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7 of Wands

7 of Wands

 

Sevens are about solitary introspection, seeking higher purpose, and learning to spend time alone doing what needs done.

Wands, representing the element of fire, are about the “spark”, the initiative to set a thing in motion. Transformation.

In this card, we see one man holding a wand, but he holds it as if it’s a weapon, or as if he’s using it to defend himself. This man either is, or feels like he is under attack.  He must hold his ground.  Because sevens represent a solitary state, the card could indicate the resolve to stand alone against opposing forces, to hold your ground even when outer influences are trying to sway you one way or the other.

The LearnTarot.com website isn’t functioning this morning, but I do have the book, so I’ll type out it’s definition. The book is called : Learning the Tarot: A Tarot Book for Beginners by Joan Bunning:


ACTIONS:

Being Aggressive
going after what you wantasserting yourself
taking the offensive
firing the first shot
fighting
making your point forcefully
seizing the advantage

Being Defiant
holding out against pressure
defending your position
opposing all challengers
combating criticism
refusing to yield
saying “no!”
resisting authority

Showing Conviction
being sure
having a fixed position
demonstrating strong character
standing up for what you believe
knowing you are right
acting resolutely
being firm

Description: The Seven of Wands is about taking a stand. Taking a stand is a forceful act that changes the energy flow of the world for good or ill. Most of the time we flow with our lives as if on a river. Events and feelings carry us forward with little effort. Sometimes, though, we are not content to drift. We want to resist the flow or change its course entirely!

The figure on the Seven of Wands appears to be in a battle. He’s either attacking or under attack, probably both. When we decide to take a stand, we set in motion an energy of resistance. When we take up a firm position, others do the same. The Seven of Wands stands for aggression and defiance because they are two sides of the same coin. You attack; your opponent defends. He counterattacks; you defend.

Some battles are worth fighting, others just cause trouble. If you are involved in a conflict, ask yourself if it’s worth the struggle. Is it important? Does it have value? Will the outcome serve you or others? If so, be bold and aggressive. Defend your position. Refuse to yield! If not, then consider letting the conflict go. Be honest with with yourself about this. You will be tempted to hold onto your position, especially if you have invested much time and energy into it. Don’t let battle lines be drawn unless the war is worth fighting.

The Seven of Wands can also indicate strong convictions. In order to take a firm stand, you must believe in your position and yourself. You’ll need integrity and strength of character to see you through. If your cause is just, use the energy of the Seven of Wands to make a difference.

Here’s from Aeclectic Tarot:

SEVENS

As the fives indicated a particular problem, so do the sevens. The fives were about loss, losing momentum, losing love, losing an argument, losing money. The question there was, “How do I deal with this loss?” The sevens are about finding yourself in a situation where you are not in control. Sevens relate to the Chariot, a card about finding and maintaining complete control and mastery over wild or opposing forces.

If the charioteer lets his horses run where they will, as they will, the chariot will crash. He not only has to have them completely in hand, but to win in a race or war, he must also control direction and speed. So, too, in life. You need to know not only how to take control but also how to direct the forces once you have them in hand. Sevens, like fives, are about overcoming fears and finding a way to succeed in a tough situation. They answer the question, “How do I take control?”

Seven of Wands

A man defends himself with one wand against 6 others. This is the “under siege” card. The stakes are high, and suddenly, the Querent is under attack; often when they’re tired or vulnerable. This is when others look at what you’ve done and get jealous or greedy. The Querent is being criticized, maybe someone is trying to take over his project. He’s on the defensive. How can he take back control? The card urges the Querent to stand his ground. Don’t give up, don’t surrender. If you do, your enemies will take control and show you no mercy. Fear not, success is near to hand.

And, from Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

Tarot Symbolism: Six wands are already planted, which means that six senses (the sixth being intuition) are developed; and the seventh, the ability to leave the body at will, is being  planted, or developed. The figure represents a person who is willing to work hard without thought of self, for he is dressed simplyu and works on a barren hilltop. He cares little for the luxuries of the world; he is interested only in higher development. Self-sacrifice and determination to give service to others are his goals. Sometimes this is a martyr’s card.

