Archive for March, 2010

Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 1

March 31, 2010

The Priestess

Nimue

Fortune Cookie:  Know your magic. (Know you’re magic!Own your magic.  (Own you’re magic!Do what’s necessary for you to be and feel inspired.  Then use your magic consciously to benefit yourself and others.

Hmmmmm… The Priestess hasn’t appeared for us since just past the winter solsitice.  And as I see it, it’s a wonderful magic-of-any-season-kinda-card. So give ye a goode and attent ear here.  Or there.  Or wherever.

In general, The Priestess is seen as a keeper of secrets, of ancient or arcane wisdom.

She is also known as a wielder of strong intuitive powers.  So, this would be a good time to let your intuition guide you − try not to get in its way!

[So I suppose this would be a good day to get a reading.  Or to schedule one, anyhow!

Or, if it wasn’t a weekday, this would be a superb day to go to the Art Museum and just hang out among the unsurpassably beautiful power objects from other times, places and dimensions.  Basking in their amazing vibrations can be spiritually empowering, and just sitting with them can alter your state of consciousness as profoundly as purposeful meditation.  Or go in with your favorite MP3 meditation, and sit by something that sets your soul on fire. Try it.  Really. You’ll be amazed!

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees The Priestess as indicating inspiration and a powerful connection with the collective unconscious or world soul.  Also, astute psychic ability.  A good time for it, as the coming of spring brings periods where the realms of magic open for us!  There can also be elements of a need for solitude today, so honor that if you feel it and if you can.

Finally, the Priestess is recognized as one who can walk fully and successfully in two worlds – that of ordinary reality and its people, and that the of the higher realms and the Fay.  [Time to read old books about Findhorn again, maybe? (http://www.findhorn.org/onlinecommunity/monthlythemes)  Or get to know Perelandra (http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/)?]

When this card turns up for a client, I usually offer something like,

The Priestess is an important role model.  She owns her magic and uses it for her benefit and for the good of those she loves. 

So, one of the critical questions that I often finding myself working through with clients is, “What IS your magic?”  You can’t own it if you haven’t even identified it and been willing to stake a claim to it. 

And don’t try to weenie out of the discussion by assuming I’m ONLY talking about Dumbledore-caliber ceremonial high magic.

So what IS your magic

Is it a gift for healing from your hands or in your soothing voice? 

Is it a long-developed ability to coax amazing music from even the most beat-up old piano (or guitar, or flute, or djembe)? 

Is it a capacity to write clearly and with passion about things that would normally be a complete yawn? 

Is it the knack to lighten the mood of a tense meeting with a smile and an off-the-wall analogy?  

Is it a love for numbers that helps a not-for-profit manage its razor thin margin? 

Is it a talent for teaching and inspiring? 

Is it an ability to grow moss in the desert or sell refrigerators to an Inuit?

What is your magic?  It’s what you love to do, and what lifts people around you when you do it, or what allows them some hope and healing because you do it − even if you’re stuffed away in a cubbyhole somewhere.   

Know your magic. 

(Know you’re magic!) 

Own your magic. 

(Own you’re magic!) 

Do what’s necessary for you to be and feel inspired.  Then use your magic consciously to benefit yourself and others.

Today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bright blessings, light and magic!          

Quote for the Day:  The one thing I remember about Christmas was that my father used to take me out in a boat about ten miles offshore on Christmas Day, and I used to have to swim back.  Extraordinary.  It was a ritual.  Mind you, that wasn’t the hard part.  The difficult bit was getting out of the sack.                       ~ John Cleese

Today’s Weather: Sometimes, oftenly not, although.  Dust with rose pollen.  

On This Date: 1949 – The twenty-six counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland.

And: 2001 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first country to allow it.

And: This is, of course, the Feast day of Saint Walric, abbot of Leuconay.  [But you knew that.] 

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Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 31

March 30, 2010

The Hanged Man 

Castle Perilous

Fortune Cookie: Stay much more aware ~ especially intuitively ~ than normal.  Know that positive energy and opportunities are near and can benefit you.  Reach out and take hold of them, one by one, to get where you intend. 

