High Priestess Reversed: Expecting the Best

Welcome to eclipse season. The first of this summer’s big three hit yesterday.

I’d ask if you’re feeling it, but quite frankly if you’ve the mental capacity to read this, I know the answer already.

I talk to my husband about…the world. He’s usually the only one, to be honest.

I know, no matter how disorganized my thoughts or how awkwardly my partially-formed ideas may be blurted, my basic goodness won’t ever be called into question.

It’s safe to process thoughts and feelings. He assumes I’m a decent human being from the get-go. There’s no need to prove the point.

In fact, he doesn’t merely offer me “the benefit of a doubt.” I am gifted an utter lack of doubt. While he may legitimately challenge facts or reasoning, the love in my heart and my desire for the greater good remains an absolute given, always.

Do you know how big a deal that is? It’s hard to even put into words how helpful such an environment can be when you’re trying to process difficult or painful realities. This approach dissolves defensiveness. I can hammer out a new, broader perspective that feels natural without becoming entrenched by a need to justify my starting place.

Now, I’m not about to tell anyone how to feel about anything. I will point out that one’s dominant feelings are largely dictated by perspective. Perspective is largely a function of where emphasis and attention is directed. If you can shift attention, you can shift perspective.

I actively look for good in others. I can almost always find it. It’s a good way to live.

If you can offer anything similar to folks in your world, I highly recommend it. It brings out the best in people. It brings out the best in me, for sure. Next week would be an excellent time to practice.

Next week in Tarot

The forecast for next week is the reversed High Priestess. Advice comes by way of the Two of Wands, as shown here from the Radiant Rider-Waite.

The Priestess is an empath, currently quite overwhelmed. There’s too many intense feelings coming at her for her to easily sort out which are hers. She may feel compelled to act without the benefit of her usual sense of knowing or divine timing. Her intuition remains intact, but the sheer volume of emotion coming at her clouds her ability to distinguish signal from the noise.

Or maybe I project.

Either way, once we come back to center, the Two of Wands guides the way forward.

The Two of Wands shows  a man standing on solid ground. He looks off into the distance with optimism and positive expectation.

He isn’t looking out into the future filled with trepidation and worry over what’s coming. He’s not filled with disgust or anger. It’s not like he couldn’t find cause for those other feelings, but that’s not where he’s looking.

The world is literally in his hand. He understands his personal future is of his own making and in that moment we’ve spied upon him, he’s actively looking forward to the future he’s creating .

Every moment, do your best to both envision and embody the sort of future you want to live. ♥


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Nine of Cups & Strength: Contentment Despite the Rain

I slipped outside yesterday to sip coffee on the front porch, stealing a few minutes between the rain showers.

I was inwardly irritated at the Universe over a week’s worth of unrelenting rain, if you want to know the truth. After days and days of dark clouds filling the sky, I was feeling emotionally waterlogged enough to match the weather.

“Would it kill you to give us a little sunshine, damnit?” I grumbled under my breath. (The neighbors already think I’m weird enough.)

That’s when I took notice of the flowers.

My humble little flowerpots scattered around the front porch were bursting with pretty little blooms. I may get tired of all the rain, but it obviously was doing wonders for those flowers.

I was still looking forward to brighter weather, but in that moment I stopped feeling so bothered by the rain. I could see where it was serving a useful purpose.

The bigger world feels like an exaggerated version of unrelenting rain to me right about now. I have been feeling waterlogged by all of it. But now, I’m also wondering what flowers might be blooming as a result.

Next Week in Tarot

9 of Cups / Strength

For the outlook this week we got the Nine of Cups (Water), with Strength as advice. The gentle imagery is from the Good Tarot deck. Don’t worry–I’ll go back to seeing other decks.  But for today, still, I was looking for a gentle voice.

In fact, the voice here was so gentle, it confused me.

Weekly outlook of the “wish card?”  I’m missing something. That seems utterly unrealistic.

