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The Tarot of the Old Path- Page of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- Princess of Swords

Posted on January 13, 2019 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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In Traditional Tarot, there are no princesses; However, there were and are the androgynous figure of a page. This was because in the medieval misogynistic society of Christian moral control, women were considered to be of "Satan" and the cause of man's down fall in the Garden of Eden. Obviously this is nonsense, but it did succeed in destroying the matriarchal society and in keeping the women from owning property and voting.

Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris, did not believe in such nonsense, and did understand the secret of Tetragrammaton and Yod Heh Vau Heh. The Princesses represent the last or final Heh, and represent the ultimate issue of the Original Energy, in its completion, crystallization, and its materialization. The four figures, King, Queen, Prince and Princess, in all suits, and in combination as the 16 figures represents Tetragrammaton.

The Tarot of The Old Path-Page of Swords, shows a youth with a shy expression, holding a sword defensively as he glances over his shoulder. The mushrooms in his left hand symbolize suspicion.

  • Hence, the character of this page is malicious and untrustworthy.
  • The yellow uniform of this page, represents the element of air and the military cut of his clothing, suggests that this one belongs to some type of institution.
  • Here we have a young boy or girl, brown eyed with dark hair, who is a young member or inmate of some institution; school, reformatory or military establishment.
  • This tarot card seems to suggest that we have here a dubious person of malicious intent. Could even be a spy, messenger or communicant. This one's intellect is very bright, but bent toward distrust.


Represents the earthly part of Air. She is the fixation of the Volatile. She represents the influence of Heaven on Earth and brings about the materialization of idea.

There is some suggestion of the Valkyrie, in this card but she also represents Artemis with characteristics of Minerva. To some extent, she represents the anger of the gods, and wears a helm of serpent crest, that symbolizes the serpent-haired Medusa. The heavens and clouds whirl about angrily, while she is stabbing downward with her sword. In the back ground is a profaned altar, whose fire has gone out due to lack of attention, which seems to anger this Valkyrie. With Her Sword of "volatile Mind" she cleaves away the dross, so the pure essence is seen as a materialization of Idea. Much like Michelangelo who was known for his perceptive chisel that cleaved away what was not the image he saw in the marble.

As stated, the Princess of Swords and the Valkyrie, represent the influence of Heaven on Earth. Hence, there is a representation of the "Anger of the Gods" here, and she is helmed in a Medusa headdress. She stands in front of a barren altar, as if to avenge its profanation (The Human Soul is the altar---the profanation is "indoctrination of culture"), as shown by her sword stabbing downward. All around her angry storms rage in the sky.

The Archetype personality of the Princess of Swords is of a stern and revengeful nature.

  • She is firm, aggressive and wields destructive logic with great practical wisdom and subtlety in material things.
  • Her natural cleverness and adroitness in managing controversial affairs makes her a master of settling controversies.
  • She would be a good ambassador.
  • People thus characterized, may seem slow mentally, crushed by every responsibility, especially when it comes to family affairs.
  • We must remember that the Princesses represent the "Throne of Spirit", and that the Princess of Swords has the option of "blowing everything sky high"...she has that potency of mind.

If ill dignified:

  • Her qualities are dispersed, she becomes incoherent, and all her gifts form into an animal cleverness, a low cunning, that is unworthy of the means.

Such personalities appear to be "Children of Misfortune" which seems to be the most unhappy of people. However, their Soul knows what it is doing, and sharp chisels are needed to "cut away the dross" so that the real beauty can be revealed.

Since Princesses are the "throne of Spirit", the Princess of Swords has the option of "throwing everything overboard" and/or "blowing everything sky high." Again, the Character of this personality Archetype, is stern, and revengeful. Her logic is destructive, as she is both firm and aggressive. She also shows great practical wisdom in material things. Being adroit at controversy, when affairs are controversial in nature, she shows great cleverness and dexterity in the practical management of these affairs.

When the Princess or Page of Swords Tarot card is thrown during a reading:

· It may represent a young woman or young man with brown hair and blue eyes who shows great wisdom.

· Strength, acuteness, subtleness in material things.

· She or he is graceful and has great dexterity.

She or he is either a mood fighter or defensive to the point of rash decisions

If ill dignified:

· She or he is both frivolous and cunning.

· Often she becomes incoherent as all her talents tend to combine forming a species of low cunning. This produces a kind of mental slowness and her mind becomes the prey of constant anxiety, crushed by every kind of responsibility, especially in family affairs.

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The Tarot of The Old Path-Knight of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- Prince of Swords

Posted on January 12, 2019 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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In the Thoth Tarot, the Knights are the Battle Kings, and the Princes are the Sons of the King whose power is inherited. Traditional Tarot, has always used the Knight as the Prince of the deck. Therefore, the Knight of Swords in traditional tarot, is the Prince of Swords in the Thoth Tarot.

The Tarot of The Old Path- Knight of Swords, is dressed in yellow battle armor, yellow being the color of the element of air. The oak leaves blowing in the wind also support this air imagery and in the language of flowers, oak leaves stand for bravery. He is showing a stern face and is battle ready.

His sword reflects the 4 mystical element colors; Red for fire, blue for water, green for earth and yellow for air.

This knight moves forward with great determination. The circle of chain around his helm, implies great mental strength, giving him the mental strength to tackle any of life's problems.

Hence the meaning of this Tarot Cards seems to be about:

  •   A career minded person who will sacrifice anything to achieve his goals.
  • A young man or person, who is confident of success.
  • One who is bold, fearless and brave.
  • A defender of all that is good.

Tiphareth-the Sixth Sephiroth and the Four Princes

The Princess are the Son of the Queen and King, thus they are governed by Tiphareth, The Son/Sun of God.

The Princes are wholly activated by the Queen and King, adding to their complexity as they have no motive power of their own. They are force, but a stable one, as they are being pulled along in their chariots.

The Figures of the Arch Fairies (Elementals) are the Lion, Eagle, Man and Bull. These are the Four Kerubim of Qaballah. They are very ancient symbols for the elements of multiple religious belief systems. Not only appearing as gods of the Assyrians, the four animals in the Old Testament vision of Ezekiel, they also are the four symbols of the Christian Evangelists

In the vastness of Kether, the Primordial Elements radiate into Tiphareth, becoming the united rulers of the elements that are individually expressed in Tiphareth. Anthropomorphically personified, The Princes are the balance of the Four Elements in Tiphareth. Being the most refined aspects of the Solar- Personality, the Four Princes are the Elemental Kings in ourselves.

