22 December 18: Ace & Five of Wands

Is it worth it? This new thing, this new person, this new job, this new idea you’re so fired up about?

This is a pretty strong pair of cards. Each on its own has all the passion of the suit of Fire (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius) and both want what they want and want it now.

The Aces are always new beginnings or the opportunity or offer of something new, in this case, feeling a new enthusiasm or passion for something or someone. That’s how we know we’re alive and still interested, so I always love to see this card. The potential of this Ace is like handing you a match to start a fire or a seed to plant a tree.  Today the Ace is on the left, and the giant hand in the sky reaches down from the clouds to hand us a flaming torch. Someone’s all fired up and all turned on – Happy New Year! New ideas, new opportunities. It can be a rush, a great feeling, starting over. Enjoy it. This card is wanting to get going, already…once that torch starts burning, it’s pretty hard to control the fire. That’s exactly the issue at hand.

The argumentative, competitive 5 of Wands shows us 5 humans engaged in some kind of conflict or negotiation. Each brandishes their own ‘weapon’ which is basically just a stick and they look to be all the same size, so it seems to be a level playing field, as it were. It’s not any sort of straight out serious physical fight, just an ongoing, pain in the ass  atmosphere of never-ending competition and posturing and defending and parrying, like you do in fencing:

Sir, you are a worthy adversary. Touche!

Yes, your idea is a fine one, but what about this!

It’s a very aggressive, male-associated energy. These 5 humans when not at each other’s throats are actually a great team, and could actually be a team of some sort. This card is often about co-workers or co-creators. Back and forth is what they do. It’s their process.  A lot of creativity here,  potential for greatness. But they’re not getting anywhere as long as egos are in the way.

Again.

Somebody’s over it. The Ace of Wands has left the building, is on a plane and flying the hell away from all this, breaking away and starting over on his or her own. Or, here’s a whole new job or challenge you’re psyched up about, but there seems to be some back and forth as to how or when to make a move.

Nothing is better than that spark of inspiration, the new idea, the ‘fire in the belly’, as they say. Speaking of, someone may want a baby, and want one bad, and it may be the male that wants it more than the female. He’s pretty worked up if you know what I mean, all kinds of agitated. The 5 of Clubs often represents inner conflict, the ‘negotiators’ in your own head. Passion and fire and drive are all wonderful, but not without some kind of workable, realistic plan, and with the humans involved all feeling as strongly as they do about things individually, it doesn’t look like anyone is backing down from their positions.  Whatever this new, exciting ‘thing’ is, we all have to agree at some point on how to make it happen or how to proceed. This infighting is getting us nowhere, especially our own inner conflict: should you or shouldn’t you?

Too much trouble, says the Skyhand, flying solo on a bank of white, fluffy, peaceful-looking clouds away from the chaos. I don’t need this, and is taking his promising Ace elsewhere.  5+1=6 = the number of peace and Karma, and ‘removing himself (or herself) from the equation’ and starting over is his, hers, and/or theirs. Leave the others to their petty bickering. Conversely, a group may be considering inviting you in as a new member – and they’re arguing about it.  Some people in this group may not feel the need to incorporate any new ideas or members – especially female.

The 5 though, does warn that if you don’t want to be in this situation again, whatever it is you do decide to do may not be entirely smooth sailing either unless you pay close attention to details, methods, timetables and budgets – and especially your choice, if you have one, of teammates, co-workers or romantic partners. This is fighting and makeup sex, and of course we all know couples who thrive on that sort of relationship. Correction: used to. Like that flying Ace, I don’t find your relationship to be as entertaining as a spectator sport as you think it is. Bye, Felicia. There are 7. something billion people on the planet right now, I’m sure I’ll find somebody else who won’t give me such a hard time about every little thing. Happy New Year!

 

You’re hot but not that hot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 December 18: Ace of Wands & Four of Wands, reversed

 Go forth bravely from thy Comfort Zone. Wheels up in 20 minutes.

