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

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

don't worry

Don't worry. Be happy.
~ Bobby McFerrin
The Fool was with me yesterday, but the flavor is different today. Yesterday's Fool, oddly enough, was weighed down with office work. (So no blog writing then.) The Fool today is a little lighter. Despite the continuing office work.

In the RWS Tarot, The Fool's companion is a little white dog trotting at his heels and ready to take the leap with him. This Fool's companion is an orb of light. And doesn't it feel like that sometimes? Like you've got someone with you? Someone who's got your back. Comforting, isn't it?

Because The Fool is connected to pure, primal energy she trusts the Universe. It's a symbiotic relationship; she does her thing and the Universe provides. No worries, she simply moves forward with an idea it's all good. Even the bad.

So.

Take it easy today if you can. Let an impulse guide you. That step to the left might have you escaping something unhelpful. Or put you square in the spot light. Let yourself be foolish, be fun, be funny. Someone's got your back. It'll be okay for today. Take it from Bobby.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, July 31, 2017

everything is waiting

All the birds and creatures of the world
are unutterably themselves.
Everything is waiting for you.

~ Everything is Waiting for You by David Whyte
Small secret: I do oracles for breakfast. Along with my own cards, I choose from another random deck for added flavor. This morning, the 7 of Earth leaped from the deck as I shuffled. Meh. Now what am I waiting for?

And then the Seven of Crystals (The Starchild Tarot) shuffled her way into my hand as well.

Double meh.

Okay. Let us shift this around. What if, as in David Whyte's poem, everything is waiting for us? What if Life is standing there tapping its toe, arms akimbo, glaring in a questioning manner? Waiting for us. (Or just me if this doesn't resonate for you today.)

I know I'm on the fence about a few things and when I'm on the fence, other things come to a halt. It seems nothing else can get started until I do. Which means getting off the fence. (I'm sticking with that analogy as the other is mildly offensive.) Which means making decisions. Which is not exactly an Earth element activity. The 7 of Earth does the work step-by-step and then waits. There are few decisions to be made. Switching this whole waiting game around requires a little more work.

Because, sometimes, Life is waiting for us. Sometimes, we can't just wait for the perfect decision. Earth types like work. Get off the fence and get to work. Everything is waiting.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, July 30, 2017

moon in Scorpio

So. Moon in Scorpio. I got nothing.
~ Me
We can laugh about it in a few days. Maybe. Since The Moon came up again today in the shuffle, I figured it might be a good idea to take a look at where She's hanging out for a couple of days.

So. Scorpio.

Do search further, please, but I've an idea today's Moon pull has us working on a Sunday. Working deeply. What have you been ignoring? What don't you want to look at? Well, look at it today. Moon in Scorpio is Big Work, deep work (bears repeating). Like an archaeologist, you will carefully dig and sift and sort. When pay dirt is hit, a relic found or a bone of some Ancient One, it needs to be handled delicately. For you are holding a part of your history. It's time to understand the inner workings of that history in order to move toward wholeness.

The work might not get done in a day, or even the two to three the Moon spends in Scorpio, but it's a good start.

You may indulge in a nap. You'll need it.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, July 29, 2017

the moon's fingers

Where the muskrat floats.
And the lilies shiver under the fingers of the moon.

~ Blackleaf Swamp by Mary Oliver
Earlier this month, The Moon had been pulled from the shuffled deck. And here She is again. Now, I could go over old ground writing again about Her slippery elusiveness, but today I'm noticing the root-like filaments 'neath that orb's glow. I'm noticing how they reach for some rocky substrate, like bringing dreams down to earth.

What can this be saying to us today?

Is it time to stop dreaming about dreams and bring a few into Waking Reality? Do the moon-like qualities need a little grounding on the whole? (A task similar to keeping water and oil mixed together. It is The Moon we're talking about here.) Or is The Moon reaching Her fingers out to touch you, my shivering lily?

We are the conduits of dreams. Without human interaction, without human abilities, dreams would die. Dreams, thoughts, ideas aren't human constructs. They are breathed upon us and it is our task to bring them into being. Because we are on this earth plane, we know how to get around on this planet, we know how to make stuff happen. The Moon can not do these things, but She can tickle you into doing them. If you've got a nifty idea or a sweet dream or a thought rolling around, bring it into form. At least write it down for now. Baby steps are always welcome.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, July 28, 2017

come together

He got muddy water, he got mojo filter
He say "One and one and one is three"

~ Come Together by J. Lennon & P. McCartney
Ah, the 3 of Water sings its song! Even if a little murky. A gathering doesn't need to be planned, just gather. Has it been awhile between visits? Miss sitting and chatting with a dear friend or two? Make time for that connection ~ even if it's on Skype. We humans like to show up with our little cups of delight (or dour, depending on the day) and share. Revelry or commiseration, doesn't matter. You're in fine company.

