Monday, July 16, 2018

desire

Lover I'm off the streets / Gonna go where the bright lights
And the big city meet / With a red guitar on fire / Desire

~ Desire by U2 (in the good ol' days)
Stick with me here a minute. Typically, the 5 of Fire is associated with interpersonal strife, jabs and slights that won't draw blood, but require being prepared to stand up and fight. It's a chaotic sort of energy (thank you, Number Five), disorganized, disorderly, spiky. And so I ask you: What does desire do?

It produces a similar energy pattern. Desire creates a longing, a yearning. Inner fires are ignited, life gets a little chaotic as you run off toward the thing you want most. Life shifts, things fall away ~ in short, it gets a little crazy. Because desire might mean you're no longer satisfied with what is. Satisfaction is a healthy Number Four ~ sturdy, stable, reliable. Toss a want into that mix, you get Five ~ changeable, problematic, uncertain. Add a little fire and you have, well, desire.

So.

Go after your desires today if you must, but keep your everyday tasks in mind. Remember you have other people to consider in your life as you move toward that desired goal. Desire can be tempered with a little common sense, but you gotta use it.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, July 15, 2018

carry

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart)
i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear;
and whatever is done by only me is your doing,
my darling)
~ i carry your heart with me by e. e. cummings
As in e. e. cummings' poetry, there are no upper case letters in the gathering of family today. The 10 of Water shows a happy scene of people joined together, enjoying the view, and a success that couldn't have happened all alone.

Living in family requires connection and sacrifices and, certainly, plenty of love. Standing on the summit of life and gazing out at the wonder of it all is better when Your People are present with you. And it shouldn't be restricted to those major (often dysfunction-triggering) holidays, but recognized everyday. Seen in the simple tasks of tending a household, cooking a meal together, getting through a messy situation with some sense of grace ~ these things too could be celebrated.

We only need to pause. And look. Recognize the love always present, even in awkward moments.

Let today be a good day steeped in familial happiness. We carry each other in big and small ways. Because family is always with you, even when they aren't.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

what's learnin' ya?

All summations have a beginning, all effect has
a story, all kindness begins with the sown seed.

~ What I Have Learned So Far by Mary Oliver
I am the one who is Mother. I am the one who is working on her kindness, softening the rough edges. I am the one who pulls the disparate together and grounds it into Being. I create and recreate everyday. I dance on Earth reaching for stars. I feed my People, My Work, and creativity. I am warm, accommodating, and industrious. I can be stubborn and unyielding on a bad day and I'm a force to be reckoned with if crossed. You are always a welcome friend. My door is always open and you may find comfort here.

The above is part of SoulCollage® process using what Seena Frost calls I Am the One Who statements in order to connect with an image created, but doesn't seem to make sense. It's enlightening to have these simple conversations with image. Sometimes, they speak volumes.

So.

Find your voice in the Mother of Earth today. Speak with that which is mysterious, arcane, lost in the usual translation. The results may surprise you.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, July 06, 2018

not quite there

You say I'm a dreamer / But I'm not the only one /
I hope someday you'll join us / And the world will be as one

~ Imagine by John Lennon
The World is leaning back a little lazily. It is in a state of impending realization, completion, wholeness. The World isn't exactly waiting, but it isn't exactly moving forward with great verve either. It needs a little push.

The World is more than the planet Earth. The World encompasses so much more than space. It is the Universe, that one turn, the cosmos, still expanding and becoming.

It's odd to say we are standing in this place and time of Becoming. We individual little humans are our own universes expanding (I'm not talking waistlines here), that we are always on the brink of understanding and knowing more. Everyday. If you're awake.

And that's the task for today really. There's a little more work that needs doing, but with The World card, even leaning back, wholeness and completion may be realized. It's up you and how you choose to expand your universe.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, July 05, 2018

in situ

At this distance you're a mirage, a glossy image fixed
in the posture of the last time I saw you.

~ Postcards by Margaret Atwood
The Hanged One in reverse finds one still in the same place, perhaps unable to move, unable to extricate from the tedium of No Movement. Tired of waiting and fixed in place. The only difference is an inability to surrender to that position another precious second.

There are times it is a good idea to take The Hanged One's advice to surrender, go with the flow, shift the perspective. Then there are times when it isn't. This might be one of those times. While it's usually polite and democratic to invite different outlooks on a situation, it might be that yours is in danger of being lost completely if you don't hang on to it. Your take on this thing is important. The Hanged One in reverse rather indicates so.

Maybe you've been dealing with a situation long enough. Something's gotta give, but it shouldn't be your perspective or integrity. This is not a go-with-the-flow day.

So.

Go forth into your day with your ideas and perspectives and act on them. Not in an angry or entitled manner (there is no need to be inconsiderate), but with purpose and good intention. It's simply time you stood up rather than dangling in space and time, waiting to be heard and seen.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

stars unmoved

Oh, if revenge did move the stars instead of love,
they would not shine.
~ Margaret Atwood
Justice is screaming from the mountain tops. She is wailing in the wind, screeching and howling, calling attention to the injustices of Life. Injustices we all suffer at one time or another, small and large.

I won't dive into details . . . mainstream media does a fine job of tweaking adrenals.

What I might touch on is the cruel beast of revenge. I know enough to understand little good comes from acting on it. And yet revenge is such an easy tool to reach for when feeling slighted or victimized. It's a lot of work to keep from exacting payback. It's when we are all impatient with karma.

And it's a mighty good thing certain wishes take time to manifest on this plane of existence. That instant gratification isn't served at every gruesome whim. Because then someone would have to take their revenge, wouldn't they? Where would it all end?

