Magician and King of Pents: Magical Words vs. Practical Actions

I heard from someone recently whom I’ve not talked with in a very, very long time.

It was just a little surreal, if you want to know the truth.

The words and ideas were incredibly familiar. Deja Vu. I understood the points of reference, because they were an integral part of my history. At the same time, there was a disconnect. That history remains history, not active in the present tense.

It was sort of like he was trying to speak to the person I used to be, hoping to call her to action. That chick doesn’t live here anymore. Her purpose was making the way for who I am, today. And who I am today will make way for who I become, tomorrow. That’s my idea of a good life, anyway.

Next week has kind of a similar vibe. Forget winning over anybody to your version of righteousness. Just live your own vision of what being a good human looks like. The rest will sort itself.

Next Week in the Cards

The outlook this week comes in the guise of The Magician, with advice as the King of Earth (Pentacles), pictured here from The Good Tarot.

With Magician as a forecast, people will be weaving their own stories in the week to come. They will likely be acting on those stories as well–the Magician is a can-do kind of guy. He channels personal focus into working his own magic.

It’s worth noting that the Magician is  ruled by Mercury. Therefore, we’re talking about a very focused and very mentally active energy. The phrase “you can hear the wheels turning in his head” could be describing the Magician. He’s looking to put together a spell to make things happen, and he’s not necessarily above utilizing slight of hand in the process.

While I generally like to see the Magician in readings because he indicates utilizing personal power, he has a different tone for me this week forecast. I still believe his intentions are on the up-and-up. But using your personal power/magic to run your own life is much different than using it to manipulate.

Advising us on the way forward, however, is the always solid King of Pentacles. This King is highly pragmatic and well-appointed to ground and balance the more mental energy of the Magician. Pentacles speak to manifestation, real-world practicalities. Kings rule kingdoms full of real, live subjects, after all. Their reign is not limited to the theoretical.

This King is especially concerned with the physical well-being of his kingdom. So the help he offers is often of a very concrete, practical nature. Do those in front of him have enough to eat? Do that have adequate shelter and clothing? Philosophy takes a back seat to immediate, physical needs in his priority list.

I’m expecting a week where information disseminated may be especially slanted or cherry-picked to suit a specific narrative. Honestly it feels a little silly even suggesting such, because there is so much of that already. We’re surrounded by competing narratives vying for the status of “truth” every single day.  How is it even worth commenting upon?

And yet, these cards suggest being more aware than usual of this phenomena. So it’s likely to be particularly easy to get caught up in the weeds if you’re not watching for it. We all fall into this to some degree anyway. What’s most credible, what stands out as being especially meaningful to each of us personally is based upon what we already believe.

To ground and stay clear, channel the King here. He’s a very practical guy. Address your own physical needs first–health, food and rest. Then begin working your way out through the “kingdom.” Family, friends, neighbors may be addressed and then, as time and energy allows, the world at large.

I wouldn’t bother trying to change someone’s mind about what’s “real” next week. Not much point. But if you see someone hungry? Feed them (or contribute to an organization that does). If you see someone struggling, lend a hand. Offer a word of encouragement, a prayer or a little support as you’re able. Do what you can to help yourself, your loved ones and then to those you meet.

Small, heartfelt acts of kindness, compassion and love–even a smile or a kind word–will do the most good for the most people. It’s how you stay sane, grounded and clear here, no matter what you see on the TV.

Just address what’s right in front of you with the sole intention of being helpful. That’s all you can realistically do, but the good news is that it’s absolutely enough!

Be well, friends.


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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 religion. Facts are all well and good, but the interpretations, deciding what 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 their 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 on a grand scale. 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 views. 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 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 here. Reach for personal stability instead.

Are 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.


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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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Justice: Just Live It

I’ve noticed a rather infuriating phenomena: when I get an all-but-overwhelming urge to set somebody straight, if I step back and take a deep breath, I realize that doing so would generally make me guilty of exactly whatever I’m fired up to criticize.

I usually manage to catch myself, which is good! Hypocrisy is not a good look. I can’t very well go on saying “it all starts and ends in the mirror” day and and day out without holding myself to the same standard, after all.

I don’t think it’s just me, either. If you’re emotionally distanced enough from the topic of a debate, you can observe this dynamic over and over again. It difficult to spot where you have heavy emotional investment. But try observing debates on issues where you have some detachment and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.

Damn you, Law of Attraction! 

Next week? I wouldn’t try to set the world right. Instead, I’d suggest personifying the reality you want to propagate.

I advocate for this “live it” approach a lot, I know. And I know not everyone agrees with me on that. So be it! As far as I’m concerned, the only way to claim your own power consistently and fully is in the choice of who you want to be. That’s all I see anybody has control over or rights too, anyway.

Maybe you’ll want to consider the idea, anyway. Next week will offer ample opportunity.

Next Week in the Cards

Forecast for this week is Justice–advice is the Knight of Swords. The cards pictured are from the Star Tarot deck.

Choices have consequences. I expect we’ll notice consequences (including the unintended kind) becoming more and more evident as the week rolls on. Bills are starting to come up for the decisions made up to this point.

So what to do individually in such an environment? The Knight of Swords advises clarity, behaving without hesitation in strict accordance with your own standards. He practices what he preaches and it he does so without hedging or excuses.

In short, he isn’t an “ends justify the means” kind of guy. In fact, this Knight is NOT all about the feelings. He favors reason, science, intellectual clarity and equality in all his dealings. If he has one standard for those he agrees with, then he is careful to apply the same standard to those he finds less enchanting. He’s nothing if not consistently fair.

It would be a very good time to make sure you’re clear about your principles and make even more sure you’re living up to them personally.

Make your actions match your words and spend your energy MOVING toward the world you want (as opposed to trying to herd others away from the world you don’t want). This may sound like semantics, but in practice it’s as different as night and day. You can either obsess over all you find wrong, or you can leave it in the dust as you move forward.

I’m moving forward. What you do, my friends, is always your call.


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