12 July 18: Three of Wands & Seven of Cups

Realistic plans. An interesting pair.

On the fired-up (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) 3 of Wands/Clubs/Rods, 3 being the number of creation and expansion, a human stands with his back to us scanning the horizon and looking off into the distance as if he’s waiting for something or contemplating where to plant his next ‘branch’, as in ‘branching out’. He’s ready to, the branch we see he has ‘planted’ behind him is leafy and ready to drop ripe acorns. A successful investment. He has done well – so far. Now what? One straight, sprouting staff is held in his left hand as he contemplates and debates what he should do next. The other staff is partially obscured by his fine cloak and headpiece. Should he expand where he is, or ‘branch’ further out, even overseas? He is of the Fire suit, after all, and not known for his patience or diplomatic skills. Those Fire signs do not like to wait for anything.

This is where he could get into trouble. It would be a shame, he’s doing so well, but at this crucial stage must be patient.  He could use some of the clarity of yesterday’s Ace of Swords, or I would suggest a coffee and a talk with a King, Queen, or even Knight of Coins who know how to successfully manage investment and growth.

People are noticing his work. There are offers and opportunities as we can see from the fabulous Las Vegas spectacle that is the glittery, shiny, loud 7 of Cups. What a show!

The card shows us 7 shiny golden goblets/chalices emerging like showgirls from a thick, watery fog bank (I’m not even kidding, I returned a shitty fog machine the other day. I don’t like to be without a fog machine. You just never know. Kept the fog juice.), each overflowing with strange contents: jewelry, a mask, a snake, a woman’s head. A castle, a dragon.

7: Faith. It’s important to invest it in the right place, person or thing.  He needs to have faith in himself, step back and bide his time.

It’s overwhelming. It’s good to have choices, it’s good to have opportunities, flattering to entertain offers. But right now not everything may be what it seems to be, and not everyone may be who they say they are, or do everything they say they’re going to do.

Is the diamond real, or just a cheap knockoff, something that will only tarnish over time?

What about that creepy mask? What if a beautiful, loving person that may be the love of his life is behind it?

What about that peaceful green wreath tied with the red ribbon? Is it laurel or oleander?

We can’t tell. There’s too much going on. Too much fog. I’m overstimulated just looking at this card.

This is a picture of a freelancer who feels he can’t turn any offer away. A fast, crappy, cheap job that seemed to look good at the time will ‘tarnish’ your reputation in the long run.

As Spirit says to me often:

Sift. 

 

11 July 18: Ace of Swords

New horizons. What an amazing card. Once again, how many years have I been reading this card? But I clearly see something I’ve never really focused on before – which is exactly the message of this powerful Ace of Air (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius).

Aces, of course, are the ‘seeds of the suits’, that is, the opportunity and the power entrusted to you to manifest…think of growing a tree. It’s the last seed in the world, and it’s been given to you. You don’t know when you’ll get another seed, and you don’t even know if it’s the kind of tree you even want to grow. You must plant it at the right time in the right place and commit to consistently maintaining and nurturing that seed through all kinds of weather. This seed WILL grow, so we have to make sure it’s in exactly the right place and not going to fuckup the neighbor’s fence or power lines or fall on his car, or us, for that matter, or that it’s not toxic or invasive.

This potentially dangerous Sword, which can be, of course, either a weapon of defense or a weapon of attack, requires and demands clarity of purpose and intention from the ‘swordsman’ (us).

The thing that I’m noticing on this card is the lack of a horizon between the sky and the water. Assuming there is water.The card shows a dreamy blue landscape: blue mountains in the foreground, blue sky, and what may or may not be blue water.  I can’t tell where blue land meets blue sky or blue sky meets blue water or blue water meets blue land,  because that deeper blue below the blue mountains looks sort of like a blue highway, but everything’s so blue I can’t tell. I’m glad I’m not driving. Or flying.

But from out of the ‘blue’ a bank of clouds roll in and we know what that means: SkyHand! From out of the fog and clouds emerges SkyHand over the blue mountains to present us with a sharp, clean, glistening blade encircled with a crown at the top flanked by green fronds on either side that seem to form the shape of a heart but sliced through by the logical Sword, who is not interested in and has no time for all these sloshy, sloppy, watery emotions or ‘feeeeeelings’. Are the fronds ‘coming together’ via the Sword or are the peaceful greens being divided and sliced apart?

But here’s the thing I’ve never really noticed before: slicing through the clouds, the clouds settle on the surface of the water, giving us a horizon line.

Exactly.

We see clearly where we’re going and how to get there. We’re logical and strong-minded. Sharp as the proverbial tack.

 

This is a very powerful Ace and a ‘new horizon’ beckons.

But careful with that axe, Eugene. This is also a new military contract.

 

 

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10 July 18: King of Cups, reversed

Respect my authority.

Fuck you.

 

This card is making me physically queasy. This King shouldn’t be King at all.

Upright, this King is the compassionate and archetypical kind, loving Father figure. He is of the emotional suit of Water (Pisces, Scorpio, Cancer), and  pictured  seated on his throne (Morgan-Greer) with a thoughtful expression on his face holding his gold cup in his right hand, his gold scepter in his left.

Cups correspond with hearts in a poker deck, and they do represent the heart, love and emotion – and in OG Tarot, the Ace of Cups is said to represent the womb, specifically the womb of Mary – but which Mary? A-HA! (Cartoon Einstein voice).

This King is responsible for maintaining a certain amount of security and the emotional stability and well-being of the realm. He’s the King, after all, and we love and admire him for that. As we can see, he is calm and serene although the water under him and behind him is choppy and unstable.