 

We last saw this fellow early February.  Let’s see how much we learned from the good advice he always brings.

Here’s what I normally say about the Hanged Man.  Let’s all take a look, and maybe even I’ll pay a little attention this time.

Here we go:  [Gonzo Tarot reader slowly and carefully sidles to far end of table, humming “Turn, Turn, Turn” or some other pleasant but innocuous tune.]

[As Sir Terry Pratchett put it in his book, The Light Fantastic, “He moved in a way that suggested he was attempting the world speed record for the nonchalant walk.”]

This is one of those cards whose visual depiction can set a client whimpering and collapsing into themselves in a repetitive rocking fugue the moment it’s seen.  Pretty amazing, really. I suppose I can understand that. The name alone is enough to cause mewling in all of the hardiest guys I’ve read for − both of ’em.

 Some decks picture a fellow hanging by a rope upside down by one leg from a tree, possibly with his head about to take a deep dunk in a fast flowing river. 

 Even my deck, Legend by Anna-Marie Ferguson pictures a passle-o-knights left hanging in a grove, one leg and both arms tied behind their backs to show the world that they were rendered utterly powerless and had, one by one, failed in their quests. 

So I get why some readers interpret the card as indicating restriction, sacrifice or − at best − feeling drained.  Sort of an Eeyore before Prozac kinda energy, ya see.

As the regular blog crew expects by now, I see the card differently.  When it turns up for a client, whatever area of his or her life we’re examining, I usually say something like,

“Okay.  Right away now.  Keep breathing.  Nice deep breaths.  Good!  Not too much.  Don’t hyperventilate.  Have a little brandy or a shot o’ Jack Black, maybe a little Cuervo action. Try some flower essences.  Take a hit off this bong.  Good.

“Now.  There are several levels of meaning to this card.

“First, what the card is saying to you is. ‘If you’ve been feeling stuck in place or like you’re so deep in a rut you can’t see over the edge… Guess what?  Good news! You really have been.  You aren’t just a whining, puling little git.  And knowing that should actually make you feel better, Spunky!

“‘Second, it’s time for you to move up and out of that stuck space.  And very soon, if not immediately!’”

And this is How. 

So pay attention.

The Hanged Man asks that you be extra vigilant in keeping your intuitive antenna up for strong, wise, functional, interested and caring energy that can and will help pull you out of your rut. 

The help may come in small chunks, like a better-paying job that can move you forward − as opposed to winning the Mega Millions jackpot. [Sorry!  Remember, I’m just the messenger here.]  [Dammit!]  But the help will be there, maybe even is already here, and it will be there in the ways that can really, truly benefit you.

Your mission then is to stay tuned in, be aware, notice the positive energy or helpful opportunity, reach out for it and grab onto it when it shows up, and use it to move you along to where you really want to be.

As if that weren’t enough, I find that there is an additional directive from the Hanged Man. 

The card basically says that, in those moments when the new, positive, helpful energy and opportunities aren’t readily apparent – and those moments happen to all of us − your mission is to refuse to get sucked into the old It sucks to be me! I’m hopeless!  I’m helpless! whirlpool. 

Rather, use the time for deep prayer, healing meditation, shamanic journeying, etc. 

Go deep within, embrace your own spirituality, guidance, wisdom, and healing. 

Use the “fallow time” in practices that will help you become more fully connected to your truer, deeper, self and to the channels of spiritual power and assistance around you.

So:

Stay aware. 

Stay much more aware than normal, in fact, especially intuitively. 

Know that positive energy and opportunities are there and will benefit you.  Reach out and take hold of them, one by one, to get you where you intend.  

If nothin’s shakin’, use the time for prayer, meditation, magical studies and spiritual practice to increase those elements that are of and for your highest and best.

Bright blessings and beautiful positive flow upward, out and away!    

Quote for the Day: If God dwells inside us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting.  ~ Jack Handy

Today’s Weather:  Frodo rings bouncing jolly great rainbows from the mountains to the seas.  Get yer share! 

