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.

 

 

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. 

 

8 – 9 July 18: Ace of Wands

Lit! This was actually yesterday’s draw but it was too hot to write about fire, and I am very backed up on personal readings which I can’t do with fans on as I record them to MP3 and need all fans off.  SO as you can imagine the ‘windows of opportunity’ to record with the fans off are few and far between so I’m on it.

 

 

..and no new fires, please…

4 July 18: Seven of Clubs/Wands/Rods/Fire

Justify your position, sir/ma’am. 

Interesting. This rather tense card of the Minor Arcana is of the passionate Fire suit, Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Associated with perpetually pissed-off Mars, this is a touchy card of defending one’s position, or as it may seem, one’s very existence or raison d’être. 

There’s nothing mysterious about the traditional imagery of this card. A human stands on a high bluff or hilltop surrounded by 6 long, straight wooden wands planted into the ground around him. He grasps a 7th in both hands and holds it straight out in front of him in a blocking position as a martial artist would against unseen attackers presumably coming up the hill to claim his place. He is protected by his faith in himself.

How did he manage to secure that hill upon which he stands so proudly? So many have tried to take that hill and failed. Why does he deserve this position, this higher place to which we all aspire?

This is a card of maintaining your position. Success has been achieved. We celebrated our victorious accomplishments previously on the 6 of Wands, and so did everyone else. But the seven reminds us that there are a whole lot of people out for our jobs, and we have to constantly be ‘proving’ we deserve our position in life and have rightfully earned it.

The decorated hero leading the victory parade who rode into town to cheers and applause on the previous #6 had no idea those very same people would come after his job on the #7.

Someone told me of an old Mexican saying, “crabs in a bucket”. One tries to get out, the others try to drag him back down.

Ah, humans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 June 2018: The World, 9 of Swords, the Devil

Shutting out the evils of the world. At least for the weekend. This is a strange pair, and could, of course, like every other possible combination in the Tarot, be read as a different story depending on you or a querant’s specific concern, question or life situation. The cards speak to us each very much as individuals while helping us to see and understand our place in the bigger picture. Make sense? The bigger picture, I mean.

The World is, well, The World. It is the final card of the Major Arcana and a grand card that does a pretty good job of conveying a feeling of a vast universe (Morgan-Greer). Widely believed to be a hermaphrodite, the lower half of his/her body is draped and covered in a purple garment that swirls around her as she dances in space.  He/she is Shiva, the ecstatic Hindu God who danced the world into being. Against a vast, endless starry deep blue sky she dances, a wand in each hand representing the balance of the dualities looking very much like the two rods that start to ‘dance’ and twirl to wind DNA strands. An evergreen wreath formed of earthly green leaves fastened with a red ribbon in the shape of an infinity sign above her head frames her as she dances against the starry backdrop of an endless sky. 21 = 2+1=3, the number of Creation.  A cycle is complete. This is as ‘good as it gets’. This is your world. This is our world.

But we don’t need to know all that today. This card is ruled by serious, sober, gravity master Saturn, who wants to talk about our immediate, personal, physical world.

The 9 of Swords a painful, dark card with a lot of ominous nicknames: the grief card, the depression card, the Lord of Cruelty. Traditionally, a poor, tortured soul is shown sitting upright in bed the middle of the night, head in his hands. Anxiety, fear, worry, it’s all here.

Sidling up along the beautiful dancer of The World is the Devil himself, whose intentions are never good, and like the World, is ruled by Saturn. This is some heavy shit.

You’re telling me the Devil’s fucking with the World?

You’re not the only one who feels like crawling under the covers screaming ‘MAKE IT STOP!’ this weekend. There is some very bad stuff going on. Some very bad people are doing some very bad things.

It’s very hard sometimes – ok, all the time – to try to see the good in people who aren’t.

Feel free to crawl back under the covers if you need to.