Astrological Influence: Third decan Leo. There is the power of the world beater in this area of the zodiac, but the problem is best expressed in the old proverb, “He who would conquer the world must first conquer himself.” The fiery power of this decan (the total power of the fire trinity) may have enough impetus to propel you to extremes. You need to develop steady but progressive attitudes in making your way in the world. You have a strong pioneer spirit and innate leadership qualities. You are tireless and can inspire others to work with you for worthwhile goals.

As a Temporary Vibration: Haste, messages, settlements. Pursuits are approaching completion, and your rewards are in direct ratio to the efforts expended. Stagnant conditions are stirred up, and final settlements are made.

This is an active, hopeful period in which you rapidly advance toward your goals. You may receive communications of all kinds and these messages propel you onward. Your messages are dashed off in return. Romance is emphasized now, and messages of love fill the air.

A negative reaction brings about disputes, legal difficulties and delays. Business and love relationships can stagnate. Quarrels and domestic problems arise, sometimes because of jealousy or rash behavior. It requires extra effort on your part to bring about a settlement.

Travel, perhaps by air, is very likely in order to bring affairs to a successful conclusion. This period sets the wheels in motion. Your affairs are obviously progressing, and you can see that time brings all things to their designated completion.

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NOTE: I seem to be having issues with the image gallery this morning, so I cannot include the image. Will try again later…

This card is all about celebration, friendships, and communication.  It indicates social gatherings, parties, and honoring the blessings of social interaction.  Inverted, it could be signifying my recent retreat into self. I’ll have more to say at the bottom of this post.

Here’s what the sources say:

From Learn Tarot.com

feeling exuberant
bursting with energy
being in the flow
celebrating
overflowing with high spirits
feeling on top of the world
dancing and singing
putting yourself out there 
enjoying friendship
getting together with people you like
experiencing camaraderie
extending/receiving hospitality
sharing
finding companions
trusting others
relying on outside help 
valuing community
taking part in a support group
developing a team spirit
working together
uniting with others
forming a group bond
helping each other
discovering a common goal
being neighborly

There are three cards in the tarot that focus on the group – each from a different point of view. For the Hierophant, it’s the formal approach. For the Three of Pentacles it’s teamwork, and for the Three of Cups, it’s emotions. What does it feel like to join with others? What is friendship and community? These are the questions answered by the Three of Cups.

On this card, we see three women dancing together in a circle. Their arms reach out to each other to connect their feelings (Cups). In many settings, women create and nurture the social glue that bonds people together. These dancing women are a symbol of coming together in love. (Of course, these feelings do not only relate to woman.)

In readings, the Three of Cups can signify a friend or the feelings associated with friendship. This card can represent community – the network of support created when we interact with others. It can be any group in which the members feel a bond. When you see the Three of Cups, examine your attachments to the groups in your life from an emotional point of view. Consider reaching out to give or receive help. This card stands for all forms of support, including formal aid such as counseling and other social services.

The women on the Three of Cups also express joy and high spirits. Such feelings are not limited to groups, but can be especially strong there. Celebrations spontaneously arise when people feel connected, loved and secure. The Three of Cups can stand for a mood or experience that makes you feel like dancing and singing.

 

From Aeclectic Tarot:

So at first we had one, indivisible; then it splits into two, mirror images, opposites: two opposing passions, twin emotions, two ideas, two jobs or finances. The next move, of course, is for the two to create a third. Male and female create a child; two corners get a third to form a triangle.

Ruling over the threes is the Empress, of course, whose card is all about creation. The child in the womb, the seed in the ground. So, with the twos, a choice has been made about what use to put this passion, emotion, brainpower, craft. Now we get the first results of that decision, the initial offspring.

Three of Cups

Three maidens with three overflowing cups celebrate. The creation here, springing from the relationship in the two of cups, is happiness, togetherness. Two cups pour into a third and it overflows with love and joy, enough for all. This is a card of parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays. Any time that families get together and reunite in celebration of something new.

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

Joining a group of like-minded individuals; emotional celebrations of all kinds; positive group mind; comfort; a happy outcome of an emotional situation; good luck; emotional fulfillment of something long awaited.

And, from Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

As a temporary  vibration: Abundance, rejoicing, healing. Congratulations are in order. This is a period of rejoicing because the results of your past endeavors are now evident. You have concluded matters successfully and realized your goals. The rewards are yours.

