Sunday, December 31, 2017

work

Maybe you think life is chicken soup, served in
blue willow-pattern bowls.

~ Farm Country by Mary Oliver
Perhaps it is not so festive, not so pretty to suggest that there is work to do on this day, the last day of 2017. Yet, there it is, there you have it. The Ace of Earth is prosperity, abundance in hand, but it's not just handed over, buttercup. There's good, practical work to do. This Ace is grounded in and from the Earth. It is using common sense, being practical (there's that word again), making concrete plans.

Because life is not chicken soup served in those bowls suggested by Mary Oliver. The processing and preparation of things is important and can not be overlooked, ignored, passed by, skipped. Are those enough words to suggest what needs to be done? Do the work. The results will be more beneficial if that work is embraced fully.

It may be enough to, loosely, plan your year ahead. I say loosely because even concrete plans shift a bit throughout the year. The thing with the Ace of Earth is to simply start the work. Begin with honesty, a little clarity, and a pinch of optimism. We're standing on the edge of a New Year. Let that first step be a solid one.

Happy 2018!

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

running up that hill

Do you wanna know, know that it doesn't hurt me?
Do you wanna hear about the deal I'm making?

~ Running Up That Hill, Kate Bush
*sigh* Well. Really there's not much to say here. No. Actually, there is. A burden has been assigned to you. That burden often comes in the form of being the last word or the one who keeps all the loose ends tied or the one doing most of the work. And it's not done just because you're a control freak. It is a burden born of good honest intentions ~ the intentions of doing for others, of being helpful, of taking on their burdens. No martyr complex. There is no woe-is-me attitude here. The boots are strapped on and they have hit the ground.

Which is all very nice and admirable. Except it can get exhausting.

This could be a day of learning to delegate a few tasks or let people bear their own burdens. It's time to make new deals that won't grind you to the ground and squelch your inner fire. You may be in command of a lot of energy, but that energy could easily be spent on the ungrateful and clueless.

So.

Assess your situation. Let people do their own work or sort out their own problems (chances are they'll be better for it). Manage your own time, space, and energies without guilt or coercion. The steep incline may seem less daunting then.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, December 23, 2017

burn out

Communication breakdown
It's always the same

~ Communication Breakdown, Led Zeppelin
Let's state the obvious as delicately as possible: It is a day of ubiquitous last-minute shoppers and holiday travelers coupled with the inherent insanity therein.

Events unfold rather rapidly and unannounced. Well. They'll be announced once they land in your mailbox or Inbox. And you may be inclined to respond immediately. I recommend, if it's hostile, you let that e-mail sit a bit. The sad fact is things have progressed to the point of crazymaking in this society. That we communicate sometimes too rapid-fire and with little thought as to how it might all be received at the other end. Especially in e-mail and social media where we are physically removed from our "target" and we forget all manner of manners, dumping verbiage at will.

The 8 of Fire is a fast-moving card ~ words in the air, prayers on the wind. It is mercurial and ungrounded. In this image, though, clooties are tied to a tree. I don't think there's anything more grounded than a tree. Except maybe a rock.

So.

Be like the clootie tied to a branch. Know that words may fly, but will have better bearing if grounded in the moment (aka Reality). That your message will get through with clarity if you but stop and take a moment to consider what's being said. Cultivate kindness today and all should be well.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, December 22, 2017

mind the sun now, Icarus

Gonna fly now/Flying high now
~ Gonna Fly, the theme from Rocky
Okay. So some small battle has been won. You've struggled, dodged, and parried. You've slung a few well-chosen words. Your "enemy" is vanquished.

Well. That's fine. Enjoy the victory. However, it would behoove you to cultivate a little humility.

Let's have a peek at the meaning of that word shall we? I'll choose one source for the moment: Merriam-Webster's definition of humility will do. Freedom from pride or arrogance. Isn't it interesting that it offers the freedom of these two states of being (one of which is a Deadly Sin)? In short, you have a choice in conduct.

And don't offer up false humility either. That can be smelled a mile away. It's fine to be right. It's fine to win an argument. The thing is to maintain good relations after (if that's the intention). That requires kindness and extending a hand in peace ~ especially if you're the victor.

