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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

the comfort of questions

Let me keep my distance, always, from those who
think they have the answers.

~ Mysteries, Yes by Mary Oliver
Let me tell you, right now, our Mother of Air does not have all the answers. She seems a bit superior, in fact, sitting on a mountain of questions. She is aloof, a bit cold, and, if she's not careful, a little condescending. All of which makes one unsure of how to approach the Mother of Air.

Well, the only answer I could offer is: take the direct approach. Don't waffle, don't sidestep or dance around the issue. Simply tackle your question, your task, head on. Our Mother of Air isn't interested in how you feel on the matter, but how you're going to handle it. She has little patience with messy emotions. She wants results. And that often includes cutting through the uncomfortable feelings.

And don't expect to have all the answers either. It may be a dance with mystery today, but no matter. There will always be more questions in life than answers. Better to learn how to be comfortable with them than not. This, my dears, is where our Mother of Air can help. With her keen discerning eye, she can help you sort through the nonsense.

So.

Don't worry about having all the answers. You won't. Stay open and curious to what's not known. Find comfort in not knowing ~ even if just for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, March 24, 2018

the plan

The less we say about it the better
Make it up as we go along
Feet on the ground, head in the sky
It's okay, I know nothing's wrong, nothing

~ This Must Be the Place by Talking Heads
With our Daughter of Fire sizing things up, it might be a good idea to have some sort of a plan today. I've an idea there's a lot to do. And so she's determining what's worth her time and what's not. She's even scheduling a little down time in order to avoid burn out.

Our Daughter of Fire is pretty good at making a plan despite the lack of experience. She is confident in her skills and intuition. She will tackle most tasks with a smile and mighty determination. She's a young woman to have at your side if you feel your energy flagging.

Also . . .

The Plan could be that you make it up as you go along (an Either/Or Universe is no fun anyway). Really, there's nothing wrong with that plan as long as you're grounded and paying attention. Flying by the seat of your pants might cost you an afternoon nap.

So.

Be bright. Stay grounded. Pay attention. Know your capabilities for today. Know you're in the right place at the right time.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, March 23, 2018

big grey cloud

Mother, make me / Make me a big grey cloud /
So I can rain on you things I can't say out loud

~ Mother by Florence and the Machine
Our Mother of Water is in an odd funk. Usually, she is deep and compassionate, listening, lending a shoulder, holding for those that need to be held. Today, however, she comes to us holding perhaps too much. It may be a day that needs handling with kid gloves. There are times when our Mother of Water simply feels too much, too deeply and those feelings become an ocean to navigate. You may be feeling adrift and lost. Tears may well up unprovoked, the memory of a thing may engulf your thoughts more than it should.

It is these times our Mother of Water needs to find a good friend to be with so that she can wade through things that can't be said out loud or, possibly, even defined. As she is Water, she flows from one place to another. Water fits the form it is in ~ an ocean, a river, a creek, a puddle, a cup. The larger the container, the more is felt. If feeling overwhelmed, it might be a good day to grab that cup to gain a little control over the situation. If you've been feeling a thirst for more, then it's time to open that channel, the river, the ocean, and let yourself feel deeply. Our Mother of Water is the queen of cleansing, washing away the debris. Let her do her work and you might feel the better for it. That might include a good cry, by the way.

So.

Find an outlet, a safe one, for your emotions today. Write it out in a journal if that's your gig. Take simple Where I Stand photos with your cellular unit throughout the day (a fine way to stay present). Don't let what can't be said prevent expression in other ways. You know your best medium. Our Mother of Water does not want to see you stagnate. Be in the flow of things.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Demeter

I swear the air softened and warmed as she moved,
the blue sky smiling, none too soon,
with the small shy mouth of a new moon.

~ Demeter by Carol Ann Duffy
Today marks the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere. Technically, it isn't the beginning of Spring, but the middle of it. Spring began back on Groundhog Day aka Imbolc, Candlemas, Brigid. Half day half night means we're half way to summer. But I digress.

