The Tarot of Eli- Minor Arcana: Thoth- 5 of Swords-Defeat & Gothic Tarot-V of Swords

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

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Thoth- 5 of Swords-Defeat

#5. I recognize the manifestation of the undeviating justice in all circumstances of my life.

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

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One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the Child of the Supernal Triangle (top trinity on the Tree). For me this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the original you; the original child that she envisioned. You have been "messed" with ever since you manifested in a Patriarchal Culture. 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 YOU.

Yes, it is true, dear ones, truth is made manifest so you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows/ is aware of that! The Great Mother, by putting idea/data into Understanding, it becomes information which manifests as form and/or in-form-action. Hence the Self-Awareness of 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/ a laboratory for Wisdom! You are an image of the I AM who proves definition by making it intimate! You give sensual and intimate definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communication, from one "lesser Self" concept to another. Ideas, are what you build into things, therefore thoughts are definitions used to define the idea, but they are in no way your True Self and/or I AM! Therefore, through "tough love", Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend or believe ourselves to be as our Will /Soul is draped in the clinging dark fabric of lies, denial and defeated identity of those enclaved to dogma and indoctrination.

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The 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, and that both are pacifists, one would think the normal disruption of Geburah's Martial strength, is the cause of disaster among the weak! Rightfully so! 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 compromise.

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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 of Spirit by the treachery of sensation (fear of pain). Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever present doubt and scattered thought brought into belief by indoctrination, and dogma 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 is 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 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. Hence, 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.

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Gothic Tarot- V of Swords

Here, the Gothic Tarot- V of Swords, uses one sword, surrounded by 5 feathers. Traditionally, the feather was used as a symbol of the Egyptian Goddess Ma'at's justice. The ancient Egyptians believed that upon death, one's soul/heart was placed on a balance scale and weighed against a feather. If the soul or heart was heavier than the feather, the soul was eaten by the crocodile god, if not one went on to Aaru (higher planes). There is nothing else on this card to lead to interpretation as it is merely a display of Gothic Art.


Maat or Maʽat refers to the ancient Egyptian concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. Maat was also the goddess who personified these concepts, and regulated the stars, seasons, and the actions of mortals and the deities who had brought order from chaos at the moment of creation. Her ideological opposite was Isfet, meaning injustice, chaos, violence or to do evil.

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.
  • Recognition of one's own limits. 

If ill defined by the surrounding cards:

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

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