It should be no surprise then that the Princes can be taken in any direction by Divine Will. Thus, the forces of the Prince of Wands may be applied with Justice or cruelty;

  • The unconscious flowing motion of the Prince of Cups may be subtle and artistic; or it may be evil.
  • The rational mental activities of the Prince of Swords, may produce ideas that are either creative or destructive.
  •  The material qualities of the Prince of Disks, may cause growth for good or evil. The

Grounding Element for the Prince's lessons, are the Princesses, who rule the earth from the Northern quadrants.The Queens are the throne that the Princesses sit on, and have greater power in the form-Queendom of Malkuth.

The Prince of Swords is also called the Chariot of the Winds, Prince and emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.

Zodiacal, he is the last Decan of Capricorn and the first two Decans of Aquarius.

He is Specific Air of Primal Air. The Element Air, is Mind, so this one is like the mind itself, which can love thought alone, and not care what effect thought has. Specific Air, is self- and/or ego-consciousness while Primal Air is the Universal Unconscious, the Parent of Consciousness.

The Golden dawn card, had two fairies pulling the chariot but in the, Thoth Tarot card of the Prince of Swords. These fairies are shown as spheres of light in front of the Chariot, accompanied by three winged children who are pulling it. Implying that, this chariot may be pulled capriciously and/or mischievously in any direction, imitating the Mind itself. Also there is significant Yesod-Moon symbolism here in that this is a card of Mind, Mind being the birth mother of all form.

In the right hand, the Prince is swinging the Sword of invocation and creation and in his left is a sickle which immediately destroys that which is created. With childlike innocence, the Prince of Swords wields his Sword of Geburah/Severity. The logical mental processes of the Prince has reduced the Air (mind) into geometric symbols that represent no real plan, but are demonstrative power of undefined purpose.The last decan of Capricorn and the first two decans of Aquarius (The Prince of Swords rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Capricorn to the 20th degree of Aquarius) , assigned to this card implies, affection, kindness and a good heart, as well as, a mind divided. The Two halves of one mind are shown as Sword and Sickle.

This is the Archetypal personality of the intellectual, pure mind, as such the Prince of Swords is dressed in woven-full armor of definite device. His chariot is composed of geometric ideas. This chariot is drawn by unharnessed wing children "who are flights of fancy" and may go any-which way they like, as the reins are attached to passing geometric ideas. This is like the knowledge of Euclid expounded upon by an idiot, whose argument takes any twist and turn it wants to, and yet be totally "rational". Thus, the chariot is easily moved but unable to go into any definite direction.

Hence, this Prince represents pure intellect without direction supplied by the Will/Spirit. Never the less, the Prince of Swords is crown by a Child's Head, for there is a secret Divinity here that is linked up to Tiphareth (the Son of God), but usually, if this personality thinks in terms of the divine, one believes they are above all others and suffers from the righteousness of an fanatic.

Since the logical process of the Prince of Swords has reduced the Air to many diverse geometric patterns, they reduce the power of creative mind, as they have no definite purpose. This is symbolized by the Sword in his right hand (willingness to create) and in his left hand a sickle, which destroys what he immediately creates. Being that his thoughts require no practical effort, he is purely intellectual, full of ideas that tumble over one-another in a mass of ideas unrelated to each other. He has all the apparatus of the Mind; Intensely clever, admirably rational, thought in its highest degree, but unstable of purpose as even his own ideas are approached with his indifference. He knows that any idea is as good as another and can rationally persuade an Eskimo into buying a “walk in freezer” even though nature has already provided one! By removing the substance of an idea, he can place every idea into an ideal world of always looks good on paper no matter how impractical it is to build!

Being that ratiocination is purely formal, even the very facts that promote his ideas are ignored so that his ideas become baseless and unreal.

This person seems immensely powerful because of their unsettled principles which enable them to put forth any argument without regret or remorse; kind of like an insane-used-car salesmen from hell. The Prince of Swords personality is glib to quote scripture, cunningly supporting any thesis without considering the fact that he supported an opposite thesis earlier in his bombast. He is impossible to defeat because any position is as good as another and ready to enter into combination with the nearest element available. He really doesn't care if his or her ideas are detrimental to life, the idea is its own purpose! His/her momentary Vision is above all else! Being masculine, he is all fire and air, and thus, suffers from the inbalance provided by the feminine qualities.

These elusive and elastic people are only stable of mind, if mastered by the Greater Will and Intellect of the Soul as in the 6th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life known as Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Divine Child in manifestation. The Chaotic nature of Pure Mind must be controlled by the Understanding Mother of All form--- as Force for its own sake is utter destruction of all life. Without the Understanding of Spirit and its purpose for life, these personalities become faddists, fundamentalists, fanatics, devotees of drink and drugs, humanists (those who believe that mankind is the center of the universe----all else can cease to exist) and bible thumping theologians. But even in such directions there is not stability, and they wander from cult to cult, vice to vice, supporting fanatical convictions for the sake of whim. It is easy to be deceived by such people as they manifest great potency of thought and are often describe as having great depth and breadth of mind. As in all readings, the surrounding cards will show the dignity of this card.

There is however, a bright light here when Pure Mind aligned with love and purity of Spirit, creates ideas that become life supportive. Pure Spirit does not reside in religion...that chaos of ideas belongs to the idiots that praise god for creating life while their fanatical ideas destroy it all around them. Rather the Purity of Spirit that is the Life itself, that resides as the Great Ocean of Mother all around, in and through us.....AS US! So once again the Qabalistic Axiom of, "Above all things know thyself", is necessary here. Practice declaring, "I Am Love and all around me Love is expressing itself as another way of being". We belong to each other, and not to ideas that separate us from each other. Ideas, have no purpose unless applied to the unification of Life---for that is the Great Work of the Spirit-collective. Ego centric ideas make god in their own image, while God-makes us into its I-mage! Thus it is obvious, that to know the Divine Creative, is to know thyself!

