03/13/14: First the Bad News / 5 of Swords

Five of Swords

I’ve got good news and bad news. First (today), the bad news shows up in the form of the Five of Swords paired with “cons.”

You’re going to have to fight your rights. No if’s, and’s or but’s. Without a fight, you’re dead in the water today. Be prepared to stand up for what’s yours and defend yourself. Sorry! I much prefer those roses and rainbows where the world serves you its adulation on a perfumed silver platter.

But today ain’t one of those days!

However, stay tuned (tomorrow) for the good news!

You having to fight for right?

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03/02/14: Warrior to the Ready! / Five of Swords

Five of Swords

And I’m continuing to see the the combination of position and card as being quite direct in these dailies. Even though I’m a “freestyle” reader most of the time, I can kind of see why people get married to spreads, man.

Here we’ve got the Five of Swords paired up with “Goal” to break the message down.

What’s the goal? Winning, my friends. Winning!

That statement could either prompt a colossal “Duh!” or a whole new light . Depends on where we are.

Maybe we’re trying to make everybody happy. Maybe we’re trying to salvage a relationship or secure a concession of some kind. Maybe we just have some massive hurt feelings and cannot see past the pain.

Whatever the distractions, we may get wrapped up in details upon details or sidetracked with indignation and hurts. We forget why we are there to begin with. It’s easy enough to lose sight of strengths under stress, thereby forgetting where our power truly lies.

Never threaten a sword you are not fully prepared to use, in a situation you don’t find warranting swordplay. That sword doesn’t need to be the first choice, of course. But know what swords you’ve got in the armory, how sharp they are, and know under what circumstances you find it appropriate to wield them. And then for God’s sakes, if it comes down to it, follow through!

Being a good person, a loving and generous person, a kind and helpful person does NOT necessitate being a doormat! Giving in to anybody and everybody because you don’t know how to say “no” does not constitute meaningful gifts. True kindness comes from a position of strength. Just like forced apologies ring hollow, giving up because you don’t know how to counter demands isn’t impressive. Poor boundaries do not equate into “giving from the heart,” even for the big-hearted. It just ensures victimhood, and who needs that?

If a conflict is not worth what it costs to win, withdraw. Otherwise, call upon your inner warrior and do your best. Winning IS the goal.

Are you ‘in it to win it?’

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02/04/14: Fight for Health / 5 of Swords

Five of Swords BodyMore focus on the physical with the Five of Swords paired with “Body.” Oy.

And another example of what makes these positional focus cards so interesting. I’d never have been giving out repeated physically-oriented dailies without so much attention being called to the body this way.

All Tarot Fives are full of struggle. Here, we have a card commonly characterized as “defeat.” And I wonder, which faction do we represent–the victor or the defeated?

If you’re facing a physical challenge at the moment, I’d say you can come out on top but it will be a struggle. Five of Swords victories are not effortlessly gained. If you don’t put in the effort to safeguard you body and health, expect to pay the price for that decision. In no way is this a done deal.

Be willing to set boundaries, say “no,” make reasonable demands, and otherwise ensure your physical environment, needs and overall well-being are attended to. Not a time to skimp on good food, either!

This attention is necessity, not luxury. Care for thy temple. Your efforts will be rewarded.

How’s your health?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

Deck of 1000 Spreads
by Tierney Sadler

11/06/13: Retreat and Relax / 5 of Swords

5 of Swords

Well, we’re still in schizophrenic forecast land, huh? The Five of Swords shows up as “Conflict and Defeat.” Whenever I pull this version, I like to focus on the candle at the bottom of the stairs. He’s on his way to regroup and make sense of it all, in which case he can decide how to proceed.

Funny, I don’t remember the images on the wall he leans against. Not sure what to make of them, but they strike me as being like the expectations going in to the battle, especially since they become less defined toward the top of the stairs. Things are so seldom just as we anticipate going in.

If you follow astrology, you already know the next month or so is intense overall, with little breaks of sunshine between the storms. We can like it or not, but there isn’t much choice but to deal with it as it comes.

So if you’re feeling bloodied up, retreat back into your safety zone for some good food, a hot bath and a good night’s sleep. Nurse those wounds and allow yourself time to recover.

Tomorrow looks to be better.

Are you taking a retreat?

The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards: a 65-Card Deck, plus booklet!
by John Holland

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10/25/13: Cool head, Straight Shot / 5 of Swords

5 of Swords Zombie TarotAh, the Five of Swords. Or more like, “Bah, the Five of Swords!” There looks to be conflict in the air and maybe it feels like the zombies are lining up to procure a hunk of your flesh.

I know, I know, it’s no fun. But it doesn’t have to be a horrific ordeal, either.

Do what you need to do, absolutely! But don’t waste your ammo if the target isn’t worth a shot. Wield weapons efficiently and aim true. The ability to do this is only possible when keeping a cool head.

The fellas on this card would do well to calm down, don’t you think? Less wasted ammo.

It’s also good to remember of all Tarot Fives: we’re talking dynamic, unstable energy by nature and potentially quite fast-moving . So if it sucks, it’s not necessarily long term. Movement is not guaranteed, though; if you use the infusion of whatever the energy to address dynamics of the situation, you can accomplish a lot in a short time and move on to something more pleasant. But if you get sucked into the he-said/she-said deal, not so much. Don’t waste a crisis. Use it to launch yourself forward.

It requires a cool head and straight shot to work with the Five of Swords situations effectively. So take a deep breath and go!

Are you seeing this energy around you? (Hope not!)

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The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead

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01/05/13: Do Only What You Need to Do | Five of Swords


Ready to go nuclear? There may be a lot of smoke and burned buildings (not to mention bridges) after the fact. Some things cannot be taken back.

Make sure it’s worth it. If so, carry on.

If not? Then maybe you’ll “win” the battle, but be left without a reason to fight the war. I’m not saying don’t fight it out, don’t defend yourself and your tribe.

Only make sure, it’s a conscious decision, and justified.

If it is, do what you need to do.

Here’s hoping you don’t need to do it. Do ya?

Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
by Lo Scarabeo

Get a look into 2013 with the Zodiac Tarot Spread (and natal astrology report). Great feedback on this reading from my Tarot peeps!