New Moon in Sagittarius--December 20, 2006
My first reaction to this card was "blind patriotism." I didn't really like to see this card come up on my birthday, because my eyes have definitely been opened since I moved out from under that flag. But now that I've looked at the card for a few days, and read the description, I see so much more here.
On the 20th (yes, these posts are backdated), I put up a window decoration I made. It's 6ft. x 6ft. of blue transparent paper. Part of a yellow sun can be seen at the bottom, with earth floating near the middle, a sliver of a moon, and an eight-pointed star. The rest of the area is covered with cut-out stars, and the only way to look out the window is to look out through one of the stars--as the woman in the card would do if her star were cut out rather than sewn on. Anyway, I was enjoying a bit of pride and satisfaction in my creation, which I call "Solstice: View from Space." The next evening, I stepped outside to see how it looked with the lamp shining through it. It was a crystal clear night, and I was severely humbled by "Solstice: View of Space"! My three bucks worth of paper and few days of work are a comical effort compared to the magnificence beyond my window! So that experience reflected on this image, in that man should consider where to place his trust and loyalty--in what man made (i.e. human government) vs. what God made (thy Kingdom come).
On a bit more mundane or practical level, I can also relate to this card some things that have kept me from fully integrating into Swiss culture. My own inhibitions, not trusting myself to communicate properly, not speaking up when I should, not understanding (sometimes not caring) how things are done, etc. In this image, it almost seems as if this woman was wrapped in her flag, and the swords have disrobed her; yet she still clings to that last bit of cloth to cover her face and/or eyes. So much easier to just stay home and be a housewife, eh? Lots of housewife issues in this card too, but I can't get into all that now.
Last Quarter Moon in Virgo--December 12, 2006
Last waning moon of the waning year. Out with the old. This represents our time of pre-Christmas clean-out, making room for the new things that will soon come into our lives. The low winter sun shines on all the dirt that needs to be cleaned away before decorations can be hung. The toy box and closets are emptied , and sometimes it's painfully difficult to get rid of things we may have enjoyed, but are no longer used. Even our wallets get a little lighter!
Full Moon in Gemini--December 4, 2006
My usual key phrase for the Queen of Swords is "Woman without a Man," and that certainly applies here. My father always tried to teach me that I should never be dependent on anyone. And so I joined the Boy Scouts, made model rockets, and worked on my own car. (Unfortunately, I didn't really learn how to cook or sew!) The Queen of Swords is sometimes seen as strong--perhaps to the point of being abrasive. But that's only because she's intelligent and self-sufficient. She doesn't wait around for someone else to take care of things.
Also, if I would get this card in a reading, I might fear widowhood or miscarriage for the querent.
First Quarter Moon in Pisces--November 28, 2006
This card represents those dreams that I spend days mulling over, years remembering. As in the Strength card, the lines get blurred. Twilight Zone.
It's oxymoronic, when I lose sleep trying to interpret dreams. What are they? What do they mean? How much is mundane, and how much message? Did those vacuum cleaner parts in my dream represent intellectual (air) attachments, or do I just need to clean more? If I go back to sleep, can I pick up where I left off?
Full Moon Cycle of Gemini--November 22 to December 21, 2006
I think . . .
. . . there is only a thin veil between light and darkness, rational and irrational, reality and illusion, matter and energy, material and spiritual.
I think . . .
. . . better than I listen, and so I know that the line is not so clearly drawn as they say.
I think . . .
. . . what is true in the lamplight is not always true in the sunlight.
New Moon in Scorpio--November 20, 2006
This image reminds me of how the Universe sees what we're dealt, and Life holds cards up its sleeve. Maybe they have all the power, but they don't know what we're going to play next. That's our power.
I love that the five of spades lies on the table.
Last Quarter Moon in Leo--November 12, 2006
the thief of time
steals your piece of mind
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