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READING FOR WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY, YEAR 17 AQ.
THE HANGED MAN
The Hanged Man represents a situation in process. It may seem like a period of waiting period, but it is actually a necessary stage of the development in the situation. And though it may appear that there is no movement and things are held in stasis, developments are actually taking place below the surface of the situation. It is really a period of inner growth and developing self-knowledge, but this will usually not be evident until after that growth has already been accomplished. The Hanged Man represents a situation which will require the passage of time before it can move forward or be resolved. This will take time before it occurs, and it cannot be rushed. At the same time we will learn much about our own nature from the situation –what truly matters to us, how we truly feel about things. Though we will have to wait before we can progress, this waiting will bring deeper self-knowledge and insight into ourselves.
PRINCE OF SWORDS
The Prince of Swords represents the element of Air influenced by itself. Air is thought and mind –and here the mind eclipses all other aspects of the being. Self-image and mental concepts such as duty take precedence over self-interest, comfort, or even survival, as the person strives to reach an idealized state of being no matter the cost to the physical self. Doing what is right for oneself without regard for others. When the Prince of Swords appears, it often means that you have been giving too much weight to the needs or opinion of others, to the detriment of your own needs or feelings –“giving away the farm” as it were. You must think of yourself first here, and place your needs highest in your own agenda.
TWO OF WANDS
Ruled by Number Two, this card represents the element of Fire in private relations with others. It indicates passionate desires and material ambitions for the present or future: goals, plans, and hopes. The Two of Wands indicates a new beginning, or new directions within existing situations. It can mean starting out on a new path, a new project, or applying new ideas or new approaches. In all events the Two of Wands indicates fresh ideas and experiences that are different from what has gone before.