The Tarot of Eli, LLC: The Erotic Tarot- 5 of Air & The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Swords-Defeat.

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· Manara tarot

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the manara tarot- 5 of air- ( aria )

The Erotic Tarot- 5 of Air, also implies a type of defeat. On a windy day, a young woman, leaves a lover's embrace, implied by the outreaching male hand to the left of this card. The blowing wind, implying the element, Air, of this card. His ideas of love in the grass, are definitely defeated. Butterflies also imply the element of air, as well as , new concepts/ideas of freedom and flights of fantasy.


Milo Manara, the artist and author, supplied the reasoning of exile, defeat, lack of dignity, regret and obstacles that get in the way. All which are well defined in the art of this card.

The Astrological meaning, is Venus in Aquarius. Implying, the need to love with detachment and to face economical questions in a scientific and calculating manner. Therefore, this card could be also cautioning us to never talk about finances during a intimate moment, as it is a definite game changer.

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Thoth- 5 of swords-defeat

The 5 of Swords-Defeat occupies the position of Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life named SEVERITY.

One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the Child of God? Well, this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the original you; the original child that she envisioned. What many fail to understand, is that all the definitions given you, by your society, belief systems and cultures are not you, because YOU HAVE TO BE KNOWN INTO EXISTENCE BY YOUR DIVINE CREATIVE! In other words, you have been already made to be and that your presence is enough.

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Yes, it is true, dear ones, truth is made manifest and therefore, an illusion! You as Spirit never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows that! By putting knowledge into form by understanding it, the Divine Creative made you manifest! You are already Defined into being, not a being who seeks definition; for this planet and this cosmos, are not a court room; rather they are a work place! You are an image of the Divine Creative who proves definition by making it manifest in intimate sensation! You give definition and intimacy to things, so that they may be cataloged as Self- Knowledge of the I AM and used as communication. Ideas, are what you build into things, therefore forms are definitions/information, used to define the idea/data. Information only becomes knowledge through in-form-action and/or intimate experience.

Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend or believe ourselves to be.

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The 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption of Geburah's strength, is not the cause of disaster! This is because weakness is the cause of the 5 of Swords disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery. The vitality of Mars, is drained by the interactions with Venus.

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The hilts of the swords form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body fears have conquered the will by the treachery of sensation. Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever present doubt brought into self-identity by indoctrination, keeps the will from collecting into force. Notice: that none of the hilts are the same, implying many different weak thoughts assaulting the blue Rose of Wisdom, that was at once whole in the 4, is now all cut to pieces in the 5. Wisdom and understanding are scattered to the winds of emotional defeat and blood of self-torture and the poison of shame drips from the thoughts/swords.

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The 5 of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral/Unconscious World, inviting emotional conflict. Yet, Mars is the consort of Venus in mythology, and mythology is not a story telling a lie, but rather a storied lie relating a truth; so there is also a vulnerability of capitulation here. The Blue Rose of Venus (Wisdom), which is also the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian assault. Along with the 9 and 10 of Swords, the 5 is one of the most destructive events in the deck. Here, loss, defeat, failure where contest is decided and finished against the person.

When the 5 of Swords card is thrown during a reading, the querent is:

  • Usually caught in the fears of the past.
  • They are experiencing a self-defined prison of negative, self-defeating beliefs.
  • Here is defeat on a mental level, bringing humiliation and weakness.
  • The suggestion here is to give up fighting, swallow your pride and acknowledge your limitations, and then proceed in a new direction. We are only defeated when we stop seeking another way. 
  • So there is no 5 week or 5-month period here, since it is the querent's own mental negativity that is involved here, and they could change perspective at any time.

If ill defined:

  • Harm.
  • Evil. 
  • Turn for the worst.


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