Saturday, June 30, 2018


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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