On this Date:  1889 – The Eiffel Tower is inaugurated. [Chief Justice Roberts screws up the oath then, too.]

And: 1959 – The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum.

Note: This is the 90th day of the year. [Time to take down your Christmas tree?]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 30

March 29, 2010

The Empress

Guenevere

Fortune Cookie: If opportunity knocks, rise to the occasion!  Don’t hold yourself back.  And take a risk or two on something that you love and believe in.

Saw this card the middle of last month.  Glad it’s back, because we can all use a regular dose of encouragement and goodness like The Empress  provides — especially now that we seem to be moving beyond the throes of winter!  [Note Tarot reader with fingers crossed on both hands.]

The Empress card really does take us lovingly by the throat and say, “Look: Today has the potential to be SUCH a great, beautiful day!  Remember that, will ya?  And take advantage of it That’s why we’re giving it to you.”

The Empress is a card of abundance, creativity, beauty and fertility.  

It’s a card of nurturing, both giving and receiving. 

In this day, you can find opportunities to go after your most enriching, ennobling dreams.  [So it really is pretty important that you have some idea what they are.  Right?] 

Open yourself to your museBelieve in your creativity and let it flow.  And keep an eye out for beneficence from an admirable, kind and generous community leader ~ most likely a woman. 

If opportunity knocks, rise to the occasion!  Don’t hold yourself back.  And take a risk or two on something that you love and believe in.

Bright blessings and beautiful opportunities!

Quote for the Day: Pepper’s given first names were Pippin Galadriel Moonchild.

There are only two ways a child can go with a name like Pippin Galadriel Moonchild, and Pepper had chosen the other one: [her] three male [friends] had learned that on the first day of school, on the playground, at the age of four.

They had asked her her name and, all innocent, she told them.

Subsequently a bucket of water had been needed to separate Pippin Galadriel Moonchild’s teeth from Adam’s shoe.  Wensleydale’s first pair of spectacles had been broken, and Brian’s sweater needed five stitches.  ~ Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, from Good Omens 

Today’s Waethyr:  Fried water

On This Date: 1842Anesthesia is used for the first time in an operation by Dr. Crawford Long.

 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 29

March 28, 2010

Knight of Spears

Bedivere

Fortune Cookie: Today − and as you begin to line things up for a spectacular springtime − know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going. 

Hmmm…  We last saw this guy EXACTLY three months ago.  So give that some attention, an’ ye feel sae called!

On the one hand, I feel as though I need to apologize just the least wee bit to those of you who read the daily card faithfully, and therefore have had to reread some of the longer posts, like this one, from time to time. 

On the other hand,

DEAL WITH IT. 

Thenkyew.

I can’t rewrite the entire lousy thing just because the card showed up before.  [Who just said, “A REAL author would?”  May your belly button lint become genetically identical to the feathers of an endangered raptor and be discovered by a State Trooper of Cherokee ancestry. Ha!] 

On the OTHER other hand, if everyone was actually paying attention to the ruddy thing, maybe it wouldn’t come up again.  Right?  Right? Right!

Let’s us just assume it’s really a matter of Spirit being kind and reminding us all of something universally important during an interesting  and transformational time.

Anyway, as I have said before:

I’m always grateful when the Knight of Spears shows up.  He makes me feel like I can mostly just indulge my natural weirdness(es). 

If you’re the type to read a Daily Tarot post, it’s always good to keep this particular card’s message somewhere nearby [Ah HA!], ’cos it’s a good card for unique, unusual, self-directed folks. 

Yes, I mean You!

[Dear, sweet Wotan-on-a-bicycle help me.]    

As I’ve said, this is one of those cards for which my interpretation deviates some from the pack −which fits perfectly with the card, as we always see. 

Typical readings declare the Knight of Spears to betoken departure, a change of residence, etc.  So if those things are on your mind, take advantage of that energy and move along, whether you’re wild and free or dull as dust. 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use sees this Knight as sociable, committed to fully developing abilities and acting on intuition − all interpretations I’d agree with, of course. 

