Fool & King of Swords Rx: Just Enjoy the Ride

I’ve been buying Christmas presents and second-guessing my choices more than I’d like to admit.

I tend to think this week’s advice is pointed at me but I’m sure some of you could use it as well. Ha! So let’s get straight to it.

Next Week in Tarot

This week, the Fool reappears upright to give us our outlook, along with the reversed King of Swords as advice. I like seeing the Fool here! He suggests a lighthearted, engaged sort of week. I would expect the energetic mood to be generally nice (even if Mercury is in retrograde). Maybe it’s that extra time off for the holidays that does it. The inverted King is taking this advice a step further with the suggestion not to overthink things this week.

Now, when I say, “Don’t overthink it,” that usually means one thing: don’t argue against yourself! So often, we get a notion and it feels good. A nice, clean impulse, right? And that lasts about 3 seconds, until the second-guessing and self-doubt sets in.

“Am I being stupid? Will this even work? Is this a bad idea?” And on and on it goes, until what felt like a great idea a minute ago is now the bringer of sure disaster in your head.

Don’t do that to yourself, okay?

I would suggest you alter the script a little to be more supportive of yourself. Know you’ll figure it out as you go. Understand you don’t need all the answers before you start. Give yourself credit for having good ideas. Expect success. Remind yourself of how you always do figure things out and start paving the way for everything to go more smoothly.

People think that forecasting all possible disaster (and then working very hard to avoid it) is how one stays safe and successful and I would argue it’s the opposite. Success comes about most readily from being plugged in and in the flow. That is what makes things easy. The free-flowing intuition comes from quieting the mind, not thinking all the thoughts and figuring out all the permutations of potential so you can navigate.

This week? Take it easy. Consider your life an adventure. Focus on having good EXPERIENCES and worry less about what they all mean. If the experience is pleasant, you’re doing it right. If it’s not, well, you noticed that. The fact it’s not pleasant is your call to adjust. Therefore, you’re still doing it right. You can get use out of whatever it is, so there is no doing it wrong, here.

The trick is making the turn early on. Before you find yourself completely discouraged, shift from disaster to potential for success. I mean, both potentials are always there, right? Feed the one that you want to grow.

This week, actively seek evidence of your plans working. Consider your time on this Earth as a grand adventure, and notice all the fun and wonder there is to see along the way. Shut down the inner “negative Nellie” and give more airplay to the inner cheerleader. Just enjoy the ride and you’ll have a good week!

How is your week going? 

p.s. I haven’t really talked about my Zodiac Year-Ahead readings this year. That’s a forecast for 2019, covering all the astrological houses so pretty much every area of life. The readings are done in an audio MP3 file, with a picture of the cards and you don’t need to know astrology at all. If there is a demand, I’ll offer them again through the end of the year. Just shoot me a payment for $50 and I’ll put you on the list.

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King of Swords: Clarity through Play

I’ve worked for myself for many years. Working from home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html, it’s very easy to completely blur the lines between work time and off time.

And by “blur,” I mean: consciousness becomes the equivalent of work time. Sleeping, eating and basic self-care may become the totality of off-time. Because there’s always something that could use doing!  Knowing income relies on your efforts, there is a tendency to just offer more and more and more effort. It wears a person down.

If you read business advice, life advice, sometimes you’ll see people recommending you work harder than everyone else. Put in the hours! Put in the effort! Go above, beyond and do it again tomorrow, day after day, as a path to success.  I just move on, when I see that sort of advice. It doesn’t ring true for me.

When I felt like I was struggling, I used to just chastise myself to work harder. It didn’t help and felt pretty crummy in the process. That sort of approach burns a person out. It sucks the spark right out of everything you’re doing.

Eventually I got more serious about investing in time off–and make no mistake. It is an investment. Once I became more generous with fun time, the work time became suddenly (and exponentially) more effective. The difference was night and day.

But you have to accept the idea that you deserve the happiness. If you feel you have to earn joy? You’ll never be able to work hard enough or long enough to feel worthy of  that. If you’re working to quell your fears over lack? Those drives cannot be satiated long from external effort because they are not externally generated. They are a function of your perspective and faith–in yourself and the bigger Universe.

Counter-intuitive as it may sound, my most successful stretches by far have never coincided with when I’ve been working the hardest. They’ve always been when I’ve felt the happiest. That doesn’t mean I don’t work. But if I’m working most diligently when I’m feeling inspired and excited, and playing other times? That is what pays the highest dividends, every single time. It’s so much more effective, I decided that time for play is a vital investment in my work life.

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Notice how repetitive Tarot is repetitive? I’ve you missed the King of Swords here or here, this is your chance to catch up. Hello, Mercury retrograde! Yes, this week features the King of Air (aka King of Swords) from The Good Tarot and Hyacinth–Playfulness–from the Botanical Inspirations deck.

