Archive for November, 2010

Tarot Card ~ December 1

November 30, 2010

The Priestess

Nimue

Fortune Cookie:  Know your magic. (Know you’re magic!Own your magic.  (Own you’re magic!) Do what’s necessary for you to be and feel inspired.  Then use your magic consciously to benefit yourself and others.

Hmmmmm… The Priestess last appeared for us in lat-ish October. As I see it, it’s a wonderful magic-of-any-season-kinda-card. As perfect for ending autumn as it was for the almost end of summer, then, yes? So give ye a goode and attent ear here.  Or there.  Or wherever.

 

 

In general, The Priestess is seen as a keeper of secrets, of ancient or arcane wisdom.

She is also known as a wielder of strong intuitive powers.  So, this would be a good time to let your intuition guide you − try not to get in its way!  And seek some ways to more fully engage your intuition in your everyday existence.  Like dreamwork, maybe? 

[So I suppose this would be a good day to get a reading.  Or to schedule one, anyhow!] [This commercial message sloppily thrown at you by ye committee to keep Nealio from looking like ye one-off Dickens street person, complete with sideburns and stuff.]

Some readers would say mystical studies may also appeal to you at this time, and you could take up the study of subjects such as astrology, tarot, dreamwork  or other esoteric knowledge. Some would even say that incredible gifts await you; all you have to do is acknowledge that within lies all knowledge. There is some good sense to this last bit, ALWAYS!

Or, it being a weekday, this would be a superb day to go to the Art Museum and just hang out among the unsurpassably beautiful power objects from other times, places and dimensions.  Basking in their amazing vibrations can be spiritually empowering, and just sitting with them can alter [and altar] your state of consciousness as profoundly as purposeful meditation.  Or go in with your favorite MP3 meditation/music, and sit by something that sets your soul on fire. Try it.  Really. You’ll be amazed and enlightened and want to do it on a regular basis.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees The Priestess as indicating inspiration and a powerful connection with the collective unconscious or world soul.  Also, astute psychic ability.  A good time for it, as the holiday season brings periods where the realms of magic open for us!  There can also be elements of a need for solitude today, so honor that if you feel it — and if you can.

Finally, the Priestess is recognized as one who can walk fully and successfully in two worlds – that of ordinary reality and its people, and that the of the higher realms and the Fay.  [Time to read old books about Findhorn again, maybe? (http://www.findhorn.org/onlinecommunity/monthlythemes)  Or get to know Perelandra (http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/)?]

When this card turns up for a client, I usually offer something like,

The Priestess is an important role model.  She owns her magic and uses it for her benefit and for the good of those she loves

So, one of the critical questions that I often finding myself working through with clients is, “What IS your magic?”  You can’t own it if you haven’t even identified it and been willing to stake a claim to it. 

And don’t try to weenie out of the discussion by assuming I’m ONLY talking about Harry Potter-caliber ceremonial high magic.

So what IS your magic

Is it a gift for healing from your hands or in your soothing voice? 

Is it a long-developed ability to coax amazing music from even the most beat-up old piano (or guitar, or flute, or djembe)? 

Is it a capacity to write clearly and with passion about things that would normally be a complete yawn? 

Is it the knack to lighten the mood of a tense meeting with a smile and an off-the-wall analogy? 

 

Is it a love for numbers that helps a not-for-profit manage its razor thin margin? 

Is it a talent for teaching and inspiring? 

Is it an ability to grow moss in the desert or sell refrigerators to an Inuit?

What is your magic?  It’s what you love to do, and what lifts people around you when you do it, or what allows them some hope and healing because you do it − even if you’re stuffed away in a cubbyhole somewhere.   

Know your magic. 

(Know you’re magic!) 

Own your magic. 

(Own you’re magic!) 

Do what’s necessary for you to be and feel inspired.  Then use your magic consciously to benefit yourself and others.

Today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bright blessings,

light and magic!          

Quote for the Day: The principal thing in the world is to keep the soul afloat.  ~ Erica Jong

Today’s Weather: Megaloopy tweezles all morning long. Dioi-oi-oi-oi-oi!    

