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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot 

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.
The Everyday Tarot




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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, September 25, 2017

regret

Dropped my fate a timid Pebble
In thy bolder sea
Prove me sweet if I regret it
Prove Myself of Thee

~ All forgot for recollecting by Emily Dickinson
Well. We all have a regret or two lingering about, don't we? Regrets often chase and nip the heels of Decisions Made. Make a choice in one direction and the other choices fall away. One may feel as though the wrong choice has been made. Or is suffering that Fear of Missing Out syndrome our over-stimulated culture has produced.

The point is: You feel bad. You made a choice, perhaps not too long ago, and you may be feeling sad. Drained. At a loss. Rather than beating yourself up over what seems like the wrong choice, take a look at the gifts bestowed upon the option you went for. Those three cups still standing hold possibilities, gifts, space for something new. And those are the cups to focus on.

What's done is done. Lingering on regret or having FOMO will not move you forward today. Find the gifts of this moment and relieve yourself of regret and sadness. All is not lost, merely changed.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, September 23, 2017

guarding fire

i will never understand
why you held me
if you were afraid of warmth
you should have known i was a fire

~ from Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
The 9 of Fire holds the energy of guardianship. It is a protective stance. One requiring vigilance and determination. Because you didn't get here on the Easy Ride, did you? You may have scraped and sacrificed and made due. And now you are here standing before the work you've done. You'll be damned if you're gonna let anyone take it away.

As a result, the 9 of Fire can be a hard card to reckon with. In the RWS image, a man stands en garde before 8 wands as he holds the ninth. He sports a bandage and looks a bit beaten around the edges. Point is: he's still standing. He will protect his gains, his energies (for often Fire is associated with energy), long after the battle is over.

Now.

Here's the thing, it is important to hold fast to your position in life. It is important to protect your assets. I mean, you worked hard for them, right? In one way or another. What you don't want to do is become hyper-vigilant and paranoid. Not everyone is out to get you. Keep your stance, but don't over react. You're in a good position to stand your ground. Let that be enough.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, September 22, 2017

serpentine fire

When I see your face like the morning sun you
spark to shine
Tell all the world my need is fulfilled and
that's a new design

~ Serpentine Fire, Earth, Wind & Fire
Okay, Sparky! It's a bright new day. What are we going to do with it? Our Daughter of Fire is ready to shine so bring it on!

Today may find you easily managing situations or starting projects or looking for an adventure. Or all three. Why not? You're dancing with that serpentine fire, crackling and snapping. You're a-glow with sunshine and possibilities and there's no reason to step aside and let anyone else take the lead.

As they say: You've got this!

So.

Go ahead. There will be little to stop you today.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

connection

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

~ Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
A few days ago, you might have done this. Which is great. It worked for that day. Today is perhaps another matter. Time to connect the disconnect. Looking over the past week or so of card pulls, I'm noticing a fair amount of Earth element coming up. Solid, sensible, material, stuff of Life sort of energy.

So.

What solid connection needs to be made for you today? How can you work from that solid foundation made a few days ago? The Earth element also likes to work in progression ~ there's no rushing around or flitting about. It's one thing after another, in order, with little deviation. Plan on slowing down to match that energy. This will not be a day to get things done quickly, but they will get done completely and thoroughly.

After today, you'll not be going over old ground. Ever again.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, September 17, 2017

beautiful day

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground

~ Beautiful Day, U2
Yeah. Needed a song with the word ground in it. It'll do.

Our Daughter of Earth is indeed grounding in today. She's a bit new to the idea of self-tending (unlike our Mother), and so she's trying a few things out in her free time. Well, first off, she's got free time. Generally, she's a busy young woman doing her work in the world and keeping the bank balance in good order. Today, she can chill. She can look upon her beautiful day, flaws and all, and sort of Do Nothing. Especially as there's not much to be done.

Grounding often means Giving Attention To. It is a sensuous experience. Rather than waiting until you're ill or in pain to ground into your body, why not take time (that free time mentioned a moment ago) and simply enjoy the day as it is? Let your senses drink in the weather ~ feel the sun or rain, gaze upon places of natural beauty, stop and smell those roses. You get the idea. I hope. Don't sweat over what you don't have. Let that shit be for today. Presence is a bounty in itself and our Daughter of Earth will assist with that. Even on her day off.

