Archive for September, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 1

September 30, 2009

Seven of Swords

The Sword in the Stone

This card shows up just about monthly.  It’s one of those cyclical reminders I’m grateful to see, because I think the information and direction in this card is SO tremendously important for all of us.  The clients that have turned this card in a reading, and really honored what it gives, have benefitted tremendously.

So −

As I now ask whenever this card turns for us,

We all remember the story of the Sword In the Stone, right? 

 [Aw, MAN!  Not THAT kind of stone!]

Well, sort of.  Maybe.  A bit.  You think?

What’s important for our understanding of the Seven of Swords is to know that Arthurian legends contain two sword-in-the-stone stories. 

This one takes place long after Arthur has become king, and involves the introduction of Galahad to the court of Camelot.  It’s a story that has been known in and told with a number of variations.

Here’s the essence of the story as it has come to me in my own Shamanic journeying.

The Camelottish folk were all gathered for the Christian feast of Pentecost (or Whitsun  ~ the 49th/50th day after Easter) when they saw a huge red marble boulder come floating serenely down the river and right up to Camelot dock, as it were.  Gleaming and protruding from said big red stone was an ornate sword so beautiful it had an aura of its own.

In some versions of the tale the rock is engraved with the words,

“This sword shall only be pulled out by the Best of all Knights.” 

Of course, pretty much every knight lined up to have a heave at it, jostling, grunting, bragging, swearing, betting, whooping, loudly discussing potency inducers, passing around copies of PlayKnight, quietly discussing horseback hemorrhoid remedies ~ about what you’d expect of boys in chain mail in groups.

They all had a go.  And failed.

Then a new, unknown young fellow quietly walked up to the stone.  Without a word, a hesitation or a glance in any direction, he took hold of the sword and pulled it from the stone like light piercing shallow water.  Then he quietly walked back up to the castle and took a seat at the Round Table.  

Thus was Galahad’s presence and stature made known to all, and thus did he rightfully sit in the Siege Perilous, a seat at the Round Table so strictly reserved that it was fatal to anyone else who sat in it.  (There were a few bozos who tried.)

Which brings us to the interpretation of the Seven of Swords.  [You trusted I’d get around to it eventually, huh?] 

Traditional readings of this card are pretty down, with words like “dishonor,” “futility,” and “lone wolf” tossed about.  Some readers talk about a person who is intelligent but unorthodox, or suggest that it recommends vigilance against unexpected danger.

Me, I see wonderful and positive things in this card, especially as it is portrayed in the Legend deck.  Anna- Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, by the way, sees it as betokening inspiration, enthusiasm, and the instilling of hope, faith and strength.

[Anybody out there NOT up for that?  If so… GET HELP.  Now.  And possibly a side order of exorcism!] 

When I work with a client and we turn this one up (and it’s amazing how often it shows up in the career section of a reading), I say,

Own your power. 

Own.

Your. 

Power. 

Own it WITHOUT EGO

but also WITHOUT APOLOGY to anyone.  

Be yourself.  

All of yourself.

Be who you really are. 

And get going at it.”

The Seven of Swords indicates that it’s truly time for you to own your skills, abilities, gifts, potentials, intentions ~ your POWER ~ and let yourself begin to move in a new direction with new purpose.

Now that we are into the autumn with all its weirdling magics, it is good to remember that we honor our Creator and The Earth by becoming more and more  who we truly are for the highest and best of all.

Own your power.  No ego.  No apology.

Bright Blessings!

Quote for the Day:    There’s nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot. ~ Scott Adams  [Aw, thanks!]

Today’s Weather :  Stale yet tasteful wyrdliness.  Wilted spitunias.

On This Date:  331 BC – Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela. [Yeah, Neal.  Like we didn’t know this ALREADY!]

And:  959 – Edgar the Peaceable becomes King of all England.  [After seizing the kingdom from his older brother Eadwig.]

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Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 30

September 29, 2009

Ace of Swords

Sword of Strange Hangings 

This card last turned up in early July. 

More important, September 30 is the first anniversary of my offering a Daily Tarot Card via this blog.

 And what do you think the card for that day was? 

Yep.  Yep!  Yep!!!!  Couldn’t make this stuff up.  Nobody would believe it.  Yep!

The Ace of Swords!

All RIGHT now, boys and girls, ALL TOGETHER NOW:

Aces in any Tarot deck are cards of a new beginning.

