Queen of Swords: Cleaning the Closet

The air is saturated with uncertainty. Seems like everybody I talk with has some sort of big, fat unknown hovering on the horizon. People are re-evaluating jobs, relationships, living arrangements and more.

Root chakra issues inflamed: security, stability, health, and physical safety. It’s like life has provided us this weird pause as this cycle plays out and people are still feeling their way ahead.

I’m blaming it on 1.) crazy-ass times; and 2.) Mars retrograde.

Personally, I’m spending a whole lot of time on the front porch, contemplating my flowers. I get the clearest ideas out there.

Cockscomb: Flowers Are My Friends

Cockscomb: Flowers Are My Friends

So many questions being asked.

What matters most? What brings happiness? What’s the signal-to-noise ratio in my life? What would work out better?

This odd space we share makes the world feel like nothing is off the table. Anything’s possible next–a thought simultaneously exhilarating and unnerving.

To move ahead, we don’t need to flowchart all the potentialities and thank the Gods for that! Instead, we do the Queen of Swords work and start cleaning out metaphorical and/or literal closets.

Decide what still works for you and what’s getting you nowhere. And next week would be a great time to kick off any purge-fests.

Next Week in the Cards

Outlook is the Queen of Swords, with advice coming as the Five of Wands + Six of Cups reversed. These images are from the mini Radiant Rider-Waite deck – one of my favorite for readings.

Expect sorting of all sorts to characterize the coming week. With the Queen of Swords, division could be a thing for sure, but she’s not prone to argue for argument’s sake. She’s much more interested in rationally pursuing her goals than she is in what anyone else is doing. To her, other people’s agendas are not relevant.

Specifically, she focuses on utilizing whatever approach or process necessary to achieve her objectives, eliminating the extraneous, whatever doesn’t align. Swords often represent mental or intellectual energy, so the process is potentially enlightening.

Just because this is a mental energy, however, don’t dismiss physical sorting. The clarity we’re talking about is rooted in the decision-making process; whatever you choose to sort will benefit.

We’re advised by the Five of Wands to fight through the process. Disclaimer: I’m not suggesting altercations.

If you get into a brawl, don’t blame me. Or do, but I still won’t take credit.

Just work it out yourself. Do not blindly trust or accept whatever you’re handed (reversed Six of Cups). Ready-made answers may be offered with best of intent, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good fit. You have to decide that on your own.

In this process, you’ll undoubtedly find some of the outfits no longer fit. The reversed Six of Cups suggests nostalgia isn’t the way to decide. Whatever we carry into the future with us needs to “earn it’s keep”  (Five of Wands) and justify a spot in our lives.

Sort, my friends, sort! If you do, I’m quite certain that you’ll end next week feeling lighter than you went in. I’m definitely going to test that theory myself.  Be well.


If you’d like to ponder your process in a private session, give me a holler and we’ll talk.

Five of Swords: When You Don’t Get It

“I just don’t get it.”

That’s a phrase I’ve been saying a lot lately. I suspect I’m not alone.

Instead of succumbing to the urge to fight whatever “it” I just don’t get, I’m taking a little detour. I’m seeking a better understanding of whatever it is that I don’t get.

Now, this may not be the route for everyone. But it’s been helpful for me. You’ll get your own chance to decide what’s best for yourself coming up.

Next Week in Tarot

The forecast is the Five of Swords–ugh. Advice is once again the Knight of Swords.

The Five of Swords pretty much always signals conflict. Sometimes internal, sometimes external, but no matter what, this card heralds incoming battles. No surprise here.

The images on this rendition notably emphasize the feelings involved, with so many swords cutting through hearts. The central cross and star visually suggests self-righteousness to me.

People are very likely to feel like their personal cause is holy and sacred. Ironically, they may have powerful enough emotions about that cause to remain convinced nobody else’s feelings are relevant.

