Archive for January, 2012

Daily Tarot ~ January 26

January 26, 2012
The Star
The Firedrake
Fortune Cookie: A powerful new beginning and a new beginning in your power… IF you own and work with your INTUITION!

Wow!!!! 
No, really.  Wow!!!!
This is the first time in 3+ years that this card has turned for us in the Nealio’s Daily Tarot Thingy. So PAY Attention, Y’all!
This is one of my very favorite cards, because it betokens so many wonderful things.  Some readers see The Star as indicating hope and bright prospects.  Others tell of purity and even saintliness [which would leave me out of the picture completely, as you well know]. Some find harmony and even relaxation in The Star’s gifts.
Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck sees in The Star a good omen and inspiration, rebirth and opportunity, and rejuvenation of the spirit after a trying and traumatic time. She indicates that destined aspirations now seem to flow naturally into reality, and lotsa other wonderful things.
Is that JUST what you needed today, or what? [It’s sure what I needed today.  WHEW!]
Me?  Of course I have my own tweak to the thing.  I find all of the above meanings and potentials to be valid, but they hinge upon the querent (the person for whom the reading is done) owning, developing and honoring her or his intuition in an ever increasing, ever ascending for-the-highest-and-best way.  That’s the key element in achieving the desired success, now and for the future.
So grab hold of all the wonderful gifts The Star offers. Believe in their possibility in your life.  Then:
Move toward a powerful new beginning and a new beginning in your power by owning and working with your Spirit-gift of INTUITION!
Brightest blessings!
Quote for the Day:  This is the time of King Arthur, and we reach for the stars! ~ Alan Jay Lerner, from Camelot
Today’s Whether: All creatures, great and small. Sillabub. Prefab bubble and squeak. The tambourine man.
On this Date: 1700 – The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake takes place off the west coast of North America. (Geologists predict a 37 percent chance of a M8.2+ event in the next 50 years.)
And: 1920Hans Holzer, American paranormal researcher is born.
Daily Tarot will be taking about a week in hibernation.
Ta till then!
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Daily Tarot ~ January 25

January 24, 2012

Ace of Shields

Avalach’s Shield

Fortune Cookie:  Look for and define your new beginning. Know that great gains, treasures and healing are not beyond your reach.  And let a beautiful swirling and blending of spiritual paths guide you toward and support you in your wonderful new life!

This card last turned for us way back in mis-July.  So pay attention, mind, ‘cos it’s a goodie!

As anyone who has been afflicted by these posts on a regular basis will remember, Aces in any Tarot deck  are cards of a new beginning.  So, that being the case,

~ How can you − how do you need to − begin your life anew, today, this moment?

~ What changes can you begin or pursue, even in small ways?

~ What potentials can you believe in, hope for, reach for and remember not to forget?  Eh?

And you can most assuredly expect The Universe will keep giving you situations that ask that kinda question until you all remember to be askin’ it alla tyme by yerownseffRight?

And now, back to the Ace of Shields.

According to legend, Avalach was a “heathen” king, befriended and converted to Christianity by Joseph of Arimathea, carrier of the Holy Grail into Britain.

Avalach’s shield was known to have miraculous powers of protection and healing.  For hundreds of years it stayed in an abbey waiting for Galahad, the world’s greatest and purest knight − its ultimate and final bearer − to come and take it up.

Most readers would likely indicate that this card signifies things like PERFECT contentment, felicity, even ecstasy, and perhaps gold.  Not bad, says I! Not bad at all! Not bad for a wintry January Wednesday!! [It IS Wednesday, ennit?]

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the Ace of Shields to be a card of treasures, prosperity, making great gains, but also of enrichment of the spirit.  Yes!  Yes! Yes!

When I work with a client and this card comes up, I look deep into the card, which is beautifully illustrated, depicting a mask of The Green Man above a Camelottish Knight’s shield upon which is worked a large golden cross. The mask and shield are mounted on a wall; below them, incense, or perhaps oak leaves, burn on a brazier, with all enfolded by an otherworldly light.  It’s a wonderfully mystical scene.

