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.

 

 

 

 

7 January 19: Page of Wands & Seven of Coins & Three of Swords

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Here’s the thing about this weird trio: the only thing ‘real’ and tangible here, as in the coffee in the pot and the money in the bank, is the card in the present position, the dedicated, committed and ever persevering 7 of Coins (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn). The others are our challenges. A human leans on his hoe, taking a break from tending a crop. His or her skin is brown from working in the sun, it’s taken a long time to raise,  establish and finally harvest this healthy-looking, green crop hung with 7 ripe, shiny gold coins. What should he or she do now? Sell up, or invest more time and seasons where they are?

The young Page of Wands (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) is a real spark plug. Fearless, passionate and madly creative, this Page does not care what anyone thinks. He says, goes, does and wears whatever he wants, and on the Morgan-Greer card,  has fabulous hair.

The human on the 7 is looking back at the young Page as if reflecting on his own youth – he may have been tending that field for many years to reap this not spectacular,   but quite profitable and respectable harvest, possibly and probably the best years of his life, or at least that how he feels. The tall, strong staff wielded by the young Page became the tool of the trade on the next card, the 7, the hoe used to cultivate his sustenance.

I’m gonna learn how to use this better than anyone he remembers saying.

There is a decision to be made here and it’s going to be a painful one. No wonder he’s procrastinating.

The ominous, dark and stormy 3 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) shows a heart pierced with 3 swords, emanating a soft glow. The heart is wounded and bright red blood drips dramatically down one of the sharp blades. Against a dark sky black with clouds the heart, stabbed through with the 3 swords, is still bright red.  This card is often referred to as ‘The Artist’s Card”, full of grief and angst. You’ll live. You’ll not only live, you have some nice coin there.

Our pain is very real to us, but look around – we don’t see people’s hearts bleeding through their shirts, but you can bet some of them are.

This could be reconsidering an invitation or offer from someone younger – but you’re not jumping at it. Possibly someone younger you can’t afford to invest any of yourself into any more, or who left the family business or has decided to strike out on their own,  the ‘spark’ is gone, and they will be very much missed – to the point that the endeavor may not be able to exist without them.

This may require a lot of changes, possibly even physical relocation, and it will hurt his or her heart whether they do or don’t do. Maybe the farmer finally cashed it in only to see his beautiful fields plowed under for the new mall.

He doesn’t want to have a damn heart attack in the tomatos and die like Marlon Brando in The Godfather but…

He needs to think about it.

It’s a painful decision either way.

 

16 July 18: Queen of Wands

Solar energy. Everybody wants to be with this fiery lady (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) who is so inspiring and energetic she seems to glow. She attracts followers and friends like moths to a flame. She’s bright, passionate, and always ready with a new plan, idea, or solution. She seems to anticipate potential problems or obstacles before anyone else – she does have a rather watchful and wary looking black cat seated beside her throne at her feet. This is the Queen of Intuition, and she holds her tall, straight staff like an antennae or receiver. She gazes us straight in the eye with a knowing expression on her face but she looks like she’s thinking something that she may or may not express verbally.  She holds a massive sunflower in her left hand and the entire card is a hot, sunny yellow – her robes, her crown, and her power is such that she’s lit up the entire sky behind her, also bright yellow – solar energy. Her Chakra is the solar plexus, where we like to feel all warm inside.

Wherever she goes, she attracts attention.  This Queen is the one who seems to be able to do it all. She’s Samantha Stevens in ‘Bewitched’. House is always in order, kid always looks nice, she always looks beautiful. She’s the perfect hostess (she even had a bar in the living room!) and could whip up a perfect dinner without breaking a sweat – smiling all the while. How does she do it?

After once again solving the crisis du jour and at the end of the episode Samantha always looks back over her shoulder at the camera and gives us a little wink and a nose-wriggle.

A natural leader, her King couldn’t resist her fiery spirit, keen instincts and joyous energy.

Samantha’s mortal husband Darren loudly and adamantly discouraged witchcraft in his home but was frequently the unknowing beneficiary of his Queen’s semi-covert paranormal talents. Darren probably would have lost his advertising job a long time ago had his loving wife not stepped in (often). She is the consummate crisis manager, and never fails to ‘fix it’, even if it’s from ‘behind the scenes’.

She brings joy, radiates happiness and generally summer fun. She would like to remind us, though, to not burn our candle it at both ends –

 

– or through our bank accounts.