Archive for June, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 1

June 30, 2009

The Hierophant

Taliesin

Just six days ago, I found myself saying, “Wow!  Hard for me to believe that, in nearly ten months, this card hasn’t turned up for the blog.”  And here he is again.

And it’s still a card that’s so dense with information and direction, I hardly know where to start.

First, I have heard some people refer to this card as the older, more grounded partner to The Priestess .  Fine, fine, fine with me.  But let’s go beyond that.

Some readers find that this card betokens a marriage alliance or servitude, but also mercy and goodness.  Others understand it as indicating the making of a long term commitment or that a new, helpful guiding influence comes into your life.  So keep an eye out for that, especially if things have been bumpy or chaotic.

Anna- Marie Ferguson, the creator of the Legend deck, sees The Hierophant in many lovely ways.  Some of my favorites are a person with experience he or she is willing to share; a generous spiritual mentor; initiation; drawing security and comfort from one’s roots; but also, feeling constricted by conformity to orthodoxy.

You won’t find me negating any of those possibilities.  But, still, I go in my own direction with a card as important as this.

When this card turns up for a client, I start off by reminding them that, in some Arthurian legends, Taliesin became Arthur’s magical helper after Merlin left the scene.  (In some tales, Taliesin and Merlin together stand at water’s edge as the vessel bearing Arthur departs for Avalon.)  So it’s a card of magical assistance or guidance.

Taliesin was one of the great, archetypal Bards of the Island of the Mighty.  As such [at least as I understand it] he was a shapeshifter and wizard; a wisdom keeper; a singer; and a poet; and a musician; and he brought all those abilities together as a healer; and a teacher; and a community mediator.  Not to mention being the power behind the throne, for − in some of what I have read – you couldn’t lead a Celtic clan or tribe unless the Bards declared you were THE ONE.

So I see The Hierophant as being a kind of super, magical Renaissance man or woman, who brings together and uses (brilliantly) not only ordinary reality skills, training and power, but magical, spiritual, sacred connections and capacities as well.

One thing more.  In the first Tarot decks created LONG ago, there was no Hierophant card.  There was instead… The Pope.  Why?  Because, at the time, the Pope was The Absolute Pinnacle of Power and wealth, not only materially but  (as he was perceived at the time) also spiritually.

So when the Hierophant shows up, I often say, “Ya wanna really grow materially?  Devote a lot more quality time and effort to growing spiritually.  For you, the two must go hand in hand.

Be open to the possibility of a very beneficial new alliance.

Seek for (or perhaps seek to be) a generous spiritual mentor. 

Get to know in a much deeper way your nature as a magical Renaissance man or woman, and bring together all of your expertise and faculties. 

Own all of that, and move toward your highest and best both spiritually and materially.  

Start today!

Thought for the Day:  Rule One: “Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men!” ~ Terry Pratchett, from Thief of Time

Today’s Weather: Paparazzi intendendo; moderate carnelian fleeze.   

On Today’s date:  1097 – Battle of Dorylaeum: Crusaders under Bohemond of Taranto defeat a Seljuk army under Qilich Arslan I. [Try saying that 3 time fast.]

 Also: 1867 – The British North America Act, 1867 takes effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation [Happy Canada Day, Cath!]

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Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 30

June 29, 2009

The Chariot

Battle of Mount Badon

Haven’t seen this card since the middle of January.  And it’s a great  card for deep summer, when the magic is flyin’ about an’ all.  Although, I must admit, I was hoping for something a little more sit in a big, floppy chair on a cool shady porch, scratch the dog behind the ears and throw rocks at the peasants.  Oh well.  [No worries. My aim is lousy.]

Traditional readings for this card include things like succor, providence and triumph.  Or something along the lines of make a choice, stand by it and carry it through. Anna-Marie Ferguson’s Legend Tarot deck has The Chariot indicating victory, leadership and controlling a situation of conflicting sentiments, among other things.

