The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Dreams of Gaia Tarot- 9 of Air & Thoth Tarot- 9 of Swords-Cruelty

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· dreams of gaia

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Dreams of Gaia Tarot-IX of air

The Dreams of Gaia - 9 of Air, represents the Universal Collective Unconscious ( coined by Carl Jung). It also signifies the Western Qabalistic Axiom of "Above all things, Know thyself". For if you truly know yourself, you will know the Greater SElf, the I AM, of all Creation and know that you are another form of I AM. The Universe that one see's is the "information of Self", for when I AM understands an idea of Self, data becomes information, and the form of understanding becomes a form of I AM. In this universe, information is Form. Form comes from the immense "void" that is the Universal Collective Unconscious, the I AM... and what is "thought of" combine with the energy of Spirit (energy-in-motion) becomes "Known" for it comes abroad as Form. That is why the Creatrix is called "Understanding" in Qabalah. Idea's understood, become information,i.e., Form.

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither [any thing] hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. John 1:3

As Ravynne Phelan, the Author of the Dreams of Gaia Tarot states in her instruction book (pg. 212-9 of Air):

  " Ask yourself, what if the universe we dwell within is actually the mind of another being? What if the universe is, in reality, a God Mind, and we the creation of another being's imagination? What if, within our minds, there exist universes within universes, where creatures that we dream of and imagine dwell in the same way we do here upon the earth, and within their minds are more universes? Like fractals, where the same pattern repeats and creates, our minds contain a universe, and within that universe are creatures and beings, who also have universes within their minds. The universe in which we dwell is one of billions existing within the mind that is yet another universe. The pattern repeats in both directions, exponentially, creating an infinite number of universes and realities".

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Western Qabalah, shows this fractal pattern as Triangles of Ternary Beings called "Sephiroth"-meaning "numbered Circles and/or Spheres", each with their own 10 Sephirotic dimensions called the "Tree of Life" (Truth of Self). In Qabalah, the word "Beings" is considered as immortals, while "entities" are mortal forms. What if you are a perfect copy of a "God Mind"? Well that question has been answered in the use of the word Human; for Hu is chinese Mandarin word for God and the word man comes from the Hindu word-Manas- meaning mind. So you who are human, are called a "God-Mind" by the very word used to commonly describe you. Your presence is enough! And you are asking the wrong questions about your worth, for Truth is Manifested as YOU!

Pythagoras about being human and God
  • Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God.
  • Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.                             

Throughout my blogs I go on and on about the Power of Being YOU. The Power of Limitation. For that is the "ability to do work". Creation is started by imagination, for there is not a thing you see, or use, that isn't imagined before it is "Understood" into form. The very computer you are using to read this blog, is imagined by Mind, before it is created by man, who has the ability to work the understanding of mind into a "material world-form". You identity is only limited by your imagination. What you can and can't do, is limited only by what you imagine yourself to be. Freedom of Choice, is freedom of imagination. Every inventor, imagines before he builds his contraption out of "understanding" what is imagined. Remember, every inventor of any worth, was called a crazy, or a "wack job", before his/her creations were accepted as the "norm". It wasn't long ago that heavier-than-air flight was thought impossible by most of the major scientist/experts of the day and those who thought it could be done were called excentrics at the least, or crazies at the most. All I can say is that "an expert" is yesterday's "pert".

The number of scientists and engineers who confidently stated that heavier-than-air flight was impossible in the run-up to the Wright brothers’ flight is too large to count. Lord Kelvin is probably the best-known. In 1895 he stated that “heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible”, only to be proved definitively wrong just eight years later.

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Our universe changes, by our "beliefs", and since our "beliefs" are easily changed, so is our universe. For there is only one Mind/Self, that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed, by observation. Observation is "I AM". I Am healthy, wealthy and wise, creates a very wonderful universe of Self. "I AM a loser", sounds like a universe of lack to me and a very dysfunctional observation, since your presence proves You already won the lotto of Universal Creative inheritance. It is time to Know thyself!

The Dreams of Gaia- 9 of Air, depicts a Sacred Being whose Mind is the Vessel of the Universe...such as you are. So when this card is thrown in a divination it implies:

  • Self-Awareness.
  • Possibilities are infinite.
  • Know thyself and know the universe.
  • What dwells within you dwells within nature. 
  • Belief creates. 
  • All that exists was at first imagined.
  • Fantasy is the birthplace of reality.
  • You were born to create. 
  • You are "your job". 
  • Your presence is enough.

The Thoth 9 of Swords-Cruelty, presents a ghastly image of 9 crooked, and chipped swords dripping poisoned blood. If this isn't gloomy enough, we have the celestial rule of Mars in Gemini, representing a primal raging hunger that has no restraint.

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9 is a number of completion, and is also the number of the 9th Sephiroth Yesod-Foundation, on the Tree of Life. Yesod is on the middle pillar of the Tree of Life, and has rectified the imbalances of the past energy disorders of Air/Mind. This, however, does not rectify the degeneration of the energy as it continues down the Tree.

