Ace of Swords & Five of Pents: Kaleidoscopes & My Religion

I’ve been feeling more at peace lately. Not 100% of the time naturally–I’m not freakin’ Jesus. But I’ve been gradually feeling much more centered, much more of the time. I’m really glad!

My buddy Josi likened my process to shaking a kaleidoscope until I find an image I am pleased with. It’s an incredibly apt metaphor.

We’ve got multiple interpretations of reality to choose from. Why wouldn’t I pick the one that feels best to me?

If you can only feel peace when what you observe agrees with your idea of right? You’re screwed, plain and simple. There will absolutely ALWAYS be those  who don’t believe as you. There will ALWAYS be people living in a way you don’t see as good or right. There is too much variety among us for any one perspective, any one conclusion, any one idea to be universally adopted. (I actually believe this to be a good thing, but I don’t try to convince anybody else of that.)

Lately, I’ve been thinking of the dramatically diverse viewpoints as being a form of religion. Facts are all well and good, but the interpretations, deciding what anything ultimately MEANS, is a uniquely individual and emotional process.  Conclusions are far more a function of where one’s faith lies, what an individual regards as being true and right, than any objective summary of facts and figures.

What’s more, people are inclined to loudly preach their faith. It’s easy enough to feel bothered if that faith doesn’t match ours. It doesn’t mean those preaching are deficient somehow for looking through a different stained-glass window than I am.

So lately when I run across something that doesn’t work for me, I just say to myself, “That’s not my religion.”

It feels so much better than the arguments I used to have in my head…

My religion is  pretty simple, really. It’s mostly about kindness, respect, and optimism. It’s doing the best I can personally to contribute to the greater good universally. I don’t have to work out the specifics of what “good” must look like on a grand scale. Instead, I find it enough to feel compassion for any who suffer, while trusting in the strength and spirit of each individual to find their own path.

I do me. You do you. It’s a very simple approach to live and I like it that way.

Everyone else is welcome to their own religion, of course. That’s kind of the whole point. Reminding myself of this has been super helpful in keeping my own head on straight. Maybe it will help you a little next week, too. I hope so!

Next Week in Tarot

The softly-colored cards pictured are from the Crystal Visions Tarot.

Ace of Swords, Five of Pentacles

Outlook is the Ace of Swords; advice incoming is via the Five of Pentacles.

I’m expecting people to maintain a very focused (and no doubt narrow) point of reference in the coming week. In other words, perspectives remain polarized.

I’m not seeing much in the way compromise or even passing interest in opposing views. The Ace of Swords indicates a very singular focus. For most, there will be no shades of gray. Definitions of “reality” may be centered around a single idea or story that considered universally true, completely representative of the larger whole.

To some extent, this is also giving me an “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” vibe. While my take on it seems (unfortunately) descriptive of current events, don’t be surprised to see this at the micro/individual level every bit as clearly as in bigger venues. It’s just the flavor of the week, you know? While it’s not my favorite flavor by any means, I try to remember that this sort of focus can produce some stunning shifts. I’ve got to trust in the Universe to orchestrate it all because it’s way above my pay grade to have all the answers for everybody on everything. I’m just looking to guide my own ship, damn it!

The Five of Pentacles is an especially interesting card to see as advice. I normally see this one when someone is feeling “left out in the cold,” short on resources or without adequate support. Tarot fives indicate conflict, but that doesn’t mean the conflict isn’t productive in some way. More importantly, I always get this card when help is already available, although the individual may not yet recognize it as such.

In this picture, four of the five pentacles are behind the woman and her child, with only in plain view. She has more resources and support at her disposal than she knows. (This could be said for pretty much all of us, of course.)

In the context of advice, I’m going to suggest you slow down and take stock next week. You might feel like you’re on the outside and there’s definitely potential for fear, sadness or a sense of alienation. No dramatic action is required to address this, though. Those feelings are temporary, not the last word!

