Six of Pentacles & Help Manifesting

six-pentaclesFrom a reading:

Divvy out your attention according to what it is you WANT in the physical, not escaping what you don’t. Change does not come from dreaming about how everything will be perfect when you’re out of a situation you don’t want. It’s not event-based. Change comes from small actions taken on faith, a result of directing your energy where you want to go.

Work on your feelings daily to vibrationally align with the ones closest to what you want.  The trick here is feeling gratitude for the essence turns up the volume. All your activities related to where you want to go are best started charged with the kind of energy you want to connect to.

Do you see this principle operate in your life?

Is it okay to get a used Tarot deck?

Used Tarot Decks?Josi asked a terrific question in the comments: Are used Tarot decks okay? This is one of those topics people have differing opinions on, sometimes strong ones!

I only have one used Tarot deck–Morgan Greer–and that was from someone I knew (and was comfortable with already). So the vibe from the previous owner was not a problem. It’s worked great for me, just like any other deck. No problems at all.

That having been said, unless a deck is rare, out-of-print, or otherwise difficult to purchase new, I avoid used decks. It’s not that I don’t think they are “safe” or work properly. So long as a used deck doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable to the touch, or give off weird vibes, I would not be concerned. And even buying online, I’d just do a gut-check to see what kind of feelings I got when thinking of purchasing the deck to decide. If I felt good when thinking about it, it’s a go. If I felt queasy or anxious, it’s a no.

And for any deck, but especially used decks, I’d want to do cleansing and dedication rituals when it came into my life. Getting a new deck is an event! I like to mark it as such. We work closely together, you know.

It’s just my personal preference to get new decks. I’d prefer not to be the second wife in this case. Just me and the deck, bonding, you know? No potential baggage from past relationships.

But I think used decks could be a great choice–especially if the recycling appeals to your sensibilities as a way to care for the Earth and honor the deck. The choice of a used deck could be similar to adopting a rescue pet–another way to serve, you know? You would be giving the deck another chance to fulfill it’s higher purpose. In that light, it’s a great choice. It’s all in the hands of the reader.

What are your feelings on getting used Tarot decks?

Everyday Tarot, 05/16/11: King of Pentacles is my Safety Net

IMG_1234The King of Pentacles or “Prince of the Chariot of Earth” is associated with Fire in Earth. He’s a very fatherly sort, and likes to look after and provide for his kingdom.  He tends to their physical needs the way the King of Cups attends to emotional needs. He’s solid and steadfast and true. In a word, he’s grounding.

That’s why I like to have my husband with me, when I’m around my family. He’s my King of Pentacles. I’ve had a very hard time with my family and while it’s generally okay now, I’m not beyond getting triggered.  I feel more stable when I’m with him, and if something happens that might throw me off balance (as sometimes does), having him there makes it easier. I know he loves me, and will look out for me if I start to lose footing. He’s my safety net.

Do you have  King of Pentacles?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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Everyday Tarot, 05/15/11: Practice What You Preach / Inverted Seven of Swords

seven-swords-daily-tarot-forecast-morgan-greer“A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.” –Joseph Hall

Sometimes, operating under-the-radar or without explicit permission is an excellent idea. Other times, not so much. But regardless, it’s always advisable to live in such a way you could be proud if your choices became public knowledge.

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Everyday Tarot, 05/14/11: Traveling Light / Six of Swords

daily-tarot-forecast-six-of-swords-morgan-greerTransitions are just…hard. You know? Even necessary transitions, good transitions, moves to something bigger and better and more suited—still, they are just plain hard. I’m feeling this with the move to A Fool’s Journey from writing the Daily Tarot forecast at Elsa’s place now. Sadness is comingled with anticipation. It’s an odd mix, smacking of bittersweet.

Today’s Tarot is the Six of Swords or “Lord of Earned Success,” associated with Mercury in Aquarius. It’s another card people cringe at because of the sad tone, but just as with other challenging cards, it carries blessing in equal proportion to difficulty. Tarot swords can be challenging because so often, something is being cut out so there’s a sense of loss. But also like other Tarot swords, most often the detachment was the rational choice.

When you see the Six of Swords card, know your journey is already well underway. Detach (Aquarius) your thinking (Mercury) from the old way of life because you’re headed to new destinations. It’s perhaps some comfort to know this journey is not made alone, even though it may feel that way. Like all Tarot sixes, this is a cooperative effort even if it’s not immediately obvious, so you’ll have family, friends or some kind of guide along the way to support you. Acknowledge and appreciate the support you’ve got to get more of it.

work-in-progress(By the way—have I mentioned lately how much I appreciate you all following me here? Because I do.)

Despite the darkish mood, I always find the Six of Swords encouraging. By the time it shows up, the hardest part is behind you. You’ve made the changes, cut the ties, rectified the situations that needed altering. In short, you’ve done what needed to be done. What you’ve got left is no longer what you’ve expected for sure, but due the changes you’ve made, it’s what’s needed. I’d rather have what’s needed that what’s expected any day, even if it can be somewhat uncomfortable getting there.

How are your travels going?

The Book of Tarot: Illustrated with the Morgan-Greer Tarot
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Everyday Tarot, 05/05/11: How to Wrap the World Around Your Fingers

the-world-tarot-card-morgan-greerSo much of the time, it’s very easy to look at what’s wrong exclusively. We worry. We obsess. We feel our flaws and inadequacies, even the most minor crowding out acknowledgment of all we’ve accomplished.  If ninety-nine things go wonderfully and one does not, we tend to focus exclusively on the one.

That makes the one thing, a misstep or poor choice or single, unkind word that gets singled out much more powerful than it’s due. Tarot has a suggestion, don’t you know?

Today’s Tarot is the World card, number XXI of the Majors and associated with Saturn, although CJ makes a good argument for switching this card to Capricorn and the Devil to Saturn instead. For me, though, it’s a non-issue. Every Capricorn has access to both the Devil and the World’s energy, because it’s just two sides of what Saturn can do. Same energy, but expresses in how you live it. The promise of the World is what makes up for the fears and restriction of the Devil. If you’re doing it right,  you master those chains of restriction with purpose.

The World is the culmination of the Fool’s Journey, synonymous with that part of the Hero’s Journey where you come back home to integrate and teach the knowledge you’ve gained. It’s sign of success. The symbols representing the fixed signs occupy the four corners. The path here is rooted in stability. The XXI reduces to a three, suggesting mastery here will bear fruit. The World is always very encouraging to see, because it is a card of accomplishment. All is right, exactly as it should be.  Celebration is in order.

CelebrateSo what if you don’t feel like celebrating? It’s good to remember our lives are not absolute, black and white dichotomies of good and evil, right and wrong, up and down. If our choices were always clear, we’d have no trouble with them. Instead, we live everyday in this linear time; how much of it is spent reviewing the past—not for clues to live better in the now, but to apportion blame and recrimination, even if but on yourself?

The World here is giving us a nudge to focus on that positive energy we’ve built, if we want it to grow. The hard times? Successfully navigating them is exactly what gives us the gifts that make being here, now, possible. As my husband is fond of saying (and I’m fond of cussing), “Builds character.”

Now is time to take stock of the character you’ve built and see what it’s accomplished. It’s fine to expect a lot from yourself—that’s a good idea! But do remember to feel good about what those struggles earned you. Getting exactly what you deserve can be a good thing. I hope so!

Is there something you should be giving yourself credit for?

Morgan Greer Tarot Deck and Book Set
by Morgan Greer