I can not in anyway suggest fixing vengeful thoughts or acts, except maybe this: focus on Love. (Oh, that does sound cheesy, but stick with me.) Not necessarily loving those who have wronged or slighted or traumatized, but loving the Self. Loving the Self enough to take care of yourself in the best possible ways. Because revenge devours from the inside and makes one generally unpleasant to be around. Besides, isn't living well the best possible revenge? Forgiveness is a tricky thing and I wouldn't suggest entering it lightly either.

Yet a right-leaning Justice is a force to reckon with today. Keep in mind, it is swift on both sides.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, June 30, 2018

comparison

I have decided to find myself a home in the mountains
~ I Have Decided by Mary Oliver
The 8 of Air is our task master/mistress for today. Typically, this card speaks of the Grand Mental Loop folks get stuck in ~ that instant replay, but with varying permutations of the event to better satisfy a less-than-satisfying condition. Today, however, I've got a different slant on this airy, self-made prison. It comes in the form of comparison.

We humans live in a society. With other humans (for the most part). Comparing ourselves to others is an easy pass time. It's also an easy trap to keep up with the Jones-es. And here's how: you see someone doing a thing or having a thing and you figure you should be doing it or procuring it thinking it will improve life in some manner. The catch here is you're not that person. Your experience of doing or having the thing will be unique unto you. Once the doing/having has been attained the reward may feel, at best, empty. Or worse, entrapment. In a trap you made all on your own. Simply because you did not take into account your own unique way of being on this fine blue planet.

Mary Oliver's decision is a fine one. Reading on further, the suggestion isn't really to remove yourself from society, but your mind and its delightful machinations. Especially when comparing.

So.

Very simply: Be yourself today.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, June 22, 2018

the cruel angle

To let me dangle at a cruel angle / Oh, my feet don't
touch the floor

~ What Kind of Man by Florence and the Machine
We are on the wrong side of a brusque Father of Air leaning right today. Upright, he is judicious, prudent, easy with his words. He is typically thoughtful and kind, considerate. In this exaggerated manner, our Father of Air feels arbitrary and he is certainly all air. He may say cruel and thoughtless things. He may not even notice let alone consider you. His main concern is enacting his will come hell or high water. A fair guarantee both will happen in dealing with a forceful Father of Air.

If this person is you (gender is disregarded in the Court cards ~ you can still hook into the energy), then I offer my favorite recommendation: stop, stand, breathe, and be Present. There is no need to be unkind to others (who may actually be trying to help) if a day isn't going as planned. The recalibration of a situation often calls for a shift in attitude ~ yours, not everyone else's. And as Fathers = Kings in the Tarot, you've got full command of your own behavior so make use of it.

If this person is not you . . . Well, do what you can. Even if that means leaving the room for a time out. You can not make this other person feel better or fix them today. Make a suggestion and then move on.

It may be a swirling mess of events with all this air-y energy barely touching the ground ~ though tornadoes touch down, don't they? As long as you tend to Self by being present, I'm certain you'll glide on through.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, June 18, 2018

wishes deferred

When a star is born / They possess a gift or two /
One of them is this / They have the power to make a
wish come true

~ When You Wish Upon a Star by Harline & Washington
The Star is waiting for you to make up your mind. Or a wish at least. This leaning left position makes it hard for her to help you with those deepest desires.

In certain magical traditions, there's a four-fold theory of working things ~ To Know, To Dare, To Will, and To Be Silent. Sounds easy enough. I'd rather you search the magical engines for cross referencing beyond the provided link. It's an interesting journey, but I digress . . . My own take on the Big Four is this: 1) Knowing might mean knowing what you want. Well, that should be easy, right? Sometimes, knowing what you want takes effort and attention though. You might have gotten stumped here. So take some time to figure it out. 2) Daring could mean taking those first scary steps with an idea, getting past your Inner Critic, doing it anyway despite the fear. 3) Willing a thing into being takes perseverance. If things have been waffling lately, it may be time to re-examine your wish or do the work of course correction. 4) Keeping Silent? Well. That's a tough one really. When we're excited about what we're doing we want to share the process. It's all lovely to share, however, putting a project out into the world too soon might invite detractors to chime in. And, that, my friends, will put a kibosh on doing Your Work.

So.

Know what you want to do, dare to do it, will it to be so, but keep it to yourself until it's ready to really shine. Above all, do not be afraid to wish. It's your birthright on this plane of existence.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, June 17, 2018

giving up

It's always the moment before gunshot
You try and try to rise but you cannot.

~ Flying Inside Your Own Body by Margaret Atwood
This more than an impasse. It is more than simply waiting out a thing or finding a new perspective. When The Hanged One is leaning left, one has given up rather than surrendered.

For the purposes of Tarot reading, there is a difference. Surrendering suggests letting go (and letting God, if necessary), giving one's self over to what's next. A certain curiosity, preparing one's self for the next phase by doing what can be done and then waiting on the next course of action. With serenity and grace, faith and trust.

Giving up, however. Well, that's a different thing. Giving up means also giving up any hope that things may improve or change or shift. Giving up on hope isn't surrendering, it's simply cashing in and letting Life buffet you from one windy desert to another like a tumbleweed.

So.

Find something to help with the despair. Get boots on the ground and do what you can for now. Remember this is only a card for today and that tomorrow will be different. After all . . . tomorrow is another day.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

might as well be on pluto

There is a solitude of space
~ Emily Dickinson
Today is a new moon. One may as well be at the furthest reaches of the galaxy for that to matter. For that is where one would like to be when The Hermit presents itself in this manner. The Hermit has no interest in being a guiding light to anyone. In fact, The Hermit really wants to be alone, completely alone. No one gets in. Not nobody, not no now.

Maybe there's some deep work you'd really like to focus on and you simply need a completely distraction-free space. No phones, no internet, no TV, no people. Maybe a cat. Because they don't care one way or another. You're only good for one thing anyway.

