Tarot Card ~ January 10

Ace of Shields

Avalach’s Shield

Fortune Cookie:  Look for and define your new beginning. Know that great gains, treasures and healing are not beyond your reach.  And let a beautiful swirling and blending of spiritual paths guide you toward and support you in your wonderful new life!


This card last turned for us toward the end of September.  And, as anyone who has been afflicted by these posts on a regular basis will remember, Aces in any Tarot deck  are cards of a new beginning.  So, that being the case,

~ How can you − how do you need to − begin your life anew, today, this moment?

~ What changes can you begin or pursue, even in small ways

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember not to forget?  Eh?

And you can most assuredly expect The Universe will keep giving you situations that ask that kinda question until you all remember to be askin’ it alla tyme by yerownseff!

And now, back to the Ace of Shields.

According to legend, Avalach was a “heathen” king, befriended and converted to Christianity by Joseph of Arimathea, carrier of the Holy Grail into Britain.

Avalach’s shield was known to have miraculous powers of protection and healing.  For hundreds of years it stayed in an abbey waiting for Galahad, the world’s greatest and purest knight − its ultimate and final bearer − to come and take it up.

Most readers would likely indicate that this card signifies things like PERFECT contentment, felicity, even ecstasy, and perhaps gold.  Not bad, says I! Not bad at all! Not bad for a Monday!!

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the Ace of Shields to be a card of treasures, prosperity, making great gains, but also of enrichment of the spirit.  Yes!  Yes! Yes!     

When I work with a client and this card comes up, I look deep into the card, which is beautifully illustrated, depicting a mask of The Green Man above a Camelottish Knight’s shield upon which is worked a large golden cross.  The mask and shield are mounted on a wall; below them, incense, or perhaps oak leaves, burn on a brazier, with all enfolded by an otherworldly light.  It’s a wonderfully mystical depiction.   

 I find that the card directs us to look for healing, growth and progress via mystical or spiritual means.  It suggests that we should be comfortable blending seemingly diverse spiritual paths in our process, just as the good sisters in Ireland pray to the Christian Saints, but leave tidbits and goodies in the garden to feed and engage the Leprechauns and other Fair Folk, finding no contradiction in this custom.

So… look for and define YOUR new beginning.  Know that great gains and treasures are not beyond your reach.  And let a beautiful swirling and blending of spiritual paths guide you toward and support you in your wonderful new life!

 Brightest blessings!

Quote for the Day:  

 It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
for lack
of what is found there. 
~ William Carlos Williams, from “Asphodel”
Today’s Weather:  Mysterians and brine beasts. Wear zebra pattern Wellies.

On This Date: 1863 – The London Underground, the world’s oldest underground railway, opens between London Paddington station and Farringdon station.  


2 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ January 10”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    The Paddington Bear pic is absolutely adorable. Just what I needed today. Thank you!!! ~ ~ Donna P.S. Having grown up VERY Catholic, “blending seemingly diverse spiritual paths” could have been too challenging. Somehow (through all your classes, teachings, etc.) you have helped me do just that. And you were so sneaking about it, I didn’t even know it was happening…

  2. shamanspath Says:

    1. Y’welcome.
    2. Sneaking? Moi?
    3. Don’t give me credit that is rightfully yours!



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