It is fitting, it is right, to see our Mother of Earth show her warm smiling face today. Everyone makes a big deal about Persephone's return and it is important, however, we are here with Demeter during those six cold months. We live through the long cold nights waiting for Her to laugh again. And so, today, She smiles.

Our Mother of Earth often personifies the well-grounded person (though the Tarot's court cards are gender-specific, their energies are not). This person maintains a safe, warm, loving home for family and friends. There is always food in the pantry and dinner is rarely late, requiring everyone to be at the table together. Our Mother of Earth is solid ground, comfort, ease, constancy, reliability. How might you embody a few of these qualities today?

Let yourself be grounded. Let yourself be present. From these two states all manner of gifts pour forth. You may find you're able to deal with whatever comes your way today simply because you're the rock. You may be the calm, steady voice of reason in a whirling dervish of words and activity. And when you've got everyone assembled and settled in, make sure they have a good dinner.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, March 19, 2018

be not alone

When the night has come / And the land is dark /
And the moon is the only light we'll see / No I won't be afraid,
no I won't be afraid / Just as long as you stand, stand by me

~ Stand By Me by King, Leiber, and Stoller
The 7 of Fire often indicates a need to stand up for one's self, defend some turf, draw a line in the sand, declare a firm No to whatever nonsense has been endured. Today, however, may find you helping someone else. Perhaps taking a stand for them as they aren't able to. I'm not talking about coddling someone along or doing everything for them. (This will be where you'll want to take your own stand.) Standing by and speaking up at the right moment, offering moral support, and encouraging words might the be only thing needed.

So.

Do what you can to be present for a friend in need. Or a stranger. You might not right all the wrongs in the world, but at least you'll help someone through a difficult moment. And that makes the world smile.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, March 15, 2018

don't think

And she was looking at herself
And things were looking like a movie
She had a pleasant elevation
She's moving out in all directions

~ And She Was by Talking Heads
The planet Mercury (y'know, the planet everyone and their mother is afraid of when it goes retrograde) is associated with The Magician. Mercury is the quick silver, the fast thinker, the clear communicator. Mercury thinks and acts on its feet. And that, my dears, is the energy The Magician is honing in on.

Today is not a day for hemming and hawing or second thoughts or long considerations. You will need to be on your toes and on the hop. Decisions will need to be made quickly and not deliberated on for long. Sometimes, the quick fire action is more to one's benefit.

Because, today, if you bog yourself down with too much thinking, it'll be difficult to get anything done. It is simply time to take action.

So.

Grab the energy beverage of your choice, put on your winged sneakers, and run. There'll be little sitting around today. You've got work to do and there's no dawdling. May the Force be with you.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, March 12, 2018

in between

I don't want you / But I hate to lose you
You got me in between the devil and the deep blue sea

~ Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea written by
Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
Well, this is a fine pickle. The Devil likes a good pickle. Especially if you're in it. The Devil, and I'm avoiding gender specifics here, has a feeling of entrapment, having snared yourself between one thing and another. Both options have their merits. And drawbacks. You're possibly at a point where weighing pros and cons simply causes more anxiety. That, my friend, is exactly where The Devil wants you. Because, if you're stuck here, then you won't move forward with anything. A bedeviling situation.

So. What to do?

Well. Lighten up. The flip side of The Devil is humor. Tone down the seriousness of your circumstance. It's not always easy to find a good laugh while in the middle of a grim moment, but the magic of human wit abounds (if you're lucky). Use that magic. In using your wit, you may indeed out wit The Devil and shake yourself free of the shackles that bind.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, March 10, 2018

light speed

I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky
Like a tiger defying the laws of gravity
I'm a racing car passing by like Lady Godiva
I'm gonna go go go, there's no stopping me

~ Don't Stop Me Now by Freddie Mercury
The 8 of Fire has us on the go today. Ideas are sparking and firing. Messages are on the wing, words on the wind, coming in hot.

