Archive for June 2nd, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 3

June 2, 2009

Six of Swords

The Eachtra

This one jumped in for us about three weeks ago. 

As I’ve said other times this card has turned up, the Six of Swords as I work with it has several layers of meaning, and requires a bit of storytelling and explanation.  So, once again, bear with me. 

Go get another cuppa, a beer, a Laphroig.  And grab a bowl of porridge or fudge ripple or beer nuts.   Whatever. 

According to Anna Marie Ferguson − creator of Legend,the Arthurian Tarot  − The Eachtra is the Irish phrase for an Otherworld journey and adventure

Among the Arthurian legends, one adventure involved a great quest in which Arthur and his knights ventured to the realm of Annwn − the Celtic Underworld − to meet Arawn, the Lord of the   Underworld, and (depending on which version you harken to) form a brotherly alliance, king to king, {or do grievous battle, army to army} so as to win and bring back {or steal and bring back} magic and magical tools for the grace and hope of Camelot.   

Funny how variable those legends are.  I blame it on the monk mead meself.  And those wonderful little mushrooms they ate with the salads.  Ah, the goode olde dayes!

 So, let’s see.  An otherworld journey and adventure… 

That’s a pretty perfect thing to have recommended to us right now − a time between the seasons (not really spring, not yet summer). 

In many shamanic traditions, it’s the places in between where the magic is, and where the paths between the worlds (realms, non-ordinary realities, alternate universes) lay!  So, as we inch toward summer, some of us may be sensitive to a thinning of the veils between ordinary reality and the realms of spirit. 

How will you let yourself explore the doorways to goodness, wisdom and healing that are available just now?  [Dream on it at least, I hope!]

Anyway, back to the card, more or less. 

In the teachings of modern core shamanism, journeying is the term given to the deep, powerful meditation used by shamanic practitioners to travel to alternate realities. Often, the first teaching journeys are to the lower world, into beautiful, fruitful, healing darkness entered through an opening into the Earth.   

So, in my work with clients, and based on my shamanic work, I’ve come to refer to the Six of Swords as The Journeywork Card

This card directs us to go deep – deep within the self, into the core of our hopes and dreams, to the very essence of our being. It tells us to believe in, seek and find the beautiful, powerful, enlightening, inspiring treasure within us. And it asks us to then embrace it fully and bring it up and out into the world to share with and benefit all.

Isn’t that why you agreed to come into this lifetime, after all?

Explore the realms of the sacred and the healing.  Go deep within and find the treasure there, then bring it out to lovingly share with the world.  Be part of the beautiful and powerful magics of the season.

Bright blessings and miraculous journeys!

 [For more information on journeying, please see my article at 

http://shamanspath.org/index_ShamanicJourneyIntro.htm  ]   

Quote for the day:  Deep is the well of truth and long does it take to know what has fallen into its depths. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Another Quote for the Day:  People have believed for hundreds of years that newts in a well mean that the water’s fresh and drinkable, and in all that time never asked themselves whether the newts got out to go to the lavatory. ~ Terry Pratchett, from Reaper Man  

Today’s Weather:  A Rhone-like blend of cinsault, grenache, & syrah.  With banana chips.