23 January 19: The Hermit & The Lovers & 5 of Swords, all reversed

Agree to disagree.  I believe what I believe, you believe what you believe. Can we just agree to disagree? If only.

The Hermit, #9 of the Major Arcana causes no one any trouble, because he’s a Hermit, and never leaves the cave. Every once in a while the odd seeker, guided by the Hermit’s ever-glowing lantern, will brave their way up the snowy mountain to pick his brain. The Hermit has dedicated and committed his life to meditation and understanding, and like Buddha who sat under a tree and let the world come to him, will share his knowledge but only with those who care enough to make the trip.  Upright, this card is a card of voluntary solitude. Reversed, our Hermit does not hold his lamp up so that others may find him on the dark, remote mountain, but rather down, dimming his light – he seems to be in hiding. This Hermit is, or rather, was, in full retreat mode. This is an unusual and lonely path he has taken –  did everyone leave him, or did he leave everyone else?

The Lovers reversed is in present position. An old-fashioned read of the olde tyme image  shows a man having to choose between 2 lovers –  ‘virtue and vice’ or the classic  ‘whore/madonna’ complex. I do believe ‘The Choice’ was also a name for this card, and it’s a big one. The Lovers is #6 of the Major Arcana, the number of peace and karma. The choice here doesn’t seem to be between 2 lovers, though, this could be about any  important relationship or partnership, or the potential of one. Gemini rules this card, the sign of the twins. Why are they even reversed? This is a beautiful card. On the simpler, more peaceful Morgan-Greer card, there is not a choice between two people but the choice is whether or not to enter into the relationship in the first place. There are compatibility issues here – deep ones. Like really, really deep.

In the future position is the dreaded 5 of Swords, the card that’s spoiling for a fight just for the sake of it. A cackling human has just ‘won’ a fight with 2 other humans, or at least he thinks he did. Gemini is also involved in the battle on this sharp card of the suit of Air (also Libra and Aquarius), thankfully reversed. This wasn’t a ‘winnable’ argument in the first place, but you started it.

Ok, if it’s that important to you, you win. Fine. You’re right.

The naked Lovers on the Morgan-Greer card don’t look like they’re really into discussing much of anything, so perhaps they shouldn’t.

Someone’s beliefs or the way they live their life is in the way of a potential relationship, but if you were to ask me, I’d say love conquers all, and nothing else matters.

There is an old saying about not discussing religion or politics in polite company. Look long and hard enough and we can all find something to disagree or even fight about. Or, conversely, is this an important conversation that needs to be had before starting any sort of relationship regarding personal spiritual or religious beliefs that are either  important to the foundation of the partnership or – now that I see you naked, who cares?

Make love, not war.

Couples therapy might not hurt, either.

 

22 January 19: Eight of Swords & The Sun & Two of Clubs, all reversed

Free will. It’s not for pussies, excuse my language. I was having a discussion not too long ago with another reader and during the course of the conversation the subject came up, and I was surprised to hear her agree with me when I commented that people don’t want ‘free will’. Isn’t it so much easier to have someone else tell one what to do, thereby absolving one of any and all responsibility for one’s self?

If the tortured, self-pitying Eight of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) has a New Year resolution I hope it is to show up reversed from now on. In the past position, the blindfolded woman who stands in a rather poorly constructed self-made ‘jail’ of 8 swords is dumped out on her ass, free to go and live in the world, as of course we all are. It’s all in your mind, aka ‘analysis paralysis’. Swords are not meant to be used as jail bars. Swords symbolize the logical mind in the Tarot, and this card upright is being a ‘prisoner’ of a ‘victim’ mentality. There seems to be city in the background, but, blindfolded and resigned to the fact that suffering is their destiny. Reversed, the swords and blindfold fall away and our eyes and our minds open.   You are free. Can you handle it?

