Daily Tarot ~ August 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

See ya again Toozdee.
August 16

Five of Spears

The Pursuit of Igraine

Fortune Cookie: Take out those old, dried, abandoned dreams. Dust them off, check them out, plant them and water them. See if you don’t make the world burst into bloom again!

Well, let’s knock the dust off of this card, too, then. We last saw it in early May. And I gotta say, for most people, the tail end of summer is a GREAT time to flow into the energy and wisdom of this card. Even crab-ass middle-aged, uh… grouches like me are prompted by the real, deep magic of the it’s almost-nearly-summer times to open to what may be possible, if not for me, then for those who’ll come after. Or maybe it’s just the leftover absinthe from that bar in Hudson…

Anyway, once again, as a beginning to my pontification upon the Five of Spears, lemme say that there are several cards in the deck that recommend things along the lines of, “Follow your Bliss,” or, “Do what you love,” or, “Pursue what you really want.” Right?

But as my friend Ginny said in a comment on the blog, “I think the hardest part is knowing what your bliss is.”

I dunno if I’ve ever heard that from any… um… normal person under sixteen or so. So it must be a condition peculiar to modern Western [alleged] adults. Often, we buy into concepts that create a war within us ~ concepts that say, “You can’t hope to succeed, doing what you enjoy. You’ll fail. You’ll starve. You’ll be selling pencils in front of The Ritz. Take your medicine. Grow up!”

Like these people:

~ On one of John Lennon’s school reports at Quarry Bank School a teacher wrote, “Certainly on the road to failure.”

~ In prep school, Bill Gates ran into trouble for skipping classes, not turning in homework and spending day and night − in the computer room. [No future in that, right?]

~ Henry Ford gave up his family’s farm to go tinker with machines. And he founded two car companies that utterly failed before he created the Ford Motor Company.

~ And let’s not forget Edison, who said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” And, “Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Not to mention, “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.”

~ Even Donald Trump, who has said, “The most important thing in life is to love what you’re doing, because that’s the only way you’ll ever be really good at it.” He has had to stare down bankruptcy and be called a failure by pundits, politicians and everyday people by the millions.

~ And The Beatles (fer Gawdsake) were rejected by Decca Records, being brushed off with, “Guitar groups are out of fashion.”

That’s a list of failures well worth emulating, and a group of people who followed their bliss ~ in radically different ways and directions.

Ultimately, it’s like what I told my stepson as he was heading for college: “Find what you love to do, and do what you need to do to be able to do it incredibly well – better than anyone else, even. Because whether it’s digging ditches or doing rocket science, somebody’s making a million dollars a year doing it. No reason it shouldn’t be you. No reason it can’t be you.

Which FINALLY brings us back to today’s card. [NO, I didn’t forget! Jeez, have you considered decaffeinating for a week or two?]

I’m guessing that would still be, “No.”


The Five of Spears indicates a deep need to reconnect with passion in your life. Not just passion of the steamy, rumple-the-sheets kind, although that maybe can apply if that’s what’s a big issue for you just now.

Rather, the card asks you to stop and take stock of what really sets your heart and soul ablaze − what drives you, what you’d truly like to have the world remember you for a hundred years and more after you’re gone. Also, and perhaps as part of that, it’s important to go back and let yourself reconnect with old dreams you had put away − or thought you had “become too grown up for” − long ago.

In fact, go back in your mind to when you were four or five years old. What were your dreams, your hopes, your knowings for your life and the evolution of the world back then?

Take out those old, dried dream seeds. Dust them off, plant them and water them. See if you don’t make the world burst into bloom again! Now!

Bright blessings!

Quote for the Day: [Luke:] “I can’t believe it.” [Yoda:] “That is why you fail.”

Today’s Weather: Spirit and fleurs all over freakin’ everywheres. Maybe yes. Maybe no. Possibly Yo.

Text from Last Night: I swear she’s a drunk klepto…by the end of the night she had stolen 3 bowling balls… HOW DO YOU STEAL 3 BOWLING BALLS?

August 17
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!
No, really. Wow!!!!
This is the second 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. The Tambourine Man.
August 18


Percivale’s Vision

Fortune Cookie: Trust in your strength and draw on it. Manage it well when you must, but draw on it. Believe in your success. And let your vision of WHAT CAN BE guide you higher and higher beyond the norm of what has been.