Swords, usually depict the pure intellect that acts like air as its energy-in-motion (emotion) continually heats up with passion and cools down with rationale. In the case of the 9 of Swords, consciousness has fallen into an unenlightened void of indoctrinated rational thought, stirring heartless animal passions; passions that are of the psychopath and the fanatic. This is the character of the inquisitor; it seems intellectual but actually is operating in a rage that is without restraint. All this sounds just awful and terribly gloomy, yet, it is the cultural foundation of "Divide and conquer" indoctrination technique. By implanting cruel words as identity, the Patriarchy has implanted a "internal Slave-Master" who immediately lashes the brain with words of condemnation, when one tries to do anything out of the "ordinary".

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Our consumerism society is based on "fanning the flames" of that primitive raging hunger of survival thinking in order to produce the "fanatical shopper/consumer “whose world is always lacking self-fulfillment. It is the realm of the Neti-Neti (Sanskrit for, “Not This-Not That") consciousness, that consumes unrelentingly, hoping for happiness in accumulation; a futile seeking of happiness because happiness isn't in accumulation nor resides in glutinous bellies; Rather Happiness is a balance of inner and outer beauty achieved by the harmony of cooperation in the Trinity of Self- Spirit-Mind-Body. So if one insists on Neti-Neti, there is only one result in the completion of the greed of such hungry thought and that is the insanity of inner self-cruelty, where one is never confident of their abilities and is always poisoning their existence.

Thankfully, many of us have enough strength in or character to know that happiness, is not a thing, but rather a "balance of Spirit-Mind-Body" and have found out that by treating other people with respect, (do unto another as you would have done to you) we have a happier presence on this earth. By being love, we also have love of being.

The 9 of Swords is the state of consciousness that is called "wannabe", were one is not alive/happy until they achieve some future possession or goal and if achieve, it is never enough to fill the hole inside. This "wannabe" person has buried their real persona in the false worded identity of manmade identity, therefore they are a corpse, a zombie, who lives only in yesterday’s emotions and uncertain futures, leaving the eternal moment of "now" vacant of their presence. This phenomenon of “walking corpse" is not a new thing that some Hollywood director dreamt- up as the latest horror thriller. Rather, you'll find this "living dead" concept in the two-thousand-year old Gnostic Gospel of Thomas that is part of the Nag Hammadi Library. In paragraph 56, of the Gospel of Thomas, it is written, "Whoever has come to understand the World has found only a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world”, if you can understand this Gnostic statement, you can understand the 9 of Swords-Cruelty. Because the practice of "Self-inflicted cruelty" is going on in most human brains right now, most of us constantly belittle ourselves, in order to appease our dogma; i.e. our inner-mental Pavlovian created- slave driver. Therefore, it would behoove us to place our own inner- dogma of : I Am the Will, I Am the Way, I Am the Wealth, I own the Day!

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troth- 9 of Swords-Cruelty

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Again, the Thoth 9 of Swords, is called THE LORD OF DESPAIR AND CRUELTY, or Cruelty in short. This is Mars in Gemini; this is Yesod influencing Yetzirah in the Astral World. With a smattering of astrological data, one knows that the fiery energy of Mars-the god of war-, does little good in a sign of dualities. This "little good" is shown by the 9 rusty swords, dripping blood and poison on Crowley's card. One may shudder at the despair, meanings of illness, suffering and cruelty this card represents; But each of us, who are paying attention to our brain, know this to be a "inner self cruelty" of our own indoctrinated consciousness, as it cuts us with the emotionally poisoned blades of embarrassment, low-self-esteem, humiliation, self-condemnation, and/or inner disgust,i.e., fear of rejection. It is the internal Slave Master software that is installed in our Personality by our culture. The Few Who Rule the Many, by controlling definition, make sure this Internal-Mental Slavery is installed before you even reach seven years old. So lack of "self-trust" is like rusty hooks of poisonous self-futility! This is a hard one to remove! Peer pressure, just drives this poison deeper into self-identity. The media, keeps slashing at your self-value...."you need need lack them, you are nothing!” Lack of self-worth is identified as a "societal Class" who value is how much income they have. Lack of worth, is at the very least implied, or blatantly rubbed in your face, daily, if not hour by hour. “Resistance is futile", blare the horns of the pusillanimous invertebrates who enforce "their masters will" on others. Faust never new such hell as this!

There is an axiom in Buddhism that states, “Life is Suffering” … but only if you live in the lizard brain of survival thinking. Life is indeed a mental to sensual experience, and we can be our own worst enemies, just by doubting our own value in the World. To see yourself as Lack, is the necessary software to continue the panicked consumerism that Muti -National mind programmers and/or definition peddlers- want! But think! Before any human judgment, you were already approved into being by your Higher Self/Soul. So once again, the Qabalistic axiom reads true, “Above all things, Know thyself"!

It's simple really; you had to be approved by all that is Holy, to be made alive! Your presence is your Judgment....and obviously you are good enough for God!

