Our Daily Tarot Cards
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. Copyright 2001
Two of Swords – Tension; indecision.
Fire dragon holds two long swords in it’s claws, as it faces a man across an open, blazing vent in the rocky ground. The only connection to the other side is a narrow stone bridge without railings. The man hesitates, one foot on the bridge, one foot on solid ground. One of his hands is outstretched to take a sword, but he must cross to get one. Celtic spirals are craved into the stark stone of the surrounding landscape. The bridge represents the link between the conscious and subconscious minds. This tenuous area of the mind can be a frightening place when one is learning to join the psychic senses with everyday, common-sense deductions in order to make a better decisions. The only way to safely cross the bridge is to walk across without analyzing the potential for defeat or looking down at the dangerous fire below. The strength to take action can be drawn from knowledge of the meaning of the Celtic spirals; any momentary failure can be a stepping stone to a now opportunity.
Divinatory Meaning: There is tension and indecision in relationships or friendships. You are having difficulty gaining a sense of balance because you have no definite plans as to the direction you want to go. You are faced with having to balance two important things in your life without being able to make a firm decision.
Queen of Swords – A Court Card
Learning lessons; manipulation
The Queen of Swords is a mature woman who walks through a pit of fire with confidence. Although the flames flare around her on all sides, her face is calm, her eyes straight ahead. She has learned that life offers both positive and negative learning experiences and that one becomes stronger by refusing to give in to fear an despair. In one hand she carries a raised sword, while the other rests on the head of a Fire dragon who is mostly hidden behind her and from whose mouth issues more flames. The sword represents the Queen’s faith in her ability to fight her way through any adversity, while the huge dragon-companion symbolizes astral and spiritual teachers who are always beside us, not to impede our progress by making life to smooth, but to guide our steps through any “trial” to safety. The Queen wears a crown with a triangular-shaped, red stone in front, symbolic of her connectedness with both the Goddess and her own feminine power. Three little Fire dragons frolic in the flames, encouraging her to continue her path.
Divinatory Meaning: This card indicates a powerful feminine influence. You will be faced with with a period in your life that makes you learns an important lesson you have avoided. Be careful getting your way in something through manipulation, for later this action will come back to haunt you.
Judgement – Major Arcana
Renewal; Karmic issues.
A large dragon tenderly administers healing and comfort to the man in the bed. Around his neck hangs a medallion with a triple spiral, symbol of life, death, and rebirth. As the man struggles with the mental and emotional agony that accompanies all cycles of renewal, the dragon looks on with love and understanding. The tracery on the window behind the dragon represents the Celtic Tree of Life, a symbol of the totality of all lives past, present, and future. The dragon’s spring-green color represents birth, a condition all humans must experience if they are to progress into higher realm of consciousness. It is the man’s responsibility to awaken from the nightmare of illusion and despair, the haunting dream of helplessness. Help is there in the form of the dragon and brilliant sunlight if only the man would open his eyes and reach out.
Divinatory Meaning: Something or someone out of the past comes back into your life with influences you may or may not like. Handle karmic relationships or issues correctly or pay the price. This card may point to a change of home or job. You are attracted to a new line of spiritual or magickal study. You will face an unpleasant but necessary decision.
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.
Elder Futhark Rune
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.
Always a good omen, the Sun Rune means something of value is coming your way. You can look forward to taking a bold step, embarking in a new direction.
Some may be carried out of their daily grind by unexpected and fortunate events. Other will be made aware of added responsibility and will have to deal with it.
Expect public promotions and public affairs. Look to be amazed, dazzled or even shocked by scandals. An older person, or person of authority could have the answers you are now seeking.
Accept your position as a mover and shaker of the world. For you, the time is right to head for the spotlight.
E is Eadhadh, or Eadha, which is the Aspen, a symbol of endurance and courage. The Aspen is a durable, hardy tree that grows all over North America and Scotland, so when Eadhadh appears, take it as a sign of strong will and success. Challenges may come your way, but you will eventually conquer your adversaries and obstacles.
