Five of Pentacles/Eight of Swords. The Five of Pentacles (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, skill, communication, in Taurus, “I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn) tells of some loss or need within the physical world. This card tells of wandering aimlessly looking for help and not finding it; this card is not all bad, just uncomfortable, and I might not be seeing that the answer to the question will not be found in the physical world. The Eight of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable talkative, dual) tells of a confused and restrictive response to obstacles, or maybe perceived obstacles. These two cards present the same message, one within the physical world and one within the mental world. Believing we are powerless to change a situation can be debilitating, but in the end only we ourselves can choose to rise above these restrictions.
My Thoth cards are the Six of Swords (“Science”) reversed and the Eight of Disks (“Prudence”) reversed. The Six of Swords (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, communication, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, cause oriented) in an upright position is about balance, healing, moving towards a better place, and even about learning the science behind things that work (because understanding why they work makes them more effective); hence Crowley’s keyword for this one. This card is about healing by achieving a better understanding of a situation, but it is reversed. I might not be making proper use of the knowledge and information I’ve acquired through hard work. That is a waste. The Eight of Disks (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) in an upright position tells us that diligence and an awareness of details is important. Uncle Al sees this one as advising us to put something away for a rainy day. If the focus of this card is the conscious care of the details, and if the card is reversed, could a greater attention to detail be the answer?
My Legacy card is The Hermit reversed, flavored by The Chariot. Interesteing, I had these two cards together, thrown on the Legacy Tarot, only a couple of weeks ago. The Hermit corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and material, practical and stable energy that is slow to change), as well as Virgo (“I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented, orderly), Yod (open hand, touch), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured), and in an upright position is about searching within for a deeper meaning, often through solitude bordering on discomfort. My Hermit is reversed, and he is warning me me that I might just be applying too much caution today, or I might be hiding too much of myself. My reversed Hermit is being flavored by The Chariot; how is that for validation? The Chariot, which corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, emotional and imaginative energy that likes to stay the same or follow the same course), Cancer (“I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody), Cheth (the fence), and the Path between Geburah (the place where forms and structure are challenged or affirmed) and Binah (female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure), tells of having the control necessary to focus on goals, and to avoid distractions. Ammbition can be useful if it is tamed enough to control, but not so much that it loses its effect. Here is the message today, power applied with focus and an awareness of the details.
My 6-digit date number is 4, the number of depth and stability.
My horoscopes: “If you're lacking a regular exercise routine, Sagittarius, today's a great day to turn that around. Exercise doesn't have to wear you out or hurt. Even relaxing activities like walking or yoga are excellent ways to keep you in good shape. Participating in a sport that appeals to you like volleyball or bowling combines fun with exercise. Heck, even dancing is a recognized form of exercise! See about finding something that will work for you.”
And: “There is a time for work and a time for play. Right now is a time for effort. Regardless of where you are and what you are doing, there is plenty to be done. Adopt a critical eye to watch for things that need fixing. This is a perfect day to assess these things and take necessary action to repair or improve them. Leave no stone unturned as you go through your day.”