10/07/12: Temporary Retreat | Five Swords

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Are you feeling defeated? Worn down? Tired and ready to throw in the towel?

We’ve got the Psychic Tarot Oracle’s spin on the Five of Swords today. Now, I’m a big believer in the notion there are “no bad cards”—a GOOD card is the one that has what you need. And if you get it, that’s pretty much indication it has what you need somewhere in there! But I can’t lie—this isn’t pleasant energy.

I tend to identify most with the main figure on the card. In this case, it’s the fellow stumbling down the stairs, although it could show up for the defeating forces instead of the defeated forces just as easily.

I do find some encouragement, though, in the form of that candle at the bottom of the stairs. There IS a light. He’s like he’s retreating into himself, you know? He’s pulling back from the outside conflict to regroup, reconsider, and re-center.

Sometimes, going periscope down is an excellent (and necessary) reaction to battles. If you are feeling like this guy, retreat! Withdraw from the field, regroup, and tune in. That’s the best way to figure out what happened, and gather your strength. Then, you’ll be read to face the world, all shored up.

Are you ready for a retreat?

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

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06/22/12: Unintended Consequences | Rev Page of Wands, 5 of Swords, Tower

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Unintended consequences are likely, quickly cropping up as direct result of your actions. A message taken differently than anticipated may start of a chain of events. You can stand strong throughout, but harbor no illusions that everything will be smoothed over shortly. It won’t be. Sorry about that.

This isn’t bad, big picture, but the transition probably isn’t too warm and fuzzy amidst fireworks, either. Any losses as a result are more losses of outmoded pomp and circumstance that hid basic structural deficiencies, a loss of façade as opposed to a loss of reality. But that doesn’t mean there is no sting.

Know that any releasing at this point is necessary to move forward. You DO ultimately win here, provided you stay clear on who you are and what you are fighting for. You may just kind of wish you didn’t need to endure the fighting itself. Love to anyone in this position.

Are you seeing or feeling this?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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03/28/12: The Heart of Defeat | 5 Swords

“Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” Edwin Markham


Again with the Chakra cards. I almost never get these, and now it’s two in a row.

Today, Tarot hands us the Heart Charka, and Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius), aka Conflict and Defeat.  (And I now realize I’ve written about “Conflict and Defeat” before as the Five of Wands. The border colors on this deck never cease to confuse me. Agrh!)

Defeat is a feeling state that is born from emotion. It truly is an affliction of the heart. When a sense of defeat looms, it’s a crossroads, a moment of choice. You may be bruised and bloody, and maybe the bright side eludes you. You may retreat to nurse your wounds and gather your wherewithal, but you are not defeated until you have given up. It’s a feeling state.

That doesn’t mean you’ll always get your way. Far from it! But it may mean redefining your objectives. LETTING GO. Reprioritizing. Letting your internal GPS re-route, man.

Both conflict and glory do shake the soul. Especially hard times (and especially easy ones) give opportunity to define who we are.  Both are telling. Look to the heart—as long as the Heart remains open, loving and compassionate—well, you may lose a conflict, but you cannot be defeated.

What do you notice about defeat?

The Psychic Tarot Oracle Cards: a 65-Card Deck, plus booklet!
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03/23/12: Fitting In? | Devil, 5 Swords


Osho Zen is such an ornery deck. He likes to give me repeats! Like, repeatedly.  Once , doing single card readings online, I got the Eight of Swords about 6 times in a row. Different people, different questions, but the same damn card. AND showed up for the column I wrote the next day. It was insane. This deck hands out Koans and keeps sending me back to meditate on ’em. It’s not the answer itself, it’s what you extract from the process, I guess.

These cards are frequent visitors for me.The Devil and The Five of Swords. These are the last ones that showed up from this deck. Ha!

That lion? He doesn’t belong. But nobody seems to notice—least of all, him.

Look at the company you’re keeping. Not what they say, but what it feels like to be around them. Does their energy reflect what you want in your life? Does the way you express your own energy reflect what you’d like to share with those closest to you? Vibes cross-pollinate, you know. Remember this stuff helps point to us, a roadmap of being the person we consciously choose to be. You’re defining a win.

