31 January 19: The Hanged Man & Six of Coins reversed & The High Priestess, reversed.

Oversharing. Or undersharing. We are not in a very giving mood, for whatever reason, but it may be a good one. Reason, not mood.

We have 2 Major Arcana today escorting down the center aisle the reversed 6 of Coins or Pentacles aka the 6 of Earth representing all that is physical, material and tangible. Our money, bodies, and earthly efforts and endeavors.. On the card, a well-groomed gentleman, scales in hand, weighs out and dispenses coins to a pair of beggars. Charity given and received is  one of the meanings of this card, but since the suit also rules our bodies, and with the Hanged Man and High Priestess on either side in the past and future positions being related in a an esoteric sort of way, for entertainment purposes only I will entertain the idea of checking out what this may mean were it to be related to health, which should be entertaining. We’ve given quite enough of ourselves, it seems, and may need to hold back a little.

Or a lot.

In the past position, the Hanged Man has basically decided to let the Universe work itself out, which is, sometimes, the only thing we can do. For whatever reason, a period of withdrawal and detachment was the only option. ‘Hanging by a thread’ is the phrase that comes to mind today seeing this man, hanging by his one foot, his legs crossed and forming the number ‘4’ reversed, which suggests to me a certain instability. This card, ruled by the wavy water-God Neptune can talk about drugs, alcohol and all things hallucinogenic – now a ‘hangup’ of the past – if, of course, we’re vigilant. The 6 of Coins  sometimes suggests someone dispensing medication, and reversed, this could be weaning off meds or even being given the wrong kind. Inaction was the only ‘action’ we could take at the time. Giving in and giving it up.

The High Priestess, keeper of secrets (Virgo & the Moon) in the future position is reversed. Representing our ever-present intuition, we may not listen when we should and hear ourselves saying ‘I knew I shouldn’t have trusted that so and so’ later. I hate to say it, but she could be a bad shrink, counselor or advisor – trust your own self.

However, you were, perhaps, in the past in no shape to discern who around you was trustworthy or not. Someone certainly isn’t or wasn’t who they claimed to be,  doesn’t have your best interest at heart, and never did. Your gut tells you this but you just don’t want to know. Ok, fine, says the High Priestess. Use me or lose me. As long as you keep your money in your pocket. By the way, she also rules all women’s things, and would like you to get your hormones and thyroid checked out.

The 6 of Coins reversed could very well mean someone does have their hand in your pocket, or strongly advises you to take your own damn hand out of your pocket before you give all your money away to ‘hangers on’ – possibly one specific person with a whole lot of water in their chart and or a whole lot of ‘hangups’.

The balance here to be achieved is between not giving enough of ourselves and giving too much. Your spidey-sense may be off for a bit: best to not believe every ‘charity case’ that comes along. There is an overall sense of dishonesty around these cards. Ruled by the moon, and we have a full moon in Virgo coming up I do believe, the moonlight is lovely but the harsh light of day may prove someone you trusted -shock and horror – turned out to be someone you shouldn’t have.

You knew it, too.

If you feel it, don’t ignore it.

29 January 19: The Devil reversed & The Lovers & Four of Swords

Get thee behind us, Satan. You stinky, mangy hairy, horny old f***. At least that’s how he’s depicted in the old decks, crouched like a gargoyle on a pedestal, all teeth and claws and bad breath. He sits between and has enslaved 2 naked humans with one of his many devilish (de)vices, and they stand as if entranced or mute on either side of him…or her, for that matter, who holds the chains to their rather loose dog collars, not in a good way,  These people are voluntarily and willingly ‘hooked’. It’s all fun and games – for now.  The Devil has many names, as it is said. Fear is one of my interpretations, as I think that’s when he wins, is when we let our fear hold us back. Generally speaking, without diving down the rabbit’s hole, he or she brings addictions, sexual dysfunction, greed, excess, vice and materialism.  The Devil may represent a shared ‘vice’ or even crisis that may have brought these together in the first place, even a ‘frenemy’ aka a devil in disguise, but in the end, came between them. There are a lot of humans here between all 3 cards.

Reversed in the past position, any and all negative influences have been recognized, dealt with, and overcome. We’ve hopefully seen the last of our Capricorn devil, and may your own demons stay gone.

But the stars of the show today in the here and now are the beautiful Lovers, #6 of the Major Arcana, also nude but embracing peacefully in a beautiful green garden of calla lilies, no one and nothing coming between them. Dark and unhealthy vices, habits, secrets, fears, people, or all of the above because often they come as a bundle are gone. Get rid of one, and another usually goes with it. Alone together, everything seems better than fine between these two.

