9 of Swords, 8 of Wands, 2 of Swords

A situation or issue may arise which will cause some anxiousness.
Stop over-analyzing! Make a decision and move forward.

9 of Knives (Swords):  A card usually linked to anxiety and fear, but fear is an illusion created in the mind and the mind can be our worst enemy, making things seem worse than they actually are. Mars in Gemini may indicate nervous mental energy. Try taking the edge off with some physical activity.

8 of Scepters (Wands):  Swiftness. Sudden and direct action. Movement. Progress. Momentum. Mercury in Sagittarius may point to an intense outpouring of thoughts, ideas, inspiration, and creativity. The Vampyre here is wielding his scepter like a weapon, focused on his target. Strike while the iron is hot! Take immediate action.

2 of Knives (Swords):  At a crossroad. Choices. Making a decision. This Vampyress has been deprived of sight, and judging by the blood flowing from beneath the blindfold and on the tips of the knives she may have taken her own eyes out. Our eyes can trick us; deceive us until we can no longer tell the difference between truth and untruth. She now relies on her intuition alone to weigh her options before finding the perfect solution to whatever issue or problem is at hand. There is a balancing act here between two opposing forces or energies. Sometimes the only way to regain one’s equillibrium is by taking two seemingly incompatible choices and uniting them in order to bring about a harmonious compromise. More often than not, truth resides in that gray area between two extremes.

Nothing but the truth can hold the truth.
– Michael Meade

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Queen of Swords, Queen of Cups, and The Empress

Being powerful means you never apologize for being a woman.
– Georgette Mosbacher

I thought kicking-off 2021 would be the perfect time to do a 3-card spread. So I burned some copal (to cleanse the air), sat down with my trusty Tarot deck and asked the cards to “Tell me a story.” – adding that I wanted to know where/how to direct my energies in the coming months.

These three ladies exude strength in different ways – as we will see.

Before I get on with today’s Post, allow ME to tell YOU a story.

The last 3-card spread I drew was back in April of last year. It’s often enlightening to revisit a spread to see if its message hit home. It sure as hell did… You see, I drew that spread two months before I moved back home to Santa Clara – and at least a month before I received the $1200 check from Uncle Sam (which allowed me to financially get the hell out of dodge). Here’s what I had written:

  • “Together these two Major Arcana cards [The Moon and The Priestess] indicate that there’s more for us to know, but not right now. All will be revealed in good time.”
  • Regarding the Seven of Knives (Swords): “The Seven of Knives speaks of deception, deceit, and intrigue. She also hides a secret or surprise, and may presage a premonition. The card may also represent energy-draining people or situations. Hidden motives may be at play.”

I was in a situation that was filled with toxic energies and desperately needed to get out of there. The surprise gift of $1200 enabled me to do just that.

Today’s messages are equally as prescient and something happened just this afternoon that I directly equate to the energies of these three cards.

Since Major Arcana cards constitute life lessons (The Universe is calling the shots and there’s not a thing you can do about it.) and their effect can last a long time, I’d like to begin with The Empress.

The Empress is the Planetary Trump of Venus whose Archetype is that of Mother/Creator. Also Mother Earth. She represents Divine Feminine energy, the power of creation and birth, abundance, and the pleasure and bounty of the physical world. Her message is to find the magic and beauty that is all around us. Become in tune and interact with Nature. The Empress’ energy is supportive. Her appearance reminds us to cultivate a nurturing and caring attitude towards ourselves as well as others.

I enjoyed my Power Walks in Hootersville (They are the only thing I miss. Well, that and the shelter.) and chalked that enjoyment up to the sheer ruralness of the area; but I’ve noticed that just being outside in the fresh air and sunshine rejuvenates, energizes, and generally puts me in a seriously wonderful mood – and there is plenty of Nature right here in the ‘burbs!

Now…on to The Queens. What we have here is a Yin/Yang thing. One is analytical. The other is ethereal. Together they create a synergistic balance of energy.

The Queen of Knives (Swords) is ruled by Venus in Libra. By nature, she is brutally honest and truthful. This Queen could be called “Truth-seeker”. She is also quick-thinking, perceptive, intelligent, objectve, independent, and was born to Shine. Although she may appear aloof and detached, her emotional communication is direct, positive, and (suprisingly) empathetic. The Queen of Knives asks you to speak your truth. Do not be swayed by the opinions of others. (This message aligns with last month’s New Moon Solar Eclipse which encouraged all of us to speak out and share our truths.)