So.

Fly high, but mind the sun. We all fall at one time or another. The prideful mighty hit the dirt hardest though.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

closer

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say

~ Harvest Moon, Neil Young
The Moon is mellow today. The actual moon in the sky is only just waxing, offering the promise of a crescent light before blooming full. And so we can be in this darkness safe and cozy, dreaming and whispering of what's to come.

This is an easy day. Let those moonbeams wash over you. Let your being be touched by starlight, moonlight, and darkness. None of this sounds practical or makes sense, but that's the point. It's a day of poetry. Words have many meanings based solely on sound. Sounds take on deeper qualities allowing one to hear the Music of the Spheres. Sight becomes a vivid explosion of saturated color despite the muted moon glow. Walk the mangata that leads to the moon. She'll not steer you wrong.

So.

Today be a poet in your life. Speak to the trees and sing to the stars. We need poetry for the soul to be heard.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, December 15, 2017

deep water

I've got a feeling, a feeling deep inside . . .
I've got a feeling, a feeling I can't hide

~ I've Got a Feeling, The Beatles
There are a few things going on, dear people. The moon is nearing to new, making the night seem darker. For the Northern Hemisphere, it's the double barrel of the longest night that is upon us. And, today, I pull our Father of Water (Cups) twice in one sitting.

Soak that in for a moment.

Really.

Because, generally, we humans steer clear of true, deep emotion. We rarely sit long with how we're feeling regardless of the emotion. Deep joy moves us. Deep sorrow washes over. At either end of the spectrum, how is one to keep nostrils above water let alone one's head?

And here is where our Father of Water might offer a little advice. Step in. Feel what's meant to be felt and let it move through your body. If you weren't meant to feel a certain way, you wouldn't feel it. Are you still with me? In other words, people are rarely given something they can't handle. Even if it's a challenge, a struggle full of doubt and recrimination. Even if it's sadness and anger. Or joy.

You are capable of navigating these deep waters ~ turbulent or calm. Looking to the Father of Water's bearing and ease of motion might offer some seed of courage for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, December 11, 2017

lovely day

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me

~ Lovely Day by Bill Withers
The 10 of Water speaks of unutterable joy. It is a wellspring of goodness, wholeness, and happiness felt in the bones. Family can mean a great variety of things these days. There was a time, of course, when blood relations defined "family." Blessedly, for some folks, that has changed.

Now in this century, Family is where joy lives. Let's not be all pollyanna and suggest even these connections are all light and sweet. They aren't. Even if you've chosen the people who give you joy and happiness, there may still be challenges. Because we're all human, remember.

What matters is that joy still lives, is the beating heart and center, of this family. That, despite the occasional hiccup, you all can still gather together in harmony.

So.

Spend a moment basking in the glow of your family ~ small, large, blood relations, the furred, the feathered, the circle of good friends, trees, rocks. Spend a moment knowing you are in the great Circle of Things and that you are supported as you support others. May it be so.

The Everyday Tarot 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

storm

The world on you depends
Our life will never end

~ Riders On The Storm, The Doors
There are times we are buffeted and dragged by the wind. Like tumbleweed, like an empty plastic shopping bag. Our Daughter of Air, however, is on her feet and ready to take it on. With her determination and wily ways, she can hold and manipulate the wind. She can bend it to her will, send it somewhere more useful. This ability to dance with the wind requires common sense and patience. The downside of our Daughter of Air is impatience. And that's the task for today.

So.

Sure, there may be a lot of stuff swirling around in the dust devils of life, but you will need to cultivate a little patience with the whole affair. You probably won't be able to redirect the wind or even stop it from blowing. You do have the ability to ride it out though and that ability is specific to you. Maybe you'll be able to avoid the squall stepping to one side. Perhaps you'll glide on its wild gales. Or you might simply grab a kite and dance with that wind. There is little controlling the storm, but there are ways to get through it. Your peace of mind depends on it.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, December 09, 2017

push pull

We're all just visiting. All just breaking like waves.
~ Push Me, Pull Me by Pearl Jam
It's going to be a push and pull sort of day. The Chariot is here, however, as a reminder that you are in control. Not in some ham-fisted manner, not in an inflexible manner. The Chariot hangs out with the moon, so you need to go with the flow. Today's Chariot will feel more like a boat. One that requires navigation.

