The Babylonian Tarot- 7 of Disks-Inertia, begins with the time of the Mesopotamian sowing of crops which began in late autumn or early winter. During the spring was an anxious time of fighting off locusts, hungry rodents and crop diseases. Depending on the crops planted, harvest season began in April or May. The primary crop, barley, was harvested in late March, during the Spring equinox. This was considered the ancient month of Nissan and the start of the Babylonian New Year.
Depicted on this 7 of Disks card, is the Bull of Heaven, which the Babylonians associated with constellation of Taurus. This bull was called, Gugalanna, the husband of the underworld goddess, Ereshkigal . The Bull's funeral was the reason Inanna-Ishtar had entered the underworld, as written in the Sumerian text, The Descent of Inanna. " The funeral rites of Gugalanna", are astrologically interpreted in a 6 week time period beginning in mid-January, when the constellation, Taurus was below the Mesopotamian horizon. The return of Taurus to the sky in March, was interpreted as correlated as the return of the Shepard god, Dumuzi or Tammuz, from the underworld and the time of Barley Harvest. The bull was often associated with Dumuzi, and in different traditions, both Dumuzi and Gugalanna were considered as husbands of Inanna. The ritual funerary rites and lamentations for the god Dumuzi-Tammuz, began in cutting of the harvested grain, and intensified in the dry period of mid-summer, when even the milk of ewes dried up in the intense heat.
Therefore, the Bull of heaven is shown lying down-inert, near the dark entrance into the underworld suggesting the bleak period when Dumuzi-Tammuz is lost to Mesopotamia. Together, are shown 7 Disks, which together form the geomantic figure of Rubeus, which is the pattern also used in the Thoth Tarot 7 of Disks Card. In the card's center is the cuneiform numeral 7. The meanings of divination for this card are exactly those of the Thoth 7 of Disks-Failure.
7-of Disks: Failure.
Physical failure, labor thwarted, and everything is sunk in sloth.
The 7 of Disks indicates a pause in the garden of financial, health, and physical relationships. This is also fear of failure and fear of success which is generated by negative past experiences. Many know that to fear is to constrict energy and to obfuscate the direction it is being sent. Fear is a creativity gone against the motion of the fearful. Our fear of discomfort, is our worst enemy here.
Take a long look at this card. Its astrological sign is Saturn in Taurus. The planet Saturn is symbolic of constricted, restricted and/or the feeling of limited energy; its metal is lead. Taurus is representative of productivity and achievement. The two together tell us that our productivity and achievement are being restricted and limited by our fear of failure. This aspect of Saturn and Taurus can also be seen in the coins.
The helmet symbol is Saturn and the Bull is Taurus. Predicting a feeling of failure that interferes with our financial situation. The Helmet is also a symbol of a conscious constriction of which fear is indicative of. The 7 of Disks card also indicates a loss of capacity to inspire ourselves or others. Yet there are contradictory meanings here since this is a pause in the force of our creativity, this could also be just waiting for the fruition of our efforts and is a time of repose and waiting for results. Seeds of new growth are being planted here, in the spoilage of the past and the querent may be waiting for a better and more rewarding path to be discovered.
Fear is constricted energy focused on a point of I Am...I Am is our inherited God-Identity and Voice within our Super-conscious. It declares the direction of our energy such as, I Am sad, I Am happy, I Am poor or I AM wealthy. In the infinite realm of possibilities, I AM is the foundation of all creation and creation is a restriction of energy to form a "point in time",which our soul has as a homo-sapiens! Since you have been given the God-like freedom to declare yourself any way you like...repeating concepts of failure tell your Greater Self that you demand failure as an expression of your likeness! Knowing this, it is recommended that for the next 7 weeks or 7 months that your repeat declarations of Wealth. How about; "I Am The Will and the Way. I Am the Wealth and I own the Day!” Say this at least 7 times a day for 7 weeks or 7 Months. I've been doing it now for the past 7 years and my days flow in a joyous dance of discovery instead of the gloom of "I wanna". I highly recommend that you remember yourself as a Magic Sorcerer from the Source of all Creation who has been given the power of emotional focus to create your reality. This is a great power---use it gratefully! Netzach means Victory. To reiterate: Feelings, instinct, and undifferentiated Group Mind, are attributed to the Sphere of Netzach.
Here, Netzach is in Assiah, influencing the Material World. The planet and sign of the Seven of Disks-Failure, are Saturn in Taurus. The Angels of the Decan are Herochiel and Mitzrael.
Saturn in Taurus brings disappointment, often because of a great deal of work that brings little reward.
There are sixteen of the geomantic figures (See AC's book, 777 or "The Hand Book of Geomancy" Equinox Vol. I, No.2). The Seven of Disks is in the shape of the geomantic figure Rubeus, which is the one of putrefaction, a menacing symbol.
If you are a student of Alchemy, putrefaction is noted as a necessary process of chemical transformation, before purification can be produced. Thus the atmosphere of the card implies blight, cultivation is spoiled. The suggestion is bad money.
The 7 of Disks, Failure, is also called. The Lord of Success unfulfilled and rightly so, as it is about physical failure and non-success.
When the 7 of Disks (Pentacles in other decks) Failure or Inertia, is thrown during a reading, implied is:
- A fear of failure with finances, health and relationships. However, 7 in Netzach is a weak event, and deregulation of the element of earth, so soon the querent's project will be completed if determined to "keep on" and ignoring the feelings of never finishing the task.
- The Determination to release this fear of failure should go on for within 7 weeks or 7 months. However, this determination must be hard fought, for there is a tendency to abandon labor, and allowing everything to sink in a mire of sloth.
- Yet again, putrefaction is before the transformation of purification, so this is the point where the "lowest fallen becomes the highest exalted".
- The implication of this card, is that you shall succeed if you don't listen to the thoughts of failure that are tempting your brain. Push harder, you'll soon succeed.
- In the next 7 weeks or 7 months, the more rewarding path will be discovered and the period of waiting is over, or you will have to confront your fear of failure in the next 7 weeks or 7 months in order to plant anew and reap a more generous harvest in your future.
- It is time to move through old fears and self-defeating thoughts of past failures whether they have been experienced in the past 7 weeks, 7 months or when you were 7 years old.
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