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When I see the Chariot, the keyword for me is control… consciously directing the course, finding balance between the positive and negative forces of life.  Upright tells me the quarrent is gaining control, navigating their own path, choosing the direction and speed they travel.  Inverted, it tells me there NEEDS to be a gain of control, that the quarrent has been being pushed and pulled and directed by outside forces rather than by their own will. Upright, it indicates a certain maturity, a realization that we are responsible for our own outcomes.  Inverted, it suggests there NEEDS to be the awareness that we are not victims of circumstance, but that we’ve created our own circumstance… and if we don’t like it, we need to regain control and create a new circumstance. Chariot can also indicate a complete change in direction, travel of some sort.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

achieving victory
reaching your goal
winning
being successful
dominating
coming out on top
beating the competition 
using your will
being determined to succeed
focusing your intent
rising above temptation
letting nothing distract you
sustaining an effort
concentrating your energies
fixing on a goal 
asserting yourself
being ego-focused
establishing an identify
knowing who you are
feeling self-confident
having faith in yourself
looking out for your interests 
achieving hard control
mastering emotions
curbing impulses
maintaining discipline
holding in anger
getting your way
assuming the reins of power
showing authority

Picture Julius Caesar riding his chariot triumphantly into Rome. He has defeated his enemies and conquered vast, new lands. This is the spirit of the Chariot. Card 7 represents the victories that are possible through willpower and self-mastery. A military image is appropriate for the Chariot because this card stands for the strengths associated with combat – discipline, grit, determination and assertiveness.

The Chariot represents the positive aspects of the ego. A healthy ego is one that is strong and self-assured. It knows what it wants and how to get it. We can get annoyed at someone whose ego is too healthy, but we often turn to that person to lead us through difficult moments. We know he or she won’t be wishy-washy.

In readings, the Chariot often appears when hard control is or could be in evidence. At its best, hard control is not brutal, but firm and direct. It is backed up by a strong will and great confidence. The Chariot can mean self-control or control of the environment. This card also represents victory. There are many types of wins; the Chariot’s is of the win-lose type. Your success comes from beating the competition to become number one. Such moments are glorious in the right circumstances.

From Aeclectic Tarot:

Basic Card Symbols

Triumphal “car” (chariot), armored warrior, sun/moon symbols, lingam & yoni symbol (the encircled rod on the winged shield), black and white sphinxes/lions/horses, sometimes at rest. A canopy of stars and sometimes a throne inside the car.

Basic Tarot Story

The Fool is close to completing what he set out to create long ago, back when the Magician revealed those tools to him. But enemies are now standing in his way, devious human enemies, bad circumstances, even confusion in his own mind. There’s no more forward momentum; he feels he is fighting just to stay where he is. Walking along the shore, watching the waves come in, he puzzles over how to defeat these enemies and get things moving forward once again.

It is here that he comes across a charioteer, standing in his gold and silver chariot, his black and white steeds at rest. “You seem a victorious warrior,” the Fool remarks. “Tell me, what is the best way to defeat an enemy?” The Charioteer nods out at the ocean. “Have you ever been swimming in the water and been trapped in that tide which pulls you out to sea? If you try to swim forward, head-on, you go nowhere. You swim forward, the tide pulls you back and, if you tire yourself out, you drown. The only way to win without sapping all your energy is to swim parallel to shore, and come in slowly, diagonally. So, too, when fighting in a chariot. You win by coming up alongside that which you wish to defeat.” The warrior nods to his beasts. “Your steeds keep the wheels turning, but it is your control and direction that brings victory. Dark and light, they must be made to draw in harmony, under your guidance.”

The Fool is impressed and inspired. He thinks he now knows how to win his own war. He thanks the warrior, but before he leaves, the warrior stays the Fool, “One thing more,” he says, “no victory can be won unless you have unwavering confidence in your cause. And remember this above all, victory is not the end, it is the beginning.”

Basic Tarot Meaning

The chariot is one of the most complex cards to define. On its most basic level, it implies war, a struggle, and an eventual, hard-won victory; either over enemies, obstacles, nature, the beasts inside you, or to just get what you want. But there is a great deal more to it. The charioteer wears emblems of the sun, yet the sign behind this card is Cancer, the moon. The chariot is all about motion, and yet it is often shown as stationary.

What does this all mean? It means a union of opposites, like the black and white steeds. They pull in different directions, but must be (and can be!) made to go together in one direction. Control is required over opposing emotions, wants, needs, people, or circumstances; to bring them together and give them a single direction, your direction. Confidence is also needed and, most especially, motivation. The card can, in fact, indicate new motivation or inspiration, which gets a stagnant situation moving again. It can also imply, on a more pragmatic level, a trip (usually by car), a vehicle – in the shop for repairs if the card comes up reversed – or a message.

Thirteen’s Observations

The Chariot is a fascinating card, but also frustrating. Like the crab, it is armored, but also cut off – a charioteer fights alone. It moves from one plane to the next (water to land and back again) – conscious and unconscious, Earthly and spiritual. It succeeds by attacking from the side, rather than straight on.

On the one hand, the Chariot indicates loyalty and faith and motivation; a conviction that will lead to victory no matter the odds. But the chariot can also signal a ruthless, diehard desire to win at any cost. The Querent should be reminded to save his energy for what comes after. Victory is just the start of things.

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Balance; victory after a struggle; possible purchase of a new vehicle or a vehicle requiring repairs; achievement; success; control; self-discipline; greatness; movement in life/career; travel. Astrological association: Cancer

And from my newest favorite source: Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

The Chariot represents receptivity to the will of the one Source. The keyword attributed to this card is fence or enclosure, and its sense function is speech. Every word we speak is a fence enclosing an idea or thought. An eloquent vocabulary is a powerful tool for protection and preservation, as well as advancement. When we speak, we set in motion a vibration that acts upon the ethers, space and akasha. Blavatsky said, “Sound or speech is a tremendous force when directed by occult knowledge.” It is only when we become still, quiet and receptive that we can be victorious. Then the primal force can work through us.

