Hierophant & Knight of Pentacles: Fill Your Own Cup First

I’ve felt kind of guilty lately. I have a long list of small commitments that remain unfulfilled. It’s not that I don’t mean to, but sometimes life distracts.

I also want to do the best I can with everything I do. Which means I have to be able to focus on it.

A person has to have their mind, body, and spirit mostly in sync to reach that clear, knowing, in-the-flow zone.  And to get <<==there, you’ve got to fill your own cup first.

So if I want to get more done, I’ve got to quit pushing and fussing at myself for not having it all done. Because even the most minor case of the guilties isn’t filling my cup. You can’t give what you don’t have. So I make a point of giving it to myself, first.

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Next Week in the Cards

The week’s outlook is represented by The Hierophant, with advice coming in as the Knight of Pentacles from the (gorgeous) Star Tarot.

Of course we take action. But it’s best taken when you’re in the zone, clear, and focused.

You’ve got to fill your cup first. Relax, distract, get quiet, get centered. Take good care of your physical needs and be kind to yourself. Get your body and your emotions clear. Then you’ll know exactly what to do and when to do it.

Get in te zone and tune in.

Signed Dix “Repeats Herself But Only What’s Still True” the Zen Goddess

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I’m (Not) Offended

I do my best to avoid being offended. Like, ever. For anything.

That doesn’t mean nothing is offensive. I mean, c’mon. There is plenty to be offended about. (There’s also plenty to be joyful about, but that’s a different conversation.)

Counting myself out of the ranks of offended is also not out of some glowing-holy kindness to all the asshats of the world.

I don’t like being offended. It feels like a loss of control to me.

If I find myself bothered by what someone else is doing, if a feeling of offense grows, then I’m enslaved to the notion the situation must be altered for me to be happy and whole. Eek! Because how often does that end well, hmm?

If you require outside cooperation to be happy, you’re screwed.  Freedom comes from being grounded to who YOU are, no matter what sort of asshattery is going down. Freedom is knowing one’s worth so clearly, outside confirmation would be superfluous.

I won’t say I never find myself uttering a gasp or getting a little hot flash. I just don’t roll in it. I move on as soon as I possibly can. Because really, who wants to pay attention to that sort of crap? I can stand around sniffing the trash or I can look for the flowers to smell. There’s plenty of both in the world.

If I don’t worry so much about what other people are doing. I’ve found my life goes a lot smoother. Offense by its nature puts you in a place of being tied to how other people are doing. I’ve got a limited amount of time to frolic upon this Earth. You can be damn sure I’m going to spend it having the best time I can conjure.

Offended or not, be well, friends.

Signed Dix “I’m Not Challenging You to Offend Me Now” Zen Goddess

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Page of Pentacles Rx: Clear Signals

“You are your own authority.” That’s been swimming in my head and coming out of my mouth lately. It doesn’t mean you aren’t interested in learning more or interacting with others. It just means you trust yourself.

  • You trust yourself to attract the information you need, as you need it.
  • You trust yourself to be able to FEEL your way through.
  • You trust yourself to make sound decisions.
  • You trust yourself to do your best.
  • You trust yourself to receive what you’ve asked for.

When we try to tune ourselves to the will or beliefs of others, we always end up confused and frustrated. It’s an ever-morphing target, even if you choose a single individual to please.  When we manage our own tuner–step and up claim our rightful role being in charge of ourselves–life becomes easier and feels better. You don’t have to find outside reassurances. You can look to get your own clear signal.

Of course, the flip side of that is true as well. You have to stay the hell out of everybody else’s realm of authority. But hey. It’s a whole lot easier to love and appreciate them all if you don’t consider yourself responsible for managing their lives, either.  You can love them without trying to fix them. ♥

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Page of Pentacles Rx, Queen of Swords

Cell phone camera + old lady eyes = crapshoot photography, folks. My apologies.

Here, we’ve got the Princess of Pentacles reversed (aka the Page of Pentacles) along with the Queen of Swords from the Star Tarot deck.

Next week’s outlook–the reversed Page–speaks of misconstructed messages and partially understood facts. There’s a hint of information but it’s incomplete and potentially out of context.

All will come into clearer, more actionable focus when you apply the Queen of Swords’ energy to utilize her superpower: cool, clear logic.

One of my strongest Queen of Swords keywords is “discrimination.” Be discriminating about the information you ponder upon as it definitely colors your perceptions! Don’t be in a hurry to act. Let clarity guide your movements over outside stimulus. Let the facts flesh themselves out and make decisions based on what makes the best, most logical sense to YOU. The Queen may listen to counsel but she doesn’t require consensus. She just requires a clear signal.

