It was with some amusement that I started to list the attributes of The Queen of Pentacles as practical, earthy and hardworking, and then realised that I have been working today at a shop called Earth Spirit!
This shop could be made for the Queen of Pentacles as all the merchandise reflects the beauty and richness of the earth. There are books about trees and songbirds; an array of mesmerising crystals and stones from the belly of the Earth itself; there are beautiful pictures depicting Goddesses and mythical creatures. I can’t think of anywhere that the Queen of Pentacles would be more at home!
Anyway, this is where I have been working today. I have swept and tidied and cleaned the glass display cabinets. Then I got to work on creating a display table with the theme of midwinter, to show off some of the beautiful items on sale which reflect the cold and icy season.
Although I don’t always relate easily to the Queen of Pentacles, today it was the perfect card to describe the energies of the day.
Today’s Daily Card, the Seven of Cups is all about choices. Sometimes it can appear that there are so many choices that it can feel overwhelming and immobilising. What to choose? With so many tantalising options we must remember that “all that glitters is not gold”. Some of the most desirable looking options may turn out to be a poison chalice. Do we want fame and recognition, beauty, wealth, wisdom or the mystery prize shrouded in secrecy? Be careful what you wish for as you might just get it!
This is a time to focus and get clear on what I really want and then stop daydreaming and bring my dreams into reality. Until I do this all those beguiling options are nothing more than “pie in the sky”. Time to get real; what am I working towards? What do I want to achieve? I need to base my decision on the answers to these questions and then concentrate on working towards these goals and putting my dreams into action. I think that the best way to do this is to “follow my bliss”, always being authentic and true to myself. If it feels right then hopefully I will not stray from my true path.
This morning I asked for guidance regarding my gifts and talents. I wanted to know which strengths I had which could be put to use in the world with best effect, both for myself and others. The Queen of Wands and The Ace of Swords literally shot out of the pack with a force and gusto which immediately indicated their resonance with the question I had just asked!
Firstly the Queen of Wands speaks to me of enthusiasm, warmth, positivity and inspiration. This queen is bursting with a vivid radiance, exuberance and creativity which she brings to bear on all her projects. Her life force is palpable and she can’t help but motivate and inspire others to be their best selves. This is the energy which I need to bring to my connections with others in 2015.
The second card that leapt from the pack shrieking “me, me, me!” was The Ace of Swords. This card imbues me with the sense that this year is all about communication, whether that be via the written word, face to face or connecting with like minded people online. Whereas 2014 was a very introspective “Hermit” year for me, this year tells me that it is time to get out there and share my gifts with others. Instead of sitting on the sidelines of life it is my time to fully immerse myself in connecting and networking…..sharing my experiences and what I have learned in my life so far. Although 2014 was a navel gazing year, my natural inclination has always been to reach out to others and help them in whatever small way I can. This year it is time to make use of my friendly, approachable nature in combination with communication and people skills to really try and make a difference! Bring it on!
Today’s card is The Star! Another beautiful card that promises that wishes will come true. After The Fool yesterday, this speaks to me of taking chances and opportunities; of seizing the day! This will be the way to make things happen this year and follow the path to my own North Star. Dreams can finally become a reality in 2015 and hope springs eternal. These two cards in tandem are an amazingly positive omen and give me a sense of excitement and enthusiasm to embark on the next phase of my journey; a adventure that will hopefully take me to some awesome new places, people and circumstances!
Today when choosing my Daily Card I asked for a card that would provide the overarching theme for 2015. I wanted something that would condense the essence of this new year into the energies of one card that would provide an anchor and reference point as I navigate 2015.
I was thrilled to see The Fool as this is a card of opportunity and adventure; a card that says a resounding “YES” to life. The Fool is not afraid to jump right into life and trusts that she will be guided and taken care of on her journey into the unknown.
Last year was definitely spent contemplating and consolidating and integrating all the change that has taken place in the last year or so. Towards the end of the year I was starting to feel that enough navel gazing had taken place, and it was time to jump back into the flow of life and start fully living again.
Drawing The Fool card today was confirmation that 2015 is the year to take life by the throat and get on with the business of living and experiencing again. Time to travel light, to have fun and simplify. Time to “just do it”!
The card I have picked today is The Ace of Swords. This is the card of sudden flashes of insight and clarity. Maybe you have been wrestling with a thorny issue or problem for some time, and then suddenly, like a bolt from the blue the answer is presented to you in a wholly formed flash of inspiration. You wonder why this perfect solution had never occurred to you before…..but here it is, flawless in it’s creative simplicity!
If you get a sudden, lightening bolt of inspiration today be sure to make a note of it as it could be just the solution you’ve been searching for!
Today’s card is a truly beautiful one! In The Wild Unknown the image depicts a strong and pure white tree against a pitch black night sky, illuminated only by a crescent moon. The tree is edged with glorious pink, purple and red blossom to represent fertility, femininity and abundance.
The dark night sky suggests the mystery and shadows of the Divine Feminine and alludes to the power of intuition and inner wisdom.
The Empress also has a deep and sensual connection with life and nature, and a strong need for creative self expression and beauty in her life. This is a time to fully explore your world using the five senses: immerse yourself in a sensual maelstrom of soothing and harmonious sounds, delectable tastes and smells, the pure comfort of natural fibres to keep out the Wintet chill, and the awe inspiring sights of the natural world.
The Sensual World – Kate Bush
This card signifies that something is coming to an end. It is time to let go of whatever it is and move on. The light at the top of the card represents a new dawn and the beginning of fresh new opportunities.
This card, in The Wild Unknown also talks to me of something unseen; this can either be because another person is keeping you in the dark about something, or because you yourself are choosing or refusing to look at an issue in your life. There is a suggestion that someone else is betraying you by stabbing you in the back, or again you may be turning this self-destructive tendency on yourself and being your own worst enemy by refusing to recognise something that really needs to be addressed.
The Seven of Pentacles is a card all about putting in the hard work and then waiting patiently for the results to appear.
This is a bit like planting seeds in the garden. Once we have done the work of preparing the soil, planting the seeds and ensuring that they are watered, we know that we have given the seeds the optimum conditions to grow. All we can then do is remain patient, continue to nurture the seeds and then have faith that we have done enough to produce the results we are hoping for.
If we grow impatient and dig the seeds up to see if there is any sign of them sprouting, we will have undone all our diligent work and ruined our chances of success.
To me, this card is about playing the long game. We are not going to get immediate gratification on this project. Instead, it is about setting things up so that we have the best possible chance of success in the future.
The rose depicted on this card looks so dejected and is wilting and beginning to lose it’s petals. It appears to be in serious need of nourishment and sustenance before it is too late.
This is a bit how I feel at the moment; utterly dependant on others to support me and reliant on them to provide me with the basics of life. Currently I cannot support myself without help and this makes me feel much like the rose who appears to be hanging her head in shame and dejection.
Strangely however, The Emperor card also fell out of the deck with The Five of Pentacles!
This seems to be relaying the emphatic message that I have the personal power to be able to support myself in the world. It seems to be saying that I have the skills and abilities that I can put to work to stand tall and proud and independent in my own right. I just need to tap into a place of energy and motivation as symbolised by the solar power in the card to make this happen.