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