Sunday, November 23, 2014

11/23/14

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

44, Moon (Above). The direction of Above takes us up and out of the four traditional elements of Air, Fire, Water and Earth, and reminds us that we are but a small part of the Cosmos.  Above also reminds us that while the Machinery of the Universe is huge, it does have an effect on each of us, and each of us is an important part of the workings of that Machinery.  The Moon is a card of cycles and tides, and of mystery, the subconscious, and fantasy.  All are useful tools and effects, except when taken to extremes.  The Moon also represents the Sacred Feminine, and inner, passive and receptive energies.

35, Landscape: Forest (North). North is the direction of Earth, and thus of the physical or physically formed or manifested world, and of nurturing, health, finances and security, and the wisdom associated with living simply, being well-grounded, and being in touch with our physical body.  Forest is about the results over the long term, results which happen because of fertility and nurturing and patience; Forest represents the manifestation of age and wisdom and patience, connections (and results) that are not openly apparent but rather, like roots under the ground, are all around us.  Different energies can work together; a Forest is proof of that.

24, Time of Day: Sunset (West).  West is the direction of Water, and thus, of feelings and emotions, relationships of all kinds, cleansing and healing, the wisdom associated with natural endings, and the bubbling up of pure joy.  Sunset is the time when we pause as the daylight hours come to a close.  We should not, however, assume that the day is done, for much can be had from the dark hours.  The light of the setting sun and the long shadows can transform even the most mundane environment into something mystical and magickal, the perfect environment to remember the experiences of the day.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  What a beautiful image!  The full Moon is in the center, surrounded by the trees of Forest, with the Sunset framing it all with golden beams of light.  The message here is pretty simple: cycles, connections, and long term results are all important now, and just because the sun has set does not mean the experiences are over.  While all cycles are important, endings are particularly so.  Endings bring new beginnings!

Today was the Advanced Yoga Intensive for spinal surgery patients.  What a wonderful day I had!  I learned so much, and my awe of the spine and its intricacies has not been lessened at all.  I am so lucky to have this training available!

I also submitted my next article for PaganPages.  That new column will be out on the first of December.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11/19/14

Eight of Wands reversed/The Hermit.  Okay, that’s a clear message!  The Eight of Wands (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) is a card of action, of quick developments, and of pulling it all together so things can be completed.  The energies of this card are fast and strong and sudden, and while the dust will surely fly, the end result should be balance.  This one is kind of a Minor Arcana version of The Wheel, and because it is reversed, I might find that things are not happening in a fast or sudden way.  While the energies of the upright Eight of Wands are not sourced from people (the traditional image of this card does not have any people on it; one of the few Minors without people in the image), perhaps I am being told that I am better off working with effects that I have caused, rather than just riding the wave of whatever effects are flowing by. The Hermit corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and material, practical and stable energy that is slow to change), as well as Virgo (“I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented, orderly), Yod (open hand, touch), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured), and is about searching within for a deeper meaning, often through solitude bordering on discomfort.  The Hermit tells us that in order to release the past and achieve something of value, the work must be done internally, usually involving solitude to the point of discomfort, and with an outward mantle of “business as usual.”  Like The High Priestess, he deals with hidden or not obvious knowledge, however The Hermit understands that his knowledge is insignificant when compared to what he does not know.  He also acknowledges that the maintenance of his solitude requires Will power.  I should be able to focus inward today.  This is the time for such focus, the quiet and dark between Samhain and Yule.  Going into this kind of focus with the understanding that in actuality I know very little, will help me to be open to any messages that come my way.

