Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 28

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. 

 To see the card: http://strangerealms.multiply.com/photos

We last saw this fellow around the top of May. Let’s see if we learned anything ‘t all from the good advice he brought last time. Maybe?

Here we go:  [Gonzo Tarot reader slowly and carefully sidles to far end of table, humming “Chestnut Mare” 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  I need Prozac and B12 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 of this.  Good.  Hey!  Give it back!

“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 to freedom!    

Quote for the Day: 

You have taught me language, and my profit on’t

 Is, I know how to curse  ~ Shakespeare, The Tempest 

Today’s Weather:  Abominable snowgerbils scattered throughout the Ohio Valley.  Check for scent of cedar shavings.  BIG cedar shavings.  

On this Date:  1609Bermuda is first settled by survivors of the English ship Sea Venture en route to Virginia. [It’s believed this event was the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest.] 

[If you have a moment for something frivolous, here’s a wonderful, outrageous video of a young Richard Burton playing Caliban in The Tempest.  On American TV.  Go to about 4:15 in this clip.]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf66f–r4ZY

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