Do you ever look at a card and go, “huh, what?” (Yes, I know, for those of you at the beginning of your journey this can feel like a constant state!)
How about circumstances? When things change around you, do you have trouble orienting? Confusion can easily take over.
Well, as we talked about before, and as you learned in Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, X The Wheel of Fortune is all about change. And we can easily put ourselves on autopilot and lose track of changes in life. Even when we know that change is a constant, we can find ourselves with lots of elements whirling around us, leaving us dazed and not at all sure what’s going on.
The Tarot of the Spirit X The Wheel of Fortune captures the feeling of confusion brilliantly. There’s so much going on: energy’s whirling all over the place, there are lots of elements and images, many of them unfamiliar without a background in the esoteric.
But, like change, when you sit with the image for a while, you begin to get your bearings. You start to isolate elements of the image, even if you don’t understand them all. You find personal responses to those elements, even without knowing the intention of the artist.
And then, perhaps, you doubt whether your interpretation is the “right” one. If you’re feeling very tenacious, you’ll do a little research to find out what the symbols “really” mean. The companion books with complex decks can be very helpful. This is definitely a deck I’d recommend using with the book until you’re very comfortable with the advanced imagery.
If the Tarot of the Spirit imagery is one you want to work with, I’ll bet you’ll eventually find that your original interpretation has a place within or alongside the intentions of the creators, Pamela & Joyce Eakins. That level of experience with the tarot will give you the solid central core of stability within all the very busy elements of each reading – or, even, each card!
This week, discover which of your past experiences give you your supportive spine. Use them as a reference point to observe the changes around you. There’s always something changing for the better as well as for the worse.
Join the dance!
If your life has you whirling and wheeling, I’m more than happy to help. Spin on over when you need!
Before we start, though, I want to addresse the issue of medical treatment versus healing. Medical diagnosis, treatment or cure is not within the scope of tarot. However, healing – the idea of making oneself whole – is. So, as we talk about this Knight of Swords, stay within bounds of healing and don’t mistake it for the medical world. For that you need a medical professional; I am most definitely not that.
That said, we’ve got a young man with his back to us here. He’s still looking at his sword, symbol of the ideas that concern him. He’s being treated by a massage therapist, specifically around his upper back and shoulders.
So, how does that relate to our TIETYT concepts? Think about the concerns portion first. Where do we carry our problems? And how do your shoulders feel when you’re worried? How about when you’ve been dashing off this way and that to act on this idea or communicate that one? You can see how softening the knots from unceasing activity could help this Knight.
In Tarot 2: We’re Not In Kansas Anymore you learned that Swords are connected with Air. Our front-line physical interaction with air is in our respiratory system. Breathing exercises can help restore wholeness in the world of Swords. And since communication is in the mix, meditation or other tonics to the nervous system – our internal communication system – can also help us to heal when we see Swords in a spread.
Let’s combine the Knight of Swords with the two cards from January that we added to the mix last week. What story comes out when an adventurous, dashing and witty Knight of Swords is connected to the relationship of the 2 of Cups? And how is he likely to respond to the patient maintenance required by the 7 of Pentacles? What if all 3 cards are part of the story; is this a relationship that will last?
T2WNIKA students can look at how assertive and active Air (Swords) interacts with passive and receptive Water and Earth (our Cups and Pentacles). Both Cups and Swords are strengthened (for better or worse) by their interaction with each other. Swords and Pentacles, not so much: they’re weaker in their exchanges. The Knight of Swords is Air of Air, so the most quick-moving and active of the Knights. That level of activity could be enough to stir the passive Cups and Pentacles into movement. But this Knight isn’t known for staying power, so what do you think? Remember to figure in how much Cups energy and how much Pentacle energy is involved, from the numbers in each suit.
Flash your fine mind and wit this week!
If you’re having problems with the Knights of Swords in your life, you know where to find me. You can also get in touch for individual and group lessons.
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This time, let’s go to course basics and examine the specific elements of the vivid Crystal Tarot image.
Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think has 9 as integration and security in the realm of Pentacles: the material world, your health, and your finances. From Tarot 2, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, you see that 9 is a whole lot of the Earth element. If we’ve got a specific project going, we’re just a step away from completion.
So what do we see here? We’ve got our 9 discs. These are arranged as a growing plant, a wonderful connection to the natural world of the Pentacles. The discs are golden, with various petal and star images on each. Am I the only one who sees the sun up there in the top disc, keeping the whole plant warm and growing? Did you notice that the central stalk is a thick, solid brown, not a slender green? This is a plant with some age and solidity, reflecting the qualities of 9.
The horizon line is halfway up (or down) the card. We’ve got a lot of earth showing, again, appropriate for Pentacles. We’ve also got blue sky with the bright green of the plant creating patterns across the sky. We have various elements working together, a wonderful expression of the 9’s integration.
What do you make of all the colours? Remember, you can use chakra associations. You can use the traditional tarot associations of mental yellow for Swords, growing green for Pentacles, flowing blue for Cups, and fiery red for Wands. Don’t forget your own personal associations.
