May 17 2015
Queen of Pentacles
You want to be thinking today about what you truly value — which may or may not relate to money and material possessions.
The Queen of Pentacles is often associated with money. She represents a strong, practical and efficient individual who is grounded in the material world and who understands the value of a dollar.
But the Queen of Pentacles isn’t always tied to money. And in this version of the card — from the Secret Language of Birds Tarot — she’s portrayed as 60’s sex-kitten Brigitte Bardot, who gave up a career in Hollywood (and the financial security that came with it) in exchange for something that mattered more to her.
For the past forty-plus years she’s devoted her life to animal rights endeavors, funding her activism by selling off her own clothing and jewelry. This is such a good example of the Queen of Pentacles energy, as it illustrates to concept of putting resources (valuables) to work and gaining something far more valuable in the end.
This Queen of Pentacles is usually tied to both Venus and Earth signs — or more specifically Venus-ruled Taurus. But Venus also rules Libra which is Brigitte Bardot’s Sun sign as well as the constellation on this card.
The Sun face on the medallion that hangs from her neck and the stars imprinted on her shirt remind us that we all have a place in the Universe. The wren totems on the card are tied to resourcefulness and efficiency, which are also features of this archetype.
The Queen of Pentacles needs to be grounded. And she needs to feel that she’s contributing to her future and her financial security. But she also knows that there is so much more to life than wealth and success. You can work and earn and save to your heart’s content, but unless you can find a meaningful outlet for it, you’ll never be fulfilled.
Dec 15 2014
Uranus squares Pluto today and as the image in this card suggests you may feel like giving the whole day a “miss”.
A tower can be seen blowing up outside the window yet you sleep soundly through it.
If you have felt you are being pulled into other people’s issues then today is a day you may wish to step back a bit and give yourself some hard earned rest from taking care of other people’s problems.
On the other hand if there is anything you should’ve taken care of in your own life and you didn’t do so then you don’t want things happening outside your control while you bury your head in the sand.
A cat may have nine lives but you do not.
The black bird suggests that there is news coming your way and yet you do not want to hear it. The pears in all shapes, sizes and colours suggests you have tried many ways to overcome an obstacle but no matter what you tried you have not been able to find the right “answer”.
Perhaps, like the pears, you have been too “sweet” yourself in finding the answer.
Today may not bring you answers however it may bring you a whole lot of headaches and problems none of which you have any control over. It is through this that you may learn the lesson of self love as can be seen from the pink dress worn. Pink is the colour of love and strengthening your boundaries is a great place to start.
Choose the situations you wish to be involved in today carefully. Allow others to do what they need to do and you do what you need to do.
Aug 12 2014
Venus moves into Leo today and brings with it the flamboyance of the peacock and the warmth of the Sun.
The Sun card (following on the heals of the Moon card a few days ago) is all about optimism, enthusiasm and personal radiance. It’s about allowing yourself to “shine,” without any pretense or constraint.
Where the Moon card can reflect your doubts and uncertainties, the Sun reflects your strengths and capabilities. It’s about following your bliss and manifesting your own personal radiance.
The woman in this card could probably use a spot of Sun. She looks off over her shoulder at something (or someone) that’s caused her obvious distress. In the foreground is a peacock — looking off in the same direction. And notice the child’s hand reaching up from the bottom of the card.
The Sun reflects your own inner light and inspires you to let it shine. It encourages you to say yes to life rather than letting your troubles hold you back. It tells you to turn your face to the Sun rather rather than looking back over your shoulder toward whatever caused you to dim your light in the first place.
May 21 2014
Goddess of Wands
Today is a good day to put your best foot forward and show the rest of the world what you’re made of, courtesy of the Queen (or Goddess) of Wands.
The Queen of Wands in this version is a Hindu Goddess set before the night sky and a field of tiny stars. She is clothed in royal garb with a decorative headdress, lavish robes and intricate jewels.
Even though she appears to be calm and gentle, there’s electricity in the air around her and flames emanating from her luminous wings. She gazes down upon her totem animal — the mythological Sharabha — with honor and respect.
Directly above her is the Leo constellation, with the fixed stars Denebola and Regulus most prominent. These stars refer to harsh judgment and disgrace (Denebola) and fame and hour (Regulus).
The firm grasp she has on the Sharabha tells us that she strives to contain these powerful energies rather than fear or resist them.
This Goddess is sometimes a force to be reckoned with. She’s noble and strong but her warm demeanor can sometimes disguise a more aggressive and controlling manner.
Apr 28 2014
Ace of Cups
Today’s card — the Ace of Cups — is all about romance, affection, flirtation, intimacy, communion and most of all love.
Aces represent new and unformed energy. As Cups refer to emotions, intuition and feelings, it’s likely to manifest on one of these levels.
It’s all about seeing your capacity to love and express feelings mirrored right back to you — through a new love interest, a friend or family member, or the eyes of a child.
You may be starting a new relationship or expressing yourself romantically — whether or not a serious relationship develops from that flirtation. As with all Aces, the energy is so new and so unformed that a myriad of possibilities is completely within your reach.
The process of falling in love reveals to you your purest, most perfect potential. It’s when you put your best foot forward and show the world what you’re capable of — and the Universe responds in kind.
If you’re already in an established relationship, the Ace of Cups can refer to a renewal of affection and passion. It can represent a renewal, a more “formal” commitment or the onset of a new chapter in your relationship.
Mar 21 2014
Goddess of Pentacles
Today is a good day to review your earnings and expenses and start thinking about taking charge of your financial security. The Queens are represented as Goddesses in this deck and Pentacles refer to Earth signs, all of which are powerfully referenced in this card.
There’s a mystical and magical element to the Goddesses in the Secret Language of the Birds tarot. Goddesses — which are actually a step up from the Queens in traditional tarot — are portrayed as shape-shifter entities, a hybrid between bird and human. Notice the Owl latching onto the Goddess’s shoulder in this card, and even drawing blood.
Owls are known for wisdom, caution and observation — qualities which are tantamount to the Queen of Pentacles archetype. She is practical, earthy and careful — not just with her possessions but also her need for security and self-preservation.
The Sun face on the coin in the bottom corner of the card (and the smaller version dangling from her ear) reminds us of the importance of financial security.
The flower behind her ear (and on her dress) remind us that beauty and sensuality are key components to her happiness and well-being.
Feb 28 2014
Today you may be putting to rest something that is no longer conducive to your growth.
The Death card is not a literal death — it refers to an ending and a letting go of something that you no longer need — whether you realize that or not. Sometimes this is a painful ending — as in the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, a friend that moves away, etc.
So there are tears and mourning and a period of recovery, but also a rejoicing in the new opportunities that this loss affords you.
The Death card is more about transitions than it is about endings. But we tend to not see it that way when we lose someone (or something) we love. Additionally, we usually don’t consider something we give up willingly to be a “loss.” In this respect it’s not a happy transition — at least not until what’s been taken has been restored.
The woman in this card appears to be floating in a sea of blood. A Vulture stands near ready to pick her carcass clean. As macabre as this may seem, it aptly describes what the most excruciating losses feel like to those who’ve experienced them.