Calculated Risks: Weekly Tarot Forecast, Dec 28 – Jan 3

I remember the first professional Tarot reading I did. I was SO terrified! I’d read plenty for friends and family, and later friends and family of friends and family. But with that audience, they are likely to be kind. There is some kind of personal connection. They want to support you, and let’s not forget–you’re doing them a favor if you’re reading gratis. You’re getting practice and they’re getting insight, so it’s mutually agreeable  exchange and they’ll likely be forgiving of any missteps.

But having somebody I didn’t know PAY for my reading was a huge stretch.

I was going to make a go if it through EBay; at the time, you could list Tarot readings there. I charged $15 for a full Celtic Cross. And I wanted backup reassurance, so I got her birthday. After I finished the reading, I ran it through my astrology software, just to make sure what it said was consistent with what I saw. I didn’t include astrological reports with the reading. It was just for personal reassurance. And yes, my reading was on target.

Geez, that lady got a Hell of a deal!

That first reading I did was very much a calculated risk. As terrifying as it was to put myself out there and read for strangers (for actual money!) I knew I could give a good reading. I would never have considered putting myself in that position if not. What I learned in the process was that it’s usually easier to read for strangers because all that stuff you “know” about your loved ones is less likely to get in the way. Still, it was terrifying and hard. And even today, there’s that twinge of anxiety before I start, when I just hand things over to spirit and ask for what’s needed. Even now, it’s easier but still, not easy.

But had I not taken a chance that day, terror and all, you wouldn’t be reading this.

Weekly Tarot Forecast December 28, 2015

Looking over this forecast as a whole, there’s plenty of opportunity for measured risk-taking. We do have several Major Arcana showing up–it’s important stuff we’re dealing with–and a noticeable emphasis on the Water Element with the number of cups appearing. Emotional impact is “a thing.” Themes of balance amidst losses, release and (measured) risk-taking tie this week together with a bow…or maybe it’s a knot.

Monday, Sadness and Isolation – Seven of Swords: What a way to start the week…the image on this card is interesting, though, in that it looks to be prescriptive. Come clean. Emerge from your hiding place, and show yourself, you know? The antidote to isolation is built in–come on out!

Tuesday, Flow – The Wheel: Looking at today, that Kenny Rogers song is going through my brain, The Gambler. “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.” Pay attention and go with the flow today. Flexibility allows you to ride the tides as they shift.

Wednesday, Opportunity Beckons/Base Chakra – Four of Cups: With the Base Chakra card showing up, we’re talking issues of security and safety, basic needs. Opportunity is beckoning in the form of how those needs get met. You could make a move today–a calculated risk–which increases your sense of security significantly.

Thursday, Spread Your Winds – Two of Wands: Continue to act on those calculated risk.  Risk your ego. Risk your image. Risk stretching outside your established comfort zone. Say what’s on your mind or in your heart. Be honest. Be true to yourself. Sometimes, that’s very hard. But payoffs are often in proportion to the reach, y’know?

Friday, Moving On – Eight of Cups: [recent repeat] Let it go, let it go, let it go! What do you want to walk away from?

Saturday, Rebuild – Tower: [recent repeat] Oy, this is a pretty watered-down Tower representation. Ah well. Oracle Tarot decks, whaddya gonna do? The pattern on her gown makes me think of a house of cards. When you see the Tower, there IS a house of cards has fallen or is about to fall. Whatever does fall, however, was a house of cards. Remember that part. Kind of the point of the Tower, you know? So yes, take stock and rebuild. And understand, houses of cards will always fall. Knowing the difference between the card houses and those made of stronger construction methods will serve. Just keep going, okay? Keep on going.

Sunday, Change Your Focus & Detach – Five of Cups and Justice: These two came out together. Solid follow up to the Tower. It looks very much like grieving–or to be more precise, trying to rebound from grief, at least enough to regain equilibrium. The detachment of Justice isn’t about not caring. It’s about balance. Release through tears, and seek equilibrium.

Overview/Advice, Nurture/Heart Chakra – The Empress: Love yourself. Love others. Care for animals and children and plants…loving is such a very important activity, sharing love. It heals both the giver and recipient. It helps you through the toughest of times, and makes the brightest of times shine brighter. There is no end to the good love can do.

