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Thoth- 6 of Swords-Science

#6. In all things, great and small, I see the beauty of the Divine Expression.

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The complete interpretation of the Thoth 6 of Swords card is the perfect balance of all mental and moral facilities, hardly won and almost impossible to hold in an ever-changing world. The 6 of Swords is the science of the Spiritual- Mind that is both objective and fair-witnessing, which is part of our Psyche but not as often used as it should be. The Science card is also called: Lord of Earned Success the Angels of the Decan are: Rehaayal and Yeyezeil. The 6 of Swords is influenced by Tiphareth in the Astral-Formative World of Yetzirah. Therefore, in Yetzirah all form begins.

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The 6 swords, suggesting the form of the unicursal hexagram, all join in the center of the Rosy cross; a Rosicrucian Cross, which is the universal symbol of integration, synthesis and blessing. This Rosy Cross indicates that the 6 of Swords represents the integrative mind that recognizes sources of inspiration that are sometimes unexplainable. The holistic mind is symbolized by the circle while the crystalline diamond represents the crystal clear creative mind. This mind can consider many thoughts at once (the many pinwheels in the background) and integrating them into a whole clarity that is objectively communicated in such a way as to present a new perspective that is otherwise unseen. Suggesting a keen mind, with great communication skills, and one who is very curious and investigates both sides of an issue. Hence, the title of Science. This symbol also suggests the Universal Collective Unconscious, the Mother of all Consciousness.

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Mercury is seen at the top of the card and Aquarius at the bottom, symbolizing Mercury in Aquarius. Mercury is the winged messenger (clear communication) and Aquarius is the New Age (new perspectives) symbolizing the ability to communicate new ideas in such an objective way that they are easily understood and heard.The Minor cards are all under the rule of a Sephirotic Intelligence , in the case of the 6's, it is the 6th Sephiroth Tiphareth- Beauty, i.e., the Soul. The adept will find the initiation of Tiphareth the first of the Greater Initiations into the meaning of the Truth of Self. This Tiphareth initiation is literally a scarifying of all that we know to be indoctrinated-self, and life as we have lived it. Here the sacrifice is not relinquishing the much desired something, but rather a transition of Force, from that of the will of lesser consciousness to the Pure Will of the Greater Self.; "Thy will be done" rather than, the ego's "my will be done".

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The air sign of Aquarius, is ruled by Saturn, which tends to stabilize the fleeting qualities of Mercury. The positioning of Mercury in Aquarius, an intellectual sign, leads naturally to science and humanitarianism so success is the result of Saturn's work in this aspect. Now the cutting power of Swords is turned toward the positive, and the Rose is resurrected after being war torn in the 5 of Swords, related to the Severity of Saturn/Geburah. In the 6 of Swords, the swords all come together at a point in the restored Rose Cross of 6 squares, which in his Book of Thoth- Crowley calls, “The Rose Cross at the central secret of Scientific Truth." Thus, we have the definitive meaning of "success after anxiety and trouble", for the Way of the Cross is suffering before ascension and the number 6 is the number attributed to the "Dying Gods", whom of which we are related. This is because our bodies die, but our Psyche/Soul is immortal and reselects another form and therefore "lives again". Here, Tiphareth shows the perfect balance and idea of the card, as all moral and mental faculties are perfectly balanced, won by great effort, but hard to hold in an ever-changing world of political propaganda and commercialized morality. The Spirit-Mind-Body union that is called the "Whole Being" and/or "Whole Self", are in equilibrium.

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Haindl- Six of Swords-Science

New Title: "Thinking with the Heart".

The Haindl-Six of Swords, Science begins with the title of Science, just like the Crowley/Harris card. However, upon further consideration, Haindl retitled it as "Thinking With the Heart", for this is about the Science of Spirit-Mind-Body. The word Spirit is often considered as the Soul which is considered the "heart" of a person. The Mind is often linked with the brain, although, the brain is an "artificial mind" and/or a material copy of the Universal Collective Unconscious. The Body, is often considered as a servant of the brain; However, the combination of all the single cells, animals in their own right, forms a collective -subconsciousness that all instincts are attributed to. Therefore, this Science is about the bridging of and/or linking of Spirit-Mind-Body, as one totally functional Being, rather than seeing them as separate aspects of the One Mind. Whole Mind, is Spirit-Mind-Body. Some people would call this "manifesting Holy Spirit" and they wouldn't be wrong. Spirit is the Will that began everything. Hence, the Qabalistic Tree of Life is the symbol of the completed Universe and the Adam Khadmon and/or "Heavenly Human".

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The reason the Qabalistis call the Heavenly Human, Adam Khadmon, is not because this being is male, but because this "Heavenly Human" is a Hermaphrodite and signifies the Worlds of Light or what some call the "spirit worlds". Therefore, the use of words, Eve or Adam, describes the dividing of the Hermaphrodite Soul, into separate halves, to accommodate the sex of a species, rather than a misogynists' view of the Universe, as some would have us think. Hence, the Science of this card also intellectually demonstrates the reuniting of the She and the He, into One Complete Being.

The I-Ching Hexagram, 61, Chung Fu, according to Wilhelm, means, "Inner Truth", is shown in the upper left corner of the Haindl Card. Wing, calls it " Insight". Both Wilhelm and Wing are considered the experts in I-Ching interpretation. Both these interpretations show us that this card isn't about the science of technology, that can be both constructive and destructive, but rather the science that attempts to discover objective truths about the world of Self, through observation and experiment. In this way, Yoga can be considered a Science as it experiments with Spirit-Mind-Body communion/union. Qabalah is such a science. Qabalah is all about "Above all things, know thyself". The True Self, is the perfect balance of Spirit-Mind-Body and/or the Divine Hermaphrodite called Adam Khadmon.

In the art of the Haindl Science card, we see a very large hand reaching for a leafless branch which is part of a vineyard. There is a hint of green in what looks to be a desert, suggesting that technology can bring new life into desolated spaces. However, there is darkness below, that suggests, this technology also has a "dark side" and one is cautioned in its use. 4 sword pointing upward, imply the number 4 that is physical manifestation and the 2 Swords pointing down suggest the Divine She and He in union; a union that manifests the Universe and thereby, the World as well.

When thrown during a reading, the 6 of swords implies that the querent is:

  • Objective, logical and prone to logical thinking.
  • Justice.
  • Showing strong analytical ability, and displays logical scientific thinking both internally and outwardly.
  • In 6 weeks or 6  months, problems will be ended, because the correct, logical things have been done or are being done.  
  • Communication patterns are logical, reliable and promote problem solving.
  • There is a general acceptance of attitudes and belief systems that promote rhythmic and cyclic life style.
  • The ability to see things as a whole objective perspective. Here, the mind is watching itself and aids in passage from one world of conscious perspective to another.
  • Again, depending on the accompanying cards. When this card is thrown it indicates that in the next 6 weeks or 6 months it is important to look at things as they are rather than what you want them to be. 
  • It is important to be clear in your own mind so that you can successfully communicate new ideas or decisions in such a way as to be nonthreatening and easily heard. 
  • This card can also indicate that you should make a special effort to communicate clearly to the important Aquarian people in your life (January 21 to February 21). 
  • The Science-mind is clear, sharp and free of confusion, uncluttered with "should have beens" and "wannabes". It is a rare state of mind that is important to utilize.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Suggest confusion because of extreme mental activity producing conflicting thoughts.
  •  Ambiguity and indecision.
  • Mistrust.
  • Skepticism.

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