Tarot Card ~ February 14

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. 

Hmm.  Mmmmm.  Mmmmmmmm…  Last saw this card in mid-December.  And, fascinatingly enough [to me, anyway ~ and you know what a sheltered life I live] this was also the card for LAST Valentine’s Day.  So pay attention.  You do NOT want to get into this kind of rut.

And so…

I know.  I know.  I know, you’re saying, “It’s Valentine’s Day.  Why couldn’t you pull The Lovers card? Wah, wah, wah.”  Oh, get over it.  This is a great card for any day, especially for a day that has to do with joy. And celebration.  And chocolate. 

Attend and perpend:

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 on a day like this!], 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, especially on Valentine’s Day.  Although, for the kinkier among you…

 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 [as I always say],  buggrall that!  Phooo-hooooooooo-ey upon that !!!! [Or worse.]

Based on my intuitive guidance and my experience over the last fifteen years or so, when this card shows up for a client, I stand, shamble up onto my soapbox, throw things at them, shake my jowls (or at least several 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: I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon~ Anon.   

Today’s Weather:  The hormony of love.  Oops.  Sorry.  Harmony.  That was HARMONY.  Cheers. 


On This Date: 842Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German languages[Such sweet laddies!]




2 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ February 14”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    How utterly amazing that this card came up for Valentine’s Day two years in a row.

    Yes, penance is definitely old energy. In with the new, please!

    ~ ~ Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours,

    ~ ~ Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Back at ya, M’Dear!

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