Tarot Card ~ December 24

The Horned One

Cernunnos

Fortune Cookie: Believe in and use your connection to Spirit to understand how you can bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

 
  

 

 

Wow!  What a card for the season!  And if you walk a Christian path, what a card for Christmas Eve!  [And, fascinatingly enough, for me anyhow, it was the card for Christmas Eve of 2008!]

We last saw this card in September.  When this fellow showed up earlier, last summer, I was given the following Spirit-based insight:

“Now… remember that EVERY!!! day is a day of power, a day of connection,  a day of hope and magic and a day of celebration. 

Live THAT, why don’t you??

As I said then, I should probably just end the posting with that insight and walk away now, y’know?  It’s plenty good information, and would save you a few minutes of additional reading to boot.

But NO-OOOO-OH.  [Oh well.  You’re a grown up.  You can stop reading whenever you want to.  Or just look at the daily horoscope in the paper or something on Twitter or whatever.] 

Anyway…

 

Following a Shamanic spirituality as I do, I simply consider this the most powerful card in the deck.  Let me describe it a bit for you

as it’s portrayed by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck.There’s a beautifully muscled fellow sitting cross legged out in the woods under a bright full moon.  His legs are shaggy and end in hooves.  He has stag’s antlers protruding from his head.  In his right hand he holds a golden torc ~ the old Celtic symbol of kingship ~ in his left a live serpent.  He is surrounded by folk of the wood ~ fox, otter, boar, stag, frog.  

It’s a beautiful, mystical, magical card. Wish I had it as a huge poster.

The painting on the card depicts images from the famous Gundestrup cauldron, a first century BC ritual silver vessel found deep in a Danish bog. 

Sacred, beautiful objects like this were ritually cast into bogs ~ which were considered places of mystery, power and great magic ~ as sacrificial gifts. [Better than tossing in the odd Ukrainian, I say.  And much better received by the Spirit of the place, as well.]

You can read more about the cauldron at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundestrup .

Cernunnos, the fellow depicted in the card is the Celtic incarnation of the Horned God.  He is considered to be the Lord of the Animals.

[In the spirit of full disclosure: in other decks, this card is often depicted by the devil, with some attendant negative interpretations.  Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, alludes to the card’s primordial power, and emphasizes the need to channel this power positively and for good.]

But here is what I see in the card, based on many years of working with clients. 

This is a truly shamanic card in that it says,

You [yes, YOU!] have the capacity to connect with the realm of Spirit.  You have an ability to bring Spirit through into ordinary reality in a way that can functionally, positively bring about change. 

Because you have that capacity ~ from the Shaman’s perspective ~ you have the OBLIGATION to develop it and use it for the highest and best of all.

So, in this transitional season [whatever season or day of the year it may be, as we have been informed above]

~ explore your connection to Spirit (your guardian angels, the Universal Life Force, God, Goddess, The Infinite or however you perceive Him/Her/It)

 

~ believe in — in fact ASSUME — a functional connectedness

~ open yourself to the goodness and healing and wisdom that Spirit offers

~ use your connection to explore and understand how to bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

Brightest blessings, joy, hope, deep spiritual connection and healing! 

Quote for the Day:  Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business! ~ Dickens, from A Christmas Carol

Today’s Weather:  A blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. Carry a knowing ghost.   

On This Date: 1914World War I: The “Christmas truce” begins.

In Celebration: 

 

 

  

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2 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ December 24”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Wow, Neal, what a jam-packed message. To think Spirit brought this card to us on Christmas Eve yet another year. It’s humbling.

    Glad the “odd Ukranian” is not meant to be a sacrificial offering — ever. We need you HERE.

    The video is so touching and meaningful. Pipes of Peace. sigh

    ~ ~ Gratitude and blessings to you this Christmas Eve.

    ~ ~ Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    ” Pipes of Peace. sigh”

    Amen.

    Blessya!

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