Tarot Clarity – Apophis in Virgo – Page of Swords

July 5th 2019: Apophis enters Virgo, the god of chaos in the sign of order. Virgo is where all things are assigned a purpose and a place, giving stability to our mental construct of the world. Apophis throws curveballs into the system, making us question our own sanity.

The Page of Swords is the embodiment of what it means to be in your own way. He has this great sword but doesn’t even seem to know how to hold it properly, let alone how to use it. He’s all dressed up but doesn’t know which way to go. It’s the intellectual decadence of entertaining all thoughts and ideas with no guiding principles, no ethics. He doesn’t stand for something; he will fall for anything.

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Apophis in Virgo as the Page of Swords is a symbol of the confusion felt when the structures we rely on to make sense of our world get jumbled by unpredictable events, and gives direction for how to react: it starts with being humble enough to acknowledge that we don’t know what we don’t know. Information that lacks the proper context can be more dangerous than ignorance. The Page of Swords has a yellow “third eye” on his hat, showing that he is not focused on taking action, but rather is receptive to a greater awareness.

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Tarot Clarity – Venus in Cancer – Two of Swords

July 3rd 2019: The Goddess of Love settles down in mother’s moon cave, activating an alliance of divine feminine energies: wisdom, intuition, poise. In Gemini, Venus gets to climb every tree. In Cancer, Venus can see the whole forest.

The Two of Swords is the card of the everyday subconscious. It refers to any activity in the mental realm in the absence of conscious thoughts. The hidden processes that provide the foundation for our ideas and beliefs are represented by the flower and leaves exploding in the center of the card, riches bubbling up from under the surface of the mind.

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Venus in Cancer as the Two of Swords represents the daydreams that reveal our true desires and the psychic visions that reveal our true power. It embodies the Yin ideal of finding wholeness in emptiness, allowing things to be as they are, observing, and nurturing, but never imposing our will.

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Tarot Clarity – Sekhmet in Gemini – Eight of Swords

June 27th 2019: Sekhmet, Lady Of The Many Faces, Mother Of Images, The Aware, Sekhmet Of The Knives enters Gemini, the sign of the stream of consciousness. “Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee.”

Swords are traditionally used as the suit of the mental realm, a double-edged blade used to attack and defend. Some modern Tarot traditions use the suit of Crystals to depict a vision of the mental realm that is multifaceted, inherently valuable, nonviolent, and organically from the Earth. The eight-pointed figure that appears in the center of the Eight of Swords is actually a flower, but I choose to see it as a polished crystal, like a mind that has been perfected in meditation.

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The Eight of Swords is the card of intellectual perfection, stillness. It represents the mastery of emptiness required for receptivity in the mind. The Eight of Swords for Sekhmet in Gemini is a symbol of Sekhmet’s power to swallow the noise of a chaotic brain, making way for a more peaceful cerebral flow where we are able to consider all thoughts as they pass by without needing a dogmatic belief system to classify them as good or bad.

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Tarot Clarity – Lilith in Pisces – Three of Swords

May 3rd 2019: Lilith enters Pisces, meaning that for the rest of 2019 the Moon orbits farthest away from earth in the sign of the deepest subconscious waters. The lunar apogee resonates with the energy of the feminine outcast. There are a huge variety of interpretations of Lilith that all reveal projections about sexuality in a society that is inhospitable and cruel to wild women.

The Three of Swords represents knowing nothing but being eager to learn, acknowledging and acting on the desire for knowledge. At this stage of the intellectual journey there is no distinction between facts and opinions and all new information is filtered by what feels right.

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Lilith in Pisces as the Three of Swords is the choice to follow the white rabbit, down into the programming that informs our reactions of anger and shame about being rejected, ostracized, slandered, and/or attacked. Often “what feels right” to us, points to the ways that we are still bound to those who harmed us. Lilith in Pisces is an opportunity for a dark and difficult psychic transformation around these issues.

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Tarot Clarity – Saturn in Capricorn – Seven of Swords

Saturn in Capricorn, from 12-19-2017 to 12-16-2020.

Saturn has a corrective effect, especially where people have faced obstacles on the path to learning the knowledge and discipline required for self-governance. In a poison culture that thrives on illusions of hyperindividualism, many grow up without ever reaching maturity, sold on childish fantasies about identity and life purpose. Saturn moves forces beyond our control that often crush our sense of who we are by showing us exactly what we can not achieve on our own.

Saturn can be Father Time, devourer of generations. But Saturn can also be the crone wisdom of the Grandmothers, the legacy of our ancestors, and Capricorn is a feminine sign. Saturn enforces our liability to the structures we create and holds us accountable to our place in history. In Capricorn it’s enforcing liability on our participation in the structures at the foundation of society (such as capitalism and catholicism).

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The Seven of Swords is the card of zen nothingness, maximum active non-doing. It represents a level of focused calm that requires training and practice to embody. Saturn in Capricorn as the Seven of Swords is a feminine Saturn, a receptive Saturn, encouraging us to have faith that everything is unfolding as it was designed. And in the words of Jennifer D. Crumpton: “Following archaic rules, believing voices of authority that do not represent us, and waiting quietly for something to happen: those things are not faith.” Saturn wants us to thoroughly examine our motivations, spend time in deep contemplation visualizing our goals, plans, and strategies, and be completely responsible for ourselves. These things require active stillness, not action.
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Tarot Clarity – Juno in Cancer – Six of Swords

April 20th 2019: The Queen of Heaven comes home to the nest of Cancer. Juno rules over the principle of boundaries in relationships, which is supported in the sign of home, secure borders, relatives/relations, and cohesive bonding.