When the Prince/Knight of Swords is thrown during a divination, it represents:

As a person:

  • The Prince of Swords or Knight of Air personality is purely intellectual.
  • Overflowing with ideas that tumble over each other in a mass unrelated to practical effort. Hence,this is a brain that won't quiet itself down long enough to focus well on one thing.
  • Intensely clever, admirably rational, with high degrees of thought, yet unstable of purpose.
  • There is in this Prince of mind, and indifference to their own thought, as any idea is worth exploring, but not for too long.
  • By reducing every thought to ratiocination, this personality has removed all substance from thoughts, making them formal and fantastical, as they no longer relate to any facts; even those upon which the thoughts are individually based.
  • Thus, this person is completely free from settled principles and is capable of conceiving and putting out any conceivable argument without the clutter of remorse or regret.
  • This is a mind so glib, that it is able to forget the contrary argument it produced minutes before and go sallying forth with a new argument.
  • These people often become faddists, cultists and devotees of drink, drugs, theologies, humanitarianism or music and religion, but without stability.
  • The querent feels the need to release creative and intuitive thought while cutting through any barrier to this release.
  • There is a tendency to think too fast so slowing down the thought process is advised if success is to be achieved.
  •  The querent is showing the tendency to be overly rational, missing the subtle emotional points that would heed success in communication.
  • If the querent is able or has achieved the ability to focus their thought, they are committed to acting out their ideals and philosophy in their own lives; not really caring about how others do it, as they put incredible energy into supporting or examining particular beliefs.
  • They often present a magnetic personality that is extravagant, careless and excessive.
  • Ruthlessly brilliant, they can have good business judgment. There is a combative nature here that is courageous, turbulent and skilled in the war of wits.

If ill defined:

  • Hastiness.
  • Shortsightedness.
  • Destructiveness.

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The Tarot of the Old Path- Queen of Swords & The Thoth Tarot-Queen of Swords

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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(First I must appologize for those following my tarot blog. My internet has been down for 6 days due to a massive wind storm in the area. I am back up now, and the blogs will continue. Thank you for you patience and understanding)

The Tarot of The Old Path Queen of Swords, is dressed in the yellow color of the element air and her veil billows in the breezes. She is shown aloof and defensive, as her sword is held in an upright manner. She is crowned in a 3 spiked crown, representing Maid, Mother and Crone while also wearing the colors of the triple goddess, of red, white and blue on her wrist. Held between wrist and body, is a sprig of lavender, which in the language of flowers symbolizes distrust.

This card represents a wise, intelligent, stern, sharp-witted and determined woman.

To reiterate: Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth-Understanding and ruler of the Queens, is often called the Sanctifying Intelligence and known as the Parent of Faith. The Qabalistic Word Binah itself means Understanding. What is often not realized is that she is also Chronos who is the oldest of ancient gods. We may know him as "Father Time" but the highly restrictive nature of time, birth, aging and death are the ultimate result of the gift of Life bestowed by Binah/Creatrix. So once again the Sexing of the Sephiroth proves to be incomplete for complete understanding. It helps to remember that each Sephiroth has an expressive-male-state and a receptive-female-state of consciousness. Such as Binah, who is connected to Chokmah via the path of the Empress between them, that connects them. Hence, there never was or is a separation from all that is feminine and all that is masculine as they are simultaneous; Such as Wisdom and Understanding.

The Queen of Swords is Water of Air, which is also called Specific Water in the Realm of Primal Air. Water is the element attributed to consciousness and air is the element attributed to mind. Thus she is as Crowley stated in the Book of Thoth, "Clear, conscious perception of Idea, the Liberator of Mind".

 The Queen of Swords is the Queen of the Thrones of Air. Queen of Sylphs and Sylphides, attributed to the last Decan of Virgo and the first two Decans of Libra.

The severed head in her left hand reminds me of Kali Ma, the Hindu Goddess of Life and Death. Here the Queen of swords has the severed head of The Patriarch and the Sword of Geburah (and extension of Binah) in her right, pointing downward toward earth; indicating that she removes the masks of deceit and definition supplied by cultural thoughts or as defined by Rulers. The severed head, also implies that The Queen of Swords is the Sanctifying Intelligence; one that removes the "head of man"/ego-self-consciousness bring us into the Understanding of the ways in which each of us are deceived by thoughts while also teaching us to transcend them.

Yetzirah,(The world of Air) is the world of deception and only keen perception, and observation are the Sword that slices away all fantasy, delusion illusion and unreality.

The Queen of Swords also has upon her solar-crowned head, a golden child's head viewing upward, implying that only the innocent child is unfettered by sterile concepts and useless ideas, for they haven't been programed to believe in a Ruler's definition of themselves.Thoughts began by words are the Trickster, the "devil inside", that fools us into believing survival thinking as true-consciousness, when all in all it is fear based-enslavement. Love is the consciousness of the Sanctifying Intelligence that has given our immortal Spirit Form. Immortals, such as our souls, don't worry about survival. They love and created mortal being as self-expression and their "most beloved". Therefore, “tough love”, can be the Sword in Her hand, which is the domain of Geburah that is called Severity. Another aspect of the Great Binah and her corrective and educational abilities.

People born in her period on the tarot zodiac chart, have an archetypal core personality like the Queen of Swords.

When the Queen of Swords is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent desires to discard, pretense, masks, roles or defenses that hide their true self.
  • Wishes to develop or is developing intellectual thinking.
  • Is undergoing a sense of resolution and commitment.
  • Is experiencing intellectual maturity and is experiencing well-tuned mental facilities. Sharp of wit.
  • Experiencing the Wisdom generated by sorrow. Finding Wisdom through the acceptance of Pain with courage, and honesty.
  • Strong willed and determined this woman will can bear whatever life presents her with.
  • Deep comprehension of frightening truths, Able to think the unthinkable and giving expression to the unspeakable. Seductive and provocative.
  • The professional, who can handle situations capably, quickly and efficiently.

When ill defined:

  • The Ice Queen.
  • Calculating coolness.
  • Insuperable distance.
  • Phony. 

