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