We last saw this card in April.  It’s always a fortunate card to turn up — and it usually shows up not a moment too soon!

Obviously, this card betokens its own name: Strength, as well as courageand vitality. Plus magnanimity − both toward you and emanating from you – [so feel free to send your favorite Tarot reader a beautiful and rare European antique-anything-expensive. Thank you.] [This smarmy message brought to you by the committee to help Neal look and live more like a grownup.]

This card can also indicate perhaps the most perfect light touch of luck.Yesssss!

Really pretty good stuff, then. So TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT! ALL!! OF!! IT!!!! [Otherwise what are you reading this for?]

Where was I?

[Come to that, Who was I?]

Dear, Sweet Apollo on a go kart…


The Strength card is one of the most utterly positive cards in the deck. And it does offer a few useful, specific recommendations.

It is very important that you do not underestimate your physical and emotional strength at this time, or doubt the power and durability of your connection to Universal Life Force – God, Spirit, The Big G, Mr. Dylan, Lady GG, Peter O’Toole, der Cheney-Fuhrer or Whatever-You-Name-It.

In other words, don’t down yourself out or assume less of yourself than you may actually be able to handle. If opportunities come, REACH! If challenges come, PUSH BACK! Don’t just crawl under the bed and hide.

Believe in your ability to succeed and to attain that which you most desire, particularly in areas of physical healing and achievement and/or emotional connection and healing.

Draw on your inner strength, which is truly far greater than you give yourself credit for. So haul that butt up from under the bed.

Right now!

I mean it.

We’re all waiting.

Come on…


Much better.

Like many of us, you may need to begin investing some ongoing effort toward actually identifying and functionalizing your connection to your inner strength. Our culture ain’t so good about that, unless you have forced yourself to march to the same “inner drummer” as everybody else. Get to know your OWN connection to Source, and work with it.

We have in us the brilliant, beautiful and eternal power of stars. It’s up to us to find and focus it.

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, feels this card indicates having the strength and vitality to realize one’s goals, and also ambition tempered with serenity – a gentle yet full strength.

When I work with clients, I advise them about an additional level of meaning to this card in this particular deck. I find this to be the card of the visionary – the individual who can see higher, farther, and deeper than others can.

Sometimes, even more important, this is the person who can see (distinguish clearly) the trees for the forest and the forest for the trees. So give yourself credit for being able to see things more clearly, and define things more accurately and truly, than the madding crowd around you.

Own your ability to be the visionary who can, as Robert F. Kennedy so beautifully put it, “…dream things as they never were, and say why not?” Or see things as they really are, and say, “Nuh-unh sucker! We don’t play that way NO MORE!”

Trust in your strength and draw on it. Manage it well when you must, but draw on it. Believe in your success. And let your vision of WHAT CAN BE guide you higher and higher beyond the norm of what has been.

Bright blessings, light, clarity and joy!

Quote for The Day: I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Today’s Whether: Wobbly great dizzy circles and spires and gyres and stuff. Macaroon?

August 19

Eight of Cups

Chapel Perilous

Fortune Cookie: Refuse to be confined, repressed, dimmed by anything or anyone – especially yourself!


This card last popped up for the blog just five days ago.  But over a year ago before that. It’s one that has a lot of helpful direction to it. It is, however, another one of those cards that sets clients awhimperin’ just from the visuals. [Except for those who are superGoth. They just ask for directions so they can find the place. And whether there is an app for the thing. And where they can buy ‘shrooms. And GOOD eyeliner.]

The card, you see, (at least in the deck I use) portrays a wayfaring knight who has ridden into a lonely chapel to protect himself and his steed from a furious storm. He notices that the altar is without any adornment, save for a large, brightly flaming candle. As he waits, and drips, he sees a giant, clawed, monstrous hand reach in through the window high above the altar and make to extinguish the light.

What a swell and encouraging image. Yes?

