The Thoth Tarot-10 of Swords: Ruin & The Wild Wood-Tarot- Ten of Arrows.
The 10s of Tarot are where the formative-elastic world of Yetzirah,
ends and the absolute solidification of form is established in
Asshiah, an active world attributed to Malkuth (Kingdom). Hence, this is
as solid as thought or an issue gets.
The Thoth 10 of Swords is called RUIN and in the world of Malkuth--Ruin is death of a thing. As a mater of fact the 10 of Swords is more the physical death card
in the deck rather than the Death Card (key 13) of the Major Arcana.
Key 13 depicts a death of perspective, a personality death that is
necessary for change rather than a physical, mental or objective one.Therefore,
the 10 of Swords implies that if one goes on fighting long enough---all
ends in destruction. Something our bodies prove by fighting gravity all
lives until they end up back in the earth they resist.But there is a
bright side to this card, as there is a bright side to death and that
is, that from ruin rises new construction. Also, recovery from a
psychosomatic illness is also implied, as the Ruin is done, and recovery
The Thoth Tarot- 10 OF SWORDS
is called RUIN, or Lord of Ruin
Crowley names it. Here, the Sun is in Gemini, greatly diminishing the
stability of the Sun. Hence,The 10 of Swords,
is rampant because it is ruled by the Sun in Gemini, causing the
mercurial nature of the Sun to be diffused, and scattered which disrupts the
harmonious nature of energy. This makes it hard for the individual, of this Sun
sign, to concentrate upon any given subject as their tendencies are
vagueness and irresponsibility; such is the disaster implied by the 10
The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.
The 10 of Swords is Malkuth, the Earth, in Yetzirah, the Astral World.[for more
information on angels, see Crowley's books:777 and Book of Thoth]
For Material things,
this is the most destructive card in the deck and most people dislike
seeing it in a spread; However, those who know and use the Tarot as a
instrument of Divination, understand that as in Astrology, "the stars
impel, they do not compel" and that ruin doesn't end creation, it begins recreation, so it behooves us to see beyond the disaster.
Since, by focusing our thoughts,
by a process of divination,
we have the capacity to improve our life-motion, we should do just
that. For, ethically this precognition, is no less moral than resigning a
position when one
sees that there is a work related disaster on the horizon; What moral is
broken, when one is told by the cards," that if you walk in the street
you will be struck by a motor vehicle"
, and that person now chooses to
walk on the sidewalk instead? Divination helps us make focused choices.
We should use the capacities we are given, as we are not Slaves of any
destiny outside of our own making; such as a mind enslaved by
words-definitions enforced upon the individual. Imagination builds all
thinks, and all thinks are an image. Therefore, Tarot, specializes in
the images of the Unconscious, for therein resides our true knowledge.
However, this destiny control,
requires us to "Above all things, know thyself", and to be an Active
Personality, rather than a personality made by environment; a
reactionary presence that is controlled by peers, or the conditioning of cultural
definitions for this often makes our destiny that of Ruin, as our performance is always
"after the fact".
The 10 of Swords Ruin, also implies,
"the Horse is already out of the barn", and closing the door, while cursing yourself for leaving it open, is a
band-aid, not a solution. Something that our governments are slow to
Therefore, it's best to focus on what you
are thinking, pay attention! For your thoughts create "no others", nor do the definitions others give you, influence who you are. Rather, your thoughts or
judgment of others, creates only your interaction of the I AM
(will) and the body-Me!
Remember, your thoughts
operating fulcrum of your LIfe-Motion, they create your destiny! For a
fulcrum to operate efficiently, a rigid base is a necessity. Thus, as in
a "personality, which is a mechanism of the Mind, if the mechanical
(personality) Fulcrum (thinking) must devote most of its energy trying
to hammer out a permanent way of movement (overcome negative thought),
while trying to overcome the counter motion of a "wobbling base", i.e.
an uncertainty of Self-identity, the outcome for proper performance is bleak
indeed. This is yet another message of the 10 of Swords: ruinous thoughts, ruin the thinker of these thoughts.