Symbolically, the Charioteer is the soul, directing the chariot, the body. Notice that the Charioteer has no reins. It is mentally, through the will, that he directs the sphinxes, the positive and negative senses, to draw the chariot along. The starry canopy overhead indicates that we are recipients of celestial energies. The waxing and waning moons depict time and rhythm, which are stages of the mind. This can be seen by their placement on the shoulders, ruled by Gemini, which is the first air sign, symbolizing the mind.

The winged globe on the cart represents self-consciousness, elevated by aspiration. The disc with an upright rod through the center depicts the positive and negative forces joined in a working relationship. The square on the Charioteer’s breast indicates an orderly attitude, and his eight-paneled skirt decorated with talismans, represents the soul’s dominion over the material world.

The message here is that through control of the senses, and elevation and purification of the desires, by the use of our own free will, we can achieve complete dominion while in the physical body.

Astrological Correspondence: Moon (And Cancer). The Moon has four seven-day cycles, and since the earth was created on the sixth day, the Moon, a satellite of the earth, could not have come into manifestation until after the sixth day. With 7 as the end of a physical cycle, we can readily see why the Moon is assigned to this number.

Cancer, the crab, rules this key, 7. The crab has a fence or shell which protects its soft body from the dangers of the outer world.

During a 7 cycle, one is sequestered away from the world in some manner, as the crab, Cancer, withdraws into its protective shell to ponder recent experiences and examine them subconsciously (Moon).

Number 7 people are quiet, introspective, analytical and very profound. They are the thinkers of the world, and are usually involved in some scientific, philosophical or metaphysical pursuit. Alone, they can mentally wander the universe, searching for the shell that will enclose their ideas with form and substance.

I can see where a few adaptations in my understanding of this card would be appropriate. Although my definition was on track (no pun intended), I did not incorporate the concepts of battle and victory. I like the story of swimming parallel to the shore, diagnally. And two of these four sources specifically mentioned possible situations with a vehicle – either getting a new one or repairing an existing one. Considering that I wrote yesterday that my Jeep needs a bit of TLC, I think I’d better heed that warning and do what I can do to get it back in good running order.

I can see where this card’s energy applies to me in the here and now, in a few different categories of my own life. It’ll be interesting to see which other cards join this one in today’s Daily Dose.

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Eight of Wands

Eight of Wands

 

Instinct for this morning is to look at this card and say, “Cut your losses, weed the garden, and invest time and energy in projects with pay offs.”

Eights are symbolic of the Yin/Yang in life… the ability to find balance between light and dark, good and bad, joy and pain. They represent the ability to look at a situation that may appear negative, and extract what positive values there are to be found within it.  If things are good all the time, we lose appreciation for their value.  If things are bad all the time, we lose hope and inspiration.  By finding our footing in the center, we find balance wherein we appreciate the value of what we do have, because we know what it is to not have.

Wands are represented by the element of fire – they are the “spark” of change and trasformation, the first step in mainfestation.  If this card were upright, I’d know that the energies I put out there to get new projects/relationships off the ground were now starting to come back to me… in abundance.  But, because it is inverted, I know that it’s time to let go of certain elements, retain only the things I know are going to prove fruitful for me, and focus my intent and direct my energy consciously and wisely toward those things.

A pruning of the soul, if you will.

This card inverted could signify that I’ve spread myself too thin, that I had too many things going on at once, that my energies have been scattered.  Time to reduce and get back to the basics.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

ACTIONS

taking quick action
making your move
striking while the iron is hot
declaring yourself openly
putting plans into action
rushing into a new area
moving into high gear
getting caught up in change 
coming to a conclusion
culminating an effort
having all elements come together
closing out an activity
experiencing a grand finale
finding a successful resolution
completing unfinished business 
receiving news
getting an important message
obtaining a needed bit of information
finding the missing puzzle piece
discovering the truth
having a meaningful conversation
learning more
In the film The Ten Commandments, Moses touches his staff to water to set a plague in motion. His staff is the agent of power that initiates events. Moses’ staff reminds me of the wands on this card. They are a symbol of the onset of action and its effects. Before acting, we think, imagine, speculate, talk and dream. This is the realm of air – the sky. Then, finally, we decide to make our move. We bring our ideas down to earth and put them into action.In readings, the Eight of Wands is often a sign that now is the time to declare yourself. All the elements are ready and will work for you as long as you don’t hesitate. The iron is hot – so strike! If events are in motion, they will proceed rapidly. You may feel caught in a whirlwind, but soon the dust will settle, and you see how your plans have fared.The Eight of Wands also stands for the arrival of news or information. You may see or hear something important. The news could show up in a disguised form, so stay alert. Pay attention to everything that comes your way for a while.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

EIGHTS

Going with the Rider-Waite deck, we’ll relate the Eights to Strength. Eights are about moving, taking action, as Strength is a card of courage and transformation. It’s very easy to let things stay as they are inside yourself or without (though, as the Eights warn, it’s easy but damaging). It is much harder to gather up the willpower and mental strength to make a real change. A scary change. Like the Strength card, it is scary to approach that lion, but you can alter the relationship you have with it.

Eight of Wands

Eight wands cut across the sky. The power and energy of eight combined with the energy of wands makes this a card of movement and expansion. There is no fear in the Querent at all! This is the card of a person who, on seeing that lion, says, “Allow me!”, rolls up their sleeves, shoves everyone out of the way, strides up and raps the beast on the nose. “Don’t you try to push me around!” they snap.

