Archive for June 17th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 18

June 17, 2009

Queen of Swords


Hmm….  We last saw this important lady just toward the end of April, and around the end of March before that.  It’s always good to bear in mind the insights she offers. 

[And I say that even though I’m an Aquarius, and the idea of doing anything logical and especially planful makes me look like I’m about to cough up a gerbil.]

This card certainly betokens being strategic in our lives and in our world – as I’ll talk about in a bit.  That could, if you let it, lead to the question, “What is the difference between strategy and tactics?” 

[God knows, I confuse the two about every chance I get.  Which helps explain why I drive a Toyota instead of a BMW, I guess.]

Strategy is the big picture look at a problem, situation or goal. 

It focuses on the sea-change-sized thing that needs to be achieved.  Defeating an enemy, preserving the ecology, earning a living as a Tarot reader − those are strategies.  Concepts like objective, maneuver and security are among the principles of strategy.  Sun Tzu’s The Art of War teaches strategy.

Tactics vary with circumstances, time and technology. 

As I wrote last time this card appeared, if I were to guide you in marketing yourself as a Tarot reader for the eighteenth century, I’d suggest you get a beautiful snug little cart, paint it in wild and wonderful colors, and travel the roads from town to town to town in order to find new clients and stay ahead of the sheriff. 

If I were advising you to be a tarot reader this year, I’d talk about blogs, web sites, podcasting opportunities and maybe even securing sponsorships to help find new clients.  And stay ahead of the sheriff. 

As you can probably tell from this blog, I still think that cart thing sounds pretty good. 

So, tactics present a small picture perspective where individual trees are in focus, and dealing with them one by one is the action. Strategy focuses on the big picture of the entire forest, and whether to preserve it, slaughter it, or something in between.

Got it? 


Me, I’m just as lost as ever.

Where was I?

Oh.  Yeah.  Believe it or not, this all has to do with what the Queen of Swords would tell us about our day, and possibly our future.

As I always say to my clients,

I love the Queen of Swords.  If anyone ever crosses her, she doesn’t get mad.  She just has them beheaded.  ‘Nothing personal,’ she’ll say.  

(That is a tactic to eliminate an obstacle.  The strategy behind the tactic is to ensure that her reputation will precede her and scare the hell out of those who might think to oppose her.)

The Queen is a master of BOTH strategy and tactics, and so that is what you are being asked to explore within yourself and your situation today.  She is intelligent, and may in fact be a scholar or have a strong scholarly bent, especially when circumstances dictate she mustShe will do what is necessary to learn what may be essential for her to succeed.  

So, if you need to learn something new beginning today, don’t resist.  Get started!  It will be worth your while.

Most importantly [at least as I have experienced this card in working with clients], if the Queen wants to get from point A to point B, she will take the time to clearly and accurately understand WHY she should do that (strategy), and determine every baby step necessary to move her from where she is to her goal (tactics).  Just as important, she will exert the will to hold herself to every single step.  She’ll take unexpected breaks if they come her way, but she’ll muster the grit to grind it out when necessary.

So be clear about


~ what you want,

~ why you want it,

~ the impact it will have on you and your world,

~ and what it will take to attain your goal. 

~ Learn what may be necessary to help you succeed.

~ Then put yourself on the path to your goal. 

~ And if anyone gets in your way, don’t take it personal. 

   Just have ’im beheaded

   [Ummm… I mean, just cut him out of the situation and move on.]

Bright blessings!

Quote for the Day:  “This must be Thursday,” said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer, “I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” ~ Douglas Adams, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Today’s Weather:  Poe, with aerodynamic twizzlers

On This Date:  1429French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeat the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay. This turns the tide of the Hundred Years’ War.

Also:  1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.

Let’s see here…  Queen of Swords.  Joan of Arc.  Susan B. Anthony.  You think maybe June 18 has some major feminine energy going for it?  Use it, y’all!