Good morning and Welcome to the Scales of Ma’at today, 08Aug2016: my Heart is in XII the Hanged Man and the Feather of Truth has gone to the “fougueux” but loyal Knight of Swords. (Today’s deck is *La Corte Dei Tarocchi* by Anna Maria D’Onofrio. They are an Il Meneghello product, thus of high quality. A Marseille-style deck, hand-drawn & painted in the 1990s, I believe, and the author/creator passed away soon thereafter in her late 20s, I believe. Strange, sad & synchronic.) Today the cast is simple enough to read, for me; my Heart is still bathing in the noble-feeling waters of self-sacrifice and selfishly enjoying himself while the Feather of Truth takes up riotous company with the Knight of Swords. The Feather is normally a delicate creature, but here she is hanging out with a hellraiser. Oh well. The Feather indicates that as nice and ego-filling the fountain of self-sacrifice is it actually stands for a temporary stage of “casting off” and setting things in motion, in getting things done or ready to get done. Turn the electricity on! Lights! Camera! Action! “Put the pedal to the metal, Mark, and let’s move it on down the road!” We’ll take just a basic look at each card. XII the Hanged Man is on the Path of Mem, #23 in the Tree of Life. Planetary influences are Uranus (neutralization & inversion,) and Neptune (the spirit of sacrifice) and everything is in the 12th House, home of metamorphosis through isolation and knowledge. He’s gliding from Geburah to Hod on the element of Water. “The Hanged Man is a symbol for the turning points in life, showing up a need to stop and assess a situation. We're hanging in the air until we find a new view of the things around us, a proper way to rearrange or restart. But the Hanged Man is a 'silent' card - there's no pressing need for change . . . the card shows the need for a time of consideration, the forced relaxation gives the opportunity to relax and reflect, to sort thoughts and ideas and find a new way to cope with a situation.” His Drive could be classified as devotion to Duty and his acceptance of Fate through maturity. In my case, I am sure this represents the last true breather I am going to have for a while; teaching is taking off, and while I love it, it is going to be time-consuming, and other projects are on the boards and I feel a whole new phase opening up, I just need to reflect a minute so that I get it right.
Turning from the self-centered thoughts of my Heart at the moment, I see that the Feather of Truth is riding high with the Knight of Swords. “Well, what kind of people are his family?” AKA the Air of Air, thus flighty as hell – he is Gemini, of course. That indicates the presence of Mercury, our rapid trickster & messenger. HE is also VERY full of himself, and is likely to change course radically without any notice. He sits in Tiphareth in the Tree of Life and spans Capricorn to Aquarius. “Being Air in Air, the Knight of Swords is the pure manifestation of mind and intellect, full of plans and ideas which on the worst side may disturb and confuse each other, on the best create an inexhaustible spring of creative thoughts. The Knight of Swords is intelligent, idealistic, full of creativity and fluidity, a real Mercurian spirit who often will argue just for the fondness of arguing - and not so much for the arguments themselves. The Knight of Swords can throw himself head over heels into a scientific research, reaching highest levels within a short time and then throw everything away without further notice because something else appears more interesting at the moment . . . the Knight of Swords lacks both the qualities of Water and Earth, he can easily become unstable, unreliable and extremely moody, using his amount of intelligence to trick himself through life, becoming a master of disguise and cheat. His idealism & intellectual agility are matched by something harsh, malicious, unreliable & crude. He has two VERY distinct sides, although he is by no means indicative of mental instability or a more grave condition such as split personality. No, he’s just . . . extreme. Well, hell, of course he is, we are in shitting Swords! On the whole, the message is simple enough – you’re starting to get as nervous as a race horse at the gate, Mark. Calm down, collect yourself, and then give yourself away. Reach complete calmness. Then get up on the horse and carry the manifestation out into the world of ideas and actions. Okay! Well, that is certainly the plan; the cards are simply reinforcing my thoughts of chasing away procrastination and getting down off the horse at that point and start planting the crops myself. I can do that. I ask the Cosmos for a period of calm reflection and decision for ALL of us to let the Self fall away in the quest for unity with the Divine. Be Well!