Archive for July 17th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 18

July 17, 2009

Five of Swords

Gawain’s Penance

Well, well.  This is a card that has, once again, turned up for a couple of different clients over the last week or so.  And it’s one that we haven’t seen since back in May, so it’s probably time to take another look at it and remember the direction it offers. 

In the spirit of something resembling candor, I will once again say that my interpretation of this card in readings veers away from that of most readers I know.

Typical readers will say things like degradation, destruction, dishonor, loss.  Charming, all in all.  Some might say something like, “Move on.  Learn from your experiences, but be positive.”  Cold comfort, that.

Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees loss, regret, having to accept one’s limitations, or, at best, a valuable lesson, one not to be repeated.

Well bugger all that!  Phooey!!!!

Based on my intuitive guidance and my experience over the last fifteen years or so, when this card shows up for a client, I stand, climb up onto my soapbox, throw things at them and bellow:

STOP!   STOP!!  STOP!!!!

Stop turning your life

into one long gawd-awful penance! 

And stop living as though you have some penance you think you’re supposed to do, especially if doing so seems “justified” according to the sad, warped old belief structures of some bozos who laid their nastiness on ya years ago  ~ even if they are/were people very close to you.  Even if you know they were doing the best they could. 

Reach out for joy, for beauty, for healing, for the highest and best of your potential. 

Constantly rubbing your own nose in the messes of the past will never bring about positive change.  Or a happy nose.

It will only keep you from moving upward, and may even keep you stuck exactly where you are, causing you to repeat errors and disappointments of the past.   

Don’t do that.  It’s crazy!


Know, know, KNOW that you deserve joy and beauty,

that you are entitled to reach for it at every moment

and with every ounce of strength you have –

but that YOU are the only one who can reach for it. 

Seek all that is uplifting, and wonderful, and full of Light!  NOW!

Bright blessings and joy!

Quote for the day:   I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.  ~ Brendan Behan  [Now THIS is an illustration of MY reading of the Five of Swords!]

Today’s Weather:  Vesperifluous, with attendant magnificence.

On This Date:  1870 – The First Vatican Council decrees the dogma of papal infallibility.  [Just funnin’.]

And:  1976Nadia Comăneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at the 1976 Summer Olympics.