The Everyday Tarot 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

the ocean's roar

Singing to an ocean, I can hear the ocean's roar
~ The Ocean, Led Zepplin
Today, the Ace of Water brings strong emotion in on the tides. The ocean, the ocean, symbolizes great depths of feeling and intuition. And these may eddy in gently or wash over your personal landscape like a tsunami, clearing everything in its wake.

This is a heart opening card. Your heart is a cup overflowing, holding what you need, but able to share what you've got.

So.

Laugh. Cry. Let yourself ride these majestic waves. It's the stuff of humans to be cognizant of emotions, so feel 'em.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, September 15, 2017

body beautiful

Poetry on your body
You got it in every way

~ Move Your Body, Sia
Our Mother of Earth is all about the bounty of body and earth. She nurtures us, she feeds us well, but also expects us to use these bodies. Have we been sedentary too long? I know I have. It's been a lost summer of busy-ness and now that it's mid-autumn in our neck of the woods, I'm looking to getting back to some simple movement. And I don't mean from the studio to the Big Ass Red chair to watch Netflix. (Don't you just love Netflix though?)

This might be day to take up some healthy practice of moving your body in any safe way you can (check moon and planetary alignments if you must). Because bodies were made for movement. It's our birthright to have mobility well into our 90's ~ even if differently-abled, there are ways. The catch is you've actually gotta do it.

So.

While the Mother of Earth may be addressing issues of abundance in your life ~ keeping the fridge stocked, cooking an excellent meal, tending a cozy household ~ consider the keeping our your soul's house, your body. Go for a walk. Practice some Yin Yoga or Primal Vinyasa (new to me and looks juicy). Dance!

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

choose you

If it is your nature to be happy you will swim away
along soft trails for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.

~ Morning Poem by Mary Oliver
Very often the 10 of Earth (Pentacles, Stones, Crystals, etc) is associated with family-based tradition, the continuation of wealth and legacy. It is often built over time with sturdy foundation, comforting walls, and cozy roof to encompass all.

But what if you don't have that?

Well, then. Start where you are and choose you. Let your foundation be a strong one for those that follow ~ whether it's family or colleagues, friends or strangers. That firmament is often built on daily practice which may include a macchiato at Starbucks, but I'm thinking more along the lines of a moment's meditation, a prayer, gratitude, a deep breath, gentle movement.

Though you stand on the shoulders of your Ancestors (loved or not), soon enough, someone will be standing on your shoulders. Better have strong legs and good balance. No one is ever perfectly integrated ~ wouldn't be human if you were. So be Good Enough. That'll do.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, September 11, 2017

the sun still shines

The sun is shining, the weather sweet
Make you want to move your dancing feet

~ Sun Is Shining, Bob Marley
It's rough, on a day like today (in the USA), to remember the sun still shines. The sun rises on good days and bad days, warming heart and soul, reaching into the darkest depths of humanity. Though names will be read today, that long, hard list of memories, the day will be clear and bright.

So.

Shine in the light of your inner Sun. Stand tall, be proud. Despite the hard memories, it's still a good day. A good day to carry forth those memories and bring them into the Light.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, September 10, 2017

the day

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear . . .
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs

~ I Hear America Singing, Walt Whitman
Our Father of Earth is feeling yesterday's hike up the mountain. So he is tending to himself. Which is hard work for him because he usually attends to others first. Today, he will sit this one out though as he listens to the songs of others. While supervising.

Taking care of self is fair practice for taking care of others. I've an idea if you don't have yourself well grounded, you're not likely to be any good to anyone else. Perfection in this is not the goal ~ solid footing is enough. Using yesterday's death march hike as an example, The Man would ensure his footing was secure before reaching a hand out to me. There was some slipping and sliding still, but it was minimal thanks to a moment of checking a secure stance.

So.

There may still be work to be done today, despite a need for rest. It's fairly routine ~ chop wood, carry water. Pay attention though. And if you can't pay attention, minimize the To Do list. Better to give full attention to one or two items than scatter it over too many. Don't forget to take that Sunday nap.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, September 09, 2017

mystery tour

The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away
~ Magical Mystery Tour, Beatles
Buckle in, buttercup. It's going to be an interesting ride.