We’ve been seeing an abundance of Swords lately, which isn’t super surprising considering the state of the world right. Insofar as advice goes, embodying the principles you want to promote remains a valid prescription for honoring the Knight of Swords. Meticulous integrity is certainly a great way to follow his lead.

But there are many ways to express the energy of Air, the Sword’s element. We could go with reason, intellectualism, emotional distancing, discrimination or elimination. We could become more dispassionate or  “cut away” something that doesn’t serve. There are a plethora of choices here.

Recently, I’ve been leaning into the Swords’ spirit of investigation and curiosity. I’m not seeking pockets of agreement so much as I’m looking for clarity and a better understanding. I’m looking to “get it,” not so much judge it.  I am convinced the better I understand what I’m seeing, the easier it is for me to moderate emotional responses to it.

This coming week, expect conflict to continue unabated. This could refer to either personal or collective conflict or maybe both. I’m sorry about that. I know many are tired.

For your part, seek ways to utilize the Knight of Swords’ energy. You can become a personal example of  principles you revere.  You can emotionally distance, occupying your mind with other things You can look to better understand viewpoints that diverge from your own. Or you can jump right into the fray. I don’t choose that one because it doesn’t feel good to me. But I’m not going to tell others what to do, tempted as I may sometimes be.

Good luck out there, friends.


p.s. If you need a little help clearing your own head, hook up with me for a private Tarot session and we’ll tease out the truth together.

Page of Cups: Easy Does It!

Things fall apart for a reason: it’s required to make way for something new. Many, many times, a big ol’ breakdown is the easiest path to clearing the way for that new.

And sometimes when it looks like something is falling apart? That’s only an indication it’s undergoing a rebirth or reconfiguration. You cannot see the path ahead clearly through all that dust from the demolition, though. That’s the vibe we’re looking at for the coming week.

Next Week in Tarot

five of swords reversed page of cups tarot cards

We’ve got the Five of Swords reversed for the forecast side, and the Page of Cups upright for the advice–Legacy of the Divine Tarot deck.

I made another quick video version here.

The bigger message this week is that it’s not over–don’t count yourself (or anyone else) out based on the early indications or trends. It’s not a done deal. In terms of best handling whatever comes up, be gentle. Be kind. Be easy and soft, particular when delivering difficult messages.

Now, this is how I try to behave all the time. A gently-delivered message, wrapped in love, is always going to be more palatable than a harsh rendition of the same facts.

But I’m not going to call this practice sugar coating, because there’s an important difference in my mind.

Sugar coating is adding something manufactured to a message, a phoney sweetness. Sugar coating is usually done  more as response to the speaker’s discomfort than anything else. It’s wanting to be seen as “nice” but still saying what you want to say.

Wrapping a message in love has to be genuine to be effective. Kindness will soften any message but it cannot be contrived kindness, or it just falls flat. Without the heart energy backing the words, they will ring hollow. When you are feeling loving energy during a communication, the message is imbued with the same energy. It doesn’t mean any message will be well-received necessarily, but it sure ups the odds tremendously.

Live in love and everything goes a lot easier.


I’ve been doing a lot of audio readings lately – you get pictures of the cards and a brief summary along with a full-length mp3 of the reading to keep. The feedback has been great for these.

If you’d like to see what’s in the cards for you specifically, give me a holler and I’ll get you set up with a private session.

Five of Swords & Queen of Swords Rx: Do-It-Yourself Love

I’ve been considering the notion, “What someone thinks about me is none of my business.”

This is far easier to preach than practice.

Sometimes, we want to feel understood, heard and seen. Moments of feeling known that way are powerful.

But we’d best never rely on someone else to provide us that kind of juice. We can appreciate the energy when we get it, since it’s one way of being fed. But it’s always best to still be able to feed oneself, you know?

The drive to be understood–or validated, whatever you want to call it–is strongest when we feel the most vulnerable. If you’re not sure of your own worth, it’s natural to look for outside reassurance.

