Archive for October 8th, 2009

Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 9

October 8, 2009

Eight of Cups

Chapel Perilous


Last saw this card back in August. My initial reponse?

And yet another OhBooHiss on all of you sweet folk who thought, “Ah, any chapel would be a chapel perilous for you, Nealio boyo.” 

I’ll have you know I’ve been to several services over the last couple of months and the Holy Water doesn’t hardly leave scars at all anymore much.  Especially if I use aloe.  However, I do leave scorch marks on the font.  But that’s another issue.

And may I add, Thanks a lump!

Anyway, this is a card that had only popped up for the blog one other time, and it’s one that has a lot of helpful guidance to it.  It is, however, another one of those cards that has clients whimpering just from the visuals.  Except for those who are superGoth.  They just ask for directions so they can find the place.

The card, you see, (at least in the deck I use) portrays a knight who has ridden into a chapel to protect himself and his steed from a furious storm.  He notices that the altar is without any adornment, save for a brightly flaming large golden candle.  As he waits, and drips, he sees a giant, clawed, monstrous hand reach in through the window high above the altar and make to extinguish the light.

Charmeeeeeng, yezno?

So, anyway, some readers believe the Eight of Cups conveys either turning away from felicity and celebration, or the exact opposite [I guess it depends which side of bed the reader fell out of].  Others believe this is a card that calls for the querent (questioner) to look for a deeper meaning in life; it is a time for soul searching

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds this card to be about abandoning a path, a change of plans, and escaping an unhealthy situation, among other things.

Of course, I have my own particular take on the card.  When it turns up for a client, I usually say things like

~ Do not let anyone or anything – especially yourself − put a bushel basket over your light.

~ Do not allow anyone or anything – especially yourself or your perception of your self − hold you under its thumb.

If necessary:



Go elsewhere. Hastily.

Try something else.

Reach out for other options. 

Rework your priorities and take life from there.



Today, refuse to be confined, repressed, dimmed by anyone or anything – especially yourself!

Bright blessings and an open path to your true self!

Thought for the Day: Anyway, being brought up as a Satanist tended to take the edge off it. It was something you did on Saturday nights. And the rest of the time you simply got on with life as best as you could, just like everyone else.   ~ Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, from Good Omens, the Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Today’s Weather: Circus minimus.  No popcorn.  No clown.  No geek.

On This Date: 1003 – Leif Erikson lands in L’Anse aux Meadows, Canada, becoming the first known European to reach North America. [Holds the continent’s first Goth concert in celebration.]

Speaking of Neil Gaiman, this is from is blog: [ ]

Monday, October 05, 2009

The Monster That Devoured Cleveland

Posted by Neil at 8:04 AM

In a hotel room in Cleveland. The hotel just sent up a Bic disposable razor, as I had left my many-bladed thing at home, and wanted to shave. For the first 30 seconds of shaving, I thought, ah, why do I use an expensive shaving device rather than one of these? It works just as well. Then I noticed the amount of blood appearing and decided that there was a lot to be said for multi-bladed shaving devices. Also, ow. Anyway, I went to Cleveland yesterday — set out very early in the morning and got to Cleveland in time for a 2:00 reading/talk and a signing. There’s an auditorium in the Cleveland Library (a beautiful building that used to be a Catholic Girl’s School) that fits over 650 people. The auditorium was full. So was the overflow room where 350 people watched it on a big TV (I went and said hello to them first, so they knew it was me and not just animatronics). I learned when it was all over that fire marshalls and such got involved, and that people were being turned away (I’m really sorry).

Then I did a reading. The cold has left my throat missing a chunk of range, but done that nice thing where I get all this bass I don’t normally have, so it was easy doing the bear’s voice, and harder doing some of the others, and then we did a Q&A and I did another reading and it was all over too quickly.

After it was over, I signed forever. I was given lots of really good art. (I’m often given art. But there was more really good art at this one.)

Hi Mr. Gaiman,
I’ve been a devoted reader since middle school (I’m now a graduate student, so that’s a long time!) I was so excited to find out you were giving a talk in Cleveland, where I started grad school recently. I was so disappointed to show up today, with the Graveyard Book in tow for signing, and be turned away by police officers due to overcrowding at the library. I had been looking forward to this event for a few months now, to finally get the chance to meet you.

Will you be returning to the area anytime soon?

A sad, devoted fan

I’m sorry. I don’t think anyone at the library had dreamed that more than a thousand people would show up. I think some of them thought it was a bit optimistic having an overflow room at all. I’m in Toledo tonight, which is sort of in the area, but then it’s going to be a while.

I’m thinking about doing a Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Reading tour at some point in 2010. It’ll be a decade since The Last Angel Tour, which was, as far as I was concerned at the time, the last time I was ever doing this. But, you know, ten years…

(Incidentally, people sometimes ask me where they can buy signed stuff from, and I normally say “I don’t know” or “Dreamhaven”. But there’s always the CBLDF Neil Gaiman store. [Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.]