2 of Pentacles: One Step at a Time

I’m trying to unclog a kitchen sink as I write this. Jury is still out on whether there will be a plumber in my future or not. We’ll see!

Maybe this will sound dumb to you. But it’s true: the way I’ve felt about this situation is like a less-intense version of this week’s forecast.

Next Week in Tarot

Here we have (a slight blurry) Two of Pentacles (aka Rainbows/Moment to Moment) for the outlook and Nine of Swords (Clouds/Sorrow) for advice from the Osho Zen Tarot deck.

The outlook isn’t hard to read. Lots going on this week, so just don’t let it overwhelm you. Take it step by step, moment by moment and stay in the present to manage it all.

But for advice, sorrow? It’s an Osho deck, so I looked to see what Osho has to say here.

The arrow is hurting: it can be used. The pain is not to make you miserable, the pain is to make you more aware! And when you are aware, misery disappears. -Osho

So yeah, if you are feeling some woe, okay. Don’t try to pretend you feel better than you feel. But don’t see it as something gone horribly wrong, okay? See it as an indication, nay, an opportunity, to transform here. You can feel better. You can adjust your outlook and adjust your choices and find ways to feel better. Honestly, feeling upset with yourself is often a much bigger deal than the actual situation was anyway.

Letting your feelings run their course and then deciding to get back on track to a better-feeling place is the way you get beyond sorrow.

When something goes wrong with the house, I sometimes get anxious or overreact. I am bothered because I feel helpless to fix it, much like this sink. In reality, I have plenty of resources at my disposal and there are multiple paths to a solution.  I already know this for something as trivial as a clogged sink, but the same principle applies to everything. The Universe has resources at the ready all the time. We don’t have to come up with the answers. We just have to manage our emotions well enough we can be inspired to some.

So hang in the moment as much as possible. If all is not sunshine and roses? Okay, I get it. Life isn’t always. Just feel what you feel without adding angst about how you feel to the mix. Take time out and try not to get it all over everybody else if you can.

And then, when you can? Let go a little. Relax a little. Know you’ll figure it out as you go. In truth, that’s the only way we figure anything out: as we go.

Are you figuring it out as you go?

p.s. I am getting requests for the 2019 Zodiac Look-Ahead readings, so they are a go! I do a spread that covers just about every area of your life to see what next year will bring. If you’d like one, shoot a $50 payment via Paypal and note if you have any special topics you want to make sure I cover. I’ll put you on the list!

Share Button

Nine of Swords: Easy Does It…

Quick aside: For those of you that noticed I didn’t post last week, sorry (and thank you for missing me)! I was very wrapped up in a work project and simply didn’t manage. Thanks for looking for me, though!

♥ I appreciate you. ♥


“Living what you don’t want makes your heart call out louder for what you do what.” I said that to a worried mom earlier today, and it’s true. It’s just a way to remember that no matter what is going on, something is coming of it and that “something” is ultimately able to work in your favor.

Now, I’m all about looking at the bright side. Enough that I am sure I annoy the holy heck out of people. Sometimes, I get tired of listening to myself. Har!

But the fact is, sometimes you don’t like what happens in your world or the bigger world. Sometimes, it’s hard to see an upside. Sometimes, you are going to feel hurt or upset or disturbed. Because that’s part of life.

Storms happen.

When you’ve got a storm underway, I’m not going to tell you to pretend to like it. I am going to say it’s best if you can avoid obsessing, though. Obsession and focus just makes those clouds bigger and blacker and scarier and doesn’t do a damn thing to help you ground and stay clear enough to navigate well.

Self-care is your best friend. Staying as connected as YOU can, easing your own path, is your primary responsibility. That doesn’t make you uncaring about what you see as going wrong. It makes you well-prepared to deal with whatever comes your way from a place of clarity and connection. Your work in that regard can serve an an umbrella against the storm.

Coming Week In Tarot

This week for the outlook, we have the Nine of Swords (Sorrow) and for advice, the Five of Swords Reversed (Compassion) from the Osho Zen Tarot. Ouch! This rendition is an especially interesting one. I always imagine this man sitting alone in a corner of his room at night, chastising himself for what he might have done differently. I think a lot of us do that on occasion. I also don’t see it ever being especially helpful.

Expect the coming week may include general worries, possibly guilt or a sense of isolation creeping in at times. This is a melancholy energy and I expect it to be floating around out in the wild. Incidentally, it may not be your personal energetic state–and if it’s not, please don’t adopt it! You have nothing to offer anyone else if you sink right down to the same vibration they are wrestling with, you know? It’s a good idea to learn to stay stable within your own energy no matter what’s going on elsewhere.

