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.

daily tarot card: Five of Wands

five of wands
five of wands, morgan greer tarot

This card reminds me of struggle and strife.  It looks like a lot of people clamoring for a spot or for what they think is right.  I don’t think it’s anything violent, but as wands are the suit of fire and creativity, it brings to mind when people are excited and want their opinions and ideas heard.  How can everyone in this space be validated and given a platform?

It brings to mind, for me, situations where my partner and I don’t exactly see “eye to eye” and we need to find a middle ground in order to move forward.  We’ve done a lot of this while experiencing buying and working on our house.

A lot of times, it’s me who is loudest or most particular or wants my way.  In our relationship, I am more uptight and Andrew is more laid-back.  What I’ve learned of late is that no one person needs to be “right.”  I’ve learned things aren’t always perfect or just one thing or another.  There are grey areas and compromises that aren’t bad, but are simply a shift.

I feel this is the lesson of the five of wands: where there is clamoring and disagreement, there often needs to be a shift in focus or perspective in order to move forward.

Back to my example of our home, it means that our compromise of today is putting aside the current big project (painting the bathroom) and instead lounging with our cat, Gary, and watching all of the Lord of the Rings extended films.  It is giving ourselves space and permission to relax and enjoy and fill our cups before plunging into 2019.  It is putting aside the to do list to just be.

Relating this back to the five of wands, this does not take the focus off the bigger picture, but allows us to “live our truth” for today and simply be.


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: Three of Cups

three of cups
three of cups, morgan greer tarot

The three of cups is luxury, joy, celebration, revelry, bliss, thankfulness, reflection.  This card is about looking back on what has passed and looking forward to what is to come and being so pleased about the whole juicy journey.

There is a sense of community and connection to other people — stereotypically female friendships, then familial ties — that doesn’t always resonate with me because I am so introverted and I don’t “thrive” because of relationships.  To be honest, this is probably something shadowy in me that needs some attention, but on the whole, at the moment, it doesn’t bother me.

Mostly, the three of cups speaks to me about lust for life and being proud of my journey.  It symbolizes the creature comforts of life, the beautiful things.  I love these three (white) women, how they all look a little different (tbh just their hair color and length), their beautiful floral crowns, the lush scenery, the massive goblets and the ripe fruit before them.  The cups are the suit of water, but I get a very grounded, rooted, feeling from this card.  This card encourages stability and a strong sense of self.

This is a lovely card for New Year’s Eve because, for today especially, it asks us to reflect, but only on the good stuff, and to say fuck off to all the bad stuff or whatever that didn’t work out this last year.  It asks us to be hopeful for the future, to look forward to what will come to pass, and to celebrate the cycles of life.

I really like this card, particularly this depiction.  I don’t always exactly connect with it because of what I said above re: relationships, but this version speaks very clearly to 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.

daily tarot card: Six of Pentacles

six of pentacles
six of pentacles, morgan greer tarot

This card is a give and take, maybe portraying a miser, someone who keeps tabs, and makes sure the books are balanced.  There seems to be more people in need than are giving out.

This is a very practical, earthy card, in the sense that it is very stereotypical “pentacles” to me, and thus relating to the element of earth.

The red strip divides the card, and the six pentacles, right down the middle.

This card makes me ask how I can keep things fair and balanced, how everyone can be happy.  The man, however, doesn’t seem to be particularly pleased to be giving out his money but it seems that he views it as his duty.

To me, I see this card most playing out in my domestic life (I really hate reading the pentacles as solely relating to material possessions and money).  I see this card in my home, with my partner.  I see this card as a reminder or nudge to keep things tidy, with everything in order, and my partner and I on the same page.  This card is about acknowledging the “other’s” needs and offering what you can in return.

I’m neutral about this card, but if I read it beyond money and balancing the books, it’s easier to relate to.  When I read it as just sharing myself, my gifts, my time, it is easier to understand.

Today, the day on which I drew the card, I felt this card pushing me to get some chores and jobs done around the house, making sure things are set for the week and the New Year.  (Though that could have just been my anxiety around my to do list, but who knows :))


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.