Monday, July 16, 2018

desire

Lover I'm off the streets / Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet / With a red guitar on fire / Desire

~ Desire by U2 (in the good ol' days)
Stick with me here a minute. Typically, the 5 of Fire is associated with interpersonal strife, jabs and slights that won't draw blood, but require being prepared to stand up and fight. It's a chaotic sort of energy (thank you, Number Five), disorganized, disorderly, spiky. And so I ask you: What does desire do?

It produces a similar energy pattern. Desire creates a longing, a yearning. Inner fires are ignited, life gets a little chaotic as you run off toward the thing you want most. Life shifts, things fall away ~ in short, it gets a little crazy. Because desire might mean you're no longer satisfied with what is. Satisfaction is a healthy Number Four ~ sturdy, stable, reliable. Toss a want into that mix, you get Five ~ changeable, problematic, uncertain. Add a little fire and you have, well, desire.

So.

Go after your desires today if you must, but keep your everyday tasks in mind. Remember you have other people to consider in your life as you move toward that desired goal. Desire can be tempered with a little common sense, but you gotta use it.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, July 15, 2018

carry

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing,
my darling)
~ i carry your heart with me by e. e. cummings
As in e. e. cummings' poetry, there are no upper case letters in the gathering of family today. The 10 of Water shows a happy scene of people joined together, enjoying the view, and a success that couldn't have happened all alone.

Living in family requires connection and sacrifices and, certainly, plenty of love. Standing on the summit of life and gazing out at the wonder of it all is better when Your People are present with you. And it shouldn't be restricted to those major (often dysfunction-triggering) holidays, but recognized everyday. Seen in the simple tasks of tending a household, cooking a meal together, getting through a messy situation with some sense of grace ~ these things too could be celebrated.

We only need to pause. And look. Recognize the love always present, even in awkward moments.

Let today be a good day steeped in familial happiness. We carry each other in big and small ways. Because family is always with you, even when they aren't.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

what's learnin' ya?

All summations have a beginning, all effect has
a story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.

~ What I Have Learned So Far by Mary Oliver
I am the one who is Mother. I am the one who is working on her kindness, softening the rough edges. I am the one who pulls the disparate together and grounds it into Being. I create and recreate everyday. I dance on Earth reaching for stars. I feed my People, My Work, and creativity. I am warm, accommodating, and industrious. I can be stubborn and unyielding on a bad day and I'm a force to be reckoned with if crossed. You are always a welcome friend. My door is always open and you may find comfort here.

The above is part of SoulCollage® process using what Seena Frost calls I Am the One Who statements in order to connect with an image created, but doesn't seem to make sense. It's enlightening to have these simple conversations with image. Sometimes, they speak volumes.

So.

Find your voice in the Mother of Earth today. Speak with that which is mysterious, arcane, lost in the usual translation. The results may surprise you.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, July 06, 2018

not quite there

You say I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one /
I hope someday you'll join us / And the world will be as one

~ Imagine by John Lennon
The World is leaning back a little lazily. It is in a state of impending realization, completion, wholeness. The World isn't exactly waiting, but it isn't exactly moving forward with great verve either. It needs a little push.

The World is more than the planet Earth. The World encompasses so much more than space. It is the Universe, that one turn, the cosmos, still expanding and becoming.

It's odd to say we are standing in this place and time of Becoming. We individual little humans are our own universes expanding (I'm not talking waistlines here), that we are always on the brink of understanding and knowing more. Everyday. If you're awake.

And that's the task for today really. There's a little more work that needs doing, but with The World card, even leaning back, wholeness and completion may be realized. It's up you and how you choose to expand your universe.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, July 05, 2018

in situ

At this distance you're a mirage, a glossy image fixed
in the posture of the last time I saw you.

~ Postcards by Margaret Atwood
The Hanged One in reverse finds one still in the same place, perhaps unable to move, unable to extricate from the tedium of No Movement. Tired of waiting and fixed in place. The only difference is an inability to surrender to that position another precious second.

There are times it is a good idea to take The Hanged One's advice to surrender, go with the flow, shift the perspective. Then there are times when it isn't. This might be one of those times. While it's usually polite and democratic to invite different outlooks on a situation, it might be that yours is in danger of being lost completely if you don't hang on to it. Your take on this thing is important. The Hanged One in reverse rather indicates so.

Maybe you've been dealing with a situation long enough. Something's gotta give, but it shouldn't be your perspective or integrity. This is not a go-with-the-flow day.

So.

Go forth into your day with your ideas and perspectives and act on them. Not in an angry or entitled manner (there is no need to be inconsiderate), but with purpose and good intention. It's simply time you stood up rather than dangling in space and time, waiting to be heard and seen.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

stars unmoved

Oh, if revenge did move the stars instead of love,
they would not shine.
~ Margaret Atwood
Justice is screaming from the mountain tops. She is wailing in the wind, screeching and howling, calling attention to the injustices of Life. Injustices we all suffer at one time or another, small and large.

I won't dive into details . . . mainstream media does a fine job of tweaking adrenals.

What I might touch on is the cruel beast of revenge. I know enough to understand little good comes from acting on it. And yet revenge is such an easy tool to reach for when feeling slighted or victimized. It's a lot of work to keep from exacting payback. It's when we are all impatient with karma.

And it's a mighty good thing certain wishes take time to manifest on this plane of existence. That instant gratification isn't served at every gruesome whim. Because then someone would have to take their revenge, wouldn't they? Where would it all end?

I can not in anyway suggest fixing vengeful thoughts or acts, except maybe this: focus on Love. (Oh, that does sound cheesy, but stick with me.) Not necessarily loving those who have wronged or slighted or traumatized, but loving the Self. Loving the Self enough to take care of yourself in the best possible ways. Because revenge devours from the inside and makes one generally unpleasant to be around. Besides, isn't living well the best possible revenge? Forgiveness is a tricky thing and I wouldn't suggest entering it lightly either.

Yet a right-leaning Justice is a force to reckon with today. Keep in mind, it is swift on both sides.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, June 30, 2018

comparison

I have decided to find myself a home in the mountains
~ I Have Decided by Mary Oliver
The 8 of Air is our task master/mistress for today. Typically, this card speaks of the Grand Mental Loop folks get stuck in ~ that instant replay, but with varying permutations of the event to better satisfy a less-than-satisfying condition. Today, however, I've got a different slant on this airy, self-made prison. It comes in the form of comparison.

We humans live in a society. With other humans (for the most part). Comparing ourselves to others is an easy pass time. It's also an easy trap to keep up with the Jones-es. And here's how: you see someone doing a thing or having a thing and you figure you should be doing it or procuring it thinking it will improve life in some manner. The catch here is you're not that person. Your experience of doing or having the thing will be unique unto you. Once the doing/having has been attained the reward may feel, at best, empty. Or worse, entrapment. In a trap you made all on your own. Simply because you did not take into account your own unique way of being on this fine blue planet.

Mary Oliver's decision is a fine one. Reading on further, the suggestion isn't really to remove yourself from society, but your mind and its delightful machinations. Especially when comparing.

So.

Very simply: Be yourself today.

The Everyday Tarot