23 May 18: Seven of Cups reversed & Five of Wands

Waking up to reality. What a pair this is.

The ‘Castles in the Air’ card, the dreamy, illusionary 7 of Cups/Water (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) shows us a shadowy figure of a human with his or her back to us enamored with a beautiful smorgasbord of overflowing gold cups containing various questionable contents floating in on Sky Clouds.  He is overwhelmed by his options, visions, and imagination – some of these images are more realistic than others, which is what this card is all about (Rider-Waite). The Morgan-Greer card has no shadowy figure, it is us who has to decode these mirage-like images.

One cup seems desirable, overflowing with gold and jewelry, but it could all be fake. One contains a dragon head, but what with all the clouds and mist and confusion, we can’t tell what’s what. Is it a dragon, or a distorted puppy? He’s got to pick a reality, basically, or his life will never get past the dream state. Cups are emotional, not necessarily practical, and this is a mighty watery, misty, wishful card. He feels chaos. Overindulgence and escapism to the point of delusion is the common reputation of this card, and in a lot of readings, even worse when reversed.  Hallucinations. Fantasy.  This is well known as the ‘all that glitters is not gold’ card.

The 5 of Clubs/Fire (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) is a card of competition. 5 young men brandishing thick clubs wave them around at each other in mock-battle, but don’t seem to be doing any real harm, as we see no physical contact. Debate, argument, dissent, lively collaboration – could even be in your own head, one of those ever-entertaining ‘internal debates’ i.e. arguing with yourself. This is the martial arts card, you have a judo match going on in your head.

I’m wanting to see this as successfully coming out of a period of neglect or self-indulgence, possibly even with the help of an intervention. Maybe friends are trying to talk some sense into someone who is ‘losing it’ after ‘a dream has died’ or they’re trying to involve you in a group or team project or event of some kind to get you ‘out of yourself’. It’s not comfortable, but they mean well.

Maybe there was or is competition for a ‘fantasy job’ or person you desperately desired but didn’t get – and you’ll see it turned out to be a good thing you didn’t.

Or: are other people keeping you from achieving your own dream?

 

 

 

 

22 May 18: The Star & King of Cups & 6 of Wands, all reversed

Burnout. This is all about someone unfit to lead, basically. A sad layout for sure, but I can’t feel bad for this reversed King of Cups/Water (Pisces/Scorpio/Cancer) because in this position he can be a sorry son of a bitch, manipulative and controlling of everything and everyone else but his own emotional state. Upright he’s a respected, mature, caring father figure –  he embraces all kinds of people,  his wisdom and advice trusted and respected. Or at least it was..but not anymore. This one can have all kinds of issues: drugs, alcohol, sexuality. Toxic as hell. This is one miserable, mixed-up bastard..or bitch. Whoever it is is too old to be this screwed up.. they don’t seem to know or care that they are, that’s the challenge here.

Inspiration is gone (the Star reversed) as we can see from the Star. Upright the card of hope, protection, inspiration and guidance here is reversed. I do get a ‘shooting star’ vibe from this – it’s an amazing thing to see a falling star flame out, quite poignant. There is a poetry to it. But this isn’t a pretty sparkling falling star, this is a sad, slow loss of hope, inspiration, emotional balance, confidence and health.  Burned out, in the cold light of day, it’s just a another rock.

The Six of Wands upright is a card of victory. A rider on horseback leads a team behind him bearing 6 tall staves held proudly upright. The lead rider wears a laurel wreath on his head, and another is attached to the top of his own staff like a victory flag celebrating a great achievement, and we assume there is an audience for this parade.  Reversed, he is simply no longer capable of leading anyone anywhere, whether he knows it or not. He may not even want to.

Basically he shouldn’t be at the center of this layout or at the center of anything. This is someone who should have retired, because they’re just not going to get ‘any better’.

Or younger.

This is a mid-life crisis spread if there ever was one, or if it isn’t, someone’s ‘burned out’ or their ‘star has fallen’ and they’re just not in touch with the reality of it.