 

On This Date: 1955 – In Montgomery, Alabama, seamstress Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man and is arrested for violating the city’s racial segregation laws, an incident which leads to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

And (much less seriously): 1960 – Paul McCartney and Pete Best are arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany, after accusations of attempted arson.

December 1 is the 335th day of the year.

 

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Tarot Card ~ November 30

November 29, 2010
Seven of Cups

The Questing Beast

Fortune Cookie: Go after the joy. Seek it, quest after it, demand it!  And for pity’s sake, at least be sure you can actually define what it is − or what it would be, if you had your druthers − for you.

  

  

Well.  A card that actually makes perfect sense for the season!  But it’s a GREAT and also actually useful card for consideration any day at all.  At all.  Any.

So are we ready to pay attention? Huh?  Huh?  Eh?

That’s good, because it’s an important card with a very solid reminder.  A reminder of what?  

A reminder that we [most of us who are over five years old, ennyway] really need to work on joyfulness in our lives.  I know.  Sounds couter-intuitive.  Right?  Well, toobad.

So.  Joyfulness. My advice would be to stop reading this, have a Guiness or a Mimosa or a tequila sunrise or an Irish coffee or some God Bud pancakes or strawberry cough brownies, or a…

Oh, wait.  Wrong blog.  Right audience, maybe, but wrong blog.

 

Anyway, we really need to work on joyfulness in our lives.

This is another card where my interpretation may diverge a tidly, tadly [or rather substantial] bit from that of other readers.  And I’m pretty joyful about it.

Some see the Seven of Cups as recommending opening to visions through contemplation. [Or entheogenic substances of a greenish variety?]

Mustn’t argue with that, ever, unless you’re ready to have the Storm Troopers of Light come kick yer butt all across the floor, not to mention several dimensions, with at least one of them being Texas.  And gold lamé spacesuits with emerald wings and ruby go-go boots first thing in the morning is more than I can handle.   

  

Ahem.

Some readers find the card dictates that the querent (questioner) has a choice to make, and must decide upon one of various options.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees this card as betokening – among other things − fantasy, whims or perhaps a bizarre turn of events.  Right up my alley.  [My office cat refers to my desk as the Bizar Bazar.] 

I see the Seven of Cups as the card of utter, total complete joy and joyful abandon. 

There may be some need to stay at least a bit grounded, so you DON’T go completely off into the realm of fantasy in a    

 ҉     ҉     ҉   Wow, look at all the pretty colors!   ҉    ҉    I’ll betcha I can too live on air and rainbows and weird pancakes    ҉     ҉     ҉  !”    kinda scenario.

But [but! but! but! but! but!] this is also the card of Fairy Favors, creativity and clear vision around attaining true desires. [Legally.] (And, as I said to a client in a recent reading, it really does imply that you’re going to do some meaningful work on defining and owning what your TRUE desires in this life actually are!)

And this can be a great, great time to do some wishcraft around becoming reacquainted with the Green Fey Friends down the garden way now that Winter is icumen in, and work to re-earn the Fairy Favors they offer.

So go after the joy. Seek it, quest after it, demand it!  And for pity’s sake, at least be sure you can actually define what it is − or what it would be, if you had your druthers − for you.

Let yourself renew your belief in and commitment to your happiness, and be open to the myriad magical ways the universe may offer to bring it to you.  Let yourself be open to surprises and miracles in that regard.  And open to a little Fairy Magic today! 

Joy!  Joy!  Joy!

And JOY!!!

Bright blessings! 

And don’t forget joy!

Quote for the Day: Too often, people think that solving the world’s problems is based on conquering the earth, rather than touching the earth, touching ground.  ~ Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche

Today’s Weather:  Marmosets among the autumn leaves. Morose little blighters. And public quiche-baiting. 

 

On This Date: 1886 – The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.

?  ?

Really, people.  Have a little respect. 

