Oct 04 2015
King of Pentacles
It’s good to be “King!” Especially the King of Pentacles which is all about abundance, affluence, benevolence and an appreciation for the finer things in life.
This card refers to a prominent, enterprising, success-oriented individual. He (or she) has a bit of the Midas touch, knows how to attract wealth and knows how to make good use of it — neither squandering it nor spending it frivolously.
The King of Pentacles is clothed in the finest royal attire. Yet he’s also very open and generous.There’s not an ounce of stinginess or pettiness about this King. If this is someone coming into your life, know that he or she is there to teach you those qualities. Qualities like shrewdness, discipline and business acumen.
If this card represents you in your current capacity, don’t forget the little people — those who’ve helped you get to where you are today and have celebrated your success. Perhaps you’ve invested your energy into a business that’s paying off, or maybe you’re seeing results in other areas, such as a relationship that’s showing signs of renewal, or a child that has blossomed under your careful guidance. Whatever it is, you can be sure that it’s your skill and acumen that’s steering the course of success.
But if, on the other hand, you’ve been focusing too much on what you lack or what’s been missing in your life, it’s time to rethink the messages that you’re sending out to the Universe. You may be reluctant to delegate responsibility to others. The phrase “if you want something done you may as well do it yourself” speaks directly to you, but may not always be in your best interests.
If you struggle with trusting that things will get done without your input, keep in mind that giving up control and allowing others to show you what they’re made of can benefit you more in the end. Remember the universal laws of attraction: they’re as present as ever in this card. You ‘ll need to shift your energies to those of gratitude and prosperity-consciousness in order to fully appreciate the blessings of this King.
Aug 18 2015
Nine of Wands
You may find yourself having to rise up and meet a challenge today that uses every last ounce of strength and fortitude you have at your disposal.
The Nine of Wands can represent a “test” from the Universe that comes when you least expect it. It can manifest as a challenge that arises after you’ve given what feels like your ALL and are looking forward to a period of smooth sailing.
This version of the card — from the original Mythic Tarot — shows the last hurdle of Jason’s journey to the Island of Iolkos, where he still has to make passage through the Clashing Rocks.
His destination is visible in the distance, illuminated by Nine flaming Wands and surrounded by perfectly calm waters. But getting there seems next to impossible.
The waves crashing into his ship and storm clouds brewing in his distance make this last leg of his journey all the more perilous. But he has to keep going; it’s too late to turn back.
This is the essence of the Nine of Wands: you may have been frustrated with the lack of progress or worse, come “this close” to completing your journey only to find another roadblock ahead of you.
This is very similar to the frustrations and impediments that abound when you perhaps haven’t made clear plans for what you wish to do. You may need to take a breather, but you’re almost at the finish line and are closer to your goals than you realize. So dust yourself off, get back to work, and push yourself past this final test.
Jun 24 2015
Mars moves into Cancer today, just as Chiron turns retrograde. The combination of these two transits can not only slow things down for you, but can put you in a position of making an important but necessary sacrifice.
The Hanged Man — this version from the wonderful Mythic Tarot — refers to a period of waiting. It can manifest as delays or restrictions as in seeing something you want so desperately held just outside of your grasp.
You could be frustrated over something that’s taken too long to manifest, or have the sense that nothing is happening despite your best efforts. Road blocks are put in your path — often for your own good. But this card doesn’t refer to endings; this is more about putting something on hold than it is about closing any doors.
The Hanged Man in this card is portrayed by the Greek god Prometheus, who sacrificed so much in order to bring fire to mankind. As penance he was sentenced by Zeus to a life of pain and misery; he was shackled to a boulder high in the mountains where his liver was devoured by an eagle who repeated this torture for the remainder of his days.
Because Prometheus was immortal, he couldn’t just die, nor could his liver be consumed only once. It renewed itself every night, only to be devoured again the next day. Zeus eventually took pity on Prometheus (after 30 years!) and allowed him to be rescued by Heracles, putting an end to the threat of eternal damnation.
