The beginning of your journey...
Initial Impression: Am I giving enough away? Does it have to be finances?
Images or symbols in the card: A man dressed in nice adornments is standing outside a castle handing money to two individuals on their knees before the well-dressed man. The two kneeling are in dirty and ratty clothes, drab in color, and they appear to be begging for the money that is being handed out.
Liz Dean in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot tells us that it is a card that portends receiving a gift, award, or donation of money by someone which will allow you to pay off outstanding debt or invest wisely. If there have been money troubles, it foretell that your money troubles will improve. It can also mean using savings to help another, or giving to someone in need. A weird translation is that it could mean that you feel well supported and connected to your family and community of friends and you may have a inter flow of exchanging gifts on the regular with each other.
Greeting Card Message: Finances are a pain in the ass when you don't have enough and are constantly cutting corners or always giving up on what you want. Hearing there will be enough, that there will be a windfall to cover the debts, or that you will be able to help another is satisfying. We all want to be content with what we have, but want is real and need is even more real. I would love to hear how this card plays out in your life in the next couple of days.
Initial Impression: What decision are you holding out on making?
Symbols or Images in the Card: A woman sits on a rock by the shores of water holding two swords at night - her arms are crossed and she could be in fighting mode. However, she is wearing a blindfold and the moon is waning.
You might not be able to see your way today, but you will be able to feel it. You are "double blind" today - you have on a blindfold and it is nighttime. It is a time of rest. If you are being pressured to act, find a way to stall. This is a time to retreat inside yourself, discover what is longing to be found in your core, in your gut. This is a time to come into a place a quiet and calm energy and to be still. It might look like you are ready to fight - and you are ready to protect yourself.
This card could indicate that there is someone you are crossing swords with, according to Liz Dean in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot. She says not to fear even if this person is harsh in word and gives strong tongue-lashings. Stand your ground and be firm. You know who you are and you know where you stand.
Greeting Card Message: Take time today to reflect on where you are, where you are going. This is a "time out" card - a chance to run to the sideline and reflect with the team (your friends) or to pull away and find time with yourself and discover just what is in your mind and, more importantly, your heart. This card is saying to pull back and reflect today to find your path or what it is you truly want.
Initial Impression: Huzzah!!
Symbols or Images in the Card: There is a path lined with growing lilies and a door which leads to the high mountains. A hand reaches out of clouds and hands out a pentacle.
Barbara Moore in Llewellyn Classic Companion states Edward Arthur Waite, one of the grandfathers of tarot says that the Ace of Pentacles is "the most favorable of all the cards." Moore also explains the energy of the aces does not last a very long time, but when this energy is present it is "potent and intense." Liz Dean in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot states this card is "auspicious for every aspect of your life." She goes on to explain that traditionally it foretells prosperity especially of the money variety, as a windfall or being shown ways to make it. It also foretells "foundation and stability.... you will receive what you need in abundance." She goes on to say, do not doubt your good fortune, "you deserve it."
It is a card that says now is the time to jump on opportunity and to make the most of the open doors. This is a card that says, "Go for it and see what adventure lies behind that closed door that is now opening to you." It is also saying, "Seize this opportunity while you can, for it won't be here for long."
Greeting Card Message: Good fortune awaits you today and as you walk toward what is ahead, keep your eyes open for opportunity. Doors might appear closed, but they are opening and will lift you up and take you higher into the realms of experiences and situations that are for your overall prosperity - health, relationships, finances, all of these are apart of the earthly realms of the pentacles.
Initial Impression: Apparently we are to have a study in Kings.... This one fell out of the deck this morning while I was shuffling.
Symbols or Images in the Card: A man dressed in armor and red and mustard yellow sets on a throne carved of gold in the shape of a lion. He sits in the desert. He holds a wand in his right hand and salamander is at his feet. His wand is starting to sprout. He also looks like he wants to spring right out of that chair and go do something.
The wands are the fire suit - hence the orange-y yellow and red he's wearing. They are the suit of inspiration, energy, spirituality, and ideas. Liz Dean states that as a person he's someone who has traveled widely and is open to new ideas. This person engages others in dialogue and wants to know their experiences. He or she is highly motivated and has a strong sense of character, integrity, and moral code. I wonder about that part of his character that traditionally states he has a strong moral code, because he strikes me as the kind of guy that would have a passion for sex, sexual encounters, and many willing partners. He might be the kind of guy who would cheat on his wife or would have an open marriage.
Others state he or she is good business person, a passionate boss, but also someone who might lose interest quickly. Apparently emotional pleas won't work with this person. When approaching this person, inspire them, make them see the vision, and then from there they will ignite with passion - only it will be quick burst of flame and they will be off on something else.