Aces are always ‘gifts from the sky’ that is, that ‘spark’ of initial inspiration and passion – wherever did that idea come from? This healthy, straight branch being presented to us from out of the clouds by the mysterious Skyhand of the Tarot is already starting to sprout and needs planting, quickly. Where? The Skyhand carrying the strong new sapling flies over a green woodsy looking forest landscape and a beautiful, calm blue lake. It’s like a view from a plane, and it looks like someone’s going somewhere – probably a last-minute decision, but an inspired one. Sagittarius, Leo and Aries are all of this restless suit of Fire, and like to travel fast and light.

The desirable Four of Wands is reversed today, that card of abundance and happy home. Four posts are planted in the ground strung with garlands, ribbons and flowers, like a garden party or wedding reception.  This is a very happy card, 4 being the number of stability (think the 4 legs on your chair). A beautiful, happy place, and although there are no humans on the Morgan-Greer card, usually pictured under the floral canopy are 2 dancing humans lifting bouquets or as they used to call them in olden tymes, nosegays (please somebody have a band called Nosegay) in celebration. These people are appreciating their home and each other.

Reversed, the stable, protective, reliable 4 has rutted the road from its 4 wheels taking the same route day in, day out for years. Alternatively, our happy home is unsettled and uncomfortable.

Somebody’s moving, wants to move, or needs to move. Your environment is not, as a late mentor used to say, ‘throwing you out into the Universe’.

Literally, ‘greener pastures’. The weather couldn’t be more different on these two cards, or the landscape. The Ace is fresh and new and green, the belly-up 4 is yellow and harsh, dry and barren except for the beautiful floral garlands that obviously did not grow there. The beautiful arrangement is manmade and handmade, tied with red ribbons, symbolizing the inspiration and passion that went into this picturesque place. We’ve had a lot of gatherings, parties, raised a family, made memories here but..

Suddenly inspired or invited to take a quick trip, you may find you want to move. This is such a drastic change in environment – and we see plenty of old growth down below from our bird’s eye view, pine trees and forests. It seems that this is the environment in which our new idea or passion will thrive. This is where the big trees grow.

If you have a penis, you may be traveling to ‘plant’ it somewhere new. Just saying. It wants to wander, but you know that.

Could be as simple as getting out of the house for a trip to the lake.

Always inspiring.

 

 

 

18 July 18: Temperance & Ace of Wands

Let’s talk about sex even though I know you’d both rather discuss taxes, dental work or traffic conditions. Do we have to talk about this? Yes, it seems you do. Somebody sure does. Oh no. Not the ‘what is this relationship?’ conversation…

I drew Temperance, the card of time, patience, and balance. Simmer down, says Temperance, here in the form of a rather stern angelic winged being pouring liquid steadily and slowly between two gold cups. Back and forth, back and forth. Taking the time to get it right. This card is all about controlling emotions, not losing your cool, keeping it together. This could be an inner dialogue or a calm, careful conversation or communication. It’s a good thing this is a Major Arcana, a strong card, because there’s a lot of fire here: Sagittarius is associated with this card, its element Fire. For all we know there could be gasoline in those cups, liable to explode if not handled with care.

So what is it talking/warning us about today?

I drew the extremely flammable Ace of Wands, or, as it is also universally known, the Boner Card, also of the Fire suits (Sagittarius/Aries/Leo).  The Universal SkyHand once again reaches down through the clouds to present us with a straight, strong staff sprouting with new leaves. This card has so much passion, so much desire it would spontaneously combust right now if not for Temperance.

So: is it water or gasoline? This is a gift, as all Aces are – whether you want it or not. Heaven knows boners are miraculous mysteries and many museums, parks, shrines and works of art pay homage. Rightfully so.

Looks like self-control is in order here no matter what the situation.

I like these two together. The fiery hot-to-trot Ace is a strong, inspiring card giving us passion and drive. The ever-mindful angel of Temperance gives us control over our emotions and reminds us to be patient and wait until the time is right.

Maybe things – or you – had to ‘simmer’ down before starting over, but you’re rarin’ to go now.

This could be any new passion or project that may take some time – or the realities of what’s involved as far as time and sustained effort may threaten to ‘dampen’ your ‘fire’, but don’t let it.

