Archive for April, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ May 1

April 30, 2009

The Emperor



Haven’t seen him since the end of the year.


This is a powerful, positive card, that encourages us to see the goodness flowing to us and our world.  Even more, it asks that we be open to it.


Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes that this card betokens wisdom and power,

conquest and conviction,

courage and ambition balanced with reason and fair play.


It can also herald a caring person with many responsibilities, so have an eye out for someone like that.


I know The Emperor to be a card of intellect well used and accomplishment attained.  For some clients, I find that it indicates they may be thrust into a new position of power, even if they have not sought it.  When that is the case, I ask that they accept the new responsibilities (and the attendant opportunities) graciously, saying,


“If the Universe didn’t think you were ready for this, it wouldn’t have put you in a position to receive it.  So go for it and be brilliant about it!”


Be open to the helpful counsel of others, so that a greater wisdom can be attained and acted on.


This is a card of progress and security.  So believe in that – own that − as a true, evident and inevitable possibility.


Use your wonderful intellect very well today; that’s why you have it.  Seek wisdom through the counsel of others who truly have something helpful to offer.  Know that, through such actions, progress and security can be yours.


Bright blissings!



Quote for the Day: Voodoo is a very interesting religion for the whole family, even those members of it who are dead. ~ Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, from Good Omens


Today’s weather: smokey topaz with wildebeests and prawns

Healing Story

April 30, 2009


A Healing Story


My healing stories began themselves in the summer of 2008.  There were several shamanic practice clients in relatively close succession for whom I heard, as I was working with them, “This person needs to find his own healing story.”

Over time, I have come to believe that the willingness of a client to engage in the search for a personal healing story is an important indicator of how quickly and effectively he or she will undertake the healing journey and possibly overcome the illness or condition that has brought us together.

The story need not be mystical, magical, spiritual.  It doesn’t even need to be made up.  For some people, a strong, clear story about the ordinary reality-based medical intervention successfully implemented by their own physician with other medical professionals is full, powerful and complete.

For others, a story that involves the engagement of their long-time spiritual guardians as personal healing helpers is just right.

And for some, it will be necessary for them to truly engage in a hero’s journey where the goal, their personal healing, is clear from the beginning.  But like the heroes and heroines of deep myth, the journeyer will have to take his or her own, halting steps and create the story by seeking the goal and living the process, finding and engaging wise, faithful, powerful, practical and magical helpers, tools and guides.

Here is a healing story I found with a client recently.



Two Warriors of Healing


I awoke to find myself sitting before the great hearth of a rustic tavern called from out of time to wherever I was.  The room itself was dim despite the warm glow of a huge, embering log within the fireplace.

I sensed it was late, near closing time, perhaps even past, so quiet was the space around me.  No tavern keeper in sight.

Two others sat nearby.  One, a young Chinese man in silky robes decorated with amazing, beautiful dragons in rich and marvelous colors.  One a slender middle-aged Caucasian fellow dressed in black velvets, part Renaissance, part 60s SoHo. 

They turned to me at the same moment and each nodded a greeting, the younger with a look of curiosity, the older with a thin but comfortable smile.

“You have come for healing,” the dragon warrior said, a statement, not a question.

 “It’s good you have found us,” said the other with a soft voice, deep as rivers.

“Sometimes healing is warrior’s work,” I heard two voices say inside my head.  “Like now.”

Simultaneously they rose and came toward me.  I found myself standing to face them, calm, arms loose at my sides, neck relaxed, eyes open but calm.

The dragon master stood before me, gazed into my eyes.  I felt his vibration shift.  He became here and other-wheres.  He began the movements of a fighting form, beautiful, flowing, powerful, invincible.  The dragons came alive, looking, guiding his movements, flowing with him. 

His motions flowed through my body as though I was insubstantial air, his hands and feet flaring healing fire in many colors as they met and burned away illness from my being. 

He was as tall as I, but then suddenly there were also dozens, hundreds of him, tiny dragon healers working through my body cell by cell by cell, the incredibly bright flames cleansing and healing.  From time to time he would grab up small tufts of gray… stuff − like dust bunnies – in his right hand, and burn them to less than cinders with flame from his left. 

