I've been developing an interesting feel for tens lately and nines for that matter. I've always thought of 10 as the most and the top of the cycle. Lately I've realized/noticed that nine is the top and ten is little bit like over the top. In cups, 9 is the happiness and wish card but ten has it flowing out of you and onward. The same is true for pentacles where you are satiated at nine and it just gains wait and permanance in 10, with the drawback that you are locked in to your success. The 10 of wands is not described as all there is, but as more than you can cary. In swords the frief of nine is pushed utter extreme of "death" by most imagery.
In this view point I'm seeing the Hermit as maybe at the top of his mountain and the booming spin of the Wheel when he jumps comes with the enlightenment that he sought and now has to learn to handle.
It's almost like the Majors are a ... how to put it. 1-10 is a long climb up with a 1 card crash downward and 12-21 is long climb down with a sudden bounce up on 21.
So do you think the second 9 and 10 of the majors is HangedMan and Death or Judgement and World? Stating the question makes it obviously XX and XXI for me. I've been told some people view the majors as a mirror rather than a repeat.
20 Sep 2002
Wait that would the Sun and Judgement, not XIX and XX
20 Sep 2002
That's certainly interesting to think about. I fear I shall have to think about it a few days instead of dashing off a good answer.
In my personal case, I don't usually think of 9 as a complete number. 10s, however, contain both "1" and "0", individuality and infinity and hence are always the end of one thing but the beginning of another which is probably why they feel overflowing.