I seldom speak explicitly about current events here. It’s not like what’s going on out in the world isn’t already baked in to any discussion of the universal vibes. Mostly though, I already hear countless voices doing just that, preaching their perspectives. I’m not saying there isn’t value in all of those voices or the missions their speakers undertake. It’s just not my mission.

Stepping back from the particulars, however, doesn’t mean I’m not impacted.

It’s cloudy other there. I want something much sunnier than what I’m am feeling.  It would be difficult to characterize the world as anything short of “stormy” at this moment.

That’s why these cards confused me. Because really, Tarot….

“What on Earth am I supposed to make of that forecast?” I wanted to know.

hermit

The Hermit.

Oh. The Hermit.

I got it.

The Nine of Cups here–typically denoting feelings along the lines of contentment, satisfaction and pleasure–is an outlook that will remain accessible, but on an individual level. It’s not automatic. In the rain, appreciation for what that rain brings is a perspective that must be chosen and cultivated to take root.

This mermaid pictured on the version card has collected her treasures and they are defined as such precisely because she’s chosen to treasure them. I may not value the string of pearls the way she does, but that’s totally irrelevant to her. It’s her appreciation itself that elevates the objects to the status of treasure. Her joy is internally generated.

The Hermit reminds us it’s honing views and following intuitive nudges that refine our inner landscape. He doesn’t need the world to validate his conclusions about what good and right.  He cultivates his own garden in that regard.

In terms of advice, Strength always suggests to me a very gentle yet never wavering approach. She lives her truth with a gentle, consistent integrity. The salient piece of Strength’s advice isn’t really about what one is doing, but rather how it’s done. Living the best version of what you consider right, humbly and without deviation, is exactly how to embody the core energy of Strength.

So if you consider your role of greatest satisfaction preaching loud and proud with the mission of converting hearts and minds, so be it. Do that! If you find the most satisfaction in living your personal truth, hoping in the process to cheer and encourage others doing the same, so be it. Do that! Plant your flowers.

There is always rain. There always will be rain. But there are always sunshine and flowers to follow as well. Whether we’re noticing mostly rain or the sun in any given moment, we do have choices. As for me, I’m on the lookout for some flowers.

Reach out if you’d like a personal consult. We’ll look at how you can cultivate your own flowers.

Two of Cups & Page of Wands: Peace & Passion

I’m tired.

I had to get up up much, much earlier than my body wanted to accommodate repairmen. So I started this column in the morning but set it aside for lack of focus.

When I came back to it, I realized the cards weren’t merely showing me next week’s forecast. They were very succinctly setting my cranky butt straight over what’s been churning through my brain all day.

This is obviously a function of being tired, because Tarot never talks back to me like that otherwise.

Snort!

Seriously, though: I’m going to do my best to follow this advice not only the rest of the day, but next week and beyond. It’s damn good advice.

Next Week’s Tarot Forecast

I’m sticking with The Good Tarot for now because I’m still in the mood for a softer, prettier interpretation of life.

We’ve got the Two of Cups (Water) as outlook, which traditionally is depicted as a couple, sort of like a lesser version of The Lovers. For advice, there is the Page of Wands (or as she’s presented here, Messenger of Fire).

Now, the Two of Cups often heralds a young romance or the like, so it’s a welcome addition to any forecast. As with any Tarot card, there are layers you can unpack. My friend, Josi, prompted me to associate this card with making peace at some point, and it stuck.

You may not have any external interactions whatsoever. It’s not necessary, although it may be part of the mix. But whatever is weighing on your heart, you have the power to make peace with it right now.

Ruminating? Feeling misunderstood or underappreciated? It’s not anybody else’s job to value you. It’s your job to do it for yourself. The arguments you’re making in your head are ultimately with yourself.

The Two of Cups suggests we hold fast to optimism. Good intentions have been set and there’s unfailingly a hopefulness inherent in the energy of this card. People enter into relationships expecting everything to work out. While the future remains unrevealed and perhaps even anxiously anticipated, long-term expectations are nonetheless positive. People don’t enter into unions expecting those unions to break down.

