Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 26

Five of Shields

The Wasteland

Fortune Cookie:  Know that you can move from The Wasteland you may feel yourself to be in. Know the direction to the High Green Land for you.  Make the choices and take the steps, one by one, that will take you there.


Hmmm…  At least several times in the past week or so, we’ve seen cards cycling back after about two months.  This would have me suggest you take a look at what was going on in mid-to-late February and see whether you, too are repeating some sort of cycle — and, if so, what might you wanna do about it?  So give that a bit of thought over the next couple days. 

Now, back to our regularly-scheduled… stuff.

As I’ve said before, some days I feel about as creative as kibbles.  Like just now.  Fortunately, a card that has some things to teach me about that feeling has once again leapt out to instruct me.  You.  Us.  Somebody.  So here we go. 

Last saw this one back in mid-February and before that, in early November, and as I said then:

A card for which my reading is based more on my intuitive response to the Anna-Marie Ferguson illustration than on the traditional interpretation.

When I see the Five of Shields in a reading, I usually say something like, “Hey!  Good news!  If you feel like you’ve been wandering in the wasteland, YOU REALLY HAVE BEEN.  You’re not just whining!”  [Some of us need to hear that more than others.]

Even more important, this card indicates that it is now possible – and you are now ready – to move from the wasteland to the High Green Land.  But you must be conscious and make choices, moment by moment, that will carry you there. 

Of course, that would imply you have a pretty good idea WHAT the High Green Land would be for you compared to what you might have now.

“Something at least a touch better, maybe, kinda, couldja” isn’t really sufficient for the Universe to home in on.  It just isn’t.  And in my case, “something that would make Bill Gates’ place look like a trailer park hovel” while swell, is a bit more nebulous and maybe a tad too much of a jump for the Universe to help me with. 

After all, if I can’t believe in it, why should I expect the Universe to bring it as a nice liddla giftee, eh?

Know you can move from The Wasteland.  Know the direction to the High Green Land.  Make the choices and take the steps, one by one, that will get you there.

Okay, so maybe it’s important that I share some of the more traditional meanings that readers and scholars have given to this card. They are things like exhaustion of resources, temporary hardship, material difficulties, blah, blah, blah, blah, hooey. 

That certainly is still in the news all over the place this month as we all breathlesly wait a new wave of foreclosures and indictments.  Or some such.  So, as metaphysicians, or at least as people who read a Daily Tarot Card:

How do we not give in to such pandemic energy [Ooh! 25 cent word!] and get sucked down the tube with everybody else?

First of all, we remember that what may be typical, even what may seem absolutely inescapable for the majority, is not necessarily true for any single individual — especially us! 

After all, during the worst of the Great Depression there were folks calling, “Drive on, Rodolfo!” as they tooled around in limousines from mansion to club to ocean liner to Buckingham Palace and back.  And some of those most famous were NEWLY MINTED gazillionaires.  And some of  them were very creative, compassionate, charitable people.  [Like you.] They simply refused to doubt themselves or give over their dreams to hopelessness and distress – or to the norm

Second, we affirm to ourselves exactly how much potential there is in us, and there is in life FOR us and for us to share with those we love.  Remember that in ultimate truth THERE IS NO LACK, and we have the capacity to experience that!  Yes, you!

Third, we stay strongly enough connected to spiritual truth and to Light to remember that whatever may happen to the entire world, we are okay and we will be okay. 

[I know.  Even I have days where I say to myself, “Man!  What if the world goes completely to hell and we all go up in smoke and I have to incarnate on a planet where all humanoid beings have khaki fur like a shag rug, smell like one of Mick Jagger’s 1969 jumpsuits after a concert, sound like W. on Ativan and accept sniffing gasoline fumes as THE religion?”] 

See?  It could be worse.  Right? 


So, once again:

Know that you can move from The Wasteland.  Know the direction to the High Green Land.  Make the choices and take the steps, one by one, that will take you there.

Bright blessings and incredible, miraculous deliriously happy progress! 

Quote for the Day: Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. ~ Mother Teresa  

Today’s Weather:  Slowhand guitar solos bouncing down high seams of time and space.  You want fries, wasabe or absolution with that?   

On This Date:  1986 – A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.


5 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ April 26”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    “..as creative as kibbles.” That’s creative!

    I’ve always understood that the quote “Be faithful in the little things” was from St. Theresa. The quote you provide of Mother Theresa gives that a little umph…which I find particularly helpful. “Be faithful in small things bcause it is in them that your strength lies.”

    Ahh, we all need a little extra strength these days…for ourselves and to help those around us. And to realize that being faithful to the little day-in-and-day-out small things we do gives us strength of soul is comforting and encouraging. Thank you!

    Blessings and gratitude, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    As ever, thanks, Donna.

    And I originally heard the quote “Be faithful to the wee folk, or they’ll kick yer bazouki!”


  3. Donna Allen Says:

    I like the word “bazouki”. I’m planning to use that with my 10-year old grandson. He WILL take note, I guarantee it. What language should I tell him that is when he asks?

  4. shamanspath Says:

    Bazouki (or bouzouki or bouzoukia) is Greek. It’s a sorta large mandolin-like instrument.

  5. Donna Allen Says:

    Thanks for this information, Neal. It’s interesting! Actually, the quote about the wee folk is endearing. 🙂

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