If your pursuits have been professional, you now realize financial increases, promotion, and business expansion. If health has been an issue, healing takes place. Family difficulties smooth out, and you are overwhelmed by success, peace, and extra benefits that you are now enjoying.

This is a restful vibration, so loosen up and enjoy it. Follow your routine or take a vacation, but maintain the status quo. Pushing new ventures and pursuing new avenues is not a part of this cycle. Sit back and relax.

Be careful that your celebration does not degenerate into overindulgence. Too much of the good life can bring on physical discomforts. If you select your partners indiscriminately, relationships can suffer. So eat, drink and be merry in moderation. You have earned it.

Tarot Symbolism: This key depicts the celbration of bounty and good fortune. Three maidens jubilantly toast the happy outcome of their work  – the abundant harvest pictured around them.

 

Notes: On instinct, I think of Sorscha and Indigo, as they’ve been my two strongest allys in progressing towards my goals.  They are the two who call and check on me if I’ve “gone dark”, gotten ill, or otherwise seem distressed.  On the same token, however, I must remember that while this card has a beautiful and celebratory definition, it also appeared today REVERSED – which means either the energy is just surfacing, has already climaxed and is on its way out, OR, that the opposite of this card’s definition is manifesting.

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I’m going straight to the sources today without preceding with my own notions. 

From LearnTarot.com:

Enterprising
makes any venture successful
finds opportunity everywhere
attracts wealth
takes an idea and makes it work
is a natural manager and businessperson
has the Midas touch 

Adept
is informed about practical matters
has a wide range of natural abilities
has quick reflexes
is skillful with his or her hands
handles any situation competently 

Reliable
meets all commitments and promises
assumes responsibility
is dependable and unfailing
can be counted on in a crisis
serves as a rock for others to lean on 

Supporting
encourages the accomplishments of others
readily jumps in to help
is a philantropist
gives generously of time and attention
sponsors worthwhile projects 

Steady
works toward a goal with firm resolve
avoids mood and behavior swings
has regular habits and activities
maintains a calm, even approach
is a stabilizing influence

The personality of the King of Pentacles is a combination of the positive earth energy of the Pentacles suit and the active, outward focus of a King. He might as well be called King Midas as he turns everything he touches to gold (riches of all kinds). He finds opportunity everywhere and succeeds at whatever he sets his mind to. He is enterprising and adept. Whatever the task, he handles it competently, drawing on his wide range of skills and practical knowledge. He’s a jack-of-all-trades – and master of all as well. He is always dependable and responsible. Others rely on him completely because he never fails them. He gives generously of his time and resources because he knows that by giving more, you receive more. He encourages others in their accomplishments and lends his support whenever it is needed. He has a steady and even temperament that adds an element of stability to any situation. When he has set a goal for himself, he pursues it with firm resolve until he’s successful.

In readings, the King of Pentacles asks you to take the kinds of actions he might take. For example: keeping a comittment, fixing something that’s broken, making money, or sponsoring a new enterprise. This King can also represent a man or woman who is acting as he does, or an atmosphere of steady, reliable competence. In a reading, he tells you that his special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this King in whatever form he appears in your life.

From Aeclectic Tarot:

KINGS

Kings. Although they come last, they really should come first, as Kings are where the Court Cards start. They are the fire – their element – the passion, the driving force. This is why Crowley has them as Knights instead, riding on horseback (rather than sitting passively on a throne), filled with energy, moving, leading. Kings are related to the Emperor, and like him they are planners, motivators, commanders, and creators; the one who rallies everyone together to form the kingdom. (Think Henry V.) The Queen is the one who will make it real, and the Knight/Prince will take it beyond the castle walls. But without the King, it won’t happen at all.

Thus, Kings in a spread can indicate motivation, a beginning or start of something.

King of Pentacles

Drawing up plans for a new business, new thoughts on how to make money or craft something. Perhaps building a new house.

. . .

The thing to remember with the Kings is that while they are powerful motivators, they are still “in the crown” – in the head. They can move mountains with their enthusiasm and energy and light a fire under almost anything. But they can’t make it real all by themselves.

Like all court cards, the King cards are most likely to be people. These might be men the Querent knows or the Querent himself if he’s an adult male. It may signify the kind of man he is, or the kind of man he is at this time or in this circumstance.

