Thoth- 10 of Wands-Oppression
In the Western Qabalah of Thoth , the 10 of Wands, is called by Crowley, Lord of Oppression, and is Saturn in Sagittarius. There are Angels attributed to the Decan, Reyayel and Avamel.
The Whole of us (the invisible 99.6% and the Visible.4%) is called the "Divine Child" and/or Son (Sun) of God/The Divine Creative. The Angels are servants to the Laws of their structure; their motion has been decided for them, while we can break or change the laws of self-identity. We are endowed with freedom of choice or as quantum physicist state, by observation we change/transform the observed. Such an ability is a form of Divinity.
In terms of Self Truth, the Law is Love....we can "fall" out of love by our choices. Therefore, angels are ruled by their Creator, mankind is ruled by his/her own freedom to choose. Freedom of identity choice is a very painful burden to those who don't rule or "Above all things”, know themselves.
The ancient Greeks called us Daemons, (God Men- the Children of Angel and human mating). Daemonic, because by our own perspectives and observation, we can change reality.... So, when the Hierophant says to you,"If you wish to speak to me, you must stand, for I will not kneel to your weakness." He is not just stating "tough love", it is also a statement of equality for we are made of all the mental, emotional, and spiritual power that ever was or will be-now and kneeling in fear or in surrender, is a self-imposed weakness! We oppress our own ability to expand and freely create by believing in an outside authority that has power over our own actions. Each of us, is our own authority. So said the I AM. You command your own identity of I AM---Me. For I Am is already stated by your existence, as truth is made manifest.
The 10 OF WANDS-Oppression; is Malkuth in Aziluth and is the influence of Malkuth in the world of Pure Fiery Spirit. Where upon the destructive powers of Saturn (Geburah-Severity) are amplified by the swiftness of Sagittarius, leading to selfishly applied material force, and often cruelly. Saturn is the personification of the old ego (Osiris) that has been worn down between the living power of the unconscious (Moon) and consciousness (Sun), now calling ridgid security to be the principle of life. This old worn out ego is called the "Patriarchy" and has controlled definition for 10,000 years.
On the Thoth 10 of Wands, the suggestion of the crude club like wands, and the Dorjes (Tibetan spear- like symbols of Thunderbolts) suggests, cruelty, malice, overbearing force and energy that can be unjust. However, 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"/enclosure, before it can become 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 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 rejection more than others. We can escape this cycle of destruction if we understand that the oppression we feel, is often the outer consciousness being told by the Inner Self, to change perspectives. We feel oppression so we can identify it and act, sending our vital life force in another direction. The sooner we act on this energy release the better, because it's better to pop a small balloon of oppressed air, than an over pressurized air tank .
Often, by takingthings too seriously, we fail to use the power of mirth that cracks the veneer of oppressive 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. That's the beautiful side of "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 freeitself, and move. Those who are freely expanding their perspectives, will find that the once feared end we call death, is merely a movement towards another perspective and will experience what the Tibetans call "reincarnation", which is simply expanding and liberating one's personality by change of perspective, adding the information it has gleaned by in-form-action, and since it is flexible as a servant of Self, it is sent back in to operate another form of the I AM . By fearing an end, the personality has one, by not fearing and end, the personality consciously experiences transformation and growth. Mastery for a personality, is to be a messenger of the Above to the Below and from the Below to the Above, i.e., a Mercury. All this is easily understood if you know yourself, for you are not a personality, man-made or otherwise. You are the Psyche that makes persona's ( Greek for "mask") to serve as its avatar's in this realm of matter. This is because you are of the One Energy, the I Am and are not of this dimension of sensation. To "believe" you are here, is to manifest and operate a sensual material body in your name----I AM and that is what a personality is supposed to do. But this is not a perfect world ruled by Higher Intelligence, rather it is a world that highest mind is the "survival mind" of the animal (subconscious) which is easily ruled by fear, something the Patriarchy is very knowledgeable about and enslaves each personality by controlling definition through the methodology of indoctrination, dogma and media controlled "imagination". Hence, most of us are oppressed identity, losing the direct link to our soul for we serve an outside authority rather than the inner one.
The Thoth - 8 wands shows in the background 8 crossed wands that indicate and enormous power of fiery energy (emotion) , blocked by vertical Wands (Dorjes) and cannot develop their life impulses. Energy that would normally enhance one's motion in life, is now held "within" causing a terrible tension that cannot last forever, as something must give or the whole organism is ripped apart. That is why the topic here is to "above all things, know thyself", so that one can rationally process reality, structures of life, and the strategies to master everyday life. Knowing thyself, is a matter of departing from pleasant self-delusions, from the dazzling illusions of emotions, and thereby, facing the radiant coldness and, crispness of the crystalline mind that is often a bitter experience. However, this is a 10 so it is also an end of a cycle of oppression.
On the physical level we oppress our vital energy by intensely worrying (Anglo Saxon word for "strangulation"), about situations that are apparently external in their origin, without seeing the emotional problem behind them. To Strangle one's own energy for motion (emotions) is the "self-oppression" that is necessary to make an enslaved society that is easily controlled by propaganda and/or ruler controlled definitions. Time to know that the I AM is your name of universal inheritance and Divine Creativity. Whatever definition you put behind the "I AM"...invocative power, is your life motion. In times of worry and concern, it is time recognize these entanglements and learn to resolve them in a positive manner, instead of seeking power or wanting to overcome them in a form of external reflections. It behooves you to constantly say: I Am the Will, I Am the Way, I Am the wealth, I own the Day.
The Advice of the Dead:
Do not leave too many situations suspended or they will get the better of you in terms of achieving what you desire.
--From the Santa Muerte Book of the Dead- by Fabio Listrani
The Santa Muerte-10 of Wands, depicts a red butterfly, flying above a red castle with a forefront of read roses. Red is the color attributed to Wands, and in this situation, an fiery energy creation is complete and ready to fly outside, to the world, bring with it success, creative and professional realizations. Hence, we have a vision of completion, and attraction of new experiences that can only go bad by indecision, doubt and worry which can transformed the emoted energy into oppression, obstacles and betrayal.
When the 10 of Wands is thrown during a Divination, the Querent may experience: If well dignified by surrounding cards:
- 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.
- Crystalized deepening of reality.
- Intellectual distinction of matter.
- A time for releasing pent up emotions.
If ill defined by surrounding cards:
- 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.
- Drive for power.
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