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Tarot Card for the Day ~ November 1

October 31, 2009

Knight of Shields

Bors

This card last showed up way back in May.  I’m glad he’s back on a weekend, and at the beginning of the Celtic New Year, when we will perhaps pay a tad more attention.

Right?

I thought so.

Typical readers would find in this card such things as rectitude [which one of my spirit-guides calls “retch-itude,” even on a Sunday], utility, responsibility.  So see how that might fit into your day. 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, writes of an honest hard-working man, a supporter of tradition and order, and solid, steadfast progress.  If any of those describe what you need for the day or the times to come, keep an eye out for them or, better yet, embody them:  BE THEM.  Don’t get caught up in any whirlwinds blowing through, and fergawdsake, don’t create ’em

I used to call this “The Card of the Young Republican.”  But 8 years of Cheney took all the amusement out of even thinking about those folks.   

In this card I see [and you should take as a role model]

one who considers himself just about the most powerful knight in the forest,

with NO doubt whatsoever that he will meet his goal,

no doubt he will achieve his quest,

no doubt he will do whatever he has set out to do. 

 None!

Therefore, he is calm

He is in no hurry. 

He feels no need to impress anyone for any reason,

no need− ever − to leap over a tall building in a single bound just because somebody else might like it. 

He goes slowly, perhaps almost plodding at times, just putting one foot in front of the other to get where he needs to go. 

HOWEVER, he is always conscious of his goal,

aware of what will be necessary to get there,

and always in motion toward his target, until his mission is accomplished.    

So know your goal,

believe in yourself

and your ability to attain it,

don’t jump through hoops for anyone,

and move at your own pace. 

But be sure to move and keep moving.

Bright blessings, slowly but surely!

Quote for the Day: Slow but sure moves the might of the Gods.  ~ Euripides        

Today’s Weather:   Skwirrell-munched punkin chunks. 

On This Date:  1512 – The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.  [No Frisbees or beach balls allowed.]

Sixty days till the end of the year.  [Time to look at my February ToDo list.]

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Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 31

October 30, 2009

 

Four of Cups

The Fading Fellowship

Not exactly the card I expected for Samhain.  Especially after we saw it just this  Monday past.  But given the upside message of the card, I guess it makes sense for a time that, according to Wikipedia, “from Irish Samhain — summer’s end, marked the end of the harvest, the end of the ‘lighter half’ of the year and beginning of the ‘darker half.’

Many scholars believe that it was the beginning of the Celtic year. It has some elements of a festival of the dead. The Gaels believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain.

So:

If the information that generally comes to me when this card turns up holds true, it looks like this Samhain, and therefore the Celtic New Year, may be one of those burnout ~ vs. ~ idealism kinda times.  And please note: this IS another one of those BE CAREFUL cards.    

When this card turns up for a client, I usually say something like: 

Look.  There are a couple of possibilities you need to watch out for here.” 

One is that you’re nearing a point of disillusionment in your life

(so maybe go to my blog and look at the Card for January 1, 2009!),

or real burnout, or both. 

So you really need to look hard at how you’re living so you will start taking much better care of yourself on that score. 

“The second possibility is that words like

imaginary vexations (watch out for THAT one!),

drunk,

sloppy,

disorderly,

foolish,

blind,

ego-driven blowhard

may apply with real impact somewhere in your life − although they may not necessarily be about you personally.” 

So what do you do in response to a card like this? 

In the Legend deck I use, the image on this card gives a suggestion.  It shows the Knights of the Round Table during the period when they had conquered their initial passels of bad guys and had nothing much to do but sit around drinking, thumping their chests and generally being swine. 

But…

In the picture, there is one upright and stalwart fellow looking out a palace window.  What he is seeing is The Holy Grail, floating in over the castle walls. 

He sounds the call, the knights all run down to the great hall, The Grail casts its holy and magical spell over all present, and the lot of them clean up their act, pull themselves together and go on one of the great spiritual quests of all time. 

