15 February 19: Ace of Coins & Three of Cups & Judgment

A new lease on life no less, so let’s get to it.

Did I mention the Ace of Pentacles or Coins much recently? Something’s going pretty well for someone, because this very desirable Ace is being handed down from the Skyhand again today in the past position, and it’s basically the golden ticket, the lottery win. A windfall, tax return, inheritance, property, the birth of a son or daughter, a talent that’s worth money, or something else of earthly value that has been handed down to you. Invested in you. Entrusted to you.

You had the power all along, Dorothy. 

In the center are the 3 of Cups, and we see the 3 girls dancing in celebration (Rider-Waite) or all 3 looking up at you, waiting for you to take a seat at the table (Morgan-Greer). This isn’t a crowd, not a lot of people, but the people who are closest and whom you trust, who really know you, and who are genuinely very happy for you.  No frenemies here today, just sharing good times and celebrating life in general with the people who matter (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio), and who you may not have seen in a while. These three girls (or guys) with their 3 huge wine goblets and remnants of melon, berries and grapes on the table look up at us like we’re late and they may have been waiting for a while.

In the future position and we couldn’t find a better place for it if we tried is the mighty  Judgment of the Major Arcana and one of the more strange and dramatic images in the Tarot. A family of humans rise out of their separate graves at the sound of a golden horn blowing in the sky, or on the Morgan-Greer card, a man, woman and child all rise from the same grave which looks more like a boat on shimmering water aka the River Styx of Greek myth that runs between the default and underworlds.

 We may have been asleep, but we’re ‘woke’ now. “You were there!, Auntie Em – and you, Uncle Henry!”

‘Higher calling’ is Judgment, and since this card is a card of rest and sleep, and, yes, death, whether you can see them or not, I’m getting that these three people may not even be here in the physical, but they very much are.  Sometimes I’ll hear ‘high five!‘ from somewhere if I’ve nailed something or contemplated the right decision to make. Have you ever ‘high fived’ 3 spirits?

This is basically saying life is getting shorter, you have what you need, enjoy it, today and now.  This is all about being blessed with home, family, and friends, and appreciating    your world as if seeing it for the first time for what it really is, and it’s really, really good. This may be finally overcoming an illness or addiction, and you’ve been ‘raised from the dead’ or at least feel that way.

An intimate gathering. A wedding is the ‘death’ of an old life and the ‘birth’ of a new one, as in new in-laws – remember, you all love the same human, so you do have that in common -or a newborn family member.

A family reunion, either here – or there.

Google map back:

The Ace of Coins is everything desirable on Earth, and the Earth itself. Everything we need is here and always has been, or we wouldn’t have stuck around as long as we have, which is what these happy young ‘Burners celebrate as they dance among the vines and orchards. How have we used or abused this gift?

Is saving the earth possible? Is this the final cycle?

Celebrate and live for today. I get it.

These ‘Burners look pretty young. Maybe we’d just rather get some rest.

 

..dedicated to an Aquarian with a vision, John Trudell, on his birthday. 

 

 

 

12 February 19: Ace of Coins & 10 of Cups & Seven of Swords

Stealing. Or, give me some of whatever he or she is having. When I drew these cards early this morning before the death of the latest IPHONE (6) and subsequent upgrade (10, I went on strike when they discontinued the headphone jack) which has been serving as my personal hotspot because the wind f**** my satellite dish once again a thought came to mind that has been occurring the last few days and that is that the past seems to be speeding up and the future seems to be slowing down. I’m not quite sure what that even means, but I like it. Must be an astrological thing.

Today in the past is the glorious Ace of Coins. It’s sort of amazing to see this card at all let alone how often it’s been showing up lately, so something big is happening, or more likely, in the past position, has happened. A major accomplishment or more like a new job, a birth, a windfall. An award of some kind. A reward of some kind. But here’s the deal about this Ace of Earth: it likes the ‘straight path’, as we see on the card, the blindingly bright gold gift is being presented to us by the Skyhand who is lowering the prize over a straight, narrow garden path. The straight and narrow, as it is said about this picture, meaning that this is was actually hard-earned and well deserved. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are all represented here, the salt-of-the-earth. The gift of  ‘talent’ is not wasted.

