Seven of Blades: Futility


Seven of Blades: Futility

Historical: Lord of Unstable Effort

Ruling Pentagram: Pent #7 “Hidden” – Fire of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder
Berashith: “and Elohim said “Let there be a raki’a””

Ruling Hexagram: Hex #26 (大畜 dà chù), The Taming Power of the Great

Tiered Bigrams: Air (Above), Earth (Middle), Fire (Below)

Element/Planet: Air of Venus (Netzach, Victory)

Planet/Sun Sign: Luna in Aquarius

Keywords: Inaction, Desisting, Travelling, Public Office, Accumulating, Scrutiny

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Blindness, Rashness, Bad Timing, Irresponsibility, Forgetfulness, Lack of Foresight


Golden Dawn: Called The Seven of Swords, Lord of Unstable Effort, The Seven of Swords card corresponds to the planetary Luna and the zodiacal Aquarius. It places at Sephira #7 (Netzach,) in the Golden Dawn system.
     A hand holds a single large sword that pierces The Rose. The other swords surround it, with two very large curved blades representing Aquarius and Luna on their hilts.

Thoth: A pretty looking blue card, but, not an auspicious one, this card depicts more of those origami shuriken looking structures no one ever bothers to explain (probably because they are quite meaningless.) Crowley acknowledges the status of Venus as the one who rules victory in war, despite his previous and unfair damnation of seven in the prior suite. The description found in The Tarot of the Egyptians about the Seven of Swords, is of an impotent force vacillating and compromising, with appeasement and feebleness reigning all around between one strong sword and a weak mob of others.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The Hexagram follows on the heels of the previous suite. It is #26, The Taming Power of the Great. The situation is one in which a force is held back, due to restraint forced by a great power or authority. The tameness is due to a moral compass, or respect for the weak and innocent, despite some wrongdoing. The strong line at the top of the Hexagram is a sage line, honored by the other lines, two Yin, and three Yang. It encourages the reader to circulate, improve one’s self and be engaged with society in general. Society, in this case, is good, and in concordance with the Will of Heaven, it wouldn’t do to live the life of a Hermit as is necessary in evil times. This is a time of prosperity and enlightenment, and this idea is reinforced by Air of Venus and Luna in Aquarius. The people feel free to prosper, because they are left alone to do as they like, within the constraints of justice, instead of that of societal expectations. There is no inquisition of the Dark Ages of the Catholics, nor even a hint of this. It is a scenario in which the passage of every star remains unmolested – one is allowed to do their will, without harassment.
     What does this mean for our suspicious looking man? He is the ruler and has access to immense power, given to him by the people, but he does not use it. Instead, he leaves them alone. The card’s meaning will generally involve letting something or someone be. This is the wise choice. However, it does not mean that he has given up his power. In the Bigrams, we have a situation in which he is only letting things be for now. In a weak, or afflicted placement, the meaning may be that he is a ruler who is not being strong or hard enough on wrongdoers, but this is exceptionally rare. It may also warn caution in a situation which seems like it may be treading on a serpent’s tail.

The Scene: Perhaps, by now, you’ve realized my weird rambling isn’t meant to help you read the cards, only to interpret their origins. Intuitively, one may think this is helpful but it is not, unless you share the Secret Psychic Omniscient Grid Connection. Just kidding, of course. This card was begun midway, early on in the deck’s construction. It’s another game portrait, from my self-taught days. It’s a weird one, in a sense, because I didn’t care very much about the player or character I did it for. However I was obsessed with him and it, in some way, inexplicably, mainly over his name – Mekthros. What of it?
     Well it was too similar to m1thr0s and I think it was my higher self’s drive interpreted wrongly by my body (brain.) It was made a long, long, time before I knew m1thr0s, how in the actual fuck could it look just like him? He even owns a long black wool cloak (as all Satanists and left-hand pathers must.) There are no answers.
     Later on, in response to the revelation of similarity and synchronicity I would add a naga to the scene representing myself. It was originally a fiery background, the character Mekthros was some villain who set fire to a town (I believe it was full of halflings, so it goes with dark elves, generally. They’re really not good for the neighborhood.) This naga is found on the 8 of Alembics. If you put the two together it forms a scene, and then perhaps it becomes clear: he is the naga and his black coils are stretched along the two parts of the scene.
     Balarama, the white skinned brother of Krsna, the “original Krsna” as Sri Prahbupad liked to put it, and the black Ananta, serpent outside of time (manifest reality.) Shesha Ananta never incarnates, ever, so, he is especially holy. Balarama is only a tiny aspect of him. This is saying something considering he is very powerful. By the elements he is of the Black Prince, the sinister warrior son of the mother. This can cause some worrisome effects but his dedication and chivalry are admirable. Morgrim and Lancelot are both opposite extremes of this archetype. Another example is Darth Vader, still another, Satan, especially connected to Lilith.