Personal Tarot Traits – 9 of Wands dig’s deep and keeps the pace spinning on a spin bike

Personal Tarot Traits – Relating Personal Daily Experiences to a Daily Tarot Card

The 9 of Wands spinning on a spin bike!

spin bike 9 wands collage[9 of Wands — Nobody else can put me to task if I’ve already learned how to do that for myself.]

“Crank up the resistance… get off the seat and up on the pedals… Dig in! Push, push, push!  Drive, drive, drive… think of something you’ve always wanted and pretend all you have to do is to speed up a little bit more and it’s yours… dig, dig, dig!  One, two, one two.  Now’s a good time to remember why you’re doing this.  Fifteen more seconds…. you’re almost there… up and over that hill… give it a little bit more up and over the top… 5, 4, 3, 2 AND ONE! You’re there.  Good job, back it down.”

Breathless.  A sip of water.  Reviewing the effort.  How well did I stay on the pace? Did I keep up with the beat of the music?    Did I back it off at any point — why?  How can I avoid that next time?  Thinking about the effort…. another sip of water… keeping  the pedals moving… checking my heart rate monitor… remembering the watts and RPM numbers when I glanced down at the monitor and how well I held the RPM’s that I had in mind for that workout. 

Nine of Wands!  It relates to “keeping the pace”, knowing how to hang-in because of past experiences, yet also about the possibility of being one’s own worst enemy.  I’m not competitive with others–never have been really–not in the way athletes can be.  I compete against my self, my past performances and my own personal goals and ideals.

Persevering despite set backs is another quality of the 9 of wands energy.  I nearly laugh as I typed that line just now–setbacks.  I’ve gained weight, lost weight, gained it back and lost it again over this past year.  Talk about setbacks!   But they were all of my own doing — my own worst enemy.  That self-sabotage stuff can relate to this card as it applies to fighting one’s way back from setbacks.

All it takes is two weeks’ off from exercise and you start loosing fitness levels.  Oh, how I’ve experience the one throughout my life!

Keyword meanings for this card are these:  perseverance and stamina.  Sometimes we have to “hold it together” through sheer will and while this is something we are challenged with emotionally often if we can hold tough physically, it helps us to do so emotionally too.

Sometimes in life we have to continue despite fatigue!  We push onward no matter how tired we are and the more times in life we do this, the stronger we become.  Strength of heart, of will, of mind as well as the physical body are developed in this way — or so has been my experience.

On the bike there are times my legs are screaming and I just have to let them and not resist or fight against the effort that I’m making because if I don’t stay relaxed chances are high that I won’t reach my goal.  Determined effort.

This is the card that I pulled yesterday — 9 of Wands.  At some point in the 30-minute interval workout all the bikes were filled with riders and I wondered how many of us were competing in some way with the rider either side of them or at least pretending to in order to assist in their workout.

I thought of the other riders yesterday as all those rods surrounding the single human on the card.  I don’t mind being surrounded by others in that way and realized that ultimately I ride alone and like it that way.

If you work with tarot, maybe you will think of my spin bike experiences as you consider the card meanings in a reading.  I know that I will.   I love divination; just sayen’.

PS — I think of spinning as a meditation in learning to keep present, not letting mind drift.

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In the morning when I first awaken, I let guidance come in and do a waking dream for the day ahead. On one of these occasions recently I received a directive in the form of an idea laced with intensity. “Draw a card at the beginning of the day and reflect on its meaning and then revisit it at day’s end correlating the day’s experiences with the card.” That’s the treasure at the end of the rainbow so-to-speak. Doing so gives insight into the world of divination for the purpose of adding layers or additional traits to the tarot card meaning. This deeper understanding to the cards can be applied for use when doing future readings. It’s like letting Life Itself teach us the cards.


Daily Divination 5-28-11 Using Self-Empowerment, Will and Determination to be a Crusader for Your Own Life! Knight of Wands

Today’s message has to do with taking on a personal cause for your advancing your life.  It revolves around the required determined effort to achieve a personal goal—that one that you feel strong about achieving, even though you know you may have to do battle with yourself over it.

And when I say yourself, it has to do with matters in which it will take courage in order to harness and direct the energy for the achievement of a goal.   One way to do that is to have the understanding that the outer world can contain the reflection of your inner resistance.  And that it will take inner determination to overcome that resistance. Sometimes, we have to sort of put on our armor and go to battle with ourselves. Yet, this isn’t hard to do if we keep the goal at the forefront of the mind. Let me give an example…

Let’s say that you have something in mind to achieve and you feel inspired about it—perhaps truly called in that direction to fulfill, not just for your own good but for the good of others too.

Yet, you realize that it is going to take you out of your comfort zone and you will have to risk a thing or two in exchange for the benefit of achieving what  you desire. Let’s use a fictional character to give an example. His name is Joe.

Joe wants to provide a new service for his business and he feels excited about this—inspired in fact!  He realizes that it is going to require not only a financial investment to achieve this goal,  but he’s also going to have to face additional fears (or let’s say challenges) in addition to the money required to accomplish the goal.

It’s going to require some traveling too.  And Joe has a fear of flying, but he’s going to have to in order to achieve his goal. He’ll need to purchase a ticket, board an airplane and fly!   It’s going to involve financial and emotional sacrifice.

Joe struggles within himself about all of this. He wants to take this step but, at the same time, he’s troubled about these other concerns.

These types of issues is what today’s message is about.

Joe needs to be sensitive to his personal needs,  but at the same time he needs to be bold, unafraid and courageous. If he draws upon his intelligence and engages his competitive spirit, he will be able to overcome his worries. Joe needs to remain inspired and to engage his powerful will and determination.  If Joe can continue to keep his vision active in his mind and heart, it won’t be all that difficult for him. Essentially, Joe needs to avoid old excuse making patterns if he’s going to take this next step that he desires toward a future outcome that he really wants to manifest.

What could help Joe is to set up small goals in the process and take one day at a time, and not back down mentally or emotionally. You see, Joe has a problem with apathy and indifference and uses this in his excuse making patterning–this has held him back before. What he needs to do is empower himself to move out of old fixed mental and emotional conditions.

Joe is going to become a crusader for himself.   Willful intention is what this card means and what today’s cosmic communiqué is about and a good affirmation for today would go something like this:

“I have Source Energy or the Universal Intelligence at my disposal whenever or however I need it in this situation and in my life in general. My work and my life make a difference upon the earth. I will not back away from fulfilling my inspirations due to minor concerns or worries. The Universe supports me and I meet all challenges with determined effort and with the zeal and full confidence of a warrior.”