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The Tarot of Eli-Minor Acana: Thoth-5 of Wands-Strife & Gothic Tarot- V of Wands

Western Qabalistic, Tantric, and Alchemical Tarot Card Comparisons.

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Thoth- 5 of Wands-Strife

#5-I recognze the manifestation of the undeviating justice, in all the circumstances of my life.

The Thoth Deck 5 of Wands is named-STRIFE, which, if you ask me, is well shown in this card, as consolation and focus is definitely required in this scene of frantic and volcanic activity of reds and yellows. Artfully Lady Freda Harris displaying her knowledge of the Tantric Arts in the composition of the 5 of Wands-Strife. Here is a scene of 3 wands that could be called the Chakra Puja or Pancharmakara, or the Choli Marg Tantric rituals. You can look these rituals up in the Book: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EROTIC WISDOM by the author, Rufus C. Camphausen. 

The objective of Tantric and Taoist sexual practices is to harmonize, balance, exchange and utilize the life energies (Vital Fire) set free during erotic play and sexual union. The Sexual Self is Spirit---it is the Adorable Fire of Life. In the instance of the 5 of Wands, the male electric-Fire is being heavily invoked by the Female Magnetic Water. Achieving an Electromagnetic surge which causes a great deal of physical strife and re balancing. After balance is achieve it causes a great deal of bliss and an elevation and/or higher vibratory nature of the body’s vital energy which is known as the Adorable Fire. This is the Adorable Fire of Tantric, Gnostic, and Magick ritual….often called the Strife filled Ecstasy, which is always invoked by the communion of male electric and female magnetic.     To the well-studied student of Qaballah, this is the Masters Wand of Geburah/Severity, that ultimately represents the Masters Body. 

 However, any surge of energy causes a noticible, often severe,  imbalance and to the Elements, the 5's bring serious problems of unbalance. 

  1. The 5 of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy: 
  2. The 5 of Cups, brings disappointment to relationships; 
  3. The Five of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind;
  4.  The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business. Hence all 5's all seem very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination will show how long the difficulty as well as, how serious the 5's are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the other cards of the Tarot reading. 

By-Donna Roberts:

The Saturn In Leo: Significance and MeaningThe Saturn in Leo people are good leaders who have the right level of control and discipline to get the work done.Element And Quality: Fire & Fixed.

Celebrities With Saturn In Leo: Adolf Hitler, Nelson Mandela, Freddie Mercury, Charlie Chaplin, Beethoven.

Positive Keywords for Saturn in Leo: Cautious, Controlled, Focused, Intense, Good-Humored, DisciplinedNegative Keywords for Saturn in Leo: Egocentric, Bossy, Rigid, Strict.

Saturn in Leo Sign: Meaning, Significance And Personality Traits | SunSigns.Org

This Lord of Strife astrologically is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah (The Fifth Sephiroth) in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the Four Qabalistic Worlds. Here the powerful heavy effects of Saturn, shown as the central Adepts Wand made of lead, united with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy. In other words, volatility and struggle. This sounds contradictory as Leo, the Sun, Loves the fiery nature of Geburah and Geburah implies motion while offering environmental strength and activity. However, Saturn presents a heavy and constant resistance to motion.   

The Angels of the Decan are Vahaviah and Yelayel. 

Rider-Waite-Smith- 5 of Wands

Wands are a continual outpouring of force and with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Or more likely, as volcanic magma is disturbed by the tons of rock that is the mountain it’s pushing through.  Thus in the 5 of Wands there is contest unresolved.   Crowley/Harris's Thoth  Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature displayed by the Golden Dawn or Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Decks, or the many traditional Tarot Decks. 

In the 5  of Wands, are shown the Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus  and the Major of  Wand of Geburah, all crossing  the central wand of the Major Adept.  The fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because its position implies this severity is directed by Geburah rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother.  

Many people find Geburah a difficult Intelligenc to understand because she is a volcanic as Pelé (Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), all seemingly irrational disturbance, yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle influence of the Feminine that is Great Mother Binah. To me, this just shows the Divine Feminine's "tough love" for her incarnations. The Trinity Goddess,  knows you are the best built IAM- Image yet, and have the internal strength necessary to handle anything this Universe can throw at you. Yet, because we often believe the definitions of those who "rule definition" (outside authority) we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become strong.  This contrived misconception is often corrected by strife. We are also taught to believe that mortality is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the natural transformation of energy and mater. Besides,  as immortal Souls the necessary wisdom comess form learning  discernment through sensation. 

The Immortal Solar Self has no physical senses, hence no discomfort or comfort is ever felt nor is there a  need for courage...they don't die. Hence there is no fear if death, and therefore,  without  fear and sensation there is no empathy.  The solution to this problem is to "become manifest". Thus Strife is a loving corrective not a punishment.   Sensuality requires a"beginning and an end", to exist.  The very fact that Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona also requires severity just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen!  For example, a certain amount of friction is required to form energy into creations. Without the severity of friction/magnetic force/gravity ,ect., form could not become form! The Soul has choosen to sacrifice senselessness for sensation through manifesting an "image of Self"  in a world of measurement. Therefore, without the friction of severity in one’s life, intelligent accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen! Therefore, this card is also called The Master's Journey card.

Gothic Tarot- V of Wands

The Gothic Tarot- V of Wands, displays one wand, and five golden dragons. There is no sign of strife in this balanced image. One must remember that these Gothic cards are displays of Anne Stokes craftmanship and not displays of Tarot meanings. Again, one must know traditional Tarot explainations to read these cards. 

When the 5 of Wands  is thrown during a divination It implies:

  • That the querent is involve in a spiritual conflict. This frustrating conflict can ensue for 5 weeks or 5  months because of this confusion of ideas.  The solution of which depends on the diligence of the querent.
  • Here, the querent is adjusting the identity, struggling with self-doubt while striving to move forward.
  • There may be a struggle or  strenuous warfare- like competition for riches and success, a kind of      battle in life.
  • The querent might also feel  like they are in an impasse, powerless in a time of trial and      difficulty.
  • Proving one's own abilities ( like in a sporting competition).

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

  • Recklessness as in rash actions.
  • Impulsiveness..

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