Sunday, March 1, 2015

3/1/15

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

32, Weather: Snow (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.  Snow has a magickal effect on the landscape and our surroundings; when snow falls, it covers everything and hides details as well as mutes sounds.  The mantle of white is made of countless tiny, unique crystals, and like a blanket, the covering of snow insulates and protects.

50, Polarity: White Dragon (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 White Dragon represents masculine, dispassionate, celestial energies that come into us and into our world from “Above.”  If you see the solar system and the universe as being alive, and as being filled with the manifestations of the Sacred Essences that are the source of life and awareness, then these energies are very important.  We are the Microcosm, after all, and these energies are from the polar opposite, the Macrocosm . . . filled with information, knowledge and wisdom.

62, Dream (Within).  Within is the direction of the Self, and thus the cards associated with this direction deal with the ways our Self connects to the world and perceives the world, and the Self.  This direction is mostly abstract, and yet is our bridge to the Universe around us.  Dream is the language of the unconscious mind; our unconscious mind is constantly absorbing and interpreting information, and since Dream has no physical world limits, it can interpret that information without being bound by any limits. Thus we can see the past and the future, and talk to those who are not now (or maybe never were) of the physical world.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  I love the image on this one!  Dream appears to be manifesting Snow, and the White Dragon is drawing the focus upward and Above.  This soooooo makes sense to me!  I did a deep meditation yesterday, going to Danu’s Well and then the Ancient Altar.  My Guides came to me, and I had my whole “Team” with me.  I set an intention, my Team agreed to support me, and I was told that I need to strive to take the next step up the spiritual ladder, and make use of what I have learned in a new and deeper way.  This will be accomplished by perceiving the world and this life in new ways.  Okay, then!!

My wrist is feeling better today.  I just might attempt a bit of Yoga, just to see how healed I am.  I can definitely do my Yin practice, but I miss my Sun Salutatons.  Can’t do them without putting pressure on my wrist, but we shall see!  Luckily, it was my wrist that was injured and not may ankle, because I am busy getting rid of my usual “winter padding” by imposing aerobic discipline.  I’m back to walking every day, and already I can feel the sludge clearing out of my subtle body. 

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2/28/15

The Hierophant/Justice reversed. The Hierophant corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes), Taurus (“I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn), Vau (the nail which holds tradition in place), and the Path between Chesed (the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured), and Chokmah (dynamic male energy, the origin of vital force and polarity).  This card is an archetype of Spirit (with The Emperor as archetype of the Sacred Masculine, The Empress as archetype of the Sacred Feminine, and all three representing the supernal triad) that reminds us of the value of tradition, ritual and ceremony, and conforming to the rules and traditions with the aim of presenting the highest good of the group.  There is duty to be found in this card, as well as morality, and a suggestion that tradition should not be accepted blindly, for there is a level of attainment to be had from within a spiritual practice.  I love the meaning of the Hebrew letter Vau in connection with this card.  The practice of spiritual traditions itself is indeed one of the nails that hold that tradition in place, and it is this holding in place that is important today. Justice is a card of adjustment; it corresponds with the element of Air (hot/separates and wet/adapts, and quick, animated energy that usually brings problems or challenges that bring growth), Libra (“we are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), Lamed (ox goad; training or teaching), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Geburah (the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed).  This card presents two important concepts: balance and truth, and it tells us that the purpose of the law is to implement and manifest these two concepts. The traditional image of Justice has two pillars on it, as does The High Priestess; each is a guardian of sorts, Justice a guardian of equilibrium and The High Priestess a guardian of secret knowledge.  My Justice card is reversed, and this could be offering me a warning of sorts.  Perhaps offering judgment through a spiritual or religious tradition is not the way to go; after all, religion is a personal thing and Justice needs to transcend tradition and move into ethics.

My Thoth cards are the Seven of Wands (“Valor”) reversed and The Fool reversed. The Seven of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, natural leader, egotistical, selfish) in an upright position reminds me that my own judgment is worth relying on, so I should have confidence in that judgment.  This card also reminds me to choose my projects carefully, and then stand by them until the end, because I just might be experiencing a test of some kind, and I need to be brave, determined and creative, and maybe even take a calculated risk.  Because my Seven of Wands is reversed, today may not be a day for risks, or for putting myself in a situation where I will need to take a stand of some sort.  The Fool corresponds with Air (hot/separates and wet/adapts, and challenges that tend to require the use of the intellect to solve), Uranus (technology, science, radical change), Aleph (the head, youthful learning) and the Path between Chokmah (male in the electric sense, dynamic energy and the origin of vital force and polarity) and Kether (the source; limitless possibility).  The Fool is the spark that begins the idea, and the neutral powers of creativity; he is above, beyond and before the world and all its extremes.  He is also the archetype of the Holy Child, above, beyond and before petty squabbles, evil intent, and pessimistic expectations.  My Fool is reversed, and in many ways this emphasizes the value of my Heirophant above.  The upright Fool sees the world with child-like excitement and optimism, and he leaves the good outcome up to chance because he believes with his heart and is soul that good outcome will happen.  Better I rely on already-in-place traditions today, and make use of what already works for me, rather than boldly going where no man has gone before..