Then the other master joined the fray.  He pulled from a scabbard a long, unnaturally bright silver dagger with a blade just over eighteen inches long.  As the dragon healer did his work, whirling in and around and through me as though he were a million ghosts, the other circled me slowly, shifting his vibration and scanning me very, very carefully, homing in on some thing or things only he perceived. 


Then, like lightning, he pierced the something within me with a now brilliantly glowing blade.  As he did, there became a dozen of him, making a large black velvet wheel centered by bright, sharp silver spokes which skewered something of wrongness within.  Skewered it and held it immobile and ineffective until, in a searing silver flash, the thing vanished from the world.


 And so this continued, the one master healing with flowing movement, explosive cries and fighting and the dragon flames of life, the other with quiet, cold, magical precision, piercing and destroying.  All through the night.


This morning, I awoke ready for more and more and more life.


May you, too find a healing story this day!

© 2009 Stephen Neal Szpatura

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 30

April 29, 2009

Ace of Spears

The Grail Lance


Alright now.  Really, people. 

This is the third time this card has shown up in about a month.  And that kind of thing has been going on regularly.  So I guess we’re all needing to hear a few key things over and over.  And over. 

As those of you who have read this blog for even only a few days will likely remember, Aces in any Tarot deck are cards of a new beginning.  So, let’s ask again (and again and again, apparently):

~ How can you − how do you need tobegin your life anew, today, this moment?

~ What changes can you begin, even in small ways? 

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember?

Expect The Universe will keep asking that question until you (yes, you!  Don’t try to weenie out of it this time!) truly remember to ask it over and over again as a part of who we are!

Some readers feel the Ace of Spears has to do with invention or creation, and perhaps with an inheritance.  Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds mental activity, revelation and beginning anew to be elements of the card’s meaning.

I believe the Ace of Spears asks for two things when it appears. 

~ First, it reminds you to become very clear within yourself about something you want or some goal you would achieve.  It is, therefore, important that you know specifically what you want to go after – perhaps some major wish in life, or perhaps just a current, interim, in-the-moment thing that will be helpful or fulfilling for a short time, or serve as a useful next step. 

It is equally important that you be clear about why you want it.  What are your true motivations, and are they really for the highest and best? So this card is also about being conscious of what you would do and have, and of your impact on the world.  I think we could all spend a little more time on this one.

~ Then, once that first, more internal step is completed, the Ace of Spears directs you to use strong, clean, clear, non-repressive and non-repressed masculine energy as your model − think Dalai Lama, maybe? – and simply go after your wish or goal confidently, firmly and directly.  (So it’s assertive rather than aggressive.)  Know what you want.  Pursue it.  Yourself.  Today!


What is your new beginning?  Be clear in what you want.  Be clear about the why of it.  Go after it directly, the way anyone with a strong, positive masculine drive would.  Do something concrete about it today. 

Bright blessings and blissings and beautiful, knowing beginnings!


Quote for the day: Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. ~ Lewis Carroll


Today’s weather:

variable with hedgehogs


Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 29

April 28, 2009

The Fool



Well, we haven’t seen him for a while.  And considering who’s writing this blog, that’s quite a surprise.

I’m really grateful this card came around again, for prolly more reasons than I can count.  But one reason for sure is the gloominess I’ve perceived in so many wonderful people, friends as well as clients, the last few days. 

It’s as though folks are responding to current energy by lassoing their own private storm clouds, knotting them in place just above their heads and walking around beating themselves with a stick and chanting that ever-so-helpful mantra, “Life sucks.  Life sucks.  Life sucks.” 

If these are in fact transformational times (and they are), then that is ZACKLY the wrong thing to do!

So, back to the card. 

Da Ful: this card does not mean that you are a fool or are inevitably going to be foolish today ~ at least not in the way our culture perceives foolishness. 

