Daily Tarot ~ January 2

Three of Shields

The Homespun Tunic

Fortune Fookie:  Don’t get stuck in nostalgia; don’t let the remembered goodness of things past keep you from the awesome possibilities in things to come.

This card hasn’t come by since late September.  And it’s an interesting card to have appear for a holiday Monday at the turnin’ of the year… a time when many of us become very, very prone to nostalgia.

So dig: 

As you have often heard me say [seen me write?  Whatever.], please remember I find a Three in any Tarot deck indicates that the question being explored (or the day being reviewed) is fraught with issues of power:

~ power games

~ power struggles

~ owning your power

~ refusing to submit to ploys that would deny you power you have earned

~ having a care against disempowerment in any area of your life

~ resisting tendencies toward disempowerment of your self

And stuff like that.

So have a care about that.


My interpretation of the Three of Shields goes way off the beam from any other source you’re likely to experience. That’s because of my persoanl take on the particular Arthurian tales illustrated by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck for this card. (More on that in a bit.)

Anyway, I see the Three of Shields as warning us not to disempower ourselves, (or not to open ourselves to being manipulated by others) by getting lost in nostalgia when we ought to be grabbing life by the [ ________kindly fill in the blank] RIGHT NOW! and flying toward our highest and best.

When this card comes up for a client, I affirm that it’s appropriate to honor the good things that have been − in a situation, a relationship, a business, a job, a home, a time in life.

BUT it is deadly important to not just get stuck there, in the past, drooling over what had been and quivering in fear because things must change.

As I said to one client whose eldest child was about to go off to college,

“Look, I know ya wanna grab him, roll him up in a rug and shove him under the bed where he’ll be safe and sound. But if you do that, he’ll NEVER be the brilliant, amazing human being he can become. And that would be because of your choices.” She got the message, though she didn’t like hearing it much just then.

Which leads me to the short version of the story in the card.

The homespun tunic was a garment made − by hand − by Percivale’s mother for him to wear as he set off on his quest to seek a place at Camelot.

[The back story is that her husband, a minor king, was killed while off on a chivalric quest. She then promised herself that her son would know nothing of knights, of chivalry, or even that he was a prince.

She and her retinue went off to a small castle in the wilds of Wales, far from the ways of Court and King. Despite her efforts, at age fifteen Percivale spied what he thought were three bright shining angels travelling through the wood – on horseback. He told his mother, she asked him what he saw… and she knew the jig was up.

She told him of his heritage, and that by his birth he was entitled to aspire to knighthood.

She asked him to hold off on following his bliss just until she completed a beautiful tunic for him to wear on his quest. She made the garment, and sent him off on his quest. Shortly thereafter, she died of a broken heart at his leaving.]

That’s the part of the story that gives me my interpretation of the Three of Shields.

Percivale, you see, went on to be one of the greatest champions of Camelot, and one of only three knights holy enough to achieve the Grail.

But because his mother became stuck, and then distraught at the loss of her expected/desired way of being, and the life she wanted Percivale to have, she lost the gift of being around to see him achieve the brave, brilliant, shining, astonishing, world-shaking things he did. NOT NECESSARY! NOT! NOT! NOT! NOT! NOT!

[Do you get the impression I feel a bit strongly about this?]

So, honor what you honor.

Desire what you will, harm to none, with love, for the highest and best of all.

But don’t let the goodness of things past hold you back from the beauty and power and healing of what can come. And know that what CAN come may far surpass your happiest dreams.

Bright blessings and a beautiful, fulfilling future!

Quote for the Day: What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now. ~ Anon.  [I LOVE it!]

And: We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~ Ellen Goodman

Today’s Weather: A notable wolverine throughout the might, tapering into pampas grass, with intermittent periods of turmeric and cola syrup.  Yoiks!

On This Date: 366 – The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire.  [Pizza run?]


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