We’re back at the 7 of Pentacles, which we’ve seen before in very different form. You know from Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think that 7s are about imagination and experimentation and Pentacles are in the material world, our health and finances. Tarot Two . . . We’re Not in Kansas Anymore associates Pentacles with Earth, as in “very down to. . . “ and tells us that 7s are far along in whatever process we’re looking at – there’s a whole lot of earth energy.
So why is that cat looking into a crystal ball? Imagination.
This deck, the Marseille Cat Tarot, focuses more on the imagination part than the experimentation. This is the part of the process where we take stock of our possessions or our health or our finances, and see what’s working and what’s not. We can project the impact of our actions into the future. Or we can look to see what we want in our future and track backward to see if we’re on course.
We know we’re almost there by the 7 energy, so there isn’t a whole lot of major changing to be done. It’s about the last push to the goal.
Compare the Marseille Cat image to the Mythic Tarot image in our last 7 of Pentacles post. You can see that each deck has a slightly different spin. The essentials (usually) stay the same, but there are different spices or flavours from deck to deck.
The Tarot de Marseilles is an important lineage in tarot history. It dates from the early to mid-1700s and is often seen as the first “real” tarot deck. There are several versions of the deck, so it is really a style, rather than a singular deck. In traditional Tarot de Marseilles, there are no scenes on the minor cards, only on the majors. So the Marseille Cat Tarot breaks from tradition in more ways than one.
Cat decks have become a sub-species themselves. For those who don’t fancy cats, you can check out now. For those who do, you know that cats have a mysterious between-the-worlds quality that suits tarot well. They can also be a comfort or a giggle in the midst of an otherwise serious reading.
Meanwhile, this week, look at any of your projects that are reaching their last stages. Where is it that you want to end up? What needs to be tweaked to be on course? Imagine your goal and get practical about the maintenance needed to get there.
Stay on course by seeing your goal!
If you’re losing track of the connection between where you are now and where you’d like to be, you know where to find me.
Let’s add another layer to what we learned about V The High Priest (also called the Heirophant) when we looked at him before. You’ll remember from Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think that V The Heirophant is the Major, with all its depths, that connects to education.
I love the riches that the Herbal Tarot image has for us. The figure has the salt and pepper beard of age, reminding us that the wisdom of the High Priest comes from experience. His white turban signifies the purity of his thought and that little bit of red, the colour of the earth or root chakra, connects his thoughts to daily life. Grounded red interwoven with white also trims his robe, showing us a purified life. The spiritual purple lets us know what he holds most important. It covers the blue of thought and communication. So we have communication of spiritual truths that come from purified or sanctified life experience.
He’s holding an ankh, the symbol for eternal life. The ankh is often called the Key to Life. It unlocks the door to meaning. Our finite lives here on planet Earth are viewed from within a larger context, the eternal nature of the spirit. Our lives are just a chapter in a much longer story; the full meaning of what we’re doing here is only known through that bigger story. And there’s purification associated with the ankh, as well.
The High Priest is standing squarely between a light and a dark pillar. And the light pillar has some darkness in it, while the dark pillar has light in its capstone. Sounds rather like the yin within the yang and the yang within the yin, doesn’t it? It takes the full spectrum of experience to make a rich and spirit-filled life. Wisdom balances the extremes.
Sage is just the perfect herb for V The High Priest! Sage is another word for the wise. It also comes from the Latin for “to save”. That brings in the education aspect; this is a wise one who saves others by passing on his wisdom. Sage is notorious as a purifying agent. We’ve mentioned purification in connection with the ankh, and the High Priest’s white turban and the white weaving in his robe. Here it shows up again to remind us we’re not just taking experience at its face value; we’re distilling it to its essence, in that big-picture context of the ankh.
How can you connect this deep and meaningful energy to your life this week? Where do you turn for spiritual wisdom that you can apply in the real world? Do you need a pause to connect with your own wisdom as you process life experience, purifying it to essential meaning in the context of your spiritual journey?
Open your life to spiritual guidance!
Tarot is a wonderful tradition for providing real world guidance. When you’re ready to look more deeply at your own spiritual journey, you know where to find me.
Sometimes experiences elevate us to a whole ‘nother level of being.
We’ve looked at XXI The World a few times before, here, here, and here. And we know, from Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think, that this Major Arcana energy is about Paradise. That’s definitely a whole other level of being for most of us.
The Tarot of the Thousand and One Nights takes its images from the exotic Arabian Nights tale of Sheherazade. She was wed to a Sultan, which we would think is a good thing to have happen. Not so much, if you remember. This one thought all women were evil and killed each of his many wives after only one night of marriage, so they wouldn’t cheat on him. Sheherazade’s escape strategy was to tell her new husband only enough of an exciting story each night so that he’d keep her alive to hear the next installment. It took almost 3 years, but her strategy eventually worked permanently.
