Queen of Cups: Hearing Through Your Heart

Sometimes, I’ll pull cards for a forecast and immediately ask myself THAT question. Like this week.

“Are these cards really for the forecast? Or are they for me?”

I know it’s a silly question in practical terms. There is no meaningful distinction between the two.

Looking for signs or messages is akin to studying a piece of art. You may be appreciating the very same work thousands or even hundreds of thousands have before you. But whatever you take home from the experience will be personal to you.

Intuition will surface through whatever cracks we allow. Messages don’t require a single, specific address on the envelope to reach the intended destination.

 The Universe is a multi-tasker.

Thus, I find it very instructive to listen to myself handing out advice. If I hear the same words coming out of my mouth at least three times in a short period, I take note. I also realize it’s probably something others could benefit from considering as well.

“Accept how you feel. Don’t judge it. Don’t fight it. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Feeling crummy doesn’t mean you’re doing something wrong. It will come and go. So just do the best you can with it, be kind to yourself through it all, and love yourself anyway.”

That line of thinking is likely to make next week a whole lot easier to manage. Just sayin.’

Next Week in Tarot

Outlook next week is the Queen of Cups (Water) with advice as the reversed Page of Cups (again, Water), pictured here from the Good Tarot deck.

I hear on very good authority that the Page of Cups in making frequent appearances in Tarot readings near you. He’s evidently the flavor of the day.

I expect the next week to feel a little like therapy–waves in and out with plenty of processing in between.  Sometimes the feelings will be intense, with potential for bittersweet.

The emotional flux is giving me the image of a ship pitching back and forth in choppy water. The reversed Page of Cups is often emotionally over-saturated. He may be waterlogged and possibly in need of a nap.  And that’s okay. Naps are our friends.

Accept whatever feelings you’ve got on deck. The feelings may form the character of a given moment, but they are not forever-feelings. The tide may indeed be in right now, but it always rolls back out. There are no exceptions to this rule.

So breathe. Take a step back. Soften the edges and be gentle with both yourself and everybody else. Just do the best you can with what you’ve got. Allow the necessary space for any emotional choppiness to settle down, so you can once again hear the voice of your heart more clearly. It will come.

You won’t  be able to see your way ahead–but you’ll feel it. It’s just a matter of settling the internal din.

As much as possible, also make this a week of listening to your body and giving it what it asks for. Eat when you’re hungry. Sleep when you’re tired. Fill your own cup first.

Beyond that, also pay heed to what you are feeding your mind. Your mood will instruct here. If you’re absorbing vitriol, the topic or objective truthfulness of the details is irrelevant. It will make you sick just the same. And if you’re wrapping yourself up in love no matter what the specifics, it will heal you just the same.

Take care, friends.

And if you want some help feeling your way forward, give me a ping.

Five of Pents and Star Rx: Be the Lighthouse

The righteous fury and religious overtones of the polarization out there right now are inescapable (and sometimes a little triggering to boot).

We can process, but our history never ceases to be part of who we are.

If you’ve ever felt judged, scared, misunderstood, unheard, condemned, ignored, hated or unsafe? There’s something in the energetic climate right now to resonate with that personal history. We may not be thinking in those terms in the heat of the moment, but it’s inevitably part of what’s getting stirred up.

I am finding a thought that often helps center me: Almost everyone wants to do right, even when those visions of right drastically differ. People become emotional over issues they care deeply about. That’s why the stakes feel so high. Remembering this makes observing what seems to be ignorance or folly far easier to tolerate.

I’m not saying “easy” here, but “easier.” I’ll take all the improvement I can find!

If you feeling worn down, look for evidence of goodness. Actively seek encouraging signs, however humble they may be. There always are some if you’re looking specifically for them. Self-care, plenty of rest and regular distractions will all help you recharge.

Know it’s not yours to resolve. We sometimes feel like if we can hammer our points hard enough, shout our deeply-held convictions loudly enough, we can force the issues we hold dear and somehow make others see. It never seems to work that way.

But ultimately, that’s okay because it’s not our job to fix the world. The world is a dynamic, constantly evolving entity beyond any individual’s realm of control. Managing what’s right for everyone with all the implications is way above any individual’s pay grade.