You are a Divine answer, to a Divine question, that is what Creation is! The Universal Name of the Divine Creative is "I AM...". A name that covers a infinite number of possibilities, but is more of a question as it doesn't state what that I AM is. I Am....what? Form is the answer to that question. I AM Me, which in itself is full of potential. You are in-form-action of the Divine Creative, and you have proof! For you have inherited the Mind of the Divine Creative (Creatrix) called "IMAGINATION". For all is Mind, and when idea is understood in Mind, it becomes information and/or Form. You are a Divine Creative Form. You're now the inheritor of the Creative Mind, the image-maker. Therefore, the Patriarchy's insistence that "the Word is god", is but a lie, for "the Word", is for communicating what is imagined to someone who imagines differently. Besides, what the Patriarchy was really saying, "My words are god", for the Patriarchy uses words to invent god as a religion. Sorry, but The Creator Mind may create religiously, but it is not a man-made religion. Images-made by the "image making " Mind, are "worth a thousand words", and those who have different "words", such as Mandarin and English words, need pictures to communicate with each other!

  Therefore, stop questioning yourself-value, for your presence is enough to prove you are of immeasurable value to Divinity! Be the Action that is YOU. Action is the Fiery Spirit that moves like a blaze within you, reaction is usually run by the uncertain animal who thinks the whole universe is out to eat it! "I am" dares ask, "What am I"? And you are the answer to that question, "I AM ME"!

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The 9 of Swords, cruelty, is about you being your own worst enemy, divided against yourself, mentally and emotionally. Always nay-saying before you can ever start a motion. This is “a moment of doubt" drawn out as a Life-time of self-lack. Sure we doubt ourselves after all every new motion is a risk! But if the Child of Wonder, that innocent curiosity, still has "I's" in you, you're are going to "do it" anyway. We are always striving forward, we are being Pushed along by the Inner Spiritual Self, just like Dark Energy pushes the Universe of Matter forever outwards. Life is a Driving Force...and the Body is the vehicle driven and I AM Life. Your job is "self-awareness" in the most sensual and therefore, most intimate examination that can be created. The Human. You came to do YOU-That is your "job"!

So what this Cruel 9 of Swords implies, is that "a house divide must fall". Get together with yourself and overthrow the Slaver program that is in your brain. Software can be erased even when it’s Garbage. (G.I.G.O). All software programs know of G.I.G.O., for when software is garbage and programed in, the hardware is operational garbage as well. Garbage in, Garbage out, i.e. G.I.G.O.!

The Nine of Swords implies that you must get off your ass of constipated miserable perspective and re think the programing! It's easy to fail, all you have to do is stop doing. Success, is a stubborn optimist, Your Soul--- even if it kills "itself" (destroys the hardware) trying to accomplish a goal, it just reincarnates and keeps at it! We all will pound out the bugs of our software (definitions), some sooner than others; but we all will do it eventually, that is the purpose of sensuality after all. For Life to continue in this Universe, the living must learn to discriminate by experiencing success and failure! Foolishly believing that you, a sensual learning conscious, can all learn all that is to be learned in one lifetime, keeps you from understanding the very nature of “Life Cycles” and or Karma. Relax and breathe deep. For if you die, the soul, will just "reabsorb" the software garbage in the personality/you that is now released, and try another revision of it in "Hardware" performance, that we know as "alive". Therefore, you are not rushed, and if you take only one step a day, you still are journeying towards your destination.

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Each of us are a trinity of Self- I (identity) Am (mind) Body-Me. So, "get over yourself and get on with you! Impeccability is what we do'' is a correctional software loop that I run in my self-doubting brain; it just overrides the "pity pot" of self-defeating thought every time it comes online. But installing that software loop, took determination, and plain old fashion "jack Ass” stubbornness and constant repetition, a meditation of seconds, done most minutes, until it becomes automatic. Don't you think it’s time, we programed our own Hardware! I Am the Will that decides my Way. That is the real message of the 9 of Swords.


Each of us has experienced the temptations to remain chained to the bedeviling thoughts of our subjugation- definitions created the few who wish to rule the many. The 9 of Swords, reminds us, that we are not performing well mentally, when we are under the rule of self-belittlement/propaganda. Again, you are obviously good enough for God, you are good enough for you! In our God-ness (Goodness), resides the constant ability in each of us, to become More Self-Aware, rather than becoming less by seeking more stuff!

When the 9 of Swords is thrown during a reading, the Querent will be or has been experiencing:

  • Illness, malice, cruelty, pain, despair and suffering, in a period of 9 days, or 9 weeks or from self-cruelty thought processes since 9 years old.
  • There is burden, want, oppression, as well as, subtlety and craft.
  • There is also lying to oneself or others because of and "inferiority complex".
  • All of this dysfunctional thought is basically from "self-belittlement", that is often so subtle that we don't even acknowledge it in ourselves. But the program is clever, as you will notice whenever you try to mentally or physically, step out of "comfort zones", you will be challenged with worry and seemingly rational explanations on why you should not take that step.  
  • The spirit of the inquisition. 
  • Fear as the guide to maturity.

If the surrounding cards ill define:

  • Shame\guilt.
  • Terror.
  • Infamy. 
  • Hate.
  • Misery.

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