Tarot Card for the Day ~ February 26

The Fool

  Percivale

Fortune Cookie:   Follow your bliss!  Follow your bliss!  Know what your bliss is!!!  Follow your bliss! 

[With apologies to those of you who have read this, one of the longest of my interpretations, before.]  [Spirit Helper whispers in ear, “You think they gonna remember!  Boy, YOU GOT BIG EGO!“]  Sigh.

I’m always grateful this card has come around again, for prolly more reasons than I can count.  Sometimes I think this may be the most important card in the deck, for us and for the world in this time.  It is in fact the FIRST card in the deck, which should give you some idea of the weight it carries.

 Just as significant, it’s the antithesis to that state I see so often: folks lassoing their own private storm clouds, knotting them in place just above their heads and walking around beating themselves with a stick [or a riding crop, if budget permits] while chanting that ever-so-helpful mantra, “Life sucks.  The world is doomed.  Life sucks.  The world is doomed. Life sucks. The world is doomed, and I’ll probably be first in line to get whacked.” 

 If these are in fact transformational times [and they are], then that is ZACKLY the wrong thing to immerse yourself in!  Eh?

 So, back to the card. 

Da Ful: this card does not mean that you are a fool or are inevitably going to be foolish today ~ at least not in the way our culture perceives foolishness. 

 I call this The Joseph Campbell card.  It’s the card that says, You.  You.  Yeah, you.  FOLLOW YOUR BLISS.  NOW!  With joyhope, excitement and expectation.  NOW!”

It’s therefore the card that offers you permission to go off on your personal quest, just like Percivale did. (And he became one of the three greatest knights of all, y’all!)

 The important aspect (and for some of us, the hard work) is:

 to actually KNOW what our bliss is (or would be). 

And when we get kinda down or times are a little tough, that’s often the first knowing or believing that goes RIGHT out the window.

So, as I have written before, this is the somewhat rambling response I’ve given to a few clients when they’ve asked,

Follow my bliss?

What the hell does that mean?

You start by knowing what your heart’s true desire is [provided it’s moral, of course.  And pretty close to legal.] If necessary, take some time to hone your understanding of what that means to you, for today, anyway.  Do it over an extra cuppa if that’s all the time you have.  But do it.

Then, no matter how impossible or illogical it may seem, like −

I’m gonna write a children’s story about an orphan boy who goes to a school for wizards, and it’s going to be so beautifully done it’s going to earn me enough to support myself and my family for the rest of my life.  It’s going to make me the first person to ever earn a billion dollars from writing fiction − like that could ever happen!

 − take your first single small step on the path that follows your bliss. 

And see what that leads to. 

 Then take the next step. 

And see what that leads to.  And so on.

The difference between The Fool and some other Tarot cards that offer permission to follow your own unique path is that The Fool in particular says,

 “Stay connected to your heart, moment by moment. 

Know that your heart may change, and so your direction may change, moment by moment.  But DO NOT allow yourself to think less of yourself, your efforts or your path because of that.  Go where your heart tells you and you will achieve more than most will ever even hope for.”

This is the card of the Sacred Fool, the Holy Fool.  The one who is open to divine inspiration and honors it by following his or her bliss, harm to none and love for all, always.

Let me remind you [perhaps for the umpteenth time] of how The Fool’s gift once applied to me. 

I was watching one of the shows in the second season of “Torchwood” [if you still haven’t picked up on that BBC series, I think you’re missing something. Especially now that season 3 is out on DVD. But start with the first season.]  One of the characters made the point, in a way that hit me harder than I remember any TV show ever doing, that humans on Earth are almost always at war. We tell ourselves that we are fighting “the war to end war for all time.”  Over and over and over.  

And I was really shaken.  Because, for just a moment, I had a glimpse of humans, with our nearly angelic powers and potentials, side by side with the reality of how we ignore them, or maybe even worse, use them in ways that are just plain selfish, demeaning destructive and stupid, moment by moment.

And I got the very clear message that a big chunk of the problem is that we are following old habits, old programming. NOT following our bliss. Not honoring that which is angelic in us Not reaching for that which is for our Highest and Best

But we can.

And then I came into the office and drew The Fool card and found great blessing in the message that that there is ALWAYS the possibility of doing it all differently

IF we know our hearts truly truly;

IF we honor that which truly resonates for the Highest and Best,

 which is always one with OUR Highest and Best;  

 IF   we

 follow

 our

 bliss.