If you need to isolate a little, do that. There is no harm in stepping back and it could provide some relief. Instead of jumping to conclusions, take a break from trying to figure it all out. Ground and breathe.

Comfort yourself and expect to begin to notice the resources and support you do have. Those resources are not only there, but have been all along. Wrap yourself in your own values and realize, you don’t need a congregation of agreement here. Reach for personal stability instead.

Are you finding ways to center yourself now?

If you need some help, give me a holler for a personal consult and we’ll talk.

 

Five of Pents Rx: What’s Real?

Pretty much every week, I tell myself I’m not going to keep saying what a crazy time this is.

But Holy Hell, it’s a crazy time…

I’m really worn out by the environment right now, which strikes me as an incessant listing of all that we’re against. This wouldn’t be quite so wearing if the lists matched up, but they don’t.

If I’m being honest, thought…the most significant reason it’s wearing is that I’ve got my own list, too. I check it off regularly. just like everybody else. I just don’t advertise it. I find it insulting to be lectured on how to be a decent human, so I don’t want to perpetrate that insult upon others.

But damn, wouldn’t it be nice if they would just see the obvious on their own?!? Har!

I stumbled across a great coping strategy, though. If you can touch base with who you REALLY are for even a moment? Everything else fades into insignificance. All you need is a little reminder of who you really are. Tuning into that makes everything else easy.

Your true self, your soul, is MUCH, much bigger than a specific set of convictions about how to appropriately handle life’s quandaries. You are Universal Energy flow, at the core. Love. Kindness. Goodwill. Appreciation. These feelings are pure vibrations and will always clarify matters, no matter what the circumstances. If you can find ways to tap into those streams, it becomes easy to embody your authentic self.

I’m not saying good intentions aren’t ever part of desires to address the world’s woes. But in order to rise above the woes and see a clear path forward, you’ve really got to tap into the higher vibrations than the woes are made of. Anger, disgust, fear and self-righteousness muck everything up. We get stuck in the mud, arguing about details. Purer energy means purer inspiration and more effective action. It also means a happier life, living true to who you are in the most potent way possible.

Ready to start practicing?

Next Week in the Cards

The cards were both inverted, but I righted them to take a picture. It’s a tab blurry–old lady eyes–but still easier to see upright.

We got a forecast card of the reversed Five of Pentacles, with advice of the reversed Ace of Swords from the Crystal Visions Tarot.

Five of Pentacles in any orientation signals a feeling of being left out in the cold, overlooked or otherwise discarded. it’s a feeling of being adrift and unimportant. Reversed, this cards suggests such conclusions are most likely based on incorrect assumptions.  Like almost every version of this card, there are resources out of view of those suffering, not being seen or acknowledged.

What you perceive as being ill will aimed at you isn’t actually about you. A sense of victimhood or oppression is rooted in perception, not actual hurtful intentions. While the behaviors or outcome may not live solely in your imagination, the interpretations of what it all means probably does. They are not all out to get you!

Bearing this in mind, a reversed Ace of Swords would have us hold off confrontational “tough conversations” this week–they are best held when we’ve gained more clarity. Don’t draw your final conclusions yet because the facts are not all obvious. That’s coming…the Ace of Swords is there but reversed, so facts are surfacing but not in full focus.

For coping, especially look for those sources of support we’re not acknowledging. Look for the good that’s been overlooked and allow the rest of the facts to surface before drawing your lines in the sand or placing your bets or whatever it is that you feel the urge to do.

Yes, there is plenty ugly that’s real. Sometimes, it gets on you. But there is also a bigger, more complete picture you’re not seeing yet. Allow yourself the space to see from higher perspective by tapping into the flow of who you really are. This is where solutions come from!

If you can access feelings of hopefulness, appreciation or love, you’re on the right track. Do whatever it takes to give yourself a healthy dose of that because it’s the antidote to all forms of crazy. Seriously.