[And, I’ll tell ya: The world could really use a great spiritual quest right now.  We might even be able to have it, if we didn’t automatically start by spending most of our time and energy hacking each other to bits about who knows God/Goddess by the right name {George Clooney? Pazuzu? Hello Kitty?} in the right color {Black leather? Blue pinstripe?  Striped djellaba?} with the right kind of feet {One eagle claw? One old Nike Air Huarache? One Electric blue Manolo Blahnik? One a furry koala paw?}.] 

What this card implies is that, for your benefit and happiness, YOU CAN (and would do well to) be that one knight looking out onto a greater vista and being open to great miracles.  [Pray, let ye not become a one who throweth rockes at ye peasantes or ye skwirrells.]

Stay groundedHold to your idealsRefuse to demean yourself or anyone else by succumbing to a get-along by going-along philosophy.  Don’t even agree with me if you don’t feel like it.  [But have another cuppa and think it over at least, willya?]

If you perceive that this card talks about the quality of your personal life:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Spend at least a little time taking stock of what is really important.  REALLY important.  Figure out how you can pursue that!!! 

If this is a card about your workplace or a relationship − and you find it’s a situation worth working on − let yourself say:

“Hold on.  IS this the right direction?  I think we need to look at changing.  What are the ways we can do so and move together, toward the highest and best?”

Be honest with yourself about elements of disillusionment or burnout in life.  Be even more honest about any places where your ego or your fears may be overriding your truer, better nature. 

Look toward YOUR Holy Grail, whatever that means to you.  Then begin to do what you need to stay grounded and true to your higher ideals.  And move toward them today.

Bright Blessings, joy, renewal and a spiritual quest!

Quote for the Day:  I’ve decided that we need a wee goofy Samhain [more or less pronounced SAW-win, by the way] song.  And I’m just the goof to goof it. Doof it.  Aw friggit! 

So here’s the abbreviated version.  You should be able to figure out the whole thing for yourself.  It’s based on another twelve day holiday song you may recognize.

        On the twelfth day of Samhain,

        My True Love gave to me

        12 mummies humming,

         11 Igors writing,

        10 doors a-creaking,

        9 crazies ranting,

        8 owls a-winking,

        7 cauldrons brimming,

        6 Reapers slaying

        5 moldy Things,

        4 cawing birds,

        3 deadends

        2 monkey paws

        And a funny flying Thing called Batly.  ~ NS  [Surely you can do better!]

Today’s Weather:   Daemon skwirrells wreaking muckle havoc upon les Bonnes Jack O’Lanterns en chaumiere du bocage!  Merde, hein? 

And on this date:  1517 – Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

The link about Samhain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samhain

Blessed Samhain!

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 30

October 29, 2009

Ace of Cups 

The Holy Grail

 

This card last turned for us exactly two weeks ago.  Perhaps it will be a soothing balm to all of us who spent today whining and puling because we had to work with the gifts of the Ten of Swords.

Aces in Tarot deck (as you may remember) are cards of a new beginning.  So, that being the case, how can you (how would you like to or how do you need to) begin your life anew, today, right now?  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 asking that question until you all remember to ask it alla tyme by yourself!)

In any Tarot deck, the Ace of Cups is interpreted as a card of abundance, joy and even divine inspiration.  Some readers speak of this as a card of tremendously uplifting energy.

My own intuitive interpretation is based on the beautiful illustration of the Ace of Cups/Holy Grail in the Legend deck created by Anna Marie Ferguson.  

There have been many visions of what the Grail may really be . 

~ Some have seen it as the vessel from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper. 

~ Some perceive it as one of the Great Magical Cauldrons of Celtic spirituality. 

~ Others have thought it a huge jewel broken from the crown of Lucifer when he was cast out of heaven.  [Me, I’ve laways thought Lucifer got a bad rap.  What if he really WAS a light-bringer, and religious bigotry and opposition simply worked to dog him down?] 

~ It has even been written that the Grail is a great crystal at the juncture between the shamanic upper, lower and middle worlds, and that our ordinary reality world balances upon its tip. 

