Tarot Card ~ May 8 (Mother’s Day!)

Five of Shields

The Wasteland

Fortune Cookie: Know that you can move from The Wasteland you may feel yourself to be in. Know the direction to the High Green Land for you. Make the choices and take the steps, one by one, that will take you there.


We last saw this card in the last week of February. Glad it came around again. In fact, there have been numerous times lately when I think it might have been useful to just tattoo this card to the left palm of some clients’ hands, so they’d be more likely to remember this card’s good counsel, moment by moment.


As I’ve said before, some days I feel about as creative as kibbles. Like just now, in fact. Fortunately, ye card that has some things to teach me about that feeling has once again leapt out to instruct me. You. Us. Somebody. Apparently, right? So here we go.

This is a card for which my reading is based more on my intuitive response to the Anna-Marie Ferguson illustration than on the traditional interpretation.

When I see the Five of Shields in a reading, I usually say something like, “Hey! Good news! If you feel like you’ve been wandering in the wasteland, YOU REALLY HAVE BEEN. You’re not just whining!” [Some of us need to hear that more than others.]

Even more important, this card indicates that it is now very possible – and you are now, more than ever ready – to move from the wasteland to the High Green Land. But you must be conscious and make the choices,moment by moment, that will carry you there.

Of course, that would imply you have a pretty good idea WHAT the High Green Land would be for you compared to what you might have now.

“Something at least a touch better, maybe, huh, kinda, couldja?” isn’t really sufficient for the Universe to home in on. It just isn’t. And in my case, “something that would make Bill Gates’ place look like a trailer park hovel,” while swell, is a bit more nebulous and maybe a tad too much of a jump for the Universe to help me with.

After all, if I can’t believe in it, why should I expect the Universe to bring it as a nice liddla giftee, eh?

Know you can move from The Wasteland. Know the direction to the High Green Land. Make the choices and take the steps, one by one, that will get you there.

Okay, so maybe it’s important that I share some of the more traditional meanings that readers and scholars have given to this card. They are things like exhaustion of resources, temporary hardship, material difficulties, blah, blah, blah, blah, hooooooooey.

That certainly is still in the news all over the place this month as we all breathlesly wait a new wave of foreclosures, protests, indictments and revolutions. Or some such. So, as metaphysicians [or at least as people who read a Daily Tarot Card]:

How do we not give in to such pandemic energy [Ooh! 25 cent word!] to get sucked down the tube with everybody else?

First of all, we remember that what may be typical, even what may seem absolutely inescapable for the majority, is not necessarily true for any single individual — especially us!

After all, during the worst of the Great Depression there were folks calling, “Drive on, Rodolfo!” as they tooled around in limousines from mansion to club to ocean liner to Buckingham Palace and back. And some of those who became the most famous were NEWLY MINTED gazillionaires. And some of them were very creative, compassionate, charitable people. [Like you.] They simply refused to doubt themselves or give over their dreams to hopelessness and distress – or to the norm.

Second, we affirm to ourselves exactly how much potential there is in us, and there is in life FOR us and for us to share with those we love. Remember that in ultimate truth THERE IS NO LACK, and we have the capacity to experience that!

Yes, that means you!

Third, we stay strongly enough connected to spiritual truth and to Light to remember that whatever may happen to the entire world, we are okay and we will be okay.

[I know. Even I have days where I say to myself, “Man! What if the world goes completely to hell and we all go up in smoke and I have to incarnate on a planet where all humanoid beings have day glow yellow fur like a shag rug that Fluffy has baptized, smell like one of Mick Jagger’s 1969 jumpsuits after a concert, sound like W. on double Ativan and accept sniffing gasoline fumes as THE religion?”]

See? It could be worse. Right?

So, once again:

Know that you can move from The Wasteland. Know the direction to the High Green Land. Make the choices and take the steps, one by one, that will take you there.

Bright blessings and incredible, miraculous deliriously happy progress!

Quote for the Day: That statement is either so deep it would take a lifetime to fully comprehend every particle of its meaning, or it is a load of absolute tosh. Which is it, I wonder? ~ Sir Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Today’s Weather: Jangling down the catacombs of time, occasionally whomping up against walls of now. If you must.

On This Date: 1886Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine.

And listen, you Mothers:

I hope Your Day is special and beautiful and joyful. May the pancakes be fluffy and delicious, may the eggs be cooked all the way through, may your orange juice be utterly devoid of gerbil fur. And most of all, may you remember this truly moving and important advice from the great Mark Twain:

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.





2 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ May 8 (Mother’s Day!)”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    A great message, Neal. We all need continued reminders to move out of the wasteland…and to not get caught up in all the “bad news.”

    And THANK YOU for the lovely Mother’s Day wish. Ah, Mark Twain is so right. Under certain circumstances, profanity DOES provide a relief denied even to prayer.

    Blessings, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    You’re g*%%@#^ed right!

    Blessya, M’Dear!

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