Four of Pentacles & Hierophant Rx: Forget the Peanut (Butter) Gallery

A long time ago, I was making two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Four slices of bread laid out in a row, happily going about my business.

My kid surveyed my progress, and was quite bothered. She accused me of being intentionally difficult.

Evidently, when you lay the bread out in a row, you’re not supposed to put peanut butter on different sides for each sandwich. You’re supposed to put the peanut butter either all on the left pieces of bread or on the right, so an alternating pattern of peanut butter and jelly is maintained during the sandwich construction.

Somehow, this practice is deemed necessary to maintain a civilized society. Or something like that…

She thinks I live for chaos. I don’t know that I could argue with that conclusion convincingly. But she was taken aback to learn that in this case, I did have a reason for my choice.

See, the bread had sizable holes. So I strategically placed peanut butter over the largest holes to minimize jelly leakage. This was a more important objective than conforming. She saw me doing something “wrong” just to be different. I saw less potential for sporting jelly stains the rest of the day.

The point of this silly little story is that even people that know you very well cannot always comprehend exactly why you do what you do, in the way you do it. But that’s okay.

Nobody needs to get you here. Make your sandwiches however you want next week and forget the peanut (butter) gallery.

Next Week in Tarot

This week, the Four of Pentacles provides the general outlook, with advice coming in as the Hierophant reversed and clarified by the Eight of Pentacles. These cards are from the familiar Radiant Rider-Waite deck.

With a Four of Pentacles forecast, I’d expect to see plenty of stabilizing in general, or maybe “attempts to stabilize” would be more accurate in some cases. This doesn’t mean people still won’t be anxious, however. Far from it. The Four of Pentacles often heralds either general anxiety or feelings of insecurity, especially financial. (Look at how tightly he guards those Pentacles).

But anxious or not, you can expect to make it through the week just fine.

In terms of advice, it’s easy to follow: Do what works for you, period. Take it one step at a time, one foot in front of the other. It’s not all about the long term right now. It’s about making it through the moment, doing what you need to do and working your way through.

In particular, don’t bother about what “normal” people would accomplish what you’ve got to accomplish. This information is not applicable, so no cases of the guilties if you don’t live up to perceived societal expectations.

If it works for YOU, then it’s a good plan. I’m of a mind that’s always true, but I suspect others may also join me in that conclusion during the week.

Are you able to “just do you?”


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Ten of Wands Rx: Going Zen

Back in prehistoric times when I was in college, what turned out to be my toughest class came as a surprise. It wasn’t biology or statistics or algebra, some of the classes I though might challenge me. It wasn’t even the graduate psych seminar I finagled my way into as an undergrad.

None of the other classes compared to an intro to Eastern Civ class at the community college.

The professor wasn’t just insanely knowledgeable. He was extremely demanding. He expected us to develop a level of expertise on the subject far beyond what I would have imagined, even for a much more advanced class.

It was a small group of maybe 25. The tests were very difficult and frequent.A few dropped out after the first test. I wasn’t entirely sure if I would be able to pass, which is saying something for me. But I hung in there.

Those of us who stayed soon began recording his lectures, so that we could listen several times before the next class because that’s really what it took. By the end of the semester, there was a little tape recorder on every desk.

He joked that he felt like he was giving a press conference.

I think I studied more for that final than any other I’ve ever taken. When I got to the room, one of my classmates was holding up a sign she’d made. It read, “We Overcame!”

The professor said the sign was a bit dramatic, but it was obvious he took at as a compliment.

When we were all settled in and ready to go, he sported an impish grin and said he was going to play the devil today and offer us some temptation.

The final was to be the majority of our overall grade. But we could opt out of it.

He made his way around the room with a yellow legal pad, privately showing each of us a letter grade.  “If you want to skip the final, this is the grade I’ll give you…”

When it was my turn, he looked at me and considered for a couple of seconds. Then he scratched out a “B” on the pad.

I about fell out of my chair. I wasn’t sure how I was doing to be honest, so a B was better than I expected.

I didn’t take the offer. though. Nobody did. We had done some insane studying for that final and we were going to take the damn thing!

