Tuesday, July 31, 2018

gathering

The bees dive in to them and I too,
to gather their spiritual honey.

~ May by Mary Oliver
Temperance enters on easy breezes and calm weather. It's mild and tolerable. Just right. Temperance gathers the right elements to make something new, fresh, nurturing. Like a sunny day. We often find balance, harmony, integration, and great vigor when Temperance is around. It is a wholeness that seems to come after the great work of pulling together all the right stuff.

So.

Let today be easy. If there's one thing Temperance is very good at it's balance, pulling together the extremes. Balance your work and play, rest and activity, company and solitude. Let yourself feel whole and at peace despite circumstances. You're in control of the alchemical process today so choose wisely.

The Everyday Tarot

Saturday, July 28, 2018

overcast

This is the mystery of the quotient, quotient
Upon us all, upon us all a little rain must fall

~ The Rain Song by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Ah, The Sun! Yes, it's in reverse, but it's really no big deal. In some ways The Sun is still sunny even with a few clouds in the sky. I mean, on the bright side (pun intended) it's day time and you can still see what's going on and where you're going. Though life seems a little clouded over, it's still manageable. We aren't blindly swimming around in darkness ~ like The Moon in reverse. Or feeling lost in hoping against hope ~ The Star in reversed. No. This is The Sun, this planet's closest star and though we only see it so many hours in a day, it still shines no matter what. It's brighter than those other celestials in the Tarot.

So.

Grab an umbrella if you must, if you don't like getting wet. Me, I like a little rain on my head. It's like a cleansing, a baptismal where I stand. Sun showers are magical, rainbows color an otherwise dreary sky. And the rain brings us flowers.

The Everyday Tarot

Thursday, July 26, 2018

finding delight

Everyday I see or hear something that more or less
kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle
in the haystack of light.

~ Mindful by Mary Oliver
The 6 of Earth gives presence and comfort. There are relationships that need tending, the give and take of existence. Because no one can operate in a vacuum. You stand here today thanks to the people who came before you. Not just your Ancestors, but the whole of humanity. Work has been done, gifts have been bestowed, and, in many cases, sacrifices have been made.

You aren't on this planet simply to exist, but to thrive, create, and relate. You are here not only to receive the goodness of Earth, but to share it. Resources are more than finances. Your resource could be time shared with someone who needs it. Or a skill. Or a good meal with fine wine. There will be an exchange. It might not always be even, but it all comes out in the wash.

So.

Look around. Find some delight. Then share it.

The Everyday Tarot

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

hold that ground

You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down
~ I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty
Our Daughter of Earth has had quite enough and she ain't budging. That's the short and sweet of it. She's worked hard to get where she is today and she will not toss it all away on someone else's whims.

And so I will keep it short today.

It's likely you've done some work that's taken time and energy, possibly a few resources, and you're not going down without a fight. So do as Mr. Petty says: Don't back down.

The Everyday Tarot

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