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Thoth-9 of Wands-Strength
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The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Passion-No. 9- Wholeness & Resilience.
Thoth Tarot-9 of Wands-Strength
The energy of Mercury in the 9 of Wands is called STRENGTH. Illustrated on the Thoth Card are 8 of the arrows, each of which have a crescent moon arrowhead, and 8 moons for feathers, all of which are in a balanced x-crossing the Main Central Wand that is topped by the Sun and the Moon at its bottom. Interestingly, as a Rune, X, represents a gift and/or a wild ox, appreciated for its strength and power. It stands for internal mental fortitude with the will to face challenges, and new beginnings. For men, it represents manhood/balanced by the feminine and for women, it stands for femininity balanced by masculinity. Lady Frieda Harris, the artist, implied this image of strength as a union of the Sun (male) and the Moon (Female). Arrows symbolize the sign of the Archer, Sagittarius whose path joins Tiphareth (Sun) and to Yesod (the Moon). In astrology, a Sagittarius Moon Sign describes your instinctive or emotional energies, your innate reactions, and the things you need to feel comfortable or secure. Hence, Crowley writes, "Here the Moon, the weakest of the planets, is in Sagittarius, the most elusive of signs; yet it dares call itself Strength." [The Book of Thoth, p., 186].
Western Hermetic Qabalah-Tree of Life
The 9 of Wands represents Yesod in Aziluth; which is the source of this great strength thereby, making it The Lord of Great Strength. Plus, the weak planet, the Moon is in its natural Sephiroth of the Moon, Yesod, as Yesod is also the foundation, the "seat of great crystallization of Energy"[The Book of Thoth, p. 185], making it comfortable even in the elusive sign of Sagittarius. Then there is the number 9, which is the purest form of energy in its suit. Hence, here it is the purest crystallization of Energy.
The Angels of the Decan are: Yirthiel, and Sahiah. Therefore, 9 of Wands-Strength, is the influence of Yesod/pure crystallization of Energy in the World of pure Spirit. The Lunar powers do acquire great strength in Sagittarius, as the Strength is in the ability of perpetual change. However, with the Moon, there are two sides to this "coin". Meaning, that successes are usually acquired by strife, apprehension, and moments of insecurity, for the Moon also governs the survival mind of the animal-subconscious and all its illusions of fear-based thinking.
It is good to make a friend of your Survival/beast Mind
The 9 of Wands also emphasizes the influencing strength of Woman/ Moon in this card, as her love, empathy and caring tame the "beast's" will to force; fear and force always subsides when faced with true love. The Thoth Wand is a stylized Sun-phallus; the Womb-Moon wields the phallic "Will to Force", by its enclosing "Will to Form". This is not a new concept as the ancient Egyptians believed that the Moon pulled the Sun across the sky. This idea corresponds to the fact that the negative pole (electron-moon), attracts the energy flow from the positive pole (positron-sun). Hence, the good health and strength of this card is certain, but it harbors doubt about the later course it may take. It is best to know the axiom: "Change is Stability", when viewing this card. Implying there is great strength in flexibility. This is well shown in nature, as great ridged trees are blown down in a heavy wind, while the flexible grasses suffer no damage.
The 9's may be considered the best that can be obtained from the type of forces involved, when regarded from a practical- material standpoint. As stated but not often realized, the Thoth- 9 of Wands, shows 8 background Wands as Arrows (Sagittarius influence) and one Master Arrow in the forefront, sporting a Sun at one end as a driving force, and a Moon at the other end as its point implying, foundation and that even though Sagittarius joins the Sun and the Moon, the Greatest Strength is the balance and grounding of this coupling flow. The flow of Electric Male and Magnetic Female receptivity; Together, all that is Living Form, is from this flow and reception. When we, as Suns/Souls, hermetically marry both the Male Will to Force and the Female Will to Form within (Animus and Anima), in the material world of our physical bodies, where it is called "Oneness" union reveals all the 4 Worlds in a communion of the Sun (Father) and the Moon (Mother) that universally never ceases.
