The Star: Getting Your Blooms On

Your life is wherever it’s at–a mix, always, of good and bad, easy and hard, fun and lackluster.  Weeds and blooms.

We don’t feel crummy because of life’s weeds. We feel crummy when we think we’re stuck with them. We stop noticing the blooms and miserably obsess on the weeds. Those poor little blooms might as well not even be there. We’ll never notice their beauty if we’re fixated on the weeds.

What a nice combination! The Star (from Tarot Illuminati) teams up with Hibiscus–Beauty & Happiness–from the Botanical Inspirations deck. This is a decidedly (and consciously) optimistic duo, right here.

This is dreaming of the future. It’s the promise, the hope, the positive expectation. It’s looking for beauty and finding excuses to appreciate. It’s focusing on the blooms.

Don’t ask how you’d get rid of the weeds or produce more blooms. You don’t need the how. Let the how flow in of its own accord. Your job is just to tune in to that flow. And that’s easy!

Choose to see the best you can. Look for what’s right, everywhere you can find it. Appreciate and enjoy all that’s right around you. Fixate on the blooms. You’ll tune in to the flow and everything begins to bloom.

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If you want to talk weeds and blooms, give me a holler. ~Dix

Empress Reversed: Whose Business?

I think we put ourselves under a lot of unnecessary stress when we feel the need to solve all the problems. Who knows best? Is it you? Me? Them? The smart ones? The famous ones? The spiritual ones?

We certainly can (and will) have opinions on what’s best. That’s what life experience does: offers a frame of reference on what’s best, from our personal perspective. We may even share those opinions on occasion if we feel moved to do so or are asked.

But that doesn’t mean we’re to go off trying to save the world–or even just a single bit of the world.

Dignity is a sense of personal value. Dignity is an understanding of one’s own worth, internally generated. As such, dignity cannot be given or taken from outside parties, although it could well be influenced by others if we allow it to be.

Pride (as Confucius is using the word), implies a sense of being better than others. Such comparisons are mostly undertaken when someone is not feeling their inherent worth and must seek external yardsticks to temporarily bolster it. If you feel solid, it’s not necessary to rank yourself against anyone else. It’s also not necessary to step in and try to save anybody.

Setting your own course no matter what is an act of dignity. Declaring yourself a  necessary savior is an act of pride.

I will tell you right now, though: this was a tough lesson to learn as a mom. 

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Which brings me to this week’s Tarot.

We’ve got the Empress from Tarot Illuminati reversed, along with Dahlia – Dignity, from the Botanical Inspirations deck. (Sorry for the blurry pic.)

This isn’t the week for mothering the world. Just mother yourself. Take care of yourself. Express your own creativity and magic(k) and let the rest of the world do their own thing.

And it doesn’t matter one little whit how “right” you are, about the rest of the world or any given part of it. You could have a near 100% agreement with all of humanity on what’s proper. Even so, we don’t have the perspective to see what brings anyone else to the place they are. We don’t have the insight to know what these experiences are creating for them or how the details fit into the bigger canvas. But what’s more, we don’t have the right to live anyone else’s life. Our own life is ours to steer. That’s it.

Do you want to make a difference? Awesome! Do that by first loving and caring for yourself. If you’ve got that down and well-practiced, you’ll find it far, far easier to love other people.

The best gift you can give to another is not your wisdom or advice. It’s believing in the power of their own wisdom and advice–and shining a light on that for them by seeing and acknowledging it yourself. Your faith in them helps trigger their own like a tuning fork. That’s the real gift.

Looking to get better tuned in for yourself? Give me a holler. ~Dix

Seven of Swords: Don’t Take A Vote!

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self. -Ernest Hemmingway

I’m used to being in my own little world, to some degree or another. I’m good with that, though. I do my best to make it a good world. Better every day.

And I’m particular about what I want in my world. Discriminating, you could even say. (And you would say, if you’re a Virgo.)

This week, the cards suggest a discriminating approach for us all.

We’ve got the Seven of Swords (or Air, from The Good Tarot) along with Magnolia–Nobility & Self-Esteem from Botanical Inspirations deck. Together, they are telling me to keep on tuning in to inner guidance without seeking permission from anybody else. The focus is on taking stock of your own business.

Make up your own mind. And allow everybody else to make up theirs. Give yourself permission not to fix. You don’t need to adjudicate. It’s enough to live in accordance with what rings true in your heart. That is a function of grounding yourself and tuning in, not group consensus.

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That heart never leads you astray.

If you want a little help getting plugged in, hit me up for a 1-on-1.

Eight of Pentacles: One Step at a Time

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu

I think nature is a whole lot more patient than I am!

I’ve been sort of wrestling with one of my writing projects. It’s a different type of writing than I normally do, and it doesn’t flow as easily to me.

It is coming together, yes. But not effortlessly.

Every word, every paragraph, I am hammering out and refining, over and over again. It’s a very “Eight of Pentacles” process. Work a little. Refine a little. Work a little more. Refine a little more. Hammer, hammer, hammer. Polish, polish, polish.

I’m not complaining, mind you. Just noting. I know it’s good to stretch outside your comfort zone.

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I had been feeling a little self-conscious about it. Bothered enough that I have drawn cards on the issue. They told me exactly the same thing we’re getting for the message this week. Go figure!

Next Week: Hammer it Out, Baby!

This week, we’ve got the Eight of Pentacles (or 8 of Earth) from the Good Tarot and Asters–Elegance & Patience–from the Botanical Inspirations deck. These two messages are perfectly harmonious.

