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.

 

 

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.

 

 

26 January 18: Four of Wands & The Hermit & Ten of Swords

Back to the future. Literally. The wise old Hermit (Virgo) stands alone on his (or her) snowy mountain, holding his glowing yellow lamp up against a black, starless sky. He wears a white beard and the brown, hooded cassock of a monk. The Hermit, #9 of the Major Arcana, is all about solitude and reflection. This is not a young person, or at least not young in spirit – an old soul at the very least, and the yellow light of his lamp illuminates not the future card, but the past – the joyous 4 of Wands (Aries/Sagittarius/Leo).

A happy, yellow card, this is the card of a happy home and happy, stable life. On the olde versions of the card, there are 2 humans dancing in celebration under a canopy of garlands of flowers and ribbons -the planted 4 staves holding up the festive decor form 11:11. It’s a peaceful, loving vibe. Heavenly, really. This is being perfectly in tune, and, very simply, happy.

But the Hermit has turned his back to the future card, the bloody, potentially fatal #10 of Swords, (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius). The thing I notice immediately about this picture is the weather. The flat, black sky of the Hermit card continues on to the next card, and he lays bloody on a snowy beach and the water looks frozen in the distance. The brown cassock has fallen away to expose a white shirt stained with the red blood from wounds sustained from the 10 swords that pierce his back. It has started to snow. This, if anything, is an anti-future card. The wise hermit knows this, and shines his light instead on the past.

But this is not a card of wistful nostalgia. This is more about reflecting on what exactly it was about that place or time that was particularly resonant, where and when and with whom you felt you belonged. Where was home. Not necessarily a specific geographical location but a feeling of being inspired, happy to wake up in the morning. The Hermit’s tall walking stick tells us he’s been around, but after having been there and done that, he thinks he may like to retire to that little warm place he or she visited so long ago, or even grew up or used to live. That’s where the ‘home fires burn’ for this Hermit, who seems to be considering a trip back down the mountain. On the Morgan-Greer card, there are no dancers under the garlands in the garden, the ‘stage’ is empty.

The 10 is the ending of a cycle and the beginning of a new one: 1+0=1.

This may be about having a strong feeling about something you may not feel right about doing, or people you may not completely trust aka the ‘backstabbers’.

Or the Hermit has wisely decided to turn back, because he can’t drive in the snow. Or, any more traveling will kill him.

His old back hurts, and one of those swords looks like a serious pain in the neck.

Pass the balm.

17 November 18: 3 of Wands & Knight of Coins & 4 of Wands

Note: Mercury is retrograde, words have not been my friends today. 

Obsessed is sometimes used to describe this solid, determined salt-of-the-earth cash only Knight of Pentacles (Virgo/Capricorn/Taurus), but that’s not always bad. He (or she) is upright and today would rather be described as driven, single minded, and goal oriented. He or she may be waiting to be paid for work already done, or may have investments that should and will be paying off..soon. This is the slowest of the Knights but only because he’s deliberate and considers the nuts and bolts, financially and practically speaking, of every moving part before he makes any serious decision, commitment or move, but today he may have no choice.

The 3 of Wands is of the suit of Fire (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius) and is often called ‘The Writer’s Card’ or the card of a ‘freelancer’ or independent businessman. Often, this card shows up to let us know ‘the check is in the mail’ (although that’s hardly an excuse these days, just use PayPal, pal). On the card we usually see someone said to be a merchant looking out to sea contemplating foreign shores or partnerships. Should he go bigger or go home?

He is smack in the middle of the 3 and 4 of Wands, which is not only the card of ‘home’, but a very happy and beautiful home. What strikes me today is the difference between my daily Morgan-Greer deck and what I know is the traditional Rider-Waite-Coleman-Smith image, which has a couple of happy, dancing humans in it. The Morgan-Greer image does not, only a lovely looking garden party setting –  but the guests have not yet arrived, or have all gone. 4 is the number of stability and structure, and usually one of this Knight’s favorite numbers. Tall poles are strung with garlands and festive red ribbons and we see a castle on high ground in the distance bringing to mind the old cliche (they’re cliches for a reason) ‘a man’s home is his castle’.