These cards are good cards upright, which means the energies want to be there, but are waning, or more likely dissipated by the instability of the collapsing King.

If this picture were to be turned right side up, he could lift his glass, ride out into the sunset to the sea with dignity, be remembered for the ‘star’ he once was, and embrace the next cycle of his life.

Take up surfing or something.

I used to watch all the old ladies swim at sunrise in Hawaii and think,

“Isn’t it breakfast time for sharks?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 May 18: 7 of Swords & Knight of Clubs & 8 of Clubs

Secret travel plans. The fired-up Knight of the Wands suit (Leo/Sagittarius/Aries) likes to be always on the move – but he’s generally here and gone pretty quick. In traditional decks, he even looks like he’s having a hard time keeping his rearing horse from bolting out from under him.  He’s the star of this little show at the center of the other 2 cards. His back is to the sneaky, covert 7 of Swords/Air to the left, showing someone making off and away from a town in the background with an armful of swords – nobody’s watching. The card to the right of the Knight is another card of the suit of Fire, the 8 of Wands, showing 8 straight clubs flying through the air in formation. This card is sometimes referred to as ‘arrows of love’ and they do look like arrows descending to their ‘target’ from some distance. This card brings news, announcements, invitations, plane tickets..it’s all about making a move. Between the touch-and-go Knight of Wands and the frequent-flying 8 of Wands, there’s no doubt the time is now for this impatient Knight.

So it would seem that someone has been planning to make some kind of move from behind the scenes for a while. But this is also a card of avoidance and procrastination, no longer possible or desirable. This Knight has been, like his horse, straining at the reins, but either timing wasn’t right or he didn’t have everything he needed in place in order to make his plan work. He is now ready to put his ‘secret plans’ into action.

He’s probably ready to bolt and go his own damn way where he can move at his own (sometimes manic) pace. This fast-moving 8 is telling him to ‘strike while the iron is hot’.

But that 7 of Swords (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius) is the Card of the Thief, and this Knight’s back is to him, so I’m worried. Is someone stealing from him while he’s away or involved and distracted by something at a distance? This is embezzlement as well..we see that the thief is making off with only 5 of the 7 swords, leaving 2 stuck in the ground behind him as he runs off. That was nice of him. Will they even be missed? Is this a one-time thing or is this thief stealing little by little, coming back for the last of them later? Heads up, Sir Knight.

Is this Knight secretly paying somebody off for something, possibly at a distance? He can be a bit of a player..

If you’re traveling, watch your stuff. This thief also will steal your ideas, so be mindful.

It’s time to make your move, if you’ve been planning one. The Sun moving into Gemini out of Taurus in a way sort of feels like Mercury going direct after a retrograde…from Earth to Air.

Something that I notice when I consider this layout in a traditional deck as opposed to the Morgan-Greer: the Knight of Wands usually faces left rather than right and we see him only from the waist up, there is no horse in the picture at all, but his salamander logo is prominent on his yellow sleeve – he’s fireproof, as the salamander was thought to be, or certainly thinks he is. He certainly seems to be.

The thief of the 7 of Swords in traditional images is shown looking back over his shoulder as he steals away alone, in which case he would be face to face with the Knight in the center of the layout who may have just ‘landed’ or returned from a trip to find someone stealing from him, maybe even catching him in the act. This thief has looked back, it’s someone the Knight knows, and he’s not happy about it. How long has this been going on?

Time to make your move, or just make A move..maybe someone will surprise you with plane tickets and a Hawaiian vacation.

(That volcano’s been flowing since the 80’s. We used to watch the lava hit the water and cool and explode into new rocks, it was all very primordial and awesome. It really is something to see, and when we stood on the lava flow, it melted the bottom of our sneakers.)

 

 

 

 

 

20 May 18: Four of Cups & Eight of Cups

Seeking fulfillment elsewhere. First let me say I feel for you water signs, Sun, Moon, or Rising (both of these cards are of the emotional suit of Cups) as you’re feeling this current transit the most, from what I’m seeing in my private readings. As a matter of fact, this last week I think they’ve all been for water signs. It’s a flood.