All Kings have high aspirations, they dream of having the best “kingdom” in the land. And they expect loyalty, especially from family and friends. They are men of influence, and leadership; others come to them for advice. They can be stubborn, absolutely sure that they are right.

King of Pentacles

Call him the “Tough Old Farmer” and his Kingdom is his “business” or farm. Proud and self-reliant, this respected man is likely a civil servant, architect, engineer, manager, farmer or, surprisingly, entertainer. Wherever he is, he worked hard to be in charge and in charge he intends to stay. Although he can seem cold and aloof, he can also be strangely charming and funny, telling the most amusing tales at the dinner table. And he is, underneath it all, kind and loyal. If you need help, he will help and never ask for repayment. But if you help him, he’ll repay you as soon as he can; he doesn’t like being beholden to anyone. He will always provide for his family, do his best for them, stick by them, and expects them to be equally responsible, hardworking and disciplined. Much like his queen, he hates being embarrassed and has a hard time forgiving any one who causes him embarrassment, be they family, friends or enemies. Likely, no one he cares about will ever be told that he loves them; the best they’ll get out of this King is “I’m proud of you.” Which, from him, is his highest compliment.

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

Experienced, successful businessman or leader. One who saves and is reliable, steadfast, and often resourceful. Good planner. Down-to-earth personality.

And, from Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

As a temporary vibration: Promotion, risks, assistance. This is a master number period which requires more and, in return, gives more that any other number vibration. You can expect to elevate your present status. Money, position and influence are yours. The rewards are in exact proportion to your previous output and, if this has been substantial, you will revel in the riches life gives you.

Influential people, especially of the opposite sex, will help you advance your position. You will have the power you desire in your chosen field. Maintain a practical approach to all affairs. Share your good fortune with others; you can afford to be generous now. However, extravagance and unwise speculation can lead to losses, so keep a balance. Marriage under this vibration is fruitful and successful.

Tarot Symbolism: The king is dressed in a robe decorated with grapes; they symbolize fruitfulness and plenty. The Taurean symbols decorating the throne indicate money, possessions and material gifts. The buildings shown are not merely houses, but are castles of substantial size. Luxury is also evident in the heavy carving adorning the throne, and the golden crown topped with a wreath of roses, the symbol of elevated desires. Since the roses are on top of the crown, at the highest point of the fiture, they indicate that the desires have been fulfilled. The mace in the king’s right hand is a symbol of authority and power. The golden pentacle in the left hand shows an ability to handle money wisely.

Astrological Correspondence: First decan Capricorn. This decan is Saturn-ruled and is the midheaven of the natural zodiac. It relates to honor, fame and ambition. If Capricorn, or any cardinal sign, is on the midheaven in your individual horoscope, some sort of prominence is indicated, depending on details in other parts of the chart. You have a talent for leadership and organization. You are persevering and thorough, thrifty and industrious, systematic and orderly. Education and the arts are important to you. You have good taste and conventional manners. You are the aristocrat of the zodiac, the most noble of the numbers, expressed in high and serious goals.

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This is a repeat card, one that has come up often for me and seems to tie in perfectly with today’s Tarot and my recent thinking patterns.  I also feel inclined to note that I re-took that Chakra Test this morning and learned that my third eye chakra is extremely over-active, as is my throat chakra (communication).  I’ve got a few books here on Chakra healing, cleansing, and balancing – that include physical exercises one can do to get things back in order.  Since exercise and physical health seem to be a theme for me at the moment, it’s probably a good idea to do some quiet meditating and some personal chakra work.

Here’s today’s Fairy Oracle:

Higher Consciousness

Higher Consciousness

Here’s what the guidebook says:

Card Meaning: You are receiving guidance from your true self, your higher consciousness, which is one with Divine universal wisdom. You are listening to love rather than fear.

Description: This card is a validation that your recent feelings, thoughts, dreams, and aspirations are coming from Spirit. You have been asking for Divine guidance, and your higher self has answered your prayers. Your spiritual path has helped you hear this voice because you’ve taken the time to listen. Perhaps you’ve begun a meditation or yoga practice, and this has helped you quiet your mind. Or maybe you’ve put your foot down to the Universe and have adamantly decided to improve your life.

