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25 November 2003 Card: The Lovers - It's almost spooky, but I never draw this as a daily card -- or not since I can remember -- that I don't hear from a certain person dear to my heart, no matter whether it's been three days or three weeks since I heard from him last. I mention this interpretation in 15 Minutes a Day to Tarot, that the card often predicts contact from a loved one, because it has so often proved so in readings I've done. And so it was today.
24 November 2003 Card: 5 of Cups - Another bummer of a card on the face of it, the Five of Cups seems the very image of deep sorrow. Like all fives, it's a bit harsh but also has another side to it. My day had none of the grief and dejection pictured in this card, thankfully, but did contain circumstances to remind me of its other, gentler message: If we focus on what we don't have we're going to miss appreciating what we do have, which may be considerable. Active appreciation of the things we have is how we learn to experience joy in the moment, and the moment is all.
23 November 2003 Card: 10 of Swords - Here's another card no-one likes to draw, with its implications of defeat, pain, and treachery. As I was not having that sort of day when I drew the card I decided to err on the side of caution in my dealings with others, thereby avoiding this sort of event. That is, I decided that for about ten minutes, then forgot all about it and had a very ordinary day with none of the Ten of Swords sort of vibe to it at all.
22 November 2003 Card: Page of Cups - This is perhaps the most fun-loving card in the Tarot, and never fails to make me smile when it comes up, with its promise of happiness and good times. I spent the day with members of my extended family in an extended birthday celebration, wandering around Pike Place Market, watching a movie, eating cake and ice cream, and having a very unstructured good time, which is just the sort of thing in which this Page specializes.
21 November 2003 Card: The World - Can't argue with the value this card has in raising optimism about one's day, especially if it happens to be one's birthday. The World often enough refers to the actual world we live in, and shows an emphasis on international matters. To that end I did receive an unexpected email from across the Atlantic. It also represents coming to the close of one cycle and the beginning of the next, which a birthday certainly represents. I felt as though the card was a good sign for the year ahead, and whether or not that's true, it helped make the day an upbeat one.
12-20 November 2003 I have lost the notebook page on which I wrote down the cards for these days. The journal resumes above on 21 November 2003
11 November 2003 Card: Seven of Swords - I find this card particularly interesting for its similarities to and differences from the Five of Swords, to which it is often compared, and which I had drawn a few days previous. The main similarity is that the foreground figures in both cards are holding swords, but beyond that the two cards could scarcely be more different if they belonged to different suits.

The Five of Swords deals with defeat and victory, usually the defeat of the worthy and the victory of the unworthy. There is a disturbing mean-spiritedness about the Five of Swords that isn't matched by any other card in the deck. The sky -- often a revealing feature in the suit of Swords, holds ragged, chaotic clouds. The water has a bit of chop to it, adding to that feeling of forces acting on us. The background figures have been defeated, and show two different ways of dealing with it: hopeless despair in the case of the farthest figure, and the will to move on in the case of the fellow in the middle ground. It warns against being the unworthy combatant, as such victories are hollow and damaging to the spirit.

The Seven of Swords -- today's card -- shows a capering character dealing with his adversaries in a way they do not expect. The camp in the background shows we're operating in the realm of conflict, but our man is operating by his own rules. He hardly looks the sort to march off to war, but he's found a way of supporting his side that's more suited to his nature. So often this card tells us we've found, or will find, a way around our obstacles by thinking outside the box.

If you're on the other side of this card looking out, however, the little beggar's stealing your swords! That's why it also carries the warning, especially when reversed, to guard yourself against loss. Play your cards close to your chest, it says; giving too much away can compromise your plans.

Now I suppose the question is, did this card have anything to do with my day? I guess I could make a case for it, as I'd been up against a technical challenge which, while it didn't resolve itself, was at least put off for later by a workaround solution that I found today.



