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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The Everyday Tarot

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.

The Everyday Tarot

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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