The Dreams of Gaia Tarot- 5 of Air, addresses the problematic conflict between what is real and what is believed. It implies the need to "get on with you and get over yourself, for impeccability is what we do"! A statement that may sound convoluted, yet is amazingly true. This is because you are not alone, small ego, the body is a "house of three" ( a menage e trois) it is the Place of Spirit, Psyche and Self-consciousness or as is popular to say, "Spirit-Mind-Body". Your Soul is your psyche, not your self-conscious (small ego) and your Spirit is Willed Energy (I Will Be...). To me, it is simple, I is Spirit, Am is Mind and Me is body. Three of us who are One, which is also called "holy Spirit", for Spirit is the parent of itself and the other 2 of this Plane of Self called I AM ME. When we wear the mask of belief, we cannot "see our psyche" for it is covered up in a membrane of lies. The Real you, is a child born of the Spirit and Mind. To know yourself, you need honesty, and courage to let go of self-deception that is usually being held onto in order to hide from a painful reality. You must be willing to dig through the clutter of brands, labels, and misconceptions created by words and fear of rejection.
Life is full of dissonance when the corrosive repressed thoughts of conflict, a desire to avoid, and procrastinate that eventually self-sabotage our creative endeavors, withdraw and separate ourselves from those who love us. So look to that disparaging inner voice, and your inner ability to handle criticism that only reinforces a low self opinion of yourself. You may not know it, but this is weak identity is the attitude the Patriarchy wishes you to have. For when the Spirit, Mind and Body are divided by conflicting thought, one's soul is conquered. What may shock you is that Religion is not Spirit nor Spiritual. Words and their institutions are not your nor spirit's identity, for they are created and/or defined by the "few who wish to rule the many", to control the many. The Dogs want only dehorned Sheep, as they bark and snap to move them in the direction of their slave-master, no Rams need apply. In this case, the Master is the "Cultural Group Mind", and/or Patriarchy. You are indoctrinated to fear criticism (shame-embarrassment etc.), and see it as an attack making you unable to improve or fix something that enacting friendly advice could easily fix. Hence, you are unable to improve your life-view, which is the necessary first step to improving your life motion. Such a person is pigeon-holing themselves into a "class", which is just what serves the beliefs of the "Divide and Conquer" mentality of the Patriarchy. We are defeated by our own misdirected energy, making it easy for a creeping idea and belief of weakness to cast a shadow over our inner light; a light we must find in the outer world of the Patriarchy who holds our identity up for ransom and sells it to the highest bidder.
One of the most spoken of Qabalistic Axioms, is "Above all things, Know thyself", which is true in more ways than one, for the "Above" all things, knows you into manifestation! Since there is only One Energy, that is identified as the Mind and/or Self that is the "I AM", we who are manifested have graduated from an "idea" of self to Self Accepted Information. Self is the "Above and the Below", and ideas once understood become information (In-Form-Action). Let's make this simple, the Divine Creative, often called "God", doesn't create what it doesn't want. Would you? Only the insane do that! Hence, to know thyself, means simply to stop masking your identity by creating what others want you to be! You creation, has in fact not been done by any "others", your Psyche/Soul, has created your personality/self-conscious as its knowledge of Self. You are the informed action of the Soul and not some weak, frightened domesticated animal, afraid of the barking dogs. The Soul is a "golden sun/son-of- god", who decides its own fate, not some sheep that fearfully awaits its shorning. That is why the sacred animal to Aries-the god of war- is a Ram!
Just remember, that behind the masks that we wear, we fall victim to self-recrimination, judgement, and blame and therefore, criticise ourselves in a manner that is neither objective nor constructive. What is created is the Soul's most beloved-----YOU! As we know by the investigations of quantum physics, observation changes the observed. It is time to go inward, armed with the understanding that "god don't build what god don't want" and find the true authority of your creation! That is called "be authentic". Stop with the "brave face", and carved on smile, and saying "all is well", when inside is the shivering child who fears its weakness. We are the I AM, who has never been a "weakness". Me is an experiment is Self-Awareness, making us the experiment of intimacy, with all that is created. We are the Creators, who touch-taste-feel-hear-and see information! This make us the Intimate Spirit-Mind-Body,i.e., the "inheritors" of Self-Intimacy, i.e., Love made manifest! Therefore, we seek not love, for we are Love. If the Ocean was the Divine Creative, and the Fish, all made of oceanic information, are the Ocean's Self-Awareness, then the Ocean "witnesses itself" through its most beloved- creations. Therefore, any fish "seeking water" would be known as insane and mentally disconnected from the truth. Such a simile, presents us with the idea that a Spirit created self, seeking spirituality, is just as insane. I Am is my name, and I AM Love, I AM Spirit, I AM Soul, I AM Body- The Sacred Flesh of the Soul/Psyche. To profane the self in anyway, is to deny the Spirit and therefore, to deny your inherited "god-ness" (Goodness) and desecrate your god-psyche- Imagination;The I Mage Nation! Imagination is simply defined as "to make image", i.e., Creation! Hence, you are the Image of the Divine Creative! Therefore, "Good enough for Creation, good enough for me"!
The nature of self-delusion, is why the soul, on this Dream of Gaia card is shown as a blindfolded female/angelic being. Dragon flies, represent to the ancient Celts, the ability to see true and with the ancient, powerful Dragons who were guardians of the Sacred Stones and magical wells. (https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/.../insects/dragonfly-symbolism-meaning)Dragonfly Dreams Dreams about a Dragonfly can foretell of change and potentially some type of rebirth. The celtic colar art that this Gaia-Being is wearing reinforces the Celtic concept of the Dragon flies.
When the 5 of Air is thrown in a divination, it implies:
- A conflict between reality and belief.
- A time for honesty.
- Let go of pretense and illusion.
- Face a painful reality.
- You are not alone in the world nor in your body; your body is a house of three -Spirit-Mind-Self-conscious.
- Friendly advice and constructive criticism are not an attack.
- Forgive others for wearing their masks.
- Drop the mask. Reveal your true self.
The 5 of Swords-Defeat occupies the position of Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life named SEVERITY or STRENGTH.
One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the Child of the Divine Creative? Well, this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the original you; the original child that she-the Creatrix- 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 "Understood" by the Will to Form (The Great Mother) to be worthy of Creation.
Yes, it is true, dear ones, truth is made manifest-----------you 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 courtroom; rather they are a workplace! You are an image of God who proves definition by making it manifest! You give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communication. Ideas, are what you build into things, therefore thoughts are definitions used to define the idea of something---they are not the "true something"!
Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we are taught to be, pretend or believe ourselves to be.
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 the treachery of indoctrination and dogma.
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---fear of pain. Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever present doubt brought into belief by indoctrination, keeps the will from collecting into a Will to Force. You may notice that none of the hilts are the same, implying many different weak thoughts assaulting the blue Rose of Heaven/Wisdom, that was at once whole in the 4, is now all cut to pieces in the 5. Wisdom is scattered to the winds of emotional defeat and blood of self-torture and the poison of shame drips from the thoughts/swords.
The 5 of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral World. Yet, Mars is the consort of Venus in mythology, and mythology is not a story telling a lie, but rather a story 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.
Quantum Physics has proven that truth/information is automatically made manifest in this universe (this universe is a mind)-----------you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows that! By putting knowledge into form, 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 courtroom; rather they are a workplace! You are an image of God who proves definition by making it manifest and therefore, intimately aware of SELF! You give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communication. Ideas, are what you build into things, therefore thoughts are definitions used to define the idea not the idea's reality.
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 by the surrounding cards, it implies:
- Evil (live spelled backwards).
- Turn for the worst.