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Tarot Card for the Day ~ November 24

November 23, 2009


Percivale’s Vision

We’ve seen this card twice this month.  Good!  It’s always a fortunate card to turn up.  And it usually shows up not a moment too soon!

Obviously, this card betokens its own name: Strength, as well as courage and vitality.  Plus magnanimity − both toward you and emanating from you – [so feel free to send your favorite Tarot reader a beautiful and rare Italian silk almost-anything.  Thank you.]  The card can also indicate perhaps the most perfect light touch of luck.   [So give that a try, yes?]

Really pretty good!   So TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT!  ALL OF IT!!  [Otherwise what are you reading this for?]

Where was I?  [Come to that, Who was I?  Oh yeh…  Boring.]

The Strength card is one of the most utterly positive cards in the deck.  And it does offer a few useful, specific recommendations.

It is very important that you do not underestimate your physical and emotional strength at this time, or doubt the power and durability of your connection to Universal Life Force – God, Spirit, The Big G, Mr. Dylan, der Cheney-Fuhrer or Whatever-You-Name-It. 

In other words, don’t down yourself out or assume less of yourself than you may actually be able to handle.  If opportunities come, REACH!  If challenges come, PUSH BACK!  Don’t just crawl under the bed and hide. 

Believe in your ability to succeed and to attain that which you most desire, particularly in areas of physical healing and achievement and/or emotional connection and healing. 

Draw on your inner strength, which is truly far greater than you give yourself credit for.  So haul that butt up from under the bed.  Right now! I mean it. We’re all waiting.  Come on… Now!

Like many of us, you may need to begin investing some ongoing effort toward actually identifying and functionalizing your connection to your inner strength.  Our culture ain’t so good about that, unless you have forced yourself to march to the same “inner drummer” as everybody else.  Get to know your OWN connection to Source, and work with it.  

We have in us the brilliant, beautiful and eternal power of stars.  It’s up to us to find and focus it.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, feels this card indicates having the strength and vitality to realize one’s goals, and also ambition tempered with serenity – a gentle strength. 

When I work with clients, I advise them about an additional level of meaning to this card in this particular deck.  I find this to be the card of the visionary – the individual who can see higher, farther, and deeper than others can. 

Sometimes, even more important, this is the person who can see (distinguish clearly) the trees for the forest and the forest for the trees.  So give yourself credit for being able to see things more clearly, and define things more accurately and truly, than the madding crowd around you. 

Own your ability to be the visionary who can, as Robert F. Kennedy so beautifully put it, “…dream things as they never were, and say why not?”  Or see things as they really are, and say, “Nuh-unh sucker!  We don’t play that way NO MORE!”

Trust in your strength and draw on it.  Manage it well when you must, but draw on it.  Believe in your success.  And let your vision of WHAT CAN BE guide you higher and higher beyond the norm of what has been.

Bright blessings, light, clarity and joy!

Quote for The Day:  

— Remember ~ that which does not kill us can only make us stronger.
— And that which does kill us leaves us dead! ~  Terry Pratchett, from Carpe Jugulum

Today’s Whether:  Drivel, dravel, druvel.  Low-wandering bituminous oxymorons. Brush your yak.  

On This Date:  1868Scott Joplin, Ragtime composer is born.

And:  1991Freddie Mercury, Zanzibar-born singer of Queen, leaves the building. 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ November 23

November 23, 2009

Five of Swords

Gawain’s Penance

Well, well.  Gawain has shown up (in two different cards) two days in a row. 

I’m reminded of one of the worst movies I ever saw. It starred Sean Connery, in fact.  It was called Sword of the Valiant, and Connery played The Green Knight — brilliant casting, if you remember the legend. 

Unfortunatley, the director must have been aiming for an unsophisticated, probably American audience, or something.  He kept having Connery pronounce Gawain’s name GahWAYNE.  You could see old 007 become more furious every time he had to speak it. Nice costumes, though.


Oyeh.  The card.  Sorry.

Kindly PAY ATTENTION then, eh?

In the spirit of something resembling candor [but not actually being candor even though it looks remarkably like candor, as near as I can tell!], 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.  Or in between.

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, shamble up onto my soapbox, throw things at them, shake my jowls(all of them) 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:   Only nothing is impossible.  ~ Grant Morrison

Today’s Weather:  Ratta ratta racka racka. (But look out the window, just in case.)

On This Date:  1963 – The BBC broadcast the first ever episode of Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell, which would become the world’s longest science fiction drama to date. 

And:  1995Grant Morrison asks readers of his comic book series The Invisibles to participate in a worldwide “wank-off” to give power to a sigil intended to keep the series in circulation.  [Really. Ya can’t make this stuff up.]