The Magician is pulling the Elements together to make things happen. And he offers the wisdom of that gathering to you. See, The Magician is sort of a tools guy. If you've got the right tool, the resources, anything can be put together. Sometimes, the only resource available is the skin of your teeth and healthy ingenuity ~ which might be fine in times of unexpected desperation.

What if you could plan ahead just a little though? The Magician has all his tools, the Elements, at the ready. He is centered within himself and able to respond as necessary because of that.

So.

Gather your resources, your tools, and have them ready. Be prepared for any wild rides that might come up today. As Carl Sagan said, we're all starstuff. Which is pretty magical.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, September 08, 2017

gotta burn

Smoke on the water, a fire in the sky
~ Smoke On the Water, Deep Purple
Our Son of Fire is on the go today. He is ready to burn through any bullshit and move on to the next thing with great verve. Typically, this fellow is warm and engaging, but also hardworking. Sometimes burning the candle at both ends. Really, there's little slowing him down.

Except . . .

Any obstacle unforeseen. Which even I can't really address. Dammit, Jim! I'm a card reader, not a fortune teller.

So.

You might wanna slow down just a little today. Rein it in. Try to look ahead down the road instead of just racing ahead at top speed. It's great to tick off items on the To Do List, but letting a few things go will keep you from hitting total burn-out. Temper the energy with some sensibility and we'll all get through the day without too much damage.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

circus acts

Cue Circus music (aka Entry of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik)
(One missing letter and that last name could go wrong.)
It seems there's a lot going on today. You may need to keep a few balls in the air while herding cats and getting people out the door. The nifty nimble thing with the 2 of Earth is it's manageable. Grace under pressure. Set one thing down, pick up another ~ seamless beauty.

Certainly, at the end of today, you can pat yourself on the back.

So.

Gather yourself together for the Big Top. You're the ringleader and there's quite a bit to manage. The lions and tigers shouldn't be a real problem. The high-wire and trapeze acts will go on without a hitch. In short, you've got this.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

the steady fire

Stay in this time
Stay tonight in a lie
Ever after, this love in time
And if you save your love
Save it all

~ Unforgettable Fire, U2
The 4 of Fire isn't always about celebrating. Sometimes, like maybe today, this energy is about maintaining a momentum. Once a fire is started, it needs to be fed in order to keep a space warm or cook food or forge iron. It means having the right materials to feed that fire ~ wood, coal, gas, old journals. This requires gathering together everything necessary in one place. Why run out to the woods for one stick when a fine stack of logs waiting would better serve?

In this way, I guess, fire becomes unforgettable. If forgotten, it will go out and you'll have to start over again.

So.

Look to those places in your life that need maintenance or continued kindling of passion (and there's more than one kind of passion, kitten). Do you need more wood to burn, more refined ideas, or attention to purpose? Gather what you need and have it on hand. The number 4 is about foundations. For fires to burn bright and safely, a hearth is usually that foundation. Tend your hearth. It will best hold your fire.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, September 04, 2017

heart friends

Your heart and my heart are very very old friends.
~ Hafiz
What a lovely day to pull this card! Sure, we saw the 3 of Water awhile ago and it means pretty much the same thing today ~ find your people, get together, enjoy.  However, there is a slightly different undertone. Summer has ended and the revelry is a little quieter, but not somber.

Who have you been thinking of lately? Who have you been meaning to call, but have been too busy? (And don't blame yourself for being busy. Who isn't busy these days?) If they are near, get together and pick up the threads of old times. If they are not-so-near, but very dear, a phone call, a Skye session might be long overdue.

In short, reconnect, rekindle, and rejoice. It's a fine day for such undertakings.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, September 03, 2017

celebrate

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice

~ Holiday by Hudson & Stevens
(Mind the '80's whiplash.)
When the 4 of Fire comes to town, it's time to stop and celebrate. As I write this, I know of a dear friend who is marking this day with sorrow.

This pause counts too.

Any moment in life that needs noticing, happy or sad, deserves remembrance with care. Sorrows might be marked with the simple lighting of a candle and good memories revisited. Joys might be celebrated in a party or a fine meal with your People.