You may find yourself in a whirl of lightening synapses and flying with prolific creativity. Greased lightening.

The thing to remember about the 8 of Fire is this: it's all in the air and looking for a place to land. It is up to you to build that landing strip. Make it visible from the air. Make it smooth and solid. Good, clear intentions are usually the best pavement for this landing strip.

So.

Get clear. Now. Because whatever is coming at you is indeed coming in fast. If you need ideas to land (aka manifest), then you need to take real steps to do so.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

survival mode

I should have changed that stupid lock,
I should have made you leave your key
If I'd known for just one second you'd be back to bother me

~ I Will Survive by Dino Fekaris / Frederick J. PerrenO
Okay, kitten. It's time to stand up to this thing you're going through. It's time to stop the mental ramblings that keep you locked in place ~ the repetitive thought, the recurring nightmare, the meandering maze of What If's.

The 8 of Air usually means one is locked into a fretful mental loop. She can't see beyond the fear or doubt. She is paralyzed by anxiety.

Not today.

Today, we will take back our ability to not only survive, but also thrive.

How do we do that?

Rather than focus on that which blinds and binds, focus on those feathers acting as a protective boundary. Change the stupid lock and get back that key. Because what's bothering you is likely to return again and again until the lesson has been integrated. It will take your involvement to declare an end to the nonsense and move on.

So.

Stand tall. You may still have doubts and fears, but you are able to conquer them. Not with blind courage, but with a sensible, balanced approach. It's perfectly fine to be afraid. Sometimes, it's the thing that keeps you alive. Do not, however, let it keep you from having a life.

Monday, March 05, 2018

ownership

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
~ The Moment by Margaret Atwood
Justice visited only a short while ago. Which is mildly unnerving as the same sort of message is coming through. There is, of course, a slightly different flavor here. It's a different day. Like the spiral, we circle around a thing, but either in ever-widening paths or ever-contracting paths. So, in a way, one may bump into the same issue(s) again, but with a slightly different perspective. Hopefully, with a little more wisdom and knowledge.

If you can stand on that spiral and say, I've been here before. I know what to do. Well. That's a fine thing. Except the terrain here is slightly different from last year, last month, last week, yesterday. The definition of rightness may have shifted to the left a bit. You need to adjust for that shift. You can not own a moment as you can not truly own land. You're passing through so it won't always be like this. Whether it's perceived as good or bad, right or wrong. It is fluid and you are owned by the moment and need to respond accordingly.

So. If you're still with me . . .

Stand in rightness, but don't own it. It's not yours. Don't force an issue. Don't argue. Let the Spiral Path unfold and guide, but don't insist it's the only way. It's simply your way. There are as many paths as there are people. Let them walk theirs as you walk yours.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, March 03, 2018

balance

Who made the world? Who made the swan, and
the black bear? Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean --

~ The Summer Day by Mary Oliver
The Empress is in the garden. She is sitting in delight and beauty and harmony. There is attention to detail. And the Big Picture. There is a taking in of all of it. Wholeness, balance.

She is usually the Mother of Invention, but not out of necessity. The Empress creates for the sake of creating. And yet in her deep work of creating, she'll remember to take the steak out of the freezer to thaw in time for dinner. That's the kind of balance to strike today.

Do your Work in this world, but don't neglect your environment. Notice what needs doing beyond your desk or table. With The Empress' all-encompassing energies, not much will escape your attention. As long as you pay attention. Without that payment, it's a little difficult to maintain a balance. Then you're ordering pizza for dinner. Or settling for a bowl of cold cereal. Is that what you want?

Anyway . . .