The Knight of Coins, in between these two, stares intently at the idyllic scene, yet to the left another human looks away to distant shores. Perhaps he is reflecting on his own travels, his own memories, even ‘burned bridges.’ Send me a postcard, says the Knight of Coins, I’m not going anywhere. Perhaps this Knight himself has been away, and he’s very happy to be back home where he can relax and truly be himself or herself. Perhaps this Knight is ready to settle down. His home is his castle where he feels secure and quite possibly where he does his best work which yes, he can seem to be overly ‘obsessed’ with, but his motivation is long- term security, and to that end, he shoulders his work and mundane responsibilities reliably and dutifully. Sounds boring, I know.

Until it all burns down.

 

 

 

 

27 October 18: Queen of Coins, reversed

Taking care of oneself.  Not him, not her, not them. You. We love this Earth Mother, the practical, grounded Queen of Coins (Virgo/Capricorn/Taurus). On her throne she sits, contemplating a large gold coin in her lap. She’s a material girl, this beautiful Queen. She likes nice things, and she likes to buy them with her own money.  She loves her comfortable, welcoming home furnished with antiques, art, and fine fabrics.   She loves historic, picturesque places, like the castle she lives in. She manages the household extremely well. She is sometimes pictured sitting comfortably outdoors, surrounded by a thriving, green, flowering garden.  Financial security is very important to this Queen. The Russian deck shows us a woman sitting indoors before a table simply set with a carafe and a plate of fruit. It is twilight outside the ornately wrought-grilled window, and rather than a large coin in her lap, it rests beside her carved wooden throne and resembles a wheelchair – she looks very content, peaceful  and comfortable in her old age.

Reversed, mothering becomes smothering, and money becomes way too important. There is disharmony between home, ‘me time’ and work. She could be bringing work home which is starting to get in the way of family time and sexy time with the King. Conversely, she could be so overwhelmed with domestic issues or problems that it’s affecting her work. She needs to make a budget and stick to it – not just with money but with her time and relationships. One is suffering at the expense of the other, and that’s not balance.

Or, she’s outlived the King, spent all his money, and is now broke in the old people’s home missing him – wishing they’d spent more time together.

 

 

21 July 18: Ten of Cups

Love, joy, and contentment. As good as it gets. The suit of Cups, of course, represents us as emotional beings and correspond with the suit of Hearts in your poker deck. Feelings, nothing more than feelings – warm and fuzzy, happy, life-loving feelings.

Traditionally this image is of a couple with 2 happy little children dancing in a green field in front of a lovely home we assume is theirs (they always reminds me of ‘The Sound of Music’). They stand with their arms around each other marveling at their beautiful home and family knowing they are truly blessed as a rainbow and ten gold cups or chalices arch over the entire scene. Idyllic.

On the Morgan-Greer card the rainbow is the star of the show. With many more colors than on the older versions of the card, it’s brightly colored and arches out of the sky  ending up in a single large gold chalice held up by the two strong arms who reach into the picture from either side. There is no beautiful house but instead a calm, peaceful lake surrounded by peaceful green hills and trees. We see no one else in the scene but these two anonymous people who, together, catch the rainbow in their cup. 9 more golden goblets float in the sky (9 of Cups is often called ‘The Wish Card’) and it seems whoever these 2 people are they have found perfect peace and contentment in each other.

The rainbow became the official symbol of the Gay Community in 1978 when (tragically assassinated) openly gay San Francisco Mayor Harvey Milk commissioned an official flag to be designed by Viet Nam Vet and drag queen Gilbert Baker.

The Morgan-Greer deck was ‘illustrated by Bill Greer under the direction of Lloyd Morgan’ in the 70’s, but it has been noted that when U.S Games Systems published the deck they left Morgan’s name off.  Don’t know about this and curiously, can’t find a hell of a lot of information on either of them except a book on 20th Century Design by Bill Greer (feel free to school me).

So of course if there’s a mystery or unsolved crime I’m all off into it, and these arms on this heavenly, beautiful, happy, peaceful, loving 10 belong to – whom? Both strong, we can see that, one slightly more muscled than the other and wearing a red armband – meaning passion and masculine energy – and one arm wears a pale sleeve edged with pearls.

Do they belong to the creators of the deck? No nice house, no 2.0 children, just sharing and celebrating life together on the shore of a nice lake under a beautiful rainbow with the world all to themselves. May the moment last forever.

No matter who they are, they obviously have found complete happiness in each other and nothing and no one else matters.

10 = 1 + 0 = 1.

 

It’s inspiring.