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Ouch… This one instinctively punched me in the chest and brought tears to my eyes.  But why?  Have I lost hope for my own happiness? *sigh*  Surely not. *Even heavier sigh*. Like The Hermit, this is her first appearance here on The Road Home.

When a fairy appears inverted, it means she’s really, really trying to get your attention.  She’s lighting herself up, flapping her wings, and tugging at your shirt-sleeve. 

I’m going straight to the guidebook with this one:

Card Meaning: A happy outcome is assured. Release any anxiety, and feel secure that everything is resolved in the end.

Card Description: This is a reassuring card signaling that the “movie” you are currently starring in has a very happy ending. Situations that appear sticky are miraculously resolved. Misunderstandings are forgiven. Mistakes are forgotten.

You are urged to stop worrying about the future, as your fears could be self-fulfilling in a negative way. You could literally sabotage heaven’s happy plan for you if your worries are excessive. So, go outside in nature, and ask the fairies to help you rejoice in the perfection of Creation. Your joy renews your faith, and ensures the happy outcome that is in store for you.

Affirmation: Everything is in Divine and perfect order, right now.

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

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Indeed, this is right on time, incredibly accurate, and he’s a welcome visitor in Wendiland this morning.  I haven’t drawn him yet in the Daily Dose posts I’ve done here, but I know him well and had written a poem long ago based on his energy: The Hermit’s Cave.

The Nine represents the final phases of a cycle.  This is the reflective period where you must ask yourself what was gained from the experience, what was lost in the experience, and how it all weighs out on the scale of life.  It’s a search for a higher wisdom, a treck into self to find one’s true purpose in the over-all scheme of things.  Unlike depression-spawned solitude, this Hermit seeks out silence so that he can hear the Voice of the Universe, uninterrupted.

Here are what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com

being introspective
thinking things over
focusing inward
concentrating less on the senses
quieting yourself
looking for answers within
needing to understand 
searching
seeking greater understanding
looking for something
wanting the truth at all costs
going on a personal quest
needing more
desiring a new direction 
receiving/giving guidance
going to/being a mentor
accepting/offering wise counsel
learning from/being a guru
turning to/being a trusted teacher
being helped/helping 
seeking solitude
needing to be alone
desiring stillness
withdrawing from the world
experiencing seclusion
giving up distractions
retreating into a private world

In readings, the Hermit often suggests a need for time alone – a period of reflection when distractions are limited. In times of action and high energy, he stands for the still center that must be created for balance. He can also indicate that withdrawal or retreat is advised for the moment. In addition, the Hermit can represent seeking of all kinds, especially for deeper understanding or the truth of a situation. “Seek, and ye shall find,” we have been told, and so the Hermit stands for guidance as well. We can receive help from wise teachers, and, in turn, help others as we progress.

The traditional hermit is a crusty, bearded character who has withdrawn from the company of men to live a life of seclusion and hardship. Card 9 supports this understanding. The Hermit represents the desire to turn away from the getting and spending of society to focus on the inner world. He seeks answers within and knows that they will come only with quiet and solitude.

There comes a point in life when we begin to question the obvious. We sense that there is a deeper reality and begin to search for it. This is mainly a solitary quest because answers do not lie in the external world, but in ourselves. The hermit on Card 9 reminds us of Diogenes, the Greek ascetic who is said to have gone out with a lantern in hand to search for an honest man. Diogenes is a symbol of the search for truth that the Hermit hopes to uncover by stripping away all diversions.

From Aeclectic Tarot:

THE HERMIT

Basic Card Symbols

A robed man or monk carrying a lantern. A barren landscape.

Basic Tarot Story

After a long and busy lifetime, building, creating, loving, hating, fighting, compromising, failing, succeeding, the Fool feels a profound need to retreat. In a small, rustic home deep in the woods, he hides, reading, cleaning, organizing, resting or just thinking. But every night at dusk he heads out, traveling across the bare, autumnal landscape. He carries only a staff and a lantern.

