Nov 26 2015
No matter where you are in the world today, it’s a good day for giving thanks and for honoring those who have brought love, peace, joy and comfort into your life.
It’s a day for counting your blessings and expressing gratitude for all that you have. It’s a day for gathering together with those you love and acknowledging their place in your world.
The Magician card — this version from Kat Black’s beautiful Golden Tarot — refers to manifesting your goals and transforming them into something tangible and real.
In this version there are symbols of love and acceptance — for all creatures great and small. The Christ figure beckons the animals that surround him with one hand and bestows on them the classic blessing mudra with the other. He honors them and acknowledges that he is one with them at the same time.
The Magician card speaks of gathering together all of your resources and using them to create “magic.” As magic takes on many forms, it reminds you that you have everything you need right there at your disposal (notice the cup, the wand, the pentacle and the coin on the Magician’s table) to manifest your heart’s desires.
Ask yourself: “What is it I have to give today?” or “What is it I have to offer?” The Magician encourages you to tap into your highest personal reservoirs and to access skills you may not even realize you have. Whether you are spending the day with loved ones or sending them powerful vibrations from afar, take some time today to remember how you got here and who has helped you along the way.
Sep 24 2015
Page of Swords
You may be mulling over the 101 ideas that are rushing through your head today. Just as one bright idea pops into your mind another sprouts up to take its place.
You need to stay focused if you wish to “win” a discussion. Don’t rush in too quickly; decide what you want the outcome to be, and don’t get distracted by things that have no bearing upon your original plan.
Reflect on how easy it would be to hit that butterfly with the sword as shown in this card. My guess is it would not be easy but it would distract you to the point of weakening your own arguments.
The Page of Swords may have his head in the clouds but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of ideas. He’s thinking and planning and strategizing at any given moment. He may have BIG ideas — bigger than he’s prepared to handle, much like that giant sword in his hands. But it’s those ideas that propel him forward, toward ultimately accomplishing his goals.
The Page of Swords can be charming and clever. He (or she) is also somewhat immature, temperamental and emotionally unsophisticated. You may grow tired of his antics have to resist the urge to yank him by the ear and send him to his room.
But there are positive attributes associated with this card as well. There’s curiosity, innovation and idealism that’s hard to find anywhere else. These are the gifts from the Page of Swords, which can inspire you to reach for the stars as well.
Feb 04 2015
Queen of Wands
Today’s card — the Queen of Wands — encourages you to conduct yourself with fairness, grace and integrity in all of your dealings with others.
The Moon is still full in the majestic sign of Leo, which is associated with royalty and is a prominent theme in the charts of Kings and Queens. It also starts the day conjunct Jupiter — the planet associated with religion and ceremonies.
The Queen of Wands — like all of the court cards in the tarot — can refer to a person, an event or a part of yourself. She embodies the feminine or yin aspects of Fire (wands) energy: creativity, passion, enthusiasm and drive. She is majestic and regal like the Queen of Wands in this card.
This version — from famed French painter Enguerrand Quarton’s stunning Coronation of the Virgin, focuses on the Virgin’s Mary’s elevation to Queen of Heaven. She possesses grace, warmth and dignity — all strong Leo characteristics.
In this detail of the painting you can see the wings of a dove above her and a group of red seraph angels behind her. But it’s the jeweled crown on her head and her noble expression that stand out above all else. Her command and authority are evident. She’s portrayed here as authoritative and dignified here, with her hands crossed elegantly over her heart.
Like the portrayal in this card, the Queen of Wands is strong and dynamic, but loving. She possesses leadership qualities and elicits respect from others. She’s also very worldly and knowledgeable. If this is a person in your life, know that she’s honest and impartial and will treat you with respect. She may be a supervisor, a parent, a friend or even some facet of yourself that has long been dormant.
If the card refers to you, see it as a reminder that you do possess these qualities and may need to reincorporate them into your personality. The presence of this card encourages you to recapture the essence of the Queen of Wands and put her to good use.
May 03 2014
Today you may find yourself having to assume a position of power in order to “take care of business.” The Emperor card is all about attending to material concerns, which may mean having to set aside feelings of fear or uncertainty and stepping into a more confident and authoritative role.
The Emperor card is the archetypal “Father.” It embodies the masculine principles of motivation, stability, discipline, structure and rules or laws. As with many of the Major Arcana figures, the Emperor can appear in your life as a person (a father, boss, judge, or government official, etc.); he can represent a frame of mind that you need to assume; or he can appear as an event — such as a promotion or recognition in the community.
As the Emperor also relates to the Laws of the Land, some of the less pleasant manifestations of this card include being on the receiving end of legal or professional disciplinary actions, dealings with the IRS or government, or having to deal with an oppressive boss or co-worker.
In this version of the card, we meet the Emperor Julius Caesar seated at his throne. A Lion rests at his feet and an Eagle is perched on the windowsill beside him. He holds a small globe in one hand and a sceptre topped by a fleur de lis in his other.
The Lion and Eagle are perfect symbols for today’s Sun trine Pluto aspect. This aspect actually bodes well for working with others.
Jan 14 2014
Structures and authority have never gone down well with you and today you may find yourself just having to grin and bear these two things in your life. Although if you were smart about it you could actually decide to use this to your advantage.
Is there anything you need to think through? Have a plan for or need to call in some favors in helping you get ahead. While this card can refer to rigid authority and religious dogma, we meet a somewhat different type of Hierophant in this card.
The image on this card is from the famous series of frescoes by Simone Martini, depicting eight saints at San Francesco, Assisi. This is St. Louis of Toulouse, who was taken hostage as a child and raised by Franciscan friars. He later renounced his royal title in favor of his younger brother, and took the Franciscan vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. He was renowned for holiness, sacrifice and miracles.
Notice the two keys hanging over his heart. This implies tackling a problem you’re having and coming from your heart in how you handle it. You may well find that these keys open the door for you to success, bypassing a lot of that hard work spoken of above.
Oct 14 2013
Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn’t know
they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you
that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.
~ Joseph Campbell
Feb 01 2013
ARIES: The World
This month you may see the long awaited completion of a project you have been involved in or a part of your life you have been wanting to bring together in the best possible way.
This image on this card comes from German painter Hans Memling famous for many great works of art, including this painting of Saint Urslula of the Holy Virgins.
In this painting, Saint Ursula stands shielding her handmaidens against certain death.
The four corners of the card show the images of the four fixed astrological signs: Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus and Leo.
They’re also said to represent the four Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
This card is about using all of your gifts to reach out and accomplish your goals.
As the last card of the Major Arcana, it symbolizes completion.