it's going to be a bumpy week, to borrow a similar phrase from Bette Davis in All About Eve, as the Five of Wands has appeared for this week's reading.
For those not familiar with the classic film, All About Eve, the story revolves around a young, aspiring actress, Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), who maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star, Margo Channing (Bette Davis), Margo’s longtime director/boyfriend, Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill), Margo’s best friend, Karen Richards (Celeste Holm), and Karen’s husband, Lloyd (Hugh Marlowe), a playwright.
Karen takes pity on Eve, finding her outside the theatre on a cold night after one of Margo’s many acclaimed performances. Having been told by Eve that she’s widowed and without much hope, Karen takes Eve to meet Margo, who then hires Eve as her assistant. Little does Margo know that Eve has a plan to get in good with her, earn her trust and then become Margo’s understudy, after which Eve would manipulate situations to destroy Margo’s career, allowing Eve to go on stage in her place, thus becoming Broadway’s new star.
The full plot summary provides more details about Eve’s machinations and manipulations and shows the true energy behind the Five of Wands. This card indicates that there is all kind of nasty talk and backstabbing and verbal arguments ensuing. Just because you’re not involved in any of the nastiness doesn’t mean that you can’t be drawn into it. Read more
The Queen of Wands is all about excitement and determination, while being gracious and warm. While this card uses the image of a woman, its meaning applies to both men and women. However, if a women is currently playing a prominent role in your Life, this reading could relate to her.
This woman could be a family member, a spouse, someone with whom you work, a boss, or someone in a group outside of family or work environments, such as a book club or a band. Maybe this woman is a teacher, to you or one of your children. Or, perhaps you are thinking about asking a certain woman out, but aren’t sure whether you should do so. The Queen of Wands is telling you to go ahead. No promises, but this is an action you need to take. Whoever this woman is playing a significant role in your world, the Queen of Wands card nudges you to determine what you need to do to ensure that you are relating to this woman in a kind way, helping her with what she needs, being determined to do right by her.
For women reading this blog, you know how it can, at times, be difficult to stand up and speak our minds, as we are often viewed very differently from men when we are strong and assertive. The Queen of Wands reminds you that, no matter what societal standards might be in place, you must always speak your truth and stand up for yourself. Just be charming and as nice. If a situation requires a tougher stance this week, you might want to step back for just a bit and see whether it can resolve itself without your intervention. This is not to say that you will never need to be tough when a situation presents itself. It’s just not the way to handle a situation this particular week. Read more
The Hierophant is considered to be an intercessor between the Divine and the rest of humanity. This card, depending upon the deck, can be called The Pope or the High Priest. Modern decks sometimes refer to this card as the Shaman. No matter its name, this card has always included a religious or spiritual image on it, be it a mainstream figure, such as a Pope, or an image of a divine interpreter from ancient times, like a Shaman, or from non-Western religions, a High Priest. The definition of a Hierophant is one who describes rites and rituals and sets them in motion or explains the mystical aspects of such rites and rituals.
Because The Hierophant has traditionally been associated with a leader of an established religion. Because most established religions are large in size, the energy of The Hierophant has also symbolized institutions of all kinds, be they churches, corporation, judicial courts, gyms, social clubs, schools, and more. Many layers of meaning comprise The Hierophant. So, while its original interpretation was for one to obtain the advice of a religious leader, a man who could intercede on your behalf with the Divine, over the years this card has taken on meanings that include working with all kinds of institutions, both traditional and non-traditional. The one aspect of The Hierophant that has remained consistent is this: when this card appears, you are being advised that now is not the time to do something drastic.
So, if you are dissatisfied with your current job, it would be unwise to voice your opinions at work, or suggest changes. Continue forward with the work assigned to you and do a good job. A few weeks or months from now, determine whether you feel safe speaking your mind. If you don’t, then you might want to think about looking for a new job. If you decide to stay with your current job, recognize that, for the foreseeable future, innovation will not be the key to being well-received. You must do what is asked of you and not question. Read more
No, we are not going to discuss Shakespeare and this blog will not be written in iambic pentameter. However, the creativity that inspired Shakespeare to write 37 plays and hundreds of sonnets and poems, along with the planning that it took to complete such a feat, meshes well with the reading this week, as we work with the Two of Wands.