Do your precious life work. Because that work feeds your soul. Create, bloom, delight. Just remember there are other things to do today.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, March 01, 2018

do nothing

We'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll 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
I may have mentioned this before, but the hardest job is Doing Nothing. And when The High Priestess is navigating her way through things, it is often the very thing she does. Nothing. Walk measured and slow. Don't run. Wait. Revelations will come soon enough. Rushing toward them only throws her off balance. Besides, getting to a thing faster doesn't mean she has control over it. In fact, waiting might be the very best activity in a situation. It gives one time. Time to sort through one's resources and abilities, time to get ready, be prepared.

So.

Do Nothing today. Or as close to nothing as possible. Something is headed your way ~ couldn't tell you what ~ because it's your thing. And even if you don't know what that thing is you need to prepare for, preparation can happen in all-encompassing ways. Pray, meditate, find peace within yourself. Let that Inner Child guide you to where the sidewalk ends. A new adventure is unfolding.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, February 26, 2018

be now here or be nowhere

I'm a fool to be sitting alone in the evening
I'm a fool to be singing the blues

~ Two Places at Once by Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Our Son of Fire is feeling antsy. Places to go, people to see, things to do. All with very little time in between. Typically, the Son of Fire is our guy on the go, forging ahead, not lingering long. He is fire afoot and daylight is burning.

However, one can not be in two places at once. In these physical forms, humans can only be where they are. In that moment. That's it and that's all.

So.

No meandering to the past to dredge up shit. No floating off to the future where shit is waiting to happen anyway. You can only be here in this moment today. I write this ad nauseum, I know, but be present. Be now here. Be the fire that burns warmly in one place rather than seeking to spread like wildfire.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, February 24, 2018

the open road

Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous, criticisms,
Strong and content I travel the open road.

~ Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
The 8 of Water is a stack of cups. It is a stack of cups holding all that has been experienced in a certain cycle or during a project. These cups hold expectations and fears, joys and doubts, successes and failures. The work is done and there is some sense of satisfaction, contentment. And yet not.

The restlessness means it's time to move on. Today, you might feel a hint of wanderlust. And that's fine as long as you're not simply seeking a means of escape. It's important to experience all of what those cups hold, to integrate all aspects of a situation, before moving on. Otherwise, you're just carrying the ignored experiences with you. It's better to pack light on the open road.

So.

Put on your comfortable walking shoes. Bring only what's necessary. Walk lightly on this earth knowing what is left behind is complete. You're headed for new adventures and new experiences, but only if you've fully integrated what you're walking away from.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, February 23, 2018

what Queen says on the B Side

Don't let go / Don't lose your mystique / Wait a little longer
Tomorrow brings another feast

~ Hang On In There by Queen
So. Yes. The Hanged One. Well, there's a strong indication that perhaps we're in limbo today. There aren't very many options available except to do as suggested: hang on in there.

See, with The Hanged One, you're in an enforced Pause, on hold, waiting. The good thing about this particular status is that you now have time to perhaps take another look at the Plan, whatever that plan may be. The Hanged One allows you to see life in another perspective ~ possibly one that reverses the situation entirely. It's not flip flopping. It's seeing another angle, it's calling in things at the periphery and bringing them front and center for scrutiny and speculation.

Make good use of the hang time. Let yourself be in this limbo. Put off big decisions for today if possible. Do as little as possible as well, except for the simplest of tasks ~ setting things in order, clearing a cluttered desk, planning an easy meal (that includes ordering out for pizza). As this card is only for today, know that your hang time won't last much past midnight tonight. So there's a thing, right?

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

friends

And we don't notice any time pass
We don't notice anything
We sit side by side in every class

~ We're Going to Be Friends by Jack White
Have you ever had a time when you've lost track of time? That kairos sort of feeling spending time with a good friend or in good company? Suddenly, it's late evening and dinner hasn't been planned let alone prepared. And yet you are full.

Today could be, might be, possibly, that sort of day. Maybe you'll spend time with someone who makes time melt. Perhaps you'll engage in some activity that pulls you out of time. There may be some new friends you meet and it is as if they are Old Friends, picking up threads of a conversation centuries old.