Anyway, some readers believe the Eight of Cups conveys either turning away from felicity and celebration, or the exact opposite [I guess it depends which side of bed the reader fell out of that morning]. Others believe this is a card that calls for the querent (questioner) to look for a deeper meaning in life; it betokens a time for soul searching. [Preferably without the distraction of a giant, clawed, monstrous hand, would be my guess.]

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, finds this card to be about abandoning a path, a change of plans, and escaping an unhealthy situation, among other things. I can work with those meanings, and if you feel that applies to your life in any way at the moment, please take the insight to heart.

Of course, I have my own particular take on the card. When it turns up for a client, once I have gotten them to calm back down from the impact of the visual, I usually say things like

~ Do not let anyone or anything – especially yourself − put a bushel basket over your light.

~ Do not allow anyone or anything – especially yourself or your perception of your self − hold you under its thumb.

If necessary:



Go elsewhere. Hastily.

Try something else.

Reach out for other options.

Rework your priorities and take life from there.



Today, refuse to be confined, repressed, dimmed by anyone or anything – especially yourself!

Bright blessings and an open path to your true self!

Thought for the Day: If it’s the Psychic Network, why do they need a phone number? ~ Robin Williams

And why do you need to call them? ~ Neal

Today’s Weather: Snatches of bander, semi-colon, the frumrious sort, period.

August 20

Nine of Spears

Wind Harps of War

Fortune Cookie: Own and honor your intuition. It’s one of the finest gifts Spirit offers humans. And let yourself explore whether there isn’t someplace better for you to reside ~ physically or philosophically.

Hmmm… A card we last saw in early January. And useful for strategizing upon a bright end of summer and new autumn to come.

Traditional interpretations of this card run along the lines of strength in preparedness for battle or strength in the opposition you will be able to mount if you choose to, delays, things like that.

In Legend, the Arthurian Tarot, Anna-Marie Ferguson finds such meanings as anticipating hostility, preparing for upheaval, outwitting an adversary, and foresight – the last two of course being my favorites.

For those of you of an historical bent, the objects depicted in this card were giant wind harps erected on the cliffs above Britain’s shores in anticipation of invasion. These great instruments, when “played” by the sea winds would give forth the shrieks and howling of the guardian spirits of the land. They would break the courage and disrupt the magic of invading forces. I’m thinking of setting a few up around the outskirts of the liberal suburb in which I reside. Or maybe just some old Vox SuperBeatle amps playing George Carlin at full volume.


The Nine of Spears as I perceive it has two principal meanings to guide you.

First, this card indicates

You have a very capable, solid

intuitive early warning system.

It gives you good, actionable information in advance that there might be, for example, problems over the horizon on a particular project, or that a person is other than what he is presenting himself to be — in a way that ain’t good.

BUT, this card also says,

you’re most likely to second-guess yourself out of

honoring and thus using the very fine and helpful guidance you have received.

Stop that! Right now. Right. NOW.

If you’re going to take the trouble to read a Tarot posting, I’d guess it’s because you find intuition to be a valid tool that can help in your daily affairs. Well, if MY intuition is good enough, so is yours ~ or it can be, once you stop second-guessing yourself out of what you’ve been given and start trusting and working with your inner guidance. So there! (Great. Now I’m out of a job.)

Second, this card says

“Don’t get too comfortable where you are ‘living;’ you may choose to move.”

I put living in quotation marks because Nine of Spears doesn’t just mean that you may sell your cottage in Chagrin Falls and move to a condo overlooking Erie in Lakewood − although you might.

This card can also indicate a significant change or evolution in your personal philosophy, your spirituality, your career path or your understanding about what physical health means to you and what you must do to maintain or enhance it.

So, based on the two meanings of this card, keep an intuitive eye peeled for glimmerings of those kinds of insights and possible changes as they come your way beginning today. And they will.

Own and honor your intuition. It’s one of the finest gifts Spirit offers humans.

And let yourself explore whether there isn’t someplace better for you to reside ~ physically or philosophically.

Bright blessings and blissings and all good things!

Quote for the Day: There’s more magic in a baby’s first giggle than in any firestorm a wizard can conjure up, and don’t let anyone tell you any different. ~ Jim Butcher

Today’s Weather: Windy willows. Extended biosignatures. Intermittent Baryshnikovs.

~~ Bless! ~~


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