So if you’re feeling a need to be among others of a positive bent, go! go!!!  And if you find an opportunity to enhance who you are and what you do − and it doesn’t involve buying a tubby Ukrainian Tarot reader a small but immaculate Mercedes as a fee – go for it! 

I see the Knight of Spears as the card of The Eccentric.  It represents the individual who knows what her or his goal is and what the best path will be to get there − even though it may seem the least likely path, and even though it probably will seem like the least useful goal to almost everyone else in her/his life. 

The Knight of Spears will therefore have to put up with a great deal of sage (and mostly useless) advice from everyone else about what to aim for, where to go, and how to get there.  So don’t be surprised when that happens to you.  It really does come with the territory. 

The Knight will perforce take all that in with grace and “goode humour” − to a point.  So take a deep breath, smile and do the best with that you can.

Once that point is passed, she or he will simply start down her or his own path anyway.  And if that doesn’t work, she/he will begin nudging the well-meaning obstacle (alleged human, probably an in-law) out of the way. 

And if that doesn’t work, she/he will walk her noble steed right over the blockage, human or otherwise.

And if THAT don’t do it, she/he will jolly well take out a lousy-great spear and put it right through the chest of the stupid bugger!

[Ah, such an image to go along with your morning coffee!  Or Miso.  Or Bushmills.  Bushmills?   Whatever.  Sorry.]

So, today − and as you begin to line things up for a spectacular springtime − know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going. 

 If necessary, carry a spear.  Or two.  Sharp ones.  And a disarming smile.

 Bright blessings and bliss at the uniqueteria!

Quote for the Day:  No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.  ~ Robert Frost 
 

Today’s Weather:  A note from the Editor: These Waethyr reports are somewhere between fact and a fried duck.  Wear a green smoothie and carry a prophylactic toasted dungaree.

On This Date: 1871 – The Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria. 

 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 28

March 28, 2010

Page of Spears

The Hare

Fortune Cookie: And again I say:

Love and honor your inner mad artist.  Embrace and empower him or her today.  And begin that wonderful new… WHATEVER!

 

I know I’ve said before, this little guy’s energy is ALWAYS welcome around here. But the implication of his leaping back this soon is… we’ve maybe lost the message he brought no longer ago than TUESDAY.

WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU LET YOURSELF LOSE CONNECTION WITH ENCOURAGEMENT THIS WONDERFUL AND LIBERATING?  HUH?

HUH?  [Yeah.  Like I never do that.  Oh well, M’Dears, WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT ME, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT YOU!

Ahem…

Some readers would find this card to signal a dark young man (person?), an envoy or postman, and therefore, NEWS!  So keep an eye out for all of those, if it feels right.

Others would see him as representing a strange message or a desire to learn new things or expand current knowledge.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the Page of Spears to betoken stimulating communications [like you wish this was], arrival of good things, and a trustworthy, enthusiastic assistant, among other possibilities.  [I’ll take a dozen God, please.  And a side of marketing director to go.]

As a totem animal, Hare betokens joyfulness, enthusiasm, wonderful loopy abandon (Mad as a March Hare) and creativity, creation or procreation.  So this card asks that you release your inner wildandcrazyjoyfulartist, especially today.   

  

Yep!  Somethin’ like that!

Let yourself connect or reconnect with those elements of yourself and your life that encourage freedom, playfulness, creativity and JOY!

And as far as the procreation part is concerned, if you’ve been thinking about making a baby − or opening a new business or giving birth to a major new project or direction in life − Do It!  Do It!  Begin today!

Love and honor your inner mad artist.  Embrace and empower him or her today.  And begin that wonderful new… WHATEVER!

Bright, joyful, creative blessings!

Quote for the Day: For children in their most impressionable years, there is, in fantasy, the highest of stimulating and educational powers.  ~ Arthur Rackham 

Today’s Weather: Heywilly wollickey hoo row row from Canada all the way down to the Ohio River.  Let the damn meteorologists deal with THAT, the wussies! 

