Nine of Swords reversed/Seven of Swords reversed. The Nine of Swords (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, social, dual) in an upright position represents brooding and worrying, usually self-caused, and usually unproductive. Often the worrying attached to this card is connected to insecurity or suspicion, or it is connected to things that are over and done with, and thus unchangable. Since it is reversed, I need to be very aware that if I get too caught up with intent and consequences, my ability to connect to reality might be affected. I need to be connected to reality in order to deal with the reversed energies and their possibility of denial of reality. The Seven of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloofness) in an upright position tells of the effort to maintain things as we want them, often through the use of deception and without considering the wants or needs of others. I kind of get the feeling that with these two cards, I could be seeing things in a non-realistic way, either by worrying over something that is absolutely not worthy of worry, or by basing my actions on incorrect views or beliefs.
My Thoth cards are the Nine of Swords (“Cruelty”) and The Star reversed. Bookends! Uncle Al says this about the Nine of Swords: “Consciousness has fallen into a realm unenlightened by reason. This is the world of the unconscious primitive instincts, of the psychopath, of the fanatic.” Not a comfortable card at all, and we can certainly see why The Star is reversed. The Star (Air, hot/separates and wet/adapts; Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloofness; Qof, back of head; the Path between Malkuth, the physical world of action and outer, physical reality, and Netzach, the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) in an upright position is the “good will to all” card, and while it can hint at some unexpected darkness, it also reminds us that things will turn out okay in the end. Crowley sees this card as filled with far-reaching hope, and I’m thinking that even reversed, I’m glad it is here. It just might dilute the despair of my Nine of Swords.
My Legacy card is The Wheel, flavored by the Nine of Cups. The Wheel of Fortune (Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Jupiter (expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune), Kaph (grasping hand), and the Path between Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured)) tells of sudden movement, but not movement caused by us or controlled by us. The Wheel reminds us that nothing is permanent and everything is always in motion, motion that we can’t control. We can, however, react, and that is what The Wheel offers, an opportunity to react with intention. My Wheel is being flavored by the Nine of Cups. The Nine of Cups (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, suffering, soul growth) is about emotional satisfaction and the ability to find pleasure in feelings and emotions, and in our expectations for the day. This card is about fulfillmet and good times, and perhaps getting what we wished for, and since it is flavoring my Wheel, I am being reminded to take joy not from receiving what I wish for, but rather to take joy from what I already have available to me.
More about my Bookends card, the Nine of Swords. This one is easy to break down, because the number 9 represents the completeness of manifestation or effect, and the suit of Swords is about the mind, and the workings of the intellect, so if you put them together, you get a mind that is so focused on the process of analysis that it cannot look away from that process. Crowley calls this card the “agony of the mind,” and it certainly can be debilitating if allowed to rule our day. The Tarot of the Sephiroth Nine of Wands tells us that thoughts are “things” and thus can have effects on our lives. In other words, the mind can impact matter. This card shows nine Swords impaled in Water, reminding us that our thoughts can affect how we feel, and then can manifest themselves into our visualizations and our dreams, maybe not always in a pleasant way. In the end, we alone give power to our thoughts. We can also dissect them, cutting them away from us with those handy Swords, if we choose.
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: “It's generally quite clear that you aren't afraid to tell people what you think, Sagittarius. Maybe it's time to be more expressive about how you feel. It could be that your mental process is a bit off today, jolted by an unexpected situation or person. Make sure you incorporate some of your instincts and emotions into your reaction to the situation. Don't rely on your brain alone to have all the answers.”
And: “Financial prosperity is just around the corner, especially with your recently acquired money-management skills. It is likely that you will receive a windfall in the near future. Though it may not seem like a windfall to you, as you have been expecting this money for a long time now. Use your new abilities to invest it soundly and wisely. Over the long-term, you are bound to be quite pleased with the results you achieve.”