Greeting Card Message: Today, be bold. Speak what is truly a passion for you. Don't back away from a challenge, but face it with insight, creativity, passion, and a desire to succeed. If you meet the King of Wands today, this person will be exciting - interested in your ideas and experiences. Only, they will be easily distracted by all of their passions, don't be offended if this person walks off in the middle of the conversation. They can't help themselves.
Initial Impression: Where am I controlling my emotions with wisdom and strength today?
Images in the Card: The king is full out in water with his stone throne. The throne also has waves at the back of his head made out of stone. He is holding a large gold cup in one hand, whose base looks like it couldn't hold the size of the cup at the top, and gold scepter in the other hand. He has a simple, but significant, crown on his head - pointed and with the wave theme, made out of gold as well. There are pink clouds on the horizon, where the water meets the sky, and a dolphin is jumping over his right shoulder. A gold dolphin adorns the base of his collar and he has gold scallop shells holding his cloak to his person.
The King of Cups is a passionate man, but he wields wisdom and insight into emotions. He might come across as angry, because he is so full of emotion and anger is one of the only acceptable emotions for men to express in our culture. He is also extremely wise and he has insights into the emotional and relationship realm that many do not. This guy or lady is a therapist of renown - someone respected in the field. This is an artist that is known and established like David Hockney, Jackson Pollack, Georgia O'Keeffe, or Banksy. This is your boss if he or she is really good with emotions and relationships, and guiding people to deeper depths of understanding and communication. This might be your yoga instructor or mindfulness instructor and makes me think of Jon Kabat-Zinn, the grandfather of mindfulness, or of my own mindfulness instructor, Mary Holt, who just blows me away every time I meet with her. She is a mixture of the Queen of Cups - aware of her internal emotional and relationship world for herself and the King of Cups - able to guide others into deeper into deeper depths within themselves.
Greeting Card Message: Today, instead of reacting, channel your King of Cups, help others understand the depths of feeling inside themselves, and guide them to deeper relationships by being authentically themselves in hard situations. This takes wisdom, intelligence, and insight that comes from a place outside yourself that gives you strength.
Initial Impression: What challenges are coming my way today that I need strength?
Images and Symbols in the card: A woman dressed in a creamy-yellow dress stands on top of a mountain, with a male lion at her side. The lion is roaring, and she is holding his under mane and has her hand resting on his head. She has a look of calm on her face, almost as if she is at peace and giving the lion peace. There is another way to to look at that and that is she is drawing from his strength and filling her reserves. She has the infinity symbol over head - a symbol of strength and symmetry. These two are gaining strength from each other. The energy flows easily between the two of them. They are surrounded by yellow flowers and high mountains. She is wearing red roses.
Strength shows that you have the inner strength to accomplish any obstacle. You also have the ability to accept people for who they are. It's not like just anyone can get all snuggly with a lion knowing at any moment they might turn and eat you. She has the ability to acknowledge who people are and help them change, tame them, make them more mellow. Think about that person you know, male or female, who is able to look at someone, say a couple of a sentences and that someone just calms right down and sees the truth of the situation. That person is embodying Strength, able to see a situation for what it is, and able to make everyone work together for a common good - helping everyone to draw energy from each other rather than cut each other down.
Another way to look at it, when your mind is racing and you are unable to settle into an activity or you have to work out this issue or it's going to eat you alive, you have the ability to dial into yourself and calm yourself to a place where the lion might be roaring, but you have found a serene place inside of you to draw strength from in order to face the issue from a new perspective.
Greeting Card Message: We don't, as a whole, allow ourselves to find the quiet place to come to inside ourselves to be able to calm ourselves down and draw from deep strength reserves to face a challenge. The Strength Card reminds you those reserves are present, so long as you give yourself a chance to find them.
Initial Impression: Hard work. Always with the hard work.
Symbols or Images in the Card: A forger is at his fire and instead of smithing horseshoes, he is hard at work creating pentacles. He is paying close attention to details.
As a descriptor, Liz Dean in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot states this card depicts a "hardworking, trustworthy, and dedicated individual who take his or her work responsibilities seriously" (163). Dean also state this card means money opportunities will be before you - not so much of the inheritance or windfall variety - more along the lines that you have been working hard or making wise decisions or there might an unexpected bonus, perhaps a gift. But it's not the large variety and more likely than not it's been earned in some way. Perhaps it heralds a career change or a promotion. The day is calling for a "logical, diligent approach to your projects" (Dean, 163). Dean also states this card is the card of the apprentice or college student - learning a trade, diligent at work, gaining degrees or certifications.
