The Tarot of Eli, LLC: Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot- 5 of Wands-Strife & Santa Muerte Tarot- 5 of Wands

Western Hermetic Qabalah, astrological, alchemical, numerical, and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- 5 of Wands

The Thoth 5 of Wands is named-STRIFE and its corresponding card in the Italian Artist,Fabio Listrani's Santa Muerte Tarot is called, 5 of Wands.

Artfully Lady Frieda Harris displayed her knowledge of the Tantric Arts in the composition of the 5 of Wands-Strife. Here is a scene of three wands that could be called the Chakra Puja or Pancharmakara, or the Choli Marg Tantric rituals. You can look these rituals up in the Book: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EROTIC WISDOM by the author, Rufus C. Camphausen. The objective of Tantric and Taoist sexual practices is to harmonize, balance, exchange and utilize the life energies (Vital Fire) set free during erotic play and sexual union. The Sexual Self is Spirit---it is the Adorable Fire of Life. In the instance of the 5 of Wands, the male electric-Fire is being heavily invoked by the Female Magnetic Water. Achieving an Electromagnetic surge which causes a great deal of motion and often physical strife and raid re-balancing, causing a great deal of bliss and a higher vibratory nature of the body’s vital energy which is known as the Adorable Fire to the well-studied student of Qaballah. The central Wand is the Masters Wand that represents the 5th Sephiroth, Gebura-Severity. This card represents the Adorable Fire of Tantric, Gnostic, and Magick ritual….often called the Strife filled Ecstasy, which is always invoked by the communion of male electric and female magnetic.

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To the Elements, the 5's bring serious problems of unbalance. The 5 of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy:

  • The Five of Cups, brings disappointment to relationships; 
  • The Five of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind; 
  • The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business.

All seemingly very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination layout will show how long the difficulty as well as, how serious the 5's are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the other cards of the Tarot reading.

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This Lord of Strife (Crowley) astrologically is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah (The 5th Sephiroth) in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the 4 Worlds.

Here the powerful and heavy effects of Saturn, united with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy. In other words, volatility.

The Angels of the Decan are Vahaviah and Yelayel.

Wands represent a continual outpouring of force, with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Therefore, in the 5 of Wands, there is contest unresolved.

Crowley's Thoth Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature displayed by the more traditional Tarot decks; such as, the Golden Dawn or Rider-Waite Tarot Decks, or the B.O.T.A deck.

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In the 5 of Wands, are shown the Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus and the Major of Geburah, all crossing the central wand of the Major Adept. The fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because its position implies this severity is directed by Geburah rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother and the nurturing powers of Mother.

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Many people find Geburah a difficult Intelligence to understand because she is a volcanic as Pelé (Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), all irrational disturbance, yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle influence of the Feminine that is Great Mother Binah. To me, this just shows Spirits "tough love" for its incarnations. Spirit knows you are the best built Self- Image yet, and have the internal strength necessary to handle anything this Universe can throw at you. Yet, because we often believe the definitions of those who "rule definition", we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become strong this- indoctrinated misconception is often corrected by strife.

The divide and conquer propaganda of the Patriarchy teaches us that mortality is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the necessary measurement of form so that  our Souls can learn discrimination through sensation. Without form there is no information to sensate. Immortals don't have need of courage.......they don't die. However, they also don't have sensuality which is needed to produce discernment of information. Therefore, Strife is seen as a tough but loving corrective, not a punishment.

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Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist. The very fact that Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona, requires severity just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen! For example, a certain amount of friction is required to form energy into creations. Without the severity of friction/magnetic force, form could not become form! Just so, without the friction of severity in one’s life, accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen! We Souls knowingly build an incarnation, knowing it can be a "crapshoot" and the soul is certain severity will be applied when one starts the mediocrity of stasis! Therefore, this card is often called the "master's journey card". For it is a path less traveled, and therefore, full of obstacles. Since the planet ruling this card is Saturn, who was known as the god of time-Chronos, than what is being mastered here is Time itself. A Mastery of Time, relieves all strife.

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Santa Muerte- 5 of Wands

The Advice of the Dead:

Be clear about the actual situation in order to chose the most honest way in which to face a new and brilliant project.

--From the Book of the Dead-by Fabio Listrani

The Santa Muerte- 5 of Wands, the spark of a new desire preparing to blaze into a new adventure. Adventure's definition is - an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks. Hence, adventure is severe in its undertaking. Therefore, to relieve the tension of the new, one must see the positive side of change which although unexpected, brings about new projects and successes. To not do so, and to think ill of change, brings about difficulties, controversies, doubts, losses, and even aggressive competition.

To emphasize this new spark of desire, we see the red clad Santa Muerte image, lighting a match. Red is the color of Wands.

When the 5 of Wands, is thrown during a divination

It implies:

  • That the querent is involve in a spiritual conflict. This frustrating conflict can ensue for 5 weeks or 5 months because of this confusion of ideas.  The solution of which depends on the diligence of the querent.
  • Here, the querent is adjusting the identity, struggling with self-doubt while striving to move forward,
  • There may be a struggle or strenuous warfare- like competition for riches and success, a kind of battle in life.
  •  The querent might also feel like they are in an impasse, powerless in a time of trial and difficulty. 
  • Release of tension, mostly through conflict.
  • One is on a Master's journey which is a path less traveled and full of obstacles.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Recklessness.
  • Rash actions. 
  • Feeling burdened by time. 

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