The 4 is the number of stability, which is more important to some of us than others – what some value as ‘stability’ others may consider a ‘rut’ as this apathetic, bored individual on this card obviously does. Typically he’s portrayed sitting cross-legged under a tree, arms folded across his chest. Impress me, he seems to be saying to the Sky Hand reaching down from the clouds to offer him a (yet another) gold cup. He rolls his eyes and glances down at the 3 untouched gold cups on the ground before him. He has these already and they’re all basically the same. I’m bored, he says. Just set it down with the others. In the cards, and not just Tarot, Cups correspond with Hearts and Hearts = People, so these cups could symbolize unfulfilling relationships in this person’s life as well. On the Morgan-Greer card, our dissatisfied human is actually growing over with ivy, he’s been in that rut for so long. If he waits much longer, he won’t be able to pull himself out of it.

But good news! And so powerful to see these 2 as a pair. On the equally emotionally unfulfilled 8 we see a Seeker, a hooded, caped figure, staff in hand, wandering off at moonrise along a desolate, rocky shore, leaving behind 8 gold cups. 8 is an even number but oddly, the cups are stacked strangely and unevenly as if everything he put his heart into didn’t ‘add up’ exactly the way he or she had planned. Why am I not happy?

The thing I notice about this pair first is: in any suit, the maximum is 10. There are 12 cups here, more than enough, yet they’re not ‘quenching’ the ’emotional thirst’.

I’ve often worried about this character of the 4 of Cups with the ivy growing over him. In the distance there is a clear expanse of green field and cypress trees. He’s so stuck and stagnant he’s becoming the very fertilizer of his own deterioration. His once full cups, ignored and sitting on the ground before him, are empty, having evaporated.

On the 8, the traveller’s red (passion) cloak whips in the wind behind him as he makes his way along a rocky shore out to open water under a newer moon…in a month he will be in a very different place from where he can look back, but –

-he’s definitely not going back…not to that paralyzing emotional state, anyway.

Or: someone has decided to walk away from alcohol altogether, finally – or ‘shallow’ ‘dried out’ or  ‘non-essential’ personal ‘personnel’.

In any case, by the full moon, you’ll have a different perspective.

Do you want to feel like this forever?

Heard : “He had it all, but he just wasn’t happy.”

 

 

19 May 18: Page of Cups, reversed

Fantasy vs. Reality. Upright, this sensitive young Page of the emotional suit of Water (Pisces/Scorpio/Cancer) is a dreamer, and brings news of happy events and messages of love and affection. The image on the card itself is one straight out of a dream. In the archives regarding the Page of Cups I tagged an old movie, “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” I loved when I was a kid. Don Knotts plays a bespectacled nerdy young man who can’t get into the Army because he’s scrawny or whatever, and sitting on a pier he looks down into the ocean and ‘wishes he were a fish’ (as an angelic chorus sings ‘be careful, be careful, be caaaarefuuul!”). He falls into the ocean and morphs into a joyous, free, bespectacled fish, and goes on to be the hero of the US submarine fleet. It was the first film to combine animation and live-people footage, which is also a perfect illustration for this card reversed.

This Page is madly creative and imaginative. He or she is openly emotional and affectionate.  Gender-fluid, this tender young daydreaming soul gazes down into his cup and sees a little fish rising up to communicate something to him. He’s leaning in, listening intently  to whatever the fish (his own subconscious) may be trying to tell him. He can feel it…telepathy.

Reversed, we’re in a bit of a zone between fantasy and reality, and need to check ourselves or someone else and get grounded.

This could also mean a teenager or young person repressing or ‘closeting’ concerns or confusions regarding sexuality or identity.

This could be a negative pregnancy test, and all new or alternative treatments should be explored if you’re trying for a little Page yourself.

Dreams are confusing and messages are mixed.