I see this card as being about regeneration − which makes sense, as so many of the objects mentioned here are mystical, magical, regenerative tools

The Ace of Cups asks that we be open to rebirth, perhaps a spiritual rebirth, and that we begin to seek it today. 

Most importantly for me, our culture has come to see the Grail as a symbol of purity and perfection.  So when I work with clients and this card comes up, I say,

What is your Holy Grail?  What is the highest, most perfect ideal you can strive for?   What is the purest, most positive thing you can aspire to do?  Who or what is the best, most brilliant, most caring version of yourself you can seek to become? 

Photo: Holy grail painting

Now, starting today, this minute, how can you honor THAT knowing, THAT aspect, THAT vision of yourself and your life?

Well? 

It may take a little work, sure, but you’re certainly worth it!

Bright blessings!

Quote for the Day:  The theme of the Grail is the bringing of life into what is known as ‘the wasteland.’ The wasteland is the preliminary theme to which the Grail is the answer. It’s the world of people living inauthentic lives – doing what they are supposed to do. ~ Joseph Campbell

Today’s Waethyr: Crabbit boiled winter kilts in tha gloaming, auld reekie!  Carry moth balls.

On This Date: 1938Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells‘s The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 29

October 28, 2009

Ten of Swords

Camlann 

Haven’t seem this card since April. And it tends to be a toughie in pretty much any deck, for pretty much any reader.  So of course I have my own divergent take on it.

Camlann, the image within this card, is the place and thus name of the final battle fought by Arthur and his knights.  It’s the battle at which Arthur took his fatal wounds − or rather, the wounds that caused him to be spirited away to Avalon. 

In any case, it’s the battle that saw the demise of the Round Table, the end of the Pendragon kings and the fall of Camelot.

Most readers see the Ten of Swords as a card of sadness, pain, affliction and desolation.  [And a Happy Thursday, guys!]

Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, writing of her Legend deck, sees it as betokening troubles, conflict, a showdown, or perhaps the climax and end of a chapter.

When this card turns up for a client, I begin by reminding them of what tens mean to me:

Tens in any Tarot deck betoken the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, or even the end of one way of life and the beginning of another.  So, if I were reading for you today and this card came up, I’d ask:

How do the things you have been experiencing – and more importantly, how do the things you have begun to long for in life just now – represent a strong message to you that you must allow yourself to

acknowledge the end of a cycle

and own the great potential for you to

move into something wonderful and powerful and new? 

How can you keep that in front of you not only today, but for some time to come?

Then I’d say:

Beyond that general information about cycles, I believe the Ten of Swords says in no uncertain terms, “You!  You!  You!  Yes.  You. 

“At this moment, I require of you some courage and faith.

“It is time to allow the old world − the world as you know it, your typical, day to day world− to die, in order that a beautiful new world may be born from it.” 

Yeah, it requires some courage, all right. 

But remember the promise: “a beautiful new world.”  This is in fact a hopeful card.

In following up with clients for whom this card is prominent in a reading, my sense has become that the changes they will need to make usually begin with a kind of ego death: a realization that the direction they have been firmly, even fanatically committed to really no longer serves them. 

That doesn’t mean they are required to throw everything up in the air and rush off in a direction wholly opposite to that which they have known, or in no intelligible direction at all. 

It does mean that they must begin by asking themselves – “What if?” 

What if this path HAS taken me as far as it was meant to go?  And what if that’s a good thing?  What if it’s a perfectly natural evolution?

What if I stand at the birthing place of beautiful new opportunities, beautiful new worlds?  What if I let myself fantasize about what I would wish them to be?

What would I wish them to be?  How would I wish to pursue them?  What would I do to begin? What are the baby steps I can take to begin that today?

What is the cycle that is completed?  What is the world that should be allowed to fall away?  What is the beautiful new world to be born from it?  How do I begin to create that world, for myself and those I love − for the highest and best of all − today?

Bright blessings, courage, hope and beautiful dreams! 

Quote for the Day: The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.  ~ Anon

Today’s Whether:  Dire weasels rampant; Enkidoos on the horizon.