The Tenfold flames of the card, imply that the Energy of the Solar Logos, is directed downward into the "reflection of being" turning the body into the "honeymoon suite" of the Divine-2 who now equal 1. When this card shows up in a reading, it is also good to expect a change in one's life. However, this is a change for the purpose of instilling strength, either in health (recovery from illness) or in the character of the individual.
The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Passion-(Wands)-no.9-Wholeness & Resilience.
The Declarative Tarot-Layers of Passion-No 9- Wholeness and Resilience also carries a message of mental strength. On Malkuth-Earth, separation is the name of the game as we are divided by labels, certifications, classifications, and casts. This word and symbol hypnosis is applied day to day by the media supported Patriarchy. The challenge now is to learn how this nonsense does not define you. Wholeness is not the food you eat, nor can the outside world provide it. Wholeness is the True Self of You, Spirit-Mind-Body as one whole Celestial Being. Hence, the Sun is shown as Yin Yang, the male and female principle as One Whole Being. I AM Spirit, I AM Mind, I AM Body. I AM Whole. I AM knowledge. I AM Wisdom. I Am Love. I AM Wealth. I AM Prosperity. I AM Well Being. I AM the perfect sonata played by the Trio of Spirit-Mind-Body.
Top of this card floats a Portuguese Man o' War.
The Portuguese Man o' War, also known as the "Man-of-War" or "Bluebottle," is a fascinating and potentially dangerous creature often mistaken for a jellyfish. I can provide you with some folklore and information about the Portuguese Man o' War.
Naming Origins: The name "Portuguese Man o' War" is said to have originated from its resemblance to the triangular sails of Portuguese warships from the 18th century. It has a distinctive float that resembles a sail, and long tentacles that hang beneath it.
Portuguese Folklore: In Portuguese folklore, the Man o' War is sometimes associated with legends of sea monsters or dangerous creatures of the ocean. However, it's worth noting that these creatures are not common in Portuguese waters.
Maritime Warnings: In some maritime regions, including the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the presence of Portuguese Man o' War is considered a warning sign for sailors and beachgoers. Their venomous tentacles can deliver painful stings, and in rare cases, they can be life-threatening.
Warnings and Precautions: Folklore and local stories often emphasize the importance of being cautious around these creatures. People are advised not to touch them and to seek medical attention if stung.
While the Portuguese Man o' War is not often related to tarot card comparisons, it's a topic of interest in marine folklore and can serve as inspiration for various metaphysical and symbolic interpretations.
he Portuguese Man o' War, with its unique characteristics and presence in the ocean, can be metaphorically related to various metaphysical, magick, and symbolic concepts. Here are some metaphysical similarities that can be implied by the Portuguese Man o' War:
Ephemeral Beauty: The Man o' War's translucent appearance and striking colors could symbolize the fleeting and fragile nature of beauty in the metaphysical sense. It serves as a reminder that some of the most beautiful things in life are also the most delicate.
Unity in Diversity: The Portuguese Man o' War is not a single organism but a colony of specialized individuals working together. This can be seen as a representation of the interconnectedness of all things in the metaphysical realm, highlighting the idea that we are all part of a greater whole. Represented in the 9 of Wands-Strength card of the Thoth deck.
Dual Nature: The Man o' War's tentacles are both beautiful and potentially dangerous, echoing the dual nature of many metaphysical concepts. It reminds us that the same force or energy can have positive and negative aspects, and it's essential to approach them with caution and respect.
Mystery of the Deep: Just as the depths of the ocean hold mysteries and unknown wonders, the metaphysical world is often viewed as a realm filled with hidden truths and mysteries waiting to be discovered. The Man o' War's appearance may symbolize the enigmatic nature of the metaphysical.
Adaptation and Resilience: Despite its fragile appearance, the Portuguese Man o' War has adapted to survive in the open ocean. This resilience can be seen as a metaphor for the ability to adapt and thrive in the face of challenging metaphysical experiences or circumstances.
Balance and Harmony: The Man o' War's delicate balance of components working together without a central control could symbolize the idea of finding harmony and balance in the metaphysical world without needing a single, dominating force.
Warning and Protection: In some regions, the presence of the Man o' War serves as a warning. This can be compared to metaphysical warnings or signs that individuals may encounter on their spiritual journeys, reminding them to proceed with caution and mindfulness.