A lot of things are going to be happening fast, and the Querent is going to revel in and handle all of them. This will likely include trips – and the Querent will want to drive or fly him/herself, likely. Fast. No need to slow down or be impatient, with this card, you can really move, change, do.

This card also signifies endings. Sooner or later all activities run their course. The eight wands on this card not only symbolize putting events into motion, but also bringing them to a close. They appear to be ending their flight by coming down to earth. If you see the Eight of Wands in a reading, it may be time to conclude whatever you have been doing. Celebrate the past, but prepare to move on to something new.

from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Messages; communications; Internet surfing and business; e-mails; phone calls; faxes; long-distance travel; hasty action; letters of love and passion; action and excitement; forward pursuit of one’s goals; much can be accomplished if you think before you act.

And here’s a new source: The Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

Tarot Symbolism: Eight of Wands. Eight live forces move swiftly through the air, unobstructed over open country. All follow the same direction, pointing east toward the light, and aim toward the earth and water. The lower wand is actually touching earth and water to show the blending of the three parts of mind and the four elements. It depicts the integration of the above with the below. The significance of this key is orderly growth, with much cosmic help.

As a temporary vibration: Preparedness, strength, inheritance, recognition, business. This is a period when almost anything can happen; you should be prepared for wahtever comes. The demand is toward more responsibility and discipline; you will need to use your stored energy source. You may be promoted and therefore have to withstand more pressure and more work. The honors bestowed now reflect past efforts.

This is a money vibration, and job advancement usually means an increase in salary. However, inheritances also come under 8, so this is another source of money.

The pressures of this period will affect your health only if you work and worry too much. Allow sufficient time for rest, follow careful eating habits and relegate the demands of the material world to their proper place. Your health can improve through the exciting demands placed upon you; you will never feel more alive. So use the tremendous vitality this period has to offer. Get the job done, whatever the job happens to be.

 

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I drew this card on July 13. Here she is again.

Last time, I’d equated this card with extreme empathy, if not clairvoyance and psychic attunement.  She governs her people by feeling what they feel, by being sensitive to their needs.  I’d also learned last time that this card can indicate female hormonal problems, or addictions.  I’d determined that inverted would likely indicated the troubled spots, whereas upright would indicate the more positive attributes.

I also remember reading somewhere that this card could represent a female alcoholic (which ties into the addiction definition), or that it can represent the “other woman” in an affair (which I’d never heard before and tend to resist). Ah, I remember… that last bit was from Solitary Witch by Silver Raven Wolf, which I’d included in the description the last time I drew this card.

Based on my recent study subjects (palmistry, numerology, astrology, etc), and my recent writing of The Winds of Change, the fact that I’ve become more solitary – and yet, through that solitary action, more “connected”, I think this card is right on time.  In fact, last time I drew her, she came up with the Quiet Time Fairy Oracle. I’m learning to stop resisting the flow of life, to stop being emotionally “bowled over” when things don’t go the way I’d hoped or planned, such as with the recent plans to move that fell through, or in relationships.  I’m focusing much more on honing my skills and using my gifts, on doing what I’m supposed to do.  Rather than see the world through my own human eyes, I’m looking at it through the third eye… allowing myself to be directed by the Universe instead of trying to bend the Universe to my own will. In an odd sense, I’m becoming much softer by thickening my own skin.

Here are the definitions as recorded on July 13:

Queen of Cups

Queen of Cups

The Queens represent maternal energy – the mature, nurturing, soft, caring energy of a mother. Cups represent emotion, feeling, and spirit.

This Queen, as I understand her, is extremely empathic – if not downright psychic. She governs her subjects well because she can feel what they feel. With one foot in the water and one on solid ground, she balances physical needs with spiritual and emotional needs. She reminds me of divine guidance… especially with the cherubs on her throne.

Her message, then, would be to show compassion, to remember that we are all one, and to govern with a sense of epathy, honoring psychic impressions and intuition.

As I understand it, she corresponds with Scorpio in astrology.

I’m reading the description from the book “Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation” by Silver Raven Wolf, and I’m having an instinctive “no way!” reaction. The description in this book doesn’t fit anything I’ve learned to date about this card. Here’s what it says:

Secretive, creatie woman. Oft times ‘the other woman’ in an illicit affair. Gossipy and vindictive. Emotional.”

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Loving
turns away wrath with caring
is unconditionally accepting
is sensitive to the feelings of others
dispels anger and hate
has infinite patience

Tenderhearted
is easily moved by another’s pain
reacts with sensitivity and compassion
is kind and gentle with all creatures
can never turn away someone in need
feels what others are feeling

Intuitive
is always tuned to emotional undercurrents
senses the climate of a situation
is guided by the heart
trusts an inner sense of what is true
understands without having to ask

Psychic
is open to the unconscious
has a well-developed sixth sense
can have a telepathic bond with another
has a finely-tuned sensibility
is a natural medium

Spiritual
feels oneness with God and the universe
has reverence for all life
finds joy in communion
appreciates the deeper meanings of life
sees the world as a holy place

The personality of the Queen of Cups combines the positive water energy of the Cups suit with the inward focus of a Queen. Because she has a sweet, loving and sensitive nature, the Queen of Cups has a kind word for everyone and never reacts with anger or impatience. There is a gentleness about her that soothes and calms. Compassion is her watchword. Her reactions to the world are guided by her feelings. In all matters, she lets her heart lead the way. She senses emotional currents and knows what others are experiencing without having to ask. She is never moody, but understands moods and their influence. She trusts her intuition and so is more open to knowledge that comes from within herself and beyond. She is often moved by the beauty and tragedy of life. The Queen of Cups feels deeply and has a reverence for all aspects of God’s creation. Her love includes and embraces everyone and everything.

