On the Qabalistic Tree of Life of the Hermetic Qabalah, the 7's of Tarot are attributed to the Sephiroth- Netzach (victory) which is very low down on the Tree of life. This is a doubling of the unbalanced nature of conscious energy as consciousness is now descended deeply into illusion while engaged in a frantic struggle with self-identity. Netzach pertains both to Venus and Earth, and the Heavenly Beauty of Venus is now debauched by Matter. The four 7's bring no comfort as they are the denigration of each element, exposing the utmost weakness in every case.
[Pentacles in other decks]
Astrologically this card is Saturn in Taurus which indicates a great deal of work with very little reward.
To the Qabalist, this is the 7th Sephiroth-Netzach in Assiah, the influence of Victory in the Material World....but this is a small victory after extreme effort. In other words the rewards aren't worth the effort. Hence, this card seems to be as all 7s, which means very little good to be gained in the material world from continued emotional and mental effort.However this "little gain" is deceptive, since this card is more about fear of failure than failure itself. Therefore, the 7 of Disks reminds us that trying to defeat our own fear is what is holding us to a snails pace, if any pace at all, towards our success.
Take a long look at the Thoth card. Its astrological sign is Saturn in Taurus. The planet Saturn is symbolic of constricted, restricted and/or the feeling of limited energy. Taurus is representative of productivity and achievement. The two together tell us that our productivity and achievement are being restricted and limited by a leaded thought process of past emotional fear, i.e., our fear of failure.This aspect of Saturn and Taurus can also be seen in the coins as the helmet symbol is Saturn and the Bull is Taurus. Hence, predicting a feeling of failure that interferes with our mundane financial situation. The Helmet is also a symbol of a conscious constriction of which fear is indicative of. This card also indicates a loss of capacity to inspire ourselves or others.
Fear is not to be defeated, by trying to defeat it, for it is made of the "first material" of creation, called "thought". Therefore, trying to suppress or defeat fear is futile, as that just means you are using your own created thoughts and emotional force against you. Rather, Fear is to be understood as a means of focusing on the issue; fear tells us to use our power of observation like a type of magnifying glass. Again, Failure is not the problem. It's been said that it took Edison over 999 failures to make a light bulb, showing that previous failure did not stop the invention of the successful one thousandth try, it only caused him to focus and look at different approaches to the problem!
Hence, the 7 of Disks reminds us that it is our own "will to force" (emotions) and "Will to Form" (Understanding) that create our fear! We have been invaded mentally by a data virus that tricks us and leaves us to believe we are incapable. In other words, our brains have been "hacked" by our indoctrination.
The 7 of Disks also reminds us that we must keep on our projects, they will be completed by perseverance with in 7wks or 7months.
The aware instinctual unconscious knows that fear is only for the sharpening of the senses so that we can pay attention to the details; it is not for everyday operation. Therefore, failure tells us what didn't work, and to not stop working on solutions! To listen to our fear of failure, as if something serious and life defeating just happens, is to abandon labor and sink everything into sloth. Because of the concept of "serious business", we shower our bodies with stress, a form of fear, all day long. Fear, causes adrenaline to be produced and pumped into our bodies for fast action. This is great when the Tiger prowls and one is seen as food, for we now have instant power for instant flight or fight. But adrenaline is a poison in large doses, and can be very destructive. Too much over a long period of time is devastating. Hence, we must keep the concept of "it's serious" to a very minimum if at all. Fear of Failure, is what causes stress in something as mundane as a traffic jam. It's time to remember the releasing power of mirth.
The 7 of Disks, also implies that we are fooling ourselves by fearing discomfort, which is also fear of failure and/or vulnerability. Hence,
we become inactive, passive, and fallen. The Fear of failure states," it is better to lay here on the damp earth of wept for dreams than stand up and pry your feet from the resistant mud of
assumed comfort". [Eli]
Again, what I say to my own sub-conscious... consciously- is , " If you wish to speak to me you must stand for I'll not kneel to your weakness!"....I then slog on to a new day where success awaits me. Thanks to the 7 of Disks-Failure, a type of putrefaction, I am reminded that its not far now...your still breathing so get on with it!
