Archive for July, 2011

Tarot Card ~ July 31

July 31, 2011

 

Neal is still… somewhere.

 

Anyway, here’s a link to the Tarot Card for last July 31.

 

https://shamanspath.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/tarot-card-for-the-day-july-31-2/

 

Blessyuz,

 

Neal
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Tarot Card ~ July 30

July 29, 2011

 

Neal is off on a comet. Or maybe it’s a Ford Fairlane.

 

 

 

Here’s a link to the card for July 30 of last year. Makes plenty sense to me.

 

 

Blessings,

 

 

 

N

 

 

 

https://shamanspath.wordpress.com/2010/07/30/tarot-card-for-the-day-july-30-2/

Tarot Card ~ July 29

July 29, 2011

Nine of Shields

Ragnell

 

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 in early May. And, to me, it’s a perfect card for someone I worked with a tad just yesterday, but then:

 

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. Hope I’m living up to that.]

 

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

[so ASK YOURSELF THIS!]:

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 most 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 life, and the planet and Spirit at this time?

How would I give it?

 

Then ask:

what baby steps will get me moving in that direction? And then 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. Even so, Gawain selflessly consents to the marriage to help Arthur, Ragnell reveals the secret to the King, and Camelot is saved.

The wedding of Gawain and Ragnell then goes ahead as promised, and the newlyweds retire 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 the rest of 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 ye , fair knight,” she says, or, “Wait up, now, Dawg,” 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 of relief 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: Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

Today’s Waethyr: Mild chortlesome esplanades and scroungy bounders. Pip!

 

On This Date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_29 [You choose. Really. Yuck!]

Tarot Card ~ July 28

July 28, 2011

Queen of Shields

Igraine

Fortune Cookie: Ask yourself, “What is really important? Now how do I attend to that? And how can I do it really, really well?”

 

This card last turned for us… all of six days ago. And six days before that. Does that give you some sense that maybe this particular bit of symbolic and intuitive information MIGHT JUST be a little more than normally beneficial right now? Hunh? Maybe? Eh?

Once again…

Attend:

Other readers find this card indicates opulence, generosity, liberty, security, and perhaps even greatness of soul. Certainly good stuff. [So if you’re aspiring to any of that at the moment… get going!]

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, sees it betokening a sensible, considerate woman (or person), an effective advocate, one who uses her considerable influence and power to help those less fortunate. [Find me one such. And send her my way as ye personal manageress!]

So if that’s the kind of energy you’re hoping to find and/or embody today, JUMP IN!

In working with my clients, I’ve come to see the Queen of Shields as very strongly paralleling the King of Shields. [Like THAT insight took years of intensive training, right?]

This is, therefore what I call the card of the Good Queen. [For those of you old enough to get the reference, I’ve also occasionally called it “the Harriet Nelson card.”]

 

This is the Queen who understands that her mission is to care for the health of her kingdom – perhaps behind the scenes, perhaps boldly and with great fanfare − and to help take care of her subjects so that they generally can take care of themselves.

She knows how the crops are growing, how the children are faring, whether the creatures are well, if the King’s men are living up to their obligations and so on. She’s perfectly comfortable taking the limelight, and will be sweet or brash about it as will best serve the kingdom, but she does not seek it for herself and does not actually give a brass farthing for it except as a tool for doing good.

Like the King, the hard lesson she has learned is that there will always be more things asked of her than she can possibly fulfill, more things in need of attention than she can possibly do. She has, therefore, come to understand and be comfortable with the necessity of allocating resources, caring and effort in such a way as will provide the greatest return and benefit to her King and the kingdom.

In her world, it IS NOT the squeakiest wheel that gets the grease; it’s the wheel whose repair is most significant and valuable to the well being of the King, the people and the land.

So, beginning today, how should you come to understand better the myriad workings of your kingdom? (What, in fact, IS your kingdom?) And how do you need to give yourself — in a functional, practical way — permission to attend to that which is really MOST IMPORTANT rather than that which seems MOST URGENT (or most annoying) in order to keep your kingdom’s balance, harmony and prosperity at the forefront of your rule? What do you need to let go of, or let go fallow, or let go to hell, for that matter, in order for the stuff you truly came here to do to get done and get done well?