 Therefore:

~ How can you (how do you need to) begin your life anew, today, right now?

~ What changes can you begin, even in ways that may seem small? 

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember?

When the Ace of Swords comes up in a reading, I say something like:

“Your new beginning has to do with going on an adventure, of giving yourself permission to go after something that really sets your heart and soul on fire. 

Please understand, if you undertake this quest, it very well may involve the release of some element of your life that no longer serves you. 

Should you find that to be the case, strive to let the release be as quick and clean as possible, a very skillful surgery.”

I’ll stand by that. 

But as I’ve worked with clients who have had this card come up, I’ve also come to perceive that the adventure, the new beginning and the release tend to have an aspect of destiny to them: we often find that the person has reached a point where they must make some choices to move forward in order to evolve as their life offers them the potential to do. 

And what I often see is, in doing so, they do very well to remember that even big changes can be initiated and made without creating negative karma

By the way, I have also found that this card betokens a positive outcome for skillfully undertaken literal surgery. 

(And for some people, the adventure they decide to go on, and the “surgery” of the release they decide to make, can lead to a profound healing of the romantic side of life as well.)

What is your new beginning? 

What adventure does your destiny call you to − beginning today? 

What may you be called to release? 

Undertake your quest in a way that is firm yet considerate of the law:

 WHAT GOES AROUND

COMES AROUND  

Bright blessings and joyous adventures!

Quote for the Day:   Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. ~ Mozart

Today’s Weather: Mediaeval baebes.  The Law of Gravity as a wisdom path.

On This Date:  1791 – The Magic Flute, the last opera composed by Mozart receives its premiere performance at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, Austria.   

And:  1207 – Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, Persian mystic and poet is born.

And:  1955 – Film icon James Dean dies in a road accident at age 24.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 29

September 28, 2009

Nine of Cups

The Healing

of the Maimed King

Last saw this card about mid-August. And it’s another one of my LOOOOONG posts.  So eat a hearty breakfast and bash on!

This is one of those cards that reminds me that, whenever I encounter a card 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 say, 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 original 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 brewski.  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.

So GO FOR IT!  Even better, LET YOURSELF RECEIVE 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:   Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.  

                                                                   ~ Carlos Castaneda       

Today’s Weather:   Saxe-Coburg-Gotha meets Ratatouille.  Cheese newts.   

On This Date:  1650 – Henry Robinson opens his Office of Addresses and Encounters – the first historically documented dating service – in Threadneedle Street, London.

Turn-ons: Big swords; Tricked-out carriages; Court connections.

Turn-offs: Bad breath; Sagging gaiters; Spanish holocausts.

 

 Bye, Lucy!  Thank you!

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 28

September 27, 2009

Eight Of Spears

The White Hart

We last saw this card toward the end of May.  It’s another good card to have come up just around the beginning of a new season.  [That would be Autumn for all my stoner pals.]   

So this time through, indulge me and pretend you’re paying attention, okay?

As I have said before [and I now realize I say with conspicuous regularity], “Ahhhhhh, yes.  Yepper, yepper, yep, yessirino!  Another card where my interpretation veers semi-wildly off in a direction of its own.” 

My offering about this card is based on a Shamanic Journey I once did asking about its meaning.  (To find out more about Journeying, see the category of Shamanism on my blog and/or web page.  Or read the new interview I share about at the end of today’s interpretation.) 

Other readers give this card meanings like speed, action, movement toward opportunity, a test of skill, and an adventure.  It’s considered a good omen.  So if any of those are what you need today, by all means grab ’em and run! 

I see the Eight of Spears as the card of utter, total complete liberation.  It’s an indicator that it is time for you to explore for yourself:

how it is that you may give yourself

more freedom to

go where you want to go

when you want to go there

by the means and

at the speed of your own choosing.

Given that, you KNOW my questions if you were my client would start with something like,

SO!  How are you keeping yourself confined? 

How are you confining yourself in ways that are no longer appropriate for who you have become and what you may give to the world? 

How can you open yourself to a liberation − in your thinking, your behavior, your belief in what is possible and your understanding of how you may go about achieving that possibility?

Please remember that one way in which you may need to… um, try something different is to just freakin’ go for it.  It may be a little uncomfortable, but at least it’s owning who you are and freeing yourself up so you can move along YOUR path.   