In the future is the restful, restorative 4 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) showing the effigy of a Knight in repose, laid out on a stone tomb. His 4 swords are displayed on the wall behind him. He is at rest after the trials and angst of the preceding 3.

It seem that if not both, at least one of these humans is doing a lot of work in order to be their best selves inspired by what else? Love. Each wants to be at their best for the other.

French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre famously said, “Hell is other people.” This today, I believe, is that.

 

 

 

28 January 19: Eight of Cups reversed & Queen of Wands & 10 of Wands

Spring. The seasons have changed, at least they have where I am, and while the Farmer’s Almanac says the last frost in my region is on Feb 12, I just find that hard to believe. But one morning I woke up and the air was different.

The Queen of Wands is at the center of things today (Aries/Leo/Sagittarius) which is where she usually can be found. Queens are always surrounded by people who do their bidding and attend and serve them, but this is the Queen everybody wants to work for. She’s so damn bright and yellow and passionate, this Queen of Fire, so enthusiastic about everything she does it’s infectious. As if her yellow gown, cape and yellow crown aren’t enough she completes the look with a long-stemmed giant sunflower in full bloom. This is the human who ‘lights up the room’. She is the Queen who wasn’t born into it, but came out of and through adverse circumstances and celebrates life joyously. This Queen owns the room wherever she goes, and everybody wants to know her, and Spring is her season.

In the past position is the gloomy Eight of Cups (Cancer/Scorpio/Pisces) which upright, shows someone abandoning something they had put a lot into – heart and soul – that didn’t, for some reason, turn out the way they’d hoped. A lone figure, dressed in a red cape and hood, is leaving behind 8 gold cups stacked on a desolate, inhospitable, drying-up beach. The emotional investment has not, and probably never will , pay off. The shock of red is the only color on this muddy, sludgy card, we are taking our love somewhere else.

Reversed: hold on a minute, have we really given it all we’ve got?

Don’t ask the tireless Queen of Wands.

In the future position is the heavy, overcommitted 10 of Wands. A human whose orange sleeve matches the Queen’s own (she insists on it) staggers under the weight of 10 heavy staves, all sprouting new leaves, as is the Queens own staff, and strangely, her crown-hat. The Queen thinks that with some TLC and elbow grease things can work after all. Spring fever has set in. She has more new ideas popping out of her head than new green leaves.

This is good to see. For sure. The Queen is infused with fresh passion and enthusiasm and has all kinds of plans for planting and renovations and a new garden a new website and let’s get all those in the ground! She calls out to the poor worker whose job it is to actually DO it  He’s carrying as much as he can.

This is commitment, or, wondering when and where to ‘lay one’s burden down’ if you play the blues. The unfulfilled wanderer of the 8 of Cups has rediscovered their passion and purpose, which of course is an internal thing, a personal thing. This is committing to something for ‘the long haul’, that is, as long as this human can carry the load. It’s a lot  for one person – which may be the point. It’s not an easy card, and could mean taking on too much on one’s own, or having more ideas than actual manpower, woman power or means to make them happen.  I do get a warning feeling out of this: with the suit of Fire, there is always a ‘strike while the iron is hot’ kind of a vibe – and that’s a mighty big potential bonfire this human is carrying. It is a card of success, but with success comes pressure to keep it burning. Ask the Queen.

Whatever you say, your highness. Where do you want these?

This could also be committing to or ’embracing’ new or extra responsibilities or work, having re-ignited a passion for it, the way the human on the 10 wraps his arms around his load of branches.

Never mind, she may say, I’ll do it myself my way. Which is probably why those cups back on that beach aren’t stacked up right.

Because it may just be spring fever.

I don’t think so, not this time.

 

 

25 January 19: Eight of Swords reversed & Three of Swords & Four of Coins reversed

Do you want to talk about it? You probably should, rather than carry all that around inside.

The most unwelcome 3 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) is a violent and painful card, no doubt about it. Three sharp swords stab through a bleeding heart in a stormy sky. The only redeeming thing that can be said about this unfortunate draw is that this is sometimes called ‘The Artists’ Card’, 3 being the powerful number of creation and the often tense and angst ridden process of. A bloody birth, so to speak. But no matter how you spin it, it’s never a welcome card. Emotions are raw and wounds are fresh, and we’re walking around in a great deal of psychic pain. This is depression with a capital D.

In the past where she belongs is the 8 of Swords reversed, or the card of self-limitation and ‘prison’. Mental jail. Those makeshift jail bars of sharp swords she’s surrounded herself with make it rather difficult to get to her, and that’s what this is about today. Reversed, those ‘bars’ are falling away, and it seems safe to approach. This is good. But having just come out of painful situation or state, we’re finding our ‘land legs’, sort of.

