The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords: Defeat & The Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Arrows-Frustration:
both the Thoth 5 of swords and The Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Arrows, are shown in the
pattern of frustration, which shows the material world's triumph
over the Psyche, as we get emotionally excited over our lack of success.The more attempts we make, under the stress of emotion, the worst the emotion gets, and instead of stopping, and taking a deep breath to recenter, we go spinning off center in the manner similar to a "tempest in a teapot".
"defeat" of our personal identity patterns (Upside
down Pentagram) we must understand what happens to unattended fire/passion
(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
Feminine) has invented the Conscious Energy State of Severity
strife and defeat supply the "jolt of movement" necessary to get the
stagnant personality moving again by rethinking it's strategy. Therefore, this severity is often a sign of "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
the cause of the disaster. Here, one has succumbed to the body's fear of
discomfort, and losses the will to "fight on". However, this is a delusion, for if you're still
breathing, you can't be defeated as you can still carry on the battle, for the Soul is the one who provides
the breath in the body and it is immortal. Hence, your immortal "secret lover", is still with
you, and has the necessary reserve energy to carry you forward. However, if you are not in communication with your soul, because
your identity is controlled by "fear of rejection" and/or the survival
mind's conditioning of the material world, 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 fear based 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.
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
To see this defeat in another way, 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, this imagery
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 conditioned "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.
The Fives are all very sinister,
for even the Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Arrows, shows unfocused energy brought on by anger, as the archer keeps missing his mark. But as luck would have it, it is
beginning of an understanding that past thoughts of defeat, give us "buck fever", were our emotions get in the way of our rational thought.
is an " all seeing-eye" opening "Aw haw" moment, as the archer, slows down, takes a deep breath and holds the fifth arrow in his bow, sighting along the arrow with both eyes open. By
two masters, the survival mind and the Psyche, we can only arrive defeated in purpose. One must listen to
the Soul, rather than "the world" made by man's fear based survival mind. The yellow (color of Air
element) background of the Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Arrows, is the color attributed to the Air element. The leaping, long horned goat, is the implied issue at hand, that one is reacting to.
What is implied with this card, is that frustration is enemy of pursuit to any goal that requires self-control and stillness.
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. Hence, we already were born as knowing-ourselves! But what many fail to
understand, is that we are all conditioned by the enforcement of rules and that all the definitions given one, by their society,
belief systems and cultures are not one's Soul produced identity,
Yes it is true,
dear ones, truth is made manifest. Therefore, your psyche never
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
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. Hence, along with the 9 and 10 of Swords, the 5 is one of the
most destructive events in the Thoth Tarot deck. Here, loss, defeat, failure where
contest is decided and finished against the person is depicted.
The 5 of Swords and the Five of Arrows, remind us that 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, and Five of Arrows, tells
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 or over reaction, due to fear is
a common disease and easily overcome----just begin by stopping! One step begins any
journey and stopping, to reconnoiter, aids any accomplishment !
When The 5 of Swords or The Five of Arrows, tarot 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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