The Thoth Tarot-7 of Disks: Failure & The Night Sun Tarot- 7 of Pentacles.
On the Qabalistic Tree of Life of the Hermetic Qabalah, the 7's of Tarot are attributed to the Sephiroth- Netzach (victory) which is very low down on the Tree of life. This is a doubling of the unbalanced nature of conscious energy as consciousness is now descended deeply into illusion while engaged in a frantic struggle with self-identity. Netzach pertains both to Venus and Earth, and the Heavenly Beauty of Venus is now debauched by Matter. The four 7's bring no comfort as they are the denigration of each element, exposing the utmost weakness in every case.
The Thoth-7 OF DISKS : FAILURE
[Pentacles in other decks]
Astrologically this card is Saturn in Taurus which indicates a great deal of work with very little reward.
To the Qabalist, this is the 7th Sephiroth-Netzach in Assiah, the influence of Victory in the Material World....but this is a small victory after extreme effort. In other words the rewards aren't worth the effort. Hence, this card seems to be as all 7's, which means very little good to be gained in the material world from continued emotional and mental effort. However this "little gain" is deceptive, since this card is more about fear of failure than failure itself. Therefore, the 7 of Disks reminds us that trying to defeat our own fear is what is holding us to a snails pace, if any pace at all, towards our success.
Fear is not to be defeated, by trying to defeat it, for it is made of the "first material" of creation, called "thought" and often the Dark thought of death. Therefore, trying to suppress or defeat fear is futile, as that just means you are using your own imagination against thoughts and the emotional force of the survival mind of the body, causing an unwinnable inner struggle. Rather, Fear is to be understood as a means of focusing on the issue; fear tells us to use our power of observation like a type of magnifying glass. Again, Failure is not the problem, it took Edison over 999 failures to make a light bulb, showing that previous failure did not stop the invention of the successful one thousandth try, it only caused him to look at different approaches to the problem!
Hence, the 7 of Disks reminds us that it is our own fear, that tricks us and leaves us to believe we are incapable.
The 7 of Disks also reminds us that we must keep on our projects, they will be completed by perseverance with in 7 wks or 7 months.
The aware consciousness knows that fear is only for the sharpening of the senses so that we can pay attention to the details; it is not for avoidance. Therefore failure tells us what didn't work, not to stop working on solutions! To listen to our fear of failure, as if something serious and life defeating just happen, is to abandon creation and sink everything into a mental sloth.
The 7 of Disks, implies that we are fooling ourselves by fearing discomfort, which is also fear of failure and/or vulnerability. Hence,we become inactive, passive, and fallen. The Fear of failure states," it is better to lay here on the damp earth of wept for dreams than stand up and pry your feet from the resistant mud of assumed comfort". [Eli]
Again, what I say to my own survival-conscious... consciously- is , " If you wish to speak to me you must stand for I'll not kneel to your weakness!"....I am Spirit, who then welcomes a new day where success awaits me. Thanks to the 7 of Disks-Failure, I am reminded that its not far now...your still breathing so get on with it!
Therefore, The Thoth Tarot- 7 of Disks is about putrefaction, a very important alchemical paradigm that precludes purification. Therefore, the number 7, Netzach-Victory (7th Sephira on the Tree of Life) has an enfeebling effect; However, in this case it is made even more enfeebled by the influence of Saturn in Taurus.
The Thoth card's interesting disk emplacement is in the gemantic figure Rubeus, the most ugly and menacing of the 16 figures. ( 777-And other Qabalistic writings of Aleister Crowley).
There is an atmosphere of blight about the card and since leadened Saturn, in Taurus brings very little gain on earth, with a great deal of effort, it is blighted in many ways to carry on this idea. The back ground of the card suggests cultivation and spoilage and Netzach's four colors are blotched with indigo and reddish orange, which again promotes the concept of spoilage ( the reddish orange, on the card is faded by processing). Saturn's disks are lead in color and suggest bad money.
*NOTE: In the Night Sun, Golden Dawn, Rider-Waite Tarot Decks, the Disks of the Thoth Deck are known as Pentacles. In other older medieval tarot decks they are often shown as coins.