On This Date:  1910 – Henri Fabre becomes the first person to fly a seaplane, the Fabre Hydravion, after taking off from a water runway near Martigues, France.  [That’s the Page of Spears in action!]

And: 1920 – Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affects the Great Lakes region and Deep South states.  [Oh.  Charming.]

And a wonderful example of someone honoring the spirit of this card:

The E.L.F.E.N Project

(Elemental Life Form Encounters in Nature)  

www.elfenproject.com

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 27

March 26, 2010

Nine of Shields

Ragnell

Fortune Cookie: What is the magical transformation of yourself and your life you would have by being given permission (giving yourself permission) to do what you really want and be who and what you really are?

Another card that cycles back frequently for the blog.  Well, if it seems to fit ya, assume it’s yours to work with, because this is always a good card to work with and learn from.

You may notice that this is the card I pulled when seeking information about how I should think of this blog, and what I should hope to offer through it.

The Nine of Shields asks that we be open to

magical transformation – of ourselves and our lives –

through love

by being given

(or giving ourselves)

permission to do what we really want to do 

and be who we really are. 

It is therefore useful to look at this card from this perspective:

If I could change myself and/or my life in any and all of the way(s) that I wish to in order to be true to myself −

What would I change? 

Who and what would I be? 

What would I ask of life this time around? 

What would I give to the planet at this time? 

How would I give it?

Then ask what baby steps will get you moving in that direction.  And love yourself enough to let yourself begin and take them.  

While you’re at it, it might also be a good thing to take a look ’round at the people you care most about. 

Ask for guidance about what you might offer (without negating who you are or what your hopes are) to help them seek and attain their magical transformation through love by giving them permission to do what they really want and be who they really are.

Honor and integrity are important elements in the revelations of this card as well. 

It might be worthwhile to go through the story of  The Lady Ragnell to get a sense of what this card can be about.  That will require a Nealio’s fracturized beat-all-to-hell and put back together faerystory version of the legend behind the card.

The story begins when King Arthur is challenged, at peril of the loss of his kingdom, to discover the answer to an ancient riddle. 

The knight Gawain, Arthur’s nephew, sets out to answer the riddle for him, and eventually he encounters the hag Ragnell.  She offers the solution if he’ll take her to give it to the King personally. 

Gawain takes her to Camelot and presents her to Arthur, who asks for the answer.  She replies that she will whisper the answer into the King’s ear − if Gawain will promise to marry her.  Arthur says, “Good God, woman, you must be freaking kidding me,” or Medieval words to that effect.  Gawain selflessly consents to the marriage to help his uncle, Ragnell reveals the secret to the King, and Camelot is saved.

The wedding of Gawain and Ragnell goes ahead as planned, and the new pair retires to the bedroom. Ragnell asks, “Won’t you give me a little kiss?” and Gawain dutifully does so, then turns away, contemplating how truly wretched the rest of the night, not to mention his life, will be. 

When he turns back to her, he is astonished to find the most beautiful woman he has ever seen standing before him.  She explains she had been under a spell to look like a hag until a good knight married her and kissed her with kindness, if not affection.  He is, of course, delighted.

“But wait, fair knight,” she says, or, “Hold up, dude,” or something like that.   “Wait. You must understand that my true appearance will be restored for only half the day.”  She gives him the choice to have her beautiful at night, when they are alone together, or during the day, when they are with all his friends in Camelot.

Without hesitation, Gawain tells her that she must have the choice for herself. This generous, unforced, unrequested answer lifts the curse for good, and Ragnell’s true appearance and nature return forever.  And Gawain does the Macarena around the room, being such class act.

So, what is the magical transformation of yourself and your life that you would have through love by being given permission (and/or giving yourself permission) to do what you really want and be who and what you really are?

By the way, you might like to know the riddle and its answer.

The question was, “What is it a woman desires most?”

The answer (two versions):

“Her own way.” 

~ OR ~

“The right (sovereynté) to decide for herself.”

Bright Blessings!