So:

How can you liberate yourself, your creativity, your spirit today?  What do you need or what can you do so that you can  JUST GO FOR IT!!!?

Bright, free, inspiring blessings!

Quote for the Day:  All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. ~ Albert Einstein  

Today’s Weather:    Party widdershins.  Fly!

On This Date:  1066 – William the Conqueror invades England: the Norman Conquest begins.  [Cheese eating swine!]

And: 1928 – Sir Alexander Fleming notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, discovering what later became known as penicillin.

 

A Message from the [Alleged] Mangement

Hi, All,

I’m grateful to be able to share that another interview I did will be published by the ‘zine Strange Horizons (supposedly) sometime on Monday, September 28. 

The piece is called “Redneck on the East, Redskin on the West.”  It’s an interview with Caleb Fox, author of the new fantasy novel Zadayi Red.

Zadayi Red is the first fantasy I’ve read that’s based on pre-Columbian American Indian — in this case, Cherokee — history and shamanic practice.  I enjoyed the book tremendously.  I enjoyed doing the interview even more, and I think both will appeal to anyone interested in fantasy, shamanism or North American Indian history.

You’ll be able to find the interview (once it’s posted) at www.strangehorizons.com 

Please check it, and Zadayi Red, out!

Blessings,

Neal   

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 27

September 26, 2009

Knight of Spears

Bedivere

On the one hand, I feel as though I need to apologize a bit to those of you who read the daily card faithfully, and therefore have to reread some of the longer posts, like this one.  On the other hand, DEAL WITH IT.  Thenkyew.

I can’t rewrite the entire storyline just because the card showed up before. Fortunately, we haven’t seen this fellow since mid-May (except for one client who had it come up BIGTIME in a reading this week).

On the other hand, if everyone was actually paying attention to the ruddy thing, maybe it wouldn’t come up again.  Right?  Right? Right!

Or maybe it’s really just a matter of Spirit being kind and trying to remind us all of something rather universally important during an interesting  and transformational time.

[It shouldn’t be that I need a new card shuffling gnome.  I just replaced him.  With a rehabbed model.]

Anyway, as I have said before:

I’m always grateful when the Knight of Spears shows up.  He makes me feel like I can mostly just indulge my natural weirdness(es). 

[The mummy in the corner just shook off some dust, yawned and said, “You always just indulge your natural wierdnesses anyway, card or no card.  Fool.  And Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett would have replaced this paragraph with something new and exciting, so there.”]  [Swine mummy!]     

Anyway, if you’re the type to read a Daily Tarot post, it’s always good to keep this particular card’s message somewhere nearby [Ah HA!], ’cos it’s a good card for unique, unusual, self-directed folks. 

Yes, you!    

As I’ve said, this is one of those cards for which my interpretation deviates some from the pack −which fits perfectly with the card, as we always see. 

Typical readings declare the Knight of Spears to betoken departure, a change of residence, etc.  So if those things are on your mind, take advantage of that energy and move along, whether you’re wild and free or dull as dust. 

[But remember that Mercury is in retrograde, and will be – effectively, anyway – till almost the end of the month.  So try to avoid signing contracts, making BIG decisions, starting new relationships if you can.  If you must sign, check and check and triple-check every detail.  This is a great time for planning and quiet healing, rather than major sweeping actions.]

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use sees this Knight as sociable, committed to fully developing abilities and acting on intuition − an interpretation I’d like, of course. 

So if you’re feeling a need to be among others of a positive bent, go! go!!!  And if you find an opportunity to enhance who you are and what you do − and it doesn’t involve buying a tubby Ukrainian Tarot reader small but immaculate Mercedes as a fee – go for it! 

I see the Knight of Spears as the card of The Eccentric.  It represents the individual who knows what her or his goal is and what the best path will be to get there − even though it may seem the least likely path, and even though it probably will seem like the least useful goal to almost everyone else in her/his life. 

The Knight of Spears will therefore have to put up with a great deal of sage (and mostly useless) advice from everyone else about what to aim for, where to go, and how to get there.  So don’t be surprised when that happens to you.  It really does come with the territory. 

The Knight will perforce take all that in with grace and “goode humour” − to a point.    So take a deep breath, smile and do the best with that you can.

Once that point is passed, she or he will simply start down her or his own path anyway.  And if that doesn’t work, she/he will begin nudging the well-meaning obstacle (alleged human, probably an in-law) out of the way

And if that doesn’t work, she/he will walk her noble steed right over the blockage, human or otherwise. 