And then there's the other maybe: That you've removed yourself so far from society you've forgotten how to relate well to others. Then it really might be time to take those awkward steps back into good company. You may have work to do and things to tend to, but it isn't the whole of life. It's nice to get another perspective from unexpected sources and that can't be done in a vacuum.

So.

Get your solitude in if necessary, but get out awhile. Shake the dust off those boots and dance a little. Solitude restores, but can become smothering if engaged in for too long.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

fearful

She had a horror of rooms she was tired you can't hide beat
~ Scary Monsters by David Bowie
The Moon leaning left brings with her a host of fears. The whole surface of life simply seems lunar and unknowable and slippery. It's hard to get a foot on the ground when the head is wired into fears and uncertainties.

What to do?

There are few real answers here. Depends on the severity of one's situation. Hitting a phobia or rock bottom often requires help (and please do seek it if necessary). However, if this is manageable, if it's a thing one can breathe through, if its inner workings are known then there's a chance it will all be fine and everyone will emerge from the odd darkness unscathed. Possibly even fortified.

Addressing fear and anxiety head on might not be the best course of action when The Moon is leaning back. She is more sensitive than usual. She imagines things out of context. She sees monsters where there are none. It may be enough to get through the day. Certain battles are better fought another time.

So.

Do what's manageable today. Don't let fears and anxieties get the best of you. Rest when you can. Find a thing that gives you joy ~ laugh a lot, cry if necessary. But don't freeze up. Sometimes, the scary monsters aren't all that scary.

Finding help:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Drug Abuse Hotlines

Saturday, June 09, 2018

magical manic

You have too many leaders / you have too many wars, /
all of them pompous and small, / you resist only
when you feel like dressing up

~ Crow Song by Margaret Atwood
With a poof of smoke and a grand flourish, The Magician makes an appearance today. She waves the magic wand. He produces the rabbit out of the hat. And then there are one hundred rabbits that want to be fed. When The Magician leans to the right, she or he is going a little overboard. Many irons are in the fire under the control of only one person, The Magician.

An over-controlling, over-achieving Magician is a force to reckon with. He knows it all. She is the only competent person in the room. The Magician in this state is in no way humble or considerate. If the weather could be controlled, The Magician in this exaggerated state would certainly control it.

If you find yourself feeling a little superior today, it might be a good idea to consider your actions. You may feel what you're doing is for the good of all, but is it really? Do Your Work, help if you can (and if assistance is requested), be considerate of others and Their Work. They may need to do a few things on their own in order to learn about life. And no wave of the magic wand will make it easier for them.

The Magician also speaks to the act of creating. Leaning right indicates a very prolific sort of day. Which is nice. Interesting stuff gets done and, hopefully, it's a thing you enjoy. However, don't forget to attend to the Magical Mundane ~ chop wood, carry water sort of thing. Otherwise, dinner won't be on the table tonight.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

wishcraft

When you wish upon a star / Your dreams will
take you very far

~ Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire
Oh, The Star shines down on us today! And though the sun is technically a star, it's not the one I mean. This Star is the one wished upon, the one reached for, the one that makes us shine.

However, it's not all that easy to simply make a wish or follow a dream. There's work involved, kitten. Humans have the wonderful ability to channel Star Power, not just because we're star stuff, but we have an ancient cognizance of being stars. We have manifested here to do The Work of Our God, whatever that is personally. Your Work is different from mine which is different from another's, and so it goes. The thing is, stars can't walk upon the Earth and perform tasks or enjoy a cuppa Joe in the morning. They count on us to do these very simple, mundane things ~ including the work of following your dreams (which is also their dreams because stars and angels want to see you succeed as an evolutionary process for the Universe, but I digress). And part of the work of following dreams is often doing the stuff you can't stand to do or is challenging or, dare I say, boring. We are the Dreamworkers of our own dreams. That includes taking out the trash.

So.

Let that star stuff ignite your soul today. Gotta dream? Get a move on. Take those first steps toward a vision you want to manifest. The dream may change a little along the way. Which is good because instant gratification isn't what it's cracked up to be. Real dreams take work. Do your Work. The stars will be happy.

The Everyday Tarot 

Sunday, June 03, 2018

thrill seeking

But even still I can't say much because I know we're all
the same / Oh yes we all seek out to satisfy those thrills

~ Ain't No Rest For the Wicked by Cage the Elephant
The 7 of Water comes with issues. There are a million choices. An overwhelming amount of choices. First World problem, mainly. It's usually the first impression of this card. A person lost in the myriad of options before them ~ so lost a choice might not ever be made. And even not choosing is a choice, as they say. That's just opting out.

However, for today, a decision on what is wanted, desired, and workable is required. The easy thrill might not be a good idea. See, the thing with the 7 of Water (being a watery, emotional card), is how easily one can get swept up, pulled into the undertow, tumbling, disorienting. Yet, 7 here is a lucky number. One step beyond the harmonious number 6. Which means, maybe, one has decided to shake up life a little bit, stepping out side that little land of harmony and into a place with excitement. And teeth.

So.

Today could go either way. Perhaps you'll duck the responsibility of making any choices and just take a nap. In which case, a choice will be made for you. Or . . . you could stay involved enough in your life to make a reasonable decision based on what's available right now. What's reasonable? That definition is up to you, but, on the whole, a choice that is considerate and has integrity is a fair start.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, May 31, 2018

kiting

Life should be fragrant / Roof top to the basement
~ Kite by U2
Our Daughter of Air is hanging back, she is hovering over a thing and considering her strategy of attack. Kiting is a flight skill hawks utilize when hunting ~ holding in place while scanning for prey. This works to their advantage because, if the hawk is lucky, the unsuspecting prey has no clue it's about to become lunch. There is no rustling grass or snapping twig to give the hawk's presence away, insuring success.

