Wheel Reversed: Mind Your Own Business

“I don’t know,” I said to a friend. “So many people are focused on what’s right with the world and what’s wrong with the world, as if it’s  it’s their personal responsibility to give a giant thumbs up or thumbs down on the rest of humanity.” I gesture, for added effect.

“I barely know what’s going on in MY head, let alone what’s going on everyone else’s heads. I am just not very interested in deciding what’s right and wrong for everybody else.”

I mean, if you like that sort of thing, I’m not going to try to talk you out of it. But for me? I’m a lot happier just staying in my own lane. That’s enough.

And staying in one’s own lane would be a very workable strategy for the coming week.

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This weak features the Wheel of Fortune Rx for the outlook and advice form the Page of Pentacles from Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot.

Maybe it looks like things aren’t going your way…or what you’d consider the “right way.” Don’t sweat it. The wheel spins too and fro and the time and even the folks that think they know what’s “good” and what’s “awful” cannot see the full picture. That takes perspective and knowledge of time and space people just don’t have.

So rather than worry over all these big questions, advice for the week is focus on the moment, the day-to-day details of what you’re doing now, on putting one foot in front of the other. Focus on taking care of physical needs and practical concerns and always, just doing the best you can with what you have to work with. This is a narrow field of vision here.

Appearances don’t matter. Long term projections are irrelevant. This week, be in the now and do the best you can with what you’ve got to work with. That’s your only job.

If you ask me? That’s enough.

Are you managing to stay in your own lane?

If you want some help navigating your lane, though, give me a holler for a private consult.

 

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Seven of Pentacles: Tending Your Personal Garden

The world is virtually popping with unsolicited advice–and loud advisors. Have you noticed?

Whether you consider it outright criticism or desire to lend a helping hand, it’s all more or less the same thing. People line up to tell the rest of the world how they “must” think, act and feel about anything and everything.

I always want to ask, “How’s that working out for you?” But I don’t. I’d rather fly below that particular radar myself.

I realize much of this comes from a natural desire to help. I’ve offered unsolicited advice for the same reason. Other times, people preach in an attempt to shore up their own sense of stability surrounding a particular topic. Or sometimes, people are fighting what they perceive as ignorance or misinformation.

The common denominator isn’t the justification list for telling you what to do. Truth be told, the list of “musts” has very little if anything to do with you, but a whole lot to do with who gets to make decisions for you, who gets to define your own reality.

Gotta own what’s yours in order to steer your own life. Absolutely! And the flip side of that is letting other people own their own reality.  Just know, when you are hit with incoming criticism or a how-to-live lecture, it’s not about you. By (my) definition, it cannot be. But the response, or the decision to fire your own reality right back at ’em?

That is all about you. I expect these issues to be relevant the coming week.

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For this week’s outlook, we have the Seven of Pentacles, with the inverted Page of Pentacles coming in as advice from the mini Radiant Rider-Waite deck. (Aside: if you’re looking for a travel deck, this one is a lovely choice: petite and manageable, in its own little tin.)

I’ve been seeing a lot of this seven lately–sometimes cards are just loud, you know? In the context of a weekly forecast, he’s suggesting plenty a-popping underneath the surface. Seeds planted long ago are in process of bearing fruit. So whatever is going on around you either personally or in the wider world, don’t assume it’s something brand new. It’s not. It’s been growing roots for some time now.

However, there’s also no point in assuming you can extrapolate “the ultimate truth” from what you see, either. The page of Pentacles is a master of detail but reversed? He may be getting the message entirely backward. You cannot divine another’s full motivations. Things may work out very differently than intended. Mixed, incomplete or confusing messages are all possible with this page being reversed. What’s more? The Page of Pentacles is not tentative. He may be quite sure of his messages, accurate or not.

I would encourage everyone to step back to avoid huge, sweeping (and irrevocable) declarations in the coming week. Let the harvest be complete here, okay? Stay in your own lane and assume the best of everyone because whether or not they are able to deliver on it, almost everyone does mean well.  It’s been my experience that people who are being unkind in some sort of pain. The worse the behavior, the worse the pain. I may not choose to involve myself with their issues, but that doesn’t mean I must denounce them, either.

Take note of what you perceive this week, sure. When is that a bad idea? But do so in pencil and don’t toss anything important in the mail yet, okay? Sometimes words are hard to take back so save yourself the need by keeping your own counsel right now. This is a lot easier to do if you keep your nose out of anybody else’s life. Stand back and wish them well and let the Universe sort it out.

Do you have a tough time keeping your mouth shut?

If you want some help sorting your thoughts, though, give me a holler for a private session.

