13 October 18: Knight of Coins

Work comes first. Always has and always will. Since he or she was a serious, studious little Page, this deliberate,  slow and sometimes downright dull and heavy Knight of Earth (Taurus/Virgo/Capricorn)  has known where he or she has wanted to go in life and like the tortoise, who is shown on this persistent and patient Knight’s shield in the medieval Luigi Scapini deck, doesn’t care how long it takes to get there. Nothing fancy, just a comfortable burrow, a nap, something tasty and nourishing every year and then he’ll do it all over again. They live a long time, those little dinosaurs. This Knight  probably won’t change his routine one iota even when he is finally King (or Queen)  which you know he will be someday.

We’re talking about all things physical once again: work, income, gas in the car. Nothing flashy, just the basics. This Knight probably has a job a lot of people would consider tedious and repetitive, but he believes in the value of self-regulation, as predictable and dull as that can be. He will because of his hard work, attention to detail, dependability and reliability always be valuable and in demand and his name respected. He is the only Knight the King would trust with his money, the Royal Bookkeeper.

This guy’s a saver, since I don’t want to come straight out and call him a penny-pincher. He is money-driven, that’s true, but that’s the guy you need as an investment banker or the financial manager of your company. He’d be a great asset to a passionate, fiery partner like a Leo, Sag or Aries. He’d be a great manager for an emotional, moody artist   or any creative type the of the suit of Water: Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces  all benefit from his grounding, practical energy. His discipline and dedication to regimen, rehearsal and refinement could be a very good influence.  Air signs could learn some things from this down to earth Knight who patiently tolerates his boss’ sometimes abrasive tongue and manner – just give him his check and he’ll be off on his usual route home.

 

They say if there’s a race, slow and steady always wins.

 

 

 

 

11 October 18: Page of Wands

I have an idea says this young Page of the enthusiastic and highly flammable suit of Fire  (Sagittarius, Leo, and Aries). Think of the clubs or wands as matches. On the Rider -Waite – Coleman- Smith deck they really do look like big matches, and our young Page stands in an empty desert ready to plant his sprouting club into the dry ground and get something going. I imagine this is how Burning Man started. This is the card of a fiery young activist, and if you haven’t read the story of the founding of the ‘Burn it is quite the revolutionary social concept – far from just a wild titty party it’s a life changer encouraging humans to recognize, nurture and utilize the very best of ourselves and our natural gifts – and everyone is born gifted in some way – for the betterment of earth and her inhabitants. The creativity we are capable of before we’re beaten into conformity is limitless.

This is the enthusiasm or the ‘spark’ of youth, which is an immature energy and we love him or her – our ourselves – for it. You can count on this person to get everybody excited about a new idea or startup, and their passion and enthusiasm are contagious – spreading like wildfire. This Page can be a little manic, starting a lot of things and ‘burning out’ too quickly before they’re finished.

This could be a very welcome message of some kind, something you have been waiting for, or an invitation. A call or an e-mail that ‘fires you up’ about something, probably career-related, in a good way, or a child starting to show signs of a passion or ability that should be ‘stoked’.  He or she wants – and gets – lots of attention.

This Page is a lot of fun on the road. If it’s an invitation to travel, and it might be, go!

 

 

 

8 October 18: Nine of Cups, reversed

Something’s missing. This number 9 of the Minor Arcana is famously referred to as ‘The Wish Card’ which we’ve seen rather recently. Of the suit of Cups,(Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio) this card addresses our emotional state, our deep content or discontent. The blood boils, the blood freezes. Liquid.

Upright, we see our smiling, jolly host in front of his banquet table or bar, 9 gold goblets already full and waiting for guests. It’s a celebration, a long-held wish has come true, and when that happens for us we want to spread the love. Drinks on me, he says, and the party’s on. The number 9 is completion. This human does indeed feel complete and content, accomplished and successful. One of the best cards in the deck.

Reversed: did you not hear me? The party’s over. The overturned cups are scattered all over the floor, the well satiated guests are all gone and our host looks around the empty room and feels a pang of loneliness. Everything he wanted, yes. Everything he’d dreamed of, yes. He’s been celebrated, toasted, complimented and admired. but something’s missing.

Is that all there is?

Or: the blissful energy of this card is being blocked for some reason, there still is some obstacle to your getting what you want. It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, just not right now.

The 9 of Cups in this position can mean greed and overindulgence, someone who wants ‘more, more more’. The red-cheeked human of this card o’ plenty obviously has enough, and although we can’t see all of him he could stand to lose 20 or 50 pounds. He has a fancy red feathered cap and is dressed well. He has everything he ever wanted. He’s accomplished everything he set out to do.

So why does he still feel like something’s missing?

 

“In the United States we think we have at our disposal virtually everything—and I emphasize the word “think.” We have big houses and cars, good medical treatment, jets, trains and monorails; we have computers, good communications, many comforts and conveniences. But where have they gotten us? We have an abundance of material things, but a successful society produces happy people, and I think we produce more miserable people than almost anyplace on earth. I’ve traveled all over the world, and I’ve never seen people who are quite as unhappy as they are in the United States. We have plenty, but we have nothing, and we always want more. In the pursuit of material success as our culture measures it, we have given up everything. We have lost the capacity to produce people who are joyful. The pursuit of the material has become our reason for living, not enjoyment of living itself.”
Marlon Brando, Songs My Mother Taught Me

6 October 18: 3 of Coins

Pooling our talents.  High-level collaboration. On this card of the solid, material suit of Earth (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) we usually see in the olde tyme Renaissance-Faire woodcut tarot images 3 humans in a huge, stony, cold cathedral conferring over some building plans, usually a couple of monks and an architect. The discs are represented as round talisman designs in the ornate, stained-glass window. One could be the master  stained-glass artist, and the architect is the best in his field as well. The third appears to  be the head of the Church or institution commissioning the work. They are not all in the same tax bracket yet they have respect for each other’s talents, accomplishments and position(s).