So we’ve got clarity, vision, rationality, even-handedness, bright ideas, and fairness from our king. Couple that with playfulness, fun and joy from the Hyacinth. I really like this combination!

Sometimes, we’ve a tendency to minimize the importance of play. Time away from responsibility, to just enjoy ourselves and replenish, is vital. It clears out and helps quiet the mind, allowing the empty space necessary for inspiration to come a-calling. Without play, your work is much less effective. Play fosters brilliance!

Make time for fun, and protect it. It’s more valuable than most people know. And even when it’s not fun-time? Undertake work tasks with a lighthearted air. Focusing on problems and hammering away a those problems is not going to yield solutions. For solutions, we need inspiration. Looking for the fun, the joy, the lightness? This will clear your head and allow that inspiration to light. Advice that’s fun to take!

Do you find ways to play every day?

Give me a holler for a 1-on-1.

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King of Swords: Finding Those Greener Pastures

Some days, it’s very hard to stay positive.

I’m about as Pollyanna as anybody you’ll ever meet, when it comes to looking for elements of any situation to appreciate. I’m frequently preaching the case to focus on what you love to make what you love a louder, more salient part of your experience.

I repeat this suggestion to everybody (including myself), because it’s sound advice. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy.

Don’t fault yourself if you’re not there. And it doesn’t mean that you’re doing something “wrong” if you can’t drum up some optimism to save your life.

Where you are is always right. Because it’s where you are.

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Where you are is where you are. Making peace with being wherever you are doesn’t trap you there. It makes it possible for you to move beyond.

This Week In Tarot

Repetitive Tarot is repetitive: I drew the King of Air (aka King of Swords) from The Good Tarot and Peony/Prosperity and Compassion, from the Botanical Inspirations deck.

Be compassionate with yourself. Assign yourself the best of intentions. Judge yourself worthy of good, without needing to earn the right to thrive. Mentally list reasons to be optimistic. Appreciate every single iota of good you’ve got going and commit to the intention here and now to be on the lookout for more.

Give yourself every opportunity you can find to be encouraged and uplifted. This will offer you some immediate relief as well as help turn the energy around.

And cut yourself some slack, please. Quantum leaps sport intense birthings. Sometimes, a crisis is required to blast free of a firmly entrenched energy pattern. Through a big, fat mess can be the easiest, most direct route to fairer pastures. There are flowers on the other side of that haze!

But if your life is abounding with suckage right now? Please realize, this doesn’t mean you’re broken or screwed up or that you should have tried harder. It just means your in the middle of a transition. Sometimes, big transitions wear us raw.  No good comes from beating ourselves to boot. Just ride  the waves that are hitting you as best you can.

Reach for the outlook that feels even the least bit better. Try to be a tiny bit kinder, a little gentler with yourself. When you’re recounting what’s wrong, give what’s right some airplay. And if you can’t find any “right” just now? That’s okay, too. Just decide to yourself to be open to seeing good as it presents itself. It will, I promise.

Basically, make any adjustment you can that helps you feel a little more centered, grounded and loved. In doing so, you’ll be making the adjustments needed to make your way to those greener pastures and enjoy the flowers that live beyond the fog.

Want some help getting oriented on your trek? Give me a holler for a 1-on-1.

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King of Swords: Getting Out of Your Own Way

Besides my life here in the woo, I am also a low carb blogger who has been blessed with a growing audience. So people sometimes ask me for advice. But people will think I’m nuts if I tell them the truth.

See, they always ask process questions. They are looking for a formula they can follow to recreate the results. I get that. Those were the questions I used to ask, too. But if I’m being completely frank, at this point I consider the processes utterly incidental to the results.

Not just less important. Incidental.

At best, if the processes give you confidence, the confidence can be helpful. If they leave you with doubt, they will hinder you. It’s not the choices you make. You could say “yes” to something and be right. You could say “no” to that same something and be just as right. It doesn’t matter. It’s the beliefs you bring to the table, the energy you’re working with here.

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I tried very hard to get where I wanted to be via the sheer force of hard work. And I should have been able to do it! I stumbled into every single advantage you could imagine in this enterprise and worked my hiney clean off trying, trying, trying. Except nothing really worked, no matter how hard I worked.

So eventually, I gave it up. Instead, my involvement in the topic shifted to doing whatever I felt like doing whenever I wanted to do it, with zero expectations of traditionally recognizable success.  As a matter of fact, a friend started helping me with it and I completely stepped back from the whole shebang.

That’s when everything started clicking, and rapidly. I wasn’t even doing any work anymore…how’s that for irony?

In the course of stepping back, I had quit asking “how” and “when.” I knew what I wanted to accomplish–to be helpful and supportive. But in terms of how anything was going, I stopped keeping track. My doubts and frustrations and all that noticing what wasn’t working became a non-issue.