 

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Page of Pentacles Rx: Clear Signals

“You are your own authority.” That’s been swimming in my head and coming out of my mouth lately. It doesn’t mean you aren’t interested in learning more or interacting with others. It just means you trust yourself.

  • You trust yourself to attract the information you need, as you need it.
  • You trust yourself to be able to FEEL your way through.
  • You trust yourself to make sound decisions.
  • You trust yourself to do your best.
  • You trust yourself to receive what you’ve asked for.

When we try to tune ourselves to the will or beliefs of others, we always end up confused and frustrated. It’s an ever-morphing target, even if you choose a single individual to please.  When we manage our own tuner–step and up claim our rightful role being in charge of ourselves–life becomes easier and feels better. You don’t have to find outside reassurances. You can look to get your own clear signal.

Of course, the flip side of that is true as well. You have to stay the hell out of everybody else’s realm of authority. But hey. It’s a whole lot easier to love and appreciate them all if you don’t consider yourself responsible for managing their lives, either.  You can love them without trying to fix them. ♥

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Page of Pentacles Rx, Queen of Swords

Cell phone camera + old lady eyes = crapshoot photography, folks. My apologies.

Here, we’ve got the Princess of Pentacles reversed (aka the Page of Pentacles) along with the Queen of Swords from the Star Tarot deck.

Next week’s outlook–the reversed Page–speaks of misconstructed messages and partially understood facts. There’s a hint of information but it’s incomplete and potentially out of context.

All will come into clearer, more actionable focus when you apply the Queen of Swords’ energy to utilize her superpower: cool, clear logic.

One of my strongest Queen of Swords keywords is “discrimination.” Be discriminating about the information you ponder upon as it definitely colors your perceptions! Don’t be in a hurry to act. Let clarity guide your movements over outside stimulus. Let the facts flesh themselves out and make decisions based on what makes the best, most logical sense to YOU. The Queen may listen to counsel but she doesn’t require consensus. She just requires a clear signal.

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Armchair Astrology: Venus Rx

User note: That title means I’m not a real astrologer and I don’t play one on the internet.

I’m feeling this Venus Retrograde (October 5 to November 7) fairly loud at the moment.  Think topics surrounding love and money you may well neigh have believed long dead resurrected. Personal zombies, just in time for Halloween. Are you excited yet?

This is what my psychic soundtrack is playing. Coincidence? Har!

I do find Venus retrogrades a very good time to review where your money has been going and make sure the flow matches what you most value.

And that’s kind of what we’ve been talking about the whole time, isn’t it? Focusing your attention in ways consistent with what you most value and letting the rest of the world do the same. Your job is getting your signal clear.

How you doing on tuning that signal?

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Starling Advice: Tarot Forecast, Jan 9 -15

Our office window birdfeeder has attracted a string of different birds, and I watch them come and go. Lots of finches, because hey, finches run in packs. The cardinals come, often both Mr. and Mrs. And just like old, married couples, they start to look alike after a while. The big blue jays that grab the big nuts and glide off. Warblers galore and beautiful bird songs off and on all day.

The Starlings have really been speaking to me, standing out. But then again, they were kind of born to stand out, no? With the iridescent sheen and the little dots like stars in the night sky, how could you miss them?

Starlings are known for being gregarious birds–and for their imitations. They imitate not only many other birds, but also mimic environmental sounds and have local dialects. They are studied for insight into the development of language.

And while they are fairly aggressive birds, they also know how to work in in a group. The grace of their flock dances defy description.

This is a week to be as the Starlings would suggest–be your beautiful, iridescent self, always. Of course. Don’t shy back and hide, but stay flexible in your communication. Keep your action in keeping with what you want to be about, you know? Going with the flow, (gracefully) is highly recommended.

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Lots of Pentacles coming up, with a smattering of swords. So we’ve got our primary focus on results, concrete, physical, flesh and blood manifestations. Not so much emotional focus or mental focus.Outcomes are emphasized over conceptual issues. So let’s dive in!

Monday, Nine of Pentacles rx:  Don’t nitpick. Upright, this card shows a very refined, clean approach. Reversed, something is not quite there yet, missing a little something. But relax into it and understand it’s a process, just like you’re a work in progress. It’s fine, wherever you’re at in it. Enjoy and appreciate what IS working right and don’t make a big deal about what is still coming into refinement.

Tuesday, Page of Pentacles: You will begin to get some clarity on the types of issues bothering you yesterday. The message will be recieved. Look for it and work with it.