Traditional Two of Wands cards show a man holding a wand in one hand (the second wand is nearby) and a globe in his other hand. The globe indicates that all possibilities are available and possible. Now, perhaps you’re not the prolific writer that Shakespeare was, but you have your own dreams to explore. Goals to accomplish. The Two of Wands takes the inspiration found with the Ace of Wands and nudges you to start planning how to complete your goals.
I usually don’t include more than one Tarot image in any of my blogs, but when I was going through images to find one for this reading, I found a non-traditional Two of Wands that might as well have had a neon sign above it, blinking: Ellen, Look at Me!
I am most partial to water and cats, and I love to open packages. So, I offer up a second Two of Wands image. Read more
For this week's reading, we will be talking about the Death card.
Now, before you freak out and think this card indicates someone reading this blog is near a physical passing, know that Death stands for transformation, not the end of breathing. You don't have to immediately start reminding yourself to “Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” as Dylan Thomas suggests.
This is not to say that you should not put off your own physical death for as long as possible. I think this is a natural state of being and it’s understandable why Thomas suggested we fight against death. Perhaps, on some subconscious level, he knew that he would die young at age 39. If so, I hope he was also aware that he was leaving behind work that would transform many other poets.
As stated on Thomas’ Wikipedia page, “William York Tindall, in his 1962 study, A Reader's Guide to Dylan Thomas, finds comparison between Thomas's and Joyce's wordplay, while he notes the themes of rebirth and nature are common to the works of Lawrence and Thomas.”
It’s interesting that Dylan Thomas used the theme of rebirth in his poems, as transformation is a kind of new birth. Read more
Creative new beginnings. How many of you have longed for a beginning that brings just what you need and want? This week's reading gives you The Magician, who says that now is the perfect time to either create a new beginning or revisit one that you might have started to manifest, but found yourself distracted from it, attending to the day-to-day aspects of Life.
The Magician uses otherworldly skills and thought, along with everyday action, to bring something into being either not yet thought of or with an original slant. The energy of this card is said to live between the worlds of the mundane and the spiritual and when you work with The Magician, you find what you need from both worlds. You might use affirmations to state your intentions, which is a spiritual act, yet in the mundane world, you’ll spend the time necessary to create, whether that means honing a skill or talking to the right people.
As a Magician, you use your mind, your heart, and your strengths to create. However, not only do you use your own talent, but part of working as a Magician is knowing when to marry your skills and strengths with the skills and strengths others offer. Even a Magician needs an assistant. This doesn’t mean that a Magician steals from others, but knows when to approach others for help – or to gain inspiration watching others manifest something unique and special. Read more
In 1948, at the age of 24, the African-American poet, James Baldwin moved to Paris. On the 8/1/15 episode of the Melissa Harris-Perry show, Melissa tells how Baldwin moved to the City of Lights with only $40 in his pocket, hoping that distance would better enable him to write about the not-so-pretty American society in which he had grown up.
In 1980, at the age of 20, I also fled my home, but stopped in New York City, not even imaging the possibility of fleeing to another country. Although, New York, in and of itself, was most definitely another country from what I knew. Like Baldwin, I had $40 in my pocket (and a place to stay, thanks to a college friend).
As I describe in my book, Shake That Cream, I had visions of being a female Youngblood Hawke, even though it would take me a few years to truly start writing. However, as a little girl, I’d escaped the horror of my poverty-ridden life, entangled inside a violent, sexist, racist, homophobic religious cult, by watching late-night movies on a cheap, black-and-white TV, while my parents slept away their gin and dreamed new tortures for me. Read more
Before the fabulous Shaila Abdullah created this beautiful blog site for me, I was posting a bit on Facebook. As synchronicity would have it, today I was perusing Facebook and saw that someone had liked my original post. I decided to read the post, several years after its creation, and decided that it was still relevant today, for all of us. So, I’m re-posting and also including a question posed by one of my readers, which will lead into my latest discussion, along with a Tarot reading.