I call this The Joseph Campbell card.  It’s the card that says, “You.  You.  Yeah, you.  FOLLOW YOUR BLISS.  NOW!  With joy, and hope, and excitement.  NOW!

So it’s the card that offers you permission to go off on your personal quest, just like Percivale did. 

The important aspect (and for some of us, the hard work) is to actually know what our bliss is.  And when times are a little bumpy, for some of us that’s the first thing that goes RIGHT out the window.  So, as I have written before, this is the somewhat rambling response I’ve given to a few clients when they’ve asked. “What the hell does that mean?”

·        Start by knowing what your heart’s true desire is. If necessary, take some time to hone your understanding of what that means to you, for today, anyway. 

·        Then, no matter how impossible or illogical it may seem (i.e., I’m gonna write a children’s story about an orphan boy who goes to a school for wizards, and it’s going to be so beautifully done it’s going to earn me enough to support myself and my family for the rest of my life.  Like that could ever happen!) take your first single small step on the path that follows your bliss. 

·        And see what that leads to. 

·        Then take that next step. 

·        And see what that leads to.  And so on.

The difference between The Fool and some other Tarot cards that offer permission to follow your own unique path is that The Fool in particular says,

Stay connected to your heart, moment by moment.  Know that your heart may change, and so your direction may change, moment by moment.  But DO NOT allow yourself to think less of yourself, your efforts or your path because of that.  Go where your heart tells you and you will achieve more than most will ever even hope for.”

This is the card of the Sacred Fool, the Holy Fool.  The one who is open to divine inspiration and honors it by following his or her bliss, harm to none and love for all, always.

Let me give you an idea of how The Fool’s gift applied to me recently. 

I was watching one of the shows in the second season of “Torchwood” (if you haven’t picked up on that BBC series, I think you’re missing something. But start with the first season on DVD.)  One of the characters made the point, in a way that hit me harder than I remember that humans on Earth are almost always at war. We tell ourselves that we are fighting “the war to end war for all time.”  Over and over and over.  

And I was really shaken.  Because, for just a moment, I had a glimpse of humans, with our nearly angelic powers and potentials, side by side with the reality of how we ignore them, or maybe even worse, use them in ways that are just plain stupid, moment by moment.

And I got the very clear message that a big chunk of the problem is that we are following old habits, old programming, NOT following our bliss. Not honoring that which is angelic in us.  Not reaching for that which is our Highest and Best.  But we can.

And then I came into the office and drew The Fool card and found such blessing in the message that there is the

Brightest Blissings!


Quote for the Day:  Sure, I could of done it different… put my clown in a closet and dressed up in straight clothing. I could of compromised my essence, and swallowed my soul. ~ Wavy Gravy

(and if you don’t know about Wavy Gravy, GET STARTED at  )  {He has been called the illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Teresa.}  Watta FOOL!

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 28

April 27, 2009

Six of Shields

Castle of Maidens


Curb thy fevered brains, Python fanatics!  (And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’ll just have to get around to watching “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” sometime soon.)


Although the Arthurian Castle of Maidens story may have led to about the kind of scenes you’d have expected from the Pythons, the real legend − and the meaning of the card − is actually very good, very kind, very positive.   And not kinky at all.


Pretty much any reader will tell you that the Six of Shields betokens generosity, charitable acts and material gain.


In my readings, I’m often intuitively prompted to take the interpretation a bit farther and in a slightly different direction.  I’m likely to say something like:


Focus for a minute. 

Let your inner vision move back and forth in time across your life. 

Something that is yours by right

that was lost or taken from you

will be restored to you in full. 


So today, right now, this moment let yourself attend to what that might be and how it could be brought into being.   


This card can apply to many different aspects of life:


~ the artist who (thinks he) has lost his Muse**

~ the investor who (fears she) has lost her basis

~ the manager who (believes he) has lost his music

~ the writer who (worries she) has lost her prosperity


It can even imply a return of misappropriated property, a renewal of a sundered relationship, or the reopening of a realm of hopefulness that seemed long gone.


