Archive for May, 2012

Daily Tarot ~ May 18

May 18, 2012

The Lovers

Gareth & Lyones

Fortune Cookie: When you have choices to make today, look for PERFECT partnership.  You deserve it, and you should not settle for less.

Last saw this card almost exactly five months ago to the day. So here it is again, not a moment too soon.

I always get the biggest kick out of clients who come to me and ask, “How can I find THE lover who is MY soul mate?” And I always take more than my fair share of grinchly delight in asking,

“You do realize what you are asking… what that REALLY means, right?  You do realize that your soul mate is the ONE PERSON who can ‘help you’ learn the most lessons the fastest.  Right?  As in, the ONE PERSON who can hit every single one of your hot buttons all at one time without even trying at all. RIGHT?  THAT’S what you’re looking for, IZZZIT?

The expressions I get in response are priceless.

[Think about it, even though it is a Friday, and that very act may take some extra work].

Anyway, as I have said before when this card turned up, if you REALLY need to know what The Lovers portends as a daily card, you more ’n likely need greater, deeper and more intensive help than I can provide.

Nevertheless…

Some readers see this card as a harbinger of attraction, love, beauty, and trials overcome.  Others believe it speaks of fidelity.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds lots of wonderful things in this card, among them the blossoming of a valuable and balanced relationship or a connection on a higher level.

Really?

I mean, REALLY?

Sigh.

So yes, The Lovers is at the very least the card of a good, solid, balanced, loving relationship − one that is comfortable, open and committed, if not necessarily intimate.  Platonic will, in fact, do very, very nicely.  [Don’t throw things. I’m just the messenger.]

When I work with clients and this card comes up, I tell them they are being guided to look for perfect partnerships in whatever areas of life they may be asking or thinking about.

And I remind them to bear in mind that partnerships are not just about people.

A perfect partnership can be the right romantic partner at the right time, certainly.

But it can also be

~ the right working relationship (boss or assistant) or

~ the right work,

~ the right opportunity,

~ the right client(s),

~ the right doctor,

~ the right book,

~ the right business location,

~ the right prayer,

~ the right meditative practice,

~ the right sacred space,

~ the right Springer spaniel puppy or even

~ the right Tarot reader  [This advertisement brought to you by the committee to keep Neal out of debtor’s prison. Ǔbest Hǘǜry Ubetcha, Secretary.]

So when you have choices to make today, AND in the foreseeable future, look for PERFECT partnership.  You deserve it, and you should not settle for less.

Bright and perfect blessings!

Quote for the Day:  …there were some things I believed in. Some things I had faith in. And faith isn’t about perfect attendance to services, or how much money you put on the little plate. It isn’t about going skyclad to the Holy Rites, or meditating each day upon the divine.  Faith is about what you do. It’s about aspiring to be better and nobler and kinder than you are. It’s about making sacrifices for the good of others – even when there’s not going to be anyone telling you what a hero you are.  ~ Jim Butcher

Today’s Weather:  Mild intergalactic warpwhackers from the outer oregano nebula. Put a bacon flavored star beacon on auto-engage.

On This Date:1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington state, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.

Text From Last Night: Eating nacho cheese off the carpet. How is your morning?

And: You can’t tell me you’ve honestly NEVER considered smoking a Froot Loop

Daily Tarot will be taking a few daze off.  Bless!

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Daily Tarot ~ May 17

May 17, 2012

King of Shields

Uther

Fortune Cookie: Ask yourself, “What is REALLY important?  Now how do I attend to THAT?”

 

Another card from last October, as was yesterday’s.  Anything specialcycling back from about then, my pretties?

As those of you who have been with the blog for a while know, the King of Shields is what I call the card of the Goode Kinge.

This is the king who knows what’s going on in his kingdom − how the crops in every county are doing (if not, in fact, how every farmer is doing), what his knights are up to (and what they should be up to), the state of repair of the entire kingdom’s major walls, bridges and roads, etc. − how the kingdom is doing.  Really doing.

He’s perfectly comfortable in the limelight, although he does not seek it for himself and does not miss it when it isn’t on him.

He is simply the good king who understands that his mission is to take care of his kingdom and take care of his subjects so that they generally can take care of themselves.  He considers himself the servant of all his people [even them’s wot’s most deservin’ of a good, solid gangstah-smack].

The hard lesson he has learned is that there will always be more things asked of him than he can possibly fulfill, more things in need of attention than he can possibly do or see to, even by delegating.

