Thursday, August 11, 2011

Six of Cups/Seven of Wands. The Six of Cups (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, compulsive, deep, obsessive), tells of experiencing simple joys. The Cups cards are about feelings, and this one is probably the best of them all, even better than the Ten of Cups, which has a sense of completion about it. The contentment connected with the Six of Cups is child-like in its simplicity, and it fills me with a lovely sense of being blessed with incredible bounty. The Seven of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, natural leader, egotistical, selfish) has a personal significance for me, given to me by Archangel Uriel (representing a Threshold and along with it, the tests of the Guardian). This card reminds me of the importance of knowing what I believe to be true and of sticking to my guns rather than accepting something that is not right for me.

My Thoth card is the Eight of Wands reversed. “LOL, “Swiftness” reversed is exactly how I feel today. I had trouble getting up this morning. The Eight of Wands (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) in an upright position is about a sudden release of energy of some kind that clears away confusion. Often this release of energy is connected to communications or news of some kind, and the giving or receipt of that communication will precipitate action. In the Thoth deck, this is the only Wands card that does not contain fire or flames in its image. Instead, there are seven electrical bolts, and electricity is a fitting metaphor for this card. Reversed, it can be telling me that there is a danger of using too much sudden force, or of using energy too quickly. Impulse is not good today.

My Legacy card is the Seven of Coins, flavored by the Five of Cups reversed. The Seven of Coins (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, law and order, in Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn) tells us that rewards have been honestly earned thus far, but full potential has not yet been realized. Today may not be a day of action; rather I might find it more beneficial to look at what I have done and where I have come from, so that tomorrow I can make my choice as far as a next step. The Five of Cups (Mars, action, aggression, drive, in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling, mysterious, obsessive) in an upright position tells of emotional down time, a setback, a feeling of regret, or a lack of support. Because my Five of Cups is reversed, and flavoring my Seven of Coins, I may feel a sense of accomplishment when I assess my progress, and I most likely will be pleased with the choices I have made so far.

Two Seven cards today: a bit about the number 7. The number 7 is about pause and reflect, it tells of accomplishments but still work to be done, of anticipation but remaining watchful, evaluation, research, thoughtfulness, it represents the energy of pushing too hard and thus needing to step back, looking within, it is associated with the moon and thus with introspection; the number 7 disrupts the energy of the sixes, but in the process bring greater variety and imagination. This number offers the concept of the pause that is the beginning of Degeneration (similar to the pause between the times of harvest and the beginning of the Fall). Completeness also represented by 3 and 9, but for different reasons. Traits: positive: philosopher, quiet, intuitive and meditative with a global perspective; negative: aloof, isolated, solitary, secretive, overly sensitive, sometimes pessimistic.

My 6-digit date number is 3, the number that tells of new creations out of the potential of 1 and the balance and polarity of 2.

My horoscopes: “You may be in quite the party mode today, Sagittarius. Be open and social with the people around you. Take off on a wild adventure that quenches your thirst for spontaneity and fun. Stay up late and talk to a friend you haven't seen for a while. The time to live is now. Make the most of every moment of your life.”

And: “Don't fall for the false promises of retail therapy -- shopping trips won't help you figure anything out right now! Instead of buying things in an effort to distract yourself from what's bothering you, go for a minimalist experience with a friend or a romantic partner. Seek out some simple pleasures -- take a walk, share a home-cooked meal or play some basketball. Frivolous material goods won't bring the joy they once did -- you're more mature than that now.”

Technology: “All the architectural drawings in the world won't build a house. Sometimes, you have to walk away from the planning table to try something out. Prototype like a mad scientist and break the chokehold of too much thinking.”

The 12th Path imposes Form onto the highest vibrating, least manifested, energy of Kether. This Path represents continuous creation, and interestingly (and appropriately!) enough, it also corresponds to the science of Physics. And because Binah itself is about analysis and reasoning, it is in turn about an awareness of duality, of truth and falsity, fair means or foul means. And here we are led directly to the Tarot Major Arcana card associated with the 12th Path, The Magician or Magus.

This is such a powerful card!! But in many ways, it is a very grounded card as well, because The Magician is the conduit between Divine power and earthly manifestation. The Magician is about action, not about teaching or learning; he is able to access any potential available, and then use his very considerable skills and talents to manifest into reality his goals and aims. He not only knows what to do in any given situation, but he also knows why it should be done. That gives him powers and abilities beyond mere mortal man.

The Magician is about wielding power, and since the skills and talents are his (gained and refined by the expenditure on his part of huge efforts), The Magician sometimes makes the mistake of believing that the power is his also. However, it is not. The power behind the Magician is Deity, The Source, the Highest Emanation, the Purest Essence. Just because he can tap into that power does not mean that its source is within him, and herein lies the duality of The Magician. He can be a Hero, but he can just as easily be the Villain. He can save the day, but he can also be the originator of the problem, and those two roles are not exclusive in nature. To The Magician, the end result often justifies the means of achieving that result; he is a scientist as well as a wizard and sorcerer, and to him the knowledge of what to do and how to do it is more important than ethical considerations. Yep, he likes it when ethics and science move on parallel paths, but if he has to make a choice, most of the time ethics will be dealt with after the fact. No earthly person or group has the ability to hold him accountable for his own actions, which can be good or bad, depending on the situation.

As long as he remembers the Divine source of his power (and in the end, of his skills and talents), The Magician can create miracles. He knows his tools inside and out, and he can not only make things happen, but his talent with sleight of hand can make you think that he did it all magickally, with no effort at all. He can be a gossip and loves to hear all the dirt; after all, some day that little tidbit might come in handy elsewhere. He is all about communication, confidence, action, knowledge, and the cunning use of skills and talents to get what he wants. And he is good at facilitating transformation.

All of these descriptions tell me what manifests when we combine the purest source of Power that is Kether with the Form and Understanding that is Binah. Awesome creative powers!


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