Thoth-10 of Wands-Oppression
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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.
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 etherial-Sagittarius, leading to selfishly applied material force, and often cruelly. On the Thoth,10 of Wands, the suggestion of the crude eadned bar-llike wands,in the form of Dorjes (Tibetan spear- like symbols of Thunderbolts) suggests, cruelty, malice, overbearing force and energy that can be injustice.
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 too disaster Like electricity, Water or Fire, energy resists this oppression, and will "slip its bonds" at any sign of weakening. Sometimes destructively so.
Often the oppression of our own ability to act, 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 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 solution to fear. However, we can identitfy oppression as the viral programing of indoctrination and dogma, and choose to act rather than react. By catching the ego in its "slave programing" tricks , we can avoid an emotional imprisonment. Hence it behooves one to remember that it's better to pop a balloon, than an over pressurized steam boiler. Therefore, stop oppressing our emotional energy and establish a safety pressure relise valve, such as yoga or meditation. I also find that by repeating the "Truth about Self"-the Trestle Board" releases emotional bonds.
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 change 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 strupid and obsinate 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. 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. `
Rider-Waite-Smith-10 of Wands
Gothic Tarot-X of Wands
The Gothic Tarot- 10 of Wands, is an ornate display of gothic art, but again fails to point to any definate meaning. Here is one wand, and 10 golden dragon images. However, the traditional tarot meaning of oppression applies to this card also as it is an atistic impression of the 10 of Wands Tarot card.
When the 10 of Wands is thrown during a Divination, the Querent may experience: Ill dignified by surrounding cards, its normal appearance implies:
- Cruelty and malice towards others.
- 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.
- Authority problems.
- The unresolved issues of the father relationship.
However, if well dignified by the surrounding Cards, such as positive Major Arcana:
- 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.
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