My Thoth cards are the Princess of Swords reversed and The Empress.  Wow!  Another clear message!  . The Princess/Page of Swords (Capricorn, “I build,” ambitious, competent, cautious, cunning, Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, society, cause-oriented, and Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, soul growth, spirituality) encourages us to use our mind and intellect to analyze our situations as well as our emotions and feelings.  Uncle Al sees this Princess as being a bit on the stern side.  My Princess is reversed, and her stern analysis won’t be of use.  If we look at my other Thoth card, we can see why. The Empress (my significator card, which corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change), Venus (beauty, allure, pleasure, relationships), the Hebrew letter Daleth (door or womb) and the Path between Binah (female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure) and Chokmah on the Tree of Life (dynamic male energy and the origin of vital force and polarity)) is one half of the Major Arcana representation of the Sacred Feminine (along with The High Priestess), the half that is about creativity, fertility of all kinds, a deep connection to Nature and the nurturing of others, and an enjoyment of the senses. My Empress is not stern and analystical.  On the contrary, she is able to enjoy the pleasures of Nature and of her own body, and she is able to create a pleasing environment for all.

My Legacy card is the Five of Coins reversed, flavored by the Ace of Cups reversed.  The Five of Coins (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn) in an upright position tells of some loss or need within the physical world.  Sometimes this card can indicate an inability to balance personal issues with professional issues, but because my Five of Coins is reversed, I should find light in unlooked-for places, and any physical-world losses that present themselves just might not be bad at all.  My Five of Coins is being flavored by the Ace of Cups reversed.   Upright, the Ace of Cups (Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, deep, mysterious, obsessive, Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) tells of the potential to experience deep emotions, a connection to my Inner Voice, and a connection to those around me.  My Ace is reversed, however, and that could be indicating some kind of inner attunement that is experiencing a moment of discord.  That reversed Five of Coins is reminding me that emotional potential can be found even in the physical world, and shutting out the potential of this Ace because I fear the interactions is not productive at all.

My 6-digit date number is 8, the number that tells of a conscious and deliberate response to the pause and approach of degeneration of the 7, in order to maintain for a bit longer the harmony of the 6.

My horoscopes: “Guess who's coming to dinner! Um, everyone? Today expansive Jupiter in your global-adventure zone aligns with the Moon in party sign Libra in your "the more, the merrier" 11th house. More than ever, you'll enjoy the spontaneous, unpredictable energy of flying by the seat of your pants and meeting scintillating strangers. Every conversation holds the potential for new friendships, business collaborations and possibly more. When it comes to work, there's no need to be bound by geography. New connections are just clicks away!

And: “If you find that there is tension in a close relationship, you may be getting the feeling that this is not the right partner for you. Don't automatically assume that the problem lies within your partner. Difficult situations involving the need for love and affection are likely to emerge, regardless of the situation you are in or the company you keep. Instead of running off to the next person in line, stick with the one you are with, and take the time to work things out.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

11/18/14

Five of Swords/Six of Pentacles reversed. The Five of Swords (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, pleasure, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloof) shows what happens when we insist that our way is right, or when we impose our needs or wants onto a situation. This card could also be telling of what seems to be overwhelming opposition, or being made to suffer the sins of others; in other words, being on the receiving end of that insistence that one way is the right way.  The thwarting of the plans of others is on the table today, and if this is the action I’m going to take, I need to be darned sure that I’m not acting the tyrant. The Six of Pentacles (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Taurus, “I have,” Sensual, cautious, stubborn) brings an awareness of resources to the situation, both those that I have and those that I don’t have, in both the upright and reversed position.  I read the upright Six of Pentacles as telling me that resources will be available to me, and that I will be able to share those resources with others and experience fulfillment from that sharing.  Since my card is reversed, there will be some kind of frustration today dealing with resources.  No wonder that Five of Swords wants to do things his way; careful!

My Thoth cards are the Eight of Cups (“Indolence”) reversed and the Seven of Swords (“Futility”). The Eight of Cups (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitation, law and order, in Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, suffering, soul growth) tells of an ending or a decline or a change of direction, often one associated with emotions, and it offers one possible response to that decline or change: moving on.  Crowley’s keyword, Indolence, tells of a reluctance to release and move on, and here is the danger of this card. The Seven of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloofness) tells of the effort to maintain things as we want them, often through the use of deception and without considering the wants or needs of others.  Oh boy, these two cards together are a recipe for disaster.  Since I also have the Five of Swords today, I might be better off just going back to bed. 