Again, I cannot
over state the necessity for "Above all things, know thyself"! Each of
us must understand, that by thinking ill of ourselves or of another, we
only supply our body with ill thoughts that confuse our performance and
ruin our destiny!
The Divinatory meaning
of the Wild Wood Tarot- TEN OF ARROW,S concentrates on instruction; showing an elder, teach a child the art of bowman- ship. In the back ground is a wheel of 9 arrows, while the child has the 10th arrow, notched and ready to fire. Be the old man father or mentor, he is passing on his skills with patience and tolerance. So depicted here is the fact that skills, wisdom and instructions are passed on from generation to generation by loving and patient communication. In a sense, the ruin of his youth, has gained the old man wisdom and skill, both of which he can pass onto the new generation.
However, 10's are notoriously short lived
they are an end of a cycle, and soon a new cycle begins, So a 10, can
also mean, the pain you are going through now is on the mend, especially
if you are recovering from a physical or mental injury, where your
movement has suffered a "ruin", but by focused perspective, you are
aiding your recovery. A ten is 1+ 0=1, which is the number of Kether, on
the Tree of Life, thus a cycle of the Tree ends, and a new one "down
the Tree" begins.
Therefore, this sword-death
also indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and
despair. Thus, the necessary ruin is to support the start of something new. Hence, the
10 of Swords card represents a mental conclusion, long sought, with much
ruinous thinking becoming a mental struggle which has rent asunder our
plans and left us in an insomniacs mental paradigm.
The 10 of Swords implies that one may have reached a conclusion that things are just not going to work out in two areas of one's life.
- Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart on the Thoth card.
- And areas of finance as shown by the scales at the top of the Thoth card.
realization of ruin, may cause you to feel a deep fear of "things not
Working out" which only insures that they don't; However, to understand
ruin is just a beginning step to something new, is to leave your mind
open for healing and progress.
Astrological sign of this 10 card is also the Sun in Gemini,
the sun sign is on the upper left and the symbol for Gemini, is on the
upper right. Individuals who have
their Sun in Gemini, are very gifted at synchronizing paradoxes,
polarities, and/or oppositions thus they are able to look at all
aspects of a situation, balancing the positive and negative aspects.
However, this need to balance everything, can obfuscate priorities and
therefore, produce a deep heart-felt fear
about the issues of finance, relationships, and creative initiative.
powerful facilities of any kind, we have the Great Creative Pendulum of
the Imaginative Mind that can swing from positive motion to negative
motion right at the apogee of creative endeavors. When we are powerfully
imaginative, as all of us are, we must also exercise powerful discernment, concentrating
our thought-forms on what we are doing rather than what we fear. By
thinking joyfully of the journey towards our goal, rather then
concentrating stress to try and achieve it, one is avoiding the negative swing that happens when we can see successful endeavor looming past the hills of exhausting
labor and fear loosing it before we get there.
Malkuth is the earth,
the sacred physical world, and the 10 of Swords, represents the
unadulterated energy of mind, confined to the lowest microwave
frequency-(most condensed) consciousness on earth.
The animal survival brain's fear of death, is indeed the Ruin of all Hu-man and/or "higher" thought. (Hu-is Mandarin for "god" and Man,
comes from the Hindu-Manas, meaning "Mind"). Hence the survival mind
interferes with Image-making, and/or Imagination, which is the creative god-mind.
Hence, here in the 10's, the survival ego, is ruining all mental
progress with ruinous
thoughts of fear.
The 10 of Swords, represents reason gone mad, the logic of lunatics, or for the most part, the reasoning of philosophers who divorce their reason from reality.
To further illustrate this scattering of philosophic reason,
this card is ruled by the Sun in Gemini. Gemini's mercurial-airy
quality disperses the rays of the Sun and disrupts the harmonious and
stable energy, as does the atmosphere of Earth.