This has led to the present, the happily-ever-after 10 of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) and this is as good as it gets. We’ve done well in the past – this card sometimes gives me a ‘gold watch’ vibe, that is a parting gift of some kind or a retirement bonus, probably all going into your home and family, or a new home and marriage.

And here he (or she) comes, the sneak o’ the week, the 7 of Swords. In the future position,  the human with their head down hoping to not be noticed as he steals away with someone elses’ stuff is heading right for that happy couple and their happy home in the present position. This is straight up Watch. Your. Stuff. The Swords are of the mind, our ideas and as we know about this card, intellectual property. This could be someone with some bad ideas and possibly an offer of some kind, but if 2 cards were never meant for each other it’s the honest, straight up and solid Ace of Coins and the sharp but shady 7 of Swords. I don’t like.

This card in this position is always a warning to not get involved in anything even remotely dishonest. Plug your ears and go ‘nanananananaaaa’. This could even mean someone coming to you with stolen property, intellectual or not, and it’s not a welcome vibe. This could be home theft, and you need to watch who comes in and out of your house if you’re having any work done.

However, this card could also mean ‘stealing happiness’, or ‘stealing moments’ of quality time with a loved one or loved ones in the future, or being presented with some ‘secret plan’ that may be rather epic in scale, a dream come true almost. Or, somehow you’re being offered a life-changing position – an important one – that you or the family or the public didn’t even realize existed, was available or open to you. There will probably be some behind-the-scenes negotiations, but still – lawyer up.

He or she wants what you have, because to them, you seem to have it all, but you deserve it.

 

 

11 February 19: Four of Wands & Five of Coins & Ace of Coins

Unhappy home. This all ends very well, by the way – or at least it should, you’re certainly being handed the ol’ ‘golden opportunity’, and it’s a big one. Generally speaking, the Major Arcana, none of whom got up this morning, are a whole lot louder than the minors, but today we have some major, major minors.

In the past position we have the beautiful 4 of Wands (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius), the card of love, property, stability,  home and family. The 4 staves form the mysterious and holy 11:11, and the chuppah of a Jewish wedding, that is the canopy held over the bride and groom. ‘A house is not a home’ as it is said, and this is that. You may love your house, but wish it were somewhere’s else. You were happy there, but for some reason you aren’t today, or you’re very much missing someone you were married to, or your family, or your childhood home, even. No love up in your house. This card is so interesting in the Morgan-Greer deck. Unlike the olde tyme images, the stage is set but empty. No dancers, revelers, no sign of a human at all. In the future position, as we saw recently, the picture invited us to step into it but in the past, it seems like everyone’s stepped out of it. Which leaves us all kinds of broken – spiritually, morally, and possibly financially. We have the house, but not the home. It’s a damn nice house, too – or was. Except for the chuppah and the festive flowers, this is a strangely barren card, a monotonous yellow desert with a dry-looking castle in the distance, and no sign of life anywhere except for the new green leave sprouting from the staves that hold up the man (or woman) made canopy. It’s the humans that brought the scene to life.

The dismal and depressing 5 of Coins is in the present position, but not for long. Traditionally we see 2 humans who have been ostracized or evicted or shunned, and who knows why but they’re out on their asses, seemingly homeless, trudging through snow. This is such a painful, dark card. ‘Poverty of the Spirit’ is one tag for this 5 (uncomfortable, uneven, restless number) of Earth (Taurus/Capricorn/Virgo). I don’t even know how seriously I can take this card today seeing as it’s flanked on either side by 2 of the best cards the Minor Arcana. On the Morgan- Greer card, a bloodied, bandaged young man, walking stick in hand, falls exhausted into the arms of a nun, whose fingerless frayed Oliver Twist orphan glove rests on the young man’s shoulder – she took vows of poverty a long time ago, of course – but she lives in that building with the warm glowing window – he or she is not the one who is homeless. On the old card, we might assume the humans are shunned because they won’t compromise or commit an oath to the church – or anything or anyone else – from whom they can receive help.

I hear ‘meeting in the middle‘ just as these humans are doing in this layout.

