Learn a Card a Day!
Thoth-5 of Disks-Worry
#5. I recognize the manifestation of the undeviating justice in all the circumstances of my life.
Lord of Material Trouble.
Since Disks are cards that represent the physical, this card represents physical worry, concerns, and rumination. It is a state of consciousness that dwells in the past and goes forward fearing the future and therefore, doesn't live in the now. By not living in the now, we are not present today, which doesn't allow new perspectives or thoughts to change our mental-emotional (Energy-in-Motion) direction. This is a general effect of a long strain without action; a general state of inaction. Health, finances, work, relationships and/or creativity are the concerns here. This is also the theme of the Haindl-Five of Stones-Material Difficulty Tarot Card.
Astrologically this card represents Mercury in the House of Taurus, also symbolizing communication worries. Worrying about whether your communication efforts are coming across correctly or if you even have the ability to communicate at all. By now we are familiar with the 5th Sephiroth- Geburah, a state of energy intelligence that is severe in its function; Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth, is a corrective state of intelligence, whose severity is an action towards self-assessment, rather than anything karmic.
The angels of the Decan are Mibahiah and Pooyal.
In the 5 of Disks, we have Geburah-Severity, influencing the Material World (Assiah)
"To Worry" something, is translated to English, as the Anglo Saxon shepherds used the word, which is a type of strangulation a sheep dog does to a sheep. This strangulating is a biting and holding on to the Sheep's throat, which stops it in its tracks and is just for that purpose. No blood is let, yet the dogs grip is strong enough to stop the sheep from any consideration other than stopping. Thus we understand that the 5 of disks is so named because it stops all material events, such as profession or monetary gain, dead in its tracks.
Again, Crowley shapes this card as an inverted pentagram, which implies difficulties. He also placed the geometric figures of the Hindu five Tattvas in the individual disks, each symbolizing a Alchemical element of Fire, Water, Air, Earth and Spirit. In the Hindu system these are the underlying currents of matter. The 5 Tattvas are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. These are the same “elements” known to Hermetic science & Chinese medicine. These five earthly tattvas are qualities in our senses and in the world.
Mercurial energy is opposed in Taurian earth, simply because earth has a natural tendency to be stationary while Mercury is a messenger of swift motion. Granted it takes a strong Mercury to influence and unbalance Taurus but Geburah is just that strength. In fact, instead of Severity, she is sometimes called Strength and causes instability in the 5 states of matter. This instability is vibrational, much like an earthquake, yet the 5 states of energy (Tattvas) have enough attraction necessary to hold together on the lower planes forestalling complete disruption. So this is more like the dog holding the sheep at a standstill, a kind of intelligence applied to labor. The 5 of Disks therefore also implies intense strain with long moments of inaction.
The 5 of Disks states that perspective makes our present state of being, and if our perspectives dwell in the past we are “up-side-down” ---we aren't living today. This 5 of Disks card reminds us that we are presently inanimate, which is dead to action. We can change directions, be they physical, emotional, spiritual or mental only by acting--moving! You can't correct the direction of a parked car so don't wait, begin with what you have even if your only action to hold out your hand for assistance. Tomorrow and what-ifs are unimportant to motion as they only excuse inaction. It's time to break worry patterns by actively pursuing changes in communication patterns, financial, health, and in relationships with the Taurus people in your life. Therefore, worry is seen as a type of mental lethargy whose chains are easily broken by activity. Live the now, you are not "a past person" you are an I AM Now person---an active and unique expression of Alive Energy-in-motion. Therefore, when the worry card shows up, it implies you're at a cross roads, and must choose a direction, and then GO, for one step begins a journey of a thousand miles!
Haindl-Five of Stones-Material Difficulty
Haindl's Five of Stones, is a depiction of Winter. Here a period when things stop growing and return to the Earth as humus. The I Ching Hexagram, 23, PO, "Splitting apart", is depicted on the lower right of the card. The Reverse I Ching Hexagram, 24, FU, "Return", implies this state of entropy is only temporary as soon, spring is around the corner. Hence, the Five of Stones, mean's life's hardships and how we deal with them.
To emphasize this wintery scene, the card depicts dead or dying trees, before a pool of stagnant water (emotional stasis). The stones seem to be floating in the air with no discernable purpose. The red spot is life energy, still there even in a dark time. There is a certain beauty to winter, which is shown as a white bird feather. Proving that even in the dead of winter, there is beauty and/or our Soul's harmony. It is time to stop-look-and listen, then choose your action.
When the Divination brings up the 5 of Disks/Stones, the querent is going through a period:
- Of rumination, anxiety or concern...maybe all.
- Feeling left out of social events because of lack of money.
- Of challenges concerning insecurity, deprivation, and even exclusion.
- Where the mind is focused on survival issues and thus stopping creativity dead in its tracks as a feeling of helplessness and inertia takes over.
- There is a foretelling of material trouble for the next 5 weeks or 5 months.
- Of the next 5 weeks or 5 months, opportunities are presented to you for the release of worry about health, finances, relationships, productivity and to improve on your communication skills.
- The past, let's say when you were five years old, is what produces worry.
- Of intending to want to avoid discomfort, and try to compare present day events, to past ones.
- Locked into past pain----does not help us live in the present and this card reminds us to forget the what-ifs of yesterday, or tomorrow and to be the I Am of now.
If ill defined by the surrounding cards:
- Triumph of Matter over Spirit (survival mind fear overcoming will).
Thank you for your interest, comments, and supportive donation. Your generosity blesses you and keeps away advertisers and their clutter. . May you live long and prosper.
helping people become more magic and less tragic since 2010
Master Hermetic Qabalah Thoth Tarot classes available:
Just log onto website and click on the Tarot pricing page for further information.