To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard.
– Allen Ginsberg

The Queen of Grails (Cups) is ruled by the dreamy Moon in the equally dreamy sign of Cancer; and her strength lies in her powerful intuition. Ruling the realm of emotions, the Queen of Grails (unlike the Queen of Knives) thinks with her heart instead of her mind. Floating between dreams and reality, she becomes an Oracle, Prophetess, and the eternally unattainable Muse. In addition to being highly intuitive, she is spiritual, creative, and artistic. Her message:  Pay attention to your inner voice. You know when something’s “not quite right”, even if it doesn’t seem rational. Because the Moon symbolizes the unconscious and hidden magick, spellwork, and rituals are highlighted.

What occurred this afternoon ignited my intuition…my “spidey sense” (a vague but strong sense of something being wrong, dangerous, or suspicious). But first some background.

I recently reacquainted myself with LinkedIn. I hadn’t logged on in years and felt like reconnecting. I located some of my favorite big cat rescue groups and connected to them. I also found a couple of old friends and sent out requests to connect. Every now and then I’d comment on something or do Post based on an external article I thought was interesting.

Within a week of daily checking in, a couple of members asked if we could connect with each other. They were both professionals and appeared innocuous so I agreed. The woman obviously wanted to do a Facebook thing and just chat back and forth (Hello. Hello back. How are you?) – which I just nipped in the bud by not replying to that last inquiry. The man introduced himself, said he lived in Wales and asked where I lived. I just said “Silicon Valley”. His next messages were about what business he was in and what did I do, etc. In one reply I asked how things were in Wales (you know, regarding the pandemic). I thought it odd that in his next message he didn’t respond to that at all, but I brushed it off as maybe being so bad over there he didn’t WANT to talk about it.

Then the conversations took a different turn. He began talking about Bitcoin. Had I heard of it, I should look into it, etc. At this point I guessed that he was less interested in connecting with me on a person-to-person level. The last reply I gave him was “Why?” That was early this morning. I logged back out of LinkedIn (I never stay connected to anything except this website. ‘Cause, you know, I may have to do a quick Post or something.) and figured he’d get the message I wasn’t interested in that topic.

Meanwhile I started reading an article by Catherine Austin Fitts entitled “The Injection Fraud – It’s Not a Vaccine“. I’m familiar with Ms. Austin Fitts but had not read any of her editorials for a number of years. As always, an eye-opener. Anyway I get to this part of the article:

“Whatever the ingredients of vaccines have been to date, nothing is more bizarre and unsettling than the proposals of what might be included in them in the future. Strategies—already well-funded and well on the way—include brain-machine interface nanotechnology, digital identity tracking devices, and technology with an expiration date that can be managed and turned off remotely. One report indicates that the Danish government and U.S. Navy had been paying a tech company in Denmark to make an injectible chip that would be compatible with one of the leading cryptocurrencies.” [emphasis mine]

Bells went off. Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency. On a hunch I logged BACK into LinkedIn and there was his latest message about how I should “look into investing” in Bitcoin. I immediately replied back that I wasn’t interested in cryptocurrencies at all. But my intuition was telling me there was more. There WAS more.

I logged out of LinkedIn so I could anonymously look at his profile and found that he had “LIKED” and commented “Hmmm. Bill is a busy bee” on this (Since I wasn’t logged in I couldn’t bring up the article, but the image said enough.):

The motives of Mr. LinkedIn may be innocent or (at best) money-driven but this is CREEPY AS HELL.

I’m going to Pay attention to my inner voice because I know when something’s “not quite right”, even if my response to it doesn’t seem rational. and UN-connect from Mr. LinkedIn.

The cards never lie.

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The Moon, The Priestess, and the Seven of Swords

Whether we know it or not, our lives are acts of imagination
and the world is continually re-imagined through us.

– Michael Meade

Given that yesterday marked a New Moon phase, it’s certainly appropriate that all three cards here are tied to the moon. Notice that it is represented in each card:

This spread is all about intution, the unconscious, secrets, that which is hidden, psychic powers, and the occult.

The Moon represents our fears, illusions, the unconscious, imagination, dreams/nightmares, and occult knowledge. It may be an omen of something mysterious, illusive, or intagible – such as hidden messages and/or psychic abilities. The Moon can give rise to creative fantasies and deceptive illusions. “In her hand the bride holds a blood-stained sickle, its Moon-shaped blade a symbol of dark intrigue.” [1] (Cutting through illusions?)

Astrologically, The Priestess is tied to Cancer (which is ruled by the moon) and the 4th House (home, emotional well-being, family, and feeling “safe”). She is the doorway to our intuition, asking us to look beyond what’s on the surface; beyond the obvious. (As Cancer rules the gut, pay close attention to “gut feelings”.) Signs, dreams, and synchronicities may all play a part in unlocking that door behind which resides a hidden secret. Occult powers may be highlighted.

Together these two Major Arcana cards indicate that there’s more for us to know,
but not right now. All will be revealed in good time.

