5 of Swords


The year is 1781, and Uranus has just been discovered! The American Revolution has been underway for 6 years and will come to a resolution in another 2 years. The French Revolution will reach a crisis point in 8 years and see the rise of Napoleon. Serfdom is being abolished all over the world, and in 11 years Denmark will be the first nation to abolish slavery.
Science is now a useful and honourable discipline in the Age of Reason. The seeds of the Industrial Revolution are being sown through inventions like James Watts’ rotary steam engine in 1782. With the coming technological boom, industry will never be the same.
The themes running through these events are those of science, technology, revolution, humanitarianism and the inherent right to freedom—all fundamental Aquarian and Uranian keywords. Uranus is the guardian angel of groups and the individuals that compose them. After its discovery, Uranus saw the liberation of whole groups of people from slavery and oppression. It stimulated the rise of Capitalism in the western world, enabling the common people to pursue a level of freedom and personal choice in their lives previously reserved for the elite and the rich.
The growth of technology facilitated changes which eventually revolutionized the entire world economic base and the worker’s place within it. And the shock waves from this explosion of Uranian energy are still expanding and evolving. It has lead to an unprecedented era in which we have so much leisure time that leisure is now a major industry in itself. Our vision of who we are as a species has expanded. We are now starting to see ourselves, not merely as “us” peering warily at “them,” but collectively as a Global Village. The potential in our lives has changed so radically that we can even realistically imagine living on the Moon!
Only in an economically and technologically progressive world could individualism flourish as it has in the western world, particularly in North America. Capitalism, an economic and cultural cornerstone of the western world, places both the opportunity and the responsibility for prosperity squarely in the hands of the independent individual. We are free to pursue our dreams, but it is up to us to make this happen.
This is radically different from the old days when individuals were mere components of a mute, undifferentiated and dependent work force. The masses were expected to pledge service to an elite upper class whose responsibility it was to ensure the survival and prosperity of the system as a whole. However, the individual was neither encouraged nor expected to follow dreams that s/he was assumed not to have in the first place.
This radical change in the role of the individual and specific groups of people began with the world’s deliverance from slavery and the feudal system. It continues today with the feminist movement and our quest to bring together our Global Village and treat its citizens equally, with fairness and dignity.
Today, as individuals, we have enormous freedom to pursue our dreams and visions. We have financial, educational and other support systems available to anyone pursuing an upwardly mobile career path. It is now unusual for a person to have only one job (or even one career!) in their lifetime. In fact, a certain amount of diversity is almost mandatory for those who wish to sculpt the optimal résumé. (Source: evolvingdoor.ca)

Uranus in Aquarius, when well-aspected is at its very best, for he is ruler of this sign and therefore in harmony with its vibrations. Hence this position strengthens the intuition and originality, and directs the energies into humanitarian lines of endeavor, unselfish devotion to the cause of friendship, and a sincere desire to help all who are in trouble. These people make many friends and generally realize their hopes, wishes, and ambitions because they are of such an unselfish nature that they desire what is good for humanity at large rather than that which is for personal gain. This position also gives considerable mechanical ability, originality and inventive genius. (Source: rosicrucian.com)

11th House, House of Friendships (Friendship). Friends and acquaintances of like-minded attitudes. Groups, clubs and societies. Higher associations. Benefits and fortunes from career. One’s hopes and wishes.

Uranus in the Eleventh House. Uranus being lord of the Eleventh Sign, Aquarius, is more at home in the Eleventh House than in any of the others, therefore he exerts a strong influence in bringing about strange and eccentric friendships with people of an original, creative, or inventive turn of mind who will be a benefit to the person if Uranus is well-aspected. This also indicates that through such friendships the wishes, hopes and aspirations will be promoted and reach a successful culmination. If on the other hand, Uranus is afflicted in this house, friends are apt to turn traitors or at least use the person for their own selfish ends as far as possible. (Source: rosicrucian.com)

The number 7 – Uranus, Active/Mental (Air)
Positive traits:
– Skilled at analysis and research, revolutionary, witty, visionary, scientific and inventive, humanitarian, idiosyncratic and experimental, original, unpredictable, resourceful.
Negative traits:
– Radical, unrealistic, stubborn, unemotional, inflexible positions, overly upset by distractions, making changes just for the sake of change, sarcastic.

Crowley: Defeat. Geburah, as always, produces disruption; but as Venus here rules Aquarius, weakness rather than excess of strength seems the cause of disaster. The intellect has been enfeebled by sentiment. The defeat is due to pacifism. Treachery also may be implied. The hilts of the swords form the inverted pentagram, always a symbol of somewhat sinister tendency. Here matters are even worse; none of the hilts resembles any of the others, and their blades are crooked or broken. They give the impression of drooping; only the lowest of the swords points upwards, and this is the least effective of the weapons. The rose of the previous card has been altogether disintegrated.
The historian is happy to observe two perfect illustrations of the mode of this card and the last in the birth of the Aeon of (I) Osiris, (2) Horus. He will note the decay of such Virtue as char acterized Sparta and Rome, ending in the establishment of the Pax Romana. As Virtue declined, corruption disintegrated the Empire from within. Epicene cults, such as those of Dionysus (in its degraded form), of Attis, of Adonis, of Cybele, the false Demeter and the prostituted Isis, replaced the sterner rites of the true Solar- Phallic gods; until finally (the masters having lost the respect, and so the control, of the plebs, native and alien) the lowest of all the slave-cults, dressed up in the fables of the vilest of the parasitic races, swept over the known world, and drenched it in foul darkness for five hundred years. He will delight to draw close parallels with the cognate phenomena displayed before the present generation.

Waite: A disdainful man looks after two retreating and dejected figures. Their swords lie upon the ground. He carries two others on his left shoulder, and a third sword is in his right hand, point to earth. He is the master in possession of the field.
Degradation, destruction, revocation, infamy, dishonour, loss, with the variants and analogues of these.
Reversed: The same; burial and obsequies.

Fortune Telling with Playing Cards:
5 of Spades – Opposition and obstacles that are temporary; a blessing in disguise. Sometimes indicates a negative or depressed person.


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