The Ten of Swords: Reversed Meanings
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The Thoth Tarot Ten’s
Tens represent the maximum expression of the suit – all the events taking or taken place. Tens signify the conclusion of a cycle, event, or undertaking. Because of this they represent both an end as well as the early stages of a new beginning. These cards are about what completes that turn of the wheel, getting it back to one (aces) and yet carrying with it all that it has experienced through those other numbers on its way round the circle. Tens represent both the beginning and ending of a cycle or a set of circumstances born out of the previous cycle. As a result, we close the door on a cycle while at the same time we open the door on a new one. It represents the manifestation of all creation; life, ideas, form and launches us back into the same cycle hopefully wiser.
The Thoth Tarot Suit of Swords
The Suit of Swords is associated with action, change, force, power, oppression, ambition, courage and conflict. Action can be both constructive and/or destructive, sometimes resulting in violence. This suit can also mean hatred, battle, and enemies, and of all the suits, this one is considered to be the most powerful and dangerous. The Suit of Swords deals with the mental level of consciousness that is centred around the mind and the intellect. Swords mirror the quality of mind present in your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. Swords themselves are double-edged and in this way the Suit of Swords symbolises the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used for good or evil. As such, the Swords must be balanced by spirit (Wands) and feeling (Cups). The negative aspects of the Suit of Swords (i.e. when the Swords cards appear reversed) include anger, guilt, harsh judgement, a lack of compassion and verbal and mental abuse.
The magnificent Thoth Tarot Deck contains the Kabbalistic and astrological attributions described in Aleister Crowleys Book Of Thoth. It is known for its striking beauty, as well as its depiction of an understanding of the occult that was gathered over a lifetime of study. In 1773 Antoine Court de Gébelin claimed that Egyptian priests coded the Book of Thoth into the images of the tarot.
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Elements of the Psychic World: One of the four natural elements harnessed in magical rites and associated with the Zodiac signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Air symbolizes communication and intellectual pursuits as well as new beginnings. In magical use, the element of air corresponds to the East and the colour yellow. It is one of the two elements that are associated with the masculine (the other being fire). Its ritual tool is the athame and/or sword, although in some traditions it is the wand. Its symbol is an equilateral triangle, with its point pointing upwards and a horizontal line passing through the centre. In Wicca an air elemental is one of the four spirits that energize a spell and help bring the spell-caster’s wishes into being.
Development for Beginners: As you continue to develop your psychic abilities, you are going to want to learn how to create defenses in order to shield yourself from negative energies. Medieval knights wore chainmail armor as a way of protecting themselves from their attackers, and so in a similar way, you need to use mental armor to protect yourself from potential psychic assailants. And what I mean by this is that you need to create a psychic shield for yourself.
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