daily tarot card: Wheel of Fortune

wheel of fortune
wheel of fortune, morgan greer tarot

One thing I’ve always loved about this particular depiction of the Wheel of Fortune, is the implication of enjoyment between the crowned pair.  The male figure appears to be smiling and cheering his beverage, and while the reader cannot see the female figure’s face, the pair has a dancing posture.  They seem completely unconcerned with the figure who has fallen off the Wheel and out of the frame.

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daily tarot cards: Six of Wands, the Lovers

six of wands
six of wands, morgan greer tarot

January 11, 2019

The six of wands acts as an anchor.  It’s seen as a celebratory card, and I agree that it is a sign of something gone “right.”  However, it comes (just over) midway through the journey of the wands, and so it is not a culminating card.  With the five of wands, the Seeker has overcome a struggle and brought something in to alignment.  Here, the six of wands reminds us we’re doing alright, but we’re not quite there yet.  It says, be your own best bet, baby.

the lovers
the lovers, morgan greer tarot

January 12, 2019

The Lovers can be an awkward card to read.  I mean, look at it — there are two beautiful, naked folks on this card, and the symbolism is very sensuous.  Is tarot telling me I’m about to get laid?  Short answer: no (but, like, fingers crossed amiright).

Long answer: I read this card as not about someone else, an external force.  Tarot is outside of my love life and all about me-myself-and-I.  I see this card as urging me to explore places where I am experiencing duality.  Coming in the major arcana as card six, it is the first card that openly addresses the Seeker’s physicality.  As such, the Lovers asks me to check in with my spiritual AND physical bodies.  What do they need?  Where can I give a little more?

Since January 5, when I did my last card progression check in, I’ve pulled: ten of wands, nine of pentacles, four of swords (twice!), ten of cups, six of wands and the Lovers.  I feel a strong emphasis on the mind-body connection and specifically seeking a balance there.  Interesting, as I am pushing myself to commit to a 30-day at home yoga practice starting tomorrow.  Hmm!  Time to set some serious intentions methinks.

I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.  I fell behind this week with the weekly exercises (worked lots of overtime…!) so I will be continuing with week 2 this week.

daily tarot card: the Hermit

the hermit
the hermit, morgan greer tarot

Today’s card is one of my favorite of the majors, in part because the Hermit is my birth card, but also because I can so easily identify with it.

I love this Morgan Greer version in particular.  It could be dusk or early dawn by the deep color of the sky.  The Hermit stands on a precipice, looking into the abyss.  They know what they will find there, but they peer, contemplating, in wonder.  It is a long way down from where they stand, and they traveled a long way to get there.  Ever on a path, the Hermit is.  Ever exploring the galaxy of their mind.

“Life is transitory and though the imposing mountains may belie that fact, don’t be fooled into thinking they will be there forever.” — The Hermit, Notes from the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

The Hermit is wise, true to themself, and has a thirst for knowledge and personal righteousness.  They walk a solitary path, unafraid.  They are ever searching, spiraling deeper into themself, into the world, on a quest for answers, meaning.  They do what is right simply because they should, not for glory.  They are Gandalf.  They know the value of living and “implores you to follow your dreams and make the most of your short, wild life on this planet” (Notes from the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot).

The next exercise in the Alternative Tarot Course for week 1 was to calculate and explore my birth card.  I already knew my birth card so I found it interesting for it to show up today!  The above writing is my exploration of this archetype.

I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.

daily tarot card: the World

the world
the world, morgan greet tarot

I find that the World doesn’t “say” much but rather implies an emotion or state of being.  I starting journaling about this card not knowing what to say, thinking that I didn’t have much to say, but as tarot and journaling go, once I got started, the associations were easy to make.

I’ve been playing around with a word for 2019 — flow — and I feel it in this card.  I saw an image a while ago that was a venn diagram labeled discipline in one circle, surrender in another, and the overlapping bit read “flow.”  It struck me how these concepts relate in that way.  The graphic reminded me of the quotation, “Discipline is the cornerstone of freedom.”  It’s a concept I struggle with, particularly in my creative life.  I keep this fantastical idea that when creativity strikes, everything flows, and hard work becomes a pleasure, but in reality, creativity is work just like any other job or calling, and requires dedication.  I heard a phrase on a podcast a couple weeks ago, “when discipline becomes devotion,” and that’s exactly this idea of flow in life, in creativity.

This is how I feel the World.  There is a sense of surrender, the discipline that got us here, that still lingers, and the flowing sweetness that is the continuing journey.

We never fully reach an “end” or “completion” though.  This Alan Watts speech came to mind:

The existence, the physical universe, is basically playful.  There is no necessity for it whatsoever.  It isn’t going anywhere.  That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it ought to arrive at … We simply cheated ourselves a whole way down the line.  We thought of life by analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, that the thing was to get to that end: success, or whatever it is or maybe heaven after you’re dead.  But we missed the point, the whole way along, it was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.

Life is the flow of play.  The World reminds me of that state of being.  The World asks me to drop in, to pay attention to the cycles, to let the feelings, experiences, this sense of being, flow through me.

I am blogging my experiences here with Beth Maiden’s Alternative Tarot Course which asks students to draw a card each day, reflect on it, complete weekly readings, and other assorted exercises.