In the future position is the careful, guarded and rather miserly 4 of Coins (Virgo/Capricorn/Taurus). This card shows a human holding on to his stash of 4 gold coins for dear life. We’re not just talking about money here, but a mindset. Perhaps they’ve realized that living in a default state of worry and material insecurity was what was holding them back in the past. No risk, no gain. On every level.

I sometimes call this ‘holding your cards close to your chest’ in that this human does not easily open up to other people, but reversed, this may be about to change. It has to. Look at that gory red heart! Look at those black clouds hanging over it! Yet there is a soft, yellow glow emanating from the heart, like a sunrise. The heart heals itself, and has already begun.

What will this process look like? Who can you talk to? This card reversed can mean overspending or, as it’s called, ‘retail therapy’. Horrible term.

This can mean a period of grief that may – like the faint glow around the heart that I swear looks brighter the longer you stare at it (Morgan-Greer) – be coming to an end, and you’re finally able to talk about it.

Better yet, write about it,  paint about it, or sing about it.

 

 

23 January 19: The Hermit & The Lovers & 5 of Swords, all reversed

Agree to disagree.  I believe what I believe, you believe what you believe. Can we just agree to disagree? If only.

The Hermit, #9 of the Major Arcana causes no one any trouble, because he’s a Hermit, and never leaves the cave. Every once in a while the odd seeker, guided by the Hermit’s ever-glowing lantern, will brave their way up the snowy mountain to pick his brain. The Hermit has dedicated and committed his life to meditation and understanding, and like Buddha who sat under a tree and let the world come to him, will share his knowledge but only with those who care enough to make the trip.  Upright, this card is a card of voluntary solitude. Reversed, our Hermit does not hold his lamp up so that others may find him on the dark, remote mountain, but rather down, dimming his light – he seems to be in hiding. This Hermit is, or rather, was, in full retreat mode. This is an unusual and lonely path he has taken –  did everyone leave him, or did he leave everyone else?

The Lovers reversed is in present position. An old-fashioned read of the olde tyme image  shows a man having to choose between 2 lovers –  ‘virtue and vice’ or the classic  ‘whore/madonna’ complex. I do believe ‘The Choice’ was also a name for this card, and it’s a big one. The Lovers is #6 of the Major Arcana, the number of peace and karma. The choice here doesn’t seem to be between 2 lovers, though, this could be about any  important relationship or partnership, or the potential of one. Gemini rules this card, the sign of the twins. Why are they even reversed? This is a beautiful card. On the simpler, more peaceful Morgan-Greer card, there is not a choice between two people but the choice is whether or not to enter into the relationship in the first place. There are compatibility issues here – deep ones. Like really, really deep.

In the future position is the dreaded 5 of Swords, the card that’s spoiling for a fight just for the sake of it. A cackling human has just ‘won’ a fight with 2 other humans, or at least he thinks he did. Gemini is also involved in the battle on this sharp card of the suit of Air (also Libra and Aquarius), thankfully reversed. This wasn’t a ‘winnable’ argument in the first place, but you started it.

Ok, if it’s that important to you, you win. Fine. You’re right.

The naked Lovers on the Morgan-Greer card don’t look like they’re really into discussing much of anything, so perhaps they shouldn’t.

Someone’s beliefs or the way they live their life is in the way of a potential relationship, but if you were to ask me, I’d say love conquers all, and nothing else matters.

There is an old saying about not discussing religion or politics in polite company. Look long and hard enough and we can all find something to disagree or even fight about. Or, conversely, is this an important conversation that needs to be had before starting any sort of relationship regarding personal spiritual or religious beliefs that are either  important to the foundation of the partnership or – now that I see you naked, who cares?

Make love, not war.

Couples therapy might not hurt, either.

 

19 January 19: Two of Cups & The Moon & Judgement, reversed

The Bad Influence. Whether you like it or not, the Super Wolf Moon is upon us, and it’s strange how the dog and coyote who howl at the moon on the mysterious card  look a little wolf-ish today. They’re not, they just look like wolves in this light. Or rather, perhaps, they’ve been wolves all along masquerading as a dog and coyote. Who can tell?

In the past position we once again have the 2 of Cups (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) that is someone on your mind with whom you shared a deep connection, but was it really, or was it just the wine, the music and the mood lighting? Do you even care? It was a magic moment.