And if THAT don’t do it, she/he will jolly well take out a lousy-great spear and put it right through the chest of the stupid bugg…

Oh.  My. What an image to go along with your morning coffee!  Or Miso.  Or Bushmills.  Bushmills?   Whatever.   Sorry.

So, today − and as you begin to line things up for a spectacular Autumn − know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going. 

If necessary, carry a spear.  Or two.  Sharp ones.  And a disarming smile.

Bright blessings and bliss at the uniqueteria!

Quote for the Day:  Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil.  ~ Vincent van Gogh

Today’s Weather:  Grumblebuttons.  Wodehouse omelets in origami and leather, in a good cause.

On This Date: 1777 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the capital of the United States, for one day. 

And:  1384 – Cosimo de Medici, Italian Patron of the Arts is born.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 26

September 25, 2009

 

Ace of Shields

Avalach’s Shield

Haven’t seen this card since before the Summer Solstice.  And it’s a card that has come up a couple times in key places for clients this week.  So pay attention, y’all!

As those of you who have worked with me will remember, Aces in any Tarot deck  are cards of a new beginning.  So, that being the case,

~ How can you − how do you need tobegin your life anew, today, this moment?

~ What changes can you begin, even in small ways? 

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember?

And you can expect The Universe will keep giving you situations that ask that kinda question until you all remember to ask it alla tyme by yerownseff!

And now, back to the Ace of Shields.

According to legend, Avalach was a “heathen” king, befriended and converted to Christianity by Joseph of Arimathea, carrier of the Holy Grail into Britain.

Avalach’s shield was known to have miraculous powers of protection and healing.  For hundreds of years it stayed in an abbey waiting for Galahad, the world’s greatest and purest knight − its ultimate  and final bearer, to come and take it up.

Most readers would likely indicate that this card signifies things like PERFECT contentment, felicity, even ecstasy, and perhaps gold.  Not bad, say I!

 Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the Ace of Shields to be a card of treasures, prosperity, making great gains, but also of enrichment of the spirit.  Yes!  Yes! Yes! 

 When I work with a client and this card comes up, I look deep into the card, which is beautifully illustrated, depicting a mask of The Green Man above a Camelottish Knight’s shield upon which is worked a large golden cross.  The mask and shield are mounted on a wall; below them, incense, or perhaps oak leaves, burn on a brazier, with all enfolded by an otherworldly light.  It’s a wonderfully mystical depiction.   

 I find that the card directs us to look for healing, growth and progress via mystical or spiritual means.  It suggests that we should be comfortable blending seemingly diverse spiritual paths in our process, just as the good sisters in Ireland pray to the Christian Saints, but leave tidbits and goodies in the garden to feed and engage the Leprechauns and other Fair Folk, finding no contradiction in this custom.

 So, look for and define YOUR new beginning.  Know that great gains and treasures are not beyond your reach.  And let a beautiful swirling and blending of spiritual paths guide you toward and support you in your wonderful new life!

 Brightest blessings!

Quote for the Day:    Any perception can connect us to reality properly and fully.  What we see doesn’t have to be pretty, particularly; we can appreciate anything that exists.  There is some principle of magic in everything, some living quality.  Something living, something real, is taking place in everything. ~ Chogyam Trungpa,  Rinpoche

Today’s Weather:  Zephyrs, heifers, hasenpfeffers.  [True business!]  [And you might wanna try that as a power chant for the day!]

On This Date:  46 BC – Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.

And:  1774 – Johnny Appleseed, American environmentalist is born.

And:  1820 – Daniel Boone, American frontiersman dies.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 25

September 24, 2009

Four of Shields

King Mark

Oh. 

Bugger. 

It ain’t even been a month since we last had to face up to this guy.  Argghhh!

[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.  Quaaludes.  Something.]

I suppose I say Oh Bugger because this is a card that always gives me hives and hiccups.  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 dealing with this 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. 

[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…?   And I ask again,  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.  Yup! Yup!  Yup!}

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: Sham Harga had run a succesful eatery for many years by always smiling, never extending credit, and realizing that most of his customers wanted meals properly balanced between the four food groups: sugar, starch, grease and burnt crunchy bits.  ~ Sir Terry Pratchett, from Men at Arms

Today’s Weather:  Party Weiners of Doom.  Decaf soy low foam lattes with sprinkles as a fashion statement.  Crease your meerkat.    

