Archive for July 20th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 21

July 20, 2009

The Hanged Man

Castle Perilous

Oh.  Charming.  [Tarot reader carefully sidles to far end of table, humming an exceedingly innocuous tune.]

[As Sir Terry Pratchett put it in his book, The Light Fantastic, “He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk.”]

This is one of those cards whose visual depiction can set a client whimpering and collapsing into themselves in a repetitive rocking motion the moment it’s seen.  I suppose I can understand that.  The name alone is enough to cause mewling in some of the heartiest guys I’ve read for god bless both of them.

Some decks picture a fellow hanging by a rope upside down by one leg from a tree, possibly with his head about to take a major dunk in a fast flowing river. 

Even my deck, Legend by Anna-Marie Ferguson pictures a bunch-o-knights left hanging in a grove, one leg and both arms tied behind their backs to show that they were rendered powerless and had failed in a quest. 

So I get why some readers interpret the card as indicating restriction, sacrifice or − at best − feeling drained.  Sort of a Woody Allen card.

As the regular blog crew expects by now, I see the card differently.  When it turns up for a client, whatever area of his or her life we’re examining, I usually say something like,

“Okay.  Right away now.  Keep breathing.  Nice deep breaths.  Good!  Not too much.  Don’t hyperventilate.  Have a dram o’ this. Good.

“Now.  There are several levels of meaning to this card.

“First, what the card is saying to you is. ‘If you’ve been feeling stuck in place or like you’re so deep in a rut you can’t see over the edge, guess what?  Good news! You really have been.  You aren’t just a whining, puling little twit.  And knowing that should actually make you feel better, Sparky!

“‘Second, it’s time for you to move up and out of that stuck space.  And very soon, if not right now!’”

This is the how.  So pay attention.

The Hanged Man asks that you be extra vigilant in keeping your intuitive antenna up for strong, wise, functional, interested and caring energy that can and will help pull you out of your rut. 

The help may come in small chunks, like a better-paying job that can move you forward − as opposed to winning the Mega Millions lottery. [Sorry; remember, I’m just the messenger here.]  But the help will be there, maybe even is already here, and be there in the ways that can really benefit you.

Your mission then is to stay tuned in, be aware, notice the positive energy or helpful opportunity, reach out for it and grab onto it when it shows up, and use it to move you along to where you really want to be.

There is an additional directive from the Hanged Man. 

The card basically says that, in those moments when the new, positive, helpful energy and opportunities aren’t readily apparent – and those moments happen to all of us − your mission is to refuse to get sucked into the old hopelessness/helplessness whirlpool

Rather, use the time for prayer, meditation, shamanic journeying, etc. 

Go deep within, embrace your own spirituality, guidance, wisdom, and healing. 

Use the “fallow time” in practices that will help you become more fully connected to your truer, deeper, self, and to the channels of spiritual power and assistance around you.

 So:

Stay aware. 

Stay much more aware than normal, in fact. 

Know that positive energy and opportunities are there and will benefit you.  Reach out and take hold of them, one by one, to get you where you intend.  

If nothin’s shakin’, use the time for prayer, meditation, magical studies and spiritual practice to increase those elements that are of and for your highest and best.

Bright blessings and beautiful positive flow upward and away!    

Quote for the day:   

Still round the corner there may wait/ A new road or a secret gate.  ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Today’s Weather:  Rotunded quippingdons; halbtrockenn abboccato.

On this date: 356 BCE – Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. [Stupid dork.]

Also:  356 BCE – Alexander the Great is born. [Legend had it that Artemis was so busy attending to his birth that she was unable to save her temple.]

And: 1925 – Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100. [It just gets sillier from there.]

Plus: 1969Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission. [There goes the neighborhood.]