I tend to interpret this card based on the counsel that seems most positive for and helpful to my clients when it shows up.

When The Chariot appears, I say, “Okay.  Regarding what you’re asking about, what you want, or whatever the case may be:

“Go after it.  Go after it aggressively.  Not even assertively.  Aggressively!  Full tilt, run ’em over if they won’t surrender or get out of your way aggressively.  But…

“Make very, very sure that in going after what you want, you do not let yourself become pulled off balance or pushed out of balance – or otherwise become out of balance – physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, or any-other-ly.” 

And keep a cool head.

Here’s the analogy:  When you’re driving a war chariot into battle, once you’re committed to the fight you’ve gotta push, drive, plunge.  But, if you lose your balance, you’ll get bounced out of the chariot and right onto the point of a spear.

And when you go into battle, you must fight hard but remain cool and focused.  If you give over to emotion, you may lose sufficient awareness of what’s really going on around you, and become raven kibble.  

So, today: Go after what you really want – aggressively.  But don’t let yourself get pulled out of balance, or lose your cool at a critical moment.

Does that mean I should aggressively go snooze on the porch?  I’ll have to pull a card on that.

Bright Blessings, balance, focus and Charge!

Thought for the Day: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  ~ Yeats

Today’s Weather: Corn mushroom kibble; transient mustiques.

On This Date: 1864 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln grants Yosemite Valley to California for “public use, resort and recreation.”

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 29

June 28, 2009

Knight of Cups

Galahad

This fellow showed up for us less than a week ago.  I guess I wasn’t paying attention.  Lessee if I can listen better this time. How ’bout you?

I think of this as the card of the sacred quest

Therefore, if you have been feeling that your life really isn’t going in the direction you and God [or The Universe, the Universal Life Force, the Big Enchilada, Madonna, The Voice of John Cleese, George Clooney − whoever] agreed to before you accepted birth this time around:

HEY!  YOU! 

Don’t you think it’s time to reconnect and GET GOING?

Some readers might interpret the Knight of Cups as the coming of a messenger, advancement in the world, or a graceful but not warlike person of great masculine energy [think Baryshnikov, I guess].  Others could say it indicates someone (maybe you?) ingenious, full of original ideas.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, feels this card betokens a tempting proposal which deserves serious consideration.  Also, an approaching opportunity for advancement.  Or an unexpected gift.  So if something like that crosses your path today, assume you deserve it, accept it fully and gratefully, and run with it! 

I still like my intuitive interpretation best.

Think upon the commitments for this lifetime

 That you made before you came into being. 

 

Determine the next few steps

to keep you moving along that path –

or the first steps that will be necessary

to move you back onto that path. 

And get going.

Bright blessings and remembrance of your sacred self!  

Quote for the Day: “When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously.  Drift, wait and obey.  ~ Rudyard Kipling  [Kipling believed that he had a Daemon or Muse – who worked with him, providing artistic guidance and direction. He felt that when he obeyed he was rewarded.]

Today’s Weather:  Angelsea; indeterminate bandicoot fluffage

On This Date: 1149Raymond of Antioch is defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din.  [Lest we forget.]

Also: 1974Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina. Her husband President Juan Peron had delegated responsibility due to weak health.   [Don’t cry for me, Patti Lupone.]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 28

June 28, 2009

Two of Swords

The Knight of Two Swords

A card that turned up just 8 days ago.  And, as I said then, it’s a card that is given vastly different meanings depending on the reader and the circumstances of the reading.

Some readers would say this card indicates something like courage or balance in the face of adversity.  Others might suggest that a solution to a problem is available to the questioner, but he or she is blinded or distracted and can’t see it.  Or, a reader may insist that the querent (a person who questions an oracle) be careful about being stubborn.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds in the Two of Swords such things as having to make a choice without benefit of foresight, a moment of indecision, and a clouded perception of options.