The mighty Ace of Coins is in the future position and if there was ever a dawn after the dark, this is it. A distant relative of the Magician, #1 of the Majors, this is big stuff, and it looks as if – on the old card and the Morgan-Greer – the outsiders – or outsider – wins.

But not just money because of course real wealth is so very much more than that.

It seems the potential for a relationship or partnership outweighs whatever differences there may be between 2 estranged or separated humans.

Somebody went rogue and may have got the shit kicked out of them, but look what they brought back for your collection plate, sister.

Now we can build our own sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

 

6 February 2019: Death & Ace of Coins & Ace of Cups

Happy New Year is all I can say about this perfect – no other word for it – New Year spread, yesterday having kicked off the Chinese Year of the Earth Pig. The weather prevented me from visiting my porky neighbors for a photo session, so just use your imagination.

So today Death, #13 of the Major Arcana and a Scorpio, is in the past position. This is obviously something ‘dead’, but of course not necessarily a human, although it could be. ‘The Transformer’ is what the Reaper prefers to be called (he IS a professional)  demands respect and skillfully wielding the tool of his trade, a scythe or sickle, looks about to cut down a beautiful white rose in full bloom who accepts and surrenders with grace. But what pops off the Death card to me today is the color of his sickle – and I keep wanting to say ‘cycle’, because that’s what Death is, the end of a cycle therefore beginning another what looks like today rather spectacular new beginning. The blade of his scythe is a beautiful, peaceful blue, the color of the sky and water on the next 2 cards of the present and future, and 2 of the most beautiful cards in the deck (Morgan-Greer as always unless otherwise noted).

The glorious gold coin on the Ace of Coins or Pentacles is appropriate for the 1st day of the Earth Pig, a weight-watching Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn. This means money, course, and possibly even an inheritance. I know the recent New Moon was a good time to commit to some new health habits or practices, or rituals and ‘kill’ some old, unhealthy ones. Think of the big gold coin, or Pentacle, as a giant vitamin. This card can mean that, so while you may have cheated death up until now, my friend, start up on those supplements (for entertainment purposes only, of course). The slim, blue-steel blade of Death points to the present and future cards as if we get a pass this time, a second chance, in more than one area of life.

 If I had it to do all over again…

Well, you just might. The thing I like about this is the commitment to the balance of body and soul. The Ace of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio)  like the Ace of Coins, is also all blue and gold, and on all 3 cards flowers bloom: roses both white and red (male and female), lilies (purity and innocence) and the lotus, who lives and dies daily in a constant cycle of birth and death, blooming and dying. Bring Spring! 5 streams of water overflow from the cup, steaming down to earth, symbolizing a heart so flooded with emotion and love it cannot be contained. What an amazing pair. If last year, or even your whole life, money had been a priority, this year it won’t be. That’s not to say it’s not an issue, but notice it’s only 1 coin, not a pile of them. There is a whole new appreciation of  ‘golden opportunities’ but from now on our emotional fulfillment is as much as if not more of a priority than our net worth.

It is a rare sighting. 2 Skyhands, facing each other, coming out of the clouds to bless this entire scene. Blessed endings, blessed beginnings. I’d say there were some unseen forces at work here…

Doves are released at both funerals and weddings and today at least one of them hovers over the overflowing gold cup on the future Ace. The mourning dove, from what I read on the interwebs so you know it’s the absolute truth, is the only dove that can suck.

What?

 

Dedicated to my niece who is expecting her first and to her Dad, the pilot, who I’m sure, wherever he is, has a ‘skyhand’ in everything. And a sense of humor. 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 December 18: Ace of Coins & Knight of Cups

The proposal. Even I, deep down in my frozen cold black heart, know this is a romantic time of year, and we have a truly beautiful scene today. As a matter of fact, if you’re thinking about proposing you should just pop these 2 cards in an envelope and send it.

