The beginning of your journey...
Initial Impression: A homecoming. What are we celebrating?
Symbols or Images in the card: Two women are walking up a hill toward four wands stuck in the earth. There are flower garlands raised up at the top, swooping from pole to pole in almost huppah fashion. There is a blanket in the center of the four wands that holds a harvest of flowers, fruits, and a pumpkin. The women, dressed in expensive clothing, have their hands raised in celebration, holding up bouquets of flowers. They are in front of a castle and mountains are in the background.
Brigit Esselmont in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings says that this is one of the most positive cards in the tarot deck. It's the card that symbolizes the joy and peace that follows the completion of difficult and challenging effort. It "...indicates general good fortune, satisfaction, and fulfillment." She states that this card represents the number 4 - stability and firm foundations, which means that one should be "...enjoying a period of happiness and stability." She also states that this card can represent the gathering of extended family or a gathering of friends during a holiday season. It's a card that indicates peace, harmony, and tranquility. She states that this card reminds us that "...most things in life do not come easily, and so when you do accomplish a major milestone, you should be proud of everything you have achieved."
So what does this mean for today? It means that you may have evening plans with friends or family. Or weekend may be booked up with friends and family. When you accomplish any difficult task, big or small today, you should take a moment to celebrate that win. Also, if you find yourself happy, joyful, laughing, joking, or generally having a good time today, take a few seconds to feel those emotions in your body. Take a moment to feel how that feels and appreciate that it feels good, and light, and cheering, and uplifting.
Greeting Card Message: Celebrate the small stuff and enjoy the gatherings you are involved with this weekend. We all need loved ones and friends; make sure you are really present with those you love today and this weekend, and not distracted by your phone, or other electronics or by people who are not present. Making good strong present connections is what makes us come alive.
Initial Impression: What young and fiery person am I going to meet today?
Symbols or Images in the card: A young man dressed all in red and orange is standing in the desert with a budding wand in his hand. There are mountains and a couple of poofy clouds in the background. There is a salamander on his coat.
Brigit Esselmont in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings states that the Page of Wand is similar to the Fool because the Page of Wands is a free spirit and represents change and new beginnings. He is not yet tied to material possessions, nor has he been weighed down by experiences, so for him - anything is possible and often encourages change in any situation he finds himself. Esselmont says that the Page of Wands coming up today means that you are experiencing a "creative restlessness" that is waiting for you to create a moment to let it out. She says is suggests you are on the verge of discovery or a new phase of life. She says that this can also be symbolic of someone new or old in your life - a trusted friend who is "devoted to your interests and will do everything he can to help you. His intentions will be honourable and genuine. He is here in your life to spark change, to help you see the world from a new perspective and to guide you towards a new approach."
What does this mean for today? For today, when your gut starts to niggle you and tell you to start planning that project, or to actually sit at your computer, canvas, table, whatever your medium and get to work - listen to that voice and do it. If there is a new path opening before you, I encourage you to at least send out a couple of feelers and discover a little of what the adventure could be. If someone you haven't seen in awhile pops into your life and wants to catch up on all your news, make time for them.
Greeting Card Message: In order for change to happen, it requires a spark. Whether that spark comes from within yourself or someone else inspires you, it doesn't matter. So long as you pick up the new energy and give that energy forward momentum.
Initial Impression: Who's calling the shots and who do we "answer" to?
Symbols or Images in the Card: A man dressed in armor and a red covering is sitting on a stone throne in the middle of nature. There is a river behind him, along with a cliff face, and a small forest. Lush grasslands surround him. He holds a scepter in one hand and small world/globe in the other. There are rams heads on the back of his chair and pink stone in his scepter.
The Emperor is a shot caller. He makes things happen. The world in one hand shows that he has plans within plans and that nothing is out of his capability. The scepter in the other hand shows that what he says occurs. People do what he wants him to. He is used to having his orders followed and rarely is he questioned on his decisions. He is passionate, but also calculated. He is wise and experienced, but he is the patriarch - the father figure in the tarot deck. He can also represent provision and security.
