Archive for July, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 22

July 21, 2009

Seven of Spears

Arch of Twelve Kings

Hmmm…  Another card we haven’t seen since April. 

I guess even I have finally been whacked firmly upside the head enough to say, “Golly Neds!  I bet we need to take look at how we might be cycling back to deal with things similar to those that came up around last April.  Eh?”  So, in reviewing what this card is about, please factor that in as well.

The Arch referred to here is a monument created by Merlin’s magic in celebration of the defeat of twelve lesser kings who rebelled against Arthur early in his reign. 

[As I’ve asked before: do the twelve kings sound at all like the chaotic, nagging, self-defeating things we get stuck thinking about ourselves, our talents and abilities?  Or like our in-laws?   Isn’t it wearying to find ourselves so often in rebellion against our higher and better selves?  What a waste of energy!]

So listen up, y’all!  I consider this to be the card of utter, total complete victory.  It may be victory after a long, tedious and/or hard-fought series of challenges.  But it’s victory nonetheless.

Some readers indicate the Seven of Spears to be a card of bravery and success.  Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, says it speaks of promoting unity for the common good and gaining the confidence of others, among other things.  If any of those indicators fit what you’re trying to be about lately, assume you’ve been given a green light and MOVE!

As we look at what this card is prompting, let me ask you to ask yourself:

if you were absolutely certain that you would

ultimately achieve the victory you wanted

− maybe after considerable time, maybe after considerable strategy and straining, heaving endeavor, maybe after having to release some things in order to ultimately gain what you want –


 ~ How long are you willing to work toward it? 

~ How long are you willing to go after it again and again and again? 

~ How will you strategize for it? 

~ With whom, and what will they bring to the table

~ What endeavors will you put forth to achieve it? 

~ What help will you seek, from Spirit and from those around you?

~ What would you give up, release, put aside to have it? 


What would YOUR victory be? 


Assume today is the magical day that

if you answer those questions honestly

if you answer those questions fully

and begin to put into play the elements

of your responses

you will move toward sure victory.


Bright blessings and victory!

P.S.  Just as a corollary:  what do you want to be remembered for one hundred years from now?

Quote for the day: Crowley [the demon] had been extremely impressed with the warranties offered by the computer industry, and had in fact sent a bundle Below to the department that drew up the Immortal Soul agreements, with a yellow memo form attached just saying: “Learn, guys.” ~ Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, from Good Omens

Today’s Weather:  Waffled tzus; punctuation optional.

On This Date: 1499Battle of Dornach – the Swiss decisively defeat the Imperial army of Emperor Maximilian I.  [The SWISS?]


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.


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.]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 20

July 19, 2009

The Chariot

Battle of Mount Badon

Didn’t see this card from the middle of January till the end of June, and now it’s back again.  And I still say it’s a great card for deep summer, when the magic is flyin’ about and there’s a new Harry out an’ all.  And it’s a superb card for a Monday, especially if  you are a confirmed caffeine junky like I am.

Traditional readings for this card include things like succor, providence and triumph.  Or something along the lines of make a choice, stand by it and carry it through. Or maybe even willpower, and recognizing that you have the ability to focus your will to accomplish amazing things.

Anna-Marie Ferguson’s Legend Tarot deck has The Chariot indicating victory, leadership and controlling a situation of conflicting sentiments, among other things.

I tend to interpret this card based on the counsel that seems most positive for and helpful to my clients when it shows up.

When The Chariot appears, I say, “Okay.  Regarding what you’re asking about, what you want, or whatever the case may be:

“Go after it.  Go after it aggressively.  Not even assertively.  Aggressively!  Full tilt, run ’em over if they won’t surrender or get out of your way aggressively.  But…

“Make very, very sure that in going after what you want, you do not let yourself become pulled off balance or pushed out of balance – or otherwise become out of balance – physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, or any-other-ly.” 

And keep a cool head.

Here’s the analogy:  When you’re driving a war chariot into battle, once you’re committed to the fight you’ve gotta push, drive, plunge.  But, if you lose your balance, you’ll get bounced out of the chariot and right onto the point of a spear.

And when you go into battle, you must fight hard but remain cool and focused.  If you give over to emotion, you may lose sufficient awareness of what’s really going on around you, and become raven kibble.  

So, today: Go after what you really want – aggressively.  But don’t let yourself get pulled out of balance, or lose your cool at a critical moment.

