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!

Eight of Pentacles: One Step at a Time 1I’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!

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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.

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Reversed Eight of Pentacles: My Work is to Be

Armchair astrology notes: Mercury is retrograde so double-check communications and if you don’t already know we’ve got an eclipse coming, there isn’t much I can do for you! Make allowances for the edginess so many are feeling and be kind to yourselves out there!

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The reversed Eight of Pentacles says, “That’s not your job.” You don’t have to work it all out. Or come up with an answer for all the questions. Or solve all the problems. Or know all the facts. It’s not your personal job to sand off the rough edges of THE world–or even YOUR world.

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When you hitch your sense of well-being onto conditions outside yourself, you’re utterly screwed. Always! Oh sure, it could seem like you’ve got it under your control for a minute, but we both know that’s illusion. There is no way to keep ahead of the permutations of behavioral possibilities that are other people! Cannot be done. I don’t always keep up with my own brain, for Godssakes! But luckily, there is no need.

FEEL your way through. Options are always lit up for you , but you cannot see them if you’re not vibrating somewhere in that neighborhood. So your job is to get in that neighborhood. You do that by comforting and soothing yourself. You reach for your center and there it is!

Freedom, security or happiness are not gifts from the Universe that some are blessed with while others cruelly denied. Because these words describe internal states, not external. Of course, we are impacted by others but it’s up to us what we do with that. How low long we remain soaked in whatever energy, and how big and fast that energy grows? That’s up to us, set by what energy we feed.

Riding a bike, you don’t say to the bike, “You, Bicycle, must always adjust yourself to keep me in balance. Good bikes stay upright!” And if you expect that, you’ll be forever disappointed.

Instead, you expect to maintain your own balance and constantly correct, for when you’re leaning too far one way or another. It may be the road you’re traveling that introduces the lean, but you take it upon yourself to keep your center of gravity intact. And as you relax into the ride, it gets easier and easier keep your balance and stay on center. Keep practicing!

So right now, look to do what you do. Be true to yourself. Don’t worry about what’s been or what’s coming. Just be here, now. Fully present. Be here for yourself alone and as you do, you’ll be able to bless the others by your clarity and and the inspiration you can only access when you are clear and connected. It really is the only way to be a part of improvement, anyway.

But don’t do it with an ulterior motive, because that mucks things up. Just do it for you.

And really? That’s enough. It’s better than enough!

It’s perfect.

This week’s Tarot features the Radiant Rider Waite deck. Hit Dix up for a personal session.

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Incremental Improvements – Eight of Pentacles

The amount of energy most adults spend criticizing themselves–for something, anything, everything!–it absolutely stunning. Usually when things aren’t going as we want, when being kind to ourselves could offer salve for battered feelings, we start in on the “why’s” and good chance, we’re gonna blame the face in the mirror for doing something wrong.

Not successful enough. Not thin enough. Not spiritual enough. Not smart enough. Not dedicated enough. Not kind enough. Not efficient enough. Not busy enough. Not organized enough. Not a good enough parent.

Not enough, not enough, not enough.

Ouch!

You ever notice how little kids don’t do that? Babies aren’t born into bodies, feeling “not enough.” Which means it would have to be something we pick up along the trip. Feeling Not-Enough isn’t something that’s part of who we inherently are.

I suspect the absence of self-criticism has a lot to do with why small children are usually so tuned in–and why it can be so refreshing and healing to soak up that energy.  Babies don’t criticize themselves. And they don’t criticize you. They just are, you know?

You’re at where you’re at. You can find fault with it–and you, for being there. Or you can just be there, and look at ways to make wherever you’re at, better. More like how you want it. More comfortable. More fun. Easier. Softer. Smoother. More peaceful. More joyful.

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Video Transcript

Hey. This is Dixie from A Fool’s Journey dot com. I’m going to bring in the, the vibe of the moment to you, what’s on my radar for you to kinda get a clue about what maybe to expect this week.

So hang on.

I got the eight of pentacles. The eight of pentacles. This is Virgo. Basically, this is just keep working it out. You’ve got what you need. You have the skills. You’re refining the skills. Okay? It’s just do a little. Do a little. Do a little.

Look at it and see where it needs to be adjusted. So this is a pretty comfortable vibe to me. Of course, I’m a Virgo, so, you know. I get that.

Don’t look at the whole, like, what has to be done, the big picture, blah blah blah. Just, you’re chunking it out. Like, a little bit at a time. Just like, this item on the list, and this item on the list, and this item on the list.

Just a little bit, a little bit, a little bit. And trust that all of these little additions are gonna add up to what you need to do.