My Legacy card is The Hermit, flavored by The Empress reversed. 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 need to remember the concept of using my discomfort and a shield and a tool, and by the looks of my cards today, I should be able to accomplish this.  My Hermit is being flavored by The Empress reversed.  Another validation! The Empress (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.  When upright, The Empress is able to enjoy the pleasures of Nature and of her own body, and she is able to create a pleasing environment for all, however she is validating the message of my Hermit because she is reversed.  Pull away from pleasurable sensations today, and explore the benefits to be had from a bit of discomfort, a bit of challenge. 

My 6-digit date number is 9, the completeness of manifestation or effect. 

My horoscopes: “There will be no stopping you once you've made up your mind today. The Moon is getting cozy in your intimate 8th house, where it's clashing with impulsive Uranus. This could elicit a major change to your domestic life, such as a huge home makeover or even buying some property. You might think you're ready to proceed as soon as you decide to go for it, but major decisions take major strategizing to work. Don't rip up the carpets or sign off on a loan until you've put in the planning time.

And: “Expanding your horizons is the key phrase for today. Communications received from distant states or foreign lands could have you entertaining the idea of traveling to those places and visiting with people with the same interests as yourself. Learning is very much on your mind, and you're probably very curious about different cultures, different ideas, and different perspectives. Though you might not make definite plans for travel now, you're apt to at least consider it.

So one moment of not paying attention to where I was stepping during my walk yesterday, and bam!  Down I went.  Thankfully, all I did was jam my wrist badly; of course, my right wrist.  I won’t be doing much typing for a few days, but so far my Reiki applications and my attempts to not use my right hand (ugh!!) are encouraging the healing process.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2/25/15

Knight of Swords/Eight of Cups.  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. Today I may need to manage my time well, as situations requiring quick decisions will be the rule. 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.  I am being told that if feelings or emotions don’t serve me in a positive way, I should release them and walk away. 

My Thoth cards are Lust and the Five of Disks (“Worry”).  The Strength card, which Crowley calls “Lust” (Fire, hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic energy; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical; Teth, sieve or basket, digestion; and the Path between Geburah, the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed, and Chesed, the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured) is about having the strength and the patience to endure and focus. In the end, the lion from the traditional image of this card is offering a service just by being itself; we are offered the opportunity to tame that beast.  Crowley sees this card as offering the traditional meanings (courage, passion, inner focus and fortitude), but he also sees it as representing the use of magick or magickal powers.  And perhaps inner strength can be seen as a magickal power, eh?  The Five of Disks (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn) tells of some loss or need within the physical world.  This card tells of wandering aimlessly looking for help and not finding it.  The image on the Thoth Five of Disks shows an upside-down pentacle, showing me that Spirit may not be my main focus today, and perhaps it should be.  Success is not just measured by material possessions, and material possessions are empty if they are not accompanied by love and passion and spirit.  The Worry of this card can have a positive effect, if we allow our Worry to cause us to test us, we will determine if we have the strength to endure.  Hmmmm . . . perhaps it is good that these two cards have appeared together today.

My Legacy card is the Two of Wands, flavored by the Five of Wands reversed.  The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) 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 the manifestation of these things, hopefully in order to obtain a good result.  My Two of Wands is being flavored by the Five of Wands in a reversed position.  The Five of Wands, which corresponds with Saturn (discipline, responsibility, law and order) in Leo (“I am, passionate, dramatic, egotistical) in an upright position indicates a struggle caused by annoying cross-purposes, or this discomfort could be caused by growing pains. The traditional image on this card makes me laugh, and makes me remember setting up a tent in order to camp.  LOL, talk about cross-purposes!  But my Five of Wands is reversed today, and that tells me that I will be able to take advantage of the conflicts of Will that appear, and turn the conflict itself to a good purpose.  And isn’t it handy that my Two of Wands tells me that I am in control??!!