Bright Blessings, balance, focus and Charge!

 Thought for the Day: Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him.  But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor.  Then all goes well – he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

And:  Bring me my bow of burning gold!

              Bring me my arrows of desire!

              Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!

              Bring me my chariot of fire!  ~ William Blake


Today’s Weather: Burning gold.  Tweezles around the edge.

On This Date: 1968Special Olympics founded.

And: 1969 – Apollo Program: Apollo 11 successfully lands the first man on the Moon.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 19

July 18, 2009

The Fool


Well, we haven’t seen him for a while.  Since April, in fact.  And this card was key to a reading I did this past week.

I’m really grateful this card has come around again, for prolly more reasons than I can count.  But one reason for sure is that I’m seeing a number of wonderful people, friends as well as clients, breaking out of a longstanding gloominess over the last few days.  

This card certainly speaks to that, because it’s the antithesis to the state of  folks lassoing their own private storm clouds, knotting them in place just above their heads and walking around beating themselves with a stick while chanting that ever-so-helpful mantra, “Life sucks.  Life sucks.  Life sucks.” 

If these are in fact transformational times (and they are), then that is ZACKLY the wrong thing to do!

So, back to the card. 

Da Ful: this card does not mean that you are a fool or are inevitably going to be foolish today ~ at least not in the way our culture perceives foolishness. 

I call this The Joseph Campbell card.  It’s the card that says, “You.  You.  Yeah, you.  FOLLOW YOUR BLISS.  NOW!  With joy, and hope, and excitement and expectation NOW!

So it’s the card that offers you permission to go off on your personal quest, just like Percivale did. 

The important aspect (and for some of us, the hard work) is:

to actually know what our bliss is. 

And when we get down or times get a little, that’s often the first thing that goes RIGHT out the window.

So, as I have written before, this is the somewhat rambling response I’ve given to a few clients when they’ve asked, “What the hell does that mean?”

Start by knowing what your heart’s true desire is. If necessary, take some time to hone your understanding of what that means to you, for today, anyway. 

Then, no matter how impossible or illogical it may seem (i.e., I’m gonna write a children’s story about an orphan boy who goes to a school for wizards, and it’s going to be so beautifully done it’s going to earn me enough to support myself and my family for the rest of my life.  Like that could ever happen!) take your first single small step on the path that follows your bliss. 

And see what that leads to

Then take that next step

And see what that leads to.  And so on.

The difference between The Fool and some other Tarot cards that offer permission to follow your own unique path is that The Fool in particular says,

Stay connected to your heart, moment by moment.  Know that your heart may change, and so your direction may change, moment by moment.  But DO NOT allow yourself to think less of yourself, your efforts or your path because of that.  Go where your heart tells you and you will achieve more than most will ever even hope for.”

This is the card of the Sacred Fool, the Holy Fool.  The one who is open to divine inspiration and honors it by following his or her bliss, harm to none and love for all, always.

Let me give you an idea of how The Fool’s gift once applied to me. 

I was watching one of the shows in the second season of “Torchwood” (if you haven’t picked up on that BBC series, I think you’re missing something. But start with the first season on DVD.)  One of the characters made the point, in a way that hit me harder than I remember that humans on Earth are almost always at war. We tell ourselves that we are fighting “the war to end war for all time.”  Over and over and over.  

And I was really shaken.  Because, for just a moment, I had a glimpse of humans, with our nearly angelic powers and potentials, side by side with the reality of how we ignore them, or maybe even worse, use them in ways that are just plain selfish, demeaning and stupid, moment by moment.

And I got the very clear message that a big chunk of the problem is that we are following old habits, old programming. NOT following our bliss. Not honoring that which is angelic in us.  Not reaching for that which is our Highest and Best.  But we can.

And then I came into the office and drew The Fool card and found such blessing in the message that that there is the possibility of doing it all differently

 IF we know our hearts truly

 IF we honor that which truly resonates for the Highest and Best,

which is always one with OUR Highest and Best;  

 IF we follow our bliss.

Wishing you a day of magic and the sacred.

Brightest Blissings!

Quote for the Day:  Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors where there were only walls.  ~ Joseph Campbell

Today’s Weather:  Mistyfalls; lingering dibbles with occasional tributaries.