“I first heard Paolo Conte's "Come Away with Me" ("Vieni Va Con Me") while watching the movie French Kiss. I couldn't understand a word of the song, but it made me smile and smile. I couldn't stop grinning, even after the song finished playing.
"Come Away with Me" teased me, making me want to get up and dance like a happy dog. However, since I was in a public theatre, I remained in my seat. Luckily, I've been able to see French Kiss on television many times since that first theatre viewing. Each subsequent listen to "Come Away with Me" found me intoxicated and delighted, and while at home, I would get up and dance when the song played, feeling like I was touching something new and unknown. Read more
Hey friends, fans, and rabble-rousers (you know who you are), I'm back!
I took what I thought was going to be a short break from this Tarot blogging, as work was eclipsing my life and everything adjacent. However, this break took me down a road longer than I imagined, finding me in the hospital this past January, having gotten so sick at work, I couldn’t move. Doctors ran every test imaginable over a three-day period, and stumped, pronounced me totally healthy, chalking up my collapse to “immense stress.” Got out of the hospital, took a short, doctor-enforced break, and then, feeling renewed and ready to go, found myself slam-stopped by breast cancer.
Yeah, me – who doesn’t smoke, who has no family history of the disease, and who spends a small fortune on organic food and supplements. Me. Thanks, bastards. Like this lifetime hadn’t been difficult enough, the Powers That Be (Badly) decided to bend me over one more time. While I was lucky enough to catch this monster in its infancy, it being the size of the dot a felt-tip pen would make on a piece of paper, my lymph nodes remaining untouched, the surgery, follow-up radiation, and the problems caused by both, all the while working, as my new prick boss was less than supportive, found me surviving several months of hell.
But, while still in pain and cursing the Universe, to quote T.I., “In a flash like. Recognize I’m back!”
And, I’m fine, just more potty-mouthed than usual. Somehow, though, through everything, I had several more poems accepted for publication and worked with another East-Coast editor, polishing my memoir, Shake That Cream, which is now really, really, ready for publication. Read more
During my morning meditation for this blog, I received a very strong message that I did not need to pull a card for this week. Instead, I was instructed to let you know that you need to keep working with The Lovers. At first, I figured that the Universe just wanted everyone to continue working on drawing to them, whatever they feel they can’t live without. If you remember, last week, I talked about how the essence of The Lovers is working to find that to which you’re truly drawn.
However, I felt like there was more to the message. I was right. As I continued meditating, I heard, “To find that which one truly loves, they have to first decide what they absolutely don’t want.”
As I thought about the message I was hearing, I realized that it fit with one of the lesser meanings of The Lovers – choice. To be able to make a meaningful choice, one that truly brings value to your Life, you have to understand not only who you are, but why you’re making the choices you are making. Read more
Hello. I hope that last week, you found time to do something for yourself, as instructed by the Five of Swords. In doing so, did you, possibly, run across something or someone to which you felt very drawn? If not, this week might enable you to do so as you’ll be working with the energy of The Lovers.
Many think that The Lovers indicates that love is nearby, and while this can be one meaning of the card, the deepest meaning of The Lovers is that you are in a space where you find yourself very attracted to a new idea, a new hobby, or a new person. Alternately, you might find yourself revisiting something or someone from your past that you once loved, but for whatever reason, had to put aside.
