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Daily Tarot ~ April 30

April 30, 2012

Knight of Spears

Bedivere

Fortune Cookie: Know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going.  

Hmmm…  We last saw this guy on Wednesday. He is, in his own way, one of my favorite cards, especially when he is this persistent about releasing my inner eccentric. [Which, as most of you know, is hardly at all INNER anymore!]   .

On the one hand, I feel as though I need to apologize just the least wee bit to those of you who read the daily card faithfully, and therefore have had to reread some of the longer, more meandering posts, like this one, from time to time. 

On the other hand, I say a–gane:

DEAL WITH IT. 

Thenkyew.

I can’t rewrite the entire lousy thing just because the card showed up before.  [Who just said, “A REAL author would?”  May your belly button lint become genetically identical to the feathers of an endangered species of raptor and may you be busted by a large State Trooper of Cherokee ancestry. Soon.]

On the OTHER other hand, if everyone was actually paying attention to the ruddy thing, maybe it wouldn’t have to come up again. Right? Right? Right!

Let’s us just assume it’s really a matter of Spirit being kind and reminding us all of something universally important during an interesting  and transformational time.  Shall we?

Anyway.

As I have said before:

I’m always grateful when the Knight of Spears shows up.  He makes me feel like I can mostly just indulge my natural weirdness.

If you’re the type to read a Daily Tarot post, it’s always good to keep this particular card’s message somewhere nearby [Ah HA!], ’cos it’s a good card for unique, unusual, self-directed folks.

Yes, I mean You!

[Dear, Sweet Wotan-on-a-pogo-stick, help me.] 

 

As I’ve said, this is one of those cards for which my interpretation deviates some from the pack − which fits perfectly with the card, as we always see, but especially in this case.

Typical readings declare the Knight of Spears to betoken departure, a change of residence, etc.  So if those things are on your mind, take advantage of that energy and move along, whether you’re wild and free or dull as dust.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck sees this Knight as sociable, committed to fully developing abilities and acting on intuition − all interpretations I’d champion, of course.

So if you’re feeling a need to be among others of a positive bent, go! Go!!!  And if you find an opportunity to enhance who you are and what you do − and it doesn’t involve buying a tubby Ukrainian Tarot reader a small but immaculate Mercedes as a fee – go for it!

I see the Knight of Spears as the card of The Eccentric.  It represents the individual who knows what her or his goal is and what the best path will be to get there − even though it may seem the least likely path, and even though it probably will seem like the least useful goal to damn near everyone else in her/his life.

The Knight of Spears will therefore have to put up with a great deal of sage (and mostly useless) advice from everyone else about what to aim for, where to go, and how to get there. So don’t be surprised when that happens to you. It really does come with the territory.

The Knight will perforce take all that in with grace and “goode humour” − to a point.  So take a deep breath, smile and do the best with all o’ that you can.

Once that point is passed, however, she or he will simply start down her or his own path anyway.  And if that doesn’t work, she/he will begin nudging the well-meaning obstacle (probably an alleged human, possibly an in-law) out of the way.

And if that doesn’t work, she/he will walk her noble steed right over the blockage, human or otherwise.

And if THAT don’t do it, s/he will jolly well take out a lousy-great spear and put it right through the chest of the stupid bugger!  With glee!

[Ah, such an image to go along with your morning coffee!  Or Miso.  Or Bushmills.  Bushmills?  Guinness?  Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Whatever. Sorry.]

So, today − and as you continue to line things up for a spectacular spring − know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going. 

If necessary, carry a disarming smile.  And a spear.  Or two. 

Sharp ones. 

Bright blessings and bliss at the uniqueteria!

Quote for the Day: The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ~William Butler Yeats [Knight of Spears thinking!]

And: What can be explained is not poetry.  ~William Butler Yeats [MORE Knight of Spears thinking!]

Today’s Weather:  Parmbadong-dingle and whibbedy-whibbedy-hey!  Mostly.

On This Date: 1938 – The animated cartoon short Porky’s Hare Hunt debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).

Text from Last Night:you closed your eyes and pointed to a cupboard… there was vodka on the top shelf… your sixth sense is amazing… plus, we convinced the foreign kid you’re a booze whisperer

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April 29, 2012
April 29, 1968 – 
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CELEBRATION

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Daily Tarot ~ April 28

April 28, 2012

Five of Swords

Gawain’s Penance

Fortune Cookie: Live!  Know, know, KNOWthat 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?]

