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.
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.