Five of Swords, and feedback



An empty victory – a pointless defeat

Two unarmed figures flee in the distance as the victrix holds “all the swords”.

Interesting elements in this particular version:

  • Ravens – not your standard spiritual messenger but more the harbinger of bad news
  • The Ocean – water:  Abundance, flow, emotions
  • A small ship:  Trade, a voyage
  • Most of all the ominous weather.  It’s night ( the guidance of the moon is there) but additionally there’s a storm brewing.

This card may indicate family squabbles.

In a family tiff, there is always a winner and a loser – sometimes several of them – but everyone leaves feeling sour.

Perhaps this card is to remind us to stay peaceful, to pick our battles carefully and make sure they achieve something.

I would like some feedback on our 30-day journey.

Did you journey with us?  (30 days of – almost – daily tarot readings to see how they support our plans.)

Did it mean something to you?

Which cards spoke to you the most?

Did you reach your goal or are you significantly closer to it?

Let me know, in the comments!  


I invent a new Major Arcana Card and nobody notices??

I rest my case!

Click here if you saw yesterday’s post and liked it.

Here’s today’s card, but I’ll leave you to interpret it yourself  😀

Knight of Rods – reversed

Today’s Card: The Critic

The Critic


  • Criticism
  • Self-destruction
  • poor work
  • self-image

The Critic

A haughty man pulls up his nose at you.

Note the dark grey background, implying negativity; also, the complete absence of any magical implements whatsoever.

The Critic is not part of the creative process; in fact he can be its death-knell.

Everyone knows one; woe betide you may even be one yourself!  The Critic has the power to destroy where others create.  He has no own creative capacity; he cannot weave miracles like other people.


Someone is criticizing your work, your person or something about you.


Ignore, ignore, ignore.  If it’s constructive, it’s critique, not criticism, which is always negative.

Is the critic yourself?

Are you harsh and critical on yourself?  Do you always have to prove that you’re one notch better than the rest?  Be careful that you don’t end up being harsh and critical with everyone around you.

Not only that, but being over-critical with yourself can actually stop you from reaching for your dreams, for your full potential – because there’s that little critic inside you that says:  I’m not good enough.  Right?

Time to let go of the inner critic.

Time to avoid the outer critics, too.

We are each on a unique path through life.  Even your parents can’t criticize your path; it’s not their path.  So avoid people who are critical of you; and go forward without criticizing yourself every step of the way.

Ah non, je ne regrette rien…

Today’s card: Nine of Pentacles

The Question:

When I shuffle the cards, I usually ask:  Give me a card that will have meaning to my readers on the blog.

Nine of Coins

(Sorry, those CSS’sd headings simply didn’t do it for me.  We’ll have to do without them, won’t we?)

Nine of Pentacles:  A card of utter loneliness.  Its other name could have been ‘Solitude’.

A woman – possibly a princess – stands in the palace gardens having a conversation with a wild bird. The association with nature is there; also with spirit. The the birds in the sky reinforce this point.  At her feet, ‘money-daisies’ are flowering.  She is not impoverished; but she is utterly alone, except for her link to nature.

In some decks this lady is elderly or mature; here, she is young, possibly a teenager on her first sortie into the realm of spirit.  We always set out on our path alone.  At various times we find ourselves at solitary nodes.

Is today such a node?

The power of solitude:

This card recommends ‘quiet time’.  Take time to contemplate your path; perhaps meditate or pray.  Become still in yourself.  Spend some time in nature; make your ‘golden list’ counting your blessings.   Try to retain something of that inner stillness throughout the day, make yourself a quiet moment and carry it with you.

We cannot solve every problem in our life today; but if we live today correctly, tomorrow will take care of itself.

The other card for Nine of Pentacles that intrigued me is this one:


It’s the Lorelei!

Once again, the message is solitude (who could be more alone than she?)  The association with spirit is there too (water; the Moon);  and with loneliness but no material shortage (what could the Lorelei need?)

She is perched upon her rock, looking down on the lovely scenery, and other people’s boats.  She can look at it but never be part of it.  All she can do is meditate, contemplate – and occasionally lure a skipper onto the rocks with her beauty.  This is part of her nature though; do you think she can help this?

I love the association with the Moon, and the silver path on the sea.  If The Moon (card) weren’t already ‘my’ card I’d claim this one for myself, now.

Remember to become quiet today.  Pick a mantra (I like:  ‘Just for today I shall not worry’) and keep it close.  

By tonight, review how your day went.



The Shape of my Heart

Cups are hearts.  Yesterday we drew Two of Cups; the card of the lovers.  Well, not The Lovers which is a card from the Major Arcana; but the two cards are closely related as their theme is almost identical.

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn’t play for the money he wins
He don’t play for respect
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of a probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance
I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
He may play the jack of diamonds
He may lay the queen of spades
He may conceal a king in his hand
While the memory of it fades
I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
And if I told you that I loved you
You’d maybe think there’s something wrong
I’m not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one
Those who speak know nothing
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who fear are lost
I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart

(Shape of my heart, Sting)