THE SEVEN OF SWORDS, LORD OF UNSTABLE EFFORT

Moon in Aquarius, Venus in Netzach

   Your ally gleefully steals five of seven unguarded swords from the enemy’s camp. He resembles a jester more than a soldier, and his attitude suggests that he is attempting to succeed in a prank rather than in seriously harming the enemy. He is alone, and his actions have minimal impact on the opposition, yet his prank suggests that humor is potentially a kind of weapon that can force the mind to examine different points of view. He cannot carry all of the swords, which suggests that it would have been wiser to involve others in the scheme--if he were actually attempting to destabilize the enemy. His efforts are unstable (a quality of both the Moon, which constantly changes, and Venus on the lower planes), but there is suggestion of a deeper principle: conflict, which usually stems from desire or emotion, often results in lack of stability. The action resembles a jest before a king who unwisely insists on dragging communities and societies into war, into open conflict which stems from unstable emotions and desires and ends up causing even more instability. Your ally is out in the open, committing a theft, which is less evil than killing. He doesn’t even seem to mind that he might be seen. “Look at me,” he seems to be saying. “My actions in this conflict are less crazy than yours!” His awkward theft points to another basic motivation for conflict: stealing property. Your ally reveals another facet of the Fool, a divine madness that forces the community to confront its own impulsiveness and greed. You are seeing your ally either through a window or in a mirror. Are you observing the Fool or are you The Fool yourself?

CORRESPONDING COLOR: Bright yellowish green.

QUALITIES: Using humor to force the mind to examine different points of view. Examining the causes of conflict. Recognizing that conflict often stems from unstable emotions and desires and ends up causing even more instability.

POSSIBLE ADVERSARIES: The Obscene Ones (The Moon). The Ravens of Dispersion (Venus).

Swords:

The Six of Swords.
The Eight of Swords.

Connecting paths:

The Wheel of Fortune.
Death.
The Tower.
The Star (Aquarius).
The Moon.

Astrological association:

The High Priestess (The Moon).