13 February 19: Page of Wands & Nine of Cups & Knight of Cups

Anything you wish ma’am, or sir, anything at all. With all my love and devotion I offer myself to you, and I am forever at your service. Swoon, sigh, this is truly romance novel stuff but all these watery, teary, emotional cups can make one gooey in the brain. It’s a wish granted, for sure. And it does make me smile.

In the past we have the Page of Wands aka our young and flashy Page of Fire (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius), the young traveler, inspired and full of ideas, energy and passion. Pages, of course, are children or child-like, as in immature. That’s the challenge, isn’t it, to retain the innocence and child-like-ness without being child-ish (I just have to say though Childish Gambino is one of the best names ever) in the annoying way. This Page isn’t the easiest kid to control – even if it was yourself. Taking a minute to ponder this, it occurs to me that all the fire signs I know have been the best at striking that balance as they got older.

In the center is the very much desired 9 of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) otherwise known as ‘The Wish Card’. I could have called this ‘be careful what you wish for’ because it looks like you’re going to get it. Our ‘wishes’, however, may in the past have been a little immature and unrealistic. We have fire & water here, with a lot of steam potential, but steam burns hurt like f***.

The 9 is a number of completion. The smiling, jolly happy human on the 9 in the center and present position sits before a table lined with cups, as if expecting guests. This is a card of emotional well-being and success, of having achieved everything one set out to achieve, and invites others to share. This is the host with the most, or the hostess with the mostest. Coming along with the 10th cup is no less than a Knight. He wears my favorite armor of the deck, which looks like it’s made of blue metal fish scales – he or she is also of the suit of Water.

In the future position is The Knight of Cups, also a man (or woman) of action, and his motivation is l.o.v.e. Of the suit of emotions, his or her own moods may be changeable as the moon. This is very romantic stuff, and it’s high tide.

But the court cards, as in Pages and Knights, often represent us, as in the Asker of the Question. The immature, brash, risk-taking young Page of the suit of Fire has no red on his card: he holds his long walking – stick in front of him as if it’s a big match and he’s waiting for someone to ‘light his fire’, he’s all over the place trying to find his or her own way.  In youth, male or female, we are not always led by our hearts, shall we say. The eccentric out of place feathered bowler hat worn by the theatrical young Page has morphed into the bright red oversized feathered beret of the successful, contented 9 of Cups. It looks like he’s wearing his heart on his head – ah! a clue. Heart and head. The heart will rule the head in this atmosphere.

The Knight faces right, as does the Page of the past, and we are at present blessed and contented, which says to me it is us who is motivated to do the offering. The world has turned in a big way, and if you’ve been missing that ‘creative spark’, it’ll come back so strong  – that if that’s what you wished for – your mojo is back and you’ll want to share it with the world.

This could have been an idea you had in the past that you weren’t able to act on for some reason, or never ‘caught fire’. Now you may be in a more secure or comfortable place and able to reconsider some of those ‘pet projects’.

Offers made and/or accepted with love.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

1 February 19: The Lovers & Ace of Coins & Seven of Wands

I did it my way. At least, from now on. In the past position are the Lovers of the Major Arcana, which is interesting because it crossed my mind for one second as I was scrolling through some pages this morning that the olde tyme Lovers card is insanely complicated. There are trees and birds and a snake and sometimes a fat little cherub buzzing around, ready to shoot one of 2 women on the card because the poor human in the middle can’t make up his mind between them. That’s a whole lot of stuff going on. On the Morgan-Greer card, there are only 2 humans, obviously deeply in love. In the past, this was not only a profound relationship or partnership but an essential component of your DNA and your public identity. This is in the past, but no matter what the relationship, these cards are all upright today and things are As They Should Be. Not a sword to be seen. But the olde tyme image keeps coming to mind – it’s complicated. This card having been called ‘The Choice’ among other things, makes my blood pressure jump just a wee bit. The poor sod in the middle is being put on the spot, and it’s stressful. Quite a different feeling than I get from the Morgan-Greer. Love, yes, marriage, yes, this card means that, and at least in this deck, it looks like a lovely memory for both.

In the present though is the fabulous Ace of Coins, pure gold (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn).  I like getting an Ace on the 1st of the month, off to the best possible start in all earthly matters. The Ace is success and wealth, the giant gold coin in the sky presented to us by the legendary Skyhand of the Tarot, up close and in person. This is one of the best cards in the deck. This is to be rich. Not only money-rich, but body and soul rich.

So why then, in the future position, do we see a rather defensive human bracing himself to ‘stand his ground’, holding a long walking stick or staff across his body like a weapon. 6 more sprouting sticks look rowdy and restless and stand at sloppy angles just under him. They always look to me like they’re carried by a mob, and they may be. If not a mob, then maybe just too many offers or questions, even questions pertaining to your integrity or ethics. This human on the 7 of Wands (Leo/Aries/Sagittarius) is not doing things the way other people might, and it ‘inflames’ them.

This could be a financial incentive to go back to a partnership or marriage, or an offer from someone in the past – probably met with some resistance – that could turn out to be both passionate and profitable.

So this human may actually need to drop some defenses – but doesn’t seem to be interested in all these other little sticks, rather he looks straight up at that gold coin in the center of the spread. Amazing. How did you do it? They want to know.

Keep your eye on the prize and keep the haters at bay.

You don’t have to explain yourself to anybody, and you don’t owe anybody anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

28 January 19: Eight of Cups reversed & Queen of Wands & 10 of Wands

Spring. The seasons have changed, at least they have where I am, and while the Farmer’s Almanac says the last frost in my region is on Feb 12, I just find that hard to believe. But one morning I woke up and the air was different.

The Queen of Wands is at the center of things today (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius) which is where she usually can be found. Queens are always surrounded by people who do their bidding and attend and serve them, but this is the Queen everybody wants to work for. She’s so damn bright and yellow and passionate, this Queen of Fire, so enthusiastic about everything she does it’s infectious. As if her yellow gown, cape and yellow crown aren’t enough she completes the look with a long-stemmed giant sunflower in full bloom. This is the human who ‘lights up the room’. She is the Queen who wasn’t born into it, but came out of and through adverse circumstances and celebrates life joyously. This Queen owns the room wherever she goes, and everybody wants to know her, and Spring is her season.

In the past position is the gloomy Eight of Cups (Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces) which upright, shows someone abandoning something they had put a lot into – heart and soul – that didn’t, for some reason, turn out the way they’d hoped. A lone figure, dressed in a red cape and hood, is leaving behind 8 gold cups stacked on a desolate, inhospitable, drying-up beach. The emotional investment has not, and probably never will , pay off. The shock of red is the only color on this muddy, sludgy card, we are taking our love somewhere else.

Reversed: hold on a minute, have we really given it all we’ve got?

Don’t ask the tireless Queen of Wands.

In the future position is the heavy, overcommitted 10 of Wands. A human whose orange sleeve matches the Queen’s own (she insists on it) staggers under the weight of 10 heavy staves, all sprouting new leaves, as is the Queens own staff, and strangely, her crown-hat. The Queen thinks that with some TLC and elbow grease things can work after all. Spring fever has set in. She has more new ideas popping out of her head than new green leaves.

This is good to see. For sure. The Queen is infused with fresh passion and enthusiasm and has all kinds of plans for planting and renovations and a new garden a new website and let’s get all those in the ground! She calls out to the poor worker whose job it is to actually DO it  He’s carrying as much as he can.

This is commitment, or, wondering when and where to ‘lay one’s burden down’ if you play the blues. The unfulfilled wanderer of the 8 of Cups has rediscovered their passion and purpose, which of course is an internal thing, a personal thing. This is committing to something for ‘the long haul’, that is, as long as this human can carry the load. It’s a lot  for one person – which may be the point. It’s not an easy card, and could mean taking on too much on one’s own, or having more ideas than actual manpower, woman power or means to make them happen.  I do get a warning feeling out of this: with the suit of Fire, there is always a ‘strike while the iron is hot’ kind of a vibe – and that’s a mighty big potential bonfire this human is carrying. It is a card of success, but with success comes pressure to keep it burning. Ask the Queen.

Whatever you say, your highness. Where do you want these?

This could also be committing to or ’embracing’ new or extra responsibilities or work, having re-ignited a passion for it, the way the human on the 10 wraps his arms around his load of branches.

Never mind, she may say, I’ll do it myself my way. Which is probably why those cups back on that beach aren’t stacked up right.

Because it may just be spring fever.

I don’t think so, not this time.