Five of Wands/Death. The Five of Wands, which corresponds with Saturn (discipline, responsibility, law and order) in Leo (“I am, passionate, dramatic, egotistical) indicates a struggle caused by annoying cross-purposes, or this discomfort could be caused by growing pains. Upsetting a stabilized system is never comfortable, but if I see this as a “sweet discomfort,” I might be able to get something good from it. The Death card of the Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course), Scorpio, Nun (fish head; liberation), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), and it tells of natural change that cannot be stopped, and that usually involves the potential to step upward on the evolutionary ladder. Many people fear this card, but Death can be seen as representing natural change through alchemic putrefaction. This card also reminds us that in order for the seed to sprout, it must be destroyed or broken open. These two cards when taken singly might not be fun, but together they tell of a temporary discomfort that will bring a necessary ending, and a fresh new beginning.
My Thoth cards are The Aeon/Judgement and The Devil. 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. “Judgement intervenes for the purpose of distinguishing the spiritual from the material . . .” is how Oswald Wyrth puts it. 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. The traditional image on the Judgement card shows the resurrection, the victory of life over death, and this might be the day to release what I don’t need any more. This is a powerful focus for the day. 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 Devil, on the other hand, is often the scapegoat blamed for any excesses of the physical world. After all, enjoyment of the physical world is somehow seen by many as a denial of or estrangement from God. I will need to be real careful today about manifesting my ambitions. Dominating others for my own pleasure and purposes is not a good thing. Better I work on the balance of The Aeon, for the presence of The Devil tells me that letting go might not be easy.
My Legacy card is the Two of Wands, flavored by Faith/The Hierophant reversed. The Two of Wands (Mars, action, spontaneity, aggression, drive, in Aries, “I want,” action oriented, pioneering, assertive, enthusiastic) tells of power, influence and authority, and the implementation of the Will. This is a card of action and ownership, personal power and authority; today, with all these other cards telling of unavoidable and perhaps uncomfortable changes, I might need that staying power. Another meaning for this card is the focusing of Will in such a way as to bring change for the good. There’s that word again, “change.” My Two of Wands is being flavored by Faith/The Hierophant reversed. 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. Today, tradition could be chafing, and rules could become dogma, as represented by my reversed Hierophant. In a way, this card in a reversed position echoes my upright Devil above, and that is a huge caution.
My 6-digit date number is 10, the ending of a cycle, which reduces further to 1, the number of position and potential.
My horoscopes: “Your words pack a punch today, Archer, thanks to a positive angle between the high-profile Sun in your communications corner and Uranus in 5th house of creativity and fame. You may think you're flying under the radar, but people see you as a role model. Use this electrically charged energy to inspire people to be proactive and not just grumble about an unfair situation. You could tap friends in the arts to raise awareness for an important cause. Talent show fundraiser, anyone?”
And: “You are so upbeat and optimistic by nature that it is difficult for you to accept certain failures. That may be what you are thinking today as you reflect on your recent humanitarian efforts. Try not to take such a short-term attitude. You are making a difference, even though it may not always be readily apparent. Continue on this path; ultimately you will see how worthwhile the journey is.”