He has, therefore, come to understand and be comfortable with the necessity of allocating his resources, caring and effort, in such a way as will provide the greatest return and benefit to himself and especially to his people.

In his realm, it ISN’T the squeakiest wheel that gets the grease; it’s the wheel whose repair is most significant and valuable to him, his people and the land.

So, beginning today, how can you come to understand better the myriad workings of your kingdom?

What, in fact, IS your kingdom?  And how do you need to give yourself − in a functional, practical way − permission to attend to that which is really MOST IMPORTANT rather than that which seems MOST URGENT (or most annoying) in order to keep your kingdom’s balance, harmony and prosperity at the forefront of your consideration?

What do you need to let go of, or let go fallow, or let go to hell, for that matter, in order for the stuff you truly care about − the stuff you truly came here to do − to get done and get done well? 

So ask yourself, “What the hell is all that noise?  Are those TORCHES AND PITCH FORKS the peasants are carrying?”  But more to the point, “What is REALLY important?  Now how do I attend to THAT?

Bright blessings!

Quote for the Day:

“Eh, does he speak English?” “A kind of English, sir. I think he learnt it in a place called Chicago.”                         ~ Agatha Christie, from Murder on the Orient Express

Today’s Whether: Bruxelles spirites.  Celeriac root.  Froines.  Hunker down.  It’s Thursday.

On This Date:1902Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancientmechanicalanalog computer. The mechanism is dated to the early 1st century BCE. Technological artifacts of similar complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century.

Text From Last Night: i flashed a party boat full of Asians last night, didn’t i?

And: …you tried to wear your Jesus costume into Family Christian stores and say it was a book signing

Daily Tarot ~ May 16

May 16, 2012

The Hermit

Lancelot in Exile

Fortune Cookie: Find the pure and beautiful light within you, acknowledge it, engage it, and begin bringing it out as a gift to and a healing for the world.

We last saw this card in the beginning of October.

As I’ve said before whenever this card came up:

This would be a good time to remember that

~ each Tarot card hasmany facets to its meaning and

~ it can be important to tease out as many of the meanings as you can for yourself

~ including meanings that seem to contradict themselves

~ to get a sense of what you might need to be aware of on any given day

Is that sufficiently unclear?

Okay, let’s try it from another perspective.  As I have also said before:

There are lots of different Yous going on during even a single morning, let alone a whole day, a whole career, etc.

Although you perceive yourself to be pretty much the same from morning till night, and day in and day out,

~ You’re likely a very different person with the paper boy who leaves your paper perfectly where you want it [you remember what a newspaper is, don’t you?]

~ than you are with the cats who keep lovingly flopping on the movie reviews as you try to read them. 

~ And you’re a different person with them than you are with the partner who always manages to be just a few minutes later moving his/her car out of the way so you can head for work than you would like. 

~ And you’re different with her/him than you are with that whiney but important client who demands that you see her half an hour earlier than you see anyone else (and then shows up 45 minutes late).

~ or the lovely but dotty neighbor who always drives a bit over the edge of your lawn but gives you potted plants and flowers at least once a month, perhaps in apology

~ and the other neighbor who is wonderful but keeps throwing chum out for the zombies, who grab it and eat it on (and throw leftovers all around) your porch.  Yum!

See?  LOTS of different Yous.

And that’s not even on a day fraught with emotional charge, elevated hopes, escalated fears, fat, sugar and alcohol.  Oh, waitaminnit.  Mother’s Day is over.

So what does that have to do with The Hermit?

Wait.

Wait.

Wait.

It’ll come to me. 

Wait.

Ummm…

Oh.  Yeah.

So…

As I’ve said before, you’d assume a card with a name like The Hermit would be pretty self-evident in its meaning, right?

Well, sort of. For once.  In this case, anyway.  I mean, if you’ve been aching for some alone time away from the madding crowd to recuperate, get grounded and centered, this is definitely your card of permission in that regard.  [So, yeah, you can tell your boss it was all Neal’s fault you didn’t show for mandatory fun with your coworkers at the company SpringFest Jelloshot Jeopardy Competition and Witch Hunt this afternoon.]  But be sure to createand take advantage of favorable energies if you let yourself have time and space for yourself today. [Don’t just hide under the bed.  Like I would.  Use the day of freedom fully and wonderfully! It will be valuable and helpful.]

