Sunday, December 31, 2017

work

Maybe you think life is chicken soup, served in
blue willow-pattern bowls.

~ Farm Country by Mary Oliver
Perhaps it is not so festive, not so pretty to suggest that there is work to do on this day, the last day of 2017. Yet, there it is, there you have it. The Ace of Earth is prosperity, abundance in hand, but it's not just handed over, buttercup. There's good, practical work to do. This Ace is grounded in and from the Earth. It is using common sense, being practical (there's that word again), making concrete plans.

Because life is not chicken soup served in those bowls suggested by Mary Oliver. The processing and preparation of things is important and can not be overlooked, ignored, passed by, skipped. Are those enough words to suggest what needs to be done? Do the work. The results will be more beneficial if that work is embraced fully.

It may be enough to, loosely, plan your year ahead. I say loosely because even concrete plans shift a bit throughout the year. The thing with the Ace of Earth is to simply start the work. Begin with honesty, a little clarity, and a pinch of optimism. We're standing on the edge of a New Year. Let that first step be a solid one.

Happy 2018!

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

running up that hill

Do you wanna know, know that it doesn't hurt me?
Do you wanna hear about the deal I'm making?

~ Running Up That Hill, Kate Bush
*sigh* Well. Really there's not much to say here. No. Actually, there is. A burden has been assigned to you. That burden often comes in the form of being the last word or the one who keeps all the loose ends tied or the one doing most of the work. And it's not done just because you're a control freak. It is a burden born of good honest intentions ~ the intentions of doing for others, of being helpful, of taking on their burdens. No martyr complex. There is no woe-is-me attitude here. The boots are strapped on and they have hit the ground.

Which is all very nice and admirable. Except it can get exhausting.

This could be a day of learning to delegate a few tasks or let people bear their own burdens. It's time to make new deals that won't grind you to the ground and squelch your inner fire. You may be in command of a lot of energy, but that energy could easily be spent on the ungrateful and clueless.

So.

Assess your situation. Let people do their own work or sort out their own problems (chances are they'll be better for it). Manage your own time, space, and energies without guilt or coercion. The steep incline may seem less daunting then.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, December 23, 2017

burn out

Communication breakdown
It's always the same

~ Communication Breakdown, Led Zeppelin
Let's state the obvious as delicately as possible: It is a day of ubiquitous last-minute shoppers and holiday travelers coupled with the inherent insanity therein.

Events unfold rather rapidly and unannounced. Well. They'll be announced once they land in your mailbox or Inbox. And you may be inclined to respond immediately. I recommend, if it's hostile, you let that e-mail sit a bit. The sad fact is things have progressed to the point of crazymaking in this society. That we communicate sometimes too rapid-fire and with little thought as to how it might all be received at the other end. Especially in e-mail and social media where we are physically removed from our "target" and we forget all manner of manners, dumping verbiage at will.

The 8 of Fire is a fast-moving card ~ words in the air, prayers on the wind. It is mercurial and ungrounded. In this image, though, clooties are tied to a tree. I don't think there's anything more grounded than a tree. Except maybe a rock.

So.

Be like the clootie tied to a branch. Know that words may fly, but will have better bearing if grounded in the moment (aka Reality). That your message will get through with clarity if you but stop and take a moment to consider what's being said. Cultivate kindness today and all should be well.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, December 22, 2017

mind the sun now, Icarus

Gonna fly now/Flying high now
~ Gonna Fly, the theme from Rocky
Okay. So some small battle has been won. You've struggled, dodged, and parried. You've slung a few well-chosen words. Your "enemy" is vanquished.

Well. That's fine. Enjoy the victory. However, it would behoove you to cultivate a little humility.

Let's have a peek at the meaning of that word shall we? I'll choose one source for the moment: Merriam-Webster's definition of humility will do. Freedom from pride or arrogance. Isn't it interesting that it offers the freedom of these two states of being (one of which is a Deadly Sin)? In short, you have a choice in conduct.

And don't offer up false humility either. That can be smelled a mile away. It's fine to be right. It's fine to win an argument. The thing is to maintain good relations after (if that's the intention). That requires kindness and extending a hand in peace ~ especially if you're the victor.

So.

Fly high, but mind the sun. We all fall at one time or another. The prideful mighty hit the dirt hardest though.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

closer

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say

~ Harvest Moon, Neil Young
The Moon is mellow today. The actual moon in the sky is only just waxing, offering the promise of a crescent light before blooming full. And so we can be in this darkness safe and cozy, dreaming and whispering of what's to come.

