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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 7 of Swords-Futility & Tarot of The Ages- Seven of Swords

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

This card represents the sabotaging mindwhere 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 other 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 on the central sword's hilt is a symbol of the Sun, the Crescent is the Moon and the wavy lines at the bottom are Aquarius. Each of the six 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 and it will take too long.

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 vicious cycle of mental inferiority.

Netzach is the 7th Sephiroth, Victory, and governs Love, feelings and instincts. It is the Group Mind sphere, 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. Since, the Moon is in Aquarius this 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. The Metal attributed to Venus, is copper. Hence, the green is a vertigist shade of green. 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. Self, is the I AM and/or the One Identity of the One Mind, that all else is a collective of. I AM Me, is the most condensed Self-Awareness of Light in this Universe and that trinity is ourselves. I-Spirit, Am-Mind, Me-Body. We are the "Living Elohim" and/or the Most Intimate of gods. You may not think you are a "god", but your abilities are "god like". For you imagine yourself and just by observing a thing, you change that thing. You imagine your enemies, and your friends. Your perspectives are imagined. You are of the I-Magi-Nation, a being far more magic than tragic. You are how the I AM can be intimate with what it is dreaming itself to be. For instance, the Universe is a Mental Dream of Self, and you are how Self, is lucid in that dream. That is a Divine Creative if I've ever heard of one!

In Netzach, normal waking consciousness of the student, must deal with the Astral Triangle of the 7-8-9 th Sephira and the ambivalent component parts of the Personality, after all, we are not of the Personality for it is a creation of Our Spiritual-Imaginative Nature! Personalities are software programs that are created to operate hardware, and are supplanted in the brain to manipulate the physical body properly. However, if your personality was made for you out of the illusions, delusions, and ambitions of an 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 in whose name you are operating the body! 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 an outside authority. All authority outside of you is "imagined". You are already divinely approved---your existence proves that, and your Software for operating the Hardware, was already created by the Higher Self/I AM out of its library of living experience which many call "the Soul", which is the Sphere of Living Personas. For the Soul/Psyche is the manipulator of time-space. It is the Sun/Son, a sphere of Psychic energy that measures itself by in-form-action. I AM a soul, who can only know "me" through functional information and/or in-form-action. The body, I inhabit, is my laboratory of sensors, that makes me intimate with my in-form-action. The Soul is the most beloved of the I AM. It is the "other" that makes it possible to be 2 from 0. The "body" is the most beloved of the Soul. If the body doesn't return that love to the Soul, the life of the body is unrequited love. Remember, the Soul is Androgyne. If you are male, your Soul will be female in energy polarity, called the Anima, just to keep the Life Force/Vital Energy flowing in a figure 8 of O=2. Now we have 2 spheres connected and interchanging "communicated energy" and/or in-form-action. If you are female of form, than you Soul takes on a Masculine polarity-called the Animus. This keeps the Dance of Shakti and Shiva going in a rhythm of energy flow we call "Life".

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, Qabalah brings those Elemental realms into sensual manifestation for my Thoth Tarot students, all of which is necessary to prepare the student for more advanced techniques of skrying with Tarot Cards. Skrying the Tarot Card is an Tattva exercise.

It should be understood, that the astral realm beginning with Yesod and including Netzach and Hod, is a fluidic, 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,and/or 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 if by some "outside" divine deity, all hell will break loose in the physical realm, as the experiment is unwatched and left with its errors! God is not religion. For religion is man-made and if it were "god's word", it still isn't god, as words cannot define the I AM, just as they cannot define you. Only the I Am can define Itself through its in-form-action. Words are not a substitute for knowledge, as any book-learnered student will tell you when they actually try to apply "words" to on the job action.

Therefore, the Astral is not a Master of your personality nor any dream on it or of it! Nor is anything that you contact in it! The Astral is your malleable substance 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.

*What are tattvas?

Image: svayambhu.blogspot.com

.Tattva (/ˈtʌtvə/) is a Sanskrit word meaning 'thatness', 'principle', 'reality' or 'truth'. According to various Indian schools of philosophy, a tattva is an element or aspect of reality. In some traditions, they are conceived as an aspect of deity. Although the number of tattvas varies depending on the philosophical school, together they are thought to form the basis of all our experience. The Samkhya philosophy uses a system of 25 tattvas, while Shaivism recognises 36 tattvas. In Buddhism, the equivalent is the list of dhammas which constitute reality.

Tattva - Wikipedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tattva

Let me explain what few wish you to know: A god is a dominant Consciousness on its Plane of Action. Every one of the 10 Sephiroth, is a demigod, therefore you are composed of the united cooperation of these energy intelligences we call " small-gods", which contribute to the make up the One God who is a collective/Fractal of I AM. And you're are one better than just a "dreamer", because you have also composed a body of the "god", i.e. Top Mammal Predator, the Homo Sapiens Sapiens body, that is ruler of its domain and have become a Lucid creator who can control his/her own dream of Self! So, you, are a Great Group/Collective Unconscious of 10 "small- gods" (intelligences), who should be working as One Group Soul of your individual Tree of Life...A One Living I AM ME! The fact that we think we are not a power of Self-Dominion, 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" using the dogma of “divide and conquer”; using disinformation as truth which is very effective, for once you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes "truth" for the mass! You have forgotten your inheritance, simply because you were told that you must earn it! Inheritances aren't earned, they are claimed by the Name of the individual. I AM Spirit-Mind-Body. I AM the Trinity of Divine Self! I Am the Divine Child. I AM My own Messiah!