It’s an encouraging outlook. We don’t know what we’re getting. But we are in the position to make peace with the ride anyway, holding out reasonable hope for safe and ultimately beneficial travels.

Furthermore, this little fiery Messenger giving advice would have us let our inner flames glow and grow–but more importantly, act on the fires of passion. Wands are the no-compromise family of the Tarot court.

Allow yourself to imagine successful scenarios and  move forward in that direction. You may have to alter course, but you won’t have to compromise the root, the true heart of your intentions. Just trust that you’ll work it out as you go along. Because you will.

Next week, make peace with wherever you are–or where the world is, whatever. This will help clear your head and settle the din so you can hear (and follow) the truest intentions of your heart. It’s so much less confusing when you’ve made your peace first.

Have a great week, friends. And if you want to schedule a one-on-one to work things through, give me a holler.

Fool and Hermit: Finding Your Own Way

I’m sitting back and watching the world right now. Or maybe “feeling” is a more apt description than just watching, because all the observation has included a hefty helping of emotional tone baked right in.

Everyone is trying to find their way, setting  some sort of new normal and seeking balance in a world where we just don’t know so much. People don’t strike me as not caring about other people’s concerns. They just have different things they are afraid of. It’s not even the struggle that people can buckle under so much as the prolonged uncertainty. The not-knowing is as much pandemic as the viral pandemic.

Many proudly declare they believe in “science,” but right now, it’s easy enough to find credible-scounding presentations of “science” to support whatever you are already prone to believe. I find it’s important to remember this, when others’ versions of expertise doesn’t match my own flavor. There isn’t a perfectly crafted understanding of all this mess.

In the end, I don’t look to what anyone believes particularly, because that’s not my business. What I will say, though, is make sure you follow your own moral compass here.  Nobody else’s will do.

Next Week in Tarot

The outlook this week is covered by The Fool, with advice from this very lovely rendition of the Hermit from the Good Tarot deck.

We’re in uncharted territory, period. The Fool does not know what will crop up along the journey. I will hasten to add, this fact isn’t necessarily good or bad. It just is. So expect dangers, for sure–but in equal proportion, expect potential rewards and meaningful discoveries. It’s never a one-way street with the Fool. The road to change is always prefaced with disruption and this is no exception.

The Hermit for advice is a bit humorous, given the current state of the world. We’re all Hermitted out!

In this context, though, I’m reading him as advising keeping your own council. Make your own decisions. Live according to your own standards of rightness.

I realize it’s tricky to live according to your own compass when you start to factor in others. What if they don’t behave the way you feel is best?

You could be very upset about it all and try to humiliate them into compliance. You could expound upon what you perceive their motives or shortcomings to be. I don’t think I’ve personally ever been criticized into adopting a different perception, but people still try.

I do think setting an example is a much more powerful persuasion technique than shouting down those that disagree. But then again, you’re free to disagree with me.

As far as the advice I’m getting, it’s pretty easy here. Mind your own morals. Live what you feel is right and be measured and judicious about your interactions with others. The Hermit does not speak out of turn. He will counsel those wise enough to seek his opinion out but for the most part, he keeps to himself, does his own research and runs his own life. For me, that’s enough without trying to figure it out for the rest of the world.

Stay safe out there, friends.

And if you’d like to hook up for a personal consult, give me a holler. I’ll never tell you what to do, but I will do my best to help you tap into your own wisdom.

Queen of Cups Rx & Justice: Don’t Be an Ass

I was talking with a customer service rep a few days ago. He wasn’t able to do what I wanted to be done.

“I’m frustrated with this answer, but I know it’s not your fault,” I told him.

The relief he expressed was palpable, even through a text chat.

I acknowledged his job is a hard one and customer service reps are getting hammered. I expressed appreciation for his efforts, regardless of the outcome. He was doing his best and I knew that.

