The Hierophant reversed/The Hermit. 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. The interesting thing is that when reversed, this card tells of a more individual focus, which is very much the message of my other Llewellyn Welsh card today, The Hermit. The Hermit corresponds with Earth (cold/binds and dry/shapes, and material, practical and stable energy that is slow to change), as well as Virgo (“I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented, orderly), Yod (open hand, touch), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured), and is about searching within for a deeper meaning, often through solitude bordering on discomfort. The Hermit tells us that in order to release the past and achieve something of value, the work must be done internally, usually involving solitude to the point of discomfort, and with an outward mantle of “business as usual.” Like The High Priestess, he deals with hidden or not obvious knowledge, however The Hermit understands that his knowledge is insignificant when compared to what he does not know. He also acknowledges that the maintenance of his solitude requires Will power, and today I might find that the traditions I usually lean on may be too distracting. I need to think out of the box today, with an inner focus.
My Thoth cards are the Ace of Swords reversed and Art/Temperance reversed. 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. This card is filled with intellectual potential, but today is not about the intellect and analysis. The inner world does not work well with analysis, mainly because the inner world exists without outer world proof. Temperance corresponds with Sagittarius (“I seek,” philosophic, adventurous, blundering) Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive, energetic change), Samekh (the tent post), and the Path between Yesod (the place where patterns and images emerge that may manifest into the physical world of action and outer reality) and Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify), and presents one version of the concept of balance: balance achieved through knowledge and experience of extremes. If you split the Major Arcana cards into two horizontal categories, theory and practice, and two vertical categories, active and passive, Temperance falls in the middle of the passive practice cards. You could say that it presents a balanced version of active, outer energy and passive, inner energy. Because it is reversed, things are not that complex; these two combined give me a clear choice: don’t look for logic.
My Legacy card is Temperance reversed (again), flavored by the Three of Wands reversed. The Legacy Temperance card image shows the ability to “hover” through achieving a dynamic balance. The pause and balance represented by this card is not about surrender; rather it takes constant adjustment to maintain. Again the card is reversed, which means that dynamic balance will be difficult today. That in itself is neither good nor bad; I need to remember that. My reversed Temperance card is being flavored by another reversed card, the reversed Three of Wands. The Three of Wands (Sun, the inner core of a person or situation, the deepest self and personal power, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive) in an upright position is a card of planning ahead that tells of the excitement that comes with good possibilities at hand. My card is reversed, which tells me that planning and working with others in order to achieve a common goal is not the ticket.
My 6-digit date number is 6, the number of vertical and horizontal balance.
My horoscopes: “Ready to fly by the seat of your pants, Sagittarius? The real question is, when are you not? The Moon in your first house of personal initiatives forms a sweet angle to change-maker Uranus today, urging you to act on a sudden impulse. Whether that means you chop off all your hair, quit your job or say yes to a paramour you've been seeing only sporadically, you're inclined to act now and think later. Just remember that this transit passes in a few hours, so don't commit to anything permanent!”
And: “Happiness reigns in the home as you and the other members of your household embark on one or more projects that could make your home a more cheery place to life. Warm and companionable conversations involve sharing interesting information, and also bring all of you closer together. Visitors could come by, and others could ring you up with interesting news. This is a good day to throw an impromptu party, such as a potluck. Enjoy your day!”