That’s fine, though, because it’s so much simpler than we make it out to be.  Your one and only job is to manage yourself. THAT is how you make the world better. Be a lighthouse. Be the love. Maintain an unyielding attitude of kindness. Let your light serve both as self-encouragement and example to anyone so inclined to follow it.

This simple and self-contained approach can help a lot in the days to follow.

Next Week in Tarot

Five Pentacles Star Rx

Outlook is the Five of Pentacles (Earth), with advice as the Star reversed from the ever-so-gentle Good Tarot deck.

That five suggests the week will feature feelings of aloneness, being misunderstood or alienated somehow. Sorry! We’re looking at a distinct chill in the emotional weather.

As a perpetually-looking-for-the-bright-side sort, however, I want to acknowledge the unseen resources I always find with the Five of Pentacles. Help is always present when I see this card. Folks may not be ready to recognize and utilize any available support just yet, but it exists nonetheless. You are not as alone as you may feel in a given moment.

As advice, the Star reversed would have us temper expectations. Let your optimism be of the “cautious” variety. In other words, don’t hesitate to hope for the best, sure! Always hope for the best. Just expect it to take a minute arriving. This is a very do-it-yourself brand of optimism.

It’s not a great surprise to see patience-themed advice as we’ve just entered a Mars retrograde. Self-control is a real asset any time, but especially helpful when the God of War is retrograde–and an asset that may appear in perilously short supply at times. So take a deep breath and control thyself friends, letting your example speak true to your values. Nothing else will speak as clearly, after all.

You don’t have to find a lighthouse in the storm. Be the lighthouse. It will make all the difference.

If you’re looking to realign your own perspective, hit me up for a personal session.

Page of Wands and Queen of Swords Rx: Rough Draft

I think of myself as borderline notorious for the “we’ll figure it out as we go” approach. I may play with ideas but I don’t studiously chart my course out, no matter what the goal. What others may see as chaotic, I see as inspiration-driven.

Doesn’t “inspired” sound nicer than “crazy?”

But when you live this way, you’ve got to cut yourself slack when your inspiration doesn’t turn out quite like you might expect. You get the signs, you feel the steps but the ending doesn’t come together the way you expected.

It doesn’t mean you have screwed up. It means the whole is still taking shape. It means what you saw as an end game isn’t necessarily all there is to it. It’s merely an edit, a bullet point in the draft of your bigger story.

I’m not seeing completed manuscripts next week. I’m seeing rough drafts.

Next Week in Tarot

Outlook is the Page of Wands, with advice coming from a reversed Queen of Swords, pictured here from tthe Radiant Rider-Waite.

I can’t help but thinking the blurriness of this image provides yet another clue of the energy we’ve got on deck. (Beside, faulting “this crazy energy” sounds much better than blaming my sub-standard photography skills, don’t you think?)

The Page of Wands is definitely passionate and more than a little idealistic. That’s all fine and well, so far as it goes. We just sometimes forget how youth impacts interpreting a page.

Pages are children. Though this guy’s outlook may be bold and his heart full of fire, his vision isn’t necessarily mature or wise. Far from it. Anytime you’ve got a page weighing in, you can figure whatever he’s representing is relatively undeveloped. He’s not the tiny sprout of an idea as shown by an Ace, but he likewise cannot speak with the mature and well-defined voice of King, either. He could grow into a competent king, but he ain’t there yet.

Next week, expect passion to overrule logic. People may insist on emotional gratification without the clue one as to what form such gratification could take. Practicalities are dismissed summarily in the face of strong feelings. They may say, “I’ll know it when I see it,” but you can take that more precisely to be, “I’ll know it when I FEEL it.”

Now, the reversed Queen of Swords offers interesting advice. When this lady is not aright, we’re cautioned to be especially careful of becoming over-critical or harsh as these are some of her potential weaknesses. It would be very easy to do more damage than good by picking apart someone else’s position.

Upright, this queen is frequently responsible for sorting out solutions, ruling out what is unworkable or impractical from from sound strategies that ensure progress. But as she came in reversed, timing isn’t conducive to full critical analysis or insightful discrimination between the workable and problematic. There isn’t enough information or personal clarity to do the job right at present. Facts may slow to come in and remember, that (wound up) page is still running the show.