Do your thing, and then, kind of evaluate. And say, okay, well, I can improve this a little bit. What can I do a little better? How can I put this a little better? And look for incremental, gradual improvements. That’s what’s gonna get you where you want to go. Okay?

I hope that’s helpful to you! And I hope you go out there and have a great week! Take care, peace out from the Goddess. Ommmmmmmmm. Bye bye.

[Outtakes] Virgo, Virgo, Virgo, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.


This week’s forecasts features the Gilded Tarot. If you like these forecast, check out Dixie’s Everyday Tarot Book, or give a holler about a private consult. And be well!

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Perspective: Tarot Forecast, Nov. 28 – Dec. 4

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot of the power of perspective. How focus changes your experience in profound ways.

I’m on this private crochet group on Facebook. It’s sizable, well over 60,000 members. There’s been an influx of new members, and a lot more off-topic posting. People have been discussing at length very personal situations, relationship issues, money problems, illness and drama of all sorts.

The admins of a group posted a “reign it in” notice, and people are responding, some quite strongly. Some are grateful–they consider the crochet group to be a “happy place” for them, a respite from everyday drama or their own problems. Others see it as heartless move to put the kibosh on those who require personal support. Some consider the admins hypocritical for posting anything personal themselves. Some see the admins as preserving the mission of the group, protecting against trolls and scammers and keeping the focus from becoming eroded into nothingness.

I’ve managed large online communities. It’s not an easy job. There are as many different perspectives as there are group members. And all of life is like that, whether it’s an online group or world events or what you are serving for dinner.

We think it’s outside events that determine our experience, but nothing could be further from the truth! Every single event or circumstance we observe is filtered through our belief system, our sense of rightness, our preferences and values and perspective.

And this is something to keep in mind this week. There are as many different experiences as their are individuals experiencing. You do not know how or why others come to the conclusions they have, because you are not them! You do get to decide, however, by the power of your focus and thoughts, what YOUR experience is like. I plan on taking full advantage of that tidbit, myself.

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Overall, I like the looks of the coming week with a caveat: it IS what you make of it, or perhaps it would be more precise to say, “it is what you believe it to be, by nature of your perspective.” That’s the key, really.

What you see anywhere you look isn’t set by reality. It’s set by your perceptions of reality. And those perceptions of reality are something you have control over by directing your thoughts. You can turn up or down your thoughts by conscious choice.

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If you maintain awareness of your thoughts and let feelings of discomfort be your early warning system that a change may be in order, you’ll have a good week.

Monday, Eight of Pentacles: A day for checking off your list and getting it done. Do pay attention to craftsmanship and quality, doing the best you can with your work. On an Eight of Pentacles day, it’s a Virgo vibe. It matters. So huddle in and produce the best you can today!

Tuesday, Four of Swords: You can exhale and relax. It’s safe to take a breather. Expect an easy-going day, where you can take it a little easier and things will still go well. Good day to replenish your energy.

Wednesday, Seven of Cups rx: Last week, this card (upright) was the overview card for the week. A repeater! Some things out there are not what they seem, but you have the ability to see through them. When something catches your attention and you get that little funny feeling something is off? That’s your psychic vibes telling you something IS off. Pay attention, please. Like the way a dog cocks it’s head at the sound of one of those high-pitched whistles? Like that. Listen to it. Any info that’s not quite right, you’ll be alerted if you’re alert to your alerts.

Thursday, Ten of Pentacles: Score! Maybe a check, a raise, a present, a great dinner, a great deal? Could be any of these. Great day for money, or family, or multi generational connection. Expect a payoff. Often financial but not always. Looks good!

Friday, Queen of Pentacles: Still looking good for money. Good day to cook. Earth mother vibe. Cleaning? If you need to. Mama energy here. This Queen is particularly concerned with concrete, physical manifestation. Cook, paint, maybe too cold for gardening. But crafts or other forms of creation? That’s good. Someone may offer concrete assistance, or you may provide it. Warm, comfortable energy so I’m expecting a good day for most.

Saturday, Nine of Pentacles: You’ll be able to refine a skill, especially a physical skill. If you’ve been learning something new or planning on it, it can really click into place today. New skills and techniques should come easily today.

Sunday, Five of Wands: Ugh. Uproar, dissention or frustration might be out there today. Not necessarily personal unless you make it personal. Choose your battles! I wouldn’t go fighting on Facebook today. Not worth it. Others may be irritating and you may want some space.

