02/19/12: Bad News, Good News? | Judgment

judgment-new-visions-tarotTime and again, I’ve seen “worst-case scenarios” play out to be tremendous blessings in ugly wrapping paper, long haul. The problem is seeing the upsides. Sometimes, it can take years.  Sometimes not. But either way, without full knowledge of individual life paths or what someone will do with their experiences, who’s to say what’s bad?

Today’s Tarot is Judgment reversed (Pluto) from the New Visions Tarot, which takes the RWS image as base but imagines it from the other side. I commonly see this card as heralding karma rebounds—judgment day is coming!—or admonition to take full responsibility for yourself, but no less or more. Inverted, I may see a suggestion to suspend judgment, expect a delay in judgment, or as indication responsibility hasn’t been fairly attributed.

What looks so bad right now in your scope of vision? Maybe so. But maybe not. Omnipotence notwithstanding, how is it for us to say?

You ever had bad news that you later realized was good news?

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

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12/03/11: Facing Up to Pain |Rev Knave of Wands/ Rev 5 of Chalices

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." Khalil Gibran

The unthinkable had happened, and I was stunned. Shocked, numb and overwhelmed. I started shaking and crying and knew, somehow, it had to all be a mistake. How could there be a God, when I’d prayed so long and hard, and more than that, KNEW I was right, that I wanted only good and had done my best to do my part? I didn’t accept it. It simply couldn’t’ stand. That was it. And to Hell with God! I was done praying and considering myself agnostic. I’d show God: I declared myself an atheist!

This was my Saturn return—losing custody—and although I’ve had other challenging experiences since, it stands out as one of those snapshots in time when I’ve been hit with more pain than I knew how to handle. I opted for the 2-for-1 combo package of rage and denial to get me through the worst of it. I’d be a liar if I said that whole gig didn’t last long. To give you an idea, I had a  grocery sack full of Christmas presents sitting in the back of the closet for FIVE YEARS.

Maybe you’re a quicker learner than me. I sure hope so.


Today’s Tarot is the inverted Page of Wands (Earth in Fire) and the inverted Five of Cups (Mars in Scorpio). Sometimes, it’s easy enough to immerse yourself in a frenzy of activity and distraction to avoid feeling the pain of losses. Don’t. I’m not saying don’t give yourself occasional breaks from despair. I’m saying don’t bury it under a huge to-do list. The longer you refuse to look, the more control it has taken unconsciously.

Sometimes, you’ve just got to cry your tears before you can take note of  the cups are still standing. Accept where your at and meet it with whatever faith you can muster there is a higher vision, even if you can’t see it. Otherwise, refusing to see is going to bury (Scorpio) that battle (Mars). That’s when pain begins to drive your life without you noticing, and that’s not where we want to be.

Instead, why not work through (Mars) the darkness (Scorpio)? If you voice your anger (Mars) and mourn what’s dead (Scorpio), you’re discharging the energy. Feeling it all is no fun I’ll grant you, but it’s a whole lot easier than keeping it under wraps. Then, life becomes much easier to build, with a clearer understanding, a solid foundation and all your faculties intact. You’ve got the energy to walk your own path, no longer need it for obscuring the hurt. It just becomes part of your larger understanding. And if you’re lucky, maybe you can use that insight someday to help others. I sure hope so.

How do you handle pain? Face, bury, or somewhere in between?

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

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10/25/11: Rocky Trip | Rev. Six of Swords


“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” –Carl Sandburg

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Six of Swords or Lord of Earned Success, associated with Mercury in Aquarius. Like all the Tarot sixes,it’s a cooperative effort represented. The demeanor of the woman, huddled up next to her son and sitting behind a stash of swords, suggests a very difficult journey. But is IS a journey—with the help of the rower, they are going to a better place.  And this is the crux of the Six of Swords’ message.

8_of_CupsThis card bears similarities to the Eight of Cups, but unlike the Eight, which is usually a conscious choice to emotionally detach, the losses implied in the Six of Swords may be from outer circumstance or due to unconscious choices.

The Eight of Cups is about leaving an old life. The Six of Swords is focused on approaching a new one. It’s more a trial by fire, enduring what you must in order to keep moving forward.

Inverted, you may be avoiding the necessary action to move forward, or perhaps the journey is nearing it’s end. Maybe it was easier than you anticipated. It could be, if you stay on task and don’t avoid your work.

The inverted Six of Sword reminds me that all difficult transitions end. As you let go of what is gone, you can move forward to what’s next.

How’s your trip?

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

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10/24/11: Holding Your Own | 4 of Pentacles, 2 of Wands

“You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside. ” –Wayne Dyer


Today’s Tarot is the Four of Pentacles (Sun in Taurus) and Two of Wands (Mars in Aries). You don’t have to cling to maintain now—you already ARE positioned powerfully, as a result of the risks you’ve undertaken and choices you’ve made. This is practical and applied power; you already have the world in your hands. Didn’t you notice?

Are you feeling your power?

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

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10/23/11: Forgive | Temperance, Judgment

“To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.” –Mason Cooley


Today’s Tarot is Temperance (Sagittarius) and Judgment (Pluto)–an interesting combo from the New Vision Tarot, with the back of the angels’ heads.

Show restraint in your assessments. We all fall short. It’s so much easier to see how others fall short than to pick out those flaws in ourselves. (Hint: Personal blind spots will drive you crazy in others.) You don’t need to answer for anybody else, so don’t act as if it were your job to deliver the final verdict. Just keep your own nose clean, and the rest? Comes out in the wash. Doing right yourself is enough to keep track of, don’t you think?

Make your own standards, and live by them. Discard what doesn’t mix, but let the universe deliver justice. It’s not yours to give—only to receive, same as everybody else.

Does it bother you, when others don’t live up to your standards?

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

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09/26/11: Getting What You Want? | Reversed Nine of Cups, The Star


“You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometime, you just may find, you get what you need…” –Rolling Stones lyrics

Today’s Tarot is the reversed Nine of Cups, and the Star. The essence of what you’re looking for is available to you, albeit not in the form you’d expected. That doesn’t mean all is lost, you screwed it up, or there is a crisis afoot.  It means you don’t have perfect knowledge and foresight. Join the (universal) club.

Sometimes, there’s a bigger reason that’s not immediately clear. Or sometimes, the flow just changes.  Either way, it’s life. This is on-the-job training every step of the way, man. Forget the form and focus on the essence. That’s all that really matters, anyway.

Are you getting what you need?

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

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