Archive for April 20th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 21

April 20, 2009

Four of Shields

King Mark



I prob’ly shouldn’t admit it, but this is one of those cards that always makes me say rude things and argue with God when it turns up for me.  So I suppose I better pay attention here.


It is, in part, a card about strategic planning with really honest, true objectivity.  I’m an Aquarian.  Need I say more? 


[Other than: I can come up with a brilliant, elegant project planning and tracking system for you if you like.  Just don’t expect me to use the ruddy thing. 


That scenario literally happened in an organization I worked for.  I can set the system up to help you meet your needs.  But it would take an amazing act of will to get myself to use it.  That’s why I worked for years as a consultant.]


Anyway, as I say pretty much every time the Four of Shields turns up:

this is one of those cards that clients, particularly intuitive, artistic clients,

 freaking hate, hate, hate! when it shows in a reading. 


It IS, after all a very Be grounded in ordinary reality as you work to take the next steps on your path until you are soaring kind of messenger.


But remember, O artistes, intuitivoes and others of our ilk (and I use the term ilk with great affection), there are times grounded behavior can be beneficial.  And hardly painful at all.  Mostly.  I’ve heard.  Wouldn’t know meself, then, would I?  Apparently not, or I’d be doing all this for Neil Gaiman, Oprah and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., who runs the New York Times.


Where was I?


For me the Four of Shields basically says:


~ Be prepared to become concrete in your planning,

    at least for the moment

~ Do this in the following way:

~ Find someone who is an acknowledged expert in

   what you seek to achieve, and/or who is a

   respected (especially by you) wizard in the successful

   laying out of the kind of path you seek to walk

~ Work together closely, over some time to develop YOUR plan

~ Follow that plan.  And follow it carefully,

   at least for some time into the foreseeable future  

   until you will naturally and inevitably soar  


Once upon a time, this whole process was called, simply, Get yourself an amazing and powerful Mentor!  And listen to that mentor’s guidance!  AND FOLLOW THROUGH ON IT!!!! And that can still apply here.


In this blog, if you’re a regular, you know that I’ve used John Lennon and the Beatles as illustrations of following your bliss despite predictions of failure.  (And if you’ve already read this story at least three times, READ IT AGAIN!  Otherwise it’s back to hustling at the Car Phone Warehouse for you.  Right?) 


Well, aside from the fact that the Beatles were brilliant to the point of magical, they also were able to make their first huge leaps because of Brian Epstein.  He was a superb businessman and their manager.  He married his ordinary-reality-based magic to his aspirations to be a player on the music scene and to their incomparable artistry and passion.  And the world was changed.


Now, maybe you don’t have a Brian-the-Wizard to pull out of your hat. Yet.  But who and what DO you have?  How can you access him/her/them?  Give it some thought today, and take that concrete and valuable baby step along the path by actually accessing them!


Believe in yourself.  Believe in your dreams.  Help give them focus in ordinary reality by working closely and deeply with insights from someone who can help be an architect of their creation. 


Bright blessings and tremendous success! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!   


Quote for the day:    “If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?”  ~ Stephen Levine