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The Tarot of the Old Path- King of Swords& The Thoth Tarot- Knight of Swords

Posted on January 5, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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The Tarot of The Old Path-King of Swords, is comparable to the Thoth Tarot-Knight of Swords, both represent the ruler ship of the element of air. Crowley meant for his Kings to be active battle knights, as a king who goes to battle is a Knight, although a commander of all the knights. To show a king passively sitting on a throne, as in traditional tarot, does not convey the proper message of activity.

The Tarot of The Old Path-King, seems to shown sitting or standing, depending on the individual perspective. I see no throne, so I would guess he is standing. Either way, he is stern, and presents a strong figure of authority as his size suggests his power. He is dressed in the yellows of the element of air. His castellated crown suggests his authority. The fact that he stands for justice is represented by his huge double edged sword. His ermine edged cloak, represents his dignity and the cloaks strong chain and three leafed clasps, show his union with the Divine Feminine as Maid, Mother and Crone.

The fennel plant that is being blown in the wind behind the King, implies in the language of flowers, that he is praiseworthy, and has the necessary strength to gain results

To reiterate, Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth,  is the beginning state of conscious energy that is masculine in action. Chokmah (wisdom) is the "idea of male" and its mate, Binah (understanding), is the "idea of Female". Now we have the concepts of Father-Mother God and/or the Divine Creative. Chokmah-King and Binah-Queen.

Chokmah being the 2nd Sephiroth, called---Wisdom, is also the Force behind the four twos and the four Knights/Kings.

The 2's symbolize the Forces of the 4 Kings, who are Knights, and the four Queens uniting and initializing the Forces. The Knight/Kings are the Fathers of and initiators of Material Forces.

The Thoth- Knight of Swords, Is also known in Qaballah as the Lord of Winds and Breezes. King of the Elemental Spirits of the Air, the Sylphs and Sylphides. This is a very Strong masculine mental-force whose zodiacal attributes are the last Decan of Taurus and the first two Decans of Gemini. Here we have Specific Fire in Primal Air that is the personification of a Force behind the World of Astral Images and ideas. This Power is violent, aggressive, and a cutting edged force that is much like an overheated wind. He is storm and violent emotion applied to an apparently manageable mind.

The symbols of this Mad Movement, is depicted in the art of the Knight of Swords, as his maddened steed is charging down from the heavens, with Tempest about, and armed with both sword and poniard; he is the very personification of the idea of attack. The Bull like power of Taurus is represented in his steed and the Twins of Gemini are shown in his armament. The crest on his Helm is a revolving wing, showing violent motion in air, much like a helicopter beats the air into submission.

Such a character, if personal, would be that of a person who is:(Archetype found on Tarot Birth Wheel-below).

 Illustration of the Tarot Wheel of Birth, is courtesy of the Book-Qabalistic Tarot- By Robert Wang

Clever, skillful, active, subtle, and being that he is fierce, delicate, and courageous, much like a Dragon Fly, does not keep him from being prey to his ideas which come as inspiration without consideration.

All of this changes when this card is ill dignified. If such occurs, he is incapable of decisions or purpose, and any action he takes is so weakened by his mental indecision that it is easily brushed aside by opposition. Often we find, that inadequate violent action is merely futile effort at best.

However we choose to dignify this Knight-King, he is the "Extended Flame of mind" as Zoroaster calls it. Here the True Will to Force, as Chokmah is exploding the Mind. The Taurian influence, makes it steadfast and the first Decanate of Gemini makes it inspirational, thus an Idea tends to absorb the entire life of the individual in the blinding light of concentrated aspiration. Therefore the Knight of Swords implies the danger to this state of mind, for the first Decan is also known as "shortened force" and that shortened force is symbolized by the poniard; shortened force often comes off as defensive and stubborn behavior.



  • The querent is or may be experiencing:
  • The Will to transcend.
  • An analytical period, where the power of idea and motion come into play.
  • Letting go of old beliefs and attitudes that no longer serve the motion of the individual.
  •  The querent is a person of tough- minded common sense which is usually based on preconception and prejudicial determinations.
  • The arrogance of a powerful mind turn on itself in its own desire for control.
  • Tends to judge harshly but with scrupulous fairness.
  • A lawyer, senator or doctor.
  • Mastery of creativity and confusion, as he sees new points of view, while brainstorming new thoughts that vent the mind.
  • Intellectual, and mental prowess whose only emotion is to control.
  • A strong personality of fiery emotion and powerful thought. 

If ill defined:

  • Too much emphasis on mind.
  • Emotional coldness.
  • Biting and critical cynicism.
  • Dazzling ambiguity. 
  • Fickle instability.
  • The snare of thinking.

The Tarot of The Old Path- Ten of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- 10 of Swords-Ruin

Posted on January 4, 2019 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

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The Tarot of The Old Path, also seems to see ruin in the Ten of Swords. Here a young man, dressed in the yellow color attributed to the element of Air, is seen with a sword piercing his chest; a wound to his heart which is also seen on the Thoth Ruin card. Seven swords at his back, two laying on the ground, under and over his right arm.

The meaning of this card seems to mean that complying with other peoples ideas and methods, will bring only defeat and ruin, if not bitter disappointment and pain. Also, ruin of a heart felt issue, such as a romantic relationship. Heart break.

The Thoth-10 of Swords-Ruin:

Ah, the paradox of the swords! This card indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and despair. The 10 of Swords card represents a mental conclusion, long sought, that has been a mental struggle which has rent asunder our plans and left us in an insomniac’s mental paradigm. One may have reached a conclusion that things are just not going to work out in two areas of their life;

  • Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart
  • And areas of finance as shown by the balance scales at the top of the card.

These realizations may cause one to experience a deep fear of "things not Working out" which only insures that they don't.

The Astrological sign of this card is Sun in Gemini. Individuals who have their Sun in Gemini, are very gifted at synchronizing paradoxes, polarities, and/or oppositions. Hence, they are able to look at all aspects of a situation, balancing the positive and negative aspects. This facility also can produce a deep heart-felt fear about the issues of finance, relationships, and creative initiative.

With powerful facilities of any kind, we have the Great Creative Pendulum of the Imaginative Mind, the Creatrix power that can swing from positive motion to negative motion right at the apogee of creative endeavors. When we are powerfully imaginative, we must also exercise powerful decernment concentrating our thought. We must focus on what we want rather than what we fear and therefore, avoiding the negative swing right when we can see successful endeavor looming in the near future.