This is an easy day. Let those moonbeams wash over you. Let your being be touched by starlight, moonlight, and darkness. None of this sounds practical or makes sense, but that's the point. It's a day of poetry. Words have many meanings based solely on sound. Sounds take on deeper qualities allowing one to hear the Music of the Spheres. Sight becomes a vivid explosion of saturated color despite the muted moon glow. Walk the mangata that leads to the moon. She'll not steer you wrong.

So.

Today be a poet in your life. Speak to the trees and sing to the stars. We need poetry for the soul to be heard.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, December 15, 2017

deep water

I've got a feeling, a feeling deep inside . . .
I've got a feeling, a feeling I can't hide

~ I've Got a Feeling, The Beatles
There are a few things going on, dear people. The moon is nearing to new, making the night seem darker. For the Northern Hemisphere, it's the double barrel of the longest night that is upon us. And, today, I pull our Father of Water (Cups) twice in one sitting.

Soak that in for a moment.

Really.

Because, generally, we humans steer clear of true, deep emotion. We rarely sit long with how we're feeling regardless of the emotion. Deep joy moves us. Deep sorrow washes over. At either end of the spectrum, how is one to keep nostrils above water let alone one's head?

And here is where our Father of Water might offer a little advice. Step in. Feel what's meant to be felt and let it move through your body. If you weren't meant to feel a certain way, you wouldn't feel it. Are you still with me? In other words, people are rarely given something they can't handle. Even if it's a challenge, a struggle full of doubt and recrimination. Even if it's sadness and anger. Or joy.

You are capable of navigating these deep waters ~ turbulent or calm. Looking to the Father of Water's bearing and ease of motion might offer some seed of courage for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, December 11, 2017

lovely day

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me

~ Lovely Day by Bill Withers
The 10 of Water speaks of unutterable joy. It is a wellspring of goodness, wholeness, and happiness felt in the bones. Family can mean a great variety of things these days. There was a time, of course, when blood relations defined "family." Blessedly, for some folks, that has changed.

Now in this century, Family is where joy lives. Let's not be all pollyanna and suggest even these connections are all light and sweet. They aren't. Even if you've chosen the people who give you joy and happiness, there may still be challenges. Because we're all human, remember.

What matters is that joy still lives, is the beating heart and center, of this family. That, despite the occasional hiccup, you all can still gather together in harmony.

So.

Spend a moment basking in the glow of your family ~ small, large, blood relations, the furred, the feathered, the circle of good friends, trees, rocks. Spend a moment knowing you are in the great Circle of Things and that you are supported as you support others. May it be so.

The Everyday Tarot 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

storm

The world on you depends
Our life will never end

~ Riders On The Storm, The Doors
There are times we are buffeted and dragged by the wind. Like tumbleweed, like an empty plastic shopping bag. Our Daughter of Air, however, is on her feet and ready to take it on. With her determination and wily ways, she can hold and manipulate the wind. She can bend it to her will, send it somewhere more useful. This ability to dance with the wind requires common sense and patience. The downside of our Daughter of Air is impatience. And that's the task for today.

So.

Sure, there may be a lot of stuff swirling around in the dust devils of life, but you will need to cultivate a little patience with the whole affair. You probably won't be able to redirect the wind or even stop it from blowing. You do have the ability to ride it out though and that ability is specific to you. Maybe you'll be able to avoid the squall stepping to one side. Perhaps you'll glide on its wild gales. Or you might simply grab a kite and dance with that wind. There is little controlling the storm, but there are ways to get through it. Your peace of mind depends on it.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, December 09, 2017

push pull

We're all just visiting. All just breaking like waves.
~ Push Me, Pull Me by Pearl Jam
It's going to be a push and pull sort of day. The Chariot is here, however, as a reminder that you are in control. Not in some ham-fisted manner, not in an inflexible manner. The Chariot hangs out with the moon, so you need to go with the flow. Today's Chariot will feel more like a boat. One that requires navigation.

So.

Hands to the tiller, matey. There will be rapids to get through.

The thing here, is to keep a cool head. It means setting aside certain emotions. Like fear. Or anger. There may be some immediate work to do, like rapids or a waterfall to avoid careening over, and your presence is required. It's not an emergency. Nothing dire. You do need to pay attention though. Especially if it's better to maintain some control over the situation. Y'know, before it becomes an emergency. Remain calm, keep collected, take charge. No one will step up for you. It's your job to keep your shit together today.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

higher love

Think about it, there must be a higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

~ Higher Love, Steve Winwood
What does it take for humanity to reach higher? To leap up and touch the stars? Love. Love, by the way, is not an emotion. It is rare I quote authors. Today, I'll make that exception because Karla McLaren elucidates quite clearly what Love is not.

