The Emperor/The Wheel. The Emperor corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Aries (“I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive) and the Hebrew letter Heh (window, illumination), and represents confidence, authority, and the archetype of the Father. The Emperor of the Tarot instills balance, form and structure onto the fertility and creations of The Empress; he rules over the concrete and corporeal world and is the manifestation of spirit. He is reminding me that I should have confidence in myself as I work within my chosen venues, and he is reminding me that the imposition of form and structure is the best response to chaos. 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. The Llewellyn Welsh Wheel tells of luck and good fortune, and it tells of the concept of progression; nothing stand still.
My Thoth cards are the Ten of Wands (“Oppression”) and The Wheel reversed. Bookends! The Ten of Wands (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) tells of being taxed to some perceived limit, or of feeling as if we are out of gas at the bottom of a hill. This card can also tell of a passion that has taken a life of its own and gotten out of control. Crowley sees this card as indicating that we have done our work too well, and government has become tyranny. The Thoth Wheel of Fortune in the Thoth Tarot represents change. Upright it tells of good change, but reversed, that change may be uncomfortable. The reversed Wheel could be warning of being intoxicated on success. That is something to be watched for, particularly because of that Ten of Wands.
My Legacy card is the Queen of Wands reversed, flavored by the Two of Wands reversed. No balanced Fire today. The Queen of Wands (cusp of Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, soul growth, spirituality, and Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, competitive) in an upright position is energetic, adaptable and enthusiastic; she is filled with persistent energy and calm authority at the same time, and because of this she draws others to her. She is kind of a self-made woman, with her sense of humor intact. However, since she is reversed today, her intentions may not manifest well. I need to be careful, because some kind of opposition could throw a wrench into the gears. My reversed Queen of Wands is being flavored by another reversed Wands card, the reversed Two of Wands. The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) in an upright position tells of power, influence and authority, and the implementation of the Will. My Two of Wands is reversed, and flavoring my reversed Queen. Ugh, not a good day to impose my Will onto a situation; things might be chaotic, and out of my control.
More about my Bookends card, The Wheel of Fortune. The traditional image on this card shows a hand coming out of the clouds to turn The Wheel; this hand represents assistance coming to us from outside of the situation, often assistance that we cannot control or access, only respond to. The lesson here is that we are not to change the events; instead we should look for signs and messages, for in the end things happen in the time and manner that are beneficial to us (even if they are uncomfortable). The Wheel may represent the intervention of Destiny, but we would be wise to remember that when The Wheel stops turning, life is over. The Wheel can also indicate natural cycles in life, ebbs and flows of energies that are not necessarily disastrous, but that are at times strong and at other times weak.
My 6-digit date number is 7, the number that tells of the pause that occurs as growth slows and degeneration approaches.
My horoscopes: “There's nothing a Sagittarius loves more than a chance to pack a suitcase and explore new vistas. Well, ready the luggage, Archer, because today the Sun begins a monthlong visit to Leo, your ninth house of travel, adventure and learning. Sagittarius is the native ruler of this zodiac house, so you're in your element until August 23. Expand your horizons through cross-cultural friendships and experiences, or even by taking an online course that gets your wheels of inspiration turning.”
And: “Dreams or visions could put you in touch with deep feelings that you may not have been aware of before. This could enable you to release traumas from your past and give you a new sense of lightness. However, your logical mind is very much at work, so you could use this experience to shed light on the experiences of others and help them out as well. Whatever happens today is likely to produce noticeable results. Use it!”