctrinated survival thinking" we must be the Real Person represented by the Six of Wands. A persona, which is secure with its Sun- identity and possessing a sense of purpose and/or direction. "ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF," truly means that we must know we are gods of the "little g" variety [selves of the Divine Self] and in control of our own destiny.  Hence to serve fear in a foundation capacity, is to have no destiny at all!  So Above all things, know thyself or as one mystic stated," Know not that ye are gods"?. The whole description of the Real You is called The Soul and/or Adam Khadmon. Your name is I AM....anything after that is "your destiny", i.e. "Me".  Yes "me" is your very own individual destiny, for as we perceive ourselves, we perceive life!
Victory over the self defeating indoctrinated thoughts that are "brain software", is a Spiritual Victory over individual and cultural entropy.
Therefore, the Spiritual Identity of You, cannot be defined by any person, state, religion, nor psychology. Your Identity, is from your Psyche/Soul/Spirit before you "personally" became "alive", and therefore, is not man-made, as all word definition is! Hence, our indoctrinated thoughts are the Trickster/Devil within, and they must not be accepted as truth. Knowledge is not thought, it is the deed of creation: Truth is made manifest! That is why the most intuitive people (sensitives or psychics) release the restrictive thought of "good and bad" and allow the knowledge that constructed them to flow through intuition and into expression.
The Victory of the Six of Wands, is apparent when we know that I AM Me...is a deed of being and not a definition belonging to anyone or other environment outside of our own Psyche. To those who know themselves, knowing that they are the Force (spirit)that Operates Their Form is not a process of thought but a process of self-trust.
"I Am the Spirit that owns and operates this body as an expression of creativity called Me!" The Word Me, is harmonic of destiny, woven from the Collective Soul and that means probability where all things are possible, and not the pressure of peers! Victory over your definitions may be hard to grasp...but once you do there is no question of your inherited Divinity!

The Barbara Walker Tarot-6 of Wands: Glory, as one of the usual titles of the 6th Wand card, which
follows her 5 of Wands- impasse card. Here is the depicted the Glorious champion of the Sun, who has resurrected from the severity of sacrifice. For he was obliterated, and yet rose again like the sun.

This is not a new philosophy, for disappearing and reappearing solar heroes, were likened to the sun in nearly every ancient mythology of the "dying god" who resurrects.

For instance, the ancient Hindu solar hero, "most supreme Heruka," seems to be the prototype for Egypt's solar Heru, or Horus, called Ra-Harakhti when he became the elder, setting sun. From Heru, also sprung the Greek Heracles, whom the Roman's called Hercules, as well as the word Hero itself. [Waddell, 497]

The Tantric Buddhist, called Heruka, a knowledge-holding deity who was an Asvin or centaur.[Bardo Thodol, 70] .
The Centaur, was also regarded by the ancient Greeks as a "knowledge holder". As Barbara Walker has stated in her Tarot Book, The Secrets of the Tarot:" Each solar "savior" supplanted a predecessor in the guise of a centaur-a godlike horse-rider capable of galloping to the heaven."
In the epic of Heracles, he supplanted the centaur Nessus and took upon himself the royal robe/garment which burned him like the flames of a pyre. [Graves, G.M. 2, 202]. Even flames were often viewed as the fiery horses that the hero rode to the heavens.

In his Glory, Heracles arose to become one with his heavenly father and was called The Light of The World, Sun of Righteousness, and King of Glory. These titles and similar, were later adopted by the Christians for their "Sun" god, the Christos (Greek for Sun)

Julian (Latin: Flavius Claudius Iulianus Augustus, Greek: Φλάβιος Κλαύδιος Ἰουλιανὸς Αὔγουστος; 331/332  – 26 June 363), also known as Julian the Apostate, was Roman Emperor from 361 to 363, as well as a notable philosopher and author in Greek and he stated that Hercules had the demiugic and perfective power to rule the elements, " whom the Great Zeus has begotten to be the savior of the Universe."
When one studies, Hercules, one can see that he is easily the most popular model for Solar Saviors:
  •  He was a god-begotten and virgin born. His mother was married but untouched by her husband.
  • He preformed 12 miracles, corresponding to the 12 "houses" of the Zodiac, that the sun traversed in  his "year and a day".
  • Hercules, died and descended into hell, to rise again.  His resurrection was announced by Temple Women.
  • Where upon he ascended into the Stars, his place in heaven next to the constellation of Orpheus's Lyre (Lyra).

Just replace the name of Hercules, with Jesus, and you have his "Son/Sun" of god story in a nutshell. There seems to be nothing new under the Son/Sun!
Be that as it may,  the six of wands proclaims a sense of victory with all adversaries conquered and all blockages overcome.

When thrown, the 6 of Wands card indicates that:
  • in the next 6 weeks or 6 months, the opportunity for victory will be  either an opportunity to achieve a victory with the Leo people in your life or to experience a personal win-win victory of your own.
  •  As the 4 of Wands is Completion, a stasis of movement, and 5 of wands is Strife, an unbalancing, their union becomes a continuation of motion that produces Victory, with is a new motion, a new vision, and a new journey that self renewal demands of us "Living Makers".
  • It pays to remember that the body is your power tool and your are the artisan that "Makes" with that physical miracle device!
  • For a period of six weeks or six months, there has or will be victory after strife. 
  • Gain and success through energy and industry.
  •  Pleasure gained by labor, carefulness, sociability, avoidance of strife with victory therein.
  • Is assured of victory, but victory only comes after a struggle. so don't celebrate prematurely.
  • There is implied a short lived victory with all blockages overcome but by trusting the Stability of the Higher Self, the Victory is long lasting.
  • Confidence and belief in yourself are the necessary tools here and it looks like they have been achieved with some major breakthrough in insight and creativity happening in the next 6 weeks or 6 months.
  • The querent is showing secure knowledge of self identity and displays self confidence in leadership abilities.
  • There is in the querent a  purposeful sense of direction and purpose.

If ill dignified by the accompanying cards, the 6 of Wands can also mean insolence, pride of riches and success.

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