The Magician of the Tarot Gives Insight about Finances

01_The_MagicianI drew this card the other day when asking for insight about finances:  The Magician.  The first thing I’ve always thought when this card shows up has to do with one creating one’s own reality. I’ve softened that over time and think of it as more having to do with how one chooses to experience one’s reality (or transcending reality!)  But it’s a balancing act since seeing life as magical even when one level of our mind would be telling us it apparently sucks!  Yeah, a real bummer–that is.

Sometimes I think of this card in terms of that phrase, “as above, so below”–and that always refers to astrology.  I mean just look at the card itself and how the magician is pointing to the sky with one hand and to the ground with the other.  Maybe this card means something like, “Don’t ask me, consult astrology for that answer!”  LOL

I don’t know what others would have to say about the card of the Magician coming up for a financial question–the authors of tarot books generally give good marks for finances when the card comes up in  a reading about money.  One author describing  The Magician gave this interpretation regarding finances–and I will have to paraphrase because I’m going from memory:  too much money or success can cover up, screw up or confuse one’s values.   That’s probably a good point to consider.  

Financial concerns do seem to keep me on the higher path I suppose and when money is rolling in, that feeling of… well, lets say humility can suffer a bit.  I don’t know if these thoughts are valid insights to apply to The Magician card or maybe that’s just ‘me’.

The energy seems to need be be kept in balance–that’s another feeling-type insight that the card conveys to me personally.  

As I contemplate this card further to squeeze every bit of divination out of it, I find that the card does seem to have a strong connection to my financial life. Financial results do come as a result of what we’d call “confident prayer” or on a weaker day as a result of sending out an S.O.S. because the rent is coming due and funds are low.  Usually I can connect incoming numbers with a recent prayer, invocation or sometimes just being generous to others does it—creates some meaningful financial magic.

I really do see the financial ups and downs as a significant and intricate part of my spiritual path.  I suppose I can make peace with the fact that if I was rolling in greenbacks that it may stroke too much ego or confuse my values–yet, I think my values are pretty strong; but I still get the point.

I don’t ask for more than I need usually and find my desires are usually met and then some (I’d like it all to work a bit faster but then again it would seem less magical when my financial needs are met and exceeded in significant timing).  That may be because usually when I set my mind and  heart onto the task (as in the image on the card of the magician who has all his ‘tools’ at the ready), there’s one thing I always add to my intention and that is “This or something more or better” .  Why limit one’s self or The Divine– ?   

Probably so much more one could say about The Magician and Finances but time for the next appointment….

ADDENDUM:  Oh, and as far as the Magician saying, “What the heck do I know?–go check your astrology chart”, at the present time Transiting Venus is merged with (conjunct) Transiting Jupiter–both planets have money associations (archetype meanings).  Venus rules the 2nd house of money and Jupiter makes everything lucky and expansive.  Venus kisses Jupiter (as above, so below) and shazam!  It might just be a good day to play the lotto!  Just sayen’.

 

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Modesty and Self-Reliance with Fame and Fortune and the spaces in between ~ I-ching Kua 15 Modesty

I’ve got to say it right off the bat, right at the start here—the universe has a great sense of humor! HA! Modesty, humility, self-respect, sincerity, respectability—boy O boy haven’t I been dealing with that tonight?

I share myself, my issues, my worries and challenges here and work through them risking  looking much less-than-perfect, sometimes embarrassingly vulnerable and most times way too human.  Oh, sure, the part of me that opens the channel when you call for a reading watches this and smiles and helps and there are fabulous personal moments of integration in my private life and I write about those too both here and in my weekly newsletter.  Yet in the end, I am on earth like every body else and have to deal with that L word, Life.

With no cable TV anymore (my choice), I’m filling my evening with doing some computer tasks that I’ve been putting off.  One task has to do with figuring out how to put a donate button on my blog and newsletter—which, by the way, I told myself I’d never do.

And part of the reason why not relates to the oracle’s I-ching message which I received right after I finally nailed down how to install the silly button!

Kua 15 was the result of the toss–this one is entitled “modesty” and covers self-respect and humility as well.  It also has to do with simplicity.  Can we actually use self-respect and humility in the same sentence about a donate button without setting off a few emotional alarms?  I’m working on that one tonight.

I never thought I’d have ads on my website or blog page, but there they are–although I find them tasteful for the most part and providing a service to visitors.  After all, we’re talking about Hay House, Shamballa Publications and Sounds True  –I think of them as high-class advertisers for spiritual and inspirational material.  If you buy from them by clicking from my page, their accountants toss a few pennies my way.  But if you are looking for inspirational material, it’s all there.  Anyway…

The thing is that I just want to be a sage and work quietly and then go hide on the mountain top again when I’m not needed … no muss, no fuss and all that. But it is I who need you!

I am reminded time and again that I need you—and cannot be on the earth alone and survive without at least some help from others.  My beautiful clients and students have helped me fulfill my physical needs (thank you so gratefully).  And talk about modest… basic survival stuff like the electric bill, phone bill, rent, groceries, auto insurance and gas for the tank as well as firewood for winter.  Yes, I know that represents grand abundance in some people’s eyes (mine when I look at my life through the eyes of some others).  And even through my own eyes, if my needs are met, I do feel wealthy.

Sometimes, I don’t want to need anyone and become very upset that I do. 

I am supposed to be self-reliant in this lifetime (North Node of the Moon is in Taurus in my natal chart). In fact this morning I tweeted this quote from Emerson:  “Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?”  I think that quote is pretty much about self-reliance and I like it; but the truth is that we need one another.  It seems like almost every time I try to go it alone or think of myself as living in my own vacuum of energy, the Universe shows me that.