My Legacy card is the Knight of Swords, flavored by the Ace of Coins. The Knight of Swords (the cusp of Taurus, “I have,” sensual, stubborn, cautious, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, intelligent) is outspoken, assured, alert, and logical, as well as rude, domineering, critical and sarcastic.  His daring and courage are impressive, but he can also be disruptive, too.  While all of the Knights can be considered as mercinaries, the Knight of Swords truly personifies this career.  And oh boy, I don’t think I need this Knight today; I’ve already got an imbalance of Swords cards.  My Knight of Swords is being flavored by the Ace of Coins. The Ace of Coins (Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive, Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, social) tells of the presence of potential that is connected in some way to the physical world.  This card represents the seed of something that could be great; this could be money or fertile condiions that could bring success, and considering the Swords cards I have today, and the other cards, there is danger, yes, but there is also opportunity.  I am being told there is potential to be had in the physical world, and I need to find a balance between forcing change for my own purposes and maintaining the status quo, again for my own purposes.  I need to overcome my fear of releasing the theings that need to be released, and I really do need to keep an eye on resources.  Okay.

My 6-digit date number is 7, the number that tells of the pause that occurs as growthslows and degeneration approaches, usually involving a choice of some kind.

My horoscopes: “It's a day for endings, Archer, but even if they're not happy, they're essential so that you can move on with your life. Today's meetup of taskmaster Saturn and the Sun in your 12th house of closure helps you end a relationship or behavior that's not working anymore. Goodbyes aren't easy, especially when you have emotional attachments, but you need to get rid of the old to make room for the new. Afterward, you'll be able to start off again with a fresh perspective and clear conscience.

And: “Try not to think too much about what is "supposed" to happen next. The truth of the matter is that things don't necessarily work out the way they are planned, so don't count on something that has no guarantee of ever coming to fruition. Stick to your own way of doing things and try not to get too hung up on the results. The key now is to enjoy the process.

There are moments, tiny moments, that make your eyes shine and your soul leap within itself and the world slightly shimmers for a second. Extend those seconds into a lifetime of awareness.  Those words are by Alison Brown, a blogger at Times New Romantic.  This is good advice.  No matter what challenges may present themselves to us during our day, there is beauty to be found.  I must always look for the day’s beauty.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

11/16/14

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

2, Weather: Wind (East).   East is the direction of the rising sun, and thus of new beginnings and fresh ideas, as well as knowledge, intellectual ideas and thoughts.  Wind brings chaos and unpredictability; a stiff breeze can disrupt order, or it can clear away the cobwebs of stagnation.  What we need to remember is that we can’t control the effects of the Wind, only deal with them.  Sometimes we are rewarded for bravely accepting the effects of Wind, by receiving inspiration.

45, Mars (Above). Mars is about drive and energy and passion; it is also about striving to do things our own way, about conquest, power and aggression.  Mars can bring sexual tension, often infused with domination or submission, as well as fiery tempers.  Since Mars is connected to the element of Fire, all the traits of this planet can bring transformation.

28, Guide: Frog (West). Water is emotional and sensitive energy that strives to stay the same; its dignities are cold/binds and wet/adapts.  Water is necessary for Frog to exist and thrive.  Frog tells of fertility and creativity, and Frog also represents the amazing transformations that occur during a lifetime.  We need to grow and adapt to the situations that present themselves, and Frog is an expert at this!  Frog has a permeable skin, so this card is also associated with healing and empathy and healing, and with partnerships.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  I get he impression of lots of chaotic, outward, emanating motion, with Frog just sitting there with an “I-just-ate-the-bug” smile on its face.  This week it looks like my cards are offering a simple message: ride the wave and expect benefits.  I think Frog is also reminding me that the transformation does not begin when the wind gusts; rather the time leading up to that wind gust causes the gust itself, and the time after the gust is when we perceive manifestations and effects.  This is a life-long process, which in the end is a good thing, because corrections are easier to make.  How is that for a bit of optimism?

