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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: The Starman Tarot- 7 of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Swords-Futility.

Western Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

I want what others have.

The Starman-7 of Swords, also represents the sabotaging mind, the mind of cunning, deception and betrayal. Isn't funny, that when deception and betrayal are involved, taking card to be very secret, a ironic play of self-deceptions seem to come out of nowhere. We "accidentally" leave a phone face up on the table, or email the wrong person, or somehow leave a receipt for a motel on our desk. It seems that these apparent random collisions, aren't random at all as they expose our secret decisions. Just like in the use of "black magic", deceit, leaves its own seeds in the one who uses it. Downfalls are inevitable. Most betrayals, murders, government secrets, and practices of adultery, are proceeded by lies and lies must continually be attended with more lies, until the perpetrator isn't even certain of the truth anymore, as they deceive themselves. Truth, needs no attending.

In the Starman art of the 7 of Swords, we have a sneak thief, snatching 2 swords from a security container, while security devices that resemble eyes, look on. There seems to be more than old Celtic swords in this container, for there is also a snake, a rose and a skeletal hand. Images of deceit, love and death. Which tends to make one wonder what is value? It seems that in the world of the Patriarch, value isn't human life, it is things, such as gold, diamonds, Rolls Royces, gems, designer jeans, and old Celtic Swords, etc. In other words, "stuff", to which emotions are applied by deceivers. The advertisers and media of the Patriarch, work real hard to stimulate those emotions, until the survival mind reacts as if its life depended on them. It is easily seen that we have been deceived by the Patriarch, whose idea of power is to control the desire of humans, by stimulating the "lower animal mind" rather than the Genius of Intuition. The Patriarch is a cannibal paradigm, as it is the eater of the hearts/Souls of mankind.

The Matriarch, on the other hand, promotes love, fruitfulness, and the fertile life of all that is living,the cornucopia is a symbol for her womb/creation. She promotes belonging to one another. It would seem viable to bring these two aspects of mind, The self-conscious and the unconscious, together in emotional marriage, where they support each other, and support life in equilibrium. Where 2 become 1, so that we can see the value in creation, is the Living thing, and not the dead stuff of the Patriarch's cannibal world. For when the Mind is whole, i.e. unbroken, it is a "god-mind"as the word human professes to be. Hu- is Mandarin for God, and Man is from the Hindu word Manas- meaning Mind. Since, god is both Anima and Animus, She and He, that means our mind is also wrongly separated as conscious and sub-conscious, etc. for it is really One Universal Collective Unconsciousness, that has been subdivided to explain it many functions, not because it is in anyway separated. For we are the Mind, viewing itself, as "here", when we are also "there". For as one of my favorite Tao Kones has stated: "If it is here, it is there and if it isn't here, it isn't there, for what is there is here and what is here is there." Hence, we are all the Universal Collective Unconscious (there) who is examining "many ways to be self-aware", i.e. seeing itself as individual expression of Self (here) is just a "story" the One is telling itself. The Unconscious is the womb of consciousness as the Sea is the womb of fish. The fish look separate, but they are within the Sea, separate them from the Sea and they die. The consciousness seems separate, but it is within the Unconscious. So it is both here, and there. Separate the self-conscious form the Unconscious, and it will also die. Separate the personality form the Soul/Psyche and it to, will die. However, "Divide and conquer" is one of the Patriarch's secret rules.

Therefore, the 7 of Swords, reminds you to consider those aspects of your life where you are being deceptive and/or dishonest. There maybe a futile act of denial, as one feels they don't have the courage to face a situation head on, it seems easier to be dishonest and skirt the issue "this time". However, this soon becomes an ingrained pattern where one deceives themselves. It behooves us to remember that "fear of rejection" is a childhood survival mind foundation, and as adults, we can feed ourselves, and be ourselves, without anyone else's approval. Our survival outside of mind, is a futile thought, as all of us die as personalities, but are always the One Mind. It is the one who practices excellence in all that they do, who is happy....not those who die after someone else. "Above all things know thyself," is once again showing its value. All that begins, ends and that ends, begins again in transformation. I Am is continually reinventing "Me"- the "other", is a story we tell ourselves.

