01/06/14: Shooting Blanks / Reversed Ace of Wands

Ace of Wands ReversedI always see the Ace of Wands as a phallic symbol. I know it’s not much of a stretch, but it showed up once in a reading to answer a sex question and from then on, the die was cast. Hence, the Ace of Wands reversed always makes me think “flaccid.”

I’m sorry. I can’t help it!

The Ace of Wands inverted is the letter of law without the spirit. It’s bark without the bite. It’s insincere apologies, empty threats, going through the motions, and meaningless ritual.

The inverted Ace of Wands can incorporate ACTION but without the HEART. Anything you can say, “The heart’s not in it…” applies here. If you live like that too long, it sucks the life force right out of you.

My advice for you today is to recognize an inverted Ace of Wands. If it’s yours, do your damnedest to get that puppy upright. Living outwardly in tune with your spirit, your true heart’s desire, is both healing and powerful. Going through the motions due a sense of obligation is soul-numbing. I know which path I want!

Are you seeing evidence of this “shooting blanks” energy out and about?

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12/31/13: Simple Silliness / 6 of Cups

6 of CupsThe Six of Cups is such a sweet card—and a nice one to end 2013 on, don’t you think? Surround yourself with those you trust, and be trusting (at least insofar as you have done a good job of selecting companions).

It may not always feel like it, but you have what you need in the bigger picture. The part the motivational quotes usually leave out, however, is that “what you need” may just be a lesson of one kind or another. Eh?

You’ll fare best today acting in concert with an innocent, pure heart and keeping your approach none-too-complicated. Simply joys uplift now. If you’re just not feeling it, seek some childhood pleasures to fire up a sense of innocent fun.

Silly movies, ice cream with sprinkles, or even a little jumping on the bed could all qualify. Just don’t revert to “Dixie told me to!” if you break something—like your ankle. I’m not taking the heat for your clumsiness; my hands are full with my own.

Can you find time for some simple silliness?

p.s. Ready for the New Moon?

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12/30/13: Overblown / 9 of Swords Rx

reversed 9 of swords

“What’s the worst case scenario? What’s the best? You can bet your ass, it’s going to be somewhere in the middle.” –Dixie’s annoying anxiety advice

Don’t make those night terrors out to be legitimate threats. The reversed Nine of Swords says your fear is getting the best of you. Whatever worries we’re talking have reached the point of irrationality.

I most often see this card when someone is feeling guilty as well as anxious. The guilt factor tends to create isolation. Who wants to ‘fess up to stupid mistakes, poor choices, or otherwise acknowledge behavior that may feel shameful?

But talking it out usually does help. Almost invariably, fears I see with this card reversed are blown out of proportion or just flat-out unrealistic. Plus, you’d be surprised how much less harsh other people judge you than you judge yourself. (And if you don’t find that the case, may be time to look for some new friends!)

Do what you can to get fears off your chest. You’ll find yourself sleeping a lot better afterward, too.

Are you seeing this dynamic?

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12/29/13: Investing in the Future / 3 of Wands

3 of Wands Tarot of New Vision

Hazards of working on the floor, aka what’s Tarot without an interfering cat?

Captain Virgo refers to putting off chores until tomorrow as “screwing his future self.” It doesn’t stop him from doing it sometimes, but he’s aware of the choice he’s making in the moment.

That’s looking at the Three of Wands in terms of cause and effect. One thing leads to another, which leads to another. Sometimes it takes a minute for the ship to appear on the horizon. That ship holds the merchandise you’ve purchased–this is another “paid your dues” kind of card. But the ship is not going to arrive if you have not made the proper arrangements, huh?

I’d advise responsibility and taking a long-term view today. Think marathon training, not sprint running. Immediate gratification ain’t gonna cut it. What you do today with tomorrow in mind comprises an investment in the future.

You’ll be damn glad you invested, when that future shows up.

Do you tend to invest in the future?

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12/28/13: No Shortcuts / World

The World“But it such a happy card!”

I was very surprised when I discovered the World is associated with Saturn. The World is, in a nutshell, a story’s end, telling the tale of mastery, overcoming adversity and marking completion.

Even in this “behind-the-scenes” deck, you can pretty much make out the various representations in each of the corners. Depending on whom you’re consulting, this can represent the four fixed signs in astrology (human/Aquarius, lion/Leo, ox/Taurus and eagle/Scorpio), the four evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), or the four elements, with a distinct nod to the description of God’s throne thrown in (Revelations 4:7). Ha!

Any way you read the symbolism though, you’ve got completeness; a sense of utter, eternal completeness sums up the World. The World card being at the end of the Major Arcana isn’t by accident, after all. It marks the conclusion of the Fool’s journey, where the fool returns home to integrate all he learned along the way.

This card is a blessing, but with an asterisk: ALL gifts of the World—and some are mighty nice—are well-earned. The Wheel may shower random surprises upon the undeserving, but the World only rewards those who earn what they get.

This is more or less the feeling I’ve got about the year coming up. Between the video year-ahead forecast (eek!) and the Zodiac 2014 forecasts I’ve been doing for clients, I’m finding 2014 to largely demand a whole lot of work, albeit highly productive work. So I’m thinking this card is exactly what you can expect in 2015 IF you play 2014 right.

Might as well get started, so here is some “worldly advice” for today:

  • Study, work hard, and earn your pay.
  • Be a grown up; do what needs to be done.
  • Offer something in exchange for what you receive.
  • Apply yourself with the intention of getting things right.

This is a “no shortcuts” kind of day. It may be a little sober, but it’s definitely satisfying!

Can you see the need for the World’s energy around you?

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01/08/13: All is Always Well | Star


“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” Vaclav Havel

The Star is an Aquarian card, big and future-focused. With Aquarius, there is a coolness, a detachment even with the  highest ideals. The hope we ascribe to the Star is like this…a little shocking at times, naked and even raw in it’s scope.

The hope this maiden beholds is not promise, nor Pollyanna. It’s just a way of seeing, a special perspective that acknowledges the potential for better (and understands it doesn’t matter how “better” is dressed).

“It’s all for the best, because there is no other option.” By definition, whatever happens is a function of the energies in motion and therefore, all IS as it should be, because it can be no other way.

If it should be another way, it would be.

And that’s my quirky way of looking at the star. Aquarians would approve, I like to think.

What do you see in the Star?

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