So.

Hands to the tiller, matey. There will be rapids to get through.

The thing here, is to keep a cool head. It means setting aside certain emotions. Like fear. Or anger. There may be some immediate work to do, like rapids or a waterfall to avoid careening over, and your presence is required. It's not an emergency. Nothing dire. You do need to pay attention though. Especially if it's better to maintain some control over the situation. Y'know, before it becomes an emergency. Remain calm, keep collected, take charge. No one will step up for you. It's your job to keep your shit together today.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

higher love

Think about it, there must be a higher love
Down in the heart or hidden in the stars above

~ Higher Love, Steve Winwood
What does it take for humanity to reach higher? To leap up and touch the stars? Love. Love, by the way, is not an emotion. It is rare I quote authors. Today, I'll make that exception because Karla McLaren elucidates quite clearly what Love is not.

When an emotion is healthy, it arises only when it is needed, it shifts and changes in response to it environment, and it recedes willingly once it has addressed an issue. When love is healthy, it does none of these things. If emotions repeat themselves endlessly, or appear with the same exact intensity over and over again, then something's wrong. Yet real love is a steadfast promise that repeats itself endlessly through life and beyond death. Love does not increase or decrease in response to its environment, and it does not change with the changing winds. Love is not an emotion; it doesn't behave the way emotions do. Real love is in a category of its own.

The Language of Emotions by Karla McLaren, Ch 9 The Steadfast Promise: Why Love Is Not an Emotion, p 123

So.

This love is rock solid. It's going nowhere regardless of external conditions. Let that be enough today. Because Love is a current always there for you to ride along on. You just gotta dip your toes in the water.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, December 04, 2017

satisfaction

Baby, better come back maybe next week
Can't you see I'm on a losing streak

~ Satisfaction, Richards & Jagger
Hello, Monday. Cliché: It's going to be one of those days.Well. Maybe. Depends on your approach to situations. You may feel as though you've had quite enough of a thing, but feeling rather stuck about it. Sort of a neither here nor there sort of feeling.

Maybe you're moving on auto-pilot to get through the day. Life feels stale. Food doesn't taste good. The coffee is cold. Again. Even after nuking it a third time in the microwave.

The only real cure for this sort of blah is to do something differently. Nothing huge, of course. It is Monday, after all. Take lunch somewhere different. Go outside awhile longer. Turn off the Facebook feed.

Do something to shake yourself out of complacency. Hone in on the potential for growth that variegated ivy leaf might offer. It might not be a great day, but you may indeed get some satisfaction at the end of it.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

the magic of service

This I mean to whisper to my mind
This I mean to laugh within my mind
This I mean my mind to serve
'Til service is but Magic

~ God Is Alive Magic Is Afoot, Leonard Cohen
In this image The Magician is a shaman. S/he knows the ways of plants and stars. S/he knows how to journey into a hollow tree and retrieve the fragments of souls. Back in the day, becoming a shaman didn't involve finding a practitioner to apprentice with online. Shamanic practice called upon the individual, often in odd, scary ways ~ an extra digit, near-death experiences, seizures without any real medical explanation.

We can dial it back a bit. You don't need a near-death experience in order to serve. Your magic might be in the simple things you do. Anything done with clear intention and care is enchantment enough. It will seem like magic to others. Which is fine, but don't get too cocky, petal. Magic moves through and can not be contained. Once done, it moves on. The thing is to stay connected so you can catch the current when necessary.

So.

Your job, even on a Sunday (even though Eli Manning is benched), is to be in service by staying connected. Know the ways of your plants and stars (the moon is full, by the way). You don't necessarily have to journey into a hollow tree, but a trip to the supermarket for someone unable to drive themselves is enough. Do your Work and let the Magic work you.

The Everyday Tarot