The Thoth Tarot-10 of Swords: Ruin & The Night Sun Tarot- 10 of Swords.
The 10's of Tarot are where the formative-elastic world of Yetzirah, ends and the absolute solidification of form is established in Assiah, an active world attributed to Malkuth (Kingdom). Hence, this is as solid as thought or an issue gets.
The Thoth 10 of Swords is called RUIN and in the world of Malkuth--Ruin is death of a thing. As a mater of fact the 10 of Swords is the actual physical death card in the deck rather than the Death Card (key 13) of the Major Arcana. Key 13 depicts a death of perspective, a personality death that is necessary for a spiritual transformation or change rather than a physical or objective one. Therefore, the 10 of Swords implies that if one goes on fighting long enough---all ends in destruction. Something our bodies prove by fighting gravity all their lives until they end up back in the earth they resist. But there is a bright side to this card, as there is a bright side to death and that is, that from ruin rises new construction. Also, recovery from a psychosomatic illness is also implied, as the Ruin is done, and recovery is beginning.
The Thoth Tarot- 10 OF SWORDS is called RUIN, or Lord of Ruin as Crowley names it. Here, the Sun is in Gemini, greatly diminishing the stability of the Sun. Hence, the 10 of Swords, is rampant because it is ruled by the Sun in the opposites of Gemini, this makes the mercurial nature of the Sun diffused, and scattered which disrupts the harmonious nature of energy. This makes it hard for the individual, of this Sun sign, to concentrate upon any given subject as their tendencies are vagueness and irresponsibility; such is the disaster implied by the 10 of Swords.
The Angels of the Decan, are Dambayah and Menqal.
The 10 of Swords is Malkuth in Yetzirah, the Astral World.[for more information on angels, see Crowley's books:777 and Book of Thoth]
For Material things, this is the most destructive card in the deck and most people dislike seeing it in a spread; However, those who know and use the Tarot as a instrument of Divination, understand that as in Astrology, "the stars impel, they do not compel" and that ruin doesn't end creation, so it behooves us to see beyond the disaster. Each of us can use a process of divination, giving us the capacity to improve our life-motion and change our destiny by command, For, ethically this precognition, is no less moral than resigning a position when one sees that is a work related disaster on the horizon; What moral is broken, when one is told by the cards," that if you walk in the street you will be struck by a motor vehicle", and that person now chooses to walk on the sidewalk instead? Divination helps us make focused choices. We should use the capacities we are given, as we are not Slaves of any destiny outside of our own making; such as a mind enslaved by words-definitions enforced upon the individual. Imagination builds all things, and all thinks are an image. Therefore, Tarot, specializes in the images of the Unconscious, for therein resides our true knowledge.
However, this destiny control, requires us to "Above all things, know thyself", and to be an Active Personality, rather than a personality made by environment; a reactionary, "knee jerk" presence that is controlled by peers, fears or cultural definitions, for this often makes our destiny that of Ruin, as our performance is always "after the fact" and is behind even the most slow of moments.
The 10 of Swords Ruin, also implies, "the Horse is already out of the barn", and closing the door, while cursing yourself or others for leaving it open, is a band-aid, not a solution. Something that our governments are slow to learn.
Therefore, it's best to focus on what you are thinking, pay attention! For your thoughts create "no others", nor their definition given by you, influences them spiritually. Rather, your thoughts or judgment of others, creates only your interaction of the I AM (will) and the body-Me!
Remember, your thoughts are the operating fulcrum of your Mental-Motion, they create your destiny! For a fulcrum to operate efficiently, a rigid base is a necessity; a rigidity of Intent. Thus, as in a "personality, which is a mechanism of the Mind, if the mechanical (personality) Fulcrum (thinking) must devote most of its energy trying to hammer out a permanent way of movement (overcome negative thought), while trying to overcome the counter motion of a "wobbling base", i.e. an uncertainty of Self-identity and/or intent, the outcome for proper performance is bleak indeed. This is yet another message of the 10 of Swords: ruinous thoughts, ruin the thinker of these thoughts. The Divine Creative Knows You into Existence, so "Above all things, know thyself!"