That last phrase is the one that comes closest to my experience of what the card offers.

When the Two of Swords turns up for a client, I’m most likely to say something like, “Someone, possibly Khalil Gibran, wrote that the strength of the enemy is in our hearts, not in the enemy’s hands.” 

So if there is something you would achieve, and there seems to be great opposition arrayed against you, don’t let yourself be discouraged or dismayed.  Take a moment to become very clear about your goal –at least as clear as you can beTake a deep breath or two.  Square your shoulders and wade into battle.  That which seemed to be arrayed against you may simply turn to mist or smoke and allow you to pass through it like beams of pure light through a hologram.

Know your goal.  Keep your courage up.  Ground.  Center.  Move forward with strength and a go after what you believe to be for the highest and best! 

Bright blessings, clarity and progress! 

Today’s Quote: Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.  ~  William Butler Yeats

Today’s Weather:  Sprezzaturatudinous; mildly somewhat.

On This Date: 1778 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Monmouth fought between the American Continental Army under George Washington and the British Army led by Sir Henry Clinton. Washington appoints Molly Pitcher a sergeant.

            And: 1969 – Stonewall riots begin in New York City.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 26

June 26, 2009

Seven of Swords

The Sword in the Stone

This card last showed up exactly ten days ago.  Maybe, because it’s a Saturday this time, we’ll all take a few minutes to really get into the card and see what it has to offer us specifically today.

As I now ask whenever this card turns for us, we all remember the story of the Sword in the stone, right? 

Well, sort of.  Maybe.  A bit.

What’s important for our understanding of the Seven of Swords is to know that the Arthurian legends contain two sword-in-the-stone stories.

This one takes place long after Arthur has become king, and involves the introduction of Galahad to the court of Camelot.  It’s a story that has been known and told with many variations.

Here’s the essence of the story as it has come to me in my own Shamanic journeying.

The Camelottish folk were all gathered for the Christian feast of Pentecost (or Whitsun) ~ the 49th/50th day after Easter) when they saw a huge red marble boulder come floating serenely down the river and up to Camelot dock, as it were.  Gleaming and protruding from said red marble boulder was an ornate sword so beautiful it had an aura of its own.

In some versions of the tale the rock is engraved with the words,

“This sword shall only be pulled out by the best of all knights.” 

Of course, pretty much every knight lined up to have a heave at it, jostling, grunting, bragging, swearing, betting, whooping, loudly discussing, uh, potency inducers, quietly discussing prostate remedies ~ about what you’d expect of boys in groups.

After they’d all had a go and failed, a new, unknown young fellow quietly walked up to the stone.  Without a word, a hesitation or a glance in any direction, he took hold of the sword and pulled it from the stone like light piercing shallow water, walked back up to the castle and took a seat at the Round Table.  

Thus was Galahad’s presence and stature made known to all, and thus did he rightfully sit in the Siege Perilous, a seat at the Round Table so strictly reserved that it was fatal to anyone else who sat in it.

Which brings us to the interpretation of the Seven of Swords.  [Finally, huh?] 

Traditional readings of this card are pretty down, with words like “dishonor,” “futility,” and “lone wolf” tossed about.  Some readers talk about a person who is intelligent but unorthodox, or suggest that it recommends vigilance against unexpected danger.

Me, I see wonderful and positive things in this card, this card, especially as it is portrayed in the Legend deck.  Anna- Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, by the way, sees it as betokening inspiration, enthusiasm, and the instilling of hope, faith and strength.

[Anybody out there NOT up for that?  If so… GET HELP, and possibly an exorcism!] 

When I work with a client and we turn this one up (and it’s amazing how often it shows up in the career section of a reading), I say,

Own your power. 

Own.

Your. 

Power. 

Own it WITHOUT EGO but also WITHOUT APOLOGY to anyone.  Be yourself.  Be who you really are.  And get going at it.”