The message of this Kua 15 is about being content with being ordinary—not seeking fame and fortune or trying to “keep up with the Jones”.  Moderation is about keeping things simple and living a simple life.  Simplicity can create spaciousness; sometimes the less we have, the less we have to try to manage.

In my work, I have the good fortune to speak to people all around the world.  I have noticed that folks I talk to who are from previously under-privileged (and I use that last term loosely) countries and who are modernized to the tune where they are making money are very hungry to do so.  Many seem to worry a good deal about creating fortunes.  As Ma Deva Padma says,

“We live in a world that reveres extraordinariness. Sooner or later nearly everyone fantasizes about being admired for their brilliance, and the guarantee of happiness from gaining fame, fortune, and adoration because of it. Rarely do we come across anyone who is content to be simply ordinary. Craving anything new, exciting, or glamorous, we imagine how our lives could be different; worrying about how the world sees us or wondering whether the grass might be greener in the other fellow’s garden keeps us discontented and preoccupied to the point of distraction.”

The message for this time (whatever time you happen to read this) is to keep things simple. Meditation will help to create spaciousness from concerns that connect with fame and fortune and locks you into your intuition which will enable you to be in each moment comfortably as it unfolds.

As for me, I am throwing pride out the window and adding the paypal donation buttons to this blog and my newsletter in a total lack of pretension while I attempt to retain my respectability.  Others, who I greatly respect, have buttons on their blogs… well, anyway, I believe that I shall be contemplating this Kua 15 of modesty in my meditation later this evening.

Sincerely wishing you many confidently peaceful days ahead …

 

Daily Divination 7-23-11 The Greatest Question of Your Life! And Delay is Humbling; I-CHING Kua 9 – Leo, Virgo, Cancer, Magician, The Hermit, Strength, Justice, The Emperor, Judgment

Sometimes we are held back, but with good reason. We either believe that we live in a Universe that is benevolent in which All is working in our favor (no matter how it looks) –OR we don’t.

It was Einstein who said that this is one of the greatest questions of our life. “Albert Einstein once commented that the most fundamental question we can ever ask ourselves is whether or not the universe we live in is friendly or hostile. He hypothesized that your answer to that question would determine your destiny.”

The cosmic communiqué for today is to look at areas of your life where you may feel that you are being blocked—realize that it is only for a short time and this mild restraint is purposeful.

It’s happened in my life too many times to count—and yours too if you’re observant and honest about it. We can all look back and recall times when we experienced life holding us back from advancement—and thank goodness for those times or we’d have made a dire mistake. It all goes back to the Einstein point above—you either trust the universe or you don’t.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control….” – you know that phrase, right? That sort of epitomizes the source from which today’s message is inspired—Kua 9 of the I-CHING. The various names for this Kua give more detail: “The Taming Power of the Small”; “Humble Strength”; “Gentle Restraint, Holding Back”.

BOTTOM LINE: The bottom line message today is that the moment for action on a large-scale has not yet arrived.

Here’s an example. You know those times when the clouds in the sky turn grey and the wind starts to pick up and all indications are that it’s going to rain–but then it doesn’t? Like that! It will rain eventually and while the potential is there, it’s (for reasons beyond our control) being held back. It looks like it should rain, but no rain—and if you wanted the rain to occur; it can be a bit frustrating and disappointing that it never rains a drop. But then the bottom falls out and it pours—later! Of course, we could flip that example—days of rain and the Sun tries to come up and doesn’t for days on end–and then and then suddenly the rain stops, the clouds go away and there’s the Sun brighter than ever.

It’s at these times that I like to remember a line made known by Byron Katie, “It wasn’t ‘supposed to’ rain. How do we know? Because it didn’t!” And that brings us round again to Einstein’s greatest question whose answer determines your experience.

Sometimes we want to make a big change and “things happen” causing all of our efforts to get us nowhere—that’s simply life. What’s the advice for these times?

 You cannot ‘push the river’ or cannot ‘make it rain’—practice watching events unfold with dispassion and with passive alertness.

Carry on without being overly attached to particular outcomes—reinforce a core belief that the universe is ultimately working in your favor.

Life is giving us an opportunity in those times to explore our humility and trust. The image on the card above contains a spider from which we can take a lesson. She works tiredly to prepare her web without anyone noticing. Many times her work becomes damaged—the web becomes torn. She simply tends to the repairs as soon as the notices. She doesn’t seek attention and she works quietly and efficiently blending into her surroundings—and when she’s done she waits.

That whole spider and web thing reminds me of my first website. We often hear the phrase made famous in the movies, “If you build it, they will come.” That’s true but not until google’s spiders pick up the site and list and link it! If you’ve ever created a website, you know the feeling of having worked tirelessly on a website and then publishing it and it’s a while before anything really happens traffic-wise. Maybe it’s different these days, but that’s how it was when I created my first website. Anyway, that’s just another example of today’s message—don’t let minor impediments get you down!

The Astrological Correlations to Kua 9 are:

Leo – the Sun; purpose; giving meaning to one’s life; desire to be completely in charge of one’s destiny

Virgo – humility; discrimination; paying attention to small details

Cancer – emotional security and insecurity issues

The Tarot Correlations to Kua 9 are:

The Magician – enthusiasm for “making things happen”

The Hermit – the ability to shine forth without fear

Strength — not allowing circumstances to control you

Justice – knowing that life ‘is’ fair; looking at the other side of issues

The Emperor — a “shaker and mover” type of person who needs to balance the tendency to “do” with need to “be”

Judgment – awakening to a “higher power” that is ultimately more in control that we are