Here we have a young fellow sitting in meditation under a tree (which reminds us of another young fellow ages ago who sat under a tree to receive enlightenment). The leaves of the tree seem to be pointing down to where he sits in a posture of defiance. His arms are not in the customary openness we are used to seeing in meditators. They are folded across his chest as if to protect his heart from opening. He gazes down and whether or not he is in deep meditation, we feel he does not “see” the divine hand shrouded in the heavenly clouds which offers him a beautiful golden cup. Where are your wishes coming from? Are they divinely inspired? Do you believe that goodness is yours? Are you opening yourself to the goodness which is yours? Or do you hold yourself in doubt and fear, resisting to look upwards in yourself? There is much sorrow and devastation in the world right now. We are called more strongly to hold ourselves in the light and like this young man relax our arms, open our heart path; perhaps we will witness and take hold of the offered cup and drink its goodness. And would this usher in a life of abundance where cups abound? For we can see there are three others standing in readiness for acceptance and exaltation.
Ouch! It’s painful to see the Magician on his head so to speak. If you’re feeling thwarted this week and none of those resources usually at your fingertips are present or coming together to aid you in your creative pursuits, well then perhaps this is how the Magician Reversed plays out. However, even though the cup, pentacle, sword and wand fall from their place on his work-table, the Magician continues to point towards heaven and earth aligning his energy as a connector between the divine and the world. The Magician knows how to use the world to manifest spiritual intentions. We see this connection as everlasting although this week there might be a minor setback in the manifestation flow. Some meditation perhaps is warranted to center oneself and focus on intentions to prepare for the time when manifestation comes more easily. Self-alignment is the key this week. Have a good one!
A young man clad in workman’s clothing leans on his hoe and looks wistfully upon his abundant crop resplendent with gold coins. Seven is a highly spiritual number, considered by many to be the bridge between the troubles of six and the solutions of eight. Pentacles is about as earthy and material-minded as you can get. We feel the fellow here is meditating and perhaps enjoying the results of his diligent labor. He takes a moment to appreciate his bounty. You may recall that last week’s card, the reversed Page of Pentacles, seemed to suggest a delay in new opportunities with a nod to giving attention to projects already in motion. This week we pause to assess and evaluate the accomplishments before we plot our way forward.
Four is the number of stability and wands is the suit of passion. The picture shows a scene of celebration, perhaps a wedding ceremony or homecoming of sorts. We feel the reversal here points to disharmony. Perhaps it is taking longer for plans that you have put into action to reach a stage of conclusion. Is there some instability in your home life, relationship with loved ones (family members, life partner)? Or perhaps you are suffering from self-doubt and internal disharmony. The task it to get back to balance and alignment. Be creative and think outside the box to address this course to self-alignment with any of the many modalities around–meditation, crystal healing, chakra cleansing, to name but a few. All is well.
Have you ever had opportunities come your way that didn’t excite you? It doesn’t make sense to your friends or family members and it doesn’t really make sense to you. In your right mind you should be delighted. But something doesn’t feel right. This card with the fellow sitting under the tree in contemplation, some would say meditation, who has chosen to ignore the three golden cups standing at attention by his feet or the one being offered by a hand coming out of a cloud in the sky (very much like the hand of God) signals a state of ambivalence. His arms are folded across his chest in a defensive posture. He’s chosen to retreat within himself. Perhaps he seeks a deeper alignment with his true self. Will you meditate this week and ask yourself the question, “What do I want?”
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.
Whenever I pull a Major Arcana card reversed I tend to interpret the reversal as a call to take the message of the card inwards. We know the Major Arcana is a group in the tarot deck having to do with great life lessons. Therefore it stands to reason that the reversal points to an internal focus rather than the customary delays or postponements of everyday situations. Perhaps there is a resistance or lack of awareness of a certain energy or practice. The High Priestess sits on her throne wearing beautiful blue robes the color of spiritual knowledge. She guards the veil to the unknown and those wishing to see beyond are instructed to look within. And so I dedicate 5-10 minutes daily THIS WEEK to meditate and listen to my inner voice. If I don’t hear anything I will look for signs in other phenomena. I will abide within and wait upon my soul. For the High Priestess encourages me with her mystical gaze to peer within for the answers I long to find. Will you join me in this practice?