[bctt tweet=”Don’t just guard your heart. Make it stronger via exercise! #quotes”]

Affirmation: I am selfish enough to want to feel good. There is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself. I harp on that point quite a bit, actually. I see self-care as a sacred responsibility. It’s your job to look after yourself, damn it! Don’t push it off on others. “Selfish” is treated like a dirty word, and if you mean caring only for oneself and nobody else, then okay. That’s ugly.

But if you mean protecting your mind, your body, your spirit, healing and nurturing it…well, that’s important. Without that, you’re not much good to anyone else. It’s a waste of the gifts, the energy and resources you have to give. And joy in your own life, doing what you can to feel good, not only impacts you and the people nearby. It impacts every one you come in contact with, directly or indirectly. You are lighting a match, adding the the illumination of all…

Are you comfortable taking calculated risks?

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Baking in the Good Intentions: Weekly Tarot Forecast, Sept 28 – October 4

I have a very…tenuous relationship with my family of origin. I don’t talk about it all the time anymore because most of it, I’ve processed, you know? It gets a touch inflamed every now and again but overall, I am comfortable with it. Best be, or I wouldn’t be comfortable at all.

I also don’t talk about it too much because it makes people angry for me. And I’m not angry. Sometimes a bit melancholy, but not angry.

While I appreciate the support and the caring intentions baked in when folks become indignant on my behalf, the anger is not right for me. Not at this point in my life.

My birth family is a group of  very good people with a much different perspective from me. We could argue about who is “right,” but the truth is, we’re both right. They are living true to their beliefs and convictions, personifying what they are confident to be true. How could I say that’s not right? It is their path–living the life that is right for them. I am living the life that is right for me.

(And very little shall that twain meet.)

Tarot Forecast Week Sept 28 2015

This week, I’d advise everyone to bake in their good intentions, but not obsess over how other people execute their own recipes.

It’s rare I get almost a whole spread of reversed cards. If one or two cards are reversed, then I’ll take that as specifically related to the message. But sometimes it happens that well over half are reversed. In that case, I will generally note it as indication the energy is very clogged and sluggish, not free flowing, and simply read the cards as being upright. Otherwise, interpretation becomes next to impossible.

However in this case, I’m reading all the reversals as the ground shaking, you know? The sense is of major shifts underway, not especially feeling steady, although steady is a VERY relative term. We also have 5 (!) Major Arcana.

Can you say “eclipse?”

The flow is pretty clear though: right off the bat, ground yourself in loving energy and good intention. Stay in the present and make your choices minute by minute, trying to be as generous as you can throughout. Step back from what doesn’t work for you and stay true to your guiding principles but don’t bother trying to micromanage anybody else. It won’t work. I’m seeing a whole lot of realignment going on. So you’ll need to stay sharp.

Monday, Crown Chakra + Three of Cups/Share the Love: Send a note or call the friend who “just popped into your head” unexpectedly. Do your part healing the world by sharing joy and kinship with those closest to you.  Don’t think that has impact? I would say, “What IS this world made of if not individual moments between individual people?” You cannot change all the moments or all the people. But you can add your light to the mix by deciding about you moments with your people. That’s really the best we’ve got.

[bctt tweet=”Be the love you want to see, in your own life and in the world. #quotes “]

Tuesday, Two of Wands/Spread Your Wings & The Lovers/Love: I didn’t realize I’d drawn an extra card for today until I was ready to read ’em, so I’m running with it. We’re talking about choice and growth–both the Two of Wands and the Lovers are cards of choice. So I’d expect choice to appear. How to make your decisions? Choose to GROW. Whatever options you have that entail growth, take that step. It’s well favored.

Wednesday, The Wheel/Flow: Don’t try to swim upstream. Stay present, in the present, and let whatever doesn’t jive with your energy just pass you on by. Primed attention of this flavor makes it possible for you to grab little bits and pieces of luck that would otherwise escape notice.

Thursday, Justice/Detach: Isn’t detachment an interesting keyword for the Justice card? True fairness and balance does require stepping back. I’m seeing this as a signal to delay making judgements or hopping into the “what’s best for everybody” fray, as you may be too close to the situation. Take a deep breath and allow details to develop while you gain perspective.

Friday, The Hierophant/Teach: Share what you know, if you have someone inclined to listen. Not so much? Then take notes. You’ll be able to go back and learn from them yourself later. Insight is available for putting together components you hadn’t quite synthesized previously.