Upright, our Daughter of Air is working a plan actively, she is initiating Phase One of whatever and eager to get going. With this left leaning, she is perhaps a bit uncertain. The prey, or goal, isn't exactly in sight or fully formed. So she hangs and waits until the right opportunity presents itself.

And that all works well if one is paying attention, not letting a mind wander too far from the task. Or, worse yet, not acting in a timely manner when that opportunity arises.

So.

Hang back if you need to, but keep an eye on things. It would be a shame to let lunch go.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, May 27, 2018

less than

I had a match, but she had a lighter
I had a flame, but she had a fire
I was bright, but she was much brighter
I was high, but she was the sky

~ Mexico by Cake
When Strength is leaning back, it's a fair indication of feeling Less Than. In this image, the cat, that soft animal part of being human, seems to be in control. Instinct seems to be the rule of the day. Cats will scratch when mishandled or attacked. Cats will nap the day away (they do need their 16 hours daily). Cats are a superior species feeling no real need for humans unless there's a can of food that needs opening. (Well. It often seems that way until they cuddle up for a nap with you.) Cats are formidable solo hunters, making a blood sport of their prey before snapping the spine and presenting it to their humans. Intact, it's a gift. Eviscerated, it might rain.

The thing is, our feral natures seem to be leading the way today. And that's fine. In some cases. Following instincts are an important part of being human. It's when all one acts on is instinct that things could get out of control. It makes one less than human.

So.

Follow your instincts if you must, but remember you're not the only person on the planet. And not only are there others to consider, but your integrity, rightness with Self, that needs to be maintained. You don't need to be the lion tamer, but giving the right amount of attention to your feral self may keep you steady for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, May 25, 2018

work

I got no time for livin' / Yes, I'm workin' all the time
~ Working Man by Rush
Geez! What a card to pull for Friday! Well. There's work to do. Probably with the company of others. The 3 of Earth is no solitary effort. You may have your part to do, but there are others involved and those others might be better suited to their tasks in completing said work. Attempting to do it all, as this right-leaning 3 of Earth suggests, will have you falling short of deadlines. Or if met, with half-assed results at best.

So.

Slow down. Dial it back a bit. Know there are others in your team ready to perform those tasks you're less than brilliant at. I won't say they'll be eager (it is Friday, after all), but you do not, I repeat do not, have to do it all alone. Once the work is done and in good order, kick back and have that beer (or tea). The work is done and it's time for fun!

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

the anti-celebration

Shake me down, not a lot of people left around
~ Shake Me Down by Cage The Elephant
*sigh* With the 4 of Fire in reverse, it seems a ho-hum, hum-drum day. There's simply nothing to celebrate. Barely a reason to raise a smile. Let's break it down, shall we?

The element is Fire. Typically warm, blazing hot, if not careful. Fire gives a sense of community since it's what folks have gathered around for centuries ~ especially in darkness. We come to the fire to be warm, cook food, and tell stories. Maybe milestones are celebrated around the fire. Today, the warmth you need might have to be self-generated. And you don't have a match. Which means relying on some prehistoric skills to catch a spark.

Now, on the number 4. This number is usually associated with structure, stability, order, and organization. It's a good solid number for, say, a hearth or fire pit, because then the fire is safely contained. With this reversal, it could go two ways. Either the fire has blazed out of control and folks are running in all directions to avoid getting burned. Or it's completely squelched, not enough space to burn, wet wood, ineffectual sparking skills.

So.

The thing to do today is observe. Don't force a celebration when there isn't the energy for one to occur. Tend to your fire without letting it go out or get out of control. Keep your eyes fixed on the sun.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, May 19, 2018

choices

Behold the atom I preferred / To all the lists of clay!
~ Choice by Emily Dickinson
What a fine day for The Lovers to make an appearance! Y'know, big wedding and all that. But that's not the focus of this arcana's appearance today. Well. I take that back it sort of is and it sort of isn't.

As humans on this plane of existence, we are often presented with choices. The Lovers cards throughout history show the choosing of one person above all others. (Go ahead. Do an image search. Great fun.) However, the union of duality ~ woman and man, female and male, this and that ~ has a third element, a force overseeing, tending to, that union. That third element is often depicted as an angel or cupid or a priest marrying the couple. (And why is the priest's hand on the man's shoulder in some reassuring manner?) Making a decision marks the beginning of a new life. The new life requires acknowledgement and support. Ordained by God Herself or, simply, Love.

Making a choice, whether large or small, means all other options fall away. Making a choice means seeing only the choice you've made, thus making life a little easier. The focus can then be put to living in that decision, marriage, or union. Not necessarily to the exclusion of all else. Life is so big and there is much to do. But making good clear choices helps.

So.

Enjoy the live streaming replay of the wedding. Know the choices you make today are those you'll be living with tomorrow. Try to make good ones. If nothing else, an angel's got your back.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, May 18, 2018

walk away

I'm going away but I'm going to be back when
It's time to walk away and start over again

~ Walk Away by Tom Waits
Some things simply can not be fixed. At least, that's what the 5 of Air thinks today. The figure walking away has had enough. He has given himself to a task repeatedly with little or no results. With the 5 of Air leaning left, it's that definition of insanity ~ the doing of a thing over and over expecting different results.

It would be better to follow that fellow and walk away. Why continue with the same fruitless actions? Maybe you've been working at a project that simply isn't getting off the ground ~ despite planning, despite good intentions, despite the time and money invested. It's time to give your pride a pat on the head and change direction. Could it be you've been trying to communicate, connect, with someone for a very long time? (Remember: Air is the element of the mind and communications.) You've sent e-mails, letters, commented on their FB or IG posts only to get the theatrical cricket chirping in response. Well, it's a fool's game to continually extend one's self when there's nothing given in return.

So.