But…

But, but, but, but, but!!!  The more specific applicability of The Hermit on any given day is that, when this card shows up in a reading, I’m most likely to say to a client,

Ah.  Yes. Hermit.

It’s time to go really deep within yourself and do some much needed soul-searching.

The intent will be to find the pure and beautiful light within you, acknowledge it, engage it, and begin bringing it out as a gift to and a healing for the world.

Please see whether you don’t really resonate to that aspect of the card today.  In fact, go out of your way to try to resonate with it.  It’ll help you get through the day.  And your vibe will probably help everyone else in the process.

By the way, this card can also indicate a meeting with a wise person.  So don’t let that slip by if you perceive a likely opportunity.  [Maybe you know, like, a pretty good, uh, Tarot reader or somethin’?  Or you could just buy a new Magic 8 Ball?  Or flippa coin.]

In any case:

Find your light.

Shine it in the world. 

Bright BRIGHT Blessings!

Quote for the Day: I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.  ~ Groucho Marx

Today’s Weather: Rickenbangle jangles all over the leafyy freakin’ meads.  Mind the peonies.  And the leafy porch crawlers.

On This Date:  1920 – In Rome, Pope Benedict XVcanonizesJoan of Arc. [Joan is reputed to have said, “Gee.  Thanks, lumps.”]

Text From Last Night: do we own a ladder // …We do not. //then how am i on the roof

Daily Tarot ~ May 15

May 15, 2012

Page of Shields

The Badger

 

Fortune Cookie: Get down to what’s REALLY important; dig in to push that effort along. Pay very close attention to defining healthy boundaries as YOU perceive and need them. Then maintain and defend those boundaries fully.

Okay.  No side (or snide) remarks about haranguing the Tarot reader, or badgering the old badger, please.  As I said before, this is MY blog, and that kind of lame drivel is… MINE!  And I own it.  Especially on a Tuesday.  So don’t press my luck. Don’t…  Umm…  Oh well.

 

We last saw this guy exactly eight weeks ago.  And exactly four weeks before that.  And I was just thinking, based on what I’ve been seeing with clients, it was time for him to turn up again.

 

Typical readers might say something along the line that this card implies focused application, study or reflection.  They’d say, ummmmm… if you really concentrate on what’s important to you, right about now you’re in a position to achieve extraordinary results.  The implication is that you MUST put something extra in if you wish to get out what you really want.  So figure out what that’s about for you and go after it!

 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds the card betokens such things as a tenacious, reliable person and a hunger for knowledge, among other interpretations.

 

In working with my clients, [and having encountered a badger just once in a meadow, and he was a MOODY little blighter] this is what I usually say when this card turns up:

 

I truly love badger. Badger really gets down to it and digs in to get things done.  Badger prefers to be peaceable, a homebody of sorts who attends to the things that are necessary, the things that are important within the bounds of his or her own little kingdom.

 

And if you ever cross into badger’s territory without his or her express permission, there is no anger, no fuss.  Badger will simply tear off your leg, leave you in a heap and go on about business, easy-peasy-comfy-cozy.

 

So I suggest that my clients understand badger as a pretty useful role model where defining and holding boundaries may be concerned, especially in our culture.  I haven’t ever had anyone NOT understand the importance of that. Nor comment that boundaries really weren’t an issue in their life, thanks.

 

So, for today:

 

~ Focus and study well, if you perceive that’s what’s in order.

~ Get down to what’s REALLY important; dig in to push that effort along. 

~ Pay very close attention to defining healthy boundaries as YOU perceive and need them.

Then maintain and defend those boundaries fully for the highest and best of all.

 

Bright blessings!

 

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

 

Today’s Weather: Waggles, bobs and bazoonies to keep us tuned. A place between Laphroaig and a fried egg sandwich. Sluuurp!  

 

On This Date: 1856 – L. Frank Baum, creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is born.

 

Text From Last Night: listen… i know you hate her for what she did but this is getting our of hand… please please tell me where you hid her wedding dress

Daily Tarot ~ May 14

May 14, 2012

Three of Swords

Palomides

Fortune Cookie: Release old stuff as you would cleanse the poison from a wound, and move on to beauty, hope, joy, creativity and healing.  MOVE ON TO LIFE!

Hmmm… We last saw this card toward the end of February. It’s certainly an apt card for a Monday in THIS lifetime, says I. 

