Seven of Wands: Fighting for the Right, Personally

There’s a lot of talk right now about right and wrong.  So much disagreement, with so much passion!  Like everybody else, I have my own ideas of what’s what. But not-like-everybody-else, my ideas in that regard are mostly kept to myself. I seldom share the specifics.

That doesn’t mean I don’t further what I truly believe is right, though. The upcoming Taort forecast answers exactly how to do that.

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For the weekly outlook, we have the Seven of Wands, with advice coming from The Empress from the lovely Star Tarot Deck.

Now, I always think of the Seven of Wands as representing a stand-your-ground sort of vibe. Entrenched in your own vision of what’s right, you fight off any who would seek to topple your own moral authority.

But a lot of people misunderstand this card. The Seven of Wands is a very personal type of fight. We’re not talking about controlling what the rest of the world does here. We’re talking about maintaining your dominion over your personal values and morality.

The deck author describes this card as representing a conflict between inner values and outer reality, and that’s a wonderfully apt characterization. There is a sense of isolation or mismatch with this card. What you see around you, what’s expected of you and what you feel is right may not match up this week.

You may have to put your foot down. But understand this is not a call for global activism. It’s a call to live true to your own values despite whatever forces are rumbling to the contrary. Forcing others to go along with your morals is not only ill-advised but impossible. But living according to your own morals? That’s do-able.

So with that in mind, I absolutely love the Empress showing up for advice.  She’s not telling us to fight for what we believe is right. She tells us to live it instead! That’s a whole lot more effective. Instead of fighting for what you don’t want, give birth to what you do.

If I want to live in a world that’s loving and respectful, guess what? Yelling at those who I don’t consider to be loving and respectful doesn’t really further the cause, you know? It just turns me into what I’m railing against. On the other hand, by practicing and embodying the qualities of love and respect even in situations where it may be challenging, I am actually giving birth to a tiny piece of the world I want to live in. I’m being it.

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There is a huge amount of dissatisfaction coming from many, many different quarters. Instead of getting upset over what doesn’t resonate for you, channel it into inspiration for what you’d rather give birth to instead.

Create what you want, first in your own life where it grows to influence others as well. You’re no less a warrior approaching change from the inside out. Even better, you’ll feel the difference immediately.

Are you feeling this? 

If you’d like to discuss how to make changes in your own life, give me a holler for a one-on-one.

 

Empress Reversed: Whose Business?

I think we put ourselves under a lot of unnecessary stress when we feel the need to solve all the problems. Who knows best? Is it you? Me? Them? The smart ones? The famous ones? The spiritual ones?

We certainly can (and will) have opinions on what’s best. That’s what life experience does: offers a frame of reference on what’s best, from our personal perspective. We may even share those opinions on occasion if we feel moved to do so or are asked.

But that doesn’t mean we’re to go off trying to save the world–or even just a single bit of the world.

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Dignity is a sense of personal value. Dignity is an understanding of one’s own worth, internally generated. As such, dignity cannot be given or taken from outside parties, although it could well be influenced by others if we allow it to be.

Pride (as Confucius is using the word), implies a sense of being better than others. Such comparisons are mostly undertaken when someone is not feeling their inherent worth and must seek external yardsticks to temporarily bolster it. If you feel solid, it’s not necessary to rank yourself against anyone else. It’s also not necessary to step in and try to save anybody.

Setting your own course no matter what is an act of dignity. Declaring yourself a  necessary savior is an act of pride.

I will tell you right now, though: this was a tough lesson to learn as a mom. 

[bctt tweet=”Your answers are within you. Likewise, their answers are within them. Don’t confuse the two. #OnMyRadar” username=”goddess_dix”]

Which brings me to this week’s Tarot.

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We’ve got the Empress from Tarot Illuminati reversed, along with Dahlia – Dignity, from the Botanical Inspirations deck. (Sorry for the blurry pic.)

This isn’t the week for mothering the world. Just mother yourself. Take care of yourself. Express your own creativity and magic(k) and let the rest of the world do their own thing.

And it doesn’t matter one little whit how “right” you are, about the rest of the world or any given part of it. You could have a near 100% agreement with all of humanity on what’s proper. Even so, we don’t have the perspective to see what brings anyone else to the place they are. We don’t have the insight to know what these experiences are creating for them or how the details fit into the bigger canvas. But what’s more, we don’t have the right to live anyone else’s life. Our own life is ours to steer. That’s it.