Overview/Advice, Strength: Most renditions, you see a young woman holding open a lion’s mouth. The lion is not a threat. The idea is that gentle, persistent intention, steady, light, but ongoing is the energy you use to resolve anything here. One step, one small step, again and again. It’s never heavy-handed or harsh. It’s quiet and gentle, uncompromising and unyielding. So this is the approach you want to use this week, whether things are going your way or not. Keep a slow, steady attention to whatever matters to you most and that’s how you progress.

Affirmation: I am safe in the Universe and all life loves and supports me. This one always cracks me up because there are a few folks that don’t love me.

I know, right? Ha!

But the idea is there is a huge amount of support in the Universe – and that we are safe and supported. Our inner beings are there, loving and supporting us and we have what we need. Now we all have our own beliefs, so I cannot give you my own knowing over this. But I can suggest to you, if you’re not feeling this, try reaching for it a bit and seeing if you cannot turn it up. A worthy experiment to see how it does shift your experience. And as one who has undertaken it, I highly recommend this perspective.

Looks like the week is going to be pretty good with a wave or two otherwise. The waves you can sidestep if you choose to. I recommend choosing to!

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and and awesome week ahead. Be well!

Do you consciously choose how you want to feel?

This week’s forecast features the Gilded Tarot and Louise Hay’s Power Thought cards. Get a personalized consult here.

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Seeing What You Believe: Tarot Forecast, Nov 21 – 27

I used to work graveyard shift, in a data processing office.  I liked the quiet of it. There’s a certain peacefulness about empty cubicles and dimmed light.

One night, my boss wasn’t coming in. So it fell upon me to run the daily backup. This task was a big deal, getting it done properly and on time. I’d had only a quickie, 1-off training and I was insecure about screwing it up.

My boss was going to be available via phone during the process and repeatedly encouraged me to call her if I had questions. Which I did! But with just a few pointers along the way, I got it done and daily backup went off without hitch. Yay!

So you can imagine I was just a smidge taken aback the next day to hear my boss loudly and liberally complaining. About what?

How many phone calls she fielded from me.

Whaaaaaa?!?!

I was beyond pissed.

It’s funny now, but man, then? Whew.

Back then, I didn’t understand that it had nothing whatsoever to do with ME.

It never does, because it cannot. By definition, what other people do represents their own perspective, drives and needs. We cannot see from another’s eyes nor walk in their moccasins, so we don’t know for sure what motivates them. People generally do what they do because they believe it is best for them. And we may understand a fraction of their process for getting there if that much–or think we do.

The funny thing is, when I remember this night, I see different things at different points in my life, too. My perspective has changed, which changes the meaning of the incident to me. One can only see through their own eyes; the range of color visible is completely determined by beliefs.

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This week is a lot like that.

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Lots of inverted cards. Life is going to be moving a little slower than most of us would prefer. Doesn’t mean nothing is happening, only that you have to take your time and work your way through, patiently. Know that the superficial appearances do not necessarily represent a greater reality. Withhold judgement.

I know, I know.

But it will keep you out of trouble, honest.

Monday, Justice: Be fair, be balanced, and weigh out the facts. Take your time to make sure all is fair, and don’t expect unfair advantage for yourself or capitulate to demands of others for unfair advantage. Fair, fair, fair! All things must remain even-handed for the best possible outcome.

Tuesday, Ace of Pentacles rx: Trouble getting going–starting the car, hearing your alarm, waking up, getting a new project underway? Just part of the vibe today. Take it slow and easy. Determination is fine, but don’t get frustrated if it takes two or three shots at the basket to get the ball through the hoop.

Wednesday, Strength rx: Feeling tone similar to yesterday. Impatience or potential tendency to give up. Like when you are a crocheter, and you mess up, you may have to undo and redo, trying more than once to get the hang of up. Don’t throw up your hands and give up! Relax a bit. Acknowledge yes, give yourself some space, and come back to it later for a better result. You’ll get it eventually.

Thursday, Five of Wands rx: Don’t fight! This is the battle card. Reversed, I’d advise you to choose your battles and know, most are not worth fighting. Politics, for example, would be best left off the Thanksgiving menu. Look for the kindness and thoughtfulness and positive qualities of the people in your vicinity and ignore the rest and you’ll have a good day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, Nine of Pentacles rx: Some knowledge is eluding you due lack of emotional readiness. You may be hearing part of the story, some of the facts are not being included. Just let situations ride without having to draw conclusions this red hot minute. It will work out better that way.

Saturday, Four of Swords rx: Difficulty relaxing and possibility that folks are wound up. Get the fact this is an emotional event, not an outer reality event. If you’re focusing on the spot on the carpet instead of the rest of the (very clean carpet), your experience will be dominated by the spot, not the nice bits. Be aware of the power of your focus.