No matter. The thing is today will be a delightful one. Enjoy it. Let yourself be transported in time out of time. Laugh and play, be in good company, let yourself be lost in a joyful activity. Pass the honey, please.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, February 19, 2018

new prayers

And therefore why pray to permanence, why not pray
to impermanence, to change, to -- whatever comes next.
Willingness is next to godliness.

~ Now Are The Rough Things Smooth by Mary Oliver
Usually the 10 of Earth speaks of a permanent stability. The house is in order, the family is doing well. People and things are in their places and this can be counted on. It feels safe. It feels contained.

It can also feel stifling.

The beauty of having a stable foundation is it's a safe place to move from. You know it's there, waiting for you if necessary. The family is there to support you and your decisions. And they are there if things don't go so well. Even base jumping seeks a stable base.

It may be expected of or by you that things stay the same, that certain traditions are upheld, certain practices to be done the way they've been done since forever. Life, however, tosses the curve ball and you need to be able to adjust. As long as you have your basic foundations in place, your support system, you will be able to manage the bit of impermanence.

So.

Lighten up a little, play. Know you're standing in good company, people you've known and have come to count on. It is in this safe haven you can pray to whatever comes next.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, February 17, 2018

the lucky ones

I know someone who kisses the way a flower opens,
but more rapidly.

~ I Know Someone by Mary Oliver
The nature of the 2 of Water is love. Pure and simple. Almost cliché. And yet such an important part of human relations ~ on the whole. You may not love your boss or your neighbor or a host of other people bumped into during a lifetime, but it is the glue, the underpinning of all relations.

Bear with me.

Love is the space in between. Love is the stuff between protons and neutrons. Love is what pulls disparate parts together, binding and uniting.

And so . . .

Look for the spaces in between. Find your invisible connections and enjoy them. Give praise for the wholeness of things as love pulls it all together ~ holding in holiness and beauty.

The Everyday Tarot 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

short circuit

Jen lays down and wrestles in her sleep
Moonlight spills on comic books
And superstars in magazines

~ Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
by Primitive Radio Gods
Typically, the 8 of Air corresponds with a mental loop, that playing out of a scene over and over again with varying permutations of woulda-coulda-shoulda. The flavor today is a little different. Today's 8 of Air speaks of comparison and how that activity short circuits, undermines your work in this world.

As the title of the chosen song indicates, you've got the money or the tools or the resources, but they simply won't work where you're standing. You need to move on. You need to find where your resources are beneficial rather than trying to make them work where they won't.

See, what you have to offer is unique. It simply isn't like anyone else's. There is no comparison. There are, however, better places to go for your unique talent or offering. It's tough to watch another succeed where you're blocked, but they're different. Again, no comparison.

So.

I've said this before: Fly your freakflag. Don't get caught in the mental loop of fitting to conform when there's fertile ground for your unique abilities elsewhere. That fertile ground might not be found in one day, but no matter. You have Your Work to do. Get out of your head and do it.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

the big top

Cue circus music.
~ Entry of the Gladiators by Julius Fucik
Welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen! In the center ring . . . you. Juggling, balancing, impossible tasks. They're impossible mainly because they all have the same deadline. Now. Possibly, even now is too late.

The nifty thing about the 2 of Earth is that she (or he) can manage the act. Reason being, since this here is an Earth card, is she is grounded and responsive. The 2 of Earth is a fantastic multi-tasker (aka monkey-tasker) able to manage most sticky situations with grace and good humor.

However, as great as multi-tasking (or monkey-tasking) seems to be, the process does a number on your health and well-being if engaged in for too long. Really, humans aren't meant to multi-task.

So.

Do what you gotta do, but remember to step back and watch the show for a little while. Don't micromanage everything and everyone. Give instructions, tweak where necessary, and then let the show begin. And take a nap.

