Four of Swords
This is a good day to work on being centered and maintaining your composure in the midst of whatever life throws your way.
With an intense astrological aspect — a Cardinal Grand Cross — involving four powerful planets (Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter and Mars) becoming as exact today as it’s ever going to get, you may feel like you’re in the eye of a hurricane and when you think about it, that may be the best place to be.
A Grand Cross involves four or more planets that are all forming squares (90°) and oppositions (180°) to one another. As squares represent conflict and oppositions represent tension, these aspects can be incredibly frustrating and difficult to contain.
The Four of Swords — called “Truce” in the Thoth deck, and represents a need to bring those opposing forces into the center where they can be focused into one powerful dynamic.
While you may feel pulled in several different directions today, you’d be best served to stay calm and carry on, rather than let yourself fall out of balance. The Four of Swords encourages you to ponder, reflect and meditate rather than “act.” It speaks of detaching from the whirlwind of activity around you and to observe rather than participate.
You may have more energy than you know what to do with today, and less self-discipline with which to rein it in.
With Mars squaring Jupiter today, you could be bursting at the seams and raring to go — to DO something or make something happen — even if you haven’t really thought it completely through.
This is a very high-energy transit and you can accomplish a lot, but it can also be reckless, so make sure you stop and think before you act.
The Chariot card in this rendition depicts a warrior goddess harnessing two vastly opposing energies. The white and black stallions are rearing up against a day and night backdrop — each pulling away from the other rather than working together as a team.
If you look closely you can see that they’re not really going anywhere anyway; their front hooves aren’t touching the ground and their hind-quarters are nowhere to be seen.
You’ll have to work hard if you want to rein in all of that energy — otherwise you can wind up like the Charioteer in this card: spinning your wheels and getting nowhere.
Today you may feel like you’re standing back and watching helplessly as everything falls apart around you.
The Tower card refers to sudden changes and upheavals, as life as you know it starts changing more rapidly than you’re capable of preparing for.
It may seem like your carefully constructed world is falling apart or that all you’ve held near and dear (and previously thought was indestructible) is no longer capable of sustaining you.
In most renditions of the card — including this one — the “tower” is a literal fortress that’s been struck by lightning and is crashing to the cliffs below. People are falling out of the structure while flames and smoke shoot from the shattered windows.
Yet if you consider the source of the destruction — the one earth shattering lightning bolt — you can see how it lights the whole sky, making everything momentarily clear.
It is this flash of insight that all of us need to be paying attention to, especially as Pluto and Uranus tighten their astrological grip (and form an exact square) today.
Eight of Swords
You look as if you have gone and got yourself tied up in knots over something and don’t know what to do about it. While you are in this state you will not be able to see clearly or navigate a path towards safety and/or peace of mind.
Swords denote mental energy and in the 8 swords this energy is directed inwards without much room for moving in any direction be it forwards or backwards. Even the swords form a line on either side of the woman in the card to block her exit from her self imposed prison. I call it self imposed because those bonds surrounding her are loosely bound, they are also red and this implies she is angry about her situation but perhaps caught up a bit too much in her anger to see her way out of it.
If she would just ease herself out of them she would then be able to take off the blindfold and see her way clear from the precarious position she holds on the tiny bit of land that is left to her. Behind her is a raging sea yet the water to either side of her feet is relatively calm… almost acting like a mirror for her to self examine her own emotions and behaviour.
The image on this card shows that you may think you are not out of a bad situation yet but you may be further out of it than you know. One last piece of strength is needed for you to take action and extricate yourself from the clutches of someone else’s power and you will be free. If you stay where you are now you will find yourself not knowing what is going on, not seeing things clearly or for what they are and generally beating yourself up for something that is more than likely not your fault.
What are you struggling with today that requires you to access your inner reserves of strength? Today’s card refers not to physical strength, but to will-power and self-control.
It may be a commitment you’ve made to yourself not to cave in or to compromise your principles. And it could be a situation in which you’re struggling to uphold your part of a bargain. Dieting for example, or giving up smoking or drinking. Refusing to react or allow your buttons to be pushed.
The strength card can also refer to finding an appropriate outlet for something that you may have responded to in a less than positive manner in the past. Whatever it is, know that this card encourages you to stay on course and not fall back into unhealthy reactions or patterns.
The woman in this version of the card sits atop what looks like a two-headed beast. There’s a fierce Lion head (and hind-quarters) and gentle Unicorn head (and front-quarters) and a lily at tip of the beast’s tail. She’s lost in thought on the his back, an infinity symbol hovering over her own head like a halo.
The imagery in this card speaks of both taming the inner beast — i.e., passions and desires — but also getting in touch with the inner “magic” — i.e., intuition, inspiration and creative self-expression, and not giving any more power to one of them over the other.
Three of Pentacles
Today is a good day to join heads with like-minded people in the spirit of community and cooperation.
The Three of Pentacles is all about team-work, group efforts and collaboration. It’s a reminder that two (three, or four, etc.) heads are better than one and that none of us can achieve alone what we can achieve with others. Although many aspects of this card emphasize friendship and celebration, this one focuses more on integrating the disparate parts of self. Body, Mind and Spirit come to mind.
In this rendition the pentacles are made up of three disks. They contain a Sun Face, an Eye and a panoramic scene with yogi and horse figures. The disks are all interconnected with the Sun disk shining a little brighter over the other two. A crescent moon with another eye rests below the three disks.
In addition to teamwork and collaboration, the Three of Pentacles also speaks of hitting your stride and seeing the initial results of something you’ve been working hard on. It speaks of breathing new life into a project or finding the “key” to something that has been puzzling you and holding you back.
In the midst of so many turbulent transits there’s still always a bit of hope — and today is no exception.
As Venus and Jupiter — known astrologically as the lesser and greater benefics — come together in harmony, it’s the perfect time to be thinking about what is right in the world, rather than what is wrong.
In this version of the card we see a Mermaid transferring water from an urn back into the sea from which she came. She’s perched on the edge of the shore with only her tail and a few strands of hair still immersed.
A sky full of stars twinkle and revolve around one larger “wishing star,” while two fish swim close to the water’s edge. The Hebrew letter Ayin (insight, illumination, spiritual awareness) is imprinted on the lower left.
The Star card is associated with Aquarius as the Water Bearer archetype. Yet there is something decidedly Piscean about this version of the card (and most versions of the Star card in my opinion). It is a card of hope, compassion, inspiration, intuition and faith.
It’s the sense we have that everything will be alright — even if we have to push past our own doubts and fears. It’s also about transmuting those fears and finding a productive outlet for them. Art, music, poetry, dance, creative self-expression are all very meaningful manifestations of the Star card’s energy.