Again, I cannot over state the necessity for "Above all things, know thyself"! Each of us must understand, that by thinking ill of ourselves or of another, we only supply our body with ill thoughts that form the fulcrum of our life and confuse our performance while ruining our destiny!
The Divinatory meaning of the Night Sun Tarot- 10 OF SWORDS is also, ruin, death, failure,and disaster. Since this Tarot card is in MALKUTH (Earth) it is more of a death card than Key 13-DEATH, of the Major Arcana. As stated: DEATH, key 13, is more of a situational death, a transformation, whereas, #10 of Swords, is a "personal disaster" waiting to happen. When and if this card shows up in the "house and Home" or "Beneath" you position in a Celtic Cross reading, go get a thorough physical check up from your doctor and focus on your physical and mental health; mental health because you may need a "personality tune-up" and its time to pay attention to how you perceive the world and how you intend things to be.
However, 10's are notoriously short lived, as they are an end of a cycle, reverting quickly to 01 and soon a new cycle begins. So a 10, can also mean, the pain you are going through now is on the mend, especially if you are recovering from a physical or mental injury, where your movement has suffered a "ruin", but by focused intent and/or perspective you can begin psychosomatic recovery. As stated: A ten is 1+ 0=1, which is the number of Kether, on the Tree of Life, thus a cycle of the Tree ends, and a new one "down the Tree" begins.
Therefore, this 10th card of the death suit, also indicates a new hope, a new direction born out of ruin and despair. Thus, the necessary ruin is to support the start of something new. Hence, the 10 of Swords card represents a mental conclusion, long sought, where much ruinous thinking became a mental struggle which has rent asunder our plans and left us in an insomniacs mental paradigm.
The 10 of Swords implies that one may have reached a conclusion that things are just not going to work out in two areas of one's life.
- Things of the heart (lower half of the image) as shown by the pierced heart on both the Thoth and Night Sun Tarot.
- And areas of finance as shown by the scales at the top of the Thoth card.
The realization of ruin, may cause you to feel a deep fear of "things not Working out" which only insures that they don't; However, to understand ruin is just a beginning step to something new, is to leave your mind open for healing and progress.
With powerful facilities of any kind, we have the Great Creative Pendulum of the Imaginative Mind that can swing from positive motion to negative motion right at the apogee of creative endeavors. When we are powerfully imaginative, as all of us are, we must also exercise powerful discernment, concentrating our thought-forms on what we are doing rather than what we fear. By thinking joyfully of the journey towards our goal, rather then concentrating stress to achieve it, one is avoiding the negative swing right that happens when we can see successful endeavor looming past the hills of exhausting labor and fear loosing it before we get there.
Malkuth is the earth, the sacred physical world, and the 10 of Swords, represents the unadulterated energy of mind, confined to the lowest microwave frequency-(most condensed) consciousness on earth.
The animal survival brain, is indeed the Ruin of all Hu-man and/or "higher" thought. (Hu-is Mandarin for "god" and Man, comes from the Hindu-Manas, meaning "Mind"). Hence the survival mind fearfully interferes with Image-making, and/or Imagination, the creative god-mind. Hence, here in the 10's, the survival ego, is ruining all mental progress with ruinous thoughts of fear. Fear destroys freedom., especially in a world where everyone's opinion is more important than facts. The courageous know, the ignorant fear.
The 10 of Swords, represents reason gone mad, the logic of lunatics, or for the most part, the reasoning of philosophers who divorce their reason from reality. Like those who believe they can bargain with evil, rather than fight it. As Chamberlain, the Prime Minister in pre-W.W.II Britain, with a philosophy of peace at any cost, found out in 1939, deals with Nazi's just gives them more room to destroy you. We should all know by now, that sometimes the people must fight like hell, to have a chance at a future heaven. Again, a whole nation acting cowardly by Ruler's command, is the act of slavery.
To further illustrate this scattering of philosophic reason, this card is ruled by the Sun in Gemini. Gemini's mercurial-airy quality disperses the rays of the Sun and disrupts the harmonious and stable energy, as does the atmosphere of Earth. Therefore, one is always uncertain, and finds decisions most difficult to arrive at.