So.

Gather your Tribe. Enjoy a fine meal and libation of choice. Laugh, sing, dance. It's Friday, by golly, and you can let your hair down with friends. Share your stories of triumph or failure. Connect with your humanness in connecting with others. You'll be the richer for it.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, July 27, 2017

wishes

I celebrate myself, and sing myself;
And what I assume you shall assume;
For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you.

~ Walt Whitman, Song of Myself
There are surprisingly few songs about wishes. Well, there's this and maybe this. They're good songs in themselves, but Oy! The Longing! This is NOT what the 9 of Water is about. There is no longing or pining or emoting with this card. A wish has come true. Now, let's not get crazy thinking it's the really Big Wish that's been harbored in the port of Heart's Desire. Perspective. One card for one day.

The 9 of Water might manifest as an easy feeling for today. Things are going well, relations with others are smooth and clear, people are smiling for no apparent reason. It's that sort of energy. You may feel full of joy and want to spread the good vibes. Joy begets joy.

So.

Spread some joy today, Buttercup! You feel good, the world feels good. We're all sharing atoms here.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

dance

Dance, dance, dance, dance
We got strong yes we got strong
~ Red Hot Chili Peppers
Well, now. Here we are!

And where are we, exactly?

Our Daughter of Fire sits on the sturdy bough of Witch Hazel, seeing if maybe she could climb a little higher. Witch Hazel is one of those under-story trees and doesn't grow all that tall, but that doesn't matter. What does matter is the powerful stuff Witch Hazel can do. And that, my friends, is what our Daughter of Fire is really measuring up. How much power can she handle? Can she manage it effectively? Is she able to delegate some of it? It is the sort of measuring up that is a dance ~ one step here, another step there, and maybe a shimmy if necessary.

So.

For today, my dears, take a closer look at what you're governing. What can you handle today? Can you manage it effectively? Do you need to delegate? Try not to let anything new or out of the blue throw you. It's just another thing in the mix and, despite uncertainty, it's manageable as long as you can shift other things around a bit. And that's your superpower today. With a magic Witch Hazel wand (and some nifty dance moves) you can pretty much make anything happen.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

stormy weather

Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky,
stormy weather.
~ Ted Koehler
Or perhaps you're feeling more like Stevie Ray Vaughn.

No matter. The point is, with the 5 of Earth things feel bleak. The cupboards are bare, the bank account is low, the car has run out of gas on a long, lonely stretch of road. And this is where you're at feeling bereft, lost, uncared for. The 5 of Earth is a hard taskmaster in these times. It's your task to keep faith and move on to the best of your ability.

So.

Read Desiderata for comfort. Take stock and be grateful for what is on hand right now. I know it's difficult to feel grateful for a roof over one's head when the cupboards are bare, but it's something. The bank account may be lean at the moment, but money is fluid, it'll come back around (at least that's my idea). And some good Samaritan may come along to help with that roadside jam. Or peace is found in walking the long stretch of road. (For the sake of this dire reading, let's set aside the Hollywood horror movie chain-saw murder scenario.) At any rate, the real point is: no matter how difficult things seem, gratitude is something no one can take away from you. Gratitude has a way of multiplying when put into motion.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, July 24, 2017

gnothi seauton

Gnothi seauton (Know thyself)
Ancient Greek aphorism
Okay, Dumplings. Are you ready to step up to some self-knowledge? I'll be frank with you, I'm not. Despite a second cup of Lapsang Souchong and some random writing, I'm rather clueless, but here goes . . .

In ancient times the Hierophant would lead congregants in rituals and sacrifices. This person would act as a conduit for Spirit or God or God Herself, holding space for the congregation as called and practiced to do. To become a Holy Person is a calling requiring education, perseverance, training, and, by golly, self-knowledge. Because, if you think about it, if you know yourself, you know God. (God is Self and Self is God and God is a person like myself. ~ Victor Anderson) Now. What does that all have to do with us today?

Well. Bear with me . . .