Saturday, The Fool/Trust: Try to put worries behind you and get a change of scenery. Great day for an adventure! If you’re a workaholic, some time off is in order, if possible.

Sunday, Five of Cups/Change Focus: Of all the cards in this spread, this one is notable for being upright. It’s also one I would prefer reversed! Tendency to really be feeling a loss. Try to put it into perspective, or at least find a way to reframe it that you can feel as okay about it as possible. That’s not synthetic, or mental gymnastics. It’s choosing a more healing interpretation.

Overview/Advice, Six of Wands/Believe & Succeed: Hold tight to your faith this week, and guard the love in your heart. Does that sound funny, advising you to guard the love in your heart? Sometimes, you have to guard love to keep it intact! When someone cuts at you, when life throws you a big bundle of ouch, it can harden you and and close down heart energy. But it’s definitely a choice. I know, because I’ve seen people make the choice to grow their heart in extremely harsh circumstances. I can say with conviction, it’s not what life hands you. It’s what you do with it.

Affirmation: I am standing on the leading edge of thought. Life doesn’t just happen “at you” or “to you.” YOU are a participant. You help craft your own experience with every thought and every word. Some things we don’t control–we don’t write the headlines. We don’t decide who lives and who dies. But we do decide what we say and do, how we look at the world. Let your heart and your love lead you and you won’t go far wrong.

How you doing out there?

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Releasing Regret: Weekly Tarot Forecast, July 27 – August 2

Regret is on my radar this week. After tragedy hits, it’s so easy to find a million and one ways it might have been avoided–at least, that’s how it goes down in the imagination. Things you did or didn’t say and do play out over and over from every angle, like a broken record in your brain that just won’t stop.

We generally do the best we can. But what does one do when their “best,” in retrospect, doesn’t feel like “enough?” That’s the sort of regret that’s on my mind right now and  I find some comfort in this week’s affirmation.

[bctt tweet=”#Peace comes from remembering that only #love is real. #affirmation #quotes”]

Anything that doesn’t feel like love? You can release it. It’s okay.

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This week doesn’t look especially easy to me. Emotional fluctuation is evident. The good news is, there are up’s as well as down’s. Maybe this will hit your personally or maybe it won’t, but either way, it’s good to stay aware of the bigger picture for some. The keys to making the best of it–personal or not, by the way–are held in the advice and affirmation cards.

Monday, Conflict and Defeat – Five of Swords: There is a heaviness, a tiredness for some folks today. An air of resignation about this. Retreating for some rest and recuperation is the best strategy if you can manage it. And if are not one hit by the heaviness, be kind to others because you never know what weight they carry in their own heart.

Tuesday, Emotional Loss – Five of Cups: Palpable loss and pain. Seek comfort and solace in the affection of loved ones. “Normal” as you knew it may not be possible, but a new normal can become possible

Wednesday, Victory & Success – Six of Wands: Some hope, recognition or acknowledgement. A welcome respite for anyone struggling.

Thursday, Fulfillment of Wishes – Nine of Cups: Speaks for itself, really. A wish comes true. May it give you hope and strength, if you’re in short supply.

Friday, Sacrifice – Hanged Man: Let go. Release. Do nothing. Allow all feelings, whatever they are, to wash over you, through you, and drift away beyond you. Do what you need to do, for the greater good.

Saturday, Material and Spiritual Prosperity – Six of Pentacles reversed: This weekend holds some rewards, but some discontent as well. There’s a tendency to not trust what is going well. Look for trusted advisors to use as sounding boards if it helps.

Sunday, Material Harvest – Nine of Pentacles reversed: Evaluate budgets and spending. This doesn’t mean you’ll run short so much as you want to be sure you’re getting the best value from all your investments–financial and energetically. Specifically seek out reasons to be grateful.

Advice/Overview: Disruption – The Tower reversed: Minimize disruption. During emotionally challenging times, turn to routine, familiarity, and checking items off your list to carry you. If your default “normal” is not available, start to construct a new normal. There is comfort in the everyday activities. Simple chores, small rituals of living, a regular sleep schedule and nutritious food are some of your tools in minimizing disruption. Honor your feelings, but don’t completely set aside the business of life. That “business of life” bit can get you through a lot.

Affirmation – Archangel Chamuel: “Peace comes from remembering that only love is real.” So often, upsetting words are misunderstood, even by the person speaking them. What you’re saying to others is most often a reflection of how you’re feeling about yourself. We see everything–EVERYTHING–though the filter of our perception and emotional state at the time. And that filter can be very hazed or distorted. That filter doesn’t necessarily reflect reality.