On This Date: 1787 – Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.

Hmmm?  What?  Oh.  Yes.

And: 1929 – The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of ’29 or “Black Tuesday”, ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 28

October 27, 2009

Three of Spears

The Horse Fair

Truly a Wednesday kinda card. 

As I have said other times in this blog, I’m not utterly above spooking clients when this card comes up.  I glance at it darkly, lean forward to scan it more carefully, and whisper, OhBugger! under my breath. 

Or I say: Ahhh… This is a card of very special inspiration

[Then I count to fifteen while thinking:  Let ’em chew on THAT for a while!  Nyah—Nyah! Tee hee!]

Ahem.

Once again, please remember that threes in any Tarot deck are power cards, or rather, that the issue the card is addressing is one of power, even if it doesn’t seem so on the surface.  Typically, a three would counsel things like

~ beware power games,

~ be prepared for power struggles,

~ watch out for failure to own your power  −

   or, better,

~ OWN

          YOUR

               POWER

                    FULLY

                           NOW!

~ have a care against disempowerment

   in any area of life, whether by the action

   of others, or by your own action

   or inaction 

~ empower yourself

~ empower those you love and believe in

~ accept the challenge of owning ALLof

   what you are and who you can be

Simple, really.  [I keep telling myself that.  Over.  And over.  And over.  And it IS getting better.]

The Three of Spears as I see it is a mentoring-kinda card; it gives very specific direction, in a big, global sense.   It says:

Be ruthlessly practical in pursuit of a MUCH higher ideal.” 

The Tarot deck I use is Legend, the Arthurian Tarot

In my story of the card, which depicts The Horse Fair, I see a young King Arthur having the brilliant insight that, to finally take the throne, and then to more effectively secure his kingdom, he needs to resurrect a strong cavalry wing and make it the centerpiece of his armed forces. 

Having decided so, he would then have to go to Britain’s great horse fair and be ruthlessly objective in his examination of each animal, knowing that the future of Camelot might well rest on that very creature’s shoulders.   

So:

envision your most exalted possibilities,

your highest potential achievement

your most deeply and dearly held hopes

for the Highest and Best. 

Set your goal

Then literally, practically, ruthlessly,

holding your nose to the necessary grindstone(s),

do the things required to achieve your will 

− IF you’re clear that your will is truly for the Highest and Best! 

Own your most amazing and idealistic dreams.  Exert the power YOU possess to pursue them through practical means.  (One horse at a time, if necessary.)  

Bright blessings and amazing achievements!

Quote for the Day:   Science you don’t know looks like magic. ~ Christopher Moore

Today’s Weather:  Pierogies del piede sinistro.  Recycled big flying wahoolies.  Slap them with a water ski. 

On This Date: 1893 – Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its premiere performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer’s death. 

 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 27

October 26, 2009

 

 

Ace of Swords

Sword of Strange Hangings 

Hasn’t been even a month since this card last came to advise us.  So do try to give it some thought and attention this time.  Eh? 

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 AROUNDCOMES AROUND  

 Bright blessings and joyous adventures!

Quote for the Day:   We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open ~ Jawaharlal Nehru 

Today’s Weather:  Monster ducks.  Hide the foie gras, or carry a bottle of good Madeira. 

On This Date:  1939 – John Cleese, British actor and writer is born.   

 

 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 26

October 25, 2009

Four of Cups

The Fading Fellowship

We last saw this card in mid-July.  Considering what I’m seeing and hearing with clients, I’m surprised it hasn’t been showing up at least once a week.  It’s a good card to work with now, as we move deep into autumn, when we may want to spend some time examining where we’ve been, where we want to go and how we want to get there.

So:

If the information that generally comes to me when this card turns up holds true, it looks like this Monday may be one of those burnout ~ vs. ~ idealism kinda days.  And please note: this IS another one of those BE CAREFUL cards.    

When this card turns up for a client, I usually say something like: 

Look.  There are a couple of possibilities you need to watch out for here.” 

