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18 December 2003 Card: 7 of Swords - I describe this card in detail in the 11 November entry, so all I'll say here is that there's always some aspect of thinking there's one way to solve a problem, and being surprised by finding another way. No sooner had I begun worrying in earnest about the solution to a certain problem today than another and better answer was dropped into my lap via email.
17 December 2003 Card: Knight of Cups - This card represents love moving into our sphere of influence (and who couldn't use more of that!), or sometimes a homecoming. Don't know what it meant today, but I'm always happy to get it because it reminds me of someone I love very much. He is the one signified when the Knight of Cups appears in a reading for myself, and is featured in the dedication in 15 Minutes a Day to Tarot
16 December 2003 Card: 10 of Swords - This seemed as unlikely a card for today. I've had so many experiences with having this one show up in a reading meaning "go no farther along this path if you know what's good for you" (and in the spirit of honesty I'll admit I haven't always heeded it, to my sorrow) that I worry when I draw it as a daily card. But whatever ending was signified here, if signified it was, it didn't seem to be part of my day.
15 December 2003 Card: The Fool - I've always loved drawing this card, 'cause it reminds me to live that day as though I'd started all over again, and make everything an adventure. The fool is the spirit of the beginner, trusting to fate, being willing to make leaps of faith. It's a good reminder for all of us now and again not to let sophistication blind us to new experience. It was not particularly applicable to this day over any other, but then I go around leaping off cliffsides more days than not.
14 December 2003 Card: 7 of Cups - This is a card about choices and the power of the imagination, dreams, and inspiration. It was brought home to me in the evening that I had been making the wrong choices by not making time for things that are important to me, like finishing a book I've been trying to write, but always finding other things to do instead. I also got some terrific ideas for how to handle certain philosophical problems in the book, and made sure I wrote them down before they faded away. Terrific ideas seem to come from the same source as dreams, and can disappear the way dreams do, no matter how vivid they seem at the time.
13 December 2003 Card: Ace of Cups - As an image of overflowing abundance, this card seemed to fit the day on which we threw a holiday party for our closest friends.
12 December 2003 Card: 3 of Cups - The Three of Cups nearly always portends some sort of social good time, particularly when others are included into your immediate family group. It was that sort of day as I went to see a movie with my ex-husband and an old friend of ours.
11 December 2003 Card: 10 of Pentacles - This card usually means an emphasis on group finances, usually with fortunate implications. Can't say about the fortunate part, but I did do some financial planning for the holidays.
25 November - 10 December 2003 Life kinda got away from me during this period, and I wasn't drawing a daily card often. When I did it had no relation to anything that I could figure out. I decided I was out of touch with the cards, or with whatever part of one gets something from the cards. Many readers are in the habit of "clearing" the cards periodically, and while I don't subscribe to the notion that the cards need clearing necessarily, perhaps I did. This seemed to end my slump, so I thought I'd write about what I did:

I sat down with a pot of tea and a clear mind, and began by separating the cards into five piles: Majors, Wands, Cups, Pentacles, Swords. Then I put each stack into order and joined them together. I went through the stack once, card by card, just looking at them and taking in what they mean to me, very briefly. Then I went through them a second time at more leisure, putting myself into each card and imagining what I would be doing there: riding with the charioteer in The Chariot, dipping my toes into the water in Temperance, helping the lone wand-wielder hold off the opposition in the Seven of Wands, like that. It was kind of fun, actually. Then I shuffled the cards for a while, thinking about all the good experiences they've brought me, and how they've helped me see the road ahead over the years. Then I drew a card.

I drew the Magician. For me a day dominated by the Magician is usually a day of accomplishing much in the world. Mind you that's not always a reference to great things, but always seems to mean a more than competent effort, and good results. And that's the kind of day I had. It begs the question, as all such matters do: Did I draw the card because I was going to have a day of good results to my efforts, or did I have that sort of day because I drew the card? One could always draw a card at night instead, but that wouldn't rule out fooling oneself. Anyhow, I'm just here to learn.




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