Tend to yourself today. Release whatever's not working. It's better to walk away now before you feel dead inside from over thinking, over extending, over working. Why beat a dead horse? Move on and get a new mount. Bigger and better things are in store.

The Everyday Tarot 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

fiery abodes

Here's your ticket pack your bag / Time for jumping
overboard / The transportation is here

~ Burning Down the House by Talking Heads
I'm learning that phrase about getting on like a house on fire means not what I mean here, but here's what I mean: The Chariot will burn through the day like a house on fire. This arcana is often associated with setting aside emotions and general whininess to get shit done. The Chariot is in control ~ dogs on the leash Cesar Milan style, horses reined in neatly. And all moving according to plan. Even if the plan isn't moving along smoothly.

It may be a day of maneuvering deftly between many tasks with one, overarching goal in mind. That goal is determined by you. And very little will get in your way of reaching that goal.

However, the other, not-so-nice thing about The Chariot is how you can be so focused on your end game you forget there are other people with their own agendas and, well, feelings. Which seem a bit messy when all you know is breathing and your intended goal.

So.

Yes, do your Work today ~ whatever that is. Just remember there are other people in the world with feelings and their own godly tasks. Use tact. Maintain your integrity. Be polite, but firm when necessary, and we'll all get on like a house on fire.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, May 12, 2018

floaty

Already we'll float on
Now don't you worry we'll all float on alright

~ Float On by Modest Mouse
Our Son of Earth isn't exactly en pointe today. In fact, he is completely upended and unable to function in a reliable, let alone graceful, manner. When our Son of Earth doesn't have his feet on the ground things seem rather floaty indeed. He can't find his feet, things don't make sense, and it's difficult to move ahead in the muddled situation. And so he just sort of drifts along. Not a typical Son of Earth action.

The first order of business in floaty situations, is to get grounded. This is an Earth card. It's important to remember what planet you're on in order to move about effectively. To right the energies of a reversed Son of Earth means stopping and assessing things as you go. It requires attention and presence.

So.

Slow down. Take a moment to get your bearings. If you can put off a thing for today, then do so. It might be better to let certain situations simmer awhile rather than try to move them in any sensible direction. It will be like herding cats. Not worth the exhaustion. Keep it simple and it may all make sense tomorrow.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, May 07, 2018

breaking open

I tell you this to break your heart,
by which I mean only that it break open and never
close again

~ Lead by Mary Oliver
The time for deliberation is over. The time for closing off feelings and emotions has come to an end. When the 2 of Air is in reverse, it signals a moving forward. Finally.

Because, it's likely, you've been sitting with a decision or thought a long while. During that time, there's been the weighing of one option over another, trying to get a broad picture on the consequences. Which no one can ever fully know. The future often unfolds in the direction you look. That's the thing of decisions. Once a decision is made, some commitment bonded, the path becomes clearer. You know what to do.

Releasing your mind from this intense focus, breaks open a heart. You are better able to act with some intention instead of vacillating over this or that.

So.

Let it be so. The thinking has been done now let your heart and body put some soul into the endeavor by embracing and acting upon the thought or decision. There's work to do.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, May 06, 2018

sweet dreams

Sweet dreams are made of this / Who am I to disagree?
~ Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
The Moon is leaning hard into Aquarius today. What are you chasing? What airy plans are you attempting? When The Moon is in this exaggerated state, you find yourself ranging off into odd directions ~ places not necessarily helpful. You're eager to go, but things aren't fully formed just yet ~ the road ain't paved, got the cart with no horse. Manifestation becomes a bumpy road at best without a few things in place.

And The Moon marks time, knows cycles. In her waxing and waning we can take steady comfort in knowing when to do a thing. You can't push the tides. The Moon does that. Your job is to sometimes wait. Despite the eagerness.

So.

Where's The Moon today? Almost at the third quarter and waning. We are moving toward darkness. What has fruited is now going toward decay, dissemination. It simply might not be a good time to get things off the ground right now. Wait awhile until the New Moon when a seed can be planted. One that will bear better fruit without half the hassle.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, May 05, 2018

mind the pavement

They paved paradise / Put up a parking lot
~ Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell
Dusting off the soapbox ~ because I don't typically do the soapbox thing. We are into this lusty month of May in my neck of the woods. Trees are burgeoning, bless their roots. Daffodils are blooming as are tulips and muscari and bluebells. Beauty abounds. And if left alone, it'll probably do fine in continuing to be beautiful.

However, we humans have a way of mucking things up by thinking we're smarter than Nature. We think we can improve upon what Nature does organically by modifying or synthesizing or purifying what we feel are the good parts of a thing. Sometimes, that works out just fine. Other times, one wonders what good can really come of our arrogant behavior. Because, Nature works from a sense of wholeness. There's a reason the other stuff is in the mix.

And so in strolls The Devil. The energy of this arcana is one of control, superiority, entitlement. The Devil sets you up with grand ideas and then pulls the rug out from under you, laughing at the prat fall. Pride is a fine thing to cultivate, but arrogance is better left at the door when dealing with Nature. Because, like any mother, She will let you test a few boundaries ~ it's a part of one's growth to do so. Go too far, however, and you'll learn lessons in unexpected ways. The difference between The Devil and Mother Nature is this: She'll stick around after the fall while The Devil hits the road. With your money and time.

So.

Be mindful of your impact on the world today. Be not arrogant or entitled. Let humility be a fine guide. Or deal with The Devil. Your choice.

The Everyday Tarot


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

lighten up

I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.

~ Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver
The 9 of Fire is here, upended, and that is a good thing. Because today we can all relax a little. Maybe the situation has been a bit tense lately. You've been on guard or waiting for the other shoe to drop or so proactively defensive as to be offensive.

Well.