The time is right for this new start, but will call for a lot of communication and cooperation.

 

Or: it could take some time to put out all these California fires, and you can bet there will be a new one.

 

 

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…

29 April 18: The Chariot & Ace of Wands/Fire

I’m all fired up, let’s do this.  This is an exciting new inspiration and a chance for a whole new start in a whole new direction.

This is a pretty hot combination under this Scorpio Full Moon (don’t even ask me WTF those dreams were even about last night..Scorpio Rising here).

The Chariot is #7 of the Major Arcana, a number of Faith, and on the card is pictured a chariot pulled by two horses or sometimes two Sphinx, one black and one white. The Chariot is associated with the astrological sign Cancer, the emotional, nervous, self-protecting crab. The human driving the chariot is staring straight ahead and has his two horses firmly under control even though it seems they’re wanting to run off in different directions. Only if he keeps them in line can he move forward. It’s not easy keeping even one horse under control, let alone 2.  But he will not be distracted, he is concentrating all his energies on keeping those horses (emotions, impulses, even anger) under control, in sync and moving. This human may have a bit of an ego, but he does win every race, and will most likely win this one as well.

As a matter of fact he’s especially motivated and ‘fired up’ about this one for some reason – blame it on that moon, whose symbolic crescents the driver wears on his armored shoulders (Morgan-Greer deck).

The Aces are the super-potent ‘seeds’ of the suit, the ‘chances’ handed to us by the Divine (Creator, Source, God, etc.) as depicted by the weird and mysterious Sky Hands of the Tarot. The classic illustrations of the Aces in the Tarot picture the giant Sky Hands coming down out of the blue through the clouds to present to us a ‘seed’ of a suit: A Coin (Earth), Sword (Air), Cup (Water) and today our Wand/Club (Fire). It’s like literally being given or entrusted with a seed. How do I raise and care for this? Where do I plant it that it will grow best?

This Ace also refers to the written word, so perhaps he is delivering an important message about a new writing or work assignment that ‘fires you up’.

This driver is, as they used to say back in the day, ‘hot to trot’.  He’s got the inspiration and the transportation. This may be a journey motivated by the promise of a passionate encounter. Whatever this guy wants, he’s getting, that’s for sure.

Maybe it’s a new car.  Even a firetruck. Our driver could even be a fireman heading to a fire, but it just started, so should be ok. Water (Cancer) kills fire, so he’s the right guy for the job.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 March 18: Ace of Coins, Ace of Wands

A new partnership. These 2 inspirational cards jumped out of the shuffle as a pair, and I can see why. Each is a force to be reckoned with, but together? Stand back. Aces are the ‘seeds’ of their respective suits, containing all the potential power of the 10 – the oak tree in the acorn, as it were. We have the passion of Fire (Aries, Sagittarius, Leo) and the grounding practicality of Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn).

These cards are gorgeous together. They presented themselves side by side, Earth left, Fire right. The Morgan-Greer cards are just beautiful, and in fact side by side, they  look like one picture. The Ace of Wands is on the right. An active, passionate, energetic male energy. Out of the huge bank of clouds and fog over blue water a hand extends a straight cut branch that has started to sprout. It’s as if he needs to get it in the ground, quick. The card on the left, the Ace of Pentacles, is grounded and receptive. We see a red rose in full bloom in a garden overlooking the water, and in the garden along a pathway lilies, a symbol of regeneration and rebirth, bloom. There are clouds over water here, also, and a hand extends from the clouds holding a large gold coin. This garden has been tended well for a long time. Our point of view is looking down a path that leads out under a beautiful archway of greenery and eventually, we assume, to the ocean. Green mountains are visible in the distance, and the hands reach out to each other, offering this new beginning.  There could be no better place for Mr. Sky Hand to plant his sprouting branch.

This is one hell of a partnership, especially a creative one. If all those fiery ideas and passionate drive were well-managed, developed and brought to earthly fruition?  Wow.

This is a great combination for a creative collaboration involving eco-conscious property development or organic growing.  Guaranteed success.

You’ve got the brains, I’ve got the looks, let’s make lots of money -Pet Shop Boys