Major Arcanum VI, The Two Paths, is the anchor to the sixes of the Minor Arcanum. In most decks, this major arcanum is called The Lovers. When reading other decks, this writer could not understand the keyword Choice because only the naked lady was on the card! From the image of the Brotherhood of Light Arcanum VI, however, we can more clearly see why Choice and Temptation are keywords for The Two Paths. One woman is dressed chastely, representing virtue, while the other one is bare-breasted and crowned with the fruit of the vine, representing vice. Major Arcanum V, The Heirophant, educates us about ethics, law, and religion, and Major Arcanum VI, The Two Paths, challenges us to test our ethics. Usually when The Two Paths turns up in a reading, the choice is between what is right action versus what is easier or momentarily desirable. Major Arcanum VI is ruled by Venus and, as such, it also pertains to beauty and the arts.
The key phrase for the mundane meaning of the Six of Scepters is MUSIC, ART OR DRAMA. This could, of course, mean the study of these areas, an artsy environment, or a profession in the arts. Other key phrases might be:
Powerful love nature
Social activity to promote business
Ability to rule others in business
The soft sell brings more success
Reliance on good taste
The astrological key word for the Six of Scepters is AMBITION as this is the Aries decanate of Leo. In this last decanate of Leo, there is the love of power and rulership coupled with the leadership skills of Aries. As a result, ambition determines a rise in life regardless of the obstacles. This ambition may be squandered on self-aggrandizement or, more ideally, channeled for the benefit of universal welfare.
The spiritual message of the Six of Scepters is related through the Greek mythology of how the Raven came to wear a black cloak. Once upon a time, when Raven was purest white, Apollo, the Sun God, fell deeply in love with Coronis and became very jealous and possessive of her. Apollo asked the white raven to spy upon Coronis. Of course, it is common knowledge that those who secretly pry into the lives of others rarely learn anything complimentary about them, and so it was that Raven discovered Coronis’ love for another man. Raven came back to Apollo with plenty of gossip and took great delight in the telling, adding an embellishment here and there just for fun. Apollo, broken-hearted and enraged at the reports of his sweetheart’s infidelity, shot Coronis through her heart. Ever since that fateful day, the scandal-mongering raven was compelled to wear a cloak of black so that all might know him as a gossip.
Freud explained that those who find a healthy expression for their creative energies are not given to gossip. They are not interested in the scandalous affairs of others because their own love natures have been completely satisfied. But the scandalmonger, in telling and in hearing about the morbid affairs of others, takes part in these acts vicariously. To the extent an individual talks about and thinks about that which is either debasing or heroic, so does his character become. The spiritual message of the Six of Scepters, therefore, is:
Man tends to become that which he most talks about and thinks about. __C.C. Zain