19 July 18: Three of Coins & Four of Coins

Pooling talents and resources. An uneasy combination, but a good one. Of course when we talk about Coins we’re talking about Earth and the material world (Virgo/Capricorn/Taurus), aka money. One of these two has a lot of it, the other may be working for very little of it.

The 3 of Coins is all about teamwork and collaboration in the physical world to create something of lasting value or to ‘make your mark’ as this stonemason is doing under the red diffused glow of the  stained glass window of a church. Unlike the traditional card which usually shows a team meeting –  2 monks consulting over a scroll with an architect or stonemason – the Morgan-Greer deck and other more modern decks show only one human on the card working away with a chisel on in a stone and stained-glass building   obviously not built by any one man in any one lifetime, so he continues or finishes the work of others – yet is still considered part of an elite ‘team’ who take a great deal of pride in what they do, and probably for not much money. In fact, artists in olden tymes often had no choice but to slave over church commissions…literally.

I decided to check with Dali’s deck to get his take on it. He shows us a bearded, colorful figure holding a book wearing what looks like a Christmas wreath on his head with a city in a tree growing out of his ass.

Well that’s clear.

The 4 of Coins is all about saving, stability and security. To a fault, some might say, but this miserly looking person clutching at 4 large gold coins so tightly he looks like he has cramps is no fool. No fun, maybe, but no fool. I notice with the cards side by side the stone wall of the castle or chateau of the ‘miser’ of the 4 is made of the same stone the stonemason is carving on the 3. So it is interesting that these 2 cards basically form the same image as the single 3 does in older decks: the worker and the boss(es). But there is  respect and cooperation here, each need the others’ skills – or money, and recognize the value in the collaboration.

If these two aren’t a team already, they certainly should be – but, like the image on the olde tyme cards, this is also more of an investor/worker relationship, or a commission of some kind.

As a team they would add up to 7, a rather unstable number that requires a lot of faith in any mutual undertaking. They both believe in what they’re doing even if nobody else does.

A loan for home improvement could also be forthcoming, or someone may be doing some fixing-up or restoration themselves to save money or even building their own beautiful home meant for generations to come (the 10 of Coins).

This is about considering partnerships in long-term investments, finances and general sustainability. ‘Art’ people and ‘money’ people don’t always see eye to eye, but this looks like these two could be on the same page. We see bright yellow sky on both cards, but neither character is out in it. The 3 has his head down in the dark intensely focused on what’s he’s doing and the 4 has his back to the yellow sky outside the castle wall and the world altogether, so concerned is he with holding on to his money. It looks like they may even live in the same stone mansion, but not as equals – yet both work for the same ‘team’ or ‘house’.

I hope the worker/artisan is being paid fairly for what he does and not being ripped off or taken advantage of.

 

Cheap f******.

 

 

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.

 

 

17 July 18: Seven of Coins & Ace of Coins

There’s more where this came from.

Interesting. These cards both are of the solid, earthly suit of Pentacles (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) and very much refer to the material world aka money: how much do we need, how we make it, what we do with it.

The 7 of Coins shows us a human standing beside a bush hung with ‘fruit’, or rather 7 shiny gold coins. He takes a break from tending his moneybush and leans on his hoe, wiping the sweat from his brow as he contemplates his potential harvest/return. He’s putting SO much work into this crop,  will it ever pay off? Is it worth it? His skin is dark from working in the sun. Shouldn’t he have more to show for all his hard work up until this point? Should he even bother to finish what he’s started, or should he start another new crop, possibly somewhere else? Should he have planted here in the first place? It’s a pretty card (Morgan-Greer), the sky a light heavenly dream-blue down to the blue hills and finally to the earthy green fields where he stands beside the moneybush he is so carefully nurturing and tending. All these hours, all this work – and only 7 coins.

The 7 is a number of Faith, and this ‘gardener’ needs to have a little more faith in himself and his ‘crop’. He needs to remember why he planted there in the first place. He needs to remember that the Universal Divine Skyhand chose and entrusted him with the gift.

The Ace of Coins is the ‘seed’ of a ‘golden’ opportunity and a promising, prosperous new beginning. The Divine SkyHand of the Tarot who reaches down from the clouds to gift us with the shiny new Ace is handing us a beautiful new start and has chosen our gardener for a reason. He’s proven what he can do with a single seed.

The olde Rider-Waite image of the 7 of Coins shows the gardener contemplating a bush hung only with 6 coins – the 7th is at his feet, as if he’s taken one for himself, no matter what happens to the rest of them – he knows all he needs is one. Clever dude, this gardener.  But is this investment ever going to ‘fully ripen’ and pay off? In any case, he is smart, saving a seed for the future.

Is he taking one last look at the crop he worked so hard to raise that may never pay off, cutting his losses before he starts all over again on something else? Has he attracted an investor who recognizes his dedication, skill and perseverance, and wants to buy whatever he’s growing before it’s even ripe?

The 7 is on the left, and the Ace on the right (Morgan-Greer).

Is he turning his back on a new offer, his faith in his current crop and in his eventual success unshakable?

The 8 = 7 + 1 (of Pentacles) card would mean get back to work, get the nose to the grindstone, and don’t give up.

Maybe your first attempt didn’t ‘pay off’ like you thought it would,  despite your best efforts, and possibly through no fault of your own – but it will somehow ‘seed’ huge success in the future.

