09/16/11: Secret to Soaring

“If I have freedom in my love, And in my soul am free –
Angels alone that soar above, Enjoy such liberty.” –Richard Lovelace


Today’s Tarot forecast is the Playfulness (Page of Wands) and Trust (Knight of Cups). Playfulness and trust are a potent combination for creativity! Risk being misunderstood, considered silly, making mistakes or not controlling the outcome, and you allow yourself space and creative options.

If your actions are joyful, saturated and love and fun, you know you’re firmly in the flow. That’s your compass, so you can trust your path. This is what makes the leap of faith warranted. And that’s exactly how you soar.

Do you find these principles true?

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09/15/11: Six of Cups Innocence, Dreams versus Reality


“The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.” –Irving Howe

It’s interesting, watching children grow up, learning life lessons. It becomes an exercise in looking with fresh eyes, revisiting truths and re-evaluating assumptions, comparing the ideal with practical experience. It’s like studying a blank canvas, imagining where the colors go. It’s rare it turns out much like what you’d expect, before you start painting.

6_of_CupsToday’s Tarot forecast is the Six of Cups (or Water, from Osho Zen), also known as Lord of Pleasure, associated with the Sun in Scorpio. This card is often associated with nostalgia, trust, and childhood. There’s a strong sense of innocence about the Six of Cups. It comes from that time in our lives before we “knew better.” Whatever better is.

But innocence is not solely the domain of the inexperienced, nor is that sense of trust something we’d want to kill off entirely. The newness, the freshness, the idealism of a vision not jaded provides a powerful, creative force. It inspires us to try what we otherwise may not! Sometimes, not allowing our innocence to be spoiled gives us power to do what we’d otherwise be convinced was impossible.

In many ways, I see this kind of openness analogous to the Fool on his journey. Nothing but potential, he steps forward in a leap of faith, believing he’ll find what he needs. He does, although they are invariable not the needs he was aware of starting out. Nonetheless, his conviction he can do great things visits upon him the possibility he’ll do exactly that.

Blank-CanvasTrust can certainly be abused and hence, innocence lost. Most life expecierneces don’t quite match anticipation from the Six of Cups side of the equation. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthwhile. It’s a living thing, you know? The skill to tap into the flow and take it as it comes is how we grow, become and shine.

So long as the heart stays open, we can capture the essence of innocence; an open heart is the crux. We don’t have to let that part of our spirit die. Even if material forms don’t take the shape you’d predicted, it doesn’t mean it cannot become something of great beauty and value. Just like that finished painting may not have resembled the initial vision, it doesn’t mean it isn’t still art.

Are you seeing interplay between dreams and reality?

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09/05/11: Integrating Opposing Truths | Tarot Temperance


Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. –Malcolm Forbes

My husband is a political news junkie. He’s an absolute master of gathering and weighing information from multiple sources, regardless of the speaker’s premise or political orientation. Far left, far right, conspiracy theories and everything in between, he listens to the story to evaluate on merits.

This may not sound impressive, but I’ve actually found it shockingly rare. Double Virgo is excited by food for thought, and can hear substance even in beliefs diametrically opposed to his own. I am endlessly impressed by this skill and try to emulate it. It’s made me a more compassionate person.

Today’s Tarot forecast is Integration, aka Temperance or the Daughter of the Reconcilers, associated with Sagittarius. In this rendition from Osho Zen, we have the Yang/Fire/Masculine/Eagle/Sun side, and the Yin/Water/Feminine/Swan/Moon expression. But we’re not balancing polarities here—we’re integrating, where the two become one.

I seldom discuss subjects like politics with anybody but my husband now. I’ve got Mercury/Uranus; my thoughts (Mercury) will always be weird (Uranus). That’s not a self-criticism, by the way. I like my thoughts just fine! But I don’t trust most to hear them without trying to convert me or making various unflattering assumptions. It’s incredibly off-putting to be perceived as uninformed, misled, or otherwise lacking by reason of honest difference in perspective. So not surprisingly, I avoid it. I’m perceived as odd enough as it is.

