14 February 19: Four of Swords & King of Coins & Seven of Swords

Nobody ever called Pablo Picasso an Asshole* is a lyric from a song back in the day by a band called Jonathan Richmond & the Modern Lovers (great name for Valentine’s Day), and when I came across this little gem (KEEN articles) I thought some of you people whose mail and  messages sometimes pile up may appreciate this :

It is said that Pablo Picasso painted his masterpiece Les Demoiselles D’Avignon with the Four of Swords affixed to his studio door. 

..and he didn’t even HAVE a phone! So the 4 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) today in past position is like the little card hanging on the hotel doorknob you flip over when you don’t want to be disturbed before they disturb you anyway. There may have been a period of extended rest and stillness that has been valuable and restorative.

What is the purpose of retreat, rehabilitation, rest, reflection, recovery, all meanings of the 4 of Swords. Swords are mental, 4 is stability. Peace, although this card is often referred to as a card of ‘truce’, that is, a temporary peace, not a permanent one.

If it’s grounding, healing, health and balance, we couldn’t have a better card in the present position in the solid, steady  King of Earth (Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn). Secure, confident,  rooted to his favorite spot in his lush, abundant vineyard, vines and purple clusters of grapes hang all over him.  If this isn’t you, this is someone who is a good person to have in control of things. Honest as the day is long, reliable, successful, he’s the ‘common sense’ King. He’s slow as gravity, being of the Earth, and doesn’t make quick decisions or ‘quick’ anything at all. This not only works for him but has worked for him (or her) so well, he’s the King. When he was but a Knight, his shield was engraved with the image of a tortoise (Scapini deck).

Thinks of Coins (earth)  and Swords (air) as tortoises and hares.

The Thief seems to not want to go away until we get the message, and in the future position once again, the 7 of Swords shows us someone stealing away from the crowd with whatever he can get – and once again in the future position he faces backwards, not forwards.  This though, I get as a very positive outcome: this needs to be a regular thing, this ‘stealing away’. The thief on the card does not steal all of the swords, but leaves 2, taking 5. As in:

‘Just give me 5 minutes.

The ‘takeaway’ from this reflective and restorative period of retreat was that this needs to be a regular thing – a permanent lifestyle change.  This can be seen as a selfish card, but look at that homebound King of Coins. This is a card of a successful home business, and you could be ‘gathering information’ as the sneaky swords like to do, taking ideas that work for you and leaving the rest. You may be researching ideas as to how to expand or franchise, having realized and accepted that you function better in your own environment and that’s where you do your best work, so let them call you selfish, stubborn, secretive, anything they want, but now you know what you need – and don’t need – to do your best and it’s serving you well. So put your mask on first and ‘steal’ some ‘you’ time. The ‘ratio’ of home time to social time may be the change to make, or lying low both on social media and In Real Life, consciously limiting your online time to a couple of hours a day and spending more time in nature or working with your hands. Does a mind and body good. In any case, when you feel that anxiety (the 7 is an anxious card) you know what to do. Get back to that happy place and re-charge.

Of course, this is the card of the thief, but it looks like whoever is in charge of the money is well in control, and if it’s you, you’re doing a great job.

 

Nobody steals from Picasso.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

9 February 19: Ten of Cups & Three of Coins & Nine of Swords

The C Word. No, not that. I actually really like that word in context, like coming from a pissed-off (or pissed up) cab driver in London traffic . No, today it is Commitments or, Contracts.

In the past position is the idyllic, dreamy 10 of Cups, the maximum of the suit of emotion, Cups aka Hearts, and deeeeep water (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio). It has the rather Victorian nickname of the ‘Happily ever After Card’ just so you know. Two arms reach in from opposite sides of the frame to raise a single gold cup high, catching a rainbow arching down from the blue sky. Why, it’s a wee pot o’gold! These are the luckiest people in the world, and they know it.

That’s important. Because here’s another C word for ya: complicated! Must you make it so?

