Nine of Cups & Strength: Contentment Despite the Rain

I slipped outside yesterday to sip coffee on the front porch, stealing a few minutes between the rain showers.

I was inwardly irritated at the Universe over a week’s worth of unrelenting rain, if you want to know the truth. After days and days of dark clouds filling the sky, I was feeling emotionally waterlogged enough to match the weather.

“Would it kill you to give us a little sunshine, damnit?” I grumbled under my breath. (The neighbors already think I’m weird enough.)

That’s when I took notice of the flowers.

My humble little flowerpots scattered around the front porch were bursting with pretty little blooms. I may get tired of all the rain, but it obviously was doing wonders for those flowers.

I was still looking forward to brighter weather, but in that moment I stopped feeling so bothered by the rain. I could see where it was serving a useful purpose.

The bigger world feels like an exaggerated version of unrelenting rain to me right about now. I have been feeling waterlogged by all of it. But now, I’m also wondering what flowers might be blooming as a result.

Next Week in Tarot

9 of Cups / Strength

For the outlook this week we got the Nine of Cups (Water), with Strength as advice. The gentle imagery is from the Good Tarot deck. Don’t worry–I’ll go back to seeing other decks.  But for today, still, I was looking for a gentle voice.

In fact, the voice here was so gentle, it confused me.

Weekly outlook of the “wish card?”  I’m missing something. That seems utterly unrealistic.

I seldom speak explicitly about current events here. It’s not like what’s going on out in the world isn’t already baked in to any discussion of the universal vibes. Mostly though, I already hear countless voices doing just that, preaching their perspectives. I’m not saying there isn’t value in all of those voices or the missions their speakers undertake. It’s just not my mission.

Stepping back from the particulars, however, doesn’t mean I’m not impacted.

It’s cloudy other there. I want something much sunnier than what I’m am feeling.  It would be difficult to characterize the world as anything short of “stormy” at this moment.

That’s why these cards confused me. Because really, Tarot….

“What on Earth am I supposed to make of that forecast?” I wanted to know.

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The Hermit.

Oh. The Hermit.

I got it.

The Nine of Cups here–typically denoting feelings along the lines of contentment, satisfaction and pleasure–is an outlook that will remain accessible, but on an individual level. It’s not automatic. In the rain, appreciation for what that rain brings is a perspective that must be chosen and cultivated to take root.

This mermaid pictured on the version card has collected her treasures and they are defined as such precisely because she’s chosen to treasure them. I may not value the string of pearls the way she does, but that’s totally irrelevant to her. It’s her appreciation itself that elevates the objects to the status of treasure. Her joy is internally generated.

The Hermit reminds us it’s honing views and following intuitive nudges that refine our inner landscape. He doesn’t need the world to validate his conclusions about what good and right.  He cultivates his own garden in that regard.

In terms of advice, Strength always suggests to me a very gentle yet never wavering approach. She lives her truth with a gentle, consistent integrity. The salient piece of Strength’s advice isn’t really about what one is doing, but rather how it’s done. Living the best version of what you consider right, humbly and without deviation, is exactly how to embody the core energy of Strength.

So if you consider your role of greatest satisfaction preaching loud and proud with the mission of converting hearts and minds, so be it. Do that! If you find the most satisfaction in living your personal truth, hoping in the process to cheer and encourage others doing the same, so be it. Do that! Plant your flowers.

There is always rain. There always will be rain. But there are always sunshine and flowers to follow as well. Whether we’re noticing mostly rain or the sun in any given moment, we do have choices. As for me, I’m on the lookout for some flowers.

Reach out if you’d like a personal consult. We’ll look at how you can cultivate your own flowers.

Fool and Hermit: Finding Your Own Way

I’m sitting back and watching the world right now. Or maybe “feeling” is a more apt description than just watching, because all the observation has included a hefty helping of emotional tone baked right in.

Everyone is trying to find their way, setting  some sort of new normal and seeking balance in a world where we just don’t know so much. People don’t strike me as not caring about other people’s concerns. They just have different things they are afraid of. It’s not even the struggle that people can buckle under so much as the prolonged uncertainty. The not-knowing is as much pandemic as the viral pandemic.

Many proudly declare they believe in “science,” but right now, it’s easy enough to find credible-scounding presentations of “science” to support whatever you are already prone to believe. I find it’s important to remember this, when others’ versions of expertise doesn’t match my own flavor. There isn’t a perfectly crafted understanding of all this mess.

In the end, I don’t look to what anyone believes particularly, because that’s not my business. What I will say, though, is make sure you follow your own moral compass here.  Nobody else’s will do.

Next Week in Tarot

The outlook this week is covered by The Fool, with advice from this very lovely rendition of the Hermit from the Good Tarot deck.

