The Babylonian Tarot- 10 of Wands-Oppression, depicts the king of the evil wind, Pazuzu, said to be the son of the god Hanbi. In Mesopotamia he was depicted with a canine face , large bulging eyes, scaly skin, a serpent headed-phallus, and claws of an Eagle. Although he was considered evil, he was sometimes employed for benevolent services, such as protection form foul and harmful winds, particularly the west wind. In Babylonia there were many species of spirits or demons. Some beneficial, some harmful to humans. Evil demons, though feared, were not always responsible for their harmful acts, as they sometimes carried out the will of the gods. They were also sometimes summoned to combat other evil spirits, as all of them had enemies. The great enemy of Pazuzu was Lamastu, killer of newborn or unborn children. Hence, houses of pregnant women, has statues of Pazuzu, placed about the house to banish the malevolent Lamastu, sending her back to the underworld. Pregnant women of Mesopotamia were also known to wear amulets of Pazuzu's head.
The divination meaning of the Babylonian 10 of Wands:
- Overburdened and oppressed.
- Taking on too many responsibilities.
- Having to choose your battles, due to overextension of resources.
- Having to choose between the lessor of two evils.
In the Thoth Tarot, the 10 of Wands, is called Lord of Oppression, and is Saturn in Sagittarius. There are Angels attributed to the Decan, Reyayel and Avamel. Angels are really another angle of evolutionary Intelligence...but alas, one we are not subservient to as we are "un-ruled", rather than the rule, as we have freedom of choice as Suns/Sons of the Divine Creative and must Master ourselves.
The Whole of us , the invisible 99.6% and the Visible.4%, is called the "Divine Child" and/or Son (Sun) of God. The Angels are servants to the Laws of their structure; their motion has been decided for them, while we can bend or change the laws of self-identity. We are endowed with freedom of choice or as quantum physicist state, by observation we change reality (simulation hypothesis). We are thus Divinity and create as we will.
Since in terms of singularity the Law is Love....we can Will Love or "fall" out of love by our choices. Thus, angels are ruled by God, mankind is ruled by his/her own freedom to choose which 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....No other manifestation of the Divine can do that! So, when the Hierophant says to you,"If you wish to speak to me, you must stand." 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! However, the ancient Greeks only called their "heroes" offspring of the gods, justifying the cowardice of the normal person. Truth is the coward in us is the Survival thinking of the Animal mind (subconscious) and the God/Hero is all of us is the Solar Psyche and/or Soul, that is called the "sun of god". Since we all share the DNA of animals and "those who from the sky came", and/or gods, there is a contest of wills going on in all of us. The will of the animal to survive and the will of the gods to transform and expand and liberate life.
The Thoth 10 of Wands-Oppression; is Malkuth in Aziluth and is the influence of Malkuth in the world of Pure 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. 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 injustice. The spear head shape tip of the Tibetan thunderbolts suggest the Phallic force of Will to Force, and the back end of the Spears are the heads of Kha Dro Ma, "Daughters of Kali", and/or "Sky ladies", who were considered angels or demons, by the Tibetans.
The Kha Dro Ma, were confusing 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 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. Hence, both good and bad, depending how you relate to energy being oppressed to create form.
Often the sense of oppression is really our own inability to act. Therefore, because of our own self-perspective, most of us tend to be crueler to ourselves than to others, and we often fear 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 Inner Self, to change perspectives. We feel oppression so we can identify it and act. So let's remember that it's better to pop a balloon, than an over pressurized air tank and stop oppressing our emotional energy. Hence, 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 passionate 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. That's right, energy-in-motion is emotion.
Energy will free itself, and move. Those who are freely changing their perspectives, 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 have one, by not fearing and end, you consciously experience transformation. Above all things and Know thyself, you are not fear based thought, for that is the "survival mind" of the animal. Rather, you are from the Galactic family of the I AM.... who gets to decide what a "Me" is.
When the 10 of Wands is thrown during a Divination, the Querent may experience: If Ill dignified 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
However, if well dignified by the 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.
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