Tarot Card for the day ~ December 5

Ace of Shields

Avalach’s Shield

Hmmm… Aces two days in a row (yesterday was the Ace of Swords, ‘member?).   So even though we haven’t seen this card since late September, back-to-back Aces really do push the idea that it’s time to make a new beginning. Therefore,  pay attention, even though it is a Saturday morning for most of you. 

As those of you who were actually awake during the last paragraph will remember, Aces in any Tarot deck  are cards of a new beginning.  So, that being the case,

~ How can you − how do you need to − begin your life anew, today, this moment?

~ What changes can you begin, even in small ways

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember?

And you can expect The Universe will keep giving you situations that ask that kinda question until you all remember to ask it alla tyme by yerownseff!

And now, back to the Ace of Shields.

According to legend, Avalach was a “heathen” king, befriended and converted to Christianity by Joseph of Arimathea, carrier of the Holy Grail into Britain.

Avalach’s shield was known to have miraculous powers of protection and healing.  For hundreds of years it stayed in an abbey waiting for Galahad, the world’s greatest and purest knight − its ultimate  and final bearer, to come and take it up.


Most readers would likely indicate that this card signifies things like PERFECT contentment, felicity, even ecstasy, and perhaps gold.  Not bad, I says! Not bad!

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the Ace of Shields to be a card of treasures, prosperity, making great gains, but also of enrichment of the spirit.  Yes!  Yes! Yes! 

 When I work with a client and this card comes up, I look deep into the card, which is beautifully illustrated, depicting a mask of The Green Man above a Camelottish Knight’s shield upon which is worked a large golden cross.  The mask and shield are mounted on a wall; below them, incense, or perhaps oak leaves, burn on a brazier, with all enfolded by an otherworldly light.  It’s a wonderfully mystical depiction.   

 I find that the card directs us to look for healing, growth and progress via mystical or spiritual means.  It suggests that we should be comfortable blending seemingly diverse spiritual paths in our process, just as the good sisters in Ireland pray to the Christian Saints, but leave tidbits and goodies in the garden to feed and engage the Leprechauns and other Fair Folk, finding no contradiction in this custom.

So… look for and define YOUR new beginning.  Know that great gains and treasures are not beyond your reach.  And let a beautiful swirling and blending of spiritual paths guide you toward and support you in your wonderful new life!

 Brightest blessings!

Quote for the Day:  In the garden of gentle sanity, may you be bombarded by the coconuts of wakefulness. ~   Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Today’s Weather:  Riddles, middles, paradiddles.  [Give that a try as a power chant to take you into some new beginnings.]

On This Date:  1492Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now HaitiSigh.

And: 1958Subscriber Trunk Dialling (STD) is inaugurated in the UK by Queen Elizabeth II when she speaks to the Lord Provost in a call from Bristol to Edinburgh. [Obviously, STD had a different meaning back then.]


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