Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Eight of Swords/Two of Wands reversed. The Eight of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable talkative, dual) tells of a confused and restrictive response to obstacles, or maybe perceived obstacles.  The “confused” part usually has something to do with the belief that the world has contrived to lock us away.  Not so!  Pausing for a moment in the quiet is okay, but believing that the world has irrevocably shut us in is not okay! 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. My Two of Wands is reversed, and on the surface this may seem to be saying that today is not a day to make changes, but I am concerned that the energies of the Eight of Swords could be making me too cautious.

My Thoth card is the Four of Cups reversed.  “Luxury” is Crowley’s keyword for the upright card. The Four of Cups (the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, tenacious, moody) in an upright position tells us that too much pleasure, or maybe too much nurturing or overprotectiveness, deadens the senses. Even the image on this card makes this apparent: the water flowing from Cup to Cup is so strong that we can’t see past it to the Cups.  Because my card is reversed, I may find that what I thought was a luxury is actually a huge irritant.  No deadening of the senses here; on the contrary, crankiness is the result.

My Legacy card is The Wheel reversed, flavored by the Six of Cups. The Wheel of Fortune (Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Jupiter (expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune), Kaph (grasping hand), and the Path between Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured)) tells of sudden movement, but not movement caused by us or controlled by us.   My Wheel is reversed, and this means that I am not properly taking advantage of the energy flows around me.  My reversed Wheel is being flavored by the Six of Cups, and that actually is a good omen! The Six of Cups (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, compulsive, deep, obsessive) is a card of innocence, emotional balance and harmony, of simple joy that begets even more simple joy by infecting all that is around us.  By the end of the day, any discomforts created by my inability to tap into the ebbs and flows of energies around me just might turn out to be blessings.

My 6-digit date number is 7, the number that tells of the approach of degeneration as growth slows, usually also presenting a crossroad or a choice of some kind. 

My horoscopes: “Talking things over with friends is likely to be a nourishing exercise for you, Sagittarius. Instead of trying to work things out in your head, say them aloud and ask others for their perspectives. A tremendous amount of healing can take place when you confess what's bothering you. Find the relief that comes from having a willing listener.

And: “You should be feeling good, so let go and display your feelings openly with the people around you. There is no reason to let this good energy go to waste. Whatever you end up doing, you have a tremendous amount of courage and good humor with which to do it. Laughter will go a long way in curing any ailments that arise. If someone continues to dwell on the negative side of things, make sure you are quick with a reminder about the positive side of things.

My Shadowscapes Insight is regarding the Two of Wands.   This card is considered the emblem of personal power, attained through lineage and through honing skills and attaining knowledge.  There is much yet to be done, but for a moment we are able to see what may yet be.  Inspiration!

And I’ve thrown another Wild Unknown Tarot card: The Eight of Swords.  This card shows a monarch butterfly cocoon, with a butterfly ready to be born, hanging from a sword with seven swords below, all with sharp and deadly point facing up.  How can this butterfly possibly be born?  Her struggles to escape the safety of the cocoon may loosen its grip and send her falling onto one of those swords.  And so, she remains inside that cocoon even though it is past time for her to be born and begin to live; even though the flutter of her wings as she strives to escape could very well be enough to knock those swords out of the way.  Yes, she is safe for now, but she will not thrive unless she risks her own birth.


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