Illusion, Decimated. Tarot Forecast, April 11 – 17

“I feel like a sucker. All those times, I knew something was off. I just let it pass. Because really, what are you gonna do about it anyway? It’s not like you can call it out and expect to magically find honesty and kindness where it wasn’t before.”

What happens when you think you know [a person | the facts | a situation | whatever], but find out, you don’t? You didn’t? Not by a long shot?

Maybe there’s anger at the source for a minute but usually, the frustration gets turned inward.

There is ZERO point in feeling stupid for being trusting and supportive. None whatsoever. Because the alternative to being trusting and supportive is being suspicious and guarded. Putting up walls has a cost unto itself, and it’s a cost I don’t want to pay.

On your path, the question is always about doing the best you can, in the moment. You literally cannot do better than “your best.”

I’m thinking when this hits, we must process and release. Process and release. Integrate the information into one’s worldview and then? Stop the freakin’ obsessing. Because in the obsessing, it becomes a thing. Obsessing turns a hurt into an entity in your life. And that’s not an entity I’m willing to invite in.

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This week’s forecast is kind of like that. There’s a sense of the veil dropping with a big, fat thud. Clarity is coming in hard and fast and you know what? We ain’t gonna like it all.

But it’s better to have the truth than to like all that you see, you know?

The truths on tap this week will center largely around relationships and self–how your needs and wishes impact what you see in others. Sometimes you’ll have gussied it up, other times, dressed it down. But in each case, a perspective has been the deciding factor in conclusions, and that perspective is changing. The changes may be quite fast and hard. So put on your seatbelts, folks!

Monday, Truth – Nine of Cups: The truth sets you free? At least, it makes us a whole lot more content. Be honest and surround yourself with only others who are the same.

Tuesday, Positive Movement Forward – Ten of Cups Rx: Sure, maybe it’s not everything you wanted, everybody loving everybody else just so, exactly the way you wanted it. But it’s getting better, right? Build on that!

Wednesday, Shadow – The World Rx: A tendency to gloss over places where we’ve not behaved responsibly. It’s the reflection we’d prefer not to see. I’m telling ya, you’re better off being aware. This shadow dancing can cost a person–especially in terms of respect and relationships.

Thursday, Balance – Ten of Pentacles RxHow invested are you in seeing what you want to see in loved ones? Maybe that perfect, happy picture isn’t true to life. Especially when it comes to family, acknowledge both the dark as well as the light and recognize the existence of what you don’t like, as well as what you do. If you’re feeling out of kilter in any close relationship, look at the possibility.

Friday, Hope – The Star Rx: Optimism is a bit elusive. It comes and goes. But being the conscious sort, you realize how heavily your thought process plays into the substance and sustenance of hope. You can work with that, right?

Saturday, Prosperity – Eight of Wands Rx: Edgy feeling, like money or moreso, that feeling of “enough” is somewhat uncertain or elusive. What you need is already coming through though,  albeit not necessarily how you expected it to arrive.

Sunday, Heartache & Loss –The Lovers Rx: Sometimes, we feel stupid for not seeing the truth as it is. But that doesn’t mean a person is dumb. It means they see the world through their own lenses, and may have trouble thinking the way someone with different values, perspective and needs does. It matters little who is wrong, when you suffer a loss though. It still hurts. I see this as permission to move away from what doesn’t resonate with our own vibe and what we want in our lives. A prod, even. Because it’s hard and it hurts and it’s sad. But releasing what doesn’t fit anymore is SO important, even when it sucks at the time.

Overview/Advice, Disruption – Seven of Pentacles: Disruption you’re seeing this week? Necessary. It serves a longer-term purpose. What is shaken up now, needs to be shaken up. So mourn what you need to mourn and release.

Affirmation: Make a metaphor. Metaphors really open up possible perspectives and it can be a fun mental activity, too. Maybe not always super flattering, though. When I was in high school debate, one judge said my rapid-fire delivery made me a combine, trying to gobble up wheat before a storm. (Hello, Midwest USA!) I think I’ll go around this week saying things like, “I am the Queen of Swords, slicing through the bullshit!” Or maybe I’ll be the Magician, waving away those tricks. Or I’ll be a rock, solid and unmovable. Or I’ll be the wind…excuse me. I have some metaphoring to do.

Are you finding some illusions shattered recently?

This forecast features the lovely Pagan Cat Tarot, with the Psychic Tarot Oracle to represent positions and the Creative Whack Pack for the affirmation. If you enjoy these forecasts, you’d probably like Dixie’s Book, Everyday Tarot Archives or better yet, a personal consultation.

