06/03/12: The Parents You Got | King of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles, Ace of Wands

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I always think of the King and Queen of Pentacles as the “lesser” Tarot parents. If the Emperor and Empress are the ultimate Tarot Mom and Dad, perhaps the idealized parents we see as children (or wish we did!), the King and Queen of Pentacles are the parents you actually got. Pentacles are  what physically manifests, real life flesh and blood.

And that Ace of Wands there, in between the two of them? That’s what they built together. It’s the gestalt of their union, what they created as a unit neither would have made alone. It’s the alchemy between them, their composite, that sets the stage for the family.

I’m feeling this lunar eclipse like gangbusters. It’s showing up as Mommy issues, Daddy issues with some baby issues in between. The air is saturated in who loves whom, who supports whom, and  who acknowledges whom. Are the parents good enough? Are the children? What did that family unit create?

Your parents probably impact your sense of identity more than any other people alive, for good or ill, and it’s not always a clear cut call, which it is. Hardship and struggle can give positive gifts as well as unwelcome ones. It’s all in what you do with it. Clarity about who you are and what you want in your life is your job to take, using whatever you have to work with as tools. If you’ve got lemons, you know what to do with ’em. No point in just standing around with a sour look on your face when you can open up a stand and make a buck or two off of it.

Are you seeing this, too?

The Transparent Tarot
by Emily Carding

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05/11/12: Eat better, Mom! | Queen of Pentacles

queen-of-pentacles-meaningI had been giving more attention to taking care of myself for a while, especially how I’ve been eating. A busy period, a couple holidays tossed mixed with less attention, and I realized I’ve been sliding. (Okay, the SCALE noticed it first. But that’s not the point.)

Upright, the Queen of Pentacles (Water in Earth) is a very maternal, nurturing figure, with a solid basis in practical, pragmatic, real-world care. Reversed, she may be failing to keep up with her own or others’ needs, losing track of details, or simply not devoting sufficient energy to concrete, physical nurturing of herself and her kingdom.

What practical concerns are being overlooked, what tangible support (for self or others) is not fully addressed? This is one of the questions the reversed Queen of Pentacles asks.

For me…I’m hearing the call to pay more attention to my physical needs, for healthy food, for rest, for physical activity. Small but important details that can make a big impact demand attention. That’s the reversed Queen’s missive I am heeding.

What about you? Do you have a Queen of Pentacles imbalance in your life?

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by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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11/14/11: Take Your Own Advice, Dixie! | Queen of Disks

queen-of-disksAh, Tarot. There you go, talking back to me again.

Today’s Tarot is the Queen of Pentacles (Disks), associated with Water in Earth. I draw this lady with some regularity, as she is a pretty good fit for my personality! I think of her as a lesser version of the Empress, since she does have the Earth mother vibe about her, and since the suit of Pentacles generally refers to physical manifestations—fertility of a sort, you know?

When you see court cards, you can expect it refer to one of three things:

  • An individual, who matches the card’s qualities
  • Aspects of your personality consistent with the card
  • Energy matching the court card

Regardless of which scenario the court card refers to in a reading, however, you can always use the last rule, looking for that energy, since it will be true regardless. But any way you look at it, we’ve got some caretaking going on here.

For me, this queen affirms I should take my oft-given advice: take care of yourself! If you spend your time caring for others’ needs, family, friends, clients, or even strangers and never save any healing time for yourself, you’ll suffer. If you fuss over feeding others well but give yourself a steady diet of junk, you’ll suffer (and they will too, by proxy). Part of your work is self-maintenance, friends. So today’s Tarot nudge is thus: take care of yourself! Schedule it if needed, but regardless, don’t skip it.

Are you due for some self-care?

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10/15/11: Time Out | Rev. Queen of Coins, Four of Cups

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” –John Muir

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Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Queen of Pentacles (Water in Earth) and the Four of Cups (Moon in Cancer).  Take some time away from all the people you care for, all the work you do. You don’t have to do it all, by yourself, all the time. Take a break for dreaming. Mark it on your calendar, if need be!

