Archive for December 7th, 2011

Daily Tarot

December 7, 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 at mid-October. 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.
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 near high Solstice 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 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 ]
Quote for the Day: To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself. ~ Anne Rice
Today’s Weather: Offplanet cabernet. Rich, extinct yet devious in flavor. Snork!
On This Date: 1965 – Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras simultaneously revoke mutual excommunications that had been in place since 1054.
We feel MUCH better, thanks!