Strength reversed/Three of Cups. The Strength card (Fire, hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic energy; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic, egotistical; Teth, sieve or basket, digestion; and the Path between Geburah, the place where forms and structures are challenged or affirmed, and Chesed, the place where forms and structures are stabilized and nurtured) is about having the strength and the patience to endure and focus. Endurand and focus, patience and strength, are also skills necessary to use magick or magickal powers, another meaning for the Strength card. My card is reversed, however, and perhaps it is reversed because I won’t need to endure. After all, my Three of Cups is upright, and my Strength card just might be reversed because I don’t need it right now. The Three of Cups (Mercury, reason, intelligence, orderliness, communication, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody) is about connections, emotional abundance, and about blessings. This card shows what could be born from the potential to experience potent emotions and feelings of the Ace, and the caring, attraction and chemistry of the Two; this could be a nice day, eh? The nice thing about this card is that it represents the pledge to helping the group by the group. No one is alone, and we are all connected.
My Thoth cards are the Princess of Cups and the Queen of Swords reversed. The Princess/Page of Cups corresponds to Libra (“we are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation), Scorpio (“I desire,” intensity compulsion, mystery) and Sagittarius (“I seek,” philosophic, adventurous, blundering) and is a card of soft and tender energies and of getting fulfillment through connections to others, and through innocent and simple joys. Crowley sees this card as representing a more immature version of the Queen of Cups, and that means she might be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. She is Earth of Water, and thus all about feelings and sensations, particularly pleasant feelings and sensations. She is telling me that today I should enjoy whatever feelings roll over me, and perhaps manifest a bit of that pleasure into other parts of my day through a framework of optimism and child-like joy. The Queen of Swords (cusp of Virgo, “I serve,” practical, sensible, work and service oriented, and Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation, grace) can be considered a Minor Arcana representation of the Justice card, which is about responsibility and the relationship between “cause” and “effect.” The main difference is that while Justice is about the law, the Queen of Swords is about the intent behind the law. She is Water of Air, and she is reversed. I need to be careful today to not use analysis as my go-to option when I choose responses. Don’t analyze, just enjoy! That is what these two cards seem to be telling me.
My Legacy card is the Two of Cups, flavored by the Page of Swords. The Two of Cups (Venus, beauty, allure, relationships, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, family and home oriented, tenacious, moody) tells of about love and connections, usually having to do with feelings, relationships and commonalities, and a recognition or acknowledgement that a bond is beginning to happen, or is beginning to be restored after forgiveness is offered and received. The Llewellyn Welsh Two of Cups image contains the traditional Caduceus of Hermes (the Messenger of the Greek Gods, guide of the dead and protector of merchants, gamblers, liars and thieves), with a lion (representing strength, courage, authority over the subconscious, sound judgment and prudence) between the wings at the top. The Caduceus of Hermes or Staff of Hermes shows a staff being climbed by two serpents (representing peace, rebirth, restoration and regeneration) entwined in the form of a double helix, and sometimes surmounted by wings. The Roman version of Hermes is Mercury, and so the Caduceus of Hermes can be used to represent both the planet Mercury, and the elemental metal of the same name; thus, the Two of Cups is connected to alchemy. These additional meanings add to our understanding of the Two of Cups, which presents the Minor Archana version of The Lovers. Perhaps this Minor card is asking us to understand the hows and whys of human love, especially when we throw into the mix the concept of the power of beliefs and intentions. The Page of Swords (Capricorn, “I build,” ambitious, competent, cautious, cunning, Aquarius, “I know,” friendships, the group, society, cause-oriented, and Pisces, “I believe,” feelings, duality, soul growth, spirituality) encourages us to use our mind and intellect to analyze our situations as well as our emotions and feelings. This Page can be a bit on the serious side, but he is real good at asking the tough questions, and seeking the correct answers. His efforts can be a bit on the secretive side, which might end up causing some issues today. Yes, sometimes it is better to look but not speak, but today there could be some miscommunications or misunderstandings if I keep too quiet. I’ve got lots of good Cups cards today, so perhaps my Page is just trying to balance out all that Water. Balance is good.
My 6-digit date number is 6, the number of vertical and horizontal balance.
My horoscopes: “Career ascent--or pothole? Today's tricky square between the Moon in Virgo, your professionally driven tenth house, and restrictive Saturn in Sagittarius could result in some friction between work (especially situations involving authority figures) and your most cherished personal goals. A boss's agenda could thwart your own self-assertion—but don't climb over anyone else's back to get to the top, as it could backfire. While your true feelings may show on your face, do your best to come up with a practical solution, one that's win-win.”
And: “Communication with others could be extremely rewarding today, especially later on in the day. Project more of your energy outwards and join with others in projects that you might otherwise try to tackle on your own. Things should flow smoothly today, as long as you take a lighthearted and optimistic approach. Move forward with projects instead of just thinking about them and contemplating their completion.”