I've an idea it might be a day of keeping your shit together despite the crazy. If it's a lucky easy Monday, then all the better, but either way, you're it. Stand tall in your own knowledge, self or otherwise, and do what you can to keep your "congregation" together. The congregation could be people you live or work with. The congregation could be the many ideas you have. The congregation could be a herd of cats (in which case, extra luck to you, Kitten). Now, and here's the hitch, you need to do this work without being superior or condescending. Just because you know yourself doesn't make you The Supreme Being; you're merely a conduit. Abuse the power and it'll be switched off. Then where will you be? I'm off to manage my congregants. Have a great day managing yours.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, July 23, 2017

the turning

Where are you on this Wheel today? Feeling on top? Feeling a little low? Well, either way, you won't be there long ~ especially as this is a daily draw. Because, as one knows, a wheel turns. The hub, however, is stationary. A fine metaphor for staying centered in changing conditions.
So.

Let the Wheel turn around you. Know that events, even through a day, shift and change. Be the hub that holds a wheel in place and you'll be better able to manage those ups and downs.

Friday, July 21, 2017

stalker

Every breath you take/Every move you make/
Every bond you break/Every step you take/
I'll be watching you.
~ Sting
What are you trying to get away with? Someone else's property? Money? Peace of mind? Whatever it is, the 7 of Air is about procuring it indirectly, on the sly, sneaking by. It's about scheming and planning and playing with scenarios in your mind when it might be better to simply ask. Directly. Without mincing words or sidestepping issues. Because you are being watched.

The question to ask yourself is: What do I need right now? Then take the appropriate steps to fulfill that need. Need more time? Plan on asking for it. Short on cash? Plan on a little overtime or cutting back somewhere. Gotta have a thing, but can't get it right now? Plan on waiting until you can.

Because, as I mentioned, you are being watched. A child observing a stressed parent stop to take time for themselves teaches them to do the same, putting an end to the endless Rat Race. An employer observing an employee on the job might result in promotion or a raise. A couple pulling together resources and saving money could get them their dream home. Yes, it's about strategy, but the right kind. Avoid the strategy that makes you steal. Stealing or carving out time or sneaking off often leaves one with a feeling they haven't gotten enough ~ that chemical release becomes the drug.

So.

Make a plan. Be direct. Do good work. Know you have what you need and you don't need to steal to get what you don't have. And remember, this . . .

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, July 20, 2017

wild abandon

Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
Inscription on the doorway to Hell by
Dante Alighieri from The Divine Comedy
It actually might not be bad advice for today. What do we often do with hope? We often cling to it ~ hoping, praying, hoping against hope. In some ways, if hope is lost then you really can start from scratch. Because hope sometimes keeps you stuck.

The 10 of Air is the complete, enforced surrender to a situation. You are laid bare, open-hearted, stripped to the bone. And there isn't a thing to be done but submit. (Note I don't say "give up"). Give yourself a moment to mourn the loss. (This is just a daily pick, so don't get mired in it ~ after all, tomorrow is another day.) Then get back up dust yourself off and move on. The hard part is over. Which was abandoning hope, if you may recall.

So.

This is likely to be a day when things simply won't happen easily. Any plans made are cancelled or diverted beyond control. Events won't happen in an orderly, sensible manner creating a haphazard approach to putting out the crazy fires that ensue. You may feel hulled out, burned out, eviscerated. But, hey. It's just for today. Chin up, Buttercup.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

all shall be well

All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner
of things shall be well.

~ Julian of Norwich
Sometimes the hardest part of any work is the waiting. We've organized and delegated, plowed and planted, primed and painted, gathered and tended ~ all that actual physical work involved in the work. We're at that point where it's not actually complete, it's not all come to fruition. The work now needs time to grow on its own, to become itself. And all that can be done now is to wait.

Which requires patience.

However, if you're one of those Busy Types and you just gotta do something, then tend to the small things (without being obsessive). This is a time when forced influence on progress will have no impact.

So.

Do be patient. The work is doing its thing right now and there isn't much else to be done. I'm not saying take a day off, but just leave this one thing alone for now. You've done all that can be done for the moment. Know that your labors will bear fine fruit.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

government of my temper

From my grandfather, Verus, I learned good morals and
the government of my temper.

