5 of Spades – Orion

5 of Spades – Orion

As the sun’s gaze leaves Lepus in the shadows to hide, it shines a light on the great hunter Orion from April 30th to May 11th. Standing proud in the Mercury face of Taurus, Orion is surely one of the older constellations. In the winter sky nothing attracts ones attention quite like the radiance of Orion. For it contains two first magnitude stars and four second magnitude, other than the Big Dipper, Orion’s belt is the most recognizable feature of the night sky in the northern hemisphere. The Egyptians held Orion in the highest honor for the soul of Osiris rests there, to the Babylonians he battled with Tia mat across the sky.

To the Hebrews Orion was the fool that would become our beloved fool card, the Chinese believe the belt is the three kings that damned up the waters and gave them the Changes, the Irish called him the “armed King,” he is Nimrod the great hunter of Babel, Jason of the Argonauts. Orion is littered through literature for the last 4000 years. Hesiod and Homer call upon him, Tennyson recalls Orion regularly, all the way to modern works such as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy (Ford prefect is from Betelgeuse 5 which is the “martial star” the star of Orion’s shoulder). The history to this constellation is long. But the story how does that go? There are many layers to Orion’s story everyone has a finger in it now. He is pictured chasing after the virgins of the heavens, the Pleiades, which are most often referred to as, “the Doves.” Orion has no fear of course as the bull bears down on him. He is a great hunter he has a lions head in his hand, how can a hunter be overcome by the prey of the foe he has already overcome? Orion succumbs to his desires of course, he is a braggart and a fool, but he is by far the most amazing of all the constellations when they are before your eyes.

If you find this card in your spread you will find you have been delivered from danger. The delivery will be by your own hand and it will be with some amount of inner turmoil or angst.