The Lovers reversed/Seven of Swords. The Lovers (Air, hot/separates and wet/adapts, quick and animated, intellectual, problems or challenges; Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, sociable, dual; Zayin, double-edged sword; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Binah, female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure) tells of duality, union, and personal choices. This card is about love, but it is also about our values and how they affect our choices, and the promises we make to others. We also need to feel good about those that we love. My card is reversed, and this could very well mean that a promise given or a commitment made will be tested in some way. 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. I need to be careful how I allocate my efforts today, and I need to keep in mind the needs of the many, rather than the needs of the few, or the one.
My Thoth card is the Queen of Swords. 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.” This Queen knows of joy and she knows of sorrow, and in an upright position she is well able to balance good and evil in her life, and choose the response that is appropriate to the occasion. She is a combination of intuition and analysis; sounds good!
My Legacy card is Justice, flavored by the Six of Wands reversed. Justice is a card of adjustment, and 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). I am sensing a pattern here. Justice and the Queen of Swords are related, so balance, fairness, and owning both my successes and my failures are important. My Justice card is being flavored by the reversed Six of Wands. The Six of Wands (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, noble, authoritative) in an upright position expresses the celebration we feel when we have passed some test or successfully met a challenge. My card is reversed, and adds nuances to the interpretation of Justice. Cooperation is important and I need to look beneath the surface, for commonalities might be hidden. I also should refrain from feeling self-righteous, as there is a danger for that as well.
My horoscopes: “Memories from your past could resurface, Sagittarius. You might wonder why you're suddenly thinking about them, but they probably represent a release of old emotional hang-ups that have been holding you back. By midafternoon you should feel more focused, determined, and ready to take on just about anything. This is definitely a great day to start new projects or complete old ones.”
And: “Interesting news concerning the arts, spiritual matters, or perhaps health and nutrition could come your way through neighbors or relatives today. In addition, some unexpected developments in your community, perhaps involving your education or that of those around you, could necessitate your running a lot of errands. This could be a bit irritating, as the tasks involved might seem superfluous, but bear with it for now. You'll feel better when it's all taken care of.”
My Shadowscapes Insight is regarding the Six of Cups. Whew! In the end, love and compassion and an enjoyment of simple pleasures could be the saving grace of the day. Sometimes good intentions and noble impulses win. Today could be one of those days, and if I expect good things, they will happen.
Another Wild Unknown Tarot card: The Three of Swords. This is not a pleasant image. The three Swords are bound together by a long red ribbon, tangled and wrapped around the blades to the point that it seems they will never be freed. And those red smudges . . . blood? Is the ribbon red because of those smudges? The red of the ribbon and the black hole of the background are frightening, and they suggest pain and isolation, and maybe even betrayal (someone had to sneak up on those blades and tangle them up with the ribbon). But I’ve recently been looking at Swords stuck into the ground as offering the concept of ownership, and if that is so, these three Swords, pointing upward, hint that things have gone out of control here. Yes, there may be pain, and isolation, and maybe even betrayal. But these are Swords! If I own them, if I accept that this is an uncomfortable situation, and then grab the Swords and take control, I can slice away the ribbon that binds, and wipe off the red smudges. I still have pain and isolation and betrayal, but actively attempting to sort things out might be a good next step.