One man stands in the midst of chaos and destruction. He gathers the swords and now possesses them all. The ground is covered in shields and arrows. Two banners wave behind him. Fire blazes behind him. Smoke rises from the remains of the battle.
“We rise by kneeling; we conquer by surrendering; we gain by giving up. Go forth, O son of God and conquer!
This was the advice given to Heracles when he faced the Hydra. The Hydra represents the challenges of Scorpio. Scorpio is often referred as the serpent, the devil and destroyer. Yet this powerful constellation is connected to Isis and Hecate. Kundalini is powerful raw energy at the base of the spine. Through the alchemical process it breaks through the veils of illusion to reunite with Shiva.
As we break through the illusions that hurt our soul, transforming our consciousness, rather than fight with our environment, as we see in this card. We begin to see that the real battle is within. Yet just as Heracles, many of us then end up taking our sword and battle our inner self.
Surrendering to the divine is the only way to rise above our limitations. Ego aligning its will with the will of the soul, and in that union merge with Spirit. No annihilation here. Just loving, sexual merging and union.
Ego is our libido, our sexual expression. Sexual arousal ~ orgasm is referred as the “small” death. The reason being that during orgasm there is a decrease of blood flow to the brain.
It is said deactivation of the temporal lobe is directly related to high sexual arousal.
With proper channeling and clear pure intent we can raise our serpent energy and break through illusion during sex.
Heracles archetype of Mars, the spiritual warrior, surrenders and raises Hydra to the skies!
5 of Swords, we have all been here. It is the confrontation with all the harsh judgments, the hatred, the lies and the revenge we inflicted to others and towards ourselves.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories ~ Michel De Montaigne
In hurting others we hurt our soul. Our soul is the innocence, the lamb, the water bearer, the son, the christ, the golden boy of Mother God. 5 of Swords falls under the pillar of the Great Mother. The swords is the energy of Air, and represent the beliefs, the baggage, that is required to be burned in the sacred fires of the divine and be transformed.
At some point in our childhood, as lambs to the slaughter house, our ego identity, a gift from Father God, caused confrontation. We were challenged, felt shame, conflicted on how to wear and express our ego identity. We were judged harshly. Unable to cope we repressed all anger, turning to hatred and a desire for revenge.
Venus in Aquarius is all about learning self-love and self-confidence. Emotions are not “things” to be annihilated, caged, repressed or even tamed. It is learning a new way to relate to our emotions. It is through unconditional self-love that we accept our limitations. We come to understand how we created these limitations for ourselves. Build healthy boundaries not as a defense mechanism, but from the understanding that as we hold all things divine, sacred, and treat them as such, so too our space, our bodies is sacred deserving of love and respect.
From this loving space our emotions have space to mature. Emotions properly channeled are powerful able to illuminate minds, hearts, and bring freedom as they reflect the light of Buddhi.
A ritual therefore to burn the baggage, in a candle ceremony, passing your hands through the warm flames, affirm ~ “I am clean of all dogmatic opinions and judgements against myself and others”.
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