The Chariot/The Fool reversed. 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. The Llewellyn Welsh Chariot tells of ability and skill, but it also tells of forward motion, possibly quick forward motion. I am being told that to some extent I am just along for the ride, but I do have the option of using my abilities to direct the flows of energy. 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. My Fool is reversed, and while he could be telling of missed opportunities, I am thinking that he is actually reminding me that the journey itself is not the goal. Wandering aimlessly only serves to wear down the wheels on the Chariot and tire the horses. However, having a goal, even an impulsive one, brings purpose into the equation.
My Thoth cards are the Knight/King of Cups and the Princess of Cups reversed. . The Knight/King of Cups (cusp of Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, and Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling mysterious, obsessive) is the expert on emotions and the subconscious, mainly because of his life experiences. He is able to observe and accept the human condition with empathy and compassion, and he shows us by his own example how to love others. 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 upright, is a card of soft and tender energies and of getting fulfillment through connections to others, and through innocent and simple joys. Crowley sees this card as representing dreams and fantasies, and he sees this Princess as representing a more immature version of the Queen of Cups who may not always be able to work with both the emotions and the intellect. However, she is reversed, and flavoring my King of the same suit. Less fantasy, more sensitivity, I guess.
My Legacy card is the Eight of Cups, flavored by the Six of Coins. Niiice. The Eight of Cups (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitation, law and order, in Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, suffering, soul growth) in an upright position 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. What I need to remember as I decide what to leave behind as Samhain approaches is that I don’t necessarily need to release all emotions, just the emotions that no longer serve me. The Six of Coins (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. This is the awareness that being rich does not just mean having physical possessions, and that sometimes the best thing we can do with what we have, whether plentiful or barely enough for our own benefit, is to share it. This card also represents that moment immediately before balance has been obtained. I still have the power to make it happen, and these two cards are giving very good instructions.
My 6-digit date number is 7, the number that tells of the pause that occurs when growth slows and degeneration approaches, usually requiring an “either-or” choice of some kind.
My horoscopes: “Unexpected financial benefit could leave you speechless today. It could be an unanticipated bonus, gift, or even a small lottery win. This is the day to seek the improbable. If you have a project you've wanted to try but have hesitated because it's too risky, start it now. Success and good fortune should follow anything begun or completed now.”
And: “There may be a great deal of weightiness to the day today that leaves you feeling unmotivated and heavy. Try to put this energy to constructive use instead of being a victim of it. You will find that taking on a more restrictive approach to the situation may actually help you in sorting things out more efficiently and cost-effectively. You have a more critical eye than usual that you can use to your advantage.”
Another Wild Unknown Tarot card: The Ten of Cups. Harmony and joy personified! The top five Cups each spill out an individual color, and the bottom five Cups each receive one stream of each color! Everything can be found within the energies of this card: specific emotional purity as well as a balanced mix of all feelings. By following one of the pure Cups downward we learn integration of a specific feeling into our lives, and by following one of the colors of the mixed Cups upward, we learn how to deal with and understand and honor one specific feeling. There is a heck of a lot of power in this card!!
I spent last evening with my much-loved Pagan Brain Trust. I always feel so nicely grounded after an evening spent sitting around The Table, grounded enough to do some reaching upward or outward on the following day. Today, I am remembering the events of a year ago and the effects of Superstorm Sandy. I’ve re-read my entries of that day; holy crow! I am amazed at how powerful that experience remains despite the passing of a year.