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I stopped doing this for a bit because posts on this series were being reblogged to content aggregation blogs, which I don’t like. But, I’m also not sure how to stop it other than to state that I do not give permission for my work to be reposted on other blogs.

What is the positive aspect of this card?

Well, on a very basic level, this card can indicate love, often of a sexual or romantic nature, in a consenting and enjoyable context. More broadly, this card can mean self-love (as in, regard and care for one’s self, not masturbation, though it can certainly mean that, too), or the love between close friends or family members, or even just the joyful embrace of life itself. Arguably many of the great poets and musicians could have been represented by The Lovers when in the exuberant peak of their creative love affair with the world around them, I think.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

Obliviousness. Whether you are enamored with yourself or another, it is very easy to become possessed by passion or sentiment to the exclusion of all else and all others. People in love can be incredibly selfish to anyone who is not their beloved, and it is important that we make an effort, when being ruled by The Lovers, to extract our heads from our posteriors and look around on a regular basis.

Astrological association and why?

For me, this is Libra and Aquarius, maybe mainly because those are the main two signs I’ve known that have a tendency to be “in love with love”- Librans, in particular, I’ve heard wax rhapsodic at length about the beauty of love/their lover, and even when love is beating them down, they wouldn’t trade it for anything. Aquarians, I think, relish the pleasures of it somewhat less than the pleasure-driven Librans, but they can be just as obsessive about seeking that next emotional hit of a crush or a fuck. (I’ll also throw in Taurus for good measure, because I think of them as the romantics of the zodiac.)

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I stopped doing this for a bit because posts on this series were being reblogged to content aggregation blogs, which I don’t like. But, I’m also not sure how to stop it other than to state that I do not give permission for my work to be reposted on other blogs.

What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Hierophant is the card of hierarchy, of structure, of authority, and of systems, particularly with regard to spiritual institutions. Consequently, one name for it is “Il Pape”, or, “The Pope”, and many people dislike it. But, as tribal animals, humans acting in groups really need some sort of structure, no less in our religious and spiritual practices than anywhere else. The positive aspects of the Hierophant, therefore, are concerned with tradition, with heritage, and with “doing the right thing”. Where the Emperor is concerned with responsibility for the greater good, the Hierophant is telling us to trust in that greater good; to have faith that the larger whole exists for a reason, and is working as it should. Or, if we are part of that system, it reminds us that the system is larger than just us; the needs of the many come first.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

As with anything to do with power structures, The Hierophant can become corrupted. When tradition is used as a club for conformity, that’s bad. When the emphasis is not on the ways in which experience can guide us, but is instead on the ways in which we should stay to the previously trodden paths, that is also bad. There’s a certain stodgy focus on the by-laws that can come with the Hierophant, as well as a shallowness that ignores depth of truth in favor of the trappings of history.

Astrological association and why?

This card, for me, is very clearly Capricorn and Virgo- Virgo is known both for a self-sacrificing nobility, and for an inability to see the forest for the trees, while Capricorn is the master of systems and power dynamics, both for good and for ill. On a good day, you can’t ask for a better leader than a Capricorn or a better second in command than a Virgo- there will be a vision, a well-executed plan, and enough supplies to get everyone to the end. On a bad day, petty in-fighting and power trips run the risk of taking over.

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I stopped doing this for a bit because posts on this series were being reblogged to content aggregation blogs, which I don’t like. But, I’m also not sure how to stop it other than to state that I do not give permission for my work to be reposted on other blogs.

What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Emperor is the card of authority wielded well. This card shows care, responsibility, vision, a sense of order, the necessary diplomacy, the willingness to make difficult decisions for the betterment of those affected, and the humility to listen to and understand those in the community. This is the card of good parenting, of responsible stewardship, of considered statecraft.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

When in bad aspect, The Emperor can become a card of arrogance; might makes right; my way or the highway; I’m the dedcider, and so on. Power held by persons who deeply believe that they have the only true and right perspective, and who are willing to impose that belief or the consequences of that belief, on others can be a deeply frightening thing.

Astrological association and why?

I can see three possibilities for this card: First, Aries- Aries has the confidence (or hubris, depending) to own the role of Emperor in the way only a fire sign can. Likewise, Leo- the fiery confidence and charisma paired with a sign who likes the attention of being in charge, and can genuinely care about those over whom they preside. I also think of Capricorn, though- they’re the ones with the dedication, the responsibility, the work ethic, and the endless drive to really make this role work smoothly and successfully. So, maybe a Capricorn with a Leo rising? That might be your best Emperor.

