Daily Draw - Nine of Swords, The Emperor, Ace of Wands
These cards speak a fairly clear story to me today.
The order that the Emperor is capable of bringing out of the chaos of my Nine of Swords anxiety will free the creativity of the Ace of Wands.
This is a powerful message for me today because I just decided to run my life a little differently than I have been to this point. My schedule is loose and free flowing, generally, and as much as I enjoy that kind of schedule, it may not be the best way for me to be productive. So this week I had a firm "butt in chair at 9 am" policy that has worked quite well. I managed to get my exercise and breakfast in before, though I am still in pjs now at 3:30 pm. Clearly my dressing routine needs a bit of refinement, but writing is happening, tarot readings are happening, and while my family is my first priority, these run a close second.
Like many people, I struggle against what I perceive as the stricture of the Emperor, but there is a reason to impose order, at times, and I am beginning to realize it more and more. Of course no one wants to be manhandled by an iron fisted fascist, but there is more to this guy than that. In this reading, he is the gatekeeper, dividing me against myself where I need it most, the protector, too.
Update, August 24, 2011: It has been a rough weekend for me. I have developed some weird stomach condition that feels like heartburn or acid reflux, and I NEVER have had that before so figuring out what it felt like was step one, but it is constant so it can't be that, either. I am working on figuring it out and started a whole body cleanse because I think married life has wreaked havoc with my previously pretty good diet of very little processed food and lots of grains and plants. The big worry on the brain is getting to the Bay Area Tarot Symposium, which I am to leave for in a couple days and being well so that I can learn lots of tarot things and enjoy a mini vacation with The Man and my friend.
These cards are from the Paulina Tarot by Paulina Cassidy for U.S. Games Systems, Inc.
I am not a visual artist. The creators of the decks I use are. I try very hard to give proper credit to the artist when I use an image.
My most oft used deck on this blog is the Deviant Moon Tarot, created by Patrick Valenza and published by U.S. Games Systems, Incorporated. Check out his site to buy some fantastic Deviant Moon stuff, or a deck of your own!
A lovely, but digital only, Rider Waite Smith clone deck is the Aquatic by Andreas Schroter. You are allowed to downlaod and use the images.
They also make me tell you that readings are for entertainment purposes only. I'll tell you on my own that if you change your life based on a few cards something is not right there.
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