So ask yourself, “What is really important? Now how do I attend to that? And how can I do it really, really well?”

Bright blessings as you rule all you survey! [Particularly the important stuff!]

Quote for the Day: It is the folly of too many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom. ~ Jonathan Swift

Today’s Waethyr: World enough. Thyme. Hyssop.

On This Date: 2011 — The first official World Hepatitis Day. [Yep. Best I could do.]

 

Tarot Card ~ July 27

July 27, 2011

Six of Swords

The Eachtra

Fortune Cookie: Go deep within and find the treasure there, then bring it out to lovingly share with the world.

 

 

Lessee… we last saw this card toward the end of June… of 2010!!! And it’s such a valuable and instructive card, I’m surprised it hasn’t popped up for us much more often.

As I’ve said other times this card has turned, the Six of Swords as I work with it has several layers of meaning, and requires a bit of storytelling and explanation. So, once again, bear with me.

According to Anna Marie Ferguson − creator of Legend, the Arthurian TarotThe Eachtra is the Irish phrase for an Otherworld journey and adventure.

Among the Arthurian legends, one such adventure involved a great quest in which Arthur and his knights ventured to the realm of Annwn − the Celtic Underworld − to meet Arawn, the Lord of the Underworld. Depending on which version you harken to, this quest was undertaken to form a brotherly alliance, king to king… or to do grievous battle, army to army — so as to win and bring back… or steal and bring back High Magic and powerful magical tools for the grace, help and hope of Camelot.

Funny how variable those legends are. I blame it on the monk mead. Maybe it was just those wonderful little mushrooms they ate with their salads.

Ayup!

 

So, let’s see. An otherworld journey and adventure…

That’s still a pretty perfect thing to have recommended to us right now − a time full of high summer magic, during which many of us (and many more people than actually realize it) are sensitive to any thinning of the veils between ordinary reality and the realms of spirit.

And so, in the magic of the summer season season:

How will you let yourself explore the doorways to goodness, wisdom and healing that are available just now? Especially those which open by going deep within to find your own truer, better natures? [I hope you’ll at least dream on it!]

Anyway, back to the card, more or less.

In the teachings of modern “core shamanism,” journeying is the term given to the deep, powerful meditation used by shamanic practitioners to travel to alternate realities. Often, the first teaching journeys are to the shamanic Lower World – into beautiful, fruitful, healing darkness entered through an opening into the Earth.

So, in my work with clients, and based on my shamanic work, I’ve come to refer to the Six of Swords as The Journeywork Card.

This card directs us to go deep – deep within the self, into the core of our hopes and dreams, to the very essence of our being. It tells us to believe in, seek and find the beautiful, powerful, enlightening, inspiring treasure within us. And it asks us to then embrace it fully and bring it up and out into the world to share with and benefit all.

Isn’t that why you agreed to come into this lifetime at all, after all? Eh? Eh? At all?

Explore the realms of the sacred and the healing. Go deep within and find the treasure there, then bring it out to lovingly share with the world. Be part of the beautiful and powerful magics of the season.

Bright blessings and miraculous journeys!

[For more information on journeying, please see my article at

http://shamanspath.org/index_ShamanicJourneyIntro.htm ]

Quote for the Day: If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married. ~ My friend Tom

Today’s Weather: Sun showers and hooky-playing. Best offplanet chardonnay in the galaxy. Rich, distinct yet delicate in flavor and completely hurricane and radiation proof.

On This Date: 1921 – Researchers at the University of Toronto prove that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar.

An amazing video: Parasailing with a hawk.

http://www.flixxy.com/parahawking-over-nepal.htm

[And a little extra inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXcSJnDoAAg]

 

 

 

Tarot Card ~ July 26

July 26, 2011

Ace of Swords

Sword of Strange Hangings

 

Fortune Cookie: Undertake a quest for a new beginning in a way that is full of adventure yet considerate of the law: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!

