Archive for October, 2012

Daily Tarot ~ November 1

October 31, 2012

Six of Cups

In Ector’s Keeping

Fortune Cookie: Easy, sweet, nostalgic in a positive way, calm and comforting ~ that’s the theme to get you through the day.


This card last showed up toward the end of July. I wish it would come around more often. Like, daily!

As I always say to my clients, “Remember when you were eight years old and summer lasted forever, and all you really had to was love your dog, go swimming with your friends and dream about how wonderful the world could be?” Well, that’s the energy and essence of this card.  Not bad for a summer’s Friday.

The Six of Cups is a card that bespeaks the beauty and the joy and the innocence and the wisdom of an almost ideal childhood. So in your connections and interactions today:

Look for a quality like that in all those you meet. If you can’t find it, you’re probably not with the right people, at least for today. So, if it’s at all possible given the day, keep on moving till you’re with someone or someones whose energy is those wonderful things — even if the someones are, say, the masses of petunias in your back garden. Let yourself share in that vibe and be happy and comfortable there — and assume that you deserve to be there!

Try to find new ways for yourself to be a calm, still, comforting pool in the center of the manic muddle around you. Especially give yourself permission to be that way to and for yourself. Call to mind all that which is and has been beautiful, and hopeful, and healing in your world, and keep those things flowing through your mind. (If you do Reiki, for example, start Reikiing yourself and everything in your vicinity the moment you read this, and keep going from there.)

Also, this is a card that suggests you may have old friends re-enter your life. Be open to that as a possibility today.

One last time, then: Easy, sweet, nostalgic in a positive way, calm and comforting ~ that’s the theme to get you through the day.

Brightest, happiest blessings!

Quote for the Day: …American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers. ~ W. Somerset Maugham, from The Razor’s Edge

Today’s Weather: Epigrams and titters. Over Pim’s Number One Cup.  Despite the cold and damp.

On This Date: 1611 – William Shakespeare’s The Tempest is presented for the first time.

Text from Last Night: …my Shakespeare prof staples burger king applications to failed tests…

Daily Tarot ~ Samhain

October 31, 2012

Page of Cups

The Salmon

Cortune Fookie: Know what wisdom you seek. Begin or ramp up your search or endeavor now. Give your creativity more free play in your life.  Now!

Hmmmmm….   mmm…  mmm-mmm-mmm…



This card last tried to be helpful WAYYY back in March.  So there!  It’s back!  Shall we pay a little attention this time?
Especially as it’s the card for Samhain (Hallowe’en): sometimes Anglicized as Sawin, Sowin, or similar—is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the ‘darker half’ of the year. Most commonly it is held on 31 October–1 November, or halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. And remember, the Fairy mounds—portals to the fairy world— are always open at Samhain, so do your dreamwork well tonight!


So, then, to the card…

In Celtic legend, Salmon is considered the wisest of all creatures.  He dwells in a great well overhung by the Hazel, the tree of knowledge.  As the fruit (hazel nuts) of the tree drop into the well, Salmon eats of them, growing greater and deeper and truer in wisdom.

When this card shows up for a client, I share about the legend and then say something like,

First of all, this card is a call to find meaningful opportunities to seek wisdom and increase your knowledge – scholarly pursuits may be perfect just now.  So get started on that immediately if you feel some call to do so.

Beyond that, Page of Cups is a card of creativity.  So be prepared to explore how you may begin or expand creative projects starting today. Not tomorrow.  Not next week.  Today. 



Uhhh… Okay. Whatever floats your… 


Never mind.

And in many traditions, The Fish represents spirituality.  Salmon is one of the only creatures on the Earth who returns to its place of  birth to procreate.  So this card speaks of a primal, powerful drive toward reconnection with Source − with The Divine, with Ultimate Reality, whatever name you choose to give to it.  Or perhaps a drive to return to a place you consider sacred — perfect at any time of the year, sure, but certainly important to put on your agenda before this year’s end.

Some readers find the Page of Cups represents

a fair young person,


an imaginative, reflective, inspiring friend,

or that

It’s time to discover some new career direction that will lead you towards prosperity. [Show of hands… Anybody interested?  Hello?] So if any of these are meaningful to you, or pop up in meaningful ways today [including via an email Tarot card reading, already], eagerly accept the gifts that are offered!  And let yourself begin to act on the gifts.