I find that the card directs us to look for healing, growth and progress via mystical or spiritual means.  It suggests that we should be comfortable blending seemingly diverse spiritual paths in our process, just as the good sisters in Ireland pray to the Christian Saints, but leave tidbits and goodies in the garden to feed and engage the Leprechauns and other Good Folk, finding no contradiction in this custom.

I’m reminded of my first shamanic teacher, who laughingly referred to herself one day as an Apachecathobuddhajew. Works for me!

So… look for and define

YOUR NEW BEGINNING.

Know that great gains and treasures are not beyond your reach.  And let a beautiful swirling and blending of spiritual paths guide you toward and support you in your wonderful new life!

Brightest blessings!

Quote for the Day:  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ The Dalai Lama

Today’s Weather:  Soaring guitars wielded by mysteriosos in strange chapeaux. Wear flower-power Wellies.  With flair!

On This Date: 1890Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey in 72 days.

Daily Tarot ~ January 24

January 24, 2012

Four of Swords

Isolt of the White Hands

Fortune Cookie: Carve out some time to just be at peace, take it easy, do what’s comfortable and healing; just let the river flow on by.

Okay, kidlets.  Who wasn’t paying attention yesterday?  Hmmm?  Hmmmmm?  So who REEEEEALLY needs this kinda reminder, huh?  

‘Cos, as I said last night, as squirrely as the world has been lately, in a time when pretty much everything and everybody seem [seems? whocares?] overwrought and strained to the gills, this card’s guidance surely does make a lotta sense.

Now, as I normally ask at the top of the post for this card:

Which one of y’all isn’t getting enough rest, enough recuperation, enough time far from the madding crowd? 

[Headline: Tarot Guy Once Again Blown Into Low Earth Orbit by Draft as Readers All Raise Hands.]  

Look into this card and its advice, then, will ya?  But don’t just make it another item on an overly long to-do list.  Seek a way to make DIFFERENT choices.

The Four of Swords, then,  is a card of respite and recovery.  It speaks of moving from a stressful environment to a place of safety, calm and comfort. [Regular Tarot Post readers know I prefer under the bed. If not under the floorboards.  Or maybe under the Netherlands.]  It really is time to take a rest, have a break, maybe have a holiday or in some other way remove yourself from current pressures.

Some readers find that this card speaks of solitude or hermit’s repose.  Others see it as predicting renewal. (We likes renewal, do!)

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds such things as healing, gentle soul searching, convalescing and regaining strength and direction in this card.  [And I’ve been finding a lot of clients the past month or so are expressing a feeling of lack of direction.  So Looky Here you guys!  Today’s the day! Go after something new and better and healthier!]

To me, the Four of Swords says:

“Now!  Today! [Even though it’s a Monday!] Make a mini-retreat!  Give yourself time and space to rest, recharge, recuperate.  As Anna-Marie Ferguson also says, this card recommends you leave a stressful, chaotic situation in order to clear the mind and reevaluate plans ~  so you can refine your sense of where you actually want to go!

Please try hard to carve out at least half an hour, if not a chunk of your day, to just be at peace, take it easy, do what’s comfortable and healing as you let the river (and pretty much everything else) flow by.

And send prayers for those who are in no position to do so. 

Bright blessings, peace, calm and healing!

Quote for the Day:  The rain had stopped and the sky was absurdly pretty, a single layer of floury cloudlets pinked and peached by the rising sun. Only the juvenile, the mad, and the newly in love noticed. The rest of the city got its head down and ploughed tearily into another day of neurosis. ~ Glen Duncan  [Not Four of Swords!] 

Today’s Weather: Small, deterministic wolves. Transparent bellflowers. Intermittent fugue.

On This Date: 1916 – The Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional.

Daily Tarot ~ January 23

January 23, 2012

Four of Swords

Isolt of the White Hands

Fortune Cookie: Carve out some time to just be at peace, take it easy, do what’s comfortable and healing; just let the river flow on by.

