Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 31

The Horned One


 This fellow last appeared just a month ago.  Before that, he showed up right regular on holidays like Christmas Eve and the first day of spring.  When he showed up last month, I was given the following Spirit-based insight:

“Now… remember that EVERY day is a day of power, a day of connection, and a day of celebration.  Live THAT, why don’t you?”

I should probably just end the session with that insight and walk away now, y’know?  It’s plenty good information, and would save you a few minutes of additional reading to boot.

But NO-OOOO-OH.  [Oh well.  You’re a grown up.  You can stop reading whenever you want to.]


Following a Shamanic spirituality as I do, I simply consider this the most powerful card in the deck.  Let me describe it a bit as it’s portrayed by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck.

There’s a beautifully muscled fellow sitting cross legged out in the woods under a bright full moon.  His legs are shaggy and end in hooves.  He has stag’s antlers protruding from his head.  In his right hand he holds a golden torc ~ the old Celtic symbol of kingship ~ in his left a live serpent.  He is surrounded by folk of the wood ~ fox, otter, boar, stag, frog. 

It’s a beautiful, mystical, magical card.

The painting on the card is depicts images from the famous Gundestrup cauldron, a first century BC ritual silver vessel found deep in a Danish bog.  Sacred, beautiful objects like this were ritually cast into bogs ~ which were considered places of mystery, power and great magic ~ as sacrificial gifts. [Better than tossing in the odd Ukrainian, I’d say.  Although I suspect they they may have done a bit o’ that as well.]  

You can read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundestrup_cauldron .

Cernunnos, the fellow depicted in the card is the Celtic incarnation of the Horned God.  He is considered to be the Lord of the Animals.

[In the spirit of full disclosure, in other decks, this card is often depicted by the devil, with some attendant negative interpretations.  Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, alludes to the card’s primordial power, and emphasizes the need to channel this power positively and for good.]

But here is what I see in the card, based on many years of working with clients.  This is a truly shamanic card in that it says, “You have the capacity to connect with the realm of Spirit.  You have an ability to bring Spirit through into ordinary reality in a way that can functionally, positively bring about change. 

“Because you have that capacity ~ from the Shaman’s perspective ~ you have the OBLIGATION to develop it and use it for the highest and best of all.”

So, in this very sacred season [whatever season or day of the year it may be, as we have been informed above]

~ explore your connection to Spirit (your guardian angels, the Universal Life Force, God, Goddess or however you perceive it)

~ believe in ~ in fact ASSUME ~ a functional connectedness

~ open yourself to the goodness and healing and wisdom that Spirit offers

~ use your connection to understand how to bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

Brightest blessings, joy, hope and healing! 

Quote for the day:  For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.  ~ Leonardo

Today’s Weather: Lavender dandruff with proximally dolorous viols come evening.

On This Date: 1142 – With the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah, The Great Peacemaker, the Iroquois tribes establish the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee.  (Some traditions date the Confederation to 1451.)


6 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 31”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Hi, Neal,

    I really like and appreciate your wording “…I was given the following Spirit-based insight.”

    I often struggle a bit with how to word that whole concept of receiving messages/insights from Spirit without sounding “wierd”. “Spirt told me…” “I heard…” “What I understand that Spirit told me…”

    Hope you don’t mind if I borrow/own your wording.

    The quote is “maaa-va-lous, darlin'”. …eyes turned upward, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” Amen.

    AND — I DO so love the Spirit-based insight you were given. I remember using it as an affirmation last month when the card came up and will use it again the this last day in August — August 31, 2009 — a day that will never come again.

    This day is a day of power, a day of connection and a day of celebration.

    Thanks so much. ~ ~ Blessings, Donna

    P.S. I love my new cat. Can’t wait til you come do a session for us.

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Hi, Donna,

    ‘I often struggle a bit with how to word that whole concept of receiving messages/insights from Spirit without sounding “wierd”.’

    Really? I’ve gotten to the point where it seems clients are disappointed if I don’t say something [like that] in a way that’s pretty trippy. Oh well.

    Thanks for all the kind words.

    Hello to M. LeChat. [Don’t remember — has he told you his name yet?]

  3. maria Says:

    Hi Neal,
    Is there a place where we may see what the ‘card for the day’ looks like?

  4. Donna Allen Says:

    Hmmmm….I find your comment (on getting messages from Spirit) very helpful! Perhaps it’s my own little self, not always full of confidence, who doesn’t want to appear “different.” Now that I think of it, it’s not the friends and clients who are squeamish with my wording.

    The name “Tabby” has stuck. I’ve tried lots of names on for size. I remember way back when… when I was dating my now husband. His family had a cat they named “Kitty.” It felt odd to me…like– why didn’t they think of a REAL name? Nonetheless, I keep going back to “Tabby” and he seems just fine with it. (M. Le Chat is cool, too. But “Tabby” still takes le gateau.)

    Blessings, Donna P.S. A day of power, connection & celebration to you!

  5. shamanspath Says:

    Hi, P (M?),

    The only way I know of to do that is by getting a copy of the deck. It’s Legend, the Arthurian Tarot by Anna-Marie Ferguson. (I think a few of the cards are viewable on her personal web site, but only a few.)



  6. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks, and back at ya!

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