The Thoth 9 of Swords-Cruelty, presents a ghastly image of nine crooked, chipped swords, dripping 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. Here are represented the classic "defense mechanism" of repression, projection, aggression, and transferring emotional injuries to the outside world.
9 is a number of completion, and is also the number of the Sephiroth Yesod-Foundation and ruled by the Moon. Hence, illusion. 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. Here the instincts of the Survival-Mind (animal intelligence), are based on fear of being preyed upon, and they eat away at any sense of security.
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 very cultural foundation of "Divide and conquer" indoctrination technique.
Our consumerism society is based on "fanning the flames" of that primitive raging hunger of survival thinking in order to produce the "fanatical shopper “whose world is always lacking self-fulfillment. 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 as we are inwardly threaten by demons that are the personification of threatening ruin.
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 recognition, future possession or goal. This person is a corpse, a zombie, who lives only in yesterday’s emotions and uncertain futures, leaving the 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 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. This self-cruelty is expressed as fear, guilt feelings, and experiences of powerlessness.
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 nine rusty swords, dripping blood and poison on Crowley's card. One may shudder at the despair, meanings of illness, suffering and cruelty this card represents; But each of us, who are paying attention to our brain, know this to be a "inner self cruelty" of our 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. The Few Who Rule the Many, by controlling definition, make sure this Internal-Mental Slavery is installed before you even reach seven years old. Like rusty hooks of poisonous self-futility, this is a hard one to remove! Then the Phantom illusion of Peer pressure, just drives this poison deeper into self-identity. The media, becomes your "Peers" and keeps slashing at your self-value...."you need this....you need that....to lack them, you are nothing!” 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 horns of the pusillanimous invertebrates who enforce "their masters will" on others. Faust never new such hell as this! For Heaven and Hell are both "feelings", not some destination.
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. To see yourself as Lack, is the necessary software to continue the panicked consumerism that Muti -National mind programmers and/or definition peddlers- want! 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 God!
You are a Divine answer, to a Divine question, which happens to be what Creation is!
Stop questioning yourself, and become answers instead! Action is the Fiery Spirit that moves you, reaction is usually run by the uncertain animal who thinks the whole universe is out to eat it! "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 of shame. Sure we doubt ourselves 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. We are always striving forward, we are being pushed along by the Inner Spiritual Self, just like Dark Energy pushes the Universe of Matter forever outwards. Life is a Driving Force...and the Body is the vehicle driven! And you are supposed to be the driver.
So what this Cruel 9 of Swords implies, is that "a house divide must fall". Get together with yourself and overthrow the 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.!
The 9 of Swords implies that you must exorcise the demon of miserable perspective and re-think the programing! It's easy to fail, all you have to do is stop doing by wallowing around in the emotions of yesterday. Success, often requires a stubborn optimist. Your Soul--- even if it kills it personification (destroys the body) trying to accomplish a goal, it just reincarnates and keeps at it! We all will pound out the bugs of our software (definitions), some sooner than others; but we all will do it eventually, that is the purpose of sensuality after all. When one is intimately connected to thought, one must deal with the "feelings" it produces. For Life to continue in this Universe, the living must learn to discern by experiencing success and failure! Foolishly believing that you, a sensual learning conscious, can all learn all that is to be learned in one lifetime, keeps you from understanding the very nature of “Life Cycles” and or Karma. Relax and breathe deep. For if you die, the soul, will just "reabsorb" the software garbage in the personality/you that is now released, and try another revision of it in "Hardware" 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. For what we live is the I AM's dream of self-awareness.
So, "get over yourself and get on with you! Impeccability is what we do'', is a correctional software loop that I run in my self-doubting 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 automatically daily life. Don't you think it’s time, we programed our own Wetware (Brain-the artificial you)! 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 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 the Divine Creative, therefore, you are good enough for you! In our God-ness (Goodness), resides the constant ability in each of us, to become More Self-Aware, rather than becoming less aware by seeking more stuff!
The Tarot of The Spirit-Nine of Wind-The Screen, carries the same meanings as the Thoth Tarot-9 of Swords. Here one is threatened and appears to others as threatening. Great phantoms of fearing cruelty, judgment, and pain screen your perspectives. Anger arises, and you may seek seclusion. The message of this card is now this is the time for atonement (At-One-Ment) enter the world by embracing love and you will discover freedom.
The screen is the dark shadowy self that fears being preyed on. Writhing with phantoms of suffering and pain, this screen blots out the positive presence of your heart/soul. However, these are phantoms, that you can turn off and on, like a T.V.screen, but only if you hold the remote. By believing someone or something else, is in charge of your life, you frantically seek an off button in the outside world. Later you find that pills, don't destroy phantoms. The message here is that you can overcome this social conditioning and face your darkness.
Below, supporting the phantom screen is you power shield; your strength and guide. In the 9, that power shield is growing clearer and stronger. It is your antena, that picks up your Soul/Psyche, clarifying the trust it has in you as its personal representative on earth. Hence, we are in a school and your teachers appear upon the screen. Fear not your teachers. Make friends with the phantom teachers and you will learn from them. Believe it or not, these teachers are ready to work for you in order to power your creativity. But you must first go to work for yourself. Turn on the screen, accept your lessons and tune into your dreams. Life is a story we tell ourselves. No one else, nor any indoctrinate thought, and/or conditioning can tell the true story of YOU. You are the persona of the Divine Creative, and therefore, your own story teller.
When the 9 of Swords is thrown during a reading, the Querent will be or has been experiencing:
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
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