 

 

16 July 18: Queen of Wands

Solar energy. Everybody wants to be with this fiery lady (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) who is so inspiring and energetic she seems to glow. She attracts followers and friends like moths to a flame. She’s bright, passionate, and always ready with a new plan, idea, or solution. She seems to anticipate potential problems or obstacles before anyone else – she does have a rather watchful and wary looking black cat seated beside her throne at her feet. This is the Queen of Intuition, and she holds her tall, straight staff like an antennae or receiver. She gazes us straight in the eye with a knowing expression on her face but she looks like she’s thinking something that she may or may not express verbally.  She holds a massive sunflower in her left hand and the entire card is a hot, sunny yellow – her robes, her crown, and her power is such that she’s lit up the entire sky behind her, also bright yellow – solar energy. Her Chakra is the solar plexus, where we like to feel all warm inside.

Wherever she goes, she attracts attention.  This Queen is the one who seems to be able to do it all. She’s Samantha Stevens in ‘Bewitched’. House is always in order, kid always looks nice, she always looks beautiful. She’s the perfect hostess (she even had a bar in the living room!) and could whip up a perfect dinner without breaking a sweat – smiling all the while. How does she do it?

After once again solving the crisis du jour and at the end of the episode Samantha always looks back over her shoulder at the camera and gives us a little wink and a nose-wriggle.

A natural leader, her King couldn’t resist her fiery spirit, keen instincts and joyous energy.

Samantha’s mortal husband Darren loudly and adamantly discouraged witchcraft in his home but was frequently the unknowing beneficiary of his Queen’s semi-covert paranormal talents. Darren probably would have lost his advertising job a long time ago had his loving wife not stepped in (often). She is the consummate crisis manager, and never fails to ‘fix it’, even if it’s from ‘behind the scenes’.

She brings joy, radiates happiness and generally summer fun. She would like to remind us, though, to not burn our candle it at both ends –

 

– or through our bank accounts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 July 18: Page of Wands & Six of Swords

Breaking away. From a family, group, marriage, town, city. Something that you and the rest of the world have considered to be part of who you are, your identity.

The 6 of Swords shows us two people  leaving everything behind but what they need to fend for themselves in a new, unknown place. A figure huddles miserably in a small boat as her companion stands strong and works with a long pole to push them out of choppy waters into the smooth open seas beyond.  It isn’t easy for them to leave, but for some reason they no longer ‘fit in’ where they’ve been.

We need to find ourselves, the couple says. Our own life, our own way.

The Page is a messenger of the energetic Fire suit (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius) and being a Page, affiliated with or belongs to a family, organization or establishment of some kind.  The brooch that gathers his cloak at his shoulder looks like it could be a family crest,  insignia or logo.

It has always intrigued me that this long-haired Page (Morgan-Greer) of a deck full of Knights, Queens and castles is wearing a bowler hat, completely out of time and place with the rest of his costume, a loose yellow peasant-artist type of thing. He stands, holding his tall staff upright in a vast desert, dry mountains in the distance. Why is he wearing that formal, stiff, banded bowler?

He doesn’t want to wear the stupid hat anymore, it’s not who he really is, but the company makes him wear it. It’s tradition. A lot of people would be proud to wear that hat, and maybe he was, once. The Hat got him the best tables at restaurants, VIP treatment and lots of women – but was it really him or just the hat they admired? I’m just another man in the hat, he says. Who am I without the hat?

There’s a place for him out there, and he ditches the bowler and swaps it for the close, knitted cap more appropriate for the windy journey.

No one will recognize him, and wherever he’s going he can start over, this time as his or her true self. When he’s free to be, he’ll find his true tribe.

 

There’s a place for us, say the couple in the boat.  Good luck to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 July 18: Three of Wands & Seven of Cups

Realistic plans. An interesting pair.

On the fired-up (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) 3 of Wands/Clubs/Rods, 3 being the number of creation and expansion, a human stands with his back to us scanning the horizon and looking off into the distance as if he’s waiting for something or contemplating where to plant his next ‘branch’, as in ‘branching out’. He’s ready to, the branch we see he has ‘planted’ behind him is leafy and ready to drop ripe acorns. A successful investment. He has done well – so far. Now what? One straight, sprouting staff is held in his left hand as he contemplates and debates what he should do next. The other staff is partially obscured by his fine cloak and headpiece. Should he expand where he is, or ‘branch’ further out, even overseas? He is of the Fire suit, after all, and not known for his patience or diplomatic skills. Those Fire signs do not like to wait for anything.

This is where he could get into trouble. It would be a shame, he’s doing so well, but at this crucial stage must be patient.  He could use some of the clarity of yesterday’s Ace of Swords, or I would suggest a coffee and a talk with a King, Queen, or even Knight of Coins who know how to successfully manage investment and growth.

People are noticing his work. There are offers and opportunities as we can see from the fabulous Las Vegas spectacle that is the glittery, shiny, loud 7 of Cups. What a show!

The card shows us 7 shiny golden goblets/chalices emerging like showgirls from a thick, watery fog bank (I’m not even kidding, I returned a shitty fog machine the other day. I don’t like to be without a fog machine. You just never know. Kept the fog juice.), each overflowing with strange contents: jewelry, a mask, a snake, a woman’s head. A castle, a dragon.

7: Faith. It’s important to invest it in the right place, person or thing.  He needs to have faith in himself, step back and bide his time.

It’s overwhelming. It’s good to have choices, it’s good to have opportunities, flattering to entertain offers. But right now not everything may be what it seems to be, and not everyone may be who they say they are, or do everything they say they’re going to do.

Is the diamond real, or just a cheap knockoff, something that will only tarnish over time?

What about that creepy mask? What if a beautiful, loving person that may be the love of his life is behind it?

What about that peaceful green wreath tied with the red ribbon? Is it laurel or oleander?

We can’t tell. There’s too much going on. Too much fog. I’m overstimulated just looking at this card.

This is a picture of a freelancer who feels he can’t turn any offer away. A fast, crappy, cheap job that seemed to look good at the time will ‘tarnish’ your reputation in the long run.

As Spirit says to me often:

Sift.