But those kind of holes cannot be filled from the outside. It helps for a minute but the hits of confidence doesn’t very long if we don’t strongly know our own goodness.

Self-love has got to be self-generated. Getting clear for yourself on what feels best to you  and not worrying much about anything (or anyone) else is exactly the sort of approach I’d recommend for the coming week. Take a step back and focus on the view you enjoy most.

Next Week in Tarot

The forecast cards wanted to come out as a duo, so I pulled the advice as a duo as well.

For the outlook, we have the Five of Swords and Four of Cups reversed.

Advice comes in the way of the Queen of Swords reversed paired up with the Lovers, all from this well-worn but still lovely Legacy of the Divine tarot deck.

It may appear battles are lost or won, and decisions are set this week. You may not feel satisfied with  some of the outcomes. There’s a tendency to get stuck mentally in what you don’t dig here, running things around and around in circles in your head. Don’t.

The Queen of Swords reversed is sharp and critical. Teamed up with the Lovers as guidance, she suggests stepping back from critical analysis and instead focus on harmony, wherever you can find it. That harmony may (and often will) be found through focusing on entirely different topics.

So you don’t need to “make your peace” around issues that disturb you. Instead, reach for ANY peace, for ANY harmony.

We think it’s the outer circumstances of our lives that dictate our subjective feelings, but it’s really the other way around. Shift your feelings and you’ll shift your experience.

You don’t need anybody’s cooperation. You just need to decide for yourself, what matters most to you.

Place priority on loving yourself and watch the rest fall in line.

Want a one-on-one with me to plot out an action plan together? Give me a holler!

Nine of Swords: Easy Does It…

Quick aside: For those of you that noticed I didn’t post last week, sorry (and thank you for missing me)! I was very wrapped up in a work project and simply didn’t manage. Thanks for looking for me, though!

♥ I appreciate you. ♥


“Living what you don’t want makes your heart call out louder for what you do what.” I said that to a worried mom earlier today, and it’s true. It’s just a way to remember that no matter what is going on, something is coming of it and that “something” is ultimately able to work in your favor.

Now, I’m all about looking at the bright side. Enough that I am sure I annoy the holy heck out of people. Sometimes, I get tired of listening to myself. Har!

But the fact is, sometimes you don’t like what happens in your world or the bigger world. Sometimes, it’s hard to see an upside. Sometimes, you are going to feel hurt or upset or disturbed. Because that’s part of life.

Storms happen.

When you’ve got a storm underway, I’m not going to tell you to pretend to like it. I am going to say it’s best if you can avoid obsessing, though. Obsession and focus just makes those clouds bigger and blacker and scarier and doesn’t do a damn thing to help you ground and stay clear enough to navigate well.

Self-care is your best friend. Staying as connected as YOU can, easing your own path, is your primary responsibility. That doesn’t make you uncaring about what you see as going wrong. It makes you well-prepared to deal with whatever comes your way from a place of clarity and connection. Your work in that regard can serve an an umbrella against the storm.

Coming Week In Tarot

This week for the outlook, we have the Nine of Swords (Sorrow) and for advice, the Five of Swords Reversed (Compassion) from the Osho Zen Tarot. Ouch! This rendition is an especially interesting one. I always imagine this man sitting alone in a corner of his room at night, chastising himself for what he might have done differently. I think a lot of us do that on occasion. I also don’t see it ever being especially helpful.

Expect the coming week may include general worries, possibly guilt or a sense of isolation creeping in at times. This is a melancholy energy and I expect it to be floating around out in the wild. Incidentally, it may not be your personal energetic state–and if it’s not, please don’t adopt it! You have nothing to offer anyone else if you sink right down to the same vibration they are wrestling with, you know? It’s a good idea to learn to stay stable within your own energy no matter what’s going on elsewhere.

But if it is yours, that’s okay, too. You can manage well enough. We all have those fluxes and learning to soothe ourselves and shift is a valuable skill.