My 6-digit date number is 6, the number of vertical and horizontal balance. 

My horoscopes: “Double-check any plans you've made with those you hold dear today—and confirm your work meetings while you're at it. With foggy Neptune opposing the Moon in your house of partnerships, miscommunications could crop up left and right. You may think you have all the times and meeting spots correct, only to miss something important still. If you've been working on a business deal, take note: It's not a good day for signing contracts or finalizing anything. Hold off until things feel less fuzzy.”

And: “A rally or other sort of mass meeting could take place in your near neighborhood today and it could well be the most exciting thing that's happened to your community in a long time. Expect to meet a number of interesting people. Social events, perhaps connected to this rally in some way, could take up a lot of your time today, almost to the point where you wear yourself out. Pace yourself and don't try to do too much.”

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Monday, February 23, 2015

2/23/15

The Chariot/Six of Wands.  Woohoo; look out, world! The Chariot, which corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, emotional and imaginative energy that likes to stay the same or follow the same course), Cancer (“I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody), Cheth (the fence), and the Path between Geburah (the place where forms and structure are challenged or affirmed) and Binah (female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure), tells of having the control necessary to focus on goals, and to avoid distractions.  My Chariot brings a sense of motion to the day, and motion (and the control of that motion) is his forte.  Comparing him to say, The Emperor, would be a learning experience here. I am also being warned; while I have conrol over the vehicle and the motor, I am to some extent insulated.  If I look away for a moment, everything might tumble, and focusing on the goal, way off in the distance, could end up creating problems. The Six of Wands (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, noble, authoritative) expresses the celebration we feel when we have passed some test or successfully met a challenge.  This card is about the sense of accomplishment and the recognition that happen when we stick to our own plan despite adversity.  Good standing and recognized authority, and the hands on the reins.  Nice pair.

My Thoth cards are the Two of Cups (“Love”) reversed and the Ace of Cups. The Two of Cups (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, family and home oriented, tenacious, moody) in an upright position tells of about love and connections, usually having to do with feelings, relationships and commonalities, and a recognition or acknowledgement that a bond is beginning to happen, or is beginning to be restored after forgiveness is offered and received.  This card can be about attachment, sincerety and affection, however it is reversed.  This could indicate cross-purposes in love, or even empty passion and lust without emotions of the heart.  But my other Thot card is the Ace of Cups.  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.  Interesting that this potential shows up alongside the reversed Two of Cups; that tells me my Two of Cups might right itself if I take care of this potential in a good way. 

My Legacy card is the Ten of Wands, flavored by the Page of Coins reversed. The Ten of Wands (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) tells of being taxed to some perceived limit, or of feeling as if we are out of gas at the bottom of a hill that must be climbed.  This card can also tell of a passion or idea that has taken a life of its own and then gotten out of control or taken over everything else.  Sometimes success can be oppressive; if we get lucky and we are not prepared to take on what we’ve been given, the burden can seem crushing.  Today I may need to swallow my pride and ask for help if things get too crazy..  My Ten of Wands is being flavored by the reversed Page of Coins, and perhaps this is why the Ten is reversed. The Page of Coins (Aries, “I want,” assertive, action oriented, Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable, dual) is down-to-earth and responsible, and a listener and a learner. This Page loves to learn new things and have new experiences, but he also can see the big picture in an optimistic way.  When he is reversed, as he is today, he might be allowing his responsibilities to weigh him down.  Sound familiar?  I just might need to inject a bit of fun into the day because a light-hearted approach might make the burdens less onerous.  Even those uncomfortable responsibilities can be lightened if I approach them with a smile on my face.

My 6-digit date number is 4, the number of depth and stability. 

My horoscopes: “Picky, picky! Your inner perfectionist emerges today as the Moon in your house of efficiency links up with powermonger Pluto. You may be tempted to be "all work, no play," but that's a fast track to burnout. Take your work seriously, but when the day is done, enjoy some well-deserved downtime. This evening may be better spent solo or in equally quiet company than with a group out on the town. Pluto's intense energy has everyone feeling extra sensitive, and your standard bluntness could cause some hurt feelings.”

And: “Worries about health and work might be on your mind today. You could well be stressed out over whatever it is you're doing, and this might have you feeling a little less energetic than usual. It could be a good idea to work a little on lessening the stress in your life, but this feeling is going to pass whatever you do. Try to rest a little and have some fun in spite of the stress.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

2/22/15

Transparent Oracle Sunday!

37, Guide: Raven (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.  Raven is a clever bird, often portrayed as a trickster.  Raven is also known for assisting us in the transformation from one realm to another, and known as a skilled communicator.

