The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords:Defeat & The Night Sun Tarot- 5 of Swords.
On both the Thoth and Night Sun Tarot, the 5 swords are shown in the pattern of the "upside down" pentagram, which shows matter's triumph over the soul.
understand this "defeat" of our personal identity patterns (Upside
down Pentagram) we must understand what happens to unattended fire
(Spirit/Soul); it can either go out or become a conflagration. What happens
to non-moving water (consciousness)? It either turns into a mire and
goes putrid or evaporates away.
To keep this from happening to the
Divine Creative's "Force and Form Children", the Psychosomatic progeny that we are, Geburah (The Divine
Feminine) has invented the Conscious Energy State of Severity-where
strife and defeat supply the "jolt of movement" necessary to get the
stagnant personality moving again. Therefore, this severity is "Tough Love".
on the Tree of Life) always supply disruption. In the 5 of Swords, Venus rules Aquarius which implies weakness rather than excess of strength, is
the cause of the disaster. Here, one has succumbed to the body's fear of discomfort, and losses the will to "fight on". If you're still breathing, you can't be defeated, for the Soul is the one who provides the breath in the body. So your immortal "secret lover", is still with you. However, if you are not in communication with your soul, because your identity is controlled by "fear of rejection" and/or the survival mind of the material world,whom you have made as Foundation/ Master of your own body, you'll be defeated by your own fear of death.
In the 5 of Swords-Defeat,the intellect has been enfeeble by sentiment and has become overly passive.
Treachery may also be implied. The 5 of Swords is shown in a
sinister state of the inverted pentagram which is a sign of the material personality dominating the will of Spirit. In this case, the Thoth Tarot depicts this as even more
sinister, as none of the swords have hilts that resemble any of the
others, and their blades are bent or broken and give the impression of
drooping. As virtue declines (virtue is always being true to your inner
self) corruption takes over until all is in disorder. There is no Rose
of enlightenment in this card, since it is all destroyed now.
The Tarot- 5 of Swords is a state of
defeat, because of the
influence of the 5th Sephiroth-Geburah, whose meaning is Severity. Thus,
Geburah,#5, always produces disruption to any suit, and even more so in the "Death Suit" of Swords.
In the 5
of Swords there is also the fact that Venus is now ruling Aquarius, such
a ruling produces a passive weakness rather than an excess of strength, making treachery easily achieved. For the normally cutting edge of the individual's wit is also
enfeebled by sentiment, making treachery even more disastrous to the
Inverting the pentagram
, is a sinister
sign of "things being turned upside-down"
, where thoughts of success
have been defeated by unseen severity. The Thoth Deck 5 of Swords, also
represents "self-defeating" thoughts, as the hilts of the Thoth 5 swords are
individually different, implying confused thinking, making matters even
worse.Since the Thoth Tarot depicts the Swords as "drooping" and chipped,
represents old thoughts being kept long after their usefulness;
thoughts, that never worked in the first place, the combination of which
can only bring defeat. The Great Balancing Blue Rose
of the Mother
(Wisdom), is totally missing from this card, and only the 'blood" of
Geburah forms the pentagram outline. This is the Cleansing Blood, that
destroys the old, putrid and useless "software" of the personality,
in-order to build anew. As you can see, this is a severe action to a
personality whose denial is its sole supporter.
This is all very sinister
, for even the Night Sun Tarot, shows an inverted pentagram of Swords, stuck in the head of the individual. But as luck would have it, it is the
beginning of an understanding that past "self thoughts" are either too
dependent on the reactions of others to our self, and/or by seeking
self-value through others, we are unable to be or see ourselves. There is an " all seeing-eye" opening "Aw haw" moment, as shown on the mask worn by the person, defeated by the mud and mire of their thinking. By serving
two masters, we can only arrive defeated in purpose. One must listen to the Soul, rather than "the world" made by man. The yellow (color of Air element) background of the Night Sun tarot, depicts the sacred geometry of the Soul, to reinforce this concept of listening to the higher Psyche.
The lesson here,
that I often tell my clients, is that you've been created because you are good enough for The Divine Creative! By seeking approval from those who cannot build you nor have control over their own identities, you can never be the you
that was created in the first place! I AM Me, is our Trinity of
Self....Not I Am "wana-be" somebody! Me, is the invention of I AM's
self-awareness and is a understanding full of probability, so it is okay
to experiment with self-identity. Just remember the axiom, 'think ill
be ill, think well be well" ...You've already been well thought
of----that is why you exist! Contrary to fear based fools, it really is okay to love being you!
My many blogs have shown
the position of Geburah on the Tree of Life,
as the 5th Sephiroth--Severity. One may ask, why is there a need for
such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the inheriting
Child of the Divine Creative? The answer is simple enough as Severity is easily explained as cutting away the
unworthy bits, so that you are the original you, just like one who is trimming a tomato plant. But what many fail to
understand, is that if all the definitions given one, by their society,
belief systems and cultures are not one's Soul produced identity,
then we already were born as knowing-ourselves!
Yes it is true
dear ones, truth is made manifest.
Therefore, your psyche never came
seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul/Psyche already
Knows that because it "became you"! By putting creative knowledge into form is how you the being, became manifest!
You are Defined into being, not a being who seeks definition but rather a Creative Being who puts their identity into material expression! You are a
Divine Creative/Psyche who proves definition by making it manifest!
Therefore, the severity of Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend to be.
The 5 of Swords
is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral
World. In Roman mythology, Mars is the consort of Venus in (see
illustration). We should understand that mythology is not a story
telling a lie, but rather a storied lie relating a truth. For in the above art, Mars the god of war, is shown "enfeebled by sentiment" and treachery is about. Venus has turned the Ram of Aries, into a gentled lamb but this won't last for long, and soon the War like nature returns.
Hence, The Blue Rose of Venus
which is the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian
assault. Along with the 9 and 10 of Swords, the 5 is one of the
most destructive events in the deck. Here, loss, defeat, failure where
contest is decided and finished against the person.To
be able to accept defeat and build from the experience, a success, is
the way of growth. Winter may defeat the apple tree...so it "rests and
reconsiders its options" and awaits the Spring with renewed energy. If
the apple tree just kept reliving the browning of its leaves and the
decay and fall of its apples, it would waste its energy in "painful
production" and die. The
5 of Swords, reminds
us that we must accept our moments of severity, as a step towards
healing, not a permanent fear that imprisons us in a "grave of the
past" leaving no life for the future. Inaction due to fear is
a common disease and easily overcome----just begin! One step begins any
When the 5 of Swords card is thrown during a reading,
- The querent is usually caught in the fears of the past.
- They are experiencing a self defined prison of negative, self defeating beliefs.
- Here is defeat on a mental level, bringing humiliation and weakness.
suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and
acknowledge your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction.
are only defeated when we stop seeking another way. So there is no 5
week or 5 month period here, since it is the querent's own mental
negativity that is involved here, and they could change perspective at
- For the next or the past five weeks, or five months; defeat, loss, malice,spite, slander, and all modes of evil speaking.
is contest finished and decided against the person, whose thoughts of
defeat, anxiety, and trouble may be generated by this defeat or help its
- The 5 of Swords also means grieving unrelentingly after pain and loss.
- There are issues of malicious, slandering, lying, and tale-bearing thoughts.
- The presence of a busy-body who enjoys separating friends; one who hates to see peace and love between others.
- Clever and quick in thought and speech, yet cruel and cowardly, is also suggested.
only could all these negatives be thought by another, but they could
also be inner thoughts of the querent towards themselves. The very
episode of low self esteem.
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