12/19/11: Dialing Back Emotion | Knight of Cups Rev, Hanged Man Rev

"Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning." –Louisa May Alcott


When I’m very upset, I feel driven to do something about it! Not that I always know what to do about it—I’ve got Pisces tied up with my Mars and it blurs frustrations and drive. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still buy myself some exquisite suffering in trying to fight off the urge to act through the confusion. Just coming to terms with the notion it’s beyond my control is a feat in and of itself. A worthy one, I’d hasten to add, but not especially satisfying to be honest.

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Knight of Cups (Air in Water) and the reversed Hanged Man (Neptune).  Another very watery Tarot forecast! When I get inverted cards, I know to look for blocks, frustrations, or unconscious expressions of the energy in play. In short, while there’s plenty of water (emotion) here, it’s not free-flowing!

Watch the emotional flux—it’s a bit over the top and it gets in your way, you know? Despite feeling driven to act, there is NO action that you can expect to be predictable effective. And the emotions that drive is based upon are likely to be completely moot within five minutes, anyway.

Work on acceptance. Pray. Meditate. Find unrelated, constructive outlets for any residual frenetic energy. The emotional tides pass but repercussions won’t necessarily, so be mindful of the fact before you go sloshing all over the place. Word to the wise…

Are you feeling extra emotional?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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12/11/11: Watery Waves | Knight of Cups


"The only real valuable thing is intuition." Albert Einstein

You can know something, and then, you can feel it. These are two entirely different phenomena. Until it makes full circle, hitting both your brain and your heart, you’re at disadvantage. When the two meet, however, you’ve reached a very powerful place.

Today’s Tarot is the Knight of Cups, associated with Air in Water. This version from Legacy of the Divine features Koi fish flanking the helmet, which have quite a lot of symbolism associated anyway—particularly regarding transformation. Seems fitting to me, as emotional states are central to just about any kind of transformation.

I often see this Knight when there is instability—back and forth feelings, tumultuous emotion. Knights tend to be a bit all-or-nothing, an exaggerated expression of the suits’ energy for me. To work with him, call upon the Air side, since the Water is probably already evident. Think it through. Which emotions make sense, and which don’t? Which are supported by reason, an accurate reflection of current reality? Which seem to be replays of old experience, old wounds?

The Knight of Cups points to strong emotion, in flux. Allow for it, and be kind to yourself for the duration. If you can keep the fear to a minimum, you’ll also be able to call upon your intuition—specifically, what makes you feel good when thinking about the topic at hand?—to guide. Ride it out and you’ll see your way to shore soon.

Are you feeling the Knight of Cups?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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11/18/11: Beyond Blips | Rev. Justice, Rev. Hanged Man, Rev. Knight of Cups

Different points in my life, I’ve had very different ideas on the concept “Everything works out in the end.” On the one hand, it is a bit trite as advice and not terribly comforting. If someone is saying that to you, it’s probably because you’re not convinced of it! Annoying, like a pat on the head and signal to shut up. And sometimes, it sure hasn’t felt that way, either in my own life or observations into other people’s lives. But from the perspective of taking what you get and doing the best you can with it, I can be on board with the concept.

Life is a huge canvas and we’re the painter of our own landscape here. I think we may come into this world with a few, broad strokes penciled in, but most of it is a fill-in as you go, powered by the palate you’ve got on hand and judicious use of free will. Maybe that ugly piece of the composition becomes the basis for something spectacular before we’re done. Or not, I don’t know. But it probably could, if you decided to make it so.

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Well heck. Whenever I see all the cards reversed in a reading, I think to myself, “There are some blocks here.” To me, it means the energy is not free-flowing. Doesn’t mean the essence isn’t there—I generally won’t get the card at all unless it is in the mix. But inverted, I know it’s not freely expressing.

So with Justice reversed (Libra), Hanged Man reversed (Neptune), and Knight of Cups reversed (Air in Water)…well, I’d say there’s a lack of balance here. Do things not seem fair, and you’re lacking faith they’ll work out okay? Because that’s looking to be a bit of an emotional disruption. I can go back to the idea that some of the most painful bits of my life gave me invaluable lessons. But that’s still pretty cold comfort when you’re faced with the living of them.

I’m inclined to say life isn’t right or wrong, but just IS. Some pieces are easy and some are hard, but it doesn’t automatically follow that the easier pieces are better and the harder ones are worse any more than sweets are necessarily better than vegetables. I do believe we have the free will, though, to steer and focus toward that which is both healthy and emotionally fulfilling. Oft times, we make our jobs so much harder than they need to be.

So the message today for me is to remain in balance by shoring up my faith that all IS well, just as it should be. Doing so successfully lessens emotional volatility that could attract confusion, pain and trouble that’s easily avoidable. Each life has ups and downs. How good a life it is doesn’t depend on the ratio of ups to downs by any stretch. It’s utterly dependent on how we LIVE the ups and downs we get. The power remains our own.

