The Sevens are ruled by the Seventh Sephira-Netzach which means Victory. Victory may sound pleasing, but one must remember that Victory requires a battle to be fought and won, sometimes with little reward.The Rider-Waite Seven of Pentacles is again of a more banal bent. Illustrated is an exhausted farmer, under gray skies, examining his blighted plant of six pentacles from which one pentacle has been harvested and lying on the ground. A disappointing harvest which has taken much work to produce which emphasizes the theme of disappointment and a great deal of work for little reward. Hence, the Greek legend of Sisyphus.
Feelings, instinct, and undifferentiated Group Mind, are attributed to the Sphere of Netzach.
In the Thoth 7 of Disks-Failure, Netzach is in Assiah, influencing the Material World. The planet and sign of the 7 of Disks-Failure, are Saturn in Taurus. The Angels of the Decan are Herochiel and Mitzrael.
Saturn in Taurus brings disappointment, often because of a great deal of work that brings little reward.
There are sixteen of the gemantic figures (See AC's book, 777 or "The Hand Book of Gemancy" Equinox Vol. I, No.2). The Seven of Disks is in the shape of the gemantic figure Rubeus, a menacing symbol of putrefaction. If you are a student of Alchemy, putrefaction is noted as a necessary process of chemical transformation, before purification can be produced. Thus the atmosphere of the card implies blight, cultivation is spoiled. The suggestion is bad money.
The 7 of Disks, Failure, is also called,The Lord of Success unfulfilled and rightly so, as it is about physical failure and non-success. However, in Qabalistic Tarot, what is traditionally called "bad cards" by those of superstitious bent, are really cards of knowledge. One now knows what "won't work", and is prodded onward to do it another way, as shown in the 8 of Disks. One must remember, that 50% of all Wisdom, is failure. We learn by doing and only those who continue to do, will have victory over failure.
When the Seven of Disks (Pentacles in Rider-Waite decks) Failure, is thrown during a reading, implied:
- Is a fear of failure with finances, health and relationships. However, 7 in Netzach is a weak event,and deregulation of the element of earth, so soon the querent's project will be completed if determined to "keep on" and ignoring the feelings of never finishing the task.
- The Determination to release this fear of failure should go on for 7 weeks or 7 months. However, this determination must be hard fought, for there is a tendency to abandon labor, and allowing everything to sink in a mire of sloth.
- Yet again, putrefaction is before the transformation of purification, so this is the point where the "lowest fallen becomes the highest exalted".
- Is that you shall succeed if you don't listen to the thoughts of failure that are tempting your brain. Push harder, you'll soon succeed!
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