The Tarot of Eli: Minor Arcana: Thoth-10 of Wands-Oppression & Haindl Tarot-10 of Wands- Oppression

Western hermetic Qabalah, numerical, Tantric, Alchemical, and Astrological Tarot Card Comparisons.

· Haindl Tarot

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Thoth - 10 of Wands- Oppression

#10-The Kingdom of Spirit is Embodied in my flesh.

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In the Thoth Tarot, the 10 of Wands, is called Lord of Oppression, and is Saturn in Sagittarius. The Angels attributed to the Decan, are Reyayel and Avamel.

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The 10 OF WANDS-Oppression; is Malkuth in Aziluth and is the influence of Malkuth in the world of Pure Spirit.  On page Book of Thoth, on page 194, Crowley writes: 

" The number 10 refers to Malkuth which depends from the other nine sephiroth, but is not directly in communication with them. It shows the Force detached from its Spiritual forces. It has become a blind Force; so, the most violent form of that particular energy, without modifying influences.". Where upon the destructive powers of Saturn's lead-jackboots (Geburah-Severity) are amplified n the neck of the ethereal-Sagittarius, leading to selfishly applied material force, and often cruelly. On the Thoth, 10 of Wands, the suggestion of the crude leaded bar-like wands, in the form of Dorjes (Tibetan spear- symbols of Thunderbolts) suggests, cruelty, malice, overbearing force and energy that can be injustice.

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However,  the word oppression may also have a lighter side as one must understand that a certain amount of energy must be oppressed at all times, for form to exist. Energy must be contained in a "Thought Form" before it can become  emoted and made manifest. Then again, too much oppression of energy-in-motion (emotion) leads to disaster Like electricity, Water or Fire, energy resists this oppression, and will "slip its bonds" at any sign of weakening. Sometimes destructively so.

Often we oppress our own ability to act, which is because of our own self-perspective, most of us tend to be crueler to ourselves than to others, because we often fear error in ourselves more than others we fail to act when action is called for. We can escape this cycle of destruction if we understand that the oppression we feel, is often the Mind being told by the ego  to change perspectives from making a solution to fearing the problem instead. This is because the ego is survival orientated and fears change and above all, risk. However, we can identify oppression as the viral programing of indoctrination and dogma, and  choose to act rather (will) than react (subconscious programming). By catching the ego in its "slave programing" tricks , we can avoid an emotional imprisonment of our spirit serving the body's limits . Hence it behooves one to remember that it's better to pop a small balloon, than an over pressurized steam boiler. Therefore,  stop oppressing our emotional energy and establish a safety pressure relief valve, such as yoga or meditation or even physical exercise. I also find that by daily repeating the "Truth about Self-the Trestle Board" releases "knee jerk" emotional bonds.

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Often, by taking things too seriously, we fail to use the power of mirth that cracks the veneer of perspective, so that we can see beyond our self-made prison of "I can't". Truth being, "I can’t", usually means "I am afraid to" and/or "I don't want to”; However, "I Can't" becomes a statement of low self-value when believed. So just say," I don't want to" and get on with your motion. For as we all know, with impassioned focus, we can accomplish anything. Sometimes it helps to laugh at one's fears. That's the beautiful side of  Will and "freedom of choice".  So remember this, we use "thought" to oppress energy into form, for creation's sake----including our own, but eventually, because change is the only constant in this energy Universe, that oppression will end whether voluntarily or by emotional-explosion. Energy will free itself and continue transformative motion. Those who are freely changing their perspectives, by doing, and seeing error and then correcting it,  will find that the once feared end we call death, is merely a movement towards another perspective and will experience what the Tibetan's call "reincarnation", which is simply expanding and liberating one's personality by the addition of experience that always changes of perspective. By fearing an end, you seem to have one, by not fearing and end, you consciously experience transformation.  All is Mind, and Mind is Self.

The mundane meaning of this card is made clear by Crowley, in his Book of Thoth-pg. 194, where he writes," The whole picture suggests oppression and repression. It is a stupid and obstinate cruelty from which there is no escape. It is a Will which has not understood anything beyond its dull purpose, its 'lust of result', and will devour itself in the conflagrations it has evoked." One cannot carry this great burden of "lust of result" for long. This struggle is clearly shown in the Rider-Waite-Smith, traditional Tarot Card, where one is overburdened. Hence the explosion of rage; for example "road rage",  that oftens happens after reaching the end of one's endurance to contain the oppressed emotional energy of fear, often called "stress". 

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Rider-Waite-Smith-10 of Wands


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Haindl Tarot- 10 of Wands- Oppression

New title: "Misues of Power.

The Haindl Tarot- 10 of Wands-Oppression, displays, in the upper left corner,  the  54th I-Ching hexagram,  called"The marrying maiden" by Wilhelm and "the Subordinate" by Wing.  Here, all the spears are pointing doward, turning around the wands that usually were shown pointing upward. This implies that by misusing your power, someone stronger than you will eventually turn that around. Hence, a scene of cats hunting mice, and a flying mouse and/or bat frightening the cats. 

The reasoning behind the "Marrying maiden", is due to the old chinese social order where a man took a second wife. However, she was subordinate to the husband and first wife, thereby having no power whatsoever. Here then is a situation where one depends completely on others, who do not depend on them

The reversed hexagram, Chin 53, "Developement" describes how a good marriage must develope slowly, patiently, like a tree growing strong roots before growing upward. Therefore, in an oppressed situation we must show patience and resist the desire to show bold decisive action and instead make careful progress.  For a western person, this may be hard to do, as we believe in freedom of choice and revolution to pursue it. However, there is alot to be gained by using careful intelligence rather than brute force.

When thrown in a divination and  well dignified by the surrounding Cards, such as positive Major Arcana (Thoth) or reversed (Haindl) it implies:

  • The querent is being generous or experiencing generosity from another.
  • Self-Sacrifice as in the form of oppressing one's wants for another's.
  • Disinterestedness in a situation.
  • Emerging from a bad situation. 
  • Wisdom gained from adversity.

When the 10 of Wands is thrown during a Divination, but is ill dignified by the surrounding cards (Thoth) or upright (Haindl) the Querent may experience: 

  • Cruelty and malice towards others.
  • Oppression, Injustice and over-bearing  strength being applied for selfish and material ends.
  • Sometimes shows failure in a   matter, and opposition too strong to be controlled arising from the      person's too great selfishness at the beginning.
  • Ill will, envy, slander, obstinacy  and swiftness in evil.
  • Dogma.
  • Fixation.
  • Authority problems.
  • The unresolved issues of the father relationship.

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