Mmmmmm.

Anyway, we last saw this card in mid-February.

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 a running eff 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!  

STOP!! 

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!

Live! 

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 archetypal fronts.  Initiate a sheltering incantation via potted herbs and cheddared Triscuits.

On This Date: 1947Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia.

Text from Last Night: …nothing like the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland to remind you to take your birth control.

And: so… apparently, “Home” isn’t the correct response when a cop asks for your address…

JOY!!!!

Daily Tarot ~ April 27

April 26, 2012
Death
The Wild Hunt
Fortune Cookie:  It’s simply, absolutely time for a radical transformation.  Embrace that. You may, at times, feel like you are riding the whirlwind.  Remember ~ you are riding, not being ridden!
Okay.  As I said before:
Breathe!  Breathe!!!  Nice and easy.  Breathe!  That’s right.  Good.  Easy.  Deep breaths. Now…
The last time this card turned for us was eighteen days ago.  And if you’re into Celtic anything, you know eighteen is a BIG DEAL number.  A REAL BIG DEAL number.  So pay some extra attention to what this card has to offer to the Daily Tarot bun fight and festival of mutual regard [that would be all of us]. 
And remember, as any Tarot reader worth his, her, or its salt will tell ya, the card doesn’t necessarily betoken death. But it does serve to call attention to the fact that a change, probably even a radical and/or substantial one, needs to occur.
Some readers would say that this card warns to be careful of inertia, and watch out for lethargy. Others would counsel to remember that life is cyclical, to seek and be ready for a new beginning.
Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, recommends separating the self from the past in order to start anew, a major and necessary change, one that may raise fear of the unknown, but which stimulates growth and heralds the dawn of a positive cycle.  We likes that, do!
Me?  Thought you’d never ask. In some beliefs within the Olde Celtic spirituality, souls did not usually cross over immediately after death.  Rather, they waited near their place of life until Winter Solstice Eve when Gwyn and the Wilde Hunt would come riding the storms of winter to collect the waiting spirits and take them on to the Land of Apples, or the other realms of their appropriate… rewards.
So, if I were reading for you, as I am, of course, I’d say something like:
‘Kay so…  It is time for a radical change, but not necessarily one of loss and grieving. In having the courage to make the change, you may feel at times like you have hopped on to a huge whirlwind and have to hang on and ride that sucker for the sake of your very life.  But remember: YOU ARE RIDING, not being ridden.  Surf that wild thing like the incredible, amazing, invincible starborn banzai wave rider you are!  And you will find yourself moving on to and into a wonderful, beautiful dawning more full of hope and joy than you could ever have imagined. Truly!
So: Accept that it’s time for a radical transformation. If you feel like you are riding the whirlwind, you probably are!!!  But hop on!  Go for it and RIDE into a beautiful new beginning!
Bright blessings and nurturing, cleansing, miracle bringing waves!
Quote for the Day: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. ~ Douglas Adams
Today’s Waethyr:  Gallumphing great mini-tweezlers.  Aquarian fluorescent jibber-jabber.  Monks!  Monks!
On This Date: 1667 – The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
Texts from last Night: I kept asking if you needed a ride… you kept saying “no, my name is katelyn”
And: Just found a… uh… poem I wrote on ambien. WTF do they put in that pill?

Daily Tarot ~ April 26

April 26, 2012

Nine of Cups

The Healing of the Maimed King

Fortune Cookie: Let the old wounds heal.  Open to a beautiful new beginning. Believe in generosity and kindness as your just desert.  Give likewise to others in their hope and healing.

Last saw this card way back, uhhh… ten days ago.  For those of us who can count to ten. Anyway, this is a wonderful and healing card for anytime.  Anytime at all. 

And this is, by the way, another one of my LOOOOONG posts.  So eat a hearty breakfast (or have another Old Bushmill’s, or whatever) and dig in, ‘cos it’s such a GREAT  and terribly important card!

This is one of those cards that reminds me that, whenever I encounter a card I consider particularly powerful or personally important, I have to actually

hold the spirit of the card for a while,

remember what it directs me to do, and

get to work on doing it, NOW!

Sometimes the old chestnuts are old chestnuts because they actually have something valuable to say, like “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” 

[Unless you’re an author.  Then, according to Stephen King, “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”]

The ORIGINAL version of the quotation brings up a situation I sometimes experience with clients and certainly within myself − I expect almost all of us get caught in this, at one time or another:

It’s a wonderful thing to get a reading

~ that validates your most positive beliefs about yourself,

~ that indicates your dearest hopes and dreams are worthy of pursuing

~ and are in fact achievable by you,

~ and maybe even gives you some direction to follow to help make it happen.

