Saturday, September 29, 2018

wing

I was a wing in heaven blue
~ Wing by Patti Smith
Temperance is usually associated with sobriety, that keeping together of disparate things, maintaining equilibrium. Temperance also sings of Alchemy, that bringing together of said disparate things and making something new, golden, divine. And those correspondences still apply to today's reading.

However, what I'm honing in on are the wings found in the Tarot image and in the oracle. Those maple seed wings in the North, in fact.

Sometimes, when musing on the Tarot, the prescribed meaning carries little weight ~ the imagery is everything. In today's reading, wing seems to be the thing.

So.

Let's consider: What does wing mean me? Or you? Roll the associations about in your mind and you've got an idea how the day is going to fly. For me, wings are, of course, flight. Wings can raise one up to the sun. Just not too close, Icarus. Birds are messengers of the Gods. Wings can be found on angels. And dragons. Wings can also be wrapped around a body in an embrace making a hug all the more sweet.

Let today's wings raise you out of the doldrums or simply ride the thermals if not down so low.

The Everyday Tarot
The Polestar Oracle

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

churn

Six o'clock, TV hour, don't get caught in a foreign tower
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn

~ It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
One tries to find some sense of comfort seeing The Tower, that dreaded card, in reverse. It's upside down. Can't be that bad, right? Well, on the whole, that could be true. On the other hand, as an arcana of sudden realization, one could simply be dodging the inevitable. Change is in the air, there are shifts and stirrings. It would be best to give attention to these occurrences rather than ignore them.

The Tower, in its upright position, indicates an unexpected shift, an electric shock of realization that changes one forever. Sometimes, those realizations are rather like the V-8 commercials. You scurry off to the store to get some. Other realizations, of course, may be more serious. Then you simply have to roll with the punches, buttercup.

In reverse, perhaps one sees the danger, but hides under a blanket and ignores the situation. As Wile E Coyote knows, pulling the shade down does little to thwart disaster. Now is a good time to remember the perspective: This is a card just for today. It will be helpful to be aware of what's going on and see what can be done to remedy the situation or, at least, prepare for it. May it only be a V-8 moment.

What has my attention in The Polestar Oracle is the crystal (looking Tower-like) resting on the feather in the North. A tower resting on air doesn't have much support. That hint brings me to the ubiquitous Be Present and Stay Grounded suggestion generally posted here.

The Tower, whether upright or reversed, isn't the worst thing in the world. Ignoring danger or being reckless might be. So, take care, but don't hide from the world. It's just changing. Like it does.

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The Polestar Oracle

Sunday, September 23, 2018

shhhh

Today I'm flying low and I'm not saying a word.
I'm letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.

~ Today by Mary Oliver

Our Mother of Air is indeed flying low today. She is seeking silence and solitude. He is withdrawn and eager for some peace of mind. The world feels like a cacophony of words and thoughts and opinions ~ each one stings and bruises. With our Mother of Air leaning left, a break from the noise is necessary.

Which makes this posting rather short and sweet. There really isn’t much to say. In fact, it is better to say nothing, keep one’s peace, and move on.

The triangular shard and feather in the East have my attention today. Start over, begin again, but with lighter intentions. Let the new beginning be an inquiry, a question to settle into rather than seeking to know. Make it a point (pun intended) to move away from the distractions. Sometimes, questions require silence.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

this old house

Not gold but only men can make
A people great and strong

~ A Nation's Strength by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our Father of Earth is ready to work. He is carefully assessing the situation and preparing the work space. She is totaling the estimate and gathering the tools. Because work can't be done unless certain items are in place. Even the building of a foundation needs a foundation, some good ground to stand on. Not too sandy or too wet. Bedrock is a fine thing to build on, but requires more work. All of which also requires a certain flexibility.

If one is working with an old house, one must gird loins for the inevitable surprises ~ rotting sills, electrical wires leading to nothing in particular, plumbing pipes that can be carbon dated. Our Father of Earth is just the person to hire. He is steady and reliable. She is knowledgeable and, most importantly, calm. Renovations are a daunting task.

Of course, this is all metaphorical. Translate the above into your task of choice today. Gather your necessary tools, rally your good senses, and, above all else, keep calm.

The fruitfulness in the East has my attention today. Along with the berries is an amethyst cluster. These items here speak of coming to fullness with a calm center. A bit of an oxymoron to have an ending in a beginning. However, knowing there is a reward to be reaped keeps an eye on the prize, keeps one's head in the work rather than living in dreams (another thing the East is known for). A methodical approach to finishing a task is needed here.

So.

Do your Work today. Plan accordingly, but be flexible. The rewards are yours, but they will benefit everyone ~ keep that in mind.

The Everyday Tarot
The Polestar Oracle

Sunday, September 16, 2018

mad love

I don't want to wonder if this is a blunder
I don't want worry whether we're going to stay together
till we die

~ Love You Madly by Cake
The Lovers leaning right is raring to go. Not sure where, but that will be worked out later, apparently. This arcana is often associated with Big Love ~ love that rocks the ages, huge universal love. We humans mostly focus on the relationship aspects of The Lovers card, but as this is a Major Arcana, there is so much more than marriage involved.

