Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot- 8 of Swords: Interference & The Wild Wood Tarot- Eight of Arrows.
The 8s of Tarot:
Four 8s are attributed to Hod-
8th Sepiroth--Splendor, on the
Tree of Life. Since Hod
is in the same plane as the 7s
(Netzach-victory) the same weaknesses and/or defects that are in the 7s
will apply. Yet, in a sense, the alleviation of the 7's
weakness is also being applied in the 8s. One might say that the
mischief has been done and there is an action against it; much like
white blood cells attacking a intruder in the blood stream. Not a total
cure but a beginning in that direction. This could also be compared to
gluing rhinestones to blue jeans, a simple cure to this scattered
"splendor" is to remove the rhinestones.
The Thoth-8 OF SWORDS-Interference
, is also called The Lord of Shortened Force.
This minor arcana tarot
card is attributed to Jupiter in Gemini, and Jupiter's natural
expansiveness is in determent in Gemini, as the duality of Gemini
affects Jupiter's positive energy scattering half one way and half the
other. Also, Hod is in Yetzirah, the Astral-Formative World, the world noted for mental deception and phantoms of fantasy.
The angels of the Decan are, Vemibael and Yehohel.
Because of Gemini's desire to go
one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter are scattered,
erratic and unstable. This is indeed an unconscious interference when
focus one's consciousness on a goal. Yes it can be an intense and
positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection, as 90%
of our operational thought is under the auspices of the unconscious and
therefore, automatically done without conscious thought.
illustrates this in his 8 of Swords
, as two strong and long main
swords, being crossed ( as in "Crossed-up") by six short swords of
different designs representing scattered thoughts. The shorter swords
also imply: shortened force, narrowness and restriction.
a definite lack of persistence in intellectual matters and of contest.
Jupiter's natural good fortune still attends even the weakest of
efforts, yet the will is constantly thwarted by accidental interference.
are the Suit of Air which is the suit of Mind, intellect, and conscious
and traditionally the suit of death. As stated: The 8 of Swords, is of the 8th
Sephira-Hod, which means splendor which is all about the cosmetics of pretense.
This signifies a genuine lack of persistence in matters of intellect and
contest. Yet the 8 of Swords is also attributed to Jupiter in Gemini; therefore, as stated, good fortune attends even the weakest effort. However, the Will is
being constantly thwarted by accidental interference from the unconscious mind's automatic reactions.
Hence, the Wild Wood Tarot-Eight of Arrows, shows
a feminine persona, struggling through an great storm and snow, which interferes with her motion. The Elements have broken and scattered her arrows, that now litter the ground; the detritus of scattered mind. The Unconscious is considered the feminine mind,
the blindness of automatic programed thought is shown as a blinding storm. There is hope, for she hold's within her hand the bright lantern of reason. Although one's motion is interfered with by powerful elements, her hand holds firmly the staff the enables her forward motion.
The color for Air, is shown as a yellow cloudy background, along with the bent-wind blown grasses and tree.
Hence, this Wild Wood card implies that in the dark storm of failure, the brightness of the lantern of Psyche/Soul, brings hope and the necessary courage to survive the struggle.
The Center of the Thoth Card
is dominated by two downward pointing long swords. They are being crossed by six small swords , implying many small thoughts interfering with the larger issues.
It is interesting to note that these small swords are peculiar to
countries or cults, such as the Kris, the Kukri, the Scramasax, the
Dagger, the Machete and the Yataghan; implying that outside
interference, such as indoctrination, theology, and mental abuse, could
be the cause of difficulties.
interference is signified here, this is a sign of an active mind, that
dashes about between thoughts and is unable to complete anything of
significance. Projects lie about half done, confusion is rampant about
what is most important and what is not. In Eastern philosophy this is
called the Neti-Neti mind (translates to ; Not this-Not that). This card
represents the over analytical, non-trusting mind where survival
thinking has become the foundation of creative thought brought on by feeling vulnerable, fear of error and the
self-doubt incubated by fear of discomfort. Therefore the 8 of Swords card says,"Stop! Now is the time to wait, sort out priorities rather than
Running from thought to thought not
trusting your opinion of which is best or more certain of creating your
survival dreams, accomplishes only creative mental interference,
scattering one's ability to act. Hence,
nothing can be completed. Now if the underlying cause of all this
scattered thinking is in the "pursuit of happiness", one must stop and
consider that mental happiness comes from a state of I AM Me----not from a state of "I Am not or I lack". It is time to stop seeking and focus on your inner self.
Often, just by declaring," I Am the happiness I am seeking",
stops the seeking of happiness that often interferes with our focused
creative motion. I Am is everyone's first name/identity, as it is the
Identity of the The Divine Creative, whose presence in us is known as the communion of Imagination and reason. As
many of us find out, Imagination knows no boundaries and any idea will
suffice as an act of creative splendor. The consciousness of bright reason, must be in
active communication with the unconsciousness, if imagination is to be
focused on discerning thought. Hence, the practice of meditation, tarot
In our modern world of Media controlled identity, Peer pressure, and Pavlovian indoctrination,
just knowing one's self is often hard to do, let alone what is life
expanding and liberating thought. Hence, half the time, we don't even
know what we are declaring into manifestation as our selves! Anything we
start with "I AM" is a command to the image-maker (imagination) within,
to build as our outer presence. One must be very careful about what
they declare and must not react to the declaration of others! Remember, the Consciousness is the Phallus that impregnates the Womb of Imagination!
