Archive for August 23rd, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 24

August 23, 2009

Eight of Cups

Chapel Perilous

[And yet another OhBooHiss on all of you sweet folk who thought, “Ah, any chapel would be a chapel perilous for you, Nealio boyo.” 

I’ll have you know I’ve been to several services over the last couple of months and the Holy Water doesn’t hardly leave scars at all anymore much.  Especially if I use aloe.  However, I do leave scorch marks on the font.  But that’s another issue.]

Anyway, this is a card that has only popped up for the blog one other time, and it’s one that has a lot of helpful guidance to it.  It is, however, another one of those cards that has clients whimpering just from the visuals.  Except for those who are superGoth.  They just ask for directions so they can find the place.

The card, you see, (at least in the deck I use) portrays a knight who has ridden into a chapel to protect himself and his steed from a furious storm.  He notices that the altar is without any adornment, save for a brightly flaming large golden candle.  As he waits, and drips, he sees a giant, clawed, black hand reach in through the window high above the altar and make to extinguish the light.

Charmeeeeeng, yezno?

So, anyway, some readers believe the Eight of Cups conveys either turning away from felicity and celebration, or the exact opposite [I guess it depends which side of bed the reader fell out of].  Others believe this is a card that calls for the querent (questioner) to look for a deeper meaning in life; it is a time for soul searching

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds this card to be about abandoning a path, a change of plans, and escaping an unhealthy situation, among other things.

Of course, I have my own particular take on the card.  When it turns up for a client, I usually say things like

~ Do not let anyone or anything – especially yourself − put a bushel basket over your light.

~ Do not allow anyone or anything – especially yourself or your perception of your self − hold you under its thumb.


If necessary:



Go elsewhere. Hastily.

Try something else.

Reach out for other options. 

Rework your priorities and take life from there.


Today, refuse to be confined, repressed, dimmed by anyone or anything – especially yourself!

Bright blessings and an open path to your true self!

Thought for the Day: Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.  In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity; and thrill; in waking; to find they have been upon the verge of the great secret.  ~ Edgar Allan Poe, from Eleonora

Today’s Weather: Geothermal mudloggers; moderately pendulous rotoruas. Or ruae, if you like.

On This Date: 79Mount Vesuvius erupts. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash.

And: 1891Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. [George Clooney’s great-grandfather patents the movie star.]

And Especially:    The following comes from a presentation by the Foreign Minister of Russia at the Hague Peace Conference, 8/24/1898:

The maintenance of general peace, and a possible reduction of the excessive armaments which weigh upon all nations, present themselves in the existing condition of the whole world, as the ideal towards which the endeavors of all Governments should be directed.

The humanitarian and magnanimous ideas of His Majesty the Emperor, my August Master, have been won over to this view. In the conviction that this lofty aim is in conformity with the most essential interests and the legitimate views of all Powers, the Imperial Government thinks that the present moment would be very favorable for seeking, by means of international discussion, the most effectual means of insuring to all peoples the benefits of a real and durable peace, and, above all, of putting an end to the progressive development of the present armaments.  [Sigh.]