I love the Seven of Knives (Swords). My Mata Hari. She is tied to the moon in the sign of Aquarius. Here’s where her “Mata Hari” side comes in:  The Seven of Knives speaks of deception, deceit, and intrigue. She also hides a secret or surprise, and may presage a premonition. The card may also represent energy-draining people or situations. Hidden motives may be at play.

Again, Major Arcana cards (The Moon and The Priestess) constitute life lessons. The Universe is calling the shots and there’s not a thing we can do about it. The effect of Major Arcana cards can last a long time. The Minor Arcana (Seven of Swords) offer us more in terms of free will. We have options.

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[1] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. p. 137.

Six of Wands, Page of Pentacles, Seven of Wands

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
– Mary Oliver

The Six of Scepters (Wands) keywords:  Triumph, breakthrough, optimism, victory.
“Astrologically this card represents the fortune and expansion of Jupiter in the passionate heat of Leo. It knows no sense of failure.” [1]  When this card turns up in a reading it indicates that whatever challenges the Querent has encountered were necessary for their growth and development. Furthermore, the Querent will (or has) overcome these obstacles – with the outcome being a successful one!  Indeed. Fresh from a hard-won battle the Vampyre holds his scepter in Victory – his companion’s muzzle dripping with the blood of the vanquished. The Six of Scepters (Wands) may also mean that things are changing in a positive way, and is urging us to move toward our dreams and away from fear and doubt.

“Seek and you shall find”

From the Biblical
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
and means that one’s efforts will be rewarded.

Since the Seven of Scepters (Wands) immediate follows the Six of Scepters (Wands) in Tarot, let’s take a look at that card next. Keywords:  Courage, fighting spirit, overcoming opposition, defiance, tenacity, taking a stand.
“In general it is about facing our fears or facing and defeating our inner demons…Do not give in to fear, as someone may be trying to threaten or scare us into submission. Stay positive; hesitation will cost you the battle…taking a stand to block the energy flow pushing against you.” [2]  This card also speaks of facing fears and doubts. In fact, in this spread the Seven of Scepters (Wands) may indicate the Querent has more challenges ahead of them. The advice here is to address these issues head-on, as this Vampyre is most certainly doing. As she faces the enemy, her fighting spirit is transforming her. She’s becoming the suit’s totem animal:  a black panther, gaining power from its savage strength. Now is the time to take a stand and let nothing get in your way. Like the Six of Scepters (Wands), this card may also signify a change coming – a positive change.

In Tarot, Pages are considered messengers in Tarot readings – often giving the “green light” on a new project, relationship, idea, or job. Generally, they signal the start of something or a new stage in one’s life; and can indicate one needs guidance, or can provide support, in a given situation. In Tarot of the Vampyres, the Daughter of Skulls (Page of Pentacles) is the last of the Minor Arcana cards, thus completing our journey which started with The Fool. All Pages can be harbingers of good news, beginnings, and unexpected surprises – and this one is no different. In spite of her somewhat pensive and thoughtful demeanor, this young Vampyre is bringing changes into the Querent’s life. Changes for the better, and these changes will be brought about by someone who genuinely cares about the Querent. When the Daughter of Skulls (Page of Pentacles) appears in a spread, it may also portend of a golden opportunity that must be seized upon.

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[1] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. pp. 167-169.
[2] Daniels, Ian (2010). Phantasmagoria. Llewellyn Publications. pp. 171-172.

Nine of Wands, The Lovers, Knight of Cups

“Usually when people are sad, they don’t do anything. They just cry over their condition.
But when they get angry, they bring about a change.” – Malcolm X

Last seen on 1.28.2020, the Nine of Scepters (Wands) signifies inner strength, great, power, unshakable resolve, transformation, and adaptability.

Knights represent movement of some kind and the suit of Cups rules the emotional realm. The Prince of Grails (Knight of Cups) might signify movement or progress relating to emotional growth.

Ruled by the astrological sign of Gemini, The Lovers (a Trump card) symbolizes the merging/reconciling of opposing forces to create balance/equilibrium. Here it sits between two opposing energies (passion vs emotion, masculine vs feminine, action vs feeling) – representing both Wands (red heart) and Cups (green heart).

People often confuse being passionate with being emotional – or vice-versa. T. K. Coleman’s post “Being emotional is not the same as being passionate” has some good examples of the difference between the two, such as:

All passionate people have emotion, but all emotional people do not have passion.

Emotion feels. Passion does. There is a difference. (Emphasis mine.)

The passionate person is the one who use his hatred as fuel.

If you’re human, you’re going to get emotional. That’s a given. When you do, feel deeply and combine it with passion. That’s a choice.

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