01/18/12: Ends and Means and Winning | Rev Five of Swords


“Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning.” Erwin Rommel

So, do you feel like a loser? Did you win the battle at the expense of the war? Are you a sore winner? Is winning worth the price? These are the kind of questions I ask when I see the reversed Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius). The victory or defeat isn’t so clear cut.

I’ve never been an “ends justifies the means” gal. I consider that attitude akin to writing yourself a blank check to act without consulting a moral compass. Whatever gained that way isn’t worth having. “Ends” come and go, but “means” are how you live day in and out, what determine who you really are. It’s not just the ends that count. It’s how you live your life.

I won’t say this approach hasn’t cost me at times. But never my soul. Everything else? Not as hard to replace.  Today, I’m seeing a prompt to check definitions, of winning and losing. Have clarity of what is to be gained or lost, in both the battle and outcome.

What do you see in the reversed Five of Swords?

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01/03/12: Craftsmanship Shows | Five of Swords


“The art of love is largely the art of persistence.” –Albert Ellis

Today’s Tarot is the perfectly dressed Five of Swords (Venus in Aquarius).  You’ve been battling to get this dress put together, and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. But it’s come together and the remaining loose threads are being snipped.

And you know what? It’s beautiful. Just exactly as it should be.

Don’t kick yourself, for how long it’s taken or how hard you had to fight in order to SEE, to get where you are now. It doesn’t matter if it took 10 seconds or 10 days or 10 decades.  Don’t you see? That doesn’t mean you’ve failed anything. The only way to fail is to give up. But you’re still here.

You are in the perfect place at the perfect time, doing the perfect thing for the whatever ways you need to learn and grow. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. Keep snipping threads where you see them, but in the meantime, be grateful you’re finding them to snip.

It may have been a lot of work. But the work shows. The more joy you take in it, the more it’s turned up. How cool is that?!

Where do you see the Five of Swords?

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Everyday Tarot, 06/08/11: Questionable Comparisons

daily-tarot-forcast-five-clouds“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” –Zen Proverb

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Five of Clouds from Osho Zen, better known as the Five of Swords or “Lord of Defeat.” Tarot fives herald conflict, although this version doesn’t suggest the explicit conflict we would expect from the RWS Five of Swords. This is more like conflicting perspectives.

When you a compare a tree to a bamboo, which is better? The tree can hold a lot more weight, but the bamboo can bend without breaking. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The superior of the two is the one best suited to your needs, you know?

Ask yourself if you’re making valid (and relevant) comparisons. Consider shifting your focus from what’s “better, best or right” in evaluating to what’s most needed, right now, what’s closest to where you want to go.

And if you’re not sure what’s better, wait. Truth outs itself in the end, and winning strategies become clear if you allow enough perspective to determine what tools are right for the job .

How are you, comparatively speaking?

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Everyday Tarot, 05/31/11: Sorting through the Threads

daily-tarot-forecast-rev-five-swords-housewivesAh, I’ve got to smile. It’s my first Everyday Tarot repeat! The first card I drew for the column. The question always is, “Will I find something new to say about it?” Somehow, I always seem to.

Today’s Tarot Forecast is the inverted Five of Swords or “Lord of Defeat,” associated with Venus in Aquarius. This is a card of a hard-won battle, winner takes all.

Inverted, the Five of Swords suggests comparing cost versus real value. Is the battle worth fighting? It’s not much of a win if getting there costs more than it nets.

Open your mind to the unusual approaches to conflicts and let ideas flow freely. (This includes internal conflict as well as external.) Don’t toss a solution out of hand just because you haven’t successfully executed it before. Just allow the flow to see where it takes you. You may be surprised with where you land.

Be objective in considering the situation. You’ll find conflicting threads, but you can sort it out by deciding what you value and letting that pattern be your guide.

How you doing sorting  through the threads of your conflicts?

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Everyday Tarot, 5/01/11: Fresh Out of Perfect!

Inverted Five of Swords: Good Enough

Jesus Christ. I mean, really! Just…Jesus Christ.

Okay. Okay. I absolutely KNOW not to kvetch and moan about what the cards have to say, because every time I do, I pay for it without exception. But still…I was excited, to draw the first card for my new “Everyday Tarot” column. I expected something…I dunno. Special. Like me!

I did the full-on reading prep. I lit my incense and meditated and prayed and even used some of my homemade Psychic Oil, whipped up under that mega-Neptune Pisces moon a while back. I was ready for magic–a good, solid sign to start off today’s run.

Secretly? I was really hoping to draw the Fool. How perfect would that be, huh? A Major Arcana card at the very least! Except you don’t tell Tarot what you want to see.Tarot tells you what it wants you to see.

Um, yeah. You’d think I’d know that by now.

Five of Swords Today’s Tarot is the Five of Swords, inverted. Also known as “The Lord of Defeat,” he’s associated with Venus in Aquarius. Maybe I should try on some of that famous Antiquarian detachment, huh? Like all Tarot fives, you see this fella pop up surrounding conflict, or to answer the question of who’s running away with the prize. Inverted, don’t expect or strive for a clean sweep. Good enough is good enough here.

The featured rendition from the The Housewives Tarot emphasizes the perfectionism question especially. All those scissors, all those threads hanging off make quite a mess! But you know, the dress still fits. Those details are relevant and important, and the seamstress will get to them in due time. But driving yourself crazy with all those tiny threads can easily lead to overwhelm and maybe even some accidental stabbing!

I have spent the last few days feverishly tweaking this website in preparation for starting Everyday Tarot. I fussed and mussed with code and graphics and thought and planned and did everything I could think of to start out strong. I wanted it to be perfect! Profound! Insightful and delightful! (I think all those kind comments I got ending the Daily Tarot went to my head.)

All that striving for perfection left me finding fault with what I might ordinarily consider to be an excellent initial effort. Those remaining threads will just have to wait. As I told a client yesterday, “We’re fresh out of perfect.” And we are. So today, we’ve got the best I can manage. That’s often better than I give myself credit for. You too? And really, good enough IS good enough. Because it has to be.

Are you happy with the best you can manage?