Ace of Swords & Five of Pents: Kaleidoscopes & My Religion

I’ve been feeling more at peace lately. Not 100% of the time naturally–I’m not freakin’ Jesus. But I’ve been gradually feeling much more centered, much more of the time. I’m really glad!

My buddy Josi likened my process to shaking a kaleidoscope until I find an image I am pleased with. It’s an incredibly apt metaphor.

We’ve got multiple interpretations of reality to choose from. Why wouldn’t I pick the one that feels best to me?

If you can only feel peace when what you observe agrees with your idea of right? You’re screwed, plain and simple. There will absolutely ALWAYS be those  who don’t believe as you. There will ALWAYS be people living in a way you don’t see as good or right. There is too much variety among us for any one perspective, any one conclusion, any one idea to be universally adopted. (I actually believe this to be a good thing, but I don’t try to convince anybody else of that.)

Lately, I’ve been thinking of the dramatically diverse viewpoints as being a form of religions. Facts are all well and good, but the interpretations, deciding what those anything ultimately MEANs, is a uniquely individual and emotional process.  Conclusions are far more a function of where one’s faith lies, what an individual regards as being true and right, than any objective summary of facts and figures.

What’s more, people are inclined to loudly preach that faith. It’s easy enough to feel bothered if that faith doesn’t match ours. It doesn’t mean those preaching are deficient somehow for looking through a different stained-glass window than I am.

So lately when I run across something that doesn’t work for me, I just say to myself, “That’s not my religion.”

It feels so much better than the arguments I used to have in my head…

My religion is  pretty simple, really. It’s mostly about kindness, respect, and optimism. It’s doing the best I can personally to contribute to the greater good universally. I don’t have to work out the specifics of what “good” must look like. Instead, I find it enough to feel compassion for any who suffer while trusting in the strength and spirit of each individual to find their own path.

I do me. You do you. It’s a very simple approach to live and I like it that way.

Everyone else is welcome to their own religion, of course. That’s kind of the whole point. Reminding myself of this has been super helpful in keeping my own head on straight. Maybe it will help you a little next week, too. I hope so!

Next Week in Tarot

The softly-colored cards pictured are from the Crystal Visions Tarot.

Ace of Swords, Five of Pentacles

Outlook is the Ace of Swords; advice incoming is via the Five of Pentacles.

I’m expecting people to maintain a very focused (and no doubt narrow) point of reference in the coming week. In other words, perspectives remain polarized.

I’m not seeing much in the way compromise or even passing interest in opposing viewpoints. The Ace of Swords indicates a very singular focus. For most, there will be no shades of gray. Definitions of “reality” may be centered around a single idea or story that considered universally true, completely representative of the larger whole.

To some extent, this is also giving me an “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” vibe. While my take on it seems (unfortunately) descriptive of current events, don’t be surprised to see this at the micro/individual level every bit as clearly as in bigger venues. It’s just the flavor of the week, you know? While it’s not my favorite flavor by any means, I try to remember that this sort of focus can produce some stunning shifts. I’ve got to trust in the Universe to orchestrate it all because it’s way above my pay grade to have all the answers for everybody on everything. I’m just looking to guide my own ship, damn it!

The Five of Pentacles is an especially interesting card to see as advice. I normally see this one when someone is feeling “left out in the cold,” short on resources or without adequate support. Tarot fives indicate conflict, but that doesn’t mean the conflict isn’t productive in some way. More importantly, I always get this card when help is already available, although the individual may not yet recognize it as such.

In this picture, four of the five pentacles are behind the woman and her child, with only being in plain view. She has more resources and support at her disposal than she knows. (This could be said for pretty much all of us, of course.)

In the context of advice, I’m going to suggest you slow down and take stock next week. You might feel like you’re on the outside and there’s definitely potential for fear, sadness or a sense of alienation. No dramatic action is required to address this, though. Those feelings are temporary, not the last word!

If you need to isolate a little, do that. There is no harm in stepping back and it could provide some relief. Instead of jumping to conclusions, take a break from trying to figure it all out. Ground and breathe.

Comfort yourself and expect to begin to notice the resources and support you do have. Those resources are not only there, but have been all along. Wrap yourself in your own values and realize, you don’t need a congregation of agreement to manage here.

Do you finding ways to center yourself now?

