Seven of Pentacles: Failure
Historical: Lord of Success Unfulfilled
Pent #7 “Hidden” – Fire of 震 (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder
Berashith: “and Elohim said “Let there be a raki’a””
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #46 (升 shēng), Pushing Upward
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Earth (Middle), Air (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Venus (Netzach, Victory)
Planet/Sun Sign: Saturn in Taurus
Keywords: Smallness, Humility, Sincerity, Repentance, Loyalty, Dedication
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Sadness, Submission, Loneliness, Yearning, Longing
Golden Dawn: Called The Seven of Pentacles, Lord of Success Unfulfilled, the The Seven of Pentacles card corresponds to the planetary Saturn and the zodiacal Taurus and places at Sephira #7 (Netzach) in the Golden Dawn system.
A hand in a cloud grasps the thorny stems of unopened blossoms.
Thoth: Creeping moth-like antennae or palm fronds in a sick blue grey color embrace purple and silver disks with a pink glow. Alternatively attractive and repulsive, they are meant to represent bad money weakened by Venus and Netzach. Because womynkind are bad, mmkay? Seriously though at this point if one hasn’t become entirely bored of the Gnostic smacktalk permeating the Thoth, then one should probably favor it instead, as there is nothing Gnostic whatsoever about The Mutational Alchemy tarot. Our perfected universe requires economic elegance, and before we have even done it, dismissing the feminine as unnecessary is wrong and an insult to Nature. Nothing at all is unnecessary, although perhaps it is set against one thing or another in war. But this denial of Nature’s perfection and economic brilliance is exactly what Crowley espouses, time and time again, until the tantricists become quite sick to death of it if they bother with Western magick at all (many of them do not, instead limiting themselves to Eastern magick and metaphysics).
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: First of all the hexagram is #46, Pushing Upwards, the image of wood pushing up through Earth. Here the feminine is strengthening the life in its grasp, quite the opposite of tradition. There is danger here, if the journey is too far or it is trampled on, the little plant will fail. This is the meaning of the 7 of Pentacles, a dangerous journey or risky venture. In the end the payoffs are worth it. The tiered bigrams reflect the previous 7 of Blades, with Water, the Mother being follows by two children. Instead of the Black Prince we have the femme fatale or sinister mistress of magick in the situation. Earth in the above and Wood in the below is also a reference to the cthonic Gods whom she protects with her body: Hades, Ningishzidda, Satan, Yama,
In the element of Earth of Venus we have the powerful sexuality of the planet expressed in its most material form. Sensuality, lust and death, alongside Saturn in Taurus, a slow plodding and torturously drawn out ordeal. It may not exactly be a Russian movie but it will sure be close. The situation will arrive at perfect justice and perfect satisfaction eventually. The key elements here are the symbol of the land and the feminine, a divine queen of princess or something, a representative of Earth in Venus. Then there’s Saturn in Taurus, a slow, long-lived, stubborn, slightly cruel, sinister and perfectly just intelligence of natural law – the dragon was a perfect match.
Dragons are often shown in the most stupidest of circumstances, being ridden on by a knight, or being attacked by a knight, generally things dragons really have no interest in or business with. Dragons are symbols of Fire and Air, by their polarity they will be interested in females of any kind – Water and Earth – the female elements, which is why Dragons are shown as obsessed with Gold or in the ocean – and then real females, which is why they are shown being given unmarried girls as a way to pacify them.
The Scene: The Dragon wins. The Dragon always wins because he or she knows how to play the Long Game versus the short game. The Knight in Shining Armor winning the battle is and always was a myth, born of the shortsighted fear of mortals. There are many dead men on the floor of the cavern, victims to their own pride and prejudice. The maiden represents the Venusian ideal, the righteousness of Man on earth is and always will be focused on the Goddess, and so she plays a central part in this card, a warning to those who would make Life something which it is not. Life is both the powerful and vengeful Dragon and the gentle and completely beautiful maiden, they are the same being here. If this is forgotten then all is lost in our lives.
The deity represented is Deity-Great-Ocean-Possessor or Luminous Being Ryūjin. The skulls are the dead men who dare to offend the Dragon. The woman is one of the ladies he rescued from drowning who lives with him in the imperial city below the waves. She is crowning him with a crown with all of the colors of the elements on it. It’s a symbolic gesture, meant to signify his royal status, her ability to grant kingship as the representative of the element of Earth, and of his dominion over the five elements as a Magus.
The name of this card (Failure) is drawn chiefly from its Saturn in Taurus attribution so that the kind of failure we can expect follows on the heels of this assignment.