Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 10


Six of Swords

The Eachtra

Lessee… this one showed up exactly one month ago.

As I’ve said other times this card has turned up, the Six of Swords as I work with it has several layers of meaning, and requires a bit of storytelling and explanation.  So, once again, bear with me. 

According to Anna Marie Ferguson − creator of Legend, the Arthurian Tarot  The Eachtra is the Irish phrase for an Otherworld journey and adventure. 


Among the Arthurian legends, one such adventure involved a great quest in which Arthur and his knights ventured to the realm of Annwn − the Celtic Underworld − to meet Arawn, the Lord of the Underworld. Depending on which version you harken to, this quest was undertaken to form a brotherly alliance, king to king, (or to do grievous battle, army to army) so as to win and bring back (or steal and bring back) high magic and powerful magical tools for the grace and hope of Camelot.   

Funny how variable those legends are.  I blame it on the monk mead.  Maybe it was just those wonderful little mushrooms they ate with their salads.  

Ah, the goode olde dayes.

(The sixties.)

So, let’s see.  An otherworld journey and adventure… 

That’s a pretty perfect thing to have recommended to us right now − a time full of near-winter magic, during which many of us (and many more people than actually realize it) are sensitive to a thinning of the veils between ordinary reality and the realms of spirit. 

And so, in this magical season,

How will you let yourself explore the doorways to goodness, wisdom and healing that are available just now? Especially those which open by going deep within to find our own truer, better natures.  [I hope you’ll at least dream on it!]

Anyway, back to the card, more or less. 

In the teachings of modern “core shamanism,” journeying is the term given to the deep, powerful meditation used by shamanic practitioners to travel to alternate realities. Often, the first teaching journeys are to the Lower World –into beautiful, fruitful, healing darkness entered through an opening into the Earth.   

So, in my work with clients, and based on my shamanic work, I’ve come to refer to the Six of Swords as The Journeywork Card. 

This card directs us to go deep – deep within the self, into the core of our hopes and dreams, to the very essence of our being. It tells us to believe in, seek and find the beautiful, powerful, enlightening, inspiring treasure within us. And it asks us to then embrace it fully and bring it up and out into the world to share with and benefit all.

Isn’t that why you agreed to come into this lifetime, after all?  Eh?

Explore the realms of the sacred and the healing.  Go deep within and find the treasure there, then bring it out to lovingly share with the world.  Be part of the beautiful and powerful magics of the season.

Bright blessings and miraculous journeys!

[For more information on journeying, please see my article at 

http://shamanspath.org/index_ShamanicJourneyIntro.htm ]    

Quote for the Day: I’m not interested in being a “lover.” I’m interested in only being love. ~ Ram Dass

Today’s Weather:  Pierogi loaf.  Hurricane-force placozoans wielding danziger goldwasser.  Take THAT, Al Roker!

On This Date: 1520Martin Luther burns his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg‘s Elster Gate.


For the reading list: 

The Institute for Noetic Science publishes a regular journal with some superb articles on places where science and the sacred meet.  Here are just a couple articles they posted online.  Good reading for the inner quest.





2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 10”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Thank you for the fairy picture, once again. I guess I REALLY like fairy pictures. And it is always really nice when you include a pic of the card.

    The quote was very helpful to me today. “I intend that I am only love.”

    And I do appreciate the link to the articles. I read the one about Mother Maya. Very interesting and inspiring.

    Blessings and gratitude, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Back at ya!

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