The Tarot of Eli, LLC-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-9 of Swords-Cruelty & The Modern Witch Tarot- Nine of Swords

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Above all things, know thyself!

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Thoth- 9 of Swords-Cruelty

#9. In thought word and deed, I rest my life, from day to day, upon the sure foundation of eternal being.

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The Modern Witch Tarot- Nine of Swords

The Thoth 9 of Swords-Cruelty, presents a ghastly image of 9 crooked, chipped swords, dripping blood. If this isn't gloomy enough, we have the celestial rule of Mars in Gemini, representing a primal raging hunger that has no restraint. If you are feeling "out of sorts" this is not a card you wish to look at, as the colors are perfectly nauseating and the background is full of chaotic lined shapes suggesting a brain full of disjointed thoughts. Here is a mind in its lowest state of self -abusive thought; thought that is indoctrinated by the use of pleasure/pain training. This process is necessary to divide and conquer your will and begins by making you reject your own body. In our culture, a body is "bad" when naked and only valuable when clothed in the finest cloth and designs, suggesting that only money and fame can make you a better person than your Creator can. Now you are divided, for as a whole self, you are Spirit-Mind-Body. Reject one, and you have lost all self-rule.

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The Modern Witch Tarot- 9 of Swords, is less ghastly. Its primary meaning is nightmares . Here, suffering and doubt rule your brain. Here, 9 Swords are horizontal above one's bed that is covered by a quilt decorated with the red roses. The personal image is cradling her head in her arms in a pose of a defeated and worn out mind. The cause of all your problems, that occur in life, are primarily powerless in the face of failure. You may even feel guilty and ashamed for your actions. This card could also be called cruelty. For shame and embarrassment over mistakes made, causes one to give up. Truth is, we all make mistakes because we all must prove information by the in-form-action of it. Once it is proven to succeed in goal attainment, or not to succeed, we have acquired knowledge; everything is a failure until it isn't. Now we are one step closer to success because we know that the information we used didn't work; this has nothing to do with self-identity, nor self -value, it has to do with unsuccessful information. One must understand, that 50% of Wisdom is error, and the other 50% is correction of the error perceived.

Therefore, this is a card often associated with doom and gloom simply because your mind is flooded with anxiety and despair. Hence, nightmares that don't allow you to sleep. One could be going through something truly terrible, or dealing with a cruel boss, or abusive relationship. Or maybe, you have made a "mountain out of a molehill," because of constant worry and stress. Either way, you need to talk to someone, or meditate on the issue at hand.

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9 is considered a number of completion in Tarot, and is also the number of the 9th Sephira Yesod-Foundation, on the Tree of Life. Yesod is on the middle pillar of the Tree of Life, and has rectified the imbalances of the past energy disorders of Air/Intellect. This, however, does not rectify the degeneration of the energy as it continues down the Tree. In this position, all-actioned Mars can't stay balanced in the house of all-talk Gemini. Swords, usually depict the pure intellect that acts like air as its energy in motion continually heats up with passion and cools down with rationale. In the case of the 9 of Swords, consciousness has fallen into an unenlightened void of rational thought, stirring heartless animal passions; passions that are of the psychopath and the fanatic. As Crowley has stated, this card represents, "the character of the inquisitor"; it seems intellectual but is operating in a rage that is without restraint. All this sounds just awful and terribly gloomy, yet, it is the cultural foundation of "Divide and conquer" indoctrination technique that society has become so used to that we are unknowingly dividing our subconscious, consciousness and unconsciousness, making each counter productive to the other, when all are really One Consciousness, of 3 aspects; one Spirit- Mind-Body collective of Self.

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Our consumerism society is based on "fanning the flames" of that primitive raging hunger of survival thinking in order to produce the "fanatical shopper" whose world is always lacking self-fulfillment and whose survival depends on the next media induced sale or the latest gadget or toy. Here the survival mind is an absolute servant of indoctrinated fear, while the Unconscious is dreaming of freedom from fear and the consciousness is trying to outrun time. It is the realm of the Neti-Neti (Sanskrit for, “Not This-Not That") consciousness, that consumes unrelentingly, hoping for happiness in a future accumulation; a futile seeking of happiness at any cost; this is futile, because happiness isn't in accumulation nor resides in glutinous bellies. Rather Happiness is a balance of inner and outer beauty and or a harmonious melody of the 3 aspects of Psyche and our Self Trinity of Spirit (Will)-Mind (Thought) and Body (Emotions). So if one is programed to exist in a Neti-Neti world, there is only one result in the completion of the patriarchal sponsored greed of such hungry poisoned thought and that is the insanity of inner self-cruelty where the slave master in our brain is running from and/or torturing our heart and body. This is called psychosomatic illness.