The Everyday Tarot

Sunday, February 11, 2018

rightness

Here I stand before the gates opening, the fire
dazzling my eyes, and as I approach what judges me,
I judge myself.

~ The Birthday of the World by Marge Piercy
Justice is the Rightness of Things. Not in some man-made manner, but a natural order. Because Nature is bigger than any weird laws humans can create. Draw your lines anyway you like, if they are not in accordance with Natural Law, they will be brushed away. Nothing you can do about it, kitten.

So.

Very simply, be in accordance with Natural Law today. Know that the seeds of Justice you plant today will affect your tomorrow. Sow with some sensible discretion. It's less to weed out later when things take root.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, February 10, 2018

sweetness

Percy, meanwhile, leans against me and gazes up into
my face. As though I were just as wonderful as
the perfect moon.

~ The Sweetness of Dogs by Mary Oliver
With a visit from The Tower today, it will be the small things that shake the core. This card typically shows your weakness, where you've built on shaky ground, that your structure isn't as sound as you'd thought. And sometimes, that's just the perfect thing. Because, even in having the rug pulled out from under your feet, even in the tumbling rocks and mortar you've used to build your tower, there is a sweetness to loss.

Loss reminds you, in no uncertain terms, that you're alive, that you feel, that life is impermanent. And so, buttercup, you better let that wall fall because the protective tower you built insulated you too much from life.

Us tower builders think that having thick walls and a lofty view will protect us from the ravages and losses life slings at us. We sit perched, precariously, I might add, atop our creation thinking, Ah, now that I see it coming, I can control it. Whatever "it" is. Well. Wrong again, buttercup. Because even if you do see it coming (whatever "it" is), the tower will still come down.

That is the sweetness of life. To have your tower come down to reveal the authentic, sweet treasure  that is you in all your beauty and pain. Build another if you want, but today, know you stand naked and raw in the face of Life. You stand in divine brilliance. Treasure this moment because it won't be lived again.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

swim

Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
Sing thy songs of happy cheer!

~ Songs of Innocence by William Blake (not U2)
The 6 of Water is swimming with the fishes today. These are slippery memories indeed. The memory of things may swim by in a river of life ~ one memory triggering another and then another. Not one of them can be caught and kept for too long. It's catch and release on these river banks. Respect the rules.

Because to do otherwise will simply weigh you down. After yesterday's fun, is that what you want? Listen, I understand the memories may be sweet, bittersweet. I understand the desire to hang on to all those delightful, easy-going moments ~ especially when the daily grind has ground you down. However, grasping at those slippery moments for keeps will hinder your awareness of the here and now.

So.

At some point in the busy day reflect on those happy times, with tea or favorite libation of choice. Reminisce a little if you must, share the story, sing thy songs of happy cheer, but don't live in them. Because you're needed here now.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

the weight you carry

"It's not the weight you carry, but how you carry it . . ."
~ Heavy by Mary Oliver
This is one of those times when the 10 of Fire feels more like burden rather than responsibility. The art then is, as suggested, in how one carries that burden. I won't dare suggest lightness here ~ it seems too Pollyanna, that suggestion. What is present for today is work of the soul. A heart heavy with sadness, a mind full of resentment, a head full of anger and searing words.

The image here shows an incline with no clear path. There is a matter of bearing this burden with no easily defined boundaries. There are gray areas and false starts. There are ambiguities. And you best start getting comfortable with ambiguity. Really, the only way to the top of this ridge is through. You'll have to find your own path and your own way of carrying the weight. Will it be with tears? Or resentment? Or stony perseverance? No matter. It's one foot in front of the other today.

So.

Shift things so the burden is manageable. Reschedule certain appointments if possible. Delegate some of the work. It is, after all, how you carry it that matters today.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, February 03, 2018

jump

Something wonderful is about to happen
I feel perfectly ready don't know yet what it is
I will look here inside this disco, this is so hot hot
We melt together like tigers and we are dancing together

~ Blue-Eyed Pop by The Sugarcubes
The High Priestess joins us today, along with the Firefly from this deck. Typically, The High Priestess is still, silent, meditative. She waits. Patiently. However, coupled with a thing as ephemeral and fleeting as a firefly, she needs to be on the hop. If only just a little.

