The Thoth 9 of Swords-Cruelty, presents a ghastly image of nine crooked, chipped swords, dripping poisoned blood. If this isn't gloomy enough, we have the celestial rule of Mars in Gemini, representing a primal raging hunger that has no restraint due to Gemini's vacillation.
9 is a number of completion, and is also the number of the Sephiroth Yesod- which is Foundation, on the Tree of Life. The sphere of Yesod is on the middle pillar of the Tree of Life, and has rectified the imbalances of the past energy disorders of Air. This, however, does not rectify the degeneration of the energy as it continues down the Tree.
Swords, usually depict the pure intellect that acts like air as its energy in motion continually heats up with passion and cools down with rationale. In the case of the 9 of Swords, consciousness has fallen into an unenlightened void of rational thought, stirring heartless animal passions; passions that are of the psychopath and the fanatic. This is the character of the inquisitor; it seems intellectual but is operating in a rage that is without restraint. All this sounds just awful and terribly gloomy, yet, it is the cultural foundation of "Divide and conquer" indoctrination technique; one state of mind of which we have become apathetic participants.
Our consumerism society is based on "fanning the flames" of that primitive raging hunger of survival thinking in order to produce the "fanatical shopper “, the overstuffed "needer", whose world is always lacking self-fulfillment no matter how much clutter abounds in it. It is the realm of the Neti-Neti (Sanskrit for, “Not This-Not That") consciousness, that consumes unrelentingly, hoping for happiness in accumulation; a futile seeking of happiness because happiness isn't in accumulation nor resides in glutinous bellies, rather Happiness is a balance of inner and outer beauty. So if one insists on Neti-Neti, there is only one result in the completion of the greed of such hungry thought and that is the insanity of inner self cruelty.
Thankfully, many of us have enough strength in or character to know that happiness, is not a thing, but rather a "balance of Spirit- Mind-Body, " and have found out that by treating other people with respect, (do unto another as you would have done to you) we have a happier presence on this earth.
The 9 of Swords is the state of consciousness that is called "wanna-be", were one is not alive/happy until they achieve some future possession or goal which when achieved, brings nothing but the same emptiness one started with. This person is a corpse, a zombie, who lives only in yesterday’s emotions and phantom futures, leaving the eternal moment of now vacant of their presence. This phenomenon of “walking corpse" is not a new thing that some Hollywood director dreamt- up as the latest horror thriller. Rather, you'll find this "living dead" concept in the two-thousand-year old Gnostic Gospel of Thomas that is part of the Nag Hammadi Library. In paragraph 56, of the Gospel of Thomas, it is written, "Whoever has come to understand the World has found only a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world”. If you can understand this Gnostic statement, you can understand the story of the 9 of Swords-Cruelty. Because the practice of "Self-inflicted cruelty" is going on in most human brains right now, most of us constantly belittle ourselves, in order to appease our dogma; i.e. our inner Pavlovian- slaver-dogma.
Again, the Thoth 9 of Swords, is called THE LORD OF DESPAIR AND CRUELTY, or Cruelty in short. This is Mars in Gemini; this is Yesod influencing Yetzirah in the Astral World. With a smattering of astrological data, one knows that the fiery energy of Mars, does little good in a sign of dualities.
This "little good" is shown by the 9 rusty swords, dripping blood and poison on Crowley's card. One may shudder at the despair, meanings of illness, suffering and cruelty this card often represents; But each of us, who are paying attention to our brain, know this to be a "inner self cruelty" of our inner inquisitor-cultural consciousness, as it cuts us with the emotionally poisoned blades of embarrassment, low-self-esteem, humiliation, self-condemnation, and/or inner disgust. It is the internal Slave Master software that is installed in our Personality by our culture's belief in "peer pressure". The Few Who Rule the Many, by controlling definition, make sure this mechanism of Internal-Mental Slavery is installed before you even reach 7 years old. Like rusty hooks of poisonous self-futility, this is a hard one to remove! Peer pressure, a belief that we find our value in the eyes of others, just drives this poison deeper into self-identity. The media, keeps slashing at your self-value...."you need this....you need that....to lack them, you are behind the times!” Lack of self-worth Is at the very least implied, or blatantly rubbed in your face, daily, if not hour by hour. “Resistance is futile !"Blare the media-amplified voices of the pusillanimous invertebrates who enforce "their masters will" on others.
There is an axiom in Buddhism that states, “Life is Suffering” … but only if you live in the lizard brain of survival thinking. Life is indeed a mental/sensual experience, and we can be our own worst enemies, just by doubting our own value in the World. It should be noticed by now that we learn best when we must struggle to move forward. Strife, may be a hard teacher, but a teacher it is. We do nothing when we become "comfortable" with our situation. This has nothing to do with value; in matter of fact, one is never given challenges by authority, unless authority believes them capable. A master's journey is the one less traud. Therefore, the master's only peer is themselves. However, to see yourself as Lack, is the necessary software to continue the panicked consumerism that Muti -National mind programmers and/or definition peddlers- want! Poverty is an invention of the consumptive Wealthy. But think! Before any human judgment, you were already approved into being by your Higher Self. So once again, the Qabalistic axiom reads true, “Above all things, Know thyself"!
It's simple really; you had to be approved by all that is Holy, to be made alive! Your presence is your Judgment....and obviously you are good enough for the Divine Creative identity of I AM!