In readings, the Queen of Cups asks you to think and feel as she does. For example: Are you aware of the emotional climate? Are you feeling loving? Do you trust your heart? Have you received an intuitive message? Have you been moved by another’s pain?

This Queen can also represent a man or woman who is like her, or an atmosphere of gentle love, acceptance and respect for feelings. In a reading, she tells you that her special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this Queen in whatever form she appears in your life.

Now that’s more like it! That fit my own description almost perfectly. I won’t rule out the description from the book, but it didn’t feel right and this one matches much better to my own understanding.

Here’s from AeclecticTarot:

QUEENS
The element of Queens is water and, not surprisingly, they are a reflection of the Empress. In this they signify the creative force. One way to think of the court cards is this: The Kings are the motivating force (Fire = the sun waking up the sleeping Earth). The queens are the ones who make it real (water = rain bringing forth life from the earth). The Knights spread the idea of the Kingdom (wind = spreading the seeds). And the Pages, of course, are the fertile soil in which all of this can grow.

When Queens appear they signal a time of growth and development, a time when the Querent is making things real.

Queen of Cups

Often a healer, counselor or psychic, this is a woman who seems to know what’s wrong even before you open your mouth. Call her the emotional fix-it woman, but she seems to have exactly the right solution to problems relating to home, friends, love. Sometimes she is shy, self-effacing, you might not even notice her; other times she can be a little scary, dreamy, mysterious, a creative storyteller. Affectionate and loving, she is a “mom’s mom” always there to hug, heal and bake cookies for her children. Her intuition is uncanny, her temper…well, it runs very deep and you don’t ever want it turned against you. Talk about scary. Unfortunately, this is also a queen who can suffer from female hormonal problems, depression, moodiness, alcoholism, drug addiction, psychological problems.

Well, that fits, although it adds to my own information base. I’d not yet connected this card to female hormonal problems, or addictions – although since the King of Cups represents patterns, addictions, and alcoholism, it does make sense and shouldn’t be hard to remember. I think upright would show the compassion, psychic abilities, intuition, and empathy – and reversed might indicate the moodiness, female problems, or addictive patterns.

I think this card is going to be a good one for me to carry in my mind’s eye throughout the day, as Sundays are my most challenging days at work – and this one, moreso than normal because it’s going to be about a fourteen hour shift. When I find myself getting irritable, or wanting to .. eh hem… bitch because of the guests I’m serving or the lack of cooperation from co-workers, I’ll remember this queen and draw her energy up. Of course, she may have other meanings for me that I’m not consciously aware of today, so I’ll keep myself open to her messages.

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Eight of Wands

Eight of Wands

Wands are representative of the fire element,  they signal transformation, change, new opportunities, new insights, new awarenesses. Wands are the “spark” that set things in motion.

Eights encompass the yin and the yang, the light and the dark, the good and the bad – and they challenge us to take what we think is a bad situation and convert it to a good lesson or positive experience.  I call these “beautiful gifts in ugly wrapping paper”.  It’s the classic cliche’, “When life hands you lemons… make lemondade.”

Eight of wands signals a whole slew of new events, not all of them appearing wonderful and glittery on the outside, but each of them bringing a lesson or some sort of value.  The trick is to embrace these opportunities – to take the seeds and plant them, without letting the opportunities pass you by. However, the caution with this card is not to allow Self to become overwhelmed with too much… being spread to thin, trying to do everything all at once, or biting off more than you can chew. Sometimes we have to pick and choose the “right” opportunity to run with and let the others go.  Eight opportunities may be present, but which one is going to be the most fruitful and which ones may serve as distractions? There may be a need to narrow the focus.

An inverted card can mean a few things.  It can mean either the energy is just beginning to surface in your life and hasn’t yet peaked; it can mean the energy is on its way out and waning, or it can mean the more negative aspects of this card are surfacing.  I believe I’m a combination today.

In one sense, I’ve been overwhelmed, and that’s clear in recent writings.  I even said in conversation yesterday, “I’m only one person… I’m doing what I can do. How much does the Universe want from me?” – and then, with this morning’s thoughts of realizing I’ve let Monkey Mind take over.  At the same time, I’m very much aware that there are several new opportunities being presented to me right now… and I wrote that in yesterday’s tag game… surprising my own self with my comment.  Those opportunities are just starting to move my way – and I may be required to be selective with which projects I choose to take on, and which ones I allow to pass. The card could be reflecting a need for time and energy management, to conserve and maximize my resources.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Messages; communications; Internet surfing and business; emails; phone calls; faxes; long-distance travel; hasty action; letters of love and passion; action and excitement; forward pursuit of one’s goals; much can be accomplished if you think before you act.

That connects a little bit with Monday’s Page of Swords card, suggesting logic, reason, and intellect as the method for facing challenges.

From LearnTarot.com:

taking quick action
making your move
striking while the iron is hot
declaring yourself openly
putting plans into action
rushing into a new area
moving into high gear
getting caught up in change 
coming to a conclusion
culminating an effort
having all elements come together
closing out an activity
experiencing a grand finale
finding a successful resolution
completing unfinished business 
receiving news
getting an important message
obtaining a needed bit of information
finding the missing puzzle piece
discovering the truth
having a meaningful conversation
learning more

In the film The Ten Commandments, Moses touches his staff to water to set a plague in motion. His staff is the agent of power that initiates events. Moses’ staff reminds me of the wands on this card. They are a symbol of the onset of action and its effects. Before acting, we think, imagine, speculate, talk and dream. This is the realm of air – the sky. Then, finally, we decide to make our move. We bring our ideas down to earth and put them into action.