The Seven of Swords indicates that it’s truly time for you to own your skills, abilities, gifts, potentials, intentions ~ your POWER ~ and let yourself begin to move in a new direction with new purpose.

As we move deep into the summer season with all its magic, it is good to remember that we honor our creator and our planet by becoming more and more  who we truly are for the highest and best of all.

Own your power.  No ego.  No apology.

Bright Blessings!

Quote for the Day:   He not busy being born is busy dying. ~ Bob Dylan

          Today’s Weather :  Wackadoos, folk singers and marmosets.

On This Date:  1880 – Helen Keller, American deaf and blind activist is born.  [Talk about OWNING YOUR POWER!]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 26

June 25, 2009

The Judgement

Avalon

This card showed up on the 20th of last month.  And on the 19th of the month before that.  As it’s becoming a regular, I’ll reaffirm: it’s always a good card to work with and one we would do well to allow to guide us.

So.  Then.   If there’s any inkling in your mind that you might be being just a tad judgemental,

 [like when I have thought, jeeeeeze-a-lee, those clowns actually thought they really were the Masters of the Universe, with their Bentleys and homes in Cap d’Antibes and the belief that they were SO smart, but they managed to literally bring our economy down around their greedy, conniving, wretchful little overtanned, Thanksgiving-turkey-skin-colored, botoxed little selves, those mother… uh, um…  um de dum…] 

it’s tremendously important that you STOP THAT RIGHT NOW ~ don’t be judgemental of anyone else [Aw, buggrit!]   And especially don’t be judgemental toward yourself.  [Thanks.  I feel so much better.]  It’s not useful or even valid to be that way.  Today, anyway.

That doesn’t mean you should let yourself – or anyone else − run hog wild, going off half-cocked and half baked in every goofy direction that occurs.  Like some people did.  Like most of Iceland did.  Like those clowns with their Bentleys and homes in Cap d’Antibes and…   Oops.

Nor should you beat yourself up if you really want to just get quiet and do what it takes to stay grounded – or want to just hide and say, “To hell with ALL these Bozos!” for today.  Oh. Wait.  That would be kinda judgemental.  So you can do it (hide away), just don’t say it (these Bozos).

It does mean

~ don’t repress your own tendency to wish for what you wish for

~ don’t berate yourself for wanting to be able to upgrade WELL beyond what ordinary reality might provide this week in some area of your life, but 

~ stay grounded for the moment regarding what you actually grab or grab for 

 And send kind energy and blessings of Light to those who do get sucked into any craziness that’s around today.  Also, be sure you are pursuing what really is for the highest and best of all.  Don’t just run your greedy butt all over everyone else and their hopes and their pensions, you greedy mother …  Oops.

Anyway.

Different decks portray ~ and different readers interpret ~ The Judgement in exceptionally different ways.

Me?  When this card appears, I’m likely to say:

“Look.  Really.  There are powerful, helpful people who would be happy to work with you, work on your behalf, who might actually be out there looking for you right now.  But they can’t find you where you usually are. 

“There are wonderful, transformational experiences waiting for you.  But they can’t happen where you are, in the rhythm of your life as you currently live it. 

You’ve got to go new places, meet new people, do new things!  And push yourself a bit to keep doing that for the foreseeable future.”

So, while staying grounded and aware of what your wishes are − or could be if you really owned what you wish for − entice yourself out of your rut

Shop at different stores, from grocers to clothiers to where you buy your lottery tickets or get your dry cleaning done. 

Go to different movies at different theaters. 

Eat at different restaurants.

Write at different coffee bars. 

Don’t let yourself stagnate where you are and have been. 

Perhaps the most important aspect of this card is that it indicates your destiny is trying to reach out to you and for you.  Will you be there?   If you are, I hope YOU won’t be a greedy, preening, self-aggrandizing little mother…  [Aw friggit!  Do as I say.  Not as I do.]

Know what you want.  Don’t be crazy, but be willing to try something unusual or out of character to get it.  Reach out for your destiny.

