The King of Pentacles and the Six of Cups from The Robin Wood Tarot
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Good morning! Today we start nine days of daily card pulls. Let me emphasize that I am pulling cards for myself and sharing them – when you pull your own cards, they will be different; even if we pull some of the same cards, they may have slightly different meanings.
We also have to take into consideration the position of the moon, the season, and the retrogrades. Tomorrow is the Full Moon, which is a time for culmination and fruition. The full moon generally lasts three days, so we are in the first day of the full moon, and will start to see some of those influences. In the three phases of the moon compared to life cycles, the full moon is Selene, the mother. Project work is often started at the New Moon, or begun just before the Full Moon and worked from full moon to full moon. I originally planned to start this project on the new moon after Samhain (Halloween); however, it was ripening over the past new-to-full cycle at such a rate, the indications demanded that I start now.
We also have Pluto in Retrograde – parts of yourself that you’ve hidden and not dealt with are coming to the front. Chiron is in retrograde – Chiron is about soul’s purpose. You start to question whether or not you’re on the right path. If you know that you’re on the wrong path and are trying not to deal with it, Chiron squeezes you during this time. Neptune is in retrograde – the planet of mystery, illusion, and, more importantly, imagination. Since Neptune is my ruling planet, this is always difficult for me. Sometimes I can’t be creative – fortunately, I must have learned something from the last Neptune retrograde, because I do have ideas spilling out. However, I’m confronted with facing the reality behind some of the illusions I held in my life. We also have Uranus in retrograde – this planet deals with your destiny, and your place in the world. You start to question it, and you start to make necessary changes, especially when you’re also pressured by the other four retrogrades. I find the Chiron-Uranus combination of retrograde especially challenging.
Depending upon where these planets fall in your astrological chart, it will have an effect on your reading. You’ll wonder what a card means, something will happen, and you’ll go, “Yup. Chiron retrograde with that card = what just happened.” Then you take what you learned and continue.
For the next nine days, we will use the Robin Wood Tarot
. It was created by a wonderful artist, tarot reader and, in general, beautifully spiritual person named Robin Wood. I find these cards more in tune with the natural aspects than the Rider Waite. The Rider Waite is a fine deck, but has never spoken to me in quite the same way as other decks. The Robin Wood is one I often use for daily work. It is published by Llewellyn Worldwide
. I’ve asked for permission to post images of each day’s layout; if I receive it, I will go back and add the cards in to whatever days necessary.
The accompanying book, The Robin Wood Tarot: The Book
is published by Livingtree Books. Visit her website here.
It’s absolutely beautiful.
Please note that while I’m using Wood’s deck and I’ve mentioned her book, I am using my own interpretation. Often, our interpretations will be similar or overlap; however, I’m not reading from the book in order to share the cards. I’m doing my intuitive reading and sharing it with you. As you work with the cards, feel free to consult tarot books and find the interpretations which resonate best with you.
What we’re doing for the next few days is slightly different than the usual daily card pulls that involve basic information and meditation. Don’t get me wrong - -they are a great tool. However, I usually want more information. Perhaps it’s because I live near New York City, and, with all that extra stimulation, I feel like I need all the advice I can get! You can use two different decks for this exercise – one for Action Cards, one for Energy Cards. I’ve often done so, to see if the same card would come up in both areas. We may do that in the future. But, as a starting point, let’s stick with a single deck.
Sit in a place where you will be undisturbed for a few minutes. This doesn’t take long, but you can’t be interrupted with, “Mom, where’s my . . .?” It will change the reading.
Pick up your deck. Hold it in your hands. Take a few deep breaths to clear your mind.
Shuffle the deck. Let your mind wander over the upcoming day – both the “to do” list and the “wouldn’t it be nice if I could?” list. Take your time. Once you’re done shuffling, you can choose to cut the cards or not.
If a card falls out of your hands as you shuffle, take it and put it aside. It has something to say about the general reading.
Once you are done shuffling, pull out two cards and place them, side by side, face down.
The first card is your Action Card for the day. It deals with the physical portion of your day. The second card is the Energy Card – the energy surrounding the actions that will happen.
Sometimes these two cards will be in harmony. Sometimes they will not.
Turn them over and start.
Today, I drew the following cards:Action Card – King of Pentacles
.Energy Card – Six of Cups.
Okay. What does that mean?Action Card – King of Pentacles
. The King of Pentacles. The King of Pentacles is about winding up issues on a physical plane – monetarily, physically – pentacles deal with what is tangible. My work for the day has to do with writing, with sending out invoices for some work, and for cleaning house (especially in preparation for tomorrow night’s full moon). All of that ties in to the King of Pentacles. My horoscope this morning suggested I might get some unexpected cash – if the King of Pentacles wishes to grant me that, I would be delighted.
Many people find the Court Cards (King, Queen, Knight, Page) represent other people in their lives. I do not. For me, they mean an aspect of my life, or an influence in my life. Occasionally, they do represent an actual physical person outside myself.
How do I know?
The energy of the card feels different. Once you’ve worked with the cards for awhile, you’ll know
. You’ll start to interpret something in the same old way, and you’ll know it means something else. So you’re quiet for a moment, and the correct meaning will clarify.Energy Card – Six of Cups
. Cups are emotion, creativity, romance, etc. The six in particular, is about childhood memories, nostalgia, looking back with affection. So the energy of the day is looking backwards with affection. Considering that I plan to work on two projects that I’ve put aside for awhile, two projects for which I have a deep affection, it makes sense. It also could indicate that I will catch up with an old friend.
These cards indicate a positive, harmonious day. As irritations come up – as they do in modern daily life – I can hearken back to these cards and draw strength and calm from them. The bright, lush colours in the deck help with the positive feeling.
At the end of the day, we will look back and see how the actions of the day – and my chosen reactions to the events of the day – have worked with the cards or against them.
I’ve had several questions about questions. If you do not feel comfortable leaving a comment in the comments section, feel free to email me here.
Although I am not in a position right now to do private readings, I will answer as many questions as I can on this blog.
(That’s Manx for “serenity, quietude, stillness – the best place to find the meaning of the cards).