It is during these restless walks from dusk till dawn, peering at and examining whatever takes his fancy, that he sees and realizes things he’s missed, about himself and the world. It is as if the secret corners in his head were being slowly illuminated; corners he never knew existed. In a way, he has become the Fool again; as in the beginning, he goes wherever inspiration leads him. But as the Fool, his staff rested on his shoulder, carrying unseen his pack. The Fool was like the pack, whatever it was he could be was wrapped up, unknown. The Hermit’s staff leans out before him, not behind. And it carries a lantern, not a pack. The Hermit is like the lantern, illuminated from within by all he is.

Basic Tarot Meaning

Represented by Virgo, the Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, well, virginity. This is not a time for socializing; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. Nor is it a time for action, discussion or decisions. It is a time to think, organize, ruminate, and take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent during this time of withdrawal. But such times lead to enlightenment, illumination, clarity.

In regards to people, the Hermit represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher, therapist, someone the Querent usually sees alone, someone the rest of the Querent’s friends and family may not know about. This a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing. They will help the Querent find what it is they are seeking.

Thirteen’s Observations

One of the important things about this card is that the Hermit is always shown on the move. He’s never locked away in his reclusive cell, he’s always out wandering, searching. That, to me, is a Virgo. I’m married to one, I know. The Hermit is the restless mind of the Virgo, always gathering information, analyzing, making connections. Virgos are skeptics, and if anyone is going to stick a lantern into a dark place and take a good look at what’s going on, it is a Virgo.

The Hermit is a card of connections and enlightenment. Combined with a desire to just “be alone,” the Querent who gets this card is probably feeling impatient with people who disturb their peace or who can’t see what they’re seeing (“Are you blind?” might be their refrain, or, more typically, “You just don’t get it, and I can’t explain it to you.”). In typical Virgo fashion, they’re likely to be grumpy and anti-social. But for the Querent (if no one else!) this is a special time. Like an artist who hides for days then emerges to paint a masterpiece, this quiet time allows all the pieces to fall into place. So go ahead and encourage them to go on late night drives, long walks, hide in their room or go on retreat for a month. When they come back, they’ll see everything in a brand new light. It’ll be the best thing for them, and for everyone else in their lives.

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

Self-analysis; solitary search for the truth; philosophical pursuits; self-reflection, solitude, meditation.  Astrological association: Virgo

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

As a temporary vibration: Changes, endings, inspiration. Events take place quickly at this time, with many stops and starts, because you are experiencing a period of change and transition. As Paul Case says in The Tarot, “You must make the final selection between assimilable material and what is rejected as waste.” Eliminating the useless, and separating yourself from past mistakes can be an emotional experience, for we often are reluctant to let go of the obstacles in our lives. If you cannot free yourself from associations and situations that are no longer necessary for your development, then the 9 cycle will do it for you. A vacation or trip would be good therapy at this time, giving you time to think and separate yourself from the emotionalism you might encounter under this vibration.

Many of your goals will be realized during this time, and you should attempt to finish all projects that are close to completion. As this is an ending cycle, do not make new commitments. Projects begun under a 9 have little durability.

Present friendships can be cemented and made more enduring, and you may receive gifts from friends. This should be a charitable time, in which you think primarily of other people’s welfare. Do something for others in thanks for the blessings you have received in this life. An old friend or lover may enter your life briefly for one last encounter, but don’t expect this sudden renewal to last.

Since this is an ending cycle, you may change jobs or residence. Children may leave home for higher education or marriage, or to begin their own lives. If you are separated from the people, situations and locations with which you have lived for a long time, it is because they no longer serve your evolutionary process.

Use the creative powers of this vibration to develop your artistic abilities. You will have inspirational ideas that can be used productively in the future in a way that the next cycle’s number will determine.

Don’t be caught by your emotions. Hanging on to the past, wallowing in what used to be can only bring discontentment, frustration and depression. Rather, look forward with joy and high expectations to the future, for which the releasing energy of this cycle has prepared you. Use the wisdom provided by the events of this cycle to inspire your actions productively in the future.

