The Thoth Tarot 6 of Swords-Science & The Wild Wood Tarot-Six of Arrows,
refers not only to Tiphareth
(Beauty), the 6th Sephira on the Tree of Life, but also to the intellect itself. Tiphareth/Beauty
is a harmony, often called love, involving Spirit, mind and body and is
known in esoteric circles as the "Christ or Buddha Consciousness".
Hence, Tiphareth/Beauty is the highest
state of Consciousness the human brain can receive and therefore
express. Therefore, the 6 of Swords is the fully established and
expression of the Suit of Air/Swords.
This synchronization of Psyche and body is also shown by the Planet Mercury being in the sign of Aquarius which represents
the flow of celestial Energy that operates the Idea of Humankind, i.e.
the concept of humankind as the I-mage of God. Both Planet symbols and astrological signs are displayed on the Thoth card.
To some, the word Science implies
plodding mathematics, mind numbing repetition and burrowing into dusty
old books, but there is much more implied in the 6 of Swords. This is
the ultimate declarative Science ( I AM) of balancing the moral and
mental faculties, that is difficult to achieve, and almost impossible to
hold, in an ever-changing world of definition manipulation. Therefore,
the 6 of Swords implies the perfect function of equilibrium between the
psyche and soma. For those who need a refresher on the meaning of the
words *Psyche and **Soma:
psychology, the psyche /ˈsaɪki/ is the totality of the human mind,
conscious and unconscious. Psychology is the scientific or objective
study of the psyche. The word has a long history of use in psychology
and philosophy, dating back to ancient times, and represents one of the
fundamental concepts for understanding human nature from a scientific
point of view.
biology: the parts of an organism other than the reproductive cells.
late 19th cent.: from Greek sōma ‘body.’
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In The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Swords
the hilts of the swords are not only ornamental but they also form the
Hexagram. of the combined Triangles of the "As above, so below" doctrine
of Qabalah. There is much to this science of the psychosomatic organism, so much so, that in this
blog it can only be best explained in Understanding the Collective
Consciousness represented as the entire 78 cards of Tarot. However, it
can be said that the 6 of Swords represents "Mind over Matter",
perfected psychosomatic relationship of unconsciousness, consciousness and body.
As quote from the Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang,"To
deal with the mysteries of Tiphareth, one must first have undergone the
initiations of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire (Malkuth, Yesod, Hod and
Netzach, respectively). No matter how a religious or esoteric cult,
whether Christianity, Buddhism or Qabalah, may describe the various
component parts of the Personality, or the initiation of the four lower
Sephiroth, an integration must be undergone before the descent of the
Light which is God the Son. This integration is a personal atonement for
the Fall. In Tiphareth is the Redemption."
The Fall, which is often misunderstood,
means the progressive sojourn of the Psyche down the Tree of Life, necessary to
establish a "point in time",
(In physics, a point in time is called an entity
) and/or the human body. We are Spirit, who
is "everywhere and nowhere at the same time"
, (infinite - I AM )
so in order to become "Self Aware" we need a place in time
; a moment of
sensuality, for the purpose of Self examination. There is no "Me"
without sensation! This is called the "fall", when we build a "Me" we
"fall" from the impersonal immortality of the I AM and become a personal
mortal/sensual experience of the microcosm as a "Self", i.e. I Am Me.
To know that human kind is the initiator of the Elementals
a Magi's knowledge and requires the "Science of Tiphareth", who is King
over the four Elemental aspects that are the Personality (thus the
cross symbol on the Thoth card, which also serves as the "human form") and the Palace of the rulers of the actual Elemental
Kingdoms of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. These Rulers are called the Malachim
elementals who are kings/queens over other elementals because they have gained
immortality which occurs only from the intervention of the Psyche of human beings.
When we realize ourselves as Tiphareth, we become the Elohim Malachim "Gods of the gods".
As you may note, there is much to this Science of Tiphareth.
However, one must note, that if one is not the Real Persona, that is
the Soul/Psyche, but rather an environmentally conditioned-man-made personality,
they have no power over their own entity, let alone the elements.
