The Horned One/Two of Wands. The Horned One/The Devil (Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and stable, material, practical energies that are slow to change), Capricorn (“I build,” ambitious, competent, cautious, cunning), Ayin (the eye, senses), and the Path between Hod (which provides analysis and communication) and Tipareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) tells of being caught up in the physical world and the effects of the physical senses, to the point of being bound or addicted to those things. The Llewellyn Welsh Tarot does not see the Devil as a more negative card (hence the name, “The Horned One” rather than “The Devil”), but still I do need to be aware of these tendencies. This one is less about chains and bondage, and more about life in its natural state, without the interference of technology and society. This card is about primal instincts and ancestral memories; I think they might be important for me today. I did spend the weekend in my beloved garden, and I think it is appropriate, after all that immersion in Nature, for this version of this card to appear. I do need to remember that the pleasures of Nature can be addictive. The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) tells of power, influence and authority, and the implementation of the Will. This is a card of action and ownership, personal power and authority, and it makes a nice pair to The Horned One because it taps into creative pleasures. These two are a powerful pair!
My Thoth cards are the Five of Disks (“Worry”) reversed and The Hanging Man. The Five of Disks (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. This card tells of wandering aimlessly looking for help and not finding it; because my Five of Disks is reversed, I am being told that asking for help may very well bring the answers I need. Since the image on the Thoth Five of Disks in an upright position shows an upside-down pentacle, and since my card is reversed, perhaps it is Spirit who will have answers for me. 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. This card has a “wait and see” feel about it, or maybe a fatalistic acceptance of what presents itself. Seeing things in a different way might help.
My Legacy card is the Ten of Wands reversed, flavored by The High Priestess reversed. The Ten of Wands (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, blundering) in an upright position 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 or taken over. Because this card is reversed, there is an escape from that tyranny; I need to find it. My reversed Ten of Wands is being flavored by another reversed card, The High Priestess reversed. The High Priestess (Water; the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination; Gimel, the camel who safely crosses Da’ath, the Abyss, and thus, has the secret of life; and the Path between Tiphareth, the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify, and Kether, the source, limitless possibility), is one-half of the Major Arcana representation of the Sacred Feminine, with The Empress being the other half. The High Priestess is the source of the power of The Magician (who is also in my spread today), the feminine version of The Hierophant, and the Keeper of the Mysteries. She is the Gatekeeper who determines whether I am ready to experience the Mysteries, and she is somewhat removed from everyday life although her mind is receptive. I am being told that publicly accepted information might be more effective for me today. No hidden information found in the dark corners, only what has already seen the light of day.
My 6-digit date number is 8, the number that tells of the conscious and deliberate response to the pause and beginning of degeneration of the number 7, in order to maintain for a bit longer the balance and harmony of the number 6.
My horoscopes: “Insecurities begone! You usually aren't one to let fears hold you back, Sagittarius, and as the Moon and rational Saturn team up in your psychic 12th house this Monday, it's time to get real about your issues. Everyone has "baggage," but today you're asked to deal with it. You'll at least realize you need to discern fact from fantasy, perhaps even seeking help from a pro—if you want to rise to the next level of maturity and stability, that is. The stars have your back on this one!”
And: “All continues to go well in your private and professional life, and health-wise you're feeling strong and vigorous. Mentally, however, you might find that you're a bit vague today. Your mind may not have its usual sharpness, and you may be easily distracted. Therefore, this is not a good day to start new projects. Try to concentrate on finishing up old tasks and chores and tying up loose ends to make this a rewarding day.”