Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Omily Tarot: The Ten of Staves

Your tarot post is a day late because yesterday was a very busy day.  And yesterday was a very busy day because today, Cook Yourself Sexy by Candice Kumai is available!  Yay, congrats, Candice!!  Go buy yourself a copy, and a couple extra for Christmas gifts.

Before you contemplate cookery though, lets take a moment to think tarot...we've made it all the way to the tens!  Of  course, there are still the court cards, and then the major arcana to go...but wow!  I've been at this for thirty-seven weeks!!  The tarot zine is not ready yet, but it will be, and in the meantime you can keep checking in here for your weekly interpretation.

The Ten of Staves
"The young man clutches his unwieldy bundle of staves and walks away from the viewer, toward a town in the background. 
To me, this image always reminds me of the kid who isn’t allowed to make all the rules in the game, so he gathers up his toys and stalks home to sulk.  Maybe our hero wasn’t able to get as close to the top of the heap as he thought he deserved to be, and would rather take his accomplishments and start over aiming higher than settle for less.  Having achieved the pinnacle of success, perhaps the only thing left to do is retire to a quieter lifestyle with your accolades in toe.    Maybe the figure finally feels confident enough of his success to stop being so defensive and turn his back, taking what he’s earned back home with him.  The battle is over, and to the victor go the spoils. 
The ten of staves doesn’t look like he’s in a terrible hurry to jump back into the race, but it’s not in his nature to sit in his armchair staring at what he’s achieved for too long without getting excited about a fabulous, new idea.  He’s probably contemplating his next move already.  Even at the ten, the ultimate expression of its path, the staves are looking, and moving, forward.  Can he see around his pride in his accomplishments to attain a clear view of the road ahead?  Too much pride, or resting on his laurels, could hold our hero back when he sets out on a new journey.  Remember, 'In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities.  In the expert’s mind, there are few.'"

Let me put it this way: one celebratory night out for drinks when I finished the rough draft of my novel was totally appropes, but wasting weeks in a dreamy haze at my accomplishment wouldn't have gotten me a bit closer to the printing press.  Back to the edits!!

~em

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