TAROT SYMBOLISM: Key 9, The Hermit – The symbol for key 9 is the yod, the tongue of flame, the glyph that makes up every letter in the hebrew alphabet. It represents the fiery energy, the life force, and the hand, opened rather than closed, of man and woman. In the body we are little serpents, containing a portion of the one Source’s fiery energy. As such, we are the hands of God operating in the physical world.

The Hermit is a symbol of ageless wisdom, standing on the mountain of attainment. He has achieved. The snow represents the isolation he endures because his wisdom sets him apart from others. However, as he turns to shine his light on those who follow him, he intimates that our knowledge is empty and meaningless until we turn and give it to others. The Hermit has evaluated, selecting the necessary and discarding the unecessary elements along his path. He has learned to use the Magician’s wand, which he now leans on, for he knows he can depend upon it for support. He has achieved mastery.

ASTROLOGICAL CORRESPONDENCE: Sun (And Virgo). The Sun is assigned to 9 because it is only after you carefully progress through the previous steps, 1 – 8, that you can attain a position of respect and leadership, as well as a full recognition of your inner potential. The true inner self is expressed under a 9, as you become the humanitarian, the universalist who reaches out to the multitudes to lighten their burdens through your understanding, wisdom, and compassion.

Virgo’s assignment indicates that careful, thorough analysis has preceded this final position of authority. Any mistakes along the path could have led the aspirant astray; therefore, keen discrimination is necessary at all times.

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Today is:
September 17, 2008

*Harvest Day

Today’s Coffee Thoughts & Dreamscapes: Mesmerizing Mountains, Seductive Sands
Today’s Tarot Card: 4 of Swords, Inverted (rest and healing)
Today’s Fairy Oracle: Visualization (opening the psychic eye)
Today’s Animal Medicine Card: Lizard (dreaming)
Today’s Tao Card: Like a Child (innocence and trust)

Wednesday:
Governed by Mercury: study, travel, divination, wisdom

The Moon:
3rd Quarter Waning in Aries; void of course @ 5:26 p.m., enters Taurus @ 7:56 p.m. (US CENTRAL)

Waning Moon: From Full Moon to New Moon is a time for study, meditation, and magical work designed to banish harmful energies.

Moon in Aries: Good for starting things. Things occur rapidly, but quickly pass. People tend to be argumentative and assertive.

Moon Void of Course: Just before the Moon enters a new sign, it will make one final aspect (angular relationship) to another planet. Between that last aspect and the entrance of the Moon into the next sign, it is said to be void-of-course. Activities begun when the Moon is void-of-course rearely come to fruition, or they turn out very differently than planned.

Moon in Taurus: Things begun now last longest, tend to increase in value, and become hard to change. Brings out an appreciation for beauty and sensory experience.

Source: Llewllyn’s Witches’ Datebook 2008

The Sun:
Virgo, The Virgin

The Principle of Discernment and Boundaries

Element-Earth
Quality-Mutable
Symbol-The Virgin
Sun Sign Dates-August 24 to September 23
Planetary Ruler-Mercury
Natural Zodiac Affinity-Sixth House

Virgo has a mission. The mission of Virgo is to separate what is useful from that which is not useful. This is called discernment. This is a sign that needs to feel a sense of usefulness and purpose. Someone needs to create order from chaos. They’ve earned a reputation for being too critical. Don’t take their criticism personally. Everyone and everything is subject to the same scrutiny. Those who are comfortable in chaos will not last long around Virgo. Their perfectionist drive comes from their innermost being. They may seem picky and uptight to other people but the reason why Virgo can get so uptight is because theirs is a never-ending job. There is always work to be done and so much of it is not fully appreciated by other people. Remember, Virgo has a large contribution to make to the world. Do you want your dentist to be a slob? Do you want to sleep on unchanged sheets in a hotel room? Do you care if the cook washes his hands? Virgo has taken on the job of worry and concern over the everyday duties that actually make life liveable in so many unseen ways. Virgo is the civilizing effect on mankind.