Whichever route you’ve taken is working very well. Now, the fairies ask you to keep having conversations with your higher consciousness. This will involve carving out time away from noise and stress. You may need to take frequent nature walks, join a spiritual support group, or go on a retreat. By quieting your life and your mind, the voice of your higher consciousness becomes increasingly loud and clear. It guides you perfectly through all life areas.

Affirmation: I easily hear and understand the inner voice of Spirit.

Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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This strikes a chord with the last comment I’d made in this morning’s coffee thoughts – that I could feel a portal opening in front of me and things would become clear.  The Moon in Tarot signifies illusion, or moving through a shadow realm.  Things feel more fearful, more emotional, more uncertain. 

Walking through the woods during the day, we can rejoice in their beauty, take in with delight the songs of the birds, play with pine cones, and enjoy the woods for what they are.  But walk through the woods at night? Suddenly you feel like you’ve been sucked into the Blair Witch Project and everything makes you fearful.  Senses are hightened.  We become aware of every sound as if they signify attack, and we’re aleart for any dangers (including those that aren’t real!).  This is the feeling we have when we’re under the influence of The Moon in Tarot.

The fact that this card is inverted today makes me feel as though the energy of this card is waning, moving away… as though sunrise is about to happen.  It’s always darkest before the dawn – and things have been very dark in Wendiland lately – on all counts, every plane, each dimension from romance to work to domestic situations to physical health.  The viel is about to be lifted, though – and I take this card as a sign that it’ll be lifting soon. In the Tarot, the card that comes right after the moon is The Sun!

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

feeling fear
releasing inner demons
feeling a nameless apprehension
suffering from phobias
giving in to the shadow self
lacking courage
being overcome by anxieties 

believing illusions
accepting a false picture
deceiving yourself
having unrealistic ideas
misapprehending the truth
experiencing distortions
chasing after a fantasy 

stimulating the imagination
having vivid dreams or visions
opening to fantasy
plumbing the unconscious
entertaining unusual thoughts
being outlandish and bizarre 

feeling bewildered
losing direction and purpose
having trouble thinking clearly
becoming confused
being easily distracted
feeling disoriented
wandering aimlessly

Sadly, we are usually afraid of the Moon. In readings, this card often stands for fears and anxieties – the ones that come in the darkest part of the night. Card 18 also stands for illusions. It is easy to lose our way in the moonlight. Be careful not to let deceptions and false ideas lead you astray. Sometimes the Moon is a signal that you are lost and wandering aimlessly. You must find your way back to the path and your clarity of purpose.

If you look around the room right now, you will (probably!) see people and objects that are comforting in their familiarity. Everything is exactly as you expect it to be. You know that if you closed your eyes and opened them, the room would be the same. But…have you ever lost the familiar to find, in its place, a world so extraordinary you can’t even grasp it? This is the experience of the Moon.

Most of the time we live in a tiny pocket of normality that we wrap around us like a security blanket. We turn our backs on the mysterious universe that waits outside. From time to time we may sneak a peak with our imagination, or venture out through fantasy or expanded awareness. We can be thrust out there unprepared through drugs, madness or intense experiences such as battle.

The Moon is the light of this realm – the world of shadow and night. Although this place is awesome, it does not have to be frightening. In the right circumstances, the Moon inspires and enchants. It holds out the promise that all you imagine can be yours. The Moon guides you to the unknown so you can allow the unusual into your life.

From AeclecticTarot:

THE MOON

Basic Card Symbols

A full moon (with a crescent within), twin pillars, two dogs/wolves howling, a stream that runs to the ocean, a crayfish emerging out of the water.

Basic Tarot Story

Following the star the Fool travels through the night. The full Moon rises, illuminating for him a watery path. And he begins to feel disoriented, as if walking in his sleep. He passes under the moon, between two pillars ancient and strange. Suddenly, he looks around to find himself in another land entirely. When he was in the presence of the High Priestess, he saw hints of this dark land through the sheer veil draped behind her throne. And later, when he hung from the tree, he felt himself between the physical world and this one. Now, he has at last passed behind the veil. Here are the mysteries he sought, at least, here are the dark mysteries, ones that have to do with the most primal and ancient powers; powers of nature, not of civilization. It is a land poets, artists, musicians and madmen know well, a terrifying, alluring place, with very different rules. Wolves, howling in homage to the moon, run wild across this land, hunting along side maidens with bow and arrows; and creatures from childhood nightmares and fantasies peer from shadows, eyes glowing.