Colored Glasses – Tarot Flow Forecast, Apr 4 – 10, 2016

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You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball

You cannot give someone else what you do not have for yourself.  If you assume the worst of yourself, you’ll do the same of others, without even trying. You cannot IMAGINE they would want to be around you, despicable disaster that you consider yourself, so any lapse in connection has to be a rejection.

Not-so-nifty trick.

In fact, your experience is much more about how you feel about yourself than who anybody else is. Like when you accept the unacceptable in your relationships, in your job, in your life? While everyone is responsible for their own behavior, the acceptance bit is on you. Yes, we all have transitional times and I’m not judging you for them. But once you wake up? Realize what you’re doing. Don’t accept and internalize poison. Because it cripples you, emotionally.

To be able to give patience, kindness and faith TO others, you have to have accessh. Access is granted and grows, by cultivating those qualities in your own life, first in your relationship with yourself. You cannot give what you don’t have in abundance.

[bctt tweet=”Whatever you want to share, you must first give to yourself. “]

Tarot Forecast Apr 4 - 10 2016

Looking over the weekly flow of this forecast, I think of that old story of the blind men and the elephant. You know, where each of the blind men feels a different part of the elephant and thinks it’s something different? That one.

What you see is largely what you think you see. So decide going in, what you want your experience to be like and tailor your thinking to fit into that framing as much as possible. It’s like cleaning your glasses instead of leaving the (emotional) smudges on there, marring your perspective indefinitely. You decide, what color glasses you’re putting on this week.

Monday, Sacrifice – Three of Wands Rx: This is not going according to plan. Let go and let it happen according to…I dunno. Reality?

Tuesday, Material Harvest – Knight of Swords Rx: Lighten up on the worries and double down on the gratitude. It both feels better and will get you much, much further.

Wednesday, Accelerated Motion – Four of Swords: Don’t freak about the rate of change. Shifting is well (and perhaps suddenly) underway. There’s nothing more to do at present. So relax and let it happen.

Thursday, Transformation – The Fool Rx: The phrase that comes to mind here is, “You won’t make that mistake again.” Fair enough. Mildly ominous, but fair enough. Advice-wise, don’t keep doing what’s not working, dude. I’m hearing The Who in my head.

Friday, Suffering in Silence – Three of Pentacles: You may not see how it all fits together YET but I’m telling you, hardships endured are not without purpose. Even if you have to carve out that purpose yourself. Get what you can from it.

Saturday, Heart Chakra – Four of Cups: Potential to over-romanticize what you don’t have, either from past or future. Look to shift into the now, to whatever extent you can muster.

Sunday, Memories of Love – Hermit Rx: We are not who we are in isolation, or due a singular influence. Connect to those who have made a difference, either directly or energetically. Cut out those who hurt. Be discriminating on whom you connect with.

Overview/Advice, Discontent & Boredom Knight of Pentacles: Beware picking apart what’s basically good due to small (and irrelevant) details. Prioritize and weight your energy expenditures accordingly.

Affirmation: Change its name. Words matter. Listen to your words and wherever there is a topic you’d like to change, think of changing how you express it to better reflect your desired reality. Is it tossing a coat of paint on top of pain? Well, give it a go and see. Because I’d argue, you may want to change your glasses up.

How’s your vision looking lately?

This forecast features the Pagan Cat Tarot, with the Psychic Tarot Oracle to represent positions and the Creative Whack Pack for the affirmation. If you enjoy these forecasts, you’d probably like Dixie’s Book, Everyday Tarot Archives or better yet, a personal consultation.

Ripening: Tarot Flow Forecast, Mar 28 – Apr 3

“It’s one of the side effects of being a Tarot reader. I see people freaking the *$&# out over what’s happening or what’s not happening right this minute, right now, like the world’s ending if things don’t go the way they want. And I talk to them later and we realize, whatever it was, it just didn’t matter. Or it didn’t matter the way they thought it did. It ended up being better, or it ended up giving them something they needed. It gives you a different perspective.”

I was talking to my friend. Not being judgey. It’s really helpful to me, if you want to know the truth. It’s a lot easier to stay zen, when you see this dynamic over and over.

I try to force something to happen, no way, no how. NOT GONNA WORK!! I try to avoid it? It ends up in my lap. Maybe even years later. But when it does, enough has happened between the start and the end, I know there is more at work.

