Be afraid, be very afraid! In this week’s episode of Fortune’s Wheelhouse we arrive at the Lord of Cruelty (or if you like your fear extra crunchy, the 'Lord of Cruelty and Despair'), the 9 of Swords. In this sharpest of swords cards, Mars governs the middle decan of Gemini. The portentous moment we faced in the 8 has reached critical mass, and something must be cut away. One twin dies that the other may live, but oh how cruel the choice.
In our discussion we look once again at the Biblical and mythic twins, at the Tower and the Lovers card, at stories of disastrous affairs and the fall from Eden. We discuss psychopaths and fanatics, lunatics and philosophers, Romeo and Juliet, religious zealotry, sorrow's magnification into cruelty, the threefold law, resignation and courage, cutting cleverness, mockery, sleeping draughts, waking nightmares and guilty consciences, Yesod as the foundation and the blueprint for reality, and sympathetic magic.
For the Nine of Swords, whose decan is ruled by Mars, we have brought back the infamous Tower puzzle, featuring the card from Tabula Mundi Tarot. When the Lord of Cruelty and Despair strikes, what better way to deal with it than with an act of sympathetic Magick, concentrating on building the Tower brick by brick, and then tearing it apart once more to clear the mind. Hear no Fear!
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