Okay, kidlets.  We last saw this card exactly four months ago. [Yes, to the day.  That’s what exactly four months ago means!  Sheesh!] 

So who needs this kinda reminder, huh?  

‘Cos as squirrely as the world has been lately, in a time when pretty much everything and everybody seem [seems? whocares?] overwrought and strained to the gills, this card’s guidance surely does make a lotta sense.

Now, as I normally ask at the top of the post for this card:

Which one of y’all isn’t getting enough rest, enough recuperation, enough time far from the madding crowd? 

[Headline: Tarot Guy Once Again Blown Into Low Earth Orbit by Draft as Readers All Raise Hands to Flip Him Off.]  

Look into this card and its advice, then, will ya?  But don’t just make it another item on an overly long to-do list.  Seek a way to make DIFFERENT choices.

The Four of Swords, then,  is a card of respite and recovery.  It speaks of moving from a stressful environment to a place of safety, calm and comfort. [Regular Tarot Post readers know I prefer under the bed. If not under the floorboards.  Or maybe under the Netherlands.]  It really is time to take a rest, have a break, maybe have a holiday or in some other way remove yourself from current pressures.

Some readers find that this card speaks of solitude or hermit’s repose.  Others see it as predicting renewal. (We likes renewal, do!)

 Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds such things as healing, gentle soul searching, convalescing and regaining strength and direction in this card.  [And I’ve been finding a lot of clients the past month or so are expressing a feeling of lack of direction.  So Looky Here you guys!  Today’s the day! Go after something new and better and healthier!]

To me, the Four of Swords says:

“Now!  Today! [Even though it’s a Monday!] Make a mini-retreat!  Give yourself time and space to rest, recharge, recuperate.  As Anna-Marie Ferguson also says, this card recommends you leave a stressful, chaotic situation in order to clear the mind and reevaluate plans ~  so you can refine your sense of where you actually want to go!

Please try hard to carve out at least half an hour, if not a chunk of your day, to just be at peace, take it easy, do what’s comfortable and healing as you let the river (and pretty much everything else) flow by.

And send prayers for those who are in no position to do so. 

Bright blessings, peace, calm and healing!

Quote for the Day:  Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ White Queen

Today’s Weather:  Ice on standing stones.  Turnipcakes and libations to dragons*.

On This Date: 1897The murder trial of Edward Shue is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.

 Happy New Year!

[* 1/23/12 begins the year of the Black Water Dragon]

Daily Tarot ~ January 22

January 22, 2012

King of Swords

Mordred

Fortune Cookie: What are your highest ideals?  What are your deepest passions?  Where do they intersect and support each other?  What are the specific, definable, practical steps that will carry you to living them?  How can you begin those steps TODAY?  And how can you keep to them EVERY day?

No, he STILL does NOT look like Johnny Depp.  Not a bit.  Not even a little.  Hardly. At all.  Really.  Not ever.

Oh.

As those of you who are regular readers of the blog, AND have a fairly good number of still-functioning brain cells […which leaves me out {What does?} Never mind! {Okay!}] may remember, this was the daily card waaaaay back in mid-May. Which, I suppose, is of no real significance whatsoever.  [{What is?  Or isn’t?} Never mind! {Okay!}]

As I said then:

The King of Swords is one of those cards where each Tarot deck, each author writing about Tarot, and each reader has his or her own unique spin on what meanings are most truly representative and therefore accurate.

And then, to assign Mordred (more about him toward the end) to the card.  [Gravelly voice]: Lotta heavy weight on this card here, friends!!

So here are some of the interpretations I’ve gotten from others:

~ the bloody bastard who never knows when to stop fighting

~ a ruthless and daring person(likely male)

~ one (usually a man or someone of strong masculine energy) who sits in judgement

~ the innovative but probably unpredictable leader

~ a revolutionary  

~ a sign that now is the time to make a clean break with what you have been doing up until now and go off in your own unique direction.
So if any of those interpretations mesh with how it seems you need to be in your life just now and for the rest of this season (or mayhaps it represents the energy that’s intersecting and/or interfering with your life), then pay attention and act accordingly – i.e., if the interpretation accurately describes what you see in someone else, accept that your perceptions about the person are TRUE!, then figure out what to do from there.

