Daily Tarot ~ November 17

Three of Shields

The Homespun Tunic

Fortune Fookie:  Don’t get stuck in nostalgia; don’t let the remembered goodness of things past keep you from the awesome possibilities in things to come.

This card hasn’t come by since alllllllll the way back in early January!  And it’s an interesting card to have appear for a day near to Thanksgiving… a time when many of us become very, very prone to nostalgia.

So dig:

I mean it!


As you have often heard me say [seen me write?  Whatever…], please remember I find a Three in any Tarot deck indicates that the question being explored (or the day being reviewed) is fraught with issues of power:

~ power games

~ power struggles

~ owning your power

~ refusing to submit to ploys that would deny you power you have earned

~ having a care against disempowerment in any area of your life

~ resisting tendencies toward disempowerment of your self

And stuff like that.

So have a care about that.  A really big care.


My interpretation of the Three of Shields goes way off the beam from any other source you’re likely to experience. That’s because of my persoanl take on the particular Arthurian tales illustrated by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck for this card. (More on that in a bit.)

Anyway, I see the Three of Shields as warning us not to disempower ourselves, (or not to open ourselves to being manipulated by others) by getting lost in nostalgia when we ought to be grabbing life by the [ ________kindly fill in the blank] RIGHT NOW! and flying toward our highest and best.

When this card comes up for a client, I affirm that it’s appropriate to honor the good things that have been − in a situation, a relationship, a business, a job, a home, a time in life.

BUT it is deadly important to not just get stuck there, in the past, drooling over what had been and quivering in fear because things must change.

As I said to one client whose eldest child was about to go off to college,

“Look, I know ya wanna grab him, roll him up in a rug and shove him under the bed where he’ll be safe and sound. But if you do that, he’ll NEVER be the brilliant, amazing human being he can become. And that would be because of your choices.” She got the message, though she didn’t like hearing it much just then.

Which leads me to the short version of the story in the card.

The homespun tunic was a garment made − by hand − by Percivale’s mother for him to wear as he set off on his quest to seek a place at Camelot.

[The back story is that her husband, a minor king, was killed while off on a chivalric quest. She then promised herself that her son would know nothing of knights, of chivalry, or even that he was a prince.

She and her retinue went off to a small castle in the wilds of Wales, far from the ways of Court and King. Despite her efforts, at age fifteen Percivale spied what he thought were three bright shining angels travelling through the wood – on horseback. He told his mother, she asked him what he saw… and she knew the jig was up.

She told him of his heritage, and that by his birth he was entitled to aspire to knighthood.

She asked him to hold off on following his bliss just until she completed a beautiful tunic for him to wear on his quest. She made the garment, and sent him off on his quest. Shortly thereafter, she died of a broken heart at his leaving.]

That’s the part of the story that gives me my interpretation of the Three of Shields.

Percivale, you see, went on to be one of the greatest champions of Camelot, and one of only three knights holy enough to achieve the Grail.

But because his mother became stuck, and then distraught at the loss of her expected/desired way of being, and the life she wanted Percivale to have, she lost the gift of being around to see him achieve the brave, brilliant, shining, astonishing, world-shaking things he did. NOT NECESSARY! NOT! NOT! NOT! NOT! NOT!

[Do you get the impression I feel a bit strongly about this?]

And another important element in what this card offers is best summarized by the idea, “Look!  Don’t get stuck thinking there’s ONLY ONE WAY the beautiful things you hope for in life can come to you. Step outside the zone of logic and intelligent possibilities and be open to amazing things that can come in their own, possibly absurd ways.”  [I have no idea who that info is for.  But if it’s you, USE IT!]

So, honor what you honor.

Desire what you will, harm to none, with love, for the highest and best of all.

But don’t let the goodness of things past hold you back from the beauty and power and healing of what can come. And know that what CAN come may far surpass your happiest dreams.

Bright blessings and a beautiful, fulfilling future!

Quote for the Day: What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now. ~ Anon.  [I STILL LOVE it!]

And: I don’t like nostalgia unless it’s mine. ~ Lou Reed

Today’s Weather: A mildly eleemosynary impulse through the morning, with squishy but ponderous interludes of nonduality.  Help! I’ve fallen into a Thesaurus!

On This Date: 1950 – Lhamo Dondrub is officially named the 14th Dalai Lama.

Text From Last Night: my math prof is telling us what to do in a gun fight   …i dont want to live in oakland anymore.

See ya again Toozeday!


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