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Armchair Astrology: Venus Rx

User note: That title means I’m not a real astrologer and I don’t play one on the internet.

I’m feeling this Venus Retrograde (October 5 to November 7) fairly loud at the moment.  Think topics surrounding love and money you may well neigh have believed long dead resurrected. Personal zombies, just in time for Halloween. Are you excited yet?

This is what my psychic soundtrack is playing. Coincidence? Har!

I do find Venus retrogrades a very good time to review where your money has been going and make sure the flow matches what you most value.

And that’s kind of what we’ve been talking about the whole time, isn’t it? Focusing your attention in ways consistent with what you most value and letting the rest of the world do the same. Your job is getting your signal clear.

How you doing on tuning that signal?

p.s. If you want help tuning, give me a holler for a personal session.

 

 

 

 

 

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Five of Cups & Chariot (Again)! : Softly Moving Forward

In my other (not-as-woo) enterprises, I sell books. The last few weeks, sales have been agonizingly absent.

Now, I could have let this lead to getting anxious or worked up or scared. That sort of thing creeps in sometimes, but for the most part, I’ve been framing this as an opportunity. It’s a nudge to up my own game, you know? Time and space to improve. Motivation to learn more. So much inspiration I would never have found, had I not been in the position to seek it directly.

I really think everything anyone does is the same. When we find ourselves in circumstances that are not to our liking, it’s not indication we’re screwing up somehow. It’s an opportunity–neigh, an outright call–to level up. Without things not working with way you’d like, you’d never be prompted to improve you know. (And yes, the sales are starting to come back, the way they always do.)

Here we’ve got the Five of Cups and the Chariot, both reversed, from the Star Tarot Deck. I have some mixed feelings about using reversals with the intricacy of the images on this deck, but that’s how they came out and I feel it’s appropriate to take into account the reversals.

But the really funny thing? These were the exact same two cards I drew (in a completely different incident) for last week. So repetitive Tarot is repetitive!

First and foremost, the sense of pain out in the wild (from the world at large) should be diminishing, along with the feeling of forcefulness in general. Energy is still moving, but it’s slower and softer than before, which will no doubt come as a relief to most as we’re all sensitive to varying degrees. I’m seeing this less “more of the same” and more “it’s easing.”  This is good news. It doesn’t make it all suddenly feel very soft and fluffy, but I’m seeing this as a definite, collective sense of relief.

The advice I’m seeing in this is to back off a little. Less categorizing of good and bad and less focusing on the fixes. You feel what you feel but don’t grasp at it and milk the emotions, you know? Let go of any grief you’ve got going, at least to the extent you are able. Don’t try to force change or lead the charge. Just take a step back and exhale. Generally, there’s not a bad time for that anyway.

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It doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing. Whether you love what you see or absolutely hate it, you always have the choice of how to frame it.  It can either be “proof” of disaster, or prompt for changes. You can BE whatever part of the situation you choose. Personally, I want to ride the change, the new and the improved. And I know damn well that the existence of the old mess is what drives the improvement into the new reality. So I’m good with that.

How are you doing with changes?

If you need a little help with your framing, give me a holler for a one-on-one. And be as happy as you can out there, friends!

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Chariot & Five of Cups: Crafting Your Stories

I’ve been reminded lately, how much our conclusions are intertwined with the stories we tell ourselves. Sometimes, I encourage my Tarot people to worry less about whether a story is TRUE-with-a-capitial-T and more about how that story FEELS.

I don’t know how many, if any, take that advice though. It goes so counter to everything we’re taught. We are supposed to be honest with ourselves and ask the tough questions and face difficult truths and yada yada yada. Heck, I’ve probably said similar plenty of times myself.

But I’m not talking about pointing fingers at others when you’ve manifested a problem. I’m talking about filling in the blanks.

If we don’t know the full reasons for something (and c’mon, how often do we really, anyway?), we tend to extrapolate from our perspective, experiences, and unfortunately, fears and insecurities. If the conclusions we use to fill in these blanks are in sync with our perceptions, they will appear “true” or at least strong possibilities because they match where our energy is at.

That’s all fine and well, if the conclusions feel good. But if they don’t? Give yourself some poetic license to draw your own conclusions.

If someone doesn’t answer my email?  I assume it’s not about me! If I don’t hear from a friend in a long time, I assume they are (happily) busy. If I don’t get something I wanted, I assume there is something better coming. If someone dislikes me, I assume it’s not really about me. You could argue I’m being self-delusional and maybe you’d be right. I don’t know. I don’t really care. What I do know is that choosing self-supportive stories means I’m a lot happier and I’ve not suffered any ill consequences for “not facing the truth.”