So:

This is another one of those cards (in almost any deck) where clients see the illustration, gasp, blanch and look around for another Tarot reader.  Then they look at me as if to implore, “Say it ain’t so.”

Okay. Right outta the box:

IT

AIN’T

SO! 

Now pay attention here.  And note that, as often occurs, this is a card where my interpretation veers a tad from what may be typical.

So, for starts: dealing with some power issues are we, my pretty?

As I’ve noted here before, a lot, I believe that a three in any Tarot deck indicates that the question being explored has to do with issues of power:

~ beware of power games,

~ be prepared for power struggles,

~ watch out for failure to own your power  −

   or, better,

   OWN

   YOUR

   POWER

  FULLY

  NOW

~ have a care against disempowerment

   in any area of life, whether by the action

   of others, or by your own action

   or inaction  [This is the fourth element. You’ll need to know that later.]

~ refuse to submit to ploys that would

   deny power you have earned

~ empower yourself

~ empower those you love and believe in

~ accept the challenge of owning all of

   what you are and who you can be

It’s the fourth element of that list that I perceive to be most important in the Three of Swords.  When this card comes up for a client, regardless of the subject matter we are exploring, I usually say something like:

Look, it’s tremendously important that you not get stuck in old emotions about this situation. Let go!!! of the old stuff.  Get grounded.  Stay in the moment, stay in the NOW. Get focused, hold your head up, and move into your future without whatever wet, heavy, squishy ancient baggage is trying to sink you at the moment.

That’s not always an easy thing to hear, let alone to do.  For most of us, the current choices we would like to make as we move forward most likely seem absolutely valid and maybe even perfectly right.

But each of those transformations can be torpedoed by old emotional clottage like, “Oh, everyone will think I’m a complete flake,” or, “It’s crummy all right but at least it’s secure,” or “He was crummy all right but at least I wasn’t alone,” or just plain, “I’m miserable. I’m miserable.  I’m miserable.  By the way, did I tell you I’m miserable?  Oh. Well… Did I tell you how bad it sucks to be me?”

Yuck!

The Three of Swords says:

Don’t get stuck in the disappointment; don’t get caught in the heartbreak or emotional blackmail games!  [And for pity’s sake, be aware of whether YOU’RE the one doing the blackmailing, especially if you’re balckmailing yourself!]

Release the old stuff as you would to cleanse the poison from a wound, and move on to beauty, hope, joy, creativity and healing.  MOVE ON TO LIFE!

Know that there are beautiful things to come, and that releasing − really releasing!!! the emotions & stuff of the past and moving on − will bring the hoped-for wonderfulness to you more quickly.

Bright blessings, peace, hope and release!

Quote for the Day: When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.~ Lao Tzu

Today’s Weather:  Mild potted Wülfings, to begin with. Portentous clusters [comma] of unique almost fascinating mien.   

On This Date: 1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its journey up the Missouri River.

Text From Last Night: I do believe at one point I was dispensing medical advice while wearing a black sombrero and a Hulk mask…

And: ..i legitimately forgot how to blow my nose just now… sleep might be handy…

Daily Tarot ~ Mother’s Day

May 13, 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!
Well… Friday the 13th came on Sunday this month.  And the Death Card is number 13 in the tarot deck.  And what a FASCINATING card to show up for Mother’s Day.  Hmmmmmm… Oh, well, pass the orange juice.
Okay.  As I have 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 sixteen days ago.  And eighteen days before that.  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], especially as it’s showing up right regular of late. 
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, us do!
Me?  Thought you’d never ask. In some beliefs within 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:  Great whomping whirling maxi-dryads.  Aquarian fluorescent confusion.  Green!  Green!
On This Date:  1373 – Julian of Norwich has visions which are later transcribed in her Revelations of Divine Love. Her theology was optimistic, speaking of God’s love in terms of joy and compassion as opposed to law and duty. [It is believed to be the first published book in the English language to be written by a woman.]
Texts From Last Night: They ran out of ice at the party, so I fixed my drink with frozen broccoli….the show must go on!
And:
Happy Mother’s Day!
[A glass of Absinthe all ’round!  You’ve earned it!]

Daily Tarot ~ May 12

May 12, 2012
Seven of Spears

Arch of Twelve Kings

 

Fortune Cookie:  What do you want?  What would your victory be?  Assume today is the day that you begin to move toward sure victory.

Okay, kids. This card last turned for in mid-December.  So, I ask again, most humbly…

who’s not gettin’ their vik’try thing on?  Huh? 