Virgo is into reality. They don’t dream about what is possible- they do it. If the five senses cannot detect it, then what use is that? Virgo has a talent for logical analysis. Virgo and Gemini are both ruled by Mercury. Virgo sorts through the Gemini function which takes in everything. It sorts through it and files away that which may be used later if necessary then tosses out that which has no use. Pure Virgo energy always knows where the scissors are. A place for everything and everything in it’s place. If you won’t do it, then they will. Virgo likes to help. It’s a service-oriented sign.

Thank a Virgo today for being humble enough to do what needs to be done. For taking the time to fuss over the small details which enhance the quality of life in so many practical ways.

Pure Virgo energy is….
* an instinctive talent for analyzing things in a logical manner
* creating order from chaos
* leans towards worry and concern
* seeking perfection
* geared towards getting the job done
* wants to feel useful
* fact oriented-leans towards skepticism until proven
* usually feels that “cleanliness is next to godliness.”
* a lot of mental anxiety over outcomes
* detail oriented
* learning to draw boundaries and to say, “no”
* the craftsman/craftswoman

Source: http://www.skyviewzone.com/astrology/virgosign.htm

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Like a Child

Card 19: Like a Child

I am singular in my trustfulness,
I am devoid of ambition,
I am as inncent as a babe.
I am a waif, a stray, a child without a home.
All others have an excess of things,
and I am as one abandoned.
How foolish and simple I am!
I am bewildered.
Everyone sparkles with intelligence;
I am alone in my obscurity.

I am tossed about like the ocean;
I wander and am never at rest.
Everyone has something to do;
I alone am incapable and without merit.

I alone am estranged from the people,
but I glory at the breast of my mother!

Innocent, trusting, and simple, Lao-tzu is both Sage and child. Having no purpose in his living, no desire to be, nowhere to go, he is like one abandoned. In a world where scholarly intelligence is respected, his child-like innocence goes unnoticed. In a world where everyone is busy doing something, he seems to be useless. Tossed around, being pulled from here to there, wandering about and not settling down, he seems to be out of place.

But having nothing to do and nowhere to go, the Sage is at peace with himself and the world. Not being caught up in it, he may indeed be estranged from the ways of the world, but the Sage is free to wander; and in wandering, to wonder. The Sage preserves his innocence through his childlikeness.

He may have no home in the world, he may have to wander alone and estranged, but the Sage is at home in the source of his being. With child-like innocence, the Sage has come home and is nourished. His heart is open; he is simple and free.

Become like a child. Watch the world through a child’s eyes. Experience the wonder of each new moment. Look around you in innocent friendliness. Hold out your hand in trust. Greet the Unknown with a smile.

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

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My gut reaction coupled with what I’ve learned of this card is this:

Fours represent earth, matter, a solid foundation, plenty of room to accomplish a goal.  They are energy filtering in from Heaven above, taking physical form on Earth below.  From inspiration to manifestation, the four is formed.

Swords are representative of Air, thought, intellect, logic, reason, communication. Steel resolve and cutting through nonsense.

In this card, we see a man resting on a bed, one sword below him, longways – left to right, parallel with his body.  Above him, pointing toward him, three additional swords.  He is peaceful, with his hands held as if in prayer. The straight line that goes up and down is that of divine energy, the straight line that goes left to right represents physical matter.  The swords in the position they’re shown on this card represent divine energy filtering through the sleeping quarrent, to manifest in physical form on earth.

In the corner of this card is a stained glass window, a symbol of divine knowledge.

The message of this card, when upright, is to recognize that the knowledge and wisdom of how to manifest desires comes while in sleep.   In short, it advises to take no immediate action, but “sleep on it” and see how you feel about it after. Think it over. There’s a peacefulness to this card, a restful feeling.  There’s no panic, no frustration, no fear, no trying to force things.  He’s just resting, praying, waiting for the Divine Insights to reveal themselves to him.

