The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- 9 of Rada- Air- Masa, brings back the Masa who move through negative space (the in between) to transport power to the positive points of the loa. They spin the star web that connects and reaches between worlds. The Water they carry from point to point is called grace. The Masa are the Voodoo spiritual go-betweens and in their hands rests the virtue of connection. The are the bright lights that forms Marie Laveau's heavenly crown. Being loa of the air, they whisper their secrets into the waiting ears of Marie Laveau, who herself, is another virtuoso in the creation of connections. Much like the Roman Messenger god, the Masa carry power, that is not theirs to use, but is theirs to give.
Depicted on the 9 of Rada Card, is a female Masa, holding a teapot. Representing the earth, the flowing vapors connect the pot to the stars. The sailing ship, sailing on the vapors, has been created by the Masa to serve as the go between. Since the Masa move the life giving waters, their primary attribute is transportation.
When thrown in Divination, the 9 of Rada implies:
- A move...a change of residence.
- The intercession of a courier.
- For good or ill, a gift arrives.
9 is a number of completion, and is also the number of the 9th Sephiroth Yesod-Foundation, on the Tree of Life. 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 Thoth- 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.
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 "self"-Spirit-Mind-body, in harmonious union. So if one insists on Neti-Neti, there is only one result in the completion of the greedy need of such hungry thought, and that is the insanity of inner self cruelty.Therefore, the 9 of Swords represents the state of consciousness that is called "wanna-be", were one is not alive/happy until they achieve some 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.
Thankfully, many of us have enough strength in or character to know that happiness, is not a thing, but rather a "balance of Mind, body and soul" 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.
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 mental 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 indoctrinated self-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 of "Divide and Conquer". The Few Who Rule the Many, by controlling definition, make sure this 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, 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 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!
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 the Divine Creative!
You are a Divine answer, to a Divine question, for that is 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 your programing 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 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 death pushes the Self-conscious inward!
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 demonic miserable perspective that was programed into you by pleasure-pain training and re think the programing! It's easy to fail, all you have to do is stop doing. Success, is a stubborn optimist, Your Soul--- even if it kills "itself" (destroys the hardware) 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---to be intimate with creation. For Life to continue in this Universe, the living must learn to discriminate by experiencing success and failure! Foolishly believing that you, a sensual learning conscious, can 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.
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 "jack Ass” stubbornness and constant repetition, a meditation of seconds, done most minutes, until it becomes automatic. Don't you think it’s time, we programed our own Hardware! 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 via the 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 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 and less, by seeking more stuff!
When the 9 of Swords is thrown during a reading, the Querent will be or has been experiencing:
- Illness, malice, cruelty, pain, despair and suffering, in a period of nine days, or nine weeks or from self-cruelty thought processes since nine years old.
- There is burden, want, oppression, as well as, subtlety and craft.
- There is also lying to oneself or others because of and "inferiority complex".
- All of this dysfunctional thought is basically from "self-belittlement", that is often so subtle that we don't even acknowledge it in ourselves. But the program is clever, as you will notice whenever you try to mentally or physically, step out of "comfort zones", you will be challenged with worry and seemingly rational explanations on why you should not take that step.
If ill defined, the 9 of Swords implies:
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