Archive for July 4th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 5

July 4, 2009

Six of Swords

The Eachtra

 Saw this one about a month ago, and about three weeks before that. 

 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, an OJ, a brewski, a Laphroig.  And grab a bowl of porridge or fruit 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 full of summer magic, during which 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:  Do we delude ourselves in thinking we possess and command our own souls?  … Even in our midst, the poet now and then catches sight of the figures that people the night world – the spirits, demons and gods.  He knows that a purposiveness outreaching human ends is the life-giving secret for man. ~ Carl Gustav Jung

Today’s Weather:  Chewy with a blackberry overtones and a hint of penicillin, oatstraw and really small, tart sardines.  (Three tongues up!)

On This Date: 1937Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

Also:  1776 −  Thomas Jefferson awakens with a scalding hangover from  the big celebration.  Says, “We did what?”