As stated, astrologically this card represents the Sun in Gemini and is the most destructive card in the deck. However; many astrologers state that, “The stars impel, they do not compel." This simply means that we are not slaves to our destiny, but have the inner-spiritual capacity to considerably improve our earthly life. Choices are to be made and a change of perspective is always possible as futures are in the liquid Sea of the Unconscious Mind and only become solid when emotion is applied.

Qabalistically, 10 of Swords represents Malkuth (Physical World) in Yetzirah (Astral World of the Universal Collective Unconscious). The divination meaning of this card is ruin, death, failure, disaster. This is more of a death card than the Key 13-Death trump, which is more of a transformational card than a physical death. The reason the 10 of Swords can be more of a death card is that it is the Physical World influencing the Astral; the Astral being the liquid foundation of the physical world, as yet unset but where dreams become reality when emotional heat is applied. This is very dangerous as some of those dreams we most fear and are therefore more emotional about, are nightmares of ruin.

What makes this card so very destructive is not just ruin itself, but also the fear of ruin which doesn't allow us to move-on and therefore change our destiny.

The Swords on the Thoth Card are arranged in a Tree of Life format, showing us a break in the connection of "as above so below" which indicates our survival-mind/brain has closed itself off from the Higher Self/Psyche of Spirit and wallows in its own fantasies of fear. There is destruction of relationships, ruin, death, disaster, complete disruption and failure, fearfully dancing in the almost gleeful brain as it may laughingly plot the destruction of happiness in others who it blames for its failures. Not a great card. However, it is also a harbinger of change.

The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.

To reiterate; 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 an instrument of Divination, understand that as in Astrology, "the cards impel, they do not compel".

Since, by focusing our thoughts and/or expectations, we have the capacity to improve our life-motion, and the 10 of Swords suggests that we should do just that. Ethically this is no less moral than resigning a position when one sees 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.

However, this destiny control, requires us to "Above all things, Know thyself", and to be an Active Personality rather than a reactive personality made by environment and/ or a reactionary presence that is controlled by peers, or cultural definitions. By living in past emotional responses our destiny is sure to become that of Ruin, as our performance is always "after the fact".

The Ten/10 of Swords Ruin, implies, the horse is already out of the barn, and closing the door is a Band-Aid, not a solution. Something that our governments are slow to learn.

It's best to focus on what you are thinking. Pay attention! For your thoughts create no others, nor their definition, as your thoughts are the 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, the outcome for proper performance is bleak indeed.

Again, I cannot overstate 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!

However, relief is on the way as 10's are notoriously short lived, they are an end of a cycle, and soon a new cycle begins. So a Ten, 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.

The 10 of Swords card reminds us that with positives comes negatives and when thrown during a divination it indicates:

  • The Divinatory meaning of the TEN/10 OF SWORDS is ruin, death, failure, and disaster. Since this card is in #10-MALKUTH (Earth) it is more of a death card than Key 13-DEATH, of the Major Arcana. DEATH, key 13, is more of a situational death, a transformation, whereas, #10 of Swords- Ruin, is a "personal disaster" waiting to happen.
  • When and if this card shows up in the "house and Home" or "Beneath" you position in a Celtic cross reading, go get a thorough physical checkup from your doctor and focus on your physical and mental health.
  • You need a "personality tune-up" and it’s time to pay attention to how you perceive the world.


  • That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months, we will have the capability to experience resolve negative thinking about both finances and things of the heart. Especially our fear of ruin about relationships with Gemini people in our life (May 21 to June 21).
  • One will feel fears of things not working, or “I know this is not going to work" and are cautioned not to believe them and just concentrate on what you desire to happen.
  • There is a positive here to understand, and that is just when we are about to achieve our goals, great fear of not achieving them shows up. So when that fear is experienced, one may now know it as a positive sign that a little more effort is needed to "get over the hump" towards successful pursuance of your dreams.
  • When fear of ruin is seen as a stepping stone, its debilitating effect is greatly reduced and we are almost there; where ever "there" may be.
  • Swords reminds us of the conundrum of the mind....that if you think with great self-power, you can also be powerfully self-destructive. This is the paradox of the Artistic personality.
  • Knowing that these moods of creative joy swinging into heart felt fear only means we are a very creative thinker, can help us to avoid being a victim of our own powerful oracle of survival that is now controlling our imagination.
  •  Within 10 days, 10 weeks, or 10 months, choices for a new beginning may be seen, depending on how long we fear.
  • Transcending ones old patterns, does require a ruin of the past patterns so this card can also represent the realization of ruin if we continue on with the patterns of the past.
  • It can also represent ailments of the heart and depending on the cards around it, a visit to your health practitioner is advised.
  • It is good to remember that however much doom our think is immersed in, our future is fluid and can change in a moment just by shifting one of our operational patterns. We have the Power of Spirit, which is to identify and transform identity, moment by moment. This card tells us it is time to do so!

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The Tarot of The Old Path- Nine of Swords& The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Swords-Cruelty.

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

The Thoth Tarot 9 of Swords is called -CRUELTY. The Tarot of the Old Path-Nine of Swords, shows us a young man whose hands and wrists are bound with rope, and he seems to be protecting his face from the cage of sharp swords that surround him. This card also suggests cruelty in the suit of air, as his clothing is both whipped by the air and the color of air (Swords are the suit of air). Since air is the element that represents "mind", it is implied this cruelty is coming from his own self-awareness.

The primary meaning of this card seems to be worry and suffering brought on by trials and tribulations. Instead of gaining experience and knowledge from them, we fear that we are inferior because of them.

The Thoth Tarot-9 of Swords, is called THE LORD OF DESPAIR AND CRUELTY, or Cruelty in short. This is Mars in Gemini; here is Yesod inluencing Yetzirah in the Astral World.

With a smattering of astrological data, one knows that the fiery energy of Mars, does little good in a sign of dualities. This "little good" is shown by the 9  rusty swords, dripping blood and poison on Crowley's card.

