Sunday, January 21, 2018

voices

I can see them talking but I only hear the voices in
my head. Waiting for the moment they'll be calling to me.

~ Siren, theme from Home Fires by Samuel Sim
Hear them? Those voices? It may not seem like they are yours, but they are. They are voices of criticism and fears and doubts and worries all likely adopted from other folks, well-meaning or otherwise. As a result, these voices of yours cause all manner of distress and consternation, in constant conflict. You may feel paralyzed, frozen into place and unable to make any decision, let alone sensible ones.

It is in these moments it's easy to forget to breathe. However, that is exactly a good place to start. (Because, if you think on it, the Element here is Air.) Take one good breath in and then exhale deeply, like a sigh. There. That wasn't so bad, was it? That, my friends, is a thing one can do without too much thinking. By the way, it would be the next best thing to do: stop thinking. Or rather, recognize the over-thinking and then redirect those thoughts because you can never really stop thinking. Are you still with me?

Good.

The point is, only you can manage these criticisms, fear, doubts, and worries. They're adopted from odd various places ~ memories, experiences, events, mental ramblings of what-if's. They are the ugly, dysfunctional, ill-formed children who need to be embraced, understood, and transformed. Find help and healthy coping methods as needed, but ultimately the job is still yours for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, January 19, 2018

right action

Have I lived enough? Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to
any conclusion?

~ The Gardener by Mary Oliver
Well. Judgment. It is an awakening of sorts, a realization. It is a journey of a thousand miles and when you get there, oh my, the view is glorious! What have you been working through or with? What has been a burden to shoulder for so long? Shrug now, shake it off. Because you are being smiled upon today.

So.

It'll feel like a New Day today. Well, let it feel that way. Embrace it. Especially if you've been embracing The Suck up until now.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ground control

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

~ Space Oddity, David Bowie
This, by golly, is a day to grab some ground. Our Son of Air might be flying off the handle, feeling a bit uprooted, ungrounded, floating aimlessly. Which is a thing the Son of Air does sometimes. No big deal.

There are a couple of things to remember here: the Element and the Person (or Court, if using ye olde RWS model). The element of Air is typically ephemeral ~ sometimes a gentle breeze, other times a gale-force wind. I'm not sure of the actual science of moving Air, but energetically speaking, if it is not tethered to Earth in some way, well, stuff happens. And it happens in two ways. Either one is not grounded and is an airhead for the day ~ floating, oblivious. Or the ungrounded individual acts more like a tornado only touching down to earth to do damage. The only real cure for both is standing in place and grounding.

With a mind that may be going a mile a minute, it might be a good day for some physical, tactile activities ~ a walk, knitting, spinning wool, yoga (these are just a few of my tools out of the hat). If a mind is simply floating around, some focused activities might come into play ~ sewing embroidery, journal writing/sketching, learning a new thing or doing research (again, just a few of my tools). Doing these simple things may avert the disaster our Son of Air might become when not touching the ground.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, January 14, 2018

hold

To a see a World in a grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wildflower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in a hour.

~ Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
The World, the Earth, sleeps a little longer in our neck of the woods. Finding Heaven in a Wildflower might be a tall order as a result. However, finding it in other things might not be so difficult. A snowflake, the bare twig, the brown leaf poking through the snow. It might be a slow and easy day. Which isn't saying much for such a big card of culmination, completion, and wholeness.

There doesn't need to be a parade or fanfare coming to this simple, humble place. Being present is enough. Noticing is enough. Slow down. Allow yourself the pleasure of holding Infinity and Eternity for you have arrived and there is nothing more to do.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, January 13, 2018

haves/have nots

I can't tell if I'm a kingpin or a pauper
Greedy little people in a sea of distress
Keep your more to receive your less
Unimpressed by material excess
Love is free love me say hell yes

~ Give It Away, Red Hot Chili Peppers
What have you got to give? What have you got to receive? The 6 of Earth is that fulcrum between having and not having, that give and take. As much as you might desire what someone has another someone desires what you have. Giving doesn't necessarily have to be material, by the way. Knowledge is a fine thing to share. Time, easily spent, is another share-worthy item. You don't have to give it all to everyone either. It's not necessary to deplete your bank account, financially or spiritually, in order to give.

Share what you can when you can. On the other side of that sharing coin, be ready to receive as the 6 of Earth isn't a one-sided deal. Give from the heart and receive gratitude, love, delight. And those things spread, by golly. What better contagion than love?

So.

If you've got and can give, today might be a good day to engage the exchange. If you've not got and need, know that the getting is good. However, giving for the sake of getting isn't an attractive aspect. Nor is expecting to receive because of not having. There is a little humble work to be done here at either end of the spectrum. As always, better to stand at center and respond as needed.

Monday, January 08, 2018

patience

Patience comes to the bones before it takes root in
the heart as another good idea.

~ Patience by Mary Oliver
Strength comes to us today in the form of patience. Which is another good idea as mentioned by Ms. Oliver. It's a good idea because plans are shifting in other directions. It's a good idea because people in your life aren't behaving as they usually do (which, actually, might be okay). It's a good idea because there is work ahead and it isn't all going to be done in one day. Even if this card only speaks to today.

Patience requires paying attention and listening and responding (not reacting). It requires a slow, steady step, direct eye contact, and a soothing voice in order to relate to the beast that is Turmoil, Trouble, Tension. Flinch or look away and that beast will either fight or take flight. And you really don't want it to go away. It's a necessary thing, this beast. It is here to fortify your courage and integrity. It shouldn't be caged either. As that only creates more tension.

Better to circle with this challenge for today in a state of patience, of wait-and-see, and respond with gentleness as it comes around. Reach out and touch it, let it know its value in this moment, that you are here to help each other rise. It's not necessary to tame the beast, but it is necessary to become friends with it.

So.

As mentioned, be patient. Be patient with the late train, the slow server, the tantrum that can't be quelled all too easily. Lose it and all will be lost for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, January 06, 2018

the river

Sixteen candles there on my wall
And here am I, the biggest fool of them all

~ Take Me To the River by Talking Heads
Are you drowning in too many choices, keeping your head above decisions yet to be made? The 7 of Water is a state of overwhelm, a word that has become a noun over the years. Overwhelm is a thing we bump up against when it's all just too much. You get to define it.

I'll hazard a guess that this particular overwhelm is emotional in nature, because, y'know, Water. It's likely there is some emotional attachment to the choices before you. You simply can't decide because they all look so good and you want them all. Or bad and want none of them. Sorry, kitten. A choice must be made in order to keep your head above these waters.

So.

Sit with it a little longer, whatever it is, but do make the best decision possible under the circumstances. It will not be easy, thanks to the emotional attachment, but once that choice is made, it could be smooth sailing the rest of the day. It's when you shirk that decision-making duty that the river will carry you into the rapids with a chuckle. Hang back. Be cool. Take the tiller. You're the captain so it's up to you to sail this boat.

The Everyday Tarot