Ace of Swords/Death. The Ace of Swords (Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, caution authority, cunning, Aquarius and Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, soul growth, artistic) tells of the birth of ideas and concepts; it offers the power to analyze that is necessary in order to make good choices, and in order to react correctly to events in our day. What a nice card to throw on a Friday. The Death card of the Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course), Scorpio, Nun (fish head; liberation), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), and it tells of natural change that cannot be stopped, and that usually involves the potential to step upward on the evolutionary ladder. Many people fear this card, but Death can be seen as representing natural change through alchemic putrefaction. The important thing about this change is that I need to embrace it even though I don’t know where it will take me.
My Thoth cards are the Ace of Cups and the Queen of Cups reversed. Another Ace! The Ace of Cups (Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, deep, mysterious, obsessive, Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) tells of the potential to experience deep emotions, a connection to my Inner Voice, and a connection to those around me. Interesting that this potential shows up alongside the reversed Queen of Cups, eh? The Queen of Cups (cusp of Gemini, “I think,” curious, sociable, dual, and Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody) represents the energies of Water and The High Priestess manifested into the Minor Arcana. She is comfortable with her own feelings (whatever they are), and she is comfortable dealing with the feelings of others (whether serene or uncomfortable) without losing her own serenity. She nurtures and encourages the serenity and dreams of others, too. Perhaps if I handle the potential for deep feelings presented by my Ace, I will turn that Queen right side up.
My Legacy card is Faith/The Hierophant, flavored by the Five of Wands. Faith/The Hierophant corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes), Taurus (“I have,” sensual, cautious, stubborn), Vau (the nail which holds tradition in place), and the Path between Chesed (the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured), and Chokmah (dynamic male energy, the origin of vital force and polarity). This card is an archetype of Spirit (with The Emperor as archetype of the Sacred Masculine, The Empress as archetype of the Sacred Feminine, and all three representing the supernal triad) that reminds us of the value of tradition, ritual and ceremony, and conforming to the rules and traditions with the aim of presenting the highest good of the group. There is duty to be found in this card, as well as morality, and a suggestion that tradition should not be accepted blindly; after all, Faith is the manifestation of tradition. Interesting that this one shows up with Death; religion and death are often connected. My Faith card is being flavored by the Five of Wands, which is even more interesting. The Five of Wands, which corresponds with Saturn (discipline, responsibility, law and order) in Leo (“I am, passionate, dramatic, egotistical) indicates a struggle caused by annoying cross-purposes. Of course, this discomfort could be caused by growing pains, and those growing pains may be caused by or supported by my personal traditions. Should be an interesting day, eh? Transformation, important traditions, and a bit of discord to keep things interesting.
My 6-digit date number is 8, the number that tells of a conscious and deliberate response to the approach of degeneration of the number 7 in order to maintain for a bit longer the balance of the number 6.
My horoscopes: “You like to fly by the seat of your pants, Archer, and today you could easily jet off on some unbridled adventure. A destabilizing square between expansive Jupiter (your cosmic ruler) in your travel zone and the Moon in grounded Taurus is pulling you in two directions. You're free to follow your heart--as you always do!--but you're advised to consider the consequences of your actions first. A spur-of-the-moment trip to Istanbul could be a blast or a bust, depending on how well you prepare.”
And: “Slow down and take a more reserved, sensitive, and calculated approach to things today, especially when it comes to matters involving love and beauty. You will find that there is a greater level of sensuality waiting for you as long as you are willing to open up the doors even wider. Go after the object of your desire, but make sure that your approach happens in a sensitive and disciplined manner.”