10/31/13: Bag of Cookies / 9 of Cups

Nine of CupsOne of my earliest memories is walking around the living room as a small child with a baggie full of cookies my mother had given me. I might have been 4? I don’t know. I don’t know why I had a bag full of cookies. But I do remember clearly the feeling, sheer awe and joy at having ALL THOSE COOKIES. That bag of cookies was the coolest thing ever! I didn’t have to ask for permission or worry about running out if I ate them too fast. I had an endless supply of cookies at my disposal!

It was a good day.

This is the Nine of Cups, a card of fulfilled wishes and satisfaction! I guess if you’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, warm blanket, a gun with plenty of ammo, a radio, and a great view once the bunker-time is done could well be the picture of contentment, huh?

It makes me think—safety and satisfaction varies a lot from person to person, from situation to situation.

My comfort zone, my idea of ideal is going to be different from yours. What’s enough, or better than enough, is going to vary. It might be related to finances, or emotional support, or job security or health or creative outlets or spiritual progress. It doesn’t matter, though, what it is…only that you find and appreciate it.

Think today off all the ways you have exactly what you need. Catalog in your head what “enough and then some” translates to in your own life, and see if you don’t already have quite a lot of it. Even if you’re not quite there, I absolutely promise you that looking at the world this way will bring you a whole lot closer.

Appreciate your cookies. Count them up and savor each bite.

Are you finding “enough?” What about “and then some?”

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08/26/13: Planning to Achieve / Page Swords, Knight Pentacles, 9 Cups


Damn! One thing I love about working with the Transparent Tarot, it just reads like a story to me. Here is the Page of Swords, Knight of Pentacles and Nine of Cups, to give a lesson in achievement. So let’s cut through the bullshit and get to it, shall we?

Clarify your ideas and especially, eliminate the extraneous. Plans need to be in place, but the most critical element of planning is probably not what you include, but what you exclude.

Elimination allows focus on the details of what you truly want to accomplish. Scattered resources do not go far, but directed energy has it’s impact. From this very clear picture which fosters focused action, you achieve your wish.

Are you working a plan?

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08/18/13: Price of Success / Reversed Nine of Cups


“Be careful what you wish for, you may get it” is the phrase that comes to mind on seeing this reversed Nine of Cups (Water).

It’s the morning-after kind of feeling, when you just got your diploma, or said your vows, or moved into your new house. It’s the “What now?” Is it overwhelming?  Is it what you expected? Did it not solve what you thought it might? Did it change things you didn’t realize would change?

Sometimes getting exactly what you wanted does NOT leave you feeling exactly the way you wanted. While the Nine of Cups is considered a card of contentment and wish fulfillment and positive even inverted, I do look at the reversal as indicative of something unexpected  and potential bothersome coming along with the good.

Realize every milestone has costs as well as gifts and more importantly, it can initially be impossible to tell the difference. Maybe it’s just me being all Pollyanna, but I’m inclined to think even in the costs, lurks gifts. Notably, those nasty ol’ nemeses “personal growth” or “hard earned wisdom” often shows up. Damn them, anyway.


Can you relate to this feeling? Can you find gifts within the costs?

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Weekly Forecast 7/29: Make Some Lemonade, Trust Optional

How do you come out of a tough situation, better for it?

Short version: Going from heartbreak to trusting again is largely a choice. You can wrap yourself in your pain and snuggle in tight, or you can learn what you can from it and use the experience to grow…and to appreciate what you’ve got. Your call! (I think you know which one I’d recommend.)

And you recovering from a loss that impacted your trust?

07/17/13: Full Dose of Grateful / 9 Cups

My cup runneth over, as they say.


What have you been wishing for? Because the Nine of Cups says you’re getting it! And if you aren’t getting something new you want, has it occurred to you, maybe you already have your wish and just didn’t take the time to acknowledge it?

Gratitude. It’s always in fashion. And there’s no better way to amp up your vibrations than appreciating all you’ve got.

Do you have cause to be grateful?

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06/03/13: Roadmap for Manifesting /Queen Cups, Page Wands, 9 Cups

I realized it’s been a long time since I pulled out the Transparent Tarot and it’s a fun and interesting deck to work with, so come atcha, a slew of daily forecasts from this non-traditional work. A particular strength of this deck is the layering visually suggests complex interrelationships and ideas with very simple image.

Take this one, for example…


To begin creating what your heart desires, acknowledge and feel it deep within. Let yourself EXERIENCE it fully. The action needed to bring it to fruition will reverberate within you to generate a sense of childlike wonder and excitement. This is how you live your dreams.

Do you have use for such a roadmap?

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by Emily Carding

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