Quote for the Day: Kids. They’re not easy. But there has to be some penalty for sex. ~ Bill Maher

Today’s Waethyr:  A small, low-flying salmon playing a crumhorn all morning and a sackbut in the early evening hours.  Wear your sporran to be safe.  

 On This Date: 1836 – Kirtland Temple in Ohio is dedicated in an 8 hour long service led by Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon.  [And you thought the Rock Hall ceremonies went on forever!] 

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 26

March 25, 2010

Eight of Swords

Guenevere at the Stake

Fortune Cookie: Reach out. Ask for help. Let yourself receive help − help of all kinds from all appropriate levels. Especially seek assistance from those who are extremely capable of helping you understand, take on and overcome the difficulties [or go after the new goals] that may be trying to creep up [or that are emerging]. 

 Okay.  For those of you who weren’t paying attention the last few times this card showed up…

Yo! Yo!  Ovah Heeeyah!  Yeah.  Heeeyah!  I’m tawking to you!

PAY ATTENTION!  

[And by the way, what DIDN’T you ask for help with back then that you might have.  Eh?]

As I said the last couple of times this card showed up, this is really one of those cards that a client only has to see for about a second before they start whining and puling.  Can’t say I blame them, based on how the Eight of Swords is usually depicted.

Even in my Legend deck, the largest elements are Guenevere tied to the stake, wood piled about her, the executioner (looking very much like Lurch from the original Adams family) ready to set the pyre alight.  Charmin’ all ’round, ’tis.

So when intuitive consultants (Tarot readers) typically offer interpretations along the lines of bad news, conflict, slander, crisis, regret and being held at a disadvantage − I suppose I can see why a client might whimper some.

However − as most of you have already begun to say under your breath – ol’ Nealio, he don’t see it THAT way. 

Let’s think about something for a second.  [Yes, you have to.  Have another coffee or a strawberry cough pancake for pity’s sake.] 

Why do people come to guys like me for a reading? [Be nice.  Remember, I STILL know your email address.] [And besides, I need the answer to that question for a springtime marketing blitz.]

People should NOT NOT NOT come to a Tarot reader just to hear what’s gonna happen.  They SHOULD work with people of my ilk to learn what THEY need to know that will help THEM maximize success and optimize outcomes!  BIIIIIIIG difference! 

I like a phrase my wife shared with me.  “Some American Indians think of prophecy as that which can be changed.

So, you come to me for a reading.  The Eight of Swords turns up.  You start looking for a place to hide.  You find you don’t fit under the table and you can’t leap from the window because we’re in a basement.

So I say,

Wait a minute! Wait!  Wait!  Wait!

[Wait!]  Don’t leap (or claw your way up) to conclusions! 

The first thing this card is telling you is that, if you’ve been feeling bound, trapped, concerned that there’s some negativity trying to bring you down, you’ve been right.  You’re not just being a wuss.

But!  BUT!!!!!  Look carefully at the card, Watson. 

The Queen is tied to the stake and about to become an order of crispy-crunchy, dipping sauce upon request, no vegans please.  However, peer more closely [I’m exerting peer pressure] and you’ll see there are knights coming over the hill, riding to her rescue.  And, if you remember your old Richard Harris movies, they will succeed.

This card is a gift to you, warning you in advance of possible crisis and other down-side realities.  And sure, if you freeze like a deer in the headlights, you will become Highway Delight.      

How should you deal with this card?  Do what Guenevere did. 

Reach out. 

Ask for help.  

Let yourself receive help − help of all kinds from all appropriate levels. 

Especially seek assistance from those who are extremely capable of helping you understand, take on and overcome the difficulties [or go after the new goals] that may be trying to creep up [or that may be emerging]. 

That will lead you to the most positive outcome possible, and even to a successful turnaround of the situation.

This card offers an end to adversity and a new beginning.

Let me repeat that for greater effect:

This card offers

an end to adversity

and a new beginning.  

But you have to reach out for it and grab the help when it’s there.  (After all, don’t you owe it to all the rest of us to make your life, and thus the greater vibration, better?)

