tarot of the old path-eight of swords
The Thoth Tarot 8 of Swords is called Interference While the Tarot of the Old Path illustrates a young man standing in a circle of eight swords plunged into the ground, to restrict his movements. The color that is used to identify the element of Air, is yellow. Thus, the clothing of the young man is of this color.
He seems defeated, as he is hanging his head, hunching his shoulders, and eyes closed as in resignation.
The Primary meaning of the Tarot of the Old Path 8 of Swords seems to be about a withdrawn personality whose lack of confidence produces a feeling of self-imprisonment.
thoth-8 of swords-interference
The Thoth Tarot-8 of Swords-Interference is also called The Lord of Shortened Force. This card is attributed to Jupiter in Gemini, and Jupiter's natural expansiveness is in determent in Gemini, as the Duality of Gemini affects Jupiter's positive energy scattering half one way and half the other.
Here, Hod is in Yetzirah, the Astral World.
The angels of the Decan are Vemibael and Yehohel.
Because of the desire to go one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter are scattered, erratic and unstable. This is indeed an interference when trying to focus one's consciousness on a goal. Yes, it can be an intense and positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection.
Crowley illustrates this in his 8 of Swords, as two strong and long main swords (consciousness and unconsciousness), being crossed (as in Crossed-up) by six short swords of assorted designs (scattered thoughts). The shorter swords also imply shortened force, narrowness, and restriction. There is a definite lack of persistence in intellectual matters and of emotional contest. Jupiter's natural good fortune still attends even the weakest of efforts, yet the will is constantly thwarted by subtle interference. Here consciousness and unconsciousness communication are interfered with and confused by "nagging thoughts".
The 8 of Swords also implies a certain amount of fear of change, of moving out of a binding or restricting situation. The Positive side of this is that change, no matter how resisted, will soon come anyway, but the Good Fortune of Jupiter will show up. What is again implied, is stop wasting time and proceed with change; your scattered efforts will not stop it, only interfere with your wholesome transition.
When The 8/Eight of Swords-Interference is thrown during a reading:
- The querent is experiencing confusion, and a feeling of being trapped, isolated by oppressive ideas.
- Feeling trapped or ashamed is the beginning of recognizing the need for change and moving on ward with your life.
- The mental dissolution or loss of faith in situations or ideas is a sure sign of progress beyond the old.
- The mind is saying," your perspectives no longer serve your life motion, so new ideas will soon be presented."
- Mental blocks.
- Chaotic subjective thinking.
- Inorganic rigid thinking.
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