Reversed? Well… could indicate trouble sleeping, refusing the divine wisdom, or the NEED to do as the quarrent in this card does.

Here’s what the other sources say:

From LearnTarot.com:

resting
taking a break
giving your body time to heal
avoiding overexertion
finding peace and quiet
relaxing body and soul
taking life easy 

contemplating
gaining a better perspective
listening for your Inner Voice
taking time alone to think
standing back from the situation
examining your motivations
reviewing where you are 

quietly preparing
consolidating inner resources
making sure your base is secure
getting ready for the future
coming to terms with what is
tieing up loose ends
stabilizing

The Swords cards all stand for trials of some kind, but the Four suggests feelings of peace and stillness. Why is this card different? Because it represents the challenge to be quiet! Sometimes resting and doing nothing is the ultimate challenge. Activity can be a habit that is very difficult to break. There is always so much to do, and modern society beguiles us with its attractions and distractions. The result is we forget to stop and be still.

In readings, the Four of Swords is often a sign that you need to slow down and get some rest. If you are recovering from an illness, allow yourself quiet time to heal. Even if you feel completely healthy, you are risking getting sick if you don’t take a break.

The Four of Swords also represents taking the time to think things over without hurry. It is important to step back and gain perspective. This is especially true when you are facing an ordeal or big event. You need quiet preparation time to gather your strength and center your energy. Picture an Olympic diver on the high board. She doesn’t climb the ladder and then dash out. She stops, motionless as she readies herself for the burst of activity to come. This is the only way to bring the best to our endeavors.

Sometimes the Four of Swords implies that you are or could be shifting focus from the external to the internal. When we are silent, we can more easily go within. The knight in the picture appears to be praying or meditating deeply. Actually, he appears to be dead! For those who are addicted to activity, rest and quiet can seem like death, but that is certainly not the case. Stillness holds its own rewards, but they must be recognized and sought.

From Aeclectic Tarot:

FOURS

Fours are ruled by the Emperor. Like both the Emperor and his throne they signify a kind of stability, a holding pattern if you will. For a moment, everything is still, solid, rooted, established. This can be positive, a solid foundation, or negative, something that refuses to budge or change.

Four of Swords

A young man rests on a pallet, three swords above, one under him. Though this card (in the Rider-Waite deck) makes the young man look dead, it is really only about taking a break. This is the “meditation” card. The card advises the Querent that they need to get away, rest, recuperate. Especially after the Three of Swords!

The card indicates that the Querent has been facing mental or emotional stress, arguments, misunderstandings or verbal abuse, or that they’re ill or injured. A healing retreat is needed, time to clear the head, heart and soul, or just fix a damaged body. In this case, the stillness of the “4” is healing and positive. A quiet, unchanging scene is needed.

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

The need for rest and relaxation; the need for a stress-free environment; time to take a vacation, preferably around nature; a welcome release or a change for the better.

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

Rest, relief, retreat, convalescence. This is a period of retreat in which your mind seeks rest from the cares of the world. Conflicts have ended, worries are over; now you desire peace and quiet to gather your strength. You can now analyze your situation and logically decide how to proceed. You are able to put even the smallest details of your life into perspective and clearly see what has real value.

Your solitude may be a convalescent period after an illness, a self-imposed vacation for rest and relaxation or an enforced retreat arising from social unrest. Whatever the impetus that propelled you to this space, it requires concentration and meditation on the experiences that have brought you here. If used wisely, this period can lead to a change for the better. The conclusions you arrive at subconsciously will affect your future actions.

Tarot Symbolism: The figure has assumed the proper position for rest, inferring that rest from anxiety and strain has been earned. The swords are put away; three hang on the wall, and one is placed lenghwise along the couch. This shows that, if need be, action would still be taken to preserve peace. This is a card of peace and quiet, not death. The window depicts outer activity. A man is shown kneeling before a woman, symbolizing that the conscious mind (male) is still a slave to the subconscious (female). To the resting figure all is serene; the sword of discrimination has been used and put away.

