The Horned One/The Emperor. 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 as well as the pleasure of the senses, and it is about how easy it can be to get carried away by each. 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), represents confidence, authority, and the archetype of the Father. The Emperor instills balance, form and structure onto the fertility and creations of The Empress, an important task. The Emperor says that the best way to make the day have a happy ending is to follow the rules, get things done on time, and encourage others to do the same, and he does his best to guide and protect others so they may do so. Both The Horned One and The Emperor are about imposing personal Will onto a situation. There is one difference, though: The Horned One is about personal experiences, while The Emperor strives to achieve good for all. A choice?
My Thoth cards are the Eight of Cups (“Indolence”) and The Hierophant reversed. The Eight of Cups (Saturn, discipline, responsibility, limitation, law and order, in Pisces, “I believe,” feeling, duality, suffering, soul growth) tells of an ending or a decline or a change of direction, often one associated with emotions, and it offers one possible response to that decline or change: moving on. Today might be more about the decline portion of this card, and I need to make certain that I release the discomforts at the right time. No need to carry these burdens any longer. 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, particularly when the card is reversed, as it is today, and particularly when I consider the other cards in my spread. Tradition has such power, but it can easily become a weapon of oppression.
My Legacy card is The Magician, flavored by the Six of Cups reversed. The Magician corresponds with Air (hot/separates and wet/adapts, and quick and animated energy which usually presents problems or challenges), Mercury (reason, intelligence, orderliness, communication), Beth (house; builder) and the Path between Binah (female, receptive energy and the origin of form and structure) and Kether (the source, limitless possibility). The Magician works hard to perfect his abilities, to make use of those abilities in unexpected ways, and to focus and carry through to the end of a task (which is pretty important to him). This card is personally significant to me, and since he represents the manifestation of tangible knowledge (and the ability to control that manifestation), he is offering me another way of viewing The Horned One and The Emperor, and even my reversed Hierophant. The skills of The Magician were gifted to me after a particulary harrowing experience, so having this card appear is empowering. My Magician is being flavored by the Six of Cups reversed. The Six of Cups (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation in Scorpio, “I desire,” intense, compulsive, deep, obsessive) is a card of innocence, emotional balance and harmony, of simple joy that begets even more simple joy by infecting all that is around us at this moment. This card is about friendship and play, teamwork, and drawing strength from shared experiences. And it is reversed. In a way, this, too, is a red flag. With all that powerful masculine authority floating around my cards today, there will certainly be a lack of simple fun. LOL, the only one who could possibly conceive of simple fun would be The Horned One, and I would wager that The Horned One’s definition of simple fun will be waaay different than that of The Emperor, The Magician, and even The Hierophant reversed.
My 6-digit date number is 7, the number that tells of the pause that occurs when growth slows and degeneration approaches, usually requiring a choice of some kind.
My horoscopes: “Thanks to an opposition between diplomatic Venus in your friendship quarters and maverick Uranus in your diva zone, you might find yourself playing referee today. But you'll wear yourself out running interference and effectively trying to herd cats. Give up on that fantasy, and allow people to do their own thing—even if others find it distasteful (or boring). Don't get so caught up in the day's drama that you miss out on an exciting opportunity.”
And: “You may be feeling a bit more in touch with your warrior side than you do with your emotional side today. More than likely, this will set the stage for conflict within your world of hopes and dreams. Be careful that you aren't being too aggressive toward people who are just trying to help you. The danger here is that you are most likely to hurt the ones who are closest to you, so be careful.”