Archive for April 9th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 10

April 9, 2009

Seven of Shields

Castle Of Wonders


Let’s see.  This one has turned up three times in under six weeks.  I’m obviously missing a point somewhere.


For most people, it’s a card that requires a Nealio’s fracturized 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 where your head is 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 until the outlaw rode in to the courtyard of a great castle, and then right into the great hall of the castle itself. 


Gawain galloped on in as well.  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.  Maybe I better just go back and tell the guys 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 like that. 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 way of his pursuit.  Again he took pause, thinking, “This here is some weirdness here, y’all kin bet really money on that!  Maybe it’d be better to just come back another day and see wossup then.”  But again, he screwed up his courage, pulled out his trusty sword and launched himself against the foes.


At which point they disappeared.  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 griffin chow 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 mates 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, of goodness and of healing.  It was a place which offered many amazing, magical things 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].


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 blessings and great wonders! 


Quote for the day:     What our ancestors would really be thinking, if they were alive today, is: “Why is it so dark in here?” ~ Terry Pratchett, from Pyramids