Today's Monday Musings are brought to you by The Tarot of the New Vision. It's a quirky little deck, and takes the Rider Waite tarot, painted by Pamela Colman Smith, and looks at it from behind the scenes. Monthly forecast? Weekly forecast? Daily forecast? It's up to you, you know the drill! Pick the one that calls to you for a mini-reading for the week ahead, or read them all as a three-card spread. Your reading, Your call. I'm just the messenger. I'm still offering private readings, too, so if you want to know a little more about what the universe has in store for you, hit me up. "I'm here to help.
In this instance, strength doesn't mean bravado. There is nothing harsh or forceful about this card. The gentle figure has not backed down from the lion's roar, and her integrity and tenacity have enabled her not just to face the lion, but to tame it. Over her head floats the lemniscape of infinity, promising that there are infinite ways for you to find your courage and tenacity this week. There is no beginning, there is no end, there is only being, and you have innumerable opportunities to be who you want to be, who you need to be. There may be foes and ghosts of foes ahead. There may be something coming up behind you, but your task—your success—comes from focusing on the here and now and in believing that you have what it takes to get the job done.
MIDDLE: Queen of Pentacles
The queen sits on her throne, accomplished and comfortable. She holds here wealth in her hands, and if you look closely at the back of her throne, the image carved into it shows that she is also sharing what she has to those who are less fortunate. She's a reminder that if you have an abundance, don't build a higher wall, build a bigger table. Wealth is energy, the combination of wellness and health, and energy has to flow if it's not to become stale and stagnant. It doesn't matter how little you share, if it's more than someone else has, share it and share it willingly—whether it's food or a coin or knowledge or even just a smile or a kind word. The road to abundance is not paved in gold. It's paved in gratitude.
RIGHT: The Devil
Not one of the more welcoming cards no matter which way you view it! The Devil is nothing to do with demons or evil, though. This card is a reminder that you are the one putting restrictions and limitations on yourself and are the one who has the capability—the strength, if you like—to break free of those limitations and step out into your destiny. We all have that side of ourselves that we don't want to face, that we'd rather others didn't know about, that we're ashamed of when it comes out to play, yet life is about making friends with our faults and learning how to deal with them so that they don't have control over us, and they don't inhibit us from being all we can be. Nobody is perfect, so stop waiting for the right day or the right situation or the right person, and get on with the business of learning to love yourself,' warts and all ' as my mum would have said.
... and here's what the originals look like. Clever, eh?