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Tarot Card for the Day ~ July 29

July 28, 2009

The Horned One

Cernunnos

Wow!  Haven’t seen this card since the first day of Spring, and Christmas Eve before that.  [I just had a Spirit Guide lean in and whisper, “Good.  Now… remember that EVERY day is a day of power, a day of connection, and a day of celebration.  Live THAT, why don’t you?”]

Like I can follow THAT with anything?

Following a Shamanic spirituality as I do, I simply consider this the most powerful card in the deck.  Let me describe it a bit as it’s portrayed by Anna-Marie Ferguson in her Legend deck.

There’s a beautifully muscled fellow sitting cross legged out in the woods under a bright full moon.  His legs are shaggy and end in hooves.  He has stag’s antlers protruding from his head.  In his right hand he holds a golden torc ~ the old Celtic symbol of kingship ~ in his left a live serpent.  He is surrounded by folk of the wood ~ fox, otter, boar, stag, frog. 

It’s a beautiful, mystical, magical card.

The painting on the card is depicts images from the famous Gundestrup cauldron, a first century BC ritual silver vessel found deep in a Danish bog.  Sacred, beautiful objects like this were ritually cast into bogs ~ which were considered places of mystery, power and great magic ~ as sacrificial gifts.

You can read more about the cauldron at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundestrup_cauldron .

Cernunnos is the Celtic incarnation of the Horned God, considered to be the Lord of the Animals.

[In the spirit of full disclosure, in other decks, this card is often depicted by the devil, sometimes with some attendant negative interpretations.  Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, alludes to the fact that the card bespeaks primordial power, and emphasizes the need to channel this power positively and for good.]

But here is what I see in the card, based on many years of working with clients.  This is a truly shamanic card in that it says, “You have the capacity to connect with the realm of Spirit.  You have an ability to bring Spirit through into ordinary reality in a way that can functionally, positively bring about change. 

“Because you have that capacity ~ from the Shaman’s perspective ~ you have the OBLIGATION to develop it and use it for the highest and best of all.

So, in this very sacred season [whatever season or day of the year it may be]

~ explore your connection to Spirit (your guardian angels, the Universal Life Force, God, Goddess or however you perceive it)

~ believe in — in fact ASSUME — a functional connectedness

~ open yourself to the goodness and healing and wisdom that Spirit offers

~ use your connection to understand how to bring about positive change through your very being and through your prayerwork in your day to day life.

Brightest blessings, joy, hope and healing! 

Quote for the day:  Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. ~ Leonardo

And:  Before our white brothers came to civilize us we had no jails. Therefore we had no criminals. You can’t have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor that he had no horse, tipi or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them away. We had no money, and therefore a man’s worth couldn’t be measured by it. We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians, therefore we couldn’t cheat. We really were in a bad way before the white men came, and I don’t know how we managed to get along without these basic things which, we are told, are absolutely necessary to make a civilized society. ~  John Lame Deer, from Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

Today’s Weather: Toronto dowsers; implicated endive.

On This Date: 2005Astronomers announce their discovery of Eris, the largest dwarf planet in our solar system (it’s 27% more massive than Pluto).