The Sun is often called ‘the happiest card in the deck’ and for good reason. The life-giving sun is exactly that, and while the details of the images vary from deck to deck, there is usually pictured a huge yellow sun, sunflowers and happy naked children. That’s us,  happy naked children! We comes as happy naked children, the challenge is to go out the same way.

Reversed, the sun is still there, but may be obscured by clouds That of course does not mean the sun is not there. This is that. This is the point that this little spread – today of the Russian tarot of St. Petersburg – is trying to make. The thing that makes this card unique is that on this particular version of the card the sun wears an odd, almost disapproving expression as he observes the child riding joyously through the grass on his white horse. The sun sees all, and the naked youth on his horse doesn’t care who sees him or her and doesn’t need their approval. The sun is not selective about where it shines, or what it grows. It’s just there. Bask if you like. Or don’t.

The 2 of Fire (Leo/Sagittarius/Aries) is generally a card of the future. Future goals and plans and what we need to make them happen. More specifically, what we ourselves want and/or what we need to be happy. This is like a person who has been in jail for so long they never really even thought about what they’d do if they were released. The simple fact that I spent a good many minutes closely examining the expression of the sun on this card to discern whether he was smirking, smiling or downright scowling says it all: who fucking cares what he thinks?

The 2 of Clubs or Wands can’t make a plan without knowing where he wants to go, and that’s the problem. You are no longer suffering from the syndrome I call ‘thinking with other people’s minds’ which is being overly concerned about what other people think.

2’s indicate partnerships, and you may have decided, after finally ‘freeing’ yourself from perhaps even the notion that you need a relationship to be happy that this isn’t the time to enter into one. Or, there may be disagreement with a potential partner as to how to proceed to a mutual goal, or for that matter if there even is a mutual goal. One of you has to have a plan, and while you’re at it, work on your delivery. Communication is everything with this card, and your future relationship success may depend on it.

What do we need to be happy is the question here. It is of course entirely possible, and a most desirable state, grasshopper, to desire nothing and no one, and to be content.

The sun, as we all know, will still rise tomorrow.

You can’t see that from a jail cell.

 

 

21 January 19: Nine of Coins & The Magician & Two of Cups

I was doing fine until you came along. You thought you were, anyway. Perhaps, in the past, like the regal-looking, self-made woman or man of means on the 9 of Coins (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn), your focus had always been on your career or more likely, as with this well-to-do human, creating and building your own business, and you’ve  succeeded. This well-dressed and richly adorned human has acquired money, property and status, and has truly elevated himself or herself in life, and enjoys a comfortable, even luxurious, existence. This card, though, always means a person who is independent, single, and happy to be. This human is the whole package, not only in the material sense, but the whole card is awash in purple, her gown, the sky, the antennae-like sprout of feather on her turban, the grapes in her vineyard. At one tyme only royalty were allowed to wear purple, associated with higher vibration and divine connection.

“You don’t look for love, love finds you, honey.” said the witty, wise Magician of New Orleans, Otis at the Bottom of the Cup Tearoom to me many lifetimes ago.  How right he is today, because in the present position, the Magician looks as if he’s about to make something happen. His raises his wand over a table laid with the symbols, or the Aces, of the elements – earth, air, water and fire. The ‘primary colors’, as it were. In the old Marseilles deck, only the primary colors were used. They either mix or don’t, depending on the skill of the artist- or magician. Perhaps this is a ‘matchmaker’ who knows just who you should partner with romantically or creatively .

The 2 of Cups (Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces) is love, of course, the 2 humans whose eyes lock across the crowded room. You may have thought it was a fated meeting, but someone may have actually made a lot of calls behind the scenes to make sure you would both be in the same place at the same time.

This is a picture of a happily single successful person who has not made relationships a central focus of their life because they simply don’t need to be in a relationship to be happy.  The 9 is a number of completion, and this woman (or man) obviously feels complete and up until now has been fine on their own and enjoys their freedom  This person may have always considered relationships a hindrance, but this Magician is about to change all that.