The Thoth- 7 of Swords card represents the sabotaging mind where you know what you want symbolized by the central sword and then go about defining the reasons why you can't obtain it, as shown by the 6 swords surrounding the central one. This is the yes-but mind that often keeps us from making our dreams work.

Astrologically the 7 of Swords is Moon and Sun in Aquarius, the circle with a dot in the center is a symbol of the Sun, the Crescent is the Moon and the wavy lines at the bottom are Aquarius. Each of the 6 swords of procrastination bear a planetary sign for the 6 ways we sabotage ourselves.

1. The yes-but aspect of Saturn is telling us there is too much red-tape or it's too complicated.

2. Another Sword has on the handle the symbol of Mercury which is about the negative communication of “I can't... I wish I'd a ...If only..." all negative reasons why "it won't work".

3. Another sword handle bares the planetary sign of Jupiter; the planet that symbolizes flexibility and expansion. The negative self-talk of Jupiter is “it’s too limiting and constricted" or” I am not lucky" or "I am not talented enough".

4. Another sword sports the planetary sign of Mars. Positively Mars is a sign of dynamic energy, vitality, and assertion but the negative side of Mars is " I don't have the energy to...I am burnt out...it's dull and boring etc."

5. Another sword handle is adorned with the sign of Venus; the planet of Love. The Venusian negatives would be," I really don't care...It doesn't mean anything to me anyway..."

6. Then there is the final sword whose handle supports the double loops which represent the Sun and the Moon the negatives of which are consciously and subconsciously you sabotage yourself out of doing what it is that you want to do. In other words, you are caught in wanna-be-ism which is a viscous cycle of mental inferiority.

Netzach is the 7th Sephiroth-Victory, and governs Love, feelings and instincts. It is the Group Mind Sephira, influencing Nature and the Arts. As quoted from the Texts of the Golden Dawn:

"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- 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.This is Netzach in Yetzirah, influencing the Astral World. Netzach, is that green Sephiroth on the lower illustrated Tree of Life

Green is the color attributed to Venus, the planet of Netzach. Love, feelings and instinct, the Group Mind, Nature, and the Arts, all radiate from this Sephiroth.

The Symbols for Netzach are:

The Girdle:

The Rose:

And the Lamp:

Netzach is the first Sephiroth of the astral triangle and is the first energy intelligence to make up the personality of the individual. You may remember that I stated that the Personality is made up of the Four Alchemical Elements, each of which are represented by the lower Sephira, in the familiar sequence of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Netzach is Fire, Hod is Water, Yesod is Air and Malkuth is Earth.

Netzach is the lower form of the fiery Yod of Chokmah that is reflected from Geburah through Tiphareth. This is the formula for Yod Heh Vau Heh, Malkuth being the final Heh, because of the "fall" which is really a condensing or "downsizing" of self.

In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle and the ambivalent component parts of the Personality, after all, we are not of the Personality for it is a creation of Our Spiritual Nature to examine ourselves as "other"! Personalities are software programs that are created to operate hardware, and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body Avatar properly. However, if your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of outside "Authority", you don't know the individual code and language that went into making the software your body is operating from; therefore you haven't a clue who is operating the bod,! Yet again the axiom of Qaballah: "Above all things, know thyself!" rings true!

The most important part of initiation is to observe the layers of lies, that your personality is constructed from, removing layer after layer of false you, until the real you shines true. This "Garbage in" is called man-made persona and the "Garbage out" is the dysfunctional action of "seeking yourself" in the eyes of your peers, or of authority. You are already divinely approved---you exist, and your Software for operating the Hardware, was already created by the Higher Self, out of its library of living experience which many call "the Soul".

Often, Mystery schools, such as The Golden Dawn, use a set of Tattva exercises as a type of "controlled day dream" (guided meditations), intended to bring the student into direct contact with the subtle Elemental realms immediately underlying the material sphere of sensation. Often, I bring those Elemental realms into sensual manifestation for my students, all of which is necessary to prepare the student for more advance techniques of skrying with Tarot Cards. We are not separate from the Universal Elements, but are each a unique combination of them.