Reversed, this King who should be ruling from his heart is not. He is a manipulative, miserable bastard who is so emotionally and sexually confused and repressed it’s scary and I don’t even want to see this guy after a couple of drinks. He’s in over his head.

 

On another level, you may be being offered kind advice – possibly regarding a creative project – by someone who means well. This could be Dad or a Father-figure type, or you’ve cast someone in that role in your life. You may have outgrown the need for this person’s well intended (or not) advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 – 9 July 18: Ace of Wands

Lit! This was actually yesterday’s draw but it was too hot to write about fire, and I am very backed up on personal readings which I can’t do with fans on as I record them to MP3 and need all fans off.  SO as you can imagine the ‘windows of opportunity’ to record with the fans off are few and far between so I’m on it.

 

 

..and no new fires, please…

7 July 18: Four of Pentacles/Coins/Earth

Conserve. This deceptively simple card of the humble, reliable and solid suit of Earth (Virgo,Capricorn, Taurus) talks about money  and our relationship to money. How much  we have, how much we want, how much we need to feel secure.

The image is that of a human carefully balancing and trying to hold on to 4 large gold Pentacles. The traditional image has one under each foot and the Morgan-Greer deck shows us a huge coin carefully balanced on the human’s head as he hoards 3 in his lap. Even if this person were handed another coin, where would he put it? He seems to have enough, or certainly all he can handle right now.

There is an interesting read of this card in the archives, but let’s see what mood this stable #4 is in today…

This person has been accused of miserly behavior. His or her values are questionable to others at times, and money may have or have had too important of a place in his/her life. Maybe they grew up poor, and are all too aware of the possibility of ‘losing it all’ at any time. Anyone old enough to have had Depression-era parents or grandparents may know the man on this card pretty well. This is the old guy that wears the same greasy overalls every day that has $45,000 in change stashed in old coffee cans in his garage.

Uranus, the planet of ‘surprise’, is in the earthly sign of Taurus, and the Bull does not like surprises. The overall energy is far from stable, and it may be wise to adapt some of this  old man’s ways in this cosmic weather:

conserve, conserve, conserve.

 

 

6 July 2018: Seven of Swords

Deception revealed. Or, it’s even worse than you thought.

The mystery of the mechanics of the Tarot is the way the cards talk to each other and form ‘chains’ of pictures, like frames in a film.

Of all the ways I could read this card ruled by the Moon and and running on Sword/Air energy (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius), it makes the most sense following yesterday’s 8, our troubled Lady of the Prison of her Own Anguished Mind.

I thought about her yesterday. I should have added that the 8 of Swords can strongly advise a visit to a therapist or psychiatrist, and with this 7 reversed it looks as if she may have.

This card upright is called ‘The Card of the Thief” and shows a figure sneaking off with 5 swords, leaving 2 stuck in the ground. On the traditional decks he looks back over his shoulder, making sure no one is following him or sees him, but on this card his head is down as he makes off with his haul, holding his ‘cards close to his chest’, as it were. This is a card of deception, but it may be our own – something secret that we must keep to ourselves, or feel we must. Things we may feel we can’t reveal to others for whatever reason.

But it is clear that following the 7 there will come the 8. So many secrets, like those Swords stuck in the ground – the ‘prison bars’.

Interestingly, the Swords he steals are in shadow, and the 2 left behind are in light, to me suggesting the upcoming Lunar eclipse (the “Blood Moon” she thought in Grandpa Munster’s voice. Why.) which we won’t see in the US but is the longest of the Century, so we’ll be feeling it.

Reversed, very generally speaking, the cards can mean the energy of that card is blocked or not ‘manifesting’ (once again, Grandpa Munster’s voice. Go away.) it’s energy or potential as it should, for ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

I’m gonna read this for our Lady (or Lord ) of yesterday’s tortured card. She or he has realized they have no choice but to unburden their crippling secrets and unexpressed fears to someone who has the tools and skills to help him or her.

That’s no way to live.

 

 

 

5 July 18: Eight of Swords

False imprisonment. What a strange way to read this card. This is a ‘jail’ card, but generally speaking only if surrounding cards would support literal ‘jail’ (Justice, Judgement, or a lawyer card, for example) in a reading.

This card of the suit of Air (Libra, Aquarius, Gemini) speaks of imprisonment and restriction. Most of the time it is a ‘prison of our own making’ (again, previously written about in the archives).

‘Air’ in the Tarot is sharp and clean, like the metal of the Swords. What we need is a sharp, clean, clear mind. On this card, the Swords are loosely stuck into the ground in a circle around a blindfolded woman who stands in the center. That’s not what Swords are for..they’re made for action. She is tied up, but there are no knots, and she could easily slip out of her ropes if she tried. The swords that surround her are spaced widely enough apart for her to squeeze out in between them, yet she doesn’t. We see a castle or city behind her in the distance, but not so far away that she can’t get to it.

The mighty number 8 gives her the power and strength to do whatever she/he wants. As a matter of fact, she obviously built her ‘prison’ herself, because the beach where she stands is windblown and desolate, not another soul in sight. She wears a red gown (red = passion) which is being blown and wind-whipped, a bit of her hem even blowing out from between her prison ‘bars’ as if his/her passions are straining to ‘break free’ (Morgan-Greer).

So, we know this is a ‘prison’ of one’s own making.

We know someone is ‘holding themselves hostage’ for some reason.

The question is why. 

This is not a ‘safe’ place. As easily as she can get out, someone else can get in.

Her head.

 

This card also makes me want to look into how August (8th month) will be affecting Air signs (Libra cusp here) and possible areas of restriction –  it’s monsoon season and yes, There Will Be Wind.