I mean, lookey here… Reincarnation and all that is fine.  But, in this lifetime, you only GET this one lifetime to get what you wanna get. So GET IT! Know what it is, and GET IT!  Start.  Now!!!!!   

Grumble, grumble…

As I have said before, this is of those cards we should work with regularly to help us keep track of who we are and who we hope to be.  [Who? Whom? Whom cares?] It really is very helpful.  And so it’s back again.  [So know what you want, and GET IT!  Know what it is, and GET IT! Start. Now!!!!!] [Back Igor, back.  Down boy!  Down!]

Ahem.

The Arch referred to here is a monument created by Merlin’s magic in celebration of the defeat of twelve lesser kings who rebelled against Arthur early in his reign.

As I’ve asked before: do the twelve kings sound at all like the chaotic, nagging, self-defeating things we get stuck thinking about ourselves, our talents and abilities, even our lives?   Isn’t it wearying to find ourselves so often in rebellion against our higher and better selves?  What a waste of energy, time, peace of mind, hormones, talent and… energy!

So listen up, y’all!  I consider this to be the card of utter, total and complete victory.  It may be victory after a loooooooong, tedious and/or hard-fought series of challenges.  But it’s victory, absolutely, nonetheless.

Some readers indicate the Seven of Spears to be a card of bravery and success.  Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, says it speaks of promoting unity for the common good and gaining the confidence of others, among other things.  If any of those indicators fit what you’re trying to be about lately, assume you’ve been given a green light and MOVE!

As we look at what this card is prompting, let me ask this old chestnut:

If you were absolutely certain that you would

ultimately achieve the victory you want

− maybe after considerable time, maybe after considerable strategy and straining, heaving endeavor, maybe after having to release some things in order to ultimately gain what you want –

WHAT

DO YOU WANT?

WHAT

WOULD YOUR VICTORY BE?

~ How long are you willing to work toward it?

~ How long are you willing to go after it again and again and again?

~ How will you strategize for it?

~ With whom, and what will they bring to the table?

~ What endeavors will you put forth to achieve it?

~ What help will you seek, from Spirit and from those around you?

~ What would you give up, release, put aside to have it?

WHAT

DO YOU WANT?

What

would YOUR victory be?

Assume today is the magical day that

if you answer those questions honestly

if you answer those questions fully

and begin to put into play the elements

of your responses

you will move toward sure victory.

Bright blessings and victory!

P.S.  Just as a corollary:  What do you want to be remembered for one hundred years from now?

Quote for the Day:What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.  ~ Gandhi

Today’s Weather: Slithey tovariches. Green tambourines.  And Linnets. Madeira.

On This Date: 1820Florence Nightingale, British nurse is born.

And: 1845Gabriel Fauré, French composer is born.

In celebration!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpgyTl8yqbw

Text From Last Night: …they started using chocolate milk as a chaser for captain Morgan… I thought it best to leave

Daily Tarot ~ May 11

May 11, 2012

Ten of Cups

Corbenic

Fortune Cookie: Stretch the fabric of your reality by thoroughly embracing the miraculous in your existence.  Remember though: it can’t be a half-assed embrace.

This card last turned for us on January 3.  And it’s a terrific, wonderful card, and a great one for the launch of a weekend.

And before you read my interpretation…

Take a look at the card. 

[Yes. Now.]

What does this card say to YOU?  What do you see in it, just uniquely FOR YOU?  What legends come back to you?  What old hopes?  What dreams?  What is YOUR interpretation of the card?

And what will you do with THAT today?

Fine-eeeee-oooo.

Getting back to my normal nattering and chattering, 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, when this card comes up in a reading for clients, I ask them to consider how the things they are experiencing – and more importantly, what they have begun to seek in life just now – represent the potential end of a cycle and moving into something wonderful, new, even miraculous.  [You know.  Like me having something new to say about a card for a change.  Or something.]

How can You acknowledge the end of a cycle?

How can you recognize that the end of this cycle is a positive thing, and is “just in time/just at the right time?”

How can you own the potential to move into something wonderful and powerful and new?

Aaaaaaaah, [ha ha ha hahaha] but there’s more to it. [Of course.  Right?]

I consider the Ten of Cups to be one of the three great WISH cards of the deck. 