Temperance reminds us that we don’t always move forward by “winning over” the opposing side. Just like the Yin has a bit of Yang at it’s center and vice versa, each polarity includes core elements of the other’s truth to stay in balance. Harmony is the result of respect for this diversity, allowing synthesis. Sagittarius would approve of broadening one’s horizons via exposure to the other. So today, I’m looking for the truth in other people’s truths, to incorporate what fits into my own. Even that which doesn’t fit can grant me a more complete understanding. I honor everyone’s right to select their own path, as I expect my own to be respected.

Can you see the worth in others’ truth?

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09/04/11: Courage to Bloom | Strength


“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” –e. e. cummings

I can’t see this particular card without thinking of my husband. Many years ago, I was fretting for my stepkids after we’d lost custody. I didn’t think they had a snowball’s chance in Hell of making out okay, doomed to growing up neck-deep in crazy. There was absolutely nothing I could do at that point and I was distraught.

“Some seeds fall on perfect soil and wither. Others fall on rocks and thrive. It’s all up to the flower.” That’s what my husband told me, and that thought gave me a lot of comfort over the years.

Tarot_8_StrengthToday’s Tarot forecast is “Courage” from the Osho Zen deck, better known as Strength or Daughter of the Flaming Sword, associated with Leo. We’re much more familiar with the Rider-Waite-Smith lion tamer, but this version captures the essence very concisely.

You know what? It does take courage to thrive, regardless of your environment. It takes courage to be true to yourself, your inner convictions, when others are not supportive or even antagonistic. But this kind of courage doesn’t come from outside support.

You know how many years I kept my woo-woo deep under wraps, for fear that family, friends, and the world at large would reject me if the knew? We’re talking some quarter century, give or take. Mercury-Saturn knows how to keep her mouth shut, man.

Now, I’m not saying everybody needs to be out of the closet with every important aspect of their lives. That’s an individual choice and I’d never dream of making it for someone else. But I AM saying that who you are, what you believe, the life you live, ALL of your existence—well, you need to embrace it fully and live it with integrity. Maybe you talk about it, or maybe you don’t. But the question is, are you living it?

It’s not always easy. Tarot Eights are hard work, sustained effort. But if you want to bloom, it is your choice. It’s not the odds that make or break you, or your environment, or the breaks or anything else. It’s your decisions, your determination, that allows you to gather strength from within. This kind of courage has staying power. If you follow your heart consistently, staying true to your inner convictions, you don’t need outside permission to grow into your potential.

Are you in bloom?

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Everyday Tarot, 06/08/11: Questionable Comparisons

daily-tarot-forcast-five-clouds“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” –Zen Proverb

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Five of Clouds from Osho Zen, better known as the Five of Swords or “Lord of Defeat.” Tarot fives herald conflict, although this version doesn’t suggest the explicit conflict we would expect from the RWS Five of Swords. This is more like conflicting perspectives.

When you a compare a tree to a bamboo, which is better? The tree can hold a lot more weight, but the bamboo can bend without breaking. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses. The superior of the two is the one best suited to your needs, you know?

Ask yourself if you’re making valid (and relevant) comparisons. Consider shifting your focus from what’s “better, best or right” in evaluating to what’s most needed, right now, what’s closest to where you want to go.

And if you’re not sure what’s better, wait. Truth outs itself in the end, and winning strategies become clear if you allow enough perspective to determine what tools are right for the job .

How are you, comparatively speaking?

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Everyday Tarot, 06/07/11: Breaking Free! 10 of Fire

daily-tarot-forecast-ten-wands-osho-zenYou’ll hear Tarot people talk about repeats. Best I can gather, this is an extremely widespread phenomena, and not surprising. Tarot points out truth, sometimes loud!

But I’ve also noticed some repeats are deck specific— whenever I pick up Osho Zen, odds have been 50/50 I’m going to see the card for Today’s Tarot forecast.

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