The Hanging Man/Ten of Wands. 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 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. Discomfort I understand, and surrendering to what has brought me to this moment also makes sense. The Ten of Wands (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) 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. And isn’t that just what The Hanging Man is telling us to do? Sometimes the best way to deal with that overwhelmed feeling is to turn it upside down.
My Thoth cards are The Moon and The Sun reversed. Clear message, that! The Moon of the Tarot Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, emotional and sensitive energy that strives to stay the same), Pisces (“I believe,” feeling, suffering, soul growth, duality), Qof (the back of the head), and the Path between Malkuth (the physical world of action and physical, outer reality) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), is about feelings and emotions and instincts and the subconscious. This card may be about falsehood and the Dark Night of Soul, but it is also about magick and mystery. As long as I understand illusions and visions for what they are (and what they aren’t), I should be okay. 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, just a bit less intense in its illumination. In many ways, that reversed Sun card is pointing directly at The Moon!
My Legacy card is the Ten of Swords, flavored by the Nine of Coins reversed. The Ten of Swords (the Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable, dual, talkative) in an upright position tells of the perception that interference, powerlessness and restriction will rule the day. Even if this mental perception is accurate (and remember, we do have The Moon above), this is as bad as it gets, and we can soon start the process of aiming upward once more. After all, failures can be turned into lessons. My Ten of Swords is being flavored by the reversed Nine of Coins. The Nine of Coins (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) in an upright position tells of accomplishment through the imposition of discipline. I may feel today as if effort is not bearing fruit, but the card is there, even if it is paired with the gloom-and-doom of the Ten of Swords. My Nine of Coins could be reversed because it is approaching from afar!
My 6-digit date number is 3, the number that tells of a new creation out of the position and potential of the ace, and the balance, polarity, and energy of “distance between” of the 2.
My horoscopes: “A business or romantic partner could be in a rather schizoid mood today, Sagittarius. You'll probably spend a lot of time together, and during the course of the day your friend could jump between enthusiasm and gloom. This could drive you crazy, as you won't know how to respond. All you can do is make sure all attention stays focused on the issues at hand. This changeability should burn out by the end of the day.”
And: “Today is a fantastic day for you. You should enjoy a good mood and friendly and positive experiences with others. There is most likely a slow moving transforming energy moving through your life right now which is suddenly being touched off by your emotional state of mind. You will find that there is a great deal of fire and passion fueling your heart, so be generous with your kind spirit and follow through with your promises”
My next PaganPages.Org article is up; here is a link to the page: http://paganpages.org/content/2014/01/tarot-talk-36/