08/23/11: Well-Earned Hope | The Star, Nine of Wands

“I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.” –Dalai Lama


Hope isn’t generally a gift, magically bestowed all aglitter with fairy dust by the spirit world. It more often is the result of a long, hard fight to conquer obstacles and continue moving forward.

Today’s Tarot forecast is a 2-fer deal, because as much as I love the first card, I wanted more to work with, so pulled a second. We’ve got the Star, or Daughter of the Firmament, associated with Aquarius, and the Nine of Wands or Lord of Great Strength, associated with Mars in Sagittarius.

Keep hope that meaningful, far-reaching change is within your grasp. Hope’s not a gift from the Gods or any such etheral thing. It’s more often payoff from  great (Sagittarius) effort (Mars), dedication to a constructive course of action sustained over the long haul.

Yeah, I know you’re tired. Me, too. I think I’ll take a nap, soon as Mercury goes direct. But for now, I still feel good about the hopes I’ve got. I’ve earned them.

How are you doing on the hope front?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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Everyday Tarot, 07/20/11: Nine of Wands–Last Round

IMG_1468-374x640.jpgIn any drawn-out struggle, there’s the point of decision—are you going to pack it up and cut your losses, or are you going to dig your heels in, and do whatever it takes to finish? Either one can be a valid choice, depending, but it’s the choice itself we’re talking about.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Nine of Wands or Lord of Great Strength, associated with Mars in Sagittarius.  This guy is in it for the long haul, no question about it! You see him when battle weary, drawing on those last reserves of strength and determination to hold your ground.

stubborn-goat.jpgThe Nine of Wands doesn’t ask if you’ve committed—he doesn’t generally show up unless there has been commitment and extensive efforts to follow through. Instead, he speaks to the cost of seeing it through.  “Do it or die trying” comes to mind, because that’s the attitude here. I’m hoping by the time you get to this point, you’ve already checked to see if it’s a hill worth dying on!

What I’m reminded of is all the work that has already been done—all the fight, the struggle and the progress. Yes, we may get tired. But you know, we’ve worked very hard already, to get this far. We’re in the final stages. The Nine of Wands suggests we can triumph, if we’re prepared to dig our heels in for the final phase. So take a deep breath, ask for whatever support you need, and let’s get this done, shall we?!

You digging your heels in?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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