Tarot Card ~ November 10

Five of Swords

Gawain’s Penance

Fortune Cookie: Live!  Know, know, KNOW that you deserve joy and beauty, but know that YOU are the only one who CAN reach for it.  As I generally say about this card:  Always a good reminder.  Always.


In the spirit of something resembling candor [but not actually being candor even though it looks remarkably like candor, as near as anybody can tell!], I will once again say that my interpretation of this card in readings veers away from that of most readers I know. Alive or otherwise.  Or in between.

Typical readers will say things like degradation, destruction, dishonor, loss.  Yummy, that. 

Some might say something like, move on.  Learn from your experiences… but be positive!  Really helpful there.  Really.  I could come up with something like that before my morning caffeine of choice.  REALLY big help, and compassionate, too.   NOT!

Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, sees loss, regret, having to accept one’s limitations, or, at best, a valuable lesson, one not to be repeated.

Well buggrall that! 

Phooo-hoooooooooey-toooooey upon that !!!!

And I say again:

Phooooooooooooo-hoooooooooey-toooooey upon that !!!!

Based on my intuitive guidance and my experience over the last fifteen years or so, when this card shows up for clients, I stand, shamble up onto my soapbox, throw things at them, shake my jowls (or at least a half dozen of them) and bellow:




Stop turning your life

into one long gawd-awful penance! 

It ain’t supposed to be.  And you don’t DESERVE it to be!

And stop living as though you have some penance you think you’re supposed to do, especially if doing so seems “justified” according to the sad, warped old belief structures of some bozos who laid their nastiness on ya years ago ~ even if they are/were people very close to you.  And even if you know they were doing the best they could. 

Reach out for joy, for beauty, for healing, for the highest and best of your potential. 

Constantly rubbing your own nose in the messes of the past will never bring about positive change.  Or a happy nose.


It will only keep you from moving upward, and may even keep you stuck exactly where you are, causing you to repeat errors and disappointments of the past.   

Don’t do that.  That is just purely NOT RIGHT!


Know, know, KNOW that you deserve joy and beauty,

that you are entitled to reach for it at every moment

and with every ounce of strength and brilliance you have –

but know that

YOU are the only one who CAN reach for it. 

Seek all that is uplifting, and wonderful, and full of Light!  Now!

Bright blessings, beauty and joy! 

And did I mention JOY!!!?

Quote for the Day: A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Today’s Weather:  Melonious thunk.  Drifting dorjangs.  Pooling porgies.  Duck!  [Or… tofu!]

On This Date: 1969National Educational Television debuts the children’s television program Sesame Street.


 And: 1925Richard Burton, Welsh actor is born.


2 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ November 10”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Hmmmm…I must really be a kid at heart…or really like pictures…or something! Both the doggie and the Sesame Street pics brought a huge smile to my heart…which traveled up to my face. 🙂

    Penance. Old energy. Bah hum bug.

  2. shamanspath Says:


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