Today’s Tarot Card Reading come from The English Magic Tarot by Rex Van Ryn, Steve Dooley and Andy Letcher Copyright 2015 (The unfamiliar terms used with this deck is in England’s English)
0 The Fool – Major Arcana
Pages 20 and 21
Description: A fool strides across the English countryside. He wears a fabulous multicolored costume. A hare gambols at his feet.
Interpretation: Here comes the Fool. Not a care in the world. Everything he says and does seems to turn out okay without his even trying. He’s the embodiment of effortless non-doing. All his possessions are wrapped up in just one knotted handkerchief. But is that mad look in his eye? Is he the village idiot, cuckoo-brained, a moon-calf? There’s a darker side to the Fool. He might be a trickster, an unraveller like Loki or Raven or Coyote or Efnysien, someone who brings chaos to the world, just because he can. He does suspiciously like Guy Fawkes. Or perhaps he’s the wise fool, able to speak when others cannot.
Traditionally, the Fool is regarded as the hero setting out on his magical quest. Of course, he starts from a state of pure innocence. Why else would he need to go adventuring? He needs to learn about himself and the world. That’s why his number is zero. Zero the hero. He starts with nothing.
Usually the Fool is accompanied by a small dog, but here Rex has given him a hare instead. According to mythology, the hare is wise and mad all at once, just like the Fool. As with any mammal that survives by running fast, hares have disproportionately large hearts—it’s what gives them oomph to escape the hounds. How appropriate. Like the hare, the Fool’s heart is huge and wide open. There might be a sheer drop in front of him, but he’d step right over and land without a scratch.
Reading: Embrace the Fool, take a leap into the dark. If he appears reversed, then it’s time to stop acting the fool. You’re not coming from a place of open-heartedness.
16 THE TOWER – MAJOR ACANA
Pages 52 and 53
Description: A storm breaking over the Tower of London, which is on fire. Two ravens look on.
Interpretation: The Tower of London is now home to tourists, the Crown Jewels, and ravens, but once it was the dreaded prison where many an aristocrat, royal pretender, and a traitor met their grisly end. Yet, here it is struck by lightening and on fire. Ravens are picking over the bones. The old power structures are being torn down. Revolution is in the air. The Tower indicates sudden spiritual insight or illumination. It heralds revolutionary ideas that destroy old paradigms. It suggests the toppling of an institution, a despised regime, or even an empire. Just be careful not to get consumed by the flames.
Raves have long been associated with the Tower. Legend says that if they leave, the British Monarchy will fall. This legend has origins in the much older Welsh myth of Bran the Blessed, the raven god, whose head was buried beneath the Tower of London. If ever he were to be exhumed, then Britain would fall. When I see ravens, I immediately think of Woden, the old English god of poetry and eloquence, magic, divine intoxication and fury, whose pair of sacred ravens are called Thought and Memory. Regardless which god speaks to you, the message is the same. Inspiration comes with the divine force. The tower will always crumble. The new smashes the old
Reading: The Tower indicates the sudden or dramatic end of something, the smashing of some worldly endeavor or institution. If the card is reversed, then you are being unhelpfully destructive. Is that tower really in need of knocking down or can you find a more constructive way to vent your frustration?
SEVEN OF WANDS
Power of within; self-belief in the face of opposition
Description: Six wands fly like missiles towards a woman. She holds a seventh, and, like a Jedi, is about to knock the others for six. She’s so light on her feet she looks like she’s dancing.
Interpretation: Uh oh. There’s a fight going down, but she looks more than able to handle herself. One casual sweep of the arm will send those wands flying. She’s brushing them off like flies.
We all need to deal with the “slings and arrows” that we are dealt by others. It happens all the time; think how even the most innocent of comments on social media can provoke a storm.
This card says that if you have courage of your convictions, if you can give a good account of yourself, then none of the incoming missiles will hit their target. It’s only when self-doubt comes into play that we buckle. The blows rain down and before we know it, we’re on our knees before the baying crowd.
Reading: Believe in yourself. Trust your innate creative self. You have every right to stand there and show the world who you are and what it is that you do. You and Your work are beautiful. If the card is reversed, then you have allowed self-doubt to creep in. It is easy to say, and so much harder to do, but find the immovable part of yourself that can’t be hurt by others.
NINE of WANDS
Defense; raising of a siege; defensiveness
Description: A great commander has seen off his enemy. His castle and lands are secure. He is building a palisade around the perimeter of his realm.
