Archive for August 31st, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 1

August 31, 2009

Four of Shields

King Mark

Oh. 

Bugger. 

[Spirit of full disclosure:  you might wanna take a couple Tylenol before you try to wade through my interpretation of this card.  Or a couple mushrooms.  Or something.]

We last saw this fellow during Memorial Day weekend.  I guess that means summer really is coming to an end.  Might be worthwhile for you to take a Monet [or a moment – sometimes typos are much better than what you had intended] to remember what you had hoped of summer, how things worked out, and what you’d like to do about it.  Me?  I’ve still got the 25 pounds I wanted to be rid of by August. 

I suppose I say Oh Bugger because this is a card that always gives me hives and hiccups.  Really no attitude to have, perhaps, but the card leads me to say rude things and argue with God when it turns up for me.  So I suppose I better pay [even more] attention [than normal] here.  And if I must, you must.  I’m not taking this hit all by myself, so there!

I feel MUCH better now.  Thanks!

Where were we?

The Four of shields is, in part, a card about strategic planning with really honest, true objectivity.  [I’m an Aquarian.  Need I say more?  See first two words above.  The ones in red.]

As I said once before on this blog, I can come up with a brilliant, elegant project planning and tracking system for you if you like.  Just don’t expect me to use the [bleepin’] thing.  That scenario literally happened in an organization I worked for many years ago. 

Anyway, as I say pretty much every time the Four of Shields turns up: this is one of those cards that clients, particularly intuitive, artistic clients, find incredibly less than charming! when it shows in a reading. 

It IS, after all a very — Be grounded in ordinary reality as you work to take the next steps on your path until you are soaring − so eventually you CAN soar as you deserve to — kind of messenger.

But remember, O artistes, intuitivoes and others of our ilk (and I use the term ilk with the greatest of affection), there are times grounded behavior can be beneficial. 

And hardly painful at all.  Mostly.  I’ve heard. 

Wouldn’t know meself, then, would I?  Apparently not, or I’d be doing all this for Neil Gaiman, Oprah and Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., who runs the New York Times.

[By the way, on that grounded until you get soaring thing: if, as you’ll see below, a key element of this card is to get yourself a wonderful mentor, why do we sometimes have trouble with wanting to do that or following through on it? 

Is it because we’re not clear enough about who we really are and what our goal actually is?  Hmmmmm…? 

 

Because, you know, part of the REASON to hook up with a mentor is so that you can take an honest look at what some realistic goals might be, for the next part of your path, anyway.  And sometimes we’re afraid those goals won’t seem good enough, to us or to others.

Well… Phooey that patootie!!!!  {Cleaned that one up just in time!}

No matter how high or low the goal, it’s still a matter of one step at a time, over and over again.  And the mentor can help you see that in a useful, perhaps even kindly and encouraging way.  And perhaps help you get a handle on who you really are/who you’re trying to become as well.]   

Where was I?

For me the Four of Shields basically says:

~ Be prepared to become concrete in your planning,

    at least for the moment

    [and don’t beat up on yourself if it ain’t easy]

~ Do this in the following way:

~ Find someone who is an acknowledged expert in

   what you seek to achieve, and/or who is a

   respected (especially by you) wizard in the successful

   laying out of the kind of path you seek to walk

~ Work together closely, over some time to develop

   YOUR plan

~ Follow that plan.  And follow it carefully,

  at least for some time into the foreseeable future 

  until you will naturally and inevitably soar  

Once upon a time, this whole process was called, simply, Get yourself an amazing and powerful Mentor!  And listen to that mentor’s guidance!  AND FOLLOW THROUGH ON IT!!!! And that can still apply here.

In this blog, if you’re a regular, you know that I’ve used John Lennon and the Beatles as illustrations of following your bliss despite predictions of failure.  (And if you’ve already read this story at least three times, READ IT AGAIN!  Otherwise it’s back to hustling pay- as-you- go cell phones for you.  Right?) 

Well, aside from the fact that the Beatles were brilliant to the point of magical, they also were able to make some of their first huge leaps because of Brian Epstein.  He was a superb businessman and their manager.  He married his ordinary-reality-based magic to his aspirations to be a player on the music scene and to their incomparable artistry and passion.  And the world was changed.

Now, maybe you don’t have a Brian-the-Wizard to pull out of your hat. Yet.  But who and what DO you have?  How can you access him/her/them?  Give it some thought today, and take that concrete and valuable baby step along the path by actually accessing them!

Believe in yourself.  Believe in your dreams.  Help give them focus in ordinary reality by working closely and deeply with insights from someone who can help be an architect of their creation. 

Bright blessings and tremendous success! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!   

Quote for the Day: A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. ~ Oprah Winfrey

Today’s Weather:  Whiskey-soaked alto off right; mezzalunaed herbal confetti at dawn.

On This  Date: 1914 – The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.