Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 15

Six of Shields

Castle of Maidens

Listen, people.  Really.  I keep trying very hard to tell you this isn’t about the scene with Zoot, Dingo and Sir Galahad in  “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” 

The one with the dialogue that goes

Dingo: You must spank her well, and after you are done with her, you may deal with her as you like… and then… spank me.
All the Maidens: And me. And me too. And me.
Dingo: Yes. Yes, you must give us all a good spanking.  And after the spanking, sex.
Galahad: Well, I could stay a bit longer…

Lancelot dashes in, knocks the maidens away and pulls Galahad from the castle.

Sir Lancelot: We’re in the nick of time. You were in great peril.
Sir Galahad: I don’t think I was.
Sir Lancelot: Yes, you were. You were in terrible peril.
Sir Galahad: Look, let me go back in there and face the peril.
Sir Lancelot: No, it’s too perilous.
Sir Galahad: Look, it’s my duty as a knight to sample as much peril as I can.
Sir Lancelot: No, we’ve got to find the Holy Grail. Come on.
Sir Galahad: Oh, let me have just a little bit of peril?
Sir Lancelot: No. It’s unhealthy.

But it’s not THAT scene. 

Sadly.

And although the Arthurian Castle of Maidens story may have led to about the kind of scenes you’d have expected from the Pythons (see above), the real legend − and the meaning of the card − is actually very good, very kind, very positive. 

[And completely without spandex, not even of any kind.] 

[Sadly.]

Pretty much any reader will tell you that the Six of Shields betokens generosity, charitable acts and material gain.  Some might also indicate that it’s a sign that you will soon reach a position where you feel you can help others.  (Always good!)

In my readings, I’m often intuitively prompted to take the interpretation a bit farther and in a slightly different direction.  [Which of you spoilsports said, “What else is new?”] I’m likely to say something like:

Okay. Yo!  Focus for a minute!

Let your inner vision move back and forth in time across your life. 

Something that is yours by right

that was lost or taken from you

will be restored to you in full. 

So today, right now, this moment let yourself attend to what that might be and how it can most happily be brought into being.   

This card can apply to many different aspects of life [and really is very timely during the holidays, when things aren’t always as happy and bright as we might hope]:

~ the artist who (thinks he) has lost his Muse

~ the investor who (fears she) has lost her basis

~ the manager who (believes he) has lost connection to his artistry

~ the writer who (worries she) has lost her hope of prosperity

It can even imply a return of misappropriated property, a renewal of a sundered relationship, or the reopening of a realm of hopefulness that seemed long gone.

So the important thing to do is − without bludgeoning yourself!! − scan your life and acknowledge what it is you fear has been lost to you, or what you have in fact lost. Then let yourself understand that TODAY is the day you can renew that connection, revivify that dream, and reconnect with that hope. 

By the way, some readers feel that this card tells us to be attentive to the possibility of helpful intervention by/through positive masculine energy.  So keep an eye out for that.  And if it’s there, for God’s sake, accept it!

Know what you would bring back to your life.  Know that this moment is the time when that renewal, that reconnection, that return, can begin.  Go from there!

Bright blessings, joy and light! 

Thought for the Day:  A political victory, a rise in rents, the recovery of your sick, or return of your absent friend, or some other quite external event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.   ~ Emerson

Today’s Weather:  Pesky harmonidogs yarfing carols a capella.  Whisk with turmeric. 

On This Date: 1939Gone with the Wind received its première at Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.

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3 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ December 15”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Thanks so much the Emerson quote, Neal: Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

    “I intend that I truly understand that nothing can bring me peace but myself.”

    That’s something I’ll hold on to this holiday season.

    ~ ~ Gratitude, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Hmmm…

    I’d be a bit careful with my affirmation, and use something more like “I bring myself peace in each moment.”

    What you suggest is technically accurate, but it could lead to a holiday season in which everyone you would normally count on to be a part of your peace would dissapoint you or disrupt your life, until you “truly understand that nothing” can bring you peace but yourself.

    For what it’s worth.

    Blessings,

    N

  3. Donna Allen Says:

    I see your point and really like and appreciate your suggestion. Thanks so much!

    “I bring myself peace in each moment.”

    ~ Much gratitude, Donna

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