When an emotion is healthy, it arises only when it is needed, it shifts and changes in response to it environment, and it recedes willingly once it has addressed an issue. When love is healthy, it does none of these things. If emotions repeat themselves endlessly, or appear with the same exact intensity over and over again, then something's wrong. Yet real love is a steadfast promise that repeats itself endlessly through life and beyond death. Love does not increase or decrease in response to its environment, and it does not change with the changing winds. Love is not an emotion; it doesn't behave the way emotions do. Real love is in a category of its own.

The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren, Ch 9 The Steadfast Promise: Why Love Is Not an Emotion, p 123

So.

This love is rock solid. It's going nowhere regardless of external conditions. Let that be enough today. Because Love is a current always there for you to ride along on. You just gotta dip your toes in the water.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, December 04, 2017

satisfaction

Baby, better come back maybe next week
Can't you see I'm on a losing streak

~ Satisfaction, Richards & Jagger
Hello, Monday. Cliché: It's going to be one of those days.Well. Maybe. Depends on your approach to situations. You may feel as though you've had quite enough of a thing, but feeling rather stuck about it. Sort of a neither here nor there sort of feeling.

Maybe you're moving on auto-pilot to get through the day. Life feels stale. Food doesn't taste good. The coffee is cold. Again. Even after nuking it a third time in the microwave.

The only real cure for this sort of blah is to do something differently. Nothing huge, of course. It is Monday, after all. Take lunch somewhere different. Go outside awhile longer. Turn off the Facebook feed.

Do something to shake yourself out of complacency. Hone in on the potential for growth that variegated ivy leaf might offer. It might not be a great day, but you may indeed get some satisfaction at the end of it.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

the magic of service

This I mean to whisper to my mind
This I mean to laugh within my mind
This I mean my mind to serve
'Til service is but Magic

~ God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot, Leonard Cohen
In this image The Magician is a shaman. S/he knows the ways of plants and stars. S/he knows how to journey into a hollow tree and retrieve the fragments of souls. Back in the day, becoming a shaman didn't involve finding a practitioner to apprentice with online. Shamanic practice called upon the individual, often in odd, scary ways ~ an extra digit, near-death experiences, seizures without any real medical explanation.

We can dial it back a bit. You don't need a near-death experience in order to serve. Your magic might be in the simple things you do. Anything done with clear intention and care is enchantment enough. It will seem like magic to others. Which is fine, but don't get too cocky, petal. Magic moves through and can not be contained. Once done, it moves on. The thing is to stay connected so you can catch the current when necessary.

So.

Your job, even on a Sunday (even though Eli Manning is benched), is to be in service by staying connected. Know the ways of your plants and stars (the moon is full, by the way). You don't necessarily have to journey into a hollow tree, but a trip to the supermarket for someone unable to drive themselves is enough. Do your Work and let the Magic work you.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ritual of reconstruction

I go down to the edge of the sea.
How everything shines in the morning light!

~ Breakage by Mary Oliver
It's time we addressed The Hierophant in the room. (Gods! I've been waiting to write that. Okay. Back to work.) This arcana is maligned by free thinkers and wild spirits as the Oppressive Institution of ________ (fill in the oppressive institution of choice ~ religion, academia, corporation). It is often viewed as stifling, constricting, dry, rote with traditions that feel empty, stale, and lifeless.

In short, The Hierophant has a bad reputation for restraining freedom of expression and withholding knowledge.

Let's take a moment and reframe The Heirophant. Let's begin by internalizing this being as Inner Guidance or Teacher. Now. Because The Hierophant is you, you know what s/he knows. And if there's something you don't know, you can be sure to be guided in the right direction to learn what you don't know. That direction might be a book or a song or a professor or Youtube. In this way of owning The Hierophant, you learn about yourself. You learn what works for you and what doesn't. You learn to trust your intuition. You engage in the ritual of putting yourself back together because only you know what's necessary for growth and healing (even if it's not abundantly clear at that moment). That includes finding genuinely helpful, knowledgeable folks. Let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

The Hierophant does not need to be the outside oppressor. Invite and embrace your Inner Guidance in this wabi sabi life. It's not likely to steer you wrong.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

got hope?