So, when this card turns  – after I stop beaming at the client and stop wondering why it hasn’t come up in a reading for me lately, dammit − I usually say something like:

Ohboy!  Ohboy!  Ohboy!  [Sometimes I’m subject to bursts of enthusiasm.]  You shall most assuredly indeed have comfort, joy, healing and delight − perhaps through what may seem almost miraculous intervention –

IF:

IF you are clear within yourself about what your wishes truly are,

IF you truly believe in the goodness and the justness of your wishes,

IF you allow yourself to truly believe in miracles,

AND IF you hold true to your miraculous quest, moment by moment by moment, no matter how farfetched or hopeless it may seem, no matter how misunderstood you and your quest may be by everyone else.

[Corbenic, as I’ve said before, is one of the names given to the castle in which the Holy Grail resided until the Grail knights achieved their sacred quest.  The Grail Kings, guardians of the Grail, held to their family’s sacred mission for hundreds of years on faith and belief in the miracles to come.]

The Universe smiles

on those

who stretch

the fabric of our reality

by thoroughly embracing

the miraculous in their existence. 

Remember though: it can’t be a half-assed embrace.  You have to really reach out and take hold.  You have to let yourself KNOW that the miraculous operates in your life NOW.

So, as I’ve said before, it might be very useful to go through today repeating at least a thousand times,

“I create miracles. My life IS miracles. Our world is miracles.”

Because you do, and it is.  With every breath, every thought, every hope, every smile, there are millions of miracles being born within and through you.

Let the Universe see that you believe in miracles, and watch what unfolds.

Bright blessings!  And miracles!

Quote for the Day:  Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.  ~ Winnie the Pooh

Today’s Weather: Pooh shakka lakka lakka!  Pooh shakka lakka lakka!

 

On This Date: 1995 – In New York City more than 170 countries decide to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty indefinitely and without conditions.

Text From Last Night: I should just black out in my front yard again… that was a great night’s sleep

Daily Tarot ~ May 10

May 10, 2012

The Horned One

Cernunnos

Fortune Cookie: Believe in and use your connection to Spirit to understand how you can bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

This card last came around for the First Day of Spring. It’s back to remind us what we’re to focus on for the entire spring season!
When this fellow showed up for an earlier blog posting, I was given the following Spirit-based insight:

“Now… remember that EVERY!!! day is a day of power, a day of connection,  a day of hope and magic and a day of celebration. 

Live THAT,

why don’t you??

As I said then, I should probably just end the posting with that insight and walk away, y’know?  It’s plenty good information, and would save you a few minutes of additional reading to boot.

But NO-OOOO-OH.  [Oh well.  You’re a grown up.  You can stop reading whenever you want to.  Or just look at the daily horoscope in the paper or something on Twitter or whatever.]

Anyway…

Following a Shamanic spirituality as I do, I simply consider this just about the most powerful card in the deck.  Let me describe it a bit for you

as it’s portrayed by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck (see above).

There’s a beautifully muscled fellow sitting cross legged out in the woods under a bright full moon.  His legs are shaggy and end in hooves.  He has stag’s antlers protruding from his head.  In his right hand he holds a golden torc ~ the old Celtic symbol of kingship ~ in his left a live serpent.  He is surrounded by folk of the wood ~ fox, otter, boar, stag, frog. 

It’s a beautiful, mystical, magical card. Wish I had it as a huge poster.

The painting on the card depicts images from the famous Gundestrup cauldron, a first century BC ritual silver vessel found deep in a Danish bog. 

 

Sacred, beautiful objects like this were ritually cast into bogs ~ which were considered places of mystery, power and great magic ~ as sacrificial gifts. [Better than tossing in the odd Ukrainian, I say.  And much better received by the Spirit of the place, as well.]

You can read more about the cauldron at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundestrup .

Cernunnos, the fellow depicted in the card is the Celtic incarnation of the Horned God.  He is considered to be the Lord of the Animals.

[In the spirit of full disclosure: in other decks, this card is often depicted by the devil, with some attendant negative interpretations.  Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, alludes to the card’s primordial power, and emphasizes the need to channel this power positively and for good.]

Here is what I see in the card, based on many years of working with clients. 

This is a truly shamanic card in that it says,

You [yes, YOU!] have the capacity to connect with the realm of Spirit.  You have an ability to bring Spirit through into ordinary reality in a way that can functionally, positively bring about change.

Because you have that capacity ~ from the Shaman’s perspective ~ you have the OBLIGATION to develop it and use it for the highest and best of all.

