Archive for February 4th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ February 5

February 4, 2009

Nine of Cups

The Healing

of the Maimed King



For those of you who are regular visitors to this blog, you’ll remember that this is the card that came up for Inauguration Day, and again on January 26th.  That certainly gives me reason to think I may be missing a point somewhere, y’know?


So the frequent Nine of Cups return will serve to remind me that I have to actually

hold the spirit of the card for a while,

remember what needs to be done, and

get to work on doing it, even in the best of cases.  


Sometimes the old chestnuts are old chestnuts because they actually have something valuable to say, like “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” 


[Unless you’re an author.  Then, according to Stephen King, “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”]


The ORIGINAL version of the quotation brings up a situation I sometimes experience with clients and certainly within myself − I expect almost all of us do it, to one extent or another: 


It’s a wonderful thing to get a reading

~ that validates your most positive beliefs about yourself,

~ that indicates your dearest hopes and dreams are worthy of pursuing

~ and are in fact achievable by you,

~ and maybe even gives you some direction to follow to help make it happen.


But what then?  


So often, I see clients

~ receive that kind of validation, hope and direction

~ walk out of our session on a cloud

~ and then dive back into their lives

~ in exactly the same way with exactly the same focus

~ as though the reading had never occurred.


Then in a few months or a year, they come back for another reading, wondering what happened?


So, you see, the point is to

~ get the information and then

~ to reconnect with it CONSCIOUSLY 

~ to attend to it regularly

~ because it is trying to offer you

~ a path to begin to change your life FOR THE BETTER

~ which you probably won’t do

~ if you start out by saying

~ “Great stuff.  Great stuff!  I’ll get to it later!


[Are these colors making you bilious? They are me.]


So, as you read the information about the card, please take a moment to remember that you actually DO need to begin to do something with it now.  Or VERY soon. 


Just like we, as a country, need to be doing something with the information this card offers.  NOW.   And what a more hopeful world this will become if we do.


Okay.  Okay.  The card.  The card.  Drink your coffee.  It’s comin’.


I’ve blogged about this card before, and what I said then is − it’s an absolutely positive card in every way. 


For me, the nines in any Tarot deck indicate a very near completion of a cycle and/or the first stirrings of moving into a new cycle, a new great opportunity, a new realm.


When I turn the Nine of Cups for a client, I find that it promises a clear and profound opportunity for the full and final healing of old, poisonous wounds, provided the person will believe in it, reach out for and be open to it. 


The card betokens kindness, generosity, hope and wisdom.  It is a card of achievement, success, emotional well-being. 


And it is important to remember that your achievement, success and emotional well-being will derive from your kindness, generosity, hope and wisdom.  Always.


This card portends the dawn of beautiful dreams.  And so make them dreams worthy of sharing with those you love, and with those who are in need of the light of a better dream to guide them.


Because the Arthurian story of the Healing of the Maimed King involves a sacred healing and ceremony performed by Galahad, Percivale and Bors, three of the greatest, purest knights, this card can also speak of an effective team working well toward a common and perhaps even sacred goal. 


Seek that.  Find it.  If necessary, create it.




One last thing.  I have written this about the Nine of Cups:


I’m reminded of a wonderful recorded talk I heard by the spiritual teacher Bo Lozoff.  At one point he said something like, “There are two things that are true.  We’re all going to die.  And we’re all saved. 


It’s the “We’re all saved” part of the Nine of Cups that I’d like you to focus on right now – especially at the beginning of what could be a magnificently hopeful and healing time, if we all will it so, every day.


In our true, ultimate spiritual reality, everything is forgiven.  Everything is healed.  Everything is blessed.  Everything is perfect.  Already. 


So if that’s the case, why not give yourself permission to know yourself as the beloved, complete, perfect vessel of Light you are? Then operate from the goodness inherent in the nature of THAT being. 


Can you imagine what our world would be if YOU did?  Try it for a while.  I think you’ll really like it.  I think you’ll see it’s who you REALLY are!


Let the old wounds heal.  Open to a beautiful new beginning.  Believe in generosity and kindness as your just desert.  Give likewise to others in their hope and healing.  And know yourself and give of and from yourself as the beautiful being of LIGHT you have always been.

By the way:

“Yes, we can!” has already morphed into

Yes, we sure better, so lead, follow or get out of the way!!


Bright blessings, light, hope and healing!!