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Mystic Monkey: The Empress

Pardon the gap in posts. Sometimes life just gets away with ya, but here to compensate with a powerful energy is the third tarot card I’ve drawn so far from the Major Arcana: The Empress.

This lady is one big loving Earth mama, generous in her curves as the fertile being she is. Her nurturing isn’t only maternal in the literal sense; she’s also about sowing one’s talents and reaping the rewards, enjoying the sumptuous, sensuous pleasures of life, her celestial crown showing the power and inspiration she channels from the divine in addition to worldly abundance. She is regal, yet she is chill, comfy in her loose draping gown as she reclines on her velvety-looking cushions (their crimson color evoking the root and sacral chakras, respectively grounding and sensual energies). Embodying compassion, creativity, nature, and sensuality, she’s an absolute goddess. She encourages us to birth new life or ideas out into the world, to revel in the bounty of our natural environment–and to provide others with a loving, peaceful, and supportive environment cultivated through feminine wisdom and care. This is just a lush, beautiful card, and I always feel blessed by a visit from the Empress. (I think Miss Monkey fancies her flowy gown for today’s photo shoot, too.)

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Crystal pairing: chrysocolla + chrysoprase for feminine energy and fertility

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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.


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 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.


Mystic Monkey: The 7 of Cups

Good day to you! Let’s see what the tarot cards have in store for us today…

Must say I love the Seven of Cups, for better or worse. I’m pretty sure that’s what the inside of my brain looks like. Cloudy, muddled, mixed-up thoughts, all sorts of fancies and fears swirling around. The earthly and the spiritual fill these cups, some desirable, some not, some meaningful, some shallow. It can get overwhelming and paralyze me with indecisiveness. That, or I get so caught up in my fantasies that I neglect reality; I need to get my head out of the clouds and get something done. I still think this can be a positive card, though, for those times when it’s healthy and luxurious to get lost in thought, to take a time-out from the day-to-day and retreat into a rich inner world, explore all the possibilities before you and feel like you have a wealth of options to choose from.

As for which angle this card is showing me today, I’m inclined toward the negative. Though not so much negative, really, as just a little kick in the bum to be productive with my day–because I truly need to. I’ve had some time off to chase after any shiny whim that’s come my way, but tomorrow my sister arrives for a visit! So, I’ve gotta set some of my fancies aside to get down and dirty as the domestic goddess I decidedly am not. But it’s sooo worth it; I cannot wait for this extra-special guest who will help me get out of my head and out into the real world to explore all the treasures to be found there, too!

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My chosen crystal pairing: clear quartz + tiger iron to clear and sharpen the mind, get grounded and motivated.


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