So, in this beautiful, hopeful season [whatever season or day of the year it may be, as we have been informed above]

~ explore your connection to Spirit (your guardian angels, the Universal Life Force, God, Goddess, The Infinite or however you perceive Him/Her/It)

~ believe in — in fact ASSUME — a functional connectedness to Spirit

~ open yourself to the goodness and healing and wisdom that Spirit offers

~ use your connection to explore and understand how to bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day-to-day life.

Brightest blessings, joy, hope, deep spiritual connection and healing!

Quote for the Day:  Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity. ~ Christopher Morley

And: [And do it that way ALL SPRING LONG!] ~ NS

Today’s Weather:  Morning ragas, evening champagne. Breathe!!!!!  

On This Date: 1824 – The National Gallery in London opens to the public.

Texts from Last Night: …woke up on the bathroom floor… used a towel I found laying on the floor… as a cape to get to bed… thought it would help me walk straight if I looked like a superhero…

And:been trying to brush my teeth for 20 mins now… MOTHER of all hangovers.

Daily Tarot ~ May 9

May 9, 2012

Three of Spears

The Horse Fair

Fortune Cookie: Own your most amazing and idealistic dreams.  Exert the power YOU possess to pursue them — through very practical means.

As I have said [countless] other times in this blog, I’m not utterly above spooking clients when this card comes up.  I glance at it darkly, lean forward to scan it more carefully, and whisper,

“Oh Bugger!!” under my breath.

Or I say: Ahhhhhh… This is a card of very special inspiration.

[Then I count to fifteen while thinking:  Let ’em chew on THAT for a while!  Nyah—Nyah! Nyah—Nyah! Nyah!]

Ahem.

Blogging really does allow occasional over-indulgence here, dunnit? 

Oh well.

Saw this card toward the end of March. So here’s our pre-summer helping, I guess.

Once again, please remember that threes in any Tarot deck are power cards, or rather, that the issue the card is addressing is one of power, even if it doesn’t seem so on the surface.  Typically, a three would counsel things like

~ beware power games,

~ be prepared for power struggles,

~ watch out for failure to own your power  −

   or, better,

~ OWN

          YOUR

               POWER

                    FULLY

                           NOW!

~ have a care againstdisempowerment

   in any area of life, whether by the action

   of others, or by your own action

   or inaction

~ empower yourself

~ empower those you love and believe in

~ accept the challenge of owning ALL of

   what you are and who you can be

Simple, really.  [I keep telling myself that.  Over and over.  And over. And it IS getting better.  A bit.  Sort of.  If you kinda squint, y’know?]

The Three of Spears as I see it is a mentoring-kinda card; it gives very specific direction, albeit in a big, global sense.   It says:

Be ruthlessly practical

in pursuit of

a MUCH higher ideal. 

Bummer.

As most of you know, the Tarot deck I use is Legend, the Arthurian Tarot.

In my story of the card, which depicts The Horse Fair, I see a young King Arthur having the brilliant insight that, to finally hold the throne, and then to more effectively secure his entire kingdom, he must resurrect a strong cavalry wing (from the old Roman days) and make that the centerpiece of his armed forces.

Having decided so, he would then have to go to Britain’s great horse fair and be ruthlessly objective in his examination of each animal, knowing that the future of Camelot might well rest on that very creature’s shoulders.  

So?  So:

Envision your most exalted possibilities,

your highest potential achievement

your most deeply and dearly held hopes

for the Highest and Best. 

Set your goal

Then literally, practically, ruthlessly,

holding your nose to the necessary grindstone(s),

do the things required to achieve your will  − IF you are truly clear that your will is for the Highest and Best! 

Own your most amazing and idealistic dreams.  Exert the power YOU possess to pursue them through practical means.  (One horse at a time, if necessary.) 

Bright blessings and amazing achievements!

Quote for the Day: Don’t put your trust in revolutions. They always come around again. That’s why they’re called revolutions. People die, and nothing changes. ~ Terry Pratchett [Great Britain’s most shoplifted author!]

Today’s Weather:  Tweedlebumble moonbeams and rory storms. Wield a faux-gator pack of Little Debbie timeshift crullers to repel Tarot readers.

On This Date: 1671Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England‘s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

Text from Last Night: hi future me, I saved you a big mac under the bed

And: i fell asleep on the air hockey table… someone turned it on… scariest sh*t ever when you’re that loaded