Everyday Tarot, 05/31/11: Sorting through the Threads

daily-tarot-forecast-rev-five-swords-housewivesAh, I’ve got to smile. It’s my first Everyday Tarot repeat! The first card I drew for the column. The question always is, “Will I find something new to say about it?” Somehow, I always seem to.

Today’s Tarot Forecast is the inverted Five of Swords or “Lord of Defeat,” associated with Venus in Aquarius. This is a card of a hard-won battle, winner takes all.

Inverted, the Five of Swords suggests comparing cost versus real value. Is the battle worth fighting? It’s not much of a win if getting there costs more than it nets.

Open your mind to the unusual approaches to conflicts and let ideas flow freely. (This includes internal conflict as well as external.) Don’t toss a solution out of hand just because you haven’t successfully executed it before. Just allow the flow to see where it takes you. You may be surprised with where you land.

Be objective in considering the situation. You’ll find conflicting threads, but you can sort it out by deciding what you value and letting that pattern be your guide.

How you doing sorting  through the threads of your conflicts?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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Everyday Tarot, 05/30/11: Punch-Drunk / Inverted Knight of Cups

daily-tarot-forecast-rev-knight-cups-houswivesAnytime people remain in problematic circumstance, there’s a reason. I know sometimes we feel trapped in a world not of our making, but most traps in the long view become about weighing what you’re willing to leave behind against freedom, you know? There’s usually an underlying “why” we stay that can be unacknowledged—that core belief, feeling or reason is the real chain that binds us.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Knight of Cups or “Lord of the Waves and the Waters,” associated with Air in Water. I often see this fellow with emotional instability surrounding a situation, wildly fluctuating feelings. In fact, “punch-drunk” is a great description for this Knight. Whatever the feelings we’re drinking up, they go straight to our heads!

The Knight of Cups often shows up around emotional confusion. But it’s not about one person tricking the other. The blur factor doesn’t occur in isolation. A really good, Knight of Cups question is, “Who’s fooling whom?” Inverted, look for the scales tipping one way or the other about now. Either she’s going to get fall-down drunk or she’s going to pay closer attention to what’s in that cup. It’s a decision point.

fruit-punch-sl-300501-xIf you want to change the situation, the inverted Knight of Cups would have you sober up a bit and take ownership of your own emotional needs and reactions. You’re deciding what you continue to drink in.

Is resistance to re solving a disruptive emotional issue related to avoidance? Is there some bit of experience or a realization you’ve been wishing to deny? It’s your choice what cup to drink from. No judgment here! We each move at the pace that’s right for us. But if you’re tired of being drunk, it’s silly to keep sucking down the spiked punch. Pretending like you didn’t realize it was spiked isn’t of much help.

You ever “put down the punch?” How’d it work out?

The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple

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Everyday Tarot, 05/29/11: Reserving Judgment

daily-tarot-forecast-judgement-legacy-divineI have a 3-times rule about messages. When I notice something three times, I consider it officially “on my radar.” I don’t always know why I need to know something, but if tunes in on my channel, it always seems to come in handy.

How we attribute success and failures, and how we hand out credit and blame, triggered the rule. It occurs, this function is not always so clear-cut.

maj20sToday’s Tarot Forecast is Judgment inverted, “The Spirit of the Primal Fire,” modernly associated with Pluto. Even reversed, this version is prettier than the Rider-Waite Zombie parade. But the people are still blue and on their  heads, no less! Somebody could fall.

Tarot twos mean two distinct sides—one energy cannot exist in isolation. So if your assessment doesn’t include a dual perspective, you’re not done with the research.

michelangelos-last-judgment-2Judgment Day is where choices come home to roost. Especially, that done without witness, when nobody’s watching. Who and what people are come out in the light.

What you see is seldom all there is, and what seems like a mistake or tragedy often ends up preparing or insulating from harsher experiences. Some lessons are easy and some are hard, but if you’re willing to accept whatever’s there, you can wield power in direct proportion to your studies.

You don’t have to force it now. Just let your eyes adjust gradually, as the light changes to reveal a clearer picture. Be open to accepting what comes out, even if it’s not what you’d expect. Be as kind as you can in letting each learn the lessons they need. (This includes yourself, Sparky.)

Are you reserving Judgment?