 Wishing you a day of magic, and the sacred, and your true path.

 Brightest Blissings!

 Quote for the Day: 

 In a small town in the Old Country, the Rabbi died. His widow, the Rebbetzin, was so disconsolate that the people of the town decided that she ought to get married again.

 But the town was so small that the only eligible bachelor was the town butcher.

 The poor Rebbetzin was somewhat dismayed because she had been wed to a scholar, and the butcher had no great formal education. However, she was lonely, so she agreed, and they were married.

 After the marriage, Friday came. She went to the mikvah (a Jewish ritual bath to get rid of impurities). Then, she went home to prepare to light the candles.

 The butcher leaned over to her and said, “My mother, Hana, told me that after the mikvah and before lighting the candles, it’s good to have sex.” So they did.

 She lit the candles. He leaned over again and said, “My father,Shmuel, told me that after lighting the candles it’s good to have sex.” So they did.

 They went to bed after saying their prayers. When they awoke, he said to her, “My grandmother, Rivka, said that before you go to the synagogue it’s good to have sex.” So they did.

 After praying all morning, they came home to rest. Again he whispers in her ear, “My grandfather, Moishe, says after praying it’s good to have sex.” So they did.

 On Sunday she went out to shop for food and met a friend who asked, “So how is the new husband?”

 She replied, “Well, a scholar he isn’t, but he comes from a wonderful family.”

 [That’s Following Your Bliss!]  [Thanks, Herb!]

Today’s Weather:  Faeriefire across the skies for all those with eyes to see. 

On This Date: 1815Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba. [Dude followed his bliss!  Of course, there is that MORAL part…]

And: 1917 – The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first ever jazz record for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York. [Bliss!  Bliss!] 

 

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8 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ February 26”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    What a great message, Neal –full of wisdom and the best of humor! The doggie is soooo adorable…and the quote blissfully funny.

    I don’t know if this is related, but I’ll talk anyway. I happen to love Dolly Parton — her smile and laughter, her vivaciousness, her voice, and her heart. Last weekend I watched her DVD of her concert in London (2009) and have been listening to the accompanying CD all this past week. A couple times it crossed my mind that “I think Dolly does for me what the Beatles do for Neal”.

    It’s so much fun to see people out their doin’ what they came here to do and liftin’ peoples’ spirits as well.

    ~ ~ Blissings! Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks, Donna! Good to hear from you.

    “I think Dolly does for me what the Beatles do for Neal”.

    Yeah. I suspect Dolly does something VERY different for me than she does for you. Musically. I mean. Really.

  3. Linda Says:

    Hey Donna! (ok, and Neal)

    Have you ever seen her life and history show? I believe it was on E or the history channel when they were doing a clebs week?

    She is actually totally AWESOME!!! She does all of this charity work and she takes care of her aling husband. She actually runs and works at Dolly world! Plus, she writes, preforms music and does touring! I mean yeah she is cute and spunky and let’s face it has probably has the best pair of all natural boobs a girl could have!! (yeah, I mean musically specking!!! *rolls eyes* ) She is just truly a truly, kind, loving and amazing person. So, I can see where she would inspire you! I am sure you can feel all of her light coming from her music!!!! She is just one of those pure light souls!!!!!

    I think she is a GREAT person to be inspired by!!!!
    Linda

  4. Donna Allen Says:

    “… Dolly does something VERY different for me than she does for you. Musically. I mean. Really.”

    Really? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

  5. shamanspath Says:

    Ummm…

    Let’s see. If the Beatles were the Fab Four…

  6. Linda Says:

    “Let’s see. If the Beatles were the Fab Four…”

    Ummmmm…….

    Don’t you mean the Fab Eight?!?!?!?!?!?

  7. Donna Allen Says:

    Thanks so much, Linda. I, too, believe Dolly is one of those pure light souls….and she definitely does inspire me…and lift my spirits so much! I haven’t seen her life and history show (and will keep my eyes opened for that) but did read her story in AARP magazine some months back.

    I so enjoyed the DVD of her live concert in London. What a HUGE and responsive, respectful, sell-out crowd. Such sweet energy — hers and the audience’s.

    ~ ~ Blessings and gratitude to you for writing, Donna P.S. Blessings and gratitude to you, too, Neal — of course!!!

  8. shamanspath Says:

    Depends on what you’re counting.

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