The position of the Sword Hilts, on the Thoth Card,
are as the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. However, the central Sword,
which represents the #6 Sephiroth-Tiphareth- Sun ("Heart", Soul/Christ-Buddha intelligence), is
shattered by Swords 1 through 5, as well as, by swords 7-9 . The 10th
sword represents the intellect with it's moral qualities shattered as
well. Thus, we know the 10 of Swords is depicting Intellectual Ruin, by
baser and/or lower thought.
The heart, which
also represents the Higher Thought of the Psyche (Soul) is pierced and
in ruins as well, dampening down, weakening, and corrupting the creative
impulse. Often this is because of love lost and/or "heart break".
The 10 of Swords, therefore, counsels the personality to purge
the brain of unworthy thoughts and ideas, that corral the creative
impulse so that it putrefies into malice.
As you may have
gleaned from previous paragraphs, the number 10 is the culmination
unmitigated energy of the idea. In this case its "all Mental" and shows reason run mad; as Crowley put it in his Book Of Thoth, the 10 of Swords represents:
"a ramshackle riot of soulless mechanism". It represents the logic of
philosophers and lunatics and for the most part, it is reason divorced
For instance, the
philosopher says,"Thou shalt not kill", which is divorced from reality.
Reality states that we must kill (even vegetation) to eat and a Mother
and Father must sometimes kill to protect the family, for without
family---there is no future! So the
statement "thous shalt not kill", should say, "Thou
should not murder for the visions of ambition, ( of Politicians,
Philosophers and theologians etc.) be they personal or governmental".
For any man and woman worth their salt, will kill to protect their
family and to eat! Even vegitation kills to survive! That is expected in this Natural Universe where "life
eats itself to stay alive"! Therefore there is a fine line between
philosopher and lunatic; between genus and insanity.
When the 10 of Swords or Ten of Arrows is thrown, the querent is experiencing or will be experiencing:
- In a period of 10 weeks or 10 months, Cruelty and Malice towards others.
- A feeling of Ruin, because of a oppressive feeling of over-bearing strength applied to selfish ends.
- Revenge, injustice, ill-will, lying etc.
- Maybe a death in the family.
- A life threatening illness, either mental or physical.
However, if the accompanying cards are well dignified, the Ten of Swords implies:
- Generosity, self-sacrifice, and even disinterestedness on the querent's part.
- Just the fact that the querent acknowledges this mind set, will begin the process of changing it.
- Recovery from a life threatening illness.
For the querent, the 10 of Swords is almost a worst symbol than the 9 of Swords.
is about death, ruin and failure, all because of the lower thoughts of
the lizard/survival mind of fear based thought, misdirecting the
tremendous power of the Psyche (Sun) which can only be directed by a
Higher State of Mind, i.e. the Human Soul, that is based on Love rather
- There is disaster, because of the undisciplined
warring force unleashed by fear-based thinking which self destructs in
the mayhem created by an army of unbalanced ideas.
the lower mind being over-power by the Fiery E-motion (Will to Force) of
the Solar Soul, ruin of all plans and projects is common place, as well
as, disdain, insolence and impertinence are common expressions.
- There is often a misplaced display of mirth as one overthrows the happiness of others.
- The querent will find that their brain is a repeater of things that have never worked in the past, and won't now.
brain will often repeat many impoverished words, such as "swear words",
but doing so cleverly, and eloquently, in order to hasten the character
assignation of others.
This card alone, is ill-dignified;
However, if the accompanying cards are all well dignified, this is a 1
week or 1 month card of indignity, and the personality is well aware of
the need for a change in perspective.
- The querent maybe
tired of nonsense programming and is seeking away to fix it. The rest of
the cards in the reading will show the querent how to get out from
under the tyranny of fear based thought, and accelerate away from the
lower thought processes. Here, the wisdom and intuition of the
Tarot reader comes into play and aid is easily given.
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