But if it is yours, that’s okay, too. You can manage well enough. We all have those fluxes and learning to soothe ourselves and shift is a valuable skill.

Don’t look to others for solutions or reassurance. Don’t battle out with the rest of the population over what’s the best or most right or take any polls about how you should live your life (looking at you, Libra)!

Instead, remind yourself you are doing the best you can, and that your best is always enough. Pull back from any issues of contention and just shoot for comfort. Self-care is always a viable and frankly, wise choice.

Be kind to yourself. Don’t worry about what anyone else things or does or is. It’s their job to decide what’s right for them and how they feel about things. It’s your job to do the same for you.

Take an easy, gentle approach to the week and look for opportunities for levity and it will go better for you.

Be well, friends! And if you want to talk one-on-one, hit me up.

Share Button

Knight of Cups: Let Yourself Soar

“You can’t have it all…” he starts.

“Of course you can!” I interrupted, not concerning myself in the least with being obnoxious. I was visiting with friends.

“Maybe not all at once,” I continued. “Sometimes it takes a minute. And once you have it, you’ll obviously find a new ‘all’ to want. But there’s no reason not to have exactly what you want.”

I spoke with such conviction, he didn’t seem to know what to make of it. I could tell he liked the idea, but appeared unsure if the notion was revolutionary or delusional.

I get that reaction a lot. 

I’ve found myself saying similar things lately to a number of people. You don’t have to choose. You don’t have to compromise. You can have what you want. You can have it all. And I feel people wanting to believe me, when I say such things. Their gut does believe me, even when the brain argues.

That gut knows what the brain cannot fathom.

The reason why so many people don’t have what they want has nothing to do with the potential. It has everything to do with approach. Massaging and manipulating conditions to get what you want is very hard work, usually with a very limited payoff. You can make progress sometimes, but it’s both slow and exhausting. It’s easy to lose ground; there are too many moving parts. You question and second-guess and get discouraged and doubt yourself, trying to tilt the world. The world’s answer is “try harder” and that’s not a very satisfying answer.

A whole lot of your energetic budget is expended in a back-and-forth struggle. We’re so good at identifying all the physical reality, we tend to dismiss the energy. The energy always flows first, before the real world catches up to it in form of manifested circumstances. If you want life to be easier, work with the energy instead of the physical manifestation. It’s a lot easier to move!

In fact, energy work is the ultimate shortcut. Let go of the “how” and focus on the “why.” Evoke the feelings of what you want and start riding that vibe. Look for the elements of what you’re after in your present tense life. If you want love, seek opportunities to feel love. If you want abundance, look around for that which is abundant in your life, even if it’s in a different form. The idea here is to amp up the vibration of what you want.

Line up the energy first and hold it steady as you can. Then the outer, physical world must acquiesce to your dominant vibration. Give yourself permission to test this idea, even without seeing the logic of it. Look for your inner harmony and let the rest of the world fill in around that, because it will.

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the Universe. -Marcus Aurelius #quotes Click To Tweet

Next Week in Tarot

Here we have “Understanding” (aka the Knight of Cups) from Osho Zen Tarot, paired with Phlox–Unanimity and Harmony–from Botanical Inspirations. The bird shown here is getting ready for flight, as the bars are dissolving. He’s realizing that cage was an illusion and he’s preparing to join the other birds in flight. The suit of Water or Cups is representative of emotional flow. This isn’t a change in circumstances we’re talking, but a change in feelings.

This is a week to tell yourself “it’s possible” without bothering about the details. It’s a week to set your intention to see what can be. Take a light-hearted approach and consider making a game of it. Show yourself with little things that the energy work is effective and those bigger things will also start to fall in line.

External factors (and other people) are not relevant here. That sorts itself if you stay out of the way. Just line up your own vibe with what you want to see and let the Universe sort the details for you.

Are you feeling it?

If you want a little help figuring it all out, give me a holler for a private consult and I’ll do my best to help you get your energy lined up.

Share Button

Five of Cups: Now, now, now!

Healing has been on my mind lately, no doubt because I’ve been Facebook ad-targeted for a support group for healers. It would be great targeting if I self-defined as a (tired/ drained/ overwhelmed) healer. I don’t.

I mean, sure, I’ve studied Reiki. I’m attuned. I’ve said prayers and lit candles and flipped cards and sought answers and done all the things that people who traditionally define as healers do. I just don’t see it as a process of rooting out dysfunction from the past and being the mender.

Not intending to criticize how anyone else conceptualizes the process. If excavating the past is what someone wants to do in their time working with me, that’s what we’ll do. I respect each individual’s right to determine what it is they want to look at. That’s your job to decide, not mine.

