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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Disks: Gain & The Barbara Walker Tarot- 9 of Pentacles: Accomplishment

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Deck 9 of Disks: Gain & The Barbara Walker Tarot-9 of Pentacles: Accomplishment: are also called, Lord of Material Gain, in the Hermetic Qabalah.

The Planet is Venus and Virgo is the astrological sign.

Angels of the Decan are: Hazayel and Aldiah.

The 9 of Disks and 9 of Pentacles, card represents Yesod in Assiah and/or the influence of Yesod in the Material World. Yesod, meaning foundation, for the Astral plane of Yesod is the liquid "Thought form", before solidification in the material world. Therefore, this influence is very favorable for amassing things, but with Venus in Virgo, there is a lack of overt feelings accompanying this great efficiency.

However, excited or not,  the efficient amassing of material things, is shown by the design complexity of Crowley's Nine of Disks. As he states in his book of Thoth,"The Disks are arranged as an equilateral triangle of three, apex upwards, close together; and surrounded at some distance by a ring, six larger disks in the form of a hexagram. This signifies the multiplication of the original established Word by the mingling of 'good luck and management'." Which says it all for this card.


 For this cannot be overstated: Astrologically this card represents Venus in Virgo which brings great efficiency but with lackadaisical feelings. A card of physical gain that is not really sought.
To a Qabalist, this card represents Yesod (Foundation) in Assiah (Material World) and promotes the meaning of "good luck" and management. The Divination meaning of this card means inheritance or material gain.

Hence, the 9 of Disks/Pentacles card represents gain on all levels that are physical and that influence the physical; emotional gain, spiritual gain, mental gain and physical gain. This is hitting the mark; a bulls-eye card, that shows you are financially right on the mark because your heart mind and soul are in union. In other words, you are passionately focused and have enabled gain on all levels of performance.
 We know this because, Venus is beauty, love, and creative power while Virgo represents balance, order and organization. Together, the meaning is your heart and mind are in this passionately and beautifully (beauty is balanced symmetry) .  The results are gain on all levels .

On the Thoth card the blue circle symbolizes: wisdom linked with our loving nature,( the pink circle), in a creative way ( which is the green circle). This card also shows us that by utilizing our dynamic creative male energy (shown as the top coins with the planetary signs of Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter) we shall experience such gain.


  1. Saturn is the  sign of the helmeted warrior who knows what his limits and boundaries are and paying attention to detail; the feathered cap symbol of
  2. Mars indicates that energy, vitality and assertion are a vital part of gain.
  3. Jupiter, the King, reminds us that flexibility, being open to opportunity that expands our leadership skills are also needed to experience gain.
  4.  But this is only half of gain, to be complete we need the feminine power of Maid, Mother and Crone, which are represented by the lower three coins.
  5. The Maid is the youthful bare headed feminine figure that is the power of Venus and reminds us that to follow our heart.
  6. The coin with the Feminine figure that  has a Queen's hat ( Mother) is Mercury, and reminds us that communication skills and nurturing leadership skills are needed to experience gain. 
  7. The feminine figure with the Crescent Moon headdress  is the Wise Woman (Crone) who reminds us that we must be true to ourselves and to be authentic in our actions.
  8.  The Moon also symbolizes both the outer world and the inner world showing a balance of inner (heart) and physical action that will help us experience gain. 
  9. In the Thoth Tarot, The Force in fulfillment- balance of the nine is very apparent in this card. The card illustrates this balance by forming equilateral triangles of Disks with apex upwards, surrounded at some distance, by a ring consisting of six larger disks in the form of a hexagram; signifying the multiplication of the established Word (Logos) by the co-mingle of "good luck and good fortune". In other-words, the First vibration has become nine individual vibrations that combine in such away, that successful creation was established, as if out of nowhere. However, this multiplicity of Vibration tends to slow everything down, to the point of crystallization. The magic of crystallization is shown in the 9 of Disks as the three central disks are of the magical pattern as in earlier cards.


The descent into matter implies:
the gradual exhaustion of the original whirling energy, so the other disks now take the shape of coins that are marked with the appropriate magical images of the planets. The descent into matter tends to complicate the image, as all weaving (Wyrding) tends to make it hard to find the original thread that began the tapestry.
FYI ---the Thoth Deck Disks are called Pentacles or Coins on most other decks.

The 9 of Disks reminds the Qabalist that it's all about perspective. If we look at ourselves from the lofty perch of the Soul (Tiphareth-Beauty) all is easily seen, understood and adjusted, in the daily life of the physical person, who is the produced collective of the Soul's Vibratory-Wyrding of Past Personalities; However, if we are looking up from the Earthly presence towards our incomprehensible Soul....we tend to only see what we are trained to see, usually a collective of false identities enforced by indoctrination.

