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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.

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Gone Sissin’

Snagged from the Create from Scratch blog.

I’m hosting my sister here in London for the next week, so I’ll be putting my daily tarot reflections on pause. Lucky you! 🙊😄

I could’ve scheduled posts in advance, but that defeats the purpose of the card-a-day, which I of course can continue to carry on whether I blog about it or not.

But…nah. I’ll just wait ’til next week, as logging my thoughts has been truly helpful in the process, and you’d think I could multitask this, but what can I say–when I host, I host hard.

Enjoy the break, and see ya soon! 🔮🐒


Mystic Monkey: The Queen of Wands

Hiya! Onward to Day 4 of my tarot card-a-day reflections. Only 74 more to go! 😃…😬…😦

Anyway, several cards tumbled into my lap today (whoa, hey there), but this little lady was the only one to present herself face-up.

I love her.

She’s just got it so together. She’s creative, she’s passionate, she’s fun, and she’s fiercely loving. She even has a kitty! She strikes me as a bit witchy for that reason, as if the black cat is her familiar and she can wield her wand for magic. Fiery solar plexus and sacral chakra colors here (yellow and orange), so I’m fully feeling the vibe of creative and sexual passion, confidence, joy, optimism, and drive. I have fond respect for all the queens, but the Queen of Wands is one I’d actually want to hang with. She seems full of whim yet no-nonsense at the same time, like she’d join in the laughs and be game for something totally spontaneous, but she isn’t going to take anyone’s crap and is only in it for a truly authentic experience. The sunflowers add to her charm, warm and happy as they turn to face the light, yet they’re also strong and hardy. Not delicate like other flowers. The lions add to the vim and vigor (the ones above her head look ready to party), but they can also be fierce and protective when need be–even kitten has claws and stares us down intimidatingly, still primal and superior in its evolved domesticity. The clasp on Queenie’s cloak shows her to be lionhearted as well. You want to stay on her good side. But she’s great. Loyal and lovely. Maybe a little eccentric. Very determined. I can only hope to embrace her energy today!! 🌻🌻🌻

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My chosen crystal pairing: orange calcite + carnelian for creativity and drive.


Mystic Monkey: The Knight of Cups

Well, look at this charmer.

He actually flew into my lap (well, hellooo 😘) upside down during shuffling, and I do take reversals into account in my readings. But for the purposes of this card-a-day exercise, I am only interpreting upright meanings.

So. Back to this dreamboat. The tarot suit of cups is associated with the element of water, and indeed I literally see water running through this image as a river or stream. The cup itself may be filled with water for this knight’s long journey. Water also flows through this guy’s get-up in a pattern that includes fish, so…he’s not winning any fashion awards with me, but I do give points for flamboyance. He’s owning it. And he’s perhaps the most gallant of the knights–literally the knight in shining armor on a white horse that we romanticize. And being the Knight of Cups means he’s in tune with his feelings and probably a great communicator. He’s a guy who could sweep you off your feet. Maybe also break your heart. The wings on his helmet and ankles show him to be fleet of foot, bringing in an air element to me that reinforces the idea of communication; he knows how to express himself. Lord knows he does it through his snazzy clothing, but he probably articulates himself well, too, through writing, speaking, and/or art. He sits tall and confidently, and even his pretty horsie is posing for the camera, though maybe this knight is a little vain, a little showy. A man of grand gestures, but how well does he follow through when it really matters? Does he go with the flow of the waters and just move on when he’s made a conquest? However he might regard others’ feelings, he does seem in command of his own and willing to share but is probably a bit sensitive, in both good and potentially bad ways. He feels all of the feels and doesn’t hide it. He has an artistic temperament, perhaps. But he-n-horsie are just stopped at the water for this little photo op; he doesn’t seem particularly ambitious about crossing it or getting around it some way. Nonetheless, as a knight of his strong posture, he has a degree of accomplishment, motivation, and responsibility and looks forward to his ultimate goal. He’s heading in the right direction and will get there, eventually, led by his heart. 💖

So, that’s my particular take of this particular card on this particular day. It always varies, and I’m not trying to lock in any meaning, only spending more time with each card and letting the thoughts flow to see what fresh perspective they might bring. In a nutshell, I’m just babbling. 🙊

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My chosen crystal pairing: blue lace agate + honey calcite to calm and smooth over communication (in case of cranky knights!)


Mystic Monkey: The Lovers

Hello, hello! Yep, it’s me again, comin’ atcha’ with more frequency than you’d probably prefer! 🐵 I’ll try to make it quick.

