The Empress reversed/Knight of Swords. The Empress (my significator card, 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. My Empress is reversed, and today will not be a day of me instilling comfort in others. I won’t be an effective nurturer today, and I had best look to other pursuits. The Knight of Swords (the cusp of Taurus, “I have,” sensual, stubborn, cautious, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, intelligent) is outspoken, assured, alert, and logical, as well as rude, domineering, critical and sarcastic. His daring and courage are impressive, but he can also be disruptive, too. While all of the Knights can be considered as mercinaries, the Knight of Swords truly personifies this career. I need to understand that while my intention may be to help, the outcome does not always match, but for today at least, my single-mindedness should bring good results.
My Thoth cards are the Ten of Cups (“Satiety”), and the Ten of Wands (“Oppression”) reversed. Well, that is a clear message! The Ten of Cups (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, spirituality, suffering and growth) offers the manifestation of happiness, simple joys, and fulfillment. Uncle Al offers a more grim warning about this card: once we get everything we wanted all along, we may find that it is not enough, but we still have to pay for what we have. With Crowley, the Tens are all about doing something with what we have, and today I need to turn that Satiety into something useful. 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. Since Wands are connected with Fire, this could very well indicate a passion that has started in a beneficial way but has grown out of control. However, my Wands card is reversed. Perhaps the oppression of this card could be followed by a benefit or gain of some kind if I can find it in myself to hang in there just a moment more. Help is there, even if I am not seeing it.
My Legacy card is The Lovers reversed, flavored by the Ten of Cups reversed. Bookends! 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 personal values and how they affect our choices, and the promises we make to others. The Lovers present the two halves that when united are greater than the sum of their parts. Because my card is reversed, my day will not be focused on relationships, at leat not in a warm and cozy kind of way. I need to be careful with my own heart or the hearts of others, but I also need to analyze what I am feeling, remember that there could be things I don’t know about or can’t control, and understand that even uncomfortable situations bring beneficial lessons.
More about my Bookends card, the Ten of Cups. The number Ten is about the completion of a cycle or manifestation, and the suit of Cups is about emotions, feelings and the inner self, so this card tells of the manifestation of all the cards before it. It tells the story of the potential for experiencing deep emotions and life-changing feelings presented in the Ace of Cups, all the way through the ups and downs of exporation until everything that can be experienced during this cycle has happened. Thus, there is a sense of stopping or coming to stillness about this card. The stillness happens so we can absorb and experience the outcome of every effort to know and understand our inner Self; hopefully the outcome will be a pleasurable one. You could see this card as the moment of high tide, when the waters have risen to their full potential and then pause as growth slows and the ebb tide approaches. This is the pause at the end of a deep inhale as our lungs absorb every bit of oxygen from the air; soon the exhale will begin in preparation for another inhale. There is a completeness about this card; the pleasures are satisfying and for a little while, we feel as if we don’t need anything else at all to be happy. If reversed, this card could be telling us that we haven’t yet completed the learning process offered by this cycle. Are our relationships all they can be? Are we truly perceiving the blessings we have right now, rather than focusing on what we don’t have? Are we allowing pettiness to mar the simple joys around us? Are we shutting ourselves off from the love and compassion being offered? These are the questions to be asked.
My 6-digit date number is 6, the number of vertical and horizontal balance. Hmmmm . . . different from my cards, eh? It’s what I’m striving for, maybe I will achieve it.
My horoscopes: “Dreams could shed light on some personal ambiguities you've been trying to understand, Sagittarius. Your thinking is especially clear and logical now, and work should therefore be a snap. Money matters should go fairly smoothly today, particularly if paperwork or legal documents are involved. You should have practical insights that are stronger than usual, especially regarding finance, and so you could end the day feeling more than satisfied with what you've accomplished.”
And: “You know that a lot of people are almost constantly trying to provoke you. But over the years, you have been able to master your feelings and you don't always respond to provocation. You are, after all, a modern woman! You are always ready to stand strong and you are not afraid to fight for what you believe in. But you just don't show it every day!”
Another Wild Unknown Tarot card: The Emperor. The image on this one is a tall, venerable oak tree, under a burning summer sun. The tree has a perfect shape, tall and gradually tapering trunk spearing upward in a straight line, with evenly spaced and well-balanced branches from the lower and slightly downward slanting branches, aiming toward the ground, to the upper and newest branches, aiming toward that intense sunshine. This tree has survived a lot to grow this tall and straight, and it is infused with a quiet dignity. That quiet dignity is the icing on the cake, though, for strength and stability and a clear vision of Purpose are underneath. This mighty oak protects, too; cool and invigorating shade is found beneath its verdant canopy, offered to all his children.