12/11/11: Watery Waves | Knight of Cups

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"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

You can know something, and then, you can feel it. These are two entirely different phenomena. Until it makes full circle, hitting both your brain and your heart, you’re at disadvantage. When the two meet, however, you’ve reached a very powerful place.

Today’s Tarot is the Knight of Cups, associated with Air in Water. This version from Legacy of the Divine features Koi fish flanking the helmet, which have quite a lot of symbolism associated anyway—particularly regarding transformation. Seems fitting to me, as emotional states are central to just about any kind of transformation.

I often see this Knight when there is instability—back and forth feelings, tumultuous emotion. Knights tend to be a bit all-or-nothing, an exaggerated expression of the suits’ energy for me. To work with him, call upon the Air side, since the Water is probably already evident. Think it through. Which emotions make sense, and which don’t? Which are supported by reason, an accurate reflection of current reality? Which seem to be replays of old experience, old wounds?

The Knight of Cups points to strong emotion, in flux. Allow for it, and be kind to yourself for the duration. If you can keep the fear to a minimum, you’ll also be able to call upon your intuition—specifically, what makes you feel good when thinking about the topic at hand?—to guide. Ride it out and you’ll see your way to shore soon.

Are you feeling the Knight of Cups?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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Everyday Tarot, 07/22/11: Doublecheck before Hotfooting it | Rev. Knight of Wands

knight-wands-reversed“I’m surprised you’re still in business,” the email said. It was the latest in a series of unpleasant emails. I was looking for final payment for web service, and he was looking for final shots.

It was absolutely all I could do, not to grab the bait. Good God, I wanted to snark back! I started to, several times. But then, I stopped myself and a deep breath.

What do you hope to accomplish here, Dixie?”  I mean, really, what could I expect? That he’d have a sudden Come-to-Jesus moment because of my magical retort?  He knew he was being an ass. He was going out of his way to be an ass. So, I could either grant him the buzz of noticeably disturbing me with his assiness, or I could email-filter that irritation right out of my reality. I don’t have to tell you which I picked.

vintage_hotfoot_1Today’s Tarot forecast is the Knight of Wands or “Prince of the Chariot of Fire,” associated with Air in Fire. He’s inverted, naturally, because we’re all so damn hot to trot about moving forward now—he’s got to show up as the royal party pooper, suggesting we’ll have to keep ourselves under control.

Knights have a tendency to get carried away anyhow—with ideas and ideals. They are enthusiastic, but not necessarily experienced, so we are probably looking at a raw, edgy quality surrounding circumstance. It’s bold, vivid and in full color, but reversed, it may be unfinished or incomplete.

The inverted Knight of Wands cautions us to make sure the direction we’re charging is aligned with the intended destination. The strong, sudden urge to just do is not sufficient indication of helpful, productive action. If your compass agrees, carry on! Otherwise, restrain yourself, Sparky. Don’t want to burn down the wrong house.

You have the urge to run?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
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Everyday Tarot, 07/08/11: Packing Emotional Baggage w/Knight of Cups

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“Love is always bestowed as a gift – freely, willingly and without expectation. We don’t love to be loved; we love to love.”  –Leo Buscaglia

“Should” is a very powerful word—when applied to ourselves, it can either light a path or condemn our missteps. When applied to others, it can bring contentment, or, perhaps more likely, disappointment. What to do with that pesky old, “should” anyway?

Today’s Tarot Forecast is the Knight of Cups or “Prince of the Chariot of the Waters.” Associated with Air in Water, remember that thoughts modify the emotional responses. I often see the knight with emotional flux—all the Tarot knights tend to show up for me when situations are not stable. Knights also tend to be idealistic and impulsive, so I look for similar qualities in the energy surrounding them.

I know, I go back and forth. I know, my stance changes as I process, forget, remember, revisit and readjust my thinking on emotionally charged issues. I go in, with an open heart, but the mind is not always so willing. It bends and sways and flutters about, and my heart follows.

The Knight of Cups reminds me that my emotions are fluid, and heavily colored by my thoughts. I can set “should” aside for “is”—being, knowing, and best I can, living in the now. That doesn’t mean injuries cease to exist, or the painful suddenly becomes soothing.

Mostly, he tells me I get to decide how much emotional baggage I’m taking with me on the trip. Maybe time to pull out some of those spare outfits. The case gets kind of heavy. My arm’s tired. I just worry, though…if I clean it all the way out, am I going to be caught unprepared? Because there is a reason, those outfits are in there. Cleaning out the bag is a tradeoff.

