Tarot Card ~ May 2

Five of Spears

The Pursuit of Igraine


Fortune Cookie: Take out those old, dried, abandoned dreams. Dust them off, check them out, plant them and water them. See if you don’t make the world burst into bloom again!



Well, let’s knock the dust off of this card, which we last saw in November.

As a beginning to my pontification upon the Five of Spears, lemme say that there are several cards in the deck that recommend things along the lines of, “Follow your Bliss,” or, “Do what you love,” or, “Pursue what you really want.” Right?

But as my friend Ginny said in a comment on the blog, “I think the hardest part is knowing what your bliss is.”

I dunno if I’ve ever heard that from any… normal person under sixteen or so. So it must be a condition peculiar to modern Western [alleged] adults. Often, we buy into concepts that create a war within us ~ concepts that say, “You can’t hope to succeed, doing what you enjoy. You’ll fail. You’ll starve. Take your medicine. Grow up!”

Like these people:

~ On one of John Lennon’s school reports at Quarry Bank School a teacher wrote, “Certainly on the road to failure.”

~ In prep school, Bill Gates ran into trouble for skipping classes, not turning in homework and spending day and night − in the computer room. [No future in that, right?]

~ Henry Ford gave up his family’s farm to go tinker with machines. And he founded two car companies that utterly failed before he created the Ford Motor Company.

~ And let’s not forget Edison, who said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” And, “Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Not to mention, “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

~ Even Donald Trump, who has said, “The most important thing in life is to love what you’re doing, because that’s the only way you’ll ever be really good at it,” has had to stare down bankruptcy and be called a failure by pundits, politicians and everyday people by the millions.

~ And The Beatles (fer Godzake) were rejected by Decca Records, being brushed off with, “Guitar groups are out of fashion.”

That’s a list of failures well worth emulating, and a group of people who followed their bliss ~ in radically different ways and directions.

Ultimately, it’s like what I told my stepson as he was heading for college: “Find what you love to do, and do what you need to do to be able to do it incredibly well – better than anyone else, even. Because whether it’s digging ditches or doing rocket science, somebody’s making a million dollars a year doing it. No reason it shouldn’t be you. No reason it can’t be you.

Which FINALLY brings us back to today’s card. [NO, I didn’t forget! Jeez, have you considered decaffeinating for a week or two?]

I’m guessing that would be, “No.”

The Five of Spears indicates a deep need to reconnect with passion in your life. Not just passion of the steamy, rumple-the-sheets kind, although that maybe can apply if that’s what’s a big issue for you just now.

Rather, the card asks you to stop and take stock of what really sets your heart and soul ablaze − what drives you, what you’d truly like to have the world remember you for a hundred years and more after you’ve gone. Also, and perhaps as part of that, it’s important to go back and let yourself reconnect with old dreams you had put away − or thought you had “become too grown up for” − long ago.

In fact, go back in your mind to when you were four or five years old. What were your dreams, your hopes, your knowings for your life and the evolution of the world back then?

Take out those old, dried dream seeds. Dust them off, plant them and water them. See if you don’t make the world burst into bloom again! Now!

Bright blessings!

Quote for the Day: Passion is the element in which we live; without it, we hardly vegetate. ~ George Gordon, Lord Byron

Today’s Weather: Crenellated zabagliones. Mild seagulls. Man. Ray?

On This Date: 1955Tennessee Williams wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. [Dreams! Passion!]


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