The Star/The Emperor. Wow! Interesting combination. The Star (Air, hot/separates and wet/adapts; Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, cause-oriented, the group, aloofness; Tzaddi, fishhook; the Path between Malkuth, the physical world of action and outer, physical reality, and Netzach, the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) is the “good will to all” card, and while it can hint at some unexpected darkness, it also reminds us that things will turn out okay in the end. The Star reminds us to have faith (and this card is indeed the embodiment of faith), for while it may seem to be the darkest night, the dawn is just beyond the horizon, and it is in the dark sky that Stars can really shine. I think that last phrase is the important one for today, alongside the subtle nature of the energies of The Star. 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. This also makes sense to me. Sometimes you have to be the big gorilla in the room, but with these combined energies perhaps I can manage to offer guidance in a good way, without being too serious about it. After all, the day is not about war and conquest; it’s Thanksgiving!
My Thoth cards are the Prince of Swords reversed and the Two of Swords (“Peace”) reversed. The Princes of the Thoth Tarot are actually the Knights. The Knight/Prince of Swords (the cusp of Taurus, “I have,” sensual, stubborn, cautious, and Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, dual, intelligent) is outspoken, assured, alert, and logical, as well as rude, domineering, critical and sarcastic. His daring and courage are impressive, but he can also be disruptive, too. Crowley describes this Knight/Prince as being full of ideas that tumble all over each other, not a good mindset for today. This Prince can also be very political, but political discussions don’t work well at the dinner table. The Two of Swords (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) in an upright position represents a time of not looking or of shutting out the world. A bit of disconnect from the world can be helpful, but not today. This card can also tell of the reconciliation of differences (hence the keyword of Peace), but today this kind of Peace could be stifling. In a way, these two cards kind of oppose each other, even reversed. I need a happy medium today, and I should remember that my analytical processes might tend towards extremes.
My Legacy card is the Seven of Wands reversed, flavored by Faith/The Hierophant. 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. Because my card is reversed, I should be able to relax a bit at least for today, but I do need to keep in mind the fact that the card did appear. My reversed Seven of Wands is being flavored by Faith/The Hierophant. 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. The Emperor is also a part of my throw today, and since The Star can be seen as a somewhat feminine card (as its manifestations are inner), the entire Triad of Sacred Essences is represented in my cards. That means there is some good potential to be had.
Horoscopes: “Say what? Today, with communicator Mercury entering Sagittarius, your house of identity, you feel like saying everything--and then some. Sure, you could be making a lot of "I" statements over the next three weeks--and why not? This is your time to express your personal passions and goals. If you don't speak 'em out loud, how will they ever become a reality? Since your sign is already known for being, uh, blunt, do be careful about not overstepping people's boundaries with your strong opinions. The fun part of having something to say, after all, is having someone to say it to, Sag.”
And: “You might want to consider taking a short trip today. Get out and travel. Perhaps you just need to get out of your house and across town. Whatever it is, introduce your brain to a new reality. It is time to expand and explore. Your mind is itching to see new things and experience new places, either physically or mentally. Perhaps a religious sanctuary or quiet place among a grove of trees is what you need to quench this inner thirst.”