The industrious 3 of Coins (Capricorn/Virgo/Taurus) is in the present position and we see a blueprint or contract being discussed or negotiated between 3 humans in a church that they all had a hand in building, from the architect’s plans to the artisan’s construction to the commissioner of the work, and it is a great work, all stone and stained glass, built to last. They agree the terms have been met on all sides, and everyone has had an equal hand in the magnificent accomplishment. These 3 humans on the 3 of Coins are all in vastly different ‘tax brackets’ as I like to say, but not when they each bring what they have to bring to the table, so to speak. The stained-glass guy or craftsman, or on the Russian deck, a musician; the Bishop or Cardinal, or on the Russian deck, simply the man with the ring of keys who obviously owns the place, and the architect. There is no 3rd human on the Russian 3, and there is only 1 human on the Morgan-Greer version of  3 of Coins, the blue-collar hands-on artisan who is left working after hours in the waning light of the stained-glass window.

This is the card of collaboration, and possibly obligation.

This could not have been built by any one human alone. Motivations may differ, but all 3 profit from the work. Coins are money. One thing is obvious: someone’s motivation for taking on these sometimes complicated contracts and commitments is doing it for home and family, or at least their concept of their future home and family. A lot of people have no idea what happiness is, but that’s the goal here, and none nobler. You are lucky to have known the happiness and love you have known.

Why then do we have the  ‘stay up all night and worry’ card in the future position, the dreaded insomniac of the Minor Arcana, the 9 of Swords (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius)?

This to me is just plain old worry about work aka when will the next job come? Or you may have been offered a contract with people you don’t really want to work with, and can see a whole lot more sleepless nights ahead of you should you commit to this. The one good thing we can say about this card though is that in the future position, we can  check ourselves, which is the point. This is a self-created, inflamed energy, all kinds of dark thoughts and potential painful scenarios, and you just can’t stop thinking about all the things that can go wrong. The Morgan-Greer card shows a pair of wrists tied up with rope, suggesting a fear of something ‘binding’. We long for and are inspired by a situation we had in the past with family or another deep relationship, even if it was only a ‘dream’ or vision in the past, it’s what’s motivating you now.

Is the architect building for his legacy? Is the Bishop building for his God? Is the craftsman working to feed his family? It’s not like they all hang out after hours.

 

Why am I doing this again?

 

8 February 19: Seven of Swords & Five of Swords & Four of Wands

Protection. Someone has your back, for once. Something went down, and something is going down, but the good news is it’s the last battle.

In the past position and slinking off with what looks like his tail between his legs (it’s just his sash hanging down, but today it’s plainly his tail between his legs) is the Thief. Somebody’s been creepin’, sneakin’ and stealin’ in broad daylight. Not necessarily or only money, but any sort of intellectual property or your ideas  –  your livelihood.  This cowardly slime sneaks away with 5 swords, leaving 2 behind. On some versions of the card the thief is looking back as if he intends to come back for them later: on the Morgan-Greer card his head is down, he does not want to be seen. No one is even looking for or at him or her, and he does this on the regular.  They’ll be happy with the 2 that are left, he mutters to himself as makes off with his haul.

It’s like going out in the morning to get the eggs out from under the chicken and there’s an egg and you think, fine, and then find out someone’s been sneaking out and stealing 2 before you even get up, and it’s your own dog. With his tail between his legs.

This is notoriously the ‘Card of the Thief’ but also the ‘lone wolf’ card, a card of avoiding  or ‘shrinking away’ from confrontation. Of course, the actor’s part in the play depends on who the other players are, and now we have even more swords to deal with on the in -your – face 5 (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius). This  confrontation has not only happened but isn’t exactly over, although as we can see on the card, the sun is setting on the situation. This wasn’t and isn’t pretty. Everyone on the card looks blue and drained, 3 humans on their knees, their swords tossed down in defeat. However, I don’t get today that the hooded figure in the foreground is the bad guy, which is weird, but I get that he chased off the creep on the 7. Harsh, you bet. The next card is the ‘jail card’, the 8 of Swords, and the thief best not show his face around these parts again.

This is some behind-the-scenes hostage negotiations kind of shit. Both humans have hidden their faces. We don’t know what’s going on here, but as long as the Thief stays in the past – he literally looks like he’s just glad to get away with what he’s gotten away with at this point — all will be well. Very well. The hero of the 5, his dark hood covering the upper part of his face, gives me a Batman vibe. He is a professional, and seems to have the thief on the run: lawyer, accountant, hit man.