The 2 of cups talks about commitments, and someone worthy of committing to. We may not be talking about a romantic relationship, because knowing the single lady of the 9, well, her standards are pretty damn high, but that’s why she is where she is, and that’s never been her first priority. Nobody’s good enough, it’s that simple.

#1 of the Major Arcana, this Magician is definitely an exception.

Right there on the table in front of him is the 10th coin, like the last piece of a puzzle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 January 19: Two of Cups & The Moon & Judgement, reversed

The Bad Influence. Whether you like it or not, the Super Wolf Moon is upon us, and it’s strange how the dog and coyote who howl at the moon on the mysterious card  look a little wolf-ish today. They’re not, they just look like wolves in this light. Or rather, perhaps, they’ve been wolves all along masquerading as a dog and coyote. Who can tell?

In the past position we once again have the 2 of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) that is someone on your mind with whom you shared a deep connection, but was it really, or was it just the wine, the music and the mood lighting? Do you even care? It was a magic moment.

The Moon is more than just ‘present’,  she’s full in the attention-loving fire sign Leo, the Lion, just to add to the wolf and coyote mix. We’re behaving like animals! What’s gotten into you? I think I like it! Full moon madness, it’s heady stuff. This is one crazy super moon with an eclipse on the side. Dreams, visions, psychic impressions, all can be so strong they’re scary. This is the card of film, theatre, and other beautiful illusions,  particularly potent for those who value these vibes: creative types should be having a hell of a weekend.

In the future position we have Judgement, reversed, #20 of the Major Arcana, 20=2. We  may be looking at someone from the past through foggy lenses, and may even have a tendency to over romanticize in general, our fantasies and visions of relationships having been formed by movies and films and Hallmark greeting cards. How dramatic the couple of the 2 of Cups are, staring deep into each other’s eyes, it’s a beautiful close up. The background fades away and its as if they’re the only ones in the room, with eyes and ears for no one else. The reality to be considered, if it even has to be, is whether this can hold up in the light of day – this may not be what they’d call a ‘conventional relationship’. These are not ‘conventional’ people.

Judgement reversed; who cares what people think about you, your work, or your relationships? The moon, she’s talking to you, and not everybody is listening.

Are we crazy?

Don’t judge..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 January 19: King of Cups & Three of Wands & The Fool

 Take the chance. You’ll be glad you did, I think. Why not? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Besides, it looks like a fun trip may be involved, and you can take the dog. The King of Cups will be very happy to see you again, although he may not come out and say so. He’s rather reserved about such things, being the King and all, but after a couple beers he may start to gush a bit: “I missed you, maaaaan!” 

In the past position today is this psychic, artistic, musical King of Water. We can roll him in fur and call him a teddy bear, this tender-hearted, compassionate King representing the astrological signs of Scorpio,Pisces and Cancer. The imagery on the card is that of a King calmly and serenely seated on a throne that seems to be floating on choppy, rippling  waters yet the King holds his gold cup easily without spilling a drop. It’s like when you’re in turbulence on a plane and hold your plastic cup of wine up to stabilize it so it doesn’t spill. Cups represent emotions and the subconscious in the Tarot, and this King is always well in control of his – and possibly yours. A word from this wise King and everything was always ok. again. He may be any important person from your past who may or may not have come straight out and said so, but had deep feelings for you. Who knew? He was always there, always listened, and, being a King, always seemed to know what to say and when to say it as if he was reading your mind. He was. Dad, husband, boss, lover, friend, mentor, counselor, whoever, they were your go-to who always understood you. This person feels very deeply, almost empathically.  You loved this human very much, and he/she you. This is the King most in touch with his feminine side, which gives him so much of his intuition and innate understanding.

The central issue here is making a move in order to get to the next level. A human looks off into the distance and into the future, contemplating and calculating time and effort and any possible obstacles to an endeavor that involves, or will involve, a potential partner or partners. This is the powerful 3 of Fire (Leo/Sagittarius/Aries) so we must be careful who we choose to partner up with for the long haul – the human on this card is passionate and driven, waiting for the word to make a move – the King may require your presence.