  

Note:  Yes.  The card is coming the day before.  I’m gonna try it like this for a while.  I think.  Maybe.  We’ll see.   

Tarot Card ~ November 23

November 23, 2010

Knight of Cups

Galahad

 

Fortune Cookie: Think upon the commitments for this lifetime that you made before you came into being.  Determine the next few steps to keep you moving along that path –  or the first steps that will be necessary to move you back onto that path.  And GET GOING!

Well….  We last saw this card almost all the way back on May Day.  Have been feeling a lack of this guy’s energy meself.  It’s a card of sacred questing, and for all of us, whatever our spiritual path, it’s a good reminder of what’s REALLY important and worthwhile and magical and holy — at any time of year. 

The Knight of Cups is always a good energy & good advice card.  As I said, I think of this as the card of the sacred quest. 

Therefore, if you have been feeling that your life really isn’t going in the direction you and God (Spirit, The Universe, the Universal Life Force, the Big Enchilada, Beyonce, The Voice of John Cleese,  Usher – whoever) agreed to before you accepted birth this time around:

HEY!  YOU!!!! 

Don’t you think it’s time to reconnect and GET GOING?

Some readers might interpret the Knight of Cups as the coming of a messenger, advancement in the world, or a graceful but not warlike person of great masculine energy [think Baryshnikov, I guess. Or George Clooney.  Or Angelina Jolie?].  Others could say it indicates someone (maybe you?) ingenious, full of original ideas.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, feels this card betokens a tempting proposal which deserves serious consideration. [However, avoid snakes in apple trees and guys playing the fiddle at crossroads. Things rarely work out.]  Also, an approaching opportunity for advancement.  Or an unexpected gift. [Duh!] So if something like that crosses your path today, assume you deserve it, accept it fully and gratefully, and run with it! 

I still like my intuitive interpretation best. [And I say that with no modesty whatsoever.]

Think upon the commitments for this lifetime

              that you made before you came into being. 

 Determine the next few steps

                        to keep you moving along that path –

 or the first steps that will be necessary

                                to move you back onto that path. 

And GET GOING!

Bright blessings and remembrance of your sacred self, and the sacred in us all and everywhere!  

Quote for the Day: Live your daily life in a way that you never lose yourself. When you are carried away with your worries, fears, cravings, anger, and desire, you run away from yourself and you lose yourself. The practice is always to go back to oneself.  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh 

Today’s Weather:  A transdimensional hootenanny just past the holly bushes.  Love that centaur jug band! 

On This Date:  534 BCThespis of Icaria becomes the first actor to portray a character onstage.

And: 1993Rachel Whiteread wins both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year. [Which illustrates, of course, that pursuing your sacred path can be a bit of a bugger.]

Tarot Card ~ November 22

November 22, 2010

Knight of Shields

Bors

Fortune Cookie:  Know your goal, believe in yourself and in your ability to attain it. Don’t jump through hoops for anyone; move at your own pace.  But be sure you do move and keep moving.

  Another card that last showed up for us in September.  I’m glad he’s back.

 

 

Typical readers would find in this card such things as rectitude [which one of my spirit-guides calls “retch-itude,”], utility, and responsibilityOne has even suggested it predicts a message of good news to someone who really needs it.

Can I see a show of hands from all the folks who vote for that one?

See Tarot reader get knocked over by great

Mmmmmm…

So anyway, see how all that might fit into your day today. 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, writes of an honest hard-working man, a supporter of tradition and order, and solid, steadfast progress.  If any of those describe what you need for the day or the times to come, keep an eye out for them or, better yet, embody them:  BE THEM.  Don’t get caught up in any whirlwinds blowing through, and fergawdsake, don’t create ’em

In this card I see [and you should take as a role model]

one who considers himself —  objectively — the most powerful knight in the forest,

with NO doubt whatsoever that he will meet his goal,

no doubt he will achieve his quest,

no doubt he will do whatever he has set out to do. 

None!

How much?

None!

Therefore, he is calm

He is in no hurry

He feels no need to impress anyone for any reason,

no need − ever − to leap over a tall building in a single bound just because somebody else might like it. 

