Replenish your strength. Time to settle down a bit after a busy summer? The Strength card is number 8 of the Major Arcana, and actually is a summery-looking card in the Morgan-Greer deck. Under a hot yellow sky, green palm trees, and what look to be a couple of volcanoes a woman sits in a green field wearing a white, billowy, summery dress with a garland of flowers in her hair. She is calmly and gently closing the jaws of a huge, snarling lion at her side. Incredibly, the lion does not attack or bite, but is soothed by her voice, her manner, and her quiet determination. He is tamed. Suggesting the astrological sign Leo and the 8th month of August, summer’s over. This card can literally mean strength, as in your actual physical strength and health.
The 4 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) shows us a Knight – almost always on horses and in motion in the Tarot, except for that slow-ass Knight of Coins, whose horse just stands there – resting, sleeping or deceased. He is in a stone building, and through the window we can see the sky has darkened to a misty, streaked, cloudy indigo color. Burnt-orange colored oak leaves sprout from a fallen tree. Swords demand action, but this Knight’s swords are hung up for now. 4 is the number of stability, and this human needs stabilizing.
This means chill out and rest of your own free will or wind up in a hospital bed with a nice nurse patiently prying your jaws open to give you your meds. This could be suggesting someone temporarily ‘asleep’ while the dentist works.
Hibernate. Get a massage. Retreat, spend some quiet time with your dog. Or cat. But stay rested, you need your strength.
A golden opportunity. Out of the blue, it seems, we are given a gift. The suit of coins or pentacles in the tarot correspond with diamonds in your poker deck and represent the tangible, material things of the world (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn). The Ace being the ‘seed’ of the suit, we are being presented and entrusted with the gift of a large, gold coin by a mysterious hand extending from the clouds, aka the legendary Skyhand of the tarot who awards the Aces as new opportunities for growth, in this case financial and material. This ‘startup’ is a good investment, and the time is now. Perhaps you came into some money from an inheritance or an unexpected win of some kind. With this card you have a good chance of doubling, tripling and multiplying that investment into some long-term security – but not at the racetrack.
This could be a very desirable and profitable new job or assignment, or even the gift of a gold ring ‘making it real’. The suit of Earth talks about rent, gas, food, and what we need to live a comfortable earthly existence day to day. This could even be a piece of property or real estate someone’s put you in charge of to develop (eco-consciously, of course) or you’ve inherited. This is also investing in the long-term health of your body: starting a new diet and exercise plan is suggested by this card and the chances are very good you’ll actually stick to it and see fantastic results.
Earth signs may be very fertile right now so be aware the conditions are perfect for conceiving another little Ace, a long-term investment if there ever was one.
Overwhelmed. Tempting offers, options, choices, decisions. Visually one of my favorite cards in the deck, the wild fantasy that is the 7 of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) is compared in the archives to a stageful of Las Vegas showgirls, all shine and flash but when the lights go on it may be a whole different story. What looked like gold was actually cheap plastic, and when the fog machine was turned off we could all see the old chewing gum and duck tape stuck to the stage floor.
The traditional image of this card is a human with their back to us contemplating a huge cloud bank that looks about to roll over and engulf him. On the Morgan-Greer card there is no human but it’s coming right at us and is almost a virtual experience, a wall of fog bearing 7 gold goblets with strange offerings: a snake, a mask, the head of a beautiful blonde woman, jewels, a castle. Surreal.
Well, that’s what they seem to be, anyway, but through all that fog we can’t really tell. That’s the point of this card. Things that look great on the surface may not be, and we may not be in a clear state of mind – this card also addresses addictions and a need to ‘turn the lights on’ …this is ‘living in a fantasy world’ or looking to escape – he’d rather not make any important decisions right now.
This could be a mad genius engulfed by an all-consuming inspiration that must be channeled creatively, a wild dream.
Quick burn to Vegas and he’ll think about it next week.
Nothing but the truth. No matter what the President’s fat-assed diamond-pinkie-ring wearing ‘lawyer’ says, it’s not “truth isn’t truth”, it’s the simple TRUTH. This mighty Ace does not fuck around, and truth, as we all know, is a double-edged sword. This Sword is about to fall and cut the crap, and the truth is a funny thing: like a lie, or like a domino, once one truth is exposed, there’s another, then another. This Ace is the first link in the chain. Hard and metallic, this is a cold blast (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius), a harsh wind that blows away all fog and clouds leaving only the naked, unobscured Truth, a powerful weapon indeed.
The truth hurts
Be careful what you wish for. The human on this card, again of the liquid, emotional suit of Cups (Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio) and all about feelings is the very picture of satisfaction. Traditionally he is an innkeeper or host, smiling broadly and dressed in jolly red to match his ruddy, flushed cheeks. Good times! Lined up on a banquet table behind him are 9 gold goblets most likely filled with wine waiting for guests – he wants to share his good fortune. This is a card of emotional contentment, satisfaction, and desires fulfilled. This has long been referred to as ‘The Wish Card’, and in a reading, would announce that a wish is coming true or has come true for our human.
He has everything he wished for. Whether it leads to the 10 – the ‘happily ever after’ card, which usually involves someone to share it with – remains to be seen.
A very interesting read of this card from the Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg is back in the archives – a peasant, whose ‘wishes’ may be simpler, yet emotional and material needs the same, reaches around the 9 ornate gold goblets set before him and instead chooses a single shot of vodka, and is content. On our side of the table is a single shot glass for us. A single drink with a single good friend or mate and he is fulfilled.
Master class. A card for the season. This hardworking, dedicated 8 is of the suit of Earth (Virgo/Capricorn/Taurus) and we are indeed currently under the influence of the sometimes nitpicky, perfection-obsessed Virgo sun. The card is clay-colored (Morgan-Greer deck) and we see a human with his head down, intensely focused on hammering and chiseling and carving on a pizza-sized gold disc before him on a workbench. The sleeves of his blue work shirt are rolled up, and he wears a leather apron. The wall behind him is covered in the gold discs he’s already completed, but he’s not yet satisfied. He’s good but needs and wants to learn more, he wants to be the best.
This is truly a back to school card. This is just buckling down and getting as good as you can get at whatever it is you do or want to do by putting in the study and practice. Investing in, developing and perfecting a skill or talent will bring it to a whole new level and will be very profitable in the long run: we need money on earth, it’s a material world.
Head down, he could be well into online lessons…
8 = infinity, continued success.
Get to it.