The Hanged Man often refers to delays and sacrifices. When it does, you can bet they’re necessary. Trust that there’s a reason — even if it’s not readily apparent. You may have been running at a break-neck pace, never stopping to look at what you’ve accomplished. Or you may have found yourself losing steam over a project that just hasn’t panned out.
Either way, it may be time to put things on hold — at least long enough to evaluate your commitment. Think about the areas in your own life that have taken longer than expected to manifest. There may be a perfectly reasonable explanation, or it may be that there’s still work to be done. Either way you can rest assured that the reasons will become clear to you in time.
May 30 2015
King of Swords
Today — with the Sun conjuncting Mercury in Gemini — you may be called upon to make a decision that’s based on fairness, ingenuity and impartiality.
The King of Swords — this version represented by Greek Mythology;s Odysseus from the beautiful Mythic Tarot — is a wise and strategic leader who relies on intellect and objectivity rather than compassion and emotion.
He may be a person in your life — a boss, mentor, parent or authority figure — and if so he’s here to show you how to lead with wisdom and grace. He may also represent qualities within yourself that are necessary for you to bring forth. Qualities like discipline and neutrality.
It may be a situation that requires you to act with authority, even if you’re not comfortable in that role. It may require you to “lay down the law” or pass down judgment where there is no easy answer. The King of Swords is able to cut through the nuances and extenuating circumstances to arrive at an impartial decision.
Odysseus was a shrewd and inventive leader. He not only thought up the idea for the Trojan Horse (thus securing victory for the Greeks), he led his people with a firm and lawful hand, never wavering from his solid principles.
The King of Swords is honorable and just. He has noble ideals which he applies to himself as well as others. He insists on fairness and equality for all.
This card can refer to a need for justice and symmetry in your life. Or it can mark the presence of someone whose sense of authority and justice overrides personal investments. Is this you or someone you’re dealing with currently who’s encouraging you to embrace these qualities?
Whether this refers to you or to another, the underlying message is the same. Step away from emotional attachments and make your decisions today based on what is right, fair, and most importantly best for you in the long run.
May 12 2015
Knight of Swords
As Mars moves into Gemini today, you may find yourself needing to think and act more quickly than usual. Gemini is the most restless of all the dual (mutable) signs and with the planet that rules action and energy (Mars) stepping in, you’ll want to be on your toes and prepared to act with lightning speed.
This version of the Knight of Swords — from the wonderful Mythic Tarot — has two Knights not one. These are Castor and Pollux (the Dioscuri) — known to us as the twin stars in the astronomical constellation Gemini.
The Dioscuri were warrior twins — one mortal and one divine. They spent their days alternating between heaven and earth after Pollux was killed and Castor was stricken with grief.
This is the volatile, unpredictable energy that Mars in Gemini is so well suited for. It requires us to be flexible and adaptable; in fact it embraces constant change.
The Knights in this card appear to be very much in sync. But you can see that there are storm clouds on the horizon. The true test of their allegiance will come when those clouds produce results and threaten to disrupt their world.
This is what you want to be thinking about today when life throws you curveballs. Are you prepared to act quickly and decisively when things don’t go as planned? Or will one minor change in your schedule upset everything and throw you off kilter?
The Knight of Swords encourages you to not only roll with the punches but be open to unanticipated disruptions in your carefully constructed life. These may not only become blessings in disguise, but can also steer you away from pitfalls you might otherwise have not foreseen.
Apr 07 2015
Ten of Cups
Today you may be thinking about your “happily ever after” in the form of a marriage or soul-mate type relationship.
The symbolism depicted in this card — from the Mythic Tarot’s deck — certainly depicts this type of union.
Here we see Psyche and Eros being joined in holy matrimony, ten golden goblets stacked carefully before them. Psyche has been elevated to Goddess status, her virginal white gown and wings now a shimmering gold. They’re joined together as One, equal in every way.
The Ten of Cups tells you that you’ve achieved something worth acknowledging and celebrating, as seen here in the imagery of this card. It’s about fulfillment and security; a solid foundation of abundance and prosperity, and the sense that you have built something you can take pride in.
But the Ten of Cups — as with all tens — also implies a crescendo or culmination, which forces you to look at the “now what?” aspects of your relationship.
Is it possible to be loved too much or to have so much affection for another that you feel like you’re bursting at the seams? This is the basis of the state of limerence, which is an almost obsessive sense of longing and infatuation — the kind that hurts as much when you’re together as it does when you’re apart.
Falling in love is a beautiful thing. And as long as you’ve got your feet on the ground, it can last a lifetime. But this card also speaks of the capacity to love someone so desperately that you lose track of where you end and they begin.
You want to temper your desires to merge with another with the enough independence and autonomy to sustain one another separately. This is how any of us can be elevated to our own divine statures, by making the sum of the parts greater than the whole.
Feb 19 2015
Eight of Pentacles
Mercury and Saturn are in sextile today. This aspect is favorable for hard work, discipline and organization. It’s perfectly referenced in the Eight of Pentacles — as seen here in the Mythic Tarot’s version.
The Eight of Pentacles is known as the “apprenticeship card.” It refers to developing craftsmanship and expertise; putting your all into a project and being satisfied with the results. You take pride in your work — whether it’s something you’re in the process of learning or something you’ve done a thousand times before.
In this version of the card we meet Daedalus, who is known for having built the Labyrinth for King Minos. Here you see him perfecting his skills as he labors over Eight golden coins.
You can see his focus and dedicating as he works on the intricate details of each coin. He’s patient and diligent. He knows it takes a keen eye and a steady hand to bring hone his craft to perfection.
This is the essence of the Eight of Pentacles — and of the Saturn / Mercury aspect.
it relates to fully investing yourself in a skill or trade. It’s usually a labor of love. It’s not about seeing work as drudgery, but instead being totally engaged in whatever it is you’re devoting your time to.
The Eight of Pentacles also sometimes has to do with shifting gears — as in finding your calling at a point where you might have already considered yourself well on the road to success in some other profession.
Your challenge today is to embrace that aspect and apply it to your work. Whether that means improving upon something you’re already good at, or learning to master new skills. Like Daedalus in this card, it may just be a stepping stone to something bigger and better down the road. But taking pride in your work and honing your skills now will see you one step closer to those goals.
Jan 03 2015
Five of Swords
The Sun conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus today. This is a powerful and intense aspect that can also be incredibly combative.
It can manifest as unpleasant dealings with others — a bully on the job, a loved one who won’t make concessions or admit to being wrong, a “friend” who refuses to take no for an answer, and so on. The possible scenarios are endless but they all have the same theme in common.
Power struggles. A battle of wills. A sense of powerlessness over external (and often oppressive) forces. Being forced to admit defeat.
The Five of Swords — as in this version from the original Mythic Tarot — represents this energy in the story of Orestes and his dealings with the god Apollo as he’s told that he must avenge his father’s death.
He has two choices — to either abide by Apollo’s demands (thus committing matricide and angering the furies) or refuse his obligation and risk Apollo’s wrath. It’s a no win situation, and that’s precisely the predicament to which the Five of Swords refers.
It’s called “Defeat” in some decks, referring to the limitations and obstacles that may seem impossible to overcome.
While you may feel that the odds are stacked against you today, or that everyone and everything is conspiring against you, you would do well to see the Five of Swords as a test of character. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but how you respond is entirely in your hands.
If you’re forced to accept defeat, you can do so with honor and integrity. As Venus is also entering Aquarius today, the potential for finding a graceful solution to your conflicts is not entirely out of reach.
Dec 17 2014
Today with Mercury moving into Capricorn, it’s time to think about stepping up and into your rightful place in the world.
The Emperor card speaks of ambition, power, authority and worldly acclaim — all Saturnine traits.
You may feel like you’re on top of the world — like the Greek God Zeus as portrayed in this card. Or you may feel like it’s time to do something about getting there.
The Emperor (depicted by the Greek god Zeus in this deck) sits on his throne in the mountain tops looking down over all he’s achieved.
He holds the world in one hand and pair of lightning bolts in the other. An Eagle — symbolizing mastery and power — perches on his shoulder, his eyes alert and watchful.
This card symbolizes worldly acclaim and ambition. No matter how high your own personal mountain top, you can know that there are possibilities available to you if you only you set your sights on pursuing them.
Hard work, perseverance and determination are all required: nothing will come to you through sheer luck or wishful thinking.
As Mercury leaves Sagittarius (expansion, inspiration and preparation) behind and moves into the more serious and disciplined Capricorn, you should know that getting to the top of your own personal mountain is unlikely to be without challenges. But as long as you are one with the Universe, nothing can stand in your way.
Dec 04 2014
Today you’ll be honing your skills and talents to perfection, so that they can be put to practical use.
And not just any skills at that because Mars moves into Aquarius today the skills you may be calling on could be a bit out of the ordinary for you but you will be hit with the thought to use them just the same. If you try doing so you may learn more than you imagined.
Although the Magician is full of lofty ideas and goals, they don’t amount to much if they can’t be brought down to earth and made manifest. This is your goal today: to take all you think and know and make it accessible to others in a useful way.
In this deck, Hermes — patron god of travelers, thieves, messengers and magicians — is depicted as the Magician, pointing upwards toward the heavens and downwards toward the earth.
The four elements (fire, earth, air and water) are at his feet, symbolizing the four suits of the tarot. It’s clear that he has all he needs right there at his disposal, if only he puts them to use.
You’ll want to set about accomplishing something tangible. Know that all of your resources are right there at your fingertips, and will only need to be accessed in order to create something “magic.”
Mars moving into Aquarius today gives you a spark for the creative where ideas may just come to you at the drop of a hat. Perhaps carrying a small notebook around would be a good idea so you can write them down.
Nov 23 2014
Two of Wands
Today it’s going to be all about taking an idea (Ace of Wands) and turning it into a plan of action. The Two of Wands speaks of believing in yourself and your goals enough to take steps toward making something happen.
Mars squares Jupiter today which can make you feel invisible. This aspect is courageous and daring but it can also be a bit reckless. As with all Twos, you’ll have to find a way to balance these two dynamics.
In this version of the card we see Jason — from the Greek myth Jason and the Argonauts — preparing to take the first steps toward reclaiming his birthright.
As with all Twos, this is just one part of a much larger and more complex set of goals. He doesn’t yet know where his journey will lead him, only that this first step requires both courage and initiative.
Here Jason stands just outside of Chiron’s cave, where he’s been raised since infancy. The Two wands are torches in this version, to be used for both protection and illumination.
Chiron is also going direct today. See him peering out from the shadows in his cave? This is a bittersweet moment for him. On the one hand he shares in Jason’s pride and enthusiasm for the journey he’s about to undertake; and on the other hand he knows he’ll miss and worry about him when he’s gone.
Chiron transits are similar in that they can help to clear and heal our emotional blockages (which is a good thing) all the while reminding us of how we acquired them in the first place (not such a good thing).
Chiron turning direct today can help us all become wiser and more aware of the synergy between that which has wounded us and that which brings us insight and clarity. Just as Chiron emerges from his cave to watch Jason set off on his grand adventure, we must all also be willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.
Nov 08 2014
Page of Swords
Today as Mercury enters Scorpio you may take the opportunity to look back at the last few weeks where, although communications may not have gone as you wanted or smoothly, to say the least, you have come out of it all and can at last put it all behind you.
You are not quite out of the woods yet when it comes to communication difficulties and this Page of Swords shows that what you are thinking and actually wanting to communicate may not come out the way you planned.
Because of this it may be best to put serious conversations off for a few days.
You may think you are standing (or sitting) on solid ground but as this image shows the solid mountains are beneath you and you are actually sitting within the clouds.
Its almost as if you are not fully aware of where you are or how you got there.
With the moon in Gemini today you will have a lot of mental activity around you and if you are required to give a firm answer to a question it may be best if you try to buy yourself a bit of time while you gather all the facts before answering.
After all, as this image suggests, you are not standing (or sitting) on solid ground and you are also not coming forth with solid ideas.