The point is to stop and notice where you are in this life. Celebrate it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. In this neck of the woods, we're at the last weekend of summer (though it's been mighty chilly already, by golly). Enjoy the last barbecue, a last dip in the body of water available, and the company of good people.

It's a holiday. Celebrate!

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, September 01, 2017

testify

With precision you feed me
My witness I'm hungry
Your temple it calms me
So I can carry on

~ Testify, Rage Against the Machine
Our Son of Air is like a military SWAT team. From the perimeter (well, first, he establishes one, of course ~ what do I know about SWAT?), he observes quietly, assessing the scene, looking for weaknesses. And then, BAM! He flies in wreaking some well-deserved havoc until the enemy is defeated and neatly lain out in a row.

I know. It sounds brutal and violent, but it's the way our Son of Air operates. Sometimes, that sort of discernment and action is called for. Perhaps not in such a bloody manner though, right?

Let's dial this back a bit. How about this instead: there's a thing going on in your life that simply needs, and I mean needs, sorting out. Maybe there's a bad habit lingering or a relationship going nowhere or for the last time you're done with the car not starting on Thursdays. This is where the Son of Air does his best work. Assess, plan, and then act. Even now is too late. It is time for some plain, brutal honesty. The enemies you might lay out are Procrastination or Indecision or Self-Sabotage or a junky car. The minute you name the enemies, you've got some control over them. The Son of Air just helps you move them along. Swiftly.

So.

Assess, plan, then act. Over and out.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, August 31, 2017

dancing

Everywhere around the world
They'll be dancing, dancing in the street

~ Dancing in the Street by Gaye, Stevenson, and Hunter
Oh, The World comes dancing in on astral bare feet. Complete, whole, integrated. What's a done deal in your world? Is there some drawn-out task you've been engaged in finally finished? Is there closure on an event or circumstance? If any of that is a resounding Yes! then enjoy your day.

The World holds completion and new beginnings at the fulcrum. With this one thing done, you are easily tipped into a fresh start. Before diving into the next item, take a moment and savor this wholeness, this feeling of having arrived. Mark your milestone with a smile knowing the world, on the whole, is a good place.

So.

Let The World be your oyster. Celebrate an achievement, notice the good work that has been done. Let there be healing if that's what's needed. Find a street and dance in it. Bring some friends. Good days are meant to be shared.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

where?

Well we know where we're going
But we don't know where we've been
And we know what we're knowing
But we can't say what we've seen

~ Road To Nowhere, Talking Heads
Here we are again. It's funny that out of 78 cards the same one comes up ad nauseum. Must be a Wheel thing ~ going around the same groove until you get it. Today's pull has a feeling of getting nowhere. Or at least going around in circles ~ which feels like nowhere.

What to do?

Not much really. For today, the Same-ol'-same-ol' might act as a soothing agent. Who doesn't mind slipping into autopilot every once in awhile? Especially if life seems crazy otherwise. The sun rises, the sun sets, and there's another day done. We go around again. Time to make the donuts.

The Wheel of Fortune offers a safe haven of constancy. A fortunate thing in times of uncertainty.

The Everyday Tarot 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

rise

if you were born with the weakness to fall
you were born with the strength to rise

~ Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
When I bump into the Strength card, I consider my helpers because we rarely rise alone. We draw strength from many sources ~ family, the earth we stand upon, a furred or feathered or scaly friend. (Iguanas can be cuddly too.) It is a relationship that is easy, not coerced or manipulated. It certainly does not require brute force to maintain.

Helpers don't only come from outside of us either. Next to the ubiquitous Inner Child is probably an Inner Helper. It might look like Good Decisions or Self Soothing or Serenity ~ name your flavor avoiding addiction. Notice how you don't need to force its presence, you don't need to make it heel or sit. It is there for you, waiting patiently.

So.

Do not berate yourself for any weakness being suffered today. As Rupi says, you've got it in you to step up, maybe embrace the weakness gently and lead it with calmness and confidence. It's okay to feel a little apprehension or fear. Do it anyway. Fearlessness is over-rated.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, August 28, 2017

escape

You float like a baby
Trying to escape this
Covered in tar

~ Astronauts by One eskimO
Holy shit, Cupcakes! This is one Monday I'm longing to be on another planet. Not even to the moon, Alice. Further.