I could break my head over this but I don’t have to because no matter what’s gone down or going down, Batman has come to your defense and there couldn’t be a better future card, the ’11:11′ card, the joyous, celebratory 4 of Wands. 4 is a number of security, stability and protection, and today I get more of a warm homey vibe (the suit of Fire: Aries, Sagittarius, Leo) rather than a celebratory party vibe, which is also what this card is about. Weddings, showers, friends and family, homecomings. Usually we see a couple of humans dancing under party decorations, arms uplifted, shoes kicked off and letting the good times roll but on the Morgan-Greer card the flowers are fresh, the garden looks beautiful, and our happy place is waiting.

 

Worth the fight.

 

 

5 February 19: The Moon & The Star & The Hanged Man

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The Moon can be an ominous card. If I were a dog or a a wolf, both seen on this card, #18 of the Major Arcana, baying and howling at a massive supermoon, eerily pale against the indigo sky and framed by 2 dark, stone towers, I’d be scared, too. The Moon looks loud, the howling animals are loud:

What the hell is it?

I don’t know!

The Moon, in the past position next to the Star in the present looks like the same picture, like a panorama. In the moonlight a little purple crawfish crawls up to the shore as if being called, the way fish beach themselves to spawn under a full moon. How do animals know that stuff? They have some kind of inner ‘thing’. The crawfish looks like he’s about to crawl out and up to a road that leads through the barking animals and dark towers over the distance hills and straight up to the moon, but he doesn’t come all the way up out of the water – ’cause he doesn’t know what that thing is either. I can’t resist, he says, but..what if it’s just a pile of rocks up close? The little purple one is the only one really  ‘in tune’ on this card, which in the past position reminds me of my favorite Disneyland ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Strapped into a little Model T, you careened around in crazy foglights in the dark as things popped out in front of you, above you, behind you, and it was all very weird and surreal and you can’t tell what the hell’s going on then it’s over. This is that. Sort of. Juvenile delinquents (ahem) would jump out of the cars, sneak around in the dark and mess with stuff and then jump back on, but they got wise to that a long time ago and now have people hiding in the dark and watching. This is the fine line between visions & illusions, illusions & delusions, intuition, animal instincts and ‘full moon madness’. Glad to see it in the past.

In the center, the nude woman under the stars seems to be drawing water from the same pond – she says nothing, but appears to be listening to something: a glowing 7 pointed star shining down on her as she draws and pours, from the past to the future positions.

This is serious stuff – all 3 of these cards are Major League Arcana, and all three address the subconscious. The past and the present merge, and the naked woman always reminds me of the character in the Lars Von Trier film “Melancholia” who lays naked on a grassy bank at night by a stream, offering herself to the approaching mysterious planet Melancholia, whose effects she subconsciously feels before anyone else does. The Moon and the Star are also all about stage, theatre, music, singing, and ‘the land of light and shadow’ which it is said is the Native name for what is now Hollywood, which I can’t swear is true but would make sense. The Star is a healing card, and if all these cards have one thing in common, it’s about seeing, or even hearing things in a way others do not. These cards are all upright, suggesting to me that listening to and trusting your subconscious, instinct, intuition or however you feel it, has served you well. This woman may seem a little ‘spacey’ to onlookers but does have one foot planted solidly on dry land.

In the future position is the legendary Hanged Man, calmly hanging from a scaffold of his own making, in a deep meditative trance. The thing that immediately jumps out to me today is the same deep, nocturnal blue on all 3 cards: the deep night of the Moon, the starry night sky of the Star, and just a patch of it on the Hanged Man. A big bank of clouds rolling in, it’s almost as if he hopped up there to avoid the fog – master of dreams, visions, illusions and collector of funhouse mirrors Neptune rules this card, also a card of escape via drugs or alcohol – Neptune likes a drink.