The position of the Sword Hilts, on the Thoth Card, are as the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. However, the central Sword, which represents the #6 Sephiroth-Tiphareth- Sun ("Heart", Soul/Christ-Buddha intelligence), is shattered by Swords 1 through 5, as well as, by swords 7-9 . The 10th sword represents the intellect with it's moral qualities shattered as well. Thus, we know the 10 of Swords is depicting Intellectual Ruin, by baser and/or lower thought. However, we are the Psyche of the Soma, so Ruin can be also recovery from a deadly illness, or a very bad accident, as it is a short lived card, and therefore, recovery is eminent.
The heart, which also represents the Higher Thought of the Psyche (Soul) is pierced and in ruins as well, dampening down, weakening, and corrupting the creative impulse. Often this is because of love lost and/or "heart break". The 10 of Swords, therefore, consuls the personality to purge the brain of unworthy thoughts and ideas, that corral the creative impulse so that it putrefies into malice.
As you may have gleaned from previous paragraphs, the number 10 is the culmination of the unmitigated energy of the idea, as shown by the bright sun light behind the masked head of the person, skewered by ten swords on the Night Sun Tarot 10 of Swords. In this case its "all Mental" and shows reason run mad; as Crowley put it in his Book Of Thoth, the 10 of Swords represents: "a ramshackle riot of soulless mechanism". It represents the logic of philosophers and lunatics and for the most part, it is reason divorced from reality".
For instance, the philosopher says,"Thou shalt not kill", which is divorced from reality. Reality states that we must kill (even vegetation) to eat and a Mother and Father must sometimes kill to protect the family, for without family---there is no future! Even vegetation kills to survive! That is expected in this Natural Universe where "life eats itself to stay alive"! So the statement "thous shalt not kill", should say, "Thou should not murder for the visions of ambition, be they personal or governmental visions". For any man and woman worth their salt, will kill to protect their family and to eat but killing some unknown stranger because you are "ordered" to, is the act of a slave! Also, only slaves need others to protect them. Hence, the "right to keep and bear arms" of free people. Therefore there is a fine line between philosopher and lunatic; between genus and insanity, between slave and free-person. Thank god our forefathers and parents, decided it was best to kill tyranny, or we'd all be wearing Nazi insignia or the Rising Sun of a War Empire.
When the Ten of Swords is thrown, the querent is experiencing or will be experiencing:
- In a period of 10 weeks or 10 months, Cruelty and Malice towards others.
- A feeling of Ruin, because of a oppressive feeling of over-bearing strength applied to selfish ends.
- Revenge, injustice, ill-will, lying etc.
- Maybe a death in the family.
- A life threatening illness, either mental or physical.
However, if the accompanying cards are well dignified, the Ten of Swords implies:
- Generosity, self-sacrifice, and even disinterestedness on the querent's part.
- Just the fact that the querent acknowledges this mind set, will begin the process of changing it.
- Recovery from a life threatening illness.
For the querent, the 10 of Swords is almost a worst symbol than the 9 of Swords.
- It is about death, ruin and failure, all because of the lower thoughts of the lizard/survival mind of fear based thought, misdirecting the tremendous power of the Psyche (Sun) which can only be directed by a Higher State of Mind, i.e. the Human Soul, that is based on Love rather than fear.
- There is disaster, because of the undisciplined warring force unleashed by fear-based thinking which self destructs in the mayhem created by an army of unbalanced ideas.
- With the lower mind being over-power by the Fiery E-motion (Will to Force) of the Solar Soul, ruin of all plans and projects is common place, as well as, disdain, insolence and impertinence are common expressions.
- There is often a misplaced display of mirth as one overthrows the happiness of others.
- The querent will find that their brain is a repeater of things that have never worked in the past, and won't now.
- The brain will often repeat many impoverished words, such as "swear words", but doing so cleverly, and eloquently, in order to hasten the character assignation of others.
This card alone, is ill-dignified; However, if the accompanying cards are all well dignified, this is a 1 week or 1 month card of indignity, and the personality is well aware of the need for a change in perspective.
- The querent maybe tired of nonsense programming and is seeking away to fix it. The rest of the cards in the reading will show the querent how to get out from under the tyranny of fear based thought, and accelerate away from the lower thought processes. Here, the wisdom and intuition of the Tarot reader comes into play and aid is easily given.
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