I did a shamanic journey to determine how I should generally interpret this card for my clients.  A spirit guide in the form of a great black and silver dragon came by.   It said,

This is what you need to know about the King of Swords.

The King of Swords has three major characteristics:

First, he is so idealistic he often lets his head drift away into the clouds and he becomes a hopeless flake – which will often cause him to fail.

Second, he is so passionate he often loses track of what’s sensible, appropriate, or even legal and he blows his own ass up by getting crazy-emotional about what he wants or hopes for – which will often cause him to fail.

Third, as a result of the first and second characteristics above, he has actually learned from the example of the Queen of Swords and he has FORCED himself to develop the will to become strategic about what he wants.

He asks himself what he would need to do in order to be true to his highest ideals AND his deepest passions.  He determines where and when and how they could best blend together. He refines his goals, and then develops a specific, detailed plan that incorporates every major step [and most of the baby steps] necessary to take him from where he is to where his highest ideals and deepest passions would lead him.

And then he exerts the will to hold himself to that plan, day by day, until changes in his higher ideals or deeper passions cause him to rethink his goals − and start the whole process over again.

Hard work, but worth the effort.

How would your life be different if you had done that, and held yourself to it, twenty years ago?

It’s never too late to start.

[About Mordred:  pretty much everyone knows him as the ‘illegitimate’ son and only child of Arthur. According to most legends, Mordred, out of evil or just out of spite, plotted and schemed to displace The King and, in the process, brought down Camelot.  Maybe that is how it was.  There are a number of variations on that theme throughout the tales.  But in one version of the legends, Arthur and Mordred were reconciled in the end; they died fighting side by side against foreign invaders.  Maybe so.]

So:  What are your highest ideals?  What are your deepest passions?  Where do they intersect and support each other?  What are the specific, definable, practical steps that will carry you to living them?  How can you begin those steps TODAY?  And how can you keep to them EVERY day?

Bright blessings, high ideals, passion and success!

 
Quote for the Day: I went to a house that was not a house. I opened a door that was not a door. And what I saw, I saw. ~ Simon R.  Green, from Something from the Nightside
Today’s Waethyr: Damp, if not moist, and freaking cold.  Primordial. Gluey.
On This Date: 1984 – The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced.

Daily Tarot ~ January 21

January 21, 2012

Knight of Cups

Galahad

Fortune Fookie: Think upon the commitments for this lifetime that you made before you came into being.  Determine the next few steps to keep you moving along that path – or the first steps that will be necessary to move you back onto that path.  And GET GOING!

Okay.  This good fellow last stopped by  in mid-December.

It is a card of sacred questing, and for all of us, whatever our spiritual path, it’s a good reminder to look at and remember what’s REALLY important and worthwhile and magical and holy ~ at any time of year.

The Knight of Cups is always a good energy & good advice card.  As I have said, I think of this as the card of the sacred quest.

Therefore, if you have been feeling that your life really isn’t going in the direction you and God (Spirit, The Universe, the Universal Life Force, the Big Enchilada, Maggie Smith, The Voice of John Cleese,  Jimmy Fallon ~ whoever) agreed to before you accepted birth this time around:

HEY!  YOU!!!!

Don’t you think it’s time to reconnect and GET GOING?

Some readers might interpret the Knight of Cups as the coming of a messenger, advancement in the world, or a graceful but not warlike person of great masculine energy [think Baryshnikov, I guess. Or Angelina?]. Others could say it indicates someone (maybe you?) ingenious, full of original ideas (probably you!) .

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, feels this card betokens a tempting proposal which deserves serious consideration. [However, avoid snakes in apple trees and guys playing the fiddle at the crossroads. ‘Cos things rarely work out with them.]  Also, an approaching opportunity for advancement. Or an unexpected gift. [Duh!] So if something like that crosses your path today, assume you deserve it, accept it fully and gratefully, and run with it!

