11/12/11: Never Satisfied? | Four of Cups

“Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.” Thomas Fuller

four-of0cupsToday’s Tarot is the Four of Cups associated with the Moon in Libra Cancer. [Ed. note: Ooops! Thanks for the correction, cj!] This card reminds me, emotional satisfaction (moon) is often a choice.

I mean, look at this stuffed rolly-polly from Tarot Nova! He’s thown back several cups of emotional juice already, and holding his belly, aching from all the (forbidden?) apples he’s gobbled , but is he content? It sure looks like he’s thinking hard on that last apple, even if it kills him!

Is this you—or worse, someone you’re trying to please? Because it sucks, not being capable of sustaining contentment. It’s a black hole of wanting that can never be fulfilled. That’s the rub—happy or not isn’t born from the claws of hunger or the caress of being satiated.

When you’re full of fear, not confident of your  ability to thrive, when you don’t feel in control or are unsure and uncertain of who YOU are, what you can do, a hole of needs constellates; it’s like it sucks out the energy. It can’t be filled, only quieted. The only time he doesn’t feel the hunger is in that instant he’s eating. It can become obsession, eating and eating and eating because it gives momentary relief, even at the expense of other things.

His emotional needs have to be fulfilled to answer the hunger. Then, enough becomes enough and the drive disappears. Nothing else can touch it, though. If he just keeps eating and doesn’t ask himself why he’s so hungry, he’ll eat away his life. Tarot fours are stable; he’ll remain in this state until he makes changes himself. Action is required to get up.

I’m not saying hard things never happen or outside circumstance cannot create sometimes formidable challenges to emotional satisfaction. But I’m saying whatever you find yourself craving insatiably, ask what emotional need at the other end. Because you follow that energy cord, you’ll find out how to provide that emotional need and bring your life into better balance. You won’t be cranky, either from hunger or a tummy ache.

Do you think emotional satisfaction is a choice? How much or not?

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10/31/11: Give Yourself Credit! | Rev. 7 of Pentacles, Rev. 4 of Cups, The Sun

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” Maxwell Maltz

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Today’s Tarot is the reversed Seven of Pentacles (Saturn in Taurus), Reversed Four of Cups (Scorpio Sun), and The Sun (Sun, duh). You’ve worked quite hard, planted your seeds already, and assessed their growth appropriately. Don’t discount the work you’ve already done, the results you’ve already received. They count! Everything counts. Take some joy from your successes—you own them, okay?

Nothing motivates like success. Examine your own winnings, rejoice in them, and USE them to encourage yourself, as fuel future growth.

Do you have trouble giving yourself credit for the work you’ve done?

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10/15/11: Time Out | Rev. Queen of Coins, Four of Cups

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” –John Muir

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Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Queen of Pentacles (Water in Earth) and the Four of Cups (Moon in Cancer).  Take some time away from all the people you care for, all the work you do. You don’t have to do it all, by yourself, all the time. Take a break for dreaming. Mark it on your calendar, if need be!

It’s also a good idea to acknowledge what you have currently as well as what’s on offer, on every level. It’s easy enough to take for granted people and situations that sustain us, always seeking the missing pieces without acknowledging what’s already there. Withdraw, meditate, and be still for a minute or two now. All is stable (the promise of Tarot Fours), so it’s the perfect time to take a time out. Back off a bit, take time out to let the full picture sink in, and you’ll be prepared to make the most of what you’ve got coming.

You have a time-out coming?

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09/22/11: Firm Foundations with Taurus.

One of my rules for the “Everyday Tarot” is that whatever I get, that’s what I work with for the day. I can hardly advocate looking to the cards for insight if I’m not willing to look at the insight the cards provide! But today, my first draw was so obviously about me-me-me, I wondered if I’d done my job properly. Had I remembered to ask specifically for the column? I should try again, make sure I wasn’t “leaking” over the daily draw.

As usual, when you try to maneuver around Tarot–well, Tarot maneuvers right back. I didn’t get the same exact cards as often happens, but they were close enough.

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4_of_Pentacles7_of_PentaclesToday’s Tarot forecast is “Firm Foundation” (aka the Four of Pentacles /Sun in Taurus) and “Patience and Planning” (Seven of Pentacles /Saturn in Taurus). Taurus much?

Jupiter’s in Taurus currently, expanding whatever it touches. Taurus is ruled by Venus and associated with the second house in Astrology, what we value, both possessions and self-worth.  Taurus is an Earth sign, so I think in terms of physical manifestations. Having what you value, being valued, and self-value are all areas of focus. Taurus in the bull—it’s hard to surpass in terms of stability. Fixed, fixed, fixed energy!

So the times I worry and wonder, am I doing well enough with my work? Am I doing justice to the folks I come in contact with? Am I growing my skills fast enough? The answer is, “Yes.” Anywhere, really, that I may wonder if I’m contributing well enough, well, that foundation is good, so this is a go.