He goes slowly, perhaps almost plodding at times, just putting one foot in front of the other to get where he needs to go. 

HOWEVER, he is always conscious of his goal,

aware of what will be necessary to get there,

and always in motion toward his target, until his mission is accomplished.    

So, once again:

Know your goal,

believe in yourself

and your ability to attain it,

don’t jump through hoops for anyone,

and move at your own pace. 

But be sure to move and keep moving.

Bright blessings, slowly, surely, constantly!

Quote for the Day: Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.  ~ Wavy Gravy 

 (Worth a repeat, these days.)

Today’s Weather: Preparing for magic of the wilding sort.  Best ye Duuuuuck!!                                                          

On This Date: 1928 – The premier performance of Ravel‘s Boléro takes place in Paris.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddJ3TC7ETd0&feature=related

And:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH6nQhss4Yc

 

Tarot Card ~ November 21

November 20, 2010

Knight of Spears

Bedivere

Fortune Cookie: Know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going. 

Hmmm…  We last saw this guy at the beginning of September. And he is, in his own way, one of my favorite cards.

On the one hand, I feel as though I need to apologize just the least wee bit to those of you who read the daily card faithfully, and therefore have had to reread some of the longer posts, like this one, from time to time. 

On the other hand,

DEAL WITH IT

Thenkyew.

I can’t rewrite the entire lousy thing just because the card showed up before.  [Who just said, “A REAL author would?”  May your belly button lint become genetically identical to the feathers of an endangered raptor and be discovered by a State Trooper of Cherokee ancestry. Soon.] 

On the OTHER other hand, if everyone was actually paying attention to the ruddy thing, maybe it wouldn’t come up again. Right? Right? Right!

Let’s us just assume it’s really a matter of Spirit being kind and reminding us all of something universally important during an interesting  and transformational time.  Shall we?

Anyway, as I have said before:

I’m always grateful when the Knight of Spears shows up.  He makes me feel like I can mostly just indulge my natural weirdness. 

If you’re the type to read a Daily Tarot post, it’s always good to keep this particular card’s message somewhere nearby [Ah HA!], ’cos it’s a good card for unique, unusual, self-directed folks

Yes, I mean You!

[Dear, sweet Wotan-on-a-Vespa help me.]    

As I’ve said, this is one of those cards for which my interpretation deviates some from the pack − which fits perfectly with the card, as we always see. 

Typical readings declare the Knight of Spears to betoken departure, a change of residence, etc.  So if those things are on your mind, take advantage of that energy and move along, whether you’re wild and free or dull as dust. 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck sees this Knight as sociable, committed to fully developing abilities and acting on intuition − all interpretations I’d champion, of course. 

So if you’re feeling a need to be among others of a positive bent, go! Go!!!  And if you find an opportunity to enhance who you are and what you do − and it doesn’t involve buying a tubby Ukrainian Tarot reader a small but immaculate Mercedes as a fee – go for it! 

I see the Knight of Spears as the card of The Eccentric.  It represents the individual who knows what her or his goal is and what the best path will be to get there − even though it may seem the least likely path, and even though it probably will seem like the least useful goal to damn near everyone else in her/his life. 

The Knight of Spears will therefore have to put up with a great deal of sage (and mostly useless) advice from everyone else about what to aim for, where to go, and how to get there. So don’t be surprised when that happens to you. It really does come with the territory. 

The Knight will perforce take all that in with grace and “goode humour” − to a point.  So take a deep breath, smile and do the best with that you can.

Once that point is passed, however, she or he will simply start down her or his own path anyway.  And if that doesn’t work, she/he will begin nudging the well-meaning obstacle (probably an alleged human, possibly an in-law) out of the way. 

And if that doesn’t work, she/he will walk her noble steed right over the blockage, human or otherwise.

And if THAT don’t do it, s/he will jolly well take out a lousy-great spear and put it right through the chest of the stupid bugger!