Tina Fey has been known to say, "Say yes, and figure it out afterward." I take this to mean opportunities for employ and to get yourself seen more. When something comes at you today that might be a challenge or you think might be beyond your reach - or maybe it's an opportunity that scares the pants off of you - say yes, and you'll figure out the rest as you get there. I've started to live this way a bit and just yesterday it brought me to a place that two months ago, I would have told you, "No way." But it happened and they asked me back. So, you never know. If I let fear, anxiety, my own doubts, or how is this going to work with my work schedule be a factor, I would have severely missed out on an amazing opportunity.
Greeting Card Message: Whatever is before you today, do it with all of your being. You never know who might be watching and you never know what doors may be opening.
Initial Impression: Time to throw a get together?
Images or Symbols in the Card: Three woman wearing three different colors and styles of dresses are holding cups and dancing under a cloudless sky. The sun is bright above and harvest fruit, flowers, and grasses grow, but they are dancing barefoot on the dirt. They clearly connected and appear to be enjoying this moment, though it seems to be a serious one too, judging by the looks on their faces.
The three of cups seems to be saying to get together with those you love. So often we have our schedules, or workloads, or all the duties at home. But we need to make time for friends and simple celebrations.
Greeting Card Message: When was the last time you threw a get-together? (For me, it might be decades.) It might be time to pull those you love together just to enjoy one another and to have a good time.
Initial Impression: What am I waiting for, watching closely, and hoping for?
Symbols or Images in the card: A non-gendered stands a grass outcrop that is attached to a rock face. he holds a wand that is flowering - hinting at his success - as two wands next to him appear to be growing. He looks out to the ocean where two mighty ships float. This person is wearing a cloak rimmed with purple, which is traditionally a color of wealth.
This is also a "3," which in numerology is the number of creation. Brigit Esselmont in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings states that threes are "achievement of goals, growth, creativity, abundance, expression, communication, and friendship," which is hefty list. A 3 can also indicate a delay, but inevitable success though it lingers in coming to pass.
So what does this mean for today? Take a look out and look at what you waiting for. "The ship to come in," right? Perhaps identify what you want that ship to be. The ocean is indicative of intuition and tapping into your subconscious self. So, perhaps today is imagining what would be on those ships coming into port - Getting into that college you want? Opening your own shop or business? Meeting that right and perfect-for-you person? Getting on that ship (or plane) and heading out on a wild adventure to a place you've always wanted to go?
Greeting Card Message: Today is a day to take stock of what your heart truly desires, to notice what you want more than anything in this life. Today is a day to maybe explore even deeper beyond what you've always thought you wanted and find out why you want that thing, or if that thing is only part of a bigger idea that you haven't even let yourself explore at all. Today is a day to allow yourself to think about things you wish for but you fear will never come to pass.
Initial Impression: What should I be hoarding? What should I be releasing?
Symbols or images in the card: A well dressed man, bundled in cool breeze (look at the banners and his hair blowing in the wind a bit). He wears a hat and a thick sweater with a velvety, drapey jacket. He is wearing nice boots. He is hugging a pentacle and two are at his feet. One is above his head inlaid in the stone of the chair he sits on. Behind him is town or castle, and we can presume he is mayor or leader there. He might be a very wealthy merchant, but he is certainly someone who has influence and I sense he has an agenda too - a little like Taylor Doose (pronounced: Dose-EE) in Gilmore Girls.
Liz Dean in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot states this card indicates hard work is paying off. This isn't the "windfall" card - this is the you have been working hard and your paycheck is growing and you have (or will have) enough with which to be satisfied. She also says that this card may indicate solid foundations in the home with traditional values and solid assets. If you are thinking about investing in a small business, this card seems to be saying "yes" to that.
Brigit Esselmont in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings says this card can be a warning that you are too comfortable with the gains and status money has brought in. That you are no longer balanced in your view of money, but that you are finding your worth in how big your house is and what kind of car you drive.
The way I'm looking at this morning is to be balanced. There is a time to spend and time to save. I have heard financial advisors state to save 10% of every paycheck - but do we? That money gets slated for other things. Are we being thrifty and wise saving and spending in balance, or are we so thrifty we don't allow ourselves the ability to have fun or to splurge a little? This man is hugging the coin, but the ones at his feet are resting next to him. In the traditional Rider-Waite deck, which this Llewellyn deck is based on, the 4 of Pentacles feet are sitting on top of the coins, as if he is afraid someone will take them too.
Greeting Card Message: Be in balance with your finances. Make sure your budget is balanced yes, but also be sure that you are both saving and giving. If I were to be honest, I'm not sure those things are true in my life and like all of us, I think the Four of Pentacles is reminding me to get back to basics, financially speaking.