22 days of BATS 2014. Day Eighteen: The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man is about patience and perspective. But day lets turn it a bit more around and seek an alternative way to look at the Hanged Man (like I’ve been doing so far on this writing challenge). The Hanged Man is suspended, either by rope or pinned to a cross.

When the Hanged Man comes into play, look what cards are near his head, feet and hands. What significance are these other cards in terms of what’s keeping the Hanged Man where he is, or what may they have to do with the means of his escape?

Tomorrow’s post is The Sun!

22 days of BATS 2014. Day Sixteen: The Star

” Twinkle Twinkle little star,

How I wonder what you are.”

Stars have always represented mystery and wonder. From the spirits of ancestors, to literal holes in the blanket of night sky, we humans have longed to know more about these lights in the sky that only appear at night. That wonder drove philosophers, naturalists, scientists to keep asking questions and learning more about this universe and the way it works. So here’s today’s alternate way to look at the star: A subtle mystery that begs resolution. The Star inspires speculation and investigation; learning and growth.

Tomorrow’s card is The Lovers

22 days of BATS 2014. Day Fifteen: The Hermit

Patron saint of Introverts? Since introverts need time for themselves; to recharge, relocate their center, and process all that they have learned and absorbed. The Hermit makes a great role model. The Hermit reminds us to take an hour when we need it. The Hour of the Wolf? The Hour of the Tower? Come to think of it, if we had two more Majors, there would be 24, and thus you could have one per hour in the day!

Tomorrow’s card is The Star

22 days of BATS 2014. Day Fourteen: The Emperor

Most of the time, the Emperor card is associated with authority and command. But today I think about patience. After all, the emperor is a seated figure; from his central location he relies on agents, spies, advisers, couriers and others to both bring him information but also carry out his instructions. He waits for answers, results, information. He broods and ponders and plans while things happen at the speed of horse, or train, or light. He knows the models in his head are incomplete; he can’t know everything but he must make decisions. And the information he needs will come to where he resides: his throne. The Emperor is as much his throne as his authority. In a modern world it’s his cellphone, his computer; his connectivity to the world at large.

So when the Emperor comes into a reading consider: Where is he getting his information? Who is reporting to him and who is acting on his behest? What fact or datum is he waiting for to decide the fate of his empire? How does he see the world with the information he has, versus the information he doesn’t have?

Tomorrow’s card is The Hermit, which seems appropriate for a Monday.

22 days of BATS 2014. Day Thirteen: The Chariot

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer!

Now, Prancer, and Vixen!

On, Comet! On, Cupid!

On, Donder and Blitzen!”

The Chariot is about delegating the work to those best suited to it, wither horses or oxen or lions or sphinxes or human minions, or in Santa’s case, flying reindeer. When the Chariot comes into play in a reading, or as a daily card, consider who’s the driver and who’s doing the work of making the whole thing move? This is either a teamwork arrangement, or a master-slave relationship. Consider drawing two additional cards to see who are the doing the pulling and who is cracking the whip.

If you’re doing a daily affirmation kind of reading, then remember to hitch your chariot to those that can keep the pace and take direction.

Tomorrow’s card is The Emperor!

22 days of BATS 2014. Day Twelve: Temperence

Temperance is  about mixology, balancing and alchemy. About blending strengths and creating hybrids from disparate elements and forces. But today as I sit at my workdesk and very very grateful that today is Friday, I think about a different kind of balance: work versus life. The standard 40-hour work week was the result of a long and hard-fought battle between workers and owners and I could write for days about the labor movement, I won’t today. Needless to say, Temperance comes into play to remind us to see a creative mix and balance in the elemental forces. Look at the elemental forces of the cards around Temperance. Are they balanced? Is there a over-representation or dearth of a particular element? Temperance shows us what is and out of balance and where, perhaps, we should be seeking redress.

Tomorrow’s card is The Chariot!

22 days of BATS 2014. Day Ten: The Heirophant and the Empress

(If you’re looking for day Nine, there isn’t one. Today’s post is day nine and ten in one post)

Typically the Emperor and Empress cards are viewed side-by-side; as counterparts and partners. But yesterday and today’s cards of the Empress and the Heirophant reminded me of a different kind of partnered-power-structure; of the monarch and the adviser. There are both historical and literary examples: Arthur and Merlin (or for my 7th Sea fans, Elaine and Derwyddon), Elizabeth and William Cecil, Baron Burghley.

When the Empress and the Heirophant are in play, ask yourself: how do these to interact? What are they objectives and relationship? If there are cards in between them, how do these two interact over those cards? Do they see eye to eye? Does one have a particular perspective or agenda regarding what the card(s) in between mean to them?

Tomorrow’s card is The Wheel of Fortune.

22 days of BATS 2014. Day Eight: Death

I was all about to write today about the Death card, and how it isn’t about literal death. But given today’s events, that’s going to be really difficult. So perhaps that’s the lesson to learn: Death is inevitable. It’s how we deal with it that’s the challenge. The Death card reminds us our time on this plane is finite. Live life to the fullest. Celebrate yours and the life of those you share your time with. It shouldn’t all be doom and gloom. Again, Death isn’t literal. It’s about when things end: Projects. Friendships. Relationships. Books. Movies.

So when the Death card comes into play, consider it less a STOP sign, but more of a warning of turns ahead on the path. Time to reflect. “Stop and smell the Roses.” When you reach the end, what will you remember? How will you be remembered?

Tomorrow’s card is the Heirophant

P.S. R.I.P Mister Williams. You made life weird and cool, and I will never forget you.