So the important thing to do is − without bludgeoning yourself − scan your life and acknowledge what it is you fear has been lost, or what you have lost in fact.  Then let yourself understand that TODAY is the day you can renew that connection, revivify that dream, and reconnect with that hope. 


By the way, some readers feel that this card tells us to be attentive to the possibility of helpful intervention by/through positive masculine energy.  So keep an eye out for that.


Know what you would bring back to your life.  Know that this moment is the time when that renewal, that reconnection, can begin.  Go from there!


Bright blessings, joy and light! 



** Another by the way, by the way:  there’s a blog I like on the use of flower essences (a kind of vibrational healing).  The most recent post provided a recommendation for those who have writer’s (or other creative) block.  It’s at


Thought for the day: America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.  ~ Oscar Wilde

Tarot Card for the day ~ April 27

April 26, 2009

Seven of Shields

Castle Of Wonders


Okay, let’s cut to the chase on this one.  It’s a card that says (in my perception)




And as it turned up four times in the last two months, I’m thinking that people may be experiencing some fatigue ~ compassion fatigue, pirate-watching fatigue, recession fatigue, Ohcrap!I’vegotthefluagain fatigue, my boss is a twit fatigue, life sucks fatigue ~ whatever. 


Well, too bad.  Because, you see, the potential for you to experience goodness and goodies far beyond your brightest hopes is right there in front of you IF you screw up your courage and connect with your dreams and  




[Do I need to do that one more time, or have I made my point?]


For most people, the Seven of Shields in my deck is a card that requires a Nealio’s sprained-and-mangled faerystory version of the legend behind the card. 


As usual, my version of the story may be a bit different than what you will find in some Arthurian mythologies.  And my interpretation of the card veers a bit from the norm as well. 


So, depending on what you can best handle at the moment, grab a mug of hot something, a bottle of whatever or a few of those cute little mushrooms the seven dwarves used to sell on market day, and away we go.


Sir Gawain found himself in hot pursuit of an outlaw knight.  He chased the cur over hill and dale [sorry, Dale] until at length the outlaw rode into the courtyard of a great castle, and then right into the great hall of the castle itself. 


Gawain galloped on in,too. 


As Gawain entered the hall, he began being pelted by a huge indoor storm of sleet, large iceballs and stones.  Being a prudent man, Gawain reined in his worthy steed, thinking, “Hmm….  There’s more here than meets the eye, as Ringo once said.  Maybe I better just go back and tell the lads I lost track of the outlaw, and will hunt him down another day.”


But being a brave soul and one of the leading lights of the flower of chivalry that was Camelot, he pulled himself together and said, “Nay then. ’Tis my quest, and meet it is that I pursue it come what may.”  Or something. And he began pushing his way through the storm.


At which point the storm simply stopped.  And he found himself confronted by an entire army, blocking the path of pursuit.  Again he took pause, thinking, “This here is some weirdness here, y’all kin bet ready money on that!  Maybe it’d be better to jist come back another day and see wossup then.”  But again, he screwed up his courage [see verbiage above], pulled out his trusty sword and launched himself against the foes.


At which point they disappeared.  Ha! 


Only to be replaced by a huge lion and griffin who –um, which?  Nah, who − blocked his way.  This time Gawain really took a step back, thinking, “Okay.  Look, magic is one thing, but this is getting ridiculous.  I could end up a hot steaming lunch here.  And, they’re a protected species, anyway.  I’m just not gonna.…   I’m not….  Aw, bugrit!” 


And again he remembered his quest and his solemn vow to his droogies from the Round Table, so he pushed forward, hard.  The lion and griffin disappeared.


And as Gawain sat, staring into the center of the immense hall, A GREAT MAGICKE occurred.  There was a shimmer, and a shine, and a wrinkle in reality that became a doorway into a realm of wonders, goodness healing.  It was a place which offered many amazing, magical things, along with major cash and gems, which the goodlye Knighte gathered up and took back for the benefit of Camelot.     


So, what has that got to do with the card?


I thought you’d never ask.  [Just like you thought I’d never finish.]


