Knight of Wands reversed/The Hanging Man 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. This Fiery Knight tends to be about the goal or end result, without taking into consideration any consequences. However, because he is reversed, that enthusiasm and boundless energy just might cause me to be like a bull in a china closet. I need to keep that in mind. 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 position 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. Becaue he is reversed, my Hanging Man is validating my interpretation of the reversed Knight. Sacrificing myself for an unworthy cause will end up making me miss the purpose of it all.
My Thoth cards are the Ten of Wands (“Oppression”) reversed and the Two of Wands “(Dominion”). Interesting, more Wands cards. 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; another reference to too much enthusiasm. However, my Wands card is reversed, and maybe I will be able to keep my eyes on the prize throughout the discomfort of all these reversed Wands cards. The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) tells of power, influence and authority, and the implementation of the Will. This is a card of action and ownership, and it offers me another shade of meaning here. I am being asked by these two cards to discern the difference between oppression and dominion. I certainly can own the day without squashing it, and I need to remember that a hammer is not a good tool for cracking an egg. These things must be done delicately! (LOL, Wizard of Oz quote, there.)
My Legacy card is the Two of Wands reversed (Bookends!), flavored by the Queen of Swords. The Legacy of the Divine Two of Wands is one of the Tarot cards that tells of choices, difficult choices, to be made. These choices can only be made through our own knowledge, wisdom, and confidence. Reversed, the Legacy Two of Wands tells of indecision, stubbornness and lethargy. Aaaah, but my reversed Two of Wands is being flavored by the Queen of Swords! 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.” The main difference is that while Justice is about the law, the Queen of Swords is about the intent behind the law. She is perhaps saying that the reversed Two of Wands should be seen as a message to pause and consider carefully the consequences of ownership, of authority, and of action taken without prior consideration.
More about my Bookends card, the Two of Wands. The number 2 is about balance, polarity, and the energy of “distance between.” When it comes to the element of Fire, and the suit of Wands, this kind of balance is necessary, despite the fact that it is difficult to maintain for more than a moment or two. The Two of Wands in an upright position represents the authority and confidence that come from prior study and practice. Once we have studied our topic and practiced every phase of its implementation, we are able to think on our feet and adjust to individual situations with confidence in our own ability to choose. Here is the “personal power” that this card often presents. The balance of the number 2 allows us to boldly go forth, yet still protect ourselves. Reversed, this card warns us that more time is needed to observe. And yet, the taking of this time to observe can itself be a hinderance, for we need to find that “Goldilocks place” of just enough time without waiting so long that opportunity is lost.
My 6-digit date number is 8, the number that tells of a conscious and deliberate response to the pause and beginning of degeneration of the 7, in order to maintain for a bit longer the balance and harmony of the 6.
My horoscopes: “Unusual circumstances could arise that change the course of your creative orientation, Sagittarius. This could involve modern technology in some way, and it’s highly likely that it concerns the gathering, sharing, and use of information. You could find yourself considering some unusual options, which could involve changing jobs, your residence, or other factors important to your lifestyle. Think carefully before plunging in. Tonight, spend some quality time with the special someone in your life.”
And: “You may not be sailing off into the sunset today, but at least you can start planning for it. It is time to take a reserved approach with your emotions. You might feel as if a damper has suddenly been put on your fun. Bur sometimes it is important to restrict ourselves in order to learn the lessons of discipline and patience.”
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