This can be how The Moon feels sometimes. Like you just want to be somewhere else because where you're at is, well . . . unpleasant. Everything is on the brink of insanity, shit is hitting the fan, and it's all surreal oblivion. Hello, Hieronymous Bosch!

Where was I? Oh, right. Being somewhere else.

Anyway, this will not be an easy day to get through. The Moon's energies are extra slippery and nearly unmanageable. It's just for today though (unless I pull this card again tomorrow, of course) and I'm fairly certain we'll get through it all. If nothing else, sweet dreams will hopefully awaiting our gentle arrival at the edge of sleep. See Aerosmith for further instructions.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, August 27, 2017

dancing through fire

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter
Dancing through fire
'Cause I am the champion and you're gonna hear me roar

~ Roar by Katy Perry
Well. Maybe not so much roaring today. It is Sunday after all. Certainly, there will be a warmth to the day dancing through that fire.

Our Mother of Fire is that generous, self-assured woman who opens her home and hearth to you. She is the one who will be busy cooking or bustling about the house, but will be sure you have your beverage of choice and a shoulder to lean on if needed. Not for long though because she's on the move. Better to just tag along. She's good company and it's warm by the fire. Trust me, she's still listening while stirring that pot of chili. And she can think better on her feet ~ which means you get some pearls of wisdom along with that bowl of chili (don't forget the corn bread and cheese). She is your champion as well as her own. She won't let you flounder, but she will let you make your own decisions. There's only so much responsibility she's willing to take. Our Mother of Fire feels you're in control of your own life. Her deal is serving up a safe space to work yourself out, get out of your own way. With some chili and beer to boot.

So.

Step into the fire and dance. Know you are your own champion. Roar if necessary, but I've an idea it'll be an easier day than that. Be at home with yourself, be at home for another. You can manage more than you think. In fact, don't think, respond and act.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, August 18, 2017

braggadocio

You know what I mean
Fur is flying, I'm on your team

~ Bragging Party, The Amps
Do not forget why you are here. You are here to act as a bold, caring, compassionate human being. Losing sight of that makes you a difficult person to deal with ~ unfriendly at best, dangerous at worst. I've an idea you're better than that.

If you've won an argument, great. Don't laud it over someone. Better to extend a hand of reconciliation than act like a bastard about it all. If, on the other hand, you're on the receiving end of that loss, stand up, smile, then extend a hand in the same manner. Losing (or winning) doesn't make for a bad person. We're just humans and either extreme is part of human existence. We've got our thoughts and opinions, but it can be tempered with compassion.

The 5 of Air has a lot of swirling, heady, energy with people engaging in battles of wit and words. When name-calling comes into the game, however, all is lost.

So.

Say what needs to be said, but measure your words. Consider how what's being said might be received. Be clear on your boundaries, but also respect another's. Compromise might be the best course for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, August 17, 2017

speed is the key

I'm a space girl
Pass me that aeroplane
I've got to go now
Speed is the key

~ Speed Is the Key, Sugarcubes
Buckle in, Sugar! It's going to be a wild ride! The 8 of Fire is all about speed and plenty of it. If you're not flying along at a breakneck pace then things will, most assuredly, be flying in at you. So gird your loins.

Typically, the 8 of Fire flies in on quick messages, e-mails, phone calls ~ all such mercurial stuff. And it's all red hot: late-breaking news, situations requiring immediate attention, flaming arrows.

So.

Look for, hopefully, good news today. And, in my book, no news is good news sometimes. If there is no news worth mentioning, then be prepared for a very action-packed day with one thing after another needing attention. Pass me that aeroplane.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

slither

Life's to take,
Says the talking snake
Everybody should be happy

~ Talking Snake, Iggy Pop
I rather like snakes. However, this one is slithering through, bringing with it small irritations and hassles. The 5 of Fire can make for a spiky day. On the one hand.

On the other, it could be vigorous challenge, shaking off the dust of ennui. Maybe you're fixin' for a fight. (In which case, refer to this.) There is a fire in the belly, a need for instigation and rousing. Perhaps you've been complacent for too long. Then the snake is rising, like Kundalini, breaking through all that complacency.

So.

