08/12/11: Little Choices Create Big Results | Ace of Pentacles, Star Rev.

When I first started working on my weight, I was more or less obsessed with how fast I would be able to dump the poundage. A a hundred pounds is a lot! And I hated dieting, considering chocolate one of the primary food groups and all, so I wanted it to MOVE. Encouraged by swift losses common in the first couple weeks of a new eating program, I began projecting how long this whole thing would take me, if I was able to maintain those initial rates of weight loss. I was going to diet my way to health so I could get back to eating the crap I loved.

Yeah. I know how stupid and unrealistic that is…now. Me and my spreadsheet eventually got a clue.  Sometimes life is like that. Those clues pop up when you are wholeheartedly trying to look the other way.

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Today’s Tarot is the Ace of Pentacles or Root of the Powers of Earth and the Star, reversed or Daughter of the Firmament, associated with Aquarius. Now, the Ace of Pentacles is a very physical, real world kind of energy—quite literally, birth energy. Be it a child, a job, a home or a life, something new is just getting started now. The Star, on the other hand, is a lot less hands-on and a lot more detached, someday-in-the-future kind of vibe, just like modern interpretation of Aquarius.

So what can we do with this mix? Focus on taking care of today’s business; don’t allow daydreams of “someday” to distract and scatter your energy. The future does come into focus over time (and here, it looks like a hopeful one!) but how that forward-looking future manifests is as a direct result of what you’re creating right now.

decisionI’m not saying your dreams won’t come to pass. They very well might! But don’t assume they’ll be in exactly the same outfit as you envision them now. I am at a reasonably healthy weight, although you won’t see me modeling bikinis, and I can never go back to a chocolate-based diet without consequences the way I’d (unreasonably) expected.

Except now, I don’t want that pretend future. I feel better and will undoubtedly live a longer, healthier life because of the changes I made. The better life I have now wasn’t a result of ticking off the minutes until I could start mainlining Hershey syrup—it comes from an understanding I gained while I was putting one foot in front of the other, most often doing what I knew best on a daily basis. It was a result of sensible, tangible decisions, each individually so small as to be insignificant. But taken as a whole, this series of decisions utterly changed my life. This is the kind of energy we’re talking about.

Make the best, most sound choices you can make today, using the best of what you’ve got to work with. Keep doing it just like that, and tomorrow will take care of itself.

Do you see the cumulative impact of little choices in your life? How big is it?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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08/10/11: Reversed Two of Wands | Whose choice is it?

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“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” –Lao Tzu

Today’s Tarot forecast is the reversed Two of Wands or Lord of Dominion, associated with Mars in Aries.  Whereas the traditional RWS shows a single man between two wands (worlds?), the Morgan-Greer (and the Transparent Tarot version we saw recently) indicate two people—with objectives pretty evenly matched judging by stance, although the wealthy fellow holding the globe probably has the upper hand here. Should he use it?

As Tarot Twos suggest duality, polarity or mixed feelings, I often find two appearing in the context of a choice to be made. Reversed, I’d expect it’s not a choice you can make alone or for another. While you can use your vision and to some extent, your power and position to advocate, you’re best off not trying to force your will. Mars in Aries has the potential to be a bit overbearing that way.

So maybe it’s time to tell ourselves, “It’s not my choice, my life or my problem.” Sure, other people’s lives impact us. We are social creatures who live and love and want good for those we care about. But sometimes, the “good” is respecting their right to live their own lives and learn their own lessons. Your right is  The control we want to exercise now is self-control.

Sure, you can make your case. Just know it’s not the only case to be made. If you strong-arm you preferred implementation, there’s liable to be blowback. Don’t be surprised. You’d likely have the same reaction, if someone were trying to force you onto a different route.

The inverted Two of Wands reminds me of what’s mine  I have the responsibility to live my own life the best I can, which implies leaving others to live theirs as well. My real choice is in whom and what I invite into my realm of experience.

Do you have a hard time letting others disagree?

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by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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08/10/11: Taking it on Faith | The Hanged Man

hanged-man-tarotDealing with ugly circumstances is often easier than waiting to find out what the circumstances really are. At least once you know the facts, you can take action, doing the best you can with what you’ve got to work with. When you’re waiting on the facts, though, your imagination reigns and there’s little you can do to actually impact the situation.

The wait is excruciating. Unless you want to take Tarot’s advice.

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Everyday Tarot, 07/11/11: Seeking Common Ground | 10 of Cups

ten-cups-daily-tarot-forecastToday is my wedding anniversary. Well, “ours” I guess. I should share it with my husband.  Har! We’ve been married twenty-two years. That’s a Hell of a long time! And you know what’s ragingly obvious after 22 years?

Our relationship, the sense of belonging, the trust we have in one another after all these years together…every single shred of connection we have is the manifestation of a choice we make on a daily basis.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Ten of Cups or Lord of Perfected Success, associated with Mars in Pisces. Nice to see this card upright! Even reversed, it’s not a bad vibe but upright, there’s a deep, abiding sense of peace surrounding home and family space.

I find it silly, how people refer to marriage anyway. “We’re getting married,” they’ll say. As if you set an appointment to browse and pick out a marriage to take home. I joke with my husband, that I picked him out from the “Slightly Used Husbands Store.” Scratch and dent, but I saw the shine underneath. Lots of good years left in that model!

A wedding is an event—but a marriage, not so much. It’s a deal, an agreement—I’m sorry if that sucks the romance out if it for ya. Call it a “Holy Contract” if you want. I don’t care. Thing is, it IS an agreement, that you’ll be on each other’s side; it’s one deal you make good on (or not), every single day.

That’s a family relationship, spouse or otherwise. Yes, blood is thick, but people can be thicker. There are moments when each of us gets a little crazy, falls short, caves in or screws up. Humanity leaks all over the best of intention, and leaving everyone embarrassed by unsightly stains. So then what?

CherryBlossomWhen it gets messy, loving, then you decide, how much import to grant lapses in the family space. What is most important to you? What feelings (Pisces) are worth fighting for (Mars)? What fights (Mars) can you transcend (Pisces)? This is where the divides are bridged. You can come together here, if you can agree upon where you want to meet.

With my husband and I…well, our execution isn’t perfect, even after many years together. We have a strong marriage, but not because either of us never screws up. We have a good bond because our intention to love and support one another always remains common ground, even on those days were we otherwise make a mess of it. The Ten of Cups keeps us from getting lost on the way by showing common ground. We find our way back to where we like the view.

Have you found common ground?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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Seeing What? Four of Cups, Inverted

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What do you really see?

Take home message from a reading:

There’s a difference between dreaming about the future, versus seeing only what you want to see. When you get very emotionally attached to one possibility, it can be incredibly disruptive if your scenario doesn’t work out.

The secret doesn’t lie in finding some mystical gift from outside that you can’t quite reach. It comes from letting your heart overflow with love and joy for what you DO value in your life, without needing to deceive yourself over what you don’t. That path will allow real joy, not as a function of fate handing over  your your prize, but as a function of faith you can create your own prize.

What do you see?

Magician says, “Head to the party!”

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Claim your power.

From a reading:

Look for ways to feel powerful. Don’t worry who will or won’t come along with you. Send your energy in the direction of what you want to feel. This will disrupt the current balance. Either others will come with you or, if there becomes too much disparity in the vibrations, will  detach for their own path.

You’ve been feeling a bit like you’re missing the party, waiting to resolve. Go to the party! The trick here is not figuring out how to get a companion to travel with you. It’s starting the trip, and keeping your eyes open to who sits down next to you, you know?

What does the Magician tell you?