Friday, November 24, 2017

black friday

We believe in ancient lies
We compete until we die

~ Competition Song, Pennywise
Ahem. I'll state the obvious (for 'Mericans, at least): it's Black Friday. It is, supposedly, the biggest, most infamous shopping day of the year when folks are lined up in front of shopping institutions of choice to get flat-screen TVs at greatly discounted prices for . . . xmas. Well. Maybe not so much anymore, thanks to Amazon. In which case, you may shop at leisure from home in your underwear. If that's your thing.

What is the thing with the 5 of Air, again, is competition, but it may not be so much with other people. It may have more to do with your interaction with your environment, your tiny corner of Life. Events may not unfold so neatly today. Situations will arise. Movement toward any sense of completion will occur in fits and starts. You may just want to sit this day out. If you have that option, take it.

If you don't. Well, that's another matter.

Do what you can to not be the cause of friction. Fly under the radar. Mind your own business. And then you will not be a cross purposes with others' business. Do whatever you can to keep it simple today.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

slight miscalculations

Barons of Suburbia I have heard you pray
Before you devour her

~ Barons of Suburbia, Tori Amos
Our Daughter of Earth returns a little sooner than planned. But then, who has a real plan anyway? The thing is she's back and she's got a lot on her mind. Which means she might forget to gather herself together, get herself out of her head. Couple that with heading into a major American holiday and there's a fair recipe for disaster.

Going back to our Ancestors is speculation at best. We have too much now. We have access to a million thoughts, ideas, dreams. And choices! Choosing drawer pulls becomes a daunting process. Or coffee. First World problems, right? But I digress . . . Going back to what our Ancestors did is Make Believe, it's play acting. However, there is something in that activity. Our DNA picks up on those threads and gives 'em a tug. Something clicks into motion and we stand naked in the dark (only in a proverbial sense, keep your shirt on) staring awestruck up into the stars. Communion.

It is what Ritual does.

So.

Hone in on your personal rituals. Pluck the strings of your Ancestors to hear what songs they have for you. Gather your people and be in good relations. One thing our Daughter of Earth likes is practicality. Lighting a candle will do. Preparing meals with intention will also do. Let the warp and weft of your day be Sacred and it will be so.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, November 20, 2017

work

And what is the work of this God?
~ Feri Flower Prayer, Victor Anderson
The 8 of Earth is about applying one's self fully to one's task. There might be a learning curve, but that's okay. We've all started somewhere. What's important is doing the work with attention, diligence, and perseverance.

Monkeytasking (multitasking) isn't a way to approach the work involved with the 8 of Earth. Especially if the whole gig is new to you. As this card carries an apprenticeship feel to it, it's likely that's the case. Or it's not familiar to you, not your usual department. Set aside what you know and be prepared to learn something new.

So, kitten . . .

Settle in and do the work. Align yourself to this task, whatever it may be, so that the work becomes your Work in this world.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, November 19, 2017

and the horse you rode in on

We are the champions, we are the champions
No time for losers 'cause we are the champions of the world

~ We Are the Champions, Queen
In contrast to yesterday's pull, the 6 of Fire asks one to toot one's own horn. Perhaps the past few days have been rife with challenges. Some easily overcome, others might have required an escape with a mild limp. No matter. The 6 of Fire speaks of triumph, victory, accolades won.

It's just for today, though. So enjoy your minor victory. Whether it's a triumph over some bad habit or scoring Park Place in Monopoly or the cat has finally figured out how to use the can opener ~ it's a win/win. Well. Maybe not in Monopoly, but you get the idea.

The thing is, your victory begets the victories of others. The energetic surge of someone riding the big wave of acclaim affects folks. You might inspire someone to take action in their own life. It's a ripple effect.

So.

Go big. Be brave. Be proud of your own progress. In that simple, humble pride you become an example of how to win with grace.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, November 18, 2017

keeping quiet

For once on the face of the earth,
let's not speak in any language;
let's stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

~ Keeping Quiet, Pablo Neruda
A reclined figure can be seen in the four feathers of Air. He is, indeed, keeping quiet. There is nothing wrong with having nothing to say right now. Sometimes, it's best to step back, step off, and let the whirling dervish of a moment spin off on its own. Shhhh! Quiet. Listen. Not to the words you could have said and, certainly, not to the words that have been said.

Listen to Nothing. Listen to the breeze in the trees or the ocean or rocks singing (if you listen deeply enough).

In time, the sounds of the Universe might be heard. And won't that be nicer than what could have been said?

So.

Chill-ax, as my Youths say. Stake out your space, build a blanket fort (don't forget the pillows and chocolate), and shut out the noise for awhile. Do not move your arms so much. Let them hold a quiet moment. Let them hold something soft. And breathe.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, November 16, 2017

of phenomenal women

I am a woman
Phenomenally.

~ Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
Apologies, gentlemen. It's Ladies' Day with the 3 of Water today. I've bumped into an idea that women are the glue that holds society together. Women gather in church socials and yoga studios and basements. Women gather, usually, peaceably, but can be otherwise if the situation calls for a little feminine aggression. Because we nurture and protect.

Be at peace with your sister women today. Gather together. Form a plan. Exchange ideas. Let these things stir about in that womanly cauldron of inspiration, in a cozy place. Once steeped and ready . . .

Take it out into the world. Phenomenal women get results when they work together. So go be phenomenal.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

a little love

Think of your fellow man
Lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart

~ Jackie DeShannon
Where The Lovers is the big love, the 2 of Water is that little love. A smile, a kind word, the warm hug, emotional comfort. It is simple human everyday love. No long lost re-connections, just the Everyday.

What can you do today to help someone out? Who could use a little more of your attention?
Where can you share your love?

Simple questions for a simple card.

The Everyday Tarot