Easy Tarot: Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All!
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Everyday Tarot, 05/28/11: Detours / Inverted 8 of Pentacles

daily-tarot-forecast-eight-coins-reversedSome changes come in a flash—insights, realizations, or just a shift in scenery that dawns like the sun peeking over a mountaintop. It’s clear, complete and unquestionable. You’ve left A and reached B, possibly not even being aware of the line connecting the two beforehand.

Other times, not so much. It’s those other times I’m thinking of today!

Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Eight of Pentacles, aka “The Lord of Prudence,” associated with the Sun in Virgo. And what Virgo would not love to be deigned the Lord of Prudence, huh? That sounds…useful. Helpful. Organized. Tarot eights suggest sustained work, value achieved through maintaining coherent efforts despite tensions that arise. Inverted, look to disruptions, delays or blocks as possibilities.

Are you questioning the efficacy of your efforts? Thinking about giving up? Because the reversed Eight of Coins would suggest you reconsider. So often, our plans are just easier than reality, kindly shielding us from…well, unintended consequences, pesky details and the stuff we haven’t already figured out beforehand. There’s always something. The point isn’t so much whether or not your plans are working as you thought they would. It’s more about looking to what you’re getting from the plan’s execution.

When I first took over a well-established online community, I had BIG plans. The site was very much in need of attention I knew how to provide; having started as a community member, I had a solid understanding of the niche and great fondness for the membership. Serving as a moderator, I had a good working relationship with the other moderators and community. Working as a web developer for years, I was comfortable with doing the tech work myself.

stepping_stone_path-91224015_stdDespite a long-term lack of attention, the site was also doing better than I would have hoped financially. It was a good place, I wanted to make better. Throughout the period of consideration, I consistently got very clear signs this was the right move. All lights were go, so I took the leap.

I stopped taking on projects for nine months while I reworked, transformed, and updated every single nook and cranny. A baby I had here! And everybody loved the new life—and all was good. Except, well, it didn’t become what I’d expected. It did, however, become more and more difficult to pay expenses. I hadn’t bargained on the financial crisis or that making the site more engaging would drop income, but it did. Nobody clicked out on the ads anymore!

I ended up selling the site at a modest profit, feeling relieved to let go of the responsibility. I could (okay—did) feel bad about it for a while. But I know I was right, both in the acquisition and the moving on. I learned SO MUCH in the process, it became a stepping stone along my path.

I could lose faith because my plans were off, or I could say, “Okay, what next, Spirit?” Because I’ve no doubt that no matter what I can personally imagine accomplishing, there’s so more out there I haven’t yet. That’s the stuff I want to experience!

You go on detours, too?

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by Josephine Ellershaw

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Everyday Tarot, 05/27/11: Moving Beyond Planning with Page of Swords

page-swordsThe reason that everybody likes planning is that nobody has to do anything. – Jerry Brown

Planning for “someday” is not the same as doing. I’ll take a modest action over a truckload of grandiose plans anytime. As beautiful and important as our dreams are, as the magical spark that begins the process of creation, they can sometimes morph into little more than a pretty package for procrastination. What makes the difference between real-world results and being an also-ran is what you DO with those ethereal bits of intellectual flotsam.

Today’s Tarot is the Page of Swords, “Princess of the Rushing Winds”—okay, I think of this rendition as having that Y chromosome, but whatever. He’s associated with Earth in Air—the start of manifesting (earth) a new (page) idea (air). You’ll sometimes see him as you undertake a new enterprise, sign contracts, or even work up a business plan. I think of him as heralding ideas made real.

Plans are great. But when you see the Page of Swords, you can take it as indication that you’ve done enough planning for the moment. It’s time to do the work to make those plans real.

Whatever it is you say you want—those 20 pounds gone, the closets organized, the blog you’ve been planning to start, the skill you have been intending to learn—well, what’s stopping you? Is it just you, stopping you?

The Page of Swords reminds us to take the next logical (Swords) step in our process. Here, we streamline the dreams from the practical and, if we hope to accomplish something, take some real-world steps in that direction. He prods us to get moving!

You have any plans ready to be implimented?

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by Josephine Ellershaw

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Everyday Tarot, 05/26/11: Queen of Swords Gets Critical

daily-tarot-forecast-queen-swords-osho-zenSeems no matter what you do, there’s somebody always waiting in the wings, more than happy to enlighten you with their blessed gift of insight that you’re wrong! Is it any wonder so many of us are tempted to just keep our mouths shut?

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