Decans of the Minor Arcana Part 3
What every good magician needs to know.
This month we enter the 3nd sign of the Zodiac – the Mutable Air sign of Gemini, ruled by Mercury.
As we go around the zodiacal wheel, the signs appear in the modes Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable, and then they repeat. The Cardinal signs usher in each season, the Fixed signs hold the center, and the Mutable signs close the season and transition us into the next.
The minor cards which correspond to each sign are grouped in threes – the 2, 3, 4’s, the 5, 6, 7’s, and the 8, 9, 10’s, and then they repeat. So, we can know that all Cardinal signs will correspond to the 2, 3, 4’s in the suit of that signs element, the Fixed signs will correspond to 5, 6, 7’s, and the Mutable signs will correspond to the 8, 9,and 10’s.
Therefore, Gemini will correspond to the 8, 9, and 10 of Swords, because Swords = Air and Gemini = Air.
Images from the Thompson-Leng Tarot
May 21 – May 31 = 8 of Swords = Jupiter in Gemini
Everyone else’s opinions are suffocating you. Your life, your destiny and your not ability are not defined by statistics, common tendencies or the status quo. Release the illusion of limitation and do what YOU want to do.
June 1st – June 10th = 9 of Swords = Mars in Gemini
Break your problems into smaller pieces. Expecting that everything will be solved overnight isn’t realistic, but the process will start sooner if you just focus on tackling a little bit at first, and getting things started. Try your best to get a good night’s rest and make a simple agenda for the morning.
June 11th – June 20th = 10 of Swords = The Sun in Gemini
The excuses you have used to validate your behavior, your fear or your insecurities have an expiration date. Refusing to relinquish them is no longer an option. The negative experiences of your past have lost their power, and that means you are finally free.
Seems like a pretty intense trio, no? It could be argued that this is the most problematic series of the whole deck. Yet when we look beyond the initial way that these cards summarize certain conditions, we can find that each one has a reason and a remedy. The goal should always be to learn, to grow stronger, and to gain greater self-knowledge. That is doing the Great Work. These cards come up to show us that change is possible. When we realize and trust in that possibilty, it helps us to rise up out of ruts and outdated patterns and find a better way to think.