One is that you’re nearing a point of disillusionment in your life

(so maybe go to my blog and look at the Card for January 1, 2009!),

or real burnout, or both. 

So you really need to look hard at how you’re living so you will start taking much better care of yourself on that score. 

“The second possibility is that words like

imaginary vexations (watch out for THAT one!),

drunk,

sloppy,

disorderly,

foolish,

blind,

ego-driven blowhard

may apply with real impact somewhere in your life − although they may not necessarily be about you personally.” 

So what do you do in response to a card like this? 

In the Legend deck I use, the image on this card gives a suggestion.  It shows the Knights of the Round Table during the period when they had conquered their initial passels of bad guys and had nothing much to do but sit around drinking, thumping their chests and generally being swine. 

But…

In the picture, there is one upright and stalwart fellow looking out a palace window.  What he is seeing is The Holy Grail, floating in over the castle walls. 

He sounds the call, the knights all run down to the great hall, The Grail casts its holy and magical spell over all present, and the lot of them clean up their act, pull themselves together and go on one of the great spiritual quests of all time. 

[And, I’ll tell ya: The world could really use a great spiritual quest right now.  We might even be able to have it, if we didn’t automatically start by spending most of our time and energy hacking each other to bits about who knows God by the right name {John Cheese} in the right color {red patent leather} with the right kind of feet {one old Nike Air Huarache, one Electric blue Manolo Blahnik for a furry koala paw}.]  [Or was it Mrs. Peacock in the library with the lead pipe?]  [Oops.  Sorry.  Flashback.  Sorry.]

What this card implies is that, for your benefit and happiness, YOU CAN (and would do well to) be that one knight looking out onto a greater vista and being open to great miracles.  [Pray, let ye not become a one who throweth rockes at ye peasantes.]

Stay groundedHold to your idealsRefuse to demean yourself or anyone else by succumbing to a get-along by going-along philosophy.   Don’t even agree with me if you don’t feel like it.  [But have another cuppa and think it over, a bit, just for the heck of it, willya?]

If you perceive that this card talks about the quality of your personal life:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Spend at least a little time taking stock of what is really important.  REALLY important.  Figure out how you can pursue that!!! 

If this is a card about your workplace or a relationship − and you find it’s a situation worth working on − let yourself say:

“Hold on.  IS this the right direction?  I think we need to look at changing.  What are the ways we can do so and move together, toward the highest and best?”

Be honest with yourself about elements of disillusionment or burnout in life.  Be even more honest about any places where your ego or your fears may be overriding your truer, better nature. 

Look toward YOUR Holy Grail, whatever that means to you.  Then begin to do what you need to stay grounded and true to your higher ideals.  And move toward them today.

Bright Blessings, joy, renewal and a spiritual quest!

Quote for the Day:  If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.  ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Today’s Weather:   Welsh rarebit tweezling above Llareggub Hill.  Keep toasted rye nearby.

And on this date:  1959 – The world sees the far side of the Moon for the first time. [Two years later, Dylan McDermott is born!] 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 25

October 24, 2009

Eight of Shields

Wayland

 

The last time this fellow came by, I said,”…it’s one of my favorite cards; I wish it would show up more often.”  Considering we saw him less than two weeks ago, I guess I got my wish!  

I always tell my clients that Eight of Shields is the card of magical work

And you can interpret that as magical WORK

or MAGICAL work

(Or both, of course.  But feel it through for a minute and see if one doesn’t resonate more strongly, at least for today.)

So, let’s assume you focus on the first interpretation, magical WORK

Well then, you need to be engaged in, or actively seeking, employment that is so perfect for you it isn’t like work, it’s like magic.  It’s such a joy to be doing what you’re doing in the way you’re doing it with the people you’re doing it with, you can hardly wait to roll out of bed to get at it every morning. 

As I’ve said before, believe it or not, those kind of careers and positions do actually exist.  I’ve had that experience, even in the corporate world, and it’s wonderful!  And it didn’t require handing anyone a chocolate covered piraña hardly ever.