Astrological Correspondence: Third decan Libra. The mental side of Libra is strong in this decan; therefore, intellectual pursuits will attract you. You could do well in teaching, preaching, lecturing or writing. You have an amiable disposition and a refined manner, and you are extremely adaptable. You are logical and fair and believe in mercy and kindness. This is really the most balanced of the Libra decans. You have the integrity to be a judge. Your standards are high. Your greatest desire is for order, harmony, beauty and peace in your life.

 

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Had a difficult night last night.  Was irritated because I was supposed to switch Internet companies yesterday – a bundle package with Broadband, Dish T.V. and home telephone.  The technician showed up at about noon and the first words out of his mouth when I opened the front door were, “Ya’all don’t get Broadband out here through our company.”

I ended up cancelling the whole order. There’s only one company that offers Broadband where I live, and I’ve got them… and they suck! *sigh*

Tried to lay down for a nap, but the phone kept ringing… verification calls from the cancelled order.  Really, people?  Three times you have to call just to ask, “Do you really want to cancel your order?” Ugh!

When the phone quit ringing, I tried to lay down again.  This time, the dogs went nuts.  Barking, yelping, whining… what the hell?  I yell out the window a few times, which usually quiets them down, but they kept on.  Something’s out there.  I get out of bed, slip on my son’s flip flops which were conveniently left where they don’t belong by the front door, and headed out to fetch the pups.  They ran from one side of the kennel (the inside) to the other (the outside), all attention focused on one spot.  I see Bella-Beltane in attack mode… tail wagging frantically, front legs bent with paws pinning something.  Nose to the ground, ass in the air.  Sirius doesn’t care, but Odin runs in the opposite direction as Honey dances in circles hoping Bella will share.

“What have you got, Bella? Let it go!”

I walk to Bella… it’s a turtle, tucked safely in its shell.

Turtle magick, eh? I make mental note, but don’t bother to look it up or post it.  I only envy its ability to crawl into its own shell.

Back in the house with all four dogs, I tried to finish my traffic school… ya know, the online course – but, of course, my Internet connection sucks and the course kept freezing in Lesson Two, Section Three.  I repeated the same section six times, and it kept getting stuck in the same place.  Clicked the “life support chat” icon.  Window pops up, “Hi, this is Brenda. How can I help  you?”

“Brenda, my course keeps freezing in Lesson Two, Section Three.”

No reply.

“Brenda?”

No reply.

“H E L L O!”

No reply.

Ter-friggin-riffic.

Sat at my desk staring into space for a long time.  I had tons of books I could have read, but was uninspired to read a single one.  Had two numerology reports to do, didn’t do them.  Finally, I wrote a bit of poetry (which seems to have been inspired by yesterday’s Tarot Card), then put myself to bed where I’d procede to toss and turn until the sheets, blankets, and pillows were on the floor.

Dreamed I was driving up a mountain.  The color and context of the mountain were unique.  Soft sand, the color of … darker than mocha but lighter than chocolate and a cross between gray and brown.  The sand was mesmerizing… captivating.  It held my attention.  There were stone caps on the mountain – and by stone, I mean crystal, but the color of Coca-Cola.  Light reflected from the crystal caps and I was bedazzled. Bewitched. Intrigued. It was a hypnotic effect.  Two times within the dream I nearly drove off the road.  Sirius was in the car with me, also entranced by the sand and the crystal capped mountain. It was seriously hypnotic and took my attention off the car. I had to struggle to stay focused and on the road.

At the top of the mountain was a school, and I was called to the principal’s office on account of my daughter.  She wasn’t in trouble.  On the contrary, she was being acknoweldged for outstanding behavior.  Her class had taken a field trip to a mall.  Two of her friends wanted to steal books from the bookstore.  Stinkerbelle refused.  Angry and frustrated with her “friends”, she walked away.  The two other girls got caught stealing. 

