Today’s Tarot card reading comes from The Celtic Dragon Tarot by D. J. Conway. With art done by Lisa Hunt. This deck is unique as the cards are never read in reverse.
Today’s General Tarot Card
Ace of Cups – Joy; fertile period
Baby dragons are hatching out of a nest floating on the waters of a gentle stream below a waterfall. One hatched baby is looking at her reflection in the water, while another leans contently against her. A third baby is struggling out of its shell, while a fourth is settling itself for a peaceful nap. All humans, at whatever stage of life, begin their seeking for spiritual and/or emotional growth and knowledge with the naivete and innocence of children. They are innocent of the difficulties and perils that might lie ahead and at the same time enthusiastic to get started on their journey. Some get caught up in admiring themselves and what they believe they can do, while others are content just to bask in the sunlight and lean on others. Still others struggle through obstacles and become stronger for this. This struggles reflected in the faces on the rock. The waterfall and chalice are symbolic of the endless stream of lives that proceed from and return to the Goddess and God.
Divinatory Meaning: New beginnings in your life will fill you with joy and contentment. Your spiritual growth will expand and take you to a higher level of understanding. There is the possibility of a new love. This card can also herald a possible pregnancy, so take care if this is not what you want. This can also foretell a fertile period for ideas.
Today’s Love Tarot Card
Nine of Wands – A Pause
A man holding a wand stands between two large Air dragons. His expression is one of tiredness but triumph. The magician has moved through many trails and tribulations to reach this moment of rest and success. Behind him is a dark, twisted wood, the frightening and mysterious depths of the subconscious, where malicious faces of past lives and past experiences in this life may haunt him. A steep stairs leads back from where he stands into the woods, symbolizing that his journey through this life is not yet finished. However, at this moment he and the dragons stand in full sunlight, representing spiritual power. In a semi circle above the man’s head are eight wands, their tips flashing in the sunlight. If he can keep his willpower bright, he can ascend the steps without worry
Divinatory Meaning: There is a pause in a difficult lifecycle, giving you a much needed rest. This is a time you must carefully plan your next step. Success is in sight but more effort is needed.
Today’s Health Tarot Card
Knight of Pentacles – Gains and losses – a court card
A teenage girl, clad in a gold breastplate and helmet, stands beside a large dragon on a rocky hill. They are watchin men building a stone house below. The girl has a Celtic sword slung at her belt; beside the sword is a bag with a pentacle on the side. From her vantage point at the gates to the spiritual realm, the girl can clearly see the labor that goes into each life; the labor creates a personal space for the individual, a necessity for the maintenance of individuality and personal identity. The stones of the hillside symbolize primordial power; this symbolization is repeated in the stones used to build the house. There is an unlimited supply of creative, primordial energy upon which any person may draw upon to manifest what it needs in life, if they are willing to put forth the effort. The sword and the bag with the pentacles represent the spiritual strength for defense.
Divinatory Meaning: There could be gain or loss in finances. Salary increase is possible. The chance to purchase real estate may come about. A loan is repaid.
Today’s Wealth Tarot card
Five of Wands – Obstacles; opposition.
Five robed magicians (some men, some women) are battling each other with their wands. Flashes of magickal energy come from the wands, as magicians either defend themselves or attack others. These magicians represent two types of people in the world: those who are overly ambitious and jealous of what others have accomplish, and those who must learn to defend themselves against such attacks by others. Jealous people often attack those who have worked hard and gained positive things from their efforts; unfortunately it is a common human failing. Life is difficult enough (symbolized by the rocky landscape and twisted tree roots), without complicating it with unnecessary battles brought on by misunderstanding, jealousy, and twisted ethics. Only a cool head, spiritual guidance, and resistance to foes will help a balanced person win the day. Tiny Air dragons dart above them, their fiery breath intermingling with flashes of energy. The represent the astral guardians who try to bring peace to such a situation.
Divinatory Meaning: Obstacles and opposition from other may complicate your life; you will have to struggle to overcome this. Harmful gossip could damage your reputation and/or career. You may find yourself in trouble with the law.
Stands for: Auroch (like a wild ox)
Color: Orange (Dark Green)
Casting meaning: Uruz is also a rune of power, but unlike Fehu, it’s a power that we can neither own nor control. In a casting it can mean that personal success is near. For charms and talismans use Uruz for its healing powers. From The Rune Site
Today’s Witches’ Rune
This rune indicates a more difficult path where things are not so easy.
The Crossroads represents not only quarrels and misunderstandings but also discipline and mastery over the self.
It is not necessarily bad luck, but rather slow, substantial gains.
The Crossroads suggest maintaining the status quo, understanding boundaries and limitations, make a sustained practical effort, practical matters and solid achievement.
Relationships may be on shaky ground when one of these elements is sacrificed at the expense of another.
This rune stresses basic concerns and could indicate feeling boxed in. There may even be a feeling of discouragement. But you will soon discover innate strength and resources giving your achievements more meaning. From The Summer Goddess Book of Shadows
Today’s Ogham Stave
U (sometimes W) is Uhr or Ura, the Heather plant, which symbolizes passion and generosity. This ground-covering plant grows on top of peat in the moors of the Celtic lands. The blossoms are full of rich nectar and are very attractive to bees, which are seen in some traditions as messengers to and from the spirit world. Uhr is associated with both generosity and healing, as well as contact with the Otherworld.
Historically, the Picts used the flowers of the Heather plant to make a fermented ale–the natural sweetness of the plant probably made this delicious! It is also known to bring good fortune, particularly the white variety of Heather. A number of Scottish clansmen tucked Heather in their bonnets before going into battle. From a practical standpoint, Heather was also harvested to use for thatching. Dyes and brooms were made from it as well; if you make a besom of your own, use some Heather for the bristles.