There was a ragged band that followed in our footsteps
Running before time took our dreams away

~ High Hopes, Pink Floyd (sans Waters, I believe)
Okay. Brace yourself. The 5 of Earth isn't a fun ride. In fact, it's not much of a ride at all. Because it's frozen. Not going anywhere. However it does set into motion a crisis of faith. What can you trust when shit hits the fan? What can you trust when it seems there are no choices? When you are frozen in place, paralyzed by doubt and fear.

This is going to sound grossly Pollyanna, but you can trust hope. Esperanza.

With a little hope, you might be able, perhaps, to move in very small ways, melt the frozen ground beneath you. To take one step. While you're in the middle of the situation, it won't feel like much is getting done, but it's something.

The other best action of 5 of Earth is simply to Do Nothing. This might just be day to ride stuff out. No shame in it. Not all aspects of life can be controlled by humans. When you've emerged from that frozen tundra, you'll be the wiser. You might even be able to help someone process in a similar environment. Having a bit of hope is a good start.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, November 27, 2017

not-so-instant karma

Instant Karma's gonna get you
~ Instant Karma, John Lennon
Blessedly, karma isn't instant. Karma is something that happens over a long period of time, life times, even. The Justice card is only here for today though. Which makes the day a little less daunting in seeking and acting in rightness.

However . . .

What you do today, even if just for today, will impact your tomorrow.

So.

Act kindly. Think carefully before putting something into motion. One word said in the wrong tone can't be unsaid. Stand in your rightness, but don't impose it on others.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, November 25, 2017

seeing angels

only if there are angels in your head will you ever,
possibly, see one

~ The World I Live In, Mary Oliver
I often couple a pull with another oracle or Tarot. Sometimes, it packages a little more information than drawing just the one card. Gateway of Innocence from Melllissae Lucia's Oracle of Initiation joined the ride with our Daughter of Fire this morning. She dances with innocence at that gateway, looking up, looking for angels. She is on fire with that possibility and other possibilities. Because that's her raison d'être ~ standing in Potentiality.

What do you want to bring into being? What is the thing you must do today? (One card, one day ~ doesn't have to be life changing.) Where does your potential lie?

Daughter of Fire asks you to examine these queries with a curious mind. If you can imagine a thing, you can manifest a thing. Luckily, we humans don't blink what we want into existence. Luckily, there are events that occur between Here and There. So we learn along the way or engineer a little course correction if necessary. And that, my friends, is more interesting than simply attaining a goal.

So.

Look up. Look around. Let the occasional angel in your head loose ~ so you can possibly see it.

The Everyday Tarot

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

fly

Come fly with me, we'll fly, we'll fly
Pack up let's fly away

~ Come Fly With Me, Jimmy Van Heusen & Sammy Cahn
Our Son of Air wants to go places today and he doesn't want to go alone. He's not typically a romantic fellow, but he'll be glad to sweep you off your feet and whisk you away to somewhere. Even if it's Home Depot.

Were you planning on a quiet day at home? Forget it, buttercup. Strap on those boots, throw on a coat, and be ready to go. Because our Son of Air will only wait so long. And he really does want you to join him.

Perhaps getting out would be best anyway. Have you been mired in one thing or another? Have you been brooding? Sedentary? Stuck? Well, it's time to get unstuck. Which can't be done in a slanket watching Netflix all day.

Hop into that Mustang and go somewhere fun. With the Son of Air, there'll be no shortage of adventures and delight.

So.

Go.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

hanging on

Set me free, why don't cha, babe
Get out of my life, why don't cha, babe
'Cause you don't really love me
You just keep me hanging on

~ You Keep Me Hanging On by The Supremes
What are you hanging around for? What's had you in a grasp for awhile? Well, cupcakes, I'm here to tell you you're hanging out awhile longer. That is the deal with The Hanged One.

The tough task is to let it all Be for now. As a person who prefers some level of control in life, it is indeed an inconvenience. If you have a similar disposition, know that I sympathize. However, that doesn't negate the process. Because this hang time is part of the process.

What we control freaks get to do is spend a little time looking at a situation differently. In doing so, we might pick up on a few fine points that might have been missed otherwise.

So.

Rather than struggle for control in the Upside Down World, let yourself  navigate this time and space of stasis. It's only for today, remember, and it may all change by midnight. Like a carriage back into a pumpkin. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, November 06, 2017

meanwhile, back on Earth

There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds

~ Starman by David Bowie
Have your feet hit the ground yet? It's been a surreal few days ~ especially with the time change in many places. You never really get that hour back. It's still the same 24 hours in a day. It's just shifted slightly to the left which puts a day off kilter.

