The Fool, The Magician, 8 of Wands

I enjoyed doing a 3-day spread so much last Friday I decided to pull another one today, but I had not planned on Posting the results until I saw the cards I drew. They were powerful.

When two Major Arcana cards appear together, it’s a good indication that there’s an interplay between two major forces or major life-issues at work. All 3 cards are connected to the element of Air (communication, mental activity, intellect).

You need chaos in your soul.
– Nietzsche

Tuesday (today)
The Fool: Pluto (rebirth) in Aquarius (visionary). Reawakenings/renewals, new beginnings, openness, creativity, free-spirit, independence, curiosity, leap of faith, joie de vivre, chaos.

As the number 0 (infinity) the Fool is nothing and everything at the same time. He is the Spirit of Aether which is the 5th element, the celestial energy that fills all spaces. The Fool is both Dreamer and Trickster, idealist and scoundrel, innocent and cunning.

Like a dancer leaping onto the stage, the Vampyre bursts forth from his tomb. In his hand is a Holy Grail filled with life’s blood. The crows flying overhead represent the airy nature of this card.

You can’t tame the spirit of someone
who has Magick in their veins.

– Unknown

Wednesday (tomorrow)
The Magician: Planetary Trump of Mercury. The Mystic. Creative power and skills, manifesting Will into reality.

Coming on the heels of The Fool, The Magician is the next step in your journey through the Major Arcana. He is the alchemist who brings the hopes and dreams of The Fool to life. By balancing and utilizing the four elements (fire – Scepter, air – Knife, earth – Skull, water – Grail), he is a Wizard capable of creating magick and miracles. You have the power to change things according to your Will.

We come spinning out of nothingness,
scattering stars like dust.

– Rumi

Thursday
8 of Scepters (Wands): Lord of Swiftness. Mercury in Sagittarius. Swiftness, sudden and direct action, movement, progress, momentum.

Eights represent movement and Wands are associated with the Will – and you can sure see all of that here! There’s a magnificent fierceness in the way this Vampyre is executing his attack, using the Scepter (symbolizing his fiery Willpower) as a weapon. Mercury is the planet of communication, thus this card may portend unexpected messages.

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2 of Wands, 3 of Pentacles, 8 of Cups

I did something a little different this morning. I asked the cards to Tell Me A Story of the next three days, each card representing one day:

Become who you are.
– Nietzsche

Friday (today)
2 of Scepters (Wands): Mars in Aries; a channel for fiery creative power; warlike energy; exalts our individuality and uniqueness; spiritual drive; assertion of Will.

The Vampyre in the card is reminiscent of Vlad III – more commonly referred to as “Vlad the Impaler”. Vlad was the second of four brothers born into the noble family of Vlad II Dracul. In 1448, after being informed of the assassination of his father and elder brother at the hands of Walachian nobles (who’s efforts were supported by the Ottoman sultan), Vlad embarked on a long series of wars against the Ottoman empire to reclaim his governorship. Although most popularly known for his cruelty, he was a courageous and fierce warrior and is considered one of the most important rulers in Wallachian history, as well as a national hero of Romania.

Creative power, imagination, and invention,
[lies] at the level of the individual.

– Jon Rappoport

Saturday (tomorrow)
3 of Skulls (Pentacles): Mars in Capricorn; creative powers and talent put to use; mastering new skills; hard work; passion (Mars) brought to material fruition (Capricorn).

Like the Wyrd Sisters of Norse mythology, this Vampyress weaves the secrets of the Universe into the web she spins. Indeed. Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon culture roughly corresponding to fate or personal destiny (“to come to pass, to become”). The word wyrd eventually morphed into weird, which in Elizabethan times meant “having the power to control Fate.” Pagans believe that wyrd is a force that connects everything in the universe, therefore all their actions could have far-reaching consequences (similar to the concept of Karma).

Finding antidotes to the epidemic of lies, misinformation, and falsity
means being willing to be open to radical changes
while finding practices for living in truth.

– Michael Meade

Sunday
8 of Grails (Cups): Saturn in Pisces; Lord of Abandoned Success; letting go and moving on; soul-searching.

