Everyday Tarot, 05/16/11: King of Pentacles is my Safety Net

IMG_1234The King of Pentacles or “Prince of the Chariot of Earth” is associated with Fire in Earth. He’s a very fatherly sort, and likes to look after and provide for his kingdom.  He tends to their physical needs the way the King of Cups attends to emotional needs. He’s solid and steadfast and true. In a word, he’s grounding.

That’s why I like to have my husband with me, when I’m around my family. He’s my King of Pentacles. I’ve had a very hard time with my family and while it’s generally okay now, I’m not beyond getting triggered.  I feel more stable when I’m with him, and if something happens that might throw me off balance (as sometimes does), having him there makes it easier. I know he loves me, and will look out for me if I start to lose footing. He’s my safety net.

Do you have  King of Pentacles?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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Everyday Tarot, 05/15/11: Practice What You Preach / Inverted Seven of Swords

seven-swords-daily-tarot-forecast-morgan-greer“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” –Joseph Hall

Sometimes, operating under-the-radar or without explicit permission is an excellent idea. Other times, not so much. But regardless, it’s always advisable to live in such a way you could be proud if your choices became public knowledge.

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Jewels the Psychic Cat!

Jewels the Tarot Kitty!

Jewels understands me better than many people.

I like saying I was a cat in a former life. When I first started saying this, it was mostly just my Leo rising, joking. But after talking for years to Jewels, I’m not kidding quite so much anymore.

When I had an intuitive portrait done at a psychic fair, the first thing out of the artist’s mouth was, “You’re surrounded by cats!” I had to laugh–I had five of ’em at the time! There’s no denying my affinity with felines. And it’s easy to see with Jewels, since we’re close.

I’ve long said this kitty is psychic. It’s the most reasonable explanation. She KNOWS when I’m having a bad day and gives me extra attention, even in uncharacteristic ways. She’s incredibly smart. She hides when something she doesn’t like is coming up (without any indication of what’s coming) and is exceptionally vocal, carrying on full conversations with me.

Technically, I (generally) speak in English and she responds in Cat. But we do understand each other perfectly. I’m taking this as evidence!

Have you ever known a psychic animal?

 

Everyday Tarot, 05/14/11: Traveling Light / Six of Swords

daily-tarot-forecast-six-of-swords-morgan-greerTransitions are just…hard. You know? Even necessary transitions, good transitions, moves to something bigger and better and more suited—still, they are just plain hard. I’m feeling this with the move to A Fool’s Journey from writing the Daily Tarot forecast at Elsa’s place now. Sadness is comingled with anticipation. It’s an odd mix, smacking of bittersweet.

Today’s Tarot is the Six of Swords or “Lord of Earned Success,” associated with Mercury in Aquarius. It’s another card people cringe at because of the sad tone, but just as with other challenging cards, it carries blessing in equal proportion to difficulty. Tarot swords can be challenging because so often, something is being cut out so there’s a sense of loss. But also like other Tarot swords, most often the detachment was the rational choice.

When you see the Six of Swords card, know your journey is already well underway. Detach (Aquarius) your thinking (Mercury) from the old way of life because you’re headed to new destinations. It’s perhaps some comfort to know this journey is not made alone, even though it may feel that way. Like all Tarot sixes, this is a cooperative effort even if it’s not immediately obvious, so you’ll have family, friends or some kind of guide along the way to support you. Acknowledge and appreciate the support you’ve got to get more of it.

work-in-progress(By the way—have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate you all following me here? Because I do.)

Despite the darkish mood, I always find the Six of Swords encouraging. By the time it shows up, the hardest part is behind you. You’ve made the changes, cut the ties, rectified the situations that needed altering. In short, you’ve done what needed to be done. What you’ve got left is no longer what you’ve expected for sure, but due the changes you’ve made, it’s what’s needed. I’d rather have what’s needed that what’s expected any day, even if it can be somewhat uncomfortable getting there.

How are your travels going?

The Book of Tarot: Illustrated with the Morgan-Greer Tarot
by Susan Gerulskis-Estes

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Mini-Meditation: Fly Away from Conflict

My husband gave me a version of this mini-meditation when I was all riled up over somebody else’s conflict. Works great!


See yourself outside, atop a very high mountain in a beautiful range. The conflict that’s been surrounding you, touching your life and your heart, still exists, but it’s down in the valley below where you’re now sitting.

Gazing down into the valley, you can catch only glimpses of the battle now. The people are far away. You can see there are words exchanged, but have no idea what’s being said.  They are so far away, there’s just nothing for you to do. They must resolve their own differences. You send them love and wish them well.

Instead, you turn your attention to the flowers, on the ground next to you. They’re lovely and smell so sweet…a gentle breeze rustles through the trees and carries their soothing scent, whisking away any remaining tension, just like a warm, cleansing shower. You can no longer hear voices over the chorus of birds singing. Breathe in the beauty and calm of the life energy surrounding you.

Just then, an eagle flies by, catching your attention. “How lovely it must be to fly,” you think.

As you shift focus to the eagle, your energy merges and you can see through his eyes. You’re flying! Watch, fly with the eagle, soaring up and down through the clouds, swooping swiftly past the people, past the tops of pine trees, over a river and through the most amazing landscape you’ve ever seen. Travel with the Eagle as long as you like, and let him show you some of  his awesome world.

When you’re ready, thank your Eagle friend and ask him to return you home.

Let me know if you try this one.

Everyday Tarot, 05/13/11: Power to Conquer…Yourself? Strength

tarot-strength-card-psychic-tarot-oracle“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” –Buddha

Usually, when you hear someone described as “stubborn,” it’s considered a bad thing. At times, though, it serves. Really, it’s all dependent on what you are stubborn about, you know? If the issue belongs to you, and is tied up with your deeper convictions, then yes, dig your heels in. It’s important!

Otherwise…well, maybe not so much. It’s always a question of choosing your battles. If carefully chosen, there’s little temptation to give up before winning.

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