I still like my intuitive interpretation best. [And I say that with no modesty whatsoever.]

Think upon the commitments for this lifetime

             that you made before you came into being. 

Determine the next few steps

                        to keep you moving along that path –

or the first steps that will be necessary

                                to move you back onto that path. 

And GET GOING!

Bright blessings and remembrance of your sacred self, and the sacred in us all and everywhere!

Quote for the Day: God has no religion. ~ Gandhi

Today’s Weather:  Sands of time.  Controlled remote drooling. Alexander’s secrets. 

On This Date: 1957 — Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts introduce America to Patsy Cline.

Another Quote: …people who work in the field of intuition, myself included, are some of the moodiest, most anxious, irritable, high-strung, blunt, and passionate individuals I have ever met….  Other examples of the types of very hard-to-treat, reactive, complex health problems that medical-intuitive advisors often seem to have include anxiety, migraine headaches, weight and thyroid issues, and immune-system disorders. ~ Mona Lisa Schultz, M.D., Ph. D. from The Intuitive Advisor

And:  In traditional cultures, shamans are sick all the time.  And it’s not necessarily even their illness.  It’s the illness of their community, or of the Earth itself, that they are feeling and processing. ~ Myron Eshowksy

 

Daily Tarot ~ January 20

January 20, 2012

The Fool

Percivale

Fortune Cookie:   Follow your bliss! Follow your bliss!  Know what your bliss is!!!  Follow your bliss!

Isn’t that a GREAT picture?

Okay, Y’all:  We last saw this card four months ago almost to the day.  Therefore, we’ve all had plenty of time to work with its good counsel and direction. 

So which one of you is still holding out on following your bliss?  Hunh? Hunh?

Not!!  Good!!!!

Anyway, I’m always grateful when this card comes around again, for prolly more reasons than I can count.  Sometimes I think this may be the most important card in the deck, for us and for the world in this time.  It is in fact the FIRST card in the deck, which should give you some idea of the weight it carries.

Just as significant, it’s the antithesis to that common state I see so very often: folks lassoing their own private gloom clouds, knotting them in place just above their heads and walking around beating themselves with a stick [riding crop, electroshock device, or small laser, if budget permits] while chanting that ever-so-helpful mantra, “Life sucks.  The world is doomed.  Life sucks.  The world is doomed.  Life sucks. The world is doomed, and I’ll probably be first in line to get whacked.”

If these are in fact transformational times [and they are], then that is ZACKLY the wrong thing to immerse yourself in!  No?  Yes!

So, back to the card.

Da Ful: this card does not mean that you are a fool or are inevitably going to be foolish today ~ at least not in the normal way our culture perceives foolishness.

I call this The Joseph Campbell card.  It’s the card that says, “You.  You.  Yeah, you!!  FOLLOW YOUR BLISS.  NOW!  With joy, hope, excitement and expectationNOW!!!

This is therefore the card that offers you permission to go off on your own great and profound personal quest, just like Percivale did. (And he became one of the three greatest knights of all, y’all!)

The important aspect (and for some of us, the hard work) is:

to actually KNOW what our bliss is (or would be/could be) if we would own it.

Because you see, when we get kinda down or times are tough, THAT is often the first knowing or believing or hope that goes RIGHT out the window.

So, as I have written before, this is the somewhat rambling response I’ve given to a few clients when they’ve asked,

Follow my bliss?

What the hell does that mean?

You start by knowing what your heart’s true desire is [provided it’s moral, of course.  At least mostly.  And pretty close to legal. Pretty close.] If necessary, take some time to hone your understanding of what that means to you, for today, anyway.  Do it over an extra cuppa if that’s all the time you have.  But do it.

Do!! It!!!!

