Thoth 5 of Disks-Worry
Lord of material trouble.
Since the 5 of Disks card both represent the physical and material world of Assiah and the Sphere of the 5th Sephiroth Geburah-Severity, this card represents physical worry, concerns, and rumination. It is a state of self-conscious that dwells in the past and goes forward fearing the past as the future and therefore doesn't live in the now. By not living in the now, we are not present today, which doesn't allow new perspectives or thoughts to change our mental emotional direction. This is a general effect of a long strain without action; a general state of inaction. Health, finances, work, relationships and/or creativity are the concerns here.
Astrologically this card represents Mercury in Taurus, also symbolizing communication worries. Worrying about whether your communication efforts are coming across correctly or if you even have the ability to communicate at all. By now we are familiar with the Sephiroth Geburah, a state of energy that is severe in its function. Geburah is a corrective state of intelligence, whose severity is an action towards self-assessment, rather than anything karmic.
The Thoth 5 of Disks, is called Worry, but also often called the Lord of Material Trouble. The angels of the Decan are Mibahiah and Pooyal. "To Worry" something, is translated from Anglo-Saxon to English as the ancient shepherds use the word, which is a type of strangulation a sheep dog does to a sheep. This strangulating is a biting and holding on to the Sheep's throat, which stops it in its tracks and is just for that purpose. Thus we understand that the 5 of disks is so named because it stops all material events, such as profession or monetary gain, dead in its tracks.
Again, Crowley shapes this card as an inverted pentagram, which implies difficulties and/or the fears of the body have conquered the will. He also placed the geometric figures of the Hindu five Tattvas in the individual disks, each symbolizing a Alchemical element of Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spirit (the dark egg). In the Hindu system these are the underlying currents of matter.
Mercurial energy is opposed in Taurian earth, simply because earth has a natural tendency to be stationary while Mercury is swift motion. Granted it takes a strong Mercury to influence and unbalance Taurus but Geburah is just that strength. In fact, instead of Severity, she is sometimes called Strength and causes instability in the *5 states of matter. Sometimes, even the most positive person, runs into tragedy, it is how we recover from it that is important here.
This instability is vibrationary, much like and earthquake, yet the 5 states of energy (Five Tattvas) have enough attraction necessary to hold together on the lower planes forestalling complete disruption. So this is more like the dog holding the sheep at a standstill, a kind of intelligence applied to labor. The 5 of Disks thus implies intense strain with long moments of inaction.
The 5 of Disks implies that perspective makes our present state of being, and if our perspectives dwell in the past we are thinking “up-side-down” ---we aren't living today. This 5 of Disks card reminds us that we are presently inanimate, which is dead to action. We can change directions, be they physical, emotional or mental only by acting--moving! Begin with what you have even if your only action to hold out your hand for assistance, now and what-ifs are unimportant to motion as they only excuse inaction. It's time to break worry patterns by actively pursuing changes in communication patterns, financial, health, and in relationships with the Taurus people in your life. Worry is a type of mental lethargy whose chains are easily broken by activity. Live the now, you are not "a past person" you are an I AM Now person---an active and unique expression of alive spiritual-motion. To be thinking upright, Spirit must triumph over matter. To think upside down, is matter's Triumph over Spirit.
Tarot Illuminati- 5 of Pentacles
The Tarot Illuminati- 5 of Pentacles, is still expanding on the Traditional Tarot Image, of the outcast poor outside a Cathedral abandoned by society and out in the cold, like the traditional Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. Yet the Tarot Illuminati uses a far more elaborate oriental theme to tell the same story. Here it is a story of being out in the cold without assistance, as the community has failed these people. Remember that when you are a position to help, and pray you never have to remember the deep cold of a winter's night with no hope of warmth, shelter or even the small comfort of a hot meal. Here the Cold of abandonment is a deep bone chill that will not go away, along with the hollow ache of deep hunger. Pray, you never have to go through this and remember those who are less fortunate than you.
Rider-Waite-Smith - 5 of Pentacles
When the Divination brings up the Five of Disks, the querent is going through a period:
- Of rumination, anxiety or concern...maybe all.
- Feeling left out of social events because of lack of money.
- Of challenges concerning insecurity, deprivation, and even exclusion.
- Where the mind is focused on survival issues and thus stopping creativity dead in its tracks as a feeling of helplessness and inertia takes over.
- There is a foretelling of material trouble for the next 5 weeks or 5 months.
- Of the next 5 weeks or 5 months, opportunities are presented to you for the release of worry about health, finances, relationships, productivity and to improve on your communication skills.
- The past, let's say when you were five years old, is what produces worry.
- Of intending to want to avoid discomfort, and try to compare present day events, to past ones.
- Locked into past pain----does not help us live in the present and this card reminds us to forget the what-ifs of yesterday, or tomorrow and to be the I Am of now.
If surrounded by ill defined cards:
- Being isolated by community.
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