I took a nice, quiet walk at Point Park today.  It was overcast, and the weekend has been chilly, so there were not many people there.  Although I saw many, many hawks while standing in the bread line yesterday morning, I did not see one raptor.  I saw a lovely great egret, who stayed where he was, posing for me, for a while.  I saw a pair of gorgeous red-bellied woodpeckers, startling them as I walked along the deserted path.  I saw three malek mergansers in one of the ponds; they are such adorable ducks.  I was surprised to read that they are carnivores, and regularly eat small fish.  I saw a beautiful great blue heron, fishing quietly.  I saw aonther bird that I can’t identify; it had distinct white wing bars and eye stripes, lighter chest.  The closest I can come is an immature robbing.  Oh well, he was pretty, sitting at the top of a tree, watching me go by.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

11/14/14

The Horned One/Five of Swords reversed. The Horned One/The Devil (Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change), Capricorn (“I build,” ambitious, competent, cautious, cunning), Ayin (the eye, senses), and the Path between Hod (which provides analysis and communication) and Tipareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) tells of being caught up in the physical world and the effects of the physical senses, to the point of being bound or addicted to those things. The Llewellyn Welsh Tarot does not see the Devil as a more negative card (hence the name, “The Horned One” rather than “The Devil”).  The traditional keywords for this card are about chains and bondage, but the Llewellyn Welsh card is more about life in its natural state, without the interference of technology and society.  This card is about primal instincts and ancestral memories as well as the pleasure of the senses, and of course, it is about how easy it can be to get carried away by each.  I’ve been really attuned to Nature lately, so this card makes sense.  I just need to stay grounded in reality, too. The Five of Swords (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, pleasure, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloof) shows what happens when we insist that our way is right, or when we impose our needs or wants onto a situation. This card could also be telling of what seems to be overwhelming opposition, or being made to suffer the sins of others, and because it is reversed, these kinds of things should not be an issue today.  As long as I don’t put myself out there as the know-it-all who needs to control things, I should be good.

My Thoth cards are the Knight/King of Disks and the Six of Disks (“Success”). The Knights of the Thoth Tarot are actually the Kings.  The Knight/King of Disks (cusp of Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive, and Taurus, “I have,” sensual, stubborn, cautious, physically oriented) is the expert on physical world manifestation of all kinds.  He is good at managing physical world resources, but he focuses a lot on the business end of things.  He is good at managing details, but to some he seems just too slow and lethargic.  Success in the physical world is what the Six of Disks refers to, and what a perfect card to appear with the expert at managing resources. The Six of Disks (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Taurus, “I have,” Sensual, cautious, stubborn) brings an awareness of resources to the situation, both those that I have and those that I don’t have, in both the upright and reversed position. I am being told today that being aware of what I do have is the best way to perceive what I don’t have.  This card shows us what happens when we don’t let the apparent failure of the Five of Disks hold us back. Crowley sees the Six of Disks as a card of balance, and while that balance is fertile, it is also temporary. 

My Legacy card is The High Priestess, flavored by The Devil reversed. Bookends again!  The High Priestess (Water; the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination; Gimel, the camel who safely crosses Da’ath, the Abyss, and thus, has the secret of life; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Kether, the source, limitless possibility), is one-half of the Major Arcana representation of the Sacred Feminine, with The Empress being the other half. The High Priestess is the source of the power of The Magician (who is also in my spread today), the feminine version of The Hierophant, and the Keeper of the Mysteries.  She is the Gatekeeper who determines whether I am ready to experience the Mysteries, and she is somewhat removed from everyday life although her mind is receptive.  She is not about mental analysis at all; rather she tells me that in order to access the Mysteries she guards, I must know my inner self completely, and accept the messages of my Inner Voice, even if they defy analysis. How cool that the Llewellyn Horned One and The High Priestess appear in the same throw!  Lots of Aha! Moments available here today.  My High Priestess is being flavored by the Devil reversed.  The Legacy Devil is very handsome, and this version tells very adequately about the seductive allure of superficial beauty and attractiveness.  These things can easily blind us to reality, and overcome us with addiction.  Thankfully my Devil is reversed, and flavoring my High Priestess.  Maybe I will be more drawn to the beauty within, today.  I can do that!

