"Two hands as before, each holding swords. A third hand holds a single sword in the center. The points of all the swords do just touch one another, the central sword not altogether dividing them. The rose of the previous symbols of this suit is held by the hand which holds the central sword, as if the victory were in its disposal. Above and below Luna and Aquarius.
"Partial success, yielding when victory is within grasp, as if the last reserves of strength were used up. Inclination to lose when on the point of gaining through not continuing the effort. Love of abundance, fascinated by display, given to compliment, affronts and insolences, and to detect and spy on another. Inclined to betray confidences, not always intentional. Rather vacillating and unreliable, according to dignity as usual.
"Netzach of Vav. (Journey by land, in character untrustworthy.) Herein rule Michael and Hahihel."
The Seven of Swords is Netzach in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Venusian Victory in the Formative, Astral world. The Victory of Netzach in the airy realm of Yetzirah is precarious and unsteady. Peace has been restored as in the last card, but there is much tension, and balance can be disrupted at any moment. Compromise and appeasement is suggested, but may or may not be enough to halt disaster. Moon in Aquarius only adds to the insecurity of the situation. The result is much effort that is wasted and perhaps futile. Too much interference from outside forces for lasting stability to occur.
The Seven of Swords features the flashing air colors of yellow and violet. Three angelic hands are shown to indicate that once again the Dark Forces of Saturn may disrupt the state of calm at any given time. Swords which are crossed indicate the positive side of the element of Air, while swords that are not crossed refer to its negative aspects. The swords here depicted are placed point against point in a state of anxiety that is almost nerve wracking. The center sword presses upwards on the other six. It is the primary sword which has victory within its grasp, if it can only push off the weight of the interfering swords above it. The background color is yellow-green, the color of Netzach in the scale of Yetzirah. It is created from the mixture of amber and green, the colors of Netzach in the King and Queen scales.
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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.