On This Date: 711Battle of Guadalete: Umayyad forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeat the Visigoths led by their king Roderic. [This delays the emergence of Goth culture in America by about 1370 years.]

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.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 17

July 16, 2009

Seven of Cups

The Questing Beast

What a great card for a Saturday!  Even if today is only Friday.  Work it out, people!

This is another card where my interpretation may diverge a tidly, tadly bit from that of other readers.  And I think that’s just fine.

Some see the Seven of Cups as recommending opening to visions through contemplation.  Mustn’t argue with that, ever, unless you’re ready to have the Mafia of Light come after ya.  Some find it betokens that the querent (questioner) has a choice to make, and must decide upon one of various options.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees this card as betokening – among other things − fantasy, whims or perhaps a bizarre turn of events.  Right up my alley.

I see the Seven of Cups as the card of utter, total complete joy and joyful abandon

 There may be some need to stay at least a bit grounded, so you don’t go completely off into the realm of fantasy in a “Wow, look at all the pretty colors/I’ll betcha I can too live on air and rainbow/Right on down the primrose path” kinda scenario.

But this is also the card of Fairy Favors, creativity and clear vision around attaining true desires.  (And, as I said to a client in a reading this afternoon, it really does imply that you’re going to do some meaningful work on defining and owning what your TRUE desires in this life actually are!)

And this is a great, great time to become reacquainted with the Green Fay Friends down garden way, and re-earn the Fairy Favors they can offer.

So go after the joy. Seek it, quest after it, demand it!  And for pity’s sake, at least be sure you can actually define what it is − or what it would be, if you had your druthers − for you.

Let yourself renew your belief in and commitment to your happiness, and be open to the myriad magical ways the universe may have to bring it to you.  Let yourself be open to surprises and miracles in that regard.  And open to a little Fairy Magic today!

Joy!  Joy!  Joy!

Bright blessings!  And don’t forget joy!

Quote for the day:    Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.  ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Today’s Weather:  Hinky gnarly bandersnatchisms; regulatory edema.

On This Date:  1717 – King George I of Great Britain sails down the Thames River with a barge of 50 musicians, where George Frideric Handel‘s Water Music is premiered.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 16

July 15, 2009

Four of Cups

The Fading Fellowship

We last saw this card in mid-February, when most of us were likely beginning to go screaming batshit from too much winter.  It’s also a very good card to work with now, in deep summer, when we may want to spend some time examining where we’ve been, where we want to go and how we want to get there.


If the information that generally comes to me when this card turns up holds true, it looks like today may be one of those burnout ~ vs. ~ idealism kinda days.  And please note: this IS another one of those BE CAREFUL cards.    

When this card turns up for a client, I usually say something like, “Look.  There are a couple of possibilities you need to watch out for here.” 

One is that you’re nearing a point of disillusionment in your life

(so maybe go to my blog and look at the Card for January 1, 2009!),

or real burnout, or both. 

So you really need to look hard at how you’re living so you will start taking much better care of yourself on that score. 

“The second possibility is that words like

imaginary vexations (watch out for THAT one!)






ego-driven blowhard

may apply with real impact somewhere in your life − although they may not necessarily be about you personally.” 

So what do you do in response to a card like this? 

In the Legend deck I use, the image on this card gives a suggestion.  It shows the Knights of the Round Table during the period when they had conquered their initial passels of bad guys and had nothing much to do but sit around drinking, thumping their chests and generally being swine. 


In the picture, there is one upright and stalwart fellow looking out a palace window.  What he is seeing is The Holy Grail, floating in over the castle walls. 

He sounds the call, the knights all run down to the great hall, The Grail casts its holy and magical spell over all present, and the lot of them clean up their act, pull themselves together and go on one of the great spiritual quests of all time. 

[And, I’ll tell ya: The world could really use a great spiritual quest right now.  We might even be able to have it, if we wouldn’t automatically start by spending most of our time and energy hacking each other to bits about who knows God by the right name {Harold} in the right color {blue} with the right kind of feet {one Air Jordan, one furry koala paw}.]

What this card implies is that, for your benefit and happiness, YOU CAN (and would do well to) be that one knight looking out onto a greater vista and being open to great miracles. 

Stay groundedHold to your idealsRefuse to demean yourself or anyone else by succumbing to a get-along by going-along philosophy.   Don’t even agree with me if you don’t feel like it.  [But have another cuppa and think it over, a bit, just for the heck of it, willya?]