Therefore, The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Disks is about putrefaction, a very important alchemical paradigm that precludes purification. Therefore, the number 7, Netzach-Victory (7th Sephira on the Tree of Life) has an enfeebling effect, as action is in decay; However, in this case it is made even more enfeebled by the influence of Saturn in Taurus.
The Thoth cards interesting disk emplacement is in the gemantic figure Rubeus, the most ugly and menacing of the 16 figures. ( 777-And other Qabalistic writings of Aleister Crowley).
There is an atmosphere of blight about the card and since leaded Saturn, in Taurus, brings very little gain on earth, with a great deal of effort, it is blighted in many ways To carry on this idea. The back ground of the card suggests cultivation and spoilage and Netzach's four colors are blotched with indigo and reddish orange, which again promotes the concept of spoilage ( the reddish orange, on the card is faded by processing). Saturn's disks are lead in color and suggest bad money.
What I have most often found is that it is the individual's Fear of Failure that is the stumbling block to success here and that somewhere in their emotional past the idea that they were/are unworthy of success, is an underlying personality construct. Other people have reacted so emotionally to loss, that gain itself is a threat as they might lose it and therefore will not now dare to desire it.
The SpellCaster's Tarot-7 of Pentacles, emphasizes what many of us don't realize. Success comes after a delay. Patience may be challenged, but continued effort will bring rewards. Hence, think well of the time it takes to get it done, and fear not the effort. Therefore, to think ill of what we do is to perform ill as a form.
Since the most powerful "will to Force" of our Mental Self is "E-motion", projects a thought forward into motion, which is of the same energy that you supply to the body for movement. Hence, you have forced upon the body a new energy-movement.
Imagine yourself -Well, wealthy, with money raining down all around you as you dance in the shower etc. and you will set a force filled course of prosperity for your physical form. Make a forceful chant such as," North, South, East and West, my prosperity flows to me which ever way is best!", do this morning, noon and night or the instant you worry about income. By taking action to change your mind, you are being Spirit in motion. Spirit is action; a forceful energy-in-motion, while the "lizard brain" is a fear based survival mind who reacts to environmental present-actions with past fear and in error calls those reactions, present emotions. There can not be a more mournful present than living in past emotions!
Above all things know thyself! You are a Psychosomatic- Force that operates a Power-Tool--known as "your body"! This power tool-body, gives us the ability to shape, form, and manifest our ideas in Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Just remember, as a Psyche, your physical body is an outer simulation of your inner world.
This SpellCaster's Card, is very green emphasizing fertility after effort, with the Pentacles forming a circle around an urn with what looks to be a very healthy Cannabis plant, being watered; Surely for medicinal purpose!
The sleeping dog, implies this plant tending is taking some time.
As stated, Netzach, is the 7th Sephira on the Tree of Life and is called Victory. As the ruling intelligence of the 7's; victory implies an exhausting contest won by supreme effort. This enfeeblement of exhaustion is accentuated by the fact that the 7 of Disks is ruled by the influence of Saturn in Taurus. Saturn being a heavy, dark, primeval ( Known as the "Old King " of the gods) planet, is made even heavier, more obstinate and plodding by the influence of Taurus, yet the moral character is firm and obstinately capable of overcoming obstacles' by sheer determination.
As artistically shown by the Qabalistic 7 of Disks card, in mundane affairs, Saturn in Taurus is not very good with money matters. It is indeed, financial failure. In fact, unless very well dignified, money comes slowly or just wastes away. However, all Is not lost for the very plodding, obstinate and determined behavior suggested by this card, can save one from financial ruin by their natural careful, saving and quite frugal character.
When the 7 of Disks-Failure or the 7 of Pentacles, is thrown during a reading, the querent will be or has been:
When very well dignified by the accompanying cards,
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