Monday, October 30, 2017

well?

Darling you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

~ Should I Stay or Should I Go, The Clash
The 2 of Air is definite On the Fence, In the Middle of the Road, Shit or Get Off the Pot energy. Full of badly-written sentences. Very simply, one sits on the crux of a decision and is somewhat stuck until a decision is made.

The 2 of Air keeps you in situ. You can't seem to move forward or procrastinate or deny the situation any longer. There will be no movement until you decide. It bears repeating.

We like to think decisions are made with our brains. A thing will be analyzed from all angles. All possibilities might be explored, scenarios played out on that mental inner screen (hold the credits), a lot of self-talk and navel gazing. What if you could hold your choices and dip into the waters of the heart? In this image, there is a lake beyond those imposing feathers of thought. Dip a toe in. The water could be fine. And then maybe, you could let your heart decide.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

dance anyway

We can dance if we want to, we've got your life and mine
As long as we abuse it, never gonna lose it
Everything'll work our right

~ The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
Yes. Typically, the poor Emperor is maligned for his staid structure. He's only concerned for your safety after all. If you got good bones, you can stand. Run. Dance.

Oddly, my initial thought was OSHA industry standards ~ that fine art of keeping folks safe on construction sites. The Rules are created to insure one's well-being. Working within them allows you to move and operate, well, safely.

But go ahead and dance anyway. You're in a secure location (I hope) ~ whirl and twirl, stomp and jump. Good energy sometimes needs a good container. The Emperor will insure your safety. Which frees you from worrying about it.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

hear the unhearble

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible . . .
I can almost hear the unhearble sound of the
roses singing.

~ How I Go to the Woods, Mary Oliver
What are you doing? Stop now.

(Unless you're reading this, of course, then carry on because there's more.)

Stop. And listen. Really listen.

It's a tough task in this day and age because, as pointed out ad nauseum, our society is constantly fidgety and on the go. We are hooked in, rarely without our cell phones, and there's always Netflix, right?

In Edina Monsoon's words, we suffer this thing of never having been to Me. We humans jet from one fix to another with little thought of stopping in between. In Between. It's always forgotten in that trek from Here to There.

I've heard tell that the best cure for not having been to Me is, indeed, a walk in the woods. Without a cell phone or camera, if possible and if you're in a safe place that wouldn't require constant connection to the world. (You want to be able to call 911 should a bear decide to join you in this solitude.) The small task here is to go forest bathing. A simple task, but not an easy one.

Because, my friend, you need to slow down and disconnect to Reconnect.
You need to hear the unhearable.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

leaving anyway

Maybe you wonder where you are
I don't care
Here is where time is on your side
Take you there

~ Road to Nowhere, Talking Heads
When I see the 8 of Water coming up for the day, I think of just walking away. Life may seem just fine. Bills are paid, there's food in the fridge, the family is getting along, the dogs obey, the cats continue not to (because they're cats). Everything is just fine.

Except . . . one's self.

Water speaks to emotions and the number 8 is one of those hefty karmic numbers. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. Maybe there's a thing that's been at the edge of your mind you've been ignoring. Pushing away a fear? Hiding an emotion? Does something need to be said?

Sure, it's fine to step away, but wouldn't it be better to travel on without the burden?

Perspective: This card is just for today. In what small way can you step away from the status quo and toward a more authentic self? Tread lightly here. There are others' feelings to consider (Water = emotions, remember). It should not deter you from choosing your own course, however. Here, as in the Present, is where time is on your side.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

embrace your Inner Granny

We don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams . . .
We don't care, we ain't caught up in your love affair

~ Royals by Lorde
I've got a favorite fictional witch from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series: Granny Weatherwax. She is a witch of little nonsense and big power, but not in a way one might expect. In fact, my most favorite aspect of Granny Weatherwax is Headology. Because she doesn't really like to use magic, she'd rather see you figure it out yourself. And that's part of her magic. Very sensible, really.

Our Mother of Fire is a practical witch of sorts. She's busy drumming up and channeling the proper energies to get things done today. She's on fire with what needs doing. There's no room for baby sitting other people's issues or problems. (But if you're really in a pinch, she'll be there. Like magic.) Our Mother of Fire is certain you're able to work this all out and she ain't caught up in your love affair. She's got her own kettle of fish to fry.