It happens when it’s supposed to. That fact: endlessly infuriating and endlessly comforting, all at the same time.

Tarot Forecast Mar 28 Apr 3 2016

Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde presently, prompting us to revisit projects we’ve started but not finished. What’s ripe, or becoming ripe? What’s over-ripe, ready to be thrown out? Do this bit first, toss and purge, to make space for the new fruit to fully ripen.

I expect this week to contain both conflict and emotionality, ups and downs, since we’re leaning pretty heavily on the Swords and Cups in this weekly spread. But there are definitely lessons and clarifications on tap, courtesy what comes up through the swordplay. Think of irksome frustrations, crabby words or other bothersome incidents as instructive, especially as metaphorical for other issues in your life.

Monday, Passion Ignited – Page of Swords Rx: To get your creative fires burning, stop talking yourself out of it! Stop putting so damned many conditions on ideas. It kills the moment. It sucks the life out of the art. Drop the self-criticism and the “Debbie Downer” scripts aimed in the mirror. That dousing of your creative fires? It’s your own doing, Grasshopper. Which is wonderful news, because that also means, it’s in your hands, oh creative one.

Tuesday, Rejoice in Celebration – Three of Cups: Sweet. This one is a double-dose of advice to celebrate all that is good with your tribe. YOUR folks, your people, whomever they may be. The Three of Cups shows up on “Rejoice in Celebration”–the Psychic Tarot Oracle’s version of the Three of Cups! (What’s Neptune doing today?)

Wednesday, New Beginnings – Ace of Cups: Let fresh starts touch your heart. And let your heart, guide you in those fresh starts. No fear. Only love. Only love.

Thursday, Waiting Game – Five of Swords: I always think of Tarot Fives as growing pains, of one sort or another. Fives are ridden with conflict, but in truth, conflict is a gift. It allows for corrections, before problems become too big to be manageable. But then again, I pretty much count everything–including drawing breath–as a gift. So consider your source. Har!

[bctt tweet=”Conflict gives the gift of drawing attention to what needs to be adjusted.”]

Friday, Emotional Loss, Knight of Swords Rx: This combination screams, “Blessing in disguise” to me. Maybe VERY well disguised, I’ll give you that. And maybe upsetting and scary, too. But definitely, losses right now can be more about perception than net reality.  As in, “Remember that thing I was so upset about? Yeah. I’m really glad it happened.”

Saturday, Base Chakra, King of Wands Rx: You know how in those little airline safety presentations, they tell you to put on your own oxygen mask first, before trying to help anybody else? That. Take care of your own basic needs, security and well being first, before looking to do the same for anyone else. It’s not a mark of selfishness. It’s a mark of smarts.

Sunday, Throat Chakra, Nine of Cups: Speak your truth today. Say what you really want to say. It brings contentment. I would expect especially nice results from expressing gratitude and thankfulness, too. Beautiful day for a heartfelt, loving conversation. So speak up!

Overview/Advice, Harmony – The Chariot Reversed: Don’t push or drive others this week. You go on your path. Others may follow or they may not. But they’ll do what they need to do. YOU do what you need to do.

Affirmation: Check Your Timing. As Shakespeare said, “Ripeness is all.” We get so wound up about what is to happen when. If it’s yuck, we want it done NOW. If it’s good, we want it here, NOW. If it’s scary, we want it either far away from us, or past us. So much of life is timing. Being in the right place, doing the right stuff.

And you know, we stress over timing. But if you get quiet and listen, you can stay in the flow. You can follow those little nudges and your timing will always be right.

I am telling myself, I’m in the perfect place for ME right now, because it perfectly represents where I am, how I’ve grown and how I need to grow. What you want but don’t have may not be a “no.” It may be a “not yet.”

This forecast features the Pagan Cat Tarot, with the Psychic Tarot Oracle to represent positions and the Creative Whack Pack for the affirmation. If you enjoy these forecasts, you’d probably like Dixie’s Book, Everyday Tarot Archives or better yet, a personal consultation.

Do you feel “ripening” in your life?

Video: What’s in a Name?

The words we use matter.

Short version: Sometimes a complete change in perspective is as simple as a change of vocabulary.

Can you think of a time changing the words you use changed your experience?

Creative Whack: Believe in Yourself, Sparky.

Years ago, a friend of mine gave me a Creative Whack Pack, a non-traditional divination deck. It’s designed to help you access your inner creative genius!

Short version: Many limitations on accomplishments are not situationally-based, but perception based. Most importantly, if YOU don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will.

Do you find this to be true?