The Witches Tarot-Eight of Swords, presents us with a blindfolded and bound woman, standing on the bank of a river, in a swift breeze and surrounded by eight swords stuck in the ground, forming a loose barricade. The breeze, blowing her gown, hair and blindfold, illustrates that this card's element is that of Air. The flowing river, implies that emotions are streaming through this woman. The mist covered castle in the back ground, symbolizes hard to realize goals. In the forefront of the card is blooming nightshade, that in the language of flowers, indicating false-dark- thoughts. These thoughts, have frozen her in fear, even though she could easily pass through the swords. Hence, she sees things as worse than they really are. Therefore, when this card turns up in a reading, it implies:
- Restriction and a feeling of being trapped in the moment.
- One is overreacting and feeling sorry for themselves, when all they have to do is pull off the emotional blindfold to see a way out.
The 8 of Swords-Interference, is in the 8th Sephira -Hod on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, which is called Splendor. Splendor signifies lack of persistence in intellectual and matters of contest. Splendor, is cosmetic and has little depth of character. However, ruling this astrological Decan, is Jupiter in Gemini, thus good fortune may attended even weakened efforts. However, Gemini has its own contest, which is constantly interfering with the Will.
Here, Hod is in Yetzirah, the Astral World.
The angels of the Decan are, Vemibael and Yehohel.
Because of the desire to go one way than the other, the shortened forces of Jupiter are scattered, erratic and unstable. This is indeed an interference when trying to focus one's consciousness on a goal. Yes it can be an intense and positive beginning, but it soon loses momentum in misdirection.
Crowley illustrates this in his 8 of Swords, as two strong and long main swords, being crossed (as in Crossed-up) by 6 short swords of different designs (scattered thoughts). The shorter swords also imply, shortened force, narrowness and restriction. There is a definite lack of persistence in intellectual matters and of contest. Jupiter's natural good fortune still attends even the weakest of efforts, yet the will is constantly thwarted by accidental interference.
The Thoth Tarot- 8 of Swords, is also in the Suit of Air, which blows wherever it may. All of this contradiction well displays the mental conflict that comes from splendorous displays of intellectual thought. In such a shallow display, the faux intellectual must constantly babble on with gaudy words and hollow concepts that have very little mental "nutrition". This is a common disease of the human brain that prods our personalities on with a shot gun blast of thoughts, scattering our intellectual strength so that our thought is too weak to go the distance. This dysfunction servers the “slave masters” well. Many of us are taught, that to be ignorant or incorrect, is bad and bad makes others reject us. The brain wishes to be good and well liked, so it does everything it can to impress other brains, even if it has no knowledge of that of which it is speaking; hoping for a "pat on the back". This tends to "narrow and restrict" the mind, so that all we hear are the echoes of many thoughts of fear rattling around in our tinny head. It is not that such a person is "closed minded" it's just that there is such a cacophony of rapid fire thoughts that the person's brain is closeted in mental noise. Such mental interference often assaults the individual's moments of mental repose. Therefore, sleeping and meditation become a contest between will and brain making both sleep and meditation weak attempts.
This lack of focus, requires us to add correctional software to our brain's programing; one such correctional software package, is the study of the Gnostic Qabalah where "above all things, know thyself" is the foundational focus of I AM. Qabalah means, receiving. Hence, by claiming our inheritance as an "image of the Divine Creative" we receive our true identity, rather than, "thyself is made by the acquiring of more things" which only produces impoverished thoughts based on " I don't have so I must have"( In the study of Yoga, the Sanskrit word for this impoverished thinking is Neti-Neti, which means “not this-not that”). The solution to this mental fog, is focusing on one thing at a time, on what you are doing in the moment and to stop seeking happiness in the outside world, as if the accumulation of things will cure this dysfunction. Happiness, is an inner harmony of Spirit, Mind and Body. This may sound easy, but requires intense sensual intimacy with love of being you and loving the fact that you are doing.
When the Eight/8 of Swords is thrown during a reading, the querent will or has, experienced:
· For 8 weeks 8 months or since they were 8 years old, narrow and restrictive thought.
· Shortened Force and petty thinking.
· Too much force applied to small things, too much attention to detail, at expense of principal and/or more important points of thought.
· There is a tenancy to admire wisdom, yet applies it to small and unworthy objects. The querent may experience great ease in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others and is often impulsive.
· There is a fondness of giving or receiving money, or presents promoting a generosity without a strong feeling of affection.
When ill-dignified by the accompanying cards, the above qualities produce: malice, pettiness, and domineering qualities.
The Eight/8 of Swords also implies:
· A certain amount of fear of change, of moving out of a binding or restricting situation.
· The Positive side of this is that change, no matter how resisted, will soon come anyway.
· The Good Fortune of Jupiter, will show up.
· Stop wasting time and proceed with change, your scattered efforts will not stop it, only interfere with your wholesome transition.
· Experiencing confusion, and a feeling of being trapped, isolated by oppressive ideas.
· Feeling trapped or ashamed, are the beginnings of recognizing the need for change, and moving on ward with your life.
· The mental dissolution or loss of faith in situations or ideas, is a sure sign of progress beyond the old.
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