Then, no matter how impossible or illogical it may seem, like −

I’m gonna write a children’s story about an orphan boy who goes to a school for wizards, and it’s going to be so beautifully done it’s going to earn me enough to support myself and my family for the rest of my life.  In fact, it’s going to make me the first person to ever earn a billion dollars from writing fiction!  [Like THAT could ever happen!]

take your first single SMALL step on the path that follows your bliss.

And see what that leads to.

Then take the next step.

And see what that leads to. And so on.

The difference between The Fool and some other Tarot cards that offer permission to follow your own unique path is that The Fool in particular says,

“Stay connected to your heart, moment by moment. 

Know that your heart may change, and so your direction may change, moment by moment.  But DO NOT allow yourself to think less of yourself, your efforts or your path because of that.  Go where your heart tells you and you will achieve more than most will ever even hope for.”

This is the card of the Sacred Fool, the Holy Fool;  the one who is open to divine inspiration and honors it by following his or her bliss, harm to none and love for all, always.

IF we know our hearts truly truly;

IF we honor that which truly resonates for the Highest and Best,

which is always one with OUR Highest and Best;  

IF   we

follow

our

bliss.

Wishing you a day of magic, and the sacred, and your true path.

Brightest Blissings!

Quote for the Day: I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ~ Douglas Adams from The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul

Today’s Weather:   Widdershins wobblers. Whoopa, hey mesa, hooba huffa! 

On This Date: 2006 – Witnesses report seeing a bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the Thames since records began in 1913.

Daily Tarot ~ January 19

January 19, 2012

Six of Shields

Castle of Maidens

Fortune Cookie: Know what you would bring back to into your life, for the highest and best.  Know that now, today is the day when that renewal, that reconnection, that return, can begin.

This card last showed up for Christmas Eve.  So what (beside hanging stockings with care, or planning for Chinese food and a movie) was occupying you that day?  Might that same energy or focus be cycling back in some way now?

Pretty much any reader will tell you that the Six of Shields betokens generosity, charitable acts and material gain. Sounds good for today.  Some might also indicate it’s a sign that you will soon reach a position where you feel you can help others.  (Always good!)

In my readings, I’m often intuitively prompted to take the interpretation a bit farther and in a slightly different direction.  [Which of you nastynosed skroots said, “What else is new?” Eh? Eh?] [Eh?] I’m likely to say something like:

Okay. Yo!  Focus for a minute!

Let your inner vision move back and forth in time across your life.

Something that is yours by right

that was lost or taken from you

will be restored to you in full.

So today, right now, this moment let yourself attend to what that might be and how it can most happily be brought into being — for the highest and best, of course.  

This card can apply to many different people and aspects of life [and really is very timely during Winter, when we may begin to feel a tiddly taddly that things aren’t as happy and bright as our ideals would once have had them be], such as:

~ the artist who (thinks he) has lost his Muse

~ the investor who (fears she) has lost her basis

~ the manager who (believes he) has lost connection to his artistic side

~ the writer who (worries she) has lost her hope of prosperity

It can even imply a return of misappropriated property, a renewal of a sundered relationship, or the reopening of a realm of hopefulness that seemed long gone.

So the important thing to do is − without bludgeoning yourself!! − scan your life and acknowledge what it is you fear has been lost to you, or what you have in fact lost. Then let yourself understand that

TODAY is the day

you can renew that connection, revivify that dream, and reconnect with that hope.

By the way, some readers feel that this card tells us to be attentive to the possibility of helpful intervention by/through positive masculine energy.  So keep an eye out for that.  And if it’s there, for God’s sake, accept it!

Know what you would bring back into your life, for the highest and best.  Know that this moment is the time when that renewal, that reconnection, that return, can begin.  Go from there!

Bright blessings, joy and light!

Thought for the Day: …There is, I think, humour here which does not translate well from English into sanity. ~ Jim Butcher

Today’s Weather:  The children and the flowers. Sprigs of fresh rosemary for good cheer, and lavender-chocolate for soothing.  Chai-ai-ai-ai.

On This Date: 1935Coopers Inc. (now Jockey International) sells the world’s first briefs.