And so our Daughter of Earth strolls in, saunters even, to let us know it's all fine to hang out with the Starman, but it's best to do it with feet on the ground. She is typically careful with her money and resources and expects no less of others. So keep your wits about you. Don't run off to the latest sale purchasing unnecessary items. Why take up precious space in your home? Or decide to pass them on to some unsuspecting person? Or, worse yet, end up discarding them?

Got lofty ideas? Fine. Let them float awhile until they can be manifested into reality. Which requires certain care and steps (because we live on the planet Earth and those are the rules here, Starbaby). Our Daughter of Earth doesn't rush into things even with a head full of ideas and dreams. They are neatly filed away until certain connections can be made and then work can begin.

So. Take it easy today. Make sure your still standing on the planet Earth. Engage embodiment and don't float around.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, November 05, 2017

the family of things

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

~ Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
It is, perhaps, a good day to be home with family. The work of the week has been done. There is food cooking on the stove. Maybe the fire is lit. Certainly, there is football on the TV. The people under the roof might all be in the same space or quietly sequestered in rooms. No matter, all will gather together later for dinner. For now there is this "place in the family of things."

The 10 of Water is a sweet harmony, a delicious gathering ~ of love, of resources, of place. And there's a happy, bittersweet togetherness that can't be replicated anywhere or anytime else. Flow and connectivity. Despite the hard times or spiky moments, there is still Family.

So.

Be easy in your comfortable place. You've worked for it. Provisions have been made for you and yours, ancestors and descendants. Let your day be filled with a simple harmony.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, November 03, 2017

treasures

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

~ Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce
Ah, the innocence of past times! With the 6 of Water, it seems the day for revisiting them. Things were easier then, weren't they? Or, at least, they're best remembered that way. It's all fine to feel the nostalgia, but much in life changes. At an alarming rate, I might add. Which may have one clinging to a delicious past.

So.

It might be a good day to have a tea party with a younger someone. Share some of your stories of the salad days so that they may pass them on. Don't embellish too much, don't exaggerate. It'll be nice if the truth of your perception could be retained for those future folk without telling tall tales.

Otherwise, enjoy a day of simple innocence and ease. Make new salad days.

The Everyday Tarot 

Monday, October 30, 2017

well?

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

~ Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
The 2 of Air is definite On the Fence, In the Middle of the Road, Shit or Get Off the Pot energy. Full of badly-written sentences. Very simply, one sits on the crux of a decision and is somewhat stuck until a decision is made.

The 2 of Air keeps you in situ. You can't seem to move forward or procrastinate or deny the situation any longer. There will be no movement until you decide. It bears repeating.

We like to think decisions are made with our brains. A thing will be analyzed from all angles. All possibilities might be explored, scenarios played out on that mental inner screen (hold the credits), a lot of self-talk and navel gazing. What if you could hold your choices and dip into the waters of the heart? In this image, there is a lake beyond those imposing feathers of thought. Dip a toe in. The water could be fine. And then maybe, you could let your heart decide.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

dance anyway

We can dance if we want to, we've got your life and mine
As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it
Everything'll work our right

~ The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
Yes. Typically, the poor Emperor is maligned for his staid structure. He's only concerned for your safety after all. If you got good bones, you can stand. Run. Dance.

Oddly, my initial thought was OSHA industry standards ~ that fine art of keeping folks safe on construction sites. The Rules are created to insure one's well-being. Working within them allows you to move and operate, well, safely.

But go ahead and dance anyway. You're in a secure location (I hope) ~ whirl and twirl, stomp and jump. Good energy sometimes needs a good container. The Emperor will insure your safety. Which frees you from worrying about it.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

hear the unhearble

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible . . .
I can almost hear the unhearble sound of the
roses singing.

~ How I Go to the Woods, Mary Oliver
What are you doing? Stop now.

(Unless you're reading this, of course, then carry on because there's more.)

Stop. And listen. Really listen.

It's a tough task in this day and age because, as pointed out ad nauseum, our society is constantly fidgety and on the go. We are hooked in, rarely without our cell phones, and there's always Netflix, right?

In Edina Monsoon's words, we suffer this thing of never having been to Me. We humans jet from one fix to another with little thought of stopping in between. In Between. It's always forgotten in that trek from Here to There.

I've heard tell that the best cure for not having been to Me is, indeed, a walk in the woods. Without a cell phone or camera, if possible and if you're in a safe place that wouldn't require constant connection to the world. (You want to be able to call 911 should a bear decide to join you in this solitude.) The small task here is to go forest bathing. A simple task, but not an easy one.