Wednesday, The Empress: Great day for creative pursuits. The Empress is the Tarot mama. Great day also for self care (and isn’t creativity a form of self care)? Great day to make something, bake something, nurture someone else or yourself. A warm, fuzzy day. So enjoy it.

Thursday, Ace of Wands rx: May be a delay getting started on something you wanna get rolling. That’s okay! Don’t stress, just let it be. It will come together in time. Let it go and keep on doing what you’re doing.

Friday, Five of Pentacles rx: Possibility for overreaction. I’m seeing a kid crying themselves silly after dropping an ice cream cone. Overreaction to small losses due a limited perspective. However you feel is fine. I’m not saying to feel bad over how you feel. Just don’t amp up unhappy thoughts by playing them on autoloop. If you’re feeling like something is a really, really big deal today, fair enough. It matters because it’s important to you. But do what you can to soothe yourself and understand with a little perspective, you will see it differently.

Saturday, Three of Swords rx: Adjusting to something you want that feels missing. Reversed, it’s an opportunity for healing if you’ll allow it. It’s a choice, what feelings you ramp up vs. what you let go. It’s within your capacity and any rawness there is actually on the mend.

Sunday, Four of Pentacles rx: A little anxiety going down. It’s not necessarily based in reality. I’m seeing this as internal. Very much what’s going on in the head, not in the world. You may be anxious or there may be a rawness in the world at large. So look to soothe the anxiety without trying to take action to “correct” the situation.

Overview/Advice, Nine of Swords rx: Anxiety or guilt may be players, with some having difficulty sleeping this week. Let go as much as you can because the Self-Blame Express ain’t doing anything useful for anybody. If you do the “what if, what if, what if” disaster scenarios, stop! You’re amping up unrest. Try to catch yourself quickly before it picks up steam and is harder to redirect. And your week will feel so much nicer, even if the objective circumstances are exactly the same. Pretty neat trick, don’t you think?

Affirmation: When I reverse the thought, I reverse the condition. Sorry if you’re not a Law of Attraction person. But the idea is, there is nothing in life that cannot be changed. You use your emotions as your guide. For example, if you have chronic pain–it’s hard to ignore, in your face. You don’t have a choice as to where you are with that in the moment it’s happening, other than how you think about it.

You can have that pain and feel angry, scared, or frustrated. You can also have it and feel hopeful, believing it will get better, or intentionally distracted by other things. The pain may be the exact same physical manifestation, but the experience of it is much different. You may be in a place you don’t want to be. You can either suffer a great deal by dumping unhappiness on top of it, or you can reach for the best feeling, most optimistic thought you have access to. If you reach for better-feeling, what you live is the best you have access to in the moment. How justified any feelings are doesn’t matter pragmatically. If I’m choosing between justified anger or unjustified happiness? No contest.

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Grab onto the best-feeling thoughts you have access to and ride them up. Over time it will raise your vibration and improve your experience without regard to outside conditions.You see how there is freedom in being able to always pull yourself back to center? Just keep bringing yourself back, bringing yourself back, again and again and you’ll find your life shifting in ways you really like.

Stay in the flow and you’ll fare well, even if it takes you a minute to realize.

Do you get advice from the birds?

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Mood Management: Tarot Forecast, Jan 2 – 8, 2017

Sometimes when I’m out and about, people will come up to me to comment on my hair.

Some are complimentary, or they tell me I’m brave. That amuses me a little.

Because I’m not scared of hair color. I’m not scared of looking funny for a little while if something goes weird. But most of all (and what they are usually talking about), I’m not scared of other people disapproving of me.

Happens all the time.

Really, I like when that happens. As we live as true to ourselves as possible, others will disapprove. Which is quite convenient, if you ask me. The ones that don’t vibe with me get pre-sorted out, no fuss. They can be with their people and I, with mine.

Reactions are personal to the reactor, not the recipient. Reactions are never really about what that person is seeing so much as they are about how an individual interprets what they see. There is always a filter of belief coloring reaction.

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We get to pick, what beliefs to hold. We get to filter the color of our own reactions. That’s a useful little trick, right there.

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My sense of the coming week is like subjectivity on steroids. It’s feeling watery as Hell. Whether one likes the sensation or not all that much, it behoves us all to wide whatever waves we’ve got as best we can, no? Plus we can get some fun out of the deal.

Monday, Ace of Cups. There is a bit of a feeling of a fresh start. Reflective mood. Where have I been? Where am I going? Time to consider where you’re at emotionally. Contemplation will come naturally.

