Well, now, what the heck is that blue lump sitting in the middle of what is usually a nice collection of sparklies? A good question, that’s what. 🙂 As I was pulling out my various items of deskhengery, and as I took hold of the blue bag in which said sparklies are held, I got the most intense feeling of wanting to hide, to stay safe in my cave, to bundle up and lay low. So I left the stones in their bag, but just put the bag itself in position. Then the cards came out: the moon in Gemini, which is a rational and balanced sign of adaptability and logic, in the eighth house, which is the house of death and regeneration (among other things); then Amaterasu (card on the left), a Japanese Shinto sun goddess who is the very antithesis of hiding away, so I was puzzled; then the eight of disks/pentacles (card on the right), which Alistair Crowley labels “Prudence” in his Thoth deck, which is the Tarot deck I’m using now. So there we have it: hide, hide, hide, but do so in plain sight. I’m fascinated by the mixed messages here, and am wondering if there’s something about yesterday’s eclipse that’s crossing everybody’s wires. Or maybe there’s a message here about being prudent, but not hermit-like. Protect what’s valuable, and pay attention to what’s going on inside you to be sure you’re aware of what’s valuable; but don’t stuff all your money into a mattress. Don’t run off and join the circus. Don’t do anything drastic. Don’t overreact (and coming from me, a Pisces *born* to overreact, that’s saying something). I pulled a card this morning for a friend, and the message to her was to chill out. There’s something of that message here, only in a smaller dose. What can you do to let yourself be seen?
Point of interest: The eighth house is ruled by the sign Scorpio, a water sign that is sceptical, subtle, conservative, intense, and obstinate. Death and regeneration may be said to be all these things, if one were so inclined as to personify that most intense and possesive of human states of existence. But look closely at the 8 of Disks: it also is ruled by Scorpio, which is probably why Crowley assigned “Prudence” to the card in the first place. But there is also the astrological symbol for the sun on the card, emphasizing the sun effects brought in by Amaterasu.
How will you be openly prudent today? What will you place a guard on, where everyone can see it? In what areas do you need to experience the quiet restfulness of death (in the best, least-scary sense), to prepare for your own rebirth as a stronger, more vivid and passionately alive human being?