The Running Press Tarot-5 of Swords, depicts a mouse faced being skewering another one, with a spade pommeled sword. Although the art is rather fanciful, the meaning of one who is overwhelmed and thereby, low in spirits, is plain to see. 4 other spade-pommeled swords are paired above and below the battling couple. The corners of the card are yellow, the color that is attributed to the Universal Element of Air/Mind.
The Thoth- 5 of Swords-Defeat occupies the position of Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life named SEVERITY. Here is the Corrective part of Tough love.
One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the Child of The Divine Creatrix? Well it just happens that this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that your personality is the original, beautiful you built as the Soul's self reflection; the original child that she envisioned. What many fail to understand, is that all the definitions given you, by your society, belief systems,indoctrinations and cultures are not you, because YOU HAVE TO BE KNOWN INTO EXISTENCE BY YOUR DIVINE CREATIVE! In other words, you have been already made to Be.
Yes, it is true, dear traveler's, truth is made manifest-----------you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are for the Soul Already Knows that! By putting theory into form, the Divine Creative and/or the I AM made you manifest as measured "Self Reflection"! 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 where theory can be proven; Where "I Will Be" can become I Am Being! You are an image of the Divine I Am who proves definition by making it manifest as a trinity of Spirit-Mind-Body! As a personality, you give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communication. The Universal Divine Collective does no less, it uses dreams of Self, as images of self, to self-reflect. Ideas, are what the Mind builds into things/measurement, to prove them. Therefore the Psyche's thoughts that we experience, are definitions used to define the idea the soul wishes to communicate as Self. However, when our "wet ware" (brain) which is supposed to take the pictures of the Soul and measure them out as Action, is full of the babble of indoctrination, dogma and fear based thought of the animal form, not much of the True Self can be known or acted upon. Fear of being you, shame, embarrassment, peer pressure, etc, is a virus implanted in your brain to divide you from your own soul's communication. Those who fail to be the Willed Self of the Soul, are doomed to failure and our Ruler's know, that this makes follower's and/or slaves. Free Souls, are not to be tolerated in a culture!
Geburah, the Red Sephiroth, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend or believe ourselves to be.
The |Thoth 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption caused by Geburah's marshal 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. All of which define our indoctrinated self-image.
The hilts of the swords form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body fears have 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 a force of Presence. 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 as Mars, the red planet, is the mythical consort of Venus. Yet, Mars as the consort of Venus in mythology, does not make this enfeeblement a myth: mythology is not a story telling a lie, but rather a story relating a truth, so there is also a vulnerability of capitulation here as Mars is enfeebled by Venus. This angers mars. Therefore, the Blue Rose of Venus (Wisdom), which is also the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Mars- assault and is shown as pink rose petals scattered to the winds of chaos. Along with the 9 and 10 of Swords, the 5 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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