When I did my annual reading, the card for Capricorn was the 5 of Cups, which I am supposed to fix with the 10 of Coins.
This may be relatively straightforward. The 5 of Cups speaks of decisions which you regret. The 10 of Coins speaks of enjoying what you have. I have made decisions leading into this month that I am not entirely pleased with—tactical decisions, largely; the way I’ve dealt with certain issues. But not getting what I wanted isn’t quite the same as things actually going wrong.
Over the course of the next month, I need to focus on appreciating the things I have.
This seems doubly true because, looking at the spread below—my reading for the coming lunar month, reset to the Dark Moon as I discussed before—I might not have it all come Aquarius.
Before getting into the gritty details, several things stand out clearly: only two Major Arcana appear in the main spread; I have laid out nearly every court card; there are a number of repeating themes from last month.
10 Swords was, in fact, my card for the month of Sagitarius and the card in the 9th House of my last Moon-reading, making it likely that some of the fallout of those “closures” are involved in its reappearance in the 2nd House this month. I haven’t seen the 7 of Disks since October, when it appeared in my 4th House—all four 7s appeared that month.
The two Majors which appear are IX the Hermit in my 4th House and XX the Aeon in my 10th House, indicating that I will be focused very much on myself, my home-space, and my work … possibly to the exclusion of the actual humans in my life. (Sorry in advance for that, y’all.)
1st House – Self, Viewpoint – Basic view, and the lense through which the other cards are viewed and experienced.
7 Disks “Failure” == Prince of Cups; fix w/ Queen of Swords
Destroyed hope, bad circumstances, bad luck, unhappiness. Insights into transience and threats.
Romantic man, seducer, charmer, warm personality. Expression of feeling.
Wealth of ideas, presence of mind. Freedom from dependencies. Encourages clear reasoning and decisive action.
Something has gone wrong. I would guess that “something” is probably me.
I need to approach something from a new angle. I need to free myself of some bond, and do so decisively.
2nd House – Finances, Income – communication, values, self-worth, desires
10 Swords “Ruin”==XIV the Tower; fix w/ 2 D “Change”
Random end, making a clean sweep, destructive energies, putting a stop to something. Breaking off a professional project. Out-of-control ideas. Paradigmatic collapse.
Shadows, instinctiveness, greed, thirst for power, temptation. Prohibited activities, corruption.
Change, flexible exchange, mutual fructification, variety. Restructuring. Changes within a relationship. Uncommitted flirt. Encourages paying attention to the opposite polarity.
The most obvious interpretations of this placement are either that my financial situation is going to be fucked – which is unlikely, given my circumstances – or that I’m going to have some major drama about my money. These may also be true, but I think that this actually elaborates on the “something wrong” in the First House.
I am failing to communicate, I am loosing touch with my values and out of touch with my desires, and it’s bringing things down around my ears. I fix this by changing my approach – by communication and negotiation.
3rd House – Daily Experiences – immediate influences, that which takes up most of our lives
Knight of Wands
Self confidence, courage, striving for ideals, strong & enterprising spirit. Focusing one’s willpower on high goals. Decisive, goal-oriented action.
Despite the above (probably very much internal and/or social) drama, my day-to-day life is going to be very much on the rails. Progress will be made.
4th House – Home-place – family, land, roots
IX the Hermit
Contemplating what is essential, defining one’s position, seclusion, seriousness, retreat, getting to the bottom of things. Knowing oneself. Taking something seriously, being true to oneself instead of making lazy compromises.
For various reasons, I feel that it is best to interpret this not so much as “contemplation in isolation in the home” but “contemplation on isolation and the home”.
I need to spend some time trying to decide what is essential, and what it is exactly that I want.
5th House – Fun / Pleasure – children, hobbies, lovers
Knight of Disks
Fitness, sobriety, perseverance, stable values, reliability, straightforwardness. Stable relationship, sensuality, mutual appreciation, trust. Encourages enjoying what has been achieved and using ones means in a responsible manner.
