The Nine of Swords

EXAMPLE: THE NINE OF SWORDS

   The following, step by step, shows the process of laying down the cards as a way to first banish the negative energies in the Nine of Swords and then release the positive energies of Mars associated with the Nine of Swords. At this point, you only need to lay down the cards in a Pentagram Spread as a way to practice for advanced invocation. Of course, for effective invocation at the advanced level, you should first do simple invocations of each card involved, in order to internalize the meanings of the significant cards.

Nine of Swords.

The Nine of Swords with Foundation Cards (The Four Aces and Judgement)

   Start by placing the Nine of Swords in the center of the pentagram. Then, to banish the negative energies of the Nine, lay the foundation cards down in a banishing pentagram, beginning with the Ace of Pentacles, then laying down "Judgement," then the Ace of Wands, the Ace of Swords, the Ace of Cups and continue the motion with your finger back to the Ace of Pentacles. Imagine that you are releasing all negative energy and limiting beliefs about your identity into the core of the earth.

Cards Associated with Mars and "The Tower"

Two of Wands.
Queen of Swords.
Ten of Cups.
Three of Pentacles.

   Next, to invoke the energies of Mars, which includes the unblocked potency of the life-force manifesting as strength, courage, personal power and fulfillment, first lay down The Tower over the Nine of Swords, then use the motion to invoke the energy of Mars in The Tower. Start by placing the Two of Wands at the lower right point of the star, then move to the upper left point and lay down the Queen of Swords, a court card that arguably represents the energy of Mars better than any number card. Move to the upper right point and lay down the Ten of Cups. Then move down to the lower left point and lay down the Three of Pentacles. Imagine the positive energies of Mars filling your heart and mind until your aura is filled with the potency of the life-force.

BANISHING ENERGIES

   The Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram starts with the Earth element in the lower left hand corner and moves toward the apex, the element of Spirit, then to Fire, Air, Water, and back to Earth. So for the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, the player should lay down the card with the unwanted energies in the middle of the star and then the Ace of Pentacles in the lower left hand corner. Then proceed as in the Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, placing “Judgment” at the top of the star, the Ace of Wands in the lower right hand corner, the Ace of Swords in the upper left corner, the Ace of Cups in the upper right corner. Then draw the full pentagram above the star in the same order from the Ace of Pentacles back to the Ace of Pentacles, thereby banishing the energies in the card.

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.

INVOKING ENERGIES

   Fire and Air are active elements and Earth and Water are passive elements. Therefore, the invoking ritual for Air and Fire is slightly different than the one for Earth and Water. Again, first lay down the card with the energies that you are invoking. Then if you are invoking energy from either the suit of Wands or Swords, start with the Fire element and move toward the Air element, placing the Ace of Wands in the lower right hand corner and then the Ace of Swords in the upper land hand corner, continuing with the Water element and so on until you complete the star. Then draw a complete star above the layout in the same order. (Do the same with any major arcana card associated with Fire or Air.) If you are invoking the energies from a card in the suit of Pentacles or Cups, start with the Ace of Pentacles in the lower left hand corner and move toward the Ace of Cups, continuing until you complete the star. Then draw the pentagram in the same order above the layout. (Do the same with any major arcana card associated with earth or water.)

A more detailed explanation of banishing and invoking with the Pentagram Spread.
Example: Two ways to invoke the Queen of Cups.
Example: Invoking The Sun.
Begin a journey.
Go on an adventure.