8 November 18: The High Priestess, reversed

Something’s not quite right. That may be true, but it could also be that your own spidey-sense needs a tuneup.

We recently explored this card of all things ruled by the feminine Moon, The ‘Female Pope’ or The High Priestess, knower and keeper of secrets. She is serene as she sits on her throne in a deep meditative state. This is the card of feminine intuition and all the mysteries of the subconscious. Use your instincts, she says, or did she? Her mouth never moved.  She’s telepathic like that. This moody, changeable Goddess of the Moon lives in the space between light and the dark, the conscious and the subconscious. Between What is Known, and What is Unknown.

Reversed, she’s gently alerting us (again, doesn’t need to say a word) that we may not be on our game as far as our ‘gut feelings’ are concerned, or that we simply don’t have all the facts we need in order to make a decision or choice today. Information is being withheld, possibly by or involving a woman, but certainly doesn’t have to be. She’s not a very reliable source of information in this position – rather a source of gossip or slander, in which case we should always hear and believe it straight from the horses’ mouth (“you won’t hear it from mine!” says my horse, although I just did. Or did I?) and not act, opine or comment on hearsay. Inadmissible, your honor. But I did not have all the facts.

Upright, this card calls for meditation, stillness, contemplation and listening to the inner voice, and feels like all things watery, mysterious and ruled by the moon. Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio are members of this club, but we all have a whole lot of water sloshing around in us, so we’re all affected somehow somewhere in our astrological makeup.

Reversed, our ‘inner voice’ isn’t as sharp or reliable as usual.  We must formulate answers based more on hard facts, x-rays and research. Movement is needed and action is called for. Secrets are revealed. Something is hidden and will be or needs to be uncovered and exposed. This card reversed for females could mean extreme mood swings resulting from hormonal imbalance. She can mean fertility problems or a difficult birth. She can warn of mental health issues from unknown causes. Is your doctor missing something?

The High Priestess reversed is not asking, but telling us we’re going to have to work a little harder to uncover the truth of a matter if we really want to know. We may have to ‘come clean’ about something ourselves, or about ourselves.

Take everything with a grain of salt, I heard her say.

Or did I?

 

 

6 July 2018: Seven of Swords

Deception revealed. Or, it’s even worse than you thought.

The mystery of the mechanics of the Tarot is the way the cards talk to each other and form ‘chains’ of pictures, like frames in a film.

Of all the ways I could read this card ruled by the Moon and and running on Sword/Air energy (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius), it makes the most sense following yesterday’s 8, our troubled Lady of the Prison of her Own Anguished Mind.

I thought about her yesterday. I should have added that the 8 of Swords can strongly advise a visit to a therapist or psychiatrist, and with this 7 reversed it looks as if she may have.

This card upright is called ‘The Card of the Thief” and shows a figure sneaking off with 5 swords, leaving 2 stuck in the ground. On the traditional decks he looks back over his shoulder, making sure no one is following him or sees him, but on this card his head is down as he makes off with his haul, holding his ‘cards close to his chest’, as it were. This is a card of deception, but it may be our own – something secret that we must keep to ourselves, or feel we must. Things we may feel we can’t reveal to others for whatever reason.

But it is clear that following the 7 there will come the 8. So many secrets, like those Swords stuck in the ground – the ‘prison bars’.

Interestingly, the Swords he steals are in shadow, and the 2 left behind are in light, to me suggesting the upcoming Lunar eclipse (the “Blood Moon” she thought in Grandpa Munster’s voice. Why.) which we won’t see in the US but is the longest of the Century, so we’ll be feeling it.

Reversed, very generally speaking, the cards can mean the energy of that card is blocked or not ‘manifesting’ (once again, Grandpa Munster’s voice. Go away.) it’s energy or potential as it should, for ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

I’m gonna read this for our Lady (or Lord ) of yesterday’s tortured card. She or he has realized they have no choice but to unburden their crippling secrets and unexpressed fears to someone who has the tools and skills to help him or her.

That’s no way to live.