Friday, September 29, 2017

season

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

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

So.

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

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

beauty in the world

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

childhood

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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