 

 

This card last turned for us in early April. So, aside from me, IS THERE ANYBODY NOT PAYING SUFFICIENT ATTENTION TO THIS CARD? I mean it. Really! Own up. Right. Attention? Right? Right.

 

 

All right, boys and girls, ALL TOGETHER NOW:

Aces in any Tarot deck are cards of a new beginning.

 

Therefore:

~ How can you (how do you need to) begin your life anew, today, right now?

~ What changes can you begin, even in ways that may seem small?

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember?

 

When the Ace of Swords comes up in a reading, as it did in a big way for a client last week, I say something like:

 

Your new beginning has to do with going on an adventure, of giving yourself permission to go after something that really sets your heart and soul on fire.

Please understand, if you undertake this quest, it very well may involve the release of some element of your life that no longer serves you.

 

Should you find that to be the case, strive to let the release be as quick and clean as possible, a very skillful surgery.

 

I’ll stand by that.

 

But as I’ve worked with clients who have had this card come up, I’ve also come to perceive that the adventure, the new beginning and the release tend to have an aspect of destiny to them: we often find that the person has reached a point where they must make some choices to move forward in order to evolve as their life offers them the potential to do [and perhaps as they hoped when outlining their potential life contract for this time around].

 

And what I often see is, in doing so, they do very well to remember that even big changes can be initiated and made without creating negative karma. And I’m going to keep telling myself that until I can actually do it.

 

By the way, I have also found that this card betokens a positive outcome for skillfully undertaken literal surgery.

 

 

Oh, sit DOWN, Viktor!

 

For some people, by the way, the adventure they decide to go on, and the “surgery” or the release they decide to make, can lead to a profound healing of the romantic side of life as well.)

 

So:

 

What is your new beginning? What adventure does your destiny call you to − beginning today? What may you be called to release?

 

Undertake your quest in a way that is firm yet considerate of the law:

WHAT GOES AROUND

COMES AROUND

 

Bright blessings and joyous adventures!

 

Quote for the Day: A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
~ Eugene Ionesco

 

Today’s Weather: Faery trios singing bawdy Gaelic hymns till just afore dawn. Carry an arugula leaf or a small bag of yogurt raisins.

 

On This Date: 1882 – Premiere of Richard Wagner‘s opera Parsifal at Bayreuth.

 

 

Tarot Card ~ July 25

July 25, 2011

The Judgement

Avalon

 

Fortune Cookie: Know what you want. Don’t be crazy, necessarily, but be willing to try something unusual or out of character to get it. Reach out for your destiny.

 

We last saw this card six months ago to the day. And three moths ago to the day before that! Which doesn’t particularly mean anything, except for the fact that the card shows up in ways that may call attention to itself. And so we should PAY attention to it.

 

It’s really a pretty useful card for a high summer’s day; it’s a fine prompt for taking a look at how we might want to shake things up a bit in some positive ways. Actually, it’s always a good card to work with and one we would do well to allow to guide us. I certainly need to pay more attention to it! [Maybe I will anyway?]

 

So. Then. Several layers of interpretations here, and all worth a looksee.

 

If there’s any inkling in your mind that you might be being

 

just a tad

judgemental

 

in any way, shape or form, it’s tremendously important that you STOP THAT RIGHT NOW ~ don’t be judgemental of anyone else. And especially don’t be judgemental toward yourself. It’s not useful or even valid to be that way. Today, and for a while to come, anyway (like a year or so).

 

That doesn’t mean you should let yourself – or anyone else − run hog wild, going off half-cocked and half baked in every goofy direction that occurs. That’s my niche and I really don’t need any more competition, thanks.

 

Nor should you beat yourself up if you really want to just get quiet and do what it takes to stay grounded – or want to just hide and say, “To hell with ALL these freakin’ Bozos!” for today. Oh. Wait. That would be kinda judgemental. So you can do it (hide away). Just… don’t say it.

 

It does mean

~ don’t repress your own tendency to wish for what you really wish for

~ don’t berate yourself for wanting to be able to upgrade

WELL beyond what ordinary reality might provide

lately in some area of your life, but

~ stay grounded for the moment regarding what you actually grab

or grab for

 

And send kind energy and blessings of Light to those who do get sucked into any craziness that’s around at the moment. [I resent what you’re thinking.]

