Archive for April 13th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 14

April 13, 2009

The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress


Okay-swell.   Sigh.  This is one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes.  Don’t jump to conclusions.  Really significant opportunities for growth here. 


Remember the teachers (from High School Math types to your skating coach to Ram Das to Sai Baba) who say or said that?  It always really means, “Get ready for some hard work.” 


Well, maybe that’s the case here.  Maybe.  But it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and attention for sure.   Hard work, but SO valuable.


Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients. 


But when my clients see it as depicted in the Legend deck − a red dragon fighting a white one, completely destroying a huge fortress – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep,” if not “Holy St. Francis,” or somebody, suck in their breath and swallow hard.


So what’s the card about?  I usually say something like:


“Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits.  But really, it’s positive. The card is asking you examine yourself, your dreams and your being. 


“It’s saying, ‘Hey.  Stop for a minute.  Look at your life.  Think about it for a minute.  


“If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really necessary for you to be you, then WHAT ISTHAT TRUE FOUNDATION?  What is it that you really have to build upon, and/or want to build upon, this time around?  And what will you build upon it?’”


This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition.  (Or wobble.  Or outright caving in.)


What is the true foundation – for YOU:

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of your joy?

What is the true foundation of your spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of your physical health?

What is the true foundation of your emotional health?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that it makes sense for you to look at. 

What IS the true foundation for YOU?


Once you know what your foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, and how you want to do it. 


And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes.  It can be a chateau one week, a pagoda the next, and a log cabin sometime next month.  So long as you know what your foundations are, and honor them, then what you build will be perfect.


What are your foundations in each area of your being?  How can you be mindful of them?  What do you wish to build upon them?  How can you begin today?  


Bright blessings and a deep, helpful knowing of yourself!


Quote for the Day  The old shaman said carefully, “You didn’t just see two men go through upside down on a broomstick, shouting and screaming at each other, did you?” The boy looked at him levelly. “Certainly not,” he said. The old man heaved a sigh of relief. “Thank goodness for that,” he said. “Neither did I.”

~ Terry Pratchett from The Light Fantastic