It may be a day of minor scrapes and petty arguments. Or it could be a day of hearty competition, getting the adrenaline pumping and moving you into action. Either way it's up to you, Buttercup.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

lions and tigers

Cry me a future
Where the revelations run amok
Ladies and gentlemen
Lions and tigers come running
Just to steal your luck

~ Especially in Michigan, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Our mother duck has returned with a different flavor. It could be a day when things don't make sense. Words seem like gibberish. The work you're handed is one great pile of insanity. Lions and tigers come running . . .

The nice thing about 4's is they're pretty stable. Let the 4 of Earth be that sense of stability. Again, this isn't about being miserly or grasping. You are allowed to call boundaries for yourself. You are allowed to hold on to your hard-earned position, work, sanity. Let the mother duck's nest be a place you mentally come back to when situations seem to be spiraling out of control today. Eat well, take a breather ~ seriously. Do what your body needs as the Earth element rules the physical and anything you can physically do, safely, will help release tension and retain some composure.

So.

Try not to sweat the lions and tigers. If you're reasonably well-fortified, they may pass on by leaving you with your luck intact. You have permission to sit out the crazy until it subsides.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, August 14, 2017

respect

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me.

~ Respect, Aretha Franklin
Turkeys get no respect. It's been said they could have been the national bird, but a loftier avian was chosen.

Fine.

In the Ace of Air, a turkey feather is held as offering. It is an affirmation in hand. An affirmation of standing in Truth, of standing in community, and of maintaining clarity. The mind is clear and sharp, words flow easily, and things get done. Especially once decisions are made.

Looking at the Turkey as totem, we find virtues of abundance, connection, resourcefulness. Good decisions can be made with these virtues in mind today.

So.

Be clear. Keep your head in right-minded thinking, but don't let others determine the course of your day. Respect yourself and others will respect you. Break it down like Aretha.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, August 13, 2017

tracing lazy circles

Tracing the circles
Moving across my eyes
Lying on a ship
And gazing at the western skies
Tracing lazy circles in the sky

~ Amerigo, Patti Smith
The Star Trek Going Boldly thing might apply, but Patti Smith's Amerigo came to mind immediately. I'm running with it. There is a feel of creating one's own original plan in the 2 of Fire. Be bold enough to stand up and initiate that plan.

This might be a day of your Work In the World. What ideas are sparking in your mind? What is your baby right now? Seize this moment (carpe diem, baby!) and run with it. Only you have the authority to take your dreams and ideas to fruition. It's in your hands and the world is your oyster. Crack it open (mind the pearl) and suck it down with a glass of champagne.

So.

Stand tall. Look out upon this world and know you control enough of it to make stuff happen. Enjoy the view! It's all yours in the making.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, August 11, 2017

same as it ever was

Letting the days go by, water flowing underground.
Into the blue again in the silent water.

~ Once In A Lifetime, Talking Heads
Or maybe it's feeling more like this.

Our Son of Water has surfaced again today. Yet he is here with a sense of Overwhelm. The water is flowing too quickly. Even stopping to take a drink is a rushed process. With summer coming to a close in my neck of the woods there is a sense of urgency. Certainly the question of where the hell the time went ~ tempus fugit and all that ~ is uttered more often lately.

This is when Time is like water. Like a river. You could be standing on the shore watching the water flow on by. Or you can jump in and go with the flow. I know Our Son of Water would prefer to see you swimming along. He's like that ~ dreamy, easy-going. There is a quote about the past and the future, that all we ever really have is the present. Rather than drowning in doubt and worry, why not stand in this moment and let Time take you along? In this manner, you are always in the Present. It is the gift that releases you from those doubts and worries.

So.

Don't stand stranded on the shore. Jump into the River of Time and let yourself flow along. Yes, summer is coming to an end (or winter for other folks), but it's only part of a cycle. We can't be stuck in summer all the time. Let yourself find Beauty in where you are right now as you drift along for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, August 10, 2017

stand!

Stand! In the end you'll still be you.
~ Stand! by Sly and the Family Stone
Truth be told, given how my morning is going thus far, I'd rather sit this one out. However, it seems I won't be allowed such luxuries. So. Here we are.