Even movement requires right timing. Think of jumping rope ~ Double Dutch especially. A jumper's body is alert yet calm, feeling the beat of the ropes hitting the ground, and then she jumps right in. Just like that. Poetry in motion, really.

Today might be like that. You may find yourself waiting for the right moment to jump in. Don't wait too long, though. Like the firefly, the moment might fly on by. So pay attention, feel the beat, then jump in. Just like that.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

blue moon musings

Sit beside a mountain stream
See her waters rise
Listen to the pretty sound of music as she flies

~ Mother Nature's Son (or Daughter)
by Lennon and Mccartney
Oh, go outside, would you? Forget the weather, forget the precipitation, forget the mud or snow ~ just go. Listen to the ambient sounds regardless of the environment. Where you stand is the "nature" of your place. See things as if for the first time, even if you've passed by them a million times. Sing out loud and ignore the reactions of the crowd. Who knows. Maybe they'll sing along.

Our Daughter of Water rides on the currents of deep connection. She trusts the flow of things. She is joyful in it. Our Daughter wants to see you enjoying life, she wants to see you make stuff ~ even if it's just dinner. Prepare that meal, no matter how simple, as if it is sacred food for the gods. Are crayons the only art supply you've got? Break 'em out, sweet pea! Draw anything without agenda or concern. Create for the sake of creating.

What do Nature and Creation have to do with each other? They work together, they inform each other, they are symbiotic. And our Daughter of Water stands at the interstices, feeling the currents of both and moving along gently.

So.

Find yourself some nature to be in. Be in the flow of things. Sense your way through the day using your whole being. Sketch, write, sing, dance, bake ~ make something, create. You are a child of the Universe and the Universe is waiting for you to sing.

The Everyday Tarot

Monday, January 29, 2018

work

Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,
which is standing still and learning to be astonished.

~ Messenger by Mary Oliver
How sweet to pull this card on a Monday. Because there is work to do. I rather do wish it were just standing still and being astonished (not that one couldn't make room for that even on the busiest of days), but the 3 of Earth hints at a little more activity.

Mainly, the focus is on teamwork. You may find yourself unable to get much done unless you have a cadre of people at your side. This will require some preparation and assessing of individual skills and then delegation in an egalitarian manner. No one person is in charge. Today's endeavor is truly a group effort. From erecting buildings to managing retail to getting your people out the door with all necessities for the day, you must find your place in this work and do that thing well. Falter on your part of the project and things may, indeed, fall apart.

So.

Do your work. Know that the work you do affects others. If you do your work with attention and perseverance, others will fall into doing the same. And then everyone can have a lovely day in stillness and astonishment.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, January 26, 2018

rise

I want to believe I am looking into the white fire
of a great mystery.

~ The Ponds by Mary Oliver
Our Daughter of Fire is rising up from the ashes today ~ like the Phoenix in that accompanying card pulled from this deck. Perhaps she's made some bold, impulsive moves and shaking off the ashes of some past karma to rise with fiery wings. Maybe she's decided to leave some people in the dust ~ the critics and naysayers ~ in order to soar and find her own path.

No matter.

Our Daughter of Fire is looking up, perhaps into that white fire of a great mystery. There's nothing holding her down, nothing to get in her way, except her own doubts and misgivings. And those have burned up in those flaming wings, haven't they?

So.

Let yourself move forward with some sense of integrity and confidence. There's nothing holding you back. Get out of your own way and soar.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Scorpio rules

Please be a sexaholic
~ Princes Familiar by Alanis Morrisette
There is an odd and ancient connection between Sex and Death. It is a mystery why the connection exists. La petite mort. A brief loss of consciousness, blacking out, the small death. A thing we do everyday in one way or another. Each death a release and a new beginning, each choice a death to one way and an opening to another.

