01/03/14: Little Steps & Many Moons / Patience

Queen Pentacles“Patience” here is another word for this Queen of Pentacles. See the moon cycling above her head? She’s way preggers. But this takes time. Nobody is growing a baby or a garden overnight…

Here at the beginning of the New Year (and right after a New Moon in Capricorn), I’m thinking a lot of people have their intentions for the coming year in mind. I know I do! With this Queen’s appearance, I’d add the word “patience” to your action plan. Don’t expect overnight miracles. Understand the natural cycle of life, the ebb and flow of planting and growth.

So often, we focus on the end result and may feel inadequate, frustrated or otherwise let down because we haven’t achieved it already or it seems so far off. If we can learn to celebrate the cycle itself and plug into the joy of becoming with each intention, the entire process turns into a magical metamorphosis instead of a angst-filled “hurry up and wait” exercise.

The other thing I’m reminded of looking at this lovely queen: her maternal nature arrives well before the baby. It’s not the birth of the child that turns her into a mother like a switch being flipped. It’s the transformation she makes throughout the process that creates her status as mother. It’s not a “being” thing so much as it’s a “becoming through doing” thing.

The benefit is that she gets time to adjust. Her transition is smoother because she can attune to her changing status in the process.

Putting this into ideas you can use today:

  • Think of changes as process, not events. Celebrate the flow of becoming, realizing it’s no less valuable than the end result of being. It’s what makes the being part possible.
  • Notice and acknowledge small changes. Those small changes add up to create the big changes!
  • Little steps are enough. Little steps matter. The trick is, you just keep making them!
  • Expect big changes to take many moons. If you go in with that mindset, the small delays are not disruptive.

Every single major shift I’ve ever made has required this type of approach. At certain points, there is more dramatic progress that shows, but getting there is almost always a combination of little steps and many moons.

Do you see your intentions manifesting over “many moons”?

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09/26/13: Dinner Bell! / Queen of Pentacles

Queen of Pentacles Tarot IlluminatiThe Queen of Pentacles always makes me think of dinner.While she is a mother figure much like the Empress, she’s more of a day-to-day kind of Mom, not the archetype. And it’s important to remember she also reminds us to feed ourselves.

What are you eating (or what’s eating you)? Is your physical environment healthy and well suited to your needs? Pentacles are a suit of physical manifestation (associated with the Earth element), so often they refer to the concrete, literal and physical circumstances in our lives. Not always, but frequently.

Feed your body well. Feed your mind and spirit well too, of course. But if the body suffers lack, the mind and spirit will reflect that. Some of us get so caught up in the clouds, we forget about just having dinner. We worry over intangibles, fret over might-bes and could-happens, and in general vacate “the now” for regrets from the past or fears of the future. Neither is very helpful.

The Queen is here ringing the dinner bell, to bring you back to the physical, the here and now. Time to eat!

Is your environment “feeding” you well?


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07/21/13: Ignoring Momma / Queen of Pentacles Rx

rx-queen-of-pentaclesSo, if my kids had followed all my advice over the years, they would have skipped out on a LOT of pain. Right? I’m a parent. I know this. In my entirely un-humble opinion, they’d be hard-pressed to legitimately argue the point.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean would have been better off to always cash in on the stash of parenting gold. Assuming Hell freezing over didn’t throw us into a planetary Ice Age and kill us all, said children would have missed out on a LOT of irreplaceable learning experiences.

Because there’s hearing words, and there’s living life. Tarot Swords may be able to learn from words but here in the suit of Tarot Pentacles, it’s all about the living bit.

Funny to see the reversed Queen of Pentacles right after running up against the reversed King of Pentacles. Mom cannot fix this, either! Seriously. Don’t be looking for a back-door into somebody else’s business today; it will backfire! No handing out tickets to the Guilt Trip Express. No heavy sighs of martyrdom, no dropping hints. Indirect, duplicitous communication or hidden agendas all are highly ill-advised right now.

Say what you mean and mean what you say. It’s fine—beyond fine, even awesome!—to have someone’s best interests as heart. That’s what Mommas do, including Tarot Mommas. But I have to acknowledge, what I personally want and what’s “best for everybody” are not necessarily one and the same, even if it seems clear from an objective standpoint.

Knowing the ultimate life path of everybody is beyond us mere mortals. I know what I can see and feel, but I don’t know what the bigger picture or deeper lessons go. I can speak my piece (ONCE) but when it comes to somebody else’s life, how much is it really about me?

Take care of yourself first, still. (‘Cause I suspect some of y’all didn’t quite hear that yesterday.) It’s fine to make your case. Just do it honestly and with the compassion you naturally feel, no “ends justify the means” bullshit because that may come back to bite you in the ass.

And then? Get back to your own business!

Are you feeling the urge to meddle?

 
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07/11/13: Dinnertime! / Queen of Pentacles

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I think of the Queen of Pentacles as the ever-lovin’ Earth Mother archetype. While she’s not as fertile as the Empress, she is a more down-to-earth version of a Tarot Mama. She feeds everybody!

In other words, her support is very tangible and real-world. She’s the one who shows up in person to help move furniture or brings over food or makes phone calls. Her support can be measured not only in goodwill (although it’s impregnated with that), but in practical, everyday terms. I totally dig this lady!

Today happens to be my 24th wedding anniversary. I’ve been fed by this relationship a very, very long time. It’s one form this Queen’s energy has taken in my life.

The work I do here is another. My study time and spiritual practices are other forms. Dinner with family is yet another. She’s a multi-faceted and very busy lady!

What form does her energy take for you?

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02/23/13: Miracles of Love / Queen of Coins

This Queen of Coins features Lúthien, grieving for her love, Beren. After overcoming incredible odds and facing incredible dangers, the two lovers manage to unite…until Beren was killed…

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In the end, the Gods took pity on Lúthien’s suffering, and she was allowed to exchange her immortality to spend a human life with her true love.

Aside: the story was considered by Tolkien to be central to his world and reflected his relationship to his wife, Edith. On his grave, Tolkien is referred to as Beren and Edith as Lúthien. Now that’s one Hell of a romantic gesture, don’t you think?

Today, I’m seeing the message of the superhuman power of love. Speak, be, do, live and act directly from your heart. You never know when the Gods may be moved by your sincerity.

The Queen of Coins does live in the real world, but she may “rework” some of the rules, at least today, through the incredible transforming power of love.

Do you think love makes miracles?

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Quickie 1-Card Tarot Reading: Busy Erica’s New Job?

“Will I be getting a new job soon?” -Erica Is Busy

Thought it would be fun to do these on video, so here you go!

Short answer: you’re close. It’s likely the option you currently think is just out of your reach, by the way. I’m expecting action within three months, the full process within six. Hope this helps! (And hope I’m right. Ha!)

Much love.