03/21/13: Distractions / rev 4 of Cups

So…today, I got sucked in the black hole of studying how to make better videos instead of actually, say, MAKING better videos…now, I’m not saying this was a complete waste. I’m not happy with my skills yet. I learn a lot from this research. I’ll use that data and hope y’all will reap the benefits.

But it’s a fine balance, you know? A fine balance.

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Uh oh.

Here, we have the reversed Four of Cups, associated with Moon in Cancer. Can you say “moody?” The mood here to me suggests a dreamy dissatisfaction. He ignores the three cups in front of him, and doesn’t even seem to be focusing on or reaching for the fourth. He’s lost in his own process. He’s thinking it to death!

Don’t get so caught up in the notion of perfection, of what you are missing, that you fail to capitalize on what you’ve got right this minute. How do you think you get there from here, huh?

A little dissatisfaction is fine, often even healthy. It highlights growth potential. A lot can leave us discouraged. Any kind of what-if daydreaming can be creative, productive and inspiring. Too much, it can be procrastination in a shiny dress.

Stay emotionally connected to where you’re at; allow yourself some time to dream it up, sure! Allow yourself to honestly acknowledge potentials unrealized. But don’t get bogged down in the process.

Eh. Guess I’d better get back to work!

Do you get distracted?

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02/27/13: Daydreamy / 4 of Cups

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The Zombie Tarot’s version of the Four of Cups is especially expressive: it’s daydreaming time. No doubt this man sees the Queen he married, and not the Zombie she’s become. And she’s fine with that, no need to go out seeking fresh brains every night. She has what she needs, right here. Maybe his brains aren’t the biggest or the freshest. But she can pretend they are. The dreams are filling in the blanks.

Be especially aware of how you’re daydreaming. Are you using fantasy to fill in areas of discontent in your real life? Those pockets of discontent are there for a reason: to alert you to what areas need your attention, what is not aligned in your life. They serve a function!

Daydreaming done in moderation can be a great source inspiration for your life; overdone, it can replace living your life. Find the right mix, okay? Daydreaming is best used to relax, inspire and expand. If it has become an escape from reality for you, ask yourself why your reality smells of rotting flesh. ‘Cause maybe you ought to do something about that.

Do you daydream?

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12/20/13: Discouraged | 4 Cups

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I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. The dreams I had not so long ago seem impossibly far off. The grind of climbing toward them doesn’t seem worth the effort of striving without satisfaction. I’ll never get there. I’m a clueless child, and I don’t understand what I’m doing or why. I just know I’m tired of trying.

This is the voice of “Discontent and Boredom,” better known as the Four of Cups.

Sometimes, it’s also my voice.

If this is where you are, I wish I had an easy answer for you. I don’t, beyond saying this feeling we get sometimes? Transitory. Like other Tarot Cups, we’re dealing in the realm of emotions, not objective facts. Emotions change. That knowledge can be helpful.

I also sometimes turn to people who love me to buoy myself. Or retreat into a book of one sort or another. Taking my head outside my own life into a bigger realm seems to help.

What helps you fend off discouragement?

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11/09/12: Motor Home Meals | 4 of Waves

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I have fond memories of family vacations, riding in the back of the old motor home, a time or two with friends. I must have been in fourth grade or thereabouts, judging from the lyrics of the made-up songs I can still remember.

There was one song about offing your teacher to the tune of Jingle Bells—always the rebel, I was! And this ditty on seasonal greed, sung to the tune of “’Tis the Season.” My friends and I sang these songs over and over, and they never failed to leave us in stiches.

“’Tis the season to be greedy.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Take some money from the needy.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Take some money from your brother.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Tell him it’s for your sick mother.
Fa la la la la, la la la la….”

Yeah. My sense of humor hadn’t fully developed yet. And my writing skills left a touch to be developed as well. But hey, it rhymed!

Today, we’ve got the Four of Cups (Waves) from the Zodiac Tarot. This deck focuses exclusively on astrological associations, so it carries the symbols for moon in Cancer. Mama (or Grandma) feeds you! Think of family time, and all the little, quirky memories from family dinners or unforgettable trips.

To capture the Moon in Cancer energy, look to what feeds you, and how you feed others. Literally, yes, but moreso, what feeds your soul. How do you express your caretaking instincts, and how are you most fed by the caretaking of others?

These little moments stay with you (or your loved ones and children) forever. Cooking hotdogs on coat hangers, singing rounds of “Row Your Boat” in the car with your mom, or making mud pies at Grandma’s house feed your soul as much as the biscuits and gravy fed your belly in the morning. If you haven’t had any of these magical moments recently, make some! Whether or not Mom was directly involved, I think these could qualify as “Moon in Cancer memories.” They’re like motor home meals—stuff that fed you on the go, you know?

You have some Moon in Cancer memories?


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1-Card Tarot Chakra Reading: Miss Destroyer asks about this “Skin Thing”

“What’s up with this skin thing? Maybe an area to focus on? = ) <3” -Miss Destroyer

I’ll be glad to see what we dig up about that darned skin thing!

Short Answer: On the physical level, watch what you’re eating, particularly anything that’s past it’s prime. I’m seeing a food connection. On an energetic level, pay attention to anything that “gets under your skin” or “rubs yo the wrong way,” a constant irritant that you’ve all but learned to ignore. Look particularly to a personality issue, quite possibly with someone in the workplace. Where do you feel like you’re stuck with leftovers? You try to ignore it but it’s been going on a long time. That’s what’s disrupting your zen (and your skin), man!

Hope that helps!

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09/06/12: Closed Circuit | 4 of Cups

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Here’s a perfect example of why I like to work with nontraditional decks. I know what the Four of Cups usually has to say—dreaming instead of doing, being dissatisfied, ignoring what’s in front of you for what you do not currently have. The basic theme I usually get with this card is not being connected with the here and now.

And yet, this version from Osho Zen carries pretty much the opposite vibe. This woman is SO tuned in—notice her dress looks like water?—that the forces outside her do NOT disturb her. She is clearly calm, serene and plugged in. She has everything she needs for her connection. The fears, angst, the disruptive forces that surround her make nary a ripple.

Today, be this meditator. Call upon your divine connection, and do not let  any of the energies that surround you disturb your peace. See her hand position? That’s making a closed energetic circuit, with thumbs and index fingers touching. Outside energy cannot invade. She’s safe, plugged in and protected.

Be selective of who you let into your energy fireland do not let anyone disturb your peace. It’s a God-given right.

Are you able to turn inward amidst outer turmoil? (I’m working on it!)

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