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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Make Connection: Five of Pentacles

If you go deeper and deeper into your own heart, you’ll be living in a world with less fear, isolation and loneliness. -Sharon Salzberg

Solitude is regenerative. The nature of quiet, reflective spaces affords an opportunity to sink deeper into the heart, without distraction from the outside world. It’s more than being able to hear yourself think. You can feel yourself, feel.

Isolation differs in that it seems there’s no real choice but to be separate. The energetic difference between solitude and isolation isn’t in the outward appearance. It’s emotional. That means you have direct influence courtesy how you choose to frame it.

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“Feeling Alone” is the Five of Pentacles from the Psychic Heart Tarot. While this rendition is non-traditional, the meaning is not. A woman walks alone in the night, though the cabin with the light still inside is not far off. It’s reachable. The divide as pictured isn’t one of great distance or hardship. Not Earth, but water winds between the woman and the cabin. Fractures between the self and others is an emotional divide.

You can connect if allow yourself to bridge the emotional divide. For a true connection to fire, the heart’s gotta be open.

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Hydrangea from Botanical Inspirations is “thankfulness for understanding.” Begin by letting yourself off the hook for whatever you’re not pleased with in your life–just do the best you can in the present moment. And after that? Everything else is much easier to let go.

Be generous with your positive assumptions, handing out that benefit of a doubt like gumdrops–first to yourself, which makes it possible to give to the rest of the world. You’ll find it routinely given back to you in turn. Maybe it sounds a little crazy, but it always works that way.

You could feel isolated this week. If you focus on the points of divide, it won’t get any more comfortable.

Or you could opt for some solitude, however your spirit calls for it. And the rest of the time, assume the best of everyone–not because they always deserve it, but because you deserve to feel as good as you can. Feeling good frees up your emotional energy for pursuits to make life richer.  I like to allocate my emotional bandwidth by what gives me the most joy. It’s a very good way to live.

All roads lead home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html, friends. But you get to decide which one to walk.

If you’d like a 1-on-1 consult on your road to home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html, give me a holler.

Peace Out.

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Don’t Drown. Surf! Weekly Tarot, April 17 – 23, 2017

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, or at least, it feels that way to me. Plenty of it, I don’t feel super warm and fuzzy over. Decisions that are not mine. Situations that may impact me, directly or indirectly, or they may not–beyond the fact that I’m seeing it all and having FEELINGS about it.

But either way, I do know what my own choice is about. HOW I want to live. WHO I want to be. WHAT I want to direct my own, precious attention toward.

That’s the kind of mood I’m feeling for next week. Like, there’s plenty of mess within your field of vision–mess that you have FEELINGS about–and most of that mess, you don’t have much say in. Sort of akin to parenting. Ha!

Look for guiding lights–thoughts and perspective from traditions that speak to you and give you comfort. Worry less about what other people are “getting” and just keep your corner of the world as tidy as possible.

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Re-enactment of the cards I forgot to photograph. Death should be reversed, but is pictured upright here.

Video Transcript

(Full transcript, minus the outtakes at the end and a couple of “ummms.”)


Gonna do a little Tarot for you. The week of April 17 – 23rd, 2017. Hang on.

Hey, this is Dixie from afoolsjourney.com. Here with your weekly Tarot forecast. I have got the Gilded Tarot here this week. And just gonna lay a few cards, down and dirty. And see what we got.

Oh, good lord! I’ve got Death again. Which, I just had last week. Got the Hanged Man, which may have had for the last week one. I used the Osho Zen last week, and I don’t always translate that immediately in my head.

I don’t want to stop and think on video. ‘Cause it’s an ugly enough process when I’m doing it in real life. Okay. Starting off the week, where we’re at, let’s take a look here. Death reversed, five of pentacles, and page of cups. Mmmmmmm. Reversed.

I don’t want to say this is Chicken Little and the sky is falling, because I don’t think it’s quite that bad. But there’s a sense of somberness, and I’m seeing like, a funeral procession, as far as how people are reacting in general. You know, I’m gonna say news, but it’s not necessarily an issue of world wide news, although, that’s entirely, way too entirely possible, but what they’re hearing, what they’re doing in their personal life, a lot of reacting to the emotional message instead of necessarily reacting to the facts. Which, actually people do quite a bit but they don’t always recognize it.

Starting from that place, though, there’s an idea, “Who’s learned from this? Have we learned from this? We might not have learned from this.”  There’s kind of a feeling of being on the outside looking in, there’s nothing that can be done, yada, yada, yada.

So when you have that kind of thing going on, one option that you have is kind of looking to tradition and seeing what’s usually done here and why. Or looking to, you know what? I usually don’t recommend that people look to their spiritual authorities or whatever. But I don’t want to say that this is a person so much as look for inspiration in spiritual texts or in quotes or poetry or whatever it is that usually inspires you. Okay, ’cause there’s comfort in that. And the outcome of all of this, what your goal is, okay, what you can expect, from the week, is to exercise a little bit of faith.

Also since we did end up on the hanged man, I would heartily suggest that you don’t force anything. We’ve got a smack ton of planets in retrograde at the moment and there will be no forcing anything. It’s like fighting water, if somebody’s like, going under water. And the harder you fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, the more you go down.

Okay? So that’s…be aware. Call on your faith. It really is okay. It will continue to be okay. However, life is gonna feel slow as mud, so I don’t know what to tell ya’ other than cope, cope. You’re good at that. You’re good at that.

Now let me pull a card for overview/advice. To see if we have any special…[laughs]. Okay.We’ve got, got the Emperor reversed!

And the Emperor reversed says, Don’t try to control-freak it or you’ll be sorry! Because you’ll have a mini revolt on your hands!

So, really the best you can do to take care of yourself and stay in the flow and let go of the need to control, because kind of central to the energy this week as far as what I’m seeing is a feeling of being on the outside looking in, being left out in the cold, and there’s nothing you can do, aaaggghhhh. And [shug], you know, you can feel that way or you can feel like I have faith in the Universe, Universal forces, and God, spirit, guides, you know, the law of attraction, whatever it is that you believe in, assuming you believe in something. And I am assuming that because you probably wouldn’t be watching me if you didn’t. But have faith in whatever it is to take care of things. Your job is to take care of yourself, to take care of your mood, your state of mind, your thoughts, and do the bast you can with that.

So that’s what I got for you for the coming week. I hope it is helpful. Go out there, stay safe, be happy, do what you can and what you can’t? Let go! Okay? Ahhhhh.
Peace out from Dixie. Bye-bye.


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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?

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