Today’s tarot card-o-the-day is The Lovers…💞

Here, I see two lovahs baring their best assets. Behind them are the biblical serpent and burning tree, but their attention is drawn to each other and the angel on high. This is a fiery angel, with red wings and flaming hair–passionate yet benevolent. And up above radiates a brilliant sun, beaming light and enlightenment. Above and below align earthly desires with higher values. This could be a romantic card, but in the absence of any water (emotional) element, it also celebrates balance and harmony. A union of people or ideas that can prove fruitful and meaningful, blessed from above. I see the hill in the distance as a volcano that is dormant for now, so though there have been–and inevitably will be–trials and tribulations between this pair, for now they’re at peace. Exposed but not vulnerable. Soft but also strong and trusting. The earth and fire elements visible in this image also reinforce a sense of neutrality, though the air element present in the cloud can either fan the fire or erode the earth–again showing a need to balance constructive and destructive energies within a grounded partnership. I’m not super well-versed in numerology, but I believe 6 is also a number of cooperation and harmony. These lovebirds are still at the beginning of their journey, though, so this signals creation more than culmination of anything. Choices yet to be made.

As for how that might apply to me today? Welp, so far husband-n-me have been enjoying a lazy Sunday. Together, but also pursuing our own personal passions and supporting each other’s right to do so. I feel pretty aligned with him and within myself, but it’s still early in the day, so time will tell how long things remain harmonious in our little urban Eden. 😄

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My chosen crystal pairing: rose quartz + garnet for looove and grounding.


Mystic Monkey: The 9 of Wands

Greetings, all! And so commences my card-a-day tarot draw, as I yammered on and on about in my previous post.

I asked the cards what I should be most mindful of today, and the Nine of Wands jumped out of the deck whilst I shuffled. (Oh, and by the by, I’ll be using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck–and perhaps variations thereof–to stick with traditional imagery.)

Looking at this guy, I see he’s gotten his ass handed to him. But he’s still standing (while I’m now desperately keeping Elton John out of my head). He doesn’t look happy, but he’s got resolve (just as I’m resolved to keep Elton John out of my head.). He clutches his staff (no double entendre intended, though these wands are so phallic it’s distracting, amiright?) behind a protective fence, having undergone some hard knocks but rallying and on the defensive. He’s learned a tough lesson and will be stronger for it, ready to finish his mission. For now, though, he’s bandaged and still healing, yet the tiny sprigs of leaves on the wands show his potential for brighter, victorious days. He will venture out into that vast landscape again, but at this time, he takes pause.

I’m not as yet sure how this will apply to me today. I, too, am literally healing as I recover from a sinus infection that’s had me down for the count, pressing pause on life for the most part to get over it. I wonder, though, if there’s something else I must defend myself from, something making me skittish about moving forward. The man in the card looks a bit paranoid to me now, so might I get defensive over an issue of my own making? What am I wary of?

I will leave this to marinate in this guy’s blood, sweat, and tears and return later with any new insights…

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Okay, so the day hasn’t quite ended yet in the UK, but I have since drawn this Affirmators! card (see below), which reinforces the health speculation I had above. Sinus infections are a marathon, not a sprint; I’ve already battled this for over a week, and it won’t be quickly over, but giving myself a low-key day helped me to further lick my wounds, and I’m definitely feeling much better, rarin’ to go on new projects of the personal and professional variety. (Affirmators!, by the way, are the non-affirmation-card-deck person’s affirmation card deck. Feel-goody and wise yet full of more cheek than cheese. I love ’em!)

This afternoon, I also received the online tarot reading that I’d requested earlier this week. I mostly wanted to see how someone else interpreted the cards, but it was truly a two-birds-one-stone situation as I went ahead and asked about my writer’s block. I won’t get into the details of the response, but I definitely take away that I’m close to achieving my goals and just need to get back on the saddle again. That I’ve had victories and suffered some defeats, but it’s predominantly in my mind, so now after my period of self-care, it’s time to go back into battle and complete my quest. I’ve been complacent and need to fire up that wand elemental energy!

Sooo…that’ll do it for today, everyone! This post has been sponsored by the Nine of Wands, and we’ll see what’s in the cards for me next. Until then–Monkey’s on the mend! 🐵

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Oh, and while I consider this exercise a ‘daily’ draw, I may not actually get around to posting every day. I will do my damnedest, though! And also provide…

My chosen crystal pairing: amber + lemon chrysoprase for physical and emotional healing.


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