Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 17 June 2015: the 8 of Wands and the Princess of Wands (or Rods). (The deck is the *Decadent Dream Tarot* by E. Boyce. And for the Scales today, I’m borrowing heavily from DuQuette, Kenner & Raven; I’m tired, honey, grandma needs a nap.) Well, right off the bat, it seems it is going to be Wands kind of imaginative & spiritual day. 8 of Wands – The Lord of Swiftness; Hod in the Tree of Life; Tree of Life: Hod through Fire; Astrology: Mercury in the 1st decan of Sagittarius. With the 8 of Wands the element of Fire enters Hod, the realm of intellect and logic, ruled by Mercury - thus it is feeling right at home. This is Hod in Atziluth, the influence of Hod in the World of Pure Spirit. Mercury is not well placed here; it is in its detriment in Sagittarius, although Fire loves it anywhere. Its energies are mitigated and quickly expended in the Sign of the Archer, a phenomenon which Crowley likened to electricity in his card. Swiftness is what is demanded here, decisive action in high speed mode. The card can stand for sudden realizations, quick brainwaves, it can tell that the solution for a problem is already there or soon to come. It also reminds me that the spirit needs freedom to fly for otherwise it won't work at its best. The shadow side of the card can mean that I waste too much time with disputing and all kinds of tidbits, instead of moving quick and decisively. In another aspect of course it the size of the dose that makes the poison effective - if I rush it too much I'll end up with a mass of particles that won't do me any good. Drive: Excessive force applied too suddenly, very rapid rush, violent but not lasting. Light: Progression, ideas, creativity, motion, changes, development. Shadow: Rashness, thoughtlessness, rapacious, insolent, jealousy. Joining the 8 and leading him onto the dance floor is the Princess of the Shining Flame, the Princess of Wands. She is on Malkuth in the Tree of Life. Astrology: Venus in the fire signs, Element and world: The Earth in the Fires of Atziluth. The Princess of Wands represents the Earth in the element of Fire, far from the Queen's depth and the Prince's Air. She's the Fire's daughter, with all the flaming energy of the Knight, unaffected from deeper emotions. The only heritage from her mother is the good memory for insults and the thirst for revenge. (The Princess of Wands, Princess of the Shining Flame, the Rose of the Palace of Fire, Princess and Empress of the Salamanders, Throne of the Ace of Wands. The Princess of Wands is Earth of Fire, the personification of Specific Earth of Primal Fire. In the Golden Dawn card her hand rests upon a golden altar decorated with Rams' heads [Aries] reminding us that in the system of decans it is Aries which both begins and ends the series. The Fire being "sacrificed" on the altar of Malkuth, the Fire of the Wand (now so imposing as to be considered a dangerous club), and the Fire beneath her feet shoot upwards. This card is a dynamic and unpredictable as the crest of the Princess. In this card, as in all of his Court cards, Crowley attempts to represent the activity of the force in question. His swirling, dancing figure, inseparable from the Tiger, is the mundane aspect of fire. Here, especially, Crowley's dependence on the Golden Dawn designs is clear.) At the shadow side, the Princess of Wands can lack all true warmth of the heart, faithless and self-indulgent, theatrical and unable to feel real compassion and understanding. At the worst, she can sink down in pure greed and cruelty, too cold and numbed to recognize the own emotional poverty and emptiness. Drive: Passion, joy of life. Light: Enthusiasm, courage, beauty. Shadow: Greed, arrogance, poverty of true feelings, superficial, theatrical, cruelty, instability, domineering, a gossip. While dancing in the flames, the Princess of Wands has her own beauty with her insatiable hunger for life and her endless, powerful energies. Her passion is hot, explosive and fast, burning down the object of desire and forgetting about it as soon as a new one comes in sight. She's irresistible in her seductive carelessness, in all her lust and anima. So that is what I’m dealing with this morning. (Many thanks again to Lon Milo DuQuette, Corinne Kenner and Raven for the extensive use and paraphrasing of their material today. I am tired and not feeling too much like recounting Aladdin’s history to the beggar children gathered around the well.) About the only thing(s) I can come up with off the top of my head are A) finish tempering this little peccadillo and do it QUICK! Or B) beware if this situation pops up today, being rushed or pushed into action and opening a new front, it has BEUACOUP de danger points for you, fellow! SO, with that being the case, it seems as if I am going to release my fears and allow myself to be filled with confidence and trust; well, Hell, good deal; let’s get it moving, I’m ready!