Archive for April 21st, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 22

April 21, 2009

Four of Shields

King Mark



Great!  Great!  The same card two days in a row!  And a card that always gives me hives already.  So what can I possibly say about the card I didn’t say yesterday to get us all to pay attention?  Huh?  Huh???


Not much, probably.  Oh well.


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 [even more] attention [than normal] here.


It is, in part, a card about strategic planning with really honest, true objectivity.  I’m an Aquarian.  Need I say more?  [How about, “Ohbugger!” maybe?]


As I said yesterday, 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.


[But that grounded until you get soaring thing: if, as you’ll see below, a key element of this card is to get yourself a wonderful mentor, why do we sometimes have trouble with wanting to do thator following through on it? 


Is it because we’re not clear enough about who we really are and what our goal actually is?  Hmmmmm…?  


Because, you know, part of the REASON to hook up with a mentor is so that you can take an honest look at what some realistic goals might be, for the next part of your path, anyway.  And sometimes we’re afraid those goals won’t seem good enough, to us or to others.


Well… Phooey!!!!  (Cleaned that one up just in time!)  No matter how high or low the goal, it’s still a matter of one step at a time, over and over again.  And the mentor can help you see that in a useful, perhaps even kindly and encouraging way.  And perhaps help you get a handle on who you really are/who you’re trying to become as well.]    


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: “We must believe in free will; we have no choice!” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer