Tarot Card ~ December 7

Four of Shields

King Mark

Fortune Cookie: Believe in yourself.  Believe in your dreams.  Help give them focus in ordinary reality by working closely and deeply with insights from someone who can TRULY help be an architect of their creation.   [I.e., get a good mentor!]



Bugger! Bugger! Bugger!

Okay.  Look, Universe.  I know there are messages I have trouble hearing.  But really, do ya hafta lay this one on me again?  Right now already? 

[Spirit of full disclosure:  you might wanna take a couple Tylenol before you try to wade through my interpretation of this card.  Or a couple mushrooms.  Celebrex.  Vodka.  Something.]

I suppose I say O. B. (B! B! B!) because, as an Aquraius, this is a card that really gives me hives and reflux.  No attitude to have, perhaps, but the card leads me to say rude things and argue with God when it turns up for me.  So I suppose I better pay [even more] attention [than normal] here.  And if I must, you must.  I’m not dealing with this all by myself, by Grabthar’s Hammer!  

I feel MUCH better now.  Thanks!

Where were we?

The Four of Shields is, in part, a card about strategic planning with really honest, true, deep objectivity.  [I’m an Aquarian.  Need I say more?  See words in red above.]

As I have confessed before on this blog, I can come up with a brilliant, elegant project planning and tracking system for you if you like.  Just don’t expect me to use the [bleepin’] thing.  That scenario literally happened in an organization I worked for many years ago. 

Anyway, as I say pretty much every time the Four of Shields turns up:

This is one of those cards that clients, particularly intuitive, artistic clients, find incredibly less than charming when it shows in a reading. 

It IS, after all a very

Be grounded in ordinary reality

as you work to take the next steps on your path

until you are soaring –

so eventually you CAN soar

as you deserve to

kind of messenger.

But remember, O artistes, intuitivoes and others of our ilk [and I use the term ilk with the greatest of affection], there are times grounded behavior can be beneficial. And hardly painful at all.  Mostly.  I’ve heard.  Wouldn’t know meself.

[By the way, on that grounded until you get soaring thing: if, as you’ll see below, a key element of this card is to get yourself a wonderful mentor, why do we sometimes have trouble with wanting to do that or following through on it?  

Is it because we’re not clear enough about who we really are and what our goal actually is?  Hmmmmm…?   

And I ask again,  Hmmmmm…?

And I say again,



Because, you know, part of the REASON to hook up with a mentor is so that you can take an honest look at what some realistic goals might be − for the next part of your path, anyway.  And sometimes we’re afraid those goals won’t seem good enough, to us or to others.

Well… Flux that Shitake!!!!  {Cleaned that one up.  Yup! Yup! Yup!}

No matter how high or low the goal, it’s still a matter of one step at a time, over and over again.  And the mentor can help you see that in a useful, perhaps even kindly and encouraging way.  And perhaps help you get a handle on who you really are/who you’re trying to become as well.]    

Where was I? 

Oh.    Really?


For me the Four of Shields basically says:

~ Be prepared to become concrete in your planning,

    at least for the moment

    [and don’t beat up on yourself if it ain’t easy]

~ Do this in the following way:

~ Find someone who is an acknowledged expert in

   what you seek to achieve, and/or who is a

   respected (especially by you) wizard in the successful

   laying out of the kind of path you seek to walk

~ Work together closely, over some time to develop

   YOUR plan

~ Follow that plan.  And follow it carefully,

  at least for some good long time into the foreseeable future 

  until you will naturally and inevitably soar.  

Once upon a time, this whole process was called, simply, Get yourself an amazing and powerful Mentor!  And listen to that mentor’s guidance!  AND FOLLOW THROUGH ON IT!!!! And that can still apply here.

In this blog, if you’ve been around for a bit, you know that I’ve used John Lennon and the Beatles as illustrations of following your bliss despite predictions of failure.  (And if you’ve already read this story at least eight times, READ IT AGAIN!  Otherwise it’s back to hustling pay-as-you-go cell phones for you.  Right?) 

Well, aside from the fact that the Beatles were brilliant to the point of magical, they also were able to make some of their first huge leaps because of Brian Epstein

He was a superb businessman and their manager beginning in 1962.  He married his ordinary-reality-based magic to his aspirations to be a major player on the music scene and to the Beatles incomparable artistry and passion.  And the world was changed.

Now, maybe you don’t have a Brian-the-Wizard to pull out of your hat. Yet.  But who and what DO you have?  How can you access him/her/them?  Give it some thought today, and take that concrete and valuable baby step along the path by actually accessing them!

Believe in yourself.  Believe in your dreams.  Help give them focus in ordinary reality by working closely and deeply with insights from someone who can help be an architect of their creation. 

Bright blessings and tremendous success! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! YEAH!!!  

Quote for the Day: You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.  ~ C.S. Lewis

Today’s Weather:  Whoosh!  Ploppity plip!  VroomWhackThud!  

On This Date: 1869 – American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri.





4 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ December 7”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    You mean I’m really not “…too old to set another goal or dream a new dream?” Phew! And thanks!

    I read an article by Jennifer Hoffman this morning “Hey You, Get Off of my Cloud” (the title of which is from the Rolling Stones song) on spiritlibrary.com and immediately thought of you and your work. You never, ever rain on anyone’s clouds, but instead serve to boost their confidence in their abilities and nudge them to reach higher still for whatever it is they truly desire. You help others to soar and applaud their successes. Thanks for being who you are, Neal.

    ~ ~ Blessings, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    That’s much too kind. Really. Ya otta see me before my morning caffeine.

    Bless you!

  3. Donna Allen Says:

    I dunno. I’m sure you don’t throw rocks at the birds…even without your morning caffeine.

  4. shamanspath Says:

    Well, no. I don’t have the arm I once did…

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