On This Date:   1690 – Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, is published for the first and only time.  [A tad like the newspaper business today.]

And:  1912 – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is founded in New York, New York.  [I couldn’t make this stuff up.]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 24

September 23, 2009

Justice

Lady of the Lake

I’m tempted to begin with Richard Pryor’s famous quote, “You go down there looking for Justice; that’s what you find: just us.”  Or Lenny Bruce’s, “In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.”   But that would be too depressing a start,  even for me.

Okay.  So.  For those of you who actually NEED an explanation about a card entitled Justice , let’s just take a little look together, ‘kay?

Most readers would say something to the effect that Justice betokens equity, “rightness,” and justice in the consequences of past actions.

However, as Hamlet noted, “Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping?  Fortunately, most of my readers are women who don’t own whips.

Other readers would say the card portends that a fair decision will be made in your favor.  Or they might encourage us to remember that justice is intended to foster peace and order, not revenge.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, writes of the card delivering total honesty, just rewards, equal partnership and coming to agreement, among other things.

When Justice turns up for a client, I usually say something like,

“Regarding the situation, first of all, be sure you treat all justly – including and especially yourself

Work toward a truly equitable solution or situation

Don’t discount your needs and hopes, but neither may you let your goals be overbearing, overweening or overwhelming. 

Remember the ancient symbol of Justice is a scale weighing the balance of things. 

So this is one of those cards that counsels:

Do what is necessary to keep yourself in balance,

physically, emotionally, financially, etc.  And seek outcomes that are balanced, harmonious, bringing peace of mind to all.  Be confident such is possible, because it is.

Know what is just, equitable, honorable, hopeful and balanced.  Use that as your guide. Work firmly, calmly, directly but in a balanced way toward that today.

Bright and balanced blessings!  

Quote for the Day:  Death is not the end; there remains litigation.  ~ Ambrose Bierce 

Today’s Weather:  Invisible shoe repair; great hamsters of peace.

On This Date: 1906 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument. [The Lakota refer to it as Bear Lodge.  Other American Indians refer to it as Gray Buffalo Horn Butte.]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 23

September 22, 2009

Six of Cups

In Ector’s Keeping

Well, this card last showed up on Christmas Day, [the Fest of Chinese Food and the Opening of Jerry Seinfeld Movies]. And this is a really perfect card for these times, whatever spiritual path you may walk.  [Or run from.]

As I always say to my clients, “Remember when you were eight years old and summer lasted forever, and all you really had to was love your dog, go swimming with your friends and dream about how wonderful the future could be?”   Well, that’s the energy and essence of this card.

The Six of Cups is a card that bespeaks the beauty and the joy and the innocence and the wisdom of an almost ideal childhood.  So in your connections and interactions today:

Look for a quality like that in all those you meet.  If you can’t find it, you’re probably not with the right people, at least for today.  So, if it’s at all possible given the day, keep on moving till you’re with someone or someones whose energy is those wonderful things.  Let yourself share in them and be happy and comfortable there.

Try to find new ways for yourself to be a calm, still, comforting pool in the center of the manic muddle around you.  Especially give yourself permission to be that way to and for yourself.  Call to mind all that which is and has been beautiful, and hopeful, and healing in your world, and keep those things flowing through your mind.  (If you do Reiki, start Reikiing yourself and everything in your vicinity the moment you read this, and keep going from there.)   

Also, this is a card that suggests you may have old friends re-enter your life.  Be open to that as a possibility today. 

Easy, sweet, nostalgic in a positive way, calm and comforting ~ that’s the theme to get you through the day.

Brightest, happiest blessings! 

Quote for the Day:  I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine.  ~ Lou Reed

Today’s Weather: Black cherry patent leather GrokMartens; let others stare in awe.

On This Date: 1846 – Neptune is discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams.

And: 1949 – Bruce Springsteen, American singer and songwriter is born. 

There are 99 days remaining till the end of this year.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 22

September 21, 2009

Eight of Swords

Guenevere at the Stake

 Back again?  Probably a pretty good card to take us into Autumn, though.  So let yourself go back to this card from time to time between now and the Winter Solstice, just to help you remember what this three months or so are about.

