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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Queen of Pents: (Still) Being the Change

Sometimes, it’s challenging to take your own damn advice. Don’t you just hate that?

Stay in your own lane. Keep the faith. Avoid judging. Back to center. Stability before all else. Feel your way forward. Act only from love. Hand it over to the Universe. It’s not your job to manage the world. It’s your job to be the true to who you are. Live the change(s) you want to see.

These are the sorts of thoughts I share here regularly and they aren’t just pretty-sounding words for me. They are deep, heartfelt intentions. They represent how I mean to live every day of my life.

So imagine my chagrin at finding myself feeling agitated, drawn to doing just the opposite of what I believe and preach on a day-in, day-out basis. Oy!

Now, I’ve done pretty well in exercising self-control. Thank the Gods! It saves me from a lot of trouble, to be frank. I’ll never try to push someone else into being me. Beyond the fact I believe that effort to be morally wrong, it simply doesn’t work very well.

Good people come from an infinite variety of backgrounds and experiences. This suggests they will also have an infinite variety of perspectives. While I enjoy exposure to new perspectives, some will naturally be a good fit while others simply won’t. That means absolutely nothing big picture, as far as I’m concerned. To others, perhaps it does. I’m not about to live my life according to the definitions of others. I’ve made a lot of hard choices in my life to walk my own path and I consider it a sacred responsibility to do just that.

I can say I’ve been the recipient of social pressure from people believing they were acting in my best interests. Knowing what it’s like, I’ll never do it to someone else. Strong enough threats may garner superficial compliance, but that’s not persuasion. It’s fear. Fear only goes as far as the threat reaches, for as long as an individual continues to care about the threat more than they value personal freedom. Whether or not it “works,” relationships subjected to this process can be damaged ways that may not ever completely heal. It’s not something I would take lightly.

I care about the people in my life more than I care about being right, either subjectively or objectively. I’ve been reminding myself of this on a daily basis. Remembering this has been very helpful in maintaining those aforementioned intentions.

If you want to see change in the world (or more specifically, change in YOUR world) there is only one reliable way I see to ensure it: live that change. Let the change you want permeate your heart, mind and soul. It becomes your world front and center because it IS your life.

You’ll get your chance in the coming week to do just that, if you’re so inclined.

Next Week in Tarot

Outlook for the coming week is the Queen of Pentacles upright (nice!) with advice as the reversed Ace of Pentacles. More info provided by the reversed Nine of Cups–I wanted to double check myself on the advice and this card did the trick. These beautiful cards are from my well-worn Legacy of the Divine deck.

I love this deck, and find this incarnation of the Queen particularly stunning. She practically oozes fertility and abundance, from the rich green color scheme to the statement-piece flower pendant and even the lovely blooms on her dress. The glow from the third eye suggests a deep level of inner knowing. She understands the cycle of growth on an intuitive level. She knows what’s growing. She vibrates the change she wishes to see.

In terms of action steps–make plans now, not moves. The reversed Ace of Pentacles says it’s time to start envisioning what comes next. Action steps are close. That Ace wouldn’t show up otherwise, but not quite there.

The reversed Nine of Cups reinforces the idea: the timing isn’t quite perfect (yet), but close. Evision your perfect scenario, not bothering so much about the “how” part. Just look for hints and pieces of it to offer itself to you. You won’t see the entire path–we never do. Instead, you’ll see the next logical step as it comes into great focus. I’m expect that next step to be a little foggy next week, but you should start getting a whiff of it nonetheless.

Take heart. See the world around you as growing and evolving and know you’ll have a concrete place in it. Look to make sure YOU are on your path and let the Universe work the rest out. It does, like magick.


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Tower & Emperor: Matter of Viewpoint

Some of what I’m seeing lately makes my heart hurt. Not just because people are suffering, although some are and of course, I feel for them. But it’s more the (to me) needless and self-inflicted suffering that leaves an ache.

People see a huge amount of ugliness in the world. I can’t say there’s not some of that, though I don’t choose to dwell. But I can say that in some instances, it strikes me more like dirty glasses than actual ugliness.

Having the “proper” set of beliefs/attitudes/actions is not a reliable litmus test for being a good person, no matter what appears to be obvious to the observer.

You know how many times in my life my beliefs have changed? A lot! My intentions, however, are consistently good. My value and worth as a person did not change back and forth just because my interpretation of how to live best changed.

I am not a good person or not one because of what I think should be done about this or that, which public figure I support or do not approve of, or what my idea of “solution” to any issue looks like. It’s not so black and white. Good people can have very different viewpoints. That diversity is our collective strength, not a weakness.

