Daily Tarot ~ April 13

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 back near the end of January.  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


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. Flower-power spells. 

On This Date: 1742George Frideric Handel‘s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.

Text from Last Night: i used to be terrified of what was under your bed until i passed out there last night… now it just feels like home… // When were you at my house?


2 Responses to “Daily Tarot ~ April 13”

  1. Donna Allen Says:

    Thanks so much for the Dalai Lama quote. He must be a favorite of mine even more than I realized, as his words always resonate.

    I recently read (I believe on a Spirit Library email) that Life truly does support whatever choices we make for ourselves.

    I choose kindness as my philosophy and give great thanks that Life supports me in this choice.

    Hope to see you soon! Perhaps at the Expo in Geneva!

    Blessings and light, Donna

  2. shamanspath Says:

    Bless, M’Dear!

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