The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- 5 of Rada-Air -Ogoun Ferraille, is also called Joe Ferraille in New Orleans. He is the classic Iron Man and in one manifestation he is a blacksmith at the forge, complete with a bodybuilder's body sweating in the heat and a leather apron.
Instead of being the Ogoun La Flambeau, the Warrior of war, Ogoun Ferraille is the warrior at peace who is beating his sword into a ploughshare. Therefore, the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot displays Joe Ferraille as a man of red hot iron, join with the molten irons of his trade. The Air element of this card, feeds the fires of the forge, whipping them in to a hot furry. Here, molten blood burns within iron flesh, giving rise to a shout that is more a venting of poorly contained steam than an exhalation of breath.This type of fierceness, allows one to survive the worst.
When the 5 of Rada, is thrown in a divination, it implies:
- Unfavorable outcome.
- Bravery shown in the face of loss.
The 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 God? Ok, this Severity is easily explained as cutting away the unworthy bits, so that you are the original you; the original child that she 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.
This may be a shock, but truth is made manifest! Therefore, you never came seeking your truth, nor to find out who you are, the Soul already Knows that! By putting data through understanding, it becomes form. Hence you are "UNDERSTOOD" by the Divine Creative that made you manifest! You are already Defined into being, not a being who seeks definition; for this planet and this cosmos, are not a courtroom; rather they are a workplace! You are an image of the I AM who proves definition by making it manifest! You give definition to things, so that they may be cataloged and used as communication, but you are not a man-made person, you are not made of words. Thoughts , are what is called the "first matter" which you then "understand' as you build thoughts into things.Therefore, thoughts are definitions used to define the idea in communication or as you proceed towards creation of a thing. This makes thoughts your "sculpture clay", making you the sculpture. Hence, you can't be thought, as you are Self- the I AM, the Sculptor of image. When the image is made, it is a "ME". Hence, I AM Me, is your trinity. The Me is whatever you, the I AM, make manifest. Remember, the "I" is Spirit, Am is the MInd/Psyche/Soul and Me is the manifestation, born of the union of I and Am. For when "I" UNDERSTANDS the difference between I and Am, i.e., the "other", it gives birth to the Form of Me.
Geburah, helps us remember who we really are, and not the story of "me" that we tell ourselves. Our personality of the Soul's make, was defeated by the time we were 7 years old, by the Patriarchy. Hence, we are now "manmade" rather than the Soul's personal representative on earth. It is easy to intimidate a child, and completely brainwash them with "pleasure/pain " (Punishment and reward) training.
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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 disaster! A weakness brought on by pacifism, and enfeebling sentiment; maybe even treachery.
The hilts of the swords form the sinister image of the inverted pentagram; where the body fears have conquered the will 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. You may have noticed that none of the hilts are the same, this implies that many different weak thoughts are 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, therefore, a severe Mars and Saturn influence is now in the Astral 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 as Mars the warrior is now Mars the aggressive but intimate husband. 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. However, our ego must be defeated, by the Soul before we can be the messengers of the Higher Self.
Here, loss, defeat, failure where contest is decided and finished against the person.
When the 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.
When ill defined by the accompanying cards:
- Turn for the worst.
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