Thoth Tarot- 5 of Disks- Worry
Santa Muerte-5 of Pentacles
5 of Disks-Worry:
Since Disks are cards that represent the physical, this card represents physical worry, concerns, and rumination. It is a state of being that dwells in the past and goes forward fearing 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 5th 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 by Aleister Crowley. Here Mercury is the Lord. The angels of the Decan are Mibahiah and Pooyal.
In the 5 of Disks, we have Geburah-Severity, influencing the Material World (Assiah)
"To Worry" something, began as an Anglo Saxon word that is translated into English as the 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. Therefore, 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. it keeps one strangled, so that they can't perform to their best.
Again, Crowley and Harris shaped this card as an inverted pentagram, which implies difficulties. He also placed the geometric figures of the Hindu five Tattvas (gunas)in the individual disks, each symbolizing a Alchemical element of Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spirit. In the Hindu system these are the underlying currents of matter.
In Hindu tantrism there are five tattvas creating global energy cycles of tattvic tides beginning at dawn with Akasha and ending with Prithvi:
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/energy. This instability is vibrationary, much like and earthquake, yet the 5 states of energy (5 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. Therefore, the 5 of Disks implies intense strain with long moments of inaction.
The 5 of Disks also implies that perspective makes our present state of being, and if our perspectives dwell in the past we are “upside-down” , our head is buried in the earth---we aren't living in today's Sunshine. 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 motion.
The Advice of the Dead: With calm and through concrete and objective evaluation, you can go ahead, overcoming any crisis that you meet along the way.
--From the Santa Muerte-Book of the Dead, by Fabio Listrani
The Santa Muerte-5 of Pentacles, is suggesting a positive attitude that is both active and dynamic. Here, step by step (green skulls) one is involved in a positive evolution towards the future and new discovery of interests, or new solutions. However, excess acceleration can cause a velocity in moving about that could make the situation too fluid and unstable, causing worries and disorder to appear, sending us back to where we began.
When the Divination brings up the Five of Disks, the querent is going through a period:
If ill dignified by surrounding cards:
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