Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 9

Queen of Swords

Morgause

Hmm….  We last saw this important lady just around mid-June.  It’s always good to bear in mind the insights she offers. 

[I say that even though I’m an Aquarius, and the idea of doing anything logical and  plan-oriented makes me look like I’m about to cough up a gerbil.]

This card certainly betokens being strategic in our lives and in our world – as I’ll talk about in a bit.  That could, if you let it, lead to the question, “What is the difference between strategy and tactics?” 

[God knows, I confuse the two about every chance I get.  Which helps explain why I drive a Toyota instead of a BMW, I guess.]

Strategy is the big picture look at a problem, situation or goal. 

It focuses on the sea-change-sized thing that needs to be achieved.  Defeating an enemy, preserving the ecology, earning a living as a Tarot reader − those are strategies.  Concepts like objective, maneuver and security are among the principles of strategy.  Sun Tzu’s The Art of War teaches strategy.

Tactics vary with circumstances, time and technology. 

As I’ve written before when this card has appeared, if I were to guide you in marketing yourself as a Tarot reader for the eighteenth century, I’d suggest you get a beautiful snug little cart, paint it in wild and wonderful colors, and travel the roads from town to town to town in order to find new clients and stay ahead of the sheriff. 

If I were advising you to be a tarot reader this year, I’d talk about blogs, web sites, apps, podcasting opportunities, corporations having you on retainer and maybe even securing sponsorships to help find new clients.  And stay ahead of the sheriff. 

As you can probably tell from this blog, I still think that snug little cart thing sounds pretty good. 

So, tactics present a small picture perspective where individual trees are in focus, and dealing with them one by one is the action. Strategy focuses on the big picture of the entire forest, and whether to preserve it, slaughter it, or something in between.

Got it? 

Good.

Me, I’m just as lost as ever.

Where was I?

Oh.  Yeah.  Believe it or not, this all has to do with what the Queen of Swords would tell us about our day, and possibly our future.

As I always say to my clients,

I love the Queen of Swords.  If anyone ever crosses her, she doesn’t get mad.  She just has them beheaded.  ‘Nothing personal,’ she’ll say.  

(That is a tactic to eliminate an obstacle.  The strategy behind the tactic is to ensure that her reputation will precede her and scare the hell out of those who might think to oppose her.)

The Queen is a master of BOTH strategy and tactics. And your ability to work –consciously — with strategy and tactics is what you are being asked to explore within yourself and your situation today.  The Queen is intelligent, and may in fact be a scholar or have a strong scholarly bent, especially when circumstances dictate she must.  She will do what is necessary to learn what may be essential for her to succeed.  

So, if you need to learn something new beginning today, don’t resist.  Get started!  It will be worth your while.

Most importantly [at least as I have experienced this card in working with clients], if the Queen wants to get from point A to point B, she will take the time to clearly and accurately understand WHY she should do that (strategy), and determine every baby step necessary to move her from where she is to her goal (tactics).  Just as important, she will exert the will to hold herself to every single step.  She’ll take unexpected breaks if they come her way, but she’ll muster the grit to grind it out every inch of the way if she must.

So be clear about

 ~ what you want,

~ why you want it,

~ the impact it will have on you and your world,

~ and what it will take to attain your goal. 

~ Learn what may be necessary to help you succeed.

~ Then put yourself on the path to your goal. 

~ And if anyone gets in your way, don’t take it personal. 

   Just have ’im beheaded

[Ummm… I mean, just cut him out of the situation.  And keep and moving on.]

Bright blessings!

Quote for the Day:  “You know,” said Arthur, “It’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die from asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.”
“Why, what did she tell you?”
“I don’t know, I didn’t listen.” 
~ Douglas Adams, from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Today’s Weather:  Poe vaulters, with vats of amontillado.  And sheep.  Lots of sheep. And a shrubbery.  Aw, just stay in.

On This Date:  1793New York City‘s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.

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