Archive for August 18th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day, August 19

August 18, 2009

Nine of Cups

The Healing of the Maimed King

Last saw this card in mid-May.

This is one of those cards that reminds me that, whenever I encounter a card that I consider particularly powerful or personally important, I have to actually

hold the spirit of the card for a while,

remember what it directs me to do, and

get to work on doing it, NOW! 

Sometimes the old chestnuts are old chestnuts because they actually have something valuable to consider, like “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” 

[Unless you’re an author.  Then, according to Stephen King, “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”]

The ORIGINAL version of the quotation brings up a situation I sometimes experience with clients and certainly within myself − I expect almost all of us get caught in this, at one time or another: 

It’s a wonderful thing to get a reading

~ that validates your most positive beliefs about yourself,

~ that indicates your dearest hopes and dreams are worthy of pursuing

~ and are in fact achievable by you,

~ and maybe even gives you some direction to follow to help make it happen.

But what then? 


So often, I see clients

~ receive that kind of validation, hope and direction

~ walk out of our session on a cloud

~ and then dive back into their lives

~ in exactly the same way with exactly the same focus

~ as though the reading had never occurred.

Then in a few months or a year, they come back for another reading, wondering what happened?


So, you see, the point is to

~ get the information and then

~ to reconnect with it CONSCIOUSLY 

~ to attend to it regularly

~ because it is trying to offer you

~ a path to begin to change your life FOR THE BETTER

~ which you probably won’t do

~ if you start out by saying

~ “Great stuff.  Great stuff!  I’ll get to it later!

[Are these colors making you woozy yet?  You should have seen the first two choices!]

So, as you read the information about the card, please take a moment to remember that you actually DO need to begin to do something with it now

Or VERY soon, you ask? 


Okay.  Okay.  The card.  The card.  Drink your coffee.  Or Bushmills.  It’s comin’.

I’ve blogged about this card before, and what I said then is − it’s an absolutely positive card in every way. 

For me, the nines in any Tarot deck indicate a very near completion of a cycle and/or the first stirrings of moving into a new cycle, a new great opportunity, a new realm.

When I turn the Nine of Cups for a client, I find that it promises a clear and profound opportunity for the full and final healing of old, poisonous wounds, provided the person will believe in it, reach out for and be open to it

The card betokens kindness, generosity, hope and wisdom.  It is a card of achievement, success, emotional well-being

And it is important to remember that your achievement, success and emotional well-being will derive from your kindness, generosity, hope and wisdom.  Always.

This card portends the dawn of beautiful dreams.  And so make them dreams worthy of sharing with those you love, and with those who are in need of the light of a better dream to guide them.

Because the Arthurian story of the Healing of the Maimed King involves a sacred healing and ceremony performed by Galahad, Percivale and Bors, three of the greatest, purest knights, this card can also speak of an effective team working well toward a common and perhaps even sacred goal

Seek that.  Find it.  If necessary, create it.


One last thing.  I have written this about the Nine of Cups:

I’m reminded of a wonderful recorded talk I heard by the spiritual teacher Bo Lozoff.  At one point he said something like, “There are two things that are true.  We’re all going to die.  And we’re all saved.” 

It’s the “We’re all saved” part of the Nine of Cups that I’d like you to focus on right now – especially at the beginning of what could be a magnificently hopeful and healing time, if we all will it so, every day.

In our true, ultimate spiritual reality, everything is forgiven.  Everything is healed.  Everything is blessed.  Everything is perfect.  Already. 

So if that’s the case, why not give yourself permission to know yourself as the beloved, complete, perfect vessel of Light you are? Then operate from the goodness inherent in the nature of THAT being

Can you imagine what our world would be if YOU did?  Try it for a while.  I think you’ll really like it.  I think you’ll see it’s who you REALLY are!

Let the old wounds heal.  Open to a beautiful new beginning. Believe in generosity and kindness as your just desert.  Give likewise to others in their hope and healing.  And know yourself and give of and from yourself as the beautiful being of LIGHT you have always been.

Bright blessings, light, hope and healing!! 

Quote for the Day: You must be the change you want to see in the world.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Today’s Weather:   Flossy sedge wicks leading to persistent antistrophe.

On This Date: 1692Salem witch trials: in Salem, Mass., Province of Massachusetts Bay five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft. [Lest we forget.]