Tarot Card for the Day ~ January 9

King of Cups

The Fisher King

Fortune Cookie: Do your work.  Do it brilliantly.  But know that you must WITHOUT FAIL build in play time (as YOU perceive it), recovery time, recharging time in order to be fulfilled in your life, and in order to fulfill your promises to the world at this time.

Aaahh…  A lovely and mellow card.  And a powerful one, too.  Great for a deep winter Saturday, as it turns out.

The Fisher King is, according to Arthurian legend, the hereditary guardian of The Holy Grail, which has rested within his family’s castle for generations or more.  There are many versions of why he has the title, Fisher King; some of these stories actually precede the Arthur legends by a long, LOOONG way.

Anyway, in my Nealio’s sprained-bashed-beatup-and-mangled faerystory version of what you need to know about him: 

The Fisher King is a kind, brave, generous, creative and well-balanced ruler who has a mystical bent and a deep respect for the sacred –  which is hardly surprising.  After all, he is about as much a part of THE SACRED himself as a person can get.  So keep an eye out for such a person over the next few days.  Or see what you can do to emulate more fully those characteristics yourself.

At one point, The Fisher King took a magical wound, a wound that was unhealing.  In some traditions, the characteristic of this unhealing wound would, in and of itself, mark him as a shaman, or at least shamanically inclined. 

According to legend, the only time he was free of the wound’s deep pain was when he would go out alone in his little boat, fishing.  So he would do that at some point, if possible, every day − and then go back to his labors as guardian of The Grail.

And that begins to bring us back to the card itself.

When this card turns up for a client, I usually say something along the line of:

Look.  This is a period during which you’re going to be very busy

You’re probably going to have lots of responsibilities and have to go in a number of different directions at once. 

 And you’ll care enough about it all to want to do it really well.

So, from the outset, remember to be fair, kind and generous to those who work with you and those who are around you in your life.

Be brave about going after what you really need to be able to do things well, and about going after what will really be for the highest and best of all concerned.

And remember to be fair, kind and generous to yourself as well.  Plan from the beginning to build in – and use − specific, regular times for rest, recuperation, re-inspiration and whatever is necessary for you to be recharged AND fulfilled.

So do your work.  Do it brilliantly.  But know that you must WITHOUT FAIL build in play time (as YOU perceive it – for some of us, that’s a good, dream-filled nap), recovery time, recharging time in order to be fulfilled in your life, and in order to fulfill your promises to the world at this time.

Brightest blessings!

Quote for the Day: Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

Today’s Weather: Thundering mud

On This Date:  1918 Battle of Bear Valley: The last battle of the American Indian Wars. [Or so we thought.  Ha!]

 

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One Response to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ January 9”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Ah, what a beautifully worded reminder to play, rebuild, rest and recharge. Thank you, Neal!

    And the quote is too cool: Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

    So many of us feel guilty when we take time to rest. Yet, a “resting field” is relaxing to even gaze upon.

    Again, many thanks on this deep winter and snowy day!

    ~ ~ Blessings, Donna

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