Empress Rx: Rough Birth

As I write this, I’m still neck deep in a personal web project that was supposed to take a couple of days. It’s been over a week of hammering away and I’m still not there. I’m close, but not there. It’s also looking like I may need to go diving deep into databases, code and all sorts of techie muck.

It also reminds me why I quit doing tech work for other people. The end result will still be worth it, but I’m not loving the getting there part as much as I’d like. While I doubt anybody reading this is in the same boat as me exactly, I would not be surprised if you had some similar feelings about something important to you going down in your life.

And you know why I wouldn’t be surprised? These cards.

Next Week in Tarot

This week, we have the Empress reversed for the general outlook, along with Temperance for the advice from the gorgeous Star Tarot Deck. (Isn’t this a great deck? The cards are very large, oversized, so it’s clumsy as all get-out to shuffle but I think it would make a fabulous deck for pathworking if it’s catching your fancy.)

I want to say something’s just not working and it’s draining to boot. Your me-time may get put on hold to some degree or another while it’s sorted. Like a “breech birth” of a project or intentions. It’s coming out, yes, but all upside down!

But not all is lost. You can and do get helpful clarification through addressing what’s going wrong for sure, and you can use that to make the end result better.

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Take some of what you wanted and some of what you didn’t and mix them together to make a better mix. Temperance is particularly suggestive of taking advice or listening to other opinions as well. Consider inspiration and input from unlikely or unrelated sources, as they are likely to hold a key piece of the puzzle. You can take disparate pieces to make a surprisingly cohesive whole.

Just remember as you plug your way through whatever you’ve got to plug your way through, it’s all okay. It WILL work out and you’ll get back to where you want to be. Take a deep breath and be still a moment. Listen for inspiration. Be aware you may be getting helpful hints from outside sources, either directly or indirectly, with a word or comment that can inspire solutions. Don’t let your self-care completely go, even if you have to adjust what and how much for a minute.

Hang in there! The end will be better for it, even if the middle isn’t quite what you want.

Are you feeling this? I hope not but either way, it will work out. Okay?

Be well, friends.

p.s. If you’d like to hook up with me for a one-on-one, just give a holler.

 

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Nine of Swords: Easy Does It…

Quick aside: For those of you that noticed I didn’t post last week, sorry (and thank you for missing me)! I was very wrapped up in a work project and simply didn’t manage. Thanks for looking for me, though!

♥ I appreciate you. ♥


“Living what you don’t want makes your heart call out louder for what you do what.” I said that to a worried mom earlier today, and it’s true. It’s just a way to remember that no matter what is going on, something is coming of it and that “something” is ultimately able to work in your favor.

Now, I’m all about looking at the bright side. Enough that I am sure I annoy the holy heck out of people. Sometimes, I get tired of listening to myself. Har!

But the fact is, sometimes you don’t like what happens in your world or the bigger world. Sometimes, it’s hard to see an upside. Sometimes, you are going to feel hurt or upset or disturbed. Because that’s part of life.

Storms happen.

When you’ve got a storm underway, I’m not going to tell you to pretend to like it. I am going to say it’s best if you can avoid obsessing, though. Obsession and focus just makes those clouds bigger and blacker and scarier and doesn’t do a damn thing to help you ground and stay clear enough to navigate well.

Self-care is your best friend. Staying as connected as YOU can, easing your own path, is your primary responsibility. That doesn’t make you uncaring about what you see as going wrong. It makes you well-prepared to deal with whatever comes your way from a place of clarity and connection. Your work in that regard can serve an an umbrella against the storm.

Coming Week In Tarot

This week for the outlook, we have the Nine of Swords (Sorrow) and for advice, the Five of Swords Reversed (Compassion) from the Osho Zen Tarot. Ouch! This rendition is an especially interesting one. I always imagine this man sitting alone in a corner of his room at night, chastising himself for what he might have done differently. I think a lot of us do that on occasion. I also don’t see it ever being especially helpful.

Expect the coming week may include general worries, possibly guilt or a sense of isolation creeping in at times. This is a melancholy energy and I expect it to be floating around out in the wild. Incidentally, it may not be your personal energetic state–and if it’s not, please don’t adopt it! You have nothing to offer anyone else if you sink right down to the same vibration they are wrestling with, you know? It’s a good idea to learn to stay stable within your own energy no matter what’s going on elsewhere.