You are a Divine answer, to a Divine question of "What Am I", that is what your creation is! The world around you is not your author; hence, not your authority. Life starts inside, its value is Self and Self transforms, inside. The outside world is not a judge's chamber, nor a jury box, it is how you become knowledge by in-form-action. Information is not knowledge unless it functions as presented. Hence, I AM Me, is a presentation of information; the in-form-action of Self.
Therefore, stop devaluing yourself, and become the Power of Presence instead! Action is the Fiery Spiritual Will that moves you and makes you breathe, reaction is usually run by the uncertain animal who thinks the whole universe is out to eat it and is running from a stress filled here to a phantom there in fear! "I am" dares ask, "What am I"? And you are the answer to that question, "I AM ME"!
The 9 of Swords, cruelty, is about you being your own worst enemy, divided against yourself, mentally and emotionally. Always nay-saying before you can ever start a motion. This is “a moment of doubt" drawn out as a Life-time. Sure we doubt ourselves, we could be "wrong", and after all every new motion is a risk! But if the Child of Wonder, that innocent curiosity, still has "I's" in you, you're are going to "do it" anyway for you are Spirit, the Tantra of I AM. Tantra means to "expand and liberate" and Qabalah means to "receive". Hence, any study of yourself that expands and liberates you from your fears and gives you back your Universal Inheritance, of Self-Authority, is Tantric and Qabalistic. As I AM, we are always intelligent energy striving forward. We are being Pushed along by the Inner Spiritual Self, "To know ourselves", just like Dark Energy pushes the Universe of Matter forever outwards. Life is a Driving Force...and the Body is the vehicle driven!
So what this Cruel 9 of Swords implies, is that "a house divide must fall". Get together with yourself and overthrow the fear based slaver program that is in your brain. Software can be erased even when it’s Garbage. (G.I.G.O). All software programs know of G.I.G.O., for when software is garbage and programed in, the hardware is operational garbage as well. Garbage in, Garbage out, i.e., G.I.G.O.!
There the 9of Swords also implies that you must get off your "fear train" perspective of "I ain't or I don't have" and re think the programing! It's easy to fail, all you have to do is stop doing. Success, is a stubborn optimist, the Will is the Way of accomplishment. That is why your will to be yourself is attacked in the early days of your body's life. We then spend the rest of our later life, trying to be what "others" expect us to be. Eventually we all will exterminate the bugs in our cultural software (definitions); some sooner than others, but we all will do it eventually, that is the purpose of sensuality after all. For Life to continue in this Universe, the Self must become intimate/sensual with its ideas, and/or creations in order to discern by experiencing success and failure of information! Foolishly believing that you, a sensual learning I AM-conscious, can learn all that is to be learned in one short organic lifetime, keeps you from understanding the very nature of “Life Cycles” and or Karma. Relax and breathe deep. For if and when you die, the soul, will just "reabsorb" the software garbage in the personality and/or self-consciousness that is now released, and try another revision of it in "Hardware/Wetware" performance, that we know as "alive". Therefore, you are not rushed, and if you take only one step a day, you still are journeying towards your destination of Above all things, know thyself.
So, "get over yourself and get on with you! Impeccability is what we do'' . This is a correctional software loop that I run in my self-doubting organic brain; it just overrides the "pity pot" of self-defeating thought every time it comes online. But installing that software loop, took determination, and plain old fashion "jackAss” stubbornness and constant repetition, a meditation of seconds, done most minutes, until it becomes as automatic as breathing. Don't you think it’s time, we programed our own Hardware! After all your are the Master united with the Masterpiece. That is the real message of the 9 of Swords.
ABOVE ALL THINGS, KNOW THYSELF!
Each of us has experienced the temptations to remain chained to the bedeviling thoughts of our subjugation- definitions and/or propaganda of the few who wish to rule the many. The 9 of Swords, reminds us, that we are not performing well mentally, when we are under the rule of self-belittlement. Again, you are obviously good enough for God, you are good enough for you! In our God-ness Goodness), resides the constant ability in each of us, to become More Self, rather than becoming less by seeking more stuff! We are the inheritors of the I AM, that is the Divine Creative, and have the freedom to choose what that "I AM" is. Me, is a very big word, filled with infinite potential and for this trinity of Self to function as one, the I AM must be the author of Me. I AM Spirit-Mind-Body the complete Intimate Divine Creative. I can now even feel my movement thru time/space as the One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed. I AM Pleased.
The Tarot of The Ages-Nine of Swords, expounds on the concept of cruelty. Here, one is shown relishing her ability to be cruel. Here she is shown and/or implied by the bleeding stones, a inceasant dissecting of every being with the cruelty of her sword or knife-like ability to judge and criticize. Her mind is cold and clear, for as far as she is concerned, every judgement and criticism is written in stone! She believes everything she thinks. This cruelty is reasonless and the reward for such thinking is a fierce madness that denial has no defense against. For here one is transferring her inner self-devaluation to others and each stab of her mental knives, inflict damage on her own brain. When one's thoughts are self-destructive, denial only blinds ones eyes to the coming rock slide they are standing under. To think ill of others, is to use your own brain as a "voodoo doll" and each ill thought is a long poinsioned pin that you stab into it. Hence, think well to be well.
The implications of this Nine of Swords are the same as that of the Thoth 9 of Swords.
When the 9/Nine of Swords is thrown during a reading, the Querent will be or has been experiencing:
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
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