September 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Yesterday as part of card week I went and got my first Tarot card reading. I figure it’s a sort of right of passage living in Boulder. My friend Jessica introduced me to a reader, Linda, who she’s known since she was a child. Even though I was a little skeptical going in I really enjoyed it and have to say for an hour long session and $50 I learned a lot about myself through the cards. I think that is the interesting thing about cards. Even though you may not believe in the divinity of choosing them, they lead you to thoughtful discussion about how you’re living positively or how you’re holding yourself back.
Carl Jung was a proponent of using Tarot cards in psychoanalysis because he saw them as representing the archetypes that exist in all of us. It all depends on how you are tapping into them or allowing them to govern your behavior.
I would say my reading was pretty accurate and reflects the past 4 years of my life and where I am hoping to get to:
Present: Queen of Swords – known for perception and insight and the ability to see straight to the heart of any situation. Often depressed or dissatisfied with their inability to live up to their own high standards. Sees painful situations as learning experiences and learns from everything she does.
Immediate Challenge: Ten of Swords – “All they that take the sword will perish by the sword”. Symbolizes an unexpected failure or disaster, beyond your control that humbles you without warning or mercy. Sees self as wounded by other people and circumstances. It signals to pick yourself up off the ground and starting thinking about what happened to you and what you have to learn from it. The ideal is to draw wisdom from defeat.
Distant Past: Six of Swords (reverse) Clearing your mind and putting your thoughts in order. Distancing yourself from a painful situation so you can get new perspective. With distance it is possible to see the larger pattern and start making sense of what you can do about it.
Recent Past: The Hermit (reverse) Creating too much resistance and refusing to listen to counsel, creating a tension you are experiencing. Man is anything but a desert unless in the process of separating in order to find himself he gets lost. He must then depend on the light of another, in grace, to bring him back.
Best Outcome: The World (reverse) You have slowed down to a stop because of your refusal to explore new horizons. You may be at a standstill but the freedom of the World exists in potential and you will feel it when you feel ready to begin the dance of life again. Be willing to express yourself completely and trust in the power given to you. Don’t worry about what others might say.
Immediate Future: Three of Cups – The influence of community is strong in this card. It represents spending happy time in the company of friends and family and celebrating success together. Taking time out from stress and daily hassles to enjoy life.
Factors Affecting the Situation: Nine of Cups – Known as the Wish Card, it is typically a sign whatever your heart’s desire is it will be granted in the coming days. It shows that joy and happiness are within your grasp and you probably already have them so enjoy the abundance of life for as long as it lasts.
External Influences: Eight of Swords (reverse) – Begin your freedom. Take the blindfold off and allow yourself to clearly see how you have created the situation you are experiencing. You have tremendous potential for focusing on creative and innovative ideas. Stop backing yourself into a corner and be free to forge ahead. Believe.
Inner influence: The Fool – The fool is unmoulded potential, pure and innocent. He simply goes on his way, and does not care what others say about him. He lives an unconventional life doing what is comfortable for him. The fool does not hide himself from the light because he is the light similar to the light that shines out from every child before they build barriers around themselves. The Fool always stands for new beginnings, new choices.
Final Outcome: Queen of Coins (reverse) – Sometimes you need to step back and let others take on the load. Your tendency to mother might feel more like smothering to others so you need to step back and let them care for themselves. The time you may be spending investing too much in others may be causing you to neglect yourself.
September 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Fortuna, goddess of luck, was smiling on me yesterday. I’ve always been more of the mind that you make your own luck but there’s something fun about ponying up to a table and seeing how you net out. I’m no big gambler by any means, but I do like to play Blackjack from time to time. I realize the house still has the advantage, but it’s nice to think there’s some skill involved in minimizing that advantage in your favor.
I’ve never attempted to count cards to win at Blackjack but when learning I found it helpfulto use a card that shows what you should do given your hand and the dealer’s hand. It takes a little while to get in the rhythm of it but you do start learning it. I was nervous the first time I played at an actual table but the dealers and other players are usually pretty kind in telling you what you should do.
Last night I went with a friend to test my luck in Black Hawk, a town with an interesting history about 30-40 min away from Boulder. It is one of the oldest cities in Colorado and grew up in “Gregory’s Gulch”, one of a string of towns connected to a lode gold discovery in 1859.
Not surprisingly when people stopped striking it lucky with gold, the town started to deteriorate like many other towns in Colorado. In the early 90s the city leaders made their own luck by banding together with other small towns to get an initiative passed on the Colorado ballot that would allow limited stakes gambling in the commercial districts of the towns, with much of the proceeds going towards historic preservation efforts statewide.
The Colorado hills continue to be a place you can go to “strike it rich” and yesterday I didn’t do too bad for myself. Let’s just say I doubled my “investment”. Time to go shopping.
September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Playing cards is always more fun with other people, but Solitaire isn’t all that bad. This week I didn’t just want to play the same old boring game of basic Solitaire, so I decided to learn some other one player games.
The object is to get matching piles of each corresponding number in the right place on the clock. Jacks are 11:00 and Queens are 12:00. Kings go in the center deck.
You start by turning over the top center deck card. Whatever the value it is you put it face up on the bottom of the corresponding time on the clock. So if it is an Ace, it would go under the 1:00 deck face up. You then take the top card from that deck and place it under the corresponding deck. You continue in that fashion trying to make all the hours on the clock before you fill the Kings deck in the center. When the 4th king is drawn the game is over. It’s not an easy game to win for sure, but it has a certain amount of suspense to it and it’s a nice change of pace from the same old game of solitaire.