Okay, some readers see the Seven of Shields as betokening money, business and barter.  Anna Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes of treasures, bounty, persistence and the steady, methodical removal of obstacles [some of which may be in-laws, coworkers or bonehead politicians].


When this card shows up for a client, I’m likely to say,


Okay.  What it comes down to now is

knowing what you’re really going after, and

refusing to give up. 


You may feel overmatched, overwhelmed, afraid and even a tad hopeless.  But if your goal is REALLY important to you, remember what it is, screw up your courage, dig in your heels and push back or push on.  Hard! 


And if you really have chosen a goal that is worthy of you, and important to you, have faith in yourself.  You will succeed beyond your brightest dreams.


Find a goal that is worthy of your efforts.  Know what it is, and why you have chosen it.  Keep pushing once, twice, AS MANY TIMES AS IT TAKES till the opposition is eliminated or finally just gives up and goes away.  And know that your most beautiful dreams can come true.


Bright blissings and great wonders! 


Quote for the day:    The thing is that Mr. Dibbler can even sell sausages to people who have bought them off him before.  ~ Terry Pratchett, from Moving Pictures  

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 26

April 25, 2009

Ace of Swords

Sword of Strange Hangings



Interesting card for a Sunday, and one worth taking a little down time to contemplate.


All RIGHT now, boys and girls, ALL TOGETHER NOW:


Aces in any Tarot deck are cards of a new beginning.




~ How can you (how do you need to) begin your life anew, today, right now?

~ What changes can you begin, even in ways that may seem small? 

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember?

When the Ace of Swords comes up in a reading, I tell the client,

“Your new beginning has to do with going on an adventure, of giving yourself permission to go after something that really sets your heart and soul on fire. 

Please understand, it may be that if you undertake this quest, it will likely involve the release of some element of your life that no longer serves you. 

Should you find that to be the case, strive to let the release be as quick and clean as possible, a very skillful surgery.”

I’ll stand by that set of interpretations. 

But as I’ve worked with clients who have had this card come up, I’ve also come to perceive that the adventure, the new beginning and the release tend to have an aspect of destiny to them: we often find that the person has reached a point where they must make some choices to move forward in order to evolve as their life offers them the potential to do. 

And what I often see is, in doing so, they do very well to remember that even big changes can be initiated and made without creating negative karma. 

By the way, I have also found that this card betokens a positive outcome for skillfully undertaken literal surgery. 

(And for some people, the adventure they decide to go on, and the “surgery” of the release they decide to make, can lead to a profound healing of the romantic side of life as well.)

What is your new beginning?  What adventure does your destiny call you to beginning today?  What may you be called to release?  Undertake your quest in a way that is firm yet considerate of the law:

What Goes Around Comes Around  


Bright blessings and joyous adventures!


Quote for the day:     If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat. Life is a level of complexity that almost lies outside our vision; it is so far beyond anything we have any means of understanding that we just think of it as a different class of object, a different class of matter; ‘life’, something that had a mysterious essence about it, was God given, and that’s the only explanation we had. The bombshell comes in 1859 when Darwin publishes ‘On the Origin of Species’. It takes a long time before we really get to grips with this and begin to understand it, because not only does it seem incredible and thoroughly demeaning to us, but it’s yet another shock to our system to discover that not only are we not the centre of the Universe and we’re not made by anything, but we started out as some kind of slime and got to where we are via being a monkey. It just doesn’t read well.  ~ Douglas Adams

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 25

April 24, 2009

Three of Spears

The Horse Fair


We saw this one on April 1.  So back around it comes, this time with no insights from David St. Hubbins.


Once again, please remember that threes in any Tarot deck are power cards, or rather, that the issue the card is addressing is one of power, even if it doesn’t seem so on the surface.  Typically, a three would counsel things like


~ beware of power games,

~ be prepared for power struggles,

~ watch out for failure to own your power 

   or, better,






~ have a care against disempowerment

   in any area of life, whether by the action

   of others,  or by your own action

   or inaction 

~ empower yourself

~ empower those you love and believe in

~ accept the challenge of owning all of

   what you are and who you can be


Simple, really.  [I keep telling myself that.  Over.  And over.  And over.]


