The Thoth Tarot- 10 of Wands-Oppression & The Tarot of the Old Path- 10 of Rods:
The Ten of Rods of the Tarot of the Old Path, is the 10 of Wands -Oppression, in the Thoth Tarot.
On the Tarot of the Old Path- 10 of Rods, one views the wearied-faced person on the Ten of Rods, who is dressed in the colors of fire, the Alchemical Element of this card.
His task seems wearing, as he holds six willow rods on his shoulder, supporting two more in his right hand. Two more rods await his attention as they lie at his feet.
This seems a difficult task, yet he seems determined and focused on his purpose. That he is capable of deep concentration, is implied by his hood of golden yellow. This person is a conscientious worker even under stress
The primary message of this card, is that of determination to succeed even when under extreme pressure.
The Thoth Tarot-10 of Wands- Oppression:
This card is often a hard one to interpret, since it is a card of perfidy. It can mean self-oppressive thoughts that keep oneself from preforming or a tremendous amount of male electric dynamic force, caged for the process of manifestation or even an oppressive event or person.
This caged energy is guarded by the sacred Tibetan Dorjes (symbols of lightning) whose head is crown by the Kha-Dro-Ma (the above illustration is of a Kha-Dro-Ma who has visited me); Tibetan Angels known as the "highest state of female". So we have a paradox here as female magnetic, "Will to Form" is caging male electric and/or "Will to Force" for the purpose of form manifestation. All form is "oppressed" energy.
The Astrological aspect of this card is Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn, being the planet of discipline and Sagittarius is the sign of limit setting and a tendency to limit one's boundaries. So in this context, the card is about limiting one's performance, in emotional, spiritual issues, due to self oppressive thoughts of limitation. Limited performance, is at first necessary so energy can be captured; However, over time it can be a negative, since dynamic energy will be expressed and if oppressed, it will come out though our weak spots; as pressure builds it will find the "cracks in our armor" and flash out as anger, rage and emotional dysfunction. Yet, if held just long enough to empower our "magic images", it enlivens and becomes a tremendous opportunity to create with the Primal Force (Kundalini) of Creation Itself!
This vital fiery force, is the Vitriol of the Magus; The Dragon force and is "Heady stuff"!
When Thrown during a Divination, The Ten of Wands or Ten of Rods implies:
Reversal or ill defined meaning (as determined by accompanying cards)
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