Of course, not all of us want to revisit our past and even if there is someone from our past that we’d like to reconnect with, this is not always possible. So, if you’re looking to your past for something you love, it makes more sense to reconnect with a hobby or idea that you had to shelve. Maybe you once loved to paint, but had to stop doing so because you couldn’t find the time. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn to paint, but never followed this desire. The energy of The Lovers brings you up close and personal to something from which you can turn away, whether it is a new love or and old love. So, if your love is painting, it’s time to paint! Read more
Hi, everyone. I hope that the past two weeks found you working with the Queen of Swords’ energy, which asked you to put the past behind and look towards the future. This week, the Five of Swords provides a warning that there might be discord around you, whether in your personal Life or at work, and therefore, you must do all that you can to take care of yourself.
The Five of Swords is about putting your own self-interest first – not in a negative, narcissistic way, but in a way that enables you to traverse unseen minefields and remain whole and intact. The Five of Swords asks you to keep your eyes and ears open and be aware of what’s going on around you. This card also asks that you don’t lower yourself to act in a manner similar to those creating the discord.
When you find yourself in negative situations, it can be difficult to be restrained. However, this is the best way to take care of yourself. Don’t hide. But, remain above others’ attempts to draw you into battle. Speak your truth, let your integrity shine, and know that, no matter how difficult the situation, as long as you’re not trying to bring the other person(s) down who manifested the negative situation, you will be okay. Probably more than a bit exhausted and irritated, but okay. Read more
These past few weeks have not been easy for most. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that, lately, Life has been exhausting and draining. However, it’s time to let the events of recent weeks go, as this week’s indicator card – the Queen of Swords – urges us to leave the past behind and look towards the future.
Moving forward, you’ll want to keep as focused and aware as possible. The Queen of Swords represents the ability to see situations as they really are, as opposed to how others might want you to see them. It’s possible that people, either in your personal or professional life, might try to manipulate you or a situation with which you are involved this week. Just remember to be alert and draw on the keen insight offered by the Queen of Swords, to avoid and maneuver any sticky situations that arise.
You can also use this penetrating insight to help others in need this week. Perhaps you know of someone who is unable to see their own potential and is struggling because of their lack of self-esteem. Step in, take them by the hand, and help them understand what they have yet to see about themselves. I imagine many people are in need of some emotional support and guidance, particularly in these precarious times. Read more
Hi, everyone. Hope you survived this past week, intact. One reader wrote to tell me that she’d had a really rough week at work, as did I. However, for me, the Seven of Swords’ energy did help me push through and reveal some of the lies that had been told. I’m still having to deal with leftover residue, and I’m not without bruises – in fact, I feel like I’ve been in a boxing match for months. However, I am still standing.
This week should prove to be “interesting”. After meditating, I pulled one of the most negative cards in the deck. I said to the Universe, “Nope, not having it,” and proceeded to reshuffle and pull another card, again negative. So I reshuffled and pulled yet a third negative card.
At that point, I put down the cards and said, “Enough! I will not write another negative blog this week, and far too many of us have put up with far too much!” I proceeded to shuffle again, and pulled The Hermit. However, when I looked at the card behind The Hermit, it was the original nasty card that had appeared. So, this tells me that, we’re facing another tough week and the Universe is telling us to heed The Hermit’s warning and go within. Read more
This week, as you continue working towards your goals or finding solutions to problems, be aware that there could be a “thief” in your midst. The Seven of Swords indicates deception and betrayal – someone is trying to steal from you, even if it is something non-tangible, like your peace of mind or happiness.
I must admit that, when I pulled this card, I felt like the conflict with which I’m dealing, where several people are doing their best to bring me down, negatively influenced the reading for all of you in the 9 Elephants tribe. However, before I pull a card, I meditate and ask that a card be shown that will provide wisdom and advice for all who read this blog. So, perhaps this next week is one in which we must all be truly cautious.
Even if others are trying to harm you, because the Seven of Swords represents dealings in deception, those who are engaged in harmful activities towards you will, most likely, be found out. But, this doesn’t mean you won’t have to deal with some nastiness, in the interim. Stay strong, avoid conflict, but, if you must speak up, do so. All is not lost, except for the sleep you lose, due to worrying. Read more