The next card in our series of Minor Arcana is the Two of Coins. Its outer meaning key phrase is Money through Hard Labor. This doesn’t mean that the querent will have to chip away at rock piles for his wages, but it does mean that whatever money is involved in the situation will not come easily. There will be some work involved. Other possible interpretations of this card are: financial gain through ingenuity; profitably partnership in marriage; reward through mental effort; partnership in a scientific arena.
The inner, or esoteric, key word for the Two of Coins is Independence, which is based on the Aquarian decanate of Libra and the constellation of Draco. Draco is a dragon coiling its length about the Pole Star. During the time that Draco’s brightest star, Thuban, was the pole star, it would have appeared to ancient sky watchers of the northern Hemisphere that the Earth revolved around Draco. Therefore, dragons, serpents, and snakes often played a role in creation myths. In these stories the gods would often battle such creatures for control of the Earth. When defeated, the dragons were flung into the heavens.
Draco is one of the earliest constellations to have been defined. Early Egptians identified it as as Tawaret, goddess of the northern sky. Tawaret was considered ever vigilant because the constellation never set; and she was depicted as a fierce, protective goddess whose body was a composite of a crocodile, human, lioness, and hippopotamus. Fans of the television series, Lost, will recognize Tawaret as the mysterious statue on the beach.
Zain writes, “Difficulties are not overcome by weakness, or is accomplishment made without aggression and courage…but when the abilities and possibilities developed in the fierce struggle of its animal past are turned to purposes which have for interest the welfare of all, does that soul cease to function on the plane of brute, and rise to something which we term divine. It has thus triumphed over the Dragon, and its atonement is complete.” The spiritual text thus emerges: Deal justly, even with thy enemies, for it is better to suffer evil than to retaliate with vengeance.”
Let’s return to the key word of this decanate, Independence. Unlike the other keywords for the esoteric messages of the minors so far, this one doesn’t seem to match up, does it? That’s because the Aquarius decanate of Libra differs from the other decanates due to its sub-influence of Uranus, expressing qualities of originality and even eccentricity. Frequently originality and eccentricity are not received well in the world and opposition may ensue. Then it is incumbent upon the individual expressing originality and/or eccentricity to either sublimate those qualities into more conventional outlets or remain independent.
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