[Ah, such an image to go along with your morning coffee!  Or Miso.  Or Bushmills.  Bushmills?  Guinness?  Ahhhhhhh. Whatever. Sorry.]

So, today − and as you begin to line things up for a spectacular holiday season − know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going. 

If necessary, carry a spear.  Or two.  Sharp ones.  And a disarming smile.

Bright blessings and bliss at the uniqueteria!

Quote for the Day:  

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
~William Butler Yeats
[Now THAT’S Knight of Spears thinking!]

Today’s Weather:  Whibbedy-whibbedy-whibbedy.  Whomp!  With a side of mugwort.

On This Date: 164 BCJudas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

And: 1877Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.  [Knight of Spears thinking!]

And: 1905Albert Einstein‘s paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?, leads to the mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc².  [REAL Knight of Spears thinking!] [Sad we’re not mature enough as a species to use it well.] 

  There are 40 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

 

Tarot Card ~ November 20

November 19, 2010
 

Two of Spears

Bedivere and Kay

Fortune Cookie: Know what YOUR family of spirit would be like.  Seek them.  Find them.  Let them help you change the world.

 

 

Okay, M’Dears.  This card turned for us LAST Saturday, too.  So, is there anyone  here — beside me — who didn’t really pay much attention to this card last weekend?  Huh?  [Tarot reader knocked over by hurricane-force wind of clients in reading audience shaking their heads and mouthing, “Nuh-unnnh.  Not me! Nuh-unh!”]   

Given that we are coming right up on the opening shot of the annual Winter Holiday Derby, please remember that this is always a really good card to work with especially if — how to say — familial connections… or working group connections… may not be all one might hope.  You’ll see what I mean when we get to my personal intuitive interpretation of the card. 

The Two of Spears is, in fact, one of those cards where my intuitive guidance has me going off in a different direction than the standard interpretation.  [Yep. Again.  The Universe likes it that way.  And that’s why I get the Big Bucks.]

Many readers say this card bespeaks things like riches, fortune, magnificence.  Others might suggest you spend some time alone considering the advice of others [like your Tarot guy, maybe?] in order to help make up your own mind about an important decision that NEEDS to be made.  

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes of proving one’s capability to manage a large project, planning for the future; exerting authority; riches and success, using all one’s talents to achieve a communal vision.

So if any of those issues are on your mind today, accept this info as an indication that you’re IN TUNE and placing your energy in the right place at the right time.  [And if you’re NOT up for riches and success, FortheLuvvaGod, Goddess, The Universe, George Clooney, Anybody, CALL ME.  Soon.  We gotta talk!  216-371-3433.]

HOWever…

When this card turns up for a client, I find myself telling them this:

I don’t know what your family life is like.  It could be great.  It could suck swamp water by the bucket.  Regardless, I find the Two of Spears to say

~ ~ It’s time for you to create a family of spirit that is even closer to you than family of blood or marriage. 

[That is, in fact, something some clients have a LOT of trouble with. 

They cannot envision EVER being closer to someone than to their blood family.  ALL their blood family.  However bizarre, weird, twisted, hurtful, etc. the family, or some of them, might be. 

All I can say is, it’s not impossible, and it’s often even healthy to have others in your life who are closer to you than the Amazin’ Flyin’ Fussin’ Burrito Krazees God decided to lay upon you for some of your early years’ life lessons. 

So at least promise you’ll think about it.  Okay?] 

~ ~ You would do well to begin seeking and finding, perhaps one by one, a group of people who − because of the commonality of intentions, goals, hopes, spiritual path, etc. − will be as close to you as anyone could possibly be. As you, too will be to them.

So spend some time thinking about what it would be like to have a circle of people in your life who

~ would always have your back,

~ would always be able to hear your darkest secrets

    and continue to see the Light in you,

    as you would do for them

~ would seek to remind you of the highest and

    best in yourself, lovingly and always

Then go about creating that circle.  Slowly.  Intentionally.  With discretionBut get going!

So, as we begin the Holiday Season for 2010:

Know what YOUR family of spirit would be like.  Seek them.  Find them.  Let them help you change the world.

