Queen of Swords/Ten of Wands. 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 is a pioneering trailblazer with nerves of steel and a good sense of humor. She is good at taking control of situations in an effective manner, and she tells me this is my task today. The Ten of Wands (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) in an upright position tells of being taxed to some perceived limit, or of feeling as if we are out of gas at the bottom of a hill. The oppression of the Ten of Wands can be followed by a gain of some kind if we can find it in ourselves to hang in there just a moment more. Perhaps that Queen of Swords can show me how to do this.
My Thoth cards are The Empress, The Sun reversed. 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, 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. She is my significator, so her presence either upright or reversed is a huge “pay attention!” to me. Because she is about enjoying the pleasures and the bounties of life, she is a fitting card to throw on the Winter Solstice. After all, today the Fertile Mother has given birth to the Sun. Speaking of The Sun, my Empress is being flavored by the reversed Sun today. The Sun corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), our Sun (the inner core of a person or situation), Resh (the face; reason), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest in the physical world) and Hod (provides analysis and communication), and upright it tells of a time of enlightenment and peace that comes after the completion of some ordeal. Even reversed, The Sun is not a bad card, and its reversed appearance could be telling me of things to come. After all, the exact time of Solstice was only a few hours ago, so the warmth and enlightenment is still approaching.
My Legacy card is the Seven of Cups, flavored by the Eight of Cups reversed. The Seven of Cups (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling, obsessive, mysterious) represents the distraction, sensory overload and dissipation that can happen when we are presented with too many enticing choices. The traditional image of the Seven of Cups shows seven cups, each filled with what appears to be a wonderful gift: the Wreath (Saturn and The World); the Castle (Mars and The Tower), the Woman (Venus and The Empress); the Snake (Mercury and The Magician); the Veil (the Moon and The High Priestess), the Jewels (Jupiter and The Wheel of Fortune), and the Dragon (our Sun and The Sun). Yep, all Major Arcana cards, so these choices are important. But there are so many of them!! Herein lies the distraction. What to choose? Perhaps what I need to remember is that I am not only limited to what has been presented here, so I should not be hypnotized by these offerings. My Seven of Cups is being flavored by another Cups card, the Eight of Cups reversed. 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. Apparently, the lure of those wonderful Seven of Cups gifts is going to be powerful, and difficult to walk away from. Oy.
My 6-digit date number is 10, the number that tells of the end of a cycle, which reduces further to 1, the number of position and potential.
My horoscopes: “Make the most of this day, because energy like this doesn't come around often. Feel the aggressiveness in your nature that urges you to get things done. Instead of getting frustrated by the number of tasks, feel the motivation within. Take care of practical matters and attend to issues regarding your goals and career.”
And: “Your emotions are likely to get fired up today, and they are looking for high drama. More than likely, they will be fueled by secret facts that you have tucked away for a rainy day. Your mind is like a computer that is collecting and processing important data. You don't let any one know that you have a file on them until the time is right. At this point you spring up with exactly the right information needed to complete the picture.”