What this card recommends and requests, all in all, is

Know what wisdom you seek.  

Begin or ramp up your search or endeavor now.

Give your CREATIVITY more free play in your life.

Let yourself contemplate, explore and pursue new career options.

Open to very solid and inspiring reconnection with



in beautiful, meaningful, transcendent ways.




Bright blessings, grace and peace!

Quote for the Day: It would seem that you have no useful skill or talent whatsoever,” he said. “Have you thought of going into teaching?”~ Sir Terry Pratchett

Today’s Weather:  Lemondrop Wellies.  Lavender dreams. Tangerine whomps.  

On This Date: 1961Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director is born.  [Wonder if that’s why he does so well with wizards, orcs, etc.?]

Text From Last Night:find it fascinating that nobody ever threatens to call the cops on us until we have a Harry Potter party

Daily Tarot ~ October 30

October 30, 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-May.  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? Whoee 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!]


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 youwere 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 –





~ 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?




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.  I’ll take a gallon.

On This Date: 1925John Logie Baird creates Britain’s first television transmitter. Which leads to


Text From Last Night: …if they start using chocolate milk as a chaser for Captain Morgan… run!


Daily Tarot ~ October 29

October 29, 2012

The Moon

Morgan Le Fay

Fortune Cookie: Work with your dreams.  Seek the change that is desirable now.  Honor and empower the feminine aspects in you. Own your magic and use it.  Today.

We last saw this card at the end of September.  Of 2011!  What was going on in your life at that time? Might Spirit be tryin’ to get your attention on those issues again, d’ya think?    ‘

The Moon is another one of those cards that has different meanings depending on who you studied with, where you come from, and  − if you’re a good reader and not just a good memorizer − the kinds of things you find your clients have gone through when The Moon has turned up to guide them.

Some readers say The Moon warns of darkness, hidden dangers and instability.  [Yummy.]  Some warn to be careful of distractions [from finally working on  those New Year’s resolutions, I suppose. Me?  I’m nearly ready.] Others stress the “Moony” aspects of fluctuating emotion, high levels of unconscious activity and intense dreams.  I find I can accept that last batch more easily.

For me, The Moon is first of all a card that betokens change.

Perhaps the change should be rhythmical and constantly evolving, like the changing of the moon itself.  

In some cases I’ve intuitively perceived it to be a warning that a client should change course, NOW!

At times I’ve found it indicative of the need to accept that change will come, so get to work on determining what would be the best, happiest, most fruitful and healing way to have it – so that a substantial change doesn’t just get handed to you half-baked on a soggy paper plate.

In this deck, because of the card’s embodiment as Morgan Le Fay, I find The Moon to have other important qualities and messages.  First, it is a card of feminine empowerment.  So − assuming you are of the feminine gender − own your power not just as a person, but as a woman.  And let yourself contemplate what that distinction might most fully mean to and for you.

Of course, if you’re masculine, this card directs that you more fully own your connection to the divine feminine, or to the artistic, intuitive, perhaps even Dionysian elements in your life.

And whether you are male or female, masculine or feminine, The Moon is a card that commands you to own your magic – whatever you understand that to be – and use it fully and well for the highest and best of all.   

Work with your dreams.  Seek the change that is desirable now.  Honor and empower the feminine aspects in you.  Own your magic and use it. Today.

Bright blessings and… YOUR magic!

Quote for the Day: It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things. ~  Terry Pratchett

Today’s Weather:  Whack.  Whack.  Whack.  Whack.  Thunder.  Whack! Tuileries dandelions. Espresso, please.

On This Date: 1787Mozart‘s opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague.

Text From Last Night: …guy in a banana suit just got the whole bus to participate in a call and response version of Bohemian Rhapsody… HERO!!!

Daily Tarot ~ October 26

October 26, 2012


The Cauldron of Annwn

Fortune Cookie: Take stock of how you want your life to evolve.  Begin moving in that direction slowly, evenly, comfortably, braiding together the old with the new but evolving forward until only the new exists.


This card last showed up almost exactly two months ago.

