Today’s Tarot Card Reading come from The English Magic Tarot by Rex Van Ryn, Steve Dooley and Andy Letcher Copyright 2015 (The unfamiliar terms used with this deck is in England’s English)
Queen of Cups – A Court Card
Compassion; self-loathing; insobriety
Description: A queen sits on a cold throne. She looks worn out by life, cold to the marrow.
Interpretation: This poor woman seems very lost. Her seat looks more like a prison or a torture device than a throne. That steaming cup is just her first drink of the day. Woe betide her poor servants as the day continues. Someone will be in for a tongue-lashing. She’s the Queen of Hearts and her favorite words are “Off with his head!”
We all know someone like this. They are extremely difficult to be around, shooting out barbs at the slightest provocation. And yet, behind their walled exterior is a small voice calling for help. A withered tree in the background still bears fruit. There is always hope for redemption.
When someone ends up like this, you have to ask, compassionately, why? Some dreadful hurt must have been inflicted, a blow from which she never recovered. She numbed the pain the only way she knew how, through drink, and yet the pain remains.
The Queen of Cups invites us to put down the bottle, hold our tongues, and rediscover the compassion in our hearts. If you do so, you will be wise beyond measure.
Temperance – 14 Major Arcana
Pages 48 and 49
Description: A woman dips her head into a pool. She’s framed by two willow trees. She holds two cups behind her back and pours liquid from one to the other. A big cat stands on a tumulus behind her.
Interpretation: Here, everything is in balance. The willow trees show summer and winter in perfect equipoise. The woman is lightly balanced between earth and water, all the while performing some extraordinary feat of juggling behind her back. Is that cloth pouring from her cups, or water? Blood, even? She doesn’t spill a single drop. You can imagine the contents running back and forth from one to the other eternally.
One of the four, medieval cardinal virtues, Temperance has had something of bad press late. Oscar Wilde famously quipped, “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” When I think of temperance, I imagine self-righteous Sunday morning moralizers wagging a finger at our Saturday night misdemeanors, or of a sweaty Sergeant Howie in The Wicker Man, slapping the wall, as he desperately attempts to reign in his cardinal desires. If only he hadn’t. Yet the moderation depicted here is effortless, requiring neither self-flagellation nor self-congratulation. It speaks of a much easier kind of balance, the balance on which the universe rests.
All extremes flow into each other. Star are born and die. Summer becomes winter becomes summer again. Full becomes empty. The wheel turns. Accept this simple truth and nothing can knock you from your feet.
Reading: Temperance encourages us to find balance in our lives, the still waters of this place. If reversed, things have become out of balanced, perhaps dangerously so. Let the governing tides of the universe draw things back to equilibrium again.
Ace of Cups
Love; friendship; emotions; feeling
Description: In this coat of arms we see the Holy Grail. The legend reads “water my blood” and urges us “to keep silent.”
Interpretation: The Ace of Cups is the element of water at its more pure. It’s the refreshing spring bubbling up from the rocks, the trickle that will become a great river meandering to the sea. It’s the beginning of some new emotional journey. It’s the first flush of love and the aching love of life. It’s a pure feeling. It’s the Holy Grail.
Reading: The Ace of Cups represents a spring, a fountain, and the opening up of emotions. It signifies love of every kind, from romantic love to friendship. If the card is reversed then something is damming the water supply, leading to stagnation. Unlock the channels. Remember how to feel.
Nine of Swords
Worry; anxiety; nightmares
Description: A sleeping solider is having a nightmare. Unarmoured, he fends off nine swords and seven rocks.
Interpretation: Have you ever awakened from a dream so terrible that you sit bolt upright, your body shaking? We all get nightmares from time to time. We all suffer occasional bouts of insomnia, kept awake by churning worries in our busy mind.
Here, a solider fast asleep but we’re privy to his nightmares. He’s hounded by nine swords that chop at him, this way and that, and he has only his bare arms to fend them off. His armour lies below him, useless. Where on earth did he leave his swords? Can’t anyone hear his cries for help? It’s a classic anxiety dream.