I don’t know how many people he’d dealt with before me, or how they’d behaved. I don’t know was going on in his personal life or what other worries he was juggling. All I know is I felt a wave of relief and appreciation wash over the me minute it became clear I wasn’t going to dump on him for being the bearer of bad news.

Essentially, I was the recipient of profound appreciation for a kindness as humble as not being an ass.

I’d like to think I can almost always meet the “don’t be an ass” standard of humanity. It’s not an especially high bar, but worthy of consistency nonetheless.

Next week? I’m expecting plenty of the feels. This might get messy. Be kind anyway.

Next week in Tarot

This week, the outlook is the Queen of Cups (coming in reversed/pictured upright) with Justice for advice–here, pictured from The Good Tarot.

Emotions continue to rule the coming week–don’t expect them to retain consistency with any specific version of reality. Don’t expect the emotions to necessarily even agree with one another. The “feels” are not about conforming to expectation or answering to reason. Hello!

Emotion doesn’t have to make sense. It just is, and just being is enough.

Graciously accept whatever emotional wave rolls in–fighting doesn’t help anyway. Besides, even the most challenging emotions always roll back out again. Feel it. Cry your tears or rant your rants or whatever you’ve got to do. Let it flow through and when it subsides, consider a nap. Naps are good medicine.

But in terms of dealing with one’s fellow humans, employ the judiciousness and careful thoughtfulness of Justice. Weigh out responses. Act fairly and impartially. Do what you’ve agreed to do. Don’t try to force others to be you. Be as reasonable as you can manage. It will make things easier, especially as everyone out there is riding their own waves of the feels.

There is valid role for both emotion and reason, It’s not difficult to honor both. The difference isn’t in the which so much as it’s in the when.

Be kind to yourself and one another out there.

If you’d like a personal consult, please reach out. I’ll  work with folks on fees as needed during these weird times we live in. Stay well, friends!

Queen of Pents: Feed Yourself. Seven of Swords: Don’t Dictate Anybody Else’s Menu

What really “feeds” you? Maybe it seems especially relevant to you as it does to me right now, but it always matters.

For me, it’s quiet time. That coffee outside on the front porch, listening to the birds and wind rustling through the trees. And time spent hanging out with my loved ones, be it in person or virtual. The distractions from the daily noise I find in a good movie, a video game or crocheting something also go to “feed” me, refill my energetic cup so to speak.

A step back from conflict and sometimes, the “realities” of the day is consistently what’s most helpful. Thinking about what refills your cup and indulging in that is a very good plan for this coming week.

Next Week in Tarot

For the outlook this week, we have the Queen of Pentacles (Earth here), with advice as the Seven of Swords (Air) from The Good Tarot. Because I’m still looking for a softer, gentler vibe.

I love seeing this Queen for a weekly outlook, because she brings with her a sense of stabilization. I’m not saying all is right with the world next week. It’s gonna be a minute, you know? But next week, looks like we’re getting fed at lest. In one way or another, we’ll be fed.

Maybe we’ll get some encouraging news. Maybe we’ll start to feel some more hopeful in general. Maybe something in our world is stabilizing. Any way you slice it, this queen always brings some kind of meal. So look for it and appreciate whatever bounty is delivered in the days ahead.

Now in this deck, the Seven of Swords is described as suggesting an independent, non-conformist approach. Tarot sevens do point to self-direction in general, regardless of where the crowd is going. When I see this card in the space for advice, I’m generallygoing to suggest an indirect or under-the-radar approach.

Do what YOU feel is right, without trying to convert the world. Just contribute you own little part to the greater whole you believe is best.

Got that? Feed yourself. Don’t worry about what others are choosing to eat. No need to fight over it. Just feed yourself.

If you want a private consult, you know where to find me. Anyone who is having a hard time due the world craziness, please reach out and we’ll arrange a fee you can manage comfortably okay?