It seems a selfish aspect. However, there is some method in it. Sometimes, you don't really need help. Sometimes, it would indeed more helpful if you work it all out yourself. Then you've learned something, haven't you? You've gotten through a sticky situation on your own "magic." Maybe you will have learned to say No when a similar thing comes down the pike. See? Headology.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

love her madly

Don't you love her ways
Tell me what you say

~ Love Her Madly, The Doors
She's just a riot right now. Colors on trees, apples falling to the ground. Black walnuts too, if you're into that sort of thing. There are pumpkins and gourds and grapes . . . the list is long. The Empress' abundance manifests differently for each person (because there are a million pathways to God Herself). Perhaps you're enjoying an abundance of time either with good people you love or in solitude. There might be an abundance of art supplies or ideas or dreams or recipes or tomatoes. Whatever that abundance might be for you, enjoy it. Love Her ways.

The Empress nourishes body and soul. She only wants to see you happy. And, yes, you will love her madly, even if she's walking out that door. Really, The Empress would like you to follow her outside. Be in Nature. Sing to a few trees. Step upon the earth with bare feet and know she delights in your touch. You will return to your own delight. And, certainly, comfort.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

go placidly

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
I like Cesar Millan. I learned how to handle walking my two dogs together on leash just by watching his TV series on NatGeo. Cesar's big thing is discipline before love. And attitude. When I caught one episode of his advice to an actress to "act the part," I finally got it. Dogs respond to attitude and stance. If I act like I've got it all under control, they respond accordingly. So I walked like I was Cleopatra driving my own chariot. Dogs don't pull on the leash anymore. Small victory!

And that, my friends, is what The Chariot is all about today. Act like you've got your act together and do go forth placidly amid the noise and haste. Tame the doubts and confusion and fears like dogs on a leash. You are in control of these things even when Life is throwing you off track.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

churning and burning

Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup
They deftly maneuver and muscle for rank

~ The Distance by Cake
The 5 of Fire brings in a sense of restlessness, an eagerness to step up and muscle out any competition. Like the snake under the leaves, this energy isn't completely apparent and so is hard to pin down or control. You get the head and the tail, but not the middle. Where some sense of reason might lie. And so things might feel a little contentious. Not having the situation clearly defined may have you or someone near you acting out in odd ways ~ an outburst here, a little lashing out there, a wayward remark. Nothing permanently damaging though.

In another vein, the 5 of Fire could indicate a little healthy competition. A tug-o-war, a race, a game of Monopoly . . . good clean fun. No team sports ~ it's every person for themselves in the 5 of Fire competition.

So.

Step up if you need to. Stand your ground. Don't take it personally. Go the distance.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

fences

Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees

~ Don't Fence Me In, Cole Porter
The 4 of Air addresses a need for fences despite what the song says. However, in some ways, making good boundaries is liberating, isn't it? The 4 of Air is a time out, a reprieve, a restorative. I suspect it's necessary on a variety of levels today.

We've been bombarded with far too many stressful current events ~ world wide and, perhaps, personally. Holing up somewhere comfortable and safe for a few hours is no cause for shame. The body needs to stop running adrenals, the mind needs to let thoughts drift aimlessly (trying to have "no thoughts" adds to the stress, so just let 'em drift by like clouds in the sky), the spirit needs to reconnect to Source. And it simply can't be done constantly on the run. All the time. Which is redundant, but the point must be made: We need rest.

What does resting look like to you? It could be a nap. Maybe it's turning off all media to listen to the murmur of any tree let alone cottonwoods. It's possible life has been rife with simply too much company and solitude is the only balm for a world-weary soul. Whatever your time out needs ~ tea, cozy blanket, slippers, a book (avoid the streaming TV), a little RAM playing softly in the background ~ whatever your rest needs, make it a priority to take it. No one, and I mean, NO ONE will take that rest for you.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

soul gardening

I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade

~ Octopus' Garden, The Beatles
The 9 of Earth finds us enjoying some simple earthly delights. You can be that person of leisure, enjoying the flowers ~ whatever flowers means to you. A day on the couch with football and nachos. Finding a favorite sit spot and watching the beauty of Nature. Tea in the garden with dear friends. And an octopus.

Let the soft animal of your body ease into this comfort. Let it love this moment in life and its unfolding into the next. Take it easy. You've got time. Relax and pass the honey.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

logicality

And they showed me a world where I could be so
dependable
Oh clinical, oh intellectual, cynical

~ The Logical Song, Supertramp
Oh, where to begin! It's a rare moment the Son of Air stops for a breather. In fact, if he's stopped or slowed down, know this: his mind is going a mile a minute. And that, my friends, is when you should be wary as a New Plan unfolds or some Very Logical conclusions are being made. Know this too: he's absolutely dead right and on target. Best to stand aside. The dust won't settle for long.