But if it is yours, that’s okay, too. You can manage well enough. We all have those fluxes and learning to soothe ourselves and shift is a valuable skill.

Don’t look to others for solutions or reassurance. Don’t battle out with the rest of the population over what’s the best or most right or take any polls about how you should live your life (looking at you, Libra)!

Instead, remind yourself you are doing the best you can, and that your best is always enough. Pull back from any issues of contention and just shoot for comfort. Self-care is always a viable and frankly, wise choice.

Be kind to yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone else things or does or is. It’s their job to decide what’s right for them and how they feel about things. It’s your job to do the same for you.

Take an easy, gentle approach to the week and look for opportunities for levity and it will go better for you.

Be well, friends! And if you want to talk one-on-one, hit me up.

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Knight of Wands: Passion and Harmony

Just about every day, there is some new thing people are wound up about. Have you noticed? Maybe big things, maybe little things, but they seem important to the people talking about them all.

Sometimes I follow the stories and sometimes I don’t. Mostly, if a story is interesting to me, I follow it. If it bothers or upsets me in any way, I don’t. I prioritize being happy over being involved.

There is so much of everything in this world to choose from! I make a habit of selecting those things that harmonize with what I want to give the vast majority of my attention. I think I have a better life for it.

Next Week in The Cards

Does this Messenger of Fire (aka Knight of Wands) look familiar? She should. She’s been here recently! Her job today is to describe the coming week, with advice coming specifically from the Two of Water (Two of Cups), both drawn from the Good Tarot.

Expect communication to be passionate and intense this coming week from all sides. Instead of looking for which source is the rightest of the right, seek out harmony.

It’s fine to decide what you feel is best about anything and everything. Just don’t hold your breath about others coming along for the ride. Some may, but many won’t.

The intensity we’ve got here leaves you with a choice: you can either get really, really agitated focusing on (and therefore growing) all these areas of disagreement.

Or you can happily swim along, paying attention to that which vibes with how you are feeling it. This week, actively seek out those moments, ideas, things, whatever, that resonate with you; pay less attention to everything that doesn’t.


Want some one-on-one help getting reoriented? Holler at me for a private session.


Diversity of opinion makes this world a more robust, dynamic place (and we cannot escape it anyway, so why not make peace with it)?  Both what you want and what you don’t are present in every issue. What you focus on is turned up in your world.

What do you want to turn up?

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Knight of Cups: Let Yourself Soar

“You can’t have it all…” he starts.

“Of course you can!” I interrupted, not concerning myself in the least with being obnoxious. I was visiting with friends.

“Maybe not all at once,” I continued. “Sometimes it takes a minute. And once you have it, you’ll obviously find a new ‘all’ to want. But there’s no reason not to have exactly what you want.”

I spoke with such conviction, he didn’t seem to know what to make of it. I could tell he liked the idea, but appeared unsure if the notion was revolutionary or delusional.

I get that reaction a lot. 

I’ve found myself saying similar things lately to a number of people. You don’t have to choose. You don’t have to compromise. You can have what you want. You can have it all. And I feel people wanting to believe me, when I say such things. Their gut does believe me, even when the brain argues.

That gut knows what the brain cannot fathom.

The reason why so many people don’t have what they want has nothing to do with the potential. It has everything to do with approach. Massaging and manipulating conditions to get what you want is very hard work, usually with a very limited payoff. You can make progress sometimes, but it’s both slow and exhausting. It’s easy to lose ground; there are too many moving parts. You question and second-guess and get discouraged and doubt yourself, trying to tilt the world. The world’s answer is “try harder” and that’s not a very satisfying answer.

A whole lot of your energetic budget is expended in a back-and-forth struggle. We’re so good at identifying all the physical reality, we tend to dismiss the energy. The energy always flows first, before the real world catches up to it in form of manifested circumstances. If you want life to be easier, work with the energy instead of the physical manifestation. It’s a lot easier to move!

In fact, energy work is the ultimate shortcut. Let go of the “how” and focus on the “why.” Evoke the feelings of what you want and start riding that vibe. Look for the elements of what you’re after in your present tense life. If you want love, seek opportunities to feel love. If you want abundance, look around for that which is abundant in your life, even if it’s in a different form. The idea here is to amp up the vibration of what you want.