In readings, the Eight of Wands is often a sign that now is the time to declare yourself. All the elements are ready and will work for you as long as you don’t hesitate. The iron is hot – so strike! If events are in motion, they will proceed rapidly. You may feel caught in a whirlwind, but soon the dust will settle, and you see how your plans have fared.

The Eight of Wands also stands for the arrival of news or information. You may see or hear something important. The news could show up in a disguised form, so stay alert. Pay attention to everything that comes your way for a while.

This card also signifies endings. Sooner or later all activities run their course. The eight wands on this card not only symbolize putting events into motion, but also bringing them to a close. They appear to be ending their flight by coming down to earth. If you see the Eight of Wands in a reading, it may be time to conclude whatever you have been doing. Celebrate the past, but prepare to move on to something new.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

EIGHTS

Going with the Rider-Waite deck, we’ll relate the Eights to Strength. Eights are about moving, taking action, as Strength is a card of courage and transformation. It’s very easy to let things stay as they are inside yourself or without (though, as the Eights warn, it’s easy but damaging). It is much harder to gather up the willpower and mental strength to make a real change. A scary change. Like the Strength card, it is scary to approach that lion, but you can alter the relationship you have with it.

Eight of Wands

Eight wands cut across the sky. The power and energy of eight combined with the energy of wands makes this a card of movement and expansion. There is no fear in the Querent at all! This is the card of a person who, on seeing that lion, says, “Allow me!”, rolls up their sleeves, shoves everyone out of the way, strides up and raps the beast on the nose. “Don’t you try to push me around!” they snap.

A lot of things are going to be happening fast, and the Querent is going to revel in and handle all of them. This will likely include trips – and the Querent will want to drive or fly him/herself, likely. Fast. No need to slow down or be impatient, with this card, you can really move, change, do.

Personal notes: Okay, so I need to add to my own understanding just a tad. I don’t feel I was wrong at all, but I ned to incorporate the fact that the time is now (which, incidentally, is a direct quote Indigo made yesterday during our visit at the park!). I also need to remember that this card can signal travel, messages, and that things happen rapidly. Interestingly enough, I made a comment yesterday about liking to take trips, and this morning, while I was pouring my coffee, I was missing some of the trips the kids and I used to take. We used to travel a lot – in part for business when I was doing public speaking, and in part for pleasure. Aside from my short weekend jaunts with T, I haven’t really gone anywhere lately, haven’t taken any trips, and I miss the whole “road trip” mindset. My mind’s eye can’t really see how that’s possible right now with my current schedule and school being back in session, but I’ve learned to trust that when the Universe has a will, it finds its way.

Okay, then… buckle up and brace yourself… whether it’s a physical trip or just the wave-riding through life, we’re in for an exciting ride!

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Page of Swords

Page of Swords

 

Pages, if I’m not mistaken, are the messengers – delivering messages, so unexpected news may be arriving.

Swords represent the element of Air, thought, and intillect – logic, and reason.

The keywords that come to mind when I see this card are flexibility and preparedness.  This page, although holding a sword, does not look as if he’s prepared to strike, but instead, looks almost as if he’s striking a pose, or dancing.  There are clouds around him, but to me, they look almost like a “mist”, as if to say there are forces at work, change in progress.

I’m floundering a bit with this card this morning, second guessing myself, and I’m not sure why.  Generally, I associate it to Taurus energy, and a tendency to be work oriented (almost to a fault).  In readings, I usually caution against workaholic tendencies and remind the person to remain flexible.  The story I often associate with this card is that of a tree.  If a tree tries to resist wind when the wind blows, it will snap.  If it tries to hold it’s position when the wind blows, it will break.  However, if the tree is flexible and able to bend with the currents of the wind, it will survive the storm. Be flexible and bend like the tree in the wind, and keep the mind open to new possibilities.  Be prepared… change is in the air.

Now… because I’ve second guessed myself today (which is exactly why I do the Daily Dose… to LEARN as much as to get a grasp on the day’s influences), I’m extremely curious to see what the other sources say:

Here’s from Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Messages of a fact-finding nature. Young, intelligent individual. A flair for secrets and spying. Individual with an impressive network that can relay information.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

Use Your Mind
analyze the problem
use logic and reason
reexamine beliefs
develop an idea or plan
study or research the facts
learn or teach
think everything through
 
Be Truthful
act honestly
face the facts
stop deceiving
clear up any confusion
expose what is hidden
speak directly 
Be Just
right a wrong
act ethically
treat others equally
champion a cause
try to be fair
do what you know is right
accept responsibility
acknowledge the other point of view 
Have Fortitude
face problems squarely
refuse to be discouraged
meet setbacks with renewed energy
keep a firm resolve
move out of depression
keep your chin up and head high

keep trying

The Page of Swords is a messenger bringing you challenges. He suggests that an opportunity for growth may come your way in the guise of a problem or dilemma. These challenges may not be your favorites. In fact, you probably will want to say “Thanks…but no thanks.”

The Page of Swords asks you to embrace these difficult situations. Think of them as trials designed to test your mettle. If you accept and prevail, you will become stronger and more resilient. In meeting these challenges, you are encouraged to use the tools of the Swords suit – honest, reason, integrity and fortitude.

The Page of Swords can also stand for a child or young-at-heart adult whose interactions with you involve truthfulness, ethical behavior, discouragement or matters of the mind. This relationship is likely to be troubled or difficult in keeping with the challenges of the Swords suit.

Sometimes the Page of Swords implies that your entire situation is one suffused with the spirit of learning, discovery, and mental activities of all kinds. At such times, use your mind and enjoy the delights of the intellect.