Lighten up, buttercup. Maintain those healthy boundaries, but don't shut out the world. It's too much work and you've been beaten down enough by life. Find some wings and put them on. Hone in on your joy and let it lift you. Be afraid of nothing.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, April 30, 2018

holding tears

Holding back the tears
Chance for me to escape from all I know

~ Holding Back the Years by Simply Red
The 5 of Water held back is a deep, sad sigh. The spilled cups seem to be the center of one's focus. And, oddly, though there's a sense of holding back, holding on, the act of maintaining that energy is draining.

I've been reading this book which has interesting insights into emotions. Sadness is an indication for a need to release. Sadness isn't a "bad" emotion. In fact, as far as Karla McLaren is concerned, there are no "bad" emotions. We do, however, have a million distractions to avoid these weighty energies. While Karla doesn't suggest quitting all of them cold turkey, she does suggest you take a closer look at why you're grabbing the TV controls or cell phone or chocolate. Because these distractions keep you from engaging in the emotion you're afraid of.

So.

Today, if it's possible, sit with how you feel. If you're picking up a thing that keeps you from being with that emotion, take just one moment to realize what you're doing. Typically, the 5 of Water is deeply connected with sadness. Let tears come if they want, let the deep sigh be one of release. In these small ways you may find some sense of peace and restoration. Don't let sad be the new bad.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, April 28, 2018

riding high

I'm back in the saddle again
~ Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith
The 6 of Fire's got swagger today. When this card makes its appearance there's the smell of Victory in the air. Hurdles have been jumped, fiery hoops leaped through, obstacles eradicated and the winner is on top. You're the winner, by the way.

Maybe you're emerging from a murky moment or two with clarity and assurance. Maybe there's been some really rough days this past week. Well, you can forget about all that today, kitten. Because the 6 of Fire is here to reward you with accolades. You can stand tall and proud knowing the worst has been endured. And not only will you survive, but also thrive.

So.

Take possession of your pride. Own who you are today. Don't be arrogant. Don't be smug. Don't rest in false humility. You've been through some shit and you're allowed to be victorious. Take command of the reins and ride high. You are, indeed, back in the saddle.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

miss rule

Their time is coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

~ Uprising by Muse
The Hierophant has strolled in on its head. When things are upright, they are, well, upright. Traditions followed, rules adhered to, disciplines engaged. It seems we're feeling a bit of the rebel today. Which is fine as long as we're not throwing babies out with bathwater.

With The Hierophant reversed life has be codified to death. Laws, rules, traditions have become confining rather than helpful. It's time to review a few of them. Are they truly serving you? Your family? Your village? Perhaps a few of the rules could be more like guidelines.

This will be a day when you color outside the lines. Don't drive on the wrong side of the road though ~ some rules do keep one intact and shouldn't be ignored or discarded. Go ahead and tweak a few though. Shake up your routine. Take a different route. Make a mess. Or if you usually make a mess, try staying in those lines or acting with precision. I guess you could say it's Opposite Day. So have fun!

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, April 22, 2018

bring it on

You're bringin' on the heartbreak
Bringin' on the heartache

~ Bringin' On the Heartbreak by Def Leppard
Okay. Let me tell you from the get go, this is not one of my favorite cards. I can deal with Death and The Tower just fine, but the 3 of Air is a whole other thing. And it's these fearful cards one needs to take a step back from. Break it down a little.

Let's start with the numbers, shall we? 3 is typically social, creative, communicative. The Number 3 likes to have fun. With others. What happened here? In this case, perhaps there's been a gathering of grudges and other hurtful thoughts. Perhaps they've been held too long and there's a strong need to communicate those sentiments to the right person, in the right way.

And that's where the Element of Air swoops in. Air is usually assigned that mercurial, mental realm. If you're not careful, it could be all talk with no emotion to support it. Like the apology that falls short of forgiveness. Speaking words with little meaning.

To add to the mix, the 3 of Air is turned to the right, which in this system means the energies are exaggerated, forced, blown out of proportion. This is where, sometimes, Tarot might be helpful. A card could bring one's awareness to a certain behavior, the usual way of handling situations. This gives one an opportunity to take a different approach. If you normally shout out and spew whatever is on your mind, not caring who hears what or how it's said, it might be a good day to take a moment and listen first. If you're one to hold the words, anger, tears, whatever, it might be better to express those feelings without fear or recrimination. Either way, it's a bold step.

The 3 of Air requires work. Which is an awful lot to ask on a fine Sunday. With a little care and attention I'm fairly certain we'll all get through today unscathed.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, April 21, 2018

posse

I want to thank you falettinme / Be mice elf agin
~ Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by
Sly & The Family Stone
Where are your people today? You know the ones. Those who you used to ride with, share laughter and tears with. Those who know you so well that even getting back into their company years later, you pick up the threads (or reins) and head out to make more memories. The 3 of Water rarely points to family members in that sort of company. These people are your Compadres, your Tribe, your Besties. You've been without their company for too long.

Or.

Maybe you see them everyday, but it's time to do something out of the routine. Plan a thing, go do it. Either way, the point is to find yourself in good company and have fun today. The 3 of Water wants to see you enjoy life. Preferably, with your Peeps. I'm sure you have them on speed dial.

The Everyday Tarot 

Friday, April 20, 2018

the slow burn

I declare I don't care no more / I'm burning up and
out and / Growing bored

~ Burnout by Greenday
Our Mother of Fire ain't feelin' it today. She is tired, bedraggled, leaning to the left for a long lie down with tea and Netflix. Bingeing on Lost In Space may be her only plan and goal. Perhaps our Mother of Fire has been doing a little too much lately. She's been keeping the hearth fires ablaze. There's been a lot of cooking and tending or paperwork (which burns quite nicely in the blazing hearth fire, come to think of it). Friends stopping in frequently for tea and chats and commiseration (because she likes to lend an ear when she can) has become too much. And today she has simply had enough.

