The Hermetic Qabalah's Thoth Tarot-7 of Swords: Futility & The Night Sun Tarot-7 of Swords.
The Tarot's Four 7s:
of us who've had elementary physics know that there is only one energy, and that we can't create nor
destroy this energy, but we can transform and transmit it; even by our
imagination. In fact, everything that is, is a transformation of the One
energy/Life...including you! The Sevens are no exception, they are a
state of energy- conscious that is a transformation that unbalances the
previously stable sixes. We often call this one energy-light, both invisible and reflected.
The 7th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic
Tree of Life, is Netzach
(victory), which is a position low on the Tree of Life, and off of the
middle pillar, thus all 7s are very unstable.
It is a risky
business descending, using frantic energy, into this domain of illusion, as
Netzach is attributed to Venus, and Earth. This knocks Venus off her
heavenly perch which to Venus is a great catastrophe; Venus is assigned the metal copper, shinny outside, but corrupt inside. Therefore, the
four Sevens, bring no comfort and are a depredation of the element they
represent, exposing their greatest weakness. Outer shine and inner corruption.
The Thoth-7 OF SWORDS: FUTILITY.
this card is Moon in Aquarius. The Moon in Aquarius indicates
sociability, often religious inclination. While the Moon is less fluid
and changeable here, the balances established are easily upset.
a Qabalist, this is Netzach (Victory) in Yetzirah (Astral World). The
Astral world is fluid and deceptive, while Netzach is success after
battle. Which indicates that much struggle is wrought before achieving what you envision. Hence, the shine of victory is corrupted by the detritus of battle.
The mundane divination meaning of this card is unstable effort, vacillation and untrustworthy character.
over, this card represents wanting
something but believing you can't
have it. You are resigned to giving up. However, there is the desire
and possibility of victory over this feeling of futility within the next
7 weeks or 7 months. The feeling of futility is really just creating
problems for yourself by not believing in your inner creative potential. The 7 of Sword implies that the individual
mind has become inflexible and focused on fear of lack. Hence, mental
flexibility is the up side of this card. It reminds us to experiment in
all areas of our life; lifestyle, daily routine, beliefs, hope and
communications. Reminding us that "To settle for" is to practice mental futility as a happy balance of unconscious and consciousness are never achieved. Because of the influence of Netzach-victory, we must shed thoughts of futility and hope for the best as we fight on. This is because life is
a constant transformation of Force and Form (Chokmah and Binah)...Form and Force, symbolized in Qabalistic Tarot, as the figure eight.
In the Night Sun Tarot, Fabio Listrani, concentrates on the upbeat message of the 7 of Swords. As the upside, is hope, meditation, new roads to be traveled etc.. Because of the ever changing cycles of the Moon, who represents "imagination", nothing is written in stone as imagination linked with determination, always gets the job done. Here the individual, is holding the "world egg", promising new creation. The alchemical symbol for air, the element assigned to the swords suit, is shown on the ground, as part of the new path. As common with his sword suit, Fabio Listrani has designed the background of this card as yellow, the color assigned to the element of air, and the sacred geometry of the Soul-mind.
As a Psyche/Soul, we enforce our will upon the motion/life of our physical-form by creating beliefs,
dogma, ideas that set energy-in-motion (emotion). To know that Energy-in-Motion, is the Will
that is you and not the follower that is body---is to avoid futility. I
Am the E-Motion that operates this body, rather than, I am emotional
which implies that the body is moved by environment rather than the on-board
consciousness. When Emotions are just let loose with out Willful focus,
they are aunstable effort, vacillation, and untrustworthy character and any mental control is futile. Like all Motion, Energy-in-motion (emotions) requires guidance systems
in order to "hit their target". "Above all things know thyself", also
describes a vital character who knows what it wants and is able to line
up its sights and get what it wants without harming others in the process. "To know
thyself", means that every thing you see is another way to be you
[Force and Form] so you knowingly treat them well but here is the
caveat; to treat others as yourself is a law which you never have broken!
