This week we confront the 5 of Swords, the Lord of Defeat - an uncomfortable place at best and a dangerous no man's land at worst. Here Venus rules over the first decan of Aquarius, but the combined peaceful natures of that planet and that sign are no match for the harsh power of a 5. The truce of the 4 of Swords has fallen; winners gloat and losers suffer.
In our conversation we discuss the contrast of Venus' warm close opulence with the remote stylings of Aquarius, and the ways in which motion comes to the aid of matter and breaks up stasis. We consider the fall of Rome and Epicene cults, mutilated heads, the goddess Dike, piracy, slaves of giants, swastikas and Nazi Germany, risks undertaken, ways navigated and found, the averse pentagram, respect for authority, and the tragic failure of good intentions.
This week we're talking about the 5 of Swords, the Lord of Defeat. which is associated with the first decan of Aquarius. Our winner will receive a zip pouch in Glow in the Dark constellation fabric (starry for Aquarius). And since the color of the Five of this suit (Geburah in Yetzirah) is Bright Scarlet, the pouch will also have a brilliant red zipper, as bright as the slashing sword in Tabula Mundi's Five of Swords. The 5 of Swords may be the Lord of Defeat, but you will be able to defeat the demons of scattered and disorganized stuff every time you pull that shiny red zipper tab!
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