The dream flashed.  I was with my ex-husband, scouting apartments.  We were arguing and he kept telling me how expensive I was, how many sacrifices he’d made for me and my kids, and how much he didn’t want to stay in the state we were in.  I told him to leave.  He did.  The apartment he left us in was a bit run down, but had potential.  They didn’t allow pets and I was trying to figure out how I could convince the landlord otherwise, or hide my dogs, ’cause I wasn’t about to part ways with them.

The alarm went off, and I woke up with thoughts of the crystal peaks and strange colored sand, knowing that there was significance to them that I do not understand.  It reminded me a little bit of that one movie… Strange Encounters, is it?

Kids just left for school, first cup of coffee has been consumed, and I have about 2 hours and 20 minutes to do a full daily dose before I have to shower and leave for work.  Long days today and tomorrow, then a full day of readings with clients on Friday.  Company picnic with Mom on Saturday, then disgusting fourteen hour day Sunday at work, and another long one on Monday.  Sirius to the vet on Tuesday, and the cycle repeats.

Going to refill the coffee, then do the Daily Dose.

Life is good.

W

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Well, since the blog didn’t end up getting deleted, which I now know was because the “confirm” email was sent to an alternate email address I’ve not checked in eons — and since the blog has been left mostly unattended, I decided I’d spend a bit of time and energy getting her back in shape today.

Based on viewer/friend feedback, I have separated the Daily Dose categories.  The Daily Dose category now only holds posts with the full daily correspondences, as opposed to duplicating each tarot card and fairy oracle.  I’ve created individual categories for the Tarot Card of the Day and the Fairy Oracle of the day, and have also added two new features – Animal Medicine Cards, and Tao cards.

Because my “faerie tales” articles were buried beneath months of Fairy Oracle daily draws, and because I intend to write about more than just faeries, I have re-named that category, calling it Otherworldly Enchantments, and have moved the articles here, separating them from the Fairy Oracle card posts.

In going through my archives, I noticed that when I began the Daily Dose posts, I often titled the posts, “Daily Dose: Today’s Tarot” and included the date, but did NOT include the title of the card.  The same was true with the Fairy Oracles.  So, I’ve gone back and edited the titles of all of the posts in the Tarot Card and Fairy Oracle categories so that the title reflects the card drawn.  This makes it easier for seeking out specific cards, and in tracking patterns or repeat cards.

I’ve revised, retitled, and moved the “About” page.  It’s now called the “Welcome” page. This includes a brief introduction and a full tour of Autumn Sunrise: The Road Home. 

I’ve removed the animal totems from the bottom of the sidebar.  While they served a purpose for me, they were confusing to others and took up un-necessary space.  I’ve still got a full post on my personal totems and what they mean tucked within the Know Thyself and Animagick categories.

I’ve added a “Divination” category to house my writings on tarot, runes, palmistry, numerology, and other divination subjects.  The content in this category is limited as of yet, but I intend on adding to it in the near future.

It felt good to give the blog a little love today.  Now, having had a long nap and a big bowl of macaroni and cheese, it’s time for me to finish my traffic school course.

Life is good.

W

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This may be new to you, but it isn’t new to me.  In fact, it used to be a part of my morning meditations (Daily Dose), but then I got away from it for some reason that isn’t yet clear to me.

The Tao Box is a book/card set based on the principles of Taoism.  This particular set that I have, Adapted and Interpreted by Priya Hemenway, was a gift to me from my little brother on my 30th birthday, six years ago.  I’ve used them daily ever since, except since I started this new blog.  One one side of the card is an image on which to meditate, while the reversed side offers poetic words of wisdom, further expanded upon by the book description. Today, the box called out to me and I knew it was time to re-connect, so I’ve redesigned (still in the process) my categories, re-organized a few things to incorporate the Daily Tao in my meditations.  Today’s card is card 21, Adaptability.