Temperance is not necessarily an Aquarian’s favorite card.  But it is good advice.  This card says very directly how it would have you go about the day: 

temperately, calmly, easily, neither striving to leap over tall buildings in a single bound nor being a slug and hiding under the covers till dinner. [I’ve already got dibs on that space.]

It’s a card that counsels you to guard against those little wee tendencies to go to extremes − even supposedly positive ones.  Seek moderation today, and patience, and perhaps even a touch of diplomacy, no matter how much you might wish to just nuke the silly m#%@%@f**&##@s [that’s the Ukrainian spelling] and be done with it!

When this card shows up in a reading, I often suggest that the client may be on the cusp of a substantial change.

BUT the way to best and most positively bring the change into being is to

go about the transformation slowly, thoughtfully: braiding or blending together the old with the new until, over an appropriate time, the new alone becomes who you are and what you do.

It’s a card of making profound and helpful changes slowly, by not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

[For pity’s sake, though, DO let yourself begin the process of change.  Don’t let yourself be a sitting duck where you are.] [Editor grabs my right wrist, slams it onto table to prevent Google search for duck image.]

[Editor loses.]

So, let yourself explore how you would like your life to be, and how you would wish to move in positive new directions.

Then stop and honestly take stock of who you are, where you are and how you have gotten there.  

Specifically acknowledge the good parts, the successful aspects, the skills, abilities and characteristics that are worth keeping and using and developing as you go forward. 

And blend them into the new you that is coming onto being.
Bright blessings and timely, comfortable and comforting emergings! 

Thought for the Day: My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness ~  HH the Dalai Lama

Today’s Whethyr: Escalloped ivy passepartouts swinging from the oaks and larches.  For reasons unknown.

On This Date: 1977 – The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in  Somalia.

Text From Last Night: …just conducted a skype meeting bombed and in the middle of a cornfield…  don’t even think they noticed…
And: …i’m ordering a french maid costume for my dog too… it’s like a couples costume, except for losers with dogs…
Daily Tarot is vanishing till Monday.  Or is it varnishing till Tuesday?

Daily Tarot ~ October 25

October 24, 2012

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… at the end of August. And useful for strategizing upon the changing of the seasons, at least as we find it in northern Ohio. 

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.

George as Gandalf.


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.  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:  Autumn willows.  Mildish biosignatures. Intermittent Nureyevs, too.

On This Date: 1938 – The Archbishop of Dubuque denounces swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people.”  [Giggle.  Guess bro had a point, tho.]

Text From Last Night: …the real reason i can’t work… it’s thursday… i get really wasted and watch buck rodgers on thursday…

Daily Tarot ~ October 24

October 23, 2012

King of Swords


Fortune Cookie: What are your highest ideals?  What are your deepest passions?  Where do they intersect and support each other?  What are the specific, definable, practical steps that will carry you to living them?  How can you begin those steps TODAY?  And how can you keep to them EVERY day?

No, he STILL does NOT look like Johnny Depp.  Not a bit.  Not even a little.  Hardly. At all.  Really.  Not ever.


As those of you who are regular readers of the blog, AND have a fairly good number of still-functioning brain cells […which leaves me out {What does?} Never mind! {Okay!}] may remember, this was the daily card back toward the early end of April. Which, I suppose, is of no real significance whatsoever.  [{What is?  Or isn’t?} Never mind! {Okay!}] And it may be an unusual card for a Wednesday. [{What is? Or isn’t?} Never mind! {Okay!}]

As I said last time:

The King of Swords is one of those cards where each Tarot deck, each author writing about Tarot, and each reader has his or her own unique spin on what meanings are most truly representative and therefore accurate.

And then, to assign Mordred (more about him toward the end) to the card.  [Gravelly voice]: Lotta heavy weight on this card here, friends!!

So here are some of the interpretations I’ve gotten from others:

~ the bloody bastard who never knows when to stop fighting

~ a ruthless and daring person(likely male)

~ one (usually a man or someone of strong masculine energy) who sits in judgement

~ the innovative but probably unpredictable leader

~ a revolutionary  

~ a sign that now is the time to make a clean break with what you have been doing up until now and go off in your own unique direction.
So if any of those interpretations mesh with how it seems you need to be in your life just now and for the rest of this season (or mayhaps it represents the energy that’s intersecting and/or interfering with your life), then pay attention and act accordingly – i.e., if the interpretation accurately describes what you see in someone else, accept that your perceptions about the person are TRUE!, then figure out what to do from there.