We might admonish one another or ourselves to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.” Usually this comes up as a suggestion when we feel misunderstood. That’s all fine and well, but we cannot spend even a minute living in someone else’s brain.  I’m doing good to keep up with just my own. At best, we can weakly imagine what someone else’s experience may be like based on our own past experiences. It’s just not a very precise art, so I’m completely unwilling to damn someone else over my inability to understand where they are coming from.

The truth lives in the heart, not in the path taken to express that that truth. You cannot see what’s in your neighbor’s heart, although you can sometimes feel some of it out, if you are open to it. But really, understanding what is there it’s not so important as you may think it is. From the folks I’ve met, most want to do good, even if they have no idea how to go about it.

Next week’s cards addresses the general chaos that’s about and suggests a reliable path forward.

Next Week in Tarot

I have been sticking with The Good Tarot right now, hoping for some sunshine. But even a softly colored rendition of The Tower is still the freakin’ tower man. That’s the outlook. Advice is likewise unequivocal in the form of the Emperor.

Why does the Tower not surprise me now? Pluto is stationing retrograde. The world is in quite a bit of chaos, and those areas of our lives that were not especially shored up, maybe a little iffy, now stand before us, glaring and obvious as proof of what’s not working. “Disruption” is a sterile-sounding but still accurate description for what most people are feeling right now. The Tower is loud and clear.

But for advice, we have the Emperor. Little thing I’ve noticed about the Emperor–most people tend to focus on him being in charge, a leader. That’s true but it is not what comes first. Outer control isn’t sustainable. Inner control is. The Emperor is always first and foremost in charge of himself. If he loses control of himself, he’s of no good to any kingdom that may be looking to him for guidance. By keeping his own focus and resolve, however, he becomes an inspiration and example to others. But he’s not likely seeking out that ends.

Instead, he’s doing his best to live true to his own heart and values. He uses whatever authority he has judiciously, in support of the greater good. If he were not to walk the talk himself, he’d be utterly ineffective.

This coming week, understand there is (still) much disruption and chaos. That is not something any individual one of us can fix. We do, however, control what energy we bring to the table. We can (and would be well-advised to) run our own lives the way that makes the most sense to us. Bring as much kindness, caring and love to the table as you’ve got.

Instead of trying to convince the rest of the world to act out my version of a good person, I’m going to be doing my damnedest to embody that goodness myself. Will I single-handedly change the world in this way? Of course not. But I didn’t single-handedly generate the world we have now, either. Instead, I’ll be doing my part.

Way I see it, I can be part of the the hurt or part of the healing. I can be part of the waves of disgust or part of the equally powerful waves of appreciation. I can focus on what I don’t approve of or I can focus on what my heart tells me is kind and loving and true.

I know where I want to settle in. What about you?

Stay well and safe out there, friends!

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8 Swords Rx / 9 Cups: Self-Satisfied

“You’ve got to love people as they are, or you don’t really love them,” I heard myself say. “You might not love everything they do, but it doesn’t matter. It can’t be conditional.”

I immediately realized this holds for looking in the mirror, too. Being at peace with yourself is at the heart of being at peace with the rest of the world.

Next Week In Tarot

The week is represented by the reversed Eight of Swords. Advice is showing up as the Nine of Cups. These are from the Radiant Rider-Waite deck.

Anybody who’s worked with me any length of time will know, I just love-love-love to get the Eight of Swords reversed. Upright, she’s often frustrated me. (I hate hearing, “Look in the mirror, woman.”) But reversed, there’s chance for quick escape and the destination isn’t all that far off.

Escape here means that feeling of being unable to move, not in control, uncertain. That’s dissipating. Mercury’s fixing to go direct and the sense of progress is becoming more accessible. As far as what to do to claim your progress ticket, you’ll be in good position to sniff it out, one little bitty step at a time. Take a deep breath and tune in to your heart for guidance.

The Nine of Cups dude always looks to make the best of where he is, at the given moment. That’s your advice, too. He has literally lined up his blessings behind him. Does he look like he cares what you think? Or you think he’s worried about being good enough?

Life’s not about where you are not. So being as okay as possible with now matters. How you feel isn’t the culmination of objective circumstances. It’s the culmination of what meaning you give them. Therein lies both our choice and power.