Line up the energy first and hold it steady as you can. Then the outer, physical world must acquiesce to your dominant vibration. Give yourself permission to test this idea, even without seeing the logic of it. Look for your inner harmony and let the rest of the world fill in around that, because it will.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the Universe. -Marcus Aurelius #quotes Click To Tweet

Next Week in Tarot

Here we have “Understanding” (aka the Knight of Cups) from Osho Zen Tarot, paired with Phlox–Unanimity and Harmony–from Botanical Inspirations. The bird shown here is getting ready for flight, as the bars are dissolving. He’s realizing that cage was an illusion and he’s preparing to join the other birds in flight. The suit of Water or Cups is representative of emotional flow. This isn’t a change in circumstances we’re talking, but a change in feelings.

This is a week to tell yourself “it’s possible” without bothering about the details. It’s a week to set your intention to see what can be. Take a light-hearted approach and consider making a game of it. Show yourself with little things that the energy work is effective and those bigger things will also start to fall in line.

External factors (and other people) are not relevant here. That sorts itself if you stay out of the way. Just line up your own vibe with what you want to see and let the Universe sort the details for you.

Are you feeling it?

If you want a little help figuring it all out, give me a holler for a private consult and I’ll do my best to help you get your energy lined up.

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Five of Cups: Now, now, now!

Healing has been on my mind lately, no doubt because I’ve been Facebook ad-targeted for a support group for healers. It would be great targeting if I self-defined as a (tired/ drained/ overwhelmed) healer. I don’t.

I mean, sure, I’ve studied Reiki. I’m attuned. I’ve said prayers and lit candles and flipped cards and sought answers and done all the things that people who traditionally define as healers do. I just don’t see it as a process of rooting out dysfunction from the past and being the mender.

Not intending to criticize how anyone else conceptualizes the process. If excavating the past is what someone wants to do in their time working with me, that’s what we’ll do. I respect each individual’s right to determine what it is they want to look at. That’s your job to decide, not mine.

Nevertheless, I feel the most direct route to improvements come with bringing attention back around to the now and reclaiming personal power within that now. And that’s what we’re looking at for the coming week.

Next Week in Tarot

With all the retrograde astrological activity, there has been plenty of looking backward lately. Time to switch gears…

We have the Five of Cups (or Five of Water) from Osho Zen, along with a big, fat “No” from the Angel Answers cards. *

The short version here is let it go.

The longer version? Don’t try to recreate the past. Likewise, you don’t need to escape it, heal it, change it or understand it. None of this is necessary.

Instead, make peace with the past. Accept whatever your past brought you–good, bad, or indifferent–as an inherent part of the process that helped make your version of now. That’s the real function and gift from the past, always. Every experience goes into the mix of your feelings, beliefs, and preferences NOW.

Your point of power is always NOW. And now, and now, and now. #OnMyRadar Click To Tweet

Now is your only point of power. You create and attract and live from smack dab in the middle of your now. There’s no reason to carry hurt or pain forward. Let it go, man. Accept that all is as it should be and you’ll be on your way to feeling greater power, right now.

Armchair Astrology

On the energetic weather of late, here’s a quick update on the retrograde season because there’s been plenty of it!

When a planet is moving backward or retrograde (as envisioned from our perspective on Earth), issues related to that planet’s energy seem to be stalled out, slowed down and otherwise refuse to move forward. Like anytime the energy is not flowing how you’d prefer, you can fight it or flow with it. I’d advise the latter.

  • Mercury went direct August 19! Can I get a “Hallelujah?” Communication issues, electronics weirdness, and travel delays should iron out shortly, with any remaining dust cleaned up by September 2nd, when the planet is effectively out of the rx zone.
  • More good news: Mars is going direct August 27th. Woot! So that trudging through mud feeling, the frustration, passive-aggressive general vibe, and the difficulty making direct progress on any sort of project will ease at the same time.
  • Saturn has been retrograde since mid-April. Saturn will head direct September 6th. Long-term goals and management of responsibilities, especially related to work and parenting (if you are one of those) should start moving forward again.
  • Venus will be going retrograde October 5th – November 16th. This is a great time to review budgets, beauty routines, and decorating choices. If it’s associated with love or money, Venus rx is a good time to take a second look. You’ll see things you don’t ordinarily and make new realizations from looking at existing info.

Ready to move forward again? Let’s get clear with a private consult.