Nevertheless, I feel the most direct route to improvements come with bringing attention back around to the now and reclaiming personal power within that now. And that’s what we’re looking at for the coming week.

Next Week in Tarot

With all the retrograde astrological activity, there has been plenty of looking backward lately. Time to switch gears…

We have the Five of Cups (or Five of Water) from Osho Zen, along with a big, fat “No” from the Angel Answers cards. *

The short version here is let it go.

The longer version? Don’t try to recreate the past. Likewise, you don’t need to escape it, heal it, change it or understand it. None of this is necessary.

Instead, make peace with the past. Accept whatever your past brought you–good, bad, or indifferent–as an inherent part of the process that helped make your version of now. That’s the real function and gift from the past, always. Every experience goes into the mix of your feelings, beliefs, and preferences NOW.

Your point of power is always NOW. And now, and now, and now. #OnMyRadar Click To Tweet

Now is your only point of power. You create and attract and live from smack dab in the middle of your now. There’s no reason to carry hurt or pain forward. Let it go, man. Accept that all is as it should be and you’ll be on your way to feeling greater power, right now.

Armchair Astrology

On the energetic weather of late, here’s a quick update on the retrograde season because there’s been plenty of it!

When a planet is moving backward or retrograde (as envisioned from our perspective on Earth), issues related to that planet’s energy seem to be stalled out, slowed down and otherwise refuse to move forward. Like anytime the energy is not flowing how you’d prefer, you can fight it or flow with it. I’d advise the latter.

  • Mercury went direct August 19! Can I get a “Hallelujah?” Communication issues, electronics weirdness, and travel delays should iron out shortly, with any remaining dust cleaned up by September 2nd, when the planet is effectively out of the rx zone.
  • More good news: Mars is going direct August 27th. Woot! So that trudging through mud feeling, the frustration, passive-aggressive general vibe, and the difficulty making direct progress on any sort of project will ease at the same time.
  • Saturn has been retrograde since mid-April. Saturn will head direct September 6th. Long-term goals and management of responsibilities, especially related to work and parenting (if you are one of those) should start moving forward again.
  • Venus will be going retrograde October 5th – November 16th. This is a great time to review budgets, beauty routines, and decorating choices. If it’s associated with love or money, Venus rx is a good time to take a second look. You’ll see things you don’t ordinarily and make new realizations from looking at existing info.

Ready to move forward again? Let’s get clear with a private consult.


*Regarding the Angel Answers deck: Doreen Virtue is one of the deck’s authors. I bought it for the artwork, which I find stunning. Doreen has had a very public and highly vocal change of heart regarding her spiritual beliefs; she now denounces all divination and Tarot work, including her own past work. I obviously don’t share that perspective. Fortunately, I don’t require Doreen’s blessing to use the decks I like. I’m only interested in my own now. And right now, I think this is a beautiful deck, so I might still use it sometimes…

Share Button

Choosing My Part: Ten of Wands & Seven of Pentacles

May you live in interesting times. –Unknown

If your wish is to live in “interesting times,” that wish has been amply granted in my book! But “interesting” isn’t necessarily bad. Or good.

I’m sure some would argue that point. And that’s beyond okay. It’s great! Because those arguing are playing the role they’ve chosen. And I get to play the role I’ve chosen. It’s all as it should be.

I’ve been making it a practice for a good, long while now to aim for a less “conditional” life. Meaning, I want to carry my Zen around with me, inside my heart, imprinted upon my soul. I choose to create the calm, centered space within instead of letting it be granted or denied based on what I see when I look out into the world.

Can you see how that’s the only path to freedom, right there?

Of course I have preferences. Sometimes, what I see is upsetting. But there is SO MUCH out there! The world is full of both what I would choose and what I would not. The “would not” list is more likely to make the nightly news but it doesn’t mean it’s more prevalent, statistically speaking. Bad news is not “more true.” It’s just better publicized.

So choosing where I point my attention isn’t denying truth. It’s choosing the truth I want to participate in, via attention. It’s  energetically amplifying what I value. It’s loving what I find lovely instead of hating what I find hateful. There’s certainly room to approach it in others ways, but I know this feels better to me. I have control over ME and my contribution to the collective energy pool. I get to decide what I’m chipping in, here and now. And I want to chip in love.

A long time ago, I decided to make one of my central aims in life to bear no ill will. I may waver here and there, but by and large, I do pretty well in this regard and I’m happy with that. It feels right.  I’m infinitely more comfortable wishing well to anyone and everyone–without taking it upon myself to define what “well” means for that matter–than trying to sort out who deserves my good intentions. I don’t know how anyone got to the place they are at, and I don’t know what will move them forward to another place. I don’t need to know. It’s not my job to know!

