13 November 18: The Hanged Man & Five of Swords

Someone’s screwing with you. So what. In the grand scheme of things is this really any  big deal, or is it just what it is, or who it is? What can they really do to you anyway? Just keep ‘an eye’ on them.

Th Hanged Man is of the Major Arcana, and is not about a noose and gallows but a human voluntarily hanging gracefully from one foot with one leg bent in a Yoga-like pose (Sirsasana, believed to stimulate the brain) with both hands clasped behind his back. He usually hangs from a lovely, shady tree, but on the Morgan-Greer card he has built his own rig from a couple of telephone-pole like trimmed trees (we see that portal, the #11 again) with a pole laid across from which he dangles, so he has created this position for himself. He is in meditation, going within, as did the Norse God Odin, the God of wisdom, poetry, war, death, divination, and magic. Sacrificing an eye, because he has 2 and what the hell why not, he got it, but only after spending 9 days and nights upside down twisting in the wind. When he came down, he’d been gifted with arcane knowledge and the Nordic system of divination, the Runes, and the answers he’d sacrificed so much for. If anybody needed Runes it would  certainly be someone with as much potential for conflict of interest as the great, one-eyed, multi-tasking Odin, Thor’s Dad.

This is a card of seeing things from another angle. Hmmm.

The bitchy, petty, nasty 5 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius), being a 5, will never be happy unless he or she is in some sort of conflict with someone and they usually are. We see 3 humans on a beach having just finished a fight. 2 humans have tossed down their swords and are walking off into the sunset as one snickering, sly figure in a dark hoodie watches them retreat and gloats over his having ‘won’. We don’t see his face, only his rather sinister smile. He’s behind the scenes, lurking in the shadows. His hands are full with his own 3 swords, he can’t even hold those that have been surrendered and lie on the beach. Why, then, is he doing this? This is a card of defeat, he hasn’t ‘won’ anything. The dropped swords form a cross…keep this vampire away, already.

This strange pair can be read a couple of ways: someone needs to take the high road because someone else wants to fight or won’t leave you alone and it’s annoying and ‘hangs you up’ but whatever, it’s only a 5. You’re all chill hanging in your tree with your mind on other things.

As Odin sacrificed an eye, life is all about sacrifices. We make them every day. We need to give something up in order to get something else. Often sacrifice is the first step to compromise, but someone needs to let someone or something go that maybe seemed  to make sense at the time, but from this new angle, doesn’t.

On the other hand, time spent ‘upside down’ or in a ‘stuck’ or ‘hamstrung’ state – possibly due to another’s manipulations –  requires us to look at the world from a different angle and from a different point of view. Neptune, the ruler of this card, brings profound dreams, visions and inspiration – but also foggy lenses. Not everyone is out to get you or screw with you, not everyone is a stalker, not everyone is even looking up at your tree, you know? They can’t touch you up there. But when you come down oh, you learned so much from this, did you not?

As Odin sacrificed an eye, life is all about sacrifices. We make them every day. We make sacrifices for love, art, causes close to our hearts. We need to give something up in order to get something else. Sacrifice is the first step leading to compromise, and something needs to be let go, something that seemed to make sense at the time and probably and possibly for a very long time but from this new angle, doesn’t.

Enlightenment.

Bless your ‘enemies’.

I just got a newsflash about the election results in Georgia here in the US:

Contested results, so we’re all ‘hung up’ while we get another set of eyes – another POV – and a recount. This is that, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.