The Moon is more than just ‘present’,  she’s full in the attention-loving fire sign Leo, the Lion, just to add to the wolf and coyote mix. We’re behaving like animals! What’s gotten into you? I think I like it! Full moon madness, it’s heady stuff. This is one crazy super moon with an eclipse on the side. Dreams, visions, psychic impressions, all can be so strong they’re scary. This is the card of film, theatre, and other beautiful illusions,  particularly potent for those who value these vibes: creative types should be having a hell of a weekend.

In the future position we have Judgement, reversed, #20 of the Major Arcana, 20=2. We  may be looking at someone from the past through foggy lenses, and may even have a tendency to over romanticize in general, our fantasies and visions of relationships having been formed by movies and films and Hallmark greeting cards. How dramatic the couple of the 2 of Cups are, staring deep into each other’s eyes, it’s a beautiful close up. The background fades away and its as if they’re the only ones in the room, with eyes and ears for no one else. The reality to be considered, if it even has to be, is whether this can hold up in the light of day – this may not be what they’d call a ‘conventional relationship’. These are not ‘conventional’ people.

Judgement reversed; who cares what people think about you, your work, or your relationships? The moon, she’s talking to you, and not everybody is listening.

Are we crazy?

Don’t judge..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 January 19: King of Cups & Three of Wands & The Fool

 Take the chance. You’ll be glad you did, I think. Why not? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Besides, it looks like a fun trip may be involved, and you can take the dog. The King of Cups will be very happy to see you again, although he may not come out and say so. He’s rather reserved about such things, being the King and all, but after a couple beers he may start to gush a bit: “I missed you, maaaaan!” 

In the past position today is this psychic, artistic, musical King of Water. We can roll him in fur and call him a teddy bear, this tender-hearted, compassionate King representing the astrological signs of Scorpio,Pisces and Cancer. The imagery on the card is that of a King calmly and serenely seated on a throne that seems to be floating on choppy, rippling  waters yet the King holds his gold cup easily without spilling a drop. It’s like when you’re in turbulence on a plane and hold your plastic cup of wine up to stabilize it so it doesn’t spill. Cups represent emotions and the subconscious in the Tarot, and this King is always well in control of his – and possibly yours. A word from this wise King and everything was always ok. again. He may be any important person from your past who may or may not have come straight out and said so, but had deep feelings for you. Who knew? He was always there, always listened, and, being a King, always seemed to know what to say and when to say it as if he was reading your mind. He was. Dad, husband, boss, lover, friend, mentor, counselor, whoever, they were your go-to who always understood you. This person feels very deeply, almost empathically.  You loved this human very much, and he/she you. This is the King most in touch with his feminine side, which gives him so much of his intuition and innate understanding.

The central issue here is making a move in order to get to the next level. A human looks off into the distance and into the future, contemplating and calculating time and effort and any possible obstacles to an endeavor that involves, or will involve, a potential partner or partners. This is the powerful 3 of Fire (Leo/Sagittarius/Aries) so we must be careful who we choose to partner up with for the long haul – the human on this card is passionate and driven, waiting for the word to make a move – the King may require your presence.

The Fool in the future position is the ultimate outsider, numbered Zero, he’s in a class by himself as he strides and skips through this adventure called Life. His eyes look up and ahead, and in this layout, he is right behind the far-sighted human on the 3 as if to say, I’m right behind you. It looks like he or she has thrown together a few things wrapped in a scarf and with only that, a staff, a white rose symbolizing faith and trust in life and a   nervous little dog yapping along at his side, the Fool is a very fated and powerful card, and in this position suggests to me that you have nothing to lose by taking a chance. This person from your past you may be afraid won’t be experienced or reliable enough for a long-term commitment, but he is a King, and moves about in the world with all kinds of people and is very well-respected, even loved, which we can’t say for all the Kings.

You’d kind of be a Fool not to, is what I’m getting here. In this case, the future is the past, as in starting all over from nothing in a good way, as in being free to do what you want, when you want, where you want, and with whom. The Fool must not be so foolish as to even stop along the way to say hello to anyone who does not have his or her best interests in mind or heart. This King always did, because he innately knows what your best interests are because he innately knows what makes people happy.

This could be a journey to visit someone dear from the past you may have not seen in a very long time, possibly at a distance or overseas, and possibly for some kind of collaboration. Why not?

“Where are you going? Who’s going to feed me?” yaps the dog, often the only adult in the room.

Oh. Right. How will that work out? Ask the King if he knows someone, he has contacts all over the place, and only the best.

A King always has his own personal Fool, and this Fool would be foolish to not want to fool around with this King as in: you’d be a fool not to.

I think I’m done here.