The Horned One/The Wheel. Wheee!! Now that’s some crazy energy. 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”). The traditional keywords for this card are about chains and bondage, but the Llewellyn Welsh card is 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 of course, it is about how easy it can be to get carried away by each. Today I will feel drawn to Nature, and as long as I don’t allow myself to forget my responsibilities, I don’t see a problem with that. The Wheel of Fortune (Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Jupiter (expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune), Kaph (grasping hand), and the Path between Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration) and Chesed (the place where forms and structure are stabilized and nurtured)) tells of sudden movement, but not movement caused by us or controlled by us. The Wheel reminds us that nothing is permanent and everything is always in motion, motion that we can’t control but that we certainly can benefit from. This card also tells of karma, “ripe karma,” if you will, karma that is ready to manifest in concert with the natural cycles around us (the Llewellyn Welsh Tarot Wheel symbolizes this through “I will reign, I reign, I have reigned, I am without”; perfect description). Finally, while some see this card as representing Fate (probably because we can’t control what happens when its energies manifest), others feel this card tells of manifestations controlled or initiated by the Divine, something a lot less random. The Horned One is the perfect energy to deal with The Wheel, as The Horned One is very much attuned to what is happening around him.
My Thoth cards are the Nine of Wands (“Strength”) and the Queen of Cups. Interesting; I had this pair on Christmas Day with my Legacy deck. The Nine of Wands (Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Sagittarius, “I seek,” philosophic, fun-loving, adventurous, blundering) in an upright position tells us that the final challenge approaches, and we need to ready ourselves so we can guard our assets. This card also tells of the order and control that helps us to plan for possible challenges or hostilities to come, the way a seasoned warrior would plan, and it tells of the ability to adapt to changes on the drop of a dime. In order for Strength to be effective, it must be mobile. 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. Crowley sees this Queen as representing the Mother Goddess (and he sees The High Priestess as representing the Virgin Maiden Goddess). She is comfortable with her own feelings and visions (whatever they are), and she is comfortable dealing with the feelings of others (whether serene or uncomfortable) without losing her own serenity. She is chaste, not necessarily sexually chaste, but rather she is able to resist indulging in effects that might harm herself or others. She is also a counselor, a romantic, a psychic, and an enabler. These two balance out nicely, eh?
My Legacy card is the Six of Swords reversed, flavored by the Nine of Swords. Well, that is a clear message. The Six of Swords (Mercury, reason, intelligence, education, communication, in Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, cause oriented) is about balance, healing, moving towards a better place, and even about learning the science behind things that work (because understanding why they work makes them more effective). I love this card because discovering why things work is how I learn and grow and heal. It is reversed today, and I could be distracted from focusing on my own highest good. My reversed Six of Swords is being flavored today by the Nine of Swords, and there could be the distraction. The Nine of Swords (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, social, dual) represents brooding and worrying, usually self-caused, and usually unproductive. Often the worrying attached to this card is connected to insecurity or suspicion, or it is connected to things that are over and done with, and thus unchangeable. This card represents the “agony of the mind,” and the poison created by this agony can kill every positive opportunity that comes my way today, or at the very least distract me from connecting with those opportunities. This is my second Nine today, and the energy of my Nine of Swords could wreak havoc with more than the Six of Swords; careful!
My 6-digit date number is 11 (Archangel Uriel), which reduces further to 2, the number of balance, polarity, and the energy of “distance between.”
My horoscopes: “You may not kiss and make up, but today's harmonious alignment of the Sun and Moon in pragmatic Capricorn and Taurus can help you reach out to someone you're on the outs with. If you approach this person with an open mind and heart, you should at least be able to clear the air and get the relationship back to neutral. Only time will tell if you'll rekindle the connection, but wouldn't it be great to go into 2015 without carrying a grudge?”
And: “The day ahead won't be easy. A glimpse at your love life reveals that you'll be bridling at certain inhibitions. You long for peace and stability, and at the moment everything is in suspense in that department. Use the day ahead to gain some perspective on the situation. Until the ice melts and the flow of events resumes once again, why not devote your energy to some other endeavor?”