Sunday, Eight of Pentacles rx: You may not complete all your plans for this time period. Some things may not work just so. That’s okay! Do what you can and realize it’s not the end of the world. Shuffle around what doesn’t get completed. Schedule light, and save some time for something encouraging.

Overview/Advice, Seven of Cups: A cautionary tale, the moral of which you don’t know what you don’t know. Things are not always as they seem. The feel around this entire week is that deliberate, conscious action, focusing on what you want to see and dismissing what you dislike, and allowing things to play out is the best course. Some things are just not as the initially appear, both on a personal level as well as collective level. Reserve judgement. And I wouldn’t be running my mouth about controversial topics lest I end up eating those words later.

Affirmation: I prosper wherever I turn. If you want to be more prosperous as most do, start looking for what is already going well. Many times people looking for more whatever in their lives, we begin focusing on what makes us want that prosperity–the lack! Start looking for what is already working to turn up the FEELING of prosperity. Don’t bother taking score, but look for ways you can feel it now, turning up appreciation. This is how you attract prosperity from multiple directions.

Have you noticed seeing what you believe?

This week’s forecast features the Gilded Tarot and Louise Hay’s Power Thought cards. Get a personalized consult here.

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Precise Shot – Tarot October 10 – 16, 2016

My husband and I play Dungeons and Dragons on the computer together.

Some of the projectile weapons in the game have an enhancement called “Precise Shot.” That means the shot hits only who it’s aimed at. No collateral damage.

It’s the kind of thing you may not think about, before you run into that. But not hitting anybody but who you’re aiming at often has a lot of advantages.

That would be handy in real life.

This coming week? We could use some precise shot on our words.

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Audio Version of this week’s forecast.

Lots of Swords, so be aware of communications, potential for ouch factor. Contention may be a thing. Sharp assessments and sharp words. So watch your words! And don’t take sharp words from others to heart.

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Monday, Eight of Pentacles: Just keep pluggin’ and do your thing. Think progress, not completion. One step at a time. A little here, a little more, a little more is how it gets done so keep hammering, slow and sure.

Tuesday, Wheel of Fortune rx:  What seems like a bad break may not be. Go with the flow and accept both what looks good and what looks not good as just part of the cycle. Don’t fixate on a single situation thinking it must work out a certain way for your world to feel “okay.” Understand this is the way the world flows. Just roll with it, man.

Wednesday, Four of Swords: It’s okay to take a breather. The world will not implode if you take the night off. Plan some recoup time today and it will serve you well.

Thursday, Queen of Swords: Be judicious with your words and be very clear. Carefully chosen words will keep you from implying more than you mean to say. Don’t script for others. But to make your words most effective, be sparing with them. That will help you reach your objectives.

Friday, Seven of Pentacles: Recognize where you are in the bigger cycle. The progress you’ve been making adds up and factors are lining up. We’re at a waiting phase, while seeds gestate.

Saturday, Knight of Swords rx: Tendency to blurt, speak impulsive. Understand people may be over communicative in a number of ways, so be ready to step back to keep yourself centered. Not a great day for signing contracts so don’t be in a hurry. Let it rest before finalizing.

Sunday, King of Swords rx: Let the dust settle before diving into action.  May have urges to “do something” but you’d be better advise to go slow and easy.

Overview/Advice, Three of Wands: The week in general feels like there’s a lot of gestation, n0t culmination. So be patient, with yourself and circumstances. Continue to expect things to work out fine and they are, so long as you stay out of the way. Staying out of the way is your job right now.

Affirmation: Everything I touch is a success. While it may not initially feel this way, you can see success if you take a longer view. If you see yourself as here for the experience, the learning and the joy, then everything you look at will show itself in that context. Even if the experience is very negative, it can still contribute to your success in many ways. Just like someone coming out of a bad relationship is more focused than ever on having a better relationship the next time around (and value it much more as well).

“I am where I am. It’s fine where I’m am. I’m doing what I need to be and I’m learning what I need to be learning. All is well.”

That attitude will serve you well. Take your time. Don’t be in a hurry to respond or fight. Step back, take care of yourself and take your time. That will move you through the week intact and you’ll be pleased to realize you’ve made some progress even if it didn’t feel like it at the time.

Are your words landing the way you’ve meant?

This week’s forecast features the Zombie Tarot and Louise Hay’s Power Thought Cards.  You may also like my book, Everyday Tarot Archives or to book a private session.

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