Jan 29 2015
Today would be a good day to put all of your heavier thoughts and concerns aside and approach life with a sense of child-like wonder and curiosity. The Seer of Shells — or Penguin in the Animal Wisdom Tarot — is this deck’s version of the Page of Cups.
Here we see him standing on a sparkling crystal ice cap, communing with a little fish that’s popped out of shell on an adjacent ice cap. The fish could be dinner for the Penguin but he doesn’t see him in that light. He gazes at him in awe, oblivious to his surroundings.
This is very much like the Page of Cups. Gentle and loving. Open and receptive. Gleeful. Sincere. And maybe a little naive.
The Fish appears to be speaking and the Penguin holds onto every word. Maybe he’s imparting words of wisdom, or maybe he’s talking his way out of becoming the daily catch. Off in the distance a bridge rises out of the water and leads to who knows where.
Be open today to receiving important messages, even if they come from the most unlikely of sources. Whether the Page of Cups is a person in your life (as in someone youthful or immature) or an attitude you need to embrace. If it’s the former you’ll want to listen with an open mind and heart. And if it’s the latter you’ll want to work on keeping those open.
Because the Pages embody such youthful and unrefined energy, we tend to forget that they too have much to teach us. But the presence of this card today is an important reminder of how much more we still need to learn.
Jan 10 2015
Today you may need to think about what it is in your life that must come to a final and irrevocable end.
This card is associated with the traditional tarot’s Ten of Swords. It refers to an ending that must be faced so that you can not only put it to rest but can also experience — once and for all — the relief and acceptance that’s such a necessary part of attaining closure.
The Vulture — or Ten of Feathers in the Animal Wisdom Tarot — is a carrion scavenger, looking down from a wooden post onto the nondescript carcass of a decaying animal. Ten feathers are plunged into the animal’s flesh, and an X — as in “X marks the spot — is etched onto the Vulture’s perch.
The animal may have put up a fight or he may have died from old age or exhaustion — but none of that matters now: he’s dead. What happens to his carcass is irrelevant — or is it? There is the belief in some cultures that carrion scavengers transport the dead up to heaven. And notice the two other birds swooping in for the feast.
The sky is dark and ominous but the Sun is also rising in the distance. This is a common feature with the Ten of Swords. In the midst of all the death and destruction there are symbols of rebirth and renewal.
Ask yourself, “what have I been holding onto that I need to put to rest?” “What ending have I refused to acknowledge — either through fear or denial?” and “What do I finally have to let go of in order to make room for something new?”
The Ten of Feathers encourages you to give up the resistance and finally face defeat. But there’s a sense of liberation that comes from that acceptance, as well as wisdom and maturity. A new day dawns — just as it does in this card — once you allow yourself to give in and put the past to rest.
Dec 30 2014
ARIES: Two of Feathers
This month may see you feeling torn between two competing interests or desires and at a loss as to which one one you really want to follow.
You start the month with an opposition between Mars (your ruler) and Jupiter, which are moving through your 11th (social) and 5th (personal) houses.
The Mars transit has you thinking about where you fit in in the world and about the contributions you’ve made. The Jupiter transit is more personal: it’s more about creativity and self-expression.
As difficult as it is to balance these dual desires, you may find yourself at an impasse. It’s hard to feed one set of urges without feeling like you’re neglecting the other.
You may need to take the time to reflect, much like the Heron in this card.
Here we see him gazing down at his reflection in a tranquil pool. A crescent moon shines in the night sky, illuminating the pair of feathers that are crisscrossed on the water’s surface.
The Heron is this deck’s version of the Two of Swords. As this card often refers to inaction and immobility, you might take a page from the Heron’s book and use that inertia to reflect on your options before you make a move.
Aries is usually more about “act first and think later.” But this month you might want to hold back and weigh your options instead. In doing so you may just be able to find a way to satisfy both sets of urges.
Oct 27 2014
As Venus trines Neptune today, it’s a good time to acknowledge your dreams and aspirations.
You could be feeling a renewed sense of hope about a goal that is now starting to feel more reachable. Or you may be feeling inspired to explore your intuition and psychic impressions.
The Peacock is the Animal Wisdom Tarot’s version of the Star card and is called “The Illuminator” in this deck.
Illumination is one of the hallmark traits associated with the Star card. It also ties in beautifully with the Venus / Neptune trine, which reinforces the Star’s association with inspiration, hope, harmony, faith and serenity.
The Peacock in this card gazes at his own reflection on the surface of a tranquil sea. The Stars in the night sky are also reflected, and the Peacock’s tail feathers curve up to them and glow just as brightly. The “Star” in this card is a starfish just below the surface.
The Star card represents a sense of rebirth and renewal as well. As it follows the Tower card — which is associated with disaster and destruction — it can serve as a welcome refuge or a beacon of hope. It’s important to also remember the healing and therapeutic properties of the Star.
Sep 27 2014
Today’s card — the Raven, from the Animal Wisdom Tarot, is this deck’s version of the Magician card. Here it’s called the Messenger of Magic, a reference to the Magician’s ability to harness the magic within to both send and receive important messages.
As Mercury enters Scorpio today, you want to be thinking about ways to tap into the furthest reaches of your psyche and unleash your own power.
You want to be thinking about the hand you’ve been dealt and what you can do to turn it to your advantage.
The Raven is a power animal associated with arcane knowledge and wisdom. He’s capable of bending time and space so that you’re exactly at the right place at the right time.
He’s a shapeshifter and emissary who acts a harbinger of things to come, carrying messages from the other side.
In this version of the card the Raven is perched on a branch above a shimmering pool, his reflection a wizard peering up from the depths below. He extends one wing in a welcoming wave toward someone or something just out of sight.
Notice the single Raven feather floating on the water’s surface and it’s inverse reflection, a nautilus shell. These are both also symbols of mystery and magic.
Aug 25 2014
Today’s theme is “out with the old and in with the new” courtesy of a New Moon in Virgo and a Mars/ Saturn conjunction in Scorpio. What better representation of this energy than the Tower card, referred to here as the Serpent or Quickener.
The Tower card normally refers to sudden (or rapid) change — the unexpected dismantling of whatever in your life is in need of a drastic overhaul. It speaks of destruction and deconstruction — the breaking down of whatever’s stagnant or restrictive so that you can rebuild anew.
This is a kinder, gentler version, with the Serpent winding his body around the tower and trying to hold it together. Lightning flashes all around him, but he doesn’t shrink away: he strikes back. Even so you can see that the Tower is crumbling around him.
With Mars and Saturn in conjunction today, you do have some say in how this all plays out. The conjunction implies that there will be some destruction. But it also brings a certain amount of control over what is destroyed and what is salvaged — especially as these planets are coming together in Scorpio.
The Serpent is a symbol of transformation. It’s linked with Scorpio via ancient (Chaldean) astrology as well as to some aspects of the modern-day Scorpio. It sheds its skin, it burrows underground and it’s associated symbolically with Scorpionic traits like depth, danger, sexuality and passion.