We’re in uncharted territory, period. The Fool does not know what will crop up along the journey. I will hasten to add, this fact isn’t necessarily good or bad. It just is. So expect dangers, for sure–but in equal proportion, expect potential rewards and meaningful discoveries. It’s never a one-way street with the Fool. The road to change is always prefaced with disruption and this is no exception.

The Hermit for advice is a bit humorous, given the current state of the world. We’re all Hermitted out!

In this context, though, I’m reading him as advising keeping your own council. Make your own decisions. Live according to your own standards of rightness.

I realize it’s tricky to live according to your own compass when you start to factor in others. What if they don’t behave the way you feel is best?

You could be very upset about it all and try to humiliate them into compliance. You could expound upon what you perceive their motives or shortcomings to be. I don’t think I’ve personally ever been criticized into adopting a different perception, but people still try.

I do think setting an example is a much more powerful persuasion technique than shouting down those that disagree. But then again, you’re free to disagree with me.

As far as the advice I’m getting, it’s pretty easy here. Mind your own morals. Live what you feel is right and be measured and judicious about your interactions with others. The Hermit does not speak out of turn. He will counsel those wise enough to seek his opinion out but for the most part, he keeps to himself, does his own research and runs his own life. For me, that’s enough without trying to figure it out for the rest of the world.

Stay safe out there, friends.

And if you’d like to hook up for a personal consult, give me a holler. I’ll never tell you what to do, but I will do my best to help you tap into your own wisdom.

Queen of Cups Rx & Justice: Don’t Be an Ass

I was talking with a customer service rep a few days ago. He wasn’t able to do what I wanted to be done.

“I’m frustrated with this answer, but I know it’s not your fault,” I told him.

The relief he expressed was palpable, even through a text chat.

I acknowledged his job is a hard one and customer service reps are getting hammered. I expressed appreciation for his efforts, regardless of the outcome. He was doing his best and I knew that.

I don’t know how many people he’d dealt with before me, or how they’d behaved. I don’t know was going on in his personal life or what other worries he was juggling. All I know is I felt a wave of relief and appreciation wash over the me minute it became clear I wasn’t going to dump on him for being the bearer of bad news.

Essentially, I was the recipient of profound appreciation for a kindness as humble as not being an ass.

I’d like to think I can almost always meet the “don’t be an ass” standard of humanity. It’s not an especially high bar, but worthy of consistency nonetheless.

Next week? I’m expecting plenty of the feels. This might get messy. Be kind anyway.

Next week in Tarot

This week, the outlook is the Queen of Cups (coming in reversed/pictured upright) with Justice for advice–here, pictured from The Good Tarot.

Emotions continue to rule the coming week–don’t expect them to retain consistency with any specific version of reality. Don’t expect the emotions to necessarily even agree with one another. The “feels” are not about conforming to expectation or answering to reason. Hello!

Emotion doesn’t have to make sense. It just is, and just being is enough.

Graciously accept whatever emotional wave rolls in–fighting doesn’t help anyway. Besides, even the most challenging emotions always roll back out again. Feel it. Cry your tears or rant your rants or whatever you’ve got to do. Let it flow through and when it subsides, consider a nap. Naps are good medicine.

But in terms of dealing with one’s fellow humans, employ the judiciousness and careful thoughtfulness of Justice. Weigh out responses. Act fairly and impartially. Do what you’ve agreed to do. Don’t try to force others to be you. Be as reasonable as you can manage. It will make things easier, especially as everyone out there is riding their own waves of the feels.

There is valid role for both emotion and reason, It’s not difficult to honor both. The difference isn’t in the which so much as it’s in the when.

Be kind to yourself and one another out there.

If you’d like a personal consult, please reach out. I’ll  work with folks on fees as needed during these weird times we live in. Stay well, friends!

Two of Swords & King of Cups: Help with Uncertainty

In times such as these, I don’t know that it’s so much the facts of a current situation that weigh on people as the uncertainty.

We may be okay, today. Our loved ones may be okay, today. But since we don’t know what to expect tomorrow, many are struggling just the same. And not being able to see a clear path from now to then just makes it all feel that much less secure.

There’s no real cure for uncertainty other than waiting (and faith, if you’ve got some available).

But the advice for next week can be well implemented in times of uncertainty and it will help.

Next Week in Tarot

I pulled out The Good Tarot this week because, well, I wanted to see something “good!” Pretty pictures sounded like a great idea to me. For outlook, we got the Two of Swords (air). And for advice, it’s the King of Cups (water).

Many choices are being made right now–some of them hard. In fact, whether we do or don’t do anything at all, in that very doing or not doing, a choice has been made. One need is being weighed carefully against another and we’re making the best of what we’ve got to work with. This is on both personal and collective scales.

Advice is just as straightforward as the outlook: live from your heart. Speak from your heart. Act from your heart. The King of Cups is creative and caring. He’s very aware of emotional currents and not afraid to express his feelings or acknowledge another’s. He doesn’t need to agree with you to be emotionally supportive. The point of view doesn’t matter. Only the “give-a-damn” factor matters here.

