Two cards, two teachers

I’ve been having a pretty rough stretch lately, particularly at that intersection between my professional and personal lives. Yesterday, I noticed that I hadn’t actually looked at my cards for more than a month, which is a pretty atypical stretch me, and probably a sign that I’m uncomfortable with something…

A story of wisdom

A story of Wisdom by: the 8 of Cups   The time came, perhaps a little later than it should have, when we realized that distance was needed. When we realized that a carefully-planned collection must remain unfinished, a seat laid at table remain unfilled, an ideal arrangement left out…

Tarot Stories #78: King of Pentacles

  There once was a king who inherited both his family’s crown and their proclivity for acquisition. There wasn’t an object of beauty that they wouldn’t seek to buy, nor a marker of success that they wouldn’t find a spot to display as prominently as they were able. Theirs was…

Tarot Stories #77: Two of Cups

Once there were two people who had long kept their hearts hidden from the world. It wasn’t a conscious thing, mostly, just the sort of decision that gets made after a bout of heart-bruising, and then a little extra caution intended to help avoid that happening again, thanks, and then…

Tarot Stories #76: The Tower

Once, upon the highest peak of the tallest mountain, there stood a tower that had been crafted – brick by brick, stone by stone – by all the moments of the builders’ lives. Every day they woke, and every action they took was in service to that construction. Often, these…

Tarot Stories #75: The Hierophant

There were once two friends who set out to discover the meaning of life. They were young, and therefore quite certain that this endeavor might take them a month or so to accomplish. The friends began by looking around their hometown, and then by asking the librarian, and then by…

Tarot Stories #74: Queen of Pentacles

Once there was a queen of a minor nation who had, over the course of her reign, made a few powerful enemies who conspired against her. They managed, after years of scheming and plotting, to have her banished to a place far, far away from the land that she had…

Tarot Stories #73: Knight of Wands

There was a horse, once, who with each of their lives was sent to Earth to be a teacher Sometimes the horse was there to teach a fool to be more thoughtful about the risks of taking up a firebird’s feather, and sometimes the horse was there to teach their…

Tarot Stories #72: King of Cups

  Once there was a ruler who had been at the job for a good while, long enough that they felt confident in their decisions and their ability to lead. This confidence was hard-won, as it is for most people (even those of us who don’t mete out justice or…

Tarot Stories #71: The Lovers

  Once there was a god who knew all the things that were in the province of gods, and nothing at all of what was in the province of humans. Which is to say, broadly speaking, that the god understood creation of something from nothing, and of nothing from something,…

Tarot Stories #70: Six of Wands

  Once there was a man who went off to a great battle, not because it was a cause he believed in or because he felt called to defend his loved ones or even because it was his job to do so. He went, instead, because he felt it would…

Tarot Stories #69: 2 of Wands

Once upon a time, before there was time, a person stood upon the top of a wall, looking out over all that was theirs to survey, and also looking within the depths of a planet they held in their hand.   Now. This is one of those things that sounds…

Tarot Stories #68: Queen of Wands

Once there was a traveler who came upon an imposing throne in the midst of their journey, where desert met stone. Upon the throne sat an even more imposing crowned figure, with a robe the color of the sands and a cloak the color of the endless stone. In their…

Tarot Stories #67: 9 of Pentacles

  Once there was a woman who lived in an abundant valley, full of beauty and good food and perfect sunshine and luxury. She was happy there, or happy enough, and why not? She wanted for almost nothing, and who else in the world could say such a thing? Now,…

Tarot Stories #66: 8 of Cups

Once there was a person who hated leaving things unfinished. Whether it was a task like cleaning the house or something more fun like telling a story, they felt uncomfortable until the end, as if a part of their soul was missing and wouldn’t be made whole again until everything…

Tarot Stories #65: The Fool

  “Well!” the Fool said, “Thank goodness that’s over. It was quite an adventure, and there was plenty of fun along the way, but I’m ready to rest and be still for a while.”   Oh, thought the dog, it’s going to be like that, this time.   There is…

Tarot Stories #64: King of Wands

  Once there was a king who had two important virtues – one that was very obvious, and one that was not. The virtue that came easily was the king’s decisiveness and readiness for action. It was apparent to all who saw the king – the way he leaned forward…

Tarot Stories #63: 10 of Cups

  The thing you need to know about stories is that they have no beginnings and they have no endings, not really. Nobody lives happily ever after, nobody was a blank slate before their moment of initiation, and it’s always a little more complicated than what can be written down…

Tarot Stories #62: Justice

  There was once a being who woke for the very first time and knew with that first waking, with that first breath, that their purpose was to manifest justice in the world. This may seem a strange thing to have as one’s very first thought, and indeed it would…

Tarot Stories #61: 9 of Wands

Once, a man went to run a couple of errands, and while he was on his way, he heard an argument taking place in the town square. He realized rather quickly that the people involved were very, very wrong, and he decided to stop by – just for a few…