Do you want to make a difference? Awesome! Do that by first loving and caring for yourself. If you’ve got that down and well-practiced, you’ll find it far, far easier to love other people.

The best gift you can give to another is not your wisdom or advice. It’s believing in the power of their own wisdom and advice–and shining a light on that for them by seeing and acknowledging it yourself. Your faith in them helps trigger their own like a tuning fork. That’s the real gift.

Looking to get better tuned in for yourself? Give me a holler. ~Dix

Emotional Grace Period, Recommended. Weekly Tarot, March 20 – 26, 2017

I am an emotional creature. I value strong emotion as an important part of who I am, though it sometimes presents it’s own complications. To compensate, I’ve had to develop some skill in managing emotional response without overwhelming anyone too near the strike zone.

Thank you, Saturn.

Naturally, I’m not always perfect at this endeavor. You can just ask the landlady, after my butterfly bush meltdown.

But more often than not, I am successful. I step back. I ground. I meditate, at least when I get to the point that I can. I journal. I go outside. I clean. I take a nap. I distract myself in whatever way seems to help. In short, I do everything I know how to do to talk myself off that ledge.

I mean, dumping an inferno of emotion purges, that’s for sure. But while it relieves the pressure, that out-of-control feeling just sucks and there’s always a hangover after the fact. It’s just not who I want to be, you know? That’s not how I want to feel. So I do my damnedest to take a different route.

Next week, I’m expecting how we handle intense emotion to have relevance.

Full forecast video.

We’ve got a slew of repeats from recent weeks and inversions galore. It has the feel of sludging through mud, man. And notice the dominance of the cups in the week’s cards. Emotions remain “a thing” with a friendly, yellow-alert level Tarot-reader advisory to reign in knee-jerk responses (lest you have something to regret later). We’re wanting to sidestep the collateral damage factor. It can be done, but will require restraint to pull off. [bctt tweet=”Enforce a grace period before acting on strong emotions this week. #OnMyRadar” via=”no”]

Weekly Tarot Forecast in Bullet Points

  • Monday, Eight of Swords rx. You’ll have the chance to free yourself from the knots you’ve been tied up in, right here. Open window of opportunity, and you’ll likely get a nudge to go. Don’t hesitate, it moves fast.
  • Tuesday, Three of Cups rx. Don’t expect your friends to necessarily “get you.” That’s too much to ask. Look to feel comfortable in your own skin and the rest doesn’t matter. It’s your job to get you and nobody else’s.
  • Wednesday, King of Cups rx. Emotional impulsivity is a potential issue. If you’re feeling strongly, don’t complete the real world activity without emotionally stabilizing. Powerful emotions that are very short term.
  • Thursday, Five of Wands rx. Pick your battles! I mean, you can pick all of ’em if you want, but it would be unnecessary bickering.
  • Friday, Three of Pentacles rx. Life won’t go as you planned. It’s still okay. Just be flexible.
  • Saturday, Ten of Cups upright. YAY! This is a good time. Hook up with your family–blood or heart family, either way. Surround yourself with loving vibes however you can, even if it’s just the thoughts you are thinking.
  • Sunday, Empress rx. Even inverted, it’s still a good card. Prioritize self-care. Don’t expect everything will just fall into place perfectly today, because maybe not. But progress is good enough.
  • Overview/Advice: Knight of Cups reversed. FEELINGS are very strong and change very quickly. Give yourself a grace period, between feeling strong emotion and taking action this week. Grace periods will save your tail.

Maybe your experience will be different than what I’m expecting–I hope so! But even if it’s not, you can do this. Just give yourself a grace period before taking action to let the feelings enough that clarity can re-emerge. Take any real-world actions once you’re bathed in the energy you would like for the outcome and you’ll do well.

Much love, and stay safe out there.

Dix

p.s. This week’s forecast features the Radiant Rider Waite. Get your Tarot on 1-on-1, or just get my book and flip to a random page to give yourself a DIY bibliomancy reading!

 

Steering with Feelings: Tarot Forecast, Jan 23 -29, 2017

I went to a therapist once upon a time ago, just one visit during a patch when I felt like my life was a wreck. It kinda was a mess, if you want to know the long and short of it.

She told me, “Of course you feel that way. Look at what’s going on. I’d be worried about you if you didn’t feel that way.” And that  was that.

