The Ace of Swords sees Athene in her role as goddess of justice who attended to Orestes’ plea for help when he was pursued by the Furies. When the jury she set up became tied in their final verdict, it was Athene who used her incisive intellect to cast the deciding verdict and engineer a solution that gave Orestes peace and appeased the Furies.
This gives the Ace of Swords the doubled edged aspect of using the mind to resolve or create conflicts. The cutting power of the mind, and the convictions and ideas it creates spur actions and consequences that can be positive or take a negative turn depending on the motives of the individual.
The Ace of Swords, as the first of the Swords suit, also signifies new viewpoints stemming from conflict with old ways, and the awakening of mental powers that could change your life. ⚔️
The Nine of Cups brings Eros and Psyche celebrating their reunion after Psyche has survived Aphrodite’s quest and both lovers have earned their place with each other.
This gives the nine of Cups the aspect of celebration after efforts made, rewards and validation for commitment to a task and the fulfilment of a wish. 💧
The King of Cups manifests as Orpheus, singer, priest, and healer, whose lack of faith in the bargain of Hades led to his wife losing her chance to escape the underworld. The fame he earned as a priest in the aftermath inspired the jealousy of Dionysius, who then sent his maenads to tear Orpheus apart.
This gives the King of Cups the aspect of working with the hidden realms of emotion and spiritualism and while having a skill in helping others with these realms, not being able to trust your experiences when they apply to yourself. This can particularly be seen in the counselling and healing professions and can be applied equally to someone you may encounter as to yourself. 💧
The Seven of Swords shows Orestes, Prince of Argos, creeping back into the city to kill his mother for her murder of his father.
This gives the seven of swords the aspect of using quieter and more subtle skills to achieve your aims. Guile, wit, tact and diplomacy will serve you better right now than brashness or strong-arming, though you may be uncomfortable with the results of your success no matter how it is achieved.
This dislike of your end goal and unease over the means to achieve it come from the root of Orestes story – Orestes was sent on this task of stealth by Apollo, given a mission from a god he couldn’t refuse despite knowing that the matricide would incur the wrath of the Furies. ⚔️
Strength brings Heracles in his struggle with the Nemean Lion, a creature whose hide was too strong for weapons to pierce. It was in defeating the lion with his bare hands that Heracles earned the pelt and its defensive properties. This gives Strength the aspect of using your inner strength, courage and self-discipline to defeat your inner beast – the qualities of rage, senseless pride and ferocious egotism – in order to emerge more heroic. 🦁
The Tower brings Poseidon destroying the labyrinth of King Minos after Theseus slew the Minotaur. This gives the Tower the aspect of the destruction of old ways, of sudden and often painful change that clears the way for new things. This change may seem dramatic or be unwanted but it signals the necessary end of something that has become stagnant or outmoded and allows you to build something stronger and better afterwards. ⚡️
The Eight of Wands brings Jason to a calm between storms and his voyage home after fulfilling his quest of the Golden Fleece and fighting his way past the armies of King Aeetes. This gives the eight of Wands the aspect of good fortune and hopeful times after any delays or struggles that have hindered you in the past. Now is a time when anything is possible and new undertakings are well favoured. It is also a time to enjoy peace and rest, and celebrate your recent victories as excitement of one sort or another will inevitably be on the horizon. 🔥
Four of Wands brings Jason at the start of his quest for the Golden Fleece, celebrating the successful construction of the legendary ship Argo with his loyal crew. This brings the Four of Wands the aspect of reaping the rewards for your most recent hard work.
This card also signifies that this success is not the whole of the journey as these current achievements will serve as the foundation for your future adventures as you use them to set sail into the greater unknown in search of bigger and shinier things! 🔥
The Page of Cups manifests as Narcissus, son of a river god and a nymph, who was as renowned for his beauty as he was for the story of getting enchanted by his own reflection the first time he saw it. This brings the Page of Cups the aspect of discovery of new love – either of another person or of oneself. The Page marks a time of emotional healing and the start of moving away from hurt and withdrawal into a new era of love and self-acceptance. He also reminds you of the need for self-care and to be gentle with yourself so that these early steps of healing can be properly nurtured and grow into something stronger that will let you venture back into the world when you are ready. 💧
The Hierophant appears as Chiron, king of the Centaurs, wounded healer, teacher and philosopher; seen here emerging from his cave to impart wisdom and give the sign of ancient blessing with his raised hand. (Of course he could also be a secret rocker popping horns to say hey to a kindred spirit. He’s flexible like that! 😎)
Chiron’s association with knowledge and the mysteries indicates a time of seeking philosophical or spiritual truths. He can also suggest the need to seek counsel or aid from an outside person to help with the comfort and support you need in your current situation, and this aid and truth seeking will allow you to move on from outmoded ways and greet new challenges and adventures with better understanding and more success. 🤟