What I have most often found is that it is the individual's Fear of Failure that is the stumbling block to success here and that somewhere in their emotional past the idea that they were/are unworthy of success, is an underlying personality construct. Other people have reacted so emotionally to loss, that gain itself is a threat as they might lose it and therefore will not now dare to desire it.
The Night Sun Tarot-7 of Pentacles, emphasizes what many of us don't realize, that we are both Force and Form (The study of Force and Form is the Qaballah) and that our Spiritual and/or Mental Force runs our physical form. Therefore, to think ill of ourselves is to perform ill as a form. Since the most powerful Force of our Mental Self is "E-motion" that the Divine Creatrix- Imagination, forms into manifestation, you are held to no actions of the past if you are willing to imagine and begin a new future. Imagine yourself -Well, wealthy (money raining down all around you) etc. and you will set a force filled course of prosperity for your physical form. Make a forceful chant such as," North, South, East and West, my prosperity flows to me which ever way is best!", do this morning, noon and night or the instant you worry about income. By taking action to change your mind, you are being Spirit in motion. Spirit is action; a forceful energy-in-motion, while the "lizard brain" is a fear based survival mind who reacts to environmental present-actions with past fear and in error calls those reactions, present emotions.
Above all things know thyself! You are a Psychosomatic- Force that operates a Power-Tool--known as "your body"! This power tool-body, is stressed as the Image of the Night Sun Tarot-7 of Pentacles. Here the 7 major "swirling energy centers" and/or Chakras, are shown as the Pentacle coins. The background of this card is covered in sacred geometry, with the body in the pose of the Adam Khadmon, "Supreme Being" that is the Whole and Real Person of Spirit, Mind and Body.
The sigils for both Saturn and Taurus are displayed on the upper left and right of the Green Tarot card. Green, in this case, is the color of fertile earth. His chakras, are lettered in Hebrew rather than the traditional Sanskritic writing of the Yogis.
The Thoth-7-of Disks: Failure.
Physical failure, labor thwarted, and everything is sunk in sloth. While the Night Sun Tarot applies to this card a pause in the garden of financial, health, and physical relationships. Here, is the time to join mind and matter, and relax in success before progress. Also, Fabio Listrani may be illustrating on his Night Sun Tarot Card, the "secret of putrefaction", where matter is in a moment of repose before becoming pure enough to transform to the next alchemical change.
Take a long look at the Thoth card. Its astrological sign is Saturn in Taurus. The planet Saturn is symbolic of constricted, restricted and/or the feeling of limited energy. Taurus is representative of productivity and achievement. The two together tell us that our productivity and achievement are being restricted and limited by a leadened thought process, i.e., our fear of failure.This aspect of Saturn and Taurus can also be seen in the coins as the helmet symbol is Saturn and the Bull is Taurus. Hence, predicting a feeling of failure that interferes with our mundane financial situation. The Helmet is also a symbol of a conscious constriction of which fear is indicative of. This 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 and the querent may be waiting for a better and more rewarding path to be discovered, which seems to be the artistic interpretation of the Night Sun Tarot 7 of Pentacles.
As stated, Netzach, is the 7th Sephira on the Tree of Life and is called Victory. As the ruling intelligence of the 7's; victory implies an exhausting contest won by supreme effort. This enfeeblement of exhaustion is accentuated by the fact that the 7 of Disks is ruled by the influence of Saturn in Taurus. Saturn being a heavy, dark, primeval ( Known as the "Old King " of the gods) planet, is made even heavier, more obstinate and plodding by the influence of Taurus, yet the moral character is firm and obstinately capable of overcoming obstacles' by sheer determination.
As artistically shown by the 7 of Disks card, in mundane affairs, Saturn in Taurus is not very good with money matters. It is indeed, financial failure. In fact, unless very well dignified, money comes slowly or just wastes away. However, all Is not lost for the very plodding, obstinate and determined behavior suggested by this card, can save one from financial ruin by their natural careful, saving and quite frugal character.
When the 7 of Disks-Failure or the 7 of Pentacles, is thrown during a reading, the querent will be or has been:
When very well dignified by the accompanying cards,
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