12, Weather: Lightning (South): South is the direction of the midday sun and the peak of power and illumination; this direction is associated with passionate drive and creativity. In the T-O, the weather associated with the South is Lightning, and oh boy, does this make sense.  After all, South is about Fire, and Lightning is about a sudden eruption of heat and flame and light.  The energies of this card are full of drama, and maybe even a bit scary at times, but they are a great way to break down and end the effectiveness of blockages.

66, Telepathy (Within). Within is the direction of the Self, and thus the cards associated with this direction deal with the ways our Self connects to the world and perceives the world, and the Self.  This direction is mostly abstract, and yet is our bridge to the Universe around us. Telepathy corresponds to the brow chakra, the element of Air, and Spirit.  It is about transmission and reception, and reminds us of the power of thoughts, ideas, visions and intentions; most importantly it is about connections of all kinds.

I then stacked my cards and created my mandala.  The Lightning strikes, the Ravens take wing, and I listen for the unspoken messages of Air and Spirit!  Looks like I am in for some sudden changes, and while they might be downright scary at first, if I pay attention to my needs, and my state of mind/body/spirit, the way will be clear and the road will be smooth and straight, once the dust settles.

This has been a frigid two weeks!  When it gets this cold outside, my old house is drafty and chilly, and all I want to do is cuddle on the couch wrapped in a blanket, reading a good book and munching on something that is probably bad for me but brings comfort.  Today, however, is the first day in a looooong time that the thermometer has gone way above freezing.  I won’t see my lawn yet, and this warm spell is not going to last long, but I’ve got some energy, and thus here I am, posting once again.

My apologies for disappearing.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2/11/15

Seven of Wands/Ten of Cups reversed. The Seven of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, natural leader, egotistical, selfish) reminds me that my own judgment is worth relying on, so I should have confidence in that judgment.  This card also reminds me to choose my projects carefully, and then stand by them until the end, because I just might be experiencing a test of some kind.  I need to be brave, determined and creative, and maybe even take a calculated risk. The Ten of Cups (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, spirituality, suffering and growth) in an upright position offers the manifestation of happiness, simple joys, and fulfillment. The number Ten is about the completion of a cycle or manifestation, and the suit of Cups is about emotions, feelings and the inner self, so this card offers the bounty that comes with the successful experiencing of all the lessons of the Cups cards. Because my Ten of Cups is reversed, there is the potential for enotional exhaustion in the day.  That exhaustion could set up stress or crankiness.  These two cards together remind me that I don’t like to take risks, even though today could be a good day to do so.  Lottery tickets, anyone?

My Thoth cards are the Ten of Wands (“Oppression”) and the Knight of Wands reversed.  Wands cards are in play today. The Ten of Wands (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) tells of being taxed to some perceived limit, or of feeling as if we are out of gas at the bottom of a hill that must be climbed.  This card can also tell of a passion that has taken a life of its own and then gotten out of control or taken over everything else.  In other words, sometimes success can be oppressive, especially when pride won’t let us take a rest.  I need to be careful about that, and get help when needed.   In the Thoth Tarot, the Knights are the Kings. The King of Wands (cusp of Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, moody, and Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic egotistical) in an upright position is honest and open hearted, and rules his realm through the advantageous use of his creative impulses.  He is admired by all, is able to assert authority without alienating others, and his achievements not only bring him benefits, but also increase the quality of life for those around him.  Because my King is reversed, I may have trouble modifying my plans today if something unexpected crops up.  These two cards together are warning me not to get too full of myself.

My Legacy card is the Page of Cups, flavored by the Eight of Wands. The 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.  This Page can be seen as a more immature version of the Queen of Cups, and that means he might be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses.  He is Earth of Water, and thus all about feelings and sensations, particularly pleasant feelings and sensations, and he is about relationships of all kinds, both love and friendship  My Page of Cups is being flavored by the Eight of Wands. 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 it is interesting that I have both the Seven and the Eight of Wands in my cards today, both paired with Cups cards.  Fire and Water are not friendly toward each other, so I had better watch for imbalances, eh?

My 6-digit date number is 10, the end of a cycle, which reduces further to 1, the number of potential and position.

My horoscopes: “Hey, chatterbox! Your social charms are out in full force today as talkative Mercury sets sail through extroverted Aquarius and your house of communication. Don't be surprised if you need to charge your phone by lunchtime since you'll be texting and tweeting up a storm. Just make sure to keep it positive. A juicy piece of gossip may reach your ears, and you don't want to lose someone's trust or be seen as two-faced by repeating it. Your attention span could be a bit short today, so fight to stay focused at work.