 

Also [and I’m finding this one to be unusually important with my clients lately],

be sure you are pursuing what really is for the highest and best of all.

Don’t just do what you’ve always been told you should do in order to be successful, popular, spiritual, thinner, blahdee, blahdee, blahblahblah…

Anyway.

Different decks portray ~ and different readers interpret ~ The Judgement in exceptionally different ways. Some say it indicates a change of position, a renewal or reawakening, an ultimate outcome. Can be good stuff at any time of year. With a little good fortune.

 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds it portends passing through a gateway to a new existence, an understanding of how one’s actions influence others, good health or a positive legal outcome.

 

Moi? [Thought you’d never ask.] I tend to see this card as requiring some action. When this card appears, I’m likely to say:

 

Look. Really. There are powerful, helpful people who would be happy to work with you, work on your behalf, who might actually be out there looking for you right now. But they can’t FIND you where you usually are these days.

 

There are wonderful, transformational experiences waiting for you. But they can’t happen where you are, in the rhythm of your life as you currently live it.

 

You’ve got to

go new places,

meet new people,

do new things!

And push yourself a bit to keep doing that for the foreseeable future.

 

So, while staying grounded and aware of what your wishes are − or could be if you really owned what your wishes really are − entice yourself out of your rut. Shop at different stores, from grocers to clothiers to where you buy your lottery tickets or get your dry cleaning done. Go to different movies at different theaters. Eat at different restaurants. Write at different coffee bars. [Write AT ALL for a change, most of you!] [Hah! Got’em!]

 

Don’t let yourself stagnate where you are and have been.

 

Perhaps the most important aspect of this card is that it indicates your destiny is trying to reach out to you and for you. Will you be there?If you will, bear in mind the insight of the card; it reminds us to understand and be conscious of the impact of our actions upon others.

 

Know what you want. Don’t be crazy, but be willing to try something unusual or out of character to get it.

 

Reach out for your destiny.

 

Bright blessings — without even the least little hint of judgemental! [I mean it!]

Quote for the Day: Live each day as though it were your last, but learn as though you will live forever.~ Irish saying

Today’s Weather: Stones crack in the night, saying “Groovidelic.”

On This Date: 1920 – The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place.

Tarot Card ~ July 24

July 24, 2011
King of Cups

The Fisher King

Fortune Cookie: Do your work. Do it brilliantly. But know that you must WITHOUT FAIL build in play time (as YOU perceive it), recovery time, recharging time in order to be fulfilled in your life, and in order to fulfill your promises to the world at this time.

 

We last saw His Highness on May Day. He’s back, not a moment too soon, and offers great direction for the closing months of Summer!

So, then…

Aaahhhhhhhhhhhhh…

A lovely, mellow and healing card. And a powerful one, too.

The Fisher King is, according to Arthurian legend, the hereditary guardian of The Holy Grail, which has rested within his family’s castle for generations — if not centuries. There are many versions of why he has the title, Fisher King; some of these Celtic stories actually precede the Arthur legends by a long, LOOONG way.

Anyway, in my Nealio’s sprained-bashed-beatup-and-mangled faerystory version of what you need to know about him:

The Fisher King is a kind, brave, generous, creative and well-balanced ruler who has a mystical bent and a deep respect for the sacred – which is hardly surprising. After all, he is about as much A PART of the sacred himself as a person can be. So keep an eye out for such a person over the next few days. [You’ll probably find that he’s making plans to move to Europe. Quebec, anyway.]

Or see what you can do to emulate more fully those characteristics yourself. [Editorial comment: Boy, could this country use a dose of THAT for the coming years. Not being more “religious,” mind, but emulating more fully a kind, brave, generous, creative and well-balanced ruler who has a mystical bent and a deep respect for the sacred.]

Anyway…

At one point, The Fisher King took a magical wound, a wound that was unhealing. In some traditions, the characteristic of this unhealing wound would, in and of itself, mark him as a shaman, or at least shamanically inclined.

