In the picture the man in the moon is reflected and visible by the light of the sun. In fact both sources of light for the planet earth seem inextricably linked. We have a wolf and dog barking at the moon and a crayfish crawling out of the waters seemingly pulled by the light of the moon. What messages does the moon have for us? What are we being called to look into? The night is dark and the path leads to the mountains in the distance. Perhaps we are to look into our shadow side and address the unconscious with its uncomfortable information. The promise is to illuminate what is holding us back. So we can move forward.
A sturdy night sits atop a black work horse holding a golden coin. He’s accoutered in red accessories (gloves, robe saddle cloth which match his horse’s bridle and reins. A jaunty green feather springs out of his helmet matching the verdant landscape on which the pair stands. In the distance is furrowed land ready for seeding and mountains and trees further in the background. The sky is illumined yellow as in a bright sun shines. Pentacles are opportunities of an earthy kind–business, building, growing. This fellow may be slow and plodding but he is persistent and extremely loyal. There’s always something to be said about slow and steady winning the race and it’s good to have workers in your corner. Don’t pass him by should he offer you a golden coin. Take a long view and appreciate persistence over flashes of brilliance which can burn out quickly.
The time for war is over. In case you didn’t get it before it’s pretty clear now that no one truly wins in a battle. There are always consequences for both sides–the victor and the defeated. The defeated have lain down their swords and turn away. The victor looks over to them, holding two swords upright in one hand and one sword for support as a kind of staff in the other. The sky is dark and foreboding with sharp clouds zig-zagging in an uneasy motion. In its upright position this card points to the hollow nature of victories when won by the harsh violence of actual swords or words (swords being the suit of thoughts and communication). We feel that the reversal here enhances the message, as in a strong directive to turn away from battles and come around towards forgiveness and peaceful conflict resolution.
The naked man and woman looking a lot like Adam and Eve stand in the foreground as the Angel Gabriel gives his blessing. A radiant sun shines over the scene. And a mountain peak rises between the two. Passion, an angel’s blessing, the combination of earthly delights and the divine. It’s interesting to note the man gazes at the woman and the woman looks up at the angel. Is she the element that provides the link between earth and heaven? Is this perhaps an apologia after the downfall of Eden with the snake and the apple and the loss of innocence…
This week pay attention to your relationships, romantic or otherwise, and find a way to honor and respect the special union of like minds.
I like how the King is a bit askew in this upside down position here. It points to what happens when this usually emotionally intelligent ruler is off his game. This week with the start of Mercury in Retrograde expect bosses to erupt when their flights get cancelled, professors to act as if they got up on the wrong side of the bed. That usually calm and collected sensitive authoritarian in your life is grasping for equanimity and it’s time to duck if you’re in the vicinity.
Of course the unbalanced authoritarian could be you. If that’s the case, count to ten A LOT and reach for compassion and patience. Even reaching is a good strategy to curb knee-jerk reactions.
Are you too hard on yourself? Are you hard on others? Watch your judgment meter this week and remember that the best reckoning is partnered with compassion and mercy. Although the Angel Gabriel who blows his horn to call all to come to terms with their conscience is upside down his direct gaze pierces our heart and reminds us to welcome a repentant nature with the knowledge that coming to terms is not always easy. Namaste.
A king wearing flowing robes sits upon an upholstered throne with luxurious rounded edges. The curves of the throne correspond to the flowing emotions of this ruler’s heart. He holds a scepter (power) in one hand and a golden cup (emotions) in the other. His throne is perfectly balanced on the wavy sea where ships and fish appear in the distance. This week an older man of authority (boss, father, teacher) will show you the value of ruling with the information gained from the heart. Or perhaps you will bring this emotional intelligence into your own way of handling your affairs. The egg harkens to the mystery of new beginnings and the frog reminds us how to live in and out of the water so we never become completely submerged.