It’s my job to be me, the best I can. And you know what? It’s a pretty nice way to live, right there.

I know that evolution happens in the face of friction and upset. I know that beliefs frame perceptions and once beliefs stretch, there is no going back. This is how the Universe expands, you know? So no matter what is going down, all of it is contributing on more levels than we could possibly grasp. All goes to clarify and refine intentions of the collective. So while there are things in this world today I would not choose, I don’t worry about it. I don’t see anything as wrong. It’s change, in progress. The chaos will serve a purpose.

Quantum leaps are born from chaos. Bless it all. #OnMyRadar Click To Tweet

This Week in Tarot

I was less than enthusiastic about seeing “Suppression”–the Osho Zen version of the Ten of Wands. I mean, can you say, “Depressing?” So I drew another card for guidance and on cue, Patience, aka the Seven of Pentacles followed up with some reassurance and ever-applicable advice.

I see the overwhelming burden so many are feeling now, looking around at many events they have no control over. There’s a sense of being unable to move, taking on the weight of so much. It’s heavy and depressing and also? Voluntary. It may not seem voluntary, but it is. These problems become your problems courtesy how you frame it in your head.

Patience speaks to the natural cycle of growth. In the strife now, in the midst of conflict, seeds of tomorrow are planted.

This week, I’m going to continue to let go that which is not mine. I’m going to frame all that I see as part of the natural cycle of life, understanding that no event is a discrete one-and-done, isolated from everything else. It’s all part of the grand dance of life and there’s beauty there, whether I can articulate it or not. I’m going to wish well upon the whole of humanity and I’m going to love as completely as I’m capable of loving. I’m going to decide to see the good and I’m going to find it.  Maybe some of you will join me.

♥ Peace out.


This week’s Tarot features the Osho Zen Deck. You can book a personal consult if you’ve a mind to. Just give Dix a holler. And be well out there!

Share Button

Nine of Cups: Finding Value in Everything

I read an interview with Stephen Colbert, some time ago. And there was a part that really stuck with me.

He ended up as a comedian because of a tragedy. And he says of that, “You’ve got to learn to love the bomb.” The bomb is whatever blew your life up.

You can be grateful for what a bomb gave you, without having wanted it to happen. Those are two different things. They can and do coexist.

It’s Eclipse season, folks. Which you already know, if you’ve not been too “eclisped out” to notice. Big, bold shifts of energy everywhere you look.

And I’m thinking of BIG changes, big shifts. All those big shifts we ride through the years. Some of them are bombs, without question.

How they never turn out to be what you think they are going to be, at the time. How some of the most challenging turn out to define you, help you hone in on who you really want to be, at a depth you’d never found, nor would have been driven to find, outside the experience that spurred it.

And you can’t go back. Not that you’d want to. Not really. But it doesn’t matter, because there is no “back.”

There is only forward. And it’s your choice, what you do with that.

The Nine of Cups is often called “the wish card” and often read as a wish granted (including by me). But today, I want to call it “contentment” instead. And contentment isn’t contingent on any outside condition.

You don’t have to get your wish, to be content. In fact, it has nothing to do with what you have at all, and everything to do with how you’re thinking about it.

Contentment is a perspective, not an outcome. #OnMyRadar Click To Tweet

So many times, people try to refill their spirit from the outside. Who loves me? Who agrees with me? Who reassures me? Who validates me?

When the conditions of my life better, I’ll be better! When I find someone who will give me what I want, I’ll be happy.

Those kinds of refills are only temporary at best, because the hole is constantly recreated by the doubts that spawned the questions. Of course it feels good when other people shine their love on you! And it feels good when you shine your love on them. But the only way for that love to flow freely is if you are shining on yourself, first.

Stay centered, my friends. Don’t worry about what others think of you, because it’s impossible for that to be about you anyway. And how you feel about it is always and only a translation of how you feel about you. All roads lead home/dixiblog/domains/afoolsjourney.com/public_html, always. Always, always, always. There is no other way it can be.

Whatever bombs you have, do your best to appreciate them. Tap into the best of everything it gave you, through your appreciation and loving energy. And in doing so, you get access to the power of it.

Contentment isn’t a destination. It’s a perspective, and it’s accessed entirely by choice. Choosing what you focus on in any given experience, what vein you tap. It’s all there but you can mine what you choose from it.

Be well.

This week’s forecast features Osho Zen deck and man, is it pretty! Holler at me if you wanna go for a one-on-one session.

Share Button

Get your Email On.

"Woo-Woo Wonderful" straight to your inbox! ♥
    Your privacy is respected. Unsub anytime.
×