Therefore, the necessary perspective change needed to achieve this Psyche enlightenment of Looking downward at ourselves, is why the Adept studies the Tree of Life and achieves personal initiation on each state of energy conscious called Sephiroth; 
To Know Thyself requires us to look beyond our outer selves and use the "I" sight of the Inner Self,  which is the Adam Khadmond  and/or the Supreme Being, that originally created our Person. This requires a many step perspective change of looking inward to See UP!

The Barbara Walker Tarot-9 of Pentacles: Accomplishment:
Depicts her version of Kali, The Hindu "All Mother", as Maya-Shakti.

Tibetan and Hindu Tantric sages, teach that the ultimate aim of female-focused knowledge was comprehension of Maya-Shakti, the world protecting, feminine, maternal side of the Ultimate Being ", [who] stands for spontaneous, loving acceptance of life's tangible reality.... She is the creative joy of Life: herself the beauty, the marvel, the enticement and seduction of the living World." [Lederer, 137]


To a Qabalist, this would be the Ultimate Understanding of the "Scarlett Woman" aspect of the Divine Creative.  Beauty, on the Tree of Life is the Christ/Buddha consciousness of the Sun/Son of the Divine Creative. In other-words, our Soul.  Hence, in Buddhist myth, the Divine Creative was incarnate in the Virgin Queen Maya (Note the Virgin Blue cape, draped over the Scarlett dress.). Queen Maya, gave birth to Buddha, the Enlightened One under her sacred cherry tree. Now in order to fit the Virgin concept, a Feminine deity can never be impregnated by a man, or she wouldn't be a virgin anymore, so she has to become pregnant via a serpent (that is how Zeus did it), a "holy being", such as an "Angel of the Lord" (Virgin Mary conceived Christ through this method), or as a White Elephant, which was the "other than man", father of Buddha.  Ganesh or Ganesha, meaning-"Lord of Hosts", used the white elephant shape. The Sacred Cherry Tree also passed into Western Tradition with the Christmas "Cherry Tree Carol". The canonized form of Buddha (Bodhisat or Bodhisattva )  as the apocryphal "St.Josaphat"[H. Smith, 227]
 
The great age of the "Mother of the Universe", is shown by her many ancient names, long before She was called the Christian Mary. Maya-Shakti, in an older form of classical mythology, was Maia, the mother of Hermes, also known as, the "Enlightened One". At one time she is known as the constellation Pleiades, at another, the Muses, and yet another time, as incongruously known as the virgin "Grandmother" or "the Maker". She was the spouse of the primal volcano  fire-god Vulcan,and/or Volcanus, pre-Roman Latium. Yet even older was she, for Vulcan was a derivative of the early Cretan god of fire-mountains, Velchanos. [Rose,229]
 
Trying to make a very long story short: Maya usually took the forms of the May Queen, named May, or Maji or Mai, in Northern Europe.  In Norway she was Maerin and Maid Marian in the British Isles. Her French followers called her, The Maid, or La Purcelle.

Simply put, the Virgin who renews her virginity, and her motherhood every year as the May Maiden, represented the cyclic fertility of earth. The flowers of her sacred tree promised future fruit.

In her card, Barbara Walker, shows the 9 pentacles, as flowers in the Divine Feminine's sacred tree. Complete with Ganesha of Maya-Shakti fame, the blue of Virgin Mary, and the Red Rose (Red menstrual blood) of the Scarlett Graäl, which Crowley called Babylon.

All of which represents, as Barbara Walker suggests, "accomplishment in the sense of gestation, productivity, careful cultivation, the establishment and nurture of beauty through learning".
Also Love of Nature, is often suggested.


When the Thoth 9 of Disks-Gain or the Barbara Walker 9 of Pentacles- Accomplishment, is thrown during a reading, it implies:

  1. That in 9 weeks or 9 months the querent has experienced or will experience an inheritance, and/or much increase in money.
  2. 9's are the number of completeness, so complete realization of material gain is suggested here.
  3. According to the dignity inferred by the accompanying cards, this could also be covetousness, treasuring of goods, and maybe even theft and underhanded waggery.
  4. Spiritual activity is implied here also, but Disks are Earth-Material so spiritual awareness maybe gained in the spiraling of the downward flow of Force and Form, but very slowly and may be hardly noticed.
  5. The 9 of Disks, also symbolizes contentment and peace of mind achieved after working hard.
  6. Here we have success and a certainty gained from knowing you've made the right choices and done the right thing. Self discipline in the material world. As Crowley stated," everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." 
  7. Therefore, In 9 weeks or 9 months, the querent shall begin receiving just rewards in:

  • Physical gain, for all their self-discipline and hard work.
  • A reaping of what has been sown. 

Now, if ill defined by the surrounding cards this card has an opposite side.

  • It then means lack of Self-discipline will keep you from gaining in the material world.  However, this is rare and most often this card represents a personal accomplishment gained by following your own path. It shows us that by disciplined focus, we can design our own fate.


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