According to legend, the only time he was completely free of the wound’s ravaging pain was when he would go out alone in his little boat, fishing. So he would do that at some point, if possible, every day − and then go back to his labors as guardian of The Grail.

And that begins to bring us back to the card itself.

When this card turns up for a client, I usually say something along the line of:

Look. This is a period during which you’re going to be very busy. You’re probably going to have lots of responsibilities and have to go in a number of different directions all at once.

And you’ll care enough about it all to want to do it ALL really well.

So, from the outset, remember to be fair, kind and generous to those who work with you and those who are around you in your life.

Be brave about going after what you really need in order to be able to do things well, and about going after what will really be for the highest and best of all concerned. [And make sure you have a good, honest, OBJECTIVE view of what that means.]

And remember to be fair, kind and generous to yourself as well.

Plan from the beginning to build in – and use − specific, regular times for rest, recuperation, re-inspiration and whatever is necessary for you to be recharged, refilled and fulfilled.

Do your work. Do it brilliantly. But know that you must WITHOUT FAIL build in play time (as YOU perceive it – for some of us, that’s a good, dream-filled nap), recovery time, recharging time in order to be fulfilled in your life, and in order to fulfill your promises to the world at this time.

Brightest blessings!

Quote for the Day: Art is a spiritual, immaterial respite from the hardships of life. ~ Fernando Botero

Today’s Weather: Scattered natterings. Weezly geezles fer geezers n’ fergies. Fruit bat casseroleees.

On This Date: 1969 – Jennifer Lopez, American actress and singer is born.

Tarot Card ~ July 23

July 22, 2011

 

Two of Spears

Bedivere and Kay

Fortune Cookie: Know what YOUR family of spirit would be like. Seek them. Find them. Let them help you change the world.

 

 

We last saw this card in not quite two months ago. So, is there anyone here — beside me — who didn’t really pay much attention to this card back then? Huh? [Tarot reader knocked over by hurricane-force wind of clients in reading audience shaking their heads and saying, “Nuh-unnnh. Not me! Nuh-unh!”]

So…

Given that we are now well into in high summer here in the northern hemisphere, please remember that this is always a really good card to work with especially if — how to say — familial connections… or working group connections… or relationship connections… may not be all one might hope. You’ll see what I mean when we get to my personal intuitive interpretation of the card. At least, I think you will. We’ll both see, then.

The Two of Spears is, in fact, one of those cards where my intuitive guidance has me going off in a different direction than the standard interpretation. [Yep. Again. The Universe likes it that way. And that’s why I get the Big Bucks.]

  

Many readers say this card bespeaks things like riches, fortune, magnificence. Others might suggest you spend some time alone considering the advice of others [like your Tarot blogger, maybe?] in order to help make up your own mind about an important decision that NEEDS to be made.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes of proving one’s capability to manage a large project, planning for the future; exerting authority; riches and success, using all one’s talents to achieve a communal vision.

So if any of those issues are on your mind today, accept this info as an indication that you’re IN TUNE and you are placing your energy in the right place at the right time. [And if you’re NOT up for riches and success, FortheLuvvaGod, Goddess, etc., CALL ME. Soon. We gotta talk! 216-371-3433.]

HOWever…

When this card turns up for a client, I find myself telling them this:

I don’t know what your family life is like. It could be great. It could suck swamp water by the bucket. Regardless, I find the Two of Spears to say

~ ~ It’s time for you to create a family of spirit that is even closer to you than family of blood or marriage. It’s just time.

[That is, in fact, something some clients have a LOT of trouble with.

They cannot envision EVER being closer to someone than to their blood family. ALL their blood family. However bizarre, weird, twisted, hurtful, etc. the family, or some of them, might be.

 

All I can say is, it’s not impossible, and it’s often even healthy to have others in your life who are closer to you than the Amazin’ Flyin’ Fussin’ Burrito Krazees God decided to lay upon you for some of your early years’ life lessons.

So at least promise you’ll think about it. Okay?]

~ ~ You would do well to begin seeking and finding, perhaps one by one, a group of people who − because of the commonality of intentions, goals, hopes, spiritual path, etc. −will be as close to you as anyone could possibly be. As you, too will be to them.