The great power of Choice is also associated with The Lovers. Because, if you think on it, when one true love has been found, it means all others fall away and a choice has been made. This is true for polyamorous arrangements as well. (Out of the millions of people one has chosen, oh, let's say, three. That still leaves quite a few that didn't make the grade.) The card, however, is leaning right and so things are exaggerated.

Are there options being forced on you today? Are you pushing for certain things too soon? Too late? There's a feel of racing to the Finish Line without any real clue as to why the rush is on. Rein it in a bit, mate. Or you're going to crash.

Which brings me to the little fellow hanging out on the Dogtooth calcite in the South. Ant is usually associated with patience, taking some time to do things right rather than rushing head on. And since Ant is hanging out in the South, that place of communal fires, it's a fair indication one might want to pace themselves in the company of others. Don't rush to make a judgement, avoid hasty decisions, and try to keep your foot well away from your mouth. This might be a day when it's better to let certain events unfold. Wait a little while to see what happens before jumping into the fray. The waiting will go a long way toward making the better choice.

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The Polestar Oracle

Sunday, September 09, 2018

return

We are stardust, we are golden
We are billion year old carbon
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden

~ Woodstock by Joni Mitchell
The 9 of Earth is usually a young woman enjoying the comforts and ease of her work. The 9 of Earth is the Horn of Plenty for he who has sown effectively. With this exaggerated energy (leaning to the right), there is a strong desire to get back to that place. Because something isn't sitting well right now. It could be the change of season ~ summer to autumn for us Northern folks ~ a desire to stretch those balmy days into winter in some way. But that is not possible and we simply must move with the seasons because that's just how life goes.

The desire to be somewhere or sometime else usually reflects a sense of being ungrounded, rootless. Being present is usually the best remedy. Giving attention to where one is in this moment makes it easier to respond. There's no room for woulda-coulda-shoulda here.

In the Polestar Oracle, I'm noticing that edge of rock looming in the North. It looks as if that blue stone and the diamond-shaped stone are either headed for it or it's bearing down upon them. I feel like this blue stone is the Third Eye, that extra bit of sight we humans have, and it is being obscured by something large and heavy. Which creates a desire to step aside, get back to the good times, find ease again in the garden. The diamond-shaped stone could be a portal and the only way out is through. Going through a thing, once again, means being present and aware of events in the moment of their unfolding, thus being better able to respond. It means paying attention rather than running away.

So.

Reflect on those good times, reflect on all the good work you've done and how it's benefited others as well as yourself, but there is other work to do here and now. It requires you to be firmly grounded where you are and using those resources you have rather than running off to the next best thing.

The Everyday Tarot
The Polestar Oracle

Thursday, September 06, 2018

smile

Waiting on this for awhile now
Paying my dues in the dirt
I've been waiting to smile

~ On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
The World comes bouncing in on an easy tune. Because all is right with The World today. The image is one of ease and completeness, wholeness. Often, we have gone through a series of events and obstacles to reach this point. Getting here feels glorious! And that should be celebrated. However . . .

In this moment is also a new beginning and we now stand on the fulcrum of another journey. We are The Fool again stepping onto a new path, filled with other challenges and pitfalls. We go around again. Hopefully, a little wiser from the last journey.

And so what has my attention in the Polestar Oracle this morning is the egg in the South. It goes rather nicely with the egg being held in The World's image. Found here resting in the South, the egg could mean finding potential in community and such communal endeavors. It is a world within worlds, the egg is ~ complete, bound, a seed, a spark of life beginning. There are no guarantees of how things will turn out. Again. But that's the point of the Journey, isn't it? The World holds the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's how we approach these things that makes all the difference, well, in the world.

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The Polestar Oracle

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

wither

I watched the strawberry fields
Dry up and wither away

~ Hypocrite by Cage the Elephant
Summer's end has come and autumn is creeping in. Little wonder few are feelin' the love today. Folks return to their daily grinds and work-a-day schedules. Some youths are starting school. But summer is tired, people. The blooms have bloomed, the fruit has fruited, and it is simply time to root in. Some of the Work is work and some of it rest.

Why bother mentioning this with a left-leaning 2 of Water? Perhaps there's a sort of pulling back, the flow isn't feeling so even ~ either it's been too much or it's been too little. (Hello, Goldilocks.) In this portion of the world, the days are getting shorter. The long cicada-song days of summer recede into the darkness of a quiet winter. It's felt in how we greet the day with morning a little darker than usual. The tired 2 of Water doesn't mean we love any less, it's just not showering the world with that love. Meeting and greeting are put aside for some alone time and contemplation.

Sometimes love is letting a thing go. Which is how the frayed birch bark in the West speaks today in the Polestar Oracle. Perhaps we feel frayed, dried out. Perhaps we're at some creative impasse that requires Doing Nothing for awhile. Perhaps we need to crawl out of some tired, dry husk of self to grow. Which means we might be feeling raw, tender, and vulnerable. Extra care might be taken in relating to others and calling boundaries on how they relate to you.

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