The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Petro-Fire-Azaka La flambeau, is a fire loa, whose fire works hard as it eats the organic skin of earth. In agriculture, fire is used to clear the land and the ashes also feed the soil. Trees must be burned to form charcoal to sell and cook food. However, if the land falls away in the rain, where will food grow? In Haiti too much has been taken and the country suffers, little is left because the fires have reached deep into the earth. Her people grow to be less than they were, smaller and less able.
As many of us know this is not only happening in Haiti, but also the rest of the world, and yes, this may be understandable, but that doesn't negate the danger of the extreme destruction. We may eat well today, but too much is being destroyed and we'll eat less tomorrow. Yet, without food, all starve, therefore, the way out of this predicament is not a simple reversal of the path taken for the land is too poor. About 75 years ago, the measurement of Organic soil covering the earth was said to be 6 1/2 inches deep; the latest measurement is now 1 1/2 inches. Organic soil, is the soil that grows food. So how do we approach this dilemma? Ouroboros, "the serpent that eats its own tail", is a symbol for organic matter, and it is getting smaller and smaller. We can change our burial rites, for one. Organic burial, would add our bodies back to the organic earth, and thereby, expanding the organic material. Bodies filled with formaldehyde and buried in lead or metal coffins, give nothing back to the earth and tend to poison the land. Our bodies are made of the food we eat, as life eats itself to stay alive. Hence, we must return them so that they can become food for the land. Our burial rites are all because of the fear of death. Fear of death, is for unintelligent children, not mature people who know that death is how life transforms itself.
Azaka La Flambeau, is shown to be a dreamer, the small fire in his pipe produces a smoke in which 2 figures embrace in love. Embracing in love, creates new possibilities, solutions as yet unformulated and untried. The fire of Spirit, and Azaka La Flambeau, is sex and its ability to inflame the psyche, thereby protecting the species against all odds. When people, women and men, can dream, there is always hope.
Therefore, the primary attribute of the 10 of Petro card, is the grinding down of possibility. Therefore, bridges are burned before they reach the land.
When thrown in Divination, the 10 of Rada implies:
- Hope based on the ability to imagine a better situation.
In the Thoth, the 10 of Wands, is called Lord of Oppression, its planet is Saturn in the house of 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 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 Soul born of The Divine Creative. The Angels are servants to the Laws of their structure-Fire-Water-Air or Earth; their motion has been decided for them, while we can break or change the laws of self-identity and therefore, life motion. We are endowed with freedom of choice or as quantum physicist state, by observation, which changes the actions of the observed. We all have inherited the all seeing "I" of Divinity; The I AM.
Since in terms of singularity the Law is Love....we can "fall" out of love by our choices. Thus, angels are ruled by their creator, 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. When a Demiurge (small god) thinks it is at the mercy of its environment, it destroys the environment. When a Demiurge, knows itself, it knows that it controls the environment and thereby, nurtures it. Above all things know thyself!
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 Magus 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! Each of us is a collective of Spirit-Mind-Body. Now how can anyone be more than that? As stated in my favorite Toa koan: "If it is here, it is there. For if it is there, it is here. If it is not here, it is not there. If it is not there, it is not here". The 01 of Kether is There, and the 10 of Malkuth is Here. Since Kether is "I Will Be..." and we are "I AM Being", Kether is both "There" and "Here". For I AM There and I AM Here! Above all things know thyself.
The 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.
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 magnetic vessel or"Thought Form" 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 and/or do not trust ourselves more than others. We can escape this cycle of destruction if we understand that the oppression we feel, is often the "small ego" being told by the Inner Self and/or Greater Ego, to change perspectives. We feel oppression so we can identify the situation and then act to change it. So let's remember that it's better to pop a balloon, than an over pressurized air tank and stop oppressing our emotional energy.
Often, 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 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 self-image, but eventually, because change is the only constant in this energy Universe, that oppression will end whether voluntarily or by emotional-explosion.
Energy, emotion (energy-in-motion), will free itself, and move. Those who are freely expanding and thereby, 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 Tibetans call "reincarnation". Reincarnation, 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 and remember who you are.
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.
- Structured growth.
- Crystalized deepening of reality.
- Intellectual distinction of matter.
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