Archive for October 6th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 7

October 6, 2009
Four of Swords

Isolt of the White Hands

I know this card showed up less than a month ago, but boy can I use it today.  There are few pleasures in life quite so likely to make one want to aim a small but potent missile at an exotic part of the world as working over the phone for a couple of hours to get one’s PC back from death’s door.

To steal a line from Sir Terry Pratchett, “I don’t know about you, but I could murder a curry.”

The Four of Swords is a card of respite and recovery.  It speaks of moving from a stressful environment to a place of safety, calm and comfort.

Some readers find that this card speaks of solitude or hermit’s repose.  Others see it as predicting renewal.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds such things as healing, gentle soul searching, convalescing and regaining strength and direction in this card.  [Maybe I WILL look into sending the daily card by carrier pigeon.]

 To me, the Four of Swords says:

“Now!  Today!  Make a mini-retreat!  Give yourself time and space to rest, recharge, recuperate.  As Anna-Marie Ferguson also says, this card recommends you leave a stressful, chaotic situation in order to clear the mind and reevaluate plans ~  so you can refine your sense of where you actually want to go!

Please be sure to carve out at least an hour, if not most of the day, to just be at peace, take it easy, do what’s comfortable and healing as you let the river (and pretty much everything else) flow by.  [Me?  I’m prob’ly gonna stay away from sharp objects for a day or two.  And sledge hammers.]

Bright blessings, peace, calm and healing!

Quote for the Day:  “It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”  ~Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, from Good Omens   

Today’s Weather: Mondo marshmallow.  Duckwalk all the way!

On This Date:  1763– George III of Great Britain issues British Royal Proclamation of 1763, closing aboriginal lands in North America north and west of Alleghenies to white settlements  [Only one of his many fabulous sucesses!]


I got a question.  How could Neil Gaiman ~~ Neil Freaking Gaiman! ~~ come to town for a free talk and not have his remarks written up in the alleged major daily newspaper?



Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 6

October 6, 2009

The Hermit

Lancelot in Exile

As I’ve said before whenever this card came up:

This would be a good time to remember that

~ each Tarot card has many facets to its meaning and

~ it can be important to tease out as many of the meanings

   as you can for yourself

~ including meanings that seems to contradict themselves

~ to get a sense of what you might need to be aware of on any given day

Is that sufficiently unclear?

Okay, let’s try it from another perspective.

There are lots of different Yous going on during even a single morning, let alone a whole day, a whole career, etc. 

Although you perceive yourself to be pretty much the same from morning till night, and day in and day out,

~ You’re likely a very different person with the paper boy who leaves your paper perfectly where you want it [you remember what a newspaper is, don’t you?]

~ than you are with the cats who keep lovingly flopping on the movie reviews as you try to read them. 

~ And you’re a different person with them than you are with the partner who always manages to be ogling the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue just as you walk into the room. 

~ And you’re different with her/him than you are with that whiney but important client who demands that you see her half an hour earlier than anybody else ever does (and always shows up 40 minutes late)

~ or the lovely but dotty neighbor who always drives a bit over the edge of your lawn but gives you potted plants and flowers once a quarter in apology

~ and the other neighbor who is wonderful but keeps throwing peasants out for the weregoblins, who grab them and eat them on (and leave leftovers all over) your porch.  

See?  LOTS of different Yous.

And that’s not even on a day fraught with emotional charge, elevated hopes, escalated fears, fat, sugar and alcohol.  Oh, wait.  Thanksgiving is over a month away. 

So what does that have to do with The Hermit? 




It’ll come to me.  Oyeah.


As I’ve said before, you’d assume a card with a name like The Hermit would be pretty self-evident in its meaning, right?

Well, sort of.  For once.   In this case, anyway.  I mean, if you’ve been aching for some alone time away from the madding crowd to recuperate, get grounded and centered, this is definitely your card of permission in that regard.  [So, yeah, you can tell your boss it was all Neal’s fault you didn’t show for mandatory fun with your coworkers at the company strategic planning session and human scarifice today.]  But be sure to create and take advantage of favorable energies if you let yourself have the time and space this way It will be valuable and helpful.

But the more specific applicability of The Hermit on any given day is that, when this card shows up in a reading, I’m most likely to say to a client,

Ah.  Yes.  Hermit.

“It’s time to go really deep within yourself and do some much needed soul-searching. 

“The intent will be to find the pure and beautiful light within you, acknowledge it, engage it, and begin bringing it out as a gift to and a healing for the world.” 

Please see whether you don’t really resonate to that aspect of the card today.  In fact, go out of your way to try to resonate with it.  It’ll help you get through the day.  And your vibe will probably help everyone else in the process.

By the way, this card can also indicate a meeting with a wise person.  So don’t let that slip by if you perceive a likely opportunity.   [Maybe you’ll hire me for a reading?]

Find your light.  Shine it in the world. 

Bright BRIGHT Blessings!

Quote for the Day:  I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.  ~ EdgarAllan Poe

Today’s Weather:  The hormony of love.

On This Date: 1889Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture.

A note from da Tarot guy:  It seems my PC may have crashed this evening.  The Daily Card may be a little more normal than I would like for a few days.  I grovel at your plebiscites.