Tarot Card ~ September 16

Four of Cups

The Fading Fellowship

Fortune Cookie: Be honest with yourself about elements of disillusionment or burnout in life.  Be even more honest about any places where either your ego or your fears may be overriding your truer, better nature.   

Look toward YOUR Holy Grail, whatever that means to you.  Then begin to do what you need to stay grounded and true to your higher ideals.  And move toward them today.

 

To see the card: photos/photo/65/19

We last saw this card exactly two months ago. It’s one of those burnout ~ vs. ~ idealism kinda attention-getters.  And please note: this IS one of those

BE CAREFUL cards.    

When this card turns up for a client, I usually say something like:  Look.  There are a couple of possibilities you need to watch out for here. One is that you’re nearing a point of disillusionment in your life or real burnout, or both. 

So you really need to look hard at how you’re living so you will start taking much better care of yourself on that score. [Anybody unclear about WHAT THAT MEANS? HUH?]

“The second possibility is that words like

imaginary vexations (watch out for THAT one!),

drunk,

sloppy,

disorderly,

foolish,

blind,

ego-driven

blowhard

may apply with real impact somewhere in your life − although they may not necessarily be about you personally. [I hope.  I REALLY hope.] 

So what do you do in response to a card like this? 

In the Legend deck I use, the image on the card gives a suggestion.  It shows the Knights of the Round Table during the period when they had conquered their initial passels of bad guys and had nothing much to do but sit around drinking, thumping their chests and generally being swine. 

But…

In the picture, there is one upright and stalwart fellow looking out a palace window.  What he is seeing is The Holy Grail, floating in over the castle walls. 

He sounds the call, the knights all run down to the great hall, The Grail casts its holy and magical spell over all present, and the lot of them clean up their act, pull themselves together and go on one of the great spiritual quests of all time. 

[And, I’ll tell ya: The world could really use a VALID great spiritual quest right now.  We might even be able to have it, if we didn’t automatically start by spending most of our time and energy hacking each other to bits about who knows God/Goddess by the right name {Meryl Streep? Mithra? Lounge Kitty?} in the right color {Green?  White? Bronze? Ebony? Black leather? Blue pinstripe? Khaki cargo shorts?} with the right kind of feet {One eagle claw/One old Nike Air Huarache? One Electric blue Manolo Blahnik/One ballet slipper?} and on and on.  And on .] 

What this card implies is that, for your benefit and happiness,YOU CAN [and would do well to] be that one knight  looking out onto a greater vista and being open to great miracles. 

Stay grounded.  Hold to your ideals.  Refuse to demean yourself or anyone else by succumbing to a get-along by going-along philosophy.  Don’t even agree with me if you don’t feel like it.  [But have another cuppa and think it over at least, willya?]

If you perceive that this card talks about the quality of your personal life:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Spend at least a little time taking stock of what is really important. 

REALLY important.  

REALLLLLYYYYY important. 

Figure out how you can pursue that!!! 

If this is a card about your workplace or a relationship − and you find it’s a situation worth working on − let yourself say:

“Hold on.  IS this the right direction?  I think we need to look at changing.  What are the ways we can do so and move together, toward the highest and best?”

So, I repeat:  Be honest with yourself about elements of disillusionment or burnout in life.  Be even more honest about any places where either your ego or your fears may be overriding your truer, better nature. 

Look toward YOUR Holy Grail, whatever that means to you.  Then begin to do what you need to stay grounded and true to your higher ideals.  And move toward them today.

Bright Blessings, joy, renewal and a real and beautiful spiritual quest!

Quote for the Day:  What goes around may come around, but it never ends up exactly the same place, you ever notice? Like a record on a turntable, all it takes is one groove’s difference and the universe can be on into a whole ‘nother song. Thomas Pynchon, from Inherent Vice

Today’s Weather: Smatterings of spatterings with a bit of a chill to the thing. Find and memorize a Burberry fuzzy duck brolly.    

On This Date: 1620Mayflower starts its voyage to North America.  [And we all know how THAT worked out!] 

A bit maudlin, perhaps, but…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0Ke__hAoy0

 

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