Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 22

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.



6 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ September 22”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Dear Neal,

    I’m very sorry about your friend. Thank you very much for sharing your dream and for the quote. I certainly will remember it. “Don’t fill the silence with crap.”

    ~ ~ Blessings and condolences, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Or tuna salad, either.

    Thanks, Donna.

  3. Heather Says:

    Hugs, sent in the way only pixels can travel. The dream and the quote are both memorable, thank you for sharing them.

  4. Linda Says:

    Dear Neal,

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend!

    I will be sending love, light, prayers, angels and Reiki to you and to all!!

    Beautiful quote, and so true!

    Love and light to you!

  5. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks, Linda.


  6. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so much, Heather. Pixel pixies report, “Mission accomplished.”

    Blessinsg to all!

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