See, there are lots of different “truths.” There’s your truth and my truth and the scientific truth and the truth of public consensus. I’m going to pick the “truth” that best supports me. The coming week, there is a strong sense of duality and the vibes I’m getting suggest that making conscious choices about what you want to focus on can make a big difference in your overall expericence.

Next Week in Tarot

The cards for next week are The Chariot for the outlook, with Five of Cups for the advice bit, shown here from the lovely Star Tarot Deck.

There’s definitely a driven feel to the events of the coming week and duality inherent in the Chariot’s energy. He harnesses both his light and darkness (as shown by the black and white horses) to get where he wants to go.

There will be those that feel as if they’ve “won,” and those that are grieving (tangible or perceived) losses. Of course, your friendly Tarot readers always love to acknowledge the cups behind the figure in the Five of Cups. But that doesn’t mean the spilled cups still don’t pack a punch in terms of emotional blows. The Five of Cups always signals grief, any way you slice it and when you’re in the middle, you don’t want some smartass Tarot chick telling you it ain’t so bad. What you feel is what you feel.

Taken together, I want to tell you to accept whatever comes. As if you have a choice, right? I mean, you can refuse to “accept it,” but it doesn’t change anything. Feel whatever you feel about it–you can’t really help that anyway–and then, if you can, when you can, as soon as you can, allow for at least the possibility that no matter what, good can come from this.

Both cards echo the same theme: take whatever comes, whether you personally would categorize it as good or bad, and consider it to be a component of progress, transformation, and growth. It all is, you know. We cannot help but expand because it’s our nature. You can tell yourself whatever is the end of all that is good and holy. Or you can tell yourself it’s just a part of the natural process and, in the big picture, this, too, will become part of the greater good.

You don’t choose the outside events, but you DO choose the stories you tell about them. Choose well.

Need some help reorienting your story? Give me a holler for a 1-on-1.  And be well out there, friends. ♥

 

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Queen of Swords: Focusing on What?

So, I got my project wrapped up. I expected it to take me about 2 or 3 days. Instead, it took two weeks of very intense attention. I pulled some long work days and just wrapped it up late Thursday night.

Now, I was less-than-enchanted with the entire endeavor, until I realized something very relevant: the end result was completely worth the trouble. There were a number of issues that went awry and each one I fixed in turn. This back and forth, catalyzed by what I didn’t want really made a difference in what I got in the end. I would not have touched any of the side issues had they not broken. So yes, there was plenty of cussing and frustration. Yes, I could have finished in a couple of days if everything had gone the way I’d planned. And yes, the finished product would have been inferior had it gone the way I’d planned.

Looking at it that way makes me glad so much stuff broke! A legitimate bright side right there, front and center. If you can find one, I always urge you to adopt the bright side. It pays off.

Aside: Thanks to those who wished me well with the stuff I have been working on last week, either directly or in your heart. I know you’re sending me your goodwill and I do appreciate it very much. ♥ An especially bright side for me.

This next week, I’d encourage you to keep looking for your own bright side and keep that vision central when you’re making decisions and taking action.

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Next Week in Tarot

The overall outlook is represented by the Queen of Swords with advice coming in from the Knight of Swords from the gorgeous Star Tarot Deck. Now, seeing this duo, right away I know, words will be flying over the next week. Not much of a surprise, huh? Words are already flying. But I’ve got more than obvious observations to share here.

This Queen is clear, focused and discriminating. There is (and will be) plenty going on. That doesn’t mean she (or we) need to digest all of it. That’s a surefire recipe for an upset stomach! What you don’t want provides the most value in spurring you towards what you DO want. So acknowledge it and then move forward. The queen focuses on her goals and anything that doesn’t contribute to those goals gets discarded. That’s a very effective approach.

What topic of focus is most in line with your values and intentions? Problems serve a purpose: they help identify areas of improvement and that’s where we want the greatest bulk of our energy to go.

What serves your greater purposes? THAT is where to direct your attention. This is a big world and we have lots of choice on how we spend our energy. Anything else is just a distraction. And if there’s one thing the Queen of Swords will not abide, it’s distraction.

The Knight would advise us to convey our ideas and messages with clarity. Dix would advise you to be mindful of tact, but not everybody listens to her. Har!

Thing is, if communication is especially sharp, critical or loud (whether or not you consider it accurate), anyone who does not agree already will tune it out. Factor your goals into your overall approach. If your goal is only to be heard, volume will suffice. On the other hand, if your goal is to inform, persuade or otherwise influence…well, doing so from a connected place will give you far more power than any other approach.

In other words, keep your head clear this coming week. When you see something you perceive as wrong, you can let it be discouragement to you or of service to you. The choice is yours.

What are you focused on?

Give me a holler for a personal visit if you want a little realignment.

 

 

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