"Happiness built me so it could be me." is a realization that has personally changed my life---it's time to focus on this fact as you are a simulation of the Greater Self, i.e., The Divine Creative and The Divine Creative doesn't build what it doesn't want!
helps us see that it is not what we do that makes us
happy----it is the communication between our inner and outer-self that is important. Again the
Tarot aids us in the spiritual axiom," Above all things, know thysel
The object of "the few who wish to rule the many", is to interfere with
this inner and outer self communication. So that you can be a person of man made-splendor
, a superficial material based persona, rather than the Real Persona and or Mercury-messenger of your Soul (magus). The Wild Wood Tarot-Eight of Arrows shows this interference with the Souls communication to the body as scattered and broken arrows, created by a storm of opposition. Much like the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot, which demonstrates the blindfolded personality trusting the Soul to guide it throught the thought maze of Swords.
To reiterate: When the 8 of Swords or the Eight of Arrows, card is thrown it points to the astrological
aspect of Jupiter in Gemini; Jupiter being the planet of growth and
expansion and when linked with Gemini this union requires us to weight
different possibilities. Gemini is is the sign of the "twins" and is
displayed, along with the sigil for Jupiter on the Thoth 8 of Swords Card.
To reiterate: To a Hermetic Qabalist, 8 of Swords or Arrows is Hod
(Splendor) in Yetzirah ( Astral World). Splendor, which is seen as a
"egoistic showing off", a kind of ,"look how beautiful am I" . Splendor is the state of energy conscious that decorates creation with all it's beautiful colors and plumage.
But in this case, the normal brief intense and positive influence of
Jupiter is driven to chaotic twists and turns by the dual directions of
Gemini. This Interferes with a type of order established by Jupiter, the
resulting misdirection makes nothing complete.
Therefore the mundane meaning of the 8 of Swords card is; shortened force, narrowness, restriction as in a prison.
There is a desire here to expand any duality but all indications are over-analysis, doubt
confusion, interfering with a choice being made. What can't be
overstated is that because of the assignation of Jupiter to this card,
one knows that good fortune attends even these
weakened efforts, life will go on; However, the Will is thwarted by
interference proposed by Gemini. Crowley knew this to be so, and made
sure that each sword in this card was of a different appearance,
signifying "many choices with out decision".
The 8 of Swords or Eight of Arrows is not all negative, for it also signifies that the desire and possibility for resolution with in the next eight weeks or 8 months, does exist, albeit only with diligent effort.
When thrown in a tarot divination, the 8 of Swords card signifies:
- Too many choices causing indecision,
much like a squirrel caught trying to cross a busy four-lane highway,
darting back and forth trying to figure out the right direction to go.
This usually ends up as "road kill", so this card reminds us to sideline
ourselves from our busy thought, and take a deep breath, center, and
make a patient and insightful decision.
- Our thoughts often
trick us into believing all of our decisions are life and death serious.
By panicking and racing from one thought to another we are unable to
see through the dust cloud of chaos.
- But if we take a moment and not
interfere with our own decisions by mentally racing about, we'll see
that very few thoughts are life and death decisions, they are more like
choices and less like discomfort.
- The fear of not making the "right" choice, is often the interference one suffers from, causing indecision.
- The Eight of Cups reminds us to relax, in 8 weeks or 8 months all will become clear, and the dust will settle.
this case, the Rapid Rabbit looses the race to the Patient Tortoise who
never loses sight of the goal and is willing to take one direction to
- Over analyzing every thought to the point of inaction.
- The 8 of Swords reminds us to stop, slow down and refocus.
the next 8 weeks or 8 months you will either get the chance to slow
down and refocus your thoughts or you will come to an understanding of
your own mental interference and refocus.
- This could also
mean that you must desist your uncertain and scattered thoughts about
the Gemini people in your life (May 21 to June 21) by simply waiting and
not taking any decisive action concerning them.
- Let go of fear and thoughts will become focused and future decisions will become clearer.
- Too much interference for proper decisions at this time.
in 8 weeks or 8 months, the querent has or will have experienced narrow
or restricted thought that shortens their force, either in themselves
or by a person important in their life.
- There will be pettiness, a mental prison, and too much force applied to small things.
- Over attentive in detail, at the expense of principal and more important issues.
- The above stated qualities will produce malice, pettiness, and domineering qualities, if ill dignified by surrounding cards.
- There is patience in detail of study, great ease in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others.
influenced by Gemini (The two long swords) there is always a equal and
opposite balance, such as, impulsively being fond of giving or receiving
money and/or presents.
- This person will be generous, clever, acute, selfish, and without strong feelings of affection.
- They will also admire wisdom but will apply it to small and unworthy objects.
- The 8 of Swords-Interference, also implies that the person has seen
goals, but is approaching them, if at all, very slowly and needing to be
very meticulous in doing so, because of the constant distraction of the
many nagging, needling thoughts in their head.
- The goals
will be achieved in time, by patience and attention to detail, which all
would be sped up by being able to focus on the import issues at hand.
focus is recommended which can be acquired by practicing meditative
yoga or the various martial arts, and/or mental meditative sciences such
as Qaballah, Tantra, and Ti-Chi. Just pick one and do it!
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