Feeling tied down or tied in knots?  DON’T try to handle it alone.  Reach out.  Get general support from all those who care about you.  Engage those who have the strength, skill and wisdom to help you free yourself and move on to new, bright possibilities.  And make it a habit not to go solo any more.  Reach out.  Ask for help − of the highest and best kind.

Bright blessings, hope, peace and joy!

Quote for the Day: My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.  ~ Dylan Thomas

 Today’s Weather: Great whooping manichean gnostic doughnuts. Glazed.  And espresso.  

On This Date: 1976 – Queen Elizabeth II sent out the first royal email, from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment.  [Asks, “How does One replace the  ##%&*&## toner?”]

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 25

March 24, 2010

Queen of Shields

Igraine

Fortune Cookie:  Ask yourself, “What is really important?  Now how do I attend to that?  And how can I do it really, really well?”

Hmmm…  The King of Shields showed up just this past Monday.  And he and the Queen have a lot in common.  It’s obvious people need to attend much more exclusively to the things that are really important to attend to.  Do I have your attention now?  Eh?

Attend:

Other readers find this card indicates opulence, generosity, liberty, security, and perhaps even greatness of soul.  Always good stuff.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, sees it betokening a sensible, considerate woman (or person), an effective advocate, one who uses her considerable influence and power to help those less fortunate.  [Find me one such.  And send her my way as ye marketinge manageress!]

So if that’s the kind of energy you’re hoping to find and/or embody today, JUMP IN!

In working with my clients, I’ve come to see the Queen of Shields as very strongly paralleling the King of Shields.

This is, therefore what I call the card of the Good Queen.  [For those of you old enough to get the reference. I’ve also occasionally called it “the Harriet Nelson card.”]

This is the queen who understands that her mission is to care for the health of her kingdom – perhaps behind the scenes, perhaps boldly and with great fanfare − and to help take care of her subjects so that they generally can take care of themselves.

She knows how the crops are growing, how the children are faring, whether the creatures are well, if the King’s men are living up to their obligations and so on.  She’s perfectly comfortable taking the limelight, and will be sweet or brash about it as will best serve the kingdom, but she does not seek it for herself and does not actually give a brass farthing for it except as a tool for doing good. 

Like the King, the hard lesson she has learned is that there will always be more things asked of her than she can possibly fulfill, more things in need of attention than she can possibly do.  She has, therefore, come to understand and be comfortable with the necessity of allocating resources, caring and effort in such a way as will provide the greatest return and benefit to her King and the kingdom.

In her world, it ISN’T the squeakiest wheel that gets the grease; it’s the wheel whose repair is most significant and valuable to the King, the people and the land.

So, beginning today, how should you come to understand better the myriad workings of your kingdom?  (What, in fact, IS your kingdom?)  And how do you need to give yourself in a functional, practical way permission to attend to that which is really MOST IMPORTANT rather than that which seems MOST URGENT (or most annoying) in order to keep your kingdom’s balance, harmony and prosperity at the forefront of your rule?  What do you need to let go of, or let go fallow, or let go to hell, for that matter, in order for the stuff you truly came here to do to get done and get done well?   

So ask yourself, “What is really important?  Now how do I attend to that?  And how can I do it really, really well?”

Bright blessings as you rule all you survey!

Quote for the Day:  Who’s on first?    ~ Abbott & Costello

Today’s Waethyr: Bangojangle steampunk ascending. Tidy up yer McGuinns and toss the odd feathers.

On This Date: 1969 – During their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31).

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 24

March 23, 2010
Seven of Spears

Arch of Twelve Kings

Fortune Cookie:  What do you want?  What would your victory be?  Assume today is the day that you begin to move toward sure victory. 

This card last turned for us on back in December.  It’s of those cards we should work with  regularly to help us keep track of who we are and who we hope to be.  [Who? Whom? Who cares?]

The Arch referred to here is a monument created by Merlin’s magic in celebration of the defeat of twelve lesser kings who rebelled against Arthur early in his reign. 

