Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 14

Five of Swords

Gawain’s Penance

Well, well.  This is a card that turned up just this afternoon in a really key position  for a client looking at how to resolve a major personal conflict.  And it’s one that I think can be really helpful to her in her situation and to all of us as we begin a new week.

In the spirit of something resembling candor [but not actually being candor], I will once again say that my interpretation of this card in readings veers away from that of most readers I know.

Typical readers will say things like degradation, destruction, dishonor, loss.  Charming, all in all.  Some might say something like, “Move on.  Learn from your experiences, but be positive.”  Really helpful there.  Really.

Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees loss, regret, having to accept one’s limitations, or, at best, a valuable lesson, one not to be repeated.

Well buggrall that!  Phooo-hoooooooooey!!!!

Based on my intuitive guidance and my experience over the last fifteen years or so, when this card shows up for a client, I stand, climb up onto my soapbox, throw things at them, shake my jowels and bellow:

STOP!   STOP!  STOP!!!

Stop turning your life

into one long gawd-awful penance! 

And stop living as though you have some penance you think you’re supposed to do, especially if doing so seems “justified” according to the sad, warped old belief structures of some bozos who laid their nastiness on ya years ago  ~ even if they are/were people very close to you.  And even if you know they were doing the best they could. 

Reach out for joy, for beauty, for healing, for the highest and best of your potential. 

Constantly rubbing your own nose in the messes of the past will never bring about positive change.  Or a happy nose.

It will only keep you from moving upward, and may even keep you stuck exactly where you are, causing you to repeat errors and disappointments of the past.   

Don’t do that.  That is just purely crazy!

Live! 

Know, know, KNOW that you deserve joy and beauty,

that you are entitled to reach for it at every moment

and with every ounce of strength and brilliance you have –

but know that YOU are the only one who can reach for it. 

Seek all that is uplifting, and wonderful, and full of Light! 

Now!

Bright blessings and joy!

Quote for the Day:   I was court-martialled in my absence, and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.  ~ Brendan Behan  [I know it’s a repeat.  But it’s such a perfect illustration of MY reading of the Five of Swords!]

Today’s Weather:  A huge great chocolate bag augmented by noontime Lydian aires tra-freekin- la.

On This Date:  1975 – The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI.

And: 1914 – Clayton Moore, American actor is born.

 And:  1927 – Isadora Duncan, American dancer dies.

 

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