So if a really happy work scenario is not what you have in your life now:

a.)  It’s likely in part because you don’t KNOW what you’d really love to do, or

b.)  You’re unwilling to admit to yourself what it is that you’d really love to do, and/or

c.)  You won’t let yourself believe that you could actually, successfully, happily have that in your life without starving, and so

d.)  You’re not letting yourself hold out for what you’d really love to do, or even

e.)  You’re not letting yourself figure out what baby steps would help take you in that direction, or

f.)  You need a chocolate covered piraña.

[God.  I feel SO organized just this minute!]

Who CARES if you’re too old to be a Mouseketeer? 

If that’s what would really light up the universe for you, at least start down the path and see what the job placement elves put at your feet. 

But you’ve gotta be honest with yourself about your career ideals first!

Ah, but let’s assume it was the MAGICAL work interpretation that rang your chimes. 

Well then, what kind of regular, ongoing personal ritual, or ceremony, or magic are you working in your life to bring about what you want in the world?

[Well why not?]

What do you mean, “Such as?” 

Well, such as burning the right color candles in the right phases of the moon with the right kind of prayer for financial abundance. 

Or getting the Feng Shui of your house together and in line with your desire to have romance in your life. 

Or even making the time every day to use guided meditation/guided imagery CDs to help boost your immune system and help increase your energy. 

Your magical work is exactly that: YOUR magical work.  For you it may be prayer, or shamanic journeys, or herbal-infused spellwork, or whatever floats your magical/spiritual boat.  But do it.  DO IT!

And think about really working with both interpretations (magical WORK + MAGICAL work = MAGICAL LIFE!) together. 

Move toward your magical WORK, and let your MAGICAL work help get you there more quickly, and keep you happier, more connected, more fulfilled while you work on getting there.  It’ll make the world better for you, and everyone and everything.

Bright blessings and magical blissings!

Quote for the Day:  Normal people … believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet. ~ Scott Adams

Today’s Weather: Badgeroid barographs predict moose monsoons and tuna tornados.  Bring a blender and cole slaw.

On This Date: 1944 – Heinrich Himmler orders a crackdown on the Edelweiss Pirates, a loosely organized youth culture in Nazi Germany that had assisted army deserters and others to hide from the Third Reich.

If you’re from the Cleveland area:

Use this link to check out an upcoming televised documentary about Ghoulardi.  In my opinion, the Ghoulardi show was a low rent local-whitebread-rustbelt Monty Python kinda thing.  We could use that satirical goofiness around here today!

http://www.cleveland.com/tv/index.ssf/2009/10/cleveland_tvs_ghoulardi_akrons.html 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 24

October 23, 2009

Three of Cups

The Dressing of the Sacred Spring

Always grateful to see this card.  It’s such a breath of fresh air.  And here it is, cycling back after only three weeks.   

A good card to savor and contemplate, and keep in mind as we move deeper into the dreamy, chilly, hibernating energy of autumn.

First off, please remember that threes in any Tarot deck are power cards, or rather, that the issue the card is addressing is one of power, even if it doesn’t seem so on the surface.  Typically, a three would offer counsel such as

~ beware of power games,

~ be prepared for power struggles,

~ watch out for failure to own your power  −

   or, better,

   OWN

   YOUR

   POWER

  FULLY

  NOW

~ have a care against disempowerment

   in any area of life, whether by the action

   of others, or by your own action

   or inaction 

~ empower yourself

~ empower those you love and believe in

~ accept the challenge of owning all of

   what you are and who you can be

Simple, really.  [And I should know, being pretty simple m’self.]

The Three of Cups is a card of blessing.  It’s very positive in the potential it bespeaks.  

Some readers find it to be a card of plenty, merriment or solaceOthers see it speaking of victory or celebration with friends.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes of the Three of Cups as acknowledging blessings, the realization of a dream, or festivities and bounty. http://strangerealms.multiply.com/photos/album/65/Legend_The_Arthurian_Tarot#photo=18

I see it as a card of empowerment, fruitful completion and healing.  How are these things to be fostered and achieved?    By engaging in heartfelt, beautiful and joyful sacred celebration with those of like mind and soul. 