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Page of Cups Reversed: Homemade Peace

Our experience of reality is never the sum total of some sort of objective facts, although we certainly may be looking intently at those facts. The meaning we give, the explanations and assumptions made to draw conclusions, is central to how we feel about whatever we see. That meaning is all internally generated.

We take observations and we run them through our own filter of what we consider reasonable, how we would respond, and what makes sense to us in order to make sense out of what we see. Sometimes, the conclusions can generate compassion or understanding but a lot of the time, they just sow discord.

People talk about the “benefit of a doubt” as if it’s something you offer to others, a way of not assuming they’re evil or something. Personally, I find a generous appraisal benefits me more than the recipient. I don’t care if it’s objectively accurate or not. I just care that my own conclusions are comfortable for ME.

That doesn’t make me a doormat by any stretch. I can assume the best without further engagement. The point is to adopt the perspective that serves myself best and nothing else…Next week might be a good time to test this strategy.

Next Week in Tarot

Outlook next week is represented by the reversed Page of Cups, with advice being the Eight of Cups. These lovely cards are from the Crystal Visions Tarot.

Expect an emotionally intense week. That’s the bad news, or at least maybe bad news. Kind of depends on the emotions, you know? The good news is that periods of extra emotionality aren’t extended. The Page of Cups is pretty easily distracted or soothed, even by simple things.

The trick is going to be in the advice: Know what to step away from. I’ve got Kenny singing the Gambler in my head. “…know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away and know when to run.”

The righteously indignant may be correct about some of their assumptions, but they are not going to be happy. If your vision of happiness requires cooperation, you’re at the mercy of outside forces and even if you can line some of them up, you’ll never line them all up all the time. It’s a losing proposition.

I”m not saying don’t care about anybody else. That’s not a formula for happiness! I’m saying assume the best you can manage and direct your toward something you can positively impact. It may sound trite but this is how you become part of the solution. It’s also a much better way to live.

The only peace that’s dependable is the homemade kind.

Do you make your own peace?


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High Priestess Reversed: Whoa, Nellie!

You’ve noticed it’s eclipse season, right? The people I’ve been talking to have sure been noticing!

Now, I’m not an astrologer and I don’t play one on the internet. But if your life has been feeling kind of crunchy, feel free to blame the skies. Totally legit here.

And the cards for next week are emphasizing that point, along with some (very helpful) advice about how to manage if we’ve got the good sense to listen.

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook, we have The High Priestess reversed.  Advice this week is The Hanged Man. These cards are from the colorful Crystal Visions Tarot–a lovely gift I received from one of my people recently. Yay!

Now, this combo speaks very clearly. Not sure if you’re going to like what it says, mind you. But I give you what I get here. That’s always the deal. So…

Expect to feel an undeniable urge (or maybe plural, as in “urges”) to DO SOMETHING about a problem, a situation, or condition you’re not pleased about. Moreover, expect people around you may largely be operating under the same general vibe.

This is a “putting out fires” mentality. “We’ve got to do something now…” is more or less how it goes. There is a drive to get conditions in hand somehow, impact the outside world through action.

At the same time, specifically what is best to do here won’t be clear.  That’s because the antsiness is not some kind of sign to take action.

See, our Seer, the lovely Priestess, is still reversed. While there may be some truth in the overall assessment of what’s what, the full picture is not yet revealed. So the drive to act, dramatically and right now, is born from anxiety, not divine inspiration.

Advice is also clear when the Hanged Man is on deck. Wait! Have faith. Visualize a positive outcome. Pray if you’re so inclined, or feel free to do a little magic work for if that’s your thing.

Just whatever you do, don’t try to write the script of exactly how it’s all resolved. Don’t try to force anything, even through indirect means like prayer or magic, because control-freaking this will make a bigger mess. Instead, call upon some faith in the larger Universe because that’s what the Hanged Man is all about.

The vibe overall feels edgy and I’m sorry. That’s not fun. But the answer to softening any edge isn’t external. Relief comes via reigning in your thinking.

Soothe yourself. Seek peace and reach for your center. Let go of what you cannot control–almost everything, if we’re being honest–and allow yourself to manage what you can control: where you focus attention.

Step back, breathe, and stabilize your own damn self. The rest works itself out. This is the path.

Take care out there!


Holiday Special Update: I’m still taking orders for the 2020 Zodiac Look-Ahead readings. I’m also planning on taking a few days off for the holidays. So if you want a forecast for the coming year, shoot me a payment ($40) and I’ll put you in the que. If your order comes in after Christmas, I’ll still fix you up but it may be a longer wait.


Hope you all have a great Christmas!