As I said the last couple of times this card showed up, this is really one of those cards that a client only has to see for about a second before they start whining and puling.  Can’t say I blame them, based on how the Eight of Swords is usually depicted.

Even in my Legend deck, the largest elements are Guenevere tied to the stake, wood piled about her, the executioner (looking very much like Lurch from the original Adams family) ready to set the pyre alight.  Charmin’ all ’round, ’tis.

So when intuitive consultants (Tarot readers) typically offer interpretations along the lines of bad news, conflict, slander, crisis, regret and being held at a disadvantage − I suppose I can see why a client might whimper some.

However − as most of you have already begun to say under your breath – Neal don’t see it THAT way. 

Let’s think about something for a second.  [Yes, we have to.  Have another coffee for pity’s sake.] 

Why do people come to guys like me for a reading? 

Be nice. 

It should NOT just be to hear what’s gonna happen.  It SHOULD be to learn what  THEY need to know that will help THEM maximize success and optimize outcomesBIIIIIIIG difference! 

I like a phrase my wife shared with me.  “Some American Indians think of prophecy as that which can be changed.”

So, you come to me for a reading.  The Eight of Swords turns up.  You start looking for a place to hide.  You find you don’t fit under the table and you can’t jump from the window because we’re in a basement.

So I say,

Wait a minute! 

Don’t leap (or claw your way up) to conclusions.  The first thing this card is telling you is that, if you’ve been feeling bound, trapped, concerned that there’s some negativity trying to bring you down, you’ve been right.  You’re not just being a wimp.

But!  BUT!!!!!  Look carefully at the card, Watson.  The Queen is tied to the stake and about to become an order of crispy-crunchy, dipping sauce upon request, no vegans please.  However, peer more closely and you’ll see there are knights coming over the hill, riding to her rescue.  And, if you remember your old Richard Harris movies, they will succeed.

This card is a gift to you, warning you in advance of possible crisis and other down-side realities.  And sure, if you freeze like a deer in the headlights, you will become Highway Delight.      

 How should you deal with this card?  Do what Guenevere did. 

Reach out. 

Ask for help.  

Let yourself receive help − help of all kinds from all appropriate levels. 

Especially seek assistance from those who are extremely capable of helping you understand, take on and overcome the difficulties [or go after the new goals] that may be trying to creep up [or emerging]. 

That will lead you to the most positive outcome possible, and even to a successful turnaround of the situation.

This card offers an end to adversity and a new beginning.

Let me repeat that for greater effect:

This card offers

an end to adversity

and a new beginning.  

But you have to reach out for it and grab the help when it’s there.  (After all, don’t you owe it to all the rest of us to make your life, and thus the greater vibration, better?)

Feeling tied down?  DON’T try to handle it alone.  Reach out.  Get general support from all those who care about you.  Engage those who have the strength, skill and wisdom to help you free yourself and move on to new, bright possibilities.  And make it a habit not to go solo any more.  Reach out.  Ask for help − of the highest and best kind.

Bright blessings, hope, peace and joy!

Quote for the Day:

There will be a Quote for the Day, but it has some backstory.  [And when did THAT become a word in the English language?]  The quote is the gift of a dream that came early this morning at around the time when a very dear friend was dying after a long, hard battle with cancer.

In the dream, I’m wandering through a kind of shoppe/magical warehouse all combined.  There are bins of cures, remedies, mystical interventions, spiritual uplifty thingies of all sorts.  When you pull out the drawer to a bin, it causes a closet-sized door to slide up, revealing pictures of the healing thingy being used, samples of the healing thingies and such.  When the door slides up, audio (and sometimes an audio/video) explaining all about whatever is in that bin begins.

When a bin is out of what’s supposed to be in it, the door still slides up, but there’s just a blank whitewashed wall.  And silence.

After reading the labels about what’s in the various bins, I decide on the stuff I want to be able to work with.  I go to the bins I want, open them and begin to take what I I’ll need.  But I choose several bins in a row that are empty.  The third time that happens, I begin swearing and asking out loud why the bins are even labeled if they’re freakin’ empty. 

And I hear a voice that says, softly but clearly, “Don’t fill the silence with crap!”

So that’s the Quote for the Day: 

 ~ Don’t fill the silence with crap. ~ 

[Keep your thoughts and words positive when you’re surrounded by yourself.]

Today’s Weather: Travelin’ Wilburys, carob chips and bassoons.

On This Date: 1888 – The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published.