Do you fit in with those around you?

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03/21/12: Fighting with Heart? | 5 Swords, Strength


Today’s Tarot is the Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius) and Strength (Leo). It’s a winner-take-all that situation, winnable via taming the lion: patience and ongoing focus as opposed to brute force. Steady but sustained effort, patience and a firm hand is required.

The person who sees the bigger picture, who can emotionally detach enough to really understand the hearts of others, is victorious. If you need to defend your interests, do so of course! The point is, compassion increases power through sharper understanding. There’s a temptation to avoid seeing others’ point of view, as if it somehow muddies our own. That can only happen if our own needs to be re-worked. Truth withstands scrutiny.

To remain the King (or Queen) of the jungle, exercise your power with heart. ♥

Do you consider compassion an asset in conflict? Why or why not?

Mystic Dreamer Tarot
by Heidi Darras

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02/06/12: No Way to Compare | Rev 5 Clouds


“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” –Helen Keller

I settled down in the high-back chair, off in the corner surrounded by bookshelves. I was just a little nervous. I hadn’t had a lot of readings, but enough to know I couldn’t be sure what to expect. But he smiled and just radiated kindness. So I sat.

I wasn’t having the best day anyway. At the grand opening of this new age store, looking to unsour my mood. I was disappointed my friend had cancelled, stressed from the unfamiliar drive, and frustrated I didn’t have much to spend on goodies anyway. I’d almost stayed home, but figured it would cheer me up, so I made myself go.

“I’m very new to all this,” I said to my reader, hoping he’d forgive me any reading etiquette lapses.

“Oh no you’re not!” he corrected me. “You’re an old soul.” I immediately assume that’s an over-popular distinction. But I’m just as happy to entertain the notion anyway. Who wants to be a toddler soul?

“But you don’t come down to Earth very often. That’s why people puzzle you! So you look around at these people and all the things they do, and think, ‘Huh? Why would they act like that?’ It confuses you, the silliness you see.”

I laughed out loud. I had to admit, I do that. I felt myself become at ease and listened to the rest he had to say. Finally, he asked if I had any more questions…I asked the thing that had been bothering me, ever since I’d plugged in to the woo-woo world.

“How do I know, if I’m on the right track? With all this seeking stuff?”

“Joy,” he told me. “Joy is the best compass.” It was so simple, and rang so true.

I got up, in a bit of a daze. A couple minutes later  when I got my wits back about me, I thought of grabbing his card. But he was gone! Not a trace anywhere to be seen. I wondered, just for a minute, if he was an angel…I kind of hope he was.

Today’s Tarot is a very interesting rendition of the Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius), reversed—Comparison, called Five of Clouds in Osho Zen. Funny thing about the Five of Swords—you’re not always sure who’s who. Are you the winner or the loser? And do you like where you are an how you got there?  Who is walking away with a victory?

Comparison is similarly ambiguous—Oak and Bamboo.  One is rigid, one bends. Each has it’s strengths and weaknesses. The victor would be entirely dependent upon the challenge.

Beware comparing without taking into account the frame of reference. Others are not you—thoughts, goals, and dreams may not be what you’d expect. Everyone has different experiences; each is blessed with individual strengths, perfectly suitable to their individual journey.  Don’t declare one better than the other. Make that determination for your path, sure. But you can’t know what karma they’ve signed on for, why they are where they’re at.

Do what YOU feel good about. That’s how to invest free will. Let others walk their own path.  Remaining true to yourself, you make the most of your own strengths. If you’re an Oak, live as an Oak. And leave the Bamboos in peace, knowing they have a different path than you. They are doing what Bamboos doing, which is right for a Bamboo. A lot of what appears to be weakness turns into a strength as it’s lived.

Respect differences, not as proof on one being superior to another, but as the inevitable offspring of free will and different life paths. My lessons are right for me, yours are right for you, and theirs are right for them. And that’s all we need to know.

What do you think about comparisons?

Osho Zen Tarot Set
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