Mystic Monkey: The Ace of Wands

Hmm, today’s tarot one-card draw does not surprise me in the least…

The Ace of Wands signals new projects and opportunities, a creative spark that bodes well for diving into a new challenge. Why doesn’t its appearance today surprise me? Well…

Recent readings that included the Six of Swords and Eight of Cups basically told me to cut my losses and move on to something better, just when I was questioning yet again why my current manuscript has been such a struggle. Intuitively, I know: it’s not the right story or I’m not writing it the right way. So, I’ve made the decision to scrap what I’ve written and start over! It’s the first time I’ve done that with a manuscript, something I’ve always feared would happen, but now that it is, I feel liberated. Second chance! Fresh start! And I’m okay with that!

So then, also unsurprisingly, I drew this card today from Alana Fairchild’s Sacred Rebels Oracle deck: “Shock of the New.” New, new, new! I’m detecting a pattern here. This card encourages me to embrace the strangeness that challenges my conventional attitudes yet will help me birth something new and wonderful. Yeah, okay! I’m up for that! As it is, I’ve been so distracted lately by all sorts of metaphysical interests, which is way New Age-ier than I’ve historically been. But the fervor with which I’ve been gobbling it up has got to mean something, so I’ve been trying to just surrender to it and see where it all goes. As the oracle card says (per Alana’s guidebook):

There are rumblings and stirrings of the creative life force happening now — deep in the undercurrents of your being. […] So be on the lookout for the big shift of new birth, the shock of the new, the unconventional, the strangely beautiful and the disturbing liberation of that which is foreign stepping into your life. […] You are being invited, dragged, nurtured and coerced into the new. You can handle it!

This captures the spirit of the Ace of Wands very well, that stick that pokes at us to act on our creative potential in some new undertaking, going with our gut rather than thinking about it too hard. Just do it, as Nike would say. And what better day than today, when I was already planning to set up a crystal grid for creative inspiration and action for the full moon. So, waving my wand, I say, All right, Monkey, let’s manifest some shit! 🧙‍♀️

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My chosen crystal pairing: prehnite + tourmaline for inspired action and new challenges.

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Mystic Monkey: The 5 of Wands

Happy Monday, all! What better way to start the week than with a little group conflict… 😀

Those darn 5s. They, along with 7s, like to herald conflict and struggle in tarot, but what can ya do. That’s life. Here in the Five of Wands card, we see a group of lads duking it out with their staffs (hello, sausage fest!). This isn’t generally a positive card to me, but it’s not as bad as it initially appears either. This doesn’t look like combat so much as friendly competition. We’ve got five people dressed quite differently from each other, signifying their differences in perspective as well. This could be a clash of viewpoints on an issue or how to accomplish a team goal, or individuals vying for an achievement. There’s also confusion here, a lack of clarity that obscures the way forward and keeps anyone from making progress. I look at the chap on the left, though, who seems to have freed his wand from the fray and thus holds it up victoriously–he’s gotten himself out of this tangle and can now make more productive use of his time, be on his way ahead of the rest. There’s this healthy aspect of competition that encourages you to do your best and set yourself apart, but it’s also good to work with others, to brainstorm and hear diverse opinions–as long as everyone is listening and valuing that input; otherwise, you really will get nowhere.

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My chosen crystal pairing: aqua aura quartz + fire agate for clear and calm communication, focused action, and blocking negativity.

 


Mystic Monkey: The King of Cups

Well, howdy-do?! I ditched my tarot card of the day yesterday for a cemetery tour in the rain (as one does), but today I’m back to rock ’em sock(monkey) ’em.

So, kings… I generally don’t love when they appear. They automatically make me dread an authoritarian a-hole in my life or that that’s the stern attitude I must possess.

But kings aren’t necessarily dicks, and embodying their masculine energy can be quite a good thing. Tarot kings are masters of their suits, after all, and the King of Cups in particular is a nice, loving king. More in tune with his emotions than the rest. But, again, a master of them, meaning he can keep them in check. Keep his head above water and ride the waves with ease. Which is, again, a good thing–I really need it!–but this lends an aloofness as well. I feel like this king is more intuitive and fanciful than he lets himself show. Like he’s lived his Page and Knight days of daydreaming and romance and has by now stuffed a cork in it. The crazy fish he once held in his cup is now dumped back into the water. Yet it stays with him, swimming alongside.

So, I do give this king credit for possessing creativity and compassion, simply filtering it through his emotional maturity. He can remain calm under pressure and apply his strong instincts and interpersonal skills to his work and relationships. He’s deep, not shallow. Steady but not stodgy. A confident yet caring person who does ultimately give a crap. He’s just not going to spaz out over it. He’ll mediate and productively work toward solutions instead.

As for how this might apply to me? I’ve been a little self-pitying the last couple of days, which is decidedly not a color I love on me, so today I feel ready to rein it in.

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My chosen crystal pairing: serpentine + mahogany obsidian for emotional balance and strength.