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Two of Wands: Finding Your Touchstones

I’ve been on the lookout for little reminders of late. Signs, if you’re inclined to call them such. Personally, though, I think of them as touchstones.

My touchstones are those little reminders of who I am, what is real and what really counts.

I see them all over when I’m attuned to them by looking. I find them in my joy at seeing a tiny kitten rescued or in watching the guy who feeds the racoons. I see them in flowers sent from a friend or the warming of my heart reading kind words about someone’s work in my crochet group. They don’t have to be big for me–only ring true.

Such small acts of kindness and love are both healing and reassuring. Connecting with these kinds of feelings and ideas makes me feel not only more like myself, but like I’m amplifying the very best in myself. I don’t need any specific set of conditions to do that.

If you spend much time noticing what you find “off,” you’re going to start feeling out of balance and out of sorts. It’s inevitable. I’m not saying unpleasant feelings cannot be justified. There is enough variety to observe, EVERY feeling could be a rational response to what you’re seeing. But where are you looking?

To me, certain feelings stray further away from my sense of inner truth. I want to live as close as I can to who I am at the soul level, which is what I consider to be the “real” me. Anger, disgust or fear give me the sense of being off-kilter. They are disruptive. I don’t think such feelings represent the best of myself. They aren’t what I want to feed.

So if you’re feeling weary or out of sorts with anything you see in the world, start looking for touchstones. It sure wouldn’t be a bad idea to practice that next week.

Next Week in Tarot

Two of Wands Reversed Page of Swords

We’ve got a forecast of the Two of Wands with a reversed Page of Swords for advice. Cards pictured are from the Crystal Visions Tarot deck.

Two of wands offers us a “confidently stand your ground” vibe. Wands speak of heartfelt commitments or passions. Tarot twos especially show us choices, bringing our attention to polarities. It’s easy to see the downside of polarities, suggesting divisions or standoffs. But I try to always remember, polarities cannot exist in isolation. Each side of a polarity holds elements of the other in it’s very definition. If you define yourself as anti-something, you actually need that “something” to exist in order to retain that definition. The energies are entwined, one feeding the other.

Swords in general speak to reasoning, thought, conflict or communication. The Air element they represent usually has some emotional distance. Pages are often messengers and specifically, I often see this page delivering contracts, either formal or informal.

With a reversed Page of Swords to guide us, I’d take it slow. Don’t overcommunicate. Don’t fight with those whose heels are already dug in because while you’ll definitely get a dose of their passion, you won’t be able to find a conversation of reason. In terms of commitments, again don’t move quickly. Let the specifics be developed gradually and expect the final version to come together in time, not right now.

Positions will most likely remain entrenched this week and there won’t be any talking anyone out of what they already believe. I’d go further as to say it’s not an especially a good time to try. Comprisable territory is coming (or that Page of Swords wouldn’t have appeared at all), but it’s not yet here. I’d hold my tongue and let the Universe continue to sort things out until the time is right for meaningful dialogue. It’s not quite there yet, though.

Are you finding touchstones to help you stay grounded?


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Five of Swords: When You Don’t Get It

“I just don’t get it.”

That’s a phrase I’ve been saying a lot lately. I suspect I’m not alone.

Instead of succumbing to the urge to fight whatever “it” I just don’t get, I’m taking a little detour. I’m seeking a better understanding of whatever it is that I don’t get.

Now, this may not be the route for everyone. But it’s been helpful for me. You’ll get your own chance to decide what’s best for yourself coming up.

Next Week in Tarot

The forecast is the Five of Swords–ugh. Advice is once again the Knight of Swords.

The Five of Swords pretty much always signals conflict. Sometimes internal, sometimes external, but no matter what, this card heralds incoming battles. No surprise here.

The images on this rendition notably emphasize the feelings involved, with so many swords cutting through hearts. The central cross and star visually suggests self-righteousness to me.

People are very likely to feel like their personal cause is holy and sacred. Ironically, they may have powerful enough emotions about that cause to remain convinced nobody else’s feelings are relevant.

We’ve been seeing an abundance of Swords lately, which isn’t super surprising considering the state of the world right. Insofar as advice goes, embodying the principles you want to promote remains a valid prescription for honoring the Knight of Swords. Meticulous integrity is certainly a great way to follow his lead.

But there are many ways to express the energy of Air, the Sword’s element. We could go with reason, intellectualism, emotional distancing, discrimination or elimination. We could become more dispassionate or  “cut away” something that doesn’t serve. There are a plethora of choices here.