And from AeclecticTarot:

PAGES

The first court cards are the Pages/Princesses. It is always best to imagine them as young, and with a letter or scroll in hand or on their person. The element of the pages is “Earth” indicating something young, growing, a seed planted. So the Page of Wands would be “Earth of Fire” – the seed of fire, so to speak. The spark. Pages most often stand for children, though they can also be said to be the “Fool’s” alter ego. So, an adult who is child-like enough might also be a page. The Querent, if starting something very new and fresh might also be said to be “The Page” – in this case, a kind of apprentice. Deck-wise, if a Page, they can be male or female. If a Princess, likely a female young person; the prince will be the male young person.

When no children seem to be involved (the person you’re reading for is childless, has no friends with kids, etc.), then the Pages can indicate that the Querent is about to receive a message. The purpose of a page, after all, is to deliver messages. In this case:

Page of Swords

A message relating to a problem either solved or ending badly, or a message that gives one an idea or solution. Sometimes about illness. Sometimes rumor or gossip – in which case, check it out carefully, it might be false.

Page of Swords

You can’t shut up this kid. “Why? Why? Why?” he/she’s always asking. And even more alarming, anything they hear, they’ll repeat, just blurt it out in front of people. They’ll go up to Aunt Hazel and say, “Are you carrying a baby? Mommy says it looks like you are….” On the positive side, this kid could be quite a brain, good at puzzles, quick to learn. And they already know how to use the computer better than you do. Likeable, but also the most aggravating of kids because whatever you tell them to do, they’ll argue about it. You have to watch that they don’t become “know-it-alls” or tattletales.

Personal Notes: Well, I can connect a few things from the sources to what I’m currently going through. I am shifting back into a learning phase, and coming out of a depression. That’s a familiar cycle for me. The depression strikes when I feel “bored”, or have a complete lack of interest in learning anything new. When creativity is blocked, the muse goes on strike, and I feel completely uninspired. Then, something in me sparks, I get the hunger for knowledge again. I drink in as much knowledge as I can, studying a particular topic or starting a new project. Once the knowledge-drinking phase comes to a close, the creativity begins as I start to put into practice what I’ve learned.

I have been mentally lazy, there’s no doubt about that – and I think everything I’ve written in my blog to date shows that pretty clearly. I am learning to think things through, and to exist on more of a mental plane.

There’s not really anything I’ve been dishonest about or hiding, other than the fact that I have not completely and openly expressed my feelings in certain situations.  I’m not hiding them, so to speak.  In fact, I wear them pretty much on my sleeve – but vocalizing them has been a challenge for me and I keep my emotions well guarded – not so much because I feel vulnerable or like I may be hurt, but because I’m not completely confident in that other people need to hear what I have to say.  I don’t want to change the dynamics of a situation by “unloading” something on someone when they’re not ready to bear the weight of it.  July’s reading told me point blank to speak what I feel… and quite honestly, I was rigid and refused.  I came close once… and then backed out because of what I sensed coming from the other person. (blah blah blah)

I did just write about studying palmistry, so I’m sure that’s part of what’s being expressed here – but maybe I’m being cautioned not to talk about that too much.  When I get excited over something, I tend to talk about it a lot, to share what I’ve learned, because sharing it helps “cement” it in my mind… but it can get annoying to other people, I’m sure.

The source definitions remind me a bit of two of my three children.  Atlas was the one who always knew everything.  In his younger years, hanging out with him was like trying to have a conversation with an encyclopedia.  And Stinkerbelle is the one with the tattle-tale tendencies, the one who can’t keep a secret or who is subject to gossip. Maybe I need to look for reflections of those aspects within myself.

Will have to spend some more time with this card later.  I’m bothered that it seems so perplexing to me today when normally I’ve had no problem with it.

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Six of Swords

Six of Swords

Swords represent the element of air, thought and intillect and are therefore represented by Mercury (which may be relevent according to this morning’s correspondences as Mercury shifts into the sign of Virgo at 5:51 a.m. US Central time, approximately one hour from now. Incidentally, Mercury is Virgo’s ruling planet, so it’s a “homecoming” of sorts cosmically speaking. I’ve a lot to learn yet about the dance of the planets, so just ’cause I’m stating the facts does not mean I know exactly what it means *smirk*). 

Although represented by swords and thought, the image in the Six of Swords card shows three people in a boat traveling by water, and water represents emotions.  Could it be time to change the way I think about how I feel? How am I navigating the journey where thoughts and feelings merge? Perhaps it’s time to be led by the mind instead of the heart, or to find a way for the two to peacefully merge. Mercury, Virgo, and Swords indicate a more analytical energy.

There’s a change of direction in this card, if not a physical relocation or journey, then a complete change in perspective.  Now is the time to navigate, to take control, to “row the boat to shore”.  Because there are two additional people in this card, it indicates a sense of responsibility, an awareness that the actions taken by the quarrent will have consequences that affect others.

This makes me think of what I’d written last night about making sure my children feel secure and as though they’re on solid ground after such a difficult year of change.

Sixes represent the ability to reach above and beyond what seems like reality in order to tap into a higher source of strength, inspiration, and universal wisdom.  The round belly of a six represents the earth, and the arm extending beyond that round belly is the quarrent’s ability to reach out to the heavens and grab a handful of magick to bring down to earth.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Moving away from illness, pain, or sorrow; recovery; taking action to overcome one’s problems; better times ahead so keep going; a journey often planned due to unhappy circumstances; the need to “get away”.

