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The 9 of Fire card: “Achievement” @ 9 Keys Tarot


TODAY I begin my year-long process of writing about the Minor Arcana of my Tarot deck, “The 9 Keys Tarot.” It’s a bit of an “Achievement” that these ideas are finally going into the web-o-sphere!

The numbered cards correspond with the 10 day cycles that Egyptians used in their Lunar calendar. These 10 degree “Decans” are astrological place keepers dividing each of the 30 degree Zodiacal Signs. Each of these Decans are “ruled” by one of the seven visible planets. The ancient Chaldean astronomers plotted the paths of the planets and designated ‘rulers’ of the visible planets, Sun and Moon to the Decans in this order; Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon. Thus, the nine cards (2-10) in each of the 4 suits, comes to 36 Decans in the 360 degree Wheel of the Year.

MONDAY, December 3, 2018, signals the beginning of the second Decan in Sagittarius. I will begin by describing the corresponding 9 of Fire card in my ‘9 Keys Tarot’ deck, which I call the Hen. The Hen card shows a Bandaged Hen and bridle with 9 eggs, the product of her Achievement. I define all of the #9 cards as the “Pinnacle”. Because this card is in the Fire suit, which denotes Action, it’s meaning is “Achievement”.

This Decan is ruled by the Moon and the Moon actually passes through the second Decan of Sagittarius on Thursday night, December 6th, 2018. This would be a good day to meditate on the qualities of this card and set the intentions to bring the following qualities into your own life!

The Hen’s purpose in life is to be productive, laying eggs and raising chicks. She is self-sufficient and quite good at this, even when threatened by predators of many kinds. Her warning is to not cluck with pride, lest her treasures be discovered by predators!

Ancient sources cite that this Decan represents the Lord of Strength and the ability to endure and hold one’s ground. Hardships may come but one must be of stout heart and be firmly resolute in order to defend one’s ambition, and to endure the fray victoriously.

The bridle is symbolic of the final victory that is to come in the last of the Tarot Minor Arcana, the 10 of Earth, which is Manifestation- symbolized by a winning Race Horse. Achievements must be laid upon one another in order to realize a final victory.

The downside of this card is the idea of despair in the face of challenges. The weasel, the fox, the snake, and the human all wish to have part of the share of the Hen’s fertility. Predators often use stealth, so boldness is called upon to outwit these marauders that come in the dark of the night. This card may also represent the trauma that accompanies the ‘dark night of the soul’, so persistence must shine through in order for the Hen to prevail.

Achievement is attained after planning a strategy, enduring hardships, redirecting one’s efforts and finally by good timing. To produce something of true value it is important to discover the niche that best suits your skills and the market for it. Achievement gives us a sense of accomplishment and confidence. It can be a reward in itself.

Meditate on these ideas through December 13, when I post on card 10 of Fire, the Rooster. Namaste’

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Posted in Astrology and Elements and Moon Cycles and Tarot by kalin on December 2nd, 2018 at 1:15 pm.

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  1. JUST what I needed…Thank you, dear!! (the 10 day lunar cycle was used in Japan before the restoration of the Emperor–different from the Egyptians, but ancient/old and something I learned about during Graduate School.)


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