Bright blessings and joyful meetings!

Quote for the Day:  Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. ~  Hamilton Wright Mabie

Today’s Weather: Tricksey Hobbits.  Intermittent salmon.  Carry a cinnamon broom.

On This Date:  1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks and sinks the whaling ship Essex  2,000 miles from the western coast of South America in response to the whaler’s killing members of its pod.

Tarot Card ~ November 19

November 19, 2010
Eight of Cups

Chapel Perilous



Fortune Cookie: Refuse to be confined, repressed, dimmed by anything or anyone – especially yourself!

This card last popped up for the blog toward the end of July. It’s one that has a lot of helpful direction to it.  It is, however, another one of those cards that sets clients awhimperin’ just from the visuals.  [Except for those who are superGoth.  They just ask for directions so they can find the place.  And whether there is an app for the thing.]

The card, you see, (at least in the deck I use) portrays a wayfaring knight who has ridden into a lonely chapel to protect himself and his steed from a furious storm. He notices that the altar is without any adornment, save for a large, brightly flaming  golden candle. As he waits, and drips, he sees a giant, clawed, monstrous hand reach in through the window high above the altar and make to extinguish the light.

What a swell and encouraging image.  Yes?

Anyway, some readers believe the Eight of Cups conveys either turning away from felicity and celebration, or the exact opposite [I guess it depends which side of bed the reader fell out of that day].  Others believe this is a card that calls for the querent (questioner) to look for a deeper meaning in life; it betokens a time for soul searching. [Preferably without the distraction of a giant, clawed, monstrous hand, I’d guess.]

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds this card to be about abandoning a path, a change of plans, and escaping an unhealthy situation, among other things.  I can work with those meanings, and if that should apply to your life in any way at the moment, please take the insight to heart.

Of course, I have my own particular take on the card.  When it turns up for a client,  once I have gotten them to calm back down from the impact of the visual, I usually say things like

~ Do not let anyone or anything – especially yourself − put a bushel basket over your light.

~ Do not allow anyone or anything – especially yourself or your perception of your self − hold you under its thumb.

If necessary:

Leave. 

Move. 

Go elsewhere. Hastily.

Try something else.

Reach out for other options. 

Rework your priorities and take life from there.

SET YOURSELF FREE!!!

So:

Today, refuse to be confined, repressed, dimmed by anyone or anything – especially yourself!

Bright blessings and an open path to your true self!

Thought for the Day:  If it’s the Psychic Network, why do they need a phone number?  ~  Robin Williams

Today’s Weather:  Snatches of bander, semi-colon, the frumrious sort, period. Be beamish. [Or drink Jim Beamish.]

On This Date: 1863 – American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremony for the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Tarot Card ~ November 18

November 17, 2010

Ten of Cups

Corbenic 

Fortune Cookie: Stretch the fabric of your reality by thoroughly embracing the miraculous in your existence.  Remember though: it can’t be a half-assed embrace. 

 

 This card last turned for almost four months ago to the day.  And it’s a terrific, wonderful card.  So before you read my interpretation…

Take a look at the card. 

Yes. Now.

What does this card say to YOU?  What do you see in it, just uniquely FOR YOU?  What legends come back to you?  What old hopes?  What dreams?  What is YOUR interpretation of the card? 

And what will you do with THAT today?

Fine-e-o.

Getting back to my normal nattering and chattering, Tens in any Tarot deck betoken

the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, or even

the end of one way of life and the beginning of another. 

So, when this card comes up in a reading for clients, I ask them to consider how the things they are experiencing – and more importantly, what they have begun to seek in life just now – represent the potential end of a cycle and moving into something wonderful, new, even miraculous.  [You know.  Like me having something new to say about a card for a change.  Or something.]

How can YOU acknowledge the end of a cycle?

How can you recognize that the end of this cycle is a positive thing, and is “just in time/just at the right time?”

How can you own the potential to move into something wonderful and powerful and new? 

Aaaaaaaah, [ha ha ha hahaha] but there’s more to it. [Of course.  Right?]

