Sep 02 2014
Today’s card refers to Universal justice and righteousness. Truth. Awareness. Objectivity. Honesty and Integrity.
As Mercury moves into Libra this morning, these are the concepts we’ll see seeping into the collective unconscious.
You may be weighing different options or thinking about how to bring the divergent areas of your life into balance. Or you may be dealing with a situation that calls for you to rise above your personal preferences in order to arrive at what is fair and just.
In this version of the card, we see repeated themes of balance and symmetry. The scales suspended from an invisible thread, the peacock feathers in the background, and the esoteric symbols on the corners of the card.
The peacock feathers are symbols of truth and integrity. As animal totems they signify watchfulness, protection, guidance and nobility. The scales are made of silver and gold — opposing elements — each containing a translucent orb that floats slightly above it.
A sudden gust of wind or ruffling of the peacock feathers could upset the whole contraption. This is an important feature of this card. It reminds us how precarious the concept of Justice truly is, and how important it is to keep things in balance.
The Hebrew symbol “Lamed” is in the upper left corner, the Norse rune “Naud” in the upper right, and the astrological glyph for Libra is in the lower right.
Jul 14 2014
Five of Swords
Your dealings with others today could be tense. The Five of Swords can manifest as a clash of wills or a heated confrontation that seemingly comes from out of nowhere.
This is one of the most challenging cards in the tarot. It’s called “Defeat” in this deck, referring to the need accept your limitations rather than exacerbating problems by fighting back.
As Fives are all tied to conflict and Swords to communications, it should come as no surprise that your battles won’t be physical ones; they’ll be verbal or written. A negative review at work is one example; a ruling in someone else’s favor is another.
You could be dealing with an unreasonable partner or co-worker — or as is often the case with the Five a Swords — embroiled in legal wranglings or contractual negotiations. Whatever it is, it’s unlikely to be pleasant.
In this version of the card we see that the swords that have been lunged at their target — a stone statue of a snarling beast — have broken on impact. They haven’t even made a dent. The I Ching hexagram (47: K’un) at the bottom of the card refers to exhaustion and oppression.
With Mars conjuncting the North Node today, there are also karmic implications to consider. The North Node refers to karma you’re sewing, while the South Node — which Mars is simultaneously opposing — refers to karma you’re reaping. So be mindful of this no matter which end of the sword you’re handed today.
May 01 2014
Six of Pentacles
Today you may feel the need to reach out and lend a “helping hand” to someone. The Six of Pentacles is all about benevolence — giving what you can afford to give: whether it’s your time, your money or your energy — to someone who needs it more than you.
In this version of the card we see the mirror images of a positive and negative (or black and white) set of hands. Six coins (pentacles) are spread across the images, also in perfect harmony.
As stark as the imagery in this card is, the message is still very clear. Along with the obvious first impression: “one hand washing the other,” there’s an implicit understanding that everything we put out there comes back to us eventually, in one way or another other.
Money is only one form of energy. And yet most of us struggle trying to balance the value we place on it with the value we place on all other forms. We think mainly of money when we think about giving — but with Mercury and Chiron in sextile today, you can bet that the thing that matters most turns out not to be a “thing” at all. It’s more likely to be words of encouragement, validation and support.
Mercury rules communications, words and the expression of ideas. Chiron is all about comforting, healing and self-sacrifice. Put them together in a benevolent aspect like a sextile, and you have the perfect recipe for putting your own needs aside long enough to tend to or comfort another.