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What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Empress is all things abundant and growing and vital; whether that’s literal, in the sense of becoming pregnant, parenting children, and growing crops, or whether that’s more metaphorical, in the sense of birthing creative projects, flourishing in interpersonal or career relationships, or being financially abundant. It also conveys a sense of benevolent rulership; a deeply rooted generosity that does not believe in zero-sum games, but rather believes in enough of everything for all.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

It’s pretty hard for me to come up with a negative association for this card; I tend to read it much like the Aces, in the sense that it is nearly entirely great potential, and it’s hard to see a downside to that. I suppose you can think of oppressive success, where there is pressure to produce more and more, or the blindness that comes from unquestioned success and privilege, but I think the card would have to be pretty badly aspected for those interpretations to arise.

Astrological association and why?

I believe this card is traditionally associated with Virgo, which makes sense; Virgo is The Maiden, or The Virgin, and is depicted as the young woman with the horn of plenty, much as the Empress often is. Virgo is an earth sign, both grounded and endlessly creative, and Virgo’s mutability also lends itself to an interpretation of growth. I can also see a strong association with Taurus, though, the earth sign ruled by Venus (or Ceres, if you prefer)- Taurus is very much about the realm of the physical and particularly the bounty and comforts thereof, and those aspects certainly connect to the Empress as well.

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What is the positive aspect of this card?

The High Priestess is the ruler of the unseen- the unconscious, the silent, the deep and vast streams of emotion and thought which encircle and affect our waking world in every way. The High Priestess is the healing Dark Mother who guides us, and also the Queen of the Underworld, full of wisdom and knowledge and magic which can bless and heal us.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

The High Priestess can be both full of secrets and full of silence. There is no hope of ever attaining to her level of wisdom, though it behooves us to try; however, this can end in frustration, with us stymied and alone. It can also be a card of those powers which operate unseen, and which can therefore alter outcomes in ways we can’t know until they are upon us.

Astrological associations and why?

The High Priestess is all Scorpio to me, though I could see aspects of Pisces. Both are water signs, which tie into the emotions and hidden currents of knowledge that she represents. However, Scorpio is, as my mother likes to say, the sign of “sex, death, and secrets”, which is definitely a large part of the provenance of the High Priestess. I also associate Scorpio with power and mystery, which are also right for this card. Pisces, though, would reflect the unconscious dreaming and the ever-flowing emotion of the High Priestess, all the subterranean feelings and hopes of the world.

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Next up in our challenge is The Magician.

What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Magician, to me, is all about self-motivated change. It’s the power to make the world reflect your will, to control your own destiny, and to steer the course of events. This is obviously good in so much as it encourages one to self-actualize, and to act, rather than wait. Often believing we are powerful empowers us simply by our own belief.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

Pride goeth before a fall. Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely. Believing that you are the ultimate authority/change agent/rule-bender/actor can lead to overweening arrogance and the inability to see those persons and creatures around you as inferior, or un-realized.

Astrological associations and why?

I associate this card with Aries, mainly because of the fire and motion of it; Aries, like The Magician, likes to push things into place, locking horns with a current situation and wrestling it into place. I can also see hints of Sagittarius here, another fire sign, in the sense of “no fucks given” that The Magician can indicate. As far as planets, I find this to be a Mars card, though I could also see arguments for something more outer.

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Been a couple of months since I’ve posted here; work, life, etc. But I was remembering how much I enjoyed these daily challenges last fall, and what do you know, Black And The Moon has a new one going on, so I thought I’d jump in!

What is the positive aspect of this card?

The Fool, to me, is always new beginnings, fresh starts, new adventures, etc. It’s a chance to leap out into the unknown, to leave behind whatever may be dragging you down. It’s striking out on your own, taking the road less traveled, maybe asserting your own independence or taking control of your own life. It’s that road trip you always wanted to take, or the first time you went on stage, or when you moved out of your parents house, or whatever grand endeavor you first attempted. It’s the new year, new you.

What is the negative aspect of this card?

The Fool can indicate a willfulness, I think, but also a certain naivete. Perhaps this new beginning comes from being unwilling to confront one’s own demons, or from running away from one’s responsibilities. Or maybe one just has one’s head in the clouds. And, while going off on your own is all well and good, if it’s your continual habit, you might need to consider the reasons you are choosing to go it alone- is it independence? Or fear? And finally, sometimes The Fool can be, well… foolish.

Astrological associations and why?

My initial response is that The Fool goes with Aries, since Aries is the “baby” of the zodiac, and The Fool is the start of the deck. They both can have a certain level of self-absorption, which can be a help or a hindrance, depending, and the Ariean fire lends itself well to the sort of “striking out for adventure” that The Fool can indicate.

Part of me also wants to say Gemini, though- I think of The Fool as a rather airy card, and that sense I sometimes get from Geminis of being blissfully un-tethered to reality seems to also be an aspect of this card.  I’d add that, if I were looking for a planetary correspondence, I’d pick Mercury, the youthful messenger, who is, of course, the ruler of Gemini.

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