Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 21

The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress

Okay-swell.  [Sigh.] 

This is definitely one of those OhBugger! kinda cards, at least by its appearance.  

It’s one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes.  Don’t jump to conclusions, or off bridges.  Really significant opportunities for growth here.” 

Remember the teachers (from High School Math types to your skating coach to Ram Das to Sai Baba) who have said that?  It always really means, “Get ready for some work!” Even I must admit that. 

Well, assume that’s the case here.  Maybe so.  But with this card, it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and attention for sure.   Hard work, maybe, but SO VERY valuable.

Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients. 

But when my clients see it as it’s depicted in the Legend deck − a huge red dragon fighting a ginormous white one, completely destroying a massive royal fortress in the process – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep,” if not  “Holy something,” suck in their breath,  swallow hard and say, “I give up.” Not necessary.

So what’s my understanding of the card and what it offers?  I usually say something like:

“Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits.  But really, it’s positive.


“The card is asking you examine yourself, your dreams and your being. 

“It’s saying, ‘Hey.  Stop for a minute.  Look at your life.  Think about it for a minute.  

“If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really essential to the you that is really you, then WHAT ISTHAT TRUE FOUNDATION?  Who are you?  What are you?  What is it that you really have to build upon, and wish to build upon, this time around?  And, by the way, what will you build upon it?’”

This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition.  (Or wobble.  Or outright caving in.)

What is the true foundation – for YOU:

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of joy?

What is the true foundation of spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of physical health?

What is the true foundation of emotional health?

What is the true foundation of creativity?

What is the true foundation of home?

What is the true foundation of beauty?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that are important to you. 

What IS the true foundation for YOU?

Once you know what your various true foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, how you want to do it, and what the best way is to go about it. 

And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes.  It can be a villa one week, a pagoda the next, a log cabin sometime next month and a fairy castle sometime after that.  So long as you know what your foundations are, and honor them, then what you are about building is and will be perfect.

What are your foundations in each area of your being?  How can you be mindful of them?  How can you stay mindful of them?  What do you wish to build upon them?  How can you begin today?  

Bright blessings and a deep, happy, helpful knowing of yourself!

Quote for the Day:

…see the whole thing is a world full of rucksack wanderers, Dharma Bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume production and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming, all that crap they didn’t really want anyway such as refrigerators, TV sets, cars,…and general junk you finally always see a week later in the garbage anyway, all of them imprisoned in a system of work, produce, consume, work, produce, consume, I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of ’em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason and also by being kind and also by strange unexpected acts keep giving visions of eternal freedom to everybody and to all living creatures.  ~ Jack Kerouac, from The Dharma Bums [Well.  Maybe another time.]


Today’s Weather:  Mesosphere marsalla.  Taj mahone.

On This Date: 1879 – The Virgin Mary, along with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, reportedly appears to the people of Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.

Another Quote:  “Come on down, Christ and Moses.  Come on down!”  ~ Lenny Bruce



2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 21”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Hi, Neal,

    I finished reading Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions a couple nights ago. What really struck me was Lame Deer’s description of the Indians’ symbol as the circle, the hoop — and the white man’s symbol as the square.

    “Nature wants things to be round…With us the circle stands for the togetherness of people who sit with one another around the campfire, relatives and friends united in peace….The tipi was a ring in which people sat in a circle and all the families in the village were in turn circles within a larger circle….The moon, the horizon, the rainbow — circles within circles within circles, with no beginning and no end.”

    “Square is [the white man’s] house, his office buildings with walls that separate people from one another. Square is the door which keeps strangers out, the dollar bill, the jail. Square are the white man’s gadgets–TV sets, radios, washing machines, computers, cars. These all have corners and sharp edges — points in time, white man’s time, with appointments, time clocks and rush hours–that’s what the corners mean to me. You become a prisoner inside all these boxes.”

    At least for now I’d like to think of “the circle” as my foundation. That feels good.

    The spirit of Lame Deer came to me during a mediumship class in Lily Dale last week. Of course, I felt very honored and humbled. He told me to not feel guilty for what the white man did, but to have deep respect and honor for the Native Americans in my heart and to express that openly when the occasion presents itself. I was able to share this message with about a dozen of the class participants and his message was well received and appreciated.

    Thank you again for leading me to this fine book….and for all your “circles” I’ve participated in over the years.

    ~ ~ Blessings, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Good stuff!



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