It was nice to be reassured, I wasn’t losing it. To have “official permission” to feel lousy. But it would have been nice to find ways to feel better.

This week’s forecast reminds me of that time, and others like it in my life. There is an intensity to the energy here. Strong desires, strong emotions, and our job as I see it, is finding ways to feel better and keep grounding and pulling back to center. Because as you do that, you’re finally able to get whatever clarity you can from the experience and find ways to feel better.

That’s a nice description of a life I’d like to live, actually.

Get whatever clarity you can from the ride and find as many ways to feel good as possible.

This coming week? Do that. The week is a little sluggish in terms of the sort of progress most would like to see–especially midway through–but ends on a high note. Use your feelings to steer and you’ll fare just fine.

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Audio version of the day-by-day play-by-play.

Monday, Opportunity Beckons (Four of Cups) – It’s a good day to consider possibilities that you’ve not entertained before. Look at what has not been on the table or already dismissed as unlikely, don’t. Thinking your way through is never as effective as feeling your way through. You can drive yourself insane trying to figure out details instead of allowing the Universe do the heavy lifting for you by lining up your energy.

Tuesday, Confront (the Moon) – Whatever drives you insane to see in others represents some uncomfortable energy in YOU. The only way something can push your buttons that way, it has to resonate with some level in you. Sorry! Is what it is. I wouldn’t think of dealing with this so much confrontation, but more being aware. Make peace with where you are, and accept it along with the decision, you’d like to keep moving to a more comfortable place. Aim love at yourself and it takes away a lot of the punch. This will help.

Wednesday, Manifest (Magician) – A very empowering energy. The polarity of wanted vs,. unwanted is highlighted. Many things go on in our lives we care about, but feel no control over, apparently external circumstances. But we do have control over how we feel, and that control is accessed in how you think about any given scenario. We have the power of framing.  You can nudge yourself in the direction you want to go, looking for ways to think about it that feel better. Just look to feel a little better about it, a little better about it from wherever you stand, and keep on doing that. Practice that skill and it will serve you well.

Thursday, Sadness and Isolation, Three of Swords – You may not get everything you want, and it’s okay, it will be okay, it remains okay, always was and will be okay. But if you’re having a sad day and feeling a little beat up? That’s okay, too! Or if someone else is, around you. These blues don’t last very long and it’s not something you really have to fix. Just accept and love yourself as you are, and be kind. That help speeds along, brightens the tone and lightens up the energy very shortly.

Friday, Teach (the Hierophant) – Connecting with others in an educational format has the possibility to bring joy. Really, any mentally stimulating activity will do. You don’t try to “teach” anyone else how to be. The most powerful way to teach is through a clear example. Some might say it is the only way.

Saturday, Heart and Crown Chakra + Nurture (Empress) – Feed your heart and you’ll feed your soul at the same time. You’re looking for joy, something that feels creative, fun, activities that speak to the heart and spur your imagination. Follow your heart to strengthen your connection.

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Sunday, Control (Strength) – The only control you have a right to exercise is over yourself. This is a kinda rocky feeling week. If you can get plugged in, open yourself up to possibilities you hadn’t considered in the flow of the week, challenge yourself to direct your responses to the outside world consciously directing your thoughts, and let unpleasant feelings pass. You inspire others not through pressure or persuasion, but through example, clarity and personal knowingness. This keeps you plugged in, that is where true control comes from. It’s a helpful approach in general.

Affirmation: I know who I really am. We’re all made out of the same stuff. Considering how many are feeling, understanding that we are spiritual beings living a physical experience. Knowing we’re all part of the same source energy, it will make harmony, love and healing a whole lot easier.

This forecast features Psychic Tarot for the Heart. If you dig the forecasts, you might like Dixie’s book, Everyday Tarot Archives. Or…Get your private consult on here.

Starling Advice: Tarot Forecast, Jan 9 -15

Our office window birdfeeder has attracted a string of different birds, and I watch them come and go. Lots of finches, because hey, finches run in packs. The cardinals come, often both Mr. and Mrs. And just like old, married couples, they start to look alike after a while. The big blue jays that grab the big nuts and glide off. Warblers galore and beautiful bird songs off and on all day.

The Starlings have really been speaking to me, standing out. But then again, they were kind of born to stand out, no? With the iridescent sheen and the little dots like stars in the night sky, how could you miss them?

