Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 20

The Horned One


Fortune Cookie: Believe in and use your connection to Spirit to understand how you can bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

What a perfect card for the day before the Summer Solstice!!!!! [Which, by the way, occurs Monday at 7:28 AM EDT.]  When this fellow showed up this last summer, I was given the following Spirit-based insight:

“Now… remember that EVERY day is a day of power, a day of connection, and a day of celebration. 

Live THAT, why don’t you?  ”

As I said then, I should probably just end the session with that insight and walk away now, y’know?  It’s plenty good information, and would save you a few minutes of additional reading to boot.

But NO-OOOO-OH.  [Oh well.  You’re a grown up.  You can stop reading whenever you want to.  Or just look at the daily horoscope in the paper or something.] 


Following a Shamanic spirituality as I do, I simply consider this the most powerful card in the deck.  Let me describe it a bit as it’s portrayed by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck.

[View the card here:


There’s a beautifully muscled fellow sitting cross legged out in the woods under a bright full moon.  His legs are shaggy and end in hooves.  He has stag’s antlers protruding from his head.  In his right hand he holds a golden torc ~ the old Celtic symbol of kingship ~ in his left a live serpent.  He is surrounded by folk of the wood ~ fox, otter, boar, stag, frog.  

It’s a beautiful, mystical, magical card. Wish I had it as a huge poster.

The painting on the card is depicts images from the famous Gundestrup cauldron, a first century BC ritual silver vessel found deep in a Danish bog.  Sacred, beautiful objects like this were ritually cast into bogs ~ which were considered places of mystery, power and great magic ~ as sacrificial gifts.

You can read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundestrup_cauldron .

Cernunnos, the fellow depicted in the card is the Celtic incarnation of the Horned God.  He is considered to be the Lord of the Animals.

[In the spirit of full disclosure, in other decks, this card is often depicted by the devil, with some attendant negative interpretations.  Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, alludes to the card’s primordial power, and emphasizes the need to channel this power positively and for good.]

But here is what I see in the card, based on many years of working with clients.  This is a truly shamanic card in that it says,

You [yes, YOU!] have the capacity to connect with the realm of Spirit.  You have an ability to bring Spirit through into ordinary reality in a way that can functionally, positively bring about change. 

Because you have that capacity ~ from the Shaman’s perspective ~ you have the OBLIGATION to develop it and use it for the highest and best of all.

So, in this very important season [whatever season or day of the year it may be, as we have been informed above]

~ explore your connection to Spirit (your guardian angels, the Universal Life Force, God, Goddess, Johnny Depp or however you perceive it)

  ~ believe in ~ in fact ASSUME ~ a functional connectedness

~ open yourself to the goodness and healing and wisdom that Spirit offers

~ use your connection to understand how to bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

Brightest blessings, joy, hope and healing! 

Quote for the Day:  He (the Shaman) is a self-reliant explorer of the endless mansions of a magnificent hidden universe. Michael Harner, from The Way of the Shaman 

Today’s Weather: Rainbow bridges. Float and flow.   

On This Date: 1877Alexander Graham Bell installs the world’s first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. [Eh?]

And: 1909Errol Flynn, Australian actor is born.

From: Texts from Last Night ~

See?  I told you I was good to drive.

Dude, I drove. You sat in the passenger seat and steered with a paper plate.


It was 5 am and we found him making margaritas with Nyquil.


Happy Father’s Day!!!


2 Responses to “Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 20”

  1. Vivienne Grainger Says:

    I really enjoy your interpretations (the weather report as well …). Having a link to view the card makes it much easier to see where the interpretation is coming from.

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Thanks so much, Vivienne.

    Sorry it took me so long to think of inserting the link for the card. I still haven’t figured out why sometimes WordPress will let me insert the card as a pic and sometimes it won’t.


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