Justice © Sarah Wheatley 2015
An excerpt from my book about this card, which of course is the Libra card. Happy Super moon Eclipse!
“Lilith is derived from the Mesopotamian word Lilitu or spirit, and she appears in myth of Inanna as a resident of the Huluppu tree. Like the owl she builds her home inside a tree. The owl is has the ability to see in the dark and so is a symbol of occult wisdom and a guardian of the gateway into the Akashic realm or collective unconscious. It is a totem of the underworld, and a symbol of death, but also has the wings of spirit which lift it into the spiritual heights.The bird goddess is also a snake goddess and her origins are Neolithic. She is the original all powerful female deity who represents the entire continuum of life, death and rebirth.
Lilith is associated with the serpent and appears in the bible as the original partner of Adam who is unwilling to be submissive sexually and so is rejected by him. She can be interpreted as the untameable force of female sexuality being chased away by emerging patriarchal power. Justice is surely offended by the oppression and enslavement of half of the human race by the other half. Bringing the world back into balance will require the reacceptance of female power and sexuality, as represented by Lilith, the indomitable woman.”
Justice © Sarah Wheatley 2015
The Wheel of Fortune….I originally named this card Fate but then reverted to the traditional title because I didn’t see the point in confusing people. Its still all about Amor Fati to me.
Fate seems to be seen by so many people as utterly preordained, and while a lot of it is, there is plenty we can influence ourselves. The whole question of Fate is “to what extent are we the authors of our own destiny?”
The conscious mind is often like a passenger in our lives, limited to complaining and commenting, and at best enjoying the ride. So much of what we experience is engineered by our unconscious faculties, and yet often we don’t realise that. Fate ends up being other peoples fault, or the “worlds” fault. We just can’t see our own hand in it.
There is however a certain point in life where you either take the wheel in hand and become a driver, or submit completely to outside authority. Power is responsibility and also responsibility is power.
Turning inward to contemplate the Butterfly of becoming. We do not find ourselves, we create ourselves. This Hermit is the antidote to my hastiness. Trying to harness some of the Virgo energy to revise my book. Venus is retrograding effectively till early October, so I am considering a late October launch date…possibly the 22nd because its my mums birthday. And in a way this deck is a present for her.
Hexagram 17 is Following, and it counsels the wisdom of a leader learning to serve, and adapt to circumstances. This Queen has learned the art of transformation and camouflage from her Leopard. She has proved her dedication by her willingness to suffer the burning throne of Creativity. She is the Great Muse and the Great Artist, and like all artists she will never submit to any earthly authority. Fierce independence and a strong self motivating will are her gifts. Perhaps that is why the I Ching suggests she should moderate her pride, and learn to adapt a little to reality.
This queen leads by example and has the courage to stand alone against the tide of public opinion. Her integrity and clarity may require a withdrawal from the world. Society expects women to be nurturing and helpful and not personally ambitious, which is why if we are going to make anything of our own lives we need to get out the sword and use it as often as needed. Permitting ourselves to be the centre of our own universe, instead of the satellite of others, is the special quest of the female gender, and by middle age most of us have refined the necessary sword skills to an art form. We live very much against the world.