17 July 18: Seven of Coins & Ace of Coins

There’s more where this came from.

Interesting. These cards both are of the solid, earthly suit of Pentacles (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) and very much refer to the material world aka money: how much do we need, how we make it, what we do with it.

The 7 of Coins shows us a human standing beside a bush hung with ‘fruit’, or rather 7 shiny gold coins. He takes a break from tending his moneybush and leans on his hoe, wiping the sweat from his brow as he contemplates his potential harvest/return. He’s putting SO much work into this crop,  will it ever pay off? Is it worth it? His skin is dark from working in the sun. Shouldn’t he have more to show for all his hard work up until this point? Should he even bother to finish what he’s started, or should he start another new crop, possibly somewhere else? Should he have planted here in the first place? It’s a pretty card (Morgan-Greer), the sky a light heavenly dream-blue down to the blue hills and finally to the earthy green fields where he stands beside the moneybush he is so carefully nurturing and tending. All these hours, all this work – and only 7 coins.

The 7 is a number of Faith, and this ‘gardener’ needs to have a little more faith in himself and his ‘crop’. He needs to remember why he planted there in the first place. He needs to remember that the Universal Divine Skyhand chose and entrusted him with the gift.

The Ace of Coins is the ‘seed’ of a ‘golden’ opportunity and a promising, prosperous new beginning. The Divine SkyHand of the Tarot who reaches down from the clouds to gift us with the shiny new Ace is handing us a beautiful new start and has chosen our gardener for a reason. He’s proven what he can do with a single seed.

The olde Rider-Waite image of the 7 of Coins shows the gardener contemplating a bush hung only with 6 coins – the 7th is at his feet, as if he’s taken one for himself, no matter what happens to the rest of them – he knows all he needs is one. Clever dude, this gardener.  But is this investment ever going to ‘fully ripen’ and pay off? In any case, he is smart, saving a seed for the future.

Is he taking one last look at the crop he worked so hard to raise that may never pay off, cutting his losses before he starts all over again on something else? Has he attracted an investor who recognizes his dedication, skill and perseverance, and wants to buy whatever he’s growing before it’s even ripe?

The 7 is on the left, and the Ace on the right (Morgan-Greer).

Is he turning his back on a new offer, his faith in his current crop and in his eventual success unshakable?

The 8 = 7 + 1 (of Pentacles) card would mean get back to work, get the nose to the grindstone, and don’t give up.

Maybe your first attempt didn’t ‘pay off’ like you thought it would,  despite your best efforts, and possibly through no fault of your own – but it will somehow ‘seed’ huge success in the future.

 

 

16 July 18: Queen of Wands

Solar energy. Everybody wants to be with this fiery lady (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) who is so inspiring and energetic she seems to glow. She attracts followers and friends like moths to a flame. She’s bright, passionate, and always ready with a new plan, idea, or solution. She seems to anticipate potential problems or obstacles before anyone else – she does have a rather watchful and wary looking black cat seated beside her throne at her feet. This is the Queen of Intuition, and she holds her tall, straight staff like an antennae or receiver. She gazes us straight in the eye with a knowing expression on her face but she looks like she’s thinking something that she may or may not express verbally.  She holds a massive sunflower in her left hand and the entire card is a hot, sunny yellow – her robes, her crown, and her power is such that she’s lit up the entire sky behind her, also bright yellow – solar energy. Her Chakra is the solar plexus, where we like to feel all warm inside.

Wherever she goes, she attracts attention.  This Queen is the one who seems to be able to do it all. She’s Samantha Stevens in ‘Bewitched’. House is always in order, kid always looks nice, she always looks beautiful. She’s the perfect hostess (she even had a bar in the living room!) and could whip up a perfect dinner without breaking a sweat – smiling all the while. How does she do it?

After once again solving the crisis du jour and at the end of the episode Samantha always looks back over her shoulder at the camera and gives us a little wink and a nose-wriggle.

A natural leader, her King couldn’t resist her fiery spirit, keen instincts and joyous energy.

Samantha’s mortal husband Darren loudly and adamantly discouraged witchcraft in his home but was frequently the unknowing beneficiary of his Queen’s semi-covert paranormal talents. Darren probably would have lost his advertising job a long time ago had his loving wife not stepped in (often). She is the consummate crisis manager, and never fails to ‘fix it’, even if it’s from ‘behind the scenes’.

She brings joy, radiates happiness and generally summer fun. She would like to remind us, though, to not burn our candle it at both ends –

 

– or through our bank accounts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 July 18: Page of Wands & Six of Swords

Breaking away. From a family, group, marriage, town, city. Something that you and the rest of the world have considered to be part of who you are, your identity.

The 6 of Swords shows us two people  leaving everything behind but what they need to fend for themselves in a new, unknown place. A figure huddles miserably in a small boat as her companion stands strong and works with a long pole to push them out of choppy waters into the smooth open seas beyond.  It isn’t easy for them to leave, but for some reason they no longer ‘fit in’ where they’ve been.

We need to find ourselves, the couple says. Our own life, our own way.

The Page is a messenger of the energetic Fire suit (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius) and being a Page, affiliated with or belongs to a family, organization or establishment of some kind.  The brooch that gathers his cloak at his shoulder looks like it could be a family crest,  insignia or logo.

It has always intrigued me that this long-haired Page (Morgan-Greer) of a deck full of Knights, Queens and castles is wearing a bowler hat, completely out of time and place with the rest of his costume, a loose yellow peasant-artist type of thing. He stands, holding his tall staff upright in a vast desert, dry mountains in the distance. Why is he wearing that formal, stiff, banded bowler?

He doesn’t want to wear the stupid hat anymore, it’s not who he really is, but the company makes him wear it. It’s tradition. A lot of people would be proud to wear that hat, and maybe he was, once. The Hat got him the best tables at restaurants, VIP treatment and lots of women – but was it really him or just the hat they admired? I’m just another man in the hat, he says. Who am I without the hat?

There’s a place for him out there, and he ditches the bowler and swaps it for the close, knitted cap more appropriate for the windy journey.

No one will recognize him, and wherever he’s going he can start over, this time as his or her true self. When he’s free to be, he’ll find his true tribe.

 

There’s a place for us, say the couple in the boat.  Good luck to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 July 18: The Chariot

Time for Regular Service. This victorious, successful, powerful card of the Major Arcana like every card of the Tarot can mean many things but it can also simply mean something about your car or needing a new one or maintenance. You may get a ‘scare-rror message’ as my superhuman genius Volvo mechanic Dr. V calls them but since I spent 6 hours r/t commuting yesterday I’ll check my oil.

 

But today I think (ya think?) the Chariot may be riding in to announce today’s SuperMoon Eclipse. The proud driver, well in control of his noble vehicle and the two strong horses that pull him is ruled by the moon and wears a pair of crescents on the shoulders of his armor. He is associated with the astrological sign of Sagittarius, the Traveler, but the Moon being his mistress he has some water DNA in him as well (Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces) and is as in control of himself emotionally as he is of the two snorting and stamping horses, one white and one dark,  that pull his chariot. He knows where he’s going, firmly gripping the reins and staring straight ahead.

He is moving up, and fast. This could be a promotion. This is success and power, definitely, but managed gracefully and well. This eclipse will affect everyone differently of course, but it’s a powerful one and the whole point is to go with the flow if you know where the flow’s gonna go and in this case, he/she is ‘going places’.

Congratulations – stay in balance, focused, and don’t let your success go to your head!

The ‘race’ is won.

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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