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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-8 of Swords-Interference & Tarot of The Spirit-Eight of Wind-Power Shield

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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The 8 of Swords-Interference, is in the 8th Sephiroth -Hod=Splendor on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Splendor signifies lack of persistence in intellectual and matters of contest. Splendor, is usually cosmetic and has little depth of character. However, ruling this astrological Decan, is Jupiter in Gemini, thus good fortune may have attended even weakened efforts. However, Gemini has its own contest, which is constantly interfering with the Will.

This constant distraction of the intellect is shown by the 6 Crossed Swords between 2 major Swords signifying too many different thoughts to consider at the same moment.

The Thoth- 8 of Swords, is in the Suit of Air, which blows wherever it may. All of this contradiction well displays the mental conflict that comes from splendorous displays of intellectual thought. In such a shallow display, the faux intellectual must constantly babble on with gaudy words and hollow concepts that have very little mental "nutrition". This is a common disease of the human brain that prods our personalities on with a shotgun blast of associated thoughts, scattering our intellectual strength so that our thought shattered will is too weak to go the distance. This dysfunction serves the “slave masters” that rule indoctrination/definition well.

Many of us are taught, that to be ignorant or incorrect, is bad and the brain wishes to be good and well liked, so it does everything it can to impress other brains; hoping for a "pat on the back". This tends to "narrow and restrict" the mind, so that all we hear are the echoes of many thoughts rattling around in our tinny head. It is not that such a person is "closed minded" it's just that there is such a cacophony of rapid fire thoughts that the person's brain is closeted in mental noise. Such mental interference often assaults the individual's moments of mental repose; sleeping and meditation becomes a contest between will and brain making both sleep and meditation weak attempts.

This lack of focus, requires us to add correctional software to our brain's programing. One such correctional software package, is the study of the Gnostic Qabalah where "above all things, know thyself" is the foundational focus of I AM Me. Rather than, "Happiness is made by the acquiring of more things" which only produces impoverished thoughts based on " I don't have so I must have”. (In the study of Yoga, the Sanskrit word for this impoverished thinking is Neti-neti, which means “not this-not that”.) The solution to mental fuzz, is focusing on one thing at a time and to stop seeking happiness as if the accumulation of things will cure this dysfunction. This may sound easy, but requires intense sensual intimacy with love of being and in love of what you are doing. Happiness is an internal experience that shares itself with the outside experience. It is a Harmony of Spirit-Mind-Body.

THE EIGHT OF SWORDS- Interference, 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 and/or will on a goal. Yes, it can be an intense and positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection. Crowley illustrates this interference in his 8 of Swords, as 2 strong and long main swords (conscious and unconscious), being crossed (as in Crossed-up) by 6 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. The materiality of the 8, makes this a mental confusion a very physical experience. Hence, the body feels unguided, creating a sense of stress .  

The Tarot of The Spirit-Eight of Water-Power Shield, also indicates that indecision leads to a sense of imprisonment. Here energy is wasted in a constant mental conflict over external obstacles creating a sense of disillusionment. Here the suggestion is to stop arguing with yourself and go into a retreat where you spend time in intorspection.

The Eight of Wind displays a inverted triangle hovering over an open box containing eight swords. This box resembles a coffin without a lid, implying the swords are laid to rest and the battle is momentarily halted.The inverted triangle represents the Astral Triangle of the Unconscious mind. The green segment represents emotion, orange the intellect and the spirit is represented in purple. Hence, spirit-mind-body are represented here.

There is also a black triangle, which represents the "tunnel of truth". Spirit is represented as spiraling energy and in that divine wind is the Truth. I AM YOU, whispers the tempest of energy-in-motion. It is time to release the self-consciousness to the inner One who is the breath of the body. There are many breathing exercises (Pranayama= Inhale-Exhale)to help one release their self to the Spirit which causes the body to breath. For more information click on the link below.

The Eight of Wind is also implying that this is a time for regrouping by separation and introspection.

When the 8 of Swords or Eight of Wind is thrown during a reading, the querent will or has, experienced:

  • For 8 weeks 8 months or since they were 8 years old, narrow and restrictive thought.
  • Shortened Force and petty thinking.
  • Too much force applied to small things, too much attention to detail, at expense of principal and/or more important points of thought.
  • There is a tenancy to admire wisdom, yet applies it to small and unworthy objects. The querent may experience great ease in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others and is often impulsive.
  • There is a fondness of giving or receiving money, or presents promoting a generosity without a strong feeling of affection.

The Eight 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. 
  • The Good Fortune of Jupiter, will show up. 
  • Stop wasting time and proceed with change, your scattered efforts will not stop it, only interfere with your wholesome transition.
  • Experiencing confusion, and a feeling of being trapped, isolated by oppressive ideas. 
  • Feeling trapped or ashamed, are 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.

When ill-dignified by the accompanying cards, the above qualities produce:

  • Malice.
  • Pettiness.
  •  Domineering qualities.
  • Confusion and mental blocks. 

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