The Three of Spears is a card of mentoring direction, as it were.  It says:


“Be ruthlessly practical in pursuit of a much higher ideal.” 


The Tarot deck I use is Legend, the Arthurian Tarot.  In my story of the card, which depicts The Horse Fair, I see a young King Arthur having the brilliant insight that, to finally take the throne, and then to more effectively secure his kingdom, he needs to resurrect a strong cavalry wing and make it the centerpiece of his armed forces. 


Having decided so, he would then have to go to Britain’s great horse fair and be ruthlessly objective in his examination of each animal, knowing that the future of Camelot might well rest on that creature’s shoulders.   


So, envision your most exalted possibilities, your highest potential achievement for the Highest and Best.  Set your goal.  Then literally, practically, holding your nose to the necessary grindstones, do the things required to achieve your will − if it’s truly for the Highest and Best! 


Own your most amazing and idealistic dreams, and exert the power YOU have to pursue them through practical means.  (One horse at a time, if necessary.)  


Bright blessings and amazing achievements!

Quote for the Day   It’s not that the Irish are cynical. It’s rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.  ~ Brendan Behan

Tarot card for the Day ~ April 24

April 23, 2009

Queen of Swords



Hmm….  We last saw he just about the end of March.  And it’s always good to bear in mind the insights she offers.

This card certainly betokens being strategic in our lives and in our world – as I’ll talk about in a bit.  That could, if you let it, lead to the question, “What is the difference between strategy and tactics?”  God knows, I confuse the two about every chance I get.  Which helps explain why I drive a Toyota instead of a BMW, I guess.

Strategy is the big picture look at a problem, situation or goal. 

It focuses on the sea-change-sized thing that needs to be achieved.  Defeating an enemy, preserving the ecology, earning a living as a Tarot reader − those are strategies.  Concepts like objective, maneuver and security are among the principles of strategy.  Sun Tzu’s The Art of War teaches strategy.

Tactics vary with circumstances, time and technology. 

As I wrote last time, if I were to guide you in marketing yourself as a Tarot reader for the eighteenth century, I’d suggest you get a beautiful snug little cart, paint it in wild and wonderful colors, and travel the roads from town to town to find clients and stay ahead of the sheriff. 

If I were advising you to be a tarot reader for this year, I’d talk about blogs, web sites, podcasting opportunities and sponsorships to help find clients and stay ahead of the sheriff. 

I still think that cart thing sounds pretty good. 

So, tactics present a small picture perspective where individual trees are in focus, and dealing with them one by one is the action. Strategy focuses on the big picture of the entire forest, and whether to preserve it, slaughter it, or something in between.

Got it? 

Good.  Me, I’m just as lost as ever. Where was I?

Oh.  Yeah.  This has to do with what the Queen of Swords has to tell us about our day, and possibly our future.


As I always say to my clients,


I love the Queen of Swords.  If anyone ever crosses her, she doesn’t get mad.  She just has them beheaded.  ‘Nothing personal,’ she’ll say.   (That is a tactic to eliminate an obstacle.  The strategy behind the tactic is to ensure that her reputation will precede her and instill fear in those who might think of opposing her.)


The Queen is a master of BOTH strategy and tactics, and so that is what you are being asked to explore within yourself and your situation today.  She is intelligent, and may in fact be a scholar or have a strong scholarly bent, especially when she must.  She will do what is necessary to learn what may be necessary to succeed.  So, if you need to learn something new beginning today, don’t resist.  Get started!  It will be worth your while.


If the Queen wants to get from point A to point B, she will take the time to clearly and accurately understand WHY she should do that (strategy), and determine every baby step necessary to move her from where she is to her goal (tactics).  Just as important, she will exert the will to hold herself to every single step.  She’ll take unexpected breaks if they come her way, but she’ll muster the grit to grind it out when necessary.