Your best bet here is allowing yourself a step back from and and all emotional fervor. Assume good intentions all around and stifle urges to attack others based on differing perceptions.

It’s that “happy or right?” question revisiting. Even if you’re completely right (and you certainly may not be under these conditions), you can still blow it all up by forcing conversations on those not yet receptive.

Whether you’re most strongly identifying with that Page or the Queen, consider this moment in time to be akin to presenting a rather rough draft of the final work. Get your outline organized clearly and do a little self-editing before sending your words out.

Much love, my friends. Stay safe and sane out there! And if you want a little support working out your own draft, hit me up for a personal consult. You know where to find me.

Wheel of Fortune Rx: Make Your Own Luck Already!

The world has been scratchy as Hell. 2020 has been a year like no other in providing justification for pretty much any emotional reaction imaginable. 

I was feeling this yesterday. Anxious, itchy and irritable, not really sure what to do with all the pent-up and bothered energy that was building up.

What would help?

I remembered my fourth house Mars. Mars rules not only anger, but drive and initiative. Mars will dictate you go about getting what you want. And if you’re feeling frustrated or otherwise unfulfilled, the placement of Mars can provide inspiration about how to release the frustration. Fourth house rules home life.

So I cleaned. I may not be able to clean up the chaos in the world, but I can certainly lessen the chaos in my tiny corner.

And yes, it made me feel much better. The cats’ confusion also amused me, so bonus points.

Next week might be a good time to clean your house (or whatever your Mars prescribes).

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook, we have the Wheel of Fortune reversed, with advice from the Ace of Pentacles. Pictured from the Radiant Rider-Waite.

Now I usually read the Wheel as positive, even reversed. Here, I want to say your luck is nothing more complicated than what you make of what you’ve got. It’s not how it looks. It’s not about whether or not it was what you wanted.

It’s all about what you do with whatever you’ve got.

Rather than bemoaning the current circumstances, turn it all to your advantage by asking yourself, “What do I want to create out of this?” Creating something from whatever lies before you is exactly what the Ace of Pentacles would suggest.

Concrete, real-world manifestations are the order of the week. If you cannot control the world, control your corner of it. If a situation ends, start something new. Make something beautiful out of what you’ve got. Transformation will provide both relief and tangible benefit here.

Don’t look to save the world on this wave, friends. Instead, let whatever captures your attention to inspire you to create something you actually want. The Ace of Pentacles wouldn’t have you burning anything down without the vaguest notion of how to replace it. This ace will always have you building something new. As an ace, the results may be humble, but no matter what, they will be REAL and worth doing. 

What can you make out of what you’ve got? That’s the question to bear in mind next week. It will guide you to constructive action. 

Good luck!

And if you want to talk about it in a private session, give me a holler and we’ll set something up.

Fool Reversed, Knight of Pentacles: Who are you, really?

I’ve been doing a little emotional unpacking over here. It’s moving along, but still kind of a slow, messy business.

Although it’s not been a painless process, it’s definitely one I’m immensely grateful for. I’ve become sensitized to the times my responses feel “off.” I’ve had to step back repeatedly and just sit with it in order for it to unfold in a way that feels natural and right to me.

The strongest insights show up in the mornings, immediately upon waking up. So if you’re in a similar situation, let me suggest sleeping on it, over and over!

I also see a strong parallel to this process in the forecast for next week.

Next Week in Tarot

Image from the Radiant Rider-Waite.

As outlook next week, we have the Fool reversed, with advice coming in as the Knight of Pentacles. The overall vibe here is offers only a slight shift from last week.

People talking AT one another instead of WITH one another remains “a thing.” Projections, oversimplifications and flat-out false assumptions remain prominent. A sense of being misunderstood or mischaracterized are likely to materialize on multiple fronts, in both personal and collective spheres.

I know. It doesn’t sound all that nice, does it? But there is an upside.

A very powerful opportunity emerges from this. Being faced so obviously with who you ARE NOT points out in very sharp detail who you ARE. It takes stepping back from the situation to see it for sure, but the insights that flow from such a perspective are invaluable.

Who do you truly want to be? What behavior is consistent with that self-definition? What are you really all about?

The temptation in this environment is going to be working harder and talking louder in the hopes of being “understood.” It’s natural to enjoy the sense of affirmation that comes from feeling truly seen. I’ll be the first to acknowledge it’s great stuff, when it shows up organically. It’s also impossible to force.

