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Hoooo boy, what better way to usher in the decans of Scorpio than with Mars, the traditional ruler of Scorpio. While there have been a couple of grim tableaus so far in our decanic journey, nothing is quite so grim as the V of Cups with it’s associated majors of the Tower (Mars) and Death (Scorpio). Interestingly, this year Mars was actually in the first decan of Scorpio along with the Sun for about three days.
Am I the only one perpetually confused by the association of Jupiter with the Wheel of Fortune? There’s a lot of very tortured explanations on why this might be the case, but none of them really make sense to me. The Wheel of Fortune is about change, fate’s ever shifting nature, the rise AND FALL of fortunes, and the pursuit of a spiritual path. Jupiter is about expansion, questing for truth, good luck and good fortune.
In keeping with the theme of relatively easy to understand associations, Libra II brings together The World (Saturn) and Justice (Libra) resulting in the III of Swords. Saturn not only rules the second decan of Libra but is also generally exalted anywhere in Libra. I don’t usually go for the whole Crowley “Lord of Blah” tarot card titles, but there is something kinda poetic in the description “Lord of Sorrow”.
I know how much you all love nerding out about taking notes! If you missed the prior two videos I’ve done on this topic, they are linked below for your convenience. Taking good notes is a critical part of any practice so it’s worth spending some time on. In this latest installment I cover yet another excellent option for taking digital notes. This time I skip the whole theory part (assuming you’ve watched one of the prior two videos) and dive right in on the software.
Sometimes trying to understand the relationship between the decanic minors and the associated zodiacal majors (planet and sign) can be quite tricky, for example with the X of Swords in Gemini III which is enigmatically associated with the Sun and The Lovers. However, with the II of Swords it seems pretty straight-forward. If there was a slider with The High Priestess on one end and Justice on the other, the exact midpoint between the two would be the II of Swords.
Kabbalah isn’t really something I incorporate into my own practice. That’s not to say I don’t study it, or that I’m not aware of the impact it has on “western esotericism”, it’s just not a thing I DO. I don’t do Kabbalah because it’s not mine. I’m neither ethnically nor religiously Jewish, I don’t speak Hebrew, and attempting to separate Kabbalah from Judaism doesn’t seem like a good idea. That did not stop Éliphas Lévi and all those who came after (Blavatsky, Crowley, Gardner) though, so Kabbalah is now inseparable from any understanding of “western” modern magic practice.
In the German language there isn’t really a direct translation for the English word “abundance”. Überfluss is probably the closest which literally translates to “over flow”. It’s the word you would use to describe a river that floods over the banks from too much rain water. The implication is mostly negative: having more than you need isn’t necessarily a good thing. There’s something of Überfluss in the IX of Pentacles.
When someone is good at something, and I mean REALLY good, it looks like the thing they are good at is effortless. When someone is so good at something that the thing they do is intrinsically a part of who they are, it seems impossible that they were ever not good at whatever that thing is. When we experience the output of someone at that level we often disregard the many hours of work it took to gain that level of mastery.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this whole decanic stroll thing, I’ve been using T. Susan Chang’s book 36 Secrets as my sourcebook. At the start of each decan I read the appropriate chapter from 36 Secrets, do some of my own research, and then keep those themes and the associated tarot cards in mind through that 10 day cycle. Anyway, there was something in this chapter on Leo III that made me literally LOL.
Ah the sweet victory of Jupiter in Leo–just take it all in: fame, glory, and recognition for a superlative performance. The hard work and struggle of the V of Wands has finally paid off. You’re the winner baby. “Hey, guy in the audience, yeah you with the funny hat. You aren’t allowed to touch the horse blanket. There’s absolutely nothing to see under there. Why is it so big? Well that’s none of your business.