The Fool in the future position is the ultimate outsider, numbered Zero, he’s in a class by himself as he strides and skips through this adventure called Life. His eyes look up and ahead, and in this layout, he is right behind the far-sighted human on the 3 as if to say, I’m right behind you. It looks like he or she has thrown together a few things wrapped in a scarf and with only that, a staff, a white rose symbolizing faith and trust in life and a   nervous little dog yapping along at his side, the Fool is a very fated and powerful card, and in this position suggests to me that you have nothing to lose by taking a chance. This person from your past you may be afraid won’t be experienced or reliable enough for a long-term commitment, but he is a King, and moves about in the world with all kinds of people and is very well-respected, even loved, which we can’t say for all the Kings.

You’d kind of be a Fool not to, is what I’m getting here. In this case, the future is the past, as in starting all over from nothing in a good way, as in being free to do what you want, when you want, where you want, and with whom. The Fool must not be so foolish as to even stop along the way to say hello to anyone who does not have his or her best interests in mind or heart. This King always did, because he innately knows what your best interests are because he innately knows what makes people happy.

This could be a journey to visit someone dear from the past you may have not seen in a very long time, possibly at a distance or overseas, and possibly for some kind of collaboration. Why not?

“Where are you going? Who’s going to feed me?” yaps the dog, often the only adult in the room.

Oh. Right. How will that work out? Ask the King if he knows someone, he has contacts all over the place, and only the best.

A King always has his own personal Fool, and this Fool would be foolish to not want to fool around with this King as in: you’d be a fool not to.

I think I’m done here.

 

 

17 January 19: Ace of Coins & Nine of Swords & Knight of Swords

I dream, I act. There are of course a couple ways to look at these cards, all of the Minor Arcana. That in and of itself may be of some comfort to you. Nothing going on here but the worst possible scenario in your head, and it keeps you up at night. You’re broke, you worry. You have money, you worry. Who’s going to stab you in the back next? Who’s going to charge in and steal everything away from you? We’re not talking to you today. Believe me,I understand, but – relax.

This is tossing and turning from ideas, messages and inspiration through dreams, and/or   there’s just so much going on in your head you can’t sleep.

I almost always wake up at 3:00 a.m., and am lucky enough to be able to make the most of an hour or 2 then, always my best time. I remember something I read about the rare window when your sun and rising sign are crossed or together or something, much like when the sun and the moon are up at the same time in the morning. I love that. In any case, if you are a writer or artist or musician or anybody, for that matter, you know damn well if you don’t get up and write it down NOW it will be gone in the morning, no matter how convinced you are that you’ll remember it.  I often have to look up words I heard in my dreams, and have often had to figure out chords by ear I’ve heard. So, you can get up and be productive at 3:00 a.m. or not, but there is of course, much lore and mythology about that hour, so there’s gotta be something to it. The Chinese believe in the organs resetting themselves during the sleep cycle, and 3:00 is the liver reboot.

The Ace of Coins (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) we are familiar with. In the past position, you’ve been given a gift. When we talk of a ‘gifted’ person, the Skyhand chose you to receive this most valuable Ace, which is, as we’ve talked about before – talent. You are a proverbial goldmine. There is in particular at least one story or idea that is pure gold, as they say, but all you’re doing is mentally chopping and parsing and driving yourself nuts as to how to go about it.

In the present position is the painful, angst-ridden, insomniac of the Tarot, the 9 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius). Usually we see a human upright in bed, head in hand, something having woken him or her from his sleep. Dream or nightmare? On the Morgan-Greer card, we see an inflamed red sky and a pair of hands tied at the wrists, as in, my hands are tied but my mind is eating itself. Itchy swelling brain was a punk song I think. This is that. Because there’s not a damn thing you can do about anything in the middle of the night anyway, your hands are tied.