In short, I got out of my own way.

Maybe this sounds like a fluke to you. But I’ve seen it in play so many times since, I don’t have any questions about it myself. It’s one of those things you pretty much have to experience for yourself.

This coming week, the cards spoke to me of this sort of situation.

Next Week in Tarot

Here we have the King of Air (aka the King of Swords) from the Good Tarot, along with False Indigo from the Botanical Inspirations deck, associated with Immersion and Intuition.

At first glance, these two cards seemed almost a contradiction together. The element of Air is associated with logic, clarity, and thought. Solid, immutable fact would be the domain of this king.

Conversely, intuition and immersion would imply the element of Water. Fluid, flexible, a “knowing” without justification is the domain of intuition. But really, these two energies make an incredibly potent combination.

Kings are do-ers, taking an active role in their creation. But the King of Air in particular is also a thinker. He does not make a move without purpose.

So we’re looking at knowledge versus knowing.

Here is the trick–think about what you want, not how you will get it. Become clear about your objectives and how you want to feel. Immerse yourself in the clarity of THAT energy, getting the sense of what sort of outcome you want, without trying to dictate the how-to-get-there part. Intuition will carry you forward much quicker and more smoothly than your brain alone ever could.

Thoughts shape feelings, which provides a perfect indicator of the energy you’re flowing in any given moment. It’s not the doing that matters–it’s the energy flow. THAT is how you create reality.

So think your thoughts, clearly and as cleanly as you can and note the emotions that result. If the emotions are pleasant, turn up the thoughts! Enjoy them and know, you’re shaping the energy right there. And if the emotions don’t feel so good? Back off. Now is not the time to take action on that particular issue.

Get yourself clarity. Get the emotions on track and let everything else come together for you.

Want some help doing that? Holler at me for a consult.

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Ill-informed Urges: Weekly Tarot, April 24-30, 2017

You ever get that itch, to DO something, deal with something right-this-very-second–not so much because you think the issue is ripe for the undertaking, but more because you just want it d-o-n-e-done? That? I call it “crisis mode” and I became well acquainted with the state during custody hearings years ago and many times since, as a parent. Because parenting can be hard.

But really, that urge to “get this shit over with” never really did much helpful that I can tell. Faith goes further.

This week, I’d suggest you soothe yourself and do as little as possible to get immediate relief and nothing beyond that, if you are feeling that way.

Plenty of Swords in the coming week’s forecast–some worry and clouded presentations to be anticipated. Information isn’t complete or clear cut and the urge to act anyway grows. I’d say don’t do anything drastic, though, because it seems likely it WILL NOT turn out as intended. Force won’t work. Just little seeds you can plant (Ace of Pentacles), some of which may grow up nicely. Mmm’kay?

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Video Transcript

Hi. This is Dixie from A Fool’s Journey. I am here to do your Tarot forecast for April 24th through 30th, 2017.

Okay. Let’s see what we got here. Boom, boom, boom. I’ve got the Gilded Tarot deck. It’s a pretty deck. I love this deck.

Oh goodness. Swords, swords, cups…ah.

The first thing that comes to mind when looking at this, is…sigh. A lot of questionable words going around, and people who think they know what’s going on, but they don’t necessarily know. The truth.

We’ve got King of Swords, Nine of Swords, and Seven of Cups reversed to start. So going into the week there’s a sense of, maybe you were sort of clear on it to begin with, but then you start worrying about it and the guilt sets in.

And there are all these other inputs. Or sources of information that’s just kind of mucking things up. So eh. Be aware of that.

Okay? Moving in, going through the week, I’m seeing this, Seven of Swords reversed, Three of Swords reversed, as a tendency to want to hide what you find, what you think others will find unacceptable.

And not only what you think, but what you feel like. Like somebody, you know, lying to their boyfriend or girlfriend or whatever. Or hiding an expenditure from their spouse. It has that kind of feel to it to me.

And the worry being that there’s not gonna be love or acceptance. That really doesn’t feel very good. We end the week with action, although I don’t know necessarily that it’s inspired action. Because it’s the High Priestess reversed. So the outcome of this is something does happen, but I’m not sure if it’s what we want to happen.

But…to clarify it, I pulled a secondary card on that and I got Ace of Pentacles. So in this, do, do the least that you can.

We’ve got a lot of planets retrograde. It’s kind of a murky, mucky time. So do, do what relieves a little bit of the pressure, but don’t, like, “Okay. This has to be a grand gesture, this is gonna fix everything that’s ever been wrong!” ‘Cause how often does that crap work, anyway? You know?

But in this case, little bit, little bit, little bit, okay? And then for the outcome/advice, I have got Justice reversed. Um, don’t try to force what you consider to be fair, because that will throw you off balance.

