This week on Fortune's Wheelhouse we arrive at the three cards of Gemini: the 8, 9, and 10 of Swords: dreaded by many and relished by few! Yet the cards of the twins are full of uniquely human dilemmas and insights. The questions they ask, and the challenges they pose, offer answers to the riddle of the human condition. The 8 of Swords, the Lord of Interference or Shortened Force, poses perhaps the biggest one of all. Its associated major arcana are the Wheel of Fortune and the Lovers - in other words, the potent confrontation of fate and free will.
We discuss the story of the fall from Eden, as well as famous twins like Castor and Pollux, Cain and Abel. The 8 of Swords corresponds to Jupiter ruling the first decan of Gemini, one of Mercury's signs, and we investigate the relationship of Zeus and Hermes, the father with his trickster son, the lords of Gemini and its opposite, Sagittarius. We share our nicknames for the card - "the snagged bobbin," "the monkey wrench," "the push and pull". Here, too, are decision paralysis, OCD, the proliferation of systems, a collection of multicultural daggers, and the "knowledge of numbers and arts in which there is no profit."
In our discussion this week we talk about the tangled thread of fortune and the choice of what you do about it. And one of the images associated with this decan of Gemini, in the Picatrix, is a "mistress of stitching." So for this week's giveaway we're offering a prize that was sewn, with thread, by me! It's a black Arcana Case covered in cool esoteric glyphs, and it will fit any standard-size deck - your choice.
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