Don’t look to others for solutions or reassurance. Don’t battle out with the rest of the population over what’s the best or most right or take any polls about how you should live your life (looking at you, Libra)!

Instead, remind yourself you are doing the best you can, and that your best is always enough. Pull back from any issues of contention and just shoot for comfort. Self-care is always a viable and frankly, wise choice.

Be kind to yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone else things or does or is. It’s their job to decide what’s right for them and how they feel about things. It’s your job to do the same for you.

Take an easy, gentle approach to the week and look for opportunities for levity and it will go better for you.

Be well, friends! And if you want to talk one-on-one, hit me up.

Easy does it! Weekly Tarot, 2/13/17

Roughly 99% of the stuff I’ve spent much of my life worrying over hasn’t come to pass. I think that means I’m a mother.

And that which has come to pass? My worrying didn’t somehow prepare me to cope better. It just amped up the unpleasantness.

So now? I ease myself a step back any time I notice I’m starting to spiral into a worry-fest, whether the focus is personal or more global. Because it’s all the same. Experiencing disasters in my head is practicing disaster and knocking me off my center. It does no good and it feels rotten, which is my first and biggest clue it’s not a good idea.

These days, I look to expect better and screw what’s “realistic.” 

I’m noticing a theme here for the last few forecasts. Or maybe, it’s a mostly a theme in my head, in my life. But I’m finding myself repeatedly drawn to taking a step back and a deep breath. Centering back to the self. Step back and center, step back and center. Taking what’s useful and ignoring everything else.

It’s a silly little thing, true, and honestly much easier to say than it is to do. But if you make this a practice–that’s another theme in my head, practice, consistency, repetition–but if you make this a practice, what you find is that you’re more at peace than you were before.

It’s the difference between trying to solve someone’s problems in your head, then offering and advocating for your solution, then worrying about whether or not your solution will be properly implemented or at all…OR offering the support of believing in the individual’s ability to make their own choices, live their own life, and resolve their own problems.

What you do most often is what shapes your day-to-day existence. And for me? I want peace, support, love and an easy sense of calm to shape my world. So let’s get specific and see how we do that for next week.

Day-by-day forecast taken directly from the video above.

Okay, one thing really, really notable about these cards, is that all except one of them are inverted.

A crappy picture of next week’s cards.

Ohhhhh.

Now, I don’t read inverted cards as the opposite of the traditional meaning. I usually read it as having the same energy, but not freely expressing. However, when I have a week full of inverted cards, I know it’s probably not gonna be a super comfortable, easy ride. Just so you know.

So, with that having been said, let’s just kinda hop right in here, and see what we’ve got.

It, looks like an emotional week.

Monday is the Page of Cups reversed. Potential for emotional overreaction. Where people wear their feelings on their sleeves. Or are otherwise just easily upset, maybe even including you.

So, space. Space, okay? Everybody needs lots of space. And extra downtime.

Naps. Naps are good. Naps are your friend.

So Monday might be a little edgey. Sorry. What are you gonna do?

Tuesday, the Knight of Swords reversed. Knights, especially inverted knights, have a tendency to be impulsive. In the suit of Swords, reversed again, there’s potential for impulsive words or blurting or harsh kind of sharp or critical language.

So be aware of that. And I hope you’re not on the receiving end. Do what you can not to be on the giving end, ok? ‘Cause these kind of words, a lot of times, there’s a hangover.

Just so you know.

And Happy Valentine’s Day. HAHAHA!

Wednesday, we have the Two of Cups, which is lovely card, inverted, which I would prefer to see it upright, but still to me this is the beginnings of a little bit more harmony or a little bit more connection, or at least the potential for it coming in the week. So, not everything is in harmony. The basic points are actually in agreement, but you might not notice you’re busy fighting. You take what you can get, right?