If you perceive that this card talks about the quality of your personal life:


Spend at least a little time taking stock of what is really important.  REALLY important.  Figure out how you can pursue that!!! 

If this is a card about your workplace or a relationship − and you find it’s a situation worth working on − let yourself say:

“Hold on.  IS this the right direction?  I think we need to look at changing.  What are the ways we can do so and move together, toward the highest and best?”

Be honest with yourself about elements of disillusionment or burnout in life.  Be even more honest about any places where your ego may be overriding your truer, better nature. 

Look toward YOUR Holy Grail, whatever that means to you.  Then begin to do what you need to stay grounded and true to your higher ideals.  And move toward them today.

Bright Blessings, joy and a spiritual quest!

Quote for the Day: “…photons communicate with each other in ways which Einstein argued would constitute a telepathic component (parapsychologists would prefer psychokinetic).”   ~ Brian Ingliss from The Unknown Guest, the Mystery of Intuition

Today’s Weather:  Heggisbottomly purflages; chondroitin cumuli. [They celebrated, having fruity drinks with little paper umbrellas.]

And on this date:  1683 – Manchu Qing Dynasty naval forces under traitor commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands.

More importantly: 1782 – First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart‘s opera The Abduction from the Seraglio.  [Ditto.]

And:  1194 – Saint Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi is born.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 15

July 14, 2009


Lady of the Lake

This one showed up just a month ago.  And rather frequently before that.  So who’s out of balance here?  Hunh?  Hunh?  Let’s take a look at that now people, shall we?  Hunh? 

Pretty please?

Okay.  So.  For those of you who actually NEED an explanation about a card entitled Justice, let’s just take a little look together.

Most readers would say something to the effect that Justice betokens equity, “rightness,” and justice in the consequences of past actions. [However, as Hamlet noted, “Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping?  {Fortunately, most of my readers are women.}]

Other readers would say the card portends that a fair decision will be made in your favorOr they might encourage us to remember that justice is intended to foster peace and order, not revenge.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, writes of the card delivering total honesty, just rewards, equal partnership and coming to agreement, among other things.

When Justice turns up for a client, I usually say something like,

“Regarding the situation, first of all, be sure you treat all justly – including and especially yourself

Work toward a truly equitable solution or situation. 

Don’t discount your needs and hopes, but neither may you let your goals be overbearing, overweening or overwhelming. 

Remember the ancient symbol of Justice is a scale weighing the balance of things. 

So this is one of those cards that counsels:

Do what is necessary to keep yourself in balance,

physically, emotionally, financially, etc.  And seek outcomes that are balanced, harmonious, bringing peace of mind to all.  And be confident such is possible, because it is.

Know what is just, equitable, honorable, hopeful and balanced.  Use that as your guide. Work firmly, calmly, directly but in a balanced way toward that today.

Bright blessings!  

Quote for the day:   Don’t put your trust in revolutions.  They always come around again.  That’s why they’re called revolutions.  People die, and nothing changes.   ~ Terry Pratchett, from Night Watch

Today’s Weather:  Butterbur mcmonagles; intermittent snails.

And on this date: 1799 – The Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard during Napoleon‘s Egyptian Campaign.  [And I thought it was named after the snarky nun in the next classroom when I was in first grade.]

And don’t forget:  July 15 is St. Swithun’s Day.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 14

July 13, 2009

Knight of Cups


 This fellow showed up for us just about two weeks ago, and less than a week before that.  Assuming that we really WERE paying attention after all, I guess this must be a pretty important card for the energy around just now.

I think of this as the card of the sacred quest

[Oh.  Yeah.  I guess that WOULD be kinda important lately, huh?]

Therefore, if you have been feeling that your life really isn’t going in the direction you and God (or The Universe, the Universal Life Force, the Big Enchilada, Madonna, The Voice of John Cleese, George Clooney – whoever) agreed to before you accepted birth this time around:


Don’t you think it’s time to reconnect and GET GOING?

Some readers might interpret the Knight of Cups as the coming of a messenger, advancement in the world, or a graceful but not warlike person of great masculine energy [think Baryshnikov, I guess].  Others could say it indicates someone (maybe you?) ingenious, full of original ideas.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, feels this card betokens a tempting proposal which deserves serious consideration.  Also, an approaching opportunity for advancement.  Or an unexpected gift.  So if something like that crosses your path today, assume you deserve it, accept it fully and gratefully, and run with it! 

