Daily Tarot::5 of Cups

Bohemian Gothic Tarot Deck

Cups represent the element of Water; and also represent the qualities of passivity, dependency and receptivity – typical for emotion, passion and desire. Because those feelings are always dependent on outside influences, they need a goal or an impulse to come alive. In common Tarot, the Cups are mostly taken for the emotions or definitions regarding human relations. Nevertheless, a Cup card should not be viewed with any restriction such as this because sometimes we might miss the point.

The 5 of Cups is another card which reminds us that where we put our focus in life has a great deal to do with the quality of our lives and how well they work for us. In most Tarot decks, depictions on each card give solid guides toward interpretation and this is very much the case with the 5 of Cups. Most often, a sad or downcast figure is shown with five cups. Three are spilled and two remain upright and whole. The implication is extremely clear:  Are you going to cry over “spilled milk” or are you going to focus on the “milk” you still have and get on with things? The point is to watch where you put your focus and make sure that the focus is for your highest good. If you are looking for a job when this card comes up, try not to get too worked-up if there are delays. Things with applications, resumes, and such will likely be moving slowly. Be pro-active but not pushy. Regarding love, a relationship may have just ended. You must realize that “all is not lost.” There will come a day when you realize that the reason this relationship ended was to get you to the place you really want to be – which is in a relationship that really works for you, and works well. Worrying too much about money can actually have the opposite effect of what you are trying to make happen (having a better flow of financial prosperity – that is, a flow in your favor). The way to get a handle on this worry is actually to be generous. You’re probably not as bad off as you think. Give something away or make a small donation to a cause that you believe in. It’s also critical that you keep a positive attitude. It’s important now to give some thought to forgiveness. You don’t forgive others for THEIR sake, you do it for your own sake – because holding on to anger and pain is toxic and bad for you. Now is the time to let go. The past is gone. Focus on the present, and the future.

(The Five of Cups is known also as the Lord of Loss in Pleasure and is aligned astrologically with Mars in Scorpio. It represents disappointment in areas of the heart, longing, and misunderstandings in relationships. The 5 of Cups implies the loss of illusion, the realization of a deception.)

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Tofurky® Sausage Bake

Tofurky® Sausage Bake

Preheat oven to 350°F

Ingredients:
• 1 pound penne regate pasta, cooked and drained
• 1 large yellow onion, coarsely chopped
• 1 small head radicchio, chopped
• Red wine
• 2 (25.5 oz) jars pasta sauce*
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (or Romano) cheese
• 1 14-oz package Tofurky® Italian Sausage*, cut into bite-sized pieces
• 1 ball Mozzarella cheese
• 6 basil leaves, chopped

Over medium heat, sauté onion in EVOO until translucent. 
Stir in radicchio (when cooked radicchio loses its bitterness and 
develops a sweet, nutty taste) and continue cooking until it softens.
Add a splash of red wine and cook for another minute or two.
In goes 1-1/2 of the jars of pasta sauce and the Parmesan; mix well 
(at this point you can remove pan from the heat).
Add the Tofurky® and pasta - mix thoroughly.
Pour everything into a large rectangular baking pan (9x13), tear or 
cut the Mozzarella into bits and arrange on top, then scatter the 
basil over it all. Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve with a green salad and a glass of red wine. Bon appétit!

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Daily Tarot::Page of Swords (reversed)

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*In this deck Daughters = Pages

Swords represent the element of Air and qualities of intellect and rationality; and also to every considerated achievement such as culture, science, philosophy – or any ongoing process that later ends up as “history”. Swords are aligned with Uranus (the planet of change and revolution, independence and new inventions).

The reversed Page of Swords can sometimes represent a literal person in your life. This can be someone younger than you, who may have a tendency to stick his or her nose in where it doesn’t belong. If so, don’t hesitate to draw boundaries. In general the reversed Page of Swords tells you that you simply can’t plan for everything. Unexpected occurrences are part of life and you shouldn’t beat yourself up because of them. Work through any problems that crop up one step at a time. If you’re seeking work, know that some employers are very likely to do intensive background checks before hiring you. Be prepared to respond about questions regarding your past and/or about information you consider personal, like your credit score. If you are looking for love you may be attracted to someone who strikes you as a braggart or a “big talker.” Sometimes this is just nervousness – give them a chance. When it comes to money, the reversed Page can indicate that you may receive a message that you aren’t thrilled about. Don’t panic; you can work with the situation and things could be a whole lot worse. Don’t overreact, either. The initial information you get may be incorrect. Dig deeper and be patient

(The Page of Swords is also referred to as the Princess of the Rushing Winds and Lotus of the Palace of Air. It represents a renewal of mental and intellectual clarity, new ideas and information that have the capacity to bring dramatic change. The Page of Swords brings new beginnings and the release of fears that have been holding you back.)

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Daily Tarot::3 of Wands

My ‘name day’ is April 4th which falls in the  2nd Decan of Aries  and is associated with both the  Queen of Wands  and the  3 of Wands  (my “destiny card“).

Animism Tarot

Wands represent the element of Fire and manifests as will, inspiration, and the wish & power to achieve honor & victory. When the 3 of Wands appears, you are likely to find that your finances are going much better, in fact this can be the month that your proverbial ship has come in. You are likely to be feeling very strong and with good reason. You may be finally experiencing some important success after you’ve been through some difficulty. In general, the 3 of Wands refers to work in an extremely positive way. If you’re looking for work, you will soon find a position that is going to be better than you expected. Hold your head up high and know that you have a lot that you’re bringing to the table. In love, if you have recently met someone new know that you are held in very high regard by this person. Things are looking up financially – you may do better than you’d ever dreamed. You have a somewhat mature, sensible spiritual view in place. Even so, realize that if you are paying attention at all you are growing spiritually; and that thus, your spiritual views can and should change and develop over time. Don’t be afraid of change and new information.

(The 3 of Wands is called the Lord of Established Strength, is aligned with Sun in Decan 2 of Aries, and represents vision, confidence in self, and integrity. The 3 of Wands is also known as ‘Virtue’ – the powerful fire understands its responsibilty.)

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