This card is famous for representing teamwork, and on the surface this would appear to be a productive, equal merger of ideas and skills. Everyone’s specific talents and contributions are necessary in order to accomplish something enduring and magnificent. But is everyone really on equal ground here? This is a card of money, who’s paying for it?

I only ask because the Morgan-Greer card shows us a lone artisan, the light low in the cathedral, beautiful red and gold streaming in as he chisels away at the stones in semi-darkness, carving some Masonic sort of symbol in the wall. Has he outlived them all? Is he carrying on the work of those before him? Is he the only one left? Or is he team leader, up before anyone else? An earth sign, he’s exacting and meticulous in his work, taking his time. This has to last forever.

I’ll stick to the basics. This is a card of teamwork, making something real. There may be 3 people involved, but they are all the best at what they do, and they’re all committed to the work. 3 is the number of Creation, so whatever this supergroup is going to kick out, it’s going to outlast all of us.

May you Go Gold!

Or: I have eggs, you have a stove, he knows how to cook, let’s feed everyone.

 

 

Note: I always find this card to be a challenge. Back in the archives there’s a whole rant on this 3, where I try to interpret Salvador Dali’s version/interpretation which was like trying to untangle a ball of yarn puked up by a cat.

 

 

 

 

 

5 October 18: Seven of Clubs & Eight of Swords

Staying out of jail. The Eight of Swords ( Air =Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) is ‘the jail card’ but more often than not, it’s more about self-imprisonment and self-limitation, the ‘prison’ of one’s own mind. A human stands in the wind, blindfolded and loosely tied up with ropes. She stands in the center of a circle of 8 swords stuck into the ground forming ‘jail bars’ (Morgan-Greer deck). The ropes are loose – or are they tightening? The ‘bars’ of Swords are far enough apart for her to sneak through and escape – or are they closing in?

The fiery Seven of Clubs or Wands (Sagittarius/Leo/Aries) shows us a human who stands on higher ground defending himself, holding a long club across his chest protectively, and we see the tops of 6 more clubs below and assume they’re being carried by a crowd.  It’s like when they came for Frankenstein. They could be torches, there’s so much fire in this card. We see at least more than half of the tops of the clubs he faces from those below, so the I hope the high ground he’s standing on is high enough.

 

Well then! No need to turn on the news today, back to work.

 

4 October 18: Two of Coins

Easy come, easy go. This is a card about keeping one’s balance through changes I like to call the ‘make it work’ card. A serious-looking human stands facing us with his back to a choppy sea (Morgan-Greer deck), a ship far in the distance headed his way. Meanwhile, he’s intently and carefully juggling 2 large gold discs with a red band like a fan belt or bicycle chain twisted between them forming a figure 8 (infinity) holding them together. This is money coming in only to go out again, wheeling and dealing, and the shifting and changing of earthly priorities. Where there was once only the Ace, this Earth sign (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) has managed it well and now has 2, not much to work with, but something. All he has to do is keep those things moving back and forth, back and forth – until that ship we see in the distance finally comes in, which may not be for awhile if it doesn’t pass him by altogether, so fixated is he on his ‘little problems’ he doesn’t have time to contemplate the big picture.

This can be tedious, monotonous work for little pay.

Often called a juggler, he’s managing to ‘keep his balls in the air’ as they say, but there’s no one to hand them off to even if he wanted to take a nap or run for a taco. For now at least he’s on his own and self-employed. Probably creative, he could be an artist or an actor who may have money one day but is broke the next.

Maybe he actually is a juggler or street performer or actor doing his thing for whatever he can get. He doesn’t need much, just a bed and a meal.

Juggling commitments, jobs, checking accounts or even people – this card often comes up when someone is dating two people at a time.

Hang in there! I shouted to him. Like one of the Queen’s Palace guards, his expression didn’t change. Back and forth, back and forth.

So how does he manage? Barely, but there he still is, looking off into space almost lost in meditation, his entire being dedicated to the task of ‘making it work’ and keeping his head above that choppy water.

We don’t see his bottom half but I imagine him on a tightrope, juggling these things as he feels his way across the wire. Even he can’t believe he’s doing this. I’m actually making this work, he says, careful not to let himself get too confident too soon.

 

Just don’t look down.

 

3 October 18: Six of Cups

Past vs. Present. This card of nostalgia is a slippery slope. We’re dealing with the Cups, the Emo Suit, which is all about our emotional being or state (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio).

Two children stand on what looks like a terrace planted with 6 gold cups from which beautiful white (representing purity and innocence) flowers bloom. They face each other, and child #1, the little boy on the card, hands one of the blooming cups to child #2, the little girl. All yellow and gold (Morgan-Greer deck), it’s a shiny, happy card of a childhood memory or happy memories in general.

Remember when we planted these? He says to her as he hands her the flower.

Reunions are possible with this card. The six is sometimes called ‘the perfect number’. It is the number of Karma (we are under a Libra sun, the sign of the scales) and bringing things into balance – like the past and the present.

This is the fine line between fondly remembering the past or a person in your past and pining for them or it to the point of not moving on. We are, after all, the sum total of our past, for better or worse.

Or, the past is a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.

I remember things very differently, he/she said. 

This is also about meeting someone who may make you ‘feel like a kid again’ in which case, be one. Be innocent and amazed and open and in wonder..this could even be a past life reunion.

Karma don’t have no calendar.