Mystic Monkey: The 8 of Wands

Yikes, drew my tarot card this morning and almost forgot to write about it today! Here’s a little somethin’, then, about the Eight of Wands.

Pew-pew-pew! Eight wands, firin’ at ya! No person present in the card, just these long projectiles headed your way. These could be a plethora of opportunities coming to you, choices you must make, and the speed at which they’re flying to you might make this overwhelming, but you need to act just as fast. The fire element of the wands calls for this swift action, and the air through which they fly shows the mental decision you must take. Or a burst of ideas you have, some of which will reach their target while others’ll be hit or miss. The number eight, too, is meaningful in that you’re nearing completion of something, so don’t start dilly-dallying now. Keep the forward momentum going. This can sometimes also mean air travel.

I did find myself with quite a bit of options today, not least of which are the flight tickets I must book tonight!

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My chosen crystal pairing: amber + aventurine for decisiveness and quick action.


Mystic Monkey: The 6 of Swords

Ooh, ouch. Swords in tarot always make me flinch, but luckily we’ve got a harmonious six to numerologically smooth this one out. At least a little.

The Six of Swords shows us a family fleeing on a boat. My perception of this card has certainly evolved since my very, very first glance at the Rider-Waite deck–in which I saw the trees in the distance as mushroom clouds, like explosions in the distance, and the swords sticking into the wooden boat’s bottom made me fear they’d cause leaks! And perhaps those initial thoughts were fair enough–that monochromatic, apocalyptic landscape in my imagination being the troubles we must escape, and the holes poked in the boat signifying that, even when we leave, we’re not totally free and clear of woe (making it all the more urgent that we skedaddle while we can!).

But generally I see this card more positively in the sense that sometimes we have to cut our losses and set sail for stiller waters. This can entail an actual, physical relocation or simply moving on mentally and emotionally. A change of scenery in our outer or inner landscape so that we can leave a negative situation or behavior behind and hold hope for brighter shores. So then, rather than threatening the boat’s seaworthiness, the swords here become a protective shield for these passengers, bracing them against winds of necessary change. And though swords are of the air element and mind–expressing our need to be rational and objective in making the best decision for ourselves–there’s a lot of water present here to convey the emotional aspect of moving on; it’s difficult to leave some things behind, and we don’t always do it without sadness and regret. Yet the man’s oar is like a wand evoking fire energy as well, a need to take action and go. There’s no promise of smooth sailing, but this forward movement is ultimately for the best.

I did a reading with The Raven’s Prophecy Tarot deck yesterday (which feels so nice and autumnal and Halloween-y for this time of year! Although it isn’t a seasonal deck, per se), and the Six of Swords showed up there, too, in the position of my subconscious. It made meaningful sense to me within the context of my question, so its reappearance today has greater impact. Pulling the same cards over and over again tends to happen to me a lot, like the cards are saying, Hint, hint? Get the message already, lady! Which I genuinely appreciate, as tarot’s become my esteemed and much-needed ball-buster. 😀

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My chosen crystal pairing: apache tear + aquamarine for release and moving on.


Mystic Monkey: The 4 of Cups

Let’s waste no time getting into today’s tarot card of the day: the Four of Cups!

This dude just can’t be bothered. He sits (sulks?) under a tree, all by himself with his arms crossed in a more petulant than pensive manner. Nice body language, guy. Looks like it’s a beautiful day with lush green nature all around you, but do you even notice? Nah. That’s right, just keep staring at the ground, not giving mind to the three cups standing right there for the taking. A fourth cup is offered from the ether as well, opportunity practically falling into your lap, but you’re either too self-absorbed or apathetic to seize it.

Nice. *slow claps*

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little hard on this guy. Maybe he does just need a little time to himself, to sort out his thoughts. Maybe his cups are filled with the waters of negative emotions; maybe he’s been hurt or disappointed and just needs to process that experience and think through his next course of action. Maybe that disembodied hand in the sky just needs to, well, talk to the hand and leave this guy alone, not be all up in his face with new joys or sorrows to drown in. The natural setting does lend a nice earth element to this otherwise water card, indicating a need, perhaps, for grounding and stabilizing, which a good dose of solitary introspection can do. There’s an airiness that calls for clear thought as well, which again this isolation from distraction can provide.

But it seems this youth can’t escape distraction no matter how hard he tries; this might not be the time for escape, then, so he must instead face the music. Look up and around him to appreciate all that he already has and all that he has yet to embrace. Breath in the fresh air and awake from his bored complacency to then reach out for the opportunities presenting themselves to him. There are always times when we must withdraw and regroup, but sometimes detachment is unhealthy and you just gotta meet life halfway.

Take the cup, kid. Before that hand smacks ya upside the head with it.

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My chosen crystal pairing: carnelian + blue apatite to thwart apathy and alienation.


Mystic Monkey: The 3 of Cups

Well, hurrah and huzzah! Today’s tarot card is the Three of Cups.

