The Hanging Man/The Empress reversed. Hmmm . . . interesting pair! 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. This card tells of initiation and destiny, as well as sacrifice and loss, but the interesting thing here is that in many situations, the face of the Hanging Man is not distorted by pain or suffering, as we would expect. Instead he is serene, as if he was experiencing a quiet epiphany. The Empress (my significator card, which corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change), Venus (beauty, allure, pleasure, relationships), the Hebrew letter Daleth (door or womb) and the Path between Binah (female receptive energy and the origin of form and structure) and Chokmah on the Tree of Life (dynamic male energy and the origin of vital force and polarity)) is one half of the Major Arcana representation of the Sacred Feminine (along with The High Priestess), the half that is about creativity, fertility of all kinds, a deep connection to Nature and the nurturing of others, and an enjoyment of the senses. My Empress is reversed, and she is offering us instructions as to how to get the most from our Hanging Man today. She is telling us to turn away from the messages of the senses and the world around us, and blur our eyesight for a time. Perhaps by dimming or quieting the sometimes overwhelming messages of the physical senses, we just might be able to perceive our world in a new and exciting way.
My Thoth cards are the Nine of Disks (“Gain”) and the Queen of Swords reversed. The Nine of Disks (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) tells of accomplishment through the imposition of discipline. This card literally purrs with satisfaction, and it suggests that my efforts and discipline within the physical world might be showing initial signs of manifestation. I’m not done, not by any means, but this might be the time to assess. I should get a real and valid impression of what is happening. 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. My Queen of Swords was in my card throw yesterday, too, but in an upright position. Perhaps the time of being alert and focused is passing, and I need to look at how things are rather than analyzing the process of how they got here.
My Legacy card is the Three of Swords (eeep!), flavored by The Hermit. The Three of Swords (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), my least favorite card in the entire deck, usually indicates the possibility that logic, rationalizing and the intellect could end up causing harm if they are not used with balance and compassion. The Threes of the Tarot Minors correspond to the sephira of Binah, at the top of the Pillar of Form, and perhaps that is the hint for the day regarding this uncomfortable card. We often think we are creating the right environment but if we impose Form onto a situation without emotion (which is how the suit of Swords operates), the end result might be a feeling of betrayal, or of being “stabbed in the heart,” the customary image of this card. The Legacy Three of Swords shows a tear flowing down a cheek, and tears are certainly associated with the manifestation of this card, either because of harm done to us, or because of the regret caused by harming another. My Three of Swords is being flavored by The Hermit, and that brings some interesting concepts into the interpretation. 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 is about searching within for a deeper meaning, often through solitude bordering on discomfort. The presence of the energies of The Hermit actually makes me believe that no matter how that Three of Swords manifests, if I examine my inner landscape I will walk away with some new knowledge about myself.
My 6-digit date number is 5, the number that tells of the imposition of motion onto stability in order to prevent stagnation.
My horoscopes: “Your strong opinions might come into conflict with strong emotions today, Sagittarius. Be aware that fountains of intensity are likely to spring from you as if you were a bottomless well. Realize that you might need to pay less attention to your logic today and concentrate on your heart. It could be hard to reason with people. If your heart doesn't support what you say, you might as well not say it.”
And: “Group activities, perhaps with a social, ecological, or humanitarian focus could take place today somewhere in your neighborhood, Nanci. You might decide to attend with your romantic partner. You could encounter some friends in the process, and all of you could well be caught up in the excitement generated by those in the spotlight. Listen well and think about what you learn today. It could make a difference to your future.”
My next Wild Unknown Tarot card is: The Five of Cups. The image on this one is a bit different than the usual Five of Cups image because all five Cups are upright. The background is white at the top of the card, but immediately below the row of five Cups it begins to darken quickly. The only other image on the card is the head and neck of a horse, bowed as if the horse was so exhausted or hopeless or so hungry that he didn’t even have the strength to look up. The image has a very dejected feel to it, but if the horse would only raise his gaze, he would see those five Cups, all lined up nicely and waiting for him. Instead, he chooses to allow his pessimism to draw his gaze downward and into the darkness, and that is all he sees.