Archive for September 18th, 2012

Daily Tarot ~ September 19

September 18, 2012

King of Spears

King Pellinore

Fortune Cookie: Own the Renaissance Man or Woman in you. What interests, skills, and wisdom will you pursue, and pursue deeply?  Which one first?  How can you start TODAY?

No, that is still NOT a mullet!  And neither is his hair, yet, either.

Last saw this extraordinary fellow… on Friday. So, who wasn’t paying attention?  Who? 

As I always say, he’s a wonderful role model to keep close by and attend to. So let’s do it anyway. 

Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of Legend, the Arthurian Tarot, finds the King of Spears to be a mature man [I suppose these days, for this blog, we should say mature PERSON] of wisdom, someone with humor and theatrical flair.  [Anybody come to mind?  Jon Stewart, maybe? Oprah?  Whoopi?  Bill Clinton?  Baryshnikov? Me?  Me???  I would hastily call your attention to the word MATURE.]  So keep an eye out for that kind of energy today. Better still, seek to embody it yourself.

I see the King of Spears as the card of

the Renaissance Man

(or Renaissance Woman).

Look for

~ or better still, give YOURSELF permission to have ~

a restless, joyful, driving curiosity that you allow to take you toward many different deep fascinations.

More detail?

Okay, here’s my picture of a typical Renaissance Person as represented by this card:

He or she

~ does trigonometry problems for fun and

~ does passable table magic and

~ can conjugate verbs in Latin, French and Japanese or Russian and

~ is being followed by Neil Gaiman on Twitter and

~ converted a car to biodiesel or hydrogen with almost no outside help and

~ understands permaculture and

~ has a rain garden and

~ sang backup for Tom Petty late one night (in a bar, if nowhere else) and

~ rides a Harley and

~ wrote a published urban fantasy novel and

~ owns a Prius and a ’68 MGB

~ works with Habitat for Humanity

He or she wants to learn

~ French cooking and

~ Feng Shui and

~ Shamanic Healing and

~ judo and

~ controlled remote viewing and

~ Vedic astrology and

~ Thai massage and

~ book making and

~ classical guitar and

~ how to REALLY make money day trading and

~ how to build a PC by hand and

~ wants to design a line of edgy greeting cards and

~ wants to write a play for Broadway

And so on.

(And will BY GOD! do so, every last bit, by the way.)

But remember, a true Renaissance Person is not just a dibbler-dabbler in lots of things.  The characteristic that distinguishes the Renaissance person is a real commitment to explore deeply, to develop true expertise in the many areas − one at a time if necessary − that appeal.  Patience, deep learning and wisdom, not just faking it or cramming to get by, are required here.

So, if you were to really own up to the Renaissancer in you, what interests, skills, and wisdom will you go after?  Which one first?  How will you pursue it deeply? How can you start TODAY?

Brightest blessings, joy and wonder!

Quote for the Day: Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. ~ E. O. Wilson

And: I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance. ~ Steven Wright

Today’s Weather: Mojo dojo.  Rootforce permaculture.  Faerie mist. (As good as a smile, or better.)

On This Date: 1970 – The first Glastonbury Festival is held at Michael Eavis‘s farm in theUnited Kingdom.

Text from Last Night: I just got carded by a ten year old.

Daily tarot ~ September 18

September 18, 2012

Page of Swords

The Adder


Fortune Cookie: Identify, own and begin a positive, deep and bright personal transformation.  TODAY!


This guy last, uh, popped up for us about seven weeks ago. So pay attention because he’s baaa-aack.  He’s potent.  He’s wise.  He’s transformational.  Check him out! Take advantage of his wisdom. [Or else why are you even reading this?  Hmmmmmmmmm?



A typical reader might say the Page of Swords betokens something along the lines of authority, secret service, vigilance, maybe even spying.

Enough, already!


Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, includes insight, receiving info first-hand about an important matter, and overseeing confidential affairs, among other insights this card brings.


So if any of those phrases pop out for you — like if you’re still waiting for notice about your parole hearing or whatever — keep your intuitive antenna up about the matter that resonates a bunch.


As I look at this card in the Legend deck, I’m reminded that The Snake (in this case, Adder) is a universal symbol of at least five things [although even I must occasionally remember that the Great Sigmund is reported to have said “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…”]. 

Yeah, okay, fine. So watch out for snakes if you live in the country and mow the lawn today.


Where were we.  Oyeh.  Snake is a universal symbol of at least five things.


Snake symbolizes:


1. transformation and rebirth (the snake sheds its skin, and in that process experiences rebirth;  it has become a new creature and a creature renewed)


2. healing (the Rod of Asklepios, Greek God of Healing and Medicine, was entwined by a snake, and snakes were sacred totem animals, guardians and helpers at the temples of dream healing dedicated to him)


3.subconscious wisdom (knowledge of the Shamanic Lower World, which is almost universally understood to be a place of deep and beautiful healing as well as  a place of ancient and traditional wisdom)


4. masculine energy (any questions on this one?  Go back to our friend Freud)


5. clandestine affairs (the sneaky sneaky sneaky snakey)

 So when the Page of Swords shows up for a client, I’m likely to ask him or her

~ what kind of deep personal transformation or healing have you been longing for?

~ how can you be open to a rebirth − for personal and/or planetary healing?

~ how can you connect with deeper and perhaps archaic or ancestral wisdom, (Shamanic journeying, deep meditation, magic, prayerwork ) and to what purposes?

~ how can you go after these things in a direct, vigorous, perhaps even forceful way?

~ how will you test for integrity – in yourself, no less than in those around you?


Also, this card indicates that it may be a good idea to be more than normally open to help or guidance from someone of substantial masculine energy: a positive, powerful man or a strong and wise woman-warrior type, for example.


So, given all that:

What is the deep, positive and bright personal transformation you can own and begin TODAY?  DO IT!


Bright blessings and beautiful, healing transformation!


Quote for the Day: The only good hero is the kind who survives to talk about merchandising.  ~ Simon R. Green


Today’s Weather:  Drip. Drip.  Drip.  WHOMP! Southern fried bergoo. 


On This Date: 1948 – Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator‘s term


Text from Last Night: didn’t know hookah bars could end badly… i feel for her hair