Bright blessings (without even the least little hint of  judgemental)!   

Quote for the Day : ” I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.”  ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Today’s Weather:  Grilled gravy, possibly with flaming stupids          

On This Date:  1284 – the legendary Pied Piper leads 130 youths out of Hamelin, Germany

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 25

June 24, 2009

The Hierophant

Taliesin

Wow!  Hard for me to believe that, in nearly ten months, this card hasn’t turned up for the blog.

And it’s a card that’s so dense with information and direction, I hardly know where to start.

First, I have heard some people refer to this card as the older, more grounded partner to The Priestess .  Fine, fine, fine with me.  But let’s go beyond that.

Some readers find that this card betokens a marriage alliance or servitude, but also mercy and goodness.  Others understand it as indicating the making of a long term commitment or that a new, helpful guiding influence comes into your life.  So keep an eye out for that, especially if things have been bumpy or chaotic.

[Could said influence be a Ukrainian Tarot reader with attitude and green ink? Maybe, ya think?]

Anna- Marie Ferguson, the creator of the Legend deck, sees The Hierophant in many lovely ways.  Some of my favorites are a person with experience he or she is willing to share; a generous spiritual mentor; initiation; drawing security and comfort from one’s roots; but also, feeling constricted by conformity to orthodoxy.

You won’t find me negating any of those possibilities.  But, still, I go in my own direction with a card as important as this.

When this card turns up for a client, I start off by reminding them that, in some Arthurian legends, Taliesin became Arthur’s magical helper after Merlin left the scene.  (In some tales, Taliesin and Merlin together stand at water’s edge as the watercraft bearing Arthur sails for Avalon.)  So it’s a card of magical assistance or guidance.

 Taliesin was one of the great, archetypal Bards of the Island of the Mighty.  As such [at least as I understand it] he was a shapeshifter and wizard; a wisdom keeper; a singer; and a poet; and a musician; and he brought all those abilities together as a healer; and a teacher; and a community mediator.  Not to mention being the power behind the throne, for − in some of what I have read – you couldn’t lead a Celtic clan or tribe unless the Bards declared you were THE ONE.

So I see The Hierophant as being a kind of super, magical Renaissance man or woman, who brings together and uses (brilliantly) not only ordinary reality skills, training and power, but magical, spiritual, sacred connections and capacities as well.

One thing more.  In the first Tarot decks created LONG ago, there was no Hierophant card.  There was instead… The Pope.  Why?  Because, at the time, the Pope was The Absolute Pinnacle of Power and wealth, not only materially but  (as he was perceived at the time) also spiritually.

So when the Hierophant shows up, I often say, “Ya wanna really grow materially?  Devote a lot more quality time and effort to growing spiritually.  For you, the two must go hand in hand.”

Be open to the possibility of a very beneficial new alliance.

Seek for (or perhaps seek to be) a generous spiritual mentor. 

Get to know in a much deeper way your nature as a magical Renaissance man or woman, and bring together all of your expertise and faculties. 

Own all of that, and move toward your highest and best both spiritually and materially.  

Start today!

Thought for the Day:

I have been in a multitude of shapes,
Before I assumed a consistent form.
I have been a sword, narrow, variegated,
I will believe when it is apparent.
I have been a tear in the air,
I have been the dullest of stars.
I have been a word among letters,
I have been a book in the origin.
I have been the light of lanterns,
A year and a half.
I have been a continuing bridge,
Over three score river mouths.

            I have been a course, I have been an eagle.
            I have been a coracle in the seas:
            I have been compliant in the banquet.
            I have been a drop in a shower;
            I have been a sword in the grasp of the hand
            I have been a shield in battle.
            I have been a string in a harp,
            Disguised for nine years,
            in water, in foam.
            I have been sponge in the fire,
            I have been wood in the covert

I have been a sow, I have been a buck,
I have been a sage, I have been a snout,
I have been a horn, I have been a wild sow,
I have been a shout in battle.
I have been a torrent on the slope,
I have been a wave on the extended shore.
I have been the light sprinkling of a deluge,
I have been a cat with a speckled head on three trees.
I have been a circumference, I have been a head.