The Knight of Disks is a very strange card for “fun”. I’m not really sure where to go with this one.
6th House – Work – illness, duty, routine
Prince of Cups
Tender, romantic man; seducer, charmer, warm personality, gushing enthusiasm. Successful connection between intuition and knowledge, social commitment, artistic activity, inner work. My card.
The Prince of Cups would make little sense in the 6th House, outside of an office affair. Except that I am the Prince of Cups, and this tells me that the 6th House – work, duty, routine – is really where I’m going to live under the sign of Capricorn.
7th House – Partnership – associations, spouse
Prince of Disks
Energetic young man, prime mover, person with imperturbable staying power. Stability, intense sensual experiences, feeling secure.
Still more Court cards? Seriously, what the fuck?
Honestly, the impression I get here is “Yay, sex.”
8th House – Taboo / Crisis – sex, death, taxes, loans
2 Wands “Dominion”
Eagerness to fight, courage, willingness to take risks, willpower, becoming inflamed about something, spontaneous assertion, violent forging ahead, inconsideration. Competition, professional challenge. Desire to make conquests. Warns against inconsiderate aggression and “hollow demonstrations of power”.
The Eighth House is always hard. What am I afraid of? What am I freaking out about? Or is this one of the cases where the 8th House is about sex, death, taxes, and other people’s money?
2 Wands is also an interesting card. It’s all over the place, but this time I think it’s talking about taking risks.
Even that begs questions, though: Am I taking too many risks? Not enough? And I taking the wrong risks?
9th House – Higher Perception – journey, movement
4 Cups “Luxury”
Reveling, enjoying life, emotional security, sense of security. “Recognition of the seed of decay that abundance bears within itself.” Encourages drawing on one’s resources and enjoying the moment.
This seems to indicate that, although things are in a constant state of flux, I am essentially on the right path.
10th House – Recognition – career, ambition, status
XX the Aeon
Transformation, new beginning, hope, self-discovery, spiritual development. Steps showing the right direction, reorganization, being open to new methods of work, advanced education, bring a a new spirit to one’s working life. Encourages opening up to new developments.
Professionally, the coming weeks are very well-omened for me. I think the semester is going to start strong.
11th House – Friendships – groups, social activities
3 Wands “Virtue”
Healthy basis, confidence, success, initiative, vitality. Becoming aware of one’s possibilities and developing confidence. Forming delicate bonds. Harmony.
Similarly, the auguries are very good for my social life over the rest of break and into the beginning of the next semester. If the problems in my first two houses are what I suspect they are, then this (along with the Princes of Disks and Cups) bode well for my ability to work through them.
12th House – Secrets & Fears – hopes, ambitions
9 Wands “Strength”
Drawing on abundant resources, experiencing a flow of energy, anticipation, inspiration. Being inspired by the unconscious. Encourages brave actions in trust of one’s own intuition.
Of course I’m afraid of strength. The strength I have. The strength I need but don’t have. The strength I have and seek but will be best off if I never use.
+2 – Current Position / Outside Influences
Knight of Swords / Queen of Disks
Versatility, discernment, flexibility, intelligence, objectivity, too much emphasis on the rational mind, calculation; clever, eloquent, brilliant, goal-oriented man; experienced adviser.
Fertility, sense of security, sensuality, serenity, endurance; a mature experienced woman; being calm, trustworthy. (20 deg Sag to 20 deg Cap)
I think that I am this Knight of Swords. “Too much emphasis on the rational mind” is one of the big things that have been wrong with me lately.
The question is this: am I also the Queen of Disks? Or is she the people around me?
6 Cups “Pleasure”
Reawakening spirits, drawing from the depths, finding fulfillment, emotional recovery, well-being.
There’s a bit of mad drama going on here, but all is well. Or all will be well. I just have to have the strength to make it through.