The path the Fool was walking is now a river, and he stands hip-deep in the powerful pull of its salty, moonlit waters. There is, on the nearby shore, a small boat, but it has no rudder, no oar. The Fool realizes he has only two choices. He can lose himself in this desolate, primal land of madness and illusion, howl with the wolves, be hunted down, or he can get into the boat, and trust himself to the river. The moon will be in control either way, but in the boat, his surrender to the powers of the unconscious and the natural world will at least take him somewhere. As the artists and poets and magicians know, inspiration, visions, genius, Moon magic, are the rewards of such surrender. The Fool gets into the boat, and shoves off. As the waters sweep him away, moon beams light his “path” and he feels the Mistress of this dark land gazing down at him with the High Priestess’s approving eyes.

 

Basic Meaning

With Pisces as its ruling sign, the Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. The Querent who gets this card should be warned that they may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if they have any past mental problems, they must be vigilant in taking their medication. They should avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. They can and should trust their intuition.

Thirteen’s Observations

This is the card of that scary, dreamy, secret otherworld where lies the most powerful and dark magic. Primal magic. It is the card that you’d get for Jackson Pollack types, switching between being wild, mean, crazy drunks and creative geniuses. They have wicked mood swings, dark, dark, dark depressions, charming manic modes. They have no inhibitions, don’t even try to behave themselves in polite society, their crazy behavior sometimes inspired, sometimes horribly embarrassing, even unbelievable and even dangerous. But the art, poetry, music they produce….it’s magic. When I get this card, I let the Querent know they’re in for an emotional and mental rollercoaster ride. They can do two things, either wander through this crazy, lunatic landscape howling at the moon (get drunk, wallow in depression, alienate friends and family with wild, antisocial behavior), or get in a boat and go through it purposefully (paint something!).

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

Intuition; deception; night work; hidden dangers; instinct; struggle for sanity; change; possible confusion; magick; gossip; stuck between a rock and a hard place; self-esteem issues; empathetic. Astrological association: Pisces.

And, from Numerology and the Divine Triangle by Faith Javane and Dusty Bunker:

As a temporary vibration: Caution, dreaming, healing, body care. You must slow down the fast pace of your life. You need to pay more attention to your bodily needs; therefore, exercise outdoors, eat properly and get sufficient sleep.

Your dreams are active now, and any sleeplessness you experience is the product of an extremely vivid imagination. New plans and ideas are forming in your mind. Do not start new projects, but rather allow the ideas to germinate. They will blossom at a later date. Maintain your present status while considering changes, such as new occupation.

Healing forces are working beneath the surface, and your health can improve if you allow periods of quiet conteimplation to calm your mind. Your thoughts have a potent control over your bodily processes now.

Sign documents carefully or not at all, if possible. Be on guard against deception in business and difficulties in personal affairs. Family quarrels and accidents are caused by rashness or carelessness. Travel is not advisable. Mental unsettledness can bring a physical illness. Wars and revolutions are brought on by such vibrations.

You have a unique opportunity to organize your life now. Set your environment in order, clean your house, organize your desk, finish up odds and ends. Such actions will direct your subconscious to set itself in order as well. Then your dreams and visions will express the future direction you should follow.

Tarot Symbolism: Key 18: The Moon. Evolutionary growth and development come under key 18. The keywords are organization and sleep. The function of the Moon is sleep, and during sleep, waste is eliminated and new materials are woven into the body. Consciousness continues while the upper brain cels rest. It is during sleep that our aspirations and efforts are being built into the body cells. What we think and do all day goes on influencing the body while we sleep. Every cell is a center of consciousness, and every cell contains spirit. Astrologically, Pisces, the final sign of the zodiac, rules this key.

The shellfish coming out of the water represents the lower form of existence. Shaped like a scorpion, it indicates the creative force starting on the path of return, which leads to the mountain of attainment. The narrow path implies that concentration is necessary. It goes up, then down, but always rises higher at the next step. It is meant to show that spiritual unfoldment does not come all at once, but rather progresses gradually.