The 7 of Fire comes to tell us we need to stand up for ourselves. The good thing is we're on the high ground here with a fair vantage point. We can see what's coming and can prepare to deal with it. If you've got convictions, you're good to go with employing them. You have certain rights. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The 7 of Fire doesn't mean to come off as aggressive or entitled, but it's likely a situation has occurred before that puts you on the defensive. There's nothing wrong with keeping a weather eye out for fuckery, but don't inflict it on others.

So.

Stand, as Sly says. In this circumstance you're all you've got. It's up to you, Buttercup. Step up.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

broken

When patterns are broken new worlds emerge.
~ Tuli Kupferberg
Let's be honest. This is not a fun card to pull on a fine Wednesday morning. The 3 of Air (or Swords) typically refers to heartbreak, loss, and betrayal. Some sadistic readers even put a heart attack spin on it. As if one doesn't have enough to worry about.

There is another perspective available though. I bumped into Tuli Kupferberg's quote looking at something else. A synchronous hit. Because I really didn't know how to approach the 3 of Air until I found the quote.

We humans love our patterns. In an uncertain world, they are a comfort. And a prison. We lock ourselves into these comfy grooves, day in and day out, not really having a life. The pattern becomes the addiction. Gotta have my coffee in the morning and tea at three pee em. The day varies very little from that.

And so it is a heartbreak when a pattern is broken. The good thing about it is you get out of your head and into your heart. Instead of thinking your way out of something, let your cracked-open heart guide you. (Tread lightly here. I'm not suggesting anything rash. Just stop the mental loop that's getting nowhere.) How about stepping out of the comfort zone before the pattern is broken? At least it will feel like a conscious effort instead of a tragic imposition. Be well.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

another frontier

Space: the final frontier.
~ Star Trek intro
Looking out upon any open vista or up into the sky gives you the long view. Where do you want to go? Does the path look clear? Or are there obstacles to navigate? Klingons to avoid?

The 3 of Fire offers this momentary, unique perspective ~ the look ahead, fore sight. Having that sight also puts one in the tricky position of being in the lead. It requires stepping up and maintaining the long view perspective while still managing what's in the immediate vicinity. A bit of multi-tasking (or monkey-tasking). The nifty thing is you're going somewhere new or trying something new. It's your new frontier either way.

Oh, and the reason the perspective is momentary is the opportunity might be missed if not acted upon in a timely manner. It's the nature of Fire ~ here and gone in a flash.

So.

Don't take a back seat today. Step up and see where you're going. Got problems and pitfalls in your sights? Find a way around them. Does it look like easy going? Well, then proceed with some sense of confidence. Mind the Klingons.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, August 07, 2017

abracadabra

Abra abracadabra
I wanna reach out and grab ya

~ Abracadabra, The Steve Miller Band
The moon is full and I hear tell of an eclipse or two hanging around. So today is a little slippery. Like sleight of hand and the shell game.

The Magician is sometimes The Trickster. This is the feel things of today. It may seem difficult to nail stuff down and get organized. Things seem to get lost in the shuffle only to be found in an odd place, one you'd never thought to have looked. And you always find things in the last place you look, right? Not today, Kitten.

So.

You'll have to work up a little magic of your own to navigate this moony Monday. Keep your head, keep your eye on the ball. Better yet, keep your peripheral vision activated. Stuff might happen while you're watching that ball. Because it's that kinda day.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, August 06, 2017

retain

She says we've got to hold on to what we've got . . .
~ Livin' On A Prayer, Bon Jovi
Many Tarot decks give the 4 of Earth (or Pentacles, Coins, Crystals, whatever your flavor) a bad rap. (Except The Gaian Tarot. Cute, isn't it?) Most times, it is viewed as a constipated, miserly card. I don't think that's fair. Sometimes, you do have to hold on to what you've got. Maybe it's taken a long time to gather simple needs together and you've emerged from Survival Mode to enjoy a little comfort, a little breathing room. You're allowed to retain that for maintained sustenance.

Picking the elemental and numerological bits apart, the Earth element often suggests material gains and the physical. While the number 4 suggests a solid foundation. How can this be a bad thing? In the RWS deck, the image is of a man seemingly clinging to four coins. And he does indeed look a bit miserly and concerned. One's reaction to this image makes sense. However, I once did a random reading for myself regarding time spent in Nature during the winter. Using an RWS deck, the 4 of Pentacles turned up in the reading. First thought: Bundle up, Buttercup! Well. That makes sense, doesn't it?

