Over the last day or two, I’ve experimented with a couple more spreads using the Thoth and I’m finding that the astrology/Hebrew letters etc does not seem to work so well when I have a vague intent. For example, ‘tell me about my day today’ does not yield anything useful. Yesterday I ended up with something relating to my sister’s cat and my nephew which I could make no sense of!
A very specific question on something that matters, rather than being simple curiosity, seems to be much more effective. The question I’m using today is one that I’ve taken from Rachel Pollack’s book ‘Tarot Wisdom’.
What strengthens me?
Hermit – Aeon – Chariot
Yod – Shin – Cheth
Y,I,J – Sh – Ch
Hand – Tooth – Fence
Virgo – Fire – Cancer
10 – 300 – 8
The cards themselves give a simple narrative. The Hermit searches for truth and the light of knowledge, Aeon brings a rebirth/an awakening and the Chariot brings the will to drive forward. On one level I am strengthened by my desire for knowledge and how I use that to reinvent myself and progress forward. The letters of the Hermit and Aeon combine to give ‘shy’ which is quite appropriate. I’ve always been quiet and shy, reluctant to share what I have learnt with others. My light does not always shine out for others to follow but, like the Hermit, I use it to guide myself.
Lon Milo Duquette described the hand as being the creative part of a human being in his book ‘Chicken Qabalah.’ It is an idea which resonates with me. As humans, we do use our hands to bring into physical creation the ideas which are in our heads. The tooth is something used to chew gently or to tear into and the fence represents something we put up when we have something to protect. There is an underlying need in me to be creative, to be able to have time to ‘masticate and chew the cud’. This time is something I like to ring-fence.
Virgo – Fire – Cancer is a interesting trio. My immediate thought on seeing these attributes was my mother. She was a Virgo who died of cancer but her spirit (Fire) is still inspirational. She always embodied female strength to me and I can take comfort in the fact that I share at least some of her qualities.
I’m impressed at how many layers of meaning there are for me when I have time to look. It’s strange, although I know the RWS also has these layers, I find the Thoth makes them much clearer to me. If I was only allowed to keep one deck in my collection, it would be the Thoth. I certainly wouldn’t ever get bored of it. 🙂