I still like my intuitive interpretation best.

Think upon the commitments for this lifetime

                                        that you made before you came into being. 

 Determine the next few steps

                                        to keep you moving along that path –


or the first steps that will be necessary

                                         to move you back onto that path. 


Bright blessings and remembrance of your sacred self!  

 Quote for the Day: “When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously.  Drift, wait and obey.  ~ Rudyard Kipling 

Today’s Weather:  Witherspoon dodo camouflage; huddleby houndbounders.  

On This Date: 1789French Revolution: Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille and free seven prisoners (soldiers who had refused to fire on commoners during a demonstration).

Also:  1965 – The Mariner 4 flyby of Mars takes the first close-up photos of another planet.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 13

July 12, 2009

Six of Spears

The Return of Ambrosius

A card last seen toward the end of March.

As I said last time this card showed up for the Blog, it’s one that requires a Nealio’s fracturized faerystory version of the legend behind the card.  That will help you understand my interpretation of the Six of Spears, which – as usual – varies a touch from the norm.

By the way, my intuition-based recounting of the story of Ambrosius also varies a tad from anybody else’s, historical or otherwise. 

So, gae we noo taegether, aye.  Or some stuff  like that.

Just as Arthur had to deal with a rebellion of the lesser kings at the start of his reign, and Arthur’s father Uther had to deal with a rebellion of the lesser kings at the start of that reign, Arthur’s uncle Ambrosius had problems at the start of his reign.

But Ambrosius was literally overpowered and driven out of Britain, over to Brittany in France.  And the people who stole Britain from him were a bunch of real slimebuckets (I believe that’s a French term), you bet!

Now, that made our guy Ambrosius a King in Exile, which could be a pretty cushy life.  Small but scenic and well appointed castle, nice lands, good hunting, splendid French wines − there could be a real temptation to just put your feet up, marry or tarry with  a French princess, become a courtier and suck down the oysters of life, washing them down with champagne.

Not for Ambrosius. 

He gathered, from ALL around the world, the finest strategists, armorers, teachers, alchemists, trainers, soldiers, etc., etc., etc. and put them all to work for him, on him, on his forces and on his hopes.  So that, after a while, it became generally acknowledged that he had the finest army, guided by the finest advisors, in the world. 

Then, in his own chosen time, he and his army went back across the English Channel and literally blew through the opposing forces like wind through a cane break. 

Which brings me to the card.  (Yeah.  Finally.)

To most readers, the Six of Spears betokens a victor triumphing, or great and important news.    Others see it as the final, finishing touches on a long project, or perhaps a surrender by the competition.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees this card as a well-earned victory, change for the better, and “passing through a gateway to a new era.”

I won’t go against any of those interpretations.  I could all use a touch of that lately, couldn’t you?

But to me, Six of Spears represents utter, total complete victory after what seemed to be utter defeat.

And the victory comes, not instantly, but after careful planning and the marshalling of THE BEST people who can help make the desired success and/or reversal of fortune possible.  (That means you’re not SUPPOSED to try to handle it all-by-yerself-alone!  But don’t settle for help from any doofus who happens to wander by with a card that says $$Consultant $$ either!)

So, what IS the seeming defeat that you would turn into a victory FOR THE HIGHEST AND BEST? 

Who are the




consultants (good ones!),






spiritual directors


who would be THE BEST to help you take back what seems lost? 

What must you do to involve them in your cause?  And what can you do to start on that today?  Go!  Go! Go!!!

Bright blessings and victory that is for the Highest and Best!

Quote for the day:  Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.   ~ Robert F. Kennedy

Today’s Weather:  Incandevanescent; bright soaring toodles.

On This Date: 1985 – The Live Aid benefit concert takes place in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow.

Also: 100 BCJulius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is born.

And: 1946Cheech Marin, American actor, arts patron and stoner icon, is born.

And: 1793Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionary, dies.

[A bit of history, a la Marat/Sade:   &

[Brilliant theater, worth a watch, but a bit way-long for some. (skip to 1:50 in the first, if you like).  And probably not a breakfast booster unless you love theater of the absurd.] 

 I once played Jaques Roux.