But what then? 

So often, I see clients

~ receive that kind of validation, hope and direction

~ walk out of our session on a cloud

~ and then dive back into their lives

~ in the same old way with the same old focus

~ as though the reading had never occurred.

Then in a few months or a year, they come back for another reading, wondering what happened?

So, you see, the point is to

~ get the information and then

~ to reconnect with it CONSCIOUSLY

~ to attend to it regularly

~ because it is trying to offer you

~ a path to begin to change your life FOR THE BETTER

~ which you probably won’t do

~ if you start out by saying

~ “Great stuff.  Great stuff!  I’ll get to it later!”

[Are these colors making you woozy yet?  You should have seen the original choices!]

So, as you read the information about the card, please take a moment to remember that you actually FREAKIN’ WELL DO need to begin to do something with it. Now!!

Or VERY soon, you ask?  

Uhhhhhh… No.

Okay.  Okay.  The card.  The card.  Drink your coffee.  Or brewski.  It’s comin’.

I’ve blogged about this card various times before, and what I said then is − it’s an absolutely positive card in every way.

For me, the nines in any Tarot deck indicate a very near completion of a cycle and/or the first stirrings of moving into a new cycle, a new great opportunity, a new realm.

When I turn the Nine of Cups for a client, I find that it promises a clear and profound opportunity for the full and final healing of old, poisonous wounds, provided the person will believe in it, reach out for and be open to it.

The card betokens kindness, generosity, hope and wisdom.  It is a card of achievement, success, emotional well-being.

And it is important to remember that your achievement, success and emotional well-being will derive from your kindness, generosity, hope and wisdom. 

Always.

This card portends the dawn of beautiful dreams.  And so make them dreams worthy of sharing with those you love, and with those who are in need of the light of a better dream to guide them.

Because the Arthurian story of the Healing of the Maimed King involves a sacred healing and ceremony performed by Galahad, Percivale and Bors, three of the greatest, purest knights, this card can also speak of an effective team working well toward a common and perhaps even sacred goal.

Seek that.  Find it.  If necessary, create it.

So GO FOR IT!  Even better, LET YOURSELF RECEIVE IT!

One last thing.  I have written this about the Nine of Cups:

I’m reminded of a recorded talk I heard by the spiritual teacher Bo Lozoff.  At one point he said something like, “There are two things that are true.  We’re all going to die.  And we’re all saved.”

It’s the “We’re all saved” part of the Nine of Cups that I’d like you to focus on right now – especially at the beginning of what could be a magnificently hopeful and healing time, if we all will it so, every day.

In our true, ultimate spiritual reality, everything is forgiven.  Everything is healed.  Everything is blessed.  Everything is perfect.  Already.

So if that’s the case, why not give yourself permission to know yourself as the beloved, complete, perfect vessel of Light you are? Then operate from the goodness inherent in the nature of THAT being.

Can you imagine what our world would be if YOU did?  Try it for a while.  I think you’ll really like it.  I bet you’ll see it’s who you REALLY are!

Let the old wounds heal.  Open to a beautiful new beginning. Believe in generosity and kindness as your just desert.  Give likewise to others in their hope and healing.  And know yourself and give of and from yourself as the beautiful being of LIGHT you have always been.

Bright blessings, light, hope and healing!!

Quote for the Day: Life would be unbearably dull if we had answers to all our questions. ~ Jim Butcher

Today’s Weather: Soggy wompers and intermediate toucans.  Carry a Goldilocks lunch box.

On This Date: 1986Chernobyl.

Text from Last Night: …it took so long for people to come up with things in “never have i ever”… we had to change the game to “Don’t judge me but…”

Daily Tarot ~ April 25

April 25, 2012

Knight of Spears

Bedivere

Fortune Cookie: Know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going.  

Hmmm…  We last saw this guy in mid-January. He is, in his own way, one of my favorite cards.

On the one hand, I feel as though I need to apologize just the least wee bit to those of you who read the daily card faithfully, and therefore have had to reread some of the longer, more meandering posts, like this one, from time to time. 

On the other hand,

DEAL WITH IT. 

Thenkyew.

