The Running Press Tarot-8 of Swords, depicts a type of self surgery where one uses the mind, to stop all the many thoughts that plaque the consciousness and that keep it form hearing the unconscious. Hence, the 2 swords representing the Unconscious and Consciousness, be held in the hands of the person. The rest of the "thoughts" of double edges, with their spade pommels, are beside and above the head the of the person. When we think too much about any one thing, we interfere with solution and only come up with obfuscation. The Elemental suit of air is attributed to the card as shown by the yellow color of the card corners.
The 8 of Swords-Interference, is in the 8th Sephira -Hod on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, which is called Splendor. Splendor signifies lack of persistence in intellectual and matters of contest. Splendor, is cosmetic and has little depth of character. However, ruling this astrological Decan, is Jupiter in Gemini, thus good fortune may have attended even weakened efforts. However, Gemini has its own contest, which is constantly interfering with the Will.
This constant distraction of the intellect is shown by the 6 Crossing-short- Swords between two major Swords signifying too many different or small thoughts to consider at the same moment.
The Thoth Tarot, 8 of Swords, is also in the Suit of Air, which blows wherever it may. All of this contradiction well displays the mental conflict that comes from splendorous displays of intellectual thought. In such a shallow display, the faux intellectual must constantly babble on with gaudy words and hollow concepts that have very little mental "nutrition". This is a common disease of the human brain that prods our personalities on with a shot gun blast of thoughts, always associating one thought with another, scattering our intellectual strength so that our thought is too weak to go the distance. This dysfunction serves the “slave masters” well. Many of us are taught, that to be ignorant or incorrect, is bad and the brain wishes to be good and well liked, so it does everything it can to impress other brains; hoping for a "pat on the back". This tends to "narrow and restrict" the mind, so that all we hear are the echoes of many thoughts rattling around in our tinny head. It is not that such a person is "closed minded" it's just that there is such a cacophony of rapid fire thoughts that the person's brain is closeted in mental noise. Such mental interference often assaults the individual's moments of mental repose; sleeping and meditation becomes a contest between will and brain making both sleep and meditation weak attempts.
This lack of focus, requires us to add correctional software to our brain's programing; one such correctional software package, is the study of the Hermetic Qabalah where "above all things, know thyself" is the foundational focus of the Psyche. Rather than, "thyself is made by the acquiring of more things" which only produces impoverished thoughts based on " I don't have so I must have”. (In the study of Yoga, the Sanskrit word for this impoverished thinking is Neti-Neti, which means “not this-not that”.) Therefore, the solution to mental fuzz, is focusing on one thing at a time and to stop seeking happiness as if the accumulation of things will supply it. Happiness is an internalized balance of Spirit-Mind and Body and is not external. This may sound easy, but requires intense sensual intimacy with love of being and in love of what you are doing.
Again, THE 8 OF SWORDS- Interference, is also called The Lord of Shortened Force as shown by the short swords.This card is attributed to Jupiter in Gemini, and Jupiter's natural expansiveness is in determent in Gemini, as the Duality of Gemini affects Jupiter's positive energy scattering half one way and half the other.
Here, Hod is represent in Yetzirah, the Astral World.
The angels of the Decan are, Vemibael and Yehohel.
Because of the desire to go one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter's good fortune are scattered, erratic and unstable. This is indeed an interference when trying to focus one's consciousness on a goal. Yes, it can be an intense and positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection.
Crowley illustrates this in his 8 of Swords, as two strong and long main swords, being crossed (as in Crossed-up) by six short swords of different designs (scattered thoughts). The shorter swords also imply, shortened force, narrowness and restriction. There is a definite lack of persistence in intellectual matters and of contest. Jupiter's natural good fortune still attends even the weakest of efforts, yet the will is constantly thwarted by accidental interference.
The 8 of Swords also implies:
· A certain amount of fear of change, of moving out of a binding or restricting situation.
· The Positive side of this is that change, no matter how resisted, will soon come anyway.
· The Good Fortune of Jupiter is weak, but will show up.
· Stop wasting time and proceed with change, your scattered efforts will not stop it, only interfere with your wholesome transition.
· Experiencing confusion, and a feeling of being trapped, isolated by oppressive ideas.
· Feeling trapped or ashamed, are the beginnings of recognizing the need for change, and moving on ward with your life.
· The mental dissolution or loss of faith in situations or ideas, is a sure sign of progress beyond the old.
· For 8 weeks 8 months or since they were 8 years old, narrow and restrictive thought.
· Shortened Force and petty thinking.
· Too much force applied to small things, too much attention to detail, at expense of principal and/or more important points of thought.
· There is a tenancy to admire wisdom, yet applies it to small and unworthy objects. The querent may experience great ease in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others and is often impulsive.
· There is a fondness of giving or receiving money, or presents promoting a generosity without a strong feeling of affection.
When ill-dignified by the accompanying cards, the above qualities produce: malice, pettiness, and domineering qualities.
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