This is a real eat, drink, and be merry card. Sweet intoxication, with a cornucopia of delight at one’s feet. An abundance of pleasure and good company. I often think of this one as finding your tribe, being with the folks who get you most and just relaxing into the easy companionship and joy. Life’s hard, so let’s blow off some steam and celebrate all that’s good and grand. Or in the sage words of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “We saved the world. I say we party!” And this card could be the Scoobies indeed–that tight-knit triumvirate of Willow, Xander, and Buffy, dancing at the Bronze with their Solo cups. 😄

In its negative sense, though, this card might also signal overindulgence or three’s a crowd (maybe even an affair?? Yipes!). As we all know, everything’s best in moderation. But in this card’s most positive sense, when you find the people you can just be yourself with and band together as a community of fun and support, well, that certainly is something to toast to. Cheers! 🍻🍺

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My chosen crystal pairing: tangerine aura quartz for joy and friendship.


Mystic Monkey: The Ace of Swords

Ahh, today’s tarot card blows in like a breath of fresh air: the Ace of Swords.

With its cool, clear simplicity, this card embodies the pure essence of the Swords suit–intellect, rationality, ideas, communication. No mincing words or getting clouded with emotion; this sword cuts to the chase with sharp insight. Easy breezy. This bodes well for achievements of the mind–our intelligence, ambition, and ideology. A call for decisiveness and ingenuity. Of the air element, this card also has a little fire to fuel our innovation and taking the offensive. It can perhaps become a little too cool and calculating, though, verging on callous and contentious.

At any rate, just looking at this card clears my muddled mind, helping me shake subjective fears to get to the heart of a matter and do what needs to be done, say what needs to be said, in a logical, reasoned manner. Or at least I try to. “Monkey Mind” is kind of an occupational hazard. 🐵

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My chosen crystal pairing: blue calcite + Tibetan quartz for calm clarity.


Mystic Monkey: The 3 of Pentacles

Okay, so I missed yesterday, but I’m here today for a quick look at my latest tarot card draw: the Three of Pentacles.

Here, I see an apprentice making solid progress on his work under the supervision of two other folks. One holds a blueprint of sorts, and from the looks of it, everything’s going according to plan. We’ve got a lovely stone archway with a solid sense of support, which expresses the general vibe I get from this card: laying a stable foundation. Steady progress toward a goal. There’s also the power of three in this team collaboration that shows sometimes you can’t go it alone; you need the help of others for knowledge, support, and synergy of talents. The physicality of this earth-element card, too, shows progress in the material world. This isn’t just inner development but application of one’s learning and abilities, and it’s only just the beginning–completion and reward lie ahead, yet this is nonetheless a stage of accomplishment and satisfaction. Keep honing your craft and know when to rely on others.

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My chosen crystal pairing: purple & yellow fluorite + malachite for study, teamwork, and inspiring/implementing creativity.


Mystic Monkey: The Page of Wands

Greetings, and welcome back to my shenanigans! My tree is sadly absent one sister now, with whom I had zee best week venturing around my zoo and beyond. *sigh*

As I return to regular routine with great melancholy, today’s tarot card is the Page of Wands.

This dude is rocking the sacral chakra colors like his mother, and you know what? Who says he’s a dude? Court cards like this are traditionally associated with certain genders and even skin tones and hair color, but I prefer to interpret their particular energies, applicable to anyone who embodies the same.

In this Page’s case, tones are earthy yet vibrant, a salamander-spotted tunic in vivid yellow depicting the fire within, as she’s ready to embark across a vast orange landscape of creativity and passion. She’s cloaked in courage and ambition and looks fondly at her wooden staff, seeing the fertile green potential sprouting from it, a wand for her to wield and create with as she forges ahead with naivety yet determination and drive. She’s only scratched the surface of what she can achieve, or is about to, and while she might stumble here and there on the peaks and valleys of her journey as she learns and grows, she learns and grows all the same, the wand steadying her steps ever more. She’s focused and free, her lust for life and to reach her goals already a feather in her cap.

Interestingly, today I also drew a card from my brand-new Halloween Oracle (’tis approaching the season, y’know?)–or, rather, the card flew out of the deck of its own volition during shuffling. I got the Witch, “The earthly weaver of the worlds.”

As I’m renewing my daily tarot practice and looking to work with other new decks today, I like to think both of these cards are signaling this rekindled creative and metaphysical focus. The Witch manifests fire with her own two hands, just as the Page seeks to apply the fire of her mind and spirit to bringing something into being. Working with tarot and oracle cards does give me a sense of uniting the unseen with the seen, the physical cards feeling so amazing in my hands as my mind and soul energy melds with them to create visual messages of what lies within. These messages are a call to action as well, which embraces the energy of both Wand and Witch: intentions made manifest.

Okay, so now I’m babbling but all in all feeling very cool and pleased with today’s reading and my efforts going forward. 😊

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My chosen crystal pairing: vanadinite, for focus and fire.


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