Peace out, friends. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.


Looking to find clarity for yourself? Reach out for a one-on-one session and we’ll work it out together.

Five of Pentacles: Accessing Solutions

Used to be, when I had a problem of some sort, I’d dedicate massive amounts of attention (read: obsession) to coming up with a solution. Most pronounced when I was feeling the weight of the problem closing in on me.

After all, we learn that we just need to “work harder” and “try more” to fix things, right?

At this point in my life, though, I think that’s the hard way to do it. I’ve learned that the vibe of a problem is definitely related to the solution, but it’s not on the same channel. I can tune in and get inspiration that gives me helpful, workable solutions but that never happens when I’m neck-deep in freaking out.

Instead, it comes so much more effectively when I can step back and clear my head a little. A little thing somebody says, a spark of an idea, something clicks inside me when I’m not poring over the issue. If I’m saturated in worry, I can never hear it. I have to step back or it doesn’t work.

Are you feeling some kind of crunch or pressure to cope? Maybe it’s time or money that isn’t is sufficient supply. Maybe it’s a health issue or personal relationship that is currently getting under your skin. It could be anything but at the moment, leaving it as-is seems untenable.

Right now, many are feeling an air of urgency to get something “fixed” once and for all, combined with no idea of to how to go about it. This is an understandably uncomfortable combination.

But as is so often the case, the cards have a little advice.

Next Week in Tarot

five of pentacles ace of swords

For the outlook this week, we have a friendlier-looking-than-most version of the Five of Pentacles. Advice comes in via the Ace of Swords. These cards are from the beautiful Star Tarot Deck.

While this image is a softer version of the Five of Pentacles than we usually see, the feel of this card’s vibe is harsh and cold. There’s usually a sense of isolation and sometimes loneliness weighing down when this card shows up. However, this card also shows up when there IS help available for the asking. Here, we just see the man’s loyal, furry companion by his side. But for many of us, those helpers come in human form as well.

As far as advice, the Ace of Swords gives us something to hold on to when we’re feeling overwhelmed and left out in the cold. It’s a single though, an objective. The Ace of Swords is the seed of a workable plan. It’s not the whole plan, mind you. When you see this Ace, you won’t have it all figured out by a long shot. What you will have, however, as a workable starting point.

This ace can manifest as a single spot of clarity amidst confusion, an overriding objective or mission to guide the way, or just the very first step to take right now. You won’t see the entire path and the details beyond the start are likely to be fuzzy if visible at all. But you will have a clear, understandable and workable place to start. And that’s really all you need here.

This coming week, don’t freak out if you find yourself feeling isolated or left out okay? Seek out emotional support if you need it, because it is available. And look for the “Ace of Swords” idea to help you shift to a better place. That one spark of inspiration, that single idea, the beginning of plan–this is the Ace of Swords personified in your life–this is all you need to begin forward motion.

Are you feeling “out in the cold?” If you are, start looking for your own Ace of Swords to help you find your way back to warmth and comfort.

As always, reach out directly if you’d like to set up a personal consultation.

The Sun & Five of Pentacles: Managing the Messes

Yesterday, my Low Carb site was hacked, along with a friend’s (who I sometimes help out).

So I spent the day a little differently than I’d planned.

If I’d left it to tech support alone, it probably would have been fixed today or maybe tomorrow. But it was fixed within a couple of hours because I took an active role.

I didn’t do it alone, though.

Captain Virgo’s research helped me very quickly identify the source of the issue. Various websites provided a lot of clarification and insight on how to fix it. And tech support confirmed what I was finding was accurate.

I also didn’t sweat it. While I don’t run a hosting business anymore, I’m very glad for the lessons I learned when I did. One of the most valuable was to maintain an even emotional keel when something is broken because freaking out doesn’t do a damn thing to help fix it.

It’s a lot easier to think straight when you’re not having metaphorical kittens, man.