~ The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Pink Floyd's Money came to mind initially, but I knew it wasn't a good fit for our Father of Earth. He simply isn't like that. The Father of Earth is a legacy builder, creating wealth and stability not only for himself, but also others. His work is deliberate and planned on solid foundations, like old houses with good bones. And he is, indeed, even-tempered, but I wouldn't recommend crossing him. The anger may not be quick, but shit will be remembered and if you're on that list then it's best you just leave now. Second chances are rarely granted. Believe me, it would take a lot to get on this Father's bad side because he is very tolerant of human shortcomings. However, if you're with him, working together, you really can't go wrong. He won't take all the accolades either. The Father of Earth wants to see you succeed and he'll do everything in his power to that end.

So.

Set your feet on the ground (this is an Earth element, after all) and get yourself together. Roll up those sleeves and strap on the boots. There's work to do. This work doesn't just benefit you. Like the Father of Earth, you're responsible for others today. So, step up, Buttercup. It's going to be a busy day. And when you rest your head tonight, know that the work you've done is good.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

monkey on a string

What would you say to a monkey on a string?
Dave Matthews
O, Mother of Air, you do not suffer fools! However, you are quite able to read into the nonsense with a keen, analytical mind ~ a mind tempered with compassion (since Mothers are the watery type). Which is why you might patiently, with cool detachment, listen to the nonsense then deliver your determination swiftly, but diplomatically. Monkey on a string . . . there will be none of that!

So.

What, today, needs your cool detachment? What needs to be said with diplomacy or compassion? Take your Mother of Air self outside and breathe in the fresh air, stop and smell the roses. If nothing needs to be said, all the better, but know the right words will come when necessary. She's got your back.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

work

What is the work of this God?
Victor H. Anderson
The 3 of Earth is often seen as a card of collaboration, a coming together of people and skills, working toward a common goal. Rather than focus on an outward goal today, why not call on those Parts of Self to collaborate on getting through the day? How might you spend time aligning yourself to work toward your highest good? And perhaps the highest good of others? Because I've an idea if you've got your act together, you're better able to be of service to others.

So.

Stand right-sized in your center and call on Body, Mind, and Spirit to come together, be aligned within Self. The work of this God is the work at hand requiring response-ability. Alignment is your first responsibility today. After that, the rest is gravy. Get to work!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

fly

I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea . . .
Steve Miller
Okay. I will admit the first song earworming its way into my head was Bette Midler singing about that wind beneath the wings thing. But that's bullshit, because our Father of Air isn't beneath anything, never mind anyone else's wings. Today, this Father is an eagle, flying high and, yes, probably to the sea. From this vantage point he can see quite a bit. In the Big Picture, his eagle eye can spy the details that can't go unnoticed and must be tended to. His expectations are high, but that is only because he has a good idea you can meet them. The Father of Air believes in you more than you might believe in yourself. Which is a double-edged sword. Because it means, by golly, you've got to put on your A game ~ whether you're feeling it or not.

So.

Step back from the plan, circumstance, or situation. Keep your cool and be diplomatic. Believe in yourself because, sometimes, you're all you've got. In short, you've got this. Now. Carry on.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

dream operator

Every dream has a name and names tell your story . . .
~ Dream Operator
, Talking Heads
Oh, she is dreaming, our Daughter of Earth! And not in a lost, gauzy, fog machine manner either. She carefully tends her dreams, giving them roots, letting them grow, and even pruning where necessary. As our Daughter dreams, her feet are planted. She holds those visions lightly as the day goes on. Making a loose plan here, initiating some action there. Hers is not a laser-like focus on results, but a dance through the process, learning as she goes. (The laser-like focus thing is generally left to the Sons.) Because our Daughter of Earth pays attention to her body's needs, she also knows when it's time to rest, put stuff down awhile, let the work marinate, take a nap.

So.

As the song says, you are the Dream Operator. You control your thoughts and where they go. If you've got an idea brewing, it might not be quite the time to release it to the world just yet, but you can certainly work on it. Or let it sit awhile. As with most Earth types, there is no reason to rush. Let the dream come to life on its own terms. You'll know what to do when it's ready.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

listen

Listen. Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?
~ Mary Oliver
It's a thing we humans do, scurrying around frantically between tasks and interactions, finding time for the Little Breathers. Life isn't the scurry. The High Priestess has little interest in any of that nonsense. She has a knowing that Life happens in the In Between and how that space feeds the soul. It is her recommendation, and a high one at that, you stop for more than a moment and Listen (yes, with a capital 'L'). Because it is here you may find the greatest gifts, ideas, peace, expression ~ whatever it is that you perceive as lacking at this time. It isn't that any of these things aren't there. They are. It is all waiting for you to stop and notice.