It's mentioned ad nauseum how busy we all are in this world. That we all run at a breakneck pace to keep up with, well, everything. That busy-ness, sadly, is valued above all else. To the point of burnout. It is in this time, one needs to put a stop to the madness and have that lie down. This is a day for calling on some personal boundaries in order to rest and nurture that inner spark before it's doused completely.

So.

Do the bare minimum. Put away the cell phone. Avoid that pernicious social media (except for this, of course). Find a book you've been meaning to read or plug into some streaming TV. Unless there are true emergencies to tend to today, shut the world out and take a break. Why wait for illness to create an enforced rest? Rest today, care more tomorrow. Replenish yourself so you can better serve others.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

shine on

Well we all shine on / Like the moon and the stars
and the sun

~ Instant Karma by John Lennon
The 10 of Water is often depicted as a family come together under a rainbow of cups. In this card is a feeling of attainment on all levels ~ physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. No one person is above the others as having that attainment. All worked together and all have an opportunity to enjoy the success.

And you are all brilliant in this moment. Because you're all here together. You can shine in this moment having gone through those less than shiny moments, again, together. Let it be a joyous day! Spend it with those folks who walked with you to that lovely hill top. Whether it's family, good friends, team members, these are the people who saw you through thick and thin. And you helped them along as well. Look out on the fine view! Shine like the celestial bodies! Everyone's a star here today.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, April 15, 2018

a bit of alchemy

You want alchemy / They turn roses into gold
They turn lilacs into honey
They're making love for the peaches

~You Want Alchemy by Kate Bush
It's what Temperance likes to do ~ take one thing and make it another. Like bees making honey from flowers and helping to make more flowers to make more honey. And like the bee, Temperance is a catalyst. Temperance stands in the middle of it all, pulling together bits and pieces. What works comes together to create this new thing. What doesn't is scrapped, possibly for another time. Temperance's aim is to gather the right elements to make gold. Lead has its uses, but gold makes a soul shine.

What do you need to make gold today? Or honey? What do you need to make life feel shiny and sweet? You might have to work with what you've got. If nothing else, Temperance is resourceful. Standing in the middle of things, you might be able to pull from the pile or the swirling events, the few things that matter, the few things that will work together to make a new thing. Like the Alchemist, like the bee. The point is, you are the catalyst for your own day today (it's a Major Arcana card, but just for today, not your whole life ~ keep the perspective) and you can create it any way you like.

So.

Strike a balance and maintain it. Be still despite the hustle and bustle. Be observant, noticing what's working and what's not. Pace yourself and let your demeanor be even and constant. And don't turn down a little honey. Life is meant to be sweet.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, April 13, 2018

holding loosely

There must be some kind of way outta here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief

~ All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan
The 4 of Earth keeps it together. Probably a little too closely for comfort. While it's a good idea to maintain what one has, tending boundaries, keeping cash in the account, it's not a good idea to let that maintenance rule one's life to the exclusion of all else. After awhile, the walls get a little too high making for difficult egress into the World.

So.

Yes, spend some time getting those ducks in a row, but know they'll scatter a bit once they get to the pond. At least they're in the pond. And don't they all look like they're having fun ~ ducking under and splashing water? Don't become a warden in your own prison.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, April 12, 2018

lost fire

Precious heart, precious seed, precious life conceived
In a ring of fire, in the sleep of peace
Nothing stops desire for the human beat

~ Mosaic by Patti Smith
The Magician has tricks up the sleeve, but they're not being utilized today. Hidden magic is the worst kind because it lies dormant waiting to be known and used. It is potential wasted and lost, it's the missed opportunity, and blind ignorance. Wake up! At least look up your sleeves.

On days when things seem lack luster, you've got to dredge up your own fairy dust and pixie powder, your own magic. It's a tall order, but manageable. As usual, the process begins with Presence. Be where you are today ~ contentment, sorrow, peace, agitation. Try not to look at any present state as good or bad, but as what it is. The one sure thing is, at either end of the spectrum, the situation is transient and changeable. It's a hard job to view the Big Picture when you're in the middle of it, but it's the next part of the magic you can work. Remember that this too shall pass ~ good or bad. Finally, remember you have work to do in this life. You're here for a reason even if that reason is as clear as mud right now. If you're uncertain what to do, try to do the next thing that makes sense, and then the next. It is a mundane sort of magic that will see you through.

So.

Do not despair. A lost fire is never really lost, but just needs to be fed. Find ways to feed your desire, don't squelch it. Fan that ember into a roaring flame and enjoy the warmth.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

witholding

It's these expressions I never give
That keep me searching for a heart of gold

~ Heart of Gold by Neil Young
The 2 of Water leaning left shows some form of holding back or disconnection. Perhaps you're distancing yourself from someone, hesitant to say a thing, not expressing love in some way. There may, indeed, be some search for a heart of gold and too many requisites are placed on how that love may manifest. Which makes it difficult to have love.

Love doesn't come with instructions or a menu. You can't pick and choose how love will come to you. Nor can you choose how to love. Love is love. It is what it is. Love is its own entity with its own definitions and it can not be withheld. Its nature is huge and boundless, able to move through stone walls, eddying into the deepest, darkest of places. Love can soothe a soul. If you let it.

So.

Don't hold back today. Don't set up impossible rules for love and expression. Don't ever think anyone is not worthy of love. There's a reason why love is free.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, April 08, 2018

feeling better

Something out there / Where love is your only friend and/
We are the ones / That will make you feel better

~ Make You Feel Better by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The 4 of Water in its upright state indicates a period of apathy, perhaps a little too much introspection, and certainly feeling jaded with life. Finding the same card in reverse does indeed feel better. Those cups that hold all that you've been holding can finally be over turned and emptied out. The emptiness becomes a place of possibilities. Life doesn't feel so constricted or . . .
same-y.