Please, today, take some time, even if just a moment, to connect with those in your circle who are positive, supportive and helpful − who inspire hope and joy and all good things in your life – even if it’s just by phone, even if it’s only for a minute. 

Share something or share about something you can celebrate together. 

Don’t forget to include your Spirit Guides, guardian angels, absent gurus, loving friends or even family members who have passed from this realm as you open to sharing and celebration.  And let yourself be empowered by what transpires.

Remember that the Celts believed (and still believe) the Divine is present in every place, everything  and everyone – including you and what you are doing now, and everywhere you will go and everything you will do today.  So GIVE YOURSELF THAT!

Own your power.  Help empower others.  Seek others whose goodness and LIGHT is empowering to you.  And do it in a joyful, celebratory way.  Today!  (Perfect excuse for celebration with good people!)

Bright blessings, joy and CELEBRATION!

Quote for the Day:  A physician without a knowledge of astrology has no rights to call himself a physician.  ~  Hippocrates

And: Millionaires don’t have astrologers.  Billionaires do.  ~ J. P. Morgan

Today’s Weather:  Curdled snurlis; wear boiled turnips in each armpit.

On This Date:  1260 – The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Cathedral of Chartres

 

Walking the great labyrinth at Chartres

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 23

October 22, 2009

Queen of Cups

Britannia

 

Well, this certainly has been a week of, “Yo!  Will ya just TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FOR A CHANGE?” kinda cards.  And this one fits right in.

Most readers respond to this card by predicting things like happiness, pleasure, or a good, fair, honest and devoted woman who will serve the querent − the person having the reading.  So if those things fit in with your needs, reach out for and receive them.  And if you encounter such a person, by all means engage her on your behalf

One reader speaks of finding that this card embodies the nature of St. Clare − the founder of the Poor Clares –  the feminine counterpart of St. Francis who embraced poverty, simplicity and service with great love and compassion for all.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees the Queen of Cups as many beautiful and wonderful things, including an Otherworldly woman with a wealth of artistic ability who trusts her psychic abilitiesAlso a poetic person of vision and intelligence.  So, by all means, EMBODY THOSE THINGS in yourself and your life. 

[If I worked it right, you can see the Queen by going to this web site: http://strangerealms.multiply.com/photos/album/65/Legend_The_Arthurian_Tarot#photo=28  ]

Britannia is the Spirit of the Land of Great Britain, and (in my interpretation of this card) reminds us that we bear an obligation of loyalty to our land, i.e.,  to our environment and all the creatures who continue to live among us, as well as to those we have displaced in our creation of “civilization.”

In working with clients over the years, I have also come to know the Queen of Cups as a card of compassion – especially compassion for the self

One of the most persistent pop psychology tenets of the 70s went something like, “You can’t reeeeelly love anyone else unless you love yourself first.” 

Well, I’ve found that this card says something like that. 

When it turns up for a client, I remind them that, whatever may be going on in their life, it would be well if the whole magilla were seen and understood through the perspective of compassionate contemplation. 

And, just as important, it is necessary to be compassionate toward the self during times of stress or turmoil.  That way, we’ll be more likely to take care of ourselves well enough to be an appropriately compassionate helper to others if/when we are called to.

 So:

Keep an eye out for a wise, fair, caring woman who may be able to give you a hand.  Own your artistic and intuitive nature.  Honor and care for The Land, its creatures and its Spirit.  And have compassion – for others, yes, but especially for yourself.

Bright blessings and a beautiful, gentle day!

Quote for the day: Help me love myself.  Help me love my life.  Help me treat life lovingly. ~ NS [A prayer & power chant.]                                                   

Today’s Weather:  Miniature genetically modified toy wombats. En croute.  Yum!

 

On This Date:  1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves later popularized in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series appear for the first time, in the story Le flute à six schtroumpfs, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo which is serialized in the weekly comics magazine Spirou .  [WTF? 1958?  In BELGIUM  WTF??]