I can’t rewrite the entire lousy thing just because the card showed up before.  [Who just said, “A REAL author would?”  May your belly button lint become genetically identical to the feathers of an endangered species of raptor and may you be busted by a large State Trooper of Cherokee ancestry. Soon.]

On the OTHER other hand, if everyone was actually paying attention to the ruddy thing, maybe it wouldn’t have to come up again. Right? Right? Right!

Let’s us just assume it’s really a matter of Spirit being kind and reminding us all of something universally important during an interesting  and transformational time.  Shall we?

Anyway.

As I have said before:

I’m always grateful when the Knight of Spears shows up.  He makes me feel like I can mostly just indulge my natural weirdness.

If you’re the type to read a Daily Tarot post, it’s always good to keep this particular card’s message somewhere nearby [Ah HA!], ’cos it’s a good card for unique, unusual, self-directed folks.

Yes, I mean You!

[Dear, Sweet Wotan-on-a-Moped, help me.] 

 

 As I’ve said, this is one of those cards for which my interpretation deviates some from the pack − which fits perfectly with the card, as we always see, but especially in this case.

Typical readings declare the Knight of Spears to betoken departure, a change of residence, etc.  So if those things are on your mind, take advantage of that energy and move along, whether you’re wild and free or dull as dust.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck sees this Knight as sociable, committed to fully developing abilities and acting on intuition − all interpretations I’d champion, of course.

So if you’re feeling a need to be among others of a positive bent, go! Go!!!  And if you find an opportunity to enhance who you are and what you do − and it doesn’t involve buying a tubby Ukrainian Tarot reader a small but immaculate Mercedes as a fee – go for it!

I see the Knight of Spears as the card of The Eccentric.  It represents the individual who knows what her or his goal is and what the best path will be to get there − even though it may seem the least likely path, and even though it probably will seem like the least useful goal to damn near everyone else in her/his life.

The Knight of Spears will therefore have to put up with a great deal of sage (and mostly useless) advice from everyone else about what to aim for, where to go, and how to get there. So don’t be surprised when that happens to you. It really does come with the territory.

The Knight will perforce take all that in with grace and “goode humour” − to a point.  So take a deep breath, smile and do the best with all o’ that you can.

Once that point is passed, however, she or he will simply start down her or his own path anyway.  And if that doesn’t work, she/he will begin nudging the well-meaning obstacle (probably an alleged human, possibly an in-law) out of the way.

And if that doesn’t work, she/he will walk her noble steed right over the blockage, human or otherwise.

And if THAT don’t do it, s/he will jolly well take out a lousy-great spear and put it right through the chest of the stupid bugger!  With glee!

[Ah, such an image to go along with your morning coffee!  Or Miso.  Or Bushmills.  Bushmills?  Guinness?  Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Whatever. Sorry.]

So, today − and as you continue to line things up for a spectacular spring − know your goal and know what you believe to be your best path to achieve it.  Be completely unsurprised if NOBODY else gets it.  Be true to your unique gifts and hopes – to your eccentricity, if you like.  But get going. 

If necessary, carry a disarming smile.  And a spear.  Or two. 

Sharp ones. 

Bright blessings and bliss at the uniqueteria!

Quote for the Day: Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. ~William Butler Yeats [Knight of Spears thinking!]

Today’s Weather:  Whibbedy-whibbedy-hey-willy-wallachy.  Thud. [Crash.]   Have potted herbs near.

On This Date: 1939DC Comics publishes Detective Comics # 27, the first Batman.

And: 1944 – The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.

Text from Last Night: …you were sitting on the filthy kitchen floor eating a packet of grated cheese… you were crying because you couldn’t find any cheese… I’d say our party was a success…

And: …what color tie is the proper “i slept with the bride” attire?

Daily Tarot ~ April 24

April 23, 2012

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 in mid-February.  And on New Year’s day.  And several times recently before that.  And five times altogether in 2011, the most of any card, I’d bet. Which doesn’t particularly mean anything, except for the fact that the card is now showing up in ways that must call attention to itself.  And so we should PAY attention to it, and how it really does seem to be asking us to push a little beyond our comfort zones in some pretty specific ways.

 

It’s really a useful card for a middle of spring day, here in North America… A fine prompt for taking a look at how we might want to shake things up a bit in some positive ways, change some habits, or at least prime ourselves to do so over the next couple days/weeks/months.  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! [And 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, maybe).

