Friday, May 25, 2018

work

I got no time for livin' / Yes, I'm workin' all the time
~ Working Man by Rush
Geez! What a card to pull for Friday! Well. There's work to do. Probably with the company of others. The 3 of Earth is no solitary effort. You may have your part to do, but there are others involved and those others might be better suited to their tasks in completing said work. Attempting to do it all, as this right-leaning 3 of Earth suggests, will have you falling short of deadlines. Or if met, with half-assed results at best.

So.

Slow down. Dial it back a bit. Know there are others in your team ready to perform those tasks you're less than brilliant at. I won't say they'll be eager (it is Friday, after all), but you do not, I repeat do not, have to do it all alone. Once the work is done and in good order, kick back and have that beer (or tea). The work is done and it's time for fun!

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

the anti-celebration

Shake me down, not a lot of people left around
~ Shake Me Down by Cage The Elephant
*sigh* With the 4 of Fire in reverse, it seems a ho-hum, hum-drum day. There's simply nothing to celebrate. Barely a reason to raise a smile. Let's break it down, shall we?

The element is Fire. Typically warm, blazing hot, if not careful. Fire gives a sense of community since it's what folks have gathered around for centuries ~ especially in darkness. We come to the fire to be warm, cook food, and tell stories. Maybe milestones are celebrated around the fire. Today, the warmth you need might have to be self-generated. And you don't have a match. Which means relying on some prehistoric skills to catch a spark.

Now, on the number 4. This number is usually associated with structure, stability, order, and organization. It's a good solid number for, say, a hearth or fire pit, because then the fire is safely contained. With this reversal, it could go two ways. Either the fire has blazed out of control and folks are running in all directions to avoid getting burned. Or it's completely squelched, not enough space to burn, wet wood, ineffectual sparking skills.

So.

The thing to do today is observe. Don't force a celebration when there isn't the energy for one to occur. Tend to your fire without letting it go out or get out of control. Keep your eyes fixed on the sun.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, May 19, 2018

choices

Behold the atom I preferred / To all the lists of clay!
~ Choice by Emily Dickinson
What a fine day for The Lovers to make an appearance! Y'know, big wedding and all that. But that's not the focus of this arcana's appearance today. Well. I take that back it sort of is and it sort of isn't.

As humans on this plane of existence, we are often presented with choices. The Lovers cards throughout history show the choosing of one person above all others. (Go ahead. Do an image search. Great fun.) However, the union of duality ~ woman and man, female and male, this and that ~ has a third element, a force overseeing, tending to, that union. That third element is often depicted as an angel or cupid or a priest marrying the couple. (And why is the priest's hand on the man's shoulder in some reassuring manner?) Making a decision marks the beginning of a new life. The new life requires acknowledgement and support. Ordained by God Herself or, simply, Love.

Making a choice, whether large or small, means all other options fall away. Making a choice means seeing only the choice you've made, thus making life a little easier. The focus can then be put to living in that decision, marriage, or union. Not necessarily to the exclusion of all else. Life is so big and there is much to do. But making good clear choices helps.

So.

Enjoy the live streaming replay of the wedding. Know the choices you make today are those you'll be living with tomorrow. Try to make good ones. If nothing else, an angel's got your back.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, May 18, 2018

walk away

I'm going away but I'm going to be back when
It's time to walk away and start over again

~ Walk Away by Tom Waits
Some things simply can not be fixed. At least, that's what the 5 of Air thinks today. The figure walking away has had enough. He has given himself to a task repeatedly with little or no results. With the 5 of Air leaning left, it's that definition of insanity ~ the doing of a thing over and over expecting different results.

It would be better to follow that fellow and walk away. Why continue with the same fruitless actions? Maybe you've been working at a project that simply isn't getting off the ground ~ despite planning, despite good intentions, despite the time and money invested. It's time to give your pride a pat on the head and change direction. Could it be you've been trying to communicate, connect, with someone for a very long time? (Remember: Air is the element of the mind and communications.) You've sent e-mails, letters, commented on their FB or IG posts only to get the theatrical cricket chirping in response. Well, it's a fool's game to continually extend one's self when there's nothing given in return.

So.

Tend to yourself today. Release whatever's not working. It's better to walk away now before you feel dead inside from over thinking, over extending, over working. Why beat a dead horse? Move on and get a new mount. Bigger and better things are in store.

The Everyday Tarot 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

fiery abodes

Here's your ticket pack your bag / Time for jumping
overboard / The transportation is here

~ Burning Down the House by Talking Heads
I'm learning that phrase about getting on like a house on fire means not what I mean here, but here's what I mean: The Chariot will burn through the day like a house on fire. This arcana is often associated with setting aside emotions and general whininess to get shit done. The Chariot is in control ~ dogs on the leash Cesar Milan style, horses reined in neatly. And all moving according to plan. Even if the plan isn't moving along smoothly.

It may be a day of maneuvering deftly between many tasks with one, overarching goal in mind. That goal is determined by you. And very little will get in your way of reaching that goal.

However, the other, not-so-nice thing about The Chariot is how you can be so focused on your end game you forget there are other people with their own agendas and, well, feelings. Which seem a bit messy when all you know is breathing and your intended goal.

So.

Yes, do your Work today ~ whatever that is. Just remember there are other people in the world with feelings and their own godly tasks. Use tact. Maintain your integrity. Be polite, but firm when necessary, and we'll all get on like a house on fire.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, May 12, 2018

floaty

Already we'll float on
Now don't you worry we'll all float on alright

~ Float On by Modest Mouse
Our Son of Earth isn't exactly en pointe today. In fact, he is completely upended and unable to function in a reliable, let alone graceful, manner. When our Son of Earth doesn't have his feet on the ground things seem rather floaty indeed. He can't find his feet, things don't make sense, and it's difficult to move ahead in the muddled situation. And so he just sort of drifts along. Not a typical Son of Earth action.

The first order of business in floaty situations, is to get grounded. This is an Earth card. It's important to remember what planet you're on in order to move about effectively. To right the energies of a reversed Son of Earth means stopping and assessing things as you go. It requires attention and presence.

So.

Slow down. Take a moment to get your bearings. If you can put off a thing for today, then do so. It might be better to let certain situations simmer awhile rather than try to move them in any sensible direction. It will be like herding cats. Not worth the exhaustion. Keep it simple and it may all make sense tomorrow.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, May 07, 2018

breaking open

I tell you this to break your heart,
by which I mean only that it break open and never
close again

~ Lead by Mary Oliver
The time for deliberation is over. The time for closing off feelings and emotions has come to an end. When the 2 of Air is in reverse, it signals a moving forward. Finally.

Because, it's likely, you've been sitting with a decision or thought a long while. During that time, there's been the weighing of one option over another, trying to get a broad picture on the consequences. Which no one can ever fully know. The future often unfolds in the direction you look. That's the thing of decisions. Once a decision is made, some commitment bonded, the path becomes clearer. You know what to do.

Releasing your mind from this intense focus, breaks open a heart. You are better able to act with some intention instead of vacillating over this or that.

So.

Let it be so. The thinking has been done now let your heart and body put some soul into the endeavor by embracing and acting upon the thought or decision. There's work to do.

The Everyday Tarot