Two of Swords reversed/Eight of Pentacles. The Two of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) in an upright position represents a time of not looking or of shutting out the world. The serenity of this card happens because we choose to not receive or acknowledge as valid the information that comes to us from the outside, or maybe because we choose to not listen at all, whether the information is valid or not. Looks like unplugging from the world might not be productive for me today. The Eight of Pentacles (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells us that diligence and an awareness of details is important. Schedules and deadlines will be a part of this day, and I should be able to manage them nicely.
My Thoth cards are the Six of Cups (“Pleasure”) reversed and The Hierophant reversed. The Six of Cups (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, compulsive, deep, obsessive) in an upright position is a card of innocence, emotional balance and harmony, of simple joy that begets even more simple joy by infecting all that is around us at this moment. Because my Six of Cups is reversed, any satisfaction I experience today will not be innocent in nature, and I might need to keep an eye on my emotions in order to keep them balanced. A bit of focus just might be in order here. The Hierophant corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes), Taurus (“I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn), Vau (the nail which holds tradition in place), and the Path between Chesed (the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured), and Chokmah (dynamic male energy, the origin of vital force and polarity). This card is an archetype of Spirit (with The Emperor as archetype of the Sacred Masculine, The Empress as archetype of the Sacred Feminine, and all three representing the supernal triad) that in an upright position reminds us of the value of tradition, ritual and ceremony. Marchetti renamed this card “Faith” so that it could expand beyond its traditional meanings (in some decks, this card is called “Pope”). Because my Faith card is reversed, tradition and ritual just might end up stifling innovation. I need to remember that sometimes, tradition, ritual and ceremony can bind us rather than inspire us. Granted, tradition is a good foundation, but surprises can shake us up in a good way.
My Legacy card is The Ace of Wands reversed, flavored by the Five of Coins reversed. Hmmm . . . mostly reversed cards today, but that is not all bad, is it? The Ace of Wands (Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical, Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells of the initial emanation of enthusiasm or inspiration that could very well energize an entire process or project. This pure Fiery energy can be unpredictable, and the upright card would that something will be manifesting soon. However, because my Ace is reversed, this attempt at manifestation may end up more like a car attempting to get out of an icy parking space: wheels spinning but no traction. My reversed Ace of Wands is being flavored by another reversed card, the reversed Five of Coins. The Five of Coins (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn) in an upright position tells of some loss or need within the physical world. Sometimes this card can indicate an inability to balance personal issues with professional issues; whatever the issue, the upright card presents the hidden reminder that there may be light in unlooked-for places. Because my card is reversed, I am being told that a careful budgeting of resources might be in order. Perhaps if I manage my resources in a more responsible way, I will be able to turn that Ace of Wands around in the future. Discipline and focus, and a need to pay attention to details, seems to be the theme of this reading today.
My horoscopes: “You’ve been working especially hard and you’re beginning to wonder if all your effort has been for naught. A restructuring at work leaves you wondering just exactly where you fit in or if you even fit in at all. You may have a troubling few days, Sagittarius, but will be relieved to learn that the higher-ups have big plans for you in the newly organized, streamlined company.”
And: “Dreams could shed light on some personal ambiguities you've been trying to make sense of. Your thinking is especially clear and logical now, and work should therefore be a snap. Money matters should go fairly smoothly today, particularly if legal documents or other paperwork 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.”