The Six of Swords is the essence of resonant perfection that intellectualizes a couple of sentences into a poem. An idea’s impact, power, and meaning depends on how it is framed in any given context. The card literally looks like a moat, protecting- and isolating- the flower bursting forth in the center island.

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Juno in Cancer as the Six of Swords represents good ideas, excellent communication, and improving relationships. Even when we are not on the same wavelength with other people we can often find a resonance with them. Juno identifies areas of excess and weakness in our boundary maintenance procedures, which helps us clarify our own frequency so we can tune into those subtle rhythms and be better relatives.

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Tarot Clarity – Mercury in Aries – King of Swords

In the sign of the Ram, the left brain planet of logic and reason is Self-centered- which is a righteous and enlightened stance of leadership when the Self is actualized… but true Self-actualization is rare, and it is easy to see why Aries is known for childishness and war.

What we consider to be logical depends on what we value, which is why Mercury gets so heated here. The fire of Aries increases the contrast of black and white in our personal values, which decreases our ability to sift through nuance and different perspectives, but also actually refines the purity of the passion and rage that arises in response to a perceived moral wrong.

The King of Swords is the ultimate master of the the intellect. He knows where he stands: morals and values, logic and reason, are flawlessly, impeccably united. He does not seek out arguments, ever. He doesn’t need to… When he stays centered in his Self, he is the brick wall where untruths splatter. Mercury in Aries as the King of Swords is a sharpened mind, on point and en garde.

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Words can be the most effective and devastating weapons in existence when wielded with intention and skill. But when we weaponize the truth to establish dominance and superiority for our personal point of view, we create misery for ourselves. This is the warning of the dismayed face on the king’s right shoulder. The face on the left shoulder seems optimistic and content- this is the wisdom of knowing which battles to choose. It can be a difficult, life-long lesson for Mercury in Aries natives to learn that not everything that contradicts our values, requires us to intervene.

 

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Tarot Clarity – Sekhmet in Pisces – Ace of Swords

Sekhmet in Pisces, the sign that rules subconscious mysteries, collective dreams and illusions, embodying the primal and cosmic spirit that mutes the frontal lobe- also known as intoxication.

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The Ace of Swords represents the potential of cognition- not referring to specific thoughts or ideas, but the capacity for knowledge; not referring to awareness of a concept, but to the observer consciousness that is aware of its own awareness.

The word “intoxication” has a negative connotation, based on the word “toxin” which is taken to mean “a harmful substance” where “harmful” refers to the impairment of the functions of the frontal lobe- the so-called executive performance functions of attention and memory.

But there is no such thing as “a harmful substance” only harmful doses. Anything that heals, can also kill, if taken in the wrong amount or wrong application. Sekhmet encompasses this truth: She Who Protects Her Children is also The Mother Of The Dead.

The frontal lobe is crucial for 3D comprehension and analysis: We remember events and patterns from the past, and use those memories to make judgements and predict what will happen in the present moment and future. The brain is so sophisticated, but at the same time, so blind to the ways that our reliance on 3D neural networks, causes us to repeat and perpetuate 3D realities. When the heartspace and all layers of the lightbody are awakened and fully integrated, we can free ourselves from dependence on the frontal lobe, which exponentially increases the power of the heartspace to access realtime intuition. Of course most people are so thoroughly disconnected from their heartspace that when the frontal lobe goes offline it leads to violence and horror. But intoxication is the turning point that soothes the wrath of Sekhmet.

The Ace of Swords beautifully symbolizes the infinite potential of the brain, the magic of neuroplasticity, and the innate flexibility of the mind. Sekhmet in Pisces as The Ace of Swords is about the discipline it takes to control the mind and stay floating, swirling, unbound from rigid grooves. The brain is a wonderful servant but a terrible master.

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Tarot Clarity – Venus in Pisces – Knight of Swords

Venus enters Pisces, joining Neptune in the sign of his rulership. Venus in Pisces is sublime, mysterious, beckoning toward intangible pleasures, the spooky beauty of a mermaid’s ghost.

The Knight is the pinnacle of the suit, carrying its themes to new frontiers, which represents the crossing beyond the borders established by the King, and into the unknown. The Knight of Swords carries the fulfillment of a consummated cognitive pursuit into an undiscovered territory of emotion.

Venus in Pisces as the Knight of Swords represents a decision to peacefully and willingly let go of intellect and logic, if only temporarily, to allow inspiration, divination, and maybe even illusion to guide us to a deeper and more complete truth about what our hearts long for.

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Tarot Clarity – Psyche in Aquarius – Queen of Swords

March 15th 2019: Asteroid Psyche begins her transit through Aquarius that will last all year until December 26th, due to her retrograde that lasts from June 20th to September 24th. Psyche’s orbit is in strong resonance with Earth, orbiting the Sun once in exactly five Earth years. During this five year cycle she goes retrograde four times in the same four signs; she retrogrades in Aquarius on years ending with 4 and 9.

The Queen of Swords brandishes her weapon while seated with a hand over her belly, a mirror image of major arcana III The Empress. Where the Empress is active, representing gestation and the fluid nature of creativity that takes the shape of its container, Queen of Swords is receptive, representing the defensive power of intellectual presence, that still center of inner knowing that cannot be swayed by a world designed to overstimulate with distractions to obfuscate the truth. The Queen of Swords is the eye of the storm.

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Psyche in Aquarius as Queen of Swords cuts through the fog with clarity and wisdom, secure in her knowledge of who she is and what she is here to do- a pure soul seeking the light.

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