I did a shamanic journey to determine how I should generally interpret this card for my clients.  A spirit guide in the form of a great black and silver dragon came by.   It said,

This is what you need to know about the King of Swords.

The King of Swords has three major characteristics:

First, he is so idealistic he often lets his head drift away into the clouds and he becomes a hopeless flake – which will often cause him to fail.

Second, he is so passionate he often loses track of what’s sensible, appropriate, or even legal and he blows his own ass up by getting crazy-emotional about what he wants or hopes for – which will often cause him to fail.

Third, as a result of the first and second characteristics above, he has actually learned from the example of the Queen of Swords and he has FORCED himself to develop the will to become strategic about what he wants.

He asks himself what he would need to do in order to be true to his highest ideals AND his deepest passions.  He determines where and when and how they could best blend together. He refines his goals, and then develops a specific, detailed plan that incorporates every major step [and most of the baby steps] necessary to take him from where he is to where his highest ideals and deepest passions would lead him.

And then he exerts the will to hold himself to that plan, day by day, until changes in his higher ideals or deeper passions cause him to rethink his goals − and start the whole process over again.

Hard work, but worth the effort.

How would your life be different if you had done that, and held yourself to it, twenty years ago?

It’s never too late to start.

[About Mordred:  pretty much everyone knows him as the ‘illegitimate’ son and only child of Arthur. According to most legends, Mordred, out of evil or just out of spite, plotted and schemed to displace The King and, in the process, brought down Camelot.  Maybe that is how it was.  There are a number of variations on that theme throughout the tales.  But in one version of the legends, Arthur and Mordred were reconciled in the end; they died fighting side by side against foreign invaders.  Maybe so.]

So:  What are your highest ideals?  What are your deepest passions?  Where do they intersect and support each other?  What are the specific, definable, practical steps that will carry you to living them?  How can you begin those steps TODAY?  And how can you keep to them EVERY day?

Bright blessings, high ideals, passion and success! 

Quote for the Day: Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion. ~ HH The Dalai Lama
Today’s Waethyr: Damp, if not moist, and freaking meadowy smelling sorta.  Chocolishus.  Aire.
On This Date:  1926Harry Houdini‘s last performance.
Text from Last Night: …decided this year instead of not doing Halloween… we’ll hand out beers to parents…

Daily Tarot ~ October 23

October 23, 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 exactly two weeks ago.  And almost exactly a month before that. And almost exactly a month before that.  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 Toozed-day, 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.


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.


I mean, REALLY?


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:  Minced interdimensional romper stompers from the Outer Limits. Beware the time warp slurpback.

On This Date: 2001 – Apple announces the iPod.

Text From Last Night:  …because everyone is allowed one half drunken 7:30 am walk back to campus in a cowgirl costume, right?  // … it’s better if you’re a girl, bro… 



Daily Tarot ~ October 22

October 21, 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.

Okay, look y’all.  This extraordinary fellow last showed up only on Thursday. And most of us have neither the time or inclination to read long, rambling, semi-marginally helpful posts like this. So, who wasn’t paying attention this time?  Eh?  Who? Have a little consideration for the rest of us, willya?

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 (especially Robin… So there!), 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

Today’s Weather: Rootforce wisdom. Permaculture mojos.  Faerie mist. Devas off left, please.

On This Date: 1920Timothy Leary is born.

Text from Last Night: …i remember halftime… then I woke up in Spain…  need a drink to process this…

Daily Tarot ~ October 19

October 18, 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.

[Web gremlins won’t let me show you the image today.  Grrr…]

What a great card for any time at all!  Saw this one last in the beginning of September, by the way.

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, emigration and 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?


what can you do


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.


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: 2003Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II.

Text from Last Night:managed to make myself a bowl of apple jacks… took one bite… …had to stop eating them because they were making my brain wiggle… …what was in the brownies?

DAILY TAROT is [even more] off [than normal] till Monday.