Because, my friend, you need to slow down and disconnect to Reconnect.
You need to hear the unhearable.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

leaving anyway

Maybe you wonder where you are
I don't care
Here is where time is on your side
Take you there

~ Road to Nowhere, Talking Heads
When I see the 8 of Water coming up for the day, I think of just walking away. Life may seem just fine. Bills are paid, there's food in the fridge, the family is getting along, the dogs obey, the cats continue not to (because they're cats). Everything is just fine.

Except . . . one's self.

Water speaks to emotions and the number 8 is one of those hefty karmic numbers. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Maybe there's a thing that's been at the edge of your mind you've been ignoring. Pushing away a fear? Hiding an emotion? Does something need to be said?

Sure, it's fine to step away, but wouldn't it be better to travel on without the burden?

Perspective: This card is just for today. In what small way can you step away from the status quo and toward a more authentic self? Tread lightly here. There are others' feelings to consider (Water = emotions, remember). It should not deter you from choosing your own course, however. Here, as in the Present, is where time is on your side.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

embrace your Inner Granny

We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams . . .
We don't care, we ain't caught up in your love affair

~ Royals by Lorde
I've got a favorite fictional witch from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series: Granny Weatherwax. She is a witch of little nonsense and big power, but not in a way one might expect. In fact, my most favorite aspect of Granny Weatherwax is Headology. Because she doesn't really like to use magic, she'd rather see you figure it out yourself. And that's part of her magic. Very sensible, really.

Our Mother of Fire is a practical witch of sorts. She's busy drumming up and channeling the proper energies to get things done today. She's on fire with what needs doing. There's no room for baby sitting other people's issues or problems. (But if you're really in a pinch, she'll be there. Like magic.) Our Mother of Fire is certain you're able to work this all out and she ain't caught up in your love affair. She's got her own kettle of fish to fry.

It seems a selfish aspect. However, there is some method in it. Sometimes, you don't really need help. Sometimes, it would indeed more helpful if you work it all out yourself. Then you've learned something, haven't you? You've gotten through a sticky situation on your own "magic." Maybe you will have learned to say No when a similar thing comes down the pike. See? Headology.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

love her madly

Don't you love her ways
Tell me what you say

~ Love Her Madly, The Doors
She's just a riot right now. Colors on trees, apples falling to the ground. Black walnuts too, if you're into that sort of thing. There are pumpkins and gourds and grapes . . . the list is long. The Empress' abundance manifests differently for each person (because there are a million pathways to God Herself). Perhaps you're enjoying an abundance of time either with good people you love or in solitude. There might be an abundance of art supplies or ideas or dreams or recipes or tomatoes. Whatever that abundance might be for you, enjoy it. Love Her ways.

The Empress nourishes body and soul. She only wants to see you happy. And, yes, you will love her madly, even if she's walking out that door. Really, The Empress would like you to follow her outside. Be in Nature. Sing to a few trees. Step upon the earth with bare feet and know she delights in your touch. You will return to your own delight. And, certainly, comfort.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

go placidly

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
I like Cesar Millan. I learned how to handle walking my two dogs together on leash just by watching his TV series on NatGeo. Cesar's big thing is discipline before love. And attitude. When I caught one episode of his advice to an actress to "act the part," I finally got it. Dogs respond to attitude and stance. If I act like I've got it all under control, they respond accordingly. So I walked like I was Cleopatra driving my own chariot. Dogs don't pull on the leash anymore. Small victory!

And that, my friends, is what The Chariot is all about today. Act like you've got your act together and do go forth placidly amid the noise and haste. Tame the doubts and confusion and fears like dogs on a leash. You are in control of these things even when Life is throwing you off track.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

churning and burning

Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup
They deftly maneuver and muscle for rank

~ The Distance by Cake
The 5 of Fire brings in a sense of restlessness, an eagerness to step up and muscle out any competition. Like the snake under the leaves, this energy isn't completely apparent and so is hard to pin down or control. You get the head and the tail, but not the middle. Where some sense of reason might lie. And so things might feel a little contentious. Not having the situation clearly defined may have you or someone near you acting out in odd ways ~ an outburst here, a little lashing out there, a wayward remark. Nothing permanently damaging though.

In another vein, the 5 of Fire could indicate a little healthy competition. A tug-o-war, a race, a game of Monopoly . . . good clean fun. No team sports ~ it's every person for themselves in the 5 of Fire competition.

So.