What does this mean for today? Maybe for today, it means that you look at the authority you have and what power you wield. Maybe you think about how your actions affect those who are around you, who may not have the power and authority you have. Maybe it means you call your dad, or if your dad is no longer with us, maybe you find a small way to honor him today. If you never knew him, maybe you find a way to connect with the inner child in you that needed and still needs a Dad and ask that part of you how you can love them today. Maybe for today it means that you look at those who have authority over your roles, or perhaps even over you, and you decide if you're okay with that or if a change needs to happen. Maybe for today it means that you start making decisions for your own life, where you want to go and what you want to do, what you want to accomplish, and start making moves to get there.
Greeting Card Message: Look at who has authority roles in your life, where you hold authority roles, and decide how much power to wield and how much power to hand over to someone else. Oh, and call/visit your dad today.
Initial Impression: We can be free with what we have or we can hoard it. We can share our resources wisely; we can hold them tight to our chests; or we can give away our resources willy-nilly with no thought of the fact that we are depleting our coffers and raising our debt.
Symbols or Images in the Card: A man seated in a stone chair outside a rather luxurious home, which one can presume is his, holds a pentacle tightly in his arms. He has two at his feet and another above his head in the back of the chair. He has wealth. He likes his wealth. He hoards his wealth.
The Four of Pentacles reversed talks about internalizing wisdom about finances to an extreme end. Think Ebenezer Scrooge here. He was stingy with his money, his affection, and his time. Reversed this card means you are out of balance and the natural flow of resources in to resources out is blocked. It can also mean the lessons about balancing money, giving and saving, spending, and getting out of debt are lost on you. This can mean you are spending willy-nilly. It can also mean that you have such a tight hold on your finances you are hard to be around because you don't want to do anything.
What does this mean for today? Make a budget. We all need to make budgets. Read a finance book, or two. I have started reading Financial Fitness; I have also considered Debt Shredder, but I am waiting for Mercury to come out of retrograde before I sign up for it. I know my fiances need an overhaul, but at times I just feel so lost on how to fix the problems. I know I shouldn't be doing it alone, so maybe, for me, today is a day to reach out to someone who really understands finances and say, "Hey, can you help a poor, indebted girl out?"
Greeting Card Message: I used to say (and still say sometimes) that I hate money. I don't hate money. I hate the lack of money and feeling overwhelmed by my poor decisions. Spending wisely and saving judiciously is a balance that we all need to learn.
Initial Impression: Learning to hear your inner intuition and starting to embark on more meaningful relationships.
Symbols or Images in the Card: A young man is standing on the beach (and water in tarot stands for your intuition); there are pink clouds in the sky and there are rocky slopes to the left. The Page of Cups is dressed well and is holding a cup that contains a fish that is looking back at our curious Page.
Brigit Esslemont in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings says that the Page of Cups is about the creative energy that sparks to life when one starts a new project or enterprise. She says, "The message to be taken is that you must be open to the unexpected, occasionally bizarre impulses of the creative spirit and not shut out inspiration simply because it does not fit in with a rational point of view." She states that your intuition might be telling you things from your subconscious or that you need to listen to those gut instincts. She says the Page of Cups often heralds good news from loved ones, which might illicit an emotional response in you. She also says, "You may be more emotional or moved by simple things. Do not be afraid to let your feelings show and to wear your heart on your sleeve." The Page of Cups also represents "renewal of your emotional and creative self to allow that sense of freedom to reappear in your life." Esselmont goes on to say the Page of Cups is reminder to never stop believing in your dreams. "If you cease to dream, then your dreams shall never come true because they do not exist anymore. In your darkest moments, dreams can often provide a ray of hope.... Dare to dream and all things will become possible."
What does this mean for today? What have you long given up on? What are you lingering thoughts and fears that will never come to be? What have you put off for so long that you think it will never come to be? What did you dream about as a child and why did some of those dreams die? Should they have or did you allow the world's messages to stop you from pursuing them? What does you gut say would make you best possible future?
Greeting Card Message: Listen to your gut today even if you think it's taking you down a tangential trail. You never know where the path will lead and what insights are to be gained. Be bold in your creative ideas.
Initial Impression: You are going to bump into someone today who is a lot of fun to be around and who has great insight into people's inner workings.