Those birds may be coming in viciously to peck at him, but they might also be there to show that his worries are as insubstantial as air. Dreams are important. As an ENglish magician, you should pay close attention to them. At the same time, worrying endlessly about our problems when we ought to be sleeping won’t help you or anyone. It’s tempting to think that if we just go over a difficult situation, one more time, we might be able to puzzle it out. This card says otherwise.
Reading: Something is worrying you, but going over the problem again and again isn’t helping. If the card is reversed, then you might be having night terrors or insomnia. Remember that, at night, everything seems ten time worse than it actually is. In the morning, those birds will seem insignificant.
Elder Futhark Rune
Stands for: Day
Casting meaning: Dagaz represents a stability between opposites, such as light and dark. It can stop harmful energy from getting to you but at the same time allow the good energy to slip through so that you can make good use of it.
Always a good omen, the Sun Rune means something of value is coming your way. You can look forward to taking a bold step, embarking in a new direction.
Some may be carried out of their daily grind by unexpected and fortunate events. Other will be made aware of added responsibility and will have to deal with it.
Expect public promotions and public affairs. Look to be amazed, dazzled or even shocked by scandals. An older person, or person of authority could have the answers you are now seeking.
Accept your position as a mover and shaker of the world. For you, the time is right to head for the spotlight.
O is Onn, or Ohn, and represents the Gorse bush, sometimes called Furze. This yellow, flowery shrub grows on moors all year long, and is full of nectar and pollen. It’s a food source for many animals–the stalks are munched on by grazing livestock–but eventually Furze is set on fire. This controlled burn allows old deadwood to be gotten rid of, and clears the way for new life to begin. Gorse (Furze) represents long-term thinking and planning–knowing that sometimes we have to do without in order to gain things in the future. Gorse is a determined sort of plant that always comes back, and so it is also connected with perseverance and hope.
In some pieces of Celtic folklore, the Gorse is used as a protective barrier. Planting it around one’s home would keep the Sidhe away, and it can be shaped into a broom for sweeping away negative influences.
Mundane Aspects: Whatever you’ve been looking for is right around the corner–keep pursuing your goals, because they are within your reach. If you aren’t sure what path you should be on or which direction you should head, sit down and make a list of goals. Figure out the destination, and then you’ll be able to focus on the journey.
Magical Aspects: Your spiritual journey has provided you with an abundance of gifts. Don’t keep these blessings to yourself–share them with others! If you’ve been asked to take on a role as leader or mentor, now is the time to do so.
Generous to a fault, this number brings financial ups and downs. It is extremely creative, loyal and loving. It is considered a Power number.
Animal Spirit Guide or Helper
Today’s Animal Spirt Guide card comes from Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer Copyright 2008
“The polarities of your spiritual pursuits and physical pleasures are out of balance, so do whatever is necessary to bring them back into equilibrium”
Pages 24 to 26
When on a spiritual path, it’s easy to idealize what being spiritual means. It can become a rigid mental imprint upon which you judge anything that varies from your conceptualization of what “being spiritual” is suppose to be about. This includes not only another person’s practices and beliefs, but your own. Falling short of this idealism leads to either assuming a righteous and arrogant position with others, or when self-imposed, elicits guilt and shame.
This spiritual perfectionism can make you reticent about enjoying the pleasures of the material world, as well as those of your physical body. The Earth Herself provides a dazzling and sensual panorama of experiences to be directly encountered through the physical senses. Yet for many, truly enjoying the pleasures of senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell can be fraught with worry, anxiety, guilt, and shame—products of early childhood religious and/or cultural conditioning. Others become so entangled in the world of senses that it becomes their god, and their spiritual core is lost to materiality.
To be polarized in one direction or another takes you either to lofty heights and iridescent abstractions that are completely ungrounded, or else causes you to become caught up in the glue of the mundane world without the guiding light of Spirit to provide a locus of authority. With the blessing of your awareness, you can redirect your thoughts and actions towards that which brings greater balance and fluidity between two polarities.
Associations: Courtship; Singing; Vitality; Self-defense; Integration; Balance; Spirituality; Fatherhood; Harmony; Self-expression; Confidence; Listening; Intuition; Creativity; Responsibility; Colorfulness