The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords-Defeat & Haindl Tarot- Five of Swords-Defeat

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Thoth- 5 of Swords-Defeat

#5. I recognize the manifestation of the undeviating justice in all circumstances of my life.

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The 5 of Swords-Defeat occupies the position of Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life named SEVERITY. Although Geburah is an aspect of the All Mother Binah, albeit lower down the Tree, this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the one she has known into existence, the original you. What many fail to understand, is that all the definitions given you, by your society, belief systems and cultures are not you, because YOU HAVE TO BE KNOWN INTO EXISTENCE AS SELF-INFORMATION BY YOUR DIVINE CREATIVE! In other words, you have been already made to be you and have become complete in manifestation.

Since, truth is made manifest, you never came seeking your truth, nor did you come to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows that and built you, the Consciousness, as its representative in the material world. By turning "Understanding" into information, the Divine Creatrix 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! You are an image of Goddess who proves definition by making it manifest! You give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communicated information. Ideas, are what you build into things by in-form-action, thereby allowing the ideas, to be experienced and proven or disproven as Knowledge. Knowledge is different than information, as it must be intimately experienced.

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Therefore, Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend or believe ourselves to be, as we all wear a mask created of words and are unable to see our true reflection in the mirror of the Unconscious.

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Both the Thoth and Haindl 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption of Geburah's strength, is not the cause of disaster! This is because weakness is the cause of the 5 of Swords disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery.

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The hilts of the swords form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram symbolic of the body's fears having conquered the Will of Spirit by the treachery of sensation. Many of us know that feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful. This is because of the ever present self-doubt brought into belief by indoctrination, propaganda, and dogma, keeps the will from collecting into force.

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Notice: that 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, implying that Wisdom is scattered to the winds of emotional defeat. To emphasize this defeat of will, blood of self-torture and the poison of shame drips from the thoughts/swords.

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The 5 of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral-Formative World. Yet, Mars is the consort of Venus in mythology, whereby, mythology is not a story telling a lie, but rather a story relating a truth, so there is also a vulnerability of capitulation here as warlike Mars, ravages the charms of Venus.

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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-Cruelty and 10 of Swords-Ruin, the 5 of Swords-Defeat, is one of the most destructive events in the deck. Here, loss, defeat, failure where contest is decided and finished against the person.

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Haindl-Five of Swords-Defeat

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The Haindl Tarot- Five of Swords- Defeat, displays the I-Ching hexagram, 47, K'UN, meaning "Oppression", in the left hand corner of the card. Wilhelm titles it "Oppression" while Wing titles it "Adversity". Haindl gave the card a new title of "Senseless Fighting", because he saw that defeat can mean a lot more than losing a battle. One's ambitions or hopes can also be defeated. Here he is depicting the defeat of nature through human destruction. In such a defeat, there are no winners. Hence, the new title.

The broken swords represent technology that is seen destroying the ancient unicorn who symbolizes an ancient time when mankind was linked to nature and had a greater respect for the natural. However, defeat is not final, as we can reverse the destruction by trusting in the Source of Life. This is shown in the Reverse Hexagram, 48, the Source.

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 5 week or 5-month period here, since it is the querent's own mental negativity that is involved here, and they could change perspective at any time.
  • An overwhelming situation. 
  • Needing to hold onto principles until the time comes to make a  change.

If the cards are ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:

  • Situation growing better with courage and persistence. 

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