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The Tarot of Eli: The Babylonian Tarot- 9 of Disks-Gain & The Thoth Tarot- 9 of Disks-Gain

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Babylonian Tarot- 9 of Disks-Gain, depicts a scene of plough and earth, from the creation story of The Theogeny of Dunnu. The Mesopotamian area had many cities, each with their very own creation stories, that often differed from each other. According to the story, Plough married Earth, and produced Sea, Furrows, and Cattle God. The Cattle God and the Sea had a "go", and sired the Flock God, who in turn, married River. From this union, was born the Herdsman God and Pasture-and Popular, who in turn sired the deities, Haharnum and Belet-Seri.

Suggesting sow and harvest, each generation of gods, destroys the previous generation. Later on in the story, the previous generation of gods are allowed to co-exist by the new gods during the New Year.

As one of the primary forces of creation, Plough is show on the Babylonian card, digging furrows into the other primary force, Earth. Now grain can be sown . The 9 disks are shown as seeds being sown, 5 of the disks are decorated with the rosette, and 5 more are decorated with the star of Venus. Upper right, is the cuneiform numeral 9. Both Thoth and Babylonian Gain cards have the same meanings in divination.

The Thoth 9 of Disks-Gain card represents gain on all levels that are physical and that influence the physical; emotional gain, spiritual gain, mental gain and physical gain.

The 9 of Disks suggests hitting the mark. A bull’s eye card, that shows you are financially right on the mark because your heart mind and soul are in union. In other words, you are passionately focused and have enabled gain on all levels of performance. Astrologically, this is Venus in Virgo. Venus is beauty, love, and creative power while Virgo represents balance, order and organization. Together, the meaning is your heart and mind are in this passionately and beautifully (beauty is balanced symmetry). The results are gain on all levels. On this card the blue circle symbolizes wisdom linked with our loving nature, (the pink circle), in a creative way (which is the green circle). This card also shows us that by utilizing our dynamic creative male energy (shown as the top coins with the planetary signs of Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter) we shall experience such gain.

Saturn is the sign of the helmeted warrior who knows what his limits and boundaries are and paying attention to detail; the feathered cap symbol of Mars indicates that energy, vitality and assertion are a vital part of gain. Jupiter, the King, reminds us that flexibility, being open to opportunity that expands our leadership skills that are also needed to experience gain. But this is only half of gain, to be complete we need the feminine power of Maid, Mother and Crone, which are represented by the lower three coins.

  1. The Maid is the youthful bare headed feminine figure that is the power of Venus and reminds us that to follow our heart.
  2. The coin with the Feminine figure that has a Queen's hat (Mother) is Mercury, and reminds us that communication skills and nurturing leadership skills are needed to experience gain. 
The feminine figure with the Crescent Moon headdress is the Wise Woman (Crone) who reminds us that we must be true to ourselves and to be authentic in our actions. The Moon also symbolizes both the outer world and the inner world showing a balance of inner (heart) and physical action that will help us experience gain. Hence, the Thoth Tarot- 9 of Disks (Pentacles in Golden Dawn and Ryder-Waite decks) is called, Lord of Material Gain, or Gain for short.

The Planet is Venus and Virgo is the sign. Angels of the Decan are: Hazayel and Aldiah. This card is Yesod-Foundation- in Assiah and/or the influence of Yesod in the Material World. Yesod, meaning foundation, in the material world this influence is very favorable for amassing things, but with Venus in Virgo, there is a lack of overt feelings accompanying this great efficiency.

This efficient amassing of material things, is shown by the design complexity of Crowley's 9 of Disks. As he states in his book of Thoth, “The Disks are arranged as an equilateral triangle of three, apex upwards, close together; and surrounded at some distance by a ring, six larger disks in the form of a hexagram. This signifies the multiplication of the original established Word by the mingling of 'good luck and management'." Which says it all for this card.

When the 9 of Disks-Gain, is thrown during a reading it implies:

  • Inheritance and/or material gain, sometimes within 9 weeks or 9 months or the querent is experiencing it now for those time periods.
  • A certain amount of Integrity, skill and talent has produced material gain and a sense of accomplishment.
  • This is a purely material gain card, where talent and skill has come together in either a beginning stage of material gain or a good flowing gain on into wealth.
  • That within the next 9 weeks or 9 months there is physical gain shown by organizing things and following your heart. 
  • You are to be dynamically assertive (electric male force) and magnetically receptive (female force) which is following your heart and what has deep meaning to you.

If ill defined by accompanying cards:

  •  It implies a lack of discipline in material matters and the failure that comes with it.

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