The Astral is the beginning of formation, a fluid light influenced by the subconscious before it is crystalized 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 Daemon Force (God-Man in Greek) that keeps it breathing. We are Souls who came to make the Homo sapiens, Human. Human is not a homo sapiens sapiens, for it means: Hu-Mandarin for "God", and Man-from the Hindu word for mind, Manas. Hence, you are a "God-Mind" who operates a homo sapiens sapiens in the name of I AM!

We all must return consciously to the Astral/inner dreams 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 and liberate and expand creative- intimacy throughout the universe!

You may now realize that when one is dealing with Netzach, one is dealing with understanding a particularly difficult State of energy conscious. Netzach is where both the Macrocosm (Above) and Microcosm (Below) meet. Therefore, in Netzach, we are dealing with the understanding of the entire race patterns of human kind, of homo sapiens sapiens and patterns of individual persona. But if that isn't enough, we must understand that this understanding is in itself a producer of illusion; because all is One who copies itself as Creation.

On the Thoth Deck Seven 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.

Before you get all fearful of Netzach in the death- suit of Swords, remember it does not represent as much catastrophe as in other suits, for the 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 WW2 knows. Therefore, we may hesitate to seek Victory over our delusions, because to be victorious, means we must first battle the inner demon of indoctrinated "me". Many of us fear the inner battle of the Sun/son of Divine Creative and the Devil. For that requires introspection, a long period of isolation within one's own desert of self-lies, that must be dealt with and banished.

Hence, 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. For to believe you can use the same indoctrinated thought and dogma to gain a different outcome is absolutely futile! Remember, only slaves need saviors and in the USA, we've got the best saviors that money can buy!

  • When this card is thrown during a reading/divination, the querent may be 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 7 weeks or 7 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 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... 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 "devil within" syndrome that fear of discomfort often generates in our subconscious to avoid presumed pain.

The Tarot of The Ages- Seven of Swords, depicts the futile act of trying to kill death. For the Ravens are the Norse symbol of death, and the warrior swing a sword at death, is indeed a futile action. To live by death is to die. On the Earth we "kill to survive", and/or prey on living things for material growth and/or we eat. Here, on Earth. Life eats itself to stay alive. Hence all are eaten here. We cannot avoid death by living a life bent on surviving death. We can only live until our time runs out. To fear death is futile, for it is inevitable and just another way Light/Energy transforms its I AM/Identity. I Am the life and death of my body, for I AM the Immortal Psyche that makes it breathe. One, day, the last exhale will happen, for I the Soul, shall return to Tiphareth, from which I have projected myself imaginings into matter. To think otherwise is a futile endeavor.

By the mere fact of constantly using media, and propaganda to make one believe that they shall somehow conquer death by dealing it out to others is futile, simply because to "live by the sword, is to die by the sword". However, such belief insulates the slave from the truth as the master of the slave decides the fate of the slave and therefore, the slave's death. The Anglo Saxons knew this and their war cry against the Conquering Rome, was "Free-doom" which means "I chose my own death". We now have transformed this phase into a word we call "freedom", a word that propaganda has totally made futile as we think it means Laws. The more-laws, the less freedom, and in fact, there are laws against "choosing your own death".

Those who bow to an outside authority, do so only because of fear. Fear is our devil within. It makes slaves of all who believe in it. This is well known to those few who wish to rule the many, i.e. those who control definition. Hence, death is always used as a threat to keep the "many" under the thumb of the few. Now in the US of A, many states have gotten rid of the "death penalty", for a life in prison. Which is far more destructive than dying. Death is not a penalty. It is an inevitable form of transformation. But to be "locked up" in a mental prison of non-expanding and liberating thought of Self, is hell. Such a hell is shown on this card, for to the Norse it is eternal freezing existence in infinite ice and snow. Lack of freedom is hell. To be free, one must not fear death and love the idea of expanding themselves beyond the peer pressure of group believed lies.

The Tarot of The Ages Seven of Swords card, represents the same futility as does the Thoth Tarot 7 of Swords. Therefore, when either one is thrown in a divination, it implies:

  • ·     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. The falsehood is the feeling of hopelessness and helplessness.
  • ·         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 but advising you that choosing your wants over fears, 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 were 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 programed self-defeat won't be able to impede you; it’s just becomes white noise in the backwash of your powerful wake on the ocean of possibilities.
  • New plans.
  • Fortitude.
  • Wishes.
  • Hope. 
  • Endeavor.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Arguments. 
  • Quarrels.
  • Uncertain counsel or advice.
  • Circumspection.
  • Slander.
  • Babbling. 

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