One may shudder at the despair, meanings of illness, suffering and cruelty this card represents; But each of us, who are paying attention to our brain, know this card represents a "inner self cruelty" of our consciousness where it cuts us with the emotionally poisoned blades of embarrassment, low-self esteem, humiliation, self-condemnation, and/or inner disgust. Here is the Psychosomatic correlation between the Psyche and the Soma. This self cruelty,  is the Indoctrinated Slave Master software of devaluation, that is installed in our Personality by our culture of rulers, and it often requires us, as Psyche to be cruel to ourselves as bodies. "The Few Who Rule the Many", keep the lie of superiority alive by controlling definition. Media and Acadamia, the ruler's education mechanisms, make sure this Indoctrinated-Mental Slaver is installed before you even reach seven years old. Like rusty hooks of poisonous self futility, this is a hard one to remove! Especially, since you go about your day seeking approval. You have been told that "Truth" is written word. Yet even the Christ said that Truth is made manifest. [Ephesians 5:13]

Peer pressure, another fear of rejection offshoot, just drives this poison deeper into self identity. The media, keeps slashing at your self value...."you need need lack them, you are nothing! " Is at the very least implied, or blatantly rubbed in your face, daily, if not hour by hour. Another falsehood is being made to believe that to recieve acculades from those who rule, is to be a greater person. That just means, you are "Theirs" and not yourself. "Resistance is futile!", blare the electronic horns of the pusillanimous invertebrates who enforce "their Masters will" on others.

There is really only One Mind, The Universal Collective Unconscious and therefore, Life is a mental thing, it is what one expect that manifests as their life . Indeed, we can be our own worst enemies, just by doubting our own value, as persona and body, in the World. To see yourself as lack, is the necessary software to continue the panicked consumerism that Multinational- mind programmers and/or definition peddlers- want! But, before any human judgment, you were already approved into being by your Higher Self. So once again, the Qabalistic axiom reads true,"Above all things, Know thyself"! Truly, the Divine Creative doesn't build what it doesn't want. What Divine Intelligence would? For if the Divine builds what it doesn't want, then, it truly isn't Divine is it!

It's simple really; you had to be approved by all that is Wholly, to be made alive! You presence is your Judgment....and obviously you are good enough for the Divine Creative! Since observation makes your reality, it is time to observe the obvious. You exist! You have the mind of the Creatrix-Image-making mind of the Divine Creative, i.e. imagination! Your are made manifest. Hence, you are good enought for the Divine Creative. Therefore, all the evil humans do, is because of "self-cruelty" as disease of the mind, called slavery.

You are an Divine answer, to a Divine question; that is how Creation works, it builds living answers to divine questions! For as any quantum physicist will tell you, information becomes form in this One Energy universe.

Questions have no substance, only answers do. So Stop questioning yourself, and become the answer you are instead! To reclaim our "lost inheritance", is the purpose of divination, be it  Qabalah, tarot, astrology, runes etc. The word "Qabalah" means recieving. Recieving your inheritence doesn't require someone's approval, just "knowing thyself".

It behooves us to be more action than reaction. Action is in the Fiery Spirit that moves you, reaction is usually run by the uncertain animal who thinks the whole universe is out to eat it! "I Am" dares ask, "What am I"? and you are the answer to that question, "I AM ME"!

The 9 of Swords, cruelty, is about you being your own worst enemy, divided against yourself, mentally and emotionally. Always nay-saying before you can ever start a motion. This is " a moment of doubt" drawn out as a Life-time of self cruelty.

Sure we doubt our selves and often taught to believe that it is good to do so. But you are not thought, you are the creator of thought. Hence, to doubt the thought, is appropriate, for you are the self who can manifest it or cast it away. Thought is not god, nor you.  We are energy-in-motion, doubt just slows the movement of the energy "I AM"; After all every new emotion is a risk into the unknown! But if the Child of Wonder, that innocent curiosity, still has "I's" in you, you're going to "do it" anyway. We are always striving forward, we are being pushed along by the Inner Spiritual Self, just like Dark Energy pushes the Universe of Matter forever outwards. Life is a Driving Force of E-Motion...and the Sensual Spirit-Body of Malkuth, is the physical vehicle driven!

To make this simple, what this Cruel 9 of Swords implies, is that "a house divide must fall". Get together with yourselves of Spirit, Mind and body ; over throw the Slaver program that is in your brain. Software can be erased, even when its Garbage. (G.I.G.O). All software programmers know of G.I.G.O., for when software is garbage and programed in, the hardware/wet ware, is operational garbage as well. Garbage in, Garbage out.

It's easy to feel insufficient, all you have to do is stop doing. Success, is a stubborn optimist;Your Soul/Psyche is one of those. A Mercurial personality, even if it kills "itself" (destroys the hardware/ wet ware) trying to accomplish a goal, it just reincarnates and keeps at it! Energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed. Death is just a mechanism of transformation.

We all will eventually pound out the bugs of our software (definitions), some sooner than others, but we all will do it by free choice or Karmically; that is the purpose of sensuality after all; learning to discriminate and/or discern by experiencing success and failure, pleasure and pain etc.! You are the intimacy of the Creative.Your soul, will just "reabsorb" the software garbage, and try another revision of it in the "Hardware/wet ware" performance, that we know as "alive".

So, "get over yourself and get on with you! Impeccability is what we do''!

The declaration above, is a correctional software loop, that I run in my self doubting brain; for I am not a brain, but a Mind and it is my job to supervise what my brain processes. Spirit and mind cooperation just overrides the "pity pot" of self defeating thought every time it comes on line. But installing that software loop, took determination, and plane old fashion "jack Ass " stubbornness and constant repetition, a meditation of seconds, done most minutes, until it becomes automatic. Don't you think its time, we programed our own Hard Ware/wet ware! That is the real message of the 9 of Swords and the Qaballah. Let's take the Devil within, the indoctrinated thoughts of cruelty, and correct them. I own my own brain, and it is no-longer the bedeviler of errant thought. It is now my companion who runs everything it identifies across the Spiritual Self, to see if it is a thought to ad to proper-Self-Awareness.

The Qabalistic Axiom-ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF means only thoughts that expand and liberate you and the Divines thought of you as its "self expression" must reside in your brain for you to receive your true inheritence of Divine Self! Qabalah, means "to receive" or "receiving".