In folklore and literature, the Aspen is associated with heroes, and many “crowns of Aspen” have been found in ancient burial sites. The sturdy wood was popular for making shields, and were often imbued with magical protective properties. In the Highlands of Scotland, the Aspen was often rumored to be connected to the realm of the Fae.
Mundane Aspects: Like the Aspen, you can be flexible without snapping. No matter what obstacles come, allow yourself to know that these too will be gone eventually. You will be left stronger for the experience, if you can get over your fears and reservations.
Magical Aspects: Don’t give in to the pressures of the material world. Focus instead on your spiritual journey, even if it seems like it would be a lot easier to give up and let things fall by the wayside. Even in the Tarot, the Fool knows he has a long way to go, but the first step is the hardest. When Eadhadh appears, put aside your distractions, and take that first all-important step on your journey.
In numerology, the 4 is the number of strength and stability.
The Numerology Meaning of the Number 4: THE SALT OF THE EARTH
The chief characteristics of the number 4 are dependability, productivity, punctuality, and obedience. It is trustworthy, patient, conventional, and traditional.
People with prominent 4’s can seem dispassionate and solitary, preferring to toil in quiet obscurity. They work steadily and are extremely persistent, finding deep satisfaction in their accomplishments.
The 4 favors results over financial reward and public recognition. They are humble, often dress conservatively, and don’t clash with their surroundings.
The 4 does not like to draw attention but will fight tooth and nail if you try to muscle in on their territory.
They believe in effort and control and are goal-oriented, but their goals are often simple and down to earth. The 4 is not a visionary but notices every detail. They are capable, proficient, and they don’t cut corners – the perfect employee.
Looking at the shape of the number 4. you will notice the hard angles are a symbolic representation of this rather straight-edged workaholic – less creative or artistic, but excellent at working with their hands.
Many artisans and skilled laborers have the 4 prominent in their charts. The 4 works hard and is a good provider but demands discipline and loyalty. They do not do well in chaotic environments and are prone to panic attacks if it appears they don’t have things well under control.
The 4 does not like to make waves, but values moral convictions and doesn’t back down when convinced they are “doing the right thing.”
However, they can also be intolerant and, when faced with people from other cultures, countries or races, their insecurity and fear of the unknown can make them uncomfortable, even prejudiced at the extreme.
Many 4s choose a career in the military where their disciplined nature is right at home – and do exceptionally well when they are assigned duties that include administrative and organizational work.
As with any number, there are contradicting traits within the 4. For instance, while they are not particularly social or fun-loving, the 4 often reveals an entertainingly dry sense of humor. Further, although they can be strict parents, the 4 is extremely devoted and will walk through fire to get their children what they need.
My description of the 4 is, not surprisingly, almost the exact opposite of my description of the 3. This is to be expected, as each number is a counterpoint to the one that directly precedes it. The 2 is the polar opposite of the 1, the 3 displays traits that are directly opposed to those of the 2, and so on. Keep in mind, if you have a 4 in your core numbers, your other core numbers will affect the influence of the 4.
Today’s Animal Spirt Guide card comes from Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards by Steven D. Farmer Copyright 2008
Animal Spirit Guide
“Stand up for yourself and speak your truth respectfully and compassionately, with no attachment to outcome”
When you express yourself from your heart and from a place of power, it’s an unbeatable combination. You don’t need to growl or bully, nor do you need to fade into the background and deny yourself the opportunity to directly affect the situation. By showing up and being completely present, even when you’re simply listening, you’re a force to be reckoned with.
Ask for what you want, and see what happens. Don’t get worked up about how it turns out. You may or may not get what you want, but at least your chances are much better if you do ask. As for setting boundaries with others (such as saying no to requests or demands), when you do so, they may respect those boundaries or try to test them. If they do test the limits you’ve set, stand your ground, be clear, and don’t apologize.
Approach the situation with the purity and innocence of a child and the focused intensity of a true warrior—one who doesn’t speak or act from anger, but from a place of truth and dignity. Know when you do so, you’ll have nothing to fear.
Associations: Fearlessness; Purity; Leadership; Powerful; Provider; Self-control; Strength; Wisdom; Nobility; Conservation; Intensity; Playfulness; Adaptability