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Tarot Card for the Day ~ August 31

August 30, 2009

The Horned One

Cernunnos

 This fellow last appeared just a month ago.  Before that, he showed up right regular on holidays like Christmas Eve and the first day of spring.  When he showed up last month, I was given the following Spirit-based insight:

“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?”

I should probably just end the session with that insight and walk away now, y’know?  It’s plenty good information, and would save you a few minutes of additional reading to boot.

But NO-OOOO-OH.  [Oh well.  You’re a grown up.  You can stop reading whenever you want to.]

Anyway…

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. [Better than tossing in the odd Ukrainian, I’d say.  Although I suspect they they may have done a bit o’ that as well.]  

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

Cernunnos, the fellow depicted in the card is the Celtic incarnation of the Horned God.  He is 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, with some attendant negative interpretations.  Even Anna-Marie Ferguson, creator of the Legend deck, alludes to the card’s 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, as we have been informed above]

~ 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:  For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.  ~ Leonardo

Today’s Weather: Lavender dandruff with proximally dolorous viols come evening.

On This Date: 1142 – With the aid of Hiawatha and Deganawidah, The Great Peacemaker, the Iroquois tribes establish the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee.  (Some traditions date the Confederation to 1451.)