In this week's episode of Fortune's Wheelhouse we have arrived at the 7 of Swords, the Lord of Futility or Unstable Effort. This card represents the middle decan of Aquarius, where Susie's natal moon resides* (last week we visited the home of Mel's natal moon - the first decan of Aquarius or 6 of Swords). Here dwell actors, diplomats, tricksters, politicians, and the spirit of wily Odysseus, beloved and scorned by the gods. In each of these cases, a divided mind brings both skill and sabotage. The moon's rulership over this decan brings flexibility, inconstancy and a familiarity with exile.
In our discussion, we talk about the "accomplishing of will and giving of offense," Orpheus and the fatal look-back, the role of the shaman as a citizen of many realms, the "mutilated heads" of the Picatrix and the destruction of the ego, the tzaddiq's secret of a good deed done for its own sake, fairies and changelings, Maupis d'Aigremont, journeys across the abyss with camel and tent, Osiris, the 49 days of the Bardo, improvisation, the monkey mind, distractions and multitasking, procrastination, games and the players who play them, rheumatic boxers, and kings in disguise.
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*the exact degree of my moon, 27° Aquarius, is in fact the same degree as the United States' moon, according to the July 4th, 1776 birth chart known as the "Sibly" chart. I have a lot of sympathy for this country's idealistic-swindler tendencies.