Temperance is embodied by Iris, the rainbow goddess who delivered Hera’s messages and her vengeance.
This duality gives Temperance the attributes of harmony, cooperation and balancing opposing elements, but while harmonious partnerships are well starred, Temperance also indicates the need for free flowing emotion and adjusting expectations to achieve a balanced heart and continue your personal journey.
The Nine of Pentacles brings Daedalus to a time of peace and satisfaction after surviving the trials of life in King Minos’ court and all that went before it. Daedalus has taken risks and used his wits to survive and thrive, and now he is reaping the benefits- both materially and spiritually.
This gives the Nine of Pentacles the aspect of well deserved pride in your achievements, where all the work you have done has been rewarded and even if future events reduce your fortune you will carry with you the lasting feeling of accomplishment and self sufficiency that comes with knowing your own worth and not needing outside validation.
The Magician is embodied by Hermes, god of many talents – trickster, ruler of magic and divination, bringer of sudden changes in fortune, patron of thieves and liars, trusted messenger of the gods and guide of both earthly travellers and of the souls journeying to the underworld.
A child of both light and dark, and master of the four elements, Hermes brings the Magician the aspect of wisdom that touches body, mind, heart and imagination, giving you the inner resources to find your direction and carve your path with the skills at your disposal.
But while the Magician tells of the skills you already have, it also indicates potential new skills and knowledge and creative talents yet to manifest. There are new opportunities to explore and a swell of energy to help you on your travels along new paths that will lead you to a brighter and more interesting future.
The Queen of Wands manifests here as Penelope, the patient and resourceful wife of Odysseus, who ran their kingdom with wisdom and creativity while he was off with the lads, annoying gods and getting seduced by witches.
This gives the Queen of Wands the aspect of fortitude and a can do attitude, where it is necessary to have confidence in your abilities to multitask and get things done regardless of the limits placed on you by others. This Queen knows how to get the best out of her resources and her appearance is a sign of a time of enhanced productivity – especially in matters relating to the imagination and intuition. 🔥
The Six of Pentacles brings the legendary genius Daedalus to his knees in front of King Minos of Crete begging for work after being banished from Athens for killing his own nephew out of jealousy for the boy’s skills. Daedalus is on the road to recovery from self-inflicted loss and disaster but needs the King to take a chance on him in order to progress.
This gives the Six of Pentacles the aspect of an outside benevolence being the key to wealth, work or success, though this benevolence will come due to the reputation earned from past activities.
But benevolence can be given as well as received by you, so while you may benefit from others generosity, don’t forget to be charitable in your dealings and take a chance on others as well. 💰
The Knight of Wands brings the tireless adventurer Bellerophon into view, here seen on his quest to slay a chimera. Bellerophon was known to be an enthusiastic fun loving young man whose need for new challenges often got him into trouble with both mortal men and the gods.
This gives the Knight of Wands the aspect of a daring and adventurous nature that can manifest as the constant need for new goals and dissatisfaction with current circumstances, always wanting to go a bit further with your achievements; and while this can sometimes mean inviting a tumble when reality clashes with your dreams, it can also bring the spirit of adventure into your life and put you on the way to a new enthusiasm for something or a move of home or country. Either way, life will not be boring! 🔥
The Moon is embodied by Hecate, the triple faced goddess of the moon, magic, enchantment and the Invincible Queen of the underworld. Her power stretched across the realms of earth, the heavens and the underworld and she also presided over birth, death and fate. (The original queen of multi-tasking!)
It is her connection to multiple realms that gives The Moon the aspect of times of confusion, fluctuation and uncertainty, with Hecate’s strong association with the underworld prioritising intuition and the unconscious as a way to find your path through the different environments.
The Moon marks a time to trust your gut and pay attention to your dreams, and above all, focus on your hopes and ride the currents that carry you through the deeper waters of the unknown to your destination. 🌒🌕🌘
The Three of Cups shows Psyche on the day of her marriage to Eros – and while this is no doubt a joyous occasion and the beginning of new adventures for her, it is also a union based on naive trust and surface information; Psyche cannot see her groom and is a long way from understanding the deeper truths of her new partner and how this knowledge will reveal the deeper truths within herself.
This gives the Three of Cups the aspect of joyful beginnings- births, marriages, love affairs or other experiences that provide emotional fulfilment and promising futures. But as this is a card of beginnings there is also the implication that, like Psyche, there are deeper levels to these experiences to discover and further explorations to be made in the future. 💧
The Six of Cups brings us Psyche brooding over Eros’ abandonment and her actions that led to it, but she has moved past regrets and is now finding a measure of tranquility as she realises how precious her relationship with Eros was and has learnt things about herself from her experiences with him.
This gives the Six of Cups the aspect of nostalgia and serenity, and the feeling of harmony that comes with inner truths. Things have been learnt from recent troubles and you’re ready to move on with this new knowledge and step into the future. There is also the indication that past dreams are ready to come into fruition and reunions with people who have been important to you could be on the horizon. 💧
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. ⚔️