Medicinally, Heather has been used to treat everything from consumption to “agitated nerves.” The great Scottish poet Robert Burns advocated its use in “Moorland Tea,” brewed from the harvested flowers.
Mundane Aspects: When this symbol appears, it means it’s time to de-stress. Look inside yourself for healing if your body needs it, and don’t delay. Listen to what your physical self is telling you. Remember how closely our physical well-being and emotional health are tied together.
Magical Aspects: Blend the energy of the spirit with the healing of the body. Focus on whole healing–body, mind and spirit–to build a healthy soul. Meditate on this symbol to increase your spiritual awareness. If you’re feeling a bit fragmented, mentally, burn some Heather to help you gather your thoughts back together. From Ogham Symbol Gallery
Today’s Numerology Number
The most vibrant, freedom-loving of all numbers in numerology
The Numerology Meaning of the Number 5: A DYNAMIC FORCE
The 5 is unpredictable, always in motion, and constantly in search of change.
Although it is molded from an almost equal mix of freedom-loving and loyal characteristics, the 5 is slightly more daring, and there is nothing submissive about it.
The 5 is extremely independent in mind and soul.
For an adventurer and risk-taker who has a hard time staying in one place, one job, or one relationship, the 5 is surprisingly loyal when the right partner comes along.
The 2 and the 6 are known as the most harmonious relationship numbers. Still, both will cheat on a partner when temptation is strong enough. The 5 will not. The 5 may break off a relationship due to their restless nature, but they will rarely deceive a partner. Although, when they are not in a committed relationship, they have no problem dating a different person every day of the week
The 5 generally doesn’t find a suitable career until they’ve tried several different jobs, some barely lasting long enough to warrant a full paycheck. This is especially true if there is monotonous routine involved; boredom sets in quickly for the 5 who simply cannot stand predictable, repetitive work.
But again, the 5 will surprise friends and family once they find their niche. This usually happens after age 30 when their focus, energy, and quick mind help them scramble up the ladder (faster, and with less apparent effort, than those around them).
Many 5s choose careers that require travel or otherwise offer a regular change of environment. People working in the travel industry, small business owners, independent consultants, lawyers, and those in sales often have the 5 in their core numbers.
The 5 can adjust quickly to pretty much anything coming their way.
The 5 is versatile, adaptable, intelligent, progressive, and tolerant. Convention bores them, and they are easily drawn to the eccentrics and misfits of society.
A social creature, the 5 is funny and uplifting, good at making others feel comfortable around them. They are generally well-liked and often surrounded by friends and acquaintances. However, they can also be polarizing, so people that are typically uptight, self-righteous, or judgmental are quickly aggravated by them.
Perhaps the most dominating trait of the 5 is the uncompromising demand for freedom in thought and action.
People with a prominent 5 in their core numbers make up their own mind, rebel against dogma and ideology, and recoil from clubs, cults, and religious sects. Their adventurous, daredevil nature may include riding motorcycles, but they will not typically ride with a large group. Chances are a 5 will be opinionated and passionate about political issues, but will remain independent of formal political parties.
A 5 may change their mind (regularly) but not without good reason. They won’t be controlled but are flexible and can be converted if the argument makes sense. The 5 has a healthy sense of humor and doesn’t sweat the small things. They carry their heart on their sleeve, and it’s not uncommon to give that heart to the wrong person – they are not always the best judge of character.
On the negative side, the 5 can be selfish, thoughtless, and irresponsible.
Rarely considering the future beyond next week, worrying is not in their nature. The 5 tends to procrastinate and can be unreliable. However, their most common downfall is a tendency to experiment with sex, drugs, alcohol, and other addictions. A desire for instant gratification, lack of restraint, and their feeling of invulnerability can be a recipe for disaster.
The shape of numbers reflect their nature, and just as the 4 is square and grounded, the 5 is a symbol of dynamic energy, elastic and constantly in motion.
Today’s Animal Spirt Guide card comes from Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer
Today’s Animal Spirit Guide
Condor – “You’re too enmeshed in this situation, so step back and see the bigger picture before making any decisions or taking action”
You’ve lost perspective here because you either believe there’s something that you absolutely need to have happen or else you’re simply being too stubborn to let go, step back, and take a fresh look at circumstances. It’s the forest versus the trees dilemma: You’re too close to clearly discern the reality of what’s actually taking place. So make a practice of detachment. Most people think of this as a cold, sterile way of responding to a situation or person, but nothing id further from the truth. It’s far worse to remain so utterly involved and entangled that you lose perspective — and sometimes even your self! This all-too-familiar pattern stems from the guilty feeling that some how you’re not doing enough unless you completely immerse yourself into the problem or person, continually trying to fix the situation or rescue the individual involved. While this may give you a temporary sense of satisfaction, doing so also creates unhealthy dependencies — yours and others.
True detachment is objective compassion, a state of mind and heart where you still care very much but are distanced enough so that you’re not under the illusion that you can somehow control the situation or person through your participation or intervention. In any situation or conversation, follow these four simple guidelines. First, be 100 percent present and attentive; second, speak your truth (or maintain a dignified silence); third, keep the focus on what’s really important and what really matters; and fourth, let goof any attachment to outcome. These four steps will help keep your perspective while remaining compassionately involved and detached at the same time. You can still wield your influence by stating your prefer–whether strong or mild–without insisting on getting your own way. Express yourself and see what happens, all the while honoring and respecting others.
Associations: Perspective; Vision; Awareness; Death/Rebirth; Independence; Solitude; Inspiration; Creativity; Leadership; Pachamama (“Pa-che-mama,” Mother Earth); Simplicity; Sensitivity; Detoxification