So spend some time thinking about what it would be like to have a circle of people in your life who

~ would always have your back,

~ would always be able to hear your darkest secrets

and continue to see the Light in you,

as you would do for them

~ would seek to remind you of the highest and

best in yourself, lovingly and always

Then go about creating that circle. Slowly. Intentionally. With discretion. But get going!

Know what YOUR family of spirit would be like. Seek them. Find them. Let them help you change the world. and, given that this card is showing up for two pulls in a row, know that its energy and message is very important just now. For YOU!

Bright blessings and joyful meetings!

Quote for the Day: I don’t care about whose DNA has recombined with whose. When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family. ~ Jim Butcher Today’s Weather: Revenge of the crenellated Sushi. Maintain, at all costs, a superior attitude.

On This Date: 1962Telstar relays the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantictelevision program. Featuring Walter Cronkite?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQdDjy1UtW4&feature=fvst

Tarot Card ~ July 22

July 22, 2011

Queen of Shields

Igraine

Fortune Cookie: Ask yourself, “What is really important? Now how do I attend to that? And how can I do it really, really well?”

 

This card last turned for us… all of six days ago. Does that give you some sense that maybe this particular bit of symbolic and intuitive information MIGHT JUST be a little more than normally beneficial right now? Hunh? Maybe? Eh?

Once again…

Attend:

Other readers find this card indicates opulence, generosity, liberty, security, and perhaps even greatness of soul. Certainly good stuff. [So if you’re aspiring to any of that at the moment… Get going and do something about it!]

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, sees it betokening a sensible, considerate woman (or person), an effective advocate, one who uses her considerable influence and power to help those less fortunate. [Find me one such. And send her my way as ye personal manageress!]

So if that’s the kind of energy you’re hoping to find and/or embody today, JUMP IN!

In working with my clients, I’ve come to see the Queen of Shields as very strongly paralleling the King of Shields. [Like THAT insight took years of intensive training, right?]

This is, therefore what I call the card of the Good Queen. [For those of you old enough to get the reference, I’ve also occasionally called it “the Harriet Nelson card.”]

[She’s the one in back. Holding things together.]

This is the Queen who understands that her mission is to care for the health of her kingdom – perhaps behind the scenes, perhaps boldly and with great fanfare − and to help take care of her subjects so that they generally can take care of themselves.

She knows how the crops are growing, how the children are faring, whether the creatures are well, if the King’s men are living up to their obligations and so on. She’s perfectly comfortable taking the limelight, and will be sweet or brash about it as will best serve the kingdom, but she does not seek it for herself and does not actually give a brass farthing for it except as a tool for doing good.

Like the King, the hard lesson she has learned is that there will always be more things asked of her than she can possibly fulfill, more things in need of attention than she can possibly do. She has, therefore, come to understand and be comfortable with the necessity of allocating resources, caring and effort in such a way as will provide the greatest return and benefit to her King and the kingdom.

In her world, it IS NOT the squeakiest wheel that gets the grease; it’s the wheel whose repair is most significant and valuable to the well being of the King, the people and the land.

So, beginning today, how should you come to understand better the myriad workings of your kingdom? (What, in fact, IS your kingdom?) And how do you need to give yourself — in a functional, practical way — permission to attend to that which is really MOST IMPORTANT rather than that which seems MOST URGENT (or most annoying) in order to keep your kingdom’s balance, harmony and prosperity at the forefront of your rule? What do you need to let go of, or let go fallow, or let go to hell, for that matter, in order for the stuff you truly came here to do to get done and get done well?

So ask yourself, “What is really important? Now how do I attend to that? And how can I do it really, really well?”

Bright blessings as you rule all you survey! [Particularly the important stuff!]

Quote for the Day: We need more of the Office Desk and less of the Show Window in politics. Let men in office substitute the midnight oil for the limelight.~ Calvin Coolidge

Today’s Waethyr: Hot enough for ya? [In Tierra del Fuego, the high today will be 37. With snow flurries.]

On This Date: 1796 – Surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company name an area in OhioCleveland” after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.