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The Tarot of Eli: The Witches Tarot- Five of Swords & The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords-Defeat.

Qabalistic Tarot Card Comparisons.

The Witches Tarot-Five of Swords, presents a beautiful blue sky, five silvery swords arranged in a fan shaped pattern and a iridescent dragon fly accompanied by five fairies. The dragon fly and fairies, all signify the element of Air, the fairy realm and illusion. The fairies fly about the swords, carefree and unafraid of the sharp edges, as if they are more dangerous in their trickery than the sharpness of the swords. The dragon fly also represents a need to gain a new perspective and make a change.

The implications here, seem to be that ones pride has been hurt, but this isn't fatal so don't overreact. One may feel humiliated, but what one is embarrassed about is an illusion created by indoctrination and fear of rejection. Fear of rejection is also an illusion, since spirit , the life within you, hasn't rejected you...the proof is in the breath. Spirit comes from the Greek word Spiro, which means breath and/or to breathe. If your still breathing, than you are okay! The fairs, also encourage one to laugh at one's-self, rather than taking everything so serious.

The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords-Defeat occupies the position of Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life named SEVERITY.

One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective severe force if we are the Child of Divinity? Good question. However, this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the Original You; the original child that she, the Great Mother of Souls envisioned. What many fail to understand, is that all the definitions given you, by your society, belief systems, parents 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, and have been recreated by your society.

Yes, it is true, dear ones, truth is made manifest and all ideas are illusions until they are form. Therefore, you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul Already Knows that! By putting knowledge into form, the Sun/Son (Soul) of Divine Creative made you manifest! 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 of the I AM! You are an image of Divinity who proves definition and/or information by making it manifest,i.e., by measurement! You give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged as Self-Awareness and used as communication. Ideas, are what you build into things, therefore thoughts are definitions used to define the idea but not the truth of idea. As the British are known to say, "Proof is in the pudding".

Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend or believe ourselves to be.

The 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat because our willed self-concepts have been defeated by "the divide and conquer" society of rulers and those being ruled. Hence, being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption of Geburah's strength, is not the cause of disaster! This is because a mentally perceived weakness is the cause of the 5 of Swords disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery.

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. What to spirit is negligible, the body has made serious. Now the Spirit is "head down" in the earth, meaning that the survival mind of fear is in charge of the body. As many of us know, feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever present doubt brought into belief by "pleasure-pain" indoctrination, keeps the will from collecting into force. Therefore, 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. Hence, 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. Yet, Mars is the consort of Venus in mythology, and mythology is not a story telling a lie, but rather a story relating a truth, so there is also a vulnerability of capitulation here. The Blue Rose of Venus (Wisdom), which is also the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian assault. Along with the 9 and 10 of Swords, the 5 is one of the most destructive events in the deck. Here, loss, defeat, and failure, where contest is decided and finished against the person.

When the Five/5 of Swords card is thrown during a reading, the querent is:

  • Usually caught in the fears of the past.
  • They are experiencing a self-defined prison of negative, self-defeating beliefs.
  • Here is defeat on a mental level, bringing humiliation and weakness.
  • The suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and acknowledge your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction. We are only defeated when we stop seeking another way. 
  • So there is no 5week or 5month period here, since it is the querent's own mental negativity that is involved here, and they could change perspective at any time.

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