Daily Tarot ~ January 18

January 18, 2012

Seven of Shields

Castle Of Wonders

Fortune Cookie: Find a goal that is worthy of your efforts.  Know what it is, and why you have chosen it.  Keep pushing once, twice, AS MANY TIMES AS IT TAKES till the opposition is eliminated or finally just gives up and goes away.  And know that your most beautiful dreams can come true.

Hmmm…  mmmm…  Mmmmmm…  Last saw this card in early July.  It is in fact a timely card, especially for one client who drew it on Monday.

Let’s cut to the chase on this one.  It’s a card that says (in my perception)

Try, TRY, TRY AGAIN!

And it’s a good card right now, I’m thinking, when people may be experiencing some Holy **** how-did-it-get-to-be-January-already?-type confusion and even depression and maybe some fatigue ~ compassion fatigue, rain AND drought aND cold fatigue, football  fatigue,  perpetual Kardashian fatigue, trying to send healing & light to the crazies fatigue, trying to send healing & light to yourself fatigue, recession fatigue, Ohcrap!I’vegotthefluagain fatigue, my boss is a twit fatigue, life sucks fatigue, Neal drones on and on like an old goat fatigue ~ whatever.

Well, too bad.  Because, you see, the potential for you to experience goodness and goodies far beyond your brightest hopes is right there in front of you IF you screw up your courage and connect with your dreams and 

Try, TRY, TRY AGAIN!

[Do I need to do that lunacy one more time, or have I made my point?]

The Seven of Shields in my deck is a card that requires a Nealio’s sprained-bashed-and-mangled faerystory version of the legend behind the card.

So listen to da ol’ storytellah here:

[Hmmmm…  That IS the haircut I had through most of the 70s.]

As usual, my version of the story may be a bit different than what you will find in some — if not most — Arthurian mythologies.  And my interpretation of the card veers a bit from the norm as well. So, depending on what you can best handle at the moment, grab a mug of hot something, a bottle of whatever, a hookah or a few of those cute little mushrooms the seven dwarves used to sell on market day, and away we go!

Sir Gawain found himself in hot pursuit of an outlaw knight.  He chased the cur over hill and dale [sorry yet again, Dale] until at length the outlaw rode into the courtyard of a great castle, and then right into the great hall of the castle itself.

Gawain galloped on in hizownseff.

As Gawain entered the hall, he began being pelted by a huge indoor storm of sleet,  iceballs and stones.  Being a prudent man, Gawain reined in his worthy steed, thinking, “Hmm….  ‘There’s more here than meets the eye,’ as Ringo once said. Or will have once said some day. Maybe I better just go back and tell the lads I lost track of the blighter, and I’ll hunt him down another day.”

But being a brave soul and one of the leading lights of the flower of chivalry that was Camelot, he pulled himself together and said, “Nay then. ’Tis my quest, and meet it is that I pursue it come what may.”  Or something with a bit more testosterone and fewer letters. Beginning with F and ending with T. And he began pushing his way through the storm.

At which point the storm simply stopped. 

And he found himself confronted by an entire army, blocking the path of pursuit.  Again he took pause, thinking, “This here is some weirdness here, y’all kin bet ready money on that!  Maybe it’d be better to jist come back another day and see wossup then.”  But again, he screwed up his courage [see verbiage above], pulled out his trusty sword and launched himself against the foes.

At which point they disappeared.  Ha! Hahaha!!

Only to be replaced by a huge lion and griffin who – um, which?  Nah, who − blocked his way.  This time Gawain really took a step back, thinking, “Okay.  Look, magic is one thing, but this is getting ridiculous.  I could end up a hot steaming lunch here.  And, they’re protected species, aren’t they?  I’m just not gonna.…   I’m not….  Aw, bugrit!”

And again he remembered his quest and his solemn vow to his droogies from the Round Table, so he pushed forward, hard.  The lion and griffin disappeared.