Here we have a couple rather than an individual gaining Paradise. For all you who think your life will start when you’re part of a couple, you might want to remember that Sheherazade did all that story-telling without a lick of help from her husband. And her success brought her to a state of union with what had been most likely to cause her death. Literally. Her specific mission was to use all her gifts to stay alive until her husband called “uncle”. Once he recognized what a magnificent being she was, a true marriage was possible.
Sometimes our own courage and brilliance have an impact on others. We live fully, even in seemingly impossible circumstances, believing in our abilities and our wisdom. And others are able to live more fully as a result of what we give.
We’re full tilt speeding into our 8 Universal Year (2 + 0 + 1 + 5).
It’s a very good thing that we recharged our batteries last year by deepening our connection with the sacred. We’ll need that constant energy source this year.
Whatever we’re dealing with on a personal level (and you can get help with your personal numerology chart, of course), it will be against the background of the demanding 8.
8 is often seen as the business number, the number of commerce and executive action. It’s seen as a materialistic number.
But that ain’t but the half of it. Those connected circles in the 8 demand an Hermetic “as above, so below” accountability. We don’t get to dive into money-making and material accumulation without taking our sacred side with us.
On its side, 8 becomes the infinity symbol, the lemniscate. Those qualities of balance and connection between opposites don’t disappear just because we turn the figure on its end. If we let our aggressive side take the leash, without attention to our receptive side, life will bite us in the arse until we’re balanced again.
So, as we dive into the busy-ness of commerce, we need to stay connected with the sacred.
And this is a great month to explore what commerce is really about. How does it allow us to connect with each other’s true needs? How does it allow us the space to be honest with each other? How can it be all-inclusive?
The impetus will be expansive and outward this month. Allow yourself to be drawn into a bigger environment, higher altitudes. Leave behind what’s outdated, what no longer reflects your true self.
You’ll find your feet are still on the ground. You haven’t flown, you’ve just stretched!
We’ve got two individuals who aren’t necessarily an immediate match sharing a portion of their individual journeys. The table between them is loaded with all sorts of good stuff as well as the mess from used up good stuff. And it’s all happening out in the open.
We’ve seen the 2 of Cups before. You’ll remember from Tarot . . . It’s Easier Than You Think that we’re in the land of choice and balance as applied to emotions, relationships and creativity. It’s the intimate connection card.
And intimate connections are messy. Sometimes we get so caught up in the creative flow that we can’t possibly stop to clean up the mess without sacrificing flow. Sometimes we find out that we’ve become intimate with a total crazy person (okay, so not everybody with straw in their hair wearing tie dye is crazy – hello, from days in the garden).
We don’t always know what we’re choosing until we get into the relationship. Look at the outside of the house. Beautiful and impressive, isn’t it? Worth the exploration.
Some relationships are there to share and enjoy the good stuff. Some last a little longer. And if we find that the madness and mess outweigh the good stuff we can make the same choice Alice did when she was fed up with the tea party: walk away.
But while we’re in the adventure . . . .
Enjoy the gifts of creative connection!
If you’d like to use the beautiful images of the tarot to help you make the next connection in your life, you know where to find me. You can also get in touch for individual and group lessons.
One of my favourite stories from developmental psych — WAIT, Don’t Go! There are kittens . . . with a happy ending . . . and it’s a short story . . . .
As I was saying, one of my favourite stories involved an experiment that deprived kittens of a full world visual experience. One group of the kittens had no visual experience other than vertical rods and the other had only horizontal rods. I’m going to jump to the happy ending in case you’re like me and get really pissy about damage to animals: all the kittens learned to adapt to the real world.
But before they adapted, the kittens whose only visual experience had been vertical rods had no ability to deal with horizontal elements in their environment. They couldn’t jump onto chairs – or off them, for that matter.
The kittens with no vertical experience did things like bump into table legs.
Again, the kittens were able to adapt and they all enjoyed kitten-y frolics. And lived happily ever after.
The point for us is . . . . many of us have lived lives deprived of areas of experience.
Some grew up with a surly father who taught brothers to be surly and never experienced men being kind. Some had no mother or other parent to cuddle and never learnt about the comforts of touch. Some had uproarious households and never knew there were possibilities to be calm.
We’ve all got blind spots. And, like the kittens, with experience, we can adapt.
As we enter this new year, what do we want to train ourselves to see? Where can we learn to adapt?
Just because it’s not in our experience so far doesn’t mean it can’t be.
See the impossible!
As always, I can help you make the connections to your “real” life. Here‘s where to find me.