What I like about this card is also something that could be a warning. I like that he has ‘one foot’ in the patch of blue sky, the same blue sky as on the Sun and the Moon, and if there is a message, this is that. It is that same instinct and following your own path that got you through the confusion and chaos in the past – being in touch with your own inner voice. This human sees things ‘from a different point of view’.  Like the Star, this is a card of healing, restoration, wholeness and health.

Looks like a possible ‘dust up’ in the future, from what I can see judging from the wall of incoming clouds. Some kind of ‘weather’ may be blowing in and I like the way he’s handling it, calmly detached, making sure to keep that one foot – instead of on the ground, since that seems to be where that nasty exhaust is coming from – firmly in that clear patch of blue, where he or she can stay in touch with that ‘higher’ or ‘inner’ voice – like the Moon and the crawfish.

The exhaust is probably coming from a careening Model T, and, like the painted wooden mole and frog and mice and all the other terrified characters on the wild ride, he’s jumped up out-of-the-way, staying clear until the dust settles, but when he drops, he drops: 12= 1+2=3, the mighty number of Creation.

Upright, this is a period of going deep, reflection, healing, and the re-balancing of spiritual and earthly priorities, but above all (excellent pun!) staying in touch with one’s inner voice, which is the higher voice.

‘Surrendering’ to higher powers, plain and simple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 February 2019: Nine of Clubs & The Fool & Queen of Swords

The Odd Couple. If ever there were 2 cards that would make up one of the most unlikely couples in the deck it would be the wonderful, no-f***-to-give Fool and the brainy, notorious ‘Ice Queen’ of the Tarot, the Queen of Swords. Yet, this makes a lot of sense, in a sense.

In the past and don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out is the bloodied, scarred card of the survivor, the 9 of Clubs, Wands, Staves, Rods, ot whatever you want to call the Suit of Fire (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries). This is having been forged by fire, in a manner of speaking – like a sword. The thrashed – looking human on the card trying his best to stay upright and alert at his guardpost is typically pictured as wounded, paranoid and defensive, and who can blame him or her – they’ve seen some action and have suffered some damage.

The Fool is magnificent in his or her innocence, enthusiastically embracing every moment and everything life has to offer for all it’s worth. The Fool is beautiful. Unique among the Major Arcana and numbered Zero, there is nothing to gain and nothing to lose, and the world is to be explored, making the Fool and his trusty little dog the quintessential travelers.  Uranus, the ‘radical’ planet, rules the Fool, and I don’t know much but I do believe Uranus has moved for the first time in most of our lifetimes, so bring on the Fool! Expect the unexpected when he is around. On the Russian card, he dances like – well, a dancing fool, and I take his dog a lot more seriously, his black tail  wrapped protectively around the fool’s leg. He’s playing with a puppet of himself, a little mini-me Fool wearing a matching tassled, pointed cap with the sun emblazoned on it. He shakes what looks like a rattle painted in rainbow colors, streaming a long red ribbon. This Fool likes to wear a nice dress once in a while – he or she may also be sexually open to just about anything or anyone. So then, what in the world is the Ice Queen aka the Queen of Swords aka Lady Logic doing in the future position?

Make no mistake, as we have heard it said “the secret of the wise man is to appear a fool’  and nobody has all-access like a Fool. The message and mood of the Fool – not to mention he outranks both cards, being of the Major League Arcana – seems to contradict both the past and the presumed future, the manifestation of our own Free Will, of course. The Fool considers neither.

This Fool is always a good influence on the serious, responsible, logical Queen of Air (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) whose card was in olden tymes was referred to as ‘The Widow’s Card’. This Queen is quite the intellectual, well-studied (she could even have a degree or two) and thoroughly professional. What a bitch.

The Queen needs a bit more of the Fool in her life, which is why she has one, and the Fool may needs a bit of the Queen’s practicality, clarity and precision.

This is a major shift in consciousness, or even a way of Being, probably kicked off by this mega-transition. The Fool gives us no choice but to start from Zero, from which anything and everything is possible, or to at least embrace that spirit and try not to take life  so seriously. To not let the war wounds of the past follow us the rest of our lives. Screw the rules, screw convention, the Fool is dancing through life and he’s smarter than he lets on but if he gets a laugh out of her or the King by falling on his ass, it’s a job well done.