And as always with the more emotionally – fluid water signs, escapism through drugs and alcohol is especially destructive. This could mean an addiction that has taken over to the point where interest in ‘real life’, or as we veteran ‘Burners call it, the ‘Default World’  is nonexistent and dreams turn to nightmares. If you’re an adult, you’re emotionally immature and find dealing with the Default World to be a painful experience, overall.

With no idea ‘which end is up’, this poor soul could be wrapped up in a delusion or fantasy that’s never going to happen.

A firm, gentle hand is needed here, parents, the  young dreamers must be cherished, nourished and protected. You were chosen to do just that.

 

 

18 May 18: Queen of Swords, reversed

Check yourself, bitch. I hate to see my favorite Queen have a bad day, but even the sharp-witted, no-bullshit Queen of Air (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) is human.

This critical Queen, wife of the most respected King in the Tarot, is a mature, beautiful woman whose mind is as sharp as the double-edged sword she holds upright in her left hand. Her tongue is as well, and she is renowned for her sharp – but always  ‘on point’ – remarks, judgements and opinions – and sense of humor.

I noticed this card in a spread yesterday and that I hadn’t drawn it in a while, and a couple of things jumped out. One, her spiked crown, which is some kind of thorny, round, protective helmet. She is protective of her sharp mind, and ready to defend her position. She is in a massive, lush garden of roses in full bloom, and a large red bloom is at her heart, in full bloom open wide to show a jewel in the center (Morgan-Greer). She does not openly show emotion like the more feminine Queen of Cups, she has an almost masculine edge. She saves it for the King, the only one she can trust.

Roses of course mean love, so she is definitely not as ‘heartless’ as some people may see her to be. Roses also symbolize secrets, tightly held in the center of the bud. This Queen doesn’t like secrets, she’ll cut to the truth of the matter, and it’s as if all those roses are opening up voluntarily, giving it up to her. May as well, she probably already knows.

Reversed: a malicious, gossipy old bitch. This card is known as ‘The Widow’s Card’ and reversed, this Queen becomes a bitter and lonely woman. Her sword isn’t so sharp anymore. Rather than astute and amusing observations, today she is humorless and mean-spirited, using her sharp tongue to spit hurtful, cutting remarks for sport.

This can sadly mean an older woman in decline losing faculties, and must be forgiven for out-of-context, sometimes shocking and/or embarrassing remarks.

Maybe it’s just that the King is off again seizing territory or whatever it is he does.  She’s always like this when he’s away.

Steer clear.

 

17 May 18: Temperance, reversed

Losing control. 

Temperance is all about keeping your balance and staying in control of your emotions.

This 14th card of the Major Arcana and associated with the Fire sign Sagittarius shows us a giant angel with massive wings spread wide standing with one foot in a clear blue stream or pond and the other up on the grassy bank, a soft golden glow emanating from his/her head. Calmly and methodically, the angel pours liquid back and forth between two gold goblets, over and over, patiently and exactly. He measures, mixes, timing his moves carefully, like a cosmic chemist. This is maintaining equilibrium.

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m finding this current Uranus/Taurus meet up to be an extremely uncomfortable and restless energy, like having a one foot on the brake and one on the gas. Take a breath.

Upside down, this is losing it. He got impatient and sloppy mixing those drinks (probably had a few himself) and dropped the cups, spilling everything out all over the place. He’s lost his focus, or has in trying to do too much has now overwhelmed himself, rushing, making mistakes, or quitting and throwing everything away altogether in frustration.  He’s lost his temper and is now on an emotional rollercoaster – this is a bi-polar card. He’s not getting along with or ‘mixing’ well with anyone around him.

You may feel time’s running out, or pressured for some reason.

Do whatever it takes to maintain your health, as your mental, emotional and physical well-being could take a turn. This reversed card is associated with an out-of-whack nervous system but could also warn of white/red corpuscle imbalance in the blood or of an out-of-whack emotional state that could be due to hormonal imbalance.

 

Seek help, we all need it sometimes.