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February 2011

Superbowl XLV Steelers vs. Packers Prediction Using Tarot

G vs s One of the fun things you can do with Tarot is use the cards for entertainment purposes, such as making predictions about award shows, TV competitions and sports contests.

Because my beloved Sixburgh Steelers are knocking on seven's door, I thought I'd pull out the cards and make a prediction. Feel free to play along and pull your own cards, posting what you drew, your predictions and your reasons why. (FYI, I'm using the Bright Idea Deck by Mark McElroy).

I am pained to predict that, if the cards are right, the Green Bay Packers will win Superbowl XLV...and here's why:

For Green Bay, I drew...

SB G V Guidance

This card is equivalent to The Hierophant card in the Tarot. Right away, I notice that the figure in this card is literally "holding the world". It's not a trophy, but it may as well be! He's climbing high into the mountains, but notice that the figure is actually taking a very safe route, because there are actual steps carved into the mountainside! In fact, if you look closely, V Guidance actually implies three ways to get up the mountain: the wire lift, "roughing it" via hiking, or taking the stairs.

Stairs are incremental, well-used and crafted by human hands. This suggests that Green Bay will use tried-and-true methods to make progress in the game, and will steadily score throughout. Green Bay may get some opposition later in the game, but I think it will come from weather conditions (snow? ice? sleet?) more than the Steelers themselves. (Holy cow, I thought that prediction a bit "out there" since Superbowl XLV is being held in Dallas, Texas--and I didn't realize they get snow OR ice there. Imagine my surprise when I Googled "Superbowl Weather" and came to this link).

In Tarot, The Hierophant (the equivalent of V Guidance) usually indicates a strong mentor and tradition, which is yet another reason I feel that Green Bay will be relying on their coaches' guidance, as well as tried-and-true methods that have worked for them this seasons (especially offense).

Now, for the Sixburgh Steelers, I drew...

SB S 8 Effort, Rx

Equivalent to the 8 of Coins card in the Tarot, this card came up reversed. Some Tarot readers don't read reversals, but I do. (In fact, my second Tarot book will be all about those upside down cards). Anyway, right-side up, this is the "blue collar" card, one suggesting hard work and mastery. In the Bright Idea Deck, it's retitled 8 Effort. It shows three men working diligently on crafting and creating model planes.

So what does it mean that this card came up reversed? Well, I think this card indicates that some players won't be pulling their weight or playing as hoped. In fact, I think we may see some fumbles and mixed signals from the Steelers. Big Ben make take some big, unnecessary risks which will backfire via interceptions...making way for Green Bay's steady, incremental progress.  I also expect Sixburgh to make some "silly" mistakes...some that we may have seen before when the pressure is on.

Although I'm very sad to predict this, the cards seem to suggest that Green Bay will indeed beat the Steelers. But how badly? I'm not very good with numbers and don't follow sports--but I'll take a shot at prediction: I think Green Bay will make it into the 20s--22 or 25 or 27?--while Steelers will be lucky to make it out of the single digits (11 max).

So what do YOU say sports fans? Even if you  know nothing about Tarot but just want to talk about Superbowl XLV, we'd love to hear your comments here at the Tarot Gals Blog!

And fellow Tarot readers and enthusiasts...pull out your favorite deck, draw some cards, and tell us what you predict and why. It will be fascinating to compare notes!

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot 

Wheel of Fortune and Groundhog Day

Gh movie Here in the good ol’ Keystone State (Pennsylvania USA) we’re celebrating Groundhog Day on February 2.

In case you’ve lived under a rock the last few decades (or underground in a burrow), in 1993, Groundhog Day was commemorated in a movie starring Bill Murray.

And it’s a very funny movie, actually.

Murray plays Phil Connors, a narcissistic Pittsburgh weather forecaster who loathes the annual trip to Punxsutawney.  While waiting for the furry Phil to pop out of his den to predict six more weeks of winter or an early Spring, Phil (the human) keeps repeating the same day. 

Wheel Of course, weatherman Phil finds this wash-rinse-repeat type of day a boon. He immerses himself in debauchery and engages in crazy behavior, all while trying to win the girl (his producer, Rita, played by Andie MacDowell).  And he does this again. And again. And again.

I don’t want to tell you the whole plot in case you haven’t seen the movie, but Phil (the human) finally decides to use his repeated day more wisely…fostering relationships, learning a language, and creating an erudite tribute to the furry Phil. As for getting the girl…you’ll have to rent the movie to see what happens.

And this brings me to the Wheel of Fortune in Tarot.

Is it a juggernaut? Is it a gear-like pit wheel? Is it a roulette wheel? Is it a grindstone? Is it a Ferris wheel? Is it a merry-go-round?

Yes. To everything.