I am a bard, and I am a harper,
I am a piper, and I am a crowder.
Of seven score musicians the very great enchanter.

May the countenance of Prydain be bright for my guidance.
Sovereign of heaven, let my messages not be rejected.

~ Taliesin, from Songs of Taliesin

 

          Today’s Weather: Burnished but soggyfied

On Today’s date: 1949 – “Long-Haired Hare” is released in Theaters starring Bugs Bunny.

 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 24

June 23, 2009

Page of Spears

The Hare

This little guy is back after less than two weeks, which is fine, because his energy is ALWAYS welcome around here.

Some readers would find this card to signal a dark young man (person?), an envoy or postman, and therefore, news.  So keep an eye out for all of those, if you like.

Others would see him as representing a strange message or a desire to learn new things or expand current knowledge.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the Page of Spears to betoken stimulating communications, arrival of good things, and a trustworthy, enthusiastic assistant, among other possibilities.

 As a totem animal, Hare betokens joyfulness, enthusiasm, wonderful loopy abandon (Mad as a March Hare) and creativity, creation or procreation.  So this card asks that you release your inner wildandcrazyjoyfulartist, especially today.  

Let yourself connect or reconnect with those elements of yourself and your life that encourage freedom, playfulness, creativity and JOY!

And as far as the procreation part is concerned, if you’ve been thinking about making a baby − or opening a new business or giving birth to a major new project or direction in life − Do It!  Do It!  Begin today!

Love and honor your inner mad artist.  Embrace and empower him or her today.  And begin that wonderful new… WHATEVER!

Bright, joyful, creative blessings!

Quote for the Day:  “Humans think they are smarter than dolphins because we build cars and buildings and start wars etc…and all that dolphins do is swim in the water, eat fish and play around. Dolphins believe that they are smarter for exactly the same reasons.”  ~ Douglas Adams

          Today’s Weather:  Morticia’s chair; elderberry confits    

          On This Date:  1901 – First exhibition of Pablo Picasso‘s work opens.

Please take a moment to click on the link below to read an extraordinary, beautiful and helpful article by Bellereuth Naparstek.  It’s called, “Precious Pillow Talk While Dying.”

 http://belleruthnaparstek.com/update-from-belleruth/precious-pillow-talk-while-dying.html

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 23

June 22, 2009

Knight of Cups

Galahad

Last time he was around we were up to our bouzoukis in snow and ice, so it’s been a while.

I think of this as the card of the sacred quest

Therefore, if you have been feeling that your life really isn’t going in the direction you and God (The Universe, the Universal Life Force, the Big Enchilada, Madonna, The Voice of John Cleese, George Clooney, or whoever) agreed to before you accepted birth this time around:

HEY!  YOU! 

It’s time to reconnect and get going!

Some readers might interpret the Knight of Cups as the coming of a messenger, advancement in the world, or a graceful but not warlike person of great masculine energy [think Baryshnikov, I guess].

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, feels this card betokens a tempting proposal which deserves serious consideration.  Also, an approaching opportunity for advancement.  Or an unexpected gift.  So if something like that crosses your path today, assume you deserve it, accept it and run with it! 

I still like my intuitive interpretation best.

Think upon the commitments for this lifetime

That you made before you came into being. 

Determine the next few steps

to keep you moving along that path –

or the first steps that will be necessary

to move you back onto that path. 

And get going.

Bright blessings and remembrance of your sacred self!  

