Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot- 10 of Wands: OPPRESSION & The Barbara Walker Tarot-10 of Wands: OPPRESSION
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Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot- 10 of Wands: OPPRESSION & The Barbara Walker Tarot-10 of Wands: OPPRESSION

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth-TEN OF WANDS-OPPRESSION & The Barbara Walker- 10 of Wands: OPPRESSION.

Culminating, completed Force; completing the similar force of the nines.

Astrologically, this card represents Saturn in Sagittarius, amplifying the destructive power of  Saturn with the swiftness of Sagittarius.
Qabalistically, the Ten of Wands is symbolic of the influence of the 10th Sephiroth- Malkuth (Kingdom of Earth) in Atziluth (World of Pure Spirit) leading to material force selfishly applied.

What many of us fail to understand, Pure Spirit is as Pure Mind, and as many of us know, Pure Mind is without empathy, it is a tyrant, so force is applied without concern over "collateral damage". Love, is not of Spirit, it is of The Divine Creative, Spirit is the pure "Will To Force"; a will unconquered and undeterred by any form of being; an absolute force. Spirit is the " I Will Be" of Kether, the Logos.

One of the reasons our Spirit operates through a human body is to learn empathy for the living and it finds this limiting of its Will to Force oppressive.There is witnessed a certain limited amount force, as Spirit applies force ( "will to force"-Emotion). Hence, it can now feel sensually how that force impacts a living organism, i.e. it's very own living physical presence. This takes time/space and a sensual connection that the physical being supplies to the Spirit's "Will to Force". All of which is necessary for Spirit to master the creation of self-image masterpieces while not destroying the whole "of creation" to create new identities of Self. No more flooded worlds to correct an error.

Therefore, the 10 of Wands represents Spiritual restraint, a kind of self-oppression which happens when force is used and nothing else but force-all the time. Here is a stopping-up of force, requiring one's soul to suffer, hope and wait.

The Barbara Walker 10 of Wands card seems to express the Gnostic meanings of "Yahweh's oppression over Lucifer" which is a story of the triumph of tyranny, misuse of Power, selfish authority, and the punishment of ambition. The Christian fathers, such as St. Augustine, Athanasius, Origen, Basil, Aquinas and Albertus Magnus, declared that pride was the sin of Lucifer. This was because of the fourteenth chapter of Isaiah declared Lucifer's fall was the fault of hubris:
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! ...For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend to heaven, I will exalt my throne above the Stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be the most High.

What many Christians and the Christian fathers failed to understand is that the Bible is mostly plagiarized form older texts.
In this case, a much older Canaanite scripture describing the ambition of the Morning Star god-Shaher, son of Helel the
Earth-goddess, who wished to emulate the brightness of the Sun-god Elyon. Which is a great story about Venus "the morning star" who was brightest at dawn, but upon the Sun's rising, Venus brightness was overpowered and obliterated by the Sun.
In the telling of this story in the bright heavens, the Canaanite priests addressed Shaher (the planet Venus):

How hast thou fallen from heaven, Helel's son Shaher! Thou didst say in thy heart, I will ascend to heaven, above the circumpolar stars I will raise my throne, and I will dwell on the Mount of Council in the back of the north; I will mount on the back of a cloud,  I will be like unto Elyon. [Albright, 232]

Lucifer ("Light bringer") is a Latin name for the sameMorning star god, also known as  Venus-in-the-Morning. Venus was seen as a herald to the sunrise, and as follower of the sun into darkness at the day's end. Interestingly, the same god acted as a messenger to the people on earth and to the dead in the underworld.

Because of the Isaiah chapter, this obliteration of Venus's morning light, by the Sun, became interpreted as a War in the Heaven's. By this supposed casting down the "Son of the Morning" , Lucifer became king of the underworld, and later its chief devil.

The Gnostics sects, later to be called heretics, declared The Heavenly Father a tyrant, whose act of casting down the Light-bringer was a deplorable act of injustice. The Gnostic's believed that Lucifer's act of revolution against magically superior forces, that were morally inferior, was a heroic act. It was a ruthless exertion of power that won the day. Later, the morally inferior Christian Church used the inquisitions, to repress and destroy the Gnostic sects, with ruthless exertion of power. As history has proven over and over again, tyranny, is always a by-product of a Theocracy and sooner or later a revolution of inferior forces, who are superior in morality, who act in heroic sacrifice, are need to overcome it.

Therefore, the 10 of Wands also declares what Lord Acton stated that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men ".
Which would certainly be true if the Divine Creative was Omniscient and Omnipotent, as some would have us believe. With such a belief in the Supreme power, one could only suffer, hope and wait. However, as most of us have found out, imagination (Will to Form) linked with heroic determination (Will to Force) rules creation, simply because The One Energy that can't be created or destroyed, can be transformed and transmitted by the ambitious union of Spirit-Mind and Body.

On the Tree of Life, the number 10 refers to Malkuth---the Earth, which is the most crystallized form of the alchemist-element of Fire: i.e., the restraint of Time. This is Fire/Electricity in its lowest form, so it is without a guiding intelligence, thus it is in its most destructive form when unguided by the empathetic consciousness. It is up to us to give this powerful force guidance, and/or discernment, for we are "The Power of Limitation"; a power necessary to created empathy.

When in Malkuth, this "Will to Force" is from the other nine Sephiroth, but is not directly in contact with them, making it more influenced by the Astral fantasies of #9-Yesod-Kingdom; often called "superstitions".  In this state of influence, the Spiritual Fire has become a blind force of fear without any modifying influences.
Since this "Will to Force", is the underlying cause of all Motion in the Universe, blind motion suggests a form of chaos.
Yet there is more to be concerned about with this card as Saturn is in  Sagittarius; Saturn is heavy slow, obstinate, obscure,  and material, while Sagittarius, is Spiritual, light, swift and elusive. Naturally this causes the greatest of antipathy as Saturn/Time is known to "eat it's own children", as depicted in the Ruben's painting.

Here we have "Will to Force" in its lowest form as Time/Space and it will devour all for its primal entropy that causes all things to proceed from order to disorder; it even consumes itself. Now don't get me wrong, a certain amount of oppression of the Fiery Motion of the Universal "Will to Force"
( "sex/emotional" Force) must be oppressed to build form, but this is a delicate technological process of sexual communion (creation is sex) that can go negative if unrelenting force is applied to the physical vessel.  Like a pressure cooker, if the right amount of water (emotion), pressure (will) and fire (life force or sex energy) are applied, the creation will be well and good; if too much pressure is applied to unmovable conditions, you'll blow up the kitchen! This card represents the "moment of tension" before the explosion!

The Thoth Deck 10 of Wands, has eight wands still crossed showing the great power of the completed forces of Fire, but they are missing their noble patents, i.e. the symbols of the Three Adepts. Thus, they lack their authority and intelligence that has been shown in the earlier cards. The Two Dorjes (Tibetan Thunderbolts) of the Two of Wands are still present, but instead of the Kha-dro-ma (Tibetan Angels whose heads adorn the Dorjes) being in balance with the person (like lightning serving the persona), they are more like fiery bars of Shiva (Zeus), destructive and dangerous Thunderbolts!
 Hence, this card suggest oppression and repression in its entirety.  It is a stupid, and obstinate  cruelty from which there is no escape. Think " the Will of T-Rex", and you'll get the idea of Primal will under the control of the lizard brain whose main emotion is to "eat but not eaten" and therefore, destroying all that is unknown.

As you may notice, this 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 male electric dynamic force, caged for the process of manifestation. This 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/Demons known as the "highest state of female", have power over life and death. So we have a paradox here as female magnetic is caging rapid male electric for the purpose of creative manifestation that insures the death of what has been created.
As stated: The Astrological aspect of this card is Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn, being the planet of discipline and Sagittarius is also known as 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.

There is a positive and negative being presented here, a cause and effect, 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; like a pressure cooker without a safety-pressure release valve.  Yet, if held just long enough to empower our "magic images", emotive energy enlivens and becomes a tremendous opportunity to create with the Primal Force (Kundalini) of Creation Itself!

Therefore, as in all power, 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. Heady stuff! 

When the 10 of Wands is thrown during a divination, it implies:
  • 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.
  • In Divination,The 10 of Wands card states:
  • 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).  Fire (electric) is the Qabalistic Form of Spirit flowing.

  • It looks really bad for the querent, but that is not always so, for it will blow outward, and not last long.
  • Sure, for the moment it is "Oppressed Sex Energy", which often means that our creative Passion is in jail to the wants and wills of peers, but as we know, that won't last long as the Persona of The Soul, which is a dynamic motion, explodes into action!
  • Now this effect can be deviant and become cruelty or malice towards others; so it is best to warn the querent that they must stop their self-repression, and create a new motion ; or if it shows in the reading that someone or something, is responsible for the oppression, they must leave, and change !
  • There is an overbearing strength being placed on the personality that will make it fight for its survival, precipitating revenge and injustice in the process. Usually, this is will applied to selfish and material ends.
  • So if the Ten of Wands is ill dignified, it suggests, ill will, lying, malice,slander, envy, obstinacy, swiftness in evil and even violence as a form of sexuality.
However, if well dignified, it suggests generosity, self-sacrifice and often disinterest. But caution must be applied once again, as often self-sacrifice becomes Altruism, which is another form of superiority, bigotry and martyrdom, which become oppression in their own rite. (See past blog 8-05-2013 ). "It is better to teach a man to fish than give him one!"

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