Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 13

Nine of Shields


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.  As in, we just saw it March 27.  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: Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. ~ Saint Augustine

Today’s Waethyr:  Be prepared to dodge the odd wee flying penstemon or low-flying byamees Click to play sound Click to play .   Warned ya! 

On This Date: 1742George Frideric Handel‘s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.


3 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 13”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Thank you for the quote by St. Augustine. It’s beautiful…and a very good reminder to always “keep the faith.” It works magic!

    ~ ~ Blessings and gratitude, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks, Donna!

    And thnaks for the unexpected gift, as well as your new business cards and post-its. They are pretty. How do you plan to use the post-its?



  3. Donna Allen Says:

    You’re weclome (fun intended).

    Not sure on the post-its, ‘cept I always include a little note when I mail a cassette tape of a session to a client. Sometimes I “lend” books through the mail, too, and include a note. Vistaprint.com has some fun things. I ordered a vinyl Down-to-Earth Angels banner for the next “event.” It came out really nice.

    Thanks for asking.

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