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Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 10

July 9, 2009

Six of Swords

The Eachtra


Twice within one week. 

That says to me that we must not be doing a good enough job of going deep within ourselves to find the treasure there and bring it out for the world to benefit by.  [One of my shamanic experiences of this card and its meaning.]

As I’ve said other times this card has turned up, the Six of Swords as I work with it has several layers of meaning, and requires a bit of storytelling and explanation.  So, once again, bear with me. 

According to Anna Marie Ferguson − creator of Legend, the Arthurian Tarot  − The Eachtra is the Irish phrase for an Otherworld journey and adventure

Among the Arthurian legends, one such adventure involved a great quest in which Arthur and his knights ventured to the realm of Annwn − the Celtic Underworld − to meet Arawn, the Lord of the Underworld, and (depending on which version you harken to) form a brotherly alliance, king to king, {or do grievous battle, army to army} so as to win and bring back {or steal and bring back} magic and magical tools for the grace and hope of Camelot.   

Funny how variable those legends are.  Sort of like issues politics these days.  I used to blame it on the monk mead.  Now I just think it’s because people are… nemmind.  Maybe it was just those wonderful little mushrooms they ate with the salads.  Ah, the goode olde dayes!

So, let’s see.  An otherworld journey and adventure… 

That’s a pretty perfect thing to have recommended to us right now − a time full of summer magic, during which some of us may be sensitive to a thinning of the veils between ordinary reality and the realms of spirit. 

How will you let yourself explore the doorways to goodness, wisdom and healing that are available just now? Especially those which open by going deep within to find our own truer, better natures.  I hope you’ll at least dream on it, anyway!

Anyway, back to the card, more or less. 

In the teachings of modern core shamanism, journeying is the term given to the deep, powerful meditation used by shamanic practitioners to travel to alternate realities. Often, the first teaching journeys are to the lower world, into beautiful, fruitful, healing darkness entered through an opening into the Earth.   

So, in my work with clients, and based on my shamanic work, I’ve come to refer to the Six of Swords as The Journeywork Card

This card directs us to go deep – deep within the self, into the core of our hopes and dreams, to the very essence of our being. It tells us to believe in, seek and find the beautiful, powerful, enlightening, inspiring treasure within us. And it asks us to then embrace it fully and bring it up and out into the world to share with and benefit all.

Isn’t that why you agreed to come into this lifetime, after all?   And should we really need to ask that twice in one week?  Eh?

Explore the realms of the sacred and the healing.  Go deep within and find the treasure there, then bring it out to lovingly share with the world.  Be part of the beautiful and powerful magics of the season.

Bright blessings and miraculous journeys!

[ For more information on journeying, please see my article at  ]   

Quote for the day:   Other examples of discoveries which cannot easily be accounted for except by some form of psychic assistance include the remarkable story of the career of the Nobel laureate Barbara McClintoc, described in A Feeling for the Organism by Evelyn Fox Keller.  ‘She showed a perplexing capacity to know that something was true, one of the reviewers of the book, Bernard Dixon, has commented, ‘typefied by the occasion when half an hour’s weeping and subconscious thinking under a eucalyptus tree on the Stanford campus led her to solve problems about … cytology … that had baffled distinguished geneticists for years.  By her own account, a vision solved it: ‘I was even able to see the internal parts of the chromosomes,’ she recalls.  ‘It surprised me, because I actually felt as if I were right down there, and these were my friends.  On the strength of her experience she is proud to call herself a mystic, which has not made her popular with many of the scientists in her field; but they have been reluctantly compelled to recognize her ‘capacity to know that something was true’, twenty years or more before the proofs have eventually shown she was right. ~ Brian Inglis, from The Unknown Guest

Today’s Weather:  Fruitloops on the rill around. Shoo bop! Shoo bop!

On This Date: 988 – The city of Dublin is founded on the banks of the river Liffey.

Also:  1962Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit.