20 October 18: Three of Wands

Follow me shouts the human from the edge of a tall cliff from where he can see further than the rest of us (Rider-Waite). The is an Aries card but Leo and Sagittarius can be and are also represented by this inspired, passionate suit of Fire.

This is about leadership. You ‘fire people up’ with your vision, enthusiasm and drive. I’m all in with this human, whoever they are.

One of the many interesting concepts of the ICHING (Chinese Book of Changes) is that of leadership. Generally, rather than the idea of a ‘leader’ as a drum major leading a parade of followers,  ‘the center’ is to whom everyone looks to for guidance, wisdom, and counsel: a woman’s role in the home. When the ‘center’ is off, everything’s off.

On the Morgan-Greer card, the caped human with their back to us is looking way off out into the distance. Although we don’t see him standing on a cliff, he is eye-level with the mountains he sees out there, so we know his vantage point is one from some altitude. He or she is a visionary. In fact  there are no mountains higher than his own feverish human head. He sees no obstacles, only his destination.

One tall staff is held in the left hand, another in his right, and standing behind his back is the third. They form a triangle around him, and he or she is at the center. 

This is the card of the visionary with the ‘long view’. The breakthrough artist, writer, inventor, or even actual explorer. This sometimes means travel or trade by water. We don’t see any water on this desert landscape, but he’s the team leader and says the ocean is just over those mountains.

That third branch – starting to sprout, as they all do, with new energy – seems to be planted in the ground. This human could have established a business or name for himself where he is and is thinking of expanding, possibly overseas. New territory, new readers, new fans or followers, new investors.

If they don’t ‘get you’ where you’re at, take it somewhere they do.

 

 

12 October 18: Nine of Coins

Self reliance. Coins or Pentacles (Virgo/Capricorn/ Taurus) represent the tangible, touchable material world, our bodies, our houses, food, property and of course, money.

Traditionally, this number 9, the number of completion, shows us a human strolling gracefully through a lush garden, a healthy green bush hanging with 9 ripe gold coins. The Morgan-Greer deck shows us a beautifully dressed brown-skinned woman eating from a bowl of grapes, white and red. She cultivates both. Around her neck is a necklace of 9 large golden discs, and perched on her upheld left hand is her pet, a hooded falcon. These are the pastimes of a gentlewoman or gentleman.

This is a card of someone who has done very well for themselves all by themselves. The self-made millionaire. This is the maid who saved all her money and then one day bought the hotel. But make no mistake: this is also a card of self-cultivation, and along with accumulating that wealth and moving up into a new tax bracket, he or she has been cultivating themselves as well, is graciously charitable and admired by the community. Along with viticulture and falconry, she’s probably a talented chef, enjoying cooking up delicious, earthy, healthy dishes from her garden for her fortunate dinner guests.  Of course you’ll want ask for a peek at her current painting-in-progress or a song on the piano for dessert.

This lady owns the hell out of that heavy gold around her neck, and she earned that all by her own talents and sweat. She may have been the maid once upon a time, but she ain’t no more, that’s for sure.

This card can read as an ‘overnight success’ but ask anyone who has been called that and you will likely find that years of hard work and dedication went into that ‘overnight success’. This is the result of that. This human is now set for life with time and a place to cultivate and enjoy the finer things of this world and share them with others as well.

 

 

 

9 October 18: The Hanged Man

Hamstrung. This is one of the weirdest cards to me, Number 12 of the Major Arcana, The Hanged Man. A human hangs upside down from a tree by a bit of rope tied to one ankle. There is a lot of mythology in the tree alone, linking heaven to the Underworld, but on the Morgan-Greer image it is not a tree but a scaffolding made from two dead trees with a pole stretched between them from which he hangs gracefully. He may have even built the structure himself. His face is serene, and he holds his hands clasped behind his back, one knee bent forming a triangle shape with his legs. Aerial yoga. He’s simply looking at the world from another point of view. Yogis assume the Sarasana pose – standing on your head – when they want to see the world from a different point of view  and stimulate the brain.

From above, he looks right side up. This is a card of surrender, no doubt, to a higher power which could be God or the Universe or the weather, but it’s as if the rope were a puppet string controlled by an unseen hand from above and we’re not in control right now. This card is unique in that when the card is right side up our human is upside down, meaning that’s exactly where he’s supposed to be at this juncture. To everyone else it looks pretty strange but this ‘suspension’ is necessary right now.

Neptune, the Patron Saint of the Hanged Man, loves all things foggy and weird and wobbly and wavy and misty and mystic, like the gray wall of fog we see behind the hanging man. Neptune also loves art and music, and this dedicated and passionate (the red pants give him away) artist is sacrificing all for his art. When he finally does come back down he will have created (1+2=3, the number of Creation) something divinely inspired, as did the Norse God Odin, who after having hung himself upside down for nine nights in the World Tree, the one that grew up from the center of the flat Earth, was granted the wisdom to create the Runes.

This is basically being ‘hamstrung’ for some reason, sometimes even literally. An accident victim in traction who came out of his coma declaring he’d had a revelation and was never the same, it changed his life. That’s obviously an extreme example, but the epiphany is the same. The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, an invalid for much of her life, affixed a mirror to the canopy of her sickbed and created her beautiful and complicated self-portraits, considered some of the world’s greatest works of art.

This is delay, but a productive one in some way. Worth the wait, worth the ‘hangup.’ Be patient. This isn’t the time to move, that’s all. You may be having to wait on something or someone else before you can do much of anything anyway.

Or, a psychologist is giving you another perspective on your own ‘hangups’.

Which is Major.

 

 

 

 

3 May 18: The High Priestess & The Moon

All will be revealed. But not right now, maybe in a couple weeks.

There is not a more psychic pair in the deck than these two powerful Major Arcana. The High Priestess is sometimes called the “Daughter of the Moon” and are both here to let us know there are things we don’t and are not meant to know right now.

Why do dogs and coyotes howl at the moon? On the Morgan Greer card, everything is deep dream blue: the sky, the hills, the still pond from which a creepy crawfish seems to be emerging – but he never does, he never crawls all the way out onto dry land, he’s always half in and out of the water in that in-between being awake and asleep dream state. The world is half in shadow, and it’s hard to tell what is real and what isn’t. There are two towers pictured on the card, one on either side of a long road that leads off and disappears into the far-off mountains that form a gateway. What is beyond is a mystery.

The High Priestess is seated calmly on her throne, also between two pillars, or a gateway to the unknown. This card is also a dream-vision in blue: blue sky,  her draped blue gown, the deep blue banner draped behind her and lined with purple, the color of the highest vibration. She wears a crescent moon on her head. The answers we seek are written in the mysterious scroll she holds and protects in her lap, but she has decided this isn’t the time for the reveal.

The deceptive moon distorts and we are prone to fantasy and confusion and a certain amount of anxiety – especially all water signs (Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio). This is a flood of subconscious messages, and you would do well to write them down.  Many great plans, inventions and ideas for great works of art and literature were dreamt by their creators. But what is real and what is fantasy? The ‘world of illusion’ also encompasses film and theatre, poetry, fiction, and science fiction. There’s a fine line with science fiction. What may have been sci-fi 50 years ago is a smartphone now.

The knowing Priestess is however a trustworthy and experienced tour guide through our subconscious, dream life, and intuitions.

She may be a psychologist, her notes on her lap as she helps the patient sort out what is real and what are only vague, unidentified anxieties. Shadows.

Pregnancy is a very strong possibility when this pair show up, but may be being kept a secret for some reason, possibly even from the father. Possibly waiting for test results or secretly trying for a child and working with cycles. The Priestess likes detox, and having so much moon and water energy may really affect all water signs or those with a lot of water in their birth charts.

Pay attention, the answer is in a dream.

 

20 April 18: The Moon & The Hanged Man

There’s a fine line between genius and madness. 

“The moon is a chin of gold.” – Emily Dickenson

No it’s not. It’s rocky, cold, dusty and weird. That’s the thing about the moon, which I do believe is dissected earlier in the archives. La Luna (‘the moon’ in Latin) inspires the very word ‘lunatic”.  This mysterious little satellite has a huge effect on the Earth and on us, whether we are conscious of it or not. On this card, under the huge full moon a crawfish is creeping up out of a still pond on to a bank, but never crawls all the way up out of it. This is a very psychic card, but we can’t be sure what is real and what isn’t. The crawfish is half in this world and half submerged, like being half-awake. What the hell were those crazy dreams last night? The Moon is a Major Arcana card associated with the watery, emotional astrological sign of Pisces and warns us we don’t know everything, something is hidden. We can’t see to the bottom of the pond, and even if we’re looking, all we see is our own distorted reflection on the surface.

The Hanged Man is also of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. His planet is Neptune, Lord of the Sea. Also explored in detail in the archives somewhere, this is a card of suspension before transition. The man on the card has voluntarily hung himself by one foot from a tree to surrender himself to a period of meditation. The Hanged man has seen life from a whole new perspective from this unusual angle. Not everyone has seen things from his point of view, this visionary.

The moon was just a cold gray rock until the poet showed us his point of view, until we saw it through the artists’ eyes, until we heard the singer sing about it.

So the martyr suffers for his art, but the world is a more beautiful place for it. This is a combination of a serious creative genius for sure, extreme as he or she may seem.  There is serious potential for escapism through drugs, legal or illegal, or ‘oceans’ of alcohol. Someone may be into very kinky and dangerious sex scenes under the cover of darkness.

I know! He’s transitioning into a werewolf under the full moon! That’s it. Or he’s totally tripping and thinks he’s a damn werewolf.  He’s not ‘coming down’ for awhile.

The Moon being all things female could indicate a couple weeks you’ve been pregnant, or a couple weeks to delivery, or your cycle is here for a couple weeks, more or less. I don’t miss that, that’s for sure.

 

“We are going to the moon that is not very far. Man has so much farther to go within himself.” -Anais Nin

 

 

 

13 April 18: Page of Cups, Ace of Coins

Contemplating the right path. The Page of Cups aka ‘Emo Kid’ has been written about quite a bit in the archives, but today I’m comparing our traditional dreamy, spacey little emotional Page to the much lighter, happier Page of Salvador Dali’s deck.

The Page is a young, fragile, gender fluid sort of soul possibly not of robust physical constitution. He’s all kinds of water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces. Emotionally an adolescent, this page is pushed and pulled by the tides of his emotions and probably of those around him or her as well. He contemplates a fish that rises up to deliver a message from the golden goblet set before him: am I dreaming this? Celtic lore recognizes the fish as a symbol of wisdom and prophecy, the tarot depicts this little blue dream-fish as representing the subconscious. This poetic page turns inward, preferring to live in his own world.

Dali’s Page is also overcome with emotion, but rather than the quiet, introverted Page of the Morgan-Greer card, Dali’s young Page stands in a grand pose, arms outstretched, one shoulder draped in a rose velvet cape, the other holding high the same golden goblet, but instead of a freaky little talking fish (telepathically of course), perched on the edge of Dali’s cup is white bird who seems to be singing to this joyful Page, who seems to be singing himself, as if repeating the song brought down to him by the bird. A strange red-eyed creature (anger/sadness/angst?) hovers in space around the Page, who does not notice it, so elated is he, so overcome with his joy. He feels too much! He must sing! Interesting.

The familiar Ace of Pentacles – – the beginning, the seed of the suit of Coins or Pentacles (of the earth: Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn) is the card of prosperity. Money. The familiar Morgan-Greer card illustrates the Great Hand in the Sky, breaking through the clouds to offer us this golden disc, this Ace, this chance, this opportunity. Gift. Ring. Offer. Proposal. We stand on a path that winds down the middle of a beautiful garden through an archway out to the ocean and beyond. An offer of a new beginning of work we enjoy, and which will bring us security and peace. Is this the right thing for me? Analysis paralysis. Wake up, honey. It is definitely the right thing for you.

Dali’s Ace is very masculine, almost violent, straight and to the point. At the base of the card is what looks like a mature oak tree. A hand extends a large gold Pentacle from which more branches sprout. I always use an acorn for an analogy when reading Aces, and apparently Dali does as well. However, the most striking image is the rather disturbing red mess through which the hand extends the coin: this card actually looks like a violent, human, physical birth. Makes me queasy. The birth of a great work of literature or art can be pretty bloody, as well, or so I’ve heard.

These 2 Pages make an interesting, almost bi-polar combination side by side. They are both overcome with emotion, one melancholy, one maniacally joyful. Both make the point.

So we have a few stories we could tell here. Pages bring news, so we could be hearing about a pregnancy but it may not be an easy one. Best to stay happy, like Dali’s page, and stay in the joy, not the worry. Stay still (calm water).

This is a brilliant card for growers, and he may be contemplating going into the cannabis industry. Hemp. Excellent. Herbals, healing topicals. Dali’s oak tree could have been a nice bush of kush.

Save the farmers and get us out of debt, kid!

More often than not this Page is inspired and whether taken entirely seriously or not, possibly because of his or her young age or from just having a general demeanor of a ‘space cadet’ has a vision, and if nurtured, could really bring something great to the world.

Do not overmedicate this child, do you hear me?  I always notice the pinned pupils of the kid on the Morgan-Greer card, and, well, he is talking to a fish. But he’s in the upright position here, just in touch with his or her muse. Daydreaming again…don’t dumb them down to fit into this ‘life model’ that isn’t really working for a whole lot of people.

An artist, poet, psychic, singer. Dreams are gifts from the collective consciousness of the artists, visionaries, writers and creators before us. We are simply here to continue the work.

Making them real is alchemy..ask Dali. Or Nikola Tesla. Or Joe Meek.

 

 

10 April 18: Seven of Coins/Pentacles

Standing at the crossroads. Coins or pentacles are of the Earth, Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn. Nothing emotional here, no hearts or flowers. This is a card of practical, earthly investment of time and physical labor. Work. The number 7, however, is quite the unstable number, and a powerful one. Every cell in our body is said to renew itself every 7 years, which means you’re literally not the same person you were when you were born.

Pictured on the Rider – Waite traditional card is a man leaning on a hoe as in a long handled gardening tool taking a minute to reflect and assess his work which has been to tend and grow a lovely money tree that is a bushy green growth hung with big gold coins. On the Morgan-Greer card, a man in a blue work shirt and leather apron is at a workbench chiseling and engraving the large gold discs, and we can see rows of completed coins behind him, but it seems he hasn’t even looked up from his work since he started and just keeps slaving away.

We get it, you’re very good at what you do. We admire your work. You’ve accomplished quite a lot, and at this stage feel the need to ‘stand back’ and re-assess your big picture. This card is asking us to stop rushing around, take a break and re-examine where we are, why we’re where we are, and where we’re going in our lives.

Why am I even doing this? It’s possible that our man or woman has been working for free, or is having second thoughts about what he’s being paid. “Is this worth it?” is always the feeling I get from this card. You may have invested a lot of time, effort and money and yes, it’s starting to ‘bear fruit’, but is the yield worth the investment? You’re starting to wonder.

This is a very good card for those in the arts. Artists are pretty grateful to be paid for what they do at all, so as long as he’s working, the artist is content to see realized what he’d imagined.

From time to time we need to stand back and assess, but this can also be a procrastinator. If you’re committed to whatever it is you’re doing, have your coffee and get back to it. If you’re not, consider carefully why this isn’t satisfying you, especially on a material level. Time is money, labor is money, and we need money to live.

Who and where will you be in 7 years?