I consider the Ten of Cups to be one of the two great WISH cards of the deck.  

 So, when this card turns  – after I stop beaming at the client and stop wondering why it hasn’t come up in a reading for me lately − I usually say something like:

Ohboy!  Ohboy!   Ohboy!  [Sometimes I’m subject to bursts of enthusiasm.]  You shall most assuredly indeed have comfort, joy, healing and delight − perhaps through what may seem almost miraculous intervention –

IF:

  IF you are clear within yourself about what your wishes truly are,

IF you truly believe in the goodness and the justness of your wishes,

IF you allow yourself to truly believe in miracles,

AND IF you hold true to your miraculous quest, moment by moment by moment, no matter how farfetched or hopeless it may seem, no matter how misunderstood you and your quest may be by everyone else.

[Corbenic, as I’ve said before, is one of the names given to the castle in which the Holy Grail resided until the Grail knights achieved their sacred quest.  The Grail Kings, guardians of the Grail, held to their family’s sacred mission for hundreds of years on faith and belief in the miracles to come.]

The Universe smiles on those who stretch the fabric of our reality by thoroughly embracing the miraculous in their existence.  Remember though: it can’t be a half-assed embrace.  You have to really reach out and take hold.  You have to let yourself KNOW that the miraculous operates in your life NOW

So, as I’ve said before, it might be very useful to go through today repeating at least a thousand times,

“I create miracles. My life IS miracles. Our world is miracles.”

Because you do, and it is.  With every breath, every thought, every hope, every smile, there are millions of miracles being born within and through you.

Let the Universe see that you believe in miracles, and watch what unfolds.

Bright blessings!  And miracles!

Quote for the Day:  Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.    ~ Winnie the Pooh

Today’s Weather: Pooh shakka lakka lakka!  Pooh shakka lakka lakka!

 

 On This Date: 1793 – The Louvre is officially opened in Paris, France.

And: 1926George Bernard Shaw refuses to accept the money for his Nobel Prize, saying, “I can forgive Alfred Nobel for inventing dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.”

And: 1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is also considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.

Tarot Card ~ November 17

November 17, 2010

Eight of Shields

Wayland

Fortune Cookie: Do your MAGICAL work to help yourself find your magical WORK.

 

We last saw this fellow in mid August. I’m always nearly deliriously happy when this card shows up in a reading or on the blog.  It’s a card with SO MUCH  POTENTIAL and so much useful direction ~ if only we’d actually follow it!  [By the way, Wayland The Smith was the master craftsman to the Gods in British mythology.]

I always tell my clients that Eight of Shields is the card of magical work

And you can interpret that as magical WORK

or MAGICAL work

(Or both, of course.  But, as I always request, feel it through for a minute and see if one doesn’t resonate more strongly, at least for today.)

So, let’s assume you focus on the first interpretation, magical WORK

Well then, you need to be engaged in, or actively seeking (because that counts, too), employment that is so perfect for you it isn’t like work, it’s like magic.  It’s such a joy — when you are doing what you’re doing in the way you’re doing it with the people you’re doing it with — it’s so perfect you can hardly wait to roll out of bed to get at it every morning. 

As I’ve said before, believe it or not, those kind of careers and positions do actually exist.  I’ve had that experience, even in the corporate world, and it’s wonderful!  And it didn’t require handing anyone a small, chocolate covered hand grenade.  Hardly ever, ennyway.  Mostly.  At least once.  For a short time

So if a really soul-deep happy work scenario is not in your life now:

a.)  It’s likely in part because you don’t KNOW what you’d really love to do, or

b.)  You’re unwilling to admit to yourself what it is that you’d really love to do, and/or

c.)  You won’t let yourself believe that you could actually, successfully, happily have that in your life without starving, and so

d.)  You’re not letting yourself hold out for what you’d really love to do, or even

e.)  You’re not letting yourself figure out what baby steps would help take you in that direction, or

f.)  Something! Jeez, figure-it-out-fer-yerself-fer-gawdsake

Who CARES if you’re too old to be a Mouseketeer?  If that’s what would really light up the universe for you, at least start down the path and see what the job placement elves magic into your inbox. 