If you think ill of you, you treat others ill! If you think Well of
you, you treat others well! That is how the One Conscious operates,
since all that is, is another way to be the One Energy that can't be
destroyed or created, only transformed and transmitted! Therefore, Dr. Paul Foster Case design a "guidance system", using the Tree of Life, for the Force and Form that is us. It's called:
is should be obvious that it is FUTILE to seek happiness when you are unhappy with you! Victory over
chaos, comes from an Ordered Mind/Emotion union; Love being the
Greatest Balance of Ordered harmony! Love thyself, makes all things possible.
Dislike yourself, makes everything a horrendous effort of futility! This
card says,"Wake-up to a new perspective about you or all your actions
are futile; you're good enough to inherit the All!" Remember,
inheritance is not earned, it is accepted. Hence, the Justice of freedom of thought, states, that
what you think you are worth, is what you get! We are all the Children
of the Divine Creative (Divine Parents)---our presence is enough to
inherit the Universe but we decide our presence by our perspective of
ourselves! Why limit your presence? As a consciousness, Rock On with your body-dance partner! You are the Force of your Forms so dance in the rhythm produced by Mind-Soul and Body in equalized motion!
One could say that The Thoth 7 of Swords
card represents the
sabotaging mind where you know what you want symbolized by the central
sword and then go about defining the reasons why you can't obtain it, as
shown by the six swords surrounding the central one.
This is the yes-but mind that often keeps us from making our dreams work.
As stated: Astrologically the 7 of Swords is Moon and Sun in Aquarius, the
circle with a dot in the center is a symbol of the Sun, the Crescent is
the Moon and the wavy lines at the bottom are Aquarius.
Each of the six swords of procrastination bear a planetary sign for the six ways we sabotage our selves.
- The yes-but aspect of Saturn is telling us there is too much red-tape or it's too complicated.
Sword has on the handle the symbol of Mercury which is about the
negative communication of " I can't... I wish I'd a ...If only..." all
negative reasons why "it won't work".
- Another sword handle
bares the planetary sign of Jupiter; the planet that symbolizes
flexibility and expansion. The negative self-talk of Jupiter is "it's
too limiting and constricted" or " I am not lucky" or "I am not talented
- Another sword sports the planetary sign of Mars.
Positively Mars is a sign of dynamic energy, vitality, and assertion but
the negative side of Mars is " I don't have the energy to...I am burnt
out...it's dull and boring etc."
- Another sword handle is
adorned with the sign of Venus; the planet of Love. The Venusian
negatives would be," I really don't care...It doesn't mean anything to
- Then there is the final sword whose handle
supports the double loops which represent the Sun and the Moon the
negatives of which are consciously and subconsciously you sabotage
yourself out of doing what it is that you want to do. In other words, you are caught in wanna-be-ism which is a viscous cycle of mental inferiority.
I like to say that, instead of the Power of I AM,
we are caught in the self-denial of I Ain't...
Often we run "mind loops" that constantly repeat our past as today's
reason for not progressing or going forward with our life. These mind
loops are the "nag within" syndrome that fear of discomfort/fear of
vulnerability, often generates in our subconscious to avoid presumed
Hence, The Tarot -7 of Swords follows the Axiom, "Above all things, know thyself", albeit an old but well established doctrine of the Gnosis, and Qabalah, "that it is futile trying to understand the "Great No-Thing", by using words as thought".
In the Gnostic Gospels of Didymos Judas Thomas, Jesus is quoted as saying,"If
those who lead say to you,'see, the kingdom is in the sky.' then the
birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, 'It is in the
sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of
you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves,
you will then become known, and you will realize that it is you who are
the sons [suns] of the living father. But if you will not know
yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who is that poverty." (The Gnostic Gospel of Thomas---The Nag Hammadi Library--)
The word Suns in brackets
is of my own insertion, because the original word is interpretation as
Son and/or Sun, both having similar meanings in Qabalah. The fact that
many Monks who interpreted the Gospels from the original Greek, were
misogynistic, required them to use the word "Son". Qabalah and Science
both know that we are all androgyny; each of us, both male and female,
are to be Tiphareth (beauty) which is "the Son/Sun" and/or Enlightened
Mind- number 6 on the Tree of Life that is known as the Christ or Buddha consciousness and/or The Real Person.
