Tarot Card ~ May 5

The Tower

Vortigern’s Fortress

Fortune Cookie: Go back to the shop. Spend some time hammering out a few of the most basic details about who you are, what you believe, what your foundation is, what you want to build — and why.





We last saw this card at the end of January. This really is a very helpful card.

Yes, really.

But still, I can’t help wanting to launch just a wee tiny technicolor

 Oh, Bugger!!!

There. I feel much better now.

As I said, this IS such a valuable card. [And it’s one of my longer posts, for which I apologize.] [Yes, really. But don’t expect me to grovel, mind…] So here we go.

As we have seen, this is definitely another of those OhBugger! kinda cards, at least from its appearance — in ANY Tarot deck.

It’s one of those cards for which − by my interpretation, which veers a good piece from the norm − I’m supposed to tell you, “Ah, yes, yes, yes. Don’t jump to conclusions. Don’t leap before you look. Really significant opportunities for growth and learning here.

And as I always ask,

Remember the teachers (from high school math types to your skating coach to Ram Dass to Mother Teresa to Miss Laura on Romper Room to un-indicted senators and everybody in between) who have handed you that “really significant opportunities for growth and learning here” shitake? It always really means, “Get ready for some deep down bone-crunching head-spinning hard work!” Even I admit that, and I have the honesty quotient of a dried mugwort.

Well, so, maybe that old hard work thing IS the case here. Maybe. But with this card, it’s also a matter of IMPORTANT work that will be worth your time and energy for sure. Hard work, yeah, yeah, true, but SO VERY meaningful.

Now, The Tower isn’t a dire card, at least not as I’ve been given to understand it – intuitively and through my experience with clients.

But when my clients see it as it’s depicted in the Legend deck − a huge red dragon fighting a ginormous white one, completely destroying a massive royal fortress in the process – it sort of makes them go, “Eeep-Mewlp,” suck in their breath, swallow hard and say, “WTF!” [That’s Westphalian Tahini Fibre.]

So what’s different about my understanding of the card and what it offers? I usually say something like:

Okay, I know it looks scary, dragons fighting, castles blown to bits. But really, it’s positive.

The card is asking you to examine yourself, your hopes & dreams and your being.

It’s saying, Hey. Stop for a minute. Look at your life. Think about it now.

If you take your life down to its foundation, down to what’s REALLY important, what’s really essential to the you that is really you, then


Who are you? What are you? What is it that you REALLY care about and REALLY have available to build upon, and wish to build upon, this time around?

And, by the way, WHAT will you build upon it?

This evaluation should be applied to every area of significance in your life, particularly those in which you’re experiencing some transition. [Transition. What a weenie word.

How aboutStress!!! 

Or Wobble!!!

Or Outright CAVING IN!!!

What is the true foundation – for YOU:

What is the true foundation of career?

What is the true foundation of family?

What is the true foundation of relationships – of each and every kind, from the most intimate and powerful to minor friendships to the bagger at the grocery store?

What is the true foundation of joy?

What is the true foundation of spiritual connectedness?

What is the true foundation of physical health?

What is the true foundation of emotional health?

What is the true foundation of creativity?

What is the true foundation of home?

What is the true foundation of beauty?

And so on, all through the entire list: everything on your own personal list of areas of your life that are important to you.

What IS the true foundation for YOU?

[And how many different type faces can this idiot insert for no good reason in one single post?]

Once you know what your various true foundations are, then you can determine what you’d like to build upon them, how you want to do it, and what the best way is to go about it.

And it’s perfectly okay if what you wish to build changes. It can be a villa at one time, a pagoda another, a log cabin next and a fairy castle sometime after that. So long as you know WHAT your foundations TRULY are, and honor them, then what you are about building is and will be perfect.

What are your foundations in each area of your being? How can you be mindful of them? How can you stay mindful of them? What do you wish to build upon them? How can you begin today?

Bright blessings and a deep, happy, helpful knowing of yourself!

Quote for the Day: “…we learned of a new pilot study suggesting that meditating for just 30 minutes a day for eight weeks effected physical changes in the gray matter of the brain associated with memory, stress, and empathy. The subject of the study was Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program.”~ Institute of Noetic Sciences E News

Today’s Weather: Skippiny-hoppiny. Tzin-tzan-tzun. BLAT!

On This Date:1891 – The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.

Not that this post isn’t already waaay long enough, BUT:

 Hellmann’s Mayonnaise – a bit of history.

Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was
manufactured in England.

In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled
for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call
for the great ship after its stop in New York .

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever
delivered to Mexico.
But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York . The ship
hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly
awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great

that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known,
of course as :

Sinko De Mayo.


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