I regret to inform you this will all sound like drivel, pulling at straws, but you know I'm not entirely from left field here.

The thing with Scorpio and Death is they know you'll come back. Every loss suffered is an opportunity to bounce back with a little more awareness and wisdom. This is a card for today so let's not get unhinged on the Big Karma thing of Death and Rebirth. It's likely to be a day of small deaths and rebirths. It may be a day of letting a few things go to make room for something better. There may be an opportunity of growth through giving up. Or, maybe, just maybe, there's time for some sex. Scorpio is no fool.

So.

Let Death be what it's going to be. Let go, lose, give up. In all these actions know something will be gained ~ clarity, peace of mind, maybe an orgasm or two.

The Everyday Tarot 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

voices

I can see them talking but I only hear the voices in
my head. Waiting for the moment they'll be calling to me.

~ Siren, theme from Home Fires by Samuel Sim
Hear them? Those voices? It may not seem like they are yours, but they are. They are voices of criticism and fears and doubts and worries all likely adopted from other folks, well-meaning or otherwise. As a result, these voices of yours cause all manner of distress and consternation, in constant conflict. You may feel paralyzed, frozen into place and unable to make any decision, let alone sensible ones.

It is in these moments it's easy to forget to breathe. However, that is exactly a good place to start. (Because, if you think on it, the Element here is Air.) Take one good breath in and then exhale deeply, like a sigh. There. That wasn't so bad, was it? That, my friends, is a thing one can do without too much thinking. By the way, it would be the next best thing to do: stop thinking. Or rather, recognize the over-thinking and then redirect those thoughts because you can never really stop thinking. Are you still with me?

Good.

The point is, only you can manage these criticisms, fear, doubts, and worries. They're adopted from odd various places ~ memories, experiences, events, mental ramblings of what-if's. They are the ugly, dysfunctional, ill-formed children who need to be embraced, understood, and transformed. Find help and healthy coping methods as needed, but ultimately the job is still yours for today.

The Everyday Tarot

Friday, January 19, 2018

right action

Have I lived enough? Have I loved enough?
Have I considered Right Action enough, have I come to
any conclusion?

~ The Gardener by Mary Oliver
Well. Judgment. It is an awakening of sorts, a realization. It is a journey of a thousand miles and when you get there, oh my, the view is glorious! What have you been working through or with? What has been a burden to shoulder for so long? Shrug now, shake it off. Because you are being smiled upon today.

So.

It'll feel like a New Day today. Well, let it feel that way. Embrace it. Especially if you've been embracing The Suck up until now.

The Everyday Tarot

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

ground control

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today

~ Space Oddity, David Bowie
This, by golly, is a day to grab some ground. Our Son of Air might be flying off the handle, feeling a bit uprooted, ungrounded, floating aimlessly. Which is a thing the Son of Air does sometimes. No big deal.

There are a couple of things to remember here: the Element and the Person (or Court, if using ye olde RWS model). The element of Air is typically ephemeral ~ sometimes a gentle breeze, other times a gale-force wind. I'm not sure of the actual science of moving Air, but energetically speaking, if it is not tethered to Earth in some way, well, stuff happens. And it happens in two ways. Either one is not grounded and is an airhead for the day ~ floating, oblivious. Or the ungrounded individual acts more like a tornado only touching down to earth to do damage. The only real cure for both is standing in place and grounding.

With a mind that may be going a mile a minute, it might be a good day for some physical, tactile activities ~ a walk, knitting, spinning wool, yoga (these are just a few of my tools out of the hat). If a mind is simply floating around, some focused activities might come into play ~ sewing embroidery, journal writing/sketching, learning a new thing or doing research (again, just a few of my tools). Doing these simple things may avert the disaster our Son of Air might become when not touching the ground.

The Everyday Tarot