But you’ve gotta be honest with yourself about your career ideals first!

Ah, but let’s assume it was the MAGICAL work interpretation that rang your chimes. 

Well then, what kind of regular, ongoing deep and personal ritual, or ceremony, or magic or prayerwork are you doing in your life to bring about what you want in the world?

[Well why not?]

[What do you mean, “Such as?”

Well… such as burning the right color candles in the right phases of the moon with the right kind of prayer for financial abundance. 

Or getting the Feng Shui of your house together and in line with your desire to have (positive) fame and wealth in your life. 

Or even making the time every day to use guided meditation/guided imagery CDs to help boost your immune system and help increase your energy to help you engage in your own career revolution. 

Your magical work is exactly that:

YOUR magical work.  For you it may be prayer, or  dance, or singing gospel, or shamanic journeys, or herbal-infused spellwork, or candle magic, or HIGH CEREMONY, or whatever floats your magical/spiritual boat.  But do it.  DO IT!

And think about really working with both interpretations (magical WORK + MAGICAL work = MAGICAL LIFE!) together. 

Move toward your magical WORK, and let your MAGICAL work help get you there more quickly, and keep you happier, more connected, more fulfilled while you work on getting there.  It’ll make the world better for you, and everyone and everything. And that’s why you’re here this time, after all!

Bright blessings and magical blissings!

Quote for the Day:  That’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you. ~ Charles de Lint

Today’s Weather:  Mezaluminous celestial porridge.  Please, sir, I want some more. 

 

On This Date: 1973 – Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, US President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors “I am not a crook”.  [Mumbles, “I only bankroll and direct them.”]

 

 

Tarot Card ~ November 16

November 16, 2010

The Emperor

Arthur 

No.  No.   No. 

Not. THAT. Arthur.  

For tha luvva

Fortune Cookie:  Use your wonderful intellect very well today, you silly bugger. That’s why you have it.

  

 

Really, Neal… Again with the silly Dudley Moore schtick.  Really?   I don’t  believe it.  J…

Ahem. 

 Hmmm….

Haven’t seen this guy since late April!  Think it might mebbe be worth taking an extra moment to pay a little attention to the wisdom imparted here, then?  Eh? 

So.

This is a powerful, positive card [and I know bunches of folk who can use one at the moment], that encourages us to see the goodness flowing to us and our world.  Even more, it asks that we believe in that and really be open to it.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes that this card betokens

wisdom and power,

conquest and conviction,

courage and ambition

balanced with

reason and fair play.

It can also herald a caring person with many responsibilities, so have an eye out for someone like that.  [If it looks like me in your mind’s eye, you’re surely daft.]

I perceive The Emperor to be a card of intellect well used and accomplishment attained. 

For some clients, I find that it indicates they may be thrust into a new position of power, even if they have not sought it.  When that is the case, I ask that they accept the new responsibilities (and the attendant opportunities) graciously.  I say something like:

“If the Universe didn’t think you were ready for this, IT wouldn’t have put you in a position to receive it.  So go for it and be brilliant about it!  You can be, you know!!!!!”

Be open to the helpful counsel of others [especially me], so that a greater wisdom can be attained and acted on.

This is a card of progress and security.  So believe in that – own that − as a true, evident and inevitable possibility.

Use your wonderful intellect very well today; that’s why you have it.  Seek wisdom through the counsel of others who truly have something helpful to offer.  Know that, through such actions, progress and security can be yours.

Bright blissings!

Quote for the Day:  I know that even now, having watched enough television, you probably won’t even refer to them as lepers so as to spare their feelings. You probably call them ‘parts-dropping-off challenged’ or something.  ~ Christopher Moore, from Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal 

 

 

Today’s Weather: Gently twirling cumulowombulus skythingies.  Muskelunge pie.
On This Date: 1849 – A Russian court sentences Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labor.