It looks like an upcoming cycle of rather tortured and sleepless but extremely creative Knights.

In the future position, the Knight of Swords doesn’t, in spite if the fresh blood on his sword, mince words, and neither should you. Perhaps you’re afraid that your truth or message will hurt or offend or cause damage to someone somehow. We’ve all heard of shedding ‘blood, sweat and tears’ for our work as writers or artists, but This Knight is not one to thrash around holding his head nitpicking details and anticipating problems, this is the ‘just do it’ guy. We see a tower burns in the distance: this is ‘set the world on fire’ stuff…if you ever get up, get it out of your head and write it. Whatever it is, even a letter. Damn the collateral damage, at least you’ll sleep nights, and It’ll pay off big time.

Or: You were given a gift, take it on the road, you’ll slay ’em. In which case, do stay on the lookout for the highwayman..he does hold a 10th sword.

You may be up at night thinking of ways to spend a recent windfall – what came in may go out just as fast.

Bottom line is: worrying gets you nothing, action does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 January 19: The Hanged Man & The Magician & Ten of Cups

The Butterfly. 

The Hanged Man. Why had he tied himself up there, away from everyone and everything?

I say ‘had’ because today we have this Zen card of retreat and meditation in the past position. This human quietly and peacefully hangs from a rope tied around one ankle in a beautiful cirque-de-soleil yoga-like pose, looking resigned yet not uncomfortable. He or she always reminds me of Edgar Cayce, the American  ‘sleeping prophet’ as they called him, who put himself into a semi-sleep state (you know, that weird in between zone) during which time he would receive his solutions and remedies – he correctly diagnosed thousands of illnesses during these sessions, dictating to his secretary what was being dictated to him from, as he called it, the Source. It is difficult to hear the Source down there in traffic, says the Hanged Man, no one will see me up here. The world has to turn. Caterpillars can’t fly, all they can do is hang there and think of all the gorgeous vacation spots they’re going to visit when that magic moment comes  and their new wings spread out, flutter and soar.

Inspired, and having contemplated, meditated and slept on it (his eyes are open, but my horse sleeps with her eyes open, too), and having been forced to and having had time and space to consider things from a rather unusual angle and from a higher place in himself, he or she, like Dorothy who is cited so often in these musings, has the epiphany of realizing  that they ‘had the power all along’.

The Magician is in the present position, and #1 of the Major Arcana, contemplating his next creation. I have before me 4 aces, he says, and so he does. A coin, a cup, a sword, a staff.  In a secret garden protected by stone walls he works behind the scenes,  wand raised to the sky as if ready to conduct lightning. #1 of course, is the beginning, as is 1+0=10=1, and the card in the future position, the ‘happily ever after’ card, is the 10 of Cups. If love is a cocktail you are about to be over served.

2 humans hold up a single golden cup into which a rainbow is marvelously pouring itself into from the sky. 9 more are floating down ready to settle – on a beautiful bit of green land by a calm body of water. Deep satisfaction and contentment, who are these people, possibly even a marriage or same sex marriage away from prying eyes.  We can see their uplifted arms and entwined hands around their shared cup but we don’t see the rest of them.

This is saying that, he or she has realized how important, how crucial someone else, or others,  is or are to your own emotional fulfillment, The Hanged Man has become the beautiful butterfly that seem to exist only to inspire us with their delicate, psychedelic, otherworldly beauty. The caterpillars stretch their little green necks to the sky and watch in awe.

But if a butterfly is not seen is it still beautiful? I have no idea. But if 10 people are standing there watching a cloud of monarchs rise up into the sky, they’ll all agree it’s a beautiful, magic moment. We are all inspired. But Quicksilver Mercury rules the Magician, and so the moment has come and gone.

I never looked at it that way, said the Hanged Man. If I could do it all over again, I’d have different priorities, as in love. Now that I finally know myself, he or she says, I am able to ‘find my true tribe’.

They may not be who you thought they were, my little butterfly.