These two cards have a reassuring message today:  We do, indeed, have what we need. The work done thus far has been effective in laying foundation for rewards, even if the crops aren’t yet quite in. In due time, grasshopper. Exhale. It’s all okay.

Are your foundations looking firm?

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09/13/11: Road to Change | 4 of Cups, 8 of Pentacles, Death

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” –Anatole France

Change is hard. It’s so much easier to daydream about a different present than to take constructive action to create it.

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TXbaccataToday’s Tarot is a 3-Card spread from the Sacred Circle Tarot.  After pulling the first card to assess the mood for the day, I asked, “What might we do about it?” to get the second, and followed with, “What outcome might we expect?” for the final card.

  • Four of Cups, here labeled “Discontent” or Lord of Blended Pleasure, associated with Moon in Cancer. It features four rusty, neglected cups standing in front a Yew tree. Yew is known as the Tree of Death, with highly poisonous  berries historically used to add lethality to weapons like arrowheads or spears. But the tree is also is also considered regenerative, since new trees shoot up from the springy decay of the old trunk as it dies off.
  • Eight of Pentacles or “Skill,” also known as Lord of Prudence and associated with Virgo Sun. Like most versions of this card, the last disc is unfinished—work yet to be done. Here,the discs are pictured against a Winter landscape. We’ve completed harvest by now, but that remaining disc suggests preparing for upcoming changes, perhaps new growth or a potential new direction for the coming Spring.
  • Death or the Child of the the Great Transformers, associated with Scorpio. Here, we’ve got the Dark Harvest Goddess, the  Cailleach (Crone).  In Scotland and England, there were traditions requiring the last corn harvested was fashioned into a woman’s figurine representing the Crone, and the farmer who was slowest with his work was responsible for looking after the totem until the coming harvest, a position not envied since it was associated with bad luck. Death always deals with significant and total transformation. There is NO going back.

Emotional discontent is indication something is amiss. Like the Cancer moon, this is a but a feeling, and most likely hits close to home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html. While we don’t like the sensation, often dissatisfaction is the most reliable indicator we are not living the life we might, you know? Like a dull ache that doesn’t go away, it can be an early warning signal of an impending flare-up. Now, maybe all that’s needed is an attitude adjustment, but whatever the realm, the Four of Cups is indicative of the habit of dreaming instead of doing. And like other Tarot Fours, it’s is a stable energy. Nothing is changing without  intervention.

So what to do? Well, work on it! Like any Virgo sun would tell you, the details matter! Specifically, don’t finish your work on that last disc—representing manifestation into the material world—exactly the same as you’ve completed the first seven. Otherwise, you’ll get exactly what you’ve gotten thus far, you know? If you want a change, make it.

As far as what to expect…well, Death is an integral component in the cycle of life. Compost feeds coming crops. One relationship ends so that another can begin. One job is complete in to allow for moving on to the next. A life cycle is over, but from those experiences, you can feed the next one.

While this kind of transformation is seldom easy, it’s nevertheless deep and meaningful. If it’s time for something to die, it will regardless of what’s done in hopes of reprieve. Delays in feeling the effects may be possible, but not avoidance. Only the illusion of avoidance, and that takes a whole lot of energy to maintain. Winter comes regardless. Thank goodness it’s followed by Spring.

Are you feeling some discontent?

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08/07/11: What’s in that drink? | Four of Cups

four-of-cups-tarot-housewives-deckToo much “things can never change” leaves people depressed and unmotivated. Too much “living in a dream world” leaves people unmotivated and ill-equipped to deal with current situations. We fare best with a balanced diet of now and then.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Four of Cups or Lord of Blended pleasure, associated with the Moon in Cancer. We’re talking one serious drink, man! Our housewife is thinking it over, but somehow, I suspect there’s no way for her to gauge how that drink is going to go down. And also little reason to think it would be substantially different than the other three she just threw back, you know?

The Four of Cups reminds me that all is not always what it appears. Fantasy has a way of being so…perfect, you know? There’s not dishes and bills and dirty laundry to soil the illusion of bliss. Day-to-day isn’t always so neat but to me, it’s superior because it’s real. And not just in the physical, time-space kind of reality, but “real” in the sense it’s not predictable and tidy and already wrapped up with a bow.

I grow from reality! I am surprised. I bend, I flex, I learn and I change from the cups I’ve actually drinking. And if I don’t like the drink? Then let’s check the recipe, to see what all went into making it. Then, I’m equipped to mix up a tastier drink. :drink:

For me, the Four of Cups is about being fully present, wherever you are in life. Right here, right now, experiencing and understanding what is first—then, some attention directed toward where you want to head provides guidance on your next step. Not all your attention, but enough to see and act on the potential.

So we’re searching for the sweet spot, to merge dreams with present for the most fulfilling overall experience. Because neither a life without dreams or dreams without life satisfies. Let’s drink a little from both. But responsibly, please!

How are your dreams looking?

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