04/09/12: Two sides of the story | Two of Wands

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Today’s Tarot is the Two of Wands (Mars in Aries). As you might expect from such a Mars-y card, there’s probably has been something of a standoff. Tarot twos speak to polarities, after all.

This fellow obviously feels like he’s achieved his aim. But it’s instructive to note he’s flanked on each side by wands. There are TWO sides to this story and he’s not dismissed one or the other.

You conquer (Mars) via facing up…here, it’s to yourself (Aries). Acknowledge mixed blessings, ambiguity, mistakes, self-defeating behavior or what have you. By taking it all into account, you can incorporate the whole. You’re not missing the point. You’re using the yin and yang, the light and the dark, the part and the whole. It’s all there and by working both, you get further than looking exclusively at one or the other.

Make peace with your mixed feelings. Then, they don’t weaken you by dissipating your energy unconsciously. Keep it in front of you and stay with it so you don’t lose sight of what you’re integrating.

Do you have some mixed feelings to make peace with?

Cosmic Tarot Deck
by Norbert Losche

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12/04/11: Compassionate Power | Empress and Emperor

"Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment." Mohandas Gandhi

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Today’s Tarot is the Empress (Venus) and the Emperor (Aries, i.e. ruled by Mars) from the richly colored Rosetta Tarot – so it’s the perfect Tarot couple! Mom and Dad, both represented. Yin and yang, yielding and assertive, passive and active.

Most of us tend to fall toward one or other end of that continuum. What I’m seeing today is a call for balance. Each energy has it’s time and place. There’s an appropriate time to express compassion, acceptance, forgiving—touchy feeling feeling stuff. And there’s an appropriate time to express authority, control and boundaries. One would be ineffectual without the other.

It’s not hard for me to put myself into this paradigm—I’m the mama, all over! And it does, indeed, suit me. But today, I’m taking this as reminder to be tough, powerful and assertive as the situation calls for such. Let’s just say it’s an area where I’ve got room for improvement, shall we?

How well do you balance Yin and Yang?

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Everyday Tarot, 06/27/11: Short-Circuit Conflict / Five of Wands

five-wands-tarot-forecastUh oh. “There are no bad cards. Really. There are no bad cards. Seriously.” I remind myself. I mean, you’d think I was talking about The Tower or the Three of Swords or something. But no.

I hate conflict. So I wince when I see the Five of Wands. Last time I drew it for Everyday Tarot, I pulled two more cards so he would have less attention. (That’s legal.) Evidently, he still wants to be heard. Tarot is kind of insistent like that. And thank God! Who knows how much I’d miss, otherwise?! I can be oblivious.

Registered and duly addressed, oh Source. Thank you. “Conflict” is the topic today.

Today’s Tarot forecast is the Five of Wands or “Lord of Strife,” associated with Saturn in Leo. Tarot fives highlight conflict, although it’s useful to remember that not all conflict is negative. Some conflict is necessary and highly productive. Remember this, Dixie.

This version from Legacy of the Divine is especially interesting, because all the attackers shoot off as branches from the same tree. I sometimes get this version for internal conflicts, or situations where the parties fighting have the same goal, but radically different visions of how to get there.

I keep coming back to, “As within, so without.” It doesn’t matter where the perceived roots of the conflict lie. Internal and external mirror each other; that’s how energy works. Conflicts that suck emotional energy are all indications of attachments to some vision of reality—maybe how other people should behave or how the world should work or how you should be treated.

When I’m very upset with others, I know it’s because it triggers some nerve in me. If I’m livid over disloyalty, maybe it’s stimulating an old wound, or aggravating self-doubts, or causing me to question my own loyalties. Or whatever. If I’m hurting, there has to remain a predisposing vulnerability that allows pain in. The more upset, the bigger the pond we’re diving in.

That’s not to say I have to like everything, that everybody does. Good God, no! The question is, how much does it knock me off my game, take away my own sense of balance, disrupt my own energy flow?

One way to short-circuit is reaching under the surface and tugging at triggering roots. It takes some of the punch out, knowing why you’re feeling what you are, and gives options for shoring up. Those attacks don’t feel so personal anymore. The more responsibility (Saturn) I can take for managing my own show (Leo), the more powerful I am—and the fewer situations able to disrupt my peace, you know?

The Five of Wands reminds me that conflict is an inevitable and vital catalyst for change, but feeling conflicted is purely optional. Opt-out.

Do you see this connection, or something else at work?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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Everyday Tarot, 06/13/11: Secret Formula of Harmony / Temperance

temperance-new-visions-tarot-forecastAlways aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
Mohandas Gandhi

In the Synchronicity Department (also known as the Division of Dixie’s Clue-by-Four)…in the middle of writing this column, I’m having an email discussion centering on polarity. I did not bring it up. I was just sitting here writing about it instead.

“Okay, Tarot, I’m listening. Start talking!”

Today’s Tarot forecast is Temperance or “Daughter of the Reconcilers,” associated with Sagittarius. Numbered XIV of the Major Arcana, she becomes one of the Tarot fives reduced. She’s often pictured as blending fire and water.  One foot on the ground, one foot in the water

maj11sDuality is a prominent theme in Tarot, and this card speaks of it even more than an obvious example, like Justice. Justice compares, but Temperance combines. And fire and water, no less—our creative passions, our drives (fire) are melded with our hearts, our spiritual awareness (water). What a magically powerful combination!

Temperance highlights the need for restraint—sometimes in physical areas like eating or drinking, other times in thinking or emotional energy expenditure.

But hey—we’re talking Sagittarius, so think big!—it’s a lot of energy being channeled! You’re mixing spiritual with the physical. We have to mix the components in the right proportions. As flesh and blood beings, how we care for our bodies, the earth, other living things impact our vibrations and spiritual lives.  As spiritual beings, how we feed our minds and our hearts impact our subjective human experience. We are both part of the same whole.

If you primarily in one world, the other suffers for lack of attention. The secret is in making them all agree—feeding both physical and spiritual. Honoring your Sun and your Moon! Express both sides of the polarity by keeping your higher intention and everyday behavior consistent. The two mix to make the magic.

Now I just have to figure out why Tarot wanted me to say so.

Where do you see Temperance showing up?

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