July 17-19, 2014 Five of Disks

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July 17-19, 2014 Five of Disks

Postby Al-Shariyf » Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:44 am

(Previously called, “Material Trouble.”)
Five of Disks

Meditation Pattern: Place Atu I, The Magus, and Atu V, The Hierophant, side-by-side, with the 5 of Disks above them.

Traditional Description: A branch of the white rose tree, but from which the roses are falling, and leaving no buds behind. Five Disks similar to that on the Ace. Above and below are the symbols Mercury and Taurus.

Geburah of Earth: Severity in practical, financial, or bodily matters (requiring strength, effort, endurance, and resolve to correct). Loss of job, loss of money, economic anxiety.

Mercury/Taurus: Intelligence required to resolve material problems. Anxiety about material things. Labor, toil, land cultivation; building; knowledge and acuteness of earthly things. Poverty, carefulness; sometimes money regained after severe toil and labor. Unimaginative, harsh, stern, determined, patient, persevering, obstinate. Prolonged inaction; intense strain of inertia.

Mars + Mercury: Mental energy, nervous strain, anxiety, mental duress. Quarreling, faultfinding, blameful, obstinate, irritable; but practical insight, keen assessment, analytical, effective in difficult circumstances.

"To advance—that means Work. Patient, exhausting, thankless, often bewildering Work. Dear sister, if you would but Work! Work blindly, foolishly, misguidedly, it doesn’t matter in the end: Work in itself has absolute virtue." -Magick Without Tears
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Re: July 17-19, 2014 Five of Disks

Postby danica » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:53 am

- How power is directed; politics; organized, industrialized agriculture; someone is always at gain, someone at loss, equality is not apparent on this plane.
- Work that consecrates the mundane; magical circle physically created, dividing the Holy from the profane.
- Existential “problems” – tasks/challenges, and how one is open for instructions from HGA in these (on a daily basis).


- Practical organization of affairs; struggling to find the right way to direct the current affairs; “minor problems”, errands to do and tasks to solve in everyday life.
- Colors on the card associate of petroleum extraction and use: treasure deep beneath the Earth’s surface, which is the source of energy. The discs look like cogwheels…
- Industry; particular uses and appliance of technical inventions, and human development through this.
- Appliance of energy to practical material issues, which implies continual meeting with their inherent resistance and inertia.


- The force that reorganizes and changes matter does not have to be brute and vehement, on the contrary, it may be quite subtle, mercurial – this is the lesson of the card.
- A halt, standstill, delay in current undertakings and plans; resistance of circumstances; a complex task/problem, which is hard to untangle (existentially, not merely intellectually).
- Own endurance put to practical test.
"Write, & find ecstasy in writing! Work, & be our bed in working! Thrill with the joy of life & death! Ah! thy death shall be lovely: whoso seeth it shall be glad. Thy death shall be the seal of the promise of our age long love. Come! lift up thine heart & rejoice! We are one; we are none."
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