Love is not physical proximity. Love does not reside in some magic words to set things aright or secure a particular outcome. Love doesn’t require acquiescing to another’s desires, or really any action at all. Love is an intention, a state of being that can be held in the heart for one and all–family, friends and strangers. Love can transcend time and space and physicality. In that way, love is the only thing that is real.

How are you doing out there?

Love,
Dix

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Emotional Ebb, Flow and Flux: Weekly Tarot Forecast July 13 – 19

You know that little thing that is somehow, in your head, becomes a much bigger thing? A small slight becomes big hurt feelings. And how “that thing” can get sticky, hard to let go? Yeah, that. By the looks of this week’s forecast, I’m not alone in my struggles with releasing at times. I think we’ll have opportunity to let it go this week. There is a clear ebb and flow to the emotional energy in this spread. Work with where you’re at any given time, and remember nothing is “set” here. Flux is the constant, okay?

Monday, Body, Abundance/King of Pentacles reversed: There’s plenty on the table today. Only eat what you are most hungry for, though. There’s possibility to overdo, literally or metaphorically. You may have to choose between multiple, attractive options. Trying to consume everything can preclude full satisfaction of anything. Prioritize, taking on only what you most want (and can fully attend to) is the most satisfying approach.

Tuesday, Immediate Future – Clinging to the Past/Five of Cups reversed: Lingering hurt feelings over long-ago injuries. Melancholy visits. This isn’t intense so much as it is irksome, because this is all “old news” generated moodiness. On the plus side, it’s short-term. Acknowledge the hurt instead of fighting it, as it tends to pass quicker that way. Try distraction, cleaning and counting your blessings.

Wednesday, Friends and Family – Ordinariness/Eight of Pentacles: There is massive comfort in the familiar. If possible, surround yourself with familiar faces and favorite activities. Shared chores especially are satisfying.

Thursday, What to Leave in the Past – The Outsider/Five of Pentacles: Let go of looking to fit in so much, eh? You’re not broken if you don’t. Being one of a kind can be a little lonely, but it’s authentic. Celebrate your uniqueness and appreciate the special light you have to offer because of it. Who wants to be a knockoff, anyway? Love YOU.

Friday, Conscious Desires – Flowering/Queen of Pentacles: There’s a drive to create, especially in the tangible, physical sense. Cooking, artwork, sewing, and crafts are all great examples of rewarding activities to feed this vibe. I get the feeling of being proud of accomplishments and pleased with progress toward mastery.  This is a lovely comeback from yesterday, with focus on where you shine. Awesome!

Saturday, Attitudes and Thoughts – Integration/Temperance reversed: Growth is never linear in my experience. It’s like the waves, washing in and out, in and out. When one learns to meditate, at first distractions dominate the entire process. But if you gently set those intrusions aside and refocus, over and over again, eventually you can train the mind to behave. That’s where progression comes into play. Adapting new perspectives that serve your growth is no different.

Sunday, Friendship – Rebirth/Ten of Swords reversed: Opportunity to get over hurt feelings. Look for a supportive narrative, a workable reframe of perspective, to keep moving forward.

Overview/Advice, Crowning Influences – Stress/Seven of Wands reversed: Stress makes for short tempers and pessimistic perspectives. When you are feeling emotional, overwhelmed or otherwise emotionally indisposed, any kind of concrete, practical activity is extraordinarily helpful and even healing. Upset with a friend? Do laundry. (You can wash the “ouch” right out of your clothes.) Worried about a family member? Run errands or write a to-do list. (Taking care of business reinforces a sense of safety, manageability.) Irritated with your mate? Clean the kitchen. (Purifying the energy you are consuming.) The idea here is both reducing the stress in your world by taking care of something that needs to happen, and introducing the general vibe into your energy field that feels lacking if possible. You don’t need to match the source of stress with a symbolic cure but if you can, by all means do!