Thursday, I have the Queen of Swords and I have her upright. Now, I want to tell you to be fair. Be clear. And filter! Not just filter your mouth, although I’m never going to advise against that. I’ll be honest!

But listen to the facts, not how they’re presented. Listen to the message or the intention, not whether or not you agree. In other words, take what information, take what understanding, needed, that you want, that is useful, that is helpful, that forwards things along and discard the rest!

If somebody uses an insensitive word or is not particularly thoughtful about how they express themselves or whatever, the Queen of Swords just ignores, ignores, ignores. She does not respond to anything she doesn’t like or she doesn’t need or doesn’t want. So that’s what we’ve got and that will really, really help you on Thursday.

And probably before and after Thursday a little.

Friday, it’s the Seven of Pentacles, which is another generally speaking positive card, reversed. Now in this case, it feels like what you do doesn’t matter. I’m not going to say that’s true, or overall or in this case for that matter. But that’s kind of the feeling that I’ve got going on. Thursday. To deal with that, I have the Two of Wands reversed.

And what I want to say in that regard is don’t push back. Just back up, back up, back up; in fact, I’m seeing a car, backing out of a parking space. Backing up don’t get, stuck, solidified. You know. It…don’t get in a place that is not…don’t put yourself in a corner. Just kind of back up, easy does it, easy does it, that’s kind of the vibe I’m wanting for the whole week!

Saturday, the Emperor reversed. When I see this, a lot of times there are control freak issues. So control yourself, not the other. Whatever that’s worth. And people might be trying to control you. And, I mean, you know what to do with that.

You smile, and you say, “Thank you so much for your caring and concern for me. I really, really appreciate that. And I will take everything you have to say under advisement.”

In other words, I’m going to do exactly what I want to do, but I want to acknowledge you in a positive way that you can’t really argue with. Mmmm! Problem solved.

Okay. Sunday, I’ve got the Four of Swords. But it’s shown up reversed. Now, the Four of Swords in general is a card of rest or relaxation. Having it reversed on Sunday makes me think, hmmm. Maybe there’s some last minute details that need to be attended to. Check Sunday. On my clarification, I got Strength. But check Sunday, and see if there’s any follow through or anything that’s gotten missed or just kind of slid on by that you could stand to deal with, okay? Before the week gets started.

Overview/Advice: The Five of Swords reversed. [Note: I  missed covering this in the video.]

No need to take score or decide what is right and what it wrong. It’s superfluous. You can evaluate for YOURSELF, your own experience and life, what you want there and what you don’t. But there is no reason to compare that to anything else to decide what is better and worse. You “win” here by not caring who wins, instead just directing your own experience.

Our affirmation here, we’ve got, “Everything I touch is a success!”

And the back of it says, “I now establish a new awareness of success. I know I can be as successful as I make up my mind to be. I can move into the winning circle.”

At first, I thought it said, I could move into Wyoming. Why, is Wyoming special?

“Golden opportunities are everywhere for me. Prosperity of every kind is drawn to me.”

Whether you’re into these kind of affirmations or not, people have really big tendency to acknowledge what goes wrong and dismiss what goes right. At least in their conversation, so I’m assuming we’re doing it in our heads as well.

And I say to you, how about acknowledging what goes right and ignoring what goes wrong? Maybe a simple concept, maybe revolutionary. Depends.

I’m seeing water, a huge body of water. And like being in a big body of water, you don’t want to try and fight the tide. You want to relax into the flow, and then kind of paddle the direction that you’re looking for. That’s the mental image, imagery that I’m getting. In other words, you try to fight the tide in the coming week, you’re going to drown in it. If you ride it, then when it’s calm enough, edge towards the direction you want to go, and you’re going to be a lot more successful. So light touch next week.

Don’t fight yourself, the tide or anybody else. Just take your time. Slow and steady.


This week’s forecast features the Morgan-Greer Tarot and Louise Hay’s Power Thought Cards. What your own consult? Go here.