*Regarding the Angel Answers deck: Doreen Virtue is one of the deck’s authors. I bought it for the artwork, which I find stunning. Doreen has had a very public and highly vocal change of heart regarding her spiritual beliefs; she now denounces all divination and Tarot work, including her own past work. I obviously don’t share that perspective. Fortunately, I don’t require Doreen’s blessing to use the decks I like. I’m only interested in my own now. And right now, I think this is a beautiful deck, so I might still use it sometimes…

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Real Healers? Sort Of.

“You’re a healer,” the reader says decidedly, looking down at the worn deck of playing cards spread out on the cloth before her.

“Yes,” I nod.

“A very good one…” she adds, looking surprised.

“Thank you,” I said.  I wasn’t sure what else to say about that.

I don’t introduce myself as a healer, but it’s not uncommon for readers to describe me as such, just as this reader at a recent psychic fair. I do understand what she’s talking about. But the designation of “Healer-with-a-capital-H” is harder for me. It’s not a way I usually think of myself.

I usually just think about it as “having good energy.” I can comfortably own that. I’m very good at encouraging people who are open to and seeking encouragement.

Maybe that’s what healing actually is. Encouragement.

Healer is a funny term, the way it’s most commonly used. It implies one person–the “healer”–somehow works some sort of magic on another person–the “patient,” I guess, or the wounded one–to afford an improvement. The patient is in need of help, and the healer gives that help. There is a suggestion the healer is strong and well, and the to-be-healed is not. The healer is supposed to fix the wounded one. Except that’s not how I see it at all.

I cannot fix anybody! I don’t try to fix anybody. I don’t even try to fix myself, for God’s sakes.

There’s a very simple reason for this. I don’t see anyone as broken. 

I do understand people hurt. They struggle  They may be in physical or emotional pain. They want changes. They want to feel better. I can often help facilitate that, but I always understand implicitly, I’m only a helper here. Like an amplifier, I can turn up the natural signal of their well-being by clear focus.

What I do–getting grounded and centered, plugging in for divine inspiration and insight and translating what I receive–is a process available to literally everyone on the planet. EVERYONE. No exceptions.

You don’t have to be some kind of glow-in-the-dark-holy-special-gifted-with-the-sight-at-birth-psychic-healer to do this. It’s easier when you’re calm, and harder when you’re upset.  It’s helpful to have your own energy focused as a matter of practice and to be clear about your intention. Your beliefs and attitudes will influence what processes you may choose to do this There infinite ways to approach it and some habits definitely make it easier. But it’s not a special gift given unto a select few. And you already do it, probably a whole lot more than you realize.

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Those times when you know just what to do or to say, when the perfect words are inspired to you? Those times when you lean into self-care, or comfort a friend or make a comment or come to a realization about how to approach a topic? You are tuning in. That’s all that it is. That is “healing” energy in a nutshell. It’s being connected and inspired.

I have some skill at execution for sure, probably due to years of study and practice. I prioritize my connection because, with that connection, everything else works better. It’s more important to me to maintain my connection than it is to please anyone else. That all helps tremendously, but it’s not something only I can do. I’ve made a practice of it, but you can, too. Literally, any person on the planet can choose to do this for themselves.

When I’m working with someone one-on-one, I’m not reaching for a way to mend them. I don’t mend what I don’t see as broken. Do I hope to help them improve their experiences? Of course!  There is certainly more and less comfortable. There’s happiness and pain. There’s easy and hard. I know which ones I prefer, as do the people I work with. But there is not broken and whole, at least to me.

When I work with someone, I’m reaching for insights: information, tidbits or advice that will be of practical use. I’m looking to serve as an amplifier for an individual’s strengths and abilities. I’m asking for perspective and wisdom to shine light upon what someone already knows within their own heart. In my world, healers are not those gifted in furrowing out dysfunction and magically correcting it. I guess I think of “healers” as those particularly skilled at tuning in to an individual’s goodness and helping to amplify that by recognizing and reflecting it.

Healers don’t heal people. People heal themselves. It’s up to the individuals involved, however, how they attribute the outcomes.

Personally, I consider it an incredible honor to be able to participate at all. I feel good about my role in it, but I’m certainly not going to take credit for it. The credit always goes to the individual who is doing the real heavy lifting by adjusting their own vibration.

So in the sense I hold steady in my own connection (which allows me to help influence those looking for to shift their own energy), I guess I’m a “healer.” Or maybe it would be more accurate to say, I’m a helper. I’m a professional encourager. And yeah, I do think I’m good at it.

Whatever you call it, it’s an incredibly rewarding line of work.

What do you think being a healer is all about?

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