Recently, I’ve been leaning into the Swords’ spirit of investigation and curiosity. I’m not seeking pockets of agreement so much as I’m looking for clarity and a better understanding. I’m looking to “get it,” not so much judge it.  I am convinced the better I understand what I’m seeing, the easier it is for me to moderate emotional responses to it.

This coming week, expect conflict to continue unabated. This could refer to either personal or collective conflict or maybe both. I’m sorry about that. I know many are tired.

For your part, seek ways to utilize the Knight of Swords’ energy. You can become a personal example of  principles you revere.  You can emotionally distance, occupying your mind with other things You can look to better understand viewpoints that diverge from your own. Or you can jump right into the fray. I don’t choose that one because it doesn’t feel good to me. But I’m not going to tell others what to do, tempted as I may sometimes be.

Good luck out there, friends.


p.s. If you need a little help clearing your own head, hook up with me for a private Tarot session and we’ll tease out the truth together.

Five of Pents Rx: What’s Real?

Pretty much every week, I tell myself I’m not going to keep saying what a crazy time this is.

But Holy Hell, it’s a crazy time…

I’m really worn out by the environment right now, which strikes me as an incessant listing of all that we’re against. This wouldn’t be quite so wearing if the lists matched up, but they don’t.

If I’m being honest, thought…the most significant reason it’s wearing is that I’ve got my own list, too. I check it off regularly. just like everybody else. I just don’t advertise it. I find it insulting to be lectured on how to be a decent human, so I don’t want to perpetrate that insult upon others.

But damn, wouldn’t it be nice if they would just see the obvious on their own?!? Har!

I stumbled across a great coping strategy, though. If you can touch base with who you REALLY are for even a moment? Everything else fades into insignificance. All you need is a little reminder of who you really are. Tuning into that makes everything else easy.

Your true self, your soul, is MUCH, much bigger than a specific set of convictions about how to appropriately handle life’s quandaries. You are Universal Energy flow, at the core. Love. Kindness. Goodwill. Appreciation. These feelings are pure vibrations and will always clarify matters, no matter what the circumstances. If you can find ways to tap into those streams, it becomes easy to embody your authentic self.

I’m not saying good intentions aren’t ever part of desires to address the world’s woes. But in order to rise above the woes and see a clear path forward, you’ve really got to tap into the higher vibrations than the woes are made of. Anger, disgust, fear and self-righteousness muck everything up. We get stuck in the mud, arguing about details. Purer energy means purer inspiration and more effective action. It also means a happier life, living true to who you are in the most potent way possible.

Ready to start practicing?

Next Week in the Cards

The cards were both inverted, but I righted them to take a picture. It’s a tab blurry–old lady eyes–but still easier to see upright.

We got a forecast card of the reversed Five of Pentacles, with advice of the reversed Ace of Swords from the Crystal Visions Tarot.

Five of Pentacles in any orientation signals a feeling of being left out in the cold, overlooked or otherwise discarded. it’s a feeling of being adrift and unimportant. Reversed, this cards suggests such conclusions are most likely based on incorrect assumptions.  Like almost every version of this card, there are resources out of view of those suffering, not being seen or acknowledged.

What you perceive as being ill will aimed at you isn’t actually about you. A sense of victimhood or oppression is rooted in perception, not actual hurtful intentions. While the behaviors or outcome may not live solely in your imagination, the interpretations of what it all means probably does. They are not all out to get you!

Bearing this in mind, a reversed Ace of Swords would have us hold off confrontational “tough conversations” this week–they are best held when we’ve gained more clarity. Don’t draw your final conclusions yet because the facts are not all obvious. That’s coming…the Ace of Swords is there but reversed, so facts are surfacing but not in full focus.

For coping, especially look for those sources of support we’re not acknowledging. Look for the good that’s been overlooked and allow the rest of the facts to surface before drawing your lines in the sand or placing your bets or whatever it is that you feel the urge to do.

Yes, there is plenty ugly that’s real. Sometimes, it gets on you. But there is also a bigger, more complete picture you’re not seeing yet. Allow yourself the space to see from higher perspective by tapping into the flow of who you really are. This is where solutions come from!

If you can access feelings of hopefulness, appreciation or love, you’re on the right track. Do whatever it takes to give yourself a healthy dose of that because it’s the antidote to all forms of crazy. Seriously.

