Jan 09 2015
Five of Wands
Today you want to guard against letting petty arguments and squabbles erupt into a flurry of negativity.
The Five of Wands, seen here in the Dalí Tarot Universal version of the card — is sometimes referred to as the “bully” card.
It’s tied to a battle of wills (or words) in which winning is the ultimate goal. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the giving or receiving end when it comes to this card. The “winner” doesn’t really win anything other than the satisfaction of being right or of taking home some meaningless prize.
There’s a noisy, restless blur of activity seen in this version of the card. Even though there are five beautiful butterflies here, it’s hard in some cases to tell where one ends and another begins.
Each butterfly is distinctive — just as each point of view is unique to the person expressing it. But it’s precisely that uniqueness that can erupt into conflict, as differences of opinion can fuel animosity.
The Five Wands in this card are green and fertile. They do all exhibit symbols of growth. But they’re stacked haphazardly and are all crossing one another — and most importantly they act as barriers between the butterflies and the castle on the other side.
Ask yourself today whether expressing certain attitudes or opinions are creating friction between you and important people in your life. And then ask yourself whether being right — or winning — is worth jeopardizing your relationships with others.
If you’re engaged in a power struggle, you can bet there will be no winners or loser, only the tattered remains of what once was a unified front. The Five of Wands encourages you to move past the chaos and calamity, and work on restoring the peace.
Feb 14 2014
In honor of Valentine’s Day, today’s card is the Lovers card — Salvadore Dali’s Los Enamorados.
It doesn’t matter if you’re single, dating, married, separated, divorced or widowed, chances are good you’re going to be thinking about relationships today.
The Lover’s card is about “love.” But it’s not always an easy or definitive love. Sometimes there are feelings of ambivalence or uncertainty, and sometimes there are choices to be made that can complicate things even more.
You may be wondering where you stand in a relationship or whether someone you care about feels the same. You may be ready to fall head over heels in love and wondering when someone new is coming in.
This version of the card is somewhat reminiscent of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The male and female figures are poised between two columns and leaning in to one another. Their stance is somehow seductive and demure at the same time. The male figure’s nakedness is discreetly hidden behind a giant blue butterfly.
The butterfly and pitchfork are common symbols in this deck and appear to be referencing male (pitchfork) and female (butterfly) energy.
Jan 23 2014
Eight of Swords
Today you may be dealing with a sense of impotence or immobility. The Eight of Swords speaks of feeling trapped, powerless, blinded by fear, unable to move or to even see that there’s a way out.
Most decks show a figure (woman usually) who is blindfolded and trapped within the confines of 8 swords. The woman in this rendition is a bit different though: here she seems almost reconciled to her immobility.
She’s slumped forward on her seat, perhaps in resignation or grieving. She oblivious to the butterfly perched on her lap or the castle in the air behind her. Instead she bows her head and looks down.
The Eight of Swords in this context is all about a sense of powerlessness brought on by external conflicts and obstacles. But it’s impossible to see it that way when you’re busy beating yourself up over it.
Consider how much of your current predicament has been outside of your control and how much has been self imposed.
It takes a lot more courage to break free from the latter than it does the former. The way out though is right there before you; you just need to open your eyes.
Today’s card — Eight of Swords – is part of the Dali Universal tarot by Salvador Dali and and Juan Llarch, and published by US Games. This deck is out of print and has become very hard to find but is occasionally available through Amazon.com.
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Nov 27 2013
This past August, my client Karen* was blind-sided (her words) by a breakup with her long-term lover Paul.*
They had been together for six years and had discussed marriage. But she started to feel him pulling away after a business trip in the summer and even went so far as to accuse him of having an affair. It turns out her instincts were right. Paul is now seeing the other woman and Karen is struggling with the emotional backlash.
While she’s still reeling from the breakup, and still dealing with a variety of uncomfortable emotions (feeling angry, hurt, confused and betrayed), she realizes she still loves him.