Your balance, your happiness, your peace of mind, you comfort level in your own head and in your own life and in your own little circle is THE MOST important thing! That’s your job. It’s not your job to fix your kids or your spouse or your coworkers or your neighbors or your Facebook friends. It’s your job to take care of you! Do what you need to do to do that; let everybody else do their own jobs.

Okay? That’s my forecast for you. I hope it’s helpful. Let me know how your week went. Does this help? Does this, kinda, help keep you in the zone? Let me know.

Take care, peace out from Dix the Zen Goddess. Ommmmmm! Bye-bye.


This week’s forecast features the Gilded Tarot. Get a 1-on-1 with Dixie here.

 

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Ground and Center: Weekly Tarot, Aug. 15 -21

For many years, I’ve felt like my life worked out pretty well, overall. But never, ever on my timetable! It seemed the harder I wanted something–unless it hit the point of overwhelming desire–the less likely it was to show up for me.

Of course, we tend to notice that dynamic most on subjects where we’re not where we’d like to be. The ones we are? Kinda taken for granted.

But a funny thing about that. Sometimes, when I’d eventually just forget about it and give up? What I was wanting showed up. Once I was able to set aside the worry and fuss and thinking, thinking, thinking about all of it, sometimes it would work out in the background. The Universe appeared to be on it, as soon as I’d get out of the way.

This week? Leave the heavy lifting to the Universe so that life can just unfold as it will. Your job is to manage your own emotional state. Ground and center, yo.

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The first thing that jumps out about this week is the number of inverted cards. Typically, a spread with this many reversals is going to point to a sluggishly moving week. We’ve got a mix of Tarot suits, so no one elemental energy predominates. Most of the cards showing up are not super uncomfortable energies as far as that goes, but they will be partial, slowish, or otherwise less than forthright in their manifestation. That’s fine, though. The big thing is that you stay centered throughout, not tossing this way and that due to what’s going on circumstantially. Because if you can get your center no matter the situation? You’ve got it made!

Monday, Nine of Swords rx: Anxiety letting up a little today. Take any openings here and run with them by consciously soothing yourself and directing your thoughts from anxious spirals to more comforting territory. Sometimes we worry as if the act itself will somehow prevent disaster when it’s pretty much the opposite. When we vibrate disaster, it has an uncanny way of finding us.

Tuesday, Ten of Pentacles: Solid money day; great time to reconnect with your “heart family.” Feeling at home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html and making space to feel appreciation for what “home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html” means to you turns this lovely vibe up. Good food, also highly recommended!

Wednesday, Page of Wands rx: One step at at time still counts. In fact, it’s the surest way to keep moving ahead. Making peace with where you’re at is not the same thing as condemning yourself to an eternity right there. It’s actually the first step in moving ahead.

Thursday, Justice rx: Ground and center, ground and center, ground and center. It feels like a whirlwind outside. I’m seeing storms brewing outside the door of your little cabin. Get yourself inside! Separate from disruptive people, places and situations to the best of your ability–either literally or in terms of the attention you pay–and hunker down in your own happy place. Ground and center.

Friday, Strength rx: You may doubt your own abilities, but that doesn’t mean those doubts are accurate. Focus on thoughts that enhance your feeling of self-confidence.

Saturday, Nine of Cups rx: Don’t pick out the little thing that’s not exactly to your liking to give attention to. Select all the bigger things that are! You always have a choice in how you feel, executable by your selection on what you think about. Just keep reaching for the thoughts that give a little relief from where you are to step your way up the emotional ladder.

Sunday, Five of Cups: Okay, this card is sad. No getting around that–the Five of Cups is a card of loss. It’s not total loss (hence the remaining, standing cups), but it might feel like it in the moment. Keep up your self-care routines and continue edging your way up the emotional ladder by thinking thoughts that comfort you. It gets better.

Overview/Advice, King of Swords rx: Don’t overthink it this week. If it feels good to think about something, that’s reason enough to indulge yourself in those thoughts! If not, that’s reason enough to step back. Let your feelings guide you as much as you can.

Affirmation – Sensitivity, Archangel Haniel: “You are extra-sensitive to energies and emotions right now. Honor yourself and your feelings.”

No feelings are wrong. But some are certainly more pleasant than others! We can keep reaching for the feelings that feel better by consciously directing our thought processes  A lot of our pain and angst is totally unnecessary. Being sensitive? That’s a wonderful thing. It makes it easier for us to get connected and stay connected and get all those beautiful nudges and urges from our intuitive guidance system and nothing serves us better. But as our sensitivity may be turned up this week, it also means we must be extra mindful of caring for ourselves. Imbalances in energy are amplified under these conditions. So ground and center! And be kind to yourself.

Be well!

This week’s forecast features Legacy of the Divine Tarot and some Doreen Virtue Angel cards. If you dig it, you may like Dixie’s book, Everyday Tarot Archives. Or a personal consult.

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