Queen of Wands reversed/The Hanging Man reversed. The Queen of Wands (cusp of Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, soul growth, spirituality, and Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive) in an upright position is energetic, adaptable and enthusiastic; she is filled with persistent energy and calm authority at the same time, and because of this she draws others to her. This Queen could be seen as a self-made woman who has earned her standing in her world through her own hard work, but who has not forgotten where she came from. She is reversed today and tells me that if I allow today to be about just being who I am, I might alienate others. The Hanging Man corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and emotional, sensitive and imaginative energy that tends to move deep, and attempts to take the same path as in the past), Neptune (inspiration, spirituality, magick, enchantment, dreams, altered states), and the Hebrew letter Mem (water, stability and balance, the reflective quality of thought), and in an upright positin presents the kind of balance that comes to us through surrender, and through deliberately attempting to see things in a different way. The Llewellyn Welsh Hanging Man also represents the discomfort associated with not being able to affect our surroundings, a kind of freeze frame. Since my Hanging Man is reversed, instead of having no expectations, I am being told that my expectations might be unrealistic, and I could be missing the point of the lesson. The phrase used in the LWB for this deck is “blind shoots that do not flower”; love that. These cards appear to contradict each other on the surface, but if we look a bit closer, we will see a connection!
My Thoth cards are the Three of Swords (“Sorrow”) reversed and the Four of Swords (“Truce”) reversed. Er . . . okay. The Three of Swords (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), my least favorite card in the entire deck, in an upright position usually indicates the possibility that logic, rationalizing and the intellect could end up causing harm if they are not used with balance and compassion. My Three of Swords is reversed, and hopefully the differences of opinion are not irreconcilable. The Four of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) in an upright position can represent a pause or truce or mutual deterrent, or a time of silence and isolation, that should be used to prepare for challenges to come. These cards together are giving me a clear message: don’t overthink things!! Truces won’t cut the mustard, but that does not mean all is lost; even those with differences of opinions can agree, with respect, to disagree.
My Legacy card is the Knight of Wands, flavored by the Nine of Swords reversed. The Knight of Wands (cusp of Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, controlling, deep, obsessive, and Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) usually represents a person of passion, courage, enthusiasm and boundless energy; most definitely not background-type efforts. The Legacy Knights are represented by a knight’s helmet, without a person in the image at all. This reminds me that this Fiery energy will tend to be about the goal or end result, without taking into consideration any consequences. The Knight of Wands is about dynamic force, which can be either helpful or harmful; I need to keep that in mind. My Knight of Wands is being flavored by another reversed Swords card (third one today!), the reversed Nine of Swords. The Nine of Swords (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, social, dual) in an upright position represents brooding and worrying, usually self-caused, and usually unproductive. Often the worrying attached to this card is connected to insecurity, or to delays in obtaining something, which ends up being a total waste of time and energy, rarely achieving anything productive. However, my Nine of Swords is reversed, and hopefully its energies will support my Fiery Knight, and save the day!
My 6-digit date number is 8, the number that tells of a conscious and deliberate response to the pause that happens as growth slows and degeneration approaches in order to preserve for a bit longer the harmony and balance of the number 6.
My horoscopes: “You can't let everything fall apart now, not after you've come so far. This may be a difficult moment for you, as it seems the time has come to prove yourself once and for all. But this isn't a reason to give up. Sleep, play sports, and eat healthfully. You should be able to win this battle provided you give yourself the opportunity to do so.”
And: “You are so serious and sober right now, immersed as you are in working out strategies and calculations aimed at enhancing your persona and personal power. But perhaps you should look up and see what's going on around you. Many people have been behaving irresponsibly. However, there may be one who has an ingenious idea to contribute. It is likely to be done in a joking way, so pay attention.”
I’ve had a nice quiet day in preparation for a busy New Year’s week after an unplugged day yesterday. Did some catching up, too!