A large coin, huge, gold and shiny as the sun is handed to us from ‘out of the blue’ by the Fabulous Flying Skyhand of the Tarot who emerges from a bank of fluffy white clouds over the ocean. Our spectacular view is from a beautiful hillside garden. Roses and lilies bloom, and a lush, green trellis arches over a path that leads out down the mountain to the sea. This Ace I would call ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ that is, the ‘seeds’ that are the Aces have the potential to grow, and this ‘seed’ is all about money, home, family, and earthly possessions, plain and simple, including our most precious earthly possession, our own body. This Ace is of the suit of Earth and represents Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn. It actually looks like a lovely spot for a wedding. Perhaps he’s offering the home and garden itself – wow.

This is taking it out of the dream and to the street, as it were, IRL (that means ‘in real life’ I learned). The earthbound suit of coins are all about ‘IRL’, and it’s time to get real and manifest (I do not use that word often) this dream into physical reality. At least someone thinks so. He’s very special, this Knight. He’ll be crushed if he’s turned down. He’ll probably burst into tears on the spot.

The Knight of Cups is of the suit of Water, Pisces/Scorpio/Cancer. This is the dreamy, poetic Knight, riding over green valleys and blue hills carefully carrying his gold cup symbolizing what else? His love. When this water sign loves, he loves. He (or she) is the one who remembers the first time he saw you, the first thing you said to him, what you were wearing and what was playing on the radio. He’s a thweetheart. He loves love. He loves music. He loves art, he loves beauty. You’re his ‘dream come true’, and his dreams give him ‘wings’, as symbolized by the blue wings that crown his helmet. His armor is beautiful detailed and looks made of scales, like a fish. On his shoulder is an insignia of a blue wave – he is swept along, motivated and moved by his emotions. He can be a moody fish, but that’s to be expected from someone as sensitive as this lovestruck Knight (Morgan-Greer deck).

This is truly a beautiful combination. This Knight is offering him or herself, body and soul, in a rather cinematic, storybook setting. It will be a very special, memorable moment.

I hope the answer is yes, he went through a lot of trouble, gold ring and all.

It’s real.

 

 

 

 

 

30 October 18: Ace of Coins & The World

A whole new world. I so rarely draw these two supremely fortunate cards together – if I ever have – I just have to get up and walk around and come back and look at them side by side.

We know Aces are new beginnings, and coins are the shiny gold things of this world that we can’t do without. Money feeds and houses us and those we love. Makes the ____________ go round, like it or not. Virgo, Taurus Capricorn – I’m speaking your language. This big beautiful gold disc is being handed to us from ‘out of the blue’ by the notorious and mysterious SkyHand of the Tarot who reaches down from the clouds to present us with the gift of an Ace – the Number 1 of the Minor Arcana -meaning a new start, chance, or opportunity which is destined for success.

The World is the last of the Major Arcana and numbered #21, and so a major cycle is complete. Yet the world never stops turning, does it?  2+1=3 is the tense, primal number of Creation, and, enforced by that glowing, golden Ace of Coins announces not only some kind of new beginning – possibly somewhere else – but it’s going to be absolutely perfect. As perfect as it gets on Earth, anyway.

The World card itself is truly cosmic and the imagery should you be interested is deep and beautiful – the World turns in space, eternally, stabilized by the ‘four corners of the universe’ represented by symbols of Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius and Taurus – the four fixed signs of the Zodiac.The world is constantly changing yet those changes are for the most part natural beginnings and endings of cycles. There is order.  This is that – a ‘blessed ending’ and a ‘blessed beginning’.

This can be an offer to travel or work or move overseas, possibly even marriage with someone from a different country or culture, as a gold coin can also sometimes mean the gift of a gold ring. Someone may be offering you ‘their world’ and of course, marriage is a whole new life. The Universe approves.

This combination can also read for someone who is a bit of a minimalist, someone who feels complete and whole in their own skin. The dancer we see on the World card is a bit of a mystery in the Tarot: the  Goddess who dances eternally in the sky, her lower torso draped in royal purple, is said to be a hermaphrodite. This dancer doesn’t need a lot of money or material things to be happy, his or her home/world is their own little slice o’ heaven, it is where they feel safe to truly be themselves.

Today the Skyhand is offering you no less than the World. But Saturn rules the World and he’s serious. He demands total commitment here, body and soul, and in return the World will take care of you.

The world has finally turned. It’s time, it’s worth it, go for it. This is a great card for writers. If you’re starting something new, the whole world may notice.