And as Gawain moved forward into the center of the immense hall, A GREAT MAGICKE occurred.  There was a shimmer, and a shine, and a wrinkle in reality.  It became a doorway into a realm of wonders, goodness and healing.  It was a place which offered many amazing, magical things, along with major cash and gems, which the goodlye Knighte gathered up and took back for the benefit of Camelot.    

So, what has that got to do with the card?

I thought you’d never ask.  [Just like you thought I’d never finish that damn story.]

Okay, some readers see the Seven of Shields as betokening money, business and barter.  Other say it means it’s time to re-evaluate one’s Mission Statement.  Anna Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, writes of treasures, bounty, persistence and the steady, methodical removal of obstacles[some of which may be in-laws, coworkers or bonehead politicians, I’d guess].

When this card shows up for a client, I’m likely to say,

Okay.  What it comes down to now is

~ knowing what you’re really going after, and

~ why, and

~ refusing to give up.

You may feel overmatched, overwhelmed, afraid and even a tad hopeless.  But if your goal is REALLY important to you, remember what it is, screw up your courage, dig in your heels and push back or push on.  Hard!

Hard!

And if you really have chosen a goal that is worthy of you, and important to you, have faith in yourself.  You will succeed beyond your brightest dreams.

Find a goal that is worthy of your efforts.  Know what it is, and why you have chosen it.  Keep pushing once, twice, AS MANY TIMES AS IT TAKES till the opposition is eliminated or finally just gives up and goes away.  And know that your most beautiful dreams can come true.

Bright blissings and great wonders!

Quote for the Day:  Not everything has to mean something. Some things just are.~ Charles de Lint

Today’s Weather: Great gingy garglers of boggly wallah. Wind dancers.  Abdominal snowpersons. Borecole.

On This Date: 1778 — Captain James Cook becomes the first European to discover the Hawaiian Islands. [And there goes the neighborhood!]

Daily Tarot ~ January 17

January 17, 2012

Two of Cups

Tristram & Isolt

 

Fortune Cookie: Be there! Be open!  Reach out for the ☼☼☼NEW☼☼☼ that is coming into your life!  Let yourself be available to receive and pursue it.  RIGHT NOW!!!!

Hmmmmmm… This card last showed up toward the end of September.  I’m glad it’s back, because I know at least a couple specific people for whom this is the PERFECT card just this minute.  So, in case YOU are one of them, please pay attention and take advantage of what the card offers fer the luvva whatever you consider sacred!

And, once again, again, again, my interpretation of this card varies some from the norm. This kinda thing surely no longer surprises anybody.

Many readers would respond to this card by suggesting things like friendship, affinity, concord, union, even love.   Some might say it bespeaks a complementary match, or a very solid relationship.

 

I may weep.

 Okay.

Okay.

Look:

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds things like the beginning of a trusted partnership, rapport and the forming of strong emotional bonds.

Not even I would be idiot enough to fight with that, or to want to. So especially if any of those interpretations resonate with you – in terms of what you’re seeking lately or in terms of what the Universe seems to be offering today – honor it.  Seek it.  Go after it full tilt

But when this card has turned up for many clients, the intuitive information that almost always pops out of my mouth is,

“Look:

Some amazing (or beautiful or tremendously healing or whatever) NEW ENERGY(or opportunity or person or position or vision) is trying to come into your life.

It will, if you let it, sweep you off in a

wonderful,

beautiful,

incredibly positive

NEW DIRECTION.

LET IT!

LET IT!

LET IT!

So:

Be there! Be open!  Reach out for the ☼☼☼NEW☼☼☼ that is coming into your life!  Let yourself be available to receive and pursue it.  RIGHT NOW!!!! 

Bright blessings and beautiful new directions!

Quote for the Day: Enlightenment is not about becoming divine. Instead it’s about becoming more fully human. . . . ~ Lama Surya Das

Today’s Weather:  Partly frowsy with occasional cannoli. Stay off the sidewalk during blustery shellfish.

On This Date: 1929Popeye the Sailor Man, a cartooncharacter created by Elzie Segar, first appears in the Thimble Theatrecomic strip.