But as much as we may feel the urge to pursue being understood, it’s an ultimately irrelevant goal. A sense of personal integrity is never the result of a vote. At best, these efforts are a distraction and at worst, derailment.

Making sure your direction remains consistent with your core values is the course the Knight of Pentacles advises. The heightened awareness offers us a roadmap to remaining true to ourselves.

Forget who else knows who you are. What matters is that YOU know who you are.


You do know who you are, right? Remembering this provides a lot more guidance than you’d imagine.

For some Tarot help sorting your own questions out, give me a ping for a private session.

Magician and King of Pents: Magical Words vs. Practical Actions

I heard from someone recently whom I’ve not talked with in a very, very long time.

It was just a little surreal, if you want to know the truth.

The words and ideas were incredibly familiar. Deja Vu. I understood the points of reference, because they were an integral part of my history. At the same time, there was a disconnect. That history remains history, not active in the present tense.

It was sort of like he was trying to speak to the person I used to be, hoping to call her to action. That chick doesn’t live here anymore. Her purpose was making the way for who I am, today. And who I am today will make way for who I become, tomorrow. That’s my idea of a good life, anyway.

Next week has kind of a similar vibe. Forget winning over anybody to your version of righteousness. Just live your own vision of what being a good human looks like. The rest will sort itself.

Next Week in the Cards

The outlook this week comes in the guise of The Magician, with advice as the King of Earth (Pentacles), pictured here from The Good Tarot.

With Magician as a forecast, people will be weaving their own stories in the week to come. They will likely be acting on those stories as well–the Magician is a can-do kind of guy. He channels personal focus into working his own magic.

It’s worth noting that the Magician is  ruled by Mercury. Therefore, we’re talking about a very focused and very mentally active energy. The phrase “you can hear the wheels turning in his head” could be describing the Magician. He’s looking to put together a spell to make things happen, and he’s not necessarily above utilizing slight of hand in the process.

While I generally like to see the Magician in readings because he indicates utilizing personal power, he has a different tone for me this week forecast. I still believe his intentions are on the up-and-up. But using your personal power/magic to run your own life is much different than using it to manipulate.

Advising us on the way forward, however, is the always solid King of Pentacles. This King is highly pragmatic and well-appointed to ground and balance the more mental energy of the Magician. Pentacles speak to manifestation, real-world practicalities. Kings rule kingdoms full of real, live subjects, after all. Their reign is not limited to the theoretical.

This King is especially concerned with the physical well-being of his kingdom. So the help he offers is often of a very concrete, practical nature. Do those in front of him have enough to eat? Do that have adequate shelter and clothing? Philosophy takes a back seat to immediate, physical needs in his priority list.

I’m expecting a week where information disseminated may be especially slanted or cherry-picked to suit a specific narrative. Honestly it feels a little silly even suggesting such, because there is so much of that already. We’re surrounded by competing narratives vying for the status of “truth” every single day.  How is it even worth commenting upon?

And yet, these cards suggest being more aware than usual of this phenomena. So it’s likely to be particularly easy to get caught up in the weeds if you’re not watching for it. We all fall into this to some degree anyway. What’s most credible, what stands out as being especially meaningful to each of us personally is based upon what we already believe.

To ground and stay clear, channel the King here. He’s a very practical guy. Address your own physical needs first–health, food and rest. Then begin working your way out through the “kingdom.” Family, friends, neighbors may be addressed and then, as time and energy allows, the world at large.

I wouldn’t bother trying to change someone’s mind about what’s “real” next week. Not much point. But if you see someone hungry? Feed them (or contribute to an organization that does). If you see someone struggling, lend a hand. Offer a word of encouragement, a prayer or a little support as you’re able. Do what you can to help yourself, your loved ones and then to those you meet.

Small, heartfelt acts of kindness, compassion and love–even a smile or a kind word–will do the most good for the most people. It’s how you stay sane, grounded and clear here, no matter what you see on the TV.

Just address what’s right in front of you with the sole intention of being helpful. That’s all you can realistically do, but the good news is that it’s absolutely enough!

Be well, friends.

If you’d like a personal consult, hit me up and we’ll talk.