The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-6 of Swords-Science & The Declarative Tarot - No. 6 -Centeredness (Layers of Mind).

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Above all things, know thyself!

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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 Declarative Tarot - No.6-Centeredness (Layers of Mind)

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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 an aspect 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, the golden Sephiroth, in the Astral-Formative World of Yetzirah. Therefore, being formative in Yetzirah all form begins.

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The Holy Hexagram

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Rosy Cross

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Thoth Tarot- 6 of Swords

The 6 swords, suggesting the form of the holy 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 Thoth Card Represents the holistic mind which is symbolized by the circle while the crystalline diamond represents the clear creative mind. This mind can consider many thoughts at once (the many pinwheels in the background) and integrate 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 excellent 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. Here is the Mind that is both rational and intuitional; therefore, a mind that works on both "sides of the Mirror" and/or bridges the Macrocosm and Microcosm.

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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 innovative 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 or Sun (mental-hermaphrodite) of the Divine Creative. 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 a scarifying of all that we know to be indoctrinated-self, small ego (microcosm), 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 self-absorbed ego's "my will be done".

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Metatron's cube

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 that 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". Hence, the "resurrection" that is also common to the dying gods' religions. Here, Tiphareth shows the perfect balance and idea of the card, as all moral and mental faculties are perfectly balanced, won by significant effort, but hard to hold in an ever-changing world of political propaganda and commercialized morality. However, for now, The Spirit-Mind-Body union that is called the "Whole Being" and/or "Whole Self", are in equilibrium. The Swords are also displayed in the shape of Metatron's Cube, the symbol representing all creation.

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Metron's Cube

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The Declarative Tarot- No. 6-Centeredness (Layers of Mind).

The Declarative Tarot-No. 6-Centeredness of the suit of Layers of Mind (swords) focuses on inner balance through centering of Self. Here we have established inner functioning through the paradigm of whole self-Spirit-Mind-Body, recognizing we are not "just a human" but a celestial Solar being who is an intelligent energy star channeling through the coagulation of light and/or an image being reflected on a Solar Energy Being.

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The central figure of a solar face has her own solar system of layers upon layers of thoughts and awareness, all being centered around a smiling sun. Here we have music, a sonata of multiple instruments in harmony, each colored petal, a practiced and balance player in the whole song of Self. The opening of the "third eye" (6th Chakra-Anja chakra connected to Chokmah-2nd Sephirotic Being-Wisdom.) begins the process of clear seeing and/or clairvoyance which is a special perspicacity and clarity of sight that is often known as intuition. The thought process of self, gathers information through reception (leaves) and we declare ourselves through our emotional choices, as seen by others (the petals). However, it should be noted that what we view outside of ourselves is colored by our inner self-awareness, or lack thereof.

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Ann's Hummingbird is a vibrant, tenacious, and spirited being whose acrobatic activities in flight make sure its long nectar sipping beak finds the nectars of the flowers that feed it. In folk lore, hummingbirds symbolize various positive things – joy, good fortune, resilience, and recovery. Traditionally, mostly in native cultures across the Americas, the symbol of the Hummingbird is believed to bring healing to the suffering and signal good luck to hunters and travelers. They are often used as symbols of eternity because of the whirling rapid patterns of their wings in flight. This image reminds us that when we are centered our focus is balanced motion that makes it easier to see the opportunities presented to us.

The bee who is a very accomplished hunter-gatherer, reminds us of the mind's process to apply and gather and thrive in a co-creative and cooperative environment. Individual bees transmit the wealth of navigational knowledge to the whole hive, in a waggle-dance of both motion and sound information to the whole hive of opportunities found. Do you share knowledge or just work, work, work? Shared wealth is called prosperity and that enhances the life of all.

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The celestial beings of the Star, the Moon, and the Sun remind us that the world is cyclic. This image implies that centeredness creates connectedness to our personal cycles of living as well as those that are connected to earth. We all cycle from a central and/or midway point between inner and outer worlds of experience. The Qabalistic Western Hermetic Tarot reader would call this the 6th Sephiroth-Beauty which is the Soul/Solar Self that just like the sun above is in the Center between Briah-The Creative World and reflects its light upon a coagulation of energy called a formative world and/or Yetzirah. We should ask ourselves, are we self-reflecting the Central Intelligence of our Life through the "third eye" of Solar radiance, or are we automatons of programed reactions to outside events?

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The understanding of the 6 of Swords, places in our subconscious, the Original Will of the One whose god name is Eheieh, meaning "I Will Be". Thereby, elevating us above the emotions, and desires of the "false ego" that have caused us disharmony in the subconscious which should be under the will of the awake consciousness - I AM but has been blocked by clouds of false identity. Knowing this, we are then elevated beyond the false ego and begin receiving our true inheritance from the Greater Self.

The idea behind this card is that "troubles are behind" as we transition towards a new phase. The time has come for a change of mind/perspective. However, one being of a conservative nature will find that they are afraid of everything new. This card suggests that you must deal with your troubles, especially those that are about a trip you are planning to take.

When thrown during a reading, the 6 of swords and/or No. 6-Centeredness, it 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 a rhythmic and cyclic lifestyle.
  • The ability to see things objectively in a new 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 innovative ideas or decisions in such a way as to be non-threatening 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.
  • Travel by water.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards, it implies:

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

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