Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 11

The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress

 Uh-GAIN UH-Gain??? 

This card showed up three times in November,including on the 30th.  And now it’s back. 

As I said last time it was here, that would lead me to believe some of us really do need to go back to the shop and hammer out a few of the most basic details about who we are, what we believe, what is the capital of Assyria [Sorry! Wrong movie!], what we want to build and why.  Or maybe we all need to do so, especially as we plow through the emotional maelstrom that is the holidays.  Because the Tower has come to tweak our karma… uh-gain! 

As I’ve written before, it’s such a valuable card.

So here we go.  I hope.  Pretty please.

This is definitely one of those OhBugger! kinda cards, [and we seem to be seeing them regularly of late, eh?] at least from its appearance — in ANY Tarot deck. 

It’s one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes.  Don’t jump to conclusions.  Don’t leap before you look.  Really significant opportunities for growth here. 

Remember the teachers (from high school math types to your skating coach to Ram Dass to Mother Teresa to Miss Laura on Romper Room and everybody in between) who have said that?  It always really means, “Get ready for some work!”  Even I admit that, and I have the honesty quotient of a mugwort.  In winter. 

Well, so, maybe that old hard work thing IS the case here.  Maybe.  But with this card, it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and energy for sure.   Hard work, maybe, but SO VERY meaningful.

Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients. 

But when my clients see it as it’s depicted in the Legend deck − a huge red dragon fighting a ginormous white one, completely destroying a massive royal fortress in the process – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep,” suck in their breath,  swallow hard and say, “WTF!”  [That’s Wesphalian Tandoori Fatmops.]

So what’s different about my understanding of the card and what it offers?  I usually say something like:

Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits.  But really, it’s positive.


The card is asking you to examine yourself, your dreams and your being. 

It’s saying, Hey.  Stop for a minute.  Look at your life.  Think about it for a minute.  

If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really essential to the you that is really you, then WHAT IS THAT TRUE FOUNDATION?  Who are you?  What are you?  What is it that you really have to build upon, and wish to build upon, this time around?  And, by the way, what will you build upon it?

This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition.  [Transition.  What a weenie word.  How about STRESS.  Or WOBBLE.  Or outright CAVING IN.  Better?)

What is the true foundation – for YOU:

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of joy?

What is the true foundation of spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of physical health?

What is the true foundation of emotional health?

What is the true foundation of creativity?

What is the true foundation of home?

What is the true foundation of beauty?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that are important to you. 

What IS the true foundation for YOU?

Once you know what your various true foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, how you want to do it, and what the best way is to go about it. 

And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes.  It can be a villa one week, a pagoda the next, a log cabin sometime next month and a fairy castle sometime after that.  So long as you know what your foundations are, and honor them, then what you are about building is and will be perfect.

What are your foundations in each area of your being?  How can you be mindful of them?  How can you stay mindful of them?  What do you wish to build upon them?  How can you begin today?  

Bright blessings and a deep, happy, helpful knowing of yourself!

Quote for the Day: 

A Christmas  Story

When four of Santa’s elves got  sick, the trainee elves did not produce
toys as fast as the regular  ones, and Santa began to feel the
Pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which
stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were
about to give birth and two others had jumped  the fence and were out,
Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked,
the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot
of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk
all the cider and hidden  the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug,  and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen  floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the  straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door,
yanked it open, and there stood a  little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day?

 I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’

And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.

Not a lot of people know this.  ~  [Thanks, Donna!]

 Today’s Weather:  Rather small polite tornadoes of the Provencal variety. Parsimonious gooberingling. A small vial of sea cucumber belly button lint often serves as a preventif.  

 Onn This Date:  969 – Byzatine Emperor Nikephoros II assassinated by his wife Theofano and her lover, the later Emperor John I Tzimiskes.  [Which of course leads to the Byzantine saying, Boy, that dude has SOME Tzimiskes!] 


4 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 11”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Seeing an angel atop a Christmas tree will never feel quite the same.

    ~ ~ Blessings, Donna P.S. The other night I listened once again to Alex – The Christmas Imp. Always makes me smile. I’m looking forward to your event tomorrow!

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Yeah? Imagine how the ANGEL feels.

    Thanks for the kind words about tomorrow. I started hyperventilating about an hour ago.


  3. Donna Allen Says:

    I hope you’re kidding about hyperventilalting about tomorrow. In case not, I’ll be sending the best feel-good energy (light) I can muster. You’ll do great… all those coming think you’re the best anyway…so why worry!?

    (No need to post if you don’t want to.)

    ~ ~ Blessings and peace, Donna

  4. shamanspath Says:

    Bless y’all!

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