How well do you manage to stay balanced amidst stressors?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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10/11/11: Next Act Coming! | Knight of Cups, Devil, The Star

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Today’s Tarot forecast is the Knight of Cups, The Devil, and The Star from Shadowscapes. Beautiful images, although I don’t have them photographed as clearly here as I might. But no matter…the point is the message, not the illustration.

Those emotional ups and downs, back and forth, the sense of being chained and trapped and stuck right now? Temporary. (Also, the emotional fluxes contribute more to the sense of being trapped than actual circumstances do. That can be moderated by perspective.)

But the point–you’re setting the stage for the next act. You’re positioning yourself and those you’re helping to come out strong. So don’t bemoan the drag. It DOES have a point and it’s a point you want to reach for. Do what you can to lighten your load and push through the rest.

You feeling the drag?

Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

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10/04/11: Credit Where it’s Due | Rev. Lovers, Rev. Knight of Cups

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” –Albert Einstein


Today’s Tarot forecast is the Lovers inverted (Gemini) and the Knight of Cups inverted (Air in Water). In every endeavor, pressure points pop up, snags and delays along the way, times when we are just not “in love” with the progress. Where we’re at may not reflect the passion that started us moving. Okay. So it isn’t going as quickly or smoothly or flawlessly as we’d envisioned. Maybe we have a crisis of confidence, arising from the emotional turmoil of uncertainty. Well, stop it!

mlm-setback-and-tips1Everybody questions themselves at times. It is a smart thing to do—how could we learn along the way, grow and refine our approach without self-examination? But please don’t mistake lack of perfection for lack of progress. That are entirely different questions. ALL progress counts, every little bit!

And if you’re not making progress…well, that fact provides you some useful info, too.

The problems, annoyances, and hitches along the way are more than annoying delays. They are lessons, tailor made for your aims! Knowing what’s not working helps you clarify what does work. Seeing where you’ve stumbled helps you adjust your gait to avoid the rocks. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, right here, right now. That’s not how you climb a mountain, anyway. You first face the mountain, and then, keep walking. And if you trip, dust yourself off. If you’re tired, take a rest. But don’t stop walking. That’s the whole secret to getting to the top. Don’t stop walking.

How do you handle setbacks?

Tarot: The Complete Kit
by Dennis Fairchild

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09/21/11: Rest Stop on the Road | Rev Knight of Cups, Rev Six of Cups, Rev Page of Pentacles


Today’s Tarot forecast has got some blocks going on, and how! We got Knight of Cups reversed, Six of Cups reversed, and Page of Pentacles reversed. Ow!  If I’m doing a large spread and have more than 70% of the cards inverted, I’ll often make a mental note of the blocks and then turn the cards upright to interpret. It just allows for a smoother flow that way. But for now, I figure there’s a reason they’re reversed, and we need to find it.

Emotional starts and stops are an issue—mood swing much? A sense of satisfaction hovers elusively, feeling just out of grasp. It’s tiring, the continual reaching and struggling with an “almost but not quite” sensation. Things used to be so much easier…we just “knew” all the right things would come to us at the right time. “How” was not relevant then. But trust wears thin, beaten down like grass on a heavily traveled path. Eventually, the new blades quit shooting up and we’re left feeling lost and drained.

The void is there. Dreams we used to have no longer fit.  And they haven’t yet been completely replaced with newer, shinier dreams. The inverted Page of Pentacles tells us we’ve lost focus on our goals. Goals? What’s that? Many of us live day-to-day, just trying to make sure the car is running and the laundry done. And that’s okay. But meeting basic survival needs only takes you so far, in terms of feeling like your soul is being fed, you know? The joy, the passion and the sense of purpose is where the emotional fulfillment happens.

Before anything new can come to us, we have to first survive the void. It’s fundamental to transformation, allow that space. Letting go of the old, the broken, even the immensely unsatisfying bits in our lives is still painful. There’s comfort in familiarity, and a strong drive to follow well-worn paths, even if we find the scenery lacking. But allowing the void is absolutely unavoidable (Haha!) if you want new energy in your life. It cannot manifest freely any other way.

Become quiet, let that emotional space be empty, and see what it occurs to invite in. This isn’t a “clear a hole in your schedule and watch it fill up with minutia” kind of void. It’s openness to find what gives you a sense of really living, fully and in joy. Ask for this, open yourself to it, and allow yourself the opportunity to find your bearings again. It’s sad to feel without, but the ultimate outcome from allowing the growth is worth the discomfort of the re-orienting period.

Are you feeling this?

Tarot of the New Vision (English/Spanish)
by Lo Scarabeo

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