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Six of Swords: Science

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Science: (The Search for) Truth, Progress, and Unity

The Six of Swords. Science. Progress. Unity. Achievement. Truth. Logic. Discovery. Order. Moral and Mental Balance. The Six of Swords corresponds to the Sefirot of Tiphareth: Experience and the Conscious Harmony. Science resolves the conflict between Chesed and Geburah, and restabilizes the energy of the Suit of Swords. The Truth is restored from the effects of Defeat, and Peace is restored, allowing for the furthering of Science. Science is the best that the Suit of Swords has to offer, and represents the balanced energy of the Suit. It is the ultimate of the conscious harmonies, as this card represents the hunt for the truth of the universe, guided from above by the influence of Kether. It is the ultimate positive manifestation of the ideals of the Suit of Swords: the intellectual pursuit of Truth to be used in the name of Justice. It is the ultimate in abstract thought.

This card, then, represents the discovery and progress associated with Science, as well as the unity that comes with throwing off the shackles of defeat and re-achieving Peace. It represents the intellectual achievements that lead to the world becoming a better place, often attained through the application of Logic. This card represents also the balance between morality and one’s mental state; the two both must be in prime condition to effectively pursue Science.

The Rider-Waite art shows a man rowing a cloaked woman and her child to a far shore on a boat filled with swords. She is leaving behind the falseness of her previous life and moving on to the land of truth, though the experience may be painful. The Thoth art shows six swords – all straight, as befits the “positive” Swords cards – all pointed together at a cross with a hole in the center, attempting to complete the cross as a symbol of formal knowledge and learning (from medieval symbolism, of course). The background is filled with well-ordered geometric designs, indicating the logic of it all.

In a reading, this card asks you to examine the role of scientific rationale and thought in your life. Have you been on a quest recently to discover the truth of something? Are you or someone you know extremely logical? How has progress or discovery impacted you? Reversed, this card’s energies are hidden or twisted somehow; perhaps the search for truth and justice is present on the surface, but the real motive of the questing individual is something far different and perhaps more cynical. Maybe the heart of the problem is a lack of this search, and it needs to be done to solve the issue at hand. Perhaps you are too focused on progress, and need to scale things back a bit.

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Initial Thoughts on HBO’s Game of Thrones

At this point I have seen the first two episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The pilot, while still good, I also found lacking, but I acknowledge that many pilots are not as good as the rest of the show. The pilot covered too many characters in not enough depth, and so I felt like nothing was accomplished. The second episode was much, much better than the first, and I was very pleased with it. The major thing about these two episodes is that it would have been very hard to follow if I had not already read the books; knowing all of the characters and the world beforehand is very helpful. The problem with making a show out of this series is that there are so many characters, that by the second season each character will only have five or eight minutes per episode, which is problematic.

Based on these two episodes, my major thought is that the sex is overdone. A lot. Dany and Khal Drogo’s sex scenes are extremely awkward, and they seem to portray Drogo in a less caring way than in the books, which made me sad. Also, anal seems to be very popular.

The casting for the show was superb, I think, and the acting (while dramatic) is very, very good; Cersei and Joffrey make me angry, Jaime gives me mixed reactions, Tyrion is both despicable and loveable, Jon is Jon, Ned is noble and strong, Sansa is a bimbo (sorry for any offense that might be taken here), Arya is the female version of her father in his younger days, Robert is the drunken king, and Catelyn is the annoying wife. I never liked Catelyn, and while she does have her good aspects, the show brings out the negative in her.

What I want to see more of is Theon Greyjoy; the Greyjoys in the Iron Isles were always my second favorite plot line (after Dany’s), as I’ve always felt a connection with the sea. Theon is not nice, yes, but he’s the door to Balon and Aeron Hreyjoy, who I love as characters. The Others I were not happy with, but they don’t play a large role yet.

I look forward to seeing the Night’s Watch men and Stannis Baratheon, not to mention Littlefinger and (of course) the Greyjoy’s and Dornes – though that might be a ways away. In the end, I’m happy with this show, and am excited to see where it goes!

 
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