This coming week, make the most rational decisions you can and focus on the love. As I’m fond of saying, there’s plenty of both beauty and ugly out there. Our choice isn’t about which exists. Our choices are about what we amplify, by means of our attention, discussion and personal energetic contribution. That’s it. So use your choices to amplify what you want to see more of, okay?

Stay safe. And share as much love as you’ve got to share. It helps.

p.s. I know many  are struggling right now. If you think some Tarot Love could help, please reach out. I’m happy to do whatever I can, so I will be offering sessions on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis for anyone who needs it while we’re in the middle of all this crazy. ♥

Empress & Queen of Fire: Heart has the Answers

I’ve been thinking about how much more complicated life becomes when trying to accommodate other people’s wishes for us.

Damn near everyone has very specific notions of how they’d like to see us behave. Even strangers! But that doesn’t mean it’s a sound idea to acquiesce no matter who it’s coming from.

Trouble is, nobody else can make you happy. You cannot make anyone else happy. For each individual, happiness is a choice. We have no control over how anyone thinks or what they want from us. So why nominate ourselves to manage it?

There is generally self-deception in jumping through hoops to please others. We tell ourselves we’re hoping to make that person happy or spare them some discomfort. We want to make things better. We tell ourselves they need us to fix something or that it’s our responsibility to do what’s demanded of us.

The discomfort that’s avoided is actually personal. If we do what we’re “supposed to do,” then we can take that as proof we’re a good person. If we jump through hoops to please or save another, then we can tell ourselves we’re being kind and loving and helpful.

But kindness and love and caring are not actions–they are states of being. Specifically, they are states of being that don’t require a committee to achieve.

To be a loving person, feel love. To be a kind person, think kind thoughts. To be a supportive person, believe in those you would encourage.  You become who you are by way of the feelings you feed, which in turn informs the actions you choose to take.

I see this as so much easier than I used to. I get my feelings on straight FIRST. Then, I see what actions feel best in my heart, where I feel inspired, what most closely reflects what I actually feel good about.

Nobody else needs a vote.

Next week, I’d recommend that approach.

Next Week in Tarot

This week’s forecast comes in the maternal form of the Empress, with advice as the Queen of Wands (here, Fire) from the Good Tarot.

Think in terms of the world being pregnant with potential. Lots being birthed and unearthed and coming into being right now.

And what do we do in the midst of all this? The Queen of Fire is unequivocal: follow your passion. Let your heart guide you.

I woke up with this song playing loud on the psychic soundtrack.

For me, it just reinforces the theme of self-direction. One aside, however: considering the topic of this song and the Empress showing up, be aware of the potential for pregnancy. ‘Nuff said.

Follow your heart. It won’t lead you astray.

If you’d like a personal Tarot check-in, find me here. And have a good week, friends!

 

 

 

 

Temperance & The Sun: Airtime for Optimism

“Give optimism at least as much airtime as anxiety.”

I heard these words coming out of my mouth recently, and it struck me even then, this is damn good advice.

How you feel is how you feel. There are no right or wrong feelings. There’s never cause to feel guilty over having any particular feelings we don’t like. Feelings are an amazing source of guidance and there’s every reason to be appreciative of each and every one of them!

But that doesn’t mean we have to constantly swim in feelings that are disruptive. We definitely have a choice of which feelings we feed our energy to–determining which feelings grow and gain momentum through our focus.

I remind myself regularly:  I am out here preaching to stay connected and grow your faith. I encourage people to remain optimistic and work directly with their intuition to create the best outcomes. I tout self-care, love, optimism and directing energy consciously.  So it behoves me to walk the talk.

One way to do this is making the choice to give my optimism more airtime. Next week is a great opportunity to practice that, so sayth the cards.

Next Week in Tarot

Here, we have forecast in the form of Patience–a lovely rendition of Temperance. And the advice card this week is The Sun. There cards are from the completely elegant Good Tarot Deck.

I don’t always read Temperance as strictly a matter of patience, although it’s easy enough to see the element of patience being relevant in the card’s meaning. With the traditional version of this card, there is an angel mixing fire and water. The theme is of various, disparate elements coming together in a cohesive whole. The angel managing the operation suggests otherworldly intervention here.

Having the faith and willingness to step back from any sort of dogmatic advocacy for any particular side, instead letting it all come together organically, would be required to let this card do its work. So yes, patience would be an undeniable asset!

Be willing to acknowledge the bigger picture you are not yet able to see. Nurture a feeling of knowing if you can summon it, or faith if you cannot, that all will come together as it should.

Be as happy, carefree and trusting as you can manage. Expect the best. Look for the sunshine and appreciate every single ray of it that strikes you. Optimism is your ally. Make use of it.

Are you finding some optimism?

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