Geburah The Fives

Five signifies modification and adjustment. After the first trials of the fours we meet with the first problems that need to be solved if work is to continue effectively. This can often appear to bad a time of setbacks, but it is however a necessary adjustment. time to face the obstacles and work through or around them.

Five of Swords - Defeat. Signifies the moment when intellect meets with its first obstacle. Things go awry and plans are thwarted. This can often manifest in thoughts of defeat since previously things were going well and it is often difficult to see why it has now gone so terribly wrong. Once again we have the masculine element of this suit in the pillar of form, which shows itself as the proverbial fish out of water.

Five of Cups - Sorrow. Signifies feelings of misunderstanding. This can often be a huge wake up call and can leave the emotions feeling disappointed and disillusioned.

The heart must learn from its mistakes and understand its limitations.

Five of Wands - Challenge. Signifies a very difficult time in an enterprise. The creative force of this card is thrown into the pillar of form. When pure creative drive is inflicted with form there is conflict, contention and strife. Perhaps a better descriptive word for this card would be conflict but it is a challenge that must be met if the venture is to proceed.

Five of Pentacles - Poverty. Signifies hard times. Financially this may be the first bills. If income was not previously invested wisely then poverty hits home. Firm instinctive grounding is required to overcome this adversity. It is a moment of true insecurity.

Having already discussed from 1 to 5 of the Minor Arcana we can continue down the Tree from 6 to 10. It is once again wise to remember that the suits represent the different worlds and the different elements. We will witness a rapid switch in strengths with the suits as we progress down. The once powerful and positive suits of air and fire begin to experience more difficulties as they get closer to the manifestation level and the suits of water and earth that were once uncomfortable at higher levels become to round out and flesh out as they get closer to the lower levels.

The balance seems to rest purely on the first sphere we will cover in this section of the discussion, Tiphareth.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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