But in the end? I took responsibility. It’s my site (and my income) that was at stake. I may have needed help, but it was important that I participate for a quick resolution.

Next week looks kind of like that to me.

Next Week in Tarot

For the outlook, we have The Sun–Hello Spring! For advice, we’ve got the Five of Pentacles with The World for clarification. These cards are from what you can probably guess is one of my favorite decks, The Star Tarot.

As far as the outlook, I’d expect things to start lightening up. We just passed the Spring Equinox and the Sun has moved into Aries. So this isn’t terribly surprising.

With the weather (finally) warming up, I’m finding the open windows and stream of visitors at the Birdseed Oracle Cafe are lifting my spirits along with the temperatures. Not to mention, I’ve been counting down the days until Mercury goes direct again. I’m ready for motion forward! Can you feel the energy lightening up, too?

Enjoy the pleasantness to the fullest. Don’t discount the good by citing worries and woe to cancel it out. Because what’s good is no less good just because it’s not the entirety of our experience. If anything, the stuff that’s less wonderful makes what we do appreciate even more precious.

As far as advice? This week, don’t be too shy to ask for help if you need it–particularly from those more experienced than you. Do the responsible thing. Sometimes, that’s managing a mess on your own. Sometimes, that’s allowing someone else to provide support in cleaning up the mess. The important thing isn’t who does what right now, only that it gets completely done. Even if you need help, still take the lead on managing your own messes and either way, you’ll learn a lot in the process.

Five of Pentacles & Ten of Swords: Shakeups

Sometimes, structures or situations in our lives break. Maybe the working relationship you’ve had stops working. A source of financial stability turns unstable. What you thought you knew no longer is proving true.

Sometimes something breaks in your life and you’re not sure how to fix it. 

Now, I can swoop in all Pollyanna and tell you, “Oh, it’s a good thing in the long run! Things happen for a reason. You’ll be better off, once it’s dealt with.”

And likely if I say such things, you’ll want to smack me. I am well aware of this because I kind of feel that way even when I’m telling this to myself.

Doesn’t mean every bit of it isn’t absolute truth. Sometimes the easiest and most direct route, the route of least resistance, tromps us through some chaos. This week? Expect shakeups. Just make sure if they are hitting you? You put them to good use!

Coming Up in Tarot

If I pull a Five of Pentacles (or 5 of Earth, as it’s called in the Good Tarot) for the weekly forecast, good chance I’m going to pull a second card for more guidance. Because, ouch! Here, the extra insight comes in the form of the Ten of Swords. Again, ouch! Finally, we’ve got Violet from Botanical Inspirations, associated with faithfulness and modesty to round out the trio.

Traditionally, the Five of Pentacles points to feelings of lack, being left out in the cold and alone. But thing is, the lack we’re talking with this card is always at least partially illusionary. Tarot fives denote conflict and this conflict? Internal, baby! Chances are, it’s YOU counting yourself out when this card shows up. Know there is help readily available if specifically sought out. And in terms of advice? The Ten of Swords suggests a multi-faceted, from-the-ground-up approach. The Violets suggest being open to learning and faithful to your most important aims here. So, what does this mean in practical terms?

Helpful breaks coming in this week may not be packaged how you’d expect. Understand that resources include MUCH more than the cash in your wallet. Realize that these disruptions can be absolute gold in helping you reach a higher level of competence in whatever area of life they hit. Know that from a higher perspective, you have and are receiving far more blessings than you may be able to see at the given moment.

Opt-in to appreciate. Gratitude immediately softens the energy and helps you shift to a place where you’re more likely to be able to receive intuitive inspiration. And let’s be very clear, here: we WANT the inspiration!

If you’re feeling strung out, put upon and all by your lonesome? Remind yourself it is a transitional thing. Start counting your blessings and count as many as you can find–even tiny ones. Don’t beat up on yourself for where you are or anything else, for that matter–it never helps. And don’t sit around feeling sorry for what doesn’t seem to be working.