Talk about a crapshoot! Nothing in life is guaranteed, is it? Up, down, up, down—ever tossed about by the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” (to quote Shakespeare). The Wheel of Fortune card encapsulates these vagaries and forces of life.

One day you’re up, next day you’re down. One day you win the lottery, the next day, your daughter is killed in a car accident. You just don’t know what life will hurl at you, huh? It’s a roll of the dice, to use yet another gambling metaphor.

Faulkner 6 And actually, gambling metaphors aren’t too far from the mark where The Wheel of Fortune is concerned. After all, this card is associated with Jupiter--the planet of luck, windfall and expansion.

Yet, for all of its “up in the air” energy, The Wheel also portrays familiar cycles. What goes up, must come down. What you give is what you get. What you sow is what you reap. Smile, and the whole world smiles with you. Garbage in, garbage out.

That sort of thing.

The Wheel can be seen as representing the cyclic four seasons—the budding Spring, the blossoming Summer, the fruitful harvest of Autumn and the decayed, barren Winter.

The energy of the Wheel of Fortune can also reveal patterns in both life and behavior. If we keep running up against a “certain type of person” or a “particular situation”, it may very well be we have something to learn or gain from it. It depends on your perspective, though. Better or bitter, as the saying goes.

So back to the movie. Human Phil finally realizes that this pattern of repeating February 2 offers more than just another opportunity to be rude, drunk or lecherous. In his emptiness, he (finally!) realizes that he can do better things with his time.

Tree 600 I’m going to get a bit esoteric here, so if your eyes glaze over, feel free to skim to the bottom…

On the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the 21 Trump cards connect the sephiroth (spheres) via paths. It just so happens that the Wheel of Fortune lies on path 21, connecting sphere 4 (Chesed) with sphere 7 (Netzach).

Interestingly, 4s are all about earthly stability, while the 7s often connote vacillation and DE-stabilization (not to mention spiritual truth, higher wisdom and refined intuition).

And here’s a Hebraic “funny”: the Wheel of Fortune connects with the Hebrew letter Kaph, which means palm of the hand. I say “funny” because that ol’ Wheel of Fortune can often feel like a “slap across the head” when it barrels down our way! (On the other hand, that outstretched palm can also look like a plea to God for in, no more snow!)

So what should be “stable” for Phil—the consecutive days of the calendar, the predictability that February 3 follows 2, and February 4 follows 3, etc.—isn’t. The 4 energy of constancy that structures our calendars, watches and schedules suddenly gets destabilized for human Phil.

The Wheel tosses him from stable Chesed (4) to fluctuating Netzach (7).

Interestingly, Netzach, and indeed, all the 7s, also embody strategy and cunning. Once in Netzach, human Phil thinks he can use this destabilization to his advantage. He can avoid repercussions and even kill himself...but, voilà, he awakens alive the next day.

On the path of the Wheel, tossing between Chesed and Netzach, Phil finally realizes he’s just not getting it! His typical M.O. no longer serves him. In fact, he’s sick of it!

Gem 2 And this is where The Wheel of Fortune becomes a polishing wheel, smoothing our hard edges and buffing us to glistening shine—much like marble or diamond.

But we have to roll with the Wheel, not trying to stop it, resist it or evade it. These futile attempts at controlling our life only cause suffering.

Instead, we learn to walk with it with grace, wisdom and awareness. And, hopefully, better choices.

We may (or may not) get the girl (or boy) in the end, but we can sure ease our journey when we understand the nature of the Wheel of Fortune…and work with it, not against it.

I'll leave you with a video of The Larger Bowl performed by the best band ever, Rush. Click here for the lyrics, which embodies the energy of the Wheel of Fortune. Feel free to sing along. I don't mind. Really.

Card images from the Universal Waite Tarot, published by USGS and the Faulkner Tarot by Rhiannon Faulkner.

-- Janet

10 Ways Authors and Publishers Fail on Twitter

Twitter Egg Eye Below are 10 ways authors and publishers fail on Twitter. Don't do these. Please.

1. Don't have a Twitter account. (Seriously)

2. Don't list a web address. (You do have a website...right?)

3. No profile picture. (How's that egg working for you? It's not.)

4. Only Tweet once a week or, worse, once a month. (Who are you, again?)

5. Use Twitter as a megaphone. (We're not at a carnival, so don't be a barker that merely shouts about your new book/product and sales and specials.)

6. Talking at your followers, rather than with them. (See #5)

7. Ignoring Tweets @you. (It's called "Social" Media for a reason).

8. Not Tweeting about topics that would interest your audience. (Hint: What genres do you specialize in? What is your book about?)

9. Not passing along fascinating quotes or excerpts from your titles. (Give me a reason to read.)

10. Not engaging your own authors, fellow writers, colleagues and/or authors from other houses. (Spread the love. Think "colleague", not "competition". Win/win for everyone in the end, especially if someone new finds your press or your book/s.)

-- Janet