The image of the wealthy man giving coins to one beggar as one looks on while he holds a scale in his other hand is upside down. Coins seem to leap out of the picture, perhaps more noticeably with the reversed image. When our world is topsy turvy, whether in our inner being or by some external force of nature or persons, the concept of giving of ones resources be they financial, energetic or physical in nature, holds true. In giving we receive and in receiving we give. Not every giving needs to have the justification of scales. Sometimes it just needs to be an act of unconditional love.
The fellow in the picture stands on top of a hill straddled over a stream of water with a wand in his hands. He is fending off six wands whose owners (we do not see) as if in battle. The message is all about him and his action of protecting his turf. When you’re on top of the hill there will be those coming after you. Expect the competition and be prepared to do what is necessary to hold your ground. It’s part of success and achievement because human nature is so linked to the reptilian urge for survival. This week expect some political fracas in the structures of your life–at home, the office, school. A bit of healthy competition can provide energy and impetus for forward movement. Don’t be a victim. Rise to the challenge.
A knight in armor rests on a bier in a church. His hands are in prayer position. Three swords hang on the wall pointing downwards, one sword rests horizontally underneath. We feel this is a time of rest and stasis. A nurturing scene of a woman and child is illustrated in the stained glass window. Have you been going and going? Perhaps to finish a project, or start one? It is now time for a rest, especially in the realm of mental activity. This card reminds us that after much activity, perhaps tension and stress, it is necessary to step back, be silent in solitude and re-charge one’s battery. Some meditation to clear your mind would be very good at this time…and always.
When I shuffle the cards in a tarot reading it feels like I’m exercising them. I use two methods primarily—fanning and overhand. To carry the metaphor further, the overhand method is jumping jacks and fanning is backbends. The movement of the cards charges the air with energy. I can almost feel the angel wings flapping, spreading negative ions throughout the space-time coordinates of the upcoming reading.
For fanning: I split the deck in two and hold a section in each hand. With my thumbs as anchors I bend the cards slightly and then release them allowing them to coexist in their jog to the table. They are merging together in a rush of movement. Once they hit the pavement I bend them backwards so they keep an even spine. For the yogis and yoginis—cobra, cow and cat poses to circulate the chi.
For overhand: I cradle the deck in my left intuitive hand warming up the receptors for divine guidance. With my right hand of logic and intellect I take a section of cards from the back end and carry them forward and then backward in a rhythmic cutting of the deck. It’s a two step dance of right and left brain activity by way of my hands and a deck of cards. Sometimes the back and forth arc of cards resembles the rhythm of jumping rope with spirit waiting for the right moment to jump in.
Of course there’s always a third method—what we call the messy card shuffle where we spread the deck around on a table top in complete abandon. This is the highly aerobic activity for the cards, similar to zumba and guaranteed to stoke the grid for high energy transmissions.