The Tarot of Eli-Minor Arcana: Thoth Tarot-8 of Disks-Prudence & Santa Muerte Tarot-8 of Pentacles

Western Qabalistic and Tantric Tarot Card Comparisons.

· santa muerte tarot

Above all things, know thyself!

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Thoth- 8 of Disks-Prudence

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Santa Muerte- 8 of Pentacles

Thoth-8 of Disks-Prudence:

The 8 of Disks represents talent, skill, craft, learning, and practical ideas being turned into a profitable profession.

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The card itself symbolizes the harvest tree where hard work and skill have become fruitful and now you only need await the ripening of the harvest. This can be called the Master’s card, as mastery of a skill is depicted here; Skillful manipulation of physical material with talented fingers along with prudent thoughts and the wisdom to coordinate both.

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At the top of this colorful card is the Sun sign and at the bottom of the harvest tree is the astrological sign of Virgo. Virgo reminds us that by attending to details and utilizing our organizational skills, we shall repeat the just harvest. Trust in your skills is the foundation of this harvest rather than the need for control; only a deep abiding trust in your skills will reap the just reward as harvest follows the ordered skill of the prudent mind.

Prudence and wisdom are qualities of patient skill, not pushing to make things happen nor holding back or resisting. The coins have blossomed, the patient skill of wisdom and prudence has prevailed and the successful harvest is shown by the protective leaves that hold back chaos. There is no place for doubt in this card it is a manifested Trust of skill.

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Disks are Pentacles or Coins, in other decks. But Disks is an appropriate symbol, something on which Crowley and I both agree. Disks must be stabilized by a spinning motion, a circular rotational force, in order to hit their mark. Even the atoms of rocks are spinning in a centrifugal manner, so when representing the earthly powers, the spinning of the Disk, with its internal spin best shows force and form as one presence in the crystalline light, again showing us that solids are just illusions of electric motion held within a magnetic vessel.

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The 8 of Disks-Prudence, is Hod in Assiah, the material World. The Sun is in Virgo and the angels of this Decan are; Akaiah and Kehethel.

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Virgo is noted to be a very practical sign which tends to cause over-concern with small details

Because this is an 8, any gain that prudence gives, if concentrated on too long, is soon dispersed into stagnation, making Prudence no great virtue. The message in divination, is that of skill, prudence, that can become over-carefulness about small things, at the expense of the larger. But because Hod is represented by Mercury and Mercury is exalted in Virgo, there is also predilection for intelligent loving, involving material matters such as, agriculture, artistic craftsmanship, and engineering. The Ruler ship of the Sun in Virgo suggests birth, as well, thus the disks are arranged in the Gemantic figure Populus. These disks are then shown as flowers of a Great Tree, rooted solidly in fertile lands.

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Advice of the Dead: There can never be enough prudence, therefore, face the situation with careful choices and evaluations, also accepting advice from people you trust.

The Santa Muerte - 8 of Pentacles, *represents an energetic garden where energy flows in harmonic frequencies. Here is cord, an ideal situation of balance, of accumulation, and prosperity. The figure 8 is shown as "the serpent that eats its own tail' on the ascot or kerchief of the Santa Muerte figure, for this is how organic matter imitates immortality. However, this perfect cord can become discord, if you become lost in the details, because of greed, bad advice, or meanness. Knowing that one can become so besotted with detail, they can't see "the forest through the trees", the advice here is to keep in mind the whole picture, while you are prudently concentrating on the details. One mustn't become a "penny wise and a pound foolish", as the English axiom reminds us.

*Of all the numbers in Numerology, the number 8 is the achiever and measures life by the goals it reaches. It has good business sense, a powerful presence, and a strong drive for success. The 8 is also a symbol of balance -- you can see it in its symmetrical shape. For every blessing it receives, it puts one back out to the universe.

Number 8 Meaning in Numerology

When the 8 of Disks is thrown during a reading, the querent is in:

· A moment of creative birth of 8 weeks or 8 months, requiring the practice of physical caution, carefulness, and prudence.

· A type of physical wisdom radiating from an inner place of balance and integration. Making sure that all the bases are covered; every "t" crossed and every "I" dotted.

· Making intelligent choices so that the material world more closely conforms to one's needs.

· The possibility of turning a talent or skill into a profession.

· Skill in work with energy and forms, such as fingers working on a manipulative substance.

· That in the next 8 weeks or 8 months you can experience the harvest of your skill, prudence and wisdom. All from you’re organizing or attending to details.

· This card may also mean that all that you have learned or are learning will facilitate new growth in a skillful financial endeavor in the next 8 weeks or 8 months especially if you pay attention to details. This financial endeavor could involve Virgo people (August 21 to September 21) or harvesting a fertile relationship with important Virgo people in your life.

· This card represents a wise state of mind that operates from a foundation of prudence, centered integration, and Order rather than from chaos.

The negatives and/or ill definition would be:

  • Focusing too tightly on the small details and not seeing the big picture!
  • Becoming paralyzed in formalism. 

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