"Five of Swords" (Jai Kali Ma)
Geburah is the fifth Sephiroth on the Kabbalistic tree of life. She represents severity. She helps us trim away our illusions, but it is tough love, and it is going to hurt. The fives of all suits are her domain, but Swords is her special one. For this suit she appears as an avatar: our great mother Kali Ma. She from whom we spring forth, and She to whom we shall return. Linguistically, the root word of Kali means 'time'. Time crushes all things--individuals, mountains, civilizations, everything. In this card, Kali Ma is forcing us to let go of our delusions--for who could still lie to themselves when faced with the most powerful force there is? Geburah is associated with Mars, but this card is influenced by Venus in Aquarius so those symbols appear in the sky behind her. Red for Mars, blue for Venus. Those colours contrast in the main figure, but they blend in the sky to make violet, perhaps to show the eventual resolution of the current conflict. Violet is also the colour of Aquarius on the King scale. The suit of Swords is in the domain of the Air element, represented by the colour yellow, so that is the colour I chose for the swords. The symbol on her tongue is the 47th Hexagram from the I Ching. It represents adversity.
While painting the image of our sacred mother, I chanted her mantra "Aum Klim Kalikayei Nemaha"
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