Today, let yourself be open to this emptiness, this place of possibilities. It will feed a world-weary soul. Again, my favorite cure, go outside. Be in Nature, in whatever season. Let that environment be what it is, showing beauty in its many permutations. Let it inform your being, your soul, so that you feel alive again.

Touch the earth. Enjoy a fine wine or delightful cuppa. Be of even temper and not manic, but present and filled with gratitude. Be well.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, April 06, 2018

marooned

You tell me that you love me so / You tell me that you care
But when I need you / Baby, you're never there

~ Never There by Cake
Our Daughter of Water is feeling high and dry. She's got expectations, she's got dreams, but they're lost in some malaise or another. It could be she's feeling stood up and unsupported. It could be the Artist's Block or loss of the Inner Child. Rather feeling buoyant and in the flow, she's hit a sand bar. Our Daughter of Water will need to wait out the tide, wait for the waters to rise again so she can sail on.

This might be a day when you feel dried out, bereft of dreams, at a loss. You've run aground and you too will need to wait out the tide. What to do when stranded? Well. We can borrow from Susun Weed, Step 0: Do Nothing. (This isn't Life or Death right now.) Do the simplest of things to tend to self, occupy the hang time, take care of what's in need of being taken care of. Before you know it, the water rises and lifts you off that sandy impediment allowing for the free flow.

So.

Keep it simple today. Do what you can rather than brooding over what can't be done. Try to cultivate solitude over feeling alone. There are gifts in even these stranded moments.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, April 05, 2018

resourcefulness

To be human is to become visible while carrying
what it is hidden as a gift to others.

~ What to Remember When Waking by David Whyte
Our Mother of Earth has returned with her usual wit and earthy wisdom. She is the one to turn to when things seem unformed, ungrounded, up in the air. She will give wings feet to land on and a hearty meal to boot. Our Mother of Earth is a person of comfort and ease, but not complacency. You still need a plan to get through this day.

And this is where our Mother of Earth shines should even a plan fall through. She is able to examine her environment and pull together what she can to accomplish a goal. Is something not going smoothly at the work place? Look into that bag of tricks to redirect what's going on. Dinner running late? Find that quick and easy recipe using peanut butter and rice (or some such combination as exists in the kitchen in that moment). Some piece of machinery thing on the blink? Utilize another tool that might still get the job done. You get the idea.

The point is not to cave in the face of challenges and obstacles. Our Mother of Earth is splendidly resourceful. And so are you. Let it be your hidden gift to others today.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

dial it back a bit

It's all too much for me to take
The love that's shining all around here

~ It's All Too Much by George Harrison
Before I dive in, a quick note. In laying out cards for Tarot readings, sometimes the cards will turn up in reverse. That is, the image appears upside down to the reader. (Which is why the best way to flip a Tarot card laid on the table is from one side and not end over end.) There are round Tarot decks that have beautiful permutations of this in that the image might lean to the right or the left as well as show in reverse. Leaning to the right often indicates an exaggeration of the card's energies, while leaning to the left means an underdevelopment of them. The Everyday Tarot has been created into fun little squares to make those leanings a little clearer for the reader. Let's see how this goes, shall we?

Today, The Empress parades in with a huge entourage of beauty and flowers and bright colors and soft flowy things. A veritable torrent of abundance. She is brash and determined. You will have more than you need. She'll see to it. Unfortunately, too much of a good thing goes bad quickly. Enforced creativity becomes unbalanced as other things fall to the wayside. In the insane effort of making more than necessary, one runs out of room, becomes forgetful, gets burned out.

So.

It might be a good idea to redistribute your abundance. If it's stuff, give it or sell it. If it's time, find a way to spend it wisely. If it's unrestrained creativity, channel it. Find the balance in creating what's needed and then some without waste or overwhelm.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, April 02, 2018

truth

All I want is the truth, gimme some truth
~ Gimme Some Truth by John Lennon
The problem with truth is it's all over the place. Truth is often based on perspective. Sometimes, experience. And so the task here today is to stand in your truth. Because that is what needs to be done.

Perhaps you've been waffling over an issue for some time. It's been hard to make a decision. Maybe there have been too many "truths" hanging around in the periphery, all of which seem to carry some weight.

The Ace of Air helps a person rationalize and think clearly in the midst of confusion. However, even with this cerebral element, it's a good idea to determine how you feel about your decision, your truth. If it feels good, if you can stand in it with conviction, then it is now your truth and you can move forward with a sense of certainty.

So.

Stand tall. Take hold of that which serves you best. Find your truth and move forward. Standing in your truth serves the world.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

sideways

Comin' straight on for you, you made my mind
Now I'm stronger, now I'm comin' through
Straight on, straight on for you

~ Straight On by Heart
Although this says we're still in a Mercury retrograde phase, there are things on the move. And because there's still a little Mercurial activity going on, it'll probably come in sideways, but hot.

Thanks to the internet, letters aren't a thing we wait for anymore. However, the immediacy of e-mail can not be understated. It's taken a long time, but I've learned to let e-mails sit if unsure of the context and meaning. Often visual and tonal cues are missing from those pixelated words. The quick response to an initial read on an e-mail can be a problem. Add the 8 of Fire's notion of speed and those problems escalate to ridiculous proportions.

So.

It's rare I make this reference, but if certain messages are coming at you quickly, if some are flying in awkwardly, if there are unkind words or there's some question of meaning in what's being read use the now-ubiquitous RE- with regard to a Mercury retrograde time frame. Re-read, re-think, re-assess . . . you get the idea. Even though the energies of the 8 of Fire are coming at you, taking a moment to handle them effectively will avoid a host of complications. And there's nothing wrong with letting an e-mail sit a day or two before responding.

The Everyday Tarot