Pisces (mutable and intuitive) is so weighed down by Saturn (strict Task Master) – symbolized by the poisonous fog – that it’s siphoned all the life out of the kingdom. Only his mask saves the Vampyre Lord from Death. In his shackled hands he holds a empty chalice which has been drained of life’s blood. Leaving behind the ruins of the past, he has embarked on a Spiritual Quest seeking meaningful truth and fulfillment – as Eights represent movement and Cups deal with the realm of emotions.

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The Lords of Oktober

At first glance you may think these two are at odds with one another.

In one sense you would be right for the Lord of Scepters (King of Wands) is of Fire, while the Lord of Grails (King of Cups) is connected to the element of Water. I see a little Push-Pull still engaged here, as well. But when we take a look at this spread we see they actually have each other’s back.

The Lord of Scepters rides a Red Roan stallion through a fiery inferno. With blazing Scepter in hand, this Vampyre Lord is on a crusade. He is a Warrior, fighting courageously and defiantly – at times violently – for others or for his own convictions.

crusade
n. A concerted effort or vigorous movement for a cause or against an abuse.

An enchanter, mystic, and shapeshifter, the Lord of Grails represents mastery of the emotional realm, spirituality, creativity, empathy, and intuition. “In contrast to the Lord of Scepters, who projects his Will onto others, the Lord of Grails sucks in and absorbs the energies of people and essences outside of him.” [1]

Scepters (Wands) are associated with the Will, energy, passion, action, and spirituality; while Grails (Cups) deal with emotions, relationships, intuition, and psychic awareness. The Lord of Scepters heads straight on to confront the enemy – with might and right on his side. The Lord of Grails faces the enemy with potent magic, stealing the hostile energies of his foes to use against them. These two are Yin-Yang. Opposite but complementary. Their union makes them INVINCIBLE.

You need chaos in your soul.
– Nietzsche

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[1] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. p. 221.

The Hanged Man: Sweet Surrender

On this 1st day of October, when the days are warm but the morning hold the chill of Autumn – what energies should be embraced?

Die early and often.

Major Arcana Tarot cards represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big archetypal themes that are influencing your life and your soul’s journey to enlightenment. When you see a Major Arcana card in a Tarot reading, you are being called to reflect on the life lessons and themes that are currently being experienced at this time.

Trusting in your higher self and The Universe. Faith in your destiny. Patience. Going with the flow. (It is what it is.) Overcoming the Ego. Self-sacrifice in order to achieve something of greater value. Giving up the struggle until a clearer perspective is reached. By surrending we are transformed.

The Hanged Man has ties to the “Dying God” Archetype (Odin, Adonis, Osiris, Baal, Tammuz, Dionysus, Quetzalcotl, Jesus) and the timing of the reading could also represent the death of Summer and resurrection of Autumn.

Like my Post on September 25, 2021 this card also addresses FEAR. Irrational fears and nightmares. By identifying with the Dying God, we renounce the need for control and permanence for the sake of meaning and transformation. What do you need to relinquish in order to make room for something more positive? We’re talking spiritual work here – not the material plane.

Hopelessness is the limit and beginning of a new kind of hope. You have to keep going – not to achieve dreams of beautiful mountaintop forests, but because life is more powerful than death.
– Naseer Hassan

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5 of Swords and 4 of Pentacles

Fear is irrational in nature and does not necessarily reflect the real situation,
but rather touches our most instinctive worries.
[1]

The Lord of Defeat is the 5 of Knives (Swords) and symbolizes vanquishing phantoms, irrational fears, and nightmares. There is truth in the saying by Nietzsche: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Whether your demons are concrete or illusionary (such as “fear porn” – or my favorite “doom porn”) slay them where they stand.

Key concepts for the 4 of Skulls (Pentacles): Defensive strength, power and manifestation, standing steadfast and not giving an inch, holding on to what you have and not letting go. This can relate to material possessions, inner/external energies that do not support our true values, or our belief system. Although it’s important to remain open to other points of view and not rigidly adhere to one way of thinking, also realize it’s not your purpose in life to change someone else’s way of thinking or being. Another aspect of the 4 of Pentacles is knowing when it’s in your best interest to let go…of giving up the need TO control (which is really about FEAR) and trusting that the Universe always has your back.

Another person will change when they are damn good and ready.
And not a moment before.

Moonwater Silverclaw

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[1] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. p. 240.