Feb 24 2015
Six of Swords
You may be on the verge of making important changes in your life, and in doing so will have to think about what you’re taking with you and what you need to leave behind.
This doesn’t necessarily mean material things; in fact that’s rarely what it means. It’s more about attitudes and belief systems, as well as a life you may have built and dreams you may have dreamed that are no longer capable of sustaining you.
The Six of Swords is a card of transition and change. Moving from one “place” to another, if only in your mind. This ties in well with today’s Venus / Saturn trine, which can ease that transition through purpose and dedication: the commitment to moving forward combined with the willingness to leave the past behind.
The figures in this card are almost to their destination, the remnants of their tattered ship a testament to their perseverance. While we may not know from whence they came, we can see they’re moving toward a whole new world.
This is the message behind the Six of Swords. You may not be where you want to be just yet, but you’re moving in the right direction.
The Six of Swords — like all Sixes — reminds us that we’re not alone. We don’t get to the other side without assistance from someone, even when that “assistance” comes in the form of a setback that forces us to change direction.
It also provides clarity and perspective. We may see things we don’t want to see — or admit to ourselves — but it’s that kind of clarity that motivates us toward change. Take a moment today to reflect on where you are and where you want to be heading. This is the first step, courtesy of the Six of Swords, toward manifesting your goals.
Dec 08 2014
Three of Wands
Today as Jupiter goes retrograde you may be looking back on the events in your life that have led you to where you are today.
And while the Three of Wands is definitely more about “looking ahead,” you’d be well served to take into consideration the efforts you’ve already made toward meeting your long term goals.
Retrograde planets emphasize the internalization (retrograde) of the planets’ specific energies — in this case Jupiter, which ties into personal evolution, spirituality and higher mind awareness. So the focus will be more about inner awareness and growth and than external processes.
And yet it doesn’t mean going it alone. As you can see from the images in this card there are always those who’ve inspired us, supported us and have had our backs along the way.
The Three of Wands speaks of seeing results from efforts we’ve put into a project or goal and being inspired enough from that progress to keep on keeping on. It tells us that we’re on the right path and that all we’ve done so far as not been for naught.
With this in mind, the Jupiter retrograde ties in as it reminds us to look back at not only where we’ve come from but the progress we’ve made along the way.
I love how there’s so much communal support in this version of the card. There are references to help and assistance (the falcon steadying the telescope for the rhino while he postulates on some important trivia) as well as standing on the shoulders of giants (the beetle and the bug).
This is what you want to keep in mind today while you think about your next moves. Jupiter retro makes for a good time to revisit, review and revise what you’ve already accomplished — and that includes acknowledging those who have made it all possible — before setting about to plan your next move.
Sep 14 2014
As Venus sextiles Pluto today you may be feeling the urge to merge. This aspect brings together the planets that rule love (Venus) and sex (Pluto) — among other things.
The Lovers card can bring someone new into your life or heat up an existing relationship. It can ignite (or re-ignite) a rapturous passion. And it can cause you to throw logic completely out the window as you give in to your desires.
Be careful with that though, because Venus and Pluto can also be tremendously seductive. Pluto represents power but as we can see from the figures in this card, it’s the female (Venus) calling the shots here.
This version of the card references the famed mythological sirens who lured unsuspecting seafarers into the rocks. But this sailor isn’t exactly falling for it. While she tries to coax him over the ledge, he holds onto the one thing that can save him — a weapon he’s concealed from view.
The Lovers card can also represent decisions. Choices between lovers (as in a love triangle) or choices between love and something else. In this scenario the choice may even be between life and death.
The Venus / Pluto transit is not likely to be so dramatic. But it does call for you to look at your relationships (and relationship choices) with a more discerning eye.
Aug 19 2014
Nine of Swords
With Mercury and Neptune in opposition today, you may feel like you’re having a hard time getting (or maintaining) your footing.
The Nine of Swords ties right in with this aspect, which can leave you feeling a bit wobbly or unsure of yourself. This is often called the “nightmare” card as it relates to overblown fears and anxieties.
These are almost always self-created. Either the fear is real and you brought it upon yourself, in which case you now have to deal with the repercussions of your actions; or the fear is unfounded and you’re being forced to own up to whatever it is inside of you that has created it.
The woman in this version of the card is seen tip-toeing along an upper ledge of a building in the dead of night. She’s still in her bedclothes.
Is she sneaking into someone else’s window? Or climbing back into her own? Either way she looks terrified, and two different sets of fears are implied. The fear of falling down, and the fear of getting caught.
If you look closely you can see that she really has nothing to fear. The twin stars Castor and Pollux — patrons of guests and travellers — shine high in the night sky. And right below her — which she’d see if she bothered to look down — is a larger much sturdier ledge that would easily break her fall.
Apr 24 2014
Ace of Wands
A new day is dawning today and awakening you to a world of possibilities.
The Ace of Wands represents a new beginning, courtesy of the creative spark that fuels your passions and drives. It asks you to open your heart to adventure, and to find inspiration all around you.
In this version of the card we encounter the Greek God Prometheus as he soars down from Olympus with the spark of fire he’s stolen from Zeus.
There’s no hesitation or consideration of the consequences — there’s just the passion and determination that is at the root of the Ace of Wands drive.
The Ace of Wands is creative, dynamic and courageous. And while — like Prometheus — it can also be impulsive and reckless, its primary function is motivation.
Of all the Aces, this one is the shaker and the mover: it’s the one that compels us to dream big, reach high and to let nothing stand in the way of manifesting our goals.
But Aces are also more about the spark of an idea, a plan or a decision than they are about action. As the Ace of Wands is ruled by Mars, which is a big part of the Cardinal Grand Cross that we’re all still in the throes of, it may not be the best time to take action.
Mar 04 2014
Knight of Cups
Today would be a good day to put all rational thinking aside and indulge instead in your wildest romantic dreams and fantasies.
As with all the Court cards, the Knight of Cups may be someone presently in your life (or someone resurfacing from your past), or he could represent certain facets of you or of events taking place in your life.
If he’s someone in your life now, you will know him by his gentle, soft-spoken demeanor. He’s a lover not a fighter and can therefore be a bit passive. He’s governed by his feelings and may be given to flights of romantic fancy.
He often appears as a messenger — professing his feelings, offering an invitation or making a proposal. An unexpected contact or message, happy news from a loved one, or someone reaching out to you from your past are just a few examples.
In this rendition of the card we see a Knight and a fair maiden on an ornate wooden horse, flying high above his Kingdom. In the story that is the basis for this card — found on the Sacred Texts website — the horse was a gift to the King of Persia, meant to procure his daughter’s hand in marriage. Through many ups and downs, the story continues with the Prince (her brother) traveling the world — and finding love — on his wayward horse.