Tarot Card ~ March8

Nine of Shields



Fortune Cookie: What is the magical transformation of yourself and your life you would have by being given permission (giving yourself permission) to do what you really want and be who and what you really are?



We last saw this card around mid-October.  Seems like there have been a number of cards cycling back up from about then lately.  So, is there something in YOUR life that is cycling back from last autumn?  Hmmm?

This is always a good card to work with and learn from.  [You may notice that this is the card I pulled when seeking information about how I should think of my blog itself, and what I should hope to offer through it.]

The Nine of Shields asks that we be open to

magical transformation – of ourselves and our lives –

through love

by being given

[or giving ourselves]

permission to do what we really want to do 

and be who we really are

It is therefore useful to look at this card from this perspective


If I could change myself and/or my life in any and all of the way(s) that I wish to in order to be true to myself −

What would I change? 

Who and what would I be? 

What would I ask of life this time around? 

What would I give to the planet at this time? 

How would I give it?

Then ask what baby steps will get you moving in that direction.  And love yourself enough to let yourself begin and take them.  

While you’re at it, it might also be a good thing to take a look ’round at the people you care most about. 

Ask for guidance about what you might offer (without negating who you are or what your hopes are) to help them seek and attain their magical transformation through love by giving them permission to do what they really want and be who they really are.

Honor and integrity are important elements in the revelations of this card as well. 

It might be worthwhile to go through the story of  Lady Ragnell to get a sense of what this card can be about.  That will require a Nealio’s-fracturized-beat-all-to-hell-and-put-back-together-sorta-faerystory version of the legend behind the card.

The story begins when King Arthur is challenged, at peril of the loss of his kingdom, to discover the answer to an ancient and powerful riddle. 

The knight Gawain, Arthur’s nephew, sets out to find the answer to the riddle for him, and eventually he encounters the hag Ragnell.  She offers the solution if he’ll take her to give it to the King personally. 

Gawain takes her to Camelot and presents her to Arthur, who asks for the answer.  She replies that she will whisper the answer into the King’s ear − if Gawain will promise to marry her.  Arthur says, “Good Gawd, woman, you must be freaking kidding me,” or Medieval words to that effect.  Gawain selflessly consents to the marriage to help his uncle Arthur, Ragnell reveals the secret to the King, and Camelot is saved.

The wedding of Gawain and Ragnell goes ahead as planned, and the new pair retires to the bedroom. Ragnell asks, “Won’t you give me a little kiss?” and Gawain dutifully does so, then turns away, contemplating how truly wretched the rest of the night, not to mention his life, will be. 

When he turns back to her, he is astonished to find the most beautiful woman he has ever seen standing before him.  She explains she had been under a spell to look like a hag until a good knight married her and kissed her with kindness, if not affection.  He is, of course, delighted.

“But wait, fair knight,” she says, or, “Hold up, homey,” or something like that.  “Wait, y’all. You must understand that my true appearance will be restored for only half the day.”  She gives him the choice to have her beautiful at night, when they are alone together, or during the day, when they are with all his friends in Camelot.

Without hesitation, Gawain tells her that she must have the choice for herself. This generous, unforced, unrequested answer lifts the curse for good, and Ragnell’s true appearance and nature return forever.  And Gawain pretty much does a Macarena all around the room, being the class act he is.

So, what is the magical transformation of yourself and your life that you would have through love by being given permission (and/or giving yourself permission) to do what you really want and be who and what you really are?

By the way, in case you have some interest in knowing the riddle and its answer:

The question was, “What is it a woman desires most?”

The answer (two versions):

“Her own way.” 

~ OR ~

“The right (sovereynté) to decide for herself.”

Bright Blessings!

Quote for the Day: … it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.  ~ Thomas Jefferson 

Today’s Waethyr:  Moby Grape tribute bands wooooozing by, lost in a fog.  Aim a few PBJs at ’em. 


On This Date: 1978 – The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on the BBC. 


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