Here’s from LearnTarot.com:

feeling the blues
experiencing a low-level sadness
just keeping your head above water
working to get through the day
feeling somewhat depressed
avoiding the lows, but also the highs
feeling listless
functioning, but not much more 
recovering
dealing with the effects of trauma
getting over a tough time
picking up the pieces
starting to cope
beginning to get your health back
heading toward a more positive place
feeling hope again 
traveling
changing location
moving from one place to another
taking a trip
experiencing a change of scene
being uprooted
going on a journey
entering into a new frame of mind

At one point in The Pilgrim’s Progress, the hero Christian (who is also on a Fool’s Journey) becomes mired in the Slough of Despond. He struggles for a time until drawn out by Help. Help tells him that “…many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions…settle in this place.”

The Slough of Despond is a good name for the Six of Swords. Sometimes this card represents a dull, listless state. Nothing is seriously wrong, but nothing is really right either. You’re getting by, but not thriving. In the picture the figures in the boat seem sad and disengaged. Life is indeed uninteresting when we feel the blues.

In a more positive vein, the Six of Swords can indicate recovery. This is especially true when you have just experienced a tough time or psychological blow. During the crisis, you felt numb and disconnected; nothing mattered at all. Now you are beginning to heal and pick up the pieces of your life. The travelers in our boat are at least moving forward. They are headed toward a new place, even if they are not yet ready to eagerly embrace those shores.

In fact, the Six of Swords can indicate travel and moves of all kinds. This could mean an actual change of scene, relocation or trip, but not necessarily. A journey can also take place on the inner planes as we move from one frame of mind to another.

Although the Six of Swords does not promise great joy, it also avoids the depths of despair. A slough is not a bottomless pit, but simply a hollow or depression. When you see this card, know that even though the situation is not ideal, you are moving toward a more positive place. Change is in the air, and new, more hopeful conditions lie ahead.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

SIXES

Sixes are balance and harmony, especially after the upsets of the fives. These cards predict a solution, and not just any solution; there will be an exchange, a give and take that results in a new equilibrium. It may not last, but for that moment, everything is stable. With this card, there is an almost “Ah-HA!” of recognition, of understanding in the solution, and more than a little awe at the symmetry achieved by it.

If you connect the sixes to the Lovers card you’ll see how it works. The “love” aspect of the Lovers card is that of recognition and equilibrium. Like Gemini, you recognize your twin, your soul mate. Maybe you didn’t even know how uneven, how lopsided your life was, but now that you’ve met this person, you can feel the scales coming into balance. Here is harmony. Here is the solution.

Six of Swords

A boat of swords being ferried across a river with a woman as passenger. The classic Rider-Waite meaning is that one is leaving difficulties behind. A trip or change of scene may be the answer to restoring balance here. But there is more to it than this. In relation to the mind, ideas and words of the sword suit, this is also about finding a solution to math problems and brain twisters, not just troubles. The ferryman may signal help here, a silent partner (a reference book or internet website perhaps?) who helps you row your way toward the other shore…and THERE is the answer, a way to make your idea, your argument, your formula work smoothly, perfectly, beautifully. Also, of course, a card about trips by boat.

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The Empress

The Empress

 

I love this card. 

The Empress can represent many things, but above all, she represents fertility, maternity, and earthly pleasures.  She is the ultimate mother in that she can represent pregnancy itself, situations with the quarrent’s mother, or Mother Nature, and she encourages enjoyment of life’s treasures – meaning she can indicate a fertile financial situation.  Represented by the number three, she also celebrates friendships and group activities, communication, and social engagements, including nurturing those she surrounds herself with. She’s a celebratory creature – enjoying everything that life has to offer. I’ll share my ideas about how/why she’s shown up today after I list the referenced sources.

As  Major Arcana card, she will trump other minor arcana cards in a full spread reading, meaning the minor arcana cards (Ace-9 and the suit cards Page-Kings) will support her message.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Solitary Witch: Book of Shadows for the Next Generation by Silver Raven Wolf:

Heralds pregnancy in body, mind, or spirit; abundance; fertility; motherhood; nurturing experience; gardening; female entrepreneurship; gaia; domination over the Earth. Astrological association: Venus.

From LearnTarot.com:

mothering
giving birth
nourishing life
nurturing and caring for others
cherishing the world
expressing tenderness
working with children 
welcoming abundance
enjoying extravagance
receiving lavish reward
luxuriating in plenty
having more than enough
feeling rich 
experiencing the senses
giving and receiving pleasure
focusing on the body
appreciating beauty
feeling vibrantly healthy
being earthy
doing physical activity 
responding to Nature
relating to plants and animals
embracing the natural
feeling connected to the Earth
going outdoors
harmonizing with natural rhythms

The Empress and the High Priestess are the two halves of the female archetype in the major arcana. The Empress represents the fertile, life-giving Mother who reigns over the bounty of nature and the rhythms of the Earth. From her comes all the pleasures and joys of the senses and the abundance of new life in all its forms. The Empress encourages you to strengthen your connections with the natural world which is the ground of our being. Too often false sophistications and pleasures take us far from our roots. Let the Empress remind you to keep your feet firmly planted in the Earth.

The Empress can also represent lavish abundance of all kinds. She offers a cornucopia of delights, especially those of the senses – food, pleasure and beauty. She can suggest material reward, but only with the understanding that riches go with a generous and open spirit. The Empress asks you to embrace the principle of life and enjoy its bountiful goodness.

In readings the Empress can refer to any aspect of Motherhood. She can be an individual mother, but as a major arcana card, she also goes beyond the specifics of mothering to its essence – the creation of life and its sustenance through loving care and attention.

And from Aeclectic Tarot:

THE EMPRESS

Basic Tarot Symbols

A gown decorated with pomegranates, a crown of stars, a rod, a heart-shaped shield with the symbol for Venus, a field of ripe wheat.

