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09 August 2004 First of all, my apologies for being offline for so long. Family problems, death, travel, my schedule just got out of hand there for a few months. Anyway, I'm ready to begin drawing a daily card again and talking about it here.

Card:
Six of Cups - This card often comes up when people or influences from the past have impact on the present. When I drew this card I was on my way to see some people who had some contract writing and editing work for me, and interestingly enough they were people I had worked with in the same capacity many years ago and we shared many memories of our early days in the industry. I felt this card was quite relevant to my day.
11-13 August 2004 Card: A little story is in order here. On the first of these days I drew the five of Pentacles. Well, heck, I thought: I don't want to have to stare at that card all day. I'll keep it in mind and draw another for clarification. So I drew again and got the Five of Swords. Absolutely no improvement there, so I gave up.

Now to be honest with both you and myself, what I wanted out of that second card was a cheerier message. What I didn't want was to go around thinking about fives for the rest of the day. This reminds me of a fellow I know of who removed all the Swords cards from his deck because he found them too negative.

Like Swords, fives often deliver messages we'd rather not hear. That doesn't mean we don't need to hear them. That first five sort of characterized my feeling that day as I got talked into spending the day making changes to a website for free while I knew a paying job was waiting for input from me. Was this the bad decision warned against by the Five of Pentacles? Probably not, as the changes needed to be made, my attention to that person made them feel good, no unfortunate consequences followed my putting off the paying job for a day, and I got a free latte out of the deal. But all day I kept feeling as though I might be doing the wrong thing. The feeling was as illusory as the poverty shown on the card. In Five of Pentacles situations we often concentrate on the snow and our ragged clothes, and ignore the lighted window we're walking right by.

Next day I drew the Five of Cups, as though to cement the lesson.




14 August 2004 Card: Temperance - This card often appears when I need to be reminded that no situation is altogether bad or good. If I'm thinking negatively about something it helps to be reminded that good things will come of it or are already there to be seen. This card would also seem to be connected to the message of the fives, above.
15 August 2004 Card: The High Priestess - The High Priestess usually shows up for me when a situation in which I'm involved contains information I don't yet have; secret knowledge is what this lady is all about, including knowledge we keep secret from ourselves. She is a reminder that secrets will be revealed in their time, even if their time doesn't suit our schedule. Sometimes this is difficult forme to accept.
16 August 2004 Card: 2 of Swords - Some associate this card with duplicity and deception, but for me it's always been about decisions: ones we don't want to make, or have difficulty making because we are suffering an imbalance between our logical and intuitive processes. Logic is not the answer, or not the major process to use, when this card comes up. Since the logical processes are somewhat controlling in their workings, this card reminds me to let go, not try to affect the outcome, and allow some intuition into the mix. I don't usually have to be reminded of this, but I do sometimes get this card when "stuck" on something, as I was today.
17 August 2004 Card: 2 of Pentacles - This card often comes up when the querent (me or anyone) is overwhelmed. Too many things to do, strings to pull, matters to work out. It's a reminder that life can get out of balance, like the poor guy on the card, who looks like he's about to keel over. This can also be a situation, as it was for me, when matters are unsettled and it's too early to make a definitive decision. Hey, look -- two Twos in a row. maybe a message here is to take a look at present relationships and how these two cards may be related in that context. It's not too tough to figure out when you give it some thought.
19 August 2004 Card: Knight of Swords - This card has always been a major caution sign for me, at least once I learned how to read it for myself. It comes up in situations where I'm tempted to rush in and do good (without having considered whether "good" needs doing in this situation), issue a challenge, take a bold and radical action.

The Knight of Swords looks pretty heroic, rushing off to slay whatever dragon he's had report of today, but he's been known to gallop into situations where he's neither needed nor wanted. Sometimes he represents a person who sort of goes through life trampling roughshod over others, though his intentions may be only the best.

After some painful missteps I've learned that when this card appears at a time like that I'm being warned to sit down and take off my spurs. So I do.

22 August 2004 Card: The Hierophant - Even meet one of those cards whose appearance (and the expectation that you will correctly interpret the meaning thereof) makes you want to call for a do-over? The Hierophant is that for me. For whatever reason I have a LOT of resistance to this card. I can rattle off meanings and interpretations for it, and can usually make it fit intuitively into readings done for others, but when it comes up for me, especially in the single card context, I shake my head (bad habit) and wish I'd drawn something different. Guess I need to give this one serious study. In my abundant spare time, that is.
31 August 2004 Card: The Empress - She's the image of fecundity and abundance, and reminds me frequently that prosperity is not just a matter of money, but takes many different forms. No matter how tough times get, she reminds me not to feel out of touch with the richness around me. I am rich in love, allies, opportunity, good books, and some days even money.




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