 

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. Even if it is that time of year. 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! A plague upon their fruitcakes!” 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, especially in the holiday season.  [I STILL 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: Do not wait for the last judgment. It comes every day. ~Albert Camus

 

Today’s Weather:  Tennyson’s idylls on a gee whiz. Synthesized.   Shakepeare’s muddy bodkin.  Breakfast absinthe biscotti, anyone?

 

On This Date: 1990The Hubble Space Telescope is launched.

 

Text From Last Night: …bring my gorilla suit and my bong. //…oh its going to be that type of weekend?

 

And: she’s screaming bc she thinks you jumped out the window …please show her you just went out for a smoke

Daily Tarot ~ April 22

April 22, 2012

Justice

Lady of the Lake

 

Fortune Cookie: Know what is just, equitable, honorable, hopeful and balanced.  Use that as your guide. Work firmly, calmly, directly but in a balanced way toward that today.

As ever, I like to begin my interpretation of this card with Richard Pryor’s famous quote,

 

“You go down there looking for Justice; that’s what you find: just us.”

 

And follow it with Lenny Bruce’s,

 

“In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.”  

 

And then, I offer a picture of the 

Code Of Hammurabi   (one of the great milestones, no pun intended, in Earthly law) along with one of my favorite laws from the code, verbatim in translation:

 

If anyone brings an accusation against a man, and the accused goes to the river and leaps into the river, if he sinks in the river his accuser shall take possession of his house.

Simple, really.  

 

For those of you who actually NEED an explanation about a card entitled Justice, let’s just take a little look together.

 

‘Kayso:

 

Many readers would say something to the effect that Justice betokens equity, “rightness,” and justice in the consequences of past actions.

 

However, as Hamlet noted,

 

“Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping?” 

 

Fortunately, most of my clients STILL don’t own whips. And I continue to be grateful.

 

Other readers would say the card portends that a fair decision will be made in your favor

 

Or they might encourage us to remember that justice is intended to foster peace and order, not revenge. [Not an easy concept to keep in front of us these days. At all.]

 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck I use, writes that the card bespeaks total honesty, just rewards, equal partnership and coming to agreement, among other things.

 

And me?  When Justice turns up for a client, I usually say something like,

 

Regarding the situation, first of all, be sure you treat all justly – including and especially yourself

 

Work toward a truly equitable solution or situation. You must not discount your needs and hopes, but neither may you let your goals be overbearing, overweening or overwhelming. Overandout.

 

Remember the ancient symbol of Justice is a scale weighing the balance of things.

So this is one of those cards that counsels:

 

Do what is necessary to keep yourself in balance, physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, etc.  And seek outcomes that are balanced, harmonious, bringing peace of mind to all. Be confident such is possible — because it is.

 

Know what is just, equitable, honorable, hopeful and balanced.  Use that as your guide. Work firmly, calmly, directly but in a balanced way toward that today.

 

Bright, happy and balanced blessings! 

 

Quote for the Day:    No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. ~ Francis of Assisi

Today’s Weather: A mild presumptuous spumoni-like incantation.  Wrinkly cumulowampeter fronts all along the back. And sides. 

On This Date: Here… You choose:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_22

Texts from Last Night: Umm… How do I tell my roommate someone shot a speargun through the wall? On a side note, Cliffy shot a speargun for the first time.

And:got kicked out of barnes & noble cuz i put all the Bibles in the fiction section…

Daily Tarot ~ April 21

April 21, 2012

The Universe

The Giants’ Dance

 

Fortune Cookie: The Universe is your oyster.  It will give you your fondest wishes, if you will be clear within yourself about those wishes, be true to those wishes, hold them close moment by moment, and honor them.

Saw this one last right at the beginning of October.

As I’ve said before, this is absolutely one of the most glorious, hope-filled positive cards in the deck, so PLEASE know that such energy is available to and for you today.

Don’t waste the vibe by talking yourself out of what may be!

The card in the Legend deck pictures a Goddess/dancer moving ecstatic and free under the stars within Stonehenge (the Giants’ Dance, as it was known).  Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the deck, finds this card to be a harbinger of liberation, the attainment of a long-sought goal, and the culmination of events, efforts and experiences from the past.  [So listen for advice and take to heart the good wishes of others who would offer or encourage you toward all such positive culminations.]

Some readers find assured success, emigrationand a change of place in this card.  Others see a promise that the querent – the person having the reading done − will become all that she or he can be and more IF he or she is only confident enough

[Need me to repeat that for ya?]

