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The Tarot of Eli, LLC- Minor Arcana- Thoth-8 of Swords & Gothic Tarot- VIII of Swords

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Thoth- 8 of Swords- Interference

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. "The will is constantly thwarted by accidental interference."[Crowley-Book of Thoth, pg., 207]

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 Gnostic Qabalah where "above all things, know thyself" is the foundational focus of I AM. Rather than, "thyself is made by the acquiring of more things and titles" 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”.) The solution to this mental fuzz, is focusing on one thing at a time and to stop seeking happiness as if the accumulation of things or worded accolades will cure this dysfunction. This may sound easy, but requires intense sensual intimacy with love of being yourself without the splendor of words and in love of with what you are doing.

Again, THE 8 OF SWORDS- Interference, is also called The Lord of Shortened Force. 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 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 benevolent forces of Jupiter are shortened and scattered, becoming 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, as the forces of Jupiter are most fortunate but it soon loses momentum in misdirection. Crowley illustrates this in his 8 of Swords, as 2 strong and long main swords, (unconscious and waking consciousness) being crossed (as in Crossed-up) by 6 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. One must learn patience and persistence to thwart the influence of this interference.

Gothic Tarot- VIII of Swords

The Gothic Tarot- VIII of Swords, displays one ornate sword and 8 feathers. I would venture to guess that what we have here is 8 different judgments of the same thought. That would describe interference. Otherwise one must read the accompanying booklet to find the meaning of this card. However, the meaning is that of the Thoth- 8 of Swords-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, 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 way of thinking.
  • · 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.
  • Confusion. 
  • Mental blocks. 
  • Ridged thinking. 

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