A D A P T A B I L I T Y

Those who adapt themselves
will be preserved until the end.

That which bends can be straightened.
That which is empty can be filled.
That which is worn away can be renewed.

The Sage embraces simplicity.
Not being ostentatious, the Sage Shines.
Not being egotistic, the Sage is praised.
Not being vain, the Sage is esteemed.
Not being haughty, the Sage is honored.

The Sage does not compete with others,
and therefore has no enemies.

Nature adapts continually, and everything in Nature exists because of adaptability. The Sage recognizes this and makes use of it. The ultimate expression of our lives is in our understanding of what we are capable of.

The Sage has no need to show his strength. He has no need to brag or compete, for his strength is in being able to bend when it serves him to bend. He knows how to let go of what he wants and where he thinks he is going. The strength of the Sage is in being at home and at ease with the changes of his life.

Watch the way water flows. It always takes the easy way. Next time you find yourself being stubborn, give in. Next time you find yourself wanting to say “no,” try “yes” instead. Experiement with your ability to change course, and you will find that you become more relaxed. With relaxation your energies will flow. Not being fixed, your sense of pleasure will grow.

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Right on time, old Friend! *laughs*

This card is not new to me in the least.  She’s come up several times here in the Daily Dose, which can be common… for a certain card to keep resurfacing for a person until its message/meaning has been fully understood and applied.

This card also ties in well with this morning’s draw of the Chariot, and working the two cards together could indicate that it’s time to gain control of the financial situation – and to move forward with confidence that my needs will be met, even if I can’t logically figure out how those needs are going to be met.  What have I written about this week so far, not counting emotional/romantic situations? Spending a butt-load of money at the vet on my dogs – something that’s long overdue and badly needed.  I’ve also written about the condition of the Jeep and my inability to afford getting the work done that she needs – new tires, tune up, and a solution to her coughing problem.  I’ve also been writing about the business – and how/where to get the funds needed to launch it properly and successfully without taking out loans.  It’s not that I’m opposed to taking out loans, but I’m still in the phases of taking control of my gross credit report and retoring it to good standing.

Furthermore, September was the start of a new financial management system for me, using an iphone application to create budgets and track spending as well as recording income.  I used a similar system last year and did quite well with it, then fell out of the habit when finances hit rock bottom to the point that there was nothing to manage (and no food in the cupboards), and I kicked back into survival mode.  September, I installed a new program, one that’s integrated into the phone as opposed to being web-based, and I’m doing rather well with it, even though I’m still in survival mode.  Things at work have been bad… and if they don’t change for the better – and soon – then I’m going to have to seriously consider changing jobs.  I only made $45 on Sunday (a fourteen hour day), and only brought in 25 yesterday.  I can’t survive on that.  That barely covers the gas to get to work, nevermind paying bills and providing food!

It should also be noted that yesterday’s Tarot Card, the 8 of Wands, referred to a possible inheritence of some kind, or an increase monetarily.

So yes, this card’s energy is well received today, and perfectly coupled with the Chariot.  Here’s what the guidebook says:

Financial Flow

Financial Flow

Card Meaning: You have manifested a new sense of abundance in your life. Any financial blocks have successfully been removed, and you are now in the flow of increased prosperity. Congratulations!

Description: Your finances are moving up to a new level. You have been praying for increased flow and have been visualizing greater wealth. Your positive thoughts and desires have resulted in a rich vein of abundance coming your way. This good fortune not only applies to money, but also to increased opportunities in your personal and professional life.

The fairies, who are supreme experts in manifestation, advise you to keep a positive and joyful heart as you experience your wonderful new state. Continually affirm, “I graciously accept good into my life right now” and “I deserve abundance”. If you find that this financial flow ever becomes interrupted, ask the fairies to help you adjust your thoughts and emotions so you can graciously and willingly accept all the gifts that you so richly deserve.

Affirmation: I am financially secure. I am supported abundantly today, and every day in my future.

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

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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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