You will become all you can Be

and more

IF!! you are confident enough!

As I sometimes say to clients in my readings, “Remember: you’re really never too old to become a Mouseketeer, if you truly want to.”

When this card comes up, I ask clients:

What would dancing free under the stars be for you?

What would give you that sense of

freedom, and

security, and

elation, and

ecstasy, and

connection to beautiful and eternal and renewing Source and its most healing , empowering rhythms?

Now:

what can you do

and

what will you do

to begin to give that to yourselfNOW! 

The Universe is your oyster.  It will give you back your fondest wishes, if you will be clear within yourself about those wishes, be true to those wishes, hold them close moment by moment, and honor them.

In our daily lives, we very often become wrapped up in the seeming necessities — or easy ways out — of the moment.  We lose track of our more profound, more eternal and inspiring hopes, wishes, beliefs − and powers.

So, starting today, reconnect with that higher, more hopeful vision of yourself and your life.

KNOW that you have all that is necessary to bring it into being. 

This is a card of successful completion, harmony and lasting happiness.

 

Believe!!!!

Bright blessings!

[And please share this card with someone who needs a little boost today.]

Quote for the Day: Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t. ~ Mark Twain 

Today’s Weather:  Silly wizards.  Robin goodfellows.  Ginger marmalade. Leannán sí.  ҉

On This Date: 753 BCRomulus and Remus founded Rome.

And: 1966Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica, an event now celebrated as Grounation Day in the Rastafari movement. [Same thing.]

Text from Last Night: Considering adding a large amount of vodka to my tomato cup-a-soup at work. Save me.

Daily Tarot ~ April 20

April 20, 2012

Ten of Shields

Camelot

Fortune Cookie: Look for the right GROUP energy to become part of so you will receive the right kind of support as you move onward and upward in your life.

Very interesting card.  Always a very interesting card − at least when I have seen it.   It last showed up for us at the end of February. 

For those of you who are regulars to these posts, you know I’m about to say something like

Tens in any Tarot deck betoken the end of one cycle and the beginning of another, or even the end of one way of life and the beginning of another.  So, if I were reading for you today and this card came up, I’d ask:

How do the things you have been experiencing – and more importantly, how do the things you have begun to long for in life just now – represent a strong message to you that you must allow yourself to acknowledge the end of a cycle and the powerful potential for you to move into something wonderful and new, even miraculous?

How can you keep that in front of you,

and not just for today?

How can you let today be part of something new that you BEGIN TODAY but may continue to pursue for some time to come?

Some readers see the Ten of Shields as gain, riches, or having to do with family abode.  Okey-dokey.  Us likes wot’s riches an’ gains, us do!

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, indicates this card is about  affluence, riches, inheritance, and possibly clan gatherings.  As my grandmother often used to say about clan gatherings, “Always glad to see you all come.  Even happier to see you all go!”  If you had seen my family, you’d be right in with her on that.

See?  (I’m the one on the lower right.)

I see the Ten of Shields as saying:

Time for a change.

Possibly time for a BIG change. 

In pursuing that change, don’t look for the right person to help bring it about.

Look for the right groups and circles and organizations – possibly new ones to you – to become part of.

Be very careful to evaluate the GROUP energy or the GROUP dynamics of where you are and where you need to be. 

If you were interviewing for a new job (or exploring a new spiritual circle, or new club), it wouldn’t be anywhere NEAR enough to evaluate whether it felt like your prospective new boss (or leader, or pastor, or teacher, whatever) would be good to work with. 

You’d really want to explore and be sure that the energy of the greater team, group, circle or organization felt positive, clean, imbued with integrity, excitement, spirit – whatever you need a boost of right now.

So:

Be open to the possibility that some element of your life is grinding its way to an end. 

Understand that it may simply be TIME for that to happen – let no judgment or negative feeling attach to that reality.  It’s just a necessity in your evolution.

Then look for the right GROUP energy to become part of so that it will be supportive of you as you move onward and upward in your life.

Bright blessings and REALLY GOOD group connections!

Quote for the Day: Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress.  But I repeat myself.~ Mark Twain

Today’s Weather: Popploptical dust devils and minor majorities. Carry a SuperSoaker full of chilled Bushmills Celtic Twighlights.   

On This Date: 1939Billie Holiday records the first Civil Rights song “Strange Fruit.

Text from Last Night: Don’t ask me how, but I have a squirrel in my backpack and I don’t know what to do with it.

This is the 111th day of the year.