Friday, 7 March 2014
The card points me toward the weekend, or perhaps the end of the day today: 'You can now start to take a break and appreciate the results of your hard work and effort,' says the companion book, which goes on to say, 'Once we have prepared the ground and planted the seed, we need to stand back and let the growing take place without further interference or worry.' That's the kind of work I hope to get done today.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Today I receive training on a tedious bit of work that is going to make up the bulk of my work for the rest of the month. So in order to keep my head above water, I suppose I am going to have to learn to balance the tedium with, as the book suggests, a playful attitude.
I still don't think she looks very playful, though! Though I suppose juggling while a ship sinks is a kind of playful thing to do. Or 'Foolish'. Or maybe just oblivious. Or possibly desperate.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Today's card from Druidcraft Tarot is King of Pentacles. My manager is back in today and I have meetings scheduled most of the day, so my time alone to sort things out is over. I think I've got my head around everything I've been given so far, so I believe I'm ready for the next things they show me. The companion book says the King of Pentacles can 'indicate the steady progress and success of a business, project or career' and that 'in other circumstances, it might symbolize a traditional, established organization or profession.'
My managers have been mentioned 'when you get your feet under the table,' and so drawing the King of Pentacles gives me hope that at least I am going to be able to recognize the table when I eventually find it! Now...where's that Walnut flower remedy...
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
The 9 of Pentacles from the Druidcraft Tarot is the card of the day. I love the lady in her pure white dress, with her bird of prey. She stands in a garden that is just enjoying the first flush of spring, which is unusual, as the 9 of Pentacles card often depicts lush harvest and the meaning is usually along the lines of reveling in one's accomplishments or the secure position of one's material life. 'Generally this card indicates a productive, active and settled life, which is self-assured and spiritually aware,' says the Druidcraft companion book. That's nice, particularly coupled with the early signs of life on the card, which I can't help of course but to relate to my new job. The card does seem to be pointing toward time and space to actually explore the early details of my role, and begin to see the buds of understanding come to life, which eventually will take shape in material reality. 'You may now have the opportunity to pursue solitary interests or paths you have previously be unable to explore' takes on an immediate meaning -- yesterday I was booked solid from 8.30 -5.00 with no time allowed for me to examine my materials or do any reflective thinking. Altogether, I'm unimpressed with the induction program that has been created for me, but there's nothing I can do about it but make the best of it. It will be nice to have the entire afternoon to myself to plow through and make sense of all these notes I was given yesterday and told to read!
Monday, 3 March 2014
It was a busy day today, the first day of my new job. I felt tired and overwhelmed, and this card reminded me to just take it all in and let it percolate inside. So that's what I did. I was an empty vessel, receiving -- much like the shape of the High Priestess's arms, which form a grail or cup shape to receive wisdom from the moon and the stars.
When I got home, I was knackered, my feet hurt and I was starving. I left the house at 7.35 am, got home at nearly 7 pm. This is going to be the case most days, so when I will ever find the time or inclination to work out again, who knows! But that, too, is something to worry about another day.
I drew all my cards for the week in advance, and funnily enough, the entire week after today is Pentacles -- not a big surprise considering my week will be dominated by learning the basics of a new job.
Friday, 28 February 2014
|Visconti-Sforza Golden Tarot|
So who else could I draw but Mr Death?
My current job draws to a close. The current moon phase draws to a close (it's a new moon tomorrow). Mercury retrograde draws to a close (today's the last day!). It is a day of endings in many ways.
I like this Death card. He's not so much a skeleton as a dried up corpse. Eventually he'll be a skeleton...He wears a bandage around his head like some sort of martial arts competitor, but most likely they are the bandages of his winding sheets, the rags he was wrapped in for burial. It could also be a blindfold that he has pushed back off his eyes (or that has just slid off). The striped item he holds in his left hand could be a serpent or it could be the remains of a long bow. The wand in his right hand could be the remnants of an arrow, or it could be a riding crop...I believe they are a bow and arrow: Dal Negro.
For further reading on Death imagery: Death Takes a Grisly Shape.
Interesting iconography, and I can see the significance of the card for me today. But Death is only card number 13 in the trump sequence -- there are many cards to follow. So onward and upward!
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Out of curiosity, I had a look in Yoav Ben-Dov's 'The Open Reading' to see what he has to say about the Knight of Coins:
'Advancing toward a goal that seems close at hand but somehow eludes our grasp. ...Constantly chasing after money, either due to a real need or because in this frame of mind one can never have enough.'
Now that is not an interpretation I have ever used for Knight of Pentacles, though of course in the Rider Waite Smith deck, the Knight is holding the pentacle, whereas in the Tarot de Marseilles, the giant coin float in the air in front of his face, which could, I suppose, lead to this alternate meaning.
Well, I'm certainly not chasing after money. And in my tarot world, the Knight of Pentacles is the firm, stable, slow-going, patient, hardworking, gentle-spirited, self-effacing one in the tarot courts. Sitting firmly on his big, sturdy horse, well-rooted to the fertile earth, the sky awash with the glow of the life-giving sun, and bunches of lush greenery decorating himself and his horse's harness. I don't think he's materialistic, I think he's grounded, and those are not even close to the same thing.