Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 3

Five of Swords

Gawain’s Penance

Well, well.  Only saw this card a couple of weeks ago. 

So kindly PAY ATTENTION this time, eh?

In the spirit of something resembling candor [but not actually being candor even though it looks remarkably like candor, by heaven!], I will once again say that my interpretation of this card in readings veers away from that of most readers I know. Alive or otherwise.

Typical readers will say things like degradation, destruction, dishonor, loss.  Yummy, that.  Some might say something like, “Move on.  Learn from your experiences, but be positive.”  Really helpful there.  Really.  I could come up with something like that before my morning caffeine of choice.  REALLY big help, and compassionate, too.  NOT!

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-hooooooooo-ey upon that !!!!

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 jowls and bellow:


Stop turning your life

into one long gawd-awful penance! 

It ain’t supposed to be.  And you don’t DESERVE it to be!

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 NOT RIGHT!


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!  And did I mention JOY!!!?

Quote for the day:   The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of mattress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.  ~ Brendan Behan

Today’s Weather:  Boom shaka lacka lacka.  Boom shaka lacka. OOKA BOOM!!!!!

 On This Date:  1795 – General Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence being named to defend the French National Convention against  armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the three year old revolutionary government.  [Tee hee hee.  Hee hee.]

And: 1955 – Captain Kangaroo debuts on the CBS television network.

And:  Mike!



6 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 3”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Dear Neal,

    You’ve done quite a number of readings/sessions for me over the years and I’ve never seen your jowls shake. Maybe next time? (Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy…!)

    ~ ~ Can’t wait! ~ ~ Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:



  3. Laura Says:

    I know quite a few people who could benefit from reading this post, so off in an email blast this link goes (I’ll be sure to cc: myself). “Life only avails, not the having lived.” -Emerson

  4. Saraswati Says:

    🙂 Love it. Perfect. Exactly the interpretation needed at the right moment. As always…


  5. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so much, Laura.

    Hope the post is helpful to your friends.



  6. shamanspath Says:

    Beautiful, Saraswati! Thank you!

    Blessings and more blessings,


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