So.

Stop. Listen. Breathe deep a life full of possibilities. Try to give yourself more than a moment. The task of the High Priestess is in simply Being. This might not be a day to scurry about. In fact, it may not work at all in your favor to do so. The High Priestess waits patiently and then moves forward with a certain knowing. Even then, she won't move too quickly. There really isn't any reason to rush. What's meant for you will always be there waiting.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

don't fear the reaper

Don't fear Him.
Don't revere Him either.

Here's the thing: put it in perspective. It's just a card and it's only for one day (because it's a daily draw, by golly). The favorite disclaimer of Tarot readers is that Death doesn't necessarily mean a physical human death. You don't need to clutch your nearest and dearest tightly for fear of losing them. Not yet, at least. And, I'm fairly certain, not for today. Although, hugs all around is never a bad thing.

No. This is the Death card for today. It might manifest as simply an awareness that something in life has shifted.

What happened to that thing that used to annoy the shit out of me? Hmmm. Seems to be gone. Sweet!

It's that sort of death. You may be moving on in life where the death of one aspect is necessary to take on another. People marry waving goodbye to being single to become wives and husbands. Many die to being just themselves to become parents, responsible lives other than their own. AA is rife with people, brave women and men, standing up to admit a powerlessness over substance abuse to become whole again and empowered in community.

It is that sort of Death. Mark His passing, but, as I said, don't revere Him. He really is just passing through.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

wanderlust

Got wanderlust?
Oh my! Where do you want to go? What do want to do? Our Son of Fire has it bad ~ that wanderlust, that urge to take off and get away. Burn some bridges, burn that candle at both ends as well as some midnight oil, quickfire action and other such motivational euphemisms prevail today. The thing is movement. This Son doesn't settle in for long. Once a task is done, he moves on to the next.

So.

It's a good day for multi-tasking and slaying the List Dragons (aka the To-Do List). Don't expect to get through that list in an orderly fashion (or even complete it), as circumstances may change throughout the day. There may be fires to put out and minor emergencies to manage, but charging forth into the daily battle is what the Son/Knight is all about (depending on the suit ~ our Son of Earth couldn't be bothered with such things). The good thing is, your energy is up for a good fight and a little random action might do some good ~ shakes the dust off.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

perchance to dream

"To die, to sleep -- to sleep, perchance to dream -- ay, there's
the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come . . ."
~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Got a nightmare intruding on your daytime? 

Before you throw your hands up in despair, before you fall to bemoaning a fate or two, remember this: It's all in your head. Really, it is. The 9 of Air requires an attitude adjustment. I'm not suggesting fluffy bunnies and rose petals or vapid affirmations, but strapping on the boots and getting down to business. While it tends to be true one can't control everything, there are things you can do.

So.

Do what you can do. Don't get caught up in the mental machinations of terrors and fears. Often getting out of your head means busy work or a walk or putting down the thing that's driving you crazy for awhile. Simply do something else. It might not make it all go away completely or solve the problem, but the nightmare will have a new perspective. Nothing wrong with shifting that on occasion.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

slow down

Slow down. You move too fast . . .
Our Son of Earth stops to pick a lock in his mind. There are things to figure out, things to plan ~ and there's got to be a solid plan or he's not going anywhere.

So.

Slow down. S l o w  d o w n. (In case you didn't get it the first time.) Consider the options carefully, sow some viable seeds, but don't get stuck in one place. Make the best decision possible and step forward with as much certainty as one can muster in an uncertain world.

There is nothing hasty about this fine gentleman so don't expect any speedy results.

Oh. And have a nice day.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

today's random draw : : The Moon

Barn's burnt down
now
I can see the moon

~ Mizuta Masahide
There are times I pull a card from the deck and a quote or an immediate thought will come to me. That first thought becomes the reading. This morning it was Mizuta's poem of loss and gain. Lose a visual obstacle, get a better viewpoint. And The Moon sometimes feels like that. She is slippery and elusive. You think you've got an idea what's going on only to find that idea has shifted. It is why She loves the ocean with its constant movement, ebbs and flows. The Moon is dreamy and maddening, She refuses to make sense.

So.

It simply might be a day to let it not Make Sense. Let yourself dream, day dream, nap dream. Drift on currents of the Unconscious and see what surfaces. Don't attach too much thought to what you find just yet though. It may change tomorrow, an hour from now, or in a minute.

How might you meet The Moon today?

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