7 February 19 : Temperance & Six of Coins & Queen of Swords

Forged in fire. The center card in the present position today is the 6 of Coins or Earth (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) and what immediately strikes me is that unlike the olde tyme images, the gentleman (or woman) of the Morgan-Greer image who dispenses coins in an apparent act of charity carries not an uneven pair of scales but, held in his left hand, which is the hand associated with the heart, his (or her) scales are perfectly even. We have a nice balance of elements in the spread of Fire/Water/Earth/Air. There are usually 2 beggars on their knees before the obviously well-dressed and better off human who gratefully accept the generous donation, but not on this version, which emphasizes the 6 large gold coins equally divided on the left and right side of the card with a large column of crimson straight up the middle behind the man holding the scales. This to me more clearly demonstrates the idea of a redistribution of wealth rather than random charity. Money is energy, and the red stripe up the middle reminds me of the red Chinese paper wallets meant to ‘stimulate’ and ‘energize’ thereby multiplying the cash contained within.  This could be talking about utilizing our waning or limited physical energy in the same way.

In the past is the alchemist of the Tarot, Temperance, the giant angel who, like the Star, has one foot in the water and one on land. The angel is a Sagittarius, of the suit of fire, and I get a ‘forged in fire’ feel out of this spread. The angel patiently pours liquid back and forth, mixing and measuring between 2 gold cups. There is a red triangle on the breast of the gown of the tall, androgynous angel, right over the heart, and should we give it a spin, we get the symbols for fire and water, both methods of purification. Temperance is time, tiempo, tempo, tempering, refining, even negotiating. Back and forth. For a very long time. Until. We. Get. It. Right. Now, let’s try this again. Judging by the even scales and exactly divided coins, all has been handled fairly and everyone treated equally.  This could be a divorce settlement or any kind of legal dispute after a long period of mediation, resolved satisfactorily if not altogether amicably. The Queen’s not here to make friends.

The Queen of Swords (Libra/Aquarius/Gemini) is the card of a divorcee or widow, so it does seem like some sort of settlement has been reached. If she was a pub,she would be called The Thorny Rose. Even in her garden, neck-deep in lush, red roses, she holds her sword ready although she looks quite safe surrounded by all those mature, glorious, full blooms. I want to say that the long sword she holds up straight and strong is well-tempered, that is, forged in fire, as was she. Someone may have had to ‘hold their temper’ for a long time. She’s one tough lady (or man) , yet, the way the cards are positioned, one of the hands on the center card looks as if it could be hers, reaching into the picture, directing her minister to dispense the coins – or, in the future position, accepting a coin herself, but only after the scales are even. She brings to mind the image of Justice, sword raised, gesturing to the balanced scales, but she is not blindfolded, and  her eyes are intense and penetrating, as if she can see right through you. She can. I hope he doesn’t think he’s hiding all those coins behind his back, because her sword is still as sharp as ever.

Someone may be looking forward to being single now that they’re older and wiser. The past defines us, of course, Temperance suggests the way a diamond is formed, under pressure  and heat – the way a sword is forged to diamond-edged perfection and sharpness.

Make sure grandma gets her meds or vitamins – or stay on yours.  This could also be a female doctor you should think about visiting for entertainment purposes only, but generally speaking, whatever you’re doing is working.

It may have taken a long time to achieve a body/soul balance, and it looks like some alone time would be beneficial. You don’t have to explain it, you don’t have to be bitchy about it, just take care of yourself, especially if you’re aging gracefully (’cause I know you all are) and whatever that is, you’d at least like to be healthy in mind and body. This Queen can be quite ‘mental’ which is a proverbial double-edged sword. This is either ‘mellowing’ with age, or…not. I get a ‘time is money’ vibe out of this too, and we have to think about the realistic allotments of time and physical energy, as we get older.


But the Queen of Swords, she still dances.





31 January 19: The Hanged Man & Six of Coins reversed & The High Priestess, reversed.

Oversharing. Or undersharing. We are not in a very giving mood, for whatever reason, but it may be a good one. Reason, not mood.

We have 2 Major Arcana today escorting down the center aisle the reversed 6 of Coins or Pentacles aka the 6 of Earth representing all that is physical, material and tangible. Our money, bodies, and earthly efforts and endeavors.. On the card, a well-groomed gentleman, scales in hand, weighs out and dispenses coins to a pair of beggars. Charity given and received is  one of the meanings of this card, but since the suit also rules our bodies, and with the Hanged Man and High Priestess on either side in the past and future positions being related in a an esoteric sort of way, for entertainment purposes only I will entertain the idea of checking out what this may mean were it to be related to health, which should be entertaining. We’ve given quite enough of ourselves, it seems, and may need to hold back a little.

Or a lot.

In the past position, the Hanged Man has basically decided to let the Universe work itself out, which is, sometimes, the only thing we can do. For whatever reason, a period of withdrawal and detachment was the only option. ‘Hanging by a thread’ is the phrase that comes to mind today seeing this man, hanging by his one foot, his legs crossed and forming the number ‘4’ reversed, which suggests to me a certain instability. This card, ruled by the wavy water-God Neptune can talk about drugs, alcohol and all things hallucinogenic – now a ‘hangup’ of the past – if, of course, we’re vigilant. The 6 of Coins  sometimes suggests someone dispensing medication, and reversed, this could be weaning off meds or even being given the wrong kind. Inaction was the only ‘action’ we could take at the time. Giving in and giving it up.

The High Priestess, keeper of secrets (Virgo & the Moon) in the future position is reversed. Representing our ever-present intuition, we may not listen when we should and hear ourselves saying ‘I knew I shouldn’t have trusted that so and so’ later. I hate to say it, but she could be a bad shrink, counselor or advisor – trust your own self.

However, you were, perhaps, in the past in no shape to discern who around you was trustworthy or not. Someone certainly isn’t or wasn’t who they claimed to be,  doesn’t have your best interest at heart, and never did. Your gut tells you this but you just don’t want to know. Ok, fine, says the High Priestess. Use me or lose me. As long as you keep your money in your pocket. By the way, she also rules all women’s things, and would like you to get your hormones and thyroid checked out.

The 6 of Coins reversed could very well mean someone does have their hand in your pocket, or strongly advises you to take your own damn hand out of your pocket before you give all your money away to ‘hangers on’ – possibly one specific person with a whole lot of water in their chart and or a whole lot of ‘hangups’.

The balance here to be achieved is between not giving enough of ourselves and giving too much. Your spidey-sense may be off for a bit: best to not believe every ‘charity case’ that comes along. There is an overall sense of dishonesty around these cards. Ruled by the moon, and we have a full moon in Virgo coming up I do believe, the moonlight is lovely but the harsh light of day may prove someone you trusted -shock and horror – turned out to be someone you shouldn’t have.

You knew it, too.

If you feel it, don’t ignore it.