More about my Bookends card, The Devil.  As I stated above, many see this one as a negative card.  However, to me this one is about the physical world, and the binds that hold us there.  One huge bind is our physical bodies and their workings, pains and pleasures.  After all, the physical body is the vehicle of the subtle body and the “spirit/self,” and in our physical form it is our body that is our tool of perception of the world.  When we balance this knowledge with our subtle body perceptions, all is well, but when we rely too much on the messages of our physica brains and bodies, there is an imbalance.  Thus it makes sense that this card is about bondage and addictions of all kinds.  What I love is that my two Devils today are alternative versions of the traditional card, one representing the experiences of the Natural world without the influence of technology, and the other telling of beauty and attractiveness, and how empty they can be without some kind of substance to back them up.

My 6-digit date number is 3, the number that tells of a new creation out of the potential and position of the Ace, and the balance, polarity, and energy of “distance between” of the 2.

My horoscopes: “Rise above it all. You like to keep your thoughts focused on higher truths, Sagittarius, and you'll be able to do just that today, as the Moon and your philosophical ruler Jupiter team up in your ninth house of wisdom. You have no time for petty dramas now; instead, connect your daily actions to a higher meaning or purpose. For example, don't just eat your food, but really meditate on the taste and texture, allowing this normal action to force you to be present

And: “If you are having trouble tackling a giant problem at this time, don't get discouraged or overwhelmed. They key for you is to break things down into smaller chunks, analyze them, and figure out their role within the greater whole. You will find that by taking things one step at a time, any problem you encounter will be infinitely easier to overcome than you may have first thought.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

11/13/14

Queen of Pentacles reversed/The Hanging Man reversed.  The Queen of Coins (cusp of Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering, and Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, caution, cunning, authoritative) is very good at sustaining the physical world, keeping things dry and cozy and safe and orderly.  She has a “greatness of soul” and can easily manifest this greatness around her through her visualizations.  She is comfortable with all physical world sensations and experiences, she understands the philosophies behind building and healing and nurturing, and she is able to find beauty in all experiences.  Our Queen represents Water of Earth, and represents a time when emotions support the senses (or counteract them, if the card is reversed).   Because she is reversed, there could be a discord today between what I’m feeling and what I’m sensing.   The Hanging Man corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and emotional, sensitive and imaginative energy that tends to move deep, and attempts to take the same path as in the past), Neptune (inspiration, spirituality, magick, enchantment, dreams, altered states), and the Hebrew letter Mem (water, stability and balance, the reflective quality of thought), and presents the kind of balance that comes to us through surrender, and through deliberately attempting to see things in a different way.  This card tells of initiation and destiny, as well as sacrifice and loss, but the interesting thing here is that in many situations, the face of the Hanging Man is not distorted by pain or suffering, as we would expect.  Instead he is serene, as if he was experiencing a quiet epiphany.  This card has a “wait and see” feel about it, or maybe a fatalistic acceptance of what presents itself.  The key to The Hanging Man’s evolution is his ability to see without expectations, and without including the input of his body or his physical world, and this kind of sacrifice might be difficult for me to achieve today, because my card is reversed.  This could very well be the discord I am sensing in my reversed Queen of Pentacles.  After all, she strives to bring comfort, but The Hanging Man receives his Aha! Moment through discomfort!

