"Two hands holding by grip, as before, 6 wands, three crossed by three, a third hand issuing from a cloud at the lower part of the card holding an upright wand, which passes between the others. Rames leap from the point of junction. Above and below the central wand are the symbols Mars and Leo, representing the Decan.
"Possible victory, depending upon the energy and courage exercised; valor, opposition, obstacles, difficulties, yet courage to meet them, quarrelling, ignorance, pretence, wrangling and threatening, also victory in small and unimportant things, and influence over subordinate. Depending on dignity as usual.
"Netzach of Yod. (Opposition yet courage.) Herein rule the two great Angels Mahashiah and Lelahel."
The Seven of Wands is Netzach in the scale of Atziluth. It is Venus (Victory) in the Archetypal World of Pure Spirit. Netzach is the first Sephirah of the Astral Triangle (whose component spheres make up the personality of an individual). It is known as a fiery sphere, a mirror of the Fire of Chohmah reflected through the Martial Sephirah of Geburah, and filtered through Tiphareth. Netzach is the sphere of feelings, instincts and desires. This is the realm of the creative mind in each person. The artist, the dancer, the poet and the musician all derive their inspiration from this Sephirah. The Victory implied in Netzach is that of Love. Venus, goddess of love is associated here, as is the idea of the Group Mind, from which all images of the gods are born.
The number seven in all four suits shows the influence of the emotions and desires. It also implies a powerful current of force manifesting which, like the sword Excalibur, can only be drawn from the stone by one worthy enough to do the task. The sevens are dependent to some extent on the cards that surround them, but they do show a definite outcome which depends upon the actions taken by the individual.
The Seven of Wands indicates a fiery battle, whose aftermath is far from certain. Victory can only be won by an individual who has the courage and the spirit to ride out the storm. Mars in Leo indicates the ferocity with which the conflict is fought. Valor is the only weapon left.
In the Seven of Wands, two hands are shown with six wands in the First Order Grip. A third hand emerges for the first time, interceding between the other two with a large wand of Valor. The number three refers to the influence of the Feminine in this card. The flashing colors of Fire are predominant, while the background color is amber or deep yellow. This is the color of the Reconciler arbitrating on behalf of Valor.
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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.