The dog and wolf are of the same species, but one is wild and the other is domesticated (depicting nature aided by human consciousness). The towers are human handiwork. The thirty-two rays of the Moon iindicate the thirty-two paths on the Tree of Life, and the faling yods represent the decent of the life force from a higher plane into the material world. Many symbols here show that we can change the outward structure of things. They are proof that the same changes may be accomplished within the body through organization and cultivation.

Astrological correspondence: The Sun (and Pisces). The test of Saturn (8) is energized and supported by Mars (1), resulting in full attainment and realization (9, The Sun).

With the combination of the Sun and Pisces, final completion is possible under this number. The Sun, representing true individuality finds its own true identity in key 18, which symbolizes body consciousness. By combining body consciousness and control with realization of one’s self, all things are possible.

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P R E V E N T I N G     A      F A L L

Honor and Shame
are the same as fear.
Fortune and disaster
are the same for all.

What is said of honor and shame is this:
Whether absent or present,
they are inseparable from the fear
that they give rise to.

What is said of fortune and disaster is this:
They can befall any person.

By the accident of good fortune
one may rule the world for at ime.
But by virtue of love
one lives forever.

Fear is perhaps our greatest enemy; and what is it but ignorance? Ignorance is the unwillingness to accept the nature of things — it is a forgetfulness or thoughtlessness.

Remember: Be attentive, be watchful; these are the keys to transforming fear. There is no fear as unrelenting as the fear of fear.

Fear leads us to pretend to be who we are not or to act out of false pride. It causes us to live with shame or guilt.

We fear the unknown, but this fear disappears with the acceptance that disaster can happen at anytime to anyone — and so can good fortune. There is no way to avert the one or create the other.

To understand this gives us the insight to allow life, in all its different guises and fortunes, to happen to us. If we don’t fear, we don’t stumble or fall. Fear is put aside by living in simple acceptance. Fear is not an obstacle to the person who pays attention. Fear does not obstruct the wise in their joyful experience of life.

Source: The Tao Box, Adapted and Interpreted by Priya Hemenway

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Toxic energy, whether it comes from drugs, alcohol, poor diet, or negative influences, can seriously impact the way we think, feel, or function in daily life.  If drugs and alcohol are in use (which they are not in my current circumstance, with the exception of cigarettes), this card signifies a time to let go of those addictions so that life can be seen from a clear and straight perspective.  If drugs and/or alcohol are not in use, perhaps the diet needs a review – what is being consumed that may be unhealthy to the body?  And if the diet is in good order, one must reflect on what other influences in their life may be considered toxic, and begin eliminating those toxic energies. In order to move forward successfully, body, mind, and soul must be detoxified.

I’m probably being given a nudge here about smoking, which I’ve been considering quitting but have not yet committed to, and to my diet.  I only eat one meal a day, usually – and it most often comes from the restaurant where I work.  Not exactly what I’d call a healthy diet. I also consume entirely too much caffeine by way of coffee and Mountain Dew.

Coupling this card with this morning’s Tarot, Queen of Pentacles, it may be a good idea to think about growing some of my own foods and herbs in a garden.  I told my kids just last week that I wanted to start an indoor herb garden. Then again, I can also pin-pointedly mark certain external influences in my life who I’d consider to be “toxic energy”.

 

Here’s what the guidebook says:

Card Meaning: You are being guided to clean your body, environment, mind, and heart of toxins. God and the fairies will help you with this endeavor.

Card Description: It’s time to let go of toxins, within and around you. This card validates your inner guidance that has been telling you to let go of harmful habits. Go outside in nature, and call upon the fairies to surround you. Ask God and the fairies to help you release toxins from your mind, body, and heart. Ask them to help you release your cravings for harmful habits.

You’ll soon find yourself naturally desiring organic fresh food and produce. You’ll be guided to read ingredient labels of all foods, beverages, and toiletry items, and you’ll only want to use natural products. You’ll be guided away from environmental toxins. And, most important, your thoughts and emotions will veer away from judgment and fear, and will become love-based instead.

Affirmation: I take excellent care of my body, and I crave only healthful foods and beverages.

Source: Healing with the Fairies Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue, Ph. D.

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