Step up if you need to. Stand your ground. Don't take it personally. Go the distance.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

fences

Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees

~ Don't Fence Me In, Cole Porter
The 4 of Air addresses a need for fences despite what the song says. However, in some ways, making good boundaries is liberating, isn't it? The 4 of Air is a time out, a reprieve, a restorative. I suspect it's necessary on a variety of levels today.

We've been bombarded with far too many stressful current events ~ world wide and, perhaps, personally. Holing up somewhere comfortable and safe for a few hours is no cause for shame. The body needs to stop running adrenals, the mind needs to let thoughts drift aimlessly (trying to have "no thoughts" adds to the stress, so just let 'em drift by like clouds in the sky), the spirit needs to reconnect to Source. And it simply can't be done constantly on the run. All the time. Which is redundant, but the point must be made: We need rest.

What does resting look like to you? It could be a nap. Maybe it's turning off all media to listen to the murmur of any tree let alone cottonwoods. It's possible life has been rife with simply too much company and solitude is the only balm for a world-weary soul. Whatever your time out needs ~ tea, cozy blanket, slippers, a book (avoid the streaming TV), a little RAM playing softly in the background ~ whatever your rest needs, make it a priority to take it. No one, and I mean, NO ONE will take that rest for you.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

soul gardening

I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade

~ Octopus' Garden, The Beatles
The 9 of Earth finds us enjoying some simple earthly delights. You can be that person of leisure, enjoying the flowers ~ whatever flowers means to you. A day on the couch with football and nachos. Finding a favorite sit spot and watching the beauty of Nature. Tea in the garden with dear friends. And an octopus.

Let the soft animal of your body ease into this comfort. Let it love this moment in life and its unfolding into the next. Take it easy. You've got time. Relax and pass the honey.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

logicality

And they showed me a world where I could be so
dependable
Oh clinical, oh intellectual, cynical

~ The Logical Song, Supertramp
Oh, where to begin! It's a rare moment the Son of Air stops for a breather. In fact, if he's stopped or slowed down, know this: his mind is going a mile a minute. And that, my friends, is when you should be wary as a New Plan unfolds or some Very Logical conclusions are being made. Know this too: he's absolutely dead right and on target. Best to stand aside. The dust won't settle for long.

The Son of Air's raison d'etre is Doing the Right Thing. He is on the right side of the law. He is skilled in his words (which can sting like an icy wind, if you've got it coming to you). And he can be cynical.

Well. What do we do with that?

This might be a day to slow down everything. Yes, be logical if necessary. Yes, stay on the right side of the law (because, y'know ~ consequences). However, think twice before delivering any harsh words or charging ahead wildly. You may know where you're going, but folks around you won't have a clue and view your actions as hostile. Slow down enough to explain what's going on and then they might even join you for that wild ride.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

going in circles

I got a song that ain't got no melody, I'm gonna sing it
to my friends
Will it go round in circles, will it fly high like a
bird up in the sky

~ Round in Circles, Billy Preston
The 8 of Air has us rubbing elbows with uncertainty and ambiguity. These are difficult cousins to get comfortable with at best, but it's what one must do to get through the day today. There's simply not a lot we're going to know. There will be few or no answers to our queries. It's a day of drifting through events or playing over the same elevator music mental loop ad nauseum.

How might we navigate this zone? Which, I guess, could be like The Twilight Zone. In that series, nothing is as it seems and everything is uncertain.

Well. We could start with the basics: You gotta have trust. And a dash of faith. We may be standing in a muddle today, but it's only for today. Perhaps tomorrow will be a bit clearer. (Or the light at the end of the tunnel is actually the train. Stick to the positive.) What does that mean for today? Be present. Don't zone out.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

dog days done

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that

~ Dog Days Are Over, Florence & The Machine
In the traditional RWS deck, The Tower may elicit slight panic with its image of the exploding tower and figures plummeting head first into certain doom. Well. Don't panic. Sometimes, sometimes, The Tower has another more useful meaning: Realization. It's usually a sudden and irrevocable realization that shakes a person to their very core. And once the foundations of falsehood and festering emotions are broken there is a certain liberation. Like you'll never go back. Whatever was gnawing at you in life is no more and you are free to rebuild a more solid foundation with a little more care and attention to honesty and self-knowledge.

But the nice thing is, you're done.

So.

Because this is a card just for today, perhaps it's the tiny epiphany you bump into that opens up the world for you. It might not restructure your entire life, but you've been given an interesting perspective to an old problem. You've been given something you can work with and it is ground breaking. Channel that energy and make that necessary change. Because you're not revisiting this problem ever again.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

on the bright side

When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle

~ Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Monty Python
Dry humor brightens an otherwise salty day. This is Friday, right? Well, thank goldfish! Because it's been a little topsy-turvy in my neck of the woods.

