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Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 12

August 11, 2009

Page of Shields

The Badger

Okay.  No side (or snide) remarks about haranguing the Tarot the reader, or badgering the old badger, please.  That kind of lame semi-humorous drivel is my purview.  And I own it.  Especially on a Tuesday.

Typical readers might say something along the line that this card implies focused application, study or reflection.  They’d say, oh,  if you really concentrate on what’s important to you, right about now you’re in a position to achieve extraordinary results.  The implication is that you MUST put something extra in if you wish to get out what you really want.  So go after it!

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the card betokens such things as a tenacious, reliable person and a hunger for knowledge, among her interpretations.

In working with my clients, [and having encountered a badger just once in a meadow] this is what I usually say when this card turns up:

I truly love badger. Badger really gets down to it and digs in to get things done.  Badger prefers to be peaceable, a homebody of sorts who attends to the things that are necessary, the things that are important within the bounds of his or her own little kingdom.

And if you ever cross into badger’s territory without his or her express permission, there is no anger, no fuss.  Badger will simply tear off your leg, leave you in a heap and go on about business, easy comfy cozy.

So I suggest that my clients understand badger as a pretty useful role model where defining and holding boundaries is concerned, especially in our culture.  I haven’t ever had anyone NOT understand that.  Nor comment that boundaries really weren’t an issue, thanks.

So, for today:

Focus and study well, if you perceive that’s what’s in order.

Get down to what’s REALLY important; dig in to push that effort along. 

Pay very close attention to defining healthy boundaries as YOU perceive and need them.

Then maintain and defend those boundaries fully for the highest and best of all.

Bright blessings!

Quote for the Day:  If there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.   ~ Douglas Adams, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Today’s Weather: Peanut butter coriolis.  Oscillating plantains.

On This Date:  30 BCCleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide.  Tells everyone to kiss her asp.

And: 1833Chicago is founded.

And: 1908Ford builds the first Model T.

And: 1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released.

Happy Birthday Daniel!

Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 11

August 11, 2009

The Hierophant


As I’ve said before, this is a card so dense with information and direction, I hardly know where to start.   So hang on a minute while I think about it.


First, I have heard some people refer to this card as the older, more grounded partner to The Priestess .  Fine, fine, fine with me.  But let’s go beyond that.

Some readers find that this card betokens a marriage alliance or servitude, but also mercy and goodness.  Others understand it as indicating the making of a long term commitment or that a new, helpful guiding influence is about to come into your life.  So keep an eye out for that, especially if things have been bumpy or chaotic.

Anna- Marie Ferguson, the creator of the Legend deck, sees The Hierophant in many lovely ways.  Some of my favorites are a person with experience he or she is willing to share; a generous spiritual mentor; initiation; drawing security and comfort from one’s roots; but also, feeling constricted by conformity to orthodoxy.

You won’t find me negating any of those possibilities.  But, still, I go in my own direction with a card as important as this.

When this card turns up for a client, I start off by reminding them that, in some Arthurian legends, Taliesin became Arthur’s magical helper after Merlin left the scene.  (In some tales, Taliesin and Merlin together stand at water’s edge as the vessel bearing Arthur departs for Avalon.)  So it’s a card of magical assistance or guidance.

Taliesin was one of the great, archetypal Bards of the Island of the Mighty.  As such [at least as I understand it] he was a shapeshifter and wizard; a wisdom keeper; a singer; and a poet; and a musician; and he brought all those abilities together as a healer; and a teacher; and a community mediator.  Not to mention being the power behind the throne, for − in some of what I have read – you couldn’t lead a Celtic clan or tribe unless the Bards declared you were THE ONE.

So I see The Hierophant as being a kind of super, magical Renaissance man or woman, who brings together and uses (brilliantly) not only ordinary reality skills, training and power, but magical, spiritual, sacred connections and capacities as well.

One thing more.  In the first Tarot decks created LONG ago, there was no Hierophant card.  There was instead… The Pope.  Why?  Because, at the time, the Pope was The Absolute Pinnacle of Power and wealth, not only materially but  (as he was perceived at the time) also spiritually.

So when the Hierophant shows up, I often say, “Ya wanna really grow materially?  Devote a lot more quality time and effort to growing spiritually.  For you, the two must go hand in hand.


Be open to the possibility of a very beneficial new alliance.

Seek for (or perhaps seek to be) a generous spiritual mentor. 

Get to know in a much deeper way your nature as a magical Renaissance man or woman, and bring together all of your expertise and faculties. 

Own all of that, and move toward your highest and best both spiritually and materially.  

Start today!

Thought for the Day:  I don’t pretend to be captain weird. I just do what I do.  ~ Johnny Depp     

Today’s Weather:   Mongo interruptus.      

On Today’s date:  3114 BC – The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, used by several pre-Colombian Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Mayans, begins.  [But then, you knew that.] Along with the invention of the chimichanga.

Also:  1929Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio.