Mar 30 2015
You may be called upon this month to reach into your inner reserves of strength and overcome your deepest fears. The Strength card is all about mind over matter and gaining control over the things in your life that are at risk for spiraling out of control.
It could be as simple as a pattern of second guessing yourself or talking yourself out of doing what you know is best for you. And it can be as complicated as upholding your part of a bargain you’ve made with yourself: quitting smoking for example. Dieting. Sticking to an exercise regimen. Holding your ground against temptations to “give in” when you know that doing so is not going to be in your best interests.
The woman in this card — from the Aya Takano Tarot— has managed to tame the beast through kindness and generosity. But she’s not exactly lying down and exposing her underbelly. Her demeanor is both soothing and reverent as she places the wreath of flowers over the lion’s mane. I love the “power” tattoo on her forearm.
Think about how far you’ve come in taming your own inner beasts. If you’re tempted to throw in the towel, remember that doing so will only cause you to lose momentum.
The Strength card encourages you to not only meet your fears head on, but to transform them by neutralizing the power they hold over you. Once you do that you’ll find that they weren’t so frightening after all.
Feb 01 2015
The Magician card is all about bringing your talents to the table and putting them to good use.
Perhaps you have been looking for a job or thinking of changing your occupation. If so it would be wise for you to sit down and assess exactly what it is you can bring to the table of any new employer or occupation you are chasing down.
This doesn’t need to be about you finding a job: it could be that you’re thinking about expanding your knowledge which makes you a little more employable and more valuable in the job market.
You may really be wishing to change jobs but are a little hesitant as you don’t think you have all that a new employer is looking for.
If this is the case think again because the card of the Magician is a strong indicator of a new job, change in careers and if you are happy in your current job it may be that you are about to be given more duties to perform.
Focus on the hands in this card you will see that one is pointed to the earth whilst the other is pointed to the heavens suggesting that you are aspiring to something great yet also grounded enough to see that you cannot just take a big jump and land in that greatness without a bit of preparation.
Jan 28 2015
The Magician speaks of bringing your talents to the table and putting them to good use. What better card to describe today’s Uranus / Mercury conjunction than one that symbolizes the artful use of one’s own genius?
Perhaps you have been looking for a job or thinking of changing your occupation and if so it would be wise for you to sit down and assess exactly what it is you can bring to the table of any new employer or occupation you are chasing up.
This doesn’t need to be about you finding a job either it could be that you are thinking to expand your knowledge which gives you more employability when it comes to the job market.
You may really be wishing to change jobs but are a little hesitant as you don’t think you have all that a new employer is looking for. If this is the case think again because the card of the Magician is a strong indicator of a new job, change in careers and if you are happy in your current job it may be that you are about to be given more duties to perform.
Focus on the hands in this card you will see that rests slightly above the tools laid out on the Magician’s table whilst the other is pointed to the heavens.
This suggests that you are aspiring to something great yet are also grounded enough to see that you cannot just take a big jump and land in that greatness without a bit of preparation.
The four suits of the minor arcana are laid out on the table before you: a Cup for emotions, a Sword for your thoughts processes, a Wand for action and a pentacle for money. If you can align your emotions, thoughts, actions into how you wish to make your money there is not a lot you cannot accomplish. All you need is a good plan.
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.
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 08 2014
Today as the Sun and Mercury come together and both of them trine Pluto, you may be tapping into your own creative energy and harnessing “powers” that you didn’t even know you had. The Magician card refers to making something happen through your own skill, cunning and initiative.
In this version of the card we meet Prince Hussein, the eldest son of the Sultan of the Indies, who’s traveled to far-off lands in search of a rare gift to save a dying Princess. He returns with the most exotic and implausible gift of all, a shimmering, luminous magical carpet.
Not only is the carpet itself “magic” but it’s taken skill and discernment to secure and guide it. All of the necessary resources — all the confidence, aptitude, daring and resourcefulness — were right there at Hussein’s fingertips all along, although he may not have known it until push came to shove.
Look at all the flaming torches that are lighting the night sky. The Magician card promises a different sort of illumination; that which allows you access to the skills that are necessary for you to accomplish your goals.
The Sun and Mercury trine Pluto aspect is all about accessing your own inner resources — confidence (the Sun), ingenuity (Mercury) and power (Pluto) — to master your own destiny. This is no time to rely on auto-pilot. Like the Magician in this card, you may need to “rise above” your situation to view if from a different perspective.
Jun 25 2014
This is a high energy day with just as much potential for things to go haywire as there is for magic to transpire.
The Magician card encourages us to make the best use of all of the resources at our disposal. Especially during stressful times. The Magician — like the Fool — already has everything he needs. But unlike the Fool, he’s consciously aware of it.
Sometimes it’s about learning to harness those energies and sometimes it’s about keeping them afloat. And sometimes it boils down to a precarious balancing act.
Notice the black cat exiting the stage on the right. He’s left his paw prints all the way down the wall and across the backdrop. He’s traipsed all over the stage yet doesn’t seem to have distracted the Magician at all. That’s the kind of composure you wan to cultivate during this time or at any time that life become stressful.
Mars and Uranus are in opposition today. This can be a extremely volatile opposition, and has been known to correlate with cataclysmic events. But it doesn’t have to, and certainly not in your world.
In my book there are two ways to handle oppositions. The first one has to do with “owning” one side of the opposition and projecting the other one outwardly, onto another person or an event. The other — and my preference — is to see it as an opportunity to balance and integrate those opposing forces.
May 12 2014
Today’s Mercury / Mars trine should see you tapping into your own creative potential for inspiration.
The Magician card — called Intellect in this deck — refers to the divine spark that is within all of us, and encourages us to use it to accomplish our goals.
The central figure in this card is a wise old Sage, cloaked in pure white robes and sporting a long white beard, He may be “old” but he’s not weak or feeble. He stands with one hand over his heart and one pointing up toward the heavens.
Intellect doesn’t only mean “intelligence.” The Sage knows that what is in his heart is just as important as what is in his head when it comes to cultivating awareness and understanding.
The tables on either side of him contain everything he needs to sustain himself and to achieve his goals. There is a wand, a cup, a sword, and a scattering of pentacles. In addition to the tools associated with traditional tarot decks, this version includes a gold chain and a roll with a cross etched into it. These tools are related to Dante’s Convivio that this card is based on. The chain represents wealth and treasure and the roll is referred to as “bread of the angels.”
The Mars / Mercury combination enhances creativity and stimulates intellectual pathways. It also provides clarity and perspective. As these two planets are in air signs, the potential for gaining some spiritual altitude — in the sense of “rising above” and being able to look at things more objectively, is also indicated.
Feb 08 2014
Today may see you tapping into your own creative energy and harnessing “powers” that you didn’t even know you had. The Magician card refers to making something happen through your own skill, cunning and initiative.
Think about areas in your own life where you’ve felt you didn’t have what it takes to accomplish your goals.
It could be a career move or a relationship decision or even a personal change such as dieting, quitting smoking, tackling self-defeating thought processes, etc.
The Magician cards tells you that you not only do have the powers to make these things happen, but you’ve had them all along.
This has to be one of then most beautiful and colorful renditions of this card I’ve seen. The Magician is high up in the mountains amidst the clouds and open air.
The four cardinal points of the compass — the Black Tortoise, Red Phoenix, White Tiger and Green Dragon — are all here.
They correlate archetypally to the four elements (fire/wands, water/cups, air/swords and earth/pentacles respectively.
The Magician himself is poised gracefully in their midst. This is a common theme among the different versions: having all of the necessary resources within reach.
Feb 01 2014
ARIES: Five of Pentacles
You may start the month going through a bit of a rough patch. The Five of Pentacles is all about questioning your own values — whether that means mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially.
As Pentacles relate to physical, material and tangible concerns, you may be struggling with money and material possessions. But this is also ties into your own sense of self-worth.
You may be asking yourself “What do I have to offer and what is it worth to others?” There’s a sense of loneliness and feelings of inadequacy associated with this card.
But if you look at the images in this version, you see not one person but two. And they seem to be holding each other up — supporting one another.
This is the message behind the Five of Pentacles: it may be cold outside and you may have suffered a recent set-back or a blow to your self-esteem. But all you have to do is look around you — and be willing to reach out for help.
We can’t any of us make it through this world alone. This card is all about reminding ourselves that there is help if we are willing to ask for it, and in doing so will usually come out stronger in the end.
Jan 01 2014
ARIES: The Star
This month it’s going to be all about counting your blessings. In recent months you may have been too focused on what you lack — or what you feel has been missing in your life, But the Star card speaks of putting all that aside while you focus on what you do have.
This is a very calm and peaceful version of the Star card. In it, we see a young Native American woman sitting on the banks of a river, replenishing it from the water in her vessel.
She sits with her eyes closed and her feet dangling comfortably in the water. A large white star shines above her to the right, while seven smaller stars, in the colors of the rainbow are lined up on the left.
There are elements of tolerance and acceptance here too. The gentle imagery of the young woman in Native garb coupled with the rainbow stars act as symbolic reminders that the world is full of different kinds of people and all of them belong here. Even the act of pouring water into the stream reminds us of how important it is to “give back.”
As the New Year begins, think about resolutions you made last year that you didn’t end up keeping. The Star card is full of hope and inspiration but it’s not exactly well grounded. There’s a need to work in order to manifest your dreams, as they’re not about to fall into your lap.
Mar 25 2013
ARIES: Ten of Pentacles
This month is about building upon what you already have and making it work for you. It is an excellent time to make a career move and if you are thinking of doing so then aim high!
The road before you is smooth and even with, perhaps, more options than you think.
Look for new areas of growth that can further your advancement but may not be obvious when you first look at the options laid out in front of you.
There is a solid and familiar feel to what you are aiming for and as you move towards it your dreams and ambitions become clearer.
The 10 pentacles is beautifully depicted in this card with the path (the journey) leading up to the grand building (the destination) in a clear, smooth path.
Overlapping across the path are branches of trees bursting with new growth (new ideas).
Be open to what comes to you and your path will be smooth towards your ultimate goal.