Starlings are known for being gregarious birds–and for their imitations. They imitate not only many other birds, but also mimic environmental sounds and have local dialects. They are studied for insight into the development of language.

And while they are fairly aggressive birds, they also know how to work in in a group. The grace of their flock dances defy description.

This is a week to be as the Starlings would suggest–be your beautiful, iridescent self, always. Of course. Don’t shy back and hide, but stay flexible in your communication. Keep your action in keeping with what you want to be about, you know? Going with the flow, (gracefully) is highly recommended.

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Lots of Pentacles coming up, with a smattering of swords. So we’ve got our primary focus on results, concrete, physical, flesh and blood manifestations. Not so much emotional focus or mental focus.Outcomes are emphasized over conceptual issues. So let’s dive in!

Monday, Nine of Pentacles rx:  Don’t nitpick. Upright, this card shows a very refined, clean approach. Reversed, something is not quite there yet, missing a little something. But relax into it and understand it’s a process, just like you’re a work in progress. It’s fine, wherever you’re at in it. Enjoy and appreciate what IS working right and don’t make a big deal about what is still coming into refinement.

Tuesday, Page of Pentacles: You will begin to get some clarity on the types of issues bothering you yesterday. The message will be recieved. Look for it and work with it.

Wednesday, The Empress: Great day for creative pursuits. The Empress is the Tarot mama. Great day also for self care (and isn’t creativity a form of self care)? Great day to make something, bake something, nurture someone else or yourself. A warm, fuzzy day. So enjoy it.

Thursday, Ace of Wands rx: May be a delay getting started on something you wanna get rolling. That’s okay! Don’t stress, just let it be. It will come together in time. Let it go and keep on doing what you’re doing.

Friday, Five of Pentacles rx: Possibility for overreaction. I’m seeing a kid crying themselves silly after dropping an ice cream cone. Overreaction to small losses due a limited perspective. However you feel is fine. I’m not saying to feel bad over how you feel. Just don’t amp up unhappy thoughts by playing them on autoloop. If you’re feeling like something is a really, really big deal today, fair enough. It matters because it’s important to you. But do what you can to soothe yourself and understand with a little perspective, you will see it differently.

Saturday, Three of Swords rx: Adjusting to something you want that feels missing. Reversed, it’s an opportunity for healing if you’ll allow it. It’s a choice, what feelings you ramp up vs. what you let go. It’s within your capacity and any rawness there is actually on the mend.

Sunday, Four of Pentacles rx: A little anxiety going down. It’s not necessarily based in reality. I’m seeing this as internal. Very much what’s going on in the head, not in the world. You may be anxious or there may be a rawness in the world at large. So look to soothe the anxiety without trying to take action to “correct” the situation.

Overview/Advice, Nine of Swords rx: Anxiety or guilt may be players, with some having difficulty sleeping this week. Let go as much as you can because the Self-Blame Express ain’t doing anything useful for anybody. If you do the “what if, what if, what if” disaster scenarios, stop! You’re amping up unrest. Try to catch yourself quickly before it picks up steam and is harder to redirect. And your week will feel so much nicer, even if the objective circumstances are exactly the same. Pretty neat trick, don’t you think?

Affirmation: When I reverse the thought, I reverse the condition. Sorry if you’re not a Law of Attraction person. But the idea is, there is nothing in life that cannot be changed. You use your emotions as your guide. For example, if you have chronic pain–it’s hard to ignore, in your face. You don’t have a choice as to where you are with that in the moment it’s happening, other than how you think about it.

You can have that pain and feel angry, scared, or frustrated. You can also have it and feel hopeful, believing it will get better, or intentionally distracted by other things. The pain may be the exact same physical manifestation, but the experience of it is much different. You may be in a place you don’t want to be. You can either suffer a great deal by dumping unhappiness on top of it, or you can reach for the best feeling, most optimistic thought you have access to. If you reach for better-feeling, what you live is the best you have access to in the moment. How justified any feelings are doesn’t matter pragmatically. If I’m choosing between justified anger or unjustified happiness? No contest.

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Grab onto the best-feeling thoughts you have access to and ride them up. Over time it will raise your vibration and improve your experience without regard to outside conditions.You see how there is freedom in being able to always pull yourself back to center? Just keep bringing yourself back, bringing yourself back, again and again and you’ll find your life shifting in ways you really like.