Basic Tarot Story

Having decided what shape his future will take, the Fool strides forward. But he is impatient to make his future a full-grown reality. This is when he comes upon the Empress. Her hair gold as wheat, wearing a crown of stars, and a white gown dotted with pomegranates. She rests back on her throne surrounded by an abundance of grain and a lush garden. It is possible that she is pregnant.*

Kneeling, the Fool relates to her his story. And she, in turn, smiles a motherly smile and gently gives him this advice: “Like newly planted grain or a child in the womb, a new life, a new love, a new creation is fragile. It requires fertile soil, patience and nurturing, it needs love and attention. Only this will bring it to fruition.” Understanding at last that his future will take time to build and create, the Fool thanks the Empress and continues on his way.

* Pregnant. Well, not in the Rider-Waite deck she isn’t. But she is in early decks, and it is an apt symbol for this card.

Basic Tarot Meaning

The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.

Thirteen’s Observations

The Empress card is one of the easier trumps to read. She’s Mother. Generally, Mother in a good sense, patient, loving, giving, generous. If defining her as the Querent, you can say that they are currently feeling like a mother hen, worried about their children, new business, new creation, or new romance. Male or female, they want to dote and hover and fret over every little sneeze and problem. If defining the Empress as someone related to the Querent, well, it might well be the Querent’s Mom, or a woman who’s very motherly toward them.

Of course, the Empress can also be the worst aspects of an attentive Mom; she can smother, not know when to let go, be possessive and jealous of those who would take away her “baby.” It is important for the Querent to realize that plants can die from over-watering as easily as neglect.

This card tells the Querent that if they want their new romance, new career, new business, new creation to grow into all it can be they have to pay attention to it, baby it and be willing to let it take those first steps when it is ready. Most of all, like any pregnant mother or good gardener, they have to be patient. All things need time to gestate and sprout.

Wendi’s Thoughts: I can see a multitude of ways this card resonates with me today. Yesterday, I’d drawn the “Making New Friends” Fairy Oracle card and had much to say about my resistence to the idea. All the while I was typing, I had one person in mind – someone I’d met recently with whom I had sort of a cosmic connection. I dunno – I admired her, respected her, and felt comfortable sharing energy with her. T introduced me to her by arranging a Tarot reading for her. The morning I met her was a rough one for me – no coffee, no Daily Dose… not even time to do my hair properly. I’d over-slept, so it was a get up ‘n’ go rushed situation. Yet, the moment I met this woman, my nerves calmed and I knew I was right where I was supposed to be – and the precise moment I was meant to be there. Yet, because time was limited, we were able to discuss things pertaining to her reading, and then I was whisked away for the next appointment. We communicated later a bit by email, and then she graced me with beautiful and generous gifts a short while later. I knew that if I were going to want or have a friend, she’d be exactly the type of person I wanted to connect with. She’s been reading along here and caught the vibe of yesterday’s fairy card. While I was at work, on break, I got an email from her. She acknowledged what I’d written, that I don’t ‘do lunch’ *smirks*, and extended an invitation anyway – offering room for adjustment, saying if I preferred not to do lunch, maybe a glass of tea and a visit in the park. I was delighted to hear from her and replied immediately that I would, indeed, love to do lunch. I’m excited. I believe the Universe has crossed our paths with intent and that we have much to share with each other in the way of knowledge and energy. So, in that regard, I see the Empress nurturing new friendships, as per yesterday’s Fairy.

I also see the Empress at work in relationships. I haven’t written much about T lately, and there are reasons for that. I haven’t seen him since last Saturday. I spent time with him Friday night, and saw him for about five minutes on Saturday night when I went by to pick up my daughter who had gone to a horse show with his daughter, but I haven’t seen him since. I didn’t hear from him Sunday, but called him just to say hi before I went to bed. Didn’t hear from him Monday. I called him Tuesday night just to touch base and let him know I’d be back at work Wednesday, and haven’t spoken with him since. I know he’s busy as can be right now – his work load is incredible and I’m doing my best to respect the demands life is placing on him. At the same time, so much distance leaves room for doubt and insecurities to creep up. I’ve decided not to phone him… he’ll call if and when he’s ready and has the time and interest, and I’m doing what I can to keep my own emotions/fears in check. What will be will be… and when I read the message from Aeclectic Tarot about giving things room to grow and time to mature, it helped me relax about the whole T situation. It’s only been 3 1/2 months since I met him, so I’m not sure why I think things should be anything other than what they are. Relax. *exhale*

I can also see the workings of the Empress in business. I’ve been thinking for a long time about this magick shoppe idea, but I can’t seem to get into gear with thoughts, planning, preparing. A business plan would be a good idea, but I can’t figure out exactly where or how I want to start. It’s just a seedling of an idea. But the Empress’s influence over female entrepeneurship definitely trips my trigger this morning.

Then, there’s the mothering factor. Heaven knows my mind has been on my own maternal state lately, with my youngest child starting highschool. I can’t get pregnant – I had a hysterectomy when I was 25, so I know that’s not an issue… but I’ve been all soft and gushy mushy emotional over mothering my kids lately, so I can definitely see that energy here.

With my mother living next door, there’s also that maternal influence, and with my birthday two days away, she’s all mushy gushy emotional over mothering me, even though I resist. I’ve been scheduled to work 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday, which is exactly how I wanted it, and every time my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I insisted “Nothing… it’s just another day.” I do celebrate the fact that I’m alive, and I appreciate the opportunity to experience life to the fullest, so I honor the day in that regard, but I’m not all about birthday cakes and pressies… that’s just not me.

So the Empress is right on time and right on target. She’s an appropriate card for today.

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