In the process of "Remembering ourselves", the 7 of Swords points us toward Tiphareth/Beauty. Considered one of the mystical feminine
numbers, 7 is not only the number of the "goddess", is also the
Sephira- Netzack (meaning Victory) on the Tree of Life. Netzach-
Victory, in the suit of Swords is not as catastrophic as 7 in the other
suits, as Netzach is the Sephiroth of Venus. This modifying influence is
accentuated by the celestial fact of the Moon being in Aquarius, as the
planetary rule of this card. To speak of this modifying influence
simply, is that the intellectual wreckage of this card is not so
vehement as is the Five of Swords-Defeat. For there is vacillation, and a
certain tolerance brought on by the need to compromise. However, in
certain circumstances, the need to compromise, can bring even greater
disaster than defeat, depending on the success of the policy of
The policy of appeasement that is suggested
by this card, is always in doubt, as there exists
uncompromising-violent forces which prey on vacillation.
What the 7 of Swords represents, is the futility of using the cultural doctrine of appeasement to approach God-Self Knowledge, i.e. The Higher Self.
The brain is indoctrinated by those who rule definition, so the definition that has
been pounded into your head, as "pleasure/pain training", (brain
washing) will not let you stand in your Power. On the contrary, you must
kneel and bow your head to weakness and fear as your "mental master".
This need to appease those who you think can hurt you, is a violation of
your Soul's "state of Mind", as you must compromise action with
Throughout my Qabalistic/Tantric training, I have always told my reactive survival based brain, "If you wish to speak to me, you must stand, for I'll not kneel to your weakness", for I am the Soul, who is action and not a enslaved-thought processed policy of appeasement. Hence, it is the
Policy of the "Will to be", that is our Soul that is the necessary mental
state needed to "above all things, know thyself".
Therefore, it is futile,
to use the brain's cultural software, when seeking your memory as a
"Higher Self"; you must use Declaration, I AM.....rather than "I wish or I want".
When the Tarot- 7 of Swords-, is thrown during a reading, the querent is or shall be:
Experiencing 7 weeks or 7 months of futile effort because of the
characteristics of, self doubt, such as, being untrustworthy, due to
- This brings about unstable effort in all that is attempted.
- There is also the prospect of journeying over-land, with mixed results.
- Partial success is suggested, because of yielding when victory is at hand.
a yielding is brought on by the self-defeating thoughts of self doubt
which tend to "drain strength" because of internal conflict.
such thought, there is an inclination to let loose when on the point of
gaining, through the process of not continuing effort.
- There is
also suggested, a love of abundance, a fascination of display (where
the wrapping is more important than the gift), given to compliments,
ease of affronts and insolence's with need to detect and spy on others.
inclinations to betray confidences, not always intentional, but subject
to vacillation, causing unreliability. The strength of which all
depends on the dignity of the accompanying cards.
- The querent will
have the opportunity presented to them, in the next 7 weeks or 7 months, to
break out of your self-imposed defeatism and move towards creating what they really do want.
- It's time to "damn the torpedoes and go full steam ahead".
- You do know what you want, that is the truth you may be trying to avoid.
- The falsehood is the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
that the 7's are associated with the Charioteer, which is the
originator of motion and change. So this card is not nagging at your
weakness but advising you that choosing you wants moves you forward into
a satisfying life motion and that you have the inherent power to do so.
- You have the capability to release sabotaging thought
processes that where developed in a past that may go back to 7 years or
when you where 7 years old.
- Focus on what you truly want;
focus your heart, creative mind and passion on it, and your programed
self-defeat won't be able to impede you , it just becomes white noise in
the back wash of your powerful wake on the ocean of possibilities.
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