My Thoth cards are the Princess of Cups and the Queen of Swords reversed.  The Princess/Page of Cups corresponds to Libra (“we are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), Scorpio (“I desire,” intensity compulsion, mystery) and Sagittarius (“I seek,” philosophic, adventurous, blundering) and is a card of soft and tender energies and of getting fulfillment through connections to others, and through innocent and simple joys.  She is my only upright card today, and thus she is important.  Crowley sees this card as representing a more immature version of the Queen of Cups, and that means she might be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.  She is Earth of Water, and thus all about feelings and sensations, particularly pleasant feelings and sensations. That kind of optimism and belief that everyone has good intentions might be nice to immerse myself in today.  The Queen of Swords (cusp of Virgo, “I serve,” practical, sensible, work and service oriented, and Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, grace) can be considered a Minor Arcana representation of the Justice card, which is about responsibility and the relationship between “cause” and “effect.”  The main difference is that while Justice is about the law, the Queen of Swords is about the intent behind the law.  Interestingly enough, the upright Queen does not appear to have the strength of Will to raise her Sword point up.  The reversed Queen points her Sword upright, but in a way she is using her weakness to accomplish this.  Unreliability?  Deceit of some kind?  Food for thought?  I think I will stick with my Princess of Cups and all those good feelings.

My Legacy card is the Ace of Coins reversed, flavored by The Moon reversed.  The Ace of Coins (Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive, Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, social) tells of the presence of potential that is connected in some way to the physical world.  This card represents the seed of something that could be great; this could be money or fertile condiions that could bring success, but because my Ace is reversed, those possibilities might not manifest to my advantage.  My reversed Ace is being flavored by The Moon reversed.   The Moon of the Tarot Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, emotional and sensitive energy that strives to stay the same), Pisces (“I believe,” feeling, suffering, soul growth, duality), Qof (the back of the head), and the Path between Malkuth (the physical world of action and physical, outer reality) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), and is about feelings and emotions and instincts and the subconscious.  This card tells of falsehood and illusion, deception and chaos, and the Dark Night of Soul, and about magick and mystery. The Moon also tells of being either drawn to or susceptible to the effects of these things (and their manifestation can either be helpful or harmful).  I read an interesting description of The Moon: it represents the life of imagination without the life of the spirit, and it represents fears of the natural or primitive mind, and this makes sense to me.  Here is The Fog I have been experiencing, but since my Moon is reversed, I am being reminded that fear is the mind killer.  This fear could very well be what is not allowing me to tap into the potential of my Ace.  More food for thought.

My 6-digit date number is 11 (Archangel Uriel), which reduces further to 2, the number of balance, polarity, and the energy of “distance between.”

My horoscopes: “Keep your ears open. You can talk with the best of them, Sagittarius, but as the Moon in your ninth house of knowledge forms a cosmic alliance with spontaneous Uranus today, it seems like a piece of news will be a game-changer for you. Pay special attention to any clues you receive from overseas, from books or even abstract philosophies. You might be able to apply one of these concepts to your particular situation with stellar results.”

And: “You may feel as if your smile is unwelcome today. It may seem to you as if there is some sort of gloom and doom to people's attitudes that makes them unwilling to accept any sort of good news. Don't let this stop you from maintaining your own cheerful state. It is important that you not probe too deeply into the reasons behind other people's behavior at this time.”

I saw frost on the grass when I went for my walk this morning!  Fall is at its peak right now, and I can sense how the energies of the Sacred Masculine have withdrawn.  Most of the leaves on the trees are no longer green; yellow and orange and red are the canopy colors now, and leaves swirl to the ground whenever the wind blows.  Many trees are just about leafless, and more and more I am seeing the lovely lace of branches against the sky.  The Goddess is quiet too; Her pregnancy is advancing, and as time passes Her focus moves away from Her Consort, resting peacefully in the Summerland, and more toward the Child growing stronger each day in Her womb. 