That Ten of Swords would have us reassess the situation from the ground up. And please, don’t be too proud or put out to reach out. This has the potential to be a bumpy week. So take nothing for granted. Count each blessing twice! Be open to insights and guidance, regardless of the source. They WILL come to you. Your job is to soften up your emotional state enough you can receive the incoming here. Because that incoming inspiration is what’s going to get you through to the other (better) side of anything and everything. So open up for it!

Are you in the middle of a shakeup?

For some one-on-one support through the transition, give me a holler.

Solace in a Crazy World: Five of Pentacles (again)

The world feels a little crazy now. Have you noticed?

[Insert maniacal laughter here.]

I’m not bothered too much by it, personally. Sure, I feel for people suffering, but I see it much differently than many do.

I’ve felt lots of energy shifts over the last few years. Massive and global energy sifts. The turbulence is a symptom, not an end diagnosis.

The outcomes I’m seeing (and further expecting) are social changes, not social collapses. But “Tower moments” as the status quo breaks down is often a part of major change. It’s happened so many in my own life, I’ve lost count. What felt like utter chaos and tragedy in the midst turned out to be exactly what was required for a fresh start. It’s the perspective a bigger picture can provide.

It’s certainly challenging sometimes to maintain optimism in the middle of a stormy night. That’s exactly the reason I step back. I take media breaks and limit exposure to upsetting stories or discussions. In my personal life, I may seek distraction. Some would call it denial. I call it self-care. I have come to realize I can only contribute meaningfully to any sort of good when  I prioritize my own needs: physical, emotional and above all, energetic.

It really does help. And this is exactly what Tarot is speaking about to me this week.

My phone picture doesn’t do this Tarot artwork justice. I’ll be pulling out the good camera next time!

Here we have the Five of Pentacles (Earth) from the Good Tarot, along with Belleflower from Botanical Inspirations, meaning “Gratitude.”

Does this seem a smidge familiar? Repetitive Tarot is repetitive

They are more or less opposite energies, and yet perfectly compliment one another. Because they show two sides of the same coin.

When you focus on flaw, you’ll feel brokenness. When you focus on difference, you’ll feel separation. When you focus on shortage, you’ll feel lack. When you focus on connections, you’ll feel supported. When you focus on grace, you’ll feel protected. When you focus on blessings, you’ll feel blessed.

The Five of Earth here is the calling. This desire, the wanting, summons energy through you. It quite directly births a new future, conceived as a result of what you may be considering as “wrong” in the present. Welcome or not, it’s a gift.

The Belleflower represents a “thank you” for the gift. When you acknowledge any gifts, they bloom. Just as the calling comes as a result of a problem, solutions come as result of gratitude. Looking for the good tunes in to the good and turns it up.   Nobody can tune in to solutions while fixated on problems, And nobody can tune in to problems while steeped in gratitude.

You don’t have to love everything you see. We aren’t wired that way! We have unique, individual preferences and out of those personal preferences, an endless tapestry of diversity is woven. That is exactly as it should be.

When life feels a little craptastic (personally or globally), understand that feeling dissatisfaction is in itself a form of energy work. Feelings are a function of the energy you’re channeling at that moment. Anger or disillusionment or frustration or sadness are all calling out for change, even when not invoked specifically. You can spend as long or as little there as you like, there. It all adds to the collective evolution.

But if you want, you can also align with the energy of solutions and progress as you see it. I find that a much more pleasant experience. Gratitude activates this energy stream. Your appreciation and acknowledgement of what is going right is a way of watering the seeds of change. It also impacts your subjective experience tremendously.

This is perhaps a long-winded way of saying, you WILL find what you look for. Fortunately, you get to decide.

If you want a little support in perspective-realigning, contact me for a 1-on-1 session. And be well, friends!

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