Affirmation: The Universe knows me, and the Universe adores me. Yes, sometimes life is hard. Yes, sometimes, stuff goes wrong. I try to keep the little picture versus the big picture in mind. I’m not one to saccharin-coat everything and say, “Oh it’s all for the best,” or “Oh, it’s all part of God’s plan.” Because nobody wants to hear that when they are hurting! I will say, however, we don’t know how individual events fit into the context of our time on the physical plane. We don’t know what sort of goals we might have set before coming down to Earth, in terms of what we wanted to learn and experience. We do know sometimes, things are hard and we do the best we can with them. If you feel a sense of spiritual connect and support, call upon it. Trust that there is always love for you, even when your life doesn’t meet your expectations. Trust you always deserve love and receive love, however it’s delivered.

Just trust, that’s all. A little faith goes a long way.

How’s your week looking?


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Tissue anyone? Dealing with Grief

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Note: This is an old forecast, but I’m pulling it back up for anyone who needs some encouragement dealing with grief. Hoping it’s not you!


Damn! I pulled for Saturday and Sunday and after seeing what I got, I cringed hard, and drew one more for advice. Tarot Fives are never comfortable, but these two are especially harsh. Sorry to be the bearer of a bleak forecast, but better to know so you can dress appropriately, huh?

One the plus side, Tarot fives are highly dynamic, usually fast-moving agents of change. There is upheaval and uncertainty, but likely not long-term. And they can portend important shifts, made quickly.

We are always saying we want it now, huh? Or maybe that’s just me.

Saturday, Five of Pentacles:  This card screams poverty, feelings of being without. Whether it’s money, love, options, ideas, friends, or something entirely different you feel “out of,” we’re talking standing in the cold. I do usually point out when this card appears, help tends to be available for the asking. The problem is, nobody wants to ask!

You may be hurting and possibly scared, but it’s important to realize not only your role in creating the situation if there was one, but—and don’t hit me for saying this—your potential role in maintaining it. Be aware there likely ARE options that you haven’t been ready to consider. Fair enough if you don’t choose to consider them. You’ll get no judgment from me! Just realize the difference.

Sunday, Five of Cups: What can I say that isn’t obvious? This is a card of grief and loss. We’re not talking a complete loss even though it may feel like it. Still, there’s sadness for what is gone. It may even have snuck up on you and punched you in the stomach when you were looking the other way. Nothing sucks more than sucker-punch sadness, man!

Cry whatever tears come, letting them wash away pain. Be gentle with yourself. Any kind of cleansings, smudging or baths taken with the specific intention to clear away the past issues and pains of all sorts are recommended. Clearing out physical or electronic items associated with pain and loss can also help release the energy, as can journaling or pouring those emotions into some other creative or physical endeavor of your choosing. Just remember wherever you place that energy it stays, so you might want it to be something you’ll be disposing of when you’re done. No baking it into comfort food!

The best way through this kind of energy in my opinion is always surrender and release, surrender and release. Fighting it directly is like denying your true feelings, and such a charade never fools the heart. The feelings themselves will dissipate if you allow them to be spent. Like a shot, it only hurts for a little while.

Coping, Four of Pentacles: You are stable, you are safe. You have what you need. This is what the Four of Pentacles tells me. Hold on to what you have and withdraw if it helps. Take inventory. Ground. Know that you are okay. Honest. Do what you need to in order to feel safe and abate anxiety. Breathe.

Affirmation: It is safe to look within. I am hoping I’m WAY off here for the vast majority of those reading this. But if you’re not one of the lucky ones, know it’s okay—even helpful—to see yourself as clearly as you can, and forgive yourself for whatever shortcomings you perceive, you know?

I’m really seeing this whole thing as a highly internal process—like regrets over lost opportunities or possibilities. Just do the processing that needs to be done, let it pass and look forward to a brighter week ahead. I’m on call for virtual hugs should anybody want to collect one.

Much love to any who need it.

You doing okay?


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Everyday Tarot, 05/07/011: Past Mother’s Day Mourning / Inverted Five of Cups

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[This is from Mother’s Day, 2011. I ran across it tonight, and figured maybe somebody needed to hear it. ♥ ~Dix]

It’s almost Mother’s Day. And while countless images of  impeccable Stepford-style family bliss march through our collective consciousness courtesy marketing, it’s enough to make anybody feel inadequate. For too many, Mother’s Day is just another reminder of something they don’t have.

Today’s Tarot is the Five of Cups, inverted. Known as “The Lord of Loss in Pleasure,” this card is associated with Mars in Scorpio. Like all Tarot fives, there’s disruption and conflicted feelings. Quite simply, this is a card of mourning losses. Inverted, expect the mourning to be  cushioned, limited or short-lived.

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