What does the Knight of Cups have to say to you?

Tarot of the New Vision (English and Spanish Edition)
by Lo Scarabeo

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Everyday Tarot, 07/05/11: The Light Out Front | Knight of Pentacles

IMG_1416I’d gotten some rollerblades and I didn’t want to kill myself on them. So I went to a rink for a couple of lessons. It’s my first, from the owner, who’s swaying in and out, skating backwards in front of me so we could talk.

“Visualize a big ball of energy, like light, floating about three feet in front of you. Let it lead…just follow the energy. Don’t look down at your feet. Follow your ball of light. Stay with it.”

I was surprised a skating lesson felt so Zen.

Today’s Tarot is the Knight of Pentacles associated with Air of Earth. Get your thoughts grounded. Get real. And get busy.

All this stuff you’ve been playing with in your head, planning to do? The “You know you should, you know you want to, you know you’re life will be better once you do it” kind of stuff? Do that.

It doesn’t have to be a big thing, okay? No need to suck the joy out of the room by insisting everything has to be done yesterday, obsessing over the trivial, getting distracted by the process while failing to look at the point. That’s all procrastination with a bow on, calling itself “responsibility.”

Just do something. A little bit. It all counts. And don’t make it painful when it doesn’t need to be. Taking good care of yourself and your needs adds to your happy factor. Sometimes the process takes adjustment, but it’s usually not the process that hurts all that much. It’s the fighting it and yourself that brews up emotional storms.

Like the Zen skater, the Knight of Pentacles would do well to keep focused on the light right in front of him—he’s riding towards the Sun, and it guides him home.

Can you see the light in front of you?

Everyday Tarot, 07/02/11: Slow Down, Nellie! Rev. Knight of Cups

rev-knight-swords-radiant-rwsHow was your Eclipse? Did it get your emotional water flowing? Spend any time alone? I was swamped with stimuli—decidedly emotional, but my Gemini moon thought it out anyway—and am pretty sure it will be a while before it’s all sorted for me. That’s not bad. Just is, you know?

The card today was perfect companion for sorting, with a side advisory note.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Knight of Cups or “Prince of the Chariot of the Waters, associated with Air in Water. Generally for the Knight of Cups, the intellect (Air) supports emotions (Water), but inverted, something may be off balance. Don’t get so drunk you fall off your horse!

Issues that have an emotional punch can easily knock us off balance, you know? That doesn’t mean we’re messing up, or not handling our emotional business reasonably. It means we have feelings—sometimes, strong ones. It takes time to understand them, process and let the dust kicked up settle back down.

Today, go easy on yourself emotionally. Allow information surrounding emotional issues time to sink in, process and settle down. Don’t assume how you feel this minute is how you’re going to be feeling new year, next month or even next week. Just slow down, breathe, and let understanding flow in like the sunrise, lifting over some mountains. All does happen in the right time, even if it doesn’t feel so much like that in the moment.

Did you get some emotional punch for your eclipse?

Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot
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Everyday Tarot, 06/21/11: Knight of Wands, Forging Steel

knight-wands-daily-tarot-forecastWe have a Cardinal Grand Cross at the moment and a lot of people are feeling it. I am! Grand Crosses mean stress and friction and in Cardinal, expect issues surrounding control and identity to be front and center.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Knight of Wands or “Prince of the Chariot of Fire,” associated with Air in Fire—passion overtakes reason. I often see this card appear when someone is struggling with what to do, especially under a sense of pressure, where one is feeling driven to do something. This is an active, driven force. This knight MOVES! He’s off to create, to work, to do the heavy lifting. This can be good—things are getting done—but can also create problems, when decisions are rash or actions are taken hastily.

But don’t assume this vibe is bad. I think of this kind of energy very much as “trial by fire”—where character is forged, decisions are made and futures, created.

When you see the Knight of Wands, don’t just bolt in the whatever direction you are facing. Reign in impulsiveness, as that’s this Knight’s weakness, and make sure your (considerable) force is aimed where you actually want to go.

Questions to consider:

  • What’s my objective? What do I hope to accomplish?
  • Does this action take me closer?
  • Am I missing something important to consider in the midst of this drive to move?

If you can check your map before you take off like a Knight riding into battle here, this energy can be an intensely productive (if, at times, intensely uncomfortable) force.  Yes, it’s a lot of heat. But you know, fire forges steel.

Are you feeling this now?

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by Josephine Ellershaw

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