Tarot Card ~ May 9

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… Mmmmmmmm mmm mmm. [You probably all recognize that as the melody to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Right?]


Anyway, we last saw this card in March, just after the vernal equinox when we were probably all still recovering from St Patrick’s Day and the coming of spring. Maybe it’ll be a little easier to pay some contention here this time, especially since it’s a Monday, and working with this card can be a swell way of dodging whatever is left over from last week’s TO DOs for a little while longer. [Of course I know! Like I don’t do it, too?]

Attend and perpend againd [and see if there isn’t SOMETHING in the message of this card that hits you squarely between the chakras]:

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.

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. But it STARTS with an F sound.]

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 nerf balls at them to get their attention, shake my jowls (or at least a bunch 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 weirdness on ya years ago

~ even if they are/were people very close to you.

~ and even if you think (or 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. Never. It will only keep you from moving upward, and may even keep you stuck exactly where you are, causing you to repeat the 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: Time after time, history demonstrates that when people don’t want to believe something, they have enormous skills of ignoring it altogether. ~ Jim Butcher

Today’s Weather: Colliding bowdlerisms all along the watchtower. Wield an incantation on turkey pastrami between whole wheat scapulars.

On This Date: 1671Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England‘s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London. [Ya gotta admire his… Oh, nevermind.]

There are 236 days remaining until the end of the year. What are you waiting for?


2 Responses to “Tarot Card ~ May 9”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    I keep getting the message to simply enJOY…enJOY…enJOY. And when I do find myself simply enJOYing, I notice I often feel guilty. Might have something to do with the whole penance concept. (Ugh!)

    I AM receiving healing around this whole penance thing. (x3) “Ask and you shall receive.” And I did (just) ask.

    The Jim Butcher quote is a great reminder. We all tend to be selective listeners. Guess we’re also selective believers and ignorers. Hmmmm…

    Blessings and gratitude, Donna P.S. Thank God for the sunshine! 🙂

  2. shamanspath Says:


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