I love this quite time.  I love looking within as everything without settles in for the winter.  We may actually get a bit of snow tomorrow morning!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

11/10/14

Queen of Swords reversed/Four of Wands. The Queen of Swords (cusp of Virgo, “I serve,” practical, sensible, work and service oriented, and Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, grace) can be considered a Minor Arcana representation of the Justice card, which is about responsibility and the relationship between “cause” and “effect.”  The main difference is that while Justice is about the law, the Queen of Swords is about the intent behind the law.  Since my Queen is reversed, I need to keep my eyes out for greed, jealousy or abuse of power, for those things will be in play.  I should try not to be the catalyst for them.  The Four of Wands (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, enthusiastic) is about building enough to become established, and about the results of harmony and effort and creativity combined.  This card is not telling me that the job is done; rather it is telling me that I’ve done some good work so far, enough that I should take a moment to celebrate my accomplishments and solidify my foundation before moving forward once more.  I should also remember that others may be interested in enjoying the fun.  I guess these two cards together are telling me to celebrate with optimism, but be careful that I don’t allow my success to go to my head, eh?

My Thoth cards are the Four of Swords (“Truce”) and the Two of Wands (“Dominion”) reversed.  4 must be the number of the day, eh? The Four of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) can represent a pause or truce or mutual deterrent, or a time of silence and isolation used to prepare for challenges to come.  Often it is necessary to take a moment to absorb what has happened thus far, and this card offers that pause.  The truce represented by the Four of Swords does not happen due to weakness, but rather through conscious choice and through a balance of power. The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) in an upright position tells of power, influence and authority, and the implementation of the Will.  This is a card of action and ownership, personal power and authority, and it is reversed.  This makes sense, as my reversed Two is paired with that Four of Swords, which tells of a balance of power rather than authority.

My Legacy card is the Knight of Swords reversed, flavored by the Four of Swords reversed.  Bookends! The Knight of Swords (the cusp of Taurus, “I have,” sensual, stubborn, cautious, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, intelligent) is outspoken, assured, alert, and logical, as well as rude, domineering, critical and sarcastic.  His daring and courage are impressive, but he can also be disruptive, too.  While all of the Knights can be considered as mercinaries, the Knight of Swords truly personifies this career.  My Knight is reversed today, and again I am being told that this is not the day for me to stand up alone for what I personally believe.  My reversed Knight is being flavored by my Bookends card, the Four of Swords.  The Legacy Four of Swords tells of a resting of the mind, and because this time my Four of Swords is reversed, the mind will not rest quietly today.  Instead, the mind will be actively gathering and analyzing information.  Because my reversed Four of Swords is flavoring my reversed Knight of Swords, I sense an imbalance of mental workings; too much thinking and not enough grounding into reality.

More about my Bookends card, the Four of Swords.  Four an Air card, this one is very grounded.  The number 4 is about depth and stability and the Suit of Swords is about the intellect and the workings of the mind; hence the stillness offered by the Four of Swords.  In the midst of turmoil or danger, this quiet center is quite valuable.  This card is known as “measuring intelligence,” and it reminds us that we must paues in order to absorb and understand what is happening.  Reversed, the Four of Swords can tell of unsettled legal conditions or lack of harmony with partners, but it can also tell of a time when mutual deterrence is not necessary.  This means that depending on the situation, the upright card can be good and the reversed card difficult, or the reverse may hold true.   

My 6-digit date number is 8, the number that tells of the conscious and deliberate response to the pause and approach of degeneration of the 7, in order to maintain for a bit longer the balance of the number 6.

My horoscopes: “Time to go deep. As a Sagittarius, you can oftentimes gloss over your negative feelings in an effort to keep an upbeat tempo. However, as the Moon in your intense eighth house forms a sweet angle to communicative Mercury today, you'll be able to let yourself succumb to those profound feelings without fear that you'll lose your bearings. Believe it or not, you won't downward spiral if you allow yourself to really process some past hurts. In fact, this is the only way to transform them.

And: “This is a day made for fun and frivolity, not one in which you are likely to get much of your chores done. Try as you might to focus on the task at hand, everywhere you turn there are distractions. Your e-mail pen pals could be sending you jokes and notes, and your friends could be bugging you to join them for an outing of some sort. You may as well give in.

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