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The Tower: A Story For Mercury Retrograde

"mercury in cancer" When Mercury went retrograde, we met. When Mercury went direct (earlier today), we met again. The man in the rain-soaked fedora. Remember him? Gemini Sun, Virgo Rising rain-soaked fedora man. Back with a new question for the Oracle. And a new hat.

(You can read Part One here.) 


Listen, he said. The business thing? Fine. The missing-my-plane thing? Mostly fine. What I need now is


I can’t say. I’m not permitted to say. Can you ask the cards for an answer without knowing the question? Two cards this time, he said.

I admit I didn’t mind not knowing. I like a challenge.

There’s a woman, I said. Causing you trouble. The Tower and the Nine of Pentacles. WAIT. No.

It’s not that she’s causing you trouble. The opposite is true. She’s keeping the Tower from falling on you. Do you know who this is?

I slid the card towards him. He nodded.

The Tower card indicates change, sometimes frightening change. Sudden. We can’t prepare. We get thrown from the horse.


But the woman in the Nine of Pentacles is a master. I can’t even call her a “mistress” (although I did wonder if she was his mistress, truth be told). Master is the better word here. She’s in command of the garden, in command of her money, and her pet is a bird of prey.

The Tower can fall all it wants. She won’t. She doesn’t.

Dear Readers, I admit that the Tower is my least favorite card in the deck, although I’ve seen it for the mundane (a couple having a lovers’ quarrel) as well as for shocking news (eviction, health crisis, and more). When you see the Tower, you know that things will not, cannot, remain the same.

Lucky for fedora man, the Nine of Pentacles did not reinforce the shock of the new but sent an affirming message.


Whether you are this woman or you know this woman, help is here.

As for the man, I look forward to his return next Mercury Retrograde.


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  • aliza tarot

    Southern Cross, that is a great question!!! I have no answer :) But I am so glad you asked it.

  • Southern Cross

    Who is the man in the fedora? A guardian angel? An Animus figure, like a guide? Mastery. Golly; that’s synchronous. I could have responded to this post any time but chose now, just after discussing mastery elsewhere. The Force is with you.

  • aliza tarot

    Could be!

  • Angela Nichols

    I’ve seen the 9 of Pentacles being discussed as a “kept woman” before, on a tarot forum, so that instinct of yours might have been right, re: mistress.

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