And: “There is a great deal of air to fuel your fire today. You will find that conversations light up upon your arrival on the scene. Dreams, fantasy and inspired wishes may be coming to the surface, asking you to digest them with your open, adventurous mind. Use this fuel to keep things burning red hot within you. Bring your dreams to the surface and turn them into realities by joining forces with others.

Yay, Mercury goes direct today, and already a log jam seems to have released.  I was notified this morning that I will be teaching a chair Yoga class for Parkinson’s Disease patients, and I am thrilled.  I will be adding this to my mat class for cancer survivors, my chair class for seniors, my basics mat class, and my private chair/mat class for a man with cerebral palsy.  I get such fulfillment from showing people they can do Yoga!  Especially those people who for whatever reason believe that Yoga is not available to them.  Life is good, and I am blessed.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

2/9/15

Page of Pentacles reversed/Judgement reversed. The Page of Pentacles (Aries, “I want,” assertive, action oriented, Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable, dual) is down-to-earth and responsible, and a listener and a learner. The Page of Pentacles in an upright position loves to learn new things and have new experiences, and he loves to share the excitement created through experiencing new things.  Because my Page is reversed, I might need to ground myself today and pay attention to the details lest my enthusiasm distract me. Judgement corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Pluto (power, metamorphosis, cycles of dying and becoming), Shin (fang), and the Path between Malkuth (the physical world of action and physical, outer reality) and Hod (provides analysis and communication) and represents an opportunity to tally up and pay the bill so we can have a fresh start. “Judgement intervenes for the purpose of distinguishing the spiritual from the material . . .” is how Oswald Wyrth puts it.  Crowley sees it as representing a final step that ends an issue of the past and at the same time brings us forward.  His definition reminds us of the profound relief to be achieved if we truly release that which no longer serves us, and if we balance out what we owe with what we have. My card is reversed, though, and this means there could be some delay to be dealt with, or perhaps some circumstances that are beyond my control.  But tomorrow is another day. 

My Thoth cards are the Two of Cups (“Love”) and The Devil reversed. The Two of Cups (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, family and home oriented, tenacious, moody) tells of about love and connections, usually having to do with feelings, relationships and commonalities, and a recognition or acknowledgement that a bond is beginning to happen, or is beginning to be restored after forgiveness is offered and received.  This card can be about attachment, sincerety and affection. 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) in an upright position 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.  My card is reversed, and instead of bondage, there may be freedom.  I like these two cards together, because the emotions told of by the Two of Cups are good ones, especially when paired with an ability to focus on physical pleasure in a balanced way.

My Legacy card is Faith, flavored by the Nine of Swords reversed. Faith is the Legacy version of The Hierophant.  The Hierophant corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes), Taurus (“I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn), Vau (the nail which holds tradition in place), and the Path between Chesed (the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured), and Chokmah (dynamic male energy, the origin of vital force and polarity).  This card is an archetype of Spirit (with The Emperor as archetype of the Sacred Masculine, The Empress as archetype of the Sacred Feminine, and all three representing the supernal triad) that reminds us of the value of tradition, ritual and ceremony, and conforming to the rules and traditions with the aim of presenting the highest good of the group.  There is duty to be found in this card, as well as morality, and a suggestion that tradition should not be accepted blindly, for there is a level of attainment to be had from within a spiritual practice. Ritkual, ceremony and tradition are important for me today, as well as learning in a group setting.  Hopefully I will be able to live according to my own Purpose, and offer clarity and encouragement to others. My Faith card is being flavored by the Nine of Swords, also reversed. The Nine of Swords (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, social, dual) represents brooding and worrying, usually self-caused, and usually unproductive.  Often the worrying attached to this card is connected to insecurity or suspicion, or it is connected to things that are over and done with, and thus unchangeable.  Thankfully my card is reversed, so I should be able to avoid the agony of the mind that is needless worry.  My reversed Nine of Swords is flavoring my Faith card, and that tells me that when I live in accordance to my own beliefs, with honor and in Perfect Love and Trust, I will know in my heart that I have done my best to bring the highest good to all.

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 number 7, in order to maintain for a bit longer the harmony of the number 6. 

My horoscope (only one today): “You might find that other people's strong opinions are dictating today's actions. The overall atmosphere of things is quite intense so you might just want to lay low and let others have their way. Don't try to put up a fight. Unexpected opposition may come out of nowhere and take control. There is a powerful force at work asking you to do things with more passion than usual.

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