It’s also a good idea to acknowledge what you have currently as well as what’s on offer, on every level. It’s easy enough to take for granted people and situations that sustain us, always seeking the missing pieces without acknowledging what’s already there. Withdraw, meditate, and be still for a minute or two now. All is stable (the promise of Tarot Fours), so it’s the perfect time to take a time out. Back off a bit, take time out to let the full picture sink in, and you’ll be prepared to make the most of what you’ve got coming.

You have a time-out coming?

Legacy of the Divine Tarot
by Ciro Marchetti

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10/10/11: Staying on-Task | Rev. Queen Pentacles, 3 Wands, 5 Wands

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Today’s Tarot forecast is the inverted Queen of Pentacles (Water in Earth), the Three of Wands (Aries sun), and the Five of Wands (Saturn in Leo).

Look at how you’re channeling your resources. Is your focus on all the wonderful things you have in your life, or areas of lack? Is it on your own business, or what others “should” do? Do you expect immediate, permanent results from shifts you’re making? Remember, work often pays dividends gradually. Sometimes, the impact is dramatic and quick, but that doesn’t mean you can just check it off our list and consider it a done deal! Finer points will come into focus as you develop a higher level of mastery.

Understand, conflict will arise as you grow along your path. This is natural, normal, and to be expected. Whatever the dynamic that’s become established, even if it’s less than a healthy ideal, people become comfortable with it and invested in maintaining their roles (yes, even ourselves).  Like sandpaper, the conflict refines and smooths the way. It forces clarity, prompting you to own the qualities you’re looking to integrate.

Find those attachments that interfere with your joy and progressing toward your goals. (You do know what your goals are, right?) That’s where we’ve been looking to let go—time and energy sinks that don’t add value. It distracts, interferes with doing the most possible with what we’ve got. So yes, bring your energy and attention to bear walking your own path and addressing WORTHY conflict. Cut out that which doesn’t matter or doesn’t really belong to you. Stay on task.

How’s your time on-task coming?

Morgan-Greer Tarot Deck
by Bill Greer & Lloyd Morgan

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Tarot in Real Life: Queen’s Work Never Done!

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Does Mother know best?

“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. ”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I draw for Everyday Tarot, I don’t ask for a personal message, although often I get one. I laughed, realizing this was the case when I pulled the Queen of Pentacles recently.

The Queen has long been what I consider a “personal card.” I have that Earthy, maternal vibe about me. Come to my house, and I will feed you! It’s what I do. So I always take extra note when this particular queen shows up.

Right now, I’m surrounded by multiple incarnations of “Mother.” The most dramatic–my Leo girl is home, following a year and a half far away. I’m finding it doesn’t take long to revisit that “Mom” place in your head. Not that I quit being a mom entirely of course, but it’s a much different experience without children nearby. The “Mother’s Brain” quiets some in ignorance of growing pains. You divert attention and keep on living, redecorating the now-empty nest.

As I’m telling my own mother, she’s telling me they are preparing to move away again. I get a twang of mixed feelings and sadness, because it’s all but physically impossible to stop feeling I eternally disappoint her. No one’s fault or plan, but still, my reality. We accept this and love each other, anyway.

The Queen does highlight my path of the last few of years–over and again, I’ve found myself choosing whom and how I will mother. Be it with family, friends or even Tarot clients, the caretaking questions remain salient. I’m mostly comfortable with where the answers have landed, but I know, there are more layers to delve. Reviewing lessons, just as I”m moving into the end of my own reproductive cycle. On cue? I’m thinking, yeah.

At one point in my life, awareness of a need for mothering would have been all it took for me to feel compelled to mother. Now, though, I’m far more selfish in evaluating. I ask, “Is this my responsibility? What is the cost, to me and my loved ones? Am I up for doing the job, well and as long as needed?” I don’t think I’m somehow less, that I have a bigger list of considerations now. I’ve just discovered (for me, at least), there’s a bottom to the wellspring of maternal compassion–a realization simultaneously disturbing and relieving, if you want to know the truth. It’s hard work being endlessly giving, man.

What I do know–for those whom I mother in whatever capacity, I’ll give my best. I can’t imagine doing anything less. Perhaps that’s good cause to be discriminating. I want my energy to matter, however I spend it. And as we’ve been saying, that trusting others to care for themselves thing? Total act of faith. I’m coming by more of that, everyday.

You feeling maternal?