Let’s look back to a couple of cards from earlier this month to build story-telling skills. What happens if you’ve got 2 of Cups next to 9 of Pentacles? What story would you tell if 7 of Pentacles led into 9 of Pentacles? What if you’ve got 2 of Cups to 7 of Pentacles to 9 of Pentacles? Remember, just start the story with a few elements and see where it goes.
From T2WNIKA, you have associations to deepen the story. Earthy Pentacles and Watery Cups have a neutral relationship, so neither will strengthen or weaken the other. But what about those quantities? 7s and 9s indicate a lot of the earth element. Will that dam up the small amount of water or provide a solid bed for it to start a trickling river? Is there enough emotional Cup energy to move the practical Pentacles? Our 2 and 9 “get along”, both being concerned with community. But the 2 wants to get personal, while the 9 demands big picture thinking for the greater good. How about the 7 and the 9 or the 7 and the 2? Not always an easy relationship. If we stay connected to the sacred, using our skills in service to the community, the 7 and 9 combination smooths out. How about the solitary-minded 7 with the relationship-minded 2? How can you use the 9 to help them get along?
Coming back to your own life, what are your figurative blooming plants? Unlike the transient blossoms, expect these elements to last. Make them a part of your very self.
Luxuriate in the wealth that surrounds you!
If you’d like to use the beautiful images of the tarot to help you find and make use of the wealth in your life, you know where to find me. You can also get in touch for individual and group lessons.
February is a very upfront, in your face, make it happen month this year.
Thoughtlessness and self-absorption are in the air. Power tripping is the mode of choice.
But that end of the energy spectrum will quickly be slapped down. Or, at least, not rewarded. Eight demands integrity, honesty and a connection with the Divine for success.
Remember that we’re looking at the universal energies each month. Your personal energies may or may not blend well with what’s going on around you. It’s helpful to know the backdrop against which you’ll be using your own energies. These looks at the trends of the universal month can help you understand internal conflicts you may be coming up against. And they can help you ride the currents.
Even if you’re not a business person, this is a very business-oriented month, with lots of individualism centre stage. Sounds very much like the American brand of capitalism. We all know the down side when that runs amok. But that’s not the whole picture.
The Universe will provide opportunities for self-awareness this month. How are you when you stand alone? What’s your leadership style? Do you take opportunities to use your marketable skills? Do you jump on the chance to be centre stage?
If you’ve been looking to start a business venture, the universal flow can help you. It’s a matter of jumping on opportunities, rather than having to push to get something going.
And here’s the secret key to the month: sensitivity to others is a powerful tool to self-understanding. As you’re jostling others, elbow to elbow this month, remember that we’re all part of a big mix. Recognize that being yourself is an important trigger to allowing others to be themselves.
How do you take executive action in your own life? It’s time to take charge!
It can be exciting to make use of numerology in your own life. Get in touch to discuss your chart!
Here‘s January’s post on the numbers for the year. You’ll be able to find links for the rest of the year at the bottom of the post.
How good do you feel about what you’re doing while you’re here on the planet?
Not “how hard is it”? Or “is it smooth sailing”? Or “do you love every single thing about it”?
Does the inside you have a good feeling about how the outside you is spending your time together?
It’s important to have a sense of a personal path through life. You can call it a mission, if you like. Or a calling.
So how do you tell when you’ve got something going on?
Let me ask you another question (like I haven’t asked enough already) . . . . how’s your sex life?
If you didn’t enjoy it a whole lot of the time, if there wasn’t a big pay-off at some point, would you even have a sex life?
There wouldn’t be much survival of any species if pro-creation were a chore.
So why should your personal mission be any different?
If you and the Divine got together to have a chat about what the world needed, is it likely you’d decide that your crucial part in supplying solutions would be something you despise with absolutely no reward, internal or otherwise?
There’s a reason for finding the joy in life . . . it points the way to your special journey.
Part of my mission is to help you connect with the joy in your life, at any point in your journey. You know where to find me. Take note of the Weekly Transformation3 Gathering on the Specials page, geared toward exactly that.
I’m most aware that we can see this Star in all her beauty through her garment. She’s not at all concerned with her visibility.
It’s very much like that when we become comfortable with our true calling. People can see us for who we are. We’re not wearing a social mask. What we do no longer hides us.
This Star pours from a pitcher and a cup. We know Cups as the suit of relationships, emotions and creativity, the suit of the heart. Our mission is never in isolation; there’s always service and connection to others involved. And there’s certainly creativity: no one else has our mission. We’re making it up as we go.
Quite often I’ve heard from clients who think they’ve found their mission when they’re doing what they “should be” doing, even though they hate it. Our missions satisfy us, even emotionally. If you’re not in love with what you’re doing, you’re still earthbound. Aim higher.
In this deck, XVII The Stars is a multiple. Our detailed Star is just one of many glowing in the firmament. Her halo glows brightly, and so do those of all the stars that surround her. We are one of many with a personal mission. Other stars shining brightly don’t dim our light. When we see others being a light in the dark, we can welcome their success, knowing that we’re doing the same, that we’re also being recognized for our inspiration by those we serve.
Take your place amoung the stars!
If you’re not feeling very star-ish, tarot provides an excellent tool to help you connect with your calling. You know where I can be found.