For those of you who hold and use this deck daily - I hope that you find that it is as magical as I do. There are days when it literally knocks me over when I do the daily three card reading because of the little synchronicities and at times the in-your-face synchronicities that seem to come through daily. It has come to the point that just to make sure the energy is clean - I wash the cards (I'll post a video about this soon) before using them. Today I got one that is so very in my face I am laughing as I write this - oh Universe how funny you are!
Last night I posted on my FB page an excerpt from The Man in the Arena - a speech I discovered via Brene Brown's Power of Vulnerability and the Four of Swords, the first card that came through this morning connects so very well with the meaning of that speech. I will post it below today's reading for reference.
The crow tired and feeling worn out by the constant chattering of the other crows in the graveyard found an open mausoleum and slipped inside where it could find some peace. It laid down on its back threw its legs in the air and contemplated its life from a place of death. From this position, the bird saw its life not as a member of a roost but as a single contributor. It was here that the crow found meaning and soon its inner-voice grew louder - drowning out the chattering of the crows outside.
The Four of Swords supports your inner-voice and your intuition. This card comes through this morning serving as the foundation for your current situation as you have reached a place in your life where you feel confident in your actions and can go about life less concerned by the opinions of others.
It may have taken a few years and a bruised ego here and there, but today you are able to step back and analyze your place in this world - your value and what you contribute to the greater good.
In this digital age where so many hide behind anonymity, there much out there that has the potential to throw us off our game or send us off somewhere to bury our talents. The Four of Swords is a reminder that you are your own best advisor and that strength is restored by taking the time to appreciate your value and owning your story. When you live a life that is true to your spirit, it has this power that removes the poison from any darts directed at you, and you are able to hold your own in this arena called life.
The crow sits on top of a large pentacle that rises above the clouds. From this position, it has a clear view of the landscape and can easily chart the best course to find the resources it desires.
At the center of today's reading is the Ace of Pentacles indicating that you will find success as a result of developing a clear vision and taking steps each day to grow and develop the skills needed to achieve your goal. It may not happen overnight - however, over time you will notice that it was the effort of all the little steps along the way that when combined led to you waking up and realizing that your dream - the dream you had in the past is now firmly rooted in the present.
The time to start building on this dream is now.
With the Four of Swords setting up the Ace of Pentacles setting up today's reading this is the time to focus on your legacy, on the value you bring and all the potential housed within you. When you shut out the negative opinions or fear-based beliefs of others and maintain that clear focus for what you want to achieve you will find within you the mental strength to stand up to adversity and the motivation to stay on your path - building upon your dream on step at a time.
The crow worked hard over the years to accumulate the four coins and is now ready for a rest however in doing so it would need to use its earned resources for survival. Taking this leap would mean that the crow would have to have faith that it will find another avenue to have its needs met once the four coins are gone. Unable to envision a life where abundance flows freely it uses its resources prudishly - staying put and holding on tight.
The Four of Pentacles comes forward this morning with a bit of advice - if you are in it only for the money - whatever it is that you do - then you will limit your growth because it will always just be about the money. When money is the first priority when things get tough you won't be able to see the true value of what you do and worse of all fear of lack or scarcity will keep you pinned down.
The Ace of Pentacles will help you get clear on your vision so that you can take steps to reach your goal however with the Four of Pentacles chiming in - make sure that you have fun along the way so that you can appreciate all that this time has to offer. Enjoy your journey.
The Man in the Arena (excerpt)
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Enjoy my take on the Tarot? Check out the book I am working on - it's the Crow Tarot Guidebook. Learn Tarot through the eyes of the crow. The book is available for pre-order and will release in March 2019.
In it you will learn:
- How to use various spreads including the Crow and the Way to Flight spreads to extract your story and the valuable life lessons held within the cards
- The important role that symbols and color play within the Crow Tarot to communicate messages and provide guidance
- How to use the cards to solidify intentions for manifesting and spellcasting
- How the cards work together and how their energies combine to bring messages to the surface
- How to use the Tarot as your personal coach for daily development