Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 23

The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress

Fortune Cookie: Go back to the shop and hammer out a few of the most basic details about who you are, what you believe, what your foundation is, what you want to build — and why. 

 I know this card only showed up about a month and a half ago.  But I swear it came up for about a quarter of the people I read for at a big society party last weekend.  So the energy is obviousy percolating around the Kozmos.    

As I’ve written before, this IS such a valuable card.  [And it’s one of my longer posts, for which I apologize.]  [Yes, really.  Ya little….] So here we go. 

This is definitely another of those OhBugger! kinda cards, at least from its appearance — in ANY Tarot deck. 

It’s one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes.  Don’t jump to conclusions.  Don’t leap before you look.  Really significant opportunities for growth here. 

And as I always ask,

Remember the teachers (from high school math types to your skating coach to Ram Dass to Mother Teresa to Miss Laura on Romper Room to senators and everybody in between) who have said that?  It always really means, “Get ready for some deep down bone crunching head spinning hard work!”  Even I admit that, and I have the honesty quotient of a newt.  

Well, so, maybe that old hard work thing IS the case here.  Maybe.  But with this card, it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and energy for sure.   Hard work, yeah, yeah, true, but SO VERY meaningful.

Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients. 

But when my clients see it as it’s depicted in the Legend deck − a huge red dragon fighting a ginormous white one, completely destroying a massive royal fortress in the process – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep-Mewlp,” suck in their breath,  swallow hard and say, “WTF!”  [That’s Wensleydale Transport Facilitators.]

So what’s different about my understanding of the card and what it offers?  I usually say something like:

Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits.  But really, it’s positive.


The card is asking you to examine yourself, your dreams and your being. 

It’s saying, Hey.  Stop for a minute.  Look at your life.  Think about it now.  

If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really essential to the you that is really you, then WHAT IS THAT TRUE FOUNDATION?      Who are you?      What are you?       What is it that you REALLY have available to build upon, and wish to build upon, this time around?      And, by the way, WHAT will you build upon it?

This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition.  [Transition.  What a weenie word.  How about STRESSOr WOBBLE.  Or outright MASSIVE CAVING INBetter?)

What is the true foundation –For YOU: 

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of joy?

What is the true foundation of spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of physical health?

What is the true foundation of emotional health?

What is the true foundation of creativity?

What is the true foundation of home?

What is the true foundation of beauty?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that are important to you. 

What IS the true foundation for YOU?

[And how many different type faces can this idiot insert for no good reason in one single post?]

Once you know what your various true foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, how you want to do it, and what the best way is to go about it. 

And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes.  It can be a villa one week, a pagoda the next, a log cabin next month and a fairy castle sometime after that.  So long as you know WHAT your foundations TRULY are, and honor them, then what you are about building is and will be perfect.

What are your foundations in each area of your being?  How can you be mindful of them?  How can you stay mindful of them?  What do you wish to build upon them?  How can you begin today?  

Bright blessings and a deep, happy, helpful knowing of yourself!

Quote for the Day:  But worse things were about to be found in the bedroom: on the jeweller’s wife’s ottoman, in a casual pose, sprawled a third party – namely, a black cat of uncanny size, with a glass of vodka in one paw and a fork, on which he had managed to spear a pickled mushroom, in the other.      ~ Mikhail Bulgakov, from The Master and Margarita  [which The Times of London has called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century]

Today’s Weather:  A mediocre translation of Chaucer, facing off against a  rediscovered graphic novel by Neil Gaiman.  More cappucino! 

On This Date: 1597William Shakespeare‘s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance.


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