The Erotic Tarot- 5 of Fire, shows an erotic scene of abandonment to sexual ferocity, such as one would see happening to a rock star that got attacked by groupies. Here fantasy became an conflagration of rash actions, that are being expressed as sexual obsession. Such is the course of the Burning life force of this Universe. When one taps into the Primeval Fire, Sexual Union is stimulated beyond most people's ability to control. It is the most powerful force of "I Will Be", in the Universe and is often called in Hermetic circles, as the Strife filled Ecstasy. That is why the Tantrics train so hard in focusing on and controlling this force for all Powerful Magic comes in a fiery package, wrapped in Kundalini. "God is Sex", is a tough one for most indoctrinated people to understand. Spirit is the Fiery Power of the Breath, the Prana.
The Thoth Tarot 5 of Wands is named-STRIFE and its corresponding card in the Italian Artist, Milo Manara's deck is called, 5 of Fire, which, if you ask me, is well shown in this card, as consolation and focus is definitely required in this scene of frantic and volcanic activity.
Milo Manara assigned the meaning of preparation, training, and simulation to this card.
He also assigned the planet Saturn to the house of Leo- that he says:
- Represents the need focus and consolidate in an artistic manner.
Artfully Lady Freda Harris displaying her knowledge of the Tantric Arts in the composition of the 5 of Wands-Strife. Here is a scene of three wands that could be called the Chakra Puja or Pancharmakara, or the Choli Marg Tantric rituals. You can look these rituals up in the Book: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EROTIC WISDOM by the author, Rufus C. Camphausen.
The objective of Tantric and Taoist sexual practices is to harmonize, balance, exchange and utilize the life energies (Vital Fire) set free during erotic play and sexual union. The Sexual Self is Spirit---it is the Adorable Fire of Life. In the instance of the 5 of Wands, the male electric-Fire is being heavily invoked by the Female Magnetic Water. Achieving an Electromagnetic surge which causes a great deal of physical strife and re-balancing, that in the end, causes a great deal of bliss and a higher vibratory nature of the body’s vital energy which is known as the Adorable Fire to the well-studied student of Qaballah, this is the "Masters Wand" that represents the Masters Body. This is the Adorable Fire of Tantric, Gnostic, and Magick ritual….often called the Strife filled Ecstasy, which is always invoked by the communion of male electric and female magnetic. Hence, the three wands, the lotus wand of the neophyte and/or The Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix wand of the of the Adeptus Major of Geburah, crossing the Central Wand of the Chief Adept. All Wands, are obviously phallic, so male expression into female reception, is the foundation of the magic we call "Life".
THE THOTH DECK FIVE OF WANDS-STRIFE:
To the Elements, the 5's of Tarot bring serious problems of unbalance as they are of Severity and Saturn.
- The 5 of Wands-Strife, brings quarrel and strife in the Vital energy:
- The 5 of Cups, brings disappointment to relationships;
- The 5 of Swords, brings defeat to health and mind;
- The 5 of Disks, brings strangulation to income and business.
All seemingly very gloomy; However, the other cards in the divination will show how long the difficulty as well as, how serious the 5's are to be taken. Really, these nasty old 5's just announce that a difficulty exists and often the solution to the problem at hand is in the other cards of the Tarot reading. The 5 of Wands, is also called the "master's journey" card. Since many challenges must be met on that road.
THE 5 OF WANDS; STRIFE.
This Lord of Strife astrologically is Saturn in Leo, which is the influence of Geburah (The 5th Sephiroth called Severity) in the World of Pure Spirit; Atziluth of the Four Qabalistic Worlds.
Here the powerful heavy effects of Saturn, united with a Fire sign like Leo, brings quarreling and Strife in energy. In other words, volatility and a tendency for rash action.
The Angels of the Decan are Vahaviah and Yelayel, necessary knowledge for those who wish to call on them.
Wands are a continual outpouring of force, with Saturn influence, this flow of force is agitated and disturbed, not unlike water flow is disturbed by rocks, causing rapids. Or more likely, as volcanic magma is disturbed by the tons of rock it’s pushing through. Thus in the 5 of Wands, there is contest unresolved.
Crowley's Thoth Card, shows the nature of the energy rather than its disturbed nature displayed by the Golden Dawn or Ryder-Waite Tarot Decks, or the Manara Erotic tarot deck.
In the 5 of Wands, are shown the Lotus wand of the Golden Dawn Adeptus Minor of Tiphareth, the Phoenix Wand of the Adeptus and the Major of Geburah, all crossing the central wand of the Major Adept. The fact that the Major Adept Wand is central is because its position implies this severity is directed by Geburah rather than happenstance. The Phoenix wand implies resurrection from the purgation of Fire, while the Lotus Wand is of the Mother. In the Manara Erotic Tarot, the male is in place of this Phoenix Wand.
Many people find Geburah a difficult Intelligence to understand because she is a volcanic as Pelé (Hawaiian Volcano Goddess), all irrational disturbance, yet these disasters are derived from the benign and gentle influence of the Feminine that is Great Mother Binah. To me, this just shows Spirits "tough love" for its incarnations. Spirit knows you are the best built God Image yet, and have the internal strength necessary to handle anything this Universe can throw at you including the intense fecund force of Creativity. Yet, because we often believe the definitions of those who "rule definition", we see ourselves as a weakness, trying to become strong by overcoming our sexual urges, this misconception is often corrected by strife. We are to become the Sexual Flow of Fiery Spirit. Where life is conceived and expressed as Self. That is why, when our Sexual Fiery Self is involved in Creative functions, such as a balanced Rock Star, of dancer, we have swooning groupies in the audience.
All because we are taught to believe that mortality and sexuality is a weakness, rather than the only way to experience the courageousness of our Souls wish to learn discrimination through sensation. Immortals don't have need of courage.......they don't die. However, they also don't have sensuality which is needed to produce discrimination and/or discernment. This power of the Senses, is Fire and/or electricity, it is attracted to water/magnetism. The homo sapiens is 70% water. We must think of Strife as a loving corrective not a punishment. It is the "kick in the Pants" that gets us moving in the direction of our own Power. And it is an invoked force.
Sensuality requires a "beginning and an end", to exist. The very fact that Soul of you is seeking sensuality by building an incarnate persona, requires severity just to make it so and a fearlessness to make it happen! For example, a certain amount of friction is required to form energy into creations. Without the severity of friction/magnetic force, form could not become form! Just so, without the friction of severity in one’s life, accomplishment, progress and evolution would not happen! We Souls knowingly build an incarnation, knowing it can be a "crap shoot" and the soul is certain severity will be applied! We also, as Soul's know that the homo sapiens body can't handle raw sexual force, without going off the "deep end". Hence, spiritual practices to focus and consolidate this energy, so that the body becomes a "Spirit body" and/or a "philosopher's stone". The Fire of Above becomes the Fire of below.
When the Five of Wands or 5 of Fire, is thrown during a divination
- That the querent is involve in a spiritual conflict. This frustrating conflict can ensue for 5 weeks or 5 months because of this confusion of ideas. The solution of which depends on the diligence of the querent.
- Here, the querent is adjusting the identity, struggling with self-doubt while striving to move forward,
- There may be a struggle or strenuous warfare- like competition for riches and success, a kind of battle in life.
- The querent might also feel like they are in an impasse, powerless in a time of trial and difficulty.
If ill defined:
- Rash actions.
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