Tuesday, Strength rx: Just a little bit of impatience. All those fresh starts of the New Year may just not be as instant as you’d prefer. To deal, focus on one thing, one area of attention, and in that area, take one concrete, tangible act. If you intend to keep a nicer space, don’t feel overwhelmed. Pick up one small area, and fix THAT. The feelings of being overwhelmed and impatient can be sidestepped by allowing yourself more breathing space. It will help.

Wednesday, Nine of Swords upright: Pegging this as worry. Suspicion or paranoia possible. Trust is a bit elusive. If anything is not clear to you today, let it sit and clarify. It will clarify and your perceptions may be murky. No need to jump right on top of ambiguous stimuli. A lot of unrest is internal, so let the fog clear before drawing conclusions.

Thursday, The Magician: The garden grows according to what you plant. The finished building runs according to the foundation you lay. What you have now is an outcropping of what you laid down initially. Realize where you are is according to how you lay down the foundation. Not from a judgey/self-critical space. From a standing-in-your-personal power space. Focus and prioritize feeling good to reclaim your power.

Friday, Page of Pentacles Rx: Easy to drop a detail. Easy to miss a little something or other. Doublecheck and take your time. Go back over plans and give ’em a second readthrough. Be flexible. I’m seeing lateness, little annoyances. Be prepared for minor slowdowns, one thing at a time, easy on the multitasking, things will go smoother. Potential for miscommunication, someone “not getting the message” so be aware.

Saturday, Two of Pentacles rx: Something could easily fall through the cracks. I’m seeing someone oversleeping their alarm, missing a plane, etc. Have backup plans in place, and give yourself space to pick up any dropped stitches because there will be some. Then you’ll be sitting pretty.

Sunday, Four of Pentacles: Some ups and downs throughout the week, but a lot of them are just perceptual. This some rest and ease in stability. Some rest. You can exhale today.

Overview/Advice, Ten of Cups: Have as much fun as you can during the week. Don’t judge on terms of outside conditions. Judge in terms of how you feel, and prioritize your feelings. Many times in the choice between looking for a thought that feels good vs. accurate assessments, we choose accurate because we don’t want to feel foolish. But I’d argue to always assume the best. Even if you know it’s not all warm and fuzzy, it’s okay to remember it has nothing to do with you. Put lots of emphasis on being as happy as you can and it will make motion forward much easier.

Affirmation: I can deliberately reach for joyous thoughts. You don’t have control over many outside conditions. There are lots of things any of us look at and will think, this can be better. We all have the choice, how involved we want to be in other people’s heads, or do we want to just reach for joyous thoughts? Every disaster thus far has worked out. Look at what you feel better thinking.

The quality of the experience is about mood managements. You may not initially think it’s within your control but it is.

How are you with mood management?

This week’s forecast features the Housewives Tarot. The 2017 Zodiac Look-Ahead Special is still on, so if you wanna, get your order in!

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Be A Zen Cat: Tarot Forecast, Dec 26 – Jan 1

I nickname my neighbors. The ones I don’t know by name, I make up functional names for them. We’ve had Donut Girl and Mr. Weirdo and Captain Redneck.

Zen Boy is one of my favorites among the crop of current neighborhood kids. I’ve probably told you about him before.

He’s the one who was gathering acorns one day–singing odes of appreciation to the acorns as he dropped them in his bucket. He’d admire each as he was picking it up, singing a stream-of-consciousness serenade about how the acorn was, “so nice and round and broooooowwwwwn.” He wasn’t worrying about the other two kids picking up acorns, who was getting the most or the best or whether or not they approved of his singing. He wasn’t even noting the lady drinking coffee on her porch nearby, grinning all over to herself over the acorn serenade.

How freakin’ in-the-moment is that?

I’ve seen him again and again, and his countenance and energy tone is always the same. He’s right there, in the moment and not bothered by what other people are acting out.

Angry Man is another neighbor–one I haven’t enjoyed as much as Zen boy. His energy is always stormy, and he’s usually visibly (or audibly) displeased with whatever is before him at the moment. Also? He NEVER gets to leave anywhere on time and is sick and tired of all the Goddamn fighting in that house!

I was more than a little taken aback one day when I heard him fussing at Zen Boy…Angry Man must be his dad!

Whaaaaa?!? I would not have seen that coming.

And throughout the whole exchange, this kid did not waver an iota from his Zen. His energy was clear as a bell. There wasn’t even a blip of waver. He was listening to his Dad’s rant, yes, and responding to the conversation, absolutely. And  I could feel him the whole time, just KNOWING the drama was unnecessary, knowing it wasn’t about him. Not judging or bothering about the fact there was drama. Just not getting it on him. He stayed right smack on his center the whole time.

And suddenly, I had a whole new appreciation for Angry Man.

