Tarot Card for the Day ~ February 8

King of Swords

Mordred

Fortune Cookie: What are your highest ideals?  What are your deepest passions?  Where do they intersect and support each other?  What are the specific, definable, practical steps that will carry you to living them?  How can you begin those steps TODAY?  And how can you keep to them EVERY day?

No, he does NOT look like Johnny Depp.  Not a bit.  Not even a little.  Hardly. At all.  Really.

As those of you who are regular readers of the blog, AND have a fairly good number of still-functioning brain cells [which leaves me out (what does?) (never mind) (okay)] may remember, this was the card for New Year’s Day, and therefore for this entire year.

As I said then:

The King of Swords is one of those cards where each Tarot deck, each author writing about Tarot, and each reader has his or her own unique spin on what meanings are most truly representative and therefore accurate.

And then, to assign Mordred (more about him toward the end) to the card.  Man!

So here are some of the interpretations I’ve gotten from others:

~ the bloody bastard who never knows when to stop fighting

~ a ruthless and daring person (likely male)

~ one (usually a man or someone of strong masculine energy) who sits in judgement

~ the innovative but probably unpredictable leader

~ a revolutionary    

So if any of those interpretations mesh with how it seems you need to be in your life just now and in the year to come (or represent the energy that’s intersecting/interfering with your life), then pay attention and act accordingly – i.e., if the interpretation accurately describes someone else, accept that your perceptions about the person are TRUE!, then figure out what to do from there.

I did a shamanic journey to determine how I should generally interpret this card for my clients.  A spirit guide in the form of a great black and silver dragon came by.   It said,  

This is what you need to know about the King of Swords. 

The King of Swords has three major characteristics:

First, he is so idealistic he often lets his head drift away into the clouds and he becomes flakey – which will often cause him to fail.

Second, he is so passionate he often loses track of what’s sensible, appropriate − or even legal − and he blows his own ass up by getting crazy-emotional about what he wants or hopes for – which will often cause him to fail.

As a result of the first and second issues, he has actually learned from the example of the Queen of Swords and he has FORCED himself to develop the will to become strategic about what he wants.

He asks himself what he would need to do in order to be true to his highest ideals AND his deepest passions.  He determines how they would best blend together. He refines his goals, and then develops a specific, detailed plan that incorporates every major step necessary to take him from where he is to where his ideals and passions would have him be.

And then he exerts the will to hold himself to that plan, day by day, until higher ideals or deeper passions cause him to rethink his goals and start the whole process over again.

Hard work, but worth the effort.  

Would your life be different if you had done that, and held yourself to it, twenty years ago?  It’s never too late to start.

[About Mordred:  pretty much everyone knows him as the ‘illegitimate’ son and only child of Arthur. According to most legends, Mordred, out of evil or just out of spite, plotted and schemed to displace The King and, in the process, brought down Camelot.  Maybe that is how it was.  There are a number of variations on that theme throughout the tales.  But in one version of the legends, Arthur and Mordred were reconciled in the end; they died fighting side by side against foreign invaders.  Maybe so.]

So:  What are your highest ideals?  What are your deepest passions?  Where do they intersect and support each other?  What are the specific, definable, practical steps that will carry you to living them?  How can you begin those steps TODAY?  And how can you keep to them EVERY day?

Bright blessings, high ideals, passion and success!

Quote for the Day: (Maybe Worth Repeating?) 

The Eight Commandments

1.  Truly love one another.
2.  Treat each other like you truly love one another.
3.  Truly love yourself.
4.  Treat yourself like you truly love yourself.
5.  Truly love your life.
6.  Treat your life like you truly love your life.
7.  Truly love the world and all its creatures.
8.  Treat the world and all its creatures as though you truly love all of them.
                                                                           ~ NS
  
[I guess there really only needs to be one commandment.  It’s number 7.  But human beings love lists.] 

Today’s Waethyr: Wackadoo mackadoos bobbing and weaving.  Sell a small senator or exchange him for a decent hot sandwich. 

On This Date: 1855The Devil’s Footprints mysteriously appear in southern Devon. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Footprints ]

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2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ February 8”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Hi, Neal,

    The quote for the day is definitely worth repeating. We can never be reminded too often of the power and supremacy of love.

    I am currently reading James Van Praagh’s latest book Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life. So much “unfinished business” (as well as regrets, feeling of guilt, etc.) could be avoided if we would but learn to live the eight commandments.

    In the chapter entitled “Love Versus Fear” he writes, “When we do something out of love, we create more love, but when we do something for the sake of money or fame, for instance, we may get those things, but our hearts and souls will be left empty. When we live with love, it affects us with positive characteristics such as joy, happiness, compassion and laughter.”

    So, yes, please remind us often of the importance of loving the earth and all its creatures!

    ~ ~ Blessings & gratitude, Donna P.S. Yesterday I listened to an “older” Tarot reading you did for me. Nothing like a sane voice in this sometimes seeming insane world!

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so much, Donna.

    Althoug it might raise some concerns for anyone to refer to ME as “a sane voice.”

    Blessings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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