02/22/12: Backup Plans | Rev 4 of Pentacles


“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” Plato

Not feeling stable? (Heck—it doesn’t look like even my hand was stable taking this photo!) The reversed Four of Pentacles (Sun in Capricorn) feels your pain, man. He holds on to everything he’s got, precisely because he’s not sure exactly where his next meal is coming from. The worry has him all upside down, and it wouldn’t be too surprising if he lost hold of a coin or two in such a state.

When you find yourself lacking a sense of stability, look for ways to shore yourself up. Capricorn fears will abate in the face of planning—it can be worst case scenario, if that’s what your Cappy demands. After all, you don’t have to obsess endlessly on the worries. Just so long as you feel confident you have OPTIONS and TOOLS to deal with whatever comes you’re way, you’ll feel better and be able to flip this card upright, getting your sense of stability back.

Are you feeling stable, or upended?

Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
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11/13/11: Devil’s in the Details! | The Devil, Knight of Disks

“I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.” Albert Einstein


Today’s Tarot Forecast is the Devil and the Knight of Disks from the colorful Rosetta Tarot (now available for purchase). As clarification, this is a Thoth-style deck where the Knights are equivalent to the RWS Kings—they are the Queen’s consorts, associated with fire-y part of the suit. Which kind of bugs me, since it makes the Queens seem like cougars, but nobody asked me. So this “Kingly” Knight is associated with Fire in Earth.

When I saw this combo, first thing leapt to mind is “the Devil’s in the details.” Usually, that phrase means details matter, but I’m thinking there is a devil on the flip side as well. Sometimes, we can get stuck, all myopic over such little, insignificant bits and pieces of life when the whole, the big picture is much different. We can suck away days and nights focused on minutia when the reasons behind the attention in the first place get all but forgotten. At least, if we have Virgo, we can!

If you’re feeling stuck, trapped, tied down, hemmed in, or otherwise thwarted, review your goals. Maybe it’s a type of insanity to keep doing the same things and wondering why they don’t magically start working differently. Try reviewing your decisions, but work backwards from the objectives to strategies for achieving them. Or maybe ask yourself if your goal is worthwhile still, and working for you? Because frustration is often a sign you’re getting stuck. Most times, there is a way out. Look to what really matters most, and dismiss the trivia. It streamlines your life and makes best use of available energy.

Do you get hung up or worked up over little things?

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Everyday Tarot, 07/14/11: Sprung Traps | Reversed Devil

IMG_1425The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have been insufferably (and inexplicably) cranky today. My poor husband has gotten to listen to all-but-utterly-incoherent rants off and on all day. He’s a trooper.

I felt guilty about it, until I apologized. He responded with an exaggerated sigh, excusing me. I laughed and cussed him and immediately  forgot feeling bad. I’m not a hard woman to live with, even on a bad day.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the reversed Devil, or Lord of the Gates of Matter, traditionally associated with Capricorn—sorry, Goat friends! I often prefer to see the Devil inverted, as it seems suggestive on an easy escape.

And that’s exactly what I see. That sense of restriction? The feelings of being put upon and under-appreciated and misunderstood?

Yeah. It’s me. And I can stopped being fussy as quickly as I stopped feeling guilty for doing it. It’s a sprung trap. All you have to do is notice that, and you can walk away.

You have any sprung traps?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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Everyday Tarot, 05/05/11: How to Wrap the World Around Your Fingers

the-world-tarot-card-morgan-greerSo much of the time, it’s very easy to look at what’s wrong exclusively. We worry. We obsess. We feel our flaws and inadequacies, even the most minor crowding out acknowledgment of all we’ve accomplished.  If ninety-nine things go wonderfully and one does not, we tend to focus exclusively on the one.

That makes the one thing, a misstep or poor choice or single, unkind word that gets singled out much more powerful than it’s due. Tarot has a suggestion, don’t you know?

Today’s Tarot is the World card, number XXI of the Majors and associated with Saturn, although CJ makes a good argument for switching this card to Capricorn and the Devil to Saturn instead. For me, though, it’s a non-issue. Every Capricorn has access to both the Devil and the World’s energy, because it’s just two sides of what Saturn can do. Same energy, but expresses in how you live it. The promise of the World is what makes up for the fears and restriction of the Devil. If you’re doing it right,  you master those chains of restriction with purpose.

The World is the culmination of the Fool’s Journey, synonymous with that part of the Hero’s Journey where you come back home to integrate and teach the knowledge you’ve gained. It’s sign of success. The symbols representing the fixed signs occupy the four corners. The path here is rooted in stability. The XXI reduces to a three, suggesting mastery here will bear fruit. The World is always very encouraging to see, because it is a card of accomplishment. All is right, exactly as it should be.  Celebration is in order.

CelebrateSo what if you don’t feel like celebrating? It’s good to remember our lives are not absolute, black and white dichotomies of good and evil, right and wrong, up and down. If our choices were always clear, we’d have no trouble with them. Instead, we live everyday in this linear time; how much of it is spent reviewing the past—not for clues to live better in the now, but to apportion blame and recrimination, even if but on yourself?

The World here is giving us a nudge to focus on that positive energy we’ve built, if we want it to grow. The hard times? Successfully navigating them is exactly what gives us the gifts that make being here, now, possible. As my husband is fond of saying (and I’m fond of cussing), “Builds character.”

Now is time to take stock of the character you’ve built and see what it’s accomplished. It’s fine to expect a lot from yourself—that’s a good idea! But do remember to feel good about what those struggles earned you. Getting exactly what you deserve can be a good thing. I hope so!

Is there something you should be giving yourself credit for?

Morgan Greer Tarot Deck and Book Set
by Morgan Greer

The Devil is Not So Bad

Next to Death, the Devil is the probably the most feared card in the Tarot deck. Here are some quick tips on working with the Devil’s energy, using it’s astrological association, Capricorn, to suggest the best approach.

What do you think when you see the Devil in a reading?