10 November 2003 Card: Nine of Cups - This card is sort of the emotional opposite of the Five of Swords I drew the other day. It promises ease and comfort and good times. I was planning another nose-to-the-keyboard sort of day, but was surprised by an invitation to dinner and a movie, which I accepted happily. Then I got a bonus in the form of a second movie later in the evening. Now that's my idea of a great day.
09 November 2003 Card: 2 of Wands - This card often emphasizes waiting on the progress of affairs at a distance, often across international boundaries, and the need for patience and trust as we wait if these affairs are to be successful. Today I received an email from England that enabled me to restart a stalled project with someone in that country.
08 November 2003 Card: 6 of Swords - The Six of Swords is a much easier card than the Five, but then all the Fives are a bit harsh, aren't they? When I see the Six I think of easier forward motion after a time of "stuckness." Travel is often indicated also. I didn't travel anywhere farther than my favorite local coffee house, but the meeting we had there moved matters forward with some business partners that had been going nowhere for months.
07 November 2003 Card: 5 of Swords - Hey, nobody likes to draw this card, with its implications of defeat. Of course daily cards often refer to the small things, and the only defeat I witnessed was an 18-point victory for the home team when I went to a basketball game that night. Fair enough: the card refers to matters of a competitive nature, and a decisive defeat, and that it was. The 5 of Swords also suggests that in competitive matters defeat might be dealt to the victor of this battle in the next one, and so it was with the home team, who lost to another team by 10 points two nights later.
06 November 2003 Card: The Star - The Star says we've found our path and have set our feet upon it, and that we're heading in the right direction. I had just taken a step forward in the matter I'd been so anxious about the night before, so the card gives me confidence that I'm doing the right thing, and that it will turn out well.
05 November 2003 Card: Nine of Swords - This card frequently indicates anxiety and/or sleep disturbances, as obsessive ideas springing from an anxious state wake us up or keep us from sleeping. I had just had such a night, waking up about three hours after I went to sleep, and unable to get back to sleep for another hour and a half as I worried about an important decision I had just made, and whether it might be better to change my mind about an important course of action that I must decide on within two days.
04 November 2003 Card: The Eight of Pentacles - I just drew this card the other day, and although you'd think it would happen fairly frequently, I don't often draw the same card within a few days. I was amused at the time, because I drew it first thing in the morning on a day I knew was going to be totally unlike that last hard-working day when this card (the daily routine, journeyman labor, getting things accomplished for which you've been trained) had come up. I knew I was going to be spending much of the day away from home shopping, visiting, running errands, etc. But my best-laid plans fizzled out, and I found myself having to revive a stalled project and slogging away at the old editing routine until evening. The laugh was on me.
03 November 2003 Card: The Moon - The Moon often appears as the "official calling card of the unconscious," and tells us there's subconscious material trying to get out. Confusion is often caused by not being able to access this material, or because we've been spending too much time in the realm of the intellect. This may have been true of me lately. At any rate I had the first dream in several weeks that I remembered well enough to write down in my dream journal.

I do recommend a dream journal, as even the act of describing a dream to yourself can be useful in uncovering some of the things your mind was trying to tell you, and going back and re-reading later can likewise be very instructive.
02 November 2003 Card: Page of Swords - Okay, this was bound to happen sooner or later: I'm stumped. This card has often stumped me, which means there are things I need to learn about its personal meaning to me. The Page of Swords has a lot to do with idealism, of the kind that is often called "youthful." It sometimes indicates a young person apt to act without what some might call "due consideration." It sometimes occurs when information comes to us through an intermediary. And so on. Truth is, I could find nothing of the elements of this card to match anything in my day.
01 November 2003 Card: Six of Swords - This card tends to show up when movement forward (or upward) occurs after a difficult period, or sometimes to signify a trip, especially across water. Perhaps it applies less to me than to a dear friend of mine, who's been much on my mind, and is flying across the Atlantic today.
31 October 2003

Card: 8 of Pentacles - The 8 of Pentacles is the card of the apprentice or journeyman, of doing your job, getting day-to-day things accomplished. I drew this card after a long day of applying my nose to the grindstone -- which I had not been doing the few days previous -- and getting a lot of tiring but satisfying work done on a book I'm editing.

30 October 2003

Card: The Sun - It felt absolutely freaky to draw this card this morning, as it's the cover image of the book, which was published today. I almost wanted to go back and draw something else, 'cause who'd believe it? But I drew it and there you are.

In addition to the strange synchronicity of drawing the card on my book cover, this is a highly fortunate card that portends well for whatever subject is under discussion, and says you're going in the right direction. The Sun seems to indicate good fortune for 15 Minutes a Day to Tarot, and it's a happy card in general, which made me feel good all day.

Today (30 October 2003) is the publication date of 15 Minutes a Day to Tarot, a six week course in the basics of Tarot for busy people, published by Crow Street Press. As I mention in that book, I have been in the habit for some years of drawing a daily Tarot card and seeing if the experiences of the day reflect the card in any way. Usually they do. Beginning today I'll post the daily card journal on this website.




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