You don’t reach the height of accomplishment in a fell swoop. You do so one step at a time. This is true whether we’re talking about writing an article, learning a skill, building a relationship or changing the world.

One. Step. At. A. Time. That’s it.

This week, do not bemoan all the steps not completed, be they your own or another’s. Just keep moving forward, incrementally. That’s really all that’s required and frankly, it’s also all that’s possible.

So it may be wise to appreciate the view along the way instead of complaining about the view you don’t yet have. Of course, I always think that’s wise.

You hammering it out, too?

If you need a little help figuring it all out, give me a holler for a one-on-one.

Ace of Pentacles: Watering the Right Seeds

Everything you do starts with the tiniest of seeds. The 50 year marraige starts with a first day. The child–well, you know what that starts with. The new lease on life begins with a single idea. When you focus on it, you get inspiration. And when you act on that inspiration, you’re watering the seed.

Getting Real This Week

This week’s Tarot gives us the Ace of Pentacles (or Earth, as depicted in the Good Tarot) teams up with the Anemone flower, associated with “Anticipation” from the Botanical Inspirations deck.

Anytime you’re in the suit of Earth, you’re talking real-world manifestations. With the Ace, however, that manifestation is very new, like a young seedling just starting out. It’s baby energy! It’s a new project, a new direction, a new venture just getting underway.

These cards advise us to begin taking small, deliberate (and hopefully, inspired) steps now in line with our goals and what’s more? Expect those steps to work out.

“Don’t create problems you don’t have in your head.” That’s what I tell friends and Tarot folks alike, with regularity. Sometimes, I tell myself, too.

But the other side of that advice-coin is, “Create success in your head!”

Anticipate good outcomes. Even if the process doesn’t look like a good outcome to you quite yet, keep solid in the faith everything is working out in perfect order. This is the energetic equivalent of getting out of your own way so you can see as the Universe unfolds a path before you. That sounds so simple, doesn’t it? It sounds too simple to work. And yet, it does.

The discipline required isn’t that of forcing outer circumstances to bend. The discipline is in lining up your own thought processes. It’s very easy to tell how well you’re lined up with what you want. Look at your emotions for cues. If it feels good, you’re more lined up! If it feels bad, not so much. Take a break. Get off the subject. Talk yourself down or distract yourself, whichever is quicker and easier.

Just whatever you do, don’t bother trying to resolve a problem to make yourself feel better. Get yourself feeling better, and then you’ll be in the position to receive inspired solutions.

There is a world of difference between what an individual can come up with when mired in a state of stress or panic versus what the Universe hands out freely to those open and receptive to divine inspiration. You may be able to make progress hammering it out, but it’s going to be slow and painful. Solutions from inspiration win every single time!

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Expect your life to work. Expect everything to turn out. Expect yourself to figure it out along the way. Looking for evidence of progress will always serve you better than looking for disaster. It does require faith, but it needn’t be blind faith. Test it out for yourself, starting with subjects that are less intense for you. Play around with small ideas, small desires, those that you can hold lightly and without a lot of angst. Prove to yourself it works by watching it in action. Then, as bigger issues capture your attention, it’s easier to use the same methods.

This is exactly how you take a seed and grow it. Whatever your most active, intense focus is what you’re on the fast-track for making real.  You get to decide which seed you’re watering here. The seed of disaster, or the seed of progress? It’s up to you.

Which seeds are you watering? For a little support getting on track, holler at me for a 1-on-1.

10 of Cups: Quest for Harmony

A happy person lives a better life. Being in harmony makes for a happier person.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.

 

The Ten of Cups (10 of Water in the Good Tarot) teams up with Hydrangea–Thankfulness for Understanding–from the Botanical Inspirations deck. This is some serious, feel-good energy if we follow the cards’ advice.

Happy Buddha is happy! He lets life flow around him and doesn’t look like he has much to complain about, huh? And I love Hydrangeas! Usually, I also love the quotes on this deck. But this quote, saying we must understand one another to forgive? Eh. It’s not my favorite.

I don’t believe we have to understand anything. Maybe believing you understand another’s motivations makes it easier to move on. But to me, the entire concept feels off. We barely understand ourselves, let alone anyone else! So much goes on inside of a person that another could never even begin to know. So a goal of “understanding” always strikes me as illusory at best.

But there’s a bigger reason.

For me to be in a position to forgive, it means I’m holding on to something yucky. It’s still an active vibration in my world. Stockpiles of complaints and unsettled scores don’t do anything but block personal flow.

If I’m holding a bag stuffed full of anger, blame, resentment, or what have you? That is an issue for ME. It impacts my life. Not so much an issue for whomever I have tagged the perpetrator. It’s weight I carry on my own back and nothing else useful comes of it. So why carry it?

I’m not suggesting it’s a great idea to attach yourself to unkind people. Just the opposite! Anger or blame is an attachment that’s every bit as powerful as any other flavor of connection. I’m suggesting evicting the entire mess from your head, your energy field, and your life.

And the only way I know how to evict is letting it go. Not giving it thought to “understand,” not trying to shame or convince, not collecting sympathy from supporters. Just letting it the Hell go, period. None of us will ever be able to get the rest of the world to behave according to our standards. So it’s a good idea to stop trying.

Reach for your own harmony first and as you find that, the rest begins to click into place.

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Video here.

This week, seek harmony and start your search in the mirror.

Looking for your own harmony? Give me a holler for a one-on-one if you would like some support in the process.