1. Knight of Swords - there is something ironic in the idea of great balance in conflict, but the Knight is also about a boldness, a readiness to tackle unpleasant tasks. We are doing our damn best to deal with all the tough events life has thrown at us this year, from deaths of great figures to deaths of innocent human beings. The Knight of Swords specifically can be a cold an unfeeling character, intimating that we have become desensitized to the violence and trouble around us. This is certainly a defense mechanism, but we are reminded...
2. Eight of Chalices - that there is strength in our emotions. The adventurer here is leaving his past behind, supported by a staff of chalices, the symbol of emotion. He walks into the unknown, and here we are out of balance. We are afraid for the future, a completely reasonable place to be with the current presidential election looming closer in the coming weeks. It is time for us to get in tune with our emotional selves as we have been so focused on the outside world.
3. XVIII The Moon - This card is one of reflection, of a world turned upside down or inside out in the night. The energy to take from The Moon is one of careful contemplation, seeing things for what they really are, or in a new light. It is time to confront what you have been ignoring in the bright days of summer as the nights get longer.
4. Four of Swords - As artists we are vessels for stories, always listening and observing and absorbing the chaos around us in an effort to make a more peaceful, harmonious world. Our energies, when turned outside of ourselves, are focused on maintaining a contemplative environment, a world that harnesses its power for prosperity instead of strife.
5. Queen of Wands - In ourselves, our energies are harnessed into a powerhouse of intellect that cannot be contained. We have nurtured ourselves this summer in sunlight, long days and late nights and community. Let us remember, then, as the nights begin to stretch longer than the days that...
6. Three of Chalices - We are members of that joyous community, working to create that harmonious world. We cannot isolate ourselves in the darkness of the coming months but must, as we did in summer, find a balance between our own desires for hibernation and the isolation that can bring. Reach out to your community, and be that wise pillar and receptacle for experience with others to create something new and beautiful.
7. Eight of Wands - This card reminds us of two opposing forces: that we have accomplished much, traversed difficult paths, and make it to solid ground, but we are not yet done. There is more work ahead to reach our goals. The balance here comes from recognizing our progress and achievements while always striving for more. Energy will flow from us, to accomplish more, when we realize what we have already achieved within. Focus on how far you have come, and that will inspire you to go further.
May your Mabon or Autumnal Equinox be a blessed one, friends, and may balance be restored to your lives as Mercury returns to its direct path today. I am two days away from a week-long vacation, and intend to use that time to realign my energies for a fresh look at the work ahead (time to pull the play out again) when I return. What energy will you change as the leaves change?