The 9/ Nine of Swords implies

  • That you must desire to change your perspectives of miserable and suffering self and re think the programing!
  • Worry and despair.
  • Suffering and anxiety.
  • The Ruin of the Old so the new can be built.
  • Trials and tribulations 
  • Illness
  • Even physical death after a long illness.
  • Emotional overload.

If ill defined:

  • Shame.
  • Guilt. 
  • Terror.
  • Infamy. 
  • Misery.
  • Hate.

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The Tarot of the Old Path-Eight of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Swords-Interference.

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

The Thoth Tarot 8 of Swords is called Interference While the Tarot of the Old Path illustrates a young man standing in a circle of eight swords plunged into the ground, in an effort to restrict his movements.The color that is used to identify the element of Air , is yellow. Thus the clothing of the young man is of one half this color. The black color, implies his "shadow self" that is interfering with the rational self.

He seems defeated, as he is hanging his head, hunching his shoulders, and eyes closed as in resignation.

The Primary meaning of the Tarot of the Old Path 8 of Swords, seems to be about:

  •   A withdrawn personality whose lack of confidence produces a feeling of self-imprisonment.

The Thoth Tarot-8 of Swords-Interference:

The Thoth 8 of Swords, is also called The Lord of Shortened Force. This 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.

Here, Hod is in Yetzirah, the Astral World.

The angels of the Decan are, Vemibael and Yehohel.

Because of the desire to go one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter are scattered, erratic and unstable. This is indeed an interference when trying to focus one's consciousness on a goal. Yes, it can be an intense and positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection.

Crowley illustrates this in his 8 of Swords, as two strong and long main swords (consciousness and unconsciousness), being crossed ( as in Crossed-up) by six short swords of different designs (scattered thoughts). The shorter swords also imply, shortened force, narrowness and restriction. There is 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.Here the consciousness and unconsciousness communication is interfered with and confused by "nagging thoughts".The 8 of Swords also implies a certain amount of fear of change, of moving out of a binding or restricting situation. The Positive side of this is that change, no matter how resisted, will soon come anyway, but the Good Fortune of Jupiter will show up. What is again implied, is stop wasting time and proceed with change, your scattered efforts will not stop it, only interfere with your wholesome transition.

When The 8/Eight of Swords-Interference is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent is experiencing confusion, and a feeling of being trapped, isolated by oppressive ideas.
  •  Feeling trapped or ashamed, is the beginnings of recognizing the need for change, and moving on ward with your life.
  • The mental dissolution or loss of faith in situations or ideas, is a sure sign of progress beyond the old.
  • The mind is saying," your perspectives no longer serve your life motion, so new ideas will soon be presented."

If ill defined:

  • Confusion. 
  • Mental blocks.
  • Chaotic subjective thinking. 
  • Inorganic rigid thinking.

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The Tarot of The Old Path- 7 of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Swords-Futility

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

The Tarot of the Old Path- Seven of Swords is known to readers of the ThothTarot as FUTILITY.

The Tarot of the Old Path, presents the Seven of Swords as a thief, dressed in yellow- leathers, clutching four swords while fleeing with a grin on his face. He is unable to carry all the swords and flee leaveing three swords in the back ground. The total being seven swords in all. His clothing is predominately yellow, the traditional color for the alchemical element of Air/Consciousness which rules this card.

The primary meaning of this card seems to be:

  • Theft without remorse or mistaken confidence caused through greed.
  • Taking more than is required.
  • New schemes.


The Hebrew word Netzach meaning-Victory- is the 7th Sephiroth and governs love, feelings and instincts. It is the Group Mind Sephira, influencing Nature and the Arts. As quoted from the Qabalistic Tarot Text book of Robert Wang:

"The beams of Chesed and Geburah meet in Netzach and thence in Netzach arises a green, pure, brilliant, liquid, and gleaming like an emerald. And the Sphere of its operations is that of Nogah or External Splendor, producing zeal, love, harmony, and it ruleth the Sphere of Action of the Planet Venus and the nature of the Vegetable World. And Jehovah Tzabaoth is a God of Hosts and of Armies, of Triumph and of Victory, ruling the universe in Justice and Eternity. And its Archangel Hanial, is the Prince of Love and Harmony, and the Name of the Order of Angels is Elohim, or Gods who are also called the Order of Principalities."

The Thoth Tarot 7 of Swords, is called Futility or Lord of Unstable Effort. Here, the Moon is in Aquarius which indicates sociability, and religious inclinations; However, the fact that the Moon is less fluid and less changeable here than in other positions, doesn't keep the balance from being precarious and easily upset by the fact that Venus is the Planet assigned to Netzach.

This is Netzach in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral World.

Here, Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris (artist) has precariously balanced the 6 planetary swords, one against the other, aimed against the Larger Sun Sword. Implying unstable effort, vacillation and untrustworthy character.

You may note, dear reader, that Netzach in the suit of Swords, does not represent as much catastrophe as in other suits, as the Sephiroth of Venus means Victory. However, for victory to happen a fierce battle must preceed it. There is, however, a wish to compromise, a halting tolerance and a certain vacillation. When over done, this need for compromise can bring disaster; not always does a policy of appeasement produce peace as any student of WWII history knows. The 6 Swords chipping away at the One Strong Sword, suggests a contest between the many feeble and the one strong. The Strong One strives in vain against the contest of the many.

When The 7/ Seven of Swords-is thrown during a divination:

  • The querent maybe experiencing thoughts of futility.
  •  A sense of resignation produced by wanting something but believing they can't have it.
  • Giving up. 
  • There is a possibility of breaking through this futile cloud, in seven weeks or seven Months. 
  • This card suggests that because of guilt feelings or resentment, the querent is creating problems for themselves.
  • There is a certain craftiness displayed, schemes and actions are brought to bear, that solve nothing.
  • There is an opportunity to regroup and review, if one forgoes the schemes and seeks advice from others.
  • There is suggested that there is just too much noise in the brain for focused action, as many feeble thoughts of vacillation outshout the One strong will to act.

If ill defined:

  • Deceitfulness.
  • Intrigues.
  • Insincerity.

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The Thoth Tarot-6 of Swords-Science & The Tarot of The Old Path- 6 of Swords

Posted on December 29, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

The Thoth Tarot- 6 of Swords is called Science while the Six of Swords of the Old Path seems to imply balance.