The Queen, although she’s in the future position, is looking back at the Fool as if she’s ready to jump off the card and join him or her. Holding her long sword at her side, pointed downwards, usually used to mete out decrees and declarations and once in a while maybe even lop off some poor peasant’s head (although she usually manages that with painfully sharp – but truthful – words) she looks like she’s tapping time on the floor with it, along with the dancing Fool.

But if we know this Queen, obviously she herself is no Fool. Since she is a Court card and needs a number about as much as a Queen and her Court Jester need I.D cards, she also has the option, as a Queen, to do whatever she wants. Even if it means abdicating or stepping down from her throne, which would be a foolish move. Or would it?  On the Russian card, she does not sit, but stands straight and strong.

This is starting all over, but this time with a certain guarded optimism, somehow. It’s a great combination.

What do I have to do to get this bitch’s attention?

Or, you may even have an audition or interview of some kind with a hard-to-please female boss, probably older, and you feel like a fool having to do the ‘pick me, pick me’ dance. Did she like it? Yes, it seems you will get the gig, but she’s the ultimate poker face and you would have never known it from her expression, or lack of.  Very cool. See? She does have some sense of humor. Does it matter if she’s laughing with you or laughing at you? The Queen of Swords is laughing! On the inside, anyway. Of course she’s the Queen and publicly a politely bemused expression is all you’ll ever get out of her.

Or, my power failed this morning right after laying out my cards requiring me to reset everything electronic, you wacky Uranus, but I have my very logical and practical backup plan aka my generator which was fired up as soon as local ordinance would allow and soon we were all grooving to the Chilled Cow and making coffee. Have been through too may of them (power failures, but coffees, too). Having had analyzed and organized all my essential basic power needs I was prepared and able to switch over no problem (Libra cusp).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 February 19: Emperor & 2 of Cups & King of Swords, all reversed

Strictly business from now on. No more Mr. or Mrs. Nice Guy. What a crazy couple this is. These are 2 people who are used to being the boss, and don’t know how much bossery  they want to give up for the relationship.

The Emperor (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius), the stable, secure #4 of the Major Arcana,  was the boss. Authority, structure, power. Discipline. Leadership. ‘The Father Card’. The Fatherland. Thankfully or not in the past position this is usually someone older than us who did not live up to their title or misused their power,  position and authority. The thing about power is that  we tend to give it away or simply  refuse to or don’t recognize just won’t own it.  Someone was a bad boss in the past, and it could have been you. Unwilling or unable to take or maintain control, whoever was in charge should not have been, even if it was you.

At the center today in the present position are the lovely 2 of Cups, also in the reverse. This does not bode well for relationships today, romantic or otherwise. From what I see coming up in the future, it looks like someone’s about to make the same mistake again, and there are only 3 freakin’ cards! Is this a ‘thing’?

Yes, it’s a thing. This could be absent father issues that have affected our own relating, whether male or female, and a resulting lack of awareness or understanding or clear concept on the balance of ‘power’ in relationships. Or, who’s the boss. This could be someone recognizing this in themselves and checking out of intimacy altogether until they figure it out, because until they do this will keep happening.

In the future is The Dominator himself, the King of Swords, reversed (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius). See what we’re doing? This King can be a pretty cold son of a bitch. The card is very blue – matching the sleeve of the male human on the reversed 2 of Cups in the center who offers his cup, maybe not so sincerely, to the dreamy-eyed lady.

This is not really knowing where our boundaries are or our place in relationships with other people, probably based on the ol’ childhood. This card reversed often can mean someone who can be, basically, a doormat, and everybody knows it. This is not what you think it is, or what they are hoping you’ll think it is. But, if you’re into the controlling, domineering, manipulative types you may soon be meeting your dream man (or woman).

This is about not letting your heart rule your head.

This is strictly business. But none of anyone else’s. The Swords are supreme gatherers of intelligence, and what you say over a cocktail can and will be used against you.

 

Or: The red is on the left, the blue is on the right, the 2 cannot agree and there is no love lost here (Morgan-Greer deck). The man in the center has a red headband, but a blue undershirt. Hilarious.