The Emperor reversed/Five of Swords. 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. My Emperor is reversed today, and I will need to keep in mind that my connection to my own Will may be strong (or I may think it is strong), but the end results won’t be as balanced, organized, and ethical as I expect. The Five of Swords (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, pleasure, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloof) shows what happens when we insist that our way is right, or when we impose our needs or wants onto a situation. This card could also be telling of what seems to be overwhelming opposition, or being made to suffer the sins of others, and because it is reversed, these kinds of things could be over-emphasized. Oh boy, mixing the unbalanced Emperor with the selfish energies of the Five of Swords could be a recipe for disaster. Beware the tyrant!
My Thoth cards are the Two of Swords (“Peace”) and Death reversed. The Two of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) represents a time of not looking or of shutting out the world. Crowley sees this process as sometimes being useful (hence, the keyword chosen for this card); a bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful. Taking a mental time-out and disconnecting can help to recharge my battery, and allow me to do a bit of “system maintenance” by cleaning out my “temporary files” and “de-fragging” my “hard drive.” The image on the Thoth Two of Swords shows the two Swords piercing a lotus flower, representing the intellect being restrained in a balanced manner by love. Perhaps that is how Peace is attained. 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. This card also reminds us that in order for the seed to sprout, it must be destroyed or broken open. My Death card is reversed, and taken alongside the energies of the Two of Swords, it has a waiting feeling about it. I should watch for the approaching energies of Death, clear the way if necessary and prepare for Death’s manifestation, and then remember to embrace the coming change rather than fearing it or fighting it.
My Legacy card is the King of Swords, flavored by the Four of Wands. The King of Swords (cusp of Capricorn, “I build,” ambitious, cautious, cunning, authoritative, and Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, cause-oriented, aloof) is a good judge of people and situations. He uses his intellect to analyze, so he may not be compassionate but he is trustworthy, and he can be trusted to fiercely stand by his decisions. The Legacy King of Swords certainly looks regal and fearsome, like someone who can proclaim his judgment for the best of all, without softness or mercy. In a way, this one offers a kind of validation to my reversed Emperor above, because The Emperor in an upright position exercises authority laced with mercy and compassion. My King of Swords is being flavored by the Four of Wands. The Four of Wands (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, assertive, enthusiastic) is about building enough to become established, and about the results of harmony and effort and creativity combined. My foundation is strong today, and the Fire of Wands in the nice stable container of the 4 might be just what my King needs in order to prevent falling into a rut.
My 6-digit date number is 10, the number that tells of the end of a cycle, which reduces further to 1, the number of position and potential.
My horoscopes: “It takes two. You like your independence, Sagittarius, so you may not feel like compromising on much today, as the Moon in your cooperative seventh house clashes with argumentative Mars. If you need to smooth out an interpersonal issue—in business or in life—today's not the day to make that happen. You'll struggle to see the other perspective and won't let go of your own. Instead, try to postpone any negotiations for another day.”
And: “Money which you may have been working to earn for a long time may finally come your way today. Don't be surprised, however, if you have to do a lot of running around in order to get it! Plans for future moneymaking projects may come your way, though it is important to remember to consider everything carefully and not jump in too quickly. This is an excellent time to start learning a new moneymaking skill. Go for it!”