01/29/14: Gambling Success / Strength Rx

Strength Mystic Dreamer Tarot Deck

“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you’re sittin’ at the table
There’ll be time enough for countin’
When the dealin’s done” – Kenny Rogers, The Gambler

It caught my attention, to see Strength inverted paired with a “Success” position. I’d have expected Strength to be upright here, but it’s not. It’s saying to me that success doesn’t always come from never letting go. Every bit as much, success comes from knowing WHAT to let go of.

Forget the phrase “it’s the principle of the thing.” The principle I’d advise considering s pragmatism.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Har!

Do you agree?

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01/28/14: Junk the Junk Food! / 8 of Wands

8 of Wands BodyWhat’s the first thing that goes out the window when you’re under stress? If you’re me, it’s good eating habits! I have trouble mustering the energy to cook but absolutely crave sweets and comfort foods when I’m feeling under fire. Not a good mix! I have given in plenty to those urges. Enough to speak from experience, it’s a bad idea. And I have the waistline to prove it. Ha!

I have been seeing the Eight of Wands a LOT lately, so wouldn’t have taken special note of it today if it weren’t paired up with the “Body” card, said to address “health, body image issues, or the physical impact a situation has on you.”

Stress, worry, and not having resolutions takes it toll on us physically. I’m not saying it’s going to give anybody a heart attack. Worrying about the heart attack isn’t helpful in avoiding the heart attack, man!

But the general energetic weather recently has people run down. Over time, that is a problem. Especially considering this is the Eight of Wands, I’d venture some are at a crossroads with physical issues—where health conditions could go either way, from inconsequential to chronic.

Even if you’re not facing health issues though, abandoning good habits and indulging in bad ones (like me and the junk food) will just leave you with less clarity and energy to deal with wherever those wands land. The flip side is that caring for ourselves physically makes it easier to effectively manage stressors. Duly noted, Tarot.

Don’t let lack of certainty in life dissuade you from lovingly taking care of yourself, as doing otherwise is a very short-lived type of self-consolation. If anything, let stress encourage more vigilance, because being kind to your body is one thing you absolutely DO have control over. And you need to be at your best to handle what comes. So do!

Do you ignore your body when faced with stress?

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01/27/14: Not By Default / Hierophant

Heierophant 

“Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the ‘leaders’ must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.” –Maya Angelou

Who is leading you? What conventions do you follow? Does it add to your joy?

The Hierophant in the position of “What You Can Change” has a rather pointed message. We cannot blame anyone else for our troubles! Because it’s always our option to change our advisors, our religion, our role models or our orthodoxy. Pointing at someone or something else as justification for decisions will not cut it.

You may well choose not to change—yourself, your leaders or your style. But awareness is still important. Sometimes the difference between victory and defeat is conscious, considered commitment. Just because “it’s always been done that way” doesn’t mean that’s always the way to do it.

Live by choice, not by default.

Do you sometimes feel like you’re living by default?

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01/26/14: Meh… / 2 of Cups

2 of CupsToday’s reversed Two of Cups as “Resolution” almost seems like an answer to yesterday’s unsettling Eight of Cups.

I prefer the Two of Cups upright. But even inverted, we can work with it—at least to a point. I am calling it a partial victory, compromise, or maybe even an agreement to disagree. It’s a troubled romance, incomplete and not wholly satisfactory for sure, but also not without something to appreciate all the same.

Resolution (and hopefully getting turned upright) depends upon seeking out areas upon which to build for the future, provided that is your aim.

As it stands, the energetic forecast for the day is a resounding “Meh.” With hard work and a very sunny attitude, chance for upgrade to an “Hmm.” Sigh potential holding at 40%.

What are you seeing here?

01/26/14: Meh... / 2 of Cups 10 Mystic Dreamer Tarot
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01/25/14: Unsettled / 8 of Wands

8 of WandsWell, this combo kind of speaks for itself, doesn’t it? The Eight of Wands pairs with “Immediate Future” just to tell you what you already know: it’s up in the air! This feels very Uranus-y.

I always notice with this version, the girl is not looking at the wands. Whether that’s a studied application of the axiom “a watched pot never boils” or it’s just her expecting something entirely different, I cannot say. What I can say is that she’s about to get popped upside the head with a mess of wands!

I won’t be so trite as to tell you to “expect the unexpected.” I will say this is a fast-moving, short-term influence, though. The Eight of Wands are always unsettled, but never up in the air for a long time. So take comfort in knowing it’s the immediate future we’re talking here as being unsettled, not forever. And stay alert!

Are you unsettled right now?

01/25/14: Unsettled / 8 of Wands 13 Mystic Dreamer Tarot
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01/24/14: Buying a Ticket for One / 8 of Cups

8 of CupsWhome/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_htmlver you “work” beside—at a job, at home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html, in projects or otherwise in life—time for some emotional distance. This translates into trusting others to solve their own problems, with your own life and well-being as top priority, and not expecting other people to be you. They aren’t, you know.

The Eight of Cups may seem like a sad card to some, but not to me. To me, it’s a card of relief and release. It’s a card of freedom! This guy is headed towards the mountains (goals) through the sometimes emotional (watery) winding path.

Notice how those cups are all still standing in the background? Mr. Eight of Cups does not destroy anything before he turns around to go his own way. An emotional hit-and-run would have left overturned cups in a big heap. Instead, he makes a choice only for HIMSELF. That make seem like a subtle difference, but it’s far from it.

Your job isn’t to bring someone along on your trip. It’s to plot your own trip and undertake it. The co-workers can join or not once underway. There’s no guarantee they won’t. But the trip isn’t dependent on anybody else. Got that? YOUR itinerary here.

Be clear on your intentions and confident of your direction. Don’t hand over responsibility for your life to anyone else, and don’t try to take up responsibility for anyone else yourself. I’m not thinking so much in terms of right or wrong as right or wrong for YOU.

Feel like you’re buying a ticket for one?

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