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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 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.


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 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 on 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!)


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