Because maybe it takes an Angry Man to help call forth a Zen Boy. You know? I’ve always said,  people get exactly the right parents, and here it was, in living color before me.

Maybe there is a place for allowing and appreciating in every bit of humanity.

And this week? Your ride is all about what you CHOOSE to appreciate.

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With a rainstorm, some people seem flowers on the way and others see mud. I’m choosing the flowers, thank you very much. And this coming week is a lot like that. You can holler about the rain, or you can get excited about the flowers. You can get mad at the people who are dripping drama to and fro (and join them), or you can wish them well while you go about staying true to your own center.

I think we all know where this is going. Har! So let’s get to the forecast bit.

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Monday, The Lovers: Cue harps and angels and all that jazz. Expect a harmonious day, so enjoy it! Do understand, though,  it’s harmonious with what YOU are putting out. that if you get out of bed cranky and walk around cranky, you’ll meet a lot of cranky. If you don’t like what you’re getting, take a look in the mirror!

Tuesday, Hermit rx: Connect with others, don’t isolate. Don’t let anxiety get the better of you. Speak out if something is on your mind, don’t wall up emotionally. Won’t help. Talking to others can help dissipate misunderstandings or confusion. A lot may need that sort of assistance today.

Wednesday, Judgement: Take a step back and assess, assess, assess. Without laying blame, by the way. Assess projects, creative work, whatever is on your mind, just assess. It will be easy to tease out what comes from where, what adjustments to make so long as the process is about finding info, not laying blame. So whatever you’re not happy with becomes a fact-finding mission and with this approach, you’ll feel movement.

Thursday, Page of Pentacles: Day for detail work. Seeing stacks and stacks of papers, checklists, bookmarks, etc. Methodical, by-the-numbers work goes well. Doublecheck plans, and plow through the little things and it will add up quickly. News may arrive, as Pages often announce the news. Nothing to do about it, just be aware messages may come.

Friday, Five of Pentacles rx: A possibility of some pity parties going down. Not so hard to counteract. The pity parties are not about circumstances, they are about how you feel about those circumstances. What touches your heart may bother you more than it bothers the individuals in the middle of it, as our expectations are different. This is all subjective. What you feel is your own, but remember, perspective is everything! If you catch yourself feeling a little sorry for yourself, try to catch it before it gains a lot of steam, and counterbalance it with something you appreciate to change it up quick!

Saturday, The Fool Rx: The phrase comes to mind, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” This day has the potential for blurting and impulsive behavior. You can wait until the end of a conversation or when you feel you are in control before speaking. Never act from a place where you feel anxious or upset. Whatever behavior undertaken from that vibration is not going to turn out the way you want. So get stable and grounded, plug in, and wait until it doesn’t feel like such an emotional emergency before moving.

Sunday, Temperance rx: In keeping with the general vibe for the whole week, there is info to be integrated and stuff to figure out. But it’s not something to work on consciously. You just have to NOT be Chicken Little to settle your life down. Be calm and chill. Give yourself the empty space, the non-effort (which takes effort for some, but it’s practice). That will make the difference.

Overview/Advice, Knight of Pentacles: Map it out and take your time. One step, one step, one step at a time.

Affirmation: Romance. In the context of the coming week, understand the harmony of what you put out is what you get back. Very highlighted throughout the week. You will get what resonates with the energy you vibrate. Doesn’t mean what you like, while it might be. But you cannot get much outside your belief system. You have to believe it before you can get it, you know? The Romance here is a reminder that you get what you put out. Not to be guilt trippy. Just look to shift the energy around anything that doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t matter where frustrations come from. Just look to feel better, PERIOD. That’s it. This shifts your energy and what you’re feeling syncs with what you’ve been thinking. Just look to shift your feelings a little bit better, a little bit better. “Romance” what you like in your life and appreciate it. Just like a smitten, new couple, who intensely focus on each other, drinking everything in from the connection? They’re specifically looking for the good stuff, hopeful it will work out, wanting to see the best

Approach your life like that! Romance yourself. Romance your life. Look for good things everywhere you can and your life will improve.

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This forecast features the Tarot Nova Mini and Angel Answers divination deck. Pretty!

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One Zen Cat (aka Thor the Warrior Kitten)

Are you Zen?

This week’s forecast features the Tarot Nova mini deck and Angel Answer cards.

p.s. I’m still running the 2017 Year-Ahead Zodiac Special…for now.

Good feedback on the audio files–people are telling me it feels very “real time” and brings a sense of immediacy to the reading experience. Any orders now won’t be undertaken until after Christmas, just FYI. I’ve got presents to wrap and turkey to cook, man.

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