These are just a few metaphysical similarities that can be implied by the Portuguese Man o' War. Keep in mind that metaphysical interpretations can vary widely, and different individuals may see different symbolic meanings in this creature. We are reminded here, that our bodies are composed of a multitude of single celled animals, and our Celestial Self, is also composed of a multitude of Light Frequencies. Everything is a copy of the Universal Collective Mind. Wholeness refers to the fractal totality of parts that work together to make something greater than its parts. Hence, the Universal Self of I AM nomenclature, sees you as Itself. I ask you to awaken and know that everything you see is another way to be you. We all belong to each other and should joyously celebrate the Uniqueness of being. Like facets reflecting light on a Universe size diamond, each a unique perspective of the Same One.
The Octopus is a pygmy that is classified as Octopus Wolfi and is about 1.5 cm in size.
Here are some examples of folklore and mythology related to octopuses in general:
Kraken: The Kraken is one of the most famous octopus-like creatures in folklore. It originates from Scandinavian folklore and is often described as a gigantic sea monster with tentacles. It was said to terrorize sailors and was featured in various seafaring legends.
Akkorokamui: In Japanese folklore, there's a creature called Akkorokamui, which is often described as a giant red octopus. It's said to have a body that can grow up to 30 meters long and is known for its incredible flexibility and elusiveness.
The Lusca: In Caribbean folklore, the Lusca is a creature that is often depicted as a half-shark, half-octopus hybrid. It's said to inhabit underwater sea caves and is associated with mysterious disappearances of swimmers and fishermen.
Maori Legend: The Maori people of New Zealand have stories about the octopus as a guardian of the ocean. They believe that the octopus can shape-shift and can appear as beautiful women to lure people into the sea.
Hawaiian Legends: In Hawaiian mythology, there's a god named Kanaloa who is often associated with the octopus. Kanaloa is considered one of the four major Hawaiian deities, and the octopus is one of his sacred animals.
While these examples are not specifically about Pygmy octopuses, they demonstrate the diverse ways in which octopuses have been incorporated into folklore and mythology across diverse cultures.
Octopuses, along with some other cephalopods like squids and cuttlefish, have a unique circulatory system with copper-based blood rather than the iron-based blood found in humans and many other animals. This difference in blood composition is one of the fascinating aspects of their biology.
Octopuses have blue-colored blood due to the presence of a copper-containing molecule called hemocyanin in their circulatory system. Hemocyanin serves a similar function to the iron-containing hemoglobin found in vertebrates. Hemocyanin binds with oxygen in a reversible manner, allowing octopuses to transport oxygen through their bloodstream.
The key distinction between hemocyanin and hemoglobin is the metal at the center of the molecule. Hemoglobin contains iron (hence the red color when oxygenated), while hemocyanin contains copper (hence the blue color when oxygenated). This copper-based blood is well-suited to the low-oxygen environments in which many cephalopods live, such as deep-sea habitats.
So, in summary, octopuses do indeed have copper-based blood, which is one of the remarkable adaptations that enables them to thrive in their underwater environments. They also have three hearts and multiple brains. A primary brain between the eyes, and eight mini brains in each of its arms. Again, a perfect example of Wholeness as diverse parts that intellectually act together and assist each other in sustaining and thrive as a living being.
Most of us can hardly see these higher worlds materialize in the world of matter. as our eyes are clouded with our own mental creations and those forced on us by programing/indoctrination. Through its images, the fluid light of Astral matter ( Yesod-moon) connects us to the will from which they arose, giving us wisdom, and truth with our surroundings. However, without discernment, ties with the physical world will keep us from seeing the Solar Self and its spark within us.
I AM Eli...never ending...Always One.
When the 9 of wands is thrown during a divination it implies:
- Strength, power, health.
- Tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken.
- Herculean strength is sometimes specifically applied.
- Remarkable success, but with strife and energy.
- Health good, and recovery not in doubt.
- Generous, questioning, and curious.
- I am fond of external appearance.
If reversed, it implies:
- Victory, preceded by apprehension and fear.
- Your suspicion, stubbornness, lack of initiative and selfishness result in failure.
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