The Sevens

Generally shows a force, transcending the material plane, and is like unto a crown which is indeed powerful but requireth one capable of wearing it. The sevens then show a positive result which is dependant on the action then taken. They depend much on the symbols that accompany them.

SEVEN OF WANDS, Lord of Valor (Mars in Leo).

Angels of the Decan: Mahashiah (rponn) and Lelahel (i?f<ni>i?) .

This is Netzach in Atziluth, the influence of Netzach in the World of Pure Spirit. The position of Mars in Leo is one of courage and strength, but with threatening overtones: a fiery clash is certain, but victory in the fray is not.

It will be noted that the basic pattern was established with the Marseilles card which uses six crossed Wands and one central one. In adapting this design Crowley again uses the wands of the three Golden Dawn Adepts, but crosses them with a very crude club to suggest that the battle in this card may be a disordered and disorganized one of uncertain results. Waite illustrates the idea of opposition and possible victory, depending upon the amount of courage exercised.

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SEVEN OF CUPS, Lord of Illusory Success (Venus in Scorpio). Angels of the Decan: Melchel (i>Nni?n) and Chahaviah (iinnn)

This is Netzach in Briah, the influence of Netzach in the Mental World. Venus in Scorpio is extremely intense and emotional, often involving deceit. Sometimes this is dissipation, a wallowing in emotions, or a self-deception. It can certainly be a card of egocentricity and selfishness. And, although the Golden Dawn card shows the Cups to be completely empty, one might believe them to be full as Waite shows. Crowley, on the other hand, implies that there is a great warning in this card. His lotuses have become ugly and slimy, a perversion of the sacrament of the Cup in Six, possibly brought about by the inflation of ego. Thus, the divinatory meaning of the card is error, illusion and illusionary success.

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SEVEN OF SWORDS, Lord of Unstable Effort (Moon in Aquarius). Angels of the Decan: Michael (txo'n) and Hahihel (twnnrO.

This is Netzach in Yetzirah, the influence of Netzach in the Astral World. In the Golden Dawn card the Rose is restored, for it is a symbol primary to Venus, who rules Netzach. But the Swords are precariously balanced against it, one against the other, an idea also expressed by Crowley's six planetary Swords aimed against the larger one of the Sun. It is not entirely clear what is going on, particularly in the Waite card, which is genuinely enigmatic. And that is the point, for in divination this card means unstable effort, vascillation and untrustworthy character.

The Moon in Aquarius indicates sociability, often religious inclination; the Moon is less fluid and changeable here than in other positions. However, the balances which it establishes are precarious and easily upset.

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SEVEN OF PENTACLES, Lord of Success unfulfilled (Saturn in Taurus). Angels of the Decan: Herochiel (^Kmn) and Mitzrael (iwisn).

This is Netzach in Assiah, the influence of Netzach in the material world. As with the rest of the Sevens, there is very little good to be gained. Saturn in Taurus brings disappointment, and a great deal of work for little reward.

8. HOD: Splendor

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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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