Quote for the Day: It may be laid down as a general rule that if a man begins to sing, no one will take any notice of his song except his fellow human beings. This is true even if his song is surpassingly beautiful. Other men may be in raptures at his skill, but the rest of creation is, by and large, unmoved. Perhaps a cat or a dog may look at him; his horse, if it is an exceptionally intelligent beast, may pause in cropping the grass, but that is the extent of it. But when the fairy sang, the whole world listened to him. Stephen felt clouds pause in their passing; he felt sleeping hills shift and murmur; he felt cold mists dance. He understood for the first time that the world is not dumb at all, but merely waiting for someone to speak to it in a language it understands. In the fairy’s song the earth recognized the names by which it called itself.  ~ Susanna Clarke, from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Today’s Weather:  Runcible; inferred parchment

On This Date: 1917 – In a game against the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox pitcher Ernie Shore retires 26 batters in a row after replacing Babe Ruth, who had been ejected for punching the umpire. [So much for being a role model.]

Also: 1972 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.  [So much for being a role model.]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 22

June 21, 2009

The Priestess

Nimue

Hmm… The Priestess appeared for us exactly one week ago.  Do we need to pay a bit more attention, maybe?

In general, The Priestess is seen as a keeper of secrets, of ancient or arcane wisdom.

She is also known as a wielder of strong intuitive powers.  So, this would be a good time to let your intuition guide you − try not to get in its way!

[Or, I suppose, this would be a good day to get a reading.  Or schedule one, anyway.] 

 Or, if it wasn’t a Monday, this would be a superb day to go to the Art Museum and just hang out among the unsurpassably beautiful power objects from other times, places and dimensions.  Basking in their amazing vibrations can be spiritually empowering, and just sitting with them can alter your state of consciousness as profoundly as purposeful meditation.  Try it.  You’ll see!

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees The Priestess as indicating inspiration and a powerful connection with the collective unconscious or world soul.  Also, astute psychic ability.  A good time for it, as the realms of summer with all their magic open for us!  There can also be elements of a need for solitude today, so honor that if you feel it and if you can.

Finally, the Priestess is recognized as one who can walk fully and successfully in two worlds – that of ordinary reality and its people, and that the of the higher realms and the Fay.  [Time to read old books about Findhorn again, maybe?  Or get to know Perelandra (http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/Gut_Gardening_W4594.cfm)?]

When this card turns up for a client, I usually offer something like,

The Priestess is an important role model.  She owns her magic and uses it for her benefit and for the good of those she loves

So, one of the critical questions that I often finding myself working through with clients is, “What IS your magic?”  You can’t own it if you haven’t even identified it and been willing to stake a claim to it. 

And don’t try to weenie out of the discussion by assuming I’m ONLY talking about Dumbledore-caliber ceremonial high magic.

So what IS your magic

Is it a gift for healing from your hands or in your soothing voice? 

Is it a long-developed ability to coax amazing music from even the most beat-up old piano (or guitar, or flute, or djembe)? 

Is it a capacity to write clearly and with passion about things that would put the Supreme Court into a hundred year slumber? 

Is it the knack to lighten the mood of a tense meeting with a smile and an off-the-wall analogy? 

Is it a love for numbers that helps a not-for-profit manage its razor thin budget? 

Is it a talent for teaching and inspiring? 

Is it an ability to grow moss in the desert or sell refrigerators to an Inuit?

What is your magic?  It’s what you love to do, and what lifts people around you when you do it, or what allows them some hope and healing because you do it − even if you’re stuffed away in a cubbyhole somewhere.   

Know your magic. 

(Know you’re magic!) 

Own your magic. 

(Own you’re magic!) 

Do what’s necessary for you to be and feel inspired.  Then use your magic consciously to benefit yourself and others.

Today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bright blessings, light and magic!          

Quote for the Day:  Always be a little kinder than necessary.  ~ J. M. Barrie

Today’s Weather:  Mellifluous, with spinach

On This Date: 1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forces Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe[Bimbos.]

 Also: 1969 – The Cuyahoga River catches fire. [Bimbos.]