Seven Of Wands: Stand Up And Be Heard!

7 Wands

Love this. I did a Tarot reading online today and got the Seven Of Wands. It said: Clear communication is vital. Stand up and be heard.

That message fits in so well with this card. Look at the man with the wand in his hand battling away there. He’s trying to say something. Trying to be heard amongst the rabble.  You can see that he’s facing a great deal of opposition. It’s never easy to get your message across when it differs from what others say or believe. But wands cards demand you be brave.

If you get the Seven Of Wands in a reading it could be a sign that you need to speak up for yourself. In which case you should absolutely go for it. Good luck!

The Tarot Of Digital Binging

I spend way too much time on the ol’ internet. So I thought I’d investigate the Tarot of Digital Binging…

Page Of Swords R

Page Of Swords Reversed: Messages written in haste. (Let’s face it, a lot of stuff on the net is not very well thought through.)

8 Wands

Eight Of Wands: Message coming in quickly.

The Empress R

The Empress Reversed: Indulgence. Overdosing on something you enjoy.

Five Of Swords + The Devil: Trolling. Not all digital binging is good.

8 Pentacles R

Eight Of Pentacles Reversed: Processing things by rote. I’m as guilty of overpressing Like on Facebook as the next person.

Any more you’d like to add?

The Hierophant Reversed: Social Pressure

Hierophant R

The Hierophant. He’s the priest, the pope and the high priestess. But also the king, the queen, the police, the lawyer, the teacher, every social commentator you come across. He’s your Uncle Jim keeping you cornered at some family function raving on about his right wing/left wing/anarchist cause. Me on this blog. The school crossing lady making you check both ways for oncoming cars. Your ballet/black belt/swimming coach. A scout leader. All those shopkeepers you came across as a child who reminded you to use your manners. Every poet and writer and singer and movie star whose words you’ve looked to for guidance. Your psychiatrist. Psychologist. Therapist. Doctor. Basically, anyone trying to teach you something about the world. Right or wrong as they may be.

Reversed, he can be those peeps putting you under pressure. To follow the rules, obey the law, do the ‘right’ thing, stick to the status quo, not rock the boat, etc etc etc. He can be the policeman beating the protestor on the street with a baton. The army imposing martial law. Women making snide comments about another’s behavior. Mother-in-laws from hell criticising their son’s bride. Being forced to have an abortion or give a child up for adoption. Feeling pressured to cook the roast a certain way by your husband/mother/friends.

We’ve all been on the wrong side of this card. And it hurts.

Can you think of any other examples?

Nine Of Wands Reversed: Being Paranoid

9 Wands R

Nine Of Wands: A man stands holding onto a wand looking ready for battle. He’s primed and prepped to defend his territory. The bandage around his head suggests he’s experienced heavy fighting. The line of wands at his rear are the skills he’s drawn on to survive.

Reversed, the man is drawing on this energy in a dysfunctional way. He’s on guard. Defensive. Fired up for no reason. Prepared for a fight without any provocation. Paranoid.

I would expect this card to come up on a regular basis for survivors. Those who’ve experienced a great deal of trauma in their lives. It can be hard when you’ve lived through a lot of battles to believe you don’t need to fight anymore.

Anyone like to share their experiences with this card?

Saturday Night Fight Club: The Hierophant Vs The Lovers

The Hierophant

The Hierophant: A man sits on a throne holding a sceptre in one hand and giving some kind of sign with his other. He is dressed in ceremonial robes and wears a crown on his head. Two men kneel at his feet looking subservient.

The Hierophant symbolises authority figures in our society such as priests, kings and presidents but also teachers, policemen and lawyers. This card represents the lessons taught us by society.

 

The Lovers

The Lovers: A naked man and woman. The epitome of love. Sexual love. Relationship. Intimacy. Funnily enough though, while the man’s looking at the woman she’s not staring back at him but at the angel in the heavens above.

This card represents choice. Who we choose to be in a relationship with. What we choose to focus on. What temptations we choose to succumb to and what we resist.

The Lovers card follows the Hierophant in Life Lessons Tarot (aka the Major Arcana). First we learn what society expects of us and then we choose which of those expectations we are going to adhere to. You can see this process being played out during childhood. Primary school children like rules and follow them without question. Teenagers experiment, trying different life experiences regardless of whether they’re legal or not.

The Hierophant Vs The Lovers.

Society Expectation Vs Individual Preference.

Tradition Vs Freedom Of Choice.

Which of these cards speaks most to you?

Wheel Of Fortune Reversed: Caught In The Media Spin Cycle

Wheel Of Fortune R

The Wheel Of Fortune represents the passing of time, the cycles of life, the ups and downs we go through. Reversed it can signify a cycle out of whack. On speed. Crazed. This is a card for our times if ever there was one. We’re all caught in the 24/7 media spin cycle. Beit conveyed the old fashioned way via television and print or spewed out of the internet on blogs, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, whatev.

So much information, so little real news.

Too many molehills. Too few actual mountains.

Peeps jumped on the actress Emma Thompson this week when she suggested women can benefit from taking a year off work to spend time with their children. Oh, the uproar this caused. Oh, the outrage that she should dare suggest such a thing when most mothers can’t afford such a luxury. Seriously, what the? She was talking in the context of her own personal situation as an actress who is away from home for long periods. It was an off-the-cuff remark. But from the reaction you’d have thought she was making it law.

Here in my hometown others are jumping up and down at the moment because a teenage girl in a special education program had her armpits shaved at school. As did the rest of the girls in her class. Practical skills like shaving are a normal part of special education programs and parents were informed in advance. Yet you’d think the child had been physically assaulted from the response her parent’s complaint about this has generated.

Meanwhile profound events become just another item squeezed in between grumpy cats and celebrity tidbits. Climate change. Innocents slaughtered with guns yet again in America. Hundreds of girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria. Probably raped. A woman bludgeoned to death in Pakistan by her own family for not marrying the man of their choice.

The non-stop avalanche of news mutes our ability to respond appropriately. We struggle to catch our breath. Feel overwhelmed by information. Have already moved onto the next thing.

The lesson of the Wheel Of Fortune card is that a well-lived life is yin and yang. It needs to have slow periods as well as busy ones. Quiet contemplation as well as determined action. And embracing this reality is part of our journey to wisdom. In a non-stop news cycle there is no opportunity for stepping back and seeing the bigger picture, for putting things in perspective. And we are all the losers as a result.

Do you ever find yourself sucked into the internet?

Judgement: Still I Rise!

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom
Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room?
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
Cause I laugh like I got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.