Poetic Judgement in the Garden of Good and Evil


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4 of Swords

Jupiter in Libra:   Happy-go-lucky Jupiter brings optimistic and philosophical properties to the astrological sign of balance, harmony, and one-on-one relationships.
Number 4:  The process of manifestation, stability, and structure.

manifestation
n. the action or fact of showing an abstract idea

Today’s the perfect time to gather together your internal resources and plan your next step.

This beautiful young lady has been bitten by a vampyre. Not enough blood is evident from the bite to account for the amount of blood on her hand and splattered on the front of her dress. Clearly she’s survived the attack, but perhaps she’s wounded her attacker – dispensing justice and balancing the scales (Libran). Libra’s energies are also evident in the way the statue mirrors her stance (balance) and the murdered crow (justice served), the crow being Knives’ totem animal. More symbols of the suit of Knives can be found in the white roses, hair, and gown; the wings on the statue; and of course the daggar which displays the symbol for Libra. Notice how both the statue and the woman are looking in the same direction. Perhaps waiting for the wounded vampire to catch up with her? The 4 of Swords is the Lord of Rest from Strife (also called Truce). A brave battle has been fought and seemingly won – for the time being. She’s taking a much-deserved rest in this peaceful sanctuary.

Supporting Role

Judgement (R)
Reversed read as Upright with more attention paid to its message.

Pluto in Scorpio:  As God of the Underworld, Pluto controls the forces and events that govern our lives – which no deal can be struck. Scorpio effectively harnesses this planet’s volcanic power, and is both secretive and intense.
Number 20:  Opposing energies, duality.

Judgement Day is here. Power struggles, issues of control, or internal conflicts may be evident. Whatever decision must be made know that it will be a game-changer and will have a long-term influence on your life.

Here we have Heath Ledger’s Joker in vampiric form. Since Scorpio symbolizes death and rebirth, this is fitting. The Vampyre’s pose is dancer-like, but not in a highly theatrical way like The Fool. Harkening back to my analogy, I seem to remember the Joker being “light of foot”. The Spirit of the Primal Fire (also known as The Aeon) is ruled by the element of Fire, represented here by the two symbols from the suit of Scepters: crosses/scepters and the totem animal, Panther. A link to Skulls (Earth), and Knives (Air) are also seen – but none from the watery suit (Grails).

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Sleeping Beauty


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10 of Cups
Lord of Perfected Success

Mars in Pisces:  Mars and Pisces are polar opposites when it comes to emotions and how we conduct ourselves. The God of War is assertive while Pisces can be the most passive of signs. This pairing can manifest itself as bursts of action, followed by periods of inertia.

Resting on a bed of white roses (symbolizing pure love), this Vampyress is in a state of euphoric bliss enjoying the taste of her victim. She’s savoring the memory of him as she licks his blood from her fingers. Unfortunately, the lady’s needs and desires far out-weighed any emotional attachment she may have had for her Prince. Now sated, she’s ready for action – just give her another moment or two.

Also called Satiety, the 10 of Cups may have you feeling like you’ve overindulged in a heavy meal:  lethargic, inactive, and sluggish. While having enjoyed the food, you hate the aftereffect. But you can have your cake and eat it too. Allow yourself to feel content and satisfied, but don’t lose your momentum. Let Mars run the show today.

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Summer Solstice


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Queen of Pentacles

Mercury in Virgo.

Practical and earthy, the Queen of the Thrones of Earth possesses a logical mind and a sharp eye for details. She uses her intellect prowess to quickly analyze and resolve issues. All Queens represent the watery side of their respective element; matriarchal rulers – the Yin to their King’s Yang. Being of Water in Earth, this makes the Queen of Pentacles more pragmatic than the other Queens. Deeply connected to Mother Earth, she is a Domestic Goddess – tied to hearth and home, business and money, nature and the environment.

Revel in the joys of nature and work in the garden – or just putter around the house. Someone close to you may need your practical, loving support today.

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Synchronicities


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Page of Swords

Mercury in Gemini (thought processes), Venus in Libra (balance and harmony), and Uranus in Aquarius (bringing inconsistencies to light).
Number 11:  “The Illuminator”.

Like all Pages, the Princess of the Rushing Winds is a messenger. This one brings clandestine messages containing hidden meanings or unanticipated insights. To solve a problem or get to the heart of a matter, the Page of Swords advises you to cut through the bullshit in order to uncover the truth. Temper your rebelliousness nature by activating your intellectual curiosity. Expect the unexpected today, and keep an eye out for clues and synchronicities.

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Sleeping Venus


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5 of Swords
Lord of Defeat.

Venus in Aquarius:  Venus governs love, beauty, and our desires. Aquarius is unpredictable and emotionally aloof.
Number 5:  Conflict, power struggles, and change.

The struggle is over. Aquarius has conquered Venus – or has he?

With the winding staircase leading from the mansion to the beautifully manicured gardens, I see a visual link to one scene in Bram Stoker’s Dracula where the vampire lures Lucy Westenra from her bedchamber to ravage her in the garden.

Lucy possesses a love of beautiful things and a singular desire to wed the man of her dreams – all symbolic of Venus.

Like the scene in the movie, the creature here is a combination of two beings: Vampire and Crow (totem animal of Knives/Swords). As the tattoo suggests, the winged Vampyre represents the energies of Aquarius while his victim is surely (Sleeping) Venus. Having done the deed, the Vampyre regards her with cool detachment. Is he feeling remorse or regret? Does he wish he was human; experience love? Who’s really the victor here? The woman appears at peace. Not enough blood has been spilled for her to be dead, so perhaps he has satisfied her deepest desire while leaving him emotionally unfulfilled.

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It seems the battle’s been won, but the war is lost…

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