It should be understood, that the astral realm beginning with Yesod and including Netzach and Hod, is a fluid, non-solid realm where everything begins in illusion/dream. It is the place, where our Formative consciousness can experiment with image, such as children role-playing, in order to comprehend in a later stage of growth, the actual manifestation of being "that". If done with controlled will, this is a boon to any creative endeavor on Earth; if taken as rote, as a law by some divine deity, all hell will break loose in the physical realm, as the experiment is seen as empirical and left with its errors!

The Astral is not a Master of your personality! Nor is anything that you contact in it! The Astral is your malleable substance of mental energy in which to create with, not be created by! Most " Medium-Channels" just channel astral persona's, and live in an illusion of devotional thought, not allowing them to see that they are their own "holy' delusions.

Let me explain what few wish you to know: A god is a dominate Consciousness on its Plane of Dominion. Every one of the 9 Sephiroth, after Kether, is a demi-god, therefore you are composed of the united cooperation of these energy intelligences we call "gods", which contribute to the make up the One God. And you're are one better, because you have also composed a body of the "god", i.e. Top Mammal Predator, the Human body, that is ruler of its domain! So, you, are at first the "I Will Be", of Kether, that is carried on as a Great Group of 9 demi- gods, who should be working as One Group Soul of your individual Tree of Life...A One Living God! The fact that we think we are not, is because we’ve been mentally separated from the reality of our divinity! This was done by the manipulation of our imagination, (auto-suggestion and pleasure /pain training) by "The few who wish to rule the many" dogma of “divide and conquer” using disinformation as truth! The Astral is the beginning of formation, a fluid light influenced by the subconscious before it is crystallized on earth, everything there is malleable. By giving us "nightmare" stories of how bad our natural body is, the rulers of definition have divided our imagination (good/bad) against our masterful body. Therefore, you forgot the human body is a god of its domain and you are the Life Force (Spirit) that keeps it breathing.

We all must return consciously to the subconscious astral and clean up our software. Thus, allowing the Above Intelligence to operate the Below intelligence for the purpose of expanding and liberating life from entropy’s stifling hold!

When we are dealing with Netzach, we are dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious. Netzach is where both the Macrocosm and Microcosm meet. Therefore, in Netzach, we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of human kind, and patterns of individual persona. But if that isn't enough, we must understand that this dichotomy is in itself an illusion!

On the Thoth 7 of Swords, Crowley has precariously balanced the six 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 this Sephiroth of Venus means Victory. There is, however, a wish to compromise, a halting tolerance and a certain vacillation. When overdone, this need for compromise can bring disaster; not always does a policy of appeasement produce peace as any student of W W 2 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 pusillanimity of the many.

There is suggested that there is just too much noise in the brain for focused action, as many feeble thoughts of vacillation out-shout the One strong will to act.

Instead of the Power of I AM, we are caught in the self-denial of I ain’t, which is futile, since we already created it mentally. Often we run "mind loops" that constantly repeat our past as today's reason for not progressing or going forward with our life. These mind loops are the "nag within" syndrome that fear of discomfort often generates in our subconscious to avoid presumed pain.

When the Seven of Swords card is thrown, the querent will:

· Have the opportunity in the next 7 weeks or 7 months to break out of self-imposed defeatism and move towards creating what one really wants.

· Know it’s time to "damn the torpedoes and go full steam ahead".

· Know and declare what you want, for that is the truth.

· Remember that the 7's are associated with the Charioteer, which is the originator of motion and change. So this card is not nagging at your weakness to avoid discomfort by lying, but advising you that choosing your honest wants moves you forward into a satisfying life motion and that you have the inherent power to do so.

· Have the capability to release sabotaging thought processes that where developed in a past that may go back to 7 years or when you were 7 years old.

· Focus on what you truly want; focus your heart, creative mind and passion on it, and your programmed self-defeat won't be able to impede you; it’s just becomes white noise in the back wash of your powerful wake on the ocean of possibilities.

If this card is ill defined:

  •  The feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
  • Using ingenuity, to overcome repression and violence.
  • Exposing violence regardless of risk. 
  • Deploying stealth to take back what is rightly yours.

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