Symbols or Images in the Card: A woman sits on a throne with a sun in its back and inside the sun is the image of a roaring lion. The armrests of the throne are lions as well. She is in the middle of the desert. A black cat is at her feet with its back to the audience, but his head is turned to stare at the viewer. The woman gives a level gaze to the viewer and she holds a sunflower in one hand and a wand in the other. She radiates insight, and intensity.
Some tarot gurus like Brigid Esselmont think of the Queen of Wands as the party girl - the one who is always hosting gatherings and has a drink her hand. But Brigid Esselmont also says the Queen of Wands is not afraid to demonstrate her power and doesn't shy away from a challenge. She indicates a strong, independent, person who is able to sustain a vision - working toward its completion - no matter the adversity. She is goal oriented, but still able to pull people together, motivate them, and maintain a friendly, open, and optimistic demeanor.
What does this mean for today? Well, you might bump into someone who is the Queen of Wands today - someone with charisma and passion, but also makes you feel included and valued. Or you might feel empowered, bold, and courageous in your actions and tasks today. You might channel some of her strength, insight, vitality, passion, and crazy strong intuition to guide you in your path today.
Greeting Card Message: Work toward you goals with fire and excitement, using your intuition and inner wisdom as your guides.
Initial Impression: What is keeping you up at night?
Images or symbols in the card: Again, like I said yesterday, I gave the deck a "reset" and reordered the cards. We also just had this one - a girl is in bed, clearly up in the middle of the night over worries at are plaguing her mind. She has all 9 swords pointing right down at her head. She is in anguish over the thoughts that are tormenting her. On the headboard a knife (or short sword) is piercing the body of a dove or peace-bird, symbolic of the thoughts of the intellect that are piercing the peaceful sleep of the once-peaceful woman who fills the image.
Liz Dean in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot says that this card is a sign of perpetual worry. She says it's a sign of a person worrying about things that they normally don't worry about. She also reminds us this is a minor Arcana card - which means it's a temporary state. However, she says it can be an indication of a larger mental concern regarding anxiety, depression, a panic disorder, insomnia, or nightmares.
What does this card mean for today? Watch how much work you are being asked to do today, for it might be more than you can handle. Also, it might be time to find a good counselor or mental health professional. Insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, and depression are often not quick solution concerns and need someone trained to help you overcome.
Greeting Card Message: When we keep what worries us or is making us feel sad inside, its power grows. When we discuss it, we release it, and in so doing, we release it's grip on us and we find freedom in our vulnerability and our honesty.
Initial Impression: Who's taking a journey?
Symbols or Images in the Card: So, I reordered the deck yesterday which is the equivalent of hitting "reset" on all the energies and the Six of Swords showed back up, only upright this time. I'm not going to go all into what we see in the card, as I talked about that in my very last blog entry (scroll down one entry for it if you want).
Brigit Esselmont in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings states that this card is about regretful letting go. That this is about moving into your future and realizing that as you do so, you are leaving some stuff behind that you really don't want to be letting go of. She says this is a difficult time, but you are moving into a much better position - letting go of whom you used to be and becoming more who you want to be. She encourages us to chart a new course that will lead to greater happiness and joy. She goes on to state that in order to be able to examine and see where you are and where you are heading, you need mental clarity, logic and objectivity - which when faced with a difficult transition is not always so easy to accomplish. The Six of Swords may indicate some depression, malaise, and some "just getting by" feelings, plus a lack of motivation.
What does this mean for today? I think this card showing up for the second day in a "row" (because there was a weekend break in there) is saying, Take a good look at where you are and start making some of those hard decisions about where you are heading. Are you who you want to be?
This card also makes me think of my college best-friend, whose family home was in Paradise, California, which in the past week was completely leveled by fire. That whole town and area, her whole family, and my friend herself - even though she no longer lives there, but grew up there and called that "home" - finds themselves at a crossroads of where do we go from here - they have nothing left.
But for those of us who are just going about our normal every days without the leveling of a fire in our lives, what is something that you have been thinking about in the back of your head and saying, "I need to look into this more because ____ needs to change." I encourage you to take today and start letting go of your grip to your current reality and allowing your hands to open, allowing them to be filled with new possibilities, opportunities, and self-identities.
Greeting Card Message: "Are you who you want to be?" ~Switchfoot
Where do you want to change course? What will be lost when you do so and what will be gained?
Initial Impression: How to transcend difficulties?