The Son of Air's raison d'etre is Doing the Right Thing. He is on the right side of the law. He is skilled in his words (which can sting like an icy wind, if you've got it coming to you). And he can be cynical.

Well. What do we do with that?

This might be a day to slow down everything. Yes, be logical if necessary. Yes, stay on the right side of the law (because, y'know ~ consequences). However, think twice before delivering any harsh words or charging ahead wildly. You may know where you're going, but folks around you won't have a clue and view your actions as hostile. Slow down enough to explain what's going on and then they might even join you for that wild ride.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

going in circles

I got a song that ain't got no melody, I'm gonna sing it
to my friends
Will it go round in circles, will it fly high like a
bird up in the sky

~ Round in Circles, Billy Preston
The 8 of Air has us rubbing elbows with uncertainty and ambiguity. These are difficult cousins to get comfortable with at best, but it's what one must do to get through the day today. There's simply not a lot we're going to know. There will be few or no answers to our queries. It's a day of drifting through events or playing over the same elevator music mental loop ad nauseum.

How might we navigate this zone? Which, I guess, could be like The Twilight Zone. In that series, nothing is as it seems and everything is uncertain.

Well. We could start with the basics: You gotta have trust. And a dash of faith. We may be standing in a muddle today, but it's only for today. Perhaps tomorrow will be a bit clearer. (Or the light at the end of the tunnel is actually the train. Stick to the positive.) What does that mean for today? Be present. Don't zone out.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

dog days done

Happiness hit her like a bullet in the back
Struck from a great height
By someone who should know better than that

~ Dog Days Are Over, Florence & The Machine
In the traditional RWS deck, The Tower may elicit slight panic with its image of the exploding tower and figures plummeting head first into certain doom. Well. Don't panic. Sometimes, sometimes, The Tower has another more useful meaning: Realization. It's usually a sudden and irrevocable realization that shakes a person to their very core. And once the foundations of falsehood and festering emotions are broken there is a certain liberation. Like you'll never go back. Whatever was gnawing at you in life is no more and you are free to rebuild a more solid foundation with a little more care and attention to honesty and self-knowledge.

But the nice thing is, you're done.

So.

Because this is a card just for today, perhaps it's the tiny epiphany you bump into that opens up the world for you. It might not restructure your entire life, but you've been given an interesting perspective to an old problem. You've been given something you can work with and it is ground breaking. Channel that energy and make that necessary change. Because you're not revisiting this problem ever again.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

on the bright side

When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle

~ Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, Monty Python
Dry humor brightens an otherwise salty day. This is Friday, right? Well, thank goldfish! Because it's been a little topsy-turvy in my neck of the woods.

Anyhoo.

The 9 of Water. I'm going out on a limb here. Perhaps it hasn't been the best week for you either. (If it's been stellar, I'm pleased for you. Feel free to disregard the remainder of this blog. Now. Back to the rest of us whiners.) Oh, it may have all gone smoothly enough despite the narrow misses and back tracking. Or something seemed a little off despite best efforts and results. Well, you're welcome to relax a little today because the 9 of Water flows in with ease and contentment. You're allowed a little smugness as well if the week has been more challenging than suggested.

So.

Rest easy, Cupcake. You've earned it.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

freak flag

I never set out to be weird. It was always other people
who called my weird.
~ Frank Zappa
It's an ubiquitous query: What makes you You?
What's your thing? Your gig? Your uniqueness?

There's a few folks who feel there's no such thing as "originality." That originality is made up of ideas and qualities appropriated over time. Perhaps the thought you have isn't exactly original or unique, but your perception of it certainly is. Because you're you and no one can see things the way you do. Martha Graham, bless her pointy toes, said it the very best:


There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.


And so there you have it, Buttercup. Go forth into this world with your Freak Flag held high. You've got work to do.
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Monday, October 02, 2017

quid pro quo

I'm a new soul, I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit 'bout give and take

~ New Soul by Yael Naim
Oh, let's bring it down the earth a little. The 6 of Earth is about give and take. Not in any Latin-word sense, but a heart felt exchange. If you've got and can do so, it's good to share. Money isn't the only substance that can be shared. Got a nifty idea that might benefit others? Speak up! Is there some kind thought that needs to be shared? Some platitudes of hope and optimism? Lay it out there. Is it time you let someone know they're still loved and important in your life? Don't wait until it's too late.

The important part of this exchange is to not expect an exchange. Share what you can with no strings attached, no expectations. And don't be condescending either. The above you're in now might easily be the below you visit tomorrow. We're on the same team here on planet Earth.

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