So be clear about


~ what you want,

~ why you want it,

~ the impact it will have on you and your world,

~ and what it will take to attain your goal. 

~ Learn what may be necessary to help you succeed.

~ Then put yourself on the path to your goal. 

~ And if anyone gets in your way, don’t take it personal. 

   Just have ’im beheaded. 

   I mean, just cut him out of the situation and move on.


Bright blessings!


Quote for the day:      Just because it’s not nice doesn’t mean it’s not miraculous.   ~ Terry Pratchett, from Interesting Times

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 23

April 22, 2009

Eight of Swords

Guenevere at the Stake


She’s Baaa-aaack!

I suppose that’s the wrong attitude to take, huh? 

As I said the last couple of times this card showed up,  this is really one of those cards that a client only has to see for about a second before they start whining and puling.  Can’t say I blame them, based on how the Eight of Swords is usually depicted.

Even in my Legend deck, the largest elements are Guenevere tied to the stake, wood piled about her, the executioner (looking very much like Lurch from the original Adams family) ready to set the pyre alight.  Charmin’ all ’round, ’tis.

So when intuitive consultants (readers) typically offer interpretations along the lines of bad news, conflict, slander, crisis, regret and being held at a disadvantage − I suppose I can see why a client might behave rather unhappily.

However − as most of you have already begun to say under your breath – that ain’t the way I see it. 

Let’s think about something for a second.  Yes, we have to.  Have another coffee for pity’s sake.  Why do people come to guys like me for a reading? 

Be nice.

It should NOT just be to hear what’s gonna happen.  It SHOULD be to learn what do I need to know that will help me maximize success and optimize outcomes?”  BIIIIIIIG difference! Or as Cheeceh would say, BEEEEEG difference, Man!

I like a phrase my wife shared with me.  “Some Native Americans think of prophecy as that which can be changed.”

So, you come to me for a reading.  The Eight of Swords turns up.  You start looking for a place to hide.  You find you don’t fit under the table and you can’t jump from the window because we’re in a basement.

I say, “Wait a minute.  Don’t leap (or claw your way up ) to conclusions.  The first thing this card is telling you is that, if you’ve been feeling bound, trapped, concerned that there’s some negativity trying to stick to you, you’ve been right.  You’re not just being a wimp.

“But!  Look carefully at the card, Watson.  The Queen is tied to the stake and about to become an order of extra crispy, sauce on the side.  However, look more closely and you’ll see there are knights coming over the hill, riding to her rescue.  And, if you remember your old Richard Harris movies, they will succeed.”

This card is a gift to you, warning you in advance of possible crisis and other down- side realities.  And sure, if you freeze like a deer in the headlights, you will become highway sushi.      

 How should you deal with this card?  Do what Guenevere did. 

Reach out. 

Ask for help.  

Let yourself receive help − help of all kinds from all appropriate levels. 

Especially seek assistance from those who are extremely capable of helping you understand, take on and overcome the difficulties that may be trying to creep up. 

That will lead you to the most positive outcome possible, and even to a successful turnaround of the situation.

This card offers an end to adversity and a new beginning.

Let me repeat that for greater effect:

This card offers

an end to adversity

and a new beginning.  

But you have to reach out for it and grab the help when it’s there.  (After all, don’t you owe it to all the rest of us to make your life, and thus the greater vibration, better?)

Feeling tied down?  DON’T try to handle it alone.  Reach out.  Get general support from all those who care about you.  Engage those who have the strength, skill and wisdom to help you free yourself and move on to new, bright possibilities.  And make it a habit not to go solo any more.  Reach out.  Ask for help − of the highest and best kind.

Bright blessings, hope, peace and joy!


Quote for the day:     


Man Stoner:  What’s the Immigration Service doing here, man?
Pedro:  My cousin needed a ride to his brother’s wedding in Tijuana; so he called the Emigras, man. They’ll deport the entire wedding party, man. They get a free bus ride across the border and lunch. When the wedding is over, man, they’ll just come back across the border.  Cheech & Chong,
from Up In Smoke