Seven of Wands reversed/Eight of Pentacles. The Seven of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, natural leader, egotistical, selfish) in an upright position reminds me that my own judgment is worth relying on, so I should have confidence in that judgment. This card also reminds me to choose my projects carefully, and then stand by them until the end. The Legacy Seven of Wands has a personal message to me whether upright or reversed: a test is coming. To me, this reversed Seven of Wands is cautioning me coming and going today, and I’m being warned that sometimes no action is not the right choice. Denying a situation or ignoring it might bring grief in the end. The Eight of Pentacles (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, in Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, sensible, orderly) tells us that diligence and an awareness of details is important. This card tells me to act as well, to act by making use of skills and talents, and to pay attention to each step.
My Thoth cards are the Seven of Wands (“Valor”) and Aeon (Judgement) reversed. Bookends! Uncle Al calls this card Valor, but as usual he offers an uncomfortable twist. This Valor is more on the line of machismo, not always useful. He also reminds us that if the army is in disarray, individuals may still save the day. Aeon/Judgement corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Pluto (power, metamorphosis, cycles of dying and becoming), Shin (fang), and the Path between Malkuth (the physical world of action and physical, outer reality) and Hod (provides analysis and communication) and represents an opportunity to tally up and pay the bill so we can have a fresh start. Crowley sees it as representing a final step that ends an issue of the past and at the same time brings us forward. Today a focus on deliberately releasing and leaving behind the things that no longer serve me could be a waste of energy. I just might throw out something I will need tomorrow!
My Legacy card is The Hanging Man, flavored by the Three of Swords. Ugh! 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. The Legacy Hanging Man is seen as a halfway point through the Majors, and that idea makes this suspension-and-sacrifice somewhat more important. My Hanging man is being flavored by the dreaded Three of Swords. The Three of Swords (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitations and resistance, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) usually indicates the possibility that logic, rationalizing and the intellect could end up causing harm if they are not used with balance and compassion. In the Thoth Tarot, this card is seen as indicating not a specific sorrow, but rather melancholy, the kind of melancholy that actually brings changes for the good in the end. The Legacy Three of Swords tells us that at least we know what is going on; now we can begin to heal. And perhaps the best way to heal is to surrender to whatever happened, and try to see it in a different way so I can learn from it.
More about my Bookends card, the Seven of Wands. The energies of this card are interesting: we have the pause of the number 7, and the Fire of the Suit of Wands. No wonder this card is about taking a stand; how else could these seemingly opposing energies manifest together? The Tarot of the Sephiroth sees this card as representing regenerative force, and the gathering and focusing of power. The Legacy Tarot sees the Seven of Wands as representing a possible degeneration of the victory of the Six of Wands; the card does not predict defeat but it warns us to be ready, because the challenge is not over. In the book Tarot Dynamics, the Seven of Wands is seen to represent adaptability that allows us to gain the upper hand. The cool thing about this card is that it not only represents courage, it also represents fear. The Seven of Wands encourages us to feel and acknowledge our fear, but not allow it to hold us back. Cool, eh?
My 6-digit date number is 6, the number of vertical and horizontal balance.
My horoscopes: “elusions of grandeur? You're already as optimistic as they come, Sagittarius, but when the Moon in your house of self and identity forms a tricky angle with ungrounded and impressionable Neptune today, you might just bite off more than you can chew. Sure, maybe you think you could be the next Rihanna or Channing Tatum, but before you quit your day job to vie for the spotlight, check out your facts. A cosmic hint: Be wary of anyone who promises something that's too good to be true today.”
And: “You may have endless ideas streaming through your head but little patience to see any of them through to the end. Perhaps you are so busy jumping from one thought to the next that you don't take any of them far enough to know whether they are worthwhile pursuing or not. Write thoughts down as they come to you, and go over them later when your mind is in a quieter state.”
My latest Tarot Talk column is up on Pagan Pages, here: http://paganpages.org/content/2014/09/tarot-talk-44/.