Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 13

The Horned One


This fellow last appeared just at the end of August.  Before that, he showed up right regular on holidays like Christmas Eve and the first day of spring.  When he showed up in summer, I was given the following Spirit-based insight:

“Now… remember that EVERY day is a day of power, a day of connection, and a day of celebration.  Live THAT, why don’t you?”

As I said in August, I should probably just end the session with that insight and walk away now, y’know?  It’s plenty good information, and would save you a few minutes of additional reading to boot.

But NO-OOOO-OH.  [Oh well.  You’re a grown up.  You can stop reading whenever you want to.  Or just look at the daily horoscope in the paper or something.]


Following a Shamanic spirituality as I do, I simply consider this the most powerful card in the deck.  Let me describe it a bit as it’s portrayed by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck.

There’s a beautifully muscled fellow sitting cross legged out in the woods under a bright full moon.  His legs are shaggy and end in hooves.  He has stag’s antlers protruding from his head.  In his right hand he holds a golden torc ~ the old Celtic symbol of kingship ~ in his left a live serpent.  He is surrounded by folk of the wood ~ fox, otter, boar, stag, frog. 

It’s a beautiful, mystical, magical card. Wish I had it as a huge poster.

The painting on the card is depicts images from the famous Gundestrup cauldron, a first century BC ritual silver vessel found deep in a Danish bog.  Sacred, beautiful objects like this were ritually cast into bogs ~ which were considered places of mystery, power and great magic ~ as sacrificial gifts. [Better than tossing in the odd Ukrainian, I’d say.  Although I suspect they they may have done a bit o’ that as well.]  

You can read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundestrup_cauldron .

Cernunnos, the fellow depicted in the card is the Celtic incarnation of the Horned God.  He is considered to be the Lord of the Animals.

[In the spirit of full disclosure, in other decks, this card is often depicted by the devil, with some attendant negative interpretations.  Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, alludes to the card’s primordial power, and emphasizes the need to channel this power positively and for good.]

But here is what I see in the card, based on many years of working with clients.  This is a truly shamanic card in that it says, “You have the capacity to connect with the realm of Spirit.  You have an ability to bring Spirit through into ordinary reality in a way that can functionally, positively bring about change. 

“Because you have that capacity ~ from the Shaman’s perspective ~ you have the OBLIGATION to develop it and use it for the highest and best of all.”

So, in this very sacred season [whatever season or day of the year it may be, as we have been informed above]

~ explore your connection to Spirit (your guardian angels, the Universal Life Force, God, Goddess, Harold or however you perceive it)

~ believe in ~ in fact ASSUME ~ a functional connectedness

~ open yourself to the goodness and healing and wisdom that Spirit offers

~ use your connection to understand how to bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

Brightest blessings, joy, hope and healing! 

Quote for the day:  It is never too late to be what you might have been.  ~ George Eliot


Today’s Weather:  Alex the Christmas Imp.  Always cruisin’.

On This Date: 1884 – Greenwich is established as universal time meridian of longitude. [And I still can’t use it to figure out astrological events.]

And:  1917 – The “Miracle of the Sun” is witnessed by an estimated 70,000 people in the Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal.



3 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ October 13”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Dear Mr. Unique (I wouldn’t say “odd”) Ukrainian,

    What a super message all ’round. I wish I had this card as a full-sized poster, too!

    Lately I’ve been hearing myself say somewhere from deep within, “I’m going to have a beautiful winter.” It feels like a gift from Spirit and I’m staying open to co-creating a very special winter. Feels like it has a lot to do with giving…and receiving…love. It feels like the message of this card as you present it is quite related.

    A great quote by George Eliot: “It’s never to late to be what you might have been.”

    The weather report is spot on! Can’t wait to listen to Alex, the Christmas Imp again this holiday season.

    And last but not least, the angel picture is gorgeous.

    ~ ~ Thanks so much. It feels good to be home and back to my daily routine, part of which is “taking in” your daily blog.

    ~ ~ Blessings and joy, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks, Ms. Donna!

  3. shamanspath Says:

    And blessings!

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