Symbols and Images in the card: Under the light of a full moon, a man rows a woman and child through rough waters to calmer waters. The woman and child look uncertain and maybe a bit scared - as they are going from one area to another. It is a card about journeys, about movement - maybe a change in homes, or a change in careers, maybe a change in direction, maybe a change of heart. The one thing in common with all of the possible changes is the shift from rough water to smooth water. We want to go from something that doesn't give peace, to something that does. Another image that stands out for me is the full moon. The moon in tarot is about the shadows, the hidden, the unknown by the conscious mind, but causes you to behave in specific patterns.
Today is the day that Mercury starts a retrograde, until December 6th. Many people worry about Mercury in retrograde, as it can mess with electronics, and the natural flow of things. It can mess up traveling and can start to mess with how you perceive the world.
Kari Samuels, an intuitive counselor and happiness coach, encourages people to slow down and prioritize their lives. She says our hearts and minds are changing for the better and encourages us to relax, rejuvenate, recreate, reprioritize, refocus ourselves on our worth, and release all those negative thoughts and beliefs. I think this card is right there with her - the 6 of Swords reversed is all about moving away from the rough waters and find ways to reconnect with ourselves, our desires, and our needs in the coming weeks.
What does this mean for today? Find time to reconnect with you. Find time to value you and your thoughts and feelings at this time. Maybe you want to look at your typical patterns of behavior and how are those patterns are no longer serving you. I see today as a day of reflection - how do you move into calmer waters? Now might not be the time to make such moves; you may want to wait until December 6th, when Mercury goes out of retrograde, but this is a time of reflection and evaluation. Noticing where you are uncomfortable or unhappy and spending time giving yourself intentional love and care can help you decide what to release in order to ultimately make yourself peaceful and wise.
Greeting Card Message: Take time to reflect today on ways you need to show yourself more love and care. Also take some time today to reflect on ways to bring peace, calm, and perhaps lasting to change to your circumstances.
Initial Impression: Anxiety and worry.
Symbols and Images in the card: A girl in a bed is up in the middle of the night, with the turmoil of her own thoughts. Her brain is whirring and she can't settle to sleep. The nine swards are appearing to be falling on her head, the stabs of anxiety, worry, depression, and other mental concerns are plaguing her. Her bedspread is a pattern of red roses (traditionally a romantic love symbol) and stars in different patterns to create the zodiac signs, which are also constellations; the third row up from the bottom, the first blue box is Aries, then Gemini, then Taurus and then Cancer. The row below, the first blue box is Leo. The next should be Virgo, but looks like Virgo might be the last and first square of the 4th row up.
Brigit Esselmont in The Ultimate Guide to Tarot states the worry and anxiety that is keeping us up is not an external issue, but one that we are creating for ourselves. She is saying the problem might be a reality - we haven't found the person we are to spend the rest of our lives with, we are worried about finances, or we are worried about an impending potential disaster. But those things that we worry about are not reality. They haven't come to be, but are our own thoughts are tormenting us.
What does this mean for today? Recognize what has you worried. Recognize that what plagues our thoughts isn't necessarily true or real. We just believe our thoughts more than we believe anything else. Russ Harris in the The Illustrated Happiness Trap talks about how if you took your brain and put it someone else's body and then that person said to you all the horrible things you say to yourself, you wouldn't be friends with that person. However, we believe our brains when our brains tell us all sorts of horrible things. I believe my brain when it tells me I'm a moron, or that if I lose weight, I must be sick again, or that I'm selfish. I believe the horrible and useless things my brain says. Something that really helps me put my thoughts in perspective is mindfulness. It helps me see my thoughts. It also helps me see the immediate physical reaction my thoughts have on my body. It helps me break the patterns of anxiety. At some point in the near future, I'm going to post a number of mindfulness meditations, which with daily practice might help you be able to see and break some of your own patterns of thinking. I also strongly recommend Russ Harris' book that I mentioned above. It has helped me break some of my own panic and anxiety symptoms, and those I haven't broken, it has helped me cope with them in more healthy ways.
Greeting Card Message: Talking about what you are struggling with can help you see the thoughts and the emotions those thoughts illicit. By being able to see our thoughts and how they affect us, we are able to break some of our patterns of unhealthy coping strategies.