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Thankfully, many of us have enough strength in or character to know that happiness, is not a thing, but rather a "balance of Mind, body and soul" and have found out that by treating other people with respect, (do unto another as you would have done to you) rather than someone we have to conquer for our own sense of security, we have a happier presence on this earth. It is best to understand the truth of Self, for "everyone I see is another way to be me", is the truth of One Self ; the I AM-that we are all the "selves" of.

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Therefore, it can be said that the 9 of Swords is the state of consciousness that is called "wanna-be", were one is not alive/happy until they achieve some future possession or goal which only leads to the next "thing". This person is a corpse, a zombie, who lives only in yesterday’s emotions and uncertain futures, leaving the moment of now vacant of their presence. This phenomenon of “walking corpse" is not a new thing that some Hollywood director dreamt- up as the latest horror thriller. Rather, you'll find this "living dead" concept in the two-thousand-year old Gnostic Gospel of Thomas that is part of the Nag Hammadi Library. In paragraph 56, of the Gospel of Thomas, it is written, "Whoever has come to understand the World has found only a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world”. If you can understand this Gnostic statement, you can understand the self-abuse of positioned thoughts depicted on the 9 of Swords-Cruelty. Because the practice of "Self-inflicted cruelty" and/or lack of respect for yourself, is going on in most human brains right now, most of us constantly belittle ourselves, in order to appease our dogma or indoctrination; i.e. our inner Pavlovian- slaver programing.

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Again, for this can not be overstated, the Thoth 9 of Swords, is called THE LORD OF DESPAIR AND CRUELTY, or Cruelty in short. This is Mars in Gemini; this is Yesod influencing Yetzirah in the Astral-Formative World. With a smattering of astrological data, one knows that the fiery energy of Mars, does little good in a sign of dualities. This "little good" is shown by the 9 rusty swords, dripping blood and poison on Crowley's card. One may shudder at the despair, meanings of illness, suffering and cruelty this card represents; But each of us, who are paying attention to our brain, often find this to be a "inner self cruelty" of our consciousness, as it cuts us with the emotionally poisoned blades of embarrassment, low-self-esteem, humiliation, self-condemnation, and/or inner or outer disgust. It is the internal Slave Master software that is installed in our Personality by our cultural indoctrination supervised by "The Few Who Rule the Many" and/or the Patriarchy of "useless old men" who have designed a world to totally benefit them. The very definition of ruler is "one who controls definition"; Ruler's make sure this Internal-Mental Salver indoctrinated program is installed before you even reach 7 years old. Like rusty hooks of poisonous self-futility, this is a hard one to remove! Peer pressure, just drives this poison deeper into self-identity. Then the media, keeps slashing at your self-value...."you need need lack them, you are nothing!” Lack of self-worth Is at the very least implied, or blatantly rubbed in your face, daily, if not hour by hour. “Resistance is futile", blare the horns of the pusillanimous invertebrates who enforce "their masters will" on others. With such a bombardment of self-delusion, one may just want to stop the world and get off! We have forgotten we are the Life of the body, for we are the Pure Energy of Spirit, who makes the body breathe! We are also the Pure Mind of Existence, the I AM.... and then to add even more Divinity to this duality, we are also the Supreme Body Image of the Divine on Earth!

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There is an axiom in Buddhism that states, “Life is Suffering” … but only if you live in the lizard brain of survival thinking, fearing pain and discomfort rather than enjoying your intimate presence as Life being intimate with the Alive. Life is indeed a mental/sensual experience, and we can be our own worst enemies just by doubting our own value in the Patriarchy controlled World that is made to devalue you and value everything the Patriarchy controls. To see yourself as Lack, is the necessary software to continue the panicked consumerism that Muti -National mind programmers and/or definition peddlers of the Military Industrial Complex- want! But think! Before any human judgment, you were already approved into being by your Higher Self/Solar Psyche. So once again, the Qabalistic axiom reads true, “Above all things, Know thyself"! It's simple really; you had to be approved by all that is Divine, to be made alive! Your presence is your Judgment....and obviously you are good enough for The Divine Creative duality! You are how Divinity "Knows Itself"!

