The Babylonian Tarot- 5 of Arrows-Defeat, depicts a giant bird-like monster, with the head of a lion and known as a Anzu or the Sumerian Imdugud. This image is very similar to the Western Griffin. Like the Griffin, it was almost invincible as it was said to have a saw like beak and a hide as strong as elven coats of chain mail. The mere flap of its wings caused whirlwinds, and sand storms.
In the story of Gilgamesh, Enkidu and the Underworld, this Anzu, built its nest in Ishtar's sacred huluppu tree until it was chased off by Gilgamesh. In the Epic of Anzu, this powerful bird steals the Tablet of Destiny form Ellil. This is a tablet of great power, as anyone can change their destiny by speaking it. Therefore, anything the owner of the tablet can change reality, just by speaking it. Now the very stability of civilization is under threat so the warrior god Ninurta is chosen to go after Anzu and retrieve the Tablet. After many trials, Ninurta finally conquers Anzu and returns the Tablet to Ellil.
The Babylonian card depicts the time when the Anzu bird caused the 5 arrows shot at it by Ninurta to miss their target. At this point Anzu has the upper hand and Ninurta's attempt to defeat him is thwarted.Below the creature is the cuneiform writing for the number 5. The meaning of this card in divination is the same as that of the Thoth Tarot Card.
The 5 of Swords-Defeat occupies the position of Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life named SEVERITY.
One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the Child of God? This Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the original you; the original child that she envisioned and not the tared child of man-made identity. What many fail to understand, is that all the definitions given you, by your society, belief systems and cultures are not you, because YOU HAVE TO BE KNOWN INTO EXISTENCE BY YOUR DIVINE CREATIVE before anyone else sets "I's" on you! In other words, you have been already made to be the image of the I Am.
Yes it is true, dear souls, truth is made manifest-----------you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows that! By putting knowledge into form, the Divine Creative made you manifest! You are already Defined into being, not a being who seeks definition; for this planet and this cosmos, are not a court room; rather they are a work place! You are an image of God who proves definition by making it manifest! You give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communication. Ideas, are what you build into things, therefore thoughts are definitions used to define the idea.
Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend or believe ourselves to be.
The 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption of Geburah's strength, is not the cause of disaster! This is because weakness is the cause of the 5 of Swords disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery. Therefore, the hilts of the swords form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body fears has conquered the will by the treachery of sensation. Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever present doubt brought into belief by indoctrination, keeps the will from collecting into force.
Notice: that none of the hilts are the same, implying many different weak thoughts assaulting the blue Rose of Wisdom, that was at once whole in the 4, is now all cut to pieces in the 5. Wisdom is scattered to the winds of emotional defeat and blood of self-torture and the poison of shame drips from the thoughts/swords.
The 5 of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral-World of Dreams. Yet, Mars is the consort of Venus in mythology, and mythology is not a story telling a lie, but rather a story relating a truth, so there is also a vulnerability of capitulation here. The Blue Rose of Venus (Wisdom), which is also the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian assault. Along with the nine and ten of Swords, the Five is one of the most destructive events in the deck. Here, loss, defeat, failure where contest is decided and finished against the person.
When the 5 of Swords card is thrown during a reading, the querent is:
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