Stay in the flow and you’ll fare well, even if it takes you a minute to realize.

Do you get advice from the birds?

This week’s forecast features the Housewives Tarot. Currently, still running the 2017 Year-Ahead Zodiac special (via mp3). Hit me up here.

Who Cares about the Brussel sprouts? Tarot Forecast, Dec. 5 – 11

When my kids were little, they did the same thing all kids do: they looked at ugly veggies like brussel sprouts and declared them disgusting.

I had already firmly established I wasn’t going to make multiple, separate meals for dinner. Frankly, they were lucky I came up with one! But it still was an issue for me getting some veggies down their little gullets, taking my parental responsibilities for their well-being quite seriously as young mothers often do.

“Okay, that’s fine if you don’t like something. As an adult, I don’t force myself to eat things I don’t like. But I expect you to try it before declaring it disgusting.”

See, the “I fixed it just how you like it, with salt and pepper and butter!” had stopped working. So I made a rule, there must be a full bite taken, chewed and swallowed before determining whether or not something was “disgusting” and before being excused from the table

You see where this is going?

Worst rule I ever conjured. It gave me a lot more grief with the boy child than just letting him turn his nose up the the green spheres and be done with it.

Instead, we had a battle of wills. Over brussel sprouts. Who would give in first?

Honestly, I don’t remember who is was that folded. I just remember an extracted battle that felt lousy and completely missed the point of encouraging him to try something new in an open, accepting atmosphere.

This week? It’s kind of like that. You can insist on things that are not really that important (as both of us were doggedly doing in my story). Or you can look at the bigger picture and only insist on what matters. Because most of it doesn’t.

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Overall, the week is not looking too bad! Basically any setbacks this week look minor and as long as you keep in mind what matters most and dismiss the rest, they are not gonna throw you. Lots of opportunities for replenishing and if you take them, it’s smooth sailing. So go forth and have an awesome week.

Monday, Nine of Cups rx: Generally, I read this card as “almost perfect.” You can find complaints if you look, but why look? There is a lot to enjoy if you’re not a whiner. So don’t be a whiner!

Tuesday, Empress: Awesome day! Creative day, as this is the Tarot Mama. Good day to give birth to something new, or self care is good. Anything you do under the Empresses influence to heal or build yourself up, it tends to be especially effective. Good day.

Wednesday, The Lovers: Expect harmony. Usually with the Lovers, there is choice involved as when the man chooses to be with the wife and leave home, for example. We’re generally looking at fortuitous, comfortable. Will have the option to get your vibe on with people of like mind, so enjoy!

Thursday, Nine of Wands rx: A little different than what we’ve had up to this point. Usually, I’ll see this when someone is tired of holding out. Would not focus a whole bunch on getting your individual way. Shift focus to the bigger picture, what is really important. Forget specifics, but look to principles to get the most here.

Friday, Seven of Wands: Echoing same theme as yesterday. Look at core values, not little details. If it’s not important, let it the heck go!

Saturday, High Priestess: Great time to make time for quiet, contemplative events. Time outside if it’s not too cold, meditation, music, etc. Intuition is in high gear. It’s access through quiet activity, creative stuff, exercising your imagination, dreamwork, etc. Know your radar is in high gear, even if you’re not overly energetic. Not a super active vibe, but very receptive.

Sunday, Queen of Pents rx: Take care of yourself FIRST, before extending hospitality to others. If you don’t, you’ll run out of gas before it’s done.

Overview/Advice: Ten of Pentacles rx. Still a nice vibe even reversed. Stronger upright but still a good vibe. Know this week’s setbacks are minor and you can easily work your way around it if you choose. Keep the good attitude and it will go well. In fact, issues that come up can be helpful in terms of providing useful info anywho. Freaking out, it goes downhill, so keep the good attitude. Do what you can to roll with the flow and don’t get worked up.

Affirmation: As I say yes to life, life says yes to me. Take a chance! Do what you really want to do. For me this conjures up the idea, so many times when we’re looking at why we want something, we actually think in terms of what they don’t want, not what they do. It may seem like the same thing saying you don’t want to be sick vs. you want to be healthy, but it’s a lot different vibration. It’s not as subtle difference as you’d think. There is a big difference between pushing against vs. pulling for, although both bring more into your life.

 

Do you pick your battles? Or does it depend on your mood?

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

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