As I’ve asked before: do the twelve kings sound at all like the chaotic, nagging, self-defeating things we get stuck thinking about ourselves, our talents and abilities, even our lives?   Isn’t it wearying to find ourselves so often in rebellion against our higher and better selves?  What a waste of energy, time, peace of mind, hormones, talent and… energy!

So listen up, y’all!  I consider this to be the card of utter, total complete victory.  It may be victory after a loooooooong, tedious and/or hard-fought series of challenges.  But it’s victory nonetheless.

Some readers indicate the Seven of Spears to be a card of bravery and success.  Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, says it speaks of promoting unity for the common good and gaining the confidence of others, among other things.  If any of those indicators fit what you’re trying to be about lately, assume you’ve been given a green light and MOVE!

As we look at what this card is prompting, let me ask:

If you were absolutely certain that you would

ultimately achieve the victory you want

− maybe after considerable time, maybe after considerable strategy and straining, heaving endeavor, maybe after having to release some things in order to ultimately gain what you want –

WHAT

DO YOU WANT?

WHAT

WOULD YOUR VICTORY BE?

~ How long are you willing to work toward it? 

~ How long are you willing to go after it again and again and again? 

~ How will you strategize for it? 

~ With whom, and what will they bring to the table

~ What endeavors will you put forth to achieve it? 

~ What help will you seek, from Spirit and from those around you?

~ What would you give up, release, put aside to have it? 

WHAT

DO YOU WANT?

What

would YOUR victory be?

Assume today is the magical day that

if you answer those questions honestly

if you answer those questions fully

and begin to put into play the elements

of your responses

you will move toward sure victory.

Bright blessings and victory!

P.S.  Just as a corollary:  What do you want to be remembered for one hundred years from now?

Quote for the Day:  

Announcer: Ten miles he swam. The last three were agony.
Seagoon: They were over land. Finally I fell in a heap on the ground. I’ve no idea who left it there.
 
 ~ The Goon Show

Today’s Weather:   Frizewidat! in copious downpours. Waer a small baboon, but play it close to the chest. 

On This Date: 1882Robert Koch announces the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis.

And: 1874Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz), magician is born in Hungary.

Tarot Card for the Day ~ March 23

March 22, 2010

 

Page of Spears

The Hare

Fortune Cookie: Love and honor your inner mad artist.  Embrace and empower him or her today.  And begin that wonderful new… WHATEVER!

 

As I’ve said about this little guy before, his energy is ALWAYS welcome around here.  Good card for the first week of spring!

Some readers would find this card to signal a dark young man (person?), an envoy or postman, and therefore, NEWS!  So keep an eye out for all of those, if it feels right.

Others would see him as representing a strange message or a desire to learn new things or expand current knowledge.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the Page of Spears to betoken stimulating communications [like you wish this was], arrival of good things, and a trustworthy, enthusiastic assistant, among other possibilities.

As a totem animal, Hare betokens joyfulness, enthusiasm, wonderful loopy abandon (Mad as a March Hare) and creativity, creation or procreation.  So this card asks that you release your inner wildandcrazyjoyfulartist, especially today.   

 

Let yourself connect or reconnect with those elements of yourself and your life that encourage freedom, playfulness, creativity and JOY!

And as far as the procreation part is concerned, if you’ve been thinking about making a baby − or opening a new business or giving birth to a major new project or direction in life − Do It!  Do It!  Begin today!

Love and honor your inner mad artist.  Embrace and empower him or her today.  And begin that wonderful new… WHATEVER!

Bright, joyful, creative blessings!

Quote for the Day: One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.  ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response.  ‘I don’t know,’ Alice anwered.  ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘It doesn’t matter.’  ~ Lewis Caroll, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

 

Today’s Weather: I just now heard the first thunder of spring!  Yippitee skippitee! [I hope it was thunder, anyway…]  Yep.  Thunder! Yay!

On This Date:  1801 – Tsar Paul I of Russia is struck with a sword, then strangled, and finally trampled to death in his bedroom at St. Michael’s Castle. [Talk about a bad night.]  {{Talk about a testy gentry!}}