Everyday Tarot, 05/23/11: Near the Deeper Truth / Inverted Hermit

daily-tarot-forecast-hermit-invertedEmotional knowing comes very differently for me than intellectual knowing. Sometimes it’s a nudge, sometimes a whap, but it sweeps through like a hot flash, near instantaneous. A visceral experience, but seems to work in conjunction with my Gemini moon rationality. For it to stick, I have to go back and fill in the blanks with my brain. If I don’t do the processing part, I don’t get full access to the benefit of the insight.

Today’s Tarot Forecast is the inverted Hermit, “The Magus of the Voice of Light,” associated with Virgo. Tarot nines usually talk of endurance or gestation—for a process, nines mark the turning point. At this stage, endurance or compromise may have been called for to make integration possible.  The Hermit is a seeker, turning inward to fashion all the little bits and pieces of wisdom accumulated into a comprehensive worldview.  Inverted, he may just be getting started or in the process of finishing up. Or maybe something is standing in his way. Hopefully not wishful thinking! But he’s a practical sort, so even denial will not interfere with his quest too long.

Virgo thinks. Virgo reasons. Virgo analyzes and weighs arguments, and Virgo identifies the weak spots and shores them up. So that’s the task at hand, while looking for the deepest truths surrounding your current quests. The question needs to move from isolated experience to a coherent whole to allow for assimilation of any wisdom hidden therein.

Even if this card is reversed, I see him as an excellent sign of being on the right track. Maybe he’s prodding you to look deeper for your answers, or maybe he’s suggesting you welcome some new ideas into the mix to fill remaining gaps. But either way, you’re near the deeper truth, and that’s always good news.

How’s your seeking going?

Tarot of the New Vision (English and Spanish Edition)
by Lo Scarabeo

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Everyday Tarot, 05/22/11: Believing What You Want / 7 of Cups

daily-tarot-forecast-seven-cupsI used to work in detox, and before that, a decade in mental health. I’ve had some education, training and plenty of experience dealing with all kinds of issues, substance abuse in particular.

But it wasn’t until I had to deal with it in my own family that I fully realized the power of denial. I used to marvel at the cluelessness “detox moms”–until I was one. Funny how much that can change, and how fast. Even having every advantage in identifying the signs, and it still took me forever to figure out.  I didn’t want it to be true hard enough to block it from getting in.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/21/11: Art of Manifesting with Inverted Nine of Cups

daily-tarot-forecast-inverted-nine-cupsBe careful what you wish for. You may get it. –English Proverb

After all, the grass is not always greener. It just looks that way from the other side of the fence. So why haven’t you manifested yourself a prettier lawn, grasshopper?!?

Today’s Tarot Forecast is the inverted Nine of Cups, or “Lord of Material Happiness,” associated with Jupiter in Pisces. Sometimes known as “The Wish Card,” it’s all about big (Jupiter) dreams (Pisces) coming to life! In the suit of cups (Emotion), we’re definitely talking wishes near and dear to your heart. Inverted, I’d say it’s not quite there yet, or something’s in the way. Uh oh!

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Everyday Tarot, 05/20/11: Misunderstood Strength / Queen of Swords

Queen of SwordsAs someone who counsels others, I’m not without awareness it’s a whole lot easier to give suggestions than to take them. Knowing intellectually and knowing emotionally are two entirely different animals, and the twain doesn’t always meet. Feelings are a strength, but it also takes strength to manage them!

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Everyday Tarot, 05/19/11: Cure for Greener Grass / Inverted Two of Wands

daily-tarot-forecast-two-wands-housewivesI used to annoy my kids to no end, promising them their childhood was a wonderful, magical time in their lives they should savor instead of wishing away. To them, the absolute freedom of being grown up, the right to pick dinners and bedtimes and television shows to watch represented absolute Nirvana. Turning 18 was the promised land and nothing anybody said was going to convince them adulthood was anything short of moonbeams and fairy dust that all goodness is crafted from. No matter how many times I did my “with privilege comes responsibility” spiel, it just didn’t make a dent.

Until they grew up and moved out, that is.

wands02sToday’s Tarot Forecast is the inverted Two of Wands or  “Lord of Dominion,” associated with Mars in Aries. As one of the Tarot Twos, there is emphasis on duality. You’ll often see this card show up when there are mixed feelings over an accomplishment, as Tarot Twos always highlight duality. Generally, it does speak to a realm you have some mastery over and there’s indication of success overall, but not a sense of being done yet. You’re a great housekeeper, but maybe you don’t know which mess it’s your job to clean up! Inverted, maybe you’d be better off dropping them all.

grass greener fence iStock_000011126842Small-resized-600When you see the inverted Two of Wands, it’s not a bad time to question your assumptions—both over how “made” somebody else has it and how made your own life is. Look at what job belongs to whom, and ask yourself if you’re doing your own well enough, addressing your priorities in a way you’re satisfied with. Use a Mars focus for your energy now—focus on yourself and what YOU want to get done. The rest will sort itself out and you’ll feel less unsettled for it.

Who do you think has it made?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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Everyday Tarot, 05/18/11: Making Friends with the Mustard / Death

death-card-housewives-tarotAdjusting to new realities as transitions progress is still on my radar, and it’s not just for me. Seeing it in consultation left and right; folks are in the process of getting oriented to new territory, after going through some sort of explosion, shot off amidst the Aries smack down.

Today, it’s Death or “Lord of the Gates of Death,” associated with Scorpio. Number XIII of the Trumps, it becomes one the Tarot Fours after reducing, so we’re talking about a stable condition. That jar of mayo is never returning to edible, man! If you stare at it long enough, it may turn some interesting colors. But the risk of contamination probably isn’t worth indulging an intellectual curiosity.

“There’s an empty space where the mayo used to sit and my sandwiches are never going to taste good again,” you could say. And as long as you’re there, you’ll have trouble enjoying anything else. Even the finest condiments pale in comparison to an idealized memory.  Reality can’t compete.

Or you might be tempted to nibble still—enough to get the punch without getting ill. Yeah…um… Hope that works out for you. Me? I’m thinking making friends with the mustard is a better idea!

Would you be my friend?Death is such an interesting card—I know people dislike it and get why, but I usually find it encouraging. I don’t believe in “good” and “bad” cards any more than good or bad planets. There IS easy and hard, however. Death is hard. But it’s also significant—Death refers to major changes. I’ll take significant over easy any day. If you don’t make room by clearing out the old, however much it’s meant to you, you’ll not have a place in your life for the new.

Tarot reminds us to let go of the past. Some mourning is likely, but rancor is optional. The sooner you clean out the energy space, the sooner that vacuum is filled with something fresh and (hopefully) wonderful!

Have you made friends with your mustard?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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