Interpretation: They say a man’s home is his castle. This Englishman’s home is a castle and he’s successfully defended against a siege. Those heraldic stags indicate power, strength, and victory. Still he is taking no chances. He’s shoring up his defenses, making a palisade around the edge of his lands. If anyone comes back to try again, they’ll have one hell of a battle on their hands.
There’s another saying from the poet John Donne; No man is an island. Here it’s rather apt. For while we may need to defend ourselves from time to time we can’t live without contact with other people, strangers as well as friends. Strangers bring risk, but also new possibilities, a different way of seeing the world, and the opportunity for adventure. If we close ourselves off to the other, we risk becoming fearful, bitter, mean-spirited, and old. There’s a time and place for walls and they may often be the only solution. However, build them wisely and don’t forget to open the gates from time to time, a stranger may just turn your life around.
Reading: You stand in a commanding position. Your world is safe; your defenses strong. If the card is reversed, then you have become unnecessarily defensive. You’re building walls around yourself that are keeping others out. Try letting them in for a change.
Elder Futhark Rune
Stands for: Cattle
Color: Green (Brown)
Casting meaning: Fehu is a rune of power and control. It represents new beginnings and “movable” wealth such as money and credit. It is a rune that gives us the power we need to obtain wealth as well as the power we need to hold on to it.
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.OGHAM
C, sometimes read as K, is Coll, which is the Hazel tree. August is known as the Hazel Moon, because this is when Hazel nuts appear on the trees–the world Coll translates to “the life force inside you”, and what better symbol of life than the nut itself? Hazel is associated with wisdom and creativity and knowledge. Sometimes it is connected in Celtic lore with magical springs, sacred wells, and divination.
Hazel was a handy tree to have around. It was used by many English pilgrims to make staffs for use upon the road–not only was it a sturdy walking stick, it also provided a modicum of self-defense for weary travelers. Certainly, it could have been used as well for ritual. Hazel was used in weaving of baskets by medieval folk, and the leaves were fed to cattle because it was believed this would increase the cow’s supply of milk.
In the Irish myth cycles, there is a tale that nine hazel nuts dropped into a sacred pool. A salmon came along in the pool and gobbled up the nuts, which then imbued him with wisdom. A variation of the story appears in the legend of Finn Mac Cumhail, who ate the salmon and then took on the knowledge and wisdom of the fish. Note that Mac Cumhail is often translated as Mac Coll.
Mundane Aspects: Take advantage of your own artistry or creativity, and share your knowledge with others so they too can practice these arts. Lead by example, and teach those who wish to learn. Find inspiration for your creative gifts, whatever your talent may be.
Magical Aspects: Let the divine guide you in your creative journey. Speak to the gods through your art, and be rewarded with inspiration. If you’re stuck in a creative rut, call upon the Divine to send you a Muse.
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.
Animal Spirit Guide or Helper
Information from Ted Andrews’s Animal-Speak, Jessica Dawn Palmer’s Animal Wisdom, and Steven D. Farmer’s Power Animals.
Although hares and rabbits look similar, they have very different symbolism. A hare is bigger than a rabbit, has longer ears, and possesses more powerful hind legs. The two most abundant kinds are the European Brown Hare and the Snowshoe Hare. The Snowshoe Hare is strongly linked to the Snowy Owl population, such that when hare populations are down, the owls stop breeding, and even die from starvation. The hare is more solitary and tougher than the rabbit. Hares don’t live in warrens or have maternity nests. The young hares are born so well-developed that they can fend for themselves within a few hours of their birth.
The hare is associated with a number of myths from many different cultures. The Algonquin tribe honored the Great Hare as a demiurge, a role in the creation of the world. The Egyptians also saw the hare involved in a creation story. For them, the hare came to mean procreation, and then immorality. While the hare is often associated with impatience and haste (like the “Tortoise and the Hare” fable), it’s important to note that other cultures, like the Goths, saw the hare as fleet and swift, and symbols of diligence. This reflects the attitudes of medieval hunters, who viewed hares as a challenge to catch.
Hare people are considered sensitive and artistic, and also linked with ambition, fitness, and virtue. However, the hare is not just associated with positive things. Hares are also thought of as greedy and selfish, even a bad example for people. Hare is seen as a jokester, linked with trickery and fraud. Even those with hare medicine are clever, often unreliable, and frequently thinking of themselves.
Although hare has some qualities that are less than redeeming, there are things he can teach us. Because they move in leaping and hopping motions, those with rabbit and hare totems can expect changes in their own lives in the same kind of movement. Hare can also aid people in recognizing the signs around them by attuning to lunar cycles and understanding the tides of movement in their own lives.