Strength/Four of Cups reversed. 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. Often, the focus and the taming of our wild nature represented by this card is taking place in order to obtain a result that is more than mere physical survival. We have tamed Nature, we have food and shelter, but we want to test ourselves further, without having to worry about the basics. The Four of Cups (the Moon, feelings and emotions, illusion, imagination, in Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, nurturing, tenacious, moody) reminds us that too much pleasure, or maybe too much nurturing or overprotectiveness, deadens the senses. This is a card that describes what can happen when nothing goes wrong in our lives, and the “cloud” that pleasure can create might end up distracting me from the things I need to accomplish. Because my Four of Cups is reversed, something may occur that will snap me out of this lethargy; I need to watch for it!
My Thoth cards are The Aeon (Judgement) and The Hierophant. Ooooohhh! Aeon/Judgement corresponds with Fire (hot/separates and dry/shapes, and spontaneous, impulsive and energetic change), Pluto (power, metamorphosis, cycles of dying and becoming), Shin (fang), and the Path between Malkuth (the physical world of action and physical, outer reality) and Hod (provides analysis and communication) and represents an opportunity to tally up and pay the bill so we can have a fresh start. Crowley sees it as representing a final step that ends an issue of the past and at the same time brings us forward. His definition reminds us of the profound relief to be achieved if we truly release that which no longer serves us, and if we balance out what we owe with what we have. Today I should be able to understand where I am and what I’ve done so far, and how all this affects the big picture for me. The traditional image on the Judgement card shows the resurrection, the victory of life over death. This is a powerful focus for the day. 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, for there is a level of attainment to be had from within a spiritual practice. These two cards hit at the coming of a powerful Aha Moment! I’ve got my fingers crossed.
My Legacy card is the Page of Cups reversed, flavored by the Nine of Swords reversed. The 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. This Page can be seen as a more immature version of the Queen of Cups, and that means he might be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses. He is Earth of Water, and thus all about feelings and sensations, particularly pleasant feelings and sensations. Because my Page is reversed, I am being warned that I might be dealing with an unhealthy, childish emotional attachment or outburst during the day today. Perhaps this emotional discomfort will be connected to flattery or perhaps about making promises that can’t be kept (which is always a recipe for disaster). My reversed Page of Cups is being flavored by the reversed Nine of Swords. The Nine of Swords (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, in Gemini, “I think,” curious, talkative, social, dual) in an upright position 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 overshadow everything else. And yes, there are times when this overshadowing is not good or healthy, however sometimes our gut is telling us to worry because there is something to worry about. My reversed Nine of Swords is flavoring my reversed Page of Cups, and it is validating the warning. Watch the emotions today, both mine and the emotions of others, because one small slip could be disasterous.
My 6-digit date number is 9, the number of completeness of manifestation or effect.
My horoscopes: “Friction alert! Today the Moon in Gemini, your cooperative 7th house, forms a tight square to fiery Mars in Pisces. You could be spoiling for a fight and not even know it, as deep down, you're unsettled and maybe even a bit hostile. Whether the source is family tension or just your need for more downtime, this mood could spill out into your relationships, possibly threatening harmony on the job. Pour the potential conflict into something constructive by getting physical. Time to clean out the garage?”
And: “Think long and hard today before making any commitments. Much is at stake, especially where your love life is concerned. It is likely that a proposal of some sorts is coming your way. Do you know how you will answer? The events of the day may have you feeling that you are at a crossroads, when actually you are more on track than ever. The key to today lies in trusting your instincts and remaining true to your ideals.”