Friday, May 7, 2021
Good morning! Today’s card is about Energy, Courage, and Conviction
Tarot of the Day: Strength
This card is about an inner balance of strength. It suggests not just power but the capacity to exercise great self-control in all matters. It speaks to an ability to manage your impulses instead of be controlled by them, and an unshakable resolve to see things through to the desired end. Direct the energy to the greatest good of all.
Strength appears when you need to be reminded that you are mind, body, and spirit and you may have been so busy being strong on one or two of these aspects that you have forgotten the other(s). With focus and willpower, you will balance all aspects for your highest good.
💚 Whether you are looking for a job or hoping for a promotion, things are aligned for your success right now. Be strong and genuine in your presentation. Don’t be afraid to go for what you want. If your workplace doesn’t/can’t offer growth, now is the time to seize your confidence and start looking elsewhere for what you deserve.
💙 If you are in a relationship, Strength indicates a deep bond and strong foundation.
💙 If you are looking for a relationship, this is a good time to get out and meet people. Let your self-confidence show.
🧡 Strength is a card that indicates an opportunity to change your life. Today is a day to grab a hold of your convictions, quiet your inner fearful voice, and forge ahead. Whether that means tell truth to power, face down your inner demons, or just speak up about something You have what you need to succeed so, go you!
Gun a-màireach (until tomorrow)
Peace out, Lovelies…
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Card for Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Six of Swords
Vervain (Verbena officinalis)
The Suit of Swords represents the element of Air, which is equated with thoughts and ideas. Swords also cut away that which no longer serves as well as false or illogical opinions we may unconsciously create through our inner attitudes, in the search for Truth. Swords can often depict a stormy path to self realization.
Numerically, sixes correlate to the heart, to unconditional love, to nurturing and healing. Esoterically, six is also said to be a number of harmony, balance, and equilibrium. A six pointed star is made up of two triangles, one pointing up to the heavens, the other down to the physical realm symbolizing the inherent balance in “as Above, so Below”. The sixth chakra is the Third Eye, which allows us to both look Within and to see things Without - or outside of ourselves - through a different lens.
Because of these interpretations, the Six of Swords is a mix of serenity and strife. On one side of the boat pictured in today’s card, the water is placid, calm, peaceful. On the other we see waves, active seas, motion. Separating them is the boat itself, carrying six perfectly balanced swords despite the challenging passage, heading into either sunset (the ending of a cycle) or sunrise (the beginning of a new level of experience or understanding), we are not entirely sure.
Like all the challenge cards, the meaning of the Six of Swords depends completely upon your perspective. The gift of the Six of Swords is that a new or changing point-of-view or cycle is on the horizon. The challenge of the Six of Swords is to trust that this change involves moving away from difficulties or confusion towards a more peaceful, clear-cut future.
This requires a certain willingness to drop old thoughts and problems so that we can make room to welcome fresh insights. Change shakes things up, but not all change is bad. Indeed, it is far more detrimental to have no change, than too much. Just because we feel unsure and off balance, does not mean change is unhealthy. It may very well be our mindset, our context, our thoughts or feelings about our thoughts and feelings, causing us discomfort, not the actual change itself.
Vervain - most commonly referred to as Blue Vervain- is another of the time honored “official” herbs as noted by the word “officinalis” in its botanical name. It has a long history of both medicinal and esoteric importance. Described as cold and bitter, Vervain is used to support the liver, the spleen, the kidneys, and the nervous system. It is said to break up congestion in various chronic conditions including hepatitis, liver related jaundice, and delayed, painful, or irregular menses, and to increase the flow of milk in breast feeding mothers. As a diaphoretic, Vervain is useful, in formulation with other herbs, for treating colds and flu as it relieves fevers through sweating. Topically, as an ointment, poultice or wash, it can help to quell acute pain caused by bruises and sprains.
Vervain has been used by many religious and spiritual sects over the millennia in rituals of sanctification, purification, and protection. Energetically, Vervain is said to break up “congested thinking” thus allowing for the flow of new ideas. In this way, it acts as a calmative on the nervous system, for a clearer mind always makes it easier to focus, ground, and center, and is especially useful when processing new information.
Today’s card can be seen as a helpful reminder. Yes, vast change is happening, both within and without, for all of us, as individuals and as a society. Yes, change can be off-putting, anxiety producing, even paralyzing if we let it. But, change also brings opportunity, the chance to gain closure as we move forward, the release of tension and strain we perhaps did not even realize we were carrying. Change is ripe with potential. It is up to us to relax so that we can successfully ride the waves.
A WORD OF CAUTION: Vervain is contraindicated in pregnancy due to its being a uterine stimulant.
*Information shared on herbs and their historical or traditional uses is for point-of-interest only. None of the above is meant to diagnosis, treat, or cure any health imbalances.*