You are a Divine answer, to a Divine question, that began with I AM, what that I AM is, is what Creation is all about; an assumption of Self! Therefore, the 9 of Swords implies: stop questioning your existence and become answers instead! Action is the Fiery Spirit that moves you, reaction is usually run by the uncertain animal who thinks the whole universe is out to eat it and fears life! "I Am" dares ask, "What am I"? And you are the answer to that question, "I AM ME"! Whatever we think we are, is all assumed, so think BIG!

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So, "get over yourself and get on with you! Impeccability is what we do'' ; is a correctional software loop that I run in my self-doubting brain/ego; it just overrides the "pity pot" of self-defeating thought every time it comes online, stimulated by some kind of fear. But installing that software loop, took determination, and plain old fashion "jackass” stubbornness and constant repetition as a meditation of seconds, done most minutes, until it becomes automatic daily operation. Don't you think it’s time, we programed our own Wet Ware! That is the real occult message of the 9 of Swords.


Each of us has experienced the temptations to remain chained to the bedeviling thoughts of our subjugation and/or definitions of the few who wish to rule the many. The 9 of Swords, reminds us, that we are not performing well mentally, when we are under the rule of self-belittlement . Again, you are obviously good enough to be the "image of the Divine Creative'", you are good enough for you! In our God-ness/ Goodness), resides the constant ability in each of us, to become More Self-Aware, rather than becoming less "self" by seeking more stuff to hide self in or behind.

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Spirit is Will and the will must not be subjugated to the animals fears of survival or overly concerned with what might happen. The Body, is an "image" and therefore, a measured device. This measured device, is also the one who measure's via sensuality. Therefore, it has a beginning and an end. It will die, but only in transformation as it goes back to the organic world it came from. One forgets their true Identity when surrounded with senses, especially when those senses feel only fear, worry and desperation all products of dysfunctional self-identity. As this Modern Witch woman shows, her fears weigh her down to the point of absolute destitution and the inability to see a way out. Rather, should should celebrate her wonderful wealth of Spirit-Mind-Body, and become action rather than reaction.

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The Spirit and Psyche (Soul-I AM) cannot die, they dream themselves into being image. They are energy in its never ending state of One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed. So own the body, enjoy it and dance with it. For it is the Organic Organism of Earth that also transforms according to your observation of I AM. It is our "material image" molded by our thought-filled emotions. Spirit and Mind have wish to sense Self, the I AM, (Both Spirit and Mind) has created the Body just for Sensual necessary to experience the dream of I AM, that takes data into intimate experience, turning it information into in-form-action that now can be experienced as "I AM Sensation" and thereby, producing knowledge. So it behooves one to respect the body, love it and know the joy of Being Sensual, for you can't give to another what you don't have for yourself. Besides, there is no way to "know yourself", without a body. You are pure light. Your are the energy that makes the body breathe, the nervous system transfers that energy around the body, making it an electromagnetic operating physical device, and an artificial intelligence you call "ego" and/or Personality. You are the Universal Constant called Transformation; never-ending change; as your knowledge grows through experiencing Self, I AM, you transform Self- Image to the new sum of knowledge! I Am Me! There is always change, so always there is a way out of doubt, shame, fear, embarrassment,: In other words, there is always light, even in the darkest places; YOU Are the Light That Makes things Operate in your name of I AM! I Am the Power of Solution!

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When the 9/Nine of Swords is thrown during a reading, the Querent will be or has been experiencing:

  • Illness, malice, cruelty, pain, despair and suffering, in a period of 9 days, or 9 weeks or from self-cruelty thought processes in the past when nine years old.
  • There is burden, want, oppression, as well as, subtlety and craft.
  • There is also lying to oneself or others because of and "inferiority complex".
  • All of this dysfunctional thought is basically from "self-belittlement", that is often so subtle that we don't even acknowledge it in ourselves. But the program is clever, as you will notice whenever you try to mentally or physically, step out of "comfort zones", you will be challenged with worry and seemingly rational explanations on why you should not take that step.  
  • Fear as a guide to maturity.
  • Feeling like a victim.

If ill defined by the surrounding cards :

  • Shame.
  • Guilt.
  • Terror.
  • Infamy.
  • Misery.
  • Hate.
  • Manipulation.
  • There is no cause for concern changes for the better are coming. 

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