To continue with the examination of the Thoth card
, the 6 Swords have their points joined in the Rose upon the six squares of the Rosy Cross
. Thus, the Rosy cross is the central point of this Science.
is the number of the Sun and the Rose is the Womb of the Great
Mother. The Son (Sun) of the Father joined in the womb of the Mother,
is an intelligent state of Energy that requires diligent study and
vigilant self awareness. Have fun deciphering this Sephira, for it is a harmonic
The Thoth 6 of Swords
-Science illustrates the Balance of the idea of the Suit. Tiphareth, the Middle-6th Sephiroth on the Middle Pillar
of the Tree of Life, is the Sun/son of God Sephiroth, known as Beauty
; Beauty being the perfect balance of opposites, or as psychologist/philosopher-Carl Jung would say, "...a Synchronicity".
The Higher Intellect itself is also referred to in the number 6 , as it is the number of the Sun, which represents the Bright-Warm Intelligence.
In the zodiac,
the 6 of Swords card is influenced by Mercury in Aquarius, which represents the
celestial Energy Intelligence of the Universal Collective Unconscious
influencing the Soul of Man. Thus, the Six
of Swords-Science, shows both intelligence and humanity and represents
the "heart Chakra" (Soul center-Anahata Chakra) energy center of the Human form.
As previously stated:
on the Thoth card, the Points of the Six Swords touch each other in
the Center of a red rose on a golden cross of six squares. The red is
hard to see on the card illustration as it has faded due to processing. The Golden cross, the Red Rose and the six squares show the Rosy Cross as the central secret of scientific truth.
Student of Gnosis ( Greek for Knowledge, but not the knowledge we make
but rather the Knowledge that makes us.) would be wise to study the Rosy
Cross and/or Rosicrucian philosophy, just to add another perspective of Self.
The Wild Wood Tarot-Six of Arrows,
to be about the science of Transition, yet it to shows a symbol of the Hexagram and rose formed by six arrows. Here the hooded dark persona, is piloting a stylized-swan prowed boat on a moon lit sea. All reminiscent of Charon, the Boat man who takes the Soul across the river Styx. Therefore, the implications here, are that the transition is from conscious to Unconscious, and/or a subconscious impulse to travel beyond one's present static horizons.
Swords and Arrows are the symbols often used for the metaphysical element of air, which is the
"rational mind" and/or mind of ratiocination. The boat is a vessel,
such as the body is a vessel for thoughts/ideas of the mind. To me, this implies the
personal balance of the Conscious and unconscious.
The back ground, the Sunrise is the yellow color assigned to the element air. The
yellow background "bleeds" into the darker foreground of the Full Moon and clouds. Together, the symbolism
seems to imply perfected psychosomatic mechanics, were reason meets with imagination within the physical vessel.
When the Six of Swords is thrown during a reading it indicates:
in six weeks or six months, the querent shall have experienced or will
experience: Labor, work, and even a journey probably over water because
of the Aquarius influence.
- Success after anxiety and trouble.
- Selfishness, beauty, conceit, but sometimes modesty within all depending on dignity which is supplied by the surrounding cards.
what this card means is that the querent should use the whole mind (The
Circle in the Card) to observe the situations of the next 6 weeks or 6
month, and look at what is really there rather than what we want to see.
- Being able to see many thoughts at once, is represented by
the pinwheels throughout the Card and being discerning is shown by the
Whole mind (circle) and the Creative Mind ( Diamond) working in unison
to solve problems by constructive and creative means.
- They shall experience success after anxiety and effort.
personality of the querent is, somewhat conceited but sometimes with
modesty therein, modifying the selfishness with beauty. To understand
this statement, is to know that all of us are "Selfish" ( you can't make
an individual expression of Self without being "Selfish"); However, by
balancing this self-absorption, with the Science of Union (the Rosy
Cross) where it is understood that, "everyone I see is another way to be
me" and/or the law of continuity, we make "Selfishness" beautiful.
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