Seeing the 9 of Swords, I was immediately reminded of my nightmare-filled sleep last night. Interestingly, I also got the 9 of Swords when I asked the World Spirit about the week ahead (along with the 6 of WIN). Going by the LWB, the 9 of Swords shows a quarrel resulting in enmity. I had to put my bitch-face on on Saturday regarding a matter relating to yesterday and, though I haven’t seen the person in question yet, I am sure we are no longer on the same terms we were on Friday. The joys of management :|
Temperance (The Alchemist) was a very necessary asset today. By 9:30 I was already exhausted from dealing with irate customers yelling at me for things far beyond my control. It’s tough when the day has only just begun, to wonder how you’re going to make it through to the end. The LWB phrases it very well:
… to conserve thy forces, not to recoil at thy works, but in order to wear out obstacles, as water, falling drop by drop, wears away the hardest stone.
This is exactly what I had to do – just put my head down, stay calm, take it slow and gently, and proceed with stubborn grace (like Taurus, the ruler of this card!) Also, despite the crappy customers, there are also the fantastic ones, one of whom paid for my tea today. A little bit of gold, a little bit of silver and a little bit of poop makes the day go by.
(I wonder which god this card depicts, if it is an actual Egyptian god and not just a fanciful creation. The winged feet make me think of the Greek Hermes (who is linked with alchemy), but he would equate to Thoth, the Ibis-headed god. The green skin is usually Osiris, but he isn’t wearing Osiris’ crown and the wings are completely confusing. Maybe this is the point? The character shown here is a blending of these personalities and their strengths and the same is necessary for successful alchemy.)
The Hanged Man (The Martyr) is a bit of a joke from the cards, I think! “Oh, yes, how you suffer. You poor thing.” The LWB pretty much rams that point home with “… but expect any ingratitude from men.” Yep, I’ve been told :D What I think is remarkable here is that the HM’s hands are bound and money is falling from them, a nice little allegory for what my job requires of me. If I want the money, I have to give up control and sacrifice what I’d rather be doing. The result is surprisingly life-changing.
Now what will tomorrow bring?