Making and Keeping Friends
Temperance The principle of shared experience, the growing together in light and in love, as experience is shared and loving friendships opened and undergone. (Pathworking and ritual is a form of this experience.) The World The principle of the perfected Earth. Dancing in a wreath of victory that was once a crown of thorns, surrounded by the four-fold balanced cosmic powers.
4 Kings great honour 3 Kings consultation 2 Kings minor counsel. 4 Queens great debate 3 Queens deception by women 2 Queens sincere friends. 4 Knights serious matters 3 Knights lively debate 2 Knights intimacy. 4 Pages dangerous illness 3 Pages dispute 2 Pages disquiet. 4 Tens condemnation 3 Tens new condition 2 Tens change. 4 Nines a good friend 3 Nines success 2 Nines receipt. 4 Eights reverse 3 Eights marriage 2 Eights new knowledge. 4 Sevens intrigue 3 Sevens infirmity 2 Sevens news. 4 Sixes abundance 3 Sixes success 2 Sixes irritability. 4 Fives regularity 3 Fives determination 2 Fives vigils. 4 Fours journey near at hand 3 Fours a subject of reflection 2 Fours insomnia. 4 Threes progress 3 Threes unity 2 Threes calm. 4 Twos contention 3 Twos security 2 Twos accord. 4 Aces favourable chance 3 Aces small success 2 Aces trickery.
Possibly victory, but neutralized by the supineness of the person. Illusionary success. Deception in the moment of apparent victory. Lying error, promises unfulfilled. Drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust, fornication, violence against women. Selfish dissipation. Deception in love and friendship. Often success gained, but not followed up. Modified by dignity.
Pleasure, Warm friendship. Harmony of masculine and feminine united. Harmony, pleasure, mirth, subtlety, sometimes folly, dissipation, waste and silly action, according to dignity. FIVE OF CUPS. Disappointments in love, marriage broken off, unkindness from friends (whether deserved or not is shown by the cards with it). Loss of friendship. Death or end of pleasures. Disappointment. Sorrow SEVEN OF CUPS. Lying, deceipt, promises unfulfilled, illusion, deception. Error, slight success, but not enough energy to retain it. Possible victory, but neutralized by the supineness of the person. Illusionary success. Deception in the moment of apparent victory. Lying error, promises unfulfilled. Drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust, fornication, violence against women. Selfish dissipation. Deception in love and friendship. Often success gained, but not followed up. Modified by dignity. PRINCE OF SWORDS. A young man with dark hair and dark eyes. Full of ideas and thoughts...
Full of ideas and thoughts and designs, distrustful, suspicious, firm in friendship and enmity, careful, slow, over-cautious. Symbolizes Alpha and Omega, the Giver of Death, who slays as fast as he creates. Ill-dignified, harsh, malicious, plotting, obstinate, yet hesitating and unreliable. Ruler from 20 degrees Capricorn to 20 degrees Aquarius.
A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders. Divinatory Meanings Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms another reading gives tenderness, affection, intimacy. The suggestion of harmony and other favourable readings must be considered in a qualified manner, as Swords generally are not symbolical of beneficent forces in human affairs. Reversed Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty.
When man has reached this level of consciousness, he suddenly feels the urge to leave everything and to go away. He has perceived that the value of the affairs of this world lies only in what he may learn from them. Yet once he knows the goal we have ultimately to attain, why should he then still continue to participate in the affairs of this world His professional work no longer offers him satisfaction, indeed it suddenly appears to him futile and useless. Why then go on He already knows that family relationships and ties of friendship are transient and last only as long as he remains in this world.
The fives bring serious problems into all areas symbolized by the Elements. To Wands (Energy) the Fives bring quarrel and strife to Cups (Love, Friendship) the Fives bring the destruction of relationships to Swords (Sickness and Trouble) they bring certain defeat in a given matter and to Pentacles (Business and Money) they bring material hardship. Yet success or failure is shown by other cards in a divination. The Fives simply announce that a difficulty exists.
During this period of work he learns many new truths. He learns from personal experience that his body is not merely an empty shell for his spirit, but that the powers of the spirit pervade the body in the same way as water can saturate every pore of a sponge. And the powers of the body, which flow from the spirit, but already act as physical forces on his consciousness, are just as strong as he is himself because, in the form of matter, these powers are himself. That is why it is so difficult to control these powers in oneself and to remain above them in one's consciousness because we are confronting ourselves. His higher Self instructs him just as the high priest teaches the two figures. And he sees and understands ever more clearly the close relationships between his spiritual Self and his primitive drives which as yet refuse to release him. The truth, however, is stronger, and he realises that he is able to experience real joys and true, fulfilling love in physical union only if...
In the middle section are two pyramids, one black and one white, symbolising the positive and the negative. Two dogs or wolves, one black and the other white, howl at the Moon. The white, symbolising friendship, is positive whilst the black is negative and symbolises the psychological I . They represent the terrible struggle between the tenebrous forces. The Moon in essence represents sex. We have to work with the Moon to convert it into Sun. The dog also represents the sexual instinct and it is due to this that the dog takes us to the very doors of the Absolute.
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