Ten of Blades: Ruin
Historical: Lord of Ruin
Pent #10 “Resplendent” – Air of 巽 (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Berashith: “And Elohim said, “Let Tiamat be collected in one place”
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #58 (兌 duì), The Joyous (Lake)
Tiered Bigrams: Earth (Above), Air (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Earth (Malkuth, Kingdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Sol in Gemini
Keywords: Silence hiding an Active Force, Hacking, Subterfuge, Brilliance, Interdimensional Warfare, Technological Breakthrough, Uniting by Military Might, Sneak Attack, Powerful Alliances, Unavoidable Destruction, High Orbital Space Warfare, Black Sun Interstellar, New Military Technology
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Undetected Betrayal, Hidden Treason, Rebellion, Arrogance, Abandoning Logic
Golden Dawn: Called The Ten of Swords,Lord of Ruin,The Ten of Swords card corresponds to the planetary Sol and the zodiacal Gemini. It places at Sephira 10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.
Two large perfect crossed swords lie behind other mangled and broken swords demolishing a black splash reminiscent of blood that was once the already tattered remains of The Rose.
Thoth: The disruption of the solar energy by Gemini is revealed here. Sharp squiggles are all over the background of the card and it has a lot of orange and yellow and red, the color of the Fire element normally. As usual his I Ching correspondence is weak and sloppy, so it can be ignored – he doesn’t bother to take it into account himself. The swords on the painting are arranged like the Sephiroth. He tells us it represents the ruin of the Intellect. and the “logic of lunatics and (for the most part) philosophers. It is reason divorced from reality” I could disagree more with his assessment.
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The image of the hexagram’s two trigrams is of a lake resting one on another, it’s the image of “The Joyous” #58. It signifies fun and adventure, especially through discussion and learning. The line from Liber al Vel Legis or The Book of the Law is applicable, where it states “But the keen and the proud, the royal and the lofty; ye are brothers! As brothers fight ye!”. In the hexagram the image of the lakes signify a resource of knowledge and intellect which must be constantly refreshed with new material and new experiences. The image of a group of friends discussing scholarly pursuits and leaving no room for frivolous or wrongheaded discussion from outsiders is here, and this can be found upon reflection in the various specialty internet forums that cropped up at the beginning of the 21st century.
In the tiered bigrams the single Air element stands above Fire and below Earth, the image of the atmosphere of Hell. Hermes the Lord of Gemini is well known to travel in the underworld with little difficulty and so it is also an image of Mercury or Hermes in the Underworld.
Coincidently the planetary is Sol in Gemini, signifying playful, intelligent and creative energy, therefore the card really should not be portrayed as such a serious mess. Even here the deadly aspects of Ra hoor Khut have been somewhat tempered by an odd sense of humor.
Air in Earth is connected to various gases trapped in the ground. Highly flammable or toxic, or otherwise harmless, They represent a wealth that can only be had through knowledge, science and technology, cornerstones of Air.
Therefore the rewards of the card are great, if one understands how to unlock them. otherwise it may all appear just as the old aeon packs show, to those who cling to the ways of the dead.
The Scene: Ra Hoor Khut stands before a holographic representation of his fleet, ready to do battle with enemies of his crown and reign. The presence of enemies in this card is at its peak, it is where all the problems are. As the Lord of War and Vengeance, Ra as Ra Hoor Khut or Montu’s Aeonic presence is also called The Age of Science, and so a scientist, an anthropomorphic bird man as depicted in Sumer or Egypt, stands beside him.
Ra Hoor Khut is a dangerous character and has made himself known in the modern era through the reception of the famous Liber Al Vel Legis, or, Book of the Law. The messages in the book are most dire about the state of the world and mankind’s purpose in it.
While there are highly militaristic technology and strategy inferred here, there is also Silence and Strength, Vengeance, and Abrahadabra. For the legion of allies there is also amusement, fun and games to be had.
It is true that Mutational Alchemy takes a completely different view of the marriage of Malkuth and the Elements. The horror of Choronzon’s demiurge rule has no real place in a conversation about how the sacred elements should in fact interact with Kingdom. This may not be the case now, here in the place we find ourselves, but it is the divine imperative of Abrahadabra to restore the true state of things