Leaving the room after taking a final was always one of my favorite moments of every class. At that point, I’d done everything I could do and it was time to let it go. Leaving that room was especially sweet.

I got an A in the class, incidentally. I think I was more proud of that A than any other. I don’t know for sure if my final answers were that great or the professor gave us “extra credit” for skipping the temptation.  I suspect he was more interested in our working to learn than in our answers to the final. But the spectre of the final was the vehicle for motivation.

Next week, I’m expecting it to feel a lot like walking outside the door after taking a tough final. It’s time to just let go and focus on doing the best you can with whatever you’ve got to work with—specifically, working on your own business.

Next Week in Tarot

For outlook, we’ve got the Ten of Wands reversed, with advice showing up as the Eight of Pentacles from the lovely Star Tarot Deck.

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It’s time to let go. If it’s not ours to worry about (or even if it is), it’s just time to release the sense of burden and responsibility for all that happens. Instead, our job is to just do the best we can with what we’ve got to work with.

We’re looking to improve, not solve. We’re looking to our own jobs, not anyone else’s jobs. Salvation isn’t coming in the form of the big picture here. Instead, we progress by working with the now, the details, giving full attention to the immediate, in-the-present-moment doing our best. Everything else sorts itself.

Just work your way through what is right in front of you and let the rest of the world (your world or the bigger world, doesn’t matter) sort itself. I’m not saying don’t care. You just express your cares here by how you live your own self. Yuo know? Your life is, in itself, the art you’re making.

If you want some help sorting it out, give me a holler and we’ll see about a one-on-one.

Eight of Cups Reversed: Still Old News

When I first started dating my husband, there were a few times I’d be talking when suddenly, he’d get very upset with me.

I was absolutely crazy about him and wouldn’t have intentionally said anything to bother him, ever. So such episodes took me utterly by surprise.

“What’s wrong?!  I don’t understand…”

Fortunately, we were able to discuss it. Turns out, he’d sometimes “hear” something very different than what I was actually trying to say.

It happened to me a few times, too. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. It was the terrain.

He was raw from his divorce. I still felt beat up from my last train wreck of a relationship. So sometimes, echos of an unhappy past would surface in our not-unhappy present.

Practiced emotional reactions have a way of sneaking up us. They color our sense of reality. If you’ve spent years living with unkindness, manipulation or hidden agendas, you’re going to perceive those oft-repeated themes sometimes, even where they aren’t there.

While it’s absolutely true the past helps predict the future, if you don’t remain mostly present in the now, there’s no path for changing the past.

And the more you focus on a troublesome past, the more you’ll perceive repetition. Eventually, you’ll develop a remarkable ability to literally recreate it by attracting those most likely to give you more of it.

Or you can work though to make a different future.

My husband and I were lucky. We talked it out from the start. We built trust. Without being able to disrupt that cycle, we probably wouldn’t still be together these 30-ish years later.

This next week would be a good time to leave the emotional trips of the past behind and look to the now you want instead.

Next Week in Tarot

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For the forecast, it’s the reversed Eight of Cups. Advice is given by the Eight of Pentacles, upright, both from the Tarot Illuminati deck.

Some perceptions are colored by old emotional issues–maybe those you thought you’d already left behind.

I know that can suck. But it’s okay.

Realizing and acknowledging what we’re tapping into, we can quickly see those emotional responses that aren’t completely based on the here and now. That’s useful information!

It helps if you worry less about what’s “true” and more about what feels best. You cannot know what’s inside someone else’s head. But you can know what feels the best to assume. So do that!

And above all, just keep working your way through it. We get better as we go. One little bit, one step at a time is how progress is made. It’s not a quick fix here. It’s a process! But if you keep your wits about you, it doesn’t have to be an ugly process.

I wouldn’t even call it repair work. It’s not fixing the old car. It’s creating a new one, you know? The outlook that’s going to drive your future is getting built. Make it a sweet ride!

Are you hearing echos of the past (and are you able to recognize them for what they are)?

Be well out there, friends! And if you want help making a plan for driving in the direction you want, give me a holler.

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.

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!

On My Radar Right Now…

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.

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!