The Tarot of the Old Path card, depicts a young man balancing himself as he uses stepping stone to cross a flowing river. His wind blown clothing is the color of Air, the element of this card and he is holding two swords aloft for balance.

His destination is a lush island amidst calm waters, in the background.

His path is guided by feminine hands holding swords above the water. This is reminiscent of the legends of King Aurthur where the Lady of the Lake takes Lancelot to the Magic Island of Women.

The primary meaning of the Tarot of the Old Path Six of Swords, seems to be about:

  • An eminent move to a calm and peaceful place or travel by water to a better place.

Thoth 6 of Swords-Science is connected to the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth-Beauty.

The personality will find the initiation of Tiphareth the 6th Sephiroth-Beauty, is the first of the Greater Initiations into the meaning of Self. This Tiphareth initiation is literally a scarifying of all that we know to be self, and life as we have lived it. Here the sacrifice is not relinquishing the "much desired something", but rather a transition of Force, from that of the will of lesser consciousness to the Pure Will of the Greater Self. "Thy will be done" rather than, "my will be done'.The Four 6's of the Thoth Tarot Deck are about definite accomplishment and carrying out of a matter.


THE 6 OF SWORDS- Science:

Here, we have Mercury in Aquarius. Hence, this card is also called: Lord of Earned Success

The Angels of the Decan are: Rehaayal and Yeyezeil . The 6 of Swords is influenced by Tiphareth in the Astral World [ Yetzirah].

The air sign of Aquarius, is ruled by Saturn, which tends to stabilize the fleeting qualities of Mercury. The positioning of Mercury in Aquarius, a mental sign, leads naturally to science and humanitarianism, so success is the result of Saturn's work in this aspect. Now the cutting power of Swords is turned toward the positive, and the Rose is resurrected after being war-torn in the 5 of Swords which is related to the Severity of Geburah.

In the 6 of Swords, the swords all come together at a point in the restored Rose Cross of 6 squares, which Crowley calls, "The Rose Cross at the central secret of Scientific Truth." Now we have the definitive meaning of "success after anxiety and trouble", for the Way of the Cross is suffering before ascension. Here we also have the swords assembled in the "Holy Hexagram".

Here, Tiphareth shows the perfect balance and idea of the card, as all moral and mental faculties are perfectly balanced, won by great effort, but hard to hold in a ever-changing world of political propaganda and commercialized morality.

When thrown during a reading, the 6/Six of swords implies:

  • That the querent is objective, logical and prone to logical thinking.
  • Showing strong analytical ability, and displays logical scientific thinking both internally and outwardly.
  •  In 6 weeks or 6 months , problems will be ended, because the correct, logical things have been done or are being done.  
  • Communication patterns are logical, reliable and promote problem solving.
  • There is a general acceptance of attitudes and belief systems that promote rhythmic and cyclic life style.
  • The ability to see things as a whole objective perspective.
  • Here, the mind is watching itself and aids in passage from one world of conscious perspective to another.

The negative of this card, if ill defined:

  • Would be confusion because of extreme mental activity producing conflicting thoughts, ambiguity and indecision. Again, depending on the accompanying cards.

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The Tarot of The Old Path- Five of Swords &The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords-Defeat

Posted on December 28, 2018 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

The Thoth Tarot 5 of Swords is called Defeat while the Tarot of the Old Path illustrates a Swiss soldier from the canton of Uri. In medieval history the Swiss where often soldiers for hire and /or mercenaries. Also the Artist of the Tarot of the Old Path is paying tribute to the publishers of the Tarot of the Old Path, AG Muller $ Cie of Switzerland.

The standard bearer, wearing a bull like helmet, is blowing a horn in triumph while the soldier in the foreground is brandishing two blood stained swords and yelling in battle frenzy.Here the battle field is littered with swords

The yellow battle standard is whipping in the Wind, representing the element of Air that rules this card and the partially shown face of a red bull with a ring in its nose is illustrated on the standard.This seems to be a severe battle and victory maybe short lived. So the Primary meaning of this card pertains to:

  • Momentary triumph through the use of severity and strength---a triumph that may become humiliating

Thoth Tarot-5 of Swords-Defeat.

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- and corrective force if we are the Child of The Divine Creative? This Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the Original  and Authentic you. But what many fail to understand, is that since all the definitions given you by your society, belief systems and cultures are not you, YOU CAME IN ALREADY KNOWING YOU! Your identity has never been created by the words of mankind.

Yes it is true, dear ones, truth is made manifest. Therefore, you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows that! That is how you became manifest---by putting knowledge into form! You are defined into being, not a being who seeks definition! You are a powerful intimacy of the Divine with it's creations, who proves definition by making it manifest as Self! Hence seeking definition and/or titles in battles of supremacy, or by using words to assassinate the value of others is folly and false identity.

Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend to be.

The 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption of Geburah's strength by the dreaminess of Aquarius is not the cause of disaster! This is because weakness is the cause of the 5 of Swords disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment, maybe even treachery. Venus is outwordly beautiful, but corrupted inside.

The hilts of the 5 swords form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram. This is "upside down" thinking, where the brains survival fears have conquered the will by the treachery of sensation. Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever present doubt brought into belief by indoctrination, keeps the will from collecting into force, also causing a sensation of confusion.

Notice that none of the sword hilts are the same, implying many different weak thoughts assaulting the blue Rose of Wisdom, that was at once whole in the 4, is now all cut to pieces in the 5. Wisdom is scattered to the winds of emotional defeat and blood and poison drips from the thoughts/swords.The 5 of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral World. Now Mars is the consort of Venus in mythology, and mythology is not a story telling a lie, but rather a story relating a truth. The Blue Rose of Venus, which is the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian assault. Along with the nine and ten of Swords, the Five is one of the most destructive events in the deck. Here, loss, defeat, failure where contest is decided and finished against the person.

When the 5/ Five of Swords is thrown during a reading:

  • The querent is usually caught in the fears of the past.
  • One is experiencing a self defined prison  of negative, self defeating beliefs.
  • Here is defeat on a mental level, bringing humiliation and weakness.
  • The suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and acknowledge  your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction.
  • We 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 any time.
When ill defined:
  • Harm.
  • Evil.
  • Turn for the worst.
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