Anyhoo.

The 9 of Water. I'm going out on a limb here. Perhaps it hasn't been the best week for you either. (If it's been stellar, I'm pleased for you. Feel free to disregard the remainder of this blog. Now. Back to the rest of us whiners.) Oh, it may have all gone smoothly enough despite the narrow misses and back tracking. Or something seemed a little off despite best efforts and results. Well, you're welcome to relax a little today because the 9 of Water flows in with ease and contentment. You're allowed a little smugness as well if the week has been more challenging than suggested.

So.

Rest easy, Cupcake. You've earned it.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

freak flag

I never set out to be weird. It was always other people
who called my weird.
~ Frank Zappa
It's an ubiquitous query: What makes you You?
What's your thing? Your gig? Your uniqueness?

There's a few folks who feel there's no such thing as "originality." That originality is made up of ideas and qualities appropriated over time. Perhaps the thought you have isn't exactly original or unique, but your perception of it certainly is. Because you're you and no one can see things the way you do. Martha Graham, bless her pointy toes, said it the very best:


There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.


And so there you have it, Buttercup. Go forth into this world with your Freak Flag held high. You've got work to do.
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Monday, October 02, 2017

quid pro quo

I'm a new soul, I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit 'bout give and take

~ New Soul by Yael Naim
Oh, let's bring it down the earth a little. The 6 of Earth is about give and take. Not in any Latin-word sense, but a heart felt exchange. If you've got and can do so, it's good to share. Money isn't the only substance that can be shared. Got a nifty idea that might benefit others? Speak up! Is there some kind thought that needs to be shared? Some platitudes of hope and optimism? Lay it out there. Is it time you let someone know they're still loved and important in your life? Don't wait until it's too late.

The important part of this exchange is to not expect an exchange. Share what you can with no strings attached, no expectations. And don't be condescending either. The above you're in now might easily be the below you visit tomorrow. We're on the same team here on planet Earth.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

season

You got to pick up every stitch
Must be the season of the witch

~ Season of the Witch by Donovan
It's a waiting game. A time In Between moments and events. It's what the High Priestess does though. She waits. It's not an anxious interval, however, because she is aware of the cycles of things. They come and go in their own good time. Which means she can wait for the next best opportunity to come around. Because it will. She trusts this implicitly.

So.

Whatever it is you may be waiting for will be worth the wait. It isn't a time to push the tide or make things happen. I'd even recommend avoiding Busy Work to tide you over while you wait. Learn to be comfortable in this space. You'll need your energy when things really kick into gear. A nap now couldn't hurt.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

beauty in the world

Shake your booty boys and girls for the beauty in the world
Pick your diamond pick your pearl there is beauty in the world

~ Beauty in the World by Macy Gray
We are held in this delicious space; this Being and Not Being. The cells are present doing their thing, holding us together with blood, with sinew, with skin, with bone and yet we expand, we go beyond these cells to something greater. We might even feel bigger than life. There is a Oneness, Connection, despite living in these separate forms.

Coming back to Earth, it's simply a good day. Disparate forces are coming together, loose ends are being tied, the last of the cows are coming home. You can take it easy, even in your work, because it'll all seem easy. And if you're not working, then pass me a beer. The hardest work a human can do is Nothing.

And bountiful. Nothing like a little abundance (or A Bun Dance ~ see booty shaking reference in the song). You may have been through a tough time recently, but it all pales in comparison of today's bounty.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

childhood

Yes, we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
and go where the chalk-white arrows go,
for the children, they mark, and the children they know,
the place where the sidewalk ends.

~ Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Let's go back awhile. Back when days seemed perpetually sunny. And even if it wasn't sunny, the rain was okay because of the puddles. Or maybe snow was the thing that would have you lost for hours ~ snow angels, snow forts, snowball fights (without the teenage ice chunks inserted). Let's go back awhile to when it was cool to be outside sitting in an apple tree or swinging on a hammock, fingers sticky with watermelon and taffy, watching a caterpillar walk the edge, laughing with your best friend.

The 6 of Water likes to recall these easier times ~ childhood, the Salad Days, simple joys. Nostalgia is a sweet thing, like honey in tea, like maple syrup on a fine stack of pancakes. Noting the sticky analogies, it's good to remember that while these memories are lovely, you can't really go back, you can't stay stuck there. You're in the Now. Which is probably different from then.

But nothing says you can't have some pancakes right now. Adults can do those sorts of things.

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