The thing is the 4 of Earth is very practical. (Tiny note: Each time I've been typing the number 4, I've been accidentally hitting the Shift key resulting in typing $. Everything is connected!) Yes. Very practical. To a fault. My focus for creating this card was the mother duck and her young. She has a safe, earthly place for them to come back to called a nest. She built that nest. She brooded, barely eating or drinking until they hatched. And now, by golly, she's protecting them.

Haven't you done something like that in life? Would you want to fritter it away after having endured so much? I think not.

So.

Don't feel you're being mean or miserly or cheap or penny pinching today. In fact, having a solid foundation of earthly goods affords more freedom. It's likely you're not concerning yourself with finding a roof over your head or where the next meal is going to come from. You are free of that worry where others are not. The nice thing about that is you might actually be able to help another in some way because you've got your shit together. There! Not so miserly after all.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, August 05, 2017

magic carpet ride

I like to dream yes, yes, in between my sound machine
On a cloud of sound I drift in the night

~ Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
Is life feeling a little dull and dishpan water? Are you looking for a little dreamy excitement? Our Son of Water is your guy. He drinks from the cup of Life, drinks deep, and he'd like to take you along. The Son of Water isn't interested in racing around to get things done, isn't interested in confrontations or battles of will. If you're not interested, you can go your way and he'll most certainly go his. He thinks you'd have a better time with him though so . . . Why not?

I've found our Son of Water to be an either/or sort of energy. Either there is too much emotion going on, like a flash flood, or there isn't enough, like a drought. To strike a balance, it might be a good idea to let a little poetry in with the newsfeed. Create something beautiful where beauty is needed. Being an artist or not means nothing ~ just go make something that makes your heart sing. Let go of results. The Son of Water doesn't care. He simply wants to see you have a good time riding the waves.

So.

Dabble. Play. Get a box of cheap watercolors and splash some paint around letting shapes form themselves. Write a few haiku lines. Create a wonderful meal even if it's a comforting macaroni and cheese. Weave your own magic carpet. Have fun!

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, August 04, 2017

wonderful

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and for you
And I say to myself what a wonderful world.

~ R. Thiele and G. Weiss
The Wheel of Fortune is stopping by again today. The odd thing is that my brain registered The World, not Wheel. Yet the song that came to mind works well enough. My focus this morning isn't the turning or the ups and downs, but the green on those fig leaves.

Sometimes, tossing aside the prescribed meanings of a card offers more insight. This'll be one of those times. Tuning into the happy fig leaves, I think of change through growth. Which is gradual and often steady. There's growth and healing here. No whirling dervish activity, not a constant spinning, but a slow turn. From sprout, to bud, to leaf, to blossom, to fruit it is all a gentle process. And for a Friday, it's nice The Wheel has slowed down to let us enjoy the sights.

So.

While the world and The Wheel turns, remember your roots and that they still anchor you into place. Know that movement today can still be a gentle progression despite any crazy in your neighborhood. You are a child of the Universe and even though it seems to spin out of control sometimes, you're still a part of it. Just gotta hook in and hang for the ride.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, August 03, 2017

and a star to steer her by

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
~ Sea Fever by John Masefield
Or perhaps you'd like to catch that snippet as interpreted by Captain James T. Kirk. No matter. It boils down to the same thing: a compassionate person in command.

Our Father of Water knows the ways of water. He's aware of the tides and barrier reefs, what the shapes of waves mean, and how to maneuver a storm if there's no way around it. He is also aware of the stars in the sky and how he can navigate the great ocean using their shining guideposts. Our Father of Water has learned also how to be in command of his emotions. He may seem stoic on the surface, but still waters run deep. You just have to dive a little deeper to catch that current.

So.

Perhaps this is a day of maintaining your composure. Feel your feels, but know when to express them safely. Because it may also be an emotional day and saying the wrong thing at the right time will set off a hurricane. In short, if it's a storm you can navigate around it might be better to do so instead of riding it out with apologies and excuses. Like the Father of Water, you are in command of your tall ship and there are stars to steer her by. Peace out.

The Everyday Tarot