Peace out, friends. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.


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Four of Pentacles: Stability. Do What You Will

I got a reminder this week to pay attention to what sort of energy I consume. Enough consumption and you become saturated. Eventually, you find yourself leaking some of that same energy and getting it on other people in the process.

That’s not who I am. That’s not who I want to be. 

You’d think I’d be expert at following my own advice by now, but I’m just as human as the next gal. The good news is that I caught it quickly and was able to turn it around. It felt SO MUCH better!

I have said forever and a day: if you need the world to cooperate with you to be happy, you’re screwed. Not going to happen. You do have control over yourself and your perspective, however. It’s a big world. Decide where you want to place your focus.

Stay vigilant, friends.  Whatever energy you’re most consuming will impact your sense of reality.

Next Week in the Cards

For outlook, we have the Four of Pentacles. Advice comes in as the Nine of Pentacles–these cards are from the Star Tarot Deck.

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this card as the outlook.

Tarot fours denote stability–think the four legs under a table. Sometimes you’ll get this card in the face of anxiety, particularly over financial or physical matters (Pentacles).  With or without the worry factor in place though, an underlying, stable energy is depicted. So while the coming week may or may not feature anxiety, the world will not fall apart. That’s good to know!

The Nine of Pentacles is also an interesting draw for advice. This card often refers to education, formal or otherwise.

The woman pictured in the Nine is a person of learning and refinement. She overcomes her baser (animalistic) instincts to advance her own growth. Hers is an utterly personal endeavor, not collective. She doesn’t rely on force to overpower. Instead, rewards come to her as a result of a kind, gentle and loving stance.

Next week, be open to learning and new perspective. Don’t try to force personal conclusions onto unwilling recipients. The Nine of Pentacles doesn’t suggest we school others.  Following her advice would have us leaning into a gentle, kind and observant stance with the intention of self-improvement. That’s always an achievable goal.


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Ten of Pents Reversed: Right or Happy?

It’s been stunning for me to realize how radically different that various individuals can be looking at the very same situations. It’s like we’re watching entirely different movies and arguing about the plot. It reminded me of the Kipling ballad.

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! -Kipling, The Ballad of East and West

I’ve always really liked this poem. But today, the timelessness strikes me. While the particulars of the story or the language used would be different today than in 1899 when it was first published, the meaning is every bit as understandable.

It’s worth noting our shared humanity as we navigate next week. There will be plenty of opportunities for those committing to that process.

Next Week in Tarot

I accidently reached for the Angel cards first, so I flipped one to go with the weekly reading as an affirmation. “Look for a Sign” was the message about the message.

To elaborate, Tarot delivered a reversed Ten of Pentacles for our weekly outlook, with The Sun showing up as advice. These lovely cards from the Star Tarot gave me the exactly sign I was looking for.

The reverse Ten of Pentacles denotes a hopefulness. We’re unquestionably NOT one big happy family right now, effectively loving one another and working toward shared prosperity–that would be an upright Ten of Pentacles. But for this card to even show up, at least some of that energy must be present, although not fully expressed in the current state. But it’s still there.

In other words, we already share far more than we realize.  A song I just ran across captured that feeling for me.

The Sun asks us to seek a fresher, simpler outlook. We are looking at the world with a new view.

Love, joy and kindness supersedes all else with the Sun’s energy. Broad strokes matter more than specific details. Intentions matter more than interpretations. You could call this perspective naïve. I’d call it refreshingly optimistic myself. Two sides of the same coin, I suppose.

The Sun’s perspective will assume that others mean well, even if their ideas about what that “well” looks like are very different from your own. It’s easy to ascribe positive motives to those whom we agree with. It takes a conscious decision and sometimes quite a bit of effort to do the same for those we don’t.

Given the choice, would you rather be right or happy? That is precisely the choice we have before us.

We can look for signs that we’re completely correct about all we judge wrong in the world. We’ll be able to find it. We can also look for signs of all that’s right in the world. We will, without question, be able to find it as well. It’s a big world and both are obviously present, depending on where we aim our gaze. What we find highlights where we’re looking more than anything else.

I’m expecting ample excuse for both upset and encouragement next week. It’s all going to be in front of us, streaming in brilliant colors. Stress brings out both the best and the worst of us.

I’m looking for signs of the best. Which ones are you looking for (Dix asks rhetorically)?


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