Monday, September 3, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The Nine of Staves

Can you believe it??  In two months we'll be into the court cards!  In one month (roughly) I'll have been doing this tarot post for a whole year already!  The time really does fly.  I've finished the court cards, and I'm working on the framework, introduction, etc. for the tarot zine...I have to get a jump on the major arcana now, which will be a whole other can of worms!  I'm going to keep this short and sweet, because I have to rush off to the Farmer's Market quite soon to pick up a friend and two cases of tomatoes for a Canning Party!!!  Can't wait to share the pictures with you Friday!  Maybe I'll cheat and put up a couple this week....happy taroting!

The Nine of Staves
9 of Staves

"Head bandaged, and weapon in hand, our hero looks warily over his shoulder at the eight staves he appears to be protecting.  Maybe corralling them was a challenge, and he took one to the head when they flew onto the scene on the last card.  The staves have fought hard to achieve the growth and success that is evident here.  Does looking that defensive suggest real triumph, though?   Who, exactly, is threatening to take away what this man has accomplished? 
The fiery ambition of the staves may argue, “There’s only room for one at the top!”  That’s your affair, but you won’t be able to enjoy the top if it’s to be one long game of King of the Mountain (remember how locked up and stuck the figure on the seven card looked?).  In the future, perhaps you should reconsider those lessons of cooperation the staves were suggesting at an earlier point.  You may be proud of having reached such progress down your spiritual path, but if bringing it up brings judgment raining down on you, it’s a bittersweet victory.
Now that you’ve got what you wanted in such close proximity, take a moment and examine it.   Is it what you thought it would be?  Maybe a more concrete idea of what you hoped to accomplish would have served you well.  Maybe you just had to fight hard to achieve what you believed you deserved.  Well, take a rest soldier.  Your work is done.  It’s nearly time to relax.  Nothing worthwhile comes easy."

We've all been there at least once: Remember being a kid, and seeing a toy on TV and knowing it was the most amazing thing in the world and it would make your life complete?  Remember begging for it for months?  Lining up in the dark outside of the store before it opened to snag yours, overcome with excitement?  Remember firing the damn thing up to realize it was just a toy?  Yeah.  Screw you, furbee.  That sums up perfectly the shadow side of this card.  On the brighter side, you kicked ass and sacrificed to make this achievement.  You really earned it.  Congratulations!

~em

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