9 February 19: Ten of Cups & Three of Coins & Nine of Swords

The C Word. No, not that. I actually really like that word in context, like coming from a pissed-off (or pissed up) cab driver in London traffic . No, today it is Commitments or, Contracts.

In the past position is the idyllic, dreamy 10 of Cups, the maximum of the suit of emotion, Cups aka Hearts, and deeeeep water (Pisces/Cancer/Scorpio). It has the rather Victorian nickname of the ‘Happily ever After Card’ just so you know. Two arms reach in from opposite sides of the frame to raise a single gold cup high, catching a rainbow arching down from the blue sky. Why, it’s a wee pot o’gold! These are the luckiest people in the world, and they know it.

That’s important. Because here’s another C word for ya: complicated! Must you make it so?

The industrious 3 of Coins (Capricorn/Virgo/Taurus) is in the present position and we see a blueprint or contract being discussed or negotiated between 3 humans in a church that they all had a hand in building, from the architect’s plans to the artisan’s construction to the commissioner of the work, and it is a great work, all stone and stained glass, built to last. They agree the terms have been met on all sides, and everyone has had an equal hand in the magnificent accomplishment. These 3 humans on the 3 of Coins are all in vastly different ‘tax brackets’ as I like to say, but not when they each bring what they have to bring to the table, so to speak. The stained-glass guy or craftsman, or on the Russian deck, a musician; the Bishop or Cardinal, or on the Russian deck, simply the man with the ring of keys who obviously owns the place, and the architect. There is no 3rd human on the Russian 3, and there is only 1 human on the Morgan-Greer version of  3 of Coins, the blue-collar hands-on artisan who is left working after hours in the waning light of the stained-glass window.

This is the card of collaboration, and possibly obligation.

This could not have been built by any one human alone. Motivations may differ, but all 3 profit from the work. Coins are money. One thing is obvious: someone’s motivation for taking on these sometimes complicated contracts and commitments is doing it for home and family, or at least their concept of their future home and family. A lot of people have no idea what happiness is, but that’s the goal here, and none nobler. You are lucky to have known the happiness and love you have known.

Why then do we have the  ‘stay up all night and worry’ card in the future position, the dreaded insomniac of the Minor Arcana, the 9 of Swords (Gemini/Libra/Aquarius)?

This to me is just plain old worry about work aka when will the next job come? Or you may have been offered a contract with people you don’t really want to work with, and can see a whole lot more sleepless nights ahead of you should you commit to this. The one good thing we can say about this card though is that in the future position, we can  check ourselves, which is the point. This is a self-created, inflamed energy, all kinds of dark thoughts and potential painful scenarios, and you just can’t stop thinking about all the things that can go wrong. The Morgan-Greer card shows a pair of wrists tied up with rope, suggesting a fear of something ‘binding’. We long for and are inspired by a situation we had in the past with family or another deep relationship, even if it was only a ‘dream’ or vision in the past, it’s what’s motivating you now.

Is the architect building for his legacy? Is the Bishop building for his God? Is the craftsman working to feed his family? It’s not like they all hang out after hours.


Why am I doing this again?


17 January 19: Ace of Coins & Nine of Swords & Knight of Swords

I dream, I act. There are of course a couple ways to look at these cards, all of the Minor Arcana. That in and of itself may be of some comfort to you. Nothing going on here but the worst possible scenario in your head, and it keeps you up at night. You’re broke, you worry. You have money, you worry. Who’s going to stab you in the back next? Who’s going to charge in and steal everything away from you? We’re not talking to you today. Believe me,I understand, but – relax.

This is tossing and turning from ideas, messages and inspiration through dreams, and/or   there’s just so much going on in your head you can’t sleep.

I almost always wake up at 3:00 a.m., and am lucky enough to be able to make the most of an hour or 2 then, always my best time. I remember something I read about the rare window when your sun and rising sign are crossed or together or something, much like when the sun and the moon are up at the same time in the morning. I love that. In any case, if you are a writer or artist or musician or anybody, for that matter, you know damn well if you don’t get up and write it down NOW it will be gone in the morning, no matter how convinced you are that you’ll remember it.  I often have to look up words I heard in my dreams, and have often had to figure out chords by ear I’ve heard. So, you can get up and be productive at 3:00 a.m. or not, but there is of course, much lore and mythology about that hour, so there’s gotta be something to it. The Chinese believe in the organs resetting themselves during the sleep cycle, and 3:00 is the liver reboot.

The Ace of Coins (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) we are familiar with. In the past position, you’ve been given a gift. When we talk of a ‘gifted’ person, the Skyhand chose you to receive this most valuable Ace, which is, as we’ve talked about before – talent. You are a proverbial goldmine. There is in particular at least one story or idea that is pure gold, as they say, but all you’re doing is mentally chopping and parsing and driving yourself nuts as to how to go about it.

In the present position is the painful, angst-ridden, insomniac of the Tarot, the 9 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius). Usually we see a human upright in bed, head in hand, something having woken him or her from his sleep. Dream or nightmare? On the Morgan-Greer card, we see an inflamed red sky and a pair of hands tied at the wrists, as in, my hands are tied but my mind is eating itself. Itchy swelling brain was a punk song I think. This is that. Because there’s not a damn thing you can do about anything in the middle of the night anyway, your hands are tied.

It looks like an upcoming cycle of rather tortured and sleepless but extremely creative Knights.

