The Druid Craft Tarot- Five of Swords, may not carry the subtitle of Defeat, as does the Thoth Card; However, it depicts the concept of defeat very well. Here is a scene of a Older Sword Master, who has soundly trounced his student or a young man who thought he was a better swordsman. Two swords are seen on the ground, while two more are over the Master's shoulder and one in hand. His foot is on one of the grounded swords, implying that this one was knocked out of the students hand. In the sky above the down trodden student, is a bird of prey, swooping down on a song bird, illustrating the concept of high expectations coming to an abrupt end as disappointment.
The Thoth- 5 of Swords-Defeat occupies the position of Geburah, the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life named SEVERITY.
One may ask, why is there a need for such a nasty- Intelligent-judgmental- corrective force if we are the Child of The Divine Creative? In answer, this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the original you; the original golden child that the Creatrix envisioned. 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 and individual expression of the One before words were ever invented to trick you out of your knowledge of Self!
` Yes it is true, dear ones, truth is made manifest-----------you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows that! By putting knowledge into form, 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! You are an image of the Divine Self who proves definition by making it manifest as experience! You give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communication. Ideas, are what you build into things, therefore thoughts are definitions used to define the idea.What is forgotten here, is that I Dea is a goddess name, in Greek.
Geburah, a goddess name in Hebrew, helps us remember who we really are, and not what we pretend or believe ourselves to be.
The 5 of Swords, is known as Defeat, or Lord of Defeat. Being that Venus is in Aquarius here, the normal disruption of Geburah's strength, is not the cause of disaster! This is because weakness is the cause of the 5 of Swords portent of disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery.
The hilts of the Thoth swords form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body fears has conquered the Will/Spirit by the treachery of sensation. Feeling fearful, is often more sensual than feeling willful, since the ever present doubt brought into belief by indoctrination, 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.
The 5 of Swords is Geburah in Yetzirah, a severe Mars influence, is now in the Astral-Formative- 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. However, the Blue Rose of Venus (Wisdom), which is also the Rose of the Cross, can't take the buffeting of the Martian assault. Along with the 9 and 10 of Swords, the 5 is one of the most destructive events in the deck. Here, there is loss, defeat, and failure where contest is decided and finished against the person.
When the Five/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.