In the future position, the Knight of Swords doesn’t, in spite if the fresh blood on his sword, mince words, and neither should you. Perhaps you’re afraid that your truth or message will hurt or offend or cause damage to someone somehow. We’ve all heard of shedding ‘blood, sweat and tears’ for our work as writers or artists, but This Knight is not one to thrash around holding his head nitpicking details and anticipating problems, this is the ‘just do it’ guy. We see a tower burns in the distance: this is ‘set the world on fire’ stuff…if you ever get up, get it out of your head and write it. Whatever it is, even a letter. Damn the collateral damage, at least you’ll sleep nights, and It’ll pay off big time.

Or: You were given a gift, take it on the road, you’ll slay ’em. In which case, do stay on the lookout for the highwayman..he does hold a 10th sword.

You may be up at night thinking of ways to spend a recent windfall – what came in may go out just as fast.

Bottom line is: worrying gets you nothing, action does.








12 December 18: Knight of Wands & Eight of Swords

Mission: Impossible. Maybe for anyone else, but not for this fearless, fiery Knight of Wands or Clubs, he or she of the suit of Fire (Leo/Sagittarius/Aries). Today I’m noticing our passionate, swashbuckling hero could be a heroine, which is good, because the woman of the Eight of Swords, the card of imprisonment and limitation, needs one. She’s been stuck there for awhile, all tied up in ropes, blindfolded, the 8 long steel swords surrounding her like prison bars, waiting for someone to save or free her. I think her moment may be coming, but her ‘Knight in Shining Armor’ may be his or her own self.

The cold, harsh 8 of Swords (Libra/Gemini/Aquarius) is someone restricted – heavily restricted, and Swords being of the mind, well, sometimes it’s all in the mind. What are our limitations or restrictions and who put them there? Serious Saturn rules this card, someone feels trapped or stuck, and has given up looking for a way out. I don’t get the feeling that this human is entirely responsible for whatever their problems are today, but  the spaces between the ‘bars’ are big enough to drive a truck through, so the worry-to- problem ratio is making it worse. His or her stressful state of mind is dark and confused, blocking any idea, solution or constructive thought. He or she can’t see their way out of their situation, or couldn’t until now.

The charging, brash, impetuous Knight of Wands cannot easily be held down or back and doesn’t stay anywhere for very long. He loves the damsels in distress, though, that’s his m.o. This is often the card of a fireman,  the salamander emblazoned on his yellow glove believed in olden tymes to be fireproof. I do not believe this is true.

This is someone in your life who is never dull – the life of the party. Lights up the room, tells good stories (which are all true) and probably knocks over a few things on the way out but he is a Knight, and there is nothing he won’t do. He’ll charge in while the other Knights are still in their meeting discussing it. He doesn’t always wait for a plan, to hell with a plan! Let’s do this!

I’m no astrologer but I watch and read a lot of them and I know there are all kinds of fireworks going on up there right now that are bound to shake things up for at least some people, I’m sure. The fact that this Knight who I’ve seen so many times strikes me as female today and the fact that we’ve just been catapulted into ‘light a fire under it’ Sagittarius, I  think this energy is just what someone needed to ‘break free’ out of a useless, paralyzing state of worry. Timing is everything.

Whatever has been holding this poor soul back, dragons real or imagined, are being slayed. He or she will be soon be free, it seems, thanks to this daring, brave, Knight.

Channel your inner Knight of Wands, Dorothy.

10 May 18: Ace of Coins/Earth, reversed

Money trouble is one of the meanings of this card, one of the luckiest in the Tarot when upright.

The Ace is of Earth (Virgo/Taurus/Capricorn) and relates to the material world but also spiritual well-being in that one is at peace and secure in one’s occupation and surroundings. Money, security, work, property, investments. Gifts, a promising new job offer. This is a powerful card and a beautiful image: the Great Hand in the Sky reaches down through a bank of white, fluffy, dreamy clouds to offer us a huge, glowing, golden coin held in his ginormous palm. We are in a lush, green  garden blooming with red roses and white lilies, a beautiful,  leafy arched trellis leading out to green hills in the distance and the blue, calm ocean beyond. The Hand has picked the right ‘gardener’ to entrust with this ‘seed’. It will be well ‘invested’, well-tended, and provide many harvests in the future (for more detail on the Morgan-Greer image, check the archives). The ‘gardener’ has proven his dedication and ability, as everyone can see by his blooms. His work speaks for itself.

Reversed, it’s pretty much what it looks like. All I could think of when I pondered this card reversed today was that it looked like someone dribbling a basketball…then dropping it. This is literally money ‘falling’ out of your hands..or an offer that, after much consideration (dribbling), has been turned down. Or you yourself has had your offer or project rejected – remember even the most successful people on this planet have experience rejection or outright ridicule over new ideas or methods, many of course we now take for granted.

This card also means old-fashioned greed, envy and jealousy. Keeping up with the mythical Joneses. That giant gold coin could be super-glued to the Sky Hand. He’s so cheap, he won’t let it go. Poor Hand, he may come from poverty, and never feel like he has enough, no matter how many coins drop out of the sky.

Maybe the new job you were so excited about isn’t what it was cracked up